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Observation Record of A Self-Proclaimed Villainess’ Fiance 15.3

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Chapter 15

Bertia 17 Years Old (5)

 

 

Part 3/3

Translated by LynneSuzuran & Senhiro

 

 

 

“Eh? Lèse-majesté? Among other crimes? What are you talking about…”

“As a consequence, we agreed that along with Baron Inderon severing connections with you, we will be content with sending you to a monastery. Therefore, your life from now on and for your lifetime, you’re going to pass your time in the monastery as Heronia, the commoner, without any connection to the Inderon Baron House. Of course, any attempt to flee will not be tolerated. That is all.”

I finished speaking, having completely disregarded the former Baroness Heronia’s jumbled talk.

 

When my words sank in for her, her face that was brimming with happiness became warped with anger and bafflement.

“Father!! What in the world is this about?! Even though I’ve always told you that I was a special existence, why is this…?!”

“…”

 

“Baron Inderon, you are permitted to speak.”

Baron Inderon was about to snap angrily at his daughter to the point where his mouth was already open when he seemed to remember the king was present and sought permission with his eyes. My father slowly nodded in return.

 

“Heronia, are you still going to say such thing this late in the game? That’s enough, please take a look at reality. You’ve brought about such a serious matter. By all rights, under the law, it wouldn’t be strange for you to get a more severe punishment. Since it was a matter within the academy, you are able to get away with a punishment only to this degree. You should be grateful. I will also shoulder the fault of not being able to correct you despite having always having been anxious that things would turn out like this someday, so you should also reflect on your own action in the monastery for the remainder of your life, and this time, pray for the sake of other people every day. …These are my last words to my daughter.”

 

In response to the words that were slowly strung together former-Baroness Heronia opened her eyes wide.

Perhaps he had never seen that kind of appearance before, as Baron Inderon finished his words, he cast his eyes downward and averted his gaze away from her.

 

“W, weird. This is weird! Everything had gone smoothly until I entered Halm Academy, so why did things become like this? I thought that my happy harem life would begin the moment I entered the academy, but why?! This kind of conclusion shouldn’t have existed within that game!! Even though I am the heroine!!”

Having been forsaken by her parent, Baron Inderon, former-Baroness Heronia had a complete change in her countenance.

 

As she raised her voice, the knights stepped forward and held her down.

With her face flushed in fury now, I wonder if Baron Inderon’s final show of love as a parent even managed to reach her?

Nay. She most likely didn’t get it.

 

“That’s right. What about Pi-chan? Where did Pi-chan go?! If that child were here, everyone would know that I’m a special being. After all, that child was a holy…”

“If it’s about the bird you were keeping, he no longer exists in this world.”

“……Eh?”

 

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Her gaze flickered around the empty air, looking for a help from the small bird who had continued to protect her by her side, for the special being who would have allowed her to be the [heroine], and then she stiffened.

No matter how much she searched, there was no sign of the bird…There couldn’t be.

The people who weren’t aware of that bird’s existence frowned at her suspicious behavior.

The same was true for the people were aware of the bird’s existence, yet were unaware of that bird’s true identity.

However, a stinging air of tension ran only among those who knew of that bird’s true identity.

With the situation being like this, no matter what she said, if the people here didn’t even acknowledge it, it would just be taken as a lie without anyone believing in the existence of spirits.

Still, if you consider the worst case scenario, you couldn’t help but to be on guard towards her behavior by all means.

 

 

“That time, in order to protect you—his master, his life was destroyed.”

“N-no way…”

“That is the result of your action. Also, it’s the future that the two of you chose.”

“W-wrong… N-no way… Lies! Pi-chan!!”

 

Despite her angrily laying the blame on the others up until now and never repented or lamented for anyone other than herself, on former-Baroness Heronia’s face, remorse and sorrow appeared for the first time.

Apparently, even though it was in a twisted form, there had certainly been a bond between her and her spirit.

I was a bit relieved about it. Could it mean I also possessed the heart to sympathize even if only a little, as I witnessed that light spirit’s last moments right before my eyes?

 

“Pi-chan! Pi-chan! Pi-chan!!”

The voice of former-Baroness Heronia resounded within the silent room.

However, even if she continued to tearfully call the name of her absent friend, the eyes of everyone watching on were still cold.

That didn’t mean that the hearts of the people in this place were cold, it meant that her actions had made them like that.

 

 

…Now then, the punishment has also been mostly settled, so shall I fulfill my promise in the end?

