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When I looked back, I couldn’t see a single hair of Louise. I told him to hide, but I never thought he would hide so thoroughly. It was so still that the only thing that caused ripples on the surface of the water was when I threw another stone.
[Who is it? You are waking me up]
Something other than a voice rang in my ears. Someone walked towards us from the other side while the biting winter wind was blowing. It was hard to see because it was far away, but as I got closer, the contours of what was there became more distinct. She was a girl about eight years old, looked like she had just gotten out of bed, and was stretching out in her pyjamas.
Her hair is a beautiful shade of blonde, and her eyes are blue. The dazzling beauty on her young face was somehow familiar.
“What. Am I already a mother?”
The fairy tilted her head as she asked. I’ve heard that they like beautiful things, but I didn’t expect you to borrow my mother’s image.
The fairy frowned and returned to her original form after making a splash.
“Too bad. I liked it.”
It looked like she was trying to deceive the other person with the appearance of a beautiful human being, but the method did not work because it was my mother.
The fairy, who returned to her original appearance, had a very unfamiliar appearance. Ice blue hair that resembles watercolour, bright eyelashes, transparent white skin, and sharp-tipped ears made her feel different from humans.
The wings that were attached to its back were thin and transparent, like those of a butterfly. The fairy raised her head towards me with metallic eyes that did not feel the slightest warmth, like a well-forged sword blade.
“I am Vivian, Queen of the Lake. It’s so rude of you to invade my forest.”
“My name is Ciel Valentine. I’ve come to see you.”
It wasn’t until I told the fairy my name that she showed any sign of interest in me. Then she looked me over from head to toe. Then, with a sort of evil smile, she asked me back.
“You came all the way here to lift the curse?”
Fairies are immune to human questions and demands. Putting even more stock in recognition is an even more unreasonable strategy.
“Why did you do this?”
“That’s because humans invaded my forest.”
“They even took the fairies under their command, saying that the collection was an interesting one to look through. I can still hear his laughter from when he was younger.”
Those creatures that cannot empathise are inherently incapable of harming anyone.
It seems that some humans who know this look down on fairies and attack them, but in order to fight against these natural enemies, fairies have also succeeded in evolving into another form to survive.
“Even if I can’t harm their lives, I can curse them. Why are you wandering around the forest where our fairies live for no reason, but you can’t take the curse I’ve given them?”
The wings of a fairy have the power to deceive the target. Once possessed by those wings, the demon beast loses its reason and goes berserk due to its instincts.
Like right now.
“I simply opened the way for humans to behave as they wish. Any consequences that occur after that are their responsibility.”
Humans who fall under the curse of fairies reveal their true nature. If those with suppressed desires fall under the enchantment of fairies, the form of the curse becomes even more cruel.
Clearly, the person who first invaded the fairy forest and was cursed was someone who enjoyed harming or harassing others.
Originally, the price that humans paid for carelessly invading the territory was paid back to them in a cruel form because, historically, the revenge of the weak was a law that was more stringent.
“The curse you talk about is ultimately nothing more than the result of what they wanted.”
The fairy took on the appearance of an adult and approached me step by step. She was dressed in an icy blue veil, and as she looked down at me with her elegant eyes, she showed her regal beauty.
It sounds plausible at first glance, but in the end, it is nothing more than sophistry. Our idiot Louise is probably listening in the back and nodding his head quite intently, but I don’t agree with that opinion.
There are a lot of really bad people in the world. Not to mention Princess Lotte and the nobles under her.
Regardless of whether they are rich or poor, male or female, bad people are just bad people, and among them, there are definitely some who are worth dying for.
“If you really want everyone to die, then do it.”
If I showed any signs of regret, the fairy would look even more smug and attack me, so I purposefully turned my back on her and pretended to leave as if I were not disappointed.
The fairy stayed still at first, but when she thought I was really going to go out of the forest, she sent a wind to bring me back to her.
“What are you doing? It’s dizzy.”
“Are you serious?”
Looking at her embarrassed face, I think we can talk now. Even though it is wrong to hurt people, my logic does not work at all with a stubborn and complacent fairy who looks like a dog.
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. I have no choice but to go out recklessly to that girl, who has no answer.
“I’m serious. Even if your curse causes the deaths of over one hundred thousand people in the capital city, there is nothing I can do about it because it is something that comes naturally to you.”
It doesn’t matter how whimsical the fairies are; if they destroy the world of humans, it will unquestionably have a negative effect on them as well.
“There is also His Majesty the Emperor, who serves as the leader of the human race, in the capital. If His Majesty the Emperor dies, there will be another outbreak of war among humans.”
“Is there a war going on right now?”
One hundred and fifty years ago, there was a large-scale war between the current empire and the kingdom that previously ruled this area. As a result, we found records showing that more than half of the Fairy Forest was suddenly burned down, causing a huge blow.
