Chapter 66 – Tears of light (4)
I looked at the tears of light.
Tenlarn Palace, the golden room, stone plates, Phillip, Laontel, the screaming of a woman, tears of light.
Maybe all of these are linked together?
But the curse of the goddess has been lifted.
The Cassils are also about to fall.
Everything is settled, but I felt like I missed something important.
Suddenly, the door to the office opened and Collin entered.
As soon as I heard his urgent voice, my heart began to beat fast.
Tenstheon also asked him nervously.
“What’s going on?”
“The door of darkness opens!”
In the valley of chaos, when the door of darkness opens, the world will be doomed.
The Emperor of Asteric Empire is responsible for closing the door of darkness.
“I need to go now. I’m sorry.”
When Tenstheon apologized, Blake shook his head.
“No, don’t worry. Just go.”
Tenstheon answered but he hesitated to walk away. Collin urged him.
“Your Majesty, we’re running out of time.”
The longer it is, the bigger the door of darkness will open.
“I’ll be right back.”
“Yes, we’ll be waiting. Be careful, father.”
“Don’t need to hurry, me and Ancia are fine, so don’t worry.”
“Yes, I’ll be careful.”
I know what Tenstheon is worried about.
To seal the door of darkness, he needs the power of light.
But, the more the emperor uses the power of light, the more painful it is for the heir to the curse.
But Blake’s no longer cursed, so what will happen now?
If Tenstheon uses the power, will that affect Blake in any way?
Or since the curse is lifted, nothing will happen?
Tenstheon is worried about it, I do too.
There is no scene like this in the original story.
I hope everything will be fine.
Nothing’s gonna happen, everything’s gonna be okay.
Though I tried to think so, I still rummaged through the history books at the imperial palace with anxiety.
A thousand years ago, even during the Zelcan Empire, the door of darkness opens continuously.
How did they stop it then?
But because all of the books in the Zelcan Empire era were gone, no data about it could be found.
“It’ll be alright. We’ll be alright.”
I left the library with a heavy heart.
Then, I saw Collin walking from afar like a zombie.
He looked at me and bowed,
“You stayed up all night again?”
The dark circle under Collin’s eyes deepened.
“You look so tired.”
“His Majesty is heading to the valley of chaos without a wink of sleep. I can’t be like this.”
Tenstheon gave Collin all of his tasks before leaving the palace.
Now that the emperor and the knights have left the capital, Collin carries even more burden.
“Have you eaten yet?”
“I took a special nutritious supplement. It woke me up.”
“That’s not enough, do you want me to make you a meal?”
“It’s a great honor to taste your food. But I think I will fall asleep the moment the food goes into my stomach.”
“You should really sleep, you look so tired.”
“It’s bearable. His Majesty has given me an important duty. I must do my job.”
Collin is always like that.
When he’s with Tenstheon, he complains about this and that, but in front of others, he always shows his respect to him.
“Sir Collin is really a good man.”
“When His Majesty came back, please say that one more time to him. Your praise is stronger than a thousand letters of recommendation.”
“He already knows it without me saying it. You know how much he trusts and depends on you right?”
“Why, what’s the matter?”
“He said he’ll give me a vacation after the Cassils issue are done.”
“Good for you!”
“Is he trying to get rid of me?”
“That can’t be true, You worked hard Sir Collin, so he’s being considerate by giving you a vacation.”
“It’s my first time being given a vacation, so I’m a little nervous. What if when I came back after the vacation, my position is taken?”
“What should I do if His Highness no longer needs me?”
I cut him off firmly. What Collin should be worried about right now is him being overworked, not unemployed.
“You’re thinking of useless things, you must be lacking sleep. Get some rest now!”
“This is the command of the Crown Princess!”
I immediately ordered a cook to prepare him a warm soup to be given to Collin after he woke up. After I forced him to sleep, I checked the document Collin is doing.
Among them were documents sent by the Marquis of Westin.
It is a document informing the emperor that he tried to break the engagement between Frank and his daughter, but the Cassils refused.
No matter how high ranking a noble is, they were not obliged to report to the emperor except when they got engaged or divorce.
It’s just to show the emperor that the Westins wanted to break their relationship with the Cassils.
But in the original novel, they even got married.
Everything has changed…
The Westins accept this marriage because they wanted their daughter to become the empress in the first place.
With the Cassils family downfall, there’s no way they’ll continue their engagement.
“Your Majesty, I’d like to go home… please let me go…”
Collin, who was sleeping on the sofa, talked in his sleep.
It was nice seeing him being back to a normal office worker mode, where he dreamed of going home from work, instead of being afraid to lose his job.
“Blake, what about the furniture,how about white? Should we use calming colours?”
We’re preparing to move out.
When Blake was cursed, he was put in a far away palace. But now that the curse have been lifted, there is no reason to stay here anymore.
Tenstheon gave us the Forens Palace, which is right next to the Sephia Palace, and we are scheduled to move after the ball.
But there’s a slight problem.
“Just pick whatever you like.”
“What do you think, Blake?”
“I like everything you choose.”
Blake smiled brightly. It was always like this.
From lightning to furniture, Blake never made any comment.
Even if I ask, he said just pick whatever I want.
“I’m the one who chose everything so far. You need to make a choice this time.”
“No, you do it.”
Then, Blake clasped my hand.
“You like picking right Ancia? I want to live in a place full of things that you like.”
“…But you really didn’t want to pick anything?”
“What you want is what I want.”
“But let’s pick together, because I also like what you like.”
Blake smiled in reply.
We pick furnitures during the day and practiced dancing together at night.
When Tenstheon returned and the ball is held, I will have my first dance with Blake.
I thought this is only a dream.
I thought this wouldn’t be possible.
But the day is approaching soon.
Blake and I often danced together. Maybe because we’ve been practicing together for three years, we are doing very well together.
“Ancia, you’re very good at this.”
“Really? Isn’t my steps a little awkward?”
“No, you’re really good.”
“Because you lead me well, I think I will make a mistake if I dance with someone else.”
As I was about to take the next step, Blake stopped me.
“Do you need to dance with the other guys?”
“After the first dance with you, I need to dance with another guy, you need to dance with another girl too.”
It is the basic manners in a ball.
But Blake shoulder’s drooped.
“Are you jealous?”
I was going to tease him a little but he nodded instead.
“…you will dance with someone else.”
“Blake, you need to dance with other girls too.”
“I don’t want it. I only want to dance with Ancia.”
“You’re the crown prince, you can’t do that.”
“I still don’t want it. Everyone hated me, why do I have to dance with them now?”
“All I need is Ancia. I only want to stay here with you, I don’t like other places. I like it here. I don’t want to leave…”