Reika-sama – 094

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Moving into the second half of summer break, it was time for the annual Pivoine Summer Party.
It was still gorgeous and a good time, but after so many years a lot of the magic had worn off, and Oniisama had graduated too.

Okaasama was in high spirits since parties were always a chance to dress me up like a doll, so she dragged me all over the place to choose a dress.

This year we decided on a layered chiffon dress in light pink. Personally I thought it was a little too cutesy for me, but Okaasama was really pleased with it.

Thinking it was a good chance, casually I said,

“Say, Okaasama, since is it summer after all, I was thinking about changing my hairstyle…”

“My, that wouldn’t do. Okaasama loves your hairstyle as it is, Reika-san.”

…Thought so. I mean, I knew this would happen. I just wanted to try.

“You know, as a child your Okaasama really loved Jumeau bisque dolls. It was my dream that if I ever had a daughter I would dress her up to be just as cute as one.”

Um, I think that might be a bit impossible. Aren’t they blonde for starters?
Thank god though that she never tried hair dye with me…
If you actually did have a kid like an antique doll, wouldn’t it be kind of scary though? She’d be just like a living doll. That has to be scary. I’d be scared. I’ve always hated dolls.
I mean, some of them are so realistic. Wouldn’t you be scared that they’d come to life at night? Particularly the Japanese ones…
You know, my house still has some of them around. Some of them were bought when I was just born, and some of them were passed down. And the older they were the creepier they were.
And each year when we brought them out it would always be like,

‘Huh? Were the eyes this squinted before? Was the mouth smirking like this before?’

It gave me the shivers. I swear their expressions changed each year.
And I know for a fact that they get hair cuts when we bring them to doll makers for maintenance.
…Does the hair grow or something? I’ve always been too scared of the answer to ask though.
Thankfully I at least stopped Okaasama from putting them in my room. Whenever I visit the doll room though, I swear they’re watching me.
I wouldn’t be surprised if that one antique one actually walked about at night. People always say that the old ones gain souls.
…Let’s stop this. If I keep thinking about this I might really wake up to find her standing on my chest. And when we’d look each other in the eyes and my hair would turn white in an instant. It actually seems like it could happen.

…But bisque dolls, huh.

Can’t be helped.

I decided to bear with my Rococo hairstyle for a little longer to help Okaasama fulfil her childhood dreams.

*

When I arrived at the Summer Party, Kaburagi and Enjou were already surrounded by a throng of girls.
Yurie-sama was still in the UK. I had been sure that Kaburagi would have skipped because of that, but I suppose he still had the sense to take these things seriously.
I exchanged greetings with other attendants with a drink in hand before heading out into the garden.
There was wind now that it was late, but it was still a little stuffy outside. It didn’t change the fact that the rose arch was still my favourite place each year.

Looking at the garden, I recalled how I rang the bell with Oniisama during my first time here. How nostalgic.
I still had the photo framed in my room.

I continued standing there looking at the rose arch when I noticed a little boy and girl nearby. They were small enough that they were probably from the Petite Pivoine, and seemed to be hanging around hesitantly.

Oh, could it be?

“Do you want to try ringing the bell?” I asked.

With a start, the two of them turned to face me. I realised they were holding hands. It was adorable.

“No, umm…”

They exchanged a look but didn’t know what to do.

“I have rung it before, myself. It was very fun. Go on. I will be right here with you.”

“…Can we really?”

“Of course! Bells are made to be rung!”

They held the rope together and hesitantly pulled a little.

“My, the bell will hardly ring with a tug like that.”

With a bit of encouragement, the two of them pulled again, harder this time, and the bell began to ring. I pulled out my camera and took a photo.
A crowd started to form from the sound of it. Although the two kids were turning red, they were wearing happy smiles.

“Satisfied?”

“Yes! Thank you very much!”

“Thank you very much.”

Other people began to happily ring the bell as well. It felt like déjà vu.
I told the two of them that I would give them the photo at school later, and then they introduced themselves. Apparently they were in the same year, and were very close. How nice~ I didn’t come out of primary school with any sweet memories like that. We spoke for a little longer after that before the pair began heading back to the hotel building as they waved at me. Before they left though, the girl stopped and bowed to me.

