Maria Kudan .
I am king’s oldest daughter, with my younger brother Arc as the next king .
In other words, you could say I am the most powerful woman!
On this occasion, I have traveled incognito to the territory of Helan .
When I say incognito, it is because that, after hearing that the hot springs in Helan had a beautification effect on skin, I definitely wanted to enter; however, I do not think it is well for a country’s princess to follow trends so easily .
Though I ended up not being able to wait and came anyway .
It was right for me to come .
My skin is silky and I felt healed by the scent of the flowers .
What a great hot spring .
While I am incognito, I do wish to give thanks to Kururi-san, who services the hot springs .
My mother and brother have also been in his care, so it’s only natural .
Hm, just as I heard, the scent of flowers remains on your body even after exiting the hot spring .
If it’s like this, the trip back should be comfortable .
“Head to Helan-dono’s mansion . After giving my thanks, we will return to the royal capital . ”
“Understood . ”
After the servant replied, the carriage made it’s way toward the Helan mansion .
The feudal lord came to greet me, but he’s awfully astonished .
Well, I am the most powerful woman, so it’s the natural reaction .
“I wish to give my gratitude to you for taking care of my mother and little brother and to Kururi Helan for his hot spring . ”
“Um, Kururi is currently at Ronshu waterfall for the development of a summer resort .
Even though you came yourself, I am really sorry princess . ”
“No, it’s not a problem .
Well then, I will come again at a later time to greet Kururi-san . ”
“There’s really no need . However, we will welcome you at any time . ”
“By the way, what exactly does the development of a summer resort entail?”
“I’m sorry .
While it is embarrassing, I don’t understand the things my son is doing all that well .
Um, I believe it was, the waterfall is a power sport, no, a power up, no, that’s it, he said something about it being a power spot . ”
“P-p-p-po, power spot!?”
Whoops, I almost couldn’t hide my unrest .
“W-what is that?”
“Sorry . I don’t really understand myself, I think Kururi said something about sacred mysteries and your fortune improving . ”
Sacred mysteries!? Fortune!?
“…Confirmation of the territories of our country is an important role of royalty .
I will, in addition to touring your territory, will to go the waterfall and greet Kururi-san . ”
“E- but, there aren’t any easily traveled paths such as a highway though . ”
“I do not mind . This is a good chance to learn of the people’s troubles . ”
“Aah, then I’ll get someone to guide you . ”
“Thank you . ”
“KURURI-SAMA!!” ”KURURI-SAMA!!” “KUURUURII-SAMA!!”
Ronshu waterfall is an extremely huge waterfall .
A servant came by on a fast horse, he yelled a few times in a loud voice and I finally noticed his existence .
“WHAT IS IT!?”
“THERE IS A VISITOR FROM THE ROYAL CAPITAL!!”
Even though we’re standing right next to each other, we’re yelling with all of our might .
“I HAVEN’T HEARD WHO IT WAS, BUT!! THIER HAIR IS CURLED!!
THEY SEEM TO BE VISITING INCOGNITO!! THE LORD TOLD ME TO INFORM KURURI-SAMA!!”
Hn? Curled hair? Who is that?
“KURURI-SAMA!! SURELY IT MUST BE A FAMOUS MUSICIAN FROM THE CAPITAL!! IT’S PROBABLY AN EXPRESSION OF GRATITUDE FOR THE HOT SPRINGS!!”
One of the fifty workers that I brought for development work called out to me . He is, naturally, also yelling .
“WHY A MUSICIAN!!?”
“IT’S NOT ONLY MUSICIANS!! AMONG THOSE WHO ENGAGE IN THE FINE ARTS IN THE CAPITAL, CURLING THEIR HAIR IS IN FASHION!!”
“OH, IS THAT SO . BY THE WAY, WHO ARE YOU!!?”
“MY NAME IS LOTSON!! NORMALLY I’D BE WORKING IN THE FIELDS, BUT WHEN THERE’S THIS SORT OF TEMPORARY JOB, I TAKE IT!! BY THE WAY, I WAS ALSO THERE AT THE TIME OF THE HOT SPRINGS EXCAVATION!!”
“OH, I HAVE A FEELING YOU WERE THERE!! YOU WERE THE GUY THAT WORKED REALLY HARD!!”
“No, not at all . ”
“WHAT!!? I CAN’T HEAR YOU WELL!!”
“NO!! IT’S NOTHING IMPORTANT!!”
“If it’s a famous musician, then father will deal with her, it’s not a problem . ”
“WHAT WAS THAT, KURURI-SAMA!!? I COULDN’T PICK THAT UP!!”
