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What are you doing? I can’t even move my hand, probably because she has used paralysing medication. While I was lying there helplessly and leaning on the maid, all of the treasures in the room disappeared, leaving only dust.
“Should we go then?”
Regina put the ring on the fourth finger of my left hand. Then she put my hands together so I could make a fist as tight as I could.
I squeezed my hand as hard as I could, using all the strength I didn’t have, just in case I dropped my ring while moving.
I was shaking, and I could hear the guards screaming from a distance. Regina and her maids quickly changed clothes and jumped out of windows like they were masters of martial arts from a magazine.
I wonder if this is how I’ll die. Regina and the maids cut through the air as they landed on the ground.
I don’t feel the slightest bit of magic, so I don’t know how this is possible. Even when they landed, there was no shock, and they ran away from the people who were after them.
“Shh, that way.”
As Regina pointed with her hand, only one of the maids who were holding me went back the way we came, and the others ran to the other side of the way we came.
“There’s a thief! A phantom thief has shown up!”
Hold on. So Regina is a thief? I was barely maintaining my dizzy consciousness, I looked at the back of Regina, who was moving away. Don’t tell me, because I hope it’s not true.
Then Regina’s ruby ring came to mind all of a sudden. After Princess Lotte’s palace was broken into, Regina, who was very poor, was wearing a very expensive ruby ring.
My body was thrown up into the sky. I wanted to fall to the floor like this, but luckily Isaac ran up to me and hugged me.
“Drive the carriage. Hurry up!”
“It’s a thief, catch the thief!”
Thanks to Regina and her group of maids, the guards belonging to the Lily Palace didn’t even know the carriage we were riding in existed. Because of that, we were able to get away safely.
“Ciel, are you out of your mind?”
“Huh. I’m fine.”
As I breathed in the fresh air, I became more and more sane. I coughed a few times and looked around. Thankfully, Alex didn’t seem to be back yet.
Meryl had already come to meet me before the carriage got there. Also, while we were riding in the carriage, I didn’t see a single antling.
“Where have they all gone?”
“The maid gathered people in the dining room and suddenly started preaching. Did you happen to notice that you had sneaked out of the palace?”
I am grateful that she did this at the right time, but I feel sorry for everyone who nags at me without knowing the cause.
I crept up the stairs and managed to get back to my room while Burnett’s speech was heard in the distance.
“It’s important. A thief has appeared in the Lily Palace!”
Not long after we got back, a scorpion showed up. When Burnett heard the news, she stopped preaching and sent guards to help with the search.
“This is very important. I need to go see Ciel.”
I quickly changed into my pyjamas and wrapped myself in a blanket when I heard someone yelling from downstairs. When someone knocked on the door, I was eating the cake I had left next to me.
“Ciel. Are you sleeping? This is Burnett.”
“Please come on in!”
I was so full of cake that I couldn’t even say the word correctly. I stuck out my tongue and frowned as I licked the cream.
“They say there was a thief in the Lily Palace. I was wondering if they had come this way.”
It’s a ridiculous question, but first of all, someone came from Lily Palace, so I have to answer it. I shook my head while I was eating a lot of cream.
“There is no one here.”
“You say so.”
“Thank you for your cooperation!”
The guards who heard Burnett’s words rushed in droves. Barely relieved to see the door close, it opened again, and Burnett stuck her head in.
“The collar is all turned inside out.”
Oh no. I was so distracted that I forgot that the collar on my pyjamas was on backwards. I quickly put my fork down and hurriedly arranged my clothes.
I went out to the terrace in front of the room to check on the situation. Smoke billowed in the distance, and guards could be seen rampaging on all sides.
Did Regina escape safely? A thousand thoughts ran through my head.
Wasn’t Regina the real thief who was just pretending to be someone else? Or is my friend Regina really the thief?
It was too clear that she was the countess’s daughter for that not to be seen. It’s hard to tell which way it goes, but she really helped me in the end.
No matter who Regina was, His Highness Alex’s mother’s keepsake was found safe and sound. I took off the ring and put it on the palm of my hand.
Although it is not recognized by the world, it is a precious ring presented by the emperor to his only companion.
I really wanted to give it back to Alex because it was almost the only thing that reminded him of his mother.
“What kind of commotion is this?”
“Your Highness the Crown Prince!”
Alex came running on horseback from afar. I grabbed the ring and walked out onto the terrace.
He said he would come early, but I didn’t expect him to come two hours earlier than I expected.
I was so glad that I leaned on the terrace railing and waved. Then Alex ran faster with a white face.
“Be careful. Go back now!”
I was confused about what was wrong with him all of a sudden, but Alex told me to step back.
