Shall We Date? Oz+ Heartmann

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First of all, I don’t own any of this, nor did I create any of it. This is the script from the mobile Shall We Date? game, Oz+. As someone who has tried another mobile otome and didn’t love it (mostly due to the lag while loading text), I recommend this one. The doll maker is adorable and the art is very good. The story is packed full of warm fuzzy feelings, very loosely based on the original Wizard of Oz story, haha.

Second of all, I started writing it down because you don’t get many tickets each day and I would forget the story between segments. That being said, I didn’t think of it until I was already on 6.10. I purchased the premium background for 5.11, so I had that in my memories and copied it from there. If anyone has the missing parts and wants to comment with it or send it to me, I’ll update it. Also, I would like to note that this is no replacement for actually playing the game! After rereading what I’ve written, it’s just completely different with the proper sprites and backgrounds.

If you’re looking for a guide without all the extra text, try this one. :3

And lastly, there are obviously spoilers, so read at your own risk! I won’t post any pictures. I want you to experience those yourself. I hate to spoil CGs, but I came to the realization that because you have to spend real money to get the premium CGs, most people aren’t going to have every CG for every character. On that note, I decided to upload my CGs and I will link them as they appear in the story. CLICK AT YOUR OWN RISK!

5.11

Heartmann stepped forward and shouted to everyone.

Heartmann: “Everyone, please, calm down! Listen to what I have to say!”

However, Heartmann’s voice was drowned out by the clamor of the crowd.

Leonardo: “This is bad! People are going to get hurt!”

Dorothy: “How did it come to this…?!”

Crowlie: “The people of this land remember being oppressed under the Wizard of the West’s reign. That is why they fear him even now.”

Leonardo: It’s not just the people here either… Everyone in Oz is afraid of this guy.”

Oz: “This is why Heartmann was so opposed to bringing Wesley along.”

Heartmann: “There’s no use crying over spilled milk. Not when it was I who’d decided to bring the wizard here, after all…”

Wesley: “…”

Crowlie: “So, what will we do?”

Leonardo: “We’ve got to calm everyone down, and fast!”

Heartmann: “I know, I know! I’ll calm them down, you’ll see!”

Dorothy: “Do you have a plan?”

Heartmann: “Yeah. One I’ve been saving.”

Heartmann jumped atop a large wooden box and held his hand out to me.

Heartmann: “Will you help me?”

He asked with a gentle smile.

[Spoiler Warning!] Chapter 5 CG

(Seeing him smile like that… For some reason, it makes me feel really brave…!”

(If there’s anything I can do, I’ve got to help him!)

Dorothy: “Of course!”

I took hold of his hand and he pulled me up on top of the box.

From the higher position, I could see just how crazy people were getting.

(Can he really calm this crowd down…?)

Heartmann: “Could you smile, Dorothy? Nothing calms people down like a smile.”

Dorothy: “Alright, I will.”

Heartmann: “Leonardo, shout as loud as you can and get everyone’s attention!”

Leonardo: “Got it, leave it to me!”

Leonardo took a deep breath, then unleashed a loud shout.

Leonardo: “EVERYONE! LISTEN!”

His impossibly loud roar sent tangible vibrations through the air and echoed throughout town.

Young Man: “Wh-What…?!”

Older Woman: “Look! It’s King Heartmann and Dorothy!”

Leonardo: “King Heartmann and the hero Dorothy have something to say!”

Everyone stopped and looked up at us.

Heartmann: “Everyone, listen! You no longer need to fear the Wizard of the West!”

Everyone looked closely at Heartmann.

Heartmann: “Not only are we three kings here, but so is the legendary hero, Dorothy! So you need not fear the wizard any longer!”

Heartmann: Moreover, I have wonderful news! Please, lend me your ears!”

(What news does he have?)

Heartmann: I have been chosen to be Dorothy’s romantic partner!”

(Huh?!)

Older Man: “What?! King Heartmann is together with Dorothy?!”

Older Woman: “They are?! That’s amazing!”

Everyone started to whisper and chatter among themselves.

(You really didn’t have to tell everyone, Heartmann…)

As I looked on stunned, Heartmann whispered into my ear.

Heartmann: “Let everyone see your smile?”

Dorothy: “O-Okay…”

His gentle whisper had my heart pounding.

Just like he asked, I turned to everyone and smiled.

When I did, Heartmann sweetly put his arm around my shoulder.

(Huh…?)

Young Woman: “The King of the Winkies is together with Dorothy!”

Little boy: “Look, he’s got his arm around Dorothy’s shoulder!”

Everyone’s eyes went wide as they watched us.

Heartmann: “Can I do this for a moment?”

No sooner did the words leave his mouth when he picked me up and held me in both arms.

Dorothy: “W-Wait, Heartmann, what are you…?”

Heartmann: “Just keep smiling.”

(B-But…)

The only time someone picked me up like this was when I was a little kid.

(This is so embarrassing!)

I smiled as my face turned red, and the crowd let out sighs of awe.

(Heartmann’s wearing armor, but he feels so… warm…)

My heartbeat quickened, and I felt hot up to my ears.

(I bet Heartmann knows I’m going beet red too. Oh, what am I going to do….)

Heartmann: “That’s a wonderful smile.”

As I smiled over my anxiety, Heartmann lay a kiss on my cheek.

Dorothy: “!”

Heartmann kept his lips on my cheek, as if to give the crowd a good view.

In the next moment, the city was awash with cheers.

(But…)

I was too focused on the sensation of the lips on my cheek to even register the cheering crowd in my mind.

(His lips are so, so nice…)

When he slowly pulled his lips away, he peered into my face.

I was unable to pry my eyes away from his as he looked at me so gently, his face a little red.

Leonardo: “Hey, what are you doing?!”

Crowlie: “How daring…!”

Oz: “Heh… Planned this out, did you.”

Young Man: “We’ve got the most famous couple of all on our hands now! This is something we can boast to the other countries about!”

The fear vanished from the crowd’s faces, quickly giving way to joy and excitement.

Older Woman: “We’ve got to celebrate!”

I had no idea who had prepared it, but confetti started to rain down.

Little Girl: “King Heartmann! Dorothy! Congratulations”

Words of celebration erupted from the crowd, and the sound of clanging metal echoed throughout the town.

Heartmann: “In Winkies, we bang metal together to express joy.”

Dorothy: “Isn’t everyone kind of getting ahead of themselves?”

Heartmann: “Well, can’t we let them? I don’t feel off put by this at all.”

As I saw the joy on everyone’s faces, I had to agree with Heartmann.

Wesley: “Tch…”

Oz: “Wesley, come on, smile a little.”

Wesley: Like I’d smile! And stop ordering me around!”

Oz: “Hey, I think it’s a good opportunity to improve your image a bit.”

Wesley: “Who cares…”

Crowlie: “Well, it looks like we’ve managed somehow…”

Leonardo: “Phew… I was pretty worried there for a minute.”

Oz: “You think on your feet surprisingly well, Heartmann.”

The townspeople went right on cheering, covering the city in a much more pleasant atmosphere.

Heartmann let me down from the box and smiled down at me.

Chapter 6 (17/17)

6.10

Oz: “Yeah, we should.”

Oz nodded seriously.

Heartmann: “Dorothy, what do you want to do?”

Dorothy: “Let’s go back to Quadlings” (Intimacy +7)

Heartmann: “I think we should too.”

Leonardo: “Even though we came all the way out to Winkies?”

Heartmann: “I can’t allow Dorothy to be in danger.”

Crowlie: “True…”

Oz: “A wise decision.”

Dorothy: “And that’s not all. We should go back for Wesley’s sake too.”

Wesley: “…”

Leonardo: “Man, this wizard really is a pain…”

Dorothy: “Hey, don’t say that. If people are after him, we need to do something.”

Wesley: “What…?”

Heartmann: “Let’s just go back to Quadlings, for starters.”

Elderly Man: “Oh? Leaving already?”

Older Woman: “When we had so many celebrities come at once too…?”

Whispered the townspeople who had overheard us, disappointed.

Heartman: “Everyone! I’ll be leaving the country temporariliy, but I assure you I’ll return with Dorothy!”

6.11

Heartman declared to the people.

Leonardo: “Can’t say I’m not reluctant, but we’ve gotta do what we’ve gotta do…”

Crowlie: “Let’s all visit again together.”

Dorothy: “Good idea!”

Oz: “Well, people of the west, until we meet again!”

With that, we ended up going back to Quadlings.

However, when we went to get back on the carriage, three women I’d never seen before appeared.

???: “King Heartmann, please wait!”

Heartmann: “Hm? Who are you?”

Fan1: “We’re your biggest fans, who love you from the bottom of our hearts! I’m Twentysomething Number one!”

Heartmann: “Biggest fans? Number one?”

Fan2: “And I’m Boyish Number Two!”

Crowlie: “Number Two…?”

Fan3: “And I’m Number Three, The Youngest!”

Leonardo: “Number Three, The Youngest…?”

Oz: “Heartmann, I didn’t know you kept groupies.”

Heartmann: “G-Groupies? Listen, I have no idea who these girls are…!”

Dorothy: “So you have a… fan club?”

Wesley: “An unoffiicial one, looks like it…”

6.12

Fan1: “Apologize, Wizard of the West!”

Wesley: “Number One? You were Miss Twentysomething? Shouldn’t you be off having a quarter-life crisis about now?”

Fan1: “H-Hey…!”

Oz: “And Boyish Number Two? Shouldn’t you be working on your makeup technique?”

Fan2: “Wh-What?!”

Wesley: “And Number Three, The Youngest. A kid. Kid, go home.”

Fan3: “I-I’m not a kid, you big dummy!”

Dorothy: “Hey, you two! That’s no way to talk to ladies!”

I scolded Oz and Wesley, but they showed no signs of guilt.

Heartmann: “So, er, do you have business with me?”

Fan1: “Please, King Heartmann, don’t go to Quadlings!”

Heartmann: “Why not?”

Fan2: “It’s so, so painful not being able to see your face!”

Heartmann: “Wait, what…?”

Fan3: “Please don’t go, King Heartmann!”

Heartmann: “I’m afraid I… Huh.”

Leonardo: “I get that you guys really like Heartmann and all, but you really shouldn’t get in his way like this.”

Fan2: “Oh, you can leave. We don’t mind.”

Leonardo: “Whoa whoa whoa, what’s with the cold tone?!”

Fan3: “We only have eyes for King Heartmann! No one asked you to come, King of the Forest!”

Leonardo: “These guys are… really, really annoying.”

6.13

Crowlie: Breathe, Leonardo, breathe.”

Dorothy: “Um, we really, really need to go back to Quadlings.”

The three fans glared at me.

Fan1: “Hey. You. Could you, like, not steal our King Heartmann away?”

(Wait, what?!)

Fan2: “We don’t acept you being King Heartmann’s partner, not one bit!”

Heartmann: “Er, you three…”

Fan3: “You mustn’t be deceived, King Heartmann! Dorothy’s just after your money!”

(After his money…? Come on, you guys…)

Oz: “Really, little miss?”

Dorothy: “Of course not! You know that, Oz!”

Heartmann: “Say, girls…”

Heartmann started to gently talk to the three.

Heartmann: “I’m really grateful that you’re thinking of me. Truly, I am.”

Heartmann: “But I made the decision as King of Winkies to return to Quadlings for the sake of everyone’s safety.”

Fan1: “But there’s no need for you to go with them, King Heartmann!”

Fan2: “That’s right! Just let the others go back by themselves!”

Heartmann: “I’m afraid I can’t do that. I have to protect Dorothy.”

6.14

Fan3: “Just Dorothy?! That’s not fair!”

Dorothy: “If you really love Heartmann that much, you should think of things from his point of view…”

Fan1: “What?! Hey, just because you’re his girlfriend doesn’t mean you can get carried away!”

Dorothy: “I don’t need to be his girlfriend to ask you to put yourself in his shoes.”

Crowlie: “Dorothy is right.”

Fan2: “Then put yourself in our shoes and break up with King Heartmann!”

Crowlie: “Really, you’re trying that…?”

Welsey: “Heh heh heh… Alright, let’s wrap up this farce, yeah?”

Fan1: “Farce? How rude! We’re serious!”

Wesley: “Who do you think you’re back talking to? You’ve forgotten who I am?”

Fan1: “Guh…”

Wesley shot a glare at them so intimdating, even they had to step back.

Heartmann: “What do you mean by farce?”

Wesley: “These are our culprits.”

Dorothy: “Culprits?”

Fan1: “Wh-What do you mean…?”

Leonardo: “You mean the people who were after you, Wizard?”

Heartmann: “Wait, they were after you?!”

Wesley: “…I wasn’t the one they were after.”

Heartmann: “Wait, what?”

6.15

Oz: “They were really after Dorothy, weren’t they?”

Dorothy: “They were after ME?!”

Crowlie: “So when you said that people were after Wesley…”

Oz: “I was lying. Can’t you be just a little skeptical?”

Dorothy: “Wait, why’d you lie?”

Oz: “Wesley and I noticed that someone was trying to get you.”

Oz: “But if we said that, it’d just scare you, don’t you think?”

Heartmann: “So you told a white lie then…?”

Dorothy: “Wesley…”

Leonardo: “Really…? Man. Sorry for saying those horrible things, Wesley.”

Wesley: “Heh. It’s not like it isn’t true that people hate me.”

Leonardo: “You’re a surprisingly good guy, man.”

Wesley: “Hey, don’t call me a good guy!”

6.16

Fan1: “Hmph! And just what are you going on about? Do you have any evidence that we did it?”

Fan3: “Yeah! Give us PROOF!”

Wesley: “I saw the whole thing with my divination magic. The WHOLE thing.”

Fan1: “W-Wait, what…?!”

Fan3: “Divination?! That isn’t fair! Oh, what’re we going to do?!”

Leonardo: “There we go! You just admitted it!”

Fan3: “Oh! Oops!”

Heartmann: “… Was it really you three?”

Fan1: “U-Um, well…”

When Heartmann asked them, they stood in silence.

Then Heartmann deeply bowed his head at us.

Heartmann: “Dorothy, I am truly sorry for putting you in harm’s way.”

(Heartmann…)

Heartmann: “Ruler of the Emerald City, Crowlie. King of the Forest, Leonardo. Great King Oz, and Wesley…”

Heartmann: “As King of the West, I deeply apologize that my people nearly brought harm to you all.”

Everyone nodded at Heartmann after his solemn apology.

Crowlie: “Apology accepted.”

Leonardo: “From me too.”

Oz: “I appreciate the formal apology.”

Wesley: “Sure, whatever…”

Heartmann: “Thank you, everyone.”

Dorothy: “Look at this, you three. Look at where you’ve put your king.”

Fan1: “…!”

6.17

They stared in shock.

Fan2: “We made King Heartmann have to apologize…”

Fan3: “We’re sorry!”

(Looks like they figured out what they did wrong after seeing Heartmann apologize.)

Heartmann turned his eyes to his fans.

Heartmann: “I don’t mind your enthusiasm, but I just need to say this.”

Heartmann: “It’s not good to try and solve everything with force.”

Heartmann: “As people of this country, you know just how foolish it is to try and rule people with power alone, don’t you?”

The three girls took nervous glances at Wesley.

Wesley: “Heh…”

Heartmann: “And no matter what anyone says, I love Dorothy and have no intention of leaving her side.”

The girls hung their heads in shame at the strength of Heartmann’s tone.

(Heartmann… you’ve become such a wonderful king!)

(He really is a good king of the west).

(And he’s with me!)

His strong words, his gallant frame, it all shone to me.

(I’m so glad I picked him…)

I thought that from the bottom of my heart.

Heartmann’s Date Plan

Solomon: “Say, Heartmann. Would you mind telling me what you plan on doing when you take Dorothy out on a date?”

Heartmann: “W-Wait, what are you asking all of a sudden?”

Norton: “He is asking what type of date you intend to take Dorothy out on.”

Heartmann: “Hey, wait a minute… there’s got to be some reason you two are asking me that question…!”

Solomon: “You won’t tell us that you don’t have plan, will you?”

Heartmann: “Of course not! I’m going to invite her to see the musical everyone’s talking about, then take her to a popular restaurant.”

Heartmann: “Then we’re going to have a romantic time gazing at the night scenery in the park!”

Solomon: “Impressive, King of the Winkies. That sounds like a perfect date any woman would enjoy.”

Norton: “Now that was a model answer.”

Heartmann: “Ahaha…glad to hear that from two men of your stature!”

Heartmann: “But, er… why did you ask me?”

Solomon: “Do you know of the Quadlings Walker?”

Norton: “It’s a famous general interest magazine in Quadlings. Currently, they seem to be researching the date plans of each country’s king.”

Heartmann: “Wait, really?!”

Solomon: “So I asked to make sure we didn’t have the same idea.”

Norton: “Your answer was truly enlightening.”

Heartmann: “All of the kings’ date plants, huh…?”

Heartmann: “Quadlings Walker… I’ve got to give it a look…!”

Chapter 7: Restrained Emotions (14/14)

7.1

After that, we left the land of the west and headed back to Quadlings.

Heartmann: “Sorry for ruining what was setting up to be a wonderful day.”

Heartmann apologized again when we got out of the carriage in front of the palace.

Dorothy: “That’s all right, Heartmann. I got to see how different Winkies is from before with my own eyes.”

Crowlie: “And in hindsight, it was a good idea to bring the Wizard of the West with us.”

Leonardo: “True, true. If we didn’t have him with us, we wouldn’t have known who was after Dorothy.”

Dorothy: “Thank you, Wesley.”

Wesley: “You guys are just too nice. If you don’t toughen up, you’re going to regret it.”

Dorothy: “And thanks to you too, Oz.”

Oz: “What for?”

Dorothy: “You were just as concerned about me as Wesley was, weren’t you?”

Oz: “Me? Concerned?”

Dorothy: “Oh, there you go, playing the fool…”

Oz: “Acting out of concern for a lady is a natural thing. And besides, I’m still in the running to be your partner.”

Leonardo: “And on top of that, you sure were perceptive to figure people were after Dorothy.”

Wesley: “One look at that falling brick was all it took to know something was up.”

Heartmann: “It WAS brand new…”

Oz: “It fell down where Dorothy was standing, meaning it was probably meant for her head.”

Wesley: “That’s why I used my divination to find the crook. Figured you guys would protect Dorothy for me.”

Dorothy: “You mean when the ladder fell down?”

That’s when Wesley adjusted his eye patch. He had to have been using his divination.

Welsey: “Heh. Good eye on you.”

7.2

Leonardo: “But you know, the first person to let us know something was up was Toto here.”

Heartmann: “Hey, you’re right!”

Crowlie: “If Toto hadn’t barked, we wouldn’t have been able to protect Dorothy.”

Dorothy: “Thanks, Toto!”

Toto: “Woof!”

Crowlie: “So Heartmann, what are you going to do about those three?”

The girls had been taken in by a guard who’d come running.

Heartmann: “Well, since they put an important guest and two kings in danger…”

Dorothy: “Are you going to give them a harsh punishment?”

Heartmann: “I’ll decide what to do by the time I get back to Winkies, but what would you do, Dorothy?”

Dorothy: “How about we have them clean the town square?” (Intimacy +7)

Heartmann: “Ah, good idea.”

Leonardo: “Is that actually a punishment?”

Dorothy: “Well, I understand how they feel. They just… did the wrong thing.”

Heartmann: “True. Anyone would want to have the person they love all to themselves.”

Crowlie: “Dorothy… They were trying to hurt you, remember? Are you really all right with that?”

Dorothy: “Well, everyone protected me, so I’m not hurt in the least.”

Wesley: “I think you should be harsher.”

Heartmann: “Well, how about this? We’ll have them clean the town square for half a year.”

Oz: “Half a year?! That’s pretty rough.”

Wesley: “You call that rough?!”

Heartmann: “They seemed pretty sorry. I’d say this is appropriate.”

With that, Heartmann smiled gently.

Dorothy: “Haha… I think that’s a good decision, Heartmann.”

Right then, Solomon and Norton came out themselves to greet us.

7.3

Solomon: “Welcome back, everyone. Did you enjoy Winkies?”

Dorothy: “We had some… Interest experiences, but I’m glad I went.”

Solomon: “Glad to hear it.”

Solomon turned his eyes to Wesley.

Solomon: “So, Wesley, how did it feel to see the current country of the Winkies with your own eyes?”

Wesley: “…”

Heartmann: “You can tell me your honest opinion.”

Wesley: “I think it’s changed. Changed a lot, but…”

Wesley’s face turned serious.

Wesley: “It could probably turn out even better. Depending on how hard its king works.”

(What…?)

Heartmann: “…!”

Leonardo: “Now that’s a surprise! The Wizard of the West actually said a compliment!”

Crowlie: “I can’t believe it…!”

Oz: “Heh…”

Wesley: “Don’t get the wrong impression! I’m not praising anything!”

Norton: “It sounded like praise to me.”

Wesley: “It wasn’t praise! It was an evaluation!”

Heartmann: “And I will take that evaluation to heart. Thank you, Wizard of the West.”

Wesley: “Hmph. Just put some real effort into the country.”

7.4

Solomon: “Looks like sending Wesley with you was the right choice after all.”

Wesley: “Tch…!”

Dorothy: “Oh, that’s right! Solomon, we’ve got a present for you.”

Solomon: “Oh? You’ve brought something back?”

I pulled out a small box and handed it to Solomon.

Solomon opened the box. A spark of surprise lit through his eyes for a moment, then he smiled at us.

Solomon: “It’s quite a beautiful stone.”

Norton: “My, what a lovely gem. I’ve never seen one like it before.”

Heartmann: “It’s a gem we’ve discovered in Winkies recently. We call it Winkite.”

Solomon: “Winkite…”

Heartmann: “Dorothy graced it with its name.”

Solomon: “It’s a nice name, and a wonderful present. Thank you very much.”

Norton: “Please, rest for today.”

That night, someone knocked at my door.

Toto: “Woof!”

(That sound… it’s Heartmann!)

The sound of metal on my door told me immediately it was Heartmann.

I opened the door to see him standing there, somber.

Heartmann: “Sorry for popping up so late at night.”

Dorothy: “What’s the matter, Heartmann?”

7.5

Heartmann: “I just wanted to apologize again about what happened back in Winkies.”

Dorothy: “So that brought you all the way here?”

Heartmann: “I put you through something scary… I’m really sorry.”

Dorothy: “Well, you apologized back at Twinkies. That was enough. Really!”

Heartmann: “I apologized as king, but I didn’t apologize as your boyfriend.”

I saw how serious he was. I could feel it.

Dorothy: “Got it. And I’m fine, really. You protected me, so I have you to thank.”

When I said that with a smile, Heartmann smiled back.

Heartmann: “Thank you, Dorothy.”

He gently put his arms around me.

(Huh…?)

I froze up in a mix of nervousness and surprise. Heartmann’s next words, however, instantly washed my nervousness away.

Heartmann: “I’m so glad you’re all right…”

He whispered with a voice of pure relief, his arms still around me.

Dorothy: “Heartmann…?”

Heartmann: “When I think about what would have happened if you got hurt, I just… I get so scared…”

Something warm fell onto my cheek.

(Is that a… tear…?)

Since he held me, I wasn’t able to see his face.

Dorothy: “Heartmann, are you crying?”

Heartmann: “I’m sorry… I just saw you smile and felt so relieved that I…”

(He was that worried about me…)

7.6

Heartmann: “Not very becoming, huh? A man, crying like this…”

Dorothy: “Oh, I don’t think that at all…”

Heartmann: “Back when I was made of tin, I couldn’t cry. Not even if I wanted to.”

Heartmann: “It would’ve just rusted my body, y’see.”

(Oh… so back in those days, Heartmann was holding back his tears…)

Dorothy: “Now that you’re a human, you can cry all you want, huh?”

Heartmann: “Tears… they don’t just come out when you’re sad. They force their way out even when you’re happy.”

Heartmann: “So when I saw you smile, after I’d been so worried, I just got so happy…”

He cried because he had a heart. Someone without a heart wouldn’t cry.

