Chapter 1: The Heroine is a reincarnated person?!
I opened my eyes with a snap but immediately regretted it as a bright white light pierced through my eyes causing me to immediately shut them back as I groaned. The sound of something scraping against the floor followed by a soft thump of something being placed on the table nearby alerted me that I wasn’t alone. A voice, clearly female, nearby hurriedly spoke, “Ah, you’re awake. Here, let me help….”
I felt a slender arm on my back gently helped pulling me into sitting position by stacking pillows behind me before speaking again, “Ah, you must be thirsty. Please wait, I’ll get you some water.”
I felt the presence next to me moved away, presumably to get me the water. Slowly, I tried to open my eyes once again, allowing them to adjust to the light little by little until I manage to get them fully open.
Once I had my eyes completely open, I realized that I had been lying on a single bed with white linen cover on. A glance around told me that I was most likely in an infirmary if all the medical tools were anything to go for. Suddenly, my vision was blocked by light cream color as the person from before stood before me with a glass of water, “Here you go, please drink them slowly.”
As I accepted the glass and drank the liquid, the person sat down back to the chair next to my bed before taking the glass from me once I was finished and placed it on the table. Finally, she spoke to me with voice tinged with obvious concern, “Well, are you feeling better now?”
I turned to the girl as I answered, “Yes, I….” … am fine was what I wanted to say but as I looked at the person, I was so shocked that the words were stuck on my throat. In front of me was a girl with long bright blonde hair, white skin that is almost transparent, big eyes with the color of cloudless sky and small red lips that complements her heart shaped face. Truly she was a beauty that would turn heads just standing still. Amazed by her sheer beauty, I unconsciously muttered her name, “Melisa vi Lumieria….”
The girl tilted her head cutely as she looked at me with questioning eyes, “Yes, that is my name… but… I’m sorry but did we meet before? If we did, I sincerely apologize since I can’t seem to recall….” I blushed as I realized that she had caught my muttering as I stuttered, “Ah… no… umm….”
Yes, there was no way that we would ever meet before…. Our social position was way too different after all. I mean, I was nothing but a run-of-the-mill commoner living in a village far from the capital while she came from the noble house with the highest position second only from royalty. Her titles include but not limited to: Daughter of the Duke Lumieria, Fiancee of the crown prince, Future queen of the kingdom and many more titles.
How did I know all that? Simple, it was because she was someone that I had seen in another world. Yes, another world… I knew now that those flashes I had been experiencing since I arrived to this school wasn’t delusions or de ja vu… they were memories… memory of my previous life.
When I was unconscious, I regained a portion of the memory of my previous life. I couldn’t recall my personal information, not my age, my occupation, or even my gender but I knew I was a person living in a country called Japan. In that world, there was no magic but in exchange, it was significantly technologically advanced.
One of the proof of their technological advancement was existence of something called a computer… a device that is capable of many things, from doing complex calculation that would make one’s head explode to entertainments and games. This world… was the world of Otome Game that my previous-self had played in such a device.
The game name was “Rose Waltz” and the premise was this school. During the game, the player would control a female character who encountered different male characters as possible love interests: The crown prince, the crown prince’s best friend who was also heir of a duke house, son of the pope of the national religion, all the way to the young genius who was set to become a world famous professor. There was also a harem ending where the heroine would end up with all of the love interests at the same time but it seemed that my previous self never got to reach that ending.
It seemed that as in the fashion of such genre, other than the love interests, there were also the love rival characters, largely themed as “Villainous ladies” who would be trying to get in the way of the Heroine’s romance. Each of the romantic interests route had their own rival characters for the heroine to face… and this girl, Melisa vi Lumieria was one of them. Specifically, she was the rival character if the player were aiming for the prince as love interest.
What makes “Rose Waltz” different from other Otome Games however was that none of the rival characters were actually “Villainous”. In fact, all of them were portrayed as proper nice girls with some unusual quirks which would actually serve to make them more “adorable”.
