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The Rune Magician Who Lost Everything to Her Older Sister, Becomes Doted On by the Genius Prince – Chapter 45

The Rune Magician Who Lost Everything to Her Older Sister, Becomes Doted On by the Genius Prince – Chapter 45


Chapter 45: Rain stops

“That day, I made a vow. I don’t want anyone to disappear in front of me anymore. I want to become strong enough to protect everything… That’s why I want to become stronger.”

“…”

“Meiana?”

A cold drop of water runs down my cheek.

I had been listening to what His Highness was saying, but I had unknowingly started crying.

I was prepared for it, but I couldn’t resist.

“I’m sorry…”

It was a sad story.

I couldn’t believe that there could be such painful and difficult things in life.

But this story actually happened, and it is a past that remains burned in His Highness’s mind.

His beloved mother was killed before his eyes.

Suppressing the urge to cry out loud, he kept his mother’s last wishes.

His Highness gently touches my cheek as tears stream down it.

“When you came to visit me, Meiana said words that my mother often said. ‘I’m here for you.’ It’s strange, but it gives me strength.”

“Your Highness…”

“You look a bit like my mother.”

With that, His Highness smiles.

The same thing was said to me by His Majesty.

That I resemble the late queen.

So His Highness…

“Maybe that’s why I found you.”

He didn’t offer his hand to me by chance.

His Highness had been searching.

Unconsciously, he was following me because I resembled his beloved mother…

“Yeah, you do. You look a little like her, but it’s more the atmosphere… And the words, they came out of your mouth, right?”

“Yes. I thought I had to say something, and they just came out naturally.”

“I see. Then that was your typical expression.”

His Highness smiles happily.

If he could feel a little bit of his mother in my appearance and words, I’m glad.

I’m not his mother, and I don’t even know what kind of person she was.

Still, I consider it an honor to be able to overlap with the mother he loved.

Surely that is a privilege given only to me in this world.

“I won’t lose anyone else. I’ll protect you and them.”

“Your Highness…”

His Highness’s words are both an oath and a curse.

He doesn’t care about his own safety.

Even if it hurts, prioritize saving the person in front of you.

That is both strength and vulnerability.

I am not as strong as he is.

Even though I can use Rune Magic, I cannot fight bravely like everyone else.

What I can do… Let’s find something to say.

“Hmm, it’s starting to rain. We should—— Meiana?”

There is only one thing I can do.

I throw two Rune Stones held in my right hand high into the air.

Engraved on them is the symbol 【ᛈ (Perth)】.

The meaning it holds is wind, atmosphere, and the bearer.

The other Rune Stone flies high into the sky with the wind, reaching the height of the clouds.

“―― 【ᛒ (Berkana)】.”

The meaning of the symbol carved on the other stone is a birch branch.

Rune Stone dances in the air, drawing the symbol like a branch.

I draw a giant rune in the clouds.

“This is…”

“There’s only a little I can do.”

Drawing a symbol in a distant location is not easy.

It also requires intense magical power consumption and delicate operation.

“I can only do this. I am not as strong as His Highness and cannot fight. But…”

Even someone like me…

“――【ᛊ (Sowel)】!”

“The sky…”

With the power of the characters engraved in the thick rain clouds, the clouds scatter in all directions.

The meaning it holds is the sun.

The sun’s radiance pierces through the clouds, and the clear blue sky appears.

This is the greatest miracle that Rune Magic can perform.

I am not strong and cannot fight.

But still…

“I can stop the rain!”

“――!”

“As long as I’m here, Your Highness won’t be rained on! From now on, I’ll make sure it’s always clear for you!”

I can protect this blue sky.

I don’t know if it means anything.

But His Highness said he hates rainy weather.

Rain makes him sad.

His heart becomes cloudy and it rains.

So, I’ll change the weather like that.

If I do, at least he won’t be upset by the rain anymore.

“Haah…fuu…”

Even so, I can’t use such a large rune many times.

I squeezed out all the magic power in my entire body at once.

I feel extremely tired.

But I’m still in front of His Highness.

I can’t show him any weakness.

I’m sure his mother, Okaa-sama, was smiling in front of him too.

“……Pfft, Ha ha ha ha ha!”

“Y-Your Highness?”

Suddenly, His Highness bursts out laughing loudly.

Looking up at the sky, he puts his hand on his waist.

“Ah, you’re amazing. To be able to create such a miracle…”

“I don’t have any other outstanding qualities, so…”

“It’s more than enough. Stopping the rain… even I can’t do that.”

His Highness murmurs, looking up at the sky.

“What a beautiful sky…”

Maybe it seems that way because it’s after the rain.

The sky just after the clouds clear is bluer than usual.

A clear blue sky without a single cloud goes straight through the heart like a refreshing breeze.

“It always rained on the anniversary of my mother’s death.”

His Highness mutters, softly touching the cross on the gravestone.

“It’s the first time it has been so clear.”

Using wind magic, His Highness blows a gentle breeze.

Droplets on the cross and the grass around it dance in the air.

“Choosing you… was not a mistake.”

Muttering so, His Highness looks at me.

He looked sad the whole time.

He looked like he was holding back tears.

But now, it’s clear.

Just like this blue sky.

“Thank you. It’s my favorite sky.”

He says with a smile.

Like the sun shining in the blue sky.

I think to myself.

“You can see it as many times as you want from now on. I’ll show you.”

“——Oh, well. The next rain seems like it’ll be enjoyable.”

Surely, his Okaa-sama, was also… smiling like this.


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