Chapter 1 - Part 1
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Oscar’s lips trembled.
He didn’t want to say this.
Suddenly like this…
He didn’t want them to know.
No, he didn’t want to reveal it, it was supposed to be a secret that would remain buried forever.
He’ll be abandoned.
He’ll be thrown away.
“Oscar, say it. I don’t care what you’ve done.”
Lelia looked at Oscar with a sad look.
Whatever he did, whatever happened, she was confident that she would forgive Oscar.
She didn’t want him to bear the guilt alone and suffer.
Of course, she didn’t want to force him to say it like this. If it wasn’t this way, Oscar would shut up forever.
As Griffith said, Oscar may not overcome the guilt and run away from her someday.
Oscar managed to shut up.
The tightly closed jaw trembled and his eyes shook.
The past was drawn in front of him.
It was as clear as yesterday’s memory.
From a very long time ago, he lived only drawing the face that saved him.
‘If we meet again, then I will have to protect him.’
‘Instead of looking like a small, shabby crybaby, you should show a strong and reliable figure.’
Since a long time ago, he has lived by painting only the face that saved him.
‘I should’ve told you that I missed you all your life.’
‘I should’ve told you that I want to be by your side from now on and to be friends with you again.’
Until he was told that he had died, he was soaked in dreamlike hope.
‘Will I die, too?’
After hearing the news, he started getting such thoughts.
But he wanted to see him again.
‘Not compassion or sympathy, but warm eyes that I had never seen before.’
‘I wanted to hold his warm hands again.’
So he began to look for stories about Leo, who died just like that.
Then he found out.
The real identity of that kid.
Around that time, a very good idea came to mind.
‘The Neutral Zone.’
‘Yes, if I find the holy relic, it can make my wish come true…’
He used his power to find the whereabouts of the holy object.
It was once a feared black force, but now it was only a convenient tool.
He was able to control it perfectly.
He tried to take advantage of other people he had known since his stay at the temple.
It was easy to take away the sacred objects kept by a man named Ruth.
He thought about killing him because he couldn’t talk with him, but he just ran away from him after stealing his holy relic.
However, it was quite difficult to bring the holy relic objects that Julianna had kept.
He tried using his friends, but it didn’t work.
He eventually created a crack and stole the holy relic.
And it was finally completed.
“Hey, but what are you going to use that for?”
Kalix, who didn’t have one arm, asked.
Oscar didn’t answer.
Griffith and Romeo clicked their tongues as if they didn’t expect an answer anyway.
“Now our business is over. It would have been nice if Leo was alive…”
Romeo’s words made the rest look dark.
However, Griffith glanced at Oscar with keen eyes. It felt like he was looking at the holy relic Oscar had.
That night, he ran away from his friends.
It was at the end of the world… where he arrived by making cracks.
There were strong waves under the black cliff. A strong wind wrapped around his body.
He slowly interlocked the two holy things with his trembling hands.
A strong light poured out.
Even though it seemed blinding, he stared straight at the light.
Soon, the holy object began to emit subtle light like the moonlight. A strange shape started to form above it.
It was a close shape as if it would disappear immediately like a foam breaking by the waves.
The guardian of the Holy Spirit had both the appearance of an angel and a devil.
“The human who have recovered the relics. If you pay the price, I will grant you one wish.”
It was a voice that pierced through the sound of strong waves and wind and reached his heart.
“However, the price corresponding to a wish is only made of the same value. Also, the thoughts and memories of those who have possessed the holy relics can be mixed, so you have to be patient.”
“…Dead Leo. No, save Lelia.”
“It is impossible to revive a person whose soul has already died and flowed elsewhere.”
His heart fluttered.
He breathed heavily.
What do you mean you can’t save her? Even if it was the last time… he wanted to see her again. That warm smile, that caring voice… and…
“Then… Turn back time.”
Turn back time, before she died.
“Life follows in return. Will you do it?”
“It doesn’t matter.”
There was no return to the firm answer.
In front of the great nature, he waited, listening to the sound of the breaking waves.
“The soul you want to save is refusing to return.”
“Do you want to forcefully drag her?”
