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Preparing Oneself

I suffered an extreme blow because of Elizabeth’s misunderstanding.

“Umm… What led you to have that kind of misunderstanding?”

“It’s neither here nor there. Whenever you open your mouth, it’s Shin this, Shin that, that guy Shin, Shin did this… Shin, Shin, Shin! Also, whenever you have the time, you would go to Shin-san’s house, so it can’t be helped if I thought that way!”

“No! It’s quite unreasonable, you know!?”

“I wonder if that’s true?”

“That’s right!”

Why do I have to be accused of having that kind of relationship with Gus? It feels creepy!

Haaa! Is it possible that her head has gone bad!?

Because it’s the first time for him to experience that kind of misunderstanding, Gus heaved a sigh.

“Haaa… Why is it with Shin of all people… Especially since there are also girls in the research society. Other than that, Shin is definitely the first friend I made whom I can feel at ease with, so it is a fact that I have fun together with him.”

“You’ve been having too much fun! Ever since you got acquainted with Shin-san, you no longer spend time with me…”

“Certainly, with a male friend, you can do anything without hesitation, so it feels comfortable.”

“…Augusto-sama, do you no longer care about me?”

“That is… Ugh gah!”

“No! Of course, that’s not the case, Elly! Your heart and mind can feel at ease.”

“But…”

“Certainly, the correspondence between man and woman is different. With a man, you can fool around as much as you want. Because this is my first time to experience it, I got carried away.”

“I-is that how it is…”

Gus kept talking while covering my mouth.

He’s desperate.

Gus could probably feel me grinning through his hand.

“What are you laughing at?”

He asked while he removed his hand that’s blocking my mouth.

“Nothing? I wasn’t thinking that you look desperate or something like that?”

“Dammit! I didn’t think there will come a day where Shin would make fun of me!”

He has an expression filled with extreme regret! Or so it seems. How impolite!

“…As I thought, it’s suspicious.”

“That’s why I said it’s not like that!”

“That’s right because Shin already has a woman. He doesn’t have time to spare for someone else.”

“Is that the truth?”

“Gus! What in the world are you saying!”

“Shin, it’s about time you make it clear.”

Although I was about to protest, the expression on Gus’ face unexpectedly looked earnest.

“Make it clear, you say…”

“I mean your attitude. Even I understand that you guys have mutual feelings for each other. Nevertheless, you guys are always… When I look at you guys, I get irritated.”

Mutual feelings for each other… Certainly, Sicily treats me kindly, but that’s because Sicily has always been friendly…

“How are you so sure that Sicily and I have mutual feelings for each other?”

“It’s exactly how it sounds, one can understand just by looking.”

“Did you actually hear her actually say those words?”

“I didn’t hear it at all.”

“Then, how come you say it with such affirmation. If it’s such a misunderstanding, I wouldn’t know how to converse with her in the future.”

“Then you, are you fine with just staying like that forever?”

“Th-that is…”

“It’s only natural for you not to know the feelings of the other person. Even though this fiancee of mine and I have been together since we were both young, we still had that kind of misunderstanding.”

“That’s true.”

“Wait a minute! Can you please not mention me in the conversation all of a sudden!?”

“Or do you intend to let the other person, the woman, say it? Because you yourself don’t have the courage.”

“T-that’s, it’s not like that at all!”

“Then hurry up and make it clear already. Isn’t the other side always waiting for you?”

“…”

“In any case, you’ll be the one who will be deciding it, if possible, I want you to do it as soon as possible. If you don’t…”

“If I don’t?”

“…We will be misunderstood forever, you know?”

“I’ll be troubled if that is so.”

“That’s why I said! Don’t mention me in your conversation all of a sudden!!”

“Elly ane-sama, your expression looks discomposed.”

“Haa! I actually did something like that.”

From what Gus had said, I realized that I’ve been running away.

I was thinking what I would do if I was refused. What I would do if it was all a misunderstanding. That’s all I’ve been thinking about.

Can I not really act unless I have completely understood my partner’s feelings?

I don’t want to think about such shameful thoughts.

Although I do not know if Sicily and I can become a couple, all I know is that my feelings for her are overflowing that I have to immediately tell her how I feel.

Even though I’ve been strongly criticized by Gus, he is, after all, a sempai with a fiancee.

Let’s obediently accept his criticism.

“By the way, isn’t it about time we return to the other side? Also, we have to ask them to make two additional portions for dinner.”

“Ah, that’s right.”

Because two people have been added, we have to tell them ahead of time. I completely forgot about it.

“Then, let’s head back.”

When I said that, I put the luggage of the two people inside Extra-dimensional Storage Space and opened up Gate.

Since Uncle Dis and the Soldiers guarding the place has seen it many times before they were unfazed, but when the two people saw it for the first time, they stared at it with blank surprise.

“Then Uncle Dis, I will come again tomorrow, and I promise to take responsibility for May-chan.”

“Then Father, we will be returning to the training camp.”

“Yeah, make sure to be careful. Also, Shin-kun.”

“What is it?”

“Make sure you act with prudence.”

“…”

“Father, I’m sorry to say this but… it’s too late for that.”

“As I thought. Even I thought I gave the warning a little too late.”

“T-then we’ll be going now! You two, head inside the Gate!”

Because the two people are still looking at the Gate with blank expressions, I urged them to enter.

* * *

The moment we entered Gate, we were already at the hot spring resort of Claude Town.

Although I could have opened the Gate inside the Claude mansion, but since they came to the hot springs after so much effort, I thought it would be better to open Gate closer to town.

“It-it really led to Claude Town…”

“How amazing! Although we were still inside the castle a little while ago, we’ve already arrived at Claude Town!”

