Living As the Villainess Queen - chapter-65-the-missing-national-treasure-2
Chapter 65 – The Missing National Treasure (2)
The chief inspector unlocked a heavy padlock, opening two large stone
walls that gated the treasure storage. On the other side of the stone
gate, was an endless hallway.
Kasser stepped inside, his steps bouncing against the walls of the
hallway. It had numerous doors to each side of the hallway, and behind
each door were treasures of varying sizes and values.
He continued to walk until he reached the end of the hallway. In front of
him was one of the many rooms, but its contents were not only that of a
national treasure but also a collection of the most priceless of
treasures, including a diary that contained the knowledge of the early
days of the establishment of the kingdom. It also had the old seal of the
state, the first commemorative coin of the kingdom, along with many
others which held great significance over the course of history.
To others who dared steal from his treasure vault, when coming to this
room, they may only be a bunch of cheap trinkets. But to Kasser, these
items held great historical value.
He paused in front of a stone. It was carved into a small sculpture of
two hands which were in a cupping position, one palm delicately cradling
the other. It was a testament to the sculpture’s skill and talent for
the sculpture captured the softness of the hands, despite being carved
However, the treasure was not the sculpture, but what the hands held. Or,
supposed to be holding.
The treasure was about the size of an egg. It appeared to be black, but
according to legends, it appeared that way because of the rich crimson
blood that had hardened over it.
What made the queen dare to… he quickly cut off his thoughts before
they turned towards a darker road.
The treasure the sculpted hands once held, the one that went missing, was
a seed. But this seed had been bathed in blood and had thus failed to
germinate. There was nothing left of the seed to grow.
The records from so long ago, before official records had even begun, had
told of a Brobdingnagian Lark coming to the Kingdom of Hashi. It had
attacked the kingdom, slaughtered, and bathed the streets with blood.
But the Lark did not stop there. It stole the seed, which Kasser’s
ancestors had harvested, which was eventually retrieved after its defeat.
In the stories handed down from generation to generation, the treasure
was referred to as the Lark’s seed. Kasser was skeptical to believe the
tales back then. He knew from experience, a Lark’s seed was no larger
than his pinky finger.
If it was truly a Lark’s seed, then he couldn’t imagine just how huge
the Lark actually was.
Through generations, the treasure was introduced as a seed of a Lark.
Kasser was never sure if he believed the story. Normal Lark seeds he had
seen were small. If it was a true Lark seed, the monster it housed was
Is it appropriate to hide the national treasure that has been stolen?
He was still unsure as to why it was stolen. He thought he would feel
more comfortable if an actual valuable treasure had been taken. He stared
at the empty hands for some time before he finally turned and left.
Once again, he warned his guards to secure the entrance. He watched the
stone gates close and fasten by the padlock. Once he was satisfied that
the storage was secured, he turned on his heels and left the vaults.
The royal couple had lunch together in the living room, as always. They
ate quietly, and the gears in Eugene’s mind kept turning as the silence
between them continued. When she had finished, she spoke up.
“Your Majesty, I have something I would like to say.”
Kasser met her gaze in a pointed manner and gestured for everyone to
leave the room. The servants left without a word, leaving the two alone
at the dining table.
No longer did the servants feel nervous at the thought of leaving the two
monarchs alone together. They could see that something between the two
had begun to change, which was a positive development.
“We can count on this location for every lunch, huh?” Eugene
couldn’t figure out why the two never ate in the dining room.
“Well, the dining room isn’t quite the place to have a
conversation.” Kasser replied as if reading her mind, leaning back in
his chair to face her more properly.
Eugene pictured its high ceilings and nodded in agreement. Voices echoed
across the room, and it was too large to feel secure in. Sensing her
apprehension, Kasser decided to change the topic.
“I heard you plan to leave the palace after sundown.”
Eugene snapped back to the conversation at hand. “Yes. I wanted to
discuss with you which guard to take with me, but there’s another
matter I’d like to discuss first,” she said.
She began, but trailed off, his brows furrowed. Eugene watched him
carefully, mindful of any change in his expression before she proceeded.
And it was clear to her that something was indeed bothering him.
“You said that the Class of Ramita is determined by the depth and width
of the image of water in an Anika’s dream. Ranging from a well to a
pond.” She began fiddling with her fingers. “I wanted to ask, does a
pond have a higher class since it’s wider?” she asked, leaning
Kasser chuckled mirthlessly.
“This isn’t something I can tell you.” He answered, sighing in
Eugene frowned. “And why not?”
“I don’t have enough knowledge on Ramitas. All I know is that the
depth or width of the water doesn’t matter. Anika isn’t something
that you assess.”
The queen, Kasser knew before she lost her memory, would never let anyone
speak of Anikas in her presence. Anikas generally had high self-esteem,
however, hers wasn’t natural pride, it was overconfidence.
But now she brought Anikas up herself. He wondered how she would react
when her memory returned and she’d recall these conversations.
This was also one of the many reasons he wasn’t doubtful of her faking
her memory loss. Before, she always rubbed him off in the wrong way,
making his blood boil like a fiery sea. However, now, he found himself
seeking her out. Her presence now was like a breath of fresh air.
Especially after his earlier visit to the treasure vault.
What’s so great about Anikas? Eugene mused, sulking a bit when she
found no more answers. She, herself, was living as an Anika, but she
couldn’t understand their elitism.
Perhaps because there wasn’t much reason to begin with on how Jin Anika
became the main villain. She had only ever been so sure of her worth,
that when it was proven otherwise, she lost the will to fight.
“I’ll be careful with what I say in front of others.” She
persisted. “Please, I’m sure you have an answer.” She implored.
Kasser sighed and thought about it long and hard, trying to recall all
that he was told.
“Well, it must be the well.” He decided.
And Eugene frowned…
“A well is deeper than a pond.”
“So, depth is more important than width.” She surmised with a nod.
“Yes. Generally, the deeper it is, the higher the ranking.” Kasser
finally answered, and Eugene nodded in understanding. But deep down, she
knew that it wasn’t always the case. Her vision from last night, sure
it wasn’t that deep, it only reached her ankles after all, but the
water was endless.
Surely, someone out there, has a better explanation.
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