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Although the emergency fire was extinguished, this was ultimately just a stopgap measure. Although we said that the damage did not spread further thanks to our early action, the problem starts now.
It is not easy to defeat a demon beast. Everyone may think that the curse will be lifted if the demon beast is defeated, but in fact, the cause of this curse is different.
In the original storyline, the symptoms did not improve even after defeating the demon beast, so there was a lot of trial and error. In the end, everything was resolved only after Clara herself went out to find the cause.
As a price to pay for breaking the spell, Clara lost her voice. In return for the honour that only hurt her, Alex proposed to Clara, and Ciel, blinded by her jealousy, began planning to kill Clara, who had become the crown prince’s fiancée.
If I leave this situation alone, the same thing will probably happen again. I’ve been trying hard to postpone my debut to avoid this incident, but I’ve confirmed once again that what will happen will surely happen.
If I bring Clara there, I will most likely end up kicking myself later. Like the day she failed to stop my sister from jumping into the flames.
Even now, a part of me was still trying to find a reflection of my sister, whom I longed for, in the image of Clara rushing around to save people despite the dark circles that had shown under her eyes.
I know this is crazy, but there is no other way. Fortunately, I have magic powers, so I guess everything will work out. I don’t want to have the same regrets again. I took out Levatein without any hesitation.
“Wh-what are you trying to do?”
“From now on, I will go to deal with the culprit of this incident.”
“What? What are you talking about?”
I’m probably the only one who knows this at this point. So, I chose Louise, who would understand even if I briefly explained it.
“Literally, this is a curse. This curse will not be lifted even if the demonic beast that was causing it is annihilated.”
Perhaps it was cold in the fairy forest, so I sat down on the ground and unzipped the cloak on my own.
Fairies are responsible for everything, including the escape of the demon and the spreading of curses. Therefore, I must go face-to-face with the fairy and start the negotiation there.
To do that, I have to pay a certain price, but I didn’t say that on purpose.
“So. What do you want me to do?”
My rascal never disappoints my expectations. After giving endless, deliberately complicated explanations, Louise gave up trying to understand.
“So, I don’t know what you’re talking about, but I want to follow you first.”
“Huh. Don’t do it if you don’t like it.”
He didn’t want to go, but he knew that if he spent the day alone, he’d get in trouble.
She wouldn’t have slept for hours, but my sister couldn’t take it and ran out to take care of the patients again.
Clara today was more beautiful than ever I’ve ever seen without a fancy dress and shiny jewellery.
“Are you going home now?”
“Yes. We have to stop by somewhere and then go.”
Stomping on Louise’s foot to stop him from talking nonsense, I put my hand on my feisty sister’s cheek.
“You must be happy.”
“What do you mean?”
“I’m just saying.”
If my sister finds out what I’m going to do from now on, she’ll definitely try to stop me. So, I hope she understands my feelings about not leaving anything behind.
After all, this is something I do for my sister. It’s sad to think about the text message from my older sister that was never delivered.
I decided not to say anything so she wouldn’t have to think about what I said and feel guilty.
“Then I’ll go first.”
After ignoring my sister’s call, I stretched out Lævateinn and climbed onto it. There is a long way to go because I have to fly to the fairy forest to solve this curse.
“Ciel, come with me!”
My brother, Louise followed me into the sky. So we headed beyond the horizon.
Isaac, who received the call, Isaac made a pit stop at the magic tower to see if his father was still there before proceeding to the front.
“Are you here, Isaac?”
Setting up a barrier across the vast capital is not an easy task, even for Christopher Valentine, who is said to be the best wizard in the empire.
Even though there was chaos, no infected people showed up in the palace because of his barrier, but no one gave him credit for that.
“It’s the worst outside. Do you know what I was doing just a minute ago?”
The duke just smiled happily in front of Isaac, who was as hot-tempered as his wife. People say that rats are the first to jump out of a sinking ship, but this fact upset his second son, who hadn’t seen much of the world yet.
“So, did a lot of people go out?”
“The crown prince gave an order.”
Cromwell, the commander of the Blue Dragon Knights and the person in charge of maintaining order in the capital city, realised that the procession of nobles could not be stopped with the power of a single knighthood, and deliberately placed Isaac at the castle gate.
He simply cannot bring himself to assert his position as an aristocrat in front of Isaac, who is the second son of Duke Valentine. The fierce standoff to just let them out calmed down only after Alex gave the order.
They might be able to leave, but coming back in won’t work out the way they want it to, and the nobles did a complete about-face and went back to their respective mansions when they threatened to cut off their heads if they came back after being attacked by the infected.
Even in that situation, they did not forget to curse at the crown prince. While Isaac was fuming over the disrespectful behaviour of the nobles, a messenger reported the current situation. He even knew that Clara was moving the patients and receiving treatment, and that Louise was also helping transport supplies.
However, when the messenger informed him that Ciel was also there, Isaac was startled and hit the table.
“What? Why is Ciel there?”
“I don’t know…….”
“Calm down. You should go back, too.”
