Light Beyond 2 ~ Chapter Six ~

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Asyut picked up a piece of the report that was spread out in front of him and then tossed it aside after a glance.

Unable to feel motivated, he stood up from the sofa and poured himself a glass of water from the shelf before draining it in one go. –As he thought, work wasn’t something to be brought into his private room. Along with his sigh Asyut felt that keenly. But there was a mound of problems and they were all serious matters that could not be ignored. During the day he was up to his neck in dealing with business that the only way to think slowly over these problems was to set aside a short time at night.

The enviroment surrounding the Saint Celiastina was once again starting to change greatly.

There were many points related to her that he was concerned about. First, the most immediate problem was the matter of her bodyguards. Ever since Neisan, a victim of the Holy Jail, was announced as a candidate to be her bodyguard, everyone’s doubts began to swell again.

The same situation occurred when Aeneas became one. Why did he expressly want to serve as the hated saint’s bodyguard? Was he not hiding a plot to avenge himself? If that was not the case then, conversely, was the saint the one who appointed him as a bodyguard again? If so, then for what reason?

Certainly, the surrounding voices gradually became smaller as Aeneas did his work with devotion. From an outsider’s view, the master and servant relationship was also favorable and, from the start, Aeneas’ nature made it hard to associate him with shadowy actions like deceiving people for revenge.

But what about Neisan? Those who had knowledge of him, know him. Originally, he was a man whose specialty was gathering intelligence and assassination. Various factors, which happened in a row, led him to walking a path as a squire but, even if his title changed, he might still be acting behind the scenes of the royal palace as a “shadow”.

(Just when everyone was gradually starting to accept her.)

Celiastina’s existence.

She had been a saint who pushed the limits of cruelty but, since she lost her memories, her earnestness was certainly changing the atmosphere of the royal palace. That all her hard work would come to nothing was something that vexed Asyut.

Of course the problems weren’t just the talks from their surroundings.

Currently, even Asyut did not know what Neisan’s intentions were. He hadn’t shown any noticeable movements so far, and his work attitude was as serious as always. But still, Asyut thought that he was certainly planning something. And yet.

(My head hurts……)

What exactly was he really planning? The person in question had actually just visited Asyut’s room. Once he said that he had something to report on Lady Celiastina, even Asyut was unable to coldly send him away.

What he heard was that, about an hour ago, Celiastina slipped out of her room alone. Furthermore, she met with Linus at a courtyard. In the past, he had heard that this frequently happened but for that to continue even now… there was something about that which made his heart noisy, but the problem was that her movements had been caught by Neisan from beginning to end.

Asyut had told several of his subordinates to keep a watch over Neisan’s movements. That none of his subordinates reported anything meant nothing but that Neisan was able to circumvent them. This was exacerbating the impending danger and just as Asyut knew without a doubt that he couldn’t leave Neisan as a bodyguard, Neisan continued to give a more detailed report in an indifferent manner.

There was a strange point to the two’s conversation. They should have been talking about Celiastina herself and yet it was a very objective and calm talk. They treated her past and wrongs, and the circumstances that led up to her committing those wrongs, “as if it were the problem of a third person, who was not there”–.

He could understand that portion of Neisan’s report. Neisan didn’t know but Celiastina was currently experiencing memory loss. It wasn’t strange that she was talking together with Linus about past events objectively in order to regain her memories.

However, at the same time, there was something that caught at Asyut.

Like Neisan mentioned, Asyut had also thought many times that Celiastina’s speech and conduct was very much like a third party. It didn’t feel like it was because she couldn’t experience the emotions of her past with her memories lost. She could be seen as a completely different person, sectioned from the past Celiastina.

For example, it had been like that during the time they stood together in the flower field. When Asyut said they could come back next year to see the torch bugs together, she looked like she had been about to cry. She soon smiled and nodded but he was unable to forget the expression she just had. It was a look like she had given up somewhere and that she realized, next year, that it wouldn’t be her who would stand beside him in that same place.

The current Celiastina was always standing at a distance one step away. Even though she focused on the future and dealt with everything positively, she didn’t create a place for herself to belong in that future. It was as if she were intentionally thinking about distancing herself from there. They weren’t the same. They weren’t the same person. It was a completely different existence, not Celiastina……

When he thought that, Asyut wondered if this was nothing more than a delusion from his own desire. In reality, it was an idiotic thought. The experience of falling down a cliff and nearly losing her life created another personality inside of her. Wasn’t there a report that made such a conclusion to Celiastina’s sudden change? But it was clear that it wasn’t just him and that other people felt the same strangeness towards Celiastina. What was the truth?

