Nodding his head slowly, Marcus stared at the prince with some slight apprehension: ''While I can't say that I trust you wholeheartedly, we will take what you said into consideration''. He could not understand the prince's desire to come with them, considering that the ship would lack any luxurious accommodations the prince was used to. Not to mention that in order to keep everything running smoothly, Tol would have to help out onboard like any other crew member. It was hard to imagine him cleaning the deck or assisting with fishing. As the prince finished speaking, Marcus couldn't stop himself from speaking up again:
''So far you only explained why none of your siblings should be chosen but I still don't understand why you should accompany us. Even though the other candidates don't seem to have any desirable traits, your 'nature' seems to conflict with the one of my crew.''
Anya fiddled with the meat on her plate, whilst directing her full attention to the discussion taking place. If Tol considered the other prince a brute, then that meant there was someone other then the queen that he was afraid of. However that also worried her- how horrible could someone have to be to scare someone like Tol. The princess, on the other hand, didn't seem too horrible but deceit was something that the majority onboard held with contempt. There clearly wasn't a good enough option that would not get in the way of the crew's day-to-day life.
Hearing Blake, she proceeded to roll her eyes before muttering quietly: ''You're talking already aren't ya''
Self-serving and deceitful? How could anyone use such words to describe her highness? Jane glared at the prince, appalled by his description. The princess, although not perfect, did more for this country than both of the princes combined and her ability to charm whoever she met was unmatched. The maid had to restrain herself from marching out of the room and reporting what she heard to her lady. Instead, she did the next best thing, which was to stick her tongue out at the prince when he was facing away from her. Feeling pleased, Jane turned back to observe the visitors once again.
Only this time she found one of them looking at her. Filled with dread, she recognised him as the suspicious man from yesterday. Attempting to hide the surprise on her face, she smiled innocently before turning to look at the prince. Maybe he didn't remember her and she could pretend like everything was alright until she informed the princess about the meeting. If the group's dress wasn't enough, the uncouth man was amongst them as well- the princess had no place amongst such people.