I had a flashback to the events of that underground lake and fear took over my body.
I panicked and almost screamed.
“Don’t be silly. There’s no way I’m going to agree to that!”
Shiva’s voice brought me back to myself.
(Yes, I’m not alone now. Shiva and Garon are here. I have a family by my side to protect me.
It’s going to be okay. It’s going to be all right.”
I took a deep breath to calm myself down and listened to them.
“….give me the dead body, he said. The man’s obsession with his prey, Miho, is extraordinary.”
“That condition made the Demon King angry. It was so bad that it had repercussions on us as well.”
“But it’s all for nought if that scoundrel is dead.”
“Even if I tortured him to make him tell me where the children are, he refused to budge, saying that he has the right to do what he wants with them because they are his prey. Finally, he even swore an oath to the goddess”
“He swore to reveal where the children where if I handed over Miho?”
“As you know an oath to the Goddess can’t be broken”
“If you broke it, you would be killed by your own words as punishment.”
“So the demon king decided to accept the man’s condition.”
“…That’s right. Although Miho is under the protection of the Demon King, she is still human. It was concluded that priority is to be given to the demon’s children and sheltered.”
My hopes were suddenly shattered.
Of course, it was to be expected. Innocent children were being sacrificed.
If I were in his shoes, I would make the same decision.
“I’m really sorry. If I hadn’t invited you to my home, none of this would have happened.”
“I don’t know how to apologize to Miho or Garon.”
I heard Morris apologize to Shiva.
Shiva did not answer. He had nothing to say
I know, I know, I know that with his position as an executive, he would not be able to challenge this decision.
But he must be thinking hard about how to protect me.
I’ve learned over the course of the day that Shiva and Garon see me as part of their family and care for me. In the worst-case scenario, they might try to run away with me.
But if that happened, neither of us would get away with it.
They would be branded as traitors and hunted for life.
I don’t want them, my beloved, to have to suffer such a painful experience.
Besides, I understand the painful feelings of parents who have lost their children suddenly.
They must spend their days in anxiety, looking for their children every day, praying for their safety.
On that day when I was ready to die, I miraculously survived by meeting Garon.
Their kindness has kept me alive to this day.
I was going to die alone in that subterranean lake anyway. As much as it pains me to have to follow that man’s wishes, if my life couldsave those children, then it’s worth it.
I was determined. As I was leaving the room, I was stopped by Garon. He must have heard me.
“I don’t want to,” he said. “I don’t want to let Miho go. You just got better…”
And when I saw him with tears in his eyes, I suddenly had a flash of inspiration.
The answer was Garon. He held the key to my fate.
“Garon, don’t cry, it’s okay. Shiva and Garon are here with me, I’m not afraid”
I hugged Garon tightly.
“Believe me. I’ll believe in you too. You’re my hope.”
When I said that and shared my plan, Garon said, “I’ll take care of it! And thumped his chest.
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“Don’t apologize, Mr Morris. It’s not your fault.”
Shiva looked back in surprise.
“I won’t forgive anyone who makes children cry for their own desires. I won’t let him do as he pleases”
I decided to take the greatest gamble of a lifetime.
TN: Goodmorning, or Afternoon. Slept too long. Anyway, enjoy it… Btw I added a Ko-fi donation thingy. Don’t worry, not gonna lock chapters behind donations, still gonna proceed at this rate. Just thought it would be nice to have extra money for data since I use my phone as a hotspot. No pressure though <3
1 more chapter of this for the day. that’ll be in a little while tho.