Lightning Empress Maid

L.E.M. C.9: Slow and steady wins the race

I don’t like that Face

Today is a rest day, though that may be so, Nanaki’s morning starts early.

no rest for Nanaki

It is desirable to rise with the sun. Greetings to the still gloomy sky, good morning. Nanaki opened the window and let a little of the cool morning air into the room. It doesn’t smell like rain, the weather today seems like it will be good.

but…rain is good….

Nanaki is a maid, there are mountains of things to do in the morning. Nanaki quickly cast off Nanaki’s sleep-wear and washed Nanaki’s face in the bathroom. Nanaki got the urge to take a quick shower, but a battle with that hateful dust awaits Nanaki. Showering twice would be a waste of time, quick transformation into work clothes.


Once Nanaki finished changing, Nanaki checked Nanaki in the full-length mirror. Hair check, clothes checks, spirit check. Lastly Nanaki put on the new headband that was bought for Nanaki and MaidNanaki is complete. Everyone of this affirmed world, it’s morning. And it’s Nanaki, good morning.


Preparations complete, deploy.

to the front lines!

The morning’s work begins with laundry. Nanaki collected the laundry baskets in each room in a second, one for each person. Nanaki understands separating the master’s laundry from the servants, but it’s just extra work to separate even that of head butler Ridolf and Nanaki. But the head butler strongly recommended it so Nanaki consented.


Head butler Ridolf is still young, his gentlemanly appearance is one that is well-liked by women. He is surely of that age, since it’s just extra work and not troublesome, Nanaki should be considerate of head butler Ridolf. Friend, why are you shaking your head. Was Nanaki mistaken about anything?

I don’t think so…?

You probably want Nanaki to care about you. But Nanaki is busy right now, Nanaki will get some time later, so let’s talk a bunch then. Nanaki wants to treat Nanaki’s friend preciously.


Now then, while the washing machine is spinning, let’s wash the high-quality clothes. Wash the high-quality cloth gently by hand. And so move from indoors to outdoors, double time.

quickly quickly



Nanaki has arrived. But I think head butler Ridolf was greeting Nanaki so put the high-quality clothes in a laundry bucket for now and once again double time. Hurrying Nanaki.

get back here!

“————od morning, Nanaki-san”

“Good morning, head butler Ridolf.”

“An amazing speed as usual.”

“It is my redeeming feature.”

“Splendid. Today is a not school day for Zean-sama so we will be working in two shifts. I look forward to working with you today.”

“Likewise, I look forward to working with you.”


Bow. And then after confirming that we had both raised our heads, double time for a third time. While filling the large laundry bucket with water, prepare the detergent and fabric conditioner. Estimating by eye is forbidden, measure it out. Slight error, permissible, pour it in. Mix it without delay. This special Nanaki is not inferior to even a washing machine, spinspinspinspin————Nanaki got covered with foam. Awawa.

washing machine Nanaki

After getting wet once, Nanaki quickly, but gently washed the high-quality clothes. But no matter what there are some that became faded. That can’t be helped for an amateur, let’s leave it to the specialists. Clothes are for the washing machine, lightning is for Nanaki.

maids don’t need lightning…maybe?

With the high-quality clothes done, back to Nanaki’s personal room at top speed. And then purge, strip and fold everything in the dressing room, then slide into the bathroom. It’s dangerous, so people other than Nanaki must not copy this. Nanaki would like to relax and soak in the bathtub, but that is something to look forward to at night.

don’t run on wet floor

Nanaki quickly washed Nanaki’s body and washed Nanaki’s hair a little more carefully. Nanaki’s hair is long, so no matter what maintaining it costs time. But Nanaki still has time until the washing machine finishes its job. Nanaki will enjoy this blissful time a little more. Unlike in the wild, warm water, Nanaki’s thanks to mankind’s intelligence.

only cold water in the wild

Refreshed. As expected it takes time for Nanaki’s hair to dry, and so the answer is magic. Nanaki is thankful for Nanaki’s talent. Take out a change of underwear and work clothes, instant equip. I have returned, it’s Nanaki. Take more laundry that was just put out and bring it to the washing machine. Quickly take out and the contents and dunk in head butler Ridolf’s laundry. Once again to the courtyard.

Nanaki not wet anymore

Nanaki has arrived. Quickly and carefully hang them out to dry one by one. Today will surely have good weather. It feels like they will dry immediately. After hanging out the laundry, while the washing machine is working hard, Nanaki set about cleaning. Since Nanaki has showered, be careful about the dust, repeat.

(T/N: She showered before cleaning anyway….)

Please look Mother, this is Nanaki’s morning. It may seem slightly busy, but Nanaki likes this kind of morning.



What is a meaningful holiday? To relax and rest your body, to spend time with family, it differs for each person. But both do not apply in my master’s case. In the early afternoon of this holiday, Nanaki stands by master who is playing a staring game with documents.

one thing Nanaki can actually lose at

“Things have become easier since there is no longer any interference from Arkahn.”

“Aristocrats understand the best what happens if they take revenge after losing a duel after all. But we cannot be relax, Zean-sama.”

“I know. Now is the chance while he is being docile. I cannot fail here.”

good luck

Stay silent.

