Intense excitement is coming from the town people as they cheer for a carriage rolling past them. Taking notice of them was Nora as she smiles slyly at her older brother. The older brother, Noah, who seems to know more, just stares into the distance, watching the carriage disappear from sight.
"What's with all that jumble about? I didn't know there's a celebration happening in this kingdom."
"The King just got married," Noah said with no thought. "The new Queen and her daughter are being taken to the castle."
"And? Anything more?"
Noah sighed and answered, "She happened to be a beauty, who also brought her daughter along to this town to earn a living. The King stumbles upon the woman and proposes to her at first sight. She accepted, and they got married. That's what the people are discussing right now."
"Suspicious. That woman is suspicious. Don't you agree with me, brother?" Nora announced proudly.
"Maybe, or maybe not." Nora frowned, not understanding what her brother was saying. "I mean, we don't know the truth. So it's best not to be nosy because being nosy can lead you into trouble."
Nora crossed her arms and mumbled, "Maybe that King bought them from a brothel."
"W-what? I didn't catch that."
"Oh, nothing," Nora nervously said with a smile, turning toward her brother. "I was wondering... You know..."
The look that Noah gave his sister shows no interest in whatever is going on in that head of hers. He took a deep breath then sigh as long as he can.
"You're not trying to burn down another castle? Are you?" Noah asked.
"Such nonsense. What harm had I ever done, brother?"
"Nora, remember. Count how many kingdoms you burn them into ashes."
"I was drunk! Okay?!" Nora yelled, holding back her embarrassment. "I couldn't contain myself. The liquor is just... Sending me back to paradise."
"Yeah, paradise," Noah mumbled, not agreeing with her words. "I'll go back shopping, and you do you."
"Wait, don't leave me! I don't know the street here very well! Brother!"
Nora chases after Noah while they cross the street. Something has been bugging Noah since he laid eyes on that carriage. Extraordinary mana is coming from it, and he knows no one, including his sister, wouldn't notice that source of mana.
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Soluna settled herself in her new bedroom as she felt uncomfortable, this room is more significant than an average house. Not long before the maid left, there's a knock coming from the door. She opens it and finds the Crown Princess standing out there.
"Wow, you're cuter than I imagine," she cried excitedly, grabbing Soluna's hands. "I hadn't properly introduced myself, I'm Sylvia, your older sister. I came here to ask if you're available today. I'm having a tea party within the next four hours."
"Yes, just us two."
"I read lots of books about tea parties, but I've never experienced it before."
That actually made Sylvia even more thrilled, she wants to introduce Soluna to her society. With that, she also wants to grasp her sister's side too. Her mind is more open because, as the future Queen, there's less judgment. She had to understand both sides without partaking in any favor, that's the advice she got from her father.
"Have no fear. The basics of the tea party aren't needed." Soluna looks worried then Sylvia assures her. "There's nothing proper if it's us, and if somehow, you want to learn the technique, then I'll teach you. The society of being a noble, ladies do get invitations to tea parties. These techniques do require it."
"Thank you, Sylvia. I hope we become good friends," Soluna smiled, gripping the hand of her new sister tighter. "I haven't taken a bath, so if you don't mind. Please, leave."
"You haven't bathed?" Sylvia quickly twisted her head at one of her maid and ordered, "Jennette, get the other maids and help Soluna wash up. Tell them to hurry, we don't want to keep Soluna waiting." She then returns her gaze back to Soluna. "You don't have to worry, these ladies will get you ready in a second."
Wow, this girl is different from Soluna's anticipate of her. Sylvia isn't a snobby noble brat or the jealous type who'll ruin her entire existence. Soluna began to accept her, not entirely. She'll observe and see how their relationship goes.
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Noah watches his sister dancing excitedly as they progress to the path of the forest. Where it's forbidden for humans to enter, which the two wouldn't care less because they had no connection to human laws and society.
As they move deeper, Noah can see people are hiding behind the trees and bushes. Bandits. He despises those who rob, so as his eyes turned white, Noah was about to open his mouth, then out of nowhere, flames came bursting from the ground. Without signaling to the older brother, Nora confidentially launched an attack on these men.
Neither of the men is close to death, or supposedly not enough for Nora to consider a light punishment. She wants these men to be torture, nice and slowly. A massive amount of mana pouring from her body then stopped when Noah grabbed one of her arms.
"You can't do any more damage to them than you already did."
Out of irritation, Nora freed herself and said, "These men should prepare what's coming. It's not like I'm going to kill them."
Noah went silent, agreeing with her. However, that amount of mana wasn't needed for these bandits. His sister had a bad temper, so with it mixed in her mana, then anything can happen. The whole world could be buried because of her.
"But brother," Nora continued, "Shouldn't we do something with this waste. If we continue letting them roam around, their disease will harm others."
"Yeah, I understand. We'll leave them at the police station, is what I'll suggest."
"And your reason."
"We'll never know what they'll ever do. Maybe escape and continue causing mischief without changing themselves."
"Nora, we can't do anymore within our power."
"You can take their abilities, and if that didn't help, then I'll take every bit of their limbs."
Noah coughs at his sister's outrageous suggestion that he yelled, "Can't you think anything else?! Have some morals!" He then quickly calmed himself. "I'll ask my friends to take care of it. My head will burst if this conversation keeps going."
Nora holds her breath, not saying anything because her brother is mad. When his anger rises, she can't do anything. The different level between them is so beyond that at Nora capability, Noah can win against it.
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