Chapter 2-25 : Solving The Mystery Together
「Aria-san, I’m sorry for not telling you that I have Daemon’s Map…」(Mylia)
Mylia was happy that Aria told her about her past.
Imagining that her beloved grandma who was in the hospital in Japan turned into stone like Aria’s grandma, Mylia couldn’t stop her tears. She understood how painful it was.
Mylia thought that if she were Aria, she would definitely aim to become the best student in the Magic Department in order to get herself Daemon’s Map too.
「It’s okay. It’s not something you can tell anyone. So… you will let me help you with the map, right?」(Aria)
「Of course! In fact, you have been helping me this entire time.」(Mylia)
When Aria saw Mylia’s smile, she let go of Mylia’s hands and made a somewhat pained expression.
「You’re so kind… I feel ashamed that I tried to be superior to you by using my family’s name… I’m sorry…」(Aria)
Aria was told by her sister, Diana, to make Mylia feel inferior and eventually break her heart even if she had to take advantage of her family’s name.
However, because Aria had a serious personality, she couldn’t do it really well. Moreover, Mylia always smiled at her and was nice to her. It made Aria reluctant to do what Diana told her.
Diana had a kinda annoying and nasty personality, but she really loved her grandma. She would do whatever it takes to save her beloved grandma, but because she couldn’t use magic like Aria, the only way she could do was to support her parents financially because her parents had lost most of their fortune from buying magic tools and hire magicians in order to find a way to save her grandma.
Therefore, she entered the Commerce Department and took advantage of her family’s name to gain support from people so that she could start a big business and make a lot of money once she graduates. As long as she had money, she could keep looking for a way to save her grandma, and she also could support Aria financially.
Everything Aria and Diana had been doing was for the sake of saving their grandma.
（…Is it really okay…?）(Aria)
Aria felt pain in her chest. She felt bad because she felt like she was taking advantage of Mylia’s kindness.
She had been kind of cold toward Mylia since the entrance ceremony, but Mylia was always kind to her.
There were many students who tried to get close to Aria because she was a daughter of a duke, but she knew that Mylia was different. Mylia didn’t even care if Aria was a duke’s daughter or not. Mylia wanted to befriend her because she simply liked her.
When Aria was wondering, not sure if it was okay to rely on Mylia after her cold attitude toward her, Mylia sniffled and looked Aria in the eye.
「Aria-san, you don’t need to worry about that. It’s not like you use your family’s name for bad things. It’s for saving your grandma, right? Then you should take advantage of whatever you can take advantage of!」(Mylia)
Mylia looked cute when sniffling her runny nose due to crying, but she said something to Aria as if she was an older sister.
「You know what? My family, the Atwood Family, was terrible… My father was a greedy muscle-brained man, my mother never cared about me, my second older sister was a bully, and my brother-in-law was a pervert! On top of that, my family was super poor! ….Ah, I’m sorry, I changed the topic a little…」(Mylia)
While trying to find the right words, Mylia wiped her tears with her sleeve.
「Therefore, Chloe onee-chan and I secretly saved money to pay for the exam and entered this school in order to escape from that horrible family…. So, what I’m trying to say is… Aria-san, I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all when you were cold toward me. It won’t make me want to refuse to cooperate with you because I know how you feel. Saving your grandma is important to you, right?」(Mylia)
「So please stop making that face. Just don’t think too much and let’s save your grandma together! I’ll be happy if we can work together to solve this map’s mystery be… because… I can be with you most of the time…!」(Mylia)
（Kyaa! I just said something really embarrassing…!）
Thinking that she just said something that sounded like a love confession, Mylia felt embarrassed. So embarrassed that her cheeks were getting hot and she couldn’t even look at Aria’s face.
She took out her handkerchief in haste and started wiping her runny nose, trying to cover up her embarrassment.
Overwhelmed by Mylia’s encouraging words, Aria’s chest felt warm. She was grateful to Mylia for being able to understand her feelings. She nodded to Mylia while wiping her tears and then smiled.
「Thank you… Mylia-san!」(Aria)
（Aria-san… I feel like this is the first time I’ve seen her smile…）
Mylia was mesmerized by Aria’s beautiful smile.
At that moment, Aria looked like a gorgeous spirit of the library to Mylia.
The next morning, Mylia woke up early as usual and immediately went to the courtyard after changing clothes.