During the time Asyut was thinking, Neisan silently watched Asyut. He might have expressly come here to report to Asyut, thinking that he might know something. He was hoping that, if Asyut knew the answer to that strangeness, then at least Asyut might show a reaction could be a clue.

If that was the case, then would Neisan’s actions change depending on the answer? If he was personally out for revenge on Celiastina then, possibly, just knowing that she had no memories of those days might be a chance for him to give up. However, if he wasn’t acting as an individual, and was acting as a member of an organization then–.

That was another large problem related to Celiastina.

Recently, the people who were driven out of the royal palace due to the past Celiastina’s tyranny had gathered, and created an organization stating that they were against the saint.

The existence of such an organization was known by them long ago. But it wasn’t anything they needed to be concerned about, and so they didn’t particularly do anything and left the organization alone. However, it seems lately that their numbers have increased and their unity has strangely strengthened. On one hand, there were written protests calmly distributed through towns, but it was said that recently there was an increase in people who carried arms and declared their intentions. Before they became a stronger organization, the royal palace needed to take measures.

And if Neisan was involved with such an organization then…

(As I thought, I had better remove him as Lady Celiastina’s bodyguard, by force if needed.)

Just as his decision was settled alone.

“Asyut, you free?”

A loud voice was heard clearly through the door. It was the vice-captain of the Order of Holy Knights, Siegcrest.

“Aa, the door’s unlocked.”

Asyut replied to Siegcrest while feeling somewhat relieved. Noticing that he had deep furrows between his eyebrows, he pressed his right hand against his forehead and sighed.

Siegcrest entered the room in an easygoing manner. It seemed that he had finished his work already and thrown off his military uniform to change into his simple civilian clothes. Although he was armed with a sword, any one or two ruffians would be thrown to the ground and ended by his thick arms.

“Were you heading to bed?”

As he spoke he sat down on the back of the sofa as if it were a natural thing to do, but Asyut didn’t bother rebuking him.

“No.”

“I see, that’s good.”

“So, what’s wrong?”

When asked, Siegcrest returned a silly “ahh” noise.

“I thought this place might be getting noisy again.”

It seemed like even Siegcrest was thinking the same things that Asyut was.

“On Neisan’s matter, the criticism from the outside must have gotten stronger again, right? Including Aeneas, they’re saying it’s strange that those two are acting as bodyguards for Celia.”

“That’s right.”

Asyut nodded.

“Those guys are doing their best but I also feel a bit sorry for them.”

“……”

When he remained quiet, Siegcrest looked at him with searching eyes.

“You thought the same, which was why you let the two be bodyguards, no? Especially Neisan; this time I thought you wouldn’t allow it for sure.”

Of course, he had intended not to allow it. But he had been unexpectedly struck by Celiastina’s strong entreaty and went with that flow on the spot.

“And what do you personally think about those two? Particularly Neisan, and what he intends to do by coming forward as a bodyguard.”

Siegcrest, who was asked, twisted his large mouth and groaned.

“Yeah, I think it’s an actual problem and really suspicious. Personally, I don’t hate the guy. He’s certainly good at his work and a dependable subordinate. To the point where his direct supervisor entrusts hard jobs to him. But, when he unconcernedly completes his jobs, you don’t know what he’s thinking. He’s not easy to understand like Aeneas, though I’m also easy to understand.”

Really suspicious, huh. Asyut took those words down in his mind.

Siegcrest was thoroughly sweet to the people who entered his heart. He would often cover for or clean up after his subordinates’ mistakes, and when his friends wanted to cut loose and drink he would more or less match their mood and accompany them, even if he was tired. However, despite being good-natured, his mind was different. He was able to judge things accurately and calmly.

“Actually, just a while ago, Lady Celiastina slipped out of her room alone.”

“Wha?!”

“Neisan noticed that and escorted Lady Celiastina back to her room.”

“Seriously?”

“Lady Celiastina was returned unharmed and without incident…… Do you still think Neisan is suspicious?”

