Chapter 26:

Lucius The Prince

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

Now, the prince, Lucius-sama seems to be leading me to the library.Bookmark here

What a luck, I have been wanting to go inside the huge library for quite a while now!! I gladly accept this wonderful blessing~!Bookmark here

Taking a quick mental note of the library’s location, we have finally arrived inside the Royal Library.Bookmark here

I notice that not there are not only theoretical books and other tedious books, the library also contains fictions such as novels and comics! I wonder when can I get my hands on them...? Now, I have the chance to visit the library often. The chance is namely, Lucius-sama!!!Bookmark here

“So, you’re Alrescha, right?” Lucius-sama suddenly turned at me.Bookmark here

“Uhhh, people usually would address me Lyra,” I say, reluctantly.Bookmark here

“Hmm? Why not Alrescha?”Bookmark here

Uhhhhh, how would I know???Bookmark here

It’s like how you’re called “Lucius-sama” or “Luca” instead of “Aideen”, right?Bookmark here

“Well, it’s not important, anyway,” he quickly shrugs it off.Bookmark here

Errr... alright...?Bookmark here

Why bringing it up in the first place, then?Bookmark here

Weird prince.Bookmark here

“So, let’s have out first strategical meeting. From now on, you’re my assistant, get it!” he puts his hands on his chest.Bookmark here

Uhhh, strategical meeting to what...?Bookmark here

Despite my lack of understanding…Bookmark here

“Understood, Lucius-sama,” I said obediently. Well, he is still the crown prince, so I will see how it goes!Bookmark here

“...” He goes silent for awhile, then he turns away.Bookmark here

“Let see... for today’s prank... Let’s do a water surprise to the apprentice maid!”Bookmark here

“Huh?!”Bookmark here

Gasp! I let out my voice without even thinking about it.Bookmark here

“What’s wrong?” the prince turns around at me again.Bookmark here

“Ah, n, no. It’s nothing, Lucius-sama,” I quickly covered my mistake. Well... the king wants me to be a good playmate. So I guess this is what I should do...?Bookmark here

I feel bad for the maid… But I should make sure he uses a clean water. And perhaps warn her a bit so she can at least dodge it.Bookmark here

“Anyway, I know that there’s a new young maid that just entered the castle. Perhaps we could play along with her and see her reaction! I know where she’d go to, so it’s perfect!”Bookmark here

For a 4-year-old child, he is mischievous enough. Did he watch too many episodes of the old series about a cat and a mouse?Bookmark here

“Alright, Lucius-sama,” I nodded in understanding, while keeping in mind to try to warn the maid, if possible.Bookmark here

“...,” the prince sighed, for no reason.Bookmark here

“Alright, let’s go and put the plan into action!”Bookmark here

The new maid is a very young maid, early in her teens, I think.Bookmark here

She is earnestly trying to memorize the huge castle and is going to assist in cleaning one of the rooms. She’s going with a senior maid to go inside.Bookmark here

Just as she opens the door…Bookmark here

“Wait---”Bookmark here

My timid voice was too late to warn her as the sound of water splashing can be heard.Bookmark here

“Whoa!” The maid yelped in her surprise, while the senior maid quickly closes the door to shield herself from the water, before she finally opens the door and enters.Bookmark here

“Are you alright?”Bookmark here

“Yes, but I was just surprised, uhm…”Bookmark here

The two of them finally turned to us.Bookmark here

“Uhm… I…” I timidly started to speak.Bookmark here

“…Oh, you’re the Prince’s new playmate? …thank you for accompanying the prince, uhm…,” the senior maid spoke.Bookmark here

“Well well, it seems like another prank of the prince. *sigh*, well, it can’t be helped. The prince is at that age, after all. But, be sure not to overdo it and don’t ditch classes again, okay, Lucius-sama?” The senior maid asked the prince.Bookmark here

“O-kay!”Bookmark here

…No sincerity at all in his response.Bookmark here

“Alright then, let’s go and get you changed. I apologize on the behalf of the prince.”Bookmark here

The two maids bowed and left the room.Bookmark here

…Is that it?Bookmark here

Well, it’s true that children can be naughty… but shouldn’t you scold him more?Bookmark here

…Oh, I forgot. He’s the prince. But even still.Bookmark here

“Hey, I noticed you tried to warn the maid, huh? As a punishment, you are to take off one of your twin tails!” He commanded.Bookmark here

