Chapter 24:

The Royal Family

I Didn't Even Want to Live, But God Forced Me to Reincarnate!

The next few days after that are filled with the beginning of my studies of magic along with Mom. As she has stated before, she has never tried to force me or to strongly suggest me to learn [Dark] magic. Instead, she focuses on my other affinities, starting with [Ice].Bookmark here

I have a lot of new things to learn. Things that I didn’t bother to learn at all back then. Theories on how magic works, how the whole mental imaging is important, and some basic magic chants. After all, we don’t use the daily language to chant magics. After my magic is stronger, I may be able to learn the chantless magicBookmark here

wait a minute, Mom, I think I’ll also learn the theories during school!! Though I can’t protest from having an earlier start, it might even get me to special class right from the beginning. Bookmark here

Repeating practices won’t be too bad, right? I can improve my magic further with repeated practices.Bookmark here

And a few days after my magic training (barely) begins...Bookmark here

“Lyra, are you okay with going to the castle tomorrow?” Dad dropped this bomb to me.Bookmark here

“Yes, huh?” I am clearly dumbfounded. I don’t see any reason for me to go to the castle...?Bookmark here

“Well, I heard about Titus’ chat with Cassie the other day but remained silent. However, Titus finally reached out to me and asked that you’d come and play with his son—since that child, he... seems to be dissatisfied with how his mother’s been tending to his little sister more... and caused troubles… Yeah, that is the gist of it,” Dad explained.Bookmark here

Oh...Bookmark here

Ohhhh!!Bookmark here

I totally forgot about that! Teehee~!Bookmark here

This is kind of bad, though.Bookmark here

I wonder if the king really wants me to befriend his son and help in ceasing the prince’s tantrum? Bookmark here

To be honest, I can’t help but think that this is an attempt to introduce me to him and then slowly talk about bethrothing us...?Bookmark here

“Uhh, Dad, is it okay for you to let me play with him?” I asked.Bookmark here

Dad seems to be burdened with the idea of handing me off to another guy... I wonder if that applies if the suitor is a prince?Bookmark here

“Well... while I do not want that prince to be infatuated to my cute Lyra, as it’s so obvious that Lyra is adorable...”Bookmark here

On second thought, Dad, please, stop!! This flattery is being too excessive!Bookmark here

[insert a short lecture on why Lyra is cute in Dad’s eyes]Bookmark here

“…I believe that Titus isn’t the kind of person to just decide on an engagement without all sides’ consent, so, I think it’s okay.”Bookmark here

Dad smiled. His trust towards his best friend is as clear as the sky.Bookmark here wait, it’s raining right now, so the sky isn’t clear!!Bookmark here

“Then, I’m okay with it!” I responded.Bookmark here

I actually am bothered by how I should act in front of him, but he’s still a child, so...Bookmark here

Wait, don’t judge me, I may also be a child, but mentally, I am an adult!Bookmark here

Yup, yup! Bookmark here

Plus, I have had years of my queen education, so I’ll be fine!!Bookmark here

Thus, it is decided that I will be going to Capicastle tomorrow!Bookmark here

And tomorrow comes by so fast! Bookmark here

I am currently riding a carriage, wearing a good dress and my hair in twin-tails, as usual. However, this time, I am going with Dad. It’s Mom’s precious day off~Bookmark here

As we reach the castle, Dad leads me towards the guest--... the what, the throne room?!Bookmark here

The throne room is as luxurious as ever, with the red carpet being there, leading all the way to the golden and red throne. Sitting on top of the honorable seat is this country’s wise king, Titus Rou seo Navarrete. He has one of his hand on the throne seat’s armrest, supporting his head.Bookmark here

Whoops, looks like Dad doesn’t need to report to the maid in the guest room to notify the king, after all. Nobody stopped us on our way, too.Bookmark here

“You’ve kept me waiting, Cyan! Good thing you have Lyra with you!” Bookmark here

“Well, I’m on time, as usual, don’t you worry. And Lyra has never gone back on her words before, so yeah, here she is.”Bookmark here

Now, all eyes are on me, so I decided to graciously bow down before the almighty king—nah wait, the almighty title is only for the God, I guess I have heard of the title of The Almighty God or something...Bookmark here

“It’s my pleasure to be invited by Your Majesty.” I said solemnly.Bookmark here

“Whoa, what a refined manner you have! Hard to imagine that she is your daughter, Cyan.”Bookmark here

“...excuse me, Titus?!”Bookmark here two are really on good terms, aren’t you?Bookmark here

“Anyway, let’s move to the garden.” The king then stands up and leads us towards the castle’s garden.Bookmark here

