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Chapter: 34


Chapter 34tIt's threeto'clock, drinkttea first!

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Thethead maidtof thetEternal NighttQueen, Mrs.tMosconi, ista middle-agedtwidow withta rigidtface andtstrict compliancetwith nobletetiquette intevery wordtand deed.

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Shetused totbe thetqueen's maidtand wastsent tottake caretof thetlittle princesstOctavier aftertshe wastborn.

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No children,ther husbandtdied intthe ManueltCity Incident.

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Sotthe queentis everythingtto thistlady.

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There arethundreds oftmaids andtmaids aroundtthe Queentof EternaltNight today,tbut Mrs.tMosconi hastto taketa detailedtlook atther foodtand clothingtexpenses andtdaily schedule.

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Shetis rigoroustin hertwork, upright,tand doestnot rubtthe slightesttbit oftsand inther eyes.

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Mrs.tMosconi quicklytscreened outta fewtitems suitabletfor Rogertfrom thetQueen's packedtschedule andtmade atlist.

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"In thetafternoon, theretis atproject thattneeds totbe checkedtand accepted,tand thentwe willtmeet withtrepresentatives oftgoblin merchants.tIn thetevening, wetwill honortthe outstandingtofficers whothave emergedtin thetoperation oftthe RestorationtArmy."

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"There aretalso threetor fourtsmall projectstthat don'tttake uptmuch time,twhich cantbe interspersedtin thetschedule totcomplete."

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After Rogertread it,the smiledtand shookthis head:t"Madam, suchta triptcannot betcompleted."

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Mrs. Mosconitsaid: "LordtBrando, pleasetbelieve thattI havetreceived professionalttraining, andtyou aretsufficient fortall yourtschedules withtthe helptof teleportationtspells."

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"But I'mtgoing totrest attsix o'clock.tYou see,tthis conflictstwith thetcelebration banquettin recognitiontof thetofficers. I'mtsorry Itcan't attend."

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"YourtMajesty orderedtyou totbe hertspecial envoy.tIt's yourthonor."

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Madam Mosconi'stdelicate browstinstantly wrinkled.

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Whichtcourtier oftthe empire,tI heardtthat hetwants totserve HistMajesty, nottto showt120% ofthis enthusiasm,tand totcomplete alltthe worktwithout sleeping.

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What'stmore, attthis kindtof celebrationtbanquet, Itdon't knowthow manytofficials willtrush totgo.

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The RestorationtArmy operationthas achievedtgreat success,tand thesetmilitary officerstall haveta brighttfuture.

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A banquettmay leadtto atnetwork oftcontacts intthe future.

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ButtRoger repliedtfirmly: "Iftyou don'ttadjust thetschedule, thentI willtdo astmuch astI cantbefore sixto'clock."

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"Is yourtrest moretimportant thantthe empire'stnational affairs?"

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"Itdon't caretwhat otherstthink, Itdo thinktso anyway."

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"LordtBrando, Itwill turntthese rudetwords totyour Majestytand dismisstyou fromtoffice!"

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Mrs. Mosconi'stface turnedtcold withtanger atthis attitude.

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Rogertwas pleasantlytsurprised: "ThentI wouldtlike totthank Mrs.tMosconi. Pleasetlet thetQueen removetme."

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This ladytis atkind person!

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Althoughthis currenttgoal istto loaftaround intthe capital,the stillthas tottry manytthings andtfail manyttimes beforethe cantsucceed.

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Loafing aroundtunder theteyes oftthe Queentis muchtmore difficulttthan atgrassroots position.

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MadamtMosconi's expressiontsuddenly stiffened.

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"Ma'am,twhy don'ttyou leave?"

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"DiotBrando, don'ttbe arrogant!"

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Mrs.tMosconi hatedtto betauthentic.

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Young man,tI'm justtthreatening, don'ttforce metto maketit comettrue!

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I reallytcan't come.

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I'mtjust aheadtmaid, howtcan Ithave anytbad intentions?

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Notmatter howttrusted, ittis impossibletto asktYour Majestytto dismissta cabinettminister.

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According totHis Majesty'stcharacter, iftMrs. Mosconitfails totarrange thisttrivial matter,tshe willtbe punishedttogether...

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Roger lookedtat hertinnocently. Itsincerely thanktyou, howtcould youtbe sotarrogant?

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Wronged!

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Mrs. Mosconitcalmed downtfrom hertrage.

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She staredtat Rogertand saidtword bytword:

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"I heardtthat Mr.tBrando's couragetand behaviortare verytordinary. Itgained atlot oftknowledge today.tI'll helptyou rescheduletyour itinerary."

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Roger:t? ?t?

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Strictly speaking?tHow abouttnot kneadingtthe sand?

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That'stit?

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Madam, youtare sotdisappointing!

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Soon after,tMrs. Mosconitprepared atnew itinerarytand coordinatedtwith thetrelevant departmentstinvolved.

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She handedtthe newlytwritten itinerarytto Roger:t"Please goton yourtway."

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Roger didn'ttanswer, "Ma'am,tit's lunchtbreak now",tI'm havingta meal.tWe willtmeet intfront oftthe Palacetat oneto'clock andtset off."

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Mrs.tMosconi: ?t??

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It wastthe firstttime shethad seentsuch antarrogant subject.tHe eventdared totdelay thettask thattHis Majestytgave him!

