Chapter 91: Salvation, saved
I was happy, more so than that time when everything went my way.
“No matter what you think of me now, it’s a fact that you saved me back then. Thanks to you, I learned a lot of important things.”
That is surely a treasure that will never disappear.
“So, it’s my turn to repay you now.”
Her pale eyes flickered. The poisonous thorns fell off like flakes, as if she had returned to the previous Princess Chai.
“But in the end, I still have to rely on Princess Chai’s power.”
“…Do you even understand what you’re saying?”
“Yes, of course.”
It was natural for her not to believe, because I myself felt the same.
“That’s impossible. Aliseteen, you can just sit back and watch.”
“But then you’ll die.”
“I’m fine with that. After all, I can finally meet him.”
To those words, I surely raised an eyebrow.
“That’s just impossible. You are a criminal of attempted murder, there’s no way you can go to the same place as your beloved.”
“Moreover, if things continue like this, not only will Princess Chai’s reputation suffer, but future generations will also have to bear the burden. This is no longer just your problem.”
Despite knowing this, Princess Chai glared back, as if unwilling to give up.
Somewhere in my heart, I breathed a sigh of relief at her reaction.
“Once you’ve used your power, if you’ve gone backwards in time, does that power come back again?”
“…I don’t know. I can’t activate it for my own selfishness, and even reversing time in the first place was a miracle. Even if I could use it again, I don’t think it would work out as well as it did before.”
“Still, it’s worth a try. At the very least, the situation won’t get any worse than it is now.”
I smiled softly, causing Princess Chai to look at me with a puzzled expression.
“…Why, Aliseteen? I tried to take away your most beloved one, didn’t I?”
“Well, that’s really unforgivable. But Julian-sama was saved, so isn’t that enough?”
If I were to hate and abandon her here, I would go back to being the old Aliseteen Quatra. Everything that was important in this world that I’ve spent time in, learned from and nurtured would become meaningless.
“If you just stay like this, you’ll be happy.”
“No, it’s impossible. I don’t want a happiness that’s built on your sacrifice.”
With a firm declaration, Princess Chai’s resistance dissipated and her body became weak.
“…Aliseteen, you really have changed.”
“It’s because of you, Princess Chai.”
She smiled softly and shed a single tear on her white cheeks.