Chapter 32: Gentle Hands

“Then I’m sorry to say that if I take too much time it might strain Cecilia’s body, so I’ll have to go—”

“—Cecilia! I heard you fell into the fountain, are you okay!?”

While Prince Alfeld was in the middle of saying the words to leave, the door suddenly opened and Kaiser rushed in, looking flustered.

“Wait, Kaiser! Knock! Knock!”

“Sorry, I was in a hurry and didn’t have time for that! But that doesn’t matter now. What about your body? Isn’t it painful for you?”

“I’m fine! It’s okay! Kaiser, please calm down!”

Kaiser came to the side of the bed with a desperate look on his face and looked into my face restlessly with his hands clasped onto mine.

I was a little taken aback by the look on his face, so I tried to quiet him down with a confused expression on my face.

But even so, Kaiser put his face very close to mine and tried to check my complexion.

“You look…a little pale. Have you seen a doctor?”

“No, I took a quick bath and I’m good to go!”


“Kaiser…I know you’re worried about her, but since it’s best for Cecilia to rest, it’s time to move away from her.”

Saying that, Prince Alfeld grabbed Kaiser’s shoulder and pulled him away from me, but Kaiser turned around to face Prince Alfeld with a grim expression on his face.

“…Alfeld, from what I heard, you were with her. And yet you let Cecilia suffer like this…”

“I’m sorry. It’s completely my fault.”

Prince Alfeld bowed to Kaiser with a pained expression.

“Wait! Prince Alfeld isn’t at fault at all! I just carelessly tripped and fell into the fountain on my own!”

“But Alfeld should have been able to save Cecilia before she fell into the fountain!”

“It’s my fault! Prince Alfeld rescued me when I almost fell first, and because of that, Prince Alfeld was unable to help Lady Cecilia! So it is my responsibility!”


When Kaiser was looking at Alfeld with a cold gaze, Nina interrupted him, and this time Nina bowed deeply to Kaiser and apologized, so Kaiser looked at Nina with a troubled expression.

“…Hah~ I understand. Well, I had heard the details in the report in case you were wondering. I was a little too upset too. So please both of you raise your heads.”


“Prince Kaiser…”

“But the next time something happens to Cecilia…you know what I mean?”

“Oh, yeah.”

“Yes! I’ll be careful!”

When Kaiser gave them a very black smile as they raised their heads, they nodded deeply, their faces tightening.

I felt a twitch in my cheek as I watched them, and my head began to hurt.

Then the door opened again and Ghislan, Prince Leon, Viktor and Lady Lateia came rushing in from there.

You guys too!?!?

I thought this in my mind, but the rush that would follow made my head hurt even more.

“Hey Cecilia! You walked into that fountain on your own? That’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever done.”

“No, I didn’t go in there on purpose…”

“Sister Cecilia…I don’t know if even I could copy the idea of tripping into a fountain with my clothes on, no matter how warm it is getting.”

“No, I didn’t want to—!”

“Princess! Damn, the princess was in danger because I just didn’t stick to her side!”

“It wasn’t that dangerous, so don’t be that depressed!”

“Oh, Cecilia-sama…I would have liked to see that wet figure of yours up close if I could.”

“Lady Lateia? What in the world are you talking about?”

I let out a small sigh as I ‘tsk-tsked’ at each of their reactions, and my head was starting to hurt.

But four people who hadn’t noticed my reaction rushed over to me at once.

In addition, Kaiser, Prince Alfeld and Nina joined them, and even I began to flinch at the sight of them.

No, no, no! Did you all forget that this is my bedroom in the first place!? And I’m in my nightgown right now, so don’t get too close! Ugh…my head really hurts. And I’m kind of getting chills…

Just when I was unconsciously hugging myself with a confused expression on my face, Dahlia quickly stepped in between me and everyone else and turned her sharp gaze on everyone.

“I’m sorry. Since Cecilia-sama seems to have fallen ill due to the noise you all have made, please step away.”

Dahlia’s words startled everyone and they all looked at me at once.

Then, after staring at my face, they all looked at each other and nodded at each other in silence and walked straight to the door.

“Cecilia, I apologize for making such a racket. It’s a good idea to have a relax and get a good night’s rest. But if it becomes painful, please do not hesitate to tell me so that I can send a doctor to you right away.”

Everyone else nodded in agreement as Kaiser said with a serious look on his face, and they all walked out the door.

I turned to Dahlia, stunned by how quickly it all happened.

“…Hey Dahlia, did I look that bad?”

“Yes, you still don’t look well…excuse me for a moment…oh, you still have a bit of a fever, don’t you? You must go to bed at once!”

