Katariona Takes her Best Friend to the Rose Garden in the Forest
That night I had a girls’ night out with Christ in my room for the first time in a long while. As usual, we were lying on the bed, so Leon got kicked off and was curled up on the sofa.
“Has anything changed while I’ve been away?”
“Leon, Brother, and Lyle-sama have been helping me tend to the rose garden and my research of the Flowering tea.
“That Rose Garden you were talking about before. I want to go visit it.”
When I told Chris about going to see the Rose Garden tomorrow after our training session, she said she wanted to go, too.
“Ah! By the way, I met a nun with Light Magic.”
“Really? Wasn’t it over a hundred years ago when Flare-sama last bestowed Light Magic?”
I told Chris about the time I went to meet Therese-san. I went into detail about how since she has elf blood she was still alive even after 100 years, how we handed over Sylphy-sama’s scales, and how I learned about the Flowering tea there.
“It was the correct decision to give her the scales. It would’ve been nice though if we could protect the nun here in the territory.”
“I thought so too, so I casually invited her, but she refused.”
So long as Therese-san has the Light Magic attribute, it’s highly likely that she will be targeted by Therese-san. However, Therese-san wanted to spend the rest of her life in the monastery of the Duchy of Lioness, where Flare-sama bestowed Light Magic upon her.
“The next time I receive Sylphy-sama’s scales, let’s give them to His Majesty the King and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince.”
“That’s very kind of you to say.”
When I proposed to give Sylphy-sama’s scales, which are effective against Charlotte’s skill Demonic Enchantment, to the various people involved with her in the future, everyone agreed.
I don’t want this life to be a repeat of my previous life. This time, we won’t be fooled by her skills……
“You guys need to get some rest. You’ll be starting your sparring practice again tomorrow, right?”
Leon, who was curled up on the couch, came up to my bedside before I even knew it.
“It’s been so long since I’ve had a girls’ night out with Rio, I want to talk with her a little more.”
“Well, Leon’s right. I want to talk to Chris a lot, too, but we have to rest up our bodies for training tomorrow. Besides, we’re going to be together for a long time. We can have a girls’ night out whenever we want.”
Chris was rubbing Leon’s tail by the bedside pillow as if trying to resist Leon’s call to go to bed early.
“I guess so. Anyway, I’m looking forward to visiting the Rose Garden tomorrow morning.”
“Well then. Good night, Chris, Leon.”
“Un. Good night, Rio, Fluffy-kun.”
I turned off the lights on the bedside table. Chris, who is a good sleeper, was already breathing softly, asleep. Before I could fall asleep, I heard Leon murmuring, “Did you finally fall asleep?”
The next day, I went to see the rose garden early in the morning, holding hands with Chris as we walked along the forest path, humming a song. Leon was walking in front of us in his lion form. His tail swayed to match the rhythm of the song. I felt the urge to grab it, but I endured.
“That’s a good song. What’s it called?”
Leon asked, walking with his head turned back to face us, perhaps because he was curious about the song Chris and I have been humming.
“I heard a bard was singing it. Christ told me about it yesterday. It’s about a maiden who waits by a lake for her lover who never returns.”
“It’s a tragedy?”
“The bard’s, whose songs I like, tend to be tragic.”
When Chris taught me this song, the first thing that came to mind was Leon and Marion. I thought they were very similar, although with genders reversed. In Leon’s case, it’s not by a lake, but in a forest.
I wonder how Leon spent the past two hundred years waiting for Marion’s reincarnation.
As Marion’s reincarnation, I don’t remember the time when I was Marion. I wish I still had her memory instead of the memory of my first life.
If I had Marion’s memory, I could’ve said to Leon, “I’m sorry for making you wait”……..
Upon arriving at the Rose Garden, Chris was all excited exclaiming, “Wow! It’s amazing!”
“Rio, did you make all of this with your Creation Magic? It’s amazing. I like the fountains and the gazebos, and the roses are well arranged. You’re much better than a bad gardener.”
(TL: lol. Was that supposed to have been a compliment?)
“Fufu. Thank you. It’s all because I got help from Leon and Marie who helped me a lot. I didn’t do it all by myself.”
“No need to be modest. Rio has gained a lot of knowledge by creating the Rose garden. You also improved your magical power by training your Creation Magic. Chris is right. I think it’s amazing, too.”
I read various books in order to gain knowledge about the materials of buildings, the types of flowers, the arrangement of colors, etc., but I think it was Leon and Marie who did the most. They supported me behind the scenes every day. I was healed by the fluffiness.
“Chris must’ve been growing unknown plants in the greenhouse. I think that’s more impressive.”
“To tell you the truth, I asked the Eschen Empress to send me a gardener who knew how to grow them. I was surprised to learn that the Empress was Tojurou’s sister.”
Chris said, sticking her tongue out adorably.
In my previous life, Chris had told me that I was pretty when I dressed up, but Chris is much prettier than me.
In this life, I vowed that I would live the way I wanted to. I will be the one to decide my own future. If Chris becomes Queen, I could live as an escort knight dedicated to Her Majesty. I’m learning swordsmanship from Tojurou-san, and even Brother praised me, saying that when I get a little better I could join the Knights Order. Leon said he’d accompany me wherever I go, so why no choose to be a female knight?
“Rio, sorry to disturb your pleasant daydreams, but your true feelings are leaking out.”
“Eh!? Did I say anything? From what point did you hear?”
“From the part where I became queen. Rio’s really cute and funny. I’ll never tire of being with you.”
She almost heard the whole thing. I wanna hide in a hole if only there was one.
TL: Hope y’all enjoyed! We’re nearing the end of this volume, and soon we’ll be heading into Volume 3~ Can’t wait, and thanks for sticking this far!