Chapter 38 – You’re more than happy to see me tonight, aren’t you? (1)
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I always sleep at night, and it was so unusual for me not to do so tonight. Of course, it’s natural for every human being to be in a deep slumber at this hour. Besides, I haven’t encountered someone who doesn’t sleep in the evening.
Thoughts aside, dozing off right now or even just a few seconds of unconsciously closing my eyes would lead me to a deep sleep, which would make me miss the right time to visit Ricdorian without noticing it. So I think it is better to stay awake from the very beginning until in the middle of the night and keep my guard up.
<Are you asking if they’re more alert at dawn? Of course, they might be. But it’s looser in your area than the other side of the prison. That’s what I think. >
I also heard information about the vigilance of guards at dawn when I pretended to offer a drink to one of the guards I’m close to.
<In fact, it’s a secret that most prisoners in this area have committed light crimes… and that’s why we rarely see roaming guards on our side of the prison at dawn…But still, the nobles cannot go out smoothly. Same goes for escaping this prison.>
According to Baron, aristocrats usually stay up all night or play at night in social circles. It’s rare for them to sleep at the right time and get up early in the morning—the privilege of being a nobility. Of course, there is a difference between men and women, but he said that the difference was very little.
However, the more the prisoners get used to the regular life inside this prison, the more they adapt to life here, and that is why some of them, especially in our area, prefer resting at night. As a result, this area is very peaceful at dawn to the point where nothing happens.
<Sometimes the guards and the prisoners get together and flirt with each other. By the way, did you enjoy what Iana gave you this time?>
<Aha. The alcohol? I was wondering when I should secretly drink it, and sneak up at dawn.>
<Hahaha. You’re still keeping this a secret from the Chief guard?>
Apparently, there are a lot of guards in this area… Uhm, five or four on average. I swallowed a lump…I didn’t know I’d be playing the role of an undercover agent inside this cell. As if I’m shooting some scenes from a movie.
I silently laughed.
In any case, I’ve already made up my mind, I am determined this time to do everything, even the impossible. Yeah, I can do this. Well, thinking about it, all I did inside this prison is live an ordinary and a bit dull life. Also, whenever I saw Ricdorian barking, I would always wonder when he would act like a normal human being.
“I was told to use the bracelet first.”
As I prepared some candies and other stuff with me, I grabbed the bracelet Jair gave me. The bracelet had three jewels, I firmly rubbed the first one, which was gently placed on the cuff.
When Jair muttered the starting incantation, a subtle emission of golden lights wrapped around his body.
I looked at my hands and the golden light that instantly appeared suddenly vanished. Is this how it works?
“Will they see me?”
I have no choice but to go out and check. I crept to the door, grabbed the doorknob, and muttered another starter incantation. A total of three magic silver jewels hung on this bracelet. The purpose of the second one is to open and silence the sound of a rummaged door.
I stuck my head out through the open door.
Is there anyone?
No, there isn’t. There was no one in the quiet hallway.
Of course, for five hours, I counted the number of footsteps I heard. And at this moment, there was no guard on watch in this hallway. The guard is being replaced every 40 minutes, and it would take 5 minutes for the new guard to appear in this area. I have to maximize that time well.
One thing about this area was that it is so peaceful. Which is a good thing for me, right?
I walked silently like a stray cat, even though I knew this was an empty hallway, but knowing that fact didn’t make me less nervous.
At the end of the hallway, there is a staircase that goes down, which was usually used in going to the dining hall or the garden. However, as soon as I turned around the corner, I paused. There were guards right in front of the stairs!
I was startled!
I almost screamed…but good thing I managed to hold myself from doing so.
“…huh? Did you hear something?”
“No? Maybe that’s just your breathing? You should stop blowing your nose. The noise is killing me.”
“Oh, my gosh”, I whispered in the air. Were they just taking a break and decided to rest on the stairs, and not because the other was about to be replaced?
The distance between the guards and me was less than three steps. I swerved around and stuck myself to the wall with my hands covering my mouth.
They certainly didn’t see me even though I was in front of them. The magic that Jair put on the first jewel, the invisibility spell, was very useful. It made my whole body transparent. I wanna praise Jair’s ability right now.
<With this magic, your body will become invisible, but only in other people’s eyes.>
I went down the stairs carefully with my eyes flickering. Fortunately, the conversation between the guards seemed to hide my small footsteps.
After a long and anxious walk, I took a short and deep breath.
“Haah,”…Now I am confident that the magic of Jair was working properly.
After safely overcoming the crisis, I headed to the basement stairs. It was a stairway that leads all the way to the west side of the prison. I turned round after reaching the corner, however, when I reached the wall, I heard footsteps.
“Hey, why is the Prison head back this time, and at dawn? He just came back all of a sudden.”
“You were the one who almost lived in prison. Don’t you know anything about him or his goals? You know what? Even though the work on the capital is of peak season, he keeps on coming back here. Don’t you ever wonder why he’s trying to stick to the cell more lately?”
“I think so, too. Maybe he has hidden jewels in his room, that’s why he can’t leave it for a long time, but why would he leave it in his room of all places?”… Did he?
I was tightly stuck to the wall, and after a group of people had passed, I held out my breath. This time, I heard the footsteps rushing right before the corner. Oh my gosh, I think I’m in trouble.
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