Chapter 2: Determination
After returning from the parade in a daze,
While all the children in the orphanage were making a lot of noise, I was thinking while having a thin soup with a few beans and stale bread for dinner.
Untended, painful flaxen hair and deep green eyes… My face, which I had become accustomed to seeing since being born in this world, was reflected in the almost empty soup.
Assuming that this is the world of “You and The White Rose”, what is the probability that the story will progress as it does in the manga?
Perhaps the protagonist Charlotte does not have the ability to hear animal voices.
Perhaps Prince Finlay will not become friends with William-sama.
Perhaps William-sama will… be able to avoid death even if I do nothing.
This world is not fiction.
Things don’t always progress as they do in manga.
…I tried to think that way.
(If things had progressed as planned and William-sama had died)
The thought easily froze my spine.
William-sama was the hope of living for me in my previous life.
Your words, which try to live correctly and kindly while being injured, and your way of living gave me a reason to live, who had been living as if I had died every day.
“It’s just a manga,” said some people, but it wasn’t like that for me.
You were definitely alive in me.
You may die again.
After eating dinner slowly and getting ready, I lie down on a hard bed.
As I sit in the dark, my feelings gradually calm down.
I may have limited abilities… but maybe the fact that my memories of my previous life have returned is some kind of guidance.
It’s not yet decided that William-sama will die.
I wonder what I can do to increase William-sama’s survival rate.
…William-sama was attacked by anti-royalists and suffered fatal injuries.
Destroy the anti-royalists?
…No, I don’t have that kind of power.
Learn medicine to heal the wounds?
…From what I read in the manga, it seemed that even the best doctors in the country couldn’t do anything. It might already be too late when the wounds are inflicted. Moreover, an orphan like me can’t afford such tuition.
At least, if I can become William-sama’s shield…
Then I had a sudden idea.
(That’s it… if I could become William-sama’s escort knight, I might be able to directly protect William-sama…!)
It seemed like a good idea.
The knight order accepts people from all walks of life, from royalty and nobility to commoners, and anyone can be taken on as long as they are skilled, no matter how low their status. That’s the knight order.
(However, the unfortunate thing is that the knight order doesn’t recruit women)
I wonder what to do and turn my thoughts around.
(…Yeah. No matter how I think about it, I have to pretend to be the opposite sex)
If that’s decided, the matter is simple.
I should be able to take the entrance exam for the knight order from the age of 8.
I’m 6 years old now, so it’s two years later.
Until then, I’ll train my appearance as much as possible.
I made this decision and quietly closed my eyes.
I squeezed my fist tightly.
(William-sama, I’ll definitely protect you no matter what. Even if I have to offer my body)