Chapter 1. Prologue
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Karzen excused himself after a while. After he left, a lady who finally caught her breath, smiled at Raha.
“Your Highness. This champagne is quite pleasing to the palate.”
“What do you mean?”
Raha sat down at the suggestion of a seat. She didn’t need to look at the Queen or the Princess anymore. They were already polite. The Queen, to be precise, was much more gentle than she used to be. It seemed like she was really scared of what Raha would do with her daughter.
It’s funny. Raha wasn’t upset in the first place.
It was just that the princess gave her mother a short look full of worries. The Queen was still beautiful, benevolent, and smiling.
The Queen gave the trembling princess’s hand a firm squeeze. Now that she had heard what Karzen said to Raha, she would certainly have realized that the position of Empress for her daughter was longer an option. If it was enough to target Raha, she would be the queen and princess of a country that was somewhat confident in its national power, so there would be no reason for her to risk her life for the position of empress.
As for today’s banquet, as long as Raha didn’t say anything about it, it was sure that the mother and daughter would forever remember it as “almost getting into trouble”.
So, unlike her, Raha regretted it a little.
‘I should have pushed that princess to be Karzen’s fiancée.’
They picked a fight with her first, but they got out unharmed. Lucky. The neighborhood Princess was lucky. Raha felt a little down. She was a little upset.
Then she thought of picking the most disgusting woman and shoving her into the seat next to Karzen, but Raha soon gave up the idea.
Not only was it thoughtless, but she somehow thought that if Shed knows, he would give her his characteristic cold-hearted look. Or his face may become cold and stiff.
Raha put a cute little pastry in her mouth that was made of crunchy sugar. Her mood slowly unraveled as she thought of Shed’s face.
The party had ripened quite nicely.
It was about that time that Karzen approached her with a slightly tired look on his face. It was no surprise, since there had been constant dancing earlier. It was worth going to the trouble of applying generous standards to increase the number of guests in attendance. It was hard work when he had been spinning around all day.
Raha offered Karzen a cold tea. After Karzen emptied his cup in one gulp, he said as he exhaled.
And Karzen seemed to have gotten tired of the process of finding a “good bride” faster than Raha expected. It even seemed to feel like an arduous task.
For just as he had to be chaste in the temple and polite in the imperial palace, Karzen naturally had to pretend to be a nice guy at the party to find his empress-to-be.
Of course, everyone here knew that this young emperor was a blood-soaked lunatic, but still. He had to pretend to be friendly and polite in a place like this where the purpose was clear.
Anyway, it was the blood of the royal family that flowed through Karzen’s body.
“Is there a lady you like?”
“How about Karzen?”
“Well, there’s no woman who looks like my twin.”
Raha lightly touched the blue hair that naturally stuck out from behind his ear and said,
“Our hair colors are unique. Karzen.”
Karzen’s lips formed a thin arc.
“Should all women in this empire wear blue wigs?” (Raha)
Raha still wasn’t in her right mind.
“No. Because then when you hide, it will be hard to find you.” (Karzen)
The words were bone-chilling, but Raha’s reply was just calm.
“I have no reason to hide.”
Karzen said as he lightly stroked Raha’s chin.
“Still, it’s just in case.”
How should she answer now? Should she ask back in a strong tone? Or would it be better to keep her mouth shut? Which response would be more offensive to the twin?
Numerous thoughts spun quickly in Raha’s head.
Raha chose the latter.
Like a puppet that can’t hear or speak anything, Raha just kept quiet and silent. Thanks to this, all that could be heard was the gentle sound of music. Looking down at Raha, Karzen shifted his gaze without saying anything after the silence had grown too long.
A beautiful grand banquet hall. The party seemed fun. With a clearer purpose than ever before, everyone laughed in their most charming way, eyes sparkling. It was naturally lively.
Raha checked the glasses with her eyes. They had also served some very strong drinks for the sake of variety, but those glasses were also quite empty. It was definitely a better atmosphere than the previous banquets. She was thinking that she should order to fill the empty glasses with other drinks.
Suddenly Karzen bent over.
