The mourning-dressed woman, who was Bertram Chrysler’s sister, glared at me with a malicious look.
“That’s right. You made me create three needlessly extravagant dresses for your birthday celebration, but then you didn’t pay a single mark when they were almost finished and said you didn’t need them after all! Because of that, I was told that I wasn’t recognized by the princess, and other orders were canceled one after another. . .I couldn’t even pay for the labor and materials costs with all the money I had earned. . .and then I went bankrupt. . .”
“Come to think of it, that did happen.”
I wanted to have matching outfits with Theodore before I asked Ojii-sama to propose the idea of getting him. Chrysler said they don’t make men’s clothes, and the one I ordered wasn’t suitable for standing next to Theodore.
“Well, it can’t be helped. There’s no point in paying for something you don’t need. After all, it’s a waste of taxpayers’ money, isn’t it?”
“What. . .! It’s because of that that my brother committed suicide. . .How can you say something like that?!”
“I don’t know anything about that. It’s their fault for not requesting the material costs in advance. Besides, your tone has been quite rude. Do you even know who you’re talking to?”
“I’ll definitely kill you! Let go! Let go of me!”
Chrysler’s sister, who was also his sister, was screaming as if she was about to jump at me, but Theodore held her down and she didn’t move. Theodore looked troubled and waited for Veil’s instructions.
“I’m sorry for causing trouble.”
“Are you. . .saint-sama. . .?”
Veil turned around and bowed to Chrysler. She had been screaming loudly until then, but now she was quiet, so I decided to watch without saying anything, as my ears were uncomfortable.
“What do you want? Did you come here to lecture me? Even if it’s saint-sama’s words. . .”
“. . .I don’t intend to speak in platitudes. However, it will be difficult to seek revenge on Her Highness, the Third Princess, as she is a skilled user of water magic and has many guards. If you are executed for treason without achieving revenge, you know that Onii-sama will be sad, right?”
That’s true. Earlier, I allowed her to land the first hit because I was trying to shake off her guards, but in reality, I wouldn’t be able to give her even a scratch. It’s useless to just think about revenge.
“I understand that. But then, what should I do with this hatred. . .!”
“Revenge in a way that would make Onii-sama happy would be much more constructive.”
“A way that would make him happy. . .?”
What is she talking about? Even though she is a descendant of a saint, it’s disgusting for her to recommend revenge in front of me! I furrowed my eyebrows unconsciously. Is Theodore really okay with this woman? Is he brainwashed by some kind of unique magic of the saint?
“Yes. It was a shop that was so important to both of you that you would choose death if you lost it, right? Then, even if you alone rebuild it into a popular shop with enough dresses from Chrysler to be considered a status symbol, just don’t sell to Her Highness the Princess.”
“What? Are you trying to embarrass me? I will never allow that!”
I had been listening quietly, thinking that if I knew what she was planning, I could prevent it in advance, but her disrespect was too much, so I couldn’t help but interrupt. The Veil woman turned to look up at me once, then calmly spoke as if she didn’t care about my anger at all.
“. . .You know, for people like him, honor and pride are just as important as life itself. Of course, it’s a milder revenge than killing him, but wouldn’t it make Onii-sama happy if the shop returned?”
Chrysler seemed to be convinced by those words, despite how terrifying they were. “I see. . .” he muttered softly, looking down.
“But. . .I don’t have that kind of money.”
“Leave that to me. Hey, Diark.”
“Hm? What is it?”
Onii-sama, who had been watching from behind, was suddenly called and tilted his head in confusion.
“I want some dresses. . .as compensation, could you buy me three?”
“Haha, sure. I can’t make them too flashy, but I can make a few more shops.”
“So, can you sell it to me? You have that dress, right? The one I’m talking about.”
“Why that. . .”
Is he planning to make Chrysler buy the dress I ordered? That dress is meant for someone as beautiful and glamorous as me, not for a strange and poor-looking Veil woman. What a waste. I thought they should sell it if they don’t have enough money to the point of bankruptcy, but it seems like no one else can wear it except for me. It’s a dress made for me, and no one else can pull it off.
“But that dress doesn’t match the pure image of saint-sama. . .and we sold it without the small jewels.”
“Don’t worry about that. I already have a use for it.”
What is he planning? Is he really planning to kill me?. . .Speaking of killing.
“. . .Even if it was an attempted crime, it doesn’t change the fact that she committed an act of rebellion. . .”
“That’s right. That woman tried to kill me! If I forgive her easily, it will shake the authority of the imperial family.”
To go against me, the imperial princess. . .If I forgive her once, she’ll do it again. That’s why she must be punished thoroughly. It may not be possible to execute her immediately since it was an attempted crime, but she should be sentenced to life imprisonment and spend the rest of her life in prison. I won’t forgive her no matter what. No matter what.
“Speaking of that. . .If you accept two conditions, I will restore your hair to its original state. Healing magic can also be used on hair.”
“. . .What?”
I unconsciously touched my neck as she spoke. That’s right, I had forgotten about it. . .My hair had been cut short. I shouldn’t forgive Chrysler after all. . .However, when I weighed the authority that would be shaken by overlooking the crime of rebellion and the authority represented by my hair, I just wanted to regain my long black hair for now.
It’s annoying to listen to what the Veil woman says. . .But I can’t turn a blind eye to it. With this hair, I’ll have to walk around with handcuffs all the time.
“Let’s hear those conditions, for now.”