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YGTWHV [113]

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Previously on YGTWHV:

“Um, what is a heretic?”

Right then, Anne-Marie who was quietly listening to the discussion, carefully opened her mouth.

“Is what happened at the shopping mall related to the people you call heretics?”

Anne-Marie asked curiously, not knowing that the person who Kalian called a ‘heretic’ and tried to stab not long ago was sitting right next to her.

Apparently, the people who were transformed by the ruin’s fragment were not called heretics in the south where Anne-Marie used to live. Then again, even in Carnot where I originally came from, test subjects like me were called ‘mutants’ instead of heretics…

So it was rather natural for there to be naming differences in each region.

I was a little curious as to how the Crawfords would define a ‘heretic’, especially since I myself was one.

Kalian looked somewhat hesitant as he opened his mouth to answer Anne-Marie’s question.

“That…”

“It refers to those who are cursed.”

Dominic spoke first before Kalian could.
The sound of him placing his wine glass on the table rang out softly in the dining room.

A voice with a mixture of dryness and chill kindled a slight sense of dreariness in the quiet dining room.

“Father.”

Kalian called Dominic in a low voice.
From the cold and hardened look on his face, it was obvious he didn’t like Dominic’s words.

I watched the both of them with narrowed eyes.

“Cursed…people?”

Anne-Marie asked, her voice much lower than before.

Her eyes blinked in confusion, as if she had just heard something unexpected.

The words that came out of Dominic’s mouth were more or less related to the supernatural, so she had every right to be confused.

“It refers to the mutations that began appearing around 10 years ago.”

And then, Kalian added an explanation as though he was displeased but couldn’t help it.

“Calling it cursed…is a figurative expression.”

“Well, it’s not completely wrong, is it? That’s what everyone calls it in the East.”

Dominic chuckled at Kalian’s words.

Anne-Marie then asked again in a slightly awkward tone.

“You said mutations, what kind of…”

“Most of them have hideous appearances that distinguish them from normal people and not only that, they are an evil and violent lot that need to be isolated.”

As he spoke, Kalian’s attitude was somehow more forceful than usual.

‘So that’s how they describe it.’

I pierced a piece of meat with my fork, brought it to my mouth and chewed silently.

Kalian seemed to be putting it in slightly nicer terms, maybe because he was in front of Anne-Marie.

Of course, calling it isolation was not totally wrong.

What Kalian did was to ‘isolate’ the heretics from the world, permanently. [1]

Suddenly, I remembered what Kalian said when I met him at the slave market some time ago.

~

‘The heretic shall be eliminated immediately.’

~

And while saying so, he ruthlessly swung his sword at Siren who hadn’t done anything at all. That appearance of his was superimposed on the Kalian who was sitting in front of me right now.

Suddenly, the meat in my mouth felt a little foul.

Dominic and Kalian were Crawfords and the Crawfords were the rulers of the East so it wouldn’t be unreasonable to say that whatever they said here represented the East in a way.

Honestly, their thoughts and policies regarding the heretics were narrow-minded.

The fact that they designated them as targets for isolation based on their appearance was ridiculous and the fact that they defined all mutants as evil and violent was also ridiculous.

There were many good(?) mutants like myself, so they shouldn’t all be defined that way. [2]

Of course, the difference in appearance meant that people felt a sense of rejection and some mutants had strange powers that transcended human limits, so I understood that it was natural to be wary but…

Still, those guys didn’t become like that because they wanted to, so it wasn’t right to blindly discriminate against them and kill them just because they were a little different from ordinary people.

Honestly, I felt the transformation phenomenon caused by the ruin’s fragment should be declared as a disaster. Especially for the test subjects who were forcibly transformed because of people’s twisted greed, it was more correct to call them the victims.

But that said, the situation right now reminded me of a medieval witch hunt in some way.

Of course…if another mutant was truly involved in the explosion incident not too long ago, then they might not be innocent this time.

“I see…these heretic people, are they that dangerous?”

