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Re:Written by the Stars

Prologue – The Forgotten Duchess

Chapter 1 – Erased

The White Whale, also called the Demon Beast of the Mist, was a terrifying Demon Beast that was bigger than 50 meters, many have lost their loved ones without even knowing. The Mist of Elimination does not discriminate against anyone, the end result is the same —erasure. The White Whale is capable of erasing victims along with any memories the surroundings have of them.

"A moment lasts all of a second, but the memory lives on forever."

Luckily the beast was slain with the combined force of members from the Emilia, Crusch and Anastasia Camps. Crusch's weapons and armour together with the majority of the forces, Anastasia's mercenary group called [Fang of Iron] led by Ricardo Welkin, better known as Dogman and of course Emilia's side with only one person called Natsuki Subaru who held information about the beast and could be called the strategist of the operation. Together they fought the beast and with the final cut of the Sword Demon Wilhelm van Astrea the beast finally closed its eyes.

The victory was short-lived because the allied forces would once again fight, but this time against another enemy called [Sin Archbishop of Sloth]. He was notorious for his cruelty, frequently slaughtering entire towns and villages without any known reason. A monster through and through.

After a hard struggle against the insane spirit, he was finally killed by Natsuki Subaru using a stolen special attack and an Earth Dragon, trampling him like a cockroach. With his last words being his killer's name, he finally got what he deserved. The death of Petelgeuse followed a peaceful moment on Emilia's lap, a reward fitting a hero.

―In the swaying dragon carriage, Petra was growing jealous of the attention Emilia was getting from Subaru. It didn't matter that she was twelve and Subaru was seventeen, you know what they say age is but a number. A number of how long you will be in jail...

"Bewwww! I'm not going to lose against you! You hear me!" The 12-year Petra said towards the Half-Elf Emilia sticking her tongue out in defiance.

"Emilia-tan, she's only a kid. You just have to smile and laugh off what the kids say." Subaru said while giving her a smile.

Emilia, not having the same opinion as Subaru, denied his claim and said, "Even if she is a child, I can't take such a lackadaisical attitude!"

"Lackadaisical? Who even says that in this day and age?" Subaru said, giving Emilia a pity smile.

"Hmmpf." Emilia pouted, "You are teasing me again!"

"I'm not a kid!" Petra said glaring towards Emilia who needed to stay away from her Subaru.

"Okay, okay! I still need to thank you, Petra, for not leaving Emilia alone." Subaru started to pet her head in appreciation.

"There are so many people I need to thank when things calm down. I'm really grateful to Anastasia-san and her gang and I hate to say it but even Julius was very helpful. Hell, I'm even indebted to Otto who can't even keep his business running."

Otto's voice came from the front of the carriage, "Natsuki-san did you say something rude again?"

"Nah, nothing! Was just talking about how your business was going to make a grandiose comeback! Super grateful for what you did for us!" Subaru was pointing his thumb up to his new buddy and giving him a wide smile.

"Gosh, what brought that on?" Otto blushed, not knowing how to react to Subaru's heartfelt opinion about him.

"Hahaha!" Subaru was laughing at Otto's reaction, he didn't know how to take compliments, something both boys had in common.

"And of course Crusch-san can't be forgotten, she really is someone strong. Never thought that she would listen to somebody like me! But she did, with the help of Rem, we were able to come to an alliance that became far more successful than I ever could've imagined! You should have seen her when the older knights were summoned by Wilhelm to fight, how she was able to get all their attention!" Subaru kept on talking without any realisation to who he was saying it against, not even looking at their reactions that were fully showing on their faces.

"She is able to switch to her diplomatic side in a heartbeat, something I doubt I could ever accomplish. Of course, there is also Rem…" Subaru finally stopped talking when he started thinking about his conversation with Rem, he knew he shouldn't ruin their moment by talking about another girl in front of Emilia. Subaru had the intelligence to know not to talk solely about Rem, who held feelings from him but decided to talk all about her rival for the throne instead.

"Rem said that she… umm. I mean Rem said some nice things to me aaannndd.." Subaru was getting flustered speaking about Rem.

"Subaru? Just calm down for a second. I'm not quite sure about what you are trying to say. Honestly, I don't even understand half of what you said towards the end." Emilia said.

Subaru looked at the silver-haired beauty and saw her expression. He didn't understand what he could have said to give her that kind of face, remembering what he just said made him blush with all the nonsense he spouted about Crusch, but even that shouldn't warrant that face. That face of that expressed questions, like Subaru just spoke —in riddles.

