After She Left - Chapter 3
Chapter 3, Part 1: Someone She Loved
The sky was filled with a thick red sunset that looked like a sea of blood. The man looked at it and felt his head pounding as he narrowed his eyes.
It seems strange. He thinks he’s finally gotten what he wanted for years, but he’s not happy about it at all.
Did he think it was a bad relationship that would end only when she died?
Lenard had been pressing his forehead hard to get rid of a headache. When he heard a voice, he turned his head in the direction of the sound.
“Are you okay?”
Lerian, the woman he loved, was the main character of his life.
When Lenard heard the worried voice, he quickly wiped away the worry that had been on his face for a moment.
Then he calmly answered as if nothing had happened.
“No… there’s no reason to be upset.”
It shouldn’t have been that bad.
He’s wondering what to do with that feeling that’s been bothering him for years now is finally gone.
But the awkwardness that no one knew about didn’t go away. It was hiding in a corner.
It was a very strange feeling.
Lenard gave a light shake of the head, as if to get rid of it, and looked at Lerian.
Even if he looked at it from all angles, his lover should never be hurt.
Her cheeks were very thin, which may have been because the poison she had been given hadn’t been detoxified yet.
As the saying goes, ‘time is the best medicine’, so the worry and stress on his face will slowly go away as time goes on.
It feels like an endless war that never ends.
They won the battle because she lost.
So, there is no longer any reason to be afraid of pain.
Even though the bitterness was still there when he thought about it, his heart felt lighter.
No longer is there any reason to be hard on their relationship.
He wasn’t happy with that simple sentence, but it was funny that only the tip of his smiling mouth was heavy.
“I love you.”
When she gave him a sweet kiss that seemed to gently caress his heart, he thought about how the corner of his mouth had sunk down a lot.
‘Yes, we no longer need to worry. It’s already over.’
He has fought for a long time to get back to the present.
No matter what it was, he didn’t want to think about anything more complicated than he does today.
Lenard wanted to have a moment of peace, even if it was only for a few seconds.
Since the biggest threat is gone, wouldn’t it be fine to take a break?
“I’ll just leave then.”
Raynard didn’t nod his head when he saw Lerian’s happy smile. Instead, he thought to himself something and opened his mouth,
Just as he was about to tell the Empress to be careful, he suddenly remembered what had happened earlier that day.
Lenard quickly changed his words so Lerian wouldn’t be confused.
“Since the Empress is dead, I can now make you Empress.”
At those words, Lerian’s cheeks turned a beautiful shade of pink.
When he looked at her face, she seemed to have gotten over it easily, which made Lenard feel better on the inside.
It was a word he could say without thinking, but he didn’t want to bother her with more stories because she had been feeling guilty all day.
As soon as Lerian left the room, Lenard lost the smile he had been trying so hard to keep on his face.
“How could I have been so stupid—”
He covered his eyes with one hand and lifted his head upward.
‘I don’t know how the day can be so messed up.’
‘What the hell is that woman doing by grabbing my ankle and not letting go until she dies?’
No. She’s a woman who has passed away.
So she was no longer important.
There’s also nothing to worry about.
Lenard shook his head to get rid of all the thoughts in there.
He was confused because he had not yet gotten used to the strange situation.
Even though it had been less than half a day, the habit he had formed on his body was hard to break.
Yes, it’s just a habit.
So this too will be over soon.
Even if he looked at himself in that way, he didn’t know if it would help his troubled heart.
Rather, when he saw her die, it seemed like a boring moment, and now he was very upset.
Even so, he has no regrets.
She was a woman who didn’t have a liking for anyone from the start.
That doesn’t mean he ignored her, though.
She was up for the Empress position one way or another, and no matter what happened, she was also his wife.
No matter how much she loved him, the seat she sat on was too heavy and too high to be greedy or grumpy about.
The Duke of Hameln, a well-known noble who worked for the Empire, had only one daughter, Killianerisa.
When Lenard was still Crown Prince, she was the most powerful woman in the kingdom. Only his mother, who died young, was more powerful.
Of course, he didn’t get any ideas from it.
From the time he was born, he was chosen to be the emperor’s successor. Wealth and fame always followed him like a shadow, so he could not see another power in his eyes.