This is what threats are made for, baby. I scared the fairy in front of me, who was slowly starting to realise what she had done.
“If war breaks out, your house will become a sea of fire. If a meteorite falls from the sky, your lake will dry up in an instant, right?”
“Do I look like I’m joking?”
At the very least, if I just use rain magic too much, I can dry up the water in this lake at once. In fact, Alex went so far as to burn down the entire forest to punish the fairy who took Clara’s voice.
I don’t want to see this beautiful forest turned into something like that, and as an added bonus, I don’t want to see Alex running wild, I want to resolve the situation in the best way possible.
However, the problem is that fairies only have instinct, and human morals and ethics do not apply to them at all.
“Okay. Then you go back and save the human emperor. Because there are enough other humans dying. Is not it?”
“Are you kidding me?”
Let all the people die, and let the emperor take refuge. Even after saying something ridiculous, the fairy remained calm.
How can they so calmly say something that only noble councils who are concerned about their own lives would ignore the people?
It is clear that the villains are waste on the same level as the fairies, who appear to be human waste.
“What is the meaning of an emperor without his people?”
“Okay. How about I make a big donation and get 10,000 people?”
The innocent grin of the fairy caused my teeth to tremble as she explained that we would just have to kill 10,000 people to neatly solve the problem and that she had given up a lot by smiling like the stakes of a gambling game were going back and forth.
The person who was already responsible for the crime would have been the first to receive the curse and be put to death, but the fairy’s wrath did not end there.
“Are you going to bargain with your life?”
“If you don’t like it, don’t.”
The fairy, whose pride was hurt by my argument, frowned outright and grumped. She was practically no better than a five-year-old child. I tried to rationalise it by thinking about it in that way, but I think my patience is going to run out very soon.
I really can’t give that one a hard squeeze. My situation of having to comfort that cheeky girl is extremely sad. Just wait and see. I’ll show you a lesson later.
I tried to suppress my frustration and appease the fairy.
“I’m saying let’s make a deal. You’re releasing the curse instead of having one thing you want.”
“What do you want?”
The fairy came up to me with sparkling eyes as if she had been waiting and held my hand tightly.
“Actually, I’ve heard a lot of stories about singers who are famous among humans.”
The fairy kept making ridiculous demands, revealing her worldly desires.
“How about offering me handsome men with different styles every day!”
“Please say something that makes sense.”
Seeing as she was only making ridiculous demands, it was obvious that the fairy was also confused as to how to deal with this situation.
The fish have begun to nibble, which means it is now time to cast the fishing rod. I hammered my fists together and asked for a deal.
“You have me. Take what you like the most from me.”
The valuable things I have—my beautiful appearance and my exceptional magical power—were not originally mine to begin with. So even if something goes missing, it’s not a big sacrifice.
The fairy laughed sarcastically at me while I was frantically typing on the calculator in my head, and she did so with a downcast expression on her face.
“Your determination is amazing.”
Just by hearing that sarcastic tone, it seemed like her words sounded very unpleasant. The fairy sneered openly at me while examining my body from head to toe.
“It’s not funny.”
“What do you mean?”
“I hate kids like you the most.”
The fairy’s cold fingers touched my cheek. Her skin was extremely cold without any trace of warmth, but her eyes looking at me were even colder.
“It’s funny that you can even say something like that.”
The fairy’s words hit the nail on the head. In reality, anything that a fairy would find interesting is just something that I don’t regret.
Even if I can’t use my magic, my status as Princess Valentine will remain, and even if I lose my beautiful appearance, I still have outstanding magical power, so there’s no problem.
“That’s why it’s not a punishment.”
Simply by looking at those eyes that could see everything, it seemed like she already knew my intentions. The fairy looked around, filled with annoyance. The fairy, who showed no interest in me, quickly headed towards the forest behind me.
“I’ve been saying that I smell delicious since a while ago.”
By the time I tried to reach out to her, it was already too late. The biting winter wind blocked my path, and the fairy flapped her wings, scattering starlight. Every time the translucent wings flapped, light appeared like stardust fluttering.
The fairy drew an arc of light like the Milky Way in the vast sky and then flew towards the tree where Louise was hiding, with her flowy skirt hanging down.
“I found it.”
I didn’t expect that thin voice to sound so eerie. Louise, who had been caught by the fairy, collapsed on the spot, terrified.
A smile appeared on the lips of the fairy who was quietly looking down at Louise. Perhaps because it was funny to see the boy shaking at the sight of her, the fairy raised her hand and pointed to the high sky.
“You’re an interesting kid.”
The white snow started to fall as the blue robe blew in the wind, and it was falling all over the forest. Slowly the hazy fog began to clear.