When she was waiting on the usual bench while swaying her legs, Aria came out of the Rose Maria tower and approached her.
「Mylia-san… G-Good morning…」(Aria)
For some reason, Aria’s face looked slightly red when she greeted Mylia.
Mylia thought that Aria was probably a little embarrassed after what happened yesterday at the library.
「Good morning, Aria-san!」(Mylia)
Mylia actually felt a little embarrassed too, but she stood up and greeted Aria cheerfully as usual.
「What do you want to do today? Do you want to practice gravity magic or talk about Daemon’s Map?」(Mylia)
「Umm… I want to continue practicing gravity magic. I’m worried about my grandma, but I feel like we will make a lot of mistakes if we rush to solve the map’s mystery.」(Aria)
Seeing Mylia greeted her as usual, Aria tried to talk like usual too.
Mylia nodded and folded her arms.
「Alright then. Since you have gotten better at gravity magic, do you want to learn how levitate yourself next?」(Mylia)
「Eh? Do you mean flying?」(Aria)
「Yup. I call it levitation magic. It will surely be useful for you.」(Mylia)
「Mylia-san, you can even fly?」(Aria)
「I can. Did I never tell you?」(Mylia)
Seeing Mylia replied so confidently, Aria recalled something that had been bothering her.
「That’s amazing… Now I’m more convinced that you really killed Zirnitra by yourself…」(Aria)
「Ahaha… So you still don’t believe me? Well, I can understand. It’s hard to believe after all, but you can confirm it with Amnesia-san, a teacher in the Knight Department. She was with me when I fought that dragon.」(Mylia)
「I see. I will ask her when I meet her then. By the way, can you use other advanced magic besides gravity magic?」(Aria)
「Umm, I don’t know if they fall into the advanced magic category, but I can do a lot of spells.」(Mylia)
（Clairvoyance, teleportation, telepathy, detection… Now that I think about it, I surely can do a lot of things with magic…）
「Actually, Chloe onee-chan told me not to show my magic too much to anyone, but I trust you, so I think she will understand. I will show you later.」(Mylia)
Aria started thinking that the cute girl in front of her was probably a ridiculously talented little witch. In fact, She had seen Mylia easily use gravity magic many times even while half asleep.
「I’m looking forward to it.」(Aria)
Mylia nodded and made a pondering face.
「Aria-san, actually there was something I thought about last night. If we can’t find any magic tools that can save your grandma in this school, do you want me to talk to my master about your grandma?」(Mylia)
「Your master? The person who always yawns all the time you told me about?」(Aria)
「Yup. She knows a lot about magic, so I think she probably knows something about the petrification curse.」(Mylia)
「I see… Yes, please do.」(Aria)
「But since we can’t leave this school yet, let’s focus on solving the mystery of Daemon’s Map. After all, your parents have spent about six years researching and finally found out about the Daemon’s Map. We can’t let their efforts go to waste.」(Mylia)
「Un, you’re right….. Mylia-san, you’re truly a reliable ally….. You bring a light of hope into my heart that has been filled with worries all these six years…. Thank you…」(Aria)
While saying that, Aria took Mylia’s hand and held it close to her chest.
Aria had been fighting all by herself, devoting herself to magic training and study for years, but thanks to Mylia, she didn’t feel lonely anymore. Mylia’s kindness had truly encouraged her.
While the two girls were holding hands, a butterfly came to the courtyard and fluttered around above their heads.
「A… Aria… san…?」(Mylia)
「…What is it, Mylia-san…?」(Aria)
「Well… I’m happy that you’re holding my hand, but….」(Mylia)
「…Ah! I-I’m sorry!」(Aria)
After she finally realized, Aria hurriedly let go of Mylia’s hand. Her blushing face looked so cute.
「Uuu… I unconsciously grabbed your hand… This is so embarrassing…」(Aria)
「I-It’s okay! I’m totally fine with it! You can always hold my hand if you want! No, please hold my hand and never let it go!」(Mylia)
As Mylia said that, Aria’s face turned even redder.
「…L-Let’s stop fooling around and start practicing, shall we…?」(Aria)
「A, Ahaha… You’re right.」(Mylia)
And then the two girls with slightly red faces began to practice gravity magic until the bell indicating breakfast time rang.
TL : Looks like Aria’s route has finally began /’o’)/