That moment when you stay up to 4am for the next chapter update, only to realize that it's Friday night and the author doesn't update during the weekend. Oh well. Accidentally deleted my list of game flashback chapters, so I gotta recompile that (cue my... sixth? reread this week). So enjoy another Extra chapter in time for New Year's. IF Story: "If there was Tanabata culture in the Freesia Kingdom." (Theoretically set between the House Party Arc and Sinner Arc.) 100. Special Story: The Distrustful Princess Wishes Spoiler: (Pryde POV) Situation "Sister! What wish will you write on a paper strip this year?" With a strip of paper in one hand, Tiara gives me a happy smile. It makes me happy to see a glittering smile as if that wish would come true from now on. "Well, I'm still worried ... it's difficult to narrow it down to one." With that said, I shrug my shoulders with a blank strip of paper in one hand. Since there is no bamboo in the Kingdom of Freesia, it is basically the custom to hang strips on tall trees regardless of the type. We also have strips hung from the tallest tree in the garden every year. "As a rule, there is only one wish per paper strip." Stayle is looking forward to seeing me and Tiara. Stayle said that, but his strip was still blank. "Stayle, haven't you decided this year yet?" It's surprising because he always finishes writing immediately every year. When asked with that in mind, Stayle laughed a bit bitterly, saying, "I'm still worried because I have two this year." When I was wondering what kind of wish it was, Tiara came to show me and Stayle a strip of paper that she was happy to write, saying "I was able to write it!" Receive the strip from Tiara and look at it with Stayle. "May I stay with my sister and brother forever" cute! ︎ As soon as I and Stayle finished reading, we looked at each other and laughed. As it is, we stroke the happy Tiara's head. Tiara asks us to do almost the same thing every year. Can you wish for a cuter younger sister? As the main character of the game, "I hope you can meet your destined person" is the correct answer, but this is enough for girls. "What kind of request is Brother worried about?" Stayle gets stuck on words when Tiara returns her strip and tilts her head. Without saying anything, when I glanced at him, he was immediately distracted. That's right ..., when he muttered something, Stayle returned to his usual expressionless expression. "One is to be with my sister as an assistant, as usual. The other is ..." At that point, Stayle was a little silent again, this time screaming and muttering. "... Want to punish Gilbert?" The next moment, Stayle was struck by Tiara. Tiara, who gets angry with "This older brother of mine!", is already like Stayle's wife. "If you write that, I'll write on a paper strip, 'May my brother and Chancellor Gilbert get along with each other', okay? " "Stop, don't make me burn my sister's strips." The two who play with each other and say that are kind of cute. watching the two of them, I endure an involuntary laugh secretly. "... Well, you can rewrite as many times as you want until night, and think about it slowly?" When I said that, the two people who were playing with each other stopped their hands and answered "yes". While smiling at those two people, I suddenly think. Every year we make a wish on a strip of paper in the garden of the castle, but what kind of wishes are other people writing? Arthur is the only person who knows our wishes outside of family. Spoiler: (Arthur POV) Incitement "Strips?" Stopped by Captain Alain, I listen back to the words that hung in the air. "Yes, you should write it down. Do you know that the Knights' main corps hangs them together in the same place every year?" While saying that, Captain Alain beckons me. I have practice with Stayle and a lesson from now on, so I have to hurry to write. When I headed to a corner of the training ground while being called by Captain Alain, there were a large number of strips in the box that I thought had already been written. Deputy Captain Eric and Captain Colm, who are about to write, noticed me, so I say hello. "Well, this was the first time Arthur wrote." "When I was a recruit, I mainly hung this pile of strips." Eric laughed at Captain Colm's words as he remembered. "Yes, I forgot to write it when I noticed that I was just hanging the strips of the Knights from the main corps last year." I remembered and hurriedly hung it on a nearby tree, but I remember my wish last year while saying that. Was it "joining the main corps"? I'm glad it came true in this way. "I miss that ... When I was a recruit, for a while, when I saw the wishes while hanging the strips of the Knights from the main corps, the wishes about Pryde-sama were amazing. Most of the Knights were filled with Pryde-related wishes, you know. " In Eric's words, I thought that the moment was probably after the cliff collapse incident. "Seniors, what do you write as your wishes this year?" While receiving the strips from Captain Alain, ask the senior Knights. Captain Alain looked into the strips for me, Captain Colm, and Eric, as if he had already