Uhhh, Siegcrest scratched his head roughly.

“Looks like something absurd just happened. Well, but, even still he’s suspicious. It was definitely an ideal opportunity to do something to Celia, and it doesn’t make sense to let that go by. But, though we see it as an ideal chance, there might be reasons it wasn’t for Neisan.”

“Reasons it wasn’t?”

“For example, it was an ideal chance to kill her there but maybe it wasn’t time yet so he let her go. You could say the go sign wasn’t given.”

“Whose sign.”

“You know already. Those anti-saint faction people.”

Of course they would arrive here, huh. Asyut nodded.

“Well, anyhow, everything’s nothing more than a guess. It could be that it’s completely unrelated to the anti-saint faction and, while he was together with Celia, the poison in him was removed. Like you.”

“What do you mean by that.”

Although Asyut replied like that, he was unable to strongly object.

“At any rate, there’s the thing with the bodyguards, but we need to keep our eyes firmly on the anti-saint faction and make a move. Rather, that one is more important right now. Apparently there was a brush with them close to the royal palace today. There was a Molotov cocktail thrown at the royal army’s office.”

“Was it unmistakably the anti-saint faction’s work?”

“They were kind enough to leave a letter claiming responsibility.”

As he thought, was the situation heading in a bad direction little by little? If it was just a thrown Molotov cocktail then it wasn’t something that Asyut and Siegcrest could publicly act on. The problem was that they held enough organizational power that their anti-saint controversies were gradually extending to ther royal palace. Up to now, the anti-saint faction only had small activity in rural areas. However, when looking at their recent actions, their area of activity was definitely spreading. This was by no means preferable.

“I’m annoyed. We should move loudly and soon with our current forces and crush them in one blow.”

In reality, they were unable to grab the necks of the spies just from this skirmish. With Siegcrest’s spirited personality, it must be a terribly irritating thing.

“Well, anyway, the first thing is Celia’s safety. If she learns about the anti-saint faction she’ll surely trouble over this and that and move around. You’ll have to keep her in mind from here on too. That girl, even though she listens quietly and agrees to do what people say, she actually goes on alone all by herself. Sometimes you gotta take her by the hand and stop her.”

Asyut had a stifled and difficult expression.

“From here on, huh.”

At that murmur, Siegcrest looked at him blankly.

“Haven’t you already been watching over Celia? That’s why I’m saying to keep doing that from here on too.”

Siegcrest looked at Asyut’s face with amusement.

“Or did you not plan to do that?”

“……”

Asyut did not answer and cast his gaze outside the window. Tonight was a cloudless starry night. This night sky was spread out equally above everyone and anyone. For some reason, Asyut thought that Celiastina might also be looking up at this wide sky.

(T/N: This was a short chapter so, as an apology to how long the last update took, you guys get another one in a row! The next one is a HUGE chapter though so it’ll take a while. For comparison, this was 10 pages but the next one is 42. It’s good though. REAL good, trust me. Also, all this Neisan hate :( poor dude.)

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14 thoughts on “Light Beyond 2 ~ Chapter Six ~

    Hirika said:
    April 15, 2017 at 09:05

    I was recommended this story! It is not my usual trope but it is amazing! Thanksfor your wonderful translations as well!

      Ilinox responded:
      April 15, 2017 at 20:32

      <33 welcome to the dark sid– haha, just kidding, but I'm glad you're enjoying it! Aw, thanks for the compliment too!

    F_J said:
    April 13, 2017 at 17:16

    What is this? I missed like 3 chapters. >-< Many thanks!
    But, I've caught up again and man. I don't know.

