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The Princess, her maid, and I were walking in the forest.
Following closely behind us is a man in black. He is the man who saved me from the Ogres.
Who on earth is he? I wonder if he’s our ally or our enemy.
I am curious and cautious, but I can’t pursue him.
The moment I try to contact him, he disappears from my sight.
“…So, no luck finding out who he is after all?” (Sicily)
Unfortunately, I shook my head at Sicily then she whispered.
“Well, nothing then. I just thought it was better not to conclude that she was a beautiful woman in black.” (Sicily)
“I’m not sure about that, but we’re about to get out of the forest.”
When I declare this, the exit to the forest is now in sight.
We had been in the forest for a long time, so we were used to the light through the leaves. The light on the empty plain was very bright, but we didn’t get distracted and continued on our way.
On the way, we found a farmer who offered us a horse for five times the market price.
We hurried the horses to meet up with the Libra Division.
It was possible that they were already engaged in battle with the Titan Corps of the Astorian Empire. In that case, I was going to have to take command and do something about it, but I was able to avoid such an emergency situation.
Victor and Nine, who had been entrusted with the division, were cautious and awaited my return.
Major Victor says.
“I can’t command. You know, this division belongs to our tactician Leon.” (Victor)
Nine said something similar, but they were wrong. This division belongs to the princess.
So I asked the princess to issue a proclamation, announcing that we would soon be facing the Titan Corps, and not a single one of us was intimidated.
They had placed their full trust in the princess, but their courage was not immediately tested.
The decisive battle with the Titan Corps was only a few days away.
Major Victor then says.
“The Titan Corps are currently in the process of capturing the Southern City of Ernia. According to scouts, the city is already on the verge of falling.” (Victor)
“That means we’ll never make it there in time.” (Nine)
Nine usually jokes around, but what he’s saying is cold. I don’t blame them because their insights are correct. It was obvious that it would be useless to go to the aid of a city whose fortifications had been breached.
If we were to go to the aid of that city now, we would receive a painful baptism from the giants that had gained momentum. We would lose without gaining any geographical advantage at all.
It was a fool’s errand to not choose a place to fight when our forces were so small.
And the Astoria Empire is not a demon. The city that fell would be incorporated into the empire and placed under its control. They would not treat the inhabitants roughly. –It’s not absolute, but as a general of an army, I have no choice but to act based on such calculations.
What I needed to do now was to find out from Victor about the terrain in this area and look for a terrain that would be easy to fight the Titan Corps.
Fortunately, he said that there was a canyon in the vicinity. I thought this was the best terrain to fight the Titans, so I sent my engineering team there first.
The Libra Division will head three days later.
In other words, I’ll be out of commission for three days, and I’ll be able to read as much as I want during that time.
—But it was for only thirty seconds.
While I’m reading in my temporary quarters in the city where I’m staying, Chloe comes in with her cheeks puffed out.
As she opened the door of my room,
“I have two things to say to Leon-sama.”
The first was as I expected.
“Leon-sama, during the decisive battle with the Titan Corps, I heard that I will be sent away.” (Chloe)
“You are not a military personnel—I was thinking of saying it, but it would be no good.”
“No good at all.” (Chloe)
“But you’re not really a soldier.”
“But I’m her maid, and I’m quite confident in my martial abilities.” (Chloe)
“You don’t want your Princess to be alone on the battlefield, do you?”
“But that’s the way it’s always been. Frankly, I don’t want you to take off your maid’s uniform and put on a military uniform.”
“Because the uniforms of the female officers of the Ernian Army are dull.”
“It’s a joke, maybe it’s not funny. But I mean it. I’d also like to ask you to guard the city. There have been reports that Imperial scouts have infiltrated the city and are carrying out subversive measures. You’re good with information, so I’m sure you can spot the enemy spies.”
“I see, I have my role to play, don’t I.” (Chloe)
“Yeah, I’m counting on you.”
It was half true, half false. There were no such reports, but common sense dictated that imperial agents would be in the mix. It was a good idea to have her stay here to catch them.
Chloe seems to be convinced, but she says there is one more thing she wants to say. So I give her permission.
“Actually, this is more important.” (Chloe)
Chloe made a serious expression and said:
“There is a hot spring in this city. Please go to soak with Her Highness.” (Chloe)
Chloe says with a smiling devilishly.
A towel, shampoo, and bathrobe were already prepared.
She handed them to me in a matter-of-fact manner, and also gave me a ticket to the hot spring baths.
She’s quite a schemer.
She also told me that there was a princess waiting for me with a happy look on her face so that I wouldn’t be able to refuse.
“If you said no, she would be very disappointed.” (Chloe)
I was completely trapped and caught in the trap, but I did not feel bad.
It is not nice to be defeated by the enemy on the battlefield. But in everyday life, it’s not so bad to be fooled by others, especially when they have good intentions and surprise you.
With that in mind, I picked up the bath set from Chloe and headed straight for the hot spring.
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