IBVIAAN Ch 37 — I Just Avoided the Bad Ending

Ziken’s arrogant smile that was directed toward me somewhat reminded me of a hunter’s satisfied smile upon capturing his prey. I let out a snort in disbelief at his absurdity and opened my mouth while trying to hold back my laughter.

[Ara] “It’s imperative to take action quickly in an epidemic like this. We had to start implementing restrictions and quarantining quickly to prevent endangering other areas from being infected.”

[Ziken] “Even if that was the case, that still doesn’t mean you have the right to take control of the area without permission.”

So you just want me to dazedly watch on until I get your permission while the epidemic spreads all over the place?

[Ziken] “And, who sets the criteria for a ‘dangerous’ situation? Then haven’t you now created a justification for anyone in the empire to seize authority if they, like you, can exercise authority that hasn’t been delegated to them by simply determining a situation as ‘dangerous’?”

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Ziken’s arrogant smile that was directed toward me somewhat reminded me of a hunter’s satisfied smile upon capturing his prey. I let out a snort in disbelief at his absurdity and opened my mouth while trying to hold back my laughter.

[Ara] “It’s imperative to take action quickly in an epidemic like this. We had to start implementing restrictions and quarantining quickly to prevent endangering other areas from being infected.”

[Ziken] “Even if that was the case, that still doesn’t mean you have the right to take control of the area without permission.”

So you just want me to dazedly watch on until I get your permission while the epidemic spreads all over the place?

[Ziken] “And, who sets the criteria for a ‘dangerous’ situation? Then haven’t you now created a justification for anyone in the empire to seize authority if they, like you, can exercise authority that hasn’t been delegated to them by simply determining a situation as ‘dangerous’?”

He spat it out when I didn’t reply to him, as if he wanted now was the right time to say it. 

Although his words were a bit far-fetched, they were still true in some ways. If anyone could do this just by saying it was ‘dangerous’ as an excuse, then the line that signified overstepping into the Imperial Palace’s territory would become more and more unclear. Some people would even say that there was a problem with the fairness of it all.

‘But this isn’t a democratically governed country… so now only the Crown Prince is able to make that judgement, but…?’

But it was clear to everyone that the situation now was a grave one. 

As I was thinking of something that I couldn’t bring to actually say, Linden suddenly interrupted me.

[Linden] “I did it. If anyone has to take responsibility, it’s me.”

Linden gave me a slight smile when I turned my head in shock. 

Although Linden was the one who was restricting the areas, I was the one who started it. So it was only right for me to be the one who took responsibility for it. I began to start feeling apologetic first since Linden had only come forward to protect me to prevent my fight with Ziken from escalating any further.

You didn’t have to cover it up like this though…

In any case, Ziken, who claimed that it was a challenge to the imperial family’s authority should have nothing to say since Linden, who was part of the imperial family, had started it. But contrary to my expectations, Ziken crossed his arms and shot back at Linden.

[Ziken] “And you got permission from Father?”

There was a hidden meaning in his words that came suddenly.

[Ziken] “What right do you have to take responsibility for assuming such control in the capital when you don’t even have permission to do so?”

[Linden] “…”

It was a threat that was synonymous to him saying, ‘How dare you, who hasn’t even been acknowledged by Father yet, mess with me on my turf?’. His meaning was that if Linden was responsible for this situation, he would consider it as a challenge to his own authority as the crown prince.

[Ziken] “Tell me. Who was the one in charge of everything?”

Ziken, who was reaching to try and fit our situation into his agenda, left us in a dilemma. Whether I was trying to challenge the imperial authority, or whether Linden was openly acknowledging his challenge against the Crown Prince.

[Ziken] “Between the two of you, who is it?”

Ziken laughed arrogantly, if he was happy that he could trap us both at the same time. 

Then.

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[Lecht] “Neither of them are.”

A deep voice split the heavy atmosphere between us. Lecht, who had stepped out, was walking over in our direction.

[Ziken] “G-Grand Duke? How can you be here…”

The embarrassment on Ziken’s face was apparent, perhaps because he had deliberately chosen to come at a time when Lecht wouldn’t be here.

[Lecht] “I’m the one who’s in charge of this place. So, do you have anything to say to me?”

[Ziken] “N-No sir.”

[Lecht] “I heard it was some sort of challenge to authority or something.”

[Ziken] “No way. I’ve never said that. Haha…”

Lecht stared at Ziken’s awkwardly smiling face and shot another attack at him.

[Lecht] “Crown Prince, do you think I’m a joke?”

[Ziken] “Pardon…?”

[Lecht] “Seeing as you so obviously lied to me and pretended that you hadn’t said what you just said earlier.”

I almost laughed at Lecht’s rather mischievous appearance. Seeing Lecht tormenting Ziken who tried to feign innocence despite him already hearing everything gave me both a sense of satisfaction and schadenfreude. 

The gaze of flustered Ziken wavered for a moment. But instead of acknowledging his mistake or apologising, he did the opposite and got angry instead.

[Ziken] “But aren’t you also lying as well, Grand Duke?”

[Lecht] “Me?”

[Ziken] “There’s no way the Grand Duke could be in charge of everything here.”

[Lecht] “If not me, then who else can top my position?”

Lecht’s blatant choice of words left Ziken choking on his own words.

[Lecht] “I don’t particularly like it when someone gives orders to me.”

[Ziken] “B-But it was Linden’s messenger who contacted me…”

[Lecht] “Doing small errands like that doesn’t suit a person like me.”

Although it was extremely arrogant of him to say that even a little errand boy of his was more important than Linden’s messenger, Ziken had to put up with it since it was Grand Duke Arvis who was doing it. Seeing as there was no reply, Lecht continued.

[Lecht] “Does who contacted you really matter to you that much? What matters is that you’ve already been contacted.”

[Ziken] “That…”

[Lecht] “And what’s important right now is for us to gauge the severity of the situation, not find out who’s in charge.”

[Ziken] “…”

[Lecht] “The Crown Prince seems to lack the ability to judge the gravity of things. That’s an extremely important quality to have as an emperor.”

Ziken’s face gradually turned red at the words Lecht uttered lightly.

[Ziken] “N-No sir. I think my viewpoint on the incident is very different from that of the Grand Duke. So that’s why my opinion is just a bit differe…”

Looking at Ziken, who was trying to package it as if he wasn’t completely incompetent, Lecht nodded slightly as if he agreed and said.

[Lecht] “So you took it as a challenge to your authority as the crown prince when I determined that it was dangerous and started to sort things out.”

[Ziken] “N-No, that’s…!”

[Lecht] “I will try to respect your opinion, even if we have opposing ones.”

Lecht’s expression was cold, unlike his words, which were quite amicable.

[Lecht] “If dealing with an emergency is treason by your standards, then alright. I’m committing treason.”

Ziken’s face turned so pale it was almost pitiful. The people around us also started to whisper amongst themselves and take a step back at the word ‘treason’. 

[Ziken] “G-Grand Duke, what sort of alarming words are you saying right now?!”

[Lecht] “I’m just speaking from your standards.”

A black energy began to rise up in wisps from the bottom of his feet as Lecht spoke solemnly, lifting his chin slightly at the same time.

[Lecht] “If I’m committing treason anyway, then…”

Lecht unsheathed his sword that was hanging from his waist with a schwing!

[Lecht] “The act of eliminating the crown prince is also in line with what I want to do.”

The sharp blade of the sword was pointed at Ziken. His voice was calm, but the atmosphere that erupted from it was fierce.

[Ziken] “G-Grand Duke!! What are you doing?!”

[—] “Everyone, protect His Highness!”

The knights all quickly pulled out their swords in a hurry. It quickly turned into a confrontation. The people dispersed in the serious atmosphere. Though there were also some who stayed to watch the fight.

[Ziken] “Grand Duke, what the hell are you doing?”

[Lecht] “I’m holding you accountable for what you said.”

The one who brought up nonsense like a challenge to authority first was also Ziken. The one who pressured us by asking us who was in charge and tried to use it to control us was also Ziken. With everything being what Ziken had said, Lecht was only responding to them. But of course, Lecht was the only one who could say, ‘You must be saying I’m committing treason’, as if it were natural based on his statements as a standard.

[Tanma] “We’re going to war? Then I’ll go and make preparations for it.”

And the only one who could respond to that statement so casually was the butler, Tanma.

[Ziken] “Grand Duke!!”

I let out a snort at the sight of Ziken yelling with a face that was completely pale with fright. Seeing him still raising his voice without a word of his thoughtlessness in this situation was still unpleasant for me to see.

‘Was he taught to never lower his head to anyone since he was the crown prince?’

He was someone who I would never get along with. I liked people who could admit that they were wrong, no matter how powerful they were.

[Ara] “Lecht, calm down.”

Thinking that there’d really be a war between the Grand Duchy and the Imperial Family at this rate, I grabbed Lecht’s wrist tightly.

[Lecht] “You want me to listen to what he said about you and just do nothing about it?”

At Lecht’s words, which seemed to express his deep displeasure toward him, I whispered softly to him.

[Ara] “No, but we should finish dealing with the epidemic first.” 

I also hated Ziken, who would always lash out at me. But I also knew what would happen to the Empire if Lecht set his mind on attacking them. I wanted Ziken to receive a good scolding, but that didn’t mean I wanted the Empire to be destroyed.

Lecht obediently lowered his sword at my touch. However, the tension among the knights surrounding Ziken didn’t dissipate easily.

[Ara] “Your Highness.”

I called out to Ziken. He was looking at me and Lecht with a very shocked expression on his face.

[Ara] “The current situation is a threat to the Empire’s most precious asset, its citizens.”

The people of the Empire were the reason for the Empire’s existence. Whether it be an empire, a kingdom, or a republic, a nation couldn’t exist without its people. His frown deepened, perhaps because my words were completely out of the blue. I ignored him and continued on.

[Ara] “This disease spreads at an extremely rapid rate. If by some possibility, we can’t contain it, then it will spread through the entire capital and the death toll will continually rise. So we did everything we could to stop it.”

[Ziken] “…”

[Ara] “But let alone say that we’ve worked hard to protect the Empire’s citizens, Your Highness has come to the conclusion that we’re challenging your authority.”

The eyes of the people around us that gathered to watch the fight turned to Ziken. Their gazes were extremely scathing. There was no way Ziken couldn’t feel their gaze if I could feel it too. I could tell by the tendon protruding from his jawline that he had clenched his teeth tightly.

[Ara] “In order to maintain a monopoly over authority, you’ve ignored the health and safety of the people of the Empire… Don’t tell me that’s the standard by which Your Highness normally uses to think of the Empire’s citizens?”

[Ziken] “Stop spouting nonsense!”

He raised his voice again when he was backed into a corner. It was an obvious pattern, so it was of no surprise to me now.

[Ara] “Then if that isn’t the case, please call back your knights and let us continue our work.”

Ziken bit his lip at my request. He finally came to a conclusion after a long bout of silence.

[Ziken] “All of you, put away your swords now.”

He returned as an epic failure and suffered an irreversible blow despite being determined to attack Linden and I. He seemed to think that he’d only lose his image and have nothing to gain if he insisted anymore here. Moreover, the fact that he’d really have to consider going to war with Grand Duke Arvis seemed to influence him greatly as well.

[Ziken] “Put it away! Why aren’t you quickly putting them away?!”

His temper was suddenly directed toward the innocent knights. Ziken looked at me as the knights hurriedly fell back behind him.

[Ziken] “You just wait and see. I’ll make you regret that.”

…What the hell, what’s with this stereotypical eighth grade syndrome1 threat that’s all for show? 

Soft fur brushed against the back of my hand just as I was thinking, ‘What the hell is with this pathetic bastard?’. Kelber stood in front of me with his body puffed up, staring at him ferociously with his red eyes as he bared his teeth.

[Kelber]Grrrr…

[Tanma]Ahem.”

Butler Tanma also coughed behind me. I could imagine the butler’s cough without even turning to look back just from hearing that unnecessary cough.

Then, I felt Lecht’s touch at my temple, then his hand gently swept over my hair. He wrapped his arm around my shoulder along the way and pulled me strongly toward him.

[Lecht] “You speak quite boldly in front of her escort.”

When I lifted my head up, Lecht was already staring at Ziken with an expression that seemed as if he were about to tear him apart.

[Ziken] “E-Escort…?! The Grand Duke, to the Princess…?”

Lecht continued to add, ignoring Ziken’s flustered voice.

[Lecht] “I guess I should give a response if I’ve been challenged.”

Bang!

Lecht stabbed the sword he was holding into the ground with a bang! It was to the point where I was under the illusion that the ground shook for a moment. 

[Lecht] “To touch her is to touch me. So you’d beeter come thoroughly prepared.”

[—] “!!!”

The only ones who weren’t astonished at those words in this place were Lecht and Tanma.

And I had a headache.

‘After I just managed to avoid the destruction ending…!’

That moronic Crown Prince ruined everything.

[1] Korean people use this word to satirise a person who has an overly unrealistic and emotional imaginations on a regular basis like a stereotypical 8th grader. For example, people with 중2병 may think they are the main character of a TV show and act dramatically all the time. Likewise, 중2병 환자 (literally 중2병 patients) may think they are so special that they do not have to listen to any person or follow any rule. In Korea, “중2병” can be used to describe a person of any age, as long as the person shows these qualities. However, it is most often used to describe teenagers in middle school age. (https://www.facebook.com/koreanwithhos/posts/1719706291627027/)


am so drained from my social event of the week and was determined to tl this before going to bed; it’s now 2am ;-;

IBVIAAN Ch 36 — I Believe in Her More Than Anyone Else

By the time we arrived, Saintess Olivia and the Solarism priests were already taking care of the people. They seemed to have come as soon as they heard the news.

[Ara] “So you’ve come as well, Saintess.”

I approached her, thinking she was just as kind-hearted as I expected, but my path was suddenly blocked by a particularly sharp voice.

[Solarism Priests] “Don’t come any closer to our Saintess!”

The Solarism priests stood in my path and had hidden Olivia behind them.

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By the time we arrived, Saintess Olivia and the Solarism priests were already taking care of the people. They seemed to have come as soon as they heard the news.

[Ara] “So you’ve come as well, Saintess.”

I approached her, thinking she was just as kind-hearted as I expected, but my path was suddenly blocked by a particularly sharp voice.

[Solarism Priests] “Don’t come any closer to our Saintess!”

The Solarism priests stood in my path and had hidden Olivia behind them.

‘Oh right. I’d take the top spot for people they want to avoid in Solarism.’

Although I was a little hurt by their blatant hostility, I still took a step back, thinking that they had enough reason to take such a stance.

[Ara] “I’m also just here to help people. I’ll keep my distance from the Saintess and go see what the situation is right now.”

I thought that it’d be better for me to work myself to the bone instead of bothering her again, so I tried to turn around. At least that’s what I would’ve done if I hadn’t heard the following words.

[Solarism Priest] “To think that you had the nerve to show up so shamelessly in front of her again after doing such a heinous thing.”

[Ara] “…What did you say?”

I asked the priest whose temper had suddenly flared up, but he didn’t answer me. Instead, the guy next to him clicked his tongue disdainfully and started to slander me.

[Solarism Priest] “I used to think that your face was as thick as an iron shield, but I didn’t think it’d be to this extent. Aren’t you just here to check how much the epidemic you’ve spread is spreading?”

Although it had just been something that had been muttered amongst themselves, I couldn’t just overlook the meaning behind it.

[Ara] “I beg your pardon?”

Unexpectedly, it sounded like they were insinuating that I was the one to spread the epidemic. 

[Ara] “The epidemic that I spread? What sort of nonsense are you saying?”

