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“How dare you do such a thing in my presence?!”
The horrifyingly low voice of the person who informed me and Nadia of our plight echoed down the hall.
Of course, the voice belonged to the Astoria Empire’s current emperor, “Fluella de Astoria.”
“Emilio, your marriage to Carina was arranged through my treaty with Lord Oliveira! And yet you’ve taken the liberty of doing this?!”
The emperor’s words made the crown prince shudder.
“As well as the other sons—you’ve done a fool’s deed by falling for this fool, Emilio—you should be ashamed!”
Donato and his cronies also sagged and kept their mouths shut.
The other graduates and their families, as well as the nobles watching the scene, are probably under the impression that the Crown Prince and his cronies will be punished with house arrest at best, or deposed as successors at worst, and that will be the end of it.
“The same is true for you ladies—this is what happens when you don’t always keep the reins tight enough to prevent these idiots from doing stupid things! And what you’ve done is sneakily harass this woman who these idiots are having an affair with!”
I guess they didn’t expect to be blamed as well.
Lady Carina and the others are frustratedly biting their lips.
“To make matters worse, a woman has a fiance while also falling in love with another man—what a disgrace!”
“With all due respect, your majesty, Lady Nadia is only interested in people like me because she is nice—She would never do something like that—”
“Shut up! You dare to speak against me, the Emperor?!”
The emperor, who didn’t think I’d even flinch and argue with him, flushes and yells at me.
But no matter what I did, the emperor would still throw us into the labyrinth. Then I’ll have to defend Nadia’s reputation a little.
“No, I respectfully submit—Ivan Escobar is completely behind this whole affair with Lady Nadia. Please do not misunderstand. “
No matter how angry he may get, this emperor will not touch us here.
That has already happened to me in my dreams.
“This has nothing to do with Ivan! He’s been a good friend to me for three years! It’s entirely my fault!”
Just like in the dream, Nadia tried her hardest to defend me.
Really… She always puts herself second and always tries to save me.
“You, too, shut up! Whatever you say will not change your sins! I, therefore, declare! The Crown Prince and all those involved in breaking off the engagement are sentenced to Labyrinth Prison for causing chaos in the Astoria Empire!”
The crown prince, his cronies, the lousy woman, and the ladies all fell silent as the emperor declared.
Everyone on the sidelines did as well.
because a person’s death is guaranteed if he or she is sentenced to Labyrinth Prison.
“F-Father, that’s too much! Please reconsider!
“Shut up! Do you think I don’t know what you’ve been doing for the past three years? I’m offended even by the fact that you’re my son! Naturally, before you serve your sentence, I’ll have you disinherited!”
The crown prince… No, the former crown prince collapses to his knees with a stunned expression on his face.
“No, no, no!—It isn’t my fault! It isn’t my fault! It’s “that” woman’s fault. She ignored me, her fiancée!”
Donato, distraught, pointed at Nadia and attempted to grab her.
Of course, I’m not going to let that happen.
“Did you forget what you did to Nadia? You’re the one who got her into this situation.”
Donato groans as I knock him to the floor.
“Ivan… ‘Sob’ I’m sorry… ‘Sob’ I’m sorry… I’m sorry… I’m sorry…‘Sob’”
Nadia apologizes to me repeatedly, tears streaming down her cheeks.
…I’ve seen her like this a thousand times, but I’ve never gotten used to it.
“Nadia… There is nothing wrong with you. If anything, it’s because I’ve been by your side…”
“No, it isn’t! I took advantage of your generosity… it’s-it’s because I’ve been by your side!”
Nadia’s cherry red lip cracks open due to overbiting, and blood flows.
But she just kept apologizing, her shoulders trembling.
No matter how many times I see it, it always makes my chest tighten…
“The sentence is scheduled for tomorrow at noon!—Until then, you must remain silent in the dungeon!”
We are taken away by knights in response to the emperor’s words.
“Ivan! Ivan! Ahhhh!”
my mother cries as she sees me being taken away.
My father bites his lower lip in frustration as he tries to calm my mother down.
If he tries to go against the emperor at this point, the family of Escobal will be ruined.
I felt sorry for them, but I smiled and assured them that everything would be fine.
“Keep going! Go, go, go!”
The twelve of us were then taken to the dungeon and placed in separate cells.
“Everyone, get in line!”
We were taken to the entrance of the labyrinth where no one had returned the next day at noon and lined up in front of it.
Since we were taken separately, I met Nadia only just now.
My heart ached as I noticed her slightly disheveled appearance.
“I’m going to give you your supplies now! Thank the Emperor for his kindness!”
The knights give us each a weapon, a suit of armor, a week’s worth of food, and a canteen of water.”
I accepted them, and with a practiced hand, I put on my armor, hung my sword from my waist, and carried a sack full of food and other items.
“Now enter the labyrinth one by one, Emilio de Astoria!”
Emilio, a haggard-looking former crown prince, was literally dragged into the labyrinth.
“Now for Donato Hymes!”
“Damn it…Damn it…Damn it…Damn it!”
Donato, like Emilio, is dragged into the labyrinth grumbling.
We were led into the labyrinth one by one.
Whether they cried or screamed, whether they clung to the floor or the walls, they were dragged by the knights.
“Nadia… I’ll be waiting for you on the other side.”
I told Nadia, and she smiled back, but her face was crumpled with tears, and then I voluntarily fell into the labyrinth.