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Chapter 194 Lily

Not long after the Prince returned to his office, Scroll, following after him, also entered the room.

 

“Your Highness, I’m sorry, Lily, that child… it was not on purpose.”

 

“I don’t mind what she said,” he smiled, “After all, she is still a little girl.”

 

“Only His Highness is so tolerant of us,” Scroll sighed. “At first, she wasn’t like this, but after she was deceived, it is hard for her to believe in ordinary people again.”

 

“Are you speaking about something that happened to her before she joined the Witch Cooperation Association?” Roland asked. “If I remember it correctly, it was one year ago that she had joined you.”

 

“You already know that I can feel the existence of magic, the closer I come to the source the more intense the feeling will become. Though it is not like Nightingale’s sense, that allows her to directly see the shape and color of the magic, I can atleast use it to detect new witches. So whenever we reached a new town, I will go to the local shelters or orphanages and pretend to be an aristocratic wife who wants to adopt a child, looking if I may be able to find an awakened sister,” she paused, “I found Lili in a shelter in a remote village, but when I expressed my intention of wanting to adopt her, I was rejected by the owner of the shelter, who declared that he would only sell the girls after they have become adults.”

 

“Why?” Roland already had his doubt. The last chance for a girl to awaken as a witch is on her day of adulthood, is that the reason?

 

“We were also surprised at that time, so we had Nightingale sneak into the shelter and search for books, records, and related information. Fortunately, the shelter was far from town so we could stay there for a long time.

 

“With Nightingale’s ability, why didn’t you just take Lili away, with her ability it shouldn’t have been too difficult, right?”

 

“It wouldn’t have been difficult,” Scroll nodded in responce, “With the exception of the God’s Stone of Retaliation that the operator wore, there was no other stone within the whole shelter, but we still couldn’t do that, after all, there was a precedent for that.”

 

“What precedent?” The Prince filled a cup of tea and handed it to Scroll.

 

“Thank you,” Scroll took the teacup. “At first, as soon as we detected a witch, we would take her by force, but after what happened in the Seawind Region we had to change our way of thinking. They thought of us as evil, so when we brought them to the camp of our Witch Cooperation Association, they wouldn’t listen to us or accept our explanation and would instead try to attack us. In the end, two of our sisters died, they were killed by Cara’s magical snake, ‘Death’. And since then, we would always carefully observe the witch over a period of time, and determine her situation and get to know her beliefs before we would take action. In case we were chased by the Church and had to act urgently, we… had no other choice than to give up on them.”

 

“So, the meeting between Nightingale and Wendy wasn’t by accident?”

 

“Of course not,” Scroll took another sip of her tea, smiled and shook her head, “The interval of becoming aware of Nightingales existence until Wendy made contact with her, more than one month’s time had passed; during which we also recruited other sisters, such as Red Pepper and Windseeker…” Speaking until here her expression turned blank, “Unfortunately, they are now buried in the wild lands. At that time, if we had only chosen to settle in Border Town, they could still be alive today.”

 

Roland also felt quite sorry for them. If the Witch Cooperation Association had decided to settle down in Border Town and had brought their more than 40 witches with them, I think it is entirely possible that we would already have entered modern life by now.

 

“But right now we weren’t speaking about them,” Scroll took a deep breath, “we were talking about Lily. During the search of the shelter as well as following the host’s tracks, we discovered an astonishing fact – the small country house was neither a real shelter, nor was it an establishment to screen for witches.”

 

“Then what was its purpose?”

 

“Its only purpose was to satisfy the owner’s selfish desire.” Even for a person with a good self-control like Scroll, when speaking these word her facial expression became somewhat dreary, “Every week the owner would go to the slums of Redwater City, abducting those vagrant girls, and deceive them by saying that he was a kind and selfless aristocrat, who had opened up a shelter in the suburb. Furthermore, his shelter would often be visited by powerful nobles who were looking for girls to be adopted as daughters. As long as they were selected, they would no longer need to worry about food and clothing for the rest of their life. Of course, not everyone would be deceived by his sweet words, but… after ten years of running, in addition to the 66 who still lived in the shelter, there were still several hundreds of names written in his books.”

 

“So many?” Roland frowned. “But you said that it was not such a big shelter.”

 

“Hundreds of them now only remain as names in those books. Most of them were already… dead,” she whispered. “During the last ten years, he had discovered three witches, who were all sold to the Church. While the other girls –who had better appearance– got dressed up nicely and then sold to people, who had a need of them. However, those for those who no one had any interest in were killed and buried in the woods behind the shelter.

 

“…” Hearing her story, the Prince didn’t know how to respond. At that moment he suddenly felt from his back, someone gently place their hands on his shoulders.

 

“The chances that a girl awakens to become a witch is not high, so after reducing the living cost, within all the years, he hadn’t earned more than 20 gold royals, based on the data we were able to gather from his accounting book. Because of those 20 gold royals, more than 300 women had lost their life in the woods, filling the pit in the woods with corpses.

