Finally the ban on bath is lifted!
The “hygiene waiting period” which was told by Craftsman is over, I can finally get into the bath at home!
As soon as I wake up, I decided to head for the bathroom.
Since Aisha is still sleeping beside me, I quietly slip out of the futon to avoid waking her up.
As soon as I had entered the bathroom, there was a nice fragrance of forest I cannot describe wafting in the air.
You can kinda relax like this!
Immediately, I took out five 【Continuous: Water】 pebbles from the storage bag and put them into the open dent on the top part of the bathtub.
Water accumulate at an amazing momentum by putting the pebbles one by one at each side.
I put a pebble with 【Continuous: Heat】 in the dent around the bottom of the water tub where water flows through.
Then, I pasted 5 【Continuous: Heat】 to the pebbles of each side.
Shortly after that, the water had steadily warm up and the steam rises.
Yosh, it’s a success! ……I was delighted for a moment but it was a massive failure.
Gradually, the water went pass hot bath and turned into scalding water, and when it was full, the water started boiling.
Not good! The heat is too strong!!!
I immediately cut 【Continuous: Heat】 and return it to the original pebble. I also take out 【Continuous: Water】 in the same way and toss both pebbles into the storage bag.
I was stunned looking at the bath tub that looks like a hellish iron pot from picture books.
「……Now I’ve gone and done it, what should I do with this…… 」
As expected, I have no other choice but to drain the hot water and dilute it, do I?
As I open the lid of drainage port attached to the side of the bath tub, the boiling water drained out along with an intense steam.
When the hot water level drop to half, I close the lid of the drainage port.
Since it’ll be troubling if I’m scalded by hot water, I did not forget to paste 【Regeneration】 and activated 【Fire Attribute・Resistance】 just in case.
After I closed the lid and confirmed that I’m safe, I return 【Regeneration】 to the original pebble. This time, I install 【Continuous: Water】x3 once more at the upper dent.
Phew, it seems that this time it went well.
This might be difficult for me until I get used to it…….
Well, in any case, the bath is hot enough.
Immediately, I removed my pyjamas and submerged myself till the shoulder.
……What a nice feeling.
Although the morning bath that I got in at the Silver Bell Pavilion was also very comfortable, this bath is even more comfortable.
I am not only able to get rid of my fatigue, somehow, I get a feeling that my power is also gradually increasing.
Furthermore, this fragrance of the wood is so nice too.
「Myne-kun, are you taking a bath?」
Hm, it seems something like this happened before…….
As I answered, sure enough, a naked Aisha entered.
「Ehehe, I’m here」
Just like that, I entered the morning bath together with Aisha again and both of us got out together after we were satisfied.
Naturally, the topic that we discussed during breakfast is about the bath.
「Isn’t it an awesome bath? It feels even better than the one at Silver Bell Pavilion!」
「Yeah, somehow my body is still nice and warm」
「The craftsmen worked hard, didn’t they? We should really offer them our gratitude」
Just when we are about to get excited on the topic, I heard some voices from the entrance.
When I am about to stand up, Aisha said 「I’ll do it」, stands up and walk to the entrance.
……Hmm? Aisha rose a surprised voice, I wonder what’s wrong?
When I was about to stand up to go to see the the situation, Aisha came back with a troubled look.
I wonder why?
……Hmm? There’s someone behind her.
Ah, if it isn’t Slyphy! You’re a little early, aren’t you, tte, there’s another man I don’t know with her?
Who in the world is he? I’ve never seen him before……
「Danna, let me introduce my brother to you.」
「I am Alto・Augusta, you’re my sister’s fiance……huh」
This unknown man…… rather, the First Prince of the country, that is, the next King is sitting in front of me is observing me fixedly.
Aisha knows Ouji from before, huh, she seems to be shrinking back in fear.
「I’m sorry, Danna-sama…… Aniue asked to come no matter what……
I had told him to wait at the Imperial City until we were coming…… but as you can see, he was obstinate about it.」
Sylphy bowed her head apologetically.
「Actually my brother is something like a siscon…… He is not exactly pleased with the fact that I will be married off…….
That’s why he said that he wanted to see with his own eyes if my companion is a worthy one and come along forcibly」
He probably heard Sylphy’s whisper.
Ouji-sama unnaturally clears his throat.
However, isn’t it natural to be concerned?
If one hears that their adorable little princess sister will be married to a commoner like me, I think it is definitely normal to worry about it.
He’s not a siscon, it is just natural in this case.
Since I’ve decided to make both of them my family, though the wedding was decided through the turn of events, I’ll have to make him recognise it someway or another!
「……Come to think of it, why’s Sacred Bow-dono here?」
When I wanted to change the topic, Ouji-sama suddenly asked about Aisha.
