Reika-sama – 114

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Not long after I met Yukino-kun, the word was spreading that Enjou’s younger brother had entered the Suiran primary school section.
According to the rumours the boy was as good-looking as his older brother. Hordes of girls went to the primary school section to see him, and when they came back they said he was adorable, which just fed back into the problem.
But Enjou responded to it. With an unusually stern expression, he said,

“My brother has a weak body, so could you please not cause such a fuss?”

Thanks to that, the building rampage dissipated into nothing.

Yukino-kun even came up as a topic in the salon, but I guess even Enjou couldn’t treat the Pivoine members that way.

“We had no idea that you had a younger brother, Enjou-sama. You should bring him here to visit,” said the President.

“Sure. Should we get the chance.”

“Apparently many girls have already gone their way into the primary school section to see him. They say he looks just like his older brother and is terribly cute.”

“He is cute, but my little brother has always been ill with asthma, so I’m worried that he’ll have an attack if people cause too much of an uproar. I want him to have a nice, peaceful time here.”

“Goodness! Why that is terrible. Then we will ask the Petite Pivoine to cooperate in helping Yukino-kun enjoy a peaceful school life. It wouldn’t do to have fools loitering around him.”

“Please.”

Enjou smiled, causing the girls gathered around Kaburagi and him to turn red.
And so, with the President of the Pivoine as an ally, Enjou solidified his protection.

So Yukino-kun had a weak constitution… I suppose he was a bit pale.
But huh. That schemer cared so much about his younger brother. Didn’t expect this side to him.

I was drinking milk tea when I met eyes with the devil in question. Urgh.

“Kisshouin-san, I heard you met my brother?”

“Eh…”

I could feel a cold sweat forming. Could it be that the one who started all this was me?! Oh dear…

“Ah, yes, I happened to meet him when I visited the Petite Pivoine. I was there to hand something to a girl there. The one who opened the door happened to be your younger brother. Truly, what a coincidence,” I said, making doubly sure to emphasise that it was a coincidence.

Stop it! I’m not your enemy!

“Mm, my brother told me. Thank you for keeping him company.”

“No need…”

Was he really thanking me? Unlike Yukino-kun, there was no trusting this guy.

“Kisshouin, you met Yukino?” interrupted Kaburagi.

So he knew him too. Well, it made sense considering he was best friends with Enjou.

“Yes, well.”

“Hmmmmm…”

“…Um, he is a very sweet and kind boy, is he not.”

“Hmmmmm…”

For some reason Kaburagi frowned.

Enjou was still wearing that unreadable smile as he thanked me.

I was getting a bad feeling so I hastily retreated from the salon.

*

*

Right now I had a bigger problem than the incident with Yukino-kun. The 1st years were deciding which clubs to join. Honestly speaking, the Handicrafts Club was kind of a plain one. All the members were the quiet types, and there weren’t many of them either. That’s why I had to pull my weight to get new members!

Ever since becoming an official member, I had pretty much come every day they were open. It made sense. I was an official member, after all.

Today was no exception, as I hurried to the clubroom. My bag was filled with snacks that I had just stolen from the Pivoine salon, which I was going to use to entertain prospective members. How’s that for being a hostess!
Generally it was forbidden to bring snacks to Suiran so this would probably give us quite the advantage. Hu hu hu…

While I was making the club great again, some new students came to look. I shot up. Fresh meat!
For a split second they seemed startled.
Oh? How come? Were they nervous? Ohh! I know! That’s what the snacks were for!

With a smile, I beckoned the younglings over to a seat.

“Come in, sit down. We have sweets, you know?”

“Eh-”

“How about some tea? We have some good blends.”

Blends that I also stole from the salon.
Despite the tea and sweets in front of them, the newcomers seemed to shrink in on themselves. What was stopping them from just relaxing and having a chat about club activities? Being the gentle senpai that I was, I gave them a heartfelt smile to help them relax. Smile smile. Hmm? Why did they keep shooting glances at the door? They had only just come.

“Feel free to take your time. Now come, eat up.”

“Umm… But, eating outside the dining hall is… And bringing sweets is against the rules as well…”

“My! There is no problem, I guarantee. After all, these were taken from the Pivoine salon.”