At my sharp voice, the priest snorted and said.

[Solarism Priest] “Is that not the case?”

I frowned at his voice that was so full of conviction. There were three people that managed to respond faster than me, just as I was about to ask for an explanation of what that nonsense meant.

[Lunarism Priest] “What did you just say?! Our Saintess what?”

[Lunarism Priest] “That’s the most ridiculous groundless accusation I’ve heard all year.”

But the Solarism priests didn’t back down at the furious voices of the Priest Trio and retorted back.

[Solarism Priest] “How do you explain this situation then?”

[Solarism Priest] “It started at the location where the Ezzarson Head’s funeral was held. The timing of it was even exactly at the same time of the sending off ceremony in the evening!”

[Solarism Priest] “They all said that they had absorbed the ‘light’ that woman created as well.”

To sum up everything that they were spewing recklessly, it seemed like the epidemic had started the evening I released my divine power at the sending off ceremony. What’s more was that everyone who showed symptoms had one thing in common with each other, and that was absorbing my divine power that day.

[Ara] “Everyone, let’s calm down a bit.”

I first broke up the priests who were fighting with each other while growling. Despite the grumbling, the Priest Trio still obeyed what I said.

[Ara] “I’m quite flustered by the coincidentally overlapping locations and times too, but isn’t it too far fetched for you to claim that the disease began to spread because of my divine power?”

I asked the priests of Solarism. Saintess Olivia, who had also similarly calmed down the priests who had previously been protesting, stepped forward. 

[Olivia] “Even though the people afflicted have attested that the symptoms started to appear after their body absorbed the Princess’s light?”

The look in the eyes of Olivia, who was making eye contact with me, remained completely unperturbed. It was as if she firmly believed that this was set up by me. No matter how much of a female lead she was, there was no way she could just let go of the fact that I could be the root source of the disease.

[Ara] “Divine power cannot be the source of the disease. I’m sure you’d know that better than anyone else, Saintess.”

Although the divine powers of Solarism and Lunarism were slightly different in nature, they both had healing properties, and didn’t harm people anyway. 

[Ara] “Moreover, my divine power covered the whole district that day.”

Not only did it cover the funeral ceremony, but the entire 500 metre radius surrounding it too. There wouldn’t have been a single person who hadn’t touched my divine power that day.

[Olivia] “…”

[Ara] “Regardless of how bad the relationship Solarism has with Lunarism, I hope you won’t treat your opponent’s divine power as an infectious pathogen.”

My tone was stern, since this part was not only insulting to me, but also the entirety of the Lunar religion. 

Then, the Saintess muttered softly.

[Olivia] “It might not be divine power though…”

Her voice was too loud for it to just be talking to herself. This was further proven when everyone around me flinched in surprise and began to look at me with a suspicious gaze. There were even people backing away from me in fear.

‘What…?’

I couldn’t help but frown. Even if she was going to doubt me, that didn’t seem like something a person who was in the position of a saintess would accidentally say in such a public place. Wouldn’t it be better to openly cast suspicion on me? By saying that, she seemed to want to single me out as the culprit, but not take any responsibility for it.

[Ara] “What you said just now. What do you mean by that?”

She avoided my eyes when I asked her directly without dropping the issue.

[Olivia] “…I didn’t say anything though?”

She even had an excuse prepared.

[Ara] “Do you doubt my divine power?”

I held out my palm to manifest my divine power. It transformed into a ball of light and flew toward a person who was waiting for treatment. He was startled momentarily, but thankfully didn’t try to avoid it. 

Thanks to this, my divine power naturally seeped into him and the age spots on his skin soon disappeared from view. Like before, although the open wound remained, the skin disease had been remarkably cured.

Olivia’s eyes seemed to twitch as I added.

[Ara] “My ability has been guaranteed by Lydia, the High Priestess of Lunarism. But if the Saintess of Solarism, Miss Olivia, doubts my divine power, it could be considered as the Solar religion objecting the Lunar religion’s words.”

[Olivia] “You’re reading into it too much!”

Olivia said, jumping up at my point that could lead to a fight between the two religions. But my voice was flat.

[Ara] “There’s just that much weight behind those words.”

It’s not something you can just whisper.

As if she had been falsely accused, she added with a soft murmur.

[Olivia] “You’re obviously trying to cover it up with those words because I hit the mark…”

The moment I heard that brusque murmur, I felt as if my thought process had suddenly froze.

Was this the female lead that I knew…?

This was a mean appearance that didn’t seem to match with the bold and honest female lead of the original novel. It felt like a huge discrepancy, and a very bad feeling of foreboding began to rise from my feet. 

Thinking it was just an irrelevant emotion, I shook it off and started to speak.

[Ara] “Do you really think I started this epidemic? While using, not divine power, but a mysterious, unknown ability in such a populated area? And so what exactly would I gain from that?”

[Olivia] “…”

[Ara] “Doesn’t it make more sense for it to have started because an infected person had attended and spread it?”

She neither confirmed nor denied it.

[Ara] “That’s quite embarrassing. To think that it was you, and not other people, who believed such a ridiculous claim.”

The Saintess, who was so kind and understanding, and understood the situation better than anyone else in the original novel, had such an absurd doubt…

[Ara] “Just how did the rumour start in the first place?”

[Lecht] “I’ll look into it.”

As I muttered while frowning, Lecht, who had been watching me from behind, suddenly spoke up. His expression also seemed to look grave when I turned my head around.

[Lecht] “It’s a false claim that has slandered your reputation, so whoever started it will have to pay dearly.”

[Ara] “…”

Normally, I would’ve stopped Lecht when he said something like this. Since I had said he didn’t need to be so passionate. But I didn’t stop him this time. Unlike anything else, I couldn’t simply brush over the criticism I had received for being the culprit of an epidemic that had hurt people so much.

[Ara] “Then, can I ask you for a favour? Seeing as you discovered the cause of the disease last time, you should be able to find out naturally this time too.”

[Lecht] “Alright.”

Just as I was trying to thank him, a sharp voice suddenly interrupted me.

[Olivia] “How do you think it started?! People must have started talking amongst themselves naturally since you’ve got a lot of previous history! Don’t tell me you’re going to try and punish everyone when they have the right to doubt?”

I couldn’t respond to Olivia’s words without hesitating. Since there’s a history of this body trying to harm her.

Lecht spoke first when I was thinking over it for a moment while sweeping back my hair from my throbbing head.

[Lecht] “Once we investigate, we’ll know whether the rumour had started naturally in conversations and spread, or whether it was spread by one person with malicious intentions.”

His eyes were fixed on Olivia. I seemed to have glimpsed a great amount of deep fury in his eyes.

At the appearance of Olivia flinching and clasping her two hands together, I decided to add.

[Ara] “Please don’t say anything recklessly until it turns out to be true and backed with solid evidence. Since the words of someone who is in the position of saintess like yourself will reach more people than others.”

The weight in the words of groundless rumours spread from other people and what came out of the Saintess’s mouth was different. 

After that, I nodded to her in greeting and moved on.

[Ara] “Let’s hurry up and get things sorted first.”

The Priest Trio and those who had been waiting for me followed after me.

[Ara] “Priests, please come and provide healing with me.”

[Priest Trio] “Yes!”

[Ara] “Linden, can you regulate the area like last time?”

[Linden] “That much should be easy.”

[Ara] “Lecht, please do what I mentioned earlier.”

[Lecht] “Alright.”

Since it was something we had already experienced once, we were able to coordinate our actions easily. 

Before everyone else started their tasks, Lecht whispered to me softly.

[Lecht] “Don’t overdo it.”

I laughed at his words, recalling the time when he had called all kinds of healing mages and doctors when I had just been fatigued.

[Ara] “Don’t worry. Are you underestimating me again?”

As I spoke while playfully jutting out my lip, Lecht smiled faintly and whispered softly.

[Lecht] “No way. I believe in you more than anyone else. But I’m still worried.”

Tanma, who was standing next to him, added a few words too.

[Tanma] “His Excellency would still be worried, even if Miss was a god.”

 Although what he said was a bit troublesome, I laughed since his meaning was accurately conveyed.

[Ara] “You be careful as well, Lecht. If you have any symptoms, just come and look for me right away. Don’t say you hate seeing me tired out or you don’t want to infect me and make excuses for not coming. I’ll seriously scold you if you do.”

Lecht’s smile deepend when I showed him my clenched fist as I spoke.

[Lecht] “Okay.”

He turned around first with a smile. He seemed like someone who had already decided where he was going to start the investigation I had requested him to do. 

I rolled up my sleeves as well as I watched him leave with Tanma.

[Ara] “Come on, Kelber. Just stay by my side, okay? We’ll be busy from now on!”

I rushed over to where the sick people were gathered.

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Unlike giving blessings, healing took a lot longer since it had to be done one by one. 

When Linden had said that it had spread more rapidly than expected, I thought we’d have to stay up and run around for about a week, so we all shouted ‘let’s do this!’ together. But contrary to my resolve, I didn’t heal people for very long.

It was because someone had shown up and interrupted, not even 30 minutes into healing. 

[Ziken] “Just what sort of strange situation is going on here?”

[Linden] “…You’ve come, Brother.”

[Ara] “Greetings, Your Highness.”

Ziken, whose ego seemed to be needlessly inflated, seemed to be overflowing with displeasure. I thought he was annoyed at the fact that such a thing had occurred in the capital, so I opened my mouth in order to calm him down.

[Ara] “You shouldn’t worry too much. We’ve started to restrict the outbreak regions, and once we finish healing…”

But as if he had started to develop it as a habit, he once again interrupted me and started to get angry.

[Ziken] “Did you restrict the area without any orders or permission from the imperial palace? You sure do have a lot of nerve!”

The crux of why he was displeased clearly lay in a very different place.

[Ziken] “Can I interpret this as a challenge to the imperial family’s authority?”

It must have been a deliberate move since he even dropped the formalities in front of everyone and exposed his true self that he had been hiding.


i am sure we’re all tired of seeing ziken’s dumbass bc i’m ready for him to be killed off LMAOOO

IBVIAAN Ch 35 — The Worst Situation

While holding Ryno in my arms, I used my head to gesture at the gryphon to Lecht. That was an indication for him to do something about it.

But Lecht, however, had a carefree expression on his face, as if he was asking me why I was doing this. On the contrary, he shot a glare at Ryno. 

When I averted my gaze slightly, Tanma, who was next to me, also had a smile on his face, no different from how he usually would.

No, why are you all so relaxe…

That was when I suddenly remembered what Lecht had told me before.

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While holding Ryno in my arms, I used my head to gesture at the gryphon to Lecht. That was an indication for him to do something about it.

But Lecht, however, had a carefree expression on his face, as if he was asking me why I was doing this. On the contrary, he shot a glare at Ryno. 

When I averted my gaze slightly, Tanma, who was next to me, also had a smile on his face, no different from how he usually would.

No, why are you all so relaxe…

That was when I suddenly remembered what Lecht had told me before.

 [Lecht] “All demonic creatures hide their appearance with illusion magic when they leave the Grand Duchy. It just doesn’t work on you, since you’re the Saintess of the Moon God.”

[Ara] “No way.”

I turned my head and looked at the gryphon. When its eyes met mine, the gryphon approached me cautiously and rubbed its beak against my cheek, its red eyes shining. Perhaps because it was in a good mood as it continued to rub against me even more, its large size gradually shrunk as it did so. When it spread its wings after being chased away from me by Kelber in a fit of temper, it had already shrunk to the average size of an eagle, its wingspan spanning around one metre.

I heard the sound of Linden muttering as he absorbed the barrier magic he had cast earlier.

[Linden] “This is the first time I’ve seen a size manipulation spell being cast on an animal. I knew that theoretically, it was possible, but I never did it since it was too dangerous…”

At his muttering, I gulped, swallowing dryly before replying back.

[Ara] “R-Right? That’s just an ordinary animal.”

[Linden] “To think of enlarging an eagle and riding it, how incredible.” 

[Ara] “An eagle… haha.

I see. So it looks like an ordinary eagle to Linden. And he thinks it was enlarged by a spell!

As I breathed a sigh of relief, I suddenly heard a muffled voice from within my arms.

[Ryno] “Y-Your Majesty…! I love you, and I’m really thrilled to be in your arms as well, Your Majesty, but… I can sense His Majesty’s bloodthirst…!”

I turned my head slightly at the words of Ryno, who was grabbing onto my collar while his shoulders trembled. Lecht was indeed looking at Ryno, who was still in my arms, with a ferocious light in his eyes. But I couldn’t just let go of him right away.

[Ara] “Ryno, your horns…! You said you couldn’t humanise yourself.”

The cold temperature around Lecht dropped even lower at my whisper that was so soft it couldn’t be heard by Linden.

Ryno’s voice trembled as he spoke.

[Ryno] “I have an illusion spell on me, just like other demonic creatures…”

[Ara] “Oh.”

So, unlike the butler Tanma and Lecht, who were able to humanise themselves, illusion magic had been cast over Ryno, just like other demonic creatures. So it meant that his horns were only visible to me, and not anyone else.

‘So that’s why Lecht and Butler Tanma were so relaxed!’

No wonder they never had the thought to urgently hide Ryno, who had appeared out of the blue with horns…! Why did it feel like I had somehow been deceived by myself?

[Linden] “Ara. That guy… are you guys close?”

Linden’s voice was just as cold as Lecht’s. 

After realising how strange my actions must have looked, I quickly let go of Ryno, whose face was still buried in my chest.

[Ara] “Oh, ahaha! It’s been so long—it’s so good to see you!”

I slapped Ryno on the shoulder as I laughed exaggeratedly. 

[Ara] “I’ll introduce you guys! This is Ryno. He’s a friend I met while I was at the Grand Duchy! So, he’s a believer of the… our Lunar religion. So he taught me a lot about the things I don’t know. Very competent!”

I introduced him with a moderate mixture of truth and lies.

[Linden] “You must be a mage.”

Linden stretched his hand out to Ryno after sneaking a glimpse at the gryphon and Kelber, who were scrapping with each other on the ground.

[Ryno] “I’m not a mage, but I can control the wind!”

[Linden] “…?”

Ryno answered valiantly and shook Linden’s hand up and down in the air.

Linden tilted his head with an expression of ‘aren’t you a mage if you can use wind magic?’ and whispered quietly under his breath.

[Linden] “As expected, mages are full of weird quirks.” 

A cold voice fell between us just as I was feeling relieved at overcoming the situation.

[Lecht] “What business did you come here for?”

Ryno’s shoulders shook violently at Lecht’s voice. Feeling the energy around Lecht become even fiercer after he sneakily tried to hide behind me, Ryno leapt up with a ‘eek’ and went to hide behind Tanma instead.

But you’re clearly too large to hide behind Tanma…

[Ryno] “The truth is, there’s a problem in the Grand Duchy…”

Those words caused Lecht’s fierce energy to flare up even more. In other words, the atmosphere became even more tense.

[Tanma] “Problem?”

Tanma had on his usual smile as he asked, perhaps because it was related to the Grand Duchy.

[Ryno]Pestis has started to spread.”

t/n: latin for disease or plague; has the meaning of the worst disease

Tanma and Lecht’s faces stiffened. I didn’t know what they were talking about, so I grabbed Lecht to ask him.

[Ara] “What are you talking about?”

[Lecht] “Do you remember the epidemic that was in the village where we stopped?”

[Ara] “Of course I do.”

It was an incident that revealed that I was the saintess, so there was no way I could forget it.

[Lecht] “Apparently that disease started in the Grand Duchy.”

I held my breath. What sort of bombshell is this?

[Ara] “Don’t tell me we were the ones who brought it in? No, but none of us were infected though…?”

