Chapter 36: Adversity Strengthens the Foundation

(T/N: Thanks for waiting and being patient! This is the last chapter I will be translating and Ars will be taking over from here! Thanks so much for reading this machine translation of this great webnovel and enduring the pitiful excuse for a translation. This chapter was surprising kind of lengthy and it was extremely difficult to translate so please bear with me!

Also, one more shout out to Zen Wistalia for translating the last bit of this chapter that I didn’t do! They are the reason why I can even post this chapter…)


*POV: Shane’s*

Leo-sama, who suddenly appeared, forcefully pulled me away from Urie. The people around us felt tense as Leo-sama’s facial expression seemed discouraged.*

I didn’t know why Leo-sama suddenly became disgusted, and I was having a hard time processing what happened.

“Leo-sama, it’s the long awaited party, shouldn’t you go dance with someone?”

I desperately suggested trying to get out of this situation. Leo-sama glanced my way, his usual no facial expression was there, but it had a cold impression. However, he quickly removed his gaze, took a small breath, and then looked straight ahead again.

* * * * *

By the time the party ended, I was mentally exhausted. In the first half of the party, I enjoyed my dance with Leo-sama, but in the second half, I had a particularly difficult time.

When I finally saw off the last guest, I was relieved that I could finally go back to my room, but Leo-sama grabbed my arm. We quickly moved down the corridor, and I paid attention to not stumble as I wasn’t accustomed to running in heels and a dress. I then found myself in Leo-sama’s private room.

“What’s the matter with you? You have been acting strange.”

I unconsciously questioned, but was pushed up against the wall and looked at harshly.

“Some time ago, you seemed like you were having fun.”

What was he saying? I wonder what he was talking about.

“I don’t know what your hinting at.”

I also felt a little belligerent.**

“Were you not just dancing happily with the Duke’s son of Orania? And in addition to that, you seemed to breathe in perfect sync while dancing.”

“It was Urie who taught me how to dance, so naturally we would be able to.”

“On the balcony, were your faces not extremely close to one another?”

“It was because Urie was speaking in a tone from the old days; it was to make sure no one could hear.”

The dispute we had continued. However, I suddenly noticed, the things that Leo-sama was pointing out, I was thinking similar things. Did Leo-sama feel the same way about Urie like how I felt with other women touching him?

“From what I heard, you and the Duke’s son were lovers. Weren’t you happy to see your former lover? Nevertheless, didn’t you unwind yourself a little too much? Have you thought about your awareness as the Empress?”

While I was thinking, Leo-sama emotions became high strung.***

When I came to Caspar, I thought the rumors with Urie would be convenient when dealing with Leo-sama, but now I had to figure out how to solve this misunderstanding.

“Leo-sama, that is a misunderstanding. Urie and I do not have that sort of relationship. First off, as a matter of fact, Urie has a lover. Today, I was told that they are finally going to get married, so I was overcome with emotions.. I certainly may have acted a bit inappropriate as the Empress.”

Explaining to that extent, Leo-sama seemed to have calmed down a bit.

“But while you were in Orania, why didn’t you deny the rumor?

“Yes. Certainly in those days I thought I could use the rumor to go around Caspar easier.”

I answered obediently, surprising myself. Leo-sama took in a small breath and immediately asked another question.

“What do you mean by that? Why is that?”

“At first, I was concerned about Leo-sama’s rumors. Besides, I couldn’t really stomach the fact that I married a man. So I wanted to keep my distance from you. However, the more I got to know about you, the more I realized the rumor of you being an ‘Aloof King’ was just a lie. In reality, you are a gentle king who thinks about his people. That’s why I thought I wanted to stay by your side”

I could feel my face turn red little by little.

“Moreover, some time ago, I kind of felt the same way as Leo-sama. I thought that I wanted to keep dancing with you, but whenever I saw you dancing with other women, I felt a bit depressed. So, I thought this feeling was jealousy.”

There was a small silence.

“Jealousy? Certainly I was feeling a bit of jealousy towards the Duke’s son. I see… I, it seems like I have liked Shane for a long time now. I realized up until now, I was convinced that I satisfied with what we had now.”