 

“Aah, that’s right. It might be out of topic, but I was asked to relay a message to you.”

Towards the girl who brokenly kept on calling for “Pi-chan,” I said that in a slow and clear voice.

As a response to my words, she looked at me with a gaze that was similar to a scowl, and I showed her my usual smile.

 

“[He] wanted me to tell you that [Even if his figure couldn’t be seen, he would always be by your side].”

The eyes of former-Baroness Heronia that were wet with tears were opened very wide.

Even if I didn’t say who, she probably understood from the distinct wording.

 

The people who didn’t know that the bird was a spirit should be contemplating who could possibly be applicable in this kind of conversation.

Or there might be some people who thought that I was joking or being sarcastic.

Well, at least they wouldn’t take it as the words that the bird said.

 

“Uu… aa… aah…”

She couldn’t even utter any words before the grief of losing the only friend who unconditionally became her ally and the words that the friend left behind. She only made some sounds that were similar to groans, and then simply cried without being able to even wipe away her tears.

Perhaps, her friend’s death was a more painful reality to her than being accused of her crimes.

 

If that was the case, then why didn’t she change the route to the calm future where she could spend her days with her friend, before things became this way? Though I was critical of her for it, we can’t do anything about things that have already occurred.

That’s why…

Let me provide you with a choice in light of my [gratitude] for the things that I was able to learn, and for the appeal that he made by risking his life.

 

I slowly approached her, as she continued to shed tears while staring at the floor in a daze and crouched over like a broken doll.

I commanded the people who tried to stop me out of worry with a light wave of my hand before I kneeled next to her and quietly brought my lips closer to her ears.

If it was the previous her, she would have boisterously made a racket going, “Kya-, kya-!”, but now, she didn’t even have the willpower to do so.

 

“This is a fragment of his consciousness… his soul. The monastery at the edge of the north believes in the [holy light]. If you continue to offer your prayers there, perhaps life would return once more to this fragment one day.”

I told her in a voice that others couldn’t hear and hung the leather strap of a pocket with a small white gem inside around her neck.

 

“That is [his] memento.”

What was attached to the undecorated leather strap earlier was a fragment of the light spirit’s core.

When he used up all his power and the thing that became his core was on the verge of shattering, I borrowed Zeno’s power to stop it and that was what was left behind.

Since a part of his will was supposed to remain in this thing, if she were to continue concentrating her efforts on offering prayers in a place that contained powerful light energy, perhaps the power that would gather in the fragment’s vicinity could allow him to regain his life as a spirit again.

Naturally, since the thing that remained on her hand was nothing more than a [fragment], it won’t become a complete [Pi-chan] anymore, though.

However, I think that it’s much more reasonable rather than thinking of him when seeing grains of light dispersed in the air, and also this way she would also feel hope.

 

 

“Now, let me present you with a choice.”

A small amount of hope showed in her vacant eyes, and after looking at the white gem hanging on her neck, she slowly looked at my face.

 

“Between the monastery at the northernmost tip with a harsh environment and the monastery located in a relatively mild land that’s only a 3 day journey by carriage from the royal capital, which one do you want to go to?”

“Ah… I…”

 

If it was the same as usual, there was no doubt that she’d choose the monastery closer to the royal capital.

After all, life would be remarkably easier in a mild temperate.

 

…However, light energy was quite weak there, so it won’t be suitable for healing the light spirit that had already been destroyed.

Will she choose her own life, or will she choose a friend’s life?

The light spirit gave up his own life for her sake.

That being the case, how far are you willing to go for his sake?

If, for example you don’t have the will to go that far, then it’d be better for you to quickly release him.

So that he’d become a part of a new spirit that would be born one day, and find a new happiness.

 

 

“I-I…”

“The options that I’ll give to you will only be those two options. After all, I’m not as soft-hearted as Bertia.”

I faced her with a smile on my whole face, and she gulped while staring at me.

 

“I will… I will…”

Former-Baroness Heronia bit her lips firmly.

 

Then, after looking at the white gem for a while, she stared firmly at me with eyes that carried a passionate light.

 

“I will go to the north.”

 

The girl who declared her will clearly with a heavy voice was no longer the [heroine].

She had changed into a woman who possessed a strong will and desire to help her friend.

 

 

……Probably, right?

