Chapter 71 – Following a ray of light in the darkness (3)
Ser was always as innocent as a child. While everyone was growing and changing, she remained the same, just talking with her made me feel like I was facing my childhood friend.
But now the Ser in front of me is different, she looks like a woman in love.
She made the decision after much consideration.
Even though I am her friend, I can’t meddle in her affairs, so I congratulated her.
“That’s great, Ser. Congratulations.”
“Thank you, Laon.”
She smiled again calling me my nickname.
“I’ve decided to give Phillip my powers before I became a human being.”
“…is that what Phillip wanted?”
“No. I wanted to do that.”
“But if you give all of your powers, you won’t be able to go back to your original state.”
Even if she gets a human body and stays on the earth, if she still owns the power, she can always abandon her body on earth and go back to her original state.
Knowing that made me easy to support Serphania’s decision.
“Phillip was worried too, but I just want to be beside Phillip! Beside he told me he’ll give it back if I asks, I just wanted to give something to him.”
Ser explained desperately.
But somehow her face is full of uneasiness.
“Ser, don’t make rash decisions…”
“Laontel, I’m sorry!”
“You are my only friend, I was supposed to give you the strength.”
“No,you already blessed me, I’m grateful for that.”
“I’m so sorry, I’ll give you the second blessing.”
She took my hand and a mysterious song came out of Ser’s mouth. A strong light enveloped her whole body.
“Laon loves books, so I’ll give you the ability to read and speak any language.”
After the light disappeared, I blinked.
Perhaps because of the intense light, I couldn’t see very well.
“My eyes are weird.”
“You’ll be alright in a second, from now on, you will be able to read any book in the world and talk to people from various countries without the language barrier.”
I slowly closed my eyes again. Then my eyes are back to normal.
“Did you really give me that?”
“I wouldn’t lie to you.”
“Wow, thank you. Thank you very much! You didn’t have to give me any strength.”
“What are you talking about, you are my one and only precious friend. Now take this one.”
Cer handed me a necklace with a jewel in it.
“What is it?”
“I will give all of my powers to Phillip but I’ve only given you a little blessing. It’s a gift from me.”
“I’m sorry, it’s too much for me…”
I tried to give back the necklace to her.
“Don’t feel pressured. It’s a friendship gift.”
“Even if you got married, don’t forget me. It doesn’t matter where am I or how far away we are. There’s a magic in the necklace and you can come see me whenever you want.”
She smiled and hung the necklace on my neck.
The necklace is the ‘tears of light’.
The tears of light is a token of friendship that Serphania gave me.
Over years, people call it the tears of light but in fact, it was originally a gift of friendship. Not a tool to determine the heir of light.
I grasp the necklace in my hand.
“Tell me where Ser is. I want to meet her.”
The necklace gave out lights.
I quickly let go of the necklace as it flew into the air.
The necklace began to move slowly somewhere while giving out light. I quickly follow it.
I found the way to find Ser. I just need to use this necklace.
It’s getting hotter and there’s a sandstorm so it’s hard to open my eyes. The rotten stench from the mud also make me hard to breath.
As I began to walk, everything got worse but at least there’s a light who guides me.
Soon, another piece of memory came to my mind.
“Phillip, congratulations on your wedding.”
After I returned, I visit Phillip to congratulate him.”
But he’s just like the usual, expresionless.
Although he’s usually very blunt and cold, his attitude gets even colder ever since I came back from the north.
“What’s wrong with you?”
“You’re getting married soon! Smile more!”
“You want me to act stupid like you?”
“Me? When did I act stupid?”
“I hear your engagement is confirmed.”
“Finally you will be the Crown Princess.”
He said that to me sarcastically.
I wanted to argue, but I knew that Phillip hates the imperial family.
If I was him, I too would hate them and the emperor who abandoned him and killed his mother.
“You know, I like him for a long time, he’s a really good man.”
“You’ll come to my wedding right?”
He was silent. I couldn’t force him to say yes either.
“When are you getting married?”
“It’s none of your business.”
No matter how angry he is, isn’t this too much?
I held my anger in because I knew he is a precious person to Ser.
“Hey, I heard Ser’s going to give you all of her power before becoming a human being.”
“Well, can you stop her?”
“Ser believed she can only be with you if she became a human being, but if she gives all of her strength to you, it will hurt Ser’s body. So can you give a little big of strength to her…”
“What? Why? Are you afraid I’ll be stronger than Rakshul?”
Phillip replied to me coldly.
“What does that mean.”
He suddenly mentioned Rakshul.
“I’ll go if you have a wedding.”
Phillip left coldly without replying.
That night, Ser came to see me.
“Why do you say it to Phillip!”
She shouted to me so suddenly.
“Ser, what’s wrong.”
“It’s what I wanted! I chose it because I wanted to give Phillip strength!”
“Ser, calm down a little.”
“Don’t you want me to become happy?”
“Laontel, I won’t be your friend anymore.”
She glared at me with eyes full of tears and disappeared. She hasn’t visited me once since that day.
I kept saying I wanted to see her with the necklace Ser gave me. But there was no response.
Phillip along with her disappeared.
Are they preparing for the marriage?
Is that why they disappeared?
I hope they come to my wedding.
They probably will, because they promised me.
I looked forward meeting them again.
But we didn’t get married.
There’s a terrible plague in the imperial family, starting with the 8th empress’ death.
It is a skin disease that causes her skin to become black after vomiting blood and suffering from a high fever. Which eventually leads to death.
In addition, it is highly contagious.
The disease spread rapidly among the imperial family and servants, even some nobles.
It was a disease I’ve never seem before.
The wedding which was scheduled in october, was postponed.
Me and Rakshul search for the cure instead.
But nothing can be done.
The herbs didn’t work at all, the magic of light worsen the symptoms.
I searched for Serphania and Phillip, hoping the two can help us find the cure, but there was no new at all about them.
“Laontel, get some rest.”
“I’m fine. I’m the wizard of light blessed by the goddess, I won’t get sick. Rakshul, you’re the one who needs sleep. You haven’t slept a wink.”
“No, I slept a lot.”
Rakshul obviously lied.
As the disease spread, the emperor fled from the palace.
So Rakshul, the Crown Prince was in charge of all affairs on behalf of the emperor.
Political affairs alone are difficult, and he had to search for the curse and prevent the disease from spreading.
Rakshul hardly slept.
“Can’t you sleep for a while?”
“I’m the Crown Prince, I have my own responsibility.”
“The emperor had left and everyone is panicking as well. Don’t do all of this by yourself.”
He had to go to the place where the plague spread, figure out the situation and meet the sick in person.
I was very afraid, what if Rakshul got sick too?
But I was even more afraid that if I spit the words out, it will become a reality. So I shut my mouth.
“Don’t worry Laontel, I’m fine.”
He comforted me who was anxious and hugged me tightly.
The next day, a black spot appeared on Rakshul’s body.
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