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Today I realized that Clara’s coming home rather late from work these days.
Isaac, who has evening training, usually stays out late, but Clara came after eating dinner outside today for some reason.
“I’m grateful that His Highness has returned, and that he gave me such a precious gift.”
“Yes, Sister. I gave him the hand cream that you made before.”
“Really? Good job. I was going to make something new soon, but that’s a relief.”
My sister smelled like something she’d never smelled like before. It smelled like cheap men’s perfume, which didn’t match the Valentine family.
“Who did you meet today?”
“Someone from the Pharmacists’ Association.”
“It seems like you have been seeing each other every day these days. Did you have dinner with him?”
“Yeah, it just happened. I’m supposed to meet him again tomorrow.”
Somehow, Clara’s reaction was unusual.
She said it was just someone from the association, so I was just going to let it go but for some reason, she seemed excited.
I don’t think I should let this go.
“Louis won’t be here and I don’t want to be home alone. Can I come with you tomorrow?”
Mother is coming back tomorrow. If it doesn’t work out, I’ll have to tell Theo to follow her.
Fortunately, that’s not necessary. Clara pondered for a moment and willingly accepted my request.
“I’d love to. I can show off my pretty Ciel.”
“I like you the most in the world!”
“I like Ciel the most, too.”
Still, it would be nice if at least once in a while, she said that she doesn’t like the coercion I’m using. My sister always agrees to everything I ask.
Since it’s been a while, I decided to sleep with her tonight.
“Clara, I envy you.”
Isaac, who is busy with the Templar Knights, has been spending less time at home these days.
“Cheer up, Brother.”
As I stroked his hair, he laughed happily. No matter how you look at it, Isaac and I resemble each other like looking into a mirror.
I couldn’t stop smiling at my brother, who was so pretty that I thought he could pass for a woman if he wore a long wig.
“Isaac, I need to talk to you.”
Theo dragged Isaac away, saying he needed to talk to him about something. It was only after it was quiet that I hugged my pillow and lay on my sister’s arm as if I were a child.
I liked how warm and cozy it was.
“His Highness Alex said that today he offered the position of exclusive pharmacist to you. Are you still thinking about it?”
My sister smiled as she stroked my hair.
“Our Ciel is still young, I can’t leave you alone and go to the Palace.”
“Then shall I go with you?”
Because I knew my sister couldn’t lie so I purposefully left Stan out and told her everything else that had happened. Clara’s face was flushed for some reason.
What’s going on? Seeing her hesitate, despite the fact that we would be going together, leads me to believe that there is another reason.
PR/N: yeah the other reason is that perverted Crown Prince :keke:
After pondering for a long time, Clara asked, concerned.
“Will it be difficult to go out when I enter the palace?”
“Maybe? Why are you asking?”
Clara sighed deeply, lowering her head because she couldn’t answer properly.
“Actually… I have someone on my mind.”
PR/N: WHO AND HOW CAN I KILL HIM but if it’s Theo then never mind <3
Her cheeks flushed with embarrassment as she spoke.
My sister’s bombshell left me speechless and frozen.
Wait a minute. Didn’t you just say you liked me the most in the world?
What?! What the hell is going on?!
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“Ciel, this is the person I love.”
My sister, who was dressed in a wedding gown with a white cotton cloth over her black hair, was smiling in the arms of a man who looked like a sea cucumber.
His face alone suggested that he was a scammer, but Clara was unaware and even tried to kiss the sea cucumber man.
QC/N: LMAO （ ´ థ౪థ）
I woke up screaming. God damn it, I dreamed that Clara was about to marry some weirdo.
As soon as I woke up, I jumped up and checked on my sister.
“I’m glad I didn’t wake you.”
Even after making such a loud noise next to her, Clara was still wandering in dreamland.
My sister, who slept with her long, straight hair, looks like Snow White. I’m not going to let my lovely and pretty sister marry a sea cucumber.
I put the blanket over my sister and got up.
“Are you awake already, Miss?”
“Today, I’m going out with my sister. Decorate me as the prettiest in the world.”
“Oh my, what are you planning, Miss?”
Because I was originally pretty, I didn’t have much interest in dolling myself up.
But from today I’ll be reborn. I don’t know about anyone else, but to say that she has a person she cares about, or, frankly, someone she likes.
Whoever that person is, I felt a burning sense of rivalry because I don’t want to lose.
How did I raise Clara? Quite frankly, someone below Theo or Alex is unacceptable.
I feel a little betrayed. How the heck could my sister do this without telling me?
