I'm Obsessed With the Reverse Harem Male Leads - Chapter 7
As an orphan, I made every effort to conceal this reality.
I rarely wore new clothes because I wore donated ones.
‘Isn’t that the dress my mother threw out?’
Children from wealthy households would gladly donate perfect clothes.
That’s how it all started.
I was the poor child who had to make do with used clothes.
When it rained, others had their parents take them up, but I didn’t have that luxury.
So I had to be saturated, whether it was snowing or raining.
People soon realized I didn’t have any parents.
At the orphanage, there were never enough umbrellas.
Even when I got up early to get one, they were rarely in good condition.
That particular day was gym class.
I changed, shut the classroom door, and exited.
But when I returned, the door was unlocked.
Whether it was a thief or not, the pricey stuff had vanished.
‘My wallet has vanished!’
‘Guys, double-check your stuff!’
I hadn’t given it much thought up until that point.
There was nothing they could steal from me.
My textbook was the most they could take from me.
My workout gear was likewise passed down from graduating seniors.
‘Did you steal them?’
‘You’re an orphan, right? Who else would steal things in our class?’
Suspicion arrows flew straight for me.
For the first time, I felt mistreated. In the first place, I believed it was silly to hunt for the guilty within the class.
‘I was just in class with you guys; if you don’t believe me, search my locker and bag.’
‘You’ve probably hidden it somewhere else, beggar.’
‘Wow, you’d rob your classmates?’
It’s fine. It has passed. Don’t panic; instead, wait until everything is clear. Nothing can stand up to me.
After all, I’d made it this far.
I made it back to my room while I was arranging my thoughts.
Then I noticed someone I’d never seen before.
Another gorgeous gentleman!
His hair was silky and rosy.
It appeared soft, as if fine wool had been stretched out for a long time, not like an adult sheep’s fleece but like a lamb’s wool.
Furthermore, his eyes were a distinct blue than Clayton’s.
While Clayton had icy blue eyes that looked like they could shoot lasers, this guy had emerald blue eyes.
: Bookkeeper / Unverifiable Affection Level▼ ｣
“Your Highness, it is a pleasure to meet you.”
Given his appearance on the status window, he must be one of the male leads.
My sister’s man, most likely.
｢ ▼The love levels of Kiira and Gracie are inversely proportional.｣
So the more he likes Kiira, the more he dislikes me, and the more he likes me, the more he despises Kiira.
Didn’t we get along, sister?
Did we, or did we not?
You wouldn’t have begged me to forgive those jerks if we had gotten along, would you?
And those guys had a reason to act the way they did.
Did you plan this, sister?
If it’s ‘The Princess’s Men,’ the men are the central characters, and if there are two princesses, one or both are the primary characters.
But, if my sister is the primary character, isn’t she lovely?
Isn’t it typical for the female lead to be gentle, submissive, and devoted to her family?
No, let’s just keep an eye on things.
Don’t be suspicious.
“Your Highness, it is a pleasure to meet you.”
Even on second sight, his pink hair and sky-blue eyes were otherworldly.
A gorgeous face for a male lead!
“What is it that brings you here?”
Who wouldn’t be captivated by such an elegant and intelligent man who appears to have never touched a sword in his life?
“I have come to escort Princess Gracie.”
Is he going to dislike me?
But he has such a lovely smile.
It makes my heart race.
I had no idea I was a sucker for lovely and handsome things until I came here.
“Did Princess Kiira not invite you to go boating?”
I’m not going to go.
Where would I go after that last experience?
“Ah, I won’t go… uh, huh?”
I’m unable to speak.
｢Quest! Gabriella Bastian Kiira Fletcher has invited you to go boating!｣
When I finish this game, I’ll track down the developers and murder them!
｢When you get to the quest location, you will have several options.
Option 1: Stick with Leonil Grahame.
Option 2: Leave Leonil Grahame alone.
Option 3: Do not go.｣
Is there a third choice?
Then I pick number three.
Okay, I expected that. Sigh.
｢Option 1: Stick with Leonil Grahame.｣
“Will you go in that outfit?”
Leonil’s remark caused me to gaze down at my outfit.
