Three days passed and it was now Saturday.
Cardinal Boutier canceled one of our lessons.
I didn’t hear the reason behind it, but her attendant, Natalie, personally came to Juliette Palace to deliver the message.
I believed she was dealing with the issue of the Sword of Wisdom from the Flaming Star being offered as the winner’s prize for the Great Clearance of Demonic Beasts.
It wasn’t bad for me.
We could make the lesson up at a later point and it was better the less contact I had with Christelle and the Imperial Prince.
“You have nothing else on your daily agenda except for going to take confessions in the afternoon, your highness. In addition, your monthly dignity maintenance allowance and salary have arrived so I have placed them in the safe.”
“I understand…… Excuse me?”
My voice automatically went up after hearing about this for the first time since transmigrating into this body.
‘I have money?’
“Dignity maintenance allowance and salary?”
“Yes, your highness. I informed you about it the morning after you arrived.”
Benjamin respectfully responded while standing on the other side of the table.
I tried my best to recall the events of the day after my transmigration.
However, all I remembered was eating well during my meal, eating well during snack time and burying my face in my notebook.
My ears must have temporarily shut down because I was too shocked after transmigrating for the first time in my life.
‘How did I miss such important information?’
“I frequently…… I frequently receive money?”
“Yes, your highness. The Imperial family deposits 1 million francs every month for your dignity maintenance allowance and another 1 million francs for being a priest working in the Imperial Palace.”
“So, 2 million francs a month.”
Francs are the French currency.
I thought that the French patch was only for the names of people in the Empire but the author must have cleanly made everything French, including the currency.
It made me wonder if the Venetiaan Holy Kingdom used euros.
“I am having a hard time getting a sense of how much 2 millions francs are. I believe the value of things might be very different from the Holy Kingdom?”
I naturally asked the question in a practical way. I wondered if it was about 2 million won.
The value of the currency in the novel being the same as the value of the won would have made it easier for the author to calculate things.
The only work I did here was hearing confessions, studying, eating, and playing with Demy.
I paid no security deposit, I pay no rent, the attendants take care of all my meals, cleaning, and laundry, so 2 million a month was like winning the lottery.
“Mm, mm. With 2 million francs…… You should be able to buy a luxurious residence on the outskirts of the Imperial Capital. It is unfortunately not enough for a place with a lake.”
My mind blanked out at Ganael’s response.
“If you build it yourself, you should be able to buy one near a lake as well, your highness.”
Benjamin must have thought that I was disappointed about not being able to get a house by a lake as he quickly added on.
I had no idea how to accept this.
I wondered why they were giving a diplomatic hostage who basically ate all their food so much money.
They also pay in advance, which meant that 4 million francs were currently in my safe……
But I had nowhere to spend it.
It’d be one thing if I was planning on packing up my money and hiding in a remote territory or investing in something prior to the war to put me in a position to do things as I please, but I was a hostage whose goal was to go home.
“……The Riester Imperial family is quite wealthy.”
I could only gasp in amazement. Ganael laughed out loud.
“It is not an exaggeration that his Royal Highness is called the Empire’s greatest heir.”
I nodded my head.
‘I guess the main male lead of a Romfan can’t just be tall and have a pretty face.
“Ah, is it possible for me to send the money to someone?”
Benjamin looked concerned at my question.
I immediately realized what he must have mistakenly thought.
“I am of course not sending it to the Holy Kingdom. There is nobody there to receive it anyway.”
“I wish to send it to the House of Bellang.”
Both Ganael and Benjamin’s mouths shut.
I recalled the twin attendants the assassins from the Holy Kingdom had disguised themselves as to kill me.
I sometimes woke up feeling frustrated whenever I thought about the poor Bellang twins who were murdered for that reason.
I didn’t even know their faces but how could I sleep well at night knowing that they died at such a young age because of me?
“I know that the hearts of parents who lose their children cannot be consoled with money. But…… The Bellang twins were hired for me. I know it is late but I wish to help cover the funeral costs if possible.”
Benjamin slowly nodded his head. It meant that he would proceed as I requested.
“Please send 3.5 million francs to the Baron couple.”
Ganael covered his mouth in shock. I smiled bitterly.
The money was useless to me and I would get more next month but I thought that it might be at least a little helpful for the Baron couple.
That was enough for me.
Demy silently walked over and rubbed his body at my ankle.
“How is it, your highness? We made it so that you could open the wooden window from your seat as you requested.”
“It’s perfect, Maxim. Thank you very much.”
I also told him he did a great job and the Imperial Palace’s carpenter scratched the back of his head and smiled with embarrassment.
Maxim was the one who had made the ‘The priest is currently unavailable’ and ‘Now taking confessions’ plaque for me as well.
He was friends with Agnes who works in the rear mountain of Juliette Palace.
“It doesn’t even make any noise when I open it.”
“I spent a lot of effort on the hinges. Those small details are the difference between highest-quality and high-quality work, your highness.”
He proudly explained.
I continued to gasp in amazement at the Confessional’s wooden window that Maxim had completely fixed.
‘This is why technical skills are so important.’
Maxim and the Imperial Palace’s carpenters seemed to have some down time after the Spring Ball, as they went in and out of the Imperial Palace temple the last few days to fix the Confessional.
I made a slightly difficult request of hoping that the wooden window could be opened from the priest’s side and they just asked me to leave it to them as if it was nothing.
