My best friend and I had memories of our previous lives.
This was the world of the R-18 otome game “The Fleeting Love Between You and Me 2”
I was the former heroine, while my best friend’s fiancée was a virgin, a freak, a psychopath—
—and at the same time, the hidden love interest of both games.
If the reverse harem route was successful, the hidden route would be unlocked.
The strait-laced Heroine-Chan was a carnivore, who devoured capture targets while desperately trying to protect her virginity.
The nasty, sloshing sound of liquid plagued my ears. Between short gaps, the man noisily lapped the copious love juice on purpose.
“Ahn—! No, it’s embarrassing… Please don’t make that kind of noise…”
After school, in the back of the quiet school’s library, the heroine of the second season was moaning with her legs wide open on top of a spacious sofa in the exclusive reading room.
“Even if you say that you’re dripping wet here as you let out such lewd noises…?”
The one who uttered such a stereotypical erotic comic was the second season’s new capture target, a.k.a. No. 4. He was the son of the current knight commander, and a hot-blooded, muscle-brained boy. Since his name wasn’t all that important, I shall refer to him as ‘Hot-Blooded-kun.’
The second heroine—‘2nd Hero’ for short—was supposed to be reading a book in the library. Well, until she disappeared behind the door of the exclusive reading room. Right after that, Hot-Blooded-kun followed after 2nd Hero-chan, as if entranced. Before I could think of anything, Hot-Blooded-kun suddenly embraced 2nd Hero-chan and abruptly but passionately kissed her
They hungrily kissed while fondling each other’s bodies. However, just when I thought that Hot-Blooded-kun was going to pound her, he roughly lifted her up, before taking her to the sofa.
Everything happened in the blink of an eye—and before I knew it, they were facing each other’s crotches.
Since it was important, I’d like to emphasize it once again—
—yes, they were doing 69.
Then, when I thought that they were still fumbling with each other’s underwear, Hot-Blooded-kun buried his face between 2nd Hero-chan’s crotch, while 2nd Hero-chan ate his cock with her innocent mouth.
…Doing 69 in the school library.
As expected of an 18+ otome game.
…Also, as expected of the heroine of the second season and the capture target.
The difference was quite apparent from the first season.
2nd Hero-chan took his huge, reddish rod in her mouth. It was so huge, I thought that her chin might fall off. While sucking him off, her head bobbed up and down. Of course, she didn’t forget to use her hands.
Meanwhile, Hot-Blooded-kun was licking 2nd Hero-chan’s clit with his thick tongue. As he did that, his fingers rubbed the inside of 2nd Hero-chan, trying to locate her g-spot. When 2nd Hero-chan’s moan grew louder, Hot-Blooded-kun started assailing that spot.
It was so amazing, it sent shivers down my spine.
How can you initiate such a special play in this kind of place?
In fact, when it was THIS kind of place, shouldn’t they rush to finish it quickly?
Is this considered normal in this world?
…Besides, what’s the point of stopping this late in the game?
Based on my experience, the men who were left behind became all frustrated, they became similar to zombies in horror movies. Basically, a bunch of brain-eaters.
No, no no no…
More importantly, that world was the world of my favorite otome game. If my memories of my previous life served me right, there were only two capture targets left until 2nd Hero-chan’s reverse harem was completed. They were 2nd Hero-chan’s serious stepbrother, and the prince of a neighboring country who was also a foreign transfer student.
While her stepbrother was a stern person, they lived in the same house. Therefore, 2nd Hero-chan probably thought that the opportunities were endless. Even the eyes of the neighboring prince turned into that of a predator upon seeing women.
…As such, it wouldn’t be long before the two of them were pounced by 2nd Hero-chan. Once that happens, a hidden route would be unlocked.
From the gap of the slightly ajar door, obscene noises could be heard, along with 2nd Hero-chan’s moaning.
…Is it okay to make a lot of noises in the library?
As the bystander, I was even more concerned.
Minarin (best friend) sat down on the floor and lamented.
“…It’s too scary, I can’t do it, I wanna cry…”
You’ve been crying this whole time, though…
As she sat on the floor, Minarin (best friend) covered her ears and muttered.
“This is scary, too scary…”
As for what Minarin was so terrified about, it was the possibility of the hidden route opening.
Why is there a reverse harem in an otome game?
Moreover, pouncing and getting all messy with the targets while trying to keep herself pure…
…You’re not a maiden, but a closeted-bitch.
