Chapter 3-13 : The Second Daughter, The Seventh Daughter, And The Sixth Daughter

 

「Robin onee-sama… You haven’t changed at all, I see.」(Chloe)

「Shut up! You made a fool of me when you left home, didn’t you!? You can’t say you forgot!」(Robin)

「Of course, I never forget about it. It’s true after all. And I’ll never regret it.」(Chloe)

「You little…!」(Robin)

Aria and the man following her stopped and became confused by the dispute between Robin and Chloe that started suddenly.

They could feel the tense atmosphere between Chloe and Robin who were glaring at each other.

While still keeping her absent-minded expression, Mylia approached Chloe.

「Ah, Mylia! I’m glad you’re fine!」(Chloe)

Chloe looked away from Robin and held Mylia’s hands.

「I saw her take you to the garden, so Aria and I tried our best to escape from those men and… Mylia…? Ahh, I see…」(Chloe)

Seeing Mylia’s absent-minded face, Chloe immediately realized what Mylia was trying to do.

She then brought her face closer to Mylia’s ear and whispered.

「You’re trying to put her off guard, right? It seems that she still thinks that you’re the absent-minded Mylia. I think it’s a good idea.」(Chloe)

(Well, that’s not the whole reason I’m doing it, but she’s not wrong…)

Mylia couldn’t say that she acted like that also because being with Robin was stressful for her but she was fine now because the warmth of Chloe’s hands healed her heart.

Robin glared at Mylia and Chloe with an unpleasant expression, but then she returned her expression to normal after looking at the man behind Aria.

(Hm…?)

Mylia was curious because Robin suddenly changed her expression. She turned her face and looked at the good-looking man who was standing behind Aria.

He was wearing the duke’s knight’s uniform. He had beautiful eyes, a well-shaped face, and a thin body, but his gracefulness showed both his gentleness and masculinity.

(Whoaa… He looks like the male lead in a shoujo manga. He has silver hair and green eyes just like Aria-san. Is he her brother…?)

Robin seemed to be fascinated by him. She stared at him for a while.

After she regained her sanity, she cleared her throat and began to fix her hair.

「Chloe, who is that gentleman?」(Robin)

「…Why do you ask?」(Chloe)

「Just answer me!」(Robin)

「Hmph. I don’t have the obligation to answer your questions.」(Chloe)

「Tsk…! You seem to be misunderstanding, but I’m not Robin. I’m your cousin Robilya.」(Robin)

「H, Huuuhh…??」(Chloe)

Chloe squinted her eyes, thinking that Robin might have finally gone crazy.

The man, who seemed to be Aria’s older brother, stepped forward. He didn’t seem to mind the terrible atmosphere between Chloe and Robin.

He put his right hand on his chest and bowed gracefully.

「Nice to meet you. My name is Chris de la Ruzé Griffith. Miss Robilya… was it?」(Chris)

Robin put her finger on her lips as her cheeks turned red and whispered, “Oh, my…”.

This man was probably her ‘strike zone’.

「N-Nice to meet you. Yes, I’m Robilya de la Atwood… If you don’t mind, would you like to have a talk with me on that bench…?」(Robin)

(Hah! She forgets about that Darryl guy in a second after seeing a better man… What a heartless woman…)

Chloe and Mylia were disgusted by Robin’s behavior.

In this world, it wasn’t very common for a woman to invite a man to have a talk at a party.

Chris looked a little troubled. He looked at Aria but Aria also looked troubled.

Aria still didn’t understand the situation. Mylia’s absent-minded face and Robin who called herself Robilya made her even more confused.

She turned her gaze to Chloe, asking for help.

「Robin onee-sama, you should know your place. This man is from the Griffith Family. You’re not worthy of this man. You’re an evil woman who used Jasmine onee-sama’s name to buy whatever you wanted and tried to make Mylia pay the bills. I despise you from the bottom of my heart!」(Chloe)

Chloe glared at Robin with a stern look as she said that.

Robin was very annoyed. She wanted to shout but she tried to keep her cool in front of Chris.

「Hee… Looks like you’ve become more cocky since you left home.」(Robin)

When the two were about to start fighting again, Chris made a big smile and spread his arms toward them.

