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Love Letter From the Future Chapter 23

Chapter 23 - The First Letter (23)

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  Celine returned at night.

 

  After sleeping in the dormitory all day, she seemed to have immediately rushed to me when she heard the news that I had regained consciousness. Her attire was a mess.

 

  Naturally, her white nape caught my eyes, but I coughed in vain and turned my gaze away.

 

  She was like a friend to me. I mustn’t have any bad intentions, otherwise Leto and Celine would be disappointed with me.

 

  However, whether or not she knew my feelings, Celine started crying when she saw me awake. Tears were flowing down her cheeks.

 

  She immediately ran and hugged me as if she was throwing herself in my arms. I accidentally hugged Celine’s slender body.

 

  I was about to scream, but I managed to hold it in.

 

  Celine’s physical abilities were beyond me. It was natural since she had more mana. As she ran with all her might and hugged me, it felt like my body, which had been in constant pain, was creaking even more.

 

  But when I saw Celine sobbing and burying her face in my chest, I didn’t feel like blaming her.

 

  I just stroked the back of her head and comforted her until she stopped crying.

 

  “Sob, Sob, Ian oppa. Sob… … .”

 

  “Yes, yes. You must have been shocked… I’m fine.”

 

  Celine was also overreacting. In the academy, I didn’t have to worry about most injuries. A high-ranking priest dispatched from the Holy Kingdom was always on standby in the temple, and the Saintess was attending the academy as a third-year student.

 

  Any serious injury would not even leave any sequelae as long as it was treated in a timely manner. Even for me, who was admitted with all sorts of injuries, in the end, didn’t I regain consciousness without any after-effects?

 

  But it wasn’t that I didn’t understand Celine’s feelings.

 

  If my last memory is correct, she was the first to find me.

 

  If she had followed my trail in the first place, she must have passed through the glade lined with wolf corpses. In fact, from the bloody spectacle, it was obvious that there must have been a fierce battle there.

 

  And, at the end of all of that, what she witnessed was my completely battered body.

 

  The duel with Seria didn’t even come close to this. The last fight I had was a bloody battle where I put my life on the line. There were no concessions, no rules.

 

  Blood splattered and bones shattered. It was a battle that could not be stopped, even if my muscles were torn. Not to mention, my breathing was so rough that it seemed like I would collapse at any moment.

 

  It was obvious what my face would have been like after going through such a battle.

 

  Celine had witnessed such a grim view. Considering how long my relationship with her lasted, it would have been strange if Celine wasn’t shocked.

 

  However, compared to Leto, I thought her reaction was a bit over the top, but I decided not to think too much about it.

 

  As much as she seemed lively, she also had a mild personality. The shock might have been too great.

 

  It took quite a while for her sobbing to subside. She lifted her head slowly only after my chest was drenched with her tears.

 

  Teary brown eyes, and skin so pale and soft that it is hard to believe that she was someone who has walked the path of a swordsman her entire life. As those charming lips glistened, a scent I had never noticed before tickled the tip of my nose.

 

  I remembered it was the scent that I had praised before. Even though she came here so fast, the scent was still there.

 

  Strangely, my heart started pounding. After all, Celine is a pretty woman. So I obviously found her attractive, still, I tried to shake off the feelings of lust that aroused in my heart.

 

  Celine muttered seethingly.

 

  “Ian Oppa… You made me worry a lot.”

 

  Her voice contained a tinge of resentment. It wasn’t too bad to have a pretty childhood friend worry about me.

 

  I wiped the tears from her eyes without saying a word. And smugly, I laughed.

 

  “What would you have done if I were to die?”

 

  “I would have died as well.”

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  At that, not having anything to say right away, I shut my mouth. Celine’s eyes narrowed.

 

  “Why would you ever choose to do such a dangerous thing? Whether that bitch dies or not, as long as Oppa survives, it’s fine!”

 

  “Why? Because we are all faithful subjects of His Majesty the Emperor.”

 

  “Don’t bullshit me with that speech!”

 

  I didn’t know how to reply to her, so I just mumbled something, but that seemed to have irked her even more.

 

  Her eyes narrowed, and she glared at me. She pouted.

 

  Even though traces of tears were still visible, she looked cute. I could feel how much Celine cherished me.

 

  “…… To me, Ian Oppa is the most important.”

 

  Celine grumbled and confessed that. Her cheeks reddened slightly, as if she was barely holding on to her embarrassment.

 

  My heart skipped a beat and began racing. I don’t know why Celine looked so pretty today. That’s not how things are supposed to be.

