The Monster Duke Mistook Me for His Wife (Web Novel) - Chapter 2
By usual, being a possessor, I died and was reborn into the world of the book.
My cause of death was cerebral hemorrhage. I stepped on the soap in the bathroom, I slipped and got hit on the head, just like that I said goodbye to the world.
I was unlucky and until the moment I died, I was still unlucky.
And misfortune has followed me until this life.
My first misfortune was to open my eyes to the world of the novel [Saint, Aina].
The novel [Saint, Aina] begins with a woman appearing in an era of chaos, a world disturbed by evil.
That woman named Aina, a Saint who inherited the power of God.
And there are three male lead characters who are protecting her side.
The crown prince who will become a Holy army in the future, Cassis.
The youngest and genius owner of the magic tower, Shuman.
Aina’s old childhood friend and the vice leader of the Holy Knight, Fabian.
[Saint, Aina] gets the love and loved by the three men and protecting the world from evil, was a romantic fantasy novel.
So, up until here it is such a happy story. Anyone can tell it is a happy ending, right? Who says it’s a misfortune?
The bright and warm atmosphere changes rapidly as the story reaches the second half.
The enemy who became strong tested Aina and destroyed the world, so, Aina sacrificed her life for the world she loves.
‘It was a noble sacrifice.’
But that wasn’t the point. If the main character is dead, then the rest of the people wouldn’t be safe.
All dead. Main character, supporting character, even extra.
You and me, everybody, is the Jordan River* ending.
*It is said as a river that is crossed after death. So, the person who crosses Jordan River is Death person.
Do you get it now? This novel is the worst for possessing.
And as if to prove it, I possessed an extra who got that Jordan River free pass.
My name is Lia Delice.
An apprentice priest for the Temple of Nathaniel in charge of the south of Rohaim Empire.
I, whose name wasn’t even mentioned in the original story, by the time will become dust and disappear, right?
‘Should I feel fortunate possessing before the original story begins. As I have time to mess up the story.’
And for a while, with that bitterness story, I frowned at the sight I had seen through the window.
A priest was given a big pocket of money by someone who looked like a noble.
“Oh again, isn’t he taking the bribe again?”
I opened my eyes wide to the scene of corruption that takes place in front of me.
‘It’s rotten. This temple has rotten from the roots.’
Corruption, sexual harassment, assault.
In the era of chaos, when everything was in a mess, the first thing that collapsed was the temple.
‘Let’s run away. There’s no answer here.’
Oh, you can just quit the priesthood. Why run away?
I thought that would work. Until it gets rejected.
I had more divine power than others, because of that no matter how much my divine power was getting used, there was no limit for that.
Knowing this speciality, the temple can never let me go.
‘Like killing the goose that lays the golden eggs*. The divine powers can be picked out, just by the touch.’
*To get rid of something that is profitable to you
As human greed is endless. They will likely cut my belly someday.
Looking for a chance to escape, I ran away at the time when the moon was covered by the clouds.
Quietly and secretly along the path that I have memorized in advance.
By avoiding other’s eyes, I quietly opened the safe door where the rare things were collected.
Originally it was a place with thorough security, but as it is a rotten temple, the security was poor.
‘If it is going to be like this, I will succeed easily.’
…As soon as I think like that, things happen.
The holy object that I accidentally touched plummeted to the floor. I quickly threw myself and managed to receive the holy object but it was already blown up.
With a bright light a holy creature awakened and flew up with all its might.
“It is nice to meet you. My name is Nathan. Are you the one who woke me up?”
A holy creature who introduced itself as Nathan is in the form of an owl.
The one and only holy creature in the Temple of Nathaniel.
‘I’m screwed, I totally touched the wrong thing.’
The extra woke up the holy creature?
With my n-years rofan experience. I feel the strong hunch.
I feel anxious that the extra might get the role more than the extra.
The temple that was rotten from the roots had poor security, so the night escaping plan is still under control.
“Contractor, where are you going in such a hurry?”
The problem is, the holy creature who is following me.
Nathan, who introduced himself as the guardian of ‘Lia Delice’ hanging on my shoulder and didn’t leave me.
For the reason, since I woke it up, I’ll be its owner and take responsibility for it.
For an extra who is not even the main character I couldn’t understand why there was a guardian. But first of all, this thing that is in front of my eyes must come first.
Can’t believe it, I unintentionally become a holy creature kidnapper. I really freaked out.
If I go back now and return the holy creature?
I would avoid being a criminal, but there was a high possibility that I would never come out from the temple again.
“Yeah, let’s just live as criminals.”
I turned my back without regret.
‘One life is enough to live being used like a pushover.’
