34. The Returnee Noble Lady (33)
“Sufia-chan, you’ve returned~ good job~”
Camila greeted Sufia with a gentle smile.
As Sufia passed by Camila, Zeke frowned.
“Go get some rest. You’re tired, aren’t you?”
“…But, I still have to offer my greeting, otherwise…”
Sufia walked straight towards Jill, her body staggering left and right.
Looking at Sufia’s gait, Jill frowned.
Sufia’s eyes… were black. Oozing from her entire body was a black haze—
“—get away—!” Camila screamed.
Faster than anyone could react, the magical haze gathered in Sufia’s right hand and manifested into a black spear. At the sight of the spear tip, Jill immediately drew some distance away.
However, Sufia caught up with her at a tremendous speed.
“Camila—!! Zeke—!! Watch out—!! Something is possessing Sufia—!!”
Sufia’s movements were no longer that of a clumsy girl who often fell. Both her action of swinging down the black spear and taking a step forward was akin to that of a veteran warrior.
“—you, are just, a little girl!”
“Who are you—!?”
Sufia turned around. The corners of her mouth rose after hearing Jill’s remark.
Even that movement was odd. It was like a string puppet.
“I’m, I’m, …this me, is his wife—the Dragon Emperor’s—!! You, …are fake—!!”
Camila elegantly fired an arrow, aiming at the hem of Sufia’s dress, trying to pin her to the wall. But, she easily plucked the arrow off, and before Zeke could grab her, she leaped towards Jill.
Jill did a somersault, before hitting Sufia on her back—as a result, she dropped the black spear.
However, the black spear spun around and lunged at Jill.
Damn—! So this spear can move independently—!?
Jill pushed Sufia away and evaded the lunging spear.
Before they realized it, there was another participant in the room.
Hadith pointed his sword at Sufia, who was currently lying on the floor.
A shining silver sword, its existence opposed that of the black spear. A weapon that made itself known to Earth and was first seen by Jill on the battlefield six years later.
Without the slightest hesitation, he thrust the sword towards Sufia’s heart.
Jill kicked the floor, hugged Sufia, and rolled on the floor to avoid Hadith’s sword.
“Your Majesty, Lady Sufia is possessed by something—“
“I have to kill her!”
Jill gulped at Hadith’s murderous intent.
At the same time, Sufia started laughing.
“Kill—? Me—!? When I’m the only one who can love you—!?”
“Oi, Captain, behind you…!!”
The moment Jill turned around, the black spear was already flying towards her. But before the spear could pierce Jill’s back, Hadith caught it.
An unpleasant smell and smoke rose from his charred skin.
“Fufu, you know that already, don’t you?”
Along with Sufia’s utterance, the spear entangled Hadith’s arm.
In front of Jill’s eyes, the molten black haze eventually took the shape of a woman, who then reached for Hadith’s cheek, caressing it like a lover.
“Other than me, you have nothing.”
From behind, Jill grabbed the black woman’s neck.
Nothing could be distinguished from her features. Jill couldn’t tell which were her eyes but, there was something she absolutely had to tell her—
Jill unleashed her magic.
The pitch-black woman burst with an abrupt noise, leaving only a black stain on the floor. However, the stain also evaporated into nothingness almost instantly.
“Is she gone?”
Camila asked, drawing her arrow. Jill nodded.
“I can’t feel any traces of her… it has vanished completely—Your Majesty, your injured hand…”
“Why did you help her? If you didn’t protect her, I could’ve killed her.”
Towards Hadith’s cold voice and gaze, Jill put her strength in her arms embracing the dazed Sufia.
“…Sufia was manipulated by someone. She didn’t do it out of her own accord.”
“That’s not the problem. That woman, she’s cunning. She could still be lurking inside Sufia.”
“Then you should’ve considered on how to deal with her without injuring Sufia—!”
“It’s up to me on how to deal with it—not you.”
“Please explain this situation—!? What happened, exactly—!? That black spear, is that the Holy Spear of the Goddess—!?”
“Never mind that, just release Sufia, this is an Emperor’s order. I promise to do it in a way that won’t make her suffer.”
“What about that part where she claimed to be the wife of the Dragon Emperor—!? She said I was fake—!! Your wife, the Dragon Princess, should be me—!!”
Hadith didn’t even move an eyebrow. In fact, it was doubtful whether or not he actually considered Jill to be present.
He hatefully stared at the place where the black spear disappeared—
“I should have the right to hear the explanation, Your Majesty—!!”
“…I never thought I would receive those words akin to suspecting me of cheating from you… especially you, who feel nothing about me.”
Did he not catch what she said before—?
Hadith stepped away.
“…Well then, our top priority will be sealing that thing’s movements. Camila, Zeke, the two of you shall guard the Princess. Mihari, are you there?”
Mihari appeared from the other side of the door in response to the summon.
“It’s an order to the Northern Division. Gather all the women of Veilburg to the castle right now.”
“You need to hurry. There’s a monster that can possess women. Therefore, you must never let your guard down, especially around women who’re over 14 years old. If they rampage, kill them right away. After all, they are the perfect vessel for the Goddess.”
Towards Hadith’s order, Jill gasped.
The Goddess of Kratos could no longer return to her original form. The day she ascended to the Realm of God was when she was fourteen.
If she were to trace the myth, then, just like Rave had a reincarnation of himself—or, in other words, a vessel. There should be a vessel for the Goddess, too.
Since the Dragon God exists, there’s no doubt that the Goddess also exists.
‘Cunning woman’—Hadith uttered so before. He had acknowledged the Goddess’ existence.
In other words… that requirement of being under 14 years old…
…at that age, the girl can’t become the Goddess’ vessel, yet…
Therefore, that requirement exists to repel the Goddess—!!
“Gather all the women in the castle. No exceptions are allowed. If they refuse, it is to be considered as treason. Tell them that it’s for their protection. I shall watch the situation using my barrier. Take Ms. Sufia with you, too.”
“Your Majesty! By doing so, you’ll incite backlash from the residents, which may lead to a rebellion! Especially with the rumors about the curse is still raging!”
“So what? Being forcefully gathered here, when you put that next to being killed, do they have any other, better, option? Do as I say, I won’t explain further. I’ve decided to bow to my wife, after all.”
After proclaiming so in an undisputed tone, Hadith turned his heels. It was the same tone he used when he ordered the massacre during the battlefield six years later.
Those golden eyes no longer reflected Jill.
***T/N: HOLY SHIT!!! HE AINT A PEDO!!!!!! HE AINT A PEDO BUT LAST CHAPTER THAT DUDE HAS BEEN DRAGGED BY THE FBI!!!!!!!! IT’S BECAUSE OF THAT THOT-SPEAR!!!!!!! THAT SPEAR IS ACTUALLY A THOT!!!! SHE’S THE TRUE THOT WE SHOULD ALL BE BANISHING-!!!!!!!
THOT PATROL TEAM, ASSEMBLE!!! ~special thanks to Gabe. Feel free to join everyone!!!
UGH, everyone everywhere is plagued by THOT. THe world IS SO MUCH more dangerous now.
Yeah this team exists.
P. S : WHO, WHO IS THE KIND SOUL(S) THAT HAS KINDLY DONATED TO ME!?! ///KNEEL/// MAY THE BLESSING OF THE HEAVEN BE WITH YOU FOREVER, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!