has been such a man from long ago,’ Melsa sighed.

He faces the problem in front of him frankly while ignoring the mood or other people’s emotions.
I may have ranked first in the academy, but he came in second place every time.


Although his personality could be better, the side of him that keeps learning and working hard for the country has not changed.


“She studied very hard.
That child is…”


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Oliver lifted his face at Melsa’s resigned words.




“That child had always had a weak constitution and was only allowed to go as far as our garden when she wanted to go outside.
The area within the garden was that child’s whole world.
Remembering the creatures (insects) and plants (insect feeds) she met in the garden distracted her from that loneliness and pain.”


A magnificent made-up story by Melsa had begun.


“In our Palace mansion, there is an elderly gardener called Imoko.
He taught many things to Emma, who could only run around the garden and not outside.
One of those things was the Imperial Japanese language…”


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“Impossible! How is that gardener able to speak Imperial Japanese? Our people also invested effort into learning it, you know! Why is a mere girl like her able to understand it!?”


‘I can’t possibly agree with this,’ said Oliver, shaking his head.


“Effort? Is it countless hours every single day for ten years worth of effort? Because Palace is a borderland, the constant appearance of monsters in our lands limited the time both Leonard and I could spare for Emma.
How lonely Emma must have been, because her brothers were also busy with noble education and monster education.
She must have learned Imperial Japanese desperately to hold the gardener, Imoko’s attention for as long as she could…”




The King unconsciously wiped away the tears that came from hearing Melsa’s (made-up) story.


The gruff-looking, muscular, dashing figure was currently shedding tears in great globs, not minding that others were watching.

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