Sevens: Confession

Confession

“Novem… I like you! I love you. I’ve said it before, but I want you to stay by my side.”

How many times have I had to muster my resolve for this confession?

I had confessed to her once before in Damien, but at the time it was splendidly left hazy. I don’t think I made her hate me, but even so the current situation wasn’t one I had anticipated.

The room Novem was confined.

She tilted her head a bit.

“What seems to be the matter, Lyle-sama? I’ll always be by your side. And I love you too.”

If you took it word for word, I’m sure my confession was a success.

But the love she spoke of was…

“Do you mean you love me as an individual? Try taking the Walt House out of the equation. No, please try it. Goddesses and evil gods and your predecessors are irrelevant. I want to hear your answer, Novem.”

On my petition, Novem made a troubled face. And she let out the words that were probably her honest-to-goodness feelings.

“From the moment I was born, I had lots of memories inside of me. Novem… and all the Novems after that passed down their memories, and among them are the memories of the especially prestigious previous generation’s Novem. Perhaps I am a separate existence who merely carried on the memories. But asking what I myself think at this point of time is…”

Meaning… It wasn’t Novem herself, what had come to love me was the memory of Novem.

In the past, I’m sure the story of me saving Novem in her youth was true. In truth, that LYLE would definitely have helped her out.

But to Novem, such a thing was a trivial matter.

Of all else, Novem had chosen me over LYLE. Desiring a me with my memory stolen and Septem’s power gone, she had discarded LYLE who saved her.

“Are you fine with that!? I… don’t like it at all.”

As I looked down and said it… Novem spoke in regards to me.

“… For the current you, there is no meaning behind clinging to my existence. Right now, there is a need for you to marry in order to leave children behind. But you’re already supporting a large number of women. If you aren’t pleased with my existence, there is no need to force yourself to keep me by your side.”

I looked at Novem.

“That’s not what I mean! That’s not at all what…”

To Novem, she couldn’t forgive a direct descendent of the Walt House- namely me- disappearing. I’m sure that was because of her preceding Novem’s memories.

Meaning rather than I myself, she prioritized the continued existence of the Walt House.

“Lyle-sama, I am aware my existence deviates from your common sense. So… please stop obsessing over me. It’s an important time right now. Let’s have a talk once everything is over.”

As it was brought to a halt by Novem, I dropped my shoulders.

South Beim.

In the room of the mansion prepared there, I absentmindedly stared out the window.

From the Jewel hung at my neck, I could hear a teasing voice.

『Never thought you’d be shot down. She loves you, but rather than as an individual, she’s looking at a bigger picture. Perhaps she recommended the harem because she didn’t want her blood and memories to taint the mix.』

I resisted with all my might.

“I-I haven’t been dumped yet…”

『No, you were dumped. This is just a prediction, but once everything is over, Novem-chan will probably accept that her role is finally over, and leave. That’s the sort of atmosphere she was giving off, and it’s thinkable she’ll spend the rest of her life observing the type of peace you’re aiming for.』

I fell into depression and sat on the spot. In regards to me, the Third laughed.

『Novem-chan’s love is to watch over you, right? She has too many memories in her, that she doesn’t have an individual self, or rather, her sense of who she is is hazy. While saying she liked you, the reason she forced the harem was probably so she could leave once you could stand on your own. And yet, because you decided to fight Celes, she decided to watch over you until then.』

I first thought her conduct was strange when she treated Aria as a candidate to be my wife. I assisted in reclaiming Aria’s red gem, and then it felt as if talks proceeded on their own without me. No, they surely did.

“Am I hated?”

The Third refuted.

『No, I think your loved. But that love is a bit different from the love known to the world at large. Well, it’s closest to a mother’s love, perhaps.』

“… What should I have done? I’d rather die than see Novem with another man.”

If Novem would pass on her memories and watch over my children… my descendants, she would likely make her own clan as the previous Novem did. Meaning she’d be marrying another man.

The Third laughed.

『Lyle, say it to any of the other kids, and they’ll be amazed. In the first place, you who built up a harem have no rights to say such a things.』

“It’s not like I built a harem because I wanted to! Damn, if this is how it’s going to be, then can we just use your schemes and wicked heart to…”

『… How exactly do you think of me?』

Hearing the Third’s amazed voice, I got my breathing in order, and covered my face with both hands.

“I’m sorry. That was out of hand.”

