RW Chapter 176

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Chapter 176 The answer at the bottom of one’s heart

The hot air balloon stayed in the air for around half an hour. Afterward, it slowly came to land in the castle courtyard.

 

When the basket of the balloon landed, it attracted the attention of all the other witches who had surrounded the waiting Nightingale one after another, and by now nearly all of the members of the Witch Alliance had gathered together in this place. Scrolls who had recently returned, from the City Hall had even run the whole way back. When she had arrived after taking a worried look up at the sky, as if she was afraid that a huge balloon would drop from it, she immediately requested to be informed about the situation.

 

The moment the Prince had climbed out of the basket, Scroll and Wendy immediately went over, bursting into a lecture, advising him again to not put his own life into so much risk. The Prince, however, defended his behavior using the novelty of the toy as an excuse and flipping the topic around at them. Nightingale who felt that the situation was actually quite funny and was on her way up to meet them, suddenly felt how her heart turned stiff stopping instantly in her place.

 

She’d seen the overflowing joy within Anna’s eyes when Roland had helped her out of the basket, staining her cheeks with a slight blush. Her flax colored bangs was skewed to one side, with the aid of a small hairpin which reflected the silvery within the sun.

 

Nightingale recalled how he had polished a piece of silver during the time when he was at the factory, guiding the blacksmith on how to operate those heavy machines.

 

Had His Highness personally made this hairpin?

 

Soon the other witches began clamoring that they also wanted to take a tour on the balloon, and like that the balloon began to rise again, this time with Anna and Nana standing on board.

 

Nightingale, however, stood outside of the crowd, staring at the hot air balloon, seeing it become smaller and smaller.

 

In her mind there was only one thought, Anna’s face, brimming with a gentle smile.

 

Usually, Anna’s face would always show a calm and neutral expression, rarely exposing any other type of expression. During her journey to the Witch Cooperation Association, within those large cities Nightingale had met many people displaying a similar smile.

 

So, she knew what it meant, it was clear that His Royal Highness and Anna had not only simply taken in the scenery up in the sky. Even though Maggie and Lightning had still been around, making it impossible for them to take it to the last step. But as long as the idea came up even once, it would become difficult for them to suppress it again. She suddenly felt like a piece of her heart had become empty.

 

Although she had thought that she had made her decision long ago, having to see it turn into reality, Nightingale discovered that she was far less prepared for it than she had ever imagined.

 

Wanting to be alone she went to a corner and leaned herself against the wall to sit back down, watching everyone with a disturbed look, while her head was a complete blank.

 

When the hot air balloon had landed once more, and Nana had stepped off of the basket, Leaves immediately seized the opportunity and climbed into the basket.

 

When Nightingale came back to herself, she discovered that Roland was no longer in the courtyard, he had most probably returned back to the castle, busying himself with his work, maybe lecturing over one of his books. She also had to go back to the office, she needed to always stay at the Prince side, just as she had done in the past. But when Nightingale stood up, she found that she was unable to take the next step. She really didn’t know how she should face Roland right now, even in the case that she entered her own space so that he couldn’t see her, she still knew, seeing now his face full of happiness would only make her feel all the more uncomfortable.

 

Wendy came over after the hot air balloon had gone up and down several times, “Why don’t you go over and try it for yourself? It’s a great experience to see the town from up in the sky.”

 

If right now there was anyone else that she could not face even less than His Highness, it would be Anna. So hearing this suggestion caused Nightingale to jump up in panic and exclaim, “No, I really have to go back to the office.”

 

The moment she finished speaking she entered her fog. But after taking two step she suddenly came to ask herself, why am I using my ability in the yard? Turning around, looking back, she was just in time to see how Wendy looked all over the place with an expression of wonder on her face, gnashing her teeth, she took the next step.

 

 

After dinner, she immediately returned back to her bedroom, while looking upwards, she fell backward onto the bed.