(And Heartmann’s got a gentler heart than anyone.)

(These tears are proof of that…)

Dorothy: I”m glad, Heartmann. I’m glad you’re able to cry as much as you want.”

Heartmann pulled himself away a little and looked at me.

Heartmann: I used to carry an oil can around to make sure I didn’t rust, but now I bring a handkerchief with me everywhere.”

Heartmann smiled tenderly as tears wet his cheeks.

Dorothy: “Then I’ll give you a handkerchief as a present next time.”

Heartmann: “Haha… looking forward to that.”

Dorothy: “But, hey, Heartmann… shouldn’t you have stayed back in Winkies?”

Heartmann: “Why?”

7.7

Dorothy: “Well, the people there all really love you. Shouldn’t you have stayed? For their sake?”

Heartmann: “Well, do you remember what I said back then?”

(Huh?)

Heartmann: “That I have no intention of leaving the side of the woman I love.”

Heartmann softly put his hand to my cheek.

Dorothy: “Heartmann…”

I saw my face in his wet pupils.

(I feel like I’ll just get drawn into his eyes…)

Heartmann: “Dorothy, I love you.”

Dorothy: “!”

(I’ve never been told that so… directly.)

I felt like even my brain had gone beet red.

(Wh-What should I say…?)

My mind had completely shut down, and I couldn’t think of anything.

Heartmann: “..”

Heartmann’s face slowly came to mine.

(W-Wait, is he going to…)

Right when I thought our lips were going to meet…

Heartmann: “Ah…?!”

Heartmann gasped and froze.

7.8

Charisma Contest! Required Charisma: 8800

My pulse was as fast as ever.

(Wh-What’s going on…?)

The moment stretched on, as if time had stopped.

Heartmann: “…I’m sorry.”

With those words, time started again.

Heartmann: “That was a little too hasty.”

With that, he loosened his arms around me.

Dorothy: “H-Heartmann, hey…”

Back to my senses, my face flushed even hotter.

Heartmann: “I love you, so I want to do this right.”

Heartmann said with a smile. His usual smile.

Dorothy: “Y-Yeah…”

And I turned my face down, what with it being positively crimson.

(Just what is this I’m feeling…? I feel kind of… disappointed. A little cheated.)

My feelings still complicated, I turned only my eyes to him and looked up at his face.

Heartmann: “Hm…?”

Dorothy: “N-Nothing…!”

(I can’t look him straight in the face… Why…?)

Then, he patted my head and gently caressed it.

Heartmann: “I feel a lot better from seeing you smile, so I’ll be heading back to my room.”

Dorothy: “All right…”

(Why do I feel like I… want him to stay…”) BECAUSE YOU DO!

7.9

Heartmann: “Well, see you tomorrow.”

Heartmann started to leave the room.

Dorothy: “Oh, Heartmann!”

(W-Wait, why did I stop him?!)

Heartmann stopped and turned around.

Heartmann: “Yes?”

(Uh-oh! I’ve gotta say something…!)

Dorothy: “Um… Goodnight.” (Intimacy +7)

Heartmann: “Oh, I forgot to say that!”

Dorothy: “I-I know, right?”

Heartmann: “Haha. I was about to realize that halfway back to my room and come back, really.”

Heartmann smiled tenderly and touched my hair.

Heartmann: “Goodnight, Dorothy. Sweet dreams.”

Dorothy: “Goodnight, Heartmann.”

Heartmann nodded with a smile and headed out of the room.

Dorothy: “I think…I wouldn’t have minded if he’d just kissed me.”

7.10

Toto: “Woof?!”

Dorothy: “O-Oh! No, no, it’s not what you think, I… Oh, I don’t even know myself…”

(Just what is this, this strange, yearning feeling…?!)

Toto: “…?”

Toto looked at me with suspicious eyes.

Dorothy: “Hey, what’s with that look? Don’t stare at me like that.”

Toto:” Huff! Huff!”

He put on a mocking expression. I literally can’t even imagine this dog with a mocking expression.

(Well, it’s not like I’ve totally fallen for Heartmann, or anything…)

(…But if I haven’t, why do I feel this way?)

Dorothy: “Hey, does this mean I’ve actually, really… seriously fallen in love?!”

Toto: “Woof!”

His gentle smile, his faithful face, his cheek wet with tears… his many faces popped up into my mind one after the other.

(I’m… in love with Heartmann…)

[Note: This is from Heartmann’s point of view]

After leaving Dorothy’s room, I figured I wouldn’t be able to sleep right away, so I took a little walk.

(I really hope I get to stay with Dorothy like this…)

As I walked along, smiling to myself, I ran into Lord Norton in the great hall.

Norton: “Oh? Heartmann? Alone tonight?”

Heartmann: “Ah, Lord Norton… Are you on patrol?”

Norton: “More or less. So how fared the trip to Winkies?”

7.11

Heartmann: “It went over well with Dorothy, but…”

Norton: “Did something happen?”

Heartmann: “Truth be told… A group of my people tried to bring harm to her.”

Norton: “What?! They tried to hurt Dorothy?!”

Heartmann: “She’s unharmed. We managed to protect her.”

Norton: “Good news… And what became, might I ask, of the culprits?”

Heartmann: “The Wizard of the West found them with his divination, and we placed them under immediate arrest.”

Norton: “Wesley helped you…?”

Heartmann: “We were quite surprised ourselves.”

Norton: “I see… So, how was it, bringing him along?”

Heartmann: “Well, as expected, the Winkies are still afraid of him.”

Norton: “That’s quite understandable, I’m afraid. He was quite monstrous in the past.”

Heartmann: “But now, it’s as though he’s changed. Perhaps he…”

Norton: “Perhaps he…?”

Heartmann: “Perhaps he was a good man to begin with.”

Norton: “Wesley? Our Wesley?”

Heartmann: “Perhaps there was a reason he became such a cruel Wizard?”

Norton: “That, I’m afraid, is beyond my knowledge.”

Heartmann: “When he saw what Winkies is now, he looked like something was on his mind.”

Norton: “Did he say something?”

7.12

Heartmann: “Well, no, not with his personality, but… I got that impression.”

Norton: “I see…”

Norton fell silent and closed his eyes, as if in thought.”

Heartmann: “Is something amiss, Lord Norton?”

Norton: “Well, Lord Solomon said that if the king changes, so does the kingdom, did he not?”

Heartmann: “He did.”

Norton: “In the same way, perhaps people change based on who they are around.”

Heartmann: “What…?”

Norton: “In other words, people make people.”

Heartmann: “People make people…”

Norton: “By being around you and Dorothy, perhaps Wesley can change.”

Heartmann: “That would certainly be nice…”

Norton: “I believe we should give Wesley some more time. Observe him further, if you would.”

Heartmann: “Say, Lord Norton. To be honest, there’s something on my mind…”

Norton: “What might that be?”

Heartmann: “It’s… It’s about Dorothy.”

Norton: “If I’m able to advise you, then I will gladly do so.”

[Back to Dorothy]

I couldn’t sleep, not when I kept thinking of Heartmann. To help me drift off, I started heading towards the dining hall to drink some warm milk.

Leonardo: “Dorothy? What’re you doing out at this hour?’

Crowlie: “Has something happened?”

I ran into some unexpected faces in said dining hall.

Dorothy: “I could ask the same of you two. What’re you doing here?”

Leonardo: “I was a little hungry, so I’m having a bit of a late night snack.”

Crowlie: “And he dragged me along with him.”

7.13

Dorothy: “I can’t really sleep, so I figured I’d have some warm milk or something.”

Leonardo: “Well I’ve got some right here. Go ahead and take it — I’ll go get another.”

Leonardo offered me his cup of milk, then went to get a new one for himself.

Dorothy: “Thanks. So do you always help yourselves?”

No one else was in the dining hall.

Leonardo: “Yeah, I always do this. Got permission from the cooks and everything.”

Crowlie: “So, what’s the matter? You’ve got a really pained look on your face.”

Leonardo: “If you’ve got some troubles, we’ll hear you out anytime. So c’mon, lay it on us.”

(What should I say…?)

Dorothy: “Um, can you tell me about love?” (Intimacy +7)

Leonardo: “Pffff!”

Leonardo nearly spat out his milk.

Leonardo: “Wh-Why bring that up all of a sudden…?!”

Crowlie: “What makes you ask that?”

Dorothy: “Well, I’ve never been in love, so I can’t tell if I’m in love or not…”

Leonardo: “Ah, that’s what this is about? Well, when you’re in love, your heart starts beatin’ really fast!”

Crowlie: “When you think about the person you’re in love with, you start to yearn for them and can’t sleep.”

(I knew it!)

Leonardo: “And you want to kiss them!”

Dorothy: “Wait, seriously?!”

(So that’s why I felt so disappointed when Heartmann pulled away before kissing me…)

Crowlie: “Is it Heartmann you’ve fallen for?”

Dorothy: “H-How did you…?!”

Crowlie: “It’s written all over your face.”

Leonardo: “Wait, you’ve seriously fallen for him?!”

7.14

Dorothy: “So, what should I do?

Crowlie: “Well, that… is for the two of you to decide.”

Crowlie: “But if you both feel the same way for each other, those feelings should come naturally.”

Dorothy: “I hope so…”

Leonardo: “Don’t sweat it, really. You guys are crazy in love.”

Leonardo: “And we’re here saying it, so you know it’s true!”

Dorothy: “Thanks, you two. I think I feel a bit better now. I’ll probably be able to sleep now.”

Crowlie: “Then please, treat yourself to some sleep. Good night, Dorothy.”

Leonardo: “See ya! Goodnight!”

Dorothy: “All right, goodnight you two!”

[Note: This is from Heartmann’s point of view]

Heartmann: “Is that… true…?!”

Norton: “… That it is. Lord Solomon will tell you the same thing.”

Now that I knew the truth, I felt like my vision had gone completely black.

Heartmann: “If that’s true, then… then what am I supposed to do…?”

Dorothy’s smile cut through my mind.

(I don’t want to hurt Dorothy… I don’t want to do anything to make her sad, I can’t…!)

Crowlie and Leonardo’s faces floated through my mind next.

(I don’t want to make my best friends sad either…!)

Norton: “Unfortunately, there’s nothing I can do.”

I wondered, briefly, if it was just my imagination that Lord Norton wore a cold smile…

(I love Dorothy…)

(But to think that love would bring her pain…!)

Despair mercilessly engulfed me.

Behind the Scenes

Wesley: “Hey, three stooges! Get out of the way!”

Leonardo: “What, you wanna fight?!”

Wesley: “You think you can beat me? When I can use magic?”

Heartmann: “You don’t scare us.”

Crowlie: “Because we know your weakness.”

Leonardo: “Look at this! IT’s a bucket full of water!”

Wesley: “Guh…! Where’d you pull that from?!”

Heartmann: “Hold on, I’m not good with water either. Makes me feel like my body’ll rust up…”

Leonardo: “Wait, what are you even talking about?!”

Crowlie: “You don’t need to worry about that since you’ve got a human body, remember?”

Heartmann: “That’s true, but…”

Wesley: “If you’ve got water, then I’ve got fire!”

Crowlie: “I can’t take fire! My straw will burn!”

Leonardo: “Whoa, that’s hot! No fire, no fire! Animals aren’t good with fire!”

Heartmann: “Ah! Don’t tip over the bucket!”

Wesley: “Whoa, that was close…! It almost got on my feet!”

Norton: “Just what do you think you are doing in the castle, you four?!”

Heartmann: Oh, Lord Norton…!”

Wesley: “Tch, this ain’t good…!”

Norton: “As punishment, you must all stand in the hallway!”

Chapter 8: Feeling of Strangeness (14/14)

8.1

A few days passed since then.

Heartmann: “These cookies are delicious! They really go well with the tea.”

Heartmann smiled in delight as he munched on his cookies.

Toto: “Woof, woof!”

Dorothy: “Do you want some too, Toto?”

I gave Toto one and he wagged his tail as he wolfed it down.

Heartmann: “Toto can tell when something’s tasty too, huh.”

Dorothy: “Haha… though, his appetite can be a handful sometimes.”

Heartmann: “So, enjoying the Land of Oz?”

Dorothy: “Of course! The days I’ve spent here have been like something out of a dream.”

Every day I saw something fascinating and experienced something new. I was greatly enjoying my time with everyone.

Heartmann: “Glad to hear it.”

With that, and his smile still wide, he looked down at the teacup in his hand.

(There they are again, those sad eyes… I’m not just imagining it, am I…?)

If there was one thing I was worried about in all this fun, it was Heartmann. Something about his demeanor.

He acted as he always did, but sometimes something felt off about him.

Toto: “Woof!”

Heartmann: “What is it, Toto? Want my cookie too?”

Toto: “Woof!”

Heartmann: “Hahaha! Well, if you want it that badly…”

(Just what is it, this weirdness…?)

8.2

But I couldn’t figure out what was different about him from before.

(When did this start…?)

I couldn’t remember that clearly either.

Heartmann: “Dorothy, what’s wrong?”

Dorothy: “O-Oh, nothing… Just something on my mind.”

That’s when Crowlie and Leonardo showed up.

Leonardo: “Hey there, you two! Looks like you’re eating something tasty.”

Dorothy: “Want to join us?”

Leonardo: “You know it!”

Crowlie: “Are we interrupting anything, Heartmann?”

Heartmann: “No, not at all. The more the merrier, after all.”

Leonardo: “Whoa, these cookies are really good!”

Heartmann: “Lord Norton’s favorites, he said.”

Leonardo: “Oh? So, he’s a gourman, huh?”

Dorothy: “Gour…man?”

Leonardo: “Gourmand. Gour…MAN. Get it? I just came up with it.”

Heartmann: “Hah! That doesn’t sound like it’ll catch on at all, don’t you think, Dorothy?”

Dorothy: “Haha… you’re probably right.”

Crowlie quietly whispered into my ear.

Crowlie: “Any developments?”

8.3

Dorothy: “H-Huh?”

Crowlie was asking about Heartmann and I.

Dorothy: “Well, we’re doing well, but nothing… big, you know?” I answered quietly.

Crowlie: “Just don’t rush anything.” Crowlie said with a wink.

Leonardo: “Hey, you two! What’re you whispering about?”

Dorothy: “N-Nothing…!”

Crowlie” Just talking the potential of the word gourman.”

Leonardo: “It’s definitely going to be popular!”

Heartmann: “Hahaha! Come on, there’s just no way!”

Heartmann chuckled. He seemed to be enjoying all this. His smile hadn’t changed.

(Am I just worrying too much?)

Crowlie: “Say, Dorothy, what’s that cut on your finger?”

Crowlie noticed a small cut on my finger.

Dorothy: “Oh, this? I was helping Solomon in the greenhouse yesterday.”

Dorothy: “Then I caught my hand on a rose’s thorn, and…”

Leonardo: “Are you alright?!”

Leonardo held my hand and looked at the wound.

8.4

Dorothy: “Well, Heartmann tended to it right away, so it’s fine now. You don’t need to worry.”

Heartmann: “The mark’ll disappear really soon.”

Crowlie: “Leonardo, just how long do you intend to hold Dorothy’s hand?”

Leonardo: “Man, Dorothy’s hand is so small and soft and nice…”

Crowlie: “Dorothy, is this hand all right?”

Crowlie held my other hand.

Dorothy: “Er, you two… I’m fine, really.”

Heartmann: “Oh, you two…”

Heartmann strained out a smile and I felt something off again.

(Just what is this…? Something’s definitely wrong here…)

Leonardo: “Well, those cookies really hit the spot. I think I’ll have a nap…”

Heartmann: “Another nap?”

Crowlie: “We don’t want to get in your way anymore, so we’ll be off here.”

Dorothy: “So what’ll we do?”

I asked Heartmann, and he tilted his head, curious.

Heartmann: “Hmm… How about we take a walk around the great hall?”

Heartmann: “This hall always takes my breath away.”

Dorothy: “Yeah…”

8.5

Heartmann took me to the great hall, but I still couldn’t get over how strange he seemed.

(What should I do…?)

Ask Crowlie and Leonardo about it (Intimacy +7)

(I can’t come out and ask Heartmann directly…)

(…so I’ve got to talk to Crowlie and Leonardo, then!)

Heartmann: “What’s up? You look stressed.”

Dorothy: “Hey, Heartmann, can you wait here for a little?”

Heartmann: “What’s the matter?”

Dorothy: “I just remembered something I have to do!”

Heartmann: “Really? Well, if you’re bringing it up now, it must be pretty pressing.”

Dorothy: “Yeah, it really is.”

Heartmann: “Well, go right ahead. I’ll be waiting back here.”

(He’s trusting me, even bringing something up so suddenly… Oh, he’s so nice…!)

I started to feel guilty.

(But I’ve got to talk with Crowlie and Leonardo, I’ve got to know…!)

Dorothy: “Thanks! I’ll be right back!”

I ran off, with Toto dashing behind me.

Toto: “Woof!”

8.6

I caught up to Crowlie and Leonardo in the hallway and called to them.

Dorothy: “Crowlie, Leonardo, do you have a moment?’

The two stopped, looking surprised.

Crowlie: “What do you need?’

Leonardo: “Where’s Heartmann?”

Dorothy: “He’s waiting in the great hall. But more importantly, I’ve got to talk about something with both of you.”

Crowlie: “You do…?”

Leonardo: “Well sure, ask us anything.”

Dorothy: “It’s about Heartmann… There’s something I can’t get off my mind.”

Crowlie: “Oh?”

Dorothy: “Well, something feels really weird about him… I feel a weird sort of distance with him…”

Leonardo: “What do you mean?”

Dorothy: “I’m not entirely sure…”

Leonardo: “I don’t think he’s any different, but… what do you think Crowlie?”

Crowlie: “I don’t think he seems odd either.”

Leonardo: “You sure you’re not imagining this, Dorothy? I mean, he didn’t seem weird at all in the dining hall a while ago.”

Crowlie: “He was just smiling along as usual.”

(W-Wait… maybe that’s it!)

Dorothy: “Back when you two were holding my hands, he was just smiling and watching.”

Leonardo: “Was that strange?”

8.7

Dorothy: “But Heartmann was the only one who didn’t try to hold my hand, right?”

Leonardo: “Really?”

Crowlie: “Are you sure you’re not over thinking this?”

Dorothy: “I feel like, compared to before, he doesn’t touch me as much anymore.”

Crowlie: “Oh, Leonardo just touches you too much.”

Leonardo: “Hey, don’t say it like I’m doing something wrong.”

Dorothy: “And even back in the dining hall, I felt like he was talking to Toto more than to me…”

Toto: “Arf…?”

Leonardo: “Well, he’s really nice to everyone, you know?”

Dorothy: “Well, yeah, but…”

(If these two didn’t feel anything strange, then maybe I’m just imagining things…)

Crowlie and Leonardo had known Heartmann for far longer than I had.

And if they said they didn’t sense anything odd about him, well, they were probably right.

(Wait, have I… have I done something to irk him, maybe?)

Crowlie: “Well, if you really can’t get your mind off it, we could ask him about it.”

Crowlie: “Though I think you should ask him yourself, Dorothy.”

Leonardo: “I think so, too. And if there’s a problem there, you just come right back to us.”

Dorothy: “You’re right… All right, I’ll go ask Heartmann!”

Crowlie: “Please do.”

Leonardo: “He’s waiting in the great hall, right? Hurry. Go to him.”

Dorothy: “Got it! Thanks for listening to me, you two!”

With Toto by my side, I headed back to Heartmann.

8.8

When I got back to the great hall, I saw Heartmann staring up at the picture on the ceiling.

Dorothy: “Sorry for the wait, Heartmann.”

When I spoke up, Heartmann snapped out of his enchantment and looked my way.

Heartmann: “Have you taken care of business?”

He showed me his usual smile.

Dorothy: “Yeah…”

Heartmann: “Glad to hear it.”

Dorothy: “…You’re not going to ask what I had to do?”

Heartmann: “Huh…?”

Heartmann looked a little surprised.

Dorothy: “Heartmann, if there’s something on your mind about me, I just want you to tell me. You don’t need to hide it.”

Heartmann: “Hm? What are you talking about?”

Dorothy: “Well, lately, I feel like you’ve changed…”

Heartmann: “Me? Changed?”

Dorothy: “It feels like you’ve become distance. Like you’re not interacting with me as much.”

Heartmann: “Really? You feel that, Dorothy?”

Dorothy: “Yeah, I kind of feel that.”

Heartmann: “Wait, wait, hold on. I haven’t changed at all. You sure you’re not just imagining this?”

Heartmann strained out a smile.

8.9

Dorothy: “Have I done something to really bother you, Heartmann?”

I asked him with my eyes squarely on his.

Dorothy: “If I’ve done something wrong, I’ll make up for it, really. So please, tell me what’s wrong.”

Heartmann: “Nothing’s wrong. You haven’t done anything wrong, Dorothy.”

Heartmann looked at me with a gentle smile and took my hand.

Heartmann: “I was a little curious about what your sudden business was, but.. that’s what you were worried about?”

Dorothy: “…”

Heartmann: “Because you’re just imagining it. Don’t worry.”

His regular smile. His usual, nice words.

(And he’s holding my hand now, so…maybe I really am just imagining it all…?)

Heartmann: “And since you’re saying that, well…it looks like I’ve still got a ways to go.”

Heartmann said, self deprecating.

Heartmann: “Perhaps I’m just not trying hard enough…? As a man, I mean.”

Dorothy: “Huh? N-No, not at all…”

Heartmann: “All right, in that case, let’s have a date on the town!”

Dorothy: “Huh? A date?!”

Heartmann: “Let me put in some effort. As a man.”

Dorothy: “Are you…are you sure?”

Heartmann: “Of course I am. What, don’t want to go on a date?”

8.10

Dorothy: “N-No, not at all! I’m really glad you want to invite me on a date!”

Heartmann: “Then it’s settled!”

Dorothy: “Oh, w-wait, hold on…”

(Since we’re actually going on a date, I want to look nice!)

Can I change my clothes before we go? (Intimacy +7)

Heartmann: “Haha… Very girlish, Dorothy.”

Dorothy: “Well, yeah. We’re going on a date, so I’ve got to look my best.”

Heartmann: “I’d love to see you dressed up, too. Go ahead, I’ll be waiting.”

Dorothy: “Are you sure? It’ll be a little bit…”

Heartmann: “I don’t mind. Being made to wait for a date is a man’s privilege after all. I’ll be waiting in front of the palace.”

Dorothy: “All right, I’ll be right back then! C’mon, Toto!”

(I knew I was just imagining things. I’m glad he asked me on a date!)

I hurried back to my room to change.

I had a few dresses from the palace wardrobe prepared in my room.

Dorothy: “All right, I’ve got to change quickly. Toto, help me out here.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Love Choice

Polite Skirt (Normal Item) – 200 coins/8,000 Spinels

Faithful Plaid Skirt (Premium Item) – 500 Coins

8.11

Changed and ready, I hurried back to Heartmann.

Dorothy: “All right, I’m back.”

Heartmann: “That’s a really nice dress! My, you just look good in anything.”

Heartmann said happily after looking at me.

Dorothy: “Does it look good on me?”

Heartmann: “Yeah, it’s like that dress was made for you.”

Dorothy: “Haha, it can’t look THAT good.”

Heartmann: “Well, at least I think so. But you know, Dorothy, you’ve got wonderful fashion sense.”

Dorothy: “Thanks!”

I felt really glad to hear Heartmann compliment me.

(Well, it looks like going all out was worth the effort.)

Heartmann: “So, what do you want to do in town?”

Dorothy: “Hmm…”

(You know, come to think of it, this is the first time I’ve been on a date…)

Heartmann: “What’s wrong?”

Dorothy: “O-Oh, nothing…”

(So what do you do on a date, anyway?)

I tried thinking of date things.

(Like, holding hands and walking together…)

Heartmann: “…”

(Then we look at the sunset together, and he slowly puts his hand around my shoulder…)

Just thinking about it made mt heart pound.

