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‘Something has changed… Me?’
I didn’t feel anything special.
I slowly touched my face. Of course, all of my parts were in the right places.
‘To know that the curse has been lifted… Oh, that’s right.’
I pulled up my apron to my thighs. On the exposed left thigh, at first glance, there were no traces left.
With trembling fingers, I felt my thighs. Nothing could be felt. The slight signs of the curse were gone as if they had been washed away.
“That’s enough… I”
I muttered like a moan.
The traces of the curse have disappeared. The potion worked.
“It’s all done!”
As if a wall had broken, a feeling of relief poured into my heart and filled it up.
This curse was the only effective fetter that Nine had placed on me. I finally got it off.
Now I, ‘Number 76’, was no longer a puppet that had to be wielded as they wielded it.
‘If the owner of the original body finds out about this.’
I thought for a moment of the real Irene Grace, ’76’. the original owner of my body.
In the memory of a brief glance, no. 76 lived a very miserable life. When I remembered the sadness and sorrow she felt at that time, my heart ached.
If she knew that the curse that had been following her around her whole life was finally gone, she would have been thrilled, right?
While I was thinking about that in a daze, I came to my senses when I suddenly met my eyes in the mirror.
Okay. It was not the time to be immersed in sentimental thoughts.
‘The curse has been lifted. I am completely free.’
Now, once I completed the contract with Ian, I could do whatever I wanted.
It seemed that the fact that my life was in someone else’s hands weighed on my heart more than I thought.
The thought of being free made me feel like I could fly.
Damn me, I never even thought this would happen. They should have firmly believed that I was still carrying out their mission as their puppet.
The moment I laughed out loud, a dry cough came out.
‘Anyway, why is my throat like this these days?’
I tilted my head. I’ve felt it before, but there were often times when my neck was uncomfortable for no reason. It’s like a sharp feeling, and it’s like a stiff feeling. Anyway, it wasn’t a good feeling.
‘Could it be……’
My heart sank at the sudden news.
‘Could it be reflux esophagitis?’
Reflux esophagitis is one of the chronic diseases of modern people.
There was a time when I too suffered from the disease. How hard it was to give up all flour and soda at that time.
‘Do I have this illness here again?’
I don’t know about this body, but I thought being healthy was a great advantage…!
It seemed that the cause of the trouble was that I had eaten a lot of healthy food lately and fell asleep right away from exhaustion.
I thought of the cakes and cookies Annette brings every day at snack time. If I wanted to get rid of esophagitis, I had to say goodbye to them for a while.
“No way. So much cake is a big deal in this situation… Cough.”
I coughed again at the pain that felt like grains of sand were scratching my throat.
Grabbing my neck, I hardened my expression seriously.
It may be that the time has come when I should not neglect it.
“Oh my. Aren’t you Saintess Irene?”
When I carefully opened the door to the treatment room and walked inside, I was surprised to see a young woman wearing the clothes of a low-ranking priest.
Since the priests of Church Elune are a denomination that worships nothing, the holy power of the priests was their combat power.
However, even in the Church of Elune, there were healers. But it doesn’t have the divine power to heal wounds like in fantasy novels. It’s a unique power that only Empress Lorelai has in the Empire right now. Priests in the Church of Elune were more like doctors armed with scientific knowledge.
“Welcome. What brings you here? Oh, did you come out to be checked?”
The priestess spoke in a tense voice. I quickly shook my head.
“No, not like that… There are some places where I don’t feel so good.”
“Yes? The saintess?”
The priestess’ eyes widened.
“Is there a place in your body that is uncomfortable? You should see a doctor right away. I will quickly bring our chief priest.”
“What? No. It’s okay if anyone can see it. It’s not a big deal.”
It was just a slight sore throat, but I couldn’t bother the chief priest.
I waved my hand, but the priestess didn’t even bother to listen.
“Please wait a minute here. I’ll get him to you soon!”
