Chapter 18:

CHAPTER 13: THE CASE OF THE IRON PRINCESS

The Human Saint is Bored, so I was Summoned to Another World Vol. 3


**Kuro**Bookmark here

The fight at the Hagena Castle came to a close. Exhausted, I fell on the side of the hallway, barely having the strength to lift my gun. But at least we’re all alive. Lily, though naked, was smeared with blood all over her body that it did not matter. Good thing a friendly soldier noticed her and handed over a coat to cover herself.Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

And then she deactivated her Bloodbath skill, which caused her to slump beside me as well.Bookmark here

“Bloody way for a reunion, huh?” I asked.Bookmark here

“Indeed, it is, Kuro!” she smiled, “I…I’m sorry for what I said to you before…”Bookmark here

“Shut up.” I snarled at her, “It’s me who should apologize; I caused you pain, both physical and emotional.”Bookmark here

“Why don’t we…just…forgive…each other?”Bookmark here

“That’d be…nice.”Bookmark here

We’re both tired from the battle that it was hard to stay awake and speak.Bookmark here

Nevertheless, Lily kept on talking, “K-Kuro…”Bookmark here

“Hm?”Bookmark here

“I’ve…s-sinned greatly…”Bookmark here

“Don’t focus on that for now.” I told her, “And yes…I know what you did. But don’t you…e-ever think that Maddie and I would…change…on how we see you. Isn’t it…the reason…I got like this?”Bookmark here

“B-but…”Bookmark here

“You can’t change…your past. You can…change your future. And…we’ll help…you.” I patted Lily’s head, just like what I always do with my students when they did a good job.Bookmark here

Lily seemed to be content with what I said. She just closed her eyes, and before she drifted into sleep, she uttered, “Indeed…”Bookmark here

Seeing that everything’s alright, I also went to dreamland.Bookmark here

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Ah, it’s this familiar all-white scenery once again.Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

Let me see, by now there should be a small table around here somewhe—ah! There it is!Bookmark here

Behind me was a small white table with a chessboard, complete with all the chess pieces arranged as if a game had just ended.Bookmark here

“God?” I asked for the old deity, I’m sure He’s around here somewhere…Bookmark here

“Yes, Kuro!?”Bookmark here

“Wha—” I almost jumped from fright when He appeared beside me.Bookmark here

“Easy there, my son. You’ve been pretty jumpy lately.” God laughed.Bookmark here

“I’m sorry Lord, I’m just not good with surprises.”Bookmark here

Ah yeah, right. That’s what you are, indeed.”Bookmark here

Uh…anyway, Lord, what made You summon me back here? I didn’t die, right?”Bookmark here

“Well, yes, you’re still alive.” the Divinity then brought out a cup of coffee from somewhere and put it before me, inviting me for a drink, “Don’t worry, I only whisked you away temporarily while sleeping, to congratulate you on what you just did.”Bookmark here

“Eh?”Bookmark here

“If you haven’t realized just yet…” God picked up the queen chess piece, “You already saved the Queen—the strongest piece in our chess game.”Bookmark here

“You mean Lily’s the Queen?”Bookmark here

God only answered with a smile.Bookmark here

“And that isolation…” it slowly dawned on me, “Oh…so that’s why…AHH!!!”Bookmark here

God chuckled and His face had an amused expression, “The enemy is trying to keep the people away from Princess Lilyhaven, who’s their only hope in the coming times. Even though she’s the Bloody Witch, you had seen how powerful she can be once she gets proper support, right?”Bookmark here

I could only stare in fascination with God.Bookmark here

“Alright, I guess I need to return you right now. You still need to rest your spirit.” God then gulped the coffee in one sitting, “It’s nice to have you around again, my son.”Bookmark here

Uh…God, there’s something that’s bugging me now that You reminded me of the Bloody Witch.”Bookmark here

“You mean about her skill, Bloodbath? Why that didn’t take over her mind completely as the other ancestors of hers?”Bookmark here

I nodded.Bookmark here

“Well, it’s simple. Remember that memory of yours that I sent in the middle of the battle at Hagena? That anime girl with an ESPer, time-traveler, and an alien?”Bookmark here

“You sent that?”Bookmark here

God laughed, “I always help those who are in need, though it’s subtle they always blame Me for inaction. Anyway, what did you do?”Bookmark here

“I…” I could feel my cheeks blush, “I kissed her, though, in the forehead, that is.”Bookmark here

