James took off his military robe, changed into his casual clothes, and went to find Henry.
The two discussed in the room for a while and planned to leave under the excuse of sightseeing. After the two finalized their plan, they walked out of the room together.
Suddenly, a beautiful maid approached them and bowed while saying respectfully, “Dragon King, the Queen has prepared a luncheon for you…”
“Alright.” James nodded.
“This way, please…”
The beautiful maid gestured for them to follow her. Then, she led James and Henry to the luncheon venue.
This time, not many people were present. It was only the Queen and her daughter, Yelena.
The meal was also much simpler than the one in the morning. Despite being much more modest than the morning banquet, the meal was still more luxurious than anything seen outside.
“Your Majesty, there are still a few days before the official military exchange begins. I plan to go sightseeing and experience the cultural heritage of Durandal for myself.”
During the meal, James brought up the topic of him and Henry leaving the castle.
“That sounds lovely…” The Queen lifted her hand and gestured toward her daughter. “Yelena won’t have classes for the next few days, so how about having her show you around?”
“T-That won’t be necessary,” James quickly refused the Queen’s suggestion.
“We’re both rowdy soldiers and don’t exactly have the best manners. We don’t want to accidentally offend Princess Yelena.”
As James spoke, he threw a friendly glance at Yelena.
“Princess Yelena, you must be occupied with other things. You don’t have to inconvenience yourself for our sake. We can look around on our own…” James politely declined the offer.
It would be fine if Yelena accompanied them if they truly were only going sightseeing. However, they were here to settle their affairs.
From Yelena’s perspective, James seemed to be belittling her by refusing her mother’s offer.
She proudly raised her head and looked at James, saying, “It’s no trouble at all. Coincidentally, I have an excess of free time these days. Since the Queen has asked me to accompany you, how could I refuse her? I escort you as you stroll around our country these next few days.”
She doubled down and insisted on following them all the more since James refused her company.
The Princess was used to people trying to cater to her whims and desires. Thus far, James refused to even look her properly in the eye.
Am I not desirable or attractive anymore?
For the first time in her life, Yelena had doubts about her appearance.
“I-It really isn’t necessary…”
“I insist,” Yelena did not back down. “Are you refusing my company because you think lowly of me? Or perhaps… You men are planning on visiting some places you’re not willing to take a lady to?”
James was embarrassed.
The Queen interjected, “Dragon King, I apologize for her behavior. She’s been spoiled rotten, so I hope. you’ll forgive her…”
It seems they would not be able to leave without taking Yelena along with them.
After giving it some thought, James replied hesitantly, “I see… If that’s the case then we have no choice but to accept her offer.”
His reluctance made Yelena furious.
She immediately snapped back at him. “What kind of attitude are you showing us, James? You should be honored that I’m giving you a personal tour of Durandal.”
“Yes, yes, yes…” James quickly agreed with her to stop her complaints.
Afterward, he stopped talking and lowered his head to finish up his meal.
After the meal, James swiftly made his preparations and headed out with the Blade of Justice strapped to his side.
A luxurious golden carriage was waiting for them outside the castle.
It was a horse-drawn carriage with eight horses in front. Many people stood in front of the carriage.
The most dazzling and eye-catching person was a tall, attractive woman in a white dress. She had a high nose bridge, sky-blue eyes, and silky, blonde hair.
“What’re you doing, James? You’re so slow.” Yelena stood before the carriage and watched as James and Henry approached.
She continued to chide them. “You know, others have always been the ones waiting for me. I have never waited for anyone else in my whole life.”
James walked over to the carriage and gave it a once over as he grimaced.
“Don’t tell me we’re setting off in this carriage.”
“What else if not this?” Yelena responded with a quizzical look.
James took a deep breath and massaged his temples. He did not want to attract attention.
James walked to Yelena’s side and whispered, “Princess, I’m heading out to settle some important business, and it won’t do to be this conspicuous. What I’m doing will be a bit dangerous, so it’s also best also that you don’t come along.”
“What important business?” Yelena’s blue eyes lit up, and she was grinning excitedly.
She exclaimed, “That sounds great! That’s way better than what I had planned! I love a good thrill!”