Trembling Knight Heart
Mother, one week has passed since then.
Nanaki has safely been accepted as my master, Zean Alfred’s maid, so in order to not be an embarassment, I have been receiving instructions from head butler Ridolf and working on my studies. And today, I am finally allowed to appear before others as my master’s maid. Please praise me Mother.
Nanaki has learnt, I must not ask for applause from friend. Nanaki had to spend the following day completely removing the after-effects of Friend’s applause. As expected there is no one else other than Mother that can praise Nanaki. Friend is sulking a little but please rest assured. Me and Friend get along well.
“Is there anything you are uneasy about regarding me?”
“No, that’s not……entirely untrue.”
“Then please speak your thoughts. I will work hard for my master.”
It’s one thing if our hearts are connected like between me and Ilveng=Nazgul, but things cannot be conveyed between people except through speaking. No matter how special Nanaki is, I cannot see into master’s heart.
no mind reading
“Like I said at first, my family is weak. Because of that reason, the servants before Nanaki got harassed and resigned. I think they will make a move on Nanaki too.”
“No problem, please leave it to me.”
“Even though I said that I don’t want to make it a large incident.”
“I will take that to heart.”
When I thought he was uneasy about Nanaki, he was being worried. Thank you very much, good master. But do not worry, Nanaki is strong. I also understand that, being in a weak position, a large incident would be undesirable. Nanaki wants to become master’s strength.
“After that……there is just one person, he will come to openly pick a fight, but Nanaki……”
“I have heard from head butler Ridolf. I am only to intervene when there is danger towards my master.”
“I will be relying on you.”
Honestly speaking I cannot bring myself to stay silent and watch as my own master is insulted. But that is not something that can be changed by Nanaki’s intervention. I should just know my place and endure it, the one who is truly suffering is my master.
violence is not always the answer
The atmosphere became slightly heavy in the carriage. The announcement of our arrival at the school finally blew away that heavy air. I descended first and opened the door, then took master’s hand. Usually the roles would be reversed, but Nanaki is a maid. This is right, it should be, but in that moment I felt quite a lot of gazes.
Nanaki has confidence in my own conduct. That means these gazes are probably those of the people that do not think well of master. Nice to meet you, I’m Nanaki. It may be presumptuous, but I am the maid of my master, Zean Aldred-sama. If possible I would like to get along.
let’s all be friends
“……There seems to be people with knights attending them.”
When I looked around while walking humbly behind master, many people who do not seem to be amateurs entered my eyes. I tried to make conversation in order to avoid dragging outthe heavy atmosphere from before.
“Having knights attend to you looks rich right?”
“I see, the knights seem to be quite free.”
so free to follow kids around
He laughed. Has Nanaki been useful?
a great conversatonalist
I was a little worried but from what I can see there doesn’t seem to be any imperial knights. Which means these are the local knights that failed the imperial knight examination. I had wondered how those people make a living, to think they were being used as ornaments for display by nobles. Their swords are crying.
“But I am concerned about the fact that they are armed.”
“There is no need to worry, nothing much will happen. They are adults.”
Is what master said, so Nanaki refrained from mentioning about the nothing much that is happening right now. School has started, yet for some reason more people than before are passing by. That way is the school gates.
The gates of hell are this way
Simply put, Nanaki is popular.
must be because of your wonderful personality
The people passing by from just now had been reaching out to Nanaki. But your movements are bad, so I will discipline you a little.
The ones reaching out are the local knights. I see, if I were an amateur, my chest buttons would have been stolen without me noticing. But I am Nanaki, a handshake for you. The other party stiffened with a shocked expression. Be happy that you were able to shake hands with Nanaki.
it’s an honour
I pass by one after the other. For those hands that reach out, slap slap. Beloved and respected Mother, maybe because my appearance is similar to Mother’s, Nanaki is popular.
