Chapter 106 – Iana’s Release (1)
Translator: SKAIS Editor: Eyeful Solstice
“But, still…” I muttered.
Before more words would come out of my mouth, Ricdorian unexpectedly grabbed me by the arm. I was keeping my body rigid and still, to prevent him from locking me in an embrace, which I think is what he was about to do next. I tried to swerve his hands away. But as I did that, he didn’t take his eyes away from me.
“If I will be really out of jail in a year or so. You come back here… Can you do that… for me?” Ricdorian requested. I was looking at his face while he said those words. I cannot help but notice his blue dazzling eyes and his cheeks that were slowly turning red. “You’ll be out of here first.” He added.
I gave him a little smile, took a deep breath and started talking.
“You want me to come over and visit you?” I asked him.
He nodded with his lips slightly pursed. His face turned redder this time.
“If you come…Can you meet me?” Ricdorian asked.
I was taken aback with his words and suddenly burst out into laughter. I found myself really amused by his plea, he sounded like an innocent child. Then, I felt a tear coming out of my right eye because of laughing and wiped it away with my finger.
“You know where I would be.” He stated. And I kept silent. “Hey, meet me!”
“Well.” I shot back, tapping my cheek with my forefinger gently as if I was thinking hard.
“Meet me… please. Meet me.” He continued to beseech.
“Well…” I continued to say. I moved my fingers to rub my chin and was trying to concentrate on making my final decision.
“…Ia…Iana.” Ricdorian muttered, looking very desperate.
“Don’t look at me with those eyes.” I blurted at him. It was against the rule to look like you were about to shed tears. It’s very perturbing.
At this point, he would have turned away and avoided my eyes first, but he didn’t. In the end, he waited for a very long time, hence I had no choice but to answer. I surrendered and started to converse.
“Yes,” I thought it wouldn’t be difficult to meet him, and I accordingly agreed. “I will.” I added.
However, if we can really meet, it would make sense. I mumbled in my thoughts. But can he really get out of prison then?
A bitter smile accompanied my thoughts. It would be better if we can go out together but that would be impossible.
Ricdorian touched my chin and lifted my face. I can now see the hope in those blue eyes of him and I felt satisfied by the look on his face.
At the very least, he’ll have to stay here longer and that’s unfortunate. Moreover, one year later, Archduke Harnim will not easily let him off the hook.
“Promise me, will you do it for me?” He asked in a low, soft tone.
“Yes, I will… I promise.” I answered.
I let out a weak smile just to assure him that I will meet him again. After a while, after giving him that promise, I could not help but think again of the possibilities. Before going out of this prison, I must at least tell him that I’m terribly sorry.
But I can’t bear to rip out the excitement he has right now. Still, saying sorry will not be enough. It will never be enough for the things that were bound to happen. I just hope he won’t dwell too much on his expectations.
But no, I must set aside my conscience. But really, I wanted to tell him how deeply sorry I am. He must at least know that he won’t get out of here after a very long time… and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to come back and visit him here once I get out.
Sooner or later, he’ll realize that promises are really meant to be broken.
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Time has passed again. It was said that the time and season are what no one can take control of. They come and go as they please, changing everything as they pass by, yet leaving a lot of memories.
At last, the long wait was over and the day I have been waiting for has come. It was finally the day of my release.
“That’s amazing.” Jair, who got back in touch with me after a few days, couldn’t hide his surprise.
“You haven’t delivered such big news to me.” Jair added.
“Ay, I’m not obliged to tell you, am I?” I checked the room, ensuring no one was inside and answered at ease.
The guard was not yet here, and I already knew from experience that the cell was soundproofed. At least I’m aware that nobody will hear our conversation. It would be suspicious enough if a guard would hear me whispering.
Furthermore, I had already informed Jair that Ricdorian had already returned to his original state. I could say he’s all better now, and it gives me peace of mind that he’s not sick anymore. However, he’s also now back to making fun of me. Yeah, he does seem to like doing that very much.
“The release is important news.” Jair stated. I could hear a sudden change of tone in his voice.
Why didn’t I tell him about my release from prison? Well, like I said I was not obliged to do so. So, I did not bother to tell him at all.
“You’re not loyal, Miss.” Jair remarked.
“Strange, why do you sound sulky?” I asked him teasingly.
There has never been a loyalty agreement that Jair and I have talked about. Yes, we have agreed on some things, and planted out a very discrete scheme between just the two of us but loyalty has never been spoken of. But how did he know about me getting out of here?
I let out a laugh as I thought about this. On what grounds could he tell that I’m not being loyal? He sounded like he’s accusing me of something I’m not. I couldn’t help but think he’s being ridiculous.
“Who made a poor prisoner go out in the middle of the night?” I teasingly questioned him.
“I’m astonished you have such shamelessness in you.” Jair’s voice is serious and hard this time.
“You can’t change your attitude.” I smiled crookedly and shook my bracelet lightly.
“How did you know I was getting out of prison? I’m just curious, but I won’t ask further because my mouth hurts right now.” I added.
“That’s sad. But I’m confident I can explain it.” Jair declared.
What kind of hefty person are you? Jair would have recruited someone from the guard. Or the guard was of Hel’s from the very beginning.
“What’s interesting is that I never found out anything about your family.” Jair said.
Well, I wasn’t even hiding my ancestry anymore. I thought, as I looked at the bracelet with a ridiculous face. Hmm. Come to think of it, the bracelet reminds me of something.
“I’m curious, but did you really not cast any other magic on the bracelet?” I asked him.
“Yeah, I’m sure of that. Why, wasn’t it the same as before?” Jair asked. “Did something happen that changed it? Is the bracelet broken?” It’s funny how rattled he sounded; he must have not been aware that he asked too many questions already.
“Well, it’s not like that.” I answered.
I was going to ask about the bracelet that caused the hole in the cell, but Jair said he didn’t cast anything else on it. He didn’t seem to be lying, as well.
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