Kingdom’s Bloodline Chapter 141: Outside the chessboard

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  她不一样了。

   She is different.

  泰尔斯怔怔望着米兰达现在的样子,不由这样想道。

   Thales was staring at Miranda now, and couldn’t help thinking like that.

  从在龙霄城的牢房里作为狱友相遇,又目睹她在英灵宫里仗剑纵横,泰尔斯已经认识米兰达很久了。

   From meeting as a cellmate in Longxiao City’s cell, and seeing her battling swords in the Palace of Valor, Thales has known Miranda for a long time.

  毫无疑问,眼前的女人是冷静的战士,强大的剑士,坚强的斗士,谨慎而可靠,还带着点拒人千里的冷漠。

   There is no doubt that the woman in front of me is a calm warrior, a powerful swordsman, a strong fighter, cautious and reliable, and with a bit of indifference.

  就像雪山绝壁上的花朵。

   is like a flower on the cliff of a snow-capped mountain.

  不愧为白鹰的后人,亚伦德的血裔。

   is worthy of being the descendant of the White Eagle, the blood of Aaron.

  但是这一刻,这一刻……

   But this moment, this moment…

  泰尔斯望着她的背影,第一次感应到她血管里散发的滚烫和生机,以及前所未有的压迫感。

   Thales looked at her back, and for the first time felt the hotness and vitality emanating from her veins, as well as an unprecedented sense of pressure.

  那不是寒堡的亚伦德家族,也不是终结之塔,甚至不是要塞之花能教给她的东西。

   That is not the Arund family of the Coldcastle, nor is it the Tower of End, or even what the Flower of the Fortress can teach her.

  而是……

   but…

  泰尔斯闭上眼睛,深吸一口气,回到现实。

   Thales closed his eyes, took a deep breath, and returned to reality.

  “如果是这样,那你为何不直接去找我父亲,去找陛下,对他许下相同的承诺?”

   “If this is the case, then why don’t you go directly to my father, to your majesty, and make the same promise to him?”

  米兰达整理鞘环的手不由一滞。

   Miranda’s hand arranging the sheath ring couldn’t help but stagnate.

  只见泰尔斯缓缓睁眼:

   I saw Thales slowly opening his eyes:

  “只要,只要你把对我说的话再对凯瑟尔王说一遍,只要你愿意放弃你父亲和他那一辈人所不愿放弃的东西……”

   “As long as you say what you said to me to King Kessel again, as long as you are willing to give up what your father and his generation did not want to give up…”

  星湖公爵咬牙道:

   The Duke of Star Lake gritted his teeth:

  “我相信,头衔也好,地位也罢,我将来能给你的东西,铁腕之王现在就能给。”

   “I believe that regardless of title or status, what I can give you in the future, the king of iron fists can give you now.”

  也一定很乐意给。

   must be happy to give it too.

  泰尔斯抄起那张可笑的问候函,眼神逼人:

   Thales copied that ridiculous greeting letter, his eyes were compelling:

  “所以,为什么不呢?”

  ”So, why not?”

  米兰达没有说话,她重新开始整理腰带和鞘环。

   Miranda didn’t speak, she started to rearrange the belt and sheath ring again.

  “因为你才是那个闯宫造反的人。”

   “Because you are the one who broke into the palace and rebelled.”

  泰尔斯的表情一动。

   Thales’ expression moved.

  “科恩素来很迟钝,但塔里的老师都说,愚顽如他,却有着超乎预料的剑士直觉。”

   “Cohen has always been slow, but the teachers in the tower said that he is as stupid as him, but he has a swordsman’s intuition beyond expectations.”

  米兰达没有抬头,她细心调校着剑带的松紧和剑柄的高度角度。

   Miranda didn’t look up, she carefully adjusted the tension of the sword strap and the height of the hilt.

  “而那个白痴说,之所以愿意跟你赌上性命强闯宫禁,是因为他那天在下城区里,看到了你的眼神。”

  ”And the idiot said that the reason why he was willing to bet your life to break the palace ban was because he was in Xiacheng that day and saw your eyes.”

  泰尔斯一怔:“什么?什么眼神?”

   Thales was startled: “What? What look in the eyes?”

  米兰达轻笑一声:

   Miranda chuckled:

  “他说他相信你,相信你那时像圣骑士堂·吉诃德一样,向着不可能的目标冲锋。”

  ”He said he believed in you, and believed that you were like Paladin Quixote, charging towards the impossible goal.”

  泰尔斯一愣:

   Thales was taken aback:

  “堂——堂什么?”

   “Tang——Tang what?”

  米兰达整理好了剑带,无谓地耸耸肩:

   Miranda tidied up the sword belt and shrugged needlessly:

  “不知道,我也没听过这个骑士。但科恩说这话时熬了一夜没睡,正打着瞌睡翻档案,大概是跟某个卷宗里的名字搞混了。”

   “I don’t know, I have never heard of this knight. But when Cohen said this, he stayed up all night and was dozing through the files. It was probably confused with a name in a file.”

  那一刻,泰尔斯表情僵硬。

   At that moment, Thales’ expression was stiff.

