Blanc was still breathing roughly. The bracelet was still in my hand.
Once I latched the bracelet around my wrist, I looked around. We were inside a large, cave-like structure that was entirely gray.
I had no idea where the light source was, but it wasn’t completely pitch black.
The walls were filled with all kinds of etched drawings of dragons. Then, I realized that there were some strange-looking eggs on one side of the floor.
With a soft glow illuminating them, the eggs huddled together were each about as big as Blanc.
The wall behind the eggs was full of drawings. Several dragons were clearly engraved on the mural.
White dragons like Blanc, black dragons, and blue dragons like Alexander. The most impressive thing was that they each were drawn together with their contractors.
I had a nagging hunch of what this place was.
This was where Blanc had been born.
The very place that Blanc and I were planning to visit.
The Dragon’s Nest.
Why did we teleport here though?
Tilting my head to the side in confusion, I heard Blanc’s voice inside my head.
[ I think my dragon instincts pushed my evolution early to save you, Jung-in. ]
As he was laboriously gasping for air, Blanc got up from his spot, looking up at me with a helpless smile.
“Woow… It’s Jung-iiinn…”
While we stared at each other for a moment, I was suddenly jolted by the sudden revelation. I can’t believe he’s accelerating his evolution. If that’s the case, then…
[ The ordeal is going to start now. It’s such a good thing that Jung-in a soul right now, you won’t feel any paaain.”
“How do you know that, Blanc?”
He should be experiencing everything for the first time right now, but there was no hesitation in his voice as he explained it to me.
[ I can tell because of my instiiincts… Rosé… No, Jung-in will also find out when the ordeal begins. ]
I was glad to hear his drowsy voice after all this time, but on the other hand, I felt sorry for him. It’s obvious to see that he was tired.
[ I’m definitely going to become an adult dragon. ]
As he spoke with such determination, Blanc’s eyes glistened like the blue sea. Seeing his strong resolve made me feel choked up.
I recalled the sea that we hadn’t gotten to visit yet.
“Absolutely. We still have a lot to do together, don’t we?”
I thought of the countless things I could do while I’m alive.
The moments I could introduce to Blanc.
Listening to me, Blanc smiled brightly.
And, in an instant, everything turned upside down.
I realized it instinctively, too—my ordeal had begun.
It was snowing heavily all around me, but it wasn’t cold.
Perhaps because I was still in the state of a specter, but I couldn’t feel anything.
There must be a reason why Blanc and I had been separated. The pain I would be subjected to was going to be enormous.
However, since I was a specter right now, anything physical wouldn’t deal me any damage. So, what other ordeal was there for me to face?
While walking, I mulled it over.
If it weren’t for the bracelet, I still wouldn’t be visible to other people, but it should be okay right now.
As I walked around the lake, I saw someone standing on the cliff above.
It was a boy with gray hair—and he resembled Albert somehow.
“…That’s a living human, right?”
What’s he doing on a dangerous cliff?
With my steps screeching to a halt, I stared at the cliff. I couldn’t take my eyes off the precarious appearance of the child.
I felt restless.
As I grimaced, I could see the boy walking closer to the cliff’s edge.
I had a sinking feeling that he would throw himself off the edge, and that hunch was right. The little boy jumped off the cliff.
Before my mind could even process it, my body moved first.
The whole world was blanketed with immaculately white snow, however, this turned red the moment the sun hit the horizon.
It was a picturesque scenery that did not match the tragedy unfolding before my eyes.
I ran as fast as I could to the edge of the lake where the child had plunged into.
Being that I was in the state of a specter, I had no idea whether I’d be able to touch the child at all, let alone save him. Even so, I couldn’t just turn a blind eye.
I jumped straight into the lake.
The water’s iciness didn’t seep through me at all, and I could still breathe even though I was underwater. I also had no problems moving forward because I wasn’t affected by the waves.
I found the child, and he was sinking further and further to the abyss. Burble— Accompanied by the sound, air bubbles continuously left through the child’s lips, and they floated upwards.
If I just leave him like this, he’s really going to lose his life. I rushed to him even faster.
I reached out urgently, and fortunately, I managed to hold his hand.
I was so worried that my hand would just pass through him, but I was able to hold onto him more easily than I expected.
Actually, I was shocked. Did I somehow gain a physical body through the bracelet? Just what kind of spell did Albert put on it?
But I put off thinking about it. Drawing my full attention to the child, I pulled him into my arms before he could take in even more water into his airways, and I swam frantically out of the water.
He was just a small kid, and maybe it’s because he took in too much water, but he was much heavier than I thought. I had to exert all my strength.
Successfully dragging the child above water, I breathed out a sigh of relief. And I thought that the bracelet on my wrist came off, but luckily it was still there.
Then, finally, I saw the child’s face.
I was speechless.
With light gray hair that glittered like silver beneath the sun’s rays, and distinct features that made it seem like he was a perfect statue…
The child was unbelievably beautiful.
And he had a face that, once glimpsed, was utterly unforgettable.
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