Imagine Paschal and Laurent’s relationship though. Paschal was the Queen’s physician so probably delivered him and Auguste and saw them through the illnesses of their childhood. He saw how he grew into a sweet little boy who doted on his brother and ran around the palace, laces trailing behind him BECAUSE HE REFUSED TO WEAR ANYTHING SENSIBLE and he was so happy. Even when he’d fallen off his pony yet again he’d babble on about where he and Auguste would be going tomorrow and did Paschal think unicorns were real and why wasn’t he allowed to ride one of the big grey mares like Auguste was, whilst Paschal tried and mainly failed to get him to sit still so he could check whether the large bruises on his side were anything serious.
Paschal would have seen how that changed almost overnight with the deaths of his family. How Laurent was completely silent and closed off if he ever had to come to him with an injury from his sword training. He’d sit silently whilst Paschal stitched him up and then would leave with a curt ‘don’t tell my uncle.’
But now he gets to see him blossom into a competent king in a stable and loving relationship with someone who adores him and whom he adores in return. He sees it in how Laurent cares for Damen following his stabbing, working tirelessly to secure both their kingdoms. He is invited onto their joint Council to advise and participate in government. He sees how Laurent and Damen work seamlessly together. How in later years, Laurent starts to talk to him again. Make quips and jokes whenever he has to see him. Gets to see his and Damen’s relationship first hand during Damen’s first Veretian winter where he catches pneumonia. He’d described as a ‘slight cold.’ It wasn’t until he’d almost stopped breathing one night and Paschal had been sent for, that it turned out to be very much not a ‘slight cold.’ And every day, Paschal is grateful that he got to see how Laurent’ story turned out.