bout Thor.
More importantly, what about the matters that were decided at this meeting?”

“Yes.
As the Imperial Princess, I will definitely carry them out while I am in the town of Nosa.”

 Sophia raised the hem of her skirt and bowed.

 Then she looked at the armored warrior beside her.

“He is one of those who agrees with me.
Isn’t that right, Isaac Mueller.”

“Y-Your Highness?”

“If this meeting succeeds and the town of Nosa becomes prosperous, it will be to his credit.
It was only because he understood my intentions and accompanied me with his troops that I was able to meet with the Demon Lord.
Please remember the name of Isaac Mueller.”

“…… You have come to the right place.”

The man called Isaac Mueller tapped his helmet while sporting a troubled look.

He then let out a long sigh.

“…… I am Isaac Mueller, a supporter of Her Highness Sophia Dolgaria.
I am the commander of the soldiers.
I am also the one who will send you letters on behalf of Her Highness.
I look forward to working with you, people of the Demon Territory.”

He talked not to Rukie, but to Chancellor Kelve and General Reisenga.

 In response, Chancellor Kelve and General Reisenga returned the greeting.

 Isaac Mueller did not greet the Demon Lord Rukie.

It was likely because the soldiers escorting him and the soldiers further behind were watching.

The only person who exchanged words with the Demon Lord was Princess Sophia, and he wanted to make it seem as though he was only an escort.

 He is a man who is very good at…… protecting himself.

“I have a proposal for everyone in the Demon Territory.”

Suddenly, Princess Sophia spoke.

“I will carry out what I have decided on this occasion of my own accord.
However, I do not know how the Imperial officials will react.
Depending on the situation, there is a possibility that I may be summoned back to the Imperial capital.”

“Yes, that is a possibility.”

“Aside from that, my term of office in the city of Nosa is merely three years.
After that, I cannot guarantee anything.
Therefore…”

 After saying this, Princess Sophia took a deep breath.

“In order for me to remain in the town of Nosa, I would like to become engaged to the Thor Canaan.”

 She looked straight at me and declared such a thing.

 Silence enveloped the meeting.

 Rukie, Chancellor Kelve, and General Reisenga, none of them moved an inch.

 Isaac Mueller and the others also stood with their mouths gaping.

 It became clear that this was solely the decision of Princess Sophia.

“I’m sure that Thor Canaan, who is familiar with…… the affairs of the Empire, should know.”

“I understand…… but…”

“Please.”

“If Her Highness Sophia is engaged to me in the Demon Territory, it will be difficult for the high officials of the Empire to remove Her Highness from her post in the town of Nosa, I suppose.
If they separate two people who are engaged with the permission of Her Majesty Demon King, it will incite the wrath of the Demon Territory.
If they were to have a child, things would become even more complicated.”

“Correct.
As expected of Thor Canaan.”

That’s understandable.

Chancellor Kelve thought of something similar and had just betrothed Mabel to me.

Chancellor Kelve could refuse to hand me over to the Empire on the grounds that I had a fiancée.

Separating Mabel and myself would incur the Demon Territory’s wrath just as it would with the engagement Princess Sophia had in mind.
By extension, it would make the Demon Territory an enemy.
The Empire would avoid that risk.

What Princess Sophia is proposing is an arrangement contrasting the one between Mabel and myself.

She intends to tie herself to the border region by receiving the Demon Lord’s permission and getting engaged to me.

But…

“That is not an option.
Thor already has a fiancée.”

“”

Demon Lord Rukie raised her voice.

“To break an engagement because of political reasons is not the way of the Demon Territory!”

“I have no intention of breaking the engagement!”

“What do you mean?”

“This is also better.
With a fiancée in the Demon Territory, it would provide Thor Canaan a reason to remain in the Demon Territory.”

“I see.
If Thor does not leave the Demon Territory, you who became his fiancée will not be able to move either.
That would become a reason for you to remain in the town of Nosa…”

“Then the upper echelons of the Imperial capital will abandon the idea of recalling me.”

Princess Sophia’s cheeks were slightly tinted as she presented a gentle smile.

“Of course, the one in the Demon Territory should be his wife.
I am fine with being a concubine.”

“You are a princess, are you not? Or am I mistaken?”

“I do not have the right of succession.”

I know that.

I lived in the Empire, so I knew how low-ranking nobles and royalty were treated.

Perhaps, if things continue as they are, Princess Sophia…

“I will eventually be recalled to the Imperial City and sent away to another country.”

Princess Sophia looked around at Rukie, Chancellor Kelve and me.

“However, since I was born a princess, I wish to use my life for the sake of those in front of me.
For the people of the Demon Territory and the people of the border region.”

“Please wait, Your Highness! You, engaged to someone from the Demon Territory?

Isaac Mueller shouted.

His large body began to tremble, the armor on his body making clanking noises.

“If Your Highness does such a selfish thing, Your Highness might not be able to return to the Imperial capital again! There is a possibility that your name will be erased from the Imperial Family’s register!”

“I am prepared to do so.”

“Are you willing to never see your sister again?”

“I told you I am prepared to do so.”

Princess Sophia said firmly.

“I will write to Liana and inform her of my decision.
This is the answer that this useless princess has decided upon.
I want to show my sister…… with this body of mine that a princess is one who protects her people, one who sacrifices herself for the sake of peace.”

“Your Highness must be tired!”

Isaac shouted.

“The meeting is now concluded! What Her Highness has just said was because she was too tired! Got that?”

“Wait a minute!”

I shouted out.

Maybe I shouldn’t have interfered, but I had a feeling that it would be bad if the meeting ended here.

I felt as if I would never see Princess Sophia again.

Besides, before we parted, there was something I had to do for Princess Sophia.

“Your Majesty Demon Lord.
Would you permit me to speak with Her Highness Princess Sophia for a moment?”

“……Thor.”

“Her Highness Sophia said that she wants me to be her fiance.
I want to determine what she really meant by that.
Besides, if Her Highness is tired, I think it would be better for her to rest for a short while in the tent.”

“….I see.”

Rukie nodded.

She must have understood what I was intending.

She looked towards Chancellor Kelve and nodded.

 

“Escort of Princess Sophia.
May I request that Princess Sophia and Thor Canaan-dono speak to each other privately.”

Chancellor Kelve said.

“Both Her Imperial Highness Princess Sophia, who wishes to be engaged and Thor Canaan-dono, who has heard of the proposal, will feel regret if they part ways at this point.
If the escort is against it, then there’s even greater reason to talk.”

“…… Mmm.”

Isaac froze.

He looked towards Princess Sophia to confirm that she nodded.

“Then, what do you suggest we do?”

“We will prepare a tent for you.
Their respective guards are standing around them.
That way, if something happens, we can respond immediately.”

“But…”

“Please respect the feelings of Her Imperial Highness Princess Sophia.

Chancellor Kelve finished his explanation.

As expected of Chancellor Kelve.
He summarised the conversation wonderfully.

The Imperial side must have wanted to end the conversation here.

If there will be guards present, I think it will be harder to refuse…….

“I understand.
But only for 30 minutes.
Is that fine, Your Highness?”

Isaac said reluctantly after a while.

Princess Sophia nodded.

Of course, I had no objection.

Anyway, I wanted to speak with Princess Sophia privately.

I was also confused by the sudden mention of an engagement.

It would be great if the engagement with the princess is for the good of the Demon Territory, but somehow, I don’t feel at ease.

I have to properly speak to her.

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