He was also just someone’s worker.
“Your Majesty, I already have a woman who promised me a future, but you’re making me marry someone else!”
The emperor looked at Lenard’s excitement with dry eyes and then quietly opened his mouth.
“Dear son, love alone can’t protect anything, but Princess Hamelin will give you the power to protect what you want.”
His father had always been kind to him, but his voice sounded strange to him for the first time.
There was a lot of opposition, but he couldn’t say anything and had to do what he wanted.
What surprised him was that Lerian agreed with a calm look on his face. Lenard thought she would be angry.
Lenard was very thankful that Lerian understood what was going on, and it made him feel even worse for his lover.
He didn’t forget about Killianerisa.
Because she was the Duke of Hameln’s daughter, and by marrying her, she gave him her support.
Of course, getting married wasn’t one of his goals, but he wasn’t perfect either.
At least he didn’t want to hear that she was an empress who nobody liked.
But until she died, she would not have known what was going on with them.
He might not have even tried to find out.
No, he might not have cared at all in the first place.
From the beginning to the end, she was a very stable person.
Not long had passed since Lenard had become king.
“Why do you make me feel so bad?”
The sad voice was full of anger.
Lenard narrowed his eyes as he looked up from the papers he was reading at Killianerisa, who had just walked into the office.
“What do you mean by coming out of nowhere and speaking like that?”
“Why are you talking like you don’t know anything? Hello, don’t you know why I’m doing this?”
Lenard had just become emperor, and every day was hard for him.
There are already a lot of complicated things that need to be taken care of, and when the lady who called him was screaming here, it felt like his head was pounding.
“I mean, I’m also your wife, so why do you always take care of her? Can’t Your Majesty see me?”
As the frustrated voice rang through the office again, Lenard asked while pressing his forehead against a throbbing feeling in his head.
“Who is she?”
“That girl… yes, the person you’d die for.”
Killianerisa’s voice was tense when she spoke. Lenard was shocked by this. He was trying to figure out what to say when she spoke again.
“I know where you were and what you were doing on the day you said you would come,” she said.
Lenard had a general idea of what she was saying.
It seems to have something to do with the date of the annexation.
Even though she might not believe it, he was about to go to Killianerisa’s house at the time.
Even if there wasn’t a lot of paperwork to process.
After he finished all the paperwork at dawn, he thought about going to see Killianerisa even though it was too late, but he decided it would be better not to go.
It was because he couldn’t wait for her until now, and he was tired and just wanted to go to sleep.
He didn’t mean to go to Lerlian’s place to sleep, but he didn’t realize it because he was dreaming, and he went there because he was interested in her.
He obviously felt sorry for Killianerisa.
But when he saw her come up to him and bothered him, that feeling went away.
‘If you are the Empress of the Empire, you should know that much, right?’
“It has nothing to do with you.”
At first, he thought he heard the sound of teeth being gritted.
“I am your wife.”
Lenard muttered something and looked at her without caring.
“I already know you’re my wife, so you don’t need to come here and tell me, but you seem to have forgotten that Lerian is also my wife.”
He gave Killianerisa a sideways look.
She was looking at him with a face that looked like it was holding back so much anger.
How long will you keep talking about it like a child?
After she looked at him, he got a deeper crease in his forehead.
Silence fell for a while, and as time went on, Killianerisa’s emotions, which had been out of control, also began to calm down.
He was only left with the realization that he was tired.
He didn’t want to waste his time with such useless stories on a board full of papers to deal with.
“Let’s talk about that some other time.”
Lenard had been looking at her for a while and was about to get back to work when Killianerisa yelled in anger.
“You can’t treat me like this. I am the Hameln family’s princess. But do you care about me at all? In the first place, aren’t we different? I’m the Empress and she’s a whore—”
Killianerisa, whose voice had been filled with anger as she spoke about how she felt, stopped for a moment. Raynard used this break to start letting out the anger he had been holding back.
“You shouldn’t have anything to do with that. No matter what you say, I love both of my wives the same way I always have. I will be fair to you, so you can leave knowing that.”
Lenard had never yelled at Killianerisa so much before, but he kept trying to think about Lerian.
He couldn’t just stand there and listen to the swearing.