[Lecht] “No. It’s not that.”

[Ara] “If that’s not the case, then how…”

Lecht added softly under his breath.

[Lecht] “That bastard has crossed the line.”

It was unclear whether that was a reply to me or if he was just talking to himself.

In any case, I had the thought that I should try and resolve the situation first, even if that meant I had to slow my search for the cause like last time.

[Ara] “Let’s go back quickly before it gets worse!”

I shouted urgently since I could fix everything once I arrived. But the direction where the broken door was suddenly became noisy.

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[Priest —] “I told you, I’m not telling the Saintess! What if she collapses again?!”

[Priest —] “Didn’t even the High Priestess tell you to tell the Saintess? It’s worth it.”

The Priest Trio rushed in whilst arguing just as raucously as always. But the only difference this time was that they were all extremely pale.

[Ara] “What’s wrong with all of your faces?”

Having just some bad news, I became anxious at the mood of their tussling which seemed even heavier than usual.

[Priest —] “Saintessss! Hngg, we’ve got a big problem…!”

[Priest —] “Oh, seriously, I told you we should’ve just figured this out on our own without telling the Saintess!”

One of them began to sob loudly while the other began to vent his temper.

[Ara] “What’s the matter with you guys? Tell me.”

At my urging, the calmest priest among them spoke. What he said was shocking.

[Priest —] “Do you perhaps remember the epidemic in the village where we first met you, Saintess?”

[Ara] “…No way.”

[Priest —] “There has been an outbreak of that epidemic in the capital.”

I started to feel dizzy.

[Priest —] “It started a few days ago at the Head of Ezzarson’s funeral and is now spreading at a tremendous rate.”

There was an outbreak of that deadly disease in the Grand Duchy and the capital at the same time? How could the worst situations coincide this much with each other?

[Linden] “Ara!”

[Tanma] “Miss!”

[Ryno] “Your Majesty!”

[Priests] “Saintess!”

The moment my vision turned white, several people reached out towards me, who stumbled. I reached out to hold onto the arm of whoever got to me first and asked.

[Ara] “Has anyone informed the central gov… no, the palace? Have you started to quarantine the area?”

When I thought of what happened back then, I was reminded of the incredible transmission rate. We needed to stop it quickly before it spread any further.

[Ara] “What about the temple? Does Lydia know? Can we send any more priests? No, more importantly, shouldn’t we immediately send more doctors to the capital?”

My thoughts started to jumble out of order.

[Lecht] “Ara, calm down.”

It was Lecht who was patting my hand and calming me down. 

Looking at it now, it was Lecht’s arm that I was holding onto tightly. As if I was holding onto my lifeline.

He gently loosened my tense fingers and pulled a russet handkerchief from out of his pocket. He carefully wrapped the handkerchief around my wrist, which I hadn’t thought would abate after turning red from Alion’s grip.

[Lecht] “Have you calmed down a little?”

[Ara] “Yes… thank you.”

His actions broke the tempo of my complicated thought process. The sand in the murky water seemed to have subsided a bit now.

I took a deep breath in, alternating my eyes from the tulips still in my hand to the soft handkerchief wrapped around my wrist. 

That’s right, panicking doesn’t help the situation at all. Let’s calm down.

[Ara] “Have you informed the temple?”

I went through every point thoroughly.

[Priest —] “The High Priestess knows. She said she’s coming here right away.”

[Ara] “What about the Imperial Palace?”

[Priest ​​—] “I came here right away since I thought I’d be able to tell you right away as His Highness the Prince is here, but…”

At the end of the priest’s gaze was Linden, who had a troubled expression on his face. In other words, what they were saying was that they deliberately ran to find Linden first instead of going to the Imperial Palace or going to find Crown Prince Ziken.

Linden nodded and said.

[Linden] “I’ll let the Imperial Palace know.”

Then he added, wiping his forehead.

[Linden] “Although this isn’t something I should be saying in this sort of situation, thank you for coming to find me instead of my older brother.”

[Priest —] “Don’t mention it.”

They exchanged brief, yet meaningful pleasantries. It was when I was listening to them and wondering what I should sort out next.

[Priest —] “Of course I’m not going to that damn bastard who ignored our Saintess!”

[Ryno] “What? How dare that bastard ignore Her Majesty!”

My eyes widened into circles at the priest’s unexpected outburst in such a serious situation, and the goofiness of Ryno, who had such a quick reaction to it.

[Priest —] “So a really irritating guy that only has his position actually does exist!”

[Ryno] “He seems like an uncomfortable person to be around, just judging from what I’ve heard! That sort of guy just can’t mind his own business!”

Nevertheless, I burst out into laughter at the appearance of the two men who genuinely started to fume in anger together. The dark and heavy atmosphere was considerably relieved thanks to them.

[Ara] “Right, let’s put out the nearest fire first. Priest, please guide me to the location.”

I put down the bouquet of tulips on the table first and spoke,

[Priest —] “Will you be alright?”

[Ara] “Of course I will. I can’t just pace around anxiously when it’s a disease that I can cure.”

Although the priests looked restless, they still nodded their heads in the end. As we all walked toward the broken door, Linden suddenly added.

[Linden] “By the way, Mr. Green Eyed Mage.”

[Ara] “Ryno, I think he’s talking to you.”

[Ryno] “What? Me? But I’m not a mage though.”

Although Ryno denied it, Linden, who had already labelled him as ‘an eccentric mage specialising in wind magic,’ continued to speak.

[Linden] “Although I’m happy that I met another mage, I’m afraid I’ll still have to charge you for breaking the door. Since this timber was quite expensive after all.”

[Ryno]Heok.”

Ryno turned his head with a look of extreme embarrassment on his face. His gaze was on Lecht and Tanma. However, Lecht brushed past him and said calmly.

[Lecht] “If you don’t have money, then you’ll have to use your body to pay him back.”

[Ryno]Heok. But…!”

Tanma followed after Lecht and patted him on the shoulder encouragingly. Though his smile seemed to be somewhat cold.

[Tanma] “Just think of it as the price of Miss’s hug and work hard. Good luck.”

[Kelber]Woof!

Behind him following triumphantly was Kelber, who had won the scuffle with the gryphon.

[Ryno] “Your Majesty…”

Ryno gave me a look that asked him to save him as his last resort. Although his body was distracting, the look in his eyes was so forlorn it made me think I was kicking a puppy away and poked at my conscience. Nevertheless, I had no choice but to avoid his gaze.

[Ara] “…Good luck.”

I don’t have any money either…

[Linden] “Then, Mr. Green Eyed Mage. Thank you in advance for cleaning up.”

After only giving him a firm handshake, Linden left the dormitory happily, leaving a devastated Ryno behind.


at least i have one thing in common with ara; the fact that we’re both broke af GHSDLFKJDFS ;-;

IBVIAAN Ch 34 — Don’t Ever Come See Me Again

I ended up oversleeping, perhaps due to the fatigue of staying up late for a few nights since I was having too much fun.

[Ara] “Huam~”

[Kelber] “Woof!”

[Ara] “Yes, did you have a good sleep too, Kelber?”

Kelber wagged his tail in greeting as soon as I woke up, still by my side despite the sun having already risen high in the sky. 

After taking a quick shower and changing, I walked lightly to the dining hall on the first floor. Feeling excited at the thought of going to the restaurant we had talked about yesterday, the smile on my face disappeared after I found someone completely unexpected waiting for me.

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I ended up oversleeping, perhaps due to the fatigue of staying up late for a few nights since I was having too much fun.

[Ara]Huam~

t/n: yawn sound

[Kelber]Woof!

[Ara] “Yes, did you have a good sleep too, Kelber?”

Kelber wagged his tail in greeting as soon as I woke up, still by my side despite the sun having already risen high in the sky. 

After taking a quick shower and changing, I walked lightly to the dining hall on the first floor. Although I felt excited at the thought of going to the restaurant we had talked about yesterday, the smile on my face soon disappeared after I found someone completely unexpected waiting for me.

[—] “Meliara.”

Although it was definitely the first time I had seen this person, I knew who they were right away. The exact same indigo blue hair that resembled the blue hair I see in the mirror every morning. A face that I had seen countless times on the portraits hanging on the walls of the Duchy. And above all, the familiar emblem of the Darchez Duchy, stuck on both the chest of him and the knights who were escorting him.

[Ara] “Alion Darchez…?”

His face stiffened as he glanced at me for an instant. Shortly after that, he got up from his seat as he parted his tightly closed lips.

[Alion] “Let’s go back.”

[Ara] “What…? Where…”

[Alion] “What do you mean, where? Back home of course.”

Spitting it out in a blunt voice, he approached me. I took a step back instinctively and said.

[Ara] “Lord Darchez, you must not have heard the news since you’ve been out on an expedition this whole time… I’ve left that house.”

t/n: lord is used to refer to the children of high ranking nobles (notably heirs)

[Alion] “…”

He didn’t respond to my words and just stared at me, so I added.

[Ara] “The home you say you want me to go back to is no longer my home.”

At the table behind him, Tanma and Lecht were watching Alion and I with a dark expression. 

There was a moment of silence. 

Alion let out a soft sigh. It was like a tired sigh of a man forced to bear a heavy barley sack on his shoulders.

[Alion] “I’m doing this since I heard something different from Father.”

He spoke with a slight frown.

[Alion] “You know how easy it is for Father to say something harsh when he’s angry.”

[Ara] “Regardless of how angry you are, I don’t think it’s ‘easy’ for someone to say that we should pretend not to know each other since you’ll be expelled from the Duchy forever, though.”

His eyes, which were cold and stiff the whole time I was talking, suddenly widened into circles. He lowered his deep blue eyes to look at the floor.

[Alion]Haa… I was wondering why you left home all of a sudden…”

He spoke while rubbing his face.

[Alion] “I’ll speak to Father about it and make it as if it never happened. So don’t worry about that and just come back home first.”

As he took another step toward me again, I retreated yet another step back.

[Ara] “What do you mean make it as if it never happened? I have no intention of going back to that house.”

[Alion] “Meliara.”

[Ara] “I asked him to make sure he removes my name from the genealogy though. I told him not to look for me.”

Alion frowned, as if this was the first he had heard of this.

[Ara] “Please go back, Lord Darchez. I have nothing to do with that family now.”

[Alion] “…”

Despite what I said, he seemed to have no intention of moving. I had no intention of standing here and waiting until he left, so I tried to avoid him first. But Alion grabbed my wrist while I was on my way to Lecht’s table.

[Alion] “Meliara, why are you like this all of a sudden?”

His grip on me was strong.

[Alion] “Hasn’t Father only said something crazy once or twice? Why are you like this all of a sudden…”

[Ara] “Once or twice?”

My voice came out sharply, having gotten sharper in many ways due to the recent events with the Crown Prince.

[Ara] “All of a sudden you say.”

[Alion] “…”

Thinking about the past of this body was very complicated, so it was frustrating that the past, which I thought I had completely severed after leaving the Duchy, kept coming back and suffocating me. Even though it was something I had to deal with, it was still very uncomfortable.

[Ara] “Do you know what I heard as soon as I was born?”

[Alion] “…”

[Ara] “Rather than killing her mother, it would’ve been better if she hadn’t been born.”

[Alion] “!”

The reason why it was uncomfortable wasn’t because I wanted to run away. It was because of the weight of that past.

[Ara] “And do you know what I heard most frequently while living in the Duchy?”

[Alion] “…”

[Ara] “Useless bitch.”

It was a frustrating past, even when it had just been reading words on a page. The background of Meliara Darchez’s upraisal was so brutal it was enough to make people wonder if she had no choice but to become a villainess.

[Ara] “A useless bitch who can’t even seduce the Crown Prince. A useless bitch who doesn’t have the faintest trace of magic, unlike her mother who was a mage. A useless bitch who can’t even exhibit a lick of divine power.”

There were so many that I couldn’t even list them all.

[Ara] “So don’t you think it’s a bit unreasonable for you to say it was only ‘once or twice’?”

[Alion] “…”

I could feel the strength behind Alion’s hand grabbing my wrist. His pupils shook.

[Alion] “That… You know Father only said all of that because he wasn’t thinking for a momen-”

[Ara] “Out of anger, out of rage, out of drunkenness, out of frustration.”

I cut him off in a trembling voice. My voice was flat.

[Ara] “I know.”

I was never angry. On the contrary, I was so despondent I would even laugh. Having endured too much to be angry, Meliara was only filled with sadness, just sadness.

[Ara] “By the way, Lord Darchez. A frog can die from a stone thrown by someone unintentionally1.”

[Alion] “…”

Meliara had to endure a long time of loneliness and violence in what he flippantly called, ‘a senseless thing said without thinking’.

[Alion] “Meliara, I…”

[Ara] “Let go of me.”

I wasn’t putting up any sort of resistance into the wrist he was holding. It wasn’t that I had no strength to shake him off, but that I was just too tired to fight.

[Alion] “Meliara.”

[Ara] “Let go of me, Lord Darchez.”

[Alion] “…”

Upon my repeated calm request, he slowly loosened his grip on me. My hand naturally fell out of his grip.

The red handprints were clearly visible, perhaps because of my pale skin. Although it didn’t hurt, I still hid it with my other hand since it looked quite bad.

Taking a step back, I said in a low voice.

[Ara] “Please, don’t ever come see me again.”

It was an earnest request, devoid of anger or resentment. Looking at me for a long time with a complicated expression that I couldn’t understand, Alion finally opened his mouth.

[Alion] “What are you going to do now without the Darchez name?”

The words he murmured lightly dispersed in the quiet space.

I would have ignored it if that question that was closer to a monologue was ridiculing what I could do by myself. But I paused for a moment at the voice that deluded me into thinking he was genuinely worried.

Alion Darchez wasn’t a good older brother in the novel either. He hated her for taking his mother away when he was young, and avoided her when he grew older, and upon her engagement being broken off and being removed from the family, he left for an expedition to the border, not even remaining by her side.

‘But unlike the Duke, Alion actually pretends to be worried about his sister.’

His hypocritical, two-faced appearance was both unpleasant yet satisfying, so I pasted on a shallow smile.

[Ara] “Stay healthy, Lord Darchez.”

Alion’s eyes shook once more. There was a moment of silence, with not even the sound of breathing heard. Alion turned around first.

[Alion] “…Let’s go back.”

Despite it being the first thing he said when he found me, both the target of the sentence, as well as the meaning, were now different.

[Knight] “Your Lordship, but His Excellency, the Duke…!”

[Alion] “Go back.”

Alion glared down with a cold light in his eyes at the knight who seemed to protest against him, making the knight shut up as he walked out. The knight glanced between Alion and I alternately before running after Alion, exclaiming a short ‘Gosh!’ and seemingly wanted to stomp his feet out of frustration. 

Silence came to the dining hall after Alion’s departure. Apart from Alion and his knights, there were only Tanma and Lecht in the first place anyway. It was because Linden had cleared out the whole place so we’d be comfortable.

But what should I do with this heavy atmosphere? Should I explain what sort of situation this was to Lecht? How much of it should I explain? That they were this body’s family, but had left after being removed from the family? Even that I’m actually someone else who just took over Meliara’s body?

[Kelber]Hing?

As my train of thought continued with various concerns, one of Kelber’s heads burrowed into my hand. Another licked my wrist while the other one rubbed against my hip. My anxiety slowly melted away despite having been frozen stiff earlier.

At the same time, I heard Lecht speak up.

[Lecht] “I allowed him some space since he claimed that you were family, but your relationship seems to be no better than strangers.”

Turning my head, Lecht had already approached me before I knew it and pulled me into his embrace. Startled by the unexpected hug, Tanma soon entered my line of sight. He had a faint smile on his face like always.

