Reika-sama – 150

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The legend of the “Straw Millionaire” is a Japanese Buddhist folk tale about a poor man who becomes wealthy through a series of successive trades, starting with a single piece of straw.

A hard-working but unlucky peasant named Daietsu-no-suke prays to Kannon, the goddess of mercy, to help him escape poverty. Kannon tells him to take the first thing he touches on the ground with him and travel west. He stumbles on his way out of the temple and grabs a piece of straw. While travelling, he catches a horsefly that was bothering him and ties it to the straw. In the next town, the buzzing horsefly calms a crying baby and the thankful mother exchanges it for three oranges. Taking the oranges, he continues on his journey and encounters a dehydrated woman. He gives her the oranges and she thanks him by giving him a rich silk cloth. The peasant meets a samurai with a weak horse. The samurai demands the silk cloth in exchange for his horse. The peasant nurses the horse back to health and continues west. A millionaire is impressed by his horse and invites him to his home. The millionaire’s daughter turns out to be the same woman he saved with his oranges. Seeing this as a sign, the millionaire insists that the peasant marry his daughter, making him a millionaire.


She might have casually deflected the question earlier but I couldn’t ignore that she had been hit by a car.

“Kaburagi-sama ran you over with his car over the summer?”

“Ahaha, I guess.”

Oh my god. The reason the two of them suddenly seemed so close after the summer break was because he sent her flying with his car!?

“It really wasn’t as bad as it sounds. And the car wasn’t going all that fast either. Anyway, it sort of hit me and then I got bowled over and went rolling, like this,” she said, first posing like a frog and then rolling like a ball.

“Anyhow, I jumped right off so I wasn’t really injured, okay? I suppose since they actually ran over the front of the bike a little it might have been worse had I still been holding on though~ Ahaha.”

Not just hit by a car, but then literally run over? That’s not something to be laughing about, Wakaba-chan.

“I presume that Kaburagi-sama took the appropriate measures, then?” I asked, “It did not, heavens forbid, turn into some hit-and-run incident…?”

“God, nooo~ He apologised and everything, and even though I said I was fine he took me to the hospital too.”

“Obviously.”

“But I didn’t hit my head or my back so rather than being hit by a car, it’s better to say that it just kind of knocked me over. I mean, I was wearing summer clothes so the asphalt grazed my arms and hands a bit but that was it~ Well, that and the bruises hurt for a few days I guess.”

The whole time she was speaking, Wakaba-chan was wearing a carefree smile.

“But you did get injured,” I stressed, “And even if you got off lightly, you saw what happened to your bicycle. You did press him for reparations?”

“Ehh~?! Reparations? No way.”

“What are you saying! How can you give up like that! You must squeeze him for everything he has!”

“‘Squeeze’…”

Wakaba-chan looked a little disturbed at my suggestion, but Kaburagi was rich. If he just settled out of court with her he was hardly going to miss the money!

“But actually, you know, he did offer me reparations money. And his lawyer came over to my house a number of times too. It was really exciting actually, meeting my first lawyer! He seemed really capable too! As expected of the Kaburagi family’s legal advisor! Ah, but I suppose you don’t really care about that, huh. Ummm, anyway, we refused. I mean, I didn’t really get hurt or anything, you know? But then he kept offering money as a ‘get well gift’ and in the end we didn’t manage to refuse that too. It was less than the reparations offer but it was still a lot of money, you know! Actually, the number for the reparations was so huge that when we heard it my whole family started trembling.”

“My…”

“The ‘get well gift’ he wouldn’t budge on at all, so in the end he handed over this huge ‘get well soon’ envelope,” she gestured with her fingers.

From the space between her finger and her thumb there had to have been half a million at least.

“What really surprised me was that the envelope had his family crest on it. I guess big families even have their envelopes custom made, huh~ Could it be that the Kisshouin family does that too?”

“Well, yes.”

“I see~ That’s amazing~

Wakaba-chan, it’s really not the time to be focusing on that.

“Oh! And you know? He got me back for the bike too. I was so surprised when I found out it was some super expensive Italian bike!”

“My.”

“Somehow my 10,000 yen bike turned into a something a few dozen times more expensive. Isn’t it a bit like the story of the Straw Millionaire?”

