I immediately felt like something was off. As soon as we finished, I had a feeling like something was pulled out of me. It was immediately followed by weakness and exhaustion. I gasped, falling to the side and clutching my chest.
“D-Deek?” Alysia gave me a worried look as soon as she realized something was off.
Did she poison me? It felt a bit like poison. There was a growing pain deep down. I immediately equipped White Mage and started to cast a variety of healing spells. That was when I realized that I couldn’t cast spells. I couldn’t use mana at all. It was like there was nothing there anymore.
“Wh-what did you do to me?” I groaned through clenched teeth.
The pain, the emptiness, and the weakness were growing exponentially. Every second felt harder than the last. I started trembling as I gritted my teeth.
“N-no…” Her expression turned from worry to horror. “No, this can’t be happening. This shouldn’t be happening.”
“Wh-what did you do?” I repeated, even raspier than the previous time.
She was shaking her head in a panic, but before she could open her mouth, a clapping sound could be heard. Clap. Clap. Clap. The pair of us turned to the door, where the King, Alysia’s brother, was inexplicably standing. He walked into the room, and following behind him was Alysia’s mother and several guards. Alysia gasped, grabbing a sheet and covering herself.
“Good job, Sister.” The King grinned. “You’ve accomplished your task perfectly.”
“No! This… I didn’t do it!” She cried out. “I gave it to Deek. I wrecked your plans!”
“Hah, do you think I would have allowed you to run off with him if I didn’t have backup plans? You were far too predictable, sister. Manipulating you was too easy. You did exactly what I wanted you to do. Why do you think no one searched for you? I even picked the room you’d lose it in!”
He… had tricked us into doing this? As the discomfort increased, I had a harder time thinking. However, I started to realize what was off. The King hadn’t done anything to find us. He had allowed our relationship to unfurl. When we couldn’t find an inn, he had made sure the next inn we were heading to had a room open. I had thought that innkeeper felt a little strained. He must have had to kick someone out for us.
“This… it wasn’t supposed to work!” Alysia cried out, and then her eyes widened. “Unless…”
“Unless he also has a god soul.” The King chuckled.
“H-he doesn’t! He can’t!”
“Yes, your precious Deek does have a god soul. I was surprised as you when I detected it. His god soul is far richer and more complete than the generals ever was. How do you think he was able to defeat the other man, despite being weaker and more inexperienced?”
“Deek…” She turned to me. “I didn’t know! You have to believe me!”
“What happened?” I groaned, feeling it increasingly difficult to even move.
“Your soul.” King Xerin grinned. “She took your soul.”𝐛𝗲𝗱𝗻𝗼𝐯𝐞𝗹．𝐨𝐫𝗴