I had turned twelve.
I was given the rather delicate title of a genius court physician. I was not that amazing. It was just that the caliber of physicians in this land was relatively low.
There were a lot of dragons with a strong constitution here, so it was no wonder that there was not so much demand for potions. Still, no matter how long I waited, no one could make medicine better than I did.
The sun had set, and the skies darkened.
After setting up camp, we started to take a meal around the burning firewood.
But the hero was the only one eating.
He even took the trouble to put the rope from my back to my front so I could use my hands, but I had no appetite and refused to eat.
“Hey. It’s about time we set up camp here… ?!”
The sun had started to set, and we had walked so far that the surroundings turned red…
I found a slightly open area and decided it was time to make camp. As I turned around, I shuddered in astonishment.
“Y-Y… What’s with that face!”
As I was preparing the second prince’s medicine, I noticed something. The poison was evolving. The antidote I was making was definitely weak. To me, it worked just as well as the prototype, but I had no obligation to tell the person who killed my man that there was a better and quicker cure.
It was just that, for the sake of living, for the sake of not getting killed, I had to act as an apothecary.
Once I had the chance to examine the prince’s body, I saw it. There was a dark curse mixed in with his circulating blood!
It was amazing. My hubby was definitely such an ideal man. He thought they wouldn’t die so easily, so he even evolved his poison! Even after he died, he was still trying to kill them through it!
I heard a soft tread on the ground, and the scenery around me changed. The smell of the earth and trees was enough to make me swoon. I couldn’t even appreciate it well.
The sun shone through the trees on my bloodless face.
I realized that my arm was still hurting from the hero’s grip, but I had already stopped thinking about what to do.
Volume 2 – Crimson Dragon
What I had arrived at was a big nation. Then, once the dragons reached the landing site, they all turned human and took me straight to the apothecary.
“Make that antidote.”
I did as I was told and started making that less effective antidote. I even had all the ingredients. There was no need to rush out to gather what was missing. The tools were also complete and tidy. I didn’t have to boil the medicinal herbs in the cooking pot.
However, I made a lot of fuss, asking more of this and that, despite knowing that the antidote I made with Di would work better.
Despite my hesitation and anguish, I reached out my hand as quickly as I could, but it only brushed the air.
I had no time to think. Just when I thought that he would disappear, my body moved on its own.
But I was too late. My tears continued to fall without stopping. I didn’t even know why I reached out my hand, but nothing was left on it.
—The Shal I loved was not the benefactor I sought.
I swallowed down the saliva that had stuck to my parched throat.
Then, in my blurred vision that was beginning to take in reality, I saw Azel bewildered on the other side of the hero.
“Ah… Shal, you…”
Our eyes met, and I called his name.
I heard faint sounds. It was a fierce battle between dragons. I could only pray in the darkness.
I had no idea how much time had passed. It had gotten quiet outside.
Uneasiness stirred in me, and I thought I had to get out of the room quickly.
The hero was stronger than I had expected. Even if the summoning happened too soon, I thought he wouldn’t have had the time to train.
The moment the hero became suspicious of Azel’s lack of pursuit was about the same time I stepped out to get away from him.