Stranger’s Handbook – Chapter 49

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Chapter 49: It Looked like Bed-Wetting, but it Wasn’t

 

 

For a 30+ years old guy like me, something like this to happen was……

With trembling feet, I got off of my bed and confirmed the disastrous scene.

 

A ‘world map’ was spreading out on my bed.
Is this really bed-wetting?….It’s strange….The position is a little too high, isn’t it?

The spots on the sheets were at the level of my chest, and, frankly, I can’t really pee from there.

 

I incidentally looked at the area where the pillows were, only to see a trembling Toto, down on her knees.

“Morning Toto. What’s wrong?”

(Good morning, Dad. I’m really sorry.)

 

…….Now I get it.

“Is it that you wet the bed?”

I approached her and asked as gently as possible.

(Yes….I’m very sorry, Dad.)

“I understand. Be careful next time, okay? Good, let’s go take a bath.”

 

Once I brushed her hair lightly, her smile returned at once…..This absolute simplicity was Toto’s best trait.

Cheerfully, we entered the bathroom and I washed her clean.
Lately, it became normal for us to take a bath together, and she seems to enjoy the bathing.

 

We left the bathtub, and as I was drying her hair, a maid came to summon me.
It was a call from the Emperor, so I couldn’t make him wait.
Hurriedly, I made the preparations and followed after the maid.

I was led to the same conference room as before; it seemed I wasn’t the only one who got summoned though.
Bea and her parents were already there.

With the four of us present, his Majesty made an appearance too; we stood up and bowed deeply, then we took a seat again.

“Well, we should start without delay. I heard that the situation has changed, but what did change exactly?”

His Majesty was showing a hearty smile.
My master was winking at me……So, I am the one who should do the talk, huh…..?

“About the spiritification, it seems that Bea and I did it together. The spirit itself has confirmed this.”

Toto was nodding in agreement.

“And in this case, Bea and I, we both should go independent and form a new household……As for her Majesty, the princess, I fear that…….”

“Presumably, after I confer you the duke title, I make her marry you?…..So, it’s up to me to agree to an imperial marriage……..”

“Yes, your Majesty.”

The Emperor nodded in understanding.

In short, with the marriage of an imperial princess comes the right to the throne succession as well.
The relationship between us would surely strengthen, but at the same time the battle for succession would be pretty steamy as well.

After I get invested with a new title, I should consider giving up the rights for the succession.
It’s rather complicated, choosing the best solution.

 

“I understand. First, Zest and Beatrice, you two are going to form a new Duke Household.”

 

……..What?

 

“A Duke Household?”

The duke title is only given to members of the Imperial Household or their relatives.
It’s not like the duke title was never given to a vassal household, but it was never done so in the Grun Empire.

 

“Our Grun Empire was revived by the hero from those ancient times. Naturally, the Imperial Household has Japanese roots as well. Therefore, since you’re Japanese too, there’s no trouble in making you a duke.”

 

……….And that’s what he answered.

 

“The descendant of the long gone ancestor and the daughter of an empire’s retainer have achieved spiritification. It’s a just cause for the empire to accept our titles of duke and duchess…….Is it so?”

“Right. I would have been a bit worried if you were alone in this, but since Lady Beatrice from the Frontier Count’s Household is part of the story now, you won’t run away to another country, and I won’t be concerned about a domestic conflict either. This being the case, I will only take you two in as a relatives.”

 

Your Majesty, you are too frank.
Yes, it is indeed essential that Beatrice is part of the story now.

The spiritification is also the Frontier Count’s Household’s feat.
If it were my achievement alone, a revolt or rebellion might have occurred.
Now, with the Frontier Count’s Household present in this matter, worrying about revolts is futile.

The reason is rather simple.
It’s because, even using the spiritification as a pretext for causing a rebellion, the chances of success are nonexistent.
To begin with, if the Frontier Count’s Household betrays the empire, it would actually mean the end of it.
And now, they even got a spirit to their side.

They are indeed trustworthy, but his Majesty can only do one thing to solve the problem.

 

 

“I’ll say it clearly. I’m not pleased with this decision, but I’ll have to ask you to take Tsubaki as your concubine.”

 

 

His Majesty lowered his head.

 

“Ple….please stop, your Majesty!”

We all stood up in hot haste to make him stop, but the Emperor wouldn’t raise his head.

“I won’t say you have to do it right away. I’ll also give Tsubaki detailed instructions as to not bother the two of you too much. As for the next emperor, it’ll most likely be my son, with your and Tsubaki’s child being next in the line of succession. If we don’t do this, the empire will surely fall into pieces.”

