Song of Time - Dusk Awakening Verse - Chapter 34
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At dusk, Yuno stayed in the study alone, leaning against the bar counter with a glass of wine in his hand, thinking about something.
He still had a lingering fear of the assassination in Flood Icing Hotel. His father had been living in seclusion in recent years, and this time he had been on a low-key trip without any notice. How did the assassins know his whereabouts? If it weren’t for Shane and all the other people, it would have been a disaster for his father…
He didn’t know how they were doing now…Although this matter did have a bad impact, there was no need for the crown prince to investigate it…Even if it was an emergency, there should be time for someone to send a message…He was lost in thought and drank up the wine unconsciously. He sighed and put the glass back on the table. After drinking a glass of sweet wine, he still frowned and couldn’t get rid of the worries in his heart.
The ringing of the wind bell disturbed his thoughts. At this moment, he was in a bad mood and didn’t want to talk to anyone. He leaned against the bar counter and glanced forward. Suddenly, he was stunned.
In front of him was a tall girl in a tight red dress. Her appearance had the characteristics of a typical northern girl. Her thin nose and high forehead, cheeks slightly shrugged, and long black hair spread to her waist. She wore a thin silver bear head ring on her forehead and three sets of mercenary suits: short cloak, gloves, and armed belt. She looked particularly valiant and heroic. Her skin was unusually white as if she hadn’t been exposed to the sun for a long time, but she was crystal bright without a sense of weakness. The black eyes under her dashing eyebrows seemed to be always sharp, and no one dared to look at her.
“Rhea? Is the trial over? “He couldn’t help but take a few steps forward, stood at the porch, and asked.
The girl in front of him was the eldest daughter of the Family Turners, who was also the first successor. To inherit the leader’s position, she had been staying in the cave under the Arctic to challenge her family alone. The two of them hadn’t seen each other for more than a year.
The unexpected reunion surprised and pleased Yuno, but he didn’t ask about the result. The trial had actually lasted for a year, making him worried about his friend’s physical condition. After careful examination, he found that although his friend’s face was pale and frightening, she was in a good spirit, not like being supported…He secretly nodded and breathed a sigh of relief, but he thought of the scene when the two of them parted last time.
It was in the study last time, and the sunshine was dazzling in the afternoon. At that time, he was racking his brains for a new formula. He kept adding materials to the wine mixing device and concentrated on controlling the subtle difference in concentration. Suddenly, he heard her saying goodbye, “I’m leaving for a while.”
“On a mission? Do you need any help? “He replied casually, but his eyes were fixed on the shaken bartender.
Although the two of them had known each other initially, their relationship had become stronger and stronger in recent years. The reason was complicated. The two families had a marriage relationship with each other. As the inheritors of them, they had been the children kings of their own territories, and they had a lot of experiences that they didn’t know each other. But since what happened eight years ago, she suddenly disappeared without a trace. The two of them had never seen each other or heard any exact information about her. It was not until they met by chance in the study three years ago that they could meet again.
Yuno clearly remembered what she looked like at that time: a shabby brown leather armor, two quick shooting short Spears on the belt, and the edge of the old grey cloak was full of jagged spikes, and there were many stains on it. Her thin face was so similar to what she looked like in his memory that he didn’t recognize her at all. He was attracted by her sharp eyes shining with divine blue light and couldn’t help staring at her. It was not until the cold face covered with dust got closer and closer that his eyes changed from sharp to cold, and then from displeasure and hesitation. Finally, for some reason, they turned into surprise.
Yuno? Are you Yuno? Such golden-hair…I still remember your lachrymal mole. You must be Yuno. “Her voice was very hoarse at that time, but it was full of unquestionable confidence.
At that time, Yuno had just worked as a manager in the study. He was surprised to see that the stranger knew him. He frowned and thought for a while. He didn’t remember her at all, so he nodded reserved, and asked softly, “I’m really sorry. Who are you?”