The messenger scrambled out of there quickly to avoid the angry Isaac. Even though his beloved sister was said to be in danger, his father calmly focused on sending the flying birds away by creating wind.
“Clara is qualified as a pharmacist, so she treats patients, and neither Louise nor Ciel know how to use magic, so they seem to be helping in the field. What’s so surprising?”
“Ciel is still young. It’s too dangerous for her to go into something like that!”
Because she’s his younger sister who hasn’t even debuted in the social world yet. Isaac only focused on Ciel. The Duke of Valentine looked at his second son and shrugged his shoulders.
“If you were a child who would stop her, you would have stopped her earlier.”
Even though Isaac knew how stubborn Ciel was, he couldn’t argue with what his father said.
It would have been good to stop her from doing dangerous things, but Isaac didn’t like how his parents treated her.
She didn’t go out much until now because she was young, but as she starts to do more social things, like going to the Crown Prince’s palace, she’ll be putting herself in more dangerous situations.
This is especially true for today’s work. Even if it was an emergency, there was no reason to borrow Ciel’s power, so he didn’t like that everyone was leaving the problem to Ciel and telling her that they didn’t know what to do.
“I don’t understand my father.”
“There’s an old saying that says the cuter the child, the better to send them on a trip.”
The duke continued talking, knowing clearly what he was talking about. When his frustration reached the sky, he raised his head and looked at his second son.
“Do you remember the story about you being twins?”
A year after giving birth to Theo, the Duchess found she was pregnant with twins. She thought the child would have a safe life, but it was born eight months later because of a sudden accident.
Isaac, the boy, was born healthy, but the girl who was also in the womb at the same time had already died. The Duchess, who had been waiting for her daughter for a long time, cried bitterly, holding a pool of blood that had already died.
“It seems like that was always on your mother’s mind.”
Two years later, the Duchess had a baby boy who looked exactly like their daughter, for whom she could not cry even once. She said that whenever she looks at Louise, it brings back memories of another child who was neglected by her. The duchess suffered from severe post-natal depression.
“Since we brought Clara home, your mother has really calmed down. Ciel also follows Clara well, and now, no matter what anyone says, Clara is my daughter and part of our family.”
This story is a secret that not even Theo knows, only the Valentines and Isaac himself. Why didn’t the Valentine family have any girl children? Isaac only found out about the secret by accident.
“You said that it was a curse, right?”
“Right. It can only be seen as a curse.”
Even though they are now part of the Valentine family, who treat Ciel like a princess, things were not the same even a hundred years ago. Families that adhered to the beliefs of pure-bloodism did not hesitate to commit all kinds of atrocities in the name of continuing the succession.
And a curse came upon it. Girls who were still alive were passing away well before they reached adulthood, and even children who had never been born were passing away one after the other.
Even the clan, which thought so for the first few years, had no choice but to admit that the curse had come after ten years.
After the daughters who were to have arranged marriages died, the family’s leadership tried to control the situation, but it was already too late.
The people of Valentine developed an extreme sense of stepping down as they watched the child that they had suffered through great difficulty in conceiving pass away.
All of this was kept completely secret. It was a secret among secrets that only the heads of the family knew until Isaac, who happened to peek into his parents’ room, found out about this.
“But since Ciel was born, shouldn’t the curse be over?”
“I hope so, but I think you will remember.”
It was when Ciel was five years old that Isaac began to take special care of his youngest sister.
Although he loves her little sister, Isaac rarely goes near her for fear that he might accidentally hurt the baby.
On the day they went to the temple for her baptism, Ciel was sick with a high fever and lay in bed.
“The Pope said that at that time. Ciel will never become an adult.”
When the Pope said that she wouldn’t live past her 18th birthday, the couple was shocked. Shortly after that happened, Ciel was as healthy as she had ever been, but the husband and wife couldn’t help but smile.
“This is nonsense…”
“I don’t want to put my trust in either my dad or my mom.”
The duke could only smile bitterly in front of his disbelieving son. Even if it is the price paid for the sins committed by Valentine’s ancestors, it is not right for that punishment to be passed on to children who have not committed any crime.
“If Ciel’s time is truly limited, there is only one thing we can do as parents.”
Just giving her the freedom to do whatever she wants. By the time he said those words, Ciel and Louise’s mana had moved past the barrier to the other side of the capital.
They seem to be flying through the sky using flight magic, but the duke is the only one who seems to have noticed this. Although he had already figured out what his kids were doing these days, he never once showed any signs of it to his children.
Ciel, who almost died after suffering from a severe fever, turned into a different person after waking up. All her memories disappeared, and even her behaviour changed.
Since the colour of her mana did not change, there was no doubt that she was his daughter, but sometimes Ciel would look blankly at her father, the Duke, with a face that seemed very foreign to him.
Even though she was a child, his heart would sink whenever he looked at her with a precocious look in her eyes, like that of an adult woman. It was obvious that something was going on with his daughter, but he couldn’t bear to inquire. Because the parents are not gods.
The duke stood up for a moment and patted the head of his second son, who looked just like his wife.