Record of Mad Love - Chapter 0
Everyone has their own fate.
That fate was often determined around the age of 16 when they reached adulthood, and looking for that fated person was easier and harder than thought. Because the name of the person they would be with for the rest of their life appeared somewhere in their body.
The name of the fated one that one day engraved was called ‘name seal’.
The name seal; the closer the connection with the other person, the darker the letters appeared. In other words, it meant that it was difficult to find the other person when the name appeared lighter.
However, fate, as usual, was bound to be connected one day. It was indefinite after the name seal was engraved, but God that created this world made a rule that humans would meet the owner of the name no matter what.
Some defied their fate and went out to find others, but in fact, it was a dream that would never come true. From the moment the name seal appeared, fate would be bound to that name, and in some way, they eventually met that sealed name.
The emperor of Hwan Empire, Jin Ye, thought that as the most strong curse given by the God that created this world.
Fate, love, aren’t those horrible words?
She didn’t believe such dreamy words.
She didn’t bring such ungrounded words on her lips.
Her mother and father were also destined to be together by God, but they were cold people who never held their child in their arms even once.
Love; a complete illusion.
She even believed the so-called parental love didn’t really exist—because she had never felt it.
However, the rules of the name seal set by the god of this world could not be avoided, even for the emperor.
… Soon, huh?
Standing obliquely in front of a well-polished mirror, she slowly loosened her collar and revealed her shoulders. Then, a black letter as if written with ink that was engraved on top of the smooth skin was reflected in the mirror.
The letter reflected there was Yeon (延), meaning ‘Cover of the Crown.’ (TN: yan in Chinese, the board over the mianguan; extension in the crown)
It was about four months ago that such letters appeared near her shoulder. Perhaps because time had passed, what had been blurred at first was now quite clear.
The next writing was covered by the collar, but the other two letters were clearly engraved as well. Of course, she didn’t want to see any more.
How could a person who wrote such a rude Chinese character among many characters be her own fate? To read the character which meant to sit on the top of the emperor—herself— ‘s head was very displeasing.
Does the color getting darker means he will appear before me soon?
Perhaps it was because her hands and feet, Seoyeob, were searching throughout the empire.
In fact, it had been a long time since she reached adulthood, but because no name seal engraved on her body, she thought it was strange. In any case, the name usually appeared somewhere on the body around the age of sixteen. It was said that there was a difference in time for each person, but even after a long time, there was no sign for the name of the fated person appearing anywhere.
She wasn’t worried because she didn’t plan to give birth to a child and hand over the throne.
However, if the name appeared like this, then it was another story.
“…… Yeon Family, huh?”
She was lost in thought for a moment, trying to remember where the family that used this character was located.
“Your Majesty, this is me, Seoyeob.”
Jin Ye’s right wing, Jo Seoyeob, arrived.
The shadow carefully came closer. The door opened, and finally Seoyeob’s dependable figure appeared.
As soon as he found the emperor—his clear face shone under the red light of the lamp—he bowed down in a hurry. It was because her one shoulder was exposed. As a loyal servant, seeing the emperor’s body was a thing that should never happen. Seoyeob immediately recited the words of apology.
“Forgive me for my rudeness.”
Jin Ye quietly laughed and pulled up her clothes.
He was an overly upright man. That was why she liked him. Because of that nature, she had never doubted and kept Seoyeop by her side for more than a decade since her crown princess time. And as if to prove that trust, he stood by the present emperor, not betraying her, even when she was once dethroned from the crown princess’s throne and in danger of death.
In addition, in the midst of the war, Seoyeob exceptionally rose to the status of General of Valiant Cavalry even at a young age, but now he had left the glorious position and had become Jin Ye’s henchman who moved only under her orders.
She turned around after fixing her collar and bent down one of her knees in front of Seoyeob. Looking down at him, the emperor opened her mouth.
“The fact that you have returned.”
“I have found him.”
Seoyeob was on the outskirts for a while. It was under the order to find the owner of the name inscribed on the emperor’s body. Therefore, the man he had found was no doubt the owner of the name seal in the Emperor of Hwan Empire.
The man whose fate had commanded her to bear in her heart.
She had to see his face once after all.
“There is no doubt this time.”
Seoyeob slowly raised his eyes. His eyes shaking could be seen more clearly because of the reflection of the lamp. Jin Ye read the confusion reflected in those eyes.
Confusion? In fact, he didn’t want the emperor to find her destiny. Jin Ye stared down at Seoyeob who was making eyes like a dog that lost its owner.
Seoyeob bowed once more, and asked. His voice trembled a bit.
“Is it perhaps… the name, has gotten clear…?”
As though he awfully hated that,
Seoyeob lowered down his head to an angle where his expression couldn’t be seen by Jin Ye and shut his eyes tight.
“Yeah. It has gotten darker. Very much.”
“Where is he—my lover?”
Seoyeob’s expression crumpled. Getting no answer, the emperor pressed him with a soft voice.
“I’ll have it enter the palace.”
The tone sounded like addressing an object.
Was he from a lowly status?
Seoyeob had a strong loyalty. He must not have liked him as the partner of his absolute master, who was also the most honorable ruler of the empire.
She realized what that implied, but Jin Ye didn’t scold him. She only stopped her steps slowly next to Seoyeob.
“Lead the way.”
“…… So it’s you.”
He heard that he came to him by asking around loudly. That he had combed through the whole village like hell. Therefore, the villagers rushed to ask what kind of big wrongdoing he had committed, and soon after, he appeared.
His name was Jo Seoyeob. He asked for his identity and suddenly ordered him to board the carriage. After that, he was dragged around like an object.
