Even Though I’m a Former Noble and a Single Mother, My Daughters are too Cute and Working as an Adventurer Isn’t Too Much of a Hassle – 40

The Curtains Rise on the Decisive Battle

After that, a week passed by. Cicadas chirped shrilly in the trees and on such a bright and clear day, the warmth of the sun was matched only by just how heated the political struggle about to play out was becoming.

The Imperial capital was chosen as the venue for the duel, in an ancient coliseum built into the mountainside that predated the very founding of the Empire itself, with views so good you could clearly see the Emperor’s palace in the distance.

In that arena that once played host to a myriad of mortal battles between mighty warriors but is now viewed as a historical relic, the cardinal sat in the ceremonial referee’s seat, whilst King Edward, Queen Alicia and their entourage of civil and military officials occupied seating on the south side of the coliseum.

Emperor Albert and Empress Alice, the northern side. They were surrounded by various nobles, as well as knights and ministers who enjoyed their favour.

“I never thought I would ever come back here…”

In the passage that runs under the southern side of the stadium, Shirley looked up at the old stone ceiling.

Since Sophie and Tio are the two people at stake, there’s no way the representative for the Kingdom could ever have been anyone but her.

That said, this issue has become far bigger than just being about Shirley’s family. The king himself wishes to avoid a war… The heavy responsibility of a nation’s peace now weighs on the shoulders of one adventurer.

It’s unclear just how far the Empire’s demands would go if they won the contest… No doubt, it would be an incredibly bitter pill to swallow for the Kingdom… The country’s very future could be at stake, so defeat isn’t an option.

“But, why did we have to come all the way to the Empire? From the story she told me, wouldn’t it make more sense to fight at the border?”

“Who knows? Like I could ever get what those bigwigs are thinking.”

“According to Canary-sama, it seems that the Emperor was heavily reluctant to travel a second time. It’s not a particularly strange thing for a man in such a position of power.”

“Really, isn’t the way His Majesty is acting weird? Even if he has an escort, just entering the heart of a hostile country like this is…”

Standing behind Shirley, the rookie training party formed of Kyle, Cudd and Leia led by Asterios were casually chatting.

“But, it’s so strange to think that Sophie and Tio are related to that Emperor, y’know?”

“And that Shirley-san was actually a former noble and a fiancée to the Crown Prince… I always thought she must have come from somewhere special, but that was a big shock.”

“Ahaha… I still can’t believe it, actually…”

“Mm, life sure is surprising.”

And finally, Sophie and Tio themselves were also there to see off their mother before she took to the stage.

Although custom dictated that such a duel should take place somewhere along the border of the two nations, Albert and Alice had no intention of moving and protested it.

Unexpectedly, Canary and Edward decided to indulge them. Making use of Canary’s spatial magic, the King and Queen along with a royal entourage had travelled to the Imperial capital at the invitation of the Emperor, despite fierce protestations by their own government officials back home at the thought of the Royal family visiting a nation they’re on such poor terms with.

Although Canary had gotten approval to bring adventurers to the Empire only on the pretext of bodyguarding the royal couple, when Shirley wondered just who she could ask to take care of Sophie and Tio when she was duelling, Asterios’ party was the first thing that came to her mind.

“Shirley-san! That Emperor is the enemy of all women everywhere, so when you kill him, give him a stab for me too!”

“Leia, that’s a bit… Besides, she’s not even going to be fighting the Emperor.”

Kyle remonstrated with Leia, who was swinging her fists in irritation.

Since they were officially taking up a request as escorts, it was unavoidable that they’d have to be told all the circumstances. Apart from Asterios who was an expert in defensive magic, there were probably much more skilled escorts she could have hired, but since she wants the truth about Sophie and Tio to stay as quiet as possible, she thought that this party would be the most reliable choice.

Three of the four are still young adventurers and the fourth is an ascetic who isn’t nearly as interested in physical profit as others. Personally, they were the best picks for the job.

“His crotch! Cut off whatever he has between his legs!”

“Then rub chilli powder in the wound!”

After hearing all about Shirley’s circumstances, they would never think of betraying her. Shirley turned away with a blush since their words were too vulgar, though she also hoped that they wouldn’t be charged with lese majesty if someone heard them.

“But, it really is surprising. Putting King Edward aside, I’ve never heard of that witch so readily agreeing to something like this… Does she have something up her sleeve?”

Shirley didn’t know the answer to that question. Although in saying that, she remembered the words that Canary had said to her before she entered the stadium tunnel, gesturing with her thumb towards the palace in the distance with a gleaming smile on her face.

