When it concerns the nobility, the testimony of two commoners would never count as evidence.
And this was the current reality we were faced with. Sylphy’s proposed solution to this problem was…to kill everyone here.
This suggestion caused me to pull away from her.
It was clear that if I gave her the go-ahead, she’d start slaughtering the Earl’s men before they could even react.
So I quickly rejected her idea.
“This would have been the easiest solution, but…I guess it can’t be helped.”
“I can’t go along with that plan. What was your other idea?”
“It would certainly be helpful if we had someone of equal rank with us, don’t you think, Yuzuki-kun? Oh, and luckily you have someone that matches that description that has impeccable timing.”
Sylphy raised her hand towards the heavens, and in response, dozens of armed men came rushing out from the nearby alleys.
In total, there appeared to be around thirty men that surrounded the entrance to the warehouse.
“W-Who are you guys!?”
Ares’ men began to panic now that they had lost the numbers advantage. However, Ares himself just stood there smiling.
“I demand to know your purpose here! I am the eldest son of the Earl of Chaos! Taking action against me is like declaring war against the Earl of Chaos and his entire country!”
Ares declared this with the imposing air only the most powerful of nobles could give off. However, none of the surrounding soldiers backed down.
“You stole my line, Ares-san.”
A small gap appeared in the circle of soldiers. From within, a small girl wearing a Gothic Lolita dress emerged.
A blonde, twin-tailed girl with one gold and one blue eye. The eldest daughter of the Brad family, Rose.
We sent her a message through the Guild before coming here, but I wasn’t sure she’d get here in time…. We sure got lucky.
“Oh~, is that you, Rose!? You’re as cute as ever. Did you come all the way here just to see me?”
All of a sudden, Ares’ expression and attitude changed.
Well, he is talking to someone that someone that could’ve been his fiancée.
“I’m not here to see you. I heard there was some fighting happening down here, so I grabbed some soldiers and came to see what was happening.”
“Not you too. As I’ve already explained to these two multiple times, I and my men were merely protecting that girl.”
“Oh? Is that so? Then, I should thank you for being such upstanding citizens.”
Rose was speaking about gratitude towards Ares.
No way…. She doesn’t actually believe him, does she? She knows I’m looking for Lythtis after we found out she was kidnapped. What other reason would there be for this guy having her?
“I knew you’d be able to understand. I’m glad you came, Rose. Would you like to have a meal with me after this?”
“Sadly, I must decline. I actually have some business involving a group of criminals that have been operating out of a warehouse near here — Actually, I believe it was this warehouse!”
Rose’s calm and even tone changed back into the commanding tone of a noble family’s daughter as she ordered her soldiers to search the warehouse. Ares couldn’t believe his eyes.
“O-Oi, oi, oi! What do you think you’re doing!? Didn’t you hear what I just said!?”
“Oh, of course, I heard you. It’s just that I’ve already read reports that confirm this warehouse has been used for criminal activity. We just need to search it to gather some evidence against those criminals, whoever they are. I’m sure you have nothing to worry about.”
Rose giggled at the site of the speechless Ares.
“We’ll capture all of the men inside the warehouse.”
“Y-You’re going to capture all of my men!?”
“Oh, rest assured Ares-san, I know you and your men out here are in no way involved with the criminals inside.”
Rose smiled and said, “All though….” before continuing,
“I know that the criminal group I’ve been looking for is in the warehouse. You’re not saying that the people inside the warehouse are your men…are you?”
Ares’ fist was clenched in anger and his entire body was trembling. Our statements may have been completely disregarded but if Rose were to accuse him of kidnapping I doubt her words would be so easily disregarded.
Based on how enraged Ares had become, I thought we had won. However, his anger soon subsided and a bright smile slowly appeared on his face.
“Haha, you don’t disappoint me, Rose. You really are worthy of being my wife.”
“Oh, I thought I already declined your offer.”
“I think that your stubbornness is cute, but you should really learn to be more obedient. You will become my wife and I will take your chastity.”
“Ah, well, that’s completely impossible.”
“…it’s completely impossible? You’re that against becoming my wife?”
The disappointment was clear on Ares’ face.
“It’s true that I won’t marry you, but there’s a bigger problem before that. It’s physically impossible for you to take my chastity.”
