Destruction Flag Otome – Chapter 8

Chapter 8 – My stepbrother became a hikikomori shut-in

 

The day after I got carried away and sent flying by the earth golem. I headed to Keith’s room first thing in the morning to apologize, maybe he still hasn’t gotten up or something, there’s no reply no matter how many times I knock. Well, even if he is still sleeping, and I’m unreasonably trying to wake him up, I thought that surely he would come to breakfast.

 

Keith didn’t come to breakfast.

Since Keith had shut himself in and missed a meal, mother and father were also very worried.

Mother even suspiciously asked me “Katarina, did you do something to him when you visited him in the morning?” How rude! Man, I didn’t do anything!

But anyways, because I was worried as well, I headed to Keith’s room again as soon as I finished eating. Just like this morning, no matter how much I knocked or talked through the door there was no reply.

“Keith. It’s me. Katarina. Since you didn’t come for breakfast, are you in bad shape?”

Then from within the room, a feeble voice answered.

“……Nee-san.”

“Yes, it’s me. What’s wrong, Keith? Does your stomach hurt? Are you okay?”

“Nothing’s wrong with me. More importantly, are nee-san’s injuries okay?”

“Yep, I’m fine. It’s just a little bump on the head. Anyways, Keith, I have something to say. May I come in?”

I have to properly apologize to his face about the incident yesterday. However……

“I’m sorry. You can’t.”

I was flat out rejected by his answer.

“Wh, What?”

“I can’t stay by nee-san anymore.”

Keith wouldn’t say anything else after that. Really, I have no idea what’s going on. What’s this, I think Keith hates me now.

Anyways, since I can’t do anything like this, I tried getting into his room, but the door knob wouldn’t turn when I placed my hand on it. Apparently, it seems that it is locked. Even when asking Keith to open it, there is no reply. What should I do? At this rate, if Keith becomes a shut-in and starts hating me…..

Keith becomes a shut-in → Keith becomes lonely → He enters school like this → Has an encounter with the heroine which heals his loneliness → Keith falls in love with the heroine → Katarina gets in the way → the nuisance Katarina gets exiled or gets finished off by magic.

Oh no! This is so terrible! This is heading straight towards a destruction flag!!

And as I was desperately trying to break the door open with all my might, I heard Anne’s voice.

“Ojou-sama, exactly what would you happen to be doing?”

“Well, Keith locked me out and I can’t get in.”

“Well, doesn’t that mean that he doesn’t want Ojou-sama to enter?”

Anne coolly sent me a look of compassion.

“Ugh, certainly, that might be so…… but, something seems strange about Keith.”

I’m also in quite the desperate situation.

“For the time being, if you want to get in that badly, there’s a spare key for each room in the servants’ room…… Ojou-sama.”

As soon as Anne told me, I dashed off to the servants’ room.

 

 

However…… Once there, it became clear that Keith was holed up with the duplicate key as well. How smart Keith is!

However, this has confirmed it. Keith has become a full-blown hikikomori. This is getting dangerous, so so dangerous~.

At this point, I have no choice but to use my last resort. And so, I went to a certain place.

 

 

I got the item I was looking for, and headed back towards Keith’s room.

“Ah, Ojou-sama. Did you find the spare key? Ojou-sama, what on earth!? What are you trying to do!?”

Anne who was still in front of Keith’s room noticed me and spoke up, but suddenly let out a surprised voice when she saw what was in my hand. Meanwhile, I responded to Anne with a rough snort.

“I’m gonna open this door. If Keith stays shut-in like this, it’ll turn into a big deal!”

“It couldn’t be that you’re going to open the door with that!? And if so, how are you going to open the door with that!? You’re not planning to break the door down, are you…… Anyways, please calm down, and put that thing in your hands down.”

Anne desperately tried coaxing me, but I paid her no mind at all. I mean, at this rate, the destruction end that I tried so hard to avoid at great length has turned into a straight path towards ruin.

“Keith. If you’re close to the door right now, get away from the door.”

I spoke towards inside Keith’s room.

And then – I slammed the ax that I brought from the garden shed into the door.

“Ojou-sama~~~!!”

The crackling sounds of the door breaking mixed in with Anne’s screams.