Um, not quite…

“I was actually worried somebody would steal it, you know, it was so expensive. It’s actually still sitting in my garden. The wire lock I’m using to keep it safe even has a bell!”

“I see.”

“You know, my old bicycle had a traffic safety sticker on it and when I was hit by the car I was totally fine. I’m starting to think of it as a lucky sticker. That’s why I tried to put it on the my new one too, but Kaburagi-sama begged me not to and said that it would be blasphemy against the bike. Oh, and since the bike is customisable I said I wanted to get a basket and luggage rack but then he started talking about the design of the bike and stuff~”

Yeah, I suppose Kaburagi’s sense of aesthetics wouldn’t allow that.

Wakaba-chan said that the washing machine seemed to have stopped, so she left for a bit and came back with my dress on a coat hanger.

“It all came off~ I put on the dryer for a bit so if we hang it outside it’ll dry right up~”

“Thank you for this.”

We left my white dress fluttering outside to dry. The weather was still warm so Wakaba-chan was probably right.

Just then, a woman who I assumed to be her mum walked in.

“Wakaba, has one of your friends come over?”

“Oh, Mum. Ummmm, I guess…? This is Kisshouin-san. She’s in my grade at Suiran.”

“Pleased to meet you. I apologise for suddenly intruding. I am Kisshouin Reika, and I have the pleasure of being in the same grade as Takamichi-san at Suiran.”

“Goodness! I can’t even see you as her friend, you’re so refined~!  Really, as expected of Suiran!”

“Mum!”

Wakaba-chan’s mum was cheerful and kind, and somehow brought to mind my own mum in my old life.

“Mum, is it really okay to leave the shop alone?”

“I just wanted to have a little look. And Wakaba, since your friend came over did you treat her to any cake?”

“Look, I’ve got it, okay? Kisshouin-san, would you like some cake?”

“Eh!?”

Cake made by Wakaba-chan’s family! I had already decided that I had to buy some before I came home, but I was going to be able to eat it now!?

“…Would that be all right?”

“It’s nothing like the cakes I’m sure you’re used to eating, so you really don’t have to if you don’t want to. It really is just cake for ordinary people.”

“No, I would love to try some!”

“Well okay. Help yourself then.”

And that was how the two of us went into the front of the building to look at the cakes.

“Waah!”

Cake from the Takamichi cake shop! They were simple and mainstream, but they all looked delicious! Which one would I choose?

“Decided?”

“Um, perhaps this mont blanc…”

“Okaay! Maybe I’ll have one too then. Mum, two mont blancs please~”

“Ah-! I can pay!”

“Nah, don’t worry about that.”

“I must! These are your store’s stock!”

“Ahaha, it’s fine I said.”

Ehhhhh. This wasn’t right. I was being beyond shameless now!

In the end Wakaba-chan kept refusing me with a smile so the two of us returned to the living room with our cakes.

“Sorry. Thank you. I shall help myself to some now.”

“You don’t have to keep thanking us for something as small as this. Go ahead. Ah, but I’m not sure it’ll suit your tastes though…”

I carried the bit of mont blanc on my fork into my mouth.

Yummy!

“Really!? That’s great!”

The cake that I had dreamed about eating, ever since reading Kimidol… It was a sweet, light, and gentle flavour.

“Yes, it is simply delicious. I will buy some to bring home with me, without a doubt.”

“Thank goodness~ We’re just a small shop but lately people have been blogging about it on the internet and stuff and apparently some people even come from far away to buy from here, you know?” she told me happily before starting on her own mont blanc.

“I can certainly understand travelling for a cake like this. There were a few customers in the store too, just now.”

“Ehehe, thanks.”

Oniisama would be coming back from his long business trip today. I was definitely going to bring some cake home. I bet he was going to love it. Huhu! Aah, so yummy.

“Speaking of cake though, remember how I said I turned down the reparations money?”

“Yes.”

“Since I said I wouldn’t accept it no matter what, he replied that he would buy all of the cakes in the store instead.”

“Haah!?”

What the hell was that guy doing!

“I told him that his feelings were enough and refused. Boy was I not expecting that.”

“What a nuisance…”

There were people who were coming all the way here to buy these cakes. Just how much of a nuisance would it be if one idiot went and bought them all.

