~ Chapter 56: Insanity at the court (Part 3) ~
“It's a good question.” pointed out the King.
“Who said that old dragon can't fight?” I smirked.
“Brekkar. Do you have anything to say regarding this?” asked the King.
“Ahem! Yes, your Majesty, I was going to announce it sooner or later, but I am currently back to my full health. I have been cured and I'm quickly regaining my former strength.” he declared with a smile while his dark-red scale tail waved left and right slowly.
“Is that so? And who was the one who healed you?” he asked.
“Alkelios Yatagai, your Majesty.” he replied with a bow.
The murmurs and whisper flooded the room once again, raising the amount of background noise.
“SILENCE!” ordered the King as he glared at them all.
With an audible gulp coming from several of them, the King looked back at Brekkar and asked him.
“Where does your loyalty stand?” he asked him.
“With you, your Majesty.” he made a deep bow in front of him.
The confusion among the nobles continued.
“Hm, very well. If it's like this, then there is no problem in making you the general of the Brekkar Army again.” the King nodded satisfied.
“Any objections?” I asked as I looked at the nobles.
No one replied.
Brekkar had a good reputation among many nobles, and his sacrifice 38 years ago wasn't one that was taken lightly. If he was cured, then they would rather wait for him to get his strength back than handing over the Brekkar Army to a youngling with no experience like Draejan.
This declaration, however, did seem to spark something inside the dragon. He looked calm, as though he had come to terms with this result, but his clenched fists were nearly bleeding from how hard he was squeezing.
“Now, for my third wish, I want his Majesty to officially dissolve the engagement between Seryanna Draketerus and Draejan Andrakaryus Doesya.” I declared.
“I never knew she was engaged with him in the first place.” the King squinted his eyes at me “Even so, I cannot do this unless the parties involved also desire this.” he pointed out.
“Your Majesty, I never considered myself as Draejan's fiance, and I was told this engagement was a royal command.” Seryanna stepped forward and declared sharply.
“Is that so? Who made this call then?” the King asked as he looked around.
“It was I, your Majesty.” Elovius stepped forward.
“You? Why?” he asked rubbing his chin.
“In order to smooth out the transition of the Brekkar Army's leadership. At the time, I believed Brekkar was still ill and unable to fight anymore. As such, I desired to at the very least preserve the might and legacy of his army. I also did it believing that it could be a symbol both towards the outside and among our population that Albeyater's might had not weakened.” replied Elovius with a courteous bow.
Normally, I could have suspected Elovius as being the mastermind as well, but back when I first met the King, he assured me that his son was at most just a hard to understand fellow, but his loyalty and intentions were all in the right place.
“I understand. Given the circumstances, do you still believe it to be the right call?” Feryumstark asked him.
Elovius glanced back at Brekkar and then at his father, the King. “No.” he replied.
“I see. Then the engagement between Seryanna Draketerus and Draejan Andrakaryus Doesya has no reason to be when one of them doesn't wish for it and the original political reason behind it is no more.” the King declared.
The nobles nodded in agreement, while Draejan swallowed his own spit.
“Anything else, Alkelios Yatagai?” asked the King.
“I would really need a back massage, but I can't ask you for that.” I laughed.
“That would be ridiculous.” the King scoffed.
The others just showed a stiff reaction at my innocent joke.
“Ahem! Anyway, yes! I wish for his Majesty to declare that I am pardoned of any and all crimes against the crown anyone may believe I have committed today or in the past, such as threatening you and stuff like that.” I declared.
“Hm... Where does your loyalty stand, Alkelios Yatagai? Declare this first before me and the gods above, and I shall then give you my answer.” the King replied in stern tone of voice.
“I, Alkelios Yatagai, officially declare my allegiance to the The Third Princess of the Dragon Kingdom Albeyater, Elleyzabelle Sojourn Seyendraugher, and through extension, their Majesties the King and Queen of the Dragon Kingdom Albeyater, Feryumstark Seyendraugher and Elliessara Seyendraugher!” I declared in a loud tone of voice.
Except for the few who knew me, the shocked expressions on their faces was priceless. Elovius even had his mouth opened wide despite how rude that might have appeared. Even Draejan was looking at me with big eyes as if not believing his own ears. As for the group who openly revealed their traitorous behavior because they thought I was a human sent by humans in order to help them in their plot, they looked as though the whole world came crushing down on their shoulders, and they didn't have the strength to stand up anymore.
“I-It's over...” Pallause said.
Yes it is... I thought.
The King closed his eyes for a moment and then burst out into a loud laughter.
“You heard him, right? Do you have any objections?” he asked as he looked at the shocked nobles who stood by the King's side.
“I for one, no.” Brekkar declared.
“Neither do I.” Elleyzabelle declared with a polite smile on her face.
“I see no reason as to why he shouldn't be pardoned. Considering all that has happened until now, he is indeed worthy of being pardoned!” said one of the nobles.
“I agree. The human has guts! He thinks like a dragon more than he does a human.” said another.
“Although I also agree, I do not trust him.” said another.
“I do not believe this whole thing was about trust in the first place. Now that he declared this, it all makes sense. I found it really weird that he simply didn't use this ability of his to just rampage in our Kingdom. An attack like that from a dragon-hating human would have been the absolute best for him.” another pointed out.
“I'm just disappointed to have learned that so many of the dragons I thought to be respectable turned out to be... traitors.” one said with a sigh escaping their lips.
