Chapter 12:

Vol. 2 Ch. 3 Celeste


Chapter 3Bookmark here

CelesteBookmark here

We went to the bench.Bookmark here

"So?.... what are we doing here?"Bookmark here

"Can you sit down?"Bookmark here

I sat down the bench.Bookmark here

"Ummm..."Bookmark here

She looked uneasy and don't know what to do.Bookmark here

"What?"Bookmark here

"I-I'm sorry for intruding!"Bookmark here

"Huh?"Bookmark here

She sat beside me.Bookmark here

"......."Bookmark here

"So this is the sight you always look at... it feels good... like it feels free..."Bookmark here

"......."Bookmark here

"Nameless-san?"Bookmark here

"....this just feels weird....having someone sit with me on this bench... this is the first time this ever happened."Bookmark here

"Really?"Bookmark here

"Yeah."Bookmark here

She turned red and faced down.Bookmark here

"So? What do you want?"Bookmark here

"...I just want to stay with you for one last time...."Bookmark here

"Eh? last time? you're going to die?"Bookmark here

"I'm not!"Bookmark here

She looked up the sky and told her story.Bookmark here

".....the truth is, tomorrow will be my last day in town... my parents will send me to school at the capital tomorrow... I was the one who requested it because I wanted to see more of the world rather than being locked up in the school."Bookmark here

"Back at home, I was also sheltered and was never allowed to go outside, I always felt that I was missing out on a lot of things and that I'm just wasting time inside a box with time not moving."Bookmark here

"It was the same at this school, it was fun at first, but it seemed to become smaller, after a while... the school was just another box with stopped time too."Bookmark here

"For the past 2 years, the only thing that was making me stay was my friendship with Xeline-chan, which was enough reason for time to flow again for that box...."Bookmark here

"She said she was not enough reason for me to stop doing what I want.... She was the one who suggested that I should just do what I want and leave Quina. I told her that it doesn't matter, but she said she would stop being friends with me if I don't do it."Bookmark here

"That brats heartless huh?"Bookmark here

"No! I know she's just doing this for me... I think she wants it because she thinks it is for the better."Bookmark here

" it for the better? do you want to leave?"Bookmark here

"...I want to see the world outside, I was actually reluctant to do it at first, but because of you... I realized that it was what I really wanted."Bookmark here

"Huh? Because of me?"Bookmark here

"Yes... when you took me out of school... the truth is I was scared, what would happen if I go out? would I get in trouble? Does the world outside not be as good as I think it is?"Bookmark here

"But just these two days I was with you, a lot has happened. I saw another side to Xeline, I became friends with Aceilette-sama, I saw Cecil's love bloom, and I also ran around town wearing a costume and got carried around by a person."Bookmark here

"Because of this, I figured out that those fears are worth nothing compared to the feeling I had for those two days... Those were the most fun times I had in my life."Bookmark here

"But still, the feeling of being forced to go back to that box still scares me... I don't know what to do."Bookmark here

"Then, just stay here... I'll just sneak you out like before... Based on your story, you will be closed in your box again when you return to the capital."Bookmark here

"Yes, I want to stay... but.....I don't want that... I want to be able to learn to escape the box myself... If I always rely on you, I would never be free... I want to be free and not be a burden.... I want to walk beside you as an equal."Bookmark here

"Walk beside me?"Bookmark here

"Yes... when that happens."Bookmark here

She placed her right hand over my left cheek.Bookmark here

".......?"Bookmark here

"......."Bookmark here

She removed them.Bookmark here

"I'll tell you when that time comes..."Bookmark here

"Huh?"Bookmark here

"......this box of yours."Bookmark here

"what?"Bookmark here

"It has no walls."Bookmark here

"......."Bookmark here

"...I want it too...."Bookmark here

"Don't live outside, it's dangerous."Bookmark here

"Hehehe."Bookmark here

As she giggled I looked at the sun, it's setting.Bookmark here

"Oi, let's go."Bookmark here

"Okay."Bookmark here

We went to the lake where the window is placed so I can carry her back to the school.Bookmark here