“…Is this supposed to be a bitch game?”
Somehow, Minarin (best friend) had escaped from reality.
…But well, it couldn’t be helped that she acted that way.
After 2nd Hero had established a reverse harem, a hidden route would be unlocked. When she had her way with the hidden love interest—a psychopath, he’d then murder his fiancée to make 2nd Hero-chan his.
Moreover, to his fiancée, who loved him dearly—
“—If you want to make me happy, kill yourself in front of me.”
With a benevolent smile on his face, he proceeded to hand her a knife, which she’d plunge into her own self. As blood overflowed from her, he’d watch her die with an adoring look on his face.
It went without saying that the psychopath’s fiancée was Minarin, my best friend.
Minarin loved her psychopath of a fiancé too much; she’d definitely die if he ordered her to.
It was unknown whether she’d die from holding her breath, or heart attack, or with a knife.
She kept muttering things like, “There’s nothing but despair…”, “I’m too scared.” And “It’s too painful…” While crying loudly.
As the title suggested, the game centered around the fleeting romance between the heroine and the capture targets. In the end, only the beautiful memories of each other were deeply-etched in their hearts, as they moved on with their own lives. The poignant and touching scenes were the highlights.
Despite being an otome game, there was no Happy End. Instead, there was only a True End and several Bad End(s). Therefore, it was intended for the genre’s enthusiasts.
However, there was one exception, and he was Minarin’s fiancé—Alexei. He was none other than the psychopath of the hidden route. Only he’d kill his own fiancée to be with the heroine. At the same time, it was also the only route where the heroine would rise up in the ranks.
Unlike me, who could carefreely collect CGs in real time, Minarin’s current path was that of utter destruction.
Ahead of my gaze, 2nd Hero-chan let out a particularly loud scream. As she trembled, Hot-Blooded-kun groaned and sprayed white liquid on 2nd Hero-chan’s face.
“Ooh, a facial—! How amazing! Minarin, look, it’s a facial scene from the library! It’s super-duper rare!”
Next to me, who was deeply moved, Minarin sat in a daze. She didn’t seem to have paid any attention to the previous scene.
“It’s too scary…”
“I don’t want to suffer in pain…”
“As I thought, before Lord Alex is eaten, I must break off my engagement…”
She kept on rambling incoherently.
While I felt sorry for her, who was in despair, we couldn’t stay there any longer. Otherwise, 2nd Hero-chan might discover us.
“We’re withdrawing, Minarin!!”
Taking Minarin’s hand, I ran out of the door of the exclusive reading room.
In the back of the library, amidst the shadow of the bookshelves, I made the crying Minarin sit down.
“…There’s no doubt about it. Judging from the fact that she’s aiming for a reverse harem while also keeping her virginity, 2nd Hero-chan’s definitely aiming for Lord Alexei’s hidden route.”
When I uttered that, Minarin yelled. “I don’t want that—!!” And put her face down on the desk.
By the way, although it wasn’t very important, Minarin’s name in this world was Tiaralia.
“M-Maru-chan! I, it seems that I’ll annul my engagement and go to the monastery, after all! I can’t stand the thought of having to slit my wrist and suffer until I die from blood loss! I’m scared, I’m scared, I’m scared! But if Lord Alex especially told me to die, there’s no way I can refuse him!”
…By the way, “Maru-chan” was also my nickname in my previous life.
“Oh, alright, it’ll be nice if you can go.”
I patted Minarin’s head.
“T, then, at the monastery, I’ll spend days praying to Lord Alex’s portrait!”
“But aren’t you going to the monastery after breaking off your engagement? Then, you should be praying to God. Why’d you pray for that psycho? Instead, you should give two bows, two claps, and conclude it with another bow to the ‘Memories of Lord Alex’ on the Shinto altar in your room.”
“—Because Lord Alex isn’t just anyone, but an equivalent of a holy relic! After all, he’s God’s greatest gift to mankind! It’s only natural for him to be worshiped!”
Minarin shouted while lying face down on the desk.
“…Yeah, as expected, I don’t understand.”
Despite what I said, Minarin was a goofball—an adorable goofball. I didn’t know why she regarded the black-bellied psychopath with horrid personality and poisonous mouth as sacred, though.
However, when I was about to touch her head again—
“—Can you keep your voice down? We’re in the library.”
A slightly high-pitched, yet strangely sexy voice resounded.
