12.2 The Night and the Food
“Dia wants to marry the Prince—…isn’t that how it should be…?”
However, when he tried to mend the wound of her heart somehow, the child sadly muttered so.
Noin was frightened by the meaning of her words.
He even told her that the prince would gladly kill her—but she said she was fine with it.
Inside his heart, there was also anger that she allowed another person settle inside her heart despite having accepted his marriage proposal—however, Noin was one of the oldest spirits involved with humans.
He felt uncomfortable due to Dia’s gaze—and suddenly remembered that his spiritual courtship was difficult to understand from the human race’s standpoint.
Perhaps this child didn’t even recognize it as a courtship from one of the kings of spirits.
Then, in the slight gap when Noin was looking away, she had fallen in love with a human prince.
Speaking of which, Dilvier had told him that she had attended a royal ball at Fashitar.
When he let out a low growl, Dia stared at him—her eyes were brimming with tears, she seemed at a loss.
That stormy night, the reason I sent her ‘home’ was as a form of tolerance.
For the human Dia was still a small child, the loss of her family would surely affect her a lot.
Many spirits didn’t care about things concerning the other race.
As a result, they often broke the heart of someone they loved.
That was why—he wanted to do the right thing. By bestowing the child with forgiveness, he hoped she would attain happiness someday.
Because he was a creature quite familiar with the way of humans—
—therefore, he respected her for being human.
He wanted to give her all the happiness in the world.
—therefore someday, surely, that brilliant smile of hers would return. Then, onward, she would continue to smile.
That was all he ever wanted—such was the form of Noin’s devotion, after finally finding his one and only.
In addition to that, there was also the fact that Dia’s magical zone was too low.
Unless he kept feeding her with the food he—a spirit—prepared, the child wouldn’t last for more than a month in the Kingdom of Spirits.
He needed to keep feeding her, and rebuild her body over time—
—only then would he be able to bestow upon her the spirit ring.
However, when he returned to the human land for the first time after that incident, he watched as her body grew a little more under the patronage of her new family.
He thought that it would be better to slowly nurse her to recovery, then let her go.
…But, I also wonder about that…
He knew someone was calling for him, but for how long had he shown his back on that dying call?
It was also an intolerable humiliation and regret for one of the kings—Noin, to realize that he had lost his beloved, especially because he hadn’t told his name to that child.
Her body needed to be rebuilt slowly and gradually so as to not overwhelm her magical zone. Otherwise, the child would have died upon stepping to his realm.
…When did I realize the person I granted protection to was about to be killed?
Because of such a predicament, it was no wonder that such a tiny human lost her heart.
“…Do you know about it?”
Still, Noin, whom had failed to let go of his own desire, watched over the crying child.
Different from the cry of human child of that age, her cry was also the sound of her heart breaking—he felt it.
He felt his beloved’s heart break, shatter, and became irretrievable—
—to the point that his own heart was crushed.
Aah, surely, this person will die.
That stormy night was also a place where many people died, Noin easily understood that.
In the pathetic kingdom called Fashitar that was built on top of his land, many had shown such worn out eyes, then stumbled and died.
He wondered if he had no choice after all—no choice but to witness his one and only die.
Even if he tried to keep her close until he died, considering the child’s low magical zone, such a thing wouldn’t come true—everything needed time.
Then—what should he do?
What can I do for her?
What path should he take to prolong the life of his loved one?
After considering many possibilities and measures, all that remained was the most unpleasant one.
“…if that’s what you really want, then go to the royal palace as you so wanted!”
“—the royal pa—…?”
“I shall personally escort you there, to the royal palace… do your best to get killed!”
First, he summoned Dilvier and commanded him to rewrite part of the consciousness and the memory of the knights.
He entrusted the sleeping Dia to the knight leader, who was in charge of the place, and ordered said knight to treat her like a national treasure.
Muttering, ‘try harming this sleeping child even a little and you will see!’ Noin released the hand of the slumbering, little, child.
By the time Dia woke up in the royal palace, the king, the queen, and the princes were already hypnotized by the fairies to turn her to the fiancée of the first prince of the kingdom.
Dia should have her wish granted in no time, since he had used his magic to give her her desired prince.
…Exactly, show me that you can survive!
No matter how high-ranking the spirits were, it didn’t matter even if they governed the whole world—they were still unable to bring back the death.
In addition, those killed by the knights blessed by the church wouldn’t return to the earth on the day of the dead.
Because he couldn’t grant the child’s most important wish, the only thing left for him to do was fulfil her other, remaining, wish.
Spirits didn’t love those who betrayed them, or didn’t choose themselves.
Not only limited to Noin, it was an irreplaceable quality of the spirit itself.
That was why—
—if he were to give her to that human prince…
…eventually, he would lose this heart of his.
Higher-ranking spirits were less likely to get a spouse.
Spirits who lost their spouses once they found one, usually didn’t survive.
Letting go of that child instead of making her pay the price would mean letting go of the only spouse he had finally found—
—it would also mean accepting what was going to come for him.
“…Why would you even hand away your bride to a human prince? What’s more, this child broke her promise with you just like that after a few months… why don’t you just imprison her—regardless of whether she cries or dislikes it? What if something bad happens to you?”
“I’m not handing her away completely… I want to keep her heart alive, then, if this child can survive, I shall come back and fulfil that night’s promise someday.”
That was what he said, when in truth, he had prepared to never see her again.
Human’s life evaporated in the blink of an eye to a spirit.
He said that only to deceive Dilvier for a while. Then, once he turned his eyes away a little, surely, that tiny life would easily pass by him.
That was his last farewell, an ode to his obsession. He would let her go in exchange for her most important wish, which was brutally crushed.
—so please, do your best to live.
To fulfil that, I will give you whatever you need.
That’s why, don’t let despair consume your heart, and again, regain your joy in living.
***T/N: Ueeeeh….. UEEEHHHHHHH ///sobs some more.
This is my heart after being punched into thousand broken pieces, then being blown into smithereens by revelation after revelation of Noin’s actual character.
BIBBIDI BOBBIDI BOO, last chapter was a spirit king whimsically falling for a human, this chapter is about the spirit king devotedly fulfilling his side of the promise and actually acted the word ‘love’ instead of merely saying it– AND NOW MY HEART IS SMITHEREENS!
…I was wrong about him this entire time.
DUDE WHAT PART OF YOU IS CAPRICIOUS!??!?! –WHY ARE YOU SO ELABORATELY WRITTEN?!?!?!?! WHY ARE YOUR PLAN ON MAKING DIA’S HAPPY THIS DAMN FRICKIN METICULOUS?!!? YOU’RE READY TO DIE FOR HER SINCE THE GET GO!!!!! WHY CAN’T THEY BE HAPPY ALREADY!??!!?!!?!?
FINALLY, A NON-HUMAN MALE LEAD WHO ACTUALLY RESPECT HEROINE’S HUMANITY FOR ONCE AND NOT RUB IT AT HER FACE ‘HOOMAN IS PATHETIC WEAKLING, BEING BORN AS ONE IS A MISTAKE’. INSTEAD, HE IS THE MOST HUMANE OUT OF EVERY CHARACTERS (ESP. ROYAL FAM) WE’VE BEEN SHOWN UNTIL NOW.
Tl;dr Noin is a gap moe.