Chapter 54: Lady Creaket and the Pillar
“What are you going to do now, Alise?”
“I was thinking of studying in the auditorium.”
“I’ll come with you.”
I keep the lines like “You don’t have to, do you?” in my mind. I know that if I say something unnecessary, I will receive some humiliation again.
In general, this place should be a sacred ground for cultivating gentlemen and ladies. I am worried that even if he is engaged, the prince of the country who should be a model might not care about his reputation in public by being overly affectionate.
Well, the actual situation of this school is a hotbed of arrogant nobles who believe that the more money they pay, the better treatment they receive.
By the way, my concern is just a general one. It is not that I am concerned about him personally. No, it’s definitely not the case.
As we keep repeating the whimsical cycle of moving closer and then moving away, I am suddenly called out.
“I apologize for calling you, Quatra-sama.”
In a delicate, bell-like voice, Viscount Creaket’s daughter, Lirena Creaket, proclaimed the following. —She was Isaac Owen’s beloved.
To be honest, we had never properly spoken face to face before. She had dim hair and eyes, and a sweet, unassuming charm.
She didn’t seem like the type to approach a Duke’s daughter on her own, but I could guess what she was going to say.
“Um… I heard from him that we caused a lot of trouble for Quatra-sama.”
“I see. You’re not mistaken.”
“I also apologize. I’m truly sorry for what happened.”
Like most other students, she trembled nervously before me, but she squeezed her little hands together in front of her chest and her eyes locked onto mine.
“Thanks to Quatra-sama… erm, well…”
Her cheeks, dotted with faint freckles, turned rose-colored. It seemed like her shaking wasn’t just due to nervousness and fear.
I crossed my arms and maintained a haughty attitude. If I didn’t, my inner thoughts might show on my face.
——So you’ve succeeded! How wonderful!
“I just did it to pass the time. There’s no need to thank me.”
“O-Oh… I’m sorry…”
Looking at her clearly deflated demeanor, something inside of me was stimulated.
“But from now on, it will be tough for you. As a noble’s daughter, you cannot decide your own engagement.”
“Y-Yes. I understand.”
“But, you don’t have to carry that burden alone. It’s a relief, isn’t it?”
I glance briefly towards the pillar’s shadow. As Owen-san notices my gaze, he turns toward me and bows deeply.
I don’t understand the meaning of his bow, but let’s leave it alone.
This must surely be Lady Creaket’s consideration. Meeting and talking frequently with a certain man outside of the classroom would not work in my favor as someone who has a fiancé.
So, that’s why he stands there, slender and watching over her. Lady Creaket might be a much stronger woman than she looks.
“If the conversation is over, then I shall take my leave.”
“Ah, yes. Thank you so much for sparing your valuable time, Your Highness Stratis and Quatra-sama. “He” also expressed his gratitude!”
I swished my skirt and turned my back to her and the pillar. After walking a little way, Julian-sama whispered in my ear.
“Alise looks cute when she’s happy.”
“Order! Please maintain the order of the Academy!”
Even with my face turning bright red as I refuted him, I couldn’t deliver a single blow to him.