Reika-sama – 208

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An obi is the belt sash on traditional Japanese clothing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obi_(sash)


Bringing your lover along to view the sakura, huh?

Tch, what an eyesore.

To begin with, they remembered to hold this happy flower viewing event, but not the Festival of Appeasing the Flowers?

From ancient times, the end of March, when the sakura bloomed, necessitated a purification ritual to appease the evil gods of pestilence.

That’s right.

This was spring. A most terrifying season, when the gods of pestilence most exercised their power.

Making out? Flirting with your lover at a time like this…?

Those louts were just asking for divine retribution! Kiii!

Out of sight of the two, my cowardice had transformed into hatred.

What the hell was that attitude?

Acting as though I was some kind of third wheel…!

As if that wasn’t enough, my anger had now made me hungry.

You think I would let the tightness of my obi stop me!?

I grabbed some food and sat myself down in the closest chair.

As I sat there, people came to chat with me from time to time.

Some of them were my parents’ acquaintances.

Others, I knew because of the circles I moved in as a Pivoine.

More importantly, for some reason they really believed in the rumour that I was a fathercon, and made comments to that effect.

Sometimes older men even asked me for help, like,

“My teenage daughter is really cold to me these days. What should I do…?”

In the end I just gave them some vague advice.

Don’t make lame dad jokes.

Pay attention to your appearance.

Don’t go on and on about stories from when you were young, especially if you’re lecturing them.

Don’t leer at young women.

Praise her, but don’t try to flatter her too much.

Basically stuff like that, and all of it with Kaburagi’s stylish gentleman of a dad in mind.

Any girl would be proud to have a dad like that…

Gasp!

Bad Reika!

You need to accept reality! The tubby tanuki over there is your father!

After facing reality, I went back to eating when two beautiful women came my way.

“Reika-chan, it’s been a while!”

“Aira-sama! Yurie-sama!”

Uwahh!

It really had been a while.

Although we still messaged each other on occasion, Aira-sama had gotten even busier since her 3rd year in university started.

But wow, the two of them were as gorgeous as ever.

I was really happy to see them!

“Have the two of you been well? You must be positively swamped.”

“Yeah. You really need to commit to a path when you’re our age, so everyone has their own stuff to do,” said Aira-sama.

“Have you two already decided on what you want to do in the future?”

The two of them shared a glance and broke into hopeless smiles.

“I mean, I’ve got something that I want to do, you know? But my parents are adamant about me joining the family company, or the company of one of their good friends,” said Aira-sama.

“My parents don’t agree with what I want, so I’m having a lot of trouble as well,” said Yurie-sama.

They let out a huge sigh.

Finding a job was hard stuff, wasn’t it.

And when it came to the parents of rich women, they probably didn’t think of this as much more than decoration for one’s marriage profile.

Of the girls from Zui’ran that actually joined the workforce, most just landed a job through connections, and plenty just treated it as something to do until they could get married.

That made Aira-sama and Yurie-sama all the more admirable for trying to strike it out on their own.

I didn’t want to join my family’s company either.

I’d just be nothing more than the chairman’s daughter.

I’d be given a wonderful position, but they’d tread on eggshells around me, and I’d basically be isolated.

And the political marriage that lay at the end of that road?

Ueghhh~

I didn’t want my family to crumble, but I wasn’t fond of that option either.

I was going to marry for love!

“Yurie, if it comes down to it, wanna run off overseas with me?” asked Aira-sama.

“What the heck are you saying?” Yurie-sama laughed.

The two of them really had it rough.

“Hey, hey, more importantly. Reika-chan, I hear that something interesting’s been going on with Masaya.”

The two of them sat down on either side of me and leaned in, eyes gleaming for gossip.

They seemed to be enjoying this quite a bit.

“Interesting, you say?” I asked.

“He’s found a girl that he likes,” said Aira-chan.

“Do you know who it is, Reika-san?” Yurie-sama followed up.

“Eh!?”

How did they know!?

Did Kaburagi tell them!?

“Going by your expression, it seems that you do, huh?”

“Did you hear this from Kaburagi-sama?” I asked.

“Tell her, Yurie.”

“He was all nervous at Christmas, so I suspected. I asked him, ‘Have you found a girl you like?’ and he actually said ‘I did…’! Geez, when he came to my house he even suddenly started looking through my women’s fashion magazines, and around Valentine’s he got all down. Such an open book~”

The two of them guffawed together.

“I mean, when he gave up on Yurie I’d already suspected it was because he’d found someone else.”

“It was pretty suspicious, come to think of it,” mused Yurie-sama.

