“…I’m sorry for having you come here in this manner, Minae-san.”

“N-Not at all! Well… I was just doing what I am supposed to, Fief Lord-sama…”

In front of me was Minae-san, who was displaying an extremely grateful attitude to my presence… That’s right, I summoned her to my place as soon as the excommunication was pronounced. This was a preliminary arrangement to suppress the upcoming outburst of dissatisfaction among the fief’s citizens.

At first Minae-san was surprised, for she didn’t know that I am the daughter of Duke Armelia up until then. Moreover, when she learnt about the current situation from our exchanges thus far, her attitude became even more obliged. It was our fault… she thought. Foreseeing how this would turn out, I must have been quite a mean character to explain everything to her in this manner.

“I will be frank about the reason I called you here… I would like to ask you for a favor.”

“Y-Yes. What is it? I would gladly fulfill it as long as it is within my capabilities!”

“I may have to remind you of a certain bitter incident not so long ago. How should I put it…? I would like you to spread a story about the sold church. You see… it is sort of exaggerated. To say, the plot is: the place where the holy church was located – though used to be where we lived – was unfortunately sold to some bastards involved with human trafficking. We were threatened to leave and subjected to continual harassment. When Iris got wind of the situation, she arrested those bastards and relocated the tattered church – due to the harassment – to another location, then found us a new home. The new church was not opened yet though, but rumors said that there will be a grandiose opening ceremony soon. At that time, Iris will also make her appearance there.”

Hearing the content of my favor, Minae tilted her head in puzzlement.

“You want me to spread such a story?”

“That’s right. You probably will attract a lot of unwanted attention… no, eight to nine out of ten it would surely be. You will receive plenty of hostile and suspicious gazes, too. Even so, I want you to spread this to as many people as you can.”

“If that is the case, then yes of course! I will do lots and lots of talking from now on, and make sure that it will be heard and talked about in every corner of the fief’s capital!”

***

Few days have passed since I asked Minae-san for the favor. The rumor has been spreading so wildly, to the point that no one isn’t being aware of it. Needless to say, not everything was good news – there were some skepticism and further rumors, and the original story was twisted with many variations through gossiping. Nevertheless, the main point was conveyed successfully. Plus, many people have shown interest in the opening ceremony of the new church.

As I was recalling of what happened thus far, my mind returned to the reality.

“You have my deepest gratitude, Minae. Just so you know, I am not the actual lord, just the acting lord of the fief.”

“I-Is that so…?”

“Please also keep my identity a secret from the children. If they start to call me Lady Iris when I come to play with them… somehow, I feel like there are distances between us and that will make me sad.”

“You will take your time to visit us again?!”

“Certainly. I am looking forward to seeing the children’s recital. Plus, I have yet given new picture books or telling them new fairy-tales, you know?”

“…Thank you very much, Lady Iris. The children are waiting for your appearance with joy.”

“I am happy to hear that… Therefore, let’s finish the business quickly.”

Having said so, I got off the horse carriage.

Today is the celebration of the completion as well as the opening ceremony of the new church. To ensure my participation go off without a hitch, Ryle and Dida – who were busy doing their tasks in various places – and Tanya are accompanying me as bodyguards at the moment.

In front of my eyes is the newly constructed towering church. Though it is supposed to be a sacred place, it gives off the atmosphere of a demon king’s castle where heroes head for… such is an exaggerated way I use to describe the building.

Well then, first of all, in order to settle the heart of the fief’s citizens, I should march into there.

36 comments

  1. Screw those citizens! She gave them prosperity and they were ready to backstab her for such a minor thing, which isnt able to do shit for them(church during those times are mostly assholes anyway)

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    1. The Churches back then always had an upper-hand. The thought of their not being an afterlife for someone was always a compelling reason to abandon all logical course of action or reasoning; hence holy wars were so easy to fund and fill ranks of soldiers with young boy to grown men.

      Not to mention, there is a lot of reason to believe that royal families throughout history had bad blood with the head religious sects within their region, and chose a minimalist’s amount of interaction with them. Hell, even weddings back then were more dreaded than our normal weddings are today, not just for the expense, but because their marriages had to be acknowledged by the church, and they could just **** them over for shits and giggles unless they got a big bribe out of

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      1. Like I said earlier to FTxNexus, it is a problem. And it’s likely that, since it seems like the Church is one of the super powers in the shadows manipulating the Second Prince, that things could lead towards a holy war with the other empire, and people will be conscripted and/or drafted by the church and royal family.

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      2. i agree. I did, however, mix up my wars, i should ofcourse have referenced the 30 year war, not the 100 year one. this country desperately need protestantism and psychotic bastard religi… oh, sorry, apparently they decided on Church of england in the end…

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    1. ever found one that is worth not destroying or removing?
      right now i cant think of anyone that is not worth it to remove or destroy
      there have been a lot of gods worth saving tho but God=/=religion/curch

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      1. The church from My Pet is Holy Maiden is cool tho, which kinda surprising for a novel with lots of NTR attempts and aristocrats abusing their powers

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  2. Thank you for the updaaaaaate 😭😭😭😭 I can’t wait for Iris to shut up all those geezers and gossipers! I just wonder if Dean will be there…gaaaaah I’m sooooo excited for the next chapter 😊

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  3. Thank you for the chapter! Ahh, so that was one of their immediate counter measures. Is this plot actually partly from the guys she had arrested back then? o.o Well, I’m sure they would happily be paid off to change their story to “huh? we never bought no church..”.
    By the way, Shiro, what happened to your beautiful banners? I loved looking at them~ Although the current theme certainly does have more of a “shiroi” vibe to it. I can get used to it, just curious about the change. ^.^

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  4. Yay!! Thank you so much for your hard work!!!! I’m eagerly looking forward to the next chapter! So exciting!! This is my favorite light novel so far And I’m so thankful you and others are translating this beautiful story ❤

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  5. Quiero disculparme primeramente por la actitud grosera y desconsiderada que tome en el anterior capitulo, no sabia que estabas enferma y por eso no habias subido nuevos capitulos. Segundo, muchas gracias por el nuevo capitulo, por el esfuerzo y el amor que les pones a cada uno. Y por último que tengas un buen día. 😀

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