After we won the war, Edward never got close to me nor talked to me - even though he promised to come for me if he ever made it out alive. But suddenly, he went to the Holy Empire with the Grand Priest.
I waited and waited. Almost seven months had passed when Edward went and stayed at the Holy Empire without talking to me or sending me any letters.
What went wrong? I asked myself every day.
I miss him.
One day, a letter came from the Holy Empire. It was from Edward, but it wasn't for me.
It was made for King Henry's eyes.
I saw the King's expression change from happiness to an indescribable one. That look on my father's face showed that he was thinking deeply and was considering his choices.
The next moment, before I could ask him what was wrong, he hurriedly went to his study.
I never knew what was on that letter. And every time I ask my father about him, he said 'Edward is fine.'
Four months passed by and suddenly, Edward came back. He was the same as before - tall, strong, handsome, and his sincere gaze that came along with his amber eyes.
I like this person.
Edward and I got along then as if the long months without contact never happened. I never asked him anything but he did explain that he was doing a mission for the Grand Priest - a follow-up errand to destroy the remaining demons.
Was it the truth? Or was he hiding something?
And then, we got engaged and got married, and I never asked about it again.
Until I was pregnant.
I was suddenly cursed out of the blue, and I assumed that the real reason why Edward went to the Holy Empire with the Grand Priest had something to do with my current situation.
That was the only reason I could think of as to why I am cursed.
Everything fell into place.
I realized that Edward hid that year and never spoke to me or anyone from Glarios since something happened to him. And the obvious expression of my father when he read that letter and he was evading my questions, too.
The king knows about it ...
Why didn't they tell me?
"Is it possible that Lucifer cursed Edward? Then passed on to me?" I looked at my teacher when he didn't respond to me.
Hayden Osborne was thinking deeply then replied, "The curse is most likely passed down from generation to generation. It's that type of spell when a powerful demon will curse the human bloodline. It seems that you only appear to be cursed since the child is inside of you."
Is that what truly happened? So, all of my children will be cursed? I closed my eyes and stood on my ground. My surroundings seemed to be moving.
"I suspect Edward had the same thing that happened to him but obviously, the impact was much less since he's stronger and his divinity pool is akin to an ocean..." my teacher trailed off, in deep thoughts.
"Teacher?" I probed more about the situation.
"I'm guessing he found a way when he was in the Holy Empire. Should we tell your husband and ask since he might know something? And of course, to know the truth whether he was cursed..." my teacher suggested.
The way that Edward held onto his secret... Was he really cursed? It was possible...
Did he know that Lucifer cursed him? If so, why not tell me?
What would happen if Edward knew that it was passed down to his child?
Should I tell him? If I do, will he decide to abort the child?
Will he blame himself? Will he hide away again and never appear?
Edward may seem strong but when it comes to his own responsibility and his pride...
All I could say was that it was his weakness.
"For now, we should keep this a secret, teacher. It's best to keep this between us and avoid trouble. Lest if it was leaked, then I fear something bad will happen ... And is there a way to remove the curse without harming the child?" My tears had already dried and my mind started to plan.
I want my child to live. And save Edward from blaming himself.
Seeing my determination, my old teacher only sighed and shook his head. Walking up to his desk full of papers, he stood still for a moment, thinking, and weighing his options.
Then he faced me and told me that he might have a way to suppress it.
"If Edward is indeed cursed but was able to counter it, it is most likely due to his immeasurable pool of divinity and that overwhelmed the curse itself. Nevertheless, the curse is still there, hiding and being repressed. We can only imitate that kind of situation... then find a way to remove the curse."
I nodded, listening intently to every word my teacher said.
"First, is to let your divinity flow continuously and overpower the curse to suppress it since the child had not developed his powers yet. It's better to do it now when the child is still inside of you so that your divinity can help him survive this phase. Currently, the child is in a vulnerable state."
When I gave my assent, my teacher continued, while I fixed myself.
"It's hard to reverse the conversion of the divine to demonic so it's better to stop it all at once. But the result is rather the same, it will still drain you of your divinity and you won't be able to use your powers," he said.
When the teacher saw the adamant expression on my face, he continued, "However, this choice is better than to let the curse run free. The risk is lower for you and your child."
My teacher had a man-made artifact to link my divine powers and the child. This artifact was made by his years of researching Gormal and was only for one-time use.
"When the child is born, will they be able to find out I'm passing divinity to my child?" I asked, worried about the future.
What would happen if someone noticed it?
"Don't worry. I will modify the artifact a little bit. And this artifact is based on Gormal. Its restraint characteristics will be able to hide your current situation."
The teacher had used the artifact on me and advised me to rest well and keep a healthy body.
However, he further said that it was not enough since the curse was so powerful, and my divine powers had a hard time keeping it in place. He suggested a few more things.
"In books and historical records, there is an artifact that can completely remove demonic powers but... the artifact is a demonic one. The curse may be lifted by the same demonic powers. Somehow, it had gotten lost and seemed to be hiding itself from humans."
Thinking of the future of my child, and the Redgrave House, I convinced my teacher to have someone look for it secretly. If that artifact can save us from this situation, even though it's a demonic one, then I'll be the one to ...
"I'll go look for it myself," said my old teacher, interrupting my thoughts.
And so, my teacher took a risk, went out of the kingdom to find the artifact in the guise of returning to his hometown, and since then, I had not heard any news from him.
I spent so many sleepless nights, worrying about the future. I hope he is fine.
And lastly, was the royal ring artifact, the Gormal itself.
"The royal artifact has powers that can naturally restrain demons by completely sealing them. However, the Gormal's restriction is to seal the body and forever be sealed together with the curse." I remembered what the teacher told me despite me crying out in disbelief.
"Another way to help suppress the curse would be wearing the ring." But since it was impossible, Hayden said that the royal name Regnier would suffice.
"You have to convince the King, Princess."
And that was what happened. The king had seen through it since he had the Gormal.
With my own divinity continuously suppressing the curse and together with the royal name's natural control characteristics, it prevented the demon's curse from fully arising.
Whether it was fortunate or not, Ethan had taken this curse, and Emilia had not.
Ethan was now fine but what would happen in the future?
Will my family forgive me for the choices I made? Will Edward accept the truth?
When Ethan grows up, will he blame me for placing a burden on his shoulders?
For a long time, I did not know what to do. I made a choice, and the world seemed to tell me it was all a mistake.
A demon interrupting the twins' celebration appeared to be a bad omen.
A sad fact:
When the curse was triggered, Emilia's OG soul took the brunt of it and her soul was destroyed, and Ethan somehow survived. Then by chance, Jenny's wandering soul (current Emilia) took over and awoke her consciousness when the body was 5 months old.