Tensei Saki de Suterareta no de, Mofumofu Tachi to Oryouri Shimasu ~Okazari Ouhi wa my Pace ni Saikyou Desu~
8. The vain struggle of this letter’s owner
『When I told my father about our engagement annulment and your exilement, he scolded me, making me realize that I was too harsh and I shouldn’t have behaved in such a manner. It’s maybe too late, but I want to apologize and discuss with you what our course of action should be from here on out. So, can you meet me tonight? I want you to come to this given location to avoid the eyes of the gossiping aristocrats. Make sure to bring no more than one or two servants, so we don’t stand out. 』
The meeting place designated in the letter was at a bunch of historical ruins in the western part of the royal capital. It was a quiet corner lined with tilted stone pillars and the ruins of buildings made of stone peaking from the ground. It was a deserted place, only illuminated by the moonlight at night.
The reason why these ruins remain intact was that they are a monument to our country’s once glorious era. Our country is called the “Kingdom of Eltria”, but it was often called “Small Eltria” by other countries, so they could distinguish it from one of the most historical great nations, the “Great Eltrian Empire”.
The Great Eltrian Empire, which ruled more than half of the Western Continent, still had a vast influence in various places till this day.
The Eltrian language is the most easily understood and used language in the Western Continent today. Eltrian and its derivatives are the most commonly used language in many countries. And, it’s the first language of choice internationally, just like the English language on Earth.
The influence of the Great Eltrian Empire remains strong throughout the Western Continent. And my country was located where the former capital of the Great Eltrian Empire was.
The golden age of the Great Eltrian Empire was about a thousand years ago. After that, some foolish kings followed, which caused the empire to split, to keep it short, the result was our country, “The Kingdom of Eltria” where we live now.
The territory of the present Kingdom of Eltria is less than one-tenth of the Great Eltrian Empire at its prime. The only thing to take pride in would be our long history and the high percentage of magicians in the royal and aristocratic classes.
It’s a common belief that only one in a hundred has the magical power to become a mage. However, since magic seemed to be hereditary, if the parents were magicians, a considerable proportion of their children would be born with excellent magical power.
Incidentally, one’s family’s lineage greatly influences their magic.
Most of the ruling class of the Great Eltrian Empire were magic users, and their descendants, the aristocrats of our country, also have a high percentage of mages. That’s why our country’s aristocrats value history and lineage and tend to have a strong sense of discrimination against the commoners.
The current percentage of aristocratic mages in our country is roughly around 20%. Considering that the percentage of magic users in commoners and the royal and aristocratic classes of other countries was less than 1%, it was quite a percentage.
However, even among commoners who don’t have even a single drop of mage’s blood, a mutation might occur, and someone with a high magical power might be born. It’s quite a small probability, but the number of commoners is large.
Even if the likelihood was 0.1% or less, as long as the parameter was large, a reasonable number will come out.
“It seems that the other party has arrived, Milady.”
Upon Lucian’s whispering, I refocused on my surroundings, and I stared at the figure approaching me.
“Good day. As I thought, it was you.”
The one who came wasn’t Fritz, but a girl with chestnut hair.
It was Sumia.
“…….What do you mean?”
Sumia asked with a sharp gaze and an unconcealed guarded look. That harsh tone and atmosphere were quite different from the innocent and lovely appearance she holds in front of Fritz and the others.
“So, you knew from the start that it wasn’t His Highness Fritz who called you here? Then why did you come?”
“I concluded that you were the owner of the letter. And since I also wanted to talk to you, this was rather convenient.”
“Don’t say nonsense. The letter’s handwriting was the same as the letters I got from the Prince. I mimicked it exactly, so how did you know that it wasn’t from His Highness?”
“From the content of the letter, of course.”
Considering Fritz’s personality, you wouldn’t think that he would send me an apology letter. Fritz’s narrow-mindedness worsened by his love for Sumia. It was awfully unbelievable that he had a change of heart in such a short time and offered me an apology no matter how much his father, His Majesty, admonished him.
Rather, if that were the case, and he had recognized his thoughtlessness in such a short period, then apologized to me, he wouldn’t have conducted himself so foolishly and pronounced the engagement cancellation and my banishment in public.
“Sumia, you know His Highness well, don’t you? His Highness wouldn’t send such a laudable letter to me.”
“If it were me from a few days ago, I probably would have been fooled by these well-written words, as I was so fixated on being his fiancée. But unfortunately, the current me doesn’t hold any attachment or feelings for His Highness.”
The shock from regaining my past life’s memories and from how foolish Fritz was acting before my eyes, caused any lingering affection that I had for him to disappear completely. So, it was a given that I would be suspicious at receiving such a letter in these circumstances.
“So, Sumia, what’s your reason for calling me here using His Highness’s name? I have got a good idea, but would you get on with it and tell me?”
An air of intimidation enveloped Sumia as she smiled at me. It was quite surprising and intimidating smile.
I know that it’s unnecessary to keep the “Frail Lady” act, but isn’t this a little too over the top?
“……Tch. Don’t be so full of yourself! Then I’ll say it! Why don’t you relinquish your family’s name and become a commoner?”