Suddenly saying such things and even so easily, does he even understand the meaning of “like”? No, his understanding of the word was probably different from mine.

“What do you mean by like?
Recently, I felt like I was being avoided.”

“Even if I say the meaning, it is what it is.It means that my feelings are like love. Regarding recently, I couldn’t organize my feelings, and I couldn’t go see you because I was ashamed and embarrassed.”

As Leo-sama spoke, his face turned so red even I couldn’t beat him. And I also thought it was strange that we thought of the same things everyday. It was a little funny. /*/

With a small laugh, “Me too. I was really embarrassed and couldn’t go see you. After that, I knew I liked you too.”

After I answered, Leo-sama wasn’t able to endure it and he laughed in a similar way.


When I unintentionally looked at the clock, the day had ended.

“Oh, it’s already midnight. My birthday has ended.”

I casually mumbled. Suddenly, Leo-sama rushed to his desk as it seemed he remembered something.

“I’m sorry, even though it has past, I still have your present. I hope you like it.” He presented a small box.

“Thank you. Can I open it right now?”

‘Yes’, Leo-sama answered a bit nervously. When I opened the box, there were a set of earrings.

It was a simple design with clear blue gems. But for me who doesn’t like overly glamorous things, the piercing design is one that I can wear everyday, which makes me very happy.

“It is very beautiful. Thank you very much. I will cherish it. “

“I am glad to hear you say so. It was worth choosing it. “

Leo replied, so I just placed a gentle kiss on his lips. Just this contact gave me tremendous happiness.

I would like to share the joy in the little things with this person. Is what I was thinking from the bottom of my heart.

However, because I was celebrating my birthday, I remembered that I lied about my age.

I think I might as well tell him the truth.

“Leo-sama, because we can now speak to each other honestly there is something I would like to tell you.”

“What is it?”

“You see, I lied to you a little about my age when I married you, Leo-sama.”

After he heard that, Leo-sama didn’t seem surprised.

“Is that so? When I first saw Shane, I certainly thought that you were a bit young. Wait, don’t tell me that you still haven’t reached twenty yet? “

I thought it was still calling the mackerel… **/**

“No, it’s nothing like that. Actually, I pretended to be 3 years younger. Today, I am actually 26 years old. I’m older than Leo-sama by 2 years. “

When he heard that, Leo-sama was laughing while holding his stomach, saying, “I was deceived” with the face of someone who had swallowed a peashooter.(*)

Footnotes/Please I am in need of HELP:

*  –  そのまま憮然とした表情で俺の隣にいたレオ様に、参加者の多くが緊張を余儀なくされてしまっていた。

**  –   means hostile or aggressive

*** –   easily upset or nervous

/*/ – そして、俺も全く同じことを考えて顔を合わせられない日々が続いていたことに、何だかおかしくなってしまった。



(*) – this is a Japanese idiom for having “a look that is stupid surprised” etc. so basically he’s making a weird expression of some sort… 

(T/N: Thank you for reading this chapter that was honestly the most confusing thing ever! It’s 2am so I will be heading off to bed XD… Whatever grammar errors I have made will be fixed later.

This will be the last chapter I am translating for this novel, sooo thank you soooo soo much for reading until here! Ars will be taking over and when they post the next chapter, I will also have it linked here. Hopefully, I see you all again in a different webnovel that I might translate due to me learning Japanese in college! Hopefully I come back with a better understanding of the Japanese language. XD Bye bye for now everyone!)

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  1. Som · March 24, 2018

    Well, that was a pretty peaceful way to have a jealous confrontation.

    Many thank yous for the translations.

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  2. S · March 24, 2018

    Thank you for translating those chapters!
    Looking forward to seeing what else you’ll pick up in the future ❤

    Good luck with everything and hope to see you later~

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    • blackmaskedphantom · March 24, 2018

      No problem! Thanks for reading!
      And thank you!! Hope to see you later as well 😝 💕


  3. reion17 · March 24, 2018

    Thank you so much ^^
    #bighug 😍

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  4. Amaruna Myu · March 24, 2018

    It has been tough on you!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. joellyanne · March 24, 2018

    Thank you to ‘Blackmaskedphantom’ for all the hard work with this novel and see you in your next project and by then we wished very much that all have mostly smoothed out in your life that you would have more time to spend on what you enjoys. Thank you for this update. Take care …

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    • blackmaskedphantom · March 24, 2018

      No problem thanks for reading! Also thanks for all the wishing! Hopefully I will see you all when things turn out okay!


