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Nurturing the Hero to Avoid DeathChapter 15.53

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Translator: mii

Editors: sleepchaser, ASplashofMusic TPIjun


“Everyone will feel a deep envy towards you, the brightest star. Eternal loneliness will await you, will follow you until the end of your days. Oh, the torment. How horrible. How pitiful…”

Despite these words, she chuckled, shoulders shaking.

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Then, she gripped her strangely twisted black cane, and lowered her eyes as she made a praying gesture.

The jet-black pupils peeking from her narrowed eyes were dim. Hazy. It were as if her soul had been transported to some distant place. zfIMip

“Ahhh… What a truly horrible fate… Within two years, your karma will be set ablaze, burning and taking everything away from you… Of course, it will depend on your willpower… If you can endure it, then you will achieve supreme glory…”

“You… What are you saying!?”

I couldn’t help but take a step forward. Her words were becoming unbearable for me.

Yet the woman didn’t so much as flinch.

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Her grip on her cane grew all the more forceful, words so soft and barely enunciated that I would have just missed them if I weren’t standing so close. “Oh my? How is this… ”

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Prior to this, she had been expressionless, as if stuck in between reality and dream. Now she furrowed her brows.

After a while, the creases among her brows disappeared, and instead, her lips curved into a large smile.

“Hehe… Oh, how surprising. This is the first time I’ve seen this. It looks like he will change the future of your star…” 9qkU 8

“What…?”

“…The goddess was filled with deep lament after trying yet failing to change your fate repeatedly. No, it should be this world’s fate… This time, it seems she placed another star by your side.”

“A star?”

“…This is… somewhat unusual… That little star was summoned from another distant universe. A small shooting star…” eZrB9g

“Shooting star?”

“Hehe, it’s quite interesting. The goddess threw in this little star into your life to accompany you, to illuminate your dark path. What a kind thing to do…”

The woman lifted her gaze. Stared me straight in the eye.

She once more appeared as if she were deep within a dream. But then, for the first time since we met, she gave me a gentle and affectionate smile. t6JAOf

“That little star thinks about your loneliness, afraid that you will be burned by your own flames. For this reason, it stays close to your side, and orbits around you. Such a gentle star…”

For some reason, Lian came to mind.

That boy is gentle, too gentle. I seriously worried for him.

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“Because that little shooting star came from another universe, my star reading can’t discern its origins nor its destiny. Even so… I can still read this. That star is a star that doesn’t revolve…” 7OU DJ

“A star that doesn’t revolve?”

“The stars in this universe will continuously revolve, forever and ever. However, because that shooting star came from another place, it is something that shouldn’t exist, the only star in this universe that won’t ever revolve. Therefore, once it leaves this universe, you won’t be able to find it again.. So please be careful. If you don’t want to lose this gentle little star, don’t let it burn out. Cherish it…”

Was she finally done, I wondered. Proof seemed to arrive in the form of the woman lowering the tip of her cane to the ground, bowing her lead wordlessly.

But it seemed I was too quick to celebrate. f5szhL

“Thank you very much for this very unusual star reading. I will stop here. Please forgive my rudeness… I sincerely hope that you will overcome that trial that awaits you in two years, and heal from your loneliness and grief…”

The woman smiled once more, and slowly blended into the crowd.

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My mind was in a daze for a while.Once I came to my senses, I immediately chased after that woman.

I searched the whole market, but in the end, I couldn’t find even a shadow of her. BrWujz

 

* * *

 

Saturday. wlxu7G

The bell rings, signaling the end of my shift.

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I rush to tidy up and bid goodbye to the construction chief as I dash from the construction site, continuing my sprint all the way to the carriage station.

I forcefully stop the stagecoach from departing, and hop inside.

If I rush back home now, Lian should still be at the church. npDLZB

Once I’m at the Leis Village station, I sprint to the church, determination fueling my every step.

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As I run, I can faintly hear a bell ringing.

P vlgfma ws ujhf abkjgv atf rbecv. Jeaalcu atgbeut j ilcf bo agffr lr j rabcf ragemaegf abkfglcu bnfg atf ugffc. Pa’r atf Ykfc ojwlis’r mibmx abkfg, ibmjafv bc atf tlutfra tlii lc atf nliijuf.