The colour drained from their faces. Was that one girl over there trembling?

“Ummm…”

Before I could say another word, the newcomers shot up and made a break for the door as they repeated apology after apology.

“…”

…Could it be that …I was the reason? But how come? I was so friendly and everything. Far from eating the snacks I prepared, they didn’t even take them with them…

Some more girls appeared after that, but they all had the same reaction. Even though they were supposed to be having a look, they all left the moment they arrived. And not only did they not eat the snacks, they didn’t even touch the tea. The worst one was when the girl shut the door the moment she opened it and ran. What the heck!
I got a little annoyed after a while and wouldn’t let the next one leave without eating the snacks, but the girl turned blue and muttered,

“If I eat this I’ll…”

You’ll what? This isn’t food from Hades, you know. Now come. Eat. Eaaaat.

With teary eyes, the girl nibbled on a madeleine.

…She just swallowed, didn’t she? She would never escape now.

One new member, confirmed. It was time to take her signature.

After a while, the Club President moved me as far as possible into the clubroom.

Ehh~? But I want to contribute as an official member of the club. I’ll serve tea or whatever you need.

Then, the Club President ordered a line of club members to sit in front of me like a wall, blocking me from view.

But would we even get members now? I was worried. Maybe I really should… Ah, I can’t see. C-, Could you move?

*

*

Today I was going to eat with Ichinokura-san.
He asked me how I felt about Japanese food, so I OK’d it. Where was he going to take me though? One of those fancy, traditional kaiseki places? Instead he took me to a kamameshi place.

Ingredients and rice are cooked together in a pot which they are served in. Kind of like a slant-eyed paella. Mentally associated with what people were eating after the disastrous 1923 Kantou Earthquake. This is a picture of a fancier snow crab one.

When you came down to it, kamameshi wasn’t something you would associate with the image of haute cuisine, so I was genuinely surprised. I loved eating this in my last life though. Actually I just love rice in general. Viva el arroz!

“Maybe this is a little plain for you. If you’re not okay with this place, I was going to take you to a great Italian restaurant instead.”

“No, this place is perfect.”

Kamameshi~ Kamameshi~ Apparently by choosing this kamameshi place instead of some fancy French restaurant Ichinokura-san’s opinion of me shot up.
Actually, this place was at least fancy enough to have private rooms, so it wasn’t like we were slumming it up.

“This place does amazing kamameshi. I really wanted you to try it, Reika-san. My sister told me that you seemed to enjoy her paella, so I thought you might like this too.”

“My.”

Exactly right!

There were so many different kamameshi dishes on the menu that I just couldn’t choose.

The red salmon and ikura one look sooo good~

Red salmon and ikura(salted salmon roe).

And the chicken one was such a close competitor.

Chicken kamameshi.

The prawns were tempting too.

But you couldn’t go wrong with the classics like five-item gomoku…

Gomoku kamameshi.

“I think I’ll be ordering the red salmon and ikura set. What about you, Reika-san?”

“Then I shall go with the gomoku set.”

It was a difficult decision. I didn’t regret it though. I loved quail eggs. But still, that red salmon…

When they brought us our food, besides the kamameshi, the set meal came with chawanmushi, deep-fried tofu, pickles, and a clear soup broth too. I loved chawanmushi! And it had gingko inside!

And the broth in the kamameshi was amazing! Choosing this place was the right choice! Hm, I think I’d leave the quail egg for last.

“Reika-san. If you’d like, shall we come here again?”

Holy hell! What a wonderful idea, Ichinokura-san!

I carefully moved my quail egg to my chawanmushi, and then exchanged kamameshi. Red salmon was great!

When I realised it, I had been speaking passionately with Ichinokura-san about the kamameshi and chawanmushi, and he was telling me about his favourite foods too. Apparently he preferred taste over form. I totally get you, Ichinokura-san. I could really get onboard with his preferences.
We spent our time chatting happily about food, and began ordering one thing after another on the menu. The two of us finished it all. The matcha green tea ice cream for dessert was delicious too. Apparently they made it in this restaurant. How splendid.

*

When it was time to go, we made a firm promise to do this again sometime.

It seems like I had met someone I could show all of the real me to.


