The Legend of Sun Knight Side Stories 6: “Sweet Smile”

The Legend of Sun Knight Side Stories

Original novel in Chinese by: 御 我 (Yu Wo)


“Sweet Smile” – translated by dahlys

Ecilan Ice is forever expressionless. Although everyone else cannot see into his thoughts, the desserts he makes are always suited to everyone’s tastes.

If there was something that could represent Ecilan, it would definitely be the desserts he makes.

His original dream was to become a baker, but by some stroke of fate, he became the Ice Knight. He had to change from an ever smiling child to an expressionless person. He also had to change from a person who brought others warmth and contentment to one who made others alert and wary.

It looks like he had lost a lot of things, including his dream.

However, Ecilan still felt that he had gained more than he had lost.

Because actually, there are many ways to express a smile.

“Lan1, no smiling!”

Ecilan’s smile immediately became rigid. He was just greeting a passing apprentice holy knight with a smile, as he had known that child for a long time. He often delivered bread to that person’s house.

That was right; Ecilan is the child of a baker. Since he was young, he had aspired to become the best baker in Leaf Bud City. His biggest dream was to start a dessert section in addition to making bread… But currently, he was the Ice Knight-in-training. Everyone usually called him the young Ice Knight.

With an expression of shock and horror on his face, the apprentice knight in front of them bowed to the person behind Ecilan. After bowing, he quickly ran away, as if the person behind Ecilan was a raging flood or a savage beast… Perhaps the Ice Knight was much scarier than a raging flood or a savage beast?

Ecilan wiped the smile and all other expressions off his face, becoming totally expressionless. Only then did he dare to turn his head and face the person behind him. He greeted, “Good day, Teacher!”

The Ice Knight, Eller, said a little fretfully, “Lan, why can’t you change your habit of smiling? Is it that hard to not smile?”

Ecilan felt that he had been wronged. In the past, whenever he delivered bread, people would praise his smile. Now, he couldn’t smile at all.

Why had he become the Ice Knight? He had only gone to the Holy Temple to deliver bread. At that time, the Holy Temple happened to be choosing the Young Knights. He had just been passing by, and had not even joined the selection. He had no idea what the Ice Knight saw in him… Didn’t they say that the Stone Knight was the most stubborn amongst the Twelve Holy Knights?

However, at that time, the Stone Knight had told him, “You better obediently nod your head and agree to become the young Ice Knight! Our Ice Knight is very stubborn and will not listen to other people, so he will not allow you to say no.”

Eller furrowed his brows, exclaiming in a low voice, “And you also cannot make a sad face!”

When he heard this statement, Ecilan did his best to wipe every expression off his face.

Unhappy, Eller scolded, “I just want you to not smile, is it that hard? You saw that the young Judgment Knight also has to act very cool and collected! I did not request that of you, and only want you to fulfill the minimum requirements of the Ice Knight. If you can’t be indifferent, then at the least, can’t you be expressionless?”

Ecilan admitted that Lesus had to work much harder than he did, but he really wanted to say this to his teacher: “Your current talkative self is totally different from how the indifferent and reserved Ice Knight should behave!”

“Anyway, from today onwards, you had better remain expressionless and silent! If I hear anyone say ‘That child, Ecilan, is really caring, polite, and always smiling’ or something of the sort, I’m going to… forbid you from entering the kitchen!”

But since I was small, Papa and Mama have always told me that I should be polite to people, that I shouldn’t face people with an unpleasant expression… Ecilan felt even more wronged, but the moment he heard that he would be forbidden from entering the kitchen, he felt that he had been struck by a sudden bolt of lightning! In the entire Holy Temple, his favorite place was the kitchen. After all, that was the only place where he could cook!

Eller regretted what he said right after he said it. If he forbade Ecilan from going to the kitchen, who was going to bake bread for him? However, this was the most effective way to threaten Ecilan… Forget it; he would just wait until Ecilan really broke the rules before thinking about this again!

“Lan, I’m hungry. Is the bread ready to be eaten?”