Moreover, even among them, Melisa vi Lumieria stood out as a magnificent girl gifted with beauty, brain and attitude and more than anything was shown to be a girl who truly loves her fiancé. On the other hand, the “Heroine” would be the one who would obsess over the love interests so excessively that she would even set up plots and dirty tactics to break the engagement of this amazing girl… Seriously… my former self must be quite the black hearted person….
“…ou… kay… excuse me, Are you okay?” A soft voice from nearby caused me to snap from my thought. I turned to the owner of the voice and blushed as I realized that during my inner monologue, I had actually forgotten about the existence of the person occupying it nearby.
I cleared my throat once before replying, “Ah… yes… I’m okay. In fact, I feel completely fine now; I apologize for making you worry.” I pushed the blanket covering myself before turning my body as I prepared to get down from the bed. As I stood up, the other girl also rose from her seat as if to assist but I shook my head to refuse before showing that I was completely okay by standing on my own perfectly.
The blonde showed a gentle smile as she spoke, “Well, I’m glad you’re okay. I was surprised when you suddenly collapsed while sitting next to me. The teacher carried you to the infirmary and you missed the rest of the welcoming ceremony.”
I nodded in understanding; I had figured that much to be what happened. I also didn’t miss the fact that she most likely had come to check on me immediately after the ceremony, hence why she was still wearing her uniform. I let out a sigh inwardly, seriously my previous self… of all game to play and character to ruin, you had to pick this one… why couldn’t you pick one who actually had villainess with terrible personality…?
The sound of the noble daughter clearing her throat brought me back to reality as she spoke while looking at the tall clock at the corner of the room, “Well… since you also missed the tour of the school, you probably doesn’t know where your dormitory room is, right? If you like it, I’ll gladly guide you there.”
As she spoke, the girl took out a piece of paper from her pocket. She probably had asked a staff member for my dorm room number before she came here, truly a capable female with good head on her shoulder. She still got one thing wrong though, I did know where my room was as part of my memory of the game but since correcting her would cause suspicion, I decided to follow along as I bowed deeply, “Ah… yes, that’s right. Umm… please take care of me… umm… Lumieria-sama.”
She showed a bright and gentle smile which reminded me of one belonging to a saint told in tales and legends as she reaplied, “Yes, please take care of me too….” She paused for a moment before continuing with apologetic expression, “umm… I’m sorry, I don’t think I have caught your name yet?”
I blushed as I realized that she was right now that I thought about it as I hurriedly answered her, “Ah… yes… My apologies… my name is… Teana… just… Teana.”
Still in bowing position, I chance a peek on the noble girl’s expression and noticed that she had raised her eyebrows slightly before turning back to her previous gentle expression as she spoke, “Ah… I see… so you’re the rumored new student with rare magic, right? Well… it is nice to meet you too, Teana-san.”
She paused for a few seconds before speaking again with tone laced with humor, “Oh, can you please raise your head already? Right now, while we are at school, we are just fellow students.”
I finally raised my back and faced the still smiling blonde as she spoke, “Well, shall we go then? The welcoming dinner should be starting in a few hours and you still need unpack, right?” I nodded silently in response before she turned around and walked toward the door while I followed behind her.
The blonde led me through the school building to the girls dormitory building. As we walked, she explained a few things about the school rooms and dormitory since I had missed the school orientation tour. By the way, most of the school faculty seemed to be largely located in the main school building including classrooms, library, Art room, club rooms and staff room which means that most of the school activities would be done inside the main building.
The other buildings other than main school building were the auditorium / ballroom hall which was used for important events and balls and Dormitories where the students would be staying during their schooling period. The dormitories themselves were separated between male and female students and going into each other were strictly prohibited without proper permission from the dormitory managers.
