Chapter 25 : Regret of The High Priest[High Priest Side I]
Marielle had left my office.
Geez, her intuition was as sharp as ever. Though I think that my behavior and appearance just now was extremely suspicious as well. Thankfully, I managed to smooth it over–at least on the surface– not allowing any slip ups in front of her.
I couldn’t show her my inner turmoil.
As I was left alone in the room, I fell prostrated, on the top of my desk.
Lefiya was mistaken for Marielle huh.
Sure, I’d led Marielle into thinking of such a situation. And it saved me a lot of trouble since that girl borrowed my excuse. However, it’s far better than her noticing some sort of abnormalities in that statement.
As for me, I’m considering the other possibilities in that statement.
I’m really glad that girl didn’t notice those other possibilities.
The slight discomfort that I felt when I had just received that report transformed into a conviction as I read even further into that report.
I…might have picked up a wrong Saint of Revelation.
Not good. It’s such a shitty mess. Such a horrifying mess.
This was a scandal that had never before happened in history. Mistaking the oracle’s bestowed words, such a thing was something that was absolutely unforgivable.
However, I’m not even concerned about such things. If I were a regional priest who had made such a huge mistake, then I’d have been worried. But, to my fortune, I’m already the high priest. That’s why there’s no need for me to worry about that. The worst thing was not that.
Rather, it’s more about that girl. Marielle.
If it turned out that we had made a wrong interpretation of the oracle’s words.
Wouldn’t it be an extremely cruel news for that girl?
Despite being suddenly brought along to the temple as the Saint of Revelation, she did her best in her training,while also facing those unreasonable and selfish expectations these 12 years.
And, though she’s hailed as the true Saint of Revelation by now, it didn’t mean that the journey toward her current reputation was smooth sailing.
To suddenly be told that she’s not the true Saint of Revelation after all those efforts and times…
Don’t mention her, even I would feel pained. Especially since it’s I who had always been watching over and protecting her by her side. Thus, I knew better than anyone else that she bites her lip so she wouldn’t cry when she’s alone, and the fact that she is more devoted than anyone else to her training.
Knowing all these, which devil could say such a cruel truth to that kind girl?
“You’re not the Saint of Revelation; these past 12 years, we brought in the wrong girl all along.”
Like hell I could say that to her. F^^CK!
Besides, that girl wasn’t the one at fault. She’s not a bad girl either.
I mean, she has long since surpassed her predecessor after all..
She’s a kind and gentle girl who is more diligent than anyone, yet kinder as well. And on top of that, she’s the one who’s empathy to her surroundings.
Her friendly and open-hearted nature, along with her impartial treatment even toward those who are born with bodily defects, have made her an extremely popular figure within the populace. Even with regard to the Holy Magic, she is the best user of Holy Magic in this temple.
And even if no one said it out loud, we knew that she has long since surpassed her predecessor saint.
It’s because she does her best. And the result of her continued effort has shown in her being acknowledged as a saint.
Ah right. Calm down. Calm down.
It has yet to be decided.
I took out the additional result of the investigation again.
It’s an in depth investigation regarding the testimonies of the people around and the appearance of the kidnapped girl. The investigations were summed into this one report.
According to it, everyone–and by this it means that every person who has met her– sang praise of her beauty. Further, according to the report, the person who had provided the testimony, the kidnapped girl’s mother, hesitated a little, muttering to herself while looking at the far distant sky with a gentle look on her face.
It looked as if she had despaired when she thought of her kidnapped daughter. She continued saying that her daughter’s as lively as usual and that her daughter’s an extremely positive girl. To sum up her mutters, it was all about how the girl was a lively and honest girl, and everyone else in the village backed up her words. They all basically praised her to be beautiful but obstinate, obliging but lively, and an open-hearted person who’s caring and never discriminated against anyone. An extremely positive person.
THE HECK IS THIS! ? .
She is just too perfect.
A perfect superhuman.
If this were true, she’s basically a natural born saint!
No doubt about it, she was supposed to be a saint! !