[Tanma] “It’s my fault, miss. I’ll definitely make sure to restrict his entry next time.”

He banned Lord Darchez naturally and lightly, with the casualness he would use to say, ‘Gosh, the tea’s gone cold. I’ll heat it up’.

It was clear that neither of them were deliberately prying into the details or interrogating me too heavily for my sake. But despite that, they were clearly expressing their concern for me.

[Ara] “Thank you.”

[Lecht] “It’s only natur-”

The moment I was expressing my thanks for their consideration of me.

[—]Ack! Take that hand off! That’s cheating!”

A discontented voice cut off Lecht’s reply and filled the dining hall. When I turned around, I saw an upset Linden entering the dining hall.

[Linden] “You shouldn’t try to score a goal when the opposing team isn’t there, seriously!”

At the obnoxious voice that accused him of foul play, Lecht clicked his tongue with a tch and murmured under his breath.

[Lecht] “I wish I could add that to the restricted access list while I’m at it.”

I burst out laughing at the murmur that was more than half sincere. 

How are you going to restrict access to Linden when it’s his property?

Linden approached us in big strides and pulled me out of Lecht’s arms, placing me by his side as he glared discontentedly at Lecht. Wondering if it would turn into another argument again, I spoke with Linden.

[Ara] “Where have you been since morning?”

Though the sun was already too high in the sky for me to say it was morning.

Turning his gaze to me at my question, Linden smiled softly, his eyes crinkling, as if he hadn’t just been growling at Lecht. 

[Linden] “Ara, I was going to give you this when you woke up.”

[Ara] “Wow! So pretty.

He pulled out a pretty bouquet of tulips from behind him. Lecht clicked his tongue again when I received the colourful bouquet with both hands.

[Lecht] “You did the same thing as me, so what exactly are you dissatisfied about?”

[Linden] “I at the very least still gave it in front of you.”

[Ara]Ahh, thank you! Wow, tulips! Wow, so colourful!”

I deliberately admired the colourful bouquet between the two men. Having barely managed to reverse the almost bloodthirsty situation, I looked exaggeratedly around the empty dining hall and asked another question.

[Ara] “Where did the priests go? They should’ve finished their morning prayers already.”

They didn’t seem to fight if the topic didn’t have anything to do with me. But a sudden incident immediately overshadowed my topic of choice that I had chosen after much consideration.

The door burst open with a bang as a winged demonic creature appeared.

[Linden] “What’s happening all of a sudden…!”

At the loud sound and appearance of something large, Linden pulled me back and quickly performed barrier magic.

But the expressions of Lecht and Tanma were somehow peaceful. Even Kelber, who was next to me, was carefreely scratching his ears with his hind feet. 

Seeing their relaxed appearances made me turn my head again to reconfirm it was a demonic creature. It was a gryphon, undoubtedly a demonic creature, with the body of a lion, but the head and wings of an eagle.

Did a Demon King, a demon, and a demonic creature have no reaction to it since it was a demonic creature? No, even humans are surprised when a brown bear suddenly appears out of nowhere.

It was then.

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[—] “Your Majesty!!”

[Ara] “Oh.”

At the sonorous voice that rang out, I immediately realised why they were so easygoing. There was only one person I knew who would make such a dramatic appearance with such a powerfully loud voice.

[Ryno] “Your Majesty! Are you okay?!”

Sure enough, it was Ryno who jumped off the gryphon. The back of my throat tightened as I got a headache due to many different reasons.

‘Where does that idiot think this place is, showing up riding a gryphon…!’ 

With his horns exposed too!

[Ryno] “Your Majesty! There’s trouble…!”

[Ara] “Hey, you invincible walking disaster!”

Before he could bring anything up, I rushed up to him with an urgent heart and hid his face in my arms.

[1]  proverb meaning be careful of what you say to other people


ara: part time saintess, full time mediator for lecht and linden xD

also ryno’s appearance making this whole chapter better ❤

IBVIAAN Ch 33 — Two Men with No Similarities

Pursing my lips, I looked at the two of them alternately with a defeated expression. I felt defeated. The situation wouldn’t end just by choosing one of them hastily since my relationship with the two of them was still ambiguous and hadn’t been defined yet.

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Pursing my lips, I looked at the two of them alternately with a defeated expression. I felt defeated. The situation wouldn’t end just by choosing one of them hastily since my relationship with the two of them was still ambiguous and hadn’t been defined yet.

My relationship with Lecht was one that would start from zero, since I had felt burdened due to his longing feelings that he had held for me for a long time. Although my heart would often flutter for him, I wouldn’t exactly say that my feelings for him were deep enough for me to say that I ‘liked’ him. But saying ‘no’ would feel too heartless, so I had told him I would try and get used to his affection, thus resulting in our relationship being ambiguous in many ways.

My relationship with Linden was even more ambiguous. Only a few hours had passed since I had seen him crying profusely, saying that he was now all alone. How cornered must he have felt for him to cling onto the first person he saw and beg them not to leave him? It was already impossible to turn him away, my nonexistent maternal instinct surging inside of me. I wanted to stay by his side and support him, at least until he had the strength to take on the world by himself again.

[Linden] “I can pick only the most entertaining stands and take you there!”

[Lecht] “I can let you do whatever you want, as long as you stay by my side. It’s dangerous.”

How could going to a night market turn into such a hot topic? What should I do…?

As my eyes flitted across the room, I suddenly made eye contact with the butler, Tanma. I suddenly became conscious of the situation the moment I caught a glimpse of his satisfied smile.

[Ara]Pfft.

I burst into laughter.

[Ara]Ahaha!” 

The two men, who had become so serious about going to a night market, and me, who was sweating over it. And these people were a demon king, a prince, and a saintess. Thinking about it now, it really was a funny situation.

[Ara]Ahahaha!

[Lecht & Linden] “Ara?”

I laughed so hard that tears almost came to my eyes. The two men simultaneously said my name in a puzzled voice.

[Ara] “Let’s all go together. It’s more fun to go to a night market together!”

I said, holding both of their hands at the same time.

[Ara] “The three of us, Butler Tanma, the Priest Trio, and Kelber. Together.”

A smile involuntarily leaked out of my overflowing happiness.

[Ara] “The two of you don’t have any complaints with that, right?”

[Linden]Ugh.

[Lecht]Hmph.”

The two men glared at each other in dissatisfaction at my question.

[Ara] “Or should I just go by myself?!”

The two burly men flinched in unison despite it not even being a scary threat.

[Lecht] “Let’s go together. If that’s what you want, then okay.”

[Linden]Haa… alright. Together…”

In the end, we concluded that we’d all go together to the night market.

*

I didn’t know back then. Just how severely competitive these two men were.

[Lecht] “Does it look like I require financial help?”

[Linden] “It’s not for you, Your Excellency, but for Ara.”

[Lecht] “Then we’ll go to another accomodation.”

[Linden] “All of the best accomodations around here are owned by the Ezzarson Guild.”

[Lecht] “Then I’ll just buy this place.”

[Linden] “I don’t have any intention of selling it though?”

A smiling Linden. A frigid Lecht.

[Ara]Haa…”

I wouldn’t have had any hopes or dreams of these two having a good time together if I had known… Anyway, it was this mouth of mine that was the problem. 

[Linden] “Are you that dissatisfied over not having to pay for your accommodation?”

[Lecht] “It’s only natural for a guest to pay when they stay over.”

The two would butt heads at least once an hour, and at most, up to five times an hour. All the reasons they would face off with each other over were all extremely trivial, from ‘Ara likes drinking warm tea’ and ‘She likes drinking cold things as well’, to ‘As the saintess, Ara’s residence should be in the capital’s Great Temple’ and ‘The safest place is in the Grand Duchy, where Lunarism is the most active’. 

Now they were arguing about whether or not I would pay for my stay in the inn that Linden owned.

 [Linden] “But Ara isn’t just another guest, is she? I don’t accept money from friends.”

[Lecht] “Just because you’re a ‘friend’, doesn’t mean that you’re not a ‘guest’ either. A fee is paid in expectation of receiving proper treatment.”

[Linden] “Do you think I won’t provide you with the appropriate treatment if I don’t get paid? I’m not shameless enough to do that.”

Linden clearly used to be cautious of Lecht’s mood before… Did he perhaps lose his mind when his grandfather passed away, I wonder? And on top of that, Lecht didn’t seem to care whether or not Linden was there last time, so why is he reacting like this now?

[Ara] “Lecht, let’s look on the bright side. Linden considers us as his really close friends. Just accept it graciously, alright?”

I ended up playing the mediator once again. Sometimes I’d succeed, but…

[Lecht] “I’ve never had a friend like that.”

[Linden] “I was only talking about you, Ara!”

…this time, I failed. 

I sighed as I watched the two men glare at each other. 

Fine, I give up. Fight, fight, fight, fight…

Kelber immediately rested his head on my lap as soon as I plopped my tired body onto the chair.

[Kelber]Woof! Woof! Woof!

I was comforted soon by his whining and the wagging of his tail. Just as I was patting his three cute heads, the door burst open as the trio of priests suddenly rushed in.

[Priest 1] “Saintess~! Our pretty Saintess!”

[Priest 2] “Saintess! I cut my hair!”

[Priest 3] “The Saintess isn’t interested in your hair cut.”

They were very rowdy today as well.

[Priest 1] “Saintess, you’re pretty today as well… Hehe.”

[Priest 2] “Gosh! I should’ve grown my hair out just like the Saintess!”

[Priest 3] “Give it up. It’ll just look like dog hair on you.”

Their praises were still overflowing with energy.

[Ara] “You’ve all arrived! Now, should we set off then?”

I jumped up from my seat and ran toward the priests.

[Ara] “If both of you don’t come quickly, I’ll leave you both behind!”

The two men who were still arguing with each other vigorously as they went out the door with the priests, finally stopped fighting and ran after us.

[Kelber]Woof! Woof! Woof!

[Tanma] “I heard that the candy they sell by melting sugar is quite popular in the night market.”

[Lecht] “Tell me when your legs get tired. I’ll give you a piggyback.”

[Linden] “Ara, take my hand and let’s go!”

The Priest Trio, who were leading the way while squabbling with each other. Kelber and Tanma, who were faithfully guarding me from behind. And Lecht and Linden, who were guarding me on both sides. It was a combination that was tiring in many ways, but…

[Ara] “No matter what, drinking and eating at the night market is the best!”\

But at the same time, it was the combination that gave me the most happiness, so I ran forward energetically, confidently expecting that this trip to the night market would be really enjoyable.

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Meanwhile, at that time in the Grand Duchy…

[Ryno] “I also want to go to Her Majesty’s proclamation ceremony though…”

[Guard] “Cheer up. You can’t be humanised, so there’s nothing you can do.”

The guard, who was accompanying the depressed Ryno, patted him on the shoulder. The image of the man squatting on a bench with a sad face looked extremely inconsistent with his frame that was as large and bulky as a brown bear’s.

[Ryno] “What if I can’t humanise myself, no matter how hard I try?”

Humanising, which was a process which hid a demon’s horns and ears, was something not many demons were able to do since it required an enormous amount of magic and skill. And Ryno, who was born with half human blood would naturally have less innate magic than the average demon, so humanisation wasn’t something that he could achieve just through his own effort alone.

[Ryno] “But that’s how I mastered the wind though.”

To the extent of spitting blood, his ‘wind’ ability went from just being able to extinguish a few candles to being able to create a gale strong enough to devastate a field in only 100 years. All of this was thanks to Her Highness, who believed in him as ‘an invincible guy’.

Mulling over the wind while jutting his lips out, Ryno suddenly jumped up from his seat, his eyes sharpening.

[Guard] “What the hell, you scared me. What’s wrong?”

The guard next to him staggered in surprise. Ryno held onto him to prevent him from falling, but his gaze was in the direction of the rose garden.

[Ryno] “This smell is…!”

It was the strong scent of gold osmanthus which had been carried over by the wind.

* * *

The night market was fun. I ate a lot of chicken skewers and sugary snacks, as well as apple pie and alcohol bread, and also some warm mulled wine since it got cold after drinking a refreshing beer. I tried making a candle with the stuff that the priests had brought and also played a game where you scored points by throwing a small ball into a container. 

Although they were all things that I could see and do at any festival, after going through so many things recently, I just went along and enjoyed the little time that I could afford to spend leisurely. 

Lecht and Linden, who were busy butting heads and arguing about every single little thing, gradually got a bit more docile as time passed by. Rather than being docile, they seem to have concluded that it’d be better to get along nicely without fighting, since I’d ditch them for the trio of priests whenever the both of them started fighting.

It would be the Lantern Festival in three days. 

I looked up at the moon while Linden went to buy a lantern with the trio of priests. The moon a few days before the full moon looked so pretty. 

Just as I was about to make a small wish that the following days would also be peaceful like this, a ticklish voice sounded from next to my ear.

[Linden] “What are you looking at?”

[Ara]Ack, you scared me.”

Turning around, I found Linden looking in the direction I was looking up at, holding two lanterns in his hands. Asking as if he was curious, he looked back at me and smiled happily when our eyes met. When I saw Linden looking so carefree without any worries, I ended up smiling too.

[Ara] “Just looking at the moon.”

[Linden] “Tada! I ended up choosing the one with the moon and the stars on it for you. It’s pretty, right?”

[Ara] “It’s pretty. Thanks.”

I received the lantern he bought for me. It was a large lantern that was three times the size of my face. Looking around, they were all roughly the same size.

[Linden] “Your one is a flower, Your Excellency. Just stay still like a flower.”

[Lecht] “…”

Wow, Lecht seemed to swear at him with his eyes. Seeing as Lecht and the flowers somehow seemed to be compatible with each other despite seemingly contrasting each other, I let out a laugh.

[Ara] “Oh, it’s starting.”

We quickly joined in as we watched all the lanterns around us being lit.

[Linden] “Ara, don’t forget to make a wish. Even better if it’s about me.”

[Lecht] “You have a lot of greed too.”

Listening to the voices of the two men who were squabbling until the end, I set my lantern afloat.

‘I hope that everyone can be happy.’

I prayed for a simple, yet difficult wish on my lantern. 

Lecht and Linden’s lanterns, which were set off together, circled around mine, as if they were still fighting amongst themselves. The lanterns then floated up further and further upwards, before disappearing among the other lanterns.

[Ara] “Today was also a meaningful night.”

I whispered with a jubilant heart.

[Lecht] “We should go back now.”

[Linden] “Ara, shall we go home?”

The two men replied back to me at a frighteningly fast speed.

[Linden] “The night market is also open tomorrow, so let’s finish off what we couldn’t do today then.”

[Lecht] “It’s alright to take a day off. The night market will be open the day after tomorrow as well.”

The two men stretched out their hand toward me at the same time, giving me similar yet different opinions, as if they never wanted to lose. 

I paused for a moment at the similarities between them. Hair style, skin tone, facial expressions, and mood. These were two men with no similar points between them. However, the large hand that was extended to me, as well as all their actions which were extremely gentlemanly, were all perfectly consistent with one another.

I suddenly remembered what Lecht had once said.

[Lecht] “You will be loved. Without a doubt, infinitely.”

A grin leaked out.

You’re right. I’m receiving so much love right now.

[Ara] “Why don’t we try something else besides the night market tomorrow?”

Instead of holding their hands, I ran forward and took the lead, just like I did every evening. We headed back to the accommodation, talking about our plans for tomorrow.

But none of those plans we talked about were achieved. 

The monumental news that flew into the accommodation the next day shattered my peaceful daily life.


started my new job today & am once again reminded of how hard it is when starting in an industry where u know nothing at all ;-;

IBVIAAN Ch 32 — How are You Alone?

