Destruction Flag Otome – Chapter 28

Chapter 28 – I fell into a pinch

 

“How’s ‘Fortune Lover’ going? Did you beat it?”

During a break, my otaku friend A-chan asked me that with a smirk on her face.

“I was able to capture the self-important prince, but I still haven’t captured the evil sadistic prince…… The villainess rival’s quite amazing at getting in the way……”

As I sighed and said so, A-chan’s smirk became even larger.

“Hehe, I’ve already cleared all of it.”

“Ehh, you’ve already cleared it all!?”

“Mmm, not only the four capture targets, I’ve also cleared all the hidden ones too.”

As she said so, I looked at my otaku friend who was dauntlessly smiling with admiring eyes.

“As expected of A-chan~, so fast~. I guess there are hidden capture targets after all.”

“Yep, after you clear all four capture targets you’ll be able to go on their routes. By the way, do you want to know which characters they are?”

“Wait a minute, stop~~ spoilers are prohibited~~”

I said so and covered my ears, as A-chan’s smile was looking rather sinister.

“The hidden characters are~”

“No~ I don’t want to listen~~”

 

“Katarina-sama, it’s morning. Please wake up.”

“Mmm~, nooo, I don’t want to listen~”

“Katarina-sama, stop being half-asleep, and if you don’t get up soon, you’ll be late for classes.”

“……Mmm.”

When I finally opened my eyes, I saw my maid Anne standing there next to me.

“……Anne, morning.”

“Yes, good morning. Since you’re awake now, please prepare quickly.”

Anne was already briskly moving about, while my head still wasn’t working quite yet and I just stared blankly…… I tried to remember the dream I was having just up until now……

“Somehow…… I feel like that was a rather important dream……”

“……Dream?”

Anne replied to my muttering.

“Yeah, the dream I was having just up until now…… For some reason, I feel like it was a really important dream, but…… After waking up, I’ve forgotten it all~.”

“……Is that so…… You did seem to be saying something in your sleep…… But it didn’t sound like anything important……”

“Eh? Was that the case?”

Is that it, was it just my imagination? What kind of dream it was, I can’t remember at all…… Since Anne is saying so, that must be it.

Thinking that it was an important dream was probably just my imagination. And so I reached a conclusion, and began preparing to go to school.

 

It’s already been more than half a year since I’ve enrolled in school, and it’s just about to turn from fall to winter.

I’m already getting along really well with the game’s heroine Maria. Also, I’ve been able to become friends with students outside the student council as well. The field is going well, and I’m getting really good at throwing the toy snake.

I’m completely prepared for all oncoming destruction flags.

However, the only part I’m troubled about is, that I’m completely clueless about how love between the all-important Maria and the capture targets is progressing.

No matter how many times I asked Maria if she has anyone that she really likes, she would always reply with “I look up to and admire Katarina-sama” and dodge the issue. What’s more, Maria seems to have no self-awareness at all about how popular she is.

“I’m sure that all the boys in the student council are head over heels in love with you after being charmed by you, Maria” is what I enlightened her with.

“That’s definitely impossible. Everyone already has someone else that they’re head over heels in love with.”

Maria had a very surprised look on her face as she said that.

As for these capture targets, other than the heroine Maria who’s simply so charming, they shouldn’t have anyone else that they’d be head over heels in love with……

I think Maria really needs to pull herself together, it seems that her traits as an otome game heroine “denseness” and “misinterpretation” are activating……

Just recently, Maria and Keith also explored this topic together, and Keith had said “the person I’m always thinking about is incredibly dense” and he sighed as I accidentally overheard the conversation, I think that Maria’s denseness must really be quite something.

The capture targets probably have quite a lot of hard work ahead of them, eh……

 

And so, even though I didn’t know how everyone’s love was progressing, everything else was going really well, and I was having a calm and peaceful school life. It suddenly ended.

The game’s finally started its movements, eh……

 

During lunch break on a day that was quite cold, I was heading to the cafeteria with several of my classmates.