Emilia finally said what was on her mind,

"Who are Crusch and Rem?"

"Wait? What? What do you mean? You don't! Rem... Crusch?! WHAT!" Subaru shouted in despair, not understanding how this could have happened. Emilia was not the type to joke around like this, so that must mean that he failed...

Again and again and again.

All the way to square one... no, Zero.

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After the battle against the White Whale the group split up, one following Natsuki Subaru to fight against the Witch Cultist's and the other following Crusch Karsten to bring back the White Whale's carcass to the Capital. Showing the people that the one of the [Three Great Demon Beasts] that caused the most damage to humanity, was finally slain. Rem followed Crusch's party because she became fatigued after the battle and was currently riding with Crusch in the dragon carriage.

"Rem?"

Rem heard someone suddenly saying her name and looked at the person speaking. Crusch Karsten is a beautiful woman with long dark verdant-green hair and almond-shaped amber eyes. She is still wearing her steel armor trimmed in gold from the battle, not having the opportunity to change but that was one of the aspects that made her beauty stand out even more. Her hair in a ponytail showing everyone that she was ready for everything made everyone admire her even more. Someone capable of leading the battle against the beast through the bitter end was the person called Crusch Karsten, one of the five royal candidates for the throne.

There were multiple dragon carriages ahead that were carrying the wounded soldiers. Only the most fatal wounds had been treated and more than a few of them were still seriously injured. Even with all their pain, they were showing a small smile towards their accomplishment for having fulfilled their long desired wish. Seeing the beast slain that brought so much suffering, even for those that forgot, made this a moment of serenity.

Crusch noticed Rem's expression and said, "You don't look very happy, Rem. Are you still worrying about him?" Talking about Subaru who went without her to fight the dangerous Witch Cultist's.

"Rem, just…" Rem was having a hard time accepting the fact that her beloved was fighting alone, without her. She was not showing it on the outside but her stamina was depleted, it didn't matter how hard she wished for it, she wouldn't be helpful at all. She would be a burden and that is why she decided to follow Felix's advice, to not become a hindrance to her hero.

"Compared to this…" She shook her head and continued talking, "He has capable fighters under him. Wilhelm, Felix and Ricardo's mercenary group. They should be able to come out victorious even if their adversary's strength is a concern."

"Even so, I can't help but selfishly worry." Rem said feeling depressed about the current circumstances.

"Ah, it seems like I'm quite terrible at comforting people after all. When the obstacle is within you, it would be possible to improve yourself until it's overcome… but when it's about other people it becomes quite difficult…" Crusch spoke what her heart believed and had shown a very out of character Crusch. She realised that she had misspoken and lowered her eyes with a slightly more red face than before.

Rem couldn't help but smile at the actions of the normally very professional Duchess. Crusch saw her smile and decided to quote the hero who brought down the White Whale, "It's as Natsuki Subaru said, a smile suits Rem better, doesn't it?" She continued, "Even though it sounded like it came out of nowhere, it truly wasn't a stupid thing to say..."

Crusch was remembering the person who was able on some occasions to pull her heartstrings. Something she thought wouldn't be possible after Fourier's death. Natsuki Subaru, the stranger who knows so little but at the same time so much, was capable of showing even her what someone can achieve if he so truly desires. She started to smile unconsciously thinking about the strong-willed boy she admired.

"Crusch-sama, you know that you give a completely different impression when you smile." Crusch looked a bit shocked at Rem but she continued not caring about her bewilderment, "Since you always carry yourself with such dignity, it made your smile even more lovely."

Crusch didn't know how to react to her, she didn't even know that she was smiling just then. It didn't make sense to her, she always believed that she wasn't good at smiling and now another person just said she looked lovely doing it.

"Ahha… seems like we both have someone to thank for." Rem not fully understanding the meaning behind her words still found her words precious to hear and opened her lips into a smile as well.

Rem saw in Crusch things she wished to be, courageous and proud instead of her who had always been lacking confidence. Crusch was an ideal woman, almost as good as her older sister, Ram.

"The Witch Cult is going to attack the Mathers Domain and Natsuki Subaru had already prepared for it but surely Lord Mathers also realized the danger and came up with a plan for it?" Crusch questioned the noticeable absence of the Lord Roswaal L. Mathers, it seemed like only Subaru was preparing for the attack so it was a mystery as to why Lord Mathers hadn't been spoken of. As if the sponsor of Emilia was just peacefully waiting for something.