They didn’t even seem to question whether the priest should come face to face with the penitent.
I was thankful for it.
The reason I asked for such a design was for whenever Cédie showed up.
Two days ago, the carpenters had taken off the broken wooden window and were talking to each other about how it looked as if a knife had pierced through it while the other was like why would there be a knife in here.
I had a hard time keeping a poker face on because I felt guilty despite it not being me who did it.
I made up my mind to teach that kid a lesson to not destroy things left and right when I saw him next.
“The decorative rope for summons is not our jurisdiction but the people in charge said that you need to exchange the entire rope. I believe it will take some time, your highness.”
I awkwardly smiled and responded.
I didn’t dare to say that I had the cut off part and that the rope would be like new if they sewed it back on.
I would then have to explain about the little guest who was with me as well.
“Then I will be on my way now, your highness. Please be healthy as well, esteemed divine beast.”
Maxim gathered his tools and put them in a leather bag as he bowed, making Demy quietly squeal while in my arms.
I said goodbye to Maxim with Benjamin and Ganael before returning to the Confessional.
It was time to start my afternoon task of taking confessions.
“Demy, stay with the two of them for a bit.”
I handed the red panda to Ganael, who was pretty good at holding the animal safely now, and received a full picnic basket from Benjamin.
I confirmed that the two people and one animal walked into the priest’s office and closed the door before putting the ‘the priest is currently unavailable’ sign up.
I entered the empty penitent’s side. It was not my usual priest’s seat but the other side.
It was pretty dark inside so I could not see the edges of the wooden wall very well.
I wished that I had my cellphone for the flashlight but settled for releasing my circle.
Golden aether poured out and drew a circle on the ground.
I took a short breath in and the Holy Domain shrunk in size.
“It should be around here.”
I crouched on the ground and searched around the chair the penitents sat on.
I didn’t have a big goal today.
My mind was light because it was just a curiosity that didn’t need to be resolved.
I pressed the area right underneath the chair with my foot but there didn’t seem to be any secret doors.
– Knock knock.
I knocked on it just in case as well and it didn’t sound hollow.
‘So it is not below.’
“Is it behind it?”
The Confessional was shaped with large wooden planks against the wall, so it was impossible to sneak in through the sides.
If it wasn’t from below, the hidden passage should be on the back wall.
I pushed the chair slightly out of the way and pushed on the back wall.
A scene from a spy movie I watched with Eunse flashed in front of my eyes.
There was some kind of decoration you needed to twist or pull for a door to open, but there wasn’t anything like that because this was a temp……
I heard the Confessional door open behind me. I clenched my teeth out of embarrassment.
‘There’s always someone like this who walks in despite the sign saying I am not available……’
“What are you doing over here?”
It was a familiar voice. I slowly turned around.
I remember getting this question from this kid the first time I met him as well.
“……You are walking in like a normal person today.”
Cédie snorted at my question.
His eyes were the same orange color as that of that damn Imperial Prince bastard.
I continued sitting on the ground while putting my hand up to his small forehead to check his condition.
Thankfully, he didn’t have a fever.
He wasn’t breathing heavily nor did he have any cold sweats, so it didn’t seem as if he overdid it with his aether.
Cédie sat on the penitent’s chair and quietly observed what I did without showing any reaction.
“Shouldn’t you have a partner priest?”
“Or do you already have one but you just avoid them?”
I didn’t know who he took after to not answer any questions and be so frustrating.
I had no choice but to start with easy questions if he didn’t want to answer the hard questions.
It was similar to dealing with a six year old who won’t answer why he fought against his friend but would answer if you asked what he ate for a snack.
“Did you walk in through the main door?”
“How about you stop there since I used a path you don’t know about.”
‘See, he answered right away.”
“What about food? I have some flaugnarde. Do you want some?”
“Did they starve you at the Holy Kingdom?”
I chuckled. I decided to increase the difficulty level of the questions.
“Did you tell your father before you came out?”
The boy frowned as if he heard something unbelievable.
I lowered my voice and was about to ask in detail when I heard the heavy thud of the temple door opening.
However, I did not hear any footsteps after that.
It seemed as if someone opened the door and looked inside. Cédie squinted.
“It’s okay, I put the plaque up saying I am not here.”
The boy scoffed at my comment.
I did not mention the fact that my absence sign was ignored twice already.
I removed my Holy Domain so that it would not be visible from the outside before cautiously grabbing Cédie’s elbow.
The boy’s eyes opened a bit wider as I changed the aether delivery method to physical touch.
It seemed to be effective as I could feel my aether quickly leaving my body.
I quietly started speaking again.
“Do you want to stop here for today? It’s dangerous for you because other people can come in and out”
At that moment…
The door handle to the Confessional turned. I grabbed onto the handle out of reflex.
The fact that I basically lunged at it seemed to have been worth the effort as the door thankfully did not open.
But what I was sure of was that there was someone on the other side. My heart was beating wildly in shock.
I quietly mumbled. I had not heard anything until just now.
The temple door did open earlier, but I had not heard anything……
Cédie quietly whispered. The boy’s lips clearly formed a word.
The guest outside turned the handle once again.
PLEASE DO NOT REPOST OUR CHAPTERS ANYWHERE ELSE FOR ANY REASON.
Pfft, imagine Cédric’s thoughts when Jesse asks about getting his dad’s permission.