In the end, my concerns were of no use. Even amidst the clamoring crowd, that voice just now was clearly Albert’s.
The surrounding knights froze in an instant.
Even though they were all wearing armor that was resistant to magic, they were helpless in the face of overwhelming power.
Through the knights, Albert crossed the distance between us in an instant. He ran towards me with a rather urgent expression, and in the wind, his gray hair was left disheveled.
Brought upon by agitation, this rare unkempt appearance shocked me.
As soon as I called him as well, Albert smiled, and the sight of him was like looking at a flower in full bloom.
I saw Leona behind Albert, her eyes growing wide.
She didn’t seem to have entertained the notion that my feelings were requited.
“Prince, I didn’t get hurt anywhere. Mercy put on a defensive spell on me.”
Albert grimaced and reached out to me.
“That’s what you say, but there’s a wound on your neck.”
His thumb brushed over the wound. It was a very thin cut, but it looked like this was enough to bother him.
I breathed in. I could feel the sharp gazes pointed at me.
It’s the first time that Albert was showing this much concern towards me in front of other people.
A looming shadow was cast over his deep gaze. His hand, which was hovering over the wound on my neck, seemed to draw a circle before it was moved away.
He slowly averted his eyes from me. He took not one step away from me, but he addressed Liam.
“Good work, Liam.”
“I am honored, sir.”
“Everyone’s contributions are significant. The palace has been seized, and things are going smoothly. You can be at ease for the moment.”
The knights bowed cordially towards Albert. The sight of that many knights bowing to just one person in this dungeon—it was amazing to see.
Unphased by the sudden gesture of respect, Albert raised one hand gracefully.
The elegance upon his demeanor was something that could not be emulated just right away. Seeing him like this, it was as if he wasn’t the same man who had a pleasant time eating together with me in that tower.
I realized once again just how stark the difference was between the two of us, and I hated this moment.
I knew it’s only natural, yet I also knew that there’s nothing I could do, even with my efforts.
“The plan will proceed.”
Albert then explained in detail. Starting this day, Albert would invite people to the palace under Rosteratu’s name.
It would be a sudden summons, but no one would suspect this because it’s not only once or twice that Rosteratu had done the same thing before.
The moment they step foot into the palace would be the moment that the purge would begin.
Those who would live and those who would die depended solely on Albert’s judgment.
Albert looked around, then his eyes settled on Leona. She flinched.
“You must have a lot of things to say about the knight order.”
The mages must have told him about Leona’s situation. In response, Leona nodded gravely.
Albert was quickly surrounded by other people, and so, I slipped away from his side.
I wanted to talk to Albert more, but now was not the time.
He was a man who would be much busier than he was now. I couldn’t sulk about this.
* * *
Albert had to go somewhere with Liam so they could talk about the current situation. Meanwhile, I was led to a room inside the palace.
Compared to the tower’s bedroom, this room was overwhelmingly enormous.
The room had not just a soft bed inside, but also a luxurious sofa in front of a fireplace that gave off an antique elegance.
The room was absolutely spotless and without a single speck of dust, however, there was no sign of another person there.
No one was attending to me, but a mage delivered a nightgown for me. I soon went to the bathroom connected to the room.
I soaked in the tub. The warm water surrounding my body made me feel drowsy.
After washing up, I lay down on the bed. The tub was filled anew, then Blanc went off to take a bath as well.
The bed was as soft as a feather, but I felt a bit awkward staying here.
Albert let me sleep on the bed at the tower recently, so I got used to that, but the fluff and softness of this one was somewhat burdensome.
Suddenly, I recalled the hard floor of the attic.
After all this was over, I wouldn’t have to be trapped in that tower anymore. But then… What was this emptiness that I was feeling?
…It’s as if I was missing the past already. But how long had it been since I left that place?
How would I be able to last a month? Honestly, I think I’ve fallen for Albert much harder than I first thought.
This time, I’m the one having problems with this, not Albert.
Sighing, I closed my eyes tightly and drifted off.
Before I knew it, the moon had already risen in the sky.
It’s impossible to just stay in the tower. It’s impossible to just be alone with Albert for the rest of our lives.
It’s only because I’ve already left the tower that I’m slowly forgetting how suffocating it is in there.
So, I can’t start missing the tower now.
Thinking that I should get some air so I could wake up, I rose to my feet.
Come to think of it, earlier, I couldn’t even ask if Albert was done dealing with Rosteratu properly.
When I opened the window, I saw the brilliant moon hanging up in the dark sky. Then, from outside the window, someone snuck in.
“…Weren’t you busy?”
It was Albert.
“I’m here to look at your injury.”
He narrowed his eyes.
“You shouldn’t have gotten hurt.”
A small cut like this shouldn’t even be considered as an injury. His excessive worries were a bit embarrassing, but it still made my heart feel ticklish.
I soon uttered the question I’ve been meaning to ask.
“Have you carried out your revenge?”
Sitting on the windowsill, he held my chin gently.
The look in his eyes became hazy as he thought about Rosteratu, however his gaze gradually focused on me.
“The moment I saw you, it all became worthless to me.”
His voice was as clear as the array of stars glimmering across the evening sky.
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