“What! If you didn’t go, this couldn’t have happened!”
Frank shouted shamelessly. The Duke of Cassil nodded and joined his son.
“Frank is right. Richard, I took you in as a child because I judged that you had the ability to assist Frank. Your poor performance has caused severe damage to the finance, and you are blaming Frank?”
“I’m sorry. I made a slip of the tongue.”
Richard bowed his head. Despite his apology, the Duke and Frank constantly poured out mean words.
I’m back in hell.
After I met Ancia,I found the light for a while and darkness disappeared.
“Sir Cassil, you’re a talented person. If you use your abilities in the right place, you’ll have a glorious blessing.”
She said so. But will a bright day come just because we live a good life? My mother was really nice. But she was trampled on. She was trampled and abandoned; was also mocked when she died.
Richard was born with the blood of the Roums who were abandoned by the goddess of light. His life was born in the darkness and he has never seen the light.
If a human being who has nothing is being nice, they will be exploited.
I have to go up if I don’t want to be used. It should be in a position to trample on everyone. The position of the emperor that the Duke and Frank want so much will be mine.
Richard erased Ancia’s words from his head. In the abyss, where even the little light had faded and turned into darkness, his deep desire stirred.
‘The emperor’ and ‘Ancia’
I want Ancia. Richard saw the light for the first time since his mother’s death.
He wanted Ancia to be next to him for a long time.
I wanted to have her like an expensive jewel. But a different feeling than possessiveness shook Richard today. Ancia was a woman who would be a ray of light for him wandering in the dark.
She wants me to call her “The Crown Princess”? I’ll call her that anytime. I can take control of the palace and then take her as my companion. Ancia will be my Crown Princess and my Empress.
Tenstheon did everything for me.
He gave me whatever I wanted, and if I wanted to study, he invited the best teacher in the field.
I studied hard and taught Blake again.
We studied history in my room today.
“Your Highness, a thousand years ago, on Zelcan Empire, letters were the exclusive property of the nobility. The language of Zelcan itself was complicated and difficult, and the books of that time were all very expensive because they used expensive parchment.”
“They burned all those books, didn’t they?”
“That’s right! When the Zelcan Empire collapsed and the Asteric Empire was established, the Roums started a Zelcan revival movement. The revival movement, led by Zelcan’s Fifth Prince Rakshul, became more and more violent, and even set fire to Tenlarn Palace of Emperor Phillip…”
I was explaining to Blake about the history of the Empire, and I suddenly went blank.
[Is that you? Did you set the fire?]
Suddenly, a woman’s harsh voice and a flame unfolded before her eyes. A place with gold and jewels on each lantern was engulfed in flames.
[How could you do this!]
An exasperated voice resounds. The woman’s anger spread to me.
[Open it! Open it now!]
The woman howled. All around her was glittering with gold. There was a rough stone plate on one side that did not match the splendor of the place.
I’m dizzy and confused, but I heard Blake’s voice.
“Ancia! Ancia! What’s wrong? Ancia?”
As soon as I heard a voice full of worries, my mind cleared.
“Ancia, are you sick?”
“No, I was just lost in thoughts.”
I shook my head reflexively. I didn’t want to worry Blake for nothing.
“Yes. Now, let’s study again.”
Blake stared at me and returned to his seat. I went back to class with a big smile on purpose to reassure him.
“The fire burned down the palace, but Emperor Phillip was safe and sound. Rakshul, who foretells that the revival movement will fail, removes books, stone tablets, and all the stuff written in the language of the Zelcan Empire. At that time, Rakshul said this to his followers.”
I pointed my hand at the sentence in the book. Then Blake read that part.
“The history and knowledge of this land are from the Zelcan empire. If the Zelcan Empire disappears, the knowledge of this world will disappear, and if the Zelcan Empire reigns in the world, knowledge will return.”