Toto: “…?”

(Then, as the air gets ever sweeter, we lean in for a kiss… Wait! What am I thinking?!)

Heartmann: “What’s wrong, Dorothy? Your face is getting really red…”

Dorothy: “Huh…?!”

Back to my senses, I quickly fanned my hot face with both hands.

Dorothy: “I didn’t want to keep you waiting, so I ran all the way here… Sheesh, it sure is hot.”

Heartmann: “Hahaha! In that case, let’s have something cold to drink in town.”

Dorothy: “And some nice treats, too!”

Heartmann: “Didn’t you just eat cookies?”

Dorothy: “I’m always willing to have more treats!”

Heartmann: “Sounds like you. In that case, let’s stop by a bakery or candy shop or something.”

Dorothy: “How about you, Heartmann? Is there anywhere you want to go, anything you want to do?”

Heartmann: “I’m fine just being with you. Let’s walk together, see the same things. laugh together, gaze into each other’s eyes…”

Heartmann said as he proceeded to look into my eyes.

(Oohh… Looks like you don’t have to do anything special to make it feel like you’re on a date, huh…)

Dorothy: “I want to walk with you, too. I want us to see the same things, to laugh together, to talk about all sorts of things…”

Heartmann: “Dorothy…”

For a moment, I felt like I could see a hint of sadness in Heartmann’s eyes.

(Heartmann…?)

I tried to look him in the eyes, and when I opened my eyes wide to do so, they hurt, like something had pricked them.

Dorothy: “Ouch…!”

Heartmann: “What’s wrong?!”

Dorothy: “I think something got into my eye…”

Heartmann: “Hang on, don’t move…”

Heartmann bent over and peered into my face.

[Spoiler Warning!] Chapter 8 CG

Heartmann: “All right, try blinking gently?”

Dorothy: “All right…”

I blinked a few times, enduring the pain, until tears came from my eyes and the pain vanished.

Heartmann: “All right, looks like those tears got out whatever was in there.”

With that, Heartmann took out his handkerchief and wiped my tears.

Dorothy: “Thank you…”

Heartmann: “Just hold on for a bit longer.”

Heartmann brought his face even closer to mine.

(W-wait, is he…)

Since his face was nearly touching mine, I remembered what happened a few days ago.

Back when we almost ended up kissing.

My heartbeat sped up and I felt my cheeks heat up.

(Is he… is he going to kiss me…?)

I figured he could and it would be totally okay. Totally natural.

(Just a little bit and our lips will be on top of each other…come on…)

I almost stopped breathing.

Heartmann: “…Yeah, looks like there’s nothing else in your eyes. You don’t hurt anywhere, do you?”

(Wh-What?! He’s not going to kiss me?!)

It looked like he was just checking my eyes.

So I stared right back at him.

Heartmann: “Heh…”

Heartmann gently smiled and brought his lips to my ear.

Heartmann: “Were you expecting a kiss?”

Dorothy: “…!”

My eyes went wide in surprise.

When he saw, he let out a mischievous smile.

Heartmann: “Just kidding.”

Dorothy: “Huh…?”

(Wait, what was I expecting…?!)

I was too confused to think straight.

Dorothy: “I-It doesn’t hurt anymore, so I’m fine…”

I took a step away from him.

(I’ve just got to calm down…!)

Heartmann: “You’ve got really beautiful eyes, Dorothy. They’re like gems.”

He said with a smile.

(I can’t complain after hearing that…)

(But I feel like I’ve been led on again…)

Not noticing my complex feeling, Heartmann turned his eyes over to the town.

Heartmann: “Well, let’s get going. We’ll continue this later.”

(You know, when I think about it, this really is Heartmann… I’ve got to believe in him some more!)

8.12

Dorothy: “So, do you know anywhere that sells nice sweets?”

Heartmann: “I’ve got an idea. If memory serves… it’s got a red sign on the central street.”

Dorothy: “Take me there!”

Heartmann: “Gladly.”

Dorothy: “Oh, yeah, and…I’d love to go to a gift shop, if you could take me.”

Heartmann: “Sure. What’ll you buy?”

Dorothy: “Haha…that’s a secret. Well, let’s go!”

We enjoyed our date in Quadlings City.

Dorothy: “That shop had some wonderful treats!”

Heartmann: “Glad you liked them. I heard they’re a popular place, but it was the first I’d been there, too.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “Looks like Toto liked it too.”

Heartmann: “Sounds like Toto’s a gourman.”

Toto: “Huff!”

Toto turned away.

Dorothy: “Looks like he doesn’t like the name…”

Heartmann: “Hahaha! I knew it wouldn’t catch on.”

Sorry, Leonardo…but I thought the same way.

8.13

Heartmann: “How about we walk for a little?’

Dorothy: “Sure.”

(We’re on a date, so I want to hold his hand while I do…)

(Wait for him to hold your hand.) (Intimacy +7)

I quietly moved myself to take his hand, but found myself pulling my hand back.

(You know, I think I’d rather have him hold my hand…)

(I’ll wait until he does.)

I walked alongside him, stealing glances as we moved.

Heartmann: “Hm?”

Seeming to notice my eyes, he turned to me.

Heartmann: “What, is there something on my face?”

Dorothy: “No, not really…”

Heartmann looked at my hand and gasped.

Heartmann: “O-Oh, sorry… This is a date, after all.”

Heartmann gripped my hand.

Dorothy: “Had you forgotten?”

Heartmann: “Well, I was just so happy to be with you I’d gotten a little lightheaded.”

Heartmann: “But you’re right. The guy’s got to be the one to hold hands.”

(He finally held my hand!)

Heartmann: “Say, what did you buy at that gift shop a while ago?”

Dorothy: “Haha… What do you think I bought?”

8.14

Before we went to the candy shop, we found a wonderful gift shop to stop in first.

Dorothy: “Here’s your present.”

I handed him the white handkerchief I’d bought.

Heartmann: “Really? I can have it?”

He looked between the handkerchief and me in surprise.

Dorothy: “It’s thanks for always being so nice. I told you I’d get you a present, didn’t I?”

Heartmann: “This is great! Thanks! I’ll treasure it!”

Heartmann let out a really delighted looking smile.

Heartmann: “Man, I feel so happy I just might cry.”

Dorothy: “Then you’ll get to use it right away.”

Heartmann: “Well, it’d be a shame to use it so soon, so I’ll hold the tears back.”

Dorothy: “Oh, Heartmann!”

We laughed loudly.

(…Wait, huh?)

I noticed something.

(He’s holding my hand, but I feel like he’s not holding it very tight…)

I kept a solid grip on his hand, but he didn’t exactly have a tight hold on mine.

(Wait, is he…)

The feeling of offness I had towards him started to come back with a vengeance.

Heartmann and His Friends

Heartmann: “Let me tell you about my dear friends.”

Heartmann: “That’s right. Crowlie and Leonardo.”

Heartmann: “Crowlie is a scarecrow who received brains from Oz. He’s very smart and likes to read.”

Heartmann: “In the Emerald City that he rules, he’s got a large library with books from all over the land.”

Heartmann: “Leonardo’s a lion who received courage from Oz. He loves eating and napping.”

Heartmann: “He’s a little mischievous sometimes, but I know that he’s got a king’s spirit hidden under that facade.”

Heartmann: “The three of us are kings now, but neither our bond nor our friendship has changed.”

Heartmann: “Oh, that’s right…it’s a bit of a side discussion, but I think I should speak about them, too.”

Heartmann: “Oz is someone who we owe a lot to. He’s the one who gave us that which we sought, that which is clear to us now.”

Heartmann: “He teases us a lot, but he’s a nice person. Really.”

Heartmann: “Wesley, the Wizard of the West, used to be our enemy…”

Heartmann: “…but, when I look at him now, I think he just needs something to get him to change. I can’t shake the thought.”

Heartmann: “Lord Solomon and Lord Norton. Both powerful wizards, and both the leaders of their countries.”

Heartmann: “They may be like beings above the clouds, but they’re people I am to emulate.”

Heartmann: “Haha…looks like I’m surrounded by interesting people, doesn’t it?”

Heartmann: “And I can’t let myself fall behind.”

Chapter 9: His Way of Loving Me (13/13)

9.1

I realized that I was truly in love with Heartmann.

And though I had felt something was wrong with him, our date rubbed that fear away.

Or at least, I thought it did.

Dorothy: “Hey, Toto…where do you think Heartmann went?”

Toto: “Woof…?”

The day after our date, I was searching for Heartmann.

(He wasn’t in his room, and he wasn’t in the great hall…)

Oz: “Hey little miss. What’re you doing out here alone?”

Then, Oz popped up.

Dorothy: “Oh, hey Oz. I’m looking around for Heartmann. Have you seen him anywhere?”

Oz: “Heartmann? Come to think of it, I saw him walking into the greenhouse a while back.”

Dorothy: “The greenhouse?”

Oz: “Yeah, I’m sure it was him. No one else wears armor like that.”

Dorothy: “Thank you, Oz.”

Oz: “Oh, Dorothy…”

Oz stopped me before I could go to the greenhouse.

Dorothy: “Yes?”

Oz: “Er…”

He looked like he wanted to say something, but he immediately put on a face of feigned ignorance.

9.2

Oz: “Er, nothing… Sorry to stop you.”

(Weird…)

I hurried towards the greenhouse.

Since it was afternoon, the greenhouse was really warm.

Being surrounded by beautiful flowers and strange trees made me feel like I was in a tropical forest.

(I wonder if Heartmann’s here?!)

As I searched through the room, I found Heartmann looking up at a tree.

Dorothy: “Heartmann!”

I called out to him, and he turned around with his regular, gentle smile.

Heartmann: “Dorothy, look at this tree! Can you believe it’s gotten this big in just two years?”

The tree in question stood two times Heartmann’s height.

Heartmann: “I heard from Lord Solomon that you can eat its fruit, too.”

Dorothy: “That does sound pretty wonderful, but… what are you doing here?”

Heartmann: “I had some business with this tree.”

(Business with a tree? What does he mean by that?)

Heartmann: “What do you think I have to do with this tree?”

(Huh…?)

Plant it in Winkies (Intimacy +7)

(It grows fast and has edible fruit, so…)

Dorothy: “Are you going to plant it in Winkies?”

Heartmann: “Hey, yeah! Good call! That’s right. I really want to try planting a few of these in Winkies.”

Heartmann: “It’ll give us more green, more lumber, and more food. All things that Winkies needs.”

Dorothy: “You really are thinking of your country, huh.”

Heartmann: “Haha…Well, the land’s in my hands, so like it or not, I need to.”

9.3

Heartmann: “So, what brings you here, Dorothy?”

Dorothy: “I was looking for you. I couldn’t find you in your room, so…”

Heartmann: “Oohh. Well, I was in my room this morning, doing some woodworking.”

Dorothy: “Woodworking?”

Heartmann: “I was pretty good at it back when I was a woodsman. Even now I’ll make little crafts and furniture. It’s a hobby.”

Dorothy: “So, the king does woodworking…that’s pretty interesting.”

Heartmann: “My creations are pretty well received.”

Dorothy: “Then how about making me something?”

Heartmann: “Haha, I’ll have to think of something.”

Then, when he smiled at me, I noticed there was a small piece of wood in his hair.

(It must’ve gotten stuck there when he was crafting whatever he was crafting. I’ll take it off for him…)

I reached out to pick the piece of wood from his hair.

Heartmann: “!”

Heartmann, however, pushed it away, as if it was afraid.

Dorothy: “Huh…?!”

I pulled my hand back in surprise.

Heartmann: “Oh…?!”

Heartmann was frozen in shock.

Dorothy: “…”

I stood there staring, frozen too.

9.4

Charisma Contest 

12,000 Charisma Required

Heartmann: “Sorry…! You kind of reached out all of a sudden, and I was surprised, and… It didn’t hurt, did it?”

Heartmann quickly apologized.

Dorothy: “I’m fine. Ah…there was some wood stuck in your hair, so…”

Heartmann: “Huh? There was?”

He brushed at his hair, and the small piece of wood dropped to the floor.

Heartmann: “I guess it got there when I was crafting… Ahah. I usually get really into it, so I don’t notice when things like that happen…”

Heartmann strained out a smile.

(But, Heartmann, you looked scared…)

My heart sunk at the shock of having my hand swatted away.

(I knew he was avoiding me…)

The offness I felt about Heartmann only grew stronger.

(He’s avoiding me…and I felt something was weird because he’s been hiding that!)

(Why is he avoiding me…? I don’t understand…)

Worry, anxiety, and disappointment engulfed me.

Heartmann: “Sorry for knocking your hand away. I didn’t mean any harm by it. Will you forgive me?”

He had his usual, bright smile.

But I could only think of it as false now.

Dorothy: “It’s all right. I didn’t say anything before I reached out, so I can understand why you’d be surprised.”

With that, I forced myself to smile.

9.5

Dorothy: “Oh, I forgot to give Toto his lunch.”

Toto: “?”

Toto tilted his head at my sudden lie.

Dorothy: “I think he’s really hungry, so I’m going to give him something at the dining hall.”

Heartmann: “Oh, uh, sure, but…didn’t you have something you wanted to talk to me about?”

Dorothy: “No…I just wanted to talk a little, was all.”

Heartmann: “Really?”

Dorothy: “Well, I’ll see you later, Heartmann. Let’s go, Toto.”

Enduring my worry and sadness, I left the greenhouse with Toto.

Back at the dining hall, I let out a large sigh.

(Oh, what should I do…?)

Toto: *Whine*

Toto looked up at me with a worried face.

And on that beat, Leonardo and Crowlie came up to me.

Crowlie: “Hm? Say, isn’t that Dorothy?”

Leonardo: “What’s the matter? You look really down.”

(I talked to them last time, so maybe I should talk to them again.)

Dorothy: “I ran into Heartmann in the greenhouse, but when I tried to brush some wood from his hair, he swatted my hand away.”

Crowlie: “He swatted your hand?”

9.6

Dorothy: “He said it was because he was surprised, but…”

Leonardo: “Well, that’s not too hard to swallow.”

Crowlie: “You sure you’re not just reading too much into it?”

Dorothy: “Well, yesterday, he wasn’t really holding my hand too well, either…”

Crowlie: “Really, now?”

Leonardo: “Well, how should he have been holding your hand?”

Crowlie and Leonardo exchanged curious looks.

Dorothy: “Heartmann…might not actually love me…”

Crowlie: “What? Nothing could be further from the truth! He loves you so deeply, Dorothy!”

Leonardo: “Yeah, if you don’t believe anything else, just believe that!”

Dorothy: “But…”

Crowlie: “Leonardo and I really love you, too.”

Crowlie: “But you chose Heartmann to be your romantic partner. He’s got to love you far more than we do.”

Crowlie: “He’s serious, so we decided to cheer on your relationship.”

Leonardo: “And, besides, last night, he looked really happy, looking at his handkerchief.”

Leonardo: “When I tried it steal it away and blow my nose with it, he got seriously mad at me.”

Leonardo: “And he said that you gave him that handkerchief as a present.”

(Huh…?)

9.7

Leonardo: “He wouldn’t get that mad if he didn’t really love you, don’t you think?”

Dorothy: “Then why did he swat my hand away?”

Crowlie: “Well, er…”

Dorothy: “I just don’t understand him…”

(And not understanding him hurts. I’m so sad I can’t take it…!)

(I love to see him smile, but seeing a fake smile like that just makes me sad…)

Crowlie: “Dorothy, don’t look so hurt…”

Leonardo: “We should probably get to the bottom of this…”

Crowlie: “You’re right.”

Dorothy: “Well, what should we do?”

Crowlie: “We should talk to Heartmann directly and get him to tell the truth.”

Leonardo: “We’ll go talk to him.”

Dorothy: “Huh? W-Wait, you guys…!”

(What should I do…?!)

Dorothy: “Then I’ll come with you!” (Intimacy +7)

Crowlie: “You will?”

Leonardo: “You can just wait here, Dorothy.”

Dorothy: “This is between me and Heartmann. I want to hear how he feels, too.”

Leonardo: “Really? It could just end up hurting you more. You ready for that?”

Crowlie: “Leonardo’s right. Please, wait here.”

Dorothy: “I’m fine with it, really. Please, take me with you.”

Crowlie: “You really do love him, then…”

Leonardo: “All right, let’s go together.”

The three of us headed for Heartmann.

9.8

We ran into Heartmann on the way to the greenhouse.

Dorothy: “Oh, Heartmann!”

His eyes went wide when he saw the three of us.

Heartmann: “You’re all together? What’s up, everyone?”

Crowlie: “We’ve got something to talk with you about.”

Heartmann: “With me? What do you need…?”

Leonardo: “You having started hating Dorothy, have you?”

Heartmann: “W-Wait, why? There’s no way I would!”

Crowlie: “…”

Leonardo: “But Dorothy thinks you’ve been avoiding her.”

Heartmann: “She does?”

Dorothy: “…”

Heartmann: “Hahaha…that’s got to be some kind of mistake.”

Heartmann strained out a smile, seeming on the spot.

Crowlie: “Then why did you swat Dorothy’s hand away?”

Heartmann: “Her hand…? Oh, back in the greenhouse…”

Heartmann: “I was just surprised and did it…reflexively. Is that what’s got you suspicious?”

Leonardo: “Then why didn’t you hold Dorothy’s hand tight enough on your date yesterday?”

Heartmann: “W-Wait! Did you year that from her?”

9.9

Dorothy: “…”

Heartmann: “Really…? Well, I’m wearing armor, so I thought it would just hurt Dorothy’s hand if I held it too tightly.”

Leonardo: “Really, now?”

Heartmann: “Really, I’m serious. I don’t want to hurt the woman I love.”

Crowlie: “…”

Crowlie: “You’re lying.”

Heartmann: “Huh…?”

Crowlie: “If you’re considerate enough to know that holding her hand with your armor would hurt…”

Crowlie: “…then you should be able to notice that Dorothy thinks you’re avoiding her.”

Heartmann: “…!”

Crowlie: “The Heartmann I know would notice right away.”

Leonardo: “Looks like Dorothy’s worry was right on point…”

Dorothy: “…”

Heartmann: “Haha… Come on, now, I’m not that perfect a man. Right, Dorothy?”

Dorothy: “I don’t understand you, Heartmann. Not anymore…”

Heartmann: “Dorothy…”

Leonardo: “Dorothy’s been worried sick, man.”

Heartmann: “Then I’ll apologize, but I really have no reason to lie.”

Crowlie: “Is it for Dorothy’s sake?”

Heartmann: “!”

9.10

(What…?)

Crowlie: “Are you lying for Dorothy’s sake?”

Heartmann: “What are you talking about? Look, you’re looking far too deeply into something that isn’t there…!”

Crowlie: “I know that you love Dorothy from the bottom of your heart.”

Crowlie: “And that’s the only reason I can think you would lie so much. Am I wrong, Heartmann?”

Heartmann: “You’re really making this difficult… What should I say to get you guys to stop doubting me?”

Leonardo: “Heartmann, that’s enough!”

Leonardo’s roar echoed throughout the hallway.

Leonardo: “Are you doing all this for Dorothy?!”

Heartmann: “…”

Leonardo: “Come on, say something!”

Leonardo grabbed Heartmann by the collar.

Dorothy: “You guys, stop fighting!”

Leonardo: “Grr…”

Leonardo’s balled fist quivered.

Heartmann: “Leonardo, I don’t want to fight with you either.”

Leonardo: “Then come out and tell me the truth!”

Heartmann: “I’m telling you, I’m not lying.”

Leonardo: “No, you are.”

Heartmann: “And how do you know that?”

9.11

Leonardo: “I can tell by the look in your eyes. Because we’ve known each other for that long.”

???: “What’s all this commotion for?”

(…!)

I turned around to the sudden voice to see Solomon floating through the air towards us.

Dorothy: “Solomon…?!”

Leonardo: “Lord Solomon…!”

Leonardo let go of Heartmann’s collar.

Solomon: “I could hear the roar from all the way down the hall.”

Solomon looked rather calm, but his eyes were attentive, vigilant.

Solomon: “Are you fighting about something?”

Heartmann: “Forgive us for the commotion. It’s nothing serious, so…”

Leonardo: “…”

Dorothy: “It’s nothing, really! So don’t worry about it, Solomon.”

Solomon: “…”

Solomon looked at us all, his eyes cautious.

Solomon: “I’ll see you all at the throne room, then.”

Dorothy: “What…?”

Heartmann: “Why, Lord Solomon?”

Solomon: “We’ll talk about that when we get to the throne room.”

9.12

Like Solomon had asked, we all came to the throne room.

Solomon was sitting in the throne, and Norton was standing next to him.

Leonardo: “I wonder if he’s going to get mad at us…”

Dorothy: “Who knows…”

Solomon: “Now, then, let’s hear what happened. Dorothy, can you tell me?”

Dorothy: “Well, it really isn’t that big of a deal…”

(I really can’t talk to Solomon about this…)

(What should I do…?)

(Keep quiet…) (Intimacy +7)

(Well, Crowlie and the others will probably get in trouble because of me…)

(…and Heartmann’ll probably get the worst of it, too…)

(I’d better stay quiet.)

Dorothy: “…”

Solomon: “Well then, Heartmann, do tell. What happened?”

Heartmann: “Well…”

Heartmann didn’t try to speak any further.

(Looks like Heartmann doesn’t want to talk for our sake, either…)

Norton: “Lord Solomon asked you a question.”

Norton said in a pointed voice.

Heartmann: “…”

Solomon: “I’m afraid we’ll get nowhere at this rate.”

Crowlie: “Please, wait!”

(Crowlie…?!)

Heartmann: “…?!”

Leonardo: “Huh…?!”

Crowlie: “I will explain.”

9.13

Solomon: “Very well, Crowlie. Do tell us.”

Crowlie: “It seems Heartmann was lying to Dorothy and putting up distance between them.”

Solomon: “Lying and growing distant?”

Norton: “…”

Crowlie: “She came to Leonardo and myself, so we were questioning Heartmann.”

Heartmann: “…”

Solomon: “And that’s why you ended up fighting?”

Crowlie: “Right…however, Heartmann truly loves Dorothy.”

Solomon: “Even though he’s lying?”

Crowlie: “He must have a reason to lie to her despite his love.”

Heartmann: “…!”

Solomon: “And what might that reason be?”

Crowlie: “That, I cannot say I know…”

Solomon: “Heartmann, what is your reason?”

Heartmann: “…”

Crowlie: “Lord Solomon, I beg of you. Would you allow us to solve this problem among ourselves?”

Leonardo: “Please!”

Heartmann: “Crowlie…Leonardo…”

Dorothy: “I want to ask that, too! We’ll work it out, Solomon, really!”

Solomon: “Regardless of Heartmann’s reason, because he was chosen as your partner, this attitude is rather problematic.”

Solomon: “I will have to strip Heartmann… if his right to be Dorothy’s boyfriend.”

Heartmann: “Wh-What…?!”

Dorothy: “You will…?!”

No one could believe their ears at Solomon’s ultimatum.

Crowlie: “Take away Heartmann’s right to be her boyfriend…?!”

Leonardo: “Y-You can’t be serious!”

Norton: “Heh…”

Heartmann: “I can’t be with you anymore…?”

Heartmann stared at me in shock.

How Is It to Be a Human?

Dorothy: “There’s something I wanted to ask the three of you.”

Heartmann: “What is it?”

Dorothy: “How do you feel, as humans?”

Crowlie: “I’m rather fond of this body.”

Crowlie: “Though it is a little bothersome to have to take time to eat and sleep.”

Dorothy: “Haha… Very different from when you were a scarecrow, huh?”

Leonardo: “And I was a lion, so it still feels weird to stand on two legs.”

Dorothy: “What, really?”

Leonardo: “It’s hard to keep balance, though it is pretty handy that I have, well… hands.”

Heartmann: “I’m pretty irked by the fact that I have to watch out about getting cuts and the like.”

Dorothy: “I can see that. I don’t think you’d get hurt with a body of tin.”

