The Reason for Marriage - Chapter 24.1
“Representative of the commoners you said, the country is going to be very noisy,” Reina spoke to her first as they came out from the Judicial Affair Bureau, in a gentle tone.
Iveca looked at her absentmindedly and sighed deeply, “As expected, the backlash will be huge, right?”
Reina waved her hands in surprise as she saw the sad expression on Iveca’s face, “No, well, that’s not what I mean…. No, My Queen. Rather, it could prevent a civil war from happening. It is about creating a communication platform for people who are full of complaints. Although it would be very noisy, I think it is better than civil war, which is awful.”
“Be quiet, Reina,” Sid warned.
Reina rolled her eyes at Sid, “Sid, the Queen may need a companion.”
“Our mission is to protect the Queen, not to be her companion. Do not be too emotional.”
Iveca eventually shut up after hearing Sid’s firm words. She also worried about the work that was increasing, nevertheless, she had no choice but to express her thoughts, as Daniel had promised to trust her, and she wanted to do the best she could with any task he had entrusted to her. When she looked back to gather her courage, she thought that it was enough for her to always have just one person smiling at her.
Also, the law bore her name, and she’d go down in history. At that thought, Iveca’s heart somehow jumped when it struck her, that even after her death and long after her time had passed, it would be Iveca der Esselburn who had created the first Great Constitution for the Kingdom of Amethan.
Esselburn might always be ashamed of her, but she didn’t want to be ashamed of herself; it was all the pride she had left. Their birth might not have been welcomed, but they would be remembered by many in death.
“Oh? Your Majesty is coming. I guess he is meeting us after all. He must’ve been quite busy until he left the palace.”
Iveca looked up at the path in front of them, as the King, with his shiny blonde hair, casually strolled towards them with a group of escorts. She stared blankly at his face that was smiling brightly, “Your Majesty, why did you come here?” Even though he’d said that he would come to meet her, she didn’t expect that he would come this far, and it hadn’t been that long since she’d left the Judicial Affair Department.
Looking into her eyes, Daniel grinned and hugged her around the shoulders, “I came out early to see you. It’s difficult to wait.”
“Still, it must have been a long walk.”
“I don’t care about that.”
Iveca suddenly had an urge to tell him what had transpired in the day since she couldn’t share with Reina because Sid had blocked their conversation. She looked her husband in the eye and smiled cautiously.
If Daniel came out to meet her in such a casual fashion, as he’d implicitly agreed to bury the terrible memories that they had made last night, she would also like to do her best to keep up with the rhythm, as any sweet wife would do. “To, today…. At the Judicial Affair Bureau…” She stopped speaking, wondering if someone could get bored with this kind of small talk. Come to think of it, she didn’t remember ever having a casual conversation.
Even when she was in college, most of the students were commoners, so they couldn’t approach her first because she was a very young aristocrat. Iveca also didn’t have enough self-esteem to be able to approach someone else first. She had never thought that anyone would be interested in what she had to say. “I brought up the issue about the representative for the commoners, and what the Judicial Affair Bureau response was…”
Daniel looked into her eyes and smiled softly. The conversation that had begun with a sense of duty became enjoyable. At some point, she got excited and continued her speech. Strangely, the road that they walked down no longer seemed like such a far distance to walk. When he nodded, listened carefully, and asked for more details, Iveca spoke more confidently.
“You did well, Iveca. I’m sure a lot of people will judge your decision as a wise one later. I knew you would do well,” Daniel said affectionately. “So the Bureau Head Orem has that kind of thoughts in mind? Interesting.”
Suddenly, it occurred to Iveca that she was communicating with him. The time when she’d lived alone was forgotten and she was making new memories by being with someone. She was cute, and she liked the way Daniel was smiling at her, and her heart tickled. “Oh, right. We need to increase the number of the Judicial Affair Bureau. Starting next year, I will have to adjust the university quota.”
Everything relating to work would be delivered to him in the form of a more neatly organized report, even if she didn’t hand it to him herself. So, it was a useless conversation, but it distracted her from thinking about the scary moment when the gunmen had attacked her.