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72.) My Guardian

The only she can recognize clearly from him was his voice.
It was a soothing voice, it's a cheerful voice that doesn't match with the situation they were in right now.
But Karina shakes her head when she was called a princess.
She wasn't suited to be called a princess remembering her condition she was in now.

[You can't lie here now, I know who you really are since I can hear the spirits voices. The light spirits whispering your name, they told me you are princess Karina]

It was such an absurd story, a person knowing someone’s true identity through the spirits.
He must be joking around trying to encourage her.

[….You Are, right…..Uuu]

It was such a small voice escaped from her mouth, even she was surprised by that small voices.

[Aa, you should not talk right now. Honestly speaking, you are already at your ends when I first found you before]

Even when she could only see darkness wherever she looks, Karina could still clearly saw the sea of blood around her. If perhaps her nose still working right now, she won't be able to bear smelling this death and blood.
Since no one could bear looking at her pitiful condition, and even when some people saw her condition, they try as hard as they could turn their eyes from her, the girls know what kind of condition she was in.

(What an honest person. I…..Seems like there is no more hope for me….)

But his next words turned out makes her sad.

[Princess Karina. I will ask you a question now, if you are positive about the answer, just move your eyelids.]

Suddenly the girl felt something warm touching her left hand.
The young man holds Karina's left hand, the only one that was reachable between the rubble, tightly.
Even though her five sense is already numbed, Karina could still hear the young man's words very clearly. And slowly the heat that was slowly leaving her body is coming back to her once more from her left hand.
To only thing that still holding her and this world was the existence of a certain mysterious young man here.

[I really don't want to say it like that, it was just you looked like already giving up to survive just now]

Then the young man say these shockingly cruel—–

[Well. I will help you now…Any problem with that?]

—-sweet words toward her.

After hearing the young man's words until the end, Karina's world dyed in darkness.
From before, her eyes that should be opened and see the scenery before her, couldn't see a single thing.
The people who run past her, the droplets of water, without anything to lighten up the darkness, she can't see anything.
She can no longer see anything besides the young man before her.
She can't even know whether she was still breathing or not.
Like She was in a dream, right now she was standing between life and death.

(….Hey, Why did I could only hear your voice clearly? Even though I already can't hear anything else around me…..)

The young man who helps her.
He didn't even ask for any kind of compensation for helping her.
He said, 'he will help'.
Karina could feel the strong feeling behind that words.
It was not just a theory.
It wasn't even a woman intuition.
She can feel something else behind his words while feeling that feeling, she slowly closed her eyes.

[Princess Karina. Please just rest and receive my magic for now kay? well how is it, don't you feel sleepier by the minute?]

Karina was aware that only her left hand that was not buried under the rubble.
The warmth of the young man once again reminded her that she was still alive.
Not long after, just like the young man said before, dr.

(I'm starting to………get sleepy…..But)

Before meeting the young man, Karina has already prepared herself to die.

(….It's scary….so scary….)

It was frightening.
When your senses were robbed away, it was frightening.
Finally, she could understand what is death.
It was a farewell towards everything she ever knew.
She will even say goodbye towards the young man that was crouching by the rubble in front of her.

[It's not a goodbye yet. I told you I will help you right here right now, there is no need to be afraid anymore. After all, I have a great track record since you are the second princess I will save, did you know that?]

It was a voice that was so soothing it could calm a baby.
As if she was calmed by that voice, Karina peacefully drowned into her quiet slumber.
Since the very first time Karina met this young man, never once she could saw his face clearly.
Karina was truly saddened BY this fact since this might be her last moment on this world.

[Your…name….Would you….please….tell me…?]

Karina's small voice has reached him for sure.
The young man tells her slowly, word by word, moving his mouth so it can be seen clearly.
Unfortunately, she can't hear it.
Both of Karina's ears can't no longer hear a thing from this world anymore
That is why tears were welling up on her eyes and she could only shake her head a little in response.
Trying to resist the drowsiness, she stares at the young man in front of her.

Then as if he was kissing her, the young man whispers something on Karina's beautiful ear.

(……..Yes…….I will remember it…….)

She tried to repeat the young man's name many times in her mind.
Again and again, she will repeat his name.
She does it again and again, wishing that she won't forget his name ever again.


And the girl realized.
The young man wasn't close enough to her, she couldn't see his face.
That is why this will be her very last wish she doesn't want to regret.
That is why she said it.
She doesn't want to get to sleep just like this.

