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Solis: Just be honest.

  • Solis: Please forgive me for being so frank in asking this, but...
  • Solis: Your highness, you...
  • Solis: You don't trust me anymore, do you?
  • Solis: Even though, I would still do anything you asked for without hesitation.
  • Solis: I swear that I won't even let Kotori, Corona, or anyone else deter me again.
  • Solis: But somehow...
  • Solis: It looks like I've messed up badly enough to lose years of trust in one night.
With rapidly-assembled words, you immediately go for the worst possible case imaginable. You confront the potential reality that there's no trust left between the two of you anymore. Since that's your worst fear, then...

It will be much easier if you could just get rid of it first and foremost.

  • Solis: So...
  • Solis: Am I... correct?
  • Suvillan: ...
  • Suvillan: ...Ha!

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Solis: That is just as expected... right?

Prince Suvillan: Elaborate.

  • Solis: ...Then, tell me, your highness.
  • Solis: What's the worth of everything I accomplished, and the high positions I gained, if you have no trust in me anymore?
  • Suvillan: Whoa...
  • Suvillan: Hey now!
  • Suvillan: I never meant to say that I distrust you completely.
  • Solis: ...You didn't?
  • Suvillan: I only said that I can't fully trust you.
  • Suvillan: Really, that kind of silly idea is what got you all miffed up? My god.
  • Solis: So... you...
  • Solis: You still have some trust left in me?
  • Suvillan: Oh my god.
  • Suvillan: Solis. You're so funny.
  • Solis: Please just give me a straightforward answer.
  • Suvillan: If I had absolutely no trust in you...
  • Suvillan: Then you'd never be able to step foot in this tower! You big idiot!
  • Solis: Oh.
  • Solis: Right...
  • Suvillan: Ahahaha!
  • Suvillan: There are things I can trust you for...
  • Suvillan: And there are things I cannot trust in you.
  • Suvillan: So... do you have a better understanding now?
  • Solis: Frankly, that is frustrating to hear.
  • Solis: No, your highness, I really don't understand you anymore.
  • Solis: I feel like I no longer know where I stand in your eyes.
  • Solis: But I thought that...
  • Solis: Well...
  • Solis: ...I guess I had a little bit of pride in being a good confidant of some sort, at least. But it looks like I was wrong about that too.
  • Suvillan: Aw.
  • Solis: Please don't pity me.
  • Suvillan: Awww.
  • Solis: Prince. Look. Just.
  • Solis: Please explain, if you can.
  • Solis: After hearing this, I want to know just what I'm here for.
  • Solis: Do I even have a role in the world you've built anymore?
  • Suvillan: What, of course you do!
  • Suvillan: Man... you're certainly serious about this.
  • Suvillan: Then, I'll take it seriously for your sake, too.
  • Suvillan: Let's see, shall we.

Recall an erstwhile friendship.

  • Suvillan: You were once a precious friend.
  • Suvillan: My first and only childhood friend, in fact!
  • Suvillan: Back then, everyone whispered awful things about me, an illegitimate child appointed as heir.
  • Suvillan: Born to some insignificant scullery maid, from an affair that left a blemish on the royal family's name...
  • Suvillan: People were offended that such a person took the throne away from a legitimate heiress born to a distinguished princess.
  • Suvillan: So they said insulting things every day...
  • Suvillan: Because the blood of a commoner partially flows in my veins.

  • Suvillan: But, right now...
  • Suvillan: All those people are forced to eat their words, and cling to the hope that this dirt-blooded thing has built for monsterkind.
  • Suvillan: You saw it earlier, no? How frustrating my existence feels to those old timers... fully knowing how helpless they'd be in this world, if not for my efforts?
  • Suvillan: Haha, I rather like seeing the look in their eyes...
  • Suvillan: When they realize they can't do anything but submit.
  • Suvillan: It's a satisfying compensation for living through years of shunning.

  • Suvillan: But you, Solis.
  • Suvillan: You were different.
  • Suvillan: You're the only one who could see past matters like royal blood, and treated me as I am from the start.
  • Suvillan: Even though daring to defy the popular sentiment at the time frequently put you in tough positions... you stubbornly kept yourself beside me.
  • Suvillan: Being one of a prince's very first supporters...
  • Suvillan: Why, of course that's a commendable action.
  • Suvillan: I don't doubt that any monster would come to respect you if they were to hear of this story.

  • Suvillan: We were just kids in those days...
  • Suvillan: But look at you now!

  • Suvillan: You grew up to be such a highly respected guard.
  • Suvillan: The pride of your hometown, their precious role model...
  • Suvillan: And the next in line to be their regional lord.
  • Suvillan: Quite a high rank, though not exactly the highest.
  • Suvillan: Still, it is very respectable, right?
  • Solis: ...
  • Suvillan: Isn't it, future young lord?
  • Solis: Ugh, being addressed like that will never not feel awkward.
  • Solis: But I guess it is a good thing...
  • Solis: Since everyone else seems to think so.
  • Suvillan: Of course it is! Put some backbone in your response!
  • Suvillan: Everyone says that Niyran's previous lords were regarded as great consultants to the ruler in their time.
  • Suvillan: Clearly, it makes them more than a little special, even compared to the lords of other regions. So you should be very proud of that!
  • Solis: That's just the perception people have built, isn't it?
  • Solis: So... it's just one more expectation coming from everyone else.
  • Suvillan: Hmm? Well...
  • Suvillan: That's not a totally wrong way of looking at it, I suppose?
  • Solis: Yeah, it's not.
  • Solis: It doesn't matter to me what my reputation in my home is, nor my status.
  • Solis: Nothing other people think or say about me matters at all.
  • Solis: Since, the cold reality is that...
  • Solis: ...Despite it all, I'm nothing special to this ruler right now.
  • Solis: So don't beat around the bush.
  • Solis: I only ever asked about your opinion, prince.
  • Suvillan: ...Hahaha, oh my.