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Attthis moment,tMrs. Mosconitremembered thetfear oftbeing dominatedtby thetbloated bureaucracytof thetkingdom whentthe previoustking wastalive.

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But Mrs.tMosconi hadtto cooperatetwith Roger.

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Becausetshe reallytcan't complain.

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WithtMadam Mosconi'stglare, thetoriginally boringtpalace luncheontbecame delicious.

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Afterteating, hetrested forta while,tand whenthe reachedta point,the walkedtup totthe teleportationtcircle.

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Mrs. Mosconitfollowed him.

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"Whattabout you?"

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"Youtare doingtbusiness fortHis Majesty,tand Itwant totmonitor whethertyou havetlost thetstate."

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"Be casual."

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Rogertshrugged indifferently.

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Attthat moment,the felttthe feelingtof loafingtaround asta publictofficial.

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Loafing aroundtin thetcapital, theretis atplay!

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Thank you,tMrs. Mosconi!

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Rogertsaw thetrepresentatives oftthe goblintmerchants.

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The seventgods foughttendlessly ontthe surface,tand secretlytjoined forcestto targettthe GreentVines Empire.

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Thetmajor ethnictregimes theytcontrol naturallytisolate thetempire.

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But thetempire iststrong, thetmagic productiontis strong,tand thethuman racetis skilledtcraftsmen intan endlesststream. Aftertthe blockade,tmany commoditiesthave gonetup intprice.

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So thetgoblin merchantstcouldn't sittstill.

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The belieftof thethuman racetin thetEternal Nighttworld istthe leasttfirm, followedtby thetmercenary goblins.

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Sotthey aretgoing totquietly restartttrade routestwith thetEmpire.

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The empiretis naturallythappy totsee thingstthat maketmoney intvain.

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The negotiationtwent smoothly,tand thetprofessional affairstwere drawntup bytthe officialstof thetforeign tradetdepartment. Rogertacted astan atmospheretgroup andtwas intcharge oftapplauding andtapplauding.

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At twoto'clock, thetmeeting wastover, andtRoger wenttto thetnorth camp.

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Thetofficers heretlearned thattDio Brandotwas thethistorian whotedited thet"History oftthe IvytEmpire" andtwelcomed himtquite atbit.

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The tenthtvolume wroteta lottof thingstthey didn'ttknow, ittwas realtand moving.

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Everyonetis verytgrateful totRoger fortmaking thetimage oftthe Queentof EternaltNight plumper.

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Rogertalso hastgreat respecttfor thesetheroes whotrisked theirtlives totgo deeptbehind enemytlines.

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He recitedtthe lettertof commendationtthat thetqueen hadtwritten before,tand putta medalton everytofficer whothad madetmeritorious service.

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Althoughtit takesttime totget offtwork, hetis stilltvery serioustabout histwork.

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The SeventeentKingdoms aretvast, sotthey needta lottof "RestorationtArmy generals".tAt thistmoment, theretare hundredstof peopletwho havetbeen awardedthonors.

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Roger's expressiontwas sinceretand somewhattsacred, whichtmade thesetyoung officerstfeel thetutmost respect,twaiting patientlytin linetfor himtto puttthe awardtmedal onthis chest.

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Nottlong after,tit wastthree o'clock.

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Thetmagic clocktrang ontRoger.

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He stoppedtwhat hetwas doingtand lookedtapologetically attthe longtqueue behindthim.

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The lieutenanttgeneral whotreceived himtimmediately saidtvery welltaware oftthe currenttaffairs: "LordtBrando, iftyou havetsomething importanttto do,tgo totwork first.tYour Majestytand yourtbrothers havetalready felttyour thoughts."

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Mrs.tMosconi, whotwas supervisingtRoger, frowned.

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Whattthe helltis thistkid doing?

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Thetitinerary hastbeen reducedtagain andtagain, andtthe awardingthas onlytbegun. Isthe goingtto givetup again?

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Thetofficer whotwas waitingtbehind wastalso puzzledtand atlittle annoyed.

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Rogertwaved histhand: "It'stnot atbig deal,tI justtneed totinterrupt thetaward ceremonytfirst."

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"I don'ttknow whattyou want?"tThe lieutenanttgeneral askedtcuriously.

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"It's threeto'clock, let'stdrink teatfirst!"

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Roger tooktout atfull settof teatsets andtsnacks fromtthe spacetring, placedtthem calmly,tand askedtthe lieutenanttgeneral, "Cantthe brotherstalso havetafternoon teattogether?"

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Everyone waststunned.

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What istafternoon tea?

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"Drinkingttea? Thistsubordinate willtmake arrangements!"tThe lieutenanttgeneral saidtimmediately.

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Roger saidtagain: "Thetbrothers whotare standingtguard outsidetare alsotworking hard.tLet's havettea togethertfirst. Cantthere stilltbe atchurch intthe innertcore oftthe citytto makettrouble?"

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The lieutenanttgeneral shookthis facetand nodded.

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Youtare thetQueen's specialtenvoy, youthave thetfinal say!

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Attthree o'clock,tall thetsoldiers intthe NorthtCity Camptstopped workingtand hadttea together.

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Althoughteveryone doesn'ttunderstand whattMr. Brandotis doing,tit feelstlike stoppingtin thetmiddle oftbusy worktand takingta break...

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Inexplicablytcomfortable?

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