Heartmann: “Right, I was pretty sturdy back then.”

Leonardo: “Isn’t it the same with your armor now?”

Heartmann: “Haha…true, true. But you know, there’s one thing I really like about having a human body.”

Dorothy: “What’s that?”

Heartmann: “Being able to have the same sensations as Dorothy does.”

Crowlie: “Pain, cold, heat…”

Leonardo: “People’s warmth, their kindness…”

Heartmann: “So that’s why I like this human body of mine.”

Chapter 10: Right to Be a Boyfriend (14/14)

10.1

Solomon: “I will have to strip Heartmann… of his right to be to Dorothy’s romantic partner!”

Heartmann: “What…?!”

Dorothy: “You will…?!”

No one could believe their ears at Solomon’s ultimatum. This actually says eyes the second time around, but oh well.

Crowlie: “Take away Heartmann’s right to be her boyfriend…?!”

Leonardo: “Y-You can’t be serious!”

Norton: “Heh…”

Heartmann: “…”

Heartmann stared at me in shock.

(Heartmann…)

Heartmann: “I…can’t be with you anymore…?”

Crowlie: “Lord Solomon, please, wait!”

Crowlie stepped forward and pleaded.

Crowlie: “Do you not think this is too harsh?!”

Leonardo: “I think so, too!”

Leonardo stepped forward as well.

Leonardo: “We can solve this if we just sit down and talk!”

Solomon: “Sit down and talk? Just who was it that was about to punch him, again?”

Solomon responded with a strangely cold tone.

10.2

Leonardo: “W-Well, I… Hey, Heartmann’s got to have some kind of reason…!”

Solomon: “And he’s made no move to make that reason clear, leaving us in this predicament.”

Leonardo: “B-But…!”

Norton: “Stand down! Lord Solomon has made his decision!”

Leonardo: “Grah…!”

Crowlie: “…!”

Dorothy: “Solomon, please, think this over…!”

Solomon: “There is no need for that. We will have you choose another partner, instead.”

Dorothy: “A-Another partner…?!”

Heartmann: “!”

Solomon: “Heartmann will, of course, not be one of the choices.”

Dorothy: “You’re taking Heartmann out…?!”

Leonardo: “That’s just too much!”

Solomon: “Though chosen to be with Dorothy, he acted in a way unbefitting of her boyfriend.”

Solomon: “It is only natural for him to be excluded.”

Solomon turned his eyes to Heartmann.

Solomon: “Heartmann, I am disappointed in you.”

Heartmann: “!”

10.3

Heartmann bit his lip at Solomon’s quiet, harsh words.

Solomon: “Well then, Dorothy. I trust you have no problems with choosing another partner?”

(I’ve got to speak my mind, or I’ll lose Heartmann!)

Dorothy: “I don’t want to choose someone else.” (Intimacy +7)

Heartmann: “What?!”

Solomon: “Why?”

Dorothy: “I chose Heartmann to be with me. Isn’t that enough?”

Solomon: “He no longer has the right to be your partner.”

Dorothy: “Isn’t that weird? Why does he need the right? Why does he need your approval?”

Dorothy: “I can’t go and choose someone else just because you told me to, Solomon.”

Heartmann: “Dorothy…”

Leonardo: “Well said, Dorothy!”

Dorothy: “If you really want me to choose again, then put Heartmann in the running, too!”

Solomon’s expression got even harsher at my objection.

Solomon: “In that case, you have forced my hand… I will return Heartmann to his original form.”

Dorothy: “What?!”

10.4

Heartmann: “My original form?!”

Leonardo: “You mean you’ll make him a tin man again?!”

Crowlie: “He won’t be human anymore…?!”

Leonardo and Crowlie were both shocked.

They knew they would meet the same fate if they went against Solomon.

Solomon: “If you’re not in a worthy enough body, I’m sure Dorothy won’t choose you.”

Heartmann: “Guh…”

Dorothy: “That’s terrible…!”

Norton: “Heh. Returning you to your original form is quite the simple act for Lord Solomon.”

Leonardo: “Please, anything but that!”

Solomon: “You were made of tin before. Is going back so bad?”

Crowlie: “But that’s…that’s terrible! You can’t do that…!”

Heartmann: “…”

I felt like someone had stabbed my heart with something sharp as I saw Heartmann there, completely dejected.

(Heartmann…)

In my vision, his old tin frame floated over his shocked self.

(Does he look like that because he’s wearing armor…?)

(No, that’s not it! Even if he looks different, he’s still the same as he was back then!)

(His heart hasn’t changed at all!)

Dorothy: “…Even if he goes back to his old form, I’ll still choose him as my boyfriend!”

10.5

Heartmann: “!”

Dorothy: “I don’t care what he looks like. The man I chose…”

Dorothy: “…was you, Heartmann.”

Heartmann: “Dorothy…!”

His eyes shone at my words.

Crowlie: “Dorothy, you… Oh, that’s it…!”

Leonardo: “Yeah, there’s no mistaking it! Heartmann’s the man for you!”

Norton: “Are you all serious? You still intend to oppose Lord Solomon so…?!”

Dorothy: “He’s not Solomon’s partner, he’s mine! I’ll choose who I love!”

Norton: “Will you stand by as Heartmann goes back to his original form?!”

Dorothy: “I don’t care! No matter what he looks like, Heartmann is Heartmann!”

Norton: “Guh…!”

Solomon: “Heartmann…”

Solomon started to talk to Heartmann.

Solomon: “Look at how far Dorothy is willing to go for you. Are you still going to ignore her feelings?”

Heartmann kept his eyes on me, not responding to Solomon.

Heartmann: “Dorothy…”

Heartmann: “Will you really choose me, even if I turn back to my original form?”

I gently took Heartmann’s hand and nodded.

Dorothy: “Will you choose me, Heartmann?”

10.6

A tinge of resolution appeared in Heartmann’s eyes.

He took a light breath, held out his chest, and turned to Solomon.

Heartmann: “I am Dorothy’s boyfriend.”

He stepped in front of me, as if to protect me.

Heartmann: “And if you will stand in the way of that, Lord Solomon, then I will claim the right to her heart even if I must defeat you for it!”

Everyone gasped at Heartmann’s bold declaration.

Solomon: “Defeat me?”

Still glaring at Solomon, Heartmann nodded.

(Heartmann…!)

I could tell then just how seriously he was in a face off with Solomon.

Crowlie: “Heartmann, are you really standing up to Lord Solomon?!”

Leonardo: “Whoa, whoa, this is getting way out of hand…!”

Crowlie: “I don’t think he’ll get off easy…”

Leonardo: “You can say that again…”

They looked to each other and nodded seriously.

Norton: “Heartmann, what are you thinking?!”

Norton: “Only the greatest of fools would stand against Lord Solomon!”

Heartmann: “…”

Leonardo: “Yeah, and that makes us the greatest of fools!”

10.7

Leonardo stood beside Heartmann.

Norton: “Do you honestly think you can defeat Lord Solomon?!”

Crowlie: “We will not know until we try!”

Crowlie also stood with them.

Norton: “The three of you will go back to your original forms! Do you truly want to go through with this?!”

Heartmann: “We can still fight in our old forms. Armor, tin…it’s more or less the same.”

Leonardo: “I wouldn’t mind using my old fangs and claws either!”

Crowlie: “A body of straw feels no pain. I’ll fight without fear!”

Solomon: “…”

Norton: “What fools…”

Norton looked completely vexed.

Norton: “Lord Solomon needs not lift a finger…!”

Norton fell into a battle stance and the air began to shake. The chandelier on the ceiling, too, began to rumble.

(Is he going to cast a spell?!)

Sensing that, Heartmann and the others stood at the ready in front of me in my defense.

Tension dominated the area, and invisible sparks flew between both parties.

(This…this is going to end terribly!)

10.8

I worried. One wrong move was all it took.

(Wh-What should I do…?!)

(I’ve got to stop them…!) (Intimacy +7)

Dorothy: “Everyone, stop fighting!”

Heartmann: “We can’t pull back, not now. Our lives are on the line.”

Crowlie: “I’ve made up my mind, too. As a friend, as a companion, I’m going to protect the both of you!”

Leonardo: “This is how we do things. So don’t stop us.”

Dorothy: “But you’re up against wizards! They can use magic!”

Heartmann: “Yeah, we know.”

Crowlie: “Any plans?”

Heartmann: “We’re just going to charge in there.”

Leonardo: “Heh, thought so. That’s what I like to hear! Let’s bring ’em down!”

(I know how they feel, but this is ridiculous!)

And Norton wasn’t going to let the battle ready three slide, either.

Norton: “Since you’ve decided to oppose Lord Solomon, I can pardon your actions no longer!”

(Looks like all I can do is believe in them…!)

Norton: “I’ll vanquish you…!”

A ball of red light appeared in both of Norton’s hands as he looked at us with cold eyes.

10.9

Little bolts of energy crackled around the spheres.

Heartmann: “Here it comes…!”

Heartmann and the others were wrapped in tension.

(That’ll destroy whoever it hits…!)

Dorothy: “Please, stop!”

Solomon: “Pfff…!”

Solomon suddenly burst out laughing.

(Huh? Solomon…?)

Then, he held his stomach as he doubled over.

Solomon: “Ahahaha! Ah, that was hilarious!”

Heartmann: “Huh…?”

Leonardo: “‘Scuse me?”

Crowlie: “Just what in the…?”

Solomon’s sudden burst of laughter changed the tense air of the room in one shot.

Solomon: “Norton, that’s enough.”

Norton: “Oh…?”

The spheres of light disappeared from Norton’s hands.

Solomon: “Aside from the Wizards of the East and West, you’re the first person to challenge me, Heartmann.”

Solomon chuckled, looking at Heartmann.

10.10

Heartmann: “I’d rather you not put me in with those bad wizards.”

Solomon: “It looks like you’ve cut through your hesitation about being Dorothy’s partner, then.”

Solomon spoke with his usual, soft expression.

Solomon: “And if you’re both in love, then there’s no problem.”

Heartmann: “What do you mean…?”

Solomon: “I grant you your right to be hers again.”

Heartmann: “…?!”

Dorothy: “Really?!”

Solomon: “Really.”

Dorothy: “Then I won’t have to choose someone else?”

Solomon: “Of course not. There’s no longer any need. And besides, you weren’t going to, were you?”

Dorothy: “Oh, thank goodness!”

Heartmann: “I get to…stay with you, Dorothy…”

Leonardo: “Hey man, don’t gape like that! Be happy!”

Crowlie: “I can’t believe it, but…we did it!”

Heartmann: “Thank you, everyone!”

With a smile of pure joy, Heartmann cried.

Leonardo: “Is this really any time to cry?”

Crowlie: “Really. Listen to Leonardo.”

10.11

Dorothy: “Wipe your tears, Heartmann.”

Heartmann: “Y-You’re right. Hahaha…!”

Heartmann pulled out the handkerchief I gave him and wiped his tears.

Norton: “Are you all right with this, Lord Solomon?”

Norton asked Solomon, seeming confused.

Solomon: “We can leave the rest to them.”

Norton: “…”

Solomon: “Can’t accept that?”

Norton: “It’s not that, but…can we really forgive those who opposed you so easily?”

Solomon: “I’d say we can. It wasn’t like anyone was watching.”

Norton: “Very well…”

Solomon floated up from his throne, looked down at us and smiled.

Solomon: “Dorothy, Heartmann, take the time to have a nice, long talk.”

With that, he floated on out of the throne room.

Norton: “…”

Looking at us with strangely cold eyes, Norton followed Solomon out of the room.

Heartmann: “Dorothy…sorry for worrying you like that.”

Heartmann took my hand and smiled gently.

Crowlie: “Leonardo, let’s go, too.”

Leonardo: “Huh? Why…?”

Crowlie: “Get the hint. Please.”

10.12

Leonardo: “Huh… O-Oh, yeah, right! We’ll just get in the way…”

As Crowlie and Leonardo headed out the room, Heartmann called to them.

Heartmann: “Thanks, you two! Really!”

Crowlie: “No problem. We’re friends, aren’t we?”

Leonardo: “Dorothy is in your hands!”

The two headed out, and Heartmann chuckled happily.

Heartmann: “They really do crazy things, huh…?”

Dorothy: “I’m really glad you all got to stay human.”

Heartmann: “Haha…I hear that.”

Heartmann looked right at me.

Heartmann: “Sorry for worrying you like that.”

With that, he hugged me.

Dorothy: “Heartmann…”

Heartmann: “I was really happy.”

Dorothy: “A-About?”

Heartmann: “How you said you’d still choose me, even if I turned back into a tin man…”

Dorothy: “Well, it’s the truth…”

Heartmann: “Oh, I haven’t given you my answer yet.”

Dorothy: “To what?”

Heartmann: “When you asked if I would choose you as my partner…”

Dorothy: “Oh, that…”

10.13

Charisma Contest

Required Charisma: 16,000

Heartmann looked me right in the eyes.

Heartmann: “You’re the only one I’d want to choose. I love you and only you, Dorothy.”

His answer sent a shock through my chest.

Dorothy: “Oh, Heartmann…! I love you, too.”

Our faces drew to each other slowly.

(Up until now, we’ve come close to kissing, but never done it…)

(Will he really kiss me this time…?)

(I really don’t want him to pull back at the last second again, so I’m going to ask him!) (Intimacy +7)

Dorothy: “Hey, Heartmann…”

Heartmann: “Yes?”

Dorothy: “Would you…kiss me?”

Heartmann: “Why would you ask that?”

Dorothy: “Well…”

Heartmann: “Of course I’m going to. I’ve wanted to kiss you for a long, long time.”

Heartmann’s lips gently came to mine.

The feeling of his soft lips had my heart singing. I felt like I was floating in midair.

(I can feel Heartmann’s affection…)

(He really loves me.)

I was so happy I could confirm that with this kiss.

10.14

When his lips pulled away, he spoke up, his cheeks a little red.

Heartmann: “I finally got to kiss you, Dorothy.”

(And I finally got to kiss you, Heartmann.)

We kept on staring at each other and smiled.

At that, Heartmann’s expression suddenly grew serious.

Heartmann: “Dorothy, there’s something I’ve been hiding from you.”

Dorothy: “?”

Heartmann: “But, I can’t tell you what it is yet.”

(He’s hiding something from me…? Just what could it be?)

Heartmann: “But I want you to believe me. I won’t avoid you because of that anymore!”

Dorothy: “Heartmann…!”

The seriousness in his eyes really struck my heart.

(If he’s this serious about it, I have to believe in him…!)

(I’m sure of his love now. No matter what he’s hiding, it’s got to be something small.)

Dorothy: “All right, I’ll believe in you, Heartmann.”

Heartmann: “Thanks, Dorothy.”

Heartmann held me tight.

(Don’t let me go anymore, Heartmann…)

As I felt the weight of his love, I wished for it with all my heart.

After Becoming a Couple

Heartmann: “I’m really relieved that we’re together, Dorothy.”

Heartmann: “A lot happened, but I’m glad to know how you really feel.”

Heartmann: “I used to think there were all sorts of forms of love, but…”

Heartmann: “In the end, it’s meaningless if your feelings aren’t on the same page. I learned that lesson all too well.

Heartmann: “The moment of destiny is coming, and before that, I have to tell you everything…”

Heartmann: “But I won’t lie anymore. Not to you, and not to myself!”

Heartmann: “Because between two people who love each other…there’s no need for lies.”

Heartmann: “But man, Lord Solomon sure was something, wasn’t he?”

Heartmann: “He saw through everything. I can’t measure up to him in the least, but…I’m grateful from the bottom of my heart.”

Heartmann: “Well, it’s almost your birthday. And until then, I want us to have the best time together we can.”

Heartmann: “So, until then. I love you, Dorothy.”

Chapter 11: Cuddling in the Sun (14/14)

11.1

The next morning had come.

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “Good morning, Toto.”

Since what happened yesterday, I’d been far too excited to sleep.

Dorothy: “I’ve barely slept, but I’m not sleepy!”

Toto: “Bow?!”

Dorothy: “Because, I mean…I kissed Heartmann! We actually kissed!”

Toto: *Yawn*…

Toto yawned, seeming completely uninterested.

Dorothy: “Hey, come on, At least listen a little! Heartmann and I became a REAL couple!”

Toto: “…”

Dorothy: “I guess you don’t want to listen, then… Hm. I wonder if Heartmann’s already awake?”

Dorothy: “Well, if he’s sleeping, I’ll wake him up! Come on, Toto!”

Toto: “Woof!”

As I walked down the hall towards Heartmann’s room, I ran into Leonardo.

Leonardo: “Hey there, Dorothy. What’s got you up so early?”

Dorothy: “Good morning, Leonardo!”

I answered energetically and Leonardo smirked.

Leonardo: “Y’seem to be in an awfully good mood. Something nice happened after that yesterday?”

11.2

Dorothy: “Haha… I’ll leave that to your imagination.”

Leonardo: “Did you kiss him?”

Dorothy: “A girl’s gotta have her secrets, haha!”

Leonardo: “Gah, you definitely kissed him! Ah, that Heartmann… I’m so jealous!”

Dorothy: “About Heartmann… Is he still sleeping?”

Leonardo: “Nah. Took a peek into his room, but didn’t see him there.”

Dorothy: “Huh? I wonder where he went…?”

Leonardo: “Who knows. Out for a walk, maybe?”

Dorothy: “Well, I’ll go take a look for him!”

Leonardo: “Oh, how about we go to the dining hall?”

Dorothy: “The dining hall?”

Leonardo: “I’m pretty hungry, so I was on my way there. Heartmann might be there too, y’know.”

Dorothy: “All right, let’s pay it a visit.”

Leonardo: “Sweet, let’s go!”

When Leonardo and I got to the dining hall, we found Oz drinking tea.

Dorothy: “Good morning, Oz!”

Oz: “Howdy, little miss. You look pretty well today. How about having some tea with me?”

Dorothy: “I’m looking for Heartmann. Has he come by here?”

Oz: “Nope, haven’t seen him today.”

Leonardo: “Just where’d he go off to?”

11.3

Leonardo wondered as he sipped a fresh cup of tea that he totally didn’t ask for.

Oz: “Hey, don’t drink my tea!”

Leonardo: “No need to be such a square, man. We’re buddies, aren’t we?”

Oz: “Since when…?!”

Leonardo: “But y’know, I really wish you could’ve seen Heartmann yesterday.”

Oz: “Something happened?”

Dorothy: “Well, a lot, actually…”

Leonardo: “Get this. Heartmann openly opposed Lord Solomon, I kid you not.”

Oz: “What? Are you serious?”

Leonardo: “Yeah, it was like a fight could break out any minute.”

Oz: “Heartmann? Mr. Calm himself? What’d he do that for?”

Leonardo: “He had his reasons. I can’t say the details, but Lord Solomon was trying to take away his right to be with Dorothy.”

Oz; “Whoa, wait a second, you guys… Just what are you doing where I can’t see you?”

Dorothy: “It would’ve been nice if you were there, Oz…”

Oz: “So what happened, then?”

Leonardo: “Heartmann went and declared ‘I’m Dorothy’s boyfriend!’ right to his face. Crazy, huh?”

Oz: “Wow…”

Dorothy: “Leonardo and Crowlie took Heartmann’s side, so Norton got really, really mad…”

Leonardo: “There’s no way we could’ve left our friend behind.”

11.4

Oz: “You were up against wizards. There’s no way you could win.”

Leonardo: “Yeah, yeah, I know. We just kind of…went along with it. Heart was pounding, though!”

Oz: “Even with that courage I gave you?”

Leonardo: “Come on, you know who I was up against. Lord Solomon, the man himself! We nearly got turned back to our old forms.”

Oz: “Heh, I wouldn’t mind seeing that.”

Leonardo: “I wouldn’t mind going back, but I wouldn’t want that to happen to Heartmann. He wouldn’t go well with Dorothy anymore.”

Dorothy: “Really? I don’t mind. No matter what he looks like, Heartmann’s still Heartmann.”

Leonardo: “See? Just listen to that.”

Oz: “…”

Oz; “You really love Heartmann that much, then?”

Dorothy: “Y-Yeah. You don’t have to ask about it…”

Oz: “I see. So that’s why Solomon let you off the hook. Sounds like him.”

Dorothy: “Huh?”

Leonardo: “What do you mean?”

Oz: “I mean he never intended to break you two up in the first place.”

Leonardo: “Seriously?!”

Oz: “He just wanted to see if the love between them was real. That’s how Solomon does things.”

Leonardo: “Seriously?! I got all scared over nothing?!”

Oz: “But that Heartmann sure knows how to surprise ’em…”

11.5

Dorothy: “Well, like I said, I’m looking for him…”

Oz: “Oh, yeah. Well, how about heading to the great hall? He might be there.”

Dorothy: “All right, I’ll go check.”

Leonardo: “Dorothy, hang on a second. Let me eat something.”

Dorothy: “Oh, don’t worry. I’ll go on alone. You can take your time.”

I took Toto with me and headed for the great hall.

(I wonder if Heartmann’s around…?)

Crowlie: “Oh, it’s Dorothy. Good morning.”

I encountered Crowlie in the great hall.

Dorothy: “Good morning, Crowlie.”

Crowlie: “So, what brings you hear alone?”

Dorothy: “I’m looking for Heartmann. Do you know where he went?”

Crowlie: “Ah, I saw him go towards the greenhouse.”

Dorothy: “Greenhouse! Got it!”

Crowlie: “So, Dorothy, what happened after that encounter yesterday?”

Dorothy: “I started to believe in him again. Thanks, Crowlie.”

Crowlie: “You did? That’s good news. So, did you…kiss him?”

Dorothy: “H-Huh..?”

(WHY is everyone asking me that?)

11.6

Charisma Contest

Required Charisma: 22,000

Dorothy: “W-Well, uh…”

When my face went red, Crowlie nodded in understanding.

Crowlie: “It would appear that you did.”

Dorothy: “…”

Crowlie: “I’ll have to punish Heartmann later, then…!”

Dorothy: “Why?!”

Crowlie: “Because I’m jealous.”

Dorothy: “You can’t do that.”

Crowlie: “Hahaha! I’m joking, really. So you’re off to the greenhouse, then?”

Dorothy: “Yeah.”

Crowlie: “Allow me to come with you.”

Dorothy: “Huh? How come?”

Crowlie: “I won’t get in your way. I’m tagging along…just in case.”

Dorothy: “Just in case?”

Crowlie: “If he isn’t there, I’ll look for him with you.”

Dorothy: “Thanks. Let’s go, then.”

However, in the greenhouse was…

Wesley: “Tch… Gee, sorry to disappoint.”

Dorothy: “I-It’s not that I’m disappointed, but…did Heartmann come through here?”

11.7

Wesley: “You’re outta luck. But I gotta say, you gave me a real show yesterday!”

Dorothy: “What do you mean?”

Wesley: “I can’t believe you’d all go so far against Solomon.”

Dorothy: “W-Wait, how do you know about that?!”

Wesley: “Heh. You think anything gets past my eyes?”

Crowlie: “Wait, you used divination…?!”

Dorothy: “So you were peeping on us again!”

Wesley: “I figured I’d help you out if Solomon actually started dropping fireballs on you, but…”

Wesley: “…looks like I didn’t have to.”

Wesley chuckled, enjoying this.

Dorothy: “So, Heartmann hasn’t come to the greenhouse…”

Crowlie: “Strange. I’m certain I saw him going towards the greenhouse.”

Wesley: “You probably mistook a guard for him.”

Crowlie: “Huh? I did?”

Crowlie: “They look the same from afar. The guard in question was here ’til just a while ago.”

Crowlie: “I’ve been deceived!”

Dorothy: “I don’t think he was trying to deceive you, or anything…”

Wesley: “Scarecrow, if you’ve got bad eyes, put on some glasses.”

Crowlie: “Have I read too many books…?”

Dorothy: “So just where’d Heartmann go, anyway?”

Wesley: “Fine, fine… Look, I’ve got an idea of where he is. Come with me.”

