The Rune Magician Who Lost Everything to Her Older Sister, Becomes Doted On by the Genius Prince – Chapter 7
Chapter 7: Be ambitious
I’m different from my sister.
Being sisters, it’s natural that we’re compared.
But they praise my sister without noticing that she is cheating and scolds me without acknowledging my efforts.
I don’t think it is right in the slightest.
Jerick-sama is the same.
I was his fiancé.
Not my sister, but me.
Yet, knowing this, my sister still tried to seduce Jerick-sama.
I know they were secretly meeting behind my back.
I also know that they were getting along well in front of me, almost as if they were flaunting it.
The reason for his infidelity was simply cut and dry—he blamed me for it.
It’s impossible not to be angry the more I think about it.
What was the point of my efforts?
It wasn’t to cover up for my sister’s unfairness.
I’m not just a supporting role or a substitute for my sister.
I am me.
No one, not even my own flesh and blood, looked at me properly.
“Why is it always Onee-sama… Ah!”
In the midst of anger, I enter my own world.
I catch a glimpse of His Highness’s face and I’m brought back to reality.
I was talking to His Highness.
I had vented my anger towards my sister and those around me in front of His Highness.
I feel embarrassed and sweat in a strange way.
“I-I’m sorry! In front of Your Highness…”
I wonder if he’s angry.
I reluctantly look at His Highness’s face and realize he’s not.
On the contrary, he’s smiling happily.
I can’t understand the meaning of his expression, so I stare at him with a puzzled look.
His Highness smiles and says to me.
“You finally said it honestly.”
“I’ve looked into your situation. I know what kind of circumstances you’ve been in. If I were in your position, I wouldn’t be able to accept it. I would be even more angry. But you don’t do that. I thought you were holding it all inside.”
“Then you must have been holding it inside as I thought. I’m relieved.”
His Highness leans both elbows on the table and clasps his hands in front of his face.
“I wanted to know if you were satisfied with your current situation. If you didn’t have any anger and had just accepted it, I would have dropped the matter.”
“I know it’s presumptuous of me to call you here without reason. But still, those who don’t even get angry at injustice have lost their drive for improvement. I’m glad that’s not you. You are not satisfied with the current situation and are fighting to move forward. I like people like that.”
His Highness spoke of his goodwill towards others with a refreshing expression.
Even though I knew it wasn’t in that context, I couldn’t help but feel flustered when such a wonderful man as His Highness said it.
It was a surprise attack, so it made me even more nervous.
“I want those who walk with me to have the same drive for improvement. The ones who sit back and relax in their talent, satisfied with their current position, will eventually be overtaken by those who work hard.”
His Highness spoke while looking at me.
He was looking at me.
But, it didn’t sound like he was talking to me… it sounded like he was talking to someone else.
“Of course, talent is important, but you have bot.,”
“Talent… do I have it?”
“Are you unaware of it? No, it’s because you haven’t been in an environment to think that way.”
You have talent.
Those words were always said to my sister, not me.
They praised my sister’s talents with contrasting words to me.
“I’ve never been told I have talent before, Your Highness.”
“That’s because people around you don’t see it. I think your talent is one of a kind in the current era.”
“One of a kind…”
“Yes. There is no one else who can handle rune magic like you.”
His Highness assures me in strong words.
“I myself failed when I tried to master it. The interpretation of runes is complex. The diversity of meanings contained in each character. The creativity to read and interpret them. It’s not like modern magic with predetermined words, formulas, and effects. It’s greatly influenced by the magician’s sense and understanding. That’s what Rune Magic is.”
He looked at me as if seeking my agreement.
I nodded in acquiescence.
What His Highness is saying is correct.
There are only 24 rune letters used in Rune Magic.
Just 24 letters.
Therefore, while Rune Magic may seem simple, it is not in reality.
The same rune can have different effects depending on the magician, and various interpretations are born.
The more interpretations expand and are pursued, the more the effects become diverse and stronger.
The difference in understanding, precision of magic manipulation, and quality and quantity of magical power all contribute to the changes in Rune Magic.
“For me, it is far easier to just learn and cast a specific spell. If it’s formalized, you can guarantee the result if learned correctly. But runes are different. Anyone can use them if they just need to use it. But only you can use runes at the same level as the ancient magicians. That’s what I think.”
His Highness held me in high esteem.
As he talked, he took out a rune stone from his pocket.
It was what we used for the test.
“This was excavated from a ruin and is at least 4,000 years old. A relic from the era of magical supremacy, when various magical lineages were born. It can also be said that it was the era when the skills of magicians were most refined.”
As he spoke, he pointed his finger towards the runestone.
He gathered magical power at his fingertips, drawing the same symbol engraved on the stone.
The basic premise of handling Rune Magic is being able to manipulate magical power outside of one’s body.
Without this ability, it is impossible to inscribe runes.
His Highness, of course, has cleared this prerequisite.
He traced the letters on the stone, urging the effect.
It seemed like the stone shone a little, but nothing happened in an instant.
“As you can see, I couldn’t do it. To activate the runes, there must be no difference in the ability and interpretation between the inscriber and the user. You, on the other hand, were easily able to demonstrate it. Perhaps you can do it.”
As he spoke, he took out another thing from his pocket.
This time it wasn’t stone, but a piece of paper.
What was drawn on the white paper was…
“A text in runic letters?”
“This is a copy of a recently discovered stone tablet. I want you to decipher it.”
“Yes, if you can decipher it… we may be able to find it. The Ancient Artifact… the dungeon where the demon lord was once sealed.”