    First, who's picking on Neisan, huh? I'll fight chu. My assassin boy is a good boy. With pretty amber eyes. Hmph.
    Second, I'm actually surprised that Asyut noticed Yuna's inner turmoil about the future. I thought she hid it pretty well from the outside. And the AsyutxYuna ship is sailing… But for some reason, the ship is on fire and burning as it slowly makes it way to end game, and I can't deal. Why can't you two just get together!! (I know why but stilllll. Slow burns are so hardddddd~)
    Third, Linus and Celia's relationship…. I've been curious since the beginning, BUT this curiosity piked last chapter. What were they?!?!? I have a feeling that Celia was in love, or accepted that she and Asyut were suppose to be together, however… Linus doesn't feel like just a "father" figure… What in the world…. Linus is clearly not a "best friend" type or "lover" either…. But that leaves nothing????
    Fourth, QUESTIONS ARE BEING ANSWERED YET MORE QUESTION ARE POPPING UP. DAMN THIS SERIES! Making me think… Lol. What are Celia's saintly powers? Does it have to do with death? And all those accidental 'deaths'? Is she actually a death god? That might explain why it was possible to have Yuna take over her body, and have her soul come back later. And why the angels actually care about worldly events/ Also, I think there may have been another person influencing Celia in the background somewhere, somehow, warping her views.
    Fifth, Asyut's little sister… For some reason I think she's part of this anti-saint group. And that's why Asyut can't find her. Since she's hiding with the masses.

    Opps, I just put all my thoughts from the past chapters into one post…

      Ilinox responded:
      April 15, 2017 at 20:42

      Heehee, I’m sneaking in those updates while no one is looking :> but now you get to read three chapters in a row instead of one and then waiting!

      LOL. Let’s create a Neisan fanclub and protest about how he’s innocent! I’m dying from your comments but Asyut noticing Yuna’s inner turmoil is totally the author giving us more fuel to make the flames burn higher sOBS. It feels like he’s getting closer to the truth and now we’re sitting here with our breaths held wondering if he’s ever going to know. If you thought this slow burn chapter was bad, wait until you see the next ;)).

      RIGHT? Linus saying that he was Celia’s “foster guardian” makes me feel all weird because he’s only mid-twenties IIRC and he does all these things to her and for her. Hmmmmm. HMMMM. How about Linus being a sibling-like figure for Celia? But actually I might ship Linus and Yuna (somewhat; when I’m not waving my Asyut/Yuna flag) because he’s so Shady McShady and Yuna is so pure I think he can’t help but feel drawn to her, haha.

      I love it when books make you think :D and it makes for a lively comment area with everyone tossing around their theories. Ooh, we don’t actually know the limits of a saint’s power, huh, and with them being called “Messengers of God” it would be kind of interesting or a twist if Celia was like the antithesis of a Messenger of God but acting as one because of… reasons??

      Haha, I think the majority of us are placing our money down on this being a conspiracy thing with blackmail and threats, etc etc.

      Oh snap, if that theory is true about Asyut’s little sister then… that’s not so good. Asyut would be stuck between a rock and a hard place; he has to protect the saint (someone he hates) from his only remaining family (someone he loves). THE DRAMA! You’re evil to come up with that.

      Long comments are always welcome <3.

    kukkiriri said:
    April 10, 2017 at 07:22

    Lol I was going to comment on how fast you released this chapter, right after the previous one! But​ already commented on it. 😘

      Ilinox responded:
      April 15, 2017 at 01:55

      Gotta love the dialogue chapters because they go by so fast |D I’ve noticed that my speed really slows down when I have to wade through what feels like lines and lines of exposition, history, or description. I ain’t cut out for those T_T.

        kukkiriri said:
        April 15, 2017 at 15:30

        I don’t think anyone’s cut for those. Ah. x_x

    ViviFreya said:
    April 10, 2017 at 01:18

    Thank you for the new chapter :)

      Ilinox responded:
      April 15, 2017 at 01:55

      You’re welcome!! Thank you for the comment n_n.

    1_chan said:
    April 10, 2017 at 00:20

    Thanks for the chapter! I also don’t know what to think about Neisan, but I rlly want him to be trustworthy xD

      Ilinox responded:
      April 15, 2017 at 01:54

      You’re welcome! Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait and see if he’s trustworthy :3 if he was Aeneas’ best friend then he can’t be all that bad right? Right??

        1_chan said:
        April 15, 2017 at 09:39

        Ahaha right! Hopefully xD

    Meiyap said:
    April 10, 2017 at 00:19

    Thank you for the chapter~
    For some reason in my heart, I’m shippping yuna and Sieg. A flower and a lion. <3 :))

      Ilinox responded:
      April 15, 2017 at 01:53

      You’re welcome <3 thank you for commenting! Aha, I can only see them as siblings but that would be pretty cute!! Sieg is always encouraging Yuna in a very direct way too and that's nice |D and treats her super normally which I'm sure she appreciates since, in her mind, she's just a common girl.

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