"The depths of my master's mind, Rem couldn't possibly know. Even if you ask me I wouldn't be able to say." Rem said what the truth was but Crusch thought it was just her withholding information from her rival and decided to tease her about it, in her own manner.

"That's harsh, Now that we're allies, after all, a little information slipping around wouldn't be too bad."

Crusch thought about the situation, Subaru must have surely followed Lord Mathers orders to further his master's goals. Trying to recover his lost reputation after the whole "Throne Room Spectacle", and he succeeded exceptionally with the slaying of the White Whale.

– "Hero, Natsuki Subaru"

While both girls were thinking about their own personal feelings, the Witch Cult started to move and it wasn't the [Sin Archbishop of Sloth]. Stealing a glance at the White Whale, Crusch exhaled a sigh of relief, they succeeded.

Almost instantly there was a terrifying sound coming from the furthest dragon carriage, shards of rubble were flying everywhere and the carriage was fully destroyed. The explosion was so loud that even the most injured woke up from their deep slumber. A mist of blood sprayed out, the image of the dragon carriage in front of them became a blur.

Crusch immediately realising what happened jumped from her seat, drew her sword and yelled,

"—Enemy attack!"

There stood a lone man in the middle of the road, without weapons, armour or fear. Without care, malice or compassion. He just stood there like it was his right to stand there and nothing could change that.

"Crush over him!"

The knight-driver did as he was ordered and with a cry, he led the Earth Dragon charging forward. The speed should have been more than enough to trample any victim coming into contact, but the man in front of it didn't care ―why should he?

The young man was about to be trampled by the Earth Drago…

"Crusch-sama!" Rem cried and picked up Crusch by the waist and flew off the carriage. Just in time because there was nothing left of the carriage or the people around it.

Still being carried in Rem's arms, Crusch thanked her and stood back up. She drew her sword from its sheets, focusing fully on the individual who just killed a lot of her comrades. Seeing the deaths around her made her feel grief but she needed to wait because the man already started talking.

"I wish you wouldn't do that. Ordering them to run over me when I'm not even doing anything. That's not something a human being would do…" The man spoke with the relaxed demeanor of a man leisurely walking in a park.

Crusch interrupted the man's speech, "How dare you do such a brutal thing to my retainers! Just who are you?"

The man looked nothing out of the ordinary, at least for the inhabitants of this world, his body was slender and his white hair was neither long nor short. He looked so ordinary that you could have the greatest night with him and still forget that he existed the next day. But the reality is that he is capable of many things, by just standing there he is capable of putting fear into both Crusch and Rem. A beast waiting to be unleashed.

She pointed her blade with the intent to kill but the man just began nodding as if he understood.

"I see I see right right, you don't know who I am, but I know who you are. You are a candidate to become the next ruler of this nation. Even I, so out of touch with the world, can imagine what a great burden…"

Crusch once again interrupted the man who kept on talking, "Idle talk, ends now! Answer my question! Next time I will kill you!"

The man grew visibly annoyed at the woman in front of him and said, "That's really extreme and mean! But I suppose you wouldn't be able to run a country without a little bit of arrogance. I can't comprehend that sensibility myself, but..."

"I told you there would be no second chances!"

Crusch finally had enough of his talking and her arm swung out a blade-of-wind. Crusch's wind magic combined with swordsmanship unleashes an invisible slash, called the "Hundred-Men-Cut". It is a powerful ultra-long-range slash that can sever a man's body without him even knowing where, or who, it came from.

One day when the [Great Rabbit] appeared in the plains of the Karsten Domain she was slaying all the Demon Beasts in her first-ever battle, from that time onward she earned the name [Hundred-Men-Cut].

The White Whale was one of the receivers, its skin was cut open by this blade and the attack played no small role in bringing down that colossal Mabeast. What was this person compared to that beast, fragile, weak, small but this young man was far more terrifying than a mere [White Whale] could ever be.

"Now look here! Who taught you it was proper to swing a sword at someone when they're happily talking?!" The man said with disgust in his voice, flaunting how his body took no damage by ignoring everything else together.

"I was talking. Wasn't I talking just now? And then you interrupted me. Isn't that a bit impolite? Don't you think that was wrong? I have the right to speak… even though I don't really want to have to point this out, but to not interrupt people when they're speaking… isn't that just common social decency? You're free to listen or not listen. I won't bother you about that, but just what are you trying to do by not letting me talk?"

