Chapter 16: Reunion in the Labyrinth│Read translated stories and daily updates at: Awebstories.com
I wake up and sit up.
All around me are ceilings, walls, and floors made of stone bricks.
This is where those sentenced to the Labyrinth Prison, the Astoria Empire’s most severe punishment, end up.
—The Labyrinth of Eterna.
TL Potato tan: is it eternal? However, it has a silent L. (エテルナ)
This is a scene I’ve seen in my dreams thousands of times.
There’s nothing new in it anymore.
“So… is Nadia in the other room?”
I take familiar steps through the labyrinth.
After falling through the labyrinth, we are all placed in different rooms.
But we’re all on the first level.
While daring to pass through the end of the corridor, I saw skeletal remains and broken skulls here and there.
Also, there’s a trap in the middle of the corridor that keeps intruders out of the maze.
Then I entered the room with the moon relief painted on it at the entrance.
I found her there.
“Suu… Suuu… Suuu…”
Nadia was sleeping and breathing in her sleep.
Naturally, I was the only one in the room with her at the time.
“Well, let’s take Nadia back to that room where I was before we ran into that idiot…”
I grumbled to myself. With that, I take Nadia and her rations, as well as other items on the floor, and return to where I came from.
In fact, if she remained in the room, that idiot Donato would attack her for her food.
I could kill him, but it’s more convenient to get the food when he’s carrying around his stuff. I’ll let him off the hook for now.
“…I didn’t get it because it was always a dream, but now it’s true…”
Her warmth on my back, her breathing, makes me realize how alone Nadia and I are in this labyrinth.
Despite the worst of circumstances, I was relieved.
When I returned to my room, I gently placed Nadia on the bed and left her to sleep.
I had to do what I had to do while she was sleeping.
So I take the contents of the bag out and double-check them.
“Well, as usual, the emperor is a petty man.
No matter how I calculate it, the food in my sack is insufficient to last me a week.
Perhaps he was upset with me because of my reaction to the conviction.
I double-checked Nadia’s luggage and discovered that it contained enough food for a week.
“Haha, I guess it was right for me to give my opinion on the spot first.”
Yes… In my dream, Nadia’s food supply had been reduced as a result of her efforts to protect me.
This also occurs when I prevent her from speaking out against the emperor.
So I was the first to speak up in this production to ensure that the hatred was directed at me.
And I was correct.
“Well, but Nadia will most likely try to offer me her food…”
Her guilt over my being trapped in this labyrinth causes her to be reserved until she can free herself.
She used to do the same thing to Donato.
“…I’d be happier if you smiled instead of that pointless concern…”
I said something like that out of the blue.
All I want is for Nadia to be happy.
Nadia — Huh? Is her shoulder trembling slightly?
“N-Nadia, um… Are you awake, by any chance?”
I timidly spoke to her as I looked at her.
But in my dreams, she was always asleep for another fifteen minutes or so, so she couldn’t be awake…
I assumed so, but…
Nadia responded by sitting up and shyly looking down.
Her face was bright red upon closer inspection.
“Since Ivan entered this room with me on his back…”
‘Sigh’… So, almost from the start…
“Then why did you pretend to be asleep?”
“W-Well, you’d started checking your luggage and mine, so I figured it’d be best not to talk to you…”
Even if it was Nadia, one would be offended if someone suddenly went through their luggage.
And yet she is concerned about me, despite the fact that I have done so without her permission…
“I’m sorry. I was just making sure you had everything you needed to survive the labyrinth.”
“Please do not apologize—I know you did it for my sake.”
It’s a little embarrassing, but it’s comforting to know she has complete faith in me.
“In any case, Nadia’s supply was also adequate, so here you go.”
I then handed Nadia’s luggage over.
“So, let’s discuss what we’re going to do.”
“Of course, but before that…”
Then she approaches me and places her cheek against my chest.
“Ivan… I’m so glad I got to see you again!”
Nadia’s shoulders shook, and she was relieved to see me again, tears streaming down her cheeks.
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