  “但科恩说了,他相信你那时要做的,是比忠君勤王更正确更重要的事情,所以哪怕是要闯复兴宫,他虽犹豫,却也没有拒绝。”

  ”But Cohen said, he believed that what you were going to do was something more correct and important than King Zhongjunqin, so even if he wanted to break into the Fuxing Palace, he hesitated but did not refuse.”

  “就像当年在龙霄城。”

  ”It’s like being in Longxiao City back then.”

  泰尔斯微微一颤。

   Thales shivered slightly.

  米兰达抬起头,直视他的双目:

   Miranda raised her head and looked directly into his eyes:

  “因此我知道了,哪怕过了七年,你也和你父亲不一样。”

   “So I know, even after seven years, you will be different from your father.”

  “你不认可国王的手段——无论是倒逼我父亲行谋反之事,还是在龙霄城布下血债累累的惊天阴谋,抑或几个月前西荒那次内幕不祥的边境冲突,或者其他我所不知道的污糟事。”

  ”You don’t approve of the king’s methods—whether it’s forcing my father to do a rebellion, or setting up a **** conspiracy in Longxiao City, or the ominous border conflict in the Western Wilderness a few months ago, Or other dirty things that I don’t know about.”

  女剑士认真地望着泰尔斯。

  The female swordsman looked at Thales seriously.

  “你,泰尔斯·璨星,你想要成为不一样的人。”

   “You, Thales Canxing, you want to be a different person.”

  那一刻,泰尔斯只觉心脏漏了一拍。

   At that moment, Thales only felt that his heart missed a beat.

  不一样?

   is different?

  泰尔斯看着眼前的米兰达,下意识地捏紧了拳头。

   Thales looked at Miranda in front of him and clenched his fists subconsciously.

  去你的,快绳。

   go to you, fast rope.

  你这个混蛋,不一样的活法,说得倒是简单。

   You bastard, a different way of living is simple.

  泰尔斯深深呼吸。

   Thales took a deep breath.

  他试过了,他努力了,他试着摒弃感情与软弱,只把米兰达看作一个普普通通的贵胄之后,野心封臣。

   He tried, he worked hard, he tried to abandon his feelings and weakness, and only regarded Miranda as an ordinary noble, ambitious vassal.

  他以为那样,他就可以不受谴责地把她拉进陷阱。

   He thought that way, he could drag her into the trap without condemnation.

  但是,但是现在,现在的米兰达……

   But, but now, now Miranda…

  泰尔斯目光苦涩,原本下定的决心,此刻竟又出现几分动摇。

   Thales’ eyes were bitter, and his original determination was shaken a bit at this moment.

  公爵不得不深吸一口气,平复烦躁的心情:

The Duke    had to take a deep breath to calm his irritability:

  “你认为,我能最终带给你——你想要的东西?”

   “Do you think I can finally bring you what you want?”

  “不,你不能,”出乎意料,米兰达摇了摇头,“这是独属于我的战斗,你充其量只是块垫脚石。”

   “No, you can’t,” Unexpectedly, Miranda shook her head, “This is my battle alone. You are a stepping stone at best.”

  垫脚石,哼。

  Stepping stones, hum.

  泰尔斯讽刺地点点头。

   Thales nodded ironically.

  你他妈的真会说话。

   You **** can talk.

  “但跟你父亲比起来,”女剑士冷冷道,“也许你这块石头,更硬实一些。”

  ”But compared with your father,” the female swordsman said coldly, “Maybe your rock is harder.”

  “顺便一句,你刚刚的演技糟透了——‘我亲爱的米拉,想参与游戏,你要付出更多’?”

   “By the way, your acting skills just now were terrible-‘My dear Mira, want to participate in the game, you have to pay more’?”

  “连装色狼都不会,”说到这里,米兰达鄙夷道:“处男。”

   “You can’t even pretend to be a pervert,” At this point, Miranda despised: “A virgin.”

  但泰尔斯没有兴趣跟她斗嘴。

   But Thales is not interested in quarreling with her.

  此刻的他心情复杂,闷闷不乐地低头。

   At this moment, he is in a complicated mood, bowing his head sullenly.

  “米拉,”泰尔斯痴痴地道,“这些年,你都遇到了些什么?”

   “Mira,” Thales said idiotically, “What have you encountered these years?”

  “是什么,让你成为现在的你?”

  ”What made you who you are now?”

  米兰达闻言一滞。

   Miranda stopped after hearing the words.

  “很多。”

   “A lot.”

  她缓声开口,目光里闪过无数场景。

   She spoke slowly, and countless scenes flashed in her eyes.

  “多得我都不愿去数了。”

   “Too many, I don’t want to count.”

  但这只是一瞬,她很快回复了坚毅,重新变成那个倔强的女剑士。

   But it was only a moment. She quickly regained her determination and became the stubborn female swordsman again.

  “但当我回首过去,我就发现,一切都始于那个夜晚。”

   “But when I look back, I realize that everything started that night.”

  那个夜晚?

   That night?

  泰尔斯想起了什么,惊异抬头。

   Thales thought of something and looked up in amazement.

  米兰达轻轻颔首,证实他的疑问:

   Miranda nodded slightly to confirm his doubt:

  “龙霄城之夜。”

   “Night of Longxiao City.”

  泰尔斯的眼睛倏然睁大。

   Thales’ eyes widened suddenly.