Ktf qgfnlber ofevji ibgv rqfmlolmjiis tlgfv j ojwber fculcffg ogbw atf gbsji mjqlaji ab mbcragema j yfii, bcf atja rbecvfv fzjmais atf rjwf jr atja bo atf mjqlaji’r mibmx abkfg. Pa kjr ab mbwobga tlr yfibnfv klof ktb tjv ugbkc eq atfgf. Iw3ZaX

The engineer’s skills truly matched his reputation. For over a hundred years, the bell and clock tower has not once been put out of operation.

I study the tower.

I can’t see the numbers on the clock, but I know that the hour hand is currently positioned at four.

I’m glad I rushed home. I will definitely make it in time. GWouUp

Sure enough, the sky above has yet to grow orange when I reach the church.

The kids should be finishing their dinner now.

Lian should still be there as well.

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It’s as I have predicted. The kids are clearing the dishes the moment I enter the dining room. EvQCmG

“Ah! Al-nii-chan!”

“Welcome home!

“You’re hwome!”

The kids rushed around me. FsCoLd

“I’m home,” I say, stroking their heads. “Where’s Lian? Is he still here?”

“Lian-sama? Uh huh, he is still here!”

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“Lian-sama’s here!”

“Yeah, hwere!” q2ulnI

“Lian-shama is cleaning plates with Marie-shamaa!”

“Cwean!”

“…Huh?”

Doubting my ears, I turn to the kitchen. Like what the kids said, Lian is washing the dishes with Marie in matching aprons, chatting happily. NiHDxm

Marie notices me first. She smiles, cheeks reminiscent of apples. Shortly after, Lian also notices me and places the washed bowl and plates into the basket next to him.

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“Ah? Oh, it’s Al. Welcome home. Aren’t you fast today?”

“W-welcome home… Er, you’re quite early…”

“Yeah. I’m home.” CrdUSw

Of course I won’t mention that I sprinted all the way back home from the station.

“…What are you doing?”

“Y-you can tell just by looking, okay? Since I ate dinner here, I helped Marie-sama wash the dishes as a thank you!”

“I told him that he didn’t have to fuss about it, but he helped anyway. Lian-sama is really good at washing dishes tooー” ecABE3

“M-Marie-sama!”

Lian blushes from head to toe. Then he rips the apron from his body, folding it on the side table with care.

I fight the urge to burst into laughter. His act of keeping up appearances while blushing hard is too hilarious.

“T-then, I should get going!” KNndmr

“Wait, I’ll give you half of the stones. I’ve already finished charging them.”

“Eh!? Are you kidding!? Y-you’ve finished that much!?”

“Yeah.”

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“A-amazing,” says Lian, staring at me in astonishment. He completely forgot his embarrassment prior. hMsdYk

I tell him to wait for me as I look for them in my room, but he insists on following along.

One by one, he carefully places each blood-orange stone into the bag as he counts it.

Carefully, like the way he washed the dishes moments ago. Pale, thin fingers brushing the stones in a gentle manner.

Marie praised his competence in washing dishes too. MBAxw1

Watching Lian cleaning the plates with ease is somehow very nostalgic.

He seems so accustomed to doing it that I can’t believe it’s his first time.

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This kind of job should have been left to his family’s servants.

“…There are fifty-two pieces. You’re really amazing. You finished them in no time. Err, I counted it correctly, right?” He waves a hand near my face. “Alfred?” bXWqD2

“…Y-yeah.”

As if sensing something strange with my weak response, Lian tilts his head while looking up at me.

My silence causes his pale eyes to cloud with worry.

“…Did something happen? You seem a little tired.” klHmTE

Such kindness.

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Whenever I see this side of Lian, the words of that strange, black-haired woman replay in my head:

Because that shooting star came from another place, it is something that shouldn’t exist.

That little star thinks about your loneliness, afraid that you will be burned by your own flames. For this reason, it stays close to your side, and orbits around you. Such a gentle star… dDLSF2

…The only star in this universe that won’t ever revolve. Therefore, once it leaves this universe, you won’t be able to find it again.. So please be careful…

“Alfred? Tell me the truth. What’s going on with you? Did you deplete your magic power after charging these stones? I mean, you’re the type that doesn’t know when to stop.”

“…That might be the case.”

I slowly approach him. Attempt to wrap my arms around his waist to pull him closer. nx8Dwd

Contrary to what I expected, he doesn’t try to resist. Instead, he settles within my arms. Seems like he’s too worried about the state of my magic power, so much that he doesn’t notice my actions.

