Chapter 00 – O [Prologue]
The cold winter that made all the trees shed their leaves is about to pass away. The flowers are blooming and the trees are bustling once again. The birds fly out of their nests and begin chirping, as if greeting the coming of spring.
I cast my eyes out of the window, embracing the clear blue sky. Spring was supposed to be a significant season. It is believed to mark the beginning of new season cycle and, most importantly, new life. However, this year’s spring did not exactly mark a joyful beginning of the year for me. While listening to the songs sung by the birds helped ease my mind, the anxiety and pain in my heart is still too apparent to ignore.
I turn towards the gentle voice calling to me. The owner of the voice, a handsome young man with gleaming eyes and a militant body, walks toward me and kneels down next to my mat.
“So how long will you be gone?” I asked.
“…I can’t tell,” the young man said, gently brushing my long dark hair, “The northern tribe will probably not stop until they get their hands on our coal mines. We have to keep fending them off until our supplies are safe.”
Faram has always been a virtuous man.
He is kind to everyone.
He is honest to his lover.
And he is also very loyal to his country.
“But do they really have to send you? Can’t they send other soldiers instead?” I asked.
“We don’t have enough men. Among our populations, there are very few men who can raise their swords. As a citizen of this country, I have to protect my home,” Faram said.
“These people will never stop fighting anyway. So what is the reason to retaliate?” I asked, “Please, Faram. Let’s just run away. Run from this chaos. Run from the fight and struggle. Let’s live together just the two of us…”
“Oh Reisa my dear… You don’t know how wonderful that would be.” He strokes my hair again. “But I cannot do that. How would I be able to face everyone? I would be labeled a coward for running away.”
“Please Reisa. Once this battle is over, I will return and propose you rightfully as my wife. Will you wait for me?”
The young man looks straight into my eyes. His eyes are ones burning with passion and valor. He is more than determined to keep his promise.
I gave him a smile. But it was a forced one. I could not give him a genuine honest smile knowing that he is about to enter the battlefield where death looms at every corner.
But even so, the young man presses his lips gently on mine. I believe it was meant to be a boost of morale for him, but to me, it felt too much like a kiss of goodbye.
“I love you, my goddess,” Faram whispered those words to my ears before moving for the door, picking up his sword along the way.
“…I’ll wait for you…” I said.
“And I’ll be back.” He replied with a confident smile and leaves the house.
…But in the end he never returned…
The life of a kind man most precious to me…
…taken away by the hands of those stupid greedy arrogant mortals…
They will pay…
I will make them pay…
They want energy…Then I will feed them until they die…
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