Cinderella’s Step-sister: Part 3

Author: Yuzu Lemon
Raw: https://ncode.syosetu.com/n0540gn/

Translator Note: Though the author created this as a single “chapter” story, I’m uploading it in parts as it’s about 23 pages long in English. (Also I don’t want to finish translating and find out someone else has started to post it.) After all the translations are complete I’ll post the complete story on the story main page.


Part 3

My life as a princess began the day after the wedding… But I have nothing to do. The schedule is blank. Prince Francis intends to discard me soon, so I suppose he thinks it’s useless to give me a royal education. What a wise decision. I’m almost in tears of gratitude.

“How may I help you today, Your Highness?”

“Ummm… Well, then, can you show me around this detached palace?”

I should know where to go and what to do in my spare time so that I can live a fulfilling royal lifestyle. While having a nervous maid guide me to the palace given to me, I search for a place where I can make effective use of it. After she showed me around, we took a break, and I gently asked the maid.

“In the afternoon… I’d like to go fishing.”

“What?”

The maid blinks her eyes.

Well, there’s… The outside of the palace connects to a forest with a natural river running through it that looked good.

As a royal NEET with nothing in particular to do, I would take it easy by fishing in the sun, experimenting with growing vegetables in my garden, and building a ranch in a vast open space.

Huh… I had always longed for a life like this. When I reluctantly married the prince, I didn’t know what would happen, but I’m honestly happy to have found my dream life.

Thank you, Ella. I would love to know how you are doing, so please send me a letter once in a while.

But this lazy life of mine is only for a limited time until the prince, and I get divorced. When we get divorced, will I get any alimony? If possible, I would like to have land in the country. I would spend the rest of my life in the great outdoors. I have big ambitions. To that end, I should mollify the prince to some extent, and make arrangements so that negotiations in the event of a divorce will be as favorable as possible.

I had just baked a carrot cake while thinking about this when Prince Francis appeared.

“Is there anything troubling you… I came to ask, but from the looks of it, you seem to be doing fine.”

“You’re right.”

Watching me bake a cake while laughing with my maids, the prince seemed to understand at once that I was enjoying my royal NEET life. I stopped the prince as he was about to leave and offered him a piece of freshly made carrot cake. The idea was to boost my favorability with the gift to help the divorce negotiations go well. I hope the prince doesn’t notice.

“I hope you like it.”

I wondered if he’d say no… But the prince unexpectedly ate the cake.

” It has a unique taste. What kind of cake is this?”

” It’s a carrot cake.”

“Carrot…You mean this is made with a carrot?

The prince suddenly stood up with such force that his chair fell over, and I practically jumped out of my skin. As I slumped over, the maidservant, who had turned bright blue, softly whispered in my ear.

“I’m sorry, Princess…! I completely forgot, but the prince doesn’t like carrots very much…!”

You have to give me that information first!… What can I do after the fact?

The prince quivered and turned bright red. Oh, this confirmed my execution, I am sure of it. Goodbye, my short life. In my next life, I want to be born to a wealthy farmer’s daughter or something. Nevermind the contradiction.

“You said this is… carrots?”

“Yes, these are the carrots I grew in the garden of the detached palace.”

I was now desperate, and I gave him a babbling explanation as if I were a full-fledged chef. However, the prince never says, “Cut this woman’s head off!” On the contrary….

“You can make something so delicious with carrots…!”

… Could it be that you like the taste of commoner food? An elite chef who works at the palace wouldn’t cook such a rustic dish, right?

“… You really are an unusual girl, Carolina.”

The prince smiled happily as he said that. I think I might have been thrilled by his expression…If only he hadn’t gotten my name wrong.

‘Prince, I am very sorry to inform you, but my name is Adelina, not Carolina.

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 After that carrot cake incident, the prince began to visit the detached palace where I live from time to time. The prince seems to be busy. Maybe he’s jealous of my NEET life.

At the very least, out of compassion, I serve the prince a homemade, rustic-smelling pastry every time he comes. He surprisingly seems to like these flavors. He usually eats only the finest food, so I guess it’s unique flavors for him.

Just as I was enjoying my peaceful days like that, a storm suddenly arrived one day.

“Next month, we will be welcoming a delegation from the south to our country. You should attend the party, too.”

“Huh…”

No, no, no, is it okay to put me in such an important place? I was sure that he was about to replace me with a competent mistress, but I wondered if that was not the case.

“Um, would I be capable of fulfilling such a large role?”

” Are you worried? Then I’ll arrange for a teacher to come here tomorrow.”

No, no, no, don’t educate me, just take someone else instead of me… Oh, dear, I couldn’t tell him I was unwilling. I can’t help it. I am a little more than a decoration, but I will try my best for Prince Francis. So, I hope he doesn’t blame me if I fail.

The next day, my impromptu princess training began. That said, compared to a real princess education, it was child’s play. When bowing, you have to bend from the waist and not just your head, and other stuff on that level. I am originally a modest but aristocratic daughter, too. The minimum level of manners is already ingrained in me.

“How are you doing, Nidorina?”

Adelina, Prince…What an unnecessary thing to get into; it’s not worth it anymore. I smiled and let the prince’s misunderstanding pass.

“I’ve heard about your progress from your teacher. I know you will not make any terrible mistakes in public appearances.”

That was good… I’m not sure if I can say that it was a good evaluation. However, if I pass the test, it’s fine.

As it turned out, the reception ended without a hitch.

“For a princess met through fate, she’s pretty plain, isn’t she…?” I have already gotten used to the piercing gazes like that, so I no longer pay attention to it.

“Well done, Katerina. I heard that the goodwill ambassador of the southern country was very pleased with you.”

I received a compliment from the prince. With this, my neck remains connected. Huh.

But it’s not like I’ve done anything praiseworthy. Originally a plain-looking person compared to my sister and sister-in-law, I didn’t go out to social gatherings very often, and my daily routine was to read the books I borrowed from the library. As a result, I have a mountain of miscellaneous, unimportant information in my head. And this time, the goodwill ambassador over there happened to share the same hobby as me. But that’s all. If he had been a gleeful extrovert, my reputation would have been tainted. It was dangerous.

But following this welcome party, my NEET life changed.

“Look, Princess. So many invitations!”

“Everyone wants to have a friendship with the wise and famous princess!”

Wow, please don’t send me invitations. I’m not much of a social butterfly! What’s more, a wise princess … a ridiculous rumor is spreading. I’m sure people will be very disappointed if they see the real thing.

But if I ignore all these invitations, I might inadvertently offend some important people. If that happens, my life would be hanging by a thread. I don’t want that. An amicable divorce would give me the country life I’ve always wanted!

… It’s no use. At best, I’ll attend and embarrass myself. They only invited me out of curiosity anyway, and once they meet me and are disappointed, they won’t invite me again. I’m also the prince’s wife, and I want to believe that they won’t treat me that badly.

“Can you sort the invitations in order of priority? I don’t think I’ll be able to attend all of them.”

“Understood!”

… Sigh. Prince, please hurry up and find a replacement for me, please.

4 thoughts on “Cinderella’s Step-sister: Part 3

  1. Thank’s for the chapter~
    I was actually curious,, what indication for the prince to fall for Ela? Was it only her good looking? 🤔 To think that the qualification of Crown Princess is their beauty, the Prince really just looking for a decorative future Empress, wasn’t he? 😲

    I Can’t wait for the moment the prince will call his wife’s name correctly… 🤭

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