"Nameless-san."Bookmark here

"What?"Bookmark here

"Can I have one of those nails?"Bookmark here

"Why?"Bookmark here

"I want it as a remembrance of this town."Bookmark here

"A nail? Seriously?"Bookmark here

"Yes."Bookmark here

" way."Bookmark here

"What?!"Bookmark here

"I need those."Bookmark here

"......."Bookmark here

"Come on, let's go."Bookmark here

I carried her in a princess carry.Bookmark here

"I'll give you something tomorrow, the ones I don't need to keep."Bookmark here

I jumped up to the window.Bookmark here

"You alright?"Bookmark here

"Yes."Bookmark here

"Well, then... this is goodbye."Bookmark here

"Goodbye, Nameless-san."Bookmark here

"Oh, wait... I want to copy a scene from a book, it was a book about a person with the same circumstances as you."Bookmark here

"Eh?"Bookmark here

I grabbed her left hand with my right hand, looking like I was about to pull her towards me.Bookmark here

"If they won't let you out, I'll take you by force... my princess."Bookmark here

Celeste became beet red when she saw me do this.Bookmark here

"Hmmmm... I guess fiction books are also good sources of getting the heart rate increase... I should've just read those instead of that psychology books."Bookmark here

"B-B-Baka!"Bookmark here

"Eh?!"Bookmark here

Why did this shy girl call me stupid? I would not know.Bookmark here

Maybe because I used her as a test subject? Do people really don't like that? It was the same when Aceilette experimented on Onee-chan.Bookmark here

When I was about to jump down.Bookmark here

" don't need to take me.... I will be the one to go to you... my prince..."Bookmark here

When I turned back, she was already walking upstairs.Bookmark here

"So... she knew that book too?"Bookmark here

I dropped down the window and went to the bench to rest for a little.Bookmark here

"I guess this will be a busy night..."Bookmark here

With that, I went around the town making something.Bookmark here

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-Celeste point of view-Bookmark here

I looked at the clock in my room.Bookmark here

It was 1:00pm, I just finished fixing my things.Bookmark here

Today was the last time I see this room so I looked around.Bookmark here

"....Yoshi...."(Okay!)Bookmark here

I made a small guts pose after I finished packing up.Bookmark here

I went down and went to the northern part of the town.Bookmark here

There I saw 5 people.Bookmark here

It was Xeline-chan, Roxelle-senpai, Cecil-chan, Alex-san, and Aceilette-sama.Bookmark here

I looked around but didn't see the sixth person that I wanted to see.Bookmark here

I would've never have thought that in the last day, the number of people I know in this town has increased. Bookmark here

I thought I would only miss Xeline-chan but now, there are a whole lot of people that I would miss.Bookmark here

"Celeste-chan!"Bookmark here

Roxelle-senpai hugged me tight.Bookmark here

"Celeste-chan! why didn't you tell me you were going to leave today! I should've have forced you to sleep with us than in the school!"Bookmark here

"....sorry...."Bookmark here

"It's fine! But you better not forget me and send me presents!"Bookmark here

"Okay senpai..."Bookmark here

Cecil went near me.Bookmark here

"Celeste-chan.... it's been only two days, but you were my partner in love... I will also support you in your love."Bookmark here

"What! Celeste-chan loves someone?! Who is it! Tell me! Tell me!"Bookmark here

"Sorry Roxelle, it's our special secret."Bookmark here

"Buuuu..."Bookmark here

Xeline-chan went to me with a lonely look on her face.Bookmark here

"............."Bookmark here

"Xeline-chan..."Bookmark here

"....Celeste-chan, you better do what I told you to do, you hear?!"Bookmark here

"Y-Yes!"Bookmark here

"This is not goodbye, I'll check up on you when I go to the capital, you better have progressed or I will pour you a potion that turns you back into a infant!"Bookmark here