Linden swallowed a sigh at the words of Ziken, who clicked his tongue as if he was pathetic. 

He already knew that Grand Duke Arvis had no interest in politics. The reason he had even come here was entirely because of Ara. Despite not having a single expectation of that since he already knew, he still didn’t want to explain it to Ziken, who was unaware of that and came to such a conclusion. 

He was waiting for his pathetic older brother to leave after finishing everything he had to say, but then he said something he couldn’t just ignore.

[Ziken] “No matter how much effort you put into pulling the Princess of Darchez to your side, it’s still my power in the end.”

Linden’s expressionless mask on his face cracked slightly.

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Linden swallowed a sigh at the words of Ziken, who clicked his tongue as if he was pathetic. 

He already knew that Grand Duke Arvis had no interest in politics. The reason he had even come here was entirely because of Ara. Despite not having a single expectation of that since he already knew, he still didn’t want to explain it to Ziken, who was unaware of that and came to such a conclusion. 

He was waiting for his pathetic older brother to leave after finishing everything he had to say, but then he said something he couldn’t just ignore.

[Ziken] “No matter how much effort you put into pulling the Princess of Darchez to your side, it’s still my power in the end.”

Linden’s expressionless mask on his face cracked slightly.

[Ziken] “Do you really think the Duke of Darchez is going to abandon my mother, the Empress?”

The Duke of Darchez, who valued honour and class to the highest degree, would never support Linden even if he was forced to death due to his blood which was mixed with that of a commoner. There was also no way for Ara, who had been treated as a nuisance in the Duchy, to override the Duke to command the family.

[Ziken] “She seems to be behaving uncharacteristically childishly and has run away from home… but she’ll end up going back home anyway.”

At Ziken’s words, Linden recalled what Ara had said.

[Ara] “The Duke said that he’d erase my name from the Duchy’s genealogy because I made the Duchy into a joke. So I told him to go ahead and do it.”

As expected, he didn’t do it. No wonder he couldn’t find anything no matter how much he investigated. To be fair, there’s no way a duke who values honour would disown their own daughter.

That being said, it meant that Ara would be dragged back to the Duchy, even if it was against her will. She’d be made to aid the power of the Crown Prince, even if it was by force.

So, what he meant was that no matter how well Ara treated Linden right now, she would still abandon him in the end one day. 

Linden’s fingertips became cold. …He didn’t want that. 

He had never once cared about losing power before. He just thought of it as losing a knight on a chessboard. He could keep fighting with what remained, and if it wasn’t enough, he could just gather more power. 

But Ara was different. As he imagined Ara turning her back on him, Linden felt as if the ground from under his feet had disappeared.

[Ziken] “The Princess is the Saintess of the Moon God? That’s great.”

Ziken laughed arrogantly.

[Ziken] “Livi is mine, so Solarism is mine. The Princess will end up in my faction, so Lunarism will also be mine.”

[Linden] “…”

[Ziken] “Oh my. Once again, you don’t have a single thing, do you?”

In the end, Linden glowered at Ziken, his once expressionless face collapsing.

[Ziken] “Isn’t this because you keep coveting other people’s things that you aren’t worthy of? You’re just like your mother.”

[Linden] “You better shut that mouth of yours.”

Linden finally grabbed his brother by the collar at his insults toward his mother.

[Knight] “Your Highness!”

The knights who were guarding him ran toward him, but the red haze that rose around Linden held them back. 

Ziken was nonchalant, even after witnessing Linden’s magic.

[Ziken] “What, you’re going to attack me? That wouldn’t be a bad sight to see. The prince of misfortune who was petty and couldn’t endure his inferiority complex and used his magic to turn his grandfather’s burial hall into a wasteland.”

[Linden] “…!”

He made a declaration of war to destroy this place without any hesitation the moment Linden attacked him.

[Ziken] “Crawl back to where you came from while licking what I threw away. You know what? Why don’t I throw one more thing away out of pity?”

Despite the humiliation that followed, Linden was unable to do anything but tremble with anger. The place where they were currently standing was too great of a weakness. Ziken had deliberately come here to provoke him since he knew that too.

Thump!

Ziken was the one who pushed Linden away first. He walked away, leaving nothing but a jeer for Linden, who he had thrown over onto a chair.

After a while, the door closed and the burial hall became silent again. Alone and flung onto a chair, Linden finally looked at his grandfather’s remains, which were illuminated by the lamp. 

It was dark. Everything was so dark. Both this space, as well as his life. 

He had never coveted the throne. He just wanted to live. But the Empress refused to allow it.

So he was hunted down. Rather than being continuously hunted down, he thought it’d be better to fight back, so he started to face them head on.

But the Empress destroyed the people around him one by one, as if his efforts were futile. If he built friendships, it led to death, and if he built trust, it only led to betrayal.

The last person to side with him unconditionally in this brutal world was his grandfather. Yet now he was gone too. 

He was at a loss. It felt as if his heart was slowly freezing over. With his grandfather’s death came a cold loneliness which crept through the cracks in his heart. 

In this cold and lonely moment, he only longed for one thing. 

Ara. 

Even if you’re someone who’s going to leave me anyway, can’t you at least come and stay by my side for this moment?

Looking at his empty hands with his head bowed, it was the moment he had such a thought. A small bundle of light floated gently over to his hand.

The cluster of light twirled around Linden’s hand, as if it was saying, ‘I know him! He’s a good child!’. Starting with that one, bundles of light continued to flow towards him. 

Recognising what it was, Linden raised his head. 

As expected, Ara was also standing there. The space which had only been lit by a dim lamp was now filled with the soft divine power she had created. She was looking down at him with an expression as if she were about to burst into tears at any moment. 

Is this an illusion? 

Then, her pretty lips moved.

[Ara] “Sorry. I got here too late, didn’t I?”

Linden collapsed at the lovely whisper of her teary voice.

[Linden] “Ara…!”

He hugged her hastily. Burying his face into her stomach, he clung to her eagerly.

[Linden] “Don’t abandon me.”

A sudden request bubbled up. Linden begged her, knowing that she was destined to be taken away by the Duke of Darchez in the end.

[Linden] “I’m really alone now…”

Even though after the loss of his grandfather, there was only a dark road ahead with nothing remaining. Even though this was only a world that was full of things that would devour him… He felt like he could endure it if she was by his side. With her warmth and light, he could also overcome that tunnel.

[Linden] “So please…”

The tears that had already burst now flowed out uncontrollably. 

There was nowhere for him to cry in the funeral ceremony, so he had endured it over and over again. But he couldn’t help but shed those tears the moment he grabbed onto her. They were tears that he had already endured for a very long time.

[Linden] “Please don’t leave me alone.”

Linden came to a realisation. She wasn’t a buoy or lighthouse in the vast ocean. She was the last breath of air for him, who had already fallen into the water.

He heard a warm voice that dissolved all his worries.

[Ara] “How are you alone? We’re here too.”

Linden’s body was enveloped in a warm and gentle divine power. Her divine power began to cleanse all of his depression, anxieties, and negative emotions, one by one.

[Ara] “You’re not alone, Linden.”

Her voice was so full of assurance…

[Ara] “So you can cry as much as you want.”

Linden believed it, despite knowing how absurd her words were. 

And then he cried.

* * *

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Anyhow, it was this mouth of mine that was the problem.

[Lecht] “Does it look like I require financial help?”

[Linden] “It’s not for you, Your Excellency, but for Ara.”

[Lecht] “Then we’ll go to another accomodation.”

[Linden] “All of the best accomodations around here are owned by the Ezzarson Guild.”

[Lecht] “Then I’ll just buy this place.”

[Linden] “I don’t have any intention of selling it though?”

A smiling Linden. A frigid Lecht.

[Ara]Haa…”

It all started on the day I comforted Linden.

*

At the sight of Linden completely collapsing and seeming as if he were about to disappear from the world at any moment after the loss of his grandfather, I grabbed onto him first. The sound of him begging me not to leave him was so sorrowful that I couldn’t help but comfort him, despite not knowing the reason why.

The problem was what happened next. 

The morning sun rose while I stayed by his side, comforting him. As I heard the baker’s cry of ‘the first batch of bread for the day has come out!’, I found Lecht, standing in front of the door waiting for me when I returned to the accommodation. 

Although Lecht greeted me as if nothing had happened, I could get a pretty good glimpse of his emotional state just by observing Kelber next to me, who was whining and refused to approach him. The severe dark circles of the butler, who was responsible for preparing our breakfast, gave me a broader image of just how exhausted he must’ve been dealing with Lecht all night.

I snuck a look at Lecht cautiously as I fiddled with my cup of multigrain shake. It felt as if I had been caught by my roommate sneaking back into the house after partying for a whole night. Although there wasn’t anything wrong with it, it was just something that you couldn’t help but notice.

[Lecht] “Does it not suit your preference? Do you want me to make you a new one?”

Lecht asked when I continued to fuss without drinking. His outstretched hand touched my hand which was wrapped around the cup.

I looked back at him, surprised by his icy hands which were normally always warm. But he just looked at me as if he didn’t notice.

[Ara] “Lecht, don’t tell me…”

Did you wait outside the whole time?

Although the question bubbled up in my throat, I couldn’t manage to spit it out. Even the Three Musketeer Priests knew how much he cherished me, so it was meaningless for me to ask him why he did it. But above all, it was obvious that our ambiguous relationship would be brought to the surface again the moment I asked that question. 

Our conversation would go around aimlessly, with me explaining in detail why I came back late, and then him making excuses for why he was standing outside, just to ease my guilt. Only awkwardness and guilt would remain after that.

[Ara] “No. It’s delicious.”

I set aside the conversation that was making me uneasy just from imagining it, and held his hand tightly instead, breathing divine power into it. His hands soon warmed up. He didn’t reply, as if he hadn’t noticed the meaning in my actions.

When the delicate atmosphere had passed, a familiar man came in through the open door of the accommodation.

[Linden] “Ara!”

It was Linden, who had changed bright clothes, greatly contrasting the dark clothes he had been wearing until this morning. He was smiling so brightly that I wondered if he was still the same man who had cried yesterday like a child who had lost everything in the world.

Running straight to where I was, Linden nodded perfunctorily to Lecht and held my hand which wasn’t holding Lecht’s tightly in his own.

[Linden] “You’re staying in the capital until the proclamation ceremony, right?”

[Ara] “Y-Yeah.”

Why is he so excited?

I replied to him calmly, despite being puzzled.

[Ara] “In any case, I thought that’d be better after considering the time it’ll take to go back and forth.”

According to the Three Musketeer Priests, the time was roughly set to the full moon a month later, so timing was too vague to incorporate the travel time to and from the Grand Duchy. 

[Linden] “That’s great! There’s going to be a night market set up around the river to celebrate the harvest season this evening!”

[Ara] “Night market?”

[Linden] “Let’s go! You’ve never been there, have you? I’ll show you around!”

He wrapped both of his hands around mine, his eyes sparkling.

A night market… That sounds fun.

[Ara]Hmm, I don’t have anything in particular planned tonight, so…”

Just as I was about to nod my head, Lecht spoke up, pulling on my hand which was already in his grip.

[Lecht] “Prince. Do you really think this is the time to sightsee leisurely at the night market? From what I saw yesterday, it seems like the Crown Prince’s faction is in need for an urgent clean up.”

With his eyes glued onto Linden, he pulled his chair toward me and stuck himself closer to me.

[Linden] “On the contrary, it’s actually counterproductive to be in a hurry. And going to the night market with Ara isn’t exactly just about having fun either.”

In a way, it could be seen as a ‘political move’, since its purpose was also to show off his relationship with me, the Saintess of the Moon God.

Wow, you even thought that far ahead during this time. I couldn’t even think of anything else apart from what sort of yummy food would be at the night market.

[Lecht] “You’re being very obvious about using Ara. Even doing so in front of me as well.”

Lecht was upset about the actions of Linden, who seemed to be using me like a tool.

[Linden] “That’s an issue I’ve already finished speaking with Ara about. She promised that she’d stay by my side.”

Linden ever so subtly twisted my ‘You’re not alone’ phrase to Lecht. I hadn’t meant it like that.

[Lecht] “Ara has plans to go with me, so you can just get lost.”

[Linden] “I was the one who brought up the idea of a night market. Stop trying to freeload off of my idea.”

The two men who were grabbing my wrists had stuck themselves to either side of me at some point and were now staring down each other. It was so fierce I thought I could see sparks flying between them.

Unable to do this or that, I groaned, causing the two men to look at me in unison.

[Linden] “Ara, you’re coming with me, right?”

[Lecht] “Ara, back then, you clearly said I was your escort knight.”

A cold sweat trickled down my back as a pair of pretty blue eyes and alluring gold eyes looked passionately at me at the same time.


i bet linden’s projecting onto ara bc MOMMY ISSUES GHSDLFIJFS

&& i want the problem ara has ;-;

IBVIAAN Ch 31 — To Treat the Grand Duke like a Child

The funeral ceremony ended successfully. After I gave the last blessing, I was forced to return to the accomodation first due to the fussing of the three musketeers who said that I ‘have to take a break’.

[Ara] “Thank you for coming with me.”

I said to Lecht after finishing dinner.

[Lecht] “It’s only natural since I couldn’t have let you go by yourself.”

[Ara] “Still, you don’t normally like to make public appearances.”

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The funeral ceremony ended successfully. After I gave the last blessing, I was forced to return to the accomodation first due to the fussing of the three musketeers who said that I ‘have to take a break’.

[Ara] “Thank you for coming with me.”

I said to Lecht after finishing dinner.

[Lecht] “It’s only natural since I couldn’t have let you go by yourself.”

[Ara] “Still, you don’t normally like to make public appearances.”

My gratitude was natural since he had stood by my side through it all and put up with it.

[Ara] “Besides, you did a good deed for Linden too.”

The place where he had his very first appearance, which had never happened before, was at an event entirely for Linden. 

It was also extremely meaningful for him to have defended me, who he had shown up with. That clearly showed that Linden and I had a close relationship.

Although I, of course, hadn’t done it deliberately, it just happened out of nowhere because of Ziken. As a result, it was clear that the hot topic in politics from now on would be whether or not Grand Duke Arvis was siding with Linden.

[Ara] “You got annoyed because of me.”

[Lecht] “I’ll just ignore it.”

However, Lecht was calm, despite being the one in the eye of the storm.

[Tanma] “On the contrary, it’ll help us sort out whether it is favourable for Miss or not if we already understand the intentions of those who come to contact us.”

The butler was even thinking of turning it into our own advantage. 

I laughed, slowly becoming accustomed to the unique kindness and love of these people. 

Then, I heard the fretful nagging of the three musketeers from beside me.

[Priest —] “Saintess, please don’t overdo it… You won’t even let us help you… hic hic.”

[Priest —] “Just me doing it would’ve been enough.”

[Priest —] “If the Saintess gets sick, I’ll file a formal complaint to the top of Ezzarson!”

[Priest —] “Give them a break. They’ve just lost their Head.”

They were both worried and affectionate to me today as well.

[Priest —] “Still, they’re much better than that damn bastard who denied the Saintess.”

[Ara] “Damn bastard…?”

[Priest —] “That’s right, how dare that damn bastard crown prince suspect the verdict given by our High Priest Lydia?!”

[Ara] “‘Bastard’ crown prince…?”

I’m sometimes worried that their worries and affection are a little too much though. My eyes widened at the sight of them cursing out the imperial family without hesitation, unaware of the final blow that was about to follow.

[Priest —] “It sounded like a declaration of war against Lunarism and Grand Duke Arvis, and I’m willing to accept it. Your Excellency, should we prepare for war?”

