𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟕𝟔: 𝐊𝐲𝐥𝐞’𝐬 𝐏𝐎𝐕
Dinner ended more quietly than usual.
Maybe she was tired, but Sofia ate less.
She left about half of her favorite chicken with mushroom sauce.
I myself also left almost everything.
I didn’t feel hungry, and I didn’t want anything at all.
I left the duty of taking Sofia to her bedroom to Chris and lay down on the sofa in the guard’s waiting room.
. . .I regretted leaving the task to Chris after all.
But, if we were alone now, I didn’t know what would happen.
I wanted to feel for just a moment that Sofia was mine alone.
Though I knew it was impossible, I couldn’t help but want to hold her and keep her confined.
As I was daydreaming, Chris returned and said, looking disgusted,
“You seem more down than I thought. It’s about Arno’s matter, isn’t it?”
“. . . . . .”
“Even if Arno becomes a consort candidate, it’s still in the future.
The Princess wouldn’t decide so easily.”
“I know. . .I do know that.”
“Well, you know, but the feelings are different, huh?”
“. . .”
Easily pinpointed by Chris, I was rendered speechless.
I knew it in my head.
That Chris and I alone were not enough, another consort would be needed.
But, before I knew it, I felt as if Sofia was mine alone.
Since the day Chris said he would become a consort but not share a bed with Sofia.
Until then, I naturally thought that was the way it should be.
That Chris, too, loved Sofia as a man.
I understood that three consorts were necessary, and
I felt that Chris being chosen as one was natural.
But when I realized that wasn’t the case, I felt more relieved than I thought.
Looking back, Chris was protecting Sofia like a parent.
He noticed that I wanted Sofia as a man,
And even made comments that seemed to support it.
I felt as if I was told I could love Sofia as a lover,
And I became so self-important that I lost sight of everything around me.
She’s going to be the queen, so she can’t just be my Sofia.
In the same way that she shares the bed with me, with other men too. . .
Although I should have thought it natural to accept that before, I now don’t.
When did I become like this?
“. . .Well, don’t worry too much about it.
You don’t have to accept it until the time comes.”
“Don’t say it so easily.”
“If you worry, the Princess will suffer.
So, worry only in front of me.”
“. . .Yeah, that’s right. Sorry.”
I am surely worrying more than Sofia.
And neither I nor anyone else can consult about it.
Even so, I shouldn’t have added more worry.
Previously, Ruri had asked Sofia something.
Whether it was possible to have only two consorts.
She thought it might be fine to change the law or make an exception.
According to Ruri, there would be no dispute between me and Chris,
And she thought it would work out without forcibly increasing one more person.
But Sofia firmly answered that it was impossible.
It’s not a law that can be changed easily just because she wants to.
If a precedent is set, the next queen will be troubled.
For example, if someone like Eliza becomes queen,
There could be a takeover of the country by a prince from another country like Prince Heines.
The only one who can stop it at that time is someone in the same consort position.
There is a reason why there are three consorts. She explained it that way.
I didn’t understand why Ruri asked such a question at that time.
Now I feel like I understand. Ruri thought that way, thinking about me and Sofia.
I have to be strong.
I decided to support Sofia, so I shouldn’t worry about such things.
I take a deep breath and sit up.
Chris hands me a glass filled with cold tea when I sit back on the sofa.
“Anyway, you shouldn’t try to think when you’re tired.
You and Princess are too busy and tired.
Take a day off tomorrow and relax.
Lisa and Yuna were also worried, so it’s perfect.”
“A day off?”
“Yes. School starts the day after tomorrow.
So it’s a good idea to take a little rest before that.
Come on, you promised to take me with you.
Let’s go on a picnic.”
I relax at the usual Chris.
Too busy and tired, that may indeed be true.
“Speaking of which, we promised to go with the three of us next time.
Alright, I’ll tell the head chef to make tomorrow’s lunch for a picnic.”
“In that case, I’ll tell Lisa and Yuna about the schedule change.
I’ll contact David while I’m at it.”
“I asked. . .Also, thank you.”