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•Roxanne Du Carolin’s Point of View
The celebration has concluded without incident, and I am now standing in front of the Kingdom of Estline’s dungeon.
Naturally, I’ve come to see Collete.
Even if we have friendly relations, it would be inappropriate for a person from another country to visit a place like this in the royal palace.
But Marguerite-sama made it happen in return for my asking His Majesty the King of Estline to keep the celebration going.
Marguerite-sama begged me to assist His Highness Dietrich, who had become ill from someone else’s poison.
How could I say no to her when she had worked so hard for the sake of her beloved?
“Fufu… I truly envy both His Highness Dietrich and Marguerite-sama because they are so in love.”
I’d like to have a fiancée as well, but… There is no time for an engagement in the current state of the battle for the throne between my brother Charles.
An engagement, on the other hand, is supposed to be between two families… It’s a kind of national contract in our case. It is abnormal to expect love in such a relationship…
Still, they were in love.
Despite the fact that he was fighting for the throne with his brother, Prince Oscar… No, perhaps that is what brought them together so deeply.
“…This is not the time to be thinking about such things…”
I gather my courage and proceed to the front of the dungeon, where Collete is kept.
“Your Highness, Roxanne…”
Collette was hugging her knees in the far corner of the prison.
I’m curious about what she’s thinking right now.
“Can I speak with you for a moment?”
I tried to speak to her, but she just stared at me.
Then I’ll have a one-sided conversation with her.
“The terrorist acts committed at the celebration in which you conspired with His Highness Oscar and his servant Otto Collengel were solely blamed on Otto.”
My words cause Collete’s eyes to widen, but they quickly return to normal.
“If that’s the case, Collete and His Highness Oscar should face punishment as well, but it appears that His Highness Oscar and the second queen of this country have been working behind the scenes. And His Majesty the King is very upset. Do you know why?”
“…Yes. They attempted to desecrate the celebrations by committing terrorism.”
“I’m afraid not.”
I laughed and shook my head in response to Collete’s response.
“In fact, His Highness Dietrich was poisoned by someone.”
“Wait, w-what do you mean?!”
Collete was taken aback by the story and bent over to inquire.
But this reaction…
“I see… Collete is unaware of…”
“Y-Yes… You don’t think it’s His Highness Oscar…?”
“At least, His Majesty the King appears to believe so. As a result of the investigation, His Highness Oscar himself appears to be imprisoned, though this was forced on Otto because his own brother could not be shamed for attempting to poison his brother.”
So. His Majesty’s rage is so intense that if Oscar had not been his own son, he would have been executed.
But, thanks to the efforts of the second queen, he was spared and imprisoned in a tower in the coldest part of the country, Mottoesauzan.
He’ll most likely never see the light of day again.
“…Collete, I’m not sure what’s going on with you and Charles. But… I still regard you as a dear friend. Please don’t ever forget that, okay?”
I’ve served my goal for now.
I now know Collete was not involved in the poisoning, and I’ve said everything I needed to say.
The rest is entirely up to her.
Keeping this in mind, I attempted to leave the dungeon where Collete was.
“… His Highness Charles said…”
“…that he would place me next to him…”
“… I see.”
Collete… You mean, you and Charles?
Collete, you poor thing… In the first place, Charles had no feelings for Collete…
I bit my lower lip in rage at having my friend’s feelings betrayed.
” … Goodbye.”
I said my final farewell to my friend.
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