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“There’s no way….”
There isn’t. There shouldn’t have been.
The Crown Prince couldn’t let any more negative words out since he knows that Count Fedes doesn’t lie.
The upright Count Fedes never uttered empty words.
Things that didn’t make sense were persistently dug up, researched on, and reported.
Did it really go wrong? The Crown Prince gnashed his teeth.
His clenched fists quivered.
“Report in detail. In as much detail as possible.”
“Yes, Your Highness. We have installed mediums along the paths of the mansion and in the Deep Forest of Birce as scheduled. But only the forest set fire last night.”
“What about the mansion?”
“We received reports that the mansion did not set fire at all.”
In a state of disbelief, Count Fedes also looked stunned.
Birce, who had been keeping the Power of Death in the Deep Forest, was heavily guarded.
There was a tricky way to authenticate the people that live there, there were even guards who could identify the spies that did manage to get in.
Unlike Elheim, where it was completely impossible for outsiders to enter. (tl/n you’re telling me that Elheim had better security??)
The only spy who had access to Birce had already been captured.
“Isn’t it quite a mistake to judge this situation from afar?”
“No, it’s said that by evening, all the people in Birce had moved as if they were evacuating. He (the unnamed reporter) said he was sure because he was close enough to see the mansion.”
“Let’s say it was my mistake that the fire didn’t break out, but why did they suddenly evacuate last night?”
“I do not know why, either.”
The Crown Prince felt as if he had been possessed.
According to their original plan, a fire had to break out in the Duchy of Birce.
While they are focusing on the fire in the mansion, another fire rises in the Deep Forest.
He didn’t think it would ever be stopped.
‘The mansion didn’t even burn in the slightest, and it rained in the forest and it put the fire out?’
How could that happen?
Like reading the future.
Of course, the prince’s suspicions were just passing thoughts.
He did not imagine that Liarte really knew the future.
“There’s one lesson that I learned from this.”
Liarte had destroyed his plans for Birce again.
The Crown Prince, who had thought of eradicating them all at once, felt he had made a mistake so great that it could not be undone.
‘There’s no way that Birce could tell that I was behind it all.’
He used to think that Liarte was dull.
Even though Elheim’s blood flows in her, he believed that she could never hold her place in the family.
But now he has come to realize that she’s a valuable, threatening existence that cannot be overlooked.
If you can’t get rid of her, it’s just right to hold her in your arms, embrace her, and go with the flow. (e/n is he thinking what I think he’s thinking?? He wants to force himself on her??? trASH)
“How the hell can I get her?”
“If you’re talking about the Princess of Elheim,”
Count Fedes noticed that Liarte was a much wiser person than they thought.
Although it was only a hunch of his, she was likely to have noticed the Crown Prince’s plan in advance.
But he had no evidence of it, so he didn’t bother to tell the Crown Prince.
For the first time, Count Fedes bowed deeply.
“It won’t be possible, Your Highness.”
The Crown Prince’s self-absorbed eyes were filled with anger.
“What did you just say?”
“I am sorry, but you will never get the Princess of Elheim.”
The Crown Prince’s answer was brutal as he resembled the Empress Talesia.
He kicked his loyal subject.
“Say what you just said again!”
Count Fedes’ body, kicked and battered, rolled on the floor.
But the Count’s eyes did not change.
“You won’t be able to get her. No matter how much Your Highness gets his hands on everyone else…..”
Count Fedes’ loyalty did not stop him from talking.
The Count had his hands covered in blood as an advisor of the Crown Prince.
Among everyone, the more they tried to break her, the more she became stronger. That’s what Liarte was in the eyes of the Count.
“Furthermore, Birce never forgets their savior. I’m sure they’ll protect their savior, Liarte Elheim.”
Said the Count, helplessly lying on the floor.
“You’ve already turned her into an enemy, so you’d better be prepared. Besides, Birce won’t stay still when someone touches a benefactor.”
“How dare you talk back to me like you’re an awakener?”
It was when the Crown Prince opened his eyes wide.
Suddenly, the Crown Prince’s palace shook violently with a roar.
He forgot he was angry and looked around.
“What was that?” (Retribution, bitch.)
The shock shattered the windows in his bedroom.
This time, black smoke flowed through the door.
The vase on the drawer fell to the floor and spilled the flowers and water on the floor.
“Is it a sneak attack?”
There was a pungent smell of burning somewhere.
Count Fedes scrambled to his feet and quickly drew his sword.
“Your Majesty, you must avoid it….!”
