Chapter 1 - The New Aris Horissen
Act 1 – I Refuse the Position of Crown Princess!
The professor looked at his student, pleased. He was proud of her for remembering what he’d taught her yesterday and found her to be an exceptional student. For a girl of only sixteen, she was quite mature and behaved admirably during class.
She studied continuously in order to retain all of the day’s learning. While she was not a genius or a prodigy, she worked hard enough to make up for any shortcomings. The professor preferred this type of quiet, obedient student over those who were clever but arrogant.
“Today, we will be learning about Emperor Goji’s other accomplishments,” he began.
There was much more to learn about Emperor Goji. The girl prepared to take notes as the professor lectured her about his history on the chalkboard.
Tying her brown hair into a neat ponytail, her chocolate eyes followed the professor’s every movement raptly. She was completely and utterly focused on the task at hand.
“Class is over for today. Your homework is just to copy your notes on the content from today’s lecture.”
The girl was planning on doing so whether the professor had assigned it to her or not. She found it difficult to learn new things in History if she didn’t remember what came in the past.
“Thank you, Professor,”
“The pleasure is mine.”
As the professor left with a small bow, the girl sighed and dropped the gracious smile from her face.
“How boring,” she sighed.
The professor was wise but painfully dull. She barely managed to stay awake during his lectures.
“When am I ever going to finish all of this?” she grumbled.
The amount of work required for the professor’s lessons was enormous, and it took an even greater amount of effort for the girl to keep up with it all. She was not fond of history, but she was required to learn it as a member of the aristocracy.
“Lady Aris!” a maid said, stepping into the room.
Her name was Lucine and she was the main character of the original novel.
“Your dance lessons, my lady.”
The day’s events were identical to those of yesterday, and they’d be the same tomorrow and on the day after that. She would wake up, go to history lessons in the morning, eat lunch, then go to dancing lessons in the afternoon. After that, she would eat dinner, finish her homework, then go to sleep.
She had thought being a lady meant she’d be able to sleep, eat, and play all day, but that couldn’t have been further from reality. There was so much to do, and so many lectures to attend. Thankfully, she wasn’t being tested on the material, but she still disliked studying—she simply felt there was no need to express it.
In the original novel, Aris Horissen hated schoolwork. She refused to study and forced Lucine to do her homework in her stead. Thanks to that, Lucine became a well-educated and cultured woman despite her birth status. That wouldn’t happen this time.
When the girl first woke up in the novel, she was given all of Aris Horissen’s memories and knowledge of the world. This allowed her to create a new, better version of Aris.
With the old Aris’ knowledge of this world, it wasn’t hard for her to adjust to her new life in the novel. However, just because she became Aris Horissen didn’t mean she would just live the life scripted for her.
‘Everything I do is to change the outcome of the story.’
She smiled and took a sip of the tea Lucine had brought for her, the interesting flavor pleasing her. “This is nice.”
Aris looked at Lucine. She was a bright, spunky girl. Though illegitimate, she could have been accepted into the family if the head of the household allowed it, but the marquis refused.
She had a pretty—if rather plain—face and a certain charming air. Her blue hair and yellow eyes shone brightly. No wonder the male lead grew to like her, even after finding out she was of lowly birth.
‘Even I like Lucine,’ she mused.
After her classes, Aris would be completely worn out. Lucine, who had a keen eye for these things, often brought her tea and snacks to cheer her up.
“I feel my fatigue disappearing thanks to your tea, Lucine.”
“Were you exhausted?”
“Well, it’s not easy to be in class for three hours,” she smiled, intentionally omitting her thoughts about how boring it had been.
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