This Story has been fan-translatedby FakeHug.. Official translations will be added when they become available.
My name is Candy Cane, and I am a member of the choir in my village.
I am also a Food Soul.
But I'm poorly qualified as a Food Soul.
I am not as brave as other Food Souls, nor do I share their talents in fighting power.
But everyone in the village still accepted me warmly.
Our village is exceptionally peaceful because it's under the protection of the Holy See. The Holy See sends very capable Food Souls to clear the Fallen Angels outside the village every so often, and will also help solve problems that the people in the village cannot fix.
Master Attendant and I were looking forward to the day we would've been lucky enough to go to the Central Holy See and see if the kind of place the Holy See, which has helped us a lot, is better than we imagined.
But this wish never granted due to Master Attendant passing away.
She told me that if I had a chance, I must go there for her.
The Food Souls who come to us from the Central Holy See to clear the Fallen Angels are very powerful. They do things that I could never do.
Even in the face of those terrible Fallen Angels, they never appear timid or show a worried expression.
Fish and Chips is the most frequently sent.
I asked him secretly when I was treating his wounds.
"Why aren't you afraid when you stand before a Fallen Angel?"
"I should be, but then I remember that you still need my protection when you stand behind me! I feel that I have a unshirkable responsibility on my shoulders. If I was also afraid, what would the others do?"
"Yes, we are Food Souls! Food Souls born of humans!"
Watching Fish and Chip's bright eyes sparkle, I hugged my candy cane tightly.
Do I have a unshirkable responsibility?
If so, what is my responsibility?
Choir rehearsals started.
I hurried to the church, and everyone was ready to start.
I ran to my position in a hurry, and I lost my footing.
"Candy Cane, are you okay?"
"Candy Cane, are you hurt?"
"Candy Cane, you are still dazed, be careful."
Looking at the worried and concerned expressions of the people around me, I, a little lost, lowered my head, and squeezed my clothes tightly.
When can I become a person capable of bearing responsibility?
A small village located in a remote area has the tranquility that a big city does not have, but news takes longer to reach us in our isolation.
And we never needed to know outside news.
Our life was perfect just the way it was.
So we didn't know when huge changes had taken place in the outside world when we were enjoying our simple lives.
When the letter from the Holy See told us that for some reason, the scheduled clearing of the Fallen Angles once every few months needed to be postponed for a few days, we did not worry.
Fish and Chips is very thorough, and he clears the suburbs very well each time.
So the postponement of cleanup had no effect on us.
However, when we received the delayed notification again, I began to feel a little uneasy.
Did something happen to Fish and Chips, and he couldn't come?
The Fallen Angels in the suburbs began to increase in numbers gradually over time, and my power is only suitable for healing other people. We had no way to repel those monsters like Fish and Chips could.
Soon, we heard that an unprecedented war broke out in the Holy See.
——If the people of the Holy See no longer sent Food Souls to clear the Fallen Angels, what would our village do? Fortunately, in the third month of waiting, a mysterious Food Soul came to our village.
He had blond hair like Fish and Chips, but his personality was completely different.
"I'm Pretzel, I will be responsible for the clearing this time."
"That... what happened to Fish and Chips..."
"He is injured, and cannot travel."
He did seem like he wanted to talk more, and I swallowed the other questions I wanted to ask.
When Pretzel came back, he had many serious injuries because too many Fallen Angels had gathered outside the city.
When I found him, his eyebrows were knitted as he wrapped his wound with a bandage.
I cautiously walked to his side and used the power I was not particularly skilled at to treat his wounds.
He looked at his wound heal gradually and looked up at me in surprise.
"What... what happened?"
When Pretzel left, he didn't tell anyone.
After he cleared the Fallen Angels, he left overnight. Only I, who went to treat his wounds, knew news of his departure.
I walked him to the entrance of the village.
He deliberately slowed down his pace so that I could easily follow him, and I could see that he was not as cold and distant as he seemed.