 

His words were heroic, but tragic.

From the start, the Frontier Count’s power was too immense, therefore the empire was barely keeping its balance until now.
And with this turmoil lately, the Emperor got a little too much to handle; did he reach his limit?

 

“Urm…..Does her Highness, Princess Tsubaki, want to become Zest-sama’s concubine?”

After being silent for a long time, Bea asked.
The Emperor’s body swayed a little.
Yes, her voice just now was indeed frightening.

“Beatrice, I understand that you don’t agree to all this, but will you please try to endure it?”

Master said, with a slightly trembling voice.

“Eh? Try to endure it? I actually think that it’s pretty normal for nobles to take concubines, and if Zest-sama could marry Princess Tsubaki, it will also give him great honor and prestige. What are you asking me to put up with?”

(Dad, Mom really thinks this way.)

 

…………….So that’s her answer?

The conference room fell silent.

The Emperor raised his head slowly.
Your sweat, you’d better wipe it away, your Majesty.

“Beatrice, do you really approve of this marriage? Isn’t it unpleasant for you?”

My mother-in-law asked gently.

“Yes. It is not decided that I will be able to give birth to a son, so it’s only natural, isn’t it?”

Bea was in fact stunned that we kept on asking her about this.
…….She’s a noble, without any doubt.

 

 

I let out a long sigh.

I wasn’t the only one though.
Apart from Bea, everyone let out a sigh.

 

Hey you, don’t you dare to say no now, all right? Look at the situation, okay?

Everyone, but Bea, was looking at me insistently, saying that with their eyes.

“Your Majesty, I thankfully accept the terms of this discussion.”

I didn’t know what else to say except for this…….

 

 

Since we were about to become his relatives, the Emperor asked us to follow him.

 

Bea and I followed after the light steps of the Emperor until we entered the imperial family’s residential area.

For everything to become official, his Majesty must announce it to the world first.
But inside the residential area there were no wondering eyes, so we were told to feel at ease.

The Emperor seemed to feel released as well.
He was all smiles.

 

 

“I’m very happy to meet you, Beatrice ane-sama (1). I am Tsubaki.”

Beatrice ane-sama…….
Since Bea was an only child in her family, she surrendered in an instant.

If we do get married, Bea will indeed become Tsubaki’s older sister.
There’s no mistaking it.

But to say it with this precise timing, Princess Tsubaki sure is extremely determined.
Just to be sure, I’ll have to be more careful around her……

 

 

Princess Tsubaki was drinking some black tea, while looking at Bea and Toto playing together.

The ones ‘interviewing’ me were the Emperor and the Empress.

“I was so worried. She seems all right with everything, doesn’t she?”

“I couldn’t even sleep, thinking that Beatrice will turn us down…”

You two, you really didn’t need MY opinion on this matter, did you?

“As for you, as long as you didn’t hate Beatrice, you wouldn’t have opposed it, am I right?”

………..Was it that obvious?

 

 

Tomorrow, an announcement about the spiritification will be made from the palace’s terrace.
Princess Tsubaki’s marriage and our conferring of the duke and duchess titles will be also revealed.

After all, it was about an imperial princess’ marriage.
Normally, in case the princess was not to become the official wife, such a thing would have been impossible.
However, since the official wife is a heroine who managed to achieve spiritification, becoming a concubine is inevitable, so everything should be all right.
It can also indicate that the empire is supporting the ones who gave birth to the spirit.

 

 

 

We spent some more time chatting and then ate dinner together, before we returned to our rooms.

I decided I had to go rest earlier than usual, since tomorrow was bound to be a busy day from the start.

And so, it was settled that I would become a duke and I’ll marry Princess Tsubaki; finally, this day full of shocks will come to an end………

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Zest-sama, I made a big mistake this time………….”

 

 

 

 

 

In the morning, I the words of a maid woke me up.
I was dumbfounded for a moment……..I didn’t do anything, really!

 

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(1) Now, I had to choose between the English version ‘older sister-sama’ and the Japanese version ‘ane-sama’, so I chose the Japanese one (similarly to ‘aniki’/older brother in one of the beginning chapters). If you think the English version is actually better, tell me and I’ll change it ^^


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30 thoughts on “Stranger’s Handbook – Chapter 49

  1. So basically the Frontier Count Household was the only real power in the Empire all along. I wonder what kind of trouble it will be this time… Thanks for the chapter!

