The Prince Wants To Retire - Chapter 15
The Prince Wants To Retire chapter 15
6. Which line should I hold? (2)
While the aristocrats were confused and confused, the inspection department and security forces were active.
Criminal organizations in the capital disintegrated as they were caught without mercy.
As a result, ledgers that were not properly hidden were exposed, and based on them, lower nobles were caught one after another.
Strangely, however, high-ranking nobles did not get caught.
“It’s thorough, too.”
As Kariel saw only the chaff being caught, he grinned.
When it comes to high-ranking nobles, they tend to dig at least one cave where they can all escape.
Is there any evidence that the count above is directly linked to a criminal organization?
That’s only possible when the money is really tight or the head of the household is a nerd.
And one of those idiots was the count caught stealing military secrets this time.
“The Count of Auchonville, who sold military secrets. Inspection Department, “This time, we will dig it up properly.”
“A proposal for the restoration of the Count of Auchonville’s title is raised in the nobility council!”
The case of the Earl of Auchonville appeared in the newspapers.
It was the first time in the current emperor system that a high-ranking aristocrat was involved, so the newspapers scrambled to publish this case.
Still, some nobles thought that the corruption investigation would gradually subside because of the Earl of Auchonville, but they couldn’t let the aristocrats do that.
Since the imperial faction attacked, the aristocratic faction also had to respond.
「Secret fight within the imperial palace. After that, the imperial faction?」
“Most of the courtiers are from the imperial faction. Unless we bring them out, the situation will not change.”
When the aristocrats attacked in this way, the imperial faction also counterattacked.
In contrast, neutrals were silent.
Because of the Earl of Auchonville, the neutral aristocrats themselves are in danger, so they hesitate to take care of themselves.
Because of this, the lower aristocrats couldn’t sleep well these days.
Those who bought titles with money.
Those who have obtained titles by fraud.
The empire, which had rotted over the decades, was overflowing with such people, and they could be said to be the cause of the corruption in the empire.
However, they lived on their backs and persecuted the commoners just because they had a bond with the high-ranking nobles, but as the trusted high-ranking aristocrats withdrew, there was no one to protect them.
“Are you in charge of the Nakdong River duck egg?”
Kariel laughed and mumbled the proverb from Earth.
Low-ranking nobles, one of the main culprits in their past life.
It was one of the main causes of corruption, but seeing them wandering, not knowing where to put the line, refreshed Kariel’s heart.
“Your Majesty, Sir Toto is here.”
“Oh, let’s go now.”
At the servant’s words, Kariel changed into sportswear and went outside.
“Your Majesty, you lost a lot of muscle.”
“Hmm, I’ve been busy all this time.”
“I heard you won’t be busy for a while now.”
When Toto spoke with intense eyes, Kariel turned his eyes slightly and clicked his tongue.
I tried avoiding Toto’s eyes while swearing at Tarion, but Toto, who was sincere about the exercise, immediately took Kariel to the private gym.
When I started squatting with the feeling of lightly relaxing my body, my legs were already shaking.
“This is all because I took a break from exercising.”
Toto clicked his tongue and started exercising together.
Cariel couldn’t even express his dissatisfaction because he didn’t just open his mouth and worked out together next to him every time.
“Hey, Your Highness, may I ask you one thing?”
“after! after! What!”
Toto cautiously asked Kariel, who answered with a tired expression.
“How long are you going to investigate? … .”
At Toto’s question, Kariel gave a puzzled expression.
When Toto, who he thought only knew about sports, suddenly talked about politics, it stimulated Kariel’s curiosity.
“why? Has anyone you know been involved in a crime?”
“It’s not… … .”
Toto had a shy expression on his face and blurted out the end of his speech.
Of course, even with that expression on his face, he was performing the exercise in a perfect posture, so he only looked like a monster to Kariel.
“I have an investment… … Things are not going well these days.”
“investment? It wouldn’t matter if it had nothing to do with a criminal organization?”
When Kariel asked with her eyes wide open, Toto hurriedly waved her hand.
“There is a place that sells sports equipment and related items. It is also a place that supplies parts to the imperial palace, but they say that orders are not coming in because the current situation is like this.”
At Toto’s words, Kariel said, “Ah!” He nodded his head with a smile on his face.
Since the imperial palace was destroyed, it seemed he was busy dealing with it.
Unless it is a necessity, such as food materials, you will not be in the mood to place a new order.
“Well, I don’t intend to work for a while.”
“Is that true?”
As Toto’s complexion brightened, Kariel said while frowning.
“Okay, don’t tell me where to go.”
“Of course it comes.”
Toto smiled brightly at Kariel’s words and muttered, ‘Finally, a jackpot in my life!’, holding out hope that the company he had invested in would turn out well.
Seeing him like that, Kariel smiled bitterly. According to his plan, there was a big ‘one room’ left.
‘It’s better not to know.’
Thinking so, Kariel, who finished the workout with Toto, washed her body and moved on to the next plan.
After all the teachers sent by the emperor were smashed by Kariel, the class was converted to autonomous class for a while.
As a result, Kariel, who was able to afford more, began to move to take the next step of the crown prince’s retirement plan.
“Which one is better?”
Muttering that, Kariel thought of her two younger siblings.
In order for him to step down from the position of crown prince, one of his two younger brothers had to become emperor.
There was also a princess, but she was too young.
If she had to stay in the position of crown prince until she reached a certain age, she would have to pass the age of 20, but then an unfortunate accident could have happened that she could never come down from this position.
