(imagines Nicolas and Lestari getting politically engaged several years before they actually meet in the story)
Nicolas: Why have I been engaged against my knowledge?! Brother, tell Father to break it off, will you? ...what? What do you mean you won't?! You're the one who sent away my dear darling kittens. This is the least you can do for me to soothe my pains! I am all alone and bored without them! ...oh, Uthar. Do I look like some fool to you? I do NOT desire to do such things with the imperial princess!
Lestari: Who is this cheeky, incompetent no-name prince I'm supposed to marry? Oh, whatever. I'll meet him and let him know about my personal feelings on the matter. ...huh? Thais? Well, well, well. Does the dragon seek to forge a formal alliance with our Empire, or is this their way of disposing their dishonorable, no-name prince? I’m looking forward to our encounter.