How to Tame My Beastly Husband — Chapter 208. Burning Pillar (1)
Translator: Atlas / Editor: Regan
Annette caught Celestine’s face in her hands and tried to catch her eyes. Now was not the time to indulge Celestine’s trauma. Every time the other woman’s eyes shifted away, Annette shook her again.
“Celestine. We have to leave now.”
“I can’t…I can’t…”
“You must. Your family will be sad if you die here,” Annette said, trying to catch her attention, and sure enough, Celestine’s eyes flickered at the word family.
“You know how much your father loves you,” Annette reminded her, repeating Celestine’s own words back to her. “He would do anything for you. Please…don’t make him shed tears of blood for you.”
Tears filled Celestine’s eyes at the heartfelt words. She never suffered alone. Her parents suffered with her.
She still vividly remembered the day she had returned home the last time she had been kidnapped, the look on her father’s face as she stumbled from the carriage. She had tried to compose herself so they wouldn’t worry anymore. Posted only on NovelUtopia.com
I can’t let my father see me in that condition again.
Annette hurried to help Celestine up, and as she grabbed the knob of the door back to the main hall, she gasped.
The knob was incredibly hot. The second she looked at it, she could see the red cast to the mettle. Was there a fire outside? But this was the only way out. Quickly, she looked around to see if there was anything she could use to get out, but there was nothing.
But then it struck her. Annette pulled off the wide belt at her waist. It was velvet on the outside, but there was a layer of something else inside.
“Rubber,” she told Celestine. “I asked Tina to add a layer of rubber inside.”
Gripping the knob with the belt, she pulled the door open, to an explosion of heat.
The corridor was a sea of fire, and there was no sign that anyone was trying to put it out. Instantly, the hem of her gown caught fire.
“Annette! We have to do something!”
Celestine grabbed the hem of Annette’s gown, and even with her gloves on, nearly burned herself as well. She had not even thought of the danger to herself.
But fortunately the flames quickly smoldered out, due to the thin layer of rubber Tina had added to the lining of the dress. Quickly, Annette grabbed Celestine’s hand.
There was less fire on the left side of the corridor. Gripping hands, the two women ran that way, but just as they were coming around the next corner, a pillar collapsed, smashing into the opposite wall. It would have been possible to crawl under it if there weren’t so much fire.
“What do we do?” Celestine asked, biting her lip. It would be risky for either of them to crawl underneath it; if their hair caught fire, it would be horrible. And Celestine’s abundant hair had come unbound.
Annette turned, searching for some other way, but the fire in the other direction was only burning hotter. Panic rose in her throat until she suddenly remembered Railin’s gift.
The amber orb
Pulling out the small sphere he had given her, she examined it. She had no idea what it would do, but she had to try something. He had said not to eat it, but to throw it.
Annette threw it at the burning pillar with all her might. To her shock, all the flames were absorbed by it, as if there were an invisible vortex within, pulling in the fire. Celestine’s eyes were round with shock.