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It took a lot of work before we left for the southern front, but the day of departure would still come.
I didn’t have much to do myself, however.
Victor and Nine would be training the new recruits.
Sicily took care of the logistics.
Sicily was especially capable, and there was no room for me to interfere.
She prepared the food for the troops, secured the transportation route for it, and selected another route in case of emergency. She also prepared the weapons and firearms to be deployed to the troops, showing that she was capable of handling everything.
In fact, it can be said that the victory or defeat is decided by the preparations before the war.
At the very least, the “loss” of victory or defeat is reflected in the preparation.
Looking at the brand-new armor and clothing of the soldiers, I was sure that at least I wouldn’t be fighting a losing battle.
The rest depended entirely on my own operational skills, but first I had to go to the princess’s mansion and pick “her” up.
It’s not Sicily, but Chloe, her maid.
I headed straight for Chloe and asked her about the other day, that is, if she was willing to come to the Bana Forest.
She hesitated, and I begged her again.
“I need your help, please come with me.”
“Do you need me to take care of you at night?” (Chloe)
It’s not often that she cracked a good dirty joke. I shook my head in slight amusement.
“As I mentioned the other day, there is a forest of Bana in the south. The forest is vast, and there is an ancient curse on it. I would like to take someone who is familiar with the curse with me.”
“Is that all?” (Chloe)
“One of the reasons is that you are a girl from the Doll Tribe.”
“Do you want me to cooperate with persuading the patriarch?” (Chloe)
Chloe rubbed her chin, “Hmm…”
“…As a servant of Her Highness, I have no reason to refuse Leon-sama’s request, but there is one problem.” (Chloe)
“What is the problem?”
As I listened, she said with a big smile.
“I hate the Bana Forest and the Doll Tribe.” (Chloes)
The smile was so heartfelt that it was almost audible, and there was nothing deceptive about Chloe’s expression.
(…I see, things seem to be complicated in many aspects.)
I had this impression, but I still asked Chloe to follow me. She was the only person I knew who could guide me through the Bana Forest.
Of course, she would come with me. It wouldn’t be good for the princess to get lost in the sprawling forest of Bana.
But Chloe says.
“I’d be happy to show you around, but it’s nearly impossible to sway the stubborn Doll Tribe. Is that okay with you?” (Chloe)
“I don’t mind. It’s my job and the princess’s to persuade them.”
“I see. I’ll go prepare for our departure.” (Chloe)
She went back to her room but was back in 40 seconds.
When I asked her if she thought it would take women longer to get ready, she said matter-of-factly.
“The maid’s formal attire is a maid’s uniform. It’s faster because I don’t have time to choose clothes. Besides, I have a travel bag full of travel gear so that I can accompany Her Highness at any time.” (Chloe)
“I see, you’re quite the practical maid.”
After praising her, she left the mansion and headed out.
Princess Sicily smiled when Chloe joins the Libra Division.
“I never thought that the day would come when I would be going on an expedition with Chloe.” (Sicily)
“Neither did I. We have lived together for a long time, Your Highness.” (Chloe)
The women were smiling as the flowers danced in the wind, a picturesque sight, but the men were annoyed.
“As expected of the most decorated man in Ernia, to seduce the princess’s maidservant.” (Libra Soldier)
“How noisy. That’s not the case.”
Some of them followed suit.
“I know you’re thinking far and wide, but you can’t take a woman into battle.” (Nine)
Nine’s words were correct, but Chloe was no ordinary woman.
She is a female warrior of the Doll tribe.
She is not weak, at least not in any way, and she is not a liability.
I explained this to him, but he didn’t seem to be convinced.
I guess that’s true.
Anyone who looks at Chloe and thinks of words like “Warrior” or “Martial Arts Master” must be a very odd person or have a good eye.
If I hadn’t been able to see her fighting skills and help her on several occasions, I would have thought of her as just another maid.
So it was quite natural for me to feel this way, but I made sure to tell them that Chloe was a warrior of the Doll Tribe and that she was an essential part of this mission.
“This young lady may be pretty, but people are not always what they seem.” (Chloe)
When she gave her opinion, I moved the army into action.
By the way, Chloe rides the princess’s horse.
It’s not that she can’t ride a horse, but she’s not that good at it.
She usually rides in a carriage with the princess, and ever since she came to the Royal Capital of Ernia, she seems to have gotten used to riding in a carriage.
“I should be used to living outdoors with the Princess. Right?” (Chloe)
She mocked herself, but the princess didn’t seem to mind.
“I’m happy to be close to my favorite Chloe.”
She said with genuine happiness.
Good friends are beautiful things.
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