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Van glared at Eleanor, recalling her naivety and folly. It was doubtful whether this was also a mockery of the Grand Duke.
“What brought you here?”
Her fingertips remained on the bars as she asked. Eleanor touched Van’s filth, thinking that he was indeed a member of the imperial family.
He looked like a man filled with needle bushes. That puncturing aura had to have stabbed and injured him throughout. She was certain that the torture had been in vain.
Van was finally able to breathe deeply only with Eleanor’s guidance. He felt a sense of peace that he had never felt before through Charlotte’s guidance.
Eleanor slowly unraveled half of his filth, wondering if the term “C-class” was a fabrication. Given enough time, it might have been possible to guide him fully.
The filth accumulated faster as the Imperial Family grew in power.
The Imperial Family members with the greatest powers were Van and Carlisle. Van’s power is said to be extremely powerful after just one use under the empress’ guidance.
‘If I were a B-Class……’
He would have succeeded in escaping the empire. Eleanor was sure that if her rank had been higher, Van could have used it to kill Carlisle.
The matching rate between Eleanor and Van was that high. She didn’t use any magic tools, so she couldn’t be certain of the exact number, but she knew by touching it with her fingertips.
Eleanor, a C-Class Guide, must have died when her escape plan failed. That was the tragic ending to this novel.
‘It is a ridiculous story.’
Even if Carlyle felt sorrow by the thought of her later, Eleanor could not be satisfied; if she had to lie down in the grave, Carlisle should also have a place.
Even though it took a long time, it was impossible to guide Van completely. This would have amounted to about 5% of the time.
Eleanor would see higher numbers if she had sex with him, but she didn’t intend to go that far.
As she let go of his fingers, Van’s eyes were filled with regret. Eleanor found the imperial family’s negative traits so repulsive that they developed a craving for guides.
“…… Your Excellency will be able to escape with just this much.”
It wasn’t wrong. But Van wanted to hold Eleanor’s hand and receive more of her guidance.
“What do you mean?”
Despite Van’s asking, Eleanor retreated. She didn’t want to argue with him. Van would not sympathize with her despite her efforts to guide him.
When the chain he’s pulling snaps, he might consider holding Eleanor hostage and running away.
Eleanor walked away, her ears tuned to the prison where Van was imprisoned. A strange iron sound rang out as the tightly wound chain twisted.
An obtrusive iron sound was followed by a loud clatter as if the chain had been broken. Van yanked open the door and dashed out.
Eleanor rushed up the stairs in response to the loud noise. The guards opened the door after hearing the noise. Eleanor looked terrified as she pointed to the hallway.
“He found out I was here……!”
The guards seemed to have grasped the situation. They judged that Van hid his power and waited for the right time, even while being tortured.
Eleanor climbed the stairs, past the guards and soldiers rushing down. Van would now make a big fuss to get out of this place.
Eleanor didn’t care whether he succeeded or failed. What was important was the escalating chaos.
Eleanor exited the dungeon and made her way to the empty palace west of the imperial palace. Then she took out the oil bag she had brought in secret.
Eleanor poured oil on one side of the wooden pole and ignited it, as she had done before. Using flint was nothing new to Eleanor, who had previously lived as a commoner.
The flames erupted, and the fire quickly spread.
Eleanor took a couple of steps back before turning around. She had to hide from now on because it was a little dangerous.
She could see the fire on the pillar of the annex climbing up the building. The windowsills were burned, sparks flew, and the trees in the nearby garden caught fire.
It was a deplorable sight, but Eleanor averted her gaze and moved on. She remembered taking a detour on her way out of an imperial banquet that she and Carlisle had only attended once.
His subordinates guarded Carlisle as he entered the villa’s garden at the time. Eleanor, who was his partner, was also present.
As expected, it seemed that this path was rarely used by the courtiers of the imperial palace.
The flames had grown so large that they could be seen from afar, and she could hear the imperial palace guards shouting while checking the annex.
