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First Episode: The relationship between the heroine and the rival
[Frangwerg Gakuen] is an esteemed school where many of the noble’s sons and daughters attended. The school was full of history and tradition, with a wide area and clusters of brilliant chalk-white school buildings. This school was one of the leading schools famous for its sports and academics. It is no wonder that many of the famous names in this country were also alumni of this school.
Consequently, the powerful household will make sure to enroll their child in this school. Subsequently, those from the lesser families will work hard to enter this school to establish their future pipeline and connect with the upper family. Therefore, it is normal for those with higher family positions to enter this school to learn how to conduct themselves as leaders while scouting for a potential subordinate. Hence, it was customary to see people who possessed superior talents making full use of their abilities and aiming for a further leap in life. Yet, for those from lesser families or those with insufficient skills, this school still provides them with the opportunity as long as they are willing to strive with their own effort.
Frangwerg Gakuen accepts such people and is emphasizing on becoming the support for their future. Such an academy was the stage of a particular otome game.
In this game’s world – The so-called Heroine is a 16 years old girl. Her story will begin when she entered this school. She will meet many people, polished herself, and later on, fall in love with her intended. However, there were also various difficulties awaiting her in the process, such as her pedigree, appearance, intelligence, motor skill, sociability, favorability, etc. Moreover, the so-called Rival is also there to obstruct the Heroine from her road to success.
The Heroine, on the other hand, will continue to persevere over the trial and aims for her happy ending. She will shoot down her love target with affection and winning over the Rival. That is the scenario decided in the Otome game.
— But, someone who was not convinced by such a result has appeared. That person who accidentally knew of her future fate was shocked by her impending future. But she never plans to give up. That girl’s pride and her hate to lose determination somehow blended nicely with her few-screws-loose-head.
The villainous lady who is the Rival to the Heroine, was known as Belfreya Alunst. In contrary to her destruction future, the soul of this particular girl was burning. Facing this kind of terrible enemy, she could not help but shake in excitement. Thus, her indomitable spirit’s answer to this situation was that she needs to “overthrow the Heroine”.
Belfreya, who has found a rival for life at the age of nine, finally spent seven years of her young life polishing herself. This is the birth of a rival that could raise the Heroine’s power. Therefore, as a rival of an absolute existence called Heroine and becoming the most suitable person for such title; she needed to become a winner herself. While deeply involving her one-year older fiancé, Syulein Edward, she has blasted in a straight line towards that goal in her grand scheme.
Finally, Belfreya Alunst entered the school for the decisive battle between her and the Heroine. She could not suppress her beating heart as she imagined the encounter with the Heroine that has been plaguing her mind for years. Her breath gets hot, and her cheeks blush with excitement. There was a mixture of anxiety and passion in her eyes, turning her aura into a weird color.
Yet, looking at the girl’s state, which seemed to be different from one week ago, her fiancé decidedly pinched her cheek while keeping his eyes half-open. There was only one reason why Belfreya was in such a condition.
“The Heroine is not here–…..”
Until yesterday she had been looking forward to overthrown the Heroine. For that, she had continued to keep a lookout at all the first grade’s classes. Yet, unexpectedly, she did not find any trace of that Heroine even after the whole week … Her vision was completely white. Hence, Syulein could not help but pinched Belfreya, whose head had fallen upon the desk while exposing ger sorrowful back,
“Oi, Bell. Well, oh, that. Where is your spirit?”
“She had totally burned out … Hey, Syulein, just a bit, look where you poke—“
“Mr. President, this is the classroom. You have done it twice.”
“You have been saying something strange, but…”
While boisterously scratching the light brown hair with his hands, Syulein raised his eyebrows towards Fior Curtis, the student councils’ vice-chairman. Because it seems fascinating, his friend has come with him to the first-grade classroom during lunchtime just to watch him stir someone up. What’s more, contrary to Fior’s princely appearance, he was a person who has a bad habit of playing with people.
