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Translated by: Empress || Edited by: Sam
ARNRBKM – Vol.2 Ch. 17
Novel Raw: Vol. 2 Ch. 17 || 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]
Irene felt that this had become something troublesome.
(I was planning to meet everyone in Luc and Quartz’s collaborative research room though……)
Rachel was a woman, after all, so Irene refrained from having her participate in the night patrol. Irene and Isaac were acting separately, so Isaac had decided to meet her in the collaborative research room so they could stay on the same page. One way or another, she must smoothly part ways with everyone――but.
「Selena-chan kind of surprised me……」
「It seems like there’s a saying in the far-east countries 『a woman’s heart is as fickle as autumn weather』, but who would’ve thought that she’d be exactly like that.」
「Kyle-senpai, what does that mean?」
「I’ve heard that saying as well. If I’m not mistaken, it means that feelings can easily change.」
「Why did President James, Auguste, Kyle-senpai and even Walt-senpai all want to come along with me tonight?!」
Unable to bear it any longer, Irene, with a lantern in hand, turned to shout at them. The four men exchanged looks.
「There’s no way I can follow along with that kind of talk…right, Kyle?」
「We can’t continue a meeting after the Student Council President has left anyways.」
The Senpai’s brazenly declared that they were running away. Resisting an oncoming headache, Irene shifted her attention to James and Auguste.
「Then, shouldn’t the President and Vice President have changed the course of the conversation?」
「I refuse. I have a principle of avoiding futile endeavors.」
「Ah, I’m kind of bad with that kind of thing as well….」
Is this perhaps some unstoppable phenomenon where all the capture targets run wild due to a revision of the heroine’s character? How pathetic.
「Hey, Auguste. Do you even realize that you were just dumped?」
「Eh? I’ve been dumped?」
「Looks like only the person in question was unaware.」
Walt and Kyle were laughing at Auguste. James muttered in amazement.
「As long as nothing troublesome happens within the student council. This happened at a good time since things were starting to get intolerable.」
「…Hey. I’m only going to say this since it’s all guys here…… But, I think you guys are mistaken… it’s not like Selena likes me.」
Everyone stared at Auguste, who was laughing ambiguously, with astonished looks on their faces. Forgetting her irritation, Irene questioned Auguste.
「What do you mean, Auguste?」
「The student council members are conspicuous, so we’re popular with girls. That’s why…… I thought I seemed like the easiest target amongst all of us and that’s why she hoped something would happen.」
「……So you mean she wanted to be a lover of someone popular? That seems likely. Selena is the type to show-off, after all.」
Auguste glossed over Walt’s analysis with a laugh but didn’t deny it. Irene, meanwhile, managed to grasp the current progress within the game’s storyline.
(In short, isn’t this the situation where there are pretty faces everywhere, but no one can actually be captured…?)
It was a playstyle that was common among beginner players. It would have been fine if there was a so-called “harem ending.” But that route didn’t exist in the 『Holy Maiden and Devil’s Regalia』series.
Given the situation, Selena was very likely to fail even if she later chose to pursue Auguste’s route. Irene felt relieved, thinking it was the right call to stay uninvolved in the heroine’s romance.
「Is she acting like that with the Demon King for the same reason? She wants to be the lover of a man who would be the envy of everybody…… How absurd.」
Walt grinned at James, who was shrugging his shoulders.
「But, I understand why a person would be captivated by a crown prince with that kind of pretty face. Moreover, he’s the half brother of the fiance of Lilia Rainsworth whom she idolizes.」
「And he’s the fiance of Irene Lauren D’Autriche, whom she sees as an enemy. …Don’t tell me she’s planning to snatch him away from her? Surely she has enough sense to recognize what actions are inappropriate.」
The serious Kyle and honest Auguste made sour faces at the thought.
「Y’know, I’m not very good at these murky situations. How are you going to deal with the mediator position, James?」
「She won’t shut up about it. So, I can only let her do it. Besides――I didn’t say this since she was already getting carried away in that situation, but the Demon King himself nominated Selena.」
Everyone was surprised by that revelation. Irene was rooted to the spot.
(I wonder what you are thinking, Claude-sama. No way… is he planning to cheat on me…!?)
She needed to immediately add conditions concerning any concubines. At the very least, Selena would be rejected.
「I think it’ll be fine, but I’m also going to confirm it in detail. I’ll also make an inspection so there’ll be no security flaws. Hence, why I’ve come along for the night patrol.」
So it wasn’t because he was running away from Selena’s passionate speech. Irene wanted to confirm this with him but decided to let it go. Wanting to finish their patrol as soon as possible, Irene walked ahead while the others trailed behind her.
Auguste merrily exclaimed.
「The night patrol is kind of fun. Isn’t this the first time we’ve walked together?」
「That’s true now that you said it. It’s quite refreshing.」
James snorted at Kyle’s agreement.
「This is just a coincidence. I don’t need such useless conversation.」
「I don’t want to gather for male bonding either. Right, Airi-chan?」
Irene brushed Walt’s hand off her shoulder.
「How on earth did you manage the Student Council up until now without talking?」
Walt nodded his head vigorously while Auguste was feeling puzzled.
「Everyone is excellent after allー」
「Certainly, we seem to be good at doing individual tasks.」
The two seniors who didn’t actually feel a need to focus on their student council duties, had it easy. Irene thoughtlessly cut into their conversation.
「That’s not it. It’s because President James is an excellent manager.」
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