Chapter 57: Prelude to War
For several days since that day, Julian-sama and I had an uncomfortable atmosphere between us. Actually, it was just me who felt that way, and his attitude was perfectly normal. No, it would be more accurate to say that he was treating me normally.
It has already been ten years since that day when I reversed time. Have I really changed? I have been plagued by worries, suffering, struggling, and being swept away. In the end, maybe the essence of Aliseteen Quatra as a human being has not changed at all.
In order to protect myself from what will happen in the future, I am hurting Julian-sama. Is it really the right thing to do?
“If there’s any meaning to this time that God has given us…”
I murmured under my breath and one of my attendants by my side tilted their head.
At that moment, Sanna, who always acts with me, ran over looking worried. I called out to her as she gasped for breath.
“Are you okay? What happened for you to be in such a rush?”
“Just earlier, I accidentally overheard the teachers talking.”
In an instant, I felt a sensation like all the blood vessels in my body were boiling. Seeing me go pale, Sanna put her hand on my chest and helped me regulate my breathing.
“Aliseteen-sama, do you already know about it?”
“No, what are you talking about?”
I tried to play it cool, but had no confidence in my ability to do so.
“It seems that the princess from the neighboring country will be transferring to this school today.”
“… The princess from the neighboring country?”
“Her name is Chai-sama.”
The moment I heard her name, I felt like my knees were about to give out. For some reason, she was going to appear in front of me a year earlier than I had expected.
It was the same when Julian-sama was studying abroad in the neighboring country during his childhood. He had said that he had already met Princess Chai there, but that was supposed to be before the reversal.
He had also said that he didn’t have much to do with Princess Chai, but the fact that she was coming a year early probably meant that something had changed within her.
“…I’m sorry. I was lost in thought for a moment.”
Seeing my clearly changed demeanor, Sanna made a gesture of concern. It was something that would have been unthinkable before, but it seems that her evaluation of me is gradually changing.
“It seems that there will be a welcome ceremony in the main hall later today.”
I murmured just one word and fell silent again. Sanna and the other noble ladies seemed puzzled, but I didn’t have the time to worry about them.
Calm down, Aliseteen. Even though I’ll meet her a year earlier, I’ve already made up my mind about what to do.
Avoid getting too involved with her if possible.
And absolutely, do not get involved romantically.
Even if the distance between her and Julian-sama becomes closer, I must never feel jealous.
——I like you.
His hoarse voice and pained eyes. His feelings flowed into my fingertips when he touched me.
If I let my guard down, my body might run towards that person’s place any moment, so I desperately tried to suppress it.
“Well then, shall we go?”
I smiled at Sanna and the others.