Chapter 20: Nadia’s jealousy│Read translated stories and daily updates at: Awebstories.com
“You guys are safe!”
With raised eyebrows, I turn around to see the former Crown Prince Emilio de Astoria, the lousy Aria Moreno, and the Minister of Finance’s daughter and Marquise of Torres, “Liliana Torres.”
Emilio, in particular, seems overjoyed to see me and Nadia.
“Let’s get going, Nadia.”
I give Emilio and Nadia a quick glance before turning around and walking away, completely ignoring the three of them… But
“Wait! In this labyrinth, acting independently is dangerous! Let’s work together on this!”
“T-That’s right! We studied together at the academy!”
Emilio and the lousy woman rush up to us and plead desperately.
Of course, there was a reason for their behavior.
In short, Emilio and the lousy woman got into a fight with the three remaining cronies, Lady Carina, and the others, and were kicked out of the group.
This, however, is not surprising.
Because Emilio had been monopolizing the lousy woman and annoying his cronies long before the engagement was called off.
And Lady Carina and her friends would never allow the lousy woman to remain in the group.
When their lives are on the line, even the cronies can’t afford to be bullish.
They’ll come after her soon enough, though.
Such exchanges have occurred in my dreams.
“…With all due respect, we have no problems if we don’t work with you, and above all, neither Nadia nor I have ever been on good terms with you, even if you have trampled our dignity.”
“Ivan is right. His Highne— Emilio helped Donato structure the game and beat up Ivan on our second day of school. I will not forgive all of you.”
Following my words, Nadia cursed His Highne—Emilio in a quiet voice.
And just the thought of her being angry because it’s about me makes my heart beat faster.
Lady Liliana, the group’s other surviving member, said to me without changing her expression.
“What is it?”
“You two have every right to be angry, but this is the Eterna Labyrinth, where no fallen sinner has ever returned in the empire’s long history—the most important thing to do is to survive.”
Lady Liliana speaks calmly, lifting the rims of her glasses with her fingers.
But what exactly is she on about?
I can’t help but tilt my head because the contradiction is so strong.
“If that’s the case, why are there only three of you? Why don’t you stay with Carina-sama and the others if you’re so adamant?”
As Nadia pointed out, Lady Liliana was at a loss for words.
“Anyway, we’re the same as Lady Carina and the others—we will not collaborate with you—please respect our privacy.”
“Fufu…. Ivan, this is a waste of time. Let’s move on quickly.”
Nadia and I smiled at each other and nodded. We didn’t pay attention to the three of them and kept going.
and probably giving us the death stare.
If you have the time, you should simply get rid of those who are impeding your progress.
While I’m thinking about that…
“? Is there a problem?”
I noticed Nadia looking into my eyes.
And she appeared to be in a bad mood.
I wondered if I had done anything rude to her…
“…Was Ivan thinking about Liliana-sama by any chance…?”
Nadia asks me this question unexpectedly, and I stutter.
But I don’t believe I’ve done anything wrong.
“It’s true that Liliana-sama is a beautiful woman with an intellectual aura, but at this time…”
I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw Nadia like that.
“T-This is no laughing matter! We’re in a maze… wah♥?!”
“Hahaha, yeah, I was thinking about her—but it’s not what you’re thinking, and she wasn’t the only thing on my mind either.”
I couldn’t help but hug Nadia and tell her so when she squawked at me.
“S-So, What exactly were you thinking? Please share your thoughts with me…”
Nadia’s energy was gone, and she was in my chest, demanding an answer. Her voice was almost muffled as she spoke.
“Yes, with pleasure.”
I spoke into her ear.
“I-I see… I mean… thank goodness…”
“I’m glad. It hurts the most that you misunderstood me.”
Nadia’s mouth is tense, but neither her eyes nor her tone appear to be angry.
On the contrary, her disposition is upbeat…
“H-How about we take a break? We’ve been wandering around the first level for quite some time.”
Nadia suggested, possibly embarrassed.
I took a look around to make sure we were in a secure location.
“Right. Then let’s finish our meal here.
Nadia and I are standing next to each other, taking food from our luggage.
The majority of the food, however, is portable canned food, such as dried meat and cheese.
Lady Liliana walks up to us all by herself with a dejected look on her face.
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