Well, they say we can see a situation objectively if we see it as the third party. And that’s what happened to Lily. Enjoy the chapter!
A bit more time passed since I talked to Al.
As I declared to him, while changing my attitude until now, I was examining Victor-niisama’s situation.
I wanted to appeal fiercely and say 「Look, Nii-sama! I have corrected my conduct! I have become a good girl, so there’s no need to hate me!」
But, I know that if I do that it will mess up everything, and actually when I spilled it to Luke, he was terribly shocked.
“Milady, are you stupid?”
Luke’s face and voice at that time cannot be forgotten. Luke ridiculed me who was earnest about it.
I was deeply hurt because I thought that wasn’t true.
At any rate, I cannot make a direct appeal. I have to make my eldest brother judges that I have changed indirectly.
However, this is quite difficult.
The biggest problem is that there are few opportunities to talk with Victor-niisama.
If I, the one who is hated by him, talk to him many times, I might become more hated. Thinking hard up to that point, I feel completely helpless.
Although it would be great if I can talk to Nii-sama, there is no sign of him.
Luke said that my eldest brother might talk to me if he realizes that I have become a good girl, but if there is no point of contact in the first place, he won’t be able to know that I have become a good girl.
As a result, I peek at my eldest brother from a little distance away and do nonsensical actions everyday.
“……Milady. I think you look like a suspicious person within the residence.”
“……I know, but I have no choice. Nii-sama doesn’t approach me.”
“Well, that’s true, but……”
Today as well, I was heading to a place where he frequently appears to peek at my eldest brother from a place a little distance away. If there is a chance to talk naturally, I will use that opportunity to start the long-awaited conversation. Just in case, each time I go, I also prepared the conversation topics……I’ve never been able to use it though.
“Victor-niisama is……what. He’s not here today.”
The place I was heading to is the library. That is the most probable location in the mansion to meet my eldest brother.
Unfortunately, I don’t see my eldest brother.
I am disappointed because I’ve put in some fighting spirit today. I thought my eldest brother would want to get to know his wonderful little sister after a period of time, but since he’s not here, we couldn’t talk.
“……if I wait, I wonder if Nii-sama will come.”
Asking Luke who was following behind me, he answered seriously.
“Well. How surprising, perhaps he is avoiding Milady on purpose.”
When being told so without hesitation, my expression became complicated.
I’ve never thought of that possibility. My eldest brother, who doesn’t want to meet me face-to-face, avoided heading to the library……yup, that’s enough thinking about it.
“Stop that. My motivation is dampened straight away.”
“I apologize for my rudeness.”
Luke spun words of apology with a tone of voice that shows he didn’t think it was entirely rude.
However, if my eldest brother is not here, there is no use for me to be in the library. I’m fine with reading books, but I have my own book to read in my room. If possible, I want to avoid neglecting that book by reading a new book.
Now then, I should leave the library while thinking what to do. As I walked down the corridor, several laughs were heard from the courtyard.
I looked in that direction.
Yugo-niisama and his followers.
“Hahaha, that’s delightful.”
“Yes, at that time, he said such a thing.”
My older brother and his followers were talking happily around a table placed on the courtyard and had a tea party which could be said as an established event.
My brother who was laughing at the center is undoubtedly beautiful even from my point of view as his sister.
The graceful and androgynous beauty is a sight for sore eyes. Both men and women surrounding my older brother are there and everyone is beautiful without exception. I guess they are the 「chosen」 people who surpassed my older brother’s sense of beauty.
“Oh my……that clothes.”
I looked at the clothes my older brother is wearing.
My brother’s jacket and trousers cost as much as the ones the previous me would buy.
Looking at them, I frowned.
My older brother’s principle of 「not acknowledging anything but beautiful things」 seems to apply not only to 「people」 but also to 「objects」, not only his clothes, the confectionery arranged on the table are those from the popular shops in the royal capital, and the teaware is also the work of a famous workshop that has the royal warrant.
Since I did something similar to what my older brother was doing, I could look at the situation with discerning eyes.
I roughly calculated the amount of money they cost, which both my older brother and the previous me never noticed anything unusual about it.
“Luke, you, I wonder if you know the saying 「one man’s fault is another’s lesson」. Or the phrase 「good example of what not to do」.”
When I suddenly asked him, Luke nodded while furrowing his eyebrows.
“Yes. I know about them……but what about it?”
“Just now, it crossed my mind when I looked at Yugo-niisama. Nii-sama wears incredibly expensive clothes, eats confectionery from high-end shops, and drinks tea with a teaware made by a famous workshop. And I have no doubt that teaware is the workshop’s latest work. But, I thought about it. Are those really necessary?”
Luke gave me a questioning look. I nodded.
“As a son of the Ducal House, it is natural to dress accordingly. But, I recalled that Yugo-niisama was supposed to have made clothes provided with every luxury imaginable last month. Moreover, it was not made to meet royalty. Only for the tea party held in the mansion. Also, even though the confectionery is fine, the teaware is an overkill. If he wanted a teaware from that workshop, I’m certain there is one in the kitchen. I’m sure I have drunk tea using that aforementioned teaware several times.”
“Only after seeing it from the outside, I realized how irrational I was. No wonder Victor-niisama hates us.”
His younger brother and sister spend money like hot water without thinking about the important property of our Ducal House. I wonder how my eldest brother sees it.
When I thought about it, the area around my heart aches.
This chapter may have shed some light on some things for you guys. Which is: the bad thing about her and Yugo is not that they like beautiful and extravagant things, but how they spend the money, which is from the people’s tax, recklessly and unnecessarily.