Chapter 3.2 — Princess Wedding (4)
“I heard that Bea has become blindingly beautiful ahead of her marriage? I still haven’t seen a woman as unique as your sister. She was born with such resources, but to marry a commoner.”
“If Bea made that choice, how good a man he would be? Try to think about it that way. You’ve come a long way, so don’t just complain about it like that.”
“If that’s possible, my name would be Lariette. Ah, of course. I like you for being so simple.”
Saying so, he tossed the apple he had taken a bite of under the sofa. It was an attitude that seemed to think that it would automatically disappear if he removed it from sight.
Of course, from his point of view, it wasn’t entirely wrong.
Narkissis was a man with an arrogant side by nature. However, it was the leisure of a person who had never been in lower moments in his life and never had anything to try and obtain. He has a temper that disregards all human beings in the world fairly.
“Thanks to you, I was saved. My mother is a little sensitive today since there are a lot of things involved in my sister’s marriage…”
“You have to say it right. Your mother has always been sensitive since fifteen years ago.”
The brilliant blond hair shimmered through the pipe smoke. Beneath the dense golden eyelashes, the focus of the red eyes blurred.
“My cousin… did you enjoy your greetings with Cain? He has a boring personality but a good appearance, right?”
“The Grand Duke of Acheron? It was a normal greeting except for the confusion between me and sister’s names. His appearance was… a little scary. It’s the first time seeing such a tall man up close.”
Even if all the guards of Chalonné were gathered together, the Grand Duke would be the tallest. It might also be because she was a little below average in height as well.
If Narkissis’s features were as elegant as those of a famous painting, the Grand Duke was a sharp man overall, as if a mason had carved them with a sharp chisel. Whether it was a woman or a man, it was a look that was hard to see in the fluffy Chalonné.
“It’s good that you like it. I want you to marry Cain.”
Her round eyes blinked a couple of times.
‘What did I just hear…?’
As a small chuckle erupted, Riette glanced at Narkissis, who was placing his hand on his lips, where a smile emanated from before he parted his lips.
“Since when did Your Highness become interested in this? You know that I prefer dogs better. I’m not interested in men.”
“I Know. If you were interested in men, you wouldn’t have rejected me for fifteen years. That’s why you have to be Cain’s wife.”
“This was amusing. However, the one who is going to have her wedding in a week is my older sister, so I ask you to focus on that.”
“I’m here for your wedding. It’s not because of Beatrice marrying a scrappy commoner.”
There was a dead silence.
The man in front of her didn’t have the usual languid smile. With bright red eyes in a picturesque gaze at her with a cynical expressionless face, Riette swallowed dry saliva.
…Was this His Highness Narkissis she knew? For her, this was the first time she had ever seen such an impression on Narkissis’s face. She could clearly see those eyes that were looking at something that was nothing more than a chess piece.
The air around them sank like ice.
The person in front of her poured the golden whiskey directly into the glass on the table and took a sip.
“Lariette, you must marry Kaisaros Acheron and serve as my spy for a year.”
The strong smell of alcohol and tobacco reached the tip of Riette’s nose. Her breath was stifled by that decadent, thick smell.
“I’m not happy. Of course, I can’t be comfortable pushing you into another man’s bedroom. If it’s up to me…”
The red eyes shimmered unsteadily as if they were about to go mad.
“I want to kill Cain and finish it simply… But, things aren’t that easy.”
Riette shut her mouth for a moment at the bloody words. In her twenty years of life, she had never heard such a sad word directly. She was a princess living through an unprecedented golden age in history. The gunfire she’d heard all her life for twenty years was the celebration of a military parade that was like a festival.
A princess who grew up in a peaceful and weak country… that was the gaze of foreign royals towards her and Bea, but…
“Imperial politics is done in the Empire. You went too far this time.”
Riette jumped out of her seat and stood up.
There was a difference in national power, so there was a hierarchy within the Helios Imperial Family. She was also the princess of a country. No matter how close they were, they weren’t in a position to be entangled like puppets in the political history of a foreign royal family.
“I thought you came to celebrate and congratulate my sister with friendship… This is very disappointing for me, who has liked Your Highness so far. I’ll formally file a problem with Helios for the current rudeness.”
“Did Beatrice enjoy the tea I sent her? That tea is good for pregnant women.”
Narkissis’ eyes curled sharply, and a unique arrogant yet elegant smile appeared on his face. It was a reaction that savored the reaction that came out from stabbing Riette.
“It would truly be tragic if the Princess, who’s about to get married, dies with her child. Don’t you think so?”
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