JLPT studies went nowhere last night. >.> Instead I read vol 15 (shorts stories) for Hakushaku. Ah, Edgar, you really are a rogue. :P
From Unmei no Akai Ito wo Shinjimasuka? (Do you believe in the red string of fate?) Post novel volume 10; Lota is a former pirate introduced in vol 6. She and Edgar met when Edgar was still in America and they don't get along very well. Edgar doesn't view Lota as female whatsoever, and Lota sees Edgar as womanizing slime. Lota and Lydia have become good friends, and Lota tends to be somewhat protective of Lydia.
This takes place just after Edgar comes into Lydia's work room and kisses her hand...
As Lydia looked down, she couldn't help noticing Edgar's other hand on her desk. Wrapped around his pinky was one, ......two, three, four, five, six......
Lydia blinked and stared at his hand. There were countless threads in a bundle hanging from his hand. She couldn't help wondering what she should do.
Does this mean I'm not the only person fated for Edgar?
Flustered, Lydia stood suddenly.
"Is something wrong, Lydia?"
"Are you unwell?"
Worried, Edgar drew near and reached out to touch Lydia's cheek, but Lydia drew back away from him.
Edgar stubbornly drew closer and Lydia was forced to use both hands to keep him at bay.
"Edgar, ......am I not enough for you, after all?" she asked miserably.
"Eh? What are you talking about?"
"......N-no doubt I'm not. I can't even decide on the wedding dress......"
"What are you talking about? That's okay."
"Th-then, is it because I refused to let you kiss me when you saw me home the other day? And you realised that there are lots of cuter girls out there?"
"Umm, Lydia, certainly I'd like it if you'd settle on your wedding dress soon, but......"
"I didn't think you were that unhappy with me......"
Lydia noticed a figure appear in the doorway.
"Lota!" she cried and ran over to her friend for help.
"Lydia, what's wrong?" Lota held Lydia. Lota noticed Edgar standing in the room, and glared at him. "Edgar! What did you do?"
"I haven't done anything yet."
"Yet? So you're planning on doing something. You really are the worst!"
"That's not it, Lota. His hand; look at his hand!"
"Hand? Yeah, they're the hands of a pervert."
"You really are very rude. How about being honest and saying they're sensual?" Edgar asked annoyed. He drew close to Lota and took her hand to annoy her.
"What are you do--"
Lota started to knock Edgar's hand away when she suddenly froze and stared at his hands.
"What is this?"
Apparently you couldn't see another person's red thread without touching their hand first.
"Edgar, you really are the worst!"
Lota, noticing the numerous threads on Edgar's hand, shoved him away. She wrapped an arm protectively around Lydia. Unfortunately for Edgar, he still didn't understand what was going on.
"Lydia, you're not making an sense. And neither are you, Lota. Just what's going on?"
"So, you do see the same thing I do, don't you Lota? I don't know...... what should I do?!"
"You might not have a choice but to break off your engagement."
"Wait! What are you saying I did? Lydia, won't you please explain things in a way I can understand?!"
"Try asking yourself that!" Lota shot back.
"Umm... is something the matter?" The gentle voice that interrupted them was that of Edgar's friend Paul. "I heard the earl was here in Lydia's office......"
"Hey, Paul, you've come at just the right time." Edgar felt like he'd just been thrown a life saver and dragged his unlucky friend into the room. Paul became dismayed when he saw Lota and Lydia standing there with their arms crossed glaring at Edgar.
"Having two girls against just me isn't fair. Now, it's two against two."
"Umm, if you're busy, I'll be leav--......"
"Now, Lydia, and you too, Lota. I'd suggest you start talking if you don't want anything to happen to Paul."
Paul shrieked as Edgar wrapped his arm around Paul's neck.
Lydia and Lota glanced at one another. They couldn't help feeling sorry for Paul having gotten caught up in things.
"Umm, Edgar, actually......"
Ahhh, I've been wanting to translate that tidbit ever since I first read it. ^^; There are other later bits as well, but I'll try to be good and go back to some of the earlier stuffs for now. :P
*sigh* Time to try sitting down with the books again. >.> There's just *so* many kanji I don't know. >.<;;