Reika-sama – 172

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Oh, and after much neglect, going to start finishing off the Evil God Volume 3’s free chapters, as well as start up Tilea’s Worries again, since exams are finishing soon.

Also Christmas is considered by Japanese as also being a romantic occasion.


When I met up with Aoi-chan that weekend I started ranting about being asked to become the Pivoine’s president.

“In other words you don’t want to become the president of that group?”

“Mmn. Absolutely not. It’s too heavy. Class president is about as much responsibility as I can handle.”

“I see… Then is there anybody else suitable?”

In my opinion it should have been Kaburagi as the most influential member. If not then Enjou maybe.

But Kaburagi would never agree to something so troublesome. I couldn’t see him being interested in the power over the Pivoine either.

But obviously Youko-sama and co. knew all of this or they wouldn’t have come to me to begin with, huh…

“I can only think of two others but they’d never accept…”

I suppose there was at least the possibility that Enjou would accept if he was asked, but I didn’t have high hopes for it.

“Is the workload really that bad?”

“I don’t think the work would be all that bad…”

The work for the Summer Party and other events were all outsourced, and the Pivoine’s concierge did all of the clerical work.

Compared to the Student Council President, you could say that the President of the Pivoine did basically nothing. I think that was why the role wasn’t passed on until December, despite the exams.

“But you still don’t want it?”

“Yeah…”

“That’s rough,” she consoled me when my phone, which I had left in silent, began to vibrate in my bag.

“Oh? Aren’t you going to get that, Reika-chan?”

“Sorry. Could I?”

“Of course!”

The sender field read Sakura-chan.

It turned out to be an invitation to hang out since she was free right now.

Damned Sakura.

Did she think I just sat around at home every weekend?

“A friend of mine was inviting me to hang out.”

“Oh okay. No problems?”

“Yeah.”

I texted her back and said that I was already with another friend so I couldn’t.

Hehe, even I have friends to hang with on a weekend, you know.

“She’s from Yurinomiya. We met while we were in primary and for a while we went to the same cram school. Even though she looks like a perfect Japanese doll, her personality is actually pretty funny.”

“Huh~ Then why don’t you invite her here?”

“Eh!? Is that okay!?”

“Yeah. I’m fine with it.”

Being fine with a stranger coming along would have been unimaginable in primary school, given that she was shy enough to run from me.

Huh.

Or was it just that I was that scary back then?

Haha, no way, right?

“Well then, I guess I’ll ask her.”

Actually it was Sakura-chan who was liable to turn this down. After all, she was always playing the sweet girl with other people.

Or so I thought, until her next message arrived.

‘I’m already close by. Be there soon.’

Ehh!? Everyone was so sociable today!

“She’s coming,” I said.

“Oh okay,” she smiled. “Does she know where the place is?”

Wow, so she really didn’t care…

Sakura-chan wasn’t lying about being close-by. She was there right away.

“Hi, I’m Yorino Aoi.”

“Nice to meet you. I’m Fukioka Sakurako.”

I had been worried that it would be awkward, but the two of them really hit it off. Mostly with love-talk.

“So you’re going out with a guy from your school, Aoi-chan. That’s sooo nice.”

“But don’t you have a boyfriend in Zui’ran, Sakurako-chan?”

“We’re not officially dating yet though. I just need to give him a bit of a push.”

I had heard from Sakura-chan that Akizawa-kun’s attitude had changed after the School Festival. Apparently he finally realised his feelings for her after what happened with Dite.

Well done, Dite.

And speaking of Dite he hadn’t given up on Sakura-chan yet.

Sometimes he spoke to me about his passionate feelings for Sakura-chan, and even poured those feelings into violin CDs that I ended up having to listen to.

Yet another troublesome thing in my life.

“Please help me, Kisshouin-kun!” he’d say each time, but since there was no way Sakura-chan would ever give up on Akizawa-kun, I couldn’t do anything except advise him to search for a new love.

And getting rid of that afro would be a great first step.

“So I’ve been making him one lunch a week, you see?” said Aoi-chan, “But compared to the lunches I actually put effort into, it was only when it was a simple ginger pork on rice did he really enjoy it. It was sooo depressing.”

“I know what you mean! I spend so much time making some of these things for Takumi but he prefers the karaage of all things. It’s really discouraging. I make lunch for his track and field championships but each time he just keeps asking for karaage, karaage, like a broken record. Why do I even bother.”