"If you were to leave here for more people, would you like it?"
"If... if it is for more people... I...I don’t know... But if that’s my responsibility, I...I will try my best!"
Pretzel nodded and left the village, disappearing into the night.
III. Holy See
When I came to choir rehearsals, I found a luxurious carriage parked at the door of the church.
The person who got off the carriage wore an exquisite costume I had never seen before.
He stood in front of the church and conversed with the priest.
"Candy Cane, you came at just the right time. You should decide this matter by yourself." "Decide by myself?"
The person standing in front of the priest turned around, not knowing if he was an illusion. He was looking at me, but I felt that his eyes stared right through me.
It wasn't like arrogance, that feeling, it was as if he didn't care about anyone else at all.
His temperament, which was different from Pretzel, but more indifferent, made me hesitate and not dare to go forward.
"This is the Bishop of the Central Holy See, Croissant, he is here to invite you to join the Central Holy See."
"The Central Holy See?!"
Croissant nodded and did not deny the statement of the priest.
The opportunity to fulfill the final wish of Master Attendant was presented to me, but at this moment, I began to hesitate.
Was I really going leave this village where I have lived for all my life?
Even if I go to the Central Holy See, what would I do?
"The previous Saint left the Holy See. After Fondant Cake was injured in the war, she decided to retire and do her best to protect her country. Now the Holy See has lost a saint. We are still uneasy, and need a new saint to calm everyone’s emotions.”
“Then why... choose me...”
“Pretzel told me that you have the power to heal Food Spirits. You have a day to consider it. I will wait for you here until noon tomorrow."
Croissant left without giving me a chance to continue questioning him, and I stood where I was, at a loss in the face of this sudden change.
The villagers and my choir-mates who heard our conversation surrounded me.
"Candy Cane, are you leaving?"
"Candy Cane, please don't go, okay?"
"Candy Cane, it'll be dangerous for you to go to the Central Holy See..."
I looked at everyone's caring expressions, my heart stirring up.
That night, I was not able to fall asleep.
After leaving the hut, I unknowingly walked to Croissant's carriage.
The lamp was still lit in the gorgeous carriage, and through the shadow of the car window, I found Croissant was still awake, his head lowered as if he was reading something.
I knocked on the door lightly, and it didn't take long for the door to be opened. There was not an ounce of sleepiness on his face.
It looked like he had never rested at all.
"What's the matter?"
"Croissant, why have you... not rested yet..."
"The Holy See still has a lot of things to do."
"...This is too hard on you."
"This is my responsibility, have you made a decision?"
"I... not yet..."
I clenched my skirt tightly and lowered my head. After hesitating for a long time, I raised my head and asked what had been confusing me. problem.
"I'm worried, I can't take the responsibility of being a Saint."
Croissant's eyes were clear, as clear as the sea, but I still couldn't see what was in his eyes.
"...I...I'm clumsy, and I can't defeat Fallen Angels... Even my healing power is not always reliable...I...I... ....."
"If you are afraid, I can allow you not to carry out the work of purging the Fallen Angels. You only need to use your presence to tell everyone that the Holy See still has a Saint."
"It's up to you to choose. Escape it, face it, or just stand still."
Croissant returned to the carriage without waiting for my answer. Soon, there was a slight rustle in the carriage again.
IV. New Beginning
When I came to church the next day, many villagers came to the door of the church and looked at me with concern.
The villager in charge of the night patrol told me that Croissant had not slept all night, but his posture in front of the carriage was more perfect than anyone else, and he also did not seem fatigued.
My arrival did not faze him.
"It seems that you have made a decision."
I turned and looked at the nervous villagers, and bowed deeply to them.
"Thank you for your concern. I want to leave here to join the Central Holy See. Thank you for all your care during this time. I will come back to visit you!"
"Candy Cane, are you really going?!"
"Candy Cane, the Central Holy See is very dangerous, you will face those terrible monsters!"
