A letter arrived from Klaus, the second prince of Ahrens,
Nine months after that conversation.
Although the season is chilly even in the capital, the capital is located in the southern part of Eugenis.
Ahrens is situated in the northeast of Eugia, so the climate is quite different.
At this time, the mountains on the border with the Millecker territory are covered with snow,
And Ahrens, which already has little interaction with other regions, becomes completely closed off.
The fact that this is the coldest time of the year,
I thought that the letter was to appeal to Ahrens’ dire situation,
But when I read it, the content was completely different.
The letter said that he wanted to talk to Kyle even once.
He wouldn’t be able to get Kyle to receive the letter if he sent it directly,
So he sent it to me, he wrote.
The reason he wanted to talk to Kyle was not to beg for Ahrens’ salvation,
Nor to appeal to brotherly feelings, he also wrote.
Not as a representative of Ahrens, but he wants to talk as Klaus himself.
Independent for nine months. They must not have been able to acquire grain before winter.
It must have been very tough to get through this period.
Despite that, it’s not about the country, but Klaus’ personal matter?
And to come to the capital at this time must be quite difficult.
What on earth does he want to talk about, coming all the way to the capital?
It was Klaus who tried to make Kyle take a mistress at the evening party and was refused,
But he didn’t show that attitude during the discussion as regent.
Has something changed in his thoughts since Kyle clearly rejected him?
I was concerned about the expression he showed when looking at Kyle on the way back from the discussion.
However, should I easily meet Klaus, who has become a prince of another country?
Even if I refuse, I must think of a reason to refuse a request from royalty.
I couldn’t decide on my own, so I had Kyle and Chris read the letter,
And decided to consult on what to do.
“Hey, what do you think?
It’s written that he doesn’t want to ask Kyle for anything. . .
I don’t know what he wants to talk about, coming all the way to the capital.”
“The first prince was high-handed, but the second prince was more reserved.
Is the letter from the second prince?
The one who came to the evening party. . . he has something to talk to Kyle about. . .
Does Kyle want to meet?”
“As for me, I don’t care anymore.
I don’t think anything will change even if we talk now.
But, Sofia, aren’t you curious?”
“Not about Klaus, but what’s happening with Ahrens.
We pushed them away once, saying it’s better for them to be independent,
But as Sofia, you didn’t really want to do that, did you?”
“. . . . . .”
“You’re worried about the people of Ahrens, aren’t you?”
“. . .Yeah.”
I thought it was inevitable to change Ahrens’ naive thinking,
And to get them out of dependency.
That’s because Ahrens as a Margrave territory was a burden on Eugenis.
It’s not possible to keep favoring one territory.
But, it’s hard to produce grain in the territory, and there are many damages from magical beasts.
A harsh environment that becomes closed off during the winter.
I knew that the weak people of the territory would be the ones to suffer if we pushed them away.
. . .How much damage has been done?
Are the children able to eat?
I can’t reach out from here. But, I’m concerned.
“I’ll meet and talk with Klaus.
Ahrens may not return to Eugenis, but
There might be people we’ll have to protect if it does.
There may be times when the country has to deal with the damage.
It’s better to know the situation so we can respond immediately then.”
“. . .Sorry.”
“It’s fine, we made them independent knowing Sofia would worry.
Just listening won’t be a big deal.”
“Yeah, I’ll be present during the discussion.
I’ll cut it off right away if they say something strange.
So, Princess, you don’t have to look so worried.”
“Alright, I’ll leave it to you two.”
The letter stated that Klaus wanted to talk to Kyle personally.
Since I, as the crown princess, will be present, it can’t be considered an informal meeting.
Most likely, he wouldn’t want me to be there.
The decision was made to leave the meeting with Klaus to Kyle and Chris.