As he ranted, the man occasionally stomped the ground with a displeased expression on his face. And just like this, he pointed his finger at the two in front of him, both now eerily speechless.

"Now you're quiet, why? You must be listening, right? I was asking you something, so isn't it common decency to listen to me speak? Like you think it's your right, not listening to me? Ah, ah, freedom. That's your freedom. You see me ranting and you want to kill me, then when I ask you a question, you ignore me like I'm the wind. So it's like that, is it? Well, you're free to do that. Alright, let's just say it's like that. But then, what is that supposed to mean?"

Seeing the two standing silently in front of him bracing for an attack, he tilted his head and stared at them with his sharp eyes, and then, with a smothered voice,

"You're disregarding my Right ―one of my only few possessions, right?"

Just as a chill ran up Rem's back, the man took a step forward. His drooping arm lifted, sweeping up a small gust of wind.

Then, on the same line as the motion of his arm ―the earth, the air, and the world parted in two.

Before it was able to hit Crusch, Rem came in between the attack. She protected the royal candidate at the cost of a very deep cut in her left arm, disabling it for the time being. Rem didn't falter and kept standing, you might say she was ―fanatical like a demon.

"Rem-san!" Crusch couldn't believe what just happened, everything went too fast even for someone of her capabilities. As she saw Rem trying to hold it together, trying not to pass out from the pain.

Why didn't anyone come to their aid? There were so many knights that didn't cower before but now that their lord was in grave danger, where were they?

"Ah… I keep eating and eating but it's never enough! I eat, I chew, I devour, I gorge, I gnaw, I munch, I crunch… PURE GLUTTONY! GLUTTONOUS DRINKING! GLUTTONOUS EATING! AH – I'M DONE!"

All of a sudden from behind came the shrill, ear-splitting voice of a teenager. The youth stood among several empty carriages, from head to toe he was covered in long, dark-brown hair extending all the way down to his knees, his body was short. Under his hair, only a thin, blood-soaked rag covers his slender body. Every inch of his skin is coated with blood. Of course none of the blood was his. It was from the knights lying at his feet.

While Crusch and Rem were in a standoff with the man in front, the knights had engaged the enemy behind them. In the end, before Rem even sensed any combat, it was already over.

"You are…" Both Crusch and Rem realised that another enemy had come, one that killed all their men like cattle.

Hearing the question, the man and the youth looked at each other. As if it had all been arranged, they nodded to each other. Then with the same deranged smile of violent delight, they announced their name:

"Witch Cult [Sin Archbishop of Greed], Regulus Corneas!"

"Witch Cult [Sin Archbishop of Gluttony], LEY BATENKAITOS!"

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"How WONDERFUL! To personally come to feed. It's been really hard to find people with backbone nowadays. But now, I am rediscovering my hunger's LONG LOST GRATIFICATION!"

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"Why did you two come here? Did you want the White Whale back, because we are transporting the severed head to the Capital right now?"

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"We came here because we heard our pet had been slain, and look at this bounty! After 400 years someone FINALLY killed that thing. Even though we were already expecting a feast… AH! THIS IS FAR BEYOND OUR EXPECTATIONS!"

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"Unfortunately, unlike him… I'm here purely, purely by accident… Not my intention at all… Of course, do I have hunger and desires like his? To hold such selfish, meaningless desires… Unlike his unsatisfied stomach torturing him, I, on the other hand, am completely, utterly, content with myself!"

"A lady such as yourself should've known better than to talk down on me? Right, Crusch Karsten?"

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"Head Maid of the Household of Margrave Roswaal L. Mathers, Rem. Right now, I am only someone who is beloved by the person she loves. Companion of the Hero, the one I love the most in all the world, no matter what, Natsuki Subaru's companion, Rem"

"I promise you my hero will soon be here. Rem's hero shall bring punishment upon you!"

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"How wonderful! —Ah such PASSION! LET'S EAT!" The battle couldn't be called a fight, it was total domination, there was nothing they could do against their enemies. Like fate had decided that this would've happened, nothing that could change it.

Crusch, who couldn't even lift her sword, was staring at the young child who had already defeated Rem, who was, in reality, an Oni. She might have been an Oni but she fought with everything she had to protect Crusch, even if she didn't seem like herself. Crusch last thing she saw was seeing the young child licking his left palm and muttering.

