Villainous Husband, the One You’re Obsessed With Is Over There - Chapter 145
Eden mentioned that it was only a matter of time before we reached the Temple of Tunia.
It was seventeen days after leaving Countess Tocino’s estate. Snow suddenly began falling from the clear sky. In the next moment, thick clouds frighteningly covered the sky, making it eerily overcast.
“The snow falling this time must be ‘it’.”
As I spoke, Eden nodded in agreement before we urged our horses on. I pondered to myself as I rode that we had truly arrived at the perfect time.
At that time, Eden, who was riding side by side, shouted.
“The Emperor will return soon, right?”
My intuition whispered again.
‘They will think it will stop.’
I shouted loudly towards him, piercing through the sound of hooves.
Somehow, my ears were deafening.
“The Emperor will only return in an almost uncontrollable situation! He must have thought the snow would stop by now!”
“Are you saying that because you know that Emperor well?”
Eden’s shout sounded distant as if coming from far away.
“No, it’s my ‘intuition’!”
Seemingly understanding what I meant, he rode ahead. The horse, worn out from the long journey, couldn’t pick up speed no matter how hard I urged it. Still, it didn’t matter. Before the snow piled up too much, we just needed to make it to a small village.
The snow fell heavily as if wanting to completely bury me from this world, turning everything white. In an instant, small and cozy patches of ice formed over my head and shoulders. While a few snowflakes melted upon touching my body, the ones that followed kept falling in the same spot, pressing me down with the weight of fallen comrades and holding each other’s hands.
I couldn’t feel my hands.
The sun was already setting when Eden and I arrived at the small village near the Temple of Tunia. Visitors were a rare occurrence in this place, so upon hearing the sound of hooves, the villagers raised their heads and looked our way, curious about the commotion.
As the horses trotted along with a white puff of breath, we stopped in the middle of the village. A middle-aged woman, likely the village chief, approached Eden and me. It seemed that she recognized Eden, perhaps unsurprisingly. Since the Temple of Tunia was relatively humble, they would call upon the paladins when anyone needed extra help, so it made sense.
As the village chief’s gaze now turned towards me, I looked back at her with a face that was completely red from the cold.
“Who is this person?”
Eden responded shortly.
Seeing him getting off his horse, I quickly did the same.
He spoke calmly and calculatedly, as always.
“I’ll give you two horses. Will you exchange them for a warm meal, winter clothing, and snowshoes?”
I gripped the hem of the dress tightly.
They certainly wouldn’t be at a loss in this deal.
While Eden negotiated with the village chief, I gazed in the direction of the temple. Even though it wasn’t clearly visible yet, it was definitely there.
My mouth felt dry, perhaps because I hadn’t had any water to drink for a whole day.
Eventually, Eden and I were treated to a meal at the village chief’s house. It was rustic and rough, but we devoured it quickly. Although our journey had been relatively smooth, it didn’t mean we hadn’t faced challenges.
After the meal, we put on warm clothes and shoes and resumed our journey.
The village chief bid me farewell, unaware that I was the Empress of Actilus. It seemed she couldn’t recognize me from the brief encounter we had before
From then on, the snow would begin to accumulate at an alarming rate, so there was no time to waste. Despite the fact that we rushed, it wasn’t just the horses that were exhausted. It had taken its toll on us as well. Despite teetering on the edge of collapse from fatigue, we had given away the horses in exchange for food to regain our strength. Nevertheless, drowsiness ensnared us after we had filled our stomachs… but falling asleep in this place was tantamount to courting death.
Dragging my leaden feet, I suddenly felt Eden grab my arm.
I looked at him.
With a bright red nose, he had taken hold of my hand and pulled me along.
A strange sense of kinship overcame me. It was a sensation I had never experienced before since I felt uncomfortable with his personality. Holding hands with Eden, I walked through the blizzard.
In an instant, the snow covered my feet and climbed up to my calves. Had I not worn snowshoes, my shoes would’ve been a complete mess of snow inside. As the sun had long disappeared beyond the horizon, in the distance, I spotted the light emanating from the temple, piercing through the darkness. That was the only light we could see.
My vision grew blurry.
‘…D*mn it, we are so close.’
No, although we were almost there, there were still mountains of things to do…
As I staggered, Eden held me tightly, preventing me from falling.
“We’ve arrived. We’re almost there…”
I knew it, too.
At that moment, I was unconditionally convinced that we would safely reach the temple. I was certain that they would have no choice but to treat me with utmost care. It was true that ‘intuition’ had helped me so much on this journey up to this point, but it was certainly different now. Something… felt different.
I moved forward, making sounds like animal cries.
Even though I didn’t see the distant light, Eden would probably be looking at it. Holding my hand and leading me, he would find the way and all I needed to do was take one step at a time.
As I told myself that, I focused my entire being on the tips of my feet.
‘Right foot, left foot. Then, right foot again…’
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