Ecilan replied obediently, “I’m going to the kitchen now to check whether it has finished baking. If it is, I’ll bring it to you, Teacher.”

Eller nodded. While Ecilan was different from that child Lesus who was good at everything – Damn! Chasel really picked up a treasure there! and there were some problems with Ecilan’s Ice Knight character training, Lesus did not know how to bake bread, especially bread as delicious as the bread Ecilan makes!

“I’ll be waiting for you in my room. On your way, go and get some grape wine from Neo in addition to the bread.”

“Okay.”

Ecilan heaved a sigh of relief. Compared to the special training to become expressionless, he liked going to the kitchen to bake bread much more. He really wished that his teacher would eat six meals a day so he could spend his whole day inside the kitchen!

In addition to the whole plateful of bread, Ecilan had also tried baking a blueberry-flavored cake! Unfortunately, it was his first time baking a cake, so he had not figured out the right amounts of ingredients to add yet. In the end, he added too much sugar and the dessert became too sweet.

Ecilan felt that it was a pity to throw it away, so he decided to carry it back to the room. In order not to waste food, he would eat it while drinking lots of water.

On his way back to the room, he met someone unexpected. Grisia had a wide and dazzling smile on his face, and he seemed to be constantly muttering something to himself. I wonder what he’s saying? Is he reciting the Rules of the God of Light? It is said that the Sun Knight is the God of Light’s most loyal holy knight, as well as the spokesperson of the God of Light…

Only when Grisia was a few steps away from him did Ecilan remember that the former was the Sun Knight, while he belonged to the Judgment Knight’s side. S-So, they shouldn’t get along with each other!

Ecilan immediately made an expressionless face. However, he never would have thought that Grisia would stop walking and look at… the plate in his hands.

“Wow, it’s a cake!” Grisia exclaimed suddenly and immediately reached out to grab a piece of cake.

“T-This is a test cake I baked… No!” Ecilan shouted in panic. But right after he finished shouting, he realized that he had sounded very angry, like he was scolding him.

Grisia’s hand stopped and he looked down at the cake. With a little bit of regret, he asked, “Can’t I eat it?”

Ecilan started to panic more. Although he wanted to explain, his teacher had just told him that he must be expressionless and silent from today onwards, or he would never be allowed into the kitchen again… What to do?

Looking at Ecilan’s expressionless face, Grisia bowed his head and apologized, “That… I’m really sorry for trying to take your cake; please don’t get angry at me!”

That’s not true… I’m not angry at all! Ecilan was so nervous that he wanted to cry.

“But since I’ve already taken one piece, please let me eat it!” Right after Grisia finished talking, he ran away swiftly, as if he was afraid Ecilan would want the cake back.

Ecilan stared off into space in shock, as he had had no time to react at all. His first thought was, I’m so happy that Grisia doesn’t seem to be angry. Immediately after that, he remembered that a piece of the cake had been taken away. It’s too sweet, if Grisia eats it… Forget it, if it’s too sweet then he should spit it out after one mouthful, right?

Maybe Grisia actually likes blueberry cake? In the future, I could make some cakes for him. It looks like he loves desserts a lot, and I also really want to try making desserts. The more Ecilan thought about this, the happier he felt. He could not help but smile happily as his mind was filled with all sorts of desserts and breads…

“Lan!”

Ecilan jumped in shock. When he recovered from his shock, he realized that his teacher was currently walking toward him furiously. This made him extremely flustered, as he knew that he definitely hadn’t been expressionless just now. Perhaps he had even been smiling obviously!

Eller walked toward him in a huff, then started scolding, “I just told you not to smile, but you immediately violated my orders! Why are you such a disobedient child? Is it that hard not to smile? From today onwards, you are not allowed to enter the kitchen until you learn not to smile!”

“Why can’t I smile?” Ecilan finally could not help but say emotionally, “If I face people with an unpleasant expression, won’t they be unhappy? Maybe they will hate me! Then I will have one less friend!”

