“Considering your sword skills, you’ll be the most reliable guardian.
That’s certainly a fascinating suggestion, but that’s not it.”

After shaking his head a little, Ludwig said something unexpected…

“I want you to be a general.”

“What? Me? You want me to be a general?”

As expected, Dion also opens his mouth in shock at Ludwig’s words.

“Let me explain.
I work in the Golden Moon Ministry, and I have connections with the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
But unfortunately the military, that is Black Moon Ministry, I have no influence over it.
For what Her Highness wants to do, I, a civilian is not enough.
She needs allies in the military department.
And not just any allies.
She needs someone who has the ability to achieve what she plans she has in her heart.”

“For that reason, do you want me to work my way up to the very top and help her from there?”

In a sense, what Ludwig was asking him was more difficult than being an imperial guard and putting his life on the line for Mia.
For Dion, who has no interest in career advancement and thinks that politics is a pain, this might be a bad idea.

Now that you put it like that, that sounds to be fun too.”

Nobody was more surprised by those words other than Dion himself.
He couldn’t believe what just came out of his mouth.
However, the more he thought about it, the more it made sense.
If he was to wield his sword and put his and his men’s life on the line, better to do it for the Princess than for some braindead noble.

“Well, anyway, it doesn’t make sense to say anything else for now.
There is no guarantee that we will be able to survive and return safely from the forest, and there is no guarantee that this conflict will be resolved peaceful – Hey! What are you laughing about?”

He raised his eyebrows at Ludwig who was chuckling.

“No, don’t mind me.
It’s not a big deal, I just find all of this amusing.”

“That Her Highness will surely fix this mess and that I am just wasting my time worrying about it? Is that what you think?”

“There is that.
But more importantly, it seems that you, Captain Dion, also thinks that way too.”

When Ludwig pointed it out, Dion was surprised.
Indeed, he certainly did not feel anxious.
He just thought that it was because he has confidence in his sword skills.

Was I also thinking that so long as I leave it to Her Highness everything will turn out fine?

Dion laughed.
The thought of it was both amusing and also vexing.


The secret talk of this night will be a renowned event that appears in the history books in the future.
Later, the prestigious Chancellor Ludwig and the General Dion Alaia, will be known as Mia’s Four Heavenly Kings.
It was the first encounter of the two men who will devote their lives for Mia.
It will be a friendship forged through adversities, but it all began on this fateful night of secret talks.


Author’s Note:

By the way, I think Anne is one of Mia’s four heavenly kings.
The last one is still undecided…

And it goes without saying that the weakest person is not one of the four heavenly kings, but Mia herself who leads it ….

That was the story.


Translator’s Note:

Why is the author bullying Mia so much…

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