If he is calling Aisha by her title, perharps they are also acquainted like Sylphy does?
「Hm? I didn’t tell Aniue huh, Aisha’s marrying Danna-sama together with me」
As Sylphy said that, I had a feeling that I saw Prince’s temple twitched.
Aah, he might be offended…….
Well, polygamy leaves a bad image, after all.
I wonder if by any chance his impression of me had just turned for the worst?
「……Well, that’s fine, I guess. By the way, you’re called Myne, huh.
If possible, won’t you show me your true strength? I’m entrusting my important little sister to you, after all.
My sister……no, there’s also Sacred Bow-dono, huh, I want to confirm as a brother and as a man, whether you have what it takes to protect the two ladies」
Un, when I marry Sylphy, he’ll become my brother-in-law.
I want to get along with him and have him approve of me.
Let’s do this!
I reply full of spirit as usual.
「Oh, excellent response. Let’s have a bout at once, then」
Age: 26 years old
Occupation: First Prince of Augusta Kingdom
One-handed blade・Saint LV7
Physical Strength Enhancement・Large LV6
Support Magic・Speed Increase LV5
Wow, amazing…… His skill configuration is almost identical to King-sama. No, he even possesses support magic.
Is this the reason that Aisha said about advantage of promoting marriage among royalty!?
But, if we are talking about Skill configuration itself, I think now mine is probably overwhelming one way or the other.
The problem is to what extent can I use my Skills, isn’t it.
I wonder if I should shorten the battle time as much as possible to limit my Skills and hide them.
……But, it is not good if he won’t recognize me as a man he can entrust Sylphy to.
Let’s fight fair and square even if it turns disadvantageous!
「Let me say this first, this is, in the end, a mock battle.
So, please understand that rash and excessive action is forbidden.」
「Umu, excellent reply! Now, display your power of soloing an Orc・King to your heart’s content」
Having said so, he bring out a dagger made of wood and throw to me.
When I received it, Prince-sama had already entered battle stance with a one-handed wooden sword.
Unwillingly, I also hold the wood dagger and take my stand.
In order to cope with Prince-sama, I activated 【Body Enhancement・Large LV3】,【Physical Strength Enhancement・Extreme LV2】 and 【Leg Strength Enhancement・Small LV3】.
「……Oh, I see, Why aren’t you coming at me?」
Perharps he knew that I strengthened myself. Ouji-sama’s body shone faintly and the stance became more intense.
Ouji-sama had also……used the Skills.
「If you are not coming, then I’ll go!」
Prince-sama suddenly came in at an incredible speed!!
Eh? W, what!? What’s with this speed even though he doesn’t have 【Leg Strength Enhancement】!?
Ah, I see…… So it’s【Support Magic・Speed Enhancement】!
While I was surprised by the movement, Prince-sama’s figure had disappeared from my sight.
While I haven’t realised what happened, my right side received a tremendously heavy impact.
Without any preparedness, I was blown off several meters away from where I was.
「W, what in the world happened……」
While I said that and tried to stand, Ouji-sama had brandished and swung down his wooden sword in front of my eyes.
I tried blocking it right away with the dagger in my hand but the remnant force sent it flying from my hand.
Ouji-sama’s one-handed sword then hit my right shoulder.
「You’re full of openings!! Read your opponent’s movements more!」
No good, he is absurdly strong……
Why is he so strong even though he doesn’t have as many Skills as I do…….
I applied 【Magic・Large Recovery】 as first aid for the damages and used 【Support Magic・Gradual Recovery Large (Vitality) LV2】.
『……Hmm ……This time he’s recovering…… Very interesting』
He seems to me muttering something, but I can do it if it’s now!
This time it is my turn!!
I activated 【Swift Feet (Small) LV2】 and charged at full strength to slip into Ouji-sama’s torso.
「Umu, that’s right! This fighting spirit is important! ……However」
Ignoring Ouji-sama’s muttering, I got close to Ouji-sama and swung my right arm aiming at his stomach in one go.
There’s also 【Grappling・Extreme LV4】, I won’t let you get away!
……but, my all out attack did not even graze Ouji-sama. On the contrary, his counter hit me, and blew me off again.
No way, why didn’t it hit…….
When I had been blown away, I probably hit my head, blood was flowing out from my forehead.
「Aniue, you’re overdoing it! Please stop!!」
I can hear Sylphy and Aisha’s shouts.
……A, as if I’ll lose…….
I stood up while wobbling, and tried to take some kind of stance.
「……You show quite the promise. But you’ll have to know your own strength more and refine your techniques.
Use this defeat to strengthen yourself!!!」
Ouji-sama’s words was the last thing I heard before my consciousness fell into the darkness.
Thank you for reading as always.
Please take care of me from now on as well.