“Salute to His Excellency Laudense!”
Today, Hydrangea, the commander of magic division conducts morning inspection of the troops as well.
Once a month, he gathers the troops as much as possible, lines them up, and review them.
As he looked at the neatly assembled salutes, Hydrangea thought to himself. Well done, I am amazed to have brought up so many wizards.
He taps the ground with his crystal rod, and when he raises one of his hand, they beat the heels of their shoes in unison.
In the courtyard of the Magic Division, the number of members lined up in a row was about 3,000.
When the first head of the Laudense family started the army of wizards a thousand years ago, there were only five members.
In a thousand years, the number of wizards has increased to this extent.
This is due to the support of the royal family.
However, it is not enough to call it a division. It is said to reflect the desire for the organization to eventually be able to take in tens of thousands of wizards.
The elven House of Laudense and the Royal Family of Lilliphiltia are sworn friends, and have been close friends over a thousand years.
The crown prince, Magnolia, is 16 years old, ten years younger than him. It was Hydrangea who taught him magic.
Their teacher-student relationship continues to this day, and today he has been summoned because he has an important matter to attend to.
He finishes his review, hears a report from his adjutant and makes a decision, then he reads the letter he received.
The appointment with Prince Magnolia was in the afternoon, so Hydrangea left the office.
As he walked down the hallway, he passed by with the maids. The girls moved out to the side of the hallway and kept their heads down.
After passing them, he heard them talking.
“Kyaa! It’s His Excellency Laudense!”
“How wonderful! I wonder if one day he will have a first time with me?”
Elves have good ears. Even if they are far away, he can pick up their voices.
Hearing the conversation between the maids, Hydrangea’s skin cowered with fear.
The truth is, he is a huge misogynist. There is a reason for this. It was his over-privileged family background that had caused the incident.
As the most excellent marriage partner in the country, Hydrangea attracted a lot of attention.
In the year of his social debut, marriage proposal came in continuously.
And then, women who wanted to make a connection flocked to Hydrangea’s house.
The women keeps check at each other and engaged in ugly fight.
At one point, he were given a cup of black tea containing an aphrodisiac, and almost creating an established fact.
Furthermore, they tried to get close to Hydrangea by using all kinds of means, such as bumping into him by accident, barging into his workplace and house, and causing incident entwined with magic to try to have a relationship with him.
As these attempts were repeated, Hydrangea developed unpleasant feelings to all women.
All of them probably do not see Hydrangea, but only the fortune and past glory of the Duke Laudense family.
It would be unbearable to welcome such partner to the Duke Laudense family and let them mess up their family.
Hydrangea dismissed the marriage offers as if he were trying to get rid of small insects.
Thanks to that, disgraceful names such as “The Lonely Noble Prince” and “The Ice Duke” have been spreading.
He knew that he would have to marry one day, but it is absolutely not right now.
Besides, he have other uncles and cousins. Even if it’s not Hydrangea, it’s fine to let their children to inherit the dukedom.
For these reasons, Hydrangea, The Lonely Noble Prince, is still enjoying his single life.
When he arrived at the designated room, he found Prince Magnolia gracefully crossing his legs.
He is a beautiful boy with fluffy red hair and intelligent silver eyes.
“I apologize for calling you at such busy time”
“No, it’s fine. It doesn’t matter what the time is”
“As expected of Hydrangea”
As soon as he sit down on the couch, a cup of tea is brought to him by the chamberlain. The sweet aroma of ripe berries wafts in the air lightly. Realizing that he have been working since this morning without having anything to drink, he drink the tea.
The sweet flavor like a spring breeze quenched his thirst.
“So, what do you want by calling me all the way here?”
Prince Magnolia smiled without saying a word, then, motioned to the chamberlain with a look. Then, a folded booklet was placed on the desk. And then, folded booklets were put on the desk.
The covers are leather-covered and come in various sizes. He didn’t need to see the contents to know what was inside.
“What is this?”
“I know it when I see it. What I want to ask is, why you give this to me?”
“It seems my father prepared it for you. He asked me to give this to you, as I am close with you, because it was difficult for him to tell you”
When he heard that it was family chart delivered by the King, he let out a deep sigh.
The chamberlain opened the topmost family chart and showed it to him. She was a beautiful brunette woman with drooping eyes that has sex appeal. It is written that she is the third princess of the neighboring country.
Her name is Cattleya. Her appearance seems to be selfish, he shuddered the moment he saw her.
“It seems the King have gathered top-class women who are suitable for Hydrangea. What do you think?”
The chamberlain carefully opened the books one by one and showed him the family chart─ but, the wrinkle on Hydrangea’s brow was never lifted.
Prince Magnolia shrugged his shoulders when he saw Hydrangea’s face harden with grimace.
“As expected, it would ended up like this. I told my father not to do it because it would be useless”
“I still haven’t thought about marriage yet”
“I heard that, five years ago”
For many years, he had avoided marriage by saying that he was not thinking about it, but there was a limit to that.
The reason is that a year ago, his father passed away and he inherited the dukedom. As soon as the mourning period was over, he began to receive marriage offers again.
“Come to think of it, I heard a rumor going around that you may or may not have found the woman you had set your heart on ten years ago, was that true?”
“A woman I had set my heart on, you said?”
What on earth is he talking about? There is no such woman in his heart,
Talking about ten years ago, it was the year of his social debut, and the period when he received the most marriage offers.
“I don’t have such partner─”
He remember now. Ten years ago, he was talking about such an offer.
The other party was the girl he had never met.
“If I remember correctly, her name was Violette von Northpole”
She was a 19 years old Count’s daughter, seven years younger than Hydrangea.
“Heee, I didn’t know you have such a partner…… Is she really a real woman?”
Even if she has never appeared in social circles, Violette von Northpole certainly exists.
“Speaking of Count Northpole…… I think her predecessor died five years ago”
“That man…… was dead?”
“What do you mean?”
He didn’t even know the death of the father of the woman in his heart. Prince Magnolia give him a suspicious look.
He does not want to hide anything from Prince Magnolia who was his friend and disciple. Hydrangea, determined to do so, began to tell the story of what happened ten years ago.