“Do you know who it is?” I asked.

“An External girl, right? Do you know what kind of girl she is, Reika-chan?” asked Aira-sama.

“Well, yes…” I said evasively.

Since I didn’t know what Wakaba-chan wanted, it wouldn’t do to say anything careless.

Diseases come in through the mouth, but disasters come out of it.

After chatting for a while longer, the two of them left after some other senpai from the Pivoine went calling for them.

Since that was the case, I decided to move a little to help with the digestion.

I wandered the area for a while when I happened to make eye contact with Kaburagi, who was surrounded by girls.

Oh.

“Kisshouin.”

He immediately excused himself and headed my way.

“Gokigen’yoh, Kaburagi-sama. Thank you very much for extending your invitation to me this evening.”

“Yeah, thanks for coming.”

Kaburagi led me near the wall, where even the sakura couldn’t be seen anymore.

Nobody was nearby here, so the chances of being overheard were slim.

As expected of the host’s son. He knew the location quite well.

“Well, sit down.”

“Then excuse me… Well then, what did you want to discuss?”

“Well that was blunt. Basically… I want to talk about her.”

“I understand.”

What else, right?

“Starting at the beginning, the two of us were involved in a little accident during the summer.”

Kaburagi began telling me about how the two of them became closer, and that sometimes he went to her house to buy cakes.

Mhm. I knew it all, already.

“But things haven’t progressed since then.”

“Haah.”

“What do you think I should do?”

Eh!? That’s where he was going to start!?

“Why not just confess?” I suggested.

“Wha-, you-!” he spluttered.

You were about to call me an idiot, weren’t you?

“Not yet! That’s still way off!”

“I see.”

Kaburagi was so flustered that his eyes were swimming.

Wow, as a man, this guy was even more useless than I thought.

“Well then how about inviting her to a date to deepen your bonds?”

“I thought about that too. But I just can’t find the right timing to. She’s pretty busy in her own right. And besides, I have a lot of things on my schedule too. Like just the other day I’d finally found some time, but she already had a friend over so I couldn’t invite her out.”

Ah, that was me…

“Why did you not contact her beforehand?”

“Uh, I wanted to surprise her…”

You’re bothering people by doing that!

People like me! I was so surprised that my stomach hurt, okay!

“I think that showing up unannounced and uninvited can only cause trouble for the other party.”

“Really…?”

“Most certainly! From now on, please do not forget to schedule an appointment with her first!”

Mn. Because if I bumped into you while I was at Wakaba-chan’s, it would really cause me problems.

Actually I would prefer that he never came at all, but that was just me being selfish.

If I had to compromise though, then I wanted some forewarning at least.

Seriously.

“But I haven’t actually been coming there to meet her. I’ve been going there to buy cakes,” he said.

“As an excuse to meet her.”

“Well… yeah,” he admitted.

“In that case, why not tell her that you were planning to come down someday to buy some cakes again, and casually ask her when she might be there?”

“Got it. I’ll take measures,” he nodded obediently.

What is that even supposed to mean…?

“Anyway, going back to that friend who was over when I came…”

My heart stopped.

Don’t tell me he noticed!?

“…Yes?”

“Apparently their name is Coro-chan.”

“…I see.”

“What’s Coro-chan?”

“Hah?”

What do you mean ‘What’s Coro-chan’?

“Coroyama? Coroda…? Coroko, Coromi, Coroe… None of them sound like real names. What’s ‘Coro-chan’ supposed to be?”

“Haah…”

The correct answer is ‘cornet’.

“Then, I realised it. I had actually just misheard… the boy’s name ‘Gorou’!”

“…”

To think that he concluded that it was actually ‘Gorou-chan’…

I was suddenly exhausted.

“So what do you think of my theory?”

“Who knows…”

“Come on, give me a proper answer, Advisor.”

Apparently I had become his advisor.

“If you are truly bothered about it, then why not just ask her? ‘So who was your friend Gorou-chan from last time?’ If she corrects you and tells you it’s ‘Coro-chan’ then it might be a girl, and if she does not, then it means that they are a boy.”

“Hmmmm…” he hummed indecisively.

It’s me.

I’m a girl!

“Well then, shall we discuss inviting her to a date first?”

“Right! Where would be good?”

His expression had turned bright.

“Hmmm, a place that would constitute a casual invitation… Ah, I know. How about inviting her to study at the library together?”

“Library!? How the hell is that a date!?”

Don’t look down on my fantasy library date, damnit!

I began explaining to him that because we were all 3rd year students it was low risk with a high chance of success.

I honestly thought it was the best place for him to start.

