Life as a Tower Maid: Locked up with the Prince - Chapter 6
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The reason I could talk about spicy and salty food here was because the worldbuilding in the novel wasn’t a perfect medieval world, but a fantasy-fusion that existed in the author’s mind.
Albert Grey, the lonely and prideful king who was once locked up in a tower as ordered by the previous king.
In other words—and in my own interpretation of the author’s intent—Albert was like a wounded beast. There was no one in the world who could soothe his mental scars and heal his trauma. Everyone just focused on his outward appearance.
And his dazzling appearance became like poison to him.
‘There’s no woman who can understand me…!’
Such was the fate of Albert Grey, who was likely to die a celibate due to this chuunibyou mindset.
But enter the stage, interdimensional traveler, Seo Ina!
After coming from modern day South Korea and traveling to another dimension, Seo Ina realized at once that, despite the setting being like the Middle Ages, strangely enough, Eastern ingredients existed in this world.
The original story’s goal was catharsis! No need to think about it so hard! Therefore, the author intentionally messed with the worldbuilding and put in a mishmash of things.
Thanks to this, Korean ingredients such as red pepper powder, red pepper paste and soybean paste were abundant here.
One thing to note though, the ingredients weren’t popular. In fact, there were many people who didn’t even know how to use these ingredients.
No one knew the difference between red pepper paste and red pepper powder.
I didn’t understand what was happening in the novel when this part was mentioned, but the plot was interesting enough so I just didn’t think about it and kept reading.
Seo Ina took full advantage of being a Korean through and through. She captivated people through their stomachs by making delicious food like fried chicken, tteokbokki, samgyupsal and so on.
And all the people who got to taste her food fell in love with her charms. She came here to conquer the world with Korean food!
Eventually, Albert came to meet Seo Ina… and that was the gist of the webnovel I read back then.
I didn’t know what happened after that, but I’m sure those two hit it off.
I wish I had read it all. But then again, sleep was more important because I needed to go to work the next day.
If I knew I’d die in vain the next day and get transmigrated inside the novel, then I would have read more. But I had no way of knowing that.
In any case, the novel strangely overlapped with the time I lived as a new hire in the marketing team.
This was because I had two bosses.
The boss who I regularly report to, King Impotent, and Prince Albert.
I opened the lone window of the tower and looked outside. I made eye contact with the soldiers standing guard outside, then I waved hello.
The tower was surrounded by soldiers. They were guarding the tower in shifts, and they also hand over supplies to me once a week.
The usual routine was that I receive the supplies, then send in my report of all the torturing I’ve done to Albert.
This week’s report had already been written by Rosé, so I didn’t have to make something up. It was a relief.
Holding the report in my hand, I opened the tower’s entrance. The door could only be opened every Monday at 8 A.M. on the dot.
I schooled my features into a serious expression as I faced the soldiers. A serious face was necessary so they’d believe me.
These were men who worked for that impotent guy, but they weren’t considered lackeys because they were only following orders.
And currently, I was trying to persuade them.
“I want to torture His Highness more. I need everything that’s written down here.”
“…Why do you need food to torture him?”
“Surely, it’s not enough to just torture him through the wand, hm? Food, clothing and shelter are the very basic elements of a human being’s life after all.”
The soldiers nodded in agreement.
Then, I put on a ferocious look. After reading dozens of romance fantasy books where villainesses appeared, I tried to do my best to impersonate one.
“I’m going to starve the Prince and give him spicy food to mess up his stomach. Just leave it to me…!”
I have to look as evil as I can! I glared at them and cackled.
“So, get me everything on the list.”
“W-We will try.”
The soldiers were fortunately weak-minded.
Well, ingredients weren’t significant enough to write a report about and let the king know, so the soldiers will listen to me.
The soldiers rushed back with my report with them, and I licked my lips.
What I wrote down were ingredients for tteokbokki.
Ah, how am I supposed to wait one entire week?
Well, at least for now I’ve convinced the soldiers enough. I hurried back to get ready for breakfast.
After placing the soup I’ve already prepared on the tray beside some bread, I closed the kitchen door behind me and went up the spiral stairs.
At the top of the steps was the door to the bedroom. When I opened it, I saw Albert sitting at the desk right next to the door.
He was looking at the wand with a monocle on one eye. His long eyelashes fluttered as he narrowed his eyes.
When he lifted his gaze to look at the top of the wand, his sharp jawline was revealed. But not only that—also his perfectly angled nose bridge and beautifully curved lips.
The sight of a handsome man once per day was very, very good. As long as it was on the level of Albert’s face.
Ah, I giggled without realizing it. Then, Albert, who finally noticed me, tilted his head and turned to me.
“Rosé, why are you laughing?”
“People live to eat. Isn’t it natural to be happy when you can eat your favorite food?”