Reika-sama – 196

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The day after Valentine’s, the thing with Yukino’s chocolate had, as expected, been completely misunderstood.

“Reika-sama’s real interest was in Enjou-sama!”

“I was so sure it was Kaburagi-sama!”

“But Enjou-sama is broadminded like she is, so don’t they go well together?”

“And I’ve seen them talking to each other a lot recently.”

Even my own group was using me as a topic for gossip.

You’re wrong!

Ayame-chan, the Enjou fan in our group, suddenly took my hand.

“I’ve admired Enjou-sama for a long time, but since it’s you I’ll cheer you on, Reika-sama!”

I mean this: you really don’t need to.

“I have mentioned this before but those chocolates were for his younger brother. Not for Enjou-sama himself.”

“Geez, you’re so shy, Reika-sama.”

The girls all smirked at me teasingly.

Hey, my stomach is really starting to hurt so please stop that.

“I am not being shy. The chocolate was for his esteemed brother, Yukino-kun. I am making at least that much clear!”

These baseless rumours needed to be crushed.

There was only about a year left until graduation.

If because of these Enjou rumours I somehow became even more unpopular it would be a nightmare.

Like, what if – and I really just mean what if – but what if there was a boy who secretly had a crush on me?

If that boy heard that I liked Enjou then wouldn’t he give up on me?

That would be a huge problem!

“…Well, if you’re that serious about it, then we’ll just take your word for it, Reika-sama.”

They seemed to sense my discomfort because they let it drop.

“Will you help me clear up the rumours?”

“We will. If anybody asks, we’ll say that you said it was just for his younger brother.”

“Please, please do, okay?”

Everyone acquiesced to my desperate plea.

Thank goodness.

I’m relying on you guys!

It wouldn’t be funny if the boy who secretly had a crush on me heard weird rumours and gave up just as he was thinking of confessing.

Don’t give up!

Speaking of confessions though…

It was the dream, wasn’t it?

Being asked to meet after school, and then pretending not to know they wanted to confess…

‘I have something I’d like to talk about, so could you stay back?’

‘Hmm? What about?’

And then in the empty classroom, illuminated by the evening sun…

‘The truth is, I’ve always liked you.’

‘Eh…?!’

Waah! That sounds so nice!

I wanted to experience it too.

“Speaking of which, Kaburagi-sama doesn’t seem too lively today.”

“Apparently he was sighing by himself in class. I wonder what happened.”

“I’m worried…”

So you were looking forward to a chocolate from Wakaba-chan, and then got depressed when you didn’t get some?

Spring is ever distant, isn’t it, Kaburagi.

In the manga the two of them were already attracted like crazy by now, but reality was harsh.

It must have been irritating though, having the most salient kid in your class moping and sighing.

“But the feeling of melancholy he gives off is dreamy too.”

“His expression really plucks at the heartstrings.”

Eh? Really?

So as long as you were hot, gloominess would transform into melancholy in people’s heads?

The world was so unfair.

*

*

*

The rumours about my Valentine’s chocolates gradually died down thanks to my complete denials and Enjou’s own answers to people who asked.

A few days later, Yukino-kun himself came to the Pivoine’s salon.

“Reika-oneesan! Thank you for the Valentine’s chocolates!”

This was just more evidence.

Yukino-kun is really such an angel!

I was worried about him though.

Maybe the air was too dry, because he coughed from time to time.

“Are you all right, Yukino-kun?”

“Yeah, I’m fine. Is your cold better, Reika-oneesan?”

“Yes. I am very well.”

I didn’t have the most robust body, but I never got really sick either.

“I hear you were admitted to the hospital a little while ago. Try not to overdo it, all right?”

“Yes.”

He smiled happily as he blew on the hot tea in his hands.

The other members of the Pivoine were all enraptured by him too.

They gathered around our sofa and asked him this or that.

The former President Youko-sama was there as well.

Even after retiring, Youko-sama was still the radiant centre of the Pivoine.

Kaburagi didn’t do much as President, so Youko-sama still held a lot of influence.

What was troublesome was that our salon was host to both members from high school and middle school.

Because of that, the high school first years were already very familiar with her.

Not that I don’t think Kaburagi could bring them under his own influence if he could just be bothered to use his charisma.

The guy himself was useless due to lovesickness though.

You know, Kaburagi, Wakaba-chan still irritates Youko-sama.

If you became the president to protect her, shouldn’t you get your act together!

