“That’s my strength.”

“You threw everything away for love.”

“Because I love you.
Because I know.
Because I know it’s not a one-way emotion, but mutual.”

“When I look at you, I sometimes think that everything I’m worried about is insignificant.”

“Don’t worry about it.
Choose the happier one.”

“My happiness is fixed.
If you are happy, I’m happy, too.
If people are happy, I’m happy, too.”

“But I’m not happy right now?”

“Young Lady Rivero.”

He let out a long sigh and told me.

“You can enjoy the ordinary happiness of marrying a good person and having children.
Then there’s nothing else I want.”

“I can never be happy if that person is not you.”

“Even if you don’t love him, you can have affection for him and you can be happy.”

“Is that how it works for you? I’m not.
I, I can’t be happy unless I’m with you.
I can’t be happy.
I can’t laugh.
Yohan! Don’t fool me anymore!”

His Holiness was in a bad condition and I was getting married.
I thought that was the last chance to convince him.
He kept denying and refusing to admit his love for me.
Or maybe because he loves me, he was trying to give up on me for my ordinary happiness as he said.
But my happiness wasn’t like that.
It was never my happiness.

Because my happiness is to live in love with the person I love.

“You can just act.
You can just lie.
I’m sure everyone will get fooled.
The Holy God probably fell for it, too.
Maybe your heart was fooled, too.
But I.
It might work with anyone else, but you can’t fool this Tite Rivero.”

The sun was completely down.
The twilight had gone and the star appeared.
Yohan stared at me as unmoved as he did the moment he found me before I was raped.
His lips opened small and his eyes shook.
I cried out desperately.

“Yohan loves Tite Rivero! Because that’s the unchanging truth!”

Yohan’s face was distorted.
He raised his hand like he was about to slap me in the face.
He wouldn’t do that, though, you see.
But all of a sudden, his movement stopped.
At the same time, a shooting star fell from the sky leaving a long tail behind.
Yohan changed his face to a blank expression as if he had never distorted his face like that before he looked up at the sky and said.

“His Holiness has just passed away…”

It was a sad story.
I prayed for the Holy Father’s soul to be in the arms of the Holy God.
When I opened my eyes after praying, Yohan was a step away from me.
His face was as calm as ever.
He looked sad at the same time.
So I asked the obvious question.

“Will you be Pope?”

“Yes, I will.”

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