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Chapter 32 [Quite Talk] Farewell to the Heart: Maria's Case

 Maria's POV

 When I heard from Zect, I was honestly disappointed.
 I'm really tired of him.
 I mean, it was him who approached me.
 And I didn't tell him I wanted to go out with him.
 But when I said yes to going out with him, he kept me around and away from the other boys.
 We're indeed the same age... but I can accept both older and younger men, so Ceres and him are not the only men...
 But since I was planning to leave the village in the future, there's no need to settle for a man from within the village.
 He often said 'I like you' and 'I love you'. However, when he becomes a hero, he should refuse to marry a princess or a nobleman in the first place by saying, 'I love someone else'!
 But then, since we've known each other for a long time and we've had a rotted relationship, I had no choice but to accept a concubine's position.
 Not only are there two above me, but there is Lida below me... it's a party, so I have no choice but to say yes.
 And since they're my friends, I want to bring them in... so I said yes to Mel.
 But they say... the goddess has three faces.
 And now this is the fourth time... and I'm losing my temper.
 I won't show it, but I'm losing my temper.
 I understand, considering the state of this party right now.
 We need Ceres back.
 But... is that good?
 I wanted to tell Zect that.
 At first, I didn't like him... but then he started pestering me, and I had no choice but to go out with him, and then I found myself liking him!
 I'm the woman he took such a long time to seduce... however, how can he give me away so easily?
 If that's the case, he shouldn't have seduced me in the first place... that's what I'm trying to say.
 My first love isn't him. It's Ceres.
 Of course, I would choose Ceres over him because he's kind and mature... not him, who's like a little boy.
 Even my father, who hates kids, says, "he's good."
 But then... I ran away.
 I thought if I stood next to Ceres, I'd be a blur, so I gave up on Ceres and chose him.
 And now he's making me choose to go to Ceres.
 I don't know what to do.
 I gave up my first love Ceres to go out with Zect...
 However, I probably still love Ceres.
 But this love is different from the love I have for him...
 My love for Ceres is not what it used to be. It's 'love for my father' now.
 My father Shuuto reads books and ignores me.
 He gets angry with me if I talk to him while he reads.
 But strangely enough, he taught Ceres how to read and write and talked to him normally... However, now that I think about it, that was because he was mature enough to take care of the store.
 Back to my story... it was like I didn't have a father.
 I can't talk or ask for help... so my father Shuuto is not like my father.
 I'm an idiot, so there's no point in talking to him.
 So Ceres was the only one I could go to when I needed help.
 After all, when I talk to Ceres, I feel like I'm talking to someone older.
 That's why he's like... my father.
 When I was a child, he would comfort me when I was crying... or give me a baked potato when I was hungry... it was hard to believe that we were the same age.
 Even a potato must have been precious to Ceres, who doesn't have parents.
 And when my parents got mad at me, he'd come in and help me out.
 When I got lost in the woods... he'd come to my rescue, even though he was just a kid.
 So Ceres is like a father to me.
 Now, I don't know what to do to be his girlfriend or his wife.
 But Zect... even if I become your wife, I'll still be number 3.
 In that case, Ceres would be better.
 I'm sure I'll have a happy future with Ceres... and after the defeat of the Demon King, I can see a future where I open a clinic and Ceres pats my tired shoulders and makes me tea... it's probably a much better world than being number 3.
 Even though I still have feelings for you...
 But... a future with you will not be pleasant.
 For me, choosing Ceres is embarrassing because it's like having my father as my lover.
 But I'm sure it's better than the future with you.

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