Me and Hayton walked down the hallway together. Everyone’s eyes were on us as if they were a moth attracted to the light.
As we glanced at the gossiping people looking at us, Hayton said as he walked briskly.
“What are you doing this for? Because of the mentor system?”
“Of course, you thought I would immediately choose someone else from the Elysiano Class didn’t you?”
“West is already obsessed with the second child of fate. If the second one takes a seat in Elysiano Class, you think you won’t have a seat. You also can’t ask your brother’s help right?”
“So you thought I could only ask for your help as a mentor?”
“Isn’t it a possible guess?”
While talking, we reached our destination.
When Hayton went there, the barrier was gone. I grabbed the door knob of the room in front of me and said,
“Thank you for your work today.”
And as I’m about to go through the door, Hayton closed the door. As I turned around while frowning, Hayton said.
“Then you shouldn’t have come to me.”
“You don’t know how I’ve spent the past few years studying yet you-”
Hatton flinched at my words and said, “What?”
“Are you a male lead in a play? If you want to act, go somewhere else rascal.”
“You don’t know, but I-!”
Hayton’s eyes widened in embarrassment.
I turned to look at him with my arms crossed.
“How could I not notice when you look at me desperately like that.”
“What can I say when you don’t say anything? Don’t like me anymore?”
“No. The more I reject you, the more you will be obsessed with me. I know what kind of a person you are. More than you think.”
At first he was just a 16-year-old boy who had lost a place to lean on. He looked at me gratefully before, but as time passed, the depth of his gaze changed.
He wanted to know me not as his sponsor, he was also jealous when others were by my side, and eventually realized the emotions himself.
He didn’t know it but in my second life, I lived with him as his sister for over ten years.
“I’ll tell you though. Don’t have any hope. It’s not because of you and your situation, it’s because I don’t have you in my heart.”
“Aren’t you going to give me a chance?”
Hayton asked a question, and I answered firmly.
His hand that was holding the door slipped and fell. I said while staring at Hayton,
“But your heart, I will remember it with gratitude.”
Hayton lifted his head slightly and looked at me. His eyes were trembling.
“Be a good man, Hayton.”
“So that you can meet someone a hundred times better than me.”
With those words, I opened the door. Hayton’s small murmur came from behind me.
“I can’t give up…”
I closed the door without hearing it completely. Because I had no intention to.
It was time to take a deep breath.
“Does Hayton like you?”
Terrified, I grabbed my chest.
“Don’t be surprised. I’m just the prince.”
It was East.
With his arms and legs in shackles, he looked at me with twinkling eyes.
“Ah, yes……. prince…….”
The prince part is right, but I was surprised to hear it from him.
“Why did you come? Did West look for me? Did he hate me? Huh?”
“Why did you do something that would be hated?”
“West is bad.”
“I was just born a little earlier than West, and I have to give anything to West. Just because I’m the older brother.”
“West can sleep late and run around, but not me. It’s because he’s my younger brother.”
“Yesterday my mother nagged me. West got hurt because I couldn’t take care of him. It’s because I’m the older brother…”
“West did more than me, yet I became like this because they found out once. I hate my brother!”
“That’s why I’m here.”
“When I see East, I think of someone.”
“My eldest brother. That day, when he was about to attack West and stopped, the expression on his face reminds me of my older brother.”
I squatted in front of the East, chin resting on my knees.
“I’m a very selfish person, so I don’t really care about other people’s business. But I keep thinking of you over and over again.”
“I never look at paperworks. Because my eldest brother does it all. Me, Henry and Isaac go to bed early, but my eldest brother only sleeps 4-5 hours a day. Because he’s the oldest. If he sleeps an extra hour, he thinks his younger siblings would have to work for him, that’s why he never did that.”
“Henry and Isaac have a lot of incidents at the academy, right? Isaac is a person who would act before thinking, and Henry is petty, even though he doesn’t look like that.”
“Henry looks like that.”
“Anyway. My eldest brother graduated very quietly.”
“Because he’s the oldest son. He’s the representative of the siblings, so he shouldn’t do things that we would be ashamed of. I was only mad at him once, ever since I was adopted. Do you know why?”
“Because he was sick. The eldest son had to be strong, so he didn’t want to be found out. But…”
I smiled and looked at East.
“I can’t even get angry. Just like you in the party hall, even if you are angry, you didn’t intend to hurt him.”
“…… That’s how I’ve always lived.”
“That’s right. First of all, you have always been told that you should be considerate of your younger brother. That it’s not okay to be angry.”
East pressed his lips together. His eyes are becoming teary.
“Getting angry… It’s not because yoi really hate your brother.”
