* * *
The Black Knights who followed them shouted.
It was dangerous to enter the lake at night.
It would be better to tell the others where Aaron and Liarte were located rather than rushing along and falling into the water.
“Oh my, my father’s gone.”
“If it’s grandpa, he knows how to get out.”
Carmen and Michael were not particularly worried about Aaron.
Aaron was not only strong; he was good at all kinds of exercise.
There was no way he couldn’t escape a lake like this.
The fallen black tree rolled around in the lake.
Carmen, who looked at the remaining tree stump, gave instructions to his subordinates.
“Find out how many of these ruined trees are around the Deep Forest. Don’t go in, just count the trees on the outline.”
“And go get Alef the butler.”
Alef was usually very busy, as he was the butler of the aristocratic family.
Even when Liarte saw him and was shocked, she never saw him again anytime soon.
Then Aaron stuck his head out of the black water’s surface, breathing heavily.
His hair, which had been combed neatly, was in tatters like when he was suffering from madness.
He said thoughtfully.
“What did you say?”
Carmen asked curiously.
“I think I let go of her hand in the water. No matter how hard I search, I can’t see her.”
Diving below the surface again, Aaron, who came out, shouted hastily.
“Release the search party immediately! After a minute, your life is in danger!” (tl/n I think he means to get out of the lake after a minute because otherwise it’s dangerous for them.)
“Calm down, Grandpa.”
Michael just laughed at Aaron, who didn’t care even though he fell into the lake.
Aaron was in shock.
“I shouldn’t have let go of that young girl’s hand.”
“What are you saying!”
Carmen said before Aaron could roar.
“Lili is a water awakener.”
Aaron reflected on those words as if he had lost his mind.
He heard it, but he didn’t really understand it at first.
“A water awakener.”
“Yes, Lili is a Water Awakener. Even the weakest water awakeners could not die in the water.”
Aaron slowly loosened his fists, which he clenched to the point where his fingernails had pierced into his palm.
“Is that right? About Lili?”
Liarte answered him as she walked out of the lake.
She fell into the water, but she wasn’t wet.
The water of the lake moved as if it were alive, supporting her feet.
“I was wondering if there was another medium in the water, so I looked into it. I’m sorry if I startled you, Aaron.”
“As long as you’re safe. If you’re safe……”
“Now you’re speaking informally.”
The water of the lake delivered the sound of Aaron’s shouting to Liarte.
She heard those words.
Aaron was at a loss.
“I like this side of you. Please take it easy.”
“I won’t, my child.”
He said ‘my child’ again. He then covered his mouth with his hand.
“I’ll be 17 soon.”
The coming-of-age ceremony has been completed, and so she’s already considered an adult.
“17 years old is still a young age for us.”
But Liarte and Michael didn’t understand that yet.
As she went through her life, at some point, she realized that she was a young adult.
“17 is a very young age, Lili. It’s not enough to just rely on any person around you. You’re still young enough to be protected.”
Was Michael 19 or 20 this year?
Carmen thought about whether his birthday was over, but he couldn’t remember.
After Aaron fell into madness, Carmen forgot those trivial things.
Even though it was actually the most important thing.
He added deftly.
“Enjoy it while you can, Lili. I won’t be able to call you ‘my child’ anymore when you’re thirty.”
For Carmen, who is about 40 years old, Liarte and Michael will always look like children to him for the rest of their lives.
“Anyway, you and Michael both look young in our eyes.”
Carmen shrugged his shoulders and laughed deftly.
“Is that so?”
She’s never been called a child, even when she was a child.
So she looked young.
Liartehad seen all of Elheim’s relatives pamper Lian as their youngest.
‘It wasn’t a just privilege given to the Strongest Awakener.’
It might be a normal thing.
The light rain had stopped before they knew it.
Clear, shining stars could be seen in the previously gray-colored sky.
Before they knew it, they could hear the bell of the clock tower that announced midnight from afar.
The white bell tower that all aristocracies have that rings only at midnight.
Michael looked at the scenery around them.