“…Ah, he appeared. The helper character that was of no help at all—and also, the psychopath.”
I muttered softly while clicking my tongue.
In front of us was the 2nd Hero-chan’s stepbrother—Serious-kun, and Minarin’s fiancée, the psychopathic hidden character.
“Hey, Mia, won’t you stop making my Tiara cry?”
Oh, right, Mia was my nickname in this world.
As a matter of fact, I—the heroine of the first game—hadn’t cleared the hidden route. However, as I collected every CGs that I could without unlocking his route, we became close enough for him to openly express his mind.
“Don’t treat women as if they’re your possession. Also, I didn’t make her cry. She cried on her own.”
Ignoring my rebuttal, Minarin responded to Alexei’s voice and raised her head.
“L, Lord Alex—! I, I don’t want to suffer, or to be in pain—!”
Minarin desperately clung to Alexei while sobbing.
Alexei put a handkerchief to Minarin’s eyes and began to console her.
“I don’t really understand, but I won’t cause you any pain. It’s alright, Tiara, calm down. Don’t forget to breathe…”
While wiping her tears, Alexei didn’t forget to remind Minarin that. After all, she loved him so much to the point that she’d stop breathing.
In the first season, he was the son of a villain, and also a psychopathic hidden character—
—So, who the heck is this sweet doting guy?
Paying me no heed, Alexei took Minarin straight home. She didn’t forget to say goodbye to me.
“Bye-bye, Maru-chan. If I don’t go to the monastery, let’s see each other again tomorrow.” Minarin cried while waving her hand.
She’s so cute…
…How is she a mob?
Both her face and personality were cute. She was delicate, like a tiny animal.
…Well, it wasn’t like she’d go to the monastery, anyway.
If she did try, Alexei would definitely do everything in his power to stop her—whether it was buying the monastery, or outright burn it to the ground.
Hence why even if the hidden route were to be unlocked in the second season, I wasn’t as concerned as a certain someone. After all, no matter how desperately 2nd Hero-chan tried to protect her purity, it’d be impossible for her to capture Alexei.
Because that was how much Alexei loved Minarin.
Although, if Minarin looked at another man even if a little, I was sure that a lifelong imprisonment would await her…
…What do I do?
When I was thinking about such things, for some reason, the side character—Makoto-kun, sat on the seat across from me.
I had a hard time collecting the CGs because this guy didn’t help me at all. Ironically, it was because he was the ‘helpful’ type. Apparently, he was popular because of the same reason, and became a capture target in the second game.
Hm, 2nd Hero-chan’s stepbrother…
“What are you doing here, Lady Euphemia? You don’t seem to have any book.”
Since Minarin would call me “Maru-chan” just like in the previous life, it was easy to forget that my name was actually Euphemia. I’d be called “Mia” by the love interests of the first game after the capture succeeded.
However, in the current world, even if the second heroine were to establish a reverse harem, there wouldn’t be such an attachment.
‘A poignant love that can’t be realized due to a difference in status.’
While it sounded very touching, it also depicted a world where the high-ranking aristocrats enjoyed painful love for a limited time.
…If so, there would be no problem if I were to go along with their fleeting love while collecting CGs, right? It was a win-win relationship.
Even though it was a reverse harem, it wasn’t simultaneous, and I’d move on to the next target after dumping the previous one.
No one had the right to complain, yet the bothersome helpful character in front of me—Serious-kun, did anyway.
“…I want to go to the exclusive reading room, but it seems to be in use, so I waited here.”
They should still be doing the aftercare post-facial cumshots—
—Of course, I wasn’t going to say that.
“…Are you aiming for Arthur?”
By the way, Arthur was the hot-blooded guy who did facial cumshots.
“…Did you know who’s in the exclusive reading room?”
“I saw Arthur walk in as I was arranging the book back on the shelf.”
…Did Serious-kun not see 2nd Hero-chan?
In the first season, if I came to the library, he’d be at the reception desk to give advice.
Supposedly, anyway, since he gave me nothing.
As the heroine, I had this soothing look on my face, along with a distant smile.
‘Collect the CGs as fast as possible!’
Such was my motto.
While reproducing the exact replica of the CG, I’d quickly conclude it. In the first place, we were at the academy, so I cut to the chase. I wouldn’t be like the second heroine, who did such a lewd thing in public.
…In the first place, I had no intention of taking her place.
