*Disclaimer note: This is merely a translation of the original Chinese version. I do not claim any part in the creation of the original story.
Leithe Judge kneeled on the ground, his head bowed and his hands clasped together as he prayed to the God of Light, the symbol of the god – His cross – in front of him.
The prayer room had been thoughtfully designed to give the greatest impact on the devotee. The room was rather dark, with only a window above the God of Light's cross to let in light, bathing the cross in sunlight.
But due to this design, the all-black Judge Knight kneeled before the cross was also shrouded entirely in darkness, making it almost impossible to distinguish his figure from the shadows of the room.
'The Judge Knight is coming. Hurry, run……'
'You only know how to torture the chained sinners! Do you really think you are a holy knight?'
'The Judge Knight is a cold and ruthless bastard…… take care never to provoke him!'
'Please- please forgive me…… Should not the gods forgive the sinners? Why won't you forgive me?!'
'Look at you, all dressed in black like a demon from hell, and you call yourself a holy knight?'
"Even during such busy times the Judge Knight does not neglect to pray to the God of Light. This Sun is most impressed."
Leithe blinked at the sudden glare of light, and turning around, he saw that the door to the prayer room had been opened. The man leaning in the doorway had a head of golden hair that shined beautifully in the light bathing his figure.
Leithe looked away and back down. "Praying to the God of Light is the only way I can ascertain to myself that I am still a holy knight."
Creus blinked at that in surprise and hurriedly moved forward into the dark room. "Has something happened?" he asked in concern.
Leithe merely shook his head and said, "I am just confused. Am I really a holy knight?...... Or just a ……weapon." By the end of his mutterings, his voice was so soft that he could hardly be heard.
"Of course you're a holy knight!" exclaimed Creus. "You're the Judge Knight, even! Leithe, if you don't believe yourself to be a holy knight, then no one would be qualified to be one!"
Leithe gave him a faint smile, but instead brought up something completely unrelated. "Creus, do you know where the cross of the God of Light is placed in the Judgement area?"
Creus blinked at that and replied frankly, "I've never really noticed."
"To enable the sinners to look upon the cross and repent their sins, the cross is hanged directly opposite the sinners where they can see it. When questioning them, the cross would always be behind me…… My back is always turned to the God of Light's cross, whilst I face the worst of sins and use even crueller methods to torture answers out of them."
All kinds of evil sins – torture racks, whippings, and even death…… Leithe thought back to the things he had to do almost daily, and realised dully that not a single one of them could prove himself to be a holy knight. Instead, they only made him feel dirty and filled with darkness. With just a slip, he would stumble and fall into the dark abyss of hell, never to make his way out again……
"You are the Judge Knight, and punishing the sinners has always been the duty of the Judge Knight, therefore, you are a holy knight!" Creus comforted clumsily.
"Really? But I can never tell when I might slip and follow them into that pitch-black darkness."
Leithe then stood up and said swiftly, changing the topic. "I have to get back to the Judgement Area, there's still a lot of work waiting for me…… and a lot of sinners to be punished."
And with that, he made to leave the room, but just as he was about to leave, Creus' voice spoke up from behind.
"Leithe. No matter that a holy knight may have their backs turned from the light and face into the darkness, they still walk under the light and not within the dark!"
Leithe paused at that.
"If not for your sacrifice of your chance to face the light, would Sprouting Leaf City have been so safe and full of light today? And yet, you regret this now? Leithe, are you telling me you regret sacrificing your own light in exchange for the people's bright lives?"
Leithe turned around and gazed at the Sun Knight standing in the dark, an expression of deep sadness on the latter's face. "Leithe, do you really regret losing your chance to stand in the light?"
'No matter that a holy knight may have their backs turned from the light and face into the darkness, they still walk under the light and not within the dark!'
Even though the cross of the God of Light was bathed in the light from the fading sun, it was the holy knight standing in the shadows of the room that had saved him.
If the person standing in the dark was the one who had saved him, then surely he could continue facing the darkness?
Leithe chuckled and said. "Creus, even if I were to fall into the dark, you'd just pull me back up, right?"
"Duh, we're best friends! So Leithe, help me teach that Earth a lesson! Beat up that bastard till he can't even stand!" Sun nodded definitely. "That'll teach him to go around flashing his new woman around me again!!!"
… … Who's saving who from the darkness again?