This BL Novel Is Ruined Now - Chapter 132
“’The disaster has reached those who are not wicked, and yet you have been driving those innocent victims to their deaths. How can I not feel pity for these children?’”
In the process, of course, it was necessary to lead them away from the idea that ‘Bharan’ or a ‘God’ was the origin of the disease, and to lead them to the symbolic and totally vague concept of a ‘disaster’.
‘That’s why it’s bothering me that I’m preaching to them with distorted facts, but…’
Having already been faced with staunch rejection, she knew that this was the best method to make them understand.
“’Ah, what a pity, my children.’”
Secretly wielding her magic, Reina let an opalescent light shine around her.
As Utta’s iridescent light manifested in many different colors, Reina’s light was particularly softer and sacred. The priests struggled with an overwhelming wave of emotions because of this, and some of them looked like they were on the brink of fainting.
“Ahhh… Almighty Utta…!”
“’I have graciously sent my envoy to you all, yet how could you so arrogantly stand by and ignore my compassion.’”
In an instant, the generosity in Reina’s tone vanished and was replaced by strictness instead as she looked the high priest and other priests dead in the eye one after another. Then, they struck their quivering heads on the floor again while apologizing in unison.
“We deserve to die for our sins, Almighty Utta!”
“Please forgive us, Almighty Utta!”
She wasn’t supposed to feel like this, but… it’s kinda fun.
‘Should I beat them up some more, hm.’
But after thinking it through a bit more, she shook her head. The scamming part ends here. Now, it’s time to get down to business.
“The Almighty Utta had given me the task to convey those words.”
Returning to her normal pattern of speech, she stared up at the symbol of Utta and gave her commands.
“Prepare cotton cloth, white clothing and distilled liquor. Immediately.”
The era of ‘sanitation’ had dawned upon the Pluntria Empire.
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“Your Eminence means to say that we’ll be quarantining the patients… but the people who aren’t ill in the first place also have to con… confine themselves to their homes?”
One of the village elders asked back with a perplexed face, but the same answer came back.
Upon hearing that clear and concise answer, the village elder looked dubiously at Ethan, who was standing beside the saintess.
‘There’s no use looking over there.’
They had already finished talking about this.
As expected, Ethan did not react to the village elder’s wordless plea for help. The village elder just asked Reina again.
“If so, then… What exactly is the criteria of the people who’ll be confined…?”
“Any and all the people who have had direct contact with a patient.”
The village elder gasped loudly.
“B-But, nobody will be able to tend to the fields—this would greatly affect our harvest next year, Your Eminence…!”
Reina shook her head, and with a grave tone, she responded to the village elder.
“If people don’t quarantine right away, Launcer won’t just be worrying about next year’s harvest.”
Fortunately, the village chief quickly caught on, and so she bowed her head and stood up to the elder council’s opposition.
“We shall do so, Your Eminence.”
“That aside, there must have been a rise in the village’s rat infestation before I arrived…”
There was no information about the rats in the reports, but they must have already been inflicted with the infestation before the bubonic plague broke out, so they thought that the rats had nothing to do with the illness.
‘Of course, after I arrived, the rats weren’t that big of a factor anymore.’
After she arrived in the village and during the period in which she had yet to be acknowledged as the new saintess, the new confirmed cases were from infections caused by the priests’ unsanitary habits.
She would need to tread over this cautiously.
“Those who have touched any rats with their bare hands should also be quarantined.”
Amazed that she had confidently pinpointed something that wasn’t even included in the reports, everyone in the town hall expressed their admiration.
Looking at the elders one after another, Reina spoke once more.
“Those rats had been contaminated by the disaster.”
Closing her eyes, Reina looked back at the historical records of the bubonic plague she had once read through in her past life.
“The rats must have come out in broad daylight suddenly, and they scuttled round and round until they collapsed and vomited blood. The disaster was spread through that contaminated blood.”
“Aahh…! I didn’t know! I ordered the children to clean it up!”
As she slowly opened her eyes now, there was a forlorn smile on her lips as she spoke with a regretful tone.
“The Almighty Utta said that it is not in our domain to understand the disaster. So, please, do not blame yourselves.”
At this point, Reina had perfected the ‘saintess’ act to the extent that she’s worried that she herself might really delude herself into thinking she’s a real saintess.
“Then… What shall we do?”
“The seed of disaster has since disappeared. It has already spread to humans.”
“That’s right… We don’t see the rats around anymore.”
“How… How could this happen to us…”
Reina took a step closer to the village chief, who was reeling in shock. She gently grabbed her hand. Then, with a subtle spell, she warmed up the village chief’s hands.
“The Almighty Utta is saying this,”
Now that she had perfectly set the stage, Reina spoke with a voice so full of remorse.
“’The disaster no longer gravitates only to traces of evil. The disaster has now begun to inflict itself upon the souls of good-hearted children. You must lead these pitiful children to a place the sun can reach.’”
At Reina’s words, all those in the town hall collapsed and shed tears.
“Thank you, thank you… Thank you so much, Your Eminence the Saintess… Thank you…”
Somehow becoming a skilled con artist, Reina tried to ignore her throbbing conscience. She called the name of the person standing next to her.
Having received this signal, he cut off the soundwaves around the two of them so that no one else could hear their conversation.
“People will start talking, so please make sure this matter can’t spread to other areas. But people knowing about the rats is fine.”
Understanding what she meant by that, Ethan nodded.
“I’ll contact the Ministry of Health.”
“Rather than the Ministry of Health… I think we should report directly to the Prime Minister.”
Ethan had remained calm until now, but the moment the prime minister was mentioned, he paused. Reina was immersed in her thoughts, and she soon opened her lips to speak again.
“The Bezak estate, the Ashendar estate, and the Lencian Mountain Range around the Launcer village… We need to burn the land bordering these areas to prevent the spread of the plague carried by the rats.”
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