“Reika-oneesan, is something wrong?”

“Eh?”

“You expression looked a little scary for a moment.”

“Oh goodness, I apologise. I was distracted for a moment…”

I guess without realising I had been glaring at Kaburagi.

I mean, he was just sitting there carefree, reading some book.

I quickly put on a smile for Yukino-kun.

Wow.

It must be nice, relaxing over there, oblivious to everyone else’s worries.

What was he reading, anyhow?

Don’t tell me it was another poem anthology!?

God, what if it was Heine again?

I sealed the last one away because it had the stench of being dumped.

I wonder if having it nearby was the cause of my love troubles.

Maybe there was a better way of disposing of it.

Oh, maybe I could give it to Tsuruhana-san.

She’d always been fond of Kaburagi, after all.

I bet she’d be overjoyed.

But despite being his fan, apparently she gave chocolates to a whole slew of boys.

Some upperclassmen confessed to her too.

Why!

She had such a bad personality, so why was she so popular!?

Did nobody care about youur personality as long as you were a beauty!?

So boys were all like that after all!

And why not me…!?

“Reika-oneesan?”

Oh gosh. Did I make a scary face again?

Ah well, whatever.

While everyone was caught up in romance, I was going to study my butt off and make a come-back on the ranking board.

Just watch me!

Tonight I was studying past midnight.

For supper, I’d have red udon for good luck.

*

*

Anyhow, after Yukino left with Enjou, I stayed back at the salon for a bit before heading to the carpark.

Katsuragi was glaring at me there.

“Did you really give chocolates to Enjou-san!?”

You don’t have to shout. I can hear you just fine.

And wow, is your information network slow.

“They were for his brother, Yukino.”

Since it was cold I just walked right past him.

“Enjou-san already has Yuiko-san! You got that? Don’t get in the way!”

Aah, shut up already.

That was something to think about, though.

There was a chance that Yuiko-san might have heard about the chocolates too…

What a pain.

 


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101 thoughts on “Reika-sama – 196”

  1. Bakaburagi is rooting for Yuiko? Lmao back off ~ as someone who pined unrequitedly and now is stalking and making things troublesome for Wakaba, that idiot rlly shouldn’t barge his way into other things. Or at least…until he can clean up his act and started acting responsibly > m > ));;…Thanks for the chapter!

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    1. “Like, what if – and I really just mean what if – but what if there was a boy who secretly had a crush on me?

      If that boy heard that I liked Enjou then wouldn’t he give up on me?”
      ===
      This is gold.

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      1. VIVA LA VIDA!

        Accept it, Reika. Enjou is a fictional character turned real.

        And like all girl with manga/2D husband, which one would be able to give up on their beloved crushes when they suddenly turned out to be just as amazing IRL as they were in the manga???

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  2. Lol! Kaburagi jealous that he didn’t get any chocolates from Reika. XD
    I doubt the Enjou x Reika rumors will die out anytime soon. She should really tell people that her interest is in older, more mature guys like her brother. XD
    Thanks for the new chapter!

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        1. Katsuragi is birdbrain. The one that Reika-sama made fun of by insinuating that he likes Enjou as a romantic partner. I remember that Reika-sama also gave him a noogie.

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        2. Katsuragi is a two or three year younger schoolmate of Reika. Apparently, he is a childhood friend and a die hard fan of Enjou and is the captain of the Shuusuke x Yuiko ship. He always annoys Reika for his ‘You better stay away from Enjou’ and ‘Shuusuke x Yuiko forever’ quips.

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  3. (uh-hum… shipping glasses-ON)
    I KNEW IT!!!!! Enjou, you sneaky rascal! He’s obviously counted on her followers steamrolling over any explanations she could possibly make. But Reika’s speculation on this being a deterrent for any potential admirers will be really funny if this really was Enjou’s plan XDD I bet her followers keep any boy from confessing though (since the only ones they seem to like are the idiot emperor and the puppet-master XDD).

    Don’t tell me the emperor is contemplating another journey. Jeez Bakaburagi, you’re supposed to be the ML. Why does it seem like you only waste your potential?

    On a side note, it amuses me greatly that even Bakaburagi’s fans can agree that he’s not broadminded (he’s completely narrow-minded).

    Oh wow, a Bird-brain sighting after so long. Is hibernation over already?

    Thank you so much for this super fun chapter! By the by, did you mean “Spring is ever distant, isn’t it, Kaburagi”?

