Mother, Father, and all of my brothers had been quite surprised by how much I ate at dinner.
I easily scarfed down three times as much as I usually eat!
And perhaps that’s the reason why when I get back to my room afterwards, a huge wave of tiredness washes over me.
I’ve had a long day and a huge meal and now I really just want to go to bed…. but I have to do my training regimen first.
I start with the sit-ups and to be honest…… they’re pretty intense. Having no physical strength to speak of, even just 50 would have been quite difficult to do, let alone doing twice that amount.
But there’s no way I can just give up here. Having determination and mental fortitude are both things that a villainess can’t do without.
So I continue to pant and struggle and eventually I am able to get through all 100.
Since I had such a big meal right before this, I’m starting to not feel very good, but since I only have some push-ups left I think I should be able to finish everything that Brother told me to do.
Not wanting to waste any time, I get down into the proper push-up position and start.
Hah! Haah! Agh! …….By the 10th one, my arms have already started to shake.
I wonder if I have particularly weak arms? Or if its because a 7-year-old’s strength is next to nothing?
By the 23rd, my posture crumbles and I fall flat onto my stomach. My arms are refusing to hold me up anymore.
But as I lay there, breathing hard and shaking, I think about my dream. This is just one of the many trials I need to overcome in order to become a splendid villainess. I have to finish this.
I pump myself up by imagining my future of villainy, and although painful and slow, I somehow manage to finish all 50.
With that I’ve successfully completed all of my assigned sit-ups and push-ups for the day.
I never would have imagined it could be this hard! But I did it…. I finished today’s training!
After working out, I’m no longer feeling tired, so decide I to practice some back handsprings before bed. Since my body is so lightweight right now, I feel like I should be able to do them pretty easily.
I do some light stretches first and then I just go for it. I fling myself backwards, feeling my hands lightly touch down on the ground, and then in an instant I am back on my feet again… A perfect back handspring! I even stuck the landing.
Elated by my success, I look around my room. Since it’s pretty big, after a quick calculation in comparison to my height, I estimate that I should be able to do 3 consecutive back handsprings without running into anything.
At the thought, all my fatigue seems to wash away and I’m once again full of energy. I stand at the edge of the room and as I ready myself, I almost feel like I can see the gymnastics mat in front of me. It’s been such a long time since I last felt like this, and I feel great! Without hesitation I turn around, bend my knees slightly and push off the ground.
One flip, two flips…., three flips….! I did it!
The last one might not have been the most beautiful back handspring I’ve ever done, but even if my form sucked I was still able to do it!
This is awesome! It seems like I’m still able to use the skills that I drilled into my body during my previous life without much effort.
Hmm, what else can I do right now to help pave my way to becoming a villainess…? Oh, that’s right! How about working on my demeanor and diction? I should start coming up with some cutting remarks! And practice saying them with a wicked expression!
……But just what kind of expression is that, exactly?
I walk over to stand in front of my mirror and try out a variety of expressions, but they all look more comical than fierce to me.
I scrunch up my eyebrows, bug out my eyes, and try to force my mouth into a frown but…. I just end up looking ridiculous.
This isn’t even close to the malicious expression that I’d been picturing in my head.
Hmm, now that I think about it, weren’t the villainesses from my games usually smiling when they were bullying someone?
That must be it! I just have to look as if I’m enjoying myself while bullying others. That means as long as I practice smiling a bunch, I’ll be fine.
Looking back at my reflection in the mirror, I slightly raise up the corners of my lips. The effect is certainly elegant but….. I don’t really look like I’m having fun.
This time, I try smiling as hard as I can until my cheeks start to hurt.
……Is it because I’m still only 7? Cause this just makes me look really stupid.
A villainess’s expression needs to look more profound….
I never realized that just smiling would be so hard! I wonder if I keep practicing this from now on if I’ll be able to get better at it?
But I think that’s it for me for today. I’m getting really tired. I turn towards the bed planning to go to sleep, but before I take even one step forward I realize that I had forgotten something super important.
I never practiced my cutting remarks!
That was close….! I almost neglected one of the most crucial aspects of being a villainess.
I turn back towards the mirror and start pondering about what a typical villainess would likely say.
“You can’t even manage this much?”
“You’re an eyesore.”
“Do you know just how awful these lowly sweets of yours are?”
Was it stuff like this?
I just have to pay attention to the flow of the conversation and make sure to interject with some sort of malicious comment whenever the opportunity arises?
…..That should be easy enough. I’ve been dreaming of becoming a true villainess for so long, if it’s just saying a few lines, I’ve got that much in the bag.
Satisfied, a natural smile blooms across my face.
I really might become a villainess who will go down in history!
Alright, time for bed. I had a really productive day today.
I’ll have to wake up early and continue to do my best to improve tomorrow as well!