Chapter 147 . 2 : Flora’s Agony ~Part 2~
「This kingdom………… Has been at war with the Rubia kingdom? 」
Flora completely exposed herself as someone who wasn’t aware of the way of the world by showing her perplexed face .
「………… . Yes, but it’s just at the level of a skirmish because we’re also at war against the other kingdoms in this region . Well, it’s already a common story in our kingdom though . 」
The village chief was looking at Flora as if observing her .
「Ah, uhm, I’m not a noble of that kingdom………………」
Maybe because she felt that the village chief doubted her, she explained that fact in a hurry .
「I see…………… . No wonder . With all due respect, you do look suspicious . I do have some questions to ask, will you allow me to ask those questions? 」
After the village chief showed a convinced look, he asked Flora while staring at her .
「………… What might those be? 」
「Since you’re not a noble of our kingdom, why are you wandering in this rural area by yourself? 」
「That’s, I, I met a disaster in the middle of my journey……………… . 」
Flora replied while averting her gaze with an awkward face . Because rather than trusting her stories, things were going to become even more complicated if she told him the truth . And above all――,
（Rubia kingdom should be an ally of the Bertram kingdom . I wonder how he would react if he knew that I’m the princess of the Bertram kingdom which is backing the Rubia kingdom, the enemy of his kingdom . He’s already aware of the matter of me heading towards Bertram kingdom, but……… . . ）
Flora experienced such anxiety . She might have to explain the fact that she was in fact a big shot of the Bertram kingdom if she were to explain everything . Flora couldn’t choose the best option in this kind of situation .
「A disaster?……… . Is that why you have such a messy appearance? Since that’s the case, isn’t about now the time where things will get noisy after your disappearance? 」
「Yes………………… M-Maybe so . 」
「So what’s the reason why there are no attendants around you now? 」
Thus the village chief kept trying to probe for more information from Flora . The reason he did so might be because he completely trusted Flora or still doubted her .
「……… I don’t know . 」
Flora shook her head slowly .
「I-I see . That’s troubling indeed . 」
The village chief was nodding with a non-chalant face towards Flora’s situation .
「……Yes . 」
Flora dropped her shoulders in dissapointment . Though she was being optimistic thinking that she might be able to do something as long as she arrives at a human settlement, now she realized that she was in an even more troubling situation .
「Well, I think your best choice is to consult your situation with the nobles who govern this area . Unfortunately that’s something beyond what a village chief like me can do . 」
The village chief recommended the idea in order to get a favor from the nobles of the Paladia kingdom .
「…………… . . I’ll consider that idea . 」
Flora nodded as she gave a vague reply . Her complexion wasn’t that great . As expected, even Flora was aware that asking for the assistance of a noble of the Paladia kingdom would turn her into a political tool .
「Well, if it’s fine with you, feel free to stay in our humble abode for today . Though we can’t give you a satisfactory welcome, we at least have a warm meal . Please decide what you’re going to do during that time . 」
After heaving a sigh, the village chief told his intention to welcome Flora as his guest for the time being . Though it was still unknown whether she was telling the truth or not, in seeing her dress he was convinced that she at least really was a noble, so it was not like he could treat her like nothing . There was also his fear of retaliation, since he didn’t know anything about the other party at all .
「………… T-Thank you very much! 」
Flora showed a slightly dumbfounded face and then bowed to him . She was moving around since yesterday without eating anything after all . Now that she experienced outdoor camping at night for the first time in her life, she was lucky just to have a roof to stay under at night .
Afterwards, they soon heard a loud “batan” sound from the otherside of the living room where Flora and the village chief were having their conversation .
「!!!!! ? 」
Flora’s body jerked in hearing that sound . When she turned around to the entrance in a hurry, there were flocks of what were seemingly young men from the village on top of the broken door .
「Dang it! 」
All the young men in the village had cramped faces . Immediately, all of them went “Ooh” when they saw Flora, although she was in her slightly dirty Dress .
「Y-You fools, what are you doing?! Go back to your work! 」
The village chief shouted at those men with a flustered voice and all of them fled from that scene to go back to their work . Donner was also among them .
The village chief heaved a deep sigh ――,
「M-My deepest apologies . They’re being impolite to you . 」
He bowed to Flora with a slightly withered face . It was very clear to anyone that those men were tempted by their curiosity to take a glance at Flora’s figure . The village chief feared that their actions just now might incur Flora’s displeasure .
「I don’t mind at all, or rather, did they have business with me? 」
Flora curiously asked the village chief without an inch of thought that those men might have come to see her .
「Ha~……… . . Well, it’s not like they didn’t think about it . If you will and it’s okay with you, please don’t mind them . Though it’s slightly off from the time, shall we have a meal? 」
The village chief was bewildered by Flora’s unworldly reply, but he changed the topic of conversation immediately since he didn’t wish for more trouble . Though it was still in the morning, it was too late to be called a breakfast yet too early for a lunch .
「Uhm, I do feels a little bit hungry, but may I rest for a while? I didn’t sleep that much so I still feel drowsy………… . . 」
「Sure enough, you look pale . Understood . I’m gonna ask my wife to prepare a room for you」
After that, Flora fell into a deep sleep on the bed prepared by the wife of the village chief .