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【书籍搬运】Mystery of Talara, v5 塔拉拉之谜,卷5

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中文翻译:

塔拉拉公主之谜,卷5

——梅拉·利吉思

“你们有什么权力逮捕我父王?”吉莉娅小姐尖叫道,“他做了什么?”

“以高于任何省份王室的泰姆瑞尔皇帝本人法律所赋予的权力,”斯特雷尔爵士说,“以我帝国长官与大使的身份,我逮捕卡姆洛恩国王,前奥洛尼公爵。”

吉娜走上前,打算用手轻抚吉莉娅的胳膊,可她得到的只是冰冷的拒绝。于是她安静在这间空荡荡觐见室的王座脚边坐下。

“这位年轻的女士找到了我,她完全恢复了记忆,但她所讲述的故事实在是难以置信,我不可能就这么相信。”斯特雷尔爵士说。“但是她对此确信无疑,所以我只能开始调查。我同二十年前就在王宫中的每一个人交谈,想看看能不能挖出任何真相。当然了,在国王与王后被谋杀而公主失踪的当时,彻底的问讯已经进行过了,但我这次问的问题与之不同。我问的是那一对表姐妹,也就是吉莉娅·雷兹小姐同公主,她们之间的关系如何。”

“我已经一次又一次地讲过许多遍了,我人生中那段日子的任何事我都完全想不起来。”吉莉娅回答的时候已经泪水盈盈了。

“我知道你不记得。你目睹了一场可怕的谋杀,我对此毫无疑问,所以你的记忆崩溃了,而她的,”斯特雷尔爵士指了指吉娜,“都是真实可信的。我从仆人和宫中其他人那里听到的故事里说这两个小姑娘形影不离。她们没有其他玩伴,而由于公主就应该同她的父母住在一起,所以吉莉娅小小姐也经常会过来。刺客前来刺杀王室成员的时候,国王和王后正在卧室里,而小姑娘们则正在觐见室中玩耍。”

“我的记忆开始恢复时,就像一个锁住的盒子被打开一样。”吉娜阴郁地说,“所有一切是十分清晰又细节清楚,就好像是发生在昨天,而不是二十年前。我坐在王座上扮演女皇,而你躲在高台后面,假装你因为我的命令被扔进了地牢里。然后一个我从来没见过的男人从王家卧室冲了进来,他手中握着的刀上全是鲜血。他朝我走来,我只好逃命。我记得最开始我是朝高台跑去的,但我看见了你的脸,因为恐惧而完全僵硬了。我不想把他引到你那里去,所以我跑向了窗户。

“我们以前曾经从外面爬过城堡,只是因为有趣而已,而在我挂在悬崖上的时候,这是我回想起来的第一道记忆。你和我扒在城堡外墙上,国王冲我大喊,告诉我怎么爬下去。但是那天,我没抓牢,我抖得太厉害了。我就这么掉下去了,直接落到了河里。

“我不知道究竟是完全因为我看见的恐怖事件,还是要加上坠落以及冰冷河水的冲击,但我的大脑就是一片空白了。当我终于在几里外从河里挣扎出来,我已经不知道自己是谁了,此后就一直这样。”吉娜笑了笑,“直到现在为止。”

“所以你就是塔拉拉公主?”吉娜喊道。

“在她回答之前让我再来解释一下,因为简单的回答可能只会让你迷惑,我就因为这个迷惑过。”斯特雷尔爵士说,“刺客在逃出王宫之前就被抓住了——真实情况是,他应该已经知道自己将会被抓住。他立刻招供说自己就是刺杀王室成员的凶手。而公主,他说,被他从窗户扔下去摔死了。一个当时呆在楼下的仆人听到了尖叫,也看见了有什么东西从他的窗前飞过,所以他知道这是真话。

“而直到几个小时之后,小小姐吉莉娅才被她的乳母兰卡从高台后面找到,全身上下落满灰尘,因恐惧瑟瑟发抖,而且完全无法说话了。兰卡对你非常保护。”斯特雷尔朝吉莉娅点点头,“她坚持立刻把你带回房间去,然后给奥洛尼公爵传话说王室一家都死了,而他的女儿目睹了谋杀却幸免于难。”

