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If she doesn’t behave well, the new family she just found will leave her. Clara can stay by Theo’s side if she is a good younger sister.
Clara chose to suffer alone because she wanted to be able to smile and support his love, so she wouldn’t be hurt if Theo ever fell in love with someone else.
“Now, the letter.”
Once she hands over the letter, her business is over. Nevertheless, Theo continued speaking without any intention of going back.
“What about Ciel?”
“She went out. Isaac got really angry because she went out alone with His Highness Alex in the morning.”
Theo frowned when the subject of a date came up. Theo was overprotective of his younger sister, even though he always ignored Ciel.
“Are you sad that Ciel has a boyfriend? The last time she went to the villa, you were very upset.”
“I’m disappointed. It’s too early for Ciel to date a man.”
Clara’s mind sprang a thorn at the words of her brother. She is acting like an angel in front of Ciel, but she doesn’t have to do that in front of Theo, so Clara shoots back coyly.
“Then what about me?”
“It’s the same for you. Don’t even think about a man.”
Although his 22nd birthday was just around the corner, Theo was so busy taking care of his younger siblings that he never once entertained the common rumour of an affair.
Clara laughed for no reason when she thought about how the Duchess had said that she was stubborn like her father.
“But I’m sure there are people who like you.”
It was a really thoughtless thing to say. But Theo’s poker face broke for the first time at that moment. He took a moment to fix his glasses, and it was very hard for him to open his mouth.
“I have someone in mind.”
Her heart sank at the unexpected answer. She never thought Theo would have a partner like that.
Nevertheless, she resented herself for not having the courage to ask who it was. That’s it, that’s exactly what happened.
There was a somewhat awkward silence. Theo and Clara both couldn’t bring themselves to speak first. But suddenly, a magnificent bell rang from beyond.
She remembered hearing it during her first training session at the palace of the emperor. People say that the bell outside of the clock tower only rings when there is a crisis as big as a national disaster. Soon, someone from far away started looking for Theo.
“What’s going on?”
“There is a problem. You must come quickly.”
It’s clear that something big has happened. Even in an urgent situation where he had to rush, Theo held Clara and repeated the same words several times.
“Clara, never go to dangerous places. Don’t go out; just stay in a safe place. Do you understand?”
She sent Theo away after being yelled at. Clara also went to the evacuation area with her colleagues, as she saw her brother’s back and saw that he was leaving.
“What the hell is going on?”
“They say a demon beast has appeared near the capital.”
Maybe it’s something that shouldn’t be known yet, but her colleague called Clara and whispered quietly.
“They said that already a village had been destroyed. Also, they said that the curse is spreading as the farmers affected by it disperse.”
She couldn’t help but sigh when she heard that the magic beast’s curse alone was causing her a lot of headaches and that it was even contagious.
There is no effective treatment for the curse of the demon beast because it is not a disease. As a result, there is no cure for the curse, and the lives of all of the residents of the capital city, which has a population of over 100,000, will be in jeopardy if even one person afflicted with the curse enters the city.
Of course, something like this happens on a day when her young sister goes out. Since Alex is with her, she knows that nothing big will happen, but she can’t get rid of the feeling of worry.
Even after she found out she was adopted, Ciel didn’t change her behaviour. She kept following Clara around like she was her older sister.
If she hadn’t had Ciel, she wouldn’t be the Clara she is today. Clara cared about Ciel just as much as she cared about her.
She can’t make the same mistake twice. She is ready to let go of Theo, but she can’t stand the thought of something happening to her sister, whom she only knows as her sister.
She hopes that she will always be safe. As Clara prayed, she looked out the window of the palace in silence.
* * *
An emergency occurred. Thanks to Sir Wilhelm and Brother Isaac, I returned safely to the Valentine Mansion.
When I returned after a long time, Madame Lisbon ran out to meet me in her socks.
Madame Lisbon, who had weathered the ravages of time, became my real grandmother in just a few months. I couldn’t help it since she was older, but it still bothered me somehow.
“Welcome. You’ve really come to the right place.”
She was holding my hand tightly, and she even shed tears, so I guess everyone was sad.
“Where is everyone?”
My father had gone to the palace for work, and my mother had a fever and was resting in the bedroom, she said. Brother Theo says there hasn’t been any news since he stopped by the Crown Prince’s palace.
He went out somewhere to have fun and now he is back home. I was just about to say something, when my mother called me from far away, probably because news of my return had reached her.
“Ciel, my baby!”
After hearing that she was in bed with a fever, my mother hurried down her stairs wearing only a gown and not even changing out of her pyjamas. What happens if you fall that way? I got up and gave my mom a big hug.
“I heard you have a fever. Are you okay?”
“I heard the bell rang? My baby, are you okay?”
My mom touched my face several times, her tears streaming down her face. I hadn’t noticed it last time, but her wrists, exposed through her nightgown, were much thinner.
