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Translated by: Empress || Edited by: Kie
ARNRBKM – It’s the World of Otome Games, so It Has Valentine’s Day [2nd Box]
Novel Raw: 乙女ゲームの世界なので、バレンタインがあります【２箱目】 || 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, guessing that there were people to be found in the conference room, peeked in and spotted an unusual duo.
「Donny and Isaac? It’s quite rare for you two to be together. What are you guys doing?」
「Irene-sama! Umm, you see, I’m explaining the expansion and renovation of the Demon King-sama’s castle to Isaac.」
「I see. May I interrupt you guys for a moment?」
Having received Isaac’s answer, Irene entered the room. Donny quickly rolled up the blueprint that had been spread out on the big desk and put it away.
「Since we’re having tea right now, would you like some, as well?」
「Sounds good, may I have some?」
「Sure! I had wanted to take a break anyway, since Isaac-san has been saying things like, “It’s no use, let’s quit”, for quite a while now.」
「My, has something happened, Isaac?」
Contrary to what he said, Isaac, whose chin rested on his hands, looked like he was in a horrible mood.
Donny quickly set out the tea, which had already been prepared at the corner of the desk, pouring each of them a cup. Although it was getting cold, a pleasant herbal scent still arose from it. Irene, who sat on a chair, took a sip and blinked her eyes.
「This is absolutely delicious. Donny, you’re quite skillful at brewing tea.」
「Ah, I’m not the one who made that tea. Rachel-san was the one who prepared it when she dropped by just now! We also received some Valentine’s Day chocolates.」
Donny lined up two identical chocolates, the same ones Irene had spotted in the kitchen, in the middle of the desk.
Then, he gently brought his lips close to Irene’s ear.
「Isaac-san is sulking because he got the same chocolate as me」
Irene, with her hand on her lips, looked at Isaac. Isaac frowned at them.
「…You’re telling Irene something unnecessary aren’t you, Donny?」
「He was still acting normally when Rachel-san was here, but ever since she left, he’s been brooding and unable to do his job.」
「Donny! Stop whispering. Because that’s definitely wrong!」
Despite Isaac’s glare directed his way, the small but courageous Donny brushed him off with a grin. Meanwhile, Irene desperately tried to hide and suppress her laughter.
（Rachel……it’s just as she has planned. That girl is scary）
Isaac raised his eyebrows at Irene, whose shoulders were trembling.
「What’s with that smile?! Why did you come here in the first place?」
「I came here to hand out Valentine Day’s chocolates to you guys. Donny, we’ve known each other for five years, so here, five pieces for you.」
「Eh, is that okay!? Thank you very much.」
「As for Isaac, I’ve known you for three years, so three pieces for you」
「… Won’t the Demon King-sama be angry with you for doing this?」
Isaac said, seemingly with mixed feelings, while fixing his eyes on the chocolates in front of him. Donny, eating a piece of Irene’s chocolate, insisted:
「She’ll give Demon King-sama her homemade chocolate, so the amount she gives others is unimportant!」
「That may be true, but…」
「Listen, a girl’s feeling isn’t represented by the amount of chocolates given! I don’t think you should care about that, Isaac-san.」
「Donny, you’ve been misunderstanding something, haven’t you?! I don’t really care, you know!」
「Sure, I’ve known Irene-sama for a long time, so I got five pieces, but even if you got only three pieces, everyone thinks of you as Irene-sama’s right-hand man, Isaac-san.」
Oblivious, Donny was earnest in his words.
Thanks to him, Isaac was utterly sulking.
What a hopeless subordinate. Irene tried to be merciful to Isaac while holding back her laughter.
「So these are the chocolates that Rachel prepared. These are Donny’s, and these Isaac’s? The ribbons are coloured differently, though.」
「Yes, mine is pink while Isaac-san’s is orange.」
The chocolates had the same wrappers and size, but the colour of the ribbons tying up their respective pouches was different. Irene properly placed Rachel’s chocolates in the middle of the desk. With this, they wouldn’t go unnoticed.
「As long as they’re not something dangerous, you must properly eat a girl’s gifts to you.」
「And you need to thank her properly on White Day.」
「Ah, that’s right! What should I make, I wonderー」
The contrast between Donny, who appeared to be looking forward to it, and Isaac, who seemed like he hated it from the bottom of his heart, made Irene unable to stop her laughter.
Isaac, who took one of Irene’s chocolate and ate it, finally turned his gaze towards her.