 

  But whether or not she knew my disoriented thoughts, Celine cautiously met my gaze. They were clear eyes, reminiscent of the transparent depth of the sea.

 

  “Other than that, nothing matters. It’s been that way since I was a kid.”

 

  With sincere eyes, her two hands grabbed my hand that was wiping the tears from her eyes. Her voice grew even more pitiful.

 

  “So, I hope Ian Oppa will cherish himself too.”

 

  At her trembling voice with that desperate emotion, I couldn’t come up with an answer, so I just looked at her.

 

  There were only two of us in the hospital bed. The treatment room was a place where outsiders were restricted from entering. In other words, in this room right now, me and Celine were alone together.

 

  Two adults, a man and woman, were left alone in an enclosed space. It was night, the time where rationality leaves and emotions take over.

 

  It felt like my heart was about to burst. Maybe Celine, feeling the same, called me in a strangely erotic manner.

 

  “Ian Oppa…….”

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  Her sweet breath was gradually approaching. So slowly, to the point that I didn’t even notice it.

 

  This isn’t good, I thought so, not knowing what the hell was going to happen. But the body, honest to its desire, did not budge.

 

  That moment when she and I became so close that our breaths overlapped.

 

  “… … What are you doing?”

 

  “Huh, huh?!”

 

  At the tone of the man’s voice, as if he had just seen something absurd, Celine’s body jumped up in fright. She made a strange noise and got out of my arms. Her eyes hurriedly looked around.

 

  The source of that voice was leaning crookedly at the entrance to the hospital room, looking at what Celine was doing. His eyes were particularly dark.

 

  Leto Einstein was like a big brother to Celine and one of my closest friends.

 

  “Wh-Wh-What are you doing!”

 

  “What am I doing? My sister and my best friend are about to hold a wedding ceremony. I just thought it would be right of me to inform you that I was observing.”

 

  “N-No…….”

 

  When Leto persistently questioned Celine as if he had found a good reason to tease her, Celine’s eyes twinkled. Her two hands floundered through the air, trying to come up with a way to deny those statements.

 

  Her face had been red for a long time. I got into an embarrassing situation for nothing, so I coughed and avoided their gazes.

 

  I just got carried away by the mood for a moment. Celine and I weren’t even like that, and we almost made a mistake.

 

  Leto took a deep breath and chopped Celine on the head with the book he was holding.

 

  “Ouch!”

 

  “Do that after you officially confess, all right? I told you, a relationship without steady progress doesn’t last long.”

 

  “……Bu-But.”

 

  Celine hesitated at Leto’s comment and lowered her head. She seemed to feel mistreated in her own way, but when Leto looked at her with judging eyes, she had to keep her mouth shut.

 

  After Celine, it was me. Leto clicked his tongue and said.

 

  “You too, man… Should I say that the atmosphere was burning hot? Are you sure about taking responsibility for Celine? Or is Celine just a one night stand to you now?”

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  “No. Neither Celine nor I intended to do that. It’s just nice to see each other after a long time…….”

 

  Even with that excuse, I ended up gently lowering my gaze.

 

  Leto was Celine’s older brother. In other words, if I did something to Celine, he was the person I should fear the most. I had nothing to say.

 

  Still, I felt like my head was getting messy.

 

  Well, I’ve been alone with Celine many times before, but this was the first time we’ve had such a strange atmosphere.

 

  That was because I purposely avoided creating such a situation in the first place. But earlier, it felt as if such a situation was normal.

 

  Since the last time I lost my memory, my life has been riddled with mysteries. I couldn’t even figure out why I had changed like this.

 

  But in the future, I decided to be a little more mindful.

 

  Celine was a woman who could marry into a prestigious aristocratic family just by virtue of her appearance. I couldn’t block her marriage path as her childhood friend.

 

  Then, Leto also thought that it was time to stop scolding me.

 

  “Hey, Ian. After you get healed, I think you should buy me a drink.”

 

  “…… Why?”

 

  “The last time when you slew the beast, you got 70 gold as a bounty.”

 

  My eyes widened at those words.

 

  70 gold, an amount that a family of four commoners could live off for more than five years. It was clear that it was an enormous sum. That must have meant that the demonic beast I defeated had a high value.

 

  But before I could burst into amazement, someone slipped between Leto and me. Needless to say, it was Celine.

 

  “Se-Seventy gold coins?!”

 

  Her eyes twinkled. Although she was also a noble, like all rural nobles, she did not lead a rich life. After paying the expensive academy tuition, the only thing she could afford to pay was the cost to maintain her ‘beauty.’