It was the butler who answered.

[Tanma] “That’s a good id-”

[Ara] “No, you can’t!”

I slapped Lecht’s shoulder and tried to stop them.

[Ara] “How is it that all of you are getting worse as time goes by?”

There seemed to be no limit to their overreactions and fanatical comments.

[Ara] “Aren’t you all underestimating me too much?”

Perhaps Lydia’s remark, saying that I could cover this world with my divine power hadn’t been an exaggeration, since my divine power had filled the funeral hall and even reached those who were mourning on the streets outside. And yet it still hadn’t run out.

[Priest —] Hic hic. But you were shaking. Huhu.”

[Ara] “I was just a little dizzy since I wasn’t used to using this much all at once. It’s not because of any lack of divine power.”

As I continued to comfort the priests who seemed to burrow into the ground with guilt over not having properly assisted me, a gentle touch swept my hair to the side.

[Lecht] “Still, don’t overexert yourself.”

It was Lecht, who was also concerned.

[Lecht] “Who will treat you if you get sick?”

[Ara] Haa… Then just who was the one who called the top five healer mages and twenty doctors last time, just because I overslept a bit due to being too fatigued?”

I said, as if I couldn’t believe it, but Lecht let out a sigh of dissatisfaction instead.

[Lecht] “Yet they still couldn’t relieve you of your fatigue. Useless things.”

If such talented people are useless, then who in the world is useful then?

Shocked, I looked at Lecht, only to find that his eyes were serious.

[Ara] “Okay. I’ll never overexert myself, so stop frowning already.”

I laughed, thinking that I should stay healthy, even if it was just because I felt sorry for the doctors and healer mages.

[Ara] “Even though you still look cool with a frown on your face, I still prefer the Lecht with a smile on his face. So stop frowning, okay?”

I pressed my thumb against Lecht’s furrowed brow, attempting to smoothen it out. The furrowed brow then relaxed like magic.

[Ara] Aww, so cute.”

t/n: this is something you’d say to a child. english equivalent would be like ‘aww that’s it, good girl/boy’ etc

That’s when I heard the priests whispering to the side.

[Priest —] “Of course the only person who could treat Grand Duke Arvis like a child is our Saintess…”

[Priest —] “As expected, she’s so cool…”

I blushed at those words as Tanma burst into laughter.

I felt flustered and apologetic that it seemed like that, even though I hadn’t meant it that way. But despite hearing that he was treated like a child, Lecht just acted like nothing happened and pressed his face more into my hand.

[Ara] “B-By the way, will Linden be alright?”

Thinking that I’d probably pat his head and treat him like a child again if we continued to stay like this, I quickly retracted my hand and changed the topic.

Although I returned to the accomodation with the three musketeers after the funeral, Linden was probably still at the burial site. It was obvious he still had to deal with other people.

[Ara] “He kept pretending to be fine, even though he clearly wasn’t fine at all…”

He kept a bright expression on his face, but his lack of mischievousness and frequent sighs revealed that he was merely hiding his complicated emotions.

At my words that were tinged with worry, Lecht replied softly.

[Lecht] “He probably did that since thinks he’ll collapse if he doesn’t.”

I found that Lecht was looking at me when my head turned at the understanding tone that empathised with Linden’s pain.

[Ara] “What do you mean?”

[Lecht] “Knowing that your emotions will go out of control the moment you acknowledge that you’ve lost it. Knowing how vast the darkness that will swoop in to attack you will be, the moment you bring it up.”

[Ara] “…”

[Lecht] “So it’d just be better to endure it and pretend that you’re okay.”

Each word was filled with understanding and empathy. Just like someone who had gone through a similar experience to Linden .

[Ara] “It’ll fester inside if you don’t snap out of it though.”

I was worried since I had also ended up being entangled in my emotions when I had let them pile up one by one by brushing it off and saying I was ‘fine’. I was able to snap out of those emotions thanks to Lecht, but…

[Lecht] “It’ll be alright. The prince is a strong man.”

Lecht said, patting my head.

I nodded my head. But my worries weren’t easily dispelled. Since Linden was someone who best suited the words, ‘a soft heart under a strong exterior’.

‘Still, the saintess female lead will go and comfort you.’

I pressed down my worries by recalling the original story. But it wouldn’t be too long afterwards that I came to regret my foolishness in overlooking the fact that we had already deviated greatly from the original plot.

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I tossed and turned in bed for a long time, unable to fall asleep. I eventually got up.

[Ara] “I can’t sleep because I keep worrying!”

The face of Linden, who always had to force a smile, kept lingering in my mind, making me unable to fall asleep. Even though I knew that the female lead would comfort him anyways, I didn’t think I’d be able to fall asleep unless I saw her comforting him with my own two eyes. 

Even though being nosy frustrated me, I couldn’t help it.

<To Linden, losing his grandfather was as if the last candle in his life had been extinguished.>

That terrible phrase kept grating against my nerves.

[Ara] “Candles or whatever…! I’ll make you a damn campfire…!”

Losing my temper for no reason at the original novel, I ran to the building that enshrined the Head of Ezzarson.

I was just about to go in after greeting the guard who was guarding the building until the door opened as a blond man walked out.

[Ziken] “You again. What is it now?”

It was none other than the crown prince, who had frowned and gotten annoyed at me. What the hell am I supposed to say to you when you ask me ‘What is it now?’ as soon as we meet?

[Ara] “Although I’m not sure what sort of answer you want to hear from me, I find it quite embarrassing that Your Highness completely changes your attitude right away when there’s no one around.”

However, Ziken continued to speak, further proving my point.

[Ziken] “Do you know how much humiliation I suffered because of you?”

[Ara] “And why is that my fault? You should blame yourself for not believing me and coming to your own conclusion, Your Highness.”

[Ziken] “You tricked me!”

[Ara] “I only said the truth. It was you, Your Highness, who chose not to believe me and came to the conclusion that it was a lie.”

[Ziken] “You deliberately left out the fact that your divine power is different!”

His angry voice echoed through the streets at night.

[Ara] “I was going to explain, but you didn’t even give me a chan-”

[Ziken] “Ha! Well I guess you’ve switched sides since we’ve broken off our engagement, so this must’ve been your way of sharpening your knife in order to get revenge on me.”

…Yeah, you didn’t even give me a chance to talk, just like right now, asshole.

I looked at the pathetic Ziken who was being sarcastic to me, despite being entirely in the wrong himself.

[Ziken] “Do you feel refreshed now? Will you sleep peacefully now that you’ve got your payback?”

Wow, how am I even meant to react to such a childish comment? Are you really the crown prince? It was so absurd that I couldn’t even find the strength in me to retort back.

[Ara] “Think whatever you want. Can you please get out of my way instead? There’s something I have to do in there…”

[Ziken] “Do you know how big of a shock Livi received because of you?”

Don’t interrupt people when they’re speaking. How many times has it been already? I would’ve already punched him if he wasn’t the crown prince. 

Although I was irritated momentarily, I wasn’t able to protest due to what he added next.

[Ziken] “How shocked must she have been to go back to the temple before the funeral ceremony had even finished?!”

[Ara] “What…?”

[Ziken] “That kind hearted child even came to bless Linden, despite knowing that he was hostile toward her…!”

[Ara] “What did you just say? The saintess went back to the temple?”

[Ziken] “That’s right!”

At Ziken’s words, I put aside my manners, pushing him to the side to go in. He lost his temper, but couldn’t catch up to me.

‘If the female lead has already gone back to the temple, then who will comfort Linden…!’

A dark environment greeted me as I opened the door abruptly and ran inside. The large space was created to commemorate the Head of Ezzarson, with a dim lamp lit at the innermost part.

I could dimly make out the figure of a man sitting next to the Head of Ezzarson’s remains, which were protected by layers and layers of magic.

Linden was sitting by himself, all alone in this cold, dark space.

My heart dropped with a thud.

* * *

Throughout the funeral, Linden never went to the area where his grandfather’s coffin was located. 

He knew he was going to crumble the moment he saw his grandfather lying motionless in his coffin, so he adopted a self-defensive attitude.

He dealt with the nobles who had come from far away. 

There was no one who had really come to pay respect to his grandfather. Everyone was busy trying to judge his worth by asking him questions about his future plans. 

It had always been like that, so there was no reason for him to get particularly hurt or surprised over it. He just laughed at them, thinking that life was just this futile. 

It was when he was conversing like it was nothing with those people who were trying to push him into the abyss.

[Ziken] “You’re lying!”

An angry shout that sounded from inside the hall made his head turn. There, Linden spotted a familiar head of blue and silver hair.

His heart seemed to melt the moment he saw that blue hair that resembled the night sky. 

Ara had come. What a relief… 

She was no different to a buoy or a lighthouse to Linden, who seemed to have been thrown into the open sea. 

Nevertheless, he was nervous about her being with his brother, so he quickly walked over to that side before hearing an excessive remark.

[Ziken] “How dare you commit such blasphemy!” 

Blasphemy? Did you even know that the woman standing next to you was a fake?

Linden recalled the fact that Ara had tried to ‘poison’ Saintess Olivia.

Was it really true? Could a woman who doesn’t even know how to be calculative and just gives it freely really try to poison someone? A woman who gives off such warm and tender divine power?

Linden was slightly sceptical of it. 

Ara had to be innocent. Wasn’t there a siutation where the fake was worshipped as a saintess in the first place anyway? Such a scheme was still likely to remain, even after additional attempts.

[Ara] “Whatever it is, just say it. I’ll listen to it all.”

There’s no way such a woman could hurt anyone.

People left one by one after the funeral ceremony that was overflowing with the blessing of Lunar. Everyone was busy talking about the authenticity of Ara being the saintess as well as Grand Duke Arvis. The political scene would’ve been reversed just from one event, but the fact that both incidents took place at his grandfather’s funeral ceremony caused the way they looked at Linden to change.

The first to feel this the most strongly after Linden was Ziken. He approached Linden, who was standing by himself at the burial site after everyone else had left.

[Ziken] “Princess of Darchez and Grand Duke Arvis? You’ve put in some effort, little brother.”

[Linden] “…”

[Ziken] “But don’t tell me you’ve forgotten… have you? Imperial Father’s words on how Grand Duke Arvis would only lead us all to destruction if he really showed an interest in politics, let alone help you.”

Linden remembered. To never provoke Grand Duke Arvis.

Ziken clicked his tongue as he observed Linden’s expression.

[Ziken] “How much were you driven into a corner for you to wake up a sleeping lion?” 


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IBVIAAN Ch 30 — Because it’s You

“Since when did the both of you become so close?”

Although he was looking at me, the question itself seemed to be directed at Linden.

“Since Older Brother broke off your engagement with her?”

Linden replied leisurely. His following comment that he added was surprising.

“Back then, I held it in since it’d be Sister-in-law who’d get criticised for no reason if I was close to her.”

He was provoking Ziken. He was adding more pressure to my earlier request for an apology from Ziken by turning it around and saying, ‘You have a fiancee, yet Older Brother is having an affair?’

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“Since when did the both of you become so close?”

Although he was looking at me, the question itself seemed to be directed at Linden.

“Since Older Brother broke off your engagement with her?”

Linden replied leisurely. His following comment that he added was surprising.

“Back then, I held it in since it’d be Sister-in-law who’d get criticised for no reason if I was close to her.”

He was provoking Ziken. He was adding more pressure to my earlier request for an apology from Ziken by turning it around and saying, ‘You have a fiancee, yet Older Brother is having an affair?’

“However, now that she’s become a woman who has no relation to Older Brother, I tried to act cute in front of her. Though of course, it was rather difficult since Ara kept pushing me away since she was trying to keep her loyalty to Older Brother.”

He emphasised the phrase, ‘a woman who has no relation’. He had a multitude of purposes, all of them included an intention to attack Ziken while protecting my dignity.

“Linden.”

When I called out his name softly in gratitude and apology, Linden smiled with his eyes, as if telling me not to worry.

“To think that you came to such a conclusion after seeing me have such a bad experience with her.”

Ziken said, as if he couldn’t understand Linden.

“That’s why it’s not you, Linden.”

“Although I don’t know what you mean by that, I think I have a better eye for people than you.”

“What sort of confidence do you have to say that you have an eye for people when you keep a woman who’s committed crimes and blasphemy against the sacred by your side?”

Ziken’s last words were an obvious jeer. 

I wrinkled my forehead. However, Lecht’s words pierced through the air before I could even say anything.

“From the way it’s come out, can I take it that you’re accusing me of blasphemy too since I’ve guaranteed it?”

It was a tone that was asking just to confirm. However, the contents of the sentence was so heavy that Ziken’s face looked embarrassed for a moment.

“As I said earlier, I’m not doubting Grand Duke Arvis. In any case, I’m worried that that woman is deceiving the Grand Duke.”

Although he answered calmly, he couldn’t hide his impetuousness completely.

“You don’t seem to know since you don’t come here very often, Grand Duke Arvis. That woman is an extremely vicious female!”

“Crown Prince, you…”

Looking at Ziken, who was continuously slandering me, Lecht repeated softly.

“I must have seemed like a fool who would easily be deceived by such lies to you.”

His voice was so cold, I felt the temperature around me dropping.

Well, that’s true. Lecht wasn’t the type to be fooled by anyone. No one would try to deceive him, unless they were hoping to kill themselves.

“I-I didn’t mean that…”

Ziken’s face began to turn pale at Lecht’s point.

“The High Priest of Solarism has clearly determined that she has no divine power!”

He hastened to mention that important fact. I didn’t miss the opportunity this time, and added quickly before anyone interrupted.

“He said that I didn’t have the divine power of ‘Solarism’.”

I had wanted to say it earlier, but wasn’t able to due to his sudden yelling.

“I don’t have any of the divine power of ‘Solarism’, but am overflowing with the divine power of Lunarism.”

“W-What sort of forced narrative…!”

“It’s the truth.”

When I shrugged my shoulders, as if to say, ‘there’s no helping it since that’s the truth’, the confusion in Ziken’s eyes permeated my gaze. In fact, I could understand his confusion since I had been unaware of that fact too. 

However, I didn’t say that out loud. Since I had been too disgusted at the fact that you painted me as a fraud without even listening to a single thing I had to say.

He turned his head to Olivia, his eyes seemingly asking her for help. Holding onto his arm tightly and looking at me with the same confused eyes as him, she opened her mouth slightly.

“I think I’ve heard of that before…”

The appearance of Olivia, who spoke in a small voice, was extremely pitiful. She seemed to be at a loss since she couldn’t lie, even though she knew she should take the crown prince’s side. Her appearance was so pitiful that I had no choice but to chime in. 

“I also found out for the first time when I met the High Priestess of Lunarism. In any case, there are more people in the empire who are unaware of it since Solarism is more well-known.”

Although it was annoying for me to give the crown prince a loophole to escape through, Olivia was just too pitiful to turn a blind eye to. I had treated her badly in the past, and the only thing she was guilty of was falling in love with the wrong man.

“So, shall we stop talking about this now? We’ve only talked about irrelevant topics at the funeral ceremony of the Head of Ezzarson.”

Please, let’s talk about something else. I hastily wrapped up the topic and turned around before Ziken could speak of any nonsense again.

“Linden, I’m sorry I’m late.”

I finally got to tell Linden what I wanted to say as soon as I arrived.

“We came running as soon as we heard the news, but…”

“It’s fine. I can already tell how hard you’ve tried just by seeing your arrival, even when you get such bad motion sickness.”

Linden smiled and patted my hair into a mess. Although he said he was fine, I still felt apologetic.

“Is there anything else I can do to help?”

Linden smiled as I looked at him with a teary face.

