Reika-sama – 218

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Got sick, some stuff happened, finished this on the plane to Melbourne where I am now staying for a business trip.

Have you forgotten what happened last chapter? Me too.

But I’m back now. I said this last time, too.

Next chapter half-done though.

I was happily digging into the salmon marinade when I felt someone poke me in the back.



It was Yukino-kun, ever the picture of a smiling angel.

It’s been a while, Yukino-kun~!

I had been busy recently so I hadn’t turned up to the Petit. Thanks to that we hadn’t seen each other at all.

“May I sit next to you?” he asked.

“By all means,” I said. “Have you been well?”

“Yes,” he said, politely taking a seat. “But it’s been lonely without you around…”


W-What power!

Are all the kids in the Petit Pivoine such little heartbreakers!?

Uuu, I want to headpat so badly!

“I have missed you too, Yukino-kun!” I exclaimed with all sincerity.

Yukino-kun flashed a bright smile in response.


I-I was having a nosebleed in my mind…!

“Have you been busy?” he asked.

“Yes, quite so.”

With the new semester starting, there was work as class rep, dealing with new visitors to the club, dealing with my troublesome disciples’ love problems, honestly I had my hands full.

And there was one particularly troublesome disciple that really ate into my time…

“How is being in Year 2, Yukino-kun?”

“Hmmm, I’m not sure yet. But I made new friends in my class.”

“Goodness, what wonderful news. What kind of people are they?”

“One of them really likes stars. I like stargazing too, so we talk about stars together.”

“My, I had no idea.”

Yukino-kun and the glittering stars in space. It suitsedhim so well! He was like the Little Prince!

“I look at them through my telescope sometimes. When there was a meteor shower I couldn’t help myself and secretly got up to watch them, even though they told me not to.”

“Goodness, staying up late is bad for your health, you know? You did not catch a cold, did you? Hopefully not an asthma attack?”

“Huhu, it was fine. Niisama found out even though I was in my room, so he brought me some hot chocolate.”


So even that blackguard could do something good once in a while.

“And then we watched the meteor shower together but I accidentally fell asleep. When I woke up in the morning I was in bed,” he laughed shyly.

Sooo cute!

After that I chatted with Yukino-kun some more, and then had some fun with the other kids too.

Unfortunately, the time seemed to pass in a flash, and before I knew it it was time for the kids to go home, meaning that it was time for me to leave as well.

That was when Yukino-kun suddenly tugged at my sleeve.

“Hey, Reika-oneesan? Why don’t you let us drop you home?”


Uh, that’s a bit…

I mean, I already have a car waiting for me, and even if I didn’t I could still get home on my own…

Getting driven home in the Enjou family car is…

“We haven’t met in ages. I want to talk some more! Can’t you…?”


How could I say no to such an adorable request…!?

I had really missed him as well. But…

Uuu, come on, don’t look at me like that, Yukino-kun…

I can’t say no to those puppy eyes…

“Hmmmm…. Then perhaps I will…”


I folded.

There was no going against this angel’s adorable eyes.

I guess I’d just have them drop me off, and then give the Enjou family a proper thank you some time later.

“Yukino-kun, your car is here.”


He led me by the hand as the two of us headed to the entrance.

Waiting there was Enjou…

I groaned in reflex.

He went out of his way to pick up his brother?

I was surprised he had the time for that.

“Good evening, Kisshouin-san.”

“Gokigen’you, Enjou-sama…”

It was getting dark now, but under the streetlights his hair seemed to glitter, making his smiling self seem even more princely than usual.

“Niisama, Reika-oneesan’s going to get driven home with us!”


“Ah, I mean… Yukino-kun, perhaps this is not such a…”



His cherubic expression seemed to be asking me,

‘You promised, right?’

How could I say anything now~!?


“Aah~ Y-Yes.”

While I struggled to recompose myself, Enjou seemed to have grasped the situation.

“Oh, I see. Then get on. Is your house okay?”

“…Yes, that would be perfect, thank you.”

And that’s how I ended up getting driven home in their car.

In the back seat was, in order, me, Yukino-kun, and then Enjou.