A yellow dress with grass stains made me think of canaries.
It was also quite frumpy.
“Is it inappropriate for a boat trip?”
“No, but Princess Kiira will not be alone; are you sure you’re at ease?”
So the other four will also be present.
I hope those two fan-flair folks weren’t present.
I should put on something more appropriate.
In this outfit, I can’t even fight.
“Wait for me in 5 minutes.”
“Yes, Your Highness.”
* * *
I might make a negative impression on Her Highness’s men.
Kiira was usually by my side, while the others were enamored with her.
They acted as if they were terrified of me.
Okay, I’m the frightening one!
As a result, I walked ahead of my sister.
Fortunately, knights can escort us to the location of the boat.
｢Quest Notification! Choices will appear once you board the ship.｣
“Are you sure you want to get on board?”
Francis inquires once more, his face solemn.
While my new maid, Lillfei, may not know anything about me, Francis may.
“Francis, how long have you been my escort?”
“About five years.”
Then I should learn about this and that from you, not my maid.
Nothing is simple.
“Why are you worried?”
Francis has been acting strangely since earlier in the day.
He purposefully avoids eye contact, as though he is upset.
Clayton had even stolen his four-leaf clover.
“You can’t swim, remember?” Francis inquired.
“I can’t swim?”
“You’ve been afraid of water since childhood and fell into the river.”
Kiira, do you realize you’re starting to sound like a villain?
Why would you recommend a boat journey to someone terrified of water?
And why am I the terrible guy in this situation?
However, Kiira’s warm embrace flashed through my memory.
I should quit doubting myself; I know how difficult it is.
“I suddenly became scared.”
Leonil, who was walking ahead of us, returned our gaze. In the sunlight, his pale pink hair appeared more brilliant.
“You won’t fall in,” he assured me.
“And if you do, don’t worry; I’ll save you,” Francis replied.
Despite their opposing beliefs, their contrasting red and pink hair complemented each other beautifully.
Francis’s stunning red hair blowing in the wind made him look like a puppy I longed to pet. Naturally, I will not!
He would be enraged.
“Please do save me, Sir Francis.”
You’ll be killed if I drown and die, right?
So please, please save me.
His pledge to save me made me think of rescue dogs, and I couldn’t help but smile.
When I gazed at him, he stared back blankly, his bewildered countenance amusingly puppy-like.
“Ah, my sister.”
When I turned back, I spotted Kiira and the four young men I had hoped to avoid.
One wore a feathered fan, while the other wore a more trapezoidal, form-fitting gown than average.
When our gazes locked, I nearly passed out.
“Gracie, let’s board the boat together.”
“Sure, that sounds good.”
It’s certainly preferable to boarding with those jerks.
We can at least wrestle if a fight breaks out because we’re built similarly.
Surprisingly, the boat moved independently, as if it were controlled by a mechanism below.
Only Leonil Grahame, my sister, and I were on the boat.
A translucent sail was hung up to protect us from the sun, which mixed in nicely with my sister’s aura.
Leonil was staring at Kiira when I noticed him; our gazes locked, and his initially icy expression quickly went neutral, then into a smile.
This place is set up for me to become involved with Leonil; how would I know?
I’ve never been in a relationship.
And it appears that he prefers my sister to me!
I’ve never even dated before, damn it!
｢Quest! Avoid falling into the river on the bend!｣
Are you kidding me?
Am I going to drown?
｢Upon completion of the quest, you will receive the following prize.▼ ｣
I sighed and pressed the arrow when I noticed the curve in the distance.
｢ ▼G Company will pay for your healthcare expenses.｣
No way, I’m not going in!
I braced myself as I saw the approaching curve, my hands quivering as I clutched my skirt; my sister continued staring this way, and I grew terrified.
Who is attempting to pull me in, my sister or Leonil?
The water flow appears quite strong; if I fall in, isn’t it difficult to recover my body?
“Do you recall what happened before, Gracie?”
Don’t be such a jerk.
“What was it?”
“When you were playing around, you and I fell into the sea.”
Her innocent smile made me wonder if she was the main character and the other four were the nasty supporting characters.
