When the dust settled somewhat, the shattered wall behind the man could be seen.
“I want to go home!”
There were about thirty children, and several adults trying to pacify them. The adults were wearing the same uniform worn by the man who was standing in front of me right now. Seeing that, realization flashed through my mind.
Ahh, was this the stage for the orphanage disappearance in the novel?
If that’s the case, then what a lucky coincidence.
Oh, wait, Hestia isn’t here, is she?
I didn’t feel any movement from the thread I attached to her.
“Lord Crawford! That…!”
Who knows why but the eyes of people in uniform widened when they saw me and they all drew their weapons. Seeing that, the children hiccupped and cried even more.
But for some reason, their priority had now turned to me and Siren, instead of the kidnapped children.
“W-What is it?”
I could sense Siren bewilderment as she shrunk herself behind me.
“A heretic, huh.”
Kalian’s silver grey eyes sharpened coldly as he spoke. Rather than me, their eyes were focused on Siren behind me.
“Rombell, starting now, you are to take my place and lead the victims out of here as fast as possible.”
Kalian told one of the people behind him then he took a step forward.
“The heretic shall be eliminated immediately.”
A sharp attack flew at me before I even understood what that meant. I quickly pulled Siren and avoided it.
Siren’s piercing scream rang out behind me. But more attacks poured in without giving her time to recover.
I reinforced my sharpened web and struck his sword which was flying at my neck. If it was a normal weapon, it would have immediately shattered to pieces. However, his mysterious sword merely veered slightly off course; it didn’t even crack.
“Are you a heretic too?”
He seemed surprised by the fact that I blocked his attack then when he saw the thread coming out of me, his gaze turned threatening.
‘What is this sudden nonsense?’
I was annoyed in more ways than one.
This is crazy, what the hell is this?
Hey male lead, are you trying to kill me and my partner right now?
On top of that, heretics? Don’t tell me he’s referring to test-subjects?
From the nuance in his tone, that was probably the case. Especially since he said that after seeing Siren’s wings.
I was covered with a dark cloak and my outward appearance didn’t show that I had absorbed the power of the ruins, so he apparently didn’t know until I had shot out a thread.
No, even if that’s true, who starts swinging swords at people when you see them?
“Now I know you’re a heretic, I won’t go easy on you this time.”
He leapt from where he stood and shot himself at me. The sight was terrifying enough to give anyone goosebumps. I couldn’t help but wonder if I had dreamt up his polite appearance so far.
And I realized something new today.
Just because they were described as a good person in the novel didn’t mean they would be a good person to me. And now that I thought about it, Kalian Crawford was very cold-hearted to people in the underworld, wasn’t he?
I increased the strength of my spiderwebs, made a net and threw it on Kalian.
However he mowed it down and moved to ram his knife into my chest. I subconsciously tried to avoid it then I remembered Siren behind me.
Troublesome as expected.
While thinking something that would make Siren upset if she knew, I sent her as far away as I could. She screamed like before, but I acted like I didn’t hear. She was bound to my thread anyways, so I could pull her back if I wanted.
Then I dodged Kalian’s attack but as expected, because I got Siren out of the way first, I couldn’t avoid it completely and got a shallow cut on my arm. But as I tilted a bit, the hood of the black cloak that covered my face also went up.
I quickly stuck a thread to it and brought the hood down. Fortunately, Kalian didn’t seem to have seen my face.
Right then, the wall next to me was destroyed and something shot at me like an arrow.
It was Leo for sure. In a massive body and obviously not in his right mind. But it wasn’t just Leo who appeared from the destroyed wall.
The strange sight had me a little bewildered.
Someone was casually sitting on Leo’s head as if they were controlling him and once the wall was down, they moved swiftly.
The person was in front of me in the blink of an eye and lunged at violent kick at Kalian. It was so brutal and aggressive that it made wonder if they had some animosity with Kalian Crawford.
Kalian let down his guard for a moment, so he was hit and sent back. But like the male lead he was, he soon found his balance and launched a counterattack.
Boom, boom, boom!
Black dust rose from where Kalian’s attacks hit.
“…And I was wondering how great the so-called hero of the east was.”
A rough, low male voice rang out in the smoky air. Instantly, I couldn’t help but narrow my eyes. Finally, a man wearing a white mask with a cracked mouth appeared in the cloud of dust.
“Quite the paper tiger, aren’t you?”