Usually, I would be together with my friends and stepbrother in the student council, but on that day, everyone else said that they had something else to do and would be there later.

Now that I think back on it, something around me seemed to be different that day. While the student council members are quite busy, and would sometimes have to work during lunch break, but…… Even so, for all of them to be missing, it’s never happened before.

However, at that time I didn’t suspect a thing at all, and my head was filled with thinking about the lunch menu for the day.

And so, without having noticed anything was off, I carefreely arrived at the cafeteria – that’s when it happened.

“Katarina Claes. I have something important to say to you.”

Standing in front of me when I entered the cafeteria was a noble girl of quite high ranking.

Before I got engaged to Prince Jared, she had been the strongest candidate…… She was always someone who was glaring at me or verbally attacking me…… Honestly, she never says anything decent at all.

However, she also had upturned eyes and thin lips, and had a villainous face similar to me, I had always felt that she was a comrade in looks, but……

The girl’s upturned eyes were turned even further up while she was glaring at me, and she was blocking my way. My eyes became round as I had no idea what was going on.

However, behind this girl, were ten or so other students, and they were all glaring at me just like she was. As expected, it seems like just like her, they’re all people that one-sidedly hate me and want to verbally attack me.

However…… I feel like I’ve seen this scene somewhere before.

“Katarina Claes, today, we shall publicize a number of your wrongdoings right here!”

The girl’s voice resounded loudly throughout the cafeteria as she confronted me.

There should be more than half the school gathered here at the cafeteria during lunchtime…… If you use such a loud voice…… The usually noisy cafeteria suddenly became quiet, as everyone seemed to be looking this way.

Perhaps she’s noticed this as well, the girl raised her thin lips.

During all this, as for me…… Honestly, I had no idea what was going on, and just stood there frozen still in confusion.

Something such as…… my wrongdoings…… That I’m practicing throwing my toy snake? No, but I haven’t even thrown that at a person yet…… I don’t think it would even be that annoying…… Or maybe the fact that I’ve been making a field at the school has been exposed? It’s something like…… having made a field at such a venerable school?

And then, without caring about the way my head was spinning from trying to think about the cause, the girl continued.

“You’re a duke’s daughter, and Prince Jared’s fiancee, you’re abusing your authority, and oppressing those of lower status than you! And, you’ve been jealous that Prince Jared and the student council have been on friendly terms with the holder of light magic, Maria Campbell, and you’re guilty of the crime of repeatedly harassing people!!”

“……!?”

At this girl’s lines, I remembered…… I should have seen this somewhere before.

This is the event in the game which I’ve seen several times over where Katarina Claes is convicted of her crimes…… In front of all these students, all her crimes were publicized, and Katarina fell straight to her ruin……

And I had always been so vigilant, unbelievable, to suddenly get into such a predicament……

I just dazedly looked at the girls in front of me. Everyone was staring at me with such grim faces.

However…… I really don’t understand at all…… Indeed, no matter how I look at it, this is the event where Katarina gets condemned for her crimes, but……

Originally, when condemning Katarina, the capture targets on the student council should have been here as well.

If it was the Jared route, Jared should have been here standing next to Maria and protecting her…… If it was the Keith route, Keith should have been here standing next to Maria and protecting her……

Right now, none of them are here……

I was completely confused, why this girl was taking the place of the game’s student council members and accusing me loudly.

“It’s no use to just play dumb! I’ve properly brought along evidence, and there’s witnesses as well!”

And so, she opened up a bundle of papers, and gave a sign to the girls that were glaring at me while waiting near her.

On the paper, it listed a number of times that I have absolutely no knowledge of, how I’ve been bullying Maria…… After displaying written evidence of my wrongdoings, another girl witness testified to how she saw me bullying Maria several times over.

And so, various things like these followed one after the other, of course I was completely lost, and the classmates with me were as well, and there was an indescribable disquieting atmosphere in the cafeteria.

Everyone in the cafeteria was watching what was happening while holding their breaths with interest.