It was just a stroke of rotten luck that Syulein and Fior ended up becoming a friend. This relationship started because the two of them were childhood friends. The relationship that started due to the connection between their houses continued to persist when the two of them entered the student council, making it easier for them to act together. Naturally, Fior also made acquainted with Belfreya.
Since the beginning, Syulein has already disclosed the information of Belfreya acting as a villainous lady to him. Therefore, when they arrive at the scene and saw the girl’s current condition, Syulein cannot help but use his finger to poke at her while Fior laughed at his act. The fact is that he was that sort of friend.
Fior, who knew the inside story and often made fun of Syulein based on Belfreya’s story, was laughing in return. Before he ultimately shut up. That is just how the three of them were.
“Rein-sama … The Heroine, Heroine, is nowhere to be seen, nowhere to be found……. Ha~ it, it cannot be. It is said that when the Heroine element reaches its highest value, a legendary promised event will happen. An abduction flag. However, that event is already past its due time, so…!”
“To kidnap a Heroine, that opponent is quite a fierce person.”
“Is this the Heroine whom Bell-chan has been talking all this time? If it is about her specs, it should not be easy for her to be caught by them. So … this is undoubtedly a trap. Based on the information I gathered, that person should already be caught. In fact, I am also working behind the scene to amend this matter! “
“- Fi! Fior-sama, this is where the Heroine needs to do something.”
“You, your face is saying like this is how it should already be decided.”
At that time, Belfreya’s classmates, who were also there, started to whisper to each other.
Wavy gold hair and a pair of orange-tinted eyes. The vividness of the marigold hair and the beautiful expression on her face suits her well. That sun-like girl was folding her hand together while showing a complicated expression. She has been searching for the Heroine for quite a long time now. However, only now did she realized that she might not have been as familiar with the Heroine as she previously thought.
For Belfreya, she had previously believed that she would definitely meet the Heroine if she entered this school. However, her wish did not come true. The information that she has was too little for her to determine the real situation. In the original otome game, the Heroine specification can be changed at will. Not only her name, but the player could also change the Heroine’s family name. Even though initially she remembered the Heroine’s name, according to Fior, such a family name did not exist in this country.
The only information that Belfreya has is that the Heroine was supposed to have soft peachy hair. Apart from that, the Heroine’s family is in a lower position than hers, and that she is the strongest woman ever. There were a couple of people with pink hair, but there were not enough fighting spirits in them for them to be the Heroine. Belfreya already thought of the possibility that the Heroine is hiding her ability. Still, even so, those power was supposed to show up under pressure. Because it is the Heroine, you know.
It was the rival position that she had been committed to for the last seven years. So she concluded that there was no Heroine in any person she had observed in the school. No way, maybe she disguised herself as a man! Therefore she also observed the male student from around the 4th day of enrollment. Yet, no one has an appearance like the Heroine. Therefore, there was a situation where a male student frantically tried to stop his fiancé from thrusting into any other male student. Besides them, one friend kept laughing while cooperating in the search, yet, no positive results came out.
“Is the Heroine really not here?”
Perhaps she should be happy that no Heroine would threaten her future. However, as Belfreya heart pounded, there was an indescribable feeling of emptiness occurred. For her, being the Rival has led to such big goals and high walls towards the Heroine. To be honest, she yearned for that.
“… Indeed Bell has been working hard to overthrown Heroine. Yet, when the goal was unexpectedly gone, that feeling of getting lost … … I also understand a little bit of it, and that’s why I cooperated with you.”
“Still, the days and efforts that the Bell have accumulated over time will never go away. As long as we been together forever, I can assure you properly.”
Belfreya raised her face that was lying down and turned her uneasy eyes towards Syulein. With gentle eyes and a soft smile, he softly extended his hand to her. Belfreya was grinning shyly at the hand presented towards her, which she took it firmly. She was genuinely beaten by his kindness.
Syulein then shamelessly grasped her hand into his.
“By the way, do you know Bell-chan, there is a girl who has been taking a leave of absence for a long time since entering the first-grade class?”