He spoke provokingly and stood, unharmed by Kalian’s attack in the slightest.
It wasn’t hard for me to guess who he was. The man who appeared out of the blue and attacked Kalian was definitely Lakis. His voice was familiar to my ears and his clothes to my eyes. And most of all…
The mask he was wearing right now was my own mask which I had stuffed in my bag.
“Are you a heretic as well? Or a slave trader, perhaps?”
“Eastern dog. I have no obligation to answer you, and you have no right to question me.”
I couldn’t see his face because of the mask he was wearing but I knew Lakis was ridiculing Kalian.
Kalian merely furrowed his brows slightly, but his expression didn’t change more than that.
“Then you shall be dealt with in turn.”
The next moment, the sword in his hand glowed sharply. At the same time, red blood began to seep from Lakis’ hand. However, the one Kalian attacked right after was Siren not Lakis.
I yanked my thread and pulled Siren in front of me. Siren who was now wrapped around in thread like a cocoon gave a deathly cry as the next attack flew at both me and Siren.
“I didn’t say you could look away, did I?”
But Lakis intervened first and blocked Kalian. An unknown red afterimage moved chaotically before my eyes. Even seeing it from afar made for a dizzying sensation and it gave off an eerie feeling.
Maybe Kalian was sensing the same thing because his face stiffened as he swung his sword.
But surprisingly enough, the moment the black sword touched the red line, it shattered into pieces. For the first time, puzzlement entered Kalian’s eyes.
“These bastards! Do you think this is your playground?!”
People suddenly flooded into where we were. One group was Kalian’s uniform-wearing comrades, and the other group was slave traders.
Then the slave traders went pale upon hearing the name of the rulers of the East.
I ran to Leo who was on the brink of losing it in excitement.
Thankfully, when I called his name, his ears pricked up and he turned my way. I climbed up on Leo like Lakis did earlier and grabbed his fur.
Once he heard my words, Leo took off in a dash.
People fled out of the way in fright when they saw Leo approaching recklessly. Maybe it was just my imagination, but Lakis’ gaze behind the mask seemed to fall on me for a moment.
Leo leapt to the roof and into night sky. Then a voice with a strange echo to it rang out behind me.
“I order all who hear my voice.”
It was Lakis’ voice but there was something different and unusually about it.
“Forget everything concerning ‘mutants’ or ‘heretics’ that appeared here today.”
And hearing his following words, I looked back in surprise.
Lakis was facing the other side and all I could see was the image of his back.
“Forget ever meeting me here too.”
His golden hair fluttering in the moonlight filled my sight. After that, Lakis disappeared into the darkness.
“Leo, turn back small.”
I instinctively sensed something and asked Leo.
Leo turned back to his small appearance like I asked. I caught Leo with my thread as he fell from the sky.
“Eh? What happened just now?”
“What am I doing here?”
I could see people looking around like they were confused.
“Gasp, why’s the roof like this?!”
They were shocked to see the gaping hole in the roof.
 He doesn’t say paper tiger. I don’t know how else to translate “You’re not even a main dish” to a word with a question mark.
*All this sfx…I’m not sure I’m cut out for it. There’s a reason I don’t translate manga lol.
Thanks for the chapter.
Muchas gracias por la traducción!!! Lo que más esperaba… El encuentro de lakis y Yuri 😍
Is she going to forget that?
Thanks for the chapter!!!
Since yuri is wearing a cloak, is it fine to say her identity is still not found by crawford? Well lakis probably knows tho~
It doesn’t matter.
Lakis made sure nobody’s gonna remember a thing. He’s protecting Yuri (and himself, probably). 😍
Thanks for the new chapter!
Omg, I love this!!! >w< ❤ Lakis came to save the day~ I love how he came riding Leo asdgkskw. Also, he was in front of her protecting her in a second ❤ And now both of them know 100% that the other is no ordinary human uwu I'm glad they're all safe. Oh! That part when she said that just because a character was despicted as nice in the novel didn't mean they would be nice to everyone was so true and wise. The same applies with the villains. Thank you so much for your hard work and for translating this novel!! You at the best! ❤
Thanks for the chapter! Did anyone see her face or guess her identity??
AH! This chapter, man, so much. But it made me so happy to see that it updated. Ahhh such joy, this brings qwq thank you for the update.
