Chapter Twenty-Three: A Middle School for Idiots (Part VIII)
What did he say? I didn’t hear anything about that.
Isn’t that way too different from the trope of an influential family’s young lady saying, “I can’t believe that common people would go against me… Who do you think my family is!” Father, were you actually going to try and intervene at the Academy?
“…How did my father find out?”
“That’s because I reported everything from scratch. Including the fact that I am the cause and that you said you won’t leave me.”
“Oh…You’re really something…!”
“What do you think my purpose was? It wouldn’t make sense if I didn’t report it… Well, even if I didn’t report it, Mr. Takai seemed to have noticed it a little.”
…Oh my gosh. I didn’t know the enemy (?) was this close to me.
Wait, wait, does that mean that everyone in the Hououin family knows that I’m lonely!? Oh no, the other day, I even told Sebastian, “Oh, I’m in trouble because I’m so popular at Oudou Academy!” he only smiled at me in return and said, “Thank you for that!!”
I even asked the gardener Satoda, “I’d like to give something to my friend. I wonder if you have any flowers that’s in season!” …He put them in my hair and whispered, “I thought it would look good on you… It’s very pretty. You can take any of these flowers home!” it was deco-pinned! (Besides, Kaname brought back flowers in my stead. Moreover, it seems that the ones he got were processed. Since somehow, they never withered… I surprisingly have the heart of a maiden.)
And yet… Everyone knew about what was going on…
Wow, I’m embarrassed! This is so embarrassing!
“…However, my Father didn’t say anything to me.”
“That’s why I said you’ll just have to wait and see… The pressure on other houses is more difficult than you think. Excessive tyranny will provoke opposition from other families. Even if the family is smaller than the Hououin family, if they’re inclined to become a group, even the Hououin family will be tilted. However, too much tolerance can lead to contempt and loss of face for the family name. Your father was waiting for the right time to produce the best results with the least damage.”
I didn’t know about that, but I always understood that using power is troublesome.
…But, didn’t she? In the game, the Empress waved her power in a way that she was able to transform the school itself into a place where the caste system of governance prevailed. Eh? Was that phenomenon achieved simply because of the Empress’ charisma?
Oh, my… I’m losing my confidence that I could reign over the school… No, no, I’m Hououin Ayaka. I won’t give up.
I’m sure… By the second year of high school, when the heroine comes, I’m sure I’ll be able to use my specifications as Empress and make a poisonous but beautiful flower bloom…! I believe I can do so!
“…And now the opportunity has come.”
Sukeban Macho-san nods at Kaname.
“I was the most feared student in this Academy. No matter how large thr family’s opponent was, they were always powerless in front of my well-trained muscles of steel… Until now.”
“To all the other students here, Sukeda’s punishment is synonymous to showing the horror of going against the Hououin family. However, it’s only a three-day suspension from school… Unless Sukeda tries to retaliate afterwards.”
“I won’t do that… I’m satisfied with the punishment, as well as Ayaka’s resolution which was more than enough.”
“But that’s just me… I don’t think that will be the case for everyone. Since I will be suspended from school, all the people around should be able to use their imagination to try and avoid retaliating against Ayaka. All of them have to because of the Hououin family. If that happens, I’m sure there won’t be anyone who will touch her anymore.”
“Wait a minute! That means Sukeban Macho-san knew everything from the very beginning…”
You knew yet you still tried to…!?
In response to my question, Sukeban Macho-san just shook her head while wearing a bitter smile.
“Stop making such a sorry face. If I did, then would I have called for you after sneaking around harassing you? I told you, I simply couldn’t accept you.”
“You showed me your determination to a point where I was satisfied. If you were the kind of person who would abandon Kaname-san just to save yourself, then I would have messed up your pretty face even if I would have been expelled from doing so. It wouldn’t have mattered whether you were from the Hououin family or not.”
…Oh. I was walking on a tighter rope than I thought.
Well, I’m glad I didn’t say, “I’ll leave Kaname alone, so please don’t!” To be honest, if my fighting specs were the same as it was in the previous life, the chances of winning would be beyond zero, I can’t deny the possibility that I would have said that…! (Even if I combine my experience from my previous life and this life, I still won’t know since I’ve never been beaten up before. Human beings… Instead, why would they even beat me up? It’s too late to ask now, but it’s strange.)
“So, you don’t have to worry about anything, Hououin Ayaka.”
Sukeban Macho-san grinned and laughed.
“You beat me. And since I lost to you, I’m satisfied with the punishment. That’s all. What led up this was the product of all my decisions, it’s the result of my choosing. If I don’t accept the outcome, can I even call myself a woman?”
Sukeban Macho-san… Such a man… No, she’s a girl…!