Chapter 112 – The Hand of the King Stretches Forth!
In a Sanfaris navy warship.
Within the Admiral’s room in the stern of the ship, two royals sat around a table.
One was a boy of only fourteen and had blonde hair. He now opened his mouth.
“Ah, to think that Heal really is still alive.”
This delicate boy was the eighteenth prince, Oren.
He was the first prince that was born after Heal.
The man who answered him was in his twenties and had red hair.
“Aye, what an incredible will to live. I have to admit, I was shocked to hear the news.”
He was Balpas, the eleventh prince.
He had a beard and shaggy hair. Those who saw him thought that he looked rather barbaric.
“Indeed. I never expected to be able to meet Heal again.”
Oren said with great emotion. Then he looked at Balpas.
“So, what will you do, brother?”
“What will I do? I will do exactly as father said, of course.”
As Balpas took a swig of beer, Oren looked at him with annoyance.
“Huh. In other words, you’ll investigate the population and count taxes like some lowly official.”
“Hey, hey, be careful with your words. I am your elder brother. You can disrespect Heal all you want, but I won’t forgive you if you treat me in the same way. ‘Sage.’”
“I’m not mocking you. I just don’t understand why father had to send us to investigate. I am the ‘Sage.’ The most powerful sorcerer in the kingdom. And you are quite serious, in spite of appearances.”
“Who knows? But it’s probably because I get the job done. And you… Maybe it’s because you served Heal a lot?”
“Served? Hardly. I was just playing. With Heal and with toys.”
Oren said with a grin. Then he looked out of the window and to the sea.
“From what I hear, Heal himself has acquired some new toys. Hmm, yes… To think I will be able to see that face again. The way he’ll look when his toys are once again… Hehe.”
As Oren laughed to himself, Balpas felt a sense of unease.
He really did not understand why their father had sent them together, of all people.
Officially, Balpas was supposed to have the ‘God Mathematics’ crest. It was a crest that improved your ability with numbers, and was not very glamorous. And so Balpas was known in the palace as the head of the tax office.
However, it was really just a mask.