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Using the Hero Who Likes Me Too Much, I Intended To Live Longer in This Life, but Maybe I Failed Again – Chapter 26

Chapter 26: Pandora’s Box

“You, you look like you’re about to die in a different sense. Are you okay?”

“. . .Do I look okay?”

“Not really.”

Melvin said that and laughed strangely. It was clear that he thought it was someone else’s problem. actually, it was someone else’s problem, but. . .

“Don’t make that face. I had a hard time finding this place too. Ralph used advanced magic and even used magical tools given by the king to hide you.”

“Even so, you still figured it out.”

“Who do you think I am? I can’t beat Ralph in a fair fight, but I won’t lose to him in magic.”

In his usual tone, I strangely felt a sense of relief. Perhaps it was because I had only been talking to Ralph for a while, and most of it didn’t make sense.

“Is Saintess-sama safe too?”

“Yeah. After you left, he went on a rampage and there were a few injuries, but Beverly healed them right away.” 

When he came to pick me up that day, he was covered in blood. I thought that was the reason. He said that the forest was full of monsters, so most of that blood must have been from them.

“So, what do you want to do?”

“. . .”

What do I want to do? What should I do?

If I can avoid death, of course, that would be the best. But I also knew that not everything could go well, and I would probably have to give up something. 

“He’s probably willing to die.”

“Huh?”

“Heroes have the power to purify monsters. But it also leaves them injured and takes time to recover. If he risks his life, there’s a chance he can save you.”

“But that’s. . .”

However, he seemed absolutely confident that he could defeat that monster. And above all, judging by his attitude towards me, it didn’t seem strange for him to risk his life.

“What kind of person are you, Ralph, that you would go that far for me?”

That was the thing I wanted to know the most. What am I to Ralph? 

I didn’t think he would go this far just by giving him shoes and accessories. But I couldn’t think of any other reason. Eventually, Melvin handed me a bright red gemstone.

“It’s filled with several years’ worth of my magic power. With this, you should be able to escape from here.”

“. . .”

“By the way, if you sell it, it’s worth enough for a noble to live for several decades. Be grateful. And don’t waste it.”

“. . .Okay, I understand. Thank you so much.”

“Your birthday is in two weeks. I’ve made preparations for the barrier. The rest is up to you.”

After being taught how to use it, when I thanked him again, he said, “Stop it, it’s creepy.”

“Where is this?”

“The basement of the Redford family. It’s connected to your creepy room full of your paintings.”

I thought it was a place close to the mansion, but I never imagined it was right below. The entrance was apparently hidden so that ordinary people could never find it. 

I got goosebumps when I saw the wall full of paintings of myself, and Melvin hugged himself. I understood how he felt.

“But, among all your paintings, there was one that was different. It was covered with a cloth and hidden.”

“. . .Huh?”

I was actually curious about what was under the cloth. I thought such a room couldn’t exist, but now my heart was restless, wondering who that woman could be.

“What kind of person was she?”

“She had brown hair and green eyes with two moles under, and she looked normal. A completely different type from you.”

“. . .Really?”

“Hmm? Yeah.”

My heart thumped loudly. At the same time, a foolish hypothesis emerged in my mind.

──There’s no way something like that could be true.

“Well, if Ralph finds out that I came here, he’ll definitely kill me, so I’ll go back. It’ll take time to erase the traces.”

After saying that, Melvin disappeared in an instant right in front of me. 

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Since then, about a week has passed. I’m sure because I’ve been counting the number of meals. One more week until my birthday.

I have been spending my days with Ralph, just like before. Melvin must have erased all traces because Ralph hasn’t changed. The gemstone I received was also hidden so that it can’t be found.

“Lisette-sama, I’m going to work now.”

“. . .Yeah.”

“I’ll come back as soon as possible.”

After Ralph left with a reluctant look, I took out the gemstone and pondered over it. What Melvin said that day was deeply troubling.

Just looking at that painting. That’s what I decided, and I stood up.

And using the magic power of the gemstone, I managed to escape to where he had mentioned. It was indeed the room he had described. Even though I knew it, seeing my paintings lined up like that still made me uneasy.

Eventually, I stood in front of the painting covered with a cloth. 

I felt like I shouldn’t look at what was inside. But I also felt like I had to see it. My heart pounded, and my hands trembled, but I took a deep breath and lifted the cloth.

“. . .Why?”

When I saw the painting that appeared, I collapsed on the spot. What I saw was absurd. There’s no way it could be true.

The painting depicted me from my previous life. 


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