I-I have a bad feeling. I reached out to Rose to try to get her to stop, but it backfired tremendously. Rose wrapped my arm around her neck and hugged my waist.
“My chastity has already been taken by this man here.”
Rose — while still speaking as the daughter of the noble Brad family — said something amazing. Ares was left dumbfounded, continually glancing at Rose then me and back to Rose.
“Wh-Wh-Wh-What are you saying!? That was just a bad joke, right!?”
“No, this man is the person I decided to give my purity too.”
“Y-You’re serious? The woman that was supposed to be my wife opened her legs for this strange man!?”
“He’s not a strange man but, as I’ve said multiple times, I did lose my chastity to him. However, I was never going to be your wife.”
“D-Damn you! Don’t joke with me! Even if it’s only once, I can never forgive you for sleeping with another man!”
“You really don’t know when to give up. You also seem to have misunderstood. We’ve done it more than once.”
T-That really isn’t something he needs to know. I wanted to speak up, but I have no intention of drawing Ares’ attention to me.
“– it was more than once?”
“Yes. Every morning and every evening, I put all of my efforts into servicing him. I do whatever he asks of me, no matter how embarrassing it is. I’m not even wearing underwear right now because of him.”
Rose lifted her skirt as high as she could without exposing everything and curtsied. The soldiers watching got excited seeing such a young girl make a lewd pose. They all tried leaning forward to get a glimpse under Rose’s skirt.
Ares was the only one that didn’t react to Rose’s incredible pose. The shock of what she had said was too much for him to handle.
“Impossible. Rose has already been tainted by another man…. Then, what the hell was the point of this….”
Ares clenched his fists so hard blood started dripping on the ground…. Then, he suddenly glared at me.
“You! How dare you defile my Rose by forcing yourself on her!”
That’s almost the exact opposite of what happened.
…well, at first, Rose definitely forced herself on me but it’s not like I really resisted. I guess it was really somewhere in the middle.
But, before I could say anything, Rose moved her body closer to mine and said, “Play along.” It seems this is her strategy to distract Ares by making him angry.
So, I made the smuggest smile I could manage and said,
“Too bad for you. Rose must feel sorry for you, as she was being modest just now. I’ve ravished her body countless times. I’ve molded her into my perfect erotic woman.”
I pulled Rose into a tight embrace and wrapped my arm around her hips. This caused Rose’s cheeks to be dyed red and she smiled while Ares’ face turned red in anger.
“D-Damn you! I was supposed to shape her to my liking! You’ve tainted her! K-Kill! I’m gonna kill you! I’ll tear you apart limb from limb!”
…I suddenly felt a familiar murderous intent from him.
…now that I think about it, the engagement between Rose and Ares was called off due to him having a severe yandere trait.
To Be Loved to Death By Yanderes has the effect of increasing the yandere trait of anyone near me. This may be the reason why he’s so angry.
— Umm…even without that skill and even if he wasn’t a Yandere, I think Rose and your words would be enough for him to want to kill you, Yuzuki-kun.
Medea-nee decided to chime in.
Well, that is true, but I’ve already started down this path and can’t stop now. We just need to provoke him a little more so we can get out of here safely with Lythtis.
As I thought about continuing with Rose’s plan, Ares brought his hand towards the sword on his waist —
“You mustn’t, Ares-sama. If you do that, you’ll be giving Rose-sama exactly what she wants.”
An elder man by Ares’ side stopped him from drawing his sword.
“Exactly what Rose wants…I see. Haha, of course, you would try something like that!”
Ares suddenly burst into laughter.
Rose and I looked at each other, confused.
“Rose, you were trying to anger me by saying such terrible lies in order to get me to attack one of you.”
“Eh? Well…I was trying to anger you but what I said is still the truth.”
“Fu~, don’t think you can trick me any longer!”
Ares was no longer so easy to provoke. It also seems that he’s refusing to believe that Rose, the daughter of this island’s countess, would ever choose to be with a man like me.
…even to me, that still seems unbelievable. I still hold hope that I can live a normal life with ordinary girls.
“Fine…. I’ll accept defeat this time. I’ll withdraw gracefully and allow you to enjoy your victory. However…you there!”
Ares pointed his finger at me.
“Yes, you. Tell me your name!”
“I see…. You’re the one trying to make a dress for Rose. Even better. Listen well, Yuzuki. The clothes you’re making will never be accepted by the nobility!”
