Song of Time - Dusk Awakening Verse - Chapter 31
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About 50 kilometers to the east of the capital, there was a deserted village in the mountain forest on the west side of the Eternal-light River. The village was full of broken walls, long vines all over the eaves, shivering in the night wind. On the roadside of the village stood a broken stone tablet, on which there were many strange claw marks, with the word “Moon” carved faintly.
By the side of the stream at the mountain’s foot, two black shadows followed closely up and soon broke into this gloomy and deserted place.
Shane stopped at the intersection and looked into the village. He stared at the stone tablet, lost in thought. He wore a grey traveling cloak and a hood to cover his eyebrows. His eyes with divine light became sharper in the darkness. A week ago, he came to this village because of the beast disaster. The miserable scene at that time was still vivid in his mind. Now, looking at the desolation here, he felt more desolate.
“……It should be here. “Jin Yuan in the grey cloak also stood and looked around. He released the light wave to scan the whole village but did not receive any abnormal reaction.
They were really good at finding a place…The prince nodded in silence. He remembered that all the nearby areas were blocked after the investigation, and there were very few people around the mountain forest. No one dared to approach after such a tragedy—no wonder the assassins chose to stay here.
They had chased after the assassin all the way. They were close to the assassin, but it was a pity that the time of the Soul Mark finally came to an end. After telling him the final location, the weak and prosperous Mr.Coorong was too tired to fall to the ground because of the exertion. The two of them had to send him to the farm where they passed by and asked someone to take care of him. Then they rushed here. It took them a lot of time to come and go…
“Shane…” The low shout of Jin Yuan awakened him from his memory. The spear guard held the demon spear in his hand with a white light flashing all over his body and made a gesture to the prince. He turned his head and saw that the village covered by withered vines was full of collapsed houses, and there was only a relatively intact big tile-roofed house in the West. Shane and Jin Yuan looked at each other and waved their hands to set up the illusion to disguise themselves. The two of them hid and jumped to the side of the tile-roofed wall.
Jin Yuan tried his best to look inside through the crack of the brick wall, and then made a light wave to sweep through the room, but still found nothing. He simply flashed into the room, and the tip of the spear emitted a dazzling white light, illuminating the shadow in the room. There was no one in the room. There was broken cotton in the corner, surrounded by a pile of straw. There was a stone stove in the room, and there were still a few pieces of extinguished charcoal left in it.
The prince followed closely into the room, glancing around the hidden corners, and finally fixed his eyes on the bedsheet. Jin Yuan fand that there was still a lot of firewood beside the door. He took a few pieces, put them into the stove, and then put some flaming straw on them. He took out fire stones from his waist and wiped them. Soon, a golden bonfire was lit up.
Inside the shabby house, there were fire and shadows. The prince walked to the corner of the wall and lifted the batt. There were many new bloodstains on it. It seemed that the other had indeed stayed here before, and one was seriously injured…He flipped the batt up and down in silence and then came out a wild red fruit that he had bitten half. He picked up the red fruit and smelled it…He raised his eyebrows. Although they had been desperate all the way, they didn’t have to eat such bitter food…Then he carefully checked the surrounding of the corner but did not find any other clues.
“Shane, look here.” Jin Yuan knelt beside the stone stove and waved at Shane. The prince threw away the red fruit and came forward. He saw some pieces of tobacco on the ground.
“Red smoke…” Jin Yuan picked up a handful of cigarettes and threw it on the bonfire. The sparkles flashed, and a slightly choked light smoke floated over with a trace of spicy taste. “It’s made by the seaside of the South Island…The cigarette is a little spicy and salty. I’m sure. “
The South Island…The prince frowned and pointed at the door as far as he could. “There are many shoe prints on the door. They are flat and round shoes with deep footprints. They should be many adult menI found this in the straw pile. “He was holding a delicate wooden statue of a mermaid in his hand, which should be regarded as the amulet carried by the crew of the south.