finished writing. "I haven't changed it since that time. I wrote 'I hope I can meet Pryde more'." This person is amazing! He made a statement without any embarrassment! ︎ I'm more embarrassed to hear why I was told without hesitation. Captain Alain didn't mind as it was, saying, "I really wanted to write that again, but if by any chance someone other than us in the Knights, or the royal family should read it." "Alain. You should be a little more shameful." At the words of Captain Colm, Captain Alain pulled a strip from Captain Colm saying, "What! You can write a more honest wish!" The strip Captain Alain holds says "Health and Prosperity of the Knights". It seems to be a tremendous Captain Colm. "It's an honest wish no more." "Isn't it just embarrassing to write Pryde's name?" I felt that Captain Colm's face was burning with the accusation of Captain Alain. He steals the strip back from Captain Alain and asks, "Eric, what did you write?" "Since I joined the main corps, I wanted to become a Knight who would be recognized by Pryde. Because I was able to join the main corps before that." I nod to Eric, who laughs shyly. After all, every recruit has only one wish. When I just said, "I wrote that last year," he returned with a happy smile. "What does Arthur write this year?" Eric, who listens with interest, makes me a little confused. After I met Pryde, I was just " enlist with the Knights" and "enlist in the main corps". It's come true now, and if I wish for more ... "... I'm worried because there are two this year." My seniors tilt their heads to my words. Eric asks, "What is it?" And I reply, "The first one is I hope to become stronger." I was asked for the second one as it was, and ... I was confused. "Um ... Don't be drowned by alcohol ...?" Buff! At the next moment, Eric spouted out. When I wondered if the lie I had thought about was noticed, Eric burst into laughter, saying, "Arthur ...! Certainly, that's a good wish ...!". Captain Alain and Captain Colm laughed and sighed, "How often did you get drunk?" Oh, I ... Did I ever tell the Captains that I got drunk? "... Well, we are not a royal family. If you want to write without worrying about the manners, you can write multiple sheets. If you have something to do, just bring a paper strip with you and come back later." Captain Colm still smiles a little funny and gives me two more strips as a spare. Recalling the practice with Stayle, I wrote only a strip of paper and excused myself as it was. I'll write the other later. …by the way. Suddenly, I think about the strips while putting them in my clothes. When I was a recruit, I hung a lot of strips with people from the Knights, but I didn't see my father or Clark hang any. Many of the Knight's strips are hung, but those two would have been recognized just by looking at the letters. Maybe another recruit other than me hung it ... I was a little curious about what they wrote this year. Spoiler: (Roderick POV) Concern "By the way, Arthur will also hang strips from this year, Roderick." Roderick, the Knight Commander, briefly replied, "Yes," to Deputy Commander Clark, who speaks as he remembers. "How many years has it been for parent and child to hang a wish on the same tree?" "... I forgot to count." Roderick responds obediently to Clark laughing in the back of his throat, exhaling for a long time. When Arthur was a kid, they used to hang their wishes on a tree near their house as three family members, but after they started fighting, he naturally stopped doing it. Furthermore ... "Your wish couldn't be seen by Arthur." Roderick glares at Clark, who says so happily. Until Pryde and Arthur met, "the destination of my son". I was hoping for that. After Arthur began to aim for a future as a Knight, his son kept asking the Knight. Since last year, Arthur will hang a strip of paper as a recruit, so I hoped that he would be a Knight Commander and devote himself to the Knights. "Do you want to hang it on a tree at my house this year?" Roderick simply replied, "I don't need it," to Clark with a nasty smile. Arthur became a Knight on his own, even if he didn't wish it. "Clark, you don't have to worry about Arthur this year, just your wife and sister." Clark hung two strips each year. One was the happiness of his wife and sister, and the other was the same as Roderick every year. Clark, who gave up his shoulders, showed off a strip of paper from the two-piece dress, saying, "It's become an annual event." One was the happiness of his wife and sister as usual, and as soon as he read the other, Roderick still sighed. "... Is it the same as I think?" I'm going to put it out in the box from now on, but Roderick silently entrusted his strip to Clark, who asked if he should let him go. Clark, who received it, checked the contents of his own strip and his friend's strip, and laughed alone. "May the happiness of my friend's family continue" "May my family, friends and their wives and sisters' happiness continue" Clark went to a corner of the Knights Training Ground, thinking that Roderick's way of writing would be enough. "Well ... the castle town is about to get excited for the