“Regardless of how I think about someone, it has nothing to do with you, does it?”
Regardless of Serious-kun’s passive look, he’d soon turn into a zombie.
In the first place, he shouldn’t be complaining to me—a mob character, but the current heroine.
In other words, I’d like him to persuade his stepsister from unlocking Alexei’s route.
“Has your stepsister acclimated to her surroundings? Didn’t she live in the territory until now?”
While I was certain that Alexei was unconquerable, I attempted to find out more about 2nd Hero-chan. After all, intel was important.
The second heroine was a transfer student. In the guidebook, having lost her parents since she was young, she used to live with her grandfather. But for some reason, her grandfather decided to go on an adventure at the age of 75. Despite the fact that his own son retorted, “Are you an idiot?” He still left a note saying, “I won’t go home until I subjugate a dragon!”
The grandfather’s son was none other than Serious-kun’s father and 2nd Hero-chan’s uncle. While 2nd Hero-chan’s grandfather was the stubborn type, there was no way he’d hunt a dragon. Feeling responsible, 2nd Hero-chan’s uncle adopted her as a daughter.
Such was the preface.
At the academy, she’d be treated as Serious-kun’s stepsister, but was still a baron’s daughter on paper. After graduation, she’d have to marry the man who’d be adopted by the baron’s family. Hence why even if she fell in love with a high-ranking aristocrat, she wouldn’t be able to marry him.
“She’s adaptable. Just like her grandfather, she’s tough.”
“…Tough, huh? Well, she sounds like a very wonderful lady.”
She did 69 and had a cock in her mouth.
“Is that so?”
Serious-kun chuckled, as if remembering something.
“Isn’t she popular with male students?”
“I don’t know. I’m not interested.”
Serious-kun, who rested his chin on the desk and looked at me, said so.
No, be interested?
After all, he was the capture target of the second season.
What about the heroine?
Besides, if he was going to be eaten, I definitely wanted him to do it at the academy. The reason was so that I could peek.
“Then, is there anyone your stepsister is interested in at the moment?”
By the way, the helper character this time around was stationed in the infirmary, and did his job properly—
—So why didn’t this guy do his job back then?
“…If you’re so curious, then it’s you?”
Since she kept her virginity intact and was doing the reverse harem, there was no doubt that the second heroine was also a reincarnator. If so, it was only natural for her to be curious about the aftermath of the first heroine.
“She’s concerned about your relationship with Alexei.”
“Not Tiara and Alexei?”
“No, I’ve been asked if you and Alexei are dating. After all, you’re often seen together with him. Besides, you seem to be aiming for high-ranking aristocrats.”
Serious-kun’s words annoyed me.
The only reason why I was with Alexei was because we were paired together in a committee.
Is he implying that I’m going to mess with my best friend’s fiancé?
“I see, you see me as some kind of lowlife who’d just mess around with any aristocrats as long as they’re high-ranking—including but not limited to my best friend’s fiancé.”
I couldn’t help but laugh.
Even though you’re the helper character who didn’t help me whatsoever…
Although, it was understandable. A serious person like him probably refused to help a bitch expand her harem. Well, in the first season, all that was left was Playboy Senpai’s ending. I didn’t care what he thought.
I lived for my friendship and hobbies.
Suddenly, Serious-kun went wide-eyed.
Still, I wonder if 2nd Hero-chan is aiming for Alexei…
…At that moment, he looked away—
2nd Hero-chan’s voice uttered Serious-kun’s name.
When I looked at the voice, 2nd Hero-chan appeared. There was no trace of facial cumshots or disheveled clothes on her person.
It’s the second heroine in person!
Since I’d always been peeping on her, it was the first time for me to see her up close.
She’s a real beauty. The innocent type!
…Although, just like me, she’s a slut inside.
I smiled and stood up.
“I’m sorry for borrowing your brother. I’m going home now. Have a nice day.”
I left the place as if to run away.
While it may be rude, I didn’t want to approach the second heroine until I’d finished collecting all the CGs.
I wanted her to remain the heroine of my favorite game until the end of the second season.
…Ah, but I should’ve advised her not to make a move on Alexei.
Regardless of how pure she was, Alexei wouldn’t bat an eye on her. She probably wouldn’t even be able to get the confinement and humiliation ending. …Right now, all that awaited her was his bad ending.
