Living As the Villainess Queen - chapter-71-i-am-the-queen
Chapter 71 – I Am the Queen
“It’s a sensitive matter, Your Majesty, please let me explain to you
in private,” she told her, and Eugene nodded, following Sarah and
Marianne as they went into a more private office. The doors closed behind
them, and Eugene turned to them both for a proper explanation.
“I am truly sorry for not informing you of the situation here, Your
Majesty.” Marianne began, and Eugene frowned. Marianne wasn’t the
type to make excuses, which was why she trusted her the most. Feeling
slightly calm, Eugene began to voice her concerns, asking about the
flares and its significance.
“The consecutive green flares indicate an emergency warning,” Sarah
“Is it more serious than a red signal flare?”
“Depending on the situation, it can be more dangerous, Your Majesty. If
a red flare is fired after a green one, it means a lark has climbed over
the rampart and has breached the streets.”
“Would that be an undefeatable lark by the King?” she asked.
“If that particular situation occurs, it would be a nightmare, Your
Majesty.” Marianne told her, “No one is able to fight a lark His
Majesty cannot. Fortunately, most of these larks have only been able to
invade the walls simply because they’ve slipped through our soldiers.”
Realizing that they weren’t totally defenseless after all against the
attacks, Eugene felt the tension leave from her body and nodded towards
them in understanding.
“Do you think the situation will lead to a red signal flare?” she
asked after a few moments of tense silence.
“No one knows but there is no need to worry, Your Royal Highness,”
Marianne reassured her, but Eugene frowned as she recalled the multitude
of servants outside.
“Then what’s the crowd doing out there?” As Marianne looked
troubled to answer the question, Sarah stepped forward.
“Your Majesty, we are very sorry to have worried you. We have neglected
our responsibilities and failed to control the servants, which has caused
“A young servant’s grandmother is home alone. She claims she has
difficulty hearing and thinks she would’ve failed to react to the
signal flare. Thus, she was requesting to leave the palace to take her
grandmother to safety.”
Sarah went strictly by the book and refused the servant’s request.
Devastated, the servant cried and begged, but when it didn’t work, she
tried to harm herself. Fortunately, she was stopped just in time and
avoided a serious injury. She was now taken by the other servants to calm
However, Sarah did not inform Eugene with the details.
“And why is that a problem?”
“No one is allowed to leave or enter the palace when an emergency
warning is announced, Your Majesty.” Eugene turned her gaze to
Marianne, to which she gave her a grim nod in confirmation.
“As much as we sympathize with the girl, the King’s commands are
absolute. It must be obeyed. We cannot risk opening the gates, and have
the palace overrun by larks.”
“But you just said the situation is not that dire,” Eugene insisted,
“Surely the king wouldn’t stop a girl from going home to her
“That may be true, Your Majesty, but-”
“Of course, I cannot judge his orders myself, but we’re not exactly
in an appropriate situation where we can go and ask for his permission.”
“Exactly, Your Majesty.”
Eugene was lost into deep thought. She could relate with this nameless
servant girl, but the situation wouldn’t be so dire that her
grandmother would be attacked. The emergency situation will be gone, she
was sure of it, the king would return, and everything will be alright
But there are still some factors to consider, not just larks.
Trouble might come for her grandmother. With her old age, she’s more
susceptible to a shock, which could trigger a heart attack. And if no one
was there with her, deaf and frail, what if something happens?
“Marianne, is there absolutely no other way?”
“I cannot disobey the King’s orders, Your Majesty.”
“Then… do I have the authority to open the palace gates?”
Marianne stared at Eugene, trying to see what she was trying to do,
before answering, dropping her gaze to the floor.
“…His Majesty is not too far where his regal powers do not take
effect. And he has not explicitly entrusted anyone to open the gates,”
she reluctantly said, “In your case, you can place a command to open
the gates under your authority and later have your command approved by
his highness, the King.”
Command first and approve later. With power came responsibility.
I have the authority. I am the Queen.
Eugene felt her shoulders go heavy, burdened by the sudden
responsibility. It was a similar feeling to when she received the report
on the problems of executing the compensations for the missing servant.
She didn’t particularly have to interfere. There was no responsibility
to take if she didn’t take any action.
All she had to do was open a gate. But Eugene was seriously conflicted.
It wasn’t a matter of being placed in an awkward proposition.
This was the first action she may take after realizing her position and
responsibility as a queen. It was different from the time she asked
Marianne to give compensation for the missing servant out of sympathy.
“Yes, Your Majesty?” Sarah asked
“Open the gates. I will take the blame,” she commanded. Sarah paused
for a moment, her gaze shifting from Marianne to the queen, before bowing
“As you command, Your Majesty.”
Whenever the king is away, the queen would always assume the throne in
his absence. However, usually, there were no royal duties in need of
tending to, so the queen needn’t do much but sit on the throne and look
In the absence of the queen and king, it was the General officer who
would be the highest authority available. Until their monarchs’ return,
they would be the one giving commands, which would then be revoked when
the queen, or king, returns.
In simpler terms, the Kingdom of Hashi didn’t have much use for a
queen, and even then, the General Officer’s power and authority comes
with limitations. However, Eugene refused to be a mere ornament.
Sarah had always believed that during the troubling times, she
shouldn’t shoulder the responsibilities alone. That the more the
kingdom should stand together. And as she thinks back to the queen, she
couldn’t help but smile.
She had a feeling a new order would soon begin in the palace.
And it would be for the better.
When the gates opened up, and the servant girl left, the soldiers began
murmuring to one another, thinking it was some sort of mistake. The news
quickly spread and reached Chancellor Verus.
“What do you mean the gates have been opened? Go and find out what’s
happening immediately,” he demanded
“Yes, Chancellor,” the soldiers said and went to do as he ordered.
While the king was out with the soldiers to battle larks, the Kingdom’s
administration and defense were under his command. The mansion of Verus
became a temporary administrative agency and the Chancellor was given the
This was also the case for all kingdoms, not just in Hashi. After all,
there should always be a second-in-command left to the kingdom, assisting
the king’s rule.