Besides those facts, there’s also a point that I noticed amongst the report. That one passage saved me from breaking down was the statement that came from the oldest person in that village.
Though that person have a slightly bad hearing due to age, the vigorous elder seems to be treated like a walking dictionary in the village.
『Ah, about Lefiya’s youngest sister, Rerena, is it. She’s a gentle and humble person, basically a good girl. Even in this old age of mine, I have never seen such a fine girl before. She basically took every bit of girlish side that was left by her two sisters in their mother’s womb.She’s the finest girl amongst the finest one. Her parents always say that she often helped them out. Aside from helping out, she also took care of that pair of troublesome sisters she has, especially the older one. She’s the most troublesome of the pair you see. She’s the kind of girl that you have to keep watch on every single moment. If you let your sight wander from her even for one moment, you wouldn’t know what sort of mess she’d get into. In the end, you can only clean up after her. But the three of them are really affectionate towards each other. When she was taken by the Demon King, I really pity him for having to endure such disheartening situation. 』
LIKE HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELL! !
The heck was this!
When such a girl was being kidnapped by Demon King, shouldn’t you be thinking about saving her first!
Oh crap, calm down, me. How in the world did it became me who gets agitated instead?
Calm down. Calm down.
Firstly, the oracle from 12 years ago was the beginning of everything.
That day, 12 years ago, a grand oracle descended to all the priests of that time. Everyone –including me– couldn’t believe what we’d just heard. I mean, it’s an oracle! The thing is…the oracle given to us…was not understandable.
The high priest of that time–who was already 98 years old, to a point that I had been half expecting him to be the high priest forever– had also said that even he couldn’t understand what the oracle meant.
It was only after all members of the monastery gathered and worked together that we could somehow decipher 4 words within that oracle.
Those four were 『Marielle』, 『Lefiya』, 『Village Girl』.
The moment I heard those words, my heartbeat rose by a notch.
Marielle was the name of my niece born from my older sister who had married someone from Lefiya village. And this niece of mine was famous for her beauty and intelligence that put the adults around her to shame.
At first I thought that it must be a mistake. Surely, everyone was swept away by their own emotion as soon as the oracle for Saint of Revelation descended. But, everyone’s interpretation was the same as mine.
The next saint’s name was 『Marielle』, a 『Village Girl』 of 『Lefiya』 village.
Everyone, basically, did not have any doubt regarding this interpretation.
But now, the interpretation should, most likely, be…
A 『Village Girl 』 called 『Lefiya』 from 『Marielle』 village.
That should be how we should’ve interpreted it.
NO WAAAAAAAAAAAAY! ! !
WHAT F^CKING MESS IS THIS!？
SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME THAT THIS IS A DREAM!
WHO! WHO GAVE THIS KIND OF F^CKING ORACLE! ?
GODDESS OF LIGHT-SAMA! THAT’S RIGHT! THAT’S WHO!
MY APOLOGIES FOR SAYING SUCH RUDE THINGS! !
Sigh…I should let bygones be bygones. Right now, I have to gather everyone to think of our next step.
First, even if Marielle isn’t the Saint of Revelation, it’s impossible to take away that title from her. At least, I wouldn’t let such things to happen as long as I’m still alive and still the high priest!
She’d continue being a saint even after this.
Naturally, I wouldn’t force her to keep being the saint if it’s not what she wished for. After all, it’s my intention to respect her will.
The responsibility for this mistake was all on me. And that is my resolution.
But then, I couldn’t ignore this girl called Lefiya too. This girl must enter the temple. Seeing that there’s no guarantee which one was the real saint, having both of them in the temple would be the best situation for us.
However, I don’t know why, but my guts kept telling me that that Lefiya girl was the real one…………….. It’s just a vague feeling though.
And she was in fact kidnapped by the Demon King.
I’m starting to regret the fact that we’re outsmarted by them.
Since that was the case, I had to take her back from the clutches of the Evil Demon King even at the cost of my reputation.
Everything started from that. Thus, I immediately declared my edict. Setting up the order for a war.
Making all kinds of preparations for our armies long march..