ld never deviate off the tracks.
She always pursued such a life.

But divorce?

It was far from what he believed Chloe would want.
It was a path that was completely opposite of what she aspired—something completely parallel and out of reach to the life she wanted.

William’s heart was racing.
He liked and admired Chloe’s upright beliefs, but at the back of mind, it was true that he hoped she would step out of that path one day.

The thought of being an accomplice to her deviation made his mouth water.
He leaned forward and placed his elbows over his knees.

“Have you really thought of it?”

“Yes.
I’ve been considering it for a long time now.”

Truthfully, it was a bit of an exaggeration to say that it was ‘a long time’.
However, Chloe’s remaining life span wasn’t much anymore.
That’s why for her, even a few months of time was ‘a long time’.

“Goodness.
I’m acting strange, aren’t I?”

Chloe said with a low chuckle.

“Everyone would say that.
There’s no better husband than the Marquis.”

“…The Marquis is the future of this country.”

“Yes, but not my future.”

She shook her head firmly.
At this, William exhaled heavily.

“Once the Fourth Princess gets married, I’ll get divorced.”

“Elizabeth? Why?”

William asked reflexively, but he soon sighed.
Then, he nodded.

“The marriage talks between Elizabeth and the Marquis.”

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The second prince was secretly supporting the marriage between the Fourth Princess Elizabeth and Marquis Aslan.
Then there came the endorsement of Chloe’s divorce.
William already knew this.

“Yes, you’re right.
However, my husband doesn’t seem to want it.”

So just as Chloe said, only when Elizabeth married someone else would Chloe and the marquis divorce.

William’s forehead was wrinkled.

“But for the time being, it’ll be difficult because there’s no other marriage prospect for Elizabeth.

And he smiled helplessly.

“Who would want to marry a princess of a fallen royal family?”

“Don’t say things like that.
No matter what anyone says, the royal family is still alive.”

“No.
The royal family is already drowning in debt, so even the bank came to urge us to pay.”

As he said this, he recalled how the bankers raised their voices while clamoring for the overdue bonds.
He placed his chin over his interlocked fingers, then, he breathed in and out slowly.

“But I still have my territory.”

He was referring to the inheritance that he received before.

“If I sell that, I can give you the money.”

“…Brother.”

Chloe bit her lower lip.

If she were her usual self, she would have told him not to say that.
But things were different right now.
She couldn’t let go of the rope she’d barely managed to grab.

“I know I’m shameless, but I’m grateful for it.
Thank you.”

“Alright.”

William also nodded, smiling as though he understood Chloe’s feelings.
But soon, that smile fell.

He looked at Chloe with a stiff expression.

“Chloe.”

He spoke carefully.

“What are you going to do after you get divorced?”

“…I’m not sure.”

Chloe thought about how her life would be after the divorce.

“I’m thinking of going to the west coast.”

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“The coast?”

“Yes.
I’ve never seen the ocean.”

She wanted to see the ocean just once before she died.
It might not be too bad to die there, immersed in the atmosphere while looking at the ocean.

She imagined herself standing on the shore.

Airships would hover in the sky while parasols would scatter throughout the sandy beach.
A robot would ask if she’d like to buy some ice cream.
Then, she’d watch the waves hit the coast while eating sweet vanilla ice cream.

She imagined the vast blue ocean before her, her feet soaking in the waves.

“I think it’ll be fun.”

Chloe smiled sincerely for the first time in a long while.

And for a moment, William’s breath stopped short.
He was dazzled by Chloe’s smile, but he soon managed to return to his senses.
He leaned forward again.

“Will you be alone?”

Chloe didn’t quite understand what he meant by that question.
She tilted her head to the side.

“What do you mean?”

“That is…”

William continued speaking with a rather nervous expression.

“I’d like to ask if you have any thoughts about remarrying.”

He loosened his interlocked fingers, wiping his sweaty palms on his pants.

“If you do…”

—Knock, knock.

But his words were cut off.

“May I come in?”

Because Eric was outside the room.

While William looked over towards Chloe, trying to read her countenance, there was no choice but to let Eric in.
The door opened wide.

“I apologize for not being able to greet you, Your Highness.
I was out because of work.”

“It’s alright.
I’m here at Chloe’s invitation.”

“My wife’s invitation?”

Eric’s brows were raised.
He stared at Chloe for a moment, and he turned to William.

“Then is your conversation over?”

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