Thank you! And wtf Crawford really attacked them immediately?! Did he not see Siren all bloody and weak like a slave? I would’ve understood if he thought Yuri was abusing her and didn’t respond to questioning so he would attack Yuri but to go for the kill on an injured woman instead right off the bat and then the person protecting her without asking at all is just insane. I don’t even like Siren but his priorities are waaaay too skewed on people who didnt even react negatively on his operation. He only really asked Lakis after he was pushed back too. Do you only get questioned after you prove you can’t just be cut down? Compared to Lakis’ reaction to disguised Yuri earlier during the festival, this is a major minus that Crawford better not forget being guilty of. Well either way, he’s kicked out of the race for sure.
yep. it really felt unreasonable the way he acted. Im thinking author just wanted to kick him out of the reverse harem. I mean we all know Lakis is gonna be the only winner eventually.
Totally agree!! That stupid fuck
So Crawford’s thing against people with ruin fragment powers… how did that blow off with Annemarie and her healing—? Oof
Thanks for the chapter!
I’m guessing it’s “good” powers vs “bad” ones. Ann Marie has healing so she has a good holy god approved power. Mutants that don’t look entirely human or have powers that aren’t purely in the approved gifts of god list gets the heretic label.
u cant explain his sudden intense hate with anything other than plot. It was just meant to make us (and Yuri dislike him) so that Lakis becomes undisputed bae.
I suspect he was fed lies about those with powers from the ruins fragments. By calling them heretics that makes it seem like he thinks they chose to become like that.
Thanks for the chapter!
Crawford really isn’t quite the good guy he is. He seems to see things in black and white; good people and bad people. And the lab test kids belongs to his category of ‘bad people’.
Hrmm, didn’t know that Lakis have that kind of power. Wow. Was it due to him being able to absorb too many of the power of the ruin whilst he was on the lab next to Yuri’s room??
Thanks so much for the translation. 💖💖💖💖
He has manipulation and charm power which he doesn’t like using
Yupp as lazykitty said. The bug and Lakis talked about the power to manipulate before.
I really hope that he confronts her about it and then she drops the ‘thank you for saving me all those years ago’ to leave him reeling and if she’s feeling mean also a ‘now we are even’ lol
Most “upright”people like Crawford think they are “just” as they only see things according to black and white ,just like here . These people themselves haven’t gone through pain like Lakis n Yuri so upheld their “righteousness” . I don’t like those “characters” who are good only to “one” but bad to others . It just shows they don’t have common sense of being a proper human .(except Lakis ,he is villian)
I hope Yuri doesn’t forget so that lakis n her relationship can move on ~~
Lakis biggest rival is only Anne Marie ~
i also hate ****** like that guy
they always think justice is on their side…crazy b*stards
I don’t think she will forget cause at the end she only mentioned other people looking confused. She didn’t asked herself why she was there.
Thank you sooo much
Ha! Good to see Crawford no longer even worth Yuri’s attention anymore. I didn’t want a love triangle or a reverse harem, but having foils for Lakis is fine by meee~
Thanks for the chapter! 😘
This is one of those moments that I’ve regretted by not learning Korean, I really want to binge read the whole novel. It was Ruby-san who introduced me to Knovels. I’ve avoided reading Knovels actually just because I think most of their plots are overdramatic and cliche but she changed my mind with Lucia. She picks great knovels and translates them amazingly well.
Thank you u translator-san. More power. 😊❤💞
(😂 I’m kind of addicted to ‘You Got The Wrong House,Villain and Adonis: Reminiscence)
Thank you Ruby-nim for picking the best novels!
Thanks for the chapter! Umm, did Yuri grab Siren as well when she escaped with Leo?
Yes. Siren is still tangled by her web.
is this means heretics and mutant is just a different call for the same thing?
so it seems.
thanks for the chapter~
Crawfool…you`re on yuri`s the blacklist from now on, serves you right!
Thanks for the chapter. That was exciting. I wonder if Lakis and Yuri will confront each other now or just ignore it.