 

 

After breaking down the door, when entering the room I saw Keith on his bed with wide, round eyes. It looked like he had no idea what was going on. It seems as if Anne who was behind me went off to find someone to tattle on what the Ojou-sama did. Well, I’ll leave the matter of the door for the time being, and apologize later. Keith comes first.

“……Nee-san.”

I drew close to Keith who had wide round eyes and his mouth open agape. And then……

“I’m so sorry about yesterday!!”

I kneeled down on the floor and bowed my head until it hit his bed. A so-called prostration. After all, it would not count as a sincere apology unless it was to this degree.

“Unreasonably asking you to use magic you could not control yet, I’m really sorry!! Moreover, not listening to your warning and trying to touch the earth golem…… Sorry for making you worry!!”

I desperately bowed my head as I said so. Before I realized it, Keith was crouching next to me.

“……Why is nee-san apologizing…… It was all my fault……”

“What are you saying? It was my fault! Because I asked such an unreasonable request of Keith!”

Looking at Keith next to me, he had his head down. Keith talked in a voice like he was barely squeezing it out.

“……Nee-san isn’t scared of me?”

“Scared?”

What on earth would that mean? Well, if Keith continues shutting himself in like this, it will be extremely scary if he falls in love with the heroine and raises a destruction flag……

Somehow or other, for some reason, he’s already started hating me and wants to dispose of me early……? The destruction flag came early!?

“……In my previous home, I injured my stepbrothers with magic. And this time, I’ve injured nee-san. Even though my magic is strong, I can’t control it properly.”

I held my breath at Keith’s words. ……So, he probably hates me now because I unreasonably asked him to use magic…… Is the destruction coming? Is it coming? How about it?

“……Because I can’t control my powerful magic, it might keep hurting people. ……Nee-san isn’t scared of me?”

“……Huh?”

Involuntarily, I let out a funny voice. Somehow, it doesn’t seem like a destruction flag.

“……Oh, so it was something like this~~”

I was relieved, and let go of my breath, while Keith finally raised his face. There were such beautiful blue irises in his eyes.

“If you can’t control your magic, all you have to do is just work hard at mastering it now.”

In fact, in the game, Keith was able to properly manipulate his powerful magic. Keith is only eight years old now. From now on, if he trains properly, he will surely be able to control his magic before attending school.

“Since our magic tutor is coming soon, won’t you keep practicing magic together with me?”

Fully at ease now, I said to him with a foolish smiling face. Then, the silent Keith finally said something.

“……Nee-san still wants to be with me?”

“Of course! I’ll always be with you, or else do you hate me?”

Keith shook his head vigorously. Apparently, I don’t seem to be hated anymore. I’m so glad.

“As such, even if something’s wrong, in the future don’t shut yourself in your room…… Uh, Keith, what’s wrong?”

As I was looking at Keith with relief…… Tears were dripping from his such beautiful blue eyes.

“Keith! What’s wrong? Does it hurt somewhere?”

Suddenly, I panicked as Keith started crying. We were just talking normally a minute ago! I, I’ve done something wrong!? Even though I desperately rubbed his small back, his tears wouldn’t stop. And so, Keith continued to cry, while I was lost not knowing what to do.

“……Katarina, what on earth, are you doing?”

From the room’s entrance, I heard a low bass voice that was so low as if it was crawling on the earth. When I turned to look, I saw mother standing there with the face of a demon.

“Katarina, just the other day you had promised me to rest and behave until your injury healed…… What is this destruction to the door…… Moreover, your stepbrother is crying like this…… I wonder what on earth you are thinking.”

“Uh, uhh mother…… This is, well……”

It was as if all the blood had been drawn from my body. I felt like I had been thrown into a cage with a lion.

“Katarina. For now, please come to my room.”

“……Whimper.”

“Keith, you must have been scared. Since I’m going to take this with me, it’ll be alright.”

While pulling me by grabbing onto my collar, my mother turned to me with the reverse of the gentle eyes she had for Keith.

“……Mo-, other, it’s not……”

Keith raised his face like he was going to say something, but he couldn’t speak too well because of all the crying.

