Side Story 6. Ruina (1)
10,000 years ago, at the time of the first Ragnarok.
Tragedy befell Alfheim.
The god of war, ‘Tyr’, came and destroyed the world, and obeyed Odin’s order to overshadow the great disaster.
At this time, even though he was not an elf on the front line, Henir was the one who fought for it.
The value of the name it had was something that could not be evaluated easily.
A mythical human who confronts Odin in order to prevent the coming disaster and move forward together.
The existence that wrote the heroic epic with the name First.
Alfheim was also helped by this.
Upon hearing of Tyr’s raid, they requested reinforcements from others, but failed.
Afraid of Odin’s power, trust in each other fell to the ground, leaving this beautiful kingdom of elves completely isolated.
It was a pity.
Even in the deplorable situation, there was nothing they could do.
Just leaning on the last hope and contacting one person.
‘The adversary. Henir might help us.’
In fact, I had very little contact with him.
An existence that appeared on the battlefield at will in the first place, but when there was a sign of disaster, it prevented it and disappeared suddenly.
Because that was the adversary.
However, as a result of contacting them, it was the adversary, not the Allied Forces, who came running first.
It is a reenactment of the past.
It was Henir’s anecdote.
Jaehyun, though he failed to completely stop him. In other words, Henir showed an overwhelming figure against Tyr.
It was only defeated because there were no soldiers to fight with that number.
Without that effort, even a few elves would not have been able to survive and maintain their existence.
Everything was possible thanks to Jaehyun’s courage and ability as an adversary.
However, thanks to beings who did not small things, the elves did not go extinct, and after 10,000 years of waiting, they were able to defeat Odin.
Ruina was the one who received the most direct help from Jaehyun in the process.
Falling in love was not unreasonable.
As Alfheim’s direct descendant, she deserved to thank him.
Also, the form of the gratitude was free, so it didn’t matter in any way.
Even giving himself to Jaehyun(?) was possible.
Also, Jaehyun will not be able to refuse it.
The famous Rule of Alfheim.
The guest who helped them will be honored as an honored guest of Alfheim for the rest of their lives, and refusing the gift is a great disgrace to the elves.
Because of this, Jaehyun couldn’t refuse his offer.
‘Whoops… … Even if I’m cowardly, I’m not guilty. I’ve been waiting for 10,000 years, isn’t this level of cuteness okay?’
I rationalize it and glance at Jae-hyun for a while.
Jaehyun is still handsome.
At first, in this kingdom full of beautiful blondes, Jaehyun was just an outsider.
Black hair, red eyes.
You can tell just by looking at this.
It’s unique and catches the eye, but that’s all.
However, the more time he spent with Jaehyun, the more Louisa got to know him.
That his heart for him is gradually deepening.
There was also a reason for ignoring and rejecting the proposals of countless men over the past 10,000 years.
After all, even though she had heard that since she was a royal family, she had to spread her descendants, she listened with one ear and let it go.
waiting for reappearance just keep on the spot.
That was the best she could do.
The reason was simple.
‘Because I promised to meet you again.’
Because she knew it would be preserved.
So, she waited for reappearance.
10,000 seasons change, and hot flames cover Vanaheim.
She didn’t think about anything even until the thick rake grass grew on the collapsed Alfheim and filled the walls.
longing for reenactment. I just endured it.
This was not something that could be done with the usual amount of concentration.
Jaehyun knew this too.
‘Because you have deep feelings for me. That would have been possible.’
The feeling of love is easily cooled.
In a very fleeting moment, it cools down and finally works in the form of a disaster.
Sometimes it fades, sometimes it collapses. Sometimes it becomes a form of resentment.
The same is true even for those who live in a different time than humans.
Jaehyun spent a long time with the elves, and as a result he knew.
They too are no different from humans.
In the end, what Ruina was waiting for was an absurd matter. It was impossible unless her feelings for herself were as deep as that.
“Luna. I don’t have to… Is there a reason you came here for that date?”
Jaehyun looked around with a slightly embarrassed expression.
The reason was simple.
Unlike when I was dating Kim Yoo-jung and Seo In-na, there are countless people around me.
To be precise, it was because the elves were roaming around.
When Jaehyun and Ruina arrived, they were talking to each other.
– Finally, Lady Louisa is about to get married!
-That person is the antagonist of that legend!?
-and! The real thing is much better! After all, it is different from the one in the fairy tale book!?
-and! Congratulations on finally getting married!
… … Of course, that one word made Jaehyun dizzy.
But Louisa was accepting it as if it were natural.
Jaehyun opened his mouth and tried to stop it, but then stopped.
