Chapter 11: My Final Day with You│Read translated stories and daily updates at: Awebstories.com
“This is ‘sob’ It truly is the end…”
Nadia is crying as she looks at the school building after the graduation ceremony.
There has been so much change in the last three years.
I met Nadia, who was supposed to exist only in my dreams, and in order to survive the labyrinth, she trained to become a summoner, and after repeated magical training, she now has about ten times the amount of magic power of an average wizard, and is able to use a variety of magic.
…On the other hand, the strength of my magic remains mediocre.
But after tens of thousands of dreams, I am far stronger than that.
Now… I have a chance to save her.
“Oh… Ivan, you’re thinking again.”
Nadia, who had been peering into my face before I knew it, was grumbling.
“Ah, haha… My apologies…”
I apologized to her with a wry smile.
Nadia knows everything there is to know about me, doesn’t she?
“Anyway, after this, there’ll be a graduation party…”
Nadia raises her head, a fidgety expression on her face.
“What’s the problem?”
“Y-You see! If you don’t mind, Ivan, I was hoping you could escort me…”
I couldn’t believe my ears when Nadia said that.
Because, in most cases, if you have a fiancée, he or she will either accompany you or you will attend alone.
Leaving her fiance for another man… I mean, if I escorted her, Nadia’s reputation would be ruined.
“…I know what you’re thinking, Ivan. But… But until I’m separated from you for the last time, I’d like to be by your side…”
Nadia bites her lower lip as tears stream down her cheeks.
Then, It’s impossible to avoid…
“…Then promise me this: “I forced you” to accompany me today because “I threatened you,” and Nadia couldn’t resist.”
“If you don’t promise me this, I won’t even talk about escorting you.”
I say quietly to Nadia.
Of course, I’d be delighted to escort her.
But I’m afraid it will hurt her reputation…
“I see what you’re saying… all right.”
Nadia, who had been looking down for a while, accepted the offer reluctantly.
“Thank you very much… I’ll do my best to accompany you to the party tonight.”
“Yes… Please look after me♥.”
Nadia bowed deeply and looked up. Her face was wrinkled with tears, but she smiled brightly.
“Come on—let’s go.”
I met Nadia in her school uniform in front of the dorm in the evening.
Because tonight’s party is a graduation party, there is no dress code and everyone is dressed in uniform.
We’ll ride in a carriage to the Imperial Hall in the heart of the Imperial City, where the party will be held.
Ministers and other important people, as well as the families of the sons and daughters who are graduating, will also be there.
Naturally, my and Nadia’s families will be present.
“Oto-sama and Oka-sama would be surprised to see us, Fufu.”
Nadia smiles mischievously as she looks out the carriage window.
“…Are you certain you do not mind? We still have time…”
“Yes, I’m certain—I’d like you to escort me.”
She raised an eyebrow and put her thin index finger to my lips.
I see… you’re ready for this…
“I apologize for the slip of the tongue.”
I apologized sincerely, and Nadia nodded in satisfaction.
I’m not sure I can compete with her.
“Fufu, we’ve arrived.”
The carriage arrives at the Imperial Hall and comes to a halt in front of the front door.
“Let’s go, Nadia.”
“Fufu, thank you very much.”
I step out first, take her slender hand in mine, and assist her out of the carriage.
The servant leads us into the hall.
Nadia is taken aback by the glittering splendor of the hall.
Yeah… I’ve seen it a thousand times, so it’s nothing new to me.
“Ivan, this is incredible! A graduation party in this setting, with you!”
Nadia smiles cheerfully, her cheeks flushed.
“Excuse me—Nadia, come over here for a moment.”
A nobleman appears out of nowhere, grabs Nadia by the arm, and leads her away.
By the looks of him, he is probably her father, Viscount Jest.
“‘Sigh’… I should not have escorted Nadia.”
I mumble and bite my lower lip.
Nadia will be chastised by her father as a result of my actions. That was obvious to me from the start.
“Congratulations on your graduation, Ivan!”
“Ah, father and mother…”
My father and mother ran up to me and smiled as they congratulated me.
But they must have witnessed what we had just done, so why…?
“Well, Ivan is a nice guy!”
“Yes! I can’t believe you’re accompanying such a lovely lady!”
Yes, I see. They have no idea Nadia is Donato’s fiancée, do they?
“Actually, we’re both…”
I told them about Nadia, including the lie that I forced her to accompany me, despite the fact that she has a fiancée.
“Hahaha, Ivan, you always say the funniest things.”
“Really—no woman who had been blackmailed would have smiled so brightly from the start.”
They laughed merrily because they didn’t believe any of my lies.
“Furthermore, don’t underestimate me. I may appear this way, but I am also a count.”
“Fufu. I’ve heard that her fiancé, Donato, has been neglecting Nadia-san. And that you’re supporting her.”
“W-When did you…”
I inquired, unsure of what was going on.
“That is the level of interest in the Imperial Academy.”
“The topic of conversation at the academy has recently come up at our tea parties—Mrs. Jest was with us at the time, and she was furious about it.”
I guess I was worried about something unnecessary.
But, under normal circumstances, my parents would naturally want to know what happened at the institute…Hm?!
Nadia sprints up to me and launches herself as hard as she can into my chest.
“N-Nadia… I mean, you’re with your father…”
“Fufu! Oto-sama actually told me! [Don’t worry about the engagement or the house; just go to the party and have as much fun as you can with Ivan]. I am looking forward to the party with Ivan!”
When I look up, Viscount Jest is looking at us with relaxed cheeks.
I no longer have to be so modest anymore!
“Wahahaha! Nadia, Nadia, Nadia!”
“Fufu! Ivan, Ivan, Ivan!”
I pick up Nadia with a bright smile and spin her around like she’s dancing in the hall, despite the fact that the party hasn’t even begun.
Father, Mother, Viscount, and Viscountess Jest all smiled as they watched us.