I am Late so I am the Villain? - Chapter 12
The dragon’s green blood splattered in all directions, and Quangi screamed like a human being.
“Don’t kill our Quangi!”
When Riya saw Quangi’s blood, she flipped her eyes and bounced off and hung on Yucal’s neck.
At that moment, Quangyi roared vigorously, spread his wings and soared high into the sky.
Surprised, Riya and Yucal looked up at the flying Quangi.
Yucal quickly pushed Riya and soared to chase the dragon, but it was after the figure of the green dragon had already risen high in the sky and disappeared.
“Quangi… He flew away…”
Riya looked up at the sky as if she couldn’t believe it and looked down at the ground soaked in Quangi’s green blood.
“Sob. What if he gets hurt a lot?”
Yucal stared at her as if she were incredible.
“I missed the dragon because of you. I can’t believe a baby dragon flew just a day after he was born. It must be clear that the imperial family will do something about it.”
“Right! Quangi is a baby who’s only been born for a day, but you’re stabbing him so cruelly. What if my Quang dies while flying away?”
In front of Riya, who shouted with her eyes full of tears, Yucal shook his head in wonder.
“Crazy. Aren’t you ashamed of being a member of the imperial family of the Hernian Empire?”
“No! I’m more ashamed of you. Because You’re so cruel. I read in the book that the dragons attack us because humans hunted them first. It is because of the cruel humans who provoked them who had been living well!”
When Riya shouted excitedly and pointed, Yucal was surprised and opened his eyes.
“Riya Lisburn, are you really crazy?”
“If Quangi’s body is found later, I will never forgive you!”
Riya stared at him vigorously and strode forward.
Yucal stared at her and shouted.
“Hmph, I will never listen to your orders.”
Angry Riya rolled up the hem of her dress and squealed as soon as she took a step forward.
After the scream, she fainted on the spot. A zebra snake parasitic in the northern forest was twisting and biting her heel.
Yucal, who first found the zebra snake waiting in front of her, warned her to stop, but she eventually refused to listen. Now, poison will spread all over her body.
Yucal sighed and walked over to her and lifted her up, hugging her back.
Then he grabbed her ankle and slashed her wound with the tip of his sword on the sole of her foot. It was a magic sword that neutralized poison.
* * * * *
Riya opened her eyes on the bed. Then, she stared blankly at her wounded right foot with a bandage.
“What’s going on.”
However, Miryu shook his head instead of answering. Her face was very teary.
Riya looked at her blankly and felt strange, so she raised her head and looked up at the ceiling. And in the end, she couldn’t help screaming. Looking up, Quangi was floating in the air and looking down at her.
Riya jumped up and spread her arms toward him.
Quangi, who folded his wings and gently sat down under the bed, rolled his golden eyes and called her repeatedly.
“Why didn’t you go home? Are you lost? I guess you didn’t meet the other dragons.”
While trying to pet Quangi, Riya noticed that his shoulder was soaked in green blood.
“Oh, my. What should I do?”
“Bad guy! Bad guy!”
Quangi moaned and rubbed his face against Riya’s knee, pretending to be weak.
Miryu, who was watching, shook her head as if she was tired.
“Madam, I don’t think he’s an ordinary dragon. Oh, I have a feeling that he would never want to be separated from Madam for the rest of his life.”
“It’s okay. It’s because he’s still a baby. It’ll be different when he’s a little bigger.”
On the other hand, Riya was happy to hug Quangi, who managed to come back to her. Although it was weird for him to survive and come back to her.
‘How could he have come all the way here without being caught?’
Anyway, after barely putting Quangi to sleep, who was shaking and making noise, Riya finally sighed.
“Miryu, where can I get medicine to treat his wounds?”
She couldn’t touch Quangi’s wound because it was said that the dragon’s blood was toxic, and it numbed her heart to think how painful it must have been.
“I’m sure Yucal-nim or Seir-nim have one. Since they are the people who spend a lot of time on the battlefield, I’m sure they’ll have some medicine to treat wounds.”
Riya’s mind was mixed up when Miryu answered her. Now she just remembered about Seir.
“By the way, what happened to Seir-nim?”
“I thought he really died because of you, Madam. But as soon as Seir woke up, he took Madam’s pajamas and left.”
“What? Why did he do that? Is he crazy”
“Seir-nim said that Madam should come over to his bedroom tonight to find your pajamas, Madam. And he was laughing while saying it.”
Riya got goosebumps all over her body.
“I guess Seir-nim thought that Madam was so shy that you hit him and ran away. I definitely heard him muttering out that Madam was cute or something. Anyway, it’s a relief.”
“What do I do with this? I can’t even go to eat before I can get medicine to treat Quangi’s wounds.”
“Madam, you’re so weird. It was your goal in your life to be loved by Seir. Why do you keep avoiding him? Are you scared of Madam Elijah’s jealousy?”
“No, that’s not it. It’s because there are more complicated circumstances.”
It won’t be easy to explain to Miryu that her reason is because she is afraid of dying.
When she answered briefly with a worried face, Miryu shouted as if she remembered it.
“Oh, Madam, come to think of it, Madam Elijah’s house also has some flower pots that have healing power.”
Even before Miryu could stop her, Riya jumped up like a spring and ran outside.
She was willing to lick Elijah’s soles in order to treat Quangi’s wound immediately.
But, as expected, servants and maids flocked to block Riya when she reached Elijah’s mansion.