“Why did you wake up so early?”
“Brother Theo, it’s an emergency.”
There are times when you need at least one ally. I dashed over to my brother, who was eating toast, and whispered the worst news I’d heard yesterday.
“It seems like she has someone she likes.”
The half-eaten toast fell on the floor. Theo looked at me as if the sky was crumbling.
“Is that true?”
You don’t even hide it now. Still, it was a serious situation, so I calmly soothed my embarrassed brother.
“I’ll meet him today and let you know right away. But there’s something that’s bothering me.”
Clara’s already 19. Aside from her knowledge as a pharmacist, Clara has an extraordinary talent for growing herbs.
The greenhouse in the glass garden is now filled with so many rare plants that even eminent scholars request a tour.
Clara even passed the exam as the youngest pharmacist, so it’s only natural for her talent to be recognized around the world.
Sweet honey always attracts bees.
Clara’s talent would turn into money, so those who want it would approach her.
“What’s bothering you?”
“It’s okay if the other person is someone who will make my sister happy. But I don’t think that’s the case.”
Now that the love line with Alex is off the table, I can support anyone who is good and worthy of Clara but the unpleasant smell of the cheap perfume that came from her didn’t seem to be trustworthy.
“I’ll meet him first. If I don’t like him, I’ll need your help then.”
“I think it’s… it’s Clara’s choice. I have no right to interfere.”
Theo always takes a step backward at crucial moments. The only thing this terribly honest man wants is Clara’s happiness.
I just hit my chest out of frustration. What am I supposed to do with this Brother?
“Okay, I’ll take care of everything, but if he’s a real scammer, then you’ll have to help me.”
“That’s a different story. It’s unacceptable as a family member if he’s a bad person.”
Theo tried hard to hide his honest feelings and added excuses diligently. Ugh, you are such a dummy Older Brother.
Whatever the reason, after sharing today’s schedule with Theo, I boldly started breakfast.
“And I told Isaac in advance.”
“You told Isaac?”
“I only told Isaac one part of it.”
Is that so? Isaac rushed in, his hair tousled. Maybe some servant told him that I had woken up.
“My Ciel, I heard something scary happened yesterday.”
“I’m fine. His Highness helped me.”
“Empress Lotte, Grand Duke Stan, I don’t like either of them.”
How could Isaac, who’s grinding his teeth, have such a cruel smile on such a beautiful face? He couldn’t take it any longer, so he cut up each meal in front of me and fed me one by one.
“Please don’t hate the Crown Prince too much.”
It’ll be sad if even Isaac hated him. Theo also nodded.
“For now, he’s friendly to us. If Duke Stan asks for Ciel as his wife, then he’ll be in real trouble.”
Listening to Theo’s words, Isaac shouted loudly.
“The power to turn nonsense into something real. If it’s Queen Lotte, she is capable of doing it.”
It’s sad that not a single word can be denied. Unlike our adopted daughter Clara, I’m the legitimate Princess who inherited the pure blood of Valentine, so I’m a suitable candidate to become the Empress of the Empire.
So, from the perspective of Empress Lotte, she’ll have to marry me to Stan, so she can take the throne away from Alex.
As Stan, who had never been mentioned in a few lines and wasn’t even active in the original book, began to obsess over me, the story began to take a strange turn.
“Ciel, wear this.”
After eating, Theo hung a necklace around my neck, which I had never seen before. At first glance, it seemed like an ordinary pendant but I could feel Theo’s strong magic coming from it.
“Don’t do anything risky. Don’t forget what I said yesterday.”
No matter how strong I am, there is no reason why I shouldn’t be protected. Even if he didn’t express his affection openly, I could feel once again that this was Theo’s sincerity.
He’s such a good person, but why does Theo get stuck when he gets tangled up in a relationship? I used my privilege as a younger sister and hugged him.
“Theo. I wish you could be a little more honest.”
PR/N: Me too.
“Ciel, today you only like Theo, that’s weird.”
Isaac, who was obviously jealous, came up behind me while I was in Theo’s arms and hugged me.
“Has everyone gone crazy so early in the morning? What the hell are you doing?”
“What’s the matter?”
Louis, who saw the three of us clinging to each other, bit his lips. If you want to join, you can just nicely say you want to join. The youngest brother, who is always crooked, didn’t reply.
 Means that Clara’s talent will attract people who want to take advantage of her.
 Basically, why is he so unsure and hesitant when it comes to romance?
 Sarcastic, mean, sassy