The moment I stepped into the car, I noticed a pleasantly sweet fragrance.

“Have fun at the birthday party?” Enjou asked him.

“Yeah,” he replied, before turning to me. Yukino-kun pointed out the window. “You can’t quite see Spica yet. But the sky isn’t cloudy today, so we’ll be able to see the Spring Triangle.”

“Are you two talking about stars?”

“Yes. Yukino-kun is actually quite studied.”

“Yeah. But it’s a problem because he stays up late all the time.”

Yukino-kun pouted.

“Not every night.”

“When we went to Karuizawa during the spring holidays, you stayed up all night and couldn’t get up in the morning,” Enjou pointed out.

“But that was because the air was really clear, so the stars were extra pretty…”

My, my.

Looking for an ally, Yukino-kun tugged at my arm.

“You can even see stars that are invisible from Tokyo,” he reasoned.

Okay, okay, I understand, Yukino-kun.

It’s clearer without all the light pollution, right?

Unable to help myself, I gave him a pat on the head.

Whoaaaaa, his hair is so soft~

Yukino-kun smiled in embarrassment.

“Say, Reika-oneesan! Why not have dinner with us before you go?”


Where did this come from, Yukino-kun?

“Dinner?” I asked.

“Yeah. I’d love to have dinner with you and Niisama.” He looked at the two of us in turn. “It’s okay, right?”

“Eh, but I just ate at Mao-chan’s house…”

And I really ate, so I wasn’t hungry at all.


“Come on, Yukino. Don’t be so selfish,” Enjou said chidingly, as he placed a hand on Yukino’s head.


I was feeling guilty now.

What was I to do…?

Yukino-kun, don’t look so down.

And damn you, Enjou, weren’t your words too harsh?


I continued calling out for him to cheer up in my head, but it was to no avail.

I looked over the top of Yukino-kun as he hung his head, and found Enjou giving me a troubled smile.

What now?

“Kisshouin-san, are you free after this?”


“I’m sorry, but would you be willing to go along with my brother for a little while? If you’re okay with heading to a café for a little, then…”

“Ahh… Yes, that would be fine.”

Yukino-kun immediately beamed at my affirmative response.



“Wah! Yay! Thank you, Reika-oneesan!”




The three of us entered a café attached to a restaurant.

Since I was already here, it would be better to order something a bit different from what I usually drank.

Oh my, and there was quite a selection of cakes too…

You mustn’t, Reika!

The curse of the tanuki was flaring up again…!

“I think I shall have the lavender tea.”

“Darjeeling for me, then.”

Done with our orders, Yukino-kun and I began looking through the cakes in the menu.

I started thinking about who to bring here next time so that we could share a cake set.

“You seem rather fond of desserts, Yukino-kun,” I realised.

“Yes. But Niisama doesn’t.”

Breaking his silence, Enjou nodded and said “No, I don’t,” before returning to his tea.

“Do you dislike sweet things?” I asked.

“I don’t exactly hate them, but I guess I don’t go out of my way to eat them,” he explained.

Come to think of it, while I often spotted Kaburagi eating sweets at the salon, I couldn’t recall many times I’d seen Enjou doing the same.

Even for those few times that he did, they were small portions.

“It’s so good.” I turned back to Yukino-kun.

“It really is,” he agreed.

Enjou could only give us a helpless smile.

“By the way, I hear that you’ve been giving Kaburagi some good advice. Like suggesting reference books as a good present for a girl. Only you could come up with that, Kisshouin-san. Although it’s such a utalitarian gift that you’d never suspect it was supposed to be romantic.”

Ugh! Were we really doing this now?!

Enjou was even giving me a meaningful smirk!

Besides, if he knew about it then shouldn’t he have known about the thing from yesterday too!?

“…Did Kaburagi say something today?”

“Whatever do you mean?”

For example, did he say that I had been cruel to him, or that I had hurt him?


Or what if he said something like, ‘Never have I been treated with such disrespect! This won’t go unpunished.’!?

“He didn’t say anything in particular.”

“I see.”

