Reika-sama – 177

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Today I was picking up the yule log. As planned, we met at the train station closest to her house.

“Here it is! I feel bad making you come all the way here just to get it!”

“No, no. I am feeling rather shameless for having you make a cake just for me.”

“Don’t be! Yule logs are pretty easy to make. Ah, but it wasn’t sloppy work, okay?”

“Of course. I already knew that.”

The reason why we met here was because Wakaba-chan had a train to catch today. Since home was in the same direction we were waiting to catch the train together.

“So you use the train too, Kisshouin-san…”

“My, my, that was how I arrived here today.”

She seemed surprised to hear that.

I suppose she couldn’t help it. I was driven to school each day, after all.

“I thought people from the Pivoine never rode public transport.”

“I suppose there certainly are many like that.”

“Then could it be that you’ve ridden a bike before, Kisshouin-san?”

“Of course.”

“Eh!? Really!?”

Was it that surprising?

I used to ride my bike every day in my old life, and in this life I had taken bicycle classes for my primary school entrance exam too. Not that I had touched one since though.

Since a pair of seats were free we sat next to each other.

Wakaba-chan was wearing a red duffel coat today. I felt that it suited her energy.

“Where are you headed today?”

“Well it’s nearly Christmas, right? I’ve gotta buy my little siblings their presents.”

“I see.”

It had to be tough with as many siblings as she had.

“Speaking of Christmas, what are you doing this year, Takamichi-san?”

“Me? I’m just going to be helping at the store, same as always. It’s always busiest near Christmas. It’s almost winter now, so every day I’ve been hard at work since the morning, you know~”

“That must be tiring.”

“Yeah. Some of the orders from a while ago had overlapping delivery times. It was a nightmare. And for some reason it’s always at times like that that random customers pop into our store.”

“Oh my~ In that case you are certainly not going to be spending Christmas with a special someone.”

“Unfortunately~ But once opening hours are over my family is going to have a party. Well, probably not the types of grand parties that you’re used to, though,” she laughed. “After all, the parties at Kaburagi-kun’s house hire orchestras and opera singers and magicians and stuff, right? That must be so cool~”

“Did you hear that from him?”

“Eh? Yeah.”

“Could it be he invited you?”

“Yeah…”

That idiot…

“But I’ve got to help out at my store. And besides, I’d be so out of place there it wouldn’t be funny. It’s kind of a shame I’ll miss out on a real magician’s show though.”

“I see.”

“And I bet the cakes are going to be amazing too, right~?”

“My. I think the cake you gave me today will outshine them by far.”

“Ehhh~ But my dad didn’t make that one, you know? I did. I’m a bit worried about the taste. If it was one of Dad’s I could definitely boast about it.”

“Huhuhu.”

“…So when you defended our family’s cakes I was really very happy. Thank you.”

“Takamichi-san…”

“Ah, this is my stop. Cya then, Kisshouin-san!”

“Sure. Gokigen’yoh.”

As my train left, Wakaba-chan waved at me from the platform.

When I got home, I discovered that it came with a little meringue Santa Claus, standing besides a little meringue girl with ringlets.

Ehh!? Could that be me!? This was sooo cute! Thank you, Wakaba-chan! I had to take a picture!

It was so cute that I couldn’t bear to eat them, so I left the meringue girl in my room’s refrigerator.

I was going to show it off to Oniisama later!

I took a photo of myself with the meringue figure and sent it with a thank you message to Wakaba-chan.

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When I passed by Kaburagi in the salon it took everything I had not to show off about the meringue doll. I wonder if he’d feel bitter though.

Casually asking Wakaba-chan out though. That was pretty assertive of him. Too bad she turned him down, though. Uupfftpfftpfft.

Maybe he read my mind or something because he sent me a questioning look. Oops, put on a neutral expression, Reika.

“Oh yeah, Kisshouin-san,” began Enjou, “apparently Yukino has something he wants to give to you, so do you think you could visit the Petit salon sometime before the day of the closing ceremony?”

“Yukino-kun? What does he want?”

“Apparently he has a Christmas present for you. He actually wanted to hand it to you on the day, but none of us will be at school on Christmas.”

“Heavens! A present from Yukino-kun!?”

Oh my god! I was going to get a Christmas present from an angel!?

I didn’t think I could quite make it on the day of the closing ceremony, so I told Enjou I would go some day before then. For some reason Kaburagi said he’d come with.

“I kinda wanna see how he’s doing in the Petit.”

Ehhh!? Then just go on your own sometime! You’re completely uninvited, you know!

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Today was the day of the Handicrafts Club tea party. Last year I wasn’t invited.

This year however, I could brazenly participate. After all, I was a full member, and the Club President. Ku hu hu!

Ordinarily we were forbidden from bringing snacks to school, but the teachers turned a blind eye on special days like this. We put down the tea and sweets on the table. This was so fun.

After that a number of club members brought out home-made foods like quiche and stollen.

“I made this, if you feel like it.”

“Waah! It looks delicious!”

Teacakes were all rather sweet so I was glad for something else. Bread with dried fruits is good stuff, isn’t it~

Everyone enjoyed the food as we chatted happily about our year.

