[I can’t say it.]
He can’t say it? Not that he won’t say it?
‘So it must be constrained.’
As I thought about it, a conclusion was naturally drawn.
Even if the world is turned upside down, there is only one being who dares to restrain the devil.
Pur, who could read my thoughts, lifted its head, which had almost sunk to the floor.
[It’s an amazing person.]
[Few people believe in God. Don’t humans only believe in what they see?]
“There are devils, how could there be no God? And there are many people who believe in God these days. Even when they can’t eat they would still donate to the temple.”
[It is. A lot of time has changed since that person’s time.]
The moment it mumbled someone’s name, a sharp sound ran through my mind. As the sound kept reverberating in my brain, I sat down and took a deep breath.
[Huh? Huh? Hey!]
Pur was startled and stood up. I rubbed my tingly ears.
‘What is it?’
I felt like my whole body was pounding. My already exhausted body became even more painful, but this made one thing clear.
‘It’s not Neliard’s God.’
There was no one who did not know the name of God Neliard who was worshiped in the temple. It won’t be that God because anyone could call Neliard’s God name easily without feeling pain. Does that mean that the name Pur said was the evil God?
‘But why did Pur, who worships evil God, belong to the family of Mina, the child of Neliard God?’
I sighed and shook my head.
“If we have etwal, can you become a family’s possession without the need for the devil’s opinion?”
Pur, who was approaching me, flinched and stopped walking.
[N, no! You are mistaken!]
“I think it’s true.”
I smiled and pulled out Chalcedonia from my pocket. Then Pur ran to me screaming [No!] in my head. But before Pur could touch it, I got onto the bed with the Chalcedonia.
“If not, why are you so surprised?”
[That…that! Anyways, it’s not it.]
When I sneakily brought the Chalcedonia to the Etwal, Pur said,
[I will change my wish! No need for your heart… No… ah, yes. A single strand of your hair…!]
“It’s already too late. I don’t have the strength to keep you any longer.”
Having said that, I put the Chalcedonia on my Etwal. Then, the Chalcedonia was reduced to a size that would fit in the slope on the Etwal.
As soon as I put Chalcedonia in the Etwal, it shone. And not long after…
“No way. How can I become a member of a human family…This is something that didn’t happen even in the days of that person…”
“I told you not to call me that!”
A little boy with horns on his head wept. It looked completely different from the human body I had seen before.
‘Is this what it looks like?’
I stroked Pur’s head, who was crying, with a happy face.
“Please take good care of me from now on.”
“Go to hell!”
“Yes, yes. I’m gonna go to hell. But aren’t you hungry as a human being? It would be cold if you were naked, so shouldn’t you put on your clothes first?”
“…Why are you being so kind? You’re a bad kid.”
Pur looked at me skeptically, and I smiled kindly.
“I’m a bad kid, but I’m nice to my people.”
How could I be mean to you when I have so much to take advantage of?
“So, what can you do?”
Pur looked at me with a worried look on its face. It reluctantly opened its mouth,
‘Hmm, so when it becomes someone’s family member, it has no choice but to be obedient?’
It would be perfect for slavery.
I looked at my new lottery with ecstatic eyes.
The day after making Pur be mine, I ran down the stairs with a happy face after a long time.
“You’re in a good mood today, Lady.”
The servants laughed seeing me.
‘Not only am I happy, my divine power has begun to recover as well.’
I hummed and headed to the drawing room. When I peeked from the door, my aunt was with Cecilia. My aunt looked at Cecilia with a displeased expression.
“You become an empress candidate… I went away for a while and this happened?”
“I am well aware of your relationship. How dare I, a humble person, aim for the position of the empress. I’m just a tool for Dubblede-”
“It’s not about that. It’s about you.”
“Can you survive?”
In an instant, Cecilia’s eyes widened. Cecilia had a puzzled expression on her face as if she had come prepared to be rebuked by my aunt.
“My aunt looks very cold, but she’s actually kind!”
Cecilia and my aunt burst into laughter at the same time after I said that.