When he heard the rare emotional response from Ecilan, Eller was speechless. This child was never one to disobey his elders, so why was he so rebellious today? Also, it was impossible to refute the things he had said…

Ecilan’s eyes filled with tears, and he tried his best to prevent them from flowing down. However, he simply could not resist it anymore, so he quickly handed his teacher the tray and said, “Teacher, please enjoy your meal.” After that, he hurriedly turned around and ran away.

“Lan!”

When he heard the shout, Ecilan stopped for a moment, but he did not turn back. Instead, he ran away quickly, because his face was already covered in tears.

Never mind crying, Teacher doesn’t even allow me to smile!

Waawaah……waah……

I-I want to go home and be a baker…

“Why are you crying? You seem so sad…”

Astonished, Ecilan jumped up from the bed. He had been lying on the bed, but the sudden call had nearly made him fall off the bed.

“Grisia?”

Grisia was currently staring at him with expectant eyes. This made Ecilan blush. He quickly wiped away his tears.

“Do you have any more?”

“Huh?” Ecilan stared blankly at Grisia.

With a very eager look on his face, Grisia asked, “Do you have any more cake?”

“… All of it is with Teacher.”

“What?! That cake just now was huge! Does he plan to eat it all by himself?”

Ecilan had no idea what was going on, but he still replied, “No, that cake is too sweet. Teacher might not eat it.”

“He won’t eat it?” Shocked, Grisia exclaimed, “But that cake is so delicious! If he’s not going to eat it, then is it going to be thrown away? What a pity! No, no, it can’t be thrown away!”

Ecilan was still in a confused state, but Grisia grabbed him in one movement and was about to drag him out of the room.

“Come on, let’s go look for the Ice Knight and get the cake back!”

What?! Stunned, Ecilan protested, “W-Wait a minute…”

“What are you waiting for? If we wait any longer, the cake is going to be thrown away!”

“I have some bread here with me. It’s blueberry-flavored, just like the cake! Please don’t go search for Teacher!”

Grisia stopped and turned to look at Ecilan. The latter hurriedly dug some bread out of a cabinet and spread some blueberry jam on it before giving it to Grisia.

Grisia bit into the bread brazenly the moment he received it. When he saw this, Ecilan relaxed.

“This isn’t sweet enough. Come, let’s look for the cake!”

Eehhhh?

The sight of the two young knights walking together attracted quite a lot of glances from people. Grisia smiled all the way, but next to him, Ecilan was completely expressionless.

Grisia smiled and mumbled to himself at the same time. “Ah, damn, someone’s coming and I have to smile again. My face has stiffened already! I really don’t want to smile, but Teacher will beat me to death if I don’t… I will smile!”

Ecilan’s eyes widened as he looked at Grisia. S-So this is what he actually says every time he mumbles to himself?

Along the way, Ecilan observed that Grisia had to reveal his most dazzling smile every time someone walked past them. When there was nobody around, he let his facial muscles relax, but the moment someone appeared, he had to smile right away. Ecilan suddenly realized that maybe smiling was not as easy as it seemed either.

When Grisia saw that there were many people in front walking toward them, his face immediately turned as pale as ash. Out of the corner of his eye, he spotted Ecilan and immediately decided to talk to him so that he would not have to keep smiling continuously. However, the moment he noticed Ecilan’s reddened eyes, he started to want to chat for real. He could not help asking, “Ecilan, why were you crying just now?”

“I… I just suddenly felt that I am not suited to be the Ice Knight.”

“Oh? Then what do you want to be?”

“I originally wanted to be the best baker in the city.”

“Ooooh! No wonder you’re so good at making bread and cakes!”

“I’m not; that was my first time baking a cake. I even made it too sweet…” Ecilan could not resist asking, “Don’t you think that the cake was too sweet?”

“No, I don’t! And it can still be a little sweeter… Hmm? Isn’t that your teacher?”

Ecilan turned his head to look. Indeed, the Ice Knight was currently standing at a balcony next to the corridor. He was not alone, as the Judgment Knight was also there.

Grisia held Ecilan’s hand and crept stealthily to the window closest to the balcony.