“It’s embarrassing but I’ve almost never cooked,” said a nearby girl with quiche.

“Actually, neither have I,” admitted another girl, and then another.

“There just isn’t much chance to cook at home.”

“Yeah. There’s never really a reason to.”

“What about you, Reika-sama?”

Ugh! Me!?

“I suppose if I had to say something, I enjoy baking sweets. Nothing complex though, all right? Hmm, my father and brother like chocolate brownies so I make them each Valentine’s. Hmm, and some yoghurt, or cookies with garden roses mixed in…”

“That sounds wonderful!”

“Not really. It was not anything special. Although you can make something feel more home-made by adding your own touches.”

“I never realised. As expected of you, Reika-sama.”

“We’d all love to try your sweets, Reika-sama.”

“Uhuhu, but my brother made me promise to only let my family try my desserts.”

“Really? Your oniisama really dotes on you, Reika-sama.”

“You think?” I asked.

“Uhuhu,” we all chuckled in harmony.

Phew. I somehow made it out of that topic alive.

I really needed to start Akimi-san’s lessons. We agreed to start after the New Year.

No way could I have told everyone that I couldn’t even use a kitchen knife properly.

Speaking of cooking through, Wakaba-chan’s yule log really was amazing. The mix of tart strawberries inside the sweet chocolate was just perfect!

Wakaba-chan said it was easy to make, so I was thinking of trying my own hand at it. Oh, maybe using lavender jam instead of the strawberries might be nice. It was worth trying out.

Minami-kun, the only male here, had looked a bit uncomfortable at the start, but once the topic changed to handicrafts he turned lively and participated.

“Minami-kun, whatever happened to Ririna, anyhow?”

“She was a little sulky but she accepted it.”

“Good. That girl must always be causing you guys so much trouble.”

“Not at all. It’s easy to misunderstand Kotou-san, but she’s kind and cares a lot about her friends.”

A red-faced Minami-kun took a sip of his tea.

Hmmm~ Heeeh~

To each his own, I guess~

Well anyway, club members, I hope we’ll have another great year together!


I went to Kyoto and bought some konpeitoh.

 


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85 thoughts on “Reika-sama – 177”

  1. Well of course onii-sama dotes on reika, but its more of to protect her. Being attacked by deer and pigeons, the other students can turn a blind eye but after tasting reika special homemade valentine sweets filled with love, not only would their stomach hurt but also our ringlet queen image. By then, another banned reika item would be put in the list below the fan. Hahaha

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  2. Time to rub it in Bakaburagi’s face the next time you have a chance to. Ohohoho~ I got a home made cake from Wakaba-chan. (While you got rejected(invitation)) Lololololol

    Reika, you almost dug yourself a grave (the cooking thing). Although Akimi-chan is gonna teach her, I think Reika’s cooking skills is unsalvagable.

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  3. “Uhuhu, but my brother made me promise to only let my family try my desserts.”
    —😂😂😂😂😂😂 omg, the lengths Oniisama does to prevent a mass food poisoning 😂🌚
    The reparation damages might be a problem if a word gets out of the destruction-level of Reika-sama’s cooking.
    And those merengue looking Reika-sama with those curls!! How amazing it would be though I think it’s hard to to candy craft from meringue, if it’s marzipan candy then I think it’s easier to sculpt it there 🤔 oh well~ I’m excited to see Yukino-kun’s Christmas present for Reika-sama. That adorable angel like Yukino, I wonder what will be his reaction if he sees Bakaburagi with her ufufufu😋

    Thank you so much for the update~✨✨

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      1. It’s just the various clothes that Reika wears throughout the story. The letters above tell us when & what occasion Reika wears them. The ones below tell the fine details of Reika’s form.

        As an example here’s a rough translation of the text on the left most picture:

        Elementary School 1st Year: Summer Party
        ・ Shorbet green dress
        ・ Fresh white flower as hair ornament
        ・ A bit sun-tanned
        ・ Heeled sandals with accessories

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  4. “When I passed by Kaburagi in the salon it took everything I had not to show off about the meringue doll. I wonder if he’d feel bitter though.”

    I look forward to the day where you can openly rub your closeness to Wakaba-chan to his face, Reika. Though perhaps I should probably be less harsh to Bakaburagi. I’m getting the hints that even now he already thinks of Reika as a sort-of-friend.

    …nah, he still deserves it.

    And Kyoto! Did you stay in a ryokan? I like konpeito – usually I get too impatient from waiting for it to melt though so *crunch crunch* it is.

    Thank you for updating even when you’re on holiday! I hope you’re enjoying your trip!

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  5. Thx for the chapter o/

    Soldier A: Captain, Wakaba fleet is attack at full force with food, we are losing ground fast!
    Captain: Prepare to launch all our Yukino-kun planes, all hands on deck, prepare for contact o/

    This is a Yukino-kun planes:

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  6. “I used to ride my bike every day in my old life, and in this life I had taken bicycle classes for my primary school entrance exam too. Not that I had touched one since though.”

