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Edna knew she wasn’t the only one who played the role of a spy in the Duke of Cardian’s residence. It was because one of her servants, who was responsible for watching over her, frequently came to exert pressure on her.
It was also he who allowed her to meet Joel’s errand boy.
If she obtains some information and then informs him that she wants to meet the errand boy, he will instruct her on how to find Moshe, whom she will meet in a few days’ time, and she will tell him where to go.
After that, Edna found a plausible excuse to excuse leaving from the duke’s residence in order to make contact with him and then come back.
A servant who was in the same situation as her was able to provide an alibi in the meantime.
The servant seemed to think strangely when he saw Edna, who looked flushed and happy. Edna didn’t mind that he was paying attention, and she asked to see Joel’s errand boy.
“This is really great information, so tell him to bring lots of jewels. I’m not going to tell you unless you pay a fair price.”
When Edna said this, the servant frowned at her.
“Don’t be arrogant. Have you forgotten what your position is?”
Even after hearing the servant’s terrifying words, Edna did not move an inch. She was aware that the information she had was of great value.
“It is not me who is being arrogant; rather, it is you. If your words hurt my feelings and made me keep my mouth shut, it will be His Highness the Prince’s loss! Are you going to take responsibility then?”
Seeing Edna’s imposing appearance, the servant seemed to be offended by her, but judging by what she said, she seemed to have contacted the second prince.
When she saw the answer to meet before the end of the day.
‘I must be in a hurry.’
There are rumours floating around the capital that the second prince went to work for the First Prince, Michael to learn state affairs. Everyone knew that the relationship between the two princes was bad.
Phil must have been at a loss because of his pride.
Edna went up to the second floor of a cafe that looked quite old, as the servant had told her. The waitress led her to the room in the back of the restaurant as if he had been told in advance.
‘I can kiss the life of a maid goodbye now!!’
Edna opened the door, remembering the map that she had carefully tucked away under her clothes. Inside the room, Joel’s errand boy, who had taken his place before she arrived, was waiting for her to arrive.
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“Is that true?”
The emperor leaped from his seat on the throne and dashed down the stairs. He moved closer to Michael and put both hands on his shoulder. Michael smeared his cheek, as if he were surprised about the situation.
It was his deputy beside Michael who opened his mouth.
“It is true, Your Majesty. Your Highness has even summoned a priest to verify his powers in case Your Majesty would be disappointed!”
“Are you serious, Michael?”
The Emperor’s voice calling for Michael was filled with affection. Michael was the most outstanding of his three sons in terms of appearance and powers.
He didn’t have the power that comes down from the Imperial Family, which is the most important, so he did not get the position of the crown prince, which he should have had.
The emperor, Orkhan, believed that this day would come. Michael is the best of his sons, and he must have had the ability.
Even Amelia and Giel have this.
“I am embarrassed by your compliment, Your Majesty. he manifestation came so much later than expected that it gave me cause for concern……”
“No! There is nothing to worry about! Even though my manifestation came much later, but didn’t I have a much stronger power? You will as well!”
Orkhan said, praising Michael with his salivating force.
“What is your power?”
“It is a flame.”
As Michael said as if he had waited, Orkan’s eyes widened as if they were about to cry. When it comes to fire, it was the ability possessed by the emperor two generations ago, who was the first to show off his power by receiving a blessing from God.
“Flame?! Flame! You are indeed my son! Show it to me!”
At the request of the emperor, Michael spread his palms and sparked them. The flames that grew in an instant rose high enough to reach the ceiling and then disappeared.
“Oh! Yes! It is an ability that cannot be compared to Phil or Giel!”
Without hesitation, Orkan hugged Michael. His hand was patting Michael’s back as if he was strong.
“How hard have you worked up to this point? It’s now your world! We will announce your power and crown you as the crown prince at this banquet!”
Michael’s heart swelled with joy as he heard the words he had been waiting for such a long time. How long had he been looking forward to this moment!
“Thank you, Your Majesty.”
At the sight of Michael, who had his head bowed and was crying, Orkhan gave a small nod of his head. He was just as happy as Michael.
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Phil, who was standing further away and watching all of this unfold, could not believe what he was seeing. It was Michael who called him every day and made him do chores.
After keeping a low profile over the past few days, it seemed that he had obtained such a power.
‘He called the priest for verification? Did Michael have that kind of ability?’
Even after her mother, who was the third Empress, cautioned him several times and told him to stop taking pills, he was the one who continued to feel complacent. He reasoned that there was no way that abilities that hadn’t been around in the past could suddenly manifest themselves in the present.
There was an emperor’s case, but I thought it was a special case.
