I Reincarnated as a Villainess in an Otome Game, but I’m Still Stupid Inside [Chapter Seventeen]

Chapter Seventeen: Middle School for an Idiot (Part II)

Though the fan club’s head is separated from the Empress, absolute obedience is still a prerequisite in the game. Because the Empress is the pinnacle of the caste system, and the only person that can stand in line with her is Kaname, who is being considered the Emperor (the fan club students do not know that he’s her dog outside of the academy). No one is a better match for the Empress, let alone a measly fan club.

In the game’s main route, there is even a scene where the Empress pretends to be the heroine’s friend and protects her from the fan club, of course, on the premise that the fan club can’t go against the order.

Fuhahaha. No one can match the Hououin family’s only daughter! Kaname! That’s an unnecessary worry!

“You’re taking too much information from that game. You do realize that every time you’ve been highly irregular from being ‘her’, the story changes, right? Stupid.”

Kaname rarely laughs, but right now, it’s coming at me left to right. Great.

…Haha. I forgot.

Many people surround the Empress, but she is a lonely person who keeps a distance from everyone except for the important characters.

Her reign is a sad thing… because of her abilities, there was no one to stand in line with her.

That’s why the Empress also sought to make Kaname her dog. As a source of comfort from everything else…well. For me, right now, strangely, I can understand the sadness of the Empress…Hahaha.

“Don’t run away from reality, and just admit it. You’re being unreasonable.”

“I’m lonely because I’m alone! I’m not disliked, but I’m afraid of not being able to get close to you!”

It’s been a month since I entered Oudou Academy Middle School – Needless to say, I’m getting rave reviews…I’m alone with two rave reviews.

…in a way, it’s just like the original! Yeah!

“…You know. ‘Hououin Corporation? The Hououin Corporation. Why is the only daughter of the biggest company in our school?’, ‘Why can’t I talk behind her back? Isn’t that the impudent way to approach a newcomer?’, and ‘Isn’t it too horrible to let her ace the test on purpose just because of her family’s power?’ Why does it feel like the sparks are coming back at me?”

“It’s called collective psychology. No matter how the Hououin family is, you alone would not be able to deal with the lot of them….and you’re also stupid. I don’t think there’s any other threat than that, because you only know about the common sense of ordinary people.”

…Ha. Thank you for your calm analysis. I needed that.

Well, it’s certainly to be expected. There’s no use in getting agitated at everything. It’s just that when I hear it firsthand, it still pricks at my heart!

I sighed while I pressed my head down on my desk.

“…Now you’ve experienced it yourself. I told you to get away from me. It’s not too late, so stay away from me…”

“Ah, what are you saying? Don’t tell me you’re taking away the only thing that gives me peace of mind. If Kaname leaves me, I’ll get upset and die thereafter.”

I glared at Kaname with tearful eyes. What is he going to say to that?

I don’t like it; I’m going to die because I’m too lonely at school! I don’t like it!

It’s a relief that we get to sit next to each other for many years to come, thanks to my father’s secret (but perhaps obvious) doing!

“No…So leave me and make new friends.”

“If you fail at entering a new community like this, you’ll have almost no chance at making friends. Find people who at least have communicative powers like me.”

It’s a bit… sweet, just like melted soft serve ice cream with thick caramel on it.

The initial reception is vital in making friends. I know that well from my previous life experience.

If I just laughed and accepted what Kaname said, I would have gotten used to the community smoothly, but if you were withdrawn to yourself, then it would be hell. So in my previous life’s school days, the light and darkness were divided immediately after the division of classes.

Frankly speaking, I’m not confident that I’ll be able to try my best and make friends alone from now on! Even if that weren’t the case, I’d only be looked at with hostility by the girls, but at the cost of not being close to Kaname…well; just thinking about it makes me want to cry.

…Just like…

“…And now you’re telling me to leave you alone, but I don’t want to be gone and lonely, you’re important.”

Even though I’ve been at Oudou Academy since I was a child, I didn’t have any close friends, aside from Kaname, to spend time with. For nine years.

…Isn’t bullying normal for people with a ‘lonely existence’?

Well, as long as there are rumors, then it can’t be helped because it seems like he is also playing the ‘Keep away from my aura’ himself.

But I’ll approach you no matter what the aura you exude is! Because I’m your owner!

“…I’m fine, I really am.”

“That’s not good. I mean, to tell you the truth, isn’t that just a lonely habit of yours. Isn’t it okay? Don’t be so stubborn, I want you to be with me even if you look like a rained out puppy right now!”

It would be nice if you could be honest about being lonely sometimes!

“I’m not lonely and being honest, I don’t feel anything anymore because being alone was always my norm…but if something happens to you, I won’t be able to face your father.”

He ignored my words even more…for a dog; he’s such a worrywart.

Pretending to be okay, and eventually turning it into a lonely habit…Is this also, in a sense, a dog’s loyalty?

Fufu…my beloved dog.

“You don’t have to worry! I’m just feeling a little isolated after being bullied. This won’t break my heart!”

“…What?”

“As long as I have you, I’m not completely alone…but, as expected, it’s a young lady’s school. There are only a few people who harass me upfront.”

“….What?”

…Oh, Kaname, why are you looking at me with such incredible eyes?

“..Are you saying that you’re just being isolated because they’re talking behind your back?”…Yes?

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