Reincarnated Witch’s Carefree Gourmet Journey – Chapter 1

𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐀𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐫𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐧 𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭

𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐀𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐫𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐧 𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭

“Marie Von Gordeau. I hereby annul our engagement.”

The voice of Crown Prince Rugnis resonates throughout the party hall of Aine Royal Academy.

Standing before him with a downcast expression is Marie, the daughter of the Duke Gordeau family.

Marie displays a stunned expression. Rugnis misinterprets this, thinking she is shocked by the sudden annulment of their engagement.

In reality, Marie is shocked for an entirely different reason.

“Shall I explain why I’ve decided to annul our engagement?”

“Uh? Oh, sure. . . . . .”

Noticing her reaction is different than he expected, Rugnis continues despite some slight confusion.

“It’s because you have been mistreating your twin sister Griselda, who currently is the closest being to the Great Saint.”

Beside Rugnis stands Marie’s twin sister Griselda, who is leaning on him with a firm hold on his arm.

Though the Gordeau sisters are fraternal twins, they look nothing alike.

Griselda, with her fluffy pink hair, droopy eyes that invoke a sense of protectiveness, and voluptuous figure.

In contrast, Marie has everything opposite. Black hair, upturned eyes, and a slender physique.

When they stand side by side, it’s apparent that Griselda has attributes more likely to attract male attention.

“Marie, you’re a terrible sister. You’re the only person in the world who can’t use magic. It’s no wonder people call you a failure and say your personality is twisted.”

Magic. Specifically, it’s the art of healing. It is a miraculous skill related to the healing magic that once existed in this world.

In this age, magic has declined, and the only thing remaining is this healing art.

Moreover, since only women can wield this magic, a woman’s worth is heavily determined by her skill in this art. It’s not an exaggeration to say that.

In such a world, Marie is the only person who can’t use magic, called a “drop-out young lady.”

On the other hand, her sister Griselda is considered the next Great Saint.

A Great Saint is a title given to the highest-ranking Saint (a woman recognized by the country for her strong magical power).

Everyone knows it. The Gordeau sisters are a pair where the younger sister is excellent, and the older sister is a failure.

“I heard from Griselda that you’re jealous of your sister and you torment her daily.”

“That’s exactly right, Prince Rugnis. My sister subjects me to subtle bullying every day.”

Of course, Marie hasn’t done any such thing. It must be Griselda’s lie.

The prince didn’t particularly care for Marie, his betrothed chosen by his parents.

Not only her appearance, but he couldn’t stand the fact that his betrothed was considered a failure. This wounded his pride, as it fueled gossip within the academy.

Adding to this, Griselda looks good (at least) and even behaves well (only when she is with the prince) and, above all, has strong magical power. She is the world’s best Saint.

Just as he thought Griselda would be the woman most suitable for him, convenient rumors from her arrived.

Seizing this opportunity, he confronted Marie with an accusation and a termination of their engagement at the academy’s graduation party.

Now…

What was Marie’s reaction?

“I understand.”

Surprisingly, she readily accepted the fact that their engagement was terminated. Both Rugnis and Griselda were perplexed.

She was supposed to be clinging to her position as the future crown princess.

She had been working hard on her studies and hobbies to become a woman worthy of standing next to Rugnis.

All of that effort was for overcoming the unprecedented disadvantage of not being able to use magic and lacking the talent to be a Saint.

That was supposed to be the woman named Marie. Therefore, Rugnis and the others thought she would be greatly disappointed when faced with the termination of the engagement. They thought she would cry and cling to him on the spot.

Her sister Griselda was ready to laugh at her.

But Marie’s reaction was unexpectedly flat. It was a surprise.

“What kind of punishment will be meted out to me?”

“Ah, well… the crime of bullying Griselda, who is to be my queen, is grave! You will be banished from the country!”

“…Does His Majesty the King, your father, know about this?”

“Of course not. This is my own decision. I’ll report it to my father later.”

“…I understand all the details.”

Marie decides on a course of courtesy and gracefully exits the scene.

Strange… Prince Rugnis is puzzled. Why would she back down? Especially after putting in so much effort, only to be faced with exile.

She leaves the party venue without shedding a single tear. What does this mean? Does she harbor no feelings for me?

“Excuse me, may I have a word before I go?”

Marie comes to a halt. Rugnis hopes that she has finally decided to apologize to him. However. . . . . .

“So, the operation of the Holy Barrier that protects the kingdom will be conducted by Griselda, correct?”

Monsters roam this world. Magic may have existed in the past, but no one can wield it now. 

Hence, magic tool artisans have developed a defense mechanism known as the Holy Barrier.

It activates when a sorceress pours her magical power into it, creating a barrier that protects the city and towns.

Generally, the Holy Barrier of the Capital City is managed by the Saint with the highest overall magical power of that era.

“Since Griselda is closest to being a Great Saint right now, she’s obviously the one for the job.”

“Is that so? Then let me give you some advice. Leaving it to her will lead to grave consequences for the Capital City.”

“What are you saying?”

“Her magical power is actually the weakest. It’s only boosted by a magic spell.”

Magic. It was once a miraculous art that existed but has now declined. No one can wield magic anymore.

Despite that, boosted by magic?

“That’s ridiculous. Magic doesn’t exist in this world.”

“What if I told you that I can use magic, not just sorcery?”

Everyone present is left with their mouths wide open. But they erupt into laughter.

“Poor sister, you’ve become delusional.”

“Get out of here, lunatic. The thought of a crazy woman like you becoming my wife is horrifying.”

Rugnis and the rest all thought that Marie’s desperate claim was either a delusion or a sign of madness.

Because it’s common knowledge that magic is a fairy tale and does not exist in this world.

“I see,” says Marie as she bows and leaves.

No one had any sympathy for Marie. They were all glad that the crazy woman was gone.

…However.

Regrettably, they will all soon regret their actions, begging Marie for forgiveness while in tears.

Because.

Marie was, in this world where magic has declined, the only magician…

And she was the reincarnation of the Witch Goddess Lovmarie.


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