Translated and edited by Tianic
“[dropcap]S[/dropcap]tranger?” I murmured, “Who… is a stranger?” “It’s you, haha.” The boy in the middle said, “Let me present myself, I’m Laika.”
Stranger, Lisa called me, her fiance, a stranger, in front of another person who’s a total stranger to myself? My stomach churned one more time when I caught her unchanged smiling face.
Laika paced nearer and drawled, “We’ve been listening to your talk. Your loser fiance was funny enough. Did he touch you?”
“Eww, I can’t go out too often. Father didn’t allow me.” To my surprise, Lisa sounded as if he’s her lover, “Then I promised dad to took this loser around here so that I can see you. I didn’t even let him grope my hands!”
“You hear that?” Laika faced me, “Loser, get your ass out of here!”
I gazed at him then turned to look at Lisa. Anger or pain was not enough to describe my agony.
“Why are you doing this! Why do this to me?!”
My look scared Lisa off for a few steps, then she appealed to Laika, “I don’t like him! His eyes!”
“He’s probably another loser who’s drawn to you.” Laika scorned, “Never mind, he’s a loser.”
“If you want to go out, or to see someone,” I said slowly, “you could just tell me, why lie? Why are you saying I’m a loser?”
“Because you ARE a loser!” Lisa screamed, “You don’t know anything, like your father!”
That moment, my chest was on fire!
From the day I was born, whenever I was, whoever I met, all I heard were compliments on my father. I did know nothing about magic or martial arts after all. However, if anyone were to say a single bad word about my family, I will not tolerate it! My father was a good viceroy! My family’s pride is worth fighting for.
In this confusing moment, I grabbed Lisa’s arm, “No! He’s not! My father is the best viceroy!”
“Hands off! Cousin, help!” Lisa looked at me as if I was a filthy bug.
“How dare you touch my woman!” Laika threw his foot hard towards my belly.
(Meanwhile in the Prime Minister’s mansion)
“Visual,” Luhrmann poured a glass of wine for Mr. Kheda, “We will soon be united as one family, it’s an honor to have your son.”
“Minister,” Visual Kheda, too, held his glass, “Please.”
“I think you are aware that, in your territory, quite a few alien races are expanding leaps and bounds.” Luhrmann’s look started growing impulsive and fierce, “This is not good news to both of us. We’ve also discovered the existence of several rare ores in the Dark Forest. My men are planning for occupation. But considering Dark Forest is within your territory, I sincerely hope that you are with me on this matter. I will be asking for His Majesty’s permission. If it works, I’ll cut you off a deal.
“Mr. Luhrmann, your offer is much appreciated.” Visual Kheda replied, “However I wish you take this matter a second thought.”
“Oh? Is there anything I should know?”
“First,” Visual Kheda flicked his glass, “Let’s suppose that His Majesty will say yes to your proposal. You need to know that His Majesty has never actively initiated any wars since the crown. We are blessed to have such a king in this peaceful realm. I do not intend to bring this up to His Majesty. One more thing, those races were abnormally united, the cost of attacking will be heavily burdened on us. I suppose you remember the elimination of the Black Storm right? I, for one, would like to retain a favorable relationship with them.
“I take it that you wouldn’t join me, in a moment we are about to become one family.
“Mr. Minister!” Visual Kheda stood up, “I appreciated His Majesty’s generosity on this marriage. I’m glad Lisa and my son are getting along well. However, none of these should be a reason for war! You are the Prime Minister, nevertheless, I’m no subordinate of yours. My loyalty lies with His Majesty for eternity.
“His Majesty would be glad to hear about this.” Luhrmann’s face fell in peace, “But what I said was something he’s been worrying about.”
“You have no idea.” Sipped his wine, Luhrmann continued, “We have received orders from the Heaven Island high temple that Swabia’s quota has been tripled this year.
“The temple is fooling around again, even though, our taxation is well enough to handle that.
“Visual, my friend. Don’t you understand?” The alcohol reddened Luhrmann face, “The temple is preparing for war!”
“The war… with the Asmodians?”
“It is, my friend. Once the war starts, there will soon be someone to occupy the Dark Forest. It’s better to be us rather than anyone else, that’s a lot of money…”
“Whatever you say,” Visual stood up, “I will not do it!”
“Geez, you!” Luhrmann stormed up, face redden, deformed his glass with his firm grasp.
At this very moment, a servant stumbled along.
“My lord… emergency!”
“Fool! What is it!” Luhrmann shot the servant with his glass.
“Ahhhhh!” Then the servant said with one hand covering the wound, “Her Lady… and Cohen… emergency!”
“What!” Visual Kheda, who’s been watching Luhrmann’s clumsy act, jumped up, “Where are they!”
“… the altar!”
“Take me there, HURRY!!!” For the moment, Visual and Luhrmann had to call a truce and rush towards the altar.
The pain came from my stomach after the kick. Before it went away, I was slapped in the face. After the short numbness came hotness. My left face swelled. Instinctively I roared to fight back, but it all seemed powerless against three foes.
“Sucker, how dare you!”
“Kick his ass!”
I suffered great pain in the chest, head. I was like a boxing sandbag swagging in waves of punches. I’ve lost my left view due to a swollen eye. Blood was streaming down from my forehead on the right, through my eyebrow down to my chin. A shade of thin scarlet shaded the leftover of my vision. Every inch of my body was hurting and all of my bones were on the edge of collapsing. My clothes were covered with dust and footprints.
However, compared with the sorrow and humiliation I received, the pain was nothing worth mentioning for a boy who grew up in a loving family.
My powerless legs softened. I waggled and fell beside the rail. I was too exhausted to even wipe the blood off my mouth…
In the red vision, I saw a foot landed on my chest. Harshly, I saw it was Laika.
“Peeking my woman, ASS!” With the ringing in my ears, his voice was very distant, “Who do you think you are?”
Pressure from my chest crushed me. I was unable to breathe. I made an effort to not tear and confronted his eyes.
“My father is a general. I will ask him to appeal to His Majesty and cancel your engagement.”
“Cough…cough” I felt terrible…
“Then I…” That dirty swine gabbled, “For my future… I have to let go of you…”
“For me… let go of you…”
“Let go of you…”
“Let go of you…”
“My future… let go of you…”
The words repeated themselves in my mind. Disregarding all other sounds, a tiny part of my brain boomed and shrank. It was not a good sign! I tried to calm, but the pressure on my chest hardened, I couldn’t control it. The feeling from my mind was on the edge of bursting out…my hands and feet started twisting…
Finally… that part of my brain popped.
It felt like an explosion and a huge energy wave flooded my body.
I twisted even harder, my body curled like a cooked shrimp. Mist of blood seeped from my skin then BOOM…
A force threw the foot on my chest and its owner away from my body. In the meantime, the force raised a ripple of dust around like tossing a stone in the water.
Countless scenes flashed before my eyes, which were exactly like my dreams every night. In the chaos, another spirit crashed into me. A strong power cast the two of us, together…
In Swabia, the viceroy of each province reports directly to the king.