“I didn’t mean to hurt him……. I’m mad at West and I know I shouldn’t hurt him, but everyone defends West, they see me as a bad older brother, so …… I was wrong.”
I stroked East’s head.
East burst into tears.
Why wouldn’t he be sad? The guilt of trying to attack his own brother, of hurting someone, the fear of being imprisoned. He would be overwhelmed with emotions.
I carefully ruffled his head for a while, and after he calmed down for a while, I opened my mouth.
“You know, you might get expelled from school.”
When he said that, he looked frightened.
“N-no. The servants will tell everyone that I should be dethroned to make West the crown prince. Then my mom…….”
“So won’t you make a deal with me?”
“I told you. I’m a selfish person. A hyena that never misses a chance.”
East blinked, and I raised an eyebrow.
“I’ll help you so that the Empress of Waynes won’t cry. Then will you help me too?”
East stared at me and smiled broadly.
“Great. You don’t smell like a bad person.”
“It’s a deal.”
We looked at each other and laughed.
As I left the room where East was confined, I was startled to see the people in front of the door.
While looking at their expression as to why they came here, Isaac said with his arms crossed.
“Do you forget why East was trapped? Young werebeast are emotionally sensitive and can’t control them. That’s why they’re locked up for fear of danger.”
I quickly shut Isaac’s mouth.
“The walls here are thin. You heard everything from East.”
“Let’s talk as we go.”
I moved with Henry and Isaac behind me.
After I left the building and reached a desolate place, I looked at my brothers.
“East is in control of his emotions, and he’s not dangerous.”
“I couldn’t go without thinking about my eldest brother. East’s eyes looking at West in the hall were so similar to those of Brother Johann’s, who can’t get angry with us.”
Isaac opened his mouth.
“…… Is that an excuse? You’re getting weak!”
“Anyway, I need my brothers’ help.”
Henry said as I chuckled.
“You look like you’re thinking of bad things.”
“You’re quick-witted as usual.”
“So, how can we help?”
“Here’s the thing…….”
As I whispered my plans, Henry and Isaac’s eyes widened.
After hearing the plan, the two looked at each other and said,
“As expected, she’s our little sister.”
And they both ruffled my hair at the same time.
“Good, let us help.”
I covered my mouth with both hands and laughed. That afternoon, we started the operation.
As I walked around the academy, I groaned.
‘Where the hell are you, West?’
I heard that they saw him in the dormitory, so I went to the dormitory. Then they saw him going to the Elysiano meeting room. But after I arrived, they directed me to the lecture room.
‘He must be with Mina. After all, Mina always travelled around-‘
[She’s an inssa*.]
*TL/N: Popular person, insider.
I was startled when I heard the voice of Chul-soo in my ear.
‘Could you not surprise me? My concentration shouldn’t be disrupted. Especially now!’
Henry taught me how to secretly use my divine power on the school.
He gave me the formula to the barrier so that I can use my divine power without being detected.
[It’s similar to how middle school students secretly use the school’s Wi-Fi. If we secretly find out the password, we can use Wi-Fi.]
‘What is Wi-Fi? Wait, nevermind. Are you going to talk again?’
But Chul-soo, who had already seized the opportunity, explained as usual.
[Wi-Fi is a wireless communication technology, but using devices like as smartphones and PCs-]
I gave up understanding him. Then at that time, Emeline came to me.
“I’ve been looking for you for a long time. Why are you here? Everyone went to the village below the mountain.”
“We can go out to the village at the bottom of the mountain?”
“Yes, starting today, they are also giving out permits to freshmen. Although the scope of going out is limited to the 2nd gate.”
“…… Then Mina too?”
“She left a while ago.”
“Where can I get an outing permit? Will it take a long time?”
Emeline raised the corners of her mouth and held out two paper in front of me. One had Emeline’s name and the other had my name on it.
“I got it.”
“Emily, you’re great! You’re dazzling, you’re cool!”
I quickly grabbed my ticket and rubbed the paper against my cheek.
“Let’s go. Miss Juliet is in the village at the foot of the mountain, so I have to chase after her. Oh, I heard that you can use teleportation scroll at the school gate, but it’s annoying to walk around-”
I bring out the teleportation scroll because it’s going to be a long journey.
“It’s an honor to be friends with Lady Dubblede.”
“Let’s make good use of each other.”
Me and Emeline quickly left the school gate. And after tearing up the scroll, we open our eyes…
“What, Emeline, did you give me the correct coordinates?”
We went to an alley with shabby houses. This place looked like a slum.
‘Have we moved beyond the 2nd gate?’
We’re in trouble. In this case, East’s expulsion will not be a problem. I may be expelled!