“I refuse. Why do I have to do something like that?”
…………To be honest, it wasn’t like I haven’t thought of throwing away my responsibilities as an aristocrat and live like a carefree commoner, after regaining my past life’s memories back. But, having lived as Leticia for 17 years, as a lady with pride and duties, I understood that it wasn’t something that one can easily throw away.
“Fufu~ You don’t understand, do you? I’m saying this for your sake. If I earnestly ask His Highness and say, ‘I’m afraid of Leticia, can you please reduce her to a commoner for bullying me?’. You know what will happen, right? Don’t you think it would be better for you to step down and become a commoner on your own before that happens?”
The triumphant-looking Sumia gave me a little headache. I understand that she sees me as an eyesore, but no matter how you think about it, it was way too much.
“………Are you serious about this? To reduce me to a commoner for an unjust crime, you’re going all out picking a fight with a Duke’s household this time for sure. Can’t you imagine what the country would be like if something like that happens?”
“Don’t you know how in love His Highness is with me? If I ask him earnestly enough, he will surely do whatever I want.”
Not being able to refute Sumia’s words was causing me a headache. Fritz was a simpleton, and the current him was blind because of love. As with the matter of my exilement, I couldn’t honestly say that he wouldn’t forcefully reduce me to a commoner.
“If you ask earnestly enough, His Highness will probably comply.”
“Right? You understand, right? If so, why don’t obediently become a commoner――――”
With a single word, Sumia’s smiling face stiffened.
“You said you were born and raised in the royal capital, but isn’t it a lie? Your real hometown is Niltz, a small village in the Barony, right?”
The answer that I received to my questions was silence. But the distorted expression on Sumia’s face seemed to speak louder than words confirming what I said.
“That’s not the only lie you’ve made. Also, your outrageous lie about your blood relation to the baron’s household. Both of your parents are fully-fledged commoners, aren’t they?.”
“……How did you?! How do you know about that?!”
“Because I thought it was strange from the start.”
The key point was the hereditary nature of magic.
“Magical power with this quantity and nature depends heavily on one’s bloodline. But neither your father who’s supposedly the head of a baronet household nor your ancestors or blood relatives could use light magic like yours.”
“…….What’s so strange about that?! There are cases where children with an affinity for light magic were born despite there being no light magic users in their families!”
“I don’t deny that mutations do occur……but don’t you think there are too many unnatural points?”
“Firstly, you, a user of light magic which is rare, happen to be born into the baron’s family’s bloodline out of nowhere. Secondly, until you turned 13 years old, the aristocratic society didn’t know about your existence at all. Thirdly, you, who’s only a daughter of a baron, have no education in aristocracy and know nothing about social etiquette, were able to get close to His Highness Fritz.”
The illegitimate child of an aristocrat raised as a commoner but in actuality is very talented, then meets the prince and they fall in love with each other. That was a simple pattern that I have seen used in literature works many times in my previous life, but to be confronted by it in real life, one can’t help but find it quite shady.
“Separately they might be unusual but not unlikely to happen, but it’s only natural to suspect something is up when the coincidences keep piling up, right?”
More than likely, the instigators of these series of events were the Baron and crafty four-eyes Ileus’s father, Duke of Ilegar’s head. The Duke, who always politically opposes my household, probably thought it was unfavorable that I was His Highness’s fiancée.
Then the Dukedom of Ilegar received a report from their distant relatives, the Baron’s family, that they found a girl with an affinity to rare light magic. They then lied and made that girl the daughter of the Baron, advertised her as the second coming of the holy saint, and with the Duke’s backing, had her approach Fritz.
…….I think that they most likely carried out the scheme while knowing how hopeless it was from the start. But for better or worse, Fritz was deceived by Sumia’s innocent and adorable girl act and fell in love with her.
Up till then, it was according to the Dukedom of Ilegar’s plans. However, I assume that neither they nor crafty four-eyes expected the subsequent engagement annulment that happened in front of the public.
It’s just a guess, but It must have been Sumia’s discretion to make Fritz believe that I was the one that pushed her down the stairs. Sumia probably wanted to get rid of me, who she sees as an eyesore, as quickly as possible. That’s why she made up such a baseless lie without consulting either the Ilegar house or crafty four-eyes.
As a result, Fritz, who believed her words, recklessly went and broke off our engagement right in public.
………I’m just guessing, but I believe that I’m not far off the mark.
It was amusing how crafty four-eyes was quite agitated that day. So, it’s natural to think that he didn’t expect that to happen.
“That’s why I was suspicious of you from the start. Then, upon doing some investigating, I came across Niltz village and your real background.”
“………..You say it as if it’s quite that simple.”
 As it’s a letter I decided to use the Japanese quotation marks instead.
 ルシアンの囁きに、意識を内側から外側へと切り替える。Literal meaning is “Shifting consciousness from inside to outside”, so I used this to better covey it. If there is a better expression, please do tell.
 公爵令嬢としての義務と誇りを叩きこまれてきている以上If anyone knows a more accurate way to translate it, it would be a lot of help, thank you.
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