Then he looked outside the curtain.
It was all red.
The Count approached the window and snapped open the curtains.
And he looked around the building in shock.
The Imperial Palace, which has been protected since the birth of the ancient family members by the Awakener Families.
This place, which boasts a long history and is a symbol of the Imperial Family, was on fire.
The black smoke coming in through the cracks in the window was like the soul of the burning Imperial Palace.
It was a nightmare he didn’t want to become reality.
Both men knew the cause of the fire, though they did not speak out.
Birce never forgets a grudge.
It was a clear retaliation.
* * *
Michael grinned over his chin.
“You look happy, Michael.”
“Yes, I’m in a pleasant mood right now.”
By now, a fire would have broken out at the Imperial Palace.
‘How can they put out that fire?’
Despite knowing that there would be no means of putting it out, Michael thought calmly.
Just as the Crown Prince played with Birce, he played with them too.
The fire that has now spread to the Imperial Palace was from a torch made by Saint Estella.
The fire will not be put out unless you go to a temple outside the empire and beg.
‘Well, if the entire palace burns down, the fire will go out too.’
The empire that prospered because of the Awakening Powers of the ancient times. They did not believe in the God of Light.
Only the most powerful Awakeners have been worshiped and supported like gods.
There is no possibility that the Imperial Family would recognize the torch.
“I see.” (Informal speech)
Liarte approached him.
“You’re happy to set the palace on fire?”
“How did you know?”
It is said that the torch spreads slowly compared to a normal fire.
There will be plenty of time for all the people of the palace to evacuate.
That was enough for Liarte.
She had no more sympathy left.
“The royals will whine to Elheim to put out the fire, but no matter how powerful the awakeners they send over, the torch cannot easily be extinguished.”
The situation of the Imperial Family could be read clearly.
Michael made eye contact with Liarte and smiled sweetly.
“And if they don’t hurry, it’ll only get bigger.”
“There’s no one left to put the fire out in Elheim.”
Liarte suddenly remembered.
She had unintentionally recovered all the powers of everyone in Elheim when she extinguished the fire in the Deep Forest.
“What are you talking about, Liarte?”
“I can’t explain it, but I think I’ve taken the powers of the awakeners in Elheim.”
When the smell of water that was recovered touched Liarte, it became clear and refreshing.
Michael also saw the Power of Water flock to her after being released from their previous owners.
“The powers gathering that night were from all the other water awakeners?”
“I think that’s the case.”
Liarte nodded, and Michael asked.
“What happens to them if they lose their abilities?”
“Maybe they’ll go back to being normal people?”
There was no certainty.
However, the Spirit King said that the Power of Water was not directly related to the duke.
“There’s a possibility they’ll become normal. Or maybe they’re still awakeners but can’t use the Power of Water anymore.”
Liarte casually added. Michael then asked.
“So, they can’t put the fires out even if the Imperial Family asks them to?”
“I guess that’s how it’ll be?”
Liarte nodded lightly.
Liarte didn’t unnecessarily antagonize the Imperial Family and Elheim, unless they touched Birce.
They weren’tworth it.
“You’re really the best.”
Michael closed his eyes beautifully.
She smiled softly after she seeing that he was very happy.
Red eyes brutally stared at the direction of the Imperial Palace and Elheim.
Oh, how must they feel about losing the Power of Water that they have been clinging to.
The Palace has many things to burn so the fire will continue for nearly 10 days.
The Emperor and Empress would call the Duke of Elheim as they did before.
“Their sins must be paid back.”
The best thing to do was to disappear from the Empire at once.
“You said you’d be taking lessons from the tutor tomorrow didn’t you, Liarte?”
“Yes, I’m looking forward to it.”
She hugged the silver fox who was acting cute while walking around her feet.
“I’ve been educated in the basics, but it’s my first time taking a formal class.”
“Do you like studying?”
“I don’t know. But I wanted to try it once. And I was moved by Carmen’s words.”
“What did he say?”
“He told me that I had to face the outside world one day. That’s right. ‘Next time, you’ll meet someone from the outside’.”
Liarte thought a little and continued.
“If a time like that does come, I want to deal with it more wisely. Michael, I want to be the right person for you.”
The reason he slowly became paralyzed.
Michael covered Liarte’s lips with his hands.
And planted a kiss on top of it.
“You’ve always been perfect for me from the beginning.”
His helpless voice sounded feeble in her ear.
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Sachyan: aww these lovebirdssss <3
AngeAngela: they are so sweet
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