I woke up with a start.
Was it…just a dream?
It wasn’t a dream.
That was an event scene from Charlotte and Lucas’ past that could be seen in Lucas’ route.
Because of their overly heavy past, my heart was still pounding to the point it hurt.
That past was so heavy and painful that I, as Izumi, had cried many times.
…It was the turning point in the lives of Lucas and Charlotte.
Lucas felt guilty for not being able to make it to the Stampede in time, so he spoiled Charlotte with love as an excuse, and never admonished his sister for her escalating selfishness.
Lucas was ruthless towards others because of his fear of ‘increasing the things he valued.’
I wonder if the reason why he threw cold words at the heroine [Kanata] was because he was worried about his sister.
And perhaps he was dazzled by her strong heart that could not be peeled away by anything.
Charlotte’s obsession with His Highness Christopher was probably due to her own fears.
Having lost her kind parents and servants in a sudden tragedy, Charlotte felt her helplessness more acutely than anyone else. It was the worst thing that could have happened to her, losing her loved ones.
She wanted to save them, but she didn’t have the strength to do so. She wanted to die, but was too weak to even do that.
I guess that’s why she became so obsessed with the future supreme power of this country.
The love at first sight for His Highness Christopher at the entrance ceremony must have been true love.
However, the stampede easily distorted Charlotte’s mind.
When her parents died, Charlotte’s heart died along with them.
She lamented her helplessness, and because she was helpless, she wished only for her own safety.
She knew the fear of death better than anyone, but was also willing to hurt others.
That’s why His Highness Christopher abandoned her.
When I was playing the game, I had said, ‘Oh, Charlotte, you’re pathetic.’—That’s what I thought.
She had done a lot of terrible things, and she deserved it.
But after becoming Charlotte, I realized something.
No one wanted to see her die.
Even Lucas, when I took the Lucas route and ended up with him, continued to regret that he couldn’t save Charlotte.
Charlotte wanted to become the Crown Princess and live happily ever after with the person she loved.
I don’t know if it’s because of the game world, but my father, mother, and Lucas—my brother, are all my precious family.
I don’t want to be forced to make my family unhappy.
In fact, if such a compulsion exists, I will destroy it.
My parents, my brother, Charlotte, the servants, and everyone in the town—we will all be happy together…
…In the route where I never become the Crown Princess!
No need for beheading or banishment.
Speaking of which…that dream reminded me of the reason why Lucas and Ricardo didn’t get along.
After the death of his parents, Lucas had come to hate demon beasts, and had taken a dislike to Ricardo, who was a beastman.
Of course, beastmen were different from demon beasts.
However, Lucas had also become distorted after that event. He couldn’t make normal judgments, associating demon beasts by their own appearance.
Ricardo knew about the stampede that had occurred in Lucas’ territory. Some people treated him, a beast, as a demon beast. So, he decided to avoid Lucas. For the sake of both of them.
The two of them became close friends after a mishap during a class, so life was unpredictable.
If my parents didn’t die, Lucas and Ricardo won’t have to fight with each other, and if they become best friends early, I might even get to meet him!
What? My own self-interest?
It’s the best situation for me…
For now, I’ll just do what I can for the best.
There is still six months until the entrance ceremony, and around a year until the Stampede.
I will do my best!
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One thought on “Chapter 8: After the Dream”
“Might controls everything. And without strength, you cannot protect anything. Let alone yourself.”~
Vergil’s quote fits perfectly in this chapter~
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