Second Death Row Series: A Death Row Convict Teaches at a School of Magic - Cel a97
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“Why didn’t you tell them the truth?”
Karen, who was strolling alongside her as they made their way back from the royal palace, said something that genuinely perturbed Fina.
“The story you told earlier. Of course, I don’t think it’s a lie, but we were deceived by him, weren’t we? How can you say he’s coming to save Senior Vasti?”
“Because… he’s actually a covetous man.”
Karen cocked her head. However, Fina was unable to explain beyond that.
After all, Fina was the sole person who had direct contact with “Eraser,” and this was only possible on the assumption that Kanaki and “Eraser” were one and the same person. Even if everything were explained here, Karen, who has spent far less time with Kanaki than Fina, would likely not be convinced, even if she could understand.
“Excuse me, I can’t elaborate at this stage… but I can tell with certainty that Teacher Kanaki was not lying at all during his time with us, and was showing his true nature more or less.”
“…Is that so? You can’t divulge any more than that to me, can you?”
Fina was reluctant to say anything. As a knight of Karen, even that silence would originally have been denigrated as an act of betrayal, yet she refrained from speaking.
“…It’s unusual for you to hide something from an adult like that… Hey, do you remember? You once concealed something from the adults like that in the past.”
Being told this, Fina instantly recalled the episode. This was because nothing in her life had happened before or since when she had been so infuriated by an adult.
“You racked your brain to come up with a plan and brought me outside without informing anybody when I mentioned I wanted to leave the royal palace once to have a look around the city. You lied to the maids and the knights protecting me and led them away. Remember what you said to me back then?”
“…That if you conflate many falsehoods with a little truth, it is a drug that will deceive even yourself? That was a carbon copy from a book I read around that time, though…”
“Haha, but that’s what you did this time, too, right?”
Lying to her was out of the question here.
Karen figured out that the silence was an affirmation, and somehow she laughed joyfully.
“I have to admit, I don’t know what’s so great about him… but you seem to have different opinions about him, don’t you? Do you love him?”
The words were spoken lightly, and Fina’s heart throbbed with a loud beat.
“…I-I respect him. O-Of course, that is as a single human being!”
“Hmm. Well then, I guess you can’t believe that he would commit such a thing?”
“…I simply want to know the truth. I want to meet with Teacher Kanaki face-to-face.”
That was the sincere feeling she was having right now.
When she told her this, Karen had a soft smile on her face.
“…Right. Then you will have to meet him to find out.”
Taken aback by these words, Fina halted and looked at Karen next to her.
Karen turned to face her and stopped in wonder.
“? What’s the matter?
“M-May I do that?”
“You want to meet him, don’t you? Well, there’s nothing I can do for you right now other than to let you both get the stories straight with each other.”
“~~~!! L-Lady Karen!”
When Fina, overwhelmed with emotion, embraced Karen, a voice in her ear sounded so unnerving that it was hard to believe that it was Karen.
Under normal circumstances, this would never and could never have happened, but after expressing to Karen the various emotions that had been swirling around inside her and being accepted by her, tears naturally welled up in the corners of her eyes.
“…Seriously, you can be a little more open with me now.”
Karen noticed this and patted Fina on the back as if to comfort her in the process.
When was the last time she cried on someone else’s chest?
For a while, Fina continued to cry on Karen’s chest―
It’s a beautiful full moon.
Steps approached from behind me as I was on the balcony gazing at the moon. I asked “What’s wrong, Ms. Alice?” without even turning to gaze in that direction.
“Oh, I was exposed.”
“Out of all the wanted criminals present, you are the only one who can walk around without suppressing the sound of your footsteps.”
“Ha, am I supposed to take that as a compliment?”
Alice came up beside me and leaned on the railing.
“You are looking at the moon. Were you that much of a romantic person before?”
“Of course not. I was simply looking up.”
When asked what she wanted, Alice replied pleasantly, “I’ve succeeded in what you requested me to do this morning.”
My overall body nearly quivered with delight. Despite my best efforts to answer in the most collected manner possible, I really wanted to go meet them right now.
“Is there any abnormality?”
“My memory is a little hazy, but on the contrary, that’s about it. At first, I thought I was going to die when I was about to be attacked.”
Even though I didn’t think it was unreasonable, I could somewhat relate to Alice since if I had been assaulted by that person, I wouldn’t have felt alive either. I would never say anything about it though because it is a matter of reaping what you sow.
“Why don’t you go meet them?”
“In any case, I can meet them tomorrow. Before that, I will mix some more stones.”
“Haha, how many have you killed in the last half month?”
When Alice asked me gleefully, I made a face that slightly spoiled my good mood.
“You know, I’ve repeatedly told you in the past that I don’t enjoy killing people that much, okay? To the bitter end.”
“You just enjoy the process of it to the bitter end, right? That’s not so different from me, isn’t it? I’ve repeatedly told you that.”
I was at a loss for words when she fired spectacularly back at me. Alice laughed mischievously as if she had accomplished something.
Right then, I heard a single, faint sound of footsteps coming up the stairs. Was this a unique way of walking of Felt?
“Hey, Kanaki. Have you thought about the admission ticket to the facility tomorrow!”
Felt glared at me, not bothering to mask her exasperation.
“Oh, the thief snake.”
“! Like I said, it’s not like that!”
Alice’s words were met with a denial from Felt for what must have been the umpteenth time.
“This man is threatening me and Sasha and compelling us to work for him! Otherwise, why would this crazy job―”
“Hmph, if I can’t enjoy this festival, I can’t concede Kanaki’s lover’s position to you. Get out of here!”
“No, what are you talking about?”
I slapped Alice’s face with the back of my hand, and she screamed adorably.
“Ms. Felt, I told you before about that story, but everything is fine. About thirty tickets for tomorrow’s tournament have already been secured by me.”
Felt looked at me puzzled when I said this.
“Hmm… how did you manage to obtain that many?”
“Well, I have reliable connections from my teaching days.”
Felt, who had guessed what I meant, stared at me. Perhaps she thought I had threatened my own student or something and forced them to give me their tickets. Well, she was on point, though.
“That’s fine, I guess. Then we’ll go back to our den.”
Having said that, Felt descended the stairs. She would probably take Sasha with her back to the inn.
Alice leaned over to me after the two of us were alone once again.
“Even so, how did you manage to gather such a formidable group of people while I was gone?”
From her voice, I could tell that Alice was sincerely appreciating me.
“Hey, it was my bad about what happened to Eto. So… let’s work together again after this is over. I won’t betray you now, Kanaki.”
“I will consider it.”
“Oh, you are still as dull as ever～”
Alice questioned me, “Hey, are you looking forward to tomorrow’s finals?” as she moved her body away from mine.
“Let’s see… Well, it’s definitely not a pleasurable experience. I might die.”
When I expressed this, an atmosphere of blatant disappointment was conveyed from Alice.
You should be honest once in a while.
That was the silent pressure from Alice.
Indeed, what was the sense of fooling yourself about your true feelings with something like this?
Alice’s eyes landed on my profile as I spoke after a short pause.
I took a breath in between, and then remarked, “But―I think it would be pleasurable to meet with the girls.”
Alice was all smiles as she looked at my face.
At that time, I didn’t realize that I was beaming from the beginning to the end―
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