Anne-Marie wasn’t too knowledgeable about the situation in the East, so she didn’t say much. But her expression seemed a little uncomfortable.

Noticing that, Kalian paused for a moment.
His lips parted slightly then he shut his mouth again.

I watched as Kalian lowered his eyes and oddly faint shadow flashed in his eyes for a moment.

“Dangerous, indeed. They are no different from murderers.”

When Kalian didn’t answer, Dominic who was sitting next to him, glanced at his son’s face before answering.

“Isn’t that right, Father?”

Dominic affirmed Anne-Marie’s words then he turned to Bastian this time and asked as though he wanted confirmation.

Somehow, his tone was bit odd, so I also turned to look at Bastian. Surprisingly, his face had hardened, just like Kalian.

“Such things should not be discussed at the table.”

Bastian cut off the discussion in a voice as cold and rigid as the expression on his face.

“Moreover, we have guests.”

When even Bastian got serious, the atmosphere become more depressing than before.

‘These Crawfords, were they slapped by a heretic before or something?’

While feeling reasonably suspicious, I downed the glass of water next to me to moisten my throat.

“It looks most of us are done eating to some extent.”

Still, a smile quickly arose on Bastian’s face and he tried to brighten the atmosphere in his own way.

“I had the chef make a special cake for you guys. I’ll have them bring it out now so you can try it.”

“I’m looking forward to it.”

I played along and responded positively to his words.

“It’s nice to sit around and have a meal together like this. Eating with others definitely makes the food better.”

“You’re right, Grandpa. I think so too.”

Anne-Marie also smiled and agreed with Bastian.

“Ever since I became an old man in a back room, I’ve been stuck in this stuffy mansion with nothing to see, so I felt like life had lost its flavor. Still, thanks to you two, I definitely feel like I’ve been living properly these days.” [3]

Bastian said in a voice that felt sincere.

His face was covered with gratefulness and a glance showed the obvious passage of time on his face. Perhaps he was reflecting on what just happened, because an emotion that seemed to be regret flashed in Bastian’s dim eyes.

“I hope I get to see you two for as long as possible.”

“If you see me for a long time, that’s not good though? You have to get better quickly.”

Hearing Anne-Marie’s playful words, Bastian laughed and agreed that she was right.

Meanwhile, Dominic was sipping his wine again with his mouth shut while Kalian’s eyes had a shadow over them, and he was alternating glances between me and Anne-Marie but it was impossible to know what he was thinking.

Still, the atmosphere in the dining was much more relaxed in the second half unlike the beginning, so I was able to have an okay time.

* * *

‘Unlike what I expected, there was nothing much.’

I thought indifferently and walked out of the dining room.

Bastian had been excited throughout the dinner and drank even though the people around him tried to stop him, so he eventually got drunk.

Anne-Marie who was beside me, had a serious expression and as his caretaker, she kept advising him not to drink excessively but he laughed like he was facing his cute granddaughter and claimed it was okay.

In the end, he dozed off on his seat and had to be taken to his room with the help of his servants.

Following that, Dominic also left the dining room, saying he had other things to do.

When he stood up and glanced at me, I initially thought he was going to say something to me. But he just told us to have a good time then he turned around and walked out the door. Seeing as he stood up as soon as Bastian left, I was now sure that he had come to the dinner tonight to check on me. Somehow, I felt like he would either come looking for me again or call me sooner or later.

However, I still didn’t know what Bastian was trying to offer me. When Bastian opened his mouth earlier, he was definitely about to bring it up, but Kalian intercepted it, although I wasn’t sure if it was intentional or not.

Either ways, after Bastian and Dominic left the dining room in turn, Kalian, Anne-Marie and I were left in an somewhat awkward and uncomfortable mood.

Then just when I was thinking ‘I’ve stayed long enough to be polite’, the three of us stood up at the same time as if we had planned it beforehand.

“Can I check on Grandpa’s condition for a bit?”

Perhaps her professionalism as a caretaker was triggered because Anne-Marie asked that once she came out of the dining room.

Her face was filled with concern.