"E-eh?!"Bookmark here

Xeline-chan is so amazing! She can do that?!Bookmark here

"We leave in 10 minutes!"Bookmark here

"Where is Center-chan! I also went to his bench, but he wasn't there!"Bookmark here

"Speaking of Nameless, he went to the library last night after he sent Celeste back to school."Bookmark here

"Forget that kid, he doesn't need to be here."Bookmark here

I wonder where he is... is our meeting last night truly our last meeting?Bookmark here

But if it was, I was okay with it... she called me his princess....Bookmark here

His princess.....Bookmark here

No! He only got it from a book! It was not something else! What am I thinking!Bookmark here

"Come to think about it, Nameless-kun went to my shop last night, he seemed like he was doing something."Bookmark here

"You too Alex? He went to my shop too and knocked late at night, he told me to give him the book about the materials and suddenly used the workshop."Bookmark here

"Eh? What is Center-chan doing?"Bookmark here

"Not only that, after he finished, I saw him go to the woodworking shop across the street. He knocked on the door then the old man went out shouting but he forced himself in."Bookmark here

"That boy just does whatever he wants."Bookmark here

That person... even at night time, his time was moving... Nothing to stop him and he just did what he wanted... He is my dream...Bookmark here

"Don't be sad Celeste-chan! I'm pretty sure something just came up."Bookmark here

"Actually... senpai... I have a gift for you."Bookmark here

"Eh? What is it."Bookmark here

I whispered something to Senpai.Bookmark here

"....senpai, please keep this a secret..."Bookmark here

"Oh? Oh? What is it?"Bookmark here

"....He already said goodbye to me last night..."Bookmark here

"Then? then?"Bookmark here

"He called me 'my princess'"Bookmark here

"Kyaaaaa! Kyaaa! So that means that the person you.....! Kyaaaa!"Bookmark here

"Shhh-senpai! Shhhh!"Bookmark here

Senpai exploded with a red face and started squealing uncontrollably.Bookmark here

Alex-san, Cecil-chan, and Xeline-chan tilted their heads wonderinh what I whispered to Roxelle-senpai.Bookmark here

"5 minutes remaining!"Bookmark here

I took a step back then looked at everyone's faces.Bookmark here

"I know that it has only been a short time... but thank you for being with me! Being with you all was so fun!"Bookmark here

Everyone smiled at me with wide smile showing their teeth.Bookmark here

"....Xeline-chan..."Bookmark here

I hugged Xeline-chan tight.Bookmark here

"......"Bookmark here

"..*hic*......*hic*...."Bookmark here

Tears just started flowing down my face without me being able to control it.Bookmark here

I have been with Xeline-chan for so long... because of her, my time in this school was worth it.Bookmark here

I would even stay at this school even if it was just Xeline-chan and me, but she wanted me to be happy.Bookmark here

She understood me even though I knew it was hard for her to understand others.Bookmark here

She was always supporting me and giving me strength.Bookmark here

"*hic*... better gain more friends...."Bookmark here

"Wha?! I don't need other people!"Bookmark here

"Heehee... that is so you..."Bookmark here

"Two minutes!"Bookmark here

I released Xeline-chan and took a step back.Bookmark here

"Celeste-chan...."Bookmark here

Tears suddenly fell on Xeline-chan's eyes... this made me happy and at the same time, lonely...Bookmark here

"Xeline-chan, thank you."Bookmark here

"........."Bookmark here

I looked at everyone's faces one by one the closed my eyes and nodded.Bookmark here

I looked at them with a happy smile with tears on my face.Bookmark here

"....well then, until we meet again."Bookmark here

"Goodbye Celeste-chann."Bookmark here

"Let's get to know each other more next time, Celeste-san."Bookmark here

"Bye, Celeste, be sure to tell me about your knowledge about the capital next time."Bookmark here

