Reika-sama – 137

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I was already having trouble.

With reference to designs for a dog in a needle felting book, I was trying to come up with a design for Beatrice. Holy hell, though, did I have no artistic talent.

I had been given art lessons before, back as a child when we wanted to guarantee my entrance into Suiran, but apparently none of that had stuck at all…

I mean, the body was fine since I could just follow the book, but I couldn’t decide on how I wanted the face. The face was the most important part for dolls!

After discarding design after design, by now I was fully aware of how little artistic merit I had, so in the end I enlarged a photo of her instead. Knowing when to give up was an important skill for a person.

But wow was realism hard. Maybe it would be better to practice a few times? Come to think of it, what was actually hard was my choice in a model! Was it actually a huge mistake to choose a long-haired breed!?

When I went cram school, Umewaka-kun unknowingly applied pressure to me.

“How’s the Bea-tan doll coming along?”

It just made it really hard to say ‘I think I can’t do it after all’. The expectations were heavy. What was I to do? I had overestimated my own ability. Was I really going to get this done in time!?

Umewaka-kun gave me a photo of Bea-tan’s head peeking out from the carry bag I gifted them, so I came up with the idea of just buying another bag and only doing the head… How little time would it take to realise that it was just a cop-out…?

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Since I had needle felting stuff everywhere I was finding it really hard to study without distraction. And I had so much homework too…

Speaking of which, I made quite a lot of progress studying in the library hadn’t I? That was it. I could go to the library.

I was worried that a small library wouldn’t have any seats so I went to a large one instead. It was busy, true, but there were free seats here and there so I took one of the closer ones. I was taking my stationery out when I caught sight of the person sitting opposite me. A shock ran through my body.

Naru-kun!?

The person studying in front of me looked just like the cousin I had in my previous life, Naruhito-kun.

It was Naru-kun. Naru-kun.

My cousin Naru-kun was older than me and always looked after me whenever we met. He was my first crush.

Incidentally, Naruhito(成人)-kun’s name came from his birthday. He was born on the 15th of January, so his parents had simply named him after the Coming of Age Day(成人の日). Who would have known that the government would invalidate the whole thing by changing it to the 2nd Monday of the year instead.

“The origin of my name…” mourned poor Naru-kun.

It was a nostalgic memory.

“It’s okay, Naru-kun. I’ll always remember your birthday, okay?” I remember trying to cheer him up.

Naru-kun who was kind to me, and who had a habit of sometimes playing dumb.

The boy in front of me was the spitting image of Naru-kun back in his high school days.

No… To be honest I couldn’t tell if he really did look identical. Although I thought about them on occasion, I was starting to forget the faces of my old family.

Even so, I was sure that this boy resembled him. He had been a kind person that Mozart’s Twinkle Twinkle Little Star would have suited.

I ended up pretty much ignoring my homework beginning to end, in favour of observing Naru-kun as my heart pounded.

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After dinner I complained to Oniisama about my lack of progress.

“I couldn’t even draw the design properly so it has been all failures since the beginning. I thought to use the photos instead, but even that has been difficult…”

“Hmmmm, could I see those photos and the design you drew?”

I went to my room to fetch them.

“Here.”

“…I see.”

Oniisama looked over my sketchbook and the the many photos. Waaah! My shame was on display for Oniisama to see! I’ve changed my mind, please don’t look!

I tried to get it back from him, but Oniisama was quicker than I was and began sketching Beatrice in it. And he was so skilled!

“Oniisama, you know how to sketch!?”

“Not really? I just gave it a shot. Here,” he said, holding out a realistic drawing to me. You’re so good, Oniisama!

Since he was so good I tried asking him to draw me a design to, and in no time he had drawn things exactly as I wanted. Heavens! To think that the Messiah was living with me all along!

But we were related, so how come there was such a difference in talent… I was just a tiny bit jealous.

“There truly is not a thing you can’t do, Oniisama!”

“Now that’s not true. You just need to know the trick to it.”

“I had no clue there was even some trick to it…”

Oniisama smiled helplessly at me.

“By the way, I hear a little friend of yours is coming over to stay?”

“Yes. Sawarabi Mao-chan is attending the primary section of Suiran. She is the most adorable thing!”

Mao-chan’s parents had already approved of her coming over to play, and we got permission from her to sleep over as well. She was ecstatic about it.

“I see. You must be looking forward to it. If I remember correctly, she’s the niece of the Ichinokura family’s Haruto-san?”

“She is. It seems you know of Ichinokura-sama as well, Oniisama.”

“Mmn. I’ve met him a few times, you know? He thanked me because you looked after Mao-chan at a party.”

“I see~ The one being looked after was actually me, though. Remember those times he took me out to eat?”

