Chapter 11 I Look Forward To Being With You

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“I’m back.”

About half an hour later, Justina came back…
Cedric…was not with her.
Justina was alone.

“Umm… where’s Cedric?”
“It was a shame, I had to stop at half-dead.”

What a shame…?
Justina was surprisingly violent.

“I made him promise never to get involved with Alto again, and he said he was quitting the academy, so I don’t think he’ll come back ever again. I’ve educated him thoroughly, so I don’t think he’ll break his promise.”

What kind of education did you give him…

“Ehehe.”

Justina stared at me with a smile on her face.
She looked like she wanted a compliment.
If she was a dog, she would have wagged her tail.

“Umm… thank you.”
“Mmm!”

Justina looked very happy, as if she had been waiting for those words.
She’s a dragon, and yet acted like a dog.

“But… I’m a little concerned about Cedric. Are you going to just leave him alone? Are you sure you don’t want to take him to the infirmary?”
“Good grief, Alto. I can’t believe that at a time like this, you’re not worried about me, you’re worried about that unimportant guy.”
“Even if you say that…”
“But it’s so sweet of you to worry about him. Yeah, yeah. I’m so glad you’re like that.”
“I don’t care about Cedric one bit, but if he dies, it’s going to be a problem for Justina.”
“You’re worried about me? Ehe, ehehehe, Alto’s worried about me. Kya kya♪”
“I don’t think it’s right for me to be worried about you, or maybe I’m just being unreasonable… or maybe, it’s just pointless.”
“No, it’s not! I’m very happy.”

As if to prove that she wasn’t lying, Justina’s cheeks turned bright red.

“Don’t worry about him. I sent him out there with the rest of them. He was crying and begging for help, so I called his family, so maybe they’ll be here soon.”

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“I see. Then, okay… ah, what?”

Suddenly, I lost the strength in my legs.
I couldn’t stand, and I sat down on the spot.

“What’s wrong, Alto!? Are you okay!?”
“Ah, no… it’s just that… I felt relieved, and then I suddenly lost all my strength.”

I’ve come to rely on Justina, but…
I don’t have to be afraid of Cedric anymore.
My hellish days were over.

Starting tomorrow, I can have a normal life.
I don’t know if I’ll be able to integrate into the class though…
But, it will be a thousand times better than before.

When I thought about it that way, my body and mind became lighter…
My spirit weakened at once.

Seemingly sensing my feelings, Justina’s face became as gentle as a goddess.
She hugged me to her chest, just as she did when we first met.

“You did great, Alto. I think it’s great. Good job, good job.”
“…You’re treating me like a child?”
“No, I’m not. I’m really proud of you, Alto.”
“I see.”

It’s a bit… scary.
Even though her true identity is a dragon, she was smaller than me when she was in her human form…
And I can’t believe I have such a cute girl to comfort me.

I’m embarrassed…
But it’s not a bad feeling either, though very complicated.

“What’s wrong, Alto?”
“…No, nothing.”
“Okay.”
“Well… can we stay like this for a little longer?”
“Whatever you want, Alto.”

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I was swept away…
I was filled with the warmth of Justina’s body.

 

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I walked with Justina under the night sky.
Our destination, of course, is the academy dorm…
We decided to take a walk at night since we were a little in the moment, so we took a little detour.

“Thank you.”
“Eh?”

Justina was puzzled.
She didn’t seem to understand what I was talking about.

“I’m talking about Cedric. I’m sorry I’m completely dependent on you, and as a man, I’m ashamed of myself, but thanks to you… I’m free of him. Thank you so much.”
“I’d say you’re welcome… but I didn’t do much.”
“No, you did. If it weren’t for Justina, I think Cedric would have treated me like a slave for a long time.”
“Mmm…I really didn’t do much, you know? I just gave Alto a little push.”

Putting her hand lightly in front of her, Justina made a gesture of pushing my back.

“Alto is strong.”
“No, I’m weak. I don’t have much strength.”
“No, I mean your mental strength.”

Justina stopped and took my hand.
She wrapped her hand around mine, and I could feel her warmth.

I don’t understand why.
Before I felt nervous, but now, I feel very relieved.

“Alto is strong. You came to my rescue. You fought against Cedric. If you were really weak, you wouldn’t have done that.”
“That’s…”
“Sooner or later, I think Alto would have broken the situation by yourself. I just happened to come along before you did, and gave you a little push. That’s it.””

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“That’s not…”
“How many times do I have to say it? Alto is strong. To put it simply, you have a strong mind that overcomes evil. It’s a quality that other people don’t have very often.”

When Justina told me that, I just thought… that it might be true.
It was a bit naive of me.

But…

To some extent, I was able to gain some confidence, albeit only a little.
Even though I was bullied, those times were not for null…
I can look forward to the future…
I think that I can walk forward.

“But… I just want to say that I owe a lot to Justina for helping me. If it wasn’t for you, I don’t think I’d be the same… Thank you.””
“Well. We’re talking in circles.”
“I’m sorry, but I don’t think I can change this conclusion.”
“Alto’s very stubborn. But… maybe that’s what makes you Alto. Well I still love you Alto, you were very cool.”
“…”
“Fufu, embarrassed?”
“If you know that, could you not say that you love me…”
“I can’t do that. I have to make a lot of appeals to Alto to get him to turn on me.”
“Haha… that’s tough.”
“Don’t talk about it like it’s someone else’s problem.”

Justina pouted, then we both laughed…

“But still… phew, that was good!”

Suddenly, Justina let out a big breath.
She seemed to have lost her tension and went somewhat limp.

“What’s wrong?”
“I’ve been wondering if I’m bothering Alto… but I’m relieved to hear that I’m not… and after all this time, a lot of emotions have come flooding in.”
“Why do you think you’re bothering me?”
“No, it’s just that… I’ve been pretty forceful with you, you know? And when I confessed in front of the whole school, I carelessly caused a lot of trouble for Alto. I kind of went a little overboard. If you think about it calmly, there are a lot of factors that I could have made you angry…”

Justina glanced at me, curious about my feelings.

Sometimes she’s fearless and has the air of a champion, other times she reacts like a dog who’s been naughty…

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She’s a girl with many faces.

But that’s why Justina is so attractive…
I’m drawn to her smile.
I am soothed by her kind heart.

I can’t determine what this feeling is yet, but…
I wanted to continue to be with Justina.
[TLN: I want to slap the MC, who agrees?]

“I don’t care about those. In fact, as I’ve said many times, I’m grateful.”
“Yeah. Yes, you do. I’m glad.”
“Hey, Justina.”

I gently held out my hand.
Seeing this, Justina was taken aback.

“This?”
“What’s it called… a handshake to say, ‘let’s get along’?”
“What’s that?”

Justina giggled.

I don’t know if you should be laughing at me.
Though, I don’t really know what I’m talking about either.

“It’s like what we talked about at lunchtime again… I think I want to be next to Justina. I don’t know what’s going to happen with our relationship… but for now, I want to walk the path together.”
“…Alto…”
“So I wanted to do this again.”
[TLN: I could see how the harem tag comes in.]

Justina was moved, and her eyes moistened…
The next moment, she smiled as bright as the sun and grabbed my hand back.

“Thank you, Alto. I’m glad I met you, Alto. I’m glad I fell in love with Alto. I don’t know what’s going to happen to our relationship… but this feeling will never change.”
“Me too.”
“Once again… I look forward to being with you!”

Justina held my hand tightly, and gave her biggest smile of the day.

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