“Why? Will you listen if I tell you?”

“Whatever it is, just say it. I’ll listen to it all.”

I spread both arms and patted my chest.

“If you’re that confident, then what will you do if I ask you for a favour that’s too unreasonable?”

“It doesn’t matter since I just won’t do it if I can’t. So just tell me everything!”

Linden burst into laughter at my logic that didn’t quite make sense. It was a much more relaxed smile than the one before. 

As his tension was relieved, I also put my mind at ease, smiling as I added.

“You already know. I’m a pushover when it comes to you. So when I say something, just hurry up and take it.”

I suddenly recalled Linden asking ‘Why aren’t you calculative?’ when we parted last time. 

As I spoke confidently, Linden’s smile became subtle. He seemed like he was happy, yet also seemed like he was forcing a smile.

“You’re saying that even though you know I can’t do that because it’s you…”

“Huh?”

He seemed to have mumbled something, but I couldn’t hear him properly so I asked him again. However, instead of saying it again, Linden rearranged his facial expression and smiled prettily.

“Then, I’m really free to ask to my heart’s content?”

Mmhm, go ahead.”

“Please bless the last journey Grandfather will embark on.”

I heard sighs and gasps all over the place. Regardless of them, Linden continued.

“To be honest, I didn’t know if you’d get here on time, so I asked for a favour from the Temple of the Moon God.”

Linden glanced slightly behind him.

Aha, so that’s why the priests…”

The three musketeer priests who were looking at the crown prince with rage bubbling in their eyes, smiled as soon as I turned around.

“But now that you’re here, I’d be very happy if you could do it personally yourself. It’s not enough for the funeral hall to be filled with your blessing, but rather, overflow with it. To the point where you exhaust all of your divine power.”

I smiled and held one hand out, knowing that he had deliberately added that in there due to my request for a ‘strong’ favour.

“You seem to have underestimated me.”

Light began to burst forth from my palm. It flowed out as if it had been frustrated from being confined for so long, growing at a tremendous speed.

“No matter how much you extort, my divine power will never run out.”

Flash—

My cluster of lights filled the funeral hall in an instant. The scene that unfolded seemed to be large snowflakes fluttering to the ground as time stopped for a moment, yet also resembled a sight wherein someone had scattered thousands of cotton flowers.

It seemed beautiful, even to me, despite it being a power I had created. Just by judging from the sighs and expressions of the people around me, I could tell that I wasn’t the only one who thought so.

I slowly walked inside to where the coffin of the Head of Ezzarson lay.

The cluster of lights was now not only on my hands, but had now scattered over my whole body. It evoked an extremely mysterious atmosphere.

An old man who looked a lot like Linden, who was standing beside the coffin, lay inside with his eyes closed. My heart broke at the thought that the old man would’ve been worried about Linden, all the way until he closed his eyes.

“May all the lingering concerns you have be dispelled. They now belong to the living…”

I continued to speak, hoping that the power of my blessing would warmly envelop the path he takes to leave.

“May you have no worries, nor apprehensions on this last journey.”

I kneeled next to his coffin and put my hands together.

“May your departure be peaceful.”

A tremendous amount of divine power spread throughout my body, and a light that was so bright, it was blinding, burst from my body. That light seeped into the body of the Head of Ezzarson and even to everyone gathered in the funeral hall, as I closed my eyes and prayed for the blessing to be upon the Ezzarson Head’s last road.

It was the least comfort I could offer for Linden, who was unable to even properly mourn his loss of the most precious person in the world to him.

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“Frody! Frody!!”

Back at the temple, Olivia went straight into the prayer room and locked the door. 

Although the priests had expressed their concern when she, who had left with the crown prince, had run back with a face of urgency, she shook them off, saying that she wanted to be alone. The prayer room was made to be soundproof in order to prevent the contents of her prayers being leaked out, so no one else was able to hear her calling for someone anxiously.

“Frody!!”

Hwiyu~ What has made my contractor so angry?”

t/n: whistle onomatopoeia

The black smoke that flowed out from her necklace gradually took shape. Olivia grabbed onto the clothes of Frody, whose appearance was gradually being revealed.

“How could this happen?”

“What are you talking about all of a sudden?”

“How could that woman be the Saintess of the Moon God?”

Frody, who had been wondering what she was talking about, let out a hmm~ when she said the words, ‘Saintess of the Moon God’.

“You must’ve met that saintess, right? What do you think? I thought she was cute.”

“You knew…??”

Olivia looked at Frody with a face of betrayal.

“You knew she was the Saintess of the Moon God, yet you didn’t tell me?!”

Frody tilted his head, as if he didn’t understand why she was angry.

“I just managed to destroy her… I just managed to push her into the bottomless pits of despair, so how could she be the Saintess of the Moon God?!”

Aha, was she the princess my contracter hated?”

He knew his contractor was trying to destroy the Princess of Darchez. 

There were a lot of things she had asked him to do in the context of framing or secretly attacking her. But not once did he know what the woman who was the princess did, nor what she looked like. He just brought what Olivia asked for and did what she asked him to do.

Frody’s objective in coming to the human realm was to continue to scheme and provoke Lecht, not pay attention to human affairs.

“Why does that bitch have it all…! Why?!”

Olivia screamed and threw a cushion on the floor. It was fortunate that there weren’t many things to throw and break in the prayer room. Otherwise, he’d end up getting cut with glass like last time.

Olivia’s eyes flashed as she breathed in and out heavily with both of her fists clenched tightly. Green eyes the colour of a fresh bud, which were once naive and pure, were now quickly dyed with anger and other twisted emotions.

“Frody, did you properly prepare that last time?”

“Of course I did. Have you ever seen me disappoint you, Miss Contractor?”

“When can I use it?”

“Right now?”

Frody looked out of the transparent part of the colourful stained glass window. There were a multitude of people coming and going to and from the temple since it was still daytime.

“That’s… From now on, let it loose at the place where I told you.”

The corners of Frody’s mouth went up as he watched her one gentle eyes covered in madness. He approached her with a very pleased look, pulling her waist toward him and lifting her chin up.

“Your wish is my command.”

In a dangerously sweet voice, Frody covered her lips with his.

A sticky and wet sound filled the prayer room.


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IBVIAAN Ch 29 — Standing Right in Front of You

Ziken must have felt it too since he suddenly retreated a few steps back. However, he stepped forward again to retort, perhaps because his ego was wounded.

“What’s with you?”

The surrounding area became even noisier with whispers of, ‘What’s wrong with that person’, and, ‘Did they come with the Princess?’. Although it was a natural consequence of Ziken’s shouting, I could tell without even having to look around that all the attention in this large funeral hall was now focused on us.

“Who is interrupting the conversation between the crown prince and princess?”

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Ziken must have felt it too since he suddenly retreated a few steps back. However, he stepped forward again to retort, perhaps because his ego was wounded.

“What’s with you?”

The surrounding area became even noisier with whispers of, ‘What’s wrong with that person’, and, ‘Did they come with the Princess?’. Although it was a natural consequence of Ziken’s shouting, I could tell without even having to look around that all the attention in this large funeral hall was now focused on us.

“Who is interrupting the conversation between the crown prince and princess?”

It was an implication that he’d have to pay the price if he wasn’t at a high enough position.

I couldn’t hide the absurdity on my face. 

Don’t tell me, you don’t know who Lecht is…? I thought since the emperor was aware of Lecht’s identity, obviously Ziken, the crown prince would be aware of it too. Didn’t Linden recognise him in an instant as well…? Oh, I wasn’t in any position to talk since I didn’t recognise him either, but weren’t Ziken’s circumstances completely different to mine? 

As I looked at him with an expression as if he was ridiculous, I heard Lecht let out a preposterous snort.

“The fact that you don’t recognise me… It seems like the emperor hasn’t fully recognised you as the next emperor yet.”

Lecht’s soft murmur spread throughout the quiet funeral hall, creating a small stir in the crowd. Although his natural speech that lacked formalities as well as his arrogant tone were surprising, what was most surprising to them was probably what he had actually said. 

They all looked at each other with wide eyes while others hastily covered their mouths with their hands or fans. 

Ziken’s eyes widened as if something had stabbed him, his face flushing red in an instant.

“Just what sort of nonsense…!”

Ziken, whose anger had flared up again, was about to begin shouting again, but the female lead who was next to him pulled his arm sharply.

“Livi…?”

Ziken turned his head toward her, as if to ask why she stopped him. However, Olivia’s eyes weren’t on Ziken but on Lecht instead. She furrowed her eyebrows, as if she had suddenly thought of something, and opened her mouth cautiously.

“Your Excellency, the Grand Duke of Arvis…?”

Ziken’s eyes became round like saucers at the name she said as the surrounding crowd also became dead silent.

At the sound of his name, Lecht’s gaze, which had been on Ziken, slowly turned to Olivia. Olivia flinched briefly at his gaze before plucking up her courage again and taking a step closer to him.

“It is Your Excellency the Grand Duke, right?”

There were gasps here and there at the words that were spoken one more time, as if to check. 

There was no one amongst the empire’s nobles that didn’t know of Grand Duke Arvis, who was lavished with the trust and favour of the emperor. Nevertheless, this was the first public appearance of him, who was always shrouded in mystery. Their attention was focused on him.

“Do you remember me? I went to the Grand Duchy two years ago go give a ‘blessing’…!”

As this was something I wasn’t aware of, I looked up at Lecht with wide eyes. And was greeted with his face which was full of displeasure.

“Saintess of the Sun God.”

“Yes! That’s right, I’m the saintess from back then!”

Olivia exclaimed in a delighted voice upon Lecht’s recognition of her. She laughed and took a step closer to where we were standing.

“Even then, it was a pity that I could only bump into you once, so I’m really glad that I get to meet you again like this.”

“…”

“I couldn’t give you a proper blessing since I didn’t get to see your face even when I left.”

Olivia reached out her hand, her eyes seemingly dripping with regret. It looked like she was trying to grab Lecht’s hand, the one that wasn’t holding my shoulder.

“So I made up my mind to definitely do it for you when we meet again…”

However, her hands couldn’t touch Lecht.

Slap.

Since Lecht coldly swatted her hand away.

“I said there was no need for it though.”

“Oh.”

His voice was as cold as an ice rink. It was an even colder voice than the one he used to deal with Ziken.

“You seem to have forgotten, so I’ll say it one more time. The Grand Duke of Arvis serves the Moon God. Stop trying to mix anything else into a place that has already been blessed sufficiently by Lunar.”

Lecht wrapped his arm tighter around my shoulder as he said that. His warmth helped to calm my chaotic emotions that erupted upon my meeting with Ziken.

‘That’s true… the Grand Duchy, which is owned by the Demon King, serves the Moon God.’

Olivia nodded her head, as if to say it was reasonable, and let out a small sigh.

“Oh… then…”

Looking at the expression that seemed as if the world was caving in on that face that looked like a rabbit would make anyone who saw it uncomfortable. It was an appearance that stimulated a protective instinct, with a face that made one want to pat her on the back and ask her if she was really okay.

“Lunarism only has a history of 100 years and the number of priests is small, so the power of the blessing would be weaker compared to Solarism.”

Olivia continued with a worried expression.

“Although there’s no helping it if Your Excellency doesn’t believe it, I’ll still give you a blessing for a bright future.”

In other words, ‘Even if you believe in another god, I’ll gladly grant you a blessing for your peace and happiness’.

Gosh, it’s just like what a saintess should say.

“You’ll allow me to do at least that, right?”

It won’t be easy to refuse such a request when you ask with such a pure face…

“No.”

…I’ve underestimated Lecht once again. 

My bad. Lecht’s refusal was so blunt I almost laughed out loud. Nevertheless, laughing right now with this timing would look bad, so I managed to keep my lips tightly shut.

“And since when was the power of the blessing determined by how long a religion’s history was, or how many priests it had?”

Lecht made an extremely good point.

“I meant that there’d be a lower probability of God’s touch gracing that place since there were less priests. Just look at the fact that there hasn’t even been a saintess for 100 years already…”

Olivia said, as if she were genuinely concerned about the Grand Duke who believed in Lunarism. But unfortunately, it was a very misguided concern.

“What do you mean there’s no saintess?”

Lecht said, as if asking what nonsense they were spouting.

“She’s right in front of you.”

“Pardon?”

This time, it was Olivia’s turn for her eyes to widen, as if asking what he was talking about.

Then, Lecht pulled my shoulder to stand me in front of him and said.

“Here, the saintess of the Moon God is standing right in front of you.”

Olivia’s shocked eyes turned in my direction, followed by the shocked eyes of the people standing behind us.

“What do you mea…”

Olivia whispered in a voice that couldn’t seem to believe it. Our surroundings started to stir as well.

Suddenly in the spotlight, I smiled awkwardly and scratched my cheek. Then I jabbed Lecht’s stomach with my elbow.

“How could you say that here…!”

And protested quietly.

“Then did you just want me to leave it when they spouted that nonsense about not having a saintess when our saintess is right in front of them?”

Though he replied in a loud voice, contradictory to my whisper.

“But we haven’t even held the proclamation ceremony yet…”

“They never said we couldn’t reveal who the saintess was before the proclamation ceremony.”

“That’s true, but still…”

No, why does this guy only say the right thing? There’s nothing else for anyone to say…! 

I couldn’t do anything else so I just smiled awkwardly while listening to the murmuring around me.

“Princess Darchez is the saintess of the Moon God…?”

“Grand Duke Arvis said so… There’s no way that person is lying…”

“He is the Grand Duke, right…? There’s no one who actually knows anyway.”

“Saintess Olivia said he is.”

Since they couldn’t believe that I was the saintess of the Moon God, doubts about Lecht’s identity began to circulate. Eventually, the chaotic mood exploded based on the words of the crown prince.

“You’re lying!”

Ziken took a step forward, pulling Olivia back behind him.

“The High Priest of Solarism has already testified that the Princess has no divine power! Yet no she’s a saintess.”

He was confident in what he said. 

Well, that’s somewhat understandable. Since I used to think like that too. He probably didn’t know that the divine power of Solarism and Lunarism were two different things.

“Your Highness, although you’re correct in saying I have no divine power in Solarism, I am the saintess of Lunarism…”

“Don’t talk nonsense!”

I tried to explain to him, but he just cut me off and got angry again.

“It wasn’t enough for you to poison Livi, and now you’re a saintess?! You’re really a woman who knows no fear! How dare you commit such blasphemy!”

“…Your Highness, are you doubting what Grand Duke Arvis said?”

I pointed out that him claiming I wasn’t a saintess was tantamount to saying that Lecht’s words of me being the saintess was a lie. 

But Ziken’s answer to that was something I didn’t expect.

“How did you even think of deceiving Grand Duke Arvis?”

He didn’t think I was lying, but rather thought I was deceiving him instead.

Wow, to be this thoroughly filled with suspicion. It was admirable, in a sense.

“That poisonous tongue of yours may have been able to bring you this far, but it won’t deceive me! It’s impossible for a vicious woman like you to become a saintess!”

His proclamation echoed throughout the funeral hall. Everyone held their breath at the incident that had now become blasphemy. A chilling tension lingered over the hall.


Even though I knew I’d be the hated villainess who bullied the female lead in the eyes of the male lead, I didn’t know it’d be to this extent.

It was when I was about to open my mouth to say that it’d be better for him to take those words back, no matter how angry he was.

pls do not share this anywhere or the transmigration gods will transport u into boku no pico !! this translation has been stolen from mioscorner.com, pls only read there i’m begging u :kneels:

“Can you take responsibility for what you’ve just said?”

A sharp voice pierced through the atmosphere that was like thin ice, like a spear. I turned my head towards that sound.