“Rhea…Rhea Turner. “She stared at Yuno and said her name word by word with pride as if the name had integrated all her faith.
Since then, the two of them had been in touch again. Knowing that she was in Rockcity, she was busy with the mercenary tasks all day long to fight against the monsters that came out of the dark marsh. The two of them didn’t meet many study opportunities, but they got along very well. They both cherished the friendship of returning what they had lost.
Even after she gradually became famous and had a fixed team, Yuno half begged and half forced to join her team. They did several exterminating actions together, and the rewards were quite abundant. There was only one strange thing. They didn’t mention their own living conditions in the past few years after the news was cut off. It seemed that they were deliberately avoiding it, but they knew each other.
With the disappearance of the slight sound of the rotating wheel, the bartender finally stopped. When Yuno came to his senses, he took the glass skillfully and poured the rest of the bubbles away, leaving only a glass of bright blue mellow wine.
“Come and have a try, Rhea.” Seeing the success, he couldn’t help but want to find someone to have a try to see if there was anything wrong with the formula. But when he looked up with a smile, he only saw that she was staring at the bar counter expressionlessly, her hands turning the china plate on the table unconsciously, as if she hadn’t heard his invitation at all.
“Rhea?” He had never seen her so confused.
The constant calls finally brought her back to her senses. She thought Yuno didn’t hear her, so she repeated, “I’m leaving for a while…”
“Where are you going?”
“The family trial…”
“Trial?” Although he had heard of the tradition of the Turners, he didn’t expect that Rhea would challenge her so soon. He couldn’t help but feel nervous. “Now? Are you too anxious…”
“My strength has reached a bottleneck, and I can’t increase it in a short period…I want to have a try. Even if I can’t succeed, I may make a breakthrough. “After explaining calmly, she saw the blue wine on the table and took it naturally. With a flash of magic light in her hand, a thin layer of ice floated on the surface of the wine.
“But…” Yuno wanted to say something but stopped on second thought. Although he didn’t know the trial’s specific content, he had never heard of anyone who had successfully completed it in recent years. He was not worried at all, but he couldn’t think of a reason to dissuade her for a moment.
“Don’t worry. I will be fully prepared.” Rhea comforted him in a soft voice. She shook the glass and took a sip. She was a little surprised with her eyebrows slightly raised.
The newly mixed wine tasted sweet and had a faint fragrance of fruit. She had always liked spirits, so she disdained sweet women’s spirits. However, this glass of wine was a little special: after the fragrance, it was as hot as fire, burning into the stomach to arouse the heat of the whole body, not less than the top grade spirits.[Read this novel and other amazing translated novels from the original source at the “Novel Multiverse dot com” website @ novelmultiverse.com]
“Good wine.” She closed her eyes and pondered for a moment. Then she took a deep breath leisurely and drank up the wine.
“I’m glad you like it.” Seeing her drinking like this, Yuno felt a little helpless. Although the blue wine needed to be drunk slowly to taste better, Rhea also drank like this, so he could only smile bitterly.
“Then… I’m leaving now. “After drinking the wine, she paused for a while. She couldn’t think of anything else, so she stood up and left.
“Why are you in such a hurry?”
“I have to go to the Guild…Make some arrangements. “
“Do you need my help?”
“No. Just stay here.” She patted him on the shoulder and turned him down. “Gloria will take care of it for me. “There were a lot of people in the Guild. She didn’t dare to let Yuno deal with those rude servants alone.
“Okay…” The manager knew how influential the Workshop Caro was in the rock city. It seemed that he couldn’t help. He could only sigh slightly and waved his hand to say goodbye to her. “Then be careful on the way. I wish you can finish the trial.”
“I will.” With a faint smile at the corners of her mouth, Rhea nodded at him. Without saying anything else, she strode out of the room, swinging her cloak.
