Chapter 9 – Baby princess decided to try matchmaking
‘No, what is this again?’
I doubted whether I had heard correctly or not. I opened my eyes wide and asked Alexander.
“Papa, papapu? (Is uncle there?)”
But the reply was the same.
“Yes. During this time, he always rests in the garden of Pen Orchid Palace.”
At least I won’t bother him too much. Except for the fact that my heart wasn’t ready!
‘No, he has the most dazzling palace, so why is he resting in a place like this?!’
To be honest, I am still not close with Tessa. We haven’t met each other in a while, and we usually meet for a short time. What if he becomes a tyrant without my knowledge!
‘He wouldn’t have become a tyrant yet, but we never know when he will be one.’
In the original story, Tessa became a terrifying tyrant because Lloyd’s only daughter was dead.
‘But we can never be so sure. The reason can always change.’
For example, I’m Lloyd’s daughter, but I don’t look my father at all, so he was disappointed and became a tyrant!
‘Ugh, just imagining it gave me goosebumps.’
But it’s okay. I could just be mentally prepared for it.
“Let’s visit him right away.”
‘Give me time to prepare my heart, escort!’
I played coy like a kitten, but it was natural that Alexander didn’t understand me. He walked bravely with me in his arms.
[What is it, master? Is there anything fun going on today?]
‘Is it fun for you that my life might be taken away at any moment?’
[That’s really fun.]
‘Its a naughty familiar.’
Perhaps because I felt nervous Pupu came out on its own.
‘It’s very tricky to deal with familiar.’
Pupu does not only own a cat’s face, but also a cat-like characteristic. With such a personality and strong power, it was not easy to handle.
‘Even in the original story, Langrisser, Tessa’s familiar, burns down an entire village.’
I still didn’t know about Pupu’s element. It’s because Pupu never used any magic.
‘I hope Pupu is not like Langrisser.’
When I opened the door, my four maids followed behind Sir Alexander. At each of those small changes, I pouted my lips.
‘Hey, now they are treating me politely.’
They used to ignore me and looked down at me.
‘So this is what a power can do.’
I fiddled with the necklace that was hung around my neck. The ring that General Raphael gave me was too big to wear, so I wore it as a necklace.
‘All these changes are due to General Raphael bowing his head in front of me.’
The hallway, which used to be quiet, was now full of people. When the people in the crowd saw me, they all bowed their heads to greet me.
There was no reason to be harsh with them, so I waved my hands to them. Soon we entered the garden.
‘Is Tessa really at the rose garden?’
If I had to pick one of the most beautiful places in Pen Orchid Palace, it was the Rose Garden.
The garden is a round dome surrounded by vines of roses, it was beautiful as if it came out of a painting.
‘Of course, the most beautiful thing in the world is still Lucinda to me!’
Under the bright blue sky, Lucinda smiles brightly with her golden hair.
‘I’ll make sure you walk on a flower road.’
I clenched my tiny fist in determination thinking of Lucinda.
“Ah, there you are, Your Majesty.”
I turned my head to Alexander’s words. And I opened my eyes wide.
‘No, that’s not a human, that’s an angel! ’
Under the warm sunlight, a handsome man with dark black hair was asleep. His long eyelashes fluttered gently on his slightly pale face. Besides his slim arms and legs, his body was filled with muscles. I covered my mouth with my palms.
‘Wow. As expected, he is the main character of a romance novel!’
Tessa Illuminas will be 25 years old this year. He is also the most handsome man in this empire according to the author. Under sunlight, Tessa looked dignified and cool.
‘When I read the original, I wondered why Lucinda forgave Tessa.’
Is it because of his face? I completely understand when that’s the case.
‘But I still don’t condone his behaviour towards Lucinda in the original!’
Right now, Tessa hasn’t done anything bad to Lucinda, but since I already know the original story, I couldn’t support their love.
‘But if Lucinda doesn’t help him, Tessa will never marry and die.’
That’s a waste for this face that could be considered a national treasure.
‘My uncle needs to fall in love with another girl as soon as possible.’
At that time, I felt like a grandmother who kept matchmaking people.
Suddenly, Lucinda and Tessa happened to call me at the same time. I opened my eyes and looked at the two of them. The beautiful red rose, the blue sky, and the two attractive faces looked like it came out of a painting.
‘They looked good.’
The moment I thought of it, I suddenly realized something.
‘Why did I suddenly say that?’
I couldn’t hide my pounding heart. It was really frightening.
‘I thought that the two of them should never be together, but without realizing it, I thought that they fit well.’
After all, why did my aunt come here again? And why is he sleeping there?
“I see you, Your Majesty.”
I looked at the man and woman as they exchanged greetings with trembling eyes. Tessa with her dark hair and Lucinda with her golden hair were picture perfect. But I couldn’t stop thinking about their ominous future.
‘If I leave it like this, the two will continue to be entangled like fate.
Were they happy in the original story? The answer is absolutely no.
Tessa, who couldn’t trust anyone, endlessly doubted Lucinda, and the delicate Lucinda kept feeling hurt.
