Chapter 8: I will not withdraw
I couldn’t help but let out a sound at the sudden question.
I couldn’t help but turn to look at him.
He had a smirk on his face.
It was lukewarm as if probing my heart.
“…What do you mean?”
“There’s no deep meaning. I was just wondering what you came to this school to learn.”
“…Of course, knowledge.”
“Knowledge, huh? Yeah, I see. But don’t you already have enough of it?”
The series of questions attacked me.
He stared at me intently as if he was trying to determine how I would answer.
I didn’t know the reason.
But I sensed that I was being suspected.
“And isn’t that true for this class too? You haven’t been paying attention to the lecture since earlier. That’s because you’re already so familiar with it that you don’t need to listen.”
“… You’re the one who talked to me first, aren’t you?”
“Haha, you were the one who asked the question first.”
That was true.
I had probed first and ended up being cornered.
I dug my own grave.
It was too late to regret it now.
I had to somehow get through this strange time.
And try to reduce his interest in me as much as possible.
“The basics of magic are important. But I don’t think I needed to ask again.”
“I see. Then we’re the same. I came here to review too. And then I found you and my interest completely shifted.”
“I’m just a new student.”
“Is that so? To me, you seem far from ordinary…”
His eyes continue to capture me.
This person is dangerous.
Even among the five heroes, he’s the one whose thoughts are the most unclear.
He appeared as that kind of character, sometimes leading the protagonists to become suspicious.
He behaved like a traitor who sided with the Demon King along the way, only to eventually become an ally of the main characters and the protagonist.
Why was he behaving like a traitor?
Why he acted as a traitor was not clearly explained even in the original work.
“And who might you be?”
“I already introduced myself earlier.”
“Then I don’t need to answer you, do I?”
We both know each other’s names.
So, asking who we are is a pointless question.
Seika’s expression slightly darkens.
Probably mine too.
Just like I have a secret, Seika is also hiding something.
Something that wasn’t mentioned in the book.
“Today’s class is over. Thank you, everyone.”
“Oh, the class ended without us realizing it.”
“That seems to be the case.”
If I kept talking to him, I would definitely reveal something.
He already has an interest in me, so I can’t give him any more information.
Although I couldn’t achieve my goal of reducing his interest, leaving this place now is more important.
I quickly stand up and try to leave the classroom.
Seika stops me.
I stopped abruptly and turned around.
“I hope we can take the same class again.”
I walked away.
Leaving the classroom, I walked down the hallway, trying to keep my distance from him as much as possible.
He was really a mysterious person.
It was the same in the book, but he was even more mysterious in person.
I had no idea what he was thinking.
Even his last words were just a simple farewell without further questions.
However. . .his smile as he left it looked fake and made me feel uncomfortable.
“I have to be cautious of his actions from now on.”
I muttered quietly.
I would avoid taking the same class as him.
I won’t enter the classroom until the last minute, confirming that he’s not there before joining.
It was troublesome, but there was no other choice.
If I ended up sitting next to him again, our relationship would progress just from that.
Having a relationship with them would lead to a future involving the Demon King.
I trained to defeat the Demon King.
I have confidence in fighting and winning.
But there’s no such thing as a guaranteed victory in any fight.
If I lost even once, my life would be over.
In that case, it would be better to stay uninvolved and quietly observe until everything comes to an end.
Don’t involve me in this.
“I finally found you.”
The second person I didn’t want to get involved with came over.
My former fiancé until yesterday.
I had just broken off the engagement, I thought he wouldn’t bother me for a while.
Were you looking for me?
“What do you want?”
“I have something to talk to you about regarding yesterday’s matter.”
About breaking off the engagement?
Did he come to complain because he didn’t like my attitude?
If that’s the case, it’s ridiculous.
I was prepared to be scolded and ready to argue back.
But he had a serious expression and said as if clinging to me.
“Slayer… can you pretend the engagement was never broken off?”
Caught off guard by his unexpected statement, I froze.
He wants to pretend that the engagement was never broken off…?
Did he just say that?
“…Did I hear you wrong? It sounded like you said you want to get engaged with me again.”
“That’s what I’m saying. Slayer.”
I was shocked twice.
But I quickly regained my composure and asked him.
“Why? Did you fall in love with her at first sight?”
“I’ll admit, I was certainly captivated by her appearance. But it’s not like romantic feelings sprouted. I thought about it again after hearing your words. You are still my fiancée.”
“I want to get engaged with you again.”
He reached out his hand while looking straight into my eyes.
In the middle of the hallway, without any shame, even though other students were watching.
A few seconds of silence passed.
Although I was surprised, my answer was already decided.
“I have no intention of retracting. I am no longer your fiancée.”
“If it’s goodbye, we settled it yesterday.”
Ignoring him calling out to me, I turned my back and walked away.
He won’t chase after me.
He’s probably waiting for me to turn around.
So, I won’t turn around.