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Chapter 265 – Epilogue (4)
It had been a while since Giles Vince had entered through the gate of the capital .
He was the personal knight of the Dragon Demon princess Arrieta, yet he had been allowed to take a fairly long vacation . He had used the long downtime to return to his homeland, and his family had welcomed him back .
In his childhood, his father had been strict in his education . It was so harsh that it almost counted as abuse . His father didn’t say anything, but he looked proud of Giles .
After Giles had become the personal knight of Arrieta, his family’s fortune had improved a lot, so all his other family members looked happy . This was why he was able to spend a pleasant time at home before he had to return to the capital .
“We are here . ”
As soon as he returned to the capital, he made a promise to meet someone . He was meeting Boar, who was a member of the royal knights .
Boar was six years older than Giles, yet they shared a deep friendship . If it wasn’t for Boar, Giles would have had a hard time adjusting to the life within the capital .
Giles flinched in surprise when he saw Boar, who had reserved a seat in a bar .
“Where did you get that scar?”
There was a large scar on Boar’s cheek . Boar let out an embarrassed laughter .
“Ah . I got hurt in a mission that I conducted not too long ago . A new recruit overextended himself . I got hurt trying to save his life . ”
Boar thought about the incident as he clicked his tongue . Giles sat across Boar, and they clinked their glasses together . Then they talked about what had happened in their respective lives .
“So…… . ”
Giles had a peculiar expression on his face when he heard how Boar had been wounded .
“So you met a new recruit that acted like your old self?”
“Oof . Ok, buddy . I received a valorous wound in the process of saving someone else . You shouldn’t talk like that . ”
Boar laid it on thick .
The recruit was from an affluent family, so he was directly elevated to knighthood . He didn’t have to go through the process of being a knight’s apprentice . He had overestimated his own strength, and he had almost died . Boar didn’t look kindly on the new recruit, but they were comrades in arms . As the senior knight, he had saved the new recruit even at the expense of being injured .
“The princess sent word that she’ll be returning in couple days . Is that why you’ve returned to the capital?”
“That’s right . ”
Giles had gone on his vacation, because Arrieta had stopped her duties as the Dragon Demon princess . She had joined Azell’s party for the past couple months . However, Arrieta had sent notice that she’ll be returning to the capital . The throne had called him back to work .
Giles spoke .
“While I was on vacation, my frustration didn’t go away . ”
“I was too weak to be of help to the princess . I couldn’t accompany her . ”
“…… . ”
“Also, it was a fight between legendary heroes . It won’t be written down in the history books, but it was a fight with the fate of the whole world on the line . I really wanted to play a role in that fight . The fact that I wasn’t good enough frustrated me to no end . ”
“I understand your feeling . I felt something similar when I learned that sir Azell was really Azell Karzark… . . ”
Boar let out a bitter laughter .
He had learned that Azell was the legendary hero Azell Karzark through Giles . Azell had befriended Giles and Boar for a short amount of time, yet it seemed he didn’t want to hide his identity from them .
When he learned the truth, Boar was so shocked that he couldn’t form words . He had befriended the legendary hero, who had etched his name in history .
On the other hand, Boar was a friend, but he wasn’t someone that could unload some of the burdens carried by Azell . He felt a bit bitter that Azell hadn’t shared the truth with him earlier . Still, Boar was very self-aware . He had been too weak to be told such information .
Giles spoke .
“I want to become strong . When I meet him once again, I want to show him how strong I’ve become . I want to show that it was all thanks to him…”
Azell had given them too much . The two of them were hailed as geniuses now, but if they hadn’t learned the forgotten techniques from Azell, they would have been limited to standards of this era . They would have been trapped in mediocrity .
Boar raised his glass as he spoke .
“The feeling is mutual . Let us become the stepping stone that’ll change the standard of this era . ”
“Let’s do it . ”
Giles clinked glasses with him .
Enora had lived a very leisurely life for the past four months . It was to be expected . She had no one to serve since Arrieta had left her post .
Still, it wasn’t as if she hadn’t worked . She started the day by cleaning Arrieta’s room, then she diligently did all her duties as a maid . She made sure she wouldn’t be taken unawares when Arrieta finally came back home .
Currently, Enora was changing the sheets atop Arrieta’s bed . While she was folding the bed sheets, she heard a voice from behind her .
“Enora . ”
For a brief moment, Enora thought she had heard wrong .
However, she soon realized that she had heard the voice in reality . Her eyes widened .
Arrieta had walked through the opened door . Enora was glad to see her, so she started running towards Arrieta . Soon, she came to a halt . She froze like a statue .
Arrieta became puzzled at Enora’s rapid change in behavior . Arrieta had expected an emotional reunion, but Enora looked pale . It looked as if she had seen something dreadful .
“Ohh-ahhhhh…… . ”
“No way . This cannot be . ”
Enora’s body shook as if she had seen something that she shouldn’t have witnessed . Enora sounded like she was about to cry as she stood in front of the confused Arrieta .
