One Day, the Engagement was Suddenly Cancelled. ……My Little Sister’s. chapter 5

Later Talk

I am now in the biggest church in the Royal Capital Vima. Wearing a black tuxedo, standing in front of an old priest.

Yes. There is nothing to hide, today is my own wedding.

Three years have passed since the engagement cancellation case, and now I turned nineteen. I graduated from the Elliot Royal Academy of Magic that I attended last year. It was a school that I attended for four years from the age of fifteen, but I couldn’t attend in most days. Still, I think I was able to have a good student life. …… I couldn’t make friends other than Miss Melissa.

But for me, I still think that my student life was fresh and fun. I learned about advanced things that I couldn’t learn at home, and my magic improved a lot. Before I entered the academy, I had a weak constitution, I stayed at home almost all the time, and I rarely spent time with many people. I was glad that I could experience being part of a group that I couldn’t normally experience in life than at the academy.

When I was remembering my student life like that, my soon-to-be-wife appeared in front of the church entrance in a white dress.

My marriage partner. It’s a person I know very well. I can say that she’s the person who knows and understands me best other than myself

It all began one year ago. The day when I graduated from the school, I was told the name of my fiance, but I was very surprised at that time. It was to the point that I almost unconsciously shouted. At that time, if I were to describe my mind, it would be 「gourd to pieces」. Mindshattering.

The woman walked straight towards me. Light gold hair is visible through the gaps in her white veil. She’s a little taller than me, and had a lovely yet beautiful appearance.

Her name is Sistina. The person who I thought was my sister until now.

That’s right. Sistina was not my real sister.

The beginning of things goes back two years after I was born.

My true hometown, the neighboring country, Stein Kingdom, was in the midst of a civil war 17 years ago. My real parents, the Marquis Périgord, died in that civil war. Only me, who was two years old, was left behind.

At that time, the ones who were willing to take me in after hearing about the situation were the Duke Walkley husband and wife, my present father and mother. It seems that the reason for taking me in was the close friendship between families. That’s why I was adopted and raised by the Duke Walkley family.

Of course, there was another reason to it. Since Duchess Walkley had a weak body and had given birth to female Sistina, there would be a need to take in a new wife but she didn’t want that. However, no relatives were age-appropriate to adopt, and Duke Walkley also refused to seek a new wife.

It would have been nice if Sistina could succeed, but in the Elliot Kingdom, the right of women to inherit was not recognized.

So that’s when they thought to make me marry Sistina and take over the family. Why would marriage with Sistina be necessary? In order to become the owner of an aristocratic family, it is necessary to marry the blood of that family or to marry a direct line. This is a matter stipulated by kingdom law and no exceptions are allowed.

Of course, though Duke Walkley had such intention, he said he would still give priority to my and Sistina’s feelings.

However, I have harbored good feelings for Sistina, and Sistina was also very enthusiastic, so the engagement was accepted. I don’t know if my feelings for Sistina are in a romantic way, but I think I can build a good home with her. ……No, we definitely can.

This is kind of a digression, but Sistina seems to have known the situation long before. She seemed to have accidentally happened to overhear father and mother talking about that so she came to know.

Sistina herself seemed to be fond of me from even before, and was worried about that. She said she would love me like her real brother.

But a day like that happened. She came to know she and I weren’t real siblings, and happened to know that I was the first candidate for her fiance. At that time, she was so happy that she shed tears. My mother secretly told me that yesterday. For you to be thinking of me that much, I am truly happy, and above all, I think I love you.

Sistina walked down the Virgin Road1 and eventually came before me. She was already beautiful from a long distance, but when I saw her right in front of me, I thought she was even more beautiful.

“How is it?”

Sistina asked me.

“B-beautiful…”

“Fufufu. I’m happy. Thank you.”

…I could only say such ordinary things. I hate my vocabulary.

“Are you ready?”

The priest asked.

“Yes, please”

“Priest-sama, please go ahead”

“Un”

When I and Sistina said that, the priest nodded and started his lines.

“Do you, Alphonse von Walkley, swear to take this person, Sistina von Walkley, as your wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do you part?”

“I do!”

“Do you, Sistina von Walkley, swear to take this person, Alphonse von Walkley, as your wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do you part?”

“I do!”

“Everyone, pray for God’s blessing on them, and pray that God will graciously protect and help these two, who are united by the bond of marriage.”

When the priest said that, everyone attending the ceremony meditated and dropped their eyes. Me and Sistina also meditated and dropped our gaze in the same way.

“Heavenly Father, grant I pray that husband and wife may have a true and understanding love for each other. Grant them both with faith and trust. Give them the grace to live with each other in peace and harmony. May they always bear with one another’s weaknesses and grow from each others strengths.”

Silence filled the place.

“Now then, open your eyes.”

And after a beat, the priest continued.

“You may now kiss the bride.”

I raised Sistina’s white veil and looked at her face.

She’s truly beautiful.

I can only come up with such trite words, but those are really the ones I can think of. Then I thought. That I like Sistina in a romantic way. With that, I suddenly became embarrassed and turned away my face. I know my face is bright red without even looking at a mirror.

“Brother…No. Alphonse-sama, your face is red, you know? Fufufu”

“I-it’s not really red!”

“Fufu. Is that so? Then, please kiss me now.”

“I-I know!”

I approached Sistina’s face, and made a peck-like kiss.

The very first kiss I had since birth was… somehow sweet

It may be because the taste of “love” is sweet. Somehow, I thought so.

 


1 “Virgin Road” is Japanese-English for the bride’s walk down the aisle. (Japan Times)
It was really written as
バージンロード that is read Baajin Roodo or Virgin Road. I preserved it as is 


One Day, the Engagement was Suddenly Cancelled. ……My Little Sister’s.

One Day, the Engagement was Suddenly Cancelled. ……My Little Sister’s.

Aruhi Totsuzen, Kon'yaku Haki sa remashita.…… Imōto ga.
Score 6.6
Status: Completed Type: Author: Released: 2017 Native Language: Japanese
The noble Duke Walkley family from the Elliot Kingdom. The heir, Alphonse von Walkley, was too weak to go to school because of his natural constitution.One day such Alphonse. He was in good physical condition, so he went to school for the first time in about two days and enjoyed his student life.And then, the lunch break when he visited. The First Prince of the Elliot Kingdom came when he tried to eat with his sister and her three friends at the school cafeteria. The Prince suddenly said things startling Alphonse and company.According to him, he wants to cancel his engagement with his sister…

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