Chapter 4-23 : The Shocking Story Of The Eldest Daughter (part 1)
「Alright. Onee-chan, let’s go to the hut and wait for Bonnie onee-sama.」(Mylia)
Mylia canceled her Clairvoyance and Hologram Magic, and then descended, approaching the lavender hut from above.
She stopped about ten meters above the hut and looked around.
After confirming that no one was around, they landed by the door of the hut.
「Thank you, Mylia.」(Chloe)
After dropping Chloe safely on the ground, Mylia canceled the Gravity Magic she cast on the carpet and put the carpet in her magic bag.
Because there was no light leaking from inside the hut, it was confirmed that no one was inside.
Chloe put her hands on the large double door of the hut and slowly pushed it.
The old wooden door made a creaky sound as Chloe pushed it.
（Soundproofing Magic, activate!）
Because Mylia worried that someone could hear it, she immediately cast Soundproofing Magic on the entire lavender hut.
Mylia and Chloe got inside, and then slowly closed the door.
It was very dark inside the hut. The moonlight coming through the small window wasn’t enough to illuminate the entire hut.
「Uhh… I forgot how dark it was here without a candle.」(Mylia)
「Sshh…! Mylia, keep your voice down…!」(Chloe)
「Ah, don’t worry, Onee-chan. I cast Soundproofing Magic on this hut, so no one can hear us from the outside. You can talk normally.」(Mylia)
「Ah, I see. Good job, Mylia.」(Chloe)
「Hehe~ Now I’ll make a light source for us.」(Mylia)
「Don’t make it too bright or someone might notice it.」(Chloe)
Mylia used Light Magic to make a light ball about the size of a baseball, adjusted the brightness, and made it float in the air.
Now that they had a light source, they could see the entire room more clearly.
There were countless dried lavender stems hanging from the ceiling, some large pots that were used to make jam, and some work tools that were lined up sloppily on the wall.
The strong scent of lavender reminded Mylia that Robin sometimes brought her to that hut and punched her like a sandbag whenever Robin was in a bad mood.
（I didn’t feel pain when she hit me because I protected myself with magic, but… Ughh… I wish I could forget those horrible memories…）
「It hasn’t changed at all…」(Chloe)
Chloe looked around the hut with a blank expression.
She spent her time in the lavender hut longer than anyone when she lived at the mansion. She worked at the field to pick up lavender in the morning and worked in the hut at noon until the sun went down.
「The lavender smells good but it makes me sick because it reminds me of bad memories here…」(Mylia)
「Yeah, I understand your feelings.」(Chloe)
Trying to get rid of the lavender smell, Mylia cast wind magic on the window to make the air flow to the outside.
After chatting with Chloe while leaning against a wall for about thirty minutes, Mylia heard the creaky sound of the door.
「Onee-chan, someone’s here.」(Mylia)
Mylia and Chloe were on the alert.
However, when they confirmed that the one who opened the door was Bonnie, they relaxed their shoulders and sighed.
「Hello…? Is anyone here…?」(Bonnie)
Bonnie stuck out her head and looked around the hut.
She then opened her eyes wide when she saw two familiar faces.
Realizing that her voice was a bit loud, Bonnie hurriedly covered her mouth with her hand.
She then got inside and slowly closed the door.
She seemed to be afraid that Alex would find Mylia and Chloe there.
（As always, Bonnie onee-sama looks like a beautiful clerk in a fancy cosmetic store because of her long black hair and tall, slender body. She is unlucky because she married that lolicon, but… I’m glad that her face looks less gloomy than before.）
Mylia didn’t know what to say. She could only smile awkwardly at Bonnie.
The one who approached and talked to her first was Chloe.
「Bonnie onee-sama, it’s been a while.」(Chloe)
「Yeah… I wonder how many years it’s been… Chloe, you’ve grown into a beautiful lady… Is that your school uniform…? It looks good on you.」(Bonnie)
Chloe shyly scratched her cheek with her index finger when Bonnie observed her closely and complimented her.
Chloe was still wearing her school uniform when she teleported to the Atwood Territory with Mylia.
Seeing Chloe wearing her expensive-looking school uniform, Bonnie could tell somehow that Chloe was doing great in the royal capital.
She was happy that her little sister could finally study with peace of mind in school.
「By the way, Mylia has cast a spell that can prevent our voices from leaking outside, so you can speak normally.」(Chloe)
「Is that so? I was worried that Father or Alex would hear us. I see… So, Mylia really can use magic.」(Bonnie)
Bonnie moved her gaze to Mylia and smiled.
Mylia then stepped closer to Bonnie and smiled back at her.
By the way, Mylia was also wearing her school uniform.
「Bonnie onee-sama, long time no see.」(Mylia)
「Mylia, is this ball of light also your magic?」(Bonnie)
「Yup. I made it with light magic!」(Mylia)
「Mylia, you’re amazing! And… I’ve never seen you speak cheerfully like that before.」(Bonnie)
「Hehe~ Umm… Bonnie onee-sama, I’m sorry for hiding it from you, but I’m actually not an absent-minded girl.」(Mylia)
Bonnie brought her face closer to Mylia’s and observed it closely.
「Hee… So what Robin said about you was true… I didn’t realize it at all that you had been hiding your true nature.」(Bonnie)
「Eh? What did she say about me?」(Mylia)
「She said that you suddenly showed your true nature and bullied her with magic. She tried to make it sound as if she was the victim, but she couldn’t hide her frustration. Fufu.」(Bonnie)
「Ah, I can imagine that~」(Mylia)
Mylia giggled when she imagined Robin saying, “Mylia deceived me!”, trying to seek sympathy but no one believed her.
「Mylia, it may sound weird coming from a depressed woman like me, but I had been worrying about you because you always looked down with a blank face like a lifeless doll. Now, I’m glad that it was just an act… But, still… Mylia, Chloe, I’m sorry I couldn’t do anything for you as an older sister…」(Bonnie)
While saying that, Bonnie kneeled and spread her arms.
「Can I… feel your warmth?」(Bonnie)
Mylia and Chloe nodded at Bonnie and hugged her.
「This nostalgic calming warmth… I thought you two would never come back… I’m not dreaming, am I…?」(Bonnie)
「No, you’re not…」(Chloe)
Bonnie released Mylia and Chloe after hugging them for a while.
Chloe wiped the tears in her eyes with her index finger and then looked at Bonnie with a serious expression.
「Bonnie onee-sama, we came because there’s something we need to tell you.」(Chloe)
「Is it something that shouldn’t be heard by Father and the others?」(Bonnie)