“So who would you like to choose, Lady Nina?”
“If you don’t think you can choose someone, I was thinking of asking Prince Kaiser to take that role.”
“Priest… are you sure I can choose anyone?”
“Yeah, that’s fine.”
Hearing the priest’s words, Nina slowly looked around at our faces and smiled when she stopped looking at me.
“I would like to ask Lady Cecilia to do it for me!”
I was surprised and astonished at the appointment, but for some reason I was the only one who was surprised.
The priest was still smiling at me, and my father had a proud expression on his face as if to say that I was his daughter, but I couldn’t help but wonder at the expressions on the faces of Kaiser and his friends.
What’s that? I am the only one who doesn’t get this situation…
I was puzzled by everyone’s reaction, and before I knew it, Nina approached me, crossed her arms and gave me a pleading look.
“Cecilia-sama… is it a no?”
“Uh!…Are you sure it’s okay with me? I have a feeling that men are better suited to these types of roles…”
“I prefer Lady Cecilia!”
“…Okay. It’s Nina’s request then I’ll accept.”
“Thank you, Lady Cecilia!”
I decided to give up and accept Nina’s request in that I had no choice.
But… whose route did she go down in this case? I didn’t have the option to say Cecilia in the game in the first place… hmm, I don’t know, but worrying about it now won’t help, so for now, I’ll just focus on the unveiling parade~
So I changed my mind and received a detailed explanation of the day from my father.
“…and on that day, Nina and Cecilia will board a horse-drawn carriage together and parade through the city.”
“I understand. Cecilia-sama, I look forward to seeing you on that day.”
“Yes, I would appreciate your favor.”
Nina and I nodded to each other as my father explained to us.
Then the priest smiled at us and said to Nina,
“Please come to the temple afterwards to get dressed for the day.”
“Oh, yes. I understand.”
“Well, I’ll take care of Cecilia’s outfit for her.”
For some reason, Kaiser approached me with a joyful smile on his face as he listened to the priest.
“Then I’ll get you the fabric for your costume.”
“That’s very helpful. All the fabrics that Alfeld provides are of the highest quality.”
“I’ll get some jewelry made from some of my favorite ores.”
“Leon, will you be able to make it in time for the day?”
“It’s fine! If I ask a skilled craftsman I know, it’ll get here in time!”
“I’ll get you some shoes.”
“After pondering for a while, Ghislan’s words that he said after pondering for a while, Kaiser let out a bitter smile.”
“…You really want to involved too Ghislan, don’t you? It’s fine. You can choose the shoes that will go with that outfit at the costume fitting.”
“Then I’ll be pleased to present a handkerchief of the highest quality for the princess.
“…Viktor, as expected, I don’t even send Cecilia handkerchiefs all the time, do I?”
“But… I’ve never given anything else to the princess except a handkerchief, so I can’t think of anything else.”
“…Okay. Then I’ll need a handkerchief from Viktor, please.”
“Then I’ll make sure that I have the most beautiful flowers for Cecilia and Nina by the day of the event!”
“I’m comfortable leaving that in the hands of the lady, Lady Lateia. Thank you for your help.”
“We’ll take care of it!”
And so for some reason, everyone was getting excited about my costume without my permission, leaving me in charge.
No~ um~ I wish you would check with me as well…but by the looks of things, it looks like the worst thing that could happen is that they will prepare a costume that stands out more than Nina. As expected, wouldn’t that confuse the people? It’s just two women in a carriage with… what? Is that right? Two women in a carriage would definitely confuse the folks who don’t yet know who Nina is! But I can’t very well ask one of the men to switch with me now… and… yes! That would be good!!!
A thought came into my head and I called out to Kaiser and the others who were still happily discussing.
“I’m sorry Kaiser! I’m sorry to trouble you about my costume, but I refuse to do so!”
“And since I have a few thoughts, I’m going to have to go home to my parents for a while now!”
“What? Wait a minute, Cecilia! I don’t think I’m just going to let you go back to your parents’ house…”
“Oh, I’m sorry. I’m in a hurry, so I’ll take my leave now!”
I bowed to everyone and hurriedly left the conference room, ignoring Kaiser who tried to keep me there.
Then I got into the carriage that was immediately prepared for me and returned to my parents’ house.
“Cecilia! What are you doing here!?”
“Mother, I’m home.”
“Oh, welcome home. But… as much as I said you should come home from time to time, I didn’t expect you to be home so soon. What’s going on?”
“Actually, I came back to ask mother for a favor.”
“To ask me?”
“Yes. Well, this is what I’m asking…”
When she heard what I had been thinking about, her mother was blindsided by surprise.
But she immediately looked serious, thought about it and nodded her head.
“I understand. It’s a request Cecilia rarely makes! I’ll have the best for you!”
“Don’t worry about it being the best thing, Mother.”
“No! It’s Cecilia’s big day! I’ll get you something nice!”
And so, with the arrangements made by mother, who was completely motivated, the desired items were prepared before the day of the parade.
