Chapter 1. Prologue
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Raha did not bother to look at the palace of the previous emperor even though she hadn’t been here in a long time.
“It’s been a long time. I heard you called me.”
A gentle voice rang out in the bedroom, but there was no answer in return. Raha remained still with her head bowed lightly, as if she were an imperial princess who had an audience with the emperor. How long did she keep her position?
The sound of fingers tapping on the mahogany armrest connected with pure gold ornaments.
“Raise your head.”
Raha lifted her gaze. The look on the previous emperor’s face was ludicrously correct. He announced the unprecedented thing of abdication and retired to his detached palace, but there was nothing changed in the face of the prior emperor. It was just the face of an emperor who had commanded an era. It still remained the same, although he was out of view for a long time.
And his blue eyes.
The eyes of the heir that Raha inherited.
There was something distinctly different about the eyes of the heir from the other blue eyes. Like a bright blue jewel shining in the sun, like a glistening dew on the sea. It was oddly mesmerizing after looking at it for a long time.
Even if you were kind to someone with eyes like that, you would be hundreds of times more intoxicated, and even if you ripped someone’s head open and killed them, you would still feel strangely in love with them.
Raha stared into the very same eyes as hers. The Emperor told her to raise her head, so she had to face that gaze, whether she liked it or not.
A lingering silence.
The previous emperor took a quick look at Raha’s straight body and said.
“You look fine, Raha.”
“Yes, thanks to the blessing of Father, I am at peace.”
The Emperor smiled sharply.
“You must always be thankful that the eyes of the heir protect you.”
“But don’t forget your true position and status. It is Karzen who I handed the throne to.”
It was an obedient reply. The previous emperor looked at Raha with stern eyes.
“If you did not have the eyes of the heir, those many kingdoms would not have submitted to Delo.”
“Always live with reverence for the dead.”
“They died because of you.”
The emperor looked coldly at the silent Raha. A moment of silence passed. The Emperor slowly shifted his gaze. Around them stood the attendants. Three of them were his own attendants, and the other ones were the attendants assigned by Karzen.
They had one thing in common. They were not well.
Raha was the only one in this bedroom who was perfectly well.
“To the window.”
The emperor ordered and the chamberlain immediately moved the chair to the window. Raha gently laid down her eyelashes. The previous emperor’s right leg was empty.
The previous emperor moved to a chair by the window and then opened his mouth.
“Karzen knows very well. How did my leg come to be like this?”
“The eyes of the heir are truly an amazing shield. No one would have thought that I would lose one of my legs because I strangled the imperial Princess.”
The anger that could not be concealed leaked from the previous emperor’s voice.
“It was rather good. For if I were not the emperor with the eyes of the heir, I would have broken my neck for strangling you to death.”
Raha listened with a gentle smile.The Emperor looked at his daughter, who had the same eyes as his own, and said.
“I am very angry. Raha del Harsa.”
“Don’t be angry, Father.”
“Take care of your precious body.”
The emperor looked at Raha with cold eyes.
He was the perfect emperor. He was even perfect in making Karzen, the legitimate heir to the throne, the crown prince.
“It’s funny how you stole the eyes of the heir. How dare you!”
When did he start talking about stealing the eyes of the heir? Yes, Raha was quite young when she first heard these words. She did not know anything then. She even asked back.
<I did not want it. How can it be stolen?
I never really wanted it….>
But they were the words of the supreme emperor. No one raised the question except Raha. She couldn’t even understand it otherwise.
Maybe even Raha had partially given up.
In any case, as the supreme emperor, he had no reason to love Raha, an existence that had damaged his “perfect monarchical life”. Although he lost one of his legs while he was strangling her in anger.
“Karzen knows this all too well.”
“That’s why he’s keeping an eye on you.”
The emperor leaned back in his chair. The chamberlain sent by Karzen was still in place. Today’s conversation would be conveyed without omission.
So there was no need for Karzen to mention one fact that he did not already know. Raha’s eyes also moved toward the wall where the emperor’s eyes had turned.