(….Come, closer…..I want to…..see your….face)

It was a mixed feeling.
Up till now, they were in a distance enough so they can converse with each other with a small voice, but now her face was so close to the young man it could touch his face.

[Is this good enough?]

The blurred outline of his face became clear.
The two distance became closer as if it will touch each other with just a slight push.


At that time Karina does a thing that the young man will never think of.


Something soft was touching the young man's lips.

(Please forgive me……it's all I can do for you now…..please, bear with it……It's still just a beginning for me after all….)

With her last power, Karina kisses the young man's lips.

(You are so cool….for someone like you….I believe….for just a kiss…..You have done it….a lot of time)

Surprised, the young man makes a distance between their face in an instant.
Seeing his reaction, Karina's cheeks loosen up.
As if satisfied with her prank, she closes her eyes slowly.
It's almost impossible to keep her mind awake any longer.

(A hero, no he is not that…..Well then…..I don't care whether you are strong or not…..I just wanted to make you, the only one that could find me……I want you to be my "Guardian"….Is….that…..okay….?)

Finally, the girl falls into a deep sleep.

Slow Denning watching as the princess of this country slowly sleep.
Her complexion hasn't returned to normal yet, even if I said she was a walking dead, I won't feel bad after seeing her condition.
Actually even Slow thought she will not make it at first after seeing her for the first the time.
Her heartbeat was so weak it won't be surprised for her heart to stop at any moment.

There is no one around them, most of the people that were answering Cardinal Maldini's call mostly searching around the living district.
And once again, he tastes how he was left alone together with some girl.

[…..Geez. I can't believe Daris Princess was so bold. And I never thought my first kiss is not with Charlotte but with her.]

He touches the lips that just touched the girl’s lips.

[Moreover, my very first kiss was…..]

——-taste like blood.

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73.) The Radiance of Enchanted Sword

The battle at the rundown factory in the industrial district has been ended.
The supposed 'hiding place' walls are all crumbled, the building that should protect the facility inside it are no longer can be seen, the people that should have to wait for her nowhere to be seen.
The young boy that should be chasing Natalia also gone.
It was strange for her chaser to suddenly stop chasing, but it must be because he already reaching his limit, or so she thought.
And she believes rather than chasing her, Slow Denning should prioritize telling the guards in Yolem about the disaster that currently happening inside the academy, won't he?

[There were sign a fire happening here and there, what happened here….]

While flying above Yolem and seeing its condition, Natalia keep wondering what happened and what kind of problems this city involved until she reaches the border to the high-class residential area.
But she won't go beyond that place.
A place where all the nobles live.
After all, she doesn't have any business with the nobles there.

[Vajra Mercenaries! Come out!]

The factory district was so quiet, only the sound from the rain could be heard there.
This placed was a common gathering point for all the rogue-like person in the city, so it is impossible to not see any ruffian in here normally.
Natalia Windle was, and still, indeed an experienced mercenary.
In situation outside of her prediction like this, she knows she needs to stay calm no matter what happens since it will affect her life and death.
That is why she still keeps her mind to stay sharp at any time.
She had confidence, in the state right now, she could hear the sound when a pin dropped.
Even so, she is not aware of him.
Whether is it live or dead, the mercenary world never cares about the means, all they care was the only result.

[You and that teacher are truly looked the same you know? And then—–You looked tired, Mercenary girl]

One of her hand was hard pressed against her own back, a person with a thick smell of death suddenly came out and pushed her down from behind out of nowhere. A cold steel sword is pointing against her head, right now Natalia knows it was her end.
It was a quick move unlike she ever saw normally.
She can't even understand how could she got easily outmaneuvered.

[—-I give up]

the girl feels that if she doesn't utter it clearly, her head will be chopped.
It seems the one who apprehended her feels good with her plea he pulls away from his killing intent, after knowing about it Natalia let out a sigh of relief.

[Those mercenaries attacked me first just so you know, don't think bad of me kay?]

Some mysterious person was touching Natalia's body.
Without any resistance, Natalia allowed him to do that.
And when that mysterious person reaches Natalia's secret knife on her back, she completely has given up any resistance.

[Aah, this is…..The one Young master told me in his letter…..Well well, Royal Knights. restrain her with your magic]

A dozen people are jumping down from the building's roof and land near both of them without any sound.
After seeing those people for merely a second, Natalia finally knew what will happen to her.
they are the white caped knights this country proud of, they are the 'Royal Knights'.