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  4. I wonder what they were thinking when Reika was making her scary face, like “who has earned the ire of Kali-sama this time?” “Shit, shit, shit Kali-sama is going to decent again and will punish some poor souls.” “ahhhhhh we try to keep all possible targets who could possibly earn Kali-sama ire at bay and don’t give them the chance to interact with her. Where did we fail to protect this poor soul?” well I at least imagine it would be like this.

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  5. Thanks for the chapter.

    Ahhh misunderstandings, and just because you’re sad over not getting chocolate, doesn’t mean you have to take it out on Cornet-chan.

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  6. “Like, what if – and I really just mean what if – but what if there was a boy who secretly had a crush on me?

    If that boy heard that I liked Enjou then wouldn’t he give up on me?”

    LOLOLOL Poor Enjou

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  7. Reika being all gleeful at Kaburagi’s love troubles because she doesn’t have any is good. You know she would be a lot more sympathetic if she had a boyfriend already.

    No wait, she’d actually be super smug wouldn’t she? That would even even better.

    As amuding as ever that the entire school are perfectly alright with Reika going out the Enjou or Kabuargi. Nothing tops “Kyaa love triangle” though.

    Be rejected by Reika forever Enjou.

    Tsuruhana has given up on Kaburagi? That interesting.

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  8. Thank you for the chapter!
    “Like, what if – and I really just mean what if – but what if there was a boy who secretly had a crush on me?” Reika-sama, it’s not a ‘what if’ but a certainty. Reika-sama is really adorable in this chapter.
    Bakaburagi welcome back to the forever alone village or should it be heartbroken village?

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  9. “There was a chance that Yuiko-san might have heard about the chocolates too…

    What a pain.”

    What’s this? Is this Reika’s feelings for Enjou poking its head out in the form of annoyance?! 😱

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    1. We wish… but no, most likely she doesn’t want to attract attention from someone who might consider her a love rival. Where Reika would like nothing but staying in another end of the world away from Enjou and Bakaburagi because they are like herald of trouble for her.

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  10. Ughhh when wilk reika ever be in a pink rabu rabu scenario, I don’t care if it’s with naru or kaburagi or enjou or even yukino (lol) atleast some vanilla for my girl jezzez christ!

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  11. Yep. As long as you’re hot, no matter what ugly expressions you make, you’re still hot. The world really is unfair.

    Reika, stop making strange faces and being salty just cuz you’re the chieftain of Forever Alone Village. (The normal boys out there are too afraid of your Rococo curls!)

    And damnnnnn, Katsuragi really is annoying. He needs to… eh.. disappear off somewhere for good.

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  12. “The rumours about my Valentine’s chocolates gradually died down thanks to my complete denials and Enjou’s own answers to people who asked.“

    Ya know, Enjou, I can appreciate that you know to advance and retreat tactically once you see the situation (Reika’s feelings) is not yet favorable for you. But for the love of all us shippers here, PLEASE step up you game! lol

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    1. Plan #1:
      Blush. Look away coyly, then ask Reika, “Do you really hate the rumors about us that much?”
      Glance sidelong periodically at Reika while curling your hair around one finger.
      Then join the boys’ maiden club.

      Plan #2:
      Corner Reika in an empty classroom, illuminated by the evening sun. Then ask her, “The truth is, I’ve always liked you.”
      Watch as the smoke pours out of Reika’s ears as she attempts to process this information.
      Smirk with amusement.

      Both plans have potential for comedy.

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          1. We need more plans and hope Enjou read this comment section.

            Plan #4:
            Straight ball theory.
            Either corner her as stated in Plan #2, or straight out confessing to her regardless of TPO!

            Plan #5:
            Propose a contract to Reika. If she accepts him as lover, he’ll get Yukino too.
            Buy 1, free 1, get your Enjou boys now!

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  13. Ah, please delete my previous post, mods. I fell prey to speedreading and missed that KATSUragi was not Kaburagi (who is actually innocent of my ire this time).

