Prologue: The Villainess’ Self-Awareness
Light brown hair paired with bright red eyes, which were sharp yet warm at the same time. Both the shape of his face and his features themselves were perfect. Further, he was quite tall. Just looking at his smile made ten out of ten women turn red. It’s like he’s from a race that only exists in otome games or shoujo manga.
Well, that’s not wrong, because this is the world of an otome game.
In front of me stands Reginald Banks, the Banks Kingdom’s first prince. He’s the main hero of an otome game I played in my previous life. Meanwhile, I’m—.
…Euphemia Aiden, the villainess of “Maiden of the Fairies…
I, Euphemia Aiden, too appear inside this otome game, except as the villainess. I’m not the heroine or a mob character, but the villainess. If you’re asking what a villainess is, she’s the biggest barrier that stands between the heroine and the capture targets. That’s my role.
“…Euphemia-jyou, is something the matter?”
Reginald peers into my face, contorting that handsome face of his into a worried expression. However, it’s not like I can be honest here. How was I supposed to explain something as crazy as memories from a previous life to him? Further, our parents were very pleased with this engagement, so it can no longer be canceled.
However, I can’t ignore him either. ‘What’s wrong?’ How do I answer that?
“N-no, it’s nothing…” I say and laugh as much as I can.
Just as she had appeared in the otome game, Euphemia was a beautiful girl. She had fluffy, light brown hair, which reached her waist, and sharp but beautiful blue eyes. With the exception of her temperament, she was known as a ‘perfect’ nobleman’s daughter.
…But I don’t remember doing anything particularly terrible as Euphemia yet. Was there a bug in the game?
Well, nothing will change even if I’ve remembered. Thankfully, there isn’t a death route for the villainess in this game, so I’m relieved.
Keeping this in mind, I look into Reginald’s face. Ah, he really is handsome. However, rather than thinking about that, I need a way to overcome this situation.
Today is our first meeting since the engagement was officially decided. I could at least imitate normalcy…but the sweets in front of me looked like they were calling my name.
Uh, I really want to eat them. I want to eat. But I can’t. No, I can’t stand it anymore, I can’t—
The temptation of the sweets in front of me were too great, I couldn’t win. I slowly reached for a dessert, taking a cookie and throwing it in my mouth. I chewed several times before swallowing.
…It’s delicious. As expected from a dessert made by the royal palace’s chef.
It’s so delicious! It was worth reincarnating into this game for just these alone!
I screamed inside my heart as I picked up a cookie and then another. Delicious, delicious, delicious! With that echoing in my mind, I chewed each cookie. I’d nearly forgotten the presence of Reginald in front of me.
As he was looking at me, I noticed that he had a meaningful smile on his face. Soon, our official first meeting since the engagement ended. I think it – probably – went well. That was my selfish belief, anyway.