At that time…… Maria and my childhood friends on the student council appeared in the cafeteria. They came in from the opposite entrance on the other side that I had, and when they saw us, they inevitably saw the way how the girls were standing in opposition to me.

“Exactly what is going on here?”

Cutting through the disquieting atmosphere, looking at the girls who were surrounding me dubiously, it was Jared who spoke up.

And in response, as if she was just waiting for this moment, the girl in opposition to me who had originally been Jared’s fiancee candidate repeated what she said earlier about all of my wrongdoings.

Standing before me, Maria and my childhood friends on the student council’s faces were turning grim and dark.

Ahh, this is exactly how it was in the game’s Katarina crime conviction event……

It would be either Jared or Keith that would reveal all of Katarina’s wrongdoings, but…… The appearance of Maria behind them as if she were being protected by both of them at the same time, I’ve never seen that in the game before.

In the game’s scenario, after a capture target revealed Katarina’s wrongdoings, Maria who had been hiding behind his back would come forth while harboring a strong will in her eyes. And then –

“This is the truth! I’ve always been harassed by Katarina Claes-sama like this!”

She would have a dignified attitude as she announced this. The people gathered here in the cafeteria would admire the strength and dignity that came from within her.

Right after these girls exposed Katarina’s wrongdoings – it’s exactly like in the game, Maria came out in front.

Since I’ve recovered my previous life’s memories, I’m not like the game’s Katarina anymore, and I’ve never done anything bad…… Yet…… It’s still become just like the game……

……At this rate, without a doubt I’m going to be fully on the path to destruction……

……I’ll be exiled out of the country by myself…… Or killed by one of the capture targets……

Will I even be able to use the toy snake that’s in my pocket…… Or if I’m exiled, will I be able to take my favorite hoe with me……

Maria who had stepped forward was harboring a strong will in her eyes just like in the game. And then, she opened her mouth and said –

“This story is absolute nonsense! I’ve never been harassed like this by Katarina Claes-sama even once!”

Her dignified voice resounded throughout the cafeteria. Then, Maria changed the direction she was facing, and stood in front of me as if she was protecting me from the girls.

“Please don’t insult the most important person to me with such nonsense!”

She rose her voice harshly in a manner that I’ve never heard before.

To Maria’s reaction, at first the girls were shocked and froze up, but they regained their composure immediately.

“What are you saying! Maria Campbell! We’re revealing Katarina Claes’s wrongdoings all for you!”

“That’s what I’m saying! It’s all just nonsense! Including your so-called evidence and witnesses! As for you all, you’re all just being deceived by this villainess!”

At hearing what she said, there was quite a commotion among the girls, but……

“With only such little circumstantial evidence, proper evidence would be laughing at you right now.”

Jared had the bundle of papers in his hand as he said so. And even though he’s talking about how laughable it is, he isn’t laughing at all…… He’s expressionless. What is this, being expressionless is the default for Nico, but Jared is supposed to always be smiling…… At seeing his expressionless face, there was such an intimidating atmosphere overflowing from him that the girls who had all been making such a hubbub earlier all looked quite scared and became quiet.

“In the first place, with such a detailed level of harassment that’s written here, it’s impossible for my dense nee-san to have done it. And for the most part, I’m always with my nee-san, but I’ve never seen these girls calling themselves witnesses before…… Did you all really see something like my nee-san bullying people?”

While looking at the papers, Keith had a cold smile that I’ve never seen before, and the girls that were witnesses were going “eek!” and backing up as far away as they could.

“Really! Katarina-sama would never do such a thing! As Keith-sama just said, Katarina-sama is a very simple person! She would never be able to have such carefully thought-out plans!”

After Mary said so with such a grim expression, Alan was the one who spoke up next.

“Honestly, it’s just like that! This idiot is too dense to plan out bullying like this! Because she’s an idiot, all she knows how to do is challenge people head on!”

Sophia and Nico also seemed to agree with this.