    1. That’s a given, when there is the only household which protects empire from outside threats and has a lot of military power, prestige and most powerful mages in empire. The moment they defect to other country the empire will fall, and also the moment they simply abandon empire and create their own kingdom, the empire will have to do everything to be on good terms with them, not to be attacked.

    2. Sounds to me that the counts house is not ALL powerfull. But so dangerous because of their few powerfull playing pieces. Strong magicians and the smaller but stronger black nights. I feel like they are not strong enough to easily take over the empire but would have a shot of it.

      1. I was thinking along those lines as well. But I’m more curious about how a spirit was able to wet the bed in the first place, I mean her true form is a book…

      1. Maybe, but in the end for spiritification you need supply some inanimate object with huge amount of magic power and “feelings”.

        I wonder how strong was the hero from the past that did spritification

  2. So the main heroine is a Yandere, beaty, daughter of the most powerful household AND she allows him to make a harem….?
    Zest, you lucky bastard.

  3. If he really does marry her and this turns into a harwm… its a shame but ill deop this series. Since i know hiw japanese people write harems. And frankly they write the exact same harem every fucking time. God dammi. And here i was hoping that for once retarded shit like this would nt happen in a good series. Le aigh. Besides bea being happy or fine with it means she really doesnt live zest that much. True love is nonplatonic and a huge sense of desire. Being fine with sharing him isnt true love. And if she really thibks that it shows how shallow her love is. Zest ad well. And thats the reason wh i fucking hate chinese and japanese harems written by males. Because the are unrealistic and just a guys pervert fantasy with nio rounding in realty

    1. She grew up as a noble. I think that she’d be fine with him having concubines as long as it’s for a political reason. After all, having many wives to ensure that a noble has an heir would be common knowledge to her.

    2. Don’t go deciding on your own that true love requires 1 on 1 devotion and that there can’t be more than one. That’s an opinion, not a fact, don’t state it as a fact. True love differs from person to person, being all pretentious like you are right now is disgusting. If a man can love more than one person and if the woman can accept other people loving him, how can you decide that it’s not true love? That their feelings are weaker than those who are possessive and clingy as fck? It’s another kind of love, not any less true or strong than the “pure” one on one love. You just think that this is the case because you’re raised on modern earth where ONLY monogamous relationships are approved of and exist, because nothing else works in our modern society.

      You’re welcome to have your own opinions, but don’t go around pissing on other peoples fun and for gods sake, stop stating that you will drop it if this or that happens. You think people here care? This is not even the authors site. You’re a leecher, who cares if you drop it? It might’ve had greater weight if you actually bought the book and would stop buying them if it happened and you reasonably stated your opinions to the author, but you’re just complaining because you’re dissatisfied. Stop insulting people and their novels just because you don’t like it and can’t understand the charm of it. I wonder why people feel the need to mention their reason for disliking harem novels here, yeah, we know that shallow people who doesn’t realize that harem novels and these monogamous relationship novels are two different things that focus on different things, just comparing the romance of the two shows how much of an infidel you are, especially since you only mention the good part about monogamous relationships and the bad part about polygamous relationships. This is clearly not going to turn into a harem novel anyway, a yandere is known to be supremely obsessive and never share with anyone, since the author already stated she is one, there is seriously no need to worry about it, if only you used your brain to think a bit.

      Oh, and please… for the love of… JUST LEARN PROPER ENGLISH. Write the words properly and in the correct way instead of headbanging the keyboard like you are clearly doing right now. It’s a pain to read.

  4. Hello everyone! ^^
    I had to say something, since many of you are worried that SH will turn into a harem novel.
    IT WILL NOT! ;D
    Or at least, that’s what the author said. He specifically mentioned that this is a ‘no harem’ novel (it’s also one of the reasons I picked it up)…
    So, let’s just wait and see what happens, ne?

    1. You know just two women automatically doesn’t make it a harem. When it is more than 2 women fhen it is a harem. So, maybe you misinterpreted author’s word?

      -Will you rest of harem hater guys will keep quiet? I hate harem too, but not if it’s done right. MC doesn’t have a harem, he got himself a concubine because of the situation he was forced into. If the romance slowly developed and we still have our lovely dovey moments. I am completely fine with it!

  5. …This feels like a forced reason to justify a harem!! I mean, no matter how you look at it, the power imbalance between the imperial family and the Frontier Count’s household has been there ALL ALONG, so why worry about it NOW?? If it was going to be like this, how come no princesses ended up marrying the Count’s household in the past?? So ridiculous!

