Ookami-heika no Hanayome [Chapter 43]

Cover page: “Beautiful stormy rain playing around with the
bride–!” Narration: “Cyan sky. White clouds. Clean wind. In the courtyard, at
the corner of Koukyuu, a sparkling picnic <- dubbed by Yuulin, is currently
underway.” Yuulin covers her eyes from the sparkling ladies around her. Narration:
“There are some who rides the horse driven carriage to go see the hill. There
are those who take strolls among the flower shrubs. There are also those who
spread out the woven mat and started a tea party to chat with others.. What
everyone does is quite graceful. –And, at their opposite side, I..and Haku
Ruka, together with Han Kouju, enjoy at the same time. The noble ladies would
come in twos and threes to our side to give their greetings. ..And, they would
quickly run through a glance at me from up to down. There are those that show a
very queer expression. There are those who lightly sneer at me. And, there are
those who had this arrogant [/looking down at me] look. I feel really
uncomfortable.. ..everyone, your hearts, saying out, ‘THIS is the doted queen consort
of the Wolf Majesty!?’ is leaking out..!! *The ladies are muttering in disbelief
and is that how it is* even if they didn’t straight-forwardly tell me…
Although when I go to the government affairs room, I am already used to being given
this kind of look. *the officials who saw her for the first time would have a ‘huh?’
expression* In order for His Majesty to evade marriage, he had exaggerated my
beautiful appearance so everyone thought that I’m an absolutely beautiful
person.. *dark* ..although in truth, I’m only just a working queen consort who
got kissed by His Majesty and it got treated that it was nothing at all..! How
lamentable. *tsk* What!! Obviously, his nature is only that of a smiling
harmless Puppy Majesty. *gloomy and thinking* That person, towards this thing, because
he is acting as Wolf Majesty, so he wants to say that he is already used to
it!? *fuming* I’m just doing my role with such integrity that I was able to
live up to now!! I don’t have experience, so what about it!! *teary-eyed* Although,
although it is only an accident, I also hasn’t been fired, so it is quite good.
..it is good. *blushes* And it is still no good!” The other ladies wonder what’s
going on with Yuulin. At the royal court, Reishou darkly asks Ryu Gikou what
had happened with the east side canal’s dike. Gikou tells him that the material
isn’t enough but Shukushu[宿州/Shuku province] has already guaranteed to level it— After
some more discussions, Gikou ends his report. Reishou says good work and
continue to give him [information] later on. Just as Gikou is about to leave,
he calls out to Reishou. Reishou asks what it is. Gikou replies, “Regarding
increasing the members of the harem, when you are interested, *smiles* please
come and get in touch with me at any time.”
Later on, Reishou gloomily asks Jun what was that just now,
the topic suddenly became about introducing some girl. Jun sighs and says that
Gikou thinks that for His Majesty to be in a bad mood for no reason at all, it
is possible that he quarreled with the queen. Reishou comments that Gikou is
quite meddlesome. Reishou recalls Yuulin glaring at him this morning with that
suspicious look. Reishou says that the more he wants to cherish, the more he
cannot do it. Jun asks again what had happened. At Reishou’s office, Kouren
arrives and tells him that he brought today’s letters. Reishou tells him to
leave it at that side. Kouren informs him that according to the diplomat of
Sogyoku, Haku Ruka’s husband would be arriving in a few days. Reishou comments
that he really wants her husband to quickly leave with that willful, rash,
having fun guest. Seeing Kouren looking at him, Reishou asks him if he has any
objections. Kouren says no, he only thinks that from the start, Ruka..even if
she seems like freely undisciplined but actually, she is always observing other
people’s reactions..she’s a very reasonable[/intelligent] princess. Reishou
looks thoughtful. Back at Hakukaen, Yuulin is sitting under a parasol with
Kouju. Seeing the other ladies looking at her, Yuulin sweatdrops and thinks
that even from faraway, she is being watched as if she is some rare beast. She
is glad Kouju is at her side or else, it would be quite hard to stay at this
kind of place. She looks at dazzling Kouju and thinks that she’s really cute.
