Aurora Capital Ols was a city permeating with a sweet scent that sometimes felt cloying.
Outside its magnificent city walls was a long line of carriages coming from the Austine Empire, Knight Kingdom Pendor, and Country of Scholars Brolne. Through the carriage windows, one could see excited couples leaning on one another as they relished in the breathtaking scenery. Delighted chuckles could be heard every now and then.
The nobles from the Austine Empire still showed some self-restraint, but those from the more liberal Pendor and Brolne openly hugged one another, some even going a step further. The scent of hormones was so overpowering that one could almost see a slight hint of pink being carried into the city with the breeze.
There were just two carriages in the queue that looked so out of place that it was impossible not to stare at them.
If the others were embraced by a lovey-dovey atmosphere, those two carriages were covered in a dark aura of resentment. It felt like something bad would happen if one were to get involved with them.
One of these carriages was guarded by brown-cloaked guards. An auburn-haired woman sat on the coachman’s position, fiddling irritably with the reins. The maid sitting next to her let out a helpless sigh for the umpteenth time.
The other carriage was guarded by white-cloaked guards. It was being driven by a golden-haired woman, who glared at the magnificent city walls with razor-sharp eyes.
Half a month had passed since Nora and Charlotte received that taunting letter. They had mobilized all of the trustworthy subordinates under their command and rushed to this city of lovers as fast as they could, even sacrificing their rest for the sake of it.
Charlotte brought her personal maid, Grace Cadin, with her.
Nora dragged with her the subject she favored for his merit in relaying the live broadcast of her kiss with Roel to Alicia, Bishop Philip.
Other than that, they also brought their elite followers with them, numbering over a hundred people in total. It was quite a formidable procession that could be easily mistaken as an army… or rather, it was already an army.
Under normal circumstances, it should have been impossible for Nora and Charlotte to arrive ahead of Roel and Alicia, especially with them bringing an army along. However, they managed to pull it off by implementing an insane work schedule of resting once every two days.
Part of the reason why they were in such a rush was because they wanted to get Roel back as soon as possible, but at the same time, they wanted to make it in time for the Eirbower Dukedom’s famous Blessing Festival, which was just two days away.
The Blessing Festival was also known as the Aurora Festival and Spring Festival. It was the most lively period of time for the northern region during the year, a little similar to the Spring Festival in Roel’s previous life.
This festival signalled the thawing of frost and the revitalization of nature. Farmers would finally be able to get to work and grow their crops. The aurora would also appear every night during the festival.
Celestial events like auroras were irregular in nature, making it impossible to determine with utmost certainty when they would appear, but the Blessing Festival was an exception to the rule. The aurora would appear every night of the Blessing Festival, possibly due to the dense congregation of mana in the sky.
Of course, these technical details were of little importance to the tourists, who simply thought of the Blessing Festival as another Valentine’s Day.
Tomorrow night would be the grand Spring Eve Celebration that promised a night of wild entertainment. Nobles that had come from far and wide would gather at the Blessing Square to watch the aurora and receive Sia’s blessing before marching off to fulfill the noble mission of creating new life.
According to the legends, babies who came into existence after witnessing the aurora would be bestowed with Sia’s blessing. That was also one key reason why the northern region became a prime honeymoon destination. In fact, anyone in the northern parts of the Austine Empire whose name had a similar pronunciation to aurora, such as Areola or something, was likely to be born after their parents had a wild night here.
It was kind of similar to how people said that December babies were the product of their parents having a steamy Valentine’s Day.
As ridiculous as the claim that a child would receive some kind of buff for being born on a specific day, couples in their honeymoon phase weren’t particularly known for being bright either. The truth was that most did bear skepticism toward the legend, but it was enough that couples were willing to buy into it.
A huge array of pregnancy medicine was being advocated by street side vendors along the streets of Aurora Capital Ols. Charlotte’s face turned crimson out of sheer embarrassment, and she turned to Nora and exclaimed incredulously.
“Just what in the world has your church been teaching? It’s almost as if the aurora has become a symbol of fertility that magically produces children!”
“This has nothing to do with us. The church has already warned its believers against such superstition. It’s nothing more than lies propagated by the Eirbower Dukedom to fleece tourists.”
In comparison, Nora looked much calmer despite all of the procreation-related terms shouted by the vendors, but even she looked a little awkward in such an environment.
Knowing that it was meaningless to question Nora about this, Charlotte clicked her tongue before looking away in derision.
As Charlotte said those words, she began reaching for her purse.
I-I mean, I know that they are clearly rumors, but darling is here in this city too! What if we need it tomorrow night? It’s better to be prepared, right?
B-besides, having our first time under the aurora night sky… doesn’t sound too bad.
With a gulp, the red-faced Charlotte shot a glance at Grace, who immediately caught her drift. The latter alighted from the carriage with a knowing smile on her lips and headed toward one of the vendors.
Our young miss sure is adorable.
Meanwhile, Charlotte and Nora began discussing the specifics of their ‘capture operation’.
“Darling will be arriving in this city within the next two days, I can swear on my name as a Sorofya!”
“Mm. It’s clear what that woman has in mind by bringing him here. Well, it’s also good in a way since it disproves the claim that she’s expecting his child.”
Nora raised her head and gazed deeply into the distance with her sapphire eyes as she added.
“Tomorrow, at midnight, they’ll be at the Blessing Square. We’ll intercept her there.”
“That woman will be a tough opponent, but our goal here isn’t to defeat her but to snatch darling back. With so many of our men combing the area, there’s no way she’ll be able to avoid our detection!” said Charlotte with clenched fists.
The two of them were confident about their plan.
They headed toward St. Phil Hotel, the most luxurious hotel located at the heart of the city. Under the accompaniment of their aides, they claimed their room keys and parted ways.
“Let’s hope everything will proceed smoothly.”
Charlotte looked at the key with a tag labeled 303 in her hands as she headed upstairs together with Grace. She was intending to cast another divination spell to check on Roel before resting up for the next day.
Meanwhile, at the counter, an adorable but dignified boy walked into the hotel together with his beautiful maid. He retrieved an obsidian token from his robe and shook it in front of the dazed receptionist.
The receptionist snapped out of his daze and hurriedly apologized.
“Room 302. I made a reservation half a month ago.”