『No, it’s fine. But I think it will be impossible to manipulate Novem-chan with my Skill. In the first place, the restrictions on my Skill are harsh. Illusions won’t have any effect at all. It wasn’t that powerful of a Skill to begin with.』

The Third’s Skill was definitely underhanded. It interfered with an enemy’s psyche. It manipulated multiple people and had them kill one another. And finally it showed illusions…

But it wasn’t too difficult to break through them. For a person with a strong mentality, it could be undone with ease. If you weren’t used to using the Skill, manipulating someone with it would be impossible.

“… I understand there’s no point in manipulating her to stay by my side. But I just want to hear Novem’s feelings as an individual.”

『And if you learn she thinks nothing of you at all, are you ready to give up?』

I wanted to cry. There, The Third gave some fed-up words.

『Lyle, sorry but this is something you have to resolve on your own. It isn’t a problem I can lend a hand in.』

If even the Third gave up hope, then what was I supposed to do? At the end, he mumbled.

『Well, I’ll at least say I don’t think she hates you.』

He said and kept silent.

… A meeting was held in South Beim.

Having to regulate various forces, the meeting had been going on for a number of days.

Affirming the state of affairs, on top of verifying the plan and tuning it based on different points of view, it all had to be done. The world is in trouble, so just shut up and help out; no one would be satisfied with that.

Yet at the time of ruin, would they think, ‘If only I’d done something at the time’? Regardless, such days continued on and on.

They held meetings from dawn to dusk, and from then on, their regular duties awaited them.

The one who was known to be close to Lyle, Baldoir, was busily moving around with security.

But the ones to approach him were knights of the Walt House.

The knights had dropped by his room as he was on break. Baldoir was acquainted with them, and one of them was older than him.

Hearing they had something to say, he let them in only to hear a troublesome proposal.

“… Fortify Lyle-sama’s surroundings with your forces? Thinking to the situation, I can only say it will prove difficult.”

Two knights had come to the room. Baldoir knew both of them, one older and one younger than he. They had come to represent two generations of knights.

The elder knights straightened his back.

“I know. I won’t say we’ve forgotten what we’ve done. Even if we said we were manipulated, no one would believe that. But if Lyle-sama is the rightful heir to the Walt House, then we should be placed by his side.”

The knight younger than Baldoir leaned forward a bit.

“I know our standing isn’t one where we can speak out strongly. And that’s why we’re relying on you, Baldoir-dono. Among Lyle-sama’s retainers, you’re the one closest to him.”

Folding his arms, Baldoir looked down as he thought over their opinions.

(It isn’t bad. Lyle-sama’s fighting style is precisely that of the Walt House. If he forms his army around the Walt Army that have drilled that style into their bodies, Lyle-sama will have an elite force at once.)

However, on an emotional level, he was opposed.

The soldiers of Bahnseim were full of ashamed sentiment. And the ones who fought alongside Lyle from his early days were the soldiers of the four-nation alliance and Beim.

The soldiers of Beim hated Bahnseim.

The elder knight.

“We have the resolve to throw down our lives. If we don’t go so far, we’ll never be able to lay at rest. But thinking of the present situation, we have come to the conclusion we won’t be able to leave this duty to another.”

The younger knight pleaded.

“Rather than feelings, you should prioritize efficiency. Time is of the essence. At soonest, we’ll be attacking Bahnseim when the harvest ends in fall.”

Six to seven months. They had to get an army together in that meager timespan.

Getting it together didn’t just mean gathering the numbers. They had to make sure an army of that size could be commanded, and could fight as one.

And the four-nation alliance didn’t have any experience of commanding on that level. Even when trained, there were many weak links among the soldiers of Beim. The environment of Bahnseim and Beim were too different, and Baldoir was troubled over the naivety he felt from Beim’s mindset.

“… I’ll bring the proposal forth to Lyle-sama myself. But I have no guarantee whether he’ll take it up or not.”

The senior knight nodded.

“That’s enough. We’ll abide by Lyle-sama’s verdict.”

With those words, Baldoir saw off the two knights, sat in a chair, and looked up at the ceiling…

Night.

While I walked around the mansion to take my mind off of things, I heard voices.

In the dark hallway, light was leaking out of a slight opened door. What I could hear from inside were Clara and Eva. It seems they were wringing out their voices over something within, and I decided to leave it be.

“It’s not anything rare.”

Clara and Eva generally did not get along. Rather than hate, they often confronted one another. Besides that, Clara didn’t get along with Adele-san either.

From the Jewel, the Third thought.

