The difficulty of the rescue operation increased when the sun set and darkness encroached. Despite that, the search and rescue team continued searching for the victims.
By the time it was the early hours of the next day, they had fished out fifty-two bodies. Along with the ten bodies from earlier, the current deceased count was sixty-three.
There were still two hundred and eighty-nine people missing, for there were a total of three hundred and twenty passengers and thirty-two crew members.
During that period, every time someone fished out a body, Aaron would check it himself. When he saw that it was neither Arielle nor Vinson, he would let out a sigh of relief.
Although that was impolite to the deceased, no one could stop themselves from being selfish at a time like that, including the king. Some of the deceased were his people, and yet, he still could not help but feel glad that they were not Arielle and Vinson.
“Your Majesty, I’ll be watching here. You should go back and rest for a while. There are many things to work on tomorrow,” Morrison murmured after walking over to Aaron.
However, Aaron waved his hands dismissively. He would rather stay there because even if he were to go back, he would still be too worried to rest properly.
At the very least, he would be able to receive news about Arielle and Vinson right away if he stayed here.
There was nothing Morrison could do when he saw that Aaron refused to rest. Thus, he waited beside him.
In the meantime, when the gloomy Nancy found out that the ship Arielle was on had exploded, she finally broke out into a smile.
“Arielle, this is the price you pay for going up against me!” Nancy muttered as she sneered.
“You’re rather fast,” said the Duke who heard the news as well.
He was wearing a similar wicked grin too. “My dear little brother, good luck…”
With that said, he summoned another person into the room and instructed, “Go there and keep an eye on the people. If they’re found alive, do me a favor and help them to the afterlife. I don’t want to see them in this world anymore.”
“Yes, sir!” the person answered before turning to leave.
Once Nancy and the Duke were the only ones left, the latter summoned Linda. “Convey the news of Arielle and Vinson’s death to Chanaea. Tell them to move quicker.”
“I’ll see to it now,” Linda replied before leaving.
The news of the explosion of Arielle and Vinson’s ship soon traveled across Chanaea.
The company directors’ mess had tired Susanne out, so she decided to stay in the mansion to rest instead of going to the office that day.
All of a sudden, her phone rang, and she picked it up to look at the screen. When she realized that it was a call from one of the directors, she muted the phone and closed her eyes again. She frankly did not know what to say to the directors, so she was going to leave it all to Vinson upon his return.
Right as she closed her eyes and was about to take a nap, someone knocked on the door.
“Mrs. Nightshire, Mrs. Nightshire,” Geoffrey the butler urgently called out as he knocked on the door.
Susanne came down from the bed and opened the door.
When she saw the anxious look on Geoffrey’s face, she frowned and asked, “What happened?”
“Bad news, Mrs. Nightshire,” Geoffrey started.
“What happened?” Susanne arched a brow and asked. “Please don’t tell me the directors are right outside the house.”
The butler shook his head fervently. “No, no.”
“What is it then?” Susanne let out a relieved sigh when she heard that the directors were not actually by the door. “My head’s hurting a little, so hurry up and say it. I’m going to take a nap once you’re done.”
“Mrs. Nightshire…” Geoffrey mumbled, unsure how he should break the news to her.
He did not even know if she could take it or not.
Noticing his reaction, Susanne’s heart lurched. Did something horrible happen?
“Tell me what it is. You’re only making me more nervous like this.”