…When I was walking down the hallway, thinking that I should rightfully advise the second heroine after she succeeded in forming her reverse harem—
—Suddenly, I was pulled into an empty classroom.
The sorrowful voice sounded familiar.
It belonged to none other than the capture target of the first season—No. 5, a.k.a. the duke’s son. Since his name wasn’t important, I shall refer to him as Playboy Senpai.
…I found myself being pushed against the wall and kissed on the forehead.
My eyes went wide as I stared at Playboy Senpai. I grasped the brooch embedded with a magic stone on my chest. The brooch could record anything within the radius of 5 meters.
It was very expensive.
To buy it, I desperately saved my pocket money for 2 years.
Considering his rough movements in the past, the gentle kiss came off as unimaginable. He kissed my forehead, my temple, eyelid, and my cheek.
Amidst the kisses, he whispered my name—
—yet, he never kissed my lips.
Aah, this is the ending of Playboy Senpai’s route—
—and at the same time, the end of the line for me as the first heroine.
“…My engagement with Beatrice has been decided.”
As he slowly released me, Playboy Senpai squeezed such words. His gaze was overflowing with love—and at the same time, pain.
I answered curtly.
Whether it was a fleeting love or not, as long as the target was captured, I’d fulfill my role as the heroine until the end.
May the future he walks on from now on be enveloped in the light of kindness, love, and hope…
“I don’t want to be engaged…”
“…Hey, Raul. What we have is just a fleeting love.”
“That’s right. One so faint, transient, and diminutive, it’ll disappear with the passage of time, leaving anything behind. Like sea foam, no one even knew it existed. A very beautiful, ephemeral love.”
I shall speak as the heroine of ‘The Fleeting Love between You and Me’—and above all, as myself.
“…To me, you’ll never cease to exist. You shall forever remain in my heart as the most dazzling radiance.”
“No, I will disappear. You’re truly an earnest person. From now on, you’ll only have an eye for Lady Beatrice, and love her. As long as you’re with her, you’ll be happier than anyone else.”
“Even though it’s merely an obligatory political marriage? Am I not allowed to even share some beautiful memories with you…?”
Playboy Senpai—no, Raul, was always compared to his eldest sibling. Not only that, his eldest sibling hogged both his family’s love and attention. As a result, he had difficulty trusting anyone, and became flirtatious. However, in reality, he was a spoiled child who got lonely easily.
I reached out to him and combed his beautiful golden hair with my fingers. Then, I slowly cupped his cheek.
“In truth, you must’ve foreseen this from the beginning…”
“All manners of beauty in this world will fade and eventually disappear. Because that’s just how the nature of all things is.”
“But the you that resides within me will never fade, and so is your beauty, for as long as I live…”
“…I’m but an existence that crossed paths with you during your peak of youth. So please—keep walking forward.”
“You, can you just forget everything we’ve shared…?”
“That’s right, because I don’t look back on lost love. That’s who I am—Euphemia Norfolk.”
Such was my pride as the heroine of ‘The Fleeting Love between You and Me’, and my way of life as Euphemia Norfolk—the viscount’s daughter.
I wouldn’t miserably cling to a man who was leaving.
Raul silently embraced me tight and whispered, “Goodbye… I wish you all the best.” Before kissing me on the forehead again and walking away.
“…With this, Raul’s True End is completed. Yay…?”
I slyly sat down on the floor.
Actually, I was enjoying myself. In the first place, it was a character from my favorite game, and I kept falling for him over and over again…
…Nevertheless, such was the world of Fleeting Love, while there was a True End, there was no Happy End.
Of course, I’d like to obtain all the CGs, but by ending up with someone, I’d be unable to succeed in forming a reverse harem—
—That way, neither Alexei’s route would be unlocked, nor Minarin would cry.
I didn’t intend to capture Alexei in the first place, though…
Even so, nothing about the present Alexei would suggest that he was a villain…
…I’m sure this is all thanks to Minarin.
“Isn’t that great, Minarin? No, it isn’t, considering the other party is still a psychopath…”
I stared listlessly at the floor.
I wouldn’t say that I didn’t feel any sense of accomplishment.
However, I’d be lying if I say that I was satisfied with my collection of CGs. Even if my principle stated that I wouldn’t chase after those who left, being dumped by five guys in a row sure was devastating.
“…Who’s a psychopath?”
A shadow suddenly fell over me.
The familiar voice made me furrow my eyebrows.
For some reason, Serious-kun stood in front of me.