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If you’re going to aim to be the next Emperor, you have to choose carefully. None of the nobles’ daughters at yesterday’s banquet was worthy of being considered the Crown Princess of the Empire.
Clara, the older daughter of House Valentine, was the highest in status; but since she is a foster daughter, it is too much to expect full support from the Valentine’s, even if it’s for the sake of the Emperor.
If you are going to bring the woman you want into the Palace as the Crown Princess, you need to make greater efforts to become the Crown Prince in the future.
When his son intentionally gave him room to misunderstand, the Emperor asked back with a pensive gaze.
“I don’t know if it’s the kid I think it is.”
“Maybe it’s the one father has in mind, or maybe not.”
Alex deliberately caused confusion with an ambiguous answer. If his attempt is successful, the girl who loves her sister will also step into the Palace.
It’s not too late to find out more about why she helped him and what she wants. He saved his words, leaving a moderate margin for the Emperor.
“I know it’s too early. But it’s safe to just make an announcement.”
The vague answers were mixed. Alex’s cautious approach was quite serious. This much means that it is not a joke at least, so the Emperor clicked his tongue while looking at him seriously.
“I can’t believe you’re trying to go on a difficult path. I don’t have the confidence to help you either.”
“I know it’s not easy to get what you want.”
“You must be pretty confident, though.”
He spoke humble words with his mouth, but his expression was not at all. Alex stared at his father with a calm face.
* * *
Clara’s social debut ended safely. Count Ruben screamed and ran, so I thought things would get bigger, but fortunately, the fact that I and Louis went out was quietly buried in the dark.
On the weekend morning, at breakfast time with the whole family, my father belatedly congratulated Clara on her debut.
“I’m so sorry I couldn’t keep my promise, Clara.”
“No, Father. Brother Theo and Isaac escorted me.”
“I know, right?. Everyone’s talking about our Clara.”
I found a very good sign. A word that came out so naturally from the Duchess’ mouth. ‘Our Clara’. It was a title that contained many changes.
Of course, it may be because I stuck by her every day and brainwashed her into liking Clara; but the friendly title from mother’s mouth saved Clara’s face.
I sneaked a glance at Mrs Lisbon’s eyes. It is no exaggeration to say that the number of employees who treat Clara carelessly has decreased significantly, perhaps because she has become close to our parents and made her officially debut into society as Valentine’s daughter.
“I’ve been told. Especially Theo, it must have been a sudden situation, but thank you for taking care of it without panicking.”
“I just did what was natural.”
Theo, who will succeed his father in the future as Valentine’s head, accepted the compliment with his dignified appearance.
Despite the sudden situation, the Duke was very happy that he managed to finish his daughter’s debut ball, which was a big event, safely.
“Isaac also came to the party for some reason. Normally, he would never have come without Ciel.”
“Because father wasn’t there.”
Isaac made such an excuse without wetting his lips. Whether it was true or not, it was really great news for the Duke of Valentine, who values harmony.
There was someone who was left alone in such a friendly atmosphere, and he was our youngest son, Louis.
“Hmm. Everyone likes Clara.”
Louis was sulking because of the lack of attention.
He also protected me by even confronting Count Ruben, so my father would have praised him greatly if he knew.
However, if I tell my parents about it, things will get bigger, so I decided to keep it a secret that only my siblings know.
Louis, who was not recognized by our parents, had a very sad face. I can’t help it. I have no choice but to step up. I came down from the chair on purpose and went to Louis’s side.
“Ciel likes brother Louis, too.”
Do you know that I call you “brother” but only when you’re sad? When I approached on purpose and patted his head, all the eyes of the family gathered.
“You both were bored staying at home, right? I’ll make sure to take you next time.”
“It was okay because my brother took good care of me. Thank you, brother.”
When I said that Louis, who usually likes to bully me and calls me ugly or stupid, took good care of me; mom and dad felt proud. Louis’ face was smiling broadly even though he pretended not to be because of the obvious compliment.
