“You must not be late for prayer.”
Veronica said with a soft smile to let him go.
And she sent Gabriel, who bowed his head, smiling until the end.
The moment the telecommunication sphere was disconnected, she returned with a cold face, feeling no emotion.
‘It’s not ordinary….’
For the Garcia native, prayer was almost as natural and habitual as eating.
So, to always pray together means to share their daily life that much.
‘I don’t know if praying with my dog is intentional or not.
I feel very bad.’
Veronica felt as if she was somehow about to lose her own dog.
But, she’ll be worrying for nothing.
Because she clearly confirmed the trust and affection deeply rooted in Gabriel’s gaze.
She was sure.
That girl couldn’t and will never be more important in Gabriel’s life than Saint Veronica.
‘The first time is always imprinted in the memory.’
Veronica thought so and walked out of the room.
But then, by chance, she overheard the priests’ conversation.
“He was known as a reputable missionary.”
“I only knew he was spreading the doctrine of Eden Faith by establishing orphanages.”
“Everyone would have believed so.”
Naturally, she heard the story of Count Chateau.
It was because the rumors about him spread widely in Garcia.
In particular, he was the most trusted by the Pope among the nobles of other countries, so the shock was even greater.
‘There were even rumors that he would flee to the Holy Empire if he could.’
He was the one who showed such loyalty.
He was about to change his nationality.
Veronica overhears those words, and she is deeply saddened by it.
She had kept an eye on him because she thought he would work well and be a good collaborator.
‘Is that a trick….’
It was such an unnatural death.
“Ha, he’s doing such a wrathful thing.
How can you experiment with powerless and weak children who were born as human beings…”
“He fell to hell because of the devil.
Even if he dies, he won’t be comfortable.”
Veronica listened to the words and she appeared before the priests without hesitation.
“Ah, Sister Veronica.”
After she responded with a benevolent smile to the priest who greeted her warmly, she cut to the chase.
“Then what about the children in the orphanage”
It’s very complicated.
It’s a foreign business, but it’s also an orphanage affiliated with Eden Faith.”
The priests seemed to be contemplating whether to manage the orphanage directly with the Emperor’s permission, or whether to leave it alone.
‘This is quite….’
After a moment of thought, Veronica made her decision, and said,
“Actually, at a time of hesitation like this, shouldn’t it be time to care for the children who must have been deeply wounded”
With a very sad expression.
As she laid her hand on her chest with sad eyes that seemed to shed tears at any moment.
“I want to go and help myself.”
She volunteered to be the manager of an orphanage that lost their master.
Aria recalled the necklace, which she had forgotten for a while.
Veronica’s necklace, which she wore around her neck naturally, had no effect so it was forgotten as it was.
‘Carlin said it was cursed.’
It was the necklace she found by chance while searching for the relic.
‘Infused with the magical powers, it gave no response.”
But it was understandable.
It’s because that necklace was found on the site of what was once a temple of Garcia.
She wondered whether it would react properly to divine powers.
No, it was most likely.
Aria fiddled with the transparent jewel on the necklace.
Sorry for being late.”
Then Gabriel came in through the door of the prayer room.
Running like someone is chasing him.
‘You don’t have to run….’
Aria was a little puzzled.
Because the two had gathered in the prayer room to pray.
There was absolutely no need to apologize for being a little late to prayer.
It wasn’t like they had an appointment to meet.
‘But it’s true that I’ve been waiting for today.’
Aria pulled out the card as she held out the necklace to Gabriel, who took a rough breath.
[Can you pour divine power here]
She nodded her head.
As if it wasn’t a very difficult request, he gladly spilled divine power on the necklace.
Then, the transparent crystal shimmered in a brilliant golden color as if gold had been injected.
At the same time, Gabriel let out a small groan and hurriedly removed his hand from the necklace.
With that, the jewel became transparent again.
Aria blinked her eyes curiously, as if she knew nothing.
She actually didn’t know what really had happened.
It was similar to when it was infused with magical powers, except that something slightly different happened.
“Just…just now, it felt like this jewel was trying to suck up divine power on its own…”
Was it his first time experiencing it
Gabriel stuttered, visibly embarrassed.