What the heck.

He seemed to receive quite the blow so I thought that he’d still be hung up over it, but maybe I was overthinking things.

Thank goodness~

“But he did seem oddly quiet today.”


I knew it…!

Was he still depressed over it!?

Had he really been hurt that badly!?

I guess I went a bit too far.

I mean, it wasn’t like he meant ill, it was just that he was a bit too much of a dumbass.


“What’s this, what’s this?”

Ah, now Yukino-kun seemed to be interested.

It hurt to see his innocent smile…

“Heh… You really are soft-hearted, Kisshouin-san. How about we get you some cake?”

“I am fine…”

What the heck.

If you think you can lift my mood by feeding me, you’re in for something else, buddy.

I wasn’t so simple.

And besides, this was all his fault for going home early and leaving his best friend bereft!

Right, right, so this was actually Enjou’s fault. Let’s go with that.

In the end though, I wondered what kind of conclusion Kaburagi would come to.

I was scared of coming to school tomorrow.

What if he ended up obsessed with another poet?

It was going to end up as another curse on my luck in love…

“Reika-oneesan, is that tea any good?”

“I have to say that it is.”

But to be honest… 30, 40 percent of the reason people even drank this stuff was for the pretenses, right?

“Could I try a sip?”

“Why of course. Help yourself.”

I pushed the lavender tea in front of him and watched him excitedly take a sip.

Then I watched his face fall.

“How was it?” I asked.

“Ummm… Thank you very much.” He pushed my cup back to me.

I guess it didn’t suit his taste.

“Say, Reika-oneesan. Could you come over again to play?”


“I had a great time when you came over for my birthday. Could we play games together again?”


I’d prefer to pass on any visits to the Enjou family home, but since Yukino-kun was asking…

Ah, then couldn’t I just visit him in the Petit salon instead?

Right, that was perfect.

“Games, huh?” Enjou suddenly said. “That was fun. Especially since Masaya was crushed.”

Wow, despite his nonchalant tone, what he said was pretty brutal.

“By the end Masaya-niisama was drowning in debt wasn’t he?”

“And he had a huge family, too. Picture it: Masaya pushing a pram while he’s wearing a baby sling.”



I had to stifle a laugh.

I couldn’t help it.

Just picturing that emperor waving a baby rattle in front of a baby he was carrying…

So mismatched!

“But it might actually suit him better than we think. When Yukino was just born, Masaya sometimes poked at him and made him cry, or picked him up out of the crib because he wanted to hold him, and caused everyone a lot of trouble in general.”

“My, he did something like that?”

“Yeah. Actually, most of the time he was in my house he’d have Yukino sitting on his lap.” At first Masaya almost dropped him a few times, but once he got the knack of it he seemed pretty at home with it. He even played lullabies on the piano for him. Not that Yukino ever fell asleep to that though.”

“I don’t remember that.”

“Of course, you were a baby, Yukino.”

Hmm~ So Kaburagi was fond of children.

Come to think of it, he played with the kids quite a bit at the Petit salon, or at Yukino-kun’s birthday party.”

It was surely because his mental age was close to theirs.

We continued happily talking about Yukino-kun’s baby years when Enjou’s phone rang.

When he looked at the screen, his smile disappeared.

When he looked back at us, it was time to go.

“It’s about time that we went home.”


“It’s getting late, Yukino.”

“…Fine. Reika-oneesan, can we come here again?”

“Of course. Let us try the cakes next time,” I said.


Holding his hand, I got in the car, and they dropped me home.

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92 thoughts on “Reika-sama – 218”

  1. Enjou is rather considerate, trying not to bother Reika since he knows she’d rather not deal with him.

    Perhaps he knows being around her forcefully actually counterproductive? It seems he can’t stop himself from messing with her though.

    It seems he slightly misinterrupted concern for Kaburagi. Well, despite her self justifications I think she is concerned about him so I guess he isn’t far off.

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    1. He’s stepping lightly but enjoys her company.

      Notice that even when he’s not actually doing anything to antagonize her, Reika always thinks the worst possible thing about him.

