Chapter 40: School Enrollment
While my heart was restless with the existence of Princess Chai, Julian-sama and I turned thirteen years old and entered the Royal Academy together.
I even considered not going to school…
“Aliseteen. There are many vixens at the Royal Academy who will try to take the position of your fiancée. Always keep a watchful eye. Let them know that you are the chosen one.”
Okaa-sama repeated this to me countless times, and I realized that I never had a choice from the beginning.
As I listened to Okaa-sama’s words, still dressed extravagantly as always, I thought vaguely to myself.
Come to think of it, I was told this before in my previous life.
It’s very strange to think about. There are those like Julian-sama and me who change, and there are those like my family who never change.
I was just me and I never doubted that I would definitely become Julian-sama’s wife, but life offers limitless choices.
“We warmly welcome the entrance of all you of the future.”
While I tuned out the lengthy greeting of the principal, I gently stroked the shiny ribbon on my uniform.
There were many things that happened during the eight years since my regression, but I tried my best in my own way. However, I couldn’t completely change my fundamental personality.
“Duke’s daughter, Quatra! I wanted to meet you! Your uniform looks very beautiful!”
“Well, you know exactly what you’re doing.”
By the time one week had passed since entering the academy, I was saying lines like that while walking around the school confidently.
Let me make it clear that I never intend to belittle anyone. It’s just that behaving like a kind and merciful saint towards everyone is impossible for me. Knowing my previous self, it feels forced and, above all, embarrassing.
Also, it’s not a bad thing to accept compliments gracefully.
He spotted me and raised an arm lightly.
His gray hair was cut short and looked neat, emphasizing his clear eyes and beautiful face. He wore a dark green blazer with more elegance than anyone else and his matching tie gave the thirteen-year-old boy a mature look.
“You look very cute in your uniform.”
“T-That’s just natural.”
I said, pursing my lips, and Julian-sama laughed softly.
“Y-You look nice too, Julian-sama.”
Looking at me, still mumbling and fidgeting with my arms folded, Julian-sama chuckled happily.
The smiling Julian-sama suddenly turned gloomy.
“How do you see me, Alise?”
“How do I see you? You’re the fourth prince of this country, Julian Da Stratis.”
“I see, that’s how it is.”
While tilting my head towards the sudden question, I answered him. Then he looked down for some reason.
“What’s wrong with that? Being a prince will surely help Julian-sama someday.”
“I don’t think so.”
“Before that, Julian-sama is Julian-sama, and I am myself. But I know now that it’s up to me to change the current situation with my own power.”
This persuasiveness is something only I can do. I chestily asserted with confidence, but come to think of it, Julian-sama didn’t know about my circumstances, so it was meaningless.
“Are you still nervous because you’re new to the school? That’s not like Julian-sama.”
“What’s like me?”
“A mischievous devil who teases me with a smile.”
I answered confidently, and Julian-sama suddenly burst out laughing. I didn’t understand what was so funny.
“Alise really does have a bad personality, huh.”
“I take that as a compliment!”
It was a line I had heard before. But now I no longer sob and cry about it.