Masked Knight – Chapter 48

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Sudden Change in Situation

 

Didi and Dardaniel had been carried away. Meanwhile, Madam Sophie’s face was pale and she was terrified. She was a wise person and understood that this was going to be a serious problem. Sultan had made it clear that he was the prince of the Great Moon Kingdom and was probably a diplomatic envoy. On the other hand, Bayan was also an important aristocrat. Bayan and Young Master Seth were the Emperor’s nephew and the heir to the family with the greatest military exploits respectively. The injured Didi and Dardaniel also had important backgrounds. With such an incident, there might be an investigation and she might have to take responsibility.

 

Bayan was displeased. Although he did not voice it out, he was arguing in his heart. He naturally understood the mission of the Great Moon Kingdom’s envoy. It involved political business between the two countries. However, he ended up fighting with them in a prostitute house. The amount of problems that would arise from that would be huge. He no longer had any mood to seek pleasure. He excused himself and prepared to leave. He wanted to quickly return home and discuss with his father as to how to deal with the problem.

 

On the other hand, Rody, still weak, was brought into a room by a few servants. He found that the decorations in the room were simple yet elegant and the bed was soft like the clouds. A sweet and enticing aroma wafted from an incense burner on a nearby table.

 

The servants left immediately after putting him in the room. Rody laid down for a while and could feel himself getting better. Although he did not suffer any injuries, that last attack was something more than what his body could withstand.

 

He heard a light creaking sound. Then the door opened and a beautiful figure slowly walked in.

 

Myka walked to the bedside and looked at Rody who was lying down on the bed with a bewildered expression.

 

Rody also felt disturbed but he was determined not to speak first.

 

So they stared at each other for a long time until Myka finally sighed. The heavy sigh was like a complaint about causing endless worry. She then took out, from the table in front of the bed, a small black bottle and unscrewed the cap. She handed the bottle over and spoke softly, “Drink this. This is something someone else gave me. I heard that it is good for internal injuries.”

 

Rody took the bottle and pondered, for a moment, whether to consume its contents or not. But suddenly Myka asked, “Tell me. Who are you?”

 

“What?” Rody’s hands trembled and he nearly dropped the bottle.

 

Myka’s eyes slowly and gently studied Rody’s face and lightly said, “Stop pretending. You are not Seth! Who are you and why are you pretending to be him?”

 

Rody felt that his mouth was dry while his mind was screaming. Shit! Shit! My secret is exposed!

 

“You do not need to be nervous.” Myka smiled gently. However, her smile did not contain any hint of happiness. “I will not expose your identity. If I had wanted to expose your identity, I would have done so earlier. In fact, I want to thank you for protecting me earlier.”

 

“How do you know that I am not Seth?” Rody thought for a long time before he cautiously asked.

 

Myka shook her head and whispered, “You are definitely not him. First of all, he was not as strong as you. Also… you…” Myka’s face turned red before continuing. “I know, he had already left the Imperial Capital.”

 

“What?”

 

Myka sighed. “The night he left, he came to see me.”

 

Rody’s face turned red. “You and him… You are his…”

 

“I am not somebody close to him,” Myka replied lightly. The tone of her voice was light, without any emotion. “He came that night and told me that he was going to leave the Imperial Capital. He just wanted to say goodbye. I asked if he could take me along but then he lied to me.”

 

Myka gently raised her hands to show the badge with the silver family crest. It was the same one she threw into Rody’s arms. It was not known when she retrieved it.    

 

When Rody heard this, he secretly sighed to himself. He understood the meaning of Myka’s words. He knew that Seth was a playboy and definitely had relationships with more women than just Myka. It was already quite an unexpected task for him to come and bid farewell to Myka before his departure. For that playboy, with a free and uninhibited nature, it would be impossible to have a woman tag along while he pursued his dreams. To him, she would only be a burden.    

 

Myka smiled in a self-depreciating manner. “When I saw you earlier, I thought Seth has returned. I did not know whether I should be happy or angry.  But as soon as you spoke, I knew that you were not Seth.”   

 

Rody smiled wryly. “I knew that this is not something I can keep secret forever.” After a while, Rody whispered, “I am sorry.”

 

“You don’t need to say that to me,” Myka calmly replied. “I want to thank you for saving me, earlier, and for helping me to untie the knot in my heart.”

 

“In that case, now…”

 

“I am alright.” Myka smiled faintly. “My heart feels very calm. Whatever feelings I had is now gone.”