「Has this year’s Valentine’s Day been fun for you?」
「Yes. Last year, I was much too busy seducing Claude-sama to prepare anything, while the year before the last was…」
Irene had tried to give a homemade chocolate cake to Cedric. To avoid losing to Lilia, who was excellent at making sweets and cooking, Irene took lessons from the chefs of the D’Autriche Ducal House and made Isaac and the others her guinea pigs who tried her creations. But then…
「This year is alright, isn’t it?」
「I think you’re just waiting to see the Demon King-sama」
Thus said those two, who had seen the result of her effort this year. She puffed up her chest.
「Isn’t that a matter of fact? I’ve even infused his chocolates with a special essence, after all.」
「Uwa~ Is it perhaps infused with that thing called love?!」
「No way. I used something more realistic, you know.」
「Wait a minute, what have you infused them with?! Who made the infusion?! Is it Luc? And who collaborated with him? Quartz?!」
「Ah, that’s right, I still need to go and hand these over to Luc and Quartz. And there are others I still haven’t given my chocolates to.」
Irene stood up as she said so. Isaac, who already returned to normal, sighed, then said:
「Ah, well, I don’t care anymore.」(Isaac)
「No can do, we need to do something in case something happens with that infusion.」
「I don’t mind, you know. I’d love to build something like the ice prison again!」(Donny)
Irene left the room, pretending not to hear Donny whose eyes sparkled as he spoke.
After seeing her off, Isaac picked up the chocolate that Rachel had prepared. Donny was tossing the chocolate one after another into his mouth, as if he wanted to eat everything in the room.
(It’s not like I was overly conscious of her, and I also didn’t have any expectations…)
Isaac did wonder what he would do if Rachel gave him something like homemade chocolates. He had a rule not to mix affairs of the heart and work as much as possible. This being the case, these impersonal chocolates were welcome. It was also desirable for Irene to have a professional maid who could distinguish her work from her personal feelings.
It was just that he felt as if he received a blow because he was on guard and nothing happened.
Isaac thought it was nice not to be preoccupied with the thought of whether or not Irene was able to spend her Valentine’s Day safely this year.
The harmless chocolate from a harmless colleague. He casually tossed it into his mouth after persuading himself of this. The moment he crunched on it with the back of his teeth, he could sense the pleasant aroma of orange zests. He had thought it was just an ordinary truffle, but instead, it was made quite creatively.
His tense shoulders relaxed, thinking that his needless anxiety was all over after eating the truffle. At least this wasn’t as bad as the experience he had to go through the year before the last with Irene. Feeling like drinking the cold herbal tea, Isaac put his mouth to the cup.
「Ah, there are nuts in the Rachel’s chocolates. I like this combination」
「…Isn’t there orange zest?」
「Eh? Mine has nuts, you know. Did yours have orange, Isaac-san?」
Without answering him, Isaac gently put the cup back on its saucer.
The truffles were marked with different ribbons, but otherwise, they looked exactly the same. All she had said was, “I’m giving these as a thanks to all those who have taken care of me.” Fortunately or unfortunately, his racing mind came up with somewhat of a conclusion.
（That woman…No, wait. What if they are all different? That must be it）
Orange was Isaac’s favorite. But, just now, Donny had said that he liked nuts.
They all looked the same, but their insides corresponded to each chocolate receiver’s taste. Thus, it wouldn’t be weird for him to get the wrong idea. It was still too early for Isaac to conclude that Rachel had prepared something different for him.
So, the right way to approach this matter was to brush it off. Isaac made up his mind in an instant, but Donny was unable to comprehend the sensitivity of a man’s heart.
「Aren’t you glad, Isaac-san?! You really are special!」
「…You’re wrong. She probably made different flavours for everyone.」
「Eh, then, let’s go around and ask everyone! Then, it’ll be clear!」
「Wait, wait, wait! It’s fine. We don’t have to do that…!」
「Ehーbut aren’t you curious?」
Isaac firmly denied it; then, he lifted the cup that he had put back on its saucer and drained the herbal tea.
He would be lying if he said that he wasn’t curious as to whether or not everyone else had received the same filling, with only his being special inside. Therefore, the only way to find out the truth of the matter was to ask around. But if he asked around, Rachel would undeniably find out.
（Damn it! That woman did something unnecessary…！）
How could he outwit her and get to the truth? He needed to consider every possible method to proceed.
Donny murmured softly in the distance.
「…Isaac-san is thinking too much again, and I’m afraid he’s going to get carried away with it…」
It was the same as with Irene; Isaac, being smart, tended to overthink and therefore unable to actually make a move.
Should Donny one day receive chocolate from a girl he cared about, he would simply gratefully accept it.
Donny bit into the last piece of his chocolate while promising himself that he would never become like Isaac, who uselessly used his smart brain to think about unnecessary things.
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