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“We have to go through the procedures. Don’t you understand more than anyone else why things have to be done in such a way?”
The process of selecting the crown princess was anything but easy. In a monarchy that upholds the tradition of monogamy, the person who will become the emperor’s only companion must go through countless rigorous tests.
Of course, there are exceptions. In the case of princesses from other countries or daughters from great noble families who were at least marquises, they were relatively easily passed over because their status proved their level of sophistication.
As he had a particularly painful experience, telling him not to love someone in need, the emperor appointed Ciel as the next Crown Princess from the beginning.
This is due to the political judgement that no one can criticise her, at least in terms of her lineage, and at the same time, because she is the daughter of his best friend, he will put wings on his son’s back in the future.
“Stan still likes Ciel.”
“If I had to guess, I’d say that’s right.”
The wrath of Princess Lotte was provoked by none other than the emperor. As a form of reward, the Emperor insisted that his sister wed The Grand Duke of Winterbaum, despite he knew that she had someone she liked.
If the Grand Duke Winterbaum, who is not of imperial blood, were to see his child with another woman, then the Grand Duke Winterbaum would grow up to be a powerful rival to the imperial family in the future.
At the very least, if Valentine joins hands with Winterbaum and declares independence, it is only a matter of time before the entire empire falls apart.
“I don’t know how much you should have been concerned because I thought you were thinking about my sister.”
“He’s really just a friend of hers.”
“Friends. Those words are good.”
Even after hearing the emperor’s sarcastic remarks, Alex chose not to respond. After entering the palace, Clara showed her talents as a pharmacist and began researching ways to counteract the numerous attempts at poisoning that were being made by the princess.
“I’m not sure what you’re trying to get across to me.”
“I mean, it was unexpected. I only thought you hated Ciel.”
Ciel had everything she wanted without having to work for it, in contrast to Alex, who was born the son of the emperor but had nothing.
At first, it was obvious that he didn’t like her, but at some point, Alex’s attitude began to change.
“I don’t have any ill will towards her at all.”
He hardly even said that word, but his ears turned bright red. Alex never changed his manner of expression, even though it was obvious to everyone where his affections lay.
He seems like a fool. The emperor clicked his tongue when he saw his clumsy son.
“I heard it on my way to the capital. I heard that the Crown Prince had a crush on Princess Valentine and that he had her locked up in his palace so that no one else could see her. Is that true?”
He doesn’t specifically remember her being locked up, but at the time, she wasn’t even allowed to leave the palace grounds without special permission. It is true that since Regina left the palace, he has not allowed her to go out even once, using the theft incident as an excuse.
Ciel does not leave the house very often, and she is usually attached to either Clara or Isaac, so she wouldn’t have felt uncomfortable.
Since Stan had been complaining about not being able to meet Ciel very often, it was obvious where the rumour came from.
“It’s not true.”
“It doesn’t matter whether you really are or not. Why are you still not getting it?”
After finishing the report, Alex left the Emperor’s office. There were definitely some difficult parts to just ignoring the emperor’s scolding. For now, it would be better to go back to the palace and think about it.
As Alex sped up his pace, he saw the silhouette of a person who made him feel uneasy appear in front of his eyes. Princess Lotte, who was beside herself with rage, even threw away her chest, which she always took so seriously, and started walking towards Alex.
Not only did she have to go through the humiliation of having all of her treasures stolen, but Alex also had to take the brunt of the humiliation by being in charge of cleaning up after her. Alex calmly welcomed the princess.
“Are you here?”
“You wretched little bastard. You planned it!”
The princess, who is currently imprisoned in her palace, is still unable to understand the situation. Alex responded with an expressionless face, as he was now used to the cruel behaviour of his aunt, who loathed him.
“I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
“Where did you hide it? Can’t you just put it out there right now?”
The poor boy who had to shed tears no longer exists in this world.
As Alex blocked her arm with force, Princess Lotte raised her eyes and shouted at Alex.
“Ho-how dare you!”
“I guess the people still remember you as a destitute princess when you were 18 years old.”
Alex sarcastically remarks at Lotte in a cold voice. The noble Princess Royal Charlotte for the sake of the empire, married a man she didn’t want. With her as a good role model, the nobles couldn’t wait to call their bellies.
But that’s also over. Alex gave a cold smile, and his red eyes shone.
When Stan became an adult and the princess’s money supply was cut off, the amount of money that fell from his son went down. The aristocrats, who are on fire, seem to have urged them to get rid of the royal jewels, but the five guilds can’t just leave it alone.
The five guilds fed up with the tyranny of the nobles, have turned their backs on Princess Lotte’s party, so things will no longer go their way.
“You’d better be prepared for the future.”
“You lowly bastard!”
Someone who wouldn’t mind spending the rest of his life scuttling around under her feet had the audacity to talk back to her. She exerted all of her strength in an effort to remove Alex’s hand, but it was physically impossible to defeat a grown man with force.
When he finally let go of it, Princess Lotte stumbled and collapsed into a crouched position because she had been holding it for such a long time until she was exhausted. Alex merely turned her back on her noxious aunt and pretended she wasn’t there.