"Crusch Karsten"

AN: Once again a different story! The story will focus on the relationship between Subaru and a forgotten Crusch. It will follow the canon as closely as possible, but there might be some things changed to make the story progress in a more fluid way. Major credit towards TranslationChicken (Arc 3 Interlude II) for a lot of the template of interactions. The next release will come tomorrow and that will finish the prologue! While this chapter is very "canon", the next chapter will be far more original and in my opinion: a far more enjoyable read. So look forward to it! Once again thank you for reading and criticism is always accepted.

Upcoming: Prologue – The Forgotten Duchess | Chapter 2 -『Crusch Karsten』

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Re:Written by the Stars

Prologue – The Forgotten Duchess

Chapter 2 –『Crusch Karsten』

The noble House of Karsten was one of the most faithful supporters of the Lugnica monarchy, serving the royal family without fail. The current Lord was a man called Meckart Karsten, he was a very emotional person who tried to look dignified but failed miserably at it. His drooping eyebrows and gentle looks prevented it, that doesn't mean that the man was truly happy. His wife, Helena Karsten, died very soon after the birth of their stillborn son. She was the example Meckart tried to follow, someone strong-willed with very little shown emotion. That didn't change the love she felt for her husband and unborn child, Helena wished to raise her with the characteristics of both parents: someone strong and emotional but it wasn't supposed to be. The fact that Meckart didn't have an heir was a big problem to overcome.

The man was growing older and older and with the royal selection finally beginning, things were growing far more troublesome. Luckily for their house, someone with "royal blood" had returned, at least unofficially. Felt, the little girl who the Sword Saint brought back gave hope to the old Lord, who was still being miserable after the death of two of his loved ones. Currently, his house sided with Felt, who was being sponsored by the Astrea House. With the cooperation of the Karsten House, she was the current front-runner candidate for the Ruler position.

Felt brought uproar when she showed up as the fourth candidate for the throne, with her "common" background. She was the spitting image of the deceased Royal Family, red eyes and blond hair that showed off the former Lion characteristics. The Lion crest that formerly belonged to the Lugnica family was given to the House Karsten for their service. The covenant with the Holy Dragon changed the royal family's crest, which they gave as a gift to the House Karsten; it is a constant reminder of the House's greatest accomplishment. That being its many centuries of loyalty to the Crown and is pridefully displayed in all manners by its members and associates.

Felt looked like a small lion, nobody could refute it. The nobles were first very put off by the words Felt gave at the start of the selection but with the support of the House of Astrea and Karsten, the majority of nobles were the first to follow the girl. The other candidates were far below her popularity, the candidates Anastasia, and Emilia were already losing with only the Priscilla Camp being a real contender.

The battle against the White Whale was brought forward with an alliance between Felt's Camp and Emilia's. Later with the help of Anastasia's mercenary group they gathered their forces to fight against the beast. The Sword Saint was not there to battle the beast, the explained reason was that the Sword Saint had other duties to attend while in reality he didn't dare to help his grandfather in his battle for justice. Something Reinhard felt he was responsible for.

The Sword Demon didn't join Felt's Camp directly but offered his service to the House Karsten, who was the best in giving him an opportunity to defeat the beast that killed his wife the former Sword Saint, Theresia van Astrea. Both kept their distance from each other even when they were supposed to work together, ashamed of their behaviour they weren't capable of talking their problems out. Something that made both the grandson and grandfather feel terrible.

The White Whale's subjugation gave a major boost to Felt's reputation, but the person who profited the most was the one called "Hero". Natsuki Subaru was hailed as the Hero from every direction. The nobles respected his actions that improved their Kingdom's position, while the merchants were happy with another threat gone. The commoners were the group that was the least impressed, nothing had changed for the people that lived in poverty but even that changed with Natsuki Subaru's next accomplishment.

Natsuki Subaru, the Hero who defeated the White Whale and the [Sin Archbishop of Sloth]. Was someone that nobody could have expected, someone with no name doing what he did. The commoners wrote songs about him, while the merchants and nobles thanked him for his diligence. The Hero Reinhard van Astrea, who was all-powerful, had found his opponent in the Hero Natsuki Subaru, who was unstoppable or at least in the hearts of the people of Lugnica.

