“Anastasia-sama, you look tired.”
I was drinking the tea that Nina had brewed for me in my room before I left for my territory tomorrow. I think I’m in the mood for milk tea today, so I told Nina of my intentions, and she quickly served me a cup of milk tea. That’s what I expected from a good maidservant. With this in mind, I enjoyed the milk tea that Nina has made for me.
“I’m supposed to be tired. I was bored out of my mind when I was in bed, but now I’m dealing with nobles all the time.”
I sighed. Only people close to the royal family know that Anastasia was poisoned and wandered between life and death. However, it was well-known among the nobles that Anastasia was not in good health. Therefore, when they heard that Anastasia had recovered, they immediately came to greet her. It was fine for them to celebrate since I was sick, but I wish they would spread out more. As I thought of this, in truth, the nobles were only thinking of getting closer to Anastasia, the crown prince, and the queen. In other words, they were trying to make me remember them by greeting me first. Well, I forgot everyone who wasn’t interested in me, and I don’t care about the order.
“Oh, by the way, there is a gift for you from the saint. I’ll hand it to you later.”
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Mbyv’p yzz R pyke vs Lkdy, obs vsze xl ycswv vbkp yp kq pbl fwpv alxlxclale. R okpb vbl yakpvsnayvp oswze fwpv tkhl xl tkqvp zkjl vbl pykdv. Xa, xyucl vblu nswze fwpv oakvl y zlvvla. Rd vbl qkapv rzynl, R osdela bso plzqkpb kv oyp vs vau yde vyjl yehydvytl sq y pknj rlapsd?
“…R’x elralpple ycswv obyv R’x tskdt vs es vsxsaaso, yde usw’al xyjkdt xl qllz elralpple.”
Twb. Gp R pktble, R rkdnble vbl qkdydnkla rypvau vbyv Lkdy tyhl xl. Rv oyp yp elzknkswp yp lhla. Ebkzl vbkdjkdt ps, R vbld iwldnble xu vbasyv okvb xkzj vly.
“R blyae vbyv kv oyp Gdypvypky-pyxy’p okpb vs awd vbl lpvyvl…?”
“Zlp, R byhl ds eswcvp ycswv vbyv. R’hl ypjle xu casvbla yde Yym-pyd, yde R’hl tsvvld rlaxkppksd… Mbl rasczlx kp xu bwpcyde okzz cl ynnsxrydukdt xl.”
“…Rp vbyv ps?”
Lkdy rzynle psxl nydeu kd qasdv sq xl yp kq pbl qlzv psaau qsa xl obkzl blyakdt xu nsxrzykdvp. R oyp tayvlqwz qsa vbyv yde rknjle wr psxl xsal nydeu. Mbkp sdl pllxle zlpp pollv, cwv kv oyp elzknkswp kd kvp sod oyu.
“Jwv, eked’v Gdypvypky-pyxy zkjl Ekzzkyx-pyxy…?”
“…Yes, I did, originally though.”
Nina’s words made me feel anxious for a moment. I was sure that Anastasia harbored a certain fondness for William-sama, but now, how could I cover that up?
“…No, I thought a lot about it. After that, I wondered if it was best that he didn’t come to visit me after all. I guess that was the closest I could get before I lost interest.”
“Is that so?”
Nina made a subtle expression when she heard my words, but she still seemed to be convinced. Nina was angry that William-sama hadn’t come to visit me. At that time, I had calmly appeased Nina, but Nina must have misunderstood that. I think she misunderstood… that I was trying to put on a brave face.
“And, it was all out of the blue. I’m not sure if I’m ready for this. I’m so depressed about tomorrow.”
It would have been great if William-sama didn’t come with us. Besides, I was planning on leaving him in the end, so I didn’t want to get attached to him. Or else, it would be difficult to get rid of him… There’s no way that this was William-sama’s purpose, right? No, no. I’m not sure if I just said this for myself, but I don’t think this is the case.
“Speaking of which, I heard that one of the sorcerers is going with you. I heard that he was one of Max-san’s former subordinates. It’s rumored that she’s an incredibly beautiful woman!”
“…She’s a woman?”
“Yes, rumor has it that she’s a very talented and beautiful woman.”
When I heard that, I was honestly surprised. It wasn’t only the knight’s world but also the sorcerer’s world that was quite male-dominated. It’s a difficult world for women to be active in. Or rather, that’s the way this whole country was structured. The only women who can play an active role were the maidservants, maids of honor, and the saints.
“…A talented woman might get buried?”
I wanted to make this country a place where women could play a more active role. Such feelings were growing in my chest… But, I didn’t want to stand out as much as possible. I’d like to be in a world where people who didn’t want to stand out don’t need to stand out.
(Was it selfish of me to think so?)
A world where only those, who were talented and wanted to stand out, could stand out, while those, who were talented but didn’t want to stand out, didn’t have to stand out. In other words, the right person in the right place… Let’s seriously think about saying that next time. With that in mind, I drank the milk tea Nina had brewed.