ftop of a building to gaze at the spectacle.

 

Something was beginning.

 

-Bang!

 

“It's appearing over there too…!”

 

It didn't stop at just one.

 

With each tremor of the ground, a new pillar of light emerged from the sky.

 

-Bang!

 

Then the third one followed.
As all the pillars were far away from the city, I found myself somewhat bewildered, staring at them.

 

-Kwaaaaang!!!

 

 

And then came the deafening explosion.

 

Everyone lowered their posture in response to the immense sound, their faces filled with confusion.

 

But what caught our attention was the sight before us—unlike the other pillars, this one was too close.

 

“…Ah.”

 

This time, the pillar was shining down upon Sien's orphanage.

 

People murmured among themselves.

 

“It's…
in the direction of the orphanage, right…?”

 

My heart grew cold, and the color drained from my face.

 

After confirming the direction, I started running straight away.

 

 

All I could think about was the possibility of Sien being in danger due to this unknown phenomenon.

 

Without taking a moment's rest, I sprinted through the city, paying no attention to the people I collided with.

 

As I ran, I could see the orphanage in the distance.

 

“Haa…
Haa…”

 

A large number of people gathered around the fading shining pillar, their voices filled with confusion.

 

 

“What the hell is this…!”

 

 

“Could the rumors have been true?”

 

People were buzzing about what they saw.

 

 

Judging by the atmosphere, it didn't look like anyone was hurt or dead.

 

 


Relieved, I pushed through the crowd and made my way forward.

 

“….?”

 

 

And then, I saw Sien.

 

Her body was shining brightly.

 

 

Radiating purity and nobility beyond anyone else, she shone beautifully.

 

“…Sien?”

 

“Bell…”

 

 

From the moment Sien looked at me, the light gradually faded.

 

 

She looked at me and let out a sigh of relief, but she still looked confused.

 

 

I stepped in front of her, who was sitting on her knees.

 

 

Holding both of her hands, I asked anxiously.

 

 

“…Are you okay? Is your body…?”

 

 

“I don't know either, what's going on…
But…”

 

Sien cautiously showed me the back of her hand.

 

On the back of her hand, a new symbol was engraved.

 

 

It was a familiar symbol.

 

 

It was a symbol symbolizing 'Hea', the god that Sien believed in.

 

 

“…Why is this…
here?”

 

While looking at the sign questionably, someone shouted in the crowd.

 

 

“…She was chosen by Hea-sama…!”

 

 

“Chosen…? Wait, does that mean she's a Saintess…?”

 

“Could it be true that the Demon King has appeared?”

 

Saintess…

 

 

Unexpectedly, the title was bestowed upon Sien in an instant.

 

My mind couldn't process it properly.

 

The mere fact that she was given the noble title of a saint made me anxious for some reason.

 

'If she was called a saint, doesn't that mean she is destined to fight the Demon king?'

 

My eyes meet Sien's.

 

 

Without saying a word, we both felt the same uneasiness.

 

Things were taking a twisted and wrong turn.

 

Without saying a word, I grabbed the back of Sien's hand and started wiping off the symbol with the collar.

 

And before people spread any more strange rumors, I shouted.

 

“What saintess…! Everyone doesn't talk nonsense…! It's ridiculous!”

 

Sien, looking increasingly anxious, sought refuge in my embrace.

 

I continued to check the symbol and rubbed at it with my clothes, but it wouldn't disappear.

 

“Fuck…what is this…!”

 

 

A swear word came out of my mouth in fear of unknown cause.

 

 

“Bell…
I'm scared…”

 

 

“It's okay, Sien.
It will be fine.
It will disappear soon.
Don't worry.”

 


I rubbed the back of her hand harder and harder…

 

 

…But the symbol remained the same.

 

 

'Why wouldn't it go away? It should disappear.'

 

 

There was no reason for Sien to become a saint.

 

In my impatience, I put strength into my hands and began to roughly push the back of Sien's soft hand.

 

 

Even so, Sien didn't say anything, closing her eyes tightly, she just endured the pain.

 

 

However, my attempts were quickly interrupted.

 

-Thud.
Thud.
Thud.
Thud.

 

 

Sounds of approaching footsteps echoed from somewhere.

 

It was a familiar sound to my ears, having lived in the slums.

 

 

Those were soldiers.

 

 

With a glimmer of hope, I looked down at Sien's hand.

 

“…”

 

 

“…”

 

 

The symbol hadn't disappeared at all.

 

“Young man, step aside, please.
We need to verify something.”

 

A voice resonated from behind.

 

I couldn't easily turn my head.

 

I could only meet Sien's gaze.

 

Her trembling hand, held tightly in mine, couldn't stand up.

 

Unable to move, a heavy hand rested on my shoulders.

 

“Let go, you bastards!”

 

I protested, but numerous arms from behind me forcefully separated me from Sien.

 

“Just a moment! Just give us a moment!”

 

The armored figures restraining me pleaded roughly.

 

Soon, a priest passed by my side.

 

His attire—robes, hat, and staff—indicated that he wasn't an ordinary priest.

 

But I didn't step back.
I shouted, “Hey you bastard, don't you dare approach Sien!”

 

Desperation and anxiety overwhelmed me.

 

I couldn't stand the terrible feeling that Sien was pulling away from me.

 

 

“What did you say to the bishop…!”

 

A fist swung at me from the side.

 

I clenched my fists in response, but…

 

 

“Stop.”

 

At the bishop's words, everyone froze in place.

 

He wasn't even looking at me.

 

 

With his gaze fixed solely on Sien, he remained motionless.

 

Sien quickly hid her hand, but it was already too late.

 

The bishop kneeled down in front of Sien and spoke.

 

“I greet the Holy saintess.”

 

Following his lead, the numerous soldiers who had accompanied the bishop also kneeled.

 

I could only helplessly watch the scene unfold.

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