This will be a long time project. By the time I will post this, there are 138 chapters available. I know, I know. I told you that I don’t want to translate a long novel, but this is one that I really love and nobody picked it up. So. Yeah. I hope you will like this series.
ED: clover, eristol
“How did this happen…?”
I, Erica, the Duke of Aurelia’s daughter, couldn’t move when I saw myself in the mirror.
Dark golden hair like honey was rolled elegantly.
The skin was white like milk and the cheeks were rosy.
Although it was still the young face of an 8-years-old, she had high eyebrows and emerald eyes that looked arrogant.
—Is that, me?
Wrong! This isn’t me! This is—
I began to feel a sense of incompatibility with the hair color, skin color and eye color.
Above all, this characteristically vertical roll……!!
This is the villainous lady of the romance-fantasy girl game『Liber Monstrorum ~Phantom Beasts and the Winter Princess~』 Erica Aurelia!1
I was seized by a sensation which made my feet wobbly and I leaned on the mirror to stabilize myself.
One by one, the memories of my past life gushed forth like a spring, and I felt sick.
Does that mean that I have reincarnated and awakened the memories of my previous life?
I think that is absurd, but just now, the recollection about my life as Erica said that this is the world of『Liber Monstrorum ~Phantom Beasts and the Winter Princess~』
And that is why I have nothing but bad feelings no matter how good my face has become.
More importantly, it is that villainous lady, Erica Aurelia.
I knew that Erica was bullying the heroine who entered the magic academy, and she was the first person to die during the time when the bizarre incident started.
If I grow up like this, when the drama for the heroine and her chosen capture target reaches the climax and the murder case begins, I will die!
I really want to avoid that.
Being suddenly attacked and dying again, that would be too regrettable.
And the memory I didn’t want to remember rushed into my head.
It seems to be the memory of my last moment in the previous life.
I was shocked because I could see shiny things.
I felt a burning heat in my flank and when I reached out my hand there, it was bright red with blood.
I escaped to ask someone for help, but I was stabbed many times as I shouted—
I see, after that, I died……
He was my colleague, I thought he was a man who never talked much.
Suddenly, on my way back from work, he stabbed me many times while saying ‘You betrayed me’, but why?
The only contact with him I could remember was lending him a retractable umbrella when it began to rain, but what was his problem?
Or was it that?
There was a similar incident during high school.
I belonged to the Geography Club, and everyone in the club (which consisted of boys except for me) said ‘I have fallen in love with you’ and in the end it was misunderstood that I had a physical relationship with everyone, and that rumor was circulated around the school.
It was hell.
I was weak and poor; I couldn’t clear up the misunderstanding.
One of the members who truly believed it hit me from behind at night……
By the time I left the hospital, the Geography Club had become deserted and I had the worst nicknames, such as ‘Circle Crusher’, ‘Small Carnivorous Plant’, or just plain ‘Slut’…… hahaha…
Even at university, or even in society, although not as serious as that, there were similar incidents.
I failed at trying to overcome real human relationships as safely as possible.
It was troublesome trying to be involved with other people other than for business, so I got addicted to something.
It was game speedruns2.
Fiction wouldn’t go as far as trying to hit me through the display screen!
The memories I remembered are mostly my disastrous experiences and the main strategy method of the game.
I was biased in my life experiences.
The more I follow up the thread of my memories, the more I realize that I haven’t done a single worthwhile thing in my actual life, so I can’t help it.
So, I didn’t dislike Erica.
She was a girl who seemed to embody the strengths I admired in the past life.
She was close to my ideal except for the harassing people part.
If I were a girl like this, I wouldn’t be harassed or stabbed by a misunderstanding Yandere man.
Maybe an ordinary human being would also be able to overcome it, but that is a trivial thing.
I can change this romance-fantasy girl game into a happy-go-lucky fantasy girl game!
But, is it really possible?
At the very least, I would have to escape my mysterious deaths.
I feel that only then I can live more freely than my previous life.
Surely clues can be found in the memories of my previous life.
Why did Erica die?
That is because Erica trampled over the lives of other characters.
If I avoid that, I might be able to seek refuge in the middle of a fatal situation.
The dark past of each capture targets.
Those were death flags that Erica built herself.
Since that is the case, I can strike down the death flags with all my power.
However, there is something I want to check before that.
This ‘memory’ can also be my delusion.
It is possible that this isn’t a reincarnation but a sign that I am going crazy.
The young Erica was just playing with her 20-years-old older brother.
She got sleepy while reading an easy-to-read book with a lot of pictures from her older brother’s collection.
She fell asleep on a chaise lounge and then she came in front of the mirror with her messy hair again.
In order to judge whether my memory is a delusion or not, I have to make sure whether something that I know has happened or not.
“Are you okay, Erica?”
It is my older brother who came close to me, worried about me who was leaning against the mirror.
Just in time.
“Your complexion isn’t good.”
My brother’s name is Eduard Aurelia.
He is the first child of the Duke of Aurelia and one of the heroine’s capture target.
His hair has the same blonde hue as Erica’s, but his eyes are very kind and sweet.
“Onii-sama, thank you very much. I just got a little tired for a moment.”
“I see, you just read a variety of books until a while ago. You should eat sweet things.”
Eduard took out a small package from a small box on the table, and unwrapped the package.
“Here, open your mouth.”
When I opened my mouth, the chocolate grain was thrown in.
My brother is always sweet to me.
“Is it delicious?”
“Yeah, you’re a good girl, Erica.”
He stroked my hair with a gentle hand.
If I had such an older brother, I wouldn’t blame anyone for being a brocon.
Well then, I need to get the information I want from my gentle older brother.
“Hm, what is it, Erica? Do you want more chocolate?”
“If I eat too much before supper I will get fat.”
I feel bad for making my older brother’s smile dim a little.
But, I have to ask him about the incident at the beginning of this game.
“May I ask you about things of the northern, the ice and snow-covered Lucanrant territory?”
“……What are you talking about?”
“About what happened in the North last year.”
“……You mean the Tragedy of Lucanrant Ducal House, huh……?”
Eduard-oniisama looked sad as he said it.
“That, when Erica gets a little older……I will tell you in detail at that time, for now I want you to excuse me.”
“……I understand, Onii-sama. I’m sorry.”
“No, it’s okay, I’m sorry for being fussy, Erica.”
It would have been better if I could have a confirmation that there was a tragedy in the North called the ‘Werewolf Massacre Incident.’
However, I wasn’t expecting the 20-years-old older brother to explain such a gruesome story to his 8-year-old sister in more details.
“Then, I will return to my room.”
With this, it is confirmed that this world is『Liber Monstrorum』.
The phantom beasts – numerous monsters, werewolves, vampires – were the beginning of a strange world where they were engulfed in the shadows of the night.
1 Liber Monstrorum: it is the latin of Book of Monster. It is a late seventh-or early eighth-century Anglo-Latin catalogue of marvellous creatures. (source)
2 Speedruns: a term in gaming where you tried to challenge yourself while gaming, whether it was to beat the highest score, beat it in the fastest time, or make all routes play-throughs.