『Clara-chan’s usually real quiet, but she sure picks a lot of fights with those she can’t hit it off with.』

She usually thought over the balance of the party, and rarely asserted her own opinion. But when it was about the things she liked or knowledge in general, she often stuck herself out there.

When I peered into the gap of the door, I could see pages of words fluttering around.

Clara and Eva faced one another, throwing the papers they had on hand.

“Don’t kid with me! Writing nothing but nonsense and turning it to a historical song is the worst!”

There, Eva collected the page that had been thrown.

“And what about you? Writing on and on about things that don’t matter at all! It wasn’t fun or interesting to read at all! With that, you won’t get a single customer!”

“I don’t care about customers! Don’t taint the worth of history!”

From what I’d heard, it seems they had gotten together to compare the records they’d made up to now.

If it was bad enough for them to fight over it, they shouldn’t have met to begin with, and as I thought… with their differences in opinion, they were quarrelling.

Clara sought for historical value.

Eva wanted value as a form of entertainment.

In contrast to Clara’s detailed depictions, Eva had cut out all the needless parts, and exaggerated all the lively portions.

“Could it be these girls actually get along?”

『It’s a rival relation. Much more charming than the usual carnage, isn’t it?』

There, Eva noticed I was watching.

“You came at a good time. Lyle, could you be the judge of it?”

Clara turned, and corrected the positioning of her glasses.

“Very well. We’ll have Lyle-san determine it. Now, come in. Before that… let’s get the documents together.”

Clara and Eva gathered the papers scattered across the floor.

Once I entered, they had me read through their papers.

“Cut the crap! Why did you write it down in such detail!? What’s more, I only got depressed about Novem a few days ago! How do you know so much!?”

Having read it through, I offered Clara my opinion. She pushed her glasses up with her index finger, letting them catch the light.

“I worked hard.”

“Put that effort somewhere else!”

There, Eva pointed at Clara and laughed.

“What did I tell you? As I thought, I’m the right one here!”

“And what about you!? Why do I suddenly have a hundred wives!? I don’t have that many! And the number isn’t going up, I tell you!”

Eva averted her eyes.

“I-I mean… that makes the song more surprising. Fifteen just doesn’t have that ring to it.”

“Eh? Fifteen?”

I counted on my fingers.

“Novem, Aria, Miranda, Shannon, Clara, Monica, Eva, May, Gracia, Elza, Vera, Ludmilla, Lianne… that’s thirteen.”

Eva shook her head.

“You have Thelma-san and Aura-san, don’t you? And it’s going to grow again regardless. If it was just fifteen, then honestly, it wouldn’t be strange for the average rich man to have that many mistresses. Like to put this sort of exclamation point on the whole thing, they hear a hundred and Wow!! You know what I’m saying?”

Surprised that those two were included as well, I screamed from the depths of my heard.

“Screw that! I’ll never accept such a thing! In the first place, what am I supposed to do with so many!?”

The Third laughed.

『What you’re supposed to do with them? You’re supposed to do them. And there are already stories of you doing this and that to them spreading all over the place. Just give it up.』

I… won’t accept it. I covered my face with both hands.

“You’ve even jumbled up the story with Novem, why do each and every one of you…”

Clara and Eva tried to console me.

About Yoraikun

A college student who really should be doing something more productive with his time. Also, he can read a bit of Japanese.
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60 Responses to Sevens: Confession

  1. HapUgMata says:

    thanks for the chapter,,,

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  2. goblinrou says:

    Yoraikun is on santa lvl3 mode!

    ”What you’re supposed to do with them? You’re supposed to do them”

    I’m surprised this only came now.

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  3. HapUgMata says:

    best advice of the chapter:

    What you’re supposed to do with them? You’re supposed to do them.

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  4. machinaforce says:

    I feel kinda bad for Lyle…
    Thanks for the chapter Merry Christmas.

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  6. lygarx says:

    The main heroine has never been so hard to obtain. which is what makes this one of the greatest harem series.

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    • abaddonsama says:

      Im seriously kinda glad that she isnt it.

      After a while, Novem kinda lost her appeal.

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      • DiegoDeveze says:

        I know, right? She lost me at the part where she just let the protagonist have his memory and powers stolen and being secluded and neglected to a grossly traumatic degree.