The Half-Devil Emilia who was first thought of as the person with the lowest chance of winning the royal selection was being looked at differently. Natsuki Subaru had subtly changed the view the people had about her. The Half-Elf couldn't be an evil Witch with someone like the Hero Natsuki Subaru next to her? The hero must be serving someone worthy of him, right? Not everyone was convinced about Emilia's qualifications, they thought that the Witch must have enchanted the Hero with spells. Not willing to believe that the Half-Elf could be someone good.

Everything went successful except at the end where hell rained down on the other half of the subjugation. The two Witch Cultists killed almost every single one of the returning soldiers and the rest continued their bittersweet return victory to the Capital. Specifically, to the Karsten mansion in the Nobles' District, the one villa that stands above every other is in possession of none other than the Karsten family. Despite it being as luxurious and extravagant as the main Mathers domain, it is only used when the House's patriarch has important business in the Capital. In that case, it is large enough to act as a military base. Its estate front lawn itself is vast in size, enough to make a makeshift camp and hospital for the returning soldiers.

With the return of the allied forces, who were in an even worse state than expected, a lot of internal conflicts were going on. The leader, an old knight called Robert, of the subjugation died by the attack of the two Witch Cultist's and the current head of the Karsten House was residing in his own Domain. The Astrea House was tasked with dealing with the returned soldiers but for some reason, it took them quite a long time before they had everything organised. Almost like they suddenly came with the decision to help with the return of the soldiers, almost like they weren't supposed to be the ones taking credit for the bittersweet victory. Reinhard was with the healer squad trying to help the injured, but the problem lied with two people: a blue-haired girl and a green-haired one. Nobody knew who they were, but how could that be possible?

"Sword Saint-sama!" Reinhard was being called to check the two uninvited guests who were unconscious. The two were already healed but it would take a time to wake up, for one of them at least. The healers already understood there was nothing to do for the blue-haired girl, those whose name and memories are eaten simply become a shell, and although they live, they no longer eat, excrete waste, or age, putting them in suspended animation.

"Sleeping Beauty disease"

The current situation was very chaotic with the many injured and a number of people that seemed to have lost their memories. The other half of the subjugation finally returned, Subaru and Emilia looked around them. The injured soldiers were shown, some had lost their arms while others had lost their eyes. Slaughter is what was on the mind of both individuals.

"How awful…" Emilia muttered looking at the soldiers who fought so bravely against the White Whale but now looked like they lost against it.

"What happened here?" Subaru asked while looking around him in disbelief, didn't they defeat their enemies? Who could have done this, were some of the thoughts racing through his head.

"...Someone, tell me. Tell me. Why am I... where's His Highness? What was I for? There was somebody. There had to be somebody. Everything's strange if there wasn't. But..."

Subaru heard a very noticeable voice right behind him and he was shocked seeing Felix Argyle shouting to no one in particular, like he just lost his will to live. Subaru didn't have the time to think this out and started running around trying to find Rem. The woman who confessed to him, told him she loved him, told him that everything was going to be okay.

"Where is Rem!" Subaru shouted in a panic trying to find the girl around all the injured soldiers. He searched left and right and sometimes even went a bit far trying to look under the covers that were put on the dead soldiers. The soldiers that were stationed at the Karsten Mansion who saw this disapproved of his behaviour but noticed the panic the boy was in and decided to leave him alone.

"Reeem! Remmmm! Somebody! Did you see Reeeemmm!?" Subaru kept on shouting, not caring about the other people around him.

Subaru was thinking about the situation and couldn't understand what happened, the White Whale was defeated. What could have done this? After a while of searching, he finally found the girl laying on the grass surrounded by multiple guards. What he didn't see at the moment was the other woman lying a distance away from Rem.

"Rem! Come on Rem, It's me! Wake up! Wake up!" Subaru pleaded with the girl who was fast asleep.

"Hey Rem?! Rem! Rem!" He started shaking her body trying to wake her up but he got no reaction from her. Totally nothing, like she was laying there without any care in the world.

"You know this girl?" A manly voice came from behind him and Subaru saw that the man was one of the healers.

"Yes, she's Rem! She's fine, right? Why doesn't she wake up?" Subaru shouted at the healer.

"Unfortunately the girl is beyond help…nothing I can do will wake her up." The healer spoke with regret avoiding eye contact with the desperate boy.

