(T/N: Hey everyone! Sorry for being super damn late. Again. As I said a lot in the comments in the previous chapter, life has been choking me and dragging me along. My living situation got worst and I have until May to get my shit together for when I get kicked out; my college life has been super stressful with exams and tests (along with research papers and essays) back to back to back. The stress between home (along with medical bills) and college has gotten so bad, I am failing a class T_T College life is great….
Anyways… I would like to give a special thanks to Zen Wistalia (my editor) for actually finishing chapter 36 for me while I was gone! And to end my rambling, I would also like to give a special thanks to Ars translations for picking this up after I post chapter 36!)
“Your Majesty, can you do a little work instead of just thinking?”
I heard a loud voice that caught my attention, and saw Kristoff sigh who knows how many times today. After I realized my feelings for Shane, this state continued.
‘I’m sorry’, I answered as I held the documents, but none of the words were processing. Towards such a me, Kristoff gave another sigh.
“I don’t know what happened with Shane-sama, but isn’t it better to tell him your feelings instead of worrying like this?”
“No, I’m just troubled because I can’t express the feelings that I want to convey.”
To be honest, I was amazed at the sight of myself.
“You keep thinking about Shane-sama, and you can’t get any work done; you even came back here because you were jealous of Shane-sana’s former lover. Even I can understand how Your Majesty feels. How slow can you be?”
Even if you say that, I don’t know what I don’t understand.
“In this situation, isn’t it best to prepare a birthday present for Shane-sama?”
I was stabbed right in the bull’s eye.
“Now that I think about it, I don’t even know what Shane likes. The only thing I know that he likes is flowers, but I have been sending that to him everyday recently.”
“So, do you want to invite the jeweler to the castle this time? It seems like Shane-sama doesn’t like glamorous jewelry, but I remember him wearing some earrings.”
It was a good idea, so I left it to Kristoff to arrange it. Even though one of my problems were solved, another one arose when I had to figure out what color would suit Shane best, or what design would look good or not.
* * * * *
And finally the day had come, Shane’s birthday party was organized by me. For that reason, Shane wore the dress that I had gifted him before; their hair was loosely gathered giving off an elegant, adult-like appearance. I decided I would give them the present after the party was over. I was worried, but now I was feeling rather nervous.
It wasn’t my first time dancing with Shane, but obviously my feelings were different than before. I put my arm around his thin waist that didn’t seem like a man’s waist. It was a given that there were participants who were fascinated by Shane’s beauty.
When the song finished, I had to go dance with the other women as the host. It was irritating that I couldn’t keep dancing with Shane.
While I was dancing with other women, Shane was drinking alcohol slowly, waiting for time to pass. As expected, there was no man reckless enough to dance with the Emperor’s wife, so I was relieved.
However, while I was distracted, I noticed the surroundings becoming noisy.
When I looked around, I saw Shane dancing with another man. When I looked closely, it was the Duke’s son from Orania.* Their breaths were in perfect sync, showing that they have danced many dances together. I couldn’t express the jealousy that I felt towards this man who knew the Shane I didn’t know. I was astonished by the strong feelings I held.
After a short time passed, it seems the alcohol was too much for Shane as he was being supported to the terrace; when I saw their faces near each other, I pushed away the women who were surrounding me. At the terrace, the two people started to talk, but when I heard Shane’s laughter, I unconsciously aimed hostility towards the Duke’s son.
At that moment, my voice was surprisingly cold.
*It says Marquis, but I kept it as Duke’s son as that’s how the previous translator translated it
(T/N: This chapter was a hell of a lot easier than the next chapter. I should have it as soon as I get this one damn sentence to make sense. I don’t understand Japanese idioms which is why I am struggling XD Anyways, thanks for reading and thank you all so much for being patient with me!)