The day of the announcement parade…
I was in my room in the castle, dressed in my parade costume, and checking my appearance in the mirror.
In the mirror, I saw my reflection in a man’s formal attire, black with gold embroidery, and my hair, which was usually left down, was later tied up in a bun.
No matter how I look at it, I can only see it as a beautiful woman dressed as a man.
…No really, I really went all out and asked mother, a tailor, to make this look so gorgeous! But the truth is, I was planning to add a lot more rugged decoration to the costume at first…but it’s not as bad as it could have been. But now, at a glance, it should be easier to tell which one is the Celestial Maiden…
As I looked in the mirror, I noticed that the maidservants who helped me put on my costume in the mirror were all blushing with a fawning expression on their faces.
In fact, I often saw this situation at my parents’ house.
When I tried on the outfit at my parents’ house, my mother, the maidservants and even the male tailor looked at me in the same way.
I was taking a final look at my reflection in the mirror with a bitter smile on my face when I remembered that moment.
Just then, Kaiser entered the room after a knock on the door.
“Cecilia, we’re ready to go…”
Kaiser walked into the room with a smile on his face, looked at me and froze as he was.
“Sister Cecilia! What outfit…”
Prince Leon, who came in next, froze when he saw me, same as Kaiser.
“What a lovely figure…”
Prince Alfeld froze in the same manner.
“Hey, what the hell are you all doing stopping at the entrance to…”
Ghislan also freezes when he sees me as he walks in while giving a grim expression to the three who had froze near the door.
“What’s going on, everyone!? If there’s something wrong with the princess…”
Viktor, who came into the room looking flustered by the people who were stopping one after another, also froze when he saw me.
Ah, this is kind of…interesting!
I was getting more and more amused by everyone’s reactions.
However, the next person who came in, Lateia-sama, saw me and put her hands on her cheeks with a look of surprise on her face.
“Kyah~! Cecilia-sama is wonderful!”
I’m sure you’ll be pleased to know that Lady Lateia was very excited and very happy when she let out such a scream.
The five people who had finally come to their senses at the sound of Lady Lateia’s voice were confused by the expression on their faces, as if they had seen something unbelievable.
“Cecilia…what is going on with your outfit?”
“Today’s outfit…why are you wearing a man’s outfit? And…by all appearances, they were made on purpose, and…”
“Yes, I asked my mother to make it for me.”
When I said that plainly, Kaiser looked at the other men with a puzzled look on his face.
“…What do you think?”
“As expected of my Sister Cecilia…”
“I didn’t expect Cecilia to choose an outfit like this…I thought she would choose beautiful dress…”
“As usual, Cecilia’s behavior is far beyond what I expected…”
“The princess…The princess…”
As expected from such a variety of reactions, I was worried that I might have overdone it.
“…Does it not look good on me?”
“No! Lady Cecilia! It looks so, so good on you! Don’t pay any attention to what the men over there say! To be honest, I’d love to go out with you!”
“Thank you, Lateia-sama. But as you can imagine, that’s not possible…”
“Yes, of course I know! So I’m going to burn this into my eyes instead!
And just as she said, Lady Lateia took her time to look around at me from top to bottom.
Then there was a discreet knock on the door and Nina peeked out from there.
“Everyone, here you are…”
“Nina! Come on in! You’ll be missing out if you don’t see Cecilia-sama in all her fabulous glory!”
“…Wow! I didn’t recognize you for a second! Cecilia-sama is awesome!”
Nina, who was urged into the room by Lady Lateia, saw my appearance and at once her cheeks went up and her face became excited.
But I, on the contrary, was blindsided by surprise at the sight of Nina.
Whoa!!!! Nina is so cute! The white fluttery fluffy shrine maiden outfit looks great on you! I’m sure the capture targets would love to see this!
Nina’s cuteness was made even more pronounced by the light outfit that swayed softly with every step she took.
“Nina is the one who’s terribly cute! This way, anyone can tell who is the ‘Celestial Maiden’ in one glance!”
“We all think Nina looks great like this, don’t we?”
I looked at the men with an excited look on my face, but apparently it wasn’t the reaction I was expecting.
“Yes, I think Nina looks very nice. But after seeing Cecilia, I’m shocked…”
“Yes, it feels normal after seeing Sister Cecilia.”
“I’m more interested in Cecilia than I am in Nina.”
“Cecilia…it’s just too impressive. I can’t say anything.”
“Princess…I’m sorry Lady Nina, but all I can see is the princess.”
Such words were returned by the men.
“…Nina, I’m kind of sorry. Should I go change my costume now?”
As expected, I thought this might not be good enough, so I said that to Nina, and this time Nina and Lady Lateia came at me with great speed.
“No, Cecilia-sama! I’d love to see you in that form!”
“I’d love to see it too, by far.”
And so I was confused by the subtle reactions of the men and the terrific recommendations of the women, and time passed, and I ended up participating in the unveiling parade as I was.
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