Chapter 260. Can You Handle It? (1)
Translator: Aura / Editor: SaWarren
Heinley intended to answer, ‘you haven’t even had a romantic relationship,’ no matter what he advised. But after hearing McKenna’s words, it seemed quite reasonable.
That was true. Both Heinley and Navier were too busy. Navier was so passionate about her work that she seemed addicted. Even a few days ago, she committed the heinous act of bringing some work into the matrimonial bedroom.
Heinley considered the matrimonial bedroom a space just for them, so that was really unacceptable. He felt as if the country stood between Navier and himself.
But the problem was that Heinley was busy too. He had meetings several times a day, and he had hundreds of reports coming in from different countries. He had dozens of official documents that needed to be signed urgently, and also things to prepare in secret.
Otherwise, Navier would have found time to be with him no matter how busy she was. In fact, there were several occasions when Navier visited during a break, but left when informed that Heinley was busy. Of course, he didn’t know.
Once Heinley muttered, “You’re right,” McKenna hastened to say,
“I think role-playing is necessary.”
“Oh. That’s a good idea, but I don’t think My Queen wants to do it yet…”
“What are you talking about?”
“Isn’t it about ‘that’?”
“You have a very lewd mind, Your Majesty. I mean creating a dangerous situation to save her. Men and women usually become closer that way.”
At McKenna’s words, Heinley realized that the role-playing he was thinking about was different from the one McKenna was talking about.
Heinley finally understood what McKenna meant. This also seemed quite reasonable. But considering his secretary had never been in a romantic relationship…
“Still, I can’t deliberately put My Queen in a dangerous situation.”
Heinley said firmly. It was good to get close, but it was horrible to put the person you love through a dangerous situation. However, he soon came up with a good plan.
“Oh… I could be the one in a dangerous situation.”
“Finding me trembling in a pitiful state, my wife will come running to save me.”
“She will see me as if I were a helpless puppy. She will be so moved that she will love me.”
“Huh, Huh, Huh… Stop it, McKenna. Take care of the preparations for the hunt. Just to go hunting with my wife and other close people.”
* * *
One evening after another usual busy day.
Heinley asked me as I lay on his chest at the same time he wrapped his arms around me and pulled me to his side.
“Yes. It’s not a big competition. It’s just a little fun to relieve stress”
I stared at Heinley as I played with his fingers. Heinley’s skin was still soft and smooth. Come to think of it, he was at an age of full vigor.
Both my brother and Sovieshu loved outdoor activities at this age, such as hunting, horseback riding, and so on. In contrast, Heinley was cooped up in the Imperial Palace working all the time. He seemed to exercise every day, but that wasn’t enough….
I agreed with a smile. I didn’t like hunting, but I did like horseback riding. It would be nice to ride a horse again.
“The preparations for the hunt-”
“McKenna will do it. Don’t worry, My Queen.”
Suddenly, a cry like McKenna’s echoed in my ears. Every time I saw him, he complained about how busy he was. Is he going to be alright making preparations for the hunt…?
I was a little worried, but I was also too busy to reach out to help. So I kept quiet.
A few days later, Heinley and I went together to a hunting ground near the Imperial Palace.
The number of people who accompanied us for the hunt was small. McKenna, Mastas, Countess Jubel, some nobles, Heinley’s guards, the Supranational Knights, among a few others.
Although it might seem that enough servants had been brought along for convenience, they were still few.
Upon arriving at the hunting ground, the servants began setting up tents and making preparations to eat outdoors incredibly quickly. They also began to build a temporary storehouse to put the hunted animals in as one brought them in.
Even before the tents were finished, all of us who were going to hunt mounted the horses. I mounted a white horse and lightly stroked its head.
At first we all rode together. Rather than hunting, it was more like we were chatting on horseback.
As prey appeared over time, the atmosphere changed to a hunt. Mastas was especially animated, and vowed to capture a bear as she wielded her spear.
“I have heard that bears do not live here, Miss Mastas.”
“Countess Jubel, bears live everywhere.”
“Hmm, that’s the first time I’ve heard that.”
The other nobles happily expressed that they were going to hunt something, and the knights also seemed excited.
In the midst of this, Heinley suddenly looked at Guard Captain Yunim and said,
“I want to go alone with my wife, so follow me at a distance.”
“It’s dangerous, Your Majesty.”
Yunim objected in surprise. But since Heinley didn’t seem to give up, Yunim glanced at me to stop him.
Lately, Yunim’s hostility toward me had greatly diminished. He was a little more polite than when I first met him.
But before I could say anything, Heinley said firmly, “It’s not dangerous,” then looked at me and asked.
“Do you agree, My Queen?”
I nodded in agreement. The hunting ground was not large, and the guards would follow us from a distance anyway.
Besides, I heard that since it was a hunting ground close to the imperial palace, there were no dangerous animals. If a dangerous animal came out to a private house, it would cause a big commotion, so everything was completely under control.
It was not an overreaction for Countess Jubel to click her tongue when Mastas said earlier that she would hunt a bear.
In the end, Yunim withdrew in dissatisfaction and Heinley asked me to come over.
I agreed with a smile and rode alongside Heinley.