“So? What are you doing today? Silas.”
My brother finally pulled Silas away from me.
I let out a sigh of relief.
“You called me Silas again! What? I’m just shopping.”
“That’s enough. Are you working? Or are you preparing for school?”
Silas protested, but my brother was having none of it.
“Really…I wish you’d adjust to the situation when I’m working.”
Silas glanced at me, then let out a big sigh and smiled bitterly.
“It’s fine if it’s just me, but Charlotte is confused.”
“Huh? It’s unusual for Lucas to be so attentive, isn’t it?”
“That’s rude. I’m just good at reading the atmosphere.”
“Well, I’ll leave you to it then.”
In the game, Silas was a mild-mannered (and black-hearted) honorific-using character, but it seems that honorifics were the standard in this world as well.
I wonder if this was the ‘gap moe’ situation, where honorifics were removed only for a very special person.
I’m not going to try to find out, though!
Wouldn’t that mean I’d have to get close to Silas!?!
It was strange that his womanly vibe from earlier had completely changed, and even though he was wearing a fluttery frilly dress, he definitely seemed like a man.
Even the pitch of his voice had changed to that of a man, only a little higher.
Silas had not become a big sister, but was a professional in disguise.
“Is your job today to watch us?”
“Yeah? Do you think I’ll tell you?”
Silas gave an inedible smile.
“Hmm…I don’t know if it’s your decision or the Count’s, but if you make Charl cry, I’ll destroy you. Just remember that, okay?”
The demon lord Lucas-sama had descended in a flash.
How cool!!! I love you, big brother!
“…I’ll keep that in mind.”
Oh…Silas was confused for a moment.
As expected of my big brother, the demon lord.
“And that thing you just did. You could have escaped if you wanted, or was it a calculation to get closer to us?”
“No, you’re buying too much into it. Even I make mistakes.”
“Did you cheat? Well, that’s fine.”
My brother stared at Silas with narrowed eyes, smiling.
“It’s about time we get going. See you.”
He pulled me by the hand and walked away.
When I turned around, I saw Sily, who had returned to work mode, waving at me with a smile.
The unexpected appearance of Silas took up a lot of our time, and we returned to the carriage.
We had to get to the castle in time for the banquet. There were so many preparations to be made for the dinner that it was very troublesome.
Because of Silas…I was only able to eat the ‘Fluffs.’
I wanted to eat so many other things, but…!!!
…The grudge for keeping me from my food runs deep, you know?
My brother called to me without a smiling.
He had been thinking about something for a while now, so I didn’t dare to call out to him…But if he was calling out to me, does that mean he was finished thinking?
“Be careful with Silas.”
Even if you don’t tell me that, I will…
“What’s wrong with Silas-same?”
I tilted my head.
My brother’s answer was beyond my expectations.
“Silas hates elves. He might even use Charlotte for revenge.”
It might be unavoidable with his mother having been killed by an elf…but would he really have no choice but to use me?
“Charlotte’s versatility in magic has reached both Silas and the Count of Myuuhen. I’ll make sure to protect you too…but please be careful with them.”
My brother squeezed both my hands.
I nodded calmly in response to his serious gaze, but inwardly I couldn’t stop my cold sweat.
That line of dialogue from my brother was part of the old development.
“Charlotte’s versatility in magic has reached both Silas and the Count of Myuuhen. I make sure to protect you too…but please be careful with them.”
That was the line that started Lucas’ path to the bad end…
Actually, it wasn’t really for me, but ‘Kanata.’
In the [Silas route], there had been an unavoidable problem having to do with the elves.
It had also come up in the [Lucas route].
In the bad ending, Silas, who was supposed to be one of the good guys, became the villain.
In order to save the kidnapped heroine from Silas, Lucas went alone to save him.
He and Silas, who could only think of him as a tool for revenge, were incompatible until the very end. Unable to do anything about it, the battle began, and Lucas died as he and Silas had stabbed each other to death.
The game ended when Lucas dies in the heroine’s arms after fighting Silas.
Huh? So then we’re screwed?
No, no, no, no. Let’s calm down. I mean, I’m not the heroine after all!
There’s no way that I’ll let my brother die here!
Just when I was starting to think that thee Stampede might be able to be stopped, this…
—[A Compelling Force]
Suddenly, this phrase came to my mind.
I felt a brutal chill, and hugged myself.
Did this world want to make us unhappy at all costs…?
My brother was looking at me worriedly, but I hadn’t noticed it until now.
Where is it? Where was the doom flag…?
It was the second half of the game when the heroine was kidnapped.
She had been invited by the King and Chris to a banquet along with Howard, Mira, Lucas and Silas to praise their daily work.
I didn’t even do anything to be praised for, and yet I was invited to the dinner…
…It’s already happened!!
Wait, wait, wait!!!
Does that mean that this ‘banquet’ is the doom flag?
There’s no way…I only just happened to come to the capital to do run errands with my brother, so if he ends up dying because of me….that’s not right…
I would say it once again. I am not ‘Kanata.’
I wonder why this happened…
I only wanted to live happily together with everyone.
In the end, if Silas had already made his move, the kidnapping would probably be carried out tonight no matter how hard I tried.
If that was the case, then I’d make sure that my brother’s death was avoided at all costs.
I cannot allow this unreasonable development!
“Big brother. Please listen to what I have to say.”
I decided to formulate a plan for the future with Brother, my fated accomplice.
T/N: Don’t worry Charl. You still have ‘cheat-san’ after all.
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