“Diplomatic Risk? What are you talking about?”
“First, there’s the trade relationship with House Walter of Sei’s fiancee, a wealthy mercantile viscount house to consider. To put it simply, it’s a house with connections to various countries. Secondly, Minister Bruno’s prime responsibility is diplomacy… so there’s the problem with his son picking a fight with the said domestic household with international connections.”
“He’s not like Darck, so he couldn’t have possibly offended his former fiancee’s house. Besides, Sei is the 2nd son so he’s not the one to inherit his father’s position. Not to mention, he told me that he settled his matters peacefully.”
As Leddorio turned the newspaper his younger brother handed to him, he read the headline; “Former Fiancee’s Current Affairs – The Light and Shade of the Saintess’ Followers.” It was followed by the stories House Bruno’s circumstances, Leddorio’s fall from grace, and lastly, Darck’s reformations.
(No, more than that—)
The main issue for the prince was what the article written about Chloe. As far as he is concerned, Chloe condemnation had her labeled as the False Saintess who brought the Saintess to harm out of her jealousy. However, the article wrote about her latest affairs in a positive note.
It explains how Chloe had recently been working hard to support a lodging house in order to repay the compassion that its owners, a falsely accused priest and his wife, had shown her. It further explains how Chloe, now having repented for her sins, is moving forward to become a true saintess herself.
The author responsible for the article was–
Momo grasped the edge newspaper tightly with a complicated expression written all over her face. The prince thought that the lady must have found it unbelievable how her former friend had sided with the one who harmed her in the past. The prince considered that perhaps Chloe was secretly connected to the writer, but there’s no possible way she could have used that connection without Shin’s notice.
But more than anything, the fact that someone within the observation party had leaked these all had concerned the prince even more.
“Keith! This was your doing!”
“Lady Chloe’s denunciation is over, brother. Thus, I believe that we must judge how she decides to atone for her sins with impartiality.”
“Impartiality? Even though they were clearly pretensions?”
“Is that what you think, brother? Sacred mana never lies. We have both seen her use such high levels of sacred magic. I find it rather doubtful whether she truly harbors a heart as wicked as you assume.”
Suddenly, the words of his younger brother reminded him of the poor condition of Momo’s sacred mana during their last dungeon exploration. Feeling as though his younger brother had indirectly insulted her, blood rose to the prince’s head.
“Bastard, are you implying that Momo is lying!?”
“Sir Benny, please calm down!”
Momo flusteredly caught him by the arms to stop him. Likewise, Prince Keith was being calmed down by his fiancée.
“Sir Keith, please do not quarrel.”
“I merely told him the truth though, but alright, if that’s what Canaria says.”
There’s no one else to catch the eyes of his younger brother other than his fiancee, Canaria. The 2nd prince did not show any reaction at all to the smiles that Momo had shown him. Although Leddorio feels pity towards Keith for not having realized Momo’s charms, he felt just as grateful for not having to face him as a rival in love as well.
“At any rate, we must go to Iris Mountain to confirm whether that’s true or not. Rather than having to put up with such ceremonial rites, I’d rather just spend our time for raising our level instead. If it’s about the greetings and whatnots, just leave all those to Sei.”
“Haa… fine, brother. Just to add, the substitute saintess shall be Chaco Brown instead. You may be in a considerably bad temper with her but, you have to let this one slide, brother.”
What is there to let slide when you were the one who told her to write that, or so Leddorio thought, but either way, although he found it problematic, the lady in question merely who wrote an article positive of Chloe despite being Momo’s friend.
The prince thought nothing much of her as the substitution for the Saintess’ role.
Incidentally, the royal academy had always been hand-in-hand with the sacred church in cultivating the next saintess. It was instrumental in letting Momo enroll in the royal academy, and allowing female students to take a specialized class in order to receive treatments as acolytes. Although they will never become a Saintess themselves, they are able to perform like one as part of the festival.
“Then, I’ll be borrowing Sei. But if ever he changed his allegiance to me after the ceremony, do not condemn him for that brother.”
“Hmmph, say wahtever you want. House Bruno may be in your political faction, but there’s no possible way that guy would ever betray Momo. He’ll return to us right after the Advent Festival.”
Leddorio seemingly spat out to Keith who had obtained a much more despicable mouth to him after replacing him as the crown prince. Although Sei is a womanizer who made a lot of ladies shed tears, he said before that Momo is the only one he would never make cry for him. Although Leddorio doesn’t plan on yielding to his foster brother, those words that Sei had told him only shows how serious he was towards the lady.
And yet, as if laughing at the 1st prince’s trust, Sei never returned, even after the festival had ended.