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Elise and Karen were the only ones who remained after the ladies-in-waiting had quietly entered the empress’s palace. Karen set the teacup she had been holding down on the table.
“What’s the matter?”
“Does a cup of tea seem right in this situation?”
Karen was annoyed by her feigned aloofness while being as hot-tempered as herself. Elise yelled at Karen, causing her to violently open her eyes, which caused Karen’s eyebrows to furrow.
“What should I do then? There’s no way that Michael’s powers, which have already shown up, will disappear…… “
“Do you know what to do? If we both work together!”
Elise raised her voice, but Karen looked at her with an arrogant face.
“Let’s work together, Phil has done something……. I don’t think it will be of much use to Giel.”
For a split second, Elise’s face turned bright red. She was familiar with her son’s inheritance. He has, up until this point, brushed it off as something of no consequence, but the only reason she was able to do so was that it was not something that occurred to her child.
“Such a plan……!”
Karen put out her hand to stop Elise from talking since she was about to raise the volume of her voice.
“Please make such a lame excuse only to your victims. If you’re not going to say anything useful to me in this conversation, I’m going to stop opening my eyes. The taste of the tea is no longer pleasant.”
There was only one way to becoming a crown prince now that the emperor was on Michael’s side and supporting him.
To gain the support of the Duke of Cardian.
On the surface, the Emperor acted as though he cared about the Duke of Cardian, but on the inside, he despised him. However, regardless of how he felt about him on the inside or the outside, he could not look down on the Duke of Cardian.
First of all, he would be able to start a counterattack if he was able to convince Duke of Cardian and get the nobles together.
It was a mistake on her part to work together with Phil when he needed to convince Duke of Cardian. Phil had already received complaints from quite a few ducal families about his rude behaviour towards the Duchess of Cardian.
“Ha! I think there’s some kind of trick? Do you completely forget that Giel stabbed Michael?”
At that very instant, Karen regarded Elise with a gaze that was blue and poisonous; however, she proceeded straight into the building without taking a big step back.
Elise, who was left by herself, became so angry that she shattered the fan in two.
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‘When will I get the replacement money?’
Edna felt like crying. Even on that day, she ought not to have held onto her map so tightly. Or, at the very least, make sure that the person who was said to be Prince Michael’s biological father was arrested at the same time as Michael.
Edna got a lot of compliments from Joel’s messenger, but she didn’t give him the big amount of money she expected.
She did get paid on that day, but it wasn’t even close to the huge amount that Edna had asked for. She didn’t even get a single jewel!
‘I need that money fast so I can get out of here!’
“Why are you putting things off, Edna?”
Edna walked quickly as she hurriedly cried out in exasperation.
Today was the day of the imperial banquet, and the maids were busily preparing for it from the morning. Celia took a nap beforehand and was only receiving her skincare, and the person in charge of her made her more anxious.
‘Let’s see! As soon as I get the money, I’m leaving this place! I’ll get out of this duchy!’
Today’s Celia was dressed in a sky blue dress. It was so lovely that the tiara, which had been present from the duke, shone brilliantly on her head.
Edna thought that if she were Celia, she would be able to put that tiara to better use, and she looked at it greedily.
One of the maids in front of her jumped when she saw Celia. After some time had passed, it was discovered that one of the men Edna had seduced was the maid’s husband-in-law.
‘What did I do? Is it a sin to be pretty?’
Everywhere she went, women were jealous of her, and she wondered if she could ever live such a painful life. Edna averted her gaze and responded to the head maid as if nothing had occurred while the incident was unfolding before her.
Edna was called to see if she had work downstairs as well.
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As Leonis mounted the horse-drawn carriage, she could see that his face was tense. Celia, who had already been led into the carriage by him, looked at the expression that Leonis wore as she boarded the carriage.
The attendant moved as Leonis sat down next to Celia. When Celia heard the door of the carriage slam shut, she instinctively reached out her hand to cover Leonis’s face.
“It will be fine.”
“I….I still reluctant.”
He would have sent Celia back to the Duchy of Cardian right now if he could. So long as he knew she wouldn’t be in danger, Leonis could do whatever she wanted.
“I’m stronger now than back then. Now look at this one!”
Celia couldn’t name the egg of the divine beast because she wasn’t sure if she was going to choose Popo or Go.
“It’s an egg. What do I do with it?”
It would be useful if it hatched, but right now, it was just an egg. Celia, on the other hand, reasoned that since the egg of the divine beast is one of the things that demonstrate her divinity, merely possessing it would make her more powerful.
Because it was so important, she couldn’t leave it anywhere, so she always carried it with her.
“Do you have…….any information?”
