𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟔𝟔: (𝐊𝐲𝐥𝐞)
Even as she said it herself, she might have remembered that she doesn’t share blood ties with His Majesty, so,
It became apparent that Eliza’s complexion was deteriorating.
“But… I am the beloved princess, after all
I am the one to inherit this country. . .Otou-sama and Okaa-sama said so. . .”
“By now, even the Duke and Duchess wouldn’t say such foolish things, right?”
The ambition of the Duke and Duchess, who were once the third prince,
Was a story from before they were banished from the royal capital.
Now they don’t even have the leisure to think about such things.
If anything happens next, they will be secretly executed, and it will be said they died of illness.
They must be trembling by now, having heard about Eliza.
“. . .Because of Sofia, we were banished from the royal capital,
Otou-sama and Okaa-sama have gone mad. . .
Grandfather should love me, but he won’t even meet my eye.
Everything, everything, everything is Sofia’s fault!!”
Seeing Eliza unable to bear it any longer and shouting out, I can’t help but think, “Oh.”
Eliza is also a child who became a victim of her parents’ actions.
Brainwashed into believing, “You are a princess, Princess Eliza,”
And raised to believe she was loved by everyone.
She continued to torment Sofia, thinking it was right for her father and the former chief court lady to do so.
Eliza might be a pitiable child, too.
But that’s only until she was nine.
The one who didn’t try to escape from there, was Eliza herself.
“In the end, you will not listen to those around you, right?”
“What are you talking about! It’s everyone else who won’t listen to me!”
“It’s a parallel line, isn’t it? That’s enough. Let’s put on the magic seal.
Hold her down just like that.”
Realizing that talking more would be pointless, I had the female knight hold her down, and
I put a magic-sealing collar on Eliza, channeling mine, David’s, and Jordan’s magic into it.
The collar reshapes, the fastener melts away and becomes invisible.
If we don’t release the clasp by draining magic power once again,
It’s not the kind of thing that can be cut easily, even if you try with a blade.
“Along with sealing the magic, this contains a spell for exile from the country.
Once you cross the border, you cannot return.”
“Huh? . . .Exile. . . . . .?”
Looking at Eliza’s stunned face, I remembered that I hadn’t mentioned the exile.
“. . .You got permission to marry from His Majesty at the ball, didn’t you?
You will be transported to Kokodia with Prince Heines.”
“What? . . .Eh? . . .Marry Prince Heines? To Kokodia?!
I won’t! I won’t marry Prince Heines!
There’s no way I’m marrying Prince Heines who chose Sofia over me!”
Speaking of which, when Prince Heines learned that Eliza had no right to the throne,
He mentioned that he was going to marry Sofia.
From Eliza’s point of view, she must have felt betrayed.
But even if she says that. . .
“Your marriage to Prince Heines and your move to Kokodia are confirmed.
Eliza, the reason you won’t be executed is that
You are carrying a child by Prince Heines.
We cannot execute royal blood from Kokodia.
That’s the reason you were spared.”
“Eh. . . . . . . . .Child?”
“Didn’t you hear from Dr. Renkin?”
“No. . .A child. . .No. . .No. . . . . .”
“Hey, what’s wrong.”
“No! Nooooo. No, it’s disgusting. Kill me, please, kill the child in my stomach!
I won’t go to Kokodia. Send me back to Otou-sama and Okaa-sama!
Several female knights held down Eliza, who continued to cry and shake her head.
With Eliza still struggling, I had no choice but to cast a sleep spell on her.
Eliza, whose body had gone limp and weak, had her makeup smudged due to sobbing, and
Her bare face looked just like nine-year-old Eliza.
Even though I knew it was wrong, I had no choice but to believe it as it was.
I understand, but I don’t empathize or sympathize.
Because Eliza took the wrong path, there are those who have become victims.
And there are those who believed Eliza’s words and had their lives thrown into chaos.
Three students including Ilia were found to have assisted in the plan of Prince Heines and Eliza.
It was because they were found to have been spreading negative rumors about Sofia within the academy.
The three of them were to be expelled from the academy.
Ilia will be transferred to Margrave as is, and will not be allowed to leave the Margrave territory.
“Eliza-sama did not understand her own guilt until the very end. . . . . .”
Jordan, who was nearby, muttered this.
Jordan is listening to the situation of Sofia when she was protected by his father, Augen.
It seems to sympathize more with the past Sofia than with the now screaming Eliza.
“. . .All that’s left is to transfer her to Kokodia,
I’m relieved to think that this will ease Sofia-sama’s worries.”
David, who had played a part in clearing the bad reputation at the academy, speaks with genuine relief.
Believing that his Majesty made the right choice in selecting Jordan and David as witnesses,
The three of us head to the audience chamber to report, leaving the noble prison.
The aftertaste is still bad, but I’m glad that it wasn’t Sofia who had to do this job.
I think that I might have been able to protect her a little, having been the one to bear that malice.
“The Queen of Kokodia is said to dote on Prince Heines the most.
Prince Heines will not be able to appear in public because of this matter.
. . .Even though she is carrying Prince Heines’ child,
How she will feel about Eliza, who has ruined her precious son’s future. . .
There will be no gentle reception.”
“That’s probably true. . .Thinking that way makes me feel a little better.”
“I won’t be satisfied with just exile from the country.”