“I have a business, so hurry up and call your master.”
After speaking confidently and waiting, Elijah appeared a moment later.
“What’s going on?”
She looked down pitifully at Riya, who stood in front of her.
Her eyes were different from before. Her eyes fluttered coldly as if it would be okay if she tore the woman in front of her to death.
* * * * *
“Ah, Hyung-nim, you’re here”
Yucal, who strode into Seir’s office, stood on his back and took a book out of the bookshelf.
‘Why did the second brother, who would not stop by even if he passed by without an exact purpose, have come?’
Seir quickly stood up and organized the documents piled up on his desk.
The Hernian Empire is a country whose territories are divided according to power.
The territories were accurately divided according to each of the three princes below the emperor, and the lords belonging to each territory were only scarecrows.
The strong protection of the royal authority was explaining the position of the Hernian Empire well.
Therefore, the territory of Prince Elton, the current official successor, was the largest, followed by Yucal, and the rest is by the youngest Seir.
It was never easy to rule over a territory.
It was the exclusive authority and ability of the princes to have jurisdiction over the ferocious and ruthless local lords, and this often became a problem.
Seir was the most appeased of the princes, so he was always in a situation where he had no choice but to live with work.
“Seir, I advised you not to keep the nobles living in the eastern province alive.”
“Yes, brother. But I want to give them one more chance. So…”
Already, the Baron’s men almost lost their lives on the battlefield against Seir’s men, and only the elderly, children, and women remained in the eastern province. That’s why Seir promised to give them another chance when they begged.
“There has already been a lesson. Keep in mind that if you keep them alive, they may join forces with other powers to threaten your territory again.”
“Yes, I’ll keep that in mind, Hyung-nim.”
It was also an unwritten rule that no matter how clear the superiority between brothers was, they would not interfere with each other’s territory other than advice.
As a result, Seir’s complexion was hardening.
Excessive interference from the second older brother, which was rare before. How should he interpret it?
“Hyung-nim, what do you want to say?”
It will be impossible for Yucal, who does not repeat what he said once, to come to warn this fact again.
“I have a question about your wife.”
“What? Are you talking about Elijah?”
“No. Riya Lisburn.”
As Yucal’s expression was unusual, Seir carefully asked in a worried tone.
“Did she ever disrespect you?”
“No, that’s not it. I just wonder how you met her and got married.”
Seir sighed in surprise.
It was rare for his older brother to show interest in other humans, and it was only in very limited cases, such as before killing he pays attention to other human beings for a while and then relentlessly gets rid of them.
Therefore, receiving attention from Yucal was directly related to death.
“I once attended the king’s birthday party for goodwill with the kingdom of Annabel. That’s when Princess Riya Lisburn danced with me, and after that, the official proposal came in.”
“No matter how small the kingdom is, isn’t it funny that a princess of another kingdom became the concubine of a prince?”
“That’s true. That’s why I’m being more careful.”
“Is that why you locked her in the basement last time?”
When Yucal asked sarcastically, Seir’s face changed.
“How did you know?”
“She is a princess, but I can’t believe you’re leaving her to a mere knight. Will you be responsible if a war breaks out because you treat her so carelessly, Seir Brian?”
When Yucal called him by his full name, Seir’s complexion became even paler.
“I know she’s such a pain, but use your head to deal with her. Don’t let the lower ones handle it and don’t let the Kingdom of Annabelle catch your weaknesses. Anyway, whether it’s your wife or concubine, if you can’t handle the problem properly, I’ll come out, so take care of it.“
It was excessive interference.
Seir’s expression was crumpled, but in this country, where the hierarchical order between brothers was clear, it was unconditionally absolute obedience.
Above all, the part he was most concerned about was the sudden change of Yucal’s attitude.
It was a bad sign in many ways that he, who had not interfered at all, had now begun to step up.
* * * * *
“Hey, Hyung-nim, stop saying such vicious things. Do you think I’ll ever surpass your position?”
In the middle of the colorful parlour room, Elijah and Riya’s drinking party took place, and Elijah’s servants and maids stood in a line and watched her breathlessly without losing their guard.
The wine made with pink lantern flowers was absolutely delicious.
Riya asked for alcohol to break down the boundaries with Elijah, but Riya’s thoughts were elsewhere at the moment.
She thought she had to find out about something.
‘Yeah, how do I find out?’
As she entered the essay academy, she fell into this world, but there was no information at all about how or why she came in.
But didn’t Elijah say it as if she already knew everything at that time?
There must be something. And more than that, Riya felt that Elijah’s eyes were not unfamiliar.
‘It’s clear that she knows something.’
Then she might know how to survive or go back to her world, right?
Fortunately, Elijah seemed very weak with alcohol.
Riya, who has grown up in the drinking family for generations and is exceptionally strong in drinking, has now taken a good opportunity to grill Elijah and dig up information.
“Hyung-nim, actually, Seir is not my cup of tea. Since the Annabel Kingdom is a small kingdom and a frustrating country, I just wanted this marriage to escape. If you help me, I’m going to leave here and become independent alone.”
Elijah, who was tempted by her words, asked again with her rounded eyes.
“Really? Are you really going to get out of here?”
“Of course! I like being free-spirited.”
As Elijah’s eyes eased their vigilance, Riya quietly spoke out.
“Is there anything you want to say to me? For example, whether you and I knew each other well in a different world, or something like that.”