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“What about your lifespan?”
5 months left? Aren’t you mad?
That was the nuance. I had the face of an idiot, but I smiled again.
“Isn’t it funny to you too?”
I was so happy that my lips twitched.
“It’s hard to understand, but it’s not funny.”
“I thought I had three months left, so I can’t help but be happy to hear you say that I have five months. By the way, do I really look as if I have 5 months left?
“…In my opinion, yes.”
“It’s not a lie, is it?”
“No, it’s not.”
I tried to get up from the sofa, but it was not easy because my dress was pressed against the ondol between my legs.
I pushed the ondol with all my might.
Here and now, he could’ve helped her out of pity. But instead, he silently observed Nineina, who was unable to lift a single stone that’s the size of a fist.
I eventually got up without his help.
To say that I lifted the stone would be a lie. Rather, the stone rolled over on its own as the dress shook.
As I had dreamt of before, I walked forward, stood under a large tree and stretched out my hands in the sunlight.
My head was spinning, even so, I slowly but surely moved my body little by little.
The remaining lifespan of this body was to be less than three months.
But it’s now 5 months.
He’s not a doctor, but he’s probably accurate to some extent.
Besides, he was reliable. He wouldn’t have sympathized with Nineina and increased her life expectancy at the very least.
“It seems… really long.”
Tears appeared to be rising.
Those hellish 15 days have saved me at least 2 months.
I also declared that I could do more in the future.
For the first time, there was hope in this hell.
The man who gave me hope looked at me with his motionless eyes.
“I feel like I’m at a loss for words.”
“Can’t you just say that to yourself?”
“I thought you wanted an answer.”
“Now……. Did you say that for me?”
“I gave a reply back. As you did.”
The hand that was about to touch the rose suddenly halted. He was closer than it felt to be far away.
“So what’s the matter? I don’t think you’d come if you didn’t have any business to do. Is there anything else that’s dangerous for me?”
If Caesar was to come, there was only one reason.
To protect me.
“I appreciate your protection, but sometimes I feel like you’re a reaper. Caesar has arrived! Keep out of danger! Is this just a feeling?”
It was a silly joke that I threw out because I knew that the words wouldn’t hurt anyone.
I was curious to see your smiling face.
“I have something to give you this time.”
Of course, he didn’t laugh.
He reached out and raised me up.
It was a gentle and careful movement.
As if he remembered my words to treat me like a tofu doll.
“Ahh……. I’d like to stay here longer.”
So I whined in dispute.
It was pathetic, and just that much, I was comfortable with him.
In terms of him being a complete stranger.
I stuck my feet firmly on the floor and held on. For him, it should weigh as light as a feather.
Instead of calling my petty rebellion ridiculous, he picked up the huge sofa that required three men to carry and placed it in front of me.
One of the wild flowers was crushed due to Caesar’s carelessness.
‘I feel sorry for everything else because I’m about to die soon.’
I slightly pushed the sofa to the side, even though I knew it’d be ineffective.
The sofa moved.
This is because he saw me whimpering and sneakily pushed the sofa.
The flower was already half weighed down.
If I had asked him sooner, it would’ve probably been fine.
“Wouldn’t it be easier if you had told me?”
I felt my eyes widened.
“Do you want me to order you around?”
“I’ll do it if I feel like it.”
“You’re so heartless.”
I said it to myself, but it was a voice to be heard.
Rarely did he make a certain expression. I couldn’t read his face.
He didn’t seem to be accustomed to changing his facial expressions.
“Well…Would you like to sit down, too?”
I said while patting the other side of the sofa. I felt guilty sitting alone.
“No, thank you.”
But once he refused, I gave up, not suggesting further.
I thought it was all right to stop since I’ve recommended it once.
“So, what did you come here to give me for?”
“Here it is.”
“It was made from processed spirit stones.”
He took a green bracelet out of his pocket and hung it on my wrist.
A pair of rough leather gloves scraped past my arms.
For some reason, my skin felt quite tingly.
