“There’s only the King of Talia and I, here. Who will believe you in this situation, tell me?”
Maria’s face pale, and her body trembled from fear. The guards refused to allow her any movement.
“You were originally Baroness Lilybell of the Kingdom of Haulfa. When you were ten, it was discovered that you were the baron’s daughter and were into the baron’s family. When you were thirteen, you contacted Schmia Bergner, who was in similar situation.”
Maria could only give up. I also listened silently.
Will looked down on the silent Maria.
“You talked to Schmia Bergner about ‘Charm’, and said to her that if she did as you told, everyone would love her—not only the First Prince, but also the Second Prince along with his entire entourage. Schmia, who received such incentive, approached us.”
I exhaled at Will’s word.
The inside of my mind blanked—that was what happened!?
I was stunned by the development—but wait,
…could it be, Maria was the mastermind behind everything!?
Indeed, Will mentioned something about Schmia not being the real culprit, but, Maria!? No way…
Maria, a pretty girl whom I thought was Vioris’s lover… the shock hit my head.
I recalled what Will had said—
—perhaps, the murders that had occurred in the recent years weren’t Baroness Schmia’s doing.
—she isn’t bright, I don’t think she could come up with such an elaborate plan. The true perpetrator behind this is used to killing.
That conversation returned to me.
I also recalled Lyon’s investigation, how they couldn’t arrest someone because there still wasn’t enough evidence… moreover, about how the true culprit was different from Baroness Schmia and had a high-level of ‘Charm’.
In my kingdom, those that were immune to ‘Charm’ were the king, Williant, Almys, and also Vioris…
…Will certainly said so.
In other words, Will already knew that Maria was the culprit since that time…
I unconsciously gripped my arm…
…When Will noticed it, he gently caressed my back.
“Then, you went to study abroad in the Kingdom of Dirlia when you were fifteen.”
While Will spoke quietly, I heard another sound—when I turned towards the voice, there stood an incredible figure.
Milk tea colored hair and amethyst eyes—
—he stood there, menacingly…
…His Highness Lyon!?
Why are you here…?
I was surprised yet again.
His Highness Lyon stood expressionlessly in front of Maria—he was inarguably Lyon Dirlia, the prince of Dirlia.
Maria screamed, perhaps also due to shock. “Huh!?” Her face said ‘I can’t believe it’. She looked as white as ghost.
Regardless, Will continued to speak.
“When you were studying abroad, you met the Second Prince of Dirlia and used ‘Charm’ to mislead the Second Prince You then told him—if you kill the First Prince, the throne will be yours—it’s said that the second prince had no magical power, as such, he couldn’t resist your ‘Charm’, and became your puppet just like that, causing a civil war.”
At that time, I also recalled Amilia’s words.
The kingdom that had been peaceful for hundreds of years was now thrown into civil war.
Indeed, it was strange.
However, I supposed that was the reason.
I was dizzy and about to fall.
Everything happened because of one girl. I heard that the civil war intensified, and many people had died.
I looked up at Will involuntarily and then looked straight at Maria.
“Then you returned to the Kingdom of Haulfa and started ransacking it. Count Yuvy, Count Harvin, Count Braglia, Count Opera… there have been other murders involving thirteen other people in the Kingdom of Haulfa. They occurred one at a time—I’ve also taken the testimony that you incited all those murders.”
Maria looked further down, saying nothing.
“—the evening ball that night. The day when Schmia was detained. When you were about to be caught by Vioris, you escaped from him using the guards you charmed. Then, you went to Talia and used your ‘Charm’ on the men of Talia and had made commence human trafficking. Sudi was the leader of the dark organization you formed for hit. You gave them instructions to kill Tia, but they instead brought her to Talia. Perhaps they decided they could make use of her due to her magical power. You tried to kill Tia because she’s my biggest weakness! Try finding a way out of this!”
He said in a low, murmuring voice. It sounded rough and unpleasant.