“Right. You see, the Chersean hero, Cassandra David, knew that the Bloodbath is a dangerous spell, and so she created a condition in which the last Duke of Nerfes could control it. Sadly, he never found it while he lived.”Bookmark here

“Which is?”Bookmark here

“True love’s kiss. That overwhelming power could be controlled when you’re fighting for the one you love, and Lilyhaven has found hers.”Bookmark here

“That’s cliché!”Bookmark here

“I know, right?”Bookmark here

Argh! The readers would get angry once again, whining that this story is so cliché with me being a dense Japanese main character even though I’m not from Japan!”Bookmark here

“Ha?” God had a confused look on His face.Bookmark here

Ah, never mind, Lord.” I quickly returned to my calm self.Bookmark here

“Anyway, Kuro, thank you for your hard work!” God then blessed me, “Just one more, and you’ll save Chersea from its greatest crisis…”Bookmark here

My eyes almost popped out from their sockets upon hearing that, “Ha? There’s more?”Bookmark here

And then it went dark.Bookmark here

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Everything settled down in the end.Bookmark here

With the Imperial soldiers, as well as their allies, afflicted with that gross disease and death, the battle came to be called the Battle of Hagena Castle (a.k.a. the Battle of Black Death). The Sekhtem militia’s cavalry company members were almost wiped out, save for 21 soldiers who were healed by Maddie, besides their commander, Sir Dane.Bookmark here

The lord of that place, a certain Baron Sir Gray, went missing in the aftermath of that castle battle. His body was not among the corpses, most of which were still recognizable even though the bubonic plague caused by Maddie hit them.Bookmark here

I tried asking Her Holiness if she could find that man in the pile of bodies, but…Bookmark here

“Don’t worry Kuro…” Maddie replied in a cold, calculating smile, “That man received a punishment a hundred times over; so, he won’t ever forget it, not even in his grave.”Bookmark here

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Okay, so I didn’t pursue the matter with Maddie ever since. Girls can be quite scary…Bookmark here

Good thing I knew some basic precautions against this illness. I requested the clean-up workers to don some protective clothing to prevent a spread of the disease, just in case a vector (like a flea, or another insect) appeared.Bookmark here

The lone surviving member of the lord’s local guard, the vice-captain Roland, was recommended by the commander of the Sekhtem city militia, Sir Dane, to replace him. The latter was forced to step down from his position by Maddie herself, who was keen on putting a stop to the illegal forced-slavery trade and had him appointed as Chancellor to the king of Calabria.Bookmark here

Well, Sir Dane became Maddie’s ‘eye’ inside the monarch’s court.Bookmark here

As for the old lady and the young girl whom we rescued with Lily, Maddie also gave them her special attention. She made sure that every injury that the girl suffered was healed—even the broken fingers. For the lady, not only did she heal the missing eye, she cast on her a calming spell so that the effects of the traumatic experiences that she had would somehow lessen—though the Saint may not expunge it completely.Bookmark here

And finally, Lily was unconscious long after the fight had ended. Her Holiness had her transferred to a comfortable quarter within the manor that housed the Holy Diplomatic Mission of Sekhtem. Maddie kept on blaming herself for what happened to her friend and never left her side for as long as she didn’t wake up.Bookmark here

Her Holiness also did not allow anyone else to approach Lily…not even me.Bookmark here

I guess it’s pretty understandable that she wanted a private time with her long-lost friend.Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

A few ‘sleeps’ later, I received the good news from Ruro that the head maid had opened her eyes.Bookmark here

“You won’t come in and see her?” Her Fluffy Holiness asked while we’re at the lobby of the diplomatic mission.Bookmark here

“I guess not for now,” I replied. I knew we had resolved our differences already in the aftermath of Hagena Castle, but I still felt responsible for what happened to the Head Maid, and because of that, I lost my courage to see her.Bookmark here

It’s like when you get carried away with the events around you, and when you got back to your senses, the reality hits you before you even know it.Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

Perhaps I should let them alone for now; I’m an outsider to this world, anyway. And when I think about it, this whole affair will not happen if I didn’t get carried away with the events around me.Bookmark here

Damn it. I kept on creating problems after problems lately…Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

Ruro only gave me a long stare as she sipped on the cup of coffee that was prepared for her.Bookmark here

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**Lilyhaven**Bookmark here

Upon regaining my consciousness, the first person who I saw was Maddie, and she was sitting beside my bed.Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