  龙血。

  Dragon Blood.

  “无论是那天所遇的人,”米兰达直勾勾地看着他,“还是我们所做的事。”

   “Whether it is the person I met that day,” Miranda looked at him directly, “It’s what we did.”

  “还有,别叫我米拉。”

   “Also, don’t call me Mira.”

  但泰尔斯没有听见她后面说的话。

   But Thales did not hear what she said later.

  他只是愣愣地看着米兰达。

   He just stared at Miranda blankly.

  人生中是否总有那么一刻,你不经意间回首往事,才意识到当初因地制宜随机应变而作出的决定,会带来如此重大、深远,甚至改变一切的影响?

   Is there always a moment in your life when you inadvertently look back on the past and realize that the original decision made according to local conditions will bring such a major, far-reaching, and even change everything?

  不知不觉间,遮挡天空的乌云已经散去。

   Unknowingly, the dark clouds blocking the sky have disappeared.

  星湖重新变得蔚蓝清澈,波光粼粼。

  Xinghu Lake became blue and clear again, and sparkling.

  不知多久之后,泰尔斯方才呼出一口气,带着他自己也无法全然明白的情绪,或苦涩,或释然,或无奈地道:

  I don’t know how long it was before Thales exhaled, carrying emotions that he could not fully understand, either bitter, or relieved, or helplessly said:

  “但你刚刚才说过,米拉,你要跟我做交易,要留下最功利的部分?”

   “But you just said, Mira, you want to make a deal with me, you want to leave the most utilitarian part?”

  米兰达想了想,突然一笑:

   Miranda thought for a while, then suddenly smiled:

  “对,我要拿自己最功利的部分,换取你最理想的部分,这么一算,还是你比较亏。”

   “Yes, I want to exchange my most utilitarian part for your most ideal part, so you are still more at a loss.”

  “现在——除了别再叫我米拉——你还有别的疑问吗?”

   “Now-except don’t call me Mira-do you have any other questions?”

  但泰尔斯只是出神地盯着她的佩剑:

   But Thales just stared at her saber in a daze:

  “米拉?”

   “Mira?”

  米兰达叹了口气,正要开口。

   Miranda sighed and was about to speak.

  “我这趟去翡翠城办差,其实别有所图,乃至居心不良。”泰尔斯恍惚道。

   “I’m going to the Emerald City this time to do errands, but I don’t have a plan, or even have bad intentions.” Thales said in a daze.

  米兰达一怔,但还是点点头:“我知道。别叫我米拉——”

   Miranda was startled, but still nodded: “I know. Don’t call me Mira——”

  “我要去对付詹恩,把他头朝下塞进我的马桶里冲进护城河。”

   “I’m going to deal with Jen, and stuff him upside down into my toilet and flush into the moat.”

  米兰达皱起眉头:“我知道。我说了别——”

   Miranda frowned: “I know. I said don’t–“

  “所以,如果你跟我来,那就很有可能要去做一些,嗯,不那么光彩的事情。”

   “So, if you come with me, you are likely to do something, um, not so glorious.”

  “我知道!”

   “I know!”

  米兰达忍不住提高音量,但最后还是不禁叹息:

   Miranda couldn’t help raising the volume, but finally couldn’t help sighing:

  “别再叫——罢了,所以你这算是答应了吗?”

   “Stop screaming-nothing more, so are you agreeing?”

  泰尔斯缓缓抬头,释放出一个憔悴但是释然的笑容。

   Thales slowly raised his head, releasing a haggard but relieved smile.

  这让米兰达有些惊讶。

   This surprised Miranda.

  “我明白了,米拉,你一进门就问我的问题。”公爵轻声道。

   “I see, Mira, you ask me questions as soon as you walk in.” The Duke whispered.

  米兰达一愣:“什么问题?”

   Miranda was taken aback: “What’s the problem?”

  星湖公爵同样来到窗口,伸了伸懒腰。

   The Duke of Star Lake also came to the window and stretched.

  “关于罗珊娜·亚伦德,她的故事,我刚刚想起来了。”

  ”I just remembered Rosaanna Allende, her story.”

  米兰达眼神微动。

   Miranda’s eyes moved slightly.

  只见泰尔斯望着无边的星湖,叹息道:

   I saw Thales looking at the boundless star lake and sighed:

  “历史上,‘算术家’罗珊娜进了复兴宫廷,最终成为贤君闵迪思三世的王后,掌管王室财务,甚至帮新成立的财税厅核算收支,跟贤君的债主们掰扯账目,为此人们称她‘精明王后’,从而成就一段君后相知,琴瑟和谐的千古佳话。”

  ”In history, the’arithmetician’ Rosanna entered the revival court, and eventually became the queen of Xianjun Mindis III, in charge of the royal family’s finances, and even helped the newly established Finance and Taxation Department to account for income and expenditure, and broke the accounts with Xianjun’s creditors. For this reason, people call her the’smart queen’, thus achieving an eternal story of the acquaintance between the queen and the queen, and the harmony of the piano and the piano.”

  泰尔斯默默望着眼前熏人迷醉的美景。

   Thales silently stared at the intoxicating beauty before him.

  我说呢,为什么之前基尔伯特上课时总喜欢给我讲这些有的没的,搞了半天,是催婚啊。

   I said, why did Gilbert always like to tell me about these things when he was in class?

