Chapter Twenty-Eight: The Otome Game’s Footsteps can be Heard ~Enslaved Witch~
I am Aya Hanamura.
It’s been around half a year since the body containing my soul, that had been summoned to a world that belonged to an otome game, was bought by Lucian, a capture target.
In other words, I’ve spent nearly a year and a half in this world.
I’m still considered a half-witch, and currently, I’ve yet to learn any magic that could potentially help me go back home.
However, strangely enough, a glimpse of the original half-witch’s knowledge still remained with me.
That’s because, for some reason, I had a vague idea of the mechanisms revolving around magic that I wouldn’t have known otherwise.
The Witch of the Forest had told me that the half-witch had died, and that was why my soul settled in her body. However, perhaps it was because we were using the same head that I retained her memories.
It took a while, but after pushing myself to study further, I understood the dangers of summoning magic and how it boiled down to suitability.
What may have happened was that the original magic did not match up with space-time when they were summoning from another world.
The summoning magic could not specify the other side’s time and space.
Moreover, they were not able to specify who they were calling for.
I wanted to go back to my original world, so at the start, I aimed to reverse the magic of the summoning.
However, the original summoning was too intricate that I couldn’t think of a way to narrow down the specifications to reverse it.
Even if I were able to reverse it, I’ve no idea if I could return to the place where I was initially.
Far from locating the specific place, time would have also been a miracle for me to figure out.
There was no guarantee that I’ll be able to get back to my original body, so even if I tried to return now.
At the rate I went, reversing the summoning magic to return would be a suicide mission…
The half-witch will continue to be a half-witch… That means…
I can only blame my lack of luck that I got involved in this.
In a sense, the original half-witch may have just been talented enough to summon a soul instead of actual matter.
But her talent wouldn’t have been enough, so her life… And her soul met its demise just like that.
When my knowledge reached that point, I spiraled into depression.
If they ended up with the Witch of the Forest, then they might’ve been just that desperate.
However, Lucian had never neglected my maintenance. It was probably because I was the subject of his research. He even tried to dress me up a little, taking me outside and just taking care of me in general.
I was so preoccupied with his tentacle research that I was always between being too busy or receiving too much pleasure. In all of that, my sinking feelings occasionally emerged.
If I spent an entire lifetime studying, then maybe I could figure out the magic to reversing the summoning spell that would allow me to return to my original body and my original world.
As long as I don’t die here, I should be prepared for that moment until it arrives.
It only had to do with souls, so even if I became a grandma here, there’d be no problem if I could just go back to the younger version of myself when I return!
Just as I was about to ponder researching immortality so that I could buy some more time, Lucian surprised me by telling me a name from the otome game that I’d almost forgotten.
“Aya, why don’t you meet someone whose soul was also summoned from another world like you?”
I’d be surprised by this line if it weren’t for my knowledge of the otome game.
“Eh… From the same world!?”
“No, I don’t think she necessarily came from the same world as Aya.”
The Witch of the Forest knew from the very beginning that the soul inside me was different and that I was from another world. She had also informed Lucian about that during their negotiations.
So, when I came with Lucian, he, too, already knew to some extent about the things that had happened to me.
My special circumstances… I have it very much, but since it’s necessary for researching my abilities to help those tentacle plants grow and act abnormally… That must be the cheat that I got by coming from another world.
Well, there were no tentacles in my original world that are on par with what’s available here… There were no such things as krakens, only squids. Come to think of it; I’ve never seen a living squid back then.
“That, maybe that person is also liked by tentacles?”
“No, after I found out about Aya, I gave them some tentacle slime and dryad buds that I had grown to see if something would come out of it. However, there don’t seem to be any tentacle-loving traits happening on their side. The growths were also normal.”
You gave such things to someone else…
I sympathize with the person that’s in the same situation as me. As someone who also came from another world…
I have a feeling that people in this world were too used to tentacles, but people from another world, it’s possible that they’ve also yet to see tentacles before.
Just like me…
“But there seems to be another characteristic to her… She seemed to have been carrying a blessing along with her.”
“A blessing is a favor given by guardian spirits and divine beasts. Tentacles being attracted to Aya may be a limited blessing bestowed upon you. However, I couldn’t confirm whether it was given by a race or if it was just an ability unique to you. This time, I will be witnessing the confirmation of that otherworldly person’s blessing, and I’ll also have the opportunity to meet the guardian spirit of the Royal Family in this country. If I take you, Aya, I’ll be able to achieve both these things.”
“This country… The guardian spirit of the Royal Family…”
Regardless of everything that’s happened, the name of this country was Cress, and the elf in front of me was the target capture for the tentacle route, then the guardian spirit of this country should indeed be…
The legal shota.
“I… I’ll go with you! But I wonder… Who is the person whose soul was summoned like I was? Maybe she is someone like me, someone who’s involved in this failed… Witch’s summoning. Someone lost like me.”
“I don’t know. At the very least, according to the invitation, she may have come before Aya came to this world. So, the schedule’s a little off the kilter.”
“Before I came?”
No, the summoning magic with the half-witch was just that sloppy, so it wouldn’t be strange if someone they’d summoned had been blown back in time.
In the first place, the summoning magic that they used on me might not have necessarily been the first time it was performed.
“Eh? She… Had kept it a secret. She, Princess Annelier, the wife of Prince Reinhardt, had been living with a different soul for at least two years by now. If the possession had just been dormant and had actually happened when she was born, then that would make it over 20 years ago. However, the doctors who took care of her were unknown, so the circumstances also ended up that way.”
That’s the name of the villainess.
I’ve heard rumors that the prince’s wife was sick, but it never crossed my mind that the sickly princess was the villainess Annelier.
Reinhardt was the S prince who was engaged to te with the villainess.
I didn’t even know the prince’s full name.
The name of the prince, or something along those lines, didn’t come up regularly in the game…
In other words, around this time, the otome game’s original timeline had long since been over.
And the villainess… If it had been from the very beginning, if it had been more than 20 years since she came here, I’d like to think that it’s not because of what the former me had done as a half-witch.
What should I do?
I hope you reincarnated the same way villainesses in web novels had been.
What should I do if they conclude that a half-witch had killed the prince’s original princess in a magical outburst…!
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