The Little Duchess' Home Tutor (Novel) - V2 C9
Volume 2 Segment 5
Chapter 9 – Summer in the South Part 3
Nee-sama glared at Mother as she was holding her two swords.
“…I have my own plans. Mother, you stay out of it.”
“I kidnapped your father when we were sixteen, you know? Richard was born—”
“Aah aah aah aah!! Wh-, wh-, why would you say something so vulgar?!! Have you any shame as the Lady of Leinster?!”
“My, my, I was also sixteen when I kidnapped Rien. Lidya, do you actually hate your man?”
“I DON’T!!! Not even if the world ends I will ever hate him…”
“There, you have your answer. What is there to be a wuss about?”
“Love is all about the offense, you know?”
Nee-sama looked down, her cheeks flushed redder than apples, and her body trembling greatly.
She was usually so dignified, so seeing her like this was both unusual and adorable—but, this is going in a bad direction.
It is impossible for her to compete with Mother and Grandmother without Nii-sama around, she’d only be crushed down by their remarks.
…Which means, what awaits after this is—
“Yes~ Anna on the service~”
“Enhance the fireproof barriers.”
“Understood. I must say, Linne-ojousama.”
“—You sure have grown mature. It wasn’t so long ago that you could only tremble in your shoes in front of such a quarrel, but now you can stand your ground and make your own judgments. Anna is happy. Of course, this is all thanks to Allen-sama’s education, after all?”
“Isn’t that obvious? After all I, Linne, am Nii-sama’s disciple!”
The already thick fireproof barriers were layered even more.
About the same time as it happened—Nee-sama slowly raised her face.
She seathed her iron sword.
As she swung ‘True Crimson’ around, feathers made of flame scattered.
Her face twisted into a smile.
“—Mother, today is the last day I’ll ever show you mercy.”
“My, my. What terrifying mana~ ♪”
“…I am grateful that you are rejecting marriage proposals from some unknown riffraffs on my behalf. But! That and, umm, my…thing with…him is…umm…”
“Speak up, Lidya.”
“Don’t urge the girl, Lisa. Can’t you see she’s embarrassed? I’m sure she actually wants to marry him even a day faster and have enough kids with him to play an orchestra. Ufu, ufufufu~♪ Oh Lidya, aren’t you bold.”
Nee-sama raised ‘True Crimson’ above her head.
—There, ‘Flaming Bird’ made its appearance, swooping straight down at her.
The flames engulfed Nee-sama, converging into her.
“Haa… You even dared to point ‘True Crimson’ at your own parents. Allen has been too lenient with you.”
“Oh dear me, your skill sure has improved.”
“—Mother, Grandmother, I won’t pardon you even if you begged me.…”
U-, uwah… she’s totally lost it.
Nee-sama’s heat penetrated the fireproof barriers that were layered in hundreds and more, making my skin feel burned.
Th-, this is… Right, Grandfather! Please, stop—E-, eh?
“If it’s the Grandmaster you’re looking for… ‘Hahaha… There’s nothing I can do at this point. Tell Lindsay to wrap it up before supper,’ is what he said as he left. As expected of him. Now I can see who Young Master Richard takes after with his tactical retreats—It was a superb judgement. We should learn from him more!”
Anna was still high-strung with her narration—when one of the maids came up to her and whispered something to her ear. The Head Maid then promptly clenched her fist white. What happened?
—A rush of mana exploded.
Nee-sama raised her ‘True Crimson’ above her head.
On the other hand, Mother only ostentatiously thrusted out her parasol.
“What a helpless girl you are. But still—Are you sure with your actions?”
“Begging for your life won’t help—”
“This parasol, you see, Allen went out of his way to choose and buy it for my birthday. Oh, how can it ever withhold that attack from you? The next time we meet, I guess I’ll have to say it to him; I’m sorry, Lidya burned the parasol you gave me in her tantrum.”
“Kgh… C-, coward! Y-, you dare to hide behind him!!”
“It is you who is pointing your sword. Now, come at me already. If not—”
Mother took a step forward—the next moment, she already entered Nee-sama’s reach.
She thrusted her parasol. Nee-sama retreated in panic.
“My, my, looking somewhere else?”
Grandmother unleashed her own ‘Flaming Bird.’
…It’s big. It’s just too big!
So this is Lindsay Leinster, the once called the ‘Scarlet Goddess’ who shook the battlefield in her wake!!
Unable to even evade it, Nee-sama met the gargantuan spell headfirst. The flames danced as though they were alive before sliced into two.
“Oh dear. I never thought you’d cut it. Lidya sure has grown, hasn’t she? I assume it’s all thanks to him?”
“—At the same time, it’s also her weakness. Lidya, your back is wide open, you know?”
Nee-sama tried to counter attack Mother immediately, but she dispersed her flames once Mother opened her Parasol, then—
Our Head Maid entered the space between them. Eh?
As she grabbed Mother’s and Nee-sama’s hands, Anna opened her mouth, her face pale.
“…Pardon my insolence. I have important news.”
“Please be calm as you listen.”
—My body shook.
No way… that’s a lie… right? Why, why would something like that happen? Why the capital?
Nee-sama suddenly broke into a run, Mother went and stopped her.
“Lidya, where are you heading?”
“…Where else? The Capital.”
“It’s too late. What we need to do now is collect information.”
Mother approached and hugged the trembling Nee-sama tightly.
“…Calm down. It’s okay, it’s all okay. Allen is a strong boy. Shouldn’t you know that best? It’s going to be alright.”
“…Mother, I, without him—without Allen… how should I… live? What does this world have for me… He is, he is my… my one and only…”
That was the end of it.
Linne’s Nee-sama… Lidya Leinster, the ‘Sword Princess’ who was so noble and dignified, that day, returned to being just another girl, breaking down in tears.
—The cause was the bad news we just heard.
‘The conservationists raised a coup in the Royal Capital. The ‘Sword Princess’ Brain’ fought valiantly as he guarded His Majesty the King. His current status—Unknown.’