Ohoho~ this is my favorite chapter of this mini-arc! I hope you like this chapter too! Next chapter is the last chapter for this mini-arc.
ED: clover, eristol
“Ufufu~ well then, see you later. Auguste, please apologize properly, okay~?”
Devil-san and Goldberry who jumped on her shoulder winked casually.
Somehow, they are in a perfect sync.
While I was stunned, the pair of a person and a dragon disappeared behind the door.
She is truly an elusive person.
When I felt a little awkward, I heard the steps of Auguste.
As expected he seems to be uncomfortable.
“I’m sorry. You are angry after all.”
“Yes, I am a little bit angry.”
Auguste smiled as if troubled, and took one step closer.
Without thinking, I took a step backward.
He turned his eyes away from me with a smile on his face.
Although his smile got deeper, at the same time I felt like he became more depressed.
“Yeah, but, that may be the right decision. The boy called ‘Angel’ never existed……besides, you wouldn’t want to come into contact with a strange person like me.”
“Why would you think so?”
“If you get along with me, Erica-ojousan, you will get surrounded by bad rumors.”
Auguste said so with a smile that had no hesitation on his face.
The lack of dark shadow of depression in his expression only made it clearer to me that he was deeply sad.
With a smiling poker face, the Foolish Prince who covered his heart with a massive wall seems to have been completed by this point.
“I’m sorry. Thank you. It’s only one day and I already messed it up, but still I had a lot of fun today thanks to you.”
“Then, why were you like that?”
“If you know about myself, you will not treat me in the same easy-going manner as before. In addition……”
“An angel cannot become an angel if his identity is exposed. That’s the rule.”
Auguste attached his index finger to his lips and smiled with a face like a mischievous child.
Only at that moment, I felt that the Angel-san who I met in the cathedral came back.
But Auguste soon turned on his heel, so the Angel-san disappeared beyond his lonely back.
“Do you want to be an angel, Prince Auguste?”
“I can be either an angel or a devil as long as I can fly in the sky.”
He looked up at the night sky.
I can’t see his expression, but surely he is smiling as if he is really craving for it.
Even though he is sad and there is no tear coming out, I can sense his longing.
“Do you want to fly in the sky?”
“I want to fly.”
A surprisingly strong voice responded.
He stretched out his trembling hands to the far away sky that he couldn’t reach.
“I want to fly. I really want to fly. If I can fly in the sky……as long as I can fly in the sky, everything will be restored and everything will go well.”
“Oh……it’s a story that has nothing to do with you, Erica-jousan.”
Looking back to me, Auguste became the alabaster statue prince who had fixed the mask of a deep smile on his face.
“Although I am on the ground, my heart belongs to the sky as a dragon knight of the South. I am damaged as a dragon knight, but I am the same as other dragon knights who yearn for the sky.”
With a slight pain in the chest, I was convinced.
This person, Auguste, would give everything to fly.
His craving will finally make him reach out for the contract beast by means of black magic.
But even if he makes a contract, if he fuses with the beast, only destruction will be waiting for him.
Even if he knows that he would completely lose his ability to ride a dragon by the beast’s runaway six years in the future, he definitely would not stop.
“The story has deviated. Well, that is why. I apologize for keeping you here.”
He became unapproachable.
It would be difficult to break through the thick wall of his heart.
At that time, unexpectedly, the sound of a string instrument could be heard.
It was even louder than the Ignitia’s music in the hall.
It was not the contemporary tune which was mixed with Hafan and Aurelia’s songs, but somehow it was a foreign sound.
It was probably an arrangement that was still a prototype.
I could hear a random humming that was mixed with the calming string instrument solo.
“This voice, Devil-san?”
“That woman……that meddling woman……”
“Uwah, that person, she can play instruments……she’s very deft.”
“Aah, it’s because that person – Palug – can do anything.”
Auguste, who forgot to put on a smile, made a bitter face.
That was a somewhat strange conversation, but now his face looks much more natural.
“Aah, I can’t do this. I messed up. I was trying to make a clean break……”
“Sorry. Erica. I cannot give up on you. As expected, I want to stay together with you.”
Auguste took my hands and looked into my eyes.
He looks uneasy.
“I understand. As a comrade with few friends, let’s get along well.”
“‘Comrade with few friends’, you mean……”
“Oh? Auguste-sama, Devil-san – I’m sorry, it’s Palug-san, right? Do you have any friend besides her?”
“What about human friends?”
“I understand. I give up. Yes, I have few friends.”
Auguste raised his hands with an expression as if he swallowed a bitter pill.
“Well, if we become friends, then the number of friends is 1.5 at a stroke.”
“Wow, that’s a rough magic number……but, is it really okay?”
“Huh? You don’t want to? That’s unfortunate. Then I will pray for you to make a more suitable friend, Auguste-sama.”
“No, no, I do not dislike it at all. I would like to ask you to become my friend from the bottom of my heart.”
He laughed hard and grabbed my hand.
Even though he is in a similar situation as me, it would be much better than the friendless condition.
I know how difficult it is to be isolated.
When the rumors that I ‘slept with all the club members’ in my previous life spread, I remembered that I couldn’t even laugh.
No, far from laughing, I couldn’t even get angry.
My childhood friend who attended another school couldn’t bear it and got angry instead of me ‘They are the lowest. Even being the lowest should have a limit!’
“But, Erica, so you also have a few friends, huh?”