――――”Incidentally~ When it comes to that imbecilic child who can’t stop running his mouth, do you not have some unfinished business to see to, hm~?”

She understood the implications clearly, Canary was trying to manipulate Shirley’s old grudge towards some end of her own, but whatever it was, it didn’t matter right now.

“…Mum.”

Tio gripped the hem of Shirley’s dress.

“Good luck…!”

Sophie gripped her mother’s hand as she faced the looming battle. They held her with trembling hands, their eyes that looked into hers filled with worry, but when she looked at her two daughters that were bravely seeing off their mother… A peerless passion burned in her heart.

“Don’t worry… I’ll definitely win and come back, no matter what.”

Even though she usually tries to stay cool and dignified, Shirley looked at her two girls with truly gentle eyes, a kind smile on her face.

As they gazed at their mother’s back as she made her way towards that fateful stage, the twins wanted to shout, but they couldn’t find the words in the swirl of emotions running through their heads.

But, it doesn’t matter. Simply put, their mother is unbeatable.

In the passageway on the opposite side of the arena to Shirley, Lumiliana who had been selected as the Empire’s champion tied back her red hair behind her and gripped the hilt of her richly adorned family heirloom, a magical sword.

As she looked at the back of the girl who was both her knight and her best friend, she grit her teeth.

It’s only natural that the disputing nations would pick their greatest warriors for the duel… But, it’s problematic that Lumiliana is already one of the strongest knights in the country, despite her young age.

Even if she isn’t well versed in swordplay herself, Philia could at the very least understand just how great the abilities of the girl who guarded her life were.

Therefore, although she’s confident that Shirley is strong, she just can’t see her defeating Lumiliana.

She had thought to have Lumiliana feign injury or forfeit the match, but that wouldn’t have worked at all.

First of all, the entire purpose of the duel is to defeat the best the Empire has to offer in order to get them to give up their claims… To compare it to an adventurer’s work, it’s like defeating the boss monster.

If they didn’t do that, the legitimacy of the result could be challenged, conversely, it would be hard to challenge the result if the strongest warrior in your nation was soundly defeated. It was necessary to prevent the Empire from being able to protest the result of the duel.

The other issue is a sort of curse passed down the lineage of the Regnard noble family that Lumiliana belongs to.

The House of Regnard has been a family of knights since time immemorial. They have always had an uncompromising and diligent spirit, which in part is due to the compulsion of the magical trait that runs in their blood.

There is no way to dispel such ancient magic, passed from generation to generation as far back as anyone can remember. It’s usually a great boon when it comes to training and studying, but right now it was disastrous.

It’s incredibly difficult for her to fight against the magic, even if it was to save Philia’s life. That said, if Lumiliana were subjected to a priest’s 《Sense Lie》magic, they’d find that wasn’t the whole story.

It was because of this that Philia didn’t want Lumiliana to participate, but before she could do anything to prevent her being chosen, Canary had suddenly appeared in the Empire and…

――――”That little lady from the Regnard family will do just fine, no? So long as we defeat her, the rest of them are just worthless small fry.”

After being toyed with by Canary yet again, there wasn’t any way they could resist when Albert personally appointed Lumiliana as the Empire’s champion in a fit of anger.

Even if Canary is supposed to be working with her on paper, in reality, she probably has some vested business interest in this entire crisis, such as expanding the Adventurer’s Guild into the Empire. Even so, this kind of marketing campaign is really poorly timed.

“If it’s come to this, then there’s no choice, Your Highness. Let’s believe in Shirley-sama.”

“…I’m sorry, Lumiliana. I wish there was something I could do to help…”

“If I have to choose between my future career and the princess’ happiness, I will pick Your Highness every time without fail.”

Even if she’s not happy with the situation, for Lumiliana there isn’t a single good outcome she could possibly have from her battle with the sharp-eyed swordswoman.

She didn’t want to worry her, so she tried to keep her emotions concealed, but Philia’s face still cast a dark shadow.

She’s doing her best, but the princess is still only seventeen years old. She lacks experience and power, she has already lost a huge number of things important too her because of her own shortcomings. Now that the very future of her best friend was at stake, it was even worse.

For now, all she can do is hope that the Demonic White Sword could find a way to overcome the Sword Princess that protected her… Although soon, she would realize just how truly ignorant she was when it came to the great powers of the world.

“Is everything in place?”

“It has been done. They’re very old devices, so quite a lot of work needed to be done, but for now the last checks have all been completed.”

Alice nodded when she heard the answer from the servant at her side.

“You may think I’m being very underhanded…”

“It is no matter. I hardly think that she will lose to an adventurer, but it is better to be prepared just in case.”

