It was when my age had finally reached double digits.
From that point on, Sophina was already stuck on my back.
“I’m sorry, Sophina. Let’s play together when I’m done studying.”
“Puu~ Got it…”
Sophina puffed out her cheeks, but obediently complied.
I sat down on the chair in front of her, swinging my short legs, and looked at the notebook I was writing in.
She observed the letters being written by the pen with great interest, even though they were probably not even interesting.
“Sister. What are you studying for?”
“It’ll make me smarter. And maybe, this can help Oswald in the future.”
“…sister, are you going to get married after all?”
Sophina frowned when I mentioned my fiance’s name― Oswald.
And then, as if it were a cliché, she goes on to say something like this.
“A man like that is not suitable for you, Sister. He’s just an idiot who doesn’t even know how blessed he is.”
“Come on. It’s not nice to talk ill about people.”
I poked her on the forehead and chided her.
At the time, I never dreamed that Sophina’s words had been spot on.
“Sister, I also want to learn with you.”
“But it’s still early for Sphina.”
“But if we do it together, we can stay together much longer. That’s right, I’m going to ask Father for permission.”
As if she had a good idea, Sophina quickly ran out of the room.
The next day.
Sophina really began to participate in my study.
Let them learn if they are willing to learn, even if it is not in line with their academic ability.
Hardships and setbacks are experiences that will come in handy one day. That’s what our father thought.
Her age might make it impossible for her to keep up with others― however, she successfully defied everyone’s expectations.
“That’s amazing, Sophina.”
I stroked her head, and my sweet little sister happily pounced on me.
“Ehehe… now I can stay with my Sister.”
From then on, Sophina always insisted on joining whenever I start learning something new.
She didn’t have a fiancé set in stone, and all she needed was a minimum level of education.
In spite of this, she chose the same path as I did― a very hard path.
When she insisted on taking combat training in addition to her studies, I confronted our father and told him that she was indeed overdoing it.
“Father! Sophina is too young for combat training!”
“It’s good to keep learning.”
Our father stubbornly refused to retract his statement.
So I persuaded Sophina.
“Sophina. You don’t have to take combat training. You really don’t have to.”
“Thank you for looking out for me, Sister. But I want to do it.”
She would listen to anything I had to say, but this was the only time she would not give in.
“Why are you doing this?”
“I want to be like my sister. That’s all I want.”
Sophina did the same things I did.
We both shed blood, and learned the same things together.
My friends would always say, “She’s trying to get your position.” And there were also many rumors about our disagreements that never happened.
But that’s not the case.
“Sister, look at me!”
“Oh, my. Did you get the same haircut as me again?”
“Yes! I love you, sister!”
Sophina is truly and simply just a “sis-con.”
“I came because I thought I could see my sister first. So what the h**l is this nonsense?”
Sophina shook Oswald violently.
I just said “sis-con”, but there is one thing that is not normal.
That is… as you can see, Sophina will always go crazy when it comes to me.
When I was still attending the All Girls School, there was a young lady who hated me.
She formed a faction of several people, complaining sarcastically about me, and prodding me at every turn.
It’s a common story in the women’s garden* and I didn’t care about what they said, but my sister was different.
(女の園 -/ On’na no en/ a term referes to a place where there are many women, or a place that is characterized by the fact that there are women.
In short, it’s a place where women gather.)
――’I’ll go talk to her ♪’
She laughed, while imitating the movement of snapping her fingers at the same time, Sophina went to see the young lady in question.
And the next day, the insidious bullying stopped completely.
In addition, my sister found several people who were hostile to me and punished them as well.
If I’m not involved, she’s really as pretty as she looks…
“Don’t just stand there and say something, you stupid son of a b***h! What happened to the energy you were so proud of just now? Ah!??
“…oh, no. I’m, I’m sorry.”
When I rebuked her, Sophina chuckled in embarrassment.
If it weren’t for the fact that she was strangling a large man, she could captivate several people with that look alone.
“Sister. Just to confirm, is what this ba… Oswald-sama said just now true?”
Sophina hurriedly rephrased.
What was she going to say just now?
I was afraid to ask again, so I just brushed it off.
“―It’s a lie! It’s all a lie!”
Oswald raised his hand like a mechanical puppet and gave his all to show a gesture of surrender.
“How can I seriously break off an engagement to a woman as attractive as Laila? That was… just a joke!”
“O Spirit Friends. Take this man to the fiery sea of flames!”
Suddenly, a heat source was generated and the scenery around Oswald distorted.
Oswald stumbles and rolls around on the floor.
Sophina has an aptitude for heat and fire magic.
It is said to be powerful but difficult to handle, but she uses it effortlessly.
Well, it’s all due to her hard work.
“Even if it’s a joke, it’s too d*mn mean. Dance around until you spontaneously combust.”
“Sophina, you’ve gone too far.”
“But he hurt my sister, so there’s no way to make up for it aside from dying.”
Sophina said something outrageous with a straight face.
I don’t have anything against her being a sis-con, but this excessiveness is the only thing that bothered me.
“I’ll be fine.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yeah. It woke me up, and I feel much better now that you’ve punished him. Thank you.”
I’m telling the truth
Years of hard work have gone down the drain, but seeing Oswald in agony made me feel better.
He had made a number of problematic statements, and if I followed the procedure, I could break off the engagement to him.
Sophina’s eyes narrowed in fascination, then she jumped into my chest.
“Oh, I almost forgot to tell you. Welcome home.”
“Yes, I’m back. I’ve returned.”
I stroked her head and Sophina pressed her head against my chest.
“Oh, yeah, I forgot.”
She then released the heat spell she casted on Oswald.
“I forgive you then. You can thank my merciful sister.”
“Sister, can we take a bath together today? And later… Can we sleep in the bed together?”
Sophina’s voice is so sweet that it’s hard to believe she is the same person who threatened Oswald just now.
Oswald was no longer in her line of sight.
Realizing this, Oswald collapsed in a helpless state and glared at me… and me alone.
“That’s right. Since father and mother are not here, let’s spend time together as sisters for the first time in a long time.”
…the disturbance is likely to continue.
With such a foreboding feeling, we left the room.