I Was Reincarnated As The Older Brother Of A Villainess Destined to Die, So I Want To Change The Future By Raising My Younger Sister With My Own Hands – Volume 4 – Chapter 4 – Part 2

The whereabouts of the culprit(2)

The first semester of first year is not a very serious one. Because the curriculum is designed on a class-by-class basis to familiarize students with the Academy.

The knowledge to be taught in the practical skills of magic will vary depending on the position and style of combat you are in charge of, not to mention your attributes. If you’re in a class where these are not separated, you’ll be taught less.

So our first practical magic lesson is taking place in a very relaxed atmosphere. All you have to do is shoot magic at the prepared targets. And since there’s no quota for shooting, most of the students just talk and talk and talk.

The only one who’s really doing well in the classroom is–

“Woah woah woah !!!!!”

“””” Kyaa, brave sir!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” “”””

You’re the picture of seriousness, Yudai,

“I’m the one spending after school with her!”

No, no. It’s me!

The only two people vying for the saint are the prince and the bookworm.

So. The saint’s already hooked up with a bookworm named Zieglerd. I was surprised when I heard. In the game you had to spend a month or so in the library to get to know each other, but after only a week in the library you’ve made great progress.

I heard they were just chatting, but I don’t know what kind of magic trick they used.

I see you’ve been friends with the Second Prince Grey since day one… I’m feeling a little strange… but there’s nothing suspicious in the reports I’m getting. So the game and the real world are different?

Well, let’s leave it at that for now. I think it’s important to observe, but it’s not the priority.

The most important thing at the moment is still Nina. She’s been in a lot of trouble lately. I hope they’re not all just stepping stones to her doom, but I can’t be too optimistic. I’ll keep my wits about me.

“Thinking?”

Nina called out to me. She stood next to me as I stood there watching the class in a daze, and we looked around the training area together.

That’s about it. Are you done there?

“Yeah. We’ve been introduced to Yureka. He’s talking to everyone now.”

Nina was trying to make the most of the time that was almost the same as studying on her own and she was introducing Yureka to Karon and the others.

I was worried that the frail Yurika might collapse, but judging from Nina’s condition, it seems that my fears were unfounded.

Let me ask you something.

What?

Is it my fault that the kidnappers targeted Rina?

She turned her eyes on me, which was unusual for her.

Whoever’s been kidnapping the beastie’s students has somehow developed an obsession with Nina. That’s why he targeted Rina… because she has a similar face.

We’re still more important to her than her and me, but that doesn’t mean she can’t love me. As a sister, I couldn’t allow Rina to be in danger because of me.

Sure, that’s one way to look at it, but I had a different theory.

“I don’t think he wants Nina, I think he wants to get rid of her. So I think he’s targeting Rina as an extension of the beastman kidnappings.”

What’s your evidence?

“Once upon a time, a mastermind used Count Ptepe to do a trick. The spell he placed on him was to attack Nina. If he wants you, kidnap her.

So you’re saying that your being alive and well is inconvenient for your kidnappers?

That’s what I think.

But even after going through her past, I couldn’t find a trace of anyone who’d want Nina alive. She was under house arrest, so contact with the outside world was minimal.

But as long as there’s an actual attempt on your life, you’re not mistaken.

Maybe her death in the original game was a result of that man’s involvement. That makes it possible that he might have played a part in the civil war.

In the original story, they accomplished what I wanted, but in this reality, I’m going to stop them.

Nina quietly patted her chest. Then she looked at me with unwavering eyes.

“Starting today, I’m gonna start looking around town after school.”

You’re looking for a killer?

“Yeah. If he’s after me, there’s a good chance I can catch him.

“That’s true, but…”

It’s the best solution if we’re trying to be efficient. But that would mean using Nina as bait. I don’t like the idea of using her as bait.

Please.

Nina seemed to sense my reluctance and pleaded with me.

Gosh, it’s not fair to look up at her and ask her to do something so desperate. It’s too destructive.

I mean, who taught you this stuff? I can think of a few people… I’ll lecture you later.

Yeah, all right.

I nodded with a sigh.

You’re allowed to look around, but I’m coming with you.

I’ve developed a number of anti-curse charms over the years. But considering the enemy’s equipment and judgment last night I’m not sure I can leave her alone. It’s best to have me at her side.

Nina gave her a hesitant look.

“It’s…”

I understand her hesitation. If I’m with her, the odds of an enemy showing up are greatly reduced. They know I’m stronger than them.

Still..,

This is the one thing I won’t give up.

If I had to choose between the benefits and the risk reduction, I’d take the latter. Nothing can replace the safety of your family.