It was his first time seeing such a fancy carriage. It was a carriage with the edges decorated with gold, and wrapped in red silk. It was obvious that silk on the inner seat would be more expensive than the cloth on his body.
Jo Seoyeob, who led it, seemed to have a fairly high status. Hard shoulders, straight waist, neat posture, and calm speech. He looked graceful not only in his attire but in everything that made him up. At a glance, he looked like he was born and raised in a noble house.
“The one you’ll serve is more precious than anyone else.”
Such a person said ‘more precious than anyone else’.
“Every movement, every word, and even every breath. You must be careful with everything.”
It sounded like he would gladly cut his head if he didn’t do as he said.
When he saw the sword on Jo Seoyeob’s waist just in time, he closed his mouth in tension. His sword was probably very sharp. Although he had never seen it taken out of the sheath, he could easily guess it from the calluses in his hands.
In conclusion, he was left alone in a place he didn’t even know where. Everything around him was unfamiliar.
Why are there so many books…?
On one side, there were piles of books. He didn’t know for sure, but everything in the room seemed to be expensive. Even the chair with such delicate decorations he had never seen before and the chair he sat on were sparkling.
As he looked around with a curious gaze, he felt a stinging gaze from the side, so he stopped himself. Only then, the guard standing next to him turned his gaze to the door. He was intimidated for no reason.
He was a son of commoners.
He came to a place where he didn’t expect he would be able to step in．
As soon as he stood in front of the door, he recalled the time when he was overwhelmed by the tremendous spirit of the Imperial Palace and reflected on what Seoyeob had said.
“The one you’ll serve is more precious than anyone else.”
He wondered what that meant.
He didn’t know the reason for him to be dragged here. He had no memory about doing a high treason. It was impossible for a commoner to have any power to commit treason by nature.
A grave sin could only be realized with power. The powerless could only afford to steal a grain of rice at most. Such a crime would not bring them to the palace.
It was a loud voice from outside that cut off his thought.
“Here comes Her Majesty the Emperor.”
His head stopped immediately and he didn’t know what he should do.
When he showed signs of panic, there were grabs from his sides. A man was attached on each side, and they stood him up by holding both his arms. Then he was led to kneel down once again with a force.
The strong force shoved his gaze to the ground.
I can prostrate on my own without you shoving me…
Those were touches imbued with intention to force him to have courtesy—treating him to have no courtesy.
Isn’t this to much; while he was thinking like that,
The door opened and black shoes were caught on the end of his gaze. As soon as the shoes crossed the threshold, everyone around him lay face down and said in one voice.
“May you be blessed, Your Majesty.”
Someone nudged his side, as if gesturing to him to do it as well. Therefore, he immediately opened his mouth.
“May-may you be blessed.”
Once again, a whisper came from his side.
“…. Your Majesty.”
He lifted up his head straight before he could hear the rest out of nervousness. The people around him seemed very troubled, but it had happened.
The first thing he saw was Seoyeob, who had a stern face on the side. He had a scary look as if scolding him for raising his head presumptuously in front of the emperor.
But his figure was quickly erased from his view.
Because the one before him had caught his gaze at once.
His mouth opened on its own, his heart tightened in an instant and his breath stopped.
Her Majesty the Emperor…
Because everyone around him was bowing down to her, the one before his eyes was certainly the Emperor of Hwan.
The emperor, dressed in a dignified gold dragon robe and looking down at himself with indifferent eyes, was beautiful… enough to blind the eyes of the person looking at her.
There were no blemishes in the red eyes he had never seen before, and the eyebrows were neat and clear. A well-cut nose bridge, a clear philtrum, and a smooth jawline. Above all, it was his first time seeing someone with eyes, nose, and mouth looked so detailed and harmonious.
He wondered if she was perhaps a god from heaven.
From the moment their eyes met, he could not see anything else. Even the slow blinking movement of the eyelids was something that touched his heart. Therefore, he was lost in his gaze.
A low sinking voice flowed out through the lips, which were curved sleekly as if drawn with a brush.
It was a sweet voice. Like the sound of beads rolling.
The face looking at him gradually came down. Soon, a slender forefinger landed under his chin.
From her side, Seoyeob let out a warning voice, but she paid no heed. Instead, she met the gaze she held by the chin.
As the candlelight fell on the shiny red pupils like pearls, it made them appear mysterious. His figure was reflected there. It was such an unbelievable sight.
The emperor tilted her head and examined him thoroughly. Then, the three letters of his name rang through those beautiful lips.
“Are you Yeon Mugeon?”
Mugeon could not help but nodded his head while being in trance.
“Yes, Your Majesty…”
Hearing the answer, Jin Ye asked Seoyeob, who was behind her.
“Where did you say it’s located in this man’s body?”
“It’s in his thigh.”
After getting the answer, Jin Ye thought about it, then she let go of Mugeon’s chin and stood up. Then, she ordered people around him.
“I have to see the evidence with my own eyes, so strip him.”
Mugeon opened his eyes wide.
Despite him looking flustered, Jin Ye didn’t bat an eyelid in front of him. Was it only that? The people who got the emperor’s sudden order came closer to Mugeon without hesitation.
The pants covering his lower limbs were stripped in an instant.
There were lot of eyes watching. Nevertheless, his lower body was revealed.
Feeling embarrassed, he tried to cover his body but it was impossible. Seoyeob approached him. He looked down at him through cold eyes without any feeling reflected there, and spread his legs forcefully with his sword sheath.
The embarrassment flooded his face in red. However, thanks to what Seoyeob just did, the vivid writing on Mugeon’s thigh caught Jin Ye’s gaze.
The emperor of the Hwan Empire and the name of the woman in front of his eyes.