“Ahh, come to think of it he did.”

“I actually have a request for you, Oniisama. Remember how you promised to take me to the aquarium? I was thinking that since Mao-chan was coming over, we might as well do then. Would that be a problem?”

“I’m fine with it. Then we’ll go on the day that Mao-chan comes over. Since we’re bringing her along, would somewhere closer-by be okay?”

“Yes! Mao-chan will love it!”

Uhuhu, I couldn’t wait. I think I’d keep this a secret from her until the day.

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I decided that I was going to skip cram school on the day Mao-chan came over, Naturally I would be skipping my morning jog that day too.

Lately I was jogging every morning at the park with Mihara-san. I could run a little smoother and a little longer now. I had asked him not to keep shouting my name, but he still shouting “Ojousama!” which was making me rather conspicuous. Sometimes while I was running, people I didn’t recognise at all would shout “Do your best, Ojousama!” and cheer me on. I was getting the strange feeling that I had turned into some kind of attraction for this park…

“You’ve gotten a lot more comfortable with running, Ojousama! Let’s aim for the Imperial Palace before your summer break ends!”

“Ehh!? The Imperial Palace!? Impossible! That is impossible for me!”

Weren’t all the people running there pretty much athletes? Whoa, whoa, I ran slower than people walked. If I went there I would stand out like a sore thumb.

“Ojousama, you must set your goals high. Don’t worry, a lap around the Palace is only 5 kilometres. We’ll begin training you for it now!”

“Ehh!? Now!? You are going to suddenly add 2 kilometres to my run!?”

“You can do it, Ojousama. We’ll train every day, and next year we’ll go to Honolulu!”

“Ehhhhhhh? Honolulu!?”

That was actually impossible now! Just how many kilometres would I have to run in the Hononlulu Marathons!?

“Don’t give up before you run!” he cheered.

“Show me the hard work you need to defeat the weakness of your self!” he cheered.

Trying to persuade Mihara-san was actually even harder than running.

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Mao-chan and her Okaasama appeared on my doorstep with her luggage.

“Gokigen’yoh, Reika-oneesama! Please look after me today.”

Mao-chan gave a slightly nervous but happy bow.

“Welcome, Mao-chan. I will be in your care as well.”

“Reika-san, my daughter will be in your care.”

“I am afraid we do not have much to offer her here, but I will definitely look after her so please be at ease.”

That was when Okaasama came along to greet them as well.

“My, Sawarabi-sama, Gokigen’yoh. It seems that your daughter will be staying with us tonight.”

“Gokigen’yoh, Kisshouin-sama. My daughter will be troubling you tonight. Please take care of her.”

“Please take care of me,” bowed Mao-chan.

“My, what a cute daughter you have.”

It seems that Okaasama had already taken to her. After we all chatted for a bit, Mao-chan’s Okaasama went home so I led Mao-chan to my room.

“Mao-chan, will you be lonely without your Okaasama?”

“I’ll be fine. Waaah! Your room is so cute, Reika-oneesama!”

Mao-chan eyed my canopied bed with sparkling eyes. She began a happy exploration of my room.
I had already stored the weird stuff like my hula hoop or my stepping machine in the storehouse so I was okay wherever she looked.

I hoped this was going to be a fun stay over.

Mao-chan, let’s make some nice memories this summer!

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Okaasama began to talk about wanting to bring Mao-chan shopping. She had found a new dress-up doll…

Okaasama, please spare her hair at least! Ruuuuuun, Mao-chaaaaan!


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69 thoughts on “Reika-sama – 137”

        1. If it’s a bad surprise, you’ll end up in my basement, where you’ll be fed only if you translate a certain quota of chapters.
          If the surprise isn’t satisfying enough for me, you’ll still end up in my basement :D

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      1. I am just imagining that right now lol, Reikas very own mini me, she even had her own fat phase as well, Bea tan it seems you will have a little sister!

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  1. The Rococo Queen is going to have a Rococo Princess… I bet Kisshouin Mama is going to indoctrinate Mao chan into the world of Vertical Rolls…

    I think it has not been mentioned but surely, Reika-sama is losing weight…

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  2. Thx for the chapter o/
    Mao-chan Runnnnn!!!
    now joking aside, how could you abandon your greatest ally Reika-sama, be aware of the Hula hoop curse, it might make you fat again in no time ^^’

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  3. Reika has acquired +1 to stamina.
    Reika has acquired a new nickname: “Ojou-sama”
    Reika has acquired a new skill: “Living Doll Substitution Technique”.

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  4. Thanks for the new chapter! Maihara-san has some extreme aspirations. XD And Reika would probably have been able to get some help from the other club members I feel regarding Beatrice’s face.