She was silent, and yet tears were falling from her gentle, silvery-blue eyes.Bookmark here

I knew she could read my mind right now, and yes, I’d be honest about it. I missed her. I missed this beautiful girl sitting beside me. I missed talking to her, having lunch and dinner with her, and when her schedule permits, I missed having drawing sessions with her.Bookmark here

“Maddie…I…I’m sorry…” was all I could say at the moment.Bookmark here

But the Saint never replied. She just smiled and held me tight as she could. At first, I was worried; my body endured torture, and I’m afraid she would break a bone or two. It was only then when she never let go of me I realized Maddie had completely healed me, even with the injury on my leg.Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

Ah, she never had to say anything. Right now, I forgive her even if she won’t ask for my forgiveness…Bookmark here

After all, Maddie sacrificed a lot for me.Bookmark here

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I went back to Hagena right after I regained my strength. Maddie also came along, knowing that the family that I stayed with—Grandma Margie, Anton, and especially Mariya, had suffered a lot after getting involved with me. And, I also would like to apologize for everything that had happened.Bookmark here

What I mean is right now, and from the time that I was the ‘Bloody Witch’.Bookmark here

“Are you sure about this, Lily?” I heard Maddie ask. “I think I could cast some spell that would make the grandmother more accepting of you…”Bookmark here

“That won’t be necessary.” I replied, “I’d like them to keep those bitter memories of me. It’s the consequence of what I did, and I’m ready to accept it.”Bookmark here

“Well, still…I know it’s not entirely your fault.”Bookmark here

“As long as you believe in me, I guess I can manage.”Bookmark here

Oh look! Welcome back, Miss Lily!” it was that arrogant guard, Roland, who came to meet me at the entrance to the village. Well, now, he’s more collected and thoughtful. I could say that his character improved a lot after what he had just experienced.Bookmark here

“Hello, Roland!” I greeted back, “How are you?”Bookmark here

“I’m pretty much fine now.” he answered, “And thanks to you, I was now the captain of Sekhtem’s militia.”Bookmark here

“Well, I think you impressed Sir Dane back then.”Bookmark here

“Of course, it wouldn’t be possible without your training, Master!” Roland bowed in gratitude, “And I’d like to offer my thanks to Her Holiness for healing me.”Bookmark here

Maddie nodded and smiled.Bookmark here

Oh, uh, Miss Lily?” it seemed that he remembered something he wanted to ask.Bookmark here

“Yes?”Bookmark here

“Well, I’m just confused,” Roland told me, “The Mahan Swordsmanship Style that you taught us never worked for them, but it worked for me. Putting aside that Her Holiness healed me when I inhaled generous amounts of smoke, I’m still alive, and they’re dead. Did we all miss something?”Bookmark here

“Indeed.” I explained, “You see, Mahan Swordsmanship was created by my brother, Arthur Mahan of Nerfes. He did that to train me in the art of self-defense, and I passed the knowledge to you.”Bookmark here

“So…it’s a self-defense sword style?”Bookmark here

“Precisely. Mahan swordsmanship is strictly for defense, that’s why it worked against you when you first attacked me before. And also, in reverse, when you defended yourselves back in that castle. If used for offense, it would be hopelessly outmatched by a defending pole or ranged weapons, like a spear or lance.”Bookmark here

“Well, I certainly did not know that aspect of it.” Roland quipped, “Ah, thank you once again for teaching me that.”Bookmark here

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And with that, we went on our ways. Roland was heading to Sekhtem to assume command of its city guards, for Sir Dane eventually stepped down from the position of commander. In the aftermath of what happened, Maddie forced the king of Calabria to appoint Sir Dane as his chancellor, for she wanted to stamp out the illegal forced-slavery trade that flourished under the watch of the previous minister.Bookmark here

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As for me, my heart was heavy upon reaching the house of Grandma Margie. I could still remember the painful words she threw at me during our time in the torture chamber. But, I knew and accepted those. After all, it would never remove the pain I caused her by murdering her family before as the Bloody Witch, and for causing her to witness the torture of her granddaughter.Bookmark here

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I was about to knock on the door when I suddenly hesitated. And then I felt Maddie touch my shoulder. Turning to her, she winked at me as if telling me that everything would be alright.Bookmark here

And so, taking a deep breath, I knocked—Bookmark here

“!!!”Bookmark here

As it turned out, I didn’t have to knock. Mariya was on her way out, and she inadvertently opened the door for us.Bookmark here

