There was already quite a number of people gathered in the party hall.
Impressed, I unconsciously let a silly exclamation.
Onee-samas with colorful dresses overflowing the hall, fluttering and swaying, its colorfulness coupling with the large flowers decorating the hall here and there, it was like being in a sea of flowers.
And onii-samas wearing tuxedos, of course not as much as onee-samas, are also splendid and nice.
Wa─, this is the Pivoine’s summer party I was yearning for.
It all looks like shining and sparkling!
In the first place, because most of the participants are Suiran’s students, there is a youthful atmosphere.
Until now, as the daughter of the Kishouin family, I sometimes went to the parties but since they were the ones for the likes of uncles and aunties (*oji-samas & oba-samas) of the high society, it just gives more fatigues and isn’t fun at all.
I decline as much as possible under the pretext of still being a child.
Though my parents looks like they want to take me along.
「Reika? Are you okay?」
Oh my. Was my mouth open?
In a hurry, I put back my mask that was going to come off.
「I’m fine, onii-sama. But please, I’d like you to stay beside me」
I hold the arm more tightly that was supposed to holding the partner’s hand and escort it.
I’m sorry if there’s wrinkles on the jacket’s sleeve.
But I’m pretty sure I’d become lost as soon as I get distracted and get off guard.
「Look, onii-sama. It’s all dazzling and sparkling」
「Isn’t it just the reflection of the chandelier? They’ve probably calculated the lighting」
Please don’t pour cold water on a maiden’s dream.
The party begun, the participants started to chat with drinks in the hands, so I immediately asked onii-sama to go to see the roses arch.
「I want to see it by all means before the day falls! It’s onii-sama who recommended me, no?」
I went out in the terrace with onii-sama’s escort, it was there, in the western-style garden with a little white fountain and table sets. The roses arch!
It’s cuter than I thought!
On the arch made of red roses, the white laced ribbon fluttering in the wind was like a wedding veil.
And the bell on the top!
I want to ring it!
「Onii-sama! Is there by any chance, jinx like becoming happy if we ring that bell!?」
「Well, I never heard it but.──Do you want to ring it?」
If there is such a cute bell, anyone will want to ring it!
I wonder if it’s no good. There’s also many people around.
Would I look like a country girl?
Onii-sama took my hand and pulled me to the front of the arch.
「Excuse-me. My sister would like to ring this bell, is it alright?」
Onii-sama asked to the senior in the nearest to the arch.
The senior willingly ceded the place and onii-sama urged me, saying 「here, take it」. But to ring it when there’s so much attention like now, you have some courage─!
Onii-sama, you are so brave─!
Well, since it’s a good opportunity, by grace of courtesy of everyone, shall we ring it ?
But as I was too embarrassed to ring it alone, I made onii-sama join me.
When we two rang the bell, somebody told 「Ara, it’s looks like the wedding’s bride and groom」and onii-sama made a more subtle face. Let’s not mind it.
Girls of the elementary school who were watching, gathered saying that they wanted to ring it as well when they saw me ring the bell merrily.
It’s right, it’s right.
Actually, I’m sure everyone wanted to ring it. Thanks to me who ashamed first by cutting in the vanguard.
I did a good deed.
Returning inside after enjoying the roses arch, there were people dancing the waltz in the middle of the hall!
Onii-sama, like having guessed something, averted his gaze from me and tried to go to the buffet corner.
However, grabbing onii-sama’s arm, I did not move.
「Onii-sama, it’s the waltz」
「I don’t want to」
A straight answer, huh.
As a child of the upper class, I did receive ballroom dancing as well.
Onii-sama too, doesn’t seem to be learning it now but, had learned in the past.
Since we got this much trouble learning it, shouldn’t we take the opportunity and use it? If not, then why did we learn for?
After ringing the bell of the roses arch, seems like my tension became strangely high.
Usually, I wouldn’t be thinking about going dancing on my own as I’m too embarrassed.
「Onii-sama, only one song. please, please.」
Please say okay for the cute little sisters making memories.
Onii-sama made a big sigh and dropped his head.
「Only for one song then」
The waltz played by the orchestra flows through the hall.
One, two, three. One, two, three.
Straightening the back─, don’t lower the arm, alright! One, two, three, one, two, three.
While remembering the teacher’s lesson, I turn around and around.
The chandelier on the ceiling is sparkling.
My favorite dress’ hem is fluttering.
Ahh, this is like a dream.
The kawaiiness is over 9000!!!!
Translator : KobatoChanDaiSuki
Editor : Zenneth