Chapter 3: The Entrance Ceremony
“──── We will now begin the entrance ceremony. First, the new students will enter. Please welcome them with warm applause. “
Shortly after Isaac sama entered the second hall, the voice of the moderator rang in my ears. As everyone was bracing themselves for the big moment, the large, double doors were thrown open. I was at the back of the line, so I couldn’t see what was going on inside, but I had a feeling that the place would be overflowing with the parents of the students.
There was an ear-splitting round of applause as the two rows of new students slowly began to walk in. As the new students stepped into the hall one after another, I glanced sideways. The queue was in the order of arrival, so I had some idea of what to expect… I knew that right next to me was that beautiful man.
I’d like to say, “Oh, my heart is pounding,” like the protagonist of a romance novel but it’s nothing like that… It’s that the glares around me hurt… Because of his beauty, the beautiful young man with black hair attracts attention even if he doesn’t want to. He naturally draws attention to me as I walk next to him.
The person in question is used to it or doesn’t mind it at all, but… “Definitely, I should have come earlier…” I thought to myself as I walked around the venue, filled with regret. We lined up in front of the chairs set up for the new students and took our seats all at once when the teacher gave the signal. Then, the applause that had been echoing through the hall stopped.
“Thank you very much for your applause. Next, the President of the Student Council will address the audience: His Royal Highness, the Crown Prince, Leonardo Ares Draconia. Please go ahead. “
The one who stood up with the title “His Imperial Highness, the Crown Prince” was a beautiful young man with blond hair. With his lustrous blond hair and a neutral face, the reflection of us new students in his emerald eyes, he smiled softly, causing some of the girls to blush.
A few of the girls moaned and suddenly collapsed. It’s no exaggeration to say that he is the embodiment of a people-pleaser. ──── This is His Highness Leonardo Ares Draconia, the current student council president of Frügel Academy and the crown prince of the Draconian Empire, It is rumored that he is a genius who has both literary and military talents, as well as good looks.
In addition, he is very friendly and treats people equally, even if they are commoners. Of course, because of his position as regent, he needs to be strict at times, but I hear that he is basically a gentle person… mainly from my sister Scarlett. While recalling what I’d heard about him, His Highness Leonardo bowed slightly to the parents’ seats and then turned towards the stage. The other student council members followed behind him, and they went up to the stage one by one.
Among them was ──── my older sister, Viscountess Scarlett Rosa Meyers.
Why is my sister there? The answer is very simple: ──── she is the current vice president of the student council. Female… It’s unheard of for a mere viscount’s daughter to enter the student council, but my sister was selected as the vice president because of her excellence. Aside from the things she says and does to me, my sister is a very good student. It’s said that she surpasses even His Royal Highness Leonardo in the field of magic.
Perhaps because of this, few people argued against her selection. With a proud expression on her face, my older sister who stood behind His Highness Leonardo has clearly become more mature than eight years ago. However, perhaps because of her short stature and baby face, the word “cute” suits her better than “beautiful.” Still, my sister seems to be doing her best to make herself look more mature with makeup…
It’s not that she’s by any means ugly; it’s just that my sister seems to have a complex about her childish appearance. While I was paying attention to the beautiful blue-haired girl I hadn’t seen in weeks, the beautiful blond-haired young man suddenly opened his mouth.
“First of all, congratulations to all the new students. I am very proud of you for passing the tough entrance exam and making it this far. From now on, let’s learn together, laugh together, and build friendship together. “
It wasn’t anything special that was said, but perhaps because it was His Highness Leonardo’s words that left a strange impression on me. I realized once again that it was not what was said, but who said it that was more important.
“I’m sure you’re not used to living in a dormitory, but don’t hesitate to ask us for help when you need it. We, the student council, exist for the benefit of each and every student. Last but not least, I’m looking forward to your future successes. “
After concluding his speech, the student council president bowed gracefully and descended from the stage with the other student council members. The new students clapped their hands in excitement after His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince addressed them. The applause was incomparably louder than the one we received during our entrance.
The moderator continued the ceremony while I had the thought, “This charisma is terrifying.”