Looking at Will, he was staring at Maria with apparent killing intent.
It made my skin crawl.
This was probably his magic leaking out—I had only learned of that kind of phenomena from books.
I heard such a thing would happen whenever someone got too emotional and their magic was about to run out of control.
I felt uneasy and called out to him.
When I beckoned to him, Will’s murderous intent dispersed.
The stifled air also vanished, and I could breathe easily again.
Will looked at me and made a sad and painful expression, but immediately shifted his gaze towards Maria once again.
“Then, Tia used her magic in the building where she was captured and escaped. Tia then became an adventurer to save money to return to the Kingdom of Haulfa.”
Listening to him made me consider the terrible things I had gone through.
Will’s words made me recall the past.
There was one thing I didn’t tell Will—which was Fern.
Maybe he did know, it was Will, after all.
What was Will thinking right now?
I wondered what would Will think of me, who left Fern to die and escaped alone…
“I’ve summarized all your sins. Your crimes are either an act of revenge towards the kingdom or a genuine intent to ruin the kingdom… I’m sure of it.”
Maria looked up at Will with a hateful look. Looking at her eyes, Will nodded.
Revenge on the nation…?
I took a deep breath.
***T/N : SERIOUSLY AUTHOR, SERIOUSLY!??!!? THIS IS HOW YOU WANT TO TIE EVERYTHING TOGETHER?!?!?! BY HAVING THE SOCIOPATHIC PRINCE RECITE EVERYTHING LIKE A MEDIEVAL FOX NEWS ANCHOR THROUGH THE SAME MOUTH THAT UTTERED THIS GOLDEN LINE ‘IF THERE IS NO EVIDENCE YOU CAN ALWAYS FORGE IT’ !?!?!!??! NO I DONT TRUST HIM. I DONT TRUST EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED OFFSCREEN IS HAPPENING EXACTLY LIKE HE DESCRIBED!!!!!! I DONT TRUST ANY EVIDENCES HE PRESENTED BECAUSE HIGH CHANCE ITS FUKIN FORGED!!!!!! SO ALL THAT’S LEFT IS ‘FASCINATION’ MAGIC, YEAH, THE ENTIRETY OF THE CASE YOU BUILD IS BASED ON FASCINATION MAGIC!!! YOU BLAME EVERYTHING ON THIS ILLOGICAL BULLSHIT AND YOU EXPECT ME TO JUST SWALLOW EVERYTHING BECAUSE YOU’RE THE FOCKIN CROWN PRINCE!!!!! TELL YOU WHAT, YOU S.O.A.B, IM ONTO YOU, I WILL DIG EVEN THE DEEPEST SKELETON YOU’VE BURIED–HECK, AT THIS POINT, IT WOULD MAKE MUCH MORE SENSE IF HE WAS THE TRUE CULPRIT BEHIND THOSE MURDER CASES INSTEAD!!!! THIS GUY LOVE TORMENTING PEOPLE TO DEATH AND HE AINT EVEN TRYING TO CONCEAL IT ANYMORE.
TL;DR OF THIS CHAPTER: DO YOU GUYS MISS THE FIRST CONDEMNATION EVENT?! WELL WORRY NOT! THE AUTHOR IS HERE TO BESTOW UPON US THE EXACT SAME SCENARIO, AND EVEN THE EXACT SAME REACTIONS FROM OUR FL, WHO SHOULD’VE GROWN A BRAIN BY NOW–BUT CLEARLY, THAT’S JUST TOO HIGH OF AN EXPECTATION FROM OUR SIDE, ‘M SORRY, TIA. THE ONLY DIFFERENCES ARE THE NAME OF THE THOT, THE LOCATION, AND SOME NEEDLESS EXTRA CAST YOU NEEDN’T PAY ATTENTION TO.
P. S : Oh hey there, Lyon! Working as a crown prince must be boring, huh? Its time for a vacation isnt it? Welcome to the fray!