Experienced another disappointing news. I didn’t pass my job interview. Currently, nursing a broken heart and decided to post ALL of the unedited chapters and be done with vol. 2 main arc.
P/s: Suggestions to improve this translation will be highly appreciated and I do not guarantee the accuracy of my translation
Translated by: Empress ||
ARNRBKM – Vol.2 Ch. 28 (Unedited)
Novel Raw: Vol. 2 Ch. 28 || Manga: I’m a Villainous Daughter, so I’m going to keep the Last Boss || Manga Raw: 悪役令嬢なのでラスボスを飼ってみました [JPN] || 作为恶役大小姐就该养魔王 [CN]
Irene was confident in herself, but it was also true that her shoulders sagged in relief with the announcement. Irene gave a bow to the applause as she received the diadem and the bouquet conferred to the White Lily Princess.
She was bothered by Selena’s absence on the stage, but first: the prize.
「This is the prize for this year’s White Lily Princess」
Irene retreated after hastily grabbed the prize carried by the trolley..
「Next is the last dance performed by White Lily Princess and her partner――」
「Then, I shall excuse myself！」
「Huh? Wh-White Lily Princess!?」
Irene jumped off from the stage lightly and start to run as fast as she could through the center of the venue. People who were shocked by the sudden turn of event make way for her.
She would be troubled if they asked about her identity more deeply when she stayed on the stage any more than necessary. Rachel was waiting just outside of the noisy venue as they have planned.
「Airi-sama, here, over here! You can change your clothes in this room」
Irene slipped into the hidden door so she won’t be seen by anyone, and immediately threw off her dress.
It was a waste of an expensive dress, but Irene stuffed that dress into the bag used for her change of clothes. She removed her makeup, wrapped her chest with a cloth, hid her tied hair with a wig, and put on a man’s uniform.
「Oi, you, if I’m not mistaken you are one of the guards……Have you seen the White Lily Princess?」
「I-I don’t know！」
「What are we going to do with the last dance? Lily’s Ladies are angry with her act of running away」
「Oi, over here！Hurry up！」
That last voice belonged to Isaac. He went with the students to guide them away.
After confirming that the students had left the hallway by the sound of their footsteps, Irene cautiously peered into the hallway.
Rachel after breathing a sigh of relief, had a strangely complicated look on her face.
「Eh？Is there still something strange?」
「N-no……it’s the usual Airi-sama, but……。……when I look at you carefully, you do have an effeminate feature 」
They turned around to the voice of Walt, who just came out from the venue, calling out for Irene. Kyle and James were with him too.
Irene simply took advantage of that to drop her conversation with Rachel.
「Seniors, what about the venue?」
「It’s pretty much in an uproar, but……」
James made a strange face in the middle of answering then slowly looked away.
「What is it?」
「No……。Somehow, you know……」
「……。Walt. Have I come to my senses? Then what is this throbbing sensation that I’m feeling? He’s a guy, and yet……」
「Kyle, I said, calm down. What’s important right now is the prize, right?」
At Walt’s remarks, each one of them who were strangely nervous cleared their throats, turned around to face Irene while repeating the words “he’s a guy” over and over again.
Irene opened the box she was holding despite feeling puzzled by their behavior.
What appeared from its inside was small furnace made of ceramic.
「――It’s a product from the eastern country. It’s an incense burner」
「Which means that there is the magic incense inside？」
The tense atmosphere relaxed.
With the furnace lid stayed open, Irene went into a deep thought. They tried to turn it upside down, but there was nothing in it. They only found out that it was a magnificent item by looking at its fine ornament and the painting of the dragon.
「……Then, is that just a suspicious document or what?」
Walt asked for a confirmation while looking at the incense burner. James had a suspicious look on his face.
「Was it purely by chance that it was delivered to Airi’s reporter’s acquaintance?」
「That reporter is usually in the Imperial Capital, isn’t he? Don’t tell me that there may be something that is happening in the Imperial Capital」
「If that’s the case, they should be able to contact me, but……」
All of them are conjectures, but somehow Irene had a sense of foreboding.
（It seems like we’ve been played……moreover, don’t tell me that the magic incense came from the Imperial Capital and not from here……？）
Then, she must reviewed everything back from the ground up.
「――Which reminds me, where is Auguste?」
When they realized Auguste’s absence after Irene’s inquiry, all of them exchanged looks with each other.
「He left after saying he’s worn out from dancing, so he’s going out for fresh air」
「Ah, I saw Selena-sama chase after Auguste-sama because she said she has some business with him」
Rachel nodded in confirmation.
「They are probably together」
「Which reminds me, it seems like Gilbert sneaks away during the White Lily Princess’s review. Shall we go and look for her?」
「No, it’d be awkward if she’s in the middle of confessing to Auguste」
Walt’s concerned was justified, but Irene had a strangely bad premonition.
Rachel gripped Irene’s sleeve as Irene was feeling indecisive.
「Airi-sama, over there. Isn’t that Auguste-sama and Selena-sama……?」
Everyone looked to where Rachel was pointing.
Selena who was still in her dress was pulling along Auguste together with her into the venue where a large number of students still remained.
「It seems like……they’ve returned to the venue」
「Let’s go. I saw Selena-sama holding something. Rachel, call Isaac over」
Everyone also came along with Irene as she walked down the hallway.
（I saw a tiny bottle of perfume, but……certainly no way, right?……）
Feeling anxious, Irene broke into a small run. Selena’s voice could be heard from far away as they passed the giant double-door that Irene had escaped from earlier.
「I have something that I must tell all of you this evening」
Auguste turned around after he noticed their presence. He looked puzzled.
Next to him, Selena slowly made her speech with her voice echoed in the venue.
「Ashtart is here, in this academy. I’m going to expose him now」
The venue was astir with her crazy talk. But Selena didn’t pay any attention to that.
Selena carefully looked around, and then she continued her speech cheerfully with her chest puffed up with pride.
「There’s a monster amongst the students. It’s very frightening, but I dare to prosecute him」
「Hey, Selena……You’re being somewhat weird. Saying something like I’m a Holy Knight and such……」
Irene was astonished at Auguste’s remark.
（Holy Knight!? How does Selena kn――Don’t tell me that she’s the same as me!?）
「I’ve received the tasked to expose and judge him」
Walt and Kyle murmured at the same time when looking at the thing that Selena’s clutched in her hand, which she slowly raised.
「Undiluted solution of the magic incense――っ！」
「On behalf of the Maiden of the Holy Sword」
With a dreamy smile, Selena dropped the bottle of perfume from her hand.
Along with the sound of a glass breaking, a horrific-colored smoke rose from the marble floor.
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