festival." Spoiler: (Gilbert POV) Encounter "It's okay, Maria. Don't overdo it." While paying attention to Maria who is getting a little hungry, we slowly walk through the busy square. It is also an important task as the Chancellor to check the state of the castle town diligently. My friend, Prince Consort Albert, advised me, "If you're going down to the castle town today, take Marianne with you." She was bedridden for a while, so it's been a while since she saw the festival in the castle town. He must have been taking care of me in his own way. Maria looking up at the various decorations in the city looked very happy, and I'm really glad to receive Albert's words. Strips were distributed throughout the city, and I received two of them from the people. There are already strips of wishes hanging all over the trees in the city. Sit with her in the shade of a nearby tree and hand her a strip of paper. It was when I picked it up and tried to put it side by side. "... Oh." The woman who just crossed in front of me exclaimed as the strips in her hand was blown by the wind. I reached out and caught it reflexively as it was swept away by the wind. "Thank you, I'm sorry." I rushed to her and handed the strip to her while replying to the woman who politely thanked me. The woman who bowed her head raised her face and laughed. And as soon as I saw that face, I lost my words. "……San." "Eh? ... What did you do?" Fortunately, the words I muttered in my mouth didn't reach her, and I hurriedly smiled and returned. A woman who is above a certain age with black hair and jet-black eyes. Above all, her face resembled that person. "... No, it's that you look a lot like my acquaintance. May I ask you for your name if it's not too rude?" I nod to her answer, "Are you sure?" No doubt, when he was adopted by the royal family, I saw all the information except her face once in the paperwork. "It seems that I was wrong. I'm sorry." Don't get deeply involved. I bowed to her with a smile and turned the strip I handed to her. I remember what I happened to see when I handed it over. "I hope that my only son will continue to be happy and loved by many people in the castle." On leaving, I saw off the woman who bowed to me again, turned her back completely toward me, and then bowed deeply back to her. "... Gilles." Suddenly, I look back in Maria's voice. She tilted her head a little and worried about me, "What's wrong?" "I'm sorry, I was greeting her because I knew her a little." When I returned to her and thought that Maria had finished writing the strips, it was still blank. When asked if she was still thinking, she shook her head and smiled. "I was just writing a wish for a child in the city because they didn't have a pen and can't write." Maria stroked her belly to remember that she would soon have a very cute child. "I wonder if it's a sibling or a friend ...? Two children. They were holding hands and getting along well ... Both of their requests were the same." Maria picked up her strip while wondering whether her child who was yet to be born was a boy or a girl. When asked what kind of wish she had written, she turned to me and smiled as if she was pumping up. "I hope to stay together forever." Is not it cute? I agree with her humming. "... What kind of wish do you write?" Kneel in front of her sitting down and take a pen. "May the child in my stomach be born safely' ... That's enough for me. " I kiss her forehead, laughing like a sun, and I continue to write on my strips as she writes. "You should wish for the happiness of the people of this country, right?", And I laugh unintentionally. "I know." "Happiness for the people of this country forever" … All other wishes were granted by Pryde that day. I received the strip of paper I had written from her and looked around to hang it as high as possible. I have to hang this and go back to the castle as soon as we finish going around the castle town. Furthermore, at dusk, I already promised to make arrangements with Arthur. By then, I have to finish all of the work I'm currently accumulating. Spoiler: (Stayle POV) Decision "By the way, Arthur. Have you written your wish on a paper strip yet?" After finishing the practice with Arthur, I call out with the sword on my waist. "No, not yet. I'll write it later. What about you?" Arthur's words shook my head. After all, I couldn't narrow down to one yet. When I told him I was worried about which of the two to choose, Arthur replied, "Me too." "Well, I'm different from royalty, and my senior knight told me that I could write as many as I wanted." Arthur put on a coat and took out three strips from the inside and showed them to mr. "So what are you going to write?" "One is to be stronger, and the other is ..." When he said that, he closed his mouth as if it was too hard to say anything else. When he thought about it, Arthur asked me, "What about Temee?" "One is to be with my sister, as usual. The other is ... ..." I also close my mouth unintentionally. There, I met Arthur, and I felt that we were thinking about the same thing, and I said "Pryde-sama ..." and "Sister ..." in order to confirm without any