 

“When Cara had interrogated him why he did this, he’d said, that it had never been his intention to earn gold royals, that was only to keep the shelter running. Because of this, he only sold them when they became adults, after all, a witch could be sold at a much higher price than an ordinary woman. His only goal was to enjoy the power to decide about life and death and to feel the pleasure of forcefully taking it away; giving him the feeling as if he had become their King.

 

“Afterwards, Cara killed him in anger, and when we later wanted to dispel the girls from their belief, most of them only glared at us as if we had taken away their chance of being  adopted by a noble.”

 

At first the same was true for Lily, and only after Cara took her to the grove behind the building, where she then saw her friend was buried – a month ago the owner had lied and said that she was one of those lucky girls who were selected by a noble and with that could leave the shelter. Soon after seeing the several corpses in the already stinking pit, Lily threw up and turned into a total mess, fainting and falling into Cara’s arms. Later when she awoke her look had become stupefied, without any trace of spirit left in her eyes, she was only later under Wendy’s care that she was slowly able to recover. Since then, Lily is full of vigilance and distrust to ordinary people, especially the aristocracy. “Scroll explained, “But I believe that she will be able to slowly change her point of view. After all, you are also a member of the nobility.”

 

“So, that’s the reason,” in his heart Roland secretly sighed, after experiencing this kind of event, being able to once more cheer up, her spirit must be considerably tough.

 

Scroll went over to the kettle and filled up their two cups. Afterward, the room was silent for a long time until she said: “Your Highness, I have a question I want to ask you.“

 

“What question?” Seeing the serious expression on Scroll’s face, Roland got started.

 

“Nightingale, are you there?”

 

“Well,” Nightingale said, “Do you need me to leave?”

 

“No… you already know about it anyway,” Scroll shook her head, “so you can accompany me this time, and be my witness.”

 

“You previously said, that you are willing to take a witch as your wife and marry her, but I do not know if you know, that a witch is unable to conceive a child.” She paused, and after a moment she finally asked, “Your Highness, even if it is like this, is there still no change to your original intention?”


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  • Reader

    thx for the chapter! Also, “However, those for those who “->”However, for those who “

  • RedDragonX

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J Now Ronald will make some ways to ensure bloodline with the witch ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Yash

    Held in her beloved’s embrace, Anna couldn’t fight against her guilt. not anymore’ she thought, ‘I can’t decieve him anymore’. Under the overwhelming guilt, her soul beggining for redemption, Anna confesses.

    “Roland…Um…I know you will hate me for this. Please believe me when I say I didn’t want to hide this from you….I can’t reproduce.”

    Roland, “TO THE LAB, WOMAN!”

  • DudeForDuke

    Thanks! You too, hope 2017 is good to you as well.

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much for the chapter!!

  • Danis

    Thanks for the chapter! 😀

  • SanitaryCockroach

    Sick freaks ill be sick freaks I guess… Hopefully Lily will start feeling safer here. On another note, the baby bomb was dropped!

  • MangoGuy

    aye…question hour incoming!!

  • omarct .

    What a filler chapter… Shouldnt we establish Lily as an important character first then give her background? Seems kinda silly to just dedicate a whole chapter to her background when this is like the second time she is mentioned in the whole novel.

    • Maybe, it’s not only for Lily, but also for future witches with similar back story. She’ll be an example on how to solve and reach the heart of those who went through the same thing. Or it was just a pretext to get into that question Scroll asked in the end. I mean, she couldn’t just suddenly went, “hey, we are infertile, still want to marry us?”, especially since she’s not one of those who feel comfortable to ignore social standing, if I remember correctly.

    • KitKat

      I think authors put title a chapter after they’ve written it, calling this chapter “orphanage” would be misleading
      “lily” is an unassuming title.

  • DB AV

    About time Scroll asked that question! But I believe Roland wouldn’t care that much since modern people are not that blinded by bloodline.

    • Indeed. Also, he was an engineer, he’ll just engineer the hell out of their wombs.

  • icicle

    Thank you for the chapter

  • Puru.The.Great

    Thanks for the chapter!
    Finally that question came out. I wanted a resolution of that issue anyways.

  • Grey Human

    Thank you for the chapter

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter
    Ooh, will he share his ideas on democracy now?

    • Nahim Kerman

      Not sure, he is from Hong Kong?

  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer and KitKat! There’s definitely not going to be any changes since his mindset is influenced by modern society. I mean look at everything he’s done already, there is little chance he’ll conform just because.

  • Bramble

    “What question?” Seeing the serious expression on Scroll’s face, Roland got started.

    Started should be startled

  • Herloct

    ~“You previously said, that you are willing to take a witch as your wife and marry her, but I do not know if you know, that a witch is unable to conceive a child.” She paused, and after a moment she finally asked, “Your Highness, even if it is like this, is there still no change to your original intention?”~

    Roland: Then I need to check it first, is it a fact or just a baseless rumor
    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Psychronia

    CONFRONTATION.