In this life I will live as I please. I’m going to be faithful to my desires and live freely.
“Let’s show the dirty desires hidden inside of me.”
Sacrificing, senses of duty, senses of justice? All, get lost. I’ll just live without any hardships.
For that, divine power shouldn’t be used. And Nathan’s existence can’t be discovered.
After much consideration, I settled in Wilhelm, a village at the end of the border with Nathan.
So we can run away across the border at any time.
If it goes as planned, we will be able to leave the empire before the original story begins.
While I was thinking about the next escape plan, at that time.
The second misfortune has come.
The misfortune name is Dillian Sinaize.
With an angel-like face but not that good personality, the mastermind.
“Lia, let’s just sleep.”
I looked up at Nathan’s words.
My neck, which has been bent for a long time, was stiff and my legs were numb.
“With that, God will listen to your prayers.”
“I hope so.”
Now I have no choice but to leave it to heaven.
I led my throbbing body to the room where Dillian is asleep.
There’s no one as innocent as a lamb. I murmured while looking at his smooth face.
“I didn’t know if the divine power would work.”
When I remembered the situation at the time, my eyes frowned.
Dillian fainted after being attacked by me, but the curse never stopped.
The curse which I thought would stop, run wild, and eat up the life around him.
If I leave him like this, I will likely be eaten too, such a thought passed by at the moment.
What the curse wants is a life force. And divine power is a kind of life force.
By deciding to gamble with my life, I held Dillian’s hand and transferred my divine power.
Fortunately my choices were right.
The curse which absorbed my divine power to the fullest, soon became stable.
“If I knew I had been able to calm him down with my divine power, I would have treated him immediately.”
If I had, this terrible situation wouldn’t happen.
“Lia, don’t stay too close to this guy.”
Said Nathan with a scary face while looking down at Dillian.
“What’s curse is this, do you know it?”
“An ancient curse. A very old curse.”
Nathan seems to know well about this curse.
“An ancient curse? How long has it been?”
“Likely a thousand years old.”
“A thousand years?!”
“A thousand years curse, it is difficult even for a hundred years curse. But what does it mean to be a thousand years curse!”
‘This is why, even Aina can’t solve the curse either!’
No matter how saintly a Saint was, it must have been difficult to solve a thousand years old curse.
“Nathan. Can the curse be lifted?”
“There’s nothing. Usually this kind of curse has a clear condition, this is not something l can do.”
As expected, I need to leave the empire asap.
“This guy seems empty on the inside. With this emptiness, he keeps on wanting something.”
Nathan tapped Dillian’s chest with its wings.
“He is a man who is not good to get close. Let’s send him home as soon as he wakes up.”
As Nathan said.
Dillian was cursed from the moment he was born.
Why, for what reason he was cursed, no one knows.
The traces of the curse with black thorns embedded in the chest.
As the thorns grow bigger, Dillian will slowly feel more hungry.
With a hungry stomach. So, the stomach needs to be filled.
Not like us who eat food when hungry, Dillian eats life force when he feels hungry.
‘The problem is, he doesn’t know what is in the middle.’
As a child, Dillian didn’t know how to control the curse and just ate up the life of what was alive.
Plants, beasts, humans, everything.
When he was able to control his curse, he had already eaten his parents.
‘I almost got eaten like that too.’
My face got heated up when I thought of the moment Dillian who was approaching me with a drowsy face.
Nathan freaked out, flew in, and knocked me on the cheek.
“No! Just because he is a handsome guy you like so much, absolutely not!”
“It’s true that he is handsome… but to be attracted to the one who tried to kill me is…”
‘But yeah he is still really handsome.’
If I just leave to look at the face, it was my perfect ideal type.
With just looking at the face. By separating the body and the head, in the blink of an eye, you will see a miracle.
The sleeping face looks like an angel, but the flesh was a fierce beast.
On the small noise, my consciousness which became distant, gradually rose to the surface.
‘…Since when did I fall asleep?’
Is it because I used too much divine power? I fell asleep in the chair while looking at Dillian.
I released a small noise as I stretched my body, swallowing breath when I encountered those red eyes.
I almost screamed. The protagonist of the gaze is Dillian, who tried to eat me up last night.
‘When did he wake up?’
Eyes whose depth was unknown slowly swept my face. By his persistent gaze, my saliva became dried.
Dillian just looked at me silently.
Please say something. And the suffocating time continued.
At the moment, I felt like I was going to die. Then Dillian’s red lips gradually opened.
“Who are you?”
“Where is this?”
Dillian’s voice became frighteningly low.
“Who am I?”
A light of confusion came from Dillian’s eyes.