Prince’s Battle to Concede the Throne - Chapter 16: The Second Prince - Ryausha
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“Next is my sister.” ~ Sugen
“Have you not learned your lesson?” ~Gettenwo
I barely escaped from Iifu, but as expected, I was not completely without injuries. There were scratches all over my body, and a large fist mark was on my face.
When I get back to my fourth garden to take refuge, Gettenwo was already waiting while sipping her tea. Within this gap of time, she could consider escaping this castle, but surprisingly, she was loyal.
In consideration of that, I forgave her for her earlier betrayal.
“But, if you think carefully about your sister, Ryausha, isn’t it easier to find her strong points? She looks beautiful, and as compared to you, she could turn a lot of heads.” ~Gettenwo
“Oh… to be honest, I used to think so until recently.” ~ Sugen
“Recently?” ~ Gettenwo
”Hey, I wonder if your elder sister has put on makeup on you as a joke before?” ~Gettenwo
”Well, such a thing did happen.” ~Sugen
“At that time, you probably looked beautiful. That elder sister looked is originally beautiful than wearing makeup. I’m sure her face with no make-up is average. Actually, your face without makeup is like a child――What’s wrong?” ~Gettenwo
“You. You should understand a little bit regarding woman’s manners. If you think that you can be beautiful by patting some powder, then you are good.” ~ Sugen
Gettenwo wrinkled her eyebrows as she put the cup on the table rudely.
“Even so, good or bad looks had nothing to do with the Emperor’s qualities. Even if it was an advantage, it is unrelated to the succession of the throne. It does not make sense to praise it.” ~Sugen
“Don’t argue at a time like this, you bastard…… However, what’s with Iifu? I wonder if it is an advantage for an Emperor to wear clothes normally?” ~Gettenwo
“No. Regardless of your personal appearance, you are fit to be an Emperor, but if you don’t wear clothes, you are not fit to be an Emperor.” ~Sugen
”I can’t refute, but to get angry.” ~Gettenwo
Gettenwo’s pouted and turned her head away. She can’t have what she wanted and get sulky just like a child.
“And then…… did you say that you think about my sister” ~Sugen
“Oh, yes I did. An ability that would be beneficial as an Emperor.” ~Gettenwo
“Don’t be mislead. She’s essentially an idiot. She’s not a match with a true genius like me.” ~Sugen
When she heard that, Gettenwo’s face turned miserable. It’s a pity for Ryausha to be concerned by her little sister.
“So, next is to my sister’s Second Garden. Well, it is a fact that some wisdom will pass a certain time. If you search for an entire house, you will probably find one of the advantages. At least it should be easier than Iifu.” ~Sugen
“You bastard…… I don’t know what will happen next time.” ~Gettenwo
Despite saying that, Gettenwo followed her conscience. Once a promise was made, to be faithful to it is a virtue. Unfortunately, because Gettenwo was not subjected to the speech this time, there was no meaning in finding her advantages.
I ran along the court area with Gettenwo for a while.
The Second Garden, which was located at the farthest corner of the court, was the spacious area. Beyond the border of the fence was a splendid garden that embodied a scenic beauty.
Trees with flowers that bloom depending on the four seasons were planted. The imitation stream was babbling the waterway. In contrast to Iifu’s Garden, it was full of a sense of nobleness.
“This is amazing …” ~Gettenwo
Gettenwo was also impressed. Because of her occupation as a thief, she had good judgment. She could perceive that even one decoration stone in the garden worth a lot.
“But Gettenwo, it’s too early to be surprised. Elder Sister’s mansion is even more amazing. Anyhow, even me, who is ignorant got goosebumps the first time I saw it. Even the person herself boasting it as ‘a living art’. Oh, it’s about time to see it.” ~Sugen
“Too bad that I didn’t break in to steal. Well, that’s fine. If you say so much, I should see it carefully――” ~Gettenwo
As we turned our gaze forward, the conversation between Gettenwo and me stopped.
This is because, in their path was not a luxurious mansion or anything like it, but white smoke rising up with a massive pillar of fire.
――Ryausha’s mansion was on fire.
”You finally came…… I could predict that you will be coming this way to observe your enemies’ movement.” ~Ryausha
And, standing behind us, Ryausha was shouting while clapping her hands. She seemed to be hiding behind the shadow of a tree nearby.