signal. ""cuisine"" … At the same time, our words overlapped. I feel uncomfortable and at the same time sigh. Arthur, who should have been sighing longer than I was, said, "... at Chancellor Gilbert's party ... because I was really worried ...". I nod to that too. For some reason, Pryde's cooking skills were devastating. Beyond clumsiness, I was so shocked that when she left it to us, she even made a rather exaggerated phrase, "My cursed arm will kill the ingredients ...". From the eyes of me, Arthur, and Tiara, the cause was unknown. At that time, I was happy to know that my sister had an unexpected weakness and laughed, but Pryde herself was quite concerned. It was her first time and I said that she only had to practice, but after that Pryde stopped trying to cook herself. Occasionally she recommended items for Tiara to cook, but she didn't try herself. It's a pity to ask God, but honestly, it's the most difficult task I can reach at the moment. Of course, the food itself does not have to be made by the First Princess Pryde. The opportunity to cook as a member of the royal family was rare. Besides, Pryde is a Princess who is so good as a woman that it doesn't matter if she can't cook. There is no problem as it is. However, that was not the case for her. in addition…. "No, Pryde is a Princess and I don't think she can cook as much ..." However, I thought before Arthur, who breaks ofg the words there, said that he had the same opinion as me. "......... Pryde-sama's food ... I want to try it." That's it. Arthur's words made me feel as if he had pointed out my feelings, and I covered my flushed face with one hand. The real intention overflows without thinking "I understand" as it is. Pryde does not cook. In other words, she won't even make a failure. The food she cooked at Gilbert's home was liquefied or charcoal, and all she had to do was slice the apples into pieces. However, for some reason, my sister had a lot of ideas about cooking, and when I ate the rolled egg that she taught Tiara to make for the first time, it was very delicious. No, it doesn't have to be a rare creative dish. But ... honestly, the desire for a dish made by Pryde has never disappeared. What's more, it's also true that I want to see Pryde happy that she was able to cook with a big smile. "Pryde-sama ... She didn't want to make it herself from that point on ..." I can't say "I want to eat even her failures" even if my mouth is torn ...‼ When I noticed, Arthur, whose face was boiled bright red, was sitting there. I understand his feelings. "Tiara also tried to persuade her several times, but she kept refusing to try it." Arthur began to feel depressed, saying, "Because I laughed there ..." as if to groan at my words. I'm a little remorseful about that, but I'm still wondering if I should write about Pryde cooking in the paper strips. However, in the unlikely event that the content is read with Pryde, she will be depressed again or feel pressure from it. I and Pryde hang a strip of paper on the same tree, and there is a good chance that it will be seen. While thinking that way, Arthur also muttered, "I wonder if I could make a wish ..." whether he came up with the same idea as me. "But my sister could see the strips ..." and I immediately got an unexpected reply. "... Then, write two for you too. I'll hang one at my house." Two⁇ When I explained that according to the law I as a royal person could only have one, he said, "Half of Temee is a commoner." "It can't even be seen by the Knights ... I'm going home tonight, and I'll hang your part as well." Saying that, he gave me one of the strips he brought and I received it. ... Well, even though it's tradition, it's just an event, and while deceiving myself that there should be no problem with this. To be honest, I couldn't help but want to ask God through the paper strips as I said it. Receive it silently from Arthur and move the pen. One to entrust to the castle garden and one to Arthur. "To be with my sister as an assistant" "May my sister be able to cook" When I was about to give Arthur a strip of paper that I had finished writing, Arthur was about to finish writing his wish. There was no pretense to hide it, so when I looked into it, I found two pens running, one for hanging by the Knights and one for hanging at home. "To be a strong Knight like my father who can protect Pryde" "I want to eat that person's food" After writing, Arthur, looking back at me, reached out and received my strip. Then hang it. Arthur, who was in his clothes, began to get dressed once he returned to the Knights Training Ground. "... But ... I've come up with a method that leaves it to others ..." Suddenly, I'm embarrassed to say it. When I instinctively said it to Arthur, Arthur turned away from me and said, "Don't say it." "I can't help it because it's just my efforts." I nod to Arthur's words. Rather, all the wishes I have made so far have been managed by my own efforts, but in that sense, this wish can be said to be the most difficult wish in history. "Oh! Arthur, Stayle!" Suddenly, when I heard a voice from the entrance and looked back, Pryde came hand in hand with