“我开始有点想起那些事了。”吉莉娅思绪重重,“我记得躺在床上,兰卡一直在安慰我。我头脑一片混乱,完全无法集中精神。我记得我只希望所有一切都只是游戏,但为何会如此我并不知情。然后,我记得我被匆匆送往了疗养所。”

“很快你就会全部想起来的。”吉娜笑道,“我向你保证,我就是如此开始回想起来的。只是抓住一条琐事,然后记忆就洪水般涌来了。”

“就是这样。”吉莉娅开始懊恼抽泣了,“除了困惑我不记得任何事情。不对,我还记得我被带走的那天爸爸看都不看我一眼。我记得我对此毫不关心,对其他任何事也都一样。”

“对所有人来讲那都是一段充满困扰的时期,对小女孩更是如此,对那些有着像你们俩一样经历的小女孩而言尤其如此。”斯特雷尔爵士同情地安慰道,“就我所了解,从兰卡那里甫一收到消息,公爵就离开了他在奥洛尼的宫殿,命令说立刻把你送到私人疗养院去,直到你从折磨中恢复过来,然后就和他的私人护卫一起对刺客严刑拷打刑讯逼供。在刺客初次招供之后除了公爵和他的私人护卫没有其他人再见过他,而当刺客打算逃跑而被杀的时候除了公爵和他的私人护卫也没人在现场,当我听到这种说法的时候,我想事实情况已经是再清楚不过的了。

“我同艾里尔爵士谈了谈,因为我知道他就是在场人士中的一员。我不得不对他虚张声势,假装我了解的情况比我实际知道的要多。虽然这赌一把风险很大,但我最终还是如愿以偿。最后他招供说我已经知道的那些事情都是真的。

“那名刺客,”斯特雷尔爵士顿了顿,虽不大情愿却还是迎上了吉莉娅的目光,“正是被奥洛尼公爵雇佣而刺杀的王室,目标也包括作为继承人的公主,这样王冠就能传到他身上,然后再传给他的孩子们了。”

吉莉娅盯着斯特雷尔爵士,吓得目瞪口呆。“我的父王他——”

“刺客之前被告知,一旦他落到公爵的手里,他就能拿到钱,然后越狱也被安排好了。但那恶棍贪婪错了时间,想要更多的金子。于是公爵决定还是彻底让他闭嘴更便宜,所以他当即杀了他,这样拿人就不会把事实真相告诉任何人了。”斯特雷尔爵士耸耸肩,“只要杀手不在了,那就不会有什么不幸损失。几年之后你从疗养所回来,虽然还是有点心烦意乱,但除去丢失了童年记忆,至少算是恢复正常了。而在那时,原奥洛尼公爵已经接过兄长的位置,成为了卡姆洛恩国王。这可不是什么小花招。”

“确实。”吉莉娅安静说道,“他一定非常忙碌。他再婚了,有了另外一个孩子。除了兰卡没人去疗养所看望过我。”

“如果他前去看望并见到了你,”吉娜说,“故事的结局大概就非常不同了。”

“什么意思?”吉莉娅问。

“这就是最神奇的地方。”斯特雷尔爵士说,“长久以来的问题一直是‘吉娜是不是塔拉拉公主’。当她记忆恢复之后,告诉了我她回想起来的事情,我这才把各类证据的碎片拼合到了一起。考虑如下事实。

“尽管已经过去了二十年,你们两人都经历了完全不同的人生,但你们的长相还是出奇相像。那当你们还是小女孩而且是同进同出的玩伴之时,你们的长相就是一模一样。

“在刺杀发生的时候,杀手以前从没去过那里,只看见了坐在王座上的那个女孩,他以为那就是自己的目标。

“找到吉莉娅小姐的女人是她的乳母兰卡,心智并不稳定,却对小主人由衷疼爱——这类人绝不会接受任何她亲爱的小姑娘才是失踪者的可能性。在吉莉娅小姐居住在疗养院的那段日子里,同时认识她和塔拉拉公主的只有乳母一个人而已。