“NO!! IT’S NOTHING!!
THE SURVEY HERE IS ALREADY DONE EVERYONE!! WE’RE GOING TO THE NEXT SPOT!!”
I was worried whether they could hear me due to the noise of the waterfall, but it seems to have reached the back by verbal message .
“It seems we will be reaching the waterfall soon . ”
The servant gave me an explanation during their guidance .
I must confirm just what kind of thing a power spot is with my own eyes .
Ronshu waterfall .
When I come to approach it, I notice that it is extremely large .
The sound is too loud and the sounds from the surrounding are completely erased .
The spray flies around densely and makes it very easy to breathe .
This is a power spot?
Is something going to happen?
Or perhaps it is already happening?
Although somehow, by standing here I feel like power is boiling up within me .
Is this perhaps power!?
Let’s close our eyes for a bit and feel it .
The servant seems to have yelled out a few times in a loud voice, but I didn’t notice at all .
Surely, this power spot was controlling my will!
Power spots are amazing .
“FROM THE NEARBY VILLAGER’S WORDS!! IT SEEMS THAT KURURI-SAMA HAS ALREADY LEFT THIS PLACE!! HE SEEMS TO HAVE LEFT TO THE NEXT DEVELOPMENT LOCATION!!
WILL WE FOLLOW HIM!!?”
“No, I will stay here for a bit longer . ”
“HUH!!? WHAT WAS THAT!!?”
“I WILL STAY HERE FOR A BIT LONGER!!!
BY THE WAY, WHERE DID KURURI-SAN AND THE OTHERS GO!!?”
“THEY HAVE HEADED TOWARD KIRI LAKE!!
SOMETHING ABOUT SPIRIT WATER!! THEY SEEM TO BE HEADING THERE WHILE CHATTING AMONGST THE GROUP!!”
Ooops, my agitation was almost seen through .
“WH-WHAT COULD THAT SPIRIT WATER BE!!?”
“UM!! USUALLY IF WATER IS TOO CLEAN, FISH CANNOT INHABIT IT, BUT!! IT SEEMS THAT THE WATER IN THAT LAKE IS CLEARER AND CLEANER THAN ANYWHERE ELSE, BUT IT SEEMS TO HAVE A WIDE VARIETY OF FISH LIVING IN IT AND IS LOCATED IN A SECLUDED REGION !!”
“IF WE CAN UNDERSTAND THE SECRET OF THIS WATER, IT MIGHT BE OF HELP TO OUR NATIONAL INTEREST!! WE’RE GOING IMMEDIATELY!!”
“Kururi-sama, It seems there is a villager that wants to make a report . ”
Lotson called out to me when I was inspecting the lake .
There is a villager in waiting behind him .
“WHAT IS IT!!?”
Whoops, I accidentally yelled in the same way as at the waterfall .
“What happened?” I asked in a gentlemanly manner .
“It’s the waterfall that Kururi-sama and the others were just surveying, but it seems a woman of a troubled expression was standing stock-still . It could be a suicide… . ”
That’s inconvenient . Over there is a main feature of the sightseeing route .
If any strange rumors sprout it’ll be bad .
Thanks for coming to inform me .
Here, this is for thanks . ”
“Thank you very much . ”
I’m thankful for this type of information .
It’s better for later on if I don’t spare anything in thanks .
I paid a silver coin to the villager for an information fee .
“Kururi-sama,” Lotson-san called out to me .
“That waterfall’s unbridled nature is its greatest appeal . However, couldn’t the amount of people feeling fear due to the noise be on the higher side?
If we constructed fencing and the like it would be hard for an accident to occur; also, more people would be able to enjoy sightseeing with a peace of mind . Furthermore, if you placed a manager or such, those seeking to kill themselves wouldn’t approach . ”
“Yeah, that’s good . Then let’s go make fencing at a later day .
Lotson-san’s kind of amazing, huh .
In the past, did you study something?”
“No, I am a man that has only performed farm work . The manager, if you’re fine with my younger brother, I can have him come by tomorrow . ”
“Well then, I’ll leave it to your brother . Everyone, we’re going to the next spot!”
“We should arrive at Kiri lake shortly . ”
“I see . ”
Right after a power spot is spirit water, huh .
Just how far are you going to let me enjoy this .
“Guhehehehe . ”
Oops, how improper .
Kiri lake, a beautiful place isn’t it .
While there are trees surrounding the lake, the sunlight passes through gives a sense of peace of mind .
The lake doesn’t have a single wave, allowing the calm surface to spread out .
