James was at a loss for words.
Hearing Yelena’s complaint, he nodded and replied reasonably, “I agree with the princess. At her age, studies should be her priority. I’ve always regretted not being able to learn enough in school. As a result, I come before you as uneducated and uncultured as I am.”
James deliberately lowered his status and praised Yelena, successfully resolving the awkward situation. However, Yelena was displeased with his answer.
She was the royal princess of Durandal. Although she was only in her early 20s, countless nobles have proposed to her. Princes from other countries have also sent her marriage proposals.
She rejected all of them. Yet, this man from Sol was the one rejecting her this time.
She thought it was normal for her to reject others, but she could not accept other people rejecting her instead.
“What do you mean, James? Are you implying that I’m not worthy of you?” Yelena’s fair features were full of anger as she glared at James sitting beside her.
James smiled awkwardly and replied, “Princess, I’m afraid you’ve misconstrued my words. Firstly, I already have a wife. Secondly, I’m much beneath you as I’m just an uneducated and uncultured man. Lastly, your focus should be on your studies right now.”
“So what if you’re married? You can just get a divorce.” Yelena pouted and demanded petulantly, “Divorce your wife this instant and marry me.”
“I’m afraid that’s not possible.” James shook his head in response to her demands.
“You…” Yelena was practically frothing at the mouth with anger.
She simply spouted some nonsense in order to save face and did not actually intend to marry James. Yet, James was here disrespecting her.
“Mother…” Yelena turned to the Queen while pouting.
The Queen raised her hand to cut her off. “That’s enough, Yelena. You shouldn’t pressure him into doing something he’s unwilling to…”
Sitting beside James, Henry lowered his head. He was desperately trying to hold back his laughter. It was fortunate that his skin was slightly darker than James’. Otherwise, his face would have been flushed bright red from holding in his laughter for too long.
James did not waste any more time on the topic and quickly brought up some essential national affairs with the Queen, skipping over what was essentially an extremely personal matter.
The whole meal lasted for more than an hour.
After the feast, the Queen arranged for someone to get James and Henry acquainted with the castle.
James stretched and sighed in relief when he got to his room. He took off his hat and the Black Dragon robe, then casually tossed them on a table inside the room.
Knock! Knock! Knock!
Someone knocked on his door.
The door was pushed open, and Henry walked inside the room.
As soon as he entered the room, Henry burst into a fit of laughter.
“God damn, James! You really are a chick magnet. Even Durandal’s princess had the hots for you.”
James rolled his eyes and said, “Stop being ridiculous.”
Henry straightened himself and asked seriously, “What should we do next, James?”
James sat down, took out a cigarette, and threw it at Henry.
Henry caught it and sat down as well.
James took out his phone and opened up a map. Then, he zoomed in on the location where Delilah was captured.
He tapped his finger at the location’s marker and said, “Delilah was captured here. It’s not actually within Durandal and is a small country located at Durandal’s borders. The country is about 800 kilometers from where we are right now. Let’s stay here for a day and make an excuse to check out this place tomorrow.”
Henry nodded. “Okay…”
James tapped his fingers on the table pensively. After a while, he said, “This is our first time in Durandal, and we aren’t familiar with the place. We’ll need to use some intelligence networks to find out who captured Delilah, where they’re holding her, and whether she’s still alive.”
Henry rubbed his chin. “Since you brought up the fact that we’re unfamiliar with this country, who will we turn to gather information for us? We can’t possibly ask the Queen to use the imperial family’s intelligence network to help us investigate, right?”
James waved his hand and said, “We shouldn’t bother the Queen with it for now. I’ll make a few calls and ask around.”
He took out his phone and called Blake, who had rushed to the Capital.
Soon, Blake picked up the call and replied irritatedly, “James, what’s your problem, man? You asked me to rush to the Capital and when I got there I found out you went to Durandal instead?”
James replied, “I’ve other matters to tend to right now. I called to ask if you know of an efficient underground intelligence network in Durandal?”
“Of course. Every country and place in this world has underground forces and intelligence networks.”
“Give me a contact.”
“I’ll set up a meeting for you with one of Durandal’s underworld bosses.”