Chapter 16:

CHAPTER 11.5: FLIGHT FROM AMARANTH

The Human Saint is Bored, so I was Summoned to Another World Vol. 4


It was in the middle of the long sleep, when the soldiers the crown prince had sent to check on the status of the royal army at the field of mediation returned. Not only were they carrying a few of their comrades’ corpses, but they also brought some dire news.Bookmark here

“Your Highness…the army was annihilated, along with a few of your ministers.” they reported, “And a huge force of rebels is marching towards the city. They could arrive here at breakfast.Bookmark here

And with that, our preparations were increased in pace. Maddie never left the secured room for fear that she might get assassinated. Her powers had yet to return, and we’re hoping that once we got some distance away from the city, she could gain back her magic…Bookmark here

And in the relative safety of her room, I left Princess Jessica and Eris.Bookmark here

“You sure made a lot of promise, Kuro.” Maddie had a sly expression on her face, “I wonder how would you be able to make those into reality…”Bookmark here

“I had to do it, Maddie. Or their families won’t have peace of mind.”Bookmark here

“Well…true.”Bookmark here

I turned to her and gave her a head pat, “Hey, don’t blame yourself for what happened here. We only tried to help, and it just didn’t work at all.”Bookmark here

“Kuro…you said before that I’d rather go down standing for my beliefs, right?”Bookmark here

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“With these people and families being broken up because of conflict, is it still worth it?”Bookmark here

I was taken aback by Maddie’s question. I guess she’s questioning the morality of her ideals, given that these things happened. People were dying, families would have to separate, chaos ensuing everywhere. But then again…Bookmark here

“What do you think? If you didn’t interfere, the worse could have happened.Bookmark here

“Aren’t the results the same?”Bookmark here

“Well, yes.” I chuckled, “If you did nothing, there’s nothing to expect later, once this is over. However, now that you began something, the people would have hope that their saint is doing her best to care for them. I think that’s a big difference.”Bookmark here

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“Think of it this way: the road to the top isn’t a path full of roses. Of course, there would be a lot of naysayers to whatever you do, even try to keep you from succeeding. But the only difference of a successful person from a complete failure is that they keep on trying, no matter how loud the critics are.”Bookmark here

Maddie’s eyes were welling up, “Kuro, what do you think I should do from here?”Bookmark here

“Well, first, take a rest. You must be exhausted from all that’s been happening to you, that’s why you’re getting depressed once again. Look at those two, Jessica and Eris. At least, they’re sleeping now.” I suggested, “And second, take a breather. Lily was right to suggest that we retreat to the Holy Palatial Gardens and think of our next steps. Once you’re fully rested…”Bookmark here

“W-What?”Bookmark here

“Let’s get back at that emperor and his saint.”Bookmark here

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I stayed with Maddie long enough to watch her fall asleep. She had a really long ‘day’, and the events happening around her must’ve been getting into her head. The moment she finally drifted to dreamland, however, was my chance to continue working.Bookmark here

I won’t rest for now, not until we’re completely safe.Bookmark here

Together with Lily, we went to the Marquise of Monfort who assembled our small contingent of paladin escorts at the castle courtyard: 60 young noble ladies from different countries and states in north Chersea.Bookmark here

“Alright girls! It’s our time to shine once again!” the Marquise told them to boost their morale, “Because of the sudden turn of the events against us, we’d withdraw from Amaranth for now, and escort the saint to safety.”Bookmark here

No one said anything. The paladin guard contingent remained at attention as their captain and the head maid inspected them. As I am the ‘co-captain’ of the paladin guards, I walked with them, but carefully positioned myself behind the Marquise and Lily, so as not to appear that I’m superseding their authority.Bookmark here

Once the inspection concluded, Lily went to check Maddie’s carriage and had someone from the royal army come with her. I was left with the Marquise.Bookmark here

“Kuro…” the Marquise whispered to me the moment we’re alone, “You’re going to command the other half of the contingent. Don’t worry, I asked Dame Atkins to help you.” she gave me a pat on the back.Bookmark here

Your vague words of encouragement are giving me more worries than courage, you know? I admitted to her, “Ugh…this is all too sudden.”Bookmark here

Nah. We’re all taken by surprise as well.” the Marquise winked at me, “Now don’t lose sight of the goal, which is to escort Her Holiness out of this kingdom. If things come to worst, other matters should be left behind…”Bookmark here

“What do you mean by that?”Bookmark here

“Well…” she looked towards the room where Maddie, Jessica, and Eris were staying, “For example, those people who are close to you.”Bookmark here

“You’re not telling me…”Bookmark here

The Marquise nodded.Bookmark here

“That’s bullshit, you know? I won’t leave anyone behind!”Bookmark here

“Well, it is crap. But it’s how this world works, see?” the Marquise wryly told me, “Our duties as the paladin guards come first before our personal lives, after all.”Bookmark here

“But what about your goals? Isn’t it to protect your sister?”Bookmark here

The Marquise of Monfort fell silent when she heard that. I won’t tolerate any kind of melodramatic talk before a battle. It reeked of ‘death flags’ for those who’d be involved.Bookmark here