Without realizing it, a lot of servants had gathered in front of the room. However, at this time only the doting father was not to be seen. As such, I was forcibly taken away by my enemy to mother’s room.

After that, I had to listen to my demon mother’s lectures for several hours straight.

 

 

After being released from mother’s grasp, I returned exhaustedly to my room, where Anne met me with some tea. Her kindness touched my heart. I told her everything that happened, words flowing from me like a river. I drank the tea, and was finally able to rest a bit. Come to think of it, was Keith alright after crying so much? I asked Anne whether Keith was okay.

“After a while, he seems to have calmed down.”

“Is that so, I’m really glad. But, suddenly crying like that, I wonder what it was?”

“……Ojou-sama, since Ojou-sama suddenly broke down the locked door, what will happen when you see someone invading your room with an ax in her hand?”

“……Uh, well……”

“If it had happened to me, I would be crying and screaming with fear.”

“…… I will go apologize to Keith later.”

“Yes indeed. Well, it might also be that he will cry and be scared again.”

“………”

Anne’s logical analysis made me depressed. Certainly, when looking at it calmly, breaking down the door with an ax was a bit overboard. I was a bit too hasty after detecting a destruction flag. First of all, it would have been much better if I had done something like stick a wire in the keyhole.

But, since I can’t take back something I’ve done already, for the time being, since Keith might have been rather frightened, I will try and recover my relationship with him.

However, betraying my expectations, Keith came to see me with a smile on his face. On the contrary, saying something like “Nee-san didn’t do anything wrong. From now on you’ll always be with me, right” is the absolutely cutest thing he could have done. Moreover, he seems to have defended me in front of mother, and my punishment of no dinner was able to be rescinded. My stepbrother is not only very cute but also so kind. He really is the best brother ever.

And as such, curtains were closed successfully on the “Keith became a hikikomori shut-in” incident. From now on, to make sure Keith isn’t lonely, I’ll be sure to love him properly!

However, due to this incident, mother decided on her own to strictly train me all over again in the rules of etiquette.

In this way, I avoided the destruction flag, but faced another trial in the form of my demon mother and her etiquette lessons.

44 responses to “Destruction Flag Otome – Chapter 8

    • If anything, the fact that she, a recently injured person recoverd this quickly + have enough strength to bust down a door with an axe, seem to imply something.

      Maybe her ‘interaction with one’s source of magic’ (read: monkey blood) kinda grant her stat boost power?

      ‘ ‘a I mean, imagine a mage whose only spells are stat boosting ones, so despite officially being registered as a mage, she just runs in and axe the crap out of things.

      Including her own destruction flag…on accident…by capturing the destruction trigger instead…

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  1. Thx for the chap.
    Wanna see keith pov. Is there going to be one on the next chap?
    Also what a cruel mother to refer her dougher as “this”, poor mc

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  2. Lmao. I don’t think our MC will ever learn.
    She’s been lectured for being an idiot all that time in her previous life & she still can’t learn even after dying. *facepalm*
    She’s hopeless. X3
    Thanks for the chapter~❤

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  3. Keith will surely evolve from hikimori into siscon. Also, I thought she was gonna break in from the window with her monkey skills, didn’t expect her to chop down down the door despite being little girl

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  4. After reading ahead to chapter 9, for the sake of accuracy, I have changed every mention of the word “cousins” (the kids bullying Keith that he injured with magic) in the story to “stepbrothers.” Chapter 9 provides more detail on Keith’s background.

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  5. Remember when I said Camille from Otoburrito is stupid? Boy was I wrong. Compared to Katarina, Camille seems like an outright genius! Katarina seems to have barely enough intelligence for speech, well talking at least, because listening to important information apparently doesn’t work. °_°

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    • I think that regarding her memories didn’t change her intelligence level all that much; it’s just instead of being stupidly obsessed with her ‘nobility’ and ‘fiancé,’ she’s become stupidly obsessed with preventing her ‘destruction’ flags, at a far more direct level due to her tomboyish past life.

