Katariona Has a Devious Plan
This is just the 100th chapter, excluding short stories and SS. Yippee~!
After my brother and Tria’s engagement ceremony, there will be an evening banquet at our house, but Mother is in charge of it.
I have been helping out a little with the arrangements for the engagement ceremony, following her lead.
I helped her write the invitations and helped choose the flowers to be displayed on the day.
I was reminded once again of how hard it is to be a mistress.
“‘Mother, about the tableware for the reception, it turns out that Laura is going to provide it for us. She gave me a catalog to select from.”
Today, when I went to Sandorion for my dress fitting, Laura handed me the catalog.
I showed the catalog to my mother.
“All the tableware from Sandorionis wonderful. Rio, which one do you think is the best?”
Mother looked through the catalog and set it on her desk.
“I guess this fits Tria’s image. But despite her gorgeous appearance, she prefers simple things.”
As I pondered, Mother chuckled.
“A curious coincidence. Sieg’s fiancée turned out to be a friend of Rio’s.”
“I’m glad that Tria will be my sister-in-law.”
The wedding will take place after Tria graduates from the Magic Academy, so I’ll be graduating at the same time.
“By that time, perhaps Rio will have someone she likes.”
I do have someone I like, a fluffy one, but I honestly doubt that Leon will take me as his wife.
Leon told me that he would if I didn’t change my mind when I grew up.
“Mother. You know me. After I graduate from the academy, I was thinking of working at the Magic Academy.”
The words that the judge had said to me at the time of the magic attribute assessment had lingered in my mind. It was at that moment that I began to think about my future path.
“Oh my. Are you already thinking about your future, Rio?”
“Is Mother against it?”
She placed her hand on my head and smiled.
“Rio, follow the path you want. I’m sure your father will not object. I want you to enjoy a life of freedom.”
I hugged my mother.
“Thank you, Mother!”
“Oh my. You’re thirteen years old and still a child.”
With that said, my mother hugged me as gently as she did when I was a kid.
Later that day, the tableware sent from Sandorion was classy and simple.
In the package, there were two small boxes addressed to me.
After receiving the boxes from the butler, I went back to my room and opened them.
They were tie pins made of scales that I had received from Sylphy-sama.
I had asked her to make it for me when I went to take dress measurements.
“I need to give the scales to His Majesty the King and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince. But how do I give these to them?”
“Why don’t you ask Chris?”
Leon, who was lounging on the sofa, simply declares.
The scales that Sylphy-sama gave us three years ago are in my possession and Therese-san’s.
Although it is hidden, I was given the scales because I, who was also given Sacred Magic by Flare-sama, was the most likely to be looted by Charlotte.
The second most at-risk person is His Royal Highness the Crown Prince. And His Majesty the King too …….
Charlotte has a skill called “Demonic Enchantment,” which is dangerous because it deceives the opposite sex. If she starts attending the Magic Academy, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince will be captivated by Charlotte, just like in his last life.
I don’t know if His Majesty was also bewitched by Charlotte before the time reversal. But the possibility is extremely high.
I was informed that the God Council decided that it would be appropriate to give Sylphy-sama’s scales to His Majesty the King and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince.
“It’s reasonable to ask Chris.”
The next day, during lunchtime, I asked Chris to give them the scales.
Chris looked down at the box and hesitated for a while. Eventually, she said:
“I will give the scales to my father, but it would be better if Rio gave them to my brother.”
I was shocked by Chris’s unexpected words.
“I don’t think my brother would wear a gift from me. But if it’s a gift from Rio, I think he’ll like it.”
“But it’s a tiepin. Isn’t that what you’d expect from a fiancé, to receive a gift that can be easily worn?”
“My brother doesn’t have a fiancé, and I have a better idea.”
Chris whispered her plan to me.
“Is that a …… good idea?”
In summary, Chris’s good idea looks like this.
First, we’ll invite the Crown Prince and my brother to lunch.
Chris and I will meet Leon in the garden and have lunch with him.
The Crown Prince would naturally be inclined to play with Leon.
I let Leon be held by the Crown Prince, and Leon will then destroy his tie pin.
And then I’ll apologize like this:
“I’m sorry for my fluffy. Hmm? I happened to have a tie pin with me. If you don’t mind, you can use this.” I will profusely express my apologies and hand over the tie pin.
And so, on the day of our scheduled lunch.
“I wonder if it will work out that well?”
As expected, “I just happened to have a tie pin” is not possible, so I changed it to “Please let me give you a tie pin as an apology.” This would sound more natural. destroying a tie pin is unnatural. There was nothing natural about it.
“I’m sure you’ll be fine. Fluffy, make sure you destroy the tie pin.”
“Umu. Leave it to me.”
You were so reluctant to let the Crown Prince touch you, but now you’ve been bought off with sweets. Leon, you traitor!
The place for lunch was a little less obvious, the garden, a good place to carry out the operation.
Since both pairs of brothers and sisters are friends, there is no problem in having lunch with one another.
His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and my brother had come to the garden earlier.
They secured a garden table set up in the yard for us.
Rio, I’m glad you invited me to lunch today. Thank you.”
The crown prince was all smiles. I can see his tail wagging behind him, but it’s probably just my imagination. And I didn’t invite him…….
