Chapter 13 - Where's Daddy?
“Hoho! You shouldn’t do that.”
I heard his laughter and deep voice through the door.
Luciana rapidly shook her head behind me. I wanted to avoid him, but I couldn’t.
‘Whew, there’s nothing I can do.’
I opened the door a little and peeked at Pope Raphael through the slit.
“What brings you here?” I asked.
“I have something I want to talk about.” Pope Raphael kindly smiled at me as if he were looking at a rebellious granddaughter.
“So you came here yourself?”
“Yes. It’s that important.”
I had no choice but to open the door and Pope Raphael started laughing. The priests behind him had a hard time holding in their laughter. They looked happy that I was defeated. They were all so mean!
“Will you hold the ceremony?” Pope Raphael immediately asked me as soon as he sat down in the seat Luciana directed him to. He then propped his chin and looked at me.
“What do you mean! Of course, I will!”
“Then, have you chosen a name?”
‘Of course not.’
Pope Raphael clicked his tongue when I silently bowed. “You can’t have one without a name.”
‘I know that too!’ I wanted to yell at him, but I couldn’t.
I avoided eye contact when Pope Raphael spoke to me in a serious voice, “The ceremony has a sequence. If you mess up once, you have to start over again. It would’ve been best to have done it yesterday, but you can do it tomorrow.”
“Will there be a problem if we don’t start it on time?” I asked him with a nervous expression and Pope Raphael smiled and nodded.
“If you can’t start the ceremony, then you will have to stay here while everyone else leaves for the Northern Empire. You will have to go alone three months later.”
“I’ll stay here alone?” I asked, incredulous.
‘That can’t happen! I won’t let it! I can’t live for a day without my dad. I won’t survive for three months! Plus I’ll have to be at the Vatican alone!’
“That can’t happen!”
“Hoho! Then please let me know what your name is by the end of the day.”
“I will!” I got out of my seat and ran out the door.
I heard Luciana’s panicked voice, but I didn’t have the time to worry about it.
* * *
Miltiades was living in a building far from mine. His accommodation was a huge building in the southern Glerino Palace where precious guests stayed.
I ran to Glerino Palace and looked for Miltiades’s room.
“Daddy! Daddy!” I yelled.
However, Miltiades wasn’t in the room.
“Where’s Daddy?” I asked the confused soldier guarding the room but he had no idea.
“Daddy!” roaring excitedly, I used my position as a saintess to go inside, but no one was there.
‘What the…did he run away because he didn’t want to give me a name?’
I knew that wasn’t the reason, but I couldn’t stay calm in this situation.
“Saintess, you’re going too far.”
It was an emergency that risked being disrespectful. Luciana dragged me out of the empty room.
“Luci! Dad! Dad’s not here!”
“What? What do you mean?”
Luciana was also confused. I asked the knight in front of the room and the maids or anyone I saw walking along the way, but no one knew where he was.
“I’ll find out where he is, saintess.”
Luciana left thereafter and I stood in front of the room stamping my feet. I was there for a while when I saw Callian.
“Callian!” It was the first time I had talked to Callian, but I didn’t have time to think about it. “Where’s Daddy?”
“Excuse me? His Majesty is in the library—”
I ran toward the library without letting him finish
“Saintess? Saintess! You cannot run like that! Saintess!”
I heard Callian yelling after me, but I couldn’t stop.
Only one place in the Vatican could be called a library. The Melangr Library! I ran as quickly as I could and caught my breath in front of the entrance of the library.
“Saintess?! Saintess, why are you here?” The librarian guarding the front of the entrance looked at me. “I welcome the first light of the world—”
“Where’s my dad?”
“Excuse me? Your father?”
“Is Emperor Miltiades here?”
“What? Yes, he is.”
“He’s probably on the third floor—”
I didn’t listen until the end and ran to the third floor. The library had five floors. It was an enormous building. I walked past the countless books and peeked through the empty spaces until I found Miltiades.
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