 

The two then became silent for a while. Rody did not know what to say. Facing a sad woman, he really lacked the experience and did not even know how to console her. Moreover, the woman was an amazing beauty. Her every move was elegant to the extent that Rody kept wanting to stare. For a moment, Rody felt jealous of Seth for having the admiration of such a beauty. Yet, Seth was cruel enough to walk away from her.

 

The silence was finally broken when someone came in to inform them that the Tulip Family had sent someone over to pick up Young Master Seth.

 

Myka nodded and looked at Rody. “Are you okay? Can you move?” Although her tone was flat, her gentle voice could stir the hearts of those who heard it.

 

Rody nodded and struggled to sit up on the bed. To begin with, he was not injured and was just lying down to restore his energy. Although he had not fully recovered, he could still move around.

 

“Thank you, Miss Myka. Also…”

 

“Don’t worry. I will not reveal your secret,” Myka casually mentioned. “From today onwards, I have nothing to do with that person. As for your business, I have nothing to do with it as well.”

 

Rody sighed, turned around and was about to leave. Before he could leave, Myka suddenly asked, “What is your name?”

 

“Rody!”

 

Myka lightly looked at Rody’s face, frowned and coldly said, “The situation in the Imperial Capital was constantly changing, full of power struggles. As a young man, you must be careful.”

 

“I know,” Rody nodded. When he saw Myka looking away from him and staring blankly out of the window, he sighed and continued walking out of the room.

 

For a moment, for some reason, Rody felt distressed.

 

Suddenly his mind had a strange thought. If I were really Seth, would she still be so indifferent towards me?

 

News of the trouble stirred up here had been immediately reported to the Tulip Family earlier. Randt was now waiting impatiently in the hall. He felt a great relief when he finally saw that Rody was perfectly fine.

 

“Young Master Seth. It is good that you are alright.”

 

Rody nodded and followed Randt out.

 

The guests were already long gone. The guards of the Imperial Capital were at the entrance, investigating. However, the moment they saw Rody, they respectfully gave way to him.

 

Outside, the carriage was already waiting for Rody. Randt waited for Rody to get onto the carriage before getting onto his horse.

 

“You got into trouble again!” Rody saw Nicole sitting at the innermost seat, the moment he got onto the carriage. Her face seemed heavy.

 

For some reason, Rody did not feel like arguing with Nicole. He just sat quietly beside her.

 

Nicole also noticed Rody’s difference in behavior and felt strange. After thinking for a while, she asked, “You… are you hurt?”

 

Her words were filled with concern and made Rody’s heart melt. Miss Nicole was, indeed, more gentle and pleasant as compared to Myka’s indifferent attitude earlier. He whispered back, “I am sorry. I just did not expect you to come and fetch me.”

 

“When I heard the news, I could not sit still,” Nicole spoke softly as her concern became evident.

 

Rody felt flushed and held Nicole’s hand, softly saying, “Nicole, I am sorry. I have disappointed you.”

 

Nicole blushed and tried to remove his hands but her heart did not want to. She could only sigh and asked, “Why did you come… to this place?”

 

Rody explained how he had met Bayan and the other two people in the Academy. He then explained how they dragged him here and the conflict with Prince Sultan. Nicole’s eyebrow wrinkled quietly.

 

Naturally, Rody kept the fact that Myka saw through his identity. For some reason, he did not want Nicole to know about Myka.

 

When Rody finished, Nicole’s facial expression changed and she spoke again, “Rody. This time you are really in trouble.”

 

“Why?” Rody was puzzled. “Is it because of Sultan’s identity? He is just a prince but Bayan is the Emperor’s nephew and I am currently also the heir of the Tulip Family. Do we need to fear him?”

 

Nicole smiled gently. “You are naturally not afraid of him but the Empire is currently afraid of the Great Moon Kingdom.”

 

“Why?”

 

Nicole looked at Rody and spoke slowly, “You did not know. Last month, in the Western Papans Grasslands, the Empire and the Great Moon Kingdom were at war. The Empire suffered a crushing defeat. The Northwest Legion had 200,000 soldiers but now less than half remained! Right now, the Great Moon Kingdom’s 80,000 armored cavalry is occupying the Rostock province. The Great Moon Kingdom is now assembling in the northwest city of Mudan and is eyeing the territory of the Western Empire.”

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