“That’s right! Katarina-sama has no hidden side to her, there’s no way she could be so ingenious! That’s because Katarina-sama isn’t ingenious at all!”

“……That’s right.”

……Somehow, it seems that everyone is protecting me, but……

……What is it…… I also feel like they’re saying bad things about me……

And so, after my friends had finished raising their voices – the classmates that had come to the cafeteria with me also said “that’s right! Katarina-sama would never do such things!” “It’s impossible that Katarina-sama would harass anyone!” with voices such as these following one after another. The voices started getting louder and louder, and was beginning to cover the entire cafeteria. Then –

“Just as everyone has been saying, it’s impossible for Katarina-sama to have been harassing anyone like that! Indeed, I’ve been harassed before, just like what’s written on this paper. But, it definitely wasn’t Katarina-sama that did such things to me! What’s more, Katarina-sama protected me many times! And, I remember perfectly well who was actually harassing me! If you like, I can even say who they were right now!”

Almost as if she was a totally different person from her usual calm and gentle self, Maria was so dignified and brave as she gave her speech……

Many expressions changed amongst the people gathered in the cafeteria. Included among them were several of the girls that were confronting me, they had deeply downcast expressions.

They were clearly at a disadvantage…… The girls were no longer saying anything, the momentum they started out with was almost unbelievably gone now, and they hurriedly left the cafeteria.

Then, I was too lost for words at everything that had happened and just snuggled up to Maria who was next to me.

“Katarina-sama, are you alright?”

She was looking at me with a very worried face, and I nodded vigorously.

“Mmm, I’m fine. ……Uh, thank you, everyone.”

I thanked my friends, and also all the other people that raised their voices to defend me as well.

“It’s nothing. Rather, I apologize that we weren’t able to help you sooner.”

“Sorry for being late, nee-san.”

Jared and Keith both gently put a hand on my shoulders.

Before I realized it, they finally withdrew their outstretched hands. And then, a spectacular “growl~” came from my stomach. Since lunch had gotten delayed, it seems that my stomach has reached its limit.

“Anyways, it’s unbelievable that those girls tried to do such a thing to Katarina.”

“That’s right. Indeed, they viewed nee-san as their enemy, but…… I really don’t think that they have such an ability to take action against her……”

“Yeah. Even though she’s like this, she’s still the daughter of a duke. If they insult her like this…… Their own positions may face various dangers. I didn’t see someone that was the type to take such an action.”

“Besides, this evidence as well…… I really don’t think it’s something that they prepared. It’s made a little too well.”

“Indeed, it’s just as Mary-sama said, I don’t think those girls could have prepared all the proper documents and evidence.”

“……It’s also strange how all of us got called out as well for some reason or other……”

Even though we were finally able to have lunch, my friends were talking about something with hard looks on their faces……

I survived the condemnation event, I’m so overjoyed that I was able to avoid a destruction end.

Honestly though, the otome game doesn’t end until graduation next year, so I still can’t relax and let down my guard, but…… I was able to overcome the greatest pinch I’ve ever been in due to everyone’s help. I’m really glad.

And so, while I was busy being on cloud nine, I didn’t realize that Maria had been pondering something by herself all this time.

Then, when lunch was over and it was time to return to classes, Maria finally spoke up.

“I have somewhere else to go first, everyone, please go back first.”

“Do you want to go together?”

Although the harassment seems to have subsided quite a bit, I’m still a bit worried about her and asked, but –

“No, it’s nothing important, I’ll be fine by myself. Everyone, please go ahead without me.”

She refused flatly. I wonder if her stomach’s feeling bad and she has to go to the restroom? In that case, I’d better not be too persistent about it.

“Mmm. I got it. There’s not much time until classes start, so hurry up and return as well.”

“Yep.”

Maria replied with a smile, and went off in the opposite direction from the classrooms.

A bit later, I would deeply regret not having accompanied Maria at this time.

Even after telling Maria to come back soon, she never showed up to classes at all in the end. I thought that she might have been feeling worse and went to the infirmary to check up on her, but she wasn’t there either.

