Chapter 73 : A Naive Princess (part 2)
Princess Marian, who was supposed to be on her way to the royal capital, was sitting next to me.
「Hanna-sama, it’s a pleasure to see you again this soon.」(Marian)
Princess Marian greeted me with a polite tone, but she couldn’t hide the grin on her mouth.
Looks like she was happy to have taken me by surprise.
Well, anyone would be surprised seeing a person who should have left the town suddenly appear in front of their eyes!
But… How did she…
「Princess, could it be… You used teleportation magic!?」(Hanna)
「Correct. To be exact, it’s space magic called【Teleport】. I did it by imagining where Hanna-sama is. It’s surprisingly easy once I get the hang of it.」(Marian)
Isn’t she too amazing!?
For me, who can’t even cast beginner spells, her talent makes me want to worship her as a goddess!
Ahh, I really envy her…
If I could use teleportation magic, I don’t need to pay for carriage fare anymore when I want to go somewhere.
If she wasn’t a princess, I would have asked her, “Please carry me to the royal capital!”
Being carried like a princess by a princess… hehehe~
I can’t ride a horse, so it can’t be helped, right?
「Princess! I missed you!」(Galle)
Galle-chan went around the table and hugged Princess Marian from behind.
“I missed you” she said?
It hasn’t even been a day since we parted with the Princess…
After hugging Princess Marian for a moment, Galle-chan put her head on the Princess’ lap.
Geez… She really looks like a spoiled little girl in front of the Princess…
「By the way, who is this beautiful lady?」(Marian)
While stroking Galle-chan’s head, Princess Marian looked at Mira-san and asked a question.
「She is Mira-san, the owner of this store. She is expressionless, so you probably can’t tell, but she is very surprised now.」(Hanna)
「Is she really the Princess? Wow, I’m surprised.」(Mira)
What kind of surprised reaction was that!?
If I didn’t explain that Mira-san is expressionless, Princess Marian might have thought that Mira-san made fun of her.
「Sh, She may be hard to read, but she’s a talented pharmacist! Her potions are very popular in this town!」(Hanna)
「Maa, I might like to try your potions later. My name is Marian Granfred, the Princess of the Kingdom of Gran. It’s a pleasure to meet you, my lady.」(Marian)
Saying that, Princess Marian stood up and bowed gracefully.
Umm… I’m glad that she changed her attitude but…
It’s really weird to see a person who used to act like a thug is now behaving politely like this.
「N, Nice to meet you… Umm, you are really different from what I heard from Hanna.」(Mira)
「Is that so?」(Marian)
「I heard that you were bad-mannered.」(Mira)
「Mi, Mira-san! What are you talking about!?」(Hanna)
You don’t have to say that!
It sounds like I was speaking ill behind her back!
「She told the truth. I always act like a bad-mannered, tomboy woman in front of other people.」(Marian)
Just because she doesn’t want to succeed to the throne, I think she’s going too far.
「When I first met Hanna-sama, I also took an arrogant attitude toward her. Fufu.」(Marian)
Umm… Is Princess Marian being gentle a kind of ‘dere’ thing?
No… Somehow, I began to feel a distance between her and me since she changed her attitude.
*/dere refers to an archetype given to characters in anime, manga, ect.
「Umm, Princess? Honestly, I feel weird and it’s a little hard to interact with you if you speak so politely like that…」(Hanna)
「Eh? But, Hanna-sama is my hero, my knight. I can’t be rude to you.」(Marian)
「But… I’m not used to being addressed with ‘sama’… No, to put it bluntly, it feels really strange.」(Hanna)
Awawa… Did I make her upset?
But it can’t be helped right?
Indeed, I want to meet a gentle and kind princess, but I’m also scared that her personality suddenly changed like this.
「Hanna-sama….. Ahem! Alright, I got it. If that’s what you want, I’ll behave like before.」(Marian)
Said Princess Marian with a bitter face.
「Ah, yes! That face! That manly tone! This is Princess Marian I know!」(Hanna)
「Oi… What kind of person do you think I am… Oh well, I behave like this so that people have a bad impression of me in the first place, so I don’t really mind…. Oh, right!」(Marian)
Princess Marian snapped her finger as if she just came up with something.
「As you want, I’ll speak like this, but stop calling me ‘Princess’. Call me by my name!」(Marian)
Uhh… It’ll be tough to call the Princess of this kingdom by her name, but…
「We, Well then… Umm… Marian… sama?」(Hanna)
「Oi, oi. You told me to stop addressing you with ‘sama’, but you put ‘sama’ on my name!? That’s not fair!」(Marian)
Ahh! I thought it would be easy!
Come on, you can do it, Hanna!
This is the chance to get closer to Princess Marian!
「A, Ahem!ーー Ma, Marian-chan!」(Hanna)
Princess Marian stepped back a little. She looked very surprised.
「Eh…? I thought it would be cute to call you like that… Is it a no?」(Hanna)
「N, Not that… It’s just… I, I don’t mind…」(Marian)
Princess Marianー No, Marian-chan’s face turned bright red.
She looked at the floor while muttering to herself.
Her voice was too small so I couldn’t hear her well.
「Hauu~~~…. Aa! Ahem! Why ‘chan’ all of a sudden? I thought you would address me with ‘san’. I, It’s not that I don’t like you calling me Ma.. Marian-chan… N, Not at all. It feels like we’re close friends, un! Close friends!… Actually, I always wanted Galle-chan to call me like that, but I couldn’t tell her… I thought it was kind of childish…」(Marian)
「Umm… Should I call you ‘Marian-san’, then?」(Hanna)
「No, please don’t!… Aa! I mean… It’s not that I like being called ‘Marian-chan’! I just don’t mind you calling me that! Un! I allow you to call me ‘Marian-chan’!」(Marian)
Looks like she really wants me to call her ‘Marian-chan’…
Galle-chan looked at Marian-chan and muttered to herself.
「Her tone has changed unlike two years ago, but her ‘bocchi’ character hasn’t changed at all…」(Galle)
*/ bocchi : someone who always feels lonely, alone, and has no friends, but they really want friends.