Editor Note: This has been the story of my life for the past while…
Story continues from Ryan Abbott’s perspective
As I returned to the drawing room after my mood had been ruined by the
“interrogation” scene, I was greeted by my father grinning at me. He had
been forewarned by Conan and had warned me, but that smirk angers me.
“Father, wouldn’t it make sense for you to be in the interrogation room
as well? You’ve told me that there’s a difference between hearing
and seeing an event, right?” Ryan Abbott
“Ryan, don’t get mad at me. I’m pretty sure you had sufficient warning.” Count Abbott
“Fine, I’ll admit you warned me, but why do you have to be so smug
about it?” Ryan Abbott
“Ah, well, your face looked like you had seen a ghost! I was so
amused, please forgive me. In exchange, I’ve got some good news for
you.” Count Abbott grins
“Your betrothal has been approved!” Count Abbott
My father just dropped a bomb on me.
“Father! Where did this come from, and why now? Even though we’re
allied with the Snake house, that is sensitive information. Besides,
I have no interest in marrying anyone other than the woman who stole
my heart!” Ryan Abbott
I would rather not marry than be forced to marry someone other than
“Woah, hold your horses. Calm down, Ryan.” Patrick
Count Snake has an odd look on his face, that’s suspicious. It’s like
he’s trying to hold back laughter.
“Ryan, His Majesty has decided to betroth you to his daughter, Princess
Crosslyn.” Count Abbott
“What? Have I heard you correctly? You’re saying that I’m to be married
to Princess Crosslyn?” Ryan Abbott
“Yes, that’s what I said.” Count Abbott
Oh, I guess this isn’t a joke?
“Augh?” Ryan Abbott cries
“Wait, there should be issues with that, like properly balancing the
power of factions, the relationships between the nobles, and the
proper difference between our house and the Royal Family?” Ryan Abbott
When I had asked my father previously about the possibility of me
marrying Princess Crosslyn, he had said that it was impossible.
“Well, the faction problem has been solved by Count Snake essentially
destroying the major families. Marquis Raven and the Second Prince also
self-destructed recently, so the Kingdom only has the Royalist and
Neutral factions remaining.” Count Abbott
“You should remember His Majesty proclaiming that the Royalist faction members
would be rewarded. Since the major Anti-Royalist houses
were killed or cowed, the Kingdom will be undergoing a period of shifting
power structures. Due to our family’s intelligence gathering expertise, we’re
well-situated to take advantage. I’m sure that
you’ll be involved in increasing our family’s influence.” Count Abbott
“I’ll also need you to step up to keep pace with our ally, Count Snake. Any
questions?” Count Abbott
My father has an airtight argument, I can’t refute it.
Suddenly I feel an arm around my shoulder, and I look to see Count
Snake smiling at me.