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Volume 1: Chapter 11
When I heard about Lady Sion from a woman who claimed to be a maid of the Bernard family, I immediately left the library and headed for the mansion. I locked the door properly.
I wrapped my body in lightning, raised my bodily functions, and ran through the city at full speed with my legs.
I was careless.
I had forgotten the possibility that a curse could kill a person. I want to punch myself in the face for unconsciously believing that she was fine when I saw how energetic she usually is!
"That right there!"
As instructed by the maid who came to the library, I turned the corner to the right.
There are so many turns to get to the Duke's mansion, it's really annoying. Please don't make me slow down unnecessarily when I'm in a hurry.
As I was inwardly complaining about the structure of the city in my mind, the maid suddenly asked me.
"Oh, um, am I not too heavy?"
"No, not at all. No, not at all. You're rather light."
I replied to the maid, who looked worried as I carried her, and ran down the straight line, spraying purple lightning.
My hair might be ruined, but I hope you can bear with that. It's your master's most important matter, you know.
"I never thought I'd be carried around in a princess carry."
"No, I can't leave you behind."
I've been using lightning to boost my physical functions. I'm not sure if anyone could possibly be able to keep up with the speed of my enhanced leg strength. But I can't bear to leave her behind, so I'm running like this, holding her in my arms and asking her to guide the way. By the way, the maid is about the same age as me, and she is a lovely young lady with brown hair. I guess this is what it means to be useful. I don't have time to talk about it, though.
Then, I saw a large building. That's probably it.
"The entrance to the mansion is to turn left there, then right at the second corner, and then right at the sixth corner..."
"I'll spare you that time, so please close your mouth. Don't bite your tongue!"
"What? Oh, my God!"
There are so many turns that it's annoying, so I'm going to take a short cut.
I took a big jump forward, and as I landed, a huge purple light discharged, and I stepped in and leaped. I jumped over the buildings that were lined up in front of the mansion and landed in the courtyard of the mansion with the fountain. Sliding on the cobblestones, I slowed down and asked the maid who was rolling her eyes to guide me.
"Come on, let's go to Lady Sion's room."
"M, you're too reckless.... This way."
The maid, who quickly regained her senses, led me into the mansion.
The servants who passed by were stunned by my sudden appearance in the mansion, but they must have judged that I was a guest because I was running with a familiar maid. No one said anything to me. Thank God. If the knights of the mansion were to point their spears at me here, I'd have no choice but to kick them away.
We climbed the stairs of the mansion and stopped in front of a room on the second floor.
The door was decorated with a crown of flowers, suggesting that it was a girl's room.
Then, from inside, we heard several impatient voices.
"Sir! I've brought Mr Serel!"
The maid called out loudly and knocked at the same time, and they immediately answered, "Come in!". I hurriedly went inside, and found Lady Sion on the bed, looking very weak. She was breathing hard, and the Duke, who was sitting nearby, was holding her weak hand. The expression on his face was grief itself.
It's no wonder, seeing his beloved daughter in such pain.
I immediately rushed to the Duke's side.
At that time, the person who seemed to be the assistant who was beside him tried to stop me, but was stopped by the butler who was beside him. Thank God.
"I've heard that Lady Sion's condition has suddenly changed... and this is a bad situation.
"Mr Serel.... do you know what kind of condition my daughter is in?"
"It's not yet confirmed, but..."
"I don't care. Let's hear it."
I put my finger on my collarbone and explained so that everyone could hear.
"The bruise that appeared on Lady Xion's collarbone was not natural. It is the result of a curse spell that was imprinted on her by someone or something."
I heard someone gasp.
Well, I can't say I'm surprised. The daughter of a noble family, a duke even, has been cursed by someone with dark magic, a magic that is forbidden. And as far as I can see....
"In my opinion, there was no change in her physical condition until now, so I thought it was just a matter of reducing the ability of her magical organs. However, looking at Sion's current condition, it is obvious that it is absorbing her life force itself. It must be a particularly vicious form of curse magic, one that causes the target to die of weakness. I'm sorry. The only thing I could do was to determine the cause."
"Is that one of those at...?" [TL: idk what he means here]
The duke's voice trembled with anger as he glared at the witch doctor as if to kill him.
"If this is the case, my daughter... will Sion die?
The witch doctor, who was standing next to the bed with his eyes downcast, fell silent.
It was an unspoken affirmation. As long as the magician could not be identified and the power was manifested to this extent, it would be inevitable.
When the Duke confirmed this, he clenched his teeth fiercely and fell on his face.
"How can I lift the curse?"
"The only two ways to break the curse are to break the magic of the curse mark that is in effect, or to find and kill the magician. These are the two ways to break a curse spell."
"The former is out of the question, but finding the sorcerer, huh? . How long do you thin Sion's life is going to last?"
The doctor immediately takes Sion's pulse and activates a check-up spell.
After a minute or so had passed, the magician shook his head regretfully.
"I'm afraid she won't last another day."
A day, huh?
It's impossible to find the magician in such a short time. It's unrealistic.
A Curse is a magic that is impossible to trace once it has been cast on a target. Therefore, it will inevitably take some time to identify them. One month at the earliest, perhaps. Of course, there is no time left for that.
The duke's regretful murmur echoed in the air.
"Why should my daughter have to go through this...? How is it that this child, who is adored by her people and is more compassionate and gentle than everyone, is..."
He is not the dignified duke he used to be.
At the moment he's not a dignified duke, but a father who feels remorse for not being able to protect his beloved daughter.
He is right in front of her, he can hold her hand, but he can't help her.
His heart must be filled with frustration, regret, and sadness.
At the same time, he is angry at the thing that put his daughter through this.
The butler in the corner put his hand on the shoulder of the drooping Lord and rubbed it as if to comfort him.
The air in the room was heavy with righteous anguish. The only daughter of the head of the house is in the midst of suffering at this very moment, deprived of her life force.
The air never got lighter, and if Lady Sion were to pass away, it would become even more grim.
In the midst of all this, I saw the magic doctor begin to clean up the tools on his desk.
I couldn't help but call out to him.
"What are you doing, doctor?"
"I'm sorry, but curses are not my area of expertise. There's nothing more I can do. I'm sorry I can't be of more help to you, Duke."
The Duke only nodded once to the magician who bowed deeply.
You can see that he has completely lost his energy.
Normally, no one would complain if he left like this. It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.
"I don't want you to leave yet."
All eyes were on me as I started to say this.
Oh, now that I've said it, I can't really go back.
But I have no choice but to do it, don't I? I'm the only one who can do anything about it, and more importantly... I can't allow a child with a future to die here, or accept the consequences without doing anything about it.
"Duke, would you mind stepping away for a moment?"
"What are you going to do?"
The Duke asked what I was going to do.
I asked the butler to step back as he looked at me with suspicion, and standing beside the anguished Lady Sion, I removed my hat and glasses.
My hands were covered with a faint purple light.
"If the doctor can't do it, I guess I'll have to do it. I'm not rotten enough as a person to abandon Lady Sion here. We're going to have to resort to strong-arm tactics."