“Of all the places, we are in palace! I cannot believe you showed this grubby appearance inside the palace! Ahhhhhh…… . ”
“…… . ”
Suddenly, Arrieta swayed on her feet in relief .
She really wasn’t in a clean state . After departing from Azell’s party, she had done her best in keeping herself clean on the road, but it was inevitable that she was travel-stained .
“Mmm . I might have understood it if you said I was a bit disheveled . Grubby is a bit . . . ”
“What do you mean! I’ll immediately prepare a bath for you . Since you’ve returned, you have to see the king and queen . If you go meet them in such a state, you’ll make them faint!”
“…No . Both of them said I did a good job . They said they were proud of me . ”
When Enora heard Arrieta’s complaining words, it looked as if her world had come crashing down around her .
Basically, Arrieta had seen the king and the Dragon Demon Queen in her grubby state . Enora felt dizzy .
“Ahhhh . I’m done . They’ll think I let you appear in their presence in such a state . My reputation is ruined… . . ”
“You don’t have to worry about that . I went to the throne room as soon as I arrived at the palace . They know this truth . ”
Arrieta stroked Enora’s head . Then she sat in front of the table as she spoke .
“I would like some fragrant tea . I’ve missed the tea you’ve always brewed for me . ”
“Aht! Yes! Which tea should I bring?”
“Mmm . I would like a tea that’ll mend my broken heart . ”
Enora thought she had heard wrong .
Arrieta spoke with a serious expression on her face .
“Yes, it is true . My heart was broken”
“Y… . your heart, princess?”
“That’s right . I didn’t even get to give my confession before my heart was broken . That is why it hurt so much more . ”
Arrieta looked out the window as she sighed .
An explosive piece of information had suddenly been dropped on Enora’s lap, and she had no idea what to do with it . She could only open and shut her mouth in a soundless manner . Arrieta turned to Enora as she asked a question .
“You don’t want to know who broke my heart?”
“How dare I…… . ”
“Hmm . You are pretty bright girl . You probably guessed who it is . ”
“…it can’t be sir Azell, right?”
Arrieta sounded as if she to talk about it with Enora, so Enora carefully asked the question .
Arrieta had an expression of displeasure on her face as she complained .
“Yes, it is him . ”
“…… . ”
“What a bad man . He made so many accidents with women in the past, yet I was willing to look past that . He should have had the courtesy of allowing a girl to confess to him, yet he was like an iron wall . He said he wanted to rebuild the County of Karzark, and he wanted to start his life anew there . ”
Enora listened to Arrieta’s complaints . She let out a small sigh as she discreetly exited the room . She went to boil some tea . Soon, she poured a fragrant tea that calmed Arrieta’s heart .
Arrieta held up the tea cup as she took in the aroma of the tea .
Arrieta spoke .
“I was cross with him, so I didn’t plan on delivering this . ”
“What is it?”
“That man wanted me to deliver some words to you, Enora . ”
Enora’s eyes widened .
Arrieta nodded her head .
“That’s right . He said he’ll be going to the Bijes Kingdom, and he plans on rebuilding the County of Karzark . He asked if you would like to become the head maid of the newly constructed County of Karzark at a later date . ”
“Ah…… . ”
Enora’s face turned red .
She was deeply moved by the offer . He was a legendary hero, who had saved the world . After he recovered his lost land, he was asking her to embark on a new future with him .
When Arrieta saw Enora’s expression, she sounded sullen as she spoke .
“If you want, you can go . The Bijes kingdom is far away, but I’ll make sure you’ll get there safely . We are talking about something several years down the road . Of course, it’ll be a worthwhile endeavor . . . ”
“No, princess . ”
Enora had unconsciously cut off Arrieta’s words . Enora flinched when she realized she had been rude . Soon, she regained a calm state of mind . She spoke the words in her heart .
“I’ve already made my future plans . ”
“Hmm . Will you let me hear your plan?”
“Yes . I’ll serve you until you retire . After you retire, I’ll follow you, and I’ll be the head maid of your household . I want to be able to point with my chin, and the other maids will jump to do my bidding . Then I want to meet a good man, and I want to live a happy life . ”
“…… . ”
This was her dream, and she had told Azell about it . This was the first time Arrieta had heard it, so her eyes had turned round .
Enora didn’t sound confident as she spoke her next words .
“Of course, this is merely my own wishes . If you will not accept me, I’ll have to find work elsewhere . . . ”
“What do you mean? I welcome it!”
Arrieta quickly spoke her words . She cleared her throat as she clarified her words .
“When I retire, there is no one else that can fill the role of my head maid except you, Enora . I promise you this . ”
Enora was moved . Arrieta sounded excited as she spoke .
“Since I’ll be the world’s greatest sloth in retirement, I’ll need someone talented to take care of my servants . You shouldn’t worry about your future, Enora . Just follow me . I’ll do my best to retire as soon as possible . ”
Enora let out a bright laughter as she gave her answer .