“There was a lot of back and forth between us and in the end he compromised by taking one of every cake.”

“I see… Things have been rough on you.”

Honestly, what was that guy thinking.

“Anyway, we decided not to tell anybody at Suiran about this whole thing. It wouldn’t sound good for his reputation right? That his car hit somebody, I mean.”

“Indeed.”

She might have escaped with just some bruising but that was still absolutely being hit with a car. No wonder neither of them would tell us how they had gotten closer.

“But in that case, is it all right to be telling me all of this?” I asked.

“Yeah. I mean, it’s just going to stay between the two of us, right? We’re not telling anybody about today, after all,” she grinned.

Oh. Right. The ikayaki incident. Could it be that she told me all this because she didn’t want me to worry about my own secret?

“I understand. I will not tell a soul!”

“Yeah. I won’t either. It’s a promise.”

When the evening arrived, Wakaba-chan’s younger siblings came home. My dress was dry by then as well, so I got changed and excused myself.

“You may as well have stayed for dinner,” her mum said.

“Thank you very much for the offer,” I replied, “But I have a curfew, you see…”

I was happy that she offered but I hadn’t said anything to my family. It wouldn’t have been good to stay out too late.

With my objective (the cake) secured, I bade everybody in the Takamichi family goodbye before leaving for home.

*

Now then, I had to casually drop Oniisama the news that I had become President of the Handicrafts Club.


“What really surprised me was that the envelope had his family crest on it. I guess big families even have their envelopes custom made, huh~ Could it be that the Kisshouin family does that too?”

“Well, yes.”


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113 thoughts on “Reika-sama – 150”

    1. lol you know this is a diferent world right? is like a parallel universe the story is almost the same as in the manga that reika read in her past life, but if someone made a change it doesnt matter how little it was all the future could change because of it (please search “butterfly effect” for more acurate information).

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      1. How about this explanation?

        Evil Reika is infatuated with Kaburagi, so she bothers him in the salon and in private Pivoine seats at lunch as well. This is stressful because he’s being bothered by girls no matter where he is. Normally, he still does his best to ignore her, like he does with everything else. When Yurie rejects him, Evil Reika becomes doubly aggressive, maybe even a little rude with regard to Yurie. It’s already eating him that he lost top place in exams because he’s hyper-competitive, so he’s mad about Evil Reika, the breakup *and* his lost position in the rankings.

        In the new timeline, Good Reika actually avoids Kaburagi, so he gets a lot of privacy in Pivoine-only spaces so he gets frequent reprieve from his fangirls and Good Reika isn’t trying to catch him on the rebound after a bad breakup. Likewise, Wakaba doesn’t become as infamous as quickly because Reika has done a lot behind the scenes to defuse tensions. Unless you’re really well-known, Kaburagi just tends to ignore your existence altogether.

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  1. Everyone needs a crest. Crest = legit.
    Maybe reika should hint that she’s a president of a club to tanuki papa too. I mean, if he found out last minute and does something outrageous again, wouldn’t that be bad. So if he knows early, there’s much preparation can be done to minimize the damage. Damage control.

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        1. Our girl is lacking general situational awareness. Or, put another way, total ditz.

          One of those things being that Enjou now owes her a favor.

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              1. well her old self was diferent that actual reika, she does remember a lot of things but she also forgot lots of things, she think and act diferent now, and this life has made her sheltered really sheltered, her group in suiran is overprotecive of her with her own close friends/high ranking followers only trying to make her feel happy and compfy, they would lie and choose to withhold infomation so she wont feel bad or unconfortable.

                Her family are also very protective of her and they tend to spoil her a lot, so she is now a sheltered young lady

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                1. Reika isn’t normal since she’ll lecture dad not to do anything criminal and also has the secretary get overtime pay. She’s relatively frugal and apparently works much harder now than she did in her previous life.

                  That is not the sort of behavior you usually expect from a girl of her background.

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                  1. well she is becoming less and less frugal specially if food is involved (traveling to another country and eating lots in 5 stars hotels/restaurant instead of going home to eat or learning to cook) and in her choice of clothes (even when their clothes arent for her anymore).

                    she is kind with workers bc she remembers that is hard for them and their familys to work for whimsical rich people,some are crazy elitist (like some pivoine).

