My Plain-looking Fiance is Secretly Sweet with Me - Volume 1: Short Story
☆To the Grim Reaper in Love☆
…When I was in middle school
Everyone knew me as an otaku who was very talkative.
I spent a lot of time talking about stuff like anime and manga with my close friends.
That was the kind of girl I was.
Maybe that’s the reason I stood out. I don’t know.
Around the summer of my 2nd year in junior high, an influential girl in my class started messing with me.
At first, I just put up with her treatment, but…
My close friends stopped talking to me, probably because they didn’t want to get dragged into it.
It felt like a thread had been cut.
In the winter of my 2nd year, I stopped going to school.
I was scared of going to school.
That’s why I shut myself at home, reading light novels, reading manga, and watching anime.
I wanted to find somewhere that was as far from reality as possible, somewhere that could cheer me up.
And as I spent my time at home like this, I gradually began to imagine how nice it would be if I could make a world like that myself.
But I had no talent, both for writing and for drawing.
Then I remembered, Ah… but when I was really young, there was that one time I was praised for my voice…
Even back then, I always had a tendency to act on the spur of the moment. Once I set my mind on something, I’d do it right away.
Even though I was skipping school, I thought, This is the one thing I have to do!
So, I took the Shinkansen and left my hometown as I headed to Tokyo.
I took the audition for『Love Idol Dream! Alice Stage ☆』
I never thought… Not even in my wildest dreams, that I would pass the audition.
“Hello. I’ll be working with you starting today.”
The first time I entered the office.
Hotta-san greeted me kindly, but I was so nervous that I just kept quiet and bowed repeatedly. I’m sorry.
After graduating from junior high school, I moved to Tokyo and started living alone.
I became a voice actress, called Izumi.
And I more or less started going to school.
I guess it was just as I expected… I got really nervous at school, and I couldn’t talk to people very well.
But, whenever I did my work as a voice actress, I was somehow able to talk to people.
I’d talk a little too much though, and that wasn’t good.
Then, I became Yuuna.
I breathed life into Yuuna as Izumi Yuuna. And my first line was:
“Yuuna-chan will always be right by your side~ So, why don’t we both smile together~”
Even though the line was short, it didn’t go well at all. I couldn’t voice the line properly.
The sound producer was shocked too.
I felt so depressed.
I thought that if I became a voice actress, I’d be able to make a fresh start in life.
But in the end, no matter what I do, it’s just useless, huh…
That was how I thought as I spent my days feeling depressed in my empty apartment room.
A short while after that.
My manager told me that a letter from a fan had arrived in the mail.
Fan? Even though I’ve only been voicing Yuuna for a short period?
Even though Yuuna’s popularity is insanely low?
It must be a prank letter.
I opened the letter with that thought in mind, and I started reading it.
■From: The Grim Reaper in Love■
Nice to meet you, Yuuna-chan. The moment I heard your cheerful laugh… I, who had been depressed, was able to cheer up and be happy again. I was able to jump out and engage with the world once more. Thank you, Yuuna-chan. I love you so much. I will be supporting you from now on, forever and ever.
…From that point on.
I worked very hard, keeping the words of『The Grim Reaper in Love』 close to my heart.
I’m still very young and inexperienced, but…
I learned that even someone like me… can bring a smile to someone’s face.
That’s why, when my father brought up the topic of a “marriage proposal”, I honestly felt upset and irritated.
What was he thinking at such an important time?
I was definitely going to turn it down.
That’s what I thought, but…
Even before we met each other, you’ve always been supporting me.
Now, I want to be able to support you.
As your bride… I want to make sure you can always have a smile on your face.
I’m going to keep doing my best for you!
So, please… I’d be overjoyed if you let me stay by your side, forever and ever!
☆From Izumi Yuuna – Watanae Yuuka☆
Last chapter of v1. I’m taking a long break until April 11. Next volume is coming out on May 20 so you won’t see me until then. Also, I know that School Goddess is winning but the old translation group might pick it up again apparently. Not very sure. I’ll just wait and see.