A little bewildered, Ecilan asked, “Weren’t you searching for Teacher?”

“I am! But first, let’s eavesdrop on their conversation!”

Why do we have to eavesdrop on their conversation first… Isn’t eavesdropping wrong? Just when he was thinking of correcting Grisia, he heard a voice from the balcony.

“Did I really make a mistake? Maybe I shouldn’t have chosen Ecilan, as he was not one of the children who came for the selection.”

Ecilan jumped in shock. Was Teacher… regretting choosing him?

B-But, he was already doing his best to adapt to his new identity, and was working very hard to become the Ice Knight. He even felt that practicing swordplay was extremely fun, and he had become familiar with many of the holy knights…

Feeling his eyes get a little warm, Ecilan turned his head around and started to walk away. However, Grisia suddenly grabbed his hand. No matter how much he struggled, Grisia would not let him go.

Once again, they heard the Ice Knight’s voice coming from the balcony. He said, “But I really don’t want to choose a child who looks very cold right from the beginning! And Ecilan is such a good child! He is caring, respects his elders, and even knows how to bake bread!”

Ecilan froze and stopped struggling to escape.

They heard the low voice of Judgment Knight, who said, “You’re right. If I were you, I would also have chosen him, as he is a good child. But there’s no need for you to rush Ecilan’s training to match the Ice Knight’s ‘expected’ personality, since he’s only been the young Ice Knight for slightly less than two years.”

“But…” The Ice Knight’s voice was filled with frustration as he said, “You should know that recently, a lot of people have been talking about replacing the young Stone Knight. Remarks from those who object to the young Sun Knight have also surfaced. If Lan doesn’t learn to be expressionless, what am I going to do when the wave of comments about replacing him comes?”

Chasel said plainly, “Don’t worry, Neo will not allow the person he has chosen to be replaced. You should know what his personality is like. If he’s not willing to replace his student, then no one can force him to do so.”

Still somewhat worried, Eller said, “What about the young Stone Knight?”

“If we replace one person, it forms a precedent to replace a second person. Therefore, Neo will definitely not allow the young Stone Knight to be replaced, because that will give him problems.”

On hearing this, Eller felt much calmer. Since Neo wouldn’t allow the young Stone Knight to be replaced, then he also most definitely would not let Ecilan be replaced. With Neo’s support, you could be certain that things would be much easier. Because everyone knew that once Neo had made his decision, he would persist to the very end regardless of whether it was correct or not… Even when forcing people to do things, he would never give up until the end.

“Then I can relax and train Ecilan slowly. Also, I should give him more time to go to the kitchen… The cake he made this time was way too sweet! His cooking skill still has much room for improvement! Sigh, I really want to eat it but it is too sweet to eat…”

Only after the sounds of the two people’s conversation had stopped for a long while did Ecilan recover from his shock. He suddenly realized, Did Teacher keep forcing me to be expressionless lately because he was afraid that I would be replaced?

“So, do you want to be the Ice Knight, or a baker?”

Stunned, Ecilan lifted his head and met Grisia’s serious eyes. He contemplated the other’s question, and replied haltingly, “I-I want… I want to be the Ice Knight! I don’t like the fact that I cannot smile, but I like everything else! Even if I don’t become a baker, I can still bake bread. But if I don’t become the Ice Knight, I feel that I w-will lose many things!” Like Teacher and the other holy knights. I also promised Lesus that I would practice swordplay with him!

“You like smiling?” A little shocked, Grisia said, “Smiling is very tiring!”

Ecilan thought about it. If he had to smile all day like Grisia, it would indeed be very tiring. He said honestly, “But I’m afraid that if I don’t smile, people will hate me.”

On hearing this, Grisia shook his head exaggeratingly and said, “Who said that? You didn’t smile at me, but I still like you a lot! Especially the cakes you make!”

Ecilan blinked. He realized that what Grisia said was correct. Although he had not smiled at him, Grisia did not hate him because of it… He suddenly felt like he understood something.

Even if he did not smile, as long as he gave desserts to them, wouldn’t people feel that he was not hateful?

