Obviously, It's My Child - Chapter 97
The police chief lowered his head, breaking into cold sweat. The commotion of the audience and performers rumbled in the distance, and they became one big lump of a crowd that didn’t know what was going on. They moved as instructed by the duke’s security team.
Erich went into the forcefully created entrance. The back passage was longer and deeper than he thought.
The floor and walls inside were covered in dust.
“Secure the perimeter and investigate.”
Erich ordered and walked directly inside.
* * *
At this moment Claire and Lina arrived at the underground warehouse.
The two stopped for a moment due to a sense of discomfort. It was so quiet.
Lina whispered in a low voice.
“Originally, the sound of the performance should be heard up to here…”
The show should be well into the third act by now. The sound should be pouring down from close as if they were on stage, yet it was nothing but quiet right now.
Instead, the sound of something breaking and urgent footsteps came and went noisily from afar.
Something must have happened.
Claire grabbed Lina in haste and hid her body in the shadows. There were men running down the stairs.
“Hurry up! Quickly!”
“This is the only way out now!”
“Damn it, if we all go out here, we’ll get caught, you stupid bastards!”
Among the troupe members and theater workers who worked under Thomas, all who knew of the secret passage had flocked here.
Not all of them, but not very few either.
At this point, the entire opera house was already surrounded by Klausener’s security team and the district’s police officers.
Running away through a secret passage wouldn’t be able to solve what would come next. Eventually, the authorities would check the member list to find the culprits, but no one could think that far off at the moment.
Most people didn’t know why the duke broke the wall in the first place. Anyway, they planned to run away and claim that they were not involved.
Claire did not know such circumstances. While not being able to get caught, she encountered people who were expected to be the organization members.
She was holding the ledger, but her hands were trembling. Should she stay hidden like this? Should she move someplace else?
How many of them knew her? Some people might think that killing her would be able to cover up the situation.
Claire whispered to Lina under her breath.
“The only way up to the first floor from here is the same way they used when they abducted you, Madam.”
“We need that path.”
Claire trusted Roger’s judgment. And Erich will come to the rescue.
If that’s what caused this commotion, that’s the safest route. Because they will search that place first.
After a brief explanation, Lina nodded her head and crawled on the floor. Claire also crawled and followed her.
The old hinges made an uneasy sound.
The moment Claire entered the door first, someone spotted Lina.
“Hey, you! What are you doing here?”
“Ah, what’s going on?”
Lina asked, hastily pushing the door behind her and closing it.
“What’s going on? What are you doing here that you don’t even know? Is this Stefan’s order?”
“N, no… I fell asleep in the warehouse for a while.”
Lina’s voice trembled slightly.
Claire took off her shoes on the spot to avoid making any noise. And ran on tiptoes.
It felt like she was going to run out of breath.
And at last, at the edge of the darkness, she spotted a familiar golden light, reflecting the dim light of a lamp.
She jumped into his arms.
His strong arms tightly hugged her body that was about to collapse due to loss of strength.
The person who was most appalled by this situation was the manager of the opera house.
He was well aware of the various conflicts of interest going on between theater companies and theaters, and as splendid as the place where the light reaches, he also knew what kinds of shadows lurked behind the scenes.
He also found out that the space that was unused after being renovated was being used illegally.
But this all was being kept secret.
They were entertainers at best. An entertainer must know their place.
They had the ability to charm those who were in power with their beauty, to be worshiped by people, and sometimes to ridicule nobles with their wit. Among the enthusiasts, there were those who truly adored them.
However, their core was no different from the love of noble musical instruments.
So people like the manager always had to pay attention to this, making sure that no one from the theater crossed the line.
This was true as the status of entertainers increased. If a noble turns things upside down in anger, it wouldn’t be surprising if everything went up in flames.
But to dare to kidnap a noble lady inside the theater?
Even if it were not Duke Klausener’s fiancée, this would have caused the opera house to disappear. But then the bare footed, dusty lady came running down the aisle and jumped into the duke’s arms.
“H-How could this happen…!”
He could no longer breathe.
The police chief, who was standing next to the manager, was also shaking with chills wracking down his spine.
Until now, he had been sincerely hoping that all of this was a mistake on the duke’s part.
Erich didn’t care whatever they did.
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