“Thank you very much, Reika-oneesama,” she smiled shyly before disappearing.

Reika-oneesama…

…So wonderful!!

Thinking about it, I don’t think I had ever been called that before. The only exception was when Ririna was being sarcastic.

It was oddly moving. I didn’t have much experience with being looked up to by somebody younger.

“Good evening, Kisshouin-san,” interrupted Enjou while I was basking in afterglow of the ‘oneesama’.

I hadn’t noticed him approaching at all. Are you a ninja or something!?

“Gokigen’yoh, Enjou-sama,” I replied with a fake smile.

I made sure to be on guard. Interacting with this guy was like navigating a minefield.

“You’re not going to ring the bell this time?”

“Eh-”

“Didn’t you ring it before? With your Oniisan, if I’m remembering right.”

Why did he know that!

“It’s because Masaya looked like he was really envious of you.”

Oh my god. Not only did he see the waltz, he even saw that!? And stop it! Stop reading my mind!

“The dress you’re wearing tonight really suits you. It looks like your dieting really paid off.”

“…Thank you.”

He still hadn’t forgotten about that…? Tsk, what an unpleasant guy.

“Masaya’s mum really loves you now, you know. She was talking about how she wanted to invite you to her dinner party too.”

“Eh.”

A dinner party? Don’t joke with me! That would be even worse than the tea party.

“You don’t look happy to hear that.”

“Oh, no, I feel very honoured.”

Oh crap. Was it showing on my face?

“Hmmm~”

I hated how it felt like he could see right through me. Why were there so many mind-readers around me.

“The wind is getting a little strong. I think I shall head back inside.”

With brisk steps I left him behind. Somehow it felt like he was laughing at me though.

Enjou had the same dark, unknowable depths as my Japanese dolls. Scary…


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88 thoughts on “Reika-sama – 094”

    1. Well the Emperor hardly interact with her, you know… haishhh…I’m still undecided which ship I should board.. and I do think Enjou is a lot more darker than the Emperor… Emperor is only a childish guy…much like Tamaki minus the arrogance

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    2. No way he’s being a total shit lol not that I like that Kaburagi either, but at least that jerk has some misguided good intentions, and he doesn’t have hidden agendas to his nature, unlike Enjou, Kaburagi is like a baka bull in a China shop, while Enjou is like a cat in one.

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    3. Enjou pretty much has all the characteristics of Reika’s ideal man.
      The reason Reika never went for Akizawa despite him also being kind and good-natured is that she likes her men to have a bit of the “bad boy” streak in them. So she finds him rather plain and unexciting.

      Both Takateru and Enjou are described as being kind and considerate but with a bit of a mischievous streak.

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  1. Thanks you so much for this chapter !
    Really such scary man he is ^^
    Good luck for Reika-sama in order to maintain her image “ojousama”
    Things become more and more complex and hard to dealt with it

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  2. Thanks 4 the chapter!

    I can understand how Reika might be creep out by the dolls.
    My mom collected dolls from around the world, and some of them are creepily realistic. I just avoid looking at them when I came down for a drink or midnight snack at night.

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  3. Omg I seriously want an Enjou PoV, I want that lil bastards impression of Reika especially at that moment, that rotten scum total knows she doesn’t want anything to do with either of them. TY for the multi chapters! I think I put on 2kgs of happy fat just know!!

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  4. — Thanks for the chapter~ ^^.

    Now I’m really wondering again who Reika-sama will end up with.
    I’d also like to see the girl her Onii-sama will be with, haha~ XD!

    — Thanks again for the chapter~ ^^.
    —– This is like giving me courage for tomorrow’s trials~!

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  5. One day, there will be a day when Reika win over Enjou and we will see his cheek blushed red from embarrassment..
    But today is not the day..

    Other than that, do the heroine even exist?
    I mean, I forget about her completely, both her name and appearance.

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    1. It’s implied that she already won him over but is oblivious to it.

