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In the underground prison where Van was captured and tortured, an escort knight who appeared to be on Carlisle’s side but was actually a spy for Van was apprehended. Because he was Eleanor’s escort knight, Eleanor had requested and been granted permission to visit him.
Eleanor begged him not to kill him at first. But Carlyle instead allowed Eleanor to go down to the dungeon to visit him.
‘He is a dangerous man, Eleanor. You’ll believe it when you see him show his true self.’
True to his word, he told Eleanor, who had come to the dungeon, about his cruel thoughts. Eleanor was a source of deep resentment for him.
If she had revealed early on that she was a guide, she would have become a guide to Van rather than Carlisle.
Van’s body, which had not received guidance in six years, was in a state where poison accumulated.
Marchioness Enrique was dissatisfied with the fact that her little daughter was a guide. She intended to have her son-in-law carry the family line because she only had one child.
The Imperial Family was obsessed with the guide, and she hoped that her daughter would not live such a life.
This was tantamount to treason, but because the former emperor and his wife had no children, it was dismissed as a minor occurrence.
It was no longer an act of imperial lineage threat because the emperor had a guide, the empress, and the crown prince had not yet been appointed.
Marquis only revealed his daughter was a guide after Van, Duke of the East, became the crown prince. It happened in less than a year.
Meanwhile, Van approached her, suspicious that Charlotte was the guide. For this reason, the Marquis revealed that his daughter was a guide.
Charlotte eventually became Van’s guide and started guiding him, but the poison had already accumulated in Van’s body.
The matching rate between Van and Charlotte barely exceeded 57%. This could explain why they both felt uncomfortable while guiding.
Because the guiding was not working properly, Van was in a state where he could not fight properly. As a result, even when she confronted Carlisle, he could not launch even a weak attack.
Eleanor was a C-class guide, but the matching rate with Carlisle reached 79%. Even Carlisle whispered to her that he would be perfectly guided if they made love since her matching rate was high.
However, the avaricious Carlisle frequently chooses to be guided by Eleanor rather than become deeply involved with her.
Eleanor was exhausted from constantly guiding him, but Carlisle didn’t care of her conditions.
The escort knight, a spy for Van, was conflicted over whether he had to kill Eleanor repeatedly. But he couldn’t kill her since there were only two imperial guides.
Because if Van, his master, failed to make Charlotte her destined mate, Eleanor would be taken away by him.
As a result, he unleashed venom on Eleanor, who came down to the underground prison.
He implied that, rather than following Van’s orders, he should have murdered her on the first day he became her escort.
She was speechless at the time, but not anymore now. She should never have come to see him in the first place.
The guards saw Eleanor as if they were familiar with each other and avoided their eyes. She recalled reading the original novel and remembering that today is not a day for the guards torture him.
Carlisle, who had become Emperor, announced the engagement to Charlotte while whispering that he would sleep with her to mock Van.
Van had been trying to be her lover for years, even though he cared for Charlotte.
He finally came to fruition, and she even heard from him that he loved her, even though he thought they were in love with each other.
I understood the Marquis’ position, but Charlotte was dissatisfied. She had refused to accompany Van a few days before the fight with Carlisle.
She had already lost her heart to Van at that point.
Eleanor gave the order not to interfere and to release the detainees. She descended the cold stone steps and dungeon halls.
Her footsteps echoed down the damp corridor.
It was easy to get wounds and become ill in this basement cell, which was always damp. Even if the torture had stopped, Van would have died of disease if he had remained in the dungeon in this condition.
His cell was located on the far left.
Eleanor headed for the prison in a somber mood. She thought Van’s condition would be the same as in the original story.
‘Will I end up falling in love with this man if I run away with him?’
I never imagined it would happen.
If it was the original Eleanor, she might be. There would have been some possibility if Eleanor couldn’t recall her previous life.
But she wasn’t. She remembers her previous life, but her current life is cursed, and she wishes to destroy everything in this world.
There is only one thing. It was a world that wouldn’t even give him what he wanted. Love inspired trust, and that trust was betrayed.
If I ripped his heart out……!
Eleanor knew she couldn’t accomplish her goal by simply dying. That would only be possible if he destroyed the empire he yearned for.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t see his suffering expression, but I had no choice.
As Eleanor stood in front of Van’s prison door, he noticed her presence seemed to move his body. As the figure in the dark rose, the chains attached to his shackles and handcuffs clashed and made a clanking sound.
Eleanor, who was about to peer in through the door’s window, stepped back. His calloused fingers were stretched out.
However, the chain length seemed limited to just touching the bars on the windows.
Eleanor was unfazed. She took his thumb in her hand.
Van Balzac Grandmeyer shuddered as if the thrill was all he needed. But he didn’t bite his fingertips.
He reasoned that her matching rate must be higher than Carlisle’s. Because he is the male lead. Eleanor’s mate, as designated by the original, was him.
Even with only that much contact, she could feel Van’s condition. It wouldn’t be surprising if he bolted right away. He exploded after emitting sword energy as if he was about to burn himself, signaling the end of the imperial family.
So was Van’s father, and Carlyle’s grandfather.
Both were known to have died before reaching the age of thirty.
On the other hand, Van’s father went up the snowy mountain alone to die, not wanting his son to see him. The Duchess, a foreign princess, returned to her homeland alone, unable to bear the death of her husband.
Meanwhile, Carlisle’s grandfather passed away right in front of his son. This is likely why Carlyle is obsessed with guides and terrified of situations in which they are not present.
Van, the emperor’s nephew, received the empress’s guidance because of the emperor’s consideration when he was young. However, as he grew older, he felt that even that wasn’t enough and developed a thirst for guidance.
It was a divine punishment for the imperial family’s inability to find a suitable guide.
Eleanor might have been Van’s guide instead of Carlisle if Van hadn’t been preoccupied with Charlotte’s rumours.
Eleanor didn’t respond and instead blew a guiding ball into his fingertips. Van inhaled deeply as her gentle energy unravelled.
There was a significant difference between what was and was not received, even with Charlotte’s guidance, which had a low matching rate. Eleanor was the guide she sought, he knew instinctively.
‘Did you say she is a C-level…….’
The fiancée of the Grand Duke. He kept her hidden in the palace because it was rumoured she wasn’t a guide. Van refused to tell the Emperor that he suspected the Grand Duke of hiding his guide.
Because she had Charlotte.
He would have been ordered to find another guide if he had told the emperor what he had learned through his spy.
Half was confident that Charlotte, the young lady of the north, was his destiny’s guide at the time. If he just wanted her, he was willing to defend the North against the will of her uncle, the emperor.
Because he loved her as much as she did. But Charlotte abandoned him.