Chapter Twenty-Eight: The Midnight Bell Finally Rings
“My sister-in-law has the same kind of magical predisposition as me, so she subconsciously cast a spell on herself.” The wizard came in front of me and gently took my hand in his. The next moment, his hand was slapped away by Prince Francis.
“Don’t touch my princess without permission.”
“I’m sorry about that. But don’t worry, Prince. She’s Ella’s sister, so she’s like family to me, too.”
No, I still think you’re a suspicious person!
The wizard laughed pointedly at me as I struggled to resist telling this to him.
“My sister-in-law is a skeptical and cautious person. She is also thoughtful. So, she put a spell on herself so that she wouldn’t accidentally fall in love with The Prince by mistake.”
“I did magic on myself?”
“Well, for a wizard, a name has a big meaning. So, you cast a curse so that The Prince couldn’t say your name correctly. In a sense, you wouldn’t fall in love with someone who gets your name wrong, would you?”
The words reminded me of the time when I attended a wedding ceremony
―― “Okay, Evalina”
―― “It’s Adelina”
―― “I don’t care about your name. Anyway, you started seeing me on that ball day. The glass shoes were perfect for you, okay?
He didn’t care about my name; I couldn’t deny that I was hurt secretly. If what the wizard said is true, then it was true. If he just made a mistake in my name, I wouldn’t have to fall in love with him. I didn’t want him to get hurt anymore. It was true that I thought so in the corner of my head, but no way!
“Words have great power by themselves. Use them carefully…”
The wizard blinked mischievously as he said that.
I could feel The Prince’s intense gaze on me, but I couldn’t bring myself to look at him. I’m sorry, Prince. It was my fault he never said my name correctly.
“That’s right. Every time I call your name, I think everyone looks weird. Well, how can I break that curse?” The Prince quietly asked so.
A happy Ella hugged the wizard and replied.
“Prince, the answer is always the same. True love breaks the curse. If The Prince truly loves my sister, then he should be able to break the curse and call her true name. But if you can’t call her true name, I’m afraid my sister will have to return…”
The Prince did not move even with the challenging words of Ella and immediately turned to me.
The eyes that stared straight at me were gentler, and I had a certain fever. As soon as he stared at me, my heartbeat increased.
“At first, it was just to cover up the situation. I was going to divorce you whenever I got the chance. I’m the worst.”
“No, it’s only natural for you to have thought so.”
I used to wish that I could get a quick divorce too!
“Gradually, every time I visited the palace to see you, I felt at ease. I was surprised when I saw you riding on the alpaca carefreely. I’m sure I couldn’t take my eyes off you from then on. You’re also better than the Royal chef when it comes to using carrots.”
I couldn’t help but be aware of my cheeks, which flushed at The Prince’s words, who smiled so mischievously.
This feeling. Someday.
“Even though I didn’t even arrange for proper training, you have fulfilled your role as a princess admirably. Every time your fame grew, I was as proud as I could be. It was then I knew I couldn’t be without you anymore.”
The Prince’s beautiful, jewel-like eyes stared straight at me.
No, I’m not a person worthy of having you talk to me like that. I think that, and yet I wish for it. But maybe…
“Do you remember the starry sky we saw at the lake that day? You desperately wished upon a star. I made a wish, too. I wished for you, that we could continue to be together.”
The back of my eyelids became hot, and tears began to ooze. At that time, I made a wish to the star for alimony. But the truth is, what I wanted to do was —
The secret dream that had been hidden in the depths of my heart was about to overflow. This was also your fault, Prince.
The Prince gently wiped my tears from my cheeks with his fingertips.
“Maybe you and I weren’t destined to be together. But that doesn’t matter anymore. I’ve decided to stop wavering, to stop hesitating.”
Gently cupping my cheek, The Prince informed me.
“Now, I only love you, Adelina.”
The Prince correctly called my name. At that moment, the sound of the bells announcing the midnight hour rang out.
“You’ve broken the spell.”
Was it the wizard or Ella who muttered that so quietly? The Prince broke the spell on me. He lifted it.
My heart, which I desperately hid from him, seemed to have been lifted along with it.
“I, I… I have always been!”
The passionate feelings flowed deep within my heart. Surely this was the love I had locked away.
Someday My Prince Will Come and I didn’t believe now that he came.
However, on the other hand, it might have been longing for somewhere in my heart.
“Every time I saw you from a distance at the ceremony, Every time I heard your rumors from people who go to the city or visit the mansion, I’ve always been… I’ve been longing for you.”
“But I’m a supporting character…”
Involuntarily, I took a step back.
It has long been decided that the one connected with The Prince is the “protagonist of the story” who has a beautiful and pure heart like Ella.
So that night, when The Prince saw Ella, he contained his love. There was no hope for me. If there was no hope, I subconsciously convinced myself to believe that this was all a dream and unknowingly cast a spell upon myself.
Never love him deeply.
A simple supporting character like me can’t be chosen by The Prince. Even so, Ella told me lightly as if to ridicule my conflict.
“What are you talking about? Adelina’s life is the story of Adelina. The protagonist can only be Adelina!”
The words made me feel like the fog in my heart had cleared up, the rain had stopped, and the sun had risen.
Was I allowed to have hope in my heart? Was it okay to dream?
The Prince called my name. With just that, the feelings that were bubbling unknowingly containing love overflowed.
“You slowly fell in love with me, not only from the beginning but forever.”
“Always, you’ve been…!”
I reached out my hand impulsively, and The Prince hugged me tightly.
The Prince screamed my name repeatedly. I was so happy that I almost cried.
The true story of Prince Francis and Adelina surely begins here.
I was an ordinary person with only weak magical powers.
I didn’t have a glass slipper or a pumpkin carriage.
I’m the daughter of a small nobleman; I’m not a princess. If I went to a ball, The Prince wouldn’t ever look at me.
But here I am standing, before the Prince.
We were going to live happily ever after. I mean, I didn’t think everything was going to be perfect.
But I still love you.
When the midnight bell rings, even if the magic is broken, I promise to always stay by your side.