      Katsuragi accuses Reika of being unworthy of Enjou, which isn’t an accusation he wouldn’t make unless he really believed he was interested in her.

      Monk boy’s POV tells us that Enjou thinks she’s a “fun person.” Class rep’s POV mentions that a boy is also watching her closely, so that’s either Kaburagi or Enjou.

      Recent chapters show that Enjou is aware of Reika’s true self and that he finds her clumsiness to be endearing.

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  6. Thanks for the chapter.

    Reika is so cute <3
    And I agree with her. Creepy dolls are creepy.

    By the way, can someone tell me when will Reika become friends with Wakaba?
    Because we haven't seen her in a long time now.

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  7. Can I interpret the “you don’t wanna ring the bell? You did with your oniisama though” as a “ring the bell with me !” from Enjou ? *trying too hard to sail the ship*

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  8. Thanks for the chapter!
    My ship is beautiful. This chapter is beautiful. *wipes single tear*

    “Interacting with this guy was like navigating a minefield.”
    Couldn’t have said it better, and this field is full~ of mines, like with everystep, boom. Each thing he says is carefully planned to give a slap to Reika’s pride, this little—

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  9. Thank you for the new chapter:) but ONS? really Este-san.. such a creative way for Reika to call her beloved and honored brother!😅
    I also think that esque doll is scary.. too much lifelike especially the bigger-size one..👻👻👻 therefore, it’s better for girl to play with barbie instead although some may think that barbie is lame.. 😏😂 hmmm…
    ohh and.. in this sentence: ”
    I wouldn’t be surprised if that one antique one actually walked about at night” it should be “that/the antique one” I suppose..

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  10. thnx for the chapter
    and i too understood the fear to the dolls my grandma has some old ones and yes it feels like they are looking at you, is kinda creepy.

    and i think enjou only wants to know reika true caracter toward his friend

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  11. Reika has never forgotten that Kaburagi’s mother abandoned Reika and her family in the original manga story. So she completely shrugs off all and any praise from her.

    She doesn’t seem as wary as Kaburagi himself anymore, she’s willing enough these days to try and mess with him in response to him messing with her.

    —-

    Other people have said but I’d really like the see chapters from Kaburagi and Enjou’s perspectives. Ideally, one that covers their changing relationships between primary, middle and now high school.

    For example, she was completely terrified of Kaburagi in primary school. In middle school, she mostly just tattled on him to Aira and Yuri. In high school, she’s confronting him (though subtly in most cases) directly.

    (I’m halfway through reading it again…)

    If you think about it Kaburagi, Enjou and Reika are all childhood friends. So things can be interpreted in dramatically different ways. For example, similar to the manga/anime Chihayafuru.

    I’m starting to understand why the girls screamed “love triangle” when Enjou went up to talk to Reika…

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    1. I wouldn’t call Reika a childhoood friend.
      Enjou and Kaburagi have an honest friendship, but that doesn’t include Reika.

      Kaburagi just doesn’t care one way or another for her existence. She may as well be a pebble for all that it matters. If anything, he probably finds her to be faintly pathetic. He’s uncharitable to everybody, as you’ve noticed with Maihama. He might be faintly aware that Reika went to the dieting resort, but I doubt he even cares. He just matter-of-factly states that his family happens to run such a place.

      Enjou has a crush on her, but isn’t close enough to be called a friend since Reika wants nothing to do with him. Most their interactions are initiated by him, mostly just to tease her.
      (Compare to her relationship to Akizawa, Sakura, Aoi and so on.)

      Mama Kaburagi just seems really enamored with the idea of having a properly purebred aristocrat for a stepdaughter. And I think this meant she was willing to look past the Reika 1.0’s many flaws to get that. Basically a halo effect with social status.

      This is why the fake engagement went as far as it did in the original timeline until the Power of Twoo Wuv won Mama Kaburagi over to Wakaba’s side.

      I think of the Suiran girls to be just typical shoujo NPC’s, perpetually obsessed with romance. So of course they’ll ship Reika off with the other two boys. In their mind it’s the perfect princess being in the arms of prince charming.

