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Common Sense of a Duke’s Daughter
Chapter 87: Dida’s Query (2)
“Milady, are you truly ready to take on that responsibility?” Dida buried his wavering tone, and looked at me with intense focus. “If this really evolves to a war, defeating the enemy would be absolutely necessary. Casualties will occur on our side, too. With a single command, milady, everyone will be placed under that situation.”
“…. Dida.” Ryle inched closer, and called Dida’s name in a scolding manner.
“Princess, are you capable of issuing a command that will result in the deaths of our enemies, even at the expense of our own forces?”
“Dida!!” When he didn’t stop speaking, Ryle shouted his name again.
The room’s silence was deafening.
“If war really comes upon us, everyone will have to accept that burden—the burden of possibly losing their own lives, of having their hands dirtied with the enemy’s blood. So, the princess will not take this responsibility alone.” Ryle’s voice echoed through the silent room.
“Of course I’m ready to take on this burden, but Princess, are you honestly ready to assume accountability? The decisions of our princess will determine the ratio of our victories and losses. Even though you will not be directly commanding the troops, the Princess’ intentions will be our guide. Our backs will be laden not only with our own lives, but the citizens’ as well. But, the Princess will have to be liable for everyone on the battlefield, as well as the repercussions after the war…. Is that right?” Ryle remained silent at Dida’s question. “Furthermore, though not directly, signing the authorization papers will still be considered as spilling enemy blood.”
Dida was right…. My heart was pierced by the truth’s starkness. I couldn’t just play dumb when I knew the answer.
…. Such as the wishes of the people. I have accomplished many deeds with single, decisive actions. Even the citizens, who would definitely disapprove of the war, would be caught in the storm.
…. When war truly breaks out, will I really be able to send our military into combat?
“…. I won’t ask for the lightning-fast decisions milady usually makes. But, since our princess has already considered the future and started to prepare, maybe those quick decisions will be for the best.”
Even I didn’t have the answer when I asked myself these kinds of questions.
“Yes… It’s exactly as you said, Dida.” My tone was pretty much worthless. But, it couldn’t be helped. I really was worthless.
I told Dida and Ryle to make arrangements for the future that I wasn’t even prepared for myself.
“Right now, I still don’t have an answer to your question. Please give me a little more time.”
“Understood. We’ll go make the preparations now.” I was surprised it was Dida that replied with his intentions. I thought that he wouldn’t immediately start his task after my answer’s delay.
“…. Yes, I’ll leave it to you.”