Subaru didn't care what the man had to say, he needed a better answer, so he grabbed the healer and yelled, "WHY?! AREN'T YOU A HEALER? WHY CAN'T YOU SAVE HER?! If you are a healer, then heal her! Wake her up with your magic!" His voice started losing its loudness, "Please do something… please… please... "

He went on his knees crying at another failure, another time that he couldn't save someone, another time where he FAILED AND FAILED AND FAILED.

Subaru's only intent was to fix it, fix everything! He saw a blade next to him and realised his only path, [Return by Death]. While he pointed the blade at his throat there happened two things. First, was that Reinhard saw that Subaru was crying next to the unknown girl with a blade pointed at his throat. This shocked the knight greatly and immediately rushed to save his friend, but who says that the most powerful being in Lugnica can save him? He might be one of the strongest knights ever existed and people might praise him as capable but in the end, the "Monstrous" Reinhard, as he calls himself, isn't even able to save his friend.

While Subaru was just a second away from death, he heard a weak voice from right next to him. The woman he hadn't noticed finally spoke, "Natsuki Subaru?", she said looking scared at the moment that followed next.

Subaru had one thought, that he didn't only fail Rem but he realised that also failed Crusch and now she had to see him kill himself, truly despicable.

LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! SUBARU, YOU LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! SUBARU YOU LIAR! AAAAHHHH! SUBARU… SUBARU… YOU LIAR! YOU SAID WE WOULD BE TOGETHER! YOU LIAR!

You said that you loved me…

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His death didn't bring him salvation, as he woke up next to Emilia and Petra in the dragon carriage. He did so much, he tried… really tried to help everyone. But… but nothing seemed to help. He felt more alone than ever, even the girl who stood by his side through everything left…

Subaru started thinking about the current situation and had a talk with Emilia in which she explained that he made a deal with Felt's and Anastasia's Camp to kill the White Whale and help with the Witch Cultists. The name『Crusch Karsten』was not to be heard, like she never existed, and to the people that was the case. Emilia was explaining everything to Subaru but that didn't lessen the worry she felt towards her butler.

Subaru was the one that did everything, so why did she have to explain it again? Emilia had those questions but decided to comfort Subaru for his heroic deeds. She saw that Subaru was hurting about something and tried her best to be helpful. Emilia felt lacking in her abilities, seeing Subaru do all of that for her while the only thing she could do was comfort him after everything ended.

They finally arrived and things happened exactly the same except this time he watched Crusch wake up from her slumber.

"Natsuki Subaru?" Crusch said, watching the young man in front of her.

"Crusch-san? Are you alright? Do you feel pain anywhere? Do you need something?" It almost felt like Subaru was trying to compensate for something but he truly felt for the girl whose life became full of uncertainty.

"–Ugh, what happened?" Crusch had gotten a concussion and had a hard time remembering what happened but before Subaru could speak someone else had already walked forward.

"Lady, It seems like you woke up. I'm happy to see that." The man who spoke was none other than Reinhard, who came after seeing one of the unknown people wake up. Of course, it was his duty to keep the peace of the place and that's why he decided to gather more information.

"It seems you really outdid yourself didn't you Subaru? Makes me glad." Reinhard said with his normal gentle smile.

Crusch looked bewildered at the Sword Saint in front of her, he seemed to speak with no recognition of who she was. She tried to stand up but didn't succeed, Subaru seeing this went towards her and kept her steady.

"Crusch-san you can't move too much." Subaru sounded concerned about her physical health but deep down knew that it was going to be all about her mental health after it became clear that…

"So, Lady? Your name is Crusch? It is a pleasure to meet you, but I must ask, why did you participate in the battle?" Reinhard said with the normal presence that dwarfed everyone else's.

"Excuse me, Reinhard-san but what are you talking about?" You could hear that her voice was very fragile at the moment and that it took great willpower to just stay awake.

"It seems that you are still flustered by the attack, I will come back another time. For the time being, you can stay in the Karsten Mansion while my Lady returns and decides what to do about this matter." Reinhard was as always the gentleman, he gave accommodation towards someone who looked like she needed it but didn't realise the effect of his words.

"...Someone, tell me. Tell me. Why am I... where's His Highness? What was I for? There was somebody. There had to be somebody. Everything's strange if there wasn't. But..."

Another voice was heard from afar, it was the cat-like Demi-Human who was aimlessly talking to himself.

"Ferris?" Crusch mumbled his name not believing what just happened to her knight, didn't he arrive safely from the battle? Was he hurt, but why was nobody healing him?

