Honestly, it’s those words that quickly caught Arlan’s attention. The only female he seems to have created a friendship with is Melissa, and she’s not really a person that seems to have the courage to voice her honest opinions and disagreements (currently). So seeing this girl stand up for herself, despite being surrounded by many who clearly oppose her, fascinates him and makes him feel a great deal of respect for her.
the contrast between the relationship the Second Prince’s starting relationship with Melissa (which starts out potentially warm but becomes more distant after her marriage to his brother) and Sophia (which starts out VERY cold and distant, yet can become more genuine and strong with enough effort on the Prince’s part) is quite interesting, I must admit.
(These are just personal opinions on certain scenes)
-During the scenes with where, would it be possible to be more ambiguous (or just outright avoiding) about the topic of our feelings toward Melissa? Like when her father tries to ask about the Prince’s feelings toward her or when Melissa tries to strike a conversation about Sohpia’s beauty, the prince could express a desire to not talk about either matter or just outright keeps their mouth shut to show they have no desire to have the conversation? Some players may not want to outright talk about any past feelings they had for Melissa and may not want to lie about the matter either; they just may want to discuss the topic just yet (or with people besides Melissa when the time is right).
-And the option during the balcony where we can choose ‘I wanted to marry Melissa, but I feel like I have to let her go’ is a choice that actually fits more in the scene we’re about to get married to Sophia (or some choice that sounds similar to it). Like, the feelings can be implied to be there, but the Prince could express the fact that they feel like they have to let her go for both their sakes.
-There’s also the scene with the where the Second Prince meets King Andus for the first. It seem like the part where he says “Yes, I see that. It is a miracle that her son would be gifted in combat”, might be a better moment to have the reader choose how their young prince openly reacts to him (like if the prince does cower, returns the cold glare, just outright ignores him in favor of Javier, etc).
On another note:
I found a song that kind of makes me feel like this is how The Second Prince and Sophia’s romantic relationship will develop; trying to understand the sincerity of their possible feelings for each other and wanting to fully bridge that gap between them after a while.
Fun fact; in the video game this song comes from (Ar Tonelico 2), the girls in it are the only ones who really sing in this language. But the male main character in his ending with this particular girl, learned how to sing this song so that his feelings could get across to her (and she joined him in the song, to express her own feelings, so it worked).