  “可那不是她自愿的。”女剑士的声音传来。

   “But that was not her voluntary.” The female swordsman’s voice came.

  泰尔斯一怔。

   Thales was startled.

  米兰达跟他一起撑上窗台,望着中央领的蓝天:

   Miranda supported him on the windowsill, looking at the blue sky of the central collar:

  “自从幼子出世,老公爵既担心长女的身份太高,能力和个性又太强,会让她日后的夫家得益太多,又担心她会因失去继承权而记恨,将来对幼弟和家族不利。”

  ”Since the birth of the youngest son, the old duke has worried that the eldest daughter’s status is too high, and her ability and personality are too strong, which will benefit her future husband too much, and she is also worried that she will bear hatred for losing her inheritance rights. The younger brother and the family are disadvantaged.”

  “因此,他给了罗珊娜两个选择。”

  ”So, he gave Rosanna two choices.”

  米兰达话音缥缈:

   Miranda’s voice is ethereal:

  “要么,带着大批的嫁妆,嫁给一个出身低微的寒门骑士,消解她日后夫家的威胁;要么,直接抛弃姓氏和继承权,就此离开寒堡,剥夺她从血缘插手家族的可能。”

  ”Either, with a large amount of dowry, marry a humble knight from a humble background to eliminate the threat of her future husband’s family; or, directly abandon her surname and inheritance rights, and leave the cold fort, depriving her of the possibility of intervening in the family by blood .”

  泰尔斯吃了一惊。

   Thales was taken aback.

  关于精明王后的记载里,有这一段吗?

   is there this paragraph in the record of the shrewd queen?

  米兰达目有凄色:

   Miranda looks sad:

  “生性要强的罗珊娜选了第二条,这才有了后来的故事——她并不是因为出身亚伦德,才成为王后的,而是因为她成了王后,亚伦德家族才突然记起了她,争先恐后地把她加回到家谱里,昭告世人:新王后姓亚伦德。”

  ”Rosanna, who was born with a strong nature, chose the second one, and then there is a later story-she did not become a queen because she was born in Arund, but because she became a queen, the Arund family Suddenly remembered her, and rushed to add her back to the family tree, telling the world: the new queen’s surname is Aaronde.”

  泰尔斯诧异地听完这段故事:“我……我不知道还有这一段。”

   Thales listened to this story in surprise: “I…I don’t know there is this paragraph.”

  米兰达点点头:

   Miranda nodded:

  “白鹰素以团结一心甚少内斗为荣,但是……这段不甚光彩的历史,仅仅记载在当时为这个约定作秘密见证的落日祭祀笔下,深藏在落日神殿的禁书区里,久不为外人所知。”

  ”The white eagle is proud to be united as one and less infighting, but… this infamous history is only recorded in the pen of the sunset sacrificial witness to this promise at the time, and it is hidden deep in the banned book of the sunset temple. In the district, it has not been known to outsiders for a long time.”

  或者说,历史上亚伦德家族所为人称道的“家族团结”,究竟有多少,是在像那位老公爵这样流放至亲,打压儿女,以免手足相残的“未雨绸缪”下形成的呢?

   In other words, how much of the “family unity” that the Allende family has been praised in history was formed under the “precaution” of exile like the old duke, suppressing children and avoiding brotherhood. Woolen cloth?

  泰尔斯眼睛一转,拍了拍手掌:

   Thales rolled his eyes and patted his palms:

  “难怪,难怪贤君在位的时候,亚伦德家作为北境第一家族,被复兴宫和御前会议打压得这么惨,还被当做贤君改革的典型例子。”

  ”It’s no wonder that when Xianjun was in power, the Allende family, as the first family in the north, was so badly suppressed by the Fuxing Palace and the Imperial Council, and it was regarded as a typical example of Xianjun’s reform.”

  该死,基尔伯特还就此跟他分析了一大堆‘外戚与廷臣的权力平衡’之类冠冕堂皇的题目,相关论文叠起来足足有三尺厚。

   Damn, Gilbert also analyzed with him a lot of high-sounding topics such as ‘the balance of power between relatives and courtiers’, and related papers were stacked three feet thick.

  米兰达无所谓地笑了笑:

   Miranda smiled indifferently:

  “就这样,第一位北境女公爵没有出现,取而代之的是‘精明王后’,这才是世人能接受的,父慈女孝,兄友弟悌,夫家有力,幸福美丽的故事。”

  ”In this way, the first Northern Duchess did not appear. Instead, she was replaced by the’Smart Queen’. This is what the world can accept. Father is kind, filial, brothers and sisters, strong husband, happy and beautiful Story.”

  女剑士抱起手臂:“可我觉得,相较于千古佳话里的‘罗珊娜王后’……”

   The female swordsman raised her arms: “But I think, compared to the “Queen Rosanna” in the eternal story…”

  泰尔斯接过话头:

   Thales took over:

  “还是‘罗珊娜女公爵’更适合被吟游者传唱四方?”

  ”Is “Duke Rosana” more suitable to be sung by bards?”

  米兰达看了他一眼,并不说话。

   Miranda glanced at him and did not speak.

