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One Day I Became a Hatchling: Chapter 27

 

Christina nodded once after hearing the answer.

Her thoughtful blue eyes turned to Ferdición.

“I wonder if you would still think that way even if your father, Pasias, didn’t want you to.”

“He probably wouldn’t want it. He might be even more furious because I decided without even asking for his understanding.”

His response was so calm that it was hard to believe it came from Ferdición, who had longed for his father’s approval more than anyone.

“But Rune gave me a reason to cherish the memories with my mother…”

He hesitated for a moment, lowering his eyes, before continuing.

“She helped me find the ‘real me’ in a shell that lived only out of duty.”

A firm resolve could be seen in Ferdición’s previously expressionless face.

“I am also the heir of an elder of one tribe. I think I should be able to judge people to have on my side.”

“I see.”

Although Ferdición’s face showed no trace of a smile, his weighty resolve was evident in his voice.

“This is the first decision I have ever made for myself. No matter what my father says later, I won’t regret allowing the seal of fire.”

Christina’s face carried a gentle smile.

As she nodded, she stopped short of lightly patting Ferdición on the head, thinking it’s no longer appropriate to treat him as a child.

“You’ve grown a lot, Pell.”

“Thank you.”

After his curt greetings, Ferdición turned to leave but then went ‘Ah’ and turned back.

“In retrospect, it was probably reckless to invite an immature kid who could not even sing properly. Somehow, spending time with Rune made me forget that fellow is a hatchling less than a year old.”

“Haha, I understand the feeling. I even wonder if there was ever such a hatchling among the dragons in history.”

Ferdición hesitated for a moment before shaking his head with a sigh.

“It’s unlikely, but sometimes I wonder if that fellow is not an older dragon than me.”

Thinking it must be thanks to the inherited magic, Christina smiled softly while looking at Ferdición.

“From what I’ve seen, you are also very outstanding. You know what kind of song yours is. Even if I were to sing, I wouldn’t be able to harness the words of magic as naturally as you do.”

“Is that so.”

“Of course.”

After a brief silence, Ferdición lightly cleared his throat and replied, hiding a faint grin tugging at his lips.

“I will continue to strive forward.”

“Indeed. It’s getting late. Hurry on inside.”

“Yes. Have a good night as well, Lady Christina.”

As Christina watched Ferdición’s back returning to his lair, she thought to herself, ‘It would have been fine to be a little more honest. How adorable.’—and kept it a secret to herself.

***

The next day, Imugi woke up from his cradle and was soon immersed in his worries.

‘What to do about that seed?’

It was about the seed that he had revived.

Leaving the sleeping Byakuya to its peace, Rune moved to the place where the seed was.

And as he gazed at the rose vine that lay before him, his jaw dropped in astonishment.

‘Five more roses in just one day?’

Moreover, the description had slightly changed.

– Species: Enchanting Black Rose that blooms in the underworld

– Blooming conditions: Unknown

– Requires soil imbued with dark attributes for growth.

※ Special Notes :

There is a rare chance that the soul of ■■ will reside in the seed.

– Bound to Rune Eclipse

– Progressing to Servant mode

“Kyuu…?”

‘Bound? Servant?’

As soon as he thought about it, additional information surfaced.

– A demonic entity bound becomes the loyal Servant of the one who provided its energy.

* Servant Level 1 (Activated)

– Feeds on magic of compatible attributes as the energy source of its master.

‘If compatible attributes… In my case, it would be darkness.’

Looking at the roots of the five roses, Rune realized something.

‘They’re clutching my scales and the black magic stones piled nearby!’

One particularly large stone among the black magic stones, which were brimming with dark energy, was being grasped firmly by the roots.

‘Huh.’

Rune took a moment to review the situation and organize his thoughts.

It was easy to understand why the rose became bound to him.

‘It must be a kind of imprinting effect.’

Since it was practically dead, it was revived through Rune’s word of revival and the power of his scales.

Upon realizing that fact, he also acknowledged a severe problem.

The rose, having sprouted from Rune’s scales, would absorb the power of darkness to grow.

That meant anything with a dark attribute here could become nourishment for the rose.

In other words, all the black magic stones in this place were at risk of being depleted.

‘This is bad….’

Perhaps, it wasn’t only the magic stones but also the relics and items within this place were in danger.

“…”

He sweated nervously.

Rune paced back and forth in contemplation.

‘There’s got to be a way, surely. I still have a few days’ worth of reserves to hang on.’

Folding his arms and tapping his elbow with his finger, a frown formed on his face out of anxiety.

‘I just need to find a way to handle it before it’s too late.’

The unsolvable problem was giving him a headache.

Rubbing his head—encased in scales—vigorously, Rune suddenly plopped down onto the floor.

Before him, the roses that had yet to fully bloom were still holding their shy buds in place.

That sight only added to his frustration of being unable to communicate through words.

As the worry deepened, his tail lazily swayed.

Then, in a moment, he stopped all movements.

‘I’ve made up my mind.’

The crimson eyes holding the black roses shone sharply.

‘This time, I have no choice but to admit there’s nothing I can do with my strength alone.’

Still, losing the wealth here due to not managing a single seed was unacceptable.

