Several hands made of black liquid surfaced from the ground and began to hold Irene in place. She panics and tries to escape from their grip until a being, a mysterious entity appeared before her.

He had no eyes, no hair, or clothes. His body is made of something black and fluid, as if alive with no heartbeat. ”Mother, did you forget me? ” a normal manly voice came out.

”You call me Mother yet I do not recognize you, ” she calmly responds.

”I am Mothers son, ” he approaches her and caresses her cheek, ”But how can Mother forget me? ”

His hands wrap around her neck and his voice became demonic, ”Mother forgot me..? ”

She slowly felt his grip become tighter. ”No, no. I remember. ”

He immediately releases his grasp and places his palms against her cheeks then grins. ”Mother, Mother remembers me. She remembers me! ”

Suddenly, a small flicker of light shined, and cracks appear around the dome. ”No! ” his voice became like a demons, ”No! Mother! Mother, do not leave me. Father will beat— he will kill me. MOTHER!! ”

Irene hears a faint voice that gave her relief. She felt how she opened her eyes and saw her mother and everyone important to her.

In an instant, Callista hugs her tight. She expresses how worried she was, but Helios and Michael had solemn expressions.

The black crack-like pattern on her cheek disappeared and her temperature returned to normal. On the other hand, Irene was suffocating not because of her mother but no matter the effort she couldn breathe.

”Callista, I have something to say to Erin. Why don you take a rest? ” Helios settles a hand on her shoulder.

She squints her eyes and turns to him, ”Do not tell her. ”

”She deserves to know. ”

She bites her lower lip. ”But Helios, ” she forms a pleading expression on her face.

”When will you tell her? When they will take her away? ”

”Helios, ” she clenches her hands into fists.

”What do I need to know? ”

He sighs and before he could utter a word, Callista interrupts and shakes her head.

”Escort your Mother out of the room. ”

”Understood. ”

”Helios..! ”

Irene looks at her Mother while her father stares at her stomach. ”What do I need to know, Father? ”

Helios glances at the ground and then looks her in the eye. ”There has been using of Corrupt Essence in the battle and it has appeared in many places, including the Celestial Palace. ”

”We tried to hide this matter but the events that happened proved that we cannot hide it any longer. ”

Everything glitches and rewinds.

”What do I need to do, Father? ”

Helios glances at the ground and then looks her in the eye. ”There has been using of Corrupt Essence in the battle and it has appeared in many places, including the Celestial Palace. ”

”We tried to hide this matter but the events that happened proved that we cannot hide it any longer. ”

”What does this have to do with me? ”

”Did you enter the library and stole the map? If yes, whom did you show it to? ”

”I did not steal anything, I just took it intending to return it after I show it to Rupert. ”

”Who is Rupert? ”

”That..he…I don know, ” Irene felt as if she forgot about something important.

Helios takes a deep breath. He turns around and said, ”Each creature has intelligence but wisdom is only for the wise. However, with such foolishness and stupidity, I do not know who you take after. ”

Irene carefully sat down and used her hands as support.

”Innocent people are not stupid, they just think everyone has a good heart, ” she looks at her fathers back and bit her lip, ”and Rupert or whoever he is, he is not evil. ”

”A good heart? ” he scoffs, ”Only fools will believe that phrase. Even the purest quality of water can be tainted much less the heart where desire originates. ”

”I tell you, change while you have yet to do the deed if you remain stubborn and allow my words to pass the other ear, do not blame me for what it is to come. ”

But what can I do? ” she places her hand on her chest, ”It tells me to ignore and continue. Father, I have never disappointed you when it comes to academics and skills and you gave me whatever I wanted and the necessities I need. ”

”In my point of view, what you are telling me is like asking a fish to walk on land and a spider to swim on water. ”

Helios clenches his jaw and massages his forehead. After a while, he positions his hand near his waist and says, ”If you cannot understand a simple sentence like that then you are hopeless. ”

He walks towards the door, ”Effective immediately; Erin, the Celestial Saint, is to be under probation until she recovers from consuming Corrupt Essence. ”

She widens her eyes in shock, ”Father! ”

She uses her remaining strength to stand but falls instantly. An elf rushes to her side and assists her, ”My Lady, are you alright? ”

Irene frowns upon hearing her voice and looks at her face, ”Who are you? Wheres Faye? ”

The female elf presses her lip together, ”I am Maia Veilleux, cousin of Veilleux Clans leader. Sister Faye… she is in suspicion of poisoning My Lady. ”

”Poison? ” she scoffs and takes a deep breath.

”הו, ציפור לבנה, שמעי אותי. ”

She connects her hands, overlapping them. Her triangular earrings activate and release a faint blue glow. Shortly, a white bird or to be precise, a dove with a red ribbon around its neck appears.

It lands on her palms and she whispers, ”Summer felt warm, spring had bloomed, and autumn had its harvest. However, winter is cold and I need your warmth. ”

She gently kisses the bird and it flew away. Maia was mesmerized and confused by her actions but several minutes had passed and the bird did not return.

”Maia, can you bring me paper and a fountain pen. ”

”I will bring it in no time. ”

Irene nods and looks at a particular spot in her room. When Maia leaves the room, a figure emerges from thin air.

She shifts her gaze to the entity, ”Rup— ”

Everything glitches and rewinds.

”Maia, can you bring me paper and a fountain pen. ”

”I will bring it in no time. ”

Irene nods and looks at a particular spot in her room. When Maia leaves the room, a figure emerges from thin air.

She shifts her gaze to the entity and a soft smile appears on her face, ”Rupert… ”

==×==

Line 46: Oh, white bird, hear me.

[A/N: Thank you for reading!]

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