I'm in Trouble Because The Emperor Thinks My Time is Limited - Chapter 12.2
“I think something’s happening outside”
As soon as Luna opens the door to bring water, oh my! A shriek was heard
Luna immediately closed the door when I paid attention to the sound outside.
The sound was immediately cut off when the door closed due to a barrier on the door.
Luna was looking at me with a somewhat bewildered face.
“What did you see?”
“It sounded like someone was crying”
It was very uncomfortable to hear that strangely familiar short cry.
But Luna only repeatedly said that there was nothing to worry about.
“Don’t worry about it and get some rest!”
I didn’t know who the scream belonged to until the end.
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My sleep schedule has been great for the past five days.
The awful overprotection kept me from leaving my bed. At this point, I couldn’t sleep because I was so sore.
“You aren’t asleep?”
It was late at night and it was time to go to bed, but my eyes were still wide open.
When I didn’t seem to have any intention of falling asleep, Lionel spoke to me.
“You must be tired because you met the guests during the day.”
Lionel, who was sitting on the couch and working with the night light on, put down the papers and said to me.
I didn’t answer. I just blinked and stared at him.
Perhaps I looked strange, so Lionel wrinkled his handsome brows.
“Did something happen?”
“Why are you here every night?”
I asked a little out of the blue.
“What? I’m sorry?”
Perhaps I sounded like a grump, but Lionel’s wrinkled brow loosened.
He instead smiled charmingly, pulling the corners of his mouth up smoothly.
He smiled lazily with his chin in one hand as if to seduce me. It was my favourite expression.
Of course, it was the first time I saw him smiling like that since I was imprisoned here.
This situation seemed like a dream when Lionel smiled at me
“Yes. I’m sorry.”
A look of surprise flashed across Lionel’s face as I answered calmly. I guess I didn’t think I’d answer this quickly. But I was feeling really sorry.
“Since we don’t know when we’ll part ways, it’d be nice if we could stay together like this a little longer.”
Love is not so eternal. Even if Lionel acted like this to me now, his mind could change at any time. I believed that he loved me now, but I didn’t believe that his love would last forever.
But Lionel reacted sharply as if he misunderstood what I meant.
“That’s useless. We’re not parting ways. I will cure you.”
“I won’t get better.”
I was never sick in the first place, so there was no cure. When I gave a blunt response, Lionel was silent for a moment.
He rose from the couch and approached my bed. His footsteps echoed softly in the dark room.
Lionel approached me, leaned on the bed and looked down at me. His face was slightly hazy in the dark room.
“I’ll ask again. What happened?”
He tickled my forehead with the tip of his finger. The smooth and hard fingertips were a little cooler than my body temperature. I was very hot, so his cold touch felt good.
Feeling a little better, I decided to tell you the thing that bothered me the most amongst the words I heard during the day.
“I heard you are looking for a black priest. You said that you sent the commander in charge of the Imperial Guards.”
“That’s right. There is no one better suited than that.”
“The Imperial Guards are responsible for your safety. It is not right for them to leave for this useless reason.”
Lionel’s current position was secure. There were no more enemies. He was an emperor who shed blood to sit on the throne, but he was reborn as a saint.
He was loved by the people and trusted by the nobles. However, he should still be cautious no matter how much he was trusted.
The Imperial Guards existed to protect the emperor from dangers.
Therefore, it was not right to divide the power because of me, and not the emperor.
Most of all, I became his burden. I didn’t like that.
“Are you worried about me?”
Lionel continued to tickle my forehead with his fingertips.
He came out in a half-lying position and got close. Thanks to this, I could see the blurred face in the dark more clearly.
Lionel was staring at me with a mysterious face.
“You must have forgotten that I was your Majesty’s knight. I was even the vice commander of the Imperial Guards.”
“Not for that reason.”
Lionel whispered very softly. It was as quiet as a dream.
“Why do you love me?”
I answered very firmly without hesitation. The reason why I love him was so obvious.
“Because you’re handsome.”
Lionel’s eyebrows furrowed again as if he was not satisfied with my answer. The expression made me burst into small laughter.
Looking at the sulky face made me feel a little happy.
“There are quite a few nice faces here.”
“But there’s no man as handsome as you.”
Lionel looked like he should like this. I thought he wasn’t very expressive, but nowadays he was almost like a different person.
“Is that really all?”
“What did you want to hear?”
He still had a sulky face.
Oh, he’s too cute when he’s upset.
“At first, I noticed that you were isolated like me. But at some point, I just liked you. I don’t even know why. I heard that falling in love is the scariest thing, and I agree. I’m just glad I don’t know why.”
Lionel was silent. He playing with my hair, and it was annoying but cute that he was acting like he didn’t hear it.
“So, since when did you suddenly like me, Sir Lionel.”
“Aren’t you going tell me?”
He didn’t tell me the reason even though I complained that it was too much. As expected, it was the same as when I met him as a mean little boy.
“Do you believe what the priest says?”
“What do you mean?”
“That my soul is twisted.”
Lionel’s eyes deepened. He stared at me deeply, his hands stopped playing with my hair.
We were close and the night was all quiet. The dark night had the power to make insignificant little things special.
As if this moment feels special.
“My soul is fine. He’ll say the same thing if he finds the Black Priest.”
“You don’t believe me.”
“I believe you.”
Lionel’s voice was particularly low and there was something soothing about it compared to others. Thanks to this, I fell asleep listening to his soft voice in the dark night.
Surrounded by a warm bed and my cool body temperature, my eyelids felt heavy.
“Of course, you would say that.”
“Did you know I would say that?”
He laughed softly. Our relationship was more peaceful than ever. We’ve always been at war together, but this day has come.
“I don’t hate it.”
As I relaxed, I gradually fell asleep. His voice dimmed and my mind dimmed.
The last thing I heard was Lionel’s whisper as I drifted away.
But I didn’t understand the content. At the end of it, I fell asleep.
“It wasn’t suddenly. It’s always been like that. I loved you first.”