The Little Duchess' Home Tutor (Novel) - V2 C10
Volume 2 Segment 5
Chapter 10 – Riot in the Capital Part 1
Having finished my daily routine of basic training early in the morning, I went to make breakfast.
I’d put more effort if I had my frenemy or Karen staying over, but I’m alone today. A piece of toast, an omelet, and a bowl of salad should be enough. No soup or dessert.
Come to think of it, Tina and the girls did say something about wanting to stay over when they return to the Royal Capital. I do have rooms available, but……well. The neighborhood isn’t the safest around here.
The lodging where I live is an old, wooden house in the downtown area of the royal capital.
When I first rented it, it had been abandoned for over a decade and was irreparable. More like a haunted mansion really.
Well, it really isn’t as huge as a mansion, but it does have a small garden. And yet, the rent is cheap. I can pay for it yearly from my own wallet in advance, after all.
This is partly due to the salary I receive from the Howard Household and Leinster Household being, to be honest, a bit too much. When I talked to Walter-sama and Lisa-san about lowering my salary, it increased instead from that month on. No, I wasn’t asking you to raise my salary…
Even if I wanted to send more of it to my parents’ house, I couldn’t because Karen controls my account now.
She said ‘I’ll be the one responsible for your finances from now on, Nii-san. Listen to me, you need to spend your money for yourself! Here, this is your allowance for this month.’
…That’s too much, you know?
Even if you tell me to spend my money, all I’m buying are probably just food and books. I also already left Karen’s university tuition money with the Prof a long time ago.
When I first came to the Royal Capital, I didn’t stay in the Academy’s dormitory due to monetary problems and other reasons. By the time I entered University, the house had already grown on me and I also succumbed to my frenemy’s strong objection to me moving out.
Well, I didn’t dislike doing the repairs, and I’ve never experienced any inconvenience living here either. It has a bathtub too, to boot.
If anything, the only problem here is that, because of how comfortable they’ve gotten with this place, Lidya and Karen have been coming to crash every so often.
I dropped butter into a frying pan that was heated by a fire magic stone. The butter comes from the north. It smells good as it sizzles.
I poured the beaten egg and shape it around the edges.
The omelet flipped over in midair and landed safely in the pan. Good, good.
It’s a bit lonely with just this, should I add bacon too? Or is that too extravagant?
As I was pondering this—I heard something from outside.
As I put the omelette on a dish, I approached the window and listened. What’s happening?
—There is a sound of movement… no, it’s the sound of uniform military footsteps.
It doesn’t seem to be heading this way. In the first place, here in the downtowns, there really isn’t any military base or military objective to be found… Wait, what was I thinking? Objective?
With a wave of my right hand, I produced a few dozen small birds and unleashed them through the window.
I put on my magician’s robe, pondered for a moment, then decided to grab my old cane.
—This is the Royal Capital. It’s not a place where an army of hundreds of people could move around. Which means, something off is taking place. And not by the claws of a beast, but by the hands of men.
I left my lodgings and walked through the back alleys of the downtown area. It was still foggy in the morning as there was no one around me.
—A few of the small birds came back.
I let them perch on my hand and report the situation.
“A number of fully armed troops with no crest, you said?”
Apparently, there are more than a thousand men in each troop.
…The bad premonition only grew stronger.
I raised the stability of the spell to the limit and issued a new command to the birds.
‘Contact Richard at the Kingsguard garrison as soon as possible. Also notify both Howard and Linster residences of this anomaly.’
The Professor, one of the people that could be relied upon in such a situation, is currently crashing at Howard’s Manor in the North, while the Headmaster is probably back in his hometown for summer vacation.
The main force of the Kingsguard Order is still over in the Eastern Capital. Owen, the Commander of the Order, is also absent, as he has to directly lead his troops dealing with the aftermath.
Richard is the only one who returned to the Royal Capital for the safety of the Royalty. If it’s him, I’m sure he’ll make his countermeasures right away.
That being said, just where are—I leaped backwards right away as a dagger suddenly gouged the ground in front of me.
Stuck to the wall in front of me were several assassins dressed in all black.
I could also feel some standing behind me… I’m surrounded, huh.
They most probably won’t answer, but I’ll ask anyway.
“I think you have the wrong person. My name is—”
“‘Sword Princess’ Brain.’ You’ll have to come with us. Our lord wants to see you.”
“…And if I say no?”
“Be prepared to lose a limb or two.”
The man in the lead, probably the captain of this team, held his dagger up, and his subordinates followed suit. Hmm.
Daggers, black dresses, and most prominently, the strange magic formula that lets them stick to walls.
“I see. …So the mastermind is the Duchal House of Algren, isn’t it?”
“However, it’s unlikely for the Duke himself to be the ringleader. He has always been loyal to the Kingdom and the Royal Family. It’s impossible for him to commit such an act. Which means—”
As soon as the captain shouted, a storm of daggers rushed at me.
I waved my cane and flicked them all off then continued.
“—Either the Duke is imprisoned or assassinated, isn’t it?”
“See, I knew it. I was wondering why the Duke didn’t send out any of his personal army even though there was such a huge commotion in the Eastern Capital. Which only means, the Lord you spoke of is—”
“Snuff him out already!!!”
The captain yelled, and the assassins under his command rushed in.
—In the next moment, the lightning attributed elementary spell ‘Thunder God’s Arrow’ shot out at the limbs of everyone except him, electrocuted them and reaped their consciousness.
“?! I-, Impossible… Th- there was no sign of you using magic…”
“Well, now that you’ve finally fallen into my trap, please give me all the information I need.”
“WHA… d-, don’t tell me, you lured us…?!”
The captain stepped back. Fear was evident in his tone.
With a smile, I spoke to him.
“Despite how I look—I am used to conflicts thanks to the ‘Sword Princess.’ First of all, I’m not tolerant enough to let people do whatever they want in the Royal Capital. Now, why don’t we have a talk? What’s your aim?”