Translated by Tianic, edited by Grammarly
The Rohna sisters were granted an audience with the queen shortly after I was carried home. It was then followed by the wedding preparation which was well underway.
The custom has said appropriate for the wedding ritual to take place at my parents’ place since I was a son of the Darkmoon Viceroy. However, people in as far as Divine City were well-informed, and within less than two days, wedding presents from friendly acquaintances or unfamiliar empire officials came flooding into my chamber. I could fill a whole hall with them.
Jack was certainly on cloud nine.
The most astonishing part was the Prime Minister, disregarded all our disputes earlier, had his men carried expensive presents like nothing had happened between us, which staggered as well as put me in a loss.
“What of it? Just go and show your appreciation.” My father said, “Each and every one of them.”
“Everyone?” I asked, “Father, do you have any ideas how many houses there are?”
“That I’ve no idea.” He insisted on, “Still you have to go and show your gratitude. It’s called manners”
“What about the minister?”
“You will go and see him likewise.” He said, “Misconception is one of his plays. You’ll do the same and be present. Thank him, then leave his mansion like nothing has happened.”
“Shut it, it’s decided.” He put a hand and say, “Son, you are a politician now. You need to learn your way around people. It’ll help your career in the future.”
Thus the Rohna sisters and I traveled by expensive carriage between DC streets to visite high official, House by House according to the present registry. I was driven mad by the noble formalities chats, which was more or less the same conversation, but my two warbler-like fiancees, in contrast, smiled and coped with talks to the occasion like pros.
“I am Viceroy Cohen Kheda’s personal guard.” At the gate of the Minister’s, Jack who wore a light warrior suit informed the housekeeper. “Viceroy Cohen Kheda, with his fiancees are here to visit His Prime Minister, the Excellency.”
“Please excuse me.” The guard went off to inform.
In the short moment, I pushed aside the tassel on the carriage window to regard the Minister’s house. I grew very complicated emotions seeing this somehow familiar place.
“What’s on your mind?” Carey asked slowly, “Your ex-fiancee?”
“Nonsense.” Flynn smiled and said, “Watch out for Mr. Viceroy’s wrath. I heard some people are starting to call him Viceroy Rascal.”
“Haha, Flynn you’re afraid? I’m not.”
I forced a smile at them then started to appreciate their looks. The noble-lady-looked dressings did not compromise their glamorous charms on the inside, one was pure as water while the other was bright like the sunshine.
“Let’s get off,” I said, “This is the last House.”
We were led by Minister’s butler to his reception hall. Minister was already waiting accompanied by a cold-faced man who paid us with ignorance and a woman whose sharp gaze was practically penetrating my body.
It was Lisa and Laika. A sudden anger immediately suffused my inner stomach, and I did not feel the need to kept my sword in the sheath.
“Nice to meet you, Your Excellency!” Flynn rested one hand while the other held mine firmly. She smiled and half bent to show her lady’s courtesy to minister the elder.
“You are such a match!” He said, smiling, “Be the gods with you.”
“Thank you, minister.” I calmed down, “We are here to appreciate your kindness to our wedding.”
“You are very welcome.” He seated us, “When is it?”
“Her Grace has dated the wedding for us.” Flynn felt my uneasiness, she said, “The 15th next month in the Darkmoon City, please I insist that you join us.”
“What a coincidence.” He looked at me and said, “That day is my daughter’s engagement, with Laika. I have to be there for them.”
“What a pity.” Flynn squeezed my hand, “Well let’s congratulate Ms. Lisa and Mr. Laika.”
“Yeas, sure, congrats, Ms. Lisa.” I stood and walk nearer, “Please forgive my ignorance, an engagement present will be shortly on its way.”
“Hmm!” The apple of a particular Minister snorted, then I walked towards Laika.
“Congrats to you, Mr. Laika.” I said, “Your fiancee is a lady.”
“App… reciated!” Laika grew an obvious pale look on his face with a pair of hands clenched firmly, blood veins pumped.
In Divine City, Lisa’s sluttiness was a common knowledge; thus any stupid man will know if he was there to hear my words. I couldn’t help but feel shameful for Laika, for he was once a man of proud.
“Well, we shall leave, excuse us.” I said, “Don’t bother, Mr. Minister. Thank you again for your precious gifts”
Holding two soft and warm hands, I exited the Minister’s mansion and boarded my carriage.
I gasped and eased myself as the carriage speeded up.
“Feeling better?” Carey grinned, “You were on the edge of an explosion earlier.”
“Haha, if it weren’t for my sister,” Carey said, “There’ll be another bloody fight in the Minister’s tonight.”
“Perhaps.” Flynn said thoughtfully, “Maybe the Minister wanted that.”
“Exactly.” I said, “I noticed sounds of strange breath in the hall and sound of armor clashing on our way out.”
“Holy Divine!” Carey cried with a palm over her mouth, “They…”
“They were trying to fish me, Laika and Lisa were their bait. They wanted me to get angry, then I could have given them a good reason to oppose me. If I made a move first, they will be the ones who stood on the ground. I guess the Minister must have invited plenty of his justice noble friends awaited for us.”
“We were in so much danger!” Carey exclaimed.
“Yeah, fortunately, Lady Flynn was very cool in there.” I smiled and said, “So, we are fine.”
“Actually, father had predicted what could happen for us.” Hearing my comments, Flynn flushed and said, “He told me the solutions.”
“My old man!” I wondered, “Why did he tell you instead of me?”
After I have returned, I said everything happened at the minister’s to my father.
“Queen’s choice has always been thoughtful!” He said, “Isn’t it fantastic, her arrangement of your wife?”
“What are you talking about, pa?” I was puzzled, “Is it all connected?”
“Do you think it’s an easy job to educate your wives?” My father said, “It has to be well-considered. If chosen well, like today, they will be of great help in your career. If not, they might be a lousy burden and drag you to hell.”
“But are Flynn and Carey ladies like you said?” I asked, “Didn’t you teach them how to behave?”
“Haha, mine was nothing worth mentioning. Her Grace has met them a few times.” My father lowered his voice, “I suspected she had already taught the ladies many of her best tricks and plays, plus the lady business from your mother and your Auntie Bellerina, the girls are well-enlightened. Son, you’ve got two tough partners.
“Shit! Dad!” I yelled, “You are part of them, aren’t you!”
“Haha, off you go prepare a gift for Minister’s daughter!” Regardless of my complaint, father laughed, “We have to return Darkmoon now or never.”
“I’ll take Flynn and Carey with me.” My father continued, “You could go later and take a look at your Dark City construction, remember to get there before the wedding.”
“Alright!” I said, “I nearly forget.”
“You rat, how could you forget!” He chuckled, “About your money, five hundred grand in all, His Majesty had it delivered to Darkmoon already. I think I’ll hold it there for safety. You could have someone withdraw whenever you need.”
“Sure.” I then asked, “When are we leaving?”
“Tomorrow.” He looked out of the window, “We’ve wasted a lot of time.”
A few days later.
“Boss…” I heard Jack’s compelling voice, “We are almost there.”
“Yeah, right.” I peered at the burning sun above, “Dunno how are those guys.”
“Dark City is beyond those hills.” Jack urged his horse, “I’ll go first and check it out.”
“What a rusher.” Maiza laughed.
“Boss! Come here!” Jack roared. Maiza and I looked at each other and rode upon the hilltop to looked to the direction Jack pointed to.
We were thrilled by what was in the front.