As expected, the garden is huge and there are various beautiful plants. Flowers, trees, even the grasses are all looking good, and we can even see some gardeners to take care of them on our way. As we continue to walk around, we finally come across an elegant yet simple set of round table and white chairs. Sitting on one of the chairs is a gentle-looking woman with her crimson long and straight hair. Her light purple eyes are looking at us gently. In her arms, she is cradling a little baby.Bookmark here

“You’re finally here! And you must be Lyra?” She says, as she glances at me.Bookmark here

“Uhm...,” I am not sure how to respond...Bookmark here

“Ah right, let me introduce you two first,” the king stepped in and took out a chair.Bookmark here

“But first, please sit down here, as you’re our honored guest, little girl,” the king extended his hand towards the white chair.Bookmark here

“Let me help you with that, Lyra,” Dad swoops me away and places me on the chair.Bookmark here

Yeah, the chair is quite hard for me to reach... for now.Bookmark here

“Fufu, you’re such a pampering parent, huh, Cyan? That’s kinda unexpected,” the crimson-haired woman says.Bookmark here

...Wait, unexpected?! Dad?!Bookmark here

I think the traits of an oyabaka is clearly observable in him... no?Bookmark here

What was Dad like before he became a father, and what did the others think of him??Bookmark here

“Well, my children are my treasure, after all!” Dad answered.Bookmark here

Following after me, the two men also sit down.Bookmark here

“So, this is Alrescha Lyra Hartmann, Cyan’s beloved daughter. And Lyra, the lady here is my wife—in other words, the queen. You might have heard her name, but she is Shaula Schafer,” the king introduces his beloved wife.Bookmark here

“Nice to meet you, Lyra,” the queen smiles warmly at me.Bookmark here

So, the one who finally married the crown prince from my era as Reinst is the daughter of the Viscount Schafer’s family? Her social status in the noble society is not that high, so I can imagine the kind of riot it caused when their bethrothal was decided... Besides, I wonder what lead to her being the queen? I don’t mean to brag, but as Reinst, I was the #1 candidate, and the ones in the top 10 candidate ranking were anyone but the daughter of a Viscount.Bookmark here

Sigh, I wonder if my curiosity is abnormal...Bookmark here

It seems that I get curious way too often and too easily.Bookmark here

“Oh, and this baby here is my daughter. Her name is Leticia Dorothea seo Navarrete. Just call her Leti,” she positions herself so I can see the baby. The baby is looking back at me hazily, she looks like she’s about to fall asleep any time soon. Her green eyes are the same as the king’s, while her hair is crimson just like her mother.Bookmark here

“She’s so cute!” I thoughtlessly exclaimed. But she is indeed adorable. Her puffy cheeks and her tiny hands are so captivating, I want to touch them... but I try my best to refrain from it, as it may cause her to be alert and fail to sleep.Bookmark here

“Fufu, thanks for the compliment,” the queen says, and then she cradles Leticia back.Bookmark here

“Hmmm, so you like kids, Lyra?” Dad is intrigued by my captivation to Leticia.Bookmark here

“What, planning to have another kid?” Titus elbowed Dad.Bookmark here

“Nah, hmm, I wonder,” Dad starts to think.Bookmark here

Uh, oh... errr... I wouldn’t want to have a younger sibling just for my amusement’s sake...? Or rather, Dad, please... don’t think about it here... least go and discuss it with Mom instead of wondering alone...Bookmark here

“Ahaha! As for me, I think these two are already enough... A lot of things are happening in this country, and imagine it combined with the chaos ensued due to me having too many kids, ahaha!! That son of mine is already causing a lot of confusion to me and Shaula... But well, good luck if you want another kid, Cyan!” The king says.Bookmark here

Hmmm? Bookmark here

So, the king decides to only have one woman, this time, as well?Bookmark here

Actually, having more than one woman is the special right of a noble, as it is clearly demonstrated with the case of my old family— and that right is even more so for the ruler of this country. But I don’t know why, for one reason or another, it has been a while since the king decided to take on concubines. The number of the concubines the kings had decreased per generation. Wonder why?Bookmark here

Also... in case of a female noble or female ruler... Hmmm, it’s rare to have them, but... I think they can have more than one partner too, albeit it’s rarer to see.Bookmark here

However, most of the nobles are now having only one partner—with the most I can remember having three partners... That is because the society has started to view marriage as something more sacred with monogamous concept, and that creating a harem seems to be frowned upon as time goes on. Bookmark here

