The Orange Girl
It could not be helped that everyone in the room froze up. The younger maids had basically been caught slacking off. And Maki and Chiharu had already met Chouze as Saintesses. Of course, they had tried to keep a distance from her as they were annoyed. So they did not have that strong of an impression of her.
“Oh, so you’re the one they were talking about.”
There was no tradition of kneeling before royalty in this world, so Maki just bowed politely.
“My, what unusual hair and eyes. The thin jaw and long eyelashes. You’re just as the maids described!”
The maids looked away uncomfortably. They had not intended for their gossip to be heard by their master.
Hmm. While it was true that Maki made a pretty boy, Chiharu had the same eyes, thin jaw, and long lashes. They even had the same wig color. So it was odd that Maki was the only one to get so much attention. Such were the thoughts in Chiharu’s head.
Maki seemed a little disturbed by the excitement on Chouze’s face. However, this was taken favorably, as it was apparently the natural reaction of a boy that age. After all, she had not noticed that they were Saintesses.
“Um, I think it’s time I take my sister and leave. Thank you for everything.”
Maki quickly thanked her and then signaled to Chiharu. Chiharu picked up the orange that was left after feeding Norfe, and rushed towards Maki.
“Oh, you’re the child that my brother was carrying earlier.”
Chouze said as she looked at the orange.
Maki was known as the youth with a beautiful face, but Chiharu was just the orange girl. That didn’t seem very fair at all!
“It’s good that you’re feeling better now. Oh, I know. I’ll let you see the merman before my brother finishes getting changed.”
One of the maids practically screamed.
“I just want someone beautiful to meet someone beautiful. What could be wrong with that?”
“The merman being here is supposed to be a secret.”
“It’s not a secret, though? After all, he is here by his own free will.”
“However, such a fish…”
Apparently, the maids were scared of the merman and did not want Maki to meet him.
“Oh, surely you do want to meet him?”
Chouze asked Maki innocently. This was a great opportunity. However, it might affect their plans tonight. Maki hesitated.
“The merfolk are legendary. So I would like to meet one. But I’m not important enough.”
She said with a shake of her head.
“Oh, how modest of you. Well, Amia can refuse if he wants. And you. Orange girl. He might just like oranges, so you can come too.”
Chiharu, now known as ‘orange girl,’ looked at Maki. What should we do? We have no choice but to go. And so they decided to take her up on the offer.
“As for the rest of you, stop slacking off and go back to work.”
Chouze did not forget to rebuke the maids as she took Maki and Chiharu to the room that was four rooms down the hall.
The guards looked displeased when they saw Maki and Chiharu, but they could not go against Chouze. She knocked on the door and then entered without waiting for a reply. Maki and Chiharu stepped inside hesitantly.
“Prince Amia. I brought something very unusual today.”
Chouze said in an excited voice.
“That is unusual.”
Came the lazy voice. There, on the sofa, was sprawled a large merman with glimmering, milky white scales. Chiharu couldn’t help but mutter to herself.
“It’s a big tuna…”
“Shh. That’s even worse than me calling someone ‘Rasche.’”