It’s a stereotypical story.
I, “Isabella Ali Rottenstein”, third daughter of the Duke, recalled memories of my past life. I used to be a 28 year old Japanese woman, unmarried, working for a call center. But, as of right now, I’m a 6 year old villainous noble Roserealian girl from the otome game “Love☆Magical”.
Yes, it’s that reincarnation. Just your typical average story…-but why did it have to be mine?! And why reincarnation?! I don’t even remember dying?! SO WHY??!! In the first place, Otome games are fictional stories, aren’t they? Isn’t it weird that a carbon copy of a fictional world exists? And why something totally predictable like reincarnating as the heroine-bullying villainous noble girl?! What is this, a light novel?! Even if this was a story made by some Japanese author, isn’t it just too stereotypical for me to reincarnate in another world?!
After cursing to myself for a long while, I eventually lost my train of thought…Let’s try this again, starting with the memories of my previous life. A standard trope in novels, the villainous noble girl, aka villainess, usually regains memories of her past life upon A) meeting her fiance the prince, B) being convicted of her evil deeds, or C) going through some kind of life-threatening crisis. But in my case, it was none of the above.
It all started when my parents called upon their close merchant friends to get a birthday present for my older sister who had been married off to a neighboring country. The merchant brought with him his son, and, as soon as I saw him, the memories of my past life came flooding back to me.
I knew him.
Nine years from now, in the game “Love☆Magical”, he is a character you meet at the Rosereale National Magic Academy. The son of a wealthy merchant, Ursch-kun. Family name, unknown. He’s not even one of the love interests. Just in case I wasn’t clear, let me reiterate: he’s not even a love interest. More specifically, he’s just a supporting character.
After earning enough points via a minigame, he’ll sell you magic items that give you a boost for the real love interests and events in the game. He was little more than a background character, and his appearance couldn’t even match that of the main love interests.
However, in my previous life, he was perfectly in my strike zone. His fluffy hair was such a light brown it was almost beige. Not to mention that tender baby face of his! What’s more, he had those wonderful slit eyes. The kind that you couldn’t tell if they were open or closed. Perhaps it would be better to call them line eyes? Whatever the case, he had very thin eyes.
At first, I thought his eyes were like that because of his soft smiling expression, but after I’d pulled an S-rank item out of the gacha, I saw that even when surprised his eyes were still nearly shut. And that meant having squinty eyes was just a part of who he was. So cute. So soothing. Just like a sheep. ♥.
“Love☆Magical”, a game I started playing only because my friend needed invite referrals to get an item she wanted. “Please, all you have to do is register,” she begged me. I didn’t have an ounce of interest in any of the pretty boy characters, but as soon as the supporting character Ursch-kun appeared on screen during the tutorial, I was shot through the heart. After that, I only continued to login for Ursch-kun.
Whenever I bought an item from Ursch-kun, he would always say “Thanks again~” as the image swapped to his smiling character sprite. Ursch-kun sold event items through a rolling gacha, and whenever you pulled a “Rare”, you’d get to see a chibi illustration of him setting off a firecracker in celebration as he exclaimed: “Congratulations!” And get this, if you pulled an “S Rare” or higher item, not only did they recycle the congratulatory chibi, you also got to see his surprised expression! Asdfyguasydkfasduf! Thus, in order to catch a glimpse of his variety of expressions, I lived off crumbs while I used the rest of my food money to spin the premium gacha. Ah, it was supposed to be a free-to-play game, but buying premium items and playing the premium gacha did cost a nominal fee.
I kept hoping that one day they’d turn him into a proper love interest as I continued dumping most of my salary into the game. Slowly but surely, I began to use more and more of my food expenses on the game, and, as a result, I became unhealthily thin. As I went about my usual routine, I found myself going to a city an hour away by train just for some special pre-sale goods for “Love☆Magical”.
I really wanted to get my hands on some Ursch-kun goods!! And so I staggered my way there, only to finally arrive and find they didn’t even make Ursch-kun goods. So great was the combination of my hunger and severe shock, that when I was ascending the stairs on my way home I suddenly lost all my strength… and then?
Fffffff!! I finally figured out my cause of death! An accidental death caused by falling down the stairs due to malnutrition and shock!! In the era of overindulgence in Japan, malnutrition!! What a moron! Damn you past me!!! Not only that, if I’d had even half a brain, I would’ve known they didn’t make goods for supporting characters. Curse you past me again!!
Um, well, yeah. Let’s just put that aside for now. After all, there’s nothing I can do about my idiotic lifestyle or death anymore!
However!! Isn’t this a godsend? Not only have I reincarnated into an Otome game, but I’ve reincarnated into one with the real Ursch-kun right in front of me!! I spent my life waiting for the day Ursch-kun would become a love interest, and now I’m in the same world as him!!
Aaaaa!! I wanna get a better look at him!! Ursch-kun in his childhood! I want to breathe the same air as him!! And now I’ve decided, the only course of action is to get closer. I crouched down beside the horse-drawn carriage they arrived in, and slowly made my way over to Ursch-kun, whose attention was glued to a line of ants.
Hehehe. If it was my previous world, I might’ve been called in for questioning by a concerned citizen, but right now we’re the same age, so…I could talk to him fair and square!! Viva La Reincarnation!!
“H-Hey…what are you looking at over there?” Urgh!! I mean, it’s obvious he’s looking at a line of ants, but I couldn’t think of any other reason to strike up a conversation. Besides, I may have bit my tongue a little…
From now on, I need to start practising so that I can speak properly to him.
Ursch-kun, finally realising that my wonderfully poor attempt to strike up a conversation was directed at him, turned to look at me and… ohmygosh! Even as a child he had those naturally thin eyes. He’s just so flippin’ cute!! I can feel my blood pressure rising!!
Having suddenly been spoken to, Ursch-kun stared at me with a classic tilt of the head and a strange blank look on his face. The fluffy hair on his head softly swayed from the momentum of his movements. Just how cute can he get?! I’m in awe!!
“…Ants?” His reply was just a little off beat!! Hyaaaa!! Cuuute!! This is cuteness overload!! Bravo!! And he even said it questioningly!! Ursch-kun is charming even as a child!! O Lord, to bestow this angel upon one such as me… (and thus the praising of the Lord continued for some time)
“Aaaaa!! So cute!! So darling!! Please marry meeee~…!!” Unable to hold back my true feelings, I proposed on our first meeting. My utterly flamboyant display of pure passion left Ursch-kun, who was unable to keep up with my intensity, dazed with his mouth hanging open.
I clenched my shaking hands into fists. To have to bear his cute face and adorable personality was pure suffering. As I stood there shaking, his gaze met mine and he began to softly smile. And then, from those charming lips he spoke, “Sure~. When we grow up, you can be my bride. …No take backsies, okay?”
Fffffffyessss! We’re! Getting! Married!!
TL: Solistia Cosmopolitan
TL Assistance: Bad Bunny Tea
Editor: Comrade Vodka
QC: Solistia Cosmopolitan