Chapter 17:

CHAPTER 12: THE MARQUISE OF MONFORT RETURNS!

The Human Saint is Bored, so I was Summoned to Another World Vol. 2


Dude, really, the ‘break’ of Her Holiness sure became one heck of a roller coaster ride.Bookmark here

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I mean, just look at the events that happened. I’m not sure how I could go through all of that. I guess I had a certain amount of mental fortitude within me…Bookmark here

Well, I won’t be a teacher if I don’t possess such a skill. Ah anyway…Bookmark here

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The engagement party almost became a disaster. However, instead, it turned into a weird festival in which the commoners and nobility took the time to socialize with one another. I guess the obstinate Duke of Rubinforth reconsidered. He was allowing the commoner masses to come by to his manor just like how it’s been during the time of his late wife. For the duration of her stay in Fen, the Saint was visited by several esteemed people in the land of Chersea and beyond. They noted how she became even more beautiful with her transformation, and she was now happier than she was before.Bookmark here

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As for that demon merchant, Devras? After that incident where I got ‘killed’, I have had no contact with him again. He simply disappeared, perhaps he made a lot of money after I won that second-round battle with the Grey Knight.Bookmark here

I did plenty of advertisements for him!Bookmark here

And speaking of the guy who slit my throat, though he was arrested and was placed on watch, he was found dead one day in his cell. I guess we’d never know the truth about who ordered my murder. But as long as I’m alive, I guess I’d be fine. Maybe I should keep away from the Kingdom of Nerfes for the time being, just to be safe.Bookmark here

Griffyth and the Band of Oak members became a popular item after the match. They became the most sought-after mercenary group in Chersea and beyond. The same goes for Winters and his Band of Brothers mercenary company. Well, for Kevin and Stephan’s Golden Territory Warriors? Hmm…I don’t know, they stayed around as an amateur hired-hand group, even with all the offers and praises they received after the tourney.Bookmark here

For the Imperial Prince, after the incident, they were forced to depart back to their territory in utter haste. Truth be told, most kingdoms in the northern half of Chersea had little to no love for the Empire since the last Human-Demon War, and with the Imperial Prince insulting the Saint in the most vicious manner, I didn’t think that mended the precarious relations…Bookmark here

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Alright, I know there are still some things that need to be clear…Bookmark here

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After that botched engagement, the Human Saint became noticeably attached to me. She would spend a lot of moments in the cottage where I stayed, mostly with her maid Lily tagging along, and sometimes with Her Fluffy Holiness too. However, this time, she came alone. I didn’t know if her father the Duke knew about this, but I tried to make her go—subtly, of course.Bookmark here

Nah, don’t worry, Papa and Lily were both properly informed.”Bookmark here

I stared at Her Holiness, trying to see if I should believe her or not. But well, I guess I couldn’t turn her away forever; this was her house, after all. I’m just a guest.Bookmark here

“Oh? You’re going to draw something?” I noticed a canvas and a drawing set with her, “In that case, I think you’ll like it if you sit by that chair over there.”Bookmark here

“And what about you?” Her Holiness asked, “What will you do?”Bookmark here

“Just read some books your little brother lent to me. Make yourself at home; this is your place after all!”Bookmark here

“Well, I’ll do just that then!” the Saint gladly put her drawing materials on the table nearby and set up. From my spot, I watched her from the corner of my eye as she tried to get a favorable angle from which she could start her work. She had a rough start, but I guess she found her comfort zone in the end.Bookmark here

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Silence filled the room as we both mind our businesses. However, though I try to never mind a girl inside my place, I couldn’t help but to check on her from time to time. What made me suspect that something was up was because there were those moments that I would catch her looking at me.Bookmark here

Well, she’d quickly turn away if once it happens. What, is she drawing me?Bookmark here

“!!!”Bookmark here

I almost jumped in surprise when I heard her things fall. Her Holiness desperately tried to pick it up as fast as she could; nevertheless, my interest got piqued up, and I went over to her to check on her art…Bookmark here

“Kuro!” I heard her voice almost shout, “Please…stay where you are!”Bookmark here

Hmm? I was wondering what you’re drawing, Your Holiness.”Bookmark here

“Stop! It’s a private matter!” she desperately pleaded.Bookmark here

I smirked when I saw her face turn red from embarrassment. Looks like she’s drawing something ‘lewd’ with that expression. I guess I need to back down now?Bookmark here