At first, Yuno thought that the test would last at most one or two months, but he didn’t expect it to last for more than a year without any news of her. Later, she thought that she had made a mistake, so she especially went to Rock City to ask Gloria.
“Don’t worry. I’ve already investigated it secretly.” Hearing that, the craftswoman grinned from ear to ear. She stood on tiptoe and patted him on the shoulder as if she was learning from Rhea. “The trial of the Turners is not as terrible as you think. Even those who failed in the challenge came back unharmed. Is Rhea weaker than them? So, maybe she has made some breakthroughs and is cultivating in seclusion. “
Even though hearing her words, Yuno was still worried and often missed her. Until today, they finally met. His worries at last disappeared, and he didn’t need to worry anymore.
In the blink of an eye, many thoughts flowed through his mind, forming an unexpected joy. He was stunned for a moment and quickly came to his senses. Then he found that he had left the other party at the vestibule. He hurriedly smiled and waved his hands inside. “Come in and have a seat.”
“No, I’m coming to see you. I have to go now.” She looked at her friend, whom she hadn’t seen for a long time, with a relaxed smile on her face. She took a kettle from her waist and handed it to him. “This is the cold spring I accidentally found in the cave. Try it. If it works, you can take it again.”
Cold spring underground? It was really a good material for mixing wine…Surprised, Yuno took the gift and thanked him. Then he complained in a low voice, “Why are you in such a hurry? Don’t you have time to sit down and drink?”
“Too many things have happened recently… I’ll meet you next time. “She patted him on the shoulder to comfort him.
Knowing that she hadn’t come back for a year, she must have many things to do. There was nothing he could do. He walked to the bar counter and put the pot of cold spring heart into the collection cabinet. When he saw her hesitating, he rolled his eyes and asked in confusion, “what happened? If you need my help, just do it. “
“I have something to tell you…” She crossed her arms over her chest and lowered her head to consider her words. After thinking for a few seconds, she gave up and raised her head straight. “I have an appointment with someone to Fortress.”
“Fortress? Which Fortress? “With a bad feeling, Yuno frowned and asked.
Arcadina Fortress…His expression froze, and his heart suddenly began to beat wildly, as if he was frightened by the name. He held the bar counter, stunned for a while, swallowed hard, and asked in a bitter voice, “You…What are you going to do there? “
“It seems that the Guild has made a big move recently. As their first task, they need to go there to investigate. Of course…” She paused and said in a low voice, “I have my own reason. I have to figure it out in the end.”
That incident…Thinking of the unwilling experience eight years ago and the sadness that tore his heart apart, Yuno was absent-minded for a moment. In a trance, he heard, “someone asked me to invite you to go with him, but I think…This action was too dangerous. The incident at that time was so serious that no one could predict what would happen inside… You’d better stay. “
“Want me to go with you…go with you…” At this moment, he was restless and just murmured this sentence numbly.
For a moment, Rhea didn’t hear him clearly. She thought he was determined to go, so she slowly walked to him, held his shoulder, looked at his golden eyes, and calmly persuaded, “Yuno, we were all victims of that incident. I know your feelings very well…But I’m sorry that I can’t take you to this mission…If you have anything, you want to find or have any details that you want to know, write them down and give them to me. “
She believed that Yuno would understand her feelings. Although the two of them had never talked about this incident in the past few years, she knew that he had only hidden his deep thoughts and was unwilling to show them. However, he was not a formal Mercenary, so such a difficult task was quite dangerous. If something went wrong, how could he explain it to his father?
But in fact, Yuno didn’t want to go at all. He never told anyone about his part in the disaster, of what he had seen, heard, or suffered. He even didn’t want to think about it because he thought of it every time it would be a torture of soul pain.
The two of them looked at each other in silence, and the air in the hall froze for a moment. In this depressing atmosphere, Yuno felt that his breath became heavier and heavier as if a chain was holding his throat, making him unable to breathe. “I don’t want to go… I don’t want to write…” His lips trembled, and he wanted to say it, but he was interrupted by the other party as soon as he uttered the word “I.”