    Don’t lie Reika. You mean to tell us that you can manage an aerobically taxing exercise that requires you to balance *and* pedal *and* steer at the same time? We know you’re too clumsy for that.

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  7. Lol she unwittingly manages to both elevate and downgrade herself in one smooth action while being deluded about her capabilities in creative cooking.. my adorable fluffy Reika sama.

    Onii Sama Pov

    Today my sister has been particularly happy, it would appear she has received a tasty treat, showing me a rather cute meringue doll, I could tell that she wanted to make one, or at least try to bake that yule log she brought home, I felt an uncomfortable feeling in the pit of my stomach thinking of what she may bring, sighing inwardly I retreated to my room in anticipation, preparing myself mentally and physically for that day.

    I have made both blatant and subtle hints to Reika that an instructor would be best when dealing with food, for some reason she tries to experiment with recipes, why I have no idea, My dearest little sister please get the basics down first!!, it is difficult when I become the guinea pig for such offerings, I am grateful to Father for being someone I could share this burden with.

    The Yule Log she shared was particularly tasty, it was simple yet well balanced, it was not the standard of a Patisserie, it had a homely feel, very comfortable and delicious, I was often surprised by Reikas food tastes, she would bring home some wonderful treats, so she understands what is enjoyable, however when it comes to her own cooking, I sometimes wondered if her taste buds were broken, my eyes watered a little when remembering that salty slop she gave me a few years ago, ah dearest imouto, please, I beg of you, spare your Onii samas stomach and learn to cook! quietly I prayed to Ukemochi sama for her guidance in finding Reika a capable teacher.

    Enjou Pov

    Kisshouin looked rather pleased with herself when she came into the salon today, she even looked rather smugly at Masaya, even that dense board recognized her gloating expression, hmm what got her in such a good mood.

    Seeing her expression with Yukinos request was rather delightful, a genuine smile that was warm and gentle really made her look more beautiful, it was a change from the usual mistrust and scowl she had when looking at either he or Masaya. I wondered if I could get that smile without Yukinos help, holding back a sigh I smiled at Kisshouin when she gladly accepted, a twinge of jealousy surged. Masaya stated he would go there as well the look of disappointment in Kisshouins expression was priceless. Ah look Masaya she has that scowl again, pay attention, she doesnt want you to go, I dont either, I wanted to see that carefree smile again..

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  8. A meringue Reika would be so adorable~ The stollen pic looks so good!

    I really hope there’s a scene in the future where we see Bakaburagi’s reaction to Wakaba choosing Reika over him. For whatever reason.

    (shipping glasses-ON) The Enjou brothers strike again- And does Minami like Ririna!?

    Happy Thanksgiving (to all those who celebrate that)! I’m thankful for all the work you put in to bring these stories to us! Thanks for this new release too! I hope Kyoto was fun! The konpeitoh looks so cute!

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  9. Your in Kyoto?! OMG have fun! Try the Zenzai! It’s really good there! Oshiruko with grilled mochi is the best! Here are some good places to find it
    Dango and Sakura-Mochi at Gion Manju Factory. Sakura Mochi. Hannah Kirshner.
    Warabi-Mochi and Mitarashi Dango at Umezono. Warabi-Mochi. Hannah Kirshner.
    Yokan at Toraya. Yokan. Hannah Kirshner.
    “Drawing” Rakugan at Uchu. “Drawing” rakugan. …
    Mame-Mochi at Demachi Futaba. Mame-mochi. …
    Ubatama and Sou. • …
    Sou-Sou. Hannah Kirshner.

    That is if you have the time! I hope enjoy it!

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  10. okk super serious but Wakaba’s lines, said to any male character, would count as a flag raising event so Reika is absolutely on the Wakaba route now lololol But I guess that positions Kaburagi on the opposite side once again, exactly where she doesn’t want to be lololol

    Ahhh I wonder what Yukino got her?

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  11. Is it just me or is that kaburagi pest is getting closer to our Reika-sama for some time now… He’s not actually planning to use Reika-sama as scapegoat on some of his schemes right?!

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  12. How did Wakaba find the time to hand craft that cake and the little meringue figures, I wonder. Always an overachiever!

    A present from an angel in Christmas!! Lucky Reika-tan 😌

    You can do it, Minami! Capture that Ririna 😣

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  13. “’Uhuhu, but my brother made me promise to only let my family try my desserts.’
    Phew. I somehow made it out of that topic alive.”
    Reika, you were not the one with your life at stake in that situation.

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  14. thnx for the chapter

    and i swear i just had some cake and now i just want more T-T.
    why autor, why did you put so many delicious things in the chapters?

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  15. Reika-sama… I respect you entirely now. You have completely stolen Wakaba-chan from Kaburagi-ou…. I salute you.

    Hope you loved your konpeito! Thank you very much for all your hard work ani-ue~~~

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  16. actually Reika’s suggestion of using lavender jam may not be all that bad. But I would usually prefer to pair lavender jam with tea-flavored cakes or plainer cakes (vanilla or white) to balance it out more and highlight the taste of the lavender. Using chocolate cake may be a hit-or-miss, depending on how sweet she makes the cake. Then again, it might just be a total miss…especially with Reika making it. lol

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