“Yeah, I wanted to make them before I die. My wife will tell me I’m cool. Actually, this time my body hurts a lot. The sentence of the curse remains the same, but my body is getting weaker. Maybe it’s the limit. I don’t have much time left.”
Baekhan was speechless with the child’s motivation.
“Keep this as a secret! Ancia will be upset if she finds out.”
Blake smiled brightly.
Listening to him, Baekhan felt like crying.
“My country is Asteric and my master is only Emperor Tenstheon. I hope you won’t say it again.”
Baekhan tried to persuade Eunhan again today.
But he was rejected every single time.
He has never encountered this kind of Eunhan before.
Should I talk to Tenstheon?
If it was his words, Eunhan will surely follow.
But I didn’t like the idea. Tenstheon has never visited the Crown Prince’s palace.
But these days, he frequently visited the palace, and there were a lot of nobles protesting against him. I didn’t want to burden him as he was already dealing with a lot of stuff.
What should I do?
If Eunhan doesn’t return, Chang will collapse and the east will be thrown into chaos.
Countless people will die and Chang will soon perish.
But I couldn’t force him, Eunhan didn’t have any good memories there.
Eunhan also knew about the situation and still refused to go back to Chang.
I heard a familiar voice on the door.
Baekhan came into the room and stared at me.
“You look troubled.”
“What are you thinking of?”
After much thought there was only one conclusion. I wanted to save Blake. I want to break his curse, regardless of the price.
“Do you hate me?”
“No, I just hate myself for being helpless.”
“You’re such a good person.”
“Well, I’m not sure of that.”
Baekhan smiled and turned his head towards the window.
“Your husband is working hard again today.”
“You can see him from here?”
Blake was now training in swordsmanship.
“There’s no way you can’t see him when it’s so clear.”
I listened to him and looked out the window, but I couldn’t see anything.
“I couldn’t see him.”
“Of course, you’re an ordinary human being.”
Does it mean he can see him with the eyes of the white dragon? I looked at his strange-looking pupil. What does the world look like in his eyes?
“Do you like the crown prince?”
“He’s like me and my brother in our childhood.”
“You must be older than you look.”
He looked like a little over ten years old just by looking at his face, but from his behavior, his way of speaking, he must definitely be older than that.
When I asked, Baekhan burst into laughter.
“Haha, isn’t that like you?”
“You must have a hard time pretending to be young.”
My heart sank, he knew I wasn’t a child.
“…how do you know that?”
“I see the essences that human can’t see, your soul, flow and strength…”
Baekhan reached out to me and touched my face as if to check on something.
“You must have suffered a lot, but your soul is very bright and clear.”
His smile faded away slowly.
“Because you’re kind, you’ll save a lot of people. But you won’t be able to save yourself.”
“What do you mean?”
“The moment of choice will come soon. I can see you burning in the white light.”
I couldn’t understand Baekhan’s words.
A thought suddenly occurred to me.
“You mean I can lift Blake’s curse?”
“You’re thinking about your husband first? As expected, you’re foolish.”
“Please tell me more.”
“That’s all I see.”
He stood up. He’s leaving me with a vague hint again today.
As soon as I tried to hold on to Baekhan, he turned around and said,
“Take me to the place where the stone plate is.”
Maybe he’ll tell me more about the stone plate. I nodded hurriedly.
I headed with Baekhan to the secret room in the Phillion Palace.
“Why are we here?”
“Why not, didn’t you want to know about the stone plate?”
I couldn’t convince Eunhan in the end. But Baekhan smiled brightly and went to the stone tablet. I couldn’t stop him.
“Will you really interpret the rest of the stone plate?”
He shook his head. Then why did he ask me to bring him here?
“I will restore the rest of the writing in the stone plate.”
“You’re going to restore it?”
How will he restore a stone playe that’s already this worn out.
I had vaguely thought that it would be possible because of the white dragon’s power.
Baekhan kindly explained to me as if he read my mind.
“I will revive the power of light on this stone plate.”
“Is there magic on them?”
“Did you not know? They contained a magic that could erase some of the engravings.”
“So someone put the spell?”
It was an important stone plate that recorded the history of the empire. So, it was understandable if there’s a magic on it.
But an erasing spell?
So it doesn’t erode naturally?
“Please step back for a moment.”
I stood behind and looked at Baekhan.
He raised his hand to the stone plate with a solemn expression
White light flowed from his hands and the light spread on the stone plate.
Baekhan’s clothes and hair fluttered wildly. I also had a hard time standing in the strong wind.
A light flashed around the stone plate.
The concealment spell was holding on, leading to a fierce battle.
Then it began to crumble, at the same time, letters began to be engraved on the blank stone plate.
— 5th year on september, the 3rd prince who was cursed by the goddess died. Immediately after that, the curse of goddess continued to the 6th prince.
The fifth year was when Philip became the emperor. But didn’t Philip only have three sons?
Before I could question, the next writing began to appear.
— 5th year on November, the sentence of the curse engraved on the 6th prince’s body was changed.
The 6th prince died. Immediately after that, the 7th prince was cursed by the goddess.
The curse sentence has changed?
All the inscriptions on the stone plate were soon burned, and the white light gradually decreased. Then the black light, which was holding on under the stone plate, flew toward me.
At that moment, I could hear a girl’s voice.
[Ancia, what are you doing! Don’t run out as soon as you see his face! No matter how surprised you are, you shouldn’t do this!]
On the first day of the wedding, Ancia, who ran away in amazement after seeing Blake’s face, was sitting by the lake and blaming herself. Then came the sound from her heart.
[Let’s go back and apologize to the Crown Prince. He’s the reason I was able to come out of my house. I should thank him.]
She got up from her seat.
Then something shiny in the lake caught Ancia’s eyes.
[What is that?]
Ancia got closer to the lake. At that moment a light flashed aa she lost her balance and fell towards the lake.
Ancia was trying to get out of the lake. But a black thing came out from the stone plate beneath the lake and stretched out like a snake as it grabbed her ankles.
Ancia gradually sank into the depths of the lake. It was painful.
Then a mysterious voice was heard.
[To whom will you pass on your strength, heir of the light?]
Ancia was distressed. She didn’t understand what the question meant, nor did she think of the answer. She just remembered Diana, who was the only one who was nice to her in her memories.
[Ancia Bellacian, by your will, Diana Bellacian has been chosen as the new successor of light.]
Ancia closed her eyes at the end.
The black light from the stone plate tried to cover Ancia. However, a pure white light erupted from Ancia’s body and erased the black light. Even the stone plate was shattered.
Ancia died as the light mourned and hovered around her small body. However, Ancia, who was already dead, could not contain the light.
The light headed to the next heir. It was Diana, the successor whom Ancia pointed out.