just like this.
They resembled each other so much that I couldn’t help but wonder if there was a blood relation between them.

‘But only administrators can enter this restricted area.’

Amidst my confusion, a groan escaped from the child’s mouth.


The child had a pained expression.
Sweat trickled down his forehead, and his fingers anxiously dug into the soil as if unable to control his body.

With each hunch of his body, tears streamed from his tightly shut eyes.
Constantly, a name flowed from his small lips.


…That can’t be my name.

Suppressing the immediate urge to flee, I placed my hand on the child’s forehead.
His forehead was as hot as a burning ember.
I was taken aback and quickly withdrew my hand.

“Why is it so hot?”

It felt as if I had touched a well-heated iron.
Although it seemed like a burn sensation, there was no redness or mark when I examined my palm.

Looking down at the child with a puzzled expression, his trembling body gradually calmed down.

He pressed his cheek against the ground, and a faint smile appeared on his familiar face that I recalled.
Maybe, just maybe…

However, his face was clouded with uncertainty.
From his lips, which had calmed down, a sigh escaped.


It felt like burning flesh.
Nevertheless, he tightly bit his lips to endure the pain.
The more he endured, the more tranquil his complexion became.

His lips that were trembling, the tears that flowed drop by drop, and the furrowed brow gradually regained serenity.
As that happened, I felt my strength being drawn out from my body.

It felt as if I were imparting my life force to the child.
It wasn’t overly draining, but I felt increasingly tired and hungry.

Healing requires the healer’s energy, so it was a natural result.
Unfortunately, I had given the ring to Adandito, so I was pouring all of my energy into this.

“…feeling sleepy.”

Suddenly, drowsiness enveloped me.
It was a level of sleepiness that made it difficult to keep my eyes open.


Blinking my eyes became a challenge, as I was too exhausted to even lift my eyelids.

After tilting my head several times, I eventually collapsed to the ground.
Without even a moment to spare to lie down properly, I fell into a deep sleep.

* * *

Hierian stood up from the spot.
The pain that felt like joints disconnecting and the excruciating agony as if his body was burning had completely disappeared, and instead, his body felt incredibly light.


Hierian clenched and unclenched his hands.
The magical energy that had been dissipating as if it would vanish completely suddenly surged inside him, filling him to the brim.

The blockage of blood that had been halted at the point of contact with the Demon King and the twisted blood from his childhood encounter with Dianel had completely cleared.
Thanks to that, even his right arm, which had been numb, now felt vibrant.

The magical energy rising like a lively waltz was overflowing with vitality, just like when he first manifested magic as a child.
Hierian’s lips formed a thin smile at the sensation he hadn’t felt in a long time.

‘There were times like this.’

Back then, everything seemed amazing.
The floating magical energy before his eyes, the energy radiating from his body, and all the small things he could create with that power were simply fascinating and mysterious.

Lost in his admiration, he quickly shook his head and stood up from his spot.

No, he tried to stand up.
Until he saw the woman lying in front of him, he had no idea what was happening.


His delicately stretched eyebrows immediately furrowed.
Displeasure flickered in his hazy gray eyes, and his plump cheeks trembled with anger.

This land overflowing with magical energy was a restricted area for anyone other than administrators.
Only those chosen as administrators were allowed to enter.
That meant…

“…The next administrator?”

Hierian lowered his eyes with a faint squint.
He had fallen unconscious and woken up again, so he had no idea how much time had passed.

Before collapsing, he had sensed the eruption of the pillar of magical energy and poured all his strength into it.
However, the rampaging magical energy viciously seemed to devour him instead.

After a long confrontation, Hierian was overwhelmed by the eruption of the pillar.
Just as the pillar scattered all the magical energy he possessed, he sensed his annihilation.

But unexpectedly, he opened his eyes again.
Considering the enormous amount of time it would take to recover, it wouldn’t be surprising if a candidate for the next administrator had been chosen.

Anger flashed in Hierian’s eyes.
He had no intention of relinquishing his position as an administrator.
And to top it off, how dare someone sleep in front of the former administrator.

“How disrespectful!”

The human who was supposed to replace him was unnecessary.
Hierian reached out his hand toward the fallen woman without hesitation.

Hierian’s magical energy began to seep into her from her head to her toes.
He intended to drain all of her magical energy and then leave her lifeless, like a stiff log. 

If he absorbed all her magical energy, down to the thinnest blood vessels and individual cells, and turned her into a body that couldn’t regenerate, even as a candidate for the next administrator, she wouldn’t stand a chance.

However, Hierian’s plan went completely awry.
It was because the woman had no magical energy, not even a pinch.

Hierian muttered with a vacant expression.

“…This is unbelievable.”

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