Life as a Tower Maid: Locked up with the Prince - Chapter 68
Liam was handsome even while he’s frowning. Even so, he looked quite scary right now. All I could think of was how evil I looked in the eyes of someone who’s loyal to Albert, thinking that I was a witch.
It was Albert who spoke first.
“I apologize for suddenly making a visit at this time. First, take out the coat I asked you to bring.”
With one corner of his lips raised, Albert snatched the coat out of Liam’s hand. It wasn’t the same natural smile I saw whenever I was with him—it was a monarch’s smile that made his magnificence shine.
“I know you want an explanation, but there’s no time for that now. Just as I trust you, this time, you trust me.”
Albert gave no ounce of hesitance in his decision. His confidence was what attracted people.
The short response was convincing enough.
Albert placed the large coat over me, and my vision soon turned dark. The arms holding me were still firm.
He started walking.
With the short remark, I could hear the sound of their footsteps over the snow-laden road. Liam and Schubert followed Albert silently and without any protest.
Blanc muttered silently, perhaps feeling the strange atmosphere flowing between me, Albert, Liam and Schubert.
I thought that he was sleeping until now, but it seemed like he heard everything.
“Blanc, why didn’t you sleep?”
When I whispered to him, Blanc lowered his head for a bit and then raised it once again.
“I can’t sleeeep…”
Blanc’s eyes glinted clearly in the dark.
…You were worried.
Just as I did while Albert was sick, this little dragon was worried about me. Enough to shake off all the drowsiness he used to feel just to keep me company.
“Don’t… get siiick…”
“You said… we’re gonna… see the wooorld…”
Blanc’s eyes were brimming with tears as he dug into my arms. I’m not sure whether Albert heard it because he said it in such a small voice.
…Yeah, I’ll go see the world with Blanc. My goal is a relaxed, healing life.
The moment I followed Albert to the capital and people found out what kind of relationship we were in, it was natural that they would be the talk of the town.
A maid and a prince. It was good enough material for gossip, and I knew all too well what kind of words would be said about me.
It’s impossible for me to push away Albert using only my own strength. I don’t know if it’s because he’s a bulldozer when it comes to love, or if he really just didn’t care about his surroundings, but Albert was proving to be more reckless than I originally thought.
Anyway, I was here so that Albert could heal me, so I’ll stay put until it’s time to wake up from this and return to the tower.
It’s not like we wouldn’t see each other again in the future, so I should score some points with Schubert and Liam.
Because I might be able to get some help from Schubert or Liam since everyone in the world would oppose me and Albert getting together.
Albert and I were only spending more time together, and it could be because he’s a lonely man.
Time would solve everything. I could disappear from his sight, and everything would return to the way it was.
Time could solve many things.
* * *
I was carried somewhere else. I had no idea if Liam dismissed the castle’s employees for a bit or if they just weren’t making any noise, but I couldn’t feel their presence as we walked.
Coming into the room and locking the door behind him, Albert laid me down on the bed. Only then did my vision brighten once more.
I still didn’t have a headache.
The shining chandelier on the ceiling was dazzling. I frowned slightly at it this time, too.
The room was full of large and eye-catching decorations, and it had an even more antique feeling to it than the room I stayed in before. Maybe this was Liam’s taste in décor.
Liam called out first to Albert. Still staring down at me until that point, Albert soon turned his head. Liam asked with a serious expression.
“The fact that Your Highness is going to cure a hex… Is that true?”
“Yes, that’s why it would be best for you to leave. I have to make a barrier inside the room.”
“Just as you’ve ordered, we also prepared the annex, but I still would like to ask if this is all worth Your Highness’s effort.”
The air between these two was strange. Albert replied with a smile on his lips.
“You told me before that you trust me.”
“It’s my first time seeing this side of you, Your Highness. There’s no way for me to know whether this would be good or bad.”
What Liam said was also convincing. Even more so since Albert had never acted this way before.
“What happened to me and the hex surrounding Rosé right now are connected. It’s better to investigate right away.”
“…Does Your Highness mean that it’s connected to the reason why you’re trapped inside the tower?”
Liam’s features grew serious.
“This didn’t come up when the mages had been tortured one by one…”
“There’s more things for you to look into now.”
“Yes. I apologize deeply for doubting Your Highness.”
“You don’t have to be sorry for something that you were rightly suspicious about. Then, can you leave now?”
“Yes, Your Highness.”
That was enough to quell Liam’s doubts. Schubert stepped up to see if there was anything more to say, but Liam quickly dragged him away by the collar.
Again, only the two of us, plus Blanc, remained.