I Don’t Want to Become a Villainess, So I Aim at Becoming a Perfect Lady Together with the Prince! - Chapter 79
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After consulting with my father and exchanging letters with Al, it was agreed that the spirit contract would be held in three days.
I wanted to keep the momentum going and do it the next day, but Al’s work commitments had to be met. I couldn’t say, “I’m fine without Al,” nor did I want to say that after coming this far. I just wanted to be honest with myself. We decided to pick a day that was convenient for him.
–and the day has come.
This time, I had told my brothers that I was going to make a spirit contract with them, as well.
I wanted to cut off all retreat and eliminate the escape route.
Brother Victor, who was loved by the spirits, wanted to be present at the contract, but he still couldn’t be present for me. I wasn’t going to the castle today to see if he cared, but to work in my room while I finish my spirit contract. He said he would wait.
The basement of the mansion held the same members as before, and one of them was called Brother Hugo.
Brother Hugo said he was going to watch out for Brother Victor, and he seemed to enjoy holding Noel in his arms.
He said to me, “Well, I guess you wouldn’t have to worry about it anymore. Just relax and do what you always do. If you call them the right way, they’ll come to you on their own.”
Brother Hugo lightly told me so, but he actually had a contract with a senior spirit of the wind. Although he was a hermit, he still had great potential. I was not too sure if Brother Hugo would be able to help Brother Victor with his work, but once he got up to the castle, he’ll be able to play a role of his own. That was my opinion.
“Hugo, you’re making Lili even more nervous when you talk like that.”
When I was about to thank my brother for his advice, which wasn’t exactly helpful, Al appeared with a wry smile, and I complained.
His voice bounced with happiness.
Al smiled and said with a smirk, “I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I was stuck at work. I had planned to come a little earlier, but I ended up being just in time. But I’m glad I made it on time.”
He must have hurried over just as he finished his duties. It didn’t bother me, but Al’s clothes were a little wrinkled, which was unusual for him. You couldn’t help but feel sorry as well as happy that he came in such a hurry.
“Al, I’m sorry to have bothered you too. But thank you for coming. It’s very nice of you.”
When I told him honestly how I was feeling right now, Al nodded, “Good, then.”
“I can’t afford to not respond to your invitation. Besides, I can’t leave you alone with your anxiety. –Lili, just be you. Don’t let your insecurities get in the way of your usual self. What did I tell you? I won’t let you go. I’m sure you understand, but I need you to believe those words.”
Softly Al smiled as he nodded firmly, remembering the time she confessed to him.
“Thank you for your letter. It was nice of you, to be honest with me.”
“No, it’s just… I’m sorry that I showed you how pathetic I am.”
I duly told Al about my unfounded anxiety. Maybe he would’ve been taken aback by that. But I thought it was much better than telling a lie or deceiving him.
It’s more frightening to be misunderstood by Al by putting up a strange front.
If it were me in the past, I would’ve done it, but I don’t even think about doing it now.
It was because I had come to a painful realization that I couldn’t do anything on my own and that I couldn’t solve this problem, especially after the incident with the ‘villainous daughter.’
“I don’t think you’re pathetic,”
I looked up at him apologetically and Al said in a calm voice.
“I told you I was happy, didn’t I? We all have times when we feel anxious or scared for no reason. I understand your need to convey those feelings of anxiety, and I’m going to tell you this over and over again: ‘It’s okay, I love you.’ I will keep professing my love for you as many times as needed until all your fears are gone.”
He looked at me as the distance between us closed. I was so embarrassed that I wanted to run away.
But I was so relieved to hear Al clearly say that it was okay.
The anxiety that had been building within me felt like it was now slowly disappearing.
“…thank you, Al. I’m fine now.”
I looked up and smiled at Al. Al observed my face as if to confirm it, then smiled at me.
“Seems like it. Good.”
We laughed at each other. Brother Hugo, who had been listening to our conversation from the side, blurted out.
“Yes, that’s beautiful. Great.”
I looked at my brother to see what he was going to say. For some reason, my brother’s eyes sparkled.
“His Highness Alan and Lili. I’ve been thinking about it for some time now, but it’s a wonderful combination. Yes… It makes my sense of beauty sizzle. Wow, I haven’t had this kind of feeling lately, so I thought that my senses had completely changed. But it seems like that wasn’t the case.”
My brother looked up to the heavens and let out a hot breath in a huff.
“What is it? I think both His Highness Alan and Lili are beautiful enough for me to appreciate just by themselves, but I feel like it’s more of a fit when people are together. Hmmm, oh, I see. This is the beauty that comes out of two people who are in love. It’s not just looking at something beautiful, but it’s a new beauty altogether! Yeah, that’s good! It’s so comforting! I’ve never felt this before, even when I was having a tea party!”
My brother, who was slowly getting more and more excited, finally started screaming in excitement. He spoke passionately about the beauty he recognized.
In the midst of all this, Al and I looked at each other, having been completely left behind.
Al turned his gaze to Brother Hugo and asked her what’s going on.
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