THIS IS LIKE SO EPIC
What happened to siren??
interesting! basically by telling everyone to forget about the mutants/heretics (yuri, the others), lakis is inadvertently saying he’s on yuri’s side for now. whether or not he hates her (which won’t happen bcuz they’re main ship), is to be found out when he looks to yuri for an explanation. we know that he hated the lab and destroyed it, but who knows how exactly he feels about mutants themselves.
on the other hand, we have kallian who is somewhat of a racist. we don’t know his personal history with mutants, but to call them heretics? that’s a bit degrading towards this group of people who were practically abused by shitty people and made to survive with nothing but the hair on their backs. even more so, his decision to attack siren who was battered and in tatters is at least questionable and at most despicable and immoral. while yuri was disguised in a cloak defensively guarding siren, kallian chose to attack who resembles a mutant/heretic more.
what makes this scene great is that yuri, our smart and charming female lead who rightfully gains a mf’ing harem, acknowledges the dichotomy that is reality and some novel from her original world. kallian is worthy of being the male lead, and his personality of “being loving to only annie-marie/female lead” is one side of the coin. it goes both ways in that yuri fulfills the role of female lead AND mutant/heretic. because yuri doesn’t reveal her face here, we see how kallian reacts to yuri (fl) in bright settings and then yuri (unidentified mutant/heretic) here, both times being in line with his personality, but surprising and disgusting at the same time because of his treatment towards mutants/”heretics.” ultimately, lakis is our ml in this story, and his relationship with yuri is more likeable by the perspectives we’ve been shown.
stan yuri stan talent.
i think using the term ‘main dish’ is actually pretty understandable! because it’s a different way of saying ‘you’re just an appetiser’ —! oh hohhh will lakis confront her, i’m so curious— i really don’t like kalian, he’s annoying me hahahaha
Oh my goodness!!!! I can’t wait to see Lakis and Yuri’s interaction once they get home 😆! And I guess Crawford got kicked off the Yuri ship 🚢 lol 😝. Thank you for the chap miss ruby !
i have a feeling that yuri is gonna pretend to forget everything that happen and lakis is gonna pretend that it wasnt him lol, thanks for the chapter <3
I don’t know, he was wearing the mask she used on the day of the auction (a mask she hid somewhere) so maybe he was trying to send her a message? Something like: “I know it was you all along, Yuri. I’m here to get you out.” I mean, he could have used his frog mask? Lol. Anyway, that’s my theory.
Thank you so much for your translation ! ^^
I do wonder why Lakis and Annie-Marry didn’t show any animal characteristic. And, they (including Snow with his clairfoyance) should also be considered as Heretic right? Didn’t seem Kalian hate Annie-Marry. And, as the ML of the original book story does he have some kind of power? Thanks for the chapter desu~
You may have a point there. Kalian does seem to hate on the ones that have animalistic powers. Wonder how he would feel if he knew that was actually Yuri.
Thank you for the chapter!!! If you don’t mind my asking, how frequent do you release chapters?
oh nevermind hehe
Once a year
“Someone was casually sitting on Leo’s head as if they were controlling him and once the wall was down, they moved swiftly.”
Hahahaha this got, i can really imagine this scene…
Thank you for this chapter!! I binge read it all the way..
Heretics they are not, the people they should refer to as heretics are those researchers who experimented on them. These people the [email protected] just attacked were the VICTIM.
Who is spreading this false info in their world?
Or is it just his ‘righteous’ belief and brain that percieves only black and white?
Is his Aunt Selena taken from them for the experiment as well? That’s why Yuri greatly resembles here? Is Yuri Selena or Selena’s clone?
All i can say to this shit is: stay away from Yuri.
Yuri x Lakis 👌💕🙏
Thank you for translating this knovel 💕
Thank you for the chapter, Miss Ruby.
Take care of your health.
hooo I can imagine how lakis entered with leo in a style that emphasized “I am the king, bow down you lowly rats”. Looking down at the arrogant gaze that Yuri said fits him very well.
And his power ruins of manipulation, the power to give orders, to make targets obedient, that power is very compatible with him
and for kalian from the beginning I didn’t like him, like he was too rigid, his official style and noble style was very annoying. He only saw what he wanted to see, judging everything between black and white, judging by only looking at one side of the coin and racist, only accepting what he thought was normal.
Thanks for chap
Yay yay yay lakris found out right?! Progress!!
He has a voice geass so cool.Looking at how it is this series crawford will be the villian huh. So genos as a side boss?
Awesome chapter- so much action and I just love Yuri and Lakis more and more!
Thanks for the chapter!
As for the “Not even the main dish” it is a diss. It is saying he is a small fry and not the main atraction. The paper tiger is more of an Asian saying but the meaning fits better here and it is still recognisable for English audiences (expecailly those who read light novels).
What a day!!
Would Kalian be affected by the spell tho?