I Was Forced To Quit Being a Nun and Get Married Because of a Divine Prophecy ~the Wise Prince Who I Am Actually Marrying Is Someone Who Dotes on Me Excessively~ – Chapter 53
Chapter 53: Did My Prayers Get Through?
In surprise, Styx’s voice became strained and her mouth opened and closed.
“E-Eleni, do you know what you’re saying? Lies won’t work in front of me.”
I responded with confidence.
“If it requires compensation, then this is necessary.”
“That’s not it… I mean…”
“If Thanasios-sama finds out that I cannot bear children, he will surely stop loving me. But isn’t it better than him hating everything? As a royal, he can find another wife to bear an heir. He will be happier that way. Thanasios-sama doesn’t need to know everything. It’s better than hating everything.”
I said it all at once and took a deep breath.
But come to think of it, since coming to this royal castle, Thanasios has treated me very well, even in just these few weeks. He has been so caring that it could be called doting. It was the most fulfilling time of my life. I have already received happiness. Therefore, I must repay him. Even if it means using the rest of my life, I have already received something worthy of it.
For Thanasios, that is non-negotiable. And Styx, who loves Thanasios, cannot overlook that.
Styx was perplexed. She was desperate to persuade me.
“Eleni, you may not know this, but Helios will die in six months. Is it worth it to give him protection for just six months? Is it worth the scars that will last your entire life?”
It’s a foolish question. I laugh.
“If it makes Thanasios-sama happy, then isn’t that enough? Lord Styx, you should be thinking of Thanasios-sama first. Then you should know what the best course of action is. Or do you doubt my determination?”
Styx can no longer ignore my argument.
It’s all for Thanasios. Styx cannot ignore the pretext and true intentions. If I am telling the truth and being serious, then surely God knows.
Unbecoming of a god, Styx looked up at the sky and muttered something to herself.
“I’m going to beat Moirai to a pulp now… add Venus’s blessing, and it’ll be about ten years of this and that. Hmm, that’s the limit, I suppose.”
The words I heard were either ominous or incomprehensible.
After a while, Styx straightened her back and turned towards me.
“Ahem. I understand, Eleni. You should not sacrifice yourself.”
Styx was saying something godly. I couldn’t help but think it was disrespectful.
“Besides, you’re my priestess. I don’t want to make you unhappy. We’ll find another way to pay the price, but it’s only fair that Helios does it. Since Helios is the one who receives the blessings, he should be the one to pay. That’s how it works.”
“But what do we have to pay? If it’s to Helios-sama…”
“It’s okay, it’s okay. Anyway, Thanasios would be sad if Helios disappeared, right? So, I’ll talk to each of the gods and try to get some concessions. But I can’t promise to let Helios live out his full hundred-year lifespan.”
Already, Styx has made a big concession for me. I never expected her to do so much for me, and I felt like I saw the true nature of Styx, the mother of the great river.
Styx finally smiled.
“The best future you envision may not come true. But the next best future should be within reach. If that’s okay with you, I’ll give Helios my blessing.”
That’s enough. I nodded.
“If it’s for the sake of Thanasios-sama, then as you wish.”
Styx approached me and stroked my head. It seemed like she was saying, “You’re such a helpless child.”
Did my prayers reach her? I believe that I must have moved Styx’s heart —— and then I regained consciousness.