I’m wondering how Chris told His Royal Highness the Crown Prince.
“Thank you for giving me your precious time off today. Richard-sama.”
I said, pinching the hem of my skirt and giving a short curtsy.
‘I wouldn’t mind if you asked me out every day. Now, sit down.”
I took a seat facing my brother. Chris sat next to me with Leon in her arms.
I unpacked the contents of my basket.
In the morning, Marie had helped me prepare some things.
“I don’t know if it’s to your liking, but please help yourself to it if you’d like.”
“Amazing. Did Rio make all this?”
“With some help from one of the maids.”
I also had Leon help me.
He tried to make a very hot sandwich full of spices, saying, “Let’s give this to the Prince kid,” but I stopped him.
“I may be biased, but Rio is a good cook. Rick.”
“I’m looking forward to it. Let’s dig in.”
The Crown Prince took a sandwich and ate a bite.
“Mmm! It’s delicious. You’re truly skilled at cooking.”
He smiled and munched on the sandwich, savoring it.
It was Leon who made the sandwich, though.
I cut the sandwich into bite-sized pieces and fed it to Leon.
His Royal Highness, the Crown Prince, stared at Leon as he ate the sandwich.
“Holy Beasts eat the same food as humans?”
Normally Leon eats with his paws, even in his cat form, but today he is nibbling on the sandwich in my hand.
“Yes, Leon does. I’m not sure about the other holy beasts.”
“Marguerite-sama’s hawk tore his meat and ate with gusto.”
Hawk was originally of gryphon-like nature, so he must be a carnivore.
The Crown Prince said that when he saw Hawk eating meat, he spread his wings and threatened him.
“I don’t seem to be liked by holy beasts.”
The Crown Prince’s shoulders slumped dejectedly, as Chris followed up.
“It’s not just the holy beasts. My brother was kicked in the back by the chickens we keep in the palace. He must have a constitution that animals dislike.”
“How can you judge me, Chris? Who was it that was crying because her former parrot bit her on the hand?”
Chris puffed up her cheeks.
“It bit me because I put my hand in the cage. It was a sweet bite.”
The story was new to me.
But Leon and Hawk are very fond of Chris. So I don’t think animals dislike her.
“Brother, have we ever had any other animals besides Leon?”
I asked my brother, who was eating his lunch quietly.
“Yes, we had a parakeet when Rio was two and I was four.”
I don’t remember that.
“‘But you see. The parakeet was attacked by a cat. And Rio and I both cried so much that after that, we didn’t keep any other animals in the house.”
At the mention of cats, I stared at Leon.
“It’s not me!”
Leon denied through telepathy. I knew that, but I felt sorry for the parakeet.
“And yet you didn’t complain when I brought Leon with me, did you?”
“Father and mother love animals. And, so do I.”
I know that from watching my parents. Even before they knew that Leon was a god, they loved him very much.
“Doesn’t Leon have a true form, like Hawk?”
Until then, we two siblings were conversing with each other, when His Royal Highness the Crown Prince interrupted our conversation.
“No. He’s been a cat since the time I took him back from the forest, but he may have an original appearance.”
That’s not quite true, but……
“I see. Maybe his true form is a large feline, like a lion or a tiger.”
Lunch was coming to an end. Chris was giving a thumbs-up under the table. That was the signal for the mission.
As soon as I told Leon that the operation would start via telekinesis, he jumped at the Crown Prince.
His Royal Highness the Crown Prince caught Leon who jumped at him.
“Oh dear, Leon. I’m sorry, Richard-sama.”
“Oh? Fluffy seems to want to be spoiled by Brother.”
Chris quickly followed up.
“Eh? Is that so?”
The Crown Prince looked down at Leon in his embrace.
The edge of my brother’s mouth is twitching. It seems that he is trying to hold back his laughter. He’s already been informed of the plan in advance.
Leon gave a cute “Nyaan” sound. And then his odd-eyed eyes started to glisten. You’re so sly!
“I see. So Leon wants to be spoiled by me. How cute.”
The Crown Prince stroked Leon’s fur, and his perfectly formed face was ruined.
His eyes and mouth went slack, and he was reduced to mush by the soft fluffiness.
Leon took advantage of the opportunity to destroy the Dauphin’s tie pin with his magic. Just as Leon was about to do so, the Crown Prince took off his tie pin with a snap of his fingers.
“Hmm? Did you like this? Then I’ll give this tie pin to Leon as a present.”
It wasn’t just me who was surprised by this unexpected turn of events, but Chris and my brother were also round-eyed.
His Royal Highness attached a tie pin to Leon’s ribbon.
As expected, I couldn’t possibly accept such a high-quality tie pin.
“It’s okay. It’s a token of our friendship. Leon is a gentleman, too. He should wear a tiepin.”
I thought I saw Leon smiling in the crown prince’s bosom. No way, this is also a strategy!?!?
To take advantage of his cuteness! Leon, what a fearsome boy!
Anyway, the mission was a great success.
Later, I gave him a scaled tie pin as a gift, and the Crown Prince was delighted.
Thank you! I will wear this pin all the time. Whether I’m awake or asleep, I’ll wear it.”
You should just take it off when you’re sleeping.
TL:Hope you enjoyed~! And thank you sooo much for reading so far!