The most contributing factor to that is how having many spouses and children would complicate the whole family situation and there is that famous heir competition!!! That situation sounds awfully familiar, right? But with how thing goes, I don’t know about the nobles having hidden lovers, though it is possible, haha!Bookmark here

That is my recollection of my moral and etiquette education back then... The founder of this country only had a woman, while he clearly had the chance to establish a harem... especially during old times when the nobles having many concubines were normal things. It would be interesting to know what was in his mind during those time, but sadly he didn’t write any of his own epic journey. Almost all of the documents we have about the hero’s journey were written by others, so who knows how accurate they are? They might be accurate for the main gist of the events, but not about the trivial things.Bookmark here

“And where is that son of yours, anyway? Studying, I pressume?” Dad asked, and his voice brought me back to reality.Bookmark here

“Nah, well... he has never tried to ditch his classes and such... But when Leti was born, he started to ditch his classes and even pulled many pranks. We have scolded him many times but he kept repeating it. Normally, he will be studying or reading some books during his spare time, but who knows?” The king shrugged his shoulders and sighed. His expression is really troubled. Bookmark here

He might as well be playing hide and seeks right now with the maids! And by hide and seeks, I guess it’s a one-sided hide and seeks. The possible scenario is that the prince hides himself after running away from a class or after pulling a prank, and then the maids are frantically searching for him. Yep.Bookmark here

“Worry not, the maids usually will find him even if he’s doing other things... eventually... they should be escorting him here any time soon,” the king frowns a bit.Bookmark here

Well, certainly he has made the king quite bothered by it. But then again, a child should act childish, so it is natural... The king and the queen can impose a harsh punishment, but they don’t seem to be the kind of people to resort to that. Bookmark here

While waiting for the little prince to show up, the conversation is going on. I finally can establish that the prince was an obedient child before his little sister is born. The queen and the king have advised him many times, and after that he would be obedient again... but that didn’t come out long, and he’d start to be mischievous again. The cycle repeated again and again. Bookmark here

So, the king thinks it’d be wise to let him play with kids his age, so he can reduce his desire to seek the adults’ attention. It will be a good thing too if he can start forging friendships. Bookmark here

However, the real problem starts here. There have been attempts to introduce him to the maids or workers’ children, but the prince expressed his boredom to them. The befriending missions have failed so far, and the prince is still being as mischievous as ever. Bookmark here

That is why, I was called as the king’s last try, or so I heard. And it’s also because I am the daughter of His Majesty’s best friend.Bookmark here

If this doesn’t work to calm the prince down, then the king will consider to give the prince a harsher punishment.Bookmark here

Which he hates to think about, judging from his expression when he’s telling all that.Bookmark here

Which also means I have quite a big burden on my shoulders...?Bookmark here

Not long after that, the maids suddenly come with their exhausted expressions.Bookmark here

“Sorry for being late, Your Majesty. We are finally here.” The most senior-looking maid bowed curtly and moved aside to show a sullen little boy.Bookmark here

His feature is exactly the same as his little sister—scarlet hair and green eyes.Bookmark here

The little prince glances over at us before he throws his face aside again.Bookmark here

“Thanks for the hard work. You are all dismissed, you must have been tired,” the king responded.Bookmark here

“Thanks for putting up with our son,” the queen added.Bookmark here

“N, no, it’s out duty, after all!” The maid responded in a panic, and then along with her friends, they excused themselves.Bookmark here

Now, the ones left here are the royal family, Dad, and me.Bookmark here

“Luca, won’t you sit down?” The queen asked, gesturing him to a seat next to her.Bookmark here

“Hmpfh,” the young boy reluctantly obeyed his mother, but I can tell that he is quite happy. Bookmark here

“Lyra, let me introduce you. This is my son, Lucius Aideen seo Navarrete. Luca, this is the daughter of the Hartmann Duke, her name is Alrescha Lyra Hartmann. Since you two are at the same age, I hope you two can be good friends,” the king introduced us.Bookmark here

The prince—Lucius-sama only throws a quick glance at me before he continues to look disinterested. Bookmark here

Hmm, this will be quite a challenge. Bookmark here

After a short conversation, the adults now want to discuss some serious matters, so Lucius-sama and I are dismissed. I can sense that Lucius-sama is slightly disappointed. Bookmark here

The queen wanted to call on the maids but Lucius-sama told her not to.Bookmark here

“Follow me, then,” he said as he quickly walked away in front of me.Bookmark here

Not even waiting for me to follow him.Bookmark here

Not even glancing at me again to make sure I’m following him.Bookmark here

Do your best, me!!Bookmark here

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Don’t incur the wrath of the royal family, Lyra!!!Bookmark here

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