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Translated by: Empress
Vol.2 Ch. 9 (unedited)
Novel Raw: Vol. 2 Ch. 9 || Manga: I’m a Villainous Daughter, so I’m going to keep the Last Boss || Manga Raw: 悪役令嬢なのでラスボスを飼ってみました [JPN] || 作为恶役大小姐就该养魔王 [CN]
That day, he had been busy since the morning, as well.
Claude murmured with a serious face.
「Is there a way to make Irene as my body pillow?」
「I see that you will have lewd thoughts when you’re tired aren’t you, My Lord?」(Keith)
「I feel like the smell of her yesterday’s perfume still lingers……」
「So, that’s the reason why you miss Irene-sama so much? The Lily is powerful ladies as we expected them to be, aren’t they?……But, as expected of Claude-sama. You instantly won against them」
Keith piled up new documents that needed to be approved on top of Claude’s desk. Sighing deeply, Claude picked up a sheet of paper from that pile.
「There’s no winning or losing in a simple interview, isn’t there?」
「What I’m talking about is your face that has a complete victory against them. It’s much too persuasive. Your face pretty much a statement itself that implies “there’s no reason for me to assault a female student”……Gosh, I feel so annoyed」
「There’s no way I would do such a thing since I have a fiancee. What are you complaining about?」
「It’s My Lord’s face that had decided the result of the match the moment you walked into the room. After all, all of the Lily Ladies became downright girlish! Well, at least what they did was better than unjustly suspecting you. But, nothing has been solved, though」
「Misha Academy, isn’t it? Judging from the time it happened, I think the perpetrator is someone who took advantage of Ashtart’s commotion」
「If Ashtart-san is the perpetrator himself; then, we’ll gladly go and catch him! In addition to not be able to find him until now, he also didn’t do anything」
That was also a big problem that bothered Claude.
「But the fact that he didn’t do anything is a good thing, though. The tension around us has started to loosen, thinking that the advance notice for the attack was just a ruse. However, I still can’t go back to the imperial capital just in case they decided to make a move as soon as I left this place」
「When you put it that way, I can’t help but think that this may actually be a part of the conflict for the Crown Prince position」
「I can’t meet Irene if this situation stays as it is. Don’t you think that this is a serious situation?」
「How about we split you up into two? Luc-san told me that he could do it if it’s just splitting up a one-track-minded person！」
「……。I got a feeling that all your words are laced with malice for a while now」
「 I’m feeling tired as well. Shall we take a breather and have breakfast?」
The sun has already gone up, and the noon bell had done ringing. However, Claude had no energy to retort back to Keith, who said that he would prepare breakfast, that it wasn’t time for breakfast but lunch instead, and simply see him exiting the office off.
Irene would get angry at him if he didn’t take his meals properly. The result of feeling tired, causing Claude to smile wryly at his absent-minded thoughts, and at that moment, he heard someone knocking on the door.
Claude immediately pulled out the visitor’s schedule from the back of his mind.
If I remember correctly, the visitor is a student from Misha Academy――after remembering up until that point, Claude’s mind went blank.
It was because the one who came through the door was a huge duck with two legs.
The duck who had its big puffy butt stuck at the door managed to slip out safely then came waddling in front of the desk while flapping its wings.
And it quickly put the thing it carried under its arm on top of Claude’s desk.
Then the duck showed a bunch of papers that were being tied up into something thick like a picture story show that it brought together with it to Claude. There are lines of text that seemed to have been purposely made from newspaper articles and book clippings.
『Please give me your signature and stamp』
――Claude silently looked down on the document on top of his desk as he read those letters.
The submitted document had the signature and the stamp from the student council president of the Misha Academy. There was a blank space left for the dean to stamp his seal of approval at the bottommost of the document.
（……So I just have to sign and stamp a seal here）
Claude moved his quill pen with a strangely calm and considerate manner while dealing with the document.
The huge duck attentively watched over his action.
「……。Why are you a duck？」
Claude inquired, since it was extremely beyond his comprehension.
Then the duck quickly turned up the bunch of papers in a skillful manner, then nimbly turned one sheet of paper towards him. It seemed like it had prepared answers to his questions.
『Because I’m sneaking away from the school festival’s preparation』
「……So, there’s a student inside？」
The duck that was strangely flustered upon his confirmation once again turned over several sheets of papers and showed him its answer.
『No, I’m just a duck』
「……I see. But I can’t hand over a document to a mere duck no matter what」
『A duck is the emissary of the Misha Academy』
「……The symbol of the Misha Academy is not a duck, but a Lily that symbolize the Maiden of the Holy Sword」
「Claude-sama! I’ve received Irene’s reply！」
Claude turned to the voice he heard from outside the window.
It was a crow monster who wore a red bow tie around his neck――Almond.
Claude hurriedly affixed a seal to the document before getting up from his seat. He nevertheless asked the duck as a final confirmation.
「It’ll be okay for me to hand this over to you, isn’t it？」
The duck nodded several times vigorously. Claude handover the document to the duck while feeling slightly worried about the human who seemingly feeling stuffed inside the duck costume. The one who brought the document was the duck, so leaving the document in the hands of the duck would undoubtedly be fine.
「I think it’s a good idea to establish guards as both for the investigation and deterrence. Good luck」
『Thank you very much』
They concluded the conversation with the last piece of paper that the duck had prepared beforehand then the duck went waddling out of the room.
The lock automatically unlocked itself as soon as Claude turned his line of sight to the window, then Almond came into the room.
「It’s from Irene, isn’t it? Good boy, Almond」
「Came on time！Ore-sama is a capable monster! Demon King-sama, delighted!」
Smiling, Claude took the letter fastened to Almond’s body after patting his head. Unable to handle the letter roughly, Claude carefully opened up its seal using a paper-knife, albeit impatiently.
The fragrance of the elegant perfume that spreads out at that moment caused him to remember her vividly in his mind.
（……This is certainly a trial for lovers. Or perhaps this is something that is called a long-distance relationship）
While being torn between wanting to immerse himself more in the fragrance and wanting to read the content of the letter quickly, Claude gently opened up the letter.
I’m fine. Please do your best at work.
Irene Lauren D’Autriche』
「Taking advantage of his confusion over the duck costume and using my letter as bait to distract his attention――it’s a flawless strategy if I say so myself」
Irene let out a relieved sigh while wiping off her sweat as the rain fell heavily.
Irene, who was stuffing the costume inside a sack behind the building, was frowning at the tempestuous rain.
「As expected, maybe that kind of reply is bad……But, I got the approval so, I guess all is well」
With this, she could establish a guard. In that way, the situation would change drastically. It was a step forward.
――Although it was Irene who was being thoughtless, the continuous rain that fell for three days and three nights, cause Almond to lament “I was wrong, thinking, Demon King-sama would be happy……liar……I will, no longer, believe you……”, and on top of that, Isaac, who had heard that the nearby river would likely flood due to seemingly unending rain forced Irene to write another reply to Claude’s letter under his supervision.
Thus, the reply which was the product of Irene’s anguish had brought upon the sun, and strangely, the very night of that day had also become the first day for the guard to work.
Translator note: idk when my editor will be available for editing… but, I hope this will do. At least for now. Or anyone who has the time but don’t know what to do with their time or just feel really bored in general but has an extremely good command in English and editing, (especially in paraphrasing and all), send me an email or pm me on discord. Let’s edit the shit out of this chapter. LOL.
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