Tamed the Monster Prince - Chapter 17.2
The loud thumping sound echoed through the hallway and gradually got closer. Then, suddenly, with a loud bang, the heavy wooden door split in two.
It was clear who it was, but they were in a state of shock, wearing nothing but a loincloth.
He ran towards the bed she was sitting on, like a fish jumping out of the water.
The steamy air in the bathroom was thick and she couldn’t speak or move. She heard hurried footsteps and knew someone was coming.
It was Mercedes. As she got closer, she could feel Cesar’s grip on her waist tighten, and his hand trembling.
“Um, I, uh…”
This was an embarrassing affair. She tried to cover his body with a linen sheet on the bed, but the damp cloth wouldn’t move. She tried her best not to look at his body. But it was inevitable that her eyes kept being drawn to him, like a magnet being pulled by a magnet. She had never seen her peers or servants or even the knights of the family undressed before.
As she grew older, she gradually stopped seeing such sights. His large body, which was much bigger than hers, was now in the process of becoming an adult. The elastic muscles that could not be found were raised and lowered with each breath. She barely suppressed the urge to touch it. But what was that color? The smooth skin was a deep cream color, and the droplets on top of it sparkled like jewels with a variety of colors.
“It seems that taking a bath is too much for you, Your Majesty,”
Mercedes said as she brought a white linen cloth and covered his body with it.
“Let’s stop here for now.”
But before she could put his clothes back on, he said, “Wait.”
“Why, Your Majesty?”
“I haven’t washed properly yet.”
Her eyes widened. “But…”
Irena observed Mercedes’ faltering gaze. “Do you truly detest running away that much?”
“Yes, even so.”
“What would you like me to do if you would like a bath, Your Highness?”
Is she supposed to give the bath to Cesar now?
“Your Highness, would you like a bath? If we leave it like this, you may catch a cold.”
She cannot stay here wet like this, but still. No matter what, that is how it is.
“Is this your first time?”
She has experience doing laundry, but she has never given someone a bath. What are the expectations for her in this situation? Even if she is present, she may just get in the way, correct?
Mercedes lowered her head and spoke with certainty.
“It is the role of a wife to take care of her husband. Even if you just stay by his side, it will be a great help.”
In the end, it was decided that she would help him with his bath. She changed into appropriate clothing and headed to the bathroom together.
Even though the palace was old, it was still a palace. She was surprised at the sight of the grand bathhouse with its impressive facilities. What surprised her most was the hot water coming out of the metal pipes.
When the servants brought the water and started pumping, soon the sound of gurgling came from the other side of the pipe and hot water poured into the large copper bathtub.
It is said that when the palace was first designed, many magical devices were devised, one of which was this pipe that produces hot water.
She is told that it was the Grand Mage Cosimo Flores, the ancestor of her father’s Flores family, who first created the process of drawing hot water. She is well aware of the effort required to break firewood all day and move the water to the room. Even for a noble family, it was a considerable luxury to use hot water freely. It was one of the ways to show off their wealth.
After wandering around for a while, they looked at and touched the mysterious magical device. They were amazed and marveled at how incredible it was, and it seemed that the preparations for the bath were finished. However, before they knew it, Cesar was already wearing a bathrobe. It was a relief that he wasn’t naked.
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