Chapter 1. The fiancé is back
I folded the parasol and went inside the Naveya shop.
The shop was crowded with people. There were so many people that it was impossible to tell who was the employee and who was the customer.
“Don’t touch anything over there!”
Ah, that person must be the employee.
I approached the man who shouted loudly and asked.
“I’m looking for a man named Khun.”
I deliberately spoke formally to hide that I was a noble. For that reason, I wore the most modest clothes.
Thanks to it, the man pointed inward without any doubt.
“If it’s Khun, he’s over there.”
I went inside as the man instructed.
There’s a man looking at the items in the box.
As I approached, the man looked back at me.
The man looked at me up and down, straightened his bent back, and bowed his head to greet me.
“What brings you here, noble lady?”
“How did you know I was a noble?”
“There’s no commoner who would carry such a luxury parasol.”
Ah, now that I thought about it, I was holding the parasol.
Still, the man outside didn’t notice that I was a noble.
Because I was caught that I was a noble, there’s no reason to continue to speak formally.
To my praise, Khun slightly bowed his head and asked.
“So, what have you come to see me for?”
“Before that, I want to ask your name.”
“My name is Khun.”
I came to the right place.
I nodded and glanced at the objects Khun was looking at.
Most of the items in the sack were grains such as barley and wheat.
“Are these all exported to Natsha Kingdom?”
“That’s right. As the Young Lady may already know, Natsha Kingdom is where our top business mainly deals.”
Of course, it was a known fact. That’s why I came here.
“Isn’t a lot of grain going out to Natsha Kingdom these days?”
“Don’t even mention it. I was worried because of the bountiful harvest throughout the continent that the grains were overflowing, but thanks to the bulk purchases from Natsha Kingdom, there’s little loss.”
As expected, is that so?
I looked at the barley in the sack and then looked at Khun.
“As I said before, I have a few questions for you.”
Khun replied with a slightly nervous expression.
“If I can give you the answer, I will.”
“I’m not trying to ask you anything weird, so don’t be nervous. Because the questions are easy. You just have to answer what you know.”
I smiled as kindly as possible and asked him the questions I had prepared in advance.
Climate change in Natsha Kingdom in the last 10 years, Natsha people’s staples, grain exports, etc.
Every time I asked a question, Khun’s expression became subtle.
He looked confused about why I was asking this.
“If it’s that problem…”
Still, he steadily answered all my questions.
“Thank you for telling me.”
After paying the price for giving me the information to Khun, I turned around and left.
It took more time than I thought. I thought it would take about 30 minutes, but it took over an hour.
Sarah is still waiting for me, so I have to go quickly.
As I hurriedly left the shop and headed to the cafe, I heard a familiar voice from somewhere.
“I’m the emperor? I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
This voice… His Majesty?
It was a voice that could never be mistaken, even if I tried to mistake it.
Why is His Majesty’s voice here…
I hurriedly looked toward the source of the voice.
“I told you I’m just rich, okay?”
Then I saw Kalian arguing with big men.
I didn’t expect him to really be His Majesty.
I looked at Kalian in bewilderment.
As if unaware that I was watching, Kalian continued to argue with the big men.
“Are you really not?”
“I’m not. If I were the emperor, I wouldn’t go around alone like this, you know?”
Kalian was lying without blinking an eye.
The big men tilted their heads.
“Is he really not?”
“But blue hair is a characteristic of the Imperial family.”
“Right. They said that only the Imperial family could have such clear blue hair.”
“The only remaining members of the Imperial family are the Emperor, Duchess Cloud, and an unknown prince.”
“Since the prince was said to be a child, the only one left is the emperor…”
The big men looked at Kalian up and down as if they were very suspicious.
The onlookers, who had gathered before I knew it, murmured as they looked at Kalian.
Kalian, the person involved, didn’t mind, but not me.
I was anxious and nervous because I feared that Kalian would be found to be the emperor.
Of course, there were escort knights around to protect him, but what if some possible situations would occur? I couldn’t let go of my worries.
In addition, I was even more anxious because I couldn’t see anyone who looked like Sir Hiltine or an escort knight.
I wanted to help, but if I acted hastily, I would only worsen the situation.
But I couldn’t just watch it.
What should I do? How…
“If you don’t reveal your identity, I’ll cut you off.”
One of the men pulled out the bastard sword he was carrying on his back.
Unable to watch anymore, I hurriedly ran and grabbed Kalian’s arm.
Kalian was surprised, turning his face at me.
The big men and the crowds were also surprised.