Elizabeth was still dumbfounded with Gate while May-chan was in high spirits.

I felt warm and fluffy since May-chan is pleased with my magic.

“May, if you run around, it won’t be my fault if you get separated.”

“Wha-wa! P-please, wait for me!”

Gus walked ahead of everyone else, and May-chan immediately followed after him since it would be serious if she gets lost in an unfamiliar town.

“May-chan.”

“What is it, Shin onii-chan?”

“Since it’ll be bad if you get lost, here.”

“Eh? Okay!”

When May-chan grasped the hand I held out to her, I once again felt warm and fluffy.

“…Since you can do such a thing so naturally, what’s there for you to be afraid of…”

“Oh my, Augusto-sama as well, you didn’t readily make me your fiancee.”

“Argh! Don’t talk about such things!”

Gus and Elizabeth who were walking in front of us looking like they were having fun talking about something.

Although I wanted to listen to their conversation, I am currently holding May-chan who is looking really happy, so I guess I’ll hold it in.

I’ll make fun of him later.

“Shin… Let’s just pretend you didn’t hear anything earlier.”

“Eh? What are you talking about?”

“Tch! Don’t be too full of yourself…”

“Those are some villainous lines.”

“Shin onii-chan is amazing!”

I started to feel embarrassed when May-chan gave me a look of respect.

And so, I looked at Gus and Elizabeth, who seem like they were getting along well, walking ahead with their arms linked.

It seems like the misunderstanding from earlier has been solved thanks to the conversation with Gus.

Although it’s a good thing that the misunderstanding has been solved, but as we approach the Claude mansion where Sicily currently is, I started feeling nervous.

“Shin onii-chan, what’s wrong?”

“Eh? It’s nothing at all.”

Because I became a little quiet, May-chan looked at me with worried eyes.

This won’t do, this won’t do. To actually worry such a small child. At the very least, I should act normally.

After I somehow calmed my heart down, we arrived at the Claude mansion.

“This place is the Claude mansion.”

“Oh my, welcome home Shin-sama, Augusto-sama, you returned rather late today.”

“Ah, I’m back. Un, it’s because we wanted to show Claude Town to these two people.”

“You really do like our town that much, huh. I’m really happy!”

“Well… Although that’s true…”

The gatekeeper-san looked really impressed. He probably also likes this town a lot.

“By the way, those two people are?”

“I’m sorry for my late introduction. I am Augusto-sama’s fiancee, Elizabeth von Coral.”

“I am Augusto onii-sama’s younger sister, May von Earlshide!”

When the gatekeeper-san heard that, his face stiffened and went down on one knee.

“Pl-pl-pl-please accept my apologies! I did not recognize the Prince’s fiancee and the Princess, I’m sorry for being rude!”

The gatekeeper-san seems to have lowered his head to the point where it was touching the ground.

Is that so, so this is the normal attitude.

“It is our fault for suddenly coming here. Please raise your head.”

“Yes! I am thankful for your words!”

After he said that, the gatekeeper-san stood up.

“Hey, Elizabeth-san. Should I also display this kind of attitude?”

“It’s fine if you call be Elly, Shin-san. I wouldn’t know what to do if the person who performs a two-person comedy act together with Augusto-sama suddenly displays that kind of attitude, so please don’t.”

“That’s right! It’s fine for Shin onii-chan to stay like that!”

“For Shin to suddenly display that kind of attitude… I’ll think that you’re planning something.”

A two-person comedy act, huh…

Putting the unpleasant words Gus said aside, I somehow received permission.

“Since these two will be staying here, could you please let the people know?”

“Yes! I will definitely do that!”

When I said that, another person ran to the mansion.

“Then, let’s head inside.”

“Yes!”

“I understand.”

“Fufu, it seems like you have completely turned into a resident of this mansion.”

“That’s why I said, don’t say that kind of thing!”

Because I’ll become nervous again!

“Fukukuku.”

“Augusto-sama…”

“Onii-sama, your character is really bad!”

After I went to all that trouble to return to normal, I became nervous once more. If I were to meet Sicily in this state…

“Oh, my? Shin-kun, did you just return?”

When we entered the mansion, we immediately ran into Sicily.

Why at such a time!

“N-n-no, uh-um-um… That’s right! These two, it’s because we gave them a tour around Claude Town…”

When I said that, I introduced Elizabeth and May-chan.

“It’s been a long time, Elizabeth-sama, Princess May.”

It seems like Sicily knew them.

“It’s been a long time Sicily-san, I will be indebted to you for a while starting today.”

“It’s been a long time Sicily-san! Please take care of me as well!”

“Eh? Are the two of you also participating in the training camp?”

“No, we only came here to meet Augusto-sama.”

“Since it’s the long vacation and all, we came to play.”

“Since we will not hinder the training camp at all, will you permit it?”

“I also ask this of you, Claude. Could you please take care of these two people?”

When Gus requested this of her, Sicily turned to look at me.

“Oh, umm… Uh, it’s because Gus has been with the research society most of the time, it seems like he hasn’t been spending time with these two… That’s why… Is this okay?”

“As long as Shin-kun and His Highness are fine with it, it doesn’t matter to me…”

“Wh-what?”

“Is there something the matter, Shin-kun? Somehow your behavior is a little strange…”

“Th-there’s nothing particularly strange with me!”

“Is that so?”

Sicily said and inclined her neck. And I somehow knew that Gus was laughing somewhere behind me.

Dammit! I’ll remember this!

“So the conversation earlier was about Sicily-san, huh.”

“Shin onii-chan and Sicily-san, they’re very suitable!”

“Yes?”

“Wait a minute, you two! What are you guys saying!?”

What are you guys doing b