Part 02 – Current Situation Confirmed
Okay, let’s check out the current situation for now. Putting aside the fluffy white tiger that’s jumping and rolling about on my king-sized bed… Well, I’m glad that it has become healthy. First pinch avoided!
I checked my appearance using a mirror twice my size on the wall. With straight, jet-black, hair that reached my shoulders and dark eyes that wouldn’t be weird for a former Japanese; this was me, Serafiona Granzeus. There stood the daughter of the Granzeus family of the Judor kingdom. My family consisted of my father, the Minister of Finance, and my older brother. Sadly, my mother died after giving birth to me. In this world, giving birth was still life-threatening.
My father, the Earl, was a handsome man with black hair and emerald-green eyes. Even his figure was like the models from my previous life. He was busy with exhausting work, but he still gave me enough love for my mother too. The me who’s thirty on the inside came to understand that much more. Although, the age difference between my father and my previous self was not large, seeing him do his best as a single father made me want to cry.
We had a territory in the northern valley, but due to Father’s important position, the three of us along with a few servants live at the Earl’s mansion in the capital. It seems that a servant attempted an assassination before, so although we were nobility, our family has the rare rule of doing things by ourselves. It was unbelievable, but because of that, I can do things on my own without too much interference. Granted, there was a guard around me somewhere.
My brother, Larousa Granzeus, was a little older than me. He would turn ten later that year. He was a beautiful boy with black hair and green eyes, exactly the same as Father’s. I’m glad that the three of us have the same hair color.
Nobility had to undergo a magical power examination upon reaching the age of five. The outcomes were divided into high, average, or no magical power. Our Earl family didn’t have anything like an ancestor spirit, but we had massive amounts of magic. My older brother, of course, is someone who could outclass others through his high magic level alone. As it was customary for children with high magic levels to enter the Magic Academy, the usual custom was to immediately practice magic control at home with a tutor. Once the child turned thirteen, they would become eligible to apply to the Magic Academy.
My older brother studied with a tutor from morning until evening and then learned etiquette for men. We lived in the same mansion, but we only saw each other’s faces at mealtime.
Now that I remember, Larousa might hate me. After all, Mama died because of me. At the time, Larousa was a smart seven year-old, so he should have understood that. Avoiding the little sister who has the same eyes as your beloved mama, it’s nothing surprising…
But maybe that makes things convenient? At the magic academy, due to one event after the other, Larousa should met the heroine, fall in love, and become hostile towards me. I want to avoid the villain route, but somehow, it is already adjusted. Of course, if the route goes exactly like the novel, and I’m a kid who loves her brother very much… it will be difficult for sure. I can’t bear the overflowing feelings of getting killed by my own brother.
“What is it, Sera?”
“Could you tell me your name?”
I still don’t know the name of Byakko-sama, so I have to at least get an introduction. It’s puppy sized with black streaks across its snow-like white fur and has clear blue eyes like a sunny winter sky.
“My name’s Ludarilfina. One of the four celestial divine beasts born from the Moon Goddess. My predecessor died and the other day I got lost. Hehehe.”
“Lu… Darui? Mofumofu? Henahena?*”
“Is it okay to call you Lu?”
“… Well, can’t help it, because Sera is small.”
Hey, you too!
The person itself didn’t view itself as a Byakko. Byakko was a preconception I had from my previous life afterall.
“Why were you in our garden?”
“I came here while I was running around because I was happy that it was snowing.”
You were lost, this little…..
“How did you injure yourself?”
“…… Someone threw a weapon I had never seen at me. How irritating!”
Now I’m really curious! The one that harmed one of the four celestial holy beasts, what sort of weapon did that person use?
“Did you get attacked in our garden?”
“I don’t know. It looks like it was poisoned, it was vague.”
“Is that so… Lu… is staying here alright? What about your family at home? Are they not worried?
“Because my father, the predecessor died, I don’t have anyone.”
“…..Lu, what do you eat?What should I do for you?”
“If I’m by Sera’s side, I will have as much of your beautiful magical power as I want. May I?”
“Of course! We are friends!”
Lu then jumped from the bed and onto my chest. Well, it couldn’t be helped, he’s still a baby.
“Lu, how old are you?”
“I stopped counting when I was over a hundred years old. “
Aren’t you totally an elder……..
*I think she was trying to pronounce his name or nicknames. Though in Japanese Darui means dull, mofumofu is fluffy, and henahena means helpless/weak.