Here’s the second bonus chapter.
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Michael was completely aware of his obsession at this point.
It was different from before he knew and when he could suppress it at times.
“I’ll help you.”
For him, Liarte was more important than everyone in Birce.
If he says that, the kind Liarte will comfort him.
“I’ll help you put out the fire as you want. I don’t care if I can’t put them out myself. I’ll try to control the Power in the deep forest as it is released.”
“But Young Master! The Power in the deep forest is……”
Walter was frozen in place by Michael’s cold gaze and had no choice but to close his mouth.
‘It would be better if you would just leave me behind in here and just watch me.’
Looking down at Liarte, Michael thought from the bottom of his heart.
That way, she would not have to risk her own life for the good of all of the empire.
The moment their eyes met, he thought Liarte would give up on being herself for once.
But if the day comes when another man approaches Liarte… (e/n if he died here)
He wouldn’t be able to bear it.
Liarte approached the lake.
The deep forest was across the lake, but the smoke from the fire had spread so far at this point.
She reached out to take control of the lake.
Soon, the stream from the lake reached the burning trees.
[searing sound]! (치이이익! “chiiiiiiik”)
There was a chilling sound with smoke.
But the fire didn’t go out.
Rather, the water that Liarte used made it burn even harder as if it were fuel.
It was at that moment that she understood Walter saying that the fire could not be put out with ordinary water because it was made of Ancient Power.
‘I have to think of another way.’
She tried to recall memories before her regression as much as she could.
While staying in Birce, she forgot a lot of memories made here because she was so happy, but her memories before her regression remained strong.
She had to force herself to think about the fire in Birce.
It’s okay not to know what the future holds after this, but she felt like she should remember things this time.
Liarte closed her eyes and looked into the past.
Aynias, who tried to extinguish the fire before her regression, failed to do so and returned to Elheim.
‘He said it would be possible to put the fire out if they had sent Lian.’
Elheim taught their awakeners how to apply their abilities.
Unlike her, there must have been something visible only to Aynias, who was properly educated about his abilities.
‘Why did he say it would be possible if they had sent Lian?’
The fire that burned the forest devoured even the water that Liarte pulled from the lake.
She recalled the principle of Ancient Power.
Certain conditions are necessary to grant strong attributes.
Conditions that were necessary to make a fire that doesn’t die with just regular water.
To make a fire that will not be extinguished unconditionally with all the waters of the world.
You would have to offer countless sacrifices.
The rock mediums were contained in Birce’s water.
‘Maybe it’s not that it doesn’t get put out with just any regular water, it’s that it doesn’t die down with water belonging to Birce.’
For example, in lakes, ponds, and groundwater in Birce.
Liarte, who suddenly realized that new fact, created new water.
“Lady, water is useless.”
Michael commanded Walter.
Being an Awakener himself, he knew how focused Liarte needs to be in using her abilities.
Thanks to him, her concentration was not broken.
The water created purely by her ability increased in size.
The deep forest was burning before them.
It was still at the entrance, but in a moment, it will spread throughout the whole forest.
Liarte sent the water she made over to a burning tree.
Water of the amount of a small pond.
Unlike earlier, she could see the fire fading this time.
Walter opened his eyes in disbelief.
‘Now I understand.’
The fire could only be extinguished with water that did not flow in Birce.
Before her regression, Aynias would have noticed that only water created purely by their ability could extinguish the fire.
‘That’s why he said it could not be put out unless they send Lianrius over.’
It was hard work to produce water.
Therefore, most water awakeners used water existing in their surroundings like rivers or lakes.
“Michael, I found a way to put out this fire.”
“How can you put it out?”
“We must use water that does not belong to Birce.”
No one should have been able to put out the fire before her regression.
The Birce estate was so large that it took an hour or two to get out.
It would have been faster for the mansion to burn down than to go somewhere else.
Furthermore, even if they were on time, there was a limit to the amount of water that the people could bring.
Even if several water awakeners got here, they would not have brought enough water to extinguish the fire.
