During the first time that Alicia met Rose and Jill.
Alicia was showing photos in her smartphone to Rose and Jill.
“Oh my! He is so cute!” Rose exclaimed.
“I did not know he had this side of him,” Jill said.
“I know right?” Alicia said.
“You know,” Rose mused. “All these pictures have been just you and your family, and then Owen.”
“W-Well, that is…”
“Do you not have any other friends?” Jill asked.
“N-No… I do not.”
Alicia then put her teacup down to its saucer next to a Voice munching cookies. Why a loyal maneg persona needed food sustenance, nobody knows.
“I have always seen Owen getting picked on by a bunch of bigger boys and even girls. He never tried to fight back. So, I decided to protect him. Father taught me martial arts at a very young age, so I got into fights and often insult them to the point of crying.”
“And because of that, nobody else tried to be friends with the both of you…” Jill commented.
“Well… It is not just that. My father is the wealthiest businessman in my world,”
“Correction!” Voice interrupted. “Daddy is the richest guy in every world!”
“She is right you know.”
“Really? Anyway, since I am his only daughter and child, a lot of people tried to get close to me. I have seen a lot of kids trying to be friends with me because I am rich, so I was always suspicious of my own classmates. Owen is an exception, I can trust him.”
“Aw! How sweet!” Voice mused.
“How about now?” Rose asked.
“Well… For one, Owen did not get picked on anymore. Nothing else changed…”
The wheelchair-bound vampire suddenly stood up. Alicia was surprised but then remembered Rose could support her broken leg with maneg. But then, the albino grabbed both of Alicia’s hands.
“Then let us be your first friends after Owen, right Jill?”
“Hmph, I do not mind of course!” The red knight also clasped the other women’s hands. “Welcome to our little group, Alicia!”
“And do not worry that we would be after your father’s wealth. Our earnings came from your father anyway.”
“I-I… Thank you…”
“H-Hey now! Do not cry!”
“I-I am hic s-sorry, t-they hic suddenly came out…”
“All’s well, ends well!”
“I feel like my daughter is crying… But it doesn’t feel sad,” The patriarch of Bell Conglomerate muttered. “But I feel like something bad is going to happen to her, I will ask her at dinner.”