Katariona Is Interested in the History of her Country
The entrance of the tower is narrow and doesn’t allow Leon’s lion figure to pass through. Leon is having trouble trying to make it through in his lion form, trying to cram his face through, and finally seems to have given up. The wind starts blowing, and he takes on the form of a young man and comes in.
“I was worried when you suddenly disappeared, Rio.”
My face turns toward the direction of the voice heading towards me. I intensify the light at my fingertips. He looks very pale with a poor complexion. Is it because of the lighting?
“Leon, I’m surprised that you found me here.”
“I followed your magic trail.”
I see. Like signposts leading to where I am, the areas where I used magic on the dead trees had fresh, green vegetation and plants.
“Even though I’ve returned to my original form, the miasma is still present, and it’s not safe for you to go alone.”
“I can use creation magic and sacred magic. I’ll be fine.”
“That’s not the problem!”
I felt a shiver run through my body. I have never heard Leon raise his voice like this before. He’s very angry. This forest is Leon’s sanctuary. Humans weren’t originally allowed to trespass in this area.
“…I’m sorry, Leon…”
The moment I apologize, a soft, gentle warmth envelopes me. Leon hugs me close to him.
“Be quiet. Don’t leave my side like this again. ”
This is the first time Leon has hugged me in the form of a young man. My heart is pounding. Why? I always sleep together with him wrapped up in his fluff.
My heart’s beating really fast, but at the same time, I feel a sense of security. With a bit of trembling and nervousness, I put my hands on Leon’s back. He leans down to suit me, so I am able to reach him.
“Sorry… I’m sorry, Leon. I can’t keep quiet anymore. All along, Leon’s been together with me.”
Leon hugs me and wouldn’t let me go for a while.
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Finally, Leon releases me from his hold, and together we head back to the Rose Garden. After exiting from the tower, Leon once again transforms back to his lion form. My heart beats fast, holding a different meaning when I see him in this form. I want to fluff him…….
“Rio. What were you trying to do out in the forest? ”
“I was thinking of building a garden with seasonal flowers in addition to the Rose Garden… But, you shouldn’t wander around Leon’s sanctuary without permission, right?”
Leon let out a sigh of relief.
“It’s not that you’re not allowed…uh, you can’t act alone.”
“Uh-huh. I understand. Leon… You see…”
What is that spire? Who is that woman in the portrait? I stop myself before I ask. Somehow, I feel that I’d better not venture into those questions.
“Isn’t there something you want to ask me?”
“Well… This forest is very spacious, right?”
I quickly switch the topic.
“…It’s a large area in its own right. It’s going to be hard to put this forest back together. Do you want to help, Rio?”
“Of course, after all, I’m a part of Leon’s family.”
Did I manage to pass it off? Well, in the meantime, let’s look into the history of our family when we get back to the mansion. Brother might have a copy of our family tree or other family records.
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The gods were very worried about me, so when I return to the Rose Garden, I explain that I was looking for a place to build a seasonal garden.
The gods seem to be in favor of the project and want to help build the garden.
As the sun was about to set, the drinking party in the name of cherry blossom viewing came to an end.
Flair-sama was unsatisfied, saying, “Let’s have an after-party at Rio’s house.” I refused because I had promised to have dinner with my family.
After dinner, I call out to my brother.
“Brother, may I go to your room to borrow a book?”
“I don’t mind. But I’m not sure if I have any books in my room that Rio might like.”
I turned to Marie, who was following behind me.
“Marie, go first with Leon and prepare a hot bath.”
Marie picked Leon up in a hurry and headed for my room. I can see from behind that her hands are moving subtly. She must be enjoying the fluff.
When I arrived at my brother’s room, I ran to the bookshelf and stared at it intently.
“Is there something you’re looking for?”
“Brother. Do you have a book that contains a copy of our family history or family tree?”
“I have a copy if you want it. I’ll be right back.”
My brother took out a black-covered book from the bookshelves, which were sorted out by category, and handed it to me. Flipping through it, I noticed that there was writing in various places. Oh! As expected of the future head of the family. He’s studying really hard.
Flipping through the book from the beginning, the first thing I saw was a family tree.
“Brother. Is Marion Lilier Grandeur listed in this family tree?”