11.8

Dorothy: “Wait, we’re back in the dining hall?!”

Leonardo: “Hey, why’d you come back?”

Crowlie: “How could you get it so wrong?!”

Wesley: “You didn’t tell me he wasn’t here!”

Oz: “What, you still haven’t found Heartmann?”

Dorothy: “Not yet…”

Wesley: “This…could be a case. A missing person case.”

Crowlie: “Let’s not escalate it just yet. Remember who made this more complicated in the first place.”

Wesley: “Yeah, the guy who mistook a guard for Heartmann.”

Crowlie: “Guh…!”

Leonardo: “Er, wait, isn’t he, like, in the greenhouse or something?”

Wesley: “We JUST came from there!”

Leonardo: “Then TELL me first!”

Oz: “Little miss, you’ll never find him looking around with these mooks. I’ll help your search.”

Leonardo: “Hey, don’t try to sneak her out for yourself!”

11.9

Crowlie: “That’s right. I’m the one working with her!”

Wesley: “Maybe when your eyes get better. Get outta here.”

Leonardo: “I’m helping her search!”

Oz: “No, I am!”

Crowlie: “I am!”

Wesley: “I am!”

(I know!)

Dorothy: “Wesley, can you help me?” (Intimacy +7)

Wesley: “Heh, you’ve made the right choice.”

Leonardo: “Wait, why’d you pick the Wizard of the West?!”

Crowlie: “You can’t trust him!”

Dorothy: “It has to be him.”

Crowlie: “What do you mean?”

Oz: “Oh, I get it…his divination, huh?”

Dorothy: “Right. He should be able to find out where Heartmann is if he uses it.”

Crowlie: “Ah, I see!”

Leonardo: “Good idea! All right, Wesley, get looking!”

Wesley: “Don’t order me around!”

Oz: “C’mon, this is a perfect opportunity to show off your talents. Man up.”

Dorothy: “Please, Wesley! Find Heartmann!”

11.10

Wesley: “Fine, fine. If you want me to look for him that badly, I will.”

Wesley pulled up his eye patch and started his divination.

Wesley: “Found him! Hah, piece of cake.”

Dorothy: “Where is he?”

Wesley: “On the balcony of this very palace.”

(He’s on the balcony!)

Dorothy: “Thanks, Wesley!”

Leonardo: “That sure is a handy spell…”

Crowlie: “There’s a book I’m looking for. Can you find it for me sometime?”

Oz: “The pigeons in my magic tricks tend to not come back. It’s pretty troubling.”

Wesley: “Who cares?! I can’t nobody’s lost and found!”

Dorothy: “I’ll go to the balcony! Wesley, I owe you one!”

Wesley: “Y-You really don’t need to owe me…”

Strangely, he looked a little…bashful.

Oz; “That look really doesn’t suit ya.”

Wesley: “Sh-Shut up…!”

I hurried off to the balcony.

However, I ran into Norton in the hallway.

Norton: “Ah, if it isn’t Dorothy.”

11.11

Dorothy: “Oh, Norton… Sorry about yesterday.”

Norton: “Oh, I don’t mind at all. Did things go well with Heartmann afterwards?”

Dorothy: “They did. We told each other how we felt.”

I answered with a smile, and one of Norton’s eyebrows twitched.

Norton: “I see. Glad to hear it.”

Dorothy: “Thank you, Norton.”

Norton: “Seems my plan failed…”

Norton whispered something, but it was too quiet to hear.

Dorothy: “Wh-What…?”

Norton: “Ah, nothing. Nothing at all.”

(…?)

Norton: “Well, I’ll be taking my leave…”

As if nothing had happened, Norton walked off.

Dorothy: “Oh, I’ve got to hurry! Toto, let’s go!”

Toto: “Woof!”

I’d finally made it to the balcony, but Heartmann was nowhere to be found.

Dorothy: “Huh…? Where’d he go off to?”

Toto: *Whine*…

(Maybe he left while I was talking to Norton…)

Tired from spending so much time looking for him, I sat down on a nearby bench.

11.12

(Let me take a little rest…)

The gentle breeze and the warm sun felt so good I started to get sleepy.

Dorothy: “Oh yeah, I…didn’t really sleep last night…”

Toto: *Yawn*…

Toto let out a big yawn and started to nod off along with me.

(Think I’ll…shut my eyes a little…)

(Huh…? Did I doze off?)

My consciousness was still foggy, and I felt like I was half asleep.

(Feels like I’m leaning on someone as a sleep…)

I couldn’t really tell what was going on since I was still woozy.

(Did someone come to the balcony while I was sleeping? Who…?)

(Feels kind of hard, so this has to be Heartmann’s armor…) (Intimacy +7)

(Oh, so Heartmann came back…)

(Phew…I finally got to see him…)

Relief and happiness surged through me.

(I just want to stay like this as long as I can…)

Right after I thought that, though, I jolted back to my senses.

Dorothy: “Wait, Heartmann?!”

I looked up to see him right in front of me, smiling back.

Heartmann: “Woke up?”

(W-Wait, what’s he doing here?)

It looked like I’d fallen asleep on Heartmann’s shoulder at some point.

Dorothy: “Is it really you, Heartmann…?”

Heartmann: “Haha…who did you think I was?”

(It really IS him!)

However, I still couldn’t fully grasp the situation.

11.13

Heartmann: “Good morning, princess.”

With that, he gently kissed me.

Heartmann: “Did leaning on my armor hurt?”

Dorothy: “No, I’m all right, but…what brings you here?”

Heartmann: “It looked like we’d just missed each other.”

Heartmann: “When I went to the dining hall, they told me you were here, so I hurried back.”

(I knew we’d just missed each other.)

Heartmann: “You were fast asleep, I just couldn’t wake you up.”

Dorothy: “Aww, that’s so nice…”

He smiled happily at my comment.

Dorothy: “Hey, Heartmann…”

Heartmann: “Yes?”

Dorothy: “Could we stay like this a little more?”

I leaned on him again.

Heartmann: “I don’t mind, but…what about my armor? It doesn’t hurt?”

11.14

He said, worried.

Dorothy: “Then, how about we do this?”

Dorothy: “How about you put your head on my shoulder?” (Intimacy +7)

Heartmann: “Er, like this?”

Heartmann put his head on my shoulder.

I rested my head on top of Heartmann’s.

Dorothy: “This way it won’t hurt.”

Heartmann: “Isn’t it hard to sleep like this?”

Heartmann smiled awkwardly. He didn’t seem displeased, however.

Dorothy: “I just want to cuddle, so this is totally fine.”

Heartmann: “Haha…I see, I see.”

Dorothy: “You know how long I was looking for you?”

Dorothy: “But now…I can finally be with you.”

Heartmann: “You sure do like to cuddle.”

Dorothy: “Well, I really like you, and I know you’ll oblige me.”

Heartmann: “Well, cuddle all you want, then.”

Dorothy: “Haha, you’re like my own knight.”

Heartmann: “That’s what this armor’s for. I’ve got to protect my princess.”

Dorothy: “Just being like this makes me so happy…”

Heartmann: “Me, too. It’s a small joy, but…this is what real happiness is about.”

Dorothy: “Sure is warm…”

Heartmann: “It really is…”

Time went on slowly as we enjoyed our pleasant cuddle in the sun.

Heartmann’s Favorite Activity

Dorothy: “Heartmann, do you have any special talents or anything?”

Dorothy: “Special talents? Well…I guess you could call cutting down trees a special talent.”

Dorothy: “Since you used to be a woodman?”

Heartmann: “Yep. It’s surprisingly difficult to cut down trees with an ax, actually.”

Heartmann: “Trees are alive too, so if you don’t give them a good cut, you won’t get good wood from them.”

Dorothy: “A good cut?”

Heartmann: “To give a good cut, you’ve got to look at the tree and listen to its voice.”

Heartmann: “You can’t actually hear it, but you have to feel it.”

Heartmann: “Come to think of it, I haven’t cut trees in a while…”

Dorothy: “Well, a king is busy, so of course you wouldn’t have time to cut trees.”

Heartmann: “My beloved ax is still hung up back in Winkies Castle.”

Dorothy: “Say, why did you start woodworking?”

Heartmann: “I liked the feel and warmth of trees, so I started making things with wood.”

Heartmann: “When I did, it was just so fun I’d gotten completed addicted. Heh…”

Dorothy: “You really like trees, huh? I think that’s very nice! It’s very you.”

Heartmann: “Thanks. It means a lot to hear you say that.”

Chapter 12: Short-lived Dream (13/13)

12.1

It was a calm afternoon the following day. I rustled my cup of cold tea with a smile.

Since learning about how Heartmann felt about me and deepening our bond, I’d been beside myself with joy.

And I was just about to have my 17th birthday in the dreamlike land of Oz.

Dorothy: “You know, Toto…I think I’ve grown up a little bit.”

Toto: “Arf?”

Dorothy: “Well, I’ve got someone I love and who loves me!”

Toto: *Yawn*

Toto let out yet another big, uninterested yawn.

Oz: “Ah, little miss. Having some tea time alone?”

Oz showed up.

Dorothy: “You too, Oz?”

Oz: “This palace has got really great tea. Kind of picked up the habit of afternoon tea time.”

Oz sat in the chair across the table from me.

Oz: “Did you run into Heartmann yesterday?

Dorothy: “Yeah, that’s to everyone’s help. We’re going to meet in the greenhouse in a little today, too.”

Oz: “The greenhouse?”

Dorothy: “He told me he’s been talking to Solomon about that tree he wants to plant in Winkies.”

Oz: “Ah, I see. Busy with his kingly duties, huh. So that’s why you’re drinking tea alone.”

Dorothy: “Well, I don’t want to interrupt his important business…”

Oz: “In that case, I’ll tell you something interesting.”

12.2

Dorothy: “Haha, I’d love to hear it.”

Oz: “Long ago, a man came to a small town. The town was poor, and the people barely ever smiled…”

Dorothy: “Sounds like a pretty unfortunate place.”

Oz pulled a handkerchief out of his pocket.

Oz: “The man then performed magic tricks. The people gasped in surprise, then smiled again.”

Oz pulled a small flower from the balled up handkerchief.

Oz: “Wanting to see people smile even more, the man started all sorts of things.”

Dorothy: “Like what?”

Oz: “He tilled the land, paved the roads, built lots of buildings, even a castle.”

Oz: “Eventually all the buildings formed into a large city. The people’s lives ad greatly improved, and no one could stop smiling.”

Dorothy: “Wait, is this…”

Oz: “Oh, and I forgot to mention. They say the man was really, really handsome.”

With that, Oz handed me the flower he conjured up.

Dorothy: “Haha…thank you. And I think I know what happens next.”

Oz: “Oh? Let’s hear it, then.”

Dorothy: “The man left the city to a scarecrow with brains and went back to his own hometown, didn’t he?”

Oz: “Precisely. Because he had a place to go home to.”

Oz gazed at me.

Oz: “I should probably talk to you about this now…”

12.3

Dorothy: “About what?”

(What does he want to talk about? Could it be…)

Dorothy: “Did you want to talk about Heartmann?” (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “Yeah, I do, but…”

He seemed a little hesitant to continue.

Oz: “Are you serious about him?”

Dorothy: “Of course. He’s my first love.”

Oz: “First love, huh… Yeah, those are special to women…”

Oz furrowed his eyebrows.

Dorothy: “What, are men different?”

Oz: “Not exactly, but…in a way, sort of. Ahaha…”

Oz strained out a smile, but his face quickly grew serious.

Oz leaned in closer and whispered.

Oz: “What are you going to do?”

Dorothy: “Er, what do you mean?”

Oz: “You know what I mean. I’m talking about after your birthday.”

Dorothy: “After my birthday?”

Oz: “Wait, don’t tell me you’ve forgotten.”

12.4

Oz: “Dorothy, don’t you have a place to go home to?”

(Huh…?)

Oz: “You’re going back to Kansas after your birthday, aren’t you?”

(Oh! Kansas!)

I’d completely forgotten about home.

(That’s right, my aunt and uncle are waiting for me back at home!)

Seeing the shock in my face, Oz let out an exasperated sigh.

Oz: “Looks like you went a bit love crazy and forgot, huh…”

Oz: “You’ve got to go back to your own world after your birthday, remember?”

(That’s right, I came to Oz to celebrate my 17th birthday…)

(…so when my birthday passes…)

Dorothy: “I’ll have to go back to Kansas…”

My previously shining surroundings were promptly covered by a great shadow.

(If I go back to Kansas, I won’t be able to be with Heartmann anymore…)

(Am I going to have to break up with him…?)

Oz; “Heartmann’s the King of the West. he can’t throw his people away to go back with you.”

(…!)

Oz: “I mean, it’s another story if you want to stay here, but…are you willing to make the sacrifice?”

Dorothy: “Sacrifice…?”

Oz: “The sacrifice of never seeing Kansas or its people again.”

12.5

Dorothy: “B-But…”

Oz: “Remember, you’re from two completely different worlds.”

Oz: “I know the two of you are in love. But listen…”

Oz: “…you can’t stay together forever.”

(What should I do…?!)

Seeing how shaken I was, Oz lowered his eyes.

Oz: “Sorry to rain on your parade, but…you’ve got to face reality.”

Oz: “Figure out whether you’re staying or going by your birthday.”

Oz quietly left.

Oz; “There’s not much time, but…think it over yourself. There’s nothing I can do to help.”

Leaving those words behind, Oz headed out of the dining hall.

(I won’t be able to be with Heartmann anymore… Oh, I can’t believe it…!)

(I hadn’t even given it a second thought! Oh, what am I going to do…?)

Thinking of it by myself, however, just made me feel more and more worried. I couldn’t come up with anything.

(What should I do…?)

(I’ll talk this over with Heartmann…) (Intimacy +7)

Dorothy: “Toto, you’ll come with me, right?”

Toto: *Whine*…

Dorothy: I’m pretty worried, too, but…I can’t talk to Crowlie or Leonardo, so…”

Toto: “?”

Dorothy: “Well, if I go back to Kansas, I won’t be able to see them again, so I’m sure they’ll worry.”

Dorothy: “This is between Heartmann and me, so I think it’s best that I talk with him.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “Thanks, Toto. Let’s go to the greenhouse.”

I headed to the greenhouse with Toto to find Heartmann.

12.6

Leonardo: “Hey, Dorothy! What’s the rush?”

Crowlie: “Is something wrong?”

On the way to the greenhouse, I ran into Crowlie and Leonardo.

Dorothy: “N-Nothing, really… I’m just on my way to see Heartmann.”

Leonardo: “Sheesh, you guys are real lovebirds, huh? Mind if I tag along?”

(Uh-oh, that’d be bad!)

Crowlie: “Leonardo, that’s uncalled for. Right, Dorothy?”

Dorothy: “Oh, uh, yeah, haha…”

Leonardo: “I’m just joking. I wouldn’t do something like that.”

Dorothy: “Well, uh… I’m in a hurry, so I’ll see you later?”

Leonardo: “Sure, head on!”

Crowlie: “Tell Heartmann we said hi!”

I dashed off.

(Phew…sorry, you two, but I can’t tell you about this yet…)

I hurried to the greenhouse to find Heartmann looking up at that tree from last time.

Dorothy: “Heartmann…”

Heartmann: “Hey, Dorothy. I just talked things over with Lord Solomon.”

Heartmann spoke, pleased.

Heartmann: “He’ll give me this tree’s seeds. This is really going to help out Winkies.”

He seemed to shine as he carried out his kingly duties.

(But now…it hurts to see that shine.)

12.7

(If he wasn’t king, he could’ve gone to Kansas with me…)

Heartmann tilted his head curiously, seeing my worried expression.

Heartmann: “What’s wrong?”

Dorothy: “Hey, Heartmann…”

When I tried to talk to him though, all sorts of feelings bubbled up, and I could barely speak.

Heartmann: “Did something happen?”

Dorothy: “Heartmann, you’re always going to be the King of Winkies, right…?”

Heartmann: “Haha, yeah, probably. It’s a different story if my people tell me to step down, though.”

(There’s no way they’d say that. Not when the people love him so much…)

Heartmann: “So, why do you ask?”

Dorothy: “Because it’s almost my birthday…”

Heartmann: “What…?”

Heartmann stared at me with surprised eyes.

Heartmann: “…”

Dorothy: “And when my birthday is over, I…”

I couldn’t continue.

At that, Heartmann gently touched my hair.

Heartmann: “Go back to Kansas.”

Dorothy: “What…?!”

12.8

Charisma Contest

Required Charisma: 30,000

I couldn’t believe my ears.

(What did he just…)

I looked at Heartmann in shock, but he smiled and nodded.

Heartmann: “You have a place to go home to, Dorothy. You should go back after your birthday.”

Those words send shockwaves through my heart.

Dorothy: “Why would you say that…?!”

Heartmann: “…”

Heartmann simply wore a sad smile.

Heartmann: “I’d noticed you’d have to go back…”

(Heartmann noticed it too?!)

Dorothy: “If I go back, we won’t be able to be together anymore!”

Heartmann: “…”

Dorothy: “And you’re just going to let that happen?!”

Heartmann: “I was prepared for this to happen.”

Heartmann looked strangely calm as he answered.

Dorothy: “What do you mean?”

Heartmann: “I knew that this day would come…”

12.9

Dorothy: “But, why…? Did someone tell you?”

(Who would tell him, though?)

Dorothy: “Did…did Norton tell you?” (Intimacy +7)

Heartmann: “How did you know?”

Dorothy: “Well, Solomon would probably just change the subject if you asked him…”

Dorothy: “And Crowlie and Leonardo don’t know, so it would have to be Norton.”

Heartmann: “Ah, true. And you’re right, Lord Norton told me.”

Dorothy: “But why did he?”

Heartmann: “I’d been worried, ever since you chose me to be your partner.”

Heartmann: “Worried if we’d be able to stay together even after your birthday…”

Heartmann: “Then I happened to run into Lord Norton, and…I asked him about it.”

[Flashback!]

Heartmann: “Lord Norton… Truth be told, there’s something I’m rather worried about…”

Norton: “Oh? What would that be?”

Heartmann: “It’s about…Dorothy.”

Norton: “Well, if it is an answer I am able to give, I will tell you whatever I can.”

Heartmann: “What will happen after her birthday?”

Norton: “She will have to return to Kansas, of course.”

Heartmann: “Return to Kansas…?!”

Norton: “Of course, she will not be forced to return.”

Heartmann: “Then, she’ll be able to remain in Oz, as well?”

12.10

Norton: “If she so wishes, she may.”

Norton: “However, after her birthday, the Rainbow Bridge that connects our two worlds will disappear.”

Heartmann: “Truly…?!”

Norton: “Truly.”

Norton: “And I’m afraid that even with Lord Solomon’s power, the bridge will not appear again.”

Heartmann: “You can’t be serious…!”

Learning the truth, I felt like my vision had gone pitch black.

Heartmann: “If that’s true, then what should I do…?”

Norton: “Personally, I would love for Dorothy to stay in Oz…”

Norton: “But do remember. The last time she was here, she desperately wished to return home.”

Norton: “And since you journeyed with her back then, I would imagine you know that more than anyone.”

Heartmann: “T-True…”

I knew that Dorothy loved Kansas.

Back when we all tried to get to the Emerald City with wishes in our hearts, hers was to return to Kansas.

(If Dorothy has a place to go home to, then of course she should go back…)

(If she ended up really falling in love here in Oz…)

(…she’ll have to leave that love behind. Painfully…!)

(I don’t want to put her through that…so I probably shouldn’t make our love grow any deeper than it is.)

Norton: “Though…I cannot imagine that you can simply stop being partners.”

Heartmann: “…why not?”

12.11

Norton: “Do you think the other candidates for her love would simply accept it?”

Heartmann: “!”

Norton: “No matter who she pairs up with, the end will be the same.”

Norton: “And besides, Heartmann, I can scarcely imagine you would want to see her with someone else.”

Norton said with a tiny smile at his lips.

Heartmann: “That…that may be true, but…”

Norton: “You should think deeply about what would be best for Dorothy.”

Heartmann: “Best for Dorothy…”

Her smile drifted through my mind.

(I don’t want to hurt her…I can’t make her sad, I just can’t…)

Norton: “I imagine you should keep this a secret from Crowlie and Leonardo.”

Heartmann: “A secret?”

Norton: “Because they, too, would be sad to learn of it.”

Heartmann: “…”

Crowlie and Leonardo’s faces appeared in my mind as well.

(My best friends…I can’t make them sad, either…)

Norton: “Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do.”

I could have sworn he wore a cold smile as he said that, but I had to be imagining it.

(I love Dorothy…)

(Argh, I can’t believe that would cause her to hurt so…!)

A wave of despair engulfed me.

[End Flashback!]

Dorothy: “Then, when you said you were hiding something…”

Heartmann: “It was this.”

Saying that, Heartmann put on a saddened smile.

12.12

(Is he forcing himself to smile so I won’t feel sad…?)

(Or is it for himself…?)

Dorothy: “So that’s why you were trying to distance yourself from me?”

Heartmann: “Because I knew you’d find out about this eventually, and be hit hard when you did…”

Dorothy: “Why didn’t you talk to me about it?”

Heartmann: “I was so happy when you said you loved me that I…felt like you were mine.”

Heartmann: “I wanted you to stay my girlfriend.”

I knew all too well that he loved me…

…so I couldn’t blame him anymore.

Heartmann: “Dorothy, you have a place to go home to.”

Heartmann: “There are people waiting for you there.”

Heartmann: “I can’t take you away from them.”

His voice was so, so gentle.

Dorothy: “Heartmann…”

Heartmann: “I’ve got my duties as the King of Winkies, too.”

Heartmann: “After endless effort, Winkies is finally a land where people smile all the time.”

Heartmann: “I can’t throw them away…to go to Kansas with you.”

(And I can’t say I want Heartmann to come with me…)

Dorothy: “But I can’t believe we won’t see each other after my birthday…!”

Heartmann: “Even if we can’t see each other, my love for you will not change.”

12.13

Dorothy: “And I love you, Heartmann. That won’t change.”

Heartmann: “Yet…our fate will not change.”

Heartmann: “So…”

Dorothy: “So…?”

Heartmann: “I want to choose what I think is best for you.”

In his smiling eyes were hints of resignation and sadness.

Because of that gentle heart of his, he’d accepted fate for my sake.

But I…

(I can’t accept this, not yet… I don’t know what I should do…)

(If I go home, I won’t be able to come back to Oz…)

(And if I stay, I can’t go back to Kansas…)

(But even so, I just…I can’t make that decision.)

As Heartmann gazed into my eyes, I could see thin tears in his.

Heartmann: “…!”

He lowered his eyes, as if to hide them from me.

Heartmann: “I know you’re conflicted, but you can’t give up on Kansas.

His fingers on my hair slowly pulled away.

Heartmann: “So go back to Kansas.”

With that, Heartmann turned away and left the greenhouse.

I could neither call to him nor chase after him. All I could do was stand there, blank.

To Be Honest

Heartmann: “Say, this happened a while back…”

It all happened yesterday.

Heartmann: “Crowlie, Leonardo, have you seen Dorothy?”

Crowlie: “Heartmann! Where were you?!”

Leonardo: “Dorothy was looking for you!”

Heartmann: “Wait, really? Where’d she go?”

Leonardo: “Over that way… H-hey, wait!”

Heartmann: “Dorothy is looking for me! I’ve got to find her, fast!”

Heartmann: “But I can’t find her anywhere! This..this isn’t someone’s plot, is it?!”

Wesley: “If you’re looking for Dorothy, I know where she is.”

Heartmann: “Wesley…was it you who kidnapped Dorothy?!”

Wesley: “Wait, what?! Why would you think that?!”

Heartmann: “Give Dorothy back!”

Wesley: “Hey, quit it! Let go of me!”

Norton: “What is all this commotion?”

Heartmann: “Oh, Lord Norton! The Wizard of the West has captured Dorothy!”

Norton: “Dorothy? She went towards the balcony.”

Heartmann: “She did…?”

