I didn't say anything and looked out of the window of the car. My silence gave him the answer he wanted.
“After your mother passed on, you could've left,” Augustus remarked coolly. He was stating the fact calmly, and it was clear that he didn't agree with how I accepted fate without fighting back.
Indeed, I had wanted to escape from the entertainment scene and find a stable job to lead a peaceful life. Alas, the moment I stepped into the swamp, it was practically impossible for me to get out of it. I had lost count of the times I missed an opportunity to lead a normal life.
There were plenty of ways to gain happiness in the world, but those who were unlucky couldn't well explain themselves.
I put up a relaxed front and asked casually, “Will you let me go?”
By then, we had conversed for quite a while, so I thought he wouldn't be bothered to answer me. To my surprise, however, he glanced at me before answering, “My answer's the same. I, Augustus Adler, don't operate a charity.”