  • Suvillan: Does every other person's opinion pale in comparison to mine, or what?
  • Solis: It's natural that they do.
  • Suvillan: Well, it's true that the holder of Niyran's regional lord position isn't something I especially care about, but that doesn't mean you're nothing.
  • Solis: If it's something that doesn't hold meaning to you, then I don't have a use for it, no matter what kind of position it is.
  • Solis: I should fill the role that you want, not what others expect.
  • Suvillan: Hah, fine, fine! Don't mope about it again!
  • Solis: Wha- I'm not moping!
  • Suvillan: Look, what I'm trying to say, is that...
  • Suvillan: In my eyes, you're just Solis.
  • Suvillan: Regardless of what you were in the past, I appreciate what you are now.
  • Suvillan: Yes, right now... to me...
  • Suvillan: You are just like Kotori and Corona!
  • Solis: ...Huh.
  • Solis: Just like Kotori?
  • Solis: Even though she's only ever been a mere town guard?
  • Suvillan: Hm? Indeed.
  • Suvillan: That's where she stands in people's eyes, but it's not the same in mine.
  • Solis: Surely you don't mean to say that...
  • Solis: The three of us are equal to you, despite our glaring variance in positions?
  • Solis: I mean, Corona's your closest servant.
  • Solis: Nobody ranks higher than her besides yourself.
  • Solis: So how could...
  • Solis: How could Kotori be put on the same level?
  • Suvillan: Is that really how you see me...?
  • Suvillan: Must I be someone who judges your worth by your position alone?
  • Solis: No, but I... don't think it would be an unreasonable thing to expect.
  • Solis: I'm not saying to base everything on positions alone, but in the interest of fairness... It should factor in, at least a little bit.
  • Suvillan: Such things aren't particularly important to me.
  • Suvillan: Solis, I am not like the previous prince.

  • Suvillan: That is to say, I am a little bit... biased!
  • Suvillan: Out of all the valuable guards across wildly different position, I will always have my three favorites.
  • Suvillan: And a title, a position, or status, none factor in how I treat them.
  • Suvillan: I'm quite fond of the very adorable Kotori,
  • Suvillan: And the very lively Corona,
  • Suvillan: The lowest in ranks, and the highest in ranks, in equal amounts!
  • Suvillan: And you, as well.
  • Solis: ...
  • Suvillan: You're not your rank, nor your achievements, or your lordly bloodline.
  • Suvillan: To me, you're just Solis.
  • Suvillan: So... is that not acceptable to you?
  • Solis: ...No.
  • Solis: Not at all.
  • Suvillan: A normal person would be satisfied with just hearing that I don't hate them for an answer, you know.
  • Suvillan: Why isn't it enough, Solis?
  • Suvillan: Is it that upsetting to be called an equal to Kotori...
  • Suvillan: To someone lower than yourself?
  • Solis: ...You are sharp, your highness.
  • Solis: But you're slightly off the mark.
  • Suvillan: ...
  • Suvillan: Then...
  • Suvillan: You do believe yourself to be better than my Corona, as well.
  • Solis: I can't accept being put on the same ground as people who've objectively done less for your sake.
  • Suvillan: ...Less, you say.

  • Suvillan: Know this, Solis.
  • Suvillan: Kotori is far more dedicated than you are.
  • Solis: ...What?
  • Solis: Dedicated to... what?
  • Suvillan: Protecting me, and this world.
  • Solis: Even though she hasn't served you for as long as I have...?
  • Suvillan: Yes.
  • Solis: ...Your highness.
  • Solis: We both know full well that Kotori has never seen a day of war.
  • Solis: She's only ever been a quiet town's guard for a couple years.
  • Solis: So there is no way that she'd be...
  • Suvillan: This is something I've personally confirmed myself, Solis.
  • Suvillan: If you can't believe in her dedication...
  • Suvillan: Then do you also not believe my words?
  • Solis: No, of course... I don't doubt you. But this...
  • Solis: This feels unfair.
  • Suvillan: I see that mentioning her dedication came as a surprise.
  • Suvillan: I suppose that means you don't know her as well as you think you do.
  • Solis: ...
  • Suvillan: So, don't look down on her.
  • Suvillan: That's a final warning. Take it to heart.

No way.

There's no way any of that is true.
Such an innocent person can't be more dedicated than you, whose hands were stained in so much blood just for the sake of this world and its ruler.
But there's also no way that his highness' words... would be false.

Oh. That's right.
The prince doesn't know that Kotori never got rid of the human she hid in secret.
Naturally, no dedicated monster would protect a human to this extent.

But you know all about it.

She got off completely scot-free and got it covered up with even more lies.
If you tell him the truth, right here and now, he would surely change his mind.

Solis: Snitch

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Solis: Snitch
lmao just kidding
the website is so beautiful by the way

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Solis: Weigh your options

Taki
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Taki

You hear that sound of iron on dirt? Wonder what it is.

Taki
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Just checked, it's Solis digging himself into a hole.

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Solis: Just drop it. One small act of (false) dedication isn't more significant that everything you have done. Therefore, Kotori must do lots of other things for the world, just like you. This won't matter in the long term.

Suvillan: All this talking when Solis walked all the way here. Too much formality. Summon some refreshments.

Gladioli
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Solis: Consider compherending how bad this might be if you WERE to tell Suvillan about Kotori. Do you not think that Suvillan might be suspicious of how YOU would know that, he might even think you're lying again.

yanagi
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i'm gonna feel dumb if this is confirmed later...
but right now i feel smart>
is five the *heiress* mentioned here????
nah i'm probably just an idiot

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