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        • berserknexus says:

          I get that LYLE was an asshat, but letting a psychopath rip out his memories and skills and his family just so she can get a convenient empty shell she can groom into the guy she used to have a hard on for… Novem is a piece of shit. The only actual memories Lyle has of his father is his father dying while talking about not having been his father. His mother is already dead. Thanks Novem. Hope you die. But we all know she’s going to be main wife. Geez.

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        • DiegoDeveze says:

          The worst part is that I don’t hate her, but I’m still hella pissed at her and I agree that she’s a piece of shit. The reason I don’t hate her is because she’s practically a ”Goddess” who probably already has a wobbly sense of morality given her quasi-long lifespan. but that’s still unforgivable.

          At least that’s how she birthed Lyle and we got a story so, yay from an extra-narrative perspective(?).

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        • Seanna2k says:

          You’re all naïve fools. You’re idealistic, and you live in a fantasy world. Novem is by all means correct and did the correct thing. I would have done exactly the same thing memories of past lives or none. Why? Because it would produce the best results, just as Novem pointer out. It may sound cruel. It may be harsh. It may be difficult to accept. But life isn’t a bed of roses. And even if it was, roses have thorns. Often cruelty is the kindest thing you can do for a person. Be too kind and you’re just being cruel to the person in the long run. Chicken Pox is best caught when young. If not, you’re in for hell when you catch it when you’re old. It’s best to fall down a lot as a kid. That way, you learn to pick yourself up on your own easily when you’re grown up. People who’ve never failed before when young often find themselves incapable of picking themselves up on their own when they’re grown up and finally fail. Novem is very wise and very kind. She doesn’t have any of that fake kindness in her. She displays true kindness rather than the self-satisfying and self-righteous fake kindness that you people keep insisting on. I’m glad that at least the author understands that. It looks like there still is some hope for humans left in this foolish and overly emotional world. As I have said before, I function on logic, wisdom and intellect, not emotion. Novem is correct. Logic over emotions. Correctness over righteousness. True kindness over self-satisfaction. Results over methods. Overall over short-term. Truth over assumptions. Objectivity over subjectivity. Neutrality over taking sides.

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        • DiegoDeveze says:

          I am a fool and I am overly and overtly emotional, that’s just how my mind works. That still doesn’t mean I’m a fool. Being emotional doesn’t mean you always act on your emotions. I have absolutely no need to expplain myself to you, but it’s ok. Know that I do not function on emotions nor logic alone. If something needs to be done, even if it is unkind, I do it or condone it. Never have I been condescending when talking to my friends. If someone tells me about their problems and asks for my opinion, I give it; sure, as kindly and tactfully as possible, but without hiding my true thoughts.

          I know empty kindness can be perjudicial. My best friend once confessed to me that he was angry at me a lot of the time for not taking his side when he told me about his relation ship problems (which he usually caused himself via jealousy and outright cheating), and told me how grateful he was to me that I never coddled him when he matured a bit more and realized the truth. And like that, I try to be neutral. I’m a mediator, not a coddler.

          Well, personal stuff aside, I still do t see how what Novem did was “the right thing”. Right for whom or for what purpose? Do tell me, please, since it’s been a while since I read this. Refresh my memory.

          I gotta tell you, though, most of what I remember about Novem’s actions, while understandable, they were not justifiable. She literally let someone die to overwrite him into a man she thinks is best for the world, which sounds fine and dandy, but that’s the thing, it’s what SHE THINKS. She might be right, or she might not be, and that doesn’t change the fact that she killed LYLE and let Celes run roughshod throughout the Empire, killing and torturing people en Massé. It’s outright amoral behavior no matter how you try to rationalize it.

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  7. Kudan says:

    thanks~

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  8. Lyle is so pitiful that even the girls try to console him (which actually will work in his favor).

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  9. erikcheah says:

    Thanks for the translation!

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  10. While what Novem did was unforgivable, if she didn’t 7 out of his 13 (15?) wives would have been killed. So there is 100000+ vs 7. Yup, it checks out.

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  11. bcahthekill says:

    Our hero and his dairy harem problem, pitiful Lyle

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  12. galene says:

    I won’t accept this Lyle. I don’t care about the rest of it, but hurry up and accept the Holy Maidens.

    You need a mature priestess type girl to balance out the young cast.

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  13. rizki66 says:

    Just do it Lyle !