So desserts… can actually replace smiles?

Footnotes

1 “Lan”: Eller’s nickname for Ecilan.

78 Responses

  1. Aww… I’ve always thought “Mother” Ice was one the knights who got the short end of the stick. Sounds like he was more suitable for the Sun or Leaf position.

    And from Neo’s description, “…regardless if he was correct or not…”, he could have been a candidate for the Stone Knight. ;)

  2. Gohankuten

    What a sweet story hehehe. So Grisa was good for some things back as a knight in training. And Ecilan thought he screwed up the cake but instead make a cake almost perfectly suited to Grisa and thus got a great ally and friend(I would never want Grisa as my enemy period).

    • @Gohankuten
      Yeah, I’d never want Grisia as my enemy either. o_o I wouldn’t be able to sleep if that happened. :p

    • @Seiya
      you probably wouldn’t be able to sleep ever again :)

    • Min Ayah

      @ef
      More like he’s make it so that you won’t be able to sleep ever again :P

  3. So desserts… can actually replace smiles?

    Many years later, the Church tries to trace the cause of the diabetes epidemic cropping up amongst the holy knights and eventually manages to pinpoint it to this exact moment.

    • Flitfish

      @beta
      Haha I could see this happening later in canon xD Probably as a side-story or an extra. Ecilan really is sweet..

    • Chloesong

      @beta
      Hahahahahaha this is such a cute comment. :)

    • @beta
      Err… actually, people don’t get diabetes by eating lots of sweets.
      My brother (he HAS diabetes) hates when people spread this misinformation.
      There are about four types of diabetes, and one of them can be caused by obesity, but it’s not necessarily connected to eating sweets…
      Sorry if I’m being technical, or something but… my brother. My little brother.

    • Brian

      @beta
      This made me ;augh out loud. Thanks!

    • @beta
      You probably should have said that the holy knights were overweight because eating too much doesn’t cause diabetes. Also if it was that exact moment it would have been Grisia’s fault?

  4. Lol ecilan is saved by his bakery skill i wonder if any of the holy knight where chosen by normal mean and kept for normal reason holy knight are weird people

    • Gohankuten

      @Zagine
      Pretty sure Blaze was chosen normally and is one of the few if only holy knight that is actually the way he is supposed to be lol.

    • @Gohankuten
      LOL, what about poor Leaf?

    • Tamult

      @dahlys
      Voodoo dolls? Is that normal for Leaf Knight, Elmairy?

    • @Tamult
      That was an undesirable side effect caused by Sun-related stress, but Leaf started out normal.

    • @Tamult
      I think the expected personality of the Leaf Knight is 100% nice, but our Leaf is “only” 90% nice, so the other 10% usus the voodoo dolls to relieve stress.

    • @dahlys
      …Nobody ever remembers Cloud. He’s like a Quantum Knight, only exists when being directly observed.

    • @beta
      Cloud isn’t exactly normal… He just fits the Cloud Knight description because the way it’s worded kinda leaves a loophole for his personality.

      And the moment I saw your comment, I was like, OH YEAH! How come I never noticed that before! Schrodinger’s Cloud Knight! He is both there and not there at the same time. Until you open the cabinet and check.

  5. KuwaNeko

    oh dear god of light….. soooo much sweetness……

    I really like Ecilan, he’s really sweet and it’s rather sad to se how hard it was for him

    so that’s why Neo prevented the young Stone to be replaced…. and here I was thinking that it was really because of…. ah…. good will?… nah, more like because Stone was really actually stubborn

    so Eller Ice was the most stubborn of his generation, alongside Neo. lol

    oh god, Neo keeping Grisia for ‘wind, meat and desert’, and Eller for bread… this knights….. I feel like face-palming….

    Ecilan is just so cute….

    • aimiera

      @KuwaNeko
      actually I think it’s because if the young stone replaced then many people will forced Neo to replaced Grisia like the Stone do. But unfortunately, Neo forgot to choose the replacement so like or not he must train Grisia (eventhough Grisia is terrible at swordplay)..