There was a moment of silence.
Having received everyone’s attention, I swallowed my dry saliva.
I came out in a hurry without thinking, what should I do now?
Cold sweat flowed down my back.
Not knowing what to do, I looked through my surroundings and a couple came into my view.
Looking at the couple, an idea came to my mind as to how to get out of this situation.
I would never do it any other time, but now, I couldn’t help it.
I closed my eyes tightly and shouted. It was because I couldn’t look directly at Kalian’s face.
Even if I closed my eyes, I could still see Kalian’s bewildered face clearly.
I became nervous in a different way than before.
My mouth was dry and my head was spinning. I wanted to run away right now.
But it would look even weirder, so I tried hard to squeeze my voice out.
“What are you doing here?! Why did you dye your hair blue again?”
Only then, as if he noticed what I was trying to do, Kalian smiled a little and held my waist.
“Why? You don’t like it?”
And he acted, playing along.
If he played along, I should have felt more comfortable, but I became more uncomfortable. My mouth was dry in tension.
I answered, clenching my hands full of cold sweat.
“It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s because hair dye is expensive…”
“But Honey likes this color.”
The word that made me embarrassed when I said it with my own mouth was even more embarrassing when I heard it through someone else’s mouth.
In addition, I felt that way more because that person was the emperor and my supervisor, Kalian.
I still couldn’t meet Kalian’s eyes directly, so I put my gaze on the edge of his chin.
I didn’t really like it…
However, if I answered no, it would be strange, so I nodded for now.
“I… like it.”
Kalian smiled brightly and lightly kissed my forehead.
In an instant, my hand that was holding his clothes tightened.
The place where his lips touched was as hot as fire.
I, I don’t think he needs to kiss…
“That’s why I did it.”
While I was in a daze, Kalian’s acting continued.
“It’s expensive, but I don’t want to be jealous of the emperor.”
My heart was pounding at his sweet tone and actions.
“I also want to show you that I love you more.”
He’s good… at acting.
Even though I knew he was acting, his acting skill was so good that I was fooled for a moment.
“Her husband is so sweet! I wish I could be his wife!”
“He’s making all men disgraced!”
I heard shouts of envy and boos from those around me, perhaps other people besides me had been fooled.
“As expected, he isn’t?”
“Well. There’s no way an emperor would go around without an escort knight.”
Even the big men who were suspicious of Kalian seemed to be completely convinced that I and Kalian were a couple.
This much would’ve been enough, right?
I looked away and tried to get out of the position.
But I couldn’t do that because Kalian pulled my waist tight.
Was that all? Because of that, our bodies were completely attached to each other that a single sheet of paper couldn’t fit through.
And close enough to even hear his breathing.
Being held in his arms all of a sudden, my body stiffened in great bewilderment.
Kalian spoke so quietly in my ear that only I could hear him.
“Now that it’s already like this, can you help me until the end?”
What does he want me to do? Are there any problems he hasn’t resolved yet?
I wondered, but I nodded for now.
Kalian smiled again and gently swept my cheek.
This is acting. We’re just acting like a married couple.
Even if I tried to control my mind, his acting was so realistic that it wasn’t an easy thing to do.
My heart kept pounding without him realizing it.
Instead of opening my mouth, I barely raised the corners of my lips, fearing that Kalian would hear my heart beating.
I’ll try not to be as awkward as possible.
“I had a hard time getting an invitation to buy your gift, but they don’t let me in because they think I’m suspicious.”
Instead of answering, I glanced at the big men.
I didn’t give them a resentful look, but the big men, who were pricked, coughed.
“Ehem hum, as you know, this is a place where you have to be careful…”
“Well, it’s been confirmed that you’re not the emperor, so follow me! But, you have to bring your wife with you!”
Huh? I have to go too?
At the unexpected words, I looked at Kalian in bewilderment.
As if he didn’t feel my gaze, Kalian nodded willingly.
No. Sarah is waiting for me…
But since I told Kalian that I would help him until the end, I couldn’t say no now.
Still, I have to go and explain the situation to Sarah at least.
Otherwise, Sarah will wait for me endlessly without knowing the reason.
As if he knew what I was worried about, Kalian spoke in a low voice into my ear.
At the hot breath that afflicted my ear, my shoulders hunched involuntarily.
“If it’s your maid, Hiltine will take her home safely.”
As expected, there’s an escort knight with him.
But, how did he know I brought Sarah?
I wanted to ask, but there’s no time for that.
“Shall we go, honey?”
Kalian led me in the guise of a sweet husband again.