After a while, the girls’ dormitory finally came into view as we turned a corner. The dormitory looked like a three stories tall European mansion if the lines of windows were to go by. It has light pink painted wall and bright red roof, giving it a feminine touch. A double door served as its front and main entrance with another double door at the back that led toward the back garden where the students can do their study or host tea parties.
Even from a distance, the building looked nothing short of luxurious. By the way, from the game, I knew that the boys’ dormitory actually looked exactly the same as the girls’ from the outside other than the blue color scheme rather than red.
As we entered the building, an interior that couldn’t be described as anything else but “lavish” spread before my eyes. From the soft red carpet that extended from the main door to the main stairs, shiny marble floor without a speck of dust on them all the way to the crystal chandelier above. It was basically something straight out of a fantasy shoujo novel.
A gentle pull on my sleeve returned me back to my sense as I glanced toward the gently smiling perpetrator as she spoke, “Are you okay? If you keep your mouth open that wide any longer, a fly might actually be tempted to enter, you know?”
I felt my face heat up as I realized that I had been standing there stock still with my mouth open, literally. On the other hand, the blonde let out a cute giggle as she seemed to find my reaction quite amusing, much to my further embarrassment. Well, at least I knew that she didn’t mean any ill will with her comment though it still took her several minutes before she stopped laughing.
Once she was calm enough, she spoke again with a smile as she turned around, “Well, come on. We still need to get you to see the dormitory manager and find your room.” I nodded silently, still not quite relieved from my earlier embarrassment, as I followed her.
Fortunately, the dormitory manager’s room was quite near. In fact, it was the first room to the right of the entrance with a gold plate with the word “Manager” on it. Melisa knocked on the door twice and waited for response before a female voice came from inside the room, “A minute.”
Before long, there was the sound of a lock being detached before the door swung open, revealing a woman in her mid 20s or early 30s with shoulder length pink hair, “Hmm? You are… Lumieria, aren’t you? What is it? Don’t tell me you already got in trouble in your first day?”
The blonde shook her head before replying, “Of course not, Alyssa-san. I’m here to introduce you to this new student here. She had missed the orientation due to health problem and had been in the infirmary this whole time.”
The pink-haired woman, Alyssa, hit her palm as she seemed to have figured out something, “Ahh, the girl who collapsed right before your freshman greeting?”
The woman turned her attention to me as she spoke again, “Well, you’re just one very unlucky girl, aren’t ya? Well, welcome to the girl’s dormitory. My name is Alyssa Fill, just call me Alyssa. I’m the manager of this place, so if you have any problem with your room or anything related to this place, just come to me. You can usually find me right here, in my room.”
I nodded at her once before I bowed to her as well, “My name is Teana. I will be in your care starting from today.”
Alyssa raised her eyebrows slightly as she spoke, “Hee… So… you’re the rumored girl, huh? Quite a polite one, aren’t you? Well, just relax. It might be just for 3 years but you can think of this place as your home until you graduate. Oh yeah… hmm… wait here for a bit.”
The woman entered her room again and closed the door behind her but I could hear her voice from the other side like “where did I put it…” and sounds of thing being moved as if she was searching for something. It was several minutes later before the door was opened and she showed up in front of me once again as she handed me several piece of papers and a key.
“There we go, that is the complete map of the school. Take your time to memorize it if possible, wouldn’t want to get lost on your first class, right? The other one is the set of rules of this dormitory, don’t break any of them and we’ll be cool with each other. Break one and you deal with me, trust me, you won’t like it when I’m angry. Finally, that key is your room key, it got your room number on it and it has to be returned to me every time you’re going out of the dormitory area. Are we clear so far?”
I studied each items that she handed me, taking mental note that none of the rules seem out of ordinary even from my limited other world memory, before I finally nodded as I answered, “I understand. Thank you.”
She smiled at me as she replied, “You’re welcome. Well, you should go to your room and unpack now. Dinner will be served at the dormitory dining hall in about… an hour, I guess. Well, dinner time isn’t mandatory but since this is your first day, I highly recommend you attending at least to get to know your yearmates and senpais.”
