Having completely lost my bearings, I tried changing topics.
[Rose]: “H-Hey El. Why were you and everyone else there when Erina-sama pushed me down the stairs? You never told me the details.”
That’s right. Will-sama said he would explain things later, but I returned home without ever hearing about it.
[El]: “Oh, about that”
It seems that Erina-sama had said something very suspicious to Sophia-sama while I was absent from school. Something that made it sound like she was acquainted with Count Damiel and the kidnapping incident, so Sophia-sama spread the word to El and everyone else.
That’s why when I returned to school and went off on my own, everyone secretly tailed me from behind because Will-sama wanted to see what Erina-sama would do.
[Rose]: “And so when I was falling down the stairs, you were able to get there in time to save me.”
[El]: “Yes, thankfully I decided to follow along from a different direction from Sophia-sama and Prince William. I had a bad feeling when I saw you heading for the stairs. Thankfully I made it in time. Really……”
I brushed some of El’s hair out of his eyes. It really is scary to think about what would have happened if he hadn’t made it in time.
[Rose]: “All I’ve been doing lately is make everyone worry about me.”
(I was supposed to be the villainess.)
It feels strange when I think about it. If everything had gone as it was supposed to, El should’ve fallen in love with Erina-sama and turned against the story’s antagonist, me. But Erina-sama, the heroine, was the one who was ultimately condemned.
[El]: “If you would stay by my side forever, I’d never have to worry about you again.”
I couldn’t come up with an answer for the serious look in El’s gaze.
(I……what is it I’m supposed to do? I know I don’t dislike El. But I can’t understand what it is I’m feeling besides……..)
[Rose]: “……El, I still don’t know how I feel……”
[El]: “I know, it’s okay. I can wait. You haven’t rejected me at least.”
For some reason I don’t really understand, a knot in my chest got real tight when I saw El’s soft smile. But, it’s probably just because of how cute El is when he smiles, so I decided to not worry about it and instead enjoy the sweets Anna had just brought for us.