──── After that, the boring entrance ceremony ended successfully after listening to a thankful speech by the chancellor and a speech by a representative of the new students.
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After the entrance ceremony, we, the new students, listened to the homeroom teacher explain our schedule and the school rules, and were dismissed early. While most of the new students went around the school with their friends, I went to the dormitory. As a socially awkward person who only participated in the bare minimum of events because they were “too much trouble,” I was naturally a social outcast.
I thought I could just make friends after I got to school, but it looks like it’s going to be difficult. There are already several cliques created, and it’s going to be very difficult to get into one of them. Let’s go back to the dorm today and get some sleep, then make friends tomorrow. Already feeling isolated on my first day of school, I made my way through the crowd to the dormitory.
As I walked along, thinking of the floor plan of the site, I saw ──── a dark blue roof. It was as big as an aristocrat’s mansion, and there were three of them, divided into different grades. Is that…? That’s strange. The roof seems a little darker than the building we saw at the orientation… It was supposed to be a beautiful light blue like the sky… Or was it my imagination?
Stopping in front of the gate, I stared at the dark blue roof and tilted my head.
“Has too much sleep finally made me crazy…? No matter how I look at it, it looks like a dark blue roof… “
” ──── Well, of course it does. It’s actually a dark blue roof. “
I heard a familiar voice behind me and turned around to see the beautiful black-haired young man who was next to me at the entrance. He doesn’t even smile and looks down at me with a blank expression. I could clearly see my confused expression in his lapis lazuli eyes.
“Eh? Um… so it is dark blue after all? “
“Oh, hahaha… that’s right. It looked light blue at the orientation, but I guess it was just my imagination…”
He tilted his head slightly and looked at me as I put the index fingers of both hands together and nervously laughed. Then, after showing some movement as if thinking, he nodded his head in agreement. Suddenly, he grabs my head with a death grip; I wonder what he was thinking. Eh? What…?! What’s going on? Why is he grabbing my head? Could it be that I’ve made him angry?
“Um, sir! I’m sorry if I offended you in any way…”
“──── That’s the boys’ dormitory.”
He said, interrupting my words, and I confusedly responded, “Huh?”
As I blinked repeatedly in bewilderment, the beautiful young man with black hair grabbed my head and forced me to turn it ──── towards the southeast. It was too far away to see clearly, but I could vaguely make out the familiar light blue roof. The word “lost” flashed through my mind, and I broke out in a cold sweat.
“That is a girls’ dormitory.”
I couldn’t help but grieve at the truth told to me in a hushed voice. I was so embarrassed to be lost at my age… it was beyond embarrassing! What’s more, after getting lost, I ended up in a boys’ dormitory… It could have been anywhere else! I feel like a slut trying to pinpoint the boys’ dormitory in this large area…
No, it’s because… This school is so big! There’s a school building, a dormitory, and even a practice field?! Of course, I’m going to get lost! Despite all the excuses, the shame won’t go away…While thinking, “If I had a hole, I’d bury myself in it,” I bowed deeply, very deeply.
“Thank you for your kindness and I’m sorry for the inconvenience. Is there anything I can do to thank you for helping me…? “
“No, it’s fine. I’m sorry to say this, but at first, I thought you were a slut trying to sneak into the boys’ dormitory. You don’t have to thank me for that. “
A slut trying to sneak into the men’s dormitory… it’s shocking as hell, but it’s not surprising that I would be seen as such under these circumstances… In fact, several women sneak into the men’s dormitory to have sex with a well-known aristocrat, get pregnant, and try to get rich… So it’s not surprising that he felt uneasy. There have been several such cases in the past.
I stared back into his lapis lazuli eyes, torn between wanting to scream “I’m not!” and feeling guilty for making him feel uneasy. There was no emotion in the beautiful lapis lazuli eyes that seemed to be sucking me in.
“Please tell me your name at least. I’m Charlotte Luna Meyers, the second daughter of Viscount Meyers. “
Even though I won’t admit it, I wanted to know the name of the benefactor who stopped me from making a fool of myself… The beautiful, dark-haired young man replied in an indifferent tone.
“I’m ──── Grayson Lee Soleil.”