They looked dumbly at each other for a second before smiling, then they high-fived each other.
“What is that?”
“It’s something you do with friends when you are happy and having fun.”
“Hehe. Will you do it with me then?”
“Of course, here.”
“This is quite fun.”
“Chihaaru, with me as well.”
“Ooh, this is good.”
“Chihaaru, me too.”
“Yes, Prince Edwy.”
“Just call me Edwy.”
Slap! Edwy laughed happily.
“I am fine.”
Maki’s gaze turned to Zynis.
Slap! It was more of a low-five, but his tail was wagging energetically. He smiled as his eyes met Maki’s.
“Have we settled down now?”
“You are guaranteed clothes, food and shelter. And you will also be given a monthly salary. I believe it is 1,000,000 a month. Sera?”
“Yes, your majesty. However, previous Saintesses have used very little of it. And so there is an additional, most enormous fortune remaining.”
“Then you can freely use that as well, as long as it does not harm any civilians. Do you understand?”
The two nodded.
“There is more I would like to talk to you about, but that can wait for tomorrow. When you feel that you are ready to listen again, please let me know. Though, it would help if you did not take too much time.”
“I cannot apologize for it. But we are very grateful that you have come to our world.”
The king gave a deep bow. The others in the room followed.
They couldn’t quite tell him that it was fine, that they did not care. There was no replacing what they had lost. They stayed silent and nodded. That was all that was needed now.
For some reason, Aeris, Zynis and the prince were escorting Maki and Chiharu back to their room. Then, Maki suddenly stopped.
“Chiharu, let’s not go to the room now.”
“That’s right. Uh, Sera?”
“What is it?”
“We want to eat lunch outside. Can you prepare it for us?”
“Of course. The Saintess Villa is already prepared for your arrival. Will you go now?”
“No, somewhere close by. We can go right now.”
Sera began to order another servant.
“Well then, please excuse us.”
“What, me too?”
Aeris and Zynis then dragged the prince, who had looked like he wanted to stay with them.
“That was my chance to get to know them! And I knew a good place to eat.”
The prince said dejectedly. Aeris replied quietly.
“Edwy, you must not be fooled by how cheerful they appear. It has taken every previous Saintess a whole month to be able to talk about the mark on their heads. And they have done it in just one day.”
“I think the marks are beautiful.”
“And yet, what would you think if such a gem sprouted from the palm of your hand all of a sudden?”
The prince looked at his hand.
“I wouldn’t like it.”
“And they are women. It is not something easily accepted.”
“But, they were well enough to want to go outside.”
“It was probably too depressing for them to return to their room.”
“It makes you think of so many things. It is better to be out under the sun at such times. Maki and Chihaaru must have similar minds to us elves.”
“And I am sure that they would prefer to be away from strangers at such a time.”
“Do you really think so, Zynis?”
“I do. Do not worry, prince. Maki and Chihaaru will come to terms with what happened eventually.”
Edwy said begrudgingly. Then he suddenly smiled.
“Even so, when they said ‘how much?’ I have never seen father become speechless like that before.”
“Indeed. It was a sight to behold.”
Zynis laughed. It was a warm, bright day in the Sun World. They looked out the window and saw that Maki and Chihaaru were slowly walking toward the garden. They sent a silent prayer in hopes that the spirits of the Saintesses’ would also become sunny.