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Ran knew the name. But she didn’t know whether it would be good to reveal it here. She thought, tilting her head.
“If I let you know, will you let me out of here?”
Istalief nodded and added.
“But only if you tell us the truth.”
“Don’t wake me up a hundred years later, just let me go back to the present, to when I fell unconscious.”
Istalief smiled lightly.
“Actually, this world is from my novel.”
Both Istalief and Slasher looked at Ran without blinking. Ran licked her lips and said,
“I know this is weird. But how can I explain it? I’m not from here but from Korea. And -”
“A Phanias.” said Slasher.
At first, it sounded like Hani-ah because it was pronounced as if the P was almost silent..
When Ran opened her eyes wide and asked again, Istalief explained.
“It means ‘the one that reads’. I see, that’s why you know my name.”
“Wait, don’t just talk amongst yourselves, talk to me. It has something to do with me coming here, right?”
Istalief and Slasher faced each other, then said, “Wait a minute” while raising their hands. They were looking at each other as if they were communicating with their eyes..
Ran became nervous but waited calmly. The Spirits must know why she ended up there..
‘Then, I can go back!’
“Ho, Phanias, this is another rare traveler.”
I heard a deep voice. The person appeared with a bright light that pushed the fog away.
Six wings, a human-like upper body, and a leopard-like lower body and head.
Ran was about to faint. But that didn’t mean that the person was ugly. The Spirits were strange and beautiful. But the pressure felt by this Spirit ….
A polite greeting came out by itself.
The leopard smiled softly. It was the first time Ran had seen the smiling face of a leopard.
As the leopard flapped its wings lightly, the wind blew and the fog was pushed away. Some of the fog gathered to make chairs and tables.
Again on the table, plates were formed and a ball of fog pressed on them ….
Ran looked at the cloud chair and sat down. The cloud chair, which didn’t disappear even after sitting on it, was so soft and comfortable, that Ran felt like she was going to fall asleep.
“Have some cloud cookies, too.”
Ran grabbed a bunch of fog and took a bite. It tasted similar to a meringue, but at the same time, it was cool and refreshing. The leopard sat across the table with his four legs bent. Still, he was so big that he looked down at Ran.
Istalief and Slasher stood on one side.
’High Spirits? No, it might be higher spirits.’
Ran thought so and glanced at the leopard.
The Spirit system here consists of a thorough hierarchy. Once they are given a certain class at birth, their class never changes.
The lowest being the lower, then the intermediate/middle, the upper, and the Spirit King which is the highest.
It was the world of Spirits that consisted of a pyramid structure.
“How much did you write about this world?”
When asked by the leopard, Ran confessed everything she knew. And the hardships she suffered here and what she’d done.
The leopard heard Ran’s story, without a single question in the middle. She was speaking gibberish at first, but gradually relaxed thanks to the leopard’s calm attitude, and later spoke in more detail.
The leopard said and blinked his golden eyes a couple of times.
“First of all, this world is not the world you created.”
Ran was in complete denial of the premise. Ran took a deep breath.
“What? But it’s the same story I wrote!”
“You channeled a world that already existed. People who can channel other worlds are often called prophets.”
Ran was speechless.
What is it?
She didn’t make this world? She just channeled it?
Wait, then Yustaf isn’t the male lead?
Despite Ran’s confusion, the leopard continued.
“Every prophet channels different events from different times, in different ways. When they write down what they’ve channeled, it becomes a prophecy.”
“Then, this is the original world?”
“But, I came up with this and I definitely wrote this setting!”
“You channeled it, you just didn’t know that you channeled it. I’m not denying that you wrote a story using your imagination. There are some people like that. But have you written any stories since then?”
That was the first and the last time. But, doesn’t everyone write like that at least once when they’re young? He said that the connection between what I wrote and this world, is because I channeled it?
‘Huh, is that so?’
At that time, new stories and settings came to mind every day, so much, that it was overwhelming.. I thought it was because I was a genius.
“So, then how am I here?”
“I’m not sure about that either. But according to what you’ve channeled, the owner of that body is dead, right?”
“And aren’t you dead too?”
The Spirit continued as Ran held her breath.
“And let me guess one thing. Your original name must be the same as this body.”
Ran was speechless. It was true. Her real name was Ran, too. Maybe that’s why she was able to adapt to this body more easily.
The Spirit continued, murmuring the explanation.
“Actually, your situation is rare. In fact, even we don’t know everything about this world. Perhaps the biggest cause/reason is because you can channel our world. In addition, there is a ‘door’ near this body.”
Ran’s mind seemed to go blank..
Of course, after the car accident, she opened her eyes and found herself in a book!
When she saw this, she thought, ‘I’m dead, right?’ It’s not that she didn’t think about it. But she thought that maybe, if she died here, she’d return to her original body.
So, she had told Yustaf that he could kill her without much thought.
I wasn’t sure, so I was convinced that I had been putting it off easily, so I couldn’t feel the weight of it.
As Ran sat captivated, the leopard stretched his legs and stood up.
“Istalief, has your curiosity been resolved?”
“It’s been resolved.”
Istalief grinned. She looked back at Ran and said,
“It’s rare to meet a prophet. It was nice meeting you, stranger who knows my name.”
Before Ran could say anything, she was covered in thick fog all over.
“Wait a minute!”
‘You’re just going to say whatever you want and solve your own curiosities?’
Blue flames filled her view. Her body was lightly floating in the air, then fell to the floor.
Ran suddenly woke up from her sleep. A cold sweat ran down her forehead.