「Ladies, please calm down. This beautiful garden is not a place to fight.」(Chris)

Chris then looked at Aria and whispered.

「I don’t know exactly what is happening but it seems like we have a situation here, so I will handle this lady.」(Chris)

「But…」(Aria)

「It’s okay. I don’t mind.」(Chris)

Saying that, Chris winked at Aria. Aria then let out a sigh.

「…Alright then. I leave her to you.」(Aria)

After nodding to Aria, Chris turned his gaze to Robin.

「Miss Robilya, do you like flowers? Let’s take our time and talk about flowers over there, shall we?」(Chris)

「My~ I’d love to!」(Robin)

Robin happily rushed to Chris, and then they both walked together to the bench at the edge of the garden.

While seeing off Robin with disgusted faces, Chloe and Mylia approached Aria.

The three then moved to the corner of the garden where there were not many people, hoping that no men would call out to them.

(Just in case… Soundproofing Magic, activate!)

Mylia cast her spell so that other people couldn’t hear their conversation. However, they could still hear the surrounding sound.

「Mylia-san, is that your older sister you talked about? You said her name was Robin but why did she call herself Robilya?」(Aria)

Aria asked while looking in the direction in which Robin and Chris went.

「She is the rumored divorcee from the Atwood Family, so she is faking her identity to get a man.」(Mylia)

「I see…」(Aria)

「Mylia, did you get any new information?」(Chloe)

「Yes, actuallyーー」(Mylia)

Mylia started telling Chloe and Aria what she found out from her investigation.

When Mylia finished explaining, Chloe slowly raised her face.

「Alright, I understand now… Mylia, we shouldn’t let her do whatever she wants more than this. I don’t want to admit it but she is our older sister… We have to stop her and give her a lesson…」(Chloe)

「Onee-chan…」(Mylia)

「Hating someone is a wasteful act in life, but… I can’t help but hate that person down to my core…」(Chloe)

Chloe had been doing her best to study not only to realize her dream but also because she didn’t want to become a good-for-nothing adult like Robin and Aaron.

She couldn’t forget that Robin always bullied her and Mylia back then. She hated it, especially when Robin hit and slapped Mylia and took away her belongings.

Chloe hated to argue with people but she couldn’t hold her emotions when she saw Robin. She was eager to pay her back for what she did back then.

The more she thought about Robin, the more hatred swelled in her heart. She didn’t even realize that her eyes started to become teary because of that.

「Chloe onee-sama, are you okay…?」(Aria)

「Onee-chan…」(Mylia)

Aria and Mylia held Chloe’s hands.

(Onee-chan… She must hate that woman more than I do…)

It was rare to see Chloe, who always kept her cool, be swayed by emotions.

Aria took out a handkerchief from her pocket and handed it to Chloe.

「…Thank you.」(Chloe)

Chloe gently wiped tears on her eyes and returned the handkerchief to Aria.

「I’m good now. I’m sorry.」(Chloe)

「Don’t worry about it… Somehow I know what you feel. I too would be very frustrated if I had a sister like that…」(Aria)

「Onee-chan, you can rest assured! No matter what happens, I will always be by your side to protect you!」(Mylia)

Seeing Mylia and Aria’s smile, the hatred in Chloe’s heart started to fade away.

「Thank you, both of you…」(Chloe)

Chloe made a smile and stroked Mylia and Aria’s heads.

「You know… Even after I started living here in the royal capital, sometimes I recall the time when I lived in that house… The suffocating dinner, Alex’s lewd gaze, Father’s angry face, and Robin’s unpleasant treatment…」(Chloe)

Mylia nodded in response, telling that she felt the same way.

People sometimes recall their past when they are lost in thought. They will feel terrible when they recall something horrible that happened in the past. Mylia and Chloe were no exception.

「Alright! Onee-chan, I’ve decided!」(Mylia)

Suddenly, Mylia clenched her fist and shouted while looking at Chloe with determined eyes.

 

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  1. Robin is a scoundrel and a swindler, and one with a history of violence towards children at that. Still, she hasn’t quite done anything irredeemable; she is not beyond saving. She doesn’t deserve death or extended suffering. I think a bit of public humiliation is sufficient, followed by a few years of house arrest back at the Atwood mansion.

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