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      1. This is almost like an extended version of the already long Pride and Prejudice, except if Enjou really does happen the sweet turnaround should be all the more prominent. Heck, they BETTER be, after all this buildup. If my teeth aren’t rotting and falling straight out of my head..

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  2. Yukino really working hard on making sure the ship would sail.
    Good luck yukino for there are plenty of ships trying to take the empress

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    1. I hope so. His love seems the least likely to bite Reika in the backside, so long as people’s ideas that he’s recreating Kaburagi’s obsession of Yurie is false (which honestly seems to be; Kaburagi is unique in how bullheaded he is and how he showered Yurie with gifts she didn’t want, when Yukino is gentle and actually relaxing for Reika).

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  3. Haiyo, Reika-tan… no wonder you had never hooked anyone.. Your [girl] power is severely lacking with all that barbed wire… But instead why is that your [ossan] power seemed to keep increasing by day??!


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  4. I’m pretty sure in this sentence, “‘By the end Masaya-niisama was droening in deby wasn’t he?'” droening should be “drowning” and deby should be “debt”.

    Thanks for the chapter! 😘

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  5. What is this feeling im having… its like seeing your daughter with a bug on her side that you want to get rid off… is this how tanuki papa feel? although its inevitable for the plot i still have this urge to get a gun and exterminate that pest.


  6. Wait…does Enjou think Reika likes Kaburagi? Shoving off the love advice onto her(so she spends more time with him), needling her about reference books being an unromantic gift(perhaps implying that Reika gave him bad advice on purpose), and telling her about Kaburagi when he was younger(everyone likes hearing stories about their crush, right)?

    There’s no way, right….?

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    1. Nah, Enjou has a well-established pattern of calling Reika’s bluffs and watching her squirm. Reika is trying to keep secrets about who she really is inside, but the disguise no longer works on him. So while Enjou finds it amusing, Reika just hates him for it.

      The whole point of the exchange is that giving Wakaba a reference book doesn’t really fit with Reika’s own ideas about what her public image should be like. Enjou knows this kind of thing has always bothered Reika.

      That said, you can tell he’s trying his best to turn on the charm for her. This is the first time he’s actually made Reika laugh. And he’s visibly disappointed to leave because of the time.

      He still has a long ways to go because if you re-read Reika’s internal monologue, she always interprets Enjou’s actions in the worst light possible. (Enjou scolds Yukino for being selfish — which Reika characterizes as being too harsh. Reika is also surprised that Enjou is considerate enough to bring his brother chocolate, although we know he’s always been attentive towards his younger brother.

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      1. My read of this chapter actually prompted me to do a reread of the whole story, and I saw more evidence of it upon looking carefully. In fact, it seems to explain a lot of the comments he makes that baffle Reika. If you read back with it in mind, it seems like he tries to needle her about her (nonexistent) crush a lot.

        Whenever she looks around for somebody to get her out of being stuck alone with Enjou, he assumes she’s looking for Kaburagi; during the school festival arc, he gave her the rabbit latte on the house immediately after Kaburagi showed blatant interest in Wakaba(by eating her handmade food); he asked if she was curious about where Kaburagi was when he was mysteriously absent on his heartbreak journey; and so on.

        Also, Enjou is absent on all but one or two of the occasions where she lets her distaste for Kaburagi leak out in an overt manner. Much of her behavior can’t be interpreted as anything BUT a crush unless you have a direct window into Reika’s thought process like the readers–giving him a peach-flavored marshmallow when he’s feeling down after not getting anything from Yurie on White Day, and then running away? What else could that be? (Who the heck is going to assume it was a purification attempt?) And she *does* spend a lot of time watching Enjou and Kaburagi and being curious about their goings-on, which just makes all her protests about them not being close look like someone denying their own feelings.

        Reading serially, it’s easy to overlook that even though Reika’s clumsy nature is difficult for her to hide, most of her ire for Kaburagi only leaks out when she vents at home, or in contexts where it could easily be aimed at someone or something else: Maihara or Wakaba, or at being embarrassed in front of him, and such. The only person she’s really shown it to is Kaburagi himself, funnily enough.