“最后,”斯特雷尔爵士说,“考虑到如下事实,你从疗养院回到宫廷的时候五年已经过去了,你也已经从小孩变成了年轻小姐。你看上去挺眼熟,却和你家人记忆中的你很不相同,这当然是再自然不过的了。”

“我不明白,”那个可怜的女孩喊道。她双目圆睁,因为其实她已经明白了。记忆开始像凶猛的洪水一般劈头砸下。

“我这样给你解释吧。”她的表亲伸开双臂把她抱在怀中。“我现在知道自己是谁了。我的真名就是吉莉娅·雷兹。被逮捕的那个男人就是我的父亲,也是谋杀国王的人——国王是你的父亲。你才是塔拉拉公主。”

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The Mystery of Princess Talara, Part V: The Final Chapter and Solution
by Mera Llykith
Part five of the story of Princess Talara


"By what right do you arrest my father?" cried the Lady Jyllia. "What has he done?"
"I arrest the King of Camlorn, the former Duke of Oloine, by my right as an Imperial Commanding Officer and Ambassador," said Lord Strale. "By the right of law of the Emperor of Tamriel which supercedes all provincial royal authority."
Gyna came forward and tried to put her hand on Jyllia's arm, but she was coldly rebuffed. Quietly, she sat down at the foot of the throne in the now empty audience chamber.
"This young lady came to me, having completely recovered her memory, but the story she told was beyond incredible, I simply couldn't believe it," said Lord Strale. "But she was so convinced of it, I had to investigate. So I talked to everyone who was here at the palace twenty years ago to see if there could be any truth to it. Of course, at the time of the King and Queen's murder, and the Princess's disappearance, there was a full inquiry made, but I had different questions to ask this time. Questions about the relationship between the two little cousins, Lady Jyllia Raze and the Princess."
"I've told everyone over and over again, I don't remember anything at all about that time in my life," said Jyllia, tears welling up.
"I know you don't. There has never been a question in my mind that you witnessed a horrible murder, and that your memory lapse and hers," said Lord Strale, gesturing toward Gyna "Are both very real. The story I heard from the servants and other people at the palace was that the little girls were inseparably close. There were no other playmates, and as the Princess's place was to be close to her parents, so the little Lady Jyllia was always there as well. When the assassin came to murder the Royal Family, the King and Queen were in their bedroom, and the girls were playing in the throne room."
"When my memory came back to me, it was like opening a sealed box," said Gyna solemnly. "Everything was so clear and detailed, like it all happened yesterday not twenty years ago. I was on the throne, playing Empress, and you were hiding behind the dais, pretending you were in a dungeon I had sent you to. A man I had never seen burst into the room from the Royal bedchamber, his blade soaked in blood. He came at me, and I ran for my life. I remember starting to run for the dais, but I saw your face, frozen in fear, and I didn't want to lead him to you. So I ran for the window.
"We had climbed on the outside of the castle before, just for fun, that was one of the first memories that came back to me when I was holding onto that cliff. You and I on the castle wall, and the King calling up to me, telling me how to get down. But that day, I couldn't hold on, I was trembling so much. I just fell, and landed in the river.
"I don't know if it was entirely the horror of what I had seen, or that combined with the impact of the fall and the coldness of the water, but everything just went blank in my mind. When I finally pulled myself out of the river, many miles away, I had no idea who I was. And so it stayed," Gyna smiled. "Until now."
"So you are the Princess Talara?" cried Jyllia.
"Let me explain further before she answers that, because the simple answer would just confuse you, as it did me," said Lord Strale. "The assassin was caught before he managed to escape the palace - in truth, he had to know he was going to be caught. He confessed immediately to the murders of the Royal Family. The Princess, he said, he had thrown out the window to her death. A servant down below heard the scream, and saw something fly past his window, so he knew it to be true.
"It was not for several hours that little Lady Jyllia was found by her nursemaid Ramke hiding behind the dais, coated with dust, shivering with fear, and unable to speak at all. Ramke was very protective of you," Strale said, nodding to Jyllia. "She insisted on putting you to your room right away, and sent word the Duke of Oloine that the Royal Family was dead, and that his daughter had witnessed the murders but survived."
