Chapter 34: Clue (1)

Translator: Leo Editor: DarkGem/Frappe

After filling up the barrels, Angele and his father returned to the carriage and persisted along their present route once again in a slow pace. Outside was still cloudy and darkness covered the interior of the carriage, too. Angele and the baron sat opposite to each other around the table.

“Angele, why do you care so much about those two girls? You can get anything you want when we arrive at Marua Harbor. There’s no point in disappointing Philip especially now,” the baron said with his eyebrows scrunched.

“I understand, Father. I know what’s more important, don’t worry,” Angele smiled and nodded.

“Remember, you’re the most important person to me. Don’t get yourself into dangerous situations easily,” the baron said, staring at his son for a brief period. Angele nodded in response. He knew that his father thought that arguing with the count over two girls wasn’t worth it. This kind of situation was fine if his family had its former strength. But now that their family had considerably weakened, they needed a wall to lean on. Namely, the count.

However, as a being that formerly lived on Earth, Angele disliked just handing over his girls to someone else. The thought of doing such things would hurt his pride. Angele sat in his seat continuously listening to his father’s ramblings. This conversation of their lasted for about half an hour.

“If you make up your mind to give up something, just make sure your sacrifice won’t be in vain. Don’t blow it,” the baron ended the conversation with this statement. He left the carriage to verify the route they needed to pass through. This was something he had been doing every day since their trip began.

“Philip isn’t going to give up easily. Also, I can’t do anything to him with these many people around. If anyone were to leak the information when we arrive at Marua Harbor, I’ll be in deep trouble,” Angele said with a solemn expression on his face. This time, he was alone in the carriage contemplating over a matter. Angele thought for a while, but he couldn’t figure out a plan. He once again took out the emerald ring and stared at its gem. The emerald retained its color, yet its brilliance was already lost and had cracks all over its surface. Looking at the ring somehow calmed him down.

“Ah!” Suddenly, someone screamed from one of the carriages at the back.

“It’s Maggie! That son of a bitch!” Angele jumped out of the carriages and got into the third carriage. He opened the door and saw Maggie’s hand that had gotten injured by one of the plants in front of her and Celia. It seemed that they were organizing different plants, and Maggie’s finger was punctured by a thorn.

“Young Master Angele?” Maggie became surprised at Angele’s abrupt appearance, which undoubtedly made people assume that something must’ve happened. Angele looked over the people inside the carriage. He felt relieved when he saw not a presence of Philip and his knights here.

“Well, I heard your scream, so I’m just checking if anything happened. Maggie seems fine, though. I’m returning to my carriage,” Angele said and went outside without waiting for a chance of them to talk. He closed the door and walked toward the leading carriage quickly.

The speed of the caravan wasn’t too fast, making it possible for Angele to easily outrun the carriages. While passing by Philip and his knights’ carriage, he witnessed Philip looking outside the window carelessly. He nodded his head when he saw Angele passing by, seemingly unconcerned about the two girls any longer. Angele saw his actions, thus he smiled at him in response.

“Wait a second, Young Master Angele,” someone with a deep voice said. Angele knew it was Philip, so he bowed to him after turning around.

“Count Philip, is there anything I can help you with?” Angele said as he slowed his walking pace to keep up with the carriage.

“The ring on your necklace caught my attention.” Philip stared at the ring on Angele’s neck.

“You know something about this ring?” Angele was in a hurry, so he forgot to place the ring underneath his clothes. Philip inadvertently saw it when Angele was passing by.

“It’s just a ring that my father had given me, like a special memento.” Angele quickly returned it underneath his clothes and said.

“Could you take a look for me if you know something about this? It could be something rare, I suppose,” Angele thought for a second before handing the ring over to Philip. Philip scrunched his eyebrows, but he saw Angele smiling at him. He then nodded and grabbed the ring. Philip looked at the words engraved on the ring, and in an instant, his facial expression changed.

“Did you discover something?” Angele was looking at him, feeling elated that Philip probably knew something about it.

“Give me a price, I want this ring,” Philip said with a light tone.

“Well, if you find it charming, just consider it my gift to you. Can you just introduce my family to the governor after we arrive at Marua Harbor?” Angele said with his smile retained. For some reason, Philip found Angele’s smile ice-cold. But he didn’t let his suspicion show on his face, still nodding in response.

“No problem at all. Thanks, Young Master Angele. You guys saved me. I’ll make sure you live a better life there. Now if you’ll excuse me…” Philip closed the window and lowered the curtain.

Angele stopped walking and looked at Philip’s carriage. A plan was formulated.


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