“It seems like a king’s destiny isn’t something they could foresee even with their power. By the same token, they don’t meet with Anikas as well. Come to think of it, how in the world did the head of Muen help when you were kidnapped? I don’t suppose there was anything the head of Muen could possibly have helped in your case.”
“Ah… you’re right. Since they can’t foresee Anika’s destiny.”
In that case, it must be one or the other. It was either the head of Muen had tracked down the whereabouts of the nanny who kidnapped her or it was a downright lie that the destiny of a king or Anika wasn’t foreseeable with their power.
Eugene was soon lost in thought as she made a mental note to ask her mother further about the incident the next time she sees her. She never bothered to delve deeper into it as she was very much captivated when Dana first told her about the Muens.
She remembered having heard a rumor about the skilled fortune teller whom the men of importance and wealth often seek advice from, back when she still lived on earth. She was simply amazed by the fact that the ruling class never quite differs regardless of the worlds they live in.
All this talk with Kasser so far had aroused several questions in her mind.
“Your Majesty. Is there some kind of prejudice one would likely feel when encountered with someone from the Muen family? Like uneasiness, for example.”
“Not that I could think of. Other than surprise.” said Kasser as he shook his head.
“Then, how do you think a family would respond to a family member declaring to marry one of the Muens?”
“As far as I know, certain attempts such as buying the information regarding the heir of the Muen is quite prevalent as many wish to get closer ties with the Muen family through marriage. If such ability is indeed something that runs in the blood, it’s obvious that there are people who wish to get their hands on that power through their grandchildren. Even so, I’ve never heard of the Muens being related to such a reputable family through marriage. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that the Arse family was related to the Muens by blood…”
“If that’s the case, why did my mother keep that as a secret? She told me that she had never met anyone from the Muen family other than my grandmother who has long since passed away. Do you have any idea as to why she avoided them?”
“Not everyone who knows about the Muen family is favorable to them. On the whole, there are two types of people among those who’s aware of the Muens existence. Those who wish to meet with the head of the Muen at all costs and those who refuse to be told about their destiny. Perhaps Lady Arse falls into the latter group.”
His reasoning alone, however, wasn’t convincing enough for her since the Muen family was her mother’s root nonetheless.
And since prejudice against the shaman or fortune teller was prevalent in the society back on earth, she regarded that her mother had kept it as a secret for pretty much the same reason. However, the public perception here seemed very much different from earth according to Kasser.
‘There must be some other reason. I guess I have to ask my mother about it in person on my next visit.’
“I know this could sound absurd, but don’t you think there’s a chance that the Muen family could somehow be related to the ancient tribe which Aldrit had mentioned about having the power to foresee the future?”
Kasser’s eyes widened as he gave a nod. “It doesn’t sound absurd at all.”
After a moment of contemplation, he muttered as if he had realized something important. “You’re right. Just as you said, the power the head of Muen is known to possess is similar to foreseeing the future indeed.”
“I had my doubts that perhaps Sang-je is related to the ancient tribe in some way as well. And I guess my assumption wasn’t all that groundless after all since it seems like there is a close tie between Sang-je and the Muens. I’m sure we could find out more about Sang-je if we delve deeper into the Muen family.”
Eugene felt her heart palpitated as she was beginning to see the glimmer of a clue to a long-standing conundrum. Setting aside the worries of the days to come, it was simply fun to see the pieces finally being fit into a bigger picture.
Seeing the twinkle in her eyes, Kasser had a sudden hunch that he wouldn’t like what she was about to say.
“I would like to pay another visit to the palace tomorrow.”