A Stepmother’s Marchen - Chapter 69
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The early summer sun, shining like a golden halo, was coloring the graveled path of the Nurembert Mansion. Compared to the Neuwanstein Mansion, it was a place that seemed more bland but had a rather antique look.
After a brief greeting with the Duchess, he immediately stepped to his friend’s place, “Hey, what are you doing, puppy? What time is it? Are you stalling?”
The black-haired young man, who had been sitting at the bedside, slowly raised his head due to the brutality of the lion, who had invaded the wolf’s den and commanded him proudly from early hours. The sharp blue eyes full of drowsiness seemed to stare at the other person’s soft dark green eyes for a long time, then finally the person said, “I’m not going, you rabid kitten.”
“I don’t want to go either, but aren’t there days of luxury when we both did what we wanted to do?”
“Well, I’ve never done what I wanted before. By the way, did you give her a proper present?”
“Thanks to you. Move quickly, after work, let’s go home and have dinner.”
“That’s an attractive suggestion, but I don’t like the middle course.”
Ignoring his blut reply, Jeremy strode up to the window and jerked the curtains open. The dim room lit up instantaneously.
The main subject of today’s hunting gathering is a mixture of the imperial family and the Vatican, a group of people who are boring and ugly. Nevertheless, if they were invited, it was their duty to attend. Especially if it’s the successors of a particular family like the two. It was something they didn’t want to do, but it can be said that it’s a little fun to slowly raise the temper of the people they don’t want to see.
“If you don’t go, I won’t go either.”
“Are you threatening me? Not only will the prince be there, but also my grandfather who will keep an eye on me. Why don’t you take your dog brother with you?”
“I feel the same way. I have blood ties that I don’t want to see. And that jerk is my brother, but you’re my comrade.”
The black-haired knight did not say anything for a moment, but frowned as if he were dazzled. At this moment, the blonde knight threw a huge sword he picked from the wall, threw it at his friend and said, “Put your clothes on, comrade. Don’t let me deal with them alone.”
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By the time I finally left the palace, dusk was already beginning to fall all over. As I hurried to go because I was afraid I would be late for dinner, I unexpectedly ran into someone who was approaching the Empress Palace.
“Your Highness the Crown Prince.”
He was Crown Prince Theobalt, a silver-haired young man who looked at me hurriedly with courtesy. It’s been a long time since I’ve run into him like this. Since the trial three years ago, he has no longer visited our mansion or talked with me privately. We often saw each other at official events. On the other hand, I was a little bit disappointed because I thought his heart had cooled down so quickly.…
“Long time no see. Are you on your way back from seeing Her Majesty?”
“Yes, is Your Highness on his way back from hunting?”
He responded with a gentle tone and smiled gracefully with his golden eyes. A smile that looked somewhat bitter and lonely. I had no choice but to ask this question, ignoring the risk of being disrespectful, “I guess you didn’t have much fun.”
“Yeah, well… it’s an event hosted by the Emperor and the Holy Father, and as you know, there are so many people who hate me.”
“Please, who can hate someone like you?”
“The Marchioness is always sweet. If my cousin and childhood friend think so, I don’t think there’s anything more I want.”
Cousin and childhood friend……? Oh, come to think of it, Nora and Jeremy were there today. What happened to them?
If I remember correctly, the recent situation was also subtly different from my previous life. Since the trial incident, which replaced the hearing, the parliament and the church authority showed unprecedented solidarity and began to control the imperial power, and secondly, other nobles also started to face each other and were divided into pro-imperial and anti-imperial factions. And at the center of the anti-imperial faction were the lions of Neuwanstein and the wolves of Nurembert.
Of course, it’s not that the two guys led something, but that’s just the atmosphere. Jeremy, who had been close to the crown prince since he was young, has recently been sticking together with Nora, and has also played a role in making such an atmosphere.
Maybe a little butterfly’s wings can cause a typhoon, right? Who would have expected that the crown prince’s once-in-a-lifetime love would be the starting point for changing the situation to this extent? It wouldn’t have happened if I and Theobalt hadn’t entered his private study room then.
“Jeremy doesn’t…… hate your highness. He’s a surprisingly good-natured guy, but I guess he can’t find a way to make up with you again.”
Certainly, the misunderstanding was cleared. I have also explained. However, there seemed to be another reason why he was still reluctant to be close to the crown prince, his childhood friend.
“Haha, I hope so. I feel like I’m being bullied. As you know, my cousin, who’s been hanging around with him these days, hates me so much that I don’t know if there’s a chance.”
“I don’t really think that the young Nurembert really hates you…….”
“Thank you for your kind words, but isn’t it obvious to everyone?” Theobalt, who muttered in a bitter tone, lowered his silver eyelashes mournfully. It was a strangely sad look, a lonely look that made the others feel pity for him.
“Well, there was one thing that happened when we were young, and no matter how much I think about it, it seems that it is because of that.”
“Well, it’s kind of embarrassing. I went to my uncle’s house when I was twelve years old. My cousin was younger than I was, he was about eight or nine.”
I was just listening silently. The lonely crown prince now spoke in a voice full of remorse with his eyes full of sorrow, “While playing with my uncle’s favorite pipe, he broke it. I told him not to touch it, but…… it was bad luck for adults to show up at that moment.”
“The incident must still be fresh in mind, for both of you.”
“Haha, is it? Anyway, Nora started to say that I did it, but no one seemed to believe him. If I think about it now, I should have just stepped up instead. I’m older and I was a prince, so I could cover up a little accident instead, but I couldn’t. It was not a big deal, was it?”
“I’m sure that my cousin’s faith in me, whom he trusted and followed, was broken. Who would have thought that a small incident in our childhood would lead to resentment to this day?”
After adding bitterly, he stared into my eyes as if it was ridiculous. Well, on the other hand, I keep feeling suspicious. I can’t believe that Nora is a person who would hold a grudge for such a thing…
“Oh my God, I’ve been holding the Marchioness for too long. I’m sorry.”
“No, it’s fine.”
“Go home safely. By the way, happy birthday. I think it’s a little late today, so I’ll give you a gift on the national foundation day.”
The young eagle, who politely greeted me, looked unexpectedly relieved. I thanked him and headed home.