“So that’s what you called me for. I thought you called for me for something really important. You scared mommy to death. Before mommy answers you, you have to compensate mommy’s loss.”
Vyvyan coming over was a little problematic as I expected…… Vyvyan wedged my head in between her valleys of bliss and affectionately rubbed me while moaning like she was getting addicted to the feeling. With my head buried in between her valleys, her fragrant scent blocked my nose so I struggled to get oxygen. But I can’t do anything right now as I need mom to help me come up with an idea……
She released me after a while. She then hooked her arms behind my legs and then princess-carried me. She sat down on the edge of the bed and stroked my head as she asked: “Ah….. I’ve finished replenishing my son-energy. Alright, son, tell me what you think.”
Looking upward from my position, all I could see was two mounds that looked like they were going to crash down and squash me……
I told her about it and she listened to me with a smile. Seriously, those two round mounds looked like they were going to crush my head at any moment so I didn’t even know what I was saying.
Vyvyan patiently listened to everything I had to say. She then stroked my head and answered: “Stay, son. There is no need for you to go to a dangerous place. If you are worried about the metal, we can provide you with enough of it from our side. Your human guard-unit aside, your Earth Dragon cavalry unit’s weapons have already been updated so there is no need for you to go to the desert. Shouldn’t you just stay here and fulfil your role as a husband and father?”
I looked at Vyvyan’s gaze. It felt pointless to ask Vyvyan. Vyvyan would never let me go somewhere dangerous. If I said the desert was dangerous then she might just use force to keep me here. However, Vyvyan is my mother at the end of the day so it was best that I asked for her opinion.
I would at least need to notify her or she’d go berserk when I come back.
“But… mom… I don’t want to do nothing…… I love my wives, but…… but… I don’t want to remain under your protection forever. I think that I can protect my wives and children with my own strength now……”
Before I could finish my sentence, a vine wrapped itself around my legs and suspended me upside down in the air. Before I could scream, a cold breeze surrounded me. The tip of an ice-pick appeared right in front of my eyes. It felt like it would stab into my eye if I so much as budged. It was like I was being watched by an iron maiden. I was surrounded by ice-picks with the tips pointed toward me only millimetres away from me.
The cold air and the air of death caused me to freeze up. Vyvyan stood close by. Her voice was ethereal like it didn’t exist: “Son, do you still think that you can protect your wives and children? Do you still think that you can protect yourself properly? Son, you have never been trained for battle. You haven’t even learnt the proper way to hold a sword. What makes you think that you can protect those around you? Growing older doesn’t mean that you become more capable.”
The ice-picks around me vanished in an instant. All that was left was the vine restraining my legs hanging me upside down. Being hung upside down like this makes me feel like I’m going to puke because all my blood has rushed to my head. Vyvyan stood to the side with her arms folded. In a slightly angry tone she said: “Can you come down without mommy’s help? Just a vine alone is able to trap you to death. Son, how do you expect people to not worry when you’re like this? You want to show that you’re different and you’re competent, but you need strength for that!”
The vine put me on the ground. I crawled along the ground and gasped for air. Vyvyan walked up to me and hugged me because it caused her heart to ache. She gently stroked my head and gently said: “Don’t blame mommy. Mommy doesn’t think that you’re weak the way you are. Mommy doesn’t think that you’re no good like this either. Mommy actually likes you like this. You just need to remain in mommy’s arms. That’s not embarrassing, son. Nobody in this world is capable of doing everything. Mommy is your resource. You can use mommy whenever you want. Mommy will do anything for you, so there’s no need for you to go somewhere so far. Mommy will give you anything as long as you can stay by mommy’s side.”
Vyvyan carefully stroked me as she hummed a tune softly as if she was calming down her child that got frightened. I leaned into Vyvyan’s arms and felt bitter but I couldn’t say it. Vyvyan wasn’t wrong. I was still the same even though I thought I’d changed. I thought I’d grown sturdy wings for myself, but in actuality, I haven’t changed at all.
I was having ridiculous ideas about going into the desert when I couldn’t even undo a vine around my legs.
“If you need metal, mommy will give us elves’ metal. There’s no need for you to go to that faraway place. Mommy can’t guarantee that you’ll be completely fine even if mommy can reach you any time. Mommy can’t let you leave mommy’s sight when you want to go to such a dangerous place. You’re safe here so stay here. This is your home. This is your throne in the future. There’s no need for you to go to dangerous places.”
Vyvyan released me, massaged my ankle and then added: “Listen to mommy. Don’t go to such a dangerous place.”
I knew Vyvyan’s answer. Her answer was pretty much the same as Elizabeth. However, Elizabeth’s response was more motivated by the upsetting feeling that she didn’t get to see Inard one last time, so she didn’t want to let me leave. Vyvyan who has always doted on me was even less likely to let me leave. Although Nier supported me, she was the same as Freya. They didn’t want to let me leave.
Nobody around me approved of me going. Perhaps my idea was too impulsive and didn’t take the people around me into consideration.
But… but… I understand what they mean. I understand their love for me. I get that they were thinking for my best interests……
But… but…… but I have my own plans too. I know I should understand them and I am indeed their husband and their children’s father. But… but…. I’m a prince too. I’m also the elf-prince. A life where I let my mom’s protect me by my side forever is… is……
Is that the life I want?
How am I going to answer to Mera…? Am I supposed to just let her die like that? Mera wanted for me to become a qualified king. But is a qualified king meant to always stay by his moms’ side?
What do I do? What do I do?
After a while, I softly spoke: “Mom……”
Vyvyan touched my forehead and gently asked: “What is it?”
“I want to know if I can go to the elves’ side?”
“You should be able to stay for a while now…… But you still can’t stay for that long. What’s wrong?”
“I want to go and see Lucia…… I really want to see my Lucia right now…… Right now……”
I started choking on my words for some reason. Why do I particularly want to see Lucia now?