I was surprised. For a lot of things. First, my sister is the fiancee of His Highness Marx, who is supposed to be the next king, and that he one-sidedly wants to abolish the engagement relationship. I was even more surprised at the story that Sistina bullied Miss Arisa and pushed her down the stairs. Personally, I don’t think Sistina would do that.
I took a look at Sistina.
Sistina seemed confused and unresponsive. The same goes for Miss Melissa.
There’s no other way. Let’s talk here as a brother.
“Your Highness. Can I say something?”
“I don’t mind. What?”
“Thank you. First of all, I would like to confirm. You told us that my sister, Sistina, bullied Miss Arisa and pushed her down from the stairs. Is that true?”
“Is that so. Then exactly what kind of bullying did she do?”
His Highness Marx urged Kevin, the son of the Commander of the Guards and heir to the Duke of Yankers. Kevin took out the folded paper from his bosom and read it aloud.
“From here, I will explain to you, on behalf of His Highness Marx. First of all, about the atrocities that Miss Sistina did to Miss Arisa, there were five things we could confirm. Let’s talk in chronological order. First of all, around mid-May, there was a case where Miss Sistina gave Miss Arisa tea and made her dress dirty at a tea ceremony held as a lesson at the school. In this incident, we also have testimony.”
Did that happen? I didn’t know because I couldn’t go to the academy much. But isn’t that just some kind of misunderstanding? After all, I just don’t think Sistina would do that.
“Sistina. Do you remember that?”
For the time being, I decided to ask Sistina.
“Y-yes, but it was an accident. When I was holding a teapot and pouring tea into a cup, I bumped with Arisa-sama…”
When I asked more in detail, Sistina holding a pot bumped into Miss Arisa, making the tea in the pot spill because of the collision, and it just happened to spill on her dress a little. At that time, Sistina apologized and Miss Arisa also accepted it. If so, the problem has already been solved, and it is not something to be steamed again. Besides, it’s Miss Arisa that’s at fault. It’s unconvincing to be able to label that as bullying.
When I told His Highness Marx and company about this in a roundabout way, it seems that they felt and thought about it the way I did, and the matter became irrelevant. It is natural. Far from Sistina being at fault, the problem has already been settled between the parties a long time ago.
“Now then, let me explain the second one.”
Instead of Kevin, Ains, the son of the Commander of the Mage Division and the heir to the Marquis of Mellow, began the explanation. Apparently, it seems Sistina’s bullying of Miss Alisa (laughs) is going to be explained one by one by His Highness Marx and co.
“The second atrocity took place around late June. Anyway, Miss Sistina reprimanded and bullied Miss Arisa through words in front of many students. Again, there are many witnesses.”
Sistina answered Ains’ explanation.
“It is true that I reprimanded her, but I think saying I bullied her is a bit much. I simply told her to be careful. I remember Arisa-sama was wearing a flashy ornament that is prohibited at the institute, so I told her to be careful.”
Ains went silent. Perhaps they didn’t research up to the contents? In such a situation, I don’t think he can join the Mage Division, which requires research ability. Since one of the Mage Division’s important tasks is investigating incidents, it requires fair, impartial, and meticulous research capabilities.
“T-then let’s go to the third point! David!”
“Yes, Your Highness.”
His Highness Marx urged him to immediately explain next, perhaps because he knew that people were getting suspicious. David, the son of the Finance Minister and the heir to his Earl family, then explained. Like Kevin, David took out a folded paper from his pocket.
“The third incident occurred around late June as well. The content was that Miss Arisa, who was walking in the hallway, was tripped by Miss Sistina who was also walking in the same hallway.”
“? I don’t know anything about that, but…”
Sistina clearly said. Meanwhile, Miss Melissa seemed to have remembered something.
“Maybe it’s that time? You know, when we were walking down the hall, Arisa-sama had fallen down behind us?”
“Huh? Ah. Aaah. Come to think of it, something like that did happen. But I don’t think that has anything to do with me.”
His Highness Marx said.
“I don’t have any, but… but when you say that, there’s also no solid proof that I did it. There’s only Arisa-sama’s testimony. Am I wrong?”
“Ugh. Then, next! Jean!”
“Yes, Your Highness.”
Jean Cromarty, the heir to one of the largest state-run firms, the Cromarty firm, began the explanation.
“The fourth offense I confirmed was around mid-June. The content was that the uniform that Miss Arisa normally wears was found to be torn. Miss Arisa said she saw a female student with pale golden hair from a distance running away from the classroom.
“…I don’t remember doing that.”
“Hmph. Denying it is wrong. Well, I’m the last.”
His Highness Marx started explaining.
“Miss Arisa was pushed down the stairs yesterday late afternoon. Fortunately she just sprained her ankle, but she might have died if she made a single step wrong. What do you have to say about that?”
“I absolutely didn’t do that! In the first place, why do I even have to bully Miss Arisa!”
Sistina raised her voice a little. Miss Melissa also frowned and revealed discomfort. It’s natural since her best friend is about to be condemned for a ruthless crime without giving her a chance to explain. The students around also seem to be beginning to feel distrust in His Highness Marx, and had suspicious looks.
“Can I say something for a bit?”
I made a suggestion to sort out the situation and open up the truth.