Is it possible that I’ve heard of Kiira Fletcher Gabriella Bastian before?
“Yes, so I’m delighted you’re here.”
As her hand rested on mine, warmth returned to me.
“Gracie, may I hug you?”
No, I’d rather decline because I’m afraid you’ll push me into the ocean.
But I couldn’t say anything since my sister hugged me, and I’ve always been vulnerable to such affection.
｢You will be in danger in 30 seconds.｣
I assumed I needed to assess my sister’s level of affection.
｢Kiira Fletcher Gabriella Bastian
: First Princess / Unverifiable Affection Level,
▼but you can check with an item.▼
While hugging my sister, I pressed the arrow without hesitation.
｢ ▼Gracie Fletcher Gabriella Bastian has my undivided attention.｣
Is she truly a good person?
So, am I the bad guy in this game?
Will I reconcile with my sister and marry one of the guys?
｢P.S. You will be punished if you fall into the water.
▼ G Company will fire you.｣
No way, no how.
My previous anxiety appeared insignificant.
Who cares if I’m lousy? I’ll return to G Company and enjoy a fantastic life, even if it costs me 7 billion.
Fortunately, the curve appeared when I stepped out of my sister’s embrace.
I gripped the boat’s edge fiercely as my body lurched to one side.
But then my body began to feel strange, as if I were being controlled; my thoughts began to blur, and I began to stand, even though the boat was rocking so violently that it was challenging to maintain equilibrium.
｢The quest has failed! ｣
I dove into the sea as if my body were operating independently as if it wasn’t even mine!
“Save… me, Sa!’”
As I floundered, my sister stared down at me indifferently.
Thankfully, you never let me down, sister.
｢Another quest for ‘Player 2’ who failed due to the difficulty!”
If you exit the water within the time restriction, you will be considered to have accomplished the task.▼ ｣
It was challenging to breathe at the front because it was dark.
It wasn’t because I was underwater that I was having trouble breathing; something else was interfering.
Something dry entered my mouth, followed by a sticky sound.
A rose aroma overwhelmed my senses as I inhaled in the hot air.
My jaw hurt from moving my lips, but I disregarded it and moved my mouth quickly.
The feeling of something squirming inside was strong.
I gasped for oxygen, overcome by the sensation.
Then I slowly opened my eyes, and there he was.
‘I’m in love with you, Gracie.’
Clayton de Lebois appeared, his hair neater and younger than it was now.
‘I’m in love with you.’
The caress of his hand on my cheek felt nice; leaning into his fingers, my cheeks flushed scarlet to my ears.
It seemed strange as if I were underwater, and it wasn’t Clayton’s voice.
Clayton’s visage wavered and dispersed like water at the sound of the frantic voice.
I opened my eyes to find myself in the arms of a man I’d never seen before.
He was in his mid-to-late thirties and had a similar face to Kiira.
His hair was silver with pink streaks and bright pink eyes.
｢Quest completed! Please see your rewards below!▼ ｣
I have first to check the mission prizes.
｢ ▼G Corp will pay for your hospital bills!
You also gain the following advantages.▼ ｣
Hey, you should let me look at it!
A harsh slap on the face jolted me back to reality.
The man who slapped me appeared to be going to cry and, like me, was drenched.
It was as if he had been plucked from the river.
“What are you doing!”
What exactly is going on?
Why does he sound so elderly?
He appears to be in his late thirties.
“Do I have to see you die!”
Because of the wetness, my hair was hanging to my cheeks.
Water dripped off the man claiming to be my father’s face and landed on my face.
I first believed it was just water, but I discovered he was crying upon closer investigation.
“Didn’t I promise to look after you forever? Why is this happening again?”
I should have called him Your Majesty.
Even the Emperor seemed astonished; he stopped crying and seemed surprised.
“It’s Dad. How are you, Gracie?”
Then he returned to his sobbing face, pouring water—or tears.
It made no sense.
Is it possible for a man in his late thirties to have a daughter in her twenties?
Since he was dressed like an emperor when he saved me, he appears to be my father.
“Um, what am I doing here? I thought I was on a ship?”