Chapter 56: It seems that the cause of jealousy has increased
(Originally, because he was popular…)
For a young lady who attends the Academy, age is a good match.
Already a Duke, she will surely become a Duchess if he marries her.
There are no annoying in-laws either.
And the person’s appearance is also very good.
Even if the young lady with a fiance now has the feelings of Lars-sama directed at herself, the parents will happily change the fiance.
Such a Lars-sama came with me in the same carriage.
It wouldn’t have been strange if I was given a somewhat cold look.
At the same time, I was feeling the urge to nod to Lars-sama’s judgment again.
(If they had known that I was living in the same mansion from someone’s information, it might have been worse)
I probably didn’t think that far because I was too focused on running away from the Elvasti family.
(I have to think a little more from now on)
Nodding in my heart, I parted with Lars-sama and headed to the place where I would receive my own lesson.
“Good morning, Linea-sama.”
“Good morning, Miss Brenda.”
I met with Miss Brenda in the hall where the religion class was held today.
“Is it okay if my friends join us at the table today, Linea-sama?”
Miss Brenda was with two friends who she had been friendly with all this time.
I’m sure Miss Brenda thought it was okay to have a conversation with me based on the way we talked yesterday.
She probably thought I wasn’t such a dangerous person…
I’m sure her friends also judged that it was okay based on how Miss Brenda and I looked.
I was a little depressed because I was always looking at things in a negative way, but it’s already a habit so there’s nothing I can do about it.
To not ignore Miss Brenda’s consideration, I smiled and switched my feelings.
“Thank you for having me today.”
When I greet them myself, Miss Brenda’s friends also introduce themselves and start talking to me.
At first it’s about things that have nothing to do with us, like the weather and class.
But even so, I feel comforted as I listen.
For me, who couldn’t even have a small conversation, being able to have a normal conversation and feeling like I have someone on my side is a great situation.
But I can still feel their gaze.
The piercing gaze that always feels like a stab… is definitely Duke Augren’s daughter, Elena.
(Even though the engagement with Albert should have been cancelled)
I wonder why she still has hostility towards me.
Thinking about it, I finish my lesson.
The next lesson is music.
Today I will play the assigned song that was given a month ago.
Everyone brings their violin for this purpose,
But when I try to take it out of the case, a small voice goes up behind me with a “kya!”
As I look back, there is a noble lady sticking to my back.
I realized (oh…) from the way she is staring at me while looking around at her feet and surroundings while being confused.
(She probably tried to bump into me)
“I, it’s me!”
Unexpectedly, the words she had planned did not come out, it was just a two-second hesitation.
“Eltina-sama, are you too sick to stagger?”
“You don’t look well either.”
When Miss Brenda’s friends, who had been watching the situation, said worriedly, Miss Eltina struggled for words.
I think she probably planned to bump into me pretending to be sick and drop my violin.
But there was a problem.
It was because I was using my Block Skill to keep Duke Augren’s daughter and her entourage away from me.
Thanks to that, Miss Eltina, who was pretending to faint, was bounced off the wall created by my skill and fell a short distance away from me.
Now, she has just suddenly fallen near me.
In this state, and if it is witnessed that she has not firmly collided with the two of us, there is nothing she can do.
Miss Eltina left the place with a red face and said, “Excuse me!”
“Well, that’s strange…”
Miss Brenda whispered as if she was about to laugh.
From her expression, I guessed that she probably heard about the skill from Lars-sama.
“Even so, I thought that if there were multiple people blocking it, there would be no contact…”
Miss Brenda seemed to be puzzled only by that.
“I also… knew that Elena-sama was worried about Count Herkuvis’s son, but I am no longer engaged.”
Why is she still directing hostility towards me?
“Is it just that she doesn’t like you?”
I’ve also been told by a stranger woman I met for the first time, “I don’t like you somehow.” I think that they are not rational and just divide their likes and dislikes based on their own senses.
Normally, if you don’t know the other person well and haven’t done anything, you would just classify them as “someone to avoid” and distance yourself from them, and it’s unlikely that you would attack them out of nowhere or just forget about them.
Duke Augren’s daughter might be of that kind.
From what I know, it doesn’t seem like that, but I still think it’s a grudge.”
I tilt my head even more at Miss Brenda’s evaluation.
I wonder what happened.
Could it be that she had feelings for Lars-sama?
If that’s the case, then I can understand why she would hold a grudge against me.
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