‘Then that could never happen! I’ll have to cut in the bud that will lead them together.’
But how can I separate them who have no choice but to meet each other? There was only one way.
‘I need to find another partner for the two of them! I could do it!’
What does a one year old could do? I could be a matchmaker.
‘Why didn’t I think of that?’
Me, Lucinda, and Tessa sat down. When we were seated, the servant came with a large parasol to cover us. I sat on Alexander’s lap. It happened naturally because he was holding me.
‘He knows a lot about babies. I think he’s more experienced than Lucinda.’
He had a very stable hand who supported my back. Also it felt warm.
‘Ah, it’s comfortable. It felt like sitting in a massage chair with a heating function.’
As I thought to myself, fragrant tea and light refreshments were served on the table. I would have drooled over the cookies and cakes I couldn’t eat normally, but today my eyes went to something other than dessert.
‘Is Uncle Tessa 25 years old this year?’
When I thought I had to be a matchmaker, my eyes went to him naturally. Huh, what is it?
‘Why did he look so upset? Is it because he just woke up?
Tessa was looking at me with a wrinkle in his forehead. He looked very dissatisfied.
Then I turned my eyes to the desserts. I’m just one year old and I need to be at least three years old to eat that tasty dessert.
‘I want to eat it. I’m sad.’
My uncle kept looking at me with that scary expression. If you are sleepy, please go to sleep! I want to say that but I’ll hold it in.
I forgot the whole reason I was going to meet Tessa and groaned. Seeing me like that, Lucinda tilted her head and asked.
“What’s wrong, Ariel? Are you feeling uncomfortable?”
I gave her an ambiguous answer. Lucinda frowned seeing me. Tessa, who was listening to our conversation, said in a terrifyingly low voice.
“Isn’t it because she’s uncomfortable with the person holding her?”
No, what are you talking about? I puffed up my cheeks and looked at Tessa’s eyes.
‘Why are you staring at me with those scary eyes?’
There was something in Tessa’s eyes. I shivered and clung to Alexander’s arms.
‘Did I put a death flag on without my knowledge? Or did he hear that I made up my mind to be a matchmaker?’
I don’t know! Anyway, protect me, my escort.
“Did you feel uncomfortable, my princess? Do you want me to fix your position?”
Alexander’s arms were perfect. What’s there to fix when he hugs me better than Lucinda?
But Alexander ended up adjusting my position.
“Are you comfortable now, princess?”
It’s okay, you don’t have to fix it. But no one could interpret my babbling. Tessa clicked his tongue.
“You can’t even hold a baby properly.”
Alexander bowed his head at Tessa’s words. I pouted my lips and puffed up my cheeks.
‘Alexander is perfect! Don’t say anything, you bad uncle.’
Alexander is the son of the bad grandpa, and even though I don’t really know much about him, I just wanted to be on his side.
‘His babysitting skill is not common.’
Then, because Tessa didn’t understand my protest, he tried to lift me and pulled me towards him.
“I can’t help it.”
Then, I heard something unexpected from him.
“I will hug you.”
‘… Huh? What now? You want to hug me?’
“Papa… Pa, Pa…”
‘I can’t just stay here.’
But Tessa didn’t back down. His green eyes of the same color as mine flared.
I blinked my eyes.
‘I don’t know what kind of emotion it is.’
I knew Tessa. He’s a clumsy man who hurts everyone around him because he doesn’t know how to be affectionate. The only one who he wanted to show his affection to was the dead Lloyd. He was probably kind to me just to keep his promise.
‘Are you expecting something from me?’
I don’t know what he expected, but I’d say don’t expect too much. I’m a year old who can’t take care of myself. As I hesitated, Tessa said.
“For a long time.”
‘Oh! I’m scared!’
I don’t know how I hung on the man’s leg so fearlessly before.
I guess I really didn’t want to eat oatmeal again before.’
As I pouted my lips, Alexander lifted me up with an awkward smile.
“Okay, let’s go on His Highness’ lap.”
‘No, you’re my escort. Protect me!’
But neither Lucinda nor Alexander carry me away. Instead, they looked at me with a strangely pleased expression.
I cried inside as Tessa put me in his thighs. His thighs were as hard as stone, so it was very uncomfortable. Even his hand holding couldn’t hold me properly.
But how can I express my discomfort! I was so tense sitting in Tessa’s lap. Without knowing my agony, Lucinda said with a soft smile.
“I think Ariel looks comfortable now.”
No! Auntie, I’m disappointed. How can you look at me who was tense and say that I looked comfortable?
‘Come on, take me back!’
The adults who could not hear my heart continued talking among themselves. Tessa mumbled in a strangely happy tone.
“Is that so?”
“Yes. She’s not crying and is calm.
‘Oh, I think the corners of his mouth twitched a bit. Am I mistaken?’
I rubbed my eyes in doubt. Just then, Alexander tilted his head and said to Lucinda.
“Do you usually call her by her nickname like that?”
His words froze Lucinda.