Taking out her brush [pen] and paper, starry-eyed Kouju asks her what was His Majesty
like when he went out today – nice, lonely or crude? Yuulin thinks that even if
she cannot quite understand this side of Kouju. Ruka arrives and tells Kouju
that those ladies at the side wanted to discuss with her regarding her new
work. [fyi, Kouju is a writer of love novels, usually/mostly about Yuulin and
Reishou] Kouju excuses herself. Then, sparkling Ruka invites her to go boating
with her at that side. Yuulin says okay. Yuulin thinks that no matter which
side she is seen, she is quite strange [/out of place] here.. On the boat, Ruka
says that the banquet before is always being held like this for so many times. “My
[older] brother, that is His Majesty’s father, was king at that time. At the
harem, the concubines would everyday contend for beauty and glamor in order for
the moment of capturing the king’s attention.” Recalling that Chou would always
tell her about it, Yuulin says that it is definitely a very magnificent sight. Ruka
asks if Yuulin cannot imagine what it is like because the king deeply loves,
only her. Yuulin says that it isn’t so.
Ruka replies, “The love story between the king and queen
consort really makes people envious. Fufu, but, I’m also very interested on the
other side of the story regarding the ‘Wolf Majesty’s Queen Consort’ *Yuulin is
puzzled* ‘Playing around with the king to enjoy favors from him and would mess
up with the imperial palace’ There’s unexpectedly that kind of rumor, saying
something about ‘the Harem’s Akujo[wicked woman]’. The day before yesterday, I
have received a letter that has this kind of contents which was mailed to me.
*That is the handiwork of Keitaku and his men, and Yuulin looks aghast* Honestly
speaking, while at my country’s side, I had more or less had heard of this kind
of rumor..” Yuulin is shock for what the heck was that. She nervously swears to
Ruka that there is absolutely no such thing. Ruka says that’s right, of course
she also knows that it is just some nonsense slander. “But..you, should ought
to know right? Outside the harem, no matter who, thinks, ‘As the king, who is
above people, should marry a woman who is in accordance to his own status to
become the imperial concubine’, ‘As early as possible, reorganize the order of
the harem’ that type of thing. And, regardless of status and upbringing, those
who can be called as ladies who are suitable to be at the king’s side can
immediately be prepared to enter the harem. ..you, too. It is for the best that
you also prepare your heart for no one also knows until when the king’s love
would continue.” Yuulin gloomily thinks that this is spear of the husband (His
Majesty)’s blood relatives towards the disapproved wife (me). “Yes, as the aunt
of His Majesty, she also considers the need of a more proper queen consort.
*pain in her heart* Ah, but, like this, I should properly do my work (acting).”
Yuulin replies, “(That person is an unattainable person) Thank you for your
worry, Haku Ruka. But, I fundamentally know that I’m not someone who has
suitable status. (But, I want to be the person beside him) Always until now,
until the future and forever, it won’t change. This heart that will support His
Excellency. *Ruka looks surprised at Yuulin* (Lie. Perhaps it is acting but I
fundamentally am not an expert in that).” Then, they hear some noise at the
shore. The ladies are blushing in disbelief for His Majesty has arrived. They
wonder if the rumor that the purpose of this gathering is to choose a consort.
They hope to capture the king’s glance here because after all, against THAT
KIND OF GIRL, they can.. Riding on a horse, Reishou asks the waiting ladies
where Yuulin is. They tell him that she is boating at the pond with Ruka. They
wanted to show him the way but Reishou already left.
At the shore, Yuulin calls out to Reishou and says that she
didn’t hear that he is coming there. Reishou tells his aunt that how come he
wasn’t first informed about this. Ruka says that it is just a relaxing
gathering between ladies. “I think that a change of mood is good for Her
Highness. *Reishou dismounts the horse* Also, please, Your Majesty, you must.. together
with us, have a look at the outside view. If you have time, it is a kind of
pleasure, right?” [Wolf] Reishou darkly says, “..really?” Ruka and everyone
look nervous and stiff. Yuulin thinks that the ambiance had become abnormal.