They continued to state their opinions one after another, while the said traitors were unable to utter a single word. They were devastated by sudden turn of events.
“Well, as you can see, there are no objections. So yes, I officially pardon you, Alkelios Yatagai, for any crime committed against the crown until this very moment. I also accept your loyalty declaration.” Feryumstark declared with a smirk.
“Thank you, your Majesty! And good! Finally! Holding my arm up like this all this time was a killer!” I groaned in protest as I canceled out the spell.
The massive threat to the lives of everyone in this city was reabsorbed as basic Magic Energy by my body.
Seeing it vanish, everyone let out a sigh of relief, especially the guards in this place who found themselves to be completely useless. Still, there was one more thing that had to be done before we stared to celebrate.
“Alkelios, here's your first order. Apprehend those fools who tried to plot against me.” Feryumstark said as he pointed at the group of traitors.
“My pleasure!” I made a courteous bow.
“Wait! No! There has to be some sort of mistake!” one of them called out.
“You tricked us!” Pallause declared.
Viscount Galbarion was already out cold, seeing how he revealed himself as the one who deliberately poisoned the Queen. After he spilled everything he knew, the only thing waiting for him was going to be death or the gallows, depending on how merciful the King was going to be with them.
My only job so far was to reveal and apprehend them.
“I don't understand... why would a human like you help us?” asked Elovius confused as he approached me.
“Why should I not help my friends?” I asked tilting my head to the left.
“Pardon?” he blinked confused.
“Go and ask your father, I'm going to round up these morons.” I smirked and cracked my knuckles as I was preparing to administer a dose of Knock Out and one of Tie Up.
My ropes were enchanted to resist even the struggles of the Four-Headed Dog Boss I encountered when I first arrived in this world.
“Can't we talk about this?” one of them begged.
I smirked and then I punched.
Several minutes later, the job was done, and everyone who was revealed as a traitor was currently being taken down to the cells where the interrogation process was going to make them spill every little secret they had. That was if they didn't die while in the process of being interrogated. If they survived, a swift death awaited them instead of more torture.
With a smile, I returned to the King, who was telling something to Elovius. When he saw me, the two of them stopped. The first to speak was the Prime Minister.
“My apologies, Alkelios Yatagai, if I had been aware of any of this...” he lowered his head.
“No, it's all good. I had to learn a bunch of things as well. Besides, everything turned out alright and that's the important thing!” I laughed.
“I see. I apologize nonetheless, and I will take this lesson to heart so that in the future I will be more aware of my surroundings.” he declared and then returned to his spot by the King's side.
The next to come up to me was Brekkar.
“I haven't seen in you in so long, and you already surpassed me in strength! You boy are a miracle walking on two legs!” he laughed and patted my shoulders with his hands.
“It's good to see you, my friend. I am not weak anymore.” Iolaus declared with a proud smirk.
“Unless we're talking about Kleo, then this boy is useless.” Brekkar let out a sigh.
“I-I... THAT'S NOT TRUE!” the dragon rebuked.
“Bwahahaha! It's good to be young!” Brekkar patted the man's back.
“Welcome back, Alkelios! As usual, you don't fail to impress! I knew I was right about you back then! You really are one interesting dragon!” Kataryna said with a smile as she came over and before I knew it, she stole my lips in a kiss. “Welcome back! Fufu!” the dragoness said after our lips parted.
“Hey! He's mine!” Seryanna pulled the dragoness back, but when she looked me in the eyes, her face turned completely red. “W-Welcome back.” she said.
“Glad to be back.” I said and this time, I was the one to take the lead as I gave her a kiss on the lips.
“AHEM!” the King interrupted us.
We all blinked surprised and looked his way. Elovius was sighing and shaking his head. The nobles rolled their eyes, and the King was just staring at us.
“It's good that you had your little reunion party RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME, but there are important matters that need our attention, especially with today's reveal of so many traitors within my court. Also, my wife would like to have a word with you as well.” he declared.
“Mother would?” Elovius asked surprised.
“Yes.” the King nodded.
Everyone began to whisper again. This was getting a tad bit ridiculous.
“Sure thing. Oh, but before we do that, I have one more thing I wish to settle.” I said with a smirk.
“Which is?” the King asked with a raised eyebrow.
“Sir Draejan Andrakaryus Doesya, I challenge you to a duel. If I win, you are hereby forbidden to even try to become a general again unless I have officially approved of you!” I pointed at him.
“You wish to challenge me, again?” he asked raising a eyebrow.
“Yes.” I nodded.
“You are a foolish human as always. And here I thought you had changed.” he shook his head and then sighed.
“Who knows? Well, do you accept or not?” I asked him.
“And what am I to gain if I am to win?” he asked.
“My official approval of you and a set of armor I will personally make for you.” I replied with a smile.
He raised an eyebrow. “You are blacksmith?” he asked.
“Among many others, I can also make you some nice enchanted rings as well. With [The Shiny Artisan] skill I can make a lot of interesting jewels and accessories.” I smiled.
“Sounds fair. If I can't even defeat a weak human like you, how can I even dare ask for a General title?” he scoffed.
“A fair duel. I like it, and I approve of it.” declared the King.
“Let us all move to the training grounds then!” Brekkar said in a loud tone of voice.
“Now this will be interesting!” Kataryna said while her tail was swaying in the air.
“I have a feeling I have been completely ignored...” Kleo let out a sigh and looked down.
“Not really. I'm glad to see you again, Kleo.” I told her with a smile before I followed Sir Draejan to the training ground.
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