Chapter 53 – Lord Selim attends the evening party
Autumn festival has begun.
On the night of the first day, the most luxurious evening party will be held at the royal palace.
In the large hall of the palace, I went to greet His Majesty the King together with my father, who had come to the royal capital. Next to him is Leo, who was adopted by Duke Bergmann.
It has not been long since Leo became a member of the Duke Household. He is not yet well acquainted with party manners, so today, I will have to stay beside him to help him.
We stood before His Majesty the King. The king is still in his early 30s and is a youthful good-looking man. However, his sharp eyes and black hair combed back were oppressive.
“Is that the Leo that the Duke recently adopted?”
“Yes. He still has a long way to go with the etiquette of a noble, but so I ask you to look at him generously today.”
When my father answered, the king made a “good” gesture and turned to Leo.
“It seems like this is the first time you’ve been to such a big party. I will have someone guide you.”
When the king said so, a princess in a gorgeous dress stepped forward.
“My second daughter, Emilia. Thirteen years old, a perfect match with you.”
At those words, my father sharpened his eyes.
“Are you going to take away the talent I found?”
“I do not intend to go that far. However, I intend to give Emilia the rank of Grand Duchess someday. Becoming her husband must be a life full of happiness.”
“…and by whose hands do you plan to open up that new Grand Duchy from monster territory…”
The father and the king stared at each other and strong sparks seemed to appear between them out of nowhere.
What are you doing at the party on the first day of the festival?
“Well, let’s talk about the future for another time. Today is just a kindness to have my daughter guide the unfamiliar young man. Emilia, take care of Sir Leo.”
“Leave it to me.”
Surrounded by Princess Emilia and the beautiful women who serve her, Leo is about to be kidnapped. If I let him go alone and something happens, it will be a problem.
“In that case, I will go together…”
I hurriedly tried to follow, but my arm was pulled from the other side.
“Lord Selim, please get along with me once in a while. How about dancing together?”
It was Princess Rafaela. You, I don’t think you’re the kind of character who would dance happily.
“Lord Selim! I heard that the partner during the dance party for students the day after tomorrow will be decided by lottery. If you can dance with me today, I don’t mind passing what you have promised me before to someone who wishes for it.”
Lady Durante also closed in as if she saw an opportunity.
Then, the noble women around us who saw that flocked to me.
I can’t go help Leo.
After that, I changed partners one after another and ended up dealing with many women.
After the party on the first day, I came home crawling.
Taking a breather, I asked Leo about today’s party.
“How was Princess Emilia? Was there any trouble?”
“Oh, don’t worry. The princess was kind.”
Leo and I became brothers, albeit in-laws, so we got along well without the need to talk with polite words. In terms of birthday, Leo seems to be the older brother, but it seems that the people of the Duke Household didn’t like that, so they rewrote Leo’s birthday so that it would be after mine. For the time being, I am the elder brother-in-law.
“Is that so? Do you, by any chance, started to like Princess Emilia…”
“There’s no way I can do that. She’s still 13 years old you know?”
Apparently, the 13-year-old princess still looked like a child to him.
“At the party, when Selim started dancing with the ladies, the princess’ eyes were glued to you, so we didn’t talk much. She asked me a lot of questions about you since we became brothers.”
…it might be fortunate that Princess Emilia was still young.
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