After the Second and Eighth Armies returned to the capital, they were each given
two days of vacation. However, I got summoned by the King.
I’m currently kneeling and lowering my head before the King. He enters and sits
on the throne.
“Viscount Patrick von Snake, raise your face.” Prime Minister Bendrick
I look up now.
“If this had continued to stay hidden, it would have turned into a large problem
for the Kingdom. You showed good judgement in discovering and reporting the
issue. Therefore, you will be given a reward.” King
“Prime Minister, please read the inventory.” King
“First, Viscount Patrick von Snake is appointed to the rank of Count. Second,
the remainder of former Viscount Harter’s territory will be given to Count
Snake. Finally, Count Patrick von Snake is awarded the rank of Lietenant
Colonel. That is all!” Prime Minister Bendrick
“Thank you for this kindness, I will continue to devote my power to His Majesty
the King and the people of the Kingdom.” Pat
The King nodded at the proper response.
“Also, Patrick. This is a reward from me, personally. Take it.” King
The Prime Minister brings me a small wooden box.
“Yes, your Majesty.” Pat
“Hm, good work! Also, you have yet to submit a family crest? I had something
drawn up for you, enjoy it!” King
The King grinned as he left the audience chamber.
Oh, I’ve been targeted. I’m sweating inwardly from the stress.
When I got out of the audience chamber I sat down on a bench in the castle
courtyard and opened the lid of the box.
“What is this?” Pat
I was looking at a snake-shaped bracelet in the box.