When our lips are only centimeters apart, he finally comes to his senses and widens his eyes.

“Al—”

“Can you give me some?” rUoR8O

I press a light kiss to his lips to assess his response.

Lian’s face burns. He keeps on stuttering, his words full of ‘ah’, and ‘uh’.

Actually, my magic power wasn’t depleted to the point where it would affect me adversely.

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The reason why I look tired is because I sprinted all the way back. Definitely won’t mention it though. reJ5Ij

That said, I’m currently tired and hungry, so my magic power should be diminishing. So I’m not completely lying. Let’s just leave it at that.

I lean my forehead against his shoulder, pretending to lose my balance. It causes Lian to tremble in surprise.

This is sneaky even for me, but…

I just really want to touch him. Svadkx

I want to touch him, to confirm his existence.

Lowering his head, Lian grips my sleeve and breathes out a sigh. My ears catch a light groan from his lips.

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As I thought, we can’t? Is he going to run away again?

I lift my face and stare at him. aTUVS5

He meets my gaze, cheeks still red. Then he furrows his brow as if in thought, before lowering his gaze in a fluster.

After a while, he lifts his face once more. His expression somewhat hesitant.

“…A-are you that exhausted?”

“Yeah. My head feels heavy. I’m also a little dizzy.” heRlci

I’m not lying.

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Seeing him fret over my condition that much, to the point of considering intimate physical touch with me, makes me feel giddy. Dizzy. So my words were the truth.

“…I-I understand…”

Not giving me a chance to even respond, Lian throws his arms around my neck, dragging my head down. HayrZc

Lian’s face is so close to mine that our noses are practically touching. Gaze still lowered, he presses his soft and warm lips against mine.

Upon contact, his tender magic gradually flows into me.

Gently penetrates me.

I can’t believe he actually did it. uJckEl

I thought that he would say something like ‘what are you saying, idiot!’, and then back away, scolding me with a red face as usual.

Yet he’s actually sharing his magic power with me using the ’Mucous Membrane Touch’ method he hates the most.

I guess I made it seem like I wanted this specific method. Well, I also asked him for it in the past, so that might be where he got the idea.

I personally admit that my measures are cunning, but I can’t help it. I’ll do anything for more of his touches. kV1frD

I pull his thinner body close, wrapping him in my embrace. Then I bit him. Hard.

“Nnh!?”

Lian jumps in surprise.

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He opens his mouth as if wanting to say something. I take the opportunity to slowly insert my tongue in between his lips, to entangle our tongues together. MgBJtW

His lips are soft and pleasant, his magic power warm and with a tinge of sweetness.

So is the inside of his mouth.

Although he squirms and trembles in my arms, he doesn’t show a hint of wanting to flee.

He looks pained, however, so I pull back a little. 1WEZ7z

Lian wheezes. His shoulders and chest move up and down as he desperately tries to catch his breath. He was probably holding his breath as we kissed. I’ve told him time and time again to breathe through the nose, haven’t I? He should just listen to me.

Once his breathing settles, I bring my face closer..

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“Can I have a little more?”

“…Ngh!” z2gD7G

He surprises me once more by opening his lips in silence, lowering his gaze, and nodding. Not before raising his brows in anger with a red face, of course.
Looks like he still isn’t planning to escape. He stays in my arms obediently.

Is this a ‘yes’? Well, let’s just interpret it as so.

As my lips brush against the corner of his, he jolts yet again. He glares at me.

“Y-you! C-can’t you do it normally… Nnh…” d1FTLv

The moment I kiss him, his magic power trickles into me again.

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The flow is very unstable and sporadic, probably due to his agitation.

Still, I’m happy that he’s sharing it with me. On the other hand, I feel anxious over it. He’s being too generous.

It makes me feel as if everything that strange woman said will prove true. waOZFm

Lian always tries to lend a hand to those who seek help, even if he says otherwise.

Like right now. Even to someone like me.

Lian is kind. Terribly so.

To the point of giving everything he has. To the kids, Marie, me, and so on. fsTCyU

He should be popular. His life should be smooth sailing. And yet, it feels like he has loneliness etched deep inside his heart. Like that one night when he wept and clung to me.

I faintly remember that day in which he suddenly had a 180 degree flip in his personality.

