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Chapter 069 – The Young Lady Named Sophie Linier – The Meeting and Despair of Ferio Rex III
As Sophie left the room to do the paperwork, Christina entered the room in a swapping manner.
“Your Highness, what did Sophie say?”
It was a tense tone, which was unusual for his fiancée.
As Ferio told her Sophie consented to the request, Christina slowly closed her eyes. Those long eyelashes gave the impression of relief, yet she seemed a little disappointed.
“That girl will surely be the protagonist of this big stage and show a brilliant dance that will surprise everyone. Although I look forward to that, I also feel a little lonely about that… I wished to keep her beside me and watch that lovely smile for a bit longer.”
It meant they could no longer spend time together at this academy.
It was a school life that was about to meet its end for Christina. She originally wished to spend what little time she had here together with her “little sister.”
“However, this is a necessary stepping stone for the future. If Sophie manages to bring the project to fruition…”
Christina spun words as if she was trying to convince herself and closed her eyes as if she was thinking of something.
It was the determination to secure greater happiness in the future than the happiness she could get right now. Ferio had a thought as he saw his fiancée’s expression.
Sophie should have a promise with Christina as well, he thought.
That was a likely possibility considering how much Sophie was intoxicated with Christina. However, Ferio couldn’t understand something.
“Christina, what’s with that?”
“What do you mean by that?”
“I’m referring to Sophie’s devotion to you. It’s practically in the realm of illness. She told endless stories about you before we could even talk about the main subject, so much so that the main discussion took less time than those stories.”
Sophie didn’t listen to him, complained about his engagement with Christina, and noisily repeated that she didn’t approve of him as her fiancé.
Once he told that to Christina, his beautiful fiancée spoke with a shining smile.
“I’m terribly sorry, Your Highness. Sophie properly listens to me, though.”
“I told you, I feel nothing but malice in those words!”
Ferio knew Sophie was pretty weird, but he also knew his fiancée in front of him was weird in her own way.
However, Ferio admitted that his fiancée possessed great qualities as a queen. That was why he needed to ask her the meaning of her suspicious behavior.
“Christina, why did you exchange that thing called the bond of sisterhood with Sophie? And I heard you did that on her first day enrolling in the academy. Don’t tell me… you are…”
For some reason, Ferio was scared to put his guess into words, so he glared at Christina instead. Since he was aware his fiancée wasn’t a woman who would falter from a mere glare, he continued his words.
“You’re not having any weird ideas, right?”
“Oh my, Your Highness, do you think I would take an action that would put Your Highness at a disadvantage?”
“You are a wise person with qualities of a queen. So much so I doubt I could find anyone who is more worthy.”
His wise fiancée replied with a beautiful smile but chose to play dumb on what Ferio implied.
That was the answer, and Ferio had no choice but to say the words he didn’t want to say.
“Be aware of your status. The presence and absence of concubines are beyond your authority to speak of.”
“You’re mistaken about that, Your Highness. Although a queen is not allowed to say ‘NO’ to a king taking a concubine, they have the right to say ‘YES’ in that matter. After all, the person Your Highness takes as a concubine should be a worthy person.”1
“As expected… you are…”
The reason Christina exchanged the bond of sisterhood during Sophie’s first day of enrollment was most likely to observe Sophie’s qualities as a potential concubine. Even in the case Sophie was unqualified, Christina was still an excellent woman. She would be able to train any girl into a first-class assistant.
“In that respect, Sophie has my approval. She was wise, could read the situation, and was smart enough to make use of the situation. She also looks perfect. There might be difficulties in taking her as a concubine because of her low pedigree, but once she achieves great things as a purple star, nobody will complain. Or rather, they can’t.”
Ferio was scared of his fiancée who told him such horrifying things.
He had a bad feeling ever since Christina mentioned Sophie’s name.
This girl was perfect to be the future queen. So perfect that he became scared of her.
“Are you trying to kill me?! If I tell that girl who is intoxicated with you to be my concubine, she’ll kill me the moment I let that word out!”
“You shouldn’t say that, Your Highness. She isn’t a person who will harm Your Highness.”
“She is a woman who would grab me by the collar to threaten me when nobody is watching!”
“Isn’t that too much to say about your first love? Sophie isn’t a person who would do that.”
“She’s just pretending to be cute in front of you! Moreover, she has someone she loves, so there’s no way she’ll be willing to be my concubine!”
When Ferio shouted that fact involuntarily, Christina’s expression changed. Her face turned cold.
“…Aah, you mean that person she can never meet again. I heard that person was her best friend, but that person is actually a male?”
“It’s an unfamiliar name, but it couldn’t be a female by the way she said it.”
Ferio thought Christina wouldn’t know that, but she actually knew. Ferio never thought she would still recommend Sophie to be his concubine knowing that. He couldn’t understand the nerve of his fiancée.
“But Sophie said he’s a person she couldn’t meet anymore even if she wanted to. She said they are separated beyond the edge of the world. Is there any need to be frightened by a person whom she can’t meet anymore? Women are creatures who will overwrite their memory with something better. There’s nothing to be scared about.”
Ferio held his face in his palms after his fiancée declared such a thing with confidence.
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