  6. I’m first! :) Awesome chapter, thanks!!!!

  7. Tricofox

    Nice chapter. Thanks for translating it.

  8. MiyakeMasumi

    Ah, poor Ice! He was only delivering bread! But he also feels he gained more than he lost, so I guess it was a good thing rather than a bad one in the end, nee?

    That’s so like Sun to just impulsively go for the cake. I really laughed when I read that part! All he can think about is cake and sweets. XD It’s kind of cute, though, to see that Sun’s love for desserts actually helped Ice to find a way to show kindness and happiness to people.

  9. Nice story. I thought the story of ice knight was already finished before. Guess I was wrong. T_T

  10. Hi! Thank you very much for the upload! :]]

  11. Crimson Knight

    first and thanks.

  12. oh, so lovely!! the young knights are all so cute… i feel like i’m loving Ice more and more~ (i also have a very sweet tooth, but i prefer raspberries to blueberries xD) thank you for the translation!! :D

    and Neo… you’re imposible. How stubborn can you be (and Eller, as well) to be more stubborn than the Stone Knight himself! ahaha.

  13. AAWWW “Lan” is so cute <33
    Thanks for the short story 8D

    Glad we get to see how he was before he became all "cold" 8D

  14. NanoLaughing

    Ecilan! I adore you so much! If I could just meet you before the knight-training i would hug you to DEATH,no i’m kidding, I would hug you and tell you “Caring for others make them smile!” or something to that extent. Whaa! Ice Knight Eller look quite mean in the beginning, but sadly I misunderstood (like Grisia before i knew he was so caring) I love this story, and I thank you for the translation PR!!

  15. dollyfishe

    Why had he become the Ice Knight? He had only gone to the Holy Temple to deliver bread. At that time, the Holy Temple happened to be choosing the Young Knights. He had just been passing by, and had not even joined the selection. He had no idea what the Ice Knight saw in him… Didn’t they say that the Stone Knight was the most stubborn amongst the Twelve Holy Knights?

    i dont quite understand this. how come stone knight suddenly pop up ? it’s not in accordance with the previous sentence. if the stone knight that spotted him in the first place, why did ecilan wonder what ice knight saw in him @@

    thanx for the updating ^^ the story sooooo sweet and make me smile ^___^

    • lucathia

      Ecilan was wondering why his teacher so stubbornly wanted him to become the Ice Knight when it’s supposed to be the Stone Knight who is the most stubborn. (Eller is quite stubborn!)

    • dollyfishe

      @lucathia
      waaa … after re-read thousand times i finally get it ^^ thanx for the explanation tho :D

  16. Too cute! ‘Lan is adorable. There goes Grisia showing why the holy knights are so attached to him again.

  17. Wow, how cute… Grisia cares for his holy knights from a young age.
    Thanks for the story.

  18. Aw! he’s just a delivery boy at first, how cute :D Ice won’t smile anymore now, but that’s alright ’cause when he was little, he’s smile enough!

  19. shinikage

    so far only the flame knight seems to have been chosen by his natural personality

  20. Dawwww~ Eclain is such a good boy! ^_^
    that shows me quite alot about him and makes ice much more likable in my eyes ^^

  21. Aaaaw, that was so cute. x3 Nice to see how much Grisia cares for his “brothers”, but then again, that’s kinda sensible if you know about his past. :P

  22. Painted Scales

    Aaaww, this is so cute! But I wonder how Grisia isn’t fat from all the cake he probably gets from Ecilan o_O I love how there are little side stories about the holy knights and Grisia, it’s really adorable :D

    • CocoFlower

      @Painted Scales
      Haha probably because of all the mischief he gets into makes him run about a lot :P And this side story is definitely one of the cutest- I love Ice so much >-<

  23. aaww… ‘Lan is so cute and adorable.

    thanks for translating! ^_^

  24. aww…this story is really sweet ^^ i’m liking ice more and more~ ofc little grisia’s adorable as always =D
    thanks for translating!