Of course, it’s just a joke. I’ll have to see that, no matter what!Bookmark here

“No! Kuro, no!”Bookmark here

What is that, Your Holi—Bookmark here

“!!!”Bookmark here

Holy—Bookmark here

My eyes almost popped out from their sockets when I saw my face on the canvas, beautifully drawn and painted by Her Holiness, as I read the book. The ‘me’ in that painting had the gentlest of expressions, even if I compare it to my ‘selfies’—edited with picture-beautifying apps—before…Bookmark here

And wow, the softness of the colors tells me she put the effort into doing this.Bookmark here

“Your Holiness…this is beautiful…”Bookmark here

“Indeed, you are, Mister Kuro…” I heard her reply. Her Holiness had a proud face on her; but the moment I looked at her, she tried to clean those talented hands of hers.Bookmark here

“But, Your Holiness…”Bookmark here

“Hmm?”Bookmark here

Uh…isn’t my body way too ideal in this? And why am I not wearing any clothes? And uh, why is there a ‘sensual’ expression on my face here, complete with a blanket covering my—”Bookmark here

“Awawawawawawa!!!” Her Holiness was in panic-mode.Bookmark here

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I didn’t know, but after I pointed out some ‘weird’ things about her work, Her Holiness quickly grabbed her painting and teleported out of the cottage.Bookmark here

“…” I was left bewildered by the experience. And, in my mind, I only had one concern…Bookmark here

That painting—no matter how I looked good in there—should be destroyed.Bookmark here

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I mean, come on. I knew I shouldn’t belittle myself, but what could be Her Holiness’ plan for that drivel? Was she planning to blackmail me into doing her bidding, or she’s going to keep it around and show it to everyone to play jokes on me?Bookmark here

Or can it be…Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

Fuck, is she trying to bewitch me and put a curse on me?Bookmark here

Well, my heart would beat fast whenever I’m close to her. It’s as if I’ve fallen in love…Bookmark here

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What the hell? What is she trying to do to me? Oh, fuck that. Her Holiness wasn’t a person who’d do such things…I’m ugly as fuck!Bookmark here

Nevertheless…Bookmark here

Your Holiness, I had to get that painting and destroy it!Bookmark here

“!!!”Bookmark here

Oh, hello there, Lily!”Bookmark here

“Hello, Mister Kuro!” the head maid greeted, as graceful and as polite as ever, “Good thing I saw you here. The Duke of Rubinforth wishes to see you.”Bookmark here

Huh? What for?”Bookmark here

Hmm…that, I wouldn’t know. But I guess, with everything that happened, it’s not bad this time.” Lily answered, “Don’t worry; the Duke is a reasonable person. I’m sure he’s just going to ask you some things.”Bookmark here

“In that case, I guess I need to prepare.”Bookmark here

“Indeed, you are!” Lily then forced herself into the cottage, “Thankfully, I brought over some bathing implements. We better need to get your bathwater heated!”Bookmark here

Uh…Lily, I think I’m good at bathing alone.Bookmark here

“Nonsense! Let me clean every nook and cranny of your—”Bookmark here

“Get out.” I never let the head maid finish; I quickly pushed her out (but gently) and locked the door…and covered the windows too.Bookmark here

Uh, medieval life was hard. I didn’t have an enclosed bathroom; just some bathtubs in full view of anyone who’d peek. No showers, too. I had to get water from a nearby well. If those were not enough; I had to go out half-naked in full view of everyone else. Fortunately, there’s no one around in this place since it’s just meant for servants. And about the peeking…Bookmark here

Well, who would try to peek at me, anyway?Bookmark here

Oh, right…there’s Lily. I already covered the windows, so tough luck.Bookmark here

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Oh, it’s you, Mister Kuro!” the Duke greeted me the moment I appeared in his private study room. According to Lily, he had called for me for unknown reasons; and because of past encounters with him, I’m on my guard.Bookmark here

Ah, how are you, Your Excellency?”Bookmark here

“Well, I’m pretty much fine…though I can feel the age in my bones.”Bookmark here

Hmm…honestly, I do think you’ll live longer.” Well, I’m not giving him the lip-service. I guess he’ll live long…I mean, if I would try to give an estimate of his age, I’d say he’d be an adult with around 48-52 years of life.Bookmark here

