More Wilfred and some kind of explanation about his actions. Next chapter will be the last chapter for a while. Enjoy this chapter!
I saw them off while sighing in relief.
Al, who didn't say anything until now, said to me.
"It looks like everyone was surprised."
I made a bitter smile while nodding in agreement.
"Yes……I think it's because that was something I would never say before."
"Is that so?"
"Yes. I……I don't want to admit it, but I was truly a selfish woman who was ignorant of the ways of the world. Although I don't think I have changed that much now."
"A selfish woman, huh. Since I've never seen you like that, I can't believe it yet."
"I'm glad that you have never seen it. Maybe if you were to see me then……I think you would definitely hate me."
I was exactly like what Prince Wilfred had said.
Although I'm still doubtful about the whole 『villainess』 matter, I understand that I was the worst woman. If I didn't listen to Prince Wilfred's words, when I met Al, I would probably be a shunned woman who would fall into ruin.
I know that now.
"Brother, there you are! Geh! It's Liz Beltran!"
When I was talking with Al at a place away from everyone to escape from the hustle and bustle, someone called out to me. Looking back, there is Prince Wilfred who is dressed like Al.
His eyebrows were furrowed as he stared at me.
"Will, stop saying rude things to Lily. She's my fiancée."
Al who noticed Prince Wilfred admonished him. Prince Wilfred unexpectedly apologized, saying "Sorry."
"Sorry. I didn't think that Brother would still be with her. Oh yeah, I, in fact, saw the exchange with the ladies just now—say, you, do you perhaps have memories of previous life? Are you the same as me?"
—Memories of previous life?
What did he mean by that?
While I was confused by what was said, Al drew near and embraced my shoulders.
"Will, don't say such confusing things to Lily."
"Eh? No, you see. This girl is Liz Beltran, you know? Right? But, her atmosphere is completely different. Like just now, she didn't spur on the other ladies and even stopped them, and she isn't wearing that dazzling villainess-style gaudy dress, like everyone else, I can't believe that this is the same person."
Al shooed away Prince Wilfred who was staring at the me intently.
"Don't get close. That's why I told you many times that Lily is not a 『villainess』. She's my cute fiancée. If you understand, don't ever call Lily a 『villainess』 ever again."
"Eeh—……you must be kidding. What the heck? Who broke the 『villainess』 flag then? Well then, since the villainess is no more, wouldn't it be impossible for the original work to advance? What will happen to the story?"
Prince Wilfred widened his eyes in disbelief.
"Say, I'm going to ask again, but seriously, do you really don't have any memories of previous life? You see, 「I've been reborn as the villainess! Because I don't like it, I have to avoid the destruction flag!」 Isn't it something like that? Or something like, 「One day I suddenly realized I was reincarnated as the villainess of the game from my previous life!」 If the personality of the previous life has returned, I can understand why you have become like another person."
"Eh……umm, my apologies, but I truly don't understand the meaning of what Your Highness were saying."
He said something about being reincarnated.
Even though I am only being myself.
I was also puzzled, but Prince Wilfred seemed to be increasingly confused.
"Eh? Seriously? Are you really, really not someone reincarnated? ……eh? Then, you broke the villainess flag by yourself? Haah—! That's amazing! So you can do that, huh!"
Al chided Prince Wilfred, but he did not stop. He made an impa.s.sioned speech towards Al excitedly.
"No, but it's amazing, you know? I thought for sure that there would definitely be a compelling force that forces the story to be realized. That's why I basically gave up on doing anything as it would be useless to do so. When I thought about what I can do, I thought that I can guide you to head towards the end that I thought was the best. But then, even though she doesn't know the situation at all, this girl overcomes all of that. This is great news for me!"
And Prince Wilfred began to become fired up. Like that, he continued to mutter as if speaking to himself.
"I see, so I don't have to worry. Moreover, I don't have to follow the original game's story. Even so, the story is not collapsing. I see……I see……"
His voice gets smaller and smaller.
Then, Prince Wilfred laughed with a lamenting expression.
"I see. Then, Liz Beltran is not a 『villainess』, huh. If that's the case, well. In order for Brother to be happy, I had always thought that you had to be separated from the 『villainess』 and had to be with the 『heroine』, but that is not necessary……"
When Al checked Prince Wilfred's condition, he bowed his head vigorously.
"I'm sorry for the various things I said, Brother. If that girl is no longer a villainess, I will give Brother my blessing."
"You……just what exactly……"
Prince Wilfred smiled at Al who was puzzled by the sudden change.
"Because I'm convinced, I will not complain about your fiancée anymore, Brother……but, I see. Well then, since Brother x Heroine is no more……eh, the second route I was a fan of……me x Heroine? No way!"
Prince Wilfred's eyes were sparkling.
"I thought that the Heroine had to go to Brother's route so that you can be happy, but that is not necessary anymore. I see, that means I can go for it. I know that it is possible to change the story, but there is also the option of not changing it. If she enters my route and follows the story……uwaah! This will be so fun!"
"If I do this and that……" Prince Wilfred continued to be in high spirits.
"I can't just stay here and waste my time! Certainly, the Heroine's debut is half a year after the villainess……no, Liz Beltran's! Alright, I will look it up, and I will fill the position of Heroine's partner! Then, I will get the route open~ The Second Prince's route! I will definitely let myself be captured."
"……I don't know what he's talking about, but Prince Wilfred looks like he's having so much fun."
"Yeah, you're right……"
I looked at Prince Wilfred, who has completely entered his own world, together with Al. Prince Wilfred returned to his senses with a gasp and said to us.
"So, that's why! I have to prepare myself to be captured by the Heroine from now on, so I have to go back to my room!"
Then, while waving his hand, he went out of the reception hall as quick as lightning.
"……he's like a storm."
When I unintentionally said my thought out loud, Al nodded in agreement.
"……that guy, he's crazy about the 『game』 since ages ago. Even though he's serious in other areas……"
"Is that so?"
"I was wondering if he finally returned to his senses, but that doesn't seem the case."
Al, who exhaled a deep sigh as if he was exhausted, seemed to be really troubled.
"Speaking of which, he said something about letting the 『heroine』 to 『capture』 him."
"Yeah……now that we have nothing to do with it, let's leave it alone. If we poke at it unskillfully, we might get caught in his strange delusion. I don't want to get caught in his pace anymore……"
I also agreed with the words he murmured softly.
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