Is it because he’s afraid I’ll fall? Anyway, I’m not a one- or two-year-old child, and he’s being too protective. I took a step back and pouted my lips, and Alex soon ran into my room.
“You’re back, Your Highness.”
Even in pyjamas, don’t forget to do curtsy. Alex took a deep breath and looked at me as I lightly greeted him while holding the ring.
“Are you alright? How are you?”
“Did you already hear it? There were thieves in the Lily Palace.”
I brought up the story as if I were a spectator.
“I’ve already heard it. Are you all right?”
“Of course. Nothing happened to me.”
As he brushed my messy hair, he let out a sigh of relief.
“Thank god. Nothing happened to you.”
“What were you so worried about?”
Could he have been afraid that Valentine’s treasure, which was me, would be taken or something? Alex had sad eyes and a blank face when he looked at me.
“I’m so glad.”
Alex’s head hung low as he said the same words over and over again.
Come to think of it, he told me directly. One day, while he was suddenly away from the palace at the emperor’s call, his mother was found as a cold corpse.
His trembling hands did not fall. I held Alex’s hand tightly with my other hand, which was not holding the ring.
“No, could you please close your eyes for a moment?”
Alex took a moment to think about what I said, then closed his eyes quietly. Eyelashes that are long and fine enough to be considered unmanly, eyes that look a bit sharp, sharp nose and soft lips.
“What’s going on?”
“Wait a minute, you have to stay there.”
Alex won’t tell me I’m a thief anyway. I opened Alex’s palm and put the ring on it.
“What did you just do?”
“Shh. You still can’t open your eyes.”
I think he’ll be shocked. I made him wait for a long time before I finally let his eyes open.
“Now you can open your eyes.”
You listen to me very well now. Alex opened his eyes as soon as he was granted permission. At first, he didn’t know what the problem was, but he looked down at his palm.
“What is this?”
“Take a close look at this.”
At first, the question in his eyes was, “What is this?” But as he looked at it more closely, the lines on his forehead got deeper and deeper.
“A little bird flew in and gave it to me. It is a gift.”
Alex kept looking at the ring he was holding. It’s faded from not taking care of it properly, but there’s no way Alex, who has seen it more than me, won’t recognise it.
The things that Princess Lotte took from his mother when he was young have finally been given back to him. Already crying, he turned his head towards me and asked.
“Where in the hell did you get this?”
“Well, it is what it is.”
Because the thieves unexpectedly robbed all the treasures, it was possible to pass on all the missing rings as their fault.
I put the ring on Alex’s hand and made him clench his fist.
“So don’t let this be taken away this time, and keep it well.”
“Ciel, you are…….”
“Your Highness, it is a message for His Majesty to stop by urgently!”
It would be enough to lose one or two treasures to pass the princess line, but it could be said that almost all of the imperial palace’s treasure chests were robbed.
This is the capital, the centre of the empire, and the imperial palace where the emperor lives. It is not unreasonable that the emperor did as he did, since the treasure house of Princess Lotte, the emperor’s sister and the most influential person in the world, was completely robbed by the petty thieves.
I hope you won’t find out what I did. Even though there shouldn’t have been any magic left, I decided to act like I didn’t know anything just in case.
“I’ll leave right now. Don’t go anywhere; wait and be patient.”
“Sure. Of course.”
Alex kept looking at me while holding the ring and sighing deeply. Then I myself called Clara in, maybe because he couldn’t believe it.
“What is it, Your Highness?”
Clara ran to the sudden call without even taking off her apron.
“I think Ciel’s condition is not good. She needs to get some rest today.”
“Really? Uh-huh. What’s this smell?”
Everyone else can be fooled, but not my sister. I thought I had blown it all out, but when my sister smelled the faint smell of sleep that was still there, she took a whiff.
“Can I sleep with you tonight? I’m excited!”
I’ll do something you don’t like if you don’t let me go.
My sister, who was pondering what I smelled like, applauded my words and liked it.
“Is that alright?”
How does it feel when you try to rid a bump but end up adding one?
This is because you always said no when I asked to sleep with my sister. Being grateful is being grateful, and getting even is getting even.
Cornered, Alex reluctantly allowed my sister and me to sleep together tonight.
You might be running late, so get to bed early tonight.”
“I understand, Your Highness.”
I stood on the railing for a while and watched Alex leave while my sister went to find a place to stay for the night.
“Have a good time on your trip, Your Highness.”
Alex waved his hand at me and told me to go inside until the end as he watched me.
Is it because he’s in a better mood that his shoulders, which have been getting further apart, look straighter today? I put my chin on the railing and looked at the back of Alex.
 It means that when we try to reduce our workload but end up making more.