“Aah, I know how you feel~ Fried food is a winner with them, isn’t it. My boyfriend loves fried prawns too.”

“Mmn. Making anything else feels like a waste of effort. But then Takumi always says ‘You make the best karaage, Sakurako’ so I can’t help but keep making it for him, you know~?”

“Ah. So you’ve gone back to praising him?”

“Uhuhu~”

Sakura-chan and Aoi-chan continued talking about what they were making their boyfriends.

“What did you make recently?”

“Hmm, deep-fried pacific saury? He liked that it was salty and sweet. Oh, and some cabbage rolls.”

“Cabbage rolls are a good choice. Made in broth though? Or is it tomato sauce?”

“My family uses broth, but tomato sauce is nice too.”

“And if you use dried parsley with the tomato sauce the colour is fantastic.”

“Mhm, mhm.”

I was being left out.

The two of them could cook as though it was natural…

I could barely make desserts. For some reason it was making me anxious. Maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to learn, for my future boyfriend…

“So what are you doing for Christmas?”

“My school is Catholic so we’ll be busy with a bazaar, and a musical performance with handbells at the church. Every year we have a Christmas party at Takumi’s though, so that’s what I’ll be doing in the evening.”

As expected of family friends. It seemed that each year Sakura-chan roasted turkey with his mum and older sister.

Given that she was his childhood friend, and his mother already doted on Sakura-chan like her own, Akizawa-kun was probably going to have to just accept his fate.

“I want to see the Christmas lights too.”

“That sounds nice~ I’ve thought about going myself, but maybe before the day since it’s going to be packed.”

“That was my plan too. Where are you going, anyhow?”

And then they began happily talking about their Christmas plans.

I sat there silently and sipped on my tea.

Tsk. What ‘Christmas’.

A blizzard ought to just come in and clog up the traffic.

*

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*

Through Enjou, Yukino-kun told me that he wanted to show off the results of his latte art training, so I happily headed to the Petit Pivoine.

When I arrived I was greeted by little angels.

“Reika-oneesan, quickly sit down!” guided Yukino-kun.

I did as he said, and he began demonstrating his latte art skills.

“Yukino-kun, will you make some for us too?” asked Mao-chan.

“Sure.”

And so after that he drew three hearts in a row.

For some reason there was a beautifully drawn ox sitting in front of me instead.

Huh. Was this a holstein?

“You did a splendid job drawing this cow.”

“Ehehe, I tried really hard,” he smiled happily.

I took a picture of it before helping myself.

Mn, yummy.

“Oh yeah, Reika-oneesan, thank you for the cake the other day. The little pistachio cake was delicious.”

“Oh? I am happy to hear that.”

Since Yukino-kun had to stay at home during the party the other day, I had Enjou carry a set of the hotel’s mini cakes home for him.

When I was small Oniisama would always bring cakes and desserts back from the parties for me, so I was just following his lead.

“What are you doing for Christmas, Reika-oneesan?”

“Me? Oh, I have a few things planned with some friends of mine…”

I unconsciously put on airs since Yukino-kun asked.

“Ehhh!?” exclaimed Mao-chan, “But I wanted you to come to my Christmas party, Reika-oneesama! You’re dropping in too, right, Yukino-kun?”

“Yes,” he nodded.

Ehh!? Really!?

Why did I have to satisfy my stupid pride…

Thanks to that I wasted my own chance at spending Christmas with cute little angels! Reika, you idiot!

I couldn’t just take back my words now either…

Mao-chan suggested exchanging presents and they began to talk about their plans for the party.

Uuu, I wanted to come too.

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*

Today was the day of the term-end exam results.

With my face beaming the usual ‘I don’t really care about my ranking at all~’ I made my way to the board, only to find that I really wasn’t in the top 30.

Guoooh!!

I just had no luck recently.

Maybe the curse I set on Kaburagi’s panther totem had come back to roost…


Cabbage roll in broth
Cabbage roll in tomato sauce

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61 thoughts on “Reika-sama – 172”

  1. Aoi and Sakura are pretty rude to Reika. I suppose she has her “I’m perfectly happy sitting here drinking tea” aura so they probably didn’t think she was too bothered.

    She might be able to push the President thing onto Enjou but he’d only do it because it would give him some leverage on her so that would be bad. Althrough she was the President he’d have an excuse to talk to her too so she can’t win.

    I think it’s better that Yukino did an Ox instead of a heart. A heart would mean something else.

