Applause Must Not be Requested from Friend
how are you
It has been a short period, a mere three days, but Nanaki has safely finished her journey and successfully found a new home. I still don’t know if this path is connected to a world I can love, but even so Nanaki is thinking of advancing down this path.
A few days ago Nanaki complaint that life does not always go well. I apologise for that. But please watch over me, Nanaki will devote herself to becoming a person suitable of being beloved and respected Mother’s daughter.
to achieve enlightenment
It will probably still require many long days and months. Nanaki really is still just a child. It is just sixteen years after receiving life from Mother, it is too early for me to talk about life. Please laugh at this immature daughter.But I also want you to have expectations of me. Daughters are that type of thing.
how about sons
Even if it is shameless, when I think you have expectations of me, I feel like I can work hard today. I think I will report again soon. Until then, please rest peacefully.
“Good morning, head butler Ridolf.”
“Good morning Nanaki-san. Did you sleep well?”
“It was a pleasant rest.”
“That is great. Good work yesterday. It was not a maid’s job, but it was helpful.”
catching intruders is not a maid’s job?
A faint light is entering through the mansion’s windows. The time is early morning, I exchanged my morning greetings with head butler Ridolf in the quiet morning. (T/N: That was a lot of mornings (朝) .-.) Due to yesterday’s disturbance, the time for the judging of my suitability has been changed. If asked if that is fortunate or unfortunate, Nanaki will say it is neither.
there is no luck
Nanaki is always Nanaki. If one chooses the time and place, she is second-rate, only a maid that is ready to provide for the master at any time is first-rate. Friend, what is that face like you have something to say? Certainly it is knowledge learnt from a book, but books are there for learning.
“Nanaki-san, please do some cleaning until it is time for breakfast.”
early morning exercise
Cleaning, I see, it is a maid’s basics. Come to think of it, the cleanliness of my home in the capital was maintained by the capable maids.
master to maid
“First, as much as you can do in this room is fine so please proceed.”
After a short explanation of where the tools are, I was quickly introduced to my job. This is probably to minimise any inefficiency. Could it be there is enough work that unless this is done, the work cannot be completed? Or maybe it is head butler Ridolf’s personality?
“Then I will see you later.”
That it was one-sided is a matter of course. Nanaki is the one being tested. I have been given the necessary information so there is not a single reason to stop head butler Ridolf. But, head butler Ridolf does not understand. This assignment is not suitable, Nanaki is a special human.
But it cannot be helped, head butler Ridolf does not know Nanaki. It was probably a matter of finding a suitable job for the new maid, but it will be troubling if I am made light of. There is no choice but to prove myself in order to change his recognition of me. Please be prepared.
The time I have been granted for cleaning is until breakfast. When I checked the schedule I had been told, there isn’t much time. Good, blitz warfare is Nanaki’s speciality. Produce the best results in a limited amount of time, no problem for this special Nanaki.
When this body goes as fast as lightning even flight becomes possible. I will give you the best efficiency with this movement only allowed for transcended beings. Fast, faster, but carefully, conscientiously. Ceiling, wall, window, furniture, ornaments, floor, to the next room. Permission is necessary to clean the personal rooms, so I will prioritise cleaning up the rooms that master uses more.
With the rooms done, the corridors are next, and then the entry hall. If guests arrive, these are two important places that will enter their eyes, just these two I put in a little extra effort in cleaning. I have already received an explanation about the specific use of each tool, the cleaning was done without any problems.
It seems that cleaning is done regularly, the place is relatively clean. But as expected, dust has collect in the places hard to reach such as the ceiling and chandelier. The cleanliness-loving Nanaki cannot allow this, it should be cleaned quickly. There is nothing more convenient than being able to make use of inhuman speed. As expected of Nanaki, a splendid maid.
With the corridors and entry hall done, I would like to do the kitchen, living room and dining room, but head butler Ridolf’s presence is in the kitchen. Probably preparations for breakfast. A maid that stirrs up dust in the middle of food preparations is a disgrace, let’s prioritise the living room for now. When I checked the time there is still some left.
Maid Nanaki, formerly the Lightning Empress, sets forth.
“It has become something amazing.”
“Yes, I was surprised too”
Voices of amazement from master and the head butler, it was worth wholeheartedly devoting myself to the work. Without making a single mistake, Nanaki has displayed my skills. If one holds pride in being a special human, one must show that one is special. People call this dignity.