Then, after that, we weren’t able to find Maria anywhere.

After parting from her during lunch break, Maria Campbell’s completely disappeared……

63 responses to “Destruction Flag Otome – Chapter 28

  1. “That’s right! Katarina-sama has no hidden side to her, there’s no way she could be so ingenious! That’s because Katarina-sama isn’t ingenious at all!”

    LoLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
    I super laugh hard on this sentence!!

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  2. “I think Maria really needs to pull herself together, it seems that that her traits as an otome game heroine “denseness” and “misinterpretation” are activating……”
    This line made me crack

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  3. Oh dear…. that girl (Maria) went and did it, right? She went right to who she thought the mastermind might be. Gods, I hope this isn’t going to end up a tragedy.

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    • Honestly, such a drastic shift in tone would have a lot of impact, both good and bad. Currently things are a little fluffy and foregone, the series could use some legitimate tension/risk.

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  4. I guess the Hidden Character captured Maria and that Bakarina is gonna save her like a monkey in shining armor

    And I love how Bakarina thinks that Maia is the Extremely Dense Black Hole😀

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    • By the way, am I the only one who thinks this whole situation is weird?

      I mean, every students with eyes can see that Bakarina wouldn’t even harmed a fly and that Maria admires her…
      So why would anyone even believe those lies?

      And why would the president even thinks that it would work since Her Harem would intervene sooner or later to put things the right way and correct the wrong informations…

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      • Bakarina did mention that the harassment events were akin to the ones in the game… perhaps we have another reincarnator (possibly the student council president)?

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      • It does sound like someone copied the whole game scenario without checking if there were changing conditions. And it does imply the ones that were accusing her were the ones bullying Maria and got scared off by Katrina in the first place so they might be there to settle the grudge by backing up the accusations.

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  5. ” it seems that that her traits as an otome game heroine “denseness” and “misinterpretation” are activating……”
    That’s you!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Really, what’s with this president…
    Thanks for the translation!

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    • It’s too early to conclude that the mastermind is the student council president.

      We can deduce from the foreshadowing at the chapter’s beginning that it’s one of the hidden capture target but the identity of that hidden character hasn’t been revealed yet. We know that this person has high authority in school, but there are people with more authority than the president. School staffs like the teachers and the principal are the clear examples.

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  6. “I think Maria really needs to pull herself together, it seems that her traits as an otome game heroine “denseness” and “misinterpretation” are activating……” I DON’T WANT TO HEAR THAT FROM YOU! ! is what I thought as I literally sat up and face palmed lol.

    And now our loveable Bakarina faces her first crisis, however her party was too strong. Cuteness is justice, thus no one can’t convict her! But the way her harem defended her, I think they’re letting off some built up frustrations cause by Bakarina’s denseness LOL.

    Although that harassment was super sketchy. Everyone should know by now how well Katarina gets along with Maria. Yet the mastermind still went with that strategy. Could the last boss also be a reincarnator trying to railroad the plot?

    We’ll find out next time I suppose. I hope Maria is ok.

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  7. Thank you very much!
    Yes, one destruction event cleared! Wahah! Well, obviously Katarina wouldn’t do something like that! She’s a sincere person, okay!

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  8. I was writhing in agony at the sheer amount of irony when she was talking about denseness and whatnot.

    But then I was like “Crap,crap,crap,crap,crap,crap, plot is happening, shit is going down the drain, omg”

    But when the harem appeared I was like “YES! Take that bitch!” and then I lol’ed and their opinions of Bakarina.

    And at the end I was like “What? A plot twist and cliffhanger? In my cute and roflcoptering otome black hole villainess novel? WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS!!?

    And that’s what happened. Thanks for the chapter!

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  9. Something such as…… my wrongdoings……
    That I’m practicing throwing my toy snake?
    Or maybe the fact that I’ve been making a field at the school has been exposed? It’s something like…… having made a field at such a venerable school?

