"Would you do me the honor of being your life companion, Lady Verena Zielle?"
I stared into his sincere eyes, and his voice was so loud and clear that it drew the attention of the other aristocrats.
I could even sense my family's bewilderment at this unexpected event.
(If only I could live a life like this...)
I smiled at him as I nodded my head in delight.
(Imagine how different my life would be?)
"Of course, Your Highness Azazel, although your abrupt proposal has taken me by surprise, I couldn't be happier."
I stretched my hand to him, and he delicately placed the simple diamond ring on my ring finger, his expression thoughtful.
"Oh, my~ I couldn't believe what I'm seeing."
"Does this imply that the Dukedom of Zielle supports the second prince?"
"Look at how romantic his highness was~ They are such a perfect match made in heaven."
"I couldn't believe I'm about to occur something that might shake the whole
Within a single night, words about the second prince, Azazel von Elysian, who proposed Lady Zielle of the Zielle Dukedom at Princess Charlotte's von Elysian 14th birthday celebration had spread rapidly.It has become the Empire's hot topic, and everyone is talking about it.[Empress' Palace]"It's exactly as you reported to me, Olivier."The Empress, Kalliste, smiled to herself as she sipped her cup of black tea and savored the flavor while enjoying the weather in the garden.Behind her stood the same messy dark red-haired man with exhausted jet-black eyes, struggling to stay awake from all the meaningless chit-chat.(Whatever... I only gave all the information except the rebellion. I even told her the truth, that Azazel has been keeping an eye on Verena for who knows how long.)"You've done well. You made an excellent decision."Olivier remained utterly silent, his hands clenched into fists out of sight.(...... I'm hop
[2nd Prince's Palace] "Olivier, what do you think the energy element is?" Azazel questioned, his gaze falling on me. I look upwards since I was sitting on the garden's grass while he stood in front of me. "The energy element is the force that can let us control our own elements." He nodded in agreement to my response. "That is correct. Though, every element is controlled differently. I'll teach you energy fire control because there's no one to teach you energy air control." My mouth opened wide in disbelief. "... Your Highness, what exactly do you mean? What I have is air, not fire." Azazel smirked as he put his hand on his hip. "You fool. I'm talking about the control energy. Listen, I heard that air comes from meditation and the mind, but that fire comes from the breath and the heart itself. You will learn how to control your energy element by using fire control." "Does that even make any sense?!"
I yawned as I proceeded with my work. I continue to scribble down a plan for the revolt that could operate while Azazel was at war.I haven't heard anything about him for the last 3 years. With that time compromise, I'm not sure if he's still alive or not.However, despite being unsure, I still believed he will be alive. He would have to if he's going to overthrow the Empire.(I've been preoccupied with having to take care of this palace and always prevent myself from meeting the Empress. This is getting ridiculous.)Before I could even take a breather, a knock echoed throughout the room as I invited whoever had knocked to come in.The door opened. A familiar man in his sixties entered. With his hazelnut eyes narrowed, a pleasant smile on his face."Are you still not getting enough sleep, Olivier?""Louis, why are you here at this hour of the night?"With wide eyes, I questioned, halting whatever I was doing to give him my comp
[Present Time][Zielle Dukedom]The room was brightly illuminated, and the shelves were stacked with glass bottles containing an unusual colored liquid.Verena eagerly prepares potion powders. It is a special poison for the Imperial Family to use on the day of the rebellion."Azazel, could you find a dry leaves that has the color of brown? Also make sure that they haven't fallen from a tree."She asked with her attention fixed on the powder. Azazel, who was standing behind her, nodded at her asking as he exited the room.In the meantime, Oliver was gathering all of Verena's other ingredients. One of the important ingredients are the deadliest petals. After he gathered them, he place them beside Verena.(To this day, I still find it hard to imagine that Verena and Azazel have been engaged.)Olivier pondered while double-checking each materials thay could be usable. In the process, He also assisted Verena on making the potion.
[Ciel Casino]Baron Fred Goldenrod entered the casino with his head held high, knowing that he was a special guest because, according to Verena's information, the casino's owner is the Duke.He is overjoyed to have received the one-of-a-kind miracle thanks to the white ticket tucked neatly within his pocket.(I don't even remember saving the Duke whatsoever. But if that's what Lady Zielle claimed, then I must have done it in some way.)He smiled proudly as the light from the chandelier inside lit up the entire hall just for him and him alone.His arrogance and stupidity will be his downfall, just as Verena predicted."Ah, you must be Baron Fred Goldenrod."The appearance of a young man with jet black hair and confident jet black eyes. He's dressed in a black and white suit, just like the other casino employees who assist guests.But Baron Goldenrod had no idea that the man was Ethan Vad, who had changed his appearance as a resu
[Ciel Casino]The Baron exited the room, once again being led by Ethan as they walked down the halls with him carrying the bag of money for the Baron.(It's sure is a lot of money. It's really heavy......!)As they continued to walk, Ethan's hands trembled under the bag, and a scowl formed on his face.(How much longer do I have to walk?!)They returned to the casino, where nobles and commoners were engaged in their own games, but the Baron simply stared in wonder as he turned to look around."Why do we have to go back to the casino? Aren't there any other exit?"He whispered to Ethan, who didn't pay attention to his question and was instead preoccupied with his own issue while holding the bag of money.(Where is brother Ed-!)Before he could finish his thoughts, Edgar rushed in from the right side. He proceeds to tackled Ethan, who was holding the bag of money, become startled and caused him to dropped it broadly. This
[2nd Prince's Palace]Azazel looked worriedly at Verena, who was lying on the bed, as he seems to be unsure what to do. But he actually does knows exactly what to do which only adds to his uncertainty if this were the case.He felt the coldness in her hand as he grabbed it in his.(Her hand is ice-cold. It's too cold.)He thought as he was trying to send as much fire energy into her so that she could feel a little bit warmer.But it doesn't appear to be working because her hand did not warm up and it was only getting colder by the minute.(She must have been freezing the whole time.)He bit his bottom lip as he came to a choice that based on his own assumptions, would or would not make Verena hate him.He approached every curtain and closed them, as well locking the door, and walked back toward the bed.He ripped Verena's blanket from her shoulders as he continues to take off his clothes one by one, leaving him shirtless
[2nd Prince's Palace]"Thank you for letting me stay, Azazel."Verena smiled after Azazel prepared a large breakfast on the table for her and graced her with a friendly smile.The dress that he requested from Olivier also suited Verena nicely, and he was overjoyed to know that she liked it.Ignoring the fact that the empire was outraged by the news about the casino and how many people had died, including commoners who protested against the aristocrats, Azazel and Verena were enjoying their time as if nothing had occurred.They have entrusted the rest of the situation to Olivier, Theodore, and the twins. After the incident, Verena has started to always imagined what would her father's reaction if he ever founds out about the news."Oh? What is this?"Verena questioned, her tongue tingling with delight at the delicious flavor of the breakfast that Azazel served.Azazel shifted his gaze from the window to her, and a smile appeared