 

Today, even until the very end, she had never shown her figure in the office. The times when His Royal Highness had tentatively shouted her name, she had only tapped his back twice with her hand, showing him that she was still there. And even when Roland placed the salty fishes she usually loved so much on top of the table, she still wasn’t in the mood to compromise, having none of them.

 

“What’s going on? What happened to you today?” Wendy also came back to the bedroom and closed the door behind her. “While I’ve seen everyone else riding on the hot air balloon, I only saw you sitting alone at the side.”

 

“It’s Nothing,” Nightingale said, turning herself away.

 

“It’s obviously that there is something going on,” Wendy sat down at the bedside, turning Nightingales’ body around. After staring at her for a moment, she continued. “I thought you understood that you can tell me anything.”

 

“… ” The latter closed her eyes, only after a long while did she quietly murmur, “it’s because of Anna.”

 

“Anna?”

 

Nightingale did not want to speak about these kinds of disturbing things, after all, this would only make feel even more petty. Since the first witch His Highness had met had been Anna and not her. But on the other side, if she didn’t speak about it, the pain in her heart it would only become stronger, and even harder for her to bear.

 

Furthermore, Wendy had always given her a lot of help when she had needed it. Whenever she was confused, the first person she always thought of who could help her would be Wendy, she had never let her down. Thinking of this, she gently held on to Wendy’s hand and began to talk about her issues.

 

After listening to Nightingales’ story, Wendy sighed, “I knew that Anna didn’t understand the importance of that matter, but you also don’t get it? The last time I had already reminded you that he cannot be together with a witch. As the King, Roland Wimbledon will need to have children to inherit his kingdom, because of this aspect, he can never choose a witch to be his wife.

 

“He will.”

 

“What?” Wendy was startled.

 

“Lord Roland will marry a witch,” Nightingale said, opening her eyes, one after another, “He had said so himself!”

 

She had wanted to keep this message deeply hidden at the bottom of her heart, but now she could now longer bear the feeling of it not being taken seriously.

 

Wendy seemed to be frightened by the news, after a while, she asked with a frown, “Are you sure of this?”

 

“Yes,” Nightingale confirmed it once more and to make it clear as she repeated Scroll’s question on that day. “When it came to the question of ‘Are you likely to marry a witch?’ He only replied with, ‘Why not?’ You know my ability, you know that I can tell whether a person is telling the truth or if he is lying, and when he had given his answer, he had not been lying.”

 

Wendy suddenly grabbed Nightingale ‘s arm forcefully. “You’re only allowed to remember this, never speak about it again, not even to any of the other sisters of our Witch Alliance.”

 

“Why?”

 

“Because he is destined to become the King of Graycastle, and what does a King without any descendants mean? Even without the Church, it would already become difficult to get the local aristocracy to support such a King! Therefore, this matter must be kept strictly confidential, you absolutely cannot talk with anyone about it! For now, all you have to do is to protect his safety. Do not forget, if he can become the King of Greycastle, or not, will also decides the fate of us sisters!”

 

Nightingale nodded her head, showing that she had understood.

 

“As for the matter that is bothering you,” Wendy thought for a moment. “Do you want to take the seat of the Queen or do you just want to stay by his side?”

 

“Of course, I want to stay with him,” Nightingale said without hesitation.

 

“Then aren’t you already staying at his side?” Wendy smiled, “there will indeed only be one Queen, but even if he ascends the throne, he will still need your protection. Do you understand what I mean by this?”

 

Nightingale just blinked with her eyes, but she didn’t reply.

 

“So, staying together isn’t difficult, what’s difficult for you is to accept the choice that you have to make,” Wendy said, “if you cannot do it, you have to give up your position, or you have to take on the next step… As for this question, what would be the right choice, only you know the answer.”

 

 

On the next morning, when Roland yawningly entered his office and opened the drawer, he discovered that the fishes had disappeared without leaving a trace.

 

TN: The Results of the Fan Art Contest


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  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter.

  • Togo

    I feel really bad for Nightingale. I like her personality more than Anna.