 

  Even though our average standard of living was higher than those of ordinary people. But for me, Leto, and Celine, it was clear that 70 gold was an unusually large amount of money.

 

  As if she had already forgotten the accident that happened just before, Celine was already getting excited and started making plans with her index finger up.

 

  “Let’s go to the demonic beast diner in the downtown restaurant district! I heard that the Drake meat there is so delicious…….”

 

  “Hey, why would you choose a place that tastes so bad… No, we are going to the bar. There is a new place that Mr. Van has opened, and it’s said that the taste of the wine is worth dying for.”

 

  “No, why! The beast meat is more delicious!”

 

  I didn’t really think much of it, but Leto and Celine were already debating where to go with my 70 golden coins. It was a really refreshing sight.

 

  I said with a smile.

 

  “It’s money I earned by risking my life. What are you two doing?”

 

  “You have to be precise. Money earned by mindlessly trying to  ‘throw’ your life away.”

 

  When Leto clicked his tongue, I burst into tears inwardly.  

 

  Throwing my life away? Is it okay to denigrate that unforgettable battle of that day like that?

 

  I cursed, as always, when the three of us got together.

 

  “Hey, it’s because you didn’t know the situation back then… all right? Are you telling me I should have just let it slide? That bastard was holding a ripped piece of cloth in his mouth and then spat it out. That piece was a part of Emma’s clothes. How could I stay patient in that kind of situation?”

 

  “Oh, yeah?”

 

  “Yes, you should have endured it~”

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  However, the response I got back to my ardent speech was blunt.

 

  These ungrateful bastards, even though I was thinking so, a smile appeared on my lips before I knew it.

 

  It was our daily routine. Until Leto’s words continued.

 

  “Still, the biggest beast, it can be said that you were lucky that he didn’t grow up more. If he had a little more time, he would have become a named class, huh….You should have killed it at the Hunting Festival! If that happened, then you would have gotten the winning prize.”

 

  “No, after all, now there should be no other beasts of that size in the forest anymore… I prefer Ian Oppa to be safer.”

 

  With a bitter smile, the gears in my head which were spinning after having listened to those words, stopped for a moment.

 

  Yes, there shouldn’t be any more demonic beasts of that level in the forest.

 

  The gap between each Hunting Festival was only a year or so. In the meantime, there was no way that a demonic beast stronger than that would appear. If it did, many students would be killed or injured during this year’s hunting festival.

 

  If it was a beast stronger than that, it ought to be said that it deserved to classify as a named class.

 

  The demonic beasts that were called the ‘named’, couldn’t even be compared with other beasts in the realm of their strength or intelligence. These demonic beasts truly were the ‘Enemy of mankind’.

 

  Naturally, the number of such beasts was small. Since they rarely appear, the assumption that one was born in the forest within one year at most was ridiculous.

 

  But what went through my head right now was one of the sentences of the letter.

 

 

‘Even now, I still have doubts. How did you know that the demonic beast’s weakness was its horns?’

 

 

  The smile on my lips slowly faded.

 

  “…… Horns.”

 

  As I muttered blankly, Leto and Celine’s curious gaze turned to me.

 

  “Horns? Did any horn fragments come out of that wolf’s carcass?”

 

  “What kind of bullshit are you saying? You don’t even remember the demonic beast you fought? He didn’t even have horns in the first place, let alone horn fragments… Hey, are you all right? Your complexion seems pale.”

 

  Leto and Celine said so with concern. But at this moment, I felt alienated, as if I was floating alone in space.

 

  It was only through luck I was able to injure him. I replayed that grueling battle in my mind. He was such a strong opponent. A demonic beast stronger than that is lurking in the forest?

 

  My eyes looked beyond the temple wall. To the south of the academy, towards the quiet forest.

 

 

There, that beast was lurking.

 

At the annual festival, where the most beautiful crimson flowers bloom.

 

There was still work left for me to do.

 

 

 

****

 

  And the next day, Seria visited me.

 

 


Translator’s Note:

 

Alright lads it me ya boy Zyzz (wUT HOW?) oh well just passing to say dat this novel TS has those absurd college exams and on September 5th shit will go back to normal —- I swear why tf you guys have soo much problems with college? This old man can’t understand this shit mine was super easy…… Anyways go easy on him brudas.

 

 

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Love Letter from the Future

Love Letter from the Future

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Status: Ongoing Author: Released: 2021 Native Language: Korean
Ian Percus, the second son of countryside Viscountcy. One day he received a love letter from the future. 'If we don't protect the future, the world will perish.' With an ominous warning scribbled by someone  

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