“She’ll never be a saintess and she’s just deceiving everyone with her superficial tongue. I asked if you could take responsibility for that. Brother.”

A furious Linden was striding toward us. Behind him were also the three musketeers as well. Likewise, they also had an extremely angry expression on their faces.

The moment I, who had been completely immersed in the situation, spotted Linden, I was suddenly reminded that this was the funeral ceremony of the Head of Ezzarson.

“Linden.”

How much effort must he have put in to pretend to be calm and try not to cry, yet we ended up making the atmosphere messy with irrelevant words such as ‘to apologise or not to apologise’, or ‘whether or not you’re the saintess’.

“I’m sorry. We were too loud, weren’t we?”

“No, that doesn’t matter to me, but… I thought you’d come and see me as soon as you arrived, but you went to see my brother instead.”

Although he said it in a joking voice, he seemed to be genuinely sad, judging from his drooping shoulders and downcast eyes.

“No, that’s not it! I was going to go to you first…!”

I grabbed his hand in a hurry.

“I was on my way to you, but His Highness spoke to me and it turned out like this. Seriously.”

I made it a point in saying that he definitely occupied a higher spot in the ranking list of my heart. Obviously Linden was much more precious to me than the person who showed me such an ugly appearance.

“It’s true…!”

Thinking he was actually upset, I became anxious and started to appeal to him since he just looked at me with a tearful expression without saying anything. Then, Linden burst into laughter with a pfft.

“I know. I was just kidding.”

“What? Haa… You scared me.”

I was worried that Linden would be upset because of Ziken, so I was relieved. With my heart finally settling back into place, I let go of Linden’s hand.

I glanced at him, but he continued to smile shamelessly. Then, we burst into laughter at the same time.

Amidst our laughter, Ziken’s voice interrupted us.


sorry for the late update, went thru a depressive mood last week and the white lotus in this chapter wasn’t making it any easier for me to tl ;-;

IBVIAAN Ch 28 — If I Can Ask For an Apology

Perhaps because I was distracted by my worry and anxiety, we were able to dash to the capital without my motion sickness acting up.

My mood was complicated when I came back to the place I had grandly promised to flee from. However, there was no time for me to feel sentimental. 

We went straight to the funeral ceremony of the Head of the Ezzarson Guild. We couldn’t take Kelber with us, so he had to stay at the accommodation with the butler.

‘It really is a funeral ceremony fit for the head of Ezzarson.’

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The slug sedan chair was just as fast as the butler, Tanma said. It could run for days at the full speed of a horse.

Perhaps because I was distracted by my worry and anxiety, we were able to dash to the capital without my motion sickness acting up.

My mood was complicated when I came back to the place I had grandly promised to flee from. However, there was no time for me to feel sentimental. 

We went straight to the funeral ceremony of the Head of the Ezzarson Guild. We couldn’t take Kelber with us, so he had to stay at the accommodation with the butler.

‘It really is a funeral ceremony fit for the head of Ezzarson.’

The scale of the funeral ceremony clearly showcased the financial power of the Ezzarson Head. Both the scale of the event, as well as the procession that had gathered to say their final goodbyes to him that seemed to have no end to it.

I brushed past the grieving people and headed inside the venue.

“Isn’t that the Princess of Darchez over there?”

[t/n: the princess they’re using to refer to meliara is the one used for daughters of high ranking nobles (namely dukes and grand dukes), not the royal one.]

“I thought she was living a secluded life at home after her engagement with the crown prince was broken off, so what is she doing here?”

There were quite a lot of people who ended up recognising me.

“Don’t tell me, did she come here just to harass people?”

“She couldn’t have, no matter how crazy a woman is.”

As expected, there wasn’t a single gaze of goodwill here. Although I wasn’t too happy with them whispering about me, my concern for Linden was too great to care about their curious eyes.

“Oh.”

However, I had no choice but to stop in my tracks when I found Linden inside. 

He was smiling while making conversation with other people. He was lightly making small talk with other people, as if nothing had happened.

“He looks better than I thought he would.”

Lecht, who was standing next to me, said. 

My heart sank at his words.

“…He isn’t.”

The fact that it looked like that to Lecht just showed how much it was choking Linden up by hiding it inside him right now.

“There’s no way he’s fine.”

Just look at what sort of existence was the head of the Ezzarson Guild to him.

<His grandfather was the only one left in this world who cared unconditionally for him. He was the only one left that would unconditionally be on his side. To Linden, losing his grandfather was as if the last candle in his life had been extinguished.>

He was the only pillar Linden could lean on after losing his mother. 

I knew it. The reason why he was smiling right now.

<But he had to keep going. All alone, without any shelter or shield. No matter how dark or cold the road ahead was, he had to keep going. Because as soon as they saw a gap in his defence, the hyenas who were sweeping his surroundings with their flashing eyes would push him into the abyss.>

Because this place was swarming with people who would bring him down, the moment he showed any weakness.

Just how many of those who came to this place had really come to mourn the death of the Ezzarson Guild Head? Everyone was here to check on Linden’s condition and how that would factor into their future plans. 

“Did Princess Darchez just come here to provoke His Highness the Crown Prince? Is she going to threaten to support the Second Prince from now on?”

“What a pathetic thing to do. Would that even work? Even a passing dog would know that the Duke of Darchez has no choice but to support Her Highness the Empress.”

Even the people who turned up to mourn the person who passed would slander me like that. 

I turned my gaze to where they were. When my cold gaze me theirs, they shuddered and turned away. It was as if they had never been talking about me at all.

“Seriously, this is the worst.”

They didn’t even have the courage to talk bad about me to my face. Although I wanted to give them a piece of my mind, I held it in. I didn’t want to cause an unnecessary bitch fight at the place where we were sending off Linden’s most cherished person. I took a deep breath and headed back to where Linden was. 

But I had to stop before I could even take more than a few steps. Since there was a voice that called out to me.

I didn’t expect the Princess to be here.”

I let out a deep sigh since the voice had a sharp edge to it. What is it this time…

I had just clicked my tongue at the fact that no one had the courage to talk shit in front of me, and it seemed that someone who would talk shit openly in front of me had now appeared. I was dumbfounded at the incredible timing. 

Vowing not to cause a big scene even if it were just for the sake of Linden, I turned around and had my breath taken away.

‘This human…!’

This was truly out of my expectations. Tall with broad shoulders. Handsome facial features and neatly styled blond hair. In addition to that, his eyes, which seemed as if you were looking into the deep sea, made him an objectively ‘beautiful man’. But…

‘You look like him?!’

The man in front of me had the same face as the man who had hit-and-run me! Although my senses had been fuzzy since I had been overwhelmed by the profuse bleeding and pain, I still remembered the face of the person who killed me. How could I forget? Although the colour of his hair and eyes were different, it was definitely his face. 

My heart pounded loudly with a ‘thump, thump’ sound. 

Was it fear? No, it was clearly anger and injustice.

I had tried so hard to survive. In a world where there had been no one by my side, I had still endured it, regardless of my circumstances, but my life had ended in vain, all because of that bastard. 

Although I had already buried it in my heart since it was my past life that I couldn’t go back to, that didn’t mean that sense of injustice had disappeared either.

“If I had known you were coming, then I wouldn’t have brought Livi.”

“Your Highness…”

At the words he said with a click of his tongue, I saw a slender woman digging into his arms with her shoulders trembling. She had soft platinum hair, and a face so pretty it reminded me of a doll. With white clothes that seemed to shout, ‘I’m the saintess’ to anyone who saw her, I could tell who she was, even if it was my first time meeting her.

“Your Highness.”

Crown Prince Ziken Srengito von Bakarta.

“Saintess.”

Olivia Duncan, the saintess of the sun god.

It was the appearance of the original male and female lead.

* * *

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The volume of the whispers around us grew even louder. Although my heart was raging at the thought of the hit and run, I tried to soothe my anger by reminding myself that they were two completely different people.

“I greet the Crown Prince. I am Meliara.”

I had long abandoned the Darchez name, so I only announced my name.

“I hope you’ve also been healthy during this time, Saintess.”

As a bonus, I also greeted the female lead. 

Although I wanted to yell, ‘Don’t date that bastard, go find another man instead!’, I still swallowed those irrelevant words in the end. Anyway, she was happy being by his side in the novel, so I reminded myself once again that the male lead and the guy who hit me were two different people. However, the following words of the Crown Prince didn’t help my resolve at all.

“Healthy? Your teasing is getting worse by the day! After what you’ve done to her…!”

He once again pinned the point of me trying to poison her on me again. 

Though of course, it was a bit unfair to say that ‘I’ did it since it was something that ‘this body’ had done before I crossed over. However, now that I had taken over this body, it was something that I had to deal with. Now, it was meaningless to try and separate ‘me’ and ‘my body’.

Suddenly having inadvertently poked at the other party’s trauma in a moment of carelessness, I smiled apologetically.

“I would like to extend my sincerest apologies regarding that situation. Although you might be disgusted at my words, it’s the truth.”

Due to the nature of the situation, it was clear that making a material offering of compensation in apology would only worsen the situation anyway.

“I’m really sorry. I’m glad you’re okay.”

I bowed my head sincerely. 

Even though she seemed pretty when I saw her in writing, she was even prettier when I saw her in person.

To think you dared to poison such a pretty female lead. I couldn’t believe that the previous owner of my body had done such a terrible thing that I could only imagine.

‘To be fair, no matter how pitiful Meliara’s background is, she was still probably reviled as a villainess.’

Because using your own wounds as an excuse to hurt others is still an evil thing to do.

I was worried that the female lead might have developed a trauma because of me and was thinking of how to convey my sincerity when the crown prince by her side suddenly raised his voice.

Ha! Are you trying to make it as if such a dangerous incident had never happened? Instead of begging for forgiveness on your hands and knees, can you only use your mouth…!”

I looked at Ziken, who suddenly had a wild outburst, in bewilderment. …What’s with him?

“Do you know how vulgar your prideful appearance is right now? Apologise properly!”

Don’t tell me you’re annoyed because I’m not crying and begging on my knees right now? …What the hell?

It was correct that I was contemplating on how to convey my sincerest apology. However, it was ridiculous to hear that someone was unsatisfied at the fact that my apology wasn’t more servile and humble. 

And it wasn’t the saintess, who was the one who was receiving the apology, but the irrelevant crown prince who spoke up.

“I had no intention of pretending it never happened at all.”

For a moment, I was so angry that I almost let loose my suppressed feelings and said, ‘You stay out of it’, but I spoke as calmly as I could.

“I do feel genuinely apologetic, and I will continue to say sorry until my feelings have reached your heart.”

After shifting my gaze to the saintess and saying my apologies one more time, I continued.

“If the Saintess will believe my sincerity if I beg on my hands and feet, then I am willing to do so. Even a local kid knows that pride is the most unnecessary thing in an apology.”

I added, pointing out that none of what he had said applied to me. 

The truth was, I thought that I’d only be putting a burden on the shoulders of the kind-hearted saintess if I had just recklessly cried and begged on my knees in the first place. 

No matter how close to death the good-natured female lead was, she would have had no choice but to forgive her upon seeing such an appearance from the villainess. I had given her the simplest of apologies since the forgiveness I would’ve received would’ve been ‘extorted’ rather than truly willing.

However, I couldn’t help but feel annoyed when I heard that it was my pride that had something to do with it.

“By the way, Your Highness.”

But there was something even more unpleasant than that.

“Why would Your Highness force such an apology? As far as I know, Your Highness doesn’t have the qualifications to say such a thing to me.”

“What did you just say? Qualifications?”

“Yes, qualifications.”

Ha! Livi is mine. I’m well qualified enough to make sure she receives a proper apology.”

Staring at him, who was speaking proudly, I said.

“That’s exactly what I’m pointing out. Didn’t this all happen because of Your Highness’ extremely liberal view on love?”

He furrowed his eyebrows.

“Wh-What?”

The Empire was a place where polygamy was permitted. However, it was only legally permissible, and ‘an affair’ was still not something that was easily accepted. 

That was one of the major reasons why everyone still looked down on Linden and rejected him. Since the emperor had taken Linden’s mother as a queen even in the presence of the empress, simply because he had ‘taken a fancy’ to her.

[t/n:  the raws don’t actually say queen, but it’s referring to an empress (황비), just not one with a status as official as the legal empress (황후). i’m just using different terms for differentiation purposes.]

“I’m not trying to absolve myself of all fault.”

I added an explanation, just in case the female lead had misunderstood me.

“My fault is mine alone. I admit it. I will definitely apologise and live my life with those feelings.”

Attempting to poison someone was bad. I had no intention of denying that.

“But isn’t Your Highness’ fault a fault too?”

But apart from that, this man’s fault shouldn’t be absolved either. Just like how no matter how much of a villainess Meliara was, the duke’s fault of abusing her would not disappear.

“If I can ask the other party to apologise, just like Your Highness did, then I’d like to ask Your Highness to apologise.”

I held out my palm and said expressionlessly.

“Please apologise for cheating on me, your fiancee.”

BOOOOOOO TOMATO TOMATO TOMATO

In the novel, the villainess was too busy blaming the whole situation on ‘the bitch who bewitched His Highness’. 

But no matter how much I thought about it, if the man was someone who was in his right mind, then he should have ended his relationship before going to his new woman in the first place. Rather than saying it would be politically helpful and setting up a non committal bridge, then finding love somewhere else.

Love or power.

If you had chosen love, then you should have given up cleanly on a political marriage and thought of other ways to gain power. If you had chosen power, then you should have buried the love in your heart, even if it tore it in two.

Wouldn’t you have been able to properly become an emperor if you could at least clearly determine and carry that out? At least that was what I would’ve thought. 

Ziken’s face turned red and blue. This very expression showed that he seemed to think I had a point. The words he finally uttered with a crimson face after repeatedly opening and closing his mouth like an idiot was…

“Princess!!”

Just look at the way he raised his voice since he had nothing to say. Wow, how ugly… The male lead who had seemed infinitely cool when I was reading the novel was actually so ugly in person.

It was when I was about to tell him to keep it to himself since I didn’t want to hear anything unless it was a sincere apology.

“I couldn’t bear to hear anymore.”

A deep voice flipped the atmosphere.

Lecht, who was watching everything from behind me, walked out to stand next to me. People’s eyes turned to him in an instant.

“I held it in since I thought I’d get scolded for intervening.”

Lecht said, wrapping his arms around my shoulders and pulling me into his arms.

“But I can’t stand seeing you being bullied anymore.”

While the words he whispered to me were sweet, the look in his eyes was full of a savage force that seemed as if he were about to tear into Ziken at any moment now.


few things this chapter:
1) idk HOW ara remembers all of these quotes word to word bc girlllll,,,i can barely remember plots of some of the webnovels i’ve read, let alone like three quotes for my english test in high school, what makes u think i could remember shit if i transmigrated ??? i’d fr be the first to die LMAOOOOO

2) clown crown prince has appeared once again ew
i think our ara did a great job going against him by herself, legit SLAYYYYY when she schooled him period girlboss u don’t need no mane <3333

3) also what ara said abt choosing love or power makes sense, like gaining the throne means making sacrifices, whether it be for love or power. that’s why i never understood half the manhwa’s plots like it made me so frustrated when the villainess was the lawful fiancee and the crown prince or whoever is just blatantly cheating on her in front of everyone like ???? (looking at u kill the villainess, don’t come to the villainess’ stationary shop and i’m sure many others smh) like how is everyone in the empire ok with that ??? (in the case that polygamy is not accepted in the empire)

LIKE BRO ???? THIS ISN’T HANNAH MONTANA YOU CAN’T HAVE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
they fr trying to catch them all like they’re in pokemon or smth smh