“Yes, I am kind. Especially to my cutie.”
My aunt pinched my cheek slightly.
‘We’ve become very close.’
My aunt was kinder to me than to my brothers. Cecilia then smiled and said playfully,
“Javelin’s fans would be very envious hearing it. By the way, why is my lady wearing outdoor clothes?”
“I will go with you to the palace.”
Not everyone could participate in the empress selection. Only outstanding women who have been recommended by noble families can participate. Usually, the recommended ladies will enter the palace together with the family or guardian that recommended them and helped them.
“It’s better for her, now the symbol of Dubblede, to attend in my place, as I was only the substitute for the Duchess’ place before. Also, my cutie is cunning like a snake and brave like a lion.”
My aunt rubbed my cheek and said that, I smiled innocently in front of my aunt and secretly exchanged glances with Cecilia.
‘Even though the Empress Dowager and Empress Yvonne will interfere, I will definitely make Cecilia the empress.’
However, the enemies were not only the Empress Dowager and Empress Yvonne. I burst into laughter when I saw an incident that occurred even before the event started.
“I, I’m sorry, Lady! Please kill me!”
The servant, who spilled wine on Cecilia’s dress, knelt down. The eyes of the people there, including the participants, were focused on us. Some came to us and chimed in,
“Are you okay? The royal family will come soon…”
A lady with red hair up sighed and glanced at Cecilia’s face.
‘Oh hey. It’s you.’
Gloria Amboise. She’s the daughter of Marquis Amboise. My godmother said that she was supported by Empress Dowager.
“The Empress Dowager has put Yvonne as an empress. In the beginning, Yvonne was respectful to the Empress Dowager, who allowed her to enter the palace, but after she monopolized the power in the palace, she was a thorn in the Empress Dowager’s eyes.”
“So, the Empress Dowager tried to push Empress Yvonne away by using Lady Amboise?”
“You’re clever, child.”
The other ladies also had sad expressions on their faces, but they couldn’t hide the hostility that was in their eyes. There are many ladies with different backgrounds sent to compete.
Some are supported by the Empress Dowager like Lady Amboise, some are supported by other noble families, and even the temple. This place was like a battlefield without sword fights as everyone had their own desires. Lady Amboise said while gently covering her crooked lips with a fan.
“What to do? It is supposed to be an outdoor party, but if you go to change clothes, His Majesty the Emperor and Empress Dowager will arrive already.”
Then the other young ladies raised their eyebrows and added,
“Even so, isn’t it not polite to see them in that state?”
“Stop it, the lady would know. Even a commoner would know that they cannot see his majesty like that.”
“Lady Amboise! How could you say that in front of Lady Dubblede!”
“Oh my, please forgive my mistake lady.”
It was a mockery of Cecilia, who was not an aristocrat and me as an orphan.
‘Oh, it’s been a long time since I’ve heard something like that. I love it, I love it.’
I could notice their underlying ridicule as I experienced this in my first and second life. Because back then, I was known as the fake child of fate and substitute for Mina. But Cecilia’s face was pale.
“I can understand what you’re saying to me, but…!”
I quickly grabbed Cecilia’s hand. She looked at me and was confused, but I smiled and said to the lady,
“Is it really a mistake?”
“So every mistake should be forgiven?”
“Of course, lady.”
I grabbed a glass of juice as I looked around the ladies who couldn’t hide their ridicule seeing me.
I poured my juice on Lady Amboise’s dress.
“What is this…!”
“I’m sorry, I made a mistake!”
I put the glass down and wiped my hands.
“Will you forgive me? It’s a mistake.”
“No way. How could this be a mistake…!”
“His Majesty the Emperor and Her Majesty the Empress Dowager had arrived.”
The voices of the servants, announcing their arrival, resounded. I took Cecilia’s hand and quietly retreated from the center. When the Emperor and Empress Dowager were seated on the podium, the ladies and their recommenders immediately bowed.
“Glory to the empire.”
The Empress Dowager nodded her head with a happy expression.
“Everyone raise your heads.”
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