In the carriage!
Oniisama seemed to be convinced, but I know that Sei is actually an illegitimate child born of the Emperor’s union with a court lady, and that he fled across the sea because his life was threatened by the Empress.
But we can’t make such a thing public, so I guess that’s why the story turned out like this.
Sei was glancing at me, so I returned him a little “Understood” nod.
“Your magical power and attributes will be measured, so you don’t need to worry. The results will determine your class placement. The academic and liberal arts courses will be held in the main lecture hall, but other courses will be divided according to the amount of magical power, your ability, and aptitude. Until then, nobles and commoners alike will be studying together, so be careful.”
The class will be a mixture of nobles and commoners, huhh… The academy is supposed to treat both nobles and commoners equally, so I guess the idea is to make them realize that first.
However, I’m worried that there will be some kind of conflict…
“Well, we’re almost there. Look, there’s the building.”
It didn’t seem the destination was too far away, and the carriage soon came to a quiet stop on the porch of the auditorium.
At the same time, His Highness Raymond came running out of the doorway.
“It’s been a long time, Miss Cristea! I’ve been worried about you since I haven’t seen you in a while.”
As soon as His Royal Highness Raymond opened the door of the carriage, he said that with a smiling face.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve seen you, Crown Prince Raymond. I’m glad to see you’re doing well.”
“I told you to call me Ray, didn’t I? Congratulations on your entrance, Miss Cristea.”
No, no, no. I’m not sure what kind of misunderstanding would result if I were to call you by your nickname “Prince Ray” in a friendly manner within the academy.
I will do my best to refuse!
“T, thank you very much. Ra…”
Oniisama moved before me, interrupting His Highness Raymond.
“Your Highness, are you sure you are ready for the ceremony? You should have proceeded with the last minute confirmation while I was away, did you?”
“Everything’s all right, no problems at all. Everything is running smoothly.”
Ahhh… Your Highness, please refrain from saying anything that might raise a disturbing flag with that confident expression of yours.
“That’s good then… well then, Cristea. The other students are already inside, so let’s enter too.”
“I shall escort you, Miss Cristea! Come on, let’s go!”
Eh? I would like to refrain from that.
If His Highness escorts me in while the whole academy is watching, it will cause countless unwanted speculations!
When I hesitated to take the hand that His Highness extended to me, my Oniisama guarded me again.
“Your Highness will lead us as the Chairman. Sei will follow next. As her brother, it’s my duty to escort Cristea myself. That would be proper.”
… I thought it was totally spring lately, but why is the weather suddenly getting…?
“Ugh… no choice then. Let’s go.”
His Highness reluctantly withdrew, told Sei to follow him, and went into the auditorium.
“Well, Cristea. Let us go too.”
Oniisama turned around with his usual gentle smile and gracefully extended his hand.
Oniisama hand was a little cool, but it soon became soft and warm.
My Oniisama escorted me to the large doors of the auditorium in front of me.