“Too bad. I have already destroyed the evidence beforehand. Now, even if you search through my house, there is nothing but charcoal and ash. You can’t find any fragment of a trace of my good points… Fufu, since your scheme fell off, I wonder if I have to say ‘my condolences’?” ~Ryausha
“Hey, what kind of face should I make when someone who had her house burning up in front of me said to me, ‘my condolences’?” ~Gettenwo
Gettenwo pulled my sleeve and asked. I replied, “Please look humble.” Gettenwo’s face turned humble.
“Yes. That is the face that I wanted to see! The expression of being beaten, frustration, suffering in agony…! Oh, what a great feeling!” ~Ryausha
Ryausha continued to laugh in excitement alone.
I secretly whispered to Gettenwo.
“This is the fatal hopeless point of my elder sister. She was too fond of planning a trap and has this habit of disregarding the hard blow that she has to bear with that plan.” ~Sugen
“Wow. In an instant, her rating has fallen to the same level as an idiot like you.” ~Gettenwo
“I will show you something a little more interesting.” ~Sugen
In fact, burning her entire home was the perfect destruction of evidence. This way, the mission to find any good point about Ryausha has failed.
At least, it was only a diversion.
I got into a performing mode,
“What the hell……! With this, the strength of my sister is only her beautiful face that has almost nothing to do with the throne! No, wait. However, with elder sister’s beautiful face, it might be possible for her to capture the hearts of the subjects……?” ~Sugen
” Fufu… That’s sweet. I will erase that hope!” ~Ryausha
When Ryausha snapped her fingers, an old woman caretaker slipped out of nowhere.
“Young lady, what is your order?” ~Old housekeeper
“Old housekeeper. Prepare sweet pastry and greasy dishes as much as possible at once. Till the day of the speech, martial arts practice will be discontinued. I’m going to get fat enough to make this beautiful face disappear!” ~Ryausha
“I understand” ~Old housekeeper
Beside the old woman who was nodding politely, Ryausha showed a triumphant smile.
Undauntedly, I also make my next move.
“Wait. No matter how fat you are, with that beautiful long hair alone may be enough to attract everyone……” ~Sugen
“Old caretaker. Bring an additional razor. I’m going to shave my head to a bald hill.” ~Ryausha
“I understand.” ~Old housekeeper
When this happened, Ryausha could not be stopped. She was personally going to the path of destruction――
I was drop-kicked on my back and plunged down with my face into the ground.
“Will you stay calm! This stupid bastard is trying to trick you!” ~Gettenwo
Gettenwo turned to Ryausha and shouted a warning. Ryausha tilted her head, but after a while, with a “Haa,” she returned to her sanity.
“That was dangerous… How dare you try to deceive me, Sugen.” ~Ryausha
“He was not clever enough to trick you.” ~Gettenwo
It was exactly as Gettenwo said. Ryausha, who was able to perform such sloppy performance, was completely inferior.
However, such arguments do not work between us siblings.
I quickly got up and readied myself to escape at any time. This time, I did not the same mistake like when I was with Iifu. A Kodachi  for self-defense was hidden in my pocket.
If she wanted to approach, then come. I was preparing for Ryausha’s attack while retreating slowly―― The next moment, Ryausha showed a surprisingly gentle smile.
“… Elder sister? Are you not angry?” ~Sugen
“Oh. I am not an insecure person who will attack with a sword at this level. I am paying for my mistake for half of the thing I did myself.” ~Ryausha
If she did not mention “attacking with a sword” at that point, I think she was an insecure person.
“Thank you for stopping me, Gettenwo-chan. I am really happy that you are going to be a partner for an idiot like Sugen.” ~Ryausha
“I don’t remember being this guy’s partner. I was simply being dragged around.” ~Gettenwo
“No, no. Modesty is good. I’m glad. Ufufu.” ~Ryausha
Her calm attitude was rather uncanny. She was absolutely scheming something.
I was determined to retreat without getting involved in this strange trick. I pulled Gettenwo’s hand and turned back from the place.
“I will tell Father properly that you guys are on good terms. I’m sure he will be very happy.” ~Ryausha
I wonder why.
I could feel a strange, ominous feeling at the Ryausha’s casual comment as we left the place.
Translator and Editor Notes:
 Kodachi, or a small swords
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