Fellow Stalking Horse has already cleared the library date event, you know!

Anyway, as the son of the host he couldn’t be hiding in a corner forever, so right after that Kaburagi had to head back.

Oniisama would be taking me back, so we went and had one final look at the sakura together.

Chatting with sensuous beauties in front of the sakura was Imari-sama.

Since he hadn’t seemed to notice us, we headed around to avoid disturbing him when we suddenly heard him passionately quote the Kokinshuu anthology.

“A mountain cherry. Through the drifting mists, faintly seen thus there is a lady I long for all the more…”

In the face of the natural talent displayed by the Casanova Village Chief, Oniisama simply clicked his tongue, while I could not help but prostrate myself in awe.


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97 thoughts on “Reika-sama – 208”

    1. I’m not a fan of Reika with Enjou. I remember reading a story set in a magic world where the second in command managed to capture the foolish lead girl. It was like watching a train wreck. The story practically ended there due to how formulaic the story became after that.

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        1. I actually liked it. Mostly because it’s not a conventional relationship.
          Also, I think the disappointment people have with her passivity is just a case of misplaced expectations.

          I find that we westerners typically expect more proactive and assertive women. Where Camille is just an aspie nerd who finds love simply by being herself.

          I don’t consider it a problem because Burikko’s main conflict is not the romance and relies heavily on a slice-of-life format for much of the novel. It doesn’t rely on the romance for dramatic tension.

          It’s the same with Reika. There are no character arcs and no plot arcs. The Kimidol manga Reika read in her past life *does* have a structured shoujo story like that, but Reika’s reincarnation here basically ruins that story because there’s no longer a villain to drive the main conflict.

          I really suppose that’s kind of the whole joke.

          Reika herself doesn’t grow or change much because the novel really is just a chronicle about one person’s life. It’s not a story about how Reika overcomes odds or fights down a villain to save the Earth or anything.

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      1. In the beginning of reading this story, I wasn’t too but there’s no other male leads so I’m assuming he will get with her. I can’t see her with his best friend as he likes the other girl and she’s going everything in her power to avoid him. Then no one really caught her eye except that guy in the library that she hasn’t spoken to yet. I just want her to get with someone 😭

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    1. I still think Rika and Imari should date. they have the best chemistry together, plus it seems like they would make for a great social and political couple.

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  1. I was cracking up this whole chapter.

    And then I couldn’t help but picture Reika-san going “You thought it was Gorou, but it was me!” *rips off Gorou face and ringlets spring out* “CORO!”

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING AWESOME! ! ! ! !

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  2. Reika: Well at least he finally has a Clue.

    Kaburagi: Kaburagi, in the Library, with the Overpriced Gift!

    Reika: Not sure about the last one…oh well, not my problem.

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    1. …I just realised Kaburagi is to romance what Reika is to cooking, which is to say they have… a flair for the dramatic and… uh, a more ‘creative’ approach…

      Like seriously, no need to reinvent the wheel -_-‘

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      1. Well Reika is no love guru either.

        It’s plainly evident to me that Wakaba is uncomfortable being with Kaburagi, and not because she’s not attracted. Wakaba feels like he’s out of her league. She’s already internalized the class division between them and is so timid that she’s frightened of offending the other students in Suiran. To her, both Kaburagi and Reika are one of the “amazing people.”

        Unless that changes, Kaburagi won’t have a chance.

        Strategically, I think a lot more people who would be on Wakaba’s side than she thinks. We’ve seen Pivoine students who don’t particularly care about class and it’s likely many of the quieter Internals and Externals don’t either. They’re a silent demographic that likes to keep their head down. I think, symbolically, Wakaba getting with Kaburagi would mean something to them.

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        1. To her, both Kaburagi and Reika are one of the “amazing people.”

          Does that mean that as Wakaba gets comfortable with Reika, Wakaba will also start to think that “the amazing people of Suiran” are not really out of this world or out of her reach, Kaburagi included?

          Is Reika unknowingly helping Kaburagi’s cause? Haha.

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          1. I actually think Reika is making it worse by having Wakaba keep their friendship a secret. This isn’t intentional, but if the most powerful girl in the school is afraid, then why wouldn’t Wakaba be afraid too?

            In their last conversation, Wakaba said that Reika is more approachable than she thought, but that she’s still from a different world.

            I don’t think this is simply resolved. Which is why I mention the whole thing at all. This is the big elephant in the room that’s keeping her from Kaburagi. There is no relationship so long as Suiran remains hostile to Wakaba.