  “但你准备好了吗?”王子轻声道。

   “But are you ready?” The prince whispered.

  下一秒,泰尔斯没有预兆地伸手,摸向米兰达的腰际!

   In the next second, Thales reached out without warning and touched Miranda’s waist!

  女剑士目光一厉,瞬间出手,牢牢按住泰尔斯的左手!

  The female swordsman stared sharply, and shot instantly, firmly holding Thales’ left hand!

  但她随即皱起眉头:泰尔斯伸出的手掌,按在她腰间佩剑的剑柄上。

   But then she frowned: Thales’s outstretched palm was pressed against the hilt of the sword at her waist.

  泰尔斯对她露出一个抱歉的笑容。

   Thales gave her an apologetic smile.

  她警惕地看着泰尔斯,但还是缓缓放手。

   She looked at Thales warily, but slowly let go.

  泰尔斯这才慢慢抬手,从她的剑鞘里抽出“鹰翔”。

   Thales slowly raised his hand and drew “Eagle Flying” from her scabbard.

  “我想,你祖先——不,罗珊娜是王后,也是我祖先——的这个故事告诉我们,跟埃克斯特不同,相比起经验不足,措手不及,只能硬着头皮接受一位女大公的北地人而言,星辰人可是有前车之鉴:他们习惯了,也知道该如何对付这样的情况。”

   “I think, the story of your ancestor-no, Rosanna is the queen and my ancestor-tells us that, unlike Exter, compared with inexperienced and caught off guard, we can only bite the bullet and accept it. As far as the Northlanders of a female grandfather are concerned, the stars have lessons: they are used to it, and they know how to deal with such a situation.”

  鹰翔的剑刃与皮革摩擦,逐渐显露出来。

   Yingxiang’s blade rubbed against the leather, gradually revealing it.

  它跟七年前一样,寒光四射。

   It was the same as it was seven years ago, cold and radiant.

  又跟七年前不同,历经风霜。

   is different from seven years ago.

  泰尔斯看着剑刃,缓缓道:

   Thales looked at the blade and slowly said:

  “看看刀锋领的莱安娜女公爵就知道了,相比起直接大声反对,他们更知道如何在现行的规则体系内,温文尔雅,彬彬有礼地……撕碎你。”

  ”Look at the Duchess Lyanna, the blade-leader, and they know how to be polite and polite… to tear you apart within the current system of rules, rather than directly speaking out against them.”

  王子叹了口气:

  Prince sighed:

  “要知道,就连三百年前,登临至高王座的征北者女王,她的下场也不太妙。”

   “You know, even the Queen of the Northern Conquerors who came to the High Throne three hundred years ago did not end well.”

  啪!

   Snap!

  就在剑刃被抽出三分之一的时候,米兰达重新按住泰尔斯的手,缓缓发力,不容置疑地将鹰翔送回剑鞘:

   Just when the blade was drawn out one-third, Miranda pressed Thales’ hand again, slowly exerting force, and undoubtedly returning Ying Xiang to the scabbard:

  “那是因为她不够强。”

   “That’s because she is not strong enough.”

  泰尔斯一挑眉毛:

   Thales raised his eyebrows:

  “不够强?艾丽嘉女王可是六度进军强夺寒堡,打得埃克斯特大败亏输的存在。”

  ”Not strong enough? Queen Elika has marched into the cold fortress six times and defeated Exeter.”

  米兰达眯起眼睛:

   Miranda squinted her eyes:

  “至少没有强到让反对她的人低头俯首,比如她的弟弟。”

  ”At least not strong enough to make people who oppose her bow their heads, such as her brother.”

  一声轻响,鹰翔全身没入剑鞘,泰尔斯只能叹息放手。

   There was a soft sound, Ying Xiang sank into the scabbard, Thales could only sigh and let go.

  米兰达对他摇了摇头。

   Miranda shook her head at him.

  “我有个问题,”王子沉吟道,“如果我刚刚真的要你嫁给我,成为我的王后,我才会接纳你,才会愿意帮你拿回北境……”

   “I have a question,” the prince muttered, “If I really wanted you to marry me and become my queen, I will accept you and help you get back to the north…”

  米兰达略一思索:

   Miranda thinks a bit:

  “你是想说,我自荐枕席让你操爽了,你才肯帮我拿回北境?”

  ”You mean to say, I recommend the pillow seat to make you feel good, so you are willing to help me get it back to the north?”

  米拉,星湖堡不是断龙要塞,我们有空得来聊聊你在王子面前的用词问题。

  Mila, Star Lake Fort is not the Broken Dragon Fortress. We have time to talk about your vocabulary in front of the prince.

  泰尔斯叹了口气:

   Thales sighed:

  “如果是呢?”

   “What if it is?”

  米兰达冷笑一声。

   Miranda sneered.

  “你若真的那么做了,那就证明了你的品性,也就证明了科恩是错的,那我无论向你父亲屈服还是向你投诚,都是一样的。”

   “If you really do that, it will prove your character, and it will prove that Cohen is wrong. Then whether I surrender to your father or surrender to you, it is the same.”

  她毫不在意地道:“所以,我会先把你的腿打断,然后带着被王子‘强占未遂’的冤屈,去复兴宫。”

   She didn’t care about it and said: “So, I will break your leg first, and then go to the Fuxing Palace with the grievance of the prince’s attempted occupation.”

