Chapter 2: Mariel’s Birthday Party
I’m here now to see where I fell.
When I look down the cliff, I become dizzy and lightheaded.
“Uwa! I fell from up here—seriously, how did I survive?”
Although Okaa-sama healed me with her healing magic, I was in a near-death state when they found me.
I don’t remember what happened, but it seems to have happened while I was walking with my parents.
Maybe I looked over the cliff when my parents weren’t looking, slipped, and fell off, or something along those lines.
It was common in Japanese reincarnation stories for people to suddenly remember their past lives when they were dying from an illness or accident, but I never expected to experience that myself.”
Ruria and I both shiver as we look down the cliff.
“Fufufu. Is Ruria afraid as well? Ruria, on the other hand, is a dragon, so he can fly.”
Ruria shakes his head.
Ruria thinks she’s a human child and not a dragon, doesn’t she?
“Princess! You’re in such a place?!” ‧º·(˚ ˃̣̣̥⌓˂̣̣̥ )‧º·
Sofia panics and runs toward me, her face looking pale. She catches her breath and stands up.
“I finally found you! What will you do if you fall again?!”
“I just wanted to take a moment to reflect… I’m sorry, Sofia.”
When I apologize with an upward glance, Sophia is at a loss for words. (´ω｀*)
Even as a child, Mariel had a beautiful face.
I used it to be selfish the first time, but I’ll be a good girl the second time.
But it’s difficult to act like a child.
“…P-Please don’t act alone too much—Princess’s birthday is tonight. You must get ready! Let us go to your room now.”
“All right, Ruria, let’s go.”
Tonight is my birthday celebration. But it’s a small family gathering.
Actually, it was supposed to take place on the day I fell off a cliff, but it had to be rescheduled because of that.
The table is filled with a sumptuous array of food.
“Happy birthday, Mariel! Today we prepared a lot of Mariel’s favorite food.”
Okaa-sama, who works at the court, usually comes home late, but she arrived early today.
“Thank you very much, Okaa-sama. Wow! It’s a large cake.”
The cake, which must have been custom-made, is a two-tiered confection with an abundance of cream and fruits.
“Happy birthday, Mariel—It’s a birthday cake for Mariel—you can eat everything.”
“Thank you very much, Otoo-sama. But I’m not sure I can eat that much.”
My parents never celebrated my birthday like this when I was Marie of Earth.
My father gambled away all his wages, lost money, and borrowed money when he went into debt.
He was also a womanizer who cheated on his wife on several occasions.
My family’s finances were obviously dire, and my mother has to work part-time. But my father’s debts and affairs had emotionally depleted her. I was used as an outlet for that.
Since I was in elementary school, I had to do chores I wasn’t used to, and I wasn’t allowed to play as a child. I was punched and kicked and had bruises all over my body if I tried to cut corners even slightly.
I finally had enough and ran away from home to my maternal grandparents.
When my grandparents found out what had happened, they took me in and raised me.
I worked hard after I got a job to save money to renovate our house as a surprise for my grandparents.
I had final confirmation of the renovation with the architect on the day of the car accident, and construction was set to begin next month.
By the way, after consulting with the architect, I was planning to go to a cat cafe…
I was hoping to get a dog and a cat when they remodeled. And, if possible, an owl…
“Mariel, what’s wrong? Was the food not to your liking?”
My mother called out worriedly as I was making a sad expression.
I suddenly came to my senses after reflecting on my life as Marie.
I give a friendly smile.
“No. It’s delicious.”
“Yes—I was wondering what was wrong with you because you seemed depressed.”
“Well… I just wanted to say that I’m happy…”
My parents look at each other in amazement.
“What are you talking about? Mariel will be happier from now on.”
I’m sorry I couldn’t be as filial to my grandparents as Marie, but I need to think about my life from now on.
First and foremost, I must consider what I can do to prevent Okaa-sama from dying in the Third Battle of Cryna!
If Okaa-sama doesn’t die, I will not be forced to marry the crown prince in the first place.
I’m considering “this and that.” Then, all of a sudden, there is a roar outside.