I am heartbroken by His Majesty’s and the Prime Minister’s words.
I will be killed if I do nothing.
Will the girl who adores luxury and is so close to the king succeed as queen?
“I didn’t do it! Please believe me!”
The scene shifts again, and I, a 23-year-old woman, am being held face down on a wooden table.
With my shoulders hanging from the table, I was exposed to the public.
I was dirty, thin, and covered in scars from being locked up and tortured for months to get me to confess.
“Give me back my father!”
“Return my child!”
“Vengeance for my son!”
I was subjected to a barrage of abuse.
This was not done by me !” But no one could hear my muffled little voice.
My throat was burned to prevent me from casting a spell.
The heavy rains and floods were a natural disaster in the desert, but no one who knew about my water-creating magic believed me.
While being held down, I turned my face to the left and saw the executioner’s foot step in to decapitate me.
Wack! My consciousness was immediately plunged into darkness.
My eight-year-old eyes welled up with tears at the horrifying memory.
“Let’s wipe you out, Alisia.”
“Thank you, Oka-san.”
In this life, my mother gently wipes my body with a wet cloth.
My heart no longer belongs to eight-year-old Alesia, but to twenty-three-year-old Aura, but I am grateful for my mother’s tender care.
My parents were aristocrats who received status and money in exchange for giving their children to powerful people.
“Oka-san, I think it’s time we left.
They’ll find us here as the rain spreads.
I believe it is preferable to be in a more populated area so that if it rains, they will not be able to detect my power.”
The hand that was wiping my body comes to a halt.
I’ve been talking to your father about it.
I just can’t bring myself to give up the farm we’ve worked so hard to build.”
“I understand your concern, but if they discover this location, they will inquire as to where the water came from.
They’ll take me away from Oka-san and the others if they find out I’m the cause of the rain.
If that happens, this place will quickly revert to a desert.”
My mother is staring at me with her eyes wide open.
“Let’s go somewhere with a larger group so they don’t recognize me when it rains.
As long as they don’t know I’m the cause, I can stay with Oka-san and the others forever.”
“Alesia…you’re speaking like a grown-up today.”
“R-Really? Maybe I’m speaking in a different tone because I’m sore all over.”
My father made a quick decision.
He came to where I was lying that night.
“Your mother told me—your father shares your point of view.
They will eventually find us when the farm gets this big.
We’ll all move to a bigger community.
We can rebuild the farm from the ground up.”
“Thank you very much, Oto-san.”
“I’ll go talk to Nathan and the others,” he said, and went out to the neighbor’s house.
In bed, I was relieved.
I don’t want the powerful to track me down.
They will use me again if they find me.
Behind my closed eyes, I see the bodies lying in the sand.
And the executioner’s foot movements as he approaches me.
I shake my head a little.
I don’t want to live like that again.
Now I care about my parents.
I don’t want to lose the peace I’m enjoying right now.
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