Published at 30th of January 2021 03:34:10 PM
There are numerous hills with gentle slopes in ‘Blue Dragon, Arsegios . ’
The land isn’t flat .
Located in the middle of the capital was a huge lake where the guardian dragon ‘Blue Dragon, Arsegios’ dwells, and the royal castle was built near the lake .
The spring water from the lake became a river that flowed across the continent .
Because of that, the citizens of this country have no doubt that ‘Blue Dragon, Arsegios’ is the strongest dragon in history .
In the past, during times of war, it was easy to win the battle if you built a waterway and gates to stop the water flow .
As a result of this mindset, the people in Arsegios have a strict class system .
Something like, ‘Anyone from another country may be enslaved because we are the Supreme Dragon’s people . ’
“Starlet, I hear the southern canal repair is behind schedule . ”
“With all due respect, your Highness, I’ve been following your instructions . The commoners’ lack of ability likely causes the delay . They can’t even build a bridge properly, what a bunch of incompetent fools . However, the bridge in the Klagan district has been completed . ”
“Ah, is that so? That was quick . You did good budgeting it . ”
Starlet’s face tensed for a moment as Alfred grinned at him .
But he quickly schooled his expression and smiled .
“Of course . ”
“Any words on the Prime Minister’s movement?”
“He’s been quiet at the moment . I was expecting him to be mad since his daughter was banished, but he’s surprisingly understanding . Is he keeping his silence because of Your Highness’ virtue? Or is it possible that the girl was a wreck at home as well?”
That makes the room full of chuckles .
Putting others down and laughing at them is easy .
No one understands how easy, immature, and stupid it is to put others down .
If Eufranc were still here, he would have made a fair criticism about it .
Too bad he had already given up on the people in this place .
And none of them noticed it .
They lived in a bubble in a way .
Alfred was sitting at his desk looking through some papers when he finished laughing and flashed a different smile .
Every year, this country is hit by a huge storm called the ‘Dragon’s Howl,’ which causes tremendous damage .
Also because there are many rivers in the area and the damage caused by the overflowing is awful .
Preparing for this problem, they must always maintain the waterways .
The citizens knew this and are happy to pay the ‘maintenance fee . ’
And Alfred decided that the tax would be raised this year .
Since his proposal to increase the fee had been approved .
Plus, Starlet unexpectedly sets off some prank .
It would be impossible not to laugh .
But Alfred, who had been looking over the leftovers, suddenly gave off a dangerous air around him .
Carl, who had sensed this turned from behind the sofa .
Starlet and Nick both caught on to that immediately and swallowed their breaths .
“Starlet, Dardis said you had met Eufranc, right? Did you tell him what I said? He said he wouldn’t return, is that correct?”
“Y-yeah, that’s what I heard . There is a possibility that Dardis is covering for him . ”
Alfred puts down his pen .
The atmosphere is still not pleasant .
(Eufranc, I never thought you would defy my orders . I can’t understand why you pick that evil woman’s side . )
It was indeed a useful tool .
Just say what you want, and he will bring it to us and make it happen .
If we tell him that Rifana wants something, he will also bring it .
The nobles are supposed to serve the royalty unconditionally .
This is how it should be, and Alfred was really pissed off that Eufranc had deserted him .
Of all people, he chose to stay with his former fiancée, Elana .
“Unacceptable . Starlet, take—”
“W-wait a minute . ”
He almost told Starlet to take care of it .
But Starlet interrupted him .
What he was trying to say was probably obvious to Starlet .
And yet, he dared to interrupt him .
Alfred, his master .
When he glared at him, the cowering Starlet reported, “It seems that Eufranc has a weakness,” as if he had made up his mind .
What is his weakness?
It was apparent, there was only one person that was brought up in the conversation .
It’s Elana .
“I suppose that poisonous woman will do it . ”
“Yeah . From what Dardis said, it appears to be a significant weakness for Eufranc . We can exploit him using his weakness . ”
“Hmm . ”
All four people in the room chuckled .
That useful tool will never escape them again .
Not for the second time .
He would be meek as ever, working as their hands and feet .
It was such a shame to dispose of him if it was true .
The bridge blueprint was drawn on the stone slab that Dardis handed to Starlet .
The foundation is made using stone, and the bridge is built using wood .
For a country where bridges are destroyed by floods every year, even the stone bridges, was a real headache .
The stones are expensive and as they pile up on the bottom of the river, they become bulkier .
It was a waste of money to build a stone bridge over a small river if it was going to be destroyed by the storm, let alone a large one .
However, with the wooden bridge designed by Eufranc, the bridge can be rebuilt with cheap wood .
Fortunately, the neighboring country is the lush green ‘Green Dragon, Sergigios . ’
They have no trouble importing wood and timber .
However, as the strongest, it is unacceptable to be taken advantage of .
If the royal family and diplomats from ‘Green Dragon, Sergigios’ should take a disrespectful attitude towards them now that Rifana, who possesses ‘Holy Light,’ in the country, then—
After all, there is no one with ‘Holy Light’ in Sergigios now .
This means that ‘Blue Dragon, Arsegios’ has the advantage of having both waterways and ‘Holy Light . ’
“In that case, Starlet, send Dardis to Eufranc again . This time I’ll give him a ‘job’ . ’
“Alright, as expected of His Highness . You are the future king . I’m sure he’ll be moved to tears by your kindness . ”
“That’s a given . ”
Alfred will be Arsegios’ future king .
Like a king, he should give equal attention to everything .
Everything but Rifana, even his father, gets lumped up with everyone else .
He will protect this country together with the guardian dragon .
He was raised to be a king who stood next to the guardian dragon .
That made him see himself as equal .
And he must become a vessel worthy of it .
The friends in front of him and those who used to be his friends all belong to him .
By using them, he will make Rifana and himself happy .
He would be remembered as the wisest king since the founding of the country .
It was natural for Alfred to see his future as such