The Prince Wants To Retire - Chapter 18
The Prince Wants To Retire chapter 18
7. Are things getting bigger? (2)
The emperor’s heart is getting farther away from the imperial faction.
Upon seeing this, the prime minister’s heart became urgent.
“How did you get here… … .”
While muttering like that, the prime minister looked towards the Imperial Palace.
The current prime minister was the title obtained by moving an emperor who had no power in a subject that values balance.
He believed because he was an emperor who was obsessed with balance enough to make him, who was only a low-ranking aristocrat, into a high-ranking aristocrat called a marquise.
“… … I was too careless.”
The prime minister deeply regretted his mistake.
He was indifferent because he was the Crown Prince who was lying on a sick bed, but it turned out that he was the most dangerous of the royal family.
A more dangerous figure than the second prince, who is a genius wizard, and the third prince, who is likely to become a sword master.
That was the current crown prince.
“I won’t be able to get rid of the emperor faction easily.”
Mussolini, who noticed Cariel’s intentions, headed for the chancellor with a cold expression.
As it was a crisis, he had to gather all the imperial factions to deal with it.
Above all, he had one weapon left.
He had just secretly revealed his weapon to the previous emperor, but when the situation came to this, he decided to actually wield it, not simply as a threat.
While the chancellor was busy, Kariel was leisurely returning to the crown prince’s palace and enjoying tea and refreshments.
“Eat some cake. tasty.”
“Boo… … .”
Although Kariel secretly suggested a cake, Miriale was crying, as if it was scary.
“Brother, please don’t come near Miriel.”
As the 2nd and 3rd princes wrapped their arms around Miriel and spoke, Kariel’s expression distorted.
“When did you become so close?”
The second prince looked at Kariel with a smirk.
Then the third prince also said to Kariel with a playful expression.
“It’s scary because you make that kind of expression.”
Seeing the third prince pointing out while kicking his tongue, Kariel hurriedly lowered his expression.
But it was already too late.
Kariel, who sighed as she looked at Miriel, who was more afraid of herself, couldn’t help but look at her two younger siblings with envy.
3rd prince cautiously asked Kariel, who looked at Miriel as if she were cute as she was eating cake in the arms of the 2nd prince.
“Imperial faction… … Are you okay?”
The second prince, who was looking at Miriel at the third prince’s question, also glanced at Kariel.
“The chancellor is not an easygoing person.”
“know. He is like a cunning fox.”
Kariel replied with a shudder as if she was bored.
Then, the third prince tilted his head.
“By the way, can you be at your leisure like this?”
“There is nothing more we can do in this situation. And I think the Prime Minister knows what cards he has hidden.”
Saying that, Kariel smiled roundly, and the 2nd and 3rd princes looked surprised.
“Is that true?”
“It’s true, so trust me and wait.”
Although Kariel answered that way, the second prince still had an expression of disbelief.
It was the same with the third prince.
But looking at Kariel’s expression, I couldn’t help but believe it.
This is because Kariel, who got up from his seat, had never failed a single time.
‘You know what the minister will do… … . You’re a scary brother.’
‘It’s a monster in a different sense than me.’
The 2nd and 3rd princes thought that to themselves and stared at Kariel’s face.
“What? What are you staring at so closely?”
A common thought came to the heads of the two princes as they watched Kariel speak with a sullen expression.
‘Why would he give up the position of emperor when he has such ability?’
At the same time as this thought came to mind, a little bit of doubt bloomed in the minds of the two princes.
‘Is something wrong?’
However, since I was still young, and it was just a small doubt, I quickly erased it from my mind.
And in that place, a prank was filled to make fun of Kariel with a sullen expression.
The royal family who play with Miriel like that and spend a leisurely time.
The two princes, who were awkward at first, now also frequently visited the Crown Prince’s palace, and made sure to take Miriale along in the process.
Until recently, it was hard to believe that we hadn’t even seen each other very well.
“You seem to be meeting frequently with the princes these days.”
In response to Tarion’s words, Kariel focused on something.
“It would have been unimaginable in the past… … . It’s really nice to see.”
“Because we just needed a chance, we used to be close.”
Having said that, Kariel recalled the past for a moment.
When I was very young, I remember being close with the two princes before the memories of my previous life completely returned.
Now that he knew that the death of his mother, the Empress, had nothing to do with them, there was no need to fight with them.
Rather, I had to stay close.
I don’t know which of the two will become emperor, but I had to make sure that I take good care of him later.
“It’s really nice to see.”
“Stop talking nonsense and tell the Inspector General.”
Kariel, who gave the letter to Tarion, who was laughing out loud.
“This… … .”
“The Prime Minister is not going to use the hand he hid at the meeting. So we have to prepare.”
At Kariel’s words, Tarion lowered his head with a heavy expression.
Kariel’s room, which was once filled with mana and ancient books, was now filled with papers containing a lot of information.
All of this was important information.
Since it was information directly sent by the intelligence organization operated by Tarion and the Inspector General, it could bring great benefits if used well.
The problem is that Kariel uses this information as a weapon to destroy them rather than making a deal with them.
‘A big one will explode.’
Tarion glanced at the information magazines Kariel was looking at and swallowed the silence.
「Relationship between the flow of funds of the imperial faction and the temple」
After Tarion left, Kariel threw away the information she had been looking at carefully and looked out the window.
Even on the verge of destroying one of the factions that ruined the empire, he maintained a more cool-headed reason than excitement.
It was because he knew that it was the most important moment since he returned.
“Time is running out.”
Kariel, who was waiting for the Daejeon meeting to begin, grumbled as she felt that time was running out today.
