On a wooden floor there can be heard the sounds of a sack being dragged. The sack isn't something an average person would consider to be a big sack, but it is certainly too big for the one dragging it. Even so, the person doesn't intend to give up.
With determination the small petite hands grasp onto the sack and drag on.
The sound of a door opening.
Fwop! The sack falls over as the small figure suddenly let’s go of it with a jolt, thus revealing its contents - fertilizer.
"So this is where you were, Miss!"
Slowly the small Miss turns around and faces the maid in the doorway.
"Um, hi, Nina."
"Don't hi me, Miss! You know you shouldn't be here!"
The maid puts her hands on her waist in a huff. The little Miss, not knowing how to answer her, just awkwardly laughs.
"Again!" A woman in a red dress stands before the small girl who's seated in an armchair that makes the girl seem even smaller.
"When will you start acting like a proper lady?!" Her hand unconsciously shakes the closed fan in her right hand out of irritation.
With a pouty face, the little girl asks her, "But why can't a lady do some gardening?"
"You..." The woman sighs exasperatedly, "Growing a flower garden is gardening. Growing potatoes, pumpkins and other crops is farming and farming DEFINITELY isn't something a noble lady does. Why can't you be satisfied with growing a beautiful flower garden if you want to grow plants so much?"
"But crops also flower!"
"This again! How many times do we have to argue about this, Lata?! Crops that flower are NOT flowers! And-nevermind." The woman stops mid-sentence, opens her fan and starts fanning herself in an attempt to calm herself, "Two months of additional etiquette lessons for you. Starting tomorrow. Go to your room now."
The girl, Lata, sighs in resignation as she slips off the armchair, clearly used to this punishment.
Lata, after closing the door to her room, walks straight to her bed and falls head first into it.
She lets out a deep sigh.
"Being a noble is a real pain. I really miss my previous life..." she mumbled to herself.
Lata rolls onto her back and gazes at the canopy above her head.
"Why did I have to be reborn as Lady Lata? Being a farm girl was so much enjoyable! I could do actual hard labor and raise crops and animals, go out whenever and wherever I want to, no endless tea parties and etiquette lessons... Even if I raise flowers like she wants me to do, it isn't the same..."
"Aaaah," Lata closes her eyes, "if I could at least grow SOME crops I might be able to somewhat tolerate this life... Being able to eat the crops you grew yourself is the best thing, so if I could at least do that.... Oh, who am I kidding, I still wouldn't really be able to stand this life..."
She sighs again as she closes her eyes.
She honestly doesn't understand how she ended up being reborn as Lata, the villainous sidekick in the last book she read before her death.
In the book, Lata was from a lesser noble house and very ambitious. She wanted a lot of power and wealth, but her lower noble status made it really hard to attain the power she wished for... thus she ended up attaching herself to the novel's villainess Janthe's side, who was a duke's daughter and the most likely candidate to marry the Crown Prince. Being the future Queen's close friend definitely would have it's perks, after all.
But when book Lata saw that the book's heroine Madelief - who is a lesser noble than even herself - was starting to become close to the prince it frustrated her. She also noticed that Janthe was getting jealous seeing that as well, so she used Janthe's jealousy as an excuse to bully Madelief and egged Janthe to do the same. This resulted with them being on a trial for bullying the now fiancee of the Crown Prince.
Book Lata, obviously not being an actual friend, blamed mostly Janthe, saying that she did all that bullying only because Janthe threatened her. The court believed her and so, while not getting off scot-free, she didn't receive capital punishment. She ended up losing her title as a noble and was banished to the countryside - still a devastating outcome for book Lata, but a satisfying one for the readers.
Janthe didn't receive such a harsh punishment though, since she was still the daughter of the Duke and the court reasoned that, since Madelief wasn't yet part of the royal family, Janthe could receive only a house arrest for the bullying. Frustrating the readers.
Or at least it frustrated Lata when she was still in her original body.
When she realized that she was reborn as the Lata from the book, she had decided to keep clear of Janthe and just peacefully live her life as a lesser noble.
...But the problem is that this life doesn't fit her at all! She can't stand NOT being able to take care of crops and animals! She just wants to get her hands dirty and plant a bunch of potatoes! Raise a bunch of chickens and an annoying rooster that constantly crows! Go to the sauna after a hard day's work!
Yet her situation is the complete opposite of her wishes.
"Why is this life like this..." Lata sighs, but suddenly sits up.