Katariona Is Troubled by her Soul’s Memory
It’s dark. The darkness seems to go on forever. Where is the exit?
Did I die?
Did I leave him behind again? Who is he?
A streak of light flashed in my eyes. I reached my hand out and was sucked into the torrent of light.
I suddenly understood. This is a memory from my soul.
My previous life was……. Or perhaps should I call it the world before last?
So, that’s what it was. And he was …….
“…….o! Rio! Open your eyes!”
I opened my heavy eyelids and saw Leon’s figure. The little beast Leon was desperately calling my name.
“Rio! Thank goodness. You’re awake.”
Leon intently looked at my face with concern. I don’t know if it’s just my imagination or not, but his eyes seem to be wet.
I lost consciousness with the impact of the dragon’s breath. What happened to me after that?
“Leon, where is this? What happened after that?”
“This is your room. You were sent flying by the dragon’s breath and slammed into the ice wall. You were dying.”
Leon drew the attention of the dragon and had the God of Time’s space magic take me to my room. I was on the verge of death, but Flare-sama helped me by using Revival Magic and Healing Magic.
“What about Chris and the others?”
“They’re fine. I had them withdraw immediately.”
I was relieved to know that Chris and the others were all right. It was because I had found the scales that ended up waking the dragon. I’m so glad that they didn’t get implicated.
“I was worried about you. Even though Flare used Resurrection, you’ve been sleeping for three days.”
“I’m surprised I slept for so long. My body doesn’t hurt that much.”
Even in a good bed, sleeping for such a long time should’ve made me ache, but it didn’t.
“Marie has been taking care of you this whole time. She made sure that you wouldn’t lose your muscle strength when you woke up.”
“That’s right. I have to thank Marie for that. Where is she?”
“She stayed up for two days straight. She’s currently resting.”
Daaku-sama had put her to sleep because she insisted on staying by my side until I woke up.
It was a good decision. If she stayed up all night, she would collapse.
I suddenly recalled the memory of the soul I saw before I woke up.
“Leon…..my previous life, no my life before that, I was Marion-san.”
His odd eyes widened in astonishment.
Leon’s words came out in choppy words intermittently.
“I saw the memory of my soul. I don’t remember the time I was Marion, but I realized now that I was Marion-san.”
“Leon knew I was Marion’s reincarnation.”
So he knew it after all. That’s why Leon is so kind to me.
“So, the other gods knew too.”
Leon didn’t say anything, but his silence gave me the answer. The other gods also knew that I was the reincarnation of Marion-san.
Everything I had been holding back was now bursting through the dam. I sat up and turned to face Leon.
“Leon and the other gods are kind to me! That’s all because I’m the reincarnation of Marion-san!”
“That’s not true!”
Leon turned into a young man and hugged me.
“What’s the difference? Gods can identify people by their souls, can’t they? I have Marion’s soul, so that’s why you were so nice to me!”
I twisted and struggled to escape from Leon’s embrace.
“Listen! Listen to me, Rio!”
He grabbed me by my shoulders with his big hands. His power was firm and gentle, not too strong. And warm.
But, I covered my ears with my hands and shook my head.
“No! I don’t want to hear it! Who does Leon need more, me or Marion-san!?”
“You don’t need to ask such a thing! Marion is already gone. Rio is the one who is living in this time. I need you, Rio! Of course, I need you!”
Saying so, Leon hugged me again.
“It’s true. So please don’t say such sad things.”
Something hot dripped down my cheek. It was born of happiness.
Leon told me that he needs me, not Marion. He told me that I was important.
I couldn’t help but put my arms around Leon’s back and hug him.
I stayed like that for a while, crying in Leon’s arms until I felt better.
Leon gently hugged me and stroked my back until I stopped crying.
When I had finally stopped crying, I heard a cute coughing sound.
“Sorry to interrupt you, but I have something to say to Rio, too.”
It was Flare-sama.
“At first, I was attracted to Rio, who had Marion’s soul, and gave you magic. However, as Leon says, Marion is already gone. I like Rio, herself, who is living now in the present! I believe the same holds true for Daaku and the other gods.”
“Flare-sama……I love you too, Flare-sama.”
Mh? As Leon says? Was Flare-sama nearby? Thinking so I felt my face heat up.
“Um…..I’m still tired, so I’m going to sleep!”
I slipped out of Leon’s arms and dove under the covers. So embarrassing!
I’m feeling embarrassed for acting like an idiot for feeling so conflicted. Even though Leon and the other gods have been watching me……..
TL: This chapter *sniff sniff* was very touching. And we finally see the light regarding Rio, Marion, and Leon.