“Is it true?”
When Belfreya heard Fior’s casual remark, her face, body, and consciousness began to flare up, turning her upside down; physically and emotionally. Holding her hands to her chest, she could feel that the heat overflowing from her heart as if it burning her soul once again. The changes in Belfreya against her previous predicament was fast in the naked eyes.
“Fufufu~ so it is like that. The Heroine was also a samurai, huh…I already knew that it will be a fierce battle. I knew from my previous knowledge that a duel could be cruel and ruthless. I never thought that she is also familiar with the art of war. To think that she is capable of attracting others’ attention by being [a freshman who is one week late]. Not to mention that she also managed to hit two birds with one stone by shaking my confidence along the way … She is truly the strongest Rival.”
Again, Belfreya trembled as she thought of that terribly strong enemy. She acknowledged the Heroine’s capabilities in making full use of that strategy. The Heroine has already been working hard from before the entrance ceremony. Cutting off one week of physical fitness and mental strength may affect your body, yet, her fighting spirit does not change. After all, those missing things can be quickly recovered with the spirits and the gut of this soul.
“Sa~a, let’s go and meet the Heroine. Let’s engraved the existence of this Belfreya Alunst!”
Within these seven years, after repeating it over and over again in her head, she has forcefully written “the letter of challenge”. This letter that was edited over and over again was finally completed one month ago. And with a playful smile, Belfreya ran out from the classroom.
“Well, I’m glad Bell-chan has finally cheered up.”
“……, I see.”
“Um, Syulein. Hmm… Mr. President. As the school representative, it is important to have a grasp on all student’s situations.”
“You bastard~ you did this on purpose. That timing is definitely on purpose.”
“Hey, that is my neck! My neck!!”
In this way, the central part has finally started.
“This is the last classroom…”
Just now, she had run out of the classroom due to the momentum. It was just them did she suddenly remembered that the Heroine was a lady full of etiquette, no matter what time and situation. Therefore, Belfreya quickly stopped running as she started to walk gracefully towards the first-grade classrooms searching for her. Even though she did not feel the shortness of breath from all the running she had done, Belfreya couldn’t help but taking a deep breath to calm her pulsating heart as she took a peek inside the classroom.
It was lunchtime at the moment, therefore, she saw many students were talking to each other while spreading their lunch box. While she was checking everyone, the idea that her target might have gone to the cafeteria appeared in her mind.
“Anthurium-san’s lunch box is charming, isn’t it?”
“Ah. Thank you… I’m so happy.”
Hearing that voice, Belfreya quickly stopped her leg. A voice that makes you feel gentleness like the tinkling of a bell. While one might be embarrassed from hearing the praise, Belfreya somehow could detect the feeling of being deeply grateful from that tone. The face of the girl who received the words also turned dreamy. This is the destructive power by voice alone. Those who had such a presence were not in this classroom until yesterday.
As Belfreya looked around the classroom, she noticed that a wall had formed at the classroom corner. A place made by a “girls’ wall” while the male’ students kept darting their eyes towards that distance. She thought it was weird that many people were eating in the classroom today. Apparently, their aim was there.
Then, those in the classroom finally noticed Belfreya, who was at the entrance, and turned their eyes on her. The gathered group also senses the air changes. Their line of sight also moved toward the entrance. Through their actions, the hidden wall was finally discharged.
While being surrounded by the crowd, the eyes of the girl who was about to open her lunch box, met with Belfreya’s.
The semi-long pale pink hair fluttered in the wind from the open window. It looked like a jewel of Inca rose, like an orange tinted with a pink color. The color of her hair also makes Belfreya feel the cuteness of the cosmos flower. Yet, no weakness was displayed from her posture. There are only strengths that firmly put her feet on the ground. Despite its thinness, it managed to attach the roots firmly.
Belfreya instinctively understood. Her soul trembled. The face of her Rival, presence, voice, and figure that had been vague until now was finally replaced by the girl in front of her. Her sweat ended up soaking her letter of challenge. The bubbling in her heart makes her feel joy, excitement, and awe.
