I Choose You For This Life - Chapter 15
Translator and Editor: Effe and Nabi
Chapter 15 – Enemy Of The Enemy
The King’s office boasted perfect soundproofing. So, of course, there was no way to know the situation inside the room from outside the room.
And, at that moment, a strange tension was flowing in the hallway.
The two knights who came with Pierre, Harley, and Xenon, were now guarding the door with Arthur, who was waiting for Sienna.
As the knights stood awkward and silent, Xeon felt his butt tingle.
‘Oh my? Did he find out? I think he recognized me…?’
It seemed that Arthur was only staring at him since earlier. At that, Xeon sneaked and hid behind Harley, but he was so tall that he couldn’t be hidden at all.
As Arthur called Xeon, the door suddenly burst open just when he made a strange noise in surprise.
Sienna, who appeared with a loud, lively laugh, grabbed her knight.
Even though he didn’t know what was going on, Arthur started running after Sienna.
Soon, Pierre also left the room. He had a look of complete disbelief.
“Are you finally gone insane, Princess?”
“It feels good to run!”
Sienna, who was running down the long hallway, said so. Eventually, she soon plopped down on the floor, exhausted.
“…Haa, haa. I feel like my heart is going to explode—”
She had forgotten for a moment that Sienna’s physical strength was rock bottom. After all the running, she was almost lying on her back, catching her rough breath, and finally being carried in Arthur’s arms.
It was a true princess carry.
“Am I not heavy?”
“It’s okay. The Princess is small. Even with one arm…”
Arthur, who had spoken up to that point, paused. He realized that he had to be careful with his mouth all the time in front of Sienna.
“With one arm…?”
“I think I made a slip of the tongue. Please, forget it.”
“Well, that’s too bad then.”
Even though they ran the same distance, Arthur didn’t even lose his breath.
“Arthur, what’s the secret to stamina?”
“I train almost every day.”
“I train every morning.”
Shushu intervenes in Sienna’s admiration.
— Look at that.
It is referring to what it said earlier, about the importance of morning practice…
— Shush. Do you want to be quiet or break the contract?
— I’ll be quiet.
As soon as Sienna returned to her room, she began to search for the ‘body’ Shushu deserved. Not only her stamina but also her magic was poor, so she had to hurriedly find a body.
“What do you like?”
— Well… I do not know.
“So, it doesn’t really matter, right?”
— Anything is possible, but it would be nice to be able to contain even 1% of the greatness of Shushu.
“This will be great.”
What caught Sienna’s eyes was her attachment rabbit doll, which was very adorable in the soft pink color with a red ribbon tied around the neck.
“Toto would be nice. Oh, its name is Toto… Ah! Toto Shushu. Even the name is fateful.”
— You want me to go into that ugly rabbit?
“You’re mean. That is too harsh! Look how cute our Toto is?”
— I do not like it! Shushu doesn’t that match at all!
“Then, break the contract…”
— Did you say it was Toto? As I keep looking at it, it does look pretty cute.
Sienna smiled satisfactorily at Shushu’s quick change of position. “Come on, go inside. I think I’m going to faint soon if you don’t.”
As Shushu burst into a loud light and went into Toto, she closed her eyes for a moment and slowly pry them because her eyes were dazzled.
“Is it done?”
She gazed at Toto still on the bed, though it didn’t seem like anything had changed.
Sienna approached carefully and tapped Toto’s ear.
— Yes! It’s Shushu.
“How’s your new body?
— Well, it’s not bad.
“Can you move?”
— A little.
Shushu wiggles its ears a little.
‘…It’s kinda cute.’
That body was definitely more comfortable than when it was in a bundle of lights. Besides, it was also cute that it can move and wiggling its ears.
Sienna was particularly weak on cuteness.
She looked at Toto, who had become Shushu, pleased, and gave a warning in advance.
“You can’t move when there are other people.”
“But, you can move when you’re with me.” She said and she wore a wide-brimmed smile and held Shushu in one of her hands.
— Didn’t you just come into the room though?
“It’s a nice day today.”
— The answer is strange.
“I hear that often.”
Sienna smiled cheerfully and walked out of the door.
There, Anna and Arthur were waiting.
In Anna’s hand was also a basket full of bread.
“Let’s go—to the second garden.”
There were three huge gardens in Stern Castle.
The oldest garden in front of the main palace and the recently completed third garden were built right next to the first garden.
The Second Garden, also called Marianne’s Garden, was a spacious lake garden built behind the castle for the ancestral Queen, Marianne. It was created to appease the nostalgia of the Queen, who was from the countryside, so it was a beautiful place with a quiet landscape.
Queen Marianne was said to have enjoyed boating here every spring.
Sienna also used to cross her lake frequently with her mother, Irina, in her childhood.
Today was the first time she went again after Irina’s death.
So, when Sienna said she wanted to go boating, Anna and the maids were a little surprised and worried that she would miss her mother and cry. Though, of course, Sienna just wanted to enjoy spring.
When she reached the lakeshore, she burst into admiration.
The place right now with the place in her memory remained the same.
“It’s like a painting.”
It was like looking at a beautiful oil painting. The sun shone on the surface of the water with silvery light, and the trees that had grown well were wrapped around them.
It feels as if she was in another world, and it is soft like freshly baked bread.
