This BL Novel Is Ruined Now - Chapter 142
Reina looked like she was about to burn a hole into the reports she was reading through, and as she skimmed, she let out a hum that was carrying a question. At this, Ethan walked towards her and sat down beside her.
“Is there a problem?”
“Mm… Rather than a problem, it’s…”
Reina raised her head to look up. He was staring down at her, eyes full of love.
“If it’s something I can help you with, you have me as your support.”
As Reina was now more used to that loving gaze, she once focused yet again on the report and answered.
“Don’t get me wrong and listen. The patients are recovering. That’s certainly the case, but… it’s strange.”
With one finger, she pointed at the total number of currently infected patients. The number had since decreased.
“Ethan, as you already know… The plague can’t be overcome by healing magic. The same goes for divine power.”
Although she had high hopes for the recently discovered clay tablets that were being used by the children, she also couldn’t find any consistent between those tablets and the plague.
Considering the current state of affairs, the plague had certainly been ‘seized’.
However, Reina pressed a hand over her eyes first before looking up at Ethan again, who was now looking through the report.
“Huu… The patients are definitely getting better. At first, I scoured through many different medicinal herbs that might serve as a cure, but… Nothing has proven fruitful.”
“Clean cloth and distilled alcohol… How likely is it that disinfection through alcohol can cure the disease?”
“It can only prevent the disease from getting worse—it won’t be able to do anything when it has already spread.”
Right. How fortunate would it be if patients could heal by themselves without having to be aided with the right antibiotics. That was definitely something good, if possible.
However, with how things were going, things looked bleak. So, Reina was getting nervous.
“I’ll look around at the temple tomorrow.”
He called her name in a tone of reproach, insinuating his disapproval. But she shook her head, slightly grasping the fingertips of the worried Ethan.
“I have to go there personally this time.”
With the improvements with the plague day by day, Reina’s reputation was skyrocketing out of control. Thanks to this, there were many places she couldn’t go to anymore because of the possibility that she’d be cornered by the extreme fanatics.
But in the end, the winner was Reina, not Ethan.
“Ethan, I can’t possibly get a handle on things if all I have access to are secondhand reports.”
She gave her rebuttal in a soft voice, and at last, Ethan fell back. He swept a hand over his forehead.
“Haa… Fine. But promise me that you won’t ever stray from my side, Reina.”
“And you should be accompanied by House Chantra’s knights.”
“Just in case, you have to cover up everything except your eyes.”
“Yes, yes. I’ll do everything you say.”
“And before entering the temple, I’ll put a defensive barrier around you.”
Feeling rather uneasy, Ethan continued down a list of conditions. Eventually, Reina burst out laughing.
After telling her about more than twenty countermeasures, he stopped and looked at her seriously.
“Reina, this isn’t a laughing matter. Your safety is more important than anything else.”
“I know. But Ethan, you know it, right? Even if a hundred people rush at me, no one will be able to beat me.”
As a matter of fact, except for Ethan and the dragonfolk, there was no one who’d be able to touch Reina after she had manifested a ridiculous amount of divine power that’s comparable to the advent of a god.
“…Still, if you get even a very small wound, I won’t stand for it.”
Giggles bubbled at her lips again, but she pressed down on the urge to laugh. She clasped the anxious man’s hands tighter.
“You’ll be by my side, won’t you? You’ll protect me.”
At the hushed request, Ethan let out a small sigh. Then, he bowed his head and gently kissed the back of her hand.
His oath, as hot as his breath, touched her heart.
“How can I stop you like this. Then instead, I’ll put everything on the line for your sake.”
Right now, she really wasn’t alone anymore.
* * *
—Take Reina to the First Emperor.
While leaning back on the chair he was sitting in, Ethan tilted his head to the side as he heard the voice through the communication tool.
The wooden backrest was cool against the back of his neck and head, which was pleasing to him. However, rather than feeling relaxed, he just felt more tense.
“…So it’s to that extent.”
—No, it’s not just ‘that extent’. It’s worse.
It was a playful tone. As Ethan had his left hand over his eyes tiredly, it flinched slightly.
—Reina, that kid. She’s in quite a precarious state.
This sentence alone worsened the tension he was feeling, extending it to the air around him.
“The power of Bharan and the power of Chetrasiu cannot coexist in one vessel. But, there are exceptions.”
“In some ways, you can think of it as a simple problem. Hypothetically speaking, what would happen if you and Benedict were to fight?”
“The Empire will be destroyed within three hours.”
“What if Enoch will step in as well?”
If the fight were to become a three-way battle, they would have to consider two other combatants for a moment. But little by little, a war of attrition would occur.
“It’ll be long and boring, but the Empire would nonetheless be devastated in a way that it’s ruined, but it doesn’t look like that on the surface. Somehow or another, it’ll look like things are being maintained.”
“Therein lies the problem. Chetrasui’s power carries a different weight from Bharan’s power. To paint you a picture, should I say that’s it’s the difference between you and a lower-ranking official?”
There was also a hierarchy between the gods.
Chadarr was the primordial god and the god of the world. It was Chadarr who directly gave power to Utta, Megaro, and Bharan and were thus considered to be next in rank after Chadarr.
On the other hand, Chetrasiu and Shan were two such gods who used the power of those three gods to manage phenomena and were thus stationed below the three gods.
“Reina is a wielder of the poison arts who has abilities comparable to the first Chantra, so she must have a staggering amount of Bharan’s power. No matter how strongly Chetrasiu’s power has manifested in such a child, it would not be able to defeat Bharan’s power, yes?”
So, going by Tria’s line of logic, there should be other divine powers existing within Reina to keep Bharan’s power in check.
“Amongst what’s available, if it’s power that should be strong enough to keep a poison wielder at bay… Utta would be the most reliable.”
And as expected, Reina had Utta’s divine power. It was like a river within her.
But the question was this.
“But Shan’s divine power and Megaro’s magical power… She told me that she also has them.”
He wasn’t sure about this. Was the power of Megaro that she had to the level of magical power?
With the power of Utta that’s considered as strong as the advent of the god, and with the power of Chetrasiu that’s stronger than what even Ethan had, Reina herself had not been aware about all this. She simply underrated it all as ‘magical power’.
And surely, Megaro was also within her, even if the god’s divine power had the smallest presence for now.
The war was thought to be just a three-way battle, but in the end, it’s highly likely that it would be a battle between five gods.
—Ethan, it’s not exactly the same case as Reina, but… There’s someone else who went through a similar situation. You know that.
As Benedict’s voice pulled him out of his reverie, Ethan sat back again.
“That means… Reina might also fall into hibernation.”
—It’s still uncertain as of now.
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