“You read it well. Rakshul tried to continue the Zelcan revival movement with the knowledge of the Roums as a weapon. It wasn’t enough to get rid of the books and stone tablets that the Roum had, so they attacked the church and the library.”
Blake concentrated on my explanation. Studying history may be boring, but I was so proud and happy to see him nodding his head with his eyes shining brightly everytime.
“Emperor Phillip created a new language, and tried to spread the language in a book. This enabled the new language to settle quickly, and the language of the Zelcan Empire, which had long dominated the land, disappeared and the former was called the Ancient Language.”
People are always a mixture of good and bad. Phillip betrayed the goddess and caused the curse, but at the same time, he also made a language that was easy for commoners to learn and supplied cheap paper, greatly lowering the illiteracy rate of the empire.
“If the Roums hadn’t set fire to their books, would the ancient language have come down to this day?”
“Probably. It won’t be called an ancient language, but it will be called an imperial language instead.”
Blake, who is taking classes and even asking questions, smiled all the time.
In the original story, Blake eventually loses to Richard. Then Richard, with an arrogant face, says that Blake lacks the effort to become the emperor.
He laughed at Blake, saying, “Even if the curse was lifted, you didn’t deserve to be the crown prince, because I had devoted my life to become an emperor, but you didn’t do anything.”
Although Blake is the crown prince, he could not get a proper education.
The nobles and priests watched them to see if the emperor really abandoned the heir to the curse or had regrets.
They would insist that if Tenstheon had any kind of affection for his son, he must immediately depose Blake of the crown prince position and confine him to the southern island.
Knowing that, Tenstheon was careful, Blake only read books by himself and didn’t get a proper lesson.
“Your Highness, are you alright?”
Blake’s small hand suddenly trembled. The curse does not stop at simply engraving black sentences on the body, but also involves piercing pain.
Not to mention if there’s pain on the left side with the curse engraved, the aftermath was transmitted to the right side too.
The curse sentence has not spread over the past three years, but the pain has not disappeared.
This made it much harder for the heirs of the curse to live than ordinary people. Not to mention studying.
“Yes. It’s okay.”
Blake smiled clearly, lowering his trembling right hand.
He always says it’s okay. He seldom shows signs of hardship.
“We have to stop studying now.”
I approached him and clasped his hand. His hands were cold.
“It would be better to stop your sword training for a while.”
“But I didn’t yesterday too.”
Although he is the heir of the curse, in the last three years,the curse sentences has not spread, and he has never been seriously ill. Of course, the pain from the curse didn’t go away, but there were not many times when it was this severe.
But these days, symptoms are getting worse. It seemed difficult to carry a sword at this rate, but he didn’t want to rest.
“Don’t worry. This doesn’t matter.”
“But Your Highness…”
“Ancia, I am okay. I can’t do anything if I keep being like this.”
Blake smiled again. He was smiling as brightly as he could in case I was worried.
“I had to take a break yesterday because it rained, but it’s bright today. It’s a perfect day for training.”
But I couldn’t leave Blake alone knowing that he was overdoing it. I clasped his hand.
“Can’t you take one more day off? There’s something I really want to do with you…”
“Wa, want to do with me? Wha, what is it?”
I climbed up to the bed, pulling his hand. Then Blake suddenly stopped.
“The, the bed is a little….”
Why does his face turns red?
“I’m tired because I used my head too much. I need to take a short nap.”
“Then in the meantime, I’ll be training.”
“But I can’t sleep without you.”
Blake’s face grew redder and redder as I held his hands tightly and refused to let go.
“Bu, but this is Ancia’s bed!”
“That doesn’t matter.”
“I do mind…”
Blake pouted his lips, but when I pulled his hand, he was forced to follow me.
I lay him on the bed and touched his forehead. Fortunately, he didn’t have a fever. I covered the blanket up to his neck.
“Wait a minute. I’ll get the heating equipment.”
As I was about to get off the bed, Blake took my hand.