Nanaki’s golden silence

My master and head butler Ridolf are at work. Nanaki was originally a military officer, honestly speaking Nanaki probably cannot help when it comes to talks about finance. Having spent Nanaki’s youth in the wild, until Nanaki met the Five Emperors, Nanaki did not know numbers beyond a thousand.

you dont need them to live

The one who granted Nanaki the skills necessary to live in the imperial capital was you, Flame Empress Envy. Envy, you were something like a sister to Nanaki. But you probably will not forgive Nanaki. The day of the prophecy, you became heartless towards Nanaki.


All that time spent with Nanaki was cut off immeadiately for the sake of the capital. Please be proud Envy, you were noble. Nanaki does not resent you, even now Nanaki misses you. We parted that way so Nanaki wasn’t able to say it, but thank you for taking care of Nanaki for those four years.

bye sis

Now then, Nanaki has made you wait Friend. Nanaki has free time now. Let’s talk about something.

conversational partner god

“For now, let’s try asking Nanaki’s opinion.”


“Well she was a military officer so it’s not like I don’t understand your reaction but……an unexpected answer might come out.”

good or bad way?

Nanaki is sorry Friend, please wait a bit.


“If Nanaki has limited money, what would you buy in order to amass wealth?”

“……likely meat.”

“Food……the reason?”

“If I am hungry, I cannot figh——”

“Thank you, I will consider it. Nanaki go pour some tea.”


food is important

Nanaki will not be broken. From today Nanaki thinks Nanaki will obligate Nanaki to study finances. Wrong, Nanaki is not vexed. Nanaki is different in the wild, it’s not an excuse. It’s just that Nanaki, no as Nanaki said Nanaki was originally in that big forest ah never mind, shut up Friend.

exscuses~ excuses~

Okay, this conversation ends here.

don’t escape!

Focus on pouring tea for now, this is good. Usually head butler Ridolf is in charge of this, but maybe because they were excessively shaken, no one protested at Nanaki making the preparations. This is a good chance. If Nanaki shows Nanaki’s skills here, Nanaki might be allowed to stand in the kitchen once again.

banned from kitchen

Nanaki is a special human. Nanaki has watched head butler Ridolf’s movements closely everyday.  It will be fine if Nanaki does it the same way. Easy. Use as much as possible of Nanaki’s talents to imitate head butler Ridolf’s movements. With this it is complete, as quickly as possible, carry it without spilling a drop.

too fast

“I have made you wait.”

not long enough

Look friend. This is master maid Nanaki. Slowly and elegantly, Nanaki placed two portions of tea on the table. Limited to this, speed is not necessary. Be elegant, Nanaki. Now, please drink up, and please allow Nanaki to step into the kitchen.


“……Nanaki-san. Please, try drinking my share.”



taste your own medicine

Head butler Ridolf, Nanaki shall accept that challenge. You have misunderstood Nanaki. Nanaki is a special human. Nanaki will be troubled if you compare Nanaki to the average person. This tea has been brewed by perfectly replicating your movements. Defeat does not exist for Nanaki in this match.

….you sure?

“Then excuse me, I shall drink up……ho”




Nanaki bit Nanaki’s tongue and killed off the scream that rose up. This prideful Nanaki must not scream, this bleeding is worth it. Don’t change expression, yes, that’s fine. Nanaki is as usual. But Nanaki will admit Nanaki’s failure. Nanaki shall leave calmly and work to recovery.

…dont push yourself

“Hai whale go hee four heh hee.” (I will go repour the tea)

“……Na, nanaki-san please take a break. And don’t forget to cool down.”


burnt tongue

Nanaki thanked him for his concern and returned to Nanaki’s room.

strategic retreat

Nanaki cooled Nanaki’s tongue in Nanaki’s room and was soon able to move it. In fact the damage from the bleeding caused by biting it was bigger. But more importantly, Nanaki must reflect. Until this afternoon, Nanaki has failed in laundry, finance and tea. Three incidences, that is too much. This is not a fitting result for the special Nanaki.

special, not perfect

But be assured, Friend. Nanaki won’t be broken by something like this. What? Fall seven times, get up eight? Friend, you have extensive knowledge. But that is slightly wrong, those words are not suitable for Nanaki. You are curious? You should be.

what’s better?

Then please listen quietly, Lightning of Legend Ilveng=Nazgul.


I will now teach you the words fitting for me.

bad feeling

“Fall seven times, Nanaki up, how is it Friend————hebuu!?”

(T/N: someone help me pun it in english, 七転び八起き(shicitenhakki) is the original,七転びナナキ(shichitennanaki))


The end

Yes, they fight with swords, yes, there is magic, yes, it’s a washing machine, yes, it’s Nanaki.

It will be explained in later chapters so please ignore the discrepancy for now

and Hecate doesn’t know what face, that’s exactly what the title says

Edit (13/12/2017): wait, could the face be Friend referring to Nanaki’s (probably doya) face?



23 thoughts on “L.E.M. C.9: Slow and steady wins the race

      1. Don’t be ridiculous. Aren’t you Hecate? Most people by that name have a delicious savoury taste. But don’t worry! As long as you update relevantly frequently I won’t eat you.
        … maybe.


    1. I think it would sound more cute “spinspinspinspin—Awawa—Nanaki got covered with foam.” since she tends to talk in third person. but you can leave it as is since this is just my opinion.


  1.      ∧_ ∧
        (`・ω・)  Thanks!
       ,ノ^  yヽ、  Nepu!!
       ヽ,, ノ==l.ノ    Pudding!!!
        /  l |


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