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HakuYou May '09 Cobalt SS Translation

May 4th, 2009 (10:09 pm)
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It's so short, yet so sweet. ^o^


"Ah, umm, Edgar, ......I have a favour I'd like to ask." Lydia held both her hands together as though in prayer, cocked her head slightly to one side, and tried to speak as cutely as she could as she did her best to follow Tompkins's advice.

Edgar stopped writing and looked up from his desk. He smiled eloquently at her. "Why so formal? We're married now, so there's no need for restraint."

"Yes, y-you're right." Lydia held her pose as she tried to think of what to say next. Just as she realised Edgar had gotten up, he reached where she was standing and gazed down at her. He wrapped his hands gently around hers.

"Sorry, I've been busy with my duties. Were you lonely?"

"Eh."

"No doubt. It's only been four days since we got married, after all. Really, we should be on our honeymoon and spending time together right now."

"But...... that can't be helped. Our wedding was quite sudden, we'll be arranging our trip from here on, and you're trying to finish off your work, too."

Their conversation seemed to be getting sidetracked. Lydia tried to pull her hands free, but he wouldn't let go.

"If you'll wait just a little longer, I'll finish up early for today."

Just as Lydia finally worked her hands free, he wrapped his arms around her waist. Edgar pulled Lydia close and kissed her lightly on the cheek.

"......Rather, umm... my favour..."

"Yes, what is it?"

Edgar was pulled her more firmly towards himself making Lydia blush. She still wasn't used to having his face so close to hers or having her body pressed against him.

Edgar thought her blush was because of what she wanted.

"Are you embarrassed? In that case, shall I guess?"

"Eh?!"

"Hmm, let's see. You'd like to have kids soon?"

"Wh-what are you say......"

"Since they're a gift from God, things might not go exactly as hoped for, but I'll try harder."

Flustered, Lydia pushed him away with both hands.

"That's not it! I want to go on a short trip with Lota."

"A short trip?"

"Yes. The hotel where Lota's grandfather, the Grand Duke of Cremona, was staying for awhile is just outside Windsor. Apparently, the fields are full of saffron flowers which are in bloom at this time of year, and it's supposed to be quite beautiful. We talked about wanting to go before, but then the wedding suddenly came up, right? She said we should still be able to catch the flowers in full bloom, though. Umm, it'd only be the one night tomorrow......"

"Tomorrow!" Edgar exclaimed taken aback. He quickly recovered and asked gently, "Umm, alone with Lota?"

"One of the maids from the Grand Duke's household will be accompanying us. This sort of thing is a first for me--going on a short trip together with a friend."

Flustered, Edgar considered Lydia's request as he wandered back to his desk and sat down again.

"We only just got married."

Granted, most likely going on a short trip with a friend at such a time was very unusual. Perhaps she needed to be more mindful of her position as countess. And even though it was only for a night, it would not leave a good image.

But at the same time, since she felt that it might be okay as long as Edgar agreed, Lydia had decided to try to ask him in this manner.

"We haven't even decided where to go for our honeymoon yet."

"We can decide that and prepare for it as soon as I get back."

But Edgar sighed deeply. "I'll join you in the tearoom later," he said ending the conversation and looked down at his papers again.

Having no choice, Lydia left his study.


Edgar was always wanting to spoil Lydia more. After all, they'd only just married. And Lydia felt the same way, too. But it wasn't like she would be very good at asking for things all of a sudden, not to mention what she wanted this time was probably something Edgar would be unwilling to agree to.

While she tried to be ask him as cutely as she could, she couldn't help feeling it'd had the opposite effect. Disappointed, Lydia sat down on the sofa in the tearoom.

"How'd it go?" Lota asked.

Lydia's best friend had been raised in the inner city and readily came for tea even though Lydia had just recently married. Of course, Lydia, too, was more than happy to have her friend visit. Lydia was a fairy doctor, and up until now, she'd never had human friends. So for her, spending time with Lota was something new. And while Lota was rather different from most girls, Lydia always enjoyed having tea with her and spending some girls only time with her.