    • Gohankuten

      @momiji
      Little Grisa is an adorable mastermind at getting strong good people on his side. I mean he got Lesus, Ecilan, and Blaze(can never for the life of me remember his name) as devoted friends for life(I don’t think they would ever willingly become his enemy cause they(Lesus and Ecilan at least not sure if Blaze has been able to pick up on it) know what would happen to them if they did become his enemy).

  25. Anonymous

    *laughs at the last line*

    The extra insight into Neo’s involvement with the Stone Knight matter is enjoyable to learn! Very happy that the side stories are being translated in addition to the main stories. *glee*

    I thought for a moment that maybe Ecilan was chosen /because/ of the delicious food that he could make his teacher, but the real reason is much more heartwarming. It also prompts sympathy that the main criterion for selection would have to be a personality in conflict with the necessary personality, but the realisation at the end (phrased wonderfully) makes up for it.

    It’s very interesting to learn that the two had this sort of childhood frank conversation, which I might not have guessed just from the parts (e.g. near the beginning) where Sun talks with Ice. –Come to think of it, with Judgement as well in particular it feels as though ‘speaking frankly when no one is looking’ has become much more common as the fiction has progressed (without regard to internal chronology) compared to the starting chapters in which Sun and Judgement communicated through their rigid roles even when alone in a toilet. Or maybe I need to go back and reread some of those parts. Well, though I’m usually a stickler for consistency, oddly I don’t mind it even if it is the case.

    *reads the last line again; laughs again*

    • Chloesong

      @Anonymous
      Hmmm that is a good point. I was surprised by how frankly the Judgement knight talked about Neo to the Ice Knight, which would have tipped Eller off that the Sun and Judgment knight were much closer than they were supposed to be.

      The only logical reason I can think of for this is that:
      SPOILERS UP TO LATEST CHAPTER

      just like how Lesus, Roland, and Elijah all knew Grisia well enough to not expect him to show up on the crime scene in the volume 4 prologue, it might be that the last generation ice and judgement knight were very close to Neo and also knew that the other knew Neo’s true personality.

      In other words , somehow maybe Ice was friends with Neo, Judgement was also friends with Neo, and Judgement and Ice were close enough to secretly talk about what they thought about the Sun knight , while looking like they were talking about Cold Faction issues.

      As for the frank childhood conversation, maybe Grisia wasn’t suppose to befriend or generally be seen talking to the Cold Faction members, as young Sun knight, which was why some people wanted him replaced. Later their cake exchanges became mock fights after all. :)

    • @Anonymous
      The loss in consistency of flowery language was because Yu Wo found it too tiring (and headache-causing) to keep writing like that. I mean, seriously, we’d get sick of reading and deciphering all that too after a while. Also, Yu Wo mentioned that she always leaves Sun Speech for last when writing LSK, because it’s too hard.

    • @dahlys
      Really? That surprises me, I honestly almost find Sun-speak easier than normal speech. You don’t have to worry about saying too much, running on or going off-topic, because those are the fundamentals of it, and it’s almost impossible to accidently let things slip speaking like that. Also requires next to no brainpower, and you rarely have to bother dealing with anyone too stupid to decipher it.

      Just take the core concept of what you want to convey and fluff it with so many theme-relevant empty words nobody questions it until half a day later, when you’ve already profited and are long gone, and the small parts of their subconscious that picked up on it finally nag loud enough that they have that frigid logic moment.

    • @beta
      Eh, the Chinese Sun-speak contains a lot of idioms, sayings, and historical/literature references. The English Sun-speak you read has been (painfully) decrypted by PR.

    • @dahlys
      Idioms, sayings, and historical/literature referenced? Gee I really wish I can read Chinese to see that! *salutes PR for excellent job in decryption =p*

    • Ditto that! Now I wish I could read Chinese even more! I had no idea the original was so complex. It sounds like even if I knew Chinese, it’d take another 3 years to decipher Sun speech.

  26. Weeeeee! An Ice Knight side story! I wish I’d be able to see Cloud’s! Thanks Prince Revolution!!!!! A LOT!!!!!!!! mwah! mwah!