And it’s not like my going along wasn’t completely pointless.

If we go around, he’ll be out of action for a while. He’s been kidnapping people for a decade and he’s gotten good at it recently. I don’t think he can handle being restricted for so long. I’d say there’s a good chance he’d grow weary of it.

“… All right. I’ll look around with you.

Nina finally agreed when she realized that she couldn’t expect me to change my mind.

And so the tour of King’s Landing became part of the daily routine for me and Nina.

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It’s been two weeks since Nina and I began our patrol of King’s Landing. Our routine has not yielded any results so far. We’ve had a few chances to fight off pickpockets and people who force themselves on women, but no kidnappers have shown up.

That’s not much consolation to Nina, though, given the fact that there have been no new victims.

Nina was clearly in a hurry. It was unusual for her, she was always so calm. That’s why she’s so passionate about this.

After school. I’ve been on patrol again today. Instead of going back to the villa… it’s customary to go straight into town.

The front gate. So far we’ve exchanged a few words with Karon and the others who accompanied us.

Well, we’re off to the city.

I’ll be back.

“Take care of yourself. You and your brother, Nina.”

“Have a good day!”

“Hmph. Don’t make a fool of yourself out there!”

“Yes, have a nice trip!”

“Have a good day, Zechs-sama.”

The five of them are calling out to me and Nina as we walk away together.

I’ve told her no, that she doesn’t have to forgo it, but she’s never gonna do it. I’m very happy for you, but I don’t want you to be afraid if you don’t think you can do it.

I was heading towards the main road beyond the main gate as usual. But today, there was an obstacle in my path.

“Nina, I want to go with you!”

It was Erik who made the offer in a loud voice. He’s wearing a one-handed sword and metal armor on his chest and arms and legs.

“Huh.”

Nina let out a small sigh.

I don’t need to read her emotions to know that. She’s thinking, “Here we go again.” I guess.

Eric had meant what he said the other day when he said he’d make her fall in love with him, and he’d been coming on to Nina every day since then. Each time he’d ask her out for dinner or a date, but the results were never good. I’m amazed that she hasn’t given up on him, even though he’s always cut her off so easily.

I’ll follow up with Eric in case you’re that obsessive.

He’s never forced himself on us, and he knows how much Nina cares for Foranada, but he hasn’t been hostile toward us since that day.

Well, I can read his mind, so I know he’s still angry with me, but he seems to have the capacity to respect his lover’s “importance”.

In general, Eric was a really nice guy. He’s a bit of a hothead and a bit short in the head, but he’s generally a good person. He is a good communicator and has many friends, even though he is friends with Gray, who is not well-liked.

Marina told me that he’s popular among the commoners because he’s soft on them. That’s why there are so many people on the outside who support his love life.

Me? I’m not rooting for you. Because you don’t care about Nina. No matter how good he is, I’m not gonna support someone who doesn’t want to be there.

I want Nina to live a life of freedom. She was forced to live like a caged bird in her birthplace, and then she was thrown into slavery, and now she’s bound to death. I didn’t want to hold her down after such a life of captivity.

So I respect Nina’s wishes more than anything. If she doesn’t want to do this, then I won’t agree to it.

I take a quick step forward and give it back to Eric.

“I’m not going to let you come with me. You’re slowing me down.”

I’m not asking you. I’m asking you, Lady Nina.

You know what?

You can’t see that he doesn’t like it… I don’t think you can see it.

By the way, he uses honorifics because I’m superior to him. He used to use honorifics when we first met, but my father found out and beat him to a pulp. I’ve kept my language to a minimum ever since.

I’ll leave you to it.

I don’t know what to do. Eric’s staring at Nina behind me, like he doesn’t care about me anymore. He’s not gonna listen to anything we have to say.

And then I hear a little sigh from behind my back. And then words.

“No. Don’t follow me.

Nina stated her opinion in a simple and straightforward manner. Her voice was clearly filled with rejection, and it was easy to tell even if I hadn’t been there.

Of course, even Eric, who had a tendency to be thoughtless, could sense her intentions. She looked reluctant and backed away slightly.

“Nina!”

Still not ready to give up, Eric tries to solicit more words.

But it was nothing more than an exercise in futility.

Zekes, let’s go.

Ignoring him entirely, Nina calls out to me.

She was getting ready to run. She’s going to leave Eric behind. [If she runs with all her strength, there’s no way he can keep up.

I know it’s a lot of pressure, but I can’t say no. I’ve already said no, so it’s Eric’s problem.

Wait, wait!

Nina and I ignore Eric’s attempts to stop us and run off.

There was no way he could catch up with them, and things finally settled down.