Story of a Country Girl Reincarnated as a Villainess Trying To Avoid a Bad End ~I Tried To Become Stronger Than the Last Boss Because I Don’t Want to Die~ – Chapter 10

Chapter 10: To this smile

I failed again.

It was a huge failure.

“Slayer-san! Thank you so much earlier!”

“…”

It was a mistake to feel sorry for her during class when she was in trouble.

I somehow ended up helping her, and she thanked me for it.

It would have been fine if it ended there, but

“Let me thank you properly someday!”

“I told you not to worry about it.”

“But I do worry about it!”

“…”

It seems like I successfully indebted myself to Flare.

After class ended, I tried to leave quickly she inexplicably followed behind me.

She walked faster than me and stood in front of me, bowed deeply, thanking me.

The other students also saw that scene.

To attract attention in the hallway twice in one day What a blunder.

“Slayer, what class are you taking next?”

“I haven’t decided yet.”

“Is that so? I don’t know which one to take either…”

“You should take a general subject. You just enrolled, after all.”

“That’s right! General subjects! Um, do you know which classroom to go to? I’m bad with directions…”

She laughed awkwardly.

It wasn’t funny at all.

I let out a big sigh.

“It’s this way.”

“Ah, thank you very much!”

I guided her.

If I reject her here, it will only give a bad impression.

Opposing her means opposing the heroes.

That is the future I want to avoid the most.

If I oppose them, I will come into contact with the Demon King.

I must avoid that development at all costs.

“Slayer, you’re amazing! You were amazing during the examination, and your studies are perfect too.”

“That’s not true.”

“But it is! I didn’t understand anything…”

“That’s normal. You don’t have to worry about it now…” 

But saying that makes it seem like I’m not normal.

Talking to her makes me feel strangely relaxed.

Is this also the power of the saint that she possesses…?

Just walking next to her makes my heart feel calm.

It was a mistake to come into contact with her.

And on top of that, I ended up treating her kindly, and she’s starting to become attached to me.

I need to find a way to distance myself and return to being a stranger.

If I don’t, eventually

“Oh, isn’t that Flare?”

“Hello.”

“Oh! Leone-kun and Meigen-kun too!”

It’s because things always turn out like this.

It’s so predictable that I can’t even sigh.

The heroes gather around the protagonist.

I knew this would happen, so I didn’t want to get close.

“Hmm? You’re Slayer Raeburn, right?”

“Yeah, you got amazing results during the examination. Do you two know each other?”

“No, we just met in the same class earlier.”

“I see. I thought I hadn’t seen you around, but you must have been in another class.”

“Yes. I accidentally went to a difficult class…”

“Hahaha, I almost made the same mistake earlier. If Leone wasn’t here, I would have been lost.”

The three of them started talking happily.

As expected of the protagonist.

With her natural brightness and friendliness, she seemed to have already become friends with the two heroes.

Amazingly, it’s only been one day.

This is the perfect time.

While the three of them are talking, I should seize the opportunity to leave this place.

“Slayer-san is amazing! She casually solved a difficult problem and helped me!”

“Oh, really?”

“Wow~ She is skilled in both practical skills and studying.”

She just had to say something unnecessary.

Thanks to that, both of them turned their attention and interest towards me.

Running away was a failure.

“I’m Leone. It seems like you helped Flare. Thank you.”

A boyfriend-like statement on the first day of meeting. As expected.

“I’m Meigen. Nice to meet you?”

I know you well.

You are Leone’s best friend and only confidant, right?

I memorized their profiles.

Thanks to reading them over and over again, I could tell it was them at a glance.

“Slayer Raeburn. I was a little curious about you. That magic was amazing.”

“It was just using magic normally.”

“That was normal? If you went all out, would it have been more amazing?”

“It’s interesting. Why does a mere noble’s daughter possess such power?” 

“——That’s what I’m curious about too.”

Another troublesome person joined us.

One of the heroes, the genius wizard Billy, approached us.

Leone became visibly annoyed.

“Hey, I was in the middle of a conversation. Don’t interrupt.”

“It’s irrelevant. I don’t think I need to hear the opinion of someone weaker than me.”

“You…!”

“Hey, you two! Can’t you stop fighting every time we meet?” 

The two of them were like cats and dogs.

Especially in the beginning, they fought every time they saw each other.

The mediator was always Meigen.

It’s deeply moving to scenes that I only know from the book.

But now is not the time to be thinking about that.

“I’m not interested in you. It’s her that I’m interested in.”

“I feel the same way.”

“Well, since we both want to know, why don’t we just ask?”

“I want to know too! Slayer-san, why are you so strong and smart? Is there some secret?”

The three heroes’ passionate gazes were fixed on me.

Likely, even in the original story, Slayer wouldn’t have received this much attention from them.

What she wanted the most was being realized through my mistakes.

If I were the real Slayer, I would take advantage of this situation, but it wasn’t a happy development for me.

“There’s nothing special about it.”

I have no choice but to play it off.

Just a little more.

Time-wise, it’s almost time——

“Don’t act so high and mighty. We——.”

Kaan, kaan——

The bell signalling the start of class, rang, cutting off Leone’s voice.

“It’s time for class to start! Leone, everyone, hurry up.” 

“Tch, Bell. How dare you interrupt me.”

“Don’t get mad at the Bell.”

“What did you say?”

“Let’s save the fight for later! Slayer-san too!”

As the group tried to enter the classroom, I turned my back.

“Slayer-san?”

“I’ll be attending a different class. I just came to guide you here.”

“I see…”

Flare looked visibly disappointed.

It’s a little regrettable, but it can’t be helped.

Staying with them any longer would be risky.

“Slayer-san!”

“What is it?”

“… let’s talk again sometime.”

She said it with a smile on her face.

The heroes were drawn to that smile.

I can’t say I don’t understand that feeling.

“Well then.”

Even I, as a woman, was almost drawn in.


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