                    Thing is the closer she has have normal people was aoi and her private tutors, (wakaba doesnt count because she is a very, very inteligent pragmatic person, with tons of good [bad?] Luck).

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    1. She didn’t have anyone to talk like that at school i guess. Even when she have some friends there, I am sure if Wakaba told them about her adventure with Kaburagi, her friends will ditch her

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    2. She’s just a natural.
      At school she focuses on studies so she doesn’t care about the cliques.

      Outside of it though, you can see here she’s already taken Reika home, strip her down and even pay for her cakes without Reika asking for it.

      Now Suiran just need to mix the costume race with scavenger hunt, have Wakaba dress up as a prince and finds ‘an ojou’
      Then she can walks up to Reika (the most ojou-like of the people she knows), do the gentleman bow, and casually ask for her hand.

      Would be amusing if it leads to Kaburagi declaring Reika as his ‘rival’…

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  2. Did Reika use one of her family envelopes to send Wakaba that warning letter about the unspoken school rules? lol Wakaba is pretty smart after all lol

    Thanks for the chapter! Definitely. tighten my day before I started work!

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        1. Oh god. I read through all this ages ago in raw, knows Wakaba figures everything out somehow, and I *still* didn’t catch this. Or maybe I did and just don’t remember. Either way, total facepalm moment…

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      1. Is Wakaba sly or is it just that Reika is kinda dumb?
        What really gets me is that Reika can reason that she doesn’t need to wear gloves, because realistically it’s not like somebody would check her letter for finger prints. Like she put so much thought into everything else but the envelope.

        It also really gets me that apparently her family just doesn’t have regular envelops. She could’ve just gone to a store with stationary or the post office and gotten some. Or just swiped supplies from her club or something.

        It really gets me.

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  3. I’ve just finished read the raw a moment ago, and I can stop laughing at Wakaba’ line that quoted by Estell at the end of chapter. XD

    Seriously, Reika?! You just tear your own stomach open!!

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  4. Thx for the chapter o/
    oh boy, Wakaba-chan is cute but she sure talks a bit much ^^’
    So my theory of the Wakaba ship might be true… well i will board this SHIP!!! All hands on deck, ready the CAKE cannons and prepare to frog jump on enemies ships. we are attacking the Enjou and Kaburagui ships!!! we have to prepare to fight the Oni-chan armada o/ o/ o/

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    1. I don’t know what people are fussing about. From where I’m sitting, Wakaba-chan’s looking pretty awesome. If she has the foresight, good taste and skills to bag our Reika-sama then more power to her (Bakaburagi who?).

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  5. Awww. It would have been really nice if Reika-sama and Wakaba will become good friends and srsl I miss reading the Taketeru-oniisama POV and his chara-ō Imari-sama. 😂

    Thaaaaank you soooo much for the chapter!!😊

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  6. Wakaba seems too comic-like. This story features characters who are incredibly rich and talented yet it is the commoner who makes me think “this can’t be real”.

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  7. I guess this was a forgone conclusion, given the baking family and all. Wakaba-san is going the way of the Katarina…
    How long before poor Reika-sama becomes Mary?

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      1. But then she did say she left the envelope blank…*facepalm* I hope that doesn’t mean she just didn’t write on a prepersonalised envelope, that she bought a blank envelope to begin with. But she’s a Baka so probably not.

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    1. Reika secretly left Wakaba a letter instructing her on what to not do. It’s highly likely that she gave it to her in an envelope with her family crest on it, this defeating the purpose of her trying to be anonymous.

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  8. Bike pics PLEASE oh great Estelion! Is it Colnago? A Bianchi? Or maybe Pinarello? I hope Kaburagi has good taste and got her a Colnago, and even full campy? Oh god I want him to hit me with his car!

    All I have saved on short notice, no campy from a glance. Note the chrome on the rear stays! Excellent! Beautiful! It needs to ditch the Simplex derailleur and also pick up a Brooks saddle, the only non-Italian component I would personally allow on such a gorgeous Colnago.