“Plus, even though you don’t have feelings for your parents, they really loved you! The Lady Hanna even talked to me about—”Bookmark here

The Marquise stopped me from completing my sentence, “Yes, I know they do. However, I’m not like them, especially my father, to whom Eris takes after. You see, Kuro, there’s something I didn’t tell you yet…”Bookmark here

It was my turn to keep quiet. Her sad eyes were staring straight into me.Bookmark here

“You see, before my mother conceived me, she became involved with someone else from the old royal family of Amaranth, the House of Benicci.”Bookmark here

“What? Are you telling me, you’re someone else’s daughter?”Bookmark here

The Marquise’s nod confirmed my suspicions.Bookmark here

Wow…this is some heavy stuff…”Bookmark here

“It is. And because the Duke of Braunhauer took care of my mother when she conceived me, now I try my best to serve his house…including his daughter, Eris.” the Marquise winked at me, “I don’t want to admit this, but I’m expendable, Kuro, just like everyone else. But please don’t tell anyone what you learned from me this time.”Bookmark here

I’m still profoundly affected by the Marquise’s revelation to me, so I could say nothing back to her.Bookmark here

“But I assure you, Kuro—on my name and sword, I’d do my best to do my duties as the Captain of the Paladin Corps. We’ll get through this alive, alright?”Bookmark here

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We quickly set out once the details of our carriage and armed escort were completed. The crown prince assigned a company of royal knights to us, besides the paladins of Her Holiness. It was way past the time for the ‘long sleep’, and so the only ones who remained awake were the patrolling soldiers loyal to the crown.Bookmark here

“I won’t turn my back on the people who need my help and protection.” Maddie declared, “They will come with us to the Holy Palatial Gardens, and they’ll be under my protection.”Bookmark here

“Our gratitude to you, Your Holiness.” the Crown Prince and the Duke of Amaranth paid their final respects to Maddie once she assured them of her protection over their family members.Bookmark here

“Eris, please stay strong, alright?” the Duke gave his daughter a head pat.Bookmark here

The young duchess never answered. She was just silently crying, trying to be brave while she watched her parents bid goodbye to her. On her hands was the history book her father gave to her; I guess she’d never let go of that forever…Bookmark here

“Luisa, please take care of your sister for me and your father.” Lady Hanna gave the Marquise a pat on her head, “You’re the only one we could count on, okay Big Sis?”Bookmark here

“I’d try to survive this, Luisa, so that I could continue to piss you off, alright?” the Duke teased his elder daughter, ostensibly to lighten the mood.Bookmark here

“I hate you…” the paladin captain replied. However, we could tell that she meant otherwise.Bookmark here

I really admire the Braunhauer sisters’ courage; if it was me, I’d be hysterical by now.Bookmark here

The duke then opened his arms wide, so that his family could be together one last time. Luisa, Eris, and Lady Hanna held him tight.Bookmark here

Damn…this stuff is too heavy to watch.Bookmark here

“Brother, I’m sorry I couldn’t be of use to our family…” I heard Princess Jessica say to the crown prince.Bookmark here

“What are you saying?” he embraced his little sister, “Live your life to the fullest! Don’t concern yourself with bothersome things, like power and influence. They’d come biting back at you if you don’t put your guard up, and it’s not enjoyable to be always on your guard.”Bookmark here

Then tears flowed from the princess’ eyes, “I’d really want you to come to my wedding though.”Bookmark here

“Well, it’s not like I’m dying right away. I’ll try to live; and if I died, I’d try to come back as a spirit to watch over you and my brother-in-law.”Bookmark here

I know it’s sad, Your Highness, but please don’t.Bookmark here

Maddie and Lily couldn’t bear to witness the sad scenes unfolding before them. I’m sure that Maddie’s blaming herself for the failure once again. So I quickly stood beside her and gave her a head pat.Bookmark here

“You did well, Your Holiness.” I winked at her, “It’s just that, it didn’t work this time because of others.”Bookmark here

Maddie said nothing. She just held me tight as she buried her crying face in my chest. Lily, upon seeing her friend, embraced her as well.Bookmark here

Well, though we didn’t want the moment to end, soon we had to ride our carriage. There was a faint sound of marching boots from a distance, and the unrest among the defenders was apparent.Bookmark here

“Looks like an army was coming.” Prince David was still hoping that it was a friendly force, or the remnant of the army that was with him earlier in the field of mediation.Bookmark here

“Your Highness…” Maddie was trying to compose herself, “I’m sorry, but it seems we have to leave now.”Bookmark here

“Yes! Please be safe!”Bookmark here

The Duke and the Prince helped us load people into the carriage. The other paladins were given horses to replace the steeds they lost back at the chaos of the field of mediation. And once this was done, it was the Lady Hanna herself who closed the door of our carriage.Bookmark here

“Goodbye, Your Holiness!” the crown prince and the duke, together with his wife, Lady Hanna, watched us as we departed.Bookmark here

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