Chapter 15: The Unfair Bet
“Yes, you’re not wrong. That’s why was worried if you’ll be able to carry out the duties of the Crown Princess.”
There was no anger. Rather, he had a satisfied expression. Elise bowed her head again.
“That’s completely reasonable. I am so very lacking to be the Crown Princess.”
She was relieved the Emperor agreed with her, but the Emperor wasn’t actually agreeing with her.
“However, after seeing you today, my concerns have been lessened.
“Seeing your appearance now, I think you’ll do an outstanding job in the Crown Princess position.”
And he continued to speak in a greatly satisfied voice.
“I was awed by you multiple times today. It must have been difficult to put down your desire after introspection. I’m proud of you, and even prouder!”
Elise’s face darkened. Something wasn’t right.
“N, No. I really am not fitting of the position. I only know myself, and my personality is…!”
She spoke of all her weaknesses that she could speak of. But the Emperor cut her off.
“Enough. I understand what you’re trying to say.”
“How old are you this year?”
“….16 years old.”
The Emperor turned his gaze to the garden. There were roses in various colors.
“16. A beautiful young age. Just like this flower.”
Of those, he looked at a budding rose. The bud had a vibrant red color, and it was clear it would be a beautiful flower after it fully bloomed.
“I understand your concerns. The responsibility of being the Crown Princess must be scary. But who doesn’t have any flaws? The most important thing is how one overcomes them If you always have the same mindset I’m seeing today, you’ll be an amazing Crown Princess, and future Emperor.”
No! That’s not it! She felt like she was going to explode from frustration. Like he was blinded to her flaws, he was looking at her with endless affection. ‘What should I do? I must cancel the engagement today.’ If she quit today, she didn’t know when she would meet the Emperor again. After the engagement was announced, there was nothing she could do. ‘What should I say? Should I say I don’t like the Crown Prince anymore?’
She bit her lip. She frantically thought of ways to escape this situation. And a method popped up!
“Your Majesty. There’s another reason why I want to cancel this engagement.”
“What is it?”
She paused for a moment. She was worried about his reaction, but she just spit it out.
“Actually…there’s something I want to do.”
“What is it?”
“I want to be a doctor.”
Another silence descended upon the garden. She had lost count of how many times the garden went silent today. However, if it was because of shock earlier, now, it was because of disbelief.
“….Elise, a doctor?”
Her father fumbled over his words. He thought it was a joke, but Elise simply nodded her head.
“Yes, father, I want to be a doctor.”
“What is this sudden nonsense…”
The Marquis’s head started to ache at her sudden decision. He thought she was being well-behaved these days, but to cause this incident in front of the Emperor!
“Elise, is that true? You want to be a doctor?”
“Yes, I really do.”
“Even if I like you, I can’t forgive you if you lie.”
The Emperor looked directly at her. It was a gaze that pierced you and read all your thoughts. Elise accepted his gaze unwaveringly. ‘It’s something I suddenly brought up, but I really do want to live the life of a doctor.’ She thought of her life on Earth, the cold scalpel, the beating heart, and the happiness of saving someone who was at death’s food.
The thought of her life as a doctor caused her heart to beat faster. She now had the soft and petite expression of Elise, but she was still a doctor. She wanted to experience the feeling of saving someone again.
“Huh huh. A doctor.”
Seeing that she was being honest, the Emperor chuckled.