Alone in the room again, I let out a deep sigh and sat on the edge of the bed.
“I really don’t know what I’m going to do now…”
While muttering to myself, I looked blankly at the ores displayed in the cabinet.
In the first place, this room wasn’t even listed on the castle’s floor plan in the book of setting materials. That’s why I didn’t notice it when Prince Leon showed me the floor plan…haa~ I didn’t think I would fall into the same situation as that shocking Yandere ending.
I was reminded of Prince Leon’s Yandere ending in a previous life, a scene of this room in the background, with a crazy smile on his face.
And afterwards, the heroine, Nina, was written in white on the black screen with only the words that she was never going to be let out of this place for the rest of her life.
I hugged myself and shuddered as I remembered this.
Well, it’s not like it’s a game that I can’t get out of forever…right?
The bewitchingly smiling face of Prince Leon passed through my mind while I asked myself that question.
“…Okay! I will run away no matter what!”
I declared emphatically and stood up from the bed and decided to check the room for any means of escape.
First, I tried to move the cabinet to see if there was a way out behind it, but it seemed to be firmly attached to the wall and wouldn’t budge.
I tapped on the wall to see if there was any hidden space behind the wall, but I didn’t hear anything that suggested such a space existed.
So I investigated for several hours, but after all, I couldn’t find anything in particular.
“…I don’t know what to do.”
I sat on the edge of the bed again, letting out a huge sigh.
“It can’t be helped…it’s going to take some time, but it looks like I’ll have no choice but to persuade Prince Leon.”
So I lifted my weary face and clenched my fist as I listened to Prince Leon’s footsteps coming down the stairs.
A few more weeks have passed since then.
I have appealed to Prince Leon many times since then to let me out of here, but he has not listened to me at all, and more often than not, he has been gazing at me in ecstasy, enraptured by the sight of my confinement here.
Apparently, as the days went by, he was feeling the realization of having me completely in his possession.
“…Hah~ I guess I really won’t be able to get out of here for the rest of my life if I stay like this. Besides…he seems to have kept his promise and hasn’t done more than kiss me until now, but…in six months’ time…”
All at once the blood drained from my face as I imagined that.
“It’s a full-blown chastity crisis…Honestly, I’ve didn’t even have a boyfriend in my past life, so even though I have knowledge, I’m inexperienced in the act itself! Well, as Kaiser’s fiancée, if I can’t do anything and end up marrying Kaiser, I’m sure I’ll have to be prepared for that, since it’s imperative for me to be vigilant in my duties as the Crown Princess, but…Ugh, I’d prefer to be with the person I fall in love with if possible…”
In the end, I felt like crying as I realized that even if I got out of here, there was no way out for me as long as my marriage to Kaiser was still waiting for me.
“However! As expected, I can’t bear to be trapped here for the rest of my life, no matter what!”
I exclaimed and began to search the room for the umpteenth time already.
“Are you sure there isn’t something in here somewhere? If only I could at least let the outside world know that I’m here…”
While muttering to himself, he put his face close to the wall and the floor and examined it carefully, but he still couldn’t find anything.
“…Huh~ What should I do?”
I lay down all spread out on the bed and stared blankly at the beautifully made ceiling.
It was then that I noticed my hair in my field of vision was swaying slightly.
As I stared at the slightly wobbling hair, I suddenly realized something and pulled myself up out of bed.
“Why didn’t I notice this until now!?”
I hurriedly got off the bed and pulled out a strand of my own hair and held it up.
“…I knew it.”
There was a single strand of hair, pinched between my fingers, fluttering around.
“That’s right. I’m in a basement underground here, so normally there would be a problem with the air. But yet I’ve never felt suffocated before…that means there might be a vent circulating the air somewhere!”
I walked around the room, carefully checking my hair, suppressing my motivation when I saw a ray of light.
Finally, I found an air vent in the back room near the ceiling that was difficult to see at a glance.
“…If it’s that big, I should be able to get in! If that’s the case, i’ll have to build a scaffold up there…Oh, if I combine this with that….Yeah, I can do it!”
I looked around at the things that had been placed around the room, and nodded loudly with satisfaction.
“So let’s get on with it then!”
“…What? Where is my Sister Cecilia, where is she?”
I was rolling up my arms and moving things around a bit when suddenly I heard Prince Leon’s voice in my ears.
At the sound of his voice, I hurriedly pulled back my sleeve and returned to the place where Prince Leon’s voice had come from, pretending to be calm so that this escape plan would not be exposed.
“I’m sorry Prince Leon, I was just checking in the back closet…I mean, why is Prince Leon in the room?”
To my surprise, Prince Leon, who would normally be on the other side of the bars, had gone through them and was in the room.
I was surprised, but when I looked at the bars, they were still firmly closed.
Apparently there was a door attached to it that was difficult to see.
“I thought I’d have lunch with Sister Cecilia today. More importantly, was there something wrong with the contents of the closet?”
“No, no! There’s so much in abundance, I wasn’t sure what to wear tomorrow…”
“Really? Well, everything in there is for Sister Cecilia, so you can wear it however you want! Oh, and if there’s anything missing, don’t hesitate to let me know. I’ll get it for you right away!”