"*Hic*... Celeste-chan!!!!!!!"Bookmark here

Roxelles-senpai shouted at me cheerfully.Bookmark here

"Celeste-chan... bye bye."Bookmark here

Xeline waved her hand at me.Bookmark here

".....Bye bye... my dearest Xeline-chan."Bookmark here

I rode the carriage.Bookmark here

"Okay! We're ready! Time to depart!"Bookmark here

The carriage started moving.Bookmark here

While the carriage is moving and shaking around, I remembered all the times I had in this town.Bookmark here

Almost all of those times are with Xeline-chan.Bookmark here

But those times, I felt special because of Xeline-chan.Bookmark here

The last two days were the most fun.Bookmark here

It was because it was the first time I truly felt free.Bookmark here

And the boy who made that happen is....Bookmark here

"Halt!!!!"Bookmark here

"?!!!"Bookmark here

The carriage stopped.Bookmark here

"Oi! There is someone on the right side!"Bookmark here

I looked at the window and I saw a figure.Bookmark here

It was a person who was as tall as me.Bookmark here

"Is that a kid?!"Bookmark here

The person was wearing a gray jacket and his hood was covering his head.Bookmark here

He also had white cloth covering his face.Bookmark here

"Wait-Wait- What is that person doing!"Bookmark here

The person suddenly winded up something.Bookmark here

It was a bow.Bookmark here

He was aiming at the caravan.Bookmark here

No, he was aiming at my carriage.Bookmark here

Why?! Who is he?Bookmark here

He suddenly released the arrow.Bookmark here

*Thud*Bookmark here

"Wha?!"Bookmark here

"Oi! Why didn't you stop him!"Bookmark here

"Guard the caravan!"Bookmark here

"Little girl, are you okay?!"Bookmark here

"I-I'm fine!"Bookmark here

I had no Idea what has happened.Bookmark here

The arrow went to the side of my head and just missed me barely.Bookmark here

It shocked me and left me stunned.Bookmark here

Then the person suddenly moved again.Bookmark here

When I looked at him he was rising an arrow on his right hand, and he was pointing at it with his index finger on his left hand.Bookmark here

"What is he doing?"Bookmark here

He is pointing at the arrow, does he mean to look at the arrow?Bookmark here

I looked at the arrow behind me and there was something there.Bookmark here

There was a bracelet that was tied up to the arrow by a piece of paper.Bookmark here

The bracelet had stones around it.Bookmark here

The stones were Big blue gemstones and small white gemstone that alternate each other.Bookmark here

In between, there was a wood carving of a white bird with its wings opened wide.Bookmark here

I looked took a look at the paper.Bookmark here

[You thought that my box was as small as that? Don't underestimate me.Bookmark here

By the way, you are a rich person right? That isn't free, you need to pay for your souvenirs, and also my services for jumping over that window.... be sure to pay me back with interest. -You Know Who]Bookmark here

My heart started beating uncontrollably.Bookmark here

"Oi! That guy is doing something!"Bookmark here

"Go get him! Vanguard! What are you doing!"Bookmark here

The person waved at me as if saying goodbye then ran off to the forest... I hope no one will catch him...Bookmark here

That person.... I'm sure it was him...Bookmark here

I looked at the bracelet again.Bookmark here

The stones are something that I have read from a book in school before.Bookmark here

The Blue stones are called 'Celeste'.Bookmark here

The White stones are called 'Clear' it means a clean slate.Bookmark here

The white wood that made up the bird is 'Blanc' which means HopeBookmark here

And the bird with open wings means freedom.Bookmark here

I faced down and my heart started beating rapidly.Bookmark here

Was he doing this all night for me?Bookmark here

Aah... this feeling... I want to see him again....Bookmark here

I hugged the bracelet towards my chest.Bookmark here

His box was the whole world, with no boundaries....Bookmark here

That person destroyed the walls of my box...Bookmark here

I can't believe in two days he made me feel like this...Bookmark here

This feeling... I want it to last forever...Bookmark here

This feeling was the best thing he gave me...Bookmark here

"....I fell in love with an amazing person..."Bookmark here

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