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  5. Why is Reikas ordinary days so interesting and delightful :D I get so enraptured at each chapter about basically nothing really, she goes to eat with a hot guy and his niece and it becomes so interesting, how is that possible :P, sitting in cram school is interesting lol, how? haha :D I really love this series so much, Thank you so much to the translators.

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  6. “Naru-kun who was kind to me, and who had a habit of sometimes playing dumb.”

    …are you sure “playing” dumb is quite the right word, Reika? Is it a family trait? A FAMILY TRAIT??? He does sound cute though, Reika’s Naru-kun.

    I wonder if the reincarnation aspect will play a bigger role in the story later?

    Oniisama is still perfect (O Oniisama, wherefore art thou Oniisama) and the Rococo girls are super adorable, as usual. This satisfies my daily dose of cuteness! Thank you~

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  7. Oh dear I cant wait for Mao chan to meet a REAL Onii sama ! she may just get so Jealous of Reika haha, she and Riri might have something in common :P, actually now that Reika has taken Mao chan under her wing, wont Riri try to recruit her as well lol, however Mao is a Pivone :P so only Reika will have that right I think.

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  8. Many thanks!
    Huh, so it is true that Reika-chan has an affinity to older males… Huhuhu. And damn, I knew Reika’s oniisama was good, but he’s too good. Gunna win the hearts of all the girls around. LOL. Poor Mao-chan. Good luck with Reika’s mom! Hopefully, Mao-chan doesn’t mind getting dressed up. XD

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      1. He has the power and charisma of manga!Kaburagi and the two-faced guile of Enjou. He must have a hoard of girls after him…..

        Just kidding. I bet his popularity is somewhere between tomoe’s and kaburagi’s.

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  9. Hm… I know Onii-sama, for someone who could draw it’s just incomprehensible why some people have terrible hand coordination.
    Reika-sama! Let your Okaa-sama do it!
    It would be so cute if later Mao-chan get hooked with your princess hairstyle and you have a mini-me in petite pivoine!

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  10. Oh Reika, sometimes I suspect she lacks a certain degree of self-awareness. Not as bad as Wakaba or Bakaburagi, but still lacking a somewhat concerning amount. At least she’ll have Oniisama for support XDXD Now, is Foodie-niisan about to have an Oniisama revelation punch coming?

    Wait, wait wait wait… I thought this was a “fictional” world. Can Reika perhaps meet her previous self!? Wow. I just. Wow.

    Yikes! Extra running for Reika. Faito, Reika!

    Next, some fun with Mao and Oniisama, right? XD

    Thank you for your translations!

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    1. Perhaps it’s a world in which everyone from her previous life but her past self is there..
      As in, a world were her sister in her previous life was an only child of their parents..

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    2. Sound cool, but then again… Remember when she tried to find her old home? Instead of her family is was a giant concrete wall (or something like that) and she ran home crying. Good thing Onii-Sama was there though !

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  11. “Weren’t all the people running there pretty much athletes? Whoa, whoa, I ran slower than people walked. If I went there I would stand out like a sore thumb.”
    ===
    Again it irks me that this is a problem. It’s still better cardio than just walking. You’re not competing against other people.

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  12. I sometimes envy Reika-sama for having an oniisama like Taketeru, a capable and doting oniisama💕

    And the whole aquarium date, I bet Ichinokura would be so jealous of Takereru once he hears about Mao-chan going to the aquarium with him and Reika-sama😂😂😂😂 I can definitely see that ‘ojisan’ crying😂

    Thanks for the chapter Este!!😊

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  13. In case anyone was wondering (from Wikipedia):

    “The Honolulu Marathon (branded JAL Honolulu Marathon for sponsorship reasons) is a major 26.2-mile (42.2 km) marathon in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is one of the world’s largest marathons, taking place annually on the second Sunday in December. The marathon is popular for its exotic location in Hawaii, and is also popular among first-time marathoners, many of whom are visitors from Japan.”

    Some quick math [(42.2 km – 3 km) / 3 km] * 100%
    Compared to her current 3 km run, a marathon would be an increase in distance of 1306.7 %. I think.

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  14. Thank you for the chapter~
    Can you tell us what’s going on in the latest raws? Is there any romantic development for Reika?

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  15. ” He had been a kind person that Mozart’s Twinkle Twinkle Little Star would have suited.”
    This line made me think this “Naru-kun” would be like Kousei Arima. Come back, Reika-sama! I don’t want a second Kaori *cry*

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  16. Meatbun Delivery~
    Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

    *5 minutes later*
    Mao: may i see Reika-oneesama’s wardrobe? I want to see reika-oneesama’s cloth repetoire
    *opens closet* … *closes quickly*

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