Endo and Kobayashi’s Live Commentary on the Villainess – 14

The Summer Holidays

“The Marquis’ daughter, Liselotte Riefenstahl, is tormenting a poor common girl out in the courtyard, please help her!”

When asked to intervene, what would be the correct response to an impossibly absurd accusation like that?

Should I be angry at the insult to my fiancée? My fiancée might be easy to misunderstand, but I’ll have you know that she really is a good girl once you get to know her. Or did you just see her serious face and assume she was being a bully?

“I understand, thank you for telling me,” I decided to tell that to the slightly dimwitted looking girl in front of me with my usual smile.

As soon as I arrived in the courtyard, I began looking for my easily misunderstood fiancée.

“Finne, you are living in the staff lodgings presently, are you not?”

『Liselotte’s question is so roundabout that not even I know what her true meaning is anymooooore!』

『It seems that there is something she wishes to ask, but is it an issue of nobility or something unique to Liselotte? She’s asking so many questions that seem unrelated to each other that it really does feel like an interrogation now.』

Found her.

Liselotte and Finne were sitting side by side on a bench. It seemed like Liselotte was reciting a list of questions to Finne.

As I had gathered from the voices of the Gods as well as the fact that Finne’s head was cocked at a strange angle, it seemed like the questions she was asking were a bit too ambiguous.

“Umm, yes. They let me stay in the staff dormitory…”

For the most part, all of the students at the academy were sons and daughters of the nobility.

And being nobility, they typically owned an estate in the capital even if their land was elsewhere.

Therefore, all the students at this academy travelled to class from their family’s residence in the capital. All except one.

That one person was Finne.

So, what exactly were Liselotte’s intentions after finding that out?

“About that staff dormitory… They serve food in such a place, yes?”

『Oh, she was about to say something else but stopped herself, didn’t she? That seems to be a common pattern today.』

As the great Coebayashay had mentioned, Liselotte seemed to be troubled about saying what she actually wanted to say.

“Yes! It’s delicious, too! Maybe because of the budget or because we’re all women there, I don’t think there’s enough meat… But it’s not a problem since I can just get it myself!”

『That doesn’t seem to be what Liselotte wanted to hear…!』

『Finne-chan stays in the dormitory for female members of staff. I see, since she’s such a crazed warrior and still a growing girl, she might feel like she’s not being fed enough?』

Finne answered her cheerfully, but Liselotte seemed confused as she started to fidget bashfully. It seems like Endow’s sage knowledge was completely correct.

“Liselotte, is something wrong?”

I suddenly realized that I might be the source of some unwanted rumours if anyone saw me silently watching the two of them. As I called out to them, both Liselotte and Finne jumped in surprise but smiled in relief when they realized it was me.

“Ahh, Your Highness, I…”

Liselotte seemed to want to ask me something as well, but even though her voice trailed off as she tried to stammer it out, she still looked happy.

“Were you talking about the staff dormitories? Ah, now that I think about it, what are your plans for the summer break, Miss Finne? As I recall, the school cafeteria won’t be staffed for a period of time, will it?”

The fast-approaching summer holidays for the academy were only a week away. Although there would still be working staff over the month-long break, all of them were taking a one week break off during the holidays as well.

“…!”

Of course, I had only mentioned it casually, but I didn’t miss the smile that suddenly illuminated Liselotte’s face.

『I see, this whole time, Liselotte was concerned about how Finne was going to be spending her summer vacation!』

『In the game, Finne would always go with a capture target, but… I don’t know how an unmarried man and woman actually spending time together alone like that would be viewed with the etiquette of this world.』

I found myself frowning at Coebayashay’s words. Of course, there would be deep implications if an unmarried man and woman took a long trip alone in such a way.

“Ah, summer vacation? If mama… Ah, sorry. If I can find out where my mother is staying, I’ll spend it with her; otherwise, I’ll just have to stay in the dormitory by myself.”

If I recalled correctly, Finne’s only family was her mother.

Isn’t it quite serious for her to be unaware of her own mother’s whereabouts?

Stepping forward without thinking, I called out to ask Finne.

“Miss Finne, what did you mean by that?”

“Ah it’s… Well, my mother angered some of the high ranking nobles in the capital, so they’re after her life. Because of that, she’s sort of on the run?”

I had asked her seriously, but Finne responded with something outrageous as if it wasn’t a big deal.

“Thanks to that, I almost got killed as well, so for my sake, she doesn’t tell me where she is anymore. Honestly, mother, just what did you do in the first place?”

Finne giggled as she said that, but I didn’t think it was a laughing matter at all.

“Well, since I can use magic, maybe my father was a nobleman or something like that? Apparently, my father died around the time of my birth, so uh, basically they think mama killed him? Was it an act of passion after being blinded by love? Is that why his family wants her dead? Or something like that, but I didn’t really ask…”

『What a dangerous story…! Hold on a minute… Isn’t the setting for this game a little too serious considering its title? There’s so much death in it.』

『Well, Magikoi actually ended up selling really well, you know? Although I feel like there’s a sense of malice in trying to traumatize young womenotome players like that?』

I kept silent as I listened to the venerable Endow and Coebayashay talk.

『Ah, about Finnemama, Finne-chan’s guess is a little off. The truth is actually more peaceful.』

Thank goodness. I breathed a sigh of relief as Coebayashay said that.

“…Is it not dangerous to be in the dorms alone by yourself? No matter how strong you may be, Finne, you are still a young girl.”

As Liselotte said that with a determined expression, I found myself agreeing with her.

The story of Finne’s mother had caught me off guard a little bit, so I had almost forgotten, but it wasn’t just an issue with meals. She’s still only a fifteen-year-old girl, so someone should look after her.

