Months later, Damin is to calm two infants in his arms. They cry most of the time. The infants' loud cries keep all the people with sensitive hearing in the palace awake including the dragon god.
"Why do they cry so much?" Damin asks his mate who has dark circles around her eyes.
"They cry when they are hungry or upset." Deia is also tired. The halflings are more tiring human babies. Motherhood is not easy. "They are always hungry."
"Feed her." He shoves the louder one in her arms. "I will distract this one until you are finished."
Deia feeds the girl and watches her husband cooing the boy in his arms. Damin doesn't show it. His words are easily misunderstood. But, he is kind and caring. He has been taking care of her day and night. He even shields her from other people including his father. Little by little, he has become less cautious of her. She has successfully sneaked into his heart.
"Why are you smiling?" He pats the baby. His eyes can't hide the joy that he feels when he looks at his child. Sometimes, Deia finds him looking at her with love. He keeps hiding it from her. That's fine for her. Someday, this shy dragon will say those words to her.
Until then, she will keep telling him this.
"Damin, I am glad that I left the lower realm to find you."
There has never been a moment when she regretted that decision.
He clicks his tongue and turns his back to her. He doesn't want to say that he is also glad that she found him. He doesn't have the name for the feeling that he has for this woman. This woman has invaded his space and replaced his loneliness with something beautiful and tangible. Now, he can't even imagine his life without her.
Far away from the empire of the dragon god, the dark god is sitting in a room in his castle. The room is full of things that Ari left behind including him. He hugs the clothes that she wore the day she disappeared, trying to feel her presence.
"You told me that I would feel you in my heartbeats." He digs his face in those clothes. "Why can't I feel it? I want to hear your voice again. Why can't I hear it? I want to see you again. Why can't I see you anymore? The world where you fell in love with me is saved. Come back to me now. It's enough. Stop hiding. I just want to be with you. That's my only wish."
He waits, hoping for a miracle. Maybe, it's all a dream. She will appear before him and embrace him the way she always did. She would call him by that name and tell him that she didn't go anywhere. She would open the door to her flying house and take him with him.
He has been waiting for a long time. He will continue to wait, hoping that she would reappear.
"Before you left me behind, you should have taught me how to live in a world where you don't exist."
Mogrok hesitates before he enters the room. His previous master, Kresi, has been dead for months now. The heart is inside the dark god. The contract is also transferred to the dark god. He is his master now. Though he can't help but feel unflinching loyalty to his master, he still mourns for his previous master every day.
He knocks the door. "Master."
"Don't call me that. You belong to her," The Dark God tells him curtly.
Mogrok bows to him. "The 7th goddess is here."
Mirinae, the goddess of night and wishes, has been visiting him frequently to meet him. He has denied all of her requests. He has isolated himself in the castle. He doesn't meet anyone including the dragon god. He only wants to see one person. That person is
"Send her away."
The 7th goddess keeps visiting. She is always sent back from the door. Years pass by. One day, the dark god goes outside to see the stars to remember that night before she left him.
"You are outside." Mirinae descends from the night sky. She finally got the chance to see him face to face. His loud and powerful wishes have been bothering her since she woke up from her long slumber.
"Leave." The dark god looks haggard. His hair is unkempt and full of knots. He is alive, but he is dead inside.
Mirinae looks at him with compassion. "It's been years. Are you ever going to stop wishing to see her? It bothers me a lot."
He doesn't answer her. He looks at the stars. Takayama Ari. That was her name. He only has her memories.
The man is completely lost. He doesn't even want to listen to her. Mirinae stands in front of him and looks down. Her head blocks his view, snapping him out of his thoughts. She needs to tell him before she becomes mad.
"If you want to see her that much, then go and see her," She tells him with an irritated voice. "Stop wishing so loudly. Because of your constant wishing voices, I couldn't rest for a single moment after fixing the world. I have been gathering her dissipated soul for years alone."
Using the power of his wishes, she has been gathering the scattered bits of the girl's soul in all the realms. She has been working continuously. Making or remodeling a new world is easier than collecting the dispersed pieces of a soul. If she was a soul from this world, she would have already become one with ehr. But, she was a soul from a foreign world. Her soul energy was different from the ehr of this world.
He widens his eyes in surprise. "Are you telling the truth?"
"Yes." Mirinae grins at him. "I have collected all the bits and pieces of her soul. Though, I couldn't fuse it. The ehr of this world was too strong to use it on her soul. Her previous world was too far away. If I sent it there, her soul would have dissipated before it could reach her gods. So, I sent it to the world that was nearly compatible with her soul energy. I recently got the message that the gods of that world have succeeded in fusing her. She has already reincarnated there."
The Dark God grabs her by her shoulders. "Where? Why didn't you tell me before?"
"I came here, but you wouldn't meet me." Mirinae frowns at him. "If you want to see her, I will transfer that debt to you right away. You can go and meet the gods of that world. The gods will decide how you are going to pay them for saving your wife."
The Dark God leaves right away and arrives in that world. The gods have been waiting for him. This world is different. The energy of this world is mellow compared to the ehr in his world.
"She has been reincarnated as a girl." The god, who handles the reincarnation cycle of that world, tells him, "She is still fragile. I am afraid that she will break if you take her back right away. It's better if you don't go close to her. Having a strong entity near her body might upset the structure of her soul."
The Dark God has waited for so long for a miracle. The miracle has finally happened. He can't wait to see her. "Is there no way for me to see her?"
The god of reincarnation has been waiting to hear that. "There is one way. You can also pay the debt at the same time."
Author's note: They will meet again, but that's the start of another story in another world.
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