Ah, thanks for that. I wanted to see my grandchildren before I go to Annie’s side…”Bookmark here

Oh, you will, Your Excellency. Just stay positive.”Bookmark here

Ah yes, I’m positive.” the Duke folded the newspaper he’s reading, “By the way, what do you think about Maddie?”Bookmark here

Ahh…this question. Heh, I’ve read a lot of romance novels and watched romantic movies enough to give me an idea that this could be a trap question. You see, if I try to answer, let’s say, ‘Your daughter is a wonderful woman or a beautiful lady’, he might interpret it as a sign that I’m gunning for his child.Bookmark here

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And if I told him that ‘She’s my friend’, he could get angry and ask, ‘Do you mean to say that my daughter is not attractive?’.Bookmark here

For now, let’s try the safe route, “Well, Her Holiness is a kind lady to everyone who needs help. I think this land would benefit from her reign as the human Saint.”Bookmark here

Pah! That’s not what I mean, you daft boy!” the Duke slammed the newspaper on his desk, “I’m asking you as a man who asks a fellow man. What do you think about Maddie as a woman, personally?”Bookmark here

Well, shit. He didn’t take my diversionary tactic. I guess I got no choice but to tell him the truth…Bookmark here

Ahem…Sir, with all due respect…” I tried my best to appear as discreet as possible, “Your daughter is a wonderful lady. She has her quirks and faults in her character, but you know—despite all that, over-all she’s a great, beautiful soul. I like her best when she’s relying on me since I feel like I’m being of use to a good person like her.”Bookmark here

“That’s very nice…”Bookmark here

“Yes, and that’s my honest thoughts about Her Holiness.”Bookmark here

“What about your feelings?”Bookmark here

“I love her—”Bookmark here

“Great. Spoken like a true boy in love!”Bookmark here

“Wait—uh, Sir, I think you’re misunderstanding something.” Hold on, you didn’t let me finish! I was about to say that I love Her Holiness for being herself.Bookmark here

“Maddie, did you hear that just now?”Bookmark here

“!!!”Bookmark here

Much to my horror and embarrassment, the door that led to the terrace of the Duke’s private study room opened. The Saint stood there, all beautiful in her teal dress, and her lovely face was blushing.Bookmark here

“I told you your Mom’s way to make someone confess is effective.” the Duke laughed, “She ensnared me that way, and we loved each other ever since.”Bookmark here

Uh, Your Holiness, I…I, uh…Bookmark here

“M-m-m-mister K-Kuro…I understand…d-don’t worry.”Bookmark here

Well…ahem…as long as there’s no further misunderstanding, I guess it’s fine. Good thing she read my thoughts.Bookmark here

“I like you too, you know.”Bookmark here

I thought my heart stopped beating for a moment. It’s the first time—the ever first-ever time (it isn’t a grammar mistake)—that a beautiful girl confessed to me. I’m so happy I could cry now…Bookmark here

But wait—isn’t this…Bookmark here

“Just tell me when you’re going to get engaged, and I’ll do the preparations. Invite everyone we could invite, even from the other races.”Bookmark here

“Thanks, Papa.”Bookmark here

This was going fast. In fact, way too fast!Bookmark here

Uhm…Your Excellency, aren’t I am commoner?”Bookmark here

Hmph! You know, you made me realize something. Noble or commoner, what matters is the character, not the background or pedigree.” the Duke flashed a grin, “I still couldn’t forget how you defended the honor of my daughter from that obnoxious Imperial trash, even though you’re a mere commoner. As a parent who loves his children, how can I not be moved by that? My house will be secured if you add to our family!”Bookmark here

Add into? What am I, a pok*mon?Bookmark here

Never mind that. How about the Saint?Bookmark here

Uhm…isn’t this too fast Your Holiness? I thought you’re against marrying early!Bookmark here

“Well, what can I say?” The Saint was all-smiles. I could see some hearts popping out of her head as she reeked of happiness and romance, “I resemble my mother…she’s also hunted my father.”Bookmark here

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Good lord, I shouldn’t underestimate the power of genetics!Bookmark here