And then…

Lian told me to wait two years for him. d8HpdC

The strange star-gazer also mentioned a two-year period, that my karma would scorch everything in that time.

Why did Lian say ‘2 years’?

Is this just a coincidence?

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Who is the star the goddess sent into this world to help me? LZ5e2X

What is their purpose?

A few suspicions come to mind.

Is Lian aware of something, like the incoming disaster two years later?


dun dun dunnn *rollsincliffhanger* JV9Txk

 

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    • I wish I had your skills…then I’d be able to draw fan art for all of the different novels I read!

      • I’d give it too you if I could, my dude! But alas they are the “hard-earned” type so I wish you the best of luck!!! (/^7^)/~~~☆☆

    • Omg your artwork is so beautiful and cute, thank you for sharing with us! 💕

      • I’m glad you like them!
        I want to do everything I can to show my adoration for this series and the hard work to translate it!!!

    • C-c-cute…! Both of them are so heartwarming and beautiful and aaaaaaa!!! (๑♡⌓♡๑)

      Thank you for sharing your fanarts with us, NomadicStardust-san!💕

      • Glad to share as always my dude! You translation work really inspires me

        but please look forward to the future (I know where the “fun” scenes come in and I WILL do my best to capture the joy X3

        • I’m glad my translation inspires you to visualize the precious angels to us! (。•ㅅ•。)♡

          Mmmn, fun scene, you say!? Whisper it to me, when will it come? What will happen? I need details!

          • ໒( ᓀ ‸ ᓂ )७ spoilers run all. Just enjoy the journey and know that us readers are here for the full ride!!

            … I will say there are a couple of chapters of fluff first tho.. gotta break through that tsundere into the deredere X3

    • woah.. that art was off my imagination, i thought Lian was Blond and Alfred was a redhead XD
      i guess both works. NICE ART btw! XD

      • thanks!! redheaded Al sounds soo good tho! what a serious temptation!

  1. oHMY GOGf tht jynx
    lmaoooooo the mood in this pg went from bittersweet to fluffy and back to bittersweet

    until the jynx suckerpunch

    thanks for the ch! xD

    • Mlep, I love jynx, they are scaring everyone~ 〜(꒪꒳꒪)〜

      Thank you for reading, konokono-san!

  2. I lean my forehead against his shoulder, pretending to lose my balance. It causes Lian to tremble in surprise.Whe

    And it sort of cuts off from there.
    Overall, my heart is thumping from all the foreshadowing going on right now. But seeing Alfred’s POV just makes me smile.

    Thanks for the chapter!

    • Thank you for pointing that out, karrywithartstuff-san! It’s fixed now, sorry for the inconvenience… ヾ(・ω・*)ノ

  3. Too much LOVEEEEE😍😍😍😍!!!!! I hope Lian really doesn’t disappear onegaisimasu–

  4. Ah I really do love Alfred’s POV! Now he’s also suspicious of the future… please save Lian!

    Thanks for the chapter! 💕

    • They can cooperate together to repel the demon attack!! No one have to suffer… 👀💦

      You’re welcome, Kimmy-san~

  5. OhMygAhD shrieks im getting severe palpitations. Not good, not good at all! That lady’s interpretation of lian’s star is even more sad than i thought i cant-

    I feel like i rode a rollercoaster from this chapter haha XD thanks so much for translating!

    • It seems like ALFRED is going to be the reason Lian died? OAO Or am I reading this entirely wrong, gosh-

      This novel keeps playing with my feelings, I can’t 😂😂 Thank you for reading, Smol-chan!!

  6. I’d be freaked out if June gave me an odd fortune as well. Or like, anything. I love seeing this from Alfred’s POV.

    Thanks for the great translation ♥️♥️♥️

    • Strange Lady: “That lady over there, you seem to have a star of”

      mii: screams NOOOOOOOO IM NOT HEARING, NO NO NO!!! runs

      You’re welcome, Kleep-san! 😚😚💕💕

  7. Omg! AThis first I imagine a doll an now you killed it is now a Jynx that stargazer for me now is a Jynx 😂😂😂

  8. Kyaahh!! The two of them are too cute! Liam is being taken advantage of and didn’t notice! Kkkkkk Alfred, please be more cunning, keep being like this! LOL!! 😹

    Thank you for the chapter!!!!!!