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Unformatted text preview: 12/28 Page|1 Goldenagato| 12/28 Page|2 Goldenagato| 12/28 Page|3 Goldenagato| 12/28 Page|4 Goldenagato| 12/28 Table of Contents Cover Color Illustrations Chapter 1: Memories of My Past Life Chapter 2: My Adopted Brother is Here! Chapter 3: My First Tea Party, and Some New Friends Chapter 4: The Outcome of a Thrown Gauntlet Chapter 5: My Meeting with the Beautiful Siblings Chapter 6: Finally, My Birthday Has Come! Epilogue: From Me to You Afterword About J-Novel Club Copyright Page|5 Goldenagato| 12/28 Chapter 1: Memories of My Past Life Going against my better judgment, I decided it was a good idea to play games late into the night. As expected, I overslept the next morning. I changed into my uniform and washed my face half-heartedly, hardly caring to tidy up my messy hair as I made to exit the house. “I have never seen a high schooler dress like that! Have you no shame?” my mom said as I started putting on my shoes. I ignored her. I rushed out the front door and jumped on my trusty bicycle, which I’ve used since middle school. With a strong kick to the pedals, I was off. I continued pumping the pedals with all my might, down the slope that merged into the main road. Again and again I pedaled — Maybe a little faster is better. I kept going. As expected, I eventually reached a point where I could no longer control my speed. My bicycle then decided it was a good idea to fly straight into the intersection of the busy main road. As I slowly started blacking out from the inevitable impact, distant voices reverberated in my mind. They were familiar voices; my family, perhaps. “You fool of a daughter...!” ...At least, that was what I remembered of my previous life, having recalled it all somewhat suddenly after a solid blow to the head. Katarina Claes; eight years of age. As the only daughter of Duke Claes, I was — as usual — spoiled and doted upon lovingly on this day. With a healthy dose of pride and selfish whims, I was the very image of a wealthy lady. Today, I was accompanying my father on a visit to the castle. The third prince of the kingdom, who was of the same age as me, was to guide me through the castle gardens. The very first time I met this prince, I was captivated by his blue eyes and golden hair — and he had the face of an angel, too. His calm and composed Page|6 Goldenagato| 12/28 demeanor was quite something else — you wouldn’t think he was a child of eight years. As you might expect, this self-indulging young lady immediately fell head over heels for the prince, and stuck to him like glue. Said young lady was raised under the loving care of her parents, and was far too spoiled to consider not causing trouble for others. I then stuck a little too close to the prince, not looking where I was going, and bumped into the prince himself, falling over in the process. While the force of the impact was not great, I could not have chosen a worse place to land on. Of all places, I fell head first into a decorative rock on the garden’s grounds. Due to where I had hit my head, there was quite a lot of blood gushing from the wound — at least, enough to cause the prince and the servants around us to panic. Personally, however, I didn’t think that this was that big of a deal — because I had regained the memories of my previous life from the impact. Yes, I remember. In my previous life, I was a high-school girl of seventeen years of age. In other words, seventeen years’ worth of memories flooded my young mind in a flash — it was as if my brain had short-circuited in an instant. I was carried to the castle’s infirmary while still in quite a daze. After some preliminary treatment, I was forcibly transported back to the Claes manor. Following this event, my poor head was assaulted by a hightemperature fever for the next five days. As the fever eventually subsided, I was better able to organize the memories in my mind, and could finally sit up in bed. It was at that time that I received an unexpected visit from the prince himself. Due to the fact that I was still largely bedridden, the prince visited me in my chambers instead. “Hello, Lady Katarina. I hope you are doing a little better.” The angelic voice of the third crown prince, Jeord, only served to compliment his impossibly beautiful features. What a lovable face! While Katarina herself did have feelings for Prince Jeord prior to regaining her memories, I did not exactly feel the same way, especially since I was mentally seventeen. But though I did not have romantic feelings for the prince, looking upon his angel-like visage was enough to bring some peace to my mind. Page|7 Goldenagato| 12/28 Truly, he was too bewitching to look at — I soon found my face plastered with a silly smile. I suppose my silly smiling face did me no favors, as Prince Jeord was not really convinced of my recovery. Turning to me with a somewhat clouded expression, he offered me an apology. “...Truly, I do apologize, Lady Katarina. To think that I