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  6. Some mistakes I saw :
    → “I can’t stay by nee-san anymore.” (you mean “with” or “besides” instead of “stay by” maybe?)
    → “axe”, not “ax” ^^
    → a hikikomori is a shut-in, so saying “hikikomori shut-in” is odd to me~ (might be just my personal opinion)

    Then most importantly… thank you for the chapter and your hard work ! The main character seems indeed really stupid to me, but I really like the slice of life side of this story. Her mother, the prince and her stepbrother are interresting characters. I am curious about how it will turn out ~

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    • What’s wrong with “stay by?”😡
      by and besides and with should all roughly mean the same thing here, I think.

      Ax is American, Axe is used everywhere else. I actually googled this one when rin posted the first comment!

      And yes, I know it’s like posting all according to keikaku plan… but for the benefit of the doubt, I decided to leave both of them in there. Shouldn’t affect the story flow too much, I think.

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      • Well my bad, it is maybe just me then ^^

        → About “stay by”, I’ve never seen it like this except “stay by X side” (adding “side” then). i’ve just looked in a website of my country which translates and gives examples from books and it indeed, doesn’t give “stay by” alone (I used linguee). Well, theory might be different from reality like often, if so, then I’ve learn a new thing today😄
        → About “ax”, thank you, you teach me a new things ! ^^ (the result of having teachers who are stuborn to teach only English and yell when I use American version of a word haha (I won’t admit that I didn’t google to be sure ! … Ok, shame on me for not googling it XD)
        → It doesn’t affect much the story flow for me, don’t worry ^^ Just typing my opinion (that I find it odd, maybe could have been better to put “shut-in” between parentheses then. Again, it’s just my opinion ^^)

        Well, I am not an English native speaker, and sorry if I seemed to want to fix misakes which is not my point. I just wanted to point what seem odd to me to share my opinion and improve my English by learning from what you or other people think about. I am sorry if I seemed rude ^^”

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      • I’ve never seen it spelled as “ax” before. Interesting.

        Thank you for the chapter! (Heeerrrreees Johnny!)

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  7. mufufufu… kukukuku.. kukuhahaha… with facepalm… this is too much.. i hope for more of her stupidity.. man can’t read the atmosphere…
    whew
    thanks for this chap.. more stupidity pls.. :3

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  8. lol! What is this dense?dumb? girl thinking, she didn’t even discover why keith cried lol. Ain’t that tears of relief? haha xD!
    And looks like Keith will get a sister complex🙂

    — Thanks for the chapters~ ^^.

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  9. if this goes with this direction rather than destruction flag she will get, she will get reverse harem flag instead. plus her own denseness only will make this become more worse. can wait to see she meet other two capture candidate :v

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  10. Bakarina!!!! I will hold this name in my heart until the absolute necessary time to use it !

    Thanks so much for all your hard work!!!

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  11. She is amazing in her own way. If I keep reading this I’ll probably will keep mass-face-palming so much that I will become just as “smart” as her. Oh well, goodbye brains!!

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  12. “Keith becomes a shut-in → Keith becomes lonely → He enters school like this → Has an encounter with the heroine which heals his loneliness → Keith falls in love with the heroine → Katarina gets in the way → the nuisance Katarina gets exiled or gets finished off by magic.”

    Oh lol Katarina, look at the second to last step “Katarina gets in the way” I think when she starts going crazy about destruction flags, she forgets SHE is Katarina. She could have just not gotten in the way lol! But her denseness seems to always work out in her favor, so it’s OK! RESULTS ARE JUSTICE XP.

    Keith’s “From now on you’ll always be with me, right” sounds super cute now, but I hope he doesn’t get too crazy in the future!

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    • Somehow it doesn’t seem like she realizes “I can just not be a tremendous jackass and get owned for it”. Or more like that’s not even the kind of person she is anyway, so it probably wouldn’t happen.

      But as a plot driver the whole panic over destruction flags (though events of the game seem to be many years off) is hilarious.

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  13. “From now on, you’ll always be with me” sounds WAY more sinister when the child saying it is holding an ax after breaking through your door…

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  14. >And then – I slammed the ax that I brought from the garden shed into the door.
    BOSS. plus obligatory “Here’s Johnny!”

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  15. HAHAHAH BREAK A DOOR WITH AN AXE! amazing. Simply amazing. She is so dense that it is simply amazing. And seriously, where is the manners? ugh, her future seem bleak.

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