Tales of Nervenia; The Light that bloomed in darkness

Chapter 5: Failure is just a new beginning

I stared at the name of the writer of the letter. I had heard this name so many times that it was impossible for me to not know who this was. Asriel Éclair, also known as Earl of Ravenyard Town or Captain Asriel of Raven Vale, was the famous military guild Captain of Raven Vale the most outstanding guild in the Kingdom and he was also the strongest Wizard and Champion of the Kingdom.

That man… was my saviour… and he even guessed correctly what had happened… I did not expect such an important person to save me like that… Though it would have been best if I had died by my own hands. He just wasted his time saving me… I was useless and not needed in this world.

I sighed heavily. There was no suited path for me apart from death. So no matter who it was, no one could help me. I put the letter away and buried my face between my legs and arms. Right now, all I wanted was to close my eyes and forget everything and be forgotten as well. Even if I tried to take my own life at that last second, I still failed and now I did not even know what I should do. I was about to die but staying here was out of the question. However, I did not have anywhere else to go. Perhaps I should just return in that well.

”How pathetic! When Ace told me he found a kid with potential, I got my hopes high. But you here are not worth my time and attention. You are darkened soul. Wheres the light of hope that all Children of Light bear? Are you a sham? ” said a voice.

I looked up and saw a small black cat on the bed. It had such an incredible amount of mana despite its small stature and its yellowish eyes starinp into my soul.

”Who are you? ” I asked.

”I am the Spirit Guardian of the forest of Turwin. You can call me Guardian, ” it said.

Somehow there was an aura of superiority around him. Even I could tell that this cats spirit was extraordinary.

”Why is such a being in this room? ” I asked.

”Because someone asked me to help you. But after having met you, I can clearly say that you are a failure as a Child of Light. In all my life as a cat spirit, I never once saw a Child of Light with so much darkness in my life. What the hell are you? ” he replied, almost irritated.

”Im… sorry to disappoint you. Though I don know what a Child of Light is…., ” I said.

He sighed heavily before biting my hand. Though it was not that painful, it did send me a shock.

”You are a hopeless case. What kind of Light Magic user are you if you don even know the basics? On top of that, judging by your appearance, you must be a Van Croft. Did not your family explain anything to you when you received your Grimoire? ” he said, pissed off.

My family… Did they perhaps know and did not tell me?…. Well, what use would there have been to tell someone as useless as me? Whether I was a Child of Light or not, it did not matter.

”You are so damn wrong! Being a Child of Light is a big responsibility and you ought to know about it! I can bear this anymore you girl need a thorough education on yourself Lets go, right now! ” he said.

”Eh? Why? Listen… Im terminally ill. Ill die soon enough so… you should not bother yourself with a useless person like me, ” I replied.

”Shut up! I did not ask for your opinions! Even if you are going to die. You at least need to know why you were born, ” he said.

”What… do you mean? ” I asked.

”Your fate was decided well before your birth. It was all meant to be from the very start. Anyways, it will become clearer later on. For now, we need to go, ” he said then he bite me.

My body then moved on its own as my hair turned black and my eyes yellow.

”How is this possible? ” I asked.

”Im a Guardian, I have a lot of powers, such as taking possession of a human body. You are officially dead in Nervenia, so you have to hide your real identity if you want to roam around, ” he said.

”What? Im… dead? ” I asked.

”Thats what your family said. You have been officially dead for four days now, ” he said.

”Thats….. So everyone thinks Im dead…., ” I whispered sadly.

My heart ached…. but since all these things happened, it did not hurt as much as I thought it would.

”Now then, lets get you that knowledge that you did not receive, ” he said then he opened the doors of the balcony and made me jump down from there.

Somehow, a broom appeared below me.

”Where did you get it? ” I asked.

”I borrowed it, ” he replied.

We then flew away for a long time, till we reach a faraway forest. We landed down and he guided me towards an old abandoned hut. As soon as we went in, I was surprised to see so many books, maps and drawings.

”What is this place? ” I asked.

”Thats one of Clovis Von Steins secret research bases. He liked to research magic and this one was specifically for Light Magic. He was a Light Magic user himself so he was curious about all the components of this Magic as well as the fate of Children of Lights. Now then, take a seat and listen carefully, ” he said.

To think that the great Clovis Von Stein did such a thing. He was an incredible person. I guessed I should at least listen to the Guardian since he brought me to such a holy sanctuary. Though I doubted it would change anything to my fate.

”Listen, as I said earlier your fate was decided even before your birth and thats because it was the Gods that sent you here. Children of Light are the substitutes of Gods in this world, to vanquish evil. In other words, you are a living weapon that was chosen to fight against evil and that is why you were gifted with Light Magic which is the purest magic ever and the one best fit to beat evil, ” he said.

A living weapon… chosen by the Gods? How could that be… My fate had always been to die…

”Once again, you are wrong. You possess Light Magic, which makes you a Child of Light and thats a fact. As for that fate of yours, it was not supposed to be like that. I do not know who poured so much darkness inside you but your job is to fight against that same darkness and eradicate it. You were born to protect and save people from evil, thats your main purpose in life and that is why you were given such powers. You are a chosen one and blessed by the Gods. You are their instrument to bring peace and be a symbol of hope to the people. Do you now understand the responsibility that you bear? ” he said.

”I do understand… However… it does not change the fact that I am currently dying. So even if Im a Child of Light… Im going to be dead quite soon, ” I replied.

”No… Your problem does not lie here. Even after hearing this much, you were not thrilled by the idea of being a saviour… You want to die, ” he said.

I sighed heavily, ”I don think I could contribute anything to the world even if I did my duties as a Child of Light. Im sorry, but its best for me to just disappear as everyone wants. Even my genius of a sister deemed my existence to be a nuisance, ” I replied.

”You…. *sigh* …. If thats what you want then Ill help you with that. Its not difficult. You just have to remove the seal inside you and your powers will consume you together with the darkness inside you. Since you are so eager to suffer, lets do it, ” he said.

”Huh? Youll help me? Why? ” I asked.

”You are a Child Of Light, spirits are under your command. If you wish for death then I should give it to you. However, it will hurt a lot, are you okay with that? ” he replied.

”I want to die by my power so even if it hurts, Ill do it, ” I said.

”Alright then lets get out of the hut, ” he replied.

He then took possession of my body again and brought me deeper into the forest. It was extremely dark in there and before I realised it, I was trapped in complete darkness again. Then, he appeared in front of me with a ghostly white light, revealing his gigantic and monstrous cat form.

”We are currently inside your soul. This is how dark it is and here are the ones who do not want to leave your side, ” he said as a small light lit up, revealing a table filled with dark creatures, each more horrible than the other.

They were all well seated, eating the remaining light that remained in my soul. I stared at them with blank eyes. It was a usual sight that I witnessed in my dream… but to think that this was reality. I took a deep breath. All I had to do was to wait for them to finish their meal and I would be dead. I took a seat as they sneered down at me.

Each time they took a bite of the light, vicious words and memories would haunt my mind as the pain overwhelmed me. I screamed as my head ached more and more. It felt so heavy that I wanted to fall unconscious and yet, the pain kept me from fainting.

”Die! Die! Die! Die! ”

They all shouted as they tapped the table violently with their cutlery. I got up, feeling strange then knocked against the table, making it fall. They were enjoying the torment they were inflicting on me.

I breathed heavily while the bright yellow eyes of the cat looked down on me. I bet I looked miserable to him. But well, when was I not pitiable? To be honest, even if I gave my whole in studying most people did not recognise my effort and just did not give me any worth. My whole life was just me being helpless and pathetic.

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