𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟔𝟐: 𝐔𝐧𝐩𝐨𝐩𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐃𝐨𝐠𝐠𝐢𝐞
I rushed towards Noah-sama, who was being held by Onii-sama, and wiped the blood from his mouth with a handkerchief.
“Noah-sama. . .!”
His breathing was shallow, and he seemed so weak that he could fade away at any moment.
“Noah! Pull yourself together!”
When Onii-sama shouted, he faintly opened his eyes. His expression was vacant, and it seemed like he couldn’t see anymore.
“I have caused you trouble. . .I apologize.”
As the mist cleared, the person before me was the gentle Noah-sama that I knew well. Drops of tears fell onto the back of my hand, and I realized that I was crying.
“Noah-sama. . .why.”
Could I have done something before it came to this? Regret flooded over me now.
But contrary to my tearful state, Noah-sama suddenly showed a calm smile.
“I simply wanted you so much. . . You and Viara-sama, you were rare beings who treated me kindly despite knowing about my father’s reputation.”
From the beginning, he must have been looked down upon.
Being the child of a mistress, with a father who dealt in slave trading. Living must have been very suffocating.
While crying, I held Noah-sama’s hand with both of mine.
“I was so hungry for pure affection to be directed towards me, to the point where I took Viara-sama’s polite word’s of [glad to meet you] seriously. I was foolish, lamenting over not being able to obtain it even though I didn’t have the courage to express my feelings.”
“Noah-sama, I. . .”
Just as I was about to unintentionally say “I’m sorry,” he tightly squeezed the hand I was holding.
“Please don’t apologize. In fact, I. . .wished that I could die together with you.”
Noah-sama had a soft smile on his face with his eyes closed. His expression was very peaceful.
“I just wanted to be with you. Even though I lost myself to the curse and became a burden, I was about to hurt you with my selfishness. I. . .will be grateful to Cid-san, just for now. . .even though I dislike him.”
Did I mishear? As I was about to listen carefully, even Onii-sama agreed.
“As expected of a best friend. We have similar tastes. I’ve also been disliking Cid lately.”
Is that because Cid took the liberty to go to Nice with me?!
As I compared the two with exasperation, I heard Cid’s voice from behind.
“Hey! Isn’t that something you shouldn’t say when someone is desperately suppressing the curse of the divine artifact?!”
Ah, I didn’t notice, but Cid was desperately holding back the black mist that was approaching us. While we were talking, he had been creating a magical shield with both hands in front of him, protecting us from the mist.
“Onii-sama! Help Cid!”
“If it’s Viara’s request, I have no choice.”
Onii-sama gently laid Noah-sama on the floor and started helping Cid in dismantling the mist.
It seemed like they were easily dispelling it, but in reality, it was quite a burden, as sweat was dripping from Cid’s forehead.
“It’s tough without being a priest, huh?”
Cid muttered softly, and Onii-sama chuckled.
“It can’t be helped since the priest was cursed.”
Ah, it’s frustrating that there’s nothing I can do.
And to make matters worse, Noah-sama started to suffer again and pushed my hand away.
“Stay away. . .! If we stay like this, I’ll drag you down, cough. . .!”
What does he mean by “drag you down”?!
I tried to stroke Noah-sama’s back as he coughed up blood, but I could see black mist surging from his body.
A pitch-black mist enveloped Noah-sama and me. It wrapped around us like a cocoon, and in an instant, everything disappeared from sight.