“I’m safe. Look, I am fine.”
My mother still had a fever, so I helped her and took her back to her room. As I put a cold towel on her head and held her hand tightly, my mother saw my tears and also held my hand tightly.
I feel sorry for Alex, but if I had known this would happen, I would have come back sooner.
If I ever get married, I think you’ll be wailing at the wedding. Now that things are this way, I might have to live with my parents on my own and show off my charms.
When I went to the hall after putting my mom to bed, Isaac, Regina, and Louise were talking with Madame Lisbon.
They have finally come. Looking at the situation, I had a rough idea of what had happened.
Since my mother is sick and my sister is not home, the role of hostess is naturally mine. I calmly checked each item, one by one.
“We need to set up a big tent on the outskirts of the capital. The things we used to protect ourselves from the rain when we had an outdoor party in the past are still in the warehouse, right?
“Of course, Miss.”
Even though everyone was confused, it seemed like only Regina got what I was trying to say. Having someone on my side made things easier.
First, I asked Madame Lisbon to make a list of everyone who worked in the mansion, except for those who had to be there.
“We can get enough people together, but what will you do?”
“They say there is an epidemic on the outskirts of the capital, but it’s actually a curse from a demon beast and not a disease.”
The curse is not contagious unless it comes into contact with the blood of an infected person. However, in the original storyline, it took more than 15 days to find out that fact.
At the same time, there was fighting between the people who were trying to get into the capital and the security forces who were trying to stop them. When they tried to stop it by force, blood got everywhere, and the number of people who got infected increased.
Such a worst-case scenario must be prevented. Greta showed up after I had already made some plans, but Louise, who didn’t know what was going on, glared at me for no reason and started a fight.
“You idiot, how do you know that?”
“You try to be quiet.”
Brother Isaac, for whom my words are law and truth, hit Louise on the back of the head. My brother, the idiot, is also really helpful in times like this. With my brother Isaac’s strong support, I gave orders to everyone on behalf of my mother.
“Since the demon beast is still running rampant, my father and brother Theo must have received a call from the imperial family and headed straight to the scene.”
Because I am no longer a child who just needs to be protected. I took out the Lævateinn I had in my pocket.
Madame Lisbon, who had become more confident over the past few months, began to move quickly without hesitation.
“Send someone to the crown prince’s palace and have them bring Clara.”
“You mean Lady Clara?”
The curse cannot be cured with medicine, but it is possible to at least prevent its spread. However, this is only possible for Clara, who has received a lot of main character buffs; it is impossible for others.
“Sir Isaac! Where are you?”
As the situation became more serious, an order to summon Isaac was also issued.
“Louise, you have to take care of Ciel.”
Louise became restless and arrogant at the words of Isaac, who worried until the end. Our rascal, who was always running away, had trouble because he wasn’t used to being in this kind of situation.
He probably wants to run away. However, we cannot overcome this crisis safely without Louise’s help. I held this rascal’s shoulders tightly and made eye contact.
“Louise Valentine. Wake up!”
“Wh-What’s wrong! Why don’t you yell at your brother when you’re talking about him?”
This is how we act like fools. Maybe when he heard me yelling, he realised how serious the situation was, but our weirdo finally came to his senses and asked me.
“So, what should I do?”
“It will be location, manpower, and supplies.”
It was easier to talk because Regina took the lead instead of lousy Louise. I made the two people stand in front of me and told them what they needed to know.
“I have no time. We need to take proper measures in the beginning. If we don’t make it on time, the whole capital could be in chaos.”
After giving instructions one by one from one to ten, I was so tired that I thought I was going to die. Only after checking all the circumstances and confirming that my mother was sleeping soundly was I finally able to take a breather.
While figuring out the details, Madam. Lisbon’s eyes filled with tears as she saw me like that.
“What’s going on?”
“Well, you, young lady, have become more dignified after going to the prince’s palace.”
“Right. I’m all grown up now.”
Madame Lisbon, who has now become my grandmother, may seem infinitely younger in her eyes. While I was at the Crown Prince’s palace, I also learned a lot.
There is no way for me to escape the impending fate, but just as I saved Greta’s life, I can fully change the future with my own power. So, I have to try as hard as I can.
“It is said that the Capital Defence Force and the magician unit are currently fighting a demon that showed up northeast of the capital.”
It will not be easy to defeat the demon beast, who is so powerful that it will take several days even if most of the wizards in the capital are mobilised.
Still, Isaac is in the capital, and Alex is sure to be on the scene.
People will be safe as long as these two men watch over the capital. So now all I can do is keep the capital from being a mess.
Acrid smoke rising from beyond the mountain disturbed the sky as if a fierce battle were taking place. Clara would arrive soon, so I hurried down the stairs with Madame Lisbon.