The prince took the wooden statue and examined it carefully. It seemed to have been years. The outer layer of the statue was thick and smooth. Although the craftsman was ordinary, its owner must have been cherished so much that he had worn it for so long. Why did it fall here? What’s the relationship between its master and the two assassins? What happened in the room? A series of questions made him frown and fall into deep thought.
Judging from the traces of the scene, there was no fight in the room. These men who were suspected to be sailors of the south were most likely the helpers guarding here. If that was the case, judging from the state of burning out the charcoal fire, it was obvious that quite a time had passed. The enemy had probably gone down by ship from the Eternal-light River by the side of the mountain. Now they wanted to chase him again…Maybe…
Shane was depressed. Even though he was mentally prepared, he was still unwilling to see such a result. But now that things had come to this, he could only think of another way. Since the other was very likely to take a ship, he had to strictly check all the port channels and try to slow down their speed as much as possible. It was too risky to escape so easily…
Thunder rumbled outside the house, and more and more raindrops fell. Gradually, countless thin lines swept across the wilderness. The drizzle fell on the old tile-roofed house and dripped into the house through the gap, splashing wet marks.
It was raining… Shane’s thoughts were interrupted by the sudden thunder. He walked to the crack in the wall and reached out to catch the rain. The piercing coldness swept across his fingers and the palm of his hand. He recalled the first time he came to this deserted village a week ago: scorched marks, cracked walls, cold rain, indelible blood, and crying people. Beast disaster…When did the surrounding of the capital city become the hunting ground for those monsters![Read this novel and other amazing translated novels from the original source at the “Novel Multiverse dot com” website @ novelmultiverse.com]
A shield of light was erected in front of the prince to block the rain that fell on his body. Shane slightly turned his head and saw that Jin Yuan had stood from the prince. His eyes were closed. Realizing that he was too depressed, he restrained his messy thoughts and smiled apologetically at the spear guard.
Jin Yuan looked at him worriedly and made a gesture, “it’s cold at night. Sit down and roast…”
Shane nodded silently, turned around, and sat down side by side with Jin Yuan. He lowered his head, and the golden flames shone into his eyes, lighting up a stream of light.
The spear guard knew why the prince was in a bad mood. It was not the first time that the tragedy of the beast calamity had happened in Wong…But they were so close to each other…He pursed his lips and didn’t say much. He untied the leather bag tied around his waist, reached out his hand, and floated a very thin light wall on the bonfire, pouring the things in the bag on it: three colored round cakes, vegetable meatballs, dry baked dough, and a bag of peeled earth pears, which were a common food in the countryside.
They had been busy all night and hadn’t had dinner yet, so they had to eat first. Jin Yuan took off the kettle from the belt as far as possible and heated it up. Then he took out a pair of thin and short silver chopsticks to spread the food on the bare wall. The flames were blazing, and the dinner quickly turned hot. He picked up a ball with chopsticks to try the temperature and waved his hand to spread out the bare wall in front of the two people as the table. He quickly arranged the food in order one by one and took a pair of silver chopsticks to give it to the prince. He persuaded the prince in a soft voice, “Eat something first.”
Shane took over the chopsticks and forced a smile. He picked up the fried noodles. Jin Yuan sighed. Then he took up the kettle and shook it gently, trying to change the topic. “It seems that they have left for a long time. The footprints outside are blurred with the heavy rain. I’m afraid it’s not easy to find them…”
“…… Let’s go back to the City Xinlan first and see the reward. “The prince took the kettle and took a sip. Then he returned it to Jin Yuan. The City Xinlan was a satellite city of the capital and the Mercenary Guild of Wong’s headquarters.
“For Seckor? “
“And another man called Vyrut… He likely is ordinary people affected…”
Vyrut…Jin Yuan tried to recall as much as possible, but he couldn’t find any related memories. He closed the kettle and suggested, “Send a message to the Palace first?”