I tried to blow out the fuse, but she had already disappeared out the door in a flash.
After a few minutes, she went back to the healing room accompanied by an elderly priestess.
“My name is Chief Priestess Rebecca Onyx. I will try to examine the saintess with my humble skills. Where are you sick?”
I hid my embarrassment and opened my mouth.
My neck hurts a little bit. I think it could be a mild case of esophagitis.”
“Do you have a sore throat?”
“Yes. It might be embarrassing because it’s a minor illness, but that’s all.”
That’s why I said I didn’t need the chief priestess… ! I looked at the lower priest with a slight resentment.
The chief priest shook her head with a serious face.
“There is no such thing as a mild illness. Even a disease that seems like dust can become so bad that it can take your life in an instant if left untreated. Saintess Irene, would you like to open your mouth?”
I nodded and opened my mouth wide. The chief priest stuck her head in my face.
‘It’s a bit embarrassing.’
When I was being examined for reflux esophagitis in my world, the doctor didn’t look like this into my throat.
I swallowed my embarrassment at the somewhat primitive examination method, but the chief priestess held up a small object that looked like a crystal.
“I’ll put this on your tongue, so you can swallow it in one gulp.”
Soon, a small, cold crystal landed on my tongue.
As I swallowed it, I felt something small and cold move through my throat.
The term “primitive examination method” is not a good way to describe it. Now that I see it, medicine in this world is very advanced.
The chief priest who inserted the endoscope of this world’s version into my neck was touching the air as if she were groping for something invisible. She probably seemed to be sharing a sense of touch with the crystals.
‘What is the principle? Is it magic?’
If that’s the case, it seemed like the Magic Tower and the cathedral never talked to each other.
While I was thinking about that, the chief priest frowned.
Whether on Earth or here, it was the same each and every one of the doctors’ reactions made them happy.
When I saw how serious the chief priest looked, my heart sank.
Could the esophagitis already be getting worse?
‘It shouldn’t have evolved into chronic esophagitis…!’
I remembered what the doctors were afraid of when I was suffering from reflux esophagitis. If it keeps getting worse, it may become chronic.
“Would you cough, saintess?”
When I did what the chief priest told me to do, the crystal popped out of my mouth smoothly.
She looked at me with a puzzled face.
“Saintess Irene. By any chance…”
‘Really chronic esophagitis?’
I looked at the chief priest with utmost nervousness.
The words that soon came out of her mouth were unexpected.
“Have you been attacked near your neck lately?”
I blankly blinked my eyes.
“What do you mean by being attacked?”
“A wound like a scratch remains on the inside of the neck. Do you have any guesses? You got caught up in a battle.”
A scratchy wound?
There was absolutely no memory of me being attacked in the neck. First of all, according to the patient’s duty, I searched for things to guess as the doctor ordered, but as expected, nothing came to mind.
‘Speaking of recent battles…’
I thought about the underground ball I had seen yesterday and the lizard I had met. Those two incidents were everything. But neither the clown nor the lizard had touched my neck.
‘Though if I think about it, there are parts that are unclear in both cases.’
First, the clowns were confronted at the underground ball. Even Dame Joan was struggling because there were so many of them, but when I closed my eyes for a moment, I remembered the sight of them lying down as if they had been hit by a typhoon.
At the time, of course, I thought that Dame Joan would have killed it, but now that I think about it, it was strange. It looks like Dame Joan and the knights were having trouble with the clowns. However, it was a little strange that at the moment when I closed my eyes, I dismissed all of them as if I had awakened.
‘Come to think of it, the lizard too.’
When I closed my eyes for a moment and opened them again, the lizard that was coming at me was gone. I was sure that Ian took care of it.
But if I think about it, Ian and I were quite apart at the time because I was withdrawn.
But how did Ian handle the lizard that moved so quickly right in front of me? Even worse, he didn’t use a sword.
I slowly narrowed my brows.