No matter how much Kariel fussed over, time passed exactly, and the day of the great meeting finally arrived.
“You’ve come a lot.”
Kariel looked at the nobles crowded in front of the Daejeon Conference Hall.
The yangbans, who would not normally participate, participated without exception this time.
Some of the lower aristocrats somehow managed to step into the Imperial Palace and watched the Daejeon Conference Hall from afar.
So many nobles flocked to the Imperial Palace.
At Kariel’s command, Tharion and his servants followed slowly.
Then, the nobles gathered in front of Daejeon began to make a road all at once.
“Meet Your Highness!”
When all the nobles bowed their heads in greeting at once, Kariel waved his hands lightly and went inside.
Then the servant, standing in front of Daejeon, said loudly.
“The Crown Prince is served.”
When Kariel entered the Daejeon, all the nobles bowed their heads and greeted them.
Then, Kariel greeted him politely, unlike what he had done in front of Daejeon.
“Your Majesty the Emperor. Everyone be polite.”
Everyone folded their heads in half at the voice of the chieftain.
Taking a different example from when Kariel entered, he did not straighten his back until the emperor sat on the throne.
As soon as the emperor sat down on the throne, the Daejeon Conference began.
“First, regarding the Southern Trade Route… … .”
As the Minister of Home Affairs was about to speak, the Duke of Walkshire raised his hand.
“… … tell me.”
The Emperor’s expression hardened as he looked at the Duke of Wilkshire.
Because it was obvious what he was going to say.
“How about dealing with the most pressing issues first?”
“I think so too.”
The Chancellor’s expression crumpled when Duke David joined in on the Duke of Wilkshire’s words.
“I feel the same way.”
When even the neutralist leader, the Inspector General, stepped forward, the aristocrats, who had only noticed, pressed the emperor to bow down and deal with urgent matters.
The only ones who didn’t bend were the crown prince, Kariel, and the imperial faction.
“After that, please.”
When the emperor’s permission fell, the two dukes pressed the Minister of Home Affairs with their eyes.
Then, the Minister of Home Affairs read the agenda with trembling hands.
“There is an agenda regarding the corruption and military corruption cases involving Princess Miriel. The reason why the two issues are tied together is that the officials of the imperial palace are involved. Then, from now on, we will proceed with the meeting on this agenda.”
At the words of the Minister of Home Affairs, the nobles of the imperial faction closed their eyes tightly.
On the other hand, the chancellor’s eyes were still burning.
‘It’s not over yet.’
After reading the Chancellor’s will, Kariel smiled.
The expressions of the aristocrats who were watching Kariel hardened at his appearance.
Even though he attended the Daejeon meeting for the first time, he showed a relaxed appearance and even laughed at the Prime Minister, and everyone felt that it was unusual.
‘Are the rumors true?’
‘The rumor that the crown prince is an unusual person is true.’
Nobles who looked at the crown prince and gave different evaluations.
He looked at the meeting that was going on with a relaxed expression, although he felt burdened by the attention of many nobles.
With the two dukes and the prime minister taking the lead, and the inspector general showing an objective stance, the meeting in Daejeon became increasingly overheated.
Attack – Nobility.
Defense – Imperial Faction.
Referee – Neutral.
It is common to do it this way, but since the matter is so serious, even the neutrals gave power to the aristocrats, so the prime minister was unilaterally pushed back.
“Everyone involved should be identified and convicted of a felony.”
“This is a serious matter that is also linked with other countries. This is not something that the Ministry of the Interior will end up with!”
The Inspector General added to the harsh remarks of the two dukes.
“We also found a circumstance that drugs were smuggled into the Imperial Palace.”
At the words of the Inspector General, the nobles began to murmur.
Some imperial figures closed their eyes as if they were done.
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Just then, the Jaesang stepped forward.
“Your Majesty, this case is indeed serious, but we must stop at the line of arresting and investigating those involved.”
The two dukes and the inspector general frowned at the chancellor’s words.
It was to see the move he had prepared.
“Why is that?”
“Letters of protest have been sent from the Holy Land and the Confederacy.”
At the chancellor’s words, Daejeon became quiet.
“A letter of protest?”
“That’s right. I sent a letter of protest over the recent spying issue.”
At the chancellor’s words, the emperor struck the throne with an angry expression.
“dare! You mean to send a spy and protest!”
Despite the emperor’s wrath, the chancellor lowered his head with a calm expression, then opened his mouth again when the emperor’s wrath subsided.
“Your Majesty, among those arrested by His Highness as spies, I am saying that those suspected of being spies for the Confederacy and the Holy Kingdom were fabricated.”
The emperor frowned at the chancellor’s words and looked at the prince.
“In addition, it is said that Seongguk was suffering great damage due to drug smuggling. The subject was one of the nobility of the empire, and they said that they are sending an envoy to solve the misunderstanding and solve this problem together.”
At the words of the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs stepped forward and delivered secret letters from the Confederate States and the Seongguk to the Emperor.
“In the letter, it is said that some northern nobles were involved, and that a large number of merchant nobles were involved in the Confederate smuggling route.”
The chancellor said that and knelt down in front of the emperor.
“Your Majesty, the issue of degrading the princess is indeed serious, but what would it be like for you to start a full-scale investigation after resolving friction with other countries?”
At the chancellor’s words, the neutral nobles fell silent.
The dukes, too, could not respond to the chancellor’s blow and looked at the crown prince in silence.
It was because it was Kariel who told her not to make any moves even though she knew in advance that there would be a room hidden by the chancellor.
When there was a terrible silence in the battle, Kariel, who had been standing still throughout the meeting, stepped forward.