“You should give up now. The clothes of a commoner like you will never be worthy of the nobility!”
“How could you know that!?”
“Haha, it was just a small piece of advice for you…. I’m leaving!”
As he said whatever he wished to, Ares gathered his men and turned to leave.
“What is it, Yuzuki onii-san?”
“Can you come with us to Wells’ Clothing Shop?”
“I still need to finish dealing with the men we’ve captured from the warehouse. I might be able to join you in a few days. By the way, Yuzuki onii-san, are you by chance…angry?”
For him to say my original design won’t be accepted — a design completely unique to this world — I can never forgive that. I know that nothing else in this world can stand up to the quality of my design.
Even if he says that no one will accept it, I can’t just give up. I won’t give up. Once I’ve finished the dress, everyone will love it and I’ll prove that man wrong!
“– Yuzuki onii-san!”
Suddenly, Lythtis jumped up next to Sylphy and ran forward to embrace me.
“Are you okay? They didn’t harm you, did they?”
“…they didn’t. I was so scared but they only tied me up.”
I can’t say that’s a good thing considering how terrible it must’ve been for her, but it could’ve been much worse.
“Lythtis-chan, I’m sure you were scared.”
“I’m fine now. Thank you for coming to save me.”
She squeezed me even harder as I gently rubbed her back.
“Sylphy, thank you for your help. I don’t even know how I can ever repay you.”
“If you do everything to me that you’ve done to Rose-sama, I’ll consider us even.”
“ — eh!? That’s….”
“– absolutely not.”
Rose clung on to my free arm and glared at Sylphy.
“Rose-sama, could you please allow me to join in?”
“I think that I helped out a lot and I deserve a proper reward.”
Was this her plan from the beginning? I really can’t be careless around her.
“I’m grateful for everything you’ve done today. I’ll give you a deserving award through the guild later.”
“…I don’t need a reward like that. I’d rather Yuzuki-kun push me down and have his way –”
“No. Yuzuki onii-san is Claudia’s master and my own. He’s not allowed to do erotic things with any other girls.”
…she’s saying I’m her master but she’s the one prohibiting me from doing something.
I’m not trying to say I want to cheat on them, it’s just that her words seem inherently wrong.
It’s also strange that Sylphy is negotiating with Rose about something that entirely concerns me. I feel like this is more of an accurate representation of our relationship.
While Rose was still clinging to me, preventing Sylphy from getting close, Sylphy tried to change Rose’s mind.
“…Rose-sama, you know that I’m an elf, right?”
“What does that have to do with this?”
“I know certain spells that only elves know. Certain spells that you could find useful at night.”
“…tell me more.”
Rose grabbed onto Sylphy’s arm and they turned their backs to me as they started whispering.
“Then, you do this.”
“Eh, that’s possible?”
You can’t just leave the person this concerns out of the conversation!
At least tell me what it’s supposed to do to me! I thought this but didn’t dare say it for fear of what these two may do to me.
Well, I am interested in magic that only elves can use, but I’m not interested in whatever strange spells Sylphy knows that can be used in the bedroom.
… I can’t even say if that’s how I really feel or not.
“So, what do you want me to do, Yuzuki onii-san?”
“Eh, well, I can’t say I’m not interested but we really should wait for a better time….”
“….eh? What were you talking about?”
“Earlier you said you wanted me to come with to Wells Clothing Shop.”
T-that’s right. I did say that.
“It can wait until after you’ve taken care of the criminals, but I’d like you to try on the dress so I can hear your opinion.”
“That sounds fine, but…I saw it before and I really liked it.”
“Thank you but your opinion may change with the finished product. It looks considerably different with the more expensive cloth, so please give it another look.”
“If that’s so, I’ll come to the shop as soon as I’m done here.”
“No problem. By~the~way, that thing you said you were interested in earlier….”
“N-Now that we’ve rescued Lythtis I have to return immediately to finish up the dress. I’ll make that Ares regret ever mocking my dress!”
I declared this loudly for all to hear. I thought I could see Rose and Sylphy grinning but it may have just been my imagination.
Synopsis: Somewhere in the universe, there was an altar. On it, laid a bloody eye as big as the sun itself. It burst with light and bathed the entire star system in red.
"The aura of an ancestral artifact!" Someone's voice rose in surprise.
The Great Galactic Era had begun.