What They Wanted Returned
The adults from the southern region were shocked at this, and so they berated her.
“Chouze, you go too far. You are being rude to the Saintesses who are loved by God.”
“Hmph. Saintesses are exchangeable things. God will drop a new one in three months even if these two happened to disappear. These tiresome ceremonies are a waste of time. The Saintesses should be shut up in their palace and purify the miasma there.”
So said the inland prince who had come to see what was happening.
“Exactly. It is as my brother says. I have heard that all the previous Saintesses were poor even in their own country. And yet here they are given good clothes and have enough to eat. It is most annoying that they let this get to their heads.”
But we weren’t letting it get to our heads at all. Maki and Chiharu looked at each other and sighed.
“I heard rumors that they are wasting a fortune in the city just to play, and doing little else.”
That was too much for Chiharu. Don’t talk about money so lightly!
“You say that we are spending a fortune, but are you aware of how much we spend in the city in one day?”
“How should I know something like that!”
“It is under 1000 gil for lunch and snacks at food stalls. Even when we buy any items, it is around 5000 gil. And we are using money that we’ve earned ourselves.”
The other adults all murmured with approval. This was good. It was wonderful.
“But, you have guards! Also, you are robbing prince Edwy of precious time!”
“We have guards whether or not we are in the city. Edwy is our friend, and we enjoy his company.”
“Aren’t you the inland princess? I would have thought they’d teach you simple things like the prices of products.”
“But, my uncle told me so!”
“Well, excuse us then. It looks like this conversation is too hard for a child like you. I see some rare sweets over there. Why don’t you go try some?”
Everyone was so childish! Chouze snarled at Chiharu who was waving her away.
The inland prince could not help but snort when he saw this.
“Sweets, you say. Saintesses, I think it is you two who would find such delicacies a rare treat. Why don’t you try some? You gluttons.”
While they were both princes, this one was nothing like Edwy.
“Maki, Chihaaru, what is it? Are you alright?”
Edwy himself had come to see what the commotion was.
Chouze threw herself onto Edwy’s arm. He scowled at this but gently tapped her on the shoulder in a brotherly way.
“Chouze was trying to separate me from Maki and Chihaaru. She said that I would be contaminated by the miasma. But we were having so much fun just talking together.”
The small princess blurted before anyone could say anything. Hahaha. I love tattletales, Chiharu thought.
“Chouze, were you really getting involved with Maki and Chihaaru again?”
Again? He knew?
“But… It is your castle Edwy, and yet they walk around like they own the place. But they just look like beggars with rocks on their heads. And they even play in the city. They do not care at all that everyone else is busy planning this ceremony for them.”
“Chouze, how can you say that! What kind of education are they giving you over there! The disrespect is beyond what is acceptable. They are the most important people in this world! I don’t care how young you are, this is unforgivable. Norfe, take Chouze back to her room.”
“Edwy, what are you saying? We are invited guests here. Why should we be the ones who have to leave?”
“Norfe. Remember just why you were invited. It was to honor these Saintesses who crossed between worlds in order to purify this one. Maki and Chihaaru were mature enough to prevent this from getting too out of hand, but this is going too far.”
“But it does not change the fact that they are a money pit.”
Duke Adol was the middle-aged man who had insulted them in the gardens. He was the inland king’s younger brother.
“We are made to contribute yearly donations to a cause when we don’t even know if they will be of any use.”
“It is for the benefit of the whole world. As royalty, you should know just how much you are indebted, even if you cannot see it.”