After a pause, the king made a decision.
“Let us take the girl to the palace.
She will not be kidnapped if she lives in the palace.”
“N-No, her rainfall now has a radius of less than 3 kilometers, and she is unable to bring healing rain from the palace to the farm because it is approximately 5 kilometers from the palace.”
“Does that mean the rain’s range will change?”
“Yes—As she matures, the range will increase for at least a few more years.
The diameter has recently increased by about 200 meters per year, according to the girl’s father.”
I can’t believe they’ve kept that kind of power hidden for fourteen years.
How did they keep it hidden for so long?”
“They say the girl had to sleep in a wagon two days a week while being driven around, so no one would suspect she was the cause of the rain.”
“I didn’t know they were so afraid of being taken in by the powers that be.
That is regrettable.
They must have considered the royal family to be extremely domineering.
I’d like to thank her and her family for saving my life, but I guess that won’t be possible.”
“Mark, this is a very serious matter, and even if we want to protect the girl from Farrill’s hands, we can’t do it without first meeting her face to face.”
“…I’ll have Gil inform her of the meeting.”
“In addition to the parents, we should contact the cloth’s investigator who has been working on the case for the past three years.
I’d like to hear the outcome.”
“Father, she is a national treasure in our country.
Please do not make them do anything they do not want to do.
“Marks, your father would not be so foolish as to frighten those who have been hiding their daughter in fear of power for 14 years.”
That morning, His Majesty’s chamberlain gave instructions to Eitana, the chief chamberlain in charge of the detached palace.
“At the detached palace, the queen’s favorite fruit growers will be invited—Prepare the hospitality.”
Eitana pondered (It is unprecedented for the royal family to go to the trouble of preparing a detached palace for a commoner.) Eitana thought that being called on must have been a special honor, so she told the housekeepers what to do.
“Wipe down every crevice and nook.
Put the flowers up.
You prepare the tea as well as the refreshments.
Nothing must go unfinished!”
In a carriage sent by the palace, four members, consisting of Alesia and her family and Isabelle, arrived at the detached palace.
They had all dressed up in their best clothes and shoes, but their appearance was out of place among the splendor of the detached palace.
Everyone is nervous because they feel out of place.
“Why me as well? Wouldn’t it have sufficed if I had provided a written summary?”
“Isabelle-san, I, too, am depressed.
We’ve come this far; don’t tell me that.”
“Both of you should learn from Oka-san.
She’s composed and confident.”
They all turned to look at Hilda.
“Sadly, my legs are trembling.”
Hilda laughs as she straightens her back and maintains good posture.
When the king and queen, as well as his royal highness Prince Mark, enter, Alesia and the others stand and bow in anticipation of their speech.
“Look up—Please make yourself at home.”
The King and Queen, as well as the Prince, took their seats and greeted Alesia and her family.
The attendants and knights were dismissed after tea and pastries were served.
Queen Verna was the first to express gratitude.
“The silk cloth you gave me saved my life—It truly healed me of a painful illness in an instant—I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Queen Verna and the king both thanked her politely.
The tension between Alesia’s parents reached an all-time high, and Isabelle never opened her mouth, so Alesia, who was the most composed, took control of the conversation.
Alesia’s behavior was later described by Hilda to her husband Serio as follows.
“She was like an adult who had grown accustomed to the environment—she was my child, but it’s like she was someone else.”
Meanwhile, Herrud, who had failed in his late-night search, went for a morning stroll through the city, but soon became aware of the presence of several people.
One of his guards approached and stood beside him as he turned his face to the side.
“We’re being followed.”
“Yes, Your Highness.
Did something happen last night?”
“I went for a short walk, but I was discovered.”
The leader of the bodyguards accompanying him from Farrill appears dissatisfied.
“Your Highness, I warned you not to go out by yourself.”
“No, I’m not going to do that anymore.
But I believe I have discovered where the treasure is hidden.
They sent so many spies because they didn’t want me to go anywhere near “that” place.
Then I’ll change my approach.”
He had asked for a casual tour, but he was unexpectedly given an order that would test him.
Herrud was eager to succeed.
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