Another chapter of the novel was released, and it is so swwwweeeeeeeetttttttttttt . The conversation between Octavia and Clifford is just awwwwwwwwwwwww . I’ll be re-reading it 10 times but for now here’s the translation. So Sil comes forward and Clifford and Sil just slightly stand staring at each other. Her brother, Prince Douche doesn’t like it, but says nothing. According to Octavia’s monologue, “Sill has a hard face that feels expressionless, which is different from tension, and Clifford is expressionless ...”. She then feels like the two feel similar to one another in a sense that their appearance (of being calm and expressionless) or because they’re both "subordinates" (jyuu). She thinks, “If I was told that they were brothers now, I would believe them ...” (Could this be hinting at Clifford and Sil’s possible relation one another!? Either they’re blood-related or kin-related by being associated with the same Jyuu clan. I have a theory about this!!!!). Sill mutters "... It looks like it's no good", then shakes his head and bows his head to Clifford, telling him that he hoped he would remember something in the Sky Room after meeting Clifford (since, y’know, Clifford fought him when he was brainwashed). Octavia again feels like they look similar, though others didn’t to notice this. Sil bows to Clifford again and apologizes. This line is interesting by Octavia. “Clifford, who was expressionless, changed for a moment. Tremendous and unpleasant. It dwelled in his dark blue eyes.” First, this also supports the idea that Clifford hates Sil. And, two, CLIFFORD R U OK!? Octavia unintendedly calls out Clifford’s name, who looks at her and responds to Sil. Actually, what he says is a bit confusing depending on the translating software. His line 「……バークス殿に謝られるようなことではありません」translates to either "... I'm not apologizing to Mr. Burks" (Google Translate) which can mean that he’s not gonna apologize to Sil for idk ig trying to injure him for attacking Octavia. Or it translates to “...... It's not like Lord Barks can apologize" (Bing Translate) which feels like he’s saying there’s nothing for Sil to apologize for since he was brainwashed, but I have a feeling there’s something else. The manga might visually give me more insight (visual ethnographic analysis~ woooo althoughimnotstudyingaculturebutCliffordismyculturesorrynotsorrynohatenobully ). Anyways, Sil is about to apologize again but stops and leaves. His Douche lover goes with him, but Octavia stays where she is (my girl don’t wanna leave her imprisoned hubby!). She begs her older brother to give her more time. He sighs and says Hugh-pain-in-the-ass remains. So the two lovers are finally gone (I have no idea what happened to Nothin’ Sore Loser lol. Guess he gone too lol ). Octavia tells Hugh-pain-in-the-ass that she won’t do anything suspicious and stay away from them. He does so which is about one prison (cell?) away. And then Octavia gets closer to the bars of Clifford’s cell. AND HERE’S WHERE WE GET TO THE JUICY PART! THEIR CONVERSATION! Octavia asks him if he’s okay and he says what is (the romanization is “Nani ga deshou”). I think Octavia sees answer blurred, like it didn’t answer her question idk. But she notes that “when Sil apologized, his attitude was obviously strange!” So I’m assuming she’s talking about the battle between Clifford and Sil since she says that it was Sil's psychology was normal (ig in terms of apologizing for attacking Octavia, which forced her to make her hand bleed to calm him down). She thinks that it’s wasn’t catastrophic since Clifford was there (marry him and your lover problems will be gone too . Hell, he’ll attack anyone that tries to hurt his waifu and the babies ). Octavia was “grateful and wanted to apologize” (ig to him for her injuring her own hand), but Clifford was uncomfortable (I know he didn’t like Sil’s apology. Not sure about Octavia’s apology since she did apologize, albeit in her drowsiness, but he was seemingly happy with it). She wanted to, which I’m assuming, was about his unpleasant expression to Sil’s apology (in his defense, I would also have an unpleasant expression since Clifford is in prison because of him and he didn’t even apologize to him about THAT! JUSTICE FOR CLIFFORD!!!!). “And it's not just unpleasant. ……pain. Even though it was only a moment, I felt something like sadness. What do you say ... The pain of digging up the wound that I felt when I remembered the fucking horrible memories?” I think she felt pain or sadness in Clifford (I thought it was anger tbh ), and ig she compares it with the sadness she felt from the “fucking horrible memories” which was her death and meeting with jerk god who reincarnated her into this predicament (tbh, tho, totally different levels of pain since Octavia has something akin to PTSD when thinking about the “fucking horrible memories”. Clifford hasn’t shown something like