The Obedient Saint Was Made a Scapegoat, so She Decided To Be Reborn as a Villainess
The people in the church who are always cold to me have suddenly become kind for some reason in the past few days.
When I am cleaning, they thank me and say “You always help us.” When I use healing magic on sick people who come to the church, they come to help me with a smile, even though they usually ignore me.
Moreover, even the bishop called me to his office and praised me, saying “You are doing really well.”
Of course, it is nice to be treated like this, but I am more confused by the sudden change.
Then one afternoon, I was told the reason why everyone suddenly became kind.
“Anna. Do you know that this country has been hit by disasters recently?”
“Yes. I know.”
The weather has been strange lately, and floods and landslides have caused damage all over the country. In addition, earthquakes have been frequent for the past two weeks.
Today, I just came back from visiting a facility where people whose homes were destroyed by disasters gathered.
“If these disasters continue, the country will suffer a great deal of damage. So, there was a consultation from the royal family to perform a ‘sacred ritual’ to calm the disaster.”
“A sacred ritual…?”
As soon as that name was mentioned, I felt my body stiffen. The sacred ritual is a ceremony where someone with a certain level of magical power who works in the church is put into a coffin while still alive and enshrined in a sealed room in the back of the church.
Of course, those who are put in a coffin will eventually die. In other words, it’s a human sacrifice.
As I thought about why he was telling me such a thing, a bad feeling made my spine freeze.
“Anna. I want you to be the main character in the sacred ritual.”
The bishop looked into my eyes and told me firmly.
“B-But, I will die, won’t I…?”
“It is said that those enshrined in the sacred ritual can live happily in God’s kingdom forever. There is nothing to fear. If only one of you makes the decision, this country will be saved.”
My legs trembled with fear. It was no joke to be put in a coffin while still alive.
Imagining a body that couldn’t move and air gradually thinning out, I shook my head desperately.
“You don’t have to give me an answer right away. Let’s take some time to think about it. However, you who are loved by the spirits would be the most effective in this role. Please think carefully.”
With a kind smile, the bishop told me to leave the room.
I had already made up my mind without needing any time to think. I didn’t want to do something like that.
The next morning, when the daily meeting began in the hall, the Plumes looked around nervously. As soon as the meeting ended, they all approached me at once.
“Anna-san, I heard you were chosen as the main character for the sacred ritual? That’s amazing, as expected of Saint-sama.”
“It’s a great honor. I’m envious.”
They talk to me as if I have already been chosen to be a sacrifice.
“Well, I haven’t agreed to it yet…”
“But you will, won’t you? Anna-san is a kind person. You wouldn’t abandon the country when it’s in crisis.”
“That’s right. We all talked about how Anna-san would do it.”
A fake smile spreads throughout the hall.
Do these people know that I will die if I receive the sacred ritual? They must know. That’s why they look so happy.