Edited by Lord Fyre
It seems part 1 is about 75% of the chapter. Oh well.
Chapter 10 is supposed to be next week, but I will probably do some tomorrow. It’s 14000-15000 words. It might take 7+ parts.
“Felmenia. I will ask you a question now.” (King)
“But, Your Highness…” (Felmenia)
“Listen, Felmenia. If the answer is “correct”, stay silent. If the answer is “wrong”, shake your head. Understand?” (King)
She could only stay silent…
Then, the king asked her one by one.
“In the last few days, did something happen with Suimei-dono?” (King)
Silence… Bullseye. But, it was still within his predictions.
“Was it a conversation?” (King)
This time, Felmenia shook her head.
“Was it using force?” (King)
Right on the mark. If it was using force, the punishment would have been coercion with magic.
Felmenia should have known. But, I might be wrong.
“Did you hurt Suimei-dono?” (King)
But, she shook her head.
“Wait. Did you try to hurt him?” (King)
Felmenia stayed silent. Now this is surprising. According to her, she used force. She must have taunted him, but, even though she’s the country’s best mage, she couldn’t even hurt him. What does that mean…
King decided to ask her again.
“Did you lose?” (King)
There was only silence. It’s certain now. Felmenia faced Suimei alone, and the result was that she was miserably defeated.
“Then, at that time, somehow you had your weakness held by Suimei-dono, and as a result, you can’t speak now?” (King)
Right on the mark… So, she couldn’t speak because of her weakness. Even though the person who held it is not here, she still abided by the contract. But, Felmenia and Suimei are both beings that reside in Magic’s Abyss realm. For me who only has limited knowledge, it’s hard to guess the contract.
“Y-Your Highness. I’m sorry. Not only to break your order, I have shown disloyalty. This Felmenia will accept any kind of punishment.” (Felmenia)
“It’s fine. You already received your punishment from Suimei-dono. I won’t punish you anymore.” (King)
“Y-Your Highness…” (Felmenia)
Regretting her mistakes, Felmenia was extremely discouraged. The fight with Suimei had left a very big impact on her.
If so, she no longer needed to be punished. Being like this, her pride would have vanished already. I have one less thing to worry about. But, I can’t afford to be at ease. In return, I received another thing to worry about.
“Felmenia. I can’t afford to overlook this. I’m thinking of summoning Suimei-dono here.” (King)
“Your Highness, to summon Suimei-dono, what for…” (Felmenia)
Felmenia was extremely embarrassed, the answer was obvious.
“Isn’t it obvious? I will ask things that I can’t hear from you. Whether it’s about the summoning room or your weakness, I can’t overlook this discord.” (King)
“I-It must not be done! You can’t—A-a-Argh!!!” (Felmenia)
Suddenly, she held her chest and started screaming.
“Felmenia!? What happened!? Felmenia!?” (King)
The king stood at the throne watching this unusual event. Not only was her suffering unusual, she writhed on the floor and cried. Thankfully, it didn’t last long, and then she bowed her head again.
“Ah… Ah… I’m sorry… for showing… such disgraceful…” (Felmenia)
“What just happened? Is it illness?” (King)
She denied it. But, it certainly was something. She sweated and curled up in a ball, her face was pale like a dead man’s. Of course, I would have thought that it was an illness. But, I’ve never heard that she had an illness before. I reevaluate the situation. Her chest hurt. It was probably her heart. It was in the middle of conversation. When she objected, and talked about Suimei.
That would mean…
“Can it be, your weakness?” (King)
Felmenia didn’t answer. No, she couldn’t answer because of it. From her distorted face, it could be seen that she was full of regret, condemning her own foolishness.
It seems I can’t ask anymore.
So, I say…
“I understand. Felmenia. Leave everything it to me.” (King)
“Your Highness?” (Felmenia)
“Just like I said before, I will summon Suimei-dono.” (King)
“It’s fine. I will take all the blame. You-” (King)
After that, King Almadius dispatched a messenger to the mage who placed the curse.
He will speak with both of them. Fun fun fun. And long long long.