ants it, so you’re preparing it? For something that costs a fortune?”
Adandito hesitated for a moment, then tilted his head.
“It’s not something that costs a fortune.”
“It’s not a big deal for me—”
“Okay, I got it.
It’s too complicated, so be quiet for a moment.”
Siara touched her forehead.
After all, to the high priest who represents the majority of the continent’s people as followers of the Eora faith, a meager amount of gold would be nothing.
‘What’s going on? Why are you treating me so well when you don’t owe me anything?’
No matter how much she thinks about it, she can’t find an answer.
She vented her frustrating inner thoughts, which felt like a narrow vision.
“Ah… I’m going crazy.”
“Why is that?”
“Forget it, it’s nothing.”
Since then, Siara mumbled something in a foreign language to herself and swiftly returned to her bedroom.
A strange sentence slipped out of her mouth.
“Was the curse real?”
As the door closed ominously, Adandito furrowed his brow.
He pondered Siara’s words deeply and stared at the room she’d entered for what seemed like an eternity.
* * *
The conversation I had with Adandito was the worst in many ways.
I had hoped for some resolution, but it only made my head more complicated.
‘So, he really can’t remember me?’
Disgusting images that appeared before him like a panorama flashed in my mind.
Devouring meat with a bowl, various things… As I recalled them, they all seemed like incriminating evidence.
A normal person would have been shocked and stared back, but Adandito’s expression was so nonchalant that it only confused me more.
‘Why does he react so casually, confusing people? The reward was supposed to be given by the Empire, so why does he claim he’ll give it?’
Among all the lingering doubts, I suddenly thought of my family.
It was a part I had been avoiding thinking about all this time.
‘Have my family forgotten about me too?’
The family I had to separate from as soon as I was selected for the expedition three years ago.
How heartbreaking it was to part with them, and now they might not remember me at all.
‘Mom must be so sad…’
No, if she doesn’t remember me, maybe she’s not sad either.
I don’t know if that’s good or bad.
Trying to calm my melancholic heart, I looked out the window, but instead of feeling better, anger suddenly welled up.
‘What kind of hardships have I endured in the past three years!’
To think that all those hardships might have been in vain, that I, as a person, might have been erased from the world.
There was a stark difference between knowing something in my head and facing it in reality.
I suddenly became fearful, frustrated, and indignant.
And I started to wonder how I would survive from now on.
I had a lot on my mind.
Fortunately, my powers remained intact, so I could make a living as a healer.
I could, but it was a bit too dangerous to continue like this.
‘A healer is such a rare commodity.
If I join a party anywhere, I might be caught by strange people and dragged into trouble.’
It was a useful ability, but as a healer with almost zero attack power, I was desirable prey for slave traders.
The healers who were caught in such a way would use excessive power, depleting their lifespan while continuing to heal, ultimately meeting a tragic death.
Until now, I had been free from such dangers due to my noble status as a court lady.
But if everyone stopped remembering me, I couldn’t afford to feel secure anymore.
‘However, I can’t stay in the temple all the time either.
Adandito, that guy definitely has some ulterior motive.’
He wasn’t someone who treated people with pure kindness.
Having witnessed various human affairs bound by the constraints of the temple since childhood, he was closer to contempt for people.
‘That guy doesn’t even remember me, yet he fulfills rude requests? There’s definitely an ulterior motive.’
It would be too late to act once something happened while being careless.
So if there were any suspicious signs, I had to act first.
As soon as the thought crossed my mind, I immediately packed my belongings.
Then suddenly, his words came to mind.
‘Feel free to take anything you like.’
He had said that while showing me the temple’s vault.
At that time, I didn’t know what his ulterior motive was, so I ignored it.
However, there was something particularly tempting among them.
It was the “Blessing of Eora,” a ring that housed a sleeping fairy within a pink crystal, maximizing the power of a healer.
I used to have one of my own, but it got damaged during my expedition.
Above all, this ring here seemed to be of a higher grade than the one I used to have.
‘Yes, let’s just take that.
He said to take it with my own hands, so he can’t blame me.’
I set my determination towards the vault.
Stealthily, the dawn of a new day was approaching.
* * *
Adandito couldn’t sleep, so eventually he came out to his home office in the early morning.
He had hoped to cool his head while looking at the dreary piles of documents.
However, even after reading numerous papers, his mind remained disarrayed.
It was all due to the mess inside his head, being the only person responsible for it.
At that moment, he remembered the image of Siara, who stood in the center of the office’s golden fountain.
The fountain had the function to project the image of the desired subject.
She was walking confidently toward the direction of the vault without any hesitation.
With her petite and slender body inherited from the fairy lineage, her golden hair cascading like wings, and her vibrant emerald eyes.
Adandito watched her as if enchanted.
Siara entered the vault and took out only one gem among the countless jewels.
‘The Blessing of Eora.’
It was a relic that enhanced the power of healers.
Upon seeing her grasp the ring, Adandito immediately stood up from his seat.
* * *
“Whoo-hoo-hoo, mission accomplished.”
I looked down at the ring hidden in my sleeve with a satisfied expression.
Compared to the other magnificent jewels, it appeared ordinary, but it was actually a top-grade ring containing the immense power of a slumbering fairy within its pink gemstone.
‘This should be sufficient for several years.’
The Blessing of Eora allowed healers to protect themselves by borrowing the power of the sleeping fairy within the ring.
During the process of healing, healers often had to endure the wounds or curses intended for the ones they were healing, but the slumbering fairy took on that responsibility instead.
That’s why I prepared twenty rings before embarking on the expedition.
However, in the end, all the rings were shattered and unusable.
Nevertheless, the curses and intensity of healing were so strong that even with just one ring of this caliber, I could use it for several years if I continued my life as a healer.
‘I won’t have to worry about making a living for a while.’
With a sense of accomplishment, I walked away from the vault.
However, somehow Adandito was guarding the front of the vault.
I quickly hid the ring behind me and greeted him,
It seems the thief has a guilty conscience, just as the saying goes.
An awkward smile formed on my lips.
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