“Oh, thank you. It’s enough for now, so I’m good.”
“That fine, but…that’s right! If you want, I’ll pick out the clothes for Sister Cecilia to wear tomorrow!”
Prince Leon looked as if something good had come to him and was about to walk to the closet in the back room.
But I grabbed Prince Leon’s arm and hurriedly pulled him back.
Not good! Some of the stuff I moved around a bit earlier is there, so there’s a good chance he’ll be suspicious of it!
So I managed to smile and brought him to the desk where the food was placed.
“I’ve already decided what to wear, so don’t worry! Better yet, let’s eat together because the food will get cold, right?”
“…Cecilia is cute. Huh~ Honestly, I want to eat Cecilia right now…”
“Huh, frightened Sister Cecilia is cute too…Well, but I promised, so I’ll bear with you. Then let’s eat! Come to think of it, there is only one chair here.”
“Ah~ Well then, Prince Leon, please sit in the chair. I’ll sit on the bed with my plate and eat…”
“Then why don’t we just move this desk to the bed and sit on the bed together and eat?”
“What? But that desk is heavy, you know?”
“It’s fine, it’s fine!”
Prince Leon said so cheerfully and lightly lifted the table with the food on it and moved it to the side of the bed.
The sight of him made me realize once again that Prince Leon was a man.
When we were ready, we sat side by side on the edge of the bed and began to eat our food.
As you would expect, my body was unconsciously tensed up in this situation of a man and woman sitting side by side on one bed and eating.
But soon, my body began to relax at the sight of the delicious food.
And when I managed to clear Prince Leon’s request to feed each other, he left in a good mood.
I went back to the back room, patting myself on the back for not letting him find out about the air vents.
…Actually, it would be easiest if I could get out through the iron barred door, but it would definitely be impossible to escape from there with Prince Leon with me. I’m sure I’ll get out of here after all…
With that in mind, I stared at the vent and decided to roll up my sleeves and carry it out this time.
I dragged whatever I could move around and managed to get a foothold to the vent.
“All right! Now all I need is a stick of something to open up that vent…Oh, that looks just fine!”
I took off my shoes, barefoot, and carefully climbed up the foothold.
When I arrived in front of the vent, I inserted a stick between the fence and the vent fence and, using the principle of leverage, managed to get it off.
“Yay, I did it! And it didn’t take too long! Prince Leon just brought me lunch earlier, but he could come back at any moment, so I have to get away now!”
I quickly removed the fence and sticks and placed them at my feet and climbed into the vent.
Then I crawled through the unlit vent, and kept moving forward.
“Fufu, I feel like a hero in a spy movie from a previous life. I never imagined in my previous life that I would do such a thing. I mean, I couldn’t imagine I’d be reincarnated into an otome game I was playing in the first place, right?”
I was getting used to the darkness, and the situation was becoming more and more interesting.
However, when I hit the end of the road that was going straight on a flat surface, I impatiently looked left and right, but neither of them had a path to follow.
“Huh? That’s it!?”
But I soon realized that the wind was blowing in from above.
I turned my body around and looked up to see that the vents seemed to continue upward.
“That’s because it’s underground, so stretches upward, doesn’t it? It can’t be helped. Let’s go!”
I shifted position so that my back was resting against the wall of the vent, and I placed the soles of my bare feet on the opposite wall.
Then I slowly and carefully moved my feet and back up the wall, inch by inch, as I climbed.
…It’s been a while since I’ve done this~
As I thought about it, I was reminded of a long time ago…my childhood in a previous life to be exact.
In my previous life, there was a corridor with extremely narrow walls at my grandmother’s house in the countryside where I often went to play as a child, and I used to climb up to the ceiling with my back and legs dexterously, like the current me right now.
And when my mother caught me playing there, she scolded me for doing something dangerous.
However, I didn’t learn my lesson, and often played with no discipline.
I laughed to myself as I remembered that time.
“But…I didn’t think I’d do this after becoming a duke’s daughter. Sigh~ I can’t let anyone see this shameful figure…I mean, there is definitely going to be a muscle ache tomorrow…It feels like I’m using muscles I have never used before to the fullest extent…I was young back then.”
I was laughing with a faraway look in my eyes.
I climbed up to the top, and then found a path beside me, so I went forward and down again.
I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to go back and forth to the top.
“Oh, could that be the light from outside?”
I suppressed my happiness as I went onward in a crawl, picking up speed, until I reached the spot where the light came from.
“It’s another fence…but there are no more sticks. I’ll use all the strength I have to get it off!”
With that enthusiasm, I grabbed the fence with both hands and pushed it out with all my strength.
Then, contrary to my expectations, the fence came off easily.
“…I’m slightly ashamed for being so enthusiastic.”
Muttering this, I gently placed the fence outside and crawled out of that open space.
“Ahh~! I haven’t been out here in weeks!”
I stood barefoot on the grass with my hands raised, and breathed in the outside air as hard as I could while shouting this out.
“No way…Lady Cecilia!?”
I turned around in the same position as I was in when a surprised voice called my name.
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