Walking towards Yuulin, Reishou tells her to prepare to go back to the harem.
Yuulin tells him that the picnic is not yet over and it isn’t easy for her to
be invited so how can she just leave midway.. Yuulin thinks that if she leaves
right now, it would seem like she is running away. Then, she glances at Reishou’s
lips. She remembers it so she blushes. She looks away and says, “Why don’t you
also just enjoy yourself to your heart’s content? (since you always have this
kind of thing..)” Timid Reishou glances at Yuulin’s rebelling look. Pouting
Reishou says that it turns out that she is still bothered by that incident
[accident]. Blushing Yuulin denies it and says that topic is already over
earlier on. The other noble ladies wonder what those two are talking about, are
they quarreling, a tragedy in the making, and is this their opportunity. Wondering
what’s up with that glare, Yuulin insists that she doesn’t mind it at all.
Reishou asks her why she is having that look. “Even if you said that the topic
is already over but if you are angry then there’s no meaning to that
resolution.” Yuulin says that is why she’s saying that this topic and right now
has no relation so don’t bring up the past. Reishou says, “But, you obviously..”
Yuulin interrupts by saying, “-for me, what happened a few days ago, is NOT AT
ALL A BIG ISSUE so I already forgot about it! *looks away and ignores him*
Right now, I’m being taught by Consort Ruka regarding the harem. So please let
me finish my responsibility up to the end.” Scowling, Reishou mutters, “..finish
responsibility..huh..” Realizing that he used a low tone of voice, Yuulin
becomes nervous for it is over because he is totally angry. Reishou suddenly
grabs her and kisses her on the lips. “Do as you wish. ..use this (kiss) for me
to let you off[/forgive you].” Turning to Ruka, Reishou says, “I had finished
speaking with my flower. ..continue on with your chat, aunt-sama.” Ruka and all
the ladies are blushing, staring and mouth-open in surprise. Ruka thinks, “Ahhhh..geez.
The stage that I’ve intentionally prepared has gone to waste in just a second!
He won’t even give a look at the other girls. ..geez, such a troublesome
nephew.” Feeling dizzy, Yuulin blushes in shock. Narration: “While the working
queen consort is doing her best to stand up and not swoon[/faint], from a far place,
Han Kouju is immensely moved.” Holding her brush and paper, blushing and
teary-eyed Kouju shouts, “Just now! Just now, I! [I] saw love..!” Narration: “And,
a nearby spy is currently exploding in laughter.” Dai laughs, “Bwahaha (Your
Majesty, it is really quite too much, [being] like that–!!!) Bwahahaha”  
Comment: Hehe,
and Yuulin got another kiss and this is no ‘accident’..a stolen one =P Good
job, Reishou ^^ It does seem like an unintentional reward for her devotion to
him in how she answered Ruka earlier. It was really good and sincere that I think
somewhat moved Ruka. It is also kind of a reward for bearing with those other
ladies belittling her. In the end, it isn’t about suitable, compatible or
whatever, it is because she is the one he loves ^^ Though, they don’t know each
other’s real feelings for each other. ^^;; It does seem that among the
ministers, Kouren has a deeper relation with Reishou that he can give
insightful comments/subtle advice. Of course, it helps that Kouren isn’t
interested in his own interest and rivalries with the others. From the looks of
it, it seems that Ruka wants to expand Reishou’s harem without his consent
especially since like what Yuulin thinks, she doesn’t quite approve of Yuulin. It
does seem that gossips are an important factor in this series. Of course, the
ending scenes of Kouju and Dai is quite funny ^^ Scans by 狼陛下汉化组
Quote of the day:
A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when
words become superfluous. ~ Ingrid Bergman

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