“you’re such a cry baby as always Ivy”
This voice, it’s Emma’s! She is Ivy’s friend growing up in this place. They both met here after losing their parents and had each other’s backs as they grew up together around 6 years in counting. If I am correct in calculating, I am now 18 years old only a few months ahead of her. She went inside the tent and hugged me tightly as I calmed down and explained to her what happened, a plausible excuse leaving out the important details of my past life of course. I decided that I could only trust myself and no one else.
“Sorry and thank you as always Emma”
Soon the carriage had arrived at the gate and entrance of the empire in which we are invited to perform. As a custom tradition of the kingdom, only the ringleader and his fellow companionship are allowed to have an audience with the king.
Dale, the leader of the small group, showed the royal seal that has been stamped into the invitation letter as a passage and the small wood-like plaque to the guards and eventually let us pass by.
“We’re here, quickly set up the stage. I want it up when I come back then we’re having dinner after. Tomorrow is the day of the festivities to celebrate the birth of the crown prince”
That is what he said before leaving us there, setting everything up. When I looked up above, all I ever saw was the vast amount of clear white sky. It was a perfect day to take a stroll and relax underneath the shades of a tree where the warm breeze touches one’s skin in a field of grass.
“Hey stop daydreaming there and help us unpack these stuff”
Emma brutally smacked the back of my head as she carried along with her some cloaks and other materials in setting up their booth. In all the stalls that are there, theirs was the most extravagant one where the king personally sent them an invite through his messengers after hearing the marvelous performance they did in the last empire they attended.
Soon, Dale and the others came back and all the staff had their dinner together inside a large tent set up just next to the stage. Tonight was said to be the last preparation for tomorrow’s celebration and so Dale told us to save up energy for the grand opening tomorrow as they welcome the knights who were expected to return from their victorious expedition.
Emma and I, rehearsed for the opening dance together with the other ladies all dolled up to impress the nobles and most importantly, the king himself and other members of the royal family.
“I wonder how the royal family looks like”
“Isn’t it obvious enough? Of course, they’re gorgeous! I heard the crown prince has this radiance that shines brighter than the sun and melts the eyes of the young ladies”
“Isn’t it the same with the knights? I wouldn’t mind being escorted by one if I happen to have a chance”
“Oh my, you all are a bunch of newbies. Don’t you know that the appeal of a mysterious mage is more than enough to be grateful for? Imagine a night full of excitement and magic”
Oh man, even in this world you really can’t get rid of human nature and habits huh. I was not surprised that girls in this world are also fangirling with handsome-looking men. I mean, don’t we all? I started to chuckle and then finally caught my attention this familiar description of my favorite mage character in one of the books I used to read a lot. It was titled, ‘The Four Rose and the Butterfly’ which was a romance fantasy visual novel well known to women and teenagers in my world. I remember keeping the book in the center of my collection and the book mark’s tail which was one of its merch and other stuff I bought as I got addicted to the story and the different routes when I read them.
“Hey, I will go help gather the other kids back to the tent, they told me earlier to come to fetch them up as soon as the sunsets. I’ll be back before the performance I promise”
“Okay, make sure to bring those triplet rascals here okay and be on time”
Emma said as I don't have anything in mind to wander off to an unfamiliar place anyway. I tried calling out their names and thankfully I caught them playing just nearby an alleyway.
“Hey you dimwits what are you doing--ack- Oh I’m sorry”
“Ah no no, it was partly my fault. Are you alright?”
My eyes widened as I lifted my head to see who was the person that I bumped into the crowd. It was a face as radiant and beautiful as a sculpted statue, and beside her was a mysterious-looking man which resembled a lone wolf, his demeanor exudes this familiar aura for me like I have known him for a while even though it was my first time seeing them both. Strangely they felt a familiar presence to me that I clenched my hand near my chest as I felt a little pain throbbing inside my chest.
Says the man who pulled the woman’s wrists as if to protect her from any harm, I was somewhat speechless standing there, and only was I awoken when one of the kids pulled my sleeves.
“Hey ugly just standing there makes you, even more, uglier than usual”
With disgust, the kids teased me more and more that I got roped up into their little game.
“Alright enough playtime or Dale will come to get you himself”
As we came back, I was lost in thoughts and let the kids go on before me. Unfortunately, it was not the same with me since there’s a sudden swarm of people that happened to crowd the streets and welcome the knights and the return of the crown prince.
