There was a fundamental difference between the rumours that had spread across the country and this rumour.
Emperor Phillip betrayed the goddess and was cursed in return. However only a few people knew it.
Most people knew that the goddess of light cursed the fallen soul or a seed of the tyrant in the empire.
Suddenly there was a change in the rumour.
“The goddess of light was angry and cursed his descendant. It was not the fault of the heir to the cure. The sins of emperor phillip have been brpught upon his descendant.”
The rumours clearly stated the facts. Whoever spread this rumour knows the truth about the curse.
And in the empire only a few knew about this truth.
It was only the emperor, high priest and duke cassil who knew.
Richard also learned the information by spying the duke of cassil.
In any case, out of the three men, only Tenstheon was willing to protect the crown prince, even by defaming the first emperor of Asteric empire.
‘Why did the emperor do that?’
The emperor had changed after the crown prince was in a comma.
He started to visit Amoria palace frequently and spent time with the crown prince.
In addition, he sent a gift to the crown prince’s servants. The nobles were rather silent about the recent developement.
As the rational Tenstheon suddenly changed his attitude, rumours had spread that the emperor seems to have found a way to lift the curse.
Many said the curse will be lifted soon, many nobles and commoners said that.
‘Did he really find a way to lift the curse?’
‘No way. If there was such a way, the curse will already be lifted.’
For many years, countless emperor tried to lift the curse. But in the end, they all failed.
Richard raised the corner of his mouth.
“Maybe it’s the opposite.”
“What do you mean?”
“The crown prince only had a few days left.”
Blake only had a few days left, Tenstheon wanted to spend the last moment with his son.
However, as soon as the nobles found out Tenstheon had been visiting the crown prince, they will protest.
So, he used the rumours about how the curse will be lifted soon.
It is a hundred times more reasonable.
“I’ll have to hurry”
Richard said, with a huge smile on his lips.
If Blake dies, Ancia will be a princess and her new husband will be the emperor.
So I have to make Ancia mine as soon as possible.
The festival of light had begun.
The festival of light, which commomerate the day when the goddess of light gave her power to Phillip, lasted for 15 days.
“Terry, get the turkey ready. I’m going to make a roasted turkey.”
In fact, I wanted to make a roasted chicken but to create a festive mood, turkey is the best.
“Are you cooking today?”
“Yes. I’ll make an apple pie too!”
“Your Highness, give me a chance to work too.”
Chef Terry said playfully.
I used to cook often, but since I found out my cooking held the power of light, I prepared meal for Blake without skipping a day.
“Your Highness. Aren’t you cooking everyday lately? Terry and I will make the turkey, so why don’t you go to the square? There are so many things to see.”
Melissa also urged her to go in a friendly way.
It seemed that I was only staying in the palace throughout the festival period.
“I don’t like when it’s crowded.”
Frankly, I wanted to go to the festival.
But I can go to the festival when Blake’s curse is lifted later.
“Melissa, you can go there with Hans.”
“Wh-,what, why Hans?!”
I thought that everyone in the Amoria Palace knew that they’re dating.
But seeing how embarrassed she is, I believed that they were secretly dating.
Well, if she doesn’t want to reveal it yet, I have to protect it.
“Terry, go out with your brother. The festival of light is only once a year.”
“I’m sick of festivals. Whenever it was festival, I thought I would die cooking for many customers back then. Even when I went home after work, it was so loud that I couldn’t enjoy my break time. It’s terrible.”
Terry shook his head, recalling the time when he was working at the restaurant.
Melissa the stabbed Terry in the side to give a hint.
“Terrible? Your Highness, you cannot believe his words, the festival is so much fun. There’s a lot to see, there’s a lot to eat and it will definitely be a good memory.”
Melissa urged me to go to the festival again.
“Your Highness, you’ve been busy cooking lately. How about you go to refresh your mind?”
Something was out of the ordinary.
I’ve never been to any festival of this world. But Melissa never urged me this much.
“What’s wrong Melissa?”
She waved her hand in a hurry. That makes it even more suspicious.
After an hour of questioning, I could finally hear the truth from Melissa.
Blake asked her to take me to the festival.
He thinks I didn’t go to the festival because of him.
So was Tenstheon. I didn’t know that other than Blake, Tenstheon was also concerned.
That night, I said this to Blake.
“Blake, I don’t like festivals.”
“It’s scary because there are so many people. I don’ want to get lost.”
Blake’s face turned pale. I must be imagining it.
“Yes, I went to the square when I was younger, and I was lost.”
This is true, it’s not really my past. It’s what the original Ancia went through.
Her biological father, Gilbert Bellacian once abandoned Ancia in the middle of the square and went back alone.
He abandoned her.
“Fortunately thanks to the people, I was able to return home safely..
When Ancia returned home, Gilbert was visibly irritated.
It was heartbreaking to think about that day, even though I didn’t experience it in person, I can imagine how heartbreaking that day was to her.
“The festivals must be scary…”
Of course a fear and heartache is different. Ancia’s memory lingered on my mind but that’s not why I didn’t want to go to the festival.
I don’t want to leave Blake alone.
If I go alone, I will only think of Blake and I wouldn’t have fun.
But Blake will be upset if I said that, so I gave him another excuse.
“I’m sorry…I didn’t know.”
I stroked Blake’s head and grinned.
“What’s there to be sorry about Blake?”
“Don’t you want to go to the festival?”
Is he serious?
In the original story, Blake only saw the festival once.
Jane, Blake’s original aid, begged him to come with her.
When Blake doesn’t want to, Jane shed fake tears.
After hearing Jane’s fake sob story, Blake finally decided to go.
They sneak out of the palace together. Blake watches the festival with a large mask that covers his entire face. There were many people who were uniquely dressed in the festival so he wasn’t suspicious.
Blake enjoyed the festival but the happiness doesn’t last long.
The maid Jane was a spy planted by Richard, at his command she brought Blake to the festival.
She intentionally takes off Blake’s mask and Richard’s servants shouted,
“The monstrous crown prince had appeared!”
as if he had been waiting for that.
Then the people in the square screamed and cursed at Blake.
There were many who threw stones at Blake.
Blake is deeply hurt by the incident, in addition Tenstheon was attacked by the duke of cassil because of this incident.
Tenstheon wanted to comfort his wounded son, but to protect him, the misunderstanding between the two deepened.