Your Kingdom - Arc 2 Chapter 3
The Prince was bewildered seeing a biscuit in front of him. He wondered if it was okay to eat the biscuit; it looked slightly like a muffin, but he had never eaten a biscuit before.
“If you drizzle a little of this honey, it is sweet and very delicious.”
Fernand who was sitting on the opposite seat drizzled some honey to a half-cut biscuit then moved it to his mouth while explaining it to the Prince at the same time.
As Fernand chewed slowly, this time he tilted the small bottle of honey towards the remaining half biscuit in front of the Prince. The transparent golden-colored honey drenched the biscuit…surely it was sweet and delicious, just like what Fernand said.
Although he indeed came to the town under Fernand’s sudden invitation, the Prince who was still not accustomed to going out was a little tired. Along the road, many people were coming and going; and all sorts of abundantly colored things were overflowing there. Most of the things he saw were unfamiliar, and he was bewildered by all the things he had never seen before.
When he was taken to the shops, little by little he saw a lot of clothes and food different in shape and color; but even when Fernand asked “Is there anything you want?” he could only shook his head in bewilderment.
–Fernand somehow looked troubled at that time….
The Prince wanted to please Fernand by any means possible. That’s why he was half relieved when Fernand took him to a tea shop…for when the Prince was eating, Fernand laughed little delightfully.
This was the first time he ate such thick biscuit, but if he tried eating it, certainly he would make Fernand a little pleased…the Prince steeled his resolve and reached out to the plate. The biscuit he picked up with his hands was a little warm, the fact that it melted in his mouth was refreshing. Its taste was similar to the muffins he usually ate.
–it was delicious, maybe.
When he looked up, Fernand was smiling sweetly. As the Prince took a deep, relieved sigh, he wiped his fingers that were sticky with honey, then reached out for his tea. He put a sugar cube into it and stirred them with a little spoon.
There were only two tables in the terrace, and one of them was occupied by Fernand and the Prince. The sky dyed in blue spanned out over Fernand’s back; in that faraway place he could see floating white clouds rising up like soap bubbles.
–Those clouds were different from the clouds I saw from the castle.
“Hey, did that cloud come from the sky over there on the other side?”
“The clouds, huh?”
Fernand looked over to see the view beyond his shoulders. His golden hair swayed, they looked just like they were threads spun from light. The Prince was tempted to touch Fernand’s hair, but that hair looked like they would be clouded in darkness if he touched them, so he stopped himself and just gazed at them.
“That cloud is called cumulonimbus cloud, it was formed by the air warmed by heat residing on earth’s surface. Originally, that cloud was this air surrounding us.”
“Eh, then there are clouds around here too?”
Because the Prince looked all around him restlessly, Fernand laughed a little.
“When the air is cooled above the sky, it becomes a cloud like that.”
“This air is…original form of the clouds.”
The Prince gazed at the rising clouds once again. Like a lot of bubbles floating in a bathtub, seemed like they would crumble when he touched them.
–If I go to the top of that hill over there, I wonder if I can touch the clouds?
But the hill was very far. From the terrace seats where the Prince was sitting now, the castle town could be seen in one unbroken view; it looked like the clouds were enshrined in the hill beyond the castle town. He wondered how long it would take to get there on foot.
“Prince, are you perhaps thinking that the clouds look delicious?”
The Prince blinked at the Fernand’s unexpected words.
“There is a sweet that looked exactly like that cloud. It is called cotton candy, a popular sweet sold in castle town during festivals. It’s almost time for summer festival, I’ll buy it for you when the time comes.”
The Prince thanked him and gazed once again across the hill. How wonderful it would be if he could get near that cloud. He wondered if Fernand, too, would be pleased if he could touch the clouds.
Fernand moved his tea that had cooled down a little to his lips while gauging the Prince’s situation. He thought if the Prince was infatuated with the clouds, cotton candy would attract his interest, but just by explaining, he could see the lukewarm reaction.
–if he looks at the actual thing, I wonder if he would eat it happily?
That thing was not sold unless during summer festival.
–because there is a ceremony during the day, even if I take him out it would be at night.
On the day of the summer festival, a ceremony for the castle was held. Obviously, Fernand was made to attend the ceremony every year as a member of the royal family. After that, it was a custom to hold a lavish ball in a banquet hall.
Up until last year, Fernand obediently participated in the ball. He was not in any way weak in regards to dancing. And then, he would have a tryst in the garden with his lover, or sometimes a beautiful stranger, and afterwards he invited them to his room to share a midsummer night’s dream.
But this year he had the Prince. For some reason, Fernand wanted to invite the Prince to the bustling plaza of the castle town rather than to the gazebo in the romantic garden. The castle town became even more bustling once it gets dark. Orange lanterns were hung up everywhere, street stalls and shops lined the roadside, and many people gathered in the plaza to immerse themselves in dance. Afterwards the climax of the festival was the fireworks display.
What kind of reaction would the Prince show when he saw beautiful fireworks bloomed in the night sky? Perhaps an innocent smile, just like when he saw the shooting stars.
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