 

 

 

 

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  1. The amount of care that I have for Heronia still hasn’t increased

  2. Thanks for the chapter ❤~

  3. Thanks 4 the chapter!
    It’s a little hard reading about her downfall. Difference between Heronia’s and Bertia’s situation is miniscule. Both reincarnated into otome game, blindly believed into scenario and clumsily tried to follow it. Only that Bertia had reliable Cecil working in the shadows for her. I feel immense pity for Heronia.

    • Except Bertia, while believing the game scenario was absolute, did everything for the happiness of other people. She got all her and Cecil’s acquaintances together. She wanted the heroine to get with Cecil because she thought that would be the happiest end for him. To be blunt she might have saw the world as a game, but she also saw everyone that lived in the world as actual people.

      Heronia did everything out of selfishness. She never once thought of the world as anything but a game for her benefit. She never truly tried to do anything because she assumed the world would just bend over backwards on her behalf because she was the “heroine”.

      • And she wanted to get a personal HAREM!!!

      • Agreed. Very much agreed. I think it is exactly the point of this chapter: The situation between Heronia and Bertia could have been so easily switched around. Hell, in another situation (AKA if only Heronia wasn’t so hell bent on antagonizing Bertia AND aiming for a reverse harem), they could have been the perfect best friends, supporting Cecil together. Alas….

        • LynneSuzuran

          November 30, 2018 at 1:10 am

          Oh, I’ve read another novel under a similar premise–but with the difference being the heroine and the villainess competing in a healthy manner, and that the heroine yielded in the end, admitted defeat, and seemed to want to be good friends or rivals with the villainess XD
          Now that’s a very good friendship scenario, but yes, alas…

      • Noy entirely accurate. Bertia loved Cecil and wanted the best ending for him, which is a good thing but still selfish. Do not forget that if she had successfully turned her father evil, people would have suffered nonetheless. Like her, Heronia also wanted the best ending involving Cecil, granted she wanted a harem too but wanting more is human nature. The fact that she decisively chose Cecil route for the ending is also proof that she cares for the people around her. Remember any route where Cecil wasnt chosen usually leads to a negative outcome for the kingdom. Sure she acts the way she does but given the information she had and the role she was in, there was no reason for her to act otherwise. After everything is said and done she was merely a child who doesnt understand what she did wrong because she was following a story to the best ending. It does not forgive her for being the way she is but how could she have known that Cecil was no longer the ticking time bomb both Heronia and Bertia saw in the game.

        • LynneSuzuran

          November 30, 2018 at 1:21 am

          Whoa, that’s a very nice analysis and I have to say that I agree! OwO
          If Bertia succeeded in making her father evil… ORZ imagine all the possibilities!
          I guess the star of luck is on Bertia’s side that she managed to arrive at this conclusion…

      • LynneSuzuran

        November 30, 2018 at 1:00 am

        Oof, your reply is more well-said and complete than mine XD
        I’ll give you two thumbs up and many nods of agreement~

    • LynneSuzuran

      November 30, 2018 at 12:59 am

      If you put it that way, that’s true.
      But I guess Heronia is also at fault since she has such an irritating attitude or behavior–like, trying to do anything in order to achieve her goal or the scenario. Unlike Bertia who’s really kind ><

  4. Thanks for the new chapter!

  5. Thank you very much for the chapter!

  6. Eh, not sure why the story is trying to elicit sympathy for her at this late stage. Heronia isn’t some innocent victim or anything. She used lies, manipulation, and literal magical mind alteration to try and destroy innocent people in pursuit of her own desires.

    • Not sympathy, only the opportunity to repent. And repent is allowed to all, even the lowest and most evil of sinners.

      • LynneSuzuran

        November 30, 2018 at 1:06 am

        It’s not too late for anyone to repent… I guess that applies for Heronia, and hopefully she’ll be able to live more properly from now on XD

    • LynneSuzuran

      November 30, 2018 at 1:03 am

      Yup, I also wonder why… I pity Pi-chan more than Heronia… but at the same time, that light spirit was so blinded by his love to Heronia that it became so detrimental for both of them at the same time >< ...but maybe Heronia's original disposition was the thing that influenced their downfall the most.

  7. I like the way this story give this character a chance to repent and also show that our prince isn’t just a heartless. He sympathized that light spirit and give this girl a chance to repay that light spirit’s kindness, it’s good that her choose to take a chance present to her.

    Thanks for the chapter desu

    • LynneSuzuran

      November 30, 2018 at 1:08 am

      Yup, Cecil is becoming more humane instead of the android prince portrayed in the original game, and that’s a really good thing~!
      I also like it that the villainess didn’t get the capital punishment but was given the chance to repent and to try to be a better person instead.