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Congratulations, brother-in-law!”Bookmark here

What the fuck, this is going out of rational proportions!Bookmark here

The next thing that happened was that when we went outside the Duke’s private study, Her Holiness’ siblings had come to us, all excited. They were wearing celebratory hats on their heads, and their guards even cast some magic that caused tiny confetti to appear.Bookmark here

“Your Excellencies—”Bookmark here

“From now on, you’re not allowed to call us that way, you understand?” Sophia demanded, “You shall call me by my name, Sophia, big brother!”Bookmark here

“And of course, I’m William, big bro!”Bookmark here

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Well, it’s not that I’m pissed or something, but it’s been awkward for me since I’m used to calling them the ‘formal’ way before. I mean, hey, didn’t they think that everything’s going way too fast? Didn’t these siblings care for the love-life of their sister anymore?Bookmark here

I’m just a commoner! Why are they so ecstatic when common sense dictates I’m of a lower status than a noble? Shouldn’t they be disgusted with this kind of situation?Bookmark here

“It seems my siblings finally opened up to you, Kuro.” Her Holiness commented, “See? They really like you!”Bookmark here

Haha…they’re cute kids…” Yeah, so cute you’d die from stress…Bookmark here

The Saint chuckled, “Oh, and I know I’ve told you about this before, but Kuro…”Bookmark here

“Yes, Your Holiness?”Bookmark here

“Please refrain from calling me that. From now on, I’m Maddie.”Bookmark here

Oh…right, Your Ho—”Bookmark here

I saw the Saint pout her lips; her beautiful, silvery-blue eyes glared at me. Good lord, she’s way too cute!Bookmark here

“M-M-Maddie…” I’m having difficulty trying to say it; but, well, I had to do it. I guess there’s a difference between calling a student and saying your ‘lover’s’ name.Bookmark here

“Right!” Maddie smiled ever so sweetly, “I understand it will take a while, but I know you’ll get used to it. Please take care of me, Kuro, your student!”Bookmark here

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Uh, Your Holiness, did you just misunderstand what a teacher and a student are?Bookmark here

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And so the time came for Maddie’s ‘vacation’ to be over, and we had to make our way back to the Holy Palatial Gardens. After being absent for quite a while, it’s been the first time I saw the Marquise of Monfort’s face once again.Bookmark here

Oho! Look at the lucky boy!” the Marquise greeted the moment she saw me, “You’re a hot topic back in the capital, you know.”Bookmark here

“About the tourney?”Bookmark here

“Yeah, about that and how you thrashed that asshole prince’s face in front of his father. For us Cherseans, it’s the ultimate form of insult.”Bookmark here

Oh great. Now I’ve got to worry about an Imperial enemy…”Bookmark here

Ah, don’t worry about it. The current emperor knows his son’s mistake, and of course, he’ll be wary to ask for revenge if the entire continent is behind you.”Bookmark here

Ha? I don’t get it?”Bookmark here

“Man, it seems like you’re not updated with the news.” the Marquise grabbed the back of my neck and hugged me tight, “Your name has become a household word that meant ‘resistance to the Empire’. Children sing songs about you, perpetrated by some minstrels who witnessed what you did in the tourney.”Bookmark here

“Huh?”Bookmark here

“For example, since I’m getting pissed by you not understanding what I’m trying to say, do you want me to ‘Kuro’ you?”Bookmark here

“That’s lame, you know?”Bookmark here

“What’s important is you kicked the Imperial jackasses!Bookmark here

“You guys hate the Empire that much?”Bookmark here

“They’re a bunch of arrogant oafs, see?” the Marquise then pulled something out from her bag, “Hey look at this bottle of rum.”Bookmark here

Err…that’s…hey, what the heck!? It says ‘Fist of the North Lands Kuro’!”Bookmark here

“That’s your brand, boy. You got your rum to your name!”Bookmark here

I don’t know if I should be happy or not with that. I mean, they just used my name without permission! Didn’t they know about trademarks and copyrights? Besides, they also branded me like I’m a rip-off from that muscle anime back on Earth…Bookmark here

Well, I guess this land had got no idea about those things just yet. Maybe sometime later, I’ll inform Maddie about it.Bookmark here

