Time-Limited Saintess, You've Been Caught by the Tyrant Once Again - Chapter 42
“I know you’re just giving this to me to make me feel better.”
Ellin complained, not in a sulking manner but in a slightly annoyed way. Since she was being unfairly driven away anyway, she didn’t want to put anyone’s mind at ease. Even if it seemed like a tantrum, she didn’t care. It didn’t really matter much anymore whether, in Maynard’s memories, she was remembered as an innocent saint or a rude commoner.
After all, this was the last time. All her connections to the temple had been severed by now.
“I know you’re angry right now, but I will uncover the truth.”
“Then, why do I have to leave?”
“Why aren’t you stepping up to defend me?”
“That’s for your sake. For both the Saint and yourself…”
“How is it for my sake when no one believes in me? Rather, just say it outright that if you deny the accusations raised by the Saint, her honor will be tarnished.”
Even though she wanted to shout out in frustration, this was all she could do. Suppressing her choked-up emotions, Ellin turned around and walked away.
“What’s that on your head? Did you get hurt?”
Ignoring Maynard’s words, she continued walking.
Having left the great temple, she looked back at it. Once again, she realized that, buried in memories of the past and engulfed in glory, she had sought the wrong path. She shouldn’t have cared whether they brought a fake saint or not.
“That’s right. She’ll die when the time comes, so I don’t have to worry.”
It wasn’t like she wouldn’t die. In the first place, it was wrong for her, who wasn’t a saint, to have come to the temple. When the day of prophecy arrived, she would once again cast herself.
That was how the real saint left the temple, leaving her past behind.
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The Great Temple was located in the capital city of Nicaea. It took Elena a considerable amount of time to travel from the Grand Temple to the bustling streets.
Since there were no carriages, she had no choice but to walk.
By the time she arrived in the capital city, her feet were covered in blisters and a mess. She recognized the carriage that would take her to the area where the inn she had worked at was located. However, while it was relatively easy to come to the capital, it was difficult to return there again from the capital. If she wanted to go, she had no choice but to wait for a crowd to gather and then go.
Ellin started walking towards a deserted alley to find a cheap place to stay. At that moment, a water droplet fell right onto her nose from the sky.
Looking up at the sky, she saw clouds covering it.
…Could it be that God was grumpy that she was leaving the temple? Raindrops began to fall from the sky.
‘Seems like luck really isn’t on my side.’
She chuckled bitterly as she stood in the rain.
As the raindrops gradually grew stronger, water began to touch her blistered feet, and it started to sting. She eventually came to a stop as her shoelaces dangled loosely. In the meanwhile, as people were running to escape the rain, Ellin stared blankly at the scene for a moment before biting her lip. Only then did tears begin to well up in her eyes.
She thought she could adjust to the changed relationship. After all, she had walked into the fire, suppressing her emotions. But even after she was given a new life, her heart still ached and she felt wounded.
It was too selfish.
It was the path she chose so that no one would die. No, that might be an excuse. It brought her joy living as a free person without any obligations as a saint. However, to gain something… there must be something lost.
…The respect of the priests, Maynard’s admiration, Erich’s unconditional affection.
She couldn’t accept that she had to lose those things, and with her anger and sadness like this, there was still a long way to go. It felt like something uncomfortable had lingered in her head a while ago, but now, it was as if that sensation had washed away vigorously.
‘God, I’m not the one crying. It’s the sky that’s crying.’
Ellin burst into tears, hoping over and over again that God wouldn’t know of her selfish heart.
‘…I’ll never go back to the temple again. Our worlds are different now.’
Despite saying she would discard it all, when it came time for her to actually throw them away, her heart felt empty. Every human relationship Elena had made was tied to the temple’s connections… how could her heart not feel empty?
‘Just trust me a little and treat me with a little kindness. Even if you don’t know me or can’t remember me… I still love you with all my heart.’
She was really glad that they were all alive. To be able to meet them all…
‘God, is this a punishment you’ve decreed for me?’
…Still, he could grant her a little mercy. Even if it weren’t in this form, they could have parted ways naturally regardless.
As her body shook with sobs, the rain washed her feverish face and plastered strands of hair against her face. With the color drained from her face, she ended up sobbing for a long time, looking down at the ground.
“You look so pathetic that it’s impossible to let it slide.”
Ellin raised her head in surprise at the sudden voice.
In her tear-blurred vision, she saw the legs of a man wearing boots, standing there as she had lowered her head while crying.
As she lifted her head and opened her eyes wide, wet black hair came into view.
“Why are you here…”
A young man with red pupils stood in front of her. Behind him, a sliver of sunlight briefly peeked through before disappearing.
The man who was said to be cursed by God was looking at her, with sunlight streaming behind him as if he were a blessing from God.
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