            Either that or they’ll have to be content to have a secret relationship. Kaburagi doesn’t seem like he’ll go for that and I have to agree. It just puts off the underlying problem because Wakaba still doesn’t have Mama Kaburagi’s approval either. This is not just going to go away by pretending like it’s not a problem.

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  3. thanks for the chapter (๑•ᴗ•๑)♡
    hahaha reika giving advice from her living experience!! poor tanuki dad~ (^Д^)
    kaburagi had many excuse too feel jealous!!
    poor reika from coro became gorou, it’s not even the same gender!! (^Д^)
    and the last part!!
    “In the face of the natural talent displayed by the Casanova Village Chief, Oniisama simply clicked his tongue, while I could not help but prostrate myself in awe.”
    (^Д^) the difference between village chief!! (^Д^)

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  4. I support Gorou-chan X Wakaba. The true OTP. Except one of them is just Reika’s disguise…
    I am ever more confident that the one doing evil things in the company is onii-sama, and that the tanuki took the fall for him in the original (cue me being mauled by rabid onii-sama fans).
    As for Enjou… meh.

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  5. Hmmm. This isn’t with shipping glasses or anything (maybe a little), but the FAV chief’s bitterness seems to be blooming along with the flowers. ^^;; Seems like her stomach is going to be having another spring in lieu of her heart. T-T

    Well, at least she’s not in the delusional, useless maiden state, unlike a certain baka emperor. What’s with bringing Reika into a corner like that? His incompetence with romance is going to cause unnecessary rumors to spread, you know. >{

    I would’ve thought his stalker tendencies would include finding out Wakaba’s free time. Incompetent at romance and incompetent at stalking and all that jumping to conclusion with “Gorou”…is there really any hope for him?

    But it seems Reika’s goddess status develop a new area of specialty…the goddess of father-daughter relationships. She’s even gained a following! XDD but poor tanuki, as always~

    Haaahh, Imari…

    Thank you for the newest chapter! It was pretty funny. I wonder if we’ll get more Oniisama and Imari in the next chapter XDXD

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  6. I love Reika and all but I really hate it when she insults her father. From what we know about her father, he’s a great guy. Yes he’s chubby, like a tanuki, but you don’t have to constantly mention it. He’s the type of father who would place you above everything else, those fathers are hard to come by.

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    1. Well, she actually likes her father but hates the rumors about her being a fathercon.

      Notice she has even tried to be nice to him lately, she just hates when he goes on cloud nine every time Reika is nice to him.

      He is the kind of father that makes Reika feel ashamed by the way he acts.

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    1. Look, if you become a parent, it is your solemn obligation to embarrass your children as frequently as is possible. You think I’m taking pictures to cherish memories.
      Think again, it’s going to be blackmail.

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      1. Best parenting award hehehe. And it’s good to lie to them while you still can, since they’re young and naive. Tell them stuff like hey, Root Beer is beer, so you can’t drink it. Or Red Bull is beer, so you can’t drink it.

        Yes, it’s oddly specific because I fell for it, and my life had been a lie for 17 years before I found out. I still can’t drink those drinks because in my mind I keep thinking they’re alcohol and I can’t have them lololololol

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  7. “As if that wasn’t enough, my anger had now made me hungry.
    You think I would let the tightness of my obi stop me!?”

    I nominate this for Best-Reika-Quote.

    “‘Yurie, if it comes down to it, wanna run off overseas with me?’ asked Aira-sama.
    ‘What the heck are you saying?’ Yurie-sama laughed.”

    Before, I just “didn’t not ship it,” like I wouldn’t really mind either way. But now I ship it, now I’m invested. Not that that means anything . . .

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  8. I wonder if Kaburagi-mama would consider Bakaburagi taking Reika to a secluded place as a positive development to be delighted about, or be distraught that Reika would become more annoyed by her son’s stupidity.

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    1. Cautious optimism. You don’t actually know what they’re talking about or if Kaburagi is being a surly MacNumbNuts. But it’s a good thing he’s taking an interest in girls.

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  9. lol I just remembered… Everything Reika knows about relationships and gaining a girl’s heart is from Mr. Casanova Imari himself. So you know what Reika should do? Push Kaburagi onto Imari!! The Casanova needs a disciple! lol
    Many thanks

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  10. Bakaburagi’s gonna cause so much more trouble again. I would prefer Wakaba to go for Stalking horse-kun(since he’s less troublesome) but as his name suggest, he’s probably fated to be a Stalking Horse.

    Pfft, Imari-sama, be careful not to get stabbed again. Or get another beating from the Great Onii-sama kekekekeke.

    Thank you for the update!!

