Life as a Tower Maid: Locked up with the Prince - Chapter 233
The tumultuous banquet had passed, and it was Noire’s 500th birthday.
I had warned Alexander about the fact related to my existence yesterday, but I didn’t disappear.
I still don’t know if my choice was right. Even if Alexander made a choice that was no different from before, I would have survived.
I instinctively realized that I wouldn’t have another chance to meet the Alexander of this time before returning to the future.
We had ten minutes left until twelve o’clock—the time when we decided to find Albert and Emmett’s room.
Emmett and Noire’s ordeal would begin on the evening of Noire’s birthday.
Emmett told me, ‘The time for the trial is set. It’s almost impossible to change it with one’s will.’
So, the fact that the trial for me and Blanc started early was a miraculous result of Blanc’s intense desire to save me.
Sincerity toward someone saved my life, just like how Albert saved me.
After finishing my morning outing, I went to pick up Albert.
Albert, who had already risen from his seat and dressed formally, greeted me.
In my eyes, Albert looked even more aristocratic than Young Duke Liam. It was due to his dignified steps and elegant gestures.
I would never say such a thing just because my eyes were completely biased. Absolutely not.
“Are you okay?”
My question had a double meaning. I was asking if he was doing alright after yesterday’s events at the banquet, and also about how he felt about parting with Emmett today.
In response to my question, Albert lowered his eyes and murmured,
“I don’t know.”
“…I thought my teacher always valued that dragon more than me, and I got used to that attitude. But I think I’m feeling sadder than I originally expected.”
In Albert’s mind, the events with Emmett seemed to take precedence over what happened yesterday. He appeared fortunate that the banquet did not leave a lasting trauma.
“It’s natural to feel sad. Still though, I also have some good news for you.”
“…What is it?”
“I’m almost becoming human now.”
In just one day, a significant change had occurred for me as well. My physical body was almost complete. Now, I could reveal my true self without the bracelet.
The moment I shook hands with people as my true self was incredibly exhilarating.
As expected, everything I went through yesterday was a trial for my life.
When I recalled last night, my body shivered with fear. It was a moment I couldn’t endure without losing my sanity.
If Albert hadn’t stopped me, I would have changed his future and ceased to exist in this world.
“It’s all thanks to you.”
I expressed my gratitude to Albert as I handed him the gift I had prepared.
Today’s gift for him was an elegant white phonograph and a set of records that could be played on it.
“Do you like it? Music can be a great mood changer.”
I could put quite some thought into today’s gift. Since I could go directly and spend money on items, I was able to make it special!
I watched Albert, who was playing with the phonograph, and burst into a happy smile.
Now, I didn’t need to sneak around or help him behind the scenes or bring flowers or food in secret.
Having proudly helped people through the winter, I bought this gift for Albert.
The phonograph was a bit more expensive than I had initially thought, so I did receive some help from Emmett, too.
Emmett, who had pretended not to hear at first, finally helped when he heard that it was the last gift for Albert.
Since Emmett had set aside money for Albert, it didn’t strain Albert’s current financial situation.
“It’s about that bracelet.”
Albert, who had been silent until then, made a strange noise. His gaze was fixed on my bracelet.
Since Greten was inside the mansion, I thought it would be better to wear the bracelet.
“…Just keep wearing it.”
He didn’t ask about the phonograph, how I managed to get the money for this gift, or anything like that.
Moreover, since I knew that Albert had strong feelings about the ‘other’ person who was involved in this bracelet, what he said just now was even more unexpected.
“Why? Are you jealous, Albert?”
Albert’s face turned bright red. He lowered his head.
“No, why would I?”
“Why? We were the closest to each other, so it’s natural to feel jealous, right?”
“…Is that so?”
Albert seemed to find comfort in my casual response.
“Yeah, and we promised to be honest with each other. If you’re honest with me, I’ll keep wearing the bracelet.”
At my words, Albert frowned as if lost in thought, but eventually nodded.
“Yeah, I’m jealous. I wish you were only visible to me.”
“Alright, I’ll keep wearing the bracelet then.”
With little time left, I wanted to fulfill Albert’s wishes.
“Now, shall we go to Emmett?”
In response to my words, Albert nodded stiffly, as if his body had become rigid. We entered Emmett’s room.
Emmett’s room was as neat as when he first arrived.
Noire also nodded and greeted Albert. On the table, the cake I had bought this morning was displayed.
The homemade cake was beautifully decorated, and I was excited too because I could eat it now.
Since my body had fully formed, I could sense my five senses coming alive if I would concentrate after removing the bracelet.
Once my body had formed, I feared that pain might find me too, but that didn’t happen.
It seemed that Blanc had completed his ordeal around the same time as mine, beyond the current time frame.
He must be on his way to find me now.
t/n: I found out Noire’s gender late, so from now on the spelling of her name will be ‘Noire’ instead of ‘Noir’. I’ll edit the past chapters when I get the chance sometime soon.
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