The ground was slimy, and the air was damp.
It felt like it had rained.
The sound of running water was getting closer and closer.
Victor touched the slightly damp wall and gradually quickened his pace.
“You’re right, it looks like there’s water up ahead.”
His voice echoed.
It sounded like we were in some kind of tunnel.
“What is the source of this lake”
“I don’t know.
…what do you think it is”
Don’t respond to a question with another question.
I assumed the prince would be more knowledgeable about the country than I am.
“You do not know the answer to your question”
“There are limits to what I can predict based on existing knowledge.”
“Come on, imagine it.
You are good at that, aren’t you”
“Don’t expect too much.
…though I think it will be a small jewel”
I had no idea what the correct answer would be.
Maybe there isn’t a correct answer.
But this kind of force required the use of magic…oh, that’s what he meant
I’m curious if this is why he said he wanted me to accompany him.
But he still hadn’t figured out that I could use magic….
Even a prince with good intuition wouldn’t be able to tell that I have magical powers.
“You look somewhat like Albert, don’t you”
What did you just say
No, Alicia, you must not express your agitation.
“I want to avoid being lumped in with that old man, but…”
“That’s very rude of you.”
“You just thought that because we have the same dark hair, didn’t you”
“I’m looking at your face.”
Oh, that’s right.
My face was on full display.
“Did you know Albert”
I didn’t respond.
Or, more accurately, I couldn’t say anything because if I responded in a strange way, I’d be exposed.
I’m certain that Victor knew that I was pretending not to know anything.
Victor must have brought me here because he thought I was related to him.
As a result, there was a chance that I could use magic.
It would be too hard for Grandpa to swim in this lake.
Of course, it would be easier for me because I was younger.
“Let me ask you something else then.
What did you think when you first saw him”
Victor turned to me.
Victor knew when grandfather had been deported from the country.
He also knew my age.
So, it would be easy to imagine that he and I had never met.
It wouldn’t help me to lie to him.
But that didn’t mean I could reveal my true identity here.
“I don’t know what you’re imagining, but don’t assume anything.
I have nothing to do with him.”
“Why are you standing your ground Who are you lying to”
With that, he grabbed me by the collar.
His voice was firm and a little rough.
The air suddenly froze.
It was almost as if he was about to kill me at any moment, and I was terrified.
I must not show weakness here.
I encouraged myself and lifted the corners of my mouth a little with a relaxed expression.
“What would you have done if I had told you I was related to him Lock me in a dungeon Or would he entertain me …Why did the prince pair me with him”
I could feel Victor’s grip on me loosen a little at my question.
“You should take advantage of those who are willing to take advantage of you.
I’m relieved that you share my perspective.
So, when the time comes, I’ll make certain that I’m also used.”
He slowly took his hands away from my body.
“…Really, a kid like you is a pain in the ass.”
He chuckled resignedly, as if he’d given up a little.
Then he turned forward and continued to walk again.