Mutabilis, with a white mask covering his face, spoke in a manner that Mabel couldn’t discern. However, his voice felt very fragile, and Mabel took both of Mutabilis’ hands to encourage him.
“Surely, it’s gentle magic. Thanks to it, I can be by Mutabilis’s and Eugene-san’s side.”
“Is that so? I see, that’s nice.”
“I’m sure it is.”
Upon hearing Mabel’s words, Mutabilis smiled happily. Mabel couldn’t help but smile in response. Eventually, Mutabilis softly spoke.
“Mabel, can a mage and a human who fell in love…be happy?”
“Why do you ask?”
“Before my teacher passed away, he was crying. Mabel and Eugene are very important to me…I don’t want you to end up like that.”
The scene flashed in Mabel’s mind, causing her to bite her lip. Mutabilis understood it too. The countless obstacles that mages and humans had to overcome to be together.
Mabel lifted her lowered gaze and looked directly at Mutabilis.
“I want to say it’ll be alright, but I’m sorry, I’m not confident.”
“I will definitely die before him, and not only that, Eugene-san might come to dislike me. We even had a fight yesterday, and I left on my own. But still, just being with Eugene-san makes me happy…”
Such concerns were meaningless when it came to a relationship between a human and a mage.
Mutabilis, relieved by Mabel’s answer, smiled with the corners of their mouth raised.
“―I envy Eugene.”
“To have someone like Mabel think so highly of him. It’s really enviable.”
With a soft and gentle smile, Mutabilis looked at Mabel with an affectionate gaze, like a boy in love. Mabel, who knew that Mutabilis simply spoke his thoughts honestly, couldn’t help but blush.
At that moment, the sound of knocking on the door echoed.
“―See you later, Mabel.”
In an instant, Mutabilis jumped up and swiftly ran through the starry sky. As Mabel responded towards the door, Wimmie peeked in and tilted her head, saying, “Oh?”
“Did you come to look at the sky?”
“No, a mage friend of mine was here.”
Upon hearing that, Wimmie gasped and asked in a concerned voice, “A mage?! Will they come back again?!”
“I don’t think he’ll come back. What’s wrong? Why are you so flustered?”
“B-Because, they say if you see their face, you can fall unconscious or even go crazy!”
Seeing Wimmie’s anxious gaze darting around, Mabel smiled and said, “It’s okay.”
“That’s just a rumor. It’s true that it’s a little dangerous to see their true face, but they won’t take your life. They all wear masks and are very cautious about this point.”
“I-Is that so?”
Seemingly relieved by Mabel’s reassurance, Wimmie let out a sigh.
“You don’t have to be so scared.”
“But they’re mages, you know? We don’t know what kind of people they are, and they’re said to have mysterious powers.”
“With those powers, they protected this country, didn’t they?”
“That’s true, but still…”
With a troubled expression, Wimmie continued.
” The townspeople are afraid. There are even people saying that Mabel-sama was forced into an engagement for the sake of the country.”
Mabel widened her eyes in surprise.
“What do you mean?! I’m not being forced into anything!”
“Of course, I know that. But when they hear ‘mage,’ many people tend to believe it…”
As Wimmie struggled to find her words, Mabel recalled the uneasiness she felt in the town today. The stares and whispered conversations. They were directed at Mabel, who was rumored to be forced into an engagement with a mage.
‘It’s all a misunderstanding…’
In hindsight, she should have realized it.
When she was interrupted by the Secretary-General’s words. When Reed said, “You poor thing…”
And also when Amane took Mabel away from the urban area, it was surely to protect her from the curious and pitying gazes of those around her.
Then it all hit Mable…
‘Eugene-san must have heard of this…that’s why he wants to break off the engagement.’
As Mabel stepped closer to the closet, she began to remove the indoor clothes she was wearing. Wimmie panicked at the sight of Mabel changing.
“Mabel-sama?! What’s happening all of a sudden?”
“I’m going back to Eugene-san. I want to apologize for leaving without permission and hear his true feelings.”
Changing her shoes, Mabel opened the door. She smiled sweetly at the bewildered Wimmie, who didn’t know what to do. Then, she turned around and walked confidently down the dimly lit corridor.
‘f Eugene-san is suffering like Mutabilis’s teacher…’
If he had grown tired of Mabel and wanted to break off the engagement, there was nothing she can do. But if, by any chance, he is trying to give up for Mabel’s sake…
Her restless feelings manifested as long strides.
But before the hurrying Mabel, a familiar man appeared. It was Kairi, Amane’s brother, with his beautiful silver hair. He had attendants behind him.
“Oh, if it isn’t Mabel-sama. Where are you going at this hour?”
“I’m planning to return to my fiancé. I need to properly convey my feelings.”
Mabel nodded at Kairi, who repeated the word “feelings,” and turned her toes towards the outside, intending to end the conversation.
However, the words that escaped Kairi’s mouth were beyond belief.
“That’s troublesome. Because your fiancé…is me.”
In the next moment, one of the men accompanying Kairi grabbed Mabel from behind, restraining her.
A thick cloth was pressed against her mouth, and as Mabel struggled in surprise, she gradually felt a drunken sensation and suffocating pain, causing her head to grow hazy.
Soon, her consciousness faded, and Mabel slumped limply.
Seeing the attendant carrying her, Kairi’s beautiful smile blossomed.