was careless enough to have scarred your face...” the prince said, lowering his head as he did so. To begin with, this had all happened because I had selfishly stuck to him, not watching where I was going. In fact, I even dirtied the castle gardens with my blood! If anything, I should be the one feeling apologetic. Panicking, I offered a quick response. “Please raise your head, Prince Jeord. I am fully responsible for my actions in this matter — in fact, I should apologize for inconveniencing you and the kind people at the castle...” I lowered my head apologetically, much to the surprise of Prince Jeord. Come to think of it, the prince’s only impression of me was that of a selfish eight-year old. In fact, the prince’s surprised expression would be adopted by my family’s servants for the next five days. To be fair, Katarina was treated like a princess, and raised with an abundance of care. It would only be natural for her to put on airs and act in a manner befitting her station. However, due to the fact that I was now armed with approximately seventeen years’ worth of commoner memories, I could no longer act in the haughty way that Katarina used to. Due to this, rumors of the young lady’s personality abruptly changing due to the fever would spread throughout the household. Even Prince Jeord, who had only met me once, seemed surprised by this stark contrast in personality. Being the capable young prince he was, however, Jeord soon recovered from his initial shock. “Not at all, my lady. If I had been more careful and observant about my surroundings, I would not have bumped into you, and perhaps you would not have ended up with a scar on your beautiful face. Please accept my humble apologies,” he said, bowing his head deeply. Ah, such a charming prince... Unlike the selfish Lady Katarina of the Claes household. If memory served, my accident and subsequent injury did require a small stitch to treat — a small scar of, say, a centimeter at most was left on my forehead as a result. Page|8 Goldenagato| 12/28 I didn’t mind, though. I was not exactly proud of my history; I was quite the naughty child in my previous life, and I frolicked around the hills behind my house with my two brothers from a young age. Due to that, I had been injured multiple times, with some of those injuries requiring much bigger stitches. While my mom did not approve of my behavior at first, she eventually gave up and stopped commenting altogether. As such, it seemed silly to care this much about a small scar on my forehead. “No, not at all. Please don’t worry about this, Your Highness. It is a small wound, one that can be easily hidden with my bangs! There is no problem at all,” I said with a wide smile on my face. I did not intend to inconvenience the prince any more than I already had. Prince Jeord’s expression, however, once again froze into a mask of shock and disbelief. I looked around. The prince was not alone in his reaction — all the servants in the room had similar looks plastered across their faces. A truly awkward atmosphere permeated the room. The first to break the silence was none other than the prince himself. Ah, such maturity for an eight year old! The 8+17 year old girl in the room would do well to learn from His Highness. “...My lady, even if you are not overly concerned about your injury, society would not view it so. In fact, this very injury may negatively impact any future engagements, or deter potential suitors.” “...Oh...” I replied, unsure of what else to say. The world that I had previously lived in hardly had such harsh penalties for an injury that was just one centimeter long! This did not seem to be the case in this mid-century, Europe-influenced world, with their noble ladies and whatnot. In a world full of political marriages, even a small disadvantage could have a great impact. Noble society was truly bothersome. As the reality of the situation dawned on me, I felt a deep melancholy wash over my being, as images of social debuts and other troublesome responsibilities surfaced in my mind. Back when Katarina only had her eight-year-old memories, she knew that debuting in society was natural and expected. Now that I have my old memories, however, I could not see it as anything but a terrible drag. After all, I had mostly amused myself in grade school by climbing trees and trekking through the woods like a wild monkey. In middle school, I Page|9 Goldenagato| 12/28 became a full-fledged otaku, immersing myself deep into manga, games, and anime. Hardly a fulfilling or purposeful lifestyle... How would someone like me debut in noble society? I want to go back to my previous life... and eat chips! And read manga! And watch anime! And play games! “...rina. Lady Katarina...” “...Oh. Yes?” Lost in my recollections of my past life, I had completely forgotten that Prince Jeord was standing before me. It would seem that he had quite a lot to say — unfortunately, I was not really listening. I deeply apologize, Prince Jeord... “Well then, Lady Katarina. Is that