Eleanor carefully stepped out of the narrow passage, not making any noise. It looked like a wall surrounded by greenery, but there was a gap where someone could enter and exit by lifting the vines.
As she moved her feet into the gardens of the main palace, she looked at a building in the distance.
It wouldn’t be a big deal if the western detached palace caught fire. However, because the building was unoccupied, no one seemed to notice until the flames spread.
Furthermore, Van was responsible for half of the commotion in the underground prison, implying that the commotion had spread to the main palace as well.
‘Carlisle will be in Charlotte’s bedroom, right?’
Naturally, the report will be delayed. If he were caught and reported, Van that was in the underground prison, would be considered dead, and the fire in the annex would be extinguished.
They didn’t know that Van was in a very slight guidance state. The reason he didn’t break the chain at once was not to make a loud noise.
Van dashed to the door, realizing Eleanor really wanted to leave him behind.
It was not uncommon for the imperial family to go on a rampage with the guide. The previous emperor also killed his relatives to protect Empress Luria, the only guide in the empire.
‘Will you follow me?’
I don’t know if he was still in an underground prison, but I didn’t think he would have followed me this far away. Rather, It would be better for him to escape the prison and rescue other retainers.
Because Van and I had nothing to do with each other.
Eleanor returned to the main palace, recalling Van’s body temperature that touched her fingertips.
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None of the servants questioned Eleanor as she hurriedly entered the palace. Because as soon as she saw the maid’s face, she asked,
“What kind of commotion is this in the imperial palace? What is that fire you see over there?”
Her cloak, which she had worn since getting there, was thrown to one side of the garden. Because it was wider and longer than the simple dress she wore, her dress looked neat after removing the cloak.
Even the tip of her skirt had no grass on it, so the servant assumed she had been looking for the emperor.
“Where is your Majesty? Is His Majesty all right?”
“Your Majesty is in a safe place.”
The fire started in a detached palace far away from the empress’ palace. Even if a fire broke out in the empress’s palace, where the emperor was, it was difficult to see how he would be harmed as a member of the imperial family.
The servant said this, recalling Eleanor as the Empire’s only guide.
“Alright. Is His Majesty still busy?”
“He seems to be late.”
The servant answered, avoiding Eleanor’s eyes. Eleanor also had no intention of leaving the palace, so she went inside. The attendant spoke quickly.
“Do you mind if I don’t lead you the way?”
It would have been impolite if Eleanor was still one of the emperor’s fiancées or wives, but she calmly nodded. For her part, she was relieved that the servant was not directing her.
She turned around and walked down the dark hallway.
She did not go to the emperor’s office. The emperor’s bedroom was the entrance to the secret passage, not the office or banquet hall.
Eleanor pretended to be terrified as she remembered her family who had been murdered. And she ran down the hallway like someone being chased.
The guards stationed at the imperial palace’s entrance attempted to stop someone from approaching, but when they recognized Eleanor, they lowered their spears.
“Princess! What’s the matter?”
“I-I don’t know either. A prisoner from the dungeon has escaped……They say if it’s not Princess Charlotte, she’ll go after me. I was told to seek protection here, so…….”
When Eleanor said this in a trembling voice, the guards let her into the palace for now. They knew there was a fire and a commotion in the distance.
However, because the emperor was not in this palace at the moment, accurate information has not been delivered until now.
Eleanor added as they entered the imperial palace, her lips quivering.
“I was told to wait at His Majesty’s place.”
“All right. I will guide you, so please follow me.”
As the guards said this, Eleanor hurried her steps. It didn’t take long for her to enter the innermost of the Imperial Palace, possibly because they took her down a shortcut.
The entrance to the emperor’s residence was heavily guarded, but no one stood in Eleanor’s way.
They all knew that Eleanor had been the fiancée of the Emperor until a few days ago. They also knew that the emperor would not completely abandon her because of the scarcity of guides.
There was no owner in the emperor’s bedroom now, but it was enough to report the emperor as soon as he came.
Therefore, they did not think their actions were dangerous.