    • Tamult

      @Rinrin
      If Blaze is the only Holy Knight with the near exact same personality as the Legend states, what would Cloud’s personality conflict be?

    • @Tamult
      True.

    • @Tamult
      That Cloud exploits a serious loophole in the “Everyone in the whole world knows” description.

    • Rinrin

      @dahlys
      i wanna see how it is exploited then. hehehehe. (evil grin) >;))

    • @Rinrin
      Well, “A free spirit who loves roaming and reading books.” doesn’t usually give one the image of a bookshelf/cabinet-hiding, ghostly hikikomori. Thing is, those words do describe Cloud…despite him never being found lazing on the roof/a tree reading or wandering off somewhere outside the Church (which are the default expectations of the Cloud Knight mentioned somewhere in a very very old chapter).

    • Rinrin

      @Rinrin
      *exploited MORE i mean, in his own side story (wishful thinking)
      but then books do take you places. i would think Cloud just doesn’t take wandering literally.

  27. Awesome translation! Wonder which knight is next!~

  28. hahaha! Only Ice could arrive to that conclusion of replacing smiles with desserts. XD
    Thanks for the chapter :)

  29. Awesome. Thank you!
    And, being a sweet tooth comparable to Grisia: You go Ecilan: Cake FTW!!!

  30. Awww
    This chapter was so cute!!!
    Ecilan’s story is cute and Grisa is helping his fellow Knights =D
    Thank You for uploading this =D

  31. Torchide

    He’s adorable. Too adorable. Thanks so much for the translation!

  32. This is so fluffy and sweet, I’m gonna die! XD Ecilan (oh you good kid!) and Grisia (the ever adorable scheming, caring, young sun knight) were totally cute in here! Thanks for your hardwork PR! =D

    • Gohankuten

      @wdwune
      Don’t forget partially evil when describing Grisa. We all know Grisa was naturally a tiny bit evil/warped and the Sun Knight training heightened it(though whether Neo planned on that happening or not is unknown at this point).

  33. Awww… that was just so cute. Thanks for translating this all.

  34. Chloesong

    Soooooo sweet! Reading this made gave me a craving for dessert, in fact I’m going to bake some cookies now haha. THis story was sooo cute. I didn’t know that Ice was such a happy smiley kid before. Thank you for the side story PR!!!!

    Also everyone keeps remarking on the Stone knight matter. I hardly remember any mention of the Stone knight, am I missing something?

    • Chloesong

      @Chloesong
      Ahh never mind, it was that incident when Young Stone would’t be stubborn right? How funny. :)

  35. @Gohankuten
    i think blaze’s name was chikitus?(or something to that like) i don’t think they would even think of grisia being an enemy cause as you said he won their loyalties and agreed he’s a mastermind at that even from the start =>
    i wonder what was grisia’s story before entering the selection…

    • @momiji
      Blaze’s name is Chikus (sorta like a chicken), and Grisia’s nickname for him is Freakus.

    • MNeilG

      @dahlys
      hahaha… grisia’s tendency to mispronounce names really is epic… strawberry for elmairy and now freakus for chikus! hahahaha.. i wonder what other Knight’s names he would mispronounce…

    • Rinrin

      @MNeilG
      applauds the translating person or team \\(^_^)//

  36. *dies* I love Ice’s conclusion of desserts = smiles. XD

    Seriously cute story though. I just wanted to hug and squish the young ice knight the whole time. X3 <3

  37. “So desserts… can actually replace smiles?” Ah ha ha, so adorable! ^-^

  38. KnightlyLoyal

    i am beginning to think being stubborn was a survival instinc of the 37th genation: “if we don’t back down nobody will argue with us!”

  39. ahh….i just dont know what to do….cant understand the novel…-_-…actually my frnd recommended me..and now i am excited to read it..but as i went longer n longer…i didnt understand an A yet…!! :(

  40. Ah Grisia.. he operates on PURE SUGARY SWEETNESS. And then there’s Lan… the one Grisia is most likely to propose to xP. This side story made of so much win it hurts.

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