acceptable to you?” “... Ah. Y-Yes. I understand.” The cute and lovable Prince Jeord was standing before me, looking straight into my eyes. Although I had hardly listened to anything he had to say, I nodded my head, beaming in response. “Well then. I will visit once more after you are in better spirits, Lady Katarina. Do take care.” He bowed, the very image of a sincere, lovable eight-year old prince. He exited my room with his entourage following behind him. I could not help but wonder why the prince would want to visit me again — after all, I hadn’t really been listening. I suppose I would just ask the servants later. With that thought in mind, I maintained my beaming smile. With that, the prince’s sudden visit was over. Playing host to a visitor while unwell is really tiring. I guess I should sleep a little bit more. Goodnight... “My lady!! Congratulations!!” Although I had just lain back down, Anne, one of my maids, shook my body roughly back and forth, rousing me unceremoniously from my slumber. But I’m sleepy... Seemingly having held herself in check earlier in Prince Jeord’s presence, Anne was now shaking me with unbridled joy. Her face was bright red. What is it, Anne? Have you lost your mind to Prince Jeord’s charm? Page|10 Goldenagato| 12/28 Anne, seemingly unaware of my annoyed gaze, continued gushing in elation. “Even if Prince Jeord is third in line to the throne, he is most capable, my lady! In fact, there is a chance that he could become King if his father deems it so! And you, my lady, could very possibly become Queen, being his fiancée! Congratulations on your engagement, my lady!” Wait... what? What did she say? I felt like I heard her say something very strange. Who was I getting engaged to, again? “Umm. Anne. What was that you said just now? Could you please repeat it for me?” “Yes, my lady! Since you are now engaged to Prince Jeord, you could very well become Queen, too! Congratulations on your engagement, Lady Katarina!” “...Who and... Who? What? Engagement?” “What are you talking about, my lady! Of course I’m referring to your engagement to Prince Jeord!” “W... WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAT~?!” My scream reverberated through the manor’s halls. This scream, too, was eventually attributed to the toll that my fever had taken on my poor little head. When I had finally calmed myself, I demanded to hear the specifics from Anne. To be specific, I asked her what precisely Prince Jeord had said as I was busy reminiscing about my past life. Apparently the prince felt responsible for inflicting a scar upon my forehead, so he had taken it upon himself to make amends. By amends, the prince referred to his intentions to take me as his bride. No, no. Wait a minute. Prince Jeord is still eight! While I personally felt that this was all too soon, it seemed to be the norm in this new world, according to Katarina’s original eight years’ worth of memories. In fact, the engagements of Prince Jeord’s two older brothers had been announced less than half a year ago. In addition, I was now Katarina Claes, the first daughter of Duke Claes. A noble marrying into royalty was hardly much of a social issue. I suppose there wasn’t anything necessarily bad about this... I would be marrying an angelic prince, and maybe eventually even become Queen. To the daughters of other nobles, this must be a dream come true scenario. Both Page|11 Goldenagato| 12/28 my parents, too, were elated by this turn of events. I, however, could not see it as anything but a hassle. I already disliked the idea of social debuts — and now I was engaged to a prince and could eventually become Queen? If that wasn’t a hassle, what was? Of course, I could no longer turn the prince down. Saying “No, I don’t want to do it!” to my happy family and servants was impossible now. I sighed deeply. Even so... to think that Prince Jeord would be this concerned over a small injury! Even when it was my own fault that I fell over in the first place... did he have to go that far? I sighed once more, raising a small hand-mirror to my face. Reflected in its surface was a suitably melancholic face of a young girl with a tiny series of stitches on her forehead. If I had to say, Katarina was more beautiful than most people — at least, she was considerably more beautiful than how I had looked in my previous life. Katarina had a head full of wavy, smooth brown hair. Her aqua-blue eyes, slanted somewhat upwards, caused a certain memory of mine to rise up from the depths. All I had to do was curl up the edges of her thin lips... There! The very image of a stereotypical villainess. On the inside, I remained a terrible, ape-like otaku girl. It didn’t take much thought to understand that I could never get along with anyone as wise and refined as Prince Jeord. That day, I ended up letting out sigh after sigh. Although I made many attempts to speak to my parents about this, they merely viewed my irksome behavior as a side effect of the fever and instructed me to rest until I was