There’s no shortage of guest rooms at the royal palace so it wouldn’t be hard to have her taken care of there… No, if I did that, I would feel very sorry if bad rumours were spread about Finne.

『Why does Liselotte have such a stubborn look on her face…?』

『It seems like she’s concerned about Finne-chan’s living conditions but is finding it hard to just come out with it. Well, what else can you expect from a tsundere?』

As I was trying to figure out exactly what was wrong, I heard their voices again.

Ah, I see now.

“If that’s the case, Liselotte, why not take care of Miss Finne at your family’s house?”

When I suggested that, I saw the corners of Liselotte’s mouth being to tremble upwards.

“W-well, I suppose so?! I was on planning returning to our lands, but since I already have three sisters at the main house, I do not think there would be a great burden if there were one more!? House Riefenstahl is a family of proud warriors as well, so I do not think there shall be any problems if there are any complications that arise concerning your mother! What’s more, you should take this opportunity to learn many things from me, such as proper manners and etiquette!! I do not believe a house more suitable than ours exists? Ah, well, if it’s His Highness suggesting so… Then I suppose I do not mind having you stay.”

commentary 09

That’s so damned cute.

『Liselotte’s machine gun-like ranting can’t hide her joy! No matter how haughtily she might try to act, there’s no way you can hide that smile on your face, Liselotte!!』

『To even notice that she was getting too excited and managing to tone herself down at the end, what a high-grade performance, I give that tsundere routine a perfect 100 score.』

Both of them were right.

My fiancée is so cute that it’s painful. I quietly looked up at the sky.

“No, I couldn’t possibly, I would be causing you far too much trouble…”

Finne shook her head bashfully as she said that.

“Hmph, are you saying that our household cannot take care of a single guest? Or, perhaps, are you making light of the Marquisal House of Riefenstahl? Or are you accusing my house of being some shabby and run down thing that cannot even take care of a single girl for a month?”

Liselotte stared at Finne with half narrowed eyes as she said that, but, well, considering that she was doing it with a nearly identical expression as she had when giving Finne those presents of a wand and several sets school uniforms as well, I think it’s fair to say that Liselotte is acting ‘Soon d’Rey’, as the Gods put it.

As for the people who were wondering just why her fiancée was getting no such presents, there are more than a few.

Anyways, I understand why Finne seems to be hesitant about accepting such a sudden offer. Especially since she was offering to have her as a guest not just for the week that there was no staff at the school, but for the entire month of the holidays.

『The key to figuring out the peaceful truth about Finnemama is located at the Riefenstahl house, so Rize-tan absolutely has to win here.』

Such was the decree of Coebayashay.

It’s not just about Liselotte spending the summer holidays with her friend Finne, but there’s in fact a deeper meaning to all this. Something has to be done.

“…Miss Finne, the Riefenstahl territory is famed for breeding horses. There is also a growing horse based cuisine developing there.”

“I will be in your care over the summer, Lady Liselotte.”

As I added on a little joke, Finne suddenly discarded all of her hesitations.

As Finne bowed her head down low towards her, Liselotte looked amazed, but there was no mistaking the joyful smile on her face.


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31 comments

  1. I wanna find the game maker and beat them to death one by one. How could they turn this cute creature into a villianess and kill her off in every fricking route ( except the reverse harem but she deserve moar than that).

    1. Shironeko, is that you? Running to this page too? Isnt you keep looking to mile-chan update chapter?

  2. Thank you for the chapter! I see, i see, brute strength, support and healing magic that she used to stengthen herself as vanguard instead, and now all of her worries about being in a noble house dashed away at the prospect of meat…… i hereby confer finne the title of “muscleheaded heroine” lol…….

    ah now that i think about it, did finne turned from support character heroine to vanguard type cuz she somehow affected by game memories or something else? It is a shitty setting where lots of people died after all, and when she said died again at bald sempai (character who always died unless the heroine enter his route and all)…. she might be remembering something well…. we’ll see where this will go….

    1. She might be on a new game plus with carried over stats.

      Wait, does horse meat even taste good? I thought that was one of the main reasons why most cultures don’t eat them.

      1. The stats maybe… what i’m curious about is the memory…. kept bugging me ever since the one with bald sempai…..is it carried over as in she knew what would happened, or it’s somehow ingrained i her deepest consciousness w/o her realizing it? Probably? Horses probably rarely consumed back then due to it’s usefulness in everyday life, as warhorses for war, and the high cost to raise and maintain it…….

      2. Horse sashimi in Turkey tastes a lot like tuna from what my sister told me and yes she tried.
        The real reason was that in the past, horses were massively expensive, at least the edible kind and not the “tough as old leather” workhorse kind. Only the rich and the army could afford them in large amounts.

      3. this is million years late but yes.
        i think rarity has more to do with how expensive horses are vs other animals + cultural taboos.

    1. Yep… dunno why, but lise x finne had been on my mind for a while now….. with the tsundere and prideful lise on the offense, and strong as hell yet timid (i think she’s only timid against lise tho) finne on the defense made a scene that i can’t help but call it beautiful and cute……..

  3. That horse cuisine bait just cracked me up.
    Geez, how much further does the author wanted to change Finne’s image of fragile-cute into cute-brutal?

  4. Thanks for the Chapter!

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa
    This is the only time I’ll Thank the black witch
    Thank you for making liese a “Soon d’Rey”.
    Liese, what a terrifying cinnamon roll.

  5. Hmm… Finne’s mama’s peaceful route…
    Do you think that if she is like Finne, they’re after her because of a “eat and run”? lol

  6. Liselotte is the cutest female tsundere I’ve read about in a long time. Protect her smile, Finne! And Sieg…why are you so confident? In the one route in the game where Liselotte lived, it was Finne that won her, not you.:-p

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