'I went to bed after devouring the seven chapters of a newly released webtoon. Though my appetite for more was insatiable, only seven chapters were accessible. Despite the temptation to continue, it was well past midnight, and I decided to opt for an early night's sleep, a rarity for me. In retrospect, I should have chosen to dive into another webtoon, as I couldn't help but ponder the significance of my decision.'
Lillia wakes up from my slumber, her eyes slowly fluttering open to reveal a dazzling, opulent room. It felt like she had stepped into the pages of one of those reincarnation webtoons she had so often immersed herself in. In fact, the room seemed eerily familiar, as if she had been here before in some distant dream.
The grandeur of the room overwhelmed her. The bed, expansive enough to house her entire apartment, looked like something fit for royalty. The reality of her situation began to sink in, and a whirlwind of thoughts raced through her mind.
Moments later, the heavy room door swung open with a creak, and a petite figure stepped into the room.
In a reflex, she shut her eyes tightly once more, feigning sleep, her heart pounding in anticipation of the stranger's next move.
In an instant, she felt the touch of a hand attempting to undress her. Reacting on instinct, she seized the intruding hand and swiftly opened her eyes, only to find a young girl dressed in a maid's outfit. They locked eyes, both frozen in surprise.
Then, the young girl let out a piercing scream, as though confronted by a specter. Lillia released her hand, and she tumbled backward, landing unceremoniously on the floor on her bum.
Lillia assertively reminded her, "You were the one attempting to undress me. Let's not play the victim here."
"Apologies, Miss. I was simply trying to change your clothes as ordered. I'll summon the butler," the young girl assured Lillia as she rose from the floor.
As Lillia examined the clothes in her hand and then glanced down at her own mud-covered attire, it became evident to her that she must have been rolling in dirt.
Lillia asserted, "Hand me the clothes; I'll change them myself."
"Here, miss," the young girl quickly hands her the clothes.
Lillia asked, "Could you please direct me to the bathroom?"
The young girl courteously offered to show her the way to the bathroom.
Accompanied by the attentive young girl, Lillia made her way to the bathroom. The young girl waited outside the door, ready to assist Lillia if needed. It was all rather perplexing – her actions hinted at Lillia having a personal maid, a concept straight out of the historical webtoons she had read. As Lillia glanced around, taking in the grandeur of the place and the view from the windows while she following the young girl, it became evident that she was indeed in a lavish palace, an unfamiliar but strangely captivating setting.
As Lillia stood before the mirror, she was greeted by a reflection that left her utterly astonished. Her eyes, normally a mundane shade, had transformed into a captivating hue of blood-red. Her once-straight hair had become a cascade of luscious, curly black locks that framed her face in a way that was both enchanting and surreal.
Her skin, as pale as the finest pearl, felt almost otherworldly to the touch. She couldn't help but stare at the captivating image that stared back at her. It was as if she had been reborn into a body that was not only beautiful but possessed an otherworldly charm.
Lillia couldn't resist the urge to admire this newfound beauty, for it was a far cry from her former self. The idea of reincarnation began to creep into her mind, and she couldn't help but wonder if this transformation was more than a mere coincidence.
Unable to contain her amusement and newfound confidence, she playfully leaned towards the mirror and began to flirt with her own reflection. "Hey there, pretty girl, Wanna go on a date with me?"
It was a strange and surreal moment, one that she couldn't resist indulging in, considering the inexplicable changes she had undergone.
She starts singing, "I can show you the world, Shining, shimmering, splendid. Tell me, princess, now when did you last let your heart decide?"
The young girl knocks on the door. "Miss, are you alright? Do you need any help?"
She suddenly snapped back to reality, realizing how absurd her behavior had been. The room fell into an uncomfortable silence, tainted by the lingering residue of her flirtatious whims. Guilt washed over her, and she couldn't help but feel a pang of embarrassment in the air.
"Yes, I'm alright. I'm going to take a bath, so you can go now."
"Okay, I'll be in your room, miss." I hear her steps getting further and further away.
After enjoying a peaceful bath and managing to put on the unfamiliar dress, which turned out to be less challenging than she had anticipated, Lillia cautiously opened the bathroom door to peer into the corridor. To her relief, there was no one in sight.
'Should I explore this place a bit?'
She walked aimlessly for a while, and now she had no clue where she was. She looked out the window to see the garden she had saw the preview of earlier.
Lillia couldn't resist the allure of the garden any longer. The sight of colorful flowers and a sparkling fountain in the distance beckoned her. It was a stark contrast to the confinement of her apartment, and she longed for a breath of fresh air and the touch of nature.
Since she was lost within the palace, She decided she needed to find someone to guide her to the garden. As she wandered aimlessly, her eyes caught sight of a person in a black suit with grey hair. They were walking down the hallway, Lillia approached them, hoping to seek their assistance.
"Um, hi. Can you help me out? I'm lost," Lillia asked, her voice tinged with a touch of uncertainty.
The person in the black suit turned around to face her, revealing an old man with a gentle, wrinkled face. His eyes held a sense of kindness and understanding.
"Miss, you're awake. How are you feeling now?" he inquired, a hint of concern in his voice.
"Yeah, I'm good. I wanted to get some fresh air and got lost. Can you help me get to the garden outside?" Lillia replied, relief evident in her words.