that yet). Octavia hoped her assumption was her delusion. Clifford, unusually staring, then turned his eyes and mutters “…. I’ve shown something unsightly” (the translation for 「……お見苦しいものを、ご覧に入れました」 kept giving me “...... I've seen something unsightly” which makes no sense becauseeeee --->) Octavia replies that "It's not unsightly. Clifford, get closer to me." (GURRRLLLLL! ) She then reaches out both of her hands through the gaps of the iron bars “and touched Clifford's cheeks so he couldn't escape” (OHMEGOSH!!!! CHEEK TOUCHING! ALREADY! AM I DREAMING!?!? I NEED TO SEE IN THE MANGA!!!! ). She again asks him are you really okay? She didn’t ask about the strange look he gave to Sil’s apology because it may be too extra (an ode to when Clifford patted Octavia’s head when she was crying, and he apologized that it was extra, but she appreciated it ). However, Clifford hid her when she was crying so she wanted to return the favor. Clifford, while looking at her, nodded firmly and just said “Yes”. The “yes”, to Octavia, was real, meaning he wasn’t pretending to be okay. He added "It's okay", and smiled . Octavia’s hands still had Clifford (well, his face) captured. She notes that both his cheeks are sandwiched between her two hands (did you squish his cheeks tho, Octavia?). She becomes aware of it, but Clifford acts normally and, while looking at her left hand (the one that was injured), asked "When will this injury heal?" (he's still worried about it~ ) When he speaks, the feeling transfers through her hands . Octavia: "If you apply the medicine properly, it will be cured without it." Clifford: "... I don't think so. What is the specific number of days?" Octavia: "I don't even know that." Clifford: "I see." She wonders if he’s dissatisfied. “He thinks it should be cured soon.” She then drops her hands. Clifford: “Your Highness?" Octavia: "What is it?” Clifford: "Can you leave your right hand to me? - Just in case." ( ) Octavia: " Just in case?" Clifford: "I can't protect you on your side, instead." I don’t know what his last statement meant exactly. Octavia pushes her right hand through the bars (the symbol of their Shirushi (master-subordinate) bond was on her left hand which is now injured. Symbolic?) Clifford crouched, hiding her from Hugh-pain-in-the-ass and kissing the back of her hand. The symbol appears then disappears. This allows Clifford to come to her if anything happens on the inspection day. She notes that “the "signs" are getting darker and stronger ...?” (I wonder if it relates to Clifford’s emotions or the seriousness of the command given ). Hugh-pain-in-the-ass calls her out, meaning time’s up . She tells Clifford "The next time we meet will be the day of the inspection. Finally, is there anything?” She wants him to say anything because she wants him to prove his innocence by ensuring the inspection day goes smoothly. He immediately answers “No. Nothing at all”. But, to Octavia, “when you say that, it is human psychology that makes you want to bring out something!” She asks again "Any questions? Can you ask me anything?" and sees a little reaction from Clifford. Clifford: “………… Then” Octavia: “What?” Clifford: "It seems that the Lishran orchid flowers are displayed on your hair ..." (Clifford, you cutie! ) She touches the accessory in her hair and explains that Edgar, Esphere’s male Queen, put it in. “It seems that good luck will come if you decorate your hair with fresh flowers from a man's hand .... You encouraged me." She wondered if Clifford knew about the story of good luck (I’m pretty sure he does since the maid who first explained about this legend that’s mostly popular among commoners right in front of Octavia and Clifford before Clifford put the flowers in her hair at the ball (that’s right Edgar, Clifford did it first , and now he a jelly boi ).). She then asks him if it looked strange. She began to worry if it looked misaligned and maybe her maid, Sasha, and her brother didn’t tell her when she was feeling good. He tells her no, it suits her well , which made her feel relieved. Clifford: “………… just?” Octavia: ………… just? (in her inner thoughts) (Lol, Clifford is so hesitant in this chapter but he’s still going for it ! I feel like there’s progress! And Octavia just parroting him in order for him to talk honestly ) Clifford looked confused at himself at his possible question and frowned little at himself which Octavia noted (much like the confusion of himself when he stroked her hair at the carriage when she was having a nightmare and at the ball when she was crying from her traumatic memories. Basically, his own confusion at his feelings of sympathy implies his lack of individuality as a person and a human). Then Hugh-pain-in-the-ass called out and shook his head with a sense of no more (Damn you, Hugh-pain-in-the-ass!!! ). She wanted to extend it further but had to leave. That's it for the update.