「To tell you the truth, a kid born from companions with good Skills will have an extremely high chance bestowed with a good Skill from the same system」
……Eh? What does that mean?
「In other words, we royalty intentionally choose from people with good Skills as our spouse. This is one way to guide the country down the right path, like you had said previously」
It seems that in order to search for suitable candidates as marriage partners for their children who will shoulder the next era, they receive reports of Skills bestowed upon new adults from the temple.
Thus, when an adult who has a good Skill appears, their character・personality are investigated so that there’s no problem, and if there is no problem, they will reveal the information to the unmarried princes and princesses.
The princes and princesses who have obtained the information will personally confirm the other party, and if they judge that there’s no problem, they will usher in the other party as spouses and start negotiations, it seems to be like that.
……Eh?? That means.
「Yes, I came here to confirm with my own eyes whether you will become my partner」
What did she say!!!!!
I, I, I, I as Oujo-sama’s partner!!!!!??
W, wait a minute, eh? What does that mean? The Oujo-sama in front of me becoming my wife? Eh? Eh? Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!?
「Calm down, you naturally also want to choose your partner right? Though I am royalty, I wouldn’t force a marriage with power of the state」
「………………I was really shocked」
「Yeah, your flustering was to the point of comical, it’s quite the sight you know」
She said that as she giggled.
Oujo-sama who smiled looking at my face has a completely different atmosphere from the dignified one up until just now, there was a cuteness befitting of her age.
Being an Oujo-sama is as expected difficult huh.
When I looked at Oujo-sama’s face, I was bothered by Aisha-san beside her who suddenly became bitter.
「Aisha-san, do you feel unwell? Are you alright?」
As I began to talk her, she forced a smile and answered 「I’m alright」.
No matter how I see it you don’t look okay though…….
Since I was really indebted to Aisha-san, I am very worried about her.
Seeing the exchange between Aisha-san and I, Oujo-sama said 「Fumu」 and showed a gesture of pondering over something.
「For now, is it okay to continue?」
Ah, that’s right…… Since she suddenly talked about marriage the talk was interrupted.
「You probably noticed from the talk just now, but I know about the Skill you were bestowed with」
I felt my heart suddenly started moving violently.
It’s finally here! The thing I don’t want to be asked the most…… How should I deceive her.
I can’t think of anything at all…… boo-hoo. (TLN: とほほ, an onomatopoeia used when miserable/pathetic. English dict. says boohoo.)
「The Skills you were bestowed with and the battle style you had showed when battling with the Orc・King-tachi, no matter how I think I can’t connect these two」
An extremely hard to retort expression huh…….
Probably knowing that I was troubled, after glancing at my appearance Oujo-sama continued.
「I’ve heard from Aisha, that when requested by the guild leader to expose your Skills, you rejected that and was erased from the guild. I think it’s certainly one thing mysterious about the Skills you were bestowed with」
Aisha-san also gulped as she listened to Oujo-sama.
That’s true after all, to be told that the Skills were concealed to the extent of choosing to quit the guild.
There’s no way she won’t be curious.
「However, the Skills aren’t to the extent of quitting the guild no? Why, why did you hide it?」
「Also…… the many Skills you showed in the battle with the orcs. The maximum number of Skills Kami-sama can bestow is three」
Oujo-sama’s argument gradually drew nearer to the core.
「However, I could see that you used more than ten Skills. Furthermore the last one you showed…… the Skill to create a dagger」
「I have never heard of such a Skill, even I a royalty who has received reports on various Skill from the temple have never heard of it」
Ah 【Realize】 huh…… That, if I remember correctly, nobody had it and knew about it huh.
Since Orc・Kings differ from normal monsters, I think that’s why it has it, in the first place, if you don’t have 【Appraisal・Skill】 or 【Appraisal・Complete】, you won’t even know about it.
Probably, isn’t it something like a unique Skill?
Such a Skill was just before her eyes.
It can’t be helped that she would have questions about it.
While I was thinking about such things, looking at my facial expression which was naturally cramped, she probably though that it’s bad to attack too much.
Oujo-sama stopped talking there, and apologised.
「Sorry, I was too agitated. I absolutely do not have the intention to condemn you」
「How about it, Aisha and I already know so much…… We won’t tell anyone else, won’t you tell us your secret?」
Well, that was what she said.
It’s developed as I had expected.
What should I do…… I think I can trust Aisha-san.
No, I trust her.
However, since she’s backed by the guild, I can’t say it no matter what.
And Oujo-sama…… she doesn’t seem to be a two-faced person, speaking of the two, I am more optimistic in trusting her.
However, her backer is even harder to handle than the guild.
After all, the country’s backing her up.
If something goes wrong and it spreads to the nobles in the blink of an eye, they might restrain me in order to make use of me.
Thinking about that, as expected, I can’t tell her either.
However, like what Oujo-sama said, there’s also the truth that it’s exposed this far.
They naturally do not know the real usage of 【Cut & Paste】, but they might spread the fact that I possess something special.
When I thought of that, I must think of a countermeasure for it.
「……Oujo-sama, as you have thought, I have a fairly special power. Regarding the contents of my Skills, I can’t say it no matter what for my own safety」
「If my power were to be known, I think influential people will definitely desire that power. Because of that, my civil rights and such will be ignored……」
「If that were to happen, I’d probably lose the place where I belong in this country…… That’s why I can’t talk about my Skills」
As I said what I had really felt, Oujo-sama and Aisha-san probably understood, and scowled while thinking.
「……I see, your power’s stronger than what we imagine right? Well, that’s true, considering that power let you solo a Calamity-class」
As she said that, Oujo-sama closed her eyes and folded her arms.
She seems to be thinking hard about something.
Without talking to anyone, after five minutes of silence passed, Oujo-sama spoke again.
「……I understand well your reason for not saying your Skills. I certainly think that your thoughts are correct」
「However, you had just came of age right. Your whole life will still continue. Do you plan to live worrying everyday about when you will be exposed for that long life?」
The words Oujo-sama threw at me pierced deep into my heart as if gouging it out.
Though I intentionally tried to not think about it, yes, it’s as Oujo-sama said.
My life from now on, I have to live as I constantly worry about when my Skills would be exposed.
It’s still okay right now, but as time passes, my spirit will definitely gradually be worn out.
I definitely do not want to live such a harsh life.
Bestowed with the Skills by Kami-sama after so much troubles, I thought that I should live and work hard in my life from then on, but I definitely don’t want to be tormented.
However, what should I do…… I don’t know…….
A large drop of tear fell from my eye.
I can only think of a dark future when it comes to future prospects.
Seeing that I suddenly started to shed tears, Oujo-sama started to panic.
「Ah, sorry, don’t cry…… I give up…… That’s right, no matter how strong you are you’re still a young man who just came of age huh」
「Saying such pessimistic things about your promising future, I am truly sorry, please forgive me」
Against my will, the tears would not stop.
At first only tears came out, but I started to sob, unrelated to my will.
「Ugu…… gusu, uuu, h..uh? Wei..rd…… wilfully, my, tears are……」
Although I am already wailing, the situation as if not a hindrance, Aisha who watchfully waiting up until now suddenly began to talk.
「Myne-kun! Let’s form a party!!!」
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