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    The Goal Is To Survive

    Chapter 33


    Chapter 33: Your sign

    Translated by SkyTL
    Edited by SkyTL


     

    Chapter 33: Your sign

     

    “Well. Did you bother to make it for me? I’m sorry.”

     

    Faritina bowed.

     

    “Don’t be so shy. Is there anything I can do for you? I’ll see what I can do.”

     

     Gideon said, and Faritina looked at him with wide eyes and a little surprise.

     

    Gideon averted his eyes and felt uncomfortable.

     

    “I’m sure you’d like to get out of here, but you can’t because you’re under suspicion. Serion has asked to see you, but they won’t let him. I have the authority to do that, so let me know and I’ll try to make your stay as inconspicuous as possible.”

     

    “…”

     

    “There’s a lot we need to talk about. So, let’s eat.”

     

    Faritina smiled gently and put her hand on the cake.

     

    “… You like sweets, don’t you?”

     

    “Yes.”

     

    Faritina’s answer was short and incoherent, as usual.

     

    “What do you like?”

     

    Gideon asked, and Faritina shrugged her shoulders as if trying to suppress a laugh.

     

    “All the desserts served at the royal palace are delicious.”

     

    The corners of Gideon’s mouth twitched as she replied as usual.

     

    “Don’t be afraid. We’re engaged and we’re going to get married.”

     

    “Pfft,” Faritina finally blurted out.

     

    “Why are you laughing? You think it’s a little late for that, don’t you?”

     

    “I’m sorry.”

     

    Faritina apologized, holding back her laughter at Gideon’s annoyance.

     

    “No, it’s not that.”

     

    Gideon panicked, regretting that he had gotten a little upset.

     

    Faritina is really hard to figure out.

     

    If it’s Amanda, she’ll tell you exactly what she likes. Therefore, it’s easy to know what to prepare next. But Faritina dodges and dodges and dodges. It’s like she’s dealing with ladies of a royal society.

     

    He let out a small sigh of annoyance.

     

    Faritina said with a smile.

     

    “Please don’t let this get you down. Your Highness is a busy man. You don’t have to worry about me.”

     

    Then Faritina smiled.

     

    “I do, you are my fiancé.”

     

    My future mate. You are the one with whom I will have children and start a family.

     

    Faritina seemed genuinely surprised when he said that.

     

    “I… I’m sorry. I double-checked the rumors circulating in the academy. It’s terrible. It must have been hard to live in the school with all those rumors. I’m sorry I didn’t see it coming.”

     

    Faritina tilted her head.

     

    “No, not really. What kind of rumor is that? That’s not why I didn’t go to school.”

     

    Gideon is surprised that Faritina doesn’t really seem to care.

     

    “So you really didn’t care?”

     

    “I’d be lying if I said it didn’t bother me, well, a little. But it’s not like I’m worried about it. There are always rumors in social circles.”

     

    “You’re … strong.”

     

    “So, what do you think?”

     

    Faritina answered sluggishly, as usual.

     

    “Then your motive for abusing Amanda becomes even more meaningless.”

     

    He thought that she had hurt Amanda because she had misunderstood that he and Amanda were in love, that she was angry about the rumors that discredited her, and that she hated Amanda for it.

     

    But Faritina, now in custody and talking to him, has none of those attitudes.

     

    “I want to know. I want to know what you think.”

     

    “Pfft,” Faritina laughed again.

     

    “What, what’s wrong with you? You…”

     

    “I’m sorry. Because…”

     

     

    Faritina said, wiping tears from the corners of her eyes.

     

    “I thought it was some kind of matchmaking.”

     

    She could see Gideon’s face turn red as she said that. It actually sounded like a conversation they had had when they first met.

     

    Gideon pouted as Faritina continued to giggle, but it didn’t take long for his anger to somehow dissipate.

     

    “It’s embarrassing to hear you say that again.”

     

    “I’m sorry. I didn’t think you’d say that either.”

     

    “Once again, I find that I don’t know anything.”

     

    He doesn’t know what Faritina likes, or what she’s interested in. So he thought he should know.

     

    She’s my fiancée.

     

    He wanted to know as much as he could about Faritina, who was silent even to Gideon.

     

    “…But it’s true. I don’t know anything about you. I don’t know what you did while you weren’t in school. What did you think of the rumors? Why didn’t you say anything after all that?”

     

    Gideon felt miserable.

     

    The situation was changing rapidly without him being able to control it.

     

    He was at her mercy, unable to stop her or resist her.

     

    Gideon begins to suspect the reason for Faritina’s imprisonment and the mistreatment of Amanda.

     

     

    Serion’s rebuttal testimony and counterclaim show that Faritina had no motive or time to abuse Amanda. She is far from the sexually promiscuous, irascible, vicious woman that she is portrayed as in rumors.

     

    No, but still… Gideon doesn’t know Faritina well enough to stand up for her.

     

    At least, Gideon had never seen Faritina in the academy, never in a social setting.

     

    Even if he wanted to talk to her now, Faritina remained silent and Serion did not appear at the academy.

     

    Not even a prince can easily meet a criminal locked in a cell, and when he does, she hesitates because she knows he can’t be trusted.

     

    And for some reason, Serion’s suggestion to conduct a field test is not implemented.

     

    Although Amanda’s injuries have healed and she is back in school, she was only interviewed as a witness.

     

    In addition, the interviews were only conducted at the school.

     

    Although the problem has already gone beyond the academy and Faritina is serving a near-prison sentence, Amanda has not been summoned before the Department of Justice, and students at the academy are still under the impression that the problem has not left the academy.

     

    Not even the students on the Executive Committee.

     

    They feel that Serion’s counterclaim for contempt and his absence from school are overblown.

     

    Between Serion’s unavailability and the heavy message Faritina left him, Gideon has a bad feeling.

     

    “I need to know. What exactly do you know about the contents of this message to Serion? This isn’t just some incident at the academy. It’s come to this, how come no one but Granqiece senses anything about it?”

     

     Faritina had been smiling happily earlier, but now he saw her smile change.

     

    Oh, no.

     

    Gideon sighed.

     

    Earlier they had been laughing, and it seemed like they were getting closer.

     

    How could this have happened?

     

    Even in the first days of their engagement, he had sensed Faritina’s affection. 

     

    Since when had she become so distant, as if reaching for a lingering shadow in the mist?

     

    “Serion believed in your innocence and asked for a leave of absence.”

     

    Faritina remained silent.

     

    “The academy is trying to keep him, but he won’t come to school. That’s how far he’s willing to go to save you. If you had just said no, if you had just said you wanted to get out of here, it might have been possible.”

     

    If you had just said, “I need help.” Tell yourself that you’ve been tricked, that you’re innocent.

     

    “I want you to believe me, Faritina. If you haven’t done anything wrong, I can’t leave you in this state as my fiancée… I want to help you with Serion.”

     

    Faritina, who had his eyes downcast, seemed to smile.

     

    Gideon is told that the visit is over.

     

    Hesitantly, he stood up.

     

    “Is there anything you want to say to your family?”

     

    “Tell Serion to reconsider his leave of absence… and.”

     

    Faritina took the floor. Her voice was firm and stern, breaking the silence.

     

    “I will protect you, I will be your shield.”

     

    Gideon nodded.

     

    A shield to protect Serion.

     

    Faritina is trying to keep Serion alive. She wants to give him a shield and leave him unharmed.

     

    Where is Faritina’s shield?

     

    He hears the heavy door of the cell close behind him.

     

    Faritina is alone again in the abandoned west tower.

     

    The interrogation takes place once a day, but no one else speaks to Faritina.

     

    Who will protect you?


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