Wesley: “Tch… I was going to tell you too, but you had to go and get the wrong idea.”

Heartmann: “Sorry, Wesley.”

Wesley: “You don’t sound sorry at all! Come on, at least sound a bit guilty!”

Heartmann: “So when I dashed up to the balcony like there was no tomorrow, well, that’s when I found Dorothy sleeping on the bench.”

Chapter 13: True Love (12/12)

13.1

That night, as I worried alone, Leonardo and Crowlie came along.

Leonardo: “Dorothy? What’s the matter? You’re out here all alone.”

Crowlie: “You look like something awful happened.”

Dorothy: “Yeah, kind of…”

Leonardo: “Well, if you’ve got troubles, you can always talk to us about it.”

Crowlie: “That’s right. We’re friends.”

Worried about me, they sat in nearby chairs.

(It’ll just make them sad if I tell them about it…)

(But it would look really weird if I didn’t talk about anything…)

Crowlie: “What happened?”

Dorothy: “Well…just, hypothetically, what would you two do if you were never able to see each other again?”

Leonardo: “Huh. Never really thought about that before.”

Crowlie: “Actually, it’d probably be a load off my mind.”

Crowlie said with a bitter smile.

Leonardo: “Wait, what?! Is that what you think of our friendship?”

Crowlie: “Haha, I’m kidding, really. I’d be very, very sad.”

Leonardo: “True that…I mean, having you around feels like a fact of life.”

Crowlie: “Though since I live in the Emerald City and he lives in the grand old forest, it’s not like we’re always together.”

Crowlie: “But we can see each other whenever we want, really.”

Leonardo: “So really, there’s no worries. Heartmann’s the same way.”

13.2

Dorothy: “Yeah, I bet…”

(If you’re all in the same world, you can see each other, even if you’re far away…)

(But if you live in different worlds…)

Crowlie: “Now, that’s a strange question. Does it have something to do with your worries?”

Dorothy: “Well, not ex–”

Leonardo: “Don’t just hold it in all alone. Like, tomorrow’s your birthday, remember?”

(…!)

Crowlie: “He’s right. You shouldn’t turn 17 holding in your troubles like that.”

Leonardo: “Yeah! Deal with your 16 year old worries while you’re still 16.”

(Oh, what should I do…? Should I talk to them about it…?)

(I don’t want to sadden them, but…I don’t know what to say. I’ll have to talk to them.(Intimacy +7)

Dorothy: “This might just make you really sad, but…do you still want to hear it?”

Crowlie: “It’ll make us sad…?”

Leonardo: “Now that doesn’t sound too pleasant…”

Crowlie and Leonardo exchanged looks.

Crowlie: “But we can’t just leave you like this.”

Leonardo: “Seriously. Now we’ve GOT to hear it.”

Crowlie: “Dorothy, allow me to say this now.”

Dorothy: “What?”

Crowlie: “If we three put our heads together, there’s nothing we can’t solve.”

Leonardo: “Seriously. So believe in us and tell us what’s up!”

Dorothy: “Thanks, you two.”

13.3

Dorothy: “When my birthday’s over tomorrow, I might have to go back to Kansas.”

Leonardo: “I knew that… Lord Solomon said he’d let you go back, safe and sound.”

Crowlie: “I’ve heard the same. But you can just come back to the Land of Oz, right?”

Leonardo: “I’m thinking of visiting with everyone, too.”

(Looks like they don’t know about the Rainbow Bridge…)

Dorothy: “After my birthday, the Rainbow Bridge will disappear…”

Crowlie: “What?! It will…?!”

Leonardo: “Wait, what do you mean?! Nobody told me that!”

Dorothy: “After it disappears, the Rainbow Bridge won’t appear ever again…”

Crowlie: “Who said that?”

Dorothy: “Heartmann said he heard it from Norton.”

Leonardo: “Lord Norton said that?!”

Dorothy: “So if I go back to Kansas, I won’t be able to see anyone again.”

Crowlie: “It would…appear so…”

Leonardo: “That’s awful! I don’t want Dorothy to disappear on us forever!”

Dorothy: “I don’t want to, either…”

Leonardo: “Isn’t there anything we can do? A way to connect here and there?”

Dorothy: “I heard that not even Solomon could do anything…”

Crowlie: “That’s awful…!”

Leonardo: “What’s going on here…?!”

13.4

Leonardo miserably slammed the table.

Leonardo: “Wait, then…what’s going to happen with you and Heartmann, Dorothy?”

Crowlie: “If Dorothy goes back, they’ll never see each other again…”

Dorothy: “Yeah…”

Leonardo: “Seriously?! But, come on, they’re in love!”

Crowlie: “…”

Leonardo: “That’s crazy! Then why were they put together in the first place…? To tear ’em apart?!”

Crowlie: “So Heartmann knew that, since he heard it from Lord Solomon, right?”

Dorothy: “Yeah…”

Crowlie: “So that’s why he tried to distance himself from you, even if he had to lie…”

Leonardo: “What’re you talking about?”

Crowlie: “He wanted to send Dorothy back to Kansas with as little heartache as he could.”

Leonardo: “Oh, so that’s… Yeah. Sounds like something a nice guy like Heartmann would come up with.”

Crowlie: “So what did Heartmann say?”

Leonardo: “You talked with him, right?”

Dorothy: “He told me that I’ve got a place to go back to. To go back to Kansas…”

Crowlie: “…?!”

Leonardo: “He did?! What the heck is he thinking?!”

Dorothy: “Wait! Calm down, Leonardo…!”

Leonardo: “I can’t keep calm! How could I? If he loves you, he’s got to stop you from going!”

13.5

Dorothy: “It’s because he knows how much I love Kansas…”

Leonardo: “Guh…then, he should just go with you back to Kansas!”

Crowlie: “That can’t happen… Heartmann is the king of Winkies, remember?”

Leonardo: “So what?”

Crowlie: “Leonardo, do you think you can abandon everyone in the forest to go to Kansas?”

Leonardo: “W-Well…”

Crowlie: “Heartmann can’t abandon his people to go with her, either. He’s got responsibilities as king.”

Leonardo: “Dorothy, are you…all right with this?”

Dorothy: “I don’t know…if I go back to Kansas, I won’t be able to see Heartmann again…”

Dorothy: “And if I stay in Oz, I won’t be able to go back to Kansas ever again…”

Leonardo: “Isn’t there something we can do…?!”

Crowlie: “This, I’m afraid, we can do nothing about…”

(He’s right. There’s nothing to be done…)

A heavy air pressed down on us.

Leonardo: “I’m not having it! I don’t want Dorothy to go back to Kansas!”

(Leonardo…!)

Crowlie: “I don’t want her to go back, either!”

(Crowlie…!)

The two of them declared with utterly serious expressions.

13.6

I felt their desires so profoundly that I nearly felt like I could stay in Oz.

(If Heartmann asked me to stay like that, I probably would have without a second thought.)

I thought, disappointed.

Dorothy: “I wish that Heartmann…asked me to stay, too.”

The two gasped at my whisper.

Leonardo: “Of course he doesn’t want you to go!”

Crowlie: “Because he’s actually pretty stubborn. He has to be holding it in. I guarantee it.”

Leonardo: “Go and find out! Find out how he feels!”

(After my birthday tomorrow, I’ll probably end up going home…)

(I at least want to find out how he really feels…(Intimacy +7)

(And more than anything, I want to spend the time I have left with him!)

Dorothy: “All right, I’ll go see Heartmann and find out how he really feels!”

Leonardo: “Good idea. You should be able to figure it out if you see him.”

Crowlie: “Then you can decide whether to stay or go after that.”

Dorothy: “You’re right.”

13.7

Crowlie: “All right, hurry. There’s no time left.”

Dorothy: “Thanks!”

I hurried off to Heartmann’s room.

(I came all the way to Heartmann’s door, but…what should I do…?)

My heart was beating nervously.

(No, I’ve got to find out how he feels!)

After taking a deep breath, I knocked on his door.

Heartmann: “Yes? Who is it?”

Dorothy: “Um, it’s me…”

Heartmann: “Dorothy?! Hold on a minute, I’m opening up.”

The door opened and out came Heartmann, looking surprised.

Heartmann: “What brings you here at this hour…?”

Dorothy: “There’s something I really wanted to talk to you about… Can I come in?”

Heartmann: “Well, sure…come on in.”

Though initially surprised, Heartmann let me into his room with his usual smile.

(This is the first time I’ve been in his room…)

For that matter, it was my first time in a man’s room, too.

(Pretty nervous in here…)

It was a single room, just like mine, but it felt a lot calmer.

13.8

Heartmann: “Hm? Where’s Toto?”

Dorothy: “Oh, he’s sleeping in my room.”

Heartmann: “So that’s why you’re here alone, then. So, what happened?”

He peered into my face with that gentle smile of his, shaking my heart.”

(He’s telling me to go home, for my sake…)

(Even if I don’t ask how he feels and force it out…he’ll probably tell me if we’re together.)

(Though the time we have left together’s a little short…)

Dorothy: “I wanted to spend a little bit more time with you before my birthday tomorrow…”

Heartmann: “Oh… True. It’ll be your birthday once the sun’s up.”

Heartmann looked out the window. There was still some time until dawn.

He looked back at me and nodded with a smile.

Heartmann: “Sure. Let’s spend some time together.”

Dorothy: “Thank you.”

Heartmann: “Haha…I must say, though, I’m rather surprised you came to my room.”

Dorothy: “Well…”

Heartmann: “You’re surprisingly bold sometimes.”

Dorothy: “Don’t guys like that?”

Heartmann: “Oh, it’s not that at all. I really like seeing you acting like that.”

Dorothy: “Haha. Glad to hear it.”

Heartmann: “Oh, that’s right… Tomorrow’s your birthday. It’s a little early, but how about I give you a present?”

Dorothy: “A present?”

Heartmann: “Though, I don’t have anything prepared, so…how about this?”

Heartmann: “I’ll do whatever you want me to do tonight.”

13.9

Dorothy: “R-Really?”

Heartmann: “Really. So, what would you like?”

(I think that it’ll just hurt us both to keep talking like this…)

(In that case, I should probably make a memory we’ll never forget.)

Dorothy: “I’d like to sleep together, then.” (Intimacy +7)

Heartmann: “H-Huh…?!”

Dorothy: “No? Even though you said you’d do whatever I wanted?”

Heartmann: “Well, I said that, but…you know what it means to sleep together with a man, right?”

Dorothy: “Of course I know. I’m almost 17!”

13.10

Heartmann: “…All right. If that’s what you want, that’s what you’ll get.”

Dorothy: “Thanks.”

(I feel kinda…nervous…)

Heartmann: “Those clothes look pretty hard to sleep in.”

(Oh, I didn’t bring anything to sleep in…)

Heartmann: “You can wear anything in the closet.”

Dorothy: “Thanks. What about your armor, Heartmann?”

Heartmann: “I’ll take it off, of course. It’s not like I sleep in my armor.”

With that, Heartmann headed for the room next door.

Heartmann: “Is this the first time you’ll see me without my armor?”

Dorothy: “Yeah, it is.”

Heartmann: “Haha… Well, look forward to it.”

Heartmann went into the next room and closed the door.

(Ahhh! I’m really going to sleep in the same bed as Heartmann!)

This was what I wanted, but my heartbeat sped up like mad.

(Oh, that’s right, I’ve got to change!)

(Uh, what should I wear…?)

13.11

Love Choice

Premium: His Shirt (White) Charm Level:450 Price: 700 Coins

Normal: Rough Pajamas (White) Charm Level: 250 Price: 300 Coins/24000 Spinels

(This, maybe…?)

So I’d changed, but thinking that I was going to sleep with him kept me from keeping calm.

That’s when he came back from the other room.

Heartmann: “All right, I’m back.”

Heartmann with his armor off was far more muscular than I’d imagined.

Yet, he was still very slender.

(Wow, he looks…great!)

I couldn’t keep my eyes off the fresh new sight.

Heartmann: “Er…ah…”

(Huh…?)

Heartmann went a little red and turned his face away, but stole glances at me immediately after.

Dorothy: “Is something the matter?”

Heartmann: “No, it’s just…I didn’t think you’d wear that…”

Dorothy: “Oh, uh…does it look funny?”

Heartmann: “No, it’s not that, just…”

Dorothy: “Just…?”

Heartmann: “It makes me kind of…nervous…”

Dorothy: “H-Huh…”

(Ohhh… From a guy’s point of view, this kind of nightwear might seem kind of…forward. Daring.)

Heartmann: “It looks really good on you. I don’t want anyone else to see it, though.”

(Well, if he’s complimenting me that much, this was the right choice.)

Heartmann: “All right, come on over.”

Heartmann gently beckoned me to the bed.

Dorothy: “O-Okay…”

[Spoiler Warning!] Chapter 13 CG 1

I got into bed, blushing, and laid down next to him.

Heartmann: “Comfortable?”

Dorothy: “Yeah…”

(I was expecting a guy’s body to be more stiff, but…huh.)

He wasn’t wearing his armor, so I felt his warmth.

(Gah, my heart’s going wild…!)

Heartmann: “I know, this might be better.”

He let me put my head on his arm.

(Uh-oh…if he’s this close, he’s definitely going to hear my heart beating!)

Heartmann gently touched my hair.

(…!)

That was all it took to get me nervous.

Heartmann: “Is there anything you want me to do?”

(I want him to…kiss me, but if I do that, it’ll probably make me miss him even more…)

Dorothy: “Hold me…”

Heartmann: “Sure.”

He gently hugged me.

(He’s so gentle, so warm…)

(He feels so much warmer than he does when he’s wearing his armor…)

Heartmann: “I’ve been waiting so long for a day like this to come…”

Heartmann whispered in my ear.

Heartmann: “Back when we were traveling together, after you went back to Kansas, I realized…”

Heartmann: “…that to me, you were my princess.”

Dorothy: “A princess? Me?”

(Come to think of it, he did sometimes call me a princess…)

Heartmann: “I thought that we were…were fated to be…”

Heartmann: “…and you were the woman I should give all of my love to.”

[Spoiler Warning!] Chapter 13 CG 2

Dorothy: “Haha…that kind of brings me back.”

Heartmann: “I’d always wanted to see you again, so I kept on thinking about you.”

Dorothy: “Really?”

Heartmann: “Of course. So when I became a human and went to see you, I was just beside myself.”

Dorothy: “Did it let you down when you met the real thing?”

Heartmann: “Not at all. I was surprised at how much more beautiful you were than I’d expected.”

Dorothy: “Haha, that’s a relief to hear.”

Heartmann: “You’re so bright to look at, even now. I think you’ll always be that way.”

He held me tighter.

Heartmann: “So the fact that I can hold you like this, Dorothy, makes me feel like I’m in some sort of blissful dream.”

Dorothy: “I feel the same way, Heartmann. I’m so happy…”

I could feel his heartbeat, synchronizing with mine.

It had to be proof of our loves being on the same page.

Heartmann: “I feel like no matter how much I tell you I love you, I can’t fully express how I feel…”

Dorothy: “And I feel the same way. It’s probably because we love each other too much…”

Heartmann: “So, we feel that strongly… Human love sure is amazing.”

(It really is. Love like this…it can probably change the world…)

Heartmann’s fingers softly touched my cheeks.

Heartmann: “Your cheeks are really soft. I can’t tell when I’m wearing armor…”

Dorothy: “Heartmann, your fingers are really warm…and so gentle. They feel great…”

His voice and breathing were so comforting that by the time I noticed, my tension was gone.

Heartmann: “I’m really glad I was able to turn into a human. Couldn’t do this if I was made of tin.”

Dorothy: “Even if you’re made of tin, Heartmann, you’re still you.”

Heartmann: “You said that before, too.”

Dorothy: “This warmth you’ve got, Heartmann…it’s the warmth of your gentle heart.”

Dorothy: “Even humans are cold if they’ve got no heart.”

Heartmann: “Then you’ve got a gentle heart too, Dorothy.”

Dorothy: “Me?”

Heartmann: “I can feel your warmth now, too.”

Dorothy: “Heartmann…”

His comforting voice and gentle warmth made me feel sleepier and sleepier.

Dorothy: “Are you happy right now?”

Heartmann: “Very much so. You, Dorothy?”

Dorothy: I”m really happy.”

(Because you love me, and I love you…)

(I love you, Heartmann…and I always will.)

13.12

As I dozed off, I heard Heartmann whisper.

Heartmann: “Haha..are you sleepy, princess?”

Heartmann peered into my face.

Dorothy: “A little bit…since staying like this feels really nice.”

Heartmann: “You don’t need to push yourself. You can sleep if you want.”

I really was sleeping, but I still wanted to enjoy this sweet mood.

Dorothy: “I feel like it’d be a bit of a waste to fall asleep…”

Heartmann: “Don’t worry, you can sleep. I’ll be right here next to you the whole time.”

Dorothy: “Really?”

Heartmann: “I promise.”

Dorothy: “Thank you, Heartmann.”

My eyelids went up and down, up and down.

As I nodded of in bliss, Heartmann’s comforting voice continued.

Heartmann: “I will love you and you alone as long as I live…”

He gently kissed my forehead.

(Am I dreaming already…?)

The syrupy pleasure in my mind made it hard to tell dream from reality.

Then I drifted on off into blissful slumber.

Unexpected Side of Heartmann

Oz: “Leonardo: the card you drew is the Ace of Hearts.”

Leonardo: “Whoa, you guessed right!”

Heartmann: “Nicely done, Great Oz! How did you know?”

Crowlie: “Wow…! I have no idea how you did that!”

Oz; “Hahaha! Come on, lay on the praise some more!”

Wesley: “Tch…you really going to get all excited over that? It was just a trick. It wasn’t magic.”

Leonardo: “Really?! Well, if it isn’t magic, then maybe I can do it, too!”

Heartmann: “True, Leonardo’s right.”

Crowlie: “Oz, please teach us that trick!”

Oz: “Sure, just for you guys.”

Oz: “So, got it memorized? Go ahead, give it a shot.”

Leonardo: “Aahh! I dropped the card!”

Wesley: “Haha! What a clumsy lion!”

Crowlie: “Er…this deck of cards is red even numbers, so…”

Oz: “Tch. Typical. Your smarts are all book and no street. Can’t you do this more subtly? Your trick’s obvious for all t’see…”

Heartmann: “All right, here we go… Great Oz, please draw a card.”

Oz: “All right. What did I draw?”

Heartmann: “The Queen of Spades.”

Oz: “You got it! You’re pretty skillful.”

Heartmann: “Oh, this was simple enough, Heh heh…”

Oz: “So, how about joining with me and becoming a magician?”

Heartmann: “I’m afraid I can’t abdicate my royal duties to become a performer.”

Oz: “Heh, that abdication’s exactly what I chose.”

Chapter 14: My Big Day (13/13)

14.1

I woke up, my consciousness hazy.

(Mmm… Oh, that’s right, I…fell asleep…)

When I opened my eyes, rays of sunlight were already peeking in from the window.

(Morning already…?)

I heard, faintly, the sound of metal rubbing against metal.

(I hear armor…)

A delightful sound I’d grown accustomed to hearing.

I could see Heartmann’s frame in my drowsy line of vision.

Dorothy: “Heartmann…”

Already in his armor, Heartmann looked at me and smiled.

Heartmann: “Good morning, Dorothy.”

Dorothy: “Hey. It’s morning already?”

Heartmann: “Yeah. Happy birthday.”

With that, Heartmann gently touched my hair.

(Oh…my birthday, huh… So now I’m 17…)

Dorothy: “Heartmann, do you always wake up early?”

I asked him without getting out of bed.

Heartmann: “Today’s special.”

Dorothy: “Why?”

14.2

Heartmann: “Because of you, Dorothy.”

(Because of me? D-Did I do something while I was sleeping?)

Heartmann: “You probably don’t remember…”

Heartmann peered into my face with a devilish grin.

(Wait, what did i do…?)

Dorothy: “Was I…talking in my sleep?” (Intimacy +7)

Heartmann: “Yeah, that’s what woke me up.”

(R-Really? Oh, how embarrassing…I hope I didn’t say anything weird.)

Dorothy: “Er…what did I say?”

Heartmann: “You were calling my name. Over and over.”

(Huh? Heartmann’s name?)

Dorothy: “Oh, sorry…”

Heartmann: “Haha, it’s nothing to apologize for. I was really happy.”

Dorothy: “Why?”

Heartmann: “Well, you were thinking of me even in your sleep. It really put a smile on my face.”

Heartmann: “There’s nothing that’d make me happier.”

Heartmann: “So how long does the princess plan on sleeping?”

Dorothy: “I want to lie down for a little longer.”

Heartmann: “Why?”

14.3

Dorothy: “I feel like if I get up, time will speed up…”

This was probably the last day I’d get to be in Oz.

I barely had any time left.

Heartmann: “Are you going to spend your last day in bed?”

Dorothy: “W-Well…”

Heartmann: “I think that’d be a bit of a waste. I mean, because it’s your last day, I want you to enjoy yourself.”

Dorothy: “Enjoy myself?”

Heartmann: “Because I want you to go home with some fun memories.”

(Heartmann’s right. I don’t want my last day to end sadly…)

(So I’ll spend today with a smile!)

(But since it’s just the two of us right now…I think I’ll have a little fun with him.)

Dorothy: “Hey, Heartmann…there’s something I want you to do.”

Heartmann: “Oh? What’s that?”

Dorothy: “Could you….”

Dorothy: “…kiss me?” (Intimacy +7)

Heartmann: “You want me to kiss you?”

Dorothy: “I think that if you do, I’ll be able to get out of bed.”

Heartmann: “Haha…that’s the first I’ve heard something like that. So, where should I kiss you?”

Dorothy: “Where you want to, Heartmann.”

I nervously let out my answer, and Heartmann drew his face closer to mine.

Heartmann: “Then how about right here…”

Right when I thought our lips would touch, he slipped his face up and kissed my forehead.

14.4

The soft sensation of his lips on my forehead wrapped me in a mix of joy and embarrassment.

(I’m a little disappointed he didn’t go for my lips, but…sweet little mornings like this are nice, too!)

Heartmann: “Was that sufficient to get you out of bed, princess?”

Dorothy: “Haha…sure, I’ll get up.”

I pulled myself up and slipped out of bed.

(Huh? Something seems different from usual…)

That’s when I remembered that whenever I got out of bed, Toto would rub against my legs.

Dorothy: “Ah! I forgot Toto!”

Heartmann: “He’s in your room, right?”

Dorothy: “Yeah! And he must be so lonely!”

Heartmann: “True. He’s been with you the whole time since you got into Oz.”

Heartmann: “You should probably hurry and go get him.”

Dorothy: “I will! Heartmann, come with?”

When I tried to hurry out of the room, Heartmann called me to stop.

Heartmann: “Dorothy, you’re going out dressed like that?”

Dorothy: “Huh…?”

I was still wearing Heartmann’s big shirt.

Dorothy: “I-I’ve got to change!”

14.5

Heartmann: I’ll be waiting outside.”

With that, Heartmann headed out of the room first.

I hurriedly started changing.

Toto: “Huff!”

I’d changed and gone back to my room with Heartmann to find Toto in a rather sour mood.

Dorothy: “I’m sorry, Toto! I’ll give you something really nice to eat later, so forgive me?

Heartmann: “Today’s Dorothy’s birthday party, so there’s going to be lots of great food.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Toto quickly sank bank into a good mood.

Crowlie: “Good morning, Dorothy!”

That’s when Crowlie showed up.

Dorothy: “Oh, Crowlie, good morning!”

Heartmann: “Good morning. Woke up early too, huh?”

Crowlie: “You’re with Heartmann?”

Crowlie looked a little surprised.

Heartmann: “Is it strange that I”m with Dorothy?”

Crowlie: “No, but…I heard it all from Dorothy, so…”

Heartmann: “Oh, about not being able to see Dorothy if she goes back… Thanks for your concern, Crowlie.”

Dorothy: “Today’s my last day, so I’ve decided to enjoy it.”

