I Became the Villain's Master - Chapter 26
“You keep… getting lost.”
“Yes… I understand.” I nodded, sympathizing with his feelings.
We had been searching for the fox together, hand in hand, but our efforts had been in vain. Eventually, we decided to give up on finding its owner and instead headed towards the festival.
“Where could it have gone… I wanted to find its owner.”
“Maybe it’s best to ask the priests.”
I agreed with Sion’s suggestion. At this point, it seemed like the wisest course of action.
We made our way to the temple, hoping to gather some information from the priests. However, they swore to have never seen the fox. Even the prayer room was empty, offering no clues.
“Then where did it come from…”
With no further leads, Sion and I left the temple after receiving a pendant. Although it was disappointing that we couldn’t find the fox, we decided to focus on enjoying the festival instead. We had already spent a significant amount of time searching without any results.
“Mistress, are we going to see the festival now?”
“Yes, let’s go.”
And so, we ventured into the lively streets of the capital, filled with bustling crowds and colorful lights. Sion held my hand, claiming it was for protection, and I had to steady my racing heart as I moved along with him.
“Wow, look over there!”
The city was dazzling with beautiful lights, enough to make all worries fade away. It was a mesmerizing sight, and everyone seemed to be adorning smiles, fully immersed in the festival spirit.
“Let’s go there, Sion!” I said excitedly, tugging on his arm as the enticing aroma of food wafted towards us. Sion obediently followed, his eyes filled with curiosity as he observed the surroundings.
“Hello! Two skewers, please.”
Finally, the long-awaited moment had arrived. I indulged myself, succumbing to the tantalizing smell and purchasing various treats to satisfy my hunger. Despite the fact that my money was quickly depleting, there was nothing more satisfying than enjoying delicious food at a festival.
“How is it, Sion?”
Sion hesitated for a moment, then took a big bite of the skewer, the sauce smearing his lips. Instantly, his previously expressionless eyes lit up. With widened, round eyes, Sion eagerly began devouring the skewer, clearly enjoying every single bite.
I watched his reaction with a content smile, grateful to see him enjoying himself.
“How is it? I was right, wasn’t I? These skewers are really scrumptious. They’re only available at the festival!”
I savored the crispy texture of the skewer as I took another bite, contemplating whether to indulge in one more. Sion wiped his lips contentedly with a napkin, clearly satisfied with the meal.
‘Should I have one more? No, I should try something else too…’
While barely resisting the temptation to eat another skewer, we found a spot on the hill to watch the grand finale of the festival.
Finally, the long-awaited sacred ritual will start!
It was time to cross off one item from my bucket list.
The priests gathered in the center of the grand square, surrounded by the colossal statue of the god Moreus.
“It seems like it’s about to start,” I exclaimed excitedly, but Sion remained silent, seemingly unaware of the significance.
Soon, a priest covered in pure white cloth appeared at the center of the square, where the other priests of the temple had gathered. Along with their prayers, they infused a faint divine power, gradually increasing the size of the statue.
‘Who is that person?’
At that moment, another priest covered in white cloth from head to toe appeared at the center of the square. Along with the prayers, the divine power gathered, illuminating the sky with a radiant light.
The light burst into dazzling fragments, reminiscent of fireworks, and descended like snowflakes.
“Wow…” I couldn’t help but voice my admiration.
“It’s beautiful,” I murmured softly, as if lost in the moment. The light seemed within reach, appearing at my fingertips. It wrapped around me like a warm cradle, bringing a sense of tranquility.
As I touched the light, it intensified, forming a large cluster that resembled a sphere. Surprised, I swiftly pulled back my hand, and the radiant cluster gradually dimmed and vanished.
Regaining my composure, I continued to gaze at the captivating lights, still questioning what had just happened. Did something truly emerge from my hand? I tentatively reached out again, trying to grasp the light.
Beside me, Sion glanced at me bashfully and softly muttered, “It’s beautiful.”
“Huh?” His puzzling comment grabbed my attention. However, Sion turned his head to gaze at the light, lost in his own thoughts, remaining silent for a moment.
“Wow… it’s beautiful,” I whispered again, and Sion smiled in response. Together, we watched as the lights adorned the sky, witnessing the luminous fragments scatter like stardust until they settled.
And with that, the festival came to an end. Read ahead here.