“You know quite a lot, don’t you? Even though she’s an ancestor from 200 years ago. Here we are.”
When I looked at the place where the brother pointed, I saw that the name was indeed Marion Lillier Grandeur. Next to the name is the seal of the head of the family.
“Was this person a Marquess?”
“It seems the family wasn’t blessed with a male heir, so the two sisters took over the position of Marquis. However, she died at a young age, and in the end, her younger sister’s boy became the next head of the family.”
In our country, women are allowed to assume the position of head of the family. However, only when a family is not blessed with a male child can the women take over and adopt a son-in-law.
“May I borrow this book and a book on the history of our country?”
Taking out the country’s history books, he places them on top of the family history books.
“Are you interested in history? Would you like to take a class with me sometime?”
“I’ll think about it.”
Actually, history was a part of my princess training, but I can only vaguely remember it. It was because I had a poor teacher who was not very good at teaching. In this life, it might be a good idea to study with Brother.
“Thank you very much, Brother. Good night.”
“Good night, Rio.”
When I returned to my room, Marie was waiting for me with a hot bath ready.
“You came back late. Did you find a book that looked interesting?”
“Yes, I did. I borrowed one of Brother’s recommendations.”
The book was covered with a leather book cover, so you wouldn’t be able to see the contents.
“Well, come along, miss. Today, let’s make Leon fluffy again.”
Marie rolls up her sleeves and shouts, “Hmm!” to get into her fighting spirit, freaking Leon out. However, as the thought of escaping comes, he quickly resigns to his fate and dejectedly enters the bathroom.
“Of course. As a member of the “Mofu Loving Association”, Leon needs to be fluffed up every day.”
I got into the spirit of things and went into the bathroom.
I put Leon in the cat-legged bathtub and sponge up the liquid soap. Suddenly, he notices a different fragrance from the usual soap.
“This soap smells like roses.”
“I extracted the juice from the roses I picked and added it into the soap mixture.”
“Is that so? It smells good.”
Marie suddenly smiles.
“Do you like it? In that case, tomorrow I will go get some more flowers from the rose garden.”
“Yes. Well yeah.”
I want to make rose jam, and I also want to make rose soap.
First, let’s give Leon a thorough wash. Leon’s body shook again as our eyes sparkled, and our hands wandered.
“U~n. It smells good.”
I bury my nose into Leon’s fur and sniffed him. The roses give off a very nice scent.
“It sure smells good. I can smell the same scent from Rio’s hair.”
I also used rose soap to wash my hair and body. The rose juice was also mixed into the scented oil that made my hair shine. Marie’s idea was amazing.
“It’s the same smell as Leon.”
Can it be used in perfume? Mother would be very happy.
After taking a hot bath and getting brushed, Leon squinted his eyes. He’s probably sleepy as he’s yawning.
“Shall we go to bed?”
“I want to read a book. Leon can go to bed first if you want.”
“Okay. Make sure not to stay up too late.”
“I know, I know. Well, good night, Leon.”
“Good night, Rio.”
He jumped on the bed and curled up by my pillow, making himself comfy. Soon, I could hear his breath evening out, signaling that he’d fallen asleep. That was fast! Today we’ve been doing various things, so he must be worn-out.
My face turns red as I remembered the scene inside the tower. In his human form, Leon hugged me and wouldn’t let go of me for a while… I shake my head to get rid of this feeling of embarrassment and sit on the sofa.
I drank the lemon water that Marie had prepared for me and started reading.
Let’s start with a book on the history of the country. I open up the section on the history of two hundred years ago. Wow. So, the Kingdom of Findalia was in a state of national instability at that time? Other countries targeted the country, and skirmishes were occurring at the borders.
By the way, the northern part of the Marquis of Grandeur’s territory borders a neighboring country. It would have been difficult to breach the steep mountain range. Nowadays, we have friendly relations with the neighboring country, so there won’t be any war.
When I had been receiving princess education, the teacher only taught us the history of our country when it was founded and the past century. That teacher was definitely skipping corners. Should I take a class with Brother?
I thought about reading some more, but I was getting sleepy, so I put the book on my desk and quietly crawled into bed so as to not wake Leon.
TL Comment: Hope you guys enjoy the chapter~ have a great New Year week~!