“Damn it”I cursed to myself, thinking that I would get killed, and receive so much nagging from both Dale and Emma when I come back. I continued to blame myself and started to think quickly of a plan to pass through the parade.In the end, I never had anything planned and ended up waiting for the parade to finish so I could quietly pass-through by myselfAs the parade went on, I could see the triplets just across the street and signaled them to send word and go on ahead of me, ‘I’ll be fine so cover for me and go on, I mouthed to them hoping they understood what I meant.I couldn’t just stand still there so I moved quickly, shifting to the side making my way back to the alley
“so, what’s up with you? It’s like you saw some brand new toy while your eyes keep shining”Emma was behind me while I was looking from afar. It was one of the romantic scenes I’ve read in this novel series. Though I am still biased with the second lead, I cannot say that I don’t think these scenes are necessary. After all, it’s what the author and readers wanted to witness.“Girl, you shouldn’t go for his highness, you will only receive heartbreak. I heard many noble ladies keep approaching him but look at that. Isn’t it a rare scene?”Excuse me !? I was not into the prince, to begin with, also I don’t like goody-two-shoes like him. He keeps flirting around until Clarissa comes into the picture because of the first time he got rejected by a girl like her.
“Pardon me your royal highness it seems to be that my darling little piglet had been running around carelessly that I have to personally tend to it” Piglet? WTF? Did he just turn me into an animal? Are you f*cking kidding me? “Oink oink oink…” Yes, that is me, complaining to him while he held me into his arms with ease and satisfaction. His grinning face really annoys me right now, if only he isn’t my bias I would be simping for other characters. The crown prince and the lady Clarissa were there standing dumbfounded by the fact that they did not expect Sean to immediately come out from hiding. Though, maybe this was a good thing since it was my initial goal to stop Sean from witnessing the confession and leave the two alone. I also thought of comforting him after his miserable unrequited love for the heroine b
"You brat, I can at least expect a bit of sympathy from a friend. All you do is laugh at me from the moment I opened my mouth and told you everything"I and Emma are taking our breaks in between during the festivities, and if my memory is correct this is the time where the female lead and the crown prince decided to have their share of their moment in strolling around freely.Sean? Well, I don't know where the hell he was in this timeline, but I bet he's still as handsome as ever! How could the female lead don't see his gorgeous looks and longing eyes of affection? If it were me, I would rather be with Sean than the playboy crown prince.As I started grumbling to myself, Emma and I stumbled across a booth where we shot small ammo towards the bucket where the prize was on top of it. This scene is kinda a cliche thing in most romance movie
As I came back from our campsite, Emma and the others barged into me quickly as soon as I entered my supposed room. It was in a flash that they dragged me into one of the gypsy’s common rooms exclusively just for the lady dancers. My butt flopped directly on the soft mattress of the bed while I could feel the fiery stares of my friends who surrounded me. Their faces were eager to listen to what I had to say about the man who I spent my free time with and ended up going home late. "Come on guys it's nothing really, we're just merely acquainted with each other and some other stuff happened by accident that's why he knows me. And.." I paused for a moment and let out a long sigh. I continued to talk about what happened and to cut it short, I told them that he invited me as his dance partner on the last day of the festival. They all
"Piglet, why are you here? What if someone were to steal a dance from you? I'd be extremely troubled you know" Sean began to fake his tears as if he sounded like he was crying only to tease me some more. Deep inside I knew what he meant, he just finds it annoying to dance with lots of women who squeal every time they have the smallest chance and brag about it to society. "Oh come on, I know that's not what you meant. Besides, it was my mistake in the beginning after getting dragged here by the princess so that he could actually have his chance to confe--" I was taken aback as I realized what I was rambling on about. Taking a slight glance at Sean's expression, I was shocked to see his calm and expressionless face while he stared at me talking. Realized I was being too infor
I suddenly felt faint, as my hands began to freeze as well as my numbing head. It was a weird feeling that I thought I would reach my second death now. Sean’s voice was trembling, calling me out in the open with that disgusting and unbefitting nickname he had for me. But what can I do? I think I’ve grown fond of it along the time we spent together. Besides, It’s a dream come true to see my favorite bias character and even be called by his not so pretty “nickname”. After that incident, I woke up after 3 days as per sean who occasionally visits my chambers. As far as I could recollect, I am in the royal palace’s guest wing. The room was filled with white curtains and red frills sticking out from the sheets and silk cloths which looks expensive enough to cost me a few months’ rent in my previous life. “You’re up piglet?” Ah, I missed thi