“Is the spirit sealed in here?”
“Yes, the Spirit of the Wind, named Sona.”
‘Sona? Isn’t that Caesar’s spirit?’
Opposedly, Caesar was both a psychic and a swordsman.
Summoning a spirit depends purely on nature’s affinity, but making a contract with a spirit and becoming friends was only possible with good communication between the two.
However, he stomped it all down with his talent.
The spirit, who got overwhelmed by his lack of gaze, signed a contract with him. Caesar’s overwhelming talent made everything possible.
So, he was pretty good at dealing with spirits, even with a dry personality.
“Why are you giving this to me? I don’t know how to handle spirits.”
Even if a spirit was sealed in its contractor’s choices, it basically didn’t listen to anyone other than the caster.
Sometimes, they’d help out if they’re really fond of the person, but most of the time, it’s the other way around.
“Spirits don’t listen to anything other than the contractor’s words.”
“They will listen. You have a high wind affinity.”
‘This is the first time I’ve heard that. Perhaps…?’
The fact I didn’t read this in the novel, it was definitely the first time I’ve heard of it.
But I don’t know if Nineina was like this previously as well.
Caesar spoke casually, inattentive to my tilted head.
“This must be the first time you’ve heard of the Spirit Temple. It’s only natural if you don’t have someone to teach you and you haven’t been able to enlighten yourself.”
An excellent elemental could read the affinity of others to some extent.
There’s a Spirit Temple who travels all over the country looking for disciples.
It was because of you.
“Then why are you giving me the spirit that has already been sealed? If I have a high affinity, isn’t it only fair to try to sign a contract on my own?”
“It’s a shortcut.”
He made a slight frown. It didn’t seem like something that couldn’t be said, it seemed closer to the side that it’s troublesome to explain.
“Hey, your annoyed face is so blatant!”
It was so ridiculous, I burst into laughter.
The bracelet jingled quiveringly on Nineina’s laughing body.
“If there are any reasons why signing a contract of my own bothers you, please explain to me. I need to know.”
Haa… He sighed and lifted his indifferent eyes.
“You’re going to die.”
“I’m saying that if you try to sign a contract with the state of your body, you’ll die whether you succeed or fail. It takes a lot of strength to summon a spirit.”
Living with death next to me, I wasn’t afraid to say that I was going to die.
Now that I know the reason, I feel better.
His indifferent gaze scanned my face once again. It was terrifying, it’s like he had received the eyes of a reaper.
“I didn’t want to explain because I was afraid you might..”
I asked him back since I didn’t hear him properly, but he only stared at me with cold eyes.
But it was only for a moment. it quickly returned to its place.
(QC/N: ‘place’ in this case means original purpose/indifference.)
“Now I’ll be showing you how to use it.”
I wanted to ask him a few more questions, but I held them in.
He looked very tired and troubled by the current situation.
“Just call the spirit by it’s name.”
“It’s name? That’s all?”
Not showing any curiosity, his face turned cold again.
“You’re going to have to tell me eventually, just let me know. Don’t be so rude until the end.”
“……….Basically, I’ve given it an order to protect you, so if you call it’s name, it’ll come out with a shield.”
“Aha. Are you saying it’s going to put up a barrier? Isn’t it hard to keep summoning the spirit? As you know, I’m as fragile as glass-”
“I provide the mana needed for the spirit to materialize.”
“Huh? I’m so sorry… But if I summon it for a long time, won’t you be in danger….”
“Are you going to die? Are you getting taken away by the spirit? It seems to me that a 30-minutes summon would suffice.”
“No. I’ll use your mana well, thank you.”
I immediately shook my head with a straight face. Who are you worried about with your glass body?
“Now…….I’ll engrave a mark on the lady.”
I spoke after a slight pause.
“…It allows Sona to recognize you.”
“Ah, I see. How do I engrave it?”
It was only natural for me to wonder what would happen to my body so I asked, but his face crumpled up.
“Physical contact is required. Bare skin to bare skin.”