Leonis let out a snort in response to Celia’s words. Celia chose to disregard the fact that what appeared to be the egg of the divine beast in the bracelet was clattering frantically.
“I have my own abilities. It’s okay. Miline will stay by my side. It’s not like when I was kidnapped.”
Even though he knew, he couldn’t help but be worried. Because it was patently obvious that the enemy would focus on Celia rather instead on him. Celia seemed to be thinking of counterattacking at this point, but Leonis didn’t like the idea.
“What did Zeppel say?”
“From what he says, everything is fine.”
Even the two princes and Princess Amelia were making their way towards the check-out counter. Celia’s perceptiveness to their motivations was a significant factor in their success, in addition to the excellent plan that Zeppel had devised.
Leonis didn’t know it, but Celia was able to deduce what Leonis and the others were thinking as well as how they were thinking as a result of the descriptions of their thoughts that appeared in the original storyline.
All the escorts asked if they were ready to go. With Leonis’s permission, the coachman drove the carriage to the palace this time.
Celia’s last absence was not questioned as expected. The excuse that they had to turn the carriage was sufficient because she was not in good condition because of his curse in the middle.
“Do you think I will see him soon?”
Leonis gently grasped Celia’s hand and pressed his lips against the back of it. With bated breath, he prayed that the trio who had already penetrated the palace walls would extend their kindness towards her.
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‘Will I be scolded for not coming to the banquet?’
Amelia had just put on the most sophisticated of her street dresses and ignored her maids because she did not know what the letter senders might want from her.
When Prince Michael’s accession to the throne became clear, her maids had already lost their enthusiasm. That’s why the surveillance on Amelia wasn’t severe.
Amelia wasted no time and went straight to the lily garden, which was located in one of the concubines.
The atmosphere in the concubine palace was relatively calm as a result of the fact that the emperor’s concubine had become less frequent as a result of the excitement regarding Prince Michael’s work.
Of course, even if they are now in favour of the emperor, power is supposed to shift from the emperor to Michael, who will become the crown prince.
Even if they were the children of the emperor, they were too far from the throne to have any power. She seemed to be sad when she considered herself, who would wither while courting the old and wilted emperor.
The Lily Garden was a garden for the concubines who had not been favoured by the emperor a few times among the emperor’s concubines.
That’s why it was shabby, and there were only a few of the concubines who went out to the garden to get some fresh air.
‘Are you here already? When will he be here?’
As Amelia looked around and waited, someone approached her. Amelia was nervous because she thought it was an imperial guard, but she was astounded by how attractive her opponent was.
A handsome young man with wavy golden hair and green eyes was giving her a cold look.
“Nice to meet you, Princess.”
When he looked at her with his green eyes, there was not a bit of kindness in them. Amelia had a feeling that this man didn’t like her.
“Do you want to get back your treasure?”
The man’s words surprised Amelia, who had been hesitant.
“Are you the person who kidnapped Lucy?
“If you want to know if we set prisoner free, took care of her, and fed her, you’re right.”
Phil hurt Lucy and put her in jail, but Amelia thought she was getting the blame for some reason. Amelia, who thought it was her fault that Lucy was actually hurt, was intimidated.
“Is Lucy all right?”
“……Of course, she is alright. If you do us a favour, we will let you and Lucy leave the empire.”
Amelia’s eyes widened when she heard an unexpected offer. She thought of getting Lucy back, but she never thought that would come out of their mouths.
“Y-You are helping me with that? I can not believe it…… I want to see with my own eyes that Lucy is safe!”
As Amelia said, the man pulled out his communication crystal ball from his chest as if he had been expecting it. Amelia suspected the man might be a wizard.
―Princess? Are you a princess?
As soon as Amelia saw Lucy on the other side of the screen, her eyes widened dramatically. The blue bruises had gone away, and she looked much healthier than before.
― Princess! I’m fine! I don’t think these people are trying to hurt me, so you don’t have to meet the requirements…….
However, before she could proceed with the following sentence, the man turned off the crystal ball. Amelia blinked, and as she did so, tears began to roll down her cheeks.
“Please don’t hurt Lucy. She just got caught up in me.”
“If you do us a favour, we can get you both to a safe place.”
Nicole was very against that, but it looked like his master had already decided. He pondered the possibility of an innocent imperial family existing somewhere in the world. Still, he failed to take into account the fact that Leonis was also a member of the imperial family.
The only difference is that he was not a direct descendant of that reprehensible Orkhan.
“What do you want from me?”
Amelia reacted by softening her expression and asking, which prompted Nicole to look at her with a more sympathetic expression.
“Please open the door of the secret vault of the Imperial Palace. We will guide you to the vault.”