“Hey, what’s up, Your Highness Lily!?” the Marquise greeted the Nerfes royal princess when she appeared in her old maid clothes.Bookmark here

Lily smiled at her and waved at me. Of course, I waved back out of courtesy. She then went on her way.Bookmark here

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Hmm…looks like the royal princess has something going on her head.” The Marquise of Monfort commented, “Did anything happen while I was gone?”Bookmark here

“Well, I’m not so sure…” then I told Lady Monfort how I ended up being almost-engaged with Her Holi—I mean, Maddie. She seemed to not believe it at first; but in the end, she accepted the fact that it was true.Bookmark here

“Well, you could say that she’s jealous, but I’ve never seen her act like that.” the Marquise suggested, “If I know, she’s even fine being your second, so what’s the point of being jealous now?”Bookmark here

“What do you mean by that? And wait, you had that kind of talk?”Bookmark here

“Yeah, girl stuff, you know.”Bookmark here

“I think you shouldn’t just drop that information on me so casually.”Bookmark here

Oh, come on! You’re being way too much of a prude. Why don’t we check her out for a while? I guess it wouldn’t hurt to do that, since we’re her friends, right?”Bookmark here

“Of course. I’ll also tell Maddie about her. She’s her closest friend, remember? She might help her as well!”Bookmark here

Ayt, let’s do that then.” the Marquise agreed to my proposal and we both went our separate ways.Bookmark here

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***At a certain hidden part of the Rubinforth manor***Bookmark here

Before the Human Saint and her group went back to the Holy Palatial Gardens, the Beastman Saint checked on some things with the help of Maddie’s paladin, the Marquise of Monfort.Bookmark here

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And now, she had returned from the mission Her Fluffy Holiness had entrusted her to do.Bookmark here

“Greetings, Beastman Saint! I have completed your orders, just as you would have wanted me to do.”Bookmark here

“Thank you, Lady Monfort!” Ruro asked the paladin to take a seat while she rummaged through the papers that she had given her, “So, what do you think about those incidents?”Bookmark here

“You mean?”Bookmark here

“Yes, I’m talking about the bandit attack on our way here. And that assassin who killed my master, Kuro. Are they somehow related?”Bookmark here

The Marquise of Monfort, in contrast to her usual cheerful personality, was serious this time. She took a deep breath and told the Beastman Saint everything that she knew, “Yes, those two incidents are related, just as you suspect, Your Holiness.”Bookmark here

“I see…”,Bookmark here

“Kuro’s assassination is a work of someone who’d benefit the most from his death. That bandit incident before is related in such a way that it would also benefit the one who takes control of the Human Saint.”Bookmark here

“Meaning?”Bookmark here

“The Empire surely has a hand on this. If Kuro dies, then the Prince would end up marrying the Human Saint, effectively controlling her. That one almost happened. And the bandit incident is also their work in their attempt to capture Her Holiness.”Bookmark here

“So they’re on the move again, huh?”Bookmark here

“Well, I guess it’s not because they’re interested in the Human Saint.” the Marquise of Monfort replied, “but those people from the Empire who tried to capture our Saint wanted something more than just controlling her; I think they haven’t given up their ambitions to dominate the entire land of Chersea…”Bookmark here

“By going to war, right?”Bookmark here

“Yes, Your Holiness…our Saint is a hindrance to their plans. She was using her ‘god powers’ to bring the human nations in-line with her pacifist policies, and the Empire wouldn’t risk being excommunicated—or their subjects might rebel.”Bookmark here

“I see…excellent work, Lady Monfort.” the Beastman Saint continued, “Maddie’s a bit of a soft-heart in these things, that’s why you guys need to prepare secretly for the conflict. It’s almost coming upon your world…”Bookmark here

“Thank you for your guidance, Great White Wolf.”Bookmark here

“As always, I’m just doing my promise to that idiot, Jimmy Nee…”Bookmark here

And, without further ado, the Marquise of Monfort let herself out of the room of the Beastman Saint, leaving the latter alone.Bookmark here

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Ruro knew that this brewing conflict was about to erupt soon. However, before it becomes a full-blown war, she had to do a pre-emptive move on her own against the one who controlled the Empire from the dark…Bookmark here

She already knows the identity of that person…Bookmark here

“Seirna…”Bookmark here

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