hands, which were clasped on top of her thighs, trembled.
“His Highness said that he’d like some time to resolve the misunderstanding.
He thought that by saying greeting Lady Lelouche directly, he’d be able prove your innocence.
But the bullying only intensified… the prince, he was unable to withstand it, so he began to stay by my side.
Nothing happens when we’re together.”
“Did you start being harassed around a month after enrolling into the academy?”
“Actually, it began about five months ago…”
…It was around that time when the rumors began that, ‘His Highness had a lover.’
Around the end of the long vacation, the rumors had earnestly transformed into, ‘The first prince is planning to annul his engagement with Lady Elcage.’
Afterwards, I heard the prophecy from god—
—that I’d die in a hundred days.
“…Then, after school, Lady Lelouche scolded me—no, taught me how to study!?”
“—and then the bullying lessened in intensity once again.”
“Yes, I’ve hardly been alone at academy… until very recently.”
Well, His Highness and her would ambush me quite early in the morning.
Then, he’d be with her during lunch.
She’d also be tutored by me almost every day after school.
As such, she’s had almost no opportunities to interact with other people.
But recently, the bullying had intensified once again.
“But, you’re otherwise unfazed by the recent harassment?”
“Yes, compare to Lady Lelouche’s tutoring, they are—”
Don’t look up at me with such a expression face after such a slip of tongue.
If you carelessly show such loveliness, you’d be taken advantage of by bad guys.
—what a pain.
I laughed a little and confirmed to Lumiere.
“Then, you know for yourself, don’t you—I’m not the culprit.”
“Of course! …But, these letters… On the contrary, there’s no proof that Lady Lelouche isn’t the culprit.”
“That’s just the devil’s proof.”
The handwriting of the letter didn’t belong to me.
But it was a short letter, and I could have just altered my handwriting.
To prove that I didn’t do it was harder than proving that I did it.
—The devil is more troublesome than god.
“His Highness believed in me from the beginning…”
Lumiere nodded at my soliloquy.
If what she said was true, maybe it’d be better to talk with His Highness as soon as possible and not at the end of the day.
I couldn’t help but lower my gaze.
So far, all I did was reject him.
How should I face him after everything?
As if to crush my anxiety, Lumiere gripped my hands.
“Please, won’t you listen to His Highness Sazanjill!?”
“…But, are you alright with that? Don’t you want a special relationship with His Highness?”
It was mean of me to ask.
However, if I were to be at odds with His Highness, wasn’t there a chance she could become the new crown princess?
When asked about that possibility, she showed an uneasy smile.
“I’d be lying if I were to say I didn’t dream of that.”
“But I’m no match for Lady Lelouche—after all, you’re terrifying.”
She said that with a cute smile.
I pressed my finger on the face that everyone thought was adorable.
“’I’m no match for you,’ you say? Alright then, 30 vocal exercises as punishment!”
I hit her on the back with the pointer and looked at the window.
My face, which was reflected upon the window that gave way to a the beautiful garden, showed a slight smile—
—but only slightly.
***T/N: Oh god I’m not ready for what’s going to happen next… Also, thief cat is certainly not giving the full story here lol wth.
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