“Err…” I tried breaking the ice by speaking first, but…Bookmark here

“And here I was, wondering when you’d come back. Then poof! Here you are!” she said in her usual cheerful voice.Bookmark here

Uh…Mariya, can I talk to your grandmother?”Bookmark here

“Well, come on in.”Bookmark here

I took a step inside the house that sheltered me for quite a while. Maddie followed me in and introduced herself, which caused Mariya—and Anton, who was standing behind her—to freeze in shock.Bookmark here

Uh, Lily, are they alright?”Bookmark here

“They’re both a big fan of yours, Maddie.”Bookmark here

“Hello, Mariya and Anton! I’m the Saint, Madelaine Rubinforth!” she reached out her hand to her, at which the siblings remained unresponsive.Bookmark here

Uh…Lily? Looks like they fell unconscious, standing…”Bookmark here

“Don’t worry; Mariya’s one tough girl, and Anton is her little brother,” I commented, before heading towards the room where Grandma Margie is. I guess Maddie was left wondering if she heard me right about Anton being Mariya’s big ‘little brother’.Bookmark here

I saw the old lady sitting by her bed and looking at the mementos of her dead loved ones. Seeing that scene was painful for me. I tried to back out, but then I heard her voice…Bookmark here

“You know, I won’t forgive you for what you did to my sons, husband, and daughter.”Bookmark here

I remained silent. Painful as it was, I fully understand Grandma. If only I could kill myself just to make amends, I would do so.Bookmark here

“But, well, your friend desperately told me about your circumstances. Of how your power is also your bane. That it’s not that you wished for it—murdering people—to happen.”Bookmark here

“I…I’m deeply regretful of those…” I began, finally finding the courage to speak, “If only I could return the lives that I took…”Bookmark here

“That won’t be necessary.” the old lady said, “I’ve told you before, didn’t I? I won’t forgive you.”Bookmark here

“Yes…I understand.”Bookmark here

“Good.” Grandma Margie then stood up from her bed and drew near to me. I couldn’t make myself to look back at her, but I still listened to what she has to say, “Now, so you have to pay me…as well as everyone else, by living. Live your life to the fullest and do nothing like that again.”Bookmark here

“!!!” Those were the sweetest words that I heard from Grandma Margie. I glanced up to see her gentle eyes gazing at me, full of grace and forgiveness.Bookmark here

“I’d like to thank you for helping us when you did. And also, for shedding tears for my granddaughter when she went through that painful experience.”Bookmark here

At that point, I couldn’t keep my feelings within myself anymore. Tears just flowed down my cheeks, and Grandma held me as I silently poured out my sentiments.Bookmark here

“You have good friends; even Her Holiness stands with you. I don’t think you’re that inherently evil; it’s just because of your condition.”Bookmark here

“I’m sorry…”Bookmark here

“It’s okay now.” then Grandma added, “I’ve resolved my feelings as well, and have decided long before you came. Thanks to your friend who worked tirelessly to convince me…”Bookmark here

“Maddie’s like that, Grandma. She’s my support.”Bookmark here

Ha? Do you mean Her Holiness? No…ah wait, I mean, she did repeatedly ask for my forgiveness. But the one who kept on rambling some old history to explain your condition is the boy. He went on and on until my ears got tired. I think his name is, err—Bookmark here

“Kuro?”Bookmark here

“Yes, that’s his name!” Grandma then smirked, “Oh…if I recall correctly, you said before that you have a lover. Don’t tell me…”Bookmark here

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**Madelaine**Bookmark here

I know of Kuro’s sentiments on what I did, when I forbid everyone else—including him, from seeing Lily while she was unconscious. Well, it’s not that I didn’t want him to come and see her. It’s more like I’d like to ‘selfishly’ spend some private time with my closest friend—and sister—after her long absence.Bookmark here

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And yes, there’s that issue about his presence at the palatial gardens and how it affected my work, according to Lily. I didn’t want to lose Kuro, and yet, I also wouldn’t allow Lily to be separated from me ever again. Of course, for a while now, I’ve been weighing on my options, carefully balancing the choices and the consequences…Bookmark here

Then, I finally found my answer to this problem of ours.Bookmark here

And so, once I solved that, I called Lily and Kuro over into my private quarters to talk about this.Bookmark here

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It certainly was kind of awkward. The atmosphere between the three of us suddenly got tense, for some unknown reason.Bookmark here

