Hush Now, Saintess! - Chapter 56
‘Then again, Hildeon carried me in one arm in the middle of a fight too…’
I quickly stopped myself from finishing the thought.
I didn’t know why I was suddenly thinking about him when he’s someone I wasn’t supposed to be thinking about.
Still, it was a good memory, I guess.
At that moment.
The sudden notification bell sent a jolt through me as though I was a criminal caught in the act.
Placing a hand over my racing heart, I looked up at the system window. My breaths were erratic.
“No, I mean, if you’re going to send a notification, just do it all at once…”
〈 Once a certain condition has been met, the ‘Item Store’ will be opened.
– Condition: Coin acquisition
: The first donation success has earned you ’11,000,000 coins’.
[ Let’s make our first donation (Done) ] 〉
A new function was being introduced, and it’s my first time not getting irritated by it.
But this wasn’t a game though.
Missions, stats, and an item store now.
Looking left and right to check if there was anyone else around, I spoke in my mind.
‘System, open the item store.’
Right then, a system window that’s twice the size of the usual appeared mid-air.
〈 The Item Store is open for business. 〉
As soon as the short phrase popped up and disappeared, the item store showed up.
It was an item store that looked quite like what’s commonly seen in games.
But as for the items available for purchase…
“Patches? Why are they being sold here though. Does it make sense for pain relief patches to exist in this world? And what’s with the yellow mana stone? The mana stones used in this world are usually purple.”
Was there a difference?
That aside, there were many other miscellaneous items.
It seemed like the items here could be purchased using the currency of ‘coins’, and the price varied widely from product to product.
From inexpensive items worth about 5,000 won, to items worth so much money that your mouth would just gape open at it. (5,000 KRW = approx. 4 USD)
‘Wow, this is crazy. I’ll look through the items slowly later.’
Home shopping catalogs were best perused when relaxed and unhurried.
In addition, I had already been staying at the donation room for far too long.
The people waiting outside might be getting worried, so I had to go out soon.
With a satisfied smile finding its way to my lips, I closed the item store.
I fixed up my dress for a moment as it was a little crumpled from how I pushed the bags into the tithe box, then I left through the door.
And as soon as the door opened, Mary came running straight to me.
“I was getting worried because you weren’t coming out, Milady.”
“Ah, the bags were a lot heavier than I thought, that’s why. After opening the tithe box, I had to pour each bag one by one, so I had a bit of a hard time.”
“Yes, that’s why I suggested that you let me come in, too!”
“Mmh, well. I wanted to do it alone, in solitary reverence in front of God. I guess it’s kind of like cleansing my soul…?”
A moment of silence dawned upon the space around me.
I suddenly got embarrassed, thinking that I might have taken it a step too far. However, Mary let out a soft sigh.
“Goodness, Milady. Really. Who would ever say that you’re not Her Eminence the Saintess? Isn’t that right, Sir Oliver and Sir Gaston?”
Abruptly brought into the conversation out of nowhere, Oliver and Gaston blinked dazedly.
Of the two, Oliver was the one who’s more perceptive. He nodded quickly and raised his thumb.
“Of course! As expected, Milady is the best Saintess. Absolutely the best.”
“…The best, yup.”
Raising his thumb a beat late as well, Gaston added with a smaller voice.
Indeed, living amidst society was not without seeing real tears.
‘By the way, there still seems to be a ruckus around here.’
When we exited the building, I noticed that the chaotic atmosphere was still there.
And it seemed like the number of people shuffling around here and there had increased a little as well.
‘No, really. What the heck is going on?’
I don’t think Helena’s still here.
…Ah. I soon regretted my choice.
From afar, I heard a voice that I didn’t want to hear at all.
“Sister, over here! I’m here!”
I tried my best to avoid my gaze, but the moment I did, I met her eyes.
I was filled with the need to turn around and pretend I didn’t see her, but there were already so many other people looking this way.
I took a deeeeeep breath.
“Oh my, look who it is? Helena?”
Towards my nemesis-slash-cousin, Helena Dioter.
* * *
‘She really must have gone crazy, huh.’
This was what’s going through Helena’s mind as she watched Roella, who was smiling so very brightly with a pleasant expression.
In the past, even if Helena had called out to her, she would have just ignored Helena outright.
Or, she would have just given her the stink eye and said, ‘What.’
It was absolutely not like her to smile like that.
‘I have absolutely no idea what you might have eaten wrong, but mark my words—you’re over. Right here and now.’
Yes, Helena was thinking about doing that here.
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