ve a little knack for reading it.
You don’t know how intricately intertwined your fate is.
The fate of life can be changed without my intervention.
It isn’t easy, but it is possible.]

It was completely different from what Hiyan said, and Sarah couldn’t help but be shocked.
And then she noticed that her situation had been assessed incorrectly.

“Then did Miss Gaia intervene in my fate?”

[Half right, half wrong.]

Gaia approached Sarah, making her flinch and step back.

She lightly landed on the edge of the cliff where Sarah was.

[I just gave you the choice.
I mean, it wasn’t like I was guiding you by hand on the direction you should take.]

“Choice…?”

[That day three years ago.
Do you remember the dandelion seeds that flew from the burned ruins?]

Upon hearing that, Sarah’s eyes widened.

Sarah recalled the ruins.
How could she not remember it? It was the turning point in her life.

“No.”

The person who was the cause of those ruins.

When her thoughts flowed in that direction, Sarah’s face began to contort with extreme anger.

Her aura radiated.


“YOU!!”

A level of energy that was too high for a young girl to radiate began to shake the cliff.

Gaia corrected her misunderstanding.

[I don’t know what incorrect things you are thinking about, but I didn’t do it intentionally.
I just turned the route you were going to go there.]

“Uh….?”

[The reality of the brutal war.
Burned villages and humans turned into black corpses.
Ironically, the dandelion seeds that flew everywhere spread new life throughout the world.
I just showed you that.]

She remembered that day three years ago.

It was the time when she was running away with her mother in a small carriage before she even seriously held the sword.

She had never thought of getting stronger.
She just thought that the nightmare would end if she held onto her mother.

Then one day, they came across a ruin.

It was late at night, and they were thinking of taking a rest there, but for the first time in her life, she saw a charred corpse.

For some reason, the eyes of the terribly dried-up corpse looked alive.
Unlike the skin, the eyes didn’t burn.
And at the traumatizing sight of that, Sarah was dumbfounded.

Until she saw dandelion seeds flying.

‘Life and death are like light and shadow.
They are together, but they cannot coexist.
But as light and shadow change, so do life and death.
That is what a cycle is.
The normal world is maintained by the flow of this cycle.
If this flow breaks and only one of the two exists, the world will perish.’

‘What are you talking about?’

‘… maybe it is still too difficult for you to understand.
I will have to explain it to you when you are older.’

‘I don’t know! Let’s just play house!’

It was a conversation with her older brother that she had a long time ago.
In fact, it was too embarrassing even to call it a conversation.

At that time, she couldn’t understand a single word he was saying, and she just thought that her brother was saying complicated things as usual.

However, seeing this scene for the first time, she understood what her brother meant.
It was also the first time she thought about holding the sword.

‘Because I thought that if I weren’t able to protect my mother, I would be eliminated from the cycle.’

Her father died, and her brother disappeared.

Under that situation, could a mother and daughter survive in this harsh world where women were killed for their bodies?

Sarah didn’t complicate life and death.

She just understood that the moment they both died, everything was over.

[That was your choice.
You were able to follow your original fate.
If you just thought it was terrible, you would have lived like a normal girl taking care of your parents.]

Obviously, she had the option of living a normal life.


Actually, she had thought about it a lot, so she knew Gaia’s words weren’t wrong.

[If even that was an intervention in fate, I wouldn’t deny it.]

“… No.
It is right.
Certainly, from that point on, I had chosen a different path.”

[But you didn’t.
I don’t know what you felt then, but seeing you stand in front of me now, it seems like I wasn’t wrong.]

Sarah was used to this situation by now.

It was true that Gaia guided her life, which could have been ordinary, by giving her another option, but she wasn’t going to blame her.

She would have regretted it if she had chosen a boring life.

At least now, wasn’t she qualified to tamper with the future?

This was her chance to rectify her twisted fate.
So she was able to ask with confidence,

“So why did you make me come here?”

[Let me ask you a question before that.
Why did you come all the way here?]

To which she answered without a thought,

“I came to protect the World Tree and my family.”

[The path you will take will be tough, it will be terrible, and it will be a tough trial that will lead you to numerous situations of frustration.
I will give you another chance.
Go back now.
Then, I will tell you how to save the World Tree.]

The reason she came all the way here was to save the World Tree, but things have changed for Sarah now.

It felt like she was drawing the line, saying that all she could do was save the tree, and that thought wasn’t just an illusion.

[Head back to your normal life.]

It was her last consideration for her, who would have a thorny life.

But Sarah smiled.

She had chosen a path, and she knew which one she should be walking in the future.

Now that she had managed to confirm many things, she had gone too far ahead to turn around.

“No.
I am not going back.”

[You mean.]

“I do not have any bold hopes, though.
I only want one thing.”

[What is it?]

“Peace in our family.
I am ready to do anything to make that happen.”

Seeing that determined face, Gaia didn’t tell her to give up anymore.

That was because the two separate destinies had merged into one.

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