 

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73 thoughts on “Reika-sama – 114”

  1. Hhm… although I’m still suspicious of Ichinokura, could he possibly be our Reika-sama’s next love?

    That last sentence feels too weird, I’m having bad vibes from that.

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        1. To be honest, I’d love that to happen to me if so, but foodzoning like that might nurture a different kind of spring for Reika. Though, becoming fellow (food) lovers would probably be bad for her figure XDD Faito, Reika!

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      1. Actually Reika-chan… could you marry me?

        …because I need a decoy for my fabulous nightlife. My parents would approve but it’d be bad for business at this point.

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      1. You know, it’s kinda sad that the moment a possibility of spring comes for Reika, everyone in the comments then says they suspect something is up and that he’s suspicious. We’re worse than over protective siscons xD

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    1. Chief is being fooled into a nisekoi! Alert the insensitive emperor and his evil scheming advisor at once! Actually maybe don’t inform the advisor right away as his brother is also rather suspicious just for being related to that evil scheming ikemen. His brother has connections to the nisekoi so it’d be better safe than sorry.

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    1. That seems to be to me too… Of course with the two-faced, devil brother, there’s no way the lil bro who looks up to his onii-sama is a kind boy(angel) just like what she described…. And is it finally a love line for Rei-chan(that’s ny nicknane for reika) or just false alarm because of the two kids (mao and yukino) and the other childish brats (kaburagi and enjou)

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  2. This isn’t food from Hades, you know. Now come. Eat. Eaaaat.
    […]
    …She just swallowed, didn’t she? She would never escape now.
    ——–
    Pfft! Oh Reika. Pressuring people into doing your bidding, only to scare most people away.

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  3. i have a few theories about Ichinokura… maybe he will turn out to be just like a certain tanuki in his younger days, and everyone is gonna think Reika-sama is a really big fathercon~~ Also i think Bakaburagi also has a brother and thinks it’s unfair that Reika-sama only met Enjou’s

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  4. If it’s just eating buddies, wouldn’t ichinokura and the chubby ojou-sama that reika-sama met at the fasting event be more suited with each other?

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  5. We DESPERATELY needs a chapter with Enjou’s or Kaburagi’s POV, especially Enjou… he is not the first black belly prince chara I see but I can’t figure him out AT ALL!!!
    What’s with his reaction on Reika meeting his brother? It’s so strange!

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  6. I can picture him saying that Reika-sama is like a little sister to him with Stalkaragi hidden in the corner, miasma of forever alone village gushing out and beckoning her to come back.

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  7. I’m trying to picture Reika-sama trying to lure new club members.. I need stitches goddammit 😂

    A perfect image of THE aloof intimidating Ojou-sama smiling eerily, beckoning young girls to delicious looking tea and snacks.

    Yeah… totally not a suspicious or dangerous looking atmosphere at all. All these images of beautiful witches, sirens, fox spirits etc flashing through my mind is definitely just coincidence hahaha…

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    1. Ha. Ha. I just picture them tucking her into a nook obscured by a screen, like a ruler. Because it is forbidden to gaze upon her.

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  8. “Come in, sit down. We have sweets, you know?”
    Reika wants to bribe new members with sweets , but it sounds like she is going to kidnap them.
    And the club stopping her XD To think they too were scared at the beginning. They have come a long way.

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    1. Another crime added to Rei-chan (Reika)… She already have the crimes of super dunce, clumsiness, denseness, shotacon ,now a suspicious kidnapper/briber… REI-CHAN stop adding more crime to your criminal record!!!! Your existence itself is crime you know!!!! (You’re too good for others~~~)

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  9. Thanks for the chapter! Kaburagi’s reaction is suspicious. And Enjou’s reaction too. Maybe Yukino is actually kind of mini Enjou in term of personality too? Poor Reika, Enjou already spread his trap everywhere and now he have a minion to help him too.

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    1. It’s probably more like there’s a parallel between reika and the angel and Kaburagi and Yurie. Kaburagi probably senses he has a new rival but isn’t self aware enough to realize that he’s even worse.

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  10. Hello police! The shotacon is still at largend now became a thief. Please arrest her, she is at the handicrafts club clubroom.