It was a different voice than before, which had a sense of sacredness. A voice as bizarre as the devil provoking him.
“Do you want to forcefully drag her?”
He wanted to force her to come.
Even if it’s a curse to the child.
A series of voices were heard as if scratching something sharp.
The angelic, or even the demonic form explained with a grotesque sound.
“Using the thoughts of those who possessed the holy relics, I will stimulate the child’s soul and bring back the small regrets that remain in this life.”
But he added that this was a tremendous curse.
“I explained that you, who have committed this monstrous sin, will likewise suffer in pain forever.”
It didn’t matter.
He waited and waited on the spot without moving at all.
The guilt came over him, but more than that, he was more obsessed with seeing the child again.
He excused himself that it was an inevitable choice.
‘He told me not to save you in the first place.’
This can’t be helped.
He couldn’t stand it.
‘I have to see you again…’
Soon the devil’s figure responded.
It was the last curse given to those who had no attachment to life.
“Now you will lose your life and your memories in return, and you will never be spared the life given to you.”
It was probably good.
“Your soul will never be saved, and even after everyone around you dies, you have to wander around the world forever and live hideously in pain.”
“Will you still do it?”
It didn’t matter.
‘If only we could meet again.’
The devil’s figure smiled strangely at his answer.
Then he showed something in front of him.
He couldn’t even blink once and looked at the scene.
A dark night covered by moonlight clouds.
The child threw himself into a deep pond.
There was no way he couldn’t recognize the child. It was the child he wanted to meet again so much.
It was not until he knew why the child died.
He… forcibly shackled the soul that took his own life and regained freedom.
With the sound of waves hitting his ears, a tremendous sense of sin struck him like a tsunami.
His body slowly collapsed. The moment he realized what he had done, his life was taken.
He couldn’t even close his eyes, so he met a death that would never come again.
In a trembling voice, Oscar stammered the confession. As he spoke, his mind shattered to pieces.
The secret he wanted to hide forever flowed out of his mouth so easily. The truth was forcibly revealed.
Lelia saved him last time and this time again.
Stupidly, she didn’t think he was going to hold her back and she was so docile that she saved him.
Lelia looked at Oscar with a firm look.
Sitting on his knees, he looked pale.
His white hands which were on the floor were trembling, and his eyes were red as if they were bleeding.
Tears dripping down the floor.
He looked at her, but Lelia was just staring.
The sun was up…
Griffith smiled around his mouth as he heard the bird chirping.
It was a smile as beautiful as a picture.
‘Have you ever had such a refreshing morning in the last few days?’
He headed to the garden.
The sunlight was dazzling. Although Lelia’s face looking at the sun today would be miserable, he was willing to see her.
He hates when Lelia is in pain, but he will welcome this kind of thing today.
He hummed and headed to Lelia’s room.
Contrary to what he told Lelia, he actually didn’t know what Oscar’s secret was.
He just guessed.
That secret will put Oscar in hell.
It was a secret that Lelia would never forgive.
That was why she was so afraid.
He could tell instinctively.
But her waiting for Oscar to collapse on her own was frustrating. An unfamiliar feeling of insecurity tormented him and eventually encouraged Lelia.
Lelia wouldn’t want Oscar to be in pain alone with a secret.
Of course, no matter what he’s guilty of, Lelia will eventually forgive Oscar, but…
Still, Oscar will carry the guilt for the rest of his life.
That was enough.
As long as Oscar didn’t interfere when Lelia tried to move as she intended and eventually get everyone.
Oscar needs to live under her feet as a sinner for the rest of his life.
Griffith’s face looking at the sun had no guilt.
Griffith’s feelings about Oscar were actually complicated.
Their friendship as a friend was, of course, there. As he told Lelia, it wasn’t just a lie that Oscar was precious.
‘My precious friend. But I want to rip you to death.’
If he doesn’t try to monopolize Lellia, he might be a good friend for the rest of his life.
‘By the way, I was told that some guests will come from the capital today.’
He walked, hiding a pleasant smile.
It was time to go and comfort Lelia in advance, who was about to face a chaotic day.
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