  泰尔斯皱起眉头:

   Thales frowned:

  “去求我父亲主持公道?”

  ”Go and ask my father to be fair?”

  女剑士摇摇头:

  The female swordsman shook her head:

  “不,我会向他和王国证明,经此一事,我与王子交恶,不共戴天,因此在两位璨星的对抗中,我必须站在国王那一边。然后,我会顺势给你父亲提出相同的条件:我为他献出北境,他许我公爵之位——我照样能得偿所愿。”

  ”No, I will prove to him and the kingdom that after this incident, I am guilty of the prince and will not share the same sky. Therefore, in the confrontation between the two stars, I must stand on the side of the king. Then, I will follow the trend. Offer the same conditions to your father: I dedicate the North to him, and he promised me the title of duke-I can still get what I want.”

  泰尔斯露出难以置信的神情。

   Thales looked incredible.

  “如我所言,”米兰达晃晃脑袋,“无论如何,我得自寻出路。”

   “As I said,” Miranda shook her head, “Anyway, I have to find a way out.”

  就是……少了一块垫脚石。

   is just… missing a stepping stone.

  泰尔斯咽了咽喉咙。

   Thales swallowed.

  果然。

   really.

  管住下半身,幸福下半生。

   Control the lower body and be happy for the rest of your life.

  “那么,米兰达·亚伦德女士。”

   “Then, Ms. Miranda Allende.”

  泰尔斯叹了口气,转过身正色道:

   Thales sighed, turned around and said seriously:

  “你愿意做我的妻子吗?”

  ”Will you be my wife?”

  米兰达闻言一怔,但她看了他很久,明白了什么:

   Miranda was startled when she heard the words, but she watched him for a long time and understood what:

  “不,我不愿意。”

   “No, I don’t want to.”

  泰尔斯点点头。

   Thales nodded.

  “那么,你愿意做我的王后吗?”

  ”Then, are you willing to be my queen?”

  “不,我也不愿意。”

   “No, I don’t want to.”

  泰尔斯与她四目对视。

   Thales looked at her.

  “既然如此,米兰达·亚伦德,你愿意做我的骑士吗?”

   “In that case, Miranda Allende, would you like to be my knight?”

  星湖堡的书房里,少年与女剑士默默相对。

  Xinghu Castle’s study room, the young man and the female swordsman are facing each other in silence.

  片刻之后,米兰达笑了。

   After a moment, Miranda smiled.

  她退后一步,面朝泰尔斯:

  She took a step back, facing Thales:

  “我愿意,殿下。”

   “I do, Your Highness.”

  泰尔斯眯起眼:“即便我有可能命令你做不那么愉快的事情,比如,对拉斐尔挥剑?“

   Thales narrowed his eyes: “Even if I might order you to do unpleasant things, like swinging a sword at Raphael?”

  米兰达沉默了一瞬。

   Miranda was silent for a moment.

  “拉斐尔对我很重要,殿下。”

   “Raphael is very important to me, Your Highness.”

  泰尔斯轻笑着摇头,摆手道:“我知道,米拉。所以我只是开玩——”

   Thales chuckled and shook his head, and waved his hand: “I know, Mira. So I just play—”

  “但他不是我人生的全部。”

  ”But he is not the whole of my life.”

  米兰达打断了他,目光锐利:

   Miranda interrupted him, her eyes sharp:

  “远远不是。”

   “Far from it.”

  这倒是出乎泰尔斯的意料,他不无惊讶地看着眼前的女剑士。

   This was beyond Thales’s expectation. He looked at the female swordsman in front of him in surprise.

  “所以,殿下,如果他阻碍了您的道路,阻碍了我们的道路,我会伤心。”

   “So, Your Highness, if he obstructs your path and hinders our path, I will be sad.”

  那一刻,断龙要塞的无冬利剑伸手握住腰间剑柄,杀气四溢。

   At that moment, the Neverwinter Sword of Broken Dragon Fortress reached out and held the hilt of the sword at his waist, murderously overflowing.

  “但绝不犹豫。”

  ”But never hesitate.”

  泰尔斯顿时凛然。

   Telston was awe-inspiring.

  他凝望着她,很久,很久。

  He stared at her for a long, long time.

  米兰达·亚伦德。

   Miranda Allende.

  她是什么?

  What is she?

  一柄利剑?

  A sword?

  是的,但不全是。

   Yes, but not all.

  一枚棋子?

   a chess piece?

  也许,但有出入。

   Maybe, but there is a discrepancy.

  一份筹码?

   A chip?

  可能,但究竟是轻是重?

  Maybe, but is it light or heavy?

  你说呢,凯瑟尔王?

  What do you mean, King Kessel?

  泰尔斯握住衣襟里的骨戒。

   Thales held the bone ring in the placket.

  她就像我们所计划的那样,聚集到了我的旗下。

   She gathered under my banner as we planned.

  但又不像我们所想的,为——至少不是我们印象中的——权力而来。

   But unlike what we thought, it came for—at least not what we had in mind—power.

  怎么看,都不像是你棋盘里的,你规则下的存在。

How you look at   , it’s not like being on your chessboard, under your rules.

