Chapter 7: What We Want
Yulin draped another cloth over my head and dragged me out of the office (presumably).
I was led to a lavish guest room.
“This room will be used by the Shrine Maiden.”
It was most likely more luxurious than the rooms at Astoria Castle, the human kingdom where I was treated as the Saint.
Yulin removed the cloth that had been covering my hair and apologized.
“I’m sorry, but we have to keep the Shrine Maiden a secret until the war is over—cover your hair with a cloth when you leave the room; you will have a caretaker, but only one; and when the war is over, you’ll be free to go.”
“…? Will using the fact that the Saint defected to the demon side discourage the humans?”
Yulin laughed, as if my reservations were written on my face.
“You know, Shrine Maiden, you keep using the word ‘using’. We’re not going to use you, especially my brother… and I hope you’ll grow to like him. and… Your will is your own.”
Yulin then said he would bring my caretaker and left.
“My own free will…”
In the human land of Astoria, I’ve never heard these words. I came to Crystalia to avoid becoming a puppet and being killed as a result, but I didn’t expect to hear those words.
For some reason, I feel a little like crying and rubbing my eyes.
“When the war is over,” Yulin said. The demons have the upper hand right now, but in a year… the true Saint will emerge.
The Saint will lead the humans to victory with her overwhelming power.
If I want to stay on the side of the demons, I need to make my presence known. But…
I was only in Astoria for a short time in this life, but I was there for a year in my previous life. Garen is also present in Astoria. Even though I was nearly killed in the end, it’s a place I feel a connection to.
Is it acceptable to betray that country?
All I want is to live freely without causing harm to anyone.
A discreet knock at the door interrupts my struggle. Yulin must have returned with my caretaker.
I quickly responded and invited them in.
“This is Sarah, your caretaker.”
Sarah is a young girl with brunette eyes and green hair. She had a lovely smile.
“Nice to meet you, Shrine Maiden—my name is Sarah.”
“My name is Mika, and I’m glad to meet you.”
“I was asked not to use the term Shrine Maiden. May I address you by your given name? “
Sarah smiled happily and called my name after I nodded. Only it sounded like “Myca” rather than “Mika.” After several repetitions, it finally sounded like Miika, who is closer to Mika.
“I look forward to working with you, Mika-sama.”
“It’s a pleasure to meet you.”
When I called her Sarah-san, she said it was fine to call her Sarah, so I’ll call her Sarah from now on.
“I see we’re done with greetings; please excuse me.”
Yulin then walked away.
──What should we do next?