’If you’re going to wake me up, it’d be better if you woke me up more kindly.’
Ran thought so and blinked.
It wasn’t her room.
‘Where am I? Wait, this isn’t someone else’s body, is it?’
Ran hurriedly looked at her hands, felt her upper body, and got out of bed.
Looking at the mirror of the nearby dressing table, she was still Ran.
‘That’s a relief.’
But why isn’t it Ran’s room?
It was a familiar room when she looked at it carefully.
‘It’s the Duchess’s room, isn’t it?’
It was her mother’s room. Luxurious items, in her mother’s style, were lying here and there.
Ran came back to bed and flopped down. So many things happened at once that it was difficult to organize properly.
‘Let’s put aside the story with the Spirits for now.”
Amusingly, Ran’s mind was clear, so she was able to start organizing her thoughts..
‘Seeing as I’m still alive, Yustaf wasn’t the one that poisoned me.’
So did someone else commit treason?
‘Am I free to leave here? Besides, why am I in the Emerald room?’
The nickname of the room given to the Duchess was the Emerald room.
Suddenly, Ran heard a very happy voice from behind and turned around to see that it was one of her maids.
“You’re awake. Are you feeling alright?”
“Yes, I’m okay. But what happened?”
“I need to inform Young Master Yustaf first. He’s been waiting for you for so long.”
“Wait a minute.”
Ran stopped the fussy maid and asked.
“I don’t know the details. The Master will explain it to you.”
“Then how long have I been asleep?”
“You’ve been sleeping for about three days.”
Judging from her attitude, it seemed that Yustaf wasn’t the one who poisoned, nor was it a situation where she was held by the enemy.
And even if that was the case.
“I’m going to wash up for now.”
Ran felt uncomfortable being covered in cold sweat.
“I’ll wash up, have some soup, and then I’ll talk to Yustaf.”
The maid blinked, then bowed politely.
Ran took a shower and organized her thoughts.
‘So this is all real, it’s all real.’
Ran was thinking that it seemed too real, but she couldn’t have guessed that it actually was.
‘Oh? Then, I’m not the author who made the characters suffer in the original story. I don’t have to feel guilty!’
Ran didn’t even do anything. She just told them about the mines!!
Ran doesn’t get paid, she works overtime and doesn’t take any days off!
She’s protecting Yustaf too!
‘I’m actually a really good person.’
Ran showed off her bright and positive personality without regret. It was a personality from her graduate school life, before she fell into this world.
‘I’m pretty amazing, aren’t I?’
Ran grinned to herself, thinking so. The maid, who was oiling her hair and drying it with a towel, glanced at her.
“Did something good happen to you?”
Ran replied with a grin. Then Ran looked at her and asked.
“By the way, what was your name?”
The maid answered politely.
Soda, yes, it was Soda.
“What about the girl who came to wake me up earlier?”
“She’s Miss Kara.”
“Because she has a higher rank than me.”
When the awkwardness disappeared, there was room to look around. There’s a lot of things Ran wants to do.
“The Lord has great hair. I wish my hair color was like this.”
“I like the color of Soda’s hair, too.”
“It’s too dark.”
Soda had dark hazelnut-colored hair.
‘Well, the further South you go, the brighter the hair gets, and it gets darker the further North you go.’
People want to have something they don’t have.
After Ran dried her hair with a towel and finished brushing it, she became very hungry. She didn’t know it at first, but once she recognized it, her stomach kept growling.
‘Since it took time to wash, the food will come out right away!’
Ran thought while making her way out to the living room, only to find Yustaf waiting there. He was sitting on an armchair and got up from his seat after seeing Ran.
Ran asked, unconsciously, re-tightening the front of her robe.
“I heard that you woke up..”
“Yes, I woke up. I heard that I was sleeping for three days.”
Yustaf stared at her and said,
“I was worried.”
“I didn’t think that Yus would be worried.”
When Ran sighed and said that, Yustaf replied, “Thank you very much for thinking so, but I’m not stupid enough to not take your condition seriously.” and said this,
“I was truly worried.”
“Thank you, but I’m okay. So what happened? I’d like to ask, but I’m so hungry.”
“I already heard about it and brought you a simple treat.”
When Yustaf said so and glanced back, the servant pushed in the trolley.
Just the sight of the round silver lid began to make Ran’s mouth water. Perhaps because they are conscious of Ran’s eyes, which are staring at them, but her servant set the dishes and opened the lid much faster than ever before.
It was Clam Chowder soup and Cobb Salad.
Ran picked up the spoon quickly, and glanced at Yustaf.
“How about Yus?”
When he declined, Ran quickly began to attack the soup. If Ran was eating alone, she’d drink it straight from the bowl, but there’s a person in front of her, so she used a spoon.
‘It’s good. It’s really good.’
The clam meat, which is chewed from time to time, was in perfect harmony with its rich and deep flavour. After emptying half of the soup, Ran reached out for the Cobb Salad.
Yustaf called her and Ran looked at him, “Huh?”
“Should you really be drinking that after drinking that sleeping medicine?”
“You brought it, didn’t you? Then it’s okay. You need me, at least until your coming-of-age ceremony is over.”
Laughing, Ran poked the salad with a fork.
Perhaps because Ran became more self-conscious after eating so quickly, but she started lightly mixing the vegetables.
Ran felt like she was killing herself every time she stabbed a vegetable with the fork. After a sip of cold iced tea, Ran asked.
“May I listen while I eat?”
Yustaf nodded and began to talk.