    Yays for that aside, we finally get to see what shit humanity dumped on Lily. There’s no real way to fix this stuff other than careful fay to day devotion.

    …Also, giving victims the ability to bite back.

  • Kharil Hasan

    Roland need to teach sex ed to this world.

  • Junior Jaw

    Did i miss a chapter or was this meant to be sudden

    • Maybe? Which part is throwing you?

    • Herloct

      This part come up because of Lily’s harsh remarks on Roland at the bath…

  • Rico Sebastian

    ( Teaser ) Lily still a kid ?I though she is girl between 13-14 YO ….
    hmmm,,,,,

  • DudeForDuke

    [Teaser]
    Scroll, honey, you’ve been living with Roland for awhile now. It’s time to realize that he isn’t like that. I mean, come on, Lightning is just a girl (about the same age as Lily) and got drunk and kissed Roland. If he had a massive ego and was prone to power-tripping because of it, don’t you think that would offend a pompous Lord more than some innocent comment?

    • Wrandral

      I think she’d answer thusly : Better safe than sorry.

  • MOHLT
  • sodbileg

    What was Lily’s ability?

    • DudeForDuke

      Officially? She can clean and preserve food.
      Unofficially/speculation? Oh ho ho… Oh boy…

      • BurstThrough

        Maybe she can also make it so that diseases don’t proliferate around her magic area wich would make her priceless in a whorehouse.

        My guess for her evolution is she may be able to aid decompression process wich will make her quite useful in the ministry of agriculture in producing compost.

        • Wrandral

          I think you meant decomposition not decompression ^^
          Though admitedly Lily decompressing people would be awesome too.

          • BurstThrough

            Sorry my cellphone butchered that word. I meant DECOMPOSITION.
            As her power seems to be a bactericide it’s evolution may work the opposite way.Or it may evolve to reach homicidal capacity.Or greater yet makes organisms evade aging(though this last is unlikely).
            And there WAS a witch with decompression power, she died though…

        • Barbatos

          You will need to wait until 206 to know her evolution.

          • Aj Shrestha

            come on dont specify the chapter name it takes the fun out of surprises

            • Wrandral

              Whew seems like i dodged a spoil there, thank you whoever deleted the post

        • DudeForDuke

          “Maybe she can also make it so that diseases don’t proliferate around her
          magic area wich would make her priceless in a whorehouse.”

          Now that I think about it… Witches can’t get pregnant as far as we know… And now venereal diseases might not be an issue…

          Now all we need is a witch that can restore stamina and we’ll have all the building blocks for heaven on earth.

      • VerneJules

        I’m still hopeful that she can use her magic on the Church’s new bioweapon. What if that bioweapon is actually a Punishment Army version of bacteria?

        • DudeForDuke

          The Law of Foreshadowing tells me that the church’s new bioweapon will probably be featured something like that.

          It just comes across as a complete Chekhov’s gun to me.

  • leonkam

    who is lily and wad is her abilities again?

    • Aj Shrestha

      preserving food

  • huyhn

    maybe the shelter caught on to what the church was doing to the girls?

  • Maxi King

    lolicon?

    • Puru.The.Great

      my thoughts exactly

      • Feras Al Harbi

        yep, that’s what happens when you try to deal with pedobear.

    • zomba

      There’s a reward for the heads of witches given out by the state, so chances are the orphanage was an amateur witch-farm a grade below those church ones that made Wendy and Ash

      • DudeForDuke

        Bingo. It’s a good amount of money for reporting a witch. If the orphanage screens them and reports even a single witch, it’s a huge payday.

        Chapter 4 (Anna’s introduction/backstory on how her father sold her out for being a witch):
        “Barov sighed and answered, ‘Probably so he could receive the gold reward. The discovery and reporting of a witch, can get you 25 gold royals. For a man with a crippled leg, these 25 gold royals are equivalent to what he could earn for half a lifetime of work.'”

        Half a lifetime of a commoners’ work for reporting a witch? The orphanage probably tries to get as many girls as possible and wait to be sure because that’s a serious amount of potential money that only goes up with the more of potential witches (girls not yet adults) you have. The orphanage probably won’t let them go until they’re positive they won’t be a witch.

        • BurstThrough

          Ah an investment…

  • MangoGuy

    I think the guy wanted to confirm that no witches would be sold cheaply..sigh~ The middle ages~

  • mllhild

    So all extraordinaries can sense the magic in other witches?

    • Ragef33

      Wasn’t that established quite a while ago?

    • DudeForDuke

      Yeah. From the meeting with Ashes, she could “sense” (but not really see) Nightingale even when she was in the fog. She also knew Lightning was above her despite not seeing her.

      And because of this, we also know that Tilly is an extraordinary as well. Because in Ashes’ flashback, she and Tilly both recognized each other out of the crowd as witches.