The Saint of the Labyrinth Is Adored by Monsters~ Though I Was Exiled and Left to Die in the Forest of Abyss, I Offered Prayers to God and Before I Knew It, It Became a Sanctuary – Chapter 131

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐚𝐬𝐭

𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟑𝟏: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐚𝐬𝐭

At night, I was talking alone with Miss Vajra.

We were sitting on a fallen tree by the lakeside.

“You were asked by Ellison-sama to. . . . . .kill her?”

“Yes.”

Miss Vajra said, looking down.

Even though her face was hidden by a cloth, I could tell she was sharing something very painful.

Most likely, it has become a trauma.

The events from that time.

She decided to share such a painful thing with me.

I felt her courage was truly amazing.

“Ellison was not human. She was a demon. Well, half.”

“You mentioned that before. She was half-demon.”

“Yes. . . . . .She had great power. But. . . . . .She had one problem.”

A problem. . . . . .?

“She aged just like a normal human.”

“. . . . . .Isn’t that completely normal?”

“Yes, it is. By the way, did you know that monsters live longer than humans?”

“. . . . . .No, I didn’t know.”

Monsters, like humans, have finite lives.

But. . . . . .I’ve heard for the first time that they live longer than humans.

“The higher-ranking the monster, the longer their lifespan. Martel, Chatura, Anila are good examples, aren’t they?”

Certainly, since the time when Ellison-sama was alive, they have been living.

It seems true that higher-ranking monsters live longer.

“Ellison only had a human lifespan. Meaning. . . . . .she aged.”

Aging is natural for humans.

What’s the problem with that. . . . . .?

Ah.

That’s when it hit me.

“Everyone around Ellison-sama. . . . . .They’re all. . . . . .”

“Yes, everyone around her was a monster. While the monsters remained unchanged, only Ellison grew old.”

I don’t know at what age she died.

But. . . . . .to grow old while everyone around you remains unchanged must have been. . . . . .very lonely.

“Ellison was never physically robust. At some point, she couldn’t stand up on her own. From then on, she confined herself to that basement.”

. . . . . .I didn’t ask why.

Probably because she didn’t want to show her weak side to all the monsters.

Ellison-sama was a kind person.

She must have thought that showing her weakness would worry everyone around her.

“Being confined, Ellison withered away. Her forgetfulness grew severe. . . . . .Once, when she looked at my face, her caregiver, she couldn’t remember my name for a moment. She broke down crying.”

. . . . . .Forgetting the name of a friend must have been heartbreaking.

People die and as they age, their memory declines.

It’s inevitable once you’re born human.

“She always used to say, ‘Why am I not a monster. . . . . .?'”

Miss Vajra said in a flat tone.

Probably, she’s really hurting. Suppressing her emotions, trying not to cry.

. . . . . .I tightly grasped her hand.

Hoping that it would alleviate some of her pain, even just a little.

Miss Vajra smiled slightly and continued the conversation.

“One day. . . . . .something strange happened to Ellison.”

“Strange. . . . . .?”

“Yes, suddenly. . . . . .Ellison became younger.”

. . . . . .! That’s. . . . . .impossible.

Humans age. That change is supposed to be irreversible.

“Ellison. . . . . .only appeared to be younger. But as a consequence, she was cursed.”

“What do you mean. . . . . .?”

“. . . . . .It’s Ouma.”

. . . . . .Ouma.

I’ve heard that name before.

Mr. Thirteen. . . . . .no, it’s Mr. Makola now.

He suffered terribly at the hands of a Demon King.

“Ellison made a contract with Ouma. By consuming a large amount of its blood, she transformed from a monster to a demon.”

“. . . . . .Human, to a monster?”

“Exactly. And so the human Ellison. . . . . .became a monster. But. . . . . .she went berserk. . . . . .all orchestrated by Ouma.”

In other words, Ellison-sama became a monster after absorbing Ouma’s blood, and she went berserk.

This was all part of Ouma’s plan. . . . . .

“How can you be so sure?”

“. . . . . .He watched Ellison go berserk. . . . . .grinning. . . . . .and said, 『Was the experiment a failure?』”

. . . . . .So, Ouma disappeared, leaving only the berserk Ellison-sama behind.

Miss Vajra tried desperately to stop Ellison-sama.

And for a moment, Ellison-sama regained consciousness.

“At that moment, she asked me to. . . . . .kill her before she killed everyone else. . . . . .”

I embraced Vajra’s shoulders as she said that.

Then it probably followed the history we know.

For Ellison-sama’s sake, Miss Vajra killed her.

So that Ellison-sama wouldn’t end up killing her beloved friends.

“For Miss Vajra. . . . . .Ellison-sama was a dear friend, wasn’t she? You still regret killing her, no matter the circumstances?”

Miss Vajra nods.

. . . . . .It must have been painful. It must have been hard.

Branded as a traitor by other friends, banished from the forest. . . . . .

Wandering this world all alone.

“. . . . . .Miss Vajra.”

I tightly hugged her.

“You’ve done well. . . . . .all on your own.”


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