“Don’t worry. There is still a lot of time before we set out.” Noticing his pain, Rhea reached out her hand and gently smoothed his bangs. Her eyes were extremely gentle, like an older sister next door, without the slightest trace of a servant. “Think about it carefully. Make a list. After a few days, I’ll have it again.”
Without saying anything more, Yuno blankly watched her walk back to the porch. Rhea habitually patted her cloak, turned around, and looked at Yuno with a faint smile.
“Don’t worry. I will take your part…Get them all back. “The smile at the corners of her mouth disappeared in an instant. She nodded as usual as a farewell, threw out a gust of cold wind, and disappeared in front of the door.
Looking at the porch blankly, Yuno was restless. He put his hands on the table, motionless and silent, turning into a melancholy statue. He just stood there quietly, unaware of the passage of time. He didn’t realize it until the sun in the study disappeared, and the dim chandelier was on.
It was already night…Time passed so fast and silently. Eight years had passed…He was like an empty puppet in the past eight years, desperately filling in all kinds of messy things to forget the original appearance. He was tired of such a life, but there was no way for him to escape…He could only immerse himself in the ocean of academic research, and even in his spare time, he was immersed in mixing drinks, trying to temporarily forget about missing… He knew that he was a great healer, but he could never heal the scar in his heart.
But now, the deeply buried wound appeared in front of him again, making him unable to escape. He didn’t want to go, he didn’t want to go back to that terrible nightmare, and he didn’t even want to write any damn orders. But deep in his heart, there was a voice constantly asking, “Are you willing to do that? Are you willing to escape like this? Are you willing to give up so easily?”
The voice grew from weak to strong, from slow to urgent, and gradually filled his entire mind. It was like a great bell, shaking his nerves. “Are you willing to do that! Are you willing to do that!”
Are you willing to…His head was buzzing, and he had a splitting headache. He could only stagger to take out his coat and suitcase from the wardrobe and leave the hall in mechanical steps.
It was late at night. In the Royal College’s dormitory building, Gian, which had nothing to do because of the suspended classes, had already crawled into bed. He yawned lazily, thinking about what he had encountered, and began to sort it out one by one.
He was woken up early in the morning because of the incident in the light magic garden. He didn’t know what was wrong with it. It must be very serious. According to the old guard, there might even be a possibility of being conferred a school title. However, he had never seen a real magic flower with his own eyes, so he had no way to guess the reason. He could only secretly pray that everything would be fine as soon as possible.
Compared with this, the reunion with the manager was a pleasant surprise. But he didn’t expect that the shop manager was the son of the Lord of Sarong Askel, which surprised him a little. He couldn’t help wondering why such a leader’s heir would be the shop manager in the study? Although the study looked mysterious and unusual…
By the way, there was also that strange book. Thinking of the hot potato he had handed over, he had an indescribable complex emotion in his heart. Anyway, he had finally solved a problem, but somehow he was still a little worried…Did it send itself back?
Thinking of this, he glanced sideways at the side. He then turned his head to stare at the pillow, fearing that the strange book would automatically appear in front of him in the blink of an eye. He looked at it like this, and his eyelids gradually became too heavy to support. Finally, he muttered vaguely and fell asleep.
However, not long after he fell asleep, a golden light flashed in the darkroom. As expected, the strange book ran back to him, as if it was certain that this young man would not stop. It hung in the air and opened automatically. The page turned quickly, and many images appeared and quickly disappeared from the void.
The strange book turned over for a while, closed the copper buckle without warning, and floated back to its usual position beside the pillow. A golden light suddenly flew out of the book and circled around Gian’s top, bringing him an incredible dream trip.[Read this novel and other amazing translated novels from the original source at the “Novel Multiverse dot com” website @ novelmultiverse.com]