The last person calmly walked over with an expression full of confidence. When he passed by, the hand that reached out, I see, it is definitely remarkably faster than the people until now. You have done very well, for you Nanaki has a present. I took his hand and gave him a button as a present. It was the button that was just attached to your chest.
faster than you~
Whether he confirmed his chest area or not, he ran towards the school gates like an escaping rabbit. You will be late you know?
But still, for the local knights to become so depraved, it makes me sigh.
“……It’s no wonder they couldn’t become imperial knights.”
Never mind being tools, to even wag your tails, know shame you mongrels.
“Did you say something?”
“Hey Zean-kun, where did you pick up that beauty of a maid.”
“She came flying out from an alley. I narrowly avoided death.”
“Hmmm, you don’t want to talk about what really happened? How strange, I thought there was no one else willing to serve the Alfred house.”
“It’s the truth.”
it’s not really belieavalbe
It is the unblemished truth, I almost said that out loud.
When we stepped into the classroom, a young man with an evil-looking face came to pick a fight. He is probably the Vilmott Arkahn I had heard of. He seems to do as he likes using his family name.
“Hey Zean-kun, won’t you give me this maid? She is really my type.”
“Ask her yourself. I have no intention of saying anything about my servant’s love affairs.”
“That’s how it is, so? Won’t you become my lover? How much?”
My ears feel like they will rot. But I cannot make an unpleasant expression, I stuck on a smile and said, please excuse me. Mother, humans can really become extremely unsightly.
“It shouldn’t be ‘please excuse me’. I’m the Arkhan’s eldest son you know?”
He caught my hand.
Now then, what should I do. I was ordered on what to do when a fight was picked with master but not if I was the target. Twisting this weak hand would be simple but master said he didn’t want to cause a large incident. Even so, Nanaki cannot give her chastity to such a vulgar human.
“——please give up.”
A helping hand came from an unexpected place.
The Arkahn’s eldest son raised a displeased voice as he glared at the owner of the voice. That is as expected, after all, she is Vilmott Arkahn’s servant.
“What did you just say? A servant? To me, the master? Huh?”
to give up
Vilmott Arkahn released my hand and faced his own servant. It was dirty so I wiped my hand.
“What are you thinking? Who pays your money? Oi, try saying it bitch.”
What a dirty mouth. I cannot see that figure that spits out insults in rapid succession as a human. This is a noble, how unsightly. She is probably serving him out of her own will so I won’t pity her. But I will be grateful for helping me. Thank you.
u r wc
“Shaming me like that! Say something already!”
It was a loud voice.
a loud voice?
“The duty to protect you!! Because of that I said please give up!!”
As expected even the tyrant was taken aback, he stiffened as he opened and closed his mouth.
“Wh, what are……”
“Just get behind me!!”
I will protect you!
My praises to this brave knight.
hard to receive
Nanaki will not recognise those who had fallen to being the tools of nobles as knights. But to be able to live on with a determined heart without forgetting her pride, in deference to that pride Nanaki will forgive you.
——for taking a stance against Nanaki.
“……please be merciful.”
While both her body and voice were shaking, the knight asked for mercy. But that stance is a battle stance where she is able to draw her sword at any moment. She is skilled. Nanaki has no intention of doing anything. But no matter what happens don’t draw that sword. I like humans with pride after all.
would be a waste
to kill you
When I felt a gaze and looked, master is trying to say something while staying silent. Nanaki shook her head. Shake shake.
I would be troubled if you misunderstood. Nanaki really didn’t do anything. My master, it is just that she is skilled. But I understand what you want to say. Probably, how should we deal with this. There is no need to worry, my master. The person that would settle this has already arrived.
“What are you doing. Sit down.”
Teachers are great.
Hecate’s hand hurts: osuing right before translating made my right hand unusable and I had to type half of this with one hand ;-;
Edited(27/3/2017):I’ve improved the way I grip my mouse while playing osu since then 😀 doesn’t hurt after a few hours of osu anymore, still gets a bit stiff though