Uh, that will totally make me look weird, but I have no choice, right?Bookmark here

Can’t have him get angry at me... he would totally pull out another worse prank if I get his mood bad...Bookmark here

Aaah really, handling children, especially those that I should please—is totally not my specialty.Bookmark here

It’s true that I had a younger brother with quite the age gap, but I didn’t really interact with him that much, so…Bookmark here

I spent the rest of the day trying to please the prince, but it seems like he is either irritated or bored. To be honest, I am getting fed up with his antics—that have a pattern!Bookmark here

All that he’s done... it’s all so catchy and will surely grab others’ attention. Also, he has never addressed me with my name. He called me with “oi”, “you”, “underling”, and so on...Bookmark here

Anyway...Bookmark here

Is it true that he wants to have his parents’ full attention back, especially his mother?Bookmark here

But being a king and a queen means you will have your hands full with various matters, whether you like it or not.Bookmark here

The birth of a new child will also demand a parent’s attention towards that child.Bookmark here

It’s not that his parents didn’t try to give him a quality time, too, right?Bookmark here

Getting the full attention back will be a hard task to do. He has no other choice but to adapt.Bookmark here

Befriending the others might help him to shift his attention, if lessons and trainings are not enough to occupy his mind. So, why…?Bookmark here

In the end, I was dismissed and the prince clearly seems like he doesn’t care enough whether I will come again or not. Like my presence doesn’t matter.Bookmark here

Well, I don’t know if this is a good sign or a bad sign.Bookmark here

Clearly, this made me wondering how it was with Alt-nii.Bookmark here

My presence to the family surely altered the amount of attention and care he received.Bookmark here

But I have never seen him throwing tantrums or such... or that I am not aware of it?Bookmark here

Perhaps I should try asking...Bookmark here

Also, the prince and his pranks…Bookmark here

Who knows that he might get someone injured or sick because of his prank to gain others’ attention, especially his parents’ attention?Bookmark here

This kid needs to learn that.Bookmark here

But I don’t know if I should be the one to tell him off? I mean, I am in no position to do that… my family’s position is obviously lower than those of royal family.Bookmark here

I’m certain the king and the queen should have told him, but he might have ignored their warnings as nothing of the sort has ever happened.Bookmark here

“Lyra, you still look so tired. How was it with Luca?” Dad asked during the dinner, opening the conversation. I slept shortly after arriving until before dinner.Bookmark here

“Well... Lucius-sama doesn’t seem to care about my presence at all... I wonder how should I act in front of him. I followed what he wanted to do and all, but he didn’t seem to be happy about it? Also, he needs to stop doing his pranks, but I didn’t dare to tell him off” I poured all my mind.Bookmark here

“Hmm, should I go in your stead?” Alt-nii asked.Bookmark here

“Wha, how dare he, against my Lyra...?!” Dad mumbled.Bookmark here

Uhm well Dad, he is the prince! So he should dare to do that.Bookmark here

“Lyra, are you… interested to be the future queen, anyway?” Dad suddenly dropped a bomb.Bookmark here

“Huh?!” I reflexively retorted. My mind is doing the analysis right now.Bookmark here

Being the future queen means I have to marry whoever is the crown prince. From the looks of it, that brat will be the crown prince. That means, I have to marry him. Bookmark here

“Me? Marrying that brat? Yeah, no!” I dissed.Bookmark here

Towards my honest answer, Mom chuckled, and Dad sighed in relief.Bookmark here

“When most girls dream of marrying a prince… Mwahaha, you are indeed my little sister!” Alt-nii gave his big thumb to me and winked.Bookmark here

I gasped when I realized what I just did.Bookmark here

“Uhm… Dad, Mom, are you hoping that I will be the queen some day?” I timidly asked. This… is a very important question that could change the course of my life.Bookmark here

“Huh? Oh, no, no! I don’t want you to be snatched away by anyone, not even the king of any country!” Dad answered.Bookmark here

“Ahaha, that’s exaggerating, Cyan. You know you will have to give her off when she’s married in the future,” Mom reminded Dad.Bookmark here

Dad’s shoulders slumped down in his dejection and denial of the future reality.Bookmark here

“Oh and, Lyra, you are free to choose who you want to marry. Your mom and dad were opposed to our engagement before and decided we won’t impose that political marriage thing on our children,” Mom smiled.Bookmark here