“Five years… … .”
Kariel checked the amount of time she had left.
Fifteen-year-old Kariel had to jump out as soon as she turned twenty at the latest in order to leave the imperial palace.
‘Is it 4 years to bounce stably?’
He nodded, thinking of the emperor, who suddenly became ill at the age of twenty-one.
I had to watch the finale before that.
To do that, I thought it would be good to take care of my younger brothers once in a while.
with my daughter.
Shortly after ringing the small bell, one of the attendants cautiously entered the room.
“Did you call me, my lord?”
“Take these letters to your brothers and sisters.”
“… … Yes?”
At Kariel’s words, the servant widened his eyes with a surprised expression.
“what are you doing?”
When Kariel spoke as if his arm was hurting, the servant, who came to his senses in a hurry, bowed his head and backed away.
The reason he was so surprised was that after the death of the empress, Kariel had never looked for her younger siblings.
I thought the cause of the death of the empress in my previous life was the empresses, so I haven’t seen her since.
‘But it was the other guys who actually poisoned them.’
Kariel gritted her teeth thinking about her past life.
Everyone was sure that the empresses, who came from two aristocratic dukes, were like that, and I had no doubt that Kariel was like that, but the result was the exact opposite of what I expected.
Above all, the reason that Kariel did not visit her two younger siblings at that time was because she was weak and feared that she would be poisoned and killed if she hung out with her younger siblings.
That is why they inspected all the food brought into the Crown Prince’s womb, and did not even find his younger siblings.
“Well, now it doesn’t matter.”
As Kariel said that, he quietly fumbled through his notebook.
It’s a way to tempt the nobles, and the garage overflows.
However, most of them said that they would not be able to use it, and they ate it as if it were a pity.
“It would be okay to give it as a present to the guy who will become emperor.”
As Kariel muttered like that, he prepared to leave.
“ah! Did you do well?”
When Tarion, who had gone out, hurriedly came in, Kariel greeted him warmly.
“I heard you are meeting the princes.”
“Yeah, to see my younger brothers after a long time.”
“… … Are you okay?”
As Tarion looked at him worriedly, Kariel smiled and gave an okay expression.
“Stop worrying and get ready.”
“… … All right.”
At Kariel’s command, Tarion carefully bowed his head and backed away.
And after a while, news spread that the princes were gathering at the prince’s palace.
“Your brother is calling you… … .”
The second prince, Luffiel, frowned and tilted his head.
He was a good friend when he was very young, but now he’s like an enemy.
It was his older brother who distanced himself first after the empress died in the first place, but he didn’t understand why he was calling him now.
And that was the case with the 3rd Prince as well.
“Brother me? It’s surprising.”
At Kariel’s call, Seriel’s expression strangely changed.
“Well, to hear you’re calling, I have to go.”
After Seriel said he would understand, he stopped training and went into his palace to prepare.
After Ruffiel and Seriel finished their preparations and moved to the crown prince’s palace, this news reached the ears of the emperor.
“Um… … .”
The emperor listened to the report of the chamberlain with a serious expression.
“He really… … .”
Because of what the prince had said earlier, the emperor was anxious about the gathering of the princes this time.
“Were you serious when you said you were going to step down any time?”
In the corner of his heart, he thought that Kariel was using political power to persuade him, but when he looked at the steps of the Crown Prince, he could feel that was not the case.
The actions of the Crown Prince seen now were not followed.
Are you calling your younger brothers and sisters in a situation where you capture nobles at random as if you were really for the empire?
How many years have you been like an enemy?
“It hurts my head.”
The emperor let out a sigh as he pressed his fingers to see if he had a headache.
Clearly, Kariel was trying to keep his balance as he had said.
The imperial faction was not touched, and only the aristocratic and neutral factions were satisfied.
However, the situation showed no sign of improving, and it was only going to be chaos, which made me go crazy.
However, in such a situation, Kariel tries to meet even the princes without notice.
“Okay… … .”
“You are tired, go away.”
When the chaplain approached with a surprised expression, the emperor bit him as if annoyed and picked up a tobacco pipe that was well hidden to one side.
“Huh, there’s nothing like this for mental and physical stability.”
A thing called drugs in the world.
The emperor absorbed it to the fullest and smiled contentedly with a hazy expression.
While the emperor was having a good time forgetting complicated problems for a moment, the two princes arrived at the prince’s palace and met Kariel.
“Are you here?”
As Kariel greeted the two princes with a warm smile, their eyes trembled slightly.
Kariel, who had been waiting with expensive tea and refreshments on the table as if she had come as an honored guest, invited them to sit down and sat down.
“Since everyone is busy, shall we talk about the main topic?”
Kariel’s words raised tension in the eyes of the two princes.
‘What are they trying to get from me using my mother’s family?’
‘Is it a threat?’
The second prince with a bad expression and the third prince with a snort.
But soon, as expected, completely different words came out of Kariel’s mouth, and their faces were puzzled.
“Anyone of you interested in this position?”
At Kariel’s question, the second prince had a puzzled expression on his face.
He had a look on his face as to what the hell was he trying to say.
On the other hand, the third prince burst out laughing.
‘Are you kidding me now?’
Seriel’s eyebrows trembled as if in anger with that thought.
“By the way, I also told His Majesty, that I will hand over the throne to one of you.”
As soon as those words were finished, the eyes of the two princes began to tremble without mercy.