Idle Talk: My fiancé is acting strange (Angelica)
I am Angelica, daughter of Duke Fontaine.
When I was eight years old, I was betrothed to the first prince Prince Kyle. From there on, as the future Empress, and to not shame Sir Kyle, I tried my best.
It was a political betrothal, but I still admired the kind and hard-working Prince Kyle.
……Maybe the feeling was something closer to love…
However, I knew that Sir Kyle only treated me as his future spouse did not harbour any particular feelings for me.
Still, it did not mean that I received worse treatment, but rather, I felt that I was receiving favourable treatment as a treasured fiancée.
I also knew that Sir Kyle was struggling under the heavy burdens placed on him, but I could not insensitively infringe on such private matters. I wished to share that heavy burden alongside him.
In this country, we have an obligation to attend a boarding school from the age of fifteen for three years.
During these three years, we learn many things including socialising, but among all that it is considered most important to either ‘solidify the bond with one’s fiancé’, or for those without, ‘find someone that will be a future partner’.
As it was predetermined that I would enroll this year, I was also expecting to build up trust with Sir Kyle.
However, the Sir Kyle that came to escort me on the morning of ceremony felt somewhat like a different person.
Appearance, voice, intonation, none of these changed greatly, but the ‘heat’ filled in them? The emotion was different.
…….The smile directed towards me, different from the usual smile used in social gatherings, felt like it had a sweet sort of energy in it….
That morning, I was toyed with.
Moreover… he kept touching me and the way he touched me was so…
S, so! E, erotic, I daresay…
Yet, I was surprised to find myself happy with that.
“….I’ll make sure to make up for this, so look forward to it.”
The words he whispered in my ears before leaving still rang in my ears, and the touch of his lips and his breath on my ears still made my heart flutter.
At that time, my heart pounded so much—-
I ended up thinking to myself if Sir Kyle was trying to kill me.
For some reason, I felt that I was being loved. I felt very happy.
Shrouded in happiness, the entrance ceremony ended, and the escorted changed from Sir Kyle to dear brother. Then I went on to the welcoming party.
“You look happy, Angie.” (TN: Anju in raw, but I felt that Angie was more natural as a shortened form of Angelica.”
“Oh, fufufu. Is that so?”
To be found out immediately by dear brother, my happy feelings must have been showing on my face.
We went into the banquet hall and conversed with various acquaintances….
Then I noticed it. That my childhood friend and intimate friend Jessica was not at the banquet hall, and that the person who was supposed escort her was escorting a stranger!!
“Aah….. Angie, one moment, please.”
Drawing his attention to that, dear brother immediately realised and went out the banquet hall. He most likely went to find Jessica.
How did this happen?
Since I could not do anything if I did not have a clue, I decided to observe them for a while.
Jessica’s fiancé is Sir Robert, an officer in the royal guard and the eldest son of the Marquess Redford.
He trained too much that his brains now might be made up of muscle as well, so he is little awkward, but he must know the minimal rules at least.
Was he maybe considering this to not be an official social gathering since this was school, or was that lady maybe newly adopted by the Marquess Redford?
Seeing Sir Robert blushing and happily chatting away to the lady, I had a bad feeling.
As I continued to grow restless, dear brother returned with Jessica. It seemed that Jessica was standing in front the hall that the entrance ceremony was held in with a face about to cry.
Jessica came to my side, and when she spotted the two of them she started cry large teardrops.
“…..Why? Why are you doing this to me…”
Her blue eyes wide open, Jessica murmured as she sobbed.
As dear brother kept watching over the crying Jessica, I ended up witnessing a malicious grin forming on his face.
When dear brother does this, there is no telling what he might do.
I should take action quickly!
I left Jessica to dear brother, and went to the couple in question.
“Good evening, Sir Robert.”
“Hey, Angelica! You look beautiful again today.”
“Thank you…. Uh, I don’t recall seeing her before. Could you please introduce her to me?”
I put on a friendly smile, and requested to receive an introduction.
“Aah, of course. This is Michelle, daughter of Baron Rhône. It seems that she was taken in by her mother who was a mistress.”
“Nice to meet you. I’m Michelle Rhône.”
It was an awkward greeting.
It seems that she did not receive proper education.
Bobbed pink hair that had a fine luster and green eyes. A cute face with an innocent expression. A head and a half shorter than me maybe?
Among men, I hear that there are many who like such women who bring out their protective urges.
For me though, I think Jessica is much lovelier…..
“Pleased to make your acquaintance. My name is Angelica Fontaine. As fellow first year students, let us get along peacefully.”
I returned the greeting with an elegant smile, and turned to face Sir Robert.
“By the way, Sir Robert? May I inquire to the reason why you are escorting Miss Michelle, instead of Jessica?”
I asked him smiling stronger this time, and saw his facial expression shift as if was saying, ‘Ack, I forgot!!’
…..You can’t really have forgotten, have you?
I felt my smile thickening, almost into a smirk.
“Even if this may be school, I thought it was basic etiquette for a betrothed gentleman to escort his lady…… I suppose it works differently in the royal guard. Perhaps, have you trained so much that you could no longer comprehend the rules, by any chance?”
“Th, that’s rude! Of course, that is the norm, but it is the duty of a knight to escort a lady who is quivering in foreign lands!”
Sir Robert turned bright red as he raised his voice.
In such a place…. Is he an idiot? Because you raised your voice, we drew attention!
This musclehead really likes the word ‘knight’, doesn’t he? Although I think he misunderstands the meaning of the word.
“Your chivalry and courtesy are all fine, but from the point you abandoned you fiancée, you failed at both. If you wish to escort someone other than your betrothed without a special reason, I believe it would be best to do it after you break the betrothal. Otherwise, you would end up bringing disgrace on both houses.”
I threw such words with a blank expression, and turned on my heels.
I don’t wish to be at the centre of attention, and I finished saying what I wanted to.
I didn’t say it directly, but I meant to say that he was a ‘musclehead’ and a ‘womaniser’. I wonder if he did understand the meaning though.
Soon afterwards, the three of us left the banquet hall, consoling Jessica on the way to the dormitory.
…..By tomorrow the rumours will spread.
Will I be hated by Sir Kyle?
Many times I have created commotions, but this time I thought of such a thing for the first time.
The next morning, as expected, the incident yesterday already became the topic of the day.
I thought that it would be best if I explained to him in person, so I prepared to go out a little earlier than usual.
I was about to contact him when a message came from him, so I quickly ran down to the entrance.
Like yesterday, Sir Kyle showed me his sweet smile. The rose I received that day felt as if I received his feelings, so I was very happy.
During the conversation we had later, Sir Kyle cared for me about the incident yesterday.
To me who made sarcastic remarks at his friends, there was not one word of scolding from him.
It’s just that, the things afterwards, was just, so… e, embarrassing!
He hugged me tightly, his hand on my shoulder, and a shower of kisses begin on my profile. The smacking sounds I heard was opening the door to a strange new land….
I was surprised when Miss Michelle fell from the tree, but I was thankful that Sir Kyle stopped his actions.
Even then, almost as if he was doing it on purpose, left Miss Michelle out of his sight and worried only for me.
From his actions, words, gaze, from everything he did, I could feel the love directed at me.
I think Sir Kyle is acting strangely these days, but I gladly welcome this change.
Angelica’s maiden’s heart is already conquered! It was fun translating this. So sweeeet~
As I translated, I realised that I’ll have to do something about the honorifics. Currently, I localised them into english (ex. -san => Mr/Mrs/Miss, -sama => Sir/Lady, etc..), but please tell me if you would like the honorifics kept in original japanese.