“Do you want me to get married?”
“Of course. The nobles make a lot of noise every day. For the stability of the empire, we need to have an empress.”
“I’m not interested in those boring words. I’m just interested in your opinion.”
Karzen held Raha’s waist.
“But I think I’d be sad if you answer it’ll be good for me.”
Raha drew a smile.
“I’ll say no, then.”
“But if you say no, do you have a different opinion?”
Raha was strongly convinced that if what Karzen was holding now was not her wrist, but her thighs, she would have been caught firmly between those fingers.
His voice drifted slowly, tightening Raha’s throat.
“Aren’t you curious what I’m thinking?”
Raha stared at Karzen.
When his voice lowered, she had to stare at Karzen. He had to be fully satisfied with his ragged obsession with her strange colored eyes.
Why did she become an eyeball?
If the eyes of the heir were like the patterns on the back of her hand, she could have put them in Karzen’s mouth as much as he wanted. He could lick it like a dog to his heart’s content, since he was so obsessed with it.
Whenever she saw that gaze that wanted to lick her eyes right away, it seemed that bugs crawled over her body.
In the midst of all this Raha measured, calculated, and computed thousands of different answers. Then she slowly opened her mouth. To other people’s eyes, it may seem that she had just blinked beautifully a few times.
“I’m not curious.”
Before Karzen’s expression could change, Raha spoke again. Karzen’s gaze stopped at the revealed red tongue.
“Even if I say no, you’re going to get married, Karzen.”
She should never show any signs of haste when she spoke. It was a far more difficult and mind-numbing task than she thought.
Karzen whispered in reply.
“If you don’t like it, I’m not going to do it.”
So you are going to urge me to do what you should do with your wife? Unlike her cold head, Raha’s smile was as gentle and soft as ever.
“I’m sorry, Karzen.”
Raha touched his ear like a girl whispering a low secret.
“It’s just that my twin is so beautiful.”
Her fingertips lightly touched Karzen’s cheek and chin. It seemed like a family affection in the eyes of the people. She squeezed in just enough love to the pressing lips that were about to burst.
“I’m sure people will be jealous… …. You don’t really want me to be hated by all the ladies, do you?”
The voice sounded even secretly adorable. It was rare for Raha to make contact first, and every time she did, it was fresh and light. It was also an affection that Karzen would never be able to receive again if he forced her to do anything more.
It didn’t matter if the affection was close to insignificant for Karzen. If anything, it was much closer to what Karzen wanted.
Since Karzen was enjoying it enough.
How dare she try to control the emperor with skinship? It was no different from any other “concubine” in other countries.
For sure those concubines weren’t the king’s or emperor’s twin, but Raha didn’t even care about such flattery.
“It can’t be. You are an Imperial Princess who must have the respect of all the ladies of the empire. I don’t want to see you get hurt.”
Karzen was moderately disappointed and just had to step back moderately.
Just like now.
He reached out and touched a strand of Raha’s hair. Her long hair swayed meaninglessly in Karzen’s hand.
She suddenly became curious.
Does this madman do this with the blue wigs on the women he slept with? Wouldn’t the back look the same?
Raha’s skin was white, but the lighting on the bed was unlikely to be stark. Of course, she didn’t want to know about the lighting in Karzen’s bedroom or anything.
‘Should I ask?’
‘How does it feel to hug me from behind? Can you tell me apart from a woman wearing a blue wig?’
‘It must be similar.’
Raha did not smile while thinking like that. Karzen, who had been working his way from Raha’s hair to her hands, arms, and shoulders, only let her go after turning the pure gold necklace around her neck without sincerity as if inspecting it.
The nobles leaned in close to Raha as if they had been waiting for her as she came down under the platform with a smile.
“They have such a deep fraternity relationship.”
It still looked like that. How could they imagine what crazy twin is looking to see if he could pull his sister into bed? The emperor of the empire who had all kinds of good education.
“It would be great if my brothers and sisters can be as close as half of them.” (The nobles)
Still, hearing such crazy words, it was clear that they didn’t even notice the strange air current flowing between the twins.