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The Rune Magician Who Lost Everything to Her Older Sister, Becomes Doted On by the Genius Prince – Chapter 29

The Rune Magician Who Lost Everything to Her Older Sister, Becomes Doted On by the Genius Prince – Chapter 29


Chapter 29: Was not interested

In the morning, I’m walking down the corridor of the royal palace.

A familiar face approaches from the opposite side.

“Good morning, Meiana-san!”

“Oh, good morning, Zion-kun.”

By chance, I came across Zion-kun.

He was recruited from the countryside and living in the royal palace, just like me.

Because the distance between male and female rooms is quite far, I didn’t get to know him until recently.

“What are you doing here?”

“Oh, just walking around for no reason.”

“Is that so?”

I was just walking around absentmindedly.

It has been two days since then, and time has passed without anything particular to do.

I wonder if His Highness is still looking for the fourth person.

Since I know that he is troubled by something, I have been thinking more about his problems.

Because I have nothing else to do, I’ve been thinking about it only.

“Are you going somewhere, Zion-kun?”

“I have to go to the knight’s training now.”

“I see. Do your best.”

“Yes! What are you planning to do, Meiana-san?”

“I…”

That’s right.

I can’t afford to skip work for two days straight.

I need to find something to do as well.

“I’ll be in the research lab. Studying runes. Looking for something that will help with ruins exploration.”

“I see. Good luck with that.”

“Thank you. Same to you, Zion-kun.”

“Yes.”

I see him off and return the way I came.

It was a coincidence, but it was good to talk to Zion-kun.

Thanks to him, I felt like I had to find something to do.

I’m worried about His Highness’s troubles, but there’s nothing I can do right now.

Certainly, even if I stepped in, His Highness would just be inconvenienced.

“I need to focus on my work.”

I tell myself that and go back to the lab.

When I opened the door, I saw a shadow.

It was a tall man.

For a moment, I thought it was His Highness…but it wasn’t.

It was someone else.

However, it wasn’t like I didn’t know him, but I am puzzled.

Why is this person in my research lab?

He turned around at the sound of the door and our eyes met.

“Long time no see, Meiana Pheles.”

“…Norman-sama.”

The fiancé of my brilliant older sister Leticia.

The young current head of the Heuschel family.

As a noble, his status is higher than that of the Pheles family, so even Leticia can’t show her strength in front of him.

I’m also a member of the Pheles family, so it’s the same for me, but even without those circumstances, I don’t like him.

“Well, you’re no longer part of the Pheles family now.”

“…Why is Norman-sama here?”

“This is your laboratory, isn’t it? If so, then the reason I’m here is because of you. I’m here because I want to talk to you.”

“Me…?”

It was surprising, or rather unnatural.

Norman-sama has never approached me to talk before.

He had no interest in me at all.

His interest was limited to those who would benefit himself.

Leticia was able to become his fiancée because of her connections to the Pheles family and her title as a court magician.

I had nothing, so he probably didn’t want to waste any time talking to me.

Thorough indifference.

That’s why I’m not very good with this person.

However, because he is indifferent, he doesn’t say anything mean.

So when this person came to talk to me…

“It seems like you’re doing something with Prince Alectos.”

He showed interest in me.

I became one of His Highness’s subordinates and prepared for an exploration to find ruins.

I understand it myself.

The significance of my existence has been established more than before.

Suddenly, I remember the day Jerick-sama talked to me about remarrying.

I brace myself, thinking it can’t be.

“You can relax. I won’t force an unnecessary engagement.”

“――!”

With one word that seems to see through my heart, my spine freezes.

Even though he’s not like Zion-kun, who can see hearts, I was seen through in that moment.

“I’ve heard of your achievements. I’ve become a little interested in you.”

“…Interested.”

“I thought Rune Magic was a product of the past, but it seems to have a surprisingly unique power. It was my fault for misjudging its potential. I wasn’t interested in you, but you have established a position for yourself. It’s truly fascinating.”

Norman-sama says with a smile.

It’s the first time I’ve seen him smile.

He’s always had the same expression whether he’s with Leticia or talking to someone else.

That’s the image I had of him, so I’m surprised with my eyes wide open.

“Do you intend to continue working under His Highness?”

“Huh? What do you mean?”

“I mean exactly what I said. You received a reward from His Majesty and left the Pheles family to become independent as a noble, right? You’re free now. You’ve also gained trust and status. But if you stay in that position, your freedom will be taken away eventually. Being the second prince’s attendant will limit your actions.”

“What are you…”

“If you feel constrained, you can come to me.”

Norman-sama extends his hand.

Just like the time with His Highness.

“I’ll make sure to maximize your abilities and ensure a future without restrictions.”

This is a recruitment.

He is planning to recruit me in the future from under His Highness.

I am so surprised that my head is spinning.

Someone who had no interest in me is now offering me his hand.

Norman-sama is also a person of high standing.

He wouldn’t talk about something like this for no reason.

He is really seeing value in me.

I was purely happy about that.

Regardless of the purpose, having someone recognize my abilities…

However, there was one thing that didn’t sit well with me.

“Thank you very much. However, I have decided to continue working by His Highness’s side.”

My current position and the place where I am now were being denied.

This is the happiest place for me.

There is no way I would think of it as being cramped.

“…Huh, I see. Then I hope you can continue to stay in that place.”

He let out a small smile and passed by me.

“If you change your mind, feel free to let me know. And one more piece of advice, it’s best not to think that all royals are people of character like His Highness Alectos.”

“Eh…”

When I turned around, Norman-sama was behind the door.

Leaving behind a meaningful word and an unpleasant aftertaste, I stared at the door with a restless feeling.

I didn’t understand the meaning of Norman-sama’s words until the following day.


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