Tiara. While smiling back at Pryde who laughed, I was glad I didn't go wrong, and I just looked to see if Arthur had already hidden the strip in his clothes. "Brother, it's about time to hang the strips." Tiara looks into my face and asks, "Have you decided yet?" When I showed them the strip of paper that I wrote my usual wishes for, they said, "It's the same as usual," but they laughed alongside me as if they were happy. "What kind of wish did Arthur write?" After seeing me, Tiara noticed Arthur picking a strip of paper as it was, and called out with interest. Arthur showed the strips to the two of them in a reluctant manner in the same way. It seems a little embarrassing because he named his father and Pryde. "Thank you" and "It's a very nice wish" were said by the two with a laugh, and Arthur's face lit up. "By the way, did Sister decide on your wish?" I haven't seen the wish of Pryde yet this year. Until now, there have been many changes depending on the time, such as "May Stayle and Tiara be happy this year", "May I become a lady sooner" and "May Arthur pass this year's main exam". Pryde showed us the paper strip in her hands with a little grin. Tiara seems to already know and has a big smile on her face. "May everyone's wishes come true" "That's what I really want when I thought about it ...? May Stayle's efforts continue to bear fruit, or May Tiara keep smiling, or May Arthur continue to be a good Knight, or May Chancellor Gilbert and Maria continue to be happy. " Also, Knights, the people, fathers and mothers make wishes one after another. As it was, Pryde noticed us on the way and made my face red. "Why are you all laughing like that?" As expected, this can't be helped. As it is, I managed to put it into words first while enduring the laughter that was even more crowded when I saw the impatient Pryde that said "I was too greedy after all". "... Hmm ... No, no ... I thought it was like my sister ..." The Pryde that makes her eyes sparkle and wishes for us is so cute. My face is a little hot probably because it was up to my name. When I saw Arthur, he covered his mouth with a slight glow on his face, and my shoulders shook to endure laughter. The muffled voice, "Ah ... Thank you ...", managed to reach Pryde. At the end, Pryde desperately complained, "So, I thought it would be like this if I put everything together!" While turning her face red, so I managed to nod with Arthur and reply. "I think it's very nice, Sister! If she wants, I'm sure everyone's wish will come true." Tiara, who pulled Pryde's arm and laughed, looked really happy. From the Pryde that bites to hang on it, the blaze finally pulls out. Let's go home as it is. With Tiara's words, we and Arthur each headed home. Looking up at the darkening sky, I hope her wish will reach the stars tonight. Spoiler: (Eric POV) Bonus "... Um, Captain Alain ... It's about time for the recruits to come to collect the strips ... What are you doing ...?" It was around the time when the sky was getting dark and the stars were about to appear. Suddenly, as he passed by, Eric found Alain hunting through the box of paperstrips. "Ah, I wonder how many strips there are related to Pryde this year." Alain replies, "It's a joke, a joke," with his back turned to Eric, who tries hard to say that it is abad to see people's wishes. "Well, I don't have a good memory for you and Colm, but ... uh! ..... Well, I know the character of that guy ... Well, is this it?" Perhaps he found something he was looking for, he picked up a few strips and beckoned Eric with a mischievous smile. Called by the Captain, he looks into the strip together with half interest. "... Is this ... maybe all Captain Colm's?" "He's writing a lot unexpectedly. You can only show one of them in public." If Eric look at it, it's true that they all have the same characters and are familiar to him. In addition to the "health and prosperity of the Knights" that he showed himself, "by name of the knights" "so that Arthur can devote himself as a Knight from now on" and "may Alain refrain from a little more unreasonable behavior" In order to prevent Eric from hurting his stomach with Alain's actions, he writes a large number of individual wishes in a single strip. Several strips are black with lots of small letters. Furthermore Pryde-related wishes were also written in strips, such as "I hope that Pryde-sama's heart will continue to be pure" and "I wish I had the opportunity to meet Pryde-sama." “… Ah ………………… Captain Colm….” "Isn't it honest?" Even though I just told you that. When Alain received the strip from Eric, who laughed as it was, he mixed it into pieces and mixed it with other strips. "Oh, this is a secret to anyone?" "Yes .... But Captain Alain ...?" After all it is bad to see it without permission. Alain laughed and laughed, "This is the only time." This person who probably does it every year. Eric wondered if he would propose a box with a key for the paper strips next year. In case you missed it (though I don't know how)...the woman in Gilbert's scene is Stayle's mother. It's still her most recent appearance. And the two kids are probably Sefek and Kemet.