It was only after she gulped that Radis managed to confess.
“I lied… I lied… I’m so sorry…”
“What did you lie about?”
There was an edge in Robert’s voice. Rarely ever did this happen.
In her previous life, he had never expressed his feelings to this degree, no matter how difficult the situation was.
Radis felt the words being blocked in her throat. She thought that she should at least kneel in front of him.
“I’m… a woman…”
Her words made Robert’s expression crumple.
As though to suppress his emotions, he rubbed his face roughly before he said,
“You don’t have to apologize for that.”
Letting out a small sigh, Robert answered once more.
“We’ve known each other for six years. Did you really think I didn’t know anything?”
“The part that makes me angry…”
Seeing how emotional he was, Radis felt her heart skip a beat.
His gray eyes were filled with contained rage.
“It’s how you… how you had to hide it so thoroughly that it left you broken.”
Robert gulped down his hot tea like it was cold water to suppress his overwhelming emotions.
He also knew that he was showing a level of anger that he had never expressed before.
‘I don’t intend to do this.’
He didn’t intend to be this sharp in front of her.
‘Why? Perhaps, is it because I saw that man with her a while ago?’
Robert felt his seething emotions cool at once.
‘How dare I?’
A cynical smile found its way on his lips.
He did not deserve her.
Didn’t he make a vow?
That he would protect her if he would ever get the chance.
Robert suppressed his emotions.
After pressing it down so hard that he couldn’t even bring himself to raise his head, he pulled himself together.
After a while, Robert opened his lips again.
“There’s something you need to know. Shortly after your death, an unexpected event occurred. Its beginning was heralded by the appearance of a monster that appeared at the Imperial Palace.”
At his words, Radis raised her head.
“What…? The Imperial Palace?”
“Yes. Not just that, but the monster was powerful. It’s not even enough to say that they’re tremendously powerful. It was like… the incarnation of a deity.”
Robert’s hand trembled slightly.
“Half of the capital got blown away. Almost all of the White Dragon Knights and the soldiers in the capital were killed. The Imperial Palace was in ruins, and Emperor Claude also passed away.”
Radis’s eyes grew wide.
Robert continued on.
“It did not stop there. The monster that appeared at the capital eventually met its end, but at the same time, changes took place in the southern region. Monsterwood began to expand like crazy.”
Radis’s lips trembled.
“Because a new master of the woods was born.”
Robert spoke quickly in a low, monotonous voice.
“It was a dragon. It is the greatest type of monster which is believed to be extinct now, but it appeared. It was as large as a citadel, and its whole body was covered with scales that could fend off anything. From each step it took on the land, more and more monsters constantly arose. The southern region was completely trampled beneath the feet of those monsters.”
Radis could not breathe properly.
Because she now realized the reason behind his death.
“Yes, I died while fighting the dragon. It had only one opening, and it was its inverted scale on the back of its neck. After a fierce struggle to reach its neck, I had managed to stab my sword into that place. I felt the tip of my sword striking something hard, and I instinctively realized that it was that dragon’s nucleus. I tried to exert more force, but… that was when I met my demise.”
Robert looked at Radis and continued.
“But the moment I thought it was all over, I opened my eyes again.”
Embraced with an indescribable emotion, Radis bowed her head.
She didn’t know what to say.
That would just be an insult.
She had deceived him for the entire time they had known each other, and she had failed to keep his final order of taking care of the subjugation squad.
She was also the one who fell for the trap that drove their comrades to death.
She had died so irresponsibly, but compared to her, Robert had lost everything and even had to fight alone against those terrible monsters without time to grieve.
And after a long, arduous battle, he met his end.
Radis knelt on the ground.
Then, Robert jumped up from his seat and went towards her.
He grabbed her by the shoulders and raised her up immediately.
“What are you doing right now?”
Without raising her head, Radis spoke.
“It was all my fault. I deceived you, Captain… And I lost our men due to my mistake—my irrevocable mistake…”
She could feel Robert’s grip on her shoulder tighten.
With a heavy sigh, he answered.
“It wasn’t your fault.”
“I’m not here to get an apology from you. I just…”
Robert’s voice seemed to crack a little.
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