“Go ahead.”

Kalian readily agreed.

Anne-Marie’s face brightened then as she was about to leave, she suddenly looked at me.

“Ms. Yuri…”

“I’ll wait for you at the door.”

Since I wasn’t a caretaker like Anne-Marie, it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to enter Bastian’s room this late in the evening, so I decided to just to wait for her at the front door.

“I’ll be quick!”

Anne-Marie looked delighted when I said I would wait instead of going home first.

Did she think I would leave her and go back first?
We were heading in the same direction anyways so if I were to go alone, it wouldn’t exactly be nice.

“Ms. Yuri. I’m sorry but can I talk to you for a second?”

After Anne-Marie walked to the stairs and her footsteps disappeared, Kalian and I were the only people left.

And then, Kalian posed me a question in a quiet voice.

I was a little puzzled since I didn’t know what he wanted to say to me, so I looked at the face standing before me.

Kalian was looking at me, and I still couldn’t tell what he was thinking about from his gaze. He had his back against the candle on the wall and the shadows from it made his eyes look almost pitch-black.

“Sure, I don’t mind.”

Since I was going to wait for Anne-Marie, I had nothing to do anyways. And I had no reason to ignore Kalian when he wanted to talk about something, so I accepted.

Besides, I was also curious about what Kalian had to say to me.

“It won’t take long so we can talk while we walk to the front door.”

And so, Kalian and I began walking along the quiet hallway, and there was no one else coming through.

 

 

Translator’s Corner:

Note: Please make sure you are reading on rubymaybetranslations.

[1]  In the raws, isolate isn’t emphasized with ‘’ but I thought it would make it clearer to those who don’t understand what she means. If they are killed then naturally, they are isolated from the world forever.

[2]  The (?) is from the raw so it’s on purpose. That said, the [good] here can also be translated as ‘law-abiding’ or ‘decent’.

[3]  OMFG. I googled ‘old man in the back room’ because I was confused and the results…Well, I think it means a retired old man, google must be drunk.

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26 Comments

  1. OHtheNovelty

    Thanks for the chapter! 😘

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  2. Brittnie

    Thank you, Miss Ruby!

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  3. Stephanie

    Thanks for the update

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  4. mysteriouslittlemouse

    Thank you for your hard work <3

    6+

  5. Penelope

    Thanks for the chapter, Miss Ruby!

    4+

  6. Dklvx

    Thank you Miss Ruby!

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  7. Mai

    reading the end ooooh~ interesting :>

    And thanks for the chapter!

    4+

  8. BungeeFox

    Thanks, miss rubyyyyy

    I think he’s gonna ask her to protect Anne Marie, to stop her heretic powers from being discovered. Little does he know… Yuri’s most likely the strongest and most dangerous woman in all four countries, and she’s set to become the King of the Underworld’s Queen. Henceforth, I’m hyped as all hell for when the three annoying noobs (Kalian Genos and Damian) and Dominic find out her true power and status as Lakis’ lover. That would put her on the same political level as them, I expect.

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    • _(:3 」∠)_

      This type of plot reminds me of that webtoon Lore Olymus where Persephone is gonna be the queen of the underworld. Anyway I agree with you. They all (except Lakis) think she needs to be protected cause they think she’s weak. Can’t wait for her to prove them wrong

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      • BungeeFox

        Lore Olympus that’s such a good shout actually, and cuz Persephone is also secretly powerful as hell

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  9. Marceline

    Thanks for your hard work
    I hope Lakis appears in the next chapter
    Is Dominic and Bastian between them a quarrel about the heretic?
    I understand why Kalyan was hesitant to talk because of Anne Marie, but why also Bastian?
    Although this is a little clear, I really don’t want Dominic to be the ultimate villain, I don’t know, I think I really want the story to be a bit long, and Yuri goes with Lakis to other areas and they meet more enemies.

