Chapter Fourteen: The Otome Game Heroine and the City of Luardi (Part I)
“Here’s the city of Luardi.”
We arrived at the city – a candidate for the festival’s main venue – before noon the following day. It felt more natural than Rovigi, I thought, looking around. That’s when I noticed that the scenery did not even slightly resemble the game’s background. I suppose the main venue will be Spainage. Well…I’m not even completely sure that it was Spainage that appeared in the game.
“That mountain’s forest in the distance is said to be filled with fairies and spirits, but you can’t see them too clearly from here.” Reginald-sama said as we walked down the street.
Come to think of it, and this is totally unrelated, but the specialties here are fruit-based. Oh, they probably make cakes and tarts with them. I’m sure it’s delicious!
“You really love food, huh, Euphemia-jyou! Are you already looking for delicious treats?”
“That’s a rude way of saying it, you know!”
“Don’t blame me when it’s written all over your face.” Reginald-sama pointed out and I pressed my hands to my face. What the hell? Was it that obvious? I thought it would be undetectable if we were just strolling around…but as expected, the Prince’s observation skills are top-notch! “Well, this place is famous for their fruit products. Let’s go to a café later, but before that I’ll need to have a look around the city. What will you do Euphemia-jyou?”
“Well, hm…” I pondered his words, at a loss. Just like in Rovigi, my voracious appetite was drawn towards food. Each time I tried to act on this desire, however, Cynthia and company would stop me.
According to them: “You can’t just leave His Highness alone and eat without permission.” To be honest though, Euphemia’s stomach capacity is ridiculously large so I’m sure I’d be able to eat and then dine again with Reginald-sama afterwards.
“Every once in a while, Cynthia and I take a stroll through non-food related stores. There’s so much I’m curious about other than food and I have to lose weight too.” I muttered the last bit to myself. The other day, Cynthia got angry with me saying that my dresses keep getting tighter and tighter. Euphemia’s body isn’t prone to weight gain, but it seems like some had happened. I’ll have to lose weight or I’ll really hear it from Cynthia.
“Is that so? I think Euphemia-jyou is fine just the way she is. I’ve always thought that ladies were too tightly constrained by their corsets. Besides, if they’re too skinny then I’ll worry about their health.”
“No, Reginald-sama, you don’t need to worry about me.” Euphemia’s body is still skinny. Her weight is only a little above the standard. Well, I know that being a man, it’s not really something that the Prince would understand in the first place. Alright, let’s go for a stroll around town and while we’re at it stop by the general store to pick up some souvenirs for mother and father! Those two may seem like incredible people, but when it comes to their daughter…
“Okay, I’ll see you in two hours. Let’s go, Roy.”
Reginald-sama said, walking off with Roy.
I watched him leaving, thinking that the Reginald-sama of this world was much more attractive than the one inside the game. I don’t know why his in-game version was too perfect, but it came off as unconvincing. The Reginald-sama in this world was different. He teased people, was a little black-hearted, but he’s caring. This one is much better.
But it’s not like I’m into him or anything!
“As expected of His Highness, the women around him are all blushing. Just what was the point of that disguise then, anyway?
“Huh, what a surprise Cynthia. Our thinking is the same.”
One lady that had been walking by him was so startled that she turned around and blushed. Aah, beauty is a sin. Keeping this in mind, I decided to walk around and look for general stores. Well, after all, maybe something related to books would be better for father; like a cover or bookmark. Father loves reading. As for mother…I believe a regular accessory will suffice. What a great daughter I am! Let’s pat myself on the back a little.
“Cynthia, I think I’ll go to the general store to buy some souvenirs for my parents. Do you know if there are any around here?”
“Yes, it seems there is one on the next street.”
“Got it, c’mon, let’s go!” I headed to the store with Cynthia’s information. What kind of store would it be? I’ll have to find items that’ll touch their hearts.
Back then, I had no idea that we would meet that person here in this city…
 Oof. That tsundere moment.