Err…so, is there any problem right now, Maddie?” it was Kuro who eventually broke the silence.Bookmark here

“Well, not …” I answered, looking for an opportunity to insert the subject I summoned them for.Bookmark here

“…” Lily was quiet.Bookmark here

“Okay, I guess I’ll have to drop this now.” I summoned my courage and proceeded, “It’s about Kuro, Lily, and me.”Bookmark here

“What about us?”Bookmark here

“Well, first, it’s about our engagement. Second, it’s about you and Lily.”Bookmark here

Oh, I see…”,Bookmark here

“I don’t want to lose you, Kuro. You’ve been a big help, not only to me but to the others at the Holy Palatial Gardens as well. You’re an irreplaceable person in my heart, and I’ve grown to love you because of that.” I honestly admitted to them, “However, I also don’t like to let go of you either, Lily. You’ve been a sister, a trusted confidant, and a mother, to me. Losing you would equal to me being deprived of my right hand.”Bookmark here

The two of them remained silent while I explained my feelings.Bookmark here

“But, if keeping both of you would only lead to trouble and suffering for many others…” I steeled my heart for this moment, “…I’d rather step down as the Saint of Chersea.”Bookmark here

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At that moment, both of them rose from their seats and told me, “Don’t you ever do that!”Bookmark here

“Well, if that’s how it’s going to be…” Kuro said, “Then, I guess, I need to go someplace else; that’s my plan, anyway. I could always drop for a visit anytime!”Bookmark here

“Hey! Why are you the one who leaves?” Lily asked him, “You’re Maddie’s fiancée now!”Bookmark here

“As someone who serves her faithfully, I won’t tolerate Maddie’s downfall. If possible, I’d like to see her succeed, even if I have to make the sacrifices.”Bookmark here

Kuro’s unwavering expression looked cool at that moment; I think Lily and I both have the same opinion of him at that moment.Bookmark here

“Listen. Chersea needs you, Maddie, and you can’t just abandon the people who believe in you, just for someone like me!”Bookmark here

“Kuro’s right; Listen to him!” Lily was quick to back him up, “I could always adjust to the situation! Don’t worry about me!”Bookmark here

“But, if I continue to be a Saint while Kuro’s around, I might revert to the irresponsible me! I don’t want to lose you, nor do I wish for Kuro to go!”Bookmark here

“That’s perfectly fine, Maddie!” she insisted.Bookmark here

“Yeah, come on!” now it’s Kuro’s turn to follow-up on her, “Remove your holy garments, and you’re just a normal, human girl! And from what I’ve seen, young ladies like you would want to feel loved, and fall in love. I guess there’s nothing wrong with that, all the while you do your duties from time to time.”Bookmark here

“I see…I understand.” I nodded in agreement, “Thank you for your sentiments.”Bookmark here

“It’s good that you finally see reason, Maddie!” Then Lily added, “In fact, it’s good that you don’t plan to let go of Kuro!”Bookmark here

Huh? What do you mean?”Bookmark here

“Well, this!” Lily drew near Kuro and—Bookmark here

“!!!”Bookmark here

I think my heart stopped beating when I saw her kiss him on the lips. I couldn’t find any words to say for that. Kuro was similarly shocked as well…Bookmark here

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“Sorry for that, Maddie.” Lily had a mischievous smirk on her face, “It’s just that, like you, I realized I couldn’t part from this fellow over here. Starting from now, I will be your rival for Kuro!”Bookmark here

“What?” I blurted out, quite annoyed.Bookmark here

Did Lily just steal Kuro’s first kiss from me?Bookmark here

She then had a smug look on her face, “Well, I mean, you stole a step ahead from me and got engaged to him! Isn’t it fair that I steal his lips?”Bookmark here

Oh, alright! So that’s how it is, huh, Princess Lilyhaven?” I couldn’t help but feel competitive, “Well, let me show you how much I love Kuro!”Bookmark here

“!!!”Bookmark here

I uttered a spell and out came a misty cloud that formed in a dense circle in front of them. And then, with a flick of my finger, I proudly showed to Lily my entire collection…Bookmark here

“T-That’s—” Kuro was flabbergasted by what he saw. Of course, it’s my greatest treasure!Bookmark here

“M-Maddie…those are…paintings of Kuro!” Lily was trembling, her nose was leaking blood, “And those are porcelain dolls, right? Where did you get those? Aren’t those plushies, too? Kuro’s cute in that likeness! I want one too!”Bookmark here