While a very wide lake, because it doesn’t have any undulation, you can see well into the depths .
Well then, how would one use spirit water .
Perhaps, as expected, you drink it .
I went ahead and took some in my hands and tried drinking it .
“It’s delicious! I think!”
I wonder what a fish that lives in water like this would taste like .
I looked back and the servant was out of sight .
Seeing that Kururi and the others are gone, he seems to have gone to get information again .
Fun . Even without a servant, I am the most powerful woman .
I can catch something like a fish with my own hands!!
I take off only the clothes that would absorb a lot of water and lightly stretch .
Return to surface to breathe!
Dive underwater once more!
Approach the fish like an inorganic substance, a single chopping attack aimed at the gills!
“Fun, how easy!”
“Miss—! What, what, just what are you doing!?”
The servant that had just returned went into a panic .
“I wanted a bit of fish, could you please prepare it?”
“Sure, I don’t mind .
However! Princess! Please stop doing such things . At the time that something had happened to you, it would already be too late . ”
“I’ll be careful from now on . ”
“Ah, good .
Also, I have gained information on Kururi-sama and the others .
It seems they found a place to build a villa and are headed to Totapail’s hill”
By the way, perhaps that location has a special anecdote-”
“…In the past, a child that had fallen ill was cured of his after spending a night on that hill, .
However, this is merely at the level of a rumor . You can’t really believe such a thing . ”
“I understand .
We’ll go immediately . ”
“M-miss, perhaps you believe in it?”
“Of course not . ”
“Kururi-sama, a villager came again . ”
“What could it be . ”
Lotson led me to a villager that wanted to inform me of something .
“It’s about the lake Kururi-sama and the others had been inspecting just before, but the children were making a fuss that a woman was drowning . There aren’t many stories of people drowning in that lake, but please be careful . ”
It seems things aren’t going well for me today .
Thanks for the report . Here’s the tip . ”
“Thank you very much . ”
“How troublesome, I wanted to use that area for swimming . ”
“Kururi-sama, I have another plan . ”
“Nn, please do tell, Lotson-san . ”
“That lake is certainly clean and easy to swim in . However, the deep areas actually come to be thirty meters deep . At this depth, it would be easy enough for an accident to happen .
Additionally, even during summer, the edge of the lake grows cold .
Since it is a lake with many types of fish, why not go ahead and make it exclusively for boats and have guests enjoy fishing?
By the way, my little sister is skilled at swimming; if you left the management of the lake to her, you would be able to almost eliminate drownings .
If you’d like, I could have her head out starting tomorrow . ”
“Yeah, Lotson-san is amazing as I thought . Let’s go with that! I’ll leave the management of Kiri lake to your sister . ”
“Thank you very much . ”
“Would it be alright to go ahead and have Lotson-san be the manager of this villa location?”
“Thank you very much . I humbly accept . ”
“I’ll be in your care .
Well then, let’s leave .
Everyone, we’re ending it here today .
After receiving your wages, you can go ahead and leave . ”
“There was a lot of stuff today that wore me out, but Lotson being here really saved me . ”
“No, I’m extremely thankful that you trusted a job to my brother, sister, and I . ”
“Not at all, now I have a feeling that the summer resort project will go well . ”
“Ah, Kururi-sama, in front . ”
On the path back, we caught sight of a man with the an artisan’s appearance . As Lotson-san said, his hair was curled .
The carriage was luxurious; the visitor from the royal capital is this person without a doubt .
“I’ll go and give a greeting . ”
“No, it looks that he’s relaxing after getting out of the hot springs . If Kururi-sama calls out to them, the other side will have to humble themselves . In this situation, we should simply see them off so that they will be able to leave comfortably . ”
“That’s true . As expected of Lotson-san . ”
“No, someone like me doesn’t deserve such praise . ”
After returning home, having worked hard all day, I wanted to rest immediately, but father ambushed me .
“Kururi, from the royal capital-” ”Ah, I just saw them . the other side was also heading back, so I didn’t hold them up and just gave a bow and saw them off . ”
“Ah, I see . That might be a good judgement . No, to Tou-san, it was a hectic day . ”
“Nah, this side was also quite difficult . ”
“Now that I think of it, apparently a savage was seen beating down a bear with only their hands, but were you okay?”
“Yeah, I didn’t meet them . There are some amazing people out there .
Tomorrow, I’m going to Ronshu waterfall to lay some fencing . I’ll leave the funding to you . ”
“Hoho, you’re earning a lot from the hot springs after all . Go ahead . ”