Chapter 34: The Witch Investigation Squad
We went to bed early in preparation for the second term starting the next day. With only the homeroom and the opening ceremony scheduled for the day, we finished early.
Therefore, we agreed to meet at the usual seat in the library in the afternoon.
As usual, Camilo cast a barrier so that we wouldn’t have to worry about anyone overhearing us.
“You think my brother might have been brainwashed?!”
“What the hell?!”
Upon hearing Alondra’s explanation, Camilo and Elias-sama raised their voices in surprise.
Of course, it’s natural to be shocked. I probably had the same expression on my face yesterday.
“Please listen to me with the assumption that it’s still just a guess.”
The same story as yesterday was told in a calm tone. Although the two of them listened to the story with difficult or surprised expressions, Elias-sama showed a reaction first.
He put his elbows on the desk and buried his head in his hands.
A low voice mixed with amazement was heard from his invisible mouth.
I see, even from his brother’s point of view, it’s possible?!
“I always thought something was off. My older brother, who looks down on everyone else, chose Miss Yserra, who is just average in terms of ability. I thought he must have really liked her…or maybe she’s a witch. That would explain a lot.”
Elias-sama’s sigh seems to have no end. He finally raised his face, but he looks completely exhausted.
“Certainly, we can’t raise our voices recklessly about this. If what Miss Alondra says is true, the future king is in danger. I don’t care about him personally, but we have to do something for the sake of this country.”
So Prince Agustin doesn’t matter to Alondra or even to Elias-sama?!
Isn’t that treatment a bit too harsh…?!
“I agree. I don’t care about Agustin, but we can’t just overlook the crisis facing our country.”
I had a feeling that Camilo had that understanding. Yeah, let’s stop making snarky comments in my head.
“Hmm, so both of you can assist us, is that correct?”
Alondra said in a monotone voice, tilting her head.
Elias-sama smiled beautifully, the kind of smile that would have made any ordinary female student scream in delight.
“Of course. If you hadn’t noticed, something terrible could have happened. As a member of the royal family, I’m truly grateful. We can’t let any harm come to women, so we’ll take the lead and investigate. Right, Camilo?”
“Yeah, that’s right. It might be difficult since you’re in the same class, and both of you shouldn’t get too close to Miss Yserra. Just lend us your wisdom.”
The men nodded without any hesitation.
I am very glad that they are reliable people, though I don’t think the Prince should be in danger.
I let out a sigh of relief that I couldn’t contain when this unbeatable team was formed.
“It’s reassuring. Thank goodness, Alondra.”
“Yeah, they’re definitely the perfect members for the investigation,” Alondra nodded with satisfaction.
With Elias-sama’s position as the second prince and his intelligence, Camilo’s skill on par with dragon knights, and Alondra’s proficiency in magic research, they would certainly be suitable for investigating witches.
…Huh? What about me?
“By the way, I was wondering if it is possible that Miss Hisera has regained the memories of her first life.”
I was so shocked by what Elias-sama said that I didn’t notice Camilo’s face briefly turn pale.
Yserra-sama regained her memories? If that were the case, it would undoubtedly lead to a lot of complications.
“Why do you think that, Elias-sama?”
“Well, it’s just a possibility without any real evidence.”
This is what Elias-sama said:
If Yserra-sama had black magic, there’s a possibility that her regular magic may be lacking.
If that were the case, her memory lid would be weak, and we wouldn’t know what might trigger her memories.
If the opponent is a witch with malicious intent, it’s better to assume the worst.
“If she has regained her memory by any chance… I wonder if she would blame Miss Leticia for not getting along with my brother.”
As I raise my voice in surprise, Camilo’s expression suddenly becomes stern.
“What do you mean by ‘Leticia’s fault,’ Elias?”
“Don’t get mad at me. Didn’t I say it before? The two of them had a great time in their first life, thanks in part to the obstacle that was Miss Leticia. No, rather… If she’s cunning enough to use brainwashing magic, it’s possible that she was skillfully using Miss Leticia.”
Skillfully using me.
If that hypothesis is true, how would she feel about not being able to use me in her second life?
Camilo crosses his arms with a frightening expression. As I try to ask what he’s thinking, I unexpectedly catch the gaze of his youthful green eyes.
“…So you’re saying that woman might target her?”
“Yeah, I think so too. She might try to brainwash my brother to fall in love with her again, or harm you out of spite.”
“There’s no way I’d allow that to happen!”
“It’s certainly a possibility. We must be cautious.”
Camilo shouts loudly and reaches out his hand. As my hands on the desk are gripped from above and I’m stared at with frighteningly serious eyes, I can’t help but blush.
“I’ll strengthen your guard for a while! Rest assured, I’ll definitely protect you!”
Aren’t they all overthinking things that haven’t been confirmed yet?
“You don’t have to go that far…”
“It’s fine, Leticia. There’s no such thing as being too careful.”
Alondra speaks seriously, but a smirk is on her face.
Seeing Elias-sama with a similar expression, I thank Camilo while casually pulling my hand away.
Ugh, being teased is tough! Let’s change the subject quickly!
“Um, by the way, Elias-sama! Has His Highness Agustin’s engagement been decided?”
It was a topic that I brought up on impulse, but it was also an important confirmation.
After all, if Prince Agustin were to engage with anyone other than Yserra-sama, that person would have a high likelihood of being executed in the end. It’s absolutely not okay for another woman to become the tragic queen just because I refused the engagement and changed the future.
“Oh, yeah, I asked Father about that too. He still doesn’t approve of the engagement with Miss Yserra and said he gave a list of engagement candidates to my brother. But he wouldn’t tell me the contents of that list, saying it’s related to the honor of the young ladies.”
Upon hearing the wisdom of the king, I quietly slumped my shoulders.
So it seems that a list of engagement candidates has been established after all. It may be better for the country if Yserra-sama becomes the crown princess, but I’m worried about the woman who was chosen.
If only I knew their name, maybe we could still come up with a plan…
Lost in thought, Alondra nudged my arm.
“There’s no use thinking about it, Leticia. It’s not your fault whoever becomes the Crown Prince’s fiancée.”
My kind friend gave me a small smile to comfort me, which made me feel strong and warm.
But I still couldn’t help feeling involved. After all, someone’s life could be at stake.
I have to do something. If I can prove that Prince Agustin is being brainwashed, maybe I can save the woman who will become the future queen.
While I was lost in thought, the conversation progressed, and finally, Elias-sama summarized it with a smile.
“Well then, let’s form a witch investigation squad here. Make sure you all stay alert, okay?”
Camilo and Alondra answered with their own responses, and their expressions were serious but lively, giving off the atmosphere of a secret society.
Somehow, everyone seems to be having fun. Well, I have to admit, I’m a little excited too.