    Mea culpa

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  14. As expected, the rumors and the misunderstandings are amazing. Like, despite fervently denying it—the filter of the students in Suiran are amazing (and at the same time scary)😌 aaaaand yasss!! Spring!! Hurry and run far away from Bakaburagi, let her be the melancholic villager in Reika-sama’s village (΄◞ิ౪◟ิ‵)

    But still I wonder why there aren’t anyone confessing to Reika-sama or something. As the villainess aren’t her specs supposed to be amazing? Like at least the outside appearance and stuff. Well with the —inside— being like that it isn’t surprising?🌚 or is it because of the cornets!!! Or are they just that scared of the Empress!! With her fan(peony branch) mode!!!
    Thaaaanks for the chapter Este-sama.
    (Just realized that .moe though 🙈😂)

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    1. Yeah, that’s actually seemed pretty strange.. There’s no way that not even one in the whole school of Suiran who actually has feelings for her, at least a feeling of admiration? of adoration? secret crush?😂😂😂 it’s no wayyy righttt?😅 she who is so beautiful like a doll, so magnificent with an aura like a true empress, yet also very wise and protective of her people.. now, it’s truly sad if this fact ‘there’s no one’ actually proven to be true😥

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      1. I think it’s because her group of girls doesn’t allow anyone to get close except for Kaburagi and Enjou-sama. No one can get past her royal guards. (。•́︿•̀。) Poor Reika.

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  15. i bet half of the school were secretly admire her( not just half of boy in the school)
    but the Empress Royal Guards would not likely lets them pass
    “you can openly fight over the Princes but our Goddess Kali is National Treasure”
    other half were just scared of her Empress mode or from Tsuruhana Rebel … Bandis group

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    1. Well, to be fair, they do treat the boys like idols too. I mean the crazy J-pop idols with toxic fans that feel they own the idol and utterly despise the idea that they might have *gasp* a relationship like a normal human being.

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  16. “Like, what if – and I really just mean what if – but what if there was a boy who secretly had a crush on me?

    If that boy heard that I liked Enjou then wouldn’t he give up on me?”

    Yo, Reika. At the beginning of highschool arc, you said there are guys trying to fetch your attention. What happened to them?

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      1. I’m desperate for Reika right now. She should’ve let them confess to her then turn them down. Its better to be confessed to than not to be confessed at all.

        Our Reika is beautiful and popular! She is po…pu…lar…*sniff*

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  17. If I were an artist, with artist skills, I’d draw this picture:
    The setting is a dock. Reika is firmly grasping a dock piling. Two other ojousama are tugging on her feet, trying to pry her free of the piling. Reika holds on for dear life while the ojous are smiling happily. It is apparent they are trying to drag her to an open wooden crate with air holes.

    On the nearby boat, Enjou stands aboard looking something like this:

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    1. Enjou needs to recruit more effective workers.
      Also, please ensure the crate is, at the very least, luxurious and filled with snacks.

      The journey would be quite bumpy. After all, the bounty on Yuiko corsair is still hanging in the Reinjou Guild’s mission board.

      Yukino must be drawn in the next page, as a devout Kali-sama’s shipper and also works as a summoner. We need a storm to crush those unnecessary contending ships, after all.

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  18. I think Kenta has to marry Reika-san. He would be able to moderate her behavior even though I’d feel sorry for how much work that would be. … XD

    If Enjou and her got together, he’d just watch all the chaos with a kukukuku, and then would make it worse for the lulz. Eventually, I think Yukino-chan would lock her in the basement to keep her for himself. … Yeah, Kenta, I’m sorry but we’re going to have to sacrifice you.

    Thank you very much for all your hard work! ! !

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  19. — Thanks for the chapter~ ^^.

    But really now, why is Katsuragi even bothering Reika-sama about Enjou, he’s not really directly related to it, right? just meddling.

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    1. tho seriously speaking, (and if I remember correctly), Katsuragi Bird-Brain has a crush on Yuiko, and is probably protesting against ReikaxEnjou for Yuiko’s sake – thereby confirming that Yuiko has a romantic crush on her cousin, Shuusuke. Tho, that really proves that he’s a Bird-Brain, because who in their right mind ENCOURAGES their crush in his/her romantic pursuit of a different person?!? lol

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      1. TRUE!!! haha xD!
        And really now, he doesn’t really have the right to stop others on pursuing their own interest/love, right?!

        Well, there are always those people that think they should support their crush/love on their everything regardless if it’s for another person, ugh ~_~. pity..

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        1. there’s supporting your crush, and then there’s going the extra mile in paving the way to make it easier for your crush to be in a romantic relationship with someone else. the first is admirable. the second is just bird-brained self-inflicting pain where you only have yourself to blame in the end.

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  20. Thanks for the fluff! So Reika WAS being scary while glaring at Kaburagi, huh. Since he didn’t bother we were under the misconception that her glare wasn’t that much of a threat. Guess we were wrong.

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