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An Understated Dominance Chapter 1709 by Marina Vittori

Taking a moment to gather his thoughts, Dustin replied, “Your Majesty, I haven’t had the chance to interact with the princes. Thus, I lack the familiarity needed for a fair evaluation. Please, forgive me.”

“It’s alright if you’re not familiar with them. Let me provide you with more insights,” Valon said. He wasn’t one to back down and continued, “My eldest son possesses a calm temperament and grew up learning the ways of governance next to me.

“While he may not be able to expand our territory, he is more than capable of safeguarding what we have now.

“Unfortunately, his frail health and persistent illnesses make him unsuited as a ruler.”

By the end of it, Valon let out a sigh. His eldest son would be considered a wise ruler, but unfortunately, he didn’t have a King’s destiny.

A prophecy had predicted that his eldest son wouldn’t live past 36. If he passed the throne to him, he would probably meet his end within a few years of the taxing work.

“If the eldest Prince isn’t suitable, what about the second Prince?” Dustin asked.

“Although my second son is physically strong and courageous, his arrogance and disregard for others disqualify him as a wise ruler.” Valon shook his head.

Even though his second son had learned the martial arts from a young age, he lacked wisdom and was impulsive. This made him more suited to be a general rather than a king.

“I’ve heard that the third Prince is excellent in literary and martial arts. He should be suitable, right?” Dustin suggested.

“Yes, and many have said the same.”

Valon sighed, “My third son is smart and sharp-witted, making him seemingly the perfect candidate when considering various aspects.

“However, his lack of empathy concerns me. Someone like him would not lead the country well.”

Valon’s third son had both literary and martial talent, but unfortunately, he had a narrow-minded and suspicious nature. He would get jealous and suspect others easily.

Someone like him couldn’t withstand criticism nor tolerate the presence of talented individuals. In the long run, Dragonmarsh might face a decline if led by such a ruler. That was why he didn’t think his third son was an ideal choice for the throne, either.

“Your Majesty, there must be a more outstanding candidate among your many other children, right?” Dustin probed.

“My remaining sons either lack the ability or are too young to shoulder the responsibilities. That’s why I’m having a headache choosing between them.” Valon rubbed his temples.

Throughout history, the selection of the next King had always been a careful and deliberate process.

If he were still healthy, he wouldn’t have to rush. He could take his time to observe his sons and groom them into a suitable successor.

However, his time was running out. He needed to decide on a successor as soon as possible to stabilize the political landscape.

“If only Grace were a son, I wouldn’t be in such a dilemma.” Valon sighed again. While his sons fell short of expectations, he had a few exceptionally talented daughters.

Grace, especially, possessed both virtue and talent. She was outstanding in every aspect and was near perfect to be his successor. Unfortunately, being a woman, she wasn’t able to ascend to the throne. Fate was cruel sometimes.

“Your Majesty, if even you are troubled by this matter, then they are beyond my ability to solve.” Dustin shook his head.

Throughout the generations, the fight for the throne had often been accompanied by bloodshed and chaos. Dustin had his own troubles to think of and had no intention of getting involved in the conflict.

“While others may not be able to solve this problem, you surely can,” Valon said meaningfully.

“You are the future King of West Lucozia and a crucial pillar of the nation. Your opinion holds significant weight. I will choose whoever you recommend!”

“What?” Dustin’s expression stiffened, caught off guard.

While Valon initially sought his opinion, his words now implied that he was entrusting Dustin with making the final decision. He was now placed in an entirely different situation.

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An Understated Dominance by Marina Vittori

An Understated Dominance by Marina Vittori

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An Understated Dominance is a Urban/Realistic novel for men, telling a story of Dahlia Nicholson and Dustin Rhys had been married for three years.
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Summary An Understated Dominance by Marina Vittori

Dahlia Nicholson and Dustin Rhys had been married for three years. After Dahlia’s meteoric rise to success, she abandons the useless dead weight that’s Dustin, proposing divorce. Unbeknownst to her, everything she had ever achieved was only because of him.

Chapter 1 “Dustin, here is the divorce agreement prepared by Ms. Nicholson. All you need to do is sign them.” In the president’s office of the Quine Group, the secretary, Lyra Blaine, placed a piece of A4 paper on the table. A man sat opposite her, dressed in plain clothing. “Divorce? What do you mean?” Dustin Rhys was taken aback. “Do you not understand what I’m saying? Your marriage with Ms. Nicholson is over. You’re not even on the same level anymore. Your existence is nothing but a smear on the president’s reputation!” Lyra pulled no punches as she spoke. “A smear on her reputation?” Dustin frowned. “Is that how she thinks of me?” Back when they first got married, the Nicholson family was in ruinous debt. He was the one who helped them when they were at their lowest point. Now that they were rich, Dahlia Nicholson was ready to just kick him out. “Something like that.” Lyra jerked her chin toward the magazine on the table. A photo of a beautiful woman was printed on the front page. “Look at the headline on this magazine, Dustin. Ms. Nicholson’s net worth has hit one billion in the course of just three years, a feat no short of a miracle. She’s now the most desired woman in Swinton! With all this, she’s destined for greatness. But you, you’re just a regular joe. You don’t deserve her at all. I hope that you’ll see some sense and do the right thing.” When Dustin remained silent, Lyra frowned. “I know you’re not happy with this, but this is reality,” she continued. “You might have helped Ms. Nicholson when she was in trouble, but she has repaid you for everything you’ve done for her over the last three years. In fact, you’re the one who owes her now!” “Is our marriage just a business deal to her, then?” Dustin took a deep breath to suppress the emotions within. “If she wants to divorce me, let her speak to me herself.” “Ms. Nicholson is very busy. She doesn’t need to trouble herself with such trifling matters.” “Trifling matters?” Dustin was stunned. Then he laughed bitterly. “Is that so? Is divorce a trifling matter to her? She can’t even find the time to speak to me. Truly, she’s that unattainable now!” “Dustin, don’t delay this any longer.” Lyra pushed the divorce agreement toward him again. “Just sign here and you’ll get a car and a house as compensation. On top of that, you’ll also get eight million dollars. This is more than what you’ll be able to earn in your lifetime!” “Eight million dollars is a lot, but…I don’t need it. I will sign the divorce papers if she comes personally. Otherwise, I won’t sign anything,” Duston said coldly. “Don’t go too far, Dustin!” Lyra slammed her hand on the table. “Don’t say I didn’t warn you. With all her power and resources, Ms. Nicholson can divorce you easily. It’s only because she appreciates her past relationship with you that she’s allowing you to keep your dignity intact. Don’t provoke her!” “My dignity?” Dustin was a little amused by that. She didn’t even want to speak to him directly to divorce him. What kind of dignity was that? Moreover, if she really did appreciate their relationship, then why was she threatening him now?


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