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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 35

Chapter 35: Conditions for Re Engagement

Alma Gleipnir.

the former fiancé of Slayer and one of the characters who becomes a hero.

He was born into a prestigious noble family and raised as the eldest son.

He prioritized behaving like a noble, maintaining dignity and status, and acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills for that purpose.

His engagement with Slayer was also to get along with her family.

There was no mutual will between them.

However, he was content with it.

As a noble, he never doubted if following his family’s intentions was the right thing to do.

Status and honour were precious to him.

Above all, he seriously believed that as a noble with status, he should behave accordingly.

The first time he prioritized his emotions was for Flare.

He met her.

For the first time, he desired someone purely, without any regard for his family or to protect his status and honour.

Within the story, he struggled with this conflict.

The conflict between his identity as a noble that he has believed in and his love for Flare, whom he pushed aside.

In the end, he chose Flare.

He found something more important than the title of a noble.

In short, the way to solve his problem is. . .

“I’m sorry. I think it’s impossible for me.”

“Why?”

I asked Flare, who looked apologetic and denied it.

She hesitantly opened her mouth to answer.

“I understand that the best way to solve Alma-san’s problem is for me to fall in love with him. I also want to do my best for Slayer-san’s sake. But. . .I can’t fall in love with someone I don’t like.”

“That’s for now, right?”

She shook her head.

“Probably, even in the future. The Flare that Slayer knows is someone who became close to Alma over time and genuinely fell in love with him. But the current me is not the character from the story. I have to fall in love… I have to be in a relationship… I can’t do that.”

She had been looking down apologetically the whole time.

She wanted to be of help..

But there are things that she can’t do.

“I’m sorry. I said something mean.”

“No! It’s just that I can’t help you. . .”

“It’s okay. You’re right.”

I can’t fall in love with someone I don’t even like.

That’s right.

That’s why I broke off my engagement with him myself.

I have no right to blame her for that.

I knew she would respond like this.

I asked her knowing that.

It was the quickest and most reliable way.

“But realistically, what are we going to do?”

“. . .There’s only one alternative. I’m not very enthusiastic about it, though.”

“Tell me.”

“. . .I’ll take Flare’s place.”

◇◇◇

After school on the same day.

I waited at the entrance of the school to carry out the plan.

I let out a sigh.

I couldn’t muster up any motivation before even starting.

I really didn’t want to do this.

But I believe it’s the best… or rather, the only option.

I took a step forward in front of him.

“Slayer!”

“Long time no see, Alma.”

We faced each other in silence for a few seconds.

It would have been helpful if he said something, but it seemed difficult in this situation.

He looked like he didn’t know what to talk about.

Well, since I’m the one who started the conversation, let’s stick to the plan.

“It’s strange that we go to the same school but never run into each other.”

“. . .yeah, I wonder why.”

“Don’t play dumb. You were avoiding me, weren’t you?”

“. . .”

He deliberately kept his distance from me.

I knew that.

Even though he was with the protagonist Flare, he had never made contact with me.

It was obvious that he was avoiding me.

On the other hand, it meant that he was still conscious of me.

I saw an opportunity in that vulnerability.

“Have you found a new fiancé?”

“…Not yet. There aren’t many people like you.”

“Is that so? Well, then why don’t we start over?”

“――!”

Alma widened his eyes in surprise.

It must have been unexpected for me to bring up the topic of remarrying.

After the surprise wore off, he looked at me suspiciously.

“…What are you trying to do?”

“What do you mean? 

“You haven’t forgotten, have you? You rejected me twice, remember?”

“Are you the one who forgot? Both times were because of you, Alma.”

I said coldly.

He didn’t say anything back.

He was aware of it.

He was thinking about the past when he was captivated by Flare.

He was caught and couldn’t deny it.

“Even more so. . .why?”

“I’ve changed my mind. There’s no other reason. It’s not a bad deal for you either, is it?”

“…Certainly not a bad deal. It works out well for me too.”

“Yes, exactly.”

I’ve got him hooked.

Now, let’s be assertive from here on.

“――However, you have betrayed me once before. You were captivated by another woman, it was like cheating.”

“That is. . .”

“So I’ll give you a condition. I’ll give you three days. Within that time, make me fall in love with you.”

“――!”

I met Alma’s surprised gaze.

Oh, how embarrassing.

I never dreamed I would say such a line to someone.

My heart felt like it was about to burst with embarrassment.

Belfist, who was secretly watching, was probably desperately holding back his laughter.

I know it’s not like me to say something like this.

But it was necessary.

I need him to be. . .obsessed with me.

“Is that the condition you have for me after bringing up the topic of remarrying?”

“Are you dissatisfied? If so, we can forget about this discussion. I’m capricious, you know.”

“. . .”

If I back down here, it will all be for nothing.

I’ll have to start over from the beginning.

I pray.

Please, please take the bait.

After making me say such embarrassing words, I won’t forgive you if you run away.

“――I understand. I’ll accept that challenge.”

My body trembled.

With joy.

“I’ll definitely make you fall in love with me within three days.”

“. . .Yes, I’m looking forward to it.”


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