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  11. After the advice Reika gave to the desperate dads, I wonder if they now have unrealistic perceptions of her dad…or, if they know him well, are now confused.
    *I’ve heard that Kisshouin-san has a great father-daughter relationship. Let’s try to be more like him and improve our relationships with our daughters!*

    “Kaburagi led me near the wall, where even the sakura couldn’t be seen anymore.”
    Gentlemen, do not lead ladies into secluded corners…especially with everyone watching.

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  12. “I was going to marry for love!”
    Aww, Reika’s cute. I think it’s her mix combination of realism and idealism.

    “Come on, give me a proper answer, Advisor.”
    She’s been left speechless by your nonsense, baka.
    “Library!? How the hell is that a date!?”
    It’s like a comedy skit in which the two take turns insulting each other, You’re all little ducklings compared to the real pro. Why not ask Imari, lol? XD

    Hey, Kaburagi, what you gonna do if you ask Wakaba about Gorou-chan and she tells you [s]he’s a great friend of the family and they’re very close. Plus, [S]he often comes to enjoy the day and eat together. Hmmmm?

    Great chapter, thanks!

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  13. There might be some jealously Reika really dislikes jealous women hating on her.

    “More importantly, for some reason they really believed in the rumour that I was a fathercon, and made comments to that effect.”

    T_T

    ““Then excuse me… Well then, what did you want to discuss?”

    “Well that was blunt. Basically… I want to talk about her.””
    Kaburagi calling someone blunt? And Reika of all people…

    “Don’t look down on my fantasy library date, damnit!”
    Hah

    —-

    Guys, guys. It doesn’t matter whether people misinterpret that as Reika and Kaburagi getting closer. They’ve had those delusions from the very start.

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  14. ugh tbh i wondered how Imari looks like and also hi im back commenting even though i want to hold on till i got my glorious first comment back but but somehow this novel notification on my email always comes late bu bu bu o3o

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  15. But she want love and wish for ao I hope she get it weither as Reika or before
    She never exprince love so I hope she do
    Even if she break up or it wasn’t forever kind of love it ok ( maybe dislike it a bit)
    I wish ti see her in date beeing grily and so I think it will make my day
    At the end I think we wish to see her happy

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  16. thnx for the chapter

    and i know that imari did that on purpose to bother reika´s brother and send a mesage to reika, he has great imagination

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  17. Hi thanks for the chapter
    I can’t wait to see what will happen
    Actually I’m a big fun of EnjouxReika I’m really looking forword at who things will progress

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  18. Ahh, Bakaragi is so troublesome. Though I must say, there’s a certain charm to usually cool men falling clumsily in love with someone. Oddly enough Bakaragi and Reika have quite a lot in common. They both love sweets, they’re both idiot in their own ways, they both put on a perfect Pivione mask which seem to fall around people they care about.

    Still, the OTP has to be EnjouxReika. Not because I ship them but because the author seems to be laying clues around. For example the other-pov chapter where a guy mentions someone paying extra attention to Reika. How Enjou seems to enjoy teasing and getting different reactions out of her. Even this whole Yukio thing sounds like he’s trying to make Reika jealous, especially the frown. Why frown?

    It’s unfortunate though. All this time it seems like Reika is not particularly close to them. I’d honestly prefer Stalking Horse StuCo President.

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    1. Ah there’s more hints. For example Enjou knowing Reika likes sakuramochi, that story about cherry trees being scary was a little OOC and specifically said just to bond with Reika. All in all he seems like the only choice, since he’s among one of the few men who know her true characters and shows interest in her. After all, she’s not gonna date someone who only knows her Ojousama persona, it’s tiring keeping it up and it might spell trouble if they don’t like the real her.

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  19. I am reading this novel, for the third time.
    While I think Enjou is the main candidate as a male lead, I’ve thinking that maybe Imari-sama may have some kind of deeper feeling towards Reika, and that his affection may be being blocked by her brother, who knows his past…
    He always gives her gifts according to her taste (honey sweets, flower boxes, etc), which implies that they are well thought out.
    He is Reika’s role model when she gives love advice, and they have great chemistry.
    KGB agent (Tsugumi-chan) said that there was a rumor about them “how in truth her oniisama’s friend was carefully grooming her to be his future wife, just like Hikaru Genji” (chapter 160)
    And in the present chapter, despite being surrounded by beauties, his words seem to express a certain yearning ““A mountain cherry. Through the drifting mists, faintly seen thus there is a lady I long for all the more” So this is, Could it be that he saw her walk away with her brother?, and he said those words louder so they can hear them…
    Or maybe these words are being directed not to her but to her Onii-sama?

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