“……Let Mr. Coorong to send a message and set out as soon as a result comes out. Maybe I have to go to the South Island… “Shane subconsciously turned the mermaid carving in his hand and stared at the shaking bonfire, in a trance.
The South Island…The two of them had secretly been to many places as mercenaries over the years, but they had never been to the South Island. It was said that an election was being held there, and many tourists were hurrying to join the fun. If they really wanted to go there, they had to make some preparations…He picked up a piece of roasted pear in front of the prince and reminded him softly, “Your Highness, you’d better use the Phantom? All the major newspapers in the South Island have their own branches in the capital. It will be troublesome if they are recognized. “
“Of course…” Shane put the pear into his mouth and chewed it. This kind of sweet fruit would bring a different kind of soft fragrance after being roasted. Even in the wilderness, it was really a pity for him to be so considerate to eat such refined and hot food every time. Listening to the rhythmic sound of rain outside, he gradually calmed down. He didn’t need to ask about the assassination. The police and the Royal Guard would investigate and examine it. But since the other was involved in the matter eight years ago, he would never let it go easily. He must personally investigate and find out the truth and give her an explanation.
Thinking of this, he suddenly became depressed. A few while, he put down his chopsticks and continued to sit cross-legged, thinking about the next action. He also got a message from the farm to pick up the dead glory back to the city…It wasn’t that the prince really didn’t have time to go back, but he still couldn’t let go of what father had done in the past and was unwilling to go back to the imperial city to face him at this moment.
Jin Yuan put away the rest of the food, waved his hand, and scattered the light wall. He walked to the door and cleaned the silver chopsticks with rain. He looked at the rain on the ground and sighed, “The rain is really not at the right time. I don’t know when it can stop…”
“the autumn rain will last the whole night…”
“Do you want to have a rest?”
“……I can’t fall asleep. “
Jin Yuan fetched a few pieces of firewood and put them into the stove. Sitting cross-legged beside Shane, he found that he was still preoccupied. The prince had always been domineering, and only when he was alone with himself would he show a little helplessness. Thinking of this, Jin Yuan could only continue to persuade him in a soft voice, “Don’t think too much. Let’s make a decision after the result comes out.”
The prince sighed helplessly…” If you hadn’t taken her out of the palace at that time, such an accident might not have happened…”
“The world is changeable. Who can predict…Even if she stayed at that time, it would be difficult for her to do anything in the future. “Jin Yuan pulled out the bonfire and recalled what had happened eight years ago, with mixed feelings. After the opening ceremony, everyone was jittery. At that time, the situation was extremely urgent. The crown prince, who had just been appointed as the crown prince, took advantage of the opportunity when the emperor went out of the palace to worship and asked him to take her out of the palace. At that time, it was his teacher who was responsible for guarding the back hall. When recalled it later, maybe the Empire and the teacher must have known everything. Let her go with his hands…
Shane understood what he meant, but he still felt depressed. He had no idea what had really happened during the opening ceremony, nor could he tell anyone else about the royal secret, even if that person was his best partner…He was silent for a moment and could only whisper, “I always feel sorry for her…” He lowered his head, closed his eyes, and said nothing.
Jin Yuan turned his head to look at Shane’s side face, which was glowing with red light. Every time Shane talked about this matter in the past eight years, he felt very guilty, but he still couldn’t understand why his highness was so entangled. After all, she was safe now, well-off, and could often meet them. Compared with the palace’s dull life before, she should also choose to live a free and stable life now, although…
Thinking of this, he sighed again and added some firewood into the stove. His heart fluctuated. He leaned against Shane’s shoulder, closed his eyes, and concentrated on listening to the rain outside, waiting for the moment of its destruction.
The night was long, and the rain kept dancing, removing all the humans’ traces left behind. The red light in the room slightly shook, dispelling the incomparably cold frost in the late autumn night.[Read this novel and other amazing translated novels from the original source at the “Novel Multiverse dot com” website @ novelmultiverse.com]