Crowlie: “Oh…understood. Oh, take this!”

Crowlie held out a beautiful flower.

14.6

Crowlie: “Happy birthday.”

Dorothy: “It’s so beautiful! Thanks!”

And that’s when Leonardo came running.

Leonardo: “Happy birthday! Dorothy, I love you!”

Leonardo held out a large bouquet in both hands.

Heartmann: “Whoa! Where’d you get all these flowers…?!”

Crowlie: “Just how many vases is she going to need…?”

Leonardo: “Wait, what’re you guys doing here?!”

Surprised at Heartmann and Crowlie’s presence, Leonardo lost balance.

Leonardo: “Whoa, whoa…ahhh!”

He dramatically fell over, sending all the flowers he’d brought throughout the room.

Leonardo: “Ouch…”

Dorothy: “Leonardo, are…are you all right…?”

Heartmann: “There are flowers all over the room…”

Leonardo: “Aww, my flowers…”

Crwolie: It won’t be easy cleaning all this up…”

Leonardo: “I really didn’t expect you two to be here…sorry.”

Oz: “Whoa, why’re there flowers everywhere?!”

Oz came around next, who took one look at the mass of flowers and gasped in shock.

14.7

Dorothy: “Oh, Oz! Don’t mind the flowers, ahahaha….”

Heartmann: “Have you brought a present as well, Oz?”

Heartmann asked, seeing the flower Oz had in his hand.

Oz: “I headed to the flower garden, thinking I’d get Dorothy a present, but all the flowers were gone…except this one.”

Crowlie: “All of the flowers were…gone…?”

Everyone looked at Leonardo.

Leonardo: “Wh-Why’re you all looking at me…?”

Heartmann: “Did you pick all the flowers?!”

Oz: “It was YOU?”

Leonardo: “They weren’t even enough to express how deeply I feel for Dorothy!”

Crowlie: “You can’t be serious!”

Oz; “Solomon’s going to have a field day with you!”

Leonardo: “But, come on…”

Dorothy: “I appreciate the gesture. I’ll go apologize with you later.”

Leonardo: “Really? Oh, you’re so nice Dorothy!”

Wesley: “It’s an emergency!”

Wesley came running in a panic.

Wesley: “The garden’s turned into ta total wasteland! Some kind of unnatural disaster’s raging through the place!”

Heartmann: “Er, actually…”

14.8

Oz: “Lions are pretty natural.”

Leonardo: “Er, sorry, ahaha…”

Wesley: “Huh…?”

Seeing the room buried in flowers, Wesley stared open-mouthed.

Dorothy: “Did you go to pick a flower for me too, Wesley?”

Crowlie: “As you can see, she’s got quite an abundance of them.”

Wesley: “R-Ridiculous…why would I go flower picking?”

Dorothy: “Thanks for thinking of me, Wesley.”

Wesley: “I told you you’re wrong!”

Leonardo: “Come on, be honest.”

Wesley: “Don’t order me around! And don’t ruin the garden while you’re at it!”

Leonardo: “Gee, I’m so very super impossibly sorry!”

Wesley: “You call that an apology?!”

Dorothy: “Come on, guys, don’t fight. It’s my birthday.”

Heartmann: “So what are we going to do with all of these flowers? They’ll end up withering if we leave them here.”

Oz: “Wesley, this is a job for you. Can’t you do something with your magic?”

Wesley: “Tch. But only because it’s a special day today!”

Wesley waved his hands like a conductor, causing the mass of flowers to disappear, leaving only a few in the vase atop my table.

Wesley: “That to your liking?”

Dorothy: “Thanks, Wesley! That was a wonderful present!”

14.9

Wesley: “Don’t sweat it, it wasn’t that big a deal…”

Wesley looked away, his face a little red.

Heartmann: “Looks like the gang’s all here. So, what’ll we do now?”

Dorothy: “Since we’re all here, I kind of want us all to do something.”

Dorothy: “I know, how about a tea party?” (Intimacy +7)

Heartmann: “Come to think of it, we’ve never all gotten together to have tea.”

Oz; “Don’t we all get together to have our meals every day?”

Crowlie: “Well, Lords Solomon and Norton are always around during meal time.”

Leonardo: “So, Dorothy and the romantic candidates, huh…sounds nice. I’m for it!”

Dorothy: “I want to see your magic tricks too, Oz.”

Oz: “Now that’s what I like to hear! I’ll show you some of my best tricks, then.”

Heartmann: “The Wizard of the West will join us too, right?”

Wesley: “Not too interesting, but…sure, why not.”

Everyone nodded in agreement.

Dorothy: “Then it’s settled!”

Crowlie: “Where’ll we have the party?”

Heartmann: “How about the dining hall? There’s no reason to get all fancy about it.”

Dorothy: “True. The place isn’t as important as having everyone together.”

Oz; “That’s pretty mature to say, little miss.”

Dorothy: “Haha… Well, I’m 17 now.”

14.10

Leonardo: “Speaking of which…Wizard of the West, how old are you?”

Wesley: “Don’t ask my age!”

Leonardo: “Why not?!”

Dorothy: “Is it a secret?”

Crowlie: “A man of unknown age…suspicious. Really suspicious.”

Heartmann: “Let’s just hear about that at the tea party.”

Wesley: “Could we just drop it and go to the dining hall already?!”

Everyone headed to the dining hall together.

(I think everyone’s just being nice to me…)

(And since I’ve only got a little bit of time left, I’ve got to decide what I’m going to do myself.)

(It’s my life, after all…!)

Heartmann: “Let’s go, Dorothy.”

Dorothy: “All right! Come along,Toto.”

Toto: “Woof!”

With that, everyone enjoyed our tea party greatly.

Time marched on, bringing night upon us at last.

My fated birthday party was finally about to begin.

Norton: “Well, everyone has assembled.”

Solomon: “Dorothy, you’re 17 today. Happy birthday.”

Solomon smiled as he congratulated me.

Dorothy: “Thanks, Solomon.”

Solomon: “Allow me to give you a small birthday present.”

Dorothy: “R-Really?”

Solomon: “You can choose any dress you’d like from the wardrobe.”

Dorothy: “Oh, thank you!”

14.11

Heartmann: “That’s great, Dorothy!”

Norton: “Lord Solomon, it’s about time…”

Solomon: “That’s right. Everyone, do listen!”

Everyone turned their eyes to Solomon.

Solomon: “It’s about time for the party. Everyone, do head to the dance hall.”

Heartmann: “So, it’s finally time…!”

Solomon: “Dorothy, could you change into your dress?”

Dorothy: “All right.”

Crowlie: “I’m looking forward to seeing you in your dress.”

Leonardo: “Pick one that’ll make you really beautiful. We’re looking forward to it!”

Heartmann: “Well, we’ll be waiting in the dance hall.”

Norton: “Let us be off to the wardrobe.”

With Toto at my side, I headed for the wardrobe.

Dorothy: “Wow, look at this place!”

Toto: “Woof!”

I went into the wardrobe to see all sorts of dresses hunt up, completely different from last time.

Dorothy: “There are so many beautiful dresses! Oh, I don’t know which to pick!”

Maid: “I’ve heard that Lord Heartmann is rather fond of ladylike, modest dresses.”

Dorothy: “A ladylike, modest dress, huh? Hm, which should I pick…”

14.12

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Changed into my dress, I headed for the dance hall.

(It’s finally time for my birthday party, huh. These are my last moments here, so I’ve got to smile!)

Dorothy: “Let’s go, Toto.”

Toto: “Woof!”

I took a deep breath in front of the dance hall, then opened the door.

Dorothy: “Here I am, everyone.”

Heartmann: “Dorothy, that’s a wonderful dress! It looks amazing on you!”

Dorothy: “Oh, thank you.”

Crowlie: “Dorothy, take a look at how many people are here for the party!”

Leonardo: “Isn’t this a great view! I’m pretty surprised, myself!”

There were far more people in the dance hall than there were for the ball.

Dorothy: “Wow!”

Oz: “They’ve come from all over the country, I hear.”

Wesley: “Hah! Guess they had nothing better to do.”

Fanfare sounded through the room. Solomon floated into the air, and all eyes went on him.

Solomon: “Thank you for gathering here today to celebrate Dorothy’s birthday.”

Solomon: “Today, Dorothy turned 17. Happy birthday, Dorothy!”

Leonardo: “Happy birthday!”

Crowlie: “Happy birthday!”

Heartmann: “Happy birthday, Dorothy!”

Everyone all wished me happy birthday at once.

Dorothy: “Thank you, everyone! Thank you, land of Oz!”

At my thanks, the hall erupted in cheers.

Solomon: “Let the party begin!”

The band began to play, and the guests all began to dance.

Crowlie: “Dorothy, would you dance with me?”

Crowlie took a step forward and held out his hand.

Leonardo: “Hold on! You’ll dance with me this time, won’t you?”

Leonardo also stepped forward and offered up his hand.

Oz: “Out of the way, you two. Dorothy, would you dance with me?”

Wesley: “I wouldn’t mind dancing with you tonight!”

Dorothy: “You guys…”

I was full of gratitude, but I didn’t take anyone’s hand.

(Because I decided from the start who I would dance with…)

However, I couldn’t see him.

He was hidden behind everyone.

(Why won’t he ask me?)

I started to worry.

(Is it just…painful for him to break up with me?)

But right then.

Heartmann: “Mind clearing the way, guys?”

Everyone stepped to the left and right, allowing Heartmann to step forward.

(Heartmann…!)

The moment I saw him, my worries faded away.

Heartmann: “May I have this dance?”

With that, Heartmann held out his hand.

Dorothy: “There’s no one else I would rather dance with.”

I joyfully took his hand.

Leonardo: “Knew this would happen…”

Crowlie: “Hah, I figured.”

Though they sounded disappointed, Crowlie and Leonardo looked positively relieved.

Oz: “Well, if it’s come to this…Wesley? Want to dance?”

Wesley: “Don’t ask me that!”

I quietly whispered to Heartmann.

Dorothy: “I was a little worried you wouldn’t dance with me.”

Heartmann: “I felt like teasing you a little.”

He said with a light chuckle.

Heartmann: “Now…”

With Heartmann gently leading, we started to dance.

Dorothy: “Just like back at the ball.”

Heartmann: “It only happened a few days ago, but it feels so nostalgically far off.”

Smiling gently all the way, Heartmann led my steps.

Heartmann: “You remember the steps?”

Dorothy: “Haha…of course I do.”

Heartmann: “It’s because I’m a good teacher, isn’t it?”

Dorothy: “I’ll let you think that, sure.”

Heartmann: “Then we’ve got to show the fruits of our labor to everyone.”

We danced gracefully, swaying to the center of the hall.

All the guests’ eyes fell to us.

Dorothy: “Everyone’s looking at us.”

Heartmann: “Of course. It’s because you’re so beautiful.”

He led my steps with a gentle smile.

Heartmann: “Feeling nervous with all those eyes on you?”

Dorothy: “Of course not. Not when I’m gazing in your eyes like this…”

We gazed into each other’s eyes as we danced, not paying anyone any mind.

(We’ve really been through a lot…all unforgettable memories.)

Dorothy: “These past few days really went by quickly.”

Heartmann: “They sure did.”

Dorothy: “I’m really glad I picked you to be my partner…and that we fell in love like this.”

Heartmann: “I’m really glad we fell in love, too.”

We gazed at each other, smiling.

(He doesn’t know my answer yet…)

(He’s got to be nervous, but he’s still smiling at me like this…)

How painful could that be…?

(And that’s going to end soon…)

The moment of truth was already right in front of me.

(I just wish time would stop like this…)

Yet, my dreamlike time was ending, one second at a time.

Right when the music was about to stop, bringing our dance to an end…

[Spoiler Warning!] Chapter 14 CG

Heartmann got down on one knee before me.

Heartmann: “…”

(Wait…wh-what are you doing?!)

The guests started to whisper among themselves.

Leonardo: “Just what’s Heartmann doing?!”

Crowlie: “Shh! Quiet…!”

With his knee bent, Heartmann slowly looked up to me.

Heartmann: “…”

His eyes pierced through mine and I couldn’t move.

Heartmann: “I vow unmoving love to you, Dorothy.”

With that declaration, Heartmann lightly took my hand and kissed it.

(Heartmann…!)

My chest grew hot, and tears dripped from my eyes and down my cheeks.

That’s when i knew how determined Heartmann was.

(Oh, thank you, Heartmann!)

Clamor revisited the hall, then turned into loud cheers and applause.

Leonardo: “Look at him, putting on a show! Hahaha!”

Crowlie: “Like a princess and her knight. His armor looks like it’s shining…”

Oz; “Heh, he’s quite the actor. Looks like taking his time before dancing with her was part of the show…”

Wesley: “Tch. Obnoxious. Not a half bad sight to see, though.”

Heartmann stood up and gently put his arms around my shoulders.

Dorothy: “Don’t surprise me like that. It’s all really…embarrassing…”

Heartmann: “Haha, I’m pretty nervous myself.”

We smiled at each other, sharing a gaze.

14.13

Quiet music began to play, and the guests all started to enjoy conversation.

Crowlie and the others ran up to us.

Crowlie: “That was wonderful!”

Leonardo: “That was seriously moving!”

Dorothy: “Thanks!”

Heartmann: “H-Hey, you’re making me blush…”

Oz: “You put on way too much of a show, Heartmann. Didn’t look half bad out there, though. Really gentlemanly.”

Wesley: “That was pretty obnoxious, but…since today’s a special day, I’ll forgive you for it.”

Heartmann: “Thanks, you guys!”

Crowlie: “Well, it’s just about time…the party’s about to end.”

Dorothy: “…”

Heartmann: “Dorothy…”

He looked at me, worried.

I felt his affection so much that it hurt.

Behind him, I saw Solomon approaching.

(It’s finally time…!)

The moment of fate was upon me.

Boys Talk Between Two Unchosen Ones

Crowlie: “The moment of destiny is upon us…!”

Leonardo: “I hope Heartmann and Dorothy live happily ever after!”

Crowlie: “I do too, but…”

Leonardo: “What? You look like you want to say something.”

Crowlie: “Well, it’s not like saying this will change much, but…”

Crowlie: “Sometimes, I think…about what it would be like if Dorothy had chosen me, instead…”

Leonardo: “Guh…yeah, I heart that. I mean, I love Dorothy too.”

Crowlie: “So purely hypothetically, of course, what would you do if Dorothy had picked you?”

Leonardo: “Well, there’s only one thing to do. Go on a date in the grand old forest!”

Crowlie: “A date in the forest…!”

Leonardo: “The forest at night’s got a real mystical feel. WE’d stare up at the stars together.”

Crowlie: “If she had chosen me as her boyfriend, I would tell her all about my secret plans!”

Leonardo: “Your…secret plans?”

Crowlie: “I’m planning on making something special in the Emerald Castle, and…”

Crowlie: “…whoops! The rest is a secret.”

Leonardo: “Looks like we’ve both put a lot of thought into this, then.”

Crowlie: “Oh, I wish Dorothy had chosen me!”

Leonardo: “Me too! Gah, Dorothy, I love you!”

TRUE ENDING (17/17)

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Solomon and the others came towards us.

Solomon: “Is everyone ready?”

(Looks like it’s finally time…)

Heartmann: “…!”

Everyone locked their eyes on Solomon.

Solomon: “It is time to begin the final ritual.”

Dorothy: “The final ritual…?”

Solomon: “Will you kiss the man you love and stay in Oz?”

Solomon: “Or will you forgo the kiss and go back to Kansas?”

Dorothy: “And that’s my choice, right?”

Solomon stared at me and nodded.

Heartmann: “Did you have her choose a boyfriend for this ritual?”

Heartmann asked Solomon.

Solomon: “That is correct. And you, Heartmann, were chosen.”

Dorothy: “What’s the ritual for?”

Crowlie: “I recall reading something about this in an ancient text…”

Leonardo: “Come to think of it, there’s a really big library in Emerald City, right? What did the book say?”

Dorothy: “I want to know too.”

Crowlie: “I remember it being an ancient prophecy, but…I can’t remember it too well.”

Oz: “The one I heard was that whoever kissed Dorothy when she turned 17 years old would be granted great power…”

Heartmann: “So that’s why you were in the running, Oz?”

Oz: “It was a pretty appealing proposition.”

Wesley: “I heard the same thing. This farce wouldn’t be worth my time otherwise.”

Crowlie: “Oh…”

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Leonardo: “We just really like Dorothy. I know I don’t care about this ‘power’ stuff!”

Crowlie: “Though, this does seem strange… I can’t quite recall anything about great power in the old book…”

Oz: “Really?!”

Wesley: “What, what do you mean?”

Wesley glared at Solomon and Norton.

Solomon: “The great power, I’m afraid, was a lie.”

Wesley: “What?!”

Solomon: “However, it is true that Dorothy is the chosen one.”

(M-Me?!)

Heartmann: “Please, tell us the truth!”

Dorothy: “I want to hear this, too.”

Everyone paid close attention to Solomon.

Solomon: “Very well, then. I’ll tell you the truth.”

Solomon smiled and started to speak of the ancient prophecy.

Solomon: “When the chosen one turns 17 and kisses her beloved, a new world will be born.”

(What…?!)

Solomon: “Meaning that if Dorothy kisses Heartmann, that will bring forth a new world.”

Heartmann: “A new world…?!”

Oz: “That’s totally different from what I heard…!”

Wesley: “Tch! You lied to us!”

Solomon: “To get you and the Great Oz to join, of course.”

Heartmann: “Did you really need to do that? And just what kind of new world is this?”

Dorothy: “You know what it’ll be, right Solomon?”

Solomon: “The Land of Oz will be reborn.”

Norton: “…”

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Heartmann: “The Land of Oz will be…reborn…?!”

Crowlie: “How will it be reborn?”

Leonardo: “Wait, Oz isn’t going to disappear, is it?”

Solomon: “It might. I’ve never seen something like this, so I can’t say anything for sure.”

Heartmann: “Wait, what…?!”

Crowlie: “Oz will…disappear…?!”

Leonardo: “Seriously?!”

Norton: “…”

Dorothy: “Wait a minute, Solomon!”

Dorothy: “My kiss is going to decide something that big?!”

Solomon: “If we believe the prophecy, then yes, it will.”

Heartmann: “Is that why you called Dorothy here?”

Solomon: “Yes, it was.”

Heartmann: “That’s terrible! That’s awful to her!”

Heartmann objected with a firm tone.

(Heartmann…)

Heartmann: “Giving her the choice to leave or stay…that was hard enough for her, but now…”

Heartmann: “Now you want to burden her with the fate of this world…?!”

Heartmann: “If I knew this would happen, I wouldn’t have gone to get her!”

Norton: “Heartmann, stand down! Watch your mouth in the presence of Lord Solomon!”

Crowlie: “I feel the same way. This is madness!”

Crowlie: “We just wanted to celebrate Dorothy’s 17th birthday…”

Oz: “Tch…so this is what it was all about.”

Wesley: “Hah! What a farce. So you’re gonna see this ritual thing through?”

Oz: “What’ll you do, Dorothy? Go on with it? Or back out?”

4

(What will happen if I don’t go along with the ritual?)

Will I just live as I did up until yesterday?

(No, that won’t happen…!)

Dorothy: “I’ll still have to go back to Kansas before the Rainbow Bridge disappears.”

Heartmann: “You’re right…”

Crowlie: “But if you leave, we won’t see you ever again…”

Leonardo: “What should we do? C’mon, someone tell us!”

Oz: “It’s simple. Dorothy has to make the decision–stay or go.”

Oz: “I mean, but now, who cares about this ‘new world’ stuff?”

Wesley: “Oz is right. We can’t believe that fishy prophecy.”

(When all’s said and done, I need to make this decision…)

Heartmann: “Dorothy…”

Everyone’s eyes converged on me.

Solomon: “We don’t have much time left. Dorothy, your decision…”

(All that’s left is for me to make my decision…)

I started at Heartmann, hiding my resolution.

Dorothy: “…”

I took a deep breath.

(My answer is…)

Dorothy: “I’m staying in Oz…!”

Heartmann: “…!”

Everyone gasped at my resolution.

5

Solomon: “So, you’ll choose your love for Heartmann?”

Dorothy: “I am, because I love him. That’s why I’m going to live with him in Oz.”

Heartmann: “Hey, Dorothy, listen…!”

Dorothy: “Yes?”

Heartmann: “You really shouldn’t throw away the world you’ve lived in and the people you’ve loved like that.”

Heartmann: “So…”

I kissed him on the lips, interrupting him.

Heartmann: “!”

Our lips came together, wrapping my body in that sweet, floaty feeling again.

(I wonder if he can feel how much my heart is beating…)

The stiff tension on his lips gradually disappeared.

He gently put his arms around my back and held me tight.

And when our love became one, in that moment, I felt as though time had stopped.

Heartmann: “…!”

Realizing where he was, Heartmann softly pushed me back.

Heartmann: “Dorothy, did you just…?!”

Dorothy: “I weighed my hometown and my family against you, Heartmann, but even so…”

Dorothy: “…I chose to be with you.”

Heartmann: “Dorothy, you…”

As he gazed into my eyes…his words vanished.

(My resolution isn’t changing…!)

Feeling my resolution, Heartmann graced me with a resigned look.

Heartmann: “Well, you’ve made up your mind…”

Dorothy: “Yeah, I’d already decided to stay in this world.”

6

Heartmann: “You’ll stay with me?”

He asked, still looking worried.

I answered with a smile.

Dorothy: “Of course. I’ll always be with you.”

Heartmann: “Dorothy…!”

His regular smiled had returned.

Heartmann: “Thank you…!”

Heartmann held me tight.

Heartmann: “I won’t let you go anymore!”

Leonardo: “So, er…this means that Dorothy’s staying in Oz, right?”

Crowlie: “That’s right, Leonardo!”

Leonardo: “SWEET! Now we’ll always be together!”

Crowlie: “Oh, thank goodness!”

Leonardo and Crowlie started to dance in joy.

Heartmann: “Haha… I’m so happy I can’t help but cry. Is that something men shouldn’t do…?”

I softly took the handkerchief Heartmann pulled out.

Dorothy: “I think you’re a great man, Heartmann…and tears suit you, too.”

I wiped his tears with the handkerchief.

Oz: “Hey, hold on a second! Dorothy, are you seriously going to stay here?”

Dorothy: “Yes, I’m serious.”

Oz: “You’ll never be able to go back to Kansas, y’know? What are you going to do about your aunt? Your uncle?”

Dorothy: “Well, Oz, you’re going to go back, right? I’ll write a letter, so can you send it to them?”

Oz: “What do I look like, a mailman?”

Dorothy: “Please? I’m sure they’ll understand. I mean, I’ve got happiness waiting for me right here!”

Oz: “…Sheesh.”

7

Oz let out an exasperated sigh.

Oz: “Turned into an adult the minute you hit 17, huh.”

Wesley: “Tch…so this royal pain’s gonna stay behind, huh.”

Wesley, however, looked pretty pleased.

Dorothy: “Looking forward to sharing a world with you, Wesley.”

Wesley: “Heh. I guess it might not possibly be terrible to share a world with you, either.”

Heartmann: “Come on, just smile if you’re happy.”

Wesley: “Don’t order me around!”

Solomon floated over to me.

Solomon: “So, Dorothy, you’re fine with this?”

Dorothy: “Right. I’ve made my decision. This land may be something right out of a dream, but the love I have for him and the love he has for me…”

Dorothy: “…that’s all real.”

Solomon: “I see. And you’ll believe in that true love, then?”

Dorothy: “I decided to stay in Oz because I can believe in it.”

Solomon: “Very well. I’ll believe in your love, as well.”

Norton: “…!”

Wesley: “You look a little disappointed, Norton.”

Norton: “N-Not at all…”

Leonardo: “Well, hey, let’s continue the party!”

Crowlie: “Let’s celebrate Dorothy staying in Oz!”

Wesley: “I hear that!”

Oz: “Hey, guys, I’m going back to Kansas…”

Crowlie: “Huh? You’re still here?”