Dahlia urged me to put the covers on right away, and I could definitely feel myself getting a little sick, so I decided to go to bed quietly.

However, my fever eventually rose and the doctor was called in by Dahlia, but he diagnosed that the various stresses and fatigue I had been experiencing seemed to have accumulated and caused me to have a fever.

The doctor prescribed some medicines and told me that my fever would go down soon if I rested tonight.

I was sleeping soundly, perhaps because the medicine I had taken was working, but my fever had risen and I was having trouble sleeping as the medicine ran out.


I was groaning as I struggled with the heat.

Then the towel on my forehead was removed and replaced by something crinkly.

Oh, it feels so cold…

I slowly opened my eyes to the sensation I felt in my dazed consciousness and saw Kaiser’s face out of my blurred gaze.

In the dark room, Kaiser was sitting on the edge of my bed, leaning over and putting his hand on my forehead.

“Oh I’m sorry. I didn’t want to wake you up.”


“Yes, I didn’t mean to be rude at this hour, but…I was worried about Cecilia…I’ll be out in a minute.”

Saying this, Kaiser tried to remove the hand that was on my forehead.

But I quickly grabbed that hand and pressed it directly to my forehead.


“…Please keep it like this for a bit longer. Because…Kaiser’s hands feel so nice and cold.”

“I understand. But…please don’t make that request to anyone else, especially a man.”


‘Because I don’t like it.”


As I stared at Kaiser in a daze, not really understanding the meaning of his words, Kaiser smiled bitterly as he looked at me for some reason.

“Don’t think about anything else right now, and go to sleep. I’ll stay by your side until you fall asleep.”

Then Kaiser smiled gently and patted my head with his free hand.

The comforting feeling made my eyes gradually close and I fell asleep.

“…Cecilia, good night.”

Just before I fell into a deep sleep, I felt something soft pressed against my forehead along with the words of Kaiser whispering in such a gentle voice, but I couldn’t think about it anymore at that moment.

After that, I was able to sleep soundly until morning without having any trouble sleeping.


“Perfect, whole, restored and alive!”

So I said cheerfully, as I raised myself out of bed and struck a pose in the empty bedroom.

Then Dahlia, who must have recognized my voice, rushed into the bedroom.


“Oh, good morning, Dahlia.”

“Oh, good morning…Miss Cecilia, how are you feeling?”

“I’m feeling much better now. I’m sorry for worrying you.”

“No, it’s more importantly, I’m so glad you’re feeling better.”

With that, Dahlia looked relieved.

“Oh, by the way, in the middle of the night…”

I was casually trying to tell Dahlia that Kaiser had come to this bedroom in the middle of the night, when I remembered something and hurriedly held my tongue.

That was it! My brother told me a lot about not letting Kaiser in her room at night! I shouldn’t say anything. I’m sure if I keep talking to Dahlia, then brother will hear it too… I feel like I shouldn’t say anything.

I was smiling bitterly at the thought.

“What happened to you in the middle of the night?”

“Uh, no, it’s nothing.”

“Is that so?”

I shook my head to fool her, and Dahlia gave me a strange look, but didn’t ask any more questions.

“Well, I’ll get ready for the day and then we’ll have breakfast. I’m already hungry.”

“I’m glad to see that you have an appetite. Then I’ll have your breakfast ready for you in a moment.”

After getting my maidservants ready for the day, I decided to start the day with my spirits up.

After breakfast, I decided to take a quick walk around the castle and walked down the corridor by myself.

I was walking down the corridor alone when I saw a man standing in front of a room, bowing and smiling at the open door.

“I will make those arrangements, sir.”

“Yes! Thank you!”

I heard such a cheerful voice coming from inside the door, so I moved a little and looked in the direction of the voice and saw Prince Leon talking to a man.

There I finally realized that the room was Prince Leon’s private room.

Come to think of it, I’ve never been to Prince Leon’s room before~

As I was thinking about this, Prince Leon, who had seen the man leaving, noticed my presence and ran up to me with his usual devilish smile, waving his hand at me.

“Sister Cecilia! Good morning!”

“Prince Leon, good morning.”

“Are you okay now?”

“Yes, I’m doing well now.”

“That’s good to hear!…So what is Sister Cecilia doing now?”

“I was taking a little walk around the castle to get my body acclimated.”

“Hmm, I see…Oh, yeah! Why don’t you come to my room if you want?”

“What? But…”

“Since I’m here, I’d like to show some of the minerals in my collection to Sister Cecilia~!”

Prince Leon looked at me with sparkling eyes as he said that.

“…I understand. Well then, I’ll be interrupting you for a bit.”

“Yay! Yes!”

Then the overjoyed Prince Leon grabbed my hand and took me straight to his room.


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