I Want to Become the Hero's Bride - Chapter 3 - 6
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“Congratulations to all of you!”
A very cheerful voice came from the wide backrest of the chair that was turning toward us.
What was sitting there was a simple and familiar white ghost (?) (TL note: I’m pretty sure the ghost has the appearance of the cute, white floating soul) that was dropped upside down which the tail area has been slightly upwardly modified.
“How was my mansion? Did you have fun? For me, that girl over there let out a lot of funny reactions just by little noise, it was super, super fun! It seems like my friends were happy too! Furthermore, to be able to solve the riddle and come here, you are the best after all.”
I had already expected that the owner of this mansion had already died, although I was pretty scared and casually hid behind hero-sama, I still looked into the room slowly. What is this? Even though they are “dead” they didn’t give the impact like the gore concept, that was what I thought spontaneously. Apparently, members of the hero’s party were also too shocked to utter any words, so everyone only opened their mouths and didn’t move their fingertips.
“I can’t believe that the priest also got shocked! How can it be!? Thanks to you, some of my friends inadvertently ascended to heaven!!”
Well, there’s nothing we can do about it, that was what the ghost said with a voice like a bell. The ghost turned his gaze towards me, to Soror, and came back to me then he floated towards me.
“Time for the serious talk! As a reward from the ghost house, I will allow each person to bring back one item in this room! Although, you seem to already have various things inside that bag…”
“Eh!? Wha-what are you talking about?”
I was saying it while unconsciously averting my eyes from him.
“Well, it’s fine. Since my mood is good now, I will give all of it as a present! Wow, I’m so generous~”
The white body made a bouncing sound when he relentlessly hit the equipment while he was bouncing around the walls and the ceiling. It would become a wonderful experience for a poltergeist, if only we weren’t able to see his figure. I was wondering if that phenomenon was actually what the ghost was doing now and was convinced while staring at the ghost with a cute appearance. Then I felt some people tapped on my shoulder.
“What is it?”
I looked behind me while saying that and became stiff for a few seconds.
There were three necks of old women with pale faces that stuck with each other while floating.
Their eyes and mouth were close but starting to slowly open and showing creepy smiles…
I hugged the back of the nearest person to me with all my might and stuck close to that person as much as possible. I slammed my forehead against something hard, but I hadn’t time to worry about it for the time being.
“Kyahahahaa!! They did it, the three elder sisters! I really like you guys who have never missed your target.”
I could hear the high pitched voice coming from the distance, but as I was trembling with fear, I kept on holding on to something close that I could grab.
— –No, No, No, No, No, No! I see nothing, I see nothing! I don’t see anything at all!
“But you can see there’s a knife (for eating) here.”
— — It is an illusion. Only an illusion. Everything is an illusion! Because of the light reflection, or maybe the light optical illusion or something like that.
“Before you get hurt…”
— — No…! I’m scared! I am really scared of them!!
“I can’t convince myself to not…. Hm?”
I heard a sighing voice from above my head, and then someone tapped my head while I heard a giggling sound.
— — EEhhh!!?
“Are you okay? Somehow, looking at Belle reminds me of my daughter.”
“She reminds me of my grandchild.”
“Oldman, you already have a grandchild…?”
When the young man and the young woman asked about it, I heard the familiar voice say, “The Lepus family is one big family” and I could feel my body getting relaxed. I was looking up slowly and saw that Rice-san was stroking my head with his big palm and showing me his gentle smile. This person is a really good father, was what I thought while I wondered if I was able to see the appearance of his daughter someday. After thinking about it, I, who had already calmed, realized what was the hard thing that I stuck my face with when I saw Rice-san’s face that was looking down to face me.
— — Uoooo!!?
I released the arms that link his waist at once.
“I’m sorry! Please pardon me! Forgive me, I really didn’t do it on purpose!”
I yelled out the apology while lowering my head.
— — Who asked you to hug people as you please!? Don’t you dare hug people from behind just because you got scared!! Even though his slender and fitted body is good to be hugged, but still! What were you doing, Miss Belle!?
Should I prostrate!? Is this still the era where people are prostrating!? While I was agitated by that, I heard a low voice that answered, “It’s fine”, so that I could understand that he wasn’t bothered by it.
“Alright, now let’s end this soon.”
Came the high-pitched voice of the white ghost; stretching something like arms from his body and clapping them together. Then, the scenery was changing from inside the room to being in the middle of the forest, yet some furniture was falling to the ground.
“You should just bring those things with you since no one chose the souvenirs. Ah, by the way, I left something special for the one who entertained me the most♪ Farewell and thanks to you for visiting the Phantom Road☆”
A happy laughing voice echoed in the middle of the forest and the floating white mist eventually cleared.
The mansion which was supposed to be in the middle of the forest suddenly disappeared, and now we were standing in what seemed like the ordinary forest with trees surrounding us. We got so stunned that we were only looking at each other for a while.
TL note: Belle made a lot of strange voices in this chapter. In the end, I gave up trying to make it seem normal and just wrote it as it is.
And just in case, people wondered; Yes, Belle was hugging the hero.
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