Be Indulged - Chapter 9
Translator and Editor: Effe and Yonnee
Chapter 9 – Part 1
Carlos’s hands were shaking. He hasn’t seen Amelia for three days. She hadn’t even eaten with Carlos and stayed confined to her room. Reinkel looked at the restless Carlos and wondered, ‘Who could ever see him as a man who tortured a neighboring country’s general and imprisoned his own mother?’
Carlos looked at Reinkel.
“You said you would devote your life to me. I stopped you from committing suicide, and you said those words to me with your own mouth! You who said you would give your life for me!”
Murderous intent could be seen on Carlos’ features. Seeing this, Reinkel said calmly.
“If you order me to take my own life even now, I will do whatever it takes.”
“Crazy guy. You think I won’t be able to give you those orders, right?”
Carlos cursed instead of answering. Reinkel lifted his head at Carlos’ nervousness.
“The relationship would not have improved if His Majesty had not said anything.”
“It couldn’t have been worse! Just like right now.”
Reinkel sighed at Carlos’s words.
“Your Majesty is still a child who can only shoot bows like you did back then.”
“Now Elliot Butler is dead, and Your Majesty is Miss Laszlo’s husband. You practically forced her to do it, but anyway.”
“Then? What’s wrong with that? Are you trying to accuse me of forcing her to be my wife?”
“I don’t mean to criticize. Rather, Your Majesty has objectively saved her.”
“Now stop hating yourself. Can’t you move forward a little bit?”
“Listen to me. The Miss Amelia who I know and Miss Amelia who you like are the same person.”
“And the Miss Amelia I know will not loathe Your Majesty, nor will she accuse you of such a thing.”
A vague emotion passed through Reinkel’s eyes, but Carlos didn’t notice it.
“Didn’t you like her because she was that kind of person? How about trusting yourself?”
“This is why I hate you.”
“If you don’t like it, order suicide.”
“I will definitely order it sometime.”
At Reinkel’s resolute words, Carlos responded coldly and stood up. After a moment’s hesitation, he finally made his way to Amelia’s room. He was at first bewildered and knocked on Amelia’s room unconditionally, but he should have thought first about how surprised she must have been now that he belatedly was struggling with it.
He stopped in his tracks. He and Amelia faced each other in the hallway and stopped walking. She stood facing Carlos with eyes wide open. The quick-witted Reinkel disappeared with all the escort knights and attendants. In the hallway alone, Amelia said with her head bowed with an awkward expression.
“Greetings, Your Majesty.”
Carlos’s eyes fluttered at the word ‘Your Majesty’. He eventually became Carlos, then Your Majesty again. This was not good.
“…Your Majesty, I apologize in advance.”
“I’m sorry, Amelia…”
Was she about to leave? Was she telling him to let her go? Before he could finish speaking, Carlos felt warmth in his body. Amelia hugged him. Amelia said as Carlos opened his eyes wide.
“Sorry. I didn’t even recognize you when you were right in front of me.”
“You could’ve forgotten. But Your Majesty, for someone like me, you kept suffering and remembered me.”
Amelia’s words brought tears to his eyes.
“Thank you. Thank you very much, Your Majesty.”
As soon as he heard this from Amelia, the weeping and tears welled up. But Carlos couldn’t show tears because he would look weak. He struggled to suppress the tears that were welling up in his red eyes. The reason he lived through such painful memories may be because he wanted to hear these words.
“Carl, Carl… How stupid I was.”
“I thought you were dead. Dead. Thank you so much for being alive.”
“Thank you for being alive, Carl.”
Then, tears began to flow from Carlos’s eyes. Then Amelia smiled and wiped away his tears.
Oh, I can cry.
Reassured, Carlos quietly embraced Amelia and wept. Even his sobs began to leak out. Facing each other’s wounds, they hugged each other for a long time.
An awkward silence settled between them. Carlos and Amelia sipped their tea without saying a word.
The hand holding the teacup trembled.
“Are you uncomfortable with me?”
Amelia didn’t know how to answer the question he posed with hesitation.
“Well, it’s uncomfortable, because of what happened.”
For Carlos, he was forced to hold her, so he always felt guilty towards her. It felt as if he was the same as Durante.
First of all, Reinkel was right. She didn’t loathe or accuse Carlos.
She was delighted to know that he was alive. But that’s all there was to it. It would be unreasonable to regard him as a husband or a man. Carlos thought sullenly.
“No, Carl, no, Carlos, no His Majesty… That’s not it.”
“…I have multiple titles now, so I can’t tell them apart, Amelia.”
“That, that… It’s complicated for me.”
“Is it just Carl, Carlos or His Majesty…”
“All three are me.”
“Yes, all three is Your Majesty.”
“Then can’t you just call me Carl?”
“If you don’t like it, even Carlos…”
Carlos said as Amelia covered her face with her hands.
“No no! It’s okay, Amelia. I was careless. You can call me Your Majesty. No, it doesn’t matter what name you call it.”
Now, they were the emperor and a candidate for the empress, but considering that they were as comfortable towards each other as an older sister and younger brother, there was a little vagueness about what kind of relationship they should have in the future. Of course, only Amelia thought so.
The gap between the boy Carl and the man she likes. The man she liked was, after all, a young boy whom she had considered her brother. Amelia let out a sigh.
“Nineteen years old…”
“…What? Amelia, what is this?”
“What the hell is that…”
“Your Majesty, I hate myself. Your Majesty is nineteen years old… How can I?”
“Amelia, are you saying I’m nineteen now?”
“Are you sure you don’t know my age?”
“You were thirteen when I met you. It’s been six years since then, so you’re 19, aren’t you?”
“I disguised my age back then. Now I’m not 19, but 21. But so what if I really was nineteen? Ordinary men would be willing to take a woman ten years younger than them as their wife, so shouldn’t that be the case as well here?”
“Amelia, did you not hear about my age during your lessons?”
“I heard it. I heard… But Carl…”
“I think you forgot because you were so confused, but I am the age you were told during those lessons.”
“…So do you mean that I treated a person who was only three years younger than me as a thirteen-year-old child?”
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