"Of course. You should've asked the maid assigned to you to call me as soon as you woke up, miss. Your Highness has been waiting patiently for you to wake up since yesterday," he explained as he began walking, and Lillia followed him obediently, relieved to have found a guide.
It seemed that the young girl she had encountered earlier was indeed her personal maid, and the mention of 'Your Highness' made her realize that she was in the presence of royalty. Everything was becoming more perplexing by the minute, but she chose to focus on reaching the garden for now.
"I was also on my way to the garden to see Princess Alstroemeria," the butler added as we continued walking.
"So are we going to see the princess?" Lillia inquired, her curiosity piqued.
"Yes, miss. Make sure you greet her Highness and thank her for saving your life," the butler advised.
With each step, Lillia grew more intrigued by the mysteries of this palace and the role she was meant to play.
The walk through the palace gardens was a tranquil one, and she couldn't help but admire the picturesque surroundings. The butler, who had introduced himself as such, seemed to be well-versed in palace affairs and continued to guide Lillia towards a gazebo in the distance.
Lillia couldn't shake the feeling that she had stepped into a different world—one that was both enchanting and mysterious. The mention of Princess Alstroemeria and the butler's insistence on thanking her for saving Lillia's life only deepened the intrigue.
For now, she decided to focus on the beauty of the garden and the impending meeting with the princess, hoping that it would provide some answers to the many questions swirling in my mind.
Approaching the gazebo, Lillia noticed the striking appearance of Princess Alstroemeria. Her pink hair made her stand out in the serene garden, and her presence exuded an air of elegance and grace.
As the butler engaged in conversation with the princess, Lillia's gaze was fixated on the princess's captivating purple eyes. They were a rarity she had never seen before, mesmerized by their beauty. The resemblance between this princess and the princess from the webtoon Lillia had read the previous night was uncanny.
It was as if the lines between fiction and reality had blurred, leaving her in a state of surreal wonder. With a deep breath, Lillia prepared to greet Princess Alstroemeria.
"Greetings, your Highness," Lillia gave her a smile.
"I see you're awake," Princess Alstroemeria spoke in the softest, most soothing voice. Her gentle demeanor put Lillia at ease, considering the bewildering circumstances she had found herself in.
"You must be confused right now. Take a seat. I'll explain the situation to you, and have a bite. You haven't eaten anything, right?" Princess Alstroemeria gestured to the spread of delicacies on the table.
The table before Lillia was laden with an array of delicious dishes, tempting her senses with their aromas and vibrant colors. Despite her confusion about the situation, She couldn't resist the pull of her empty stomach. Lillia took the seat opposite Princess Alstroemeria and began to indulge in the tantalizing spread.
As she savored each bite, she couldn't help but appreciate the flavors and the effort that had gone into preparing the meal. It was a stark reminder that, even amidst the mysteries and uncertainties of where she was, some things remained constant—like the pleasure of a good meal.
The princess observed Lillia's hunger with a warm smile, her demeanor radiating kindness and understanding. It was as though she recognized the need for nourishment beyond the physical, offering her not just food but also a sense of belonging and compassion.
Lillia continued to eat as Princess Alstroemeria explained.
Listening to Princess Alstroemeria's explanation, Lillia felt a sense of gratitude mixed with confusion. The series of events she described sounded like something out of a fantastical tale. Lillia took another sip of the tea the butler had poured for her, its warmth soothing her nerves as she tried to make sense of her situation.
"So, I was found unconscious at the bottom of a mountain?" Lillia asked, seeking clarification.
The princess nodded gently. "Yes, that's correct. It was an unusual and rather remote location for someone to be found in such a condition. At first, we were cautious, suspecting it might be a trap, but we couldn't simply leave someone in need unattended. My maid insisted we bring you back to the palace."
Lillia nodded, trying to process the information. The circumstances of her arrival in this place remained shrouded in mystery. She had no memory of how she ended up in that remote location or why she was there in the first place. It was as though a significant part of her life had been erased.
"I appreciate your kindness, Your Highness," Lillia said, grateful for their assistance in her time of need. "But I must admit, I have no recollection of how I ended up in that situation or why I was there. It's all rather perplexing."
'I'm currently making my debut as an actress, but I seriously don't know either.'
The princess regarded me with a compassionate expression. "I can only imagine how bewildering this must be for you. We will do our best to assist you in regaining your memories and finding answers. In the meantime, please consider our palace your sanctuary, and do not hesitate to seek help or guidance whenever you need it."
"It might be best for you to return to your room and take some rest. I'll go ahead and call the doctor for a checkup," the princess suggested.
"But I just woke up, and I'm still eating," Lillia protested.
The butler then gently intervened, "I'll accompany you back to your room so you can rest, miss." He guided Lillia away, much like a parent putting their child to bed.
Lillia, a 19-year-old who had finally achieved her dream of living independently after saving up enough money during her time at the orphanage, couldn't have imagined the extraordinary turn her life would take. On her very first day of living alone, she found herself inexplicably transported into the world of a webtoon, forced to assume the identity of a character named Estoria. It was a bewildering and surreal experience, but Lillia was determined to adapt to this new reality and make the most of her unexpected new life.