17.1 I got Found out
Through Nigel’s invitation, I went to the balcony.
“Wow, what a nice view!”
I approached the fence and saw the cityscape.
Since a magical device of lightning was used to stably light up the night, people were able to work without problems.
By the way, people called the energy created by the magical device, ‘electricity’… Even though the night was getting deeper, there were electric lights all over the city.
It was as if diamonds had been scattered around the city.
The night scenery of my former kingdom was beautiful, but Lynchgiham’s may be even more so.
When I was looking at such a scenery, such were my thoughts.
While I was admiring the view of Lynchgiham—
“—what do you think? This is my beloved city, Lynchgiham. It took a while to get here, but thanks to the cooperation of the citizens, we were able to develop this far. It’s pretty good.”
Nigel proudly said.
“You’re right—it’s truly beautiful.”
“To hear that from Eliane, I’m happy.”
Nigel stood next to me.
His profile, ridden with melancholy, was too fascinating for women—including me.
“Eliane, are you aware of a certain tradition in the neighboring Kingdom of Verclaim?”
The name of my former kingdom was mentioned. I was so surprised, I almost jumped.
“Tradition? What could it be?”
I asked Nigel, pretending to be calm.
“In that kingdom, there’s a saint.”
“Indeed. Said saint seems to be responsible in erecting barriers and warding evil from approaching the kingdom. Thanks to that saint, the kingdom has continued to prosper, and became an incredibly powerful kingdom…”
“A saint—that’s the first I’ve ever heard of it. I thought them merely mythical creatures, ones belonging to a fairy tales of some sort.”
The elderly would know about the saint. However, it wasn’t very well communicated amongst the young people.
People have started to believe that the figure of the saint is a mere formality, and that there’s no way one could actually erect a barrier to protect an entire kingdom…
…or so they thought.
Moreover, I never thought Nigel would believe in that tradition.
I listened to Nigel’s conversation while maintaining my composure.
“Furthermore, the saint also has the healing power, one which can heal all kinds of diseases and injuries for the sake of the people. The saint who received the protection of the goddess is beautiful, and people have been in love with her for many years.”
“T, that’s but a superstition… there’s no way such a person exists…”
Why would Nigel start talking about the saint?!
Could it be…
“Be honest with me, Eliane.”
He stared at my face.
“You are that saint, aren’t you?”
He asked me so.
I almost sputtered for a moment.
What do I do nooow!?
I thought I had managed to avert the crisis regarding my healing the Fenrir, Ralph-chan, but Nigel realized after all!?
I immediately wanted to interject—“—no, I am not.” But no words would come out!
Seeing my reaction, Nigel sighed.
“…It seems that my guess is correct.”
Only then could I let out a sound.
“You don’t have to pretend anymore. In the first place, after Eliane joined us and we went back to Lynchgiham, during the entire trip, we hardly encounter any demons even though many monsters live in that area. That was the work of Eliane’s barrier, correct?”
Ahh… this was inevitable. As I thought, it backfired…
At that time.
Even though it was possible to ward off all the demons, I thought that would be too suspicious. So, I set my barrier so that weak demons could still approach.
“Furthermore, not only healing us who were injured by Behemoth, Ralph, the Fenrir, was also completely cured. For a mere healer to be able to use such grandiose healing—that’s outrageous.”
“A, actually, I’m a very good healer, I apologize for hiding that, but that’s it—”
Nigel’s eyes pierced me.
It was so immersive, I could be sucked in. As I stared at him, I was unable to respond.
“That’s not the extent of it. I’ve also confirmed your identity.”
“G, good job! You’ve violated a maiden’s privacy!”
“This time, it was urgent. If you really are the saint, the Kingdom of Verclaim and Lynchgiham may end up colliding. Once that happens, war would be inevitable. I’m a member of the royal family, I’m responsible for the people. There’s a limit to my indulgence. I’m sorry that I secretly investigate you.”
Nigel bowed deeply.
“P, please don’t apologize! I was merely joking! Of course, it’s only obvious you’d investigate a dubious person like me! As a member of the royal family, that’s only natural!”
I hurriedly told Nigel to raise his head.
“Thank you for forgiving me.”
However, his pursuit didn’t stop.
“I was surprised when I discovered your true identity. It was just beyond my expectations…”
“No matter how much I think about it, this is just too strange. For you to be a saint… Hey, Eliane, for me, and above all, for this kingdom, do tell me the truth.”
***T/N: WOWAMAJING–!!!!!! A PRINCE WHO IS ACTUALLY COMPETENT FOR ONCE–!??!?!?!!?! A PRINCE WHO ACTUALLY ACCOMPLISHED BACKGROUND CHECK ON A RANDOM GIRL NO MATTER HOW SAINTLY SHE IS, WHICH HE’S INDEED SUPPOSED TO, NOT TO MENTION, IN THE SPAN OF A FEW HOURS AFTER THEIR MEETING-!??!?!?!?! I… I am seriously in awe you guys… +10000 brownie points for Nigel.