In a lavish closet encrusted with gold and red jewels, an insignia was kept. It was a sign of the Delo empire, covered with layers of elaborate anti-theft devices.
That sign was a miniature connected to the Holy Power. Tha remembered that there were originally two of them, but she did not know where the other one went.
The actual miniature was kept in the rear garden of the Imperial Palace. The great testament, much larger than Raha’s height, was the initiatory sacrament that protected those who inherited the eyes of the heir and those who carried the blood of del Harsa.
Very few people knew that there was already a crack in the back of that sign.
For no other reason than that the previous emperor, who had the eyes of the heir, tried to kill Raha. The emperor’s decision to abdicate was partly due to the permanent loss of one of his legs, but it was certainly also due to his shock at the strong crack of the sign.
The previous emperor did not even tell Kalzen about this.
Only the previous emperor and Raha knew.
The reason why the previous emperor informed Raha of this fact was simple. He, too, as heir to the throne of Delo, was clearly obligated to pass on the secrets of the “eyes of succession” from generation to generation.
And as long as the previous emperor himself was still alive, it was to his own safety that some of the secrets of the eyes of the heir were kept from the world.
Raha said with a lovely smile.
“Please be well.”
The previous emperor, glancing at Raha, replied.
It was clear that the Emperor would strangle Raha once again just before he died.
Then the sign of the Empire would be completely cracked and destroyed.
Daha found out after several conversations with the previous emperor. He was no longer interested in what would happen to the empire after his death.
Raha didn’t know if he was born that way, or if he was ashamed and angry at the fact that he had lost one leg and resigned unwillingly.
Therefore, it was probably natural to hate Raha, the cause of “losing that leg.” That was how Raha understood it.
Later, when the Emperor again strangled Raha.
It would be then that the previous emperor would die, and Raha would not be protected any more even with the eyes of the heir. The previous emperor, who had already put together a perfect edition, would immediately inform Karzen of this fact.
<You can now kill the twin who has undermined you all your life.>
It was then.
“Your Majesty. I am afraid that the New Year’s party is about to begin……”
At the chamberlain’s cautious voice, the previous emperor beckoned as if annoyed.
“I must leave now. Please take good care of yourself. Father.”
The previous emperor’s brow twitched hard at Raha’s sweet-sounding voice. He wanted to catch anything he could and throw it at her head.
And Raha casually turned away. The hem of her expensive dress, glamorously dressed just to attend a New Year’s banquet, was fluttering like the wings of a dragonfly.
Her blue hair was tied up, and the small, countless diamond ornaments that the attendants had painstakingly inserted shone beautifully in the moonlight.
Raha walked lightly out of the detached palace and into the hall of the grand banquet.
‘You can kill me.’
There would come a time when Raha would not be protected any longer with the eyes of the heir. The previous emperor’s words were right. But Karzen was not a fool. That was why Karzen stayed so close to the separate palace of the Imperial Palace, leaving the man who could be the center of power alone.
Will the previous emperor live 10 more years?
But if he lived with this much anger every day, his lifespan would be shortened.
Will he live a year?
After 10 years, no. Immediately after one year, where will Karzen be touching her?
Raha was not sure. She had never always been confident in her life, but she wasn’t really confident this time.
Does he really want to kill Raha?
“As long as you don’t r*pe me.”
White breath spread as Raha mumbled in a low voice. She did not know what would happen to the color of her eyes if the insignia was broken. Perhaps her eyes would go back to being gray like before. Just like Karzen’s eyes now.
Then the Princess, who had lost the eyes of the heir, would be driven out to the wasteland on the outskirts of the country. Just like the second Prince of the second empress.
They would announce that Raha was dead and lock her up in some secret place until they got tired of her…. ….. Raha’s forehead was slightly frowning. She felt nauseous and she shook her head lightly.
Suddenly, she missed Shed so much that she could die.
* * *
“How are you doing today? My dear.”
Shed raised an eyebrow at Oliver’s question.
“You’ve never answered that it’s good.”
“Can a slave say that he’s good?”
“Of course. You’re the Princess’s slave, so that part must have been nice, no?”