  6. Lazy Psychobee · March 24, 2018

    thanks for the chapter ♪ヽ(´▽`)/

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  7. fayulovly · March 24, 2018


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  8. Vei Kyuu · March 24, 2018

    Thank you very much for your hardwork ^^ Fightooo! Wishing you the best of luck in your college life 🙂 Thanks for the updates!~

    Liked by 1 person

  9. ian · March 24, 2018

    Thank you so much for all the hard work….💜💜

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Stephanie · March 24, 2018

    Thanks for the chapters!

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  11. carolkuro · March 24, 2018

    Thanks for the translation, it’s really hard to reconcile college and personal life, I had a lot of headache now at the end of my college too.
    Good luck for new projects in your life.

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    • blackmaskedphantom · March 24, 2018

      No problem! Thanks for reading! And yes haha life can be quite the headache! Hopefully things go well for you as well!
      Hmm thank you and hopefully life turns out okay! 😂💕


  12. yukinohana569399744 · March 24, 2018

    Muchas gracias por traducir . besos😘😘😘

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  13. Ahsudole · March 24, 2018

    What a peaceful ending to the misunderstandings… Thank you for the chapter, and for all your hard work thus far!

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    • blackmaskedphantom · March 24, 2018

      Yes very peaceful and i quite like that haha.
      And no problem! Thanks for reading! 😊


  14. MissQ · March 24, 2018

    Thanks so much for all of your hard work.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. thewickling · March 24, 2018

    Thank you for giving us these chapters. I wish you luck with life

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  16. Chantal Delaine · March 25, 2018

    This misunderstanding is so refreshing, you know, unlike those long dragged out ones. I personally prefer that people are straightforward so that there is less pain in the end.

    Liked by 1 person

    • blackmaskedphantom · March 25, 2018

      Yes i prefer this as well. Just face to face talking and letting one another answer and just getting it done and over with. The best kind of problem solving


  17. ars · March 25, 2018

    Thank you for all of your hard work!! (*^-^*)ゞ


  18. roseiko · March 25, 2018

    Thank you very very much for your hard work! I hope everything goes well for you!

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Hog · March 26, 2018

    thanks for the amazing work you did in translating this novel, its cute and lovable! also i wish you all the luck and good things for your life from now on! and maybe we will get to see an amazing translation from you in the future ;D, again, many thanks!

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    • blackmaskedphantom · March 26, 2018

      No problem and thanks for reading!
      And thank you! Imma need all the luck in life haha. hopefully i will be back in the near future 😂💕


  20. henohito · March 26, 2018

    Hmm, maybe you wanna use the word ” dumbfounded “?
    Just a suggestion 🙂
    Thanks for the translation

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    • blackmaskedphantom · March 27, 2018

      Hmm i was considering that word but at the same time I thought peashooter was so funny I think its a good way to end a story xD…

      And no problem! thanks for reading! 😂💕


  21. Ignobilia · March 26, 2018

    I just now realized that I hadn’t commented before on your story… 😱

    I’m a horrible person, sorry.

    But I will just say my thank now –> I’m really happy that you picked this one up and I appreciate all the time and effort you put in to translating it. ♥️

    And, yes, maybe we will meet again in a different webnovel that you will translate, but we will probably also meet in the comment section on other novels! 😊

    So I will be on the lookout, hm, do you use “blackmaskedphantom” when you comment on them or do you have another name? 🤔

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    • blackmaskedphantom · March 27, 2018

      Aww no problem! Thanks for reading! And thats true. You might see me in another comment section cuz I do read a lot as well!
      I usually use this account or I go by another depending on if they have a different commenting system. Like one of them is Markykun 😅 but if you see this account or Markykun, its most likely me! Hope to see you seen!


  22. 梅花 · June 16, 2018

    “I have been deceived”
    I want a meme of his expression now, hahaha

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  23. libraryrocker · July 14, 2019

    I hope life is going better for you now.



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