Oz: “Why, you…!”

Toto: “Woof, woof!”

Suddenly, Toto let out a nervous bark.

Dorothy: “Toto, what’s wrong?”

Solomon: “It looks like we won’t be able to continue the party…”

(Huh…?)

8

My feet started to tremble.

(…I’m shaking?)

I felt the shake intensify more and more.

Heartmann: “What’s going on…?”

Heartmann looked up at the ceiling.

Dorothy: “An earthquake…?”

I looked up at the ceiling as well to see the large chandelier shaking fiercely and loudly.

Heartmann: “It’s an earthquake!”

Leonardo: “And a big one, at that…!”

The tremors got stronger and stronger.

Crowlie: “Brace yourselves, everyone!”

The people started to panic.

Dorothy:” Is this an earthquake…?”

Heartmann: “Don’t worry…I’m with you!”

Heartmann put a strong arm around my shoulder.

However, he couldn’t hide his nervousness from my sight.

The dance hall itself started to shake as the ground creaked and groaned.

Norton: “Could this be…?!”

Norton looked to Solomon with eyes of worry.

Surprisingly, Solomon was the only calm one in the hall, and whispered as if in anticipation.

Solomon: The prophecy has come true…!”

(The prophecy?)

All of the windows flew open at once, and a raging gale poured in.

An avalanche of people scrambled from the dance hall towards the door.

Crowlie: “This isn’t just any earthquake. Look at that!”

9

The walls and ceilings of the dance hall started to warp and contort, like they were made of candy.

Oz: “The space of the room is bending…?!”

Wesley: “Whoa, we gotta get outta here!”

Heartmann: “Dorothy, let’s go!”

Heartmann took my hand and started running.

Dorothy: “Where are you going?”

I ran behind him, holding onto his hand.

Heartmann: “Outside!”

Crowlie: “We have to hurry!”

I looked back to see the room getting more and more distorted.

Leonardo: “The exit is overrun with people. Everyone, over here!”

Leonardo headed for the servants’ door.

And we ran after him.

(Just what’s going on here…?!)

After getting out of the dance hall, we ran through the great hall.

Leonardo: “We can get outside by passing through here!”

Crowlie: “Is the whole castle going to get swallowed up like this?”

There was a large door deep inside the great hall.

Leonardo: “It’s just through this door…!”

Leonardo and the others tried to open it.

Crowlie: “Now this is one heavy door…!”

Heartmann: “I’ll help!”

Leonardo: “Come on, OPEN!”

Throwing all their strength into it, they desperately tried to get the door open.

10

Oz: “We’ll help you, too!”

Oz and Wesley started to help open the door.

Wesley: “Wait…this isn’t connected to the new world getting born, is it?”

(The new world…?! Wait, Solomon said Oz might disappear…!)

Heartmann: “Don’t worry about that right now! Just push harder!”

Dorothy: “Hurry, it’s almost here!”

The contortion continued to devour the great hall, twisting its beautiful walls and ceiling.

Leonardo: “Don’t give up!”

The door creaked and groaned, but didn’t open in the least.

Dorothy: “Is the same thing going to happen to outside the palace, too…?”

Heartmann: “I don’t know…”

I turned back to see the area become more and more consumed by the monstrous space.

Dorothy: “It’s going to get us!”

The wave of destruction had nearly caught up to us, in all ever-consuming horror.

(We can’t get away…!)

Heartmann stopped pushing the door and looked right at me.

(Heartmann?)

His eyes were filled with determination.

And in the next moment, he held me tight.

Heartmann: “No matter what happens, we’ll always be together!”

The safety I felt from being protected by him wiped away my horror.

Dorothy: “We’ll always…be together.”

Crowlie: “Leonardo, we’ve got to protect them!”

Leonardo: “On it!”

Crowlie and Leonardo stood in front of us, blocking the contortion’s path.

Wesley: “Can’t let you guys get all the good parts!”

Oz: “Don’t forget that everyone here’s Dorothy’s knight!”

(You guys…!)

11

The contortion drew mercilessly closer.

Heartmann: “I kept on telling you to go home, Dorothy, but…”

Heartmann held me tighter.

Heartmann: “But I was finally able to say…that we’ll always be together.”

Dorothy: “I was waiting so long for you to say that…! Can you say it again?”

Heartmann: “No matter what happens, we’ll always be together.”

The moment the wave came upon us, I shut my eyes.

???: “Dorothy…”

(Someone’s calling my name.)

???: “Dorothy, open your eyes?”

I opened my eyes to see Heartmann, looking worried.

Heartmann: “Oh, thank goodness! You’re finally awake!”

Heartmann sighed in relief.

Dorothy: “What happened to us?!”

Heartmann: “See for yourself.”

As he helped me up, I took a look around.

(Huh? Am I seeing things?!)

Close to us was a place unforgettable to me. My house, in Kansas.

(We’re…back in Kansas…?)

Yet, behind my house was the Emerald City.

Dorothy: “Huh?!”

I could see Quadlings City, too, and the grand old forest a little further off.

(Wait, am I dreaming…?!)

12

Leonardo: “This world’s awesome!”

Crowlie: “Just what’s going on here…?”

Dorothy: “Leonardo! Crowlie! You’re okay!”

Oz; “Glad to see you again, little miss.”

Wesley: “Looks like everyone’s all right.”

Dorothy: “Oz! Wesley, too!”

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “Oh, thank goodness, Toto! You’re all right!”

Heartmann: “But I have to say, this world…”

???: “Our two worlds have merged into one.”

(What?)

I turned around to see Solomon. Norton was with him, too.

Dorothy: “What do you mean?”

Solomon: “It looks like the prophecy passed down in Oz has come true.”

Crowlie: “You mean the prophecy written in that old tome?”

Leonardo: “Then that means this is the new world!”

Heartmann: “So when Dorothy and I kissed, a new world popped up…”

(Looks like it…)

Solomon: “The love between the two of you has brought our two worlds together.”

Oz: “The power of love really is something.”

Solomon: “When the chosen one shares a kiss with her true love on her 17th birthday…”

Solomon: “…the two worlds will become one and prosper for all eternity.”

Solomon: “If the prophecy is correct, then this world should prosper for all eternity.”

Dorothy: “Then what was that weird wave thing?”

13

Norton: “The phenomenon to cause the fusion, it seems.”

Solomon: “Think of it like stirring milk you put in your tea.”

Solomon: “You stir it around and around to make it an even mix, don’t you?”

Crowlie: “That example certain is..easy to understand.”

Wesley: “Hey, Norton. You knew about this prophecy, didn’t you?”

Norton: “…”

Wesley: “I’ll take your silence as a yes. Y’know, I thought you were really shifty.”

Solomon: “Norton loves the Land of Oz from the bottom of his heart, so he was worried.”

Solomon: “Worried that Oz would be destroyed from the birth of the new world.”

Norton: “You had noticed, Lord Solomon…?”

(So that’s why he was looking at me with cold eyes…)

Solomon: “I noticed that you were trying to scared Heartmann, too.”

Norton: “…!”

Heartmann: “What…?”

Solomon” It seems that plan ended in failure, however.”

Norton: “…”

Solomon: “So, what do you think of this world?”

Norton: “I needn’t have worried. It looks to be a splendid world.”

Hearing that, Solomon nodded with a smile.

Dorothy: “It really is a magnificent world! I can’t believe Oz and Kansas are together!”

Heartmann: “It looks like we can all be together, then.”

Leonardo: “That’s right, we’ve got to say hi to Dorothy’s aunt and uncle!”

Crowlie: “True, since we’re going to be living in the same world from now on.”

Oz: “So, dreams and reality’ve collided…a perfectly ideal world.”

Dorothy:” Looks like a fun place to take a balloon trip through.”

Oz; “You’ve all always got seats on my balloon. Best rates anywhere.”

Everyone laughed.

14

(So, this is the world the love between Heartmann and I made…)

(I wonder what kind of world it’ll turn into?)

Heartmann softly put his arm around my shoulder.

Heartmann: “Today’s a really special day.”

Dorothy: “It is…?”

Heartmann: “It’s your birthday, Dorothy…and the birthday of this new world.”

Dorothy: “Yeah, you’re right.”

(Happy birthday, new world.)

A few weeks later

There weren’t many signs of confusion or chaos over the new world, and most people accepted it.

Toto: “Woof, woof!”

Dorothy: “Toto, you don’t need to hurry so much!”

Toto delightedly ran down the road to Winkies.

Heartmann: “Hahaha! Toto’s as energetic as ever, huh.”

Dorothy: “Toto really seems to like this new world, so he just runs everywhere.”

Heartmann: “I’m pretty fond of this new world, myself.”

Though Heartmann was busy every day with his kingly duties, he’d come to see me himself today.

Dorothy: “It’s been so long since I’ve been to Winkies that I was really looking forward to today.”

Heartmann: “And everyone in town’s looking forward to seeing you again.”

Heartmann: “But, you know…”

Heartmann took my hand as we walked along the path.

Heartmann: “I was looking forward to this day most of all.”

Dorothy: “You really do look pretty happy.”

15

Heartmann: “When I was lying to you, Dorothy, I couldn’t touch you much, so…now that I can, I’m overjoyed.”

He walked along, swinging my hand as he did.

Dorothy: “Oh, speaking of which, I heard Wesley was staying in Winkies.”

Heartmann: “He was until yesterday. He went off on a journey by himself.”

Dorothy: “Oh…then I won’t be able to see him, huh.”

Heartmann: “He told me to tell you hi.”

Dorothy: “Wesley did?”

Heartmann: “Haha, can’t believe it, huh?”

Dorothy: “How about Oz?”

Heartmann: “He’s making a new hot air balloon in Emerald City, I hear.”

Dorothy: “Another balloon?”

Heartmann: “Crowlie was complaining that Oz was forcing him to help.”

Dorothy: “You saw Crowlie?”

Heartmann: “Well, Winkies, the Emerald City, and the grand old forest are really putting effort into trade.”

Heartmann: “Pretty soon, all of our countries should be all the richer.”

Dorothy: “You three really are kings, huh?”

I was sure all three lands would become a lot more abundant than they were now.

(Because their brains, heart, and courage are all connected by such a strong bond…)

Heartmann slipped his hand out of mine and then put it around my shoulder.

Dorothy: “Huh…?”

Heartmann: “I wanted to walk like this. Doesn’t it feel like we’re having a mature date, like this?”

Dorothy: “R-Really…?”

As I said that, my heartbeat sped up more and more.

(He’s got me really nervous, but I can feel his warmth, too… I think I like this.)

Heartmann: “Hey, Dorothy…”

16

He whispered into my ear with a sweet voice.

Heartmann: “I’ve got a room for you in Winkies castle.”

Dorothy: “What kind of room is it?”

Heartmann: “It’s not as fancy as the one in Quadlings castle, but it’s a nice little room, decorated with all sorts of gems and minerals.”

Dorothy: “Oh, that sounds lovely! Thank you!”

Heartmann: “So you’ll spend the night, right?”

(H-Huh?)

Heartmann: “Or do you have a curfew at home?”

Dorothy: “Hey, I’m already 17. My aunt and uncle aren’t that strict anymore.”

Heartmann: “Then, by all means, spend the night.”

Dorothy: “True…I’ll eventually live in the castle anyway, so it might be a good way to get used to seeing the place.”

Heartmann: “Wait, you’ll…live in the castle? Does that mean…?”

Dorothy: “Oh? Wasn’t it you who said we’d always be together?”

Heartmann: “I did… Then that means you’ll…”

(…Marry you. Which I want to do, but…)

Dorothy: “Well, that’s something further down the road.”

Heartmann: “What, really?”

Dorothy: “Well, I just want to enjoy and savor our dating period, you know?”

Heartmann: “Haha…in that case, I’ll give you the best dating period you could hope for.”

With that, Heartmann stopped.

Then he slowly brought his face to mine.

[Spoiler Warning!] (Chapter 14: True Ending CG)

(Oh…)

Our lips came together.

The sweet kiss wrapped my whole body in joy.

Dorothy: “You’ve gotten better at kissing.”

Heartmann: “I don’t need to practice. You get better naturally…as long as you love the other person.” I dunno about that one… <.<

We gazed into each other’s eyes and smiled.

17

As the wind blew through the trees, I felt as thought they were giving us their blessing.

(It really is wonderful to be able to be with the person you love.)

Heartmann: “Dorothy…”

Leonardo: “Hey, you guys! No kissing on the road!”

Crowlie: “That’s right — that’s an obstruction to pedestrians!”

Dorothy: “Leonardo?! Crowlie?”

Heartmann: “What’re you guys doing here?!”

Crowlie: “We went to check up on Dorothy, but her aunt said she left with you, Heartmann.”

Leonardo: “And when we chase after you, what do we find but you smooching in broad daylight… Sheesh!”

Heartmann and I exchanged glances and chuckled.

Dorothy: “Want to run?”

Heartmann: “Let’s go!”

Holding hands with Heartmann, we dashed off.

Heartmann: “Haha! Sorry, we’re going up ahead!”

Crowlie: “The kissing suspects are escaping towards WInkies!”

Leonardo: “We can’t let them escape! After them!”

Crowlie and Leonardo dramatically waved their arms as they came running after us.

Dorothy: “Haha, looks like everyone’s as spry as every in the new world!”

I could see the buildings of Winkies City on he other side of the road.

As we ran, I glanced up at the sky to see a large rainbow, stretching across the sky as if to connect our two worlds.

The True Ending Completed!

Dorothy: “Congratulations on getting the best ending!”

Heartmann: “A world where everyone can be happy has been born! How wonderful!”

Leonardo: “This is seriously awesome! It’s a completely happy ending!”]

Crowlie: “I was quite moved, myself! Truly, thank you!”

Dorothy: “If I knew that such a wonderful world would come about, I wouldn’t have worried so much in the first place!”

Heartmann: “Haha…true, true. Lord Solomon could have just told us to begin with.”

Crowlie: “I think this turned out fine. It’s because you overcame such a difficult trial that we have this wonderful world now.”

Heartmann: “Nice, Crowlie. You sure said it.”

Dorothy: “Oh, come to think of it…the prophecy could have not come true, and our worlds could have ended up not fusing…”

Heartmann: “Dorothy, NOW is when you’re thinking about that?!”

Leonardo: “But aren’t you curious about what kind of world the other endings have?”

Heartmann: “Well, true…you’d probably find that out if you saw the other endings, but…”

Dorothy: ‘Then, let’s go take a look!”

Leonardo: “Yeah, let’s!”

Crowlie: “We’ll leave you behind if you don’t come along, Heartmann!”

Heartmann: “Sure, I’ll go! No way can I let Dorothy go alone with the two of you.”

Dorothy: “All right, everyone, let’s go!”

Total Chapters: 15 (14 chapters with choices and the ending chapter)

Total Endings: 4 (True Ending, Farewell Ending, Friends Ending, Indulgent Ending)

Total Tickets Required: 209

Total Days to Completion (Assuming 6 tickets a day): 34.83 (6 tickets for 34 days and 5 tickets on the last day)

Total Love Choices: 42 (3 per chapter for 14 chapters; no choices in the ending)

Total Love Meter Possible: 294

Total Love Meter for Friends Ending: <210

Total Love Meter for Farewell Ending: 210-270

Total Love Meter for True Ending: >270

Note: If your intimacy exceeds 270, you will be able to choose all 3 endings. This means you can make all of the same choices on the second or third playthrough and you can still see all three endings.

Tip: Did you screw up a Love Choice? You can click “MyPage” at the bottom of the screen and start the section all over again! You don’t lose your ticket until you complete the entire segment.

Charisma Contests:

  • Chapter 3.10: 1,000
  • Chapter 4.8: 2,400
  • Chapter 6.15: 5,200
  • Chapter 7.8: 8,800
  • Chapter 9.4: 12,000
  • Chapter 10.13: 16,000
  • Chapter 11.6: 22,000
  • Chapter 12.7: 30,000

Tip: When you’re doing a Check Out At Party, press the little green circle in the bottom right hand corner of the “Guest” picture to switch to a new guest. Compare their charisma to your own and only challenge them when you’re fairly confident you can win. There’s no reason to ever lose a Check Out at Party if you can avoid it.

Minimum “Check Out At Party” Per Day to Pass Charisma Contests (Assuming you win every single one): 10 (You need 1,200 Charisma/day to hit 30,000 in 26 days)

Love Choices:

  • Chapter 5.11
    • Premium: Winkies’ Public Square (Daytime) | 400 coins
    • Normal: Winkies’ City (Daytime) | 100 Coins/5,000 Spinels
  • Chapter 8.11
    • Premium: Faithful Plaid Skirt | 500 coins
    • Normal: Polite Skirt | 200 coins/8,000 Spinels
  • Chapter 13.11
    • Premium: His Shirt | 700 coins
    • Normal: Rough Pajamas | 300 coins/24,000 Spinels
  • Chapter 14.12
    • Premium: Queen’s Dress (Shining Gold) | 900 Coins
    • Normal: Rode Dress (Pure White) | 490 Coins/28,000 Spinels

Total Coin Cost for All Premium Endings: 2,500

Total Coin Cost for All Normal Endings: 1,090

Total Spinel Cost for All Normal Endings: 65,000

Norn9 Guide: Yuiga Kakeru

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Wow! We’re finally on the final route. I’m both excited and sad to finish the story. I may have mentioned this before, but I’m a little sad that there isn’t a secret route that ties all of the others together. I noticed this in Code: Realize, but the start and stop points are somewhat inconsistent. While all three of the locked routes more or less cover every part of the story. For Koharu’s section, I did Senri > Masamune > Kakeru.

Prologue

Go to the roof with Ms. Weirdo

Chapter 1

Tell him where Senri is (10s)

Pair Select: Yuiga Kakeru

Chapter 2

Reply honestly

He’s… Not joking

Chapter 3

Be happy

Don’t eat (10s timed)

Watch

Chapter 4

Point it out

We aren’t really friends yet

You smile that empty smile

Reach for his back (10s timed)

Chapter 5 

Look at Yuiga

Just be the real you (Cheer up! Bad end/no CG)

(Make a save)Stay close

Chapter 6

Open the door (4s timed)

Act embarrassed

 

And that will get you the true ending! I enjoyed Kakeru’s route. I still wish I had done Natsuhiko’s route last, since it was my favorite, but ending I’m glad I ended on Kakeru’s route rather than finishing with Masamune’s, which I had considered.

 

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Bad Ending

As always, load up your save and reverse all the choices you made. I was worried because I had saved a little later than usual, but the last choice in Chapter 5 is just barely early enough to get you the bad ending.

Step away

Don’t open the door (or don’t choose anything, either way)

Smile brightly

 

Don’t forget to purchase Kakeru’s side story from the Norn Store for 110 points and your last CG.

 

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Closing Thoughts

No matter which route you finish, it will still feel like it has resolution because you only get the Epilogue after finishing all the other routes. Unsurprisingly, it returns you to Sorata’s point of view. I spent a chunk of time wondering why the story begins with Sorata at all, but the Epilogue does a good job of explaining it and giving some finality to the story where the other routes basically just stopped. I keep lamenting this, but it’s really too bad Sorata wasn’t a secret route, haha. Seeing Sorata all grown up was pretty neat and I wouldn’t have minded seeing more of that story. More than anything though, I think I’m just sad it’s over.

Norn9 Guide: Toya Masamune

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masamune-norn9I know I’m supposed to do Kakeru’s route before Masamune’s, but I really wanted to leave Kakeru’s for last, haha. I honestly somewhat considered doing them both at the same time. I think after I finish this, I will write a detailed story summary to piece together all the different routes. Though I do like having so many routes and seeing things from the different characters’ points of view, I also like the secret route that ties the entire story together, which most otome have. Without that, I have a little trouble keeping track of the story between all these routes. I ended up doing Senri > Masamune > Kakeru for Koharu’s section.

Prologue

Go to the roof with Ms. Weirdo

Chapter 1

Tell him where Senri is (10s)

Pair Select: Masamune

Chapter 2

I’m fine

Chapter 3

Don’t listen and stay

Try baking by yourself

Chapter 4

That only I ever get to see them

Watch

(Make a save!) Go inside

Go for it

No regrets! Go for it!

(Load your save!) Don’t go inside. :3

Chapter 5 (Make a Save)

I was terrified

Do nothing

Chapter 6

I’ll be thinking about the future

Ruffle his hair

Watch

I’m not sure what difference this choice makes. I chose to lie…

Say nothing

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Bad Ending

As always, load up your save and reverse the choices made earlier. The first time I played through, I made a save at Chapter 6 thinking it would be fine… but I was wrong and I ended up redoing the game from the beginning! You get a lot more affection from Chapter 4 in Masamune’s route compared to the others, so I think that’s the main reason a Chapter 6 save doesn’t work.

As always, Masamune’s side story can be purchased for 110 points from the Norn Store for your last CG and your 100% completion trophy for Masamune’s route.

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Norn9 Guide: Ichinose Senri

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senri-norn9Since I just finished Akito’s route, I decided to do Senri’s route next, just to see if there was any additional input to that storyline (there isn’t, haha). I also want to leave Kakeru’s for last, even though both Senri and Kakeru are recommended routes for Koharu, so I did Masamune’s route after this one…

One thing I did notice is that several of the choices are timed. Also, not making a choice gets you the same text as making the wrong choice. I made note of which choices were timed so you’d be prepared when it happens. ;o

Prologue

Go to the roof with Ms. Weirdo.

Chapter 1

Tell him where Senri is (10s Timed Response… but this is the only option. I wonder what happens if you don’t hit select)

Pair select: Ichinose Senri

Chapter 2

Reply honestly

Agree with Senri

Chapter 3

Yes, I would be

Let Senri take a break

Chapter 4

See Akito’s side

Say Senri’s name (10s Timed Response)

Chapter 5 (Make a save)

Resist

Don’t go with him

Chapter 6 

Because I’m secure now

Watch

Yes

I’m sorry (10s Timed Response)

And that will get you max affection! As always, for the bad ending, just load up your chapter 5 save file and reverse all of your choices. This is one of those rare circumstances where you have too much affection by the end of Chapter 5 to get the good ending, so make sure you save before making any choices in Chapter 5.Your final CG comes from the Senri side story, purchased from the Norn Store for 110 points.

So far, my favorite thing about Koharu is how incredibly, blatantly honest she is. Her answers are pretty much exactly what you think they would be, unlike Mikoto who is too tsundere to give honest answers, haha. That being said, I wasn’t sure how she’d end up falling in love with Senri. Kakeru’s seems like the type to be naturally overtaken by Koharu’s straight-forward, kind-hearted personality. Masamune is the type to give care, and Koharu is the type that seems to need care, so I can imagine that route panning out as well. For Senri though… I suppose opposites attract, in more ways than one. 😛

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Norn9 Guide: Shukuri Akito

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akito-norn9I’ve only just started this route and I already have complex feelings about it. To be honest, I was looking forward to Akito’s route since neither Ron’s nor Heishi’s route touched on the conflict between Akito and Nanami and I’m really curious what happened between them. So, without further ado!

Prologue

Make breakfast with Nanami

Character Select: Shiranui Nanami (far left)

Chapter 1

Pair Select: Shukuri Akito (Middle)

Chapter 2

I like it

Watch

Chapter 3

Leave the bath

Wait for him

Women can handle it

Chapter 4

I don’t want to think that

I won’t wash my face

I am

Chapter 5

Say it

About the two of us

Then I won’t go

Chapter 6 (Make a aave)

Something long lasting

Don’t erase his memory

Chapter 7

Don’t add any herbs

And that marks the true ending route!

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So unlike the other routes, Akito’s route actually has 3 endings with CGs.

Alternate Ending

Load up the save file and choose erase his memory. This will get you a new CG, but it doesn’t complete the route.

Bad Ending

Load up the save file again

Something perishable

Don’t erase his memory

I want to know more about you

Add a dash of herbs

 

Your last CG will come from the Akito side story, purchased from the Norn Store for 110 points!
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