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  10. killua

    Thanks for your hard work

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  11. _(:3 」∠)_

    Thank you so much for translating this story! Much appreciated ╰(´︶`)╯♡. I have a feeling that he’d say his grandpa wants to adopt Yuri. And like uh the reason Kalian interrupted is because he doesn’t want to be that kind of family with her. Gosh I wish this prediction is totally wrong 😩 I wish it’s something entire different

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    • BungeeFox

      I think you’re right unfortunately.

      You know what I think is actually wrong but would be such a legendary plot twist? Is if Yuri’s resemblance to Selena was because Dominic was Yuri’s dad. Cuz I feel like they have too much of a relationship for there to be nothing there, and maybe that’s why he wants her out of the east so bad. I’m totally wrong but it’s cool to think about.

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      • 😎

        I really don’t want to imagine THAT possibility. However, truthfully I don’t think and HOPE that is the case.

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  12. Sally

    Thanks for the chapter, Miss Ruby!
    I think Kalian wants to talk to her about Genos’ vision. Maybe warn her to stay further away from Dominic. I get the feeling that what happened to Selena had something to do with the mutants, from the way the Crawfords are reacting.

    6+

  13. Karma95

    Thank you!!!

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  14. Rania

    In fact, an hour or more ago I was looking for this novel, Lakis and Yuri novels, I really liked this novel, so I was planning to buy folders for the novel, but when I checked the comments on the ridibooks site, I found that there was someone complaining about the end and it was not satisfactory of course I did not complete his comment because I knew that this Spoilers and I am now afraid it will be the bad end as that person said Oh, I hope them have a happy ending+thank you Ruby💜💜

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    • Juliieee

      Uwu where did you read it??

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  15. 😎

    KYAAAA!! Omgosh, I loved this chapter!! Although, no Lakis and Yuri moments, I can say that I learned a little about their family. Gosh, Kalian is Trash (sorry lovers of the ex-ML, but I fully agree with Yuri on this.) but guess what? – he has salvation! (I hope so…)
    The story about Selena is complete mystery, but little by little they are revealing the truth little by little, or I am thinking about something that might be completely incorrect thus people later find out and throw eggs at me. I don’t care.
    but maybe, the hypothesis is that Selena was actually a heretic, therefore the strange silence of the meal afterwards the conversation, I say this mainly due to Bestian reaction. Kalian’s probably due Anne-Marie. the story goes that Selena might be a heretic or has a lover who is heretic (? – probably not) and it was deemed as a disgrace of the Crawford family who is naturally against the existence of them. Therefiore either she was killed due to that – also probably not, Bestian shows great love for his deceased daughter – or silently dealt with (by enemies or something to give more impact) – also probably not, because then there would be no ruckus about it, even Genos is crying after her death.
    or the conversation was simply heavy due to Kalian and Bestian knowing that heretics are actually humans being experimented on and still have to be against them and kill them at sight.
    Ok, the second is more probable. Forget about the first. Anyway, I am super duper exicted about the rest of the story! Thank you very much Miss Ruby!

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    • BungeeFox

      Nah you’re definitely on to something, I would be so happy if you were right.
      So Selena was maybe an accidental heretic? Like Anne Marie? Idk if it tells us exactly when she disappears but if it’s about ten years ago-
      HOLD UP

      Dominic was talking about monstrous disfigurement due to hereticness, what if SELENA WASNT REALLY BURNT IN A FIRE BUT GREW LIKE WINGS OR SOMETHING AND THATS WHY SHE WAS HIDDEN cuz otherwise how the hell would he knowwwwww

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  16. mizutsuki

    Thank you for the translation ruby-sama
    ♡(ӦvӦ。)

    And of course, google can get drunk too sometimes..
    (。・ω・。)ノ♡

    1+

  17. Mellow

    You makes me curious,
    you makes my eyes turn round,
    and makes me hesitant to check further, what in the backroom does it means… 🙊

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  18. ahnjel

    Aarrrggggg!! No Lakis in this chappie!!
    Thanks so much Ms. Ruby for another awesome release.

    2+

  19. catlet

    thank you ❤

    1+

  20. Juliieee

    Thank you for the update!

    1+

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