After Raniero left the room, a lady, who seemed to be the lady’s maid, gazed at me and spoke.
“You’d better take a bath.”
At those words, my face flushed because I knew the cause. As I slowly glanced down at my body, I became even more embarrassed and pulled the blanket up to hide it.
“Then, could you help… No, I can do it myself.”
I endured the desire to hide through a mouse hole as I barely managed to speak in a solemn tone. While the bathwater was warming up, the three maids stuck together and removed all the pins from my hair. Even though I’ve been feeling sick from the constant stinging pain on my head, I couldn’t even say I was in pain since I was still feeling a little embarrassed.
The maids then called the other servants who managed chores, and they picked up bed linen and other clothes that had been scattered around and thrown away before leaving to do the laundry.
Soaking in the flagrantly heated bathwater, it felt like all my tension was finally relieved.
‘…Yeah, this is it.’
I was relieved.
Raniero was a man who didn’t look at his wife except on the first night, so there would never be a chance to meet just the two of us anymore in the future. That meant that there was no longer any reason for me to have my heart pumping like this and operate my brain to its fullest anymore.
Perhaps, the official ceremony of the Imperial Family… I would need to attend that with Raniero.
At that time, I should be all right with the tension from the wedding, right…?
Of course, I couldn’t be nervous since a disaster could happen the moment I lost my discipline because I got nervous. Looking back, the first night was the most significant turning point and I’ve gotten over it pretty well. When Raniero left the Palace, he looked at me and said, ‘You’re monotonous and boring,’ so he probably wouldn’t be visiting me again.
As the immediate hurdle has been overcome, now was the time to really think about the future. Rubbing my arms with the warm water, I turned towards the maid who was waiting for me.
“What is today’s date?”
The maid paused for a moment at the strange question. However, like a maid in the Palace of Actilus, she responded quickly and politely without being rude.
“It’s May 19th, Your Majesty.”
Looking out through the bathroom window, I could see that the trees were still thickly covered with soft, pale green leaves. If that were the case, then there would be about seven months left until Raniero meets Seraphina. The two met in winter when the cold seemed to freeze even their lungs. Even more, the white winter accentuated Seraphina’s beauty, who has dark hair and blue eyes.
‘It was a very snowy day.’
The reason Raniero Actilus entered the temple was because it was snowing too much, and it was difficult to advance.
Oh, the ‘temple’ referred to here wasn’t a temple dedicated to Actilla, the God of War, who was the deity of Actilus. Actilla has no temples because faith in him was not a temple or prayer though proof of the prosperity of more descendants and a larger territory.
Feasibly, looking back on the original story, there seems to be a ritual, but…
In the original story, the temple where Raniero first met Seraphina was the temple of Tunia, the God of Mercy. The followers of Tunia were wary of the Actilus Empire, though they could not refuse guests who wanted to visit worthy of the name of the God of Mercy.
Well, the explanation ended there.
My heart began to pound.
‘Seven months… It’s not even that far away.’
Until last night, all I could remember about ‘Angelica’ was her name. However, as time passed, the memories of my body were slowly being absorbed into my mind. Angelica was the Second Princess of the Unro Kingdom. Other than that, she has an older brother and a younger sister.
Remembering family relationships is a good sign. I assume the rest would probably come to mind slowly from knowledge close to me. Angelica was also royalty, so she must have learned the basics of geography and history. Therefore, there must be quite a bit of useful information other than what appeared in the novel.
‘…Like which country I should run to.’
The country that would be my destination should not be too far from the Imperial Palace, nor should it be hostile to the Empire or have strict security. Even if the country was prosperous or weak… it doesn’t matter, anyway. No matter the Empire was swallowed up right away, if Raniero crossed the line of Seraphina in a few months, he would die and the Empire that relied on the superior absolute monarch for all of its systems would immediately collapse.
Once I escaped, the Empire would collapse before spring arrived.
Raniero, Seraphina, and Eden. It would be a lie to say that I didn’t care about the catastrophe of the three people at all. However, If I cared too much about it, Raniero might cut my head off and present it to Seraphie as a trophy.
‘…For now, let’s put my survival first.’
Saliva ran down my throat.
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