Chapter 31: dinner party
“────Welcome to my castle, Miss Charlotte. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for accepting my invitation.”
Smiling serenely, His Majesty Emperor Oswald extended his hands in a theatrical gesture to express his welcome.
I bowed gracefully, thinking of his strangely friendly manner, ‘He is just like His Royal Highness Crown Prince Leonardo.’
“Thank you for inviting me. It is a great honor to have an audience with His Majesty the Emperor and Empress.”
I pick up the skirt of my dress and inwardly thrill at the palace etiquette I haven’t used in a while.
Even though it was an informal gathering, this was in the imperial castle, so I couldn’t afford to be rude.
In front of my nervousness, the emperor’s smile deepens, and the empress loosely raises the corners of her mouth.
“You must be the genius mage I’ve heard so much about. I have heard about you from His Majesty. this is the first time we’re meeting? I am Aurora Eve Draconia, Empress of the Draconian Empire. If you don’t mind, I hope we can be friends.”
Her Majesty, Empress Aurora, with her hand over her mouth, smiled elegantly and shook her smooth silver hair.
She maintains a youthful beauty that makes it hard to believe that she has a child, and she narrows her beautiful amethyst eyes.
I couldn’t help but admire the Empress, who embodied sophisticated beauty.
I had heard that the Empress is a member of the Marquise de Hayes family, but she bears no resemblance at all to her niece, Lady Diana. They have the same distinctive silver hair, but other than that, they don’t have much in common. Well, Diana-sama is strange, for better or worse, so it’s not surprising. ……
“My name is Charlotte Luna Meyers. It is a great honor to meet you Empress Aurora. It is my pleasure to meet you, and I hope we can be friends too.”
I uttered a full-blown social reply and smiled softly.
I stand still in a bowed position and pull my arms and legs, ‘It’s about time, this position is too hard …….
I was thinking, ‘I’ll use gravity magic to lift my toes a little bit,’ when the emperor beckoned me over.
“Well, you can’t just stand there and talk, sit down first.”
I nodded at His Majesty’s voice suggesting a seat, and after saying a few words of refusal, I sat down in the seat in front of me.
Aside from me facing Their Majesties, the maids who were standing by the wall poured drinks into empty glasses.
It was still daytime, so there was no alcohol, but I was sure it was the finest fruit water.
I’m glad I sat down before I lost my balance, but it’s heartbreaking to have Their Majesties in front of me. Well, but is it still a little bit better because the table is so long? I think we can talk normally at this distance. I don’t think I have to worry about being extremely nervous.
“Hurray for long tables!” I called out in my heart as the food was brought in.
I thought that since it was only lunch, the food would not be that elaborate, but it was gorgeous. Well, it is a dinner party attended by the emperor and empress, so it is only natural…….
“Well, let’s dig in before the food gets cold. Enjoy my chef’s signature dish.”
I guarantee the taste,” said the emperor, who was the first to reach for his food.
He picked up a knife and fork and brought the dish to his mouth with a graceful gesture.
The Empress, smiling with satisfaction, also put her hand to the food. Finally, I too began to eat.
In the Draconian Empire, the first to eat is the one with the highest status. Except at the Flugel Academy, where the difference in status is eased, it was said that it was a lowly thing to start eating before the nobler ones, except for poison tasters.
Even so, it’s really delicious. It’s no surprise since it was prepared by a chef on duty at the imperial castle, but it’s even better than I expected. It looks perfect, smells perfect, tastes …… perfect in every way.
I was so impressed with the taste that my eyes lit up and my cheeks relaxed a little.
His Majesty loosely lifted the corners of his mouth in front of me as I was gripped by the magnificent taste of the food.
I’m glad it seems to have met Miss Charlotte’s taste buds.”
“Yes! It’s very delicious!”
“ Mm-hmm. I’m happy to hear you say that. I’ll let the head chef know later. I’m sure he’ll be pleased.”
The Empress giggles and says, “This one is delicious, too,” and recommends a different dish.
I was feeling better about the pleasant dinner party than I expected, I suddenly noticed a small piece of blue ────.
It is a faintly visible figure emerging from Emperor Oswald’s wrist, resembling much like the scales of a dragon.
It seems that the rumors about His Majesty Emperor Oswald being a dragon man are true. I never thought I would meet an Awakened One.
It is said that the imperial family of the Draconian Empire has dragon’s blood in their veins. The reason for this is because of their affinity with dragons and the special abilities they gain when awakened. It is said that the imperial family can become dragon knights or dragon priestesses when they awaken, and dragon men were part of them. A dragon man is a person who can take the form of a dragon.
However, it seems that His Majesty Emperor Oswald is not able to become a dragon completely, and it is said that he has his hands full changing parts of his body. However, since most of the imperial family members died without being able to awaken, even if he was only halfway through his awakening, it was still very useful.
Above all, the power-up and breath from dragonification have tremendous destructive power. Even if they could not completely transform into a dragon, they would have enough power to destroy a single capital city. In fact, I heard that a member of the royal family who became a dragon person blew up the capitals of other countries in an instant……. Well, that was decades ago.
I think back to what I learned in history, and I understand once again why the Draconian Empire reigns as a great power.
While earnestly hoping ‘I don’t want to antagonize the awakened imperial family’, the emperor swiftly sipped fruit water.
“By the way,────, a little off topic, but how in the world did Miss Charlotte master the art of prayer? If you don’t mind my asking, I would like to know.”
The emperor, who put his glass on the table with a thump, looked straight at me.
I let out a small breath as I braced myself for this scrutinizing gaze.
It’s finally here …… the topic about the prayer technique.
I tighten my expression at the question, which is not an exaggeration to say that it is the biggest challenge of the day.
Placing my knife and fork on the table, I take a deep breath to calm myself down.
I had already decided on a response. No, this was the only answer. If I gave any other answer, I’d be lying.
Of course, it was unforgivable to lie in front of Their Majesties. Therefore, I had no choice but to answer truthfully and honestly.
“Emperor Oswald, please allow me to give you a direct answer. Regarding the use of the prayer technique,────, to be honest, I don’t really understand it myself.”