    Going to the Christmas party of a little kid you know would have been lame anyway Reika. Considering how many friends she had, plently of people would be happy for her to come to theirs.

    *signs*

    She acts proud only for little things like this.

    Worse comes to worse, wouldn’t she just go to her family’s Christmas party… although that might end be being a Kaburagi thing.

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    1. All she needed to do was ask, “What time would your Christmas party be? I might be able to make it,” followed by,”Oh, that’s perfect! I don’t have anything going on at that time!”
      And it would be completely honest.

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        1. I’m sure it’d be really bizarre if Reika were to find a girl who looked suspiciously like her past incarnation.

          But Reika is not that kind of ontological mystery story. It is a cute and fluffy slice-of life.

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    1. i hope she’ll spend Chritmas with Wakaba-chan. Then Kaburagi will ask Wakaba-chan out for Christmas, but she will say she’s busy with someone. Kaburagi will get all jealous and try to find out who she is spending Christmas with…

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    1. I dunno, just unveiling the iron fan and putting on the ojou-smile was enough to FREEZE the meeting that one time.

      And the survivors still shivers in front of her like they just went through the ice bucket challenge.

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  2. Thanks for the chapter!
    I laughed hard when she said she was being left out xD
    But I suddenly felt a thirst for blood when she mentioned her future boyfriend… I wonder why..

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  3. “Tsk. What ‘Christmas’.
    A blizzard ought to just come in and clog up the traffic.”

    At this rate Reika, you’re going to be one of those weird mob manga characters that attack couples on sight…

    Yukino-kun, I’m counting on you to save Reika from that fate. How many years till you’re legal again?

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  4. Thanks 4 the chapter!

    The cabbage rolls with tomato sauce looks somewhat like kimchi. Makes me want to eat bulgogi with kimchi.

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  5. ““She’s from Yurinomiya. We met while we were in primary and for a while we went to the same cram school. Even though she looks like a perfect Japanese doll, her personality is actually pretty funny.””

    Oh, I get it, that’s the thing they call irony, right?

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  6. “But Kaburagi would never agree to something so trouble.”
    Shouldn’t that be “troublesome”?

    Oh Reika, you can still be quite intimidating XDD

    But does this mean that the Sakura/Akizawa ship is truly, OFFICIALLY sailing? Good for her! XDXDXD Though is looks like Reika’s got another follower for her village. Poor dear. At least she still has Yukino?

    Oooh, but thos cabbage rolls~ XDXDXD

    Thanks so much for the update! Just had a big test yesterday, so this is exactly something I needed to de-stress ^^

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  7. “A blizzard ought to just come in and clog up the traffic” —yup, savage af😌😂😂😂

    And Reika-sama whatcha doing with Dite cd collection!!😂😂😂😂 it’s like the curse of Bakaburagi’s love anthology poems came hunting, like what if there’s a rumor going around that in order to experience new love, after being heart broken one must offer the curls, items in order to get new love? 🤔 (but the Curly deity, herself doesn’t even have One, hang in there village chief!!)

    And maybe it’s because of the Enjou POV in NUF but I’m starting to see these little Enjou-Reika stuff 🌚✨✨✨✨ uuuuh. I feel like I’m getitng pulled in!! I blame you!! Fanfic author in NUF!!!! 😭😭😭

    Thanks for the chapter~

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  8. *stares at Yukino-chan suspiciously* … When will the evil be revealed?!? But… probably never to Reika-san, but I think the readers will be able to see it… XD XD XD

    Thank you very much for all your hard work ani-ue! Best of luck on exams and life!!

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  9. Sakura must be rocking Miko protection 10′ radius to shrug off Reika’s aura of solitude.

    I admit that I got excited at the typo. Estelion is such a tease, but thanks for the chapter.

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  10. “Since Yukino-kun had to stay at home during the party the other day, I had Enjou carry a set of the hotel’s mini cakes home for him.

    When I was small Oniisama would always bring cakes and desserts back from the parties for me, so I was just following his lead.”

    I think she just made Enjou like her even more…this is just. so. sweet! ^____^

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  11. Yeah, I just realized Sakura and Aoi never met before…
    And I don’t really blame them about ignoring poor Reika… Something like that happened to me too, when many many years ago I let 2 of my best friends meet each-other… They suddenly started talking about something they were both really interested in, and that I didn’t care at all… But not for long, iirc… Ok, maybe Sakura and Aoi WERE actually a little rude.

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