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"Don't worry. It's not your fault," my fellow knights were comforting me. One was patting my back.
I kept on frowning during every training. Reo and the prince still haven't come back ever since they left once more. I'm starting to worry a lot.
Before leaving, they made someone be in command.
I was starting to think that I was useless.
Weeks got turned into a month. Still, the prince wasn't around. Luckily, no army has tried to ambush us yet.
I lived my everyday by training so that once I go to the battlefield, that won'thappen again. I was determined enough to avoid getting humiliated during fights. I tried my best to improve myself. From defence to offense.
Apparently, my efforts got the results they deserved. Still, I was not the strongest.
On a rainy evening close to midnight, I was left awake. No one was around the training room. I was by my given territory, sitting on my bed. I let out a sigh.
I couldn't sleep. Guilt haunted me. Every day. Every night. Every time. I got off of the bed. I went towards the cabinet and opened it. I took the flag I saw back then. I went outside of my room, going towards the window. I moved the curtains a bit, letting a bit of light come through. It was raining very hard.
I stared at the cloth on my hands. It seemed very familiar to me. I ran my fingers along it, trying to remember something.
Upon getting outside, I saw how miserable everything was. My sister called me and told me to run as fast as I could. I tried to, but I tripped on the way. Standing up, I looked around.
Soldiers were burning everything on sight. A man wearing heavy armour was laughing in such a joyous manner as if the sight of blood was delightful to him. I sealed my lips, not wanting to make any sound. I hid behind a tree and watched him.
There were people escaping but most of them failed. They were murdered, killed and slaughtered like nothing but animals. A girl younger than me was caught by the captain who was standing next to the flag he settled down. She begged for help. The man didn't care. When the girl hugged his knees, he spitted on her then kicked her away. She fell harshly on the ground.
I couldn't believe in what I was seeing.
He looked at her than said,"I'll spare you your life if you move around like a pig."The girl followed him. She bent down and crawled around like a pig.
Why? Why was I just watching? Why couldn't I go there and help? Why am I such a coward?
She was crying. Her tears were hitting the ground. That bitter look on her face made me feel guilty. Suddenly, she noticed me. She stared at me."Where are you looking at, pig?"the man asked her. She took back her gaze."N-n-n-n-nothing,"she stuttered.
"Now, kiss my feet,"he ordered. The girl crawled towards him and kissed his feet. After that, she looked up to him and he chuckled."You're pathetic! I enjoyed your little show, pig,"he commented as he picked her up by the collar of her shirt. The girl cried even more."Please… Don't,"she said.
The man didn't listen. He had a smile on his face then… He beheaded her, her blood stained the flag next to them. I gasped then covered my mouth. The man heard it and he searched for me. When he finally detected where I was, I ran away as fast as I could.
Fortunately, Wrath came back for me. A lot of soldiers were chasing me by the order of their leader – the man I saw."Go and run as far away as you can. I'll handle them. But before that… I want to tell you something,"the next words that came next from her mouth were unheard. After that, she pushed me away. I looked back at her, but she shouted for me to leave. I faced forward and began to follow her.
I gasped. Memories about that event began to conquer my mind. I remembered it. I finally did. The stains on the flag were the ones from that girl. Suddenly, the loud sound of thunder was heard. I threw the flag away and squealed softly. My eyes widened themselves. "Impossible," I said in disbelief and I gasped again.
"M-my voice," I stated as I put a hand on my throat. "It's back," I added. I didn't know if I should feel happy or not. I looked at the flag again. "How?" I asked myself. "What happened back then?" I interrogated no one in particular.
"A man pretended to be from our kingdom back then. He wanted us to have bad reputation. Nonetheless, it was I who ended that madness," a voice from behind told me. I knew whose voice that was. "Prince Seijuro," I turned around and he was looking down at me. His eyes became very different. "Where have you been, your majesty?" I questioned.
"I fetched my parents and escorted them here. I also came to someone just to let him check my eye out. It turned out that I'm fine now," he simply answered. I quickly ran and hugged him. "I'm sorry," I apologized. "I was a coward and I-"
He slowly pushed me away in a gentle manner. "What's done is done. Speak no more of it," he uttered. "If Wrath were to be in your place, the same could've happened to her," he added. I stared at him. My heart began to pound softly.
"Thank you, your highness," I bowed my head in due respect. "Is your eye alright though?" I asked as I raised my face and stared at his.
His face was perfectly gorgeous. Beautiful, in fact. He seemed as though he was a living masterpiece. His eyes were focused on me. I felt ashamed under his gaze. "I guess so."
"Chaos, be confident about yourself," he finished. My jaw dropped. "Wrath's gone. No one can protect you now except yourself. Not even I am capable of doing that. Humans survive solely despite tagging along others," he told me. I nodded my head.
My heart was pounding. Bit by bit. In a soft and slow manner. It was as if it was whispering something I couldn't understand or decipher. Something… odd.