"Ah, Lady Crusch it seems like you know Felix. Don't be worried about him. Let's see what I can do about it." Reinhard saw the recognition in Crusch's eyes when looking at Felix. That didn't lessen the worry he had towards his friend looking so hopeless, he walked towards him trying to help out with what burdened him so much.

Felix lost the person who was a massive part of his character –Crusch Karsten. When such a person disappears from the world of course they'll collapse, that was the reason why Felix was mumbling over and over like a broken doll.

Crusch didn't understand what just happened, it seemed like they had forgotten her. But why was there only one person who seemed to remember her –Natsuki Subaru.

"Natsuki Subaru? What happened?" She finally asked the question he didn't want to answer. Subaru didn't want to tell her, that she without realising lost everything. Her knight, her forces, her candidacy and her family.

"Crusch-san, it- it seems like they all forgot about you… I don't understand, why can't they remember you, why can't they remember Rem?!" Subaru was crying while he looked between her and the blue-haired girl, who was called Rem?

"Subaru? Please, don't cry… It is going to be okay?" Crusch was trying to help the young hero quit his tears but failed spectacularly at it.

Subaru looked at the woman in front of him and became even more depressed after seeing Crusch of all people trying to help him, the person he failed the most together with Rem.

"Ha ha, I know I'm weak and pathetic and yet…"

"Subaru?" Crusch seeing Subaru cry made her feel something, like he should be the last person crying like that.

"Crusch-san." Subaru looked at her with his deep brown eyes and said, "They have forgotten you. I talked about you and Rem but nobody understood what the hell I was talking about. They believe I made an alliance with Felt's Camp, instead of yours. Your Camp doesn't exist at all!"

Crusch couldn't believe what she just heard –she was forgotten? Her life goal towards breaking the covenant with the Dragon to respect Fourier's last moments had already failed? She wasn't a candidate anymore, she wasn't a member of the noble Karsten House. She was just『Crusch』, nothing more and nothing less.

Subaru who saw the tears coming out from her eyes put his face close to hers and whispered his promise, "I don't know what is going to happen after today, what will happen with you or Rem but I will do everything to make things right again."

When Crusch looked at Subaru who was very close to her she grew a bit embarrassed. There had been no other men in her life that came so close to her except her father but she didn't mind it. Not when she saw the gaze in his eyes that yelled his undying determination about the promise he just made. He will fulfill his promise, it doesn't matter how many times he has to die but in the end, he will have a happy Rem awake and a Crush that was remembered.

Crusch, who saw this side of Subaru, was surprised. She thought she already understood the person who had in such a short period affected the lives of many but never did she expect it to be so strong. She held much fear in the coming future but with those eyes looking at her, like everything would be fine, she felt there might really be hope. Hope for what? She doesn't know, but at least there was light at the end of the tunnel. It looked like Natsuki Subaru was even better at pulling her heartstrings than she thought before.

"Subaru, thank you…" She whispered in his ear before she finally passed out from the heavy physical and mental fatigue. Crusch knew there were a lot of things to take care of, her knight Felix sounded almost broken and she knew she had to help him. There was also the problem with her family, who most likely also forgot about her and there was still her desire to become the next Ruler but right now she felt comfortable in the arms of the one person that didn't forget her –Natsuki Subaru.

"Subaruuuu?" Subaru hears Emilia's voice from behind and looks at the oncoming Half-Elf. Emilia saw Subaru holding another woman which gave her a troubling feeling, but this wasn't the moment to think about it.

"Emilia?"

AN: There we go, the ending of the prologue. The world has been set and it's time to play around with characters, as you could read things have changed. Crusch Karsten doesn't exist and to "compensate" for her existence a lot of things have changed. Felt's Camp is currently by far the most likely to win the royal selection, House Karsten has sided with the person who possesses "royal blood". Together with House Astrea and House Karsten and the new accomplishment of defeating the White Whale, it looks like Felt has already won… or maybe the Red-haired Maiden might change things?!

The relationship between Crusch and Emilia's Camp and Subaru himself, will be the focus of the first Act. I'm quite happy with the outcome of the "divergence" and feel like it does cannon justice. In PrideIF it was said that Crusch's forces were split between the different candidates (Emilia being the exception). House Karsten was known for its loyalty so it looked far more right to side with Felt's Camp. Once again thank you for reading and criticism is always accepted.

Upcoming: Act 1 – Sanctuary | Chapter 3 - Change