        I highly recommend doing a reread, if only as an excuse to experience the whole story again. (That’s why I did it, hah.)

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        1. I had never honestly considered that angle. But it makes a huge amount of sense why one of his “gifts” was to have Kaburagi play piano for her. It’s a very strange sort of gift, to say the lest.

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          1. Anyway, this was a counter-intuitive idea for me, just because you’d think Enjou should expect to pick up more hints of jealousy or envy about Wakaba. No matter how good-natured Reika is, you’d expect some kind of reaction there.

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      2. To actually address the points you raised, yeah, Enjou is certainly aware of her true identity as a ditz and likes to tease her about it. Whether he’s actively turning on the charm for her or not, I’m certain Reika is one of the people considered a “candidate” for Enjou’s fiancee, though she isn’t aware of it. Yukino’s approval of her is implied to be rare, and he doesn’t seem to like Yuiko very much, so I’m sure she seems like a good option to Enjou, if not his parents.

        I read his phone ringing suddenly as more contact from Yuiko(what with how frequently her presence has been thrown in at the end of chapters, almost as a side note), but time will tell I guess.

        Whatever the case, like you said, he’s just a step above Kaburagi in Reika’s mind–and that is a low, lowwwww spot, so he’s going to have to be absolutely blunt if he wants her to figure it out. Fight on, Enjou brothers!

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        1. I think he’s going to have to do a lot more than being blunt, just because i think her reaction would be horror if he ever confessed to her. I’m extremely curious what stops he’ll pull out to make her fall for him, that could be some incredibly sweet moments. I mentioned it earlier, but it’s like Pride and Prejudice’s turnaround, except on a greater level with the increased buildup.

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  7. The EnjouReika ship continues hahaha.

    “If you think you can lift my mood by feeding me, you’re in for something else, buddy.

    I wasn’t so simple.”

    Really? Im doubting you Reika hahahaha. But maybe it’s cuz its Enjou…

    The Great Onii-sama is still best man tho. Hehe

    Thank you for the update!

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  8. There so many things that I want to say in this chapter…

    Like how Yukino is shipping the two of them together.

    Though the most amazing statement for me is;

    “If you think you can lift my mood by feeding me, you’re in for something else, buddy.”

    Right… say that to those past chapters XD

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  9. Welcome to Melbourne!

    Wahhh Yukino would be a great excuse for Enjou to spend time with Reika. Go over to his house Reika!!

    Masaya actually seems kinda cute with the way that the likes kids

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  10. “By the end Masaya-niisama was droening in deby wasn’t he?” <– typo "drowning in debt"

    Come to think of it, while I often spotted Kaburagi eating sweets at the salon, I couldn’t recall many times I’d seen Enjou doing the same.
    Even for those few times that he did, they were small portions. << she noticed what and how much Enjou was eating. I rest my case. ^__^

    “Say, Reika-oneesan. Could you come over again to play?”
    “Games, huh?” Enjou suddenly said. “That was fun. Especially since Masaya was crushed.” << He HAD to have seen her troubled face, and knew that Yukino was about to puppy-face his way to another coerced "yes/ok" from Reika, and stepped in to change the direction of the conversation!

    “And he had a huge family, too. Picture it: Masaya pushing a pram while he’s wearing a baby sling.” << Point for Enjou Shuusuke! He made her laugh! <3

    We continued happily talking about Yukino-kun’s baby years when Enjou’s phone rang.
    When he looked at the screen, his smile disappeared. <.< I've got a bad feeling about this…

    Thanks for the chapter, Estelion! Hope you feel better soon! <3

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  11. weird, part of my comment was skipped.

    We continued happily talking about Yukino-kun’s baby years when Enjou’s phone rang.
    When he looked at the screen, his smile disappeared.<.< I've got a bad feeling about this…


  12. 1. This means the conversation was mostly between Shuusuke and Reika, as Yukino wouldn’t have remembered much from when he was a baby. Did Shuusuke do this on purpose? *wagging eyebrow*
    2. What did he see on his phone that made his smile disappear?!? It better not be that clingy female cousin of his!

