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Translated by: Empress || Edited by: Dan
Vol.2 Ch. 12
Novel Raw: Vol. 2 Ch. 12 || Manga: I’m a Villainous Daughter, so I’m going to keep the Last Boss || Manga Raw: 悪役令嬢なのでラスボスを飼ってみました [JPN] || 作为恶役大小姐就该养魔王 [CN]
「…I only wanted to help a friend whose fiancé would frequently beat her.」(Rachel)
Softly uttering this, Rachel clutched the glass of warm milk she had been bestowed even tighter. Everyone had momentarily gathered in Irene’s dorm room and were now watching her silently.
Isaac limply straddled his chair, which he had sat on backwards. He leveled his gaze on Rachel and studied her with an indecipherable expression. He finally spoke, hoping to confirm his suspicions.
「Was your friend the victim of the vampire incident? Then, that would mean that all this was a self-inflicted incident…isn’t that right?」(Isaac)
「… Well…it…it sort of ended up like that…」(Rachel)
「Hey. Talk clearly. No matter how you look at it, that professor was going around doing whatever he goddamn pleased. Tell us what happened–properly.」(Isaac)
「Isaac, stop talking like that. You sound like you’re trying to corner her――Rachel, can you slowly tell us what happened by starting from the beginning?」(Irene)
Irene, who had taken a seat on the bed beside Rachel, spoke softly, so she didn’t frighten away the girl. Rachel tore her gaze away from her glass and lifted her head slightly. She glanced at Isaac and then at Walt, who was leaning against a nearby wall before her eyes drifted towards Irene. She sighed deeply before opening her mouth to talk.
「It began as nothing more than a shallow complaint between the two of us. After all, we shared similar…circumstances. But then her situation gradually worsened and I… I couldn’t bear to watch that. We even went to Shirayurihime――Selena-sama for help.」(Rachel)
Irene’s eyebrow twitched, but she forced herself to keep her emotions in check.
「While this was still going on, Professor Kenneth suddenly approached me, and he…he somehow managed to get his hands on a letter my friend had written to Auguste-sama…」(Rachel)
「To Auguste? Don’t tell me…it was a love letter…?」(Irene)
「Please don’t misunderstand. My friend isn’t the type of person that would cheat, no matter how awful her fiancé is. It wasn’t something that was meant to reach him. It was only a sort of yearning…but that man would just call it an excuse…」(Rachel)
Rachel slowly trailed off with a gloomy look. Irene nodded reassuringly at her.
「I understand. She only wrote it to cheer herself up, right?」(Irene)
「… Then, did he use the letter as a means of blackmail?」(Isaac)
Rachel shook her head at Isaac’s question.
「At first, it wasn’t like that. Even though he didn’t give back the letter, he said that he would help her break off her engagement amicably…so I told my friend to go to him to get help. I even acted as an intermediary…but then my friend went to that consultation, and she…she…」(Rachel)
「I-I didn’t know it would end up like this…」(Rachel)
Rachel chewed her lower lip as tears pricked at the corners of her eyes, threatening to spill. Paying her state no heed, Isaac continued to press her on.
「What then? Of course, you confronted the professor. Then, you were blackmailed and told that if you didn’t want your friend’s letter to be exposed, you needed to give him money, right?」(Isaac)
「T-That’s right…my friend is currently under house arrest and I…I don’t know what’s happening to her. I…I just know this is all my fault, and I’m trying to make amends. She still needs to be treated gingerly, but if that letter was to be exposed…then her social position…」(Rachel)
So, that’s why she wanted to buy that letter.
（…I should have punched that professor five, six or more times.）
Could she not send him to hell right now?
Rachel stared at Irene, who was lost in murderous thoughts.
「No matter the outcome, I’m the guilty one here. So, please, I’ll be the one to take full responsibility. So, can you not involve her in this?」(Rachel)
「How do you expect us to explain all this without even including the victim? There’s no way we can do that. Have you lost your mind?」(Isaac)
Rachel made a noise in the back of her throat which caused Irene to glare crossly at Isaac.
「Isaac, think before you talk… Rachel, please, don’t worry too much. You and your friend did absolutely nothing wrong. Right now, Isaac is about to conceive a plan that will succeed in knocking that professor right down to hell–where he belongs.」(Irene)
「Me? Why should I? It’s way too bothersome.」(Isaac)
「Or else, I’ll do the thinking. Let’s immediately annihilate him using the laws of nature!」(Irene)
「No! I understand! I’ll do the thinking…the professor has been aiming for this woman from the very beginning, hasn’t he?」(Isaac)
Rachel sat gawking at Isaac, who stroked his jaw while attempting to piece together a plan. Irene nodded thoughtfully, agreeing with his point.
「But then he won’t come to Rachel to negotiate if the victim was his sole target. If that were the case, he would have threatened the victim from the very beginning.」(Isaac)
「…but he didn’t. He demanded money from the woman first. He should have known that students wouldn’t have a large sum of money lying around. But, he still wanted money, even just a small sum of it. In other words, he might be struggling financially.」(Isaac)
「Correct. I got to say you’re surprisingly smart. The professor loves gambling, but he suffers more losses than wins and is currently in a crap-ton of debt. It seems like he also uses dangerous drugs, so no matter how much he has, it will never be enough.」(Walt)
Walt, who has been keeping silent up till now, finally spoke. Since Rachel was present, he had chosen to refer to the magic incense as ‘drugs’ to avoid raising any suspicion. Isaac gave him the stink-eye before turning back to face Irene.
「Fine. I’m the son of a wealthy merchant――Well, I’ll be able to manage it somehow or another.」(Isaac)
Rachel blinked in surprise as Irene stared back at him in puzzlement.
「Are you going to buy the letter with money? Even then, we don’t know whether he’ll keep his mouth shut or not.」(Irene)
「I ain’t gonna do such a bothersome thing. I simply need to dispose of the letter, drag the truth out to the light, and the Professor down with it.」 (Isaac)
Irene was speechless as she stared at the sinister expression on his face.
（…I always manage to abstain myself somehow, but I believe Isaac can also be extreme when he wants to.）
She decided to approach the “don’t overdo things,” with him later.
But, to be honest, she didn’t plan on trying to convince him too hard.
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