She quickly got on board.
Sienna was looking forward to seeing what the scenery would be like in the middle of the lake.
Following her, Anna and Arthur climbed up and the ship set off.
It looked like an ordinary wooden boat, but there was no need to row because they had a lot of magic stones attached to them so they automatically cut through the water.
‘It’s a very convenient world…’
Thinking so, Sienna closed her eyes and felt the cool breeze tickling her cheek. Today’s lunch was about to be enjoyed on a leisurely flowing boat.
“Anna, what’s on the menu?”
“I prepared coq au vin.”
Chicken is good.
Sienna opened the basket slightly and sniffed it.
“Shall we prepare food, then?”
“No, a little later. I have someone to invite.”
“Yeah. Arthur, turn the boat around.”
Arthur asked, but still swiftly changed direction by rowing the oars.
The magic stones are all good, but only for going straight because turning the direction had to be done manually.
Sienna reclined on the tip of the boat.
The fresh scent of grass was carried by the breeze blowing.
‘This is happiness.’
Anna hesitated for a moment, before asking cautiously. “P, Princess…”
“Why are you suddenly boating…”
Sienna answered without any hesitation. “Because it’s spring.”
“Is that all?”
“What a wonderful season. You should enjoy it.”
It feels as though lying on a quiet lake while entrusting yourself to the wind.
‘Oh. It’s so good… there’s no way to properly explain this feeling.’ Sienna, who was looking at the sky slowly, suddenly became curious about the night scenery.
“Maybe there should be fireworks here in the summer.”
“Wow! That would be cool!”
As she recalled the splendid firecrackers, she poured a light sparkling wine as her pre-meal drink while savoring the grapefruit sprinkled with honey.
Forgetting all her worries, Sienna felt the breeze clashing into the glasses.
Meanwhile, the ship returned to the pier.
“Arthur, bring a guest.”
“Today, he may not have been able to eat properly because he was monitoring all day, but I want him to come and eat together.”
“Behind the biggest tree over there.”
She probably guessed that he would come today, too, and because Shushu told her, she could even know the exact location.
Still, she couldn’t explain it to Arthur, so she just laughed.
“I have something to say to that person, so tell him that.”
Arthur reluctantly got off the boat.
After a while, with a rustling sound, a large man approached, crumpled up. The man still hesitated, but when Arthur struck him with his sword in the side, he eventually got into the boat.
“Let’s go again!”
With her excited voice, the ship began moving again at a constant speed.
Sienna stared intently at the poor watcher who was trembling all over his body, on the other hand, Arthur seemed to be terrified.
“What’s your name?”
“…My name is Xeon Howard.”
“Nice to meet you, Sir Howard.”
“It is an honor, Princess Sienna.”
“How long have you been with Brother Pierre?”
“It, it’s been a year…”
“You don’t have to tremble like that. I won’t say anything to my brother.”
At her words, Xeon’s face turned red, feeling a little relief.
“Yes. Well, for now.”
“…F, for now?”
At once, he became vigilant again and drooped his body. Xeon was such a harmless man that she wondered how he became a knight.
Sienna naturally turned the subject around.
“Do you like chicken?”
“Pardon…? Oh, yes.”
“Let’s eat together.”
And so, she shared some of the coq au vin to Xeon as well.
He must have been starving, judging at how busy he was putting the coq au vin in his mouth. Looking into his innocent eyes, Xeon was like a deer shivering in front of a staunch predator.
It felt like something had changed.
“Am I the one being watched now?”
“You have a lot of trouble monitoring me every day.”
“Oh! Are you okay?”
Sienna graciously handed him her handkerchief.
Wanting to tease him, with another hand holding a bottle, as the man was about to grab it, she switched and moved the hand that was grabbing the handkerchief before him instead.
Thus, the weak Xeon Howard repeated the swaying movement that made his heart dizzy despite the Princess’s light prank.
Arthur, who had already been through it many times, was busy holding back his laughter.
She glanced at Arthur and the fragile deer.
In the end, she stopped as she felt pity that he was trembling. Sienna then asked him tenderly with an angelic face.
“How much did you tell brother?”
In the middle of the lake, with the sparkle of the water surface, it was very beautiful scenery.
Xeon was silent for a moment, as if possessed by something, and opened his mouth.
“Hmm, what will happen if my brother finds out that Sir has been caught by me?”
Sienna hugged Shushu and asked innocently. “Brother Pierre doesn’t tolerate mistakes. If he finds out that you dared to be caught by someone like me—well, maybe a couple of your fingers…”
At that, she frowned as though the image that popped in her mind was terrifying, before glancing at his fine, white hands, which were not of a knight.
Because of that, Xeon groaned ‘hiik,’ and hid his hand behind his back hurriedly.
“H-help me, Princess!”
“I like the Sir.”
“What is the enemy of the enemy?”
While tilting his head to the story that was flowing somewhere strangely, Xeon instinctively shouted an answer. “…Friend?”
“Pr, princess… What is this?”
Sienna moved on to the next question without giving Xeon a chance to speak.
“Then, who is the enemy of the Sir, who will kill the Sir?”
“…I’m sure it’s His Highness Pierre.”
Her lips curled softly at the satisfactory answer.
Sienna clenched her chin and met his nervous gaze.
“Then, am I still your enemy?”