I nodded at her once again, “I understand, thank you for your advice. Good evening.”
I bowed at her one last time with Lumieria-sama before we left toward the main stairway. After a short climb on the stair, a pair of gold colored plates on the wall were visible showing with the numbers “101 – 120 ®” and below it was “¬ 121 – 140”. Even with one look, it was obvious that the numbers were referring to the room numbers and which side of the wing they were located on.
Lumieria-sama turned to me as she asked, “So, what’s your room number?”
I showed her my room key and the number “115” was engraved on the metal plate hanging on it. By the way, according to my memory, it was the same number as the heroine character would have gotten in the game anyway so at least, it seemed that some of the details from the game would remain the same.
Lumieria-sama looked at the engraved number before smiling back at me, “Ahh, on the right wing, hmm? Let’s go then.”
I followed the blonde as she led me down the hallway before stopping at the room with the plate number “115” on it. I inserted the key into the keyhole and turned it before a soft click came from the door signaling that it has been unlocked. As if to test it, I put my hand on the handle before turning it and sure enough, the door swung open inward.
I turned to Lumieria-sama and bowed at her, “Thank you for guiding me so far, Lumieria-sama.”
The blonde waved her hand several times with a smile as she replied, “Please don’t mention it, it was no trouble at all.” She then pointed toward the door across my room with the plate “112” on it before continuing, “By the way, my room is right there so we will be neighbors for a while. Let’s get along, okay? Speaking of which, if it is possible, please call me Melisa. “Lumieria-sama” makes me feel like my father is somewhere nearby.”
As the blonde finished with a playful wink, I couldn’t help but smile back as I replied, “Understood… well… I will address you as Melisa-sama from now on then, is that okay?” I bowed at her one last time as I continued, “Well, please take care of me from now on.”
Lumieria-sama… no, Melisa-sama’s expression looked noticeably brighter as she replied, “Naturally.” She too bowed in response as she continued, “Likewise, please take care of me too, Teana-sama.”
We exchanged a mutual giggle before she spoke again before leaving, “Well, I better leave you for now so you can get settled down and freshen up before dinner. I’ll see you later?”
I nodded at her in response, “Un, I’ll see you later.”
After she left, I finally entered my room for the first time. I clicked the switch next to the door to turn a magic light hanging on the ceiling on, allowing me to take in the interior of the room clearly. Surprisingly, contrary to the lavish school building and complex that I’ve seen so far, the interior of the room was rather basic and simple. A single bed along the wall on the left side, a desk and chair sitting next to it at the far side of the wall and a wardrobe is located directly to the left of the entrance and finally another door at the other end of the room that lead to the shower and toilet for my personal use. I also noticed that my luggage, or the lack of it since I only brought a single suitcase with me, had been placed at the corner of the room waiting to be unpacked.
Due to the size of the room, it seemed that while most of the basic necessities were provided, it was possible to put some additional furniture and personal touch in the room. Since the students would stay in the same room for their 3 years of education except for special circumstances, it seemed that the design and size of the room had been in consideration for such happening.
I headed straight to the bed and half laid on top of it with my arms spread as I thought to myself, ‘Okay… if the sequence of event is like it was in the game… the first event should be during the dinner where the heroine would encounter and introduced to the rest of the rival characters. My memory seemed to be at least quite complete when it comes to the game knowledge… still, I better make a list later on things that might happen and how to deal with it…. Let’s be clear though… being a queen is out of the question….’
After a while, I finally picked myself up from the bed before heading toward my suitcase and removed a dress, a set of underwear and my towel from inside. With the items in hand, I headed toward the shower room for a quick shower. My mind however was still filled with the thought of the upcoming first event, ‘Come hell and high water, I won’t let it goes like the game….’
AUTHOR NOTE: FIRST CHAPTER DONE!! I’M SO TIRED TwT