The Rune Magician Who Lost Everything to Her Older Sister, Becomes Doted On by the Genius Prince – Chapter 27

The Rune Magician Who Lost Everything to Her Older Sister, Becomes Doted On by the Genius Prince – Chapter 27


Chapter 27: Similarity?

“Um…”

I am puzzled.

What makes my heart beautiful?”

This is the question I was asked, but what is the right answer?

First of all, what does it even mean for a heart to be beautiful?

I can’t see other people’s hearts.

I don’t know what shape they take, what color they are, or the differences between them.

Until Zion-kun told me, I had never even thought about the shape of my own heart.

I worry, ponder, and come up with the best answer.

In the end, all that comes out of my mouth is…

“I don’t know.”

That’s all I can say.

I try to act like a big sister but fail, and I feel dejected.

“I’m sorry. I can’t answer well.”

“N-No! It’s my fault for asking a weird question! I’m sorry, I’m sorry!”

“Zion-kun doesn’t need to apologize.”

“That’s not it. I just can’t read the situation… That’s why I don’t have any friends, and I’m not good at talking to people.”

Gradually, his voice grows softer.

Zion-kun’s lack of confidence shows in his attitude.

But, on the flip side, it means he had the courage to talk to me, even though it’s something he’s not good at.

Maybe it’s my fault after all.

I feel inadequate for not being able to respond properly to Zion-kun’s courage.

“Hey, Zion-kun, what does the heart look like?”

So, this time, I decided to ask the question.

If he doesn’t know, I’ll make an effort to understand.

It’s the same when I learned Rune Magic.

If you don’t know, you won’t understand; if you don’t have knowledge, you can’t think.

His words, as well as his questions, can be answered if I learn.

“What does it feel like to see the heart?”

“Um, the shapes are all different. The size and the visible location are roughly the same, and it’s here.”

Zion-kun points to his left chest as he speaks.

I imitate him and touch the same spot on my chest.

I can hear my heart beating loudly.

“The heart?”

“Yes, it’s visible floating around there. Meiana-san’s heart is also there.”

“You said my heart is beautiful, right?”

“Yes! It’s really beautiful! It’s like I’m being sucked in just by looking at it!”

Zion-kun speaks with shining eyes.

Although he seems nervous, he is also slightly excited and leaning forward.

Is my heart really that beautiful?

When I think about it again, I become inexplicably embarrassed.

But as much as that, I become interested.

“W-What kind of shape is it?”

“A flower.”

“A flower?”

“I don’t know what kind of flower it is….”

Zion-kun starts to fidget.

He glances at me briefly, then looks away repeatedly.

Feeling that he wants to say something, I speak gently to him.

“It’s okay. You can say anything.”

“Y-Yes! Actually, um…I once saw Meiana-san at court before.”

“Is that so?”

“Yes. You seemed very busy, and I only saw you for a moment.”

It must have been when I was working as an apprentice.

There were times when I walked around court after leaving the laboratory for a report.

The Order’s headquarters are adjacent to the court, and although our interactions are limited, they can be seen.

It wouldn’t be strange if we passed by each other somewhere.

“At that time, I could see your heart… but it was still a bud.”

“A bud?”

“Yes. It was already beautiful enough. But I thought it would be even more beautiful when it bloomed, so it left an impression on me…”

“Is it blooming now?”

“Yes!”

Zion-kun answered with sparkling eyes.

According to him, the shape of the heart changes.

It changes daily, albeit not much, depending on the mood or situation at the time.

My heart is in the shape of a flower, and it was in a bud state when he first discovered it.

But now, it seems that it’s blooming beautifully.

“So that’s why I couldn’t help but blurt it out.”

“I see. Was it because of that that you asked me the reason earlier?”

“Yes. I was wondering why the bud was blooming. Although I can see the heart, I don’t know the reason for the change.”

“The reason for change… huh.”

I closed my eyes and placed my hand on my left chest.

I imagined my own heart.

Here, a flower is in bloom.

When I worked in the royal court, it seemed like the buds were closed.

But now, they are blooming.

I open my eyes.

“I think it’s because I’ve been liberated.”

“Liberated?”

I nod.

“I was always told that I was a failure and believed that I was a worthless person. But there was someone who told me otherwise.”

That person chose me.

Not my excellent older sister, but he said he needed me.

“If I achieved results, he would recognize it properly. He would praise me and say ‘well done.’ I have always wanted to hear those words. That’s why I think my heart has become beautiful because His Highness has acknowledged me.”

He watered the flower that was a bud.

It gave it a chance to blossom.

My heart’s flower bloomed because I was encouraged by His Highness’ words.

“Thanks to Your Highness, I have gained confidence in myself. That is why I want to be useful to His Highness.”

“――As expected, it’s beautiful.”

Zion-kun says.

While tightly holding his hands in front of his chest.

“That’s Meiana-san’s strength, being able to speak honestly. You’re strong and beautiful.”

“Thank you, Zion-kun.”

Your heart that can speak those words must surely be beautiful, too.

The heart of the one chosen to be a hero can’t be anything but beautiful.

“…I want to be like that, too.”

“You can, I’m sure of it.”

“Really?”

“Yeah. Because if I could become like that, then anyone can.”

The important thing is the starting point.

If you can grasp that, people can change.

I know this.


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