  • Nnelg

    Heh, we have similar tastes (but substitute Sanae for Ruth).

    Although, the one I want to see ‘win’ the most is Harumi.

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter,
    Poor girl

  • Grey Human

    Too bad that there won’t ever be second season though.

  • Psychronia

    If they would just talk to Roland-or at least tell him about the infertility bit, I’m sure he’d have the perfect retort.

    In my mind, either “So I just need to grant witches the ability to make children?” Or “it doesn’t matter since I plan to be the last king anyway. If push comes to shove, we could adopt a promising youth.”

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much!

  • Nnelg

    Yes, it is.

  • Lonewolfeslayer

    Question how does one read the raws. From the looks of it I have to pay for it….

    • leacherfag

      Just search up the original Chinese name.

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • Bryan Chan

    No Nightingale!!!
    I know this is wrong but in this case, I’m willing to make an exception… I DEMAND POLYGAMY!!!

  • Ash

    we’ve all been there bro

  • DiPz

    Nightingale!!!!! Noioohhh!!!!!!

    My heart !!!!!! Stoopppp ittttt!!!!!!!

    This chapter makes me so sad…
    …. please roland notice nightingale too..

    Roland must not prioritize Anna…
    He needs to put more attention to all the witches around him…
    Haizt..

  • Raufgar

    Thanks for the chapter~!

  • Danis

    Thanks for the chapters 😀

  • kirindas

    Technically, there’s still the second wife or concubine status even if Roland ascends to King. Get loved equally~ I wonder why that doesn’t appear in their minds.
    Thanks for the new chapter!

    • Danis

      queen is more you know …………………………………………………………………………….

  • Rico Sebastian

    Wise lecture , wendy :3

  • MangoGuy

    What if there is an internal strife due to love?

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J Ohhh I never really support harem but harem pls even if only Anna and Nightangle…

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • Chiki Amara

    My heart hurt… Oh…
    Roland u must share with veronica even as your concubine.. hope veronica accept that..

  • Akabanenabaka

    I don’t like how they are trying to arbitrarily decide things for him. Have they not realizes how Roland thinks by now, he doesn’t do things in the norm.

    • DudeForDuke

      Worse yet, they’re missing his cues. Like him telling the nobles that left Border Town to pound sand, making the plays where commoners and kings fall in love and marry, designing an army around commoners instead of knights, ect.

      It should be obvious by now that Roland intends to take the social order and the class system and kick its ass out the door. If that were the case, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think he’s not looking to father a political dynasty as King, but to change the current system. In which case marrying a witch is no big deal at all. In fact, doing so would help further his cause of fighting inequality and uniting the country.

      I know there’s absolutely no possible way for them to understand Roland as it is now because they don’t know everything about him and don’t understand who he really is and where he’s coming from, but it’s rather sad that they still have this misunderstanding about what he’s doing.

  • esya

    Damn wendy dashing off hopes left and rightm

  • Maya

    Arrrg, they should simply speak to Roland about their oppineon or rather the general oppineon of the current aera on marriage of royals. I’m sure he could enlighten them to his ideas.
    As for me I think he should introduce a system similar to the on in Dune. To pacify the masses and strengthen the kingdom he’ll marry another royal or noble lady but takes the witches (that he truly loves) as concubines.

  • Grey Human

    The problem with Harem is, it´s really hard to make it work. Because in reality, Harem is one of the major source of conflict that could cause great destruction around them(which already made into story countless time, notice how many imperial harem themed novel out there). Usually to erase the conflict, author will make the female character really flat with only small unique characteristic here and there and make them extremely tolerable toward their spouse who x-timing them and other “Harem member” who sleep with their hubby every other night, which is in most case make no sense at all.