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  14. Starltyz says:

    Lol nice chapter, poor lyle

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  15. darkm3d says:

    Thanks for the chapter. Lyle already have 15? I never counted them thats why good to know. =)

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  16. AlbinoBlackSheep says:

    If even the Third gave up home,
    >hope

    Merry Christmas Yoraikun
    Thank you for your lovely gifts

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  17. Tzabo says:

    Thanks a lot Yoraikun, oh god of translation :)

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  19. Fueee says:

    Thanks for the chapter 😀

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  20. frenzy85 says:

    “could be undone with ease” he says… but it worked against Milleia, didn’t it? I’d say that’s strong enough.

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    • DiegoDeveze says:

      That’s because they work against Milleia (and Shannon) in particular, if I remember correctly. Something about the illusions, made of mana, being similar to a normal person with mana.

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  21. CJ Carlet says:

    『What you’re supposed to do with them? You’re supposed to do them. And there are already stories of you doing this and that to them spreading all over the place. Just give it up.』
    ~I love you Third that was funny!

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  22. chendu says:

    Clara and Eva … Still a better love story than twilight !
    Well may thanksYorai-santa

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  23. ryuutobi says:

    So, the reason Novem let Celes did so many things to Lyle was in order to purify the bloodline of Walt house from the power & memories of Septem (or any other goddesses).

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    • DiegoDeveze says:

      Pretty fucked up if you think about it. She let him be neglected to the extreme. That’s even worse than if he was verbally or physically abused. That’s why he was basically a useless talking potato at the start of the story.

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  24. RedKaiser says:

    A story of a live of harem owner

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  25. Reaper Phoenix says:

    Thanks 4 the chapter!

    I would like to see historians arguing about what the real history is and compare all the facts with what we know.

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    • DiegoDeveze says:

      There’s actually a very interesting thing going on here. You see, for many years throughout history, historians were fixated on getting events and facts right and in a formal and objective way, but then came the annals with an interesting proposal: that historical data can be extracted from even things like works of literature as well as from accounts of more mundane or menial happenings; i.e not looking only at major happenings but at the world, culture, language and entertainment as a veritable source of historical facts; an integral and wider history, if you will, which was a revolutionary albeit frowned upon idea, since it challenged the way history was viewed for years.

      Well, that’s more or less how it goes, at least. I’m just learning about it this semester.

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  26. Nyesh says:

    Thank you for the chapter.

    If Novem is really going to remain a member of the harem, I wonder what will happen to change her into wanting a non-platonic relationship with Lyle? The only thing that comes to mind is perhaps something Celes does will cause Novem to lose all of her prior-self memories, but can Celes even do that to another goddess?

    I admit I diverge from others in this, but for me the best line of the chapter was Clara’s “I worked hard.” Just what kind of elite spy network does she have to learn all the details of his situation with Novem, considering it mostly occurred behind closed doors? Are the Valkyrie units in her faction doubling as spies, always relaying info on what everyone else (esp Lyle) is doing and saying?

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    • DiegoDeveze says:

      It was fucking hilarious. I needed a little reprieve after so many politics and waifu wars. I just wish there was more sprinkled throughout the story.

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    • berserknexus says:

      It’s kind of annoying that he has all these amazing girls working their asses off for him but he has to beat a hundred thousand guys and get Sevens-drunk to tell them he loves them or that he cares for them. But if it’s Novem the guy has no qualms confessing or proposing. At least say thank you ffs.

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  27. Bloom-san says:

    Holy shit, that cut to the last scene kills me. Clara is especially hilarious.

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  28. What is a let down , and i was expecting an emotional confession/reunion lover scene…

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  29. SmokeyJoe says:

    “What are you supposed to do with them? You’re supposed to do them.”
    Third you are the best.
    Thanks for the chapter.

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  30. Kisama says:

    I’d hate it if Novem and Lyle won’t work out. I too would be angry if she ends up with anther guy.

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  31. bacem says:

    that last scene, made me laugh.

    thx 4 your hardwork Yoraikun-sama

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  33. gantono says:

    It just about preference, fact and fiction have their own customer
    thanks for chap

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    • DiegoDeveze says:

      That’s what I’ve been wanting someone to yell at them for the longest time. I mean, Eva can do her songs and Clara can just write her annals. I don’t see what their fight is for. Resources? Is paper and such that in demand? Surely Monica can do something about it with her knowledge.

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  34. nguuuquaaa says:

    I see he just casually included Monica as well.
    What a man of culture.

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  35. LegionPing says:

    I honestly feel like Lyle would be happier if he just forgot about all of them and did his own thing. I mean, it’s interesting to watch but I get the feeling that none of them actually care. Can’t really blame them there since its such a dumb situation anyway.

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