[…..What a grandiose welcome. To move The Royal Knights just to capture me? …..It really blew my mind knowing it really happened.]

[Geez, we just can't help it. Why did 'that man' told us to capture you, we just can't understand it. Ahh please guys, don't hold back and do as you like]

Vajra Mercenaries suddenly got captured, the 'Giantman' himself told the knights all of their plans.
Daris number one public ruffian that has been moving all around inside Daris as if it was their own home, has finally need to settle themselves inside the jail. But all those achievements will go into no other than Cardinal Maldini himself since he was the leader of the Royal Knights, or so Silva said.
This so-called arrangement that gives The Royal Knights so much advantage was arranged by someone Silva called 'Young master', but the Royal Knights don't have any reason to know who it was or any need to find who he is.

[Hey you Mercenary. Did you think you will have any chance after captured by us?]

They are different from the army that was used to fight against The Imperial army.
The Royal Knights only job was to protect the royalty with their strength, and that was all they made to do.
Because of protecting the royalty as their main duty, there is almost no chance for them to go to the battlefield.
But after what they did now things will be different.
The Royal Knights are doing some wicked plan to maintaining public order at this place, there is no doubt with this kind of achievement Cardinal Maldini's name will rise greatly.
Also, Silva requests that he will not include in that achievement and made it all for The Royal Knights.

[There are around ten Royal Knights here. If I can escape from all Sir Knights here, I will also acknowledge as a monster by everyone. But unfortunately, it was impossible for me now. That aside, is this okay for you sir knights? It seems you don't realize it but thanks to this sound of rainfall we can't hear any sound besides it. And just for your information, it seems there is some kind of uproar currently happening inside town now.]

[…..Our friend at the Living District is on standby there. If there is something happening there they will surely handle it themselves.]

Right now Natalia was thinking, Now then, what should I do to make them their attention from here.
If I used something with 'Royalty' word etched on it there must be some effect on them, but well if I accidentally used some improper word with it I will be sacked immediately.
But Natalia even had a chance to use that word she has think of.

[I told you to not come here until it has finished! What do you have to say…..!]

One of the soldiers come to that place.
those people are the one who responsible to guard the Vajra Mercenaries, his face was so red and he was looking towards the Royal Knights. It was as if he ran with all his might and he ran straight towards the white-capped knights.

[It was a direct order from Cardinal Maldini! Because of the appearance of the Black Dragon the condition of Princess Karina, whether she was living or die, was unknown! He ordered to regroup as fast as possible! This is a serious affair that could affect this country! I repeat! Because of the appearance of the Black Dragon the condition of Princess Karina, whether she was living or die, was unknown! He ordered to regroup as fast as possible! This is a serious affair that could affect this country!]

The eyes of those Royal Knights change, they are running like their lives are depending on it.
Natalia admires seeing those knight's showing such loyalty, but also smiling in her heart—–.
Unfortunately, while those knights trying to go to the Cardinal Maldini's place—–They robe Natalia's consciousness with one hit behind her neck.
Without any resistance, Natalia's consciousness robbed away from her.

[This woman was also a famous thief just like those Vajra mercenaries! If by chance she tried to escape just kill her already!]

[Yes sir!!]

Among those knights, there is a man that moved faster than anyone there.
Only one man that move faster even before he heard what the soldier said, one man that could feel a change in the air.
Lights are slipping out from the scabbard on his waist.
It was the sign of a contract with the Great Light spirit, it told him Daris's royalty was in grave danger. It guides Silva to where he should be while Silva running with all of his power.

[Oh yeah, it really feels just like that time huh]

As if he was a thread in a clothes, he jumps building to building inside the factory district sewing them together as one.
Even the Royal Knights can't catch up with him, even though they already use wind magic to boost their speed.
The Great light spirit's blessing from the enchanted sword raises Silva's body stats because the spirits want him to hurrying him to save that little girl.

(If I remember correctly……It was when young master slow helping a girl back then)

While still keeping her feet moving, SIlva reminiscing about his past.
After the end of his contract with Duke Denning, at that time Silva once again set out on a journey.
He remembered trying to escape from the former Windle territory to save his life, it was an unexpected result from a youthful journey.

(….It was when he help the princess of the Hugh Jack Empire—–)

So to sum what kind of journey Silva do, his second journey was no other than to find out Charlotte’s true identity.

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