    From my observation, the only way Harem could work and somewhat make sense is by making the women bound by duty and/or have outstanding love toward one another. By Duty, you could see the example in almost all imperial harem genre. The women who have accepted this burden by their family were sent as sign of their loyalty toward the monarch. Usually there is only minimal conflict in this kind of setting, until more than one women have some agenda to heighten her/her family position in the Country, that´s when the blood bath begin. As of outstanding love toward one another, when i said toward one another, i mean everyone. Which means every single “Harem member´s” (sisterly,friendship)love toward one another is as big as their love toward their husband or even much bigger. The last one is the hardest one to pull, because in that setting, you need a lot of sensible backstory and heartwarming moments between each everyone of the girl. Just imagine the number of chapter we need !

    P.S : The male feeling is irrelevant, because in the end he will get trampled by all of the women who agreed to be his wife and get stressed out about how to appease each and everyone of them without being unfair. XD

    • Lemon_Blade

    • Nnelg

      I’ve seen the latter done before. *looks at avatar…*

    • Deman Bloodx

      Just buy a big enough bed for all the harlem member to sleep together.

    • Farhan420

      actually, the latter shouldn’t be that hard to achieve. because most of the witch association went through a lot of dangerous times together and the newer members will have to go through the same since i can sense more than a few battles ahead. so, a strong sense of camaraderie between everyone.

  • Uz3r013

    How much you wanna bet that the “devil’s bite” is the reason why witches are unable to have children. and now that their bodies are no longer being damaged or stressed by the backlash they will be able to have kids.

    • Deman Bloodx

      We will know by next winter if Anna is pregnant or not.

      • Wrandral

        Wow hold your horses there they only just kissed, given how Anna and Roland are i don’t see them going further for a long while ( especially considering how much work there’s to do and how many danger roam around)

        • fahmi hasan

          lol, just i just read the latest chapter (479)

      • fahmi hasan

        Next winter is Roland’s marriage to Anna

        • rl

          You damn spoiler

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer and KitKat!

  • Kuq Ku

    I want to give Nightingale a hug, Ill give you this mountain of fish, hugs Nightingale!

  • Gege

    Even if the witch could not have children,Roland still could have marry witches (Anna,Veronica,who is next) and also marry non witch so that he could have children (maybe the merchant lady?).
    A King can have more than just one wives,right? I see a little bit of resemblance of Genjitsu (other kingdom building novel) with this. Roland is Souma. Anna is Liscia. Nightingale is Aisha. Etc… (Echo is Yunma? Scroll is?Wendy is?

  • Herloct

    ~Because he is destined to become the King of Graycastle, and what does a King without any descendants mean?~

    Pfft, Roland would just bring FREEDOM and DEMOCRACY to this barbaric land

    • Cless

      Actually, Democracy is harder to control. So, at least for now, when the crowd isn’t educated yet, it’s risky for the country’s stability

      • Herloct

        Yup, that’s why he started the compulsory education and also started recruiting more commoner to town hall/officials/army.

    • Ash

      he needs oil

      • Herloct

        Well, looks like there is oil in echo n iron axe’s homeland in the south

  • phyrigia

    i think what wendy said to Nightingale is right.. Roland probably can marry Anna but would his people agreed with that if he finally become a King? Unless he can change how his people thinking, then they might not agree. The church doctrine have been too long be there. Not all people gonna change believer easily. I think Wendy is smart! And of course without Wendy, Nightingale would go with the hating route which wouldn’t be good.

  • FTxCerber

    I really hate Wendy poisoning Nightingale’s views. Who said he could only have one wife? Who said Roland cared about such crap? He sheltered witches, who was known as outcasta and shunned by all! He even dared to go against the church!

    And yet he would suddenly care about such petty things? He is going to fucking destroy the monarchy!

    • Rahmahdi Adi

      No wendy did not said riland can not have multuple wives she just said that roland can not marry witches because they believed can not be pregnant
      I hope roland will find the cause and silve that problem

    • Thien Trinh

      Uhh no. As far as I know, there can only be one Queen. You can have as many Royal Consort, Concubines as you wanted, but only one Queen. That is what Wendy was trying to tell Nightingale. If Anna is the Queen, then anyone else must settle for something else.

