“Of course,” I said. There was going to be a discussion on me becoming the next crown princess. “But Duke Wayne was never found. You said you were confident you could do it, so what happened?”
Achillios smiled mysteriously when I asked the question admonishingly. “I did find him, but I think it’s better not to bother with it.”
I looked at him quizzically.
“You’re perfect, so it will be fine,” he said. “Melmen.”
I held my head. Achillios had caught onto the joke the maids came up with. I would have to put a ban on it.
But then Dad showed up. “My cutie.”
“Dad!” Regardless of the time and place, my body automatically responded to his presence by running straight at him. I hugged him and smiled brightly, causing him to smile contentedly.
“Dad, you’re the ‘re’ on the music scale.”
He looked at me quizzically.
“Because you’re ‘do’ cool that it’s driving ‘mi’ crazy!” As I pretended to cry, Dad chuckled, clearly used to my antics.
The Miltiades who used to get startled by my jokes no longer existed. I did not know what to do since he was so happy instead. “Aww, you’re cute. How is even your name, Miltiades, so cute?”
“I can’t! No, I won’t!”
There was something more important to me than being proclaimed as the crown princess: praising my favorite character.
* * *
Today, as I admired the beauty that descended from the heavens itself, I stuck by my favorite character’s side and reminded myself of the meaning of life. Why did humans live? To see Miltiades, of course. Life without seeing Miltiades was meaningless because it had no purpose.
I almost burst out crying because of his beauty. Regardless of whether or not I calmed down though, the conference was going to proceed.
“The following is about the proclamation of Her Highness the Princess as the crown princess.” A strange tension took over the conference hall as soon as the topic came up. “If there’s anyone who opposes the decree…”
Miltiades glared at the nobles murderously. At that point, seeing his eyes, no one would dare oppose it.
But there was one person who was not bothered by it. He said, “I have a question.”
It was that s**t again. I frowned at Duke Ravenhook’s words, and then secretly checked the phone. It looked like there were no new messages.
At the Imperial palace party, I had sensed the strange energy from Duke Ravenhook, but could it be I was wrong about that?
“What is your question?”
“Her Highness the Princess has only received two of the crowns. You have to receive at least three of them to be considered legitimate, right?”
The remaining crowns were the Crown of Lily of the Duchy of Ravenhook and the Golden Crown of the Duchy of Wayne. It was reasonable, but sounded like complete bulls**t coming from one of the holders of the said crowns.
“You mean you won’t give the crown to her?” Miltiades went straight for the core of the problem.
Duke Ravenhook laughed meaningfully. “Well, I don’t know.”
I cocked my head to the side, having expected the duke to say no. What kind of trick was the b**tard trying to play now?
I narrowed my eyes as I watched Duke Ravenhook, who seemed to have a strangely different personality now. He usually tried to avoid places like this and run away instead. What in the world was he planning that he looked so relaxed?
“So, you’re saying that it is necessary for her to have the crown?” Miltiades sneered.
The aristocrats looked at each others’ faces before answering, “The procedure is important, but so is the symbolic gesture.”
“That’s right. Having the heir receive the crowns is an important ceremony.” The few aristocrats still siding with Duke Ravenhook agreed cautiously.
“That’s funny,” Miltiades said as he laughed at all of them. “Then, are you insulting me because I didn’t receive any crown?”
The nobles on Duke Ravenhook’s side grew startled.
“Throw them out,” ordered Miltiades.
“Yes, Your Majesty.”
“Your Majesty, please forgive us! Your Majesty!”
I shook my head as I watched them get dragged away mercilessly. I somehow needed to prevent the situation from getting worse. If it continued, there would be bloody chaos again. I contemplated how to fix the situation.