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    1. Hhnnng! Fuck dropouts, single speed Colango is sexy too! Just look at her! I guess I don’t even need brakes, would still ride! 10/10

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      1. Even I know that this is too much, I’ll stop I swear. But HOLY SH*T just look at this Super Saronni with Campagnolo Super Record groupset. Oooooh! This is hot!

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        1. I find it hilarious that you know all this bike trivia and are going, “OOOO! Sexy!”
          And I’m just here going, “That’s just a bike.”
          I kind of imagine that’s how Kaburagi was talking to Wakaba. Getting overexcited about something Wakaba doesn’t care that much about.

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  9. First of all “you must squeeze him for everything he has”, it’s sounds like Reika-sama is a legal counselor while Wakaba chan is a wife who caught her husband cheating and now is demanding for a divorce.
    Secondly, you know you have a dirty mind when the “get well soon” envelop turns into “get wet soon envelop”. I had to go back and read it because it didn’t not make any sense my first time reading that sentence if you know what i mean

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  10. Thanks for the chapter! I was absolutely mislead by how foolish Wakaba seemed! That trap she laid for Reika…she’s not foolish at all! I was deceived o 7 o ));;. Well…it’s clear that she’s shooting to complete Reika’s route. Capture is progressing smoothly so far lolol

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  11. i love Koushousin’s personality so much. she’s so cute the way she wants to be praised so she casually drops hints to her oniisama. You know somehow I got the feeling that this chapter has an element of Boys over Flower-esque.

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  12. Oh crude. LOL I MESSED UP THE CHARACTER PERSONALITIES! XD I thought Wakaba would be the one who squeezes, but it’s Reika-chan

    Fluffy-sama… This chapter reminded me about my laundry. LOL I has put it in the washer and forgot about, until “Wakaba-chan said that the washing machine seemed to have stopped” (my machine was also done)….. This heroine has mad level skills.

    Many thanks.

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  13. Wakaba’s attitude sorta worries me… but pairing it with Bakaburagi’s baka-ness, will this kind of couple be okay?

    The last gifs… did Reika just trap herself?

    Thanks so much for the translation!

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  14. This chapter written really smart, at first look Wakaba seems just foolish girl but actually very manipulative. Remind me heroine from Duke daughter, shaddy and actually the real antagonist.

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        1. Ved, she was talking about the game’s heroine of Duke’s daughter, who seduced the four dudes for her goal, and was really manipulative.
          not about Iris

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    1. Oooh! Reverse role where wakaba starts using the letter to extort Reika for… curls? Then kaburagi steps in and defeats the new antagonist wakaba-chan!….
      …………..
      ………….
      …………….as if.

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  15. I find Wakaba-chan simply adorable =w= It was especially funny how Reika-sama suggested she shake Bakaragi for everything he has and her thoughts on how bothersome he was LOL

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  16. thnx for the chapter

    and really wakaba is a nice good natured person, she obviously has a goal in mind(money) and a dream in her heart (help her family), so she cant be naive to the nature of the real world and she is brave enough to take it all on(the bullying and discrimination) and she doesnt complain a bit about it, she is cheerfull and hardworking. so, why are some people disappointed with her?

    and reika buy the cakes for her brother or for herself?

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    1. The readership isn’t disappointed in her as a person, they think she’s unrealistic. But whatever, she’s a shoujo archetype.

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      1. are you sure? I see wakaba as a very pragmatic person, she is also very inteligent and has a defined goal in life (get loads of money and use it to make her dream come true faster), she is more a more real caracter in a sense (she didnt choose the “marry the rich guy route that a lot of soap-operas do”), she choose to work hard to make her dreams true.

        And we really dont know wakaba real toughs or feelings she could be puting up a facade to mask herself (ie. Pretending to be strong but being very fragile in her feelings etc.)

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        1. Yes, I’m sure.
          The thing is that people like to characterize an interest in wealth or money as necessarily indicative of low character or low cunning. But she’s not greedy nor willing to come by wealth dishonestly, otherwise she’d simply have accepted Kaburagi’s offer of compensation. (And only eventually relents to less money because he wouldn’t give up.)

          What makes her the archetypal shoujo protagonist is that she’s basically relentlessly optimistic and never bothered by adversity, while also willing to work hard to succeed on her own merit. She’s basically the classic romance protagonist in that she attracts Kaburagi because of her just being a decent person.

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