“Are you trying to make your own water?”
No matter how big and strong the vessel is, if you use your abilities excessively, it is bound to put a burden on you and your body.
If you go to another territory and draw water, it will put a lot of pressure on your body, too.
“At first, I thought I would.” Would what? And who is even saying this?
Even if the deep forest is burned, Birce’s Powers may not be released.
However, the fire that burned the forest would immediately devour the mansion. There wasn’t much time left.
How to put this fire out.
‘As long as the water doesn’t belong to Birce.’
It wasn’t exactly the only way to make this work.
The fire, which started at each edge of the deep forest, was narrowing down the middle of the forest like a siege net.
Liarte looked up at the sky.
Gray clouds were slowly gathering over the dark night sky.
Michael’s expression hardened as he realized what Liarte was going to do.
It was a matter of bringing water from the ground or from the sky.
“From now on, it’s going to rain.”
She doesn’t know how, but she had a hunch that she would succeed.
Liarte closed her eyes slowly.
It began to rain in Birce.
Act 4 The Reason of Your Regret
(e/n since when did we have acts lol)
More than two months have passed since Lian’s coming-of-age ceremony.
[sound of a door being opened suddenly.]
Aynias opened the door and looked inside.
“What’s going on, Ayn?”
Lian looked at Aynias with a cold stare.
There is a room on the first floor of the main building that Liarte used for a while before she left.
Lian often visited this room even though he regarded it as a room used only by the low-ranking guests.
“You’re in here again.”
The mansion that Liarte destroyed with her power has already been restored. (tl/n lol in two months??? damn.)
As Birce was also quiet, the distinguished guests who attended that day seemed to have forgotten about Liarte.
But there was a subtle rift within Elheim.
Lian picked up a round comb with little sign of use.
On the day of his coming-of-age, Liarte literally disappeared from their view like smoke.
When he almost touched her (on that day), he remembered her turning around and looking at him with a cold and indifferent gaze.
The room without its owner seemed empty.
“Were you thinking of Liarte?”
“I did. Until you came.”
Elheim’s family once cared for each other and loved each other dearly. (tl/n you know what, fuck all of you. e/n I second this)
After Liarte left, they had less conversations than before.
‘No that’s not it.’
Aynias corrected himself.
In fact, it was from the day they heard that Lian was a fake from the Water Spirit King.
It was Lian who killed their mother, and it had been like this ever since they heard from the Water Spirit King that Liarte had saved their mother for 10 months.
He couldn’t believe the reality that they missed what his sister really is and had put him, a fake, as a successor instead.
“I’m sorry if I disturbed you.”
But Aynias still loved Lian in his own way.
And Elheim needed Lian.
Anyway, isn’t Lian the strongest of the rest of the duke’s children? Even if he was worse than Liarte?
‘What am I thinking right now?’
Aynias dissuaded himself but was not surprised.
Not just Aynias, but everyone with Elheim’s blood.
At first, he thought Liarte would return.
However, the days went by, the weeks went by, and a month later, no news of Liarte was heard.
Later, even if he sent a letter to Birce putting his pride away, there was no reply.
When she said that she would break their ties, it was sincere.
Nevertheless, Elheim was still alive and well.
It was their only comfort.
The Spirit King said that Liarte, the real owner of the Water’s Ability, will someday regain her full strength, by taking theirs away.
However, their abilities remained the same until now, even the duke’s was also working.
Elheim’s members have forgotten the fact that they chose the fake without realizing the real thing in front of them.
It was then.
Aynias’ heart pounded as hard as it did when it rained all over the Empire not too long ago.
It was as if someone was pulling the water out of his body.
Aynias resisted it with bulging eyes.
However, there is now way he can go against the real owner who gets all her powers back.
The Power of Water that had been given to the Duchy of Elheim has fully been recovered.
Aynias sat down blankly at the strange sensation he felt for the first time.
He was deprived of his Water Ability.
They all were no longer water awakeners.
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