“It’s been an eventful day. Hasn’t it, Liarte?”
A laugh that caught Michael’s full attention since her smile has never been more natural than right now.
“Good night, Michael.”
“Good night to you too, Liarte.”
Michael’s warm lips touched Liarte’s cheeks.
It was a night where she couldn’t fall asleep easily because she was so excited.
* * *
“Is there anything wrong with your body yet?”
Contrary to expectations, Liarte could not return to her room in the main building.
Carmen and Aaron let her enter the treatment room where John the doctor was.
Because John was wearing a strange red top, his mint-colored hair and eyes stood out.
“Well, that’s fine. If there’s anything wrong, please tell me, Young Lady.”
John said, bringing Liarte a small medium that she didn’t know.
He explained as he felt her gaze.
“It’s a tool that gives us a glimpse of the vessel of an awakener, although the accuracy is not clear. It’s an ancient tool originally designed to measure the amount of ability.”
Merlin, who was beside Liarte, said.
“If the doctor says something offensive, please let me know. I’ll take care of him right away.”
“Do you mean that you’ll talk to me politely when you say you’ll take care of me?”
John refuted it as if it was something unfair.
Then, he propped his glasses up.
“Is the ancient tool wrong? Has anything happened to you recently?”
Liarte shook her head.
“Your vessel has grown enormously. In fact, an awakener’s vessel is just like pottery with a fixed amount of clay. If it becomes wider, the walls of the bowl should be thin and compromised, but yours is very solid.”
“I understand what you mean.”
All she could think of was the Power of Water that Liarte recovered came from somewhere.
Unlike when she collapsed after making it rain in the whole empire, she was now level-headed.
“I don’t think it’s possible for you to get your hands on something dangerous. I don’t know if I measured this correctly.”
“You must have measured it correctly.”
The Water Spirit King said Liarte was the only real Water Awakener.
While adding the explanation that the other water awakeners got their powers by stealing it from Liarte’s in her previous life, when she was the first owner, Jurien.
Once recovered by Liarte, the ability did not seem to be able to return to the other awakeners in Elheim.
‘Did their power decrease as I recovered mine?’
Or did she recover all of their powers?
Liarte, who didn’t care how the Duchy of Elheim lived, stopped speculating because she felt it was a waste of time. (tl&en/n queen)
It was not a big question in the first place.
It was just what Liarte was interested in for a moment.
* * *
[Sound of heavy breathing]
The Duke of Elheim woke up clenching his chest.
The scene where the Water Spirit King told the truth about Lian killing his wife always appeared in his nightmares.
From the day after the truth was revealed, the guest room was closed. (e/n where the WSK stays)
The door was locked tight and no one could get in.
Even when you try to force yourself in or attack the outside.
Therefore, the Duke had yet to ask.
How to win back Liarte’s heart. (tl/n you bitches don’t deserve her)
It was tonight that it happened.
Suddenly, the Power of Water escaped their bodies all at once.
The duke felt his vessel wasno longer filled with water.
‘Did that kid take it back?’
Liarte didn’t look like she would recover all the Power of Water.
He was certain he had witnessed her utter indifference towards them.
The laughter of a child in the dark seemed to be heard.
Originally, Liarte was a child who smiled brightly.
However, she had her personality killed since she was a kid.
Black bobbed hair touching her shoulders and a small, soft face.
Big, blinking, watery eyes.
She was smiling brightly like the dead Duchess of Elheim, but her face did not resemble her mother’s.
At the time, he foolishly thought so.
“How dare an unawakener like you claim to be my daughter.”
He disowned his toddler daughter.
“I will not regret my actions. Now, and in the future.”
He said to a very frightened child.
‘I shouldn’t have done that.’
At this moment, he regrets that he made an irreversible mistake more than the feeling of losing the Power of Water.
He regretted the time when he thought he would never regret it.
It all stemmed from his own choice.
He thought he’d be happy if his unawakener daughter disappeared.
‘It’s all messed up.’
‘And now the Power of Water is gone.’
He knew where it went wrong.
From the very beginning.
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