“Even if you do such amazing things, your salary won’t be raised.”
“Do not mind it.”
narcissists have their own pride
It’s not a problem of salary, it’s a problem of Nanako’s pride. Nanaki is thankful just for receiving daily meals and a room to keep out the wind and rain.
basics for living
“Breakfast was made by Ridolf huh, it’s the usual taste.”
“I did not think she would finish cleaning so quickly. So I have not seen her cooking skills.”
“I will look forward to it.”
get ready to be amazed
After my master finished his meal, I quickly finished up breakfast with the head butler. Based on the conversation from before, it seems next it would be time to display Nanaki’s cooking skills. The proof of that is that head butler Ridolf did not take much for breakfast. It is probably so he can taste-test Nanaki’s cooking.
After breakfast, I quickly did the laundry, time-wise it probably took around two minutes. The head butler that was peeking from behind widened those big eyes of his. Even if you don’t worry about it I am doing it carefully, please rest assured. But in the end he still checked with a finger. Well, after that I got a flower circle, so I guess it’s fine.
(T/N: basically a gold star for kids or seal of approval)
“Then I think I will have Nanaki-san show me your skills in cooking. This is originally not a maid’s job but we do not have many people in this household, so I would like to distribute labour as efficiently as possible, but if there is anything you are dissatisfied with I will reconsider.”
“None in particular. I shall begin.”
When you talk about aristocrats, they probably have a cook or something. But Nanaki is not really familiar with that so she doesn’t really mind. If talking about work distribution, it is natural for people that can do more to work more. If you consider salary then one might worry about it, but Nanaki is not that attached to money.
I survived in mother nature for a while after Mother passed away. Money was not useful then. What humans need are the skills to survive in the environment. If that is money then other people can obtain it. Even small snakes try to swallow humans, Nanaki is special. (T/N: an idiom along the lines of an excellent person is more motivated even at a younger age.)
is it delicious?
I peeked into the large refrigerator. Inside there were a lot of foodstuffs Nanaki has never seen before. They are probably quite high quality goods. But Nanaki does not know how to cook these foodstuffs. In that case, I just need to get ingredients I know how to cook.
use what you are familiar with
“Head butler Ridolf, I will be going out for a short while.”
“Is there something lacking?”
That’s right. Nanaki’s main food during childhood and the original cause of the headbutt master incident.
“I will go catch rats.”
I was stopped.
“Nanaki-san, rats cannot be eaten.
“It’s not good to be prejudiced against food, head butler Ridolf.”
“I got it, Nanaki-san. People, do not eat rats.”
Nanaki doesn’t really understand what is being said.
Rats can be eaten. Rats have terrific vitality and propagation rate, so they are a valuable food source in nature. Even so, rats are smart animals. Even against a human opponent that is dozens of times their size, they will come biting when the person is asleep. Even against their natural predator the owl, they will cunningly aim for it during the day when the owl cannot see well.
But no matter how smart rats are, Nanaki is smarter. I devoured all the rats that attacked me. And since they were smart and rats could learn, they started avoiding Nanaki. In mother nature, Nanaki became king.
king of the jungle
“I think you will understand if you try a bite.”
“Yes, I have understood. I will take charge of meals.”
no kitchen for nanaki
I have seen the extremes of complete rejection.
In the end I was unable to make head butler Ridolf listen and was removed from kitchen duty. Mother, Nanaki really is a bad daughter.
After that I finished up the laundry and the other household chores, in the end I was to be notified tomorrow and then dismissed. I returned to the room I was given and threw my body onto the bed. There is almost no fatigue, this is nothing compared to the exhausting work of an imperial knight.
How was it, Friend? Has Nanaki accomplished the role of a splendid maid? If you saw it as such, Friend, applause please.
——lightning struck the garden.
……What are you doing, Friend.
Hecate’s reply(?): I would love to respond to certain comments about this series but I feel like I will end up spoiling stuff .-. but I will just put this out there, Nanaki definitely doesn’t have a normal view of the world (should be obvious by this point~) don’t think I would ever be motivated enough to translate a series where the mc is a normal good guy or something. The random switching between third person and first person in her internal monologue is also just how she thinks. I personally find it kind of cute. I think that’s about all I can say without accidentally spoiling anything.
(random extra: Nanaki’s internal monologue is very casual, including talking to Ilveng=Nazgul, but when she speaks she is very polite.)
Editted(16/3/2017): Yep, still love her internal monlogue