  • MangoGuy

    Atleast Roland is not taking the dense route.

    • Kudou Taiki

      Ture!, Thank you author!

  • MOHLT

    Alternative version: Anna forgets to heat up air, ballon drops to the ground and this happens: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0779557cc523c320a93fead57cc497fce1129130b5ed2b6a34492d81bcf91fda.jpg

    • Sherrynity

      “What a sad version.”
      **grab the camera**
      **rapid shot on naked Anna**

  • Wrandral
  • mllhild

    [Teaser]
    Now shit is gonna hit the fan. If Scroll freaked out then what did the rest of BorderTown think when they saw the Hot Air Balloon.

  • DudeForDuke

    The LNMTLs are truly horrible – the only thing I can struggle with more than reading them is how people could/can read them. They are so bad, in fact, that Google Translate literally does a better job of it.

    (Seriously. If you don’t believe me, you can see for yourself. Just copy and paste a short paragraph of the raw Chinese version from LNMTL into Google Translate. ~80% of the time you’ll get a more accurate and understandable translation.)

  • DudeForDuke

    [Teaser]
    Considering how motherly Scrolls and Wendy are, I wonder if Roland is about to get told off about how much he made them worry (bonus points: he technically did to to impress a girl, too). After all, THEY don’t know hot air balloons are quite safe.

    …Or maybe they’d be upset that they weren’t the ones in the basket with him? Oh-ho-ho – will the harem grow?

  • Kuq Ku

    I think romance is important, it gives the character more depth, you can feel his romantic spirit :P, its not very often and subtle, he might stare at Anna, in that moment shes the only one there, the shape of her neck, the way her hair may fall across her face, its tender and sweet. Then we are drawn away from that moment into what needs doing 😛 and its not some bedroom foreplay aww.

    The Author inserts romantic moments here and there. Nightingales flushed excitement at hearing of Rolands declaration about marrying a witch, her dreams which was lovingly supportive, with a touch of yearning and hope, so near yet so far, those moments make you invested in that person even more than you were, you want for them to have a happy ending that they envision.

  • Santa Yindeewong

    I wish I could read chinese so I can just read the raw. The level of this clift is too damn high!!! Thank you for translation..!

    • Grey Human

      Tell me about it

    • DudeForDuke

      “Yindeewong, your Chinese is excellent! We’d gladly hire you as an interpreter.”
      “Thank you, sir. Looking forward to working with you.”
      “Just, out of curiosity, how did you become so proficient in Chinese?”
      “Oh, that? I wanted to read ‘Release That Witch’ and couldn’t wait for the Chinese-English translations.”
      “Y-Y-You don’t say…”

      • Santa Yindeewong

        YEA That would be awesome wouldn’t it.

    • Алексей Пугач

      For this story, Google Translate is pretty decent. Apart from messed-up names, the rest is easy to read.

      I guess it’s because there aren’t any cultivation terms here

      • Santa Yindeewong

        Thanks you!! I will try it out

  • Rico Sebastian

    Nightingale and roland can’t do romance in the sky
    What a tragedy XD

    • Raufgar

      Nightingale & Roland can do one better, with her space…

      • Rico Sebastian

        it’s not romantic at all XD

        • Exp(ifIwouldn’tforgetpassword)

          How so they can literally do it anywhere on land in the river (in theory) and remain unseen, as long as they remain in contact, though our yandere could dropp him in the midst of a crowd in his birthday suit.

        • Lemon_Blade

          its enough

        • mllhild

          but convenient and fun for exhibitionist play.

      • icicle

        will she be able to kepp her concentration up whilst in the act in order to remain in the space

  • Joshua Nusbaum

    the finally crossed the bridge… i wonder if nightingale will as well.

    • Fuannai

      Probably once he becomes the king. As of now, Roland is still faithful to Anna and ignores other women.

      • john delacruz

        Too bad, no harem in the genre.