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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...”
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
“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
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.
“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
“...Who and... Who? What? Engagement?”
“What are you talking about, my lady! Of course I’m referring to your
engagement to Prince Jeord!”
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
Even so... to think that Prince Jeord would be this concerned over a small
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
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’
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
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
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
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
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
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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