‘I think what Carlin said was true.’
This jewel responds to divine power.
It was a jewel that ate divine power.
Aria has only magical powers, so she hasn’t seen any effect yet.
‘Well, it seems that even now, the divine power is not being effective at all.’
There seems to be something.
Aria looked down at the transparent jewel, immersed in her thoughts.
Then Gabriel asked.
“What is this necklace”
[I picked it up by accident.]
The lowest place.
But she couldn’t tell the truth.
Then because it was Garcia’s item, and it seemed like it would be taken away because it had to be returned to the Papal Palace.
[Carlin accidentally picked this up, but I asked for it.]
“Who is Carlin again”
[The shaman of this castle.]
“Shaman… What Shaman”
Maybe Gabriel didn’t know until now.
Still, it seems that he has been in this castle for quite some time, but his expression is like he had never heard of it before.
His information power is so low.
He was not interested in anything other than getting really strong.
‘I’m a fool for thinking for a moment that he might be the Pope’s spy.’
Gabriel seemed to be shocked by the fact that there were criminals proudly in the Grand Duchy.
“How on earth… Whoo, never mind.”
Did he think that Valentine, who is the source of malice, is doing what it is supposed to do
He frowned slightly, not wanting to ask more details.
“Actually, it’s a shame that I was sent for purification, but I don’t have that much divine power.”
The priest sent me here because he saw the potential for a big growth after seeing my changing eye color, but…”
Gabriel apologized, saying, ‘I am still inexperienced, so I don’t know exactly what this jewel is for’.
‘Well, I see.’
Aria, who already knew how far Gabriel would rise one day, was meekly convinced.
‘Did he say he was the same age as Lloyd’
Because he was still young
The use of the jewel was something he had to learn later when he became an adult.
There was enough time.
It is too risky to be seen by a priest other than Gabriel.
[Are you going to keep it a secret between the two of us]
Aria secretly forced him to shut up and looked up at him.
She had a persistent gaze.
She was thinking that she would erase his memory if he did not keep a secret.
Gabriel couldn’t take his eyes off of the flower-like eyes that looked straight into his eyes for a moment.
The scenery he saw that day flashed through his mind for a moment.
Stained glass penetrating the dazzling light of the five colors, soaring birds, the sound of grasshoppers and a faint smile….
Then he hurriedly averted her gaze and nodded his head.
“……Yes, it’s a secret.”
“Today, you’ll meet the Elder Madam.”
Elder Madam, Young Madam.
It was an unusual name.
However, Aria and Sabina liked it so much that they planned to continue being called that in the future.
“Every other day, you go to see the Head and the Madam.”
Aria nodded her head.
To be precise, it is the process of treating insomnia and treating a body that has not fully recovered.
But she doesn’t know how it would look to others.
‘Maybe I looked like a child sleeping one day in her mother’s room and the next in her father’s room….’
She doesn’t think so.
But she had a strong conviction that it must have been reflected that way, and she felt uncomfortable.
It was when Aria had a trembling expression on her face.
“The Grand Prince will be very upset.”
[Because I monopolize his parents]
What’s wrong with that”
Cloud showed an absurd response.
‘No, because he’s still fourteen.’
A teenage boy who still has six years left before his coming-of-age ceremony.
‘I don’t know about the Grand Duke since they don’t get along, but how does Sabina know if he’ll be jealous inside’
However, Cloud answered Aria’s guess with a blunt expression.
It looked like he was saying something really stupid.
‘Well, to make Cloud look like that.’
“It means that he seems to be waiting for Young Madam to come.”
Oh, he meant that Lloyd will be upset that she didn’t just go to Lloyd
‘Things like that happen, too.’
Visiting Lloyd’s bedroom in the middle of the night….
‘A little something, isn’t it’
Aria glared at Cloud.
“Why are you looking at me that way”
With a puzzled expression on his face, he said, ‘Ah.’ He let out a stupid exclamation and shook his head.
“The Grand Prince will never look at the Young Madam with those eyes.”
“You’re still ten years old.
You look like a very young child about the same age as his younger brother.”
Cloud was honest.