Chapter 36: After the Kidnapping
“Will, there is something I want to ask you.”
It was after school one day when Finlay, the Crown Prince, approached William with a serious expression. Charlotte, who was standing next to him, looked away as if she knew what he was going to say.
After observing the two of them, William exhaled lightly and said, “Something happened, didn’t it?”
He looked at Finlay and Charlotte with his emerald-colored eyes.
“I’ve noticed that both of you have been tense since the weekend. I was wondering what was going on.”
When William said this, the Crown Prince’s expression softened slightly.
“Haha, as expected, I can’t hide anything from Wil.”
The Crown Prince chuckled softly, but then his face became serious as he began to speak.
“Actually, I was kidnapped over the weekend and thrown in front of a magical beast.”
William was stunned upon hearing this. He had suspected that something had happened, but he did not expect it to be something of this magnitude.
Meanwhile, I remembered the Crown Prince’s kidnapping incident depicted in the school arc of [You and The White Rose], a story I had read in my previous life.
The Crown Prince’s kidnapping incident in the school arc of [You and The White Rose] is depicted starting from the scene where the Crown Prince is walking through the city.
The carefree Crown Prince often sneaked out of the dormitory and wandered the streets on his own, and on that day, he had disguised himself and come to the city as usual.
As the Crown Prince walked through the streets, he was suddenly struck from behind and sniffed a handkerchief soaked with a sleep-inducing drug, causing him to pass out.
When he woke up next, he was in the midst of a forest. He was being carried by masked and eerie figures, and no matter how much he struggled, he was unable to move his body or limbs.
When they arrived at a location in the forest, the masked figures dropped the Crown Prince on the ground and left.
As he tried to understand his situation by turning his body to the other side, he saw a magical beast standing there. He was terrified at the sight of the flickering, fiery magical beast.
Despite trying to escape, he was unable to move his limbs and could only thrash about helplessly.
He was in a helpless situation where he could not tell anyone about his critical situation.
Even the usually composed Crown Prince must have thought he was doomed.
In the midst of all this, a girl riding a deer appeared before the Crown Prince.
(That girl was Charlotte, right?)
Thinking back to the spread page of [You and The White Rose], I remember the lively figure of Charlotte drawn large.
Charlotte, who heard about the prince’s strange events from the birds, immediately rode a deer and headed for the prince. And she was looking for an opportunity to rescue while grasping the situation from the birds.
Charlotte quickly cut the rope that tied the prince and escaped from the magical beast.
Thus, the prince is saved.
As expected, the outline of the incident spoken by the prince was basically the same as the story of the prince’s kidnapping that I read in [You and The White Rose].”
(I was thinking it was about time, but it was over the weekend …)”
I quietly bite my lips while listening to the story.
“So thanks to Charlotte, I somehow managed to survive. The fact that the royal family was attacked would make the people anxious, so this incident will be kept secret among those involved.”
After the prince said this and concluded the story, William-sama let go of the strength he had been holding on to.
“…Anyway, I’m glad you’re safe.”
William-sama sighs in relief.
“I’m sorry to worry you. I also got scolded by Edward. I guess I was just being careless. If I had been a little more careful …”
William-sama placed his hand on the prince’s shoulder to comfort the prince, who was looking guilty.
“I think it would have been better for you to be more careful as a royal when going out alone, but the ones who tried to harm you are to blame, not you.”
When William-sama said this, Prince Finlay narrowed his eyes.
“Thank you, Will … Thank you, Charlotte. If it weren’t for Charlotte, I would have been in a terrible situation by now.”
“No, the birds deserve the most credit this time. If the birds hadn’t told me, I wouldn’t have noticed the incident. Next time you see the birds, make sure to scatter some top-notch breadcrumbs for them.”
When Charlotte said this playfully, Prince Finlay relaxed his expression.
“I’ll offer a mountain of the best bread in the capital.”
At that moment, the chirping of birds was heard at the right timing, and the three of them looked at each other and laughed out loud.
“So here’s the main topic …”
After laughing for a while, Prince Finlay began to speak with a tense expression again.
“There is a strong theory that this incident was the work of remnants of the anti-royal party. And this has something to do with Will.”
The prince nods.
“There are reports that the nobles who were responsible for the attack on Will’s escort knight recently are anti-royalists.
Upon hearing this, William-sama opened his eyes wide.
Prince Finlay continues.
“It is highly likely that they tried to bring down Wil’s escort knight and tried to take Wil into the anti-royalist camp by taking away the knight who was at stake for our own breath. Well, it’s still not out of the realm of conjecture.”
A heavy atmosphere settles in the room.
“I’m sorry, I’m sorry for my friends and for the fact that Will and Charlotte may be affected by this from now on …!!”
William-sama grabbed one of Prince Finlay’s grief-stricken hands.
“Don’t make that face, Finn. Your problem is my problem. If the anti-royal party is also the enemy of Leah, I have no reason to show mercy. Let’s think about what to do together.”
When the prince whispered William-sama’s name, Charlotte, who was sitting next to him, grabbed the other hand of the prince.
“If I can be of any help, just say so!! It’s for Finlay, my friend, I’ll do my best!!”
After looking astonished at Charlotte, who approached him and said that, Prince Finlay looked at her with loving eyes.
“Thank you, I’m counting on you.”
Looking at Prince Finlay’s narrowed eyes, I realized that,
(The prince is in love with Charlotte.)
This prince kidnapping incident was also an event where the prince falls in love with Charlotte.
He falls in love with Charlotte, who came to rescue him without considering her own danger.
(Certainly, if there were someone who exposed themselves to danger to come and save you in a desperate situation, you might fall in love with them … especially if they were already good friends with you).
While I was thinking about these things, the three of them held hands in the sunset.