Hush Now, Saintess! - Chapter 67
I began to squeeze my brain for its memories.
Since Roella was a saintess, she must have had quite a few encounters with the crown prince.
And, lo and behold, a memory of seeing the crown prince at an imperial ball suddenly came to mind.
It was before he set out to purge the heretics.
It was a memory from about a year ago…
As I compared the face in my memory with the face before me, I was slowly overwhelmed with shock.
‘He’s actually the crown prince!’
But why on earth was this guy here…
Well, I guess it’s possible.
It’s not strange for the crown prince to come to the temple.
‘But why, of all days, here, like this?!’
I found myself in deep contemplation.
This was a real crossroads—whether to intervene or not.
If I intervened incorrectly, it could lead to big trouble.
But for me to help, on the other hand…
‘It’d be a real headache, too.’
Judging from the fact that he’s collapsed here, it’s probably due to his curse. If I call for help without thinking, I might end up being resented.
But taking care of him until he wakes up…
‘I’d rather not.’
If he collapsed due to his curse, it was most likely a simple fainting spell. In most cases, he would wake up on his own.
Unless it was a serious condition, there was no need for me to stand guard and nurse him back to health…
‘I like the idea of getting more reputation points from being on friendly terms with one of the leads, but I don’t want to be involved more than necessary.’
And above all, the dark history of my ruined first impression was still too vivid in my memory.
I couldn’t bear to face the newly awakened Hildeon.
‘But if I just let him go like this…’
That would be just a bit too heartless.
My dilemma didn’t last long, however.
Before I could make a decision…
The cat, which had jumped out of my arms, pounced on the back of the man’s head.
I was at a loss for words at the clear, ringing sound of that landing.
‘Holy moly. Didn’t that sound like a rock just now?’
Little cat, did you learn some martial arts somewhere else?
Meanwhile, the man winced and let out a shallow groan.
I suddenly felt breathless as I watched.
Please, just keep your eyes closed like that.
However, the world had different intentions for me.
While rubbing the back of his head, the man opened his eyes.
And, as it was, our eyes met.
With furrowed eyebrows as if he had seen something he couldn’t believe, he looked at me quizzically.
He called out with a cracked voice.
My pupils trembled as I was caught in a situation that left me completely off guard.
How on earth did it come to this?
‘Yeah, I don’t have a choice, do I? I have to do something.’
I covered my mouth with my hand as if I were utterly shocked, and then shouted in a small voice.
“My goodness, Your Highness the Crown Prince?!”
As if I had just discovered him.
* * *
Was this truly the saintess?
Hildeon looked past his blurred vision to get a closer look at the woman’s face.
Looking absolutely flummoxed, the person who approached him was indeed the saintess.
The only saintess in the Empire, with pink hair and blue eyes.
“Am I dreaming?”
Hildeon mumbled softly.
Since the incident at Bastion, he had often dreamt of the saintess.
When the pain that had followed him like a nightmare suddenly disappeared like that, the memory of it had left a strong impression.
“Ah, how cute.”
As well as the memory of this exclamation that he never once heard before.
On the other hand, Roella hesitated for a moment.
When he had asked if this was a dream, she was in a bit of a dilemma whether or not to say yes, indeed, this is a dream.
As Hildeon didn’t receive a response in the meantime, he reached his own conclusion.
“Yeah, it’s a dream.”
In this oddly mistimed situation, Roella closed her mouth.
Hildeon looked around with a stiff face, his breathing becoming shallow.
This was where he had collapsed.
‘Clearly, after I had a conversation with the High Priest…”
His memory slowly rewound about an hour or so.
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