I am aware of that. I know how domains work.
Well, that was a waste of money. My registrar charged me 9.90 € for it. Not sure if it can be converted to a free one on freenom. If it can you can have it for free.
Why didn’t you already register joinlemmy.ml? Anyhow, I have squatted it and would transfer it for the price I payed. Just reach out to me and we figure out how you can get it as fast as possible.