    I think that, in general, it’s extremely sad that so many LN writers out there think the harem theme is more appealing than monogamous relationships. Yes, we read fantasy to read something different from reality, but it’s very clear that people fantasize about harem waaay too much.

    In reality, jealousy is always present, even if subtly, in any polygamous relationship; just because the parties involved accept the circumstances doesn’t mean they are genuinely happy and most of them wouldn’t prefer to have a monogamous relationship.

    In fiction, harem stories are usually more superficial with their characters and their development than stories where a monogamous relationship is explored. Before one wonders what the readers will like best in terms of themes, it makes more sense to think they’d prefer to read something that’s better written… Is what I’d like to think, but the authors clearly disagree with this point of view. *rolls eyes* I really might drop this later unless something intriguing plot-wise arrives soon!

    1. Hahaha, I’m really happy to see that many readers hate harems as much as I do…..But I assure you, this is NOT a harem story! ^^

    2. In reality, most authors can’t write proper romance anyway, so the relationships will be shallow no matter what happens. On the other hand, it’s weird how people think that harems are impossible and that monogamous relationships are always the way to go. Consider the time period and world setting and you’ll quickly realize that it’s actually a place where modern earth values and morals doesn’t apply, at all. Concubines are everywhere and polygamous relationships are widely accepted as the norm for nobles. That mindset that they grow up with will also change how they react to harems, to the male having several women that he loves and therefore also the jealousy. If you think it’s normal and natural, it won’t necessarily cause as much jealousy and possessiveness as you may think.

      This is a novel, it doesn’t have to adhere to reality and its limitations either. If they say that all the girls are happy and love the mc, that’s true and there won’t be any great hidden jealousy. They won’t be happier in a monogamous relationship. They are genuinely happy, the girls get along with each other and share the same man. I think it’s wonderful in its own way. At the same time, monogamous relationships are also great, but I hate it when people completely considers one or the other as trash due to their biased opinions and narrow viewpoints nurtured on modern day earth… Let go and don’t use strict morals for fantasy novels.

      You have your point of view, other people also have their own, don’t go saying all harem novels are trash and authors are idiots for writing it when whether it is a harem or not has NOTHING to do with the novels quality. You just think that’s the case because you dislike harems and avoid them like the pest, it has nothing to do with the actual quality of the novel and writing.

      If anything is sad, then it’s people like you who can’t accept anything other than your own preferences and then go ranting about it when there’s clearly indications that there will NOT be a harem, possessive yanderes do NOT allow harems, they’re incompatible with the idea of sharing. Novels with monogamous relationships and those with polygamous relationships CAN’T be compared on the same level. They value different stuff. Having a polygamous relationship opens up a lot of different possibilities while writing, such as the relationship between the girls and how they support each other, how everyone interacts and how they can keep a peaceful relationship, amongst other things. Monogamous relationships on the other hand focus more on the pure romance aspect where one single character is developed deeply. Harems tend to focus less on deep romance and more on other things, that’s also why it’s often a great choice for comedy. Neither is more inferior than the other, it’s just different flavors with different content. Why the fck do people always have to crack down on one or the other instead of realizing that they shouldn’t be compared like this at all?

      Please, just leave if you’re going to whine about how you want to stop reading unless some stuff that you like happens. Nobody cares, just go if you’re going to, stay if you’re going to. Don’t get all pretentious while ranting about it as if you’re lamenting over the poor quality of the novel that other people clearly enjoy. It’s a serious killjoy.

  6. Sigh… I’m really sick of these harem hating comments, especially since they’re so obviously unfounded. They clearly stated that he will take her as a concubine and that she’ll be instructed to not interfere much. That means it’s all for show. So many people seem to think that it’d turn into a harem, while clearly his yandere wife would not allow that. That princess is his concubine, that’s fine, but anything else than that is not going to be acceptable and the mc will not try that either. Why are people assuming that just because she became a concubine for show, it would naturally turn into a harem?

    I wouldn’t mind either way, but it’s so damn obvious that it’s not going to happen. Then a lot of people are anxious anyway and start commenting about dropping the novel if this or that happens, which is about the most annoying thing a commenter can do, whining about the progress of the novel and that they will drop it if it doesn’t go their way, because no one cares, they should just drop it, it’s just like dropping a bucket of cold water on everyone else who are reading the comments, then they also start ranting about their own opinions while calling other works trash just because they don’t like it. It’s so freaking obnoxious and quite offensive.

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