“It is crucial for the future of the nation, after all. No matter what, my sister’s children must be brought back to the Empire.”

As she said that, Alice hugged Albert’s arm, looking up at him with a saintly smile.

When she first heard about it, she was absolutely against bringing the children of that disgusting sister of hers back to be the successors to the throne. But, she also knew full well that without an heir in place, her own position as Empress could become very precarious.

She had no choice but to endure it. She’ll even bear pretending to teach the princesses Imperial etiquette. The son of one of her followers… Perhaps she can arrange to have those two married to some fat and ugly hedonist.

“But, I’m worried. Can those children survive in the harsh world of court life… I will have to protect and guide them.”

“Oh, Alice, you truly never change. You’re such a kind and gentle soul, I will protect you no matter what.”

As she wrestled with the conflict inside her heart, she intended to not let him ever forget those words. Satisfied with Albert’s attitude as he hugged her back gently, Alice’s eyes shifted towards where the mechanisms were hidden under the stage.

“To think there were such things hidden underneath the coliseum…”

“Quite. Although it is a crude story, it seems like it was actually quite important in the early days of the aristocracy.”

There were many devices built into the arena, including snares and magical trip mines.

Historically, many of these fights had political importance and some ended up being rigged through bribery and tampering, a dark part of Imperial history that not even Philia knew about.

Although this time, it seems like the traps are going to be used against a mother trying to protect her children.

“But with this, Albert-sama can finally take another step closer to becoming the greatest Emperor the continent has ever seen.”

“Yes. So long as you are always by my side, the stars are the limit.”

The arena is full of conflicting hopes and ideals. The Empire sought to secure its own future, the Kingdom sought to protect its people and as for that single mother, the curtains were about to rise on the battle that would decide the fate of her children.

 


 

This novel has gotten very teasing lately, hasn’t it? Anyways, only two chapters remain in the second volume, but they’re pretty damn long so it may as well be four chapters left.

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59 comments

  1. ..Philia, you must learn the truth of the true power of the Silver Haired Loving Mom.. not that I need speak of it at all.. the emperor and Alice will have their just desserts soon enough in 24 hours. But still.. to think that an empire who could find two children has such a weak information gathering system.. the fact that they dont know of the fact that their opponent singlehandedly annihilated a Semi-Immortal Dragon Lord and an army of monsters.. and her other feats.

    It just goes to show how lacking this supposed world power is. Had they known if Shirley’s true exploits. They wouldn’t even have dared to try and kidnap Shirley’s children.

  2. Ohh. Thanks for the chapter. Good luck in translate next 2 chapter. I cant wait, more like i cant sleep before i read this novel out. So i hope tomorrow will out same like today. If you cant… please tell us, so i can go sleep. 😁

    1. Tomorrow’s chapter *should* be on time, but the final chapter in this volume is HELLA long, probably the longest in the series so far at a glance, so it might be late. I’ll do my best though (´・ω・`)

  3. Only 2 chapters before this arc ends, I’m getting excited. So we will not see the empire fall in this arc, it seems. Good grief, don’t let the empire suffer anymore, kill the emperor and empress.

    Thanks for the chapter

  4. I think the fight will continue even after all trap have been triggered and Shirley came out victorious by slight margin just to shut those empire maggot. And if they still want to cheat or do others underhanded thing, consider their life forfeited (if they still alive, perhaps they will receive heavy sanction from other countries)

    1. Considering that she’s a semi-immortal, traps meant to deal with mere mortals are but minor annoyances to Shirley. She wouldn’t even spare it a thought, with how ineffective it would be on her.

  5. Thanks for the daily updates! The empire and empress are clearly underestimating Shirley, and Alice is as gross as ever, alreadying thinking of horrible plans for her nieces. It will be funny when both of them see Shirley in her best glory. Can’t wait!

  6. Poor Lumiliana. May she survive this with only a few scrach.

    And hopefully those pathetic Emperor and Empress will taste the bitterness of their loss and punishment.

    Thx for the chap.

  7. So, there are magical traps. They better be more potent than the ancient dragon’s mana connection to the earth, else it’s just useless crap. And as I’ve said last chapter, Lumiliana truly is arrogant and ignorant. The empire truly has no saving grace. Somebody should drop several atomic fission and fusion bomb on them.

    1. Lumiliana is the one who most correctly guessed Shirley’s strength. It’s the princess Philia who didn’t, instead thinking her personal knight is too strong.
      Don’t worry, both are wrong, just Lumiliana is a little less wrong.
      I hope my gibberish is understandable.