  泰尔斯勾起嘴角。

   Thales curled up his lips.

  因为她是个人。

  Because she is a person.

  该死的,棋盘之外的……人。

   Damn, outside the chessboard…people.

  你说呢,父亲?

   What do you mean, father?

  思绪如电光火石一闪即过,下一秒,泰尔斯微微一笑:

  My thoughts flashed like an electric flint, and in the next second, Thales smiled slightly:

  “那么,米拉,欢迎来到星湖堡。”

  ”Well, Mila, welcome to Star Lake Fort.”

  尽管我们很快就要踏上旅途。

  Although we are about to embark on a journey soon.

  米兰达也笑了。

   Miranda also smiled.

  “等等。”

   “Wait.”

  她摇了摇头,将鹰翔从腰间抽出,贴上手掌:“北地古礼。”

   She shook her head, pulled Yingxiang from her waist, and put her palm on her hand: “Ancient ceremony in the north.”

  泰尔斯一怔,旋即叹了口气。

   Thales was startled, and then sighed.

  他拔出后腰的JC匕首,同样按上手掌,只觉眼前有种令人头疼的熟悉感:“掌誓为盟?”

  He pulled out the JC dagger on his back and pressed the palm of his hand as well. He felt a headache of familiarity in front of him: “Palm oath is an alliance?”

  “不愧是北方归来的王子,”米兰达眼前一亮,“见识不少嘛。”

  ”As expected of the prince from the north,” Miranda’s eyes lit up, “I have seen a lot.”

  何止不少。

   is much more.

  泰尔斯无奈地想。

   Thales thought helplessly.

  多得你想象不到。

   is too much for you to imagine.

  下一秒,两人同时用力,感受到手掌与剑刃间的痛楚。

   In the next second, the two of them exerted force at the same time, feeling the pain between the palm of the hand and the blade of the sword.

  “所以,泰尔斯·璨星,从今天起,我向你效忠,为你效劳。”

   “So, Thales Canxing, from today, I will be loyal to you and serve you.”

  米兰达放下鹰翔,庄重地伸出手,血液从她掌心流下:

   Miranda put down Ying Xiang, solemnly stretched out her hand, and blood flowed from her palm:

  “作为回报,你将全力支持我的继承正统,必要时不惜亲自下场,公告王国:你所认可的北境之主只有一位……”

   “In return, you will fully support my inheritance orthodoxy, and if necessary, you will end up personally, and announce the kingdom: There is only one northern lord you recognize…”

  泰尔斯呼出一口气,同样伸出满手的猩红,接过她的话头:

   Thales exhaled, and Scarlet, who also stretched out his hand, took her words:

  “米兰达·亚伦德女公爵。”

   “The Duchess Miranda Allende.”

  啪地一声,两人的手掌牢牢握紧。

   There was a slap, and the palms of the two were firmly squeezed.

  “所以,从今天起,我……”

   “So, from today, I…”

  泰尔斯话到一半,突然想起“廓尔塔克萨”那段令人不快的回忆。

   Thales was halfway through speaking, and suddenly he remembered the unpleasant memory of “Gur Taksa”.

  他不由叹气道:

   he couldn’t help sighing:

  “我要说的你都说了,至于我没说的……”

   “You have said everything I want to say, as for what I didn’t say…”

  血液从他们的手腕上流下。

   Blood ran down their wrists.

  泰尔斯无精打采地努了努嘴:

   Thales made a mouthful of words listlessly:

  “喏,都在血里了。”

  ”Hey, it’s all in the blood.”

  米兰达皱起眉头,但还是不爽地摇了摇手掌,达成盟誓。

   Miranda frowned, but still shook her palm unhappily to make an oath.

  但思绪一起,泰尔斯还是忍不住问道:

   But with his thoughts, Thales could not help but ask:

  “有制约措施吗,比如发个毒誓,下个诅咒什么的——要是有人背叛呢?“

  ”Are there any restraints, such as taking a poisonous oath, cursing the next one—what if someone betrays it?”

  米兰达不屑摇头,手掌用力:

   Miranda disdainfully shook her head, palms hard:

  “只在一种情况下,我会背约。”

  ”Only in one situation, I will break the appointment.”

  “当你不够强的时候。”

   “When you are not strong enough.”

  该死,有点疼。

   Damn, it hurts.

  泰尔斯怀疑地望着她。

   Thales looked at her suspiciously.

  “别误会,虽然我们达成了盟誓,殿下,但如果你未达到我的期望,甚至拖了我后腿的话,”米兰达一反常态,不怀好意地眨眨眼睛,“我会抛弃你,毫不犹豫。”

   “Don’t get me wrong, although we have fulfilled the oath, Your Highness, if you fail to meet my expectations and even drag me back,” Miranda blinked unkindly, “I will abandon you.” Without hesitation.”

  泰尔斯的笑容有些僵硬。

   Thales’ smile was a little stiff.

  真是暖心呢。

   is really heartwarming.

  王子眼珠一转:

  The prince’s eyes rolled:

  “那如果是我背叛了你?”

   “Then what if I betrayed you?”

  下一秒,米兰达手掌一抽,泰尔斯不由得被她向前拉去!

   In the next second, Miranda’s palm twitched, and Thales couldn’t help being pulled forward by her!

