53. Katariona Undergoes the Magic Attribute Ritual (Part 1)
The day of the magic attribute judgment ceremony has arrived. I woke up early in the morning and carefully prepared myself.
After taking a hot bath, I asked Marie to dress me and do my hair.
“It’s finished now. You look lovely, milady.”
“Thank you, Marie.”
Marie is really good at what she does. She’s a pro at making me look pretty.
“Now! Off to battle!”
“Didn’t you say the same thing last time? No. You said socializing was a battlefield for women.”
“By the way, why are you in human form, Leon?”
He made himself invisible for Brother’s judging of magical attributes, but this time he’s proudly showing up.
“Because I made a promise with the Prince kid.”
I remember, two years ago when His Royal Highness the Crown Prince visited us, that’s what he said.
After that time, I haven’t seen Leon in his human form, so it’s been a while.
“Can you escort me to the carriage, Leon?”
“Yes. Shall we go then?”
I held out my hand to him, and Leon put my hand on his arm as if he was handling something important, and escorted me. His gentlemanly manners were impeccable.
When I arrived at the Magic Academy, the venue for the magic attribute judgment ceremony, I was taken from my family and guided to a waiting room. The waiting rooms were for the nobles who would be taking the magic attribute test this year. Each aristocrat will be given a waiting room, so I’ll stay here until it’s time. The guards and maids are allowed to accompany them, so I asked Leon and Marie to follow me.
“Ah! I’m so nervous. Can I take it with as much dignity as Brother did?”
“Rio, as I warned you yesterday, don’t put too much magic into the judgment ball.”
For the past two years, Chris and I have both grown in the magnitude of our magical power due to our testing by the gods. They say that if we put all our magic power into the magic attribute test ball, it might break.
“I understand. I’ll keep it under control and try to be inconspicuous at best. Leon, I need you to turn into a beast for a moment! Please!”
I clasped my hands together, begging him as I made this request.
Leon suddenly turned into a small beast sighing. If I don’t fluff, I won’t be able to feel relaxed. Leon jumped onto my lap. Immediately I enjoyed his fluffiness.
“If the door suddenly bursts open, we’re screwed.”
Marie giggled with a smile as if she were watching something funny.
“It’ll be okay. It’s good manners to knock on the door until granted permission to enter. There are no aristocrats who would do such a rude thing……”
Just as I was about to say no, the door opened with a bang without prior knocking.
“Rio! I’m coming!”
There is such a rude person! It was Chris. She’s not a noble, she’s royalty, but she……
“…..Are you really a princess? You’re really so wildly out of character.”
“Eh? What are you talking about? More than that, Fluffy-kun is in beast form. Let me fluff you!”
The two of us sat facing each other and fluffed Leon on the table. Leon frowned in annoyance, but he let us do as we pleased.
“I’m not very good at being first. Can we swap places, Rio?”
“I don’t like being first either. Plus, I don’t think I could take first place over Victoria-sama, Duchess of Villiaberg.”
This year, Chris, Victoria-sama, and I will be taking our magic attribute test in that order. Victoria-sama is the eldest daughter of the Duke of Villaberg, one of the four great dukes of our country. In my previous life, we were friends from our time at the Magic Academy. If not for me, she would’ve been a candidate for the Crown Princess. Unfortunately, she was fond of my brother, who would later become her fiance, but that’s still a ways to come.
“Victoria? Oh, she’s shy despite her appearance.”
Victoria-sama is a gorgeous beauty with strawberry blond hair and violet eyes, but despite her gorgeous appearance, she has a quiet personality. However, I know that she’s passionate about the things she likes. But, I’m not going to talk about it now.
“It’s about time. Chris, go back to your waiting room.”
Leon, whose fur has been crumpled from being fluffed up so much, urged Chris to leave the room.
“I’ll be back soon. See you later, Rio.”
“Yes, I’ll see you later.”
The magic attribute judgment is set up to where groups consisting of three people stayed backstage.
Chris, Victoria-sama, and I are currently sitting in our chairs backstage. Glancing sideways at Victoria-sama, I saw that she was trembling. Sure enough, she’s quite nervous.
“Um…..is everything okay?”
Normally, it is good manners for a person of the higher status to call out first, but I was worried about Victoria-sama, who was so nervous that it looked as if she was about to collapse. I know calling out to her would be rude, but I did so anyway.
“Y, yes. I’m fine……”
Victoria-sama smiles back at me, but she doesn’t seem to be alright.
“I’m Katariona, the daughter of Marquis de Grandeur. I know it’s impolite of me to speak first, but I was worried because of how pale you were. I apologize.”
“N, no. Don’t worry about it. Isn’t the Marquis de Grandeur a relative of Duke Paulford?”
It seems that she relaxed a little when speaking. The color of her face improved a little.
“Ah! I’m sorry for the delay. I’m Victoria, daughter of Duke of Villiaberg.”
“Please take care of me, Victoria-sama. Our family is indeed related to the Duke of Paulford.”
I smiled at her. By the way, Victoria-sama has been beautiful since she was a child, with her delicious-looking strawberry blond hair. I remember that in my previous life, whenever I said that she looked like a strawberry that tasted delicious, she would hold her hair saying, “Don’t eat.”
“Likewise, Katariona-sama. If you don’t mind, you can call me Tria.”
“Then, call me Rio.”
As we smiled at each other, we heard a coughing sound. The culprit was Chris.
“I’m sorry to interrupt you, but I would appreciate it if you could add me to your conversation.”
“This! I’m so sorry! Your Highness, Princess Christina.”
Tria’s face started paling again. She must’ve been startled by Chris’s sudden approach.
“Chris is fine. May I also call you Tria?”
“Of course. But calling Her Highness by her nickname is…….”
“It doesn’t matter if we’re not in public. You don’t have to be so formal. Rio and I are already best friends and call each other by our nicknames.”
“E-?” Tria turns to look at me and sees me nod in response.
“Then, we shall start the magic attribute judgment ceremony.”
At the signaling of the judge, the magic attribute judgment has started.
TL: Y’all~ I proofread this before posting~! It’s probably not something to be proud of, but still yippee! Also, I’m going to go back and proofread the past chapters again to make things more consistent. So, if I make any major updates, I’ll be sure to inform you in the next chapter. Anyway, I thought this was a cute lil chapter, I hope y’all enjoy!