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      1. I think that Kaburagi and Reika actually have a pretty friendly relationship at this point. Whether you can consider them friends or not I don’t know but I think their relationship could fit inside of childhood friend concept.

        It’s hard to believe that he thinks she’s pathetic considering how she confronted him directly in the bully girl incident and then “apologized” by knocking her on the head.

        Also in the Ririna incident, Enjou said this to Ririna

        ————-
        “Hey, you should really cut this out already. If you anger Masaya any more than this, I don’t know what’ll happen to you, okay? I bet you don’t know that your cousin, Kisshouin-san, has been lowering her head to various people for your sake. After all, if you did, you wouldn’t be doing something so shameless, right? The reason that you’re still fine after making so many enemies out of the upperclassmen is because Kisshouin-san has been doing nothing but apologising for your sake. It’s because Masaya knows this that he’s stayed quiet all this time. But even that’s coming to an end.”
        ——

        Note the last line about how Kaburagi was staying quiet because of Reika.

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        1. Ugh. I have to much free time on my hands.
          Anyway, Kaburagi’s default response is to be a dick, including to Reika. He doesn’t really pay attention to her social status and treats her the same as every other person in the school that isn’t Enjou or Yurie.

          I give you various citations of the Emperor looking down on her like a bug or something.

          ==
          A line like that isn’t going to scare him at all, Kaburagi.
          Look, Enjou is laughing even harder now.
          Aahh, but I also wanna find out Enjou’s weak point.
          I want to find it, and then rub salt all over it.
          It’s unfair that he’s the only one that can be calm like this.
          What ‘Deer Girl’.

          As I was seething inside, my eyes met with Kaburagi.
          After staring at me for a while, Kaburagi gave a small shake of his head.
          Mn? What was that just now?
          Why did he look at me like some pitiful disappointment?
          I’ll let you know, but in terms of ‘disappointment level’, right now you’re basically my level, okay!

          https://oniichanyamete.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/reika-sama-046/

          ===
          “In the end, we were offered a choice between carrot cake and mint cake, and when I chose the latter out of curiosity, this bright blue cake was brought out to me. This is impossible…
          I met eyes with Kaburagi. He looked at me, and then at my cake, and then had this expression like I was some pitiful weirdo. What the heck!

          https://oniichanyamete.wordpress.com/2016/06/28/reika-sama-069/

          ===
          A few days later in the salon, Kaburagi came up to me and laughed,

          “Heard it from my pops but not only are you a brocon, you’re a fathercon on top of that?”

          https://oniichanyamete.wordpress.com/2016/12/25/reika-sama-085/
          ===

          I don’t really expect him to treat Wakaba any differently, tbh.

          Kaburagi strikes me as a very shoujo male lead. From a distance he looks cool and aloof, but really, he’s actually self-centered, immature and tactless.

          The shoujo cliche is that Wakaba will know him for his true self and fall in love with that, but not before Kaburagi makes an inconvenient ass of himself to her. He’ll be this hugely disruptive imposition on her life. But over time, she’ll get under his guard while he’ll learn to appreciate her goodness of heart, intelligence, humility, blah blah blah, inner beauty and all that.

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          1. He doesn’t treat Reika the same at all. He quite blatantly ignores almost every other girl, responding as little as possible where at all.

            In the example you just mentioned, Kaburagi actually went out of his way to talk to her, It was to make fun of her fathercon thing but he’s not like that with any girl other than Yuri.

            With the other examples… well he noticed Reika was doing something weird or stupid so he looked at her as if she was doing something Reika or something. If I saw my friend doing something weird I’d give him the same look. And the fact that he notices her in the first place is significant it of itself.

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                1. The reason Bakaburagi “recruited” Reika was because Aira wouldn’t snitch on Yurie. At that point he didn’t even know Reika’s name, I think. It was only after did he really began to pay attention to her. Unless you’re referring to high-school arc?

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  12. Thanks for the chapter!
    The ship is real~ the ship is real~~
    Maybe Enjou is the same kind as Reika’s oniisama type? Darkly sparkling prince type?

    And agree with Reika. My lil bro sell those antique dolls, and even him is scared by those dolls because they are too realistic and according to him ‘i swear the dolls winking at me that night!’