“Yes. But, is that a problem? To only have a few close friends.”
“Nope, no problem. I agree with that idea.”
Auguste who was narrowing his eyes as he laughed looked very innocent.
I really want to be a friend who can help Auguste at the time of emergency.
As I was thinking so, the tune of the string instrument became somewhat hurried.
I could hear the singing sound of Goldberry as well.
“That woman, is she watching from somewhere?”
“There is only starlight, I really don’t understand.”
“In other words, I mean something like this……”
When Auguste straightened his shoulders, he changed the way he was holding my hand and kneeled before me.
“Lady Erica. Would you please dance with me?”
“Yes. It would be my pleasure.”
“I’m sorry. That woman, she really likes to meddle unnecessarily.”
With Auguste’s lead, we started to dance.
Dancing under the starlight, just the two of us.
Only the devil and the dragon as spectators.
However, Auguste seemed to be more lively than the banquet hall, which was full of people.
“You seem to be having fun, even though we have only started dancing.”
“Oops, you caught me. Actually, when you were dancing with that Hafan’s mage, Erica, I was envious.”
“You saw that?”
“Yeah. I saw. Along with your dangerous steps which were likely to step on the foot of your partner.”
“Ahaha. How embarrassing……”
Auguste danced with a happy expression.
His movements are light, and his steps are certain.
Surely, he practiced with Palug or the Queen.
“I was envious. I also wanted to dance with you. It’s amazingly fun now. Ah~ how nice it is to speak honestly.”
“I agree. Telling a lie makes you feel tired.”
“Right~ Every day is completely exhausting. Let’s be an honest man only in front of you.”
“I want to fly. I want to fly. I want to fly. I want to fly. I want to fly.”
Unlike the monologue that seemed to be painful a little while ago, he shouted his heartfelt wish.
This man really wants to fly in the sky.
“Also, I like you.”
“Eh, I will be troubled if you suddenly say that.”
“Eh, but I’d like to be friends.”
Oops, I was surprised.
I thought, ‘What is this man saying suddenly?’
But, I wonder why a person who wants to fly so much like him can’t fly.
“By the way, why can’t you fly, Auguste-sama?”
Auguste was speechless for a moment.
I feel a bit insensitive, no, I have said considerably insensitive things.
“Such a thing, maybe it is my first time hearing that told to my face directly. Wow~ It’s fresh~”
“Uh, was it rude?”
“No, it was refreshing. I was treated very cautiously all the time.”
“Wow, then I was terribly insensitive, huh.”
“I guess I might like that kind of insensitive person.”
This time I was the one who was speechless.
Ah, it was insensitive after all.
Let’s be careful next time not to hurt others.
As I was thinking such a thing, Auguste began to say something else abruptly.
“The sleeping princesses will not wake up.”
He said a somewhat poetic expression, but what does he mean?
“Out of my three dragons, except for the eldest sister Goldberry, none have hatched from their eggs.”
“Have you tried kissing them?”
“No, I have tried to at least kiss them a lot. But they do not wake up.”
“You did it?”
A prince kissing an egg, huh?
It feels kind of surreal?
Ah, but it might paint a surprising picture.
Because everything beautiful people do will be forgiven, how hateful.
“The royal aristocrats of Ignitia are given a dragon egg when they are born. Only after they hatch the egg, raise the dragon and ride it that they can be called an adult.”
“Don’t you have Goldberry?”
“That girl is a small dragon for self-defense. She’s not going to grow bigger. Her two younger step-sisters should be larger.”
“I have decided their names. Red dragon Briar, white dragon Blumbell. I’m sure they will grow up into beautiful women.”
Somehow, Auguste said that with an expression similar to Eduard-oniisama when he is boasting about me.
This might be a different type of siscon……
“Perhaps, you cannot ride on the dragon because of that?”
“That’s correct. As a royalty, this is an unusual situation. I don’t know why my eggs will not hatch……So, at the very least I want to be able to ride on a general purpose dragon.”
“Is it difficult?”
“It is. Nobles raise dedicated dragons from eggs. I was also told that I can wait until Briar and Blumbell hatch.”
“But you cannot wait?”
Auguste put his hands around my waist, lifted me and turned me around.
I was slightly surprised.
But, he is a dragon knight apprentice after all, he has trained himself.
I understood well about the stability of his legs while we were dancing together like this.
“I asked the guys in the magic academy where they study the dragons’ ecology. My father and my grandfather also flew in the sky at the age of seven.”
“But, Auguste-sama, you are already ten years old.”
“I do not want to be a genius rider like my father. I just don’t want people to think that the child of a genius is incompetent.”
Just as we finished doing a turn, the song ended.
We just stared at each other with our hands still connected.
“And more than that, I want to protect my mother’s honor. I want to prove that the blood of the royal family is flowing within me by riding a dragon.”
Behind him, the stars were reflected in the mirror-like sea, I didn’t know whether the stars I saw were on the sky or in the sea.
I thought it was beautiful.
“Siscon and mothercon, it is a rather deep problem.”
Dangerous, I carelessly ran my mouth off.
“Just now, did you say something rude? Was it only my imagination? Can you stare into my eyes properly and say it again?”
“Nothing. It was really nothing. Ah– Auguste-sama, you’re really beautiful, huh~”
Just in time, the grinning Palug-san turned up brimming with the intention to tease us.
Only during this time, the self-proclaimed devil looked like an angel.