    2. Rather than arrogant and ignorant, I’d call her confident and naive. She doesn’t boast of anything she cannot do, but she just hasn’t ever faced anyone from outside of the Empire before. On top of that, it’s not Lumiliana who thinks Shirley will have a hard time, it’s Philia, Lumiliana just wants to cross blades with her…

  8. In the middle of the fight:
    ” Let me show you why i got the nickname ‘White mama demon’ lately in the guild. (Proceeds to cut the coliseum in halves just like the falling leaves back in training)”
    Everyone in the kingdom @0@

    1. This might be considered a spoiler, but the dialogue mentioned between Shirley and Canary, you know, the one talking about the CASTLE. What will actually happen is… well, quite cheat/broken/common-sense-raping. Anyway, read the next when it’s out. Might want to use the toilet before, depends on your funny bone.

    1. Yea, you would need a cleaner, or in this case an abnormal/above normal swords-woman with a good pair of eyes. Remember the magic the empire used first to try to take the girls? Or the high ranking dragon with seemingly infinite mana?

  9. For now we only know that, it’s all the usual, the empire is cheating for “noble” causes, also they are all underestimating Shirley, and lastly they got ugly hearts/minds. Canary also has some plans, and this should include the CASTLE she mentioned.
    Let’s look at the positive side. The cute daughters can finally get to see the (stupidly high) level of their (bear) mom. What better opportunity than the occasion to defeat and/or humiliate an entire nation? They asked for that, don’t think badly of mama bear!
    Oh yea! Thanks for the chapter!
    The next chapter is the one we all need, want and cry for.

  10. It’s funny how they plan to use hidden traps against a clairvoyant… If I had to guess, the only thing those traps will serve is as a hindrance to Lumiliana, their own champion, and as a scandal that will only throw shame upon themselves. After all, in the end they can’t claim that the other side cheated when it’s their own arena, in their own nation and they know full well that it was set up by there own people.
    Plus, considering how childish the emperor is and how poison tongued Canary is, as well as Edward’s wisdom, there’s no way they can talk their way through it and turn white into black or something…

  11. I was confused during the conversation between Lumiliana and Philia. It took me a while to get what was going on and I just went, “OH! You guys ACTUALLY think you have a chance at winning??? LOLOLOL”
    Well I guess it’s not surprising since one is a princess that doesn’t need to fight and the other follows her around all day. They probably haven’t even seen an actual dragon king who ch explains why they still don’t know the difference in power

  12. … How does Philia think Luminiana has a chance when she knows Shirley soloed a Dragon King…?

    Seriously! Have some common sense you dumb princess! Does stupidity run in the family!? >.<

        1. You have that backwards, Philia uses common sense to asses the situation and Shirley’s strength reaches well beyond THOSE limits. Besides, Philia has NEVER been outside of the Empire before, how can she possibly know about the beings out there whose strength defies common sense?

          1. The mere fact Shirley defies all common sense should be enough indicator Lumiliana could never beat her.

            Shirley soloed a Dragon King, seriously, this kind of thing should be impossible to accept as true, yet Philia knows it’s true… Shirley defying any notion of Common Sense should be all she needs to know she’s invincible.

  13. Wow. The Imperials way underestimate to a high degree. Guess nobody taught them to research opponents. Also, could Alice get any worse as a character?

  14. Thanks for the Chapter!

    When will they notice that that Thot empress deceiving them?
    Can’t wait for her Head to roll down.

  15. Chappy o arigatai~.

    Wew, a total length of 4 chapter from 2… really need some popcorns as there’ll be so much salt from how Shirley defeat Lumiliana even if there’s such traps in the colosseum.

  16. Hehehe~~ Why not let your hand slip and cut down the castle “accidentally”?
    I’m pretty sure that since Canary have been around for 1000 years she definitely knows about the mechanisms on the arena and is hopping to make it clear to all that the Empire was trying to cheat and decrease people’s trust on the Empire, the impact will be greater since the one who is fighting is someone that holds the trait of the hero!

  17. Is popcorn ready yet?
    Since author seem to like FATE a lot, I think this is time for some Anti fortress NP and some “Misfired” collateral damage. Excusucalibarrrrrrrr!

    Or some intentional target one like Lily’s “Calibarrrrn” to the crotch.

  18. Does anybody have a feeling that Canary maybe an otherworlders or something.
    And I also feel that the traps is a joke from Canary from the past.

    1. An otherworlder with her personality who took a thousand years to setup a maid cafe?

      Swems a bit of a stretch, unless she was a different person early on.

  19. Albert needs a woman who’s weak. That way he can feel superior when he solves her problems/protects her. Shirley was weak when he first met her but then she evolved into someone who made him feel inferior.

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