    Everyone knows about the field though, since even their mothers are talking about it…

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  10. What is that cleric doing?! Going to face a boss alone…*sigh*
    Your job is to sit in the back and enjoy the breeze! (LSK reference)

    To be honest, I half-expected Katarina to cry… and thought about what the harem members would do… Then I remembered that this is Bakarina, so she probably is too dense to cry and would just be confused the whole time.

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  11. Whoa…
    massive plot mover…
    the toy snake didn’t even get the chance to work its wonders…

    This chapter is lots more serious than ones before. Thanks for the translation.

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  12. I think this is the way author convey his feelings and say ” OK the harem members are complete! Its time to move for the plot! :D” thing? Well thanks for this btw. And why the hell Maria confront the mastermind alone?

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  13. Am I Only one expecting bakarina get destruction end duel with jared throw snake and exiled to become splendid farmer
    i mean she work hard for that its shame if she just end up as queen
    I think she would be happier as farmer

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  14. I was surprised by the seriousness!! But it just makes me even hungrier for more!
    Also, I lol’d so hard!!
    Thank you so much for all your hard work imperfectluck!!

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  15. the possible Mastermind behind Katarina Public Judgement(lol) might be Hidden character and some how the reincarnation same with her, as for why that are someone idiot who will buy his/her crap because she (the one who did announcement) resent katarina as Jared fiance, the other party supposed to be Jared fiance beside katarina and the witness(lol) might be some girls who bully maria but chased out by Katarina. possibility the stuco to be mastermind rose up “……It’s also strange how all of us got called out as well for some reason or other……” the only one who could do this beside stuco are teacher after all

    ah seriously even in that kind tense atmosphere she still think about lunch and her denseness really surpassed other LN/manga/anime chara (as far as i read/watch)

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  16. >I was too lost for words at everything that had happened and just snuggled up to Maria who was next to me.

    Everyone else: Oh shit she (Maria) got a lead (in capturing Bakarina)

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  17. Plot Twist: The original Katarina is the hidden capture target!! She was instigated into bullying Maria by the hidden boss Mr President, and would later be kidnapped by him and rescued by Maria herself. But since our Bakarina screwed up that role, the President had to use someone else.

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    • Well that would explain why she likes Maria so much as well (and vice versa because of course Katarina is capturing everyone). She can’t capture herself after all.

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  18. remember the first cliff hanger about Keith, how it seemed serious, but turned into a monkey breaking down a door with an ax? this one is probably similar

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  19. The actual creator of the universe is trying to restore fate. As a Super harem black hole God, bakarina relishes the challenge. Even the actual God of the universe that created the game will be captured.

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  20. Oh snap!
    Maria disappeared right when they were getting comfy cozy… What a shame!
    & Hmmm. Stuco Prez is looking mighty suspicious now… who else is really capable of all that planning and misdirection. But, at the same time, it wasn’t very well-thought out since it was torn down so easily…
    I just hope Maria’s alright since she’s the best girl (in the harem)!
    Really tho, Katarina’s doneness levels are off the charts! I definitely would’ve cried if I came face to face with my destruction end.
    Thanks for the chapter~ 💕

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      • Is there such a word as “doneness”? Every time I get someone to take my order and s/he says that word, I cringe. It sounds like a meaningless “shortcut” word. “What doneness do you want your meat?”

        Dunness is a place in Scotland, not a meat condition.

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  21. Thanks for the chapter! Maybe Maria isn’t actually lost, she’s just somewhere in the black hole, drinking tea and making sweets. -.0

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  22. Another reincarnator? That’s possible-in fact, if it’s stuco president then it’s possible he didn’t know of the change in character and that’s why the ‘evidence’ are poorly made, OR as a hidden character, his bad end was his destruction flag ao he tried getting katarina her flag to avoid it

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  23. I love Bakarina but I get sad when I think of Eliza another otome reincarnated MC, I dont think she would have much support if not for her position. I wanna smack Bakarinas forhead and hug Eliza

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