  王子好不容易站住了脚步,正待吐槽,却发现米兰达此刻就在眼前。

  The prince finally stood still, waiting to complain, only to find that Miranda was right in front of him.

  而他们的距离近得几乎能亲吻彼此,泰尔斯甚至能看清女剑士的眼睫毛,也看见藏在那双眼眸后的决绝。

   And they are so close that they can kiss each other, Thales can even see the eyelashes of the female swordsman, and see the decisiveness hidden behind those eyes.

  “你的眼睛,它们是灰色的,真稀罕。”米兰达仔细观察着他,幽幽道。

   “Your eyes, they are gray, so rare.” Miranda observed him carefully and said quietly.

  泰尔斯面色古怪:

   Thales looks weird:

  “是么,额,你的眼睛也很漂——”

  ”Really, uh, your eyes are also drifting–“

  但米兰达的声音很快变得寒冷:

   But Miranda’s voice quickly became cold:

  “记得,你是璨星的血裔,而我是亚伦德的后代。”

   “Remember, you are the descendant of Canxing, and I am the descendant of Arund.”

  “很不幸,但是,背叛,注定是我们人生的一部分。”

  ”Unfortunately, but betrayal is destined to be part of our life.”

  只见米兰达目光一寒:

   I only saw Miranda’s eyes cold:

  “正如复仇。”

   “Just like revenge.”

  泰尔斯僵住了。

   Thales froze.

  “所以咯,小屁孩儿……”

   “So, little kid…”

  下一秒,米兰达脸上的戾气消失了。

   The next second, the hostility on Miranda’s face disappeared.

  取而代之的是前所未有,却让人心底生寒的明媚笑容。

   is replaced by a bright smile that has never been seen before, but makes the heart cold.

  只见她转身离开之前,笑眯眯地捏了捏泰尔斯愣住的脸蛋:

   Before she turned and left, she smiled and squeezed Thales’s stunned face:

  “乖~IndoMTL.com~别淘气。”

  ”Good~IndoMTL.com~Don’t be naughty.”

  ————

  ————

  在泰尔斯目瞪口呆又气急败坏的表情下,D.D走进书房,惊讶地目送脸含笑意的米兰达离去。

   Under Thales’ dumbfounded and frustrated expression, D.D walked into the study and watched Miranda with a smile on his face leave in surprise.

  难,难道说……

  Difficult, can it be said…

  “哇哦,殿下!”

   “Wow, my lord!”

  多伊尔想明白了什么,一脸惊喜,啧声连连:“啧啧啧啧啧,恭喜哟!”

   Doyle wanted to understand something, with a look of surprise on his face, and his voice repeated: “Tsk tusk tusk tusk, congratulations!”

  泰尔斯狐疑地看着他:

   Thales looked at him suspiciously:

  “怎么了?恭喜什么?”

   “What’s wrong? Congratulations?”

  “没什么,没什么,就是,嘿嘿……”

   “Nothing, nothing, just, hehe…”

  下一秒,D.D悄悄指了指米兰达的背影,得意地支棱起大拇指,露出一切尽在不言中的邪恶笑容:

   In the next second, D.D quietly pointed to Miranda’s back, proudly raised his thumb, revealing an evil smile with everything silent:

  “牛逼啊!!!”

   “Awesome!!!”

  那一刻,D.D的笑容是如此灿烂,如此耀眼,如此真心诚意。

   At that moment, D.D’s smile was so brilliant, so dazzling, and so sincere.

  以至于他没注意到,泰尔斯殿下的表情已经在不知不觉间,变得越来越可怕。

   so much so that he didn’t notice, the expression of His Royal Highness Thales had become more and more terrifying before he knew it.

  “D.D,我听索尼娅长官说,你在之前巡夜的时候遇到了她?”

   “D.D, I heard Officer Sonia say that you met her during the previous night patrol?”

  “啊?噢,是的!殿下,要塞之花啊,嘿,那时她正跟僵尸在谈论一些学术课题,你懂的,‘学术’课题!您放心啊,我可没打扰哦,嘿嘿嘿,毕竟也算是我们星湖堡的重要外交胜利嘛……”

  ”Ah? Oh, yes! Your Majesty, the flower of the fortress, hey, she was talking about some academic subjects with the zombies, you know,’academic’ subjects! Don’t worry, I didn’t bother. , Hehehe, after all, it can be regarded as an important diplomatic victory for Xinghubao…”

  “……“

  ”……”

  那天晚上,星湖堡并不平静。

   That night, Star Lake Castle was not peaceful.

  据说,一向好脾气的公爵大人发了雷霆之怒,他罕见地亲自吩咐帕特森刑罚官,让他从严从速对卫队一等先锋官丹尼·多伊尔,简称D.D,执行了星湖卫队建立以来,最恐怖恶劣又惨无人道的残酷刑罚:

   It is said that the always good-tempered Lord Duke was angry with thunder. He rarely personally instructed the Patterson Penal Officer to act strictly and promptly against Danny Doyle, the first-class vanguard officer of the Guard, or DD for short. Since the establishment of the Star Lake Guard, the most terrifying and inhuman cruel punishment:

  没收了他床头的布偶小熊。

   confiscated the puppet bear on the head of his bed.

       

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