I got nervous as I looked at all of them.
This is something I have thought about before, but they are all so pretty, cute and elegant that I start to question if I should be in this group.
"Hello everyone, I would like to thank you all for coming here. The reason we are all here today is because of Toru-Sama."
Marianne began to speak.
The people who were present here were;
Marianne, the Countess of Armand.
Luna, the princess of Greyfield.
Lynn, a Cat-type beastkin and member of the Flame Axe Clan.
Alusha, from the village of the elves.
Nei, his childhood friend.
Soara, his other childhood friend.
And me, Pione, of the demon race.
It all started with a message I received from Marianne.
It was an invitation to a tea party to talk about Toru-Sama.
For me, who had no friends of the same age, I was very happy with this invitation.
I always wanted to be with other girls and talk about our love lives, our hobbies, and have a slumber party.
But when I got to this place, I was so nervous that I cringed.
Like I said before, everyone is so beautiful and cute that I feel out of place.
"But really, that's just a pretext. I want to take this opportunity to deepen my friendship with you. Although we are rivals, we are also friends and members of the Manyu Brigade."
"That's right. Let's quickly get on with all the talk and start a fun tea party."
"Then let's get started."
Marianne-san snapped her fingers and the two maids pulled out a rectangular board.
I think it's called a blackboard, I've seen something like that in my country.
She then wrote a sentence on the board with chalk.
'Plan to defeat Kaede-San.'
What is this?
Alusha-San bowed her head.
"As you may have noticed, Kaede-San is the first candidate to be Toru-Sama's wife, the second is Frau-San... Even if we received an engagement ring, it doesn't assure us anything. We can never aspire to a worthy position if we remain indifferent towards this."
"In other words, we should improve our relationship with Toru-Sama to be on the same level as Kaede-San?"
"Correct. And I don't intend to sit here and wait for Toru-Sama to bestow it upon me. Even if I am a maiden, I must defend my position."
Me? To be Toru-Sama's wife?
Eh... This is so sudden... Well, I did imagine myself having two children with him. Maybe three... But being his wife will definitely make him love me more.
I don't know if I should be part of this conversation. It's all so confusing.
"But, Kaede-Chan is a slave. Is she allowed to marry someone?"
"Toru-Sama is someone who doesn't pay attention to details like that. He's going to go ahead no matter what. He's going to treat Kaede-San as his wife, regardless of her status. What matters most to him is the spiritual relationship, not the formal one."
"Marianne-San is right. That insensitive warrior doesn't care what kind of status or social position you have, his treatment of you is a function on the feelings you convey to him."
I wonder if Toru-Sama really likes me.
He hasn't even told me that he likes me.
What if he were to hold my hand, not out of love, but out of mere physical attraction?
Can I live with that?
Nei-san raises her hand.
"I'll refrain from trying. Toru is too kind to turn me down, so I can surely aspire to something with him, but I've suffered enough. I don't think I have the right to be loved."
After hearing those words, Soara-San hit Nei-San on the head.
"Ow! What are you doing!?"
"Punishing you for talking nonsense. We both have a past that we want to erase and forget, but that's no reason to give up our future happiness. You were unhappy once, and so was I, and that's exactly why we have to keep moving forward and achieve that which will make us happy."
"Are you still in doubt? I can hit you again if necessary."
As usual, Soara-San is being unreasonable.
Still, I agree with her words. Giving up on happiness will simply make your whole life go unchecked into the abyss.
You are a strong woman, stand up and fight.
I'll try my best too. I'm going to make my relationship with the Toru-Sama work.
"But what exactly do we have to do to defeat Kaede?"
"Have a baby."
Alusha-San fell off her chair.
But she got right back up.
"D-D-D-Don't you think... That's a bit hasty? We haven't even held hands, hueeeeeh!!!"
"Yeah, I haven't been able to do that either! But I'm gonna do my best!"
Alusha-san and Marianne-san's faces were very red.
I looked around and they were all blushing.
After all, they all thought the same thing.
"U-Uh, but how are we going to... be with Toru-Sama? He's gone to another continent."
"We have no choice but to wait for his return. Or we could board the ship that will come back for supplies and go to wherever Toru is. Although that last one is not a good idea."
"Even if we had a plan, it's not like we'll meet him the moment we get there. It would still be different if we had a quick way to see him."
She's right. I wish there was a magic transfer circle that would take us to the other continent.
I miss you, Toru.
I wonder what you're doing now.
Crich crich crich crich
The floor sounds strange.
This place looks like an old mansion, is there a loose tile?
"Ugh, I wish the magic transfer circle that's in my village could take us to the other continent. Great race, why didn't you leave us a more powerful magic circle!?"
Alusha-San stomped her foot on the ground.
There was a crack in the ground. So I leaned my body forward to get a closer look.
Oh no, the ground is sinking!
The whole floor began to shatter, and all the girls fell one by one.
I barely managed to escape by grabbing onto the carpet that was spread out.
Marianne-San didn't seem to move a single muscle, she just sat there in a daze.
"Marianne-San, help me!"
The sharp wood ripped the carpet bit by bit.
I could feel myself slipping more.
"Give me your hand!"
I tried to grab her hand, but I couldn't do it in time.
The carpet ripped apart completely and my body fell backwards.
A low circle glowed beneath me.
The moment I fell to the ground, I lost consciousness.
"Aaaaah! Girls!? Oh, what should I do!?"
The magic transfer circle that could be seen at the bottom stopped working after transferring Pione-San.
This mansion is built on top of some ruins.
But I didn't know there was a magic transfer circle right below us.
To find out where the magic circle took the girls, I ran in search of a magician who is an expert in magic circles.
Please, I hope you are all safe.