That’s good to know!Bookmark here

Married off for political reasons is the fate for most nobles, but I assume the nobles who got married out of love would hate to keep that tradition going.Bookmark here

Which means, perhaps the king wouldn’t force political marriages to his children, and I wouldn’t have the risk of being forced into a marriage with the prince.Bookmark here

Ah! Wait… that would be funny, Mom and Dad were engaged to each other, but opposed that engagement… and then they got married out of their own accord??Bookmark here

“But, Lyra would make an awesome queen, I think!” Alt-nii said.Bookmark here

Can I take that as a compliment, without thinking about how I can be a queen…? (Marrying the crown prince)Bookmark here

“By the way, Alt-nii... when I was born... did you feel like I stole away Mommy and Daddy’s attention...?”Bookmark here

“Huh? Ah, hmmm, I think I felt that way for quite a while... but I can’t remember,” Alt-nii chuckles.Bookmark here

“Oh, Altaire did rebel a bit during the first few weeks when you were born, Lyra,” Mom confirmed it to me.Bookmark here

“And then, what did you do?” I asked.Bookmark here

“Well? In our case... we talked to him about it... and well, he’s had Clavis coming over to play starting at that time,” Mom tried to recall those old time.Bookmark here

“Yup, Clavis is fun to tease! Ehe!”Bookmark here

“Uhmm... Alt-nii?”Bookmark here

“Nah, at first he tried to endure all my pranks... But then he exploded and yelled at me. After coming to his senses, he apologized many times, I guess, but then he murmured that I was being too overboard. From what I remember... hmm, yeah, that was what made my impression on him change. I remember I finally acknowledged him as an interesting fellow at that day! So I told him to address me as just Altaire,” he said.Bookmark here, how severe were your pranks that Clavis exploded?!Bookmark here

“Ah, but my opponent is the prince here, aah, I wonder what I should do...”Bookmark here

I sighed. I can’t think any of the right answer.Bookmark here

“Lyra, I think you can just act however you want to,” Dad finally speaks.Bookmark here

“Huh? But, I wouldn’t want to incur the wrath of the royal family...”Bookmark here

“I believe that the royal family won’t get mad at you for such a thing. Instead, I think that since most people around the prince all think like that, he gets bored, right? And seeing that nobody can really oppose him and give him a scolding as much as his parents, that caused him to pull more pranks in order to know until when can they withstand it?” Dad speculates.Bookmark here

That is logical.Bookmark here

However...Bookmark here

“He might be angry at me... and that may not do good on our family... not only me...”Bookmark here

“Ah, well... I think it’s better for you to display your real self and let the others decide on how they’re gonna respond to that rather than trying to please them. I still believe that Titus and Shaula won’t stay quiet if Luca is acting selfish and makes up a story about you... if Luca is capable of doing that,” Dad says.Bookmark here

I am contemplating...Bookmark here

“Besides,” he added as he cradled me into his arms, “even if the royal family comes to dislike us, we would still be here and support your decision, Lyra, so long as it’s a right decision.”Bookmark here

(Deep inside his heart, Cyan knows that Titus won’t ever do that, unless the king is possessed by some mad ghost.)Bookmark here

Ah—Bookmark here

Mom nodded and Alt-nii, too.Bookmark here

“Go and catch that prince, Lyra! Defeat him!” Alt-nii puts his hand in the air.Bookmark here

Now, I have my family’s full back-up and support to act as I see fit towards the prince, without worrying any single thing.Bookmark here

I can’t imagine how it will turn out...Bookmark here

If that can at least reduce the prince’s antics, then it’d be good.Bookmark here

If not, then at least I won’t have to deal with him again, I guess. Which doesn’t really matter to my family, it seems. They aren’t slighest bit worried on how I won’t get choosen as the future queen, and that I should be fawning over the prince so that I will be selected. They don’t seem to care about that kind of thing at all.Bookmark here

They want to support me to just be myself.Bookmark here

And do whatever I want, regardless of what others say, as long as it is not something bad.Bookmark here

Alright, just you wait, you little brat!!Bookmark here

This Lyra will be coming at you with her full might, so beware!!Bookmark here

A life lesson is coming your way, in a hard style!Bookmark here

Inside of my game-defiled mind, I can hear a mechanical BGM resounding.Bookmark here

NPC : Title unlocked, [The Mighty Lyra]!Bookmark here

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