Chapter One: This isn’t Violence, it’s Education!
Lili, who asked questions like “Lady Alice, are you actually okay? What is a side character?” was sent back to her room by Alice.
Alice lay back on the bed in her big room after sending Lili to her room and glanced up at the ceiling. As Alice buried herself in her thoughts, she was surrounded by foreign walls but a familiar roof.
Alice Salvato. The only daughter of the Salvato family and a spoiled brat. No matter how I look at it, she’s perfect for the Villainess role…
In an interview, the game’s staff had said, “A duke’s daughter could not possibly become a commoner’s rival, logically speaking. There’s no way the commoner will win.”
As a result, Alice’s character had devolved into a sad character with only two lines: “Mister Zeke is mine!” and “Ohohoho!”
Although I don’t believe it’s right for a team that sets up curry, pasta, and miso soup in middle-aged Europe to discuss logic. Couldn’t you have invested that effort someplace else!?
Still… Alice, huh…? Shouldn’t I have reincarnated as the heroine or at the very least as Lili? Alice is a bit…
“…The issue is what I will do from now on.”
I’m okay with the person I reincarnated as… Well, I’m not exactly fine, but it’s not like I can do anything about it. I’m one of those people who thinks it’s pointless to ponder about stuff that doesn’t matter.
“However, I wish I had more information…”
Usually, in this situation, I’d either live in peace and avoid being the Villainess, or revolt against everything and become the Villainess, but… Unfortunately, this Alice is a pointless character with only two lines. A side character among side characters…
“Mister Zeke, please wait! The young lady isn’t feeling well.”
Suddenly the door to Alice’s room opened with a loud bang. The sound shocked Alice, who turned around to discover a beautiful boy with blond hair and blue eyes standing there.
“Lili informed me that you had collapsed, so I came to see you. You should feel honored.”
The crowned prince of the Kingdom of Smol, Zeke Smol, was standing there. Alice jumped from her bed and hurriedly grabbed the ends of her skirt, bowing her head.
“…Thank you for coming to see me, Your Highness.”
Some… Something like this?
Rika wasn’t familiar with nobles’ lifestyles, so she wasn’t sure if her actions had been proper or not.
…Huh? Was it that strange?
Zeke stood there with his eyes wide open as Alice gently lifted her head.
What… What’s wrong?
“…Your Highness? Is something wrong?”
“…I-It’s nothing. I was just shocked. I didn’t know you could act like that. It was quite ladylike.”
Thank God. I didn’t mess up. In that case…
“Now we just have to see how long you can keep it up before showing your true face, don’t you agree?”
Don’t you agree?
“…Your Highness? What are you…”
“I’m right, aren’t I? Regardless of where we are… You always run into my arms as soon as you see me—always whispering into my ear. It irritates me to no end. Always suggesting things like ‘Mister Zeke, let’s see the flowers.’ or ‘Mister Zeke, won’t you have a cup of tea?’ without taking into account my situation. This ladylike behavior of yours is just ridiculous.”
…Hey! Can this girl be any more shameless? After all, they are of that age. Looking at Lili and Zeke, it’s hardly surprising that she’d do anything like this.
“Are you attempting to mimic Lili’s?”
“That is not…”
“I applaud you for attempting to imitate Lili’s demeanor. She is a fine woman, after all.”
Zeke praised Lili.
I get what you’re saying. Lili is, without a doubt, a proper lady. This duke’s immodest daughter is the issue.
“…Let’s leave it at that. After all, as of today, you are my fiancée. To be honest, I’m not fond of it… However, His Majesty made the decision. Do your best not to embarrass me.”
“Did you forget already? Today is your seventh birthday. His Majesty and the duke decided that we would get engaged on your birthday.”
I see. So today’s my birthday. And as of today, I’m Zeke’s fiancé…
“…Hmph. I’m not too fond of this. If I’m going to marry someone, I’d rather it be Lili than you. She is, after all, a fine woman. This marriage was your selfish plan all along, wasn’t it? You selfish woman.”
…Hey! You insolent brat! How dare you speak to your fiancée like this?!
“What is it? Do you have something you wish to say?”
“…Hmph. I am not fond of you at all. These were, however, father’s orders. Whether I like it or not, I’m obligated to marry you… But I don’t love you. Not only do I not love you, but I also do not like or dislike you. To be honest, you’re no different than a roadside rock to me. I have no feelings or thoughts towards you. Not in the least.”
“I suppose, in the end, you’ll be the next queen. So, try not to embarrass me, okay?”
Zeke sneered and turned around.
“Please wait, Your Highness.”
“What is it? I’m done seeing you. I’ve fulfilled my obligation, haven’t I? This is quite annoying.”
“You’re done seeing me?”
…This isn’t good. This is definitely that. Because this body is still seven years old, the spirit of this seven-year-old girl has altered my thinking. I’m sure of it.
“That’s right. Are you implying that I didn’t bring you anything? How greedy can you get? Look here…”
“HOW CAN YOU CALL THIS SEEING SOMEONE, YOU INSOLENT BRAT!?”
Alice’s dropkick hit perfectly on Zeke’s midsection just as he turned around. Zeke’s body folded in half, and he flew back.
Phew! A seven-year-old’s body can really fly. How’d you like that! It’s my win!!!