    (sorry, I don’t mean to spam, but wordpress is being annoyingly weird.)

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  13. Wow first time our empress has a proper sustained convo with enjou? Questions is this a kaburagi-yurie thing again or a brothers vying for the same lady’s attention?

    On a side note, I sorely wish reika would say what she thinks. I laughed at her description of Bakuragi being a dumbass.

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  14. Welcome back. Been missing our little queen rococo.
    Yukino is playing little cupid by arranging first unofficial date for Reika and his brother.
    Thanks… Cannot wait for next chapter after reading enjou’s expression.


  15. Welcome back. Been missing our little queen rococo.
    Yukino is playing little cupid by arranging first unofficial date for Reika and his brother.
    Thanks… Cannot wait for next chapter after reading enjou’s expression.


  16. Spotted a mistake:

    Yukino-kun and the glittering stars in space. It ****suitsedhim**** so well! He was like the Little Prince!

    Thanks for chapter.

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  17. Aaww Fluffy sama! Are you no longer sick?? Take care of yourself! Don’t over work~~

    Oh no!! Some one spotted them!! I could tell by the message. Disaster’s a’brewing.

    Many thanks!

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  18. Thank you very much for the chapter, Este-san:D
    This is great as usual, and I don’t know if it’s only my feeling or not, but it seems that this chapter is longer than usual, and I appreciate your effort in bringing this to us😊
    And off course I hope by the time you read this, you’ve already been much better.. GBU & What You’re Doing, translator-sama^^

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  19. Muuuuu, Yukino suddenly falling asleep… then waking up in bed… Did onii-sama drug the hot chocolate?!
    AAAAAAAAIYA, I love this novel so much, Reika talking with Enjou~ Masaya with smol children. Subtle manipulation~ Indirect kiss. Aiyaaaa, Enjou get jealous pleaseeee~
    Thank you for translating, welcome back.

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  20. Ahhhh my~ there is so much ship material happening here and that lil cheeky Yukino xD. Dear boy seems to be working to both his and his brother’s favors ;3c . Thanks for the chapter!

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  21. Wow~~ Finally, more Reika-sama. I even forgot to check my email’s social section for 2 days, so I missed this for 2 days… But I was incidentally re-reading my favorite chapters this past 2 days tho, why? Anyhow, have fun in Melbourne.


  22. “…Did Kaburagi say something today?”

    Whoa, is this Reika-sama? Is she now calling Kaburagi with such disrespect? Lol

    Yukino obviously pairing his brother and the empress.

    Thanks for the soothing chapter.

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  23. Squuueaaaal** omg omg omg. Is Yukino playing Cupid or he’s turning into a little Bakaburagi. If it’s the latter TBH i’ll having mixed feelings about it and be torn between gushing how cute he is and how I hope he’ll never be like him🌚😂😂😂😂
    Thank you so much for the chapter Este~ feels suuuper nice to binge read everything✨💕❣️

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  24. Thank you for the chapter.

    ->Yukino-kun and the glittering stars in space. It suitsedhim so well! He was like the Little Prince!
    ->Yukino-kun and the glittering stars in space. It suited him so well! He was like the Little Prince!

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  25. thanks for the chapter. the truth I have my doubts if Enjou just wants to bother or look for something else and see that his cute little brother follows the steps of the emperor. Does anyone appeal to the guy in the library that resembled his cousin? will appear again I think we have forgotten but for me that boy and she are the most Serrano to a possible romance in history for our clumsy protagonist


  26. What a sweet chapter with future hubby and brother-in-law, eating and laughing together.. now, which one is which is anyone’s guess :p

    Reika really IS going to go down the Yukino route, at this point. He’s probably also a little schemer :D

    I’m half convinced that Enjou planned this whole ‘Yukino taking a shine to Reika’ just so that he could spend more time with her. ‘My little brother is cute, so maybe, JUST maybe..’

    Reika shows her kind side, once again, and Enjou falls just a little deeper for Coro-chan. You can do it, Enjou!

    Thank you very much for the chapter.


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