Rune bolted upright from his seat.

Clenching both fists lightly, he cast a teleportation spell.

‘I’ll grab the bracelet first, and then go to Christina.’

After giving a brief glance at the roses, he quickly vanished from the spot.

The roses softly trembled their bodies, gradually dropping their fresh black petals one by one.

The number of falling petals steadily increased.

Much like how trees shed leaves in winter to conserve nutrients.

***

“Christina!”

“Rune, what’s the matter?”

Christina, who had come out for dinner prep and a class, was tying her hair up as she asked back.

“I have a favor to ask. Can you come to the black room with me?”

“Now?”

Rune immediately nodded.

It was time to start class.

But she quickly removed her apron.

“Let’s go.”

“Okay.”

Rune used a teleportation spell to move to the place where the rose buds had bloomed.

Seeing the roses, her faced showed both surprise and a query.

“This is a . How…?”

‘As expected, Christina knew.’

It was as he thought.

While he knew he had to tell her someday, he wanted to delay it as much as possible.

This was the core of a gold dragon’s lair, dealing with the sun and light.

There should be no way the seed from the underworld could show its buds in such a place.

Inevitably, talking about this rose would lead to questions about how it sprouted.

In that case, he couldn’t avoid Christina’s suspicion.

‘Still, it’s too valuable to let it go now that it’s become my servant. The treasures here, too.’

As expected, she quickly surmised that Rune was the cause and looked at him.

She looked somewhat confused.

Even with inherited talent, he was still just a hatchling less than one year old.

His innate talent was extraordinary, but it shouldn’t be possible through normal means.

Taking her gaze as a question, Rune answered.

“The seed seemed hungry. When I gave it my scale, it came back to life.”

His answer full of innocence was also the truth.

Seeing the roses, she believed it wasn’t a lie.

There was still the sense this might not be the whole story.

‘Is it really talent?’

He was a child believed to be born from an egg thought to be dead.

What happened after that?

An immortal phoenix that wasn’t supposed to appear was born, and he changed even the once inflexible disposition of Ferdición, albeit slowly like a steady drizzle soaking one’s clothes.

The same was true of the Underworld Rose right before her.

‘Once is a coincidence. But when things like this happen twice, they call it destiny.’

Her sense, honed over many years, told her.

She fleetingly felt as if she had seen the rise of the clan of darkness.

Meanwhile, observing the black petals that had fallen around the rosebuds, Rune felt something amiss.

‘They were fresh when I left, not a single petal had fallen…’

As if in response to his thoughts, Christina, who was examining the roses, spoke.

“These roses are wilting. They’re dying.”

“Dying?”

“Look at the fallen petals.”

Following her pointed finger, Rune moved his gaze.

Not long after he had left.

All five roses had shed three or four of their outermost petals.

Since they were buds with incomplete petals, there weren’t many petals left.

The roots gripping his scales and the magic stones were noticeably weakened.

“In this state, they can’t absorb nutrients properly and will die…”

Christina immediately identified Rune’s scales in the roots’ grip.

“Are you the owner of these roses?”

“Yes. I found withered rose seeds a few days ago. I used my inherited knowledge, and the seed seemed to recognize me as its master when I gave it my scale.”

Rune briefly explained how he discovered the seed and its germination process.

Of course, he wisely omitted the part about the command.

Christina, nodding along as she listened, arrived at the same conclusion as Rune.

“If the rose absorbs all the black dragon’s treasures in this room, it would be very troublesome.”

“Exactly. I couldn’t think of a good way. And suddenly it started shedding petals…”

Rune crossed his arms, furrowing his brows in concern.

“Is there any solution, no matter what?”

“So you say the rose began shedding petals after you stepped out?”

At Christina’s question, Rune nodded.

After a moment’s thought, she spoke again.

“It resembles the relationship between the demon king and the demons.”

“Demons…”

An image of destruction and slaughter filled his mind.

Existing closest to ‘annihilation’ in this world, twisted and wicked beings.

Reveling in hellish banquets, violating natural laws for pleasure.

Even considering the historical enmity between dragons and demons, getting involved with them brought no benefit.

“I don’t know exactly. But demons who fall under the demon king’s rule undergo Servant transformation.”

Swish.

Another fragrant petal gently floated to the ground.

“That’s right. These roses have begun the Servant transformation.”

“From lower creatures to top-tier demons, they live under the demon king’s influence in various ways. They move as the demon king dictates and accept his power.”

“I see.”

A solution began to emerge.

If the roses were influenced as he suspected…

“So, they follow my will?”

“Won’t you give it a try?”

Christina didn’t particularly try to dissuade him.

Rune focused his gaze intently on the roses.

‘I often did this during Ferdición’s singing lessons.’

He recalled singing happy songs with a joyful face, and sad songs with a sorrowful face.

‘Alright. What’s there to be embarrassed about? I’m about to lose everything here.’

Determined, Rune clenched his fist.

 

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One Day I Became a Hatchling

One Day I Became a Hatchling

어느 날 해츨링이 되었다
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Status: Ongoing Type: Author: Released: 2022 Native Language: Korean
Only 1 year! I died with a year left.  But something is strange…?

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