better. With that, I was confined to my room. On the bright side, I was now lying down on a bed that was three times larger than the one I had used in my past life. In addition to having a fever for the past week, I had just hosted the prince immediately after recovering — I hardly had the time to do anything, much less review memories of my past life. Now, I was finally left alone with my own thoughts. In my previous life, I was the third child of a salaryman and a housewife who worked part-time. I was the only girl in the family — and my family was Page|12 Goldenagato| 12/28 good to me, raising me with love and care. I spent most of my grade school days running around the nearby hills with my two brothers. And then, when I met some otaku friends in middle school, I ran straight into the whole otaku lifestyle. Most of my days were spent purchasing and consuming manga, doujinshi, anime DVDs, and games. In fact, this continued all the way up to high school, where I started playing otome games on my friends’ recommendations. Come to think of it, I never did manage to clear that one game I was playing... To be precise, it was an otome game that I had bought a few days prior to my unfortunate bicycle incident. Hmm... Yes. It was a game with a mid-century European atmosphere — an otome game set in an academy of magic. Of course, how could I forget? I liked this game so much that I had played it daily, barring mealtimes and showers. That very night before, I had saved and reloaded my game multiple times, desperately trying to get a good ending with that one terrible, blackhearted, sadistic prince character. Not having much luck, I kept reloading my save, and before I knew it, the sun had begun to rise. Ugh, if only I had gone to sleep sooner... Why was I so fixated on getting the ending right? But the old adage was right; there was no use crying over spilled milk. Sometime in the early hours of the morning, I had finally conquered the route of the prince with the fake smile. Although he looked like the very image of a fairy-tale prince, he was in truth a sadistic and wicked character. At least, that was how he was written. Being more perfect than anyone else, the prince’s days were filled with boredom. The protagonist then appears before this prince, blowing away his melancholic days with her bright and energetic personality. Soon after, the prince takes a fancy to her, and the situation eventually evolves into a love story. Due to the prince being such a twisted character, however, it was extremely difficult to curry favor with him. To make things worse, the rival character in the prince’s route was quite the handful. The rival character was the daughter of a rich duke, and had been engaged to the prince since her childhood. This was due to an event in which the prince had bumped into her, and she had tripped, fell, and hurt her head. She then used the resulting scar as Page|13 Goldenagato| 12/28 leverage for marriage, claiming that the prince had scarred her. She binds him into an unreasonable engagement, bullying the protagonist and attempting to force the two apart. The scar, in reality, had long disappeared. While the wicked prince himself knew this, he had intended to use the scar-less rival character as a means of defense against an endless stream of female suitors. In any case, that rival character was truly quite the piece of work — even I was annoyed while playing the game. Hmm... Why does all this seem so familiar? Using a scar accidentally inflicted by the young prince to secure a beneficial marriage... The oldest daughter of a duke... Keeping the prince unwillingly bound to an engagement... The sadistic prince character in this game was... his name was... Prince Jeord. And the... the rival character’s name was... Katarina Claes...?! Panicking as the realization hit me, I sat up in my bed, raising the mirror to my face once more. Reflected within was, without any doubt, the face of the game’s rival character — the villainess. Yes... This was the face of the villainess I had been reminiscing about. That was her role, after all. How...? “IT CAN’T BE~~~~?!” For the second time in a day, my screams reverberated throughout the manor. Gossip in the manor that day, in turn, largely centered around if the young lady would need another visit from the good doctor. In any case, I had to confirm if this was indeed the world portrayed in that otome game I had played. This could be a coincidence — just because I had the same name didn’t necessarily mean I was in that world! That would be rushing to conclusions. The first thing I had to do was record everything I remembered about that game on paper. The name of the game I had been playing up until the point where I so unfortunately died was called Fortune Lover, and was set in a mid-century European-style kingdom, where both swordplay and magic were practiced in equal measure. Mainly set in an academy dedicated to the study of the magic arts, it was a ...
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