This is just the beginning. He started to feel sure that even if Lotte tried one more trick, he wouldn’t lose completely. Wilhelm, who was following Alex, looked at Alex, who was quite different from usual and spoke up.
“Your Highness, are you worried about something?”
“No. Don’t worry about it.”
He usually wouldn’t talk about this, but he was very angry today, so he just blurted it out without thinking it was a big deal.
“Come to think of it, your love story must be quite famous.”
Wilhelm’s love story was mentioned several times at Ciel’s party last time. He smiled shyly and touched the back of his neck when the arrow suddenly came back to him.
“I am embarrassed to hear Your Highness say such a thing.”
Even as he said that, Wilhelm kept going on and on with stories that no one had asked for. He normally wouldn’t have listened to this kind of sad talk, but today he did.
“But she asked for the first date first.”
He knew the meaning, but he had never heard of it before, so when Alex asked again, Wilhelm laughed embarrassingly.
“At first, it was a decision I made to refuse.”
Love sprouted in Wilhelm’s heart when he went out to tell her that the noble lady’s love was too much for him and that he should take his heart away now.
“It felt very strange to be together.”
It was a time when the sun was beginning to set over the western horizon, and nobody knew how much time had passed. When he looked up and saw Lady walking just one step ahead of him, he had his first thought that he didn’t want to send her back to her.
“I had the thought that it would be nice for time to stop like this.”
“Aren’t you doing too much in front of us who are lonely?”
Alex remained by himself and immersed himself in deep thought, even as the other attendants burst out laughing. Looking at the reactions of those around him, it seemed like it was only natural not to want to send her home when he was with her.
His current feelings may also be part of that process. As the Crown Prince, who had been expected to get bored, was still listening with interest, Wilhelm continued speaking excitedly.
“I didn’t mean to do that at first, but when I saw her crying face, I knew she needed to go home right away.”
When Wilhelm thought about his wife, he’d smile in a way that was unusually sweet. Alex was about to ask Ciel what he knew when he heard Ciel’s cry and recognised Alex.
Ciel, who was bright today, was carrying a big basket. Alex got down from his horse and walked up to Ciel. With every step she took, the smell of sweet butter filled the air.
“Take a look. It’s a present!”
Ciel picked up a cloth covering a fairly heavy basket and showed the contents. Cookies that looked similar to the last time she baked filled the large basket.
“What kind of cookie?”
“I made it with Regina. I tried it today, so you can eat it.”
Since there was so much of it, Ciel even told Wilhelm that other people should try it because it was so good.
Even though the crown prince didn’t dare touch it, the ungrateful servants did as the little lady said and were given cookies one after the other, as if they were following a man playing the flute.
“Thank you for taking care of us too, Lady.”
“Not yet. When I make my debut soon, please call me Lady from then on.”
Ciel’s words about firmly drawing a line brought smiles to the lips of his subordinates. Even Wilhelm, who loved his wife a lot, was happy to take the cookies from Ciel.
Even if he deliberately tried to notice, it was of no use. The subordinates, who used to communicate well just by looking into each other’s eyes on the battlefield, were so busy eating today that they didn’t even look at their superiors.
While he was glaring at the back of Wilhelm’s head, who was the most excited, Ciel, who had handed out all the cookies, walked up and stood in front of Alex.
“Please eat too, Your Highness. Today, I put in the right amount of salt and sugar without getting confused.”
As if he were still upset about the salt cookie he ate last time, Ciel pushed the cookie in front of his mouth and told him to taste it.
There was no reason for him to refuse kindness, so Alex willingly took the cookie Ciel gave him and put it in his mouth.
“How about it? Is it delicious?”
Alex had heartburn for no reason when Ciel smiled at him with happiness. At the meeting with the other five guild leaders, the leader of the thieves guild, who was late, smiled and said something suspicious.
– It would be better to take good care of it from now on. A treasure in my eyes is also precious in the eyes of others.
At first, he thought everyone was talking about the treasure in Princess Lotte’s hands, but she ended up adding another word to drive the wedge.
– Otherwise, someone might steal it again. Whether it’s an object or a person,
The Duchess of Valentine tried to set them up without them knowing, but Alex couldn’t say anything and had to suffer alone.
“Ciel. You were here.”
Regina, who must have heard him swearing inside, came to see Ciel just then. What was so good about it was that as the girls’ laughter rang out, an untimely spring breeze blew into the prince’s palace, where the quiet winter wind was blowing.
“It’s cold, Your Highness. Burnett said she made some hot tea, so let’s go in.”
Since her return date was set, Ciel has been especially happy to see him. Now that Princess Lotte’s faction has been defeated, there is no longer any reason to keep Ciel in captivity, so it is right to send her away at this point.
Alex was very happy that Ciel kept his promise. People have said that Alex overprotects Ciel, but since the party at the Crown Prince’s Palace, the image of the entire Crown Prince’s Palace has improved greatly.
“Ciel. I’ll leave you with the catalogue.”
“Yes. Thank you.”
As soon as Alex returned, Regina returned to her room.
“It’s a catalogue in the dressing room.”