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I told Claire about Crane’s request and she went off to find him.
I began looking for Alice again. After walking around the party for a while, I finally found her sitting at a corner table with Sophia.
“Are you two having fun?”
“Ah, Leon onii-chan. I’m talking with Alice onee-chan about a new type of cake.”
“A new cake?”
“It’s the Mille crepe. Sophia came up with it herself.”
A cake that exists on earth but she came up with it on her own.
I used to think Sophia was average like me, but it seems she’s joined the other geniuses, Alice and Claire.
“So, what are you doing Leon onii-chan?”
“I had something I needed to tell Alice but it can wait until later.”
“Something to tell Alice onee-chan? If that’s the case I can leave. I’ve finished telling her about my new cake idea.”
“Yeah. You can have my seat.”
As soon as Sophia tried to leave I grabbed onto her hand.
“You can stay, Sophia. Rather, what I need to tell Alice also has something to do with you.”
“Is that so?”
“Yeah. It actually involves the school.”
I then turned my eyes to Alice.
I’m afraid Alice might know what I’m going to say after mentioning ‘school,’ but it doesn’t seem so. She just blankly stared at me with her large blue eyes.
“Leon, why would you need to talk with me about the school?”
“This is what I mean.”
I hand her a package I had prepared earlier. The uniform she had only tried on once was in the package. Since then, it had been put away in a dresser.
“This is…..my uniform?…..Maybe you want me to do something perverted in my uniform?”
“Please be serious!”
Her way of thinking is as strange as usual.
As for Sophia….Please stop teaching her such strange things. There’s only one person that would teach her these things…..and that person is clearly Alice.
Sophia killed her father and fell into darkness. She was saved when I brought her together with Alice, but…to be honest, I’m not sure if that was the best idea.
I’m really concerned.
“So, Leon? Why did you bring my uniform?”
“Right. You said you wanted to attend school before, so I made arrangements for you to attend class this year.”
I said it without any hesitation. Due to what I said earlier, the surprise has been spoiled.
“…you remembered that I wanted to go to school? I thought you forgot about that.”
“I never forgot about it. I thought you’d like to go to school as a normal girl. That’s why I waited until most of the students that knew you had already graduated.”
“That’s true…thank you, Leon. I’m really…I’m really happy.”
I wondered how happy she’d be. I could see tears spilling out of her large eyes.
I thought she’d be happy, but after seeing this, I’d say it was worth all of the effort put into getting this done.
“Alice onee-chan, are you joining our school?”
“Really!? Yay! That means, from April on, the three of us can spend time together in school!”
The two of them look so excited, but…..
“Who’s the third? Alice, Sophia, and who else?”
— Somehow, I feel like the temperature of the room just dropped.
“…..Hey, Leon. I’m just checking, but you’ll also be going to school too, right?”
“No, I won’t be going. Just you….”
After hearing my words, Alice’s eyes narrowed.
“Before I get angry, can you tell me why?”
“Eh, you mean you’re going to get angry no matter what?”
“Don’t tell me due to a mysterious illness you can’t attend school.”
What!?…no, there must be a deeper meaning to her words. I’ll just reassure her first.
“I’m fine, I’m not sick. It’s just that if I go with you, the other students will probably know who I am. If that happens, you can’t attend school as a normal girl.”
“Ah, so that’s what you meant. Thank you for being so considerate. Thank you. I’m so happy — I don’t even know what to say to this Bakarion!” (TN: Bakarion is just ‘Stupid Leon’ but it fits better with the next lines if I leave it as is.)
When did I become a robot!? — Wait, that’s not what I need to be thinking about! Why is Alice calling me stupid!? I’m so confused!
“Umm……Why exactly are you so angry?”
“Maybe it has something to do with me going without you? Do you have anything else to say?”
“I can’t go with you…It’s not like we won’t see each other. We can see each other every day when you get back from school.”
Uwaa, that was so cold! How can her smile be so terrifying!? What’s with this power!? I’m honestly terrified!
“Hey, Leon. I put my uniform away in the back of my dresser. Why do you have it?”
“Well…I wanted to surprise you so I asked Milli to get it for me.”
“In other words, you were rifling through my dresser?”
“No, no I asked Milli to do it so I didn’t see anything myself!”
“But you ordered Milli to do it, right? So that means, Leon went searching through my clothes and panties to find my uniform.”
“…isn’t that true?”
Another smile but her eyes aren’t smiling at all. A single bead of sweat rolled down my cheek.
“Hey, Leon? Are you a pervert that steals a girl’s panties and deserves punishment? Or did you just do that so you could surprise me and go to school with me?”
“Of course! The only reason I got your uniform was so I could go to school with you!”
I gave an immediate response.
What other answer could I give? The only other option was terrible. I had to give in. It was the only way I could survive!
And so, I decided to go to school with Alice.
…well, I was a little reluctant, but I wasn’t about to tell Alice no.
I won’t complain about it if that is what she really wants. I’ll do my best to support Alice so we can live a happy school life together.
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.