Chapter 44: I’m going back to school
Unlike last month when it was still soft and warm, the temperature has risen a little now and there are fewer girls using cloaks or scarves.
There are also no male students wearing cloaks and coming to the Academy.
Looking at them through the window of the carriage, I have a strange feeling (so much time has passed since the seasons changed).
Such people are at the entrance of the Academy, chatting with acquaintances after getting off the carriage.
In front of the square with a fountain, a new carriage stops near a wide staircase and a large open door.
The carriage has a shiny brown body with a servant and a person in a green and black lined outfit.
Although it is a common carriage shape, there are not many students at the Academy.
Some people tilt their heads when they see the crest shining on the body of the carriage.
“Did the Count Radin family have a daughter?”
“I heard she was still six years old…”
“There is no reason to send a child to school.
Could they have taken someone as a foster daughter?”
“Is there anyone in that temple in the house?”
I can hear voices saying these things even though I am in the carriage.
…It’s scary to go outside.
When I go out and am noticed, and it is understood that it is [me], their reaction will be.
You’re not alone.”
I can’t help but look at Asher-sama next to me at his words.
How does Asher-sama see even the state of my own heart that I didn’t notice? What kind of world does this person see?
Though I wonder, I nodded at the helpful advice.
At that time, the door is opened by a servant outside.
Asher-sama went down first and extended his hand to me.
Before I knew it, I noticed the warmth of Asher-sama’s hand when I overlaid my cold hand.
And I also realized that I was terribly nervous.
I was about to scold my shaking legs… and then I realized.
Oh, I should have blocked their voices.
But I’m worried that I won’t know what they said later…
Thinking that, I left only three people among the humans looking this way and blocked the rest.
The fewer insults I hear, the better.
Of the three people left, one was a boy with a somewhat disgusted look at my appearance, and the others were a man and woman who were purely surprised.
This should be fine.
When I go out, everyone around me seems to be talking about something, moving their mouths.
Eventually, they have disgusted looks on their faces…I wonder if this person was a friend of my ex-fiancé Albert.
He spoke the expected words.
“Did the house of Count Radin get taken over by the house of Count Elvasti?”
He starts talking to a friend next to him.
The content is that the house of Count Radin is also caught in the venomous fangs, and there is a possibility that the daughter who used to be there was sold off.
In other words, I am no longer the daughter of Count Elvasti, so the engagement has been broken off…but since they are not talking about that, do they not know yet?
In the first place, I have not yet met Count Radin.
It is because the procedures have just been completed and because it is also for the count to talk to his family, there is a possibility that strange misunderstandings will occur if I do not visit together with Assistant High Priest Calva.
Assistant High Priest Calva, is quite busy.
Therefore, after visiting me, he did not have the time to have a thorough conversation with the house in question.
(If I think about it, Asher-sama also went to the temple to explain about the “foster daughter”.)
It must be difficult to go out for a long time.
On my side, I just prioritized coming to the Academy as soon as possible to restart my studies in response to Lars-sama’s request.
Thanks to that, the order is a little messed up, but I decided not to think about it because my guardian, Calva, said [there is no problem].
By the way, I will meet the Count Radin family after leaving the Academy today.
Of course, according to the schedule of my guardian.
Now, the remaining two who I didn’t block looked round-eyed for a while, and then started talking with their friends next to them.
“What do you mean?”
“It’s strange to say that she’s going to be a foster daughter.
There was only one daughter in the Count Elvasti family.”
I almost nod to the extremely reasonable statement.
Normally, it is not considered to send a single daughter to be a foster daughter.
Because they can also become a piece to enrich the territory, they are not easily let go.
“Besides, isn’t that knight of the Confectionary Duke?”
“Is Duke Svald involved too?”
The person who seemed to have realized this has a confused face.
Lars-sama is not a person who is easily taken in by the Count Elvasti or has to borrow money.
You will wonder what the connection was.
“Is everything okay?”
After getting off the carriage and letting go of Asher-sama’s hand, he asked me this.
I couldn’t help but smile at his question, which was not overly indulging but not neglectful either.
I have to return you to Lars-sama.”
Along with Asher-sama, who gave a short answer, I head towards Lars-sama, who has already arrived.
This was something we had agreed upon beforehand.
Although we could have gone to school together, he said, “Rather than that, can’t we let many people, especially those who are related to me, know your position all at once?” I wonder what he meant by that?
With a wry smile in my heart, I go inside the Academy building.
The people gathered at the entrance made way for me from the front, opening up a path from the stairs to the door.
Well, that’s convenient.
Furthermore, there are no people trying to make ridiculous excuses or trying to trip me because Asher-sama is here.
What a comfortable feeling.
And in the entrance hall, Lars-sama, surrounded by friends, notices me and raises his hand.
“I’ve been waiting for you, Linea.”
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