HAH! Back off! No one could equal my love for him, even if you’re my blood-sister!”Bookmark here

“Maddie, please!” she pleaded desperately.Bookmark here

“This is in my quarter’s secret antechamber back in the palatial gardens, so of course, unless we teleport there right now, I couldn’t give you one.” I excitedly pointed out some other things, “There, look at those blanket designs!”Bookmark here

“It’s Kuro’s face!”Bookmark here

“That one’s a dakimakura!” I heard Kuro pointed towards a body pillow with his image as the design.Bookmark here

“Is that hair?”Bookmark here

Oh, that? Those are Kuro’s hair, which I secretly cut one time I entered his room while he’s asleep.”Bookmark here

“What? Isn’t this talk turning into a weird direction?” Kuro exclaimed.Bookmark here

“Maddie, how about those dirty plates and cutleries over there?”Bookmark here

“Those are the pieces of kitchen utensils where Kuro used his saliva. I used preservation magic to have those maintained its appearance.”Bookmark here

“Ha?”Bookmark here

Ooh! And those must be his clothes? But why does he have it on him right now?”Bookmark here

Ah, what he’s wearing right now are just copies.” I explained, “I had them swapped with the originals, which I kept in pristine, unwashed condition after he removed it while bathing.”Bookmark here

Damn! I…I’ve been outwitted!”Bookmark here

Uh…Lily, a-are you sure you should say that?” Kuro asked her.Bookmark here

Triumphant, I taunted Lily, “How about it? May the best woman win then!”Bookmark here

Grr…you win this time, Maddie! So, I bow to you…” which she did, but she followed it up with, “I’ll defeat you, Your Holiness, and be his number one!”Bookmark here

“Then come at me, Head Maid!”Bookmark here

Uhh…guys? Don’t I have any say in your contest? Normally, in harem stories, you’d ask me to choose between you, right?” I heard Kuro in the background trying to interject, but never mind him! This was a personal (yet friendly) fight between me and Lily now!Bookmark here

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***Elbrei, main port Sekhtem and of the Kingdom of Calabria***Bookmark here

“Well, seems like your plans went for a naught.”Bookmark here

When he alone returned to the building that served as their base, Traveler could only stare blankly at Seirna. She cast a mocking look on him, to which he paid no heed. What’s on his mind was the fact that not only did he lose a significant portion of his men at the Battle of Hagena Castle, the opportunity to rein in the Iron Princess was ultimately wasted.Bookmark here

And what’s worse is that he’s answerable to the Emperor who gave him considerable support.Bookmark here

“I guess, this is the limit of human power.” he heard the Saint of Flame commented, “That’s why you remain stagnant for far too long; you barely have the will and capability to stand on what you plan to do.”Bookmark here

“Your Holiness, with all due respect…” the Traveler answered her, for he would never tolerate a bad word regarding the sacrifices his men made, “My men did what they could; it’s just that I led them to ruin. I, alone, am responsible for this mess.”Bookmark here

“Indeed, you are.” Seirna smirked, “However, though that human footstool of an emperor may throw you out, what do you say of an opportunity to work for me?”Bookmark here

“What do you mean?” he asked, quite confused.Bookmark here

“I’ve seen your folly…” she explained, “…and I’ve seen your potential as well. Aren’t you also plotting your vengeance?”Bookmark here

“What do you know?”Bookmark here

“Have you forgotten? I can read minds.” Seirna then floated around him, “And your desire to avenge the downfall of your once highly esteemed and revered noble house has been known to me ever since I met you, Umberto Benicci, Prince of Amaranth…or should I append the word ‘former’ to that?”Bookmark here

“That won’t be necessary.” The Traveler, Umberto Benicci, replied, “I’ve long abandoned that title.”Bookmark here

“But not the ambition and desire to get back to that beautiful, silvery-blue-haired girl, right?”Bookmark here

Umberto kept his silence when he was reminded of her, the lady who caused the ruin of his house, and the current sitting Human Saint of the Holy Palatial Gardens, Madelaine Ann Rubinforth.Bookmark here

“That’s good. Remember why you’re doing all of this.” Seirna whispered, “Madelaine Ann Rubinforth. That human ‘saint’ is leading humanity to its ruin by leaving its progress close to stagnation. It’s time to remove her and have your revenge as well…”Bookmark here

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