“…Belfreya Alunst, nice to meet you.”
“Hello, nice to meet you. I’m honored that you know me despite being in a different class.”
“Well, I am sorry if I made you feel bad. I was anxious about the school’s start because I was forced to take an absence leave for a week. So I tried my best to remember all the senior students and the first grade’s teachers during my free time.”
To Belfreya’s surprise, the girl in front of her eyes lowered her head and apologized to her. She got up from her chair and walked to the entrance with a slow movement. As the whole body is up-stretched, both of them notice that their height was about the same. As she began to digest the Heroine words, cold sweat began runs over Belfreya’s back. Her body stiffened as she realized the Heroine’s high specs.
However, she is the Rival that must be exceeded, so Belfreya reproached herself and slowly took a small breath. Then she looked straight at the girl in front of her and bowed down elegantly. In this sophisticated movement, the students in the classroom who saw it couldn’t help but become overwhelmed by it.
“Let’s make acquaintance once again. I’m Belfreya Alunst. Nice to meet you.”
“Likewise. I have not told you my name yet. I am called Shana Anthurium. Nice to meet you too.”
“Yes, the pleasure is all mine.”
Towards Belfreya, who responded vigorously, Shana also smiled happily. While somewhat contrasting, both girls seemed to be close while giving a breathtaking atmosphere to their surroundings. Syulein, who finally caught up with Belfreya, was also watching the spectacle with surprise.
It truly was. With the overpowered Heroine next to her, his fiancée also giving a fantastic feeling in another sense.
To tell it simply, for example, a sun and a moon are shining in the sky. While each of them has its beauty that fascinates heaven, no unnaturalness could be detected from each of them. While coexisting, there have never mixed. Everything goes up and competes at times, just like a rival.
As if the time has stopped, the people around them kept their breath to the minimum. They thoughtfully observed the two girls in front of them. Among many audiences, the Heroine and the Rival have finally encountered each other.
And, both of the girls are…
Simultaneously, both of them crouched down.
“Well …I can see that you have been stretching your arm, flank, chest, and back with bust-up every day. Even from the top of the clothes, I can see that it was quite plump. Your upper body is truly number one. It also looks elastic, yet the shape does not collapse. What kind of exercise did you do to get this result……!”
“No way … You also stretched your upper body, lower body, pelvis, and your backs with hip-up every day. I can see it even from the top of the clothes. The beauty of the well-balanced hip line, which depicts stunning curvaceous beauty, How much training did you have……!”
Towards Belfreya, who has regret over her chest, and Shana, who was anguished over her ass, both begin to neglect the crowd around them. The two started to trade compliments and regrets and thus begin exchanging information on their exercising manual. The surrounding girls recovered first as they desperately began to copy their conversation contents into their memo pad. Their hand was shaking as they tried to write as fast as possible.
Within 5 minutes of battle, both of them have shocked each other. The girls put their strength on their knees and rise vigorously. The only thing left in their eyes is the crackling and burning fighting spirit. Fufufu, Belfreya shows a fearless smile while Shana smiles softly at her.
It was as if the Khan and Gong were ringing in everyone’s head.
“I wanted to meet you, Heroine!!”
“I will not lose to you, my rival!!”
It was also the moment when the curtain for the battle to the summit has opened.
“Wa~a… That kid is absolutely like Bell-chan. So burning.”
“Hey, isn’t there something strange about this? How to say, there is something fundamental that seems to be missing…”
“Mr. President, I’m sorry for disturbing you while you are trying to escape from reality. It seems that the lunch break is going to end soon…. and as far as I remember, we have not eaten anything yet.”
Everyone in this classroom looks at their bento and their purchase goods, which only have been half-eaten when the chimes of bells began to resonate heartily. They were only managed to shed their tears quietly. The conflict of the first battle has brought out so many victims, and these two girls did it without using their iron fist.
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