Is the Lost Princess Unexpectedly Loved? – Chapter 26

𝐒𝐨𝐟𝐢𝐚, 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐥𝐝 (𝐊𝐲𝐥𝐞)

𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟔: 𝐒𝐨𝐟𝐢𝐚, 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐥𝐝 (𝐊𝐲𝐥𝐞)

“Let’s call it a day.”

“Is it that time already? Understood.”

When the princess, who was focusing on her work, was told it was time, 

She finally noticed that it had become dark outside the window.

She comes to the Eastern Palace every day to work and returns to the main palace when she’s done.

A year ago, when the princess began taking on the Crown Prince’s duties, the servants of the Eastern Palace did not welcome her.

They all believed the reputation of the Ineligible Princess.

The main palace’s servants knew that the princess was not the Ineligible Princess, but 

The Eastern Palace’s servants, who had nothing to do with the princess, firmly believed the reputation of the Ineligible Princess.

But when the princess started working, she cleared documents more quickly and accurately than the crown prince.

Although she couldn’t go on inspections, she read the reports of the officials who went in her place and, 

Responded to requests from each territory.

There were many demands from territories that had underestimated the crown princess, but

She ordered re-investigations, and there was no compliance at all.

Gradually, the servants realized that the reputation of the Ineligible Princess was strange.

Wasn’t she supposed to be skipping princess education?

Wasn’t she supposed to be whimsical and quick-tempered?

Wasn’t she supposed to be making dresses that the budget couldn’t keep up with?

. . .Could it all have been a lie?

Since they realized that, the way the servants looked at the princess changed.

Now, no one in the Eastern Palace thinks the princess is the Ineligible Princess.

Although she is a proxy for her father, the crown prince, who is “too ill” to perform any public duties, 

They know that the princess will succeed the throne.

Rather than having a Crown Prince who lacks ambition, it would be preferable for the capable and gentle princess to become the Crown Princess,

Everyone had come to believe that it would be a delightful outcome.

“It seems there’s no time to practice magic today.”

“It’s impossible today, but let’s make time tomorrow.”

“Really? Promise?”

I leave the Eastern Palace with the princess, who is in a better mood.

I saw Ellie among the servants who saw us off.

She must have known our eyes met; she looked away immediately.

It must be awkward.

I know she thought the princess was the Ineligible Princess.

Even if she knows the true princess now, she probably can’t get close to her.

I hope she has given up on me by now.

When I was in school, I knew she was watching me.

I was teased by other young heirs about it. They said I should date her.

But somehow, I understood.

Probably, Miss Ellie knew my circumstances and, seeks comfort in being around someone who shares similar experiences.

I didn’t feel bad when Chris said he was like me.

But the fact that Miss Ellie felt that way about me was something I wanted to turn away from.

Not wanting to be hated, not wanting to stand out so as not to be scorned, 

Yet wanting to be near someone, wanting to share pain.

. . .It felt like being confronted with such weakness, so I couldn’t bring myself to date Miss Ellie.

While the princess is bathing, Chris and I spend time in the guard waiting room.

Lisa and Yuna are maids, but they also serve as the princess’ guards at such times.

We stay in a position where we can rush to her side if something happens.

“That letter, it’s from the Margrave, isn’t it? That’s rare. What happened?”

Reading a letter from my father, I am spoken to by Chris.

Chris, who usually doesn’t inquire about my circumstances, is asking to the extent that,

It seems he had a serious expression on his face.

“It’s about. . .my younger brother has entered the academy, and he’s asking for a favor.”

“A favor? Is your brother talented?”

“. . .He’s my half-brother. His magical power seems to be low.

He’s probably going to struggle with magic classes, so he wants me to talk to the teacher.”

“Plead with Line-sensei, huh?

Is that a request to go easy on the evaluation? . . .It’s impossible.”

“No way Line-sensei would do something like that.

I have no choice but to write back saying it’s impossible.”

No matter how I think about it, Line-sensei would never do anything dishonest.

He probably sent the letter because he heard that I was Line-sensei’s disciple.

But to ask a third son whom he’s hardly ever spoken to, it must mean that the fourth son is important.

. . .I thought I wouldn’t feel the pain anymore,

But maybe I still had a little hope left.

I felt a sense of suffocation and put away the letter.

“We both have it tough. . .My younger brother apparently enrolled this year too.”

“Chris’ younger brother too?”

“. . .That’s not all. Want to see the list of new students?”

When I looked at the list of new enrollees that was handed to me, I found a familiar name partway through.

“I see. . .She’s enrolling this year.

I don’t think she’ll come to the palace, but we’ll have to be careful.”

“Yeah.”

Eliza・Hambel

“With her father becoming Lord Hambel on the roster,

The name of Miss Eliza, who became the daughter of Duke Hambel, was listed.”

She is allowed to be in the capital only during the school period.

Chris said he hoped nothing would happen, but I couldn’t imagine that Miss Eliza wouldn’t do anything.


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