He judged that lightning could not strike twice in the same place, and he thought that Michael, who shared the same blood as him, would never have the ability.
As Phil’s shock grew, he came to the realisation that he couldn’t wait to see Orkhan praising Michael and quickly made his way out of the room using the door that was reserved for the imperial family. He was not permitted to use the passage because he had already been removed from the throne; however, none of his soldiers attempted to prevent him from doing so.
Just like Phil thinks, the other soldiers also think that the Emperor will soon reinstate him in his position.
‘Michael becoming the crown prince, that bastard now has powers……That was my privilege!’
Giel and Amelia also had the ability, but Phil thought that the reason Michael didn’t have the ability was because Heaven chose Phil.
Because he had the noblest blood among the three princes, God decided that by selecting him as the next emperor out of the three princes, he had established a favourable environment for himself.
Michael stood as one of the proofs. He was favoured by the emperor for his handsome, beautiful hair and appearance, but he thought it was because he did not become the crown prince due to his lack of ability to make decisive decisions.
‘Wasn’t it? I’m the chosen one!’
Phil, convinced of his divine favour and enjoying the haughtiness befitting that his royal lineage, found himself unable to stave off a sense of hopelessness.
He also knew how many bad things he had done, so he thought that if I didn’t become the crown prince, I wouldn’t be able to survive.
He didn’t know how to protect the emperor when he’s alive, but not now.
Because Michael will become the crown prince.
The second prince, who had been protecting Michael in case his abilities did not manifest, was no longer needed!
‘Why did he show his power just now!’
It was difficult to gather forces to support him and raise a rebellion in the current situation. Because Michael had demonstrated his power, all public opinion would have centred on him.
When the soldiers heard Phil’s yelling and saw him throwing things around in the hallway, they immediately came running.
“Your Highness! You can’t do this! This is the main palace!”
Phil quickly lost his energy at the sight of the soldiers holding him back. The soldiers of the main palace were different from the soldiers of the palace of the second prince, his residence. They were determined to put a stop to his actions.
Furthermore, because this is a time when he should not be acting recklessly, he is even more unable to express his rage at will.
Phil’s blood began to boil with rage as Joel continued to make his way towards him. Michael ran out of the palace at such a breakneck speed that his attendants, who were tasked with keeping a close eye on him, were unable to keep up with him.
But he couldn’t help but wonder what the point of it all was.
“Your Highness, you are here! I had been searching for you!”
He recoiled in revulsion every time he caught a glimpse of Joel’s brightly coloured face with a passion. Phil was on the verge of losing his temper when Joel ran up to him with a solemn expression on his face.
“What’s the use of that? The power manifestation of Michael has occurred!
The shouting from Phil appeared to startle Joel for a moment, but the light in his eyes did not dim. After observing that he was unaffected by the news, Phil became aware that something wasn’t quite right.
As Phil shut his mouth up, Joel leaned closer to his ear as they both felt a glimmer of hope wriggling around in their minds. The soldiers did nothing but watch the two of them, but they had no idea what was going on and had no clue what was going on.
“Do you seriously believe that? Wouldn’t the things you’ve been telling me be lies?”
He was said that Michael’s hair was secretly obtained and tested against the blood of the man. The paternity test could be carried out by either the wizard or the priest, and the results of the test proved to be identical in both cases.
After hearing the news, Phil had the sensation that he had come back to life.
‘Just as we suspected! Heaven recognizes me. I’m a noble blood who can be a true emperor!’
“Nice job, Joel! I want to go see him right now!”
The emperor said he would make Michael the crown prince, but if he found out that Michael was not his son, he would try to make him the crown prince, not Michael.
‘Until then, dream of a world that does not exist, Michael!’
Phil flashed a grin and left the palace with Joel.
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The emperor’s mood seemed to be piercing the sky. As Amelia gazed upon her freshly bought dress, her eyes grew in size with wonder. Despite the abandonment of the princess, yet it was an rare occurrence for the emperor to dispatch anything other than her usual allowance.
“… … Prince Michael is displaying his powers.”
“Aren’t we all just kites without strings?”
Amelia’s ladies-in-waiting all sported an anxious expression. The first empress only had one or two maids, whereas the second and third empresses each had a full court of maids at their disposal.
‘Though it has nothing to do with me.’
Since Michael hadn’t shown much interest in Amelia before, leading her to believe that he would either seek out a fitting spouse for her or employ her as a bargaining chip in a marriage arrangement.
As Amelia pondered deeply, she came to the realisation that the matter at hand was not in any way related to her. Marriage was not something she desired.
There is still a long road ahead for Michael to become emperor…… Now that the successor has been decided, His Majesty might want to get rid of me!’
She had to get out of this imperial palace before that.