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There are no uniforms in the army of the Kingdom of Ernia. Each person is allowed to wear whatever he or she likes.
However, soldiers who care about discipline and public image usually make their own uniforms and dress like soldiers.
Even the princess wears a military-like outfit on the battlefield.
She was dressed like a soldier, partly because she had just been in the office of the military government.
By the way, Chloe helped her change her clothes and now she’s dressed like a girl. She was dressed like a town girl.
The reason she doesn’t wear glittering dresses is partly that she is under house arrest, but also because it’s not good for royalty to walk around outside the city in a conspicuous outfit.
The princess is a celebrity and is known for her bravery as the Princess General of Salvation.
That’s why she is dressed so modestly, trying to avoid being seen.
It was a very thoughtful choice, but in contrast, there was nothing new about my outfit.
I was wearing my usual robe. That was my current outfit.
I felt sorry for myself, so I took the edge of my robe and asked the princess.
“I haven’t dressed up even though it’s a date, you see?”
“What do you mean?” (Sicily)
“No, I mean I’m sorry I always dress the same.”
“You like your robe, Leon-sama, it’s always the same design.” (Sicily)
“I have a lot of the same clothes. It saves me the time of having to pick out my clothes every morning.”
“I see, very practical.” (Sicily)
They are impressed, but they don’t seem to want to copy me. Well, it’s true that no woman would be able to relate to this method.
“Well, aside from my outfit, I’m surprised you have such modest clothes.”
“I often go for walks in the city with Chloe, so I have my clothes tailor-made.” (Sicily)
“The princess is practical. It’s the people in high places who need to see firsthand the lives of the common people and hear their grievances.”
“Your brother was not able to do that. That’s why he got the punishment he deserved.”
“Did I make you uncomfortable right from the start of the date?”
“…No, it’s something we’ll have to talk about sooner or later.” (Sicily)
She looked me straight in the eye as she said this to me.
“Leon-sama cares for me, don’t you?” (Sicily)
“No, I’m glad. —You can rest assured. I’m upset, but I’m not in despair.” (Sicily)
She bites her lips.
“—I never had any familial feelings towards my brother, towards Kerich. But still, he is my brother, and I cannot be apathetic to his death. But I feel more sorry for Leon-sama than for my brother’s death.” (Sicily)
“Yes. I’m letting you take care of things that should be mine to settle, things that I should have to deal with alone.” (Sicily)
“That’s not true. I’m the princess’s military strategist. I am determined to support the princess. So the princess must be prepared to be supported wholeheartedly.”
Her eyes welled up, and she choked on my words.
“I’m not going to mention her brother Kerich anymore”, I said to her, so that she doesn’t have to worry about it anymore.
“I am grateful for those words”, but her gaze is fixed on my left hand.
I teased her.
“I just told you not to worry about Kerich anymore.”
“…I’m not going to worry about my brother anymore. But every time I look at your left hand, I feel a twinge of guilt.” (Sicily)
“The princess doesn’t have to feel responsible for this.”
I said, grabbing the prosthetic left hand with my right and testing the fit.
“But Leon-sama lost a very important part of his body because of me.” (Sicily)
“You? In exchange for the princess’s honor. There is nothing more important than the honor of the princess.”
It’s true. If I could go back in time, I would beat up her other brother, Maxis, as many times as I could to protect her honor.
“And not only your honor, but this arm saved your life. Not only did this arm save your honor, but it also saved your life because I had a cannon in my prosthetic hand that allowed me to kill Kerich who became a devil.”
“I have no regrets, and never will. If I had any regrets, it would be for not killing your eldest brother, Maxis, at that time. My immediate goal is to remove your brother, Maxis, and make you queen of this land.”
“… make me the queen of this land.” (Sicily)
“Yes, it will be easier for you to create the country you want, the world you want. If you become queen of this country, at least you will ensure the happiness of your people, rather than Maxis and Kerich taking over.”
“…It’s a heavy responsibility.” (Sicily)
“But you will fulfill that responsibility. Without a moment’s delay.”
“Is there any basis on this?” (Sicily)
“I do. Of course, there is.”
I said, but I never verbalized the reason.
I was embarrassed to put it into words.
There was nothing my princess couldn’t do, but I wasn’t skillful enough to say so.
So instead, I lightly touched her left hand and felt her warmth.
If I stood on the battlefield in the future, I might lose not only my left hand but also my right hand.
Before that, I wanted to experience the softness of her palm and the feeling of her delicate skin, if only for a moment.
It was an action that emanated from my fondness for her, but do I love her?
As a person who has only known love in stories, it was a question I could not reach a conclusion on, but the princess was not reluctant to hold my hand and returned it.
I was more than happy to receive that.
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