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  13. Hahaha. I relate to Reika about dolls. Dolls are indeed creepy.
    Awwww.Its so so so cute that she encouraged a young couple to ring the bell.
    Enjou must have been watching her before approaching her. Haha. Even reika compare him to creepy dolls. So so cute!!!!!!
    I’m hitting the ‘ship’ button!!!!

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    1. I’m a sucker for horror and mythology.
      The idea that a particularly old thing, especially a doll, would obtain a soul and come to life is just unspeakably cool to me.

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      1. If you ever watched/read Natsume Yuujincho, there is an episode/chapter about Nitan-sama. Some crazy guy would stick a bunch of dolls in a room and lock the door, and eventually some dolls would somehow get broken. Apparently it was a ritual to bring the surviving dolls to life as a curse. Though the idiot who did this got scared his curse worked and ran away, leaving the scary, living dolls behind to run amok.

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  14. Reika is great around kids. She makes a great onee-sama. Thank you for the updates! I feel so blessed with all these chapters this month, especially the ones with little Enjou x Reika moments. Oh Enjou, you can’t help but poke fun at her even while complimenting can you? The fact that Enjou has dark, unknowable depths makes him all the more interesting. But then again this is my opinion as a haraguro lover.

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  15. Reika-oneesama…man how I wished I have an oneesama or at least an oniisama like Reika…how amazing would it be ✿ฺ•̀3•́✿ฺ and bisque dolls before I used to find them adorable and I even love the feel of the smooth porcelain like material of the dolls or how big their eyes are, with long eye lashes and curly hair and their European style dress but after being forced to do a marathon of Ghost Hunt and this one doll themed horror movie as a kid I stuffed them all in a 📦 And Enjou really what is his deal? Like I’m so curious😆😆😆😆 thanks for the chapter!!

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  16. Yay! Great chapter XD Thanks for translating it!

    Reading these interactions between Reika and Enjou with shipping glasses (especially if the attraction is largely one-sided on Enjou’s part) is a LOT of fun ^^ If he does wind up with her, then Reika definitely has a type XD

    Thanks again! Onto the next chapter~

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  17. Thank you for the chapter. I’m surprised there was no mention of the food at the party, especially since she was starved when they were at the hotel. Is she getting better at regulating her eating habits?

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  18. Ah, I really like the Reika x Enjou ship, but there’s not enough for me to actually sail it ;; 7 ;; )) those dark, clever characters are my weakness lolol. Thanks for the chapter! It’s been a while since we’ve had so much Reika in a week xD

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  19. OMG. You did received my advice, Enjou boi. Lol. But this is not how I expected it would be. You are creeping him out, bakaa!
    Heh. You must be secretly happy Reika look displeased when she heard of Kaburagi Mom’s invitation!!! Good for you!

    But as Enjou is attractive as admitted to Reika, it is going to be hella cute and romantic when Reika finally acknowledge Enjou’s gentle and good sides later (‘; or when this prat finally get serious in getting her. Can’t we like have a rival debut or something? Someone with Katsuragi or Enjou level of popularity from another school or something. Like Stalking Horse The Vice Chief of Single Village vs Katsuragi Masaya???!! Wait! Is there only three love candidates in the manga? I forgott

    Thank you Sheep-san! I really love you…

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  20. Haraguroooo Enjoooooouuuuu…why you so shady???
    It’s things like this that makes me confused on whether you’re smitten or whether you’re just yanking poor Reika’s chains, yanno?
    State your intentions already.

    On a lighter note, oh does that bell bring back memories! I hope we get to see Reika dancing with Oniisama again in the future.

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  21. “The dress you’re wearing tonight really suits you. It looks like your dieting really paid off.”

    SON OF A GUN. Birds of the same feather really dies flocks together, eh? This is a no no when talking to girls!

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  22. “Say, Okaasama, since is it summer after all, I was thinking about changing my hairstyle…
    “Say, Okaasama, since it is summer after all, I was thinking about changing my hairstyle…”

    Thanks for the chapter :D

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