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“We might have managed to escape, but we absolutely can’t go back to the court. What are we going to do now?”
“I don’t know. Please don’t get me involved in this matter. I only took trash like you with me because I couldn’t just leave you to the Emperor.”
After successfully escaping from the tunnel, Gettenwo and I quarreled as we fell in the riverbank in the suburbs of Ando.
“Haaa… I guess I won’t be crowned when I return. For the most part, it’s not my fault I got taken away helplessly by a noble thief. ”
“I was somehow caught in your family problems! You need to apologize to me!”
After a while of quarreling, both of them ran out of breath.
The street above the riverbank was talking fervently about Gettenwo.
Last night, Gettenwo experienced an arson and managed to evade the ambush. This morning, the opium house was destroyed, which was deemed a well-deserved punishment.
The one who did it last night was my father, the Emperor.
“I’m glad their business was foiled.”
“It’s too bad. Seriously… Just return the borrowed items to the warehouse. Don’t forget about it.”
Tired of Gettenwo, I resigned myself to just agree.
“More importantly, what should we do from tomorrow onwards? I cannot rely on my authority as the prince anymore. Should I be a bodyguard somewhere?
“If there was a bodyguard like you, it would be easy for your identity to get exposed with that strength and reputation of yours.”
However, there was no other job I could do. I was not planning to be a hero.
“If you want a job that won’t expose you, you could become a thief. It could be a new lease on life. No one is going to complain if you took some allowance for food”
“After all, I should take my cut.” [Basically taking protection money like gangsters.]
“Otherwise, you will not get to eat anything. But, it’s easy for a thief without any conscience.” [Bandits 😂]
Gettenwo laughed mischievously. Until now, her expression was showing genuine justice, but now, she had a smile similar to his own siblings.
“Yeah, bandits, huh? That doesn’t sound too bad.”
I woke up thinking about the incident last night.
“Extra! Extra! It’s an announcement from the Emperor! The thief, Gettenwo, is being recognized as the fifth prince!”
Newsprint spread around from the court throughout the city. The contents of the news were that the Emperor had finally recognized Gettenwo as the fifth princess.
A signboard was also put up on the main street of Ando, and the following text was written on it.
“We welcome Gettenwo to the court. The fourth prince, Sugen, is being sent as the messenger. You are invited with the highest honor. Please accept it.”
While looking at the signboard, I was already holding Gettenwo’s wrist firmly.
She struggled to escape, but she was not my equal.
“Ba… bastard! What are you thinking? However you think aboutthis, it is definitely a trap! Wake up!”
“Too bad. As long as there is hope, a man should move forward.”
“This idiot! Hey! Release me! This is kidnapping!”
I held onto Gattenwo’s arm and went back to the court merrily.
At that same time, during the court session, the ministers reported to the Emperor with grim expressions.
“Is this really a good idea, Your Majesty? To recognize the fifth princess who has no relation with the court?”
“Oh. She has spirit and skills. I was thinking of adopting her. A cheap way to bait Sugen to come home.”
“And Gettenwo has the support of the citizens. Is that not necessary to become the Emperor?”
The Emperor replied while picking a booger.
“At that time, to make it more consistent, let that idiot, Sugen, take her as his wife. Surprisingly, he seems to have feelings for her.”
Translator and Editor Notes:
The title had the word, 帳尻, which I was not sure what it means. I looked it up and saw that it has something to do with a balance sheet. If anyone knows what it means, please tell me. ~ Redeyes
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