17.2 I got Found out
…I couldn’t lie anymore.
“I understand. I am indeed the saint of that kingdom.”
“A, as I thought…”
After some thought, I confessed.
Nigel widened his eyes.
“Why is the saint of that kingdom in such a place as this?”
I explained everything to Nigel.
Prince Claude hadn’t only broken his engagement with me but had also exiled me.
To quit being a saint and live my life for once, I went to Lynchgiham.
I could’ve just lied. But before Nigel, I found myself unable to do so.
I told Nigel without concealing anything. The entire time, I gazed straight into his eyes.
“H, how can that be…!? What is the prince of Verclaim thinking!? To exile the saint who possesses such tremendous power! Moreover, he also annulled the engagement!?”
After he heard my explanation, Nigel was upset.
Seeing his reaction, I felt glad.
“I apologize for lying. I will leave this kingdom soon. I won’t be a hindrance to you.”
I apologized properly.
…Right when I thought I had finally found a place I could settle down… so it turned out, I had to leave soon.
Where should I go next?
If I got found out again, I would have to leave again.
However, in order for me to keep living, I had to lie. I had to fool people.
…I vaguely realized.
Perhaps, I no longer had anywhere to go.
Perhaps, the world no longer had a place for me.
“…Eliane, what are you going to do, now?”
To me, whom was at a loss, Nigel inquired.
“…I, I want to find a place where I can settle down. I don’t have to be rich, being poor is alright, too… I just want a place where I can live in peace… that’s all…”
“Is Lynchgiham not good enough?”
“Of course, Lynchgiham is the best… but, if I stay here, I will end up becoming a nuisance.”
I no longer had anything to do with Claude.
But that didn’t guarantee we wouldn’t cross paths in the future.
“…Well then, Eliane, you should stay here.”
What he said was unexpected.
“To the royal family of Lynchgiham, these words are passed down;
‘Reach out when there are people in need. No matter what difficulties it may yield, you mustn’t forsake people in need easily.’
If the word came out that I had shooed a supposed country girl away, Father and the citizens would get angry.”
“B, but I am not a citizen of Lynchgiham.”
“Didn’t Father say he’d prepare a place for you to live? Then you’re already one of us.”
I didn’t know such kindness existed.
It had been awhile since I had been treated with such kindness, I was about to cry.
“Not to mention, the reason you’re here in the first place is because he has one-sidedly exiled you, right? Then the answer should be clear.”
“B, but still…”
“Do you think Lynchgiham is such a small kingdom, it can’t fit even one saint?”
“…It’s not like that.”
“Then, why not stay here? The only one who will know your real identity is me, and His Highness the King. I want you to please overlook that.”
As he was the prince, that was only a natural move to make.
In addition, if he didn’t relay the information to the king, they wouldn’t be able to intercept any unexpected situations that may happen in the future.
“But… is it really alright for me to stay in this kingdom? I won’t be a hindrance or anything?”
“Hindrance? Why, there’s no such a thing… and, starting from here, it’ll be a personal conversation.”
Nigel’s gaze turned even more serious as he said;
“—I want to spend more time with you.”
***T/N: …Even though you guys just met this morning? Nani?