The Emperor’s Daughter Chapter 12
12 What Do You Think Of Him?
History and math lesson with Leon are done for the day. He is a strict teacher but I like that. I won't have it any other way. Good thing I have been listening to Richard's tutors when they were teaching him. I was able to keep up with Leon's lessons.
What I like about the lessons was the history part. Aside from the history of Alvannia, Leon have thought me about the neighboring countries. Around Alvannia there are two countries. The country of Grandcrest in the south to southwest and some in the northwest and Jennova in the far north. The east of Alvannia is the great Atlantia Sea.
Grandcrest was the biggest country of the three and also the most powerful. Because of it's geographical location in the south they have locations which have a summer weather for the whole year which is good in bringing up crops. The locations in the northwest can grow fruits that needs cold weather. Those in the southwest is suitable for raising farms and animals. Their geographical location attributes to their flourishing economy.
Jennova on the other hand has a cold weather. The northern most parts are always covered in ice that makes living very difficult. As for their economy it is said they are the poorest of the three countries.
Alvannia is the second largest country from the three. We experience four seasons per year that is very useful in growing crops, fruits, and raising animals. And because our country is by the sea we have shipping docks that can host big merchant ships. Trade with other countries across the sea goes right thru us and taxes from this makes our country flourish.
I am having a short break in a gazebo located at the center of the southeast garden of the palace. A little while I am going to have horse back riding lessons with Leon.
"Princess Alicia. I brought some snacks." Tricia said. She walked inside the gazebo holding a tray of biscuits and a jar of orange juice.
"Thank you Tricia." I said.
"Where is sir Leon?" She asked while looking around.
"He went to the stables to prepare the horses for my horse back riding lessons." I answered.
"Oh pity, I prepared these snacks for him as well." Tricia said with a sad face. "Hey princess, what do you think of him?" She asked enthusiastically. Tricia poured orange juice on my glass.
"Who?" I asked. I take a biscuit from the plate and take a bite.
"Sir Leon." Tricia asked. "I saw the both of you earlier. He kissed the back of your hand. You know what that means." She was giggling.
I was surprised. I suddenly choked on the biscuit inside my mouth.
"Ahem, Ahem." I was coughing.
"Princess be careful when your eating." Tricia gave me my glass of orange juice. I gulped it's contents to clear my throat.
"You were eavesdropping?" I asked.
"Weeeellll. I didn't intend to eavesdrop. I was just passing by and when I saw the two of you talking intimately I didn't want to disturb so I stood my ground and hid." Tricia looked apologetic.
"Eavesdropping is not good." I scolded her.
"I'm sorry princess I didn't mean to." Tricia knelt down and asked for forgiveness.
I sighed. "Rise Tricia. Just don't do it again."
"Thank you princess." Tricia said and stood up. "But really I'm curious. What do you think of sir Leon?"
"Sir Leon is a good man. I can tell he is very intelligent and knowledgeable after he tutored me in my studies." I said. "I can also tell that he is a kind person."
"Not that things. I mean, he is so manly. He is tall and handsome. And if you look at his body he must have well defined muscle under his clothes. Oh I can just imagine." She was making a dreamy face.
"W-well.." I blushed by Tricia's definition of Leon. "He is rather good looking I guess. But what I like is his smile. It is so addictive that you can't help but smile as well." I smiled with the thought.
"Oh my gosh princess you're blushing and smiling." Tricia said a little too enthusiastically.
"Huh, no I'm not." I denied it. I hold my cheeks with my hands and it was really a little hot to the touch.
"Princess you seldom smile. You should smile often, you look so beautiful." Tricia said.
"Really?" I asked.
"Yes, your're really beautiful when you smile princess." A voice of a man said. The voice came from beside of he gazebo post.