"It might not be possible."

But right now, she was rather disappointed as she drank her tea.

"How about just going anyway?" the grey fae cat said irresponsibly as he deftly held a silver spoon and stirred his tea.

"Nico, it's not like I'm running away from home."

"No doubt the master doesn't want you to leave his side for even a moment, Mrs. Lydia," Tomkins said awkwardly as he placed cake and scones on the table. "Mrs. Laine, do you have any good ideas?" he asked the housekeeper as she passed by getting her involved.

"Hmm... well, what about having Miss Lota ask him?"

"If I said anything, that Edgar would be against it just to be a pain."

"In that case, I'll go and tell him, 'Don't get ahead of yourself, and quit trying to constrain Lydia!'"

Looking towards the voice that suddenly butt into their conversation, they saw a curly, black-haired young man standing there. He went to the cart and picked up the cake sitting there and took a bite. Tompkins and the housekeeper both looked slightly flustered as they pretended not to see Lydia's fae friend.

"Kelpie, do you even know what we're talking about?"

"Not really, but that's essentially the issue, isn't it? --For all the troubles between you and the earl."

Licking his fingers, this time he approached the table and plopped down in the seat next to Lydia. He reached out to pick up the teacup in front of him only to have Lydia slap his hand away.

"That's Coblynau's tea."

"What, is that runt here, too?"

The fae miner wasn't comfortable around the savage water horse and had hid behind the teapot, but Kelpie spotted the tip of his triangular hat and plucked the little fairy up. Coblynau thrashed his arms and legs about.

"Quit being mean to him. And please don't do anything, Kelpie. Things will only become more complicated if you say anything."

Kelpie snorted.

(My lady, for the most part, the wife is the strongest in the Blue Knight Earl's household. There's no need to refrain from having fun.) Coblynau knew how the earl's household had been in the past, and he was giving his support to Lydia.

"I see. So the earl's trying to deny you something you've been looking forward to, huh?"

"......It's not like that."

For Lydia, spending time with Edgar was also both new and fun.

There was a time when she'd steeled herself to break-up with him, and the time she'd been unable to see him had been very painful. Now that they were married and she no longer had to put up with such loneliness, she simply felt happy.

But for some reason she couldn't get the want to go on a short trip together with Lota out of her mind.

"Hey, Raven, what do you think she should do to get the earl to say yes?" Nico asked the young man who had just entered the room with a fresh pot of tea. It was Edgar's servant Raven.

He thought for a moment, and with his usual expressionless face, he calmly stated his conclusion, "I think all she needs to do is to deny him having any."

"......I see, how very true." Nico nodded with a strange look on his face.

"Eh? Any what?"

Lydia cocked her head as she looked around. For some reason everyone had a look of agreement on their face, but no one would answer her.

"Raven, kindly don't suggest anything like that to Lydia." The door to the tearoom opened and Edgar entered frowning.

"Honestly, is everyone in this residence on Lydia's side?"

The butler and housekeeper quickly left the room at his annoyed tone.

Edgar pushed Kelpie aside as he went to Lydia's side and smiled in resignation.

"I'll be lonely, but if it's only for one day, I'll put up with it."

"Really? Is it okay, Edgar?"

"Yes. There's no way I can say no to what you want. Lota, please make sure to keep the vermin away from Lydia."

"Sure, I'll punch any man who tries to speak to her," Lota said energetically as she waved her fist in the air.

But from Edgar's unhappy expression, most likely he'd been very reluctant to agree.


When it came to Lydia, Edgar tried to understand her more than anyone else. And he understood her love for the fae and her pride in her work as a fairy doctor. He didn't want her to be ensnared in what was expected of a noblewoman, nor did he want her to become trapped by societal norms or appearances.

If she trusted and loved him, that was all that mattered.