  8. Finally she got hit with reality check. Now she can grow in personality.

  9. Dammit. I was a bit sorry for her at first when she choose prince to stop him from being puppet. But that ‘happy harem’ sentence came up, all my pity are gone.

  10. “? I thought that my happy harem life would begin the moment I entered the academy, but why?!”

    what?! I will swear word at you! baby let me hit you one more time! but it’s okay. at least at the very end she pick the right choice.

    • LynneSuzuran

      November 30, 2018 at 1:11 am

      Seriously, if she didn’t pick Pi-chan over her ease of life, I’ll really be angry at her–definitely hate her, and want to have the adorable and poor Pi-chan QvQ

  11. Thanks for the chapter.

    It’s been days since Pi-chan’s death and she only now just realize? Her obliviousness to reality is that strong huh.

    I hope that if Pi-chan does come back, he doesn’t spoil her again.

    • LynneSuzuran

      November 30, 2018 at 1:19 am

      Did she think Pi-chan was only taking a break and a fly to somewhere else? Not sure how the bond between the spirit and their master works, but I question the fact that she didn’t question the fact that Pi-chan was gone missing after that incident…
      And in my imagination, after years of praying, Heronia managed to recover Pi-chan, but Pi-chan lost all memories of Heronia and became very cautious against her… Then, it’s Heronia’s turn to spoil Pi-chan and to win his trust :3

  12. i read this chapter before my english Exam lololkl thanks for the chapter~

  13. An absorbing novel…thank you for your hard work!

  14. Pet theory: it’s not healthy to have previous life memories shoved into your head when you’re a small kid. Both Heronia and Bertia suffered irrevocable brain damage as a result.
    It would explain so many things.

  15. I really liked this chapter. Liked that Heronia is emotionally attached to Pii-chan and was smitten by news of his death. Liked that she chose to prioritize her friend when given choise.

    I like that doll constructed the sotuation for her to make this choice.

  16. Heronia is really pitiful because Cecil would have find her ‘interesting’ if Bertia’s past memory did not exist. Considering that Heronia is the heroine, she find it safer to just follow the otome plot, while Bertia needs to break the plot in order to succeed. Because of that, the plot had become unreliable by the time Heronia enters the academy.

    Basically, Heronia loses to Bertia all because Bertia is luckier by being able to have the head start. Honestly it’s really sad for Heronia because anything else she wants to do in academy stage had already been spoiled by Bertia’s actions. No wonder Heronia feels frustrated and it is really unfair to judge her all because Heronia is being portrayed as villain. In the end, she also couldn’t get her prince, not because she is not good enough but because Cecil had already been taken by Bertia a long time ago. You can’t really compete well in such unfair situation.

    Also, Heronia was kind of forced to pick the prince Cecil because all of the other targets has been made unavailable by Bertia’s meddling. We know this is because Bertia wants Cecil to have the happy ending with Heronia but all Bertia is really doing is pushing a guy she had already conquered to Heronia to marry to avoid the android prince ending which I think it is really unfair to Heronia. Heronia’s downfall was really caused by Bertia and so, Bertia is truly the real bug in the story and not Heronia.

    • Oh, C’mon.
      I admit you’re right in general, but no matter how much Bertia’s ruined the plot in the begining because, yes, she fucked up her relationship with Cecil, I’ll grant you that. But the truth is that she earned every bit of hatred from the other targets to be an insufferable and self-centered bitch.
      Honestly: I just had to open the damn eyes to see how EVERYBODY was seeing her with hate, not only Bertia and her “henchmen” but every time she made a scene that had no relation or drew lines from nothing. She knew the development of the game just like Bertia, it was enough to steal the flags with the other targets here and there instead of stubbornly clinging to something that EVIDENTLY was not working.
      The only way I temporarily thought of excusing her was when Cecil hinted that perhaps she had also been contaminated or influenced by the spirit of light. Only that time. But of course, that flag was already shattered in this chapter seeing that her shitty attitudeis is still accurate. Come on, they dragging her chained to the courtroom after keeping her imprisoned for days, there was no way they were going to congratulate her for nothing.

  17. ¡Thank you for the Novel!!
    I just discovered that you continued with the translation, I’m sorry, I was excited reading and I didn’t thank you before, so: THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!
    I just wanted to say that.

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