Life as a Tower Maid: Locked up with the Prince - Chapter 70
“Stay still. I have to draw a magic circle around you.”
“Don’t worry, that’s what I’m the best at.”
Yes, yes. That’s all I can do. And this isn’t self-deprecation, just self-awareness.
Reading a book on magic wouldn’t change a thing for me. Entering a contract with Albert wouldn’t give me any abilities I didn’t already have. Well, not everyone’s capable.
I should just do what I can.
“Prince, is there anything you want to eat?”
While hugging my knees, I asked bravely.
“What I want to eat, you ask.”
“While you’ll be sick in bed later, I’ll make it for you. Among all the dishes I cooked for you, just choose! Or I can learn to cook another thing that you like.”
“I’m afraid that it’s going to be your favorite spicy dishes again.”
“No, I’ll try to suit Your Highness’s tastes this time.”
Light was being emitted at the end of his index finger as he began to draw something around the bed. While he was drawing the magic circle, Albert raised his head for a moment, his brows furrowed.
“I don’t care. As long as it’s what you like.”
“But Your Highness doesn’t like spicy food very much. I’ll feel guilty if I just feed spicy stuff to a sick person…”
“Seems like you’ve changed your preferences.”
“Whatever you make is delicious.”
“The royal palace’s chef will cry if he hears Your Highness saying that.”
I shuddered, but it didn’t feel bad hearing this.
“Then while we’re here in the north, I’ll make porridge for you… I’ll also cook fried rice for you… And I’ll grill meat for you, too.”
“Okay, do what you want to do.”
Since this was a fortress, there’s a lot more ingredients! It’s a bit daunting that we’re in the north right now, but I’m also pretty excited. After all, this was the castle of Liam, who was a duke.
I also liked the fact that what I could do here could make the prince happy.
“Now, lie down on your back.”
From just sitting against the headboard, I listened to his words and tucked myself in. Lying there quietly, I glanced slightly towards Albert.
Albert was crouched on the floor next to the bed, his gaze focused. Huu. Letting out a small exhale as he swept his bangs, I couldn’t take my eyes off him.
Then, I realized.
I never want to have a boss like Albert…
I work for him under a contract, but I wonder how difficult it really was to be working under him. I mentally sent my well-wishes to Liam and Schubert, who would continue working under Albert.
While thinking about nonsense like this, the magic circle surrounding the bed lit up and suddenly became a formless tether that went around my body.
As if resisting it, dark energy then flowed out of my body. More particularly, I could see the energy surrounding my hands much clearer.
Albert furrowed his brows. His face’s complexion didn’t change, but I could see sweat gradually forming on the sides of his face.
I continued to lie still and comfortably receive this treatment, feeling not one prickle of a thorn over the softness of the bed beneath me. I watched in real time just how much the prince was working hard next to me.
“…Prince, would you rather I stay quiet or say something?”
“What will you say?”
“Then tell me about yourself.”
Albert whispered with a low voice.
About me. Is there anything about me that’s not that far off from the real Rosé?
Actually, I’m much more interested in hearing about Albert than saying something about myself. It seemed like Albert didn’t really like talking about himself at all.
It’s the first time he said anything about the adult dragon, too.
But in this situation, it’s a little difficult to ask Albert to tell a story about himself.
Mulling it over for a while, I decided to talk about my last trip to Los Angeles before I entered the workforce.
“Before I started working, I went on a trip to the beach…”
Of course, I didn’t mention the name of the place and when exactly it happened.
Even though it was winter when I went there, the sunlight was so dazzling as it poured down over the blue sea. There was a lively crowd who also visited, and I walked along the shore all day.
I walked leisurely and proudly enjoyed my alone time in a place where no one knew me. I went where I wanted to go, visited a restaurant that I found beforehand, ate something that was delicious.
I loved the freedom that traveling gave me, especially the experience of seeing new places.
“I think traveling is really nice.”
That’s why I’m going to strive for it later. During this time in confinement, I’ve forgotten even the ‘tra’ in ‘travel’.
Ending with words of admiration for traveling, I turned to glance at Albert—only to be startled to see him gasping.
This was something I didn’t see even when he was working out before. His hair was soaked on the sides with the sweat trickling down his face.
He let out a low exhale. There was an unreadable look in his eyes as he stared at me as though he was going to devour me.
Albert’s hand hovered over my right hand. He looked into my eyes for a moment, as if asking for my permission.
I’m not someone who’d stop a sick person from wanting to hold hands. I nodded quickly.
Immediately, he intertwined his fingers with mine and held tight.
The way he called my name again with a low voice made me entirely nervous. With a quick nod, I replied.
His grip on my hands grew stronger. His face was so close to mine.
“I know you’re thinking about leaving me behind and going to some place far away.”
His breath touched the tip of my nose as his voice rang close.