In which case, it was only natural for him to agree to what she wanted. His feeling jealous of Lota was pointless.

But he couldn't help feeling a bit shocked at the thought that Lydia might enjoy being with Lota more than him.

"My lord, we'll reach the hotel soon."

Edgar pulled himself out of his thoughts at the sound of Raven's voice. He had come to the place just outside Windsor to pick Lydia up. He figured that, most likely, Lydia wouldn't be upset if he suddenly showed up to get her when she was about to leave. He could see the palace-like exterior of the hotel by the river that was commonly used by foreign nobility.

Edgar stared absentmindedly at the scenery from the window of his carriage when he suddenly ordered to have it stopped. He got out of the carriage alone.

Looking about, he saw a field of purple saffron flowers by the river. It was the perfumed carpet of flowers that Lydia had said she wanted to see. He ordered Raven to continue on ahead while he walked in the field. After a short distance, he spotted a small copse of trees beyond the field of flowers. There was a bench under the trees.

Reaching the bench, he found Lydia's bonnet lying there and stopped. He could hear the sound of girls' laughter coming from somewhere. Looking beyond the small grove, he spotted the two having fun by a large tree. Lydia was sitting on a swing that hung from a thick branch. Lydia's hair streamed behind her as Lota pushed her. She took no notice of how her light pink dress flared in the wind as she threw her legs out like a child. He had no idea what was so funny as the two continued to laugh.

The trees and undergrowth were showing the signs of autumn painting the scene a light sepia. Lydia looked almost as though she had wings as she lightly pumped the swing to go higher.

As Edgar watched, he couldn't help thinking that he'd robbed Lydia of being able to spend time as an innocent girl a little early. While becoming a bride at 18 wasn't too young, until recently, Lydia had never known what it was like to spend time together with friends her own age.

Going away on a trip together with Lota by train, and staying up late chatting. Running through the fields or laying on the grass and not worrying about what others may think. Even young ladies who normally couldn't behave so shamelessly would act more freely when with friends.

That wonderful time before becoming an adult. Regardless of how he might try, it was something Edgar might not be able to give her.

But he wanted Lydia. He couldn't wait any longer. And Lydia accepted that.

Not wanting to stifle Lydia's still girlish heart, he hoped to be able to embrace all of her.

Lost in thought, Edgar gently pinned the saffron flowers he'd just picked to Lydia's bonnet before starting back the way he came.


"I'm home."

As soon as Lydia returned to the residence, she immediately went to the study. Edgar closed the book he'd been reading and got up from the arm chair he'd been sitting on.

"Welcome back. You're home early." He gave her his best smile and held his arms open for her.

Lydia still couldn't bring herself to jump into his arms, and instead went up to him and hugged him gently. While it made her heart race, at the same time it felt so warm comfortable. Lydia relaxed as she leaned into him.

"For some reason, I felt like I needed to come back quickly."

"Because you thought I'd complain?"

"No......" she said as she shook her head.

Edgar seemed a little startled as he gazed at her. But she couldn't make out his face very well.

"I wanted to see you......" she murmured as a tear ran down her cheek. "It's strange. It was only one day that I didn't see you. ......And yet, I wanted to see you so much."

He looked at her longingly as he wipe her cheek with his palm.

'I'm glad. Nothing has changed. He's still here.'

More tears fell at her feeling of relief.

"Did you enjoy your trip?"

"Yes, very much."

"......I'm glad."

He took her bonnet off. The saffron flowers he'd pinned to it were still there, and her hair still held traces of the colour and fragrance of that field. Lydia closed her eyes as Edgar buried his fingers in her hair. He gently traced her teary lips with his tongue.


Enjoy! ^_^

[X-posted between [info]shadow and kagedreams]

Comments

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: May 5th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
hty_kiss

That was so sweet! I really enjoyed it.

Edgar's desire to have children (so many and so soon) amuses me. I also don't fully understand it. It seems to be a genuine desire and not borne simply from wanting lots of baby-making sex. But why he's so eager to have children, I don't understand.