I didn’t want to intrude here.
The faces of the elves, especially the way the children looked at them.
It was also because he could feel the trust in Ruina’s gaze.
It is a clear feeling.
Jaehyun thought about that and took a step.
The surroundings had already been restored quite a bit.
The grass that grew haphazardly over the fence was cut and moved deep into the forest, and the newly repaired barrier looks safe.
Not only that, but there are quite a few new tools that can be used.
It must be the work of the dwarves.
Not many people can make gardening tools of such intensity.
Communication and trade between the two races were no longer bad.
All of these are phenomena caused by the role of Jae-hyun.
Did you say that the enemy of the enemy is an ally?
The elves and dwarves were not on good terms, but in the end they decided to join forces.
Deep in Svartal Fame, the nation of Dwarves entombed in Nidavellir was also slowly raising its buildings to advance above the ground.
“Can you see it?”
Ruina suddenly asked.
Jaehyun tilts his head and accepts the words.
“It’s all what you did. Your colleagues and the West… I made this. To break the chains of destiny that restrained the nine worlds, and to enable everyone to rise. It allowed me to walk in front of that fog again.”
“It wasn’t something I did alone. You know.”
“Everything needed a focal point. Loki said the other day. ‘I could never have done what he did. So, after all, he was the leader. all of us… … .’”
“I was talking nonsense. Loki’s son.”
Jaehyun, embarrassed for no reason, said that, but Ruina smiled softly.
“You’re ashamed for nothing.”
“Who is ashamed?”
“You are the West.”
Ruina and Jaehyun walked for a long time.
He greeted the elves whenever he saw them, and whenever he saw their lively smiles, Jaehyun realized it all over again.
How precious Ruina was to the elves, and how much time she spent missing a human like herself.
Jaehyun felt his chest ache a little, as if a thorn had been stuck in his throat.
Anyway, Luna. Because she’s not going to give up on herself.
Even if he refused, it was the same.
she doesn’t forget herself
I won’t give up either.
I could feel that firm will from her.
The guy walking ahead with his hands behind his back suddenly stops and looks back at Jaehyun.
Then, without permission, he opened his mouth.
“I know. What is the West thinking right now? You don’t want to hurt everyone, do you?”
Jaehyun thought for a moment.
However, I was sure that I would be able to confide in her honestly.
He struggled to open his mouth.
“okay. but… that won’t be easy No matter what I do, no matter what decision I make, someone is bound to get hurt. It will be the same even now when I postpone the decision.”
“You said it before. You don’t have to think from a human point of view.”
Ruina said something incomprehensible.
Jaehyun was taken aback by the story that he could not easily understand.
And I was about to say something, but Ruina spoke first.
“Are you really going to tell me?” “… … .”
“Why wouldn’t I want to monopolize the West? Being alone and hugging… … I want to wake up in bed together and boast to other elves, humans, and dwarves that I am my husband every day. I think I’m going crazy wanting to do that even now.”
Her voice, a bit choked up, was quite different from the first one.
The bright voice she had when she first arrived in Alfheim had disappeared, but now she had become that of a girl who could not control her growing emotions.
Even Jaehyun doesn’t know what 10,000 years of time means.
But she was different.
He must have experienced that long time and suffered many times.
“however… … Why do I want to take you with other people? Are you curious about that?”
After catching her breath for a while, Ruina looked at Jaehyun for the second time with her eyes wet.
In the meantime, the weak heat that permeates Jaehyun, making one side of his heart shudder.
Ruina, a woman who has been living in hell for too long for herself.
If Jaehyun didn’t listen to those words, he didn’t even deserve to be a human, let alone an adversary.
Ruina clenched her fists and lowered her head.
He seemed to be trying to hide his sadness and tears.
She tried not to show Jaehyun anything that wasn’t bright.
“Honestly, Miss Seo Eana… … Compared to Miss Kim Yoo-jung, I spent too little time with Seo-bang. No matter how long I missed you, Seobang-nim wouldn’t have felt it. Even if the season of longing has passed tens of thousands of times, not 10,000 times, nothing changes. So for me, this is the best.”
Tears dripped down her clenched hands.
A round mark that spreads like paint.
Seeing this, Jaehyun tried to reach out to Ruina, but then stopped.
“I don’t want everything to be taken away, but to be loved by the West while staying together. That’s what I want. So please don’t take away even the little bit of you left in me.”
Hot tears finally flowed from Ruina’s eyes.
Jaehyun couldn’t do anything other than give Ruina a hug.
The best I could do for a woman who had longed for herself for a very long time was just that.
Only, this was all.