It was an atmosphere to talk around. At the end of the breakfast, the Duke of Valentine prepared a gift for Clara and gathered the whole family after a long time.
“I was late this time trying to save this. Actually, I wanted to give it to you yesterday, but it was too late because of the heavy rain.”
“Where did you get this?”
“I thought you’d like it, so I got it. Raise them well.”
Although it looks like a piece of grass to me, Clara even shed tears and loved it.
It turned out that Dad gave Clara a present, a precious herb seedling that was hard to find.
“Clara has made her social debut now, so it’s Ciel’s turn.”
Suddenly, the arrow came back to me. When everyone’s eyes were on me, I rolled my eyes and looked away
“Ciel is not going to get married and will live with her mom and dad for the rest of her life.”
I wasn’t kidding. I meant it. Still, Theo, who was usually a little cold, looked very happy just today, perhaps because Clara was smiling broadly.
My precious family. I can do anything to keep this peace.
Then, the butler hurried to find father.
“Mr. Duke, excuse me for a moment.”
It was rare for this to happen unless it was a very important matter. My father looked at me with a very embarrassed face while listening to the butler’s whispering.
What’s going on? When the butler left, father asked my mother with a troubled face.
“Honey, a moment.”
Maybe it was a secret that the children should not listen, but dad whispered something in my mother’s ear. Mom also looked at my face and dad alternately with a very embarrassed face.
“What? Did we get caught?”
Things get complicated if you’re caught sneaking out without your parents knowing. If mother finds out, the expected punishment is roughly in her hands.
The most likely possibility is no snacks. I can’t stand being unable to eat my beloved macaroons, cake and cookies. Please don’t ban snacks.
Clara noticed the suspicious smell of her parents and gave Theo a wink.
“Well, let’s get up now that we’re done eating. And Clara, stay back for a while.”
No matter how hard you try, children cannot beat their parents.
Perhaps they knew that we were looking around on our own, but my parents sent all my brothers out and left my sister alone at the dining room.
“I want to eat a little more of this.”
I went on a sit with apple crumble full of crispy cookies and rich apple jam and sweet vanilla ice cream in front of them.
The privilege of children to finish their dessert. By showing my unruly behavior, I stayed until the end and ate dessert hard while my brothers were kicked out.
It was delicious, but there was a lot. I felt full like I would die, but when I finished eating, I had to go out, so I ate happily with my mouth while crying inside.
Oh, my stomach.
“May I ask what’s going on?”
“Actually, Your Majesty suddenly called you into the Palace today.”
“Well, Clara, what did you talk about with Prince Alex on the day of the ball?”
Clare and I exchanged our eyes and tried to do something else.
Originally, Alex, who would not attend a ball because of his lack of interest, talked closely with Clara.
The main character, Buff! I thought things were all messed up because I twisted a lot of the original plot, but the two seem to be becoming an official couple somehow.
I watched my sister answer with excitement.
“Well, we didn’t talk much.”
How can you not lie like that? I feel sorry to see Clara acting as a robot.
Still, my parents didn’t take that as an issue. The emperor told her to come, so she has to enter the Palace. It seems like everything is going well, but I feel like it’s going to be ruined.
Although it is not very pleasant to meet the Emperor, it is not advisable to send her alone.
“Sister, are you going to the palace? Me too, I’m coming.”
“But honey, Ciel…”
“What do you think? Do you want to go see the Palace in the city, too?”
Hooray for our dad’s daughter complex. I said I wanted to go and he eagerly agreed without questioning. Clara, who looked anxious, was happy when I said I was going with her.
“Can’t I go with Ciel? Please!”
Even Clara, who had never asked for a usual request, went out. The mother, who said no at first, reluctantly allowed the two daughters to go.
“Anyway, since you insist. Mrs. Lisbon, get them ready to go out.”
Thus the entry of my sister to the Palace was decided. What the hell was going to happen, I glanced at my sister and ate the last ice cream.