"I'm beginning to remember a little of that," said Jyllia, wonderingly. "I remember lying in bed, with Ramke comforting me. I was so muddled and I couldn't concentrate. I remember I just wanted it all to be play time still, I don't know why. And then, I remember being bundled up and taken to that asylum."
"It'll all come back to you soon," Gyna smiled. "I promise. That's how I began to remember. I just caught one detail, and the whole flood began."
"That's it," Jyllia began to sob in frustration. "I don't remember anything else except confusion. No, I also remember Daddy not even looking at me as I was taken away. And I remember not caring about that, or anything else."
"It was a confusing time for all, so particularly so for little girls. Especially little girls who went through what you two did," said Lord Strale sympathetically. "From what I understand, as soon as he received the message from Ramke, the Duke left his palace at Oloine, gave orders for you to be sent to a private sanitarium until you'd recovered from your ordeal, and set to work with his private guard torturing the assassin for information. When I heard that, that no one but the Duke and his personal guard saw the assassin after he gave his initial confession, and that no one was present but the Duke and his guards when the assassin was killed trying to escape, I thought that very significant.
"I spoke with Lord Eryl, who I knew was one of those present, and I had to bluff him, pretending I had more evidence than I did. I got the reaction I was hoping for, though it was a dangerous gambit. At last he confessed to what I already knew to be true.
"The assassin," Lord Strale paused, and reluctantly met Jyllia's eyes, "Had been hired by the Duke of Oloine to kill the Royal Family, including the Princess as heir, so that the crown might be passed to him and to his children."
Jyllia stared at Lord Strale, aghast. "My father -"
"The assassin had been told that once the Duke had him in custody, he would be paid and a prison break would be arranged. The thug picked the wrong time to be greedy and try to get more gold. The Duke decided that it would be cheaper to silence him, so he murdered him then and there, so the man would never tell anyone what really happened," Lord Strale shrugged. "No tragic loss as far as murders go. In a few years' time, you returned from the sanitarium, a little shaken but back to normal, except for a complete absence of memory about your childhood. And in that time, the former Duke of Oloine had taken his brother's place as the King of Camlorn. It was no small maneuver."
"No," said Jyllia, quietly. "He must have been very busy. He remarried and had another child. No one ever came to visit me in the sanitarium but Ramke."
"If he had visited and seen you," said Gyna. "This story might have turned out very differently."
"What do you mean?" asked Jyllia.
"This is the most amazing part," said Lord Strale. "The question has long been whether Gyna is the Princess Talara. When her memory returned, and she told me what she remembered, I put several pieces of evidence together. Consider these facts.
"The two of you look remarkably alike now after twenty years of living very different lives, and as little girls and constant playmates, you looked nearly identical.
"At the time of the assassination, the murderer who had never been there before, only saw one girl on the throne, who he assumed to be his quarry.
"The woman who found Lady Jyllia was her nursemaid Ramke, a creature of unstable mind and fanatical devotion to her charge - the type would never accept the possibility that her beloved little girl had been the one who disappeared. The nursemaid was the only single person who knew both Princess Talara and the Lady Jyllia who visited you while you were in the sanitarium.
"Finally," said Lord Strale, "Consider the fact that when you returned to court from the sanitarium, five years had past, and you had grown from a child to a young lady. You looked familiar, but not quite the same as your family remembered you, which is only natural."
"I don't understand," cried the poor girl, her eyes wide, because she did understand. Here [sic]memory was falling together like a terrible flood.
"Let me explain it like this," said her cousin, wrapping her in her arms. "I know who I am now. My real name is Jyllia Raze. That man who was arrested was my father, the man who murdered the King - your father. YOU are the Princess Talara."

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