‘So this is the house Ling Yue used to live in, huh.’
I would say that the house was very ordinary, so ordinary that it was no different to other places. It was a red rectangular room. In the centre was a large heavy white door. I wasn’t sure how much metal was used in the creation of the wooden door. The door’s height and width was comparable to the Imperial Palace’s. However, the house itself wasn’t tall. There were only three floors.
Upon entering the door, we were welcome by a bright large hall. It wasn’t luxurious. The drawing on the wall had been removed, evident by the traces left behind where the drawing was originally hung. I figured it was a drawing of her tribesman judging from Ling Yue’s upset expression. However, the panthers had removed it. If the panthers still had any semblance of a conscience, they wouldn’t throw it away, but there was no need to keep a memory for an exterminated tribe. Memories are for the living.
“Ah, welcome, Ling Yue. Long-time no see. I am glad to see your lively self.”
We then heard a voice from the corner of the first and second floor. I raised my head up and looked in its direction. It was an elf. She was very pretty. That said, her skin was far whiter than the elves I usually saw. Her ears were also a bit longer. Her belly was already bulging. That reminded me of Lucia. Lucia would be in the shape as her in a few months, I guess. Seeing her hold her belly up reminded me of Lucia back home, and I couldn’t help but smile.
Ling Yue looked at me with a blatant disgusted look and hurled a verbal jab, “Your smile is so disgusting…”
“Is it so disgusting for me to think of my wife?”
Ling Yue then switched to a polite smile to look at the elf and greet her, “Hello, Mistress Sia. I am very glad to be alive to see you and return here.”
“Yes, Ling Yue. We all thought you were dead. I am so glad to see that you are still alive.”
The elf smiled. She looked at Ling Yue. Then, she looked at me. She giggled and said, “And you’ve found yourself a husband. While we are fighting with humanity, it seems you have chosen him. It is not your fault. If my tribe was exterminated, I would not choose to help this side either.”
Ling Yue gave a vague response. I chuckled, and then grabbed hold of her hand. The elf didn’t say anything. She, instead, stretched her hand out and said, “Welcome. Come upstairs. Ling Yue, I know what you want to say. Come upstairs, and we’ll have a talk.”
Ling Yue nodded, “Uhm.”
We then went upstairs together. The carpet on the stairs seemed to have just been replaced. The colour was obviously different to the surroundings and somewhat longer. I noticed that the traces of blood and burnt spots on the wall hadn’t been cleaned off completely.
‘This must be the traces left behind when Ling Yue’s tribe was exterminated.’
The damage to the building was very hard to repair, but even so, they were shallow wounds compared to the wounds her heart suffered.
After ascending the stairs together, we entered the room behind the balcony upstairs, which must’ve been the guest room. A round table was placed in the centre. Around were a few seats. Some refreshments were already on the circular table. We sat down at the table. Ling Yue looked at the elf and began, “Mistress Sia…”
“I know what you want to say. You want to say that this place was originally your tribe’s home and should belong to you, correct?” asked the elf, cutting Ling Yue off before she could finish.
Ling Yue nodded. Tone excited, she replied, “That’s right, that’s right. That’s what I’m getting at. You can understand my feelings, right?! This… This is my last home… and… and my last memory… I… I don’t want…”
The elf stood up and gently held Ling Yue’s hand. She sincerely said, “I can understand your feelings. I really can. Ling Yue, I understand how you feel. I understand how you feel after losing your family. However, this place holds a special meaning to me, too. This is the reward Marvel earned. This is the reward the Queen rewarded him. This is Marvel’s masterpiece. I can’t ignore my husband and the Queen, and just return you the house. You can live here if you like, but this place belongs to me and Marvel.”
“But Marvel is dead! I’m very sorry about it, but Marvel has passed away!”
I immediately felt there was something wrong with the atmosphere as soon as Ling Yue finished. Ling Yue seemed to realise she said something wrong. She looked at the elf blankly. The elf lowered her head while still standing in place. A terrifying murderous exuded from her entire body. I instinctively slid my chair back a little, looked at Ling Yue and prepared to escape.
The elf slowly raised her head and looked at Ling Yue with a terrifying expression. Her eyes were overflowing with murderous intent and anger. She looked at Ling Yue and emphasised every word, “How… how did you… know… about Marvel…? If you were in humanity’s lands and not with the army, you wouldn’t know about his death. It’s impossible. How did you know?! You’re his killer, aren’t you?! You’re his killer! You’re the culprit!! You’re the one who helped humanity kill my Marvel! You and the man next to you killed my Marvel!!”
Ling Yue stood up and shouted, “Calm down!! Calm down!”
I stood up and backed up to the door slowly. However, I didn’t know how it would unfold. The best option, therefore, was to leave.
“You traitor! You murderer! I’m going to kill you both! I’m going to kill the both of you!!” angrily shouted the elf.
She suddenly pulled out a small knife from her waistband. It was a simple kitchen knife. I don’t know when she grabbed it. She pushed the table aside and thrust it toward Ling Yue.
Ling Yue screamed in a high-pitched voice and grabbed her head. She didn’t get hurt, though.
I looked down at the blade at my gut. The elf stabbed me at my abdomen. When she lunged at Ling Yue, I rushed over and pushed Ling Yue aside, so the blade stabbed my abdomen instead. It was pointless, though, as it couldn’t pierce my Earth Dragon armour.
In the next instant, I ignored my abdomen and grabbed the elf’s throat with a vice-like grip after a loud sound. I had never used so much strength before. I gripped her throat tight enough to feel her bones cracking.
“You want to kill someone I care about in front of me?!”
The elf struggled with all her might. Her tears continued to run down her face. She made hissing sounds, because that was the extent of what she was capable of. She grabbed my face with her fingers, but I ignored the pain.
“You’re trying to kill someone I care about in front of me again!!”
“Over and over and over and over and over! How many of my people have you killed?! How many of my people have you killed?! Have you not killed enough?! Is it still not enough?! Is it still not enough for you?!”
“You people killed my Mera, killed my Luna, killed my Philles and you still haven’t had enough?! Fuck you!!! I won’t let you! I won’t let the people around me die! Never!”
I don’t know how long I roared that way for, and I don’t know how angry I was at the time.
All I know was that the person below me gradually stopped breathing and slowly lowered her hands. Her angry eyes she looked at me with became glass.
*Pant… Pant… Pant…*
I stood up. I was drenched in sweat. It seemed as though my sweat was going to run down my body. My face was ice cold. I didn’t know if those were my tears or my sweat.
“Nobody can kill my people in my presence… Never… Never… I’ll kill you all! I’ll kill all of you!!!”