    Anyway, that ikura reminded me of my favorite salmon-ikura don. It is a rice-topped salmon-sashimi with salmon roe. Now I’m craving for it. Might try it tomorrow.

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  11. Luring with sweets, really? Combined with the shota-con accusations in the previous chapter, you might as well have a “SUSPICIOUS PERSON” tattooed on your forehead, Reika-sama.

    Yukino-kun…don’t follow your elder brother’s example and maintain your angelic image for Reika (Takateru is a more successful role model – you should copy him!).

    …I’m not going to read the rest of the chapter before dinner.

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  12. — Thanks for the chapter~ ^^.

    I’m already feeling sleepy when this chapter showed up and then next, I’m not sleepy anymore but hungry, lol.

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  13. Haha. Reika is such a silly person when trying her best to recruit members. She can be so oblivious to her own situation while being sharp towards people like kaburagi or dog lover. Hahaha. What’s funnier the club members trying to prevent her from recruiting members by forming a barrier.
    Still waiting for reika to actually get a boyfriend… lol

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  14. AH! Kaburagi being all “Hmmm”!
    Y’know how he’s been seeing himself in Reika(with the unrequited love)?
    HE’S SEEING HIMSELF IN ENJOU’S OTOUTO. A LITTLE BOY ABOUT TO DEVELOP HIS CRUSH ON AN UNREACHABLE ONEE-SAMA.
    GAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!

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  15. Thank you for the chapter!
    Hahaha Reika-sama, far from getting new members you are making them leave.
    Enjou’s reaction is suspicious, maybe the little angel is a little devil in disguise. >.<

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  16. Oh no, Enjou has a hook on Reika now.

    On the other hand, this is starting to make me think that the Ichinokura romance is real. That we are actually in the start of a traditional shoujo romance, where Ichinokura is the nice guy romantic interest.

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  17. “You’ll what? This isn’t food from Hades, you know. Now come. Eat. Eaaaat.”

    Reminds me of a great scene in Pan’s labyrinth where the heroine is instructed to retrieve doodad, but in the process must absolutely not steal food from the feast table.

    So I’m just picturing Reika as the Pale Man terrorizing little girls.

    Great movie by the way, I recommend.

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  18. Ayy…is Enjou’s lil bro perhaps more devious than enjoy himself? What’s with that suspicious reaction? It felt like they were questioning her opinion of Yukino being and angel. Ah…did she not meet and angel but a lil demon in disguise? Ahah…Thanks for the chapter!

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  19. Wow, I don’t think I’ve seen such blatant use of mannipulation by Enjou thus far 0.o Usually he’s more subtle…
    (shipping glasses-ON: except when Reika’s involved~ yeah, that’s right, boy. She’s sees ya! 8} and what’s with the “hmmm”ing, Bakaburagi?)

    And why is Reika such a suspicious character when fishing for fresh mea-erm, I mean freshman (frist years)? You’re NOT actually Hades! ;D

    Yet the REAL suspicious one is still Ichinokura 0.0 (but the kamameshi looks really delish… urg, such a heavy hit~ I’m starting to think he might just be a foodie buddy T-T|||)

    Thank you for the double release!

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  20. Kyaaaa. Are those some love flags being raise??? Like for real?😲 Or another imouto zone? And really I’m worried for Reika’s weight!! All those fasting and exercise she did before!!😱

    And Kaburagi’s “Hmmmmmmmm….” srsly what does that mean?? Like why hmmm? Bakaburagi 😆😆😆 and isn’t sneaking out snacks from pivione not allowed? I remember that being mention during Tomoe-senpai’ arc.

    THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH FOR THE UPDATE!!

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  21. Dude………. did they swap their half-eaten kamameshi bowls???
    They’re at that level??? Did I misread this?
    And they got a second date… How … wonderful!
    If they really swapped bowls, Reika didn’t even blush, she was so preoccupied by the food… Guys, what she ends up foodzoning HIM!!!?

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  22. Thanks for the chapter!

    Ichinokura doesn’t seem like he’s going to be a love interest in my opinion. It’s interesting that Reika seems to building up a harem from the outside, yet as it stands none of them are interested in her (although to be fair, she is also not interested in any of them).

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