for that. The only thing is…if this person is not an offender. ” There was a slight insinuation in his voice, one that Prince Xander chose to ignore.

”This person is a threat to me. ”

Lord Marcus went silent for a while. ”Do these threats incur a punishment in the book of laws that guide Fermich? ”

Prince Xander thought about it. They do. But then, to prove why, his own secret would be revealed and that was exactly what he was trying to avoid.

He shook his head. ”What if it does not? ”

Lord Marcus cleared his throat. ”Then, I apologize, but…you currently do not have the political power to imprison anyone. You can only do so when you ascend the throne of Crown Prince, and that is after you become a family man. I also, regrettably can not assist, as it would be against my oath of fairness and justice. ”

”At this rate, I might not become a family man. ” It was a small whisper, and Lord Marcus leaned forward to hear him.

”I did not quite… ”

”Tis fine. ” Without another word, Prince Xander left the gardens, feeling his frustration reach the highest peak.

He got back to his chambers, and his eyes immediately caught sight of the large sand clock. It was already dusk, and Charlotte would wait for him.

He took in a deep sigh. He could not risk it. He was not sure how she had found out about he and Charlotte, and he would not take the risk of putting her in danger.

He closed his eyes and let the grains of sand pour away, his heart aching with the prospect of keeping her waiting.

Prince Xander stayed awake all night, as he thought of ways to deal with the issue with Lady Sophia. He could not just break the alliance with Lady Lisette, especially since her father is the prime minister of the royal court, and a very good friend of his father, the king. It would spell doom for him, but he was not sure he wanted to risk his relationship with Charlotte coming out in the open too.

With a small resolve, he closed his eyes, determined to find out about Lady Sophia before his time eventually ran out.

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