"Candy Cane, the last Saint was seriously injured, don't go..."
The retention behind me could not make me stay. Shaking, I grabbed Croissant's hand that stretched out to me and took advantage of my newfound strength to board the carriage.
The carriage swayed back and forth constantly because of the bumps.
Even in the middle of the night, when I woke up from my sleep and saw Croissant, he still sat in that perfect position and was doing his work.
Suddenly, I heard his voice, and I raised my head in shock, sluggish from all the swaying.
He did not take his eyes off his work, and asked in his cold voice:
"I thought you would decide to stay in that village. Why did you decide to come?"
"You should know that coming with me, you will not only face the Fallen Angels in the future, and are you willing to be a puppet?"
I squeezed my fingers and thought for a long time, but finally shook my head.
"I don't know why I decided to go to the Central Holy See with you, but since you have invited me, it proves that I am still needed. I think maybe I can be there and find the responsibility I should shoulder, and find the reason for my birth."
After a short pause, he raised his head and looked in my direction, then nodded after a long time.
"Maybe I can raise my expectations of you. I look forward to your performance, Candy Cane. Welcome to the Central Holy See."
The first rays of light in the morning seeped through the carriage window.
I opened the window and poked my head out.
Looking at the Central Holy See in the distance getting closer, I knew that there was a new beginning waiting for me.
V. Candy Cane
Candy Cane was born in a very peaceful village under the protection of the Holy See. The biggest conflict in the village was nothing but a quarrel between two drunks.
For this group of people living in peace, the Fallen Angel's existence was something that would not even appear in their nightmares.
Candy Cane's Master Attendant was a kind old lady, and she was a good person well-known far and wide, and a nun in the local church.
To her, the cute Candy Cane was more like her child.
She did not allow Candy Cane to participate in any battles with Fallen Angels and even helped disguise her as an ordinary child to protect her under her wings.
She didn't want Candy Cane to face these unknown dangers, even if she knew that Candy Cane had the ability.
The existence of the Holy See also makes everyone acquiesce in this approach.
Anyway... the Fallen Angels will not hurt us...
Anyway... those Fallen Angels, sooner or later someone will deal with it...
Anyway... There will be a solution to every problem.
Until the death of her Master Attendant, Candy Cane was never harmed.
She once thought she was satisfied with this kind of sheltered life.
However, she didn't know when she started, because the Food Souls sent by the Holy See changed their minds.
She was ignorantly enjoying the peace brought by the Holy See, but after seeing the Food Souls bloodily fighting for their village, she suddenly began to question herself.
She is also a food spirit, so why was she always hiding under the wings of others?
Before Fish and Chips was injured, she never thought about protecting anyone with her own strength.
When the warm light overflowed from her hand, the hideous wound on her friend was gradually healed.
At that moment, there was a sense of satisfaction in her heart that she had never felt before.
The arrival of Fish and Chips, Pretzel and others, gave birth to the idea of Candy Cane changing herself.
Then, the arrival of Croissant gave her an opportunity to change herself.
The retention of the villagers and the shaking of her heart made her feel her weakness.
She took Croissant's hand, led to another beginning, and perhaps the biggest adventure in her life.
The Candy Cane who first arrived at the Central Holy See was still as timid and clumsy as before. She always looked nervously at everything that was unfamiliar around her.
But she was not the same as before, and she worked hard to change herself.
She began to take the initiative to learn about the monsters she couldn't avoid.
She also began to put forward her own views.
When Candy Cane first came to the Central Holy See, She would cry because she could not find a way back to her room,
She would fall down clumsily on the ground,
She did not fully integrate with everyone in the Holy See,
And her views were often ignored.
But even so, everyone could see her growing.
Even Croissant, who originally had no hope for her, began to occasionally smile slightly at the sight of her growth.
Perhaps, there will be a day when Candy Cane will become a Food Soul that carries everyone's hope with her own strength.