She took no notice of how her light pink dress flared in the wind as she through her legs out like a child.
I think you meant threw. ;)

Edit: Raven! You and your ideas. LOL

Edited at 2009-05-05 01:01 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 5th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)

I have to admit, I was rather surprised when I read the latest novel because, like you, I keep thinking he just wants lots of sex. (I'm sure he wants that too, but...) ^^; I'm not sure why he wants kids so much either (have lots quickly just in case something happens? I'd expect a bit the opposite--don't have kids yet just in case something happens...), but he does seem to like them... or at least he's very good with them. ^^;

her light pink dress flared in the wind as she through her legs out

Gah! Fixed. >.> And caught a wrong double negative while I was at it. *sigh*

Edit: Raven! You and your ideas. LOL

^^;; Have to admit, he's probably right.

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: May 5th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
hty_kiss

I just had a couple of thoughts about Edgar & having children...

First theory: Maybe it's partly based on an emotional need to solidfy his existence as "Edgar". If he has children, he may feel that his existence as his newfound identity will be less likely to be torn from him.

Second theory: It may be another way to bind Lydia to him. Losing Lydia seems to be the idea that frightens him most. She'd be less likely to leave him if they have children together.

^^;; Have to admit, he's probably right.
Completely agree. As apparently did everyone else in the room including Edgar. With the exception of Lydia who naively didn't get it. pfft!

I'm surprised that Raven thought of that, actually. Not surprised he said once he thought of it. But I'm surprised he thought of it since I don't think Raven fully understands human sexual attraction.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 7th, 2009 05:34 am (UTC)

Thinking about the latest novel (Kelly really is quite mature for her age...) I keep wondering if Edgar mentions having kids so much to tease Lydia and get her all flustered. ^^;; I'm sure he'd be more than happy to do his part though! ROFL!

I can see where you're coming from, but the thing that always gets me is that by having kids (especially when things are still so uncertain for Lydia and him) he's creating more people that he cares greatly about.

I'm surprised that Raven thought of that, actually. Not surprised he said once he thought of it. But I'm surprised he thought of it since I don't think Raven fully understands human sexual attraction.

^^;; I think Raven's seen enough and knows Edgar well enough to understand his master's wants regardless of whether he himself understands or not. *laughs*

Posted by: monkey monkey (sakuratea)
Posted at: May 5th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)

So cute! I love it!

Posted by: ljedi (ljedi)
Posted at: May 5th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
Sanzo

That was adorable! Thanks!

Posted by: Sumeiia (sweety8587)
Posted at: May 6th, 2009 10:05 am (UTC)
SPN: amused

-nearly chokes on her Sprite- MARRIED?! How when? They did?! S'cuse me -goes out, has a party, comes back-

Yes.

-rofflesnort at Edgar's kids comment- I can see him as a father surprisingly enough. He'd be the one to spoil the kids while Lydia would be the voice of reason.

asgaghoasfiah! A jealous and nervous Edgar is wrecking havoc on my senses. He just like a cute pouting child! <3

Raven....go you! XD

Posted by: Welyn (welyn)
Posted at: May 6th, 2009 10:24 am (UTC)

Thank you!

Posted by: kai_yukari (kai_yukari)
Posted at: May 6th, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)

Is crying from joy ^_^ Thanks

Posted by: Parsnip (parsnip_chan)
Posted at: May 7th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
Tanemura - SDC - Ushio - Loose Hair

I think one of the things I liked most about this is that they're building a real relationship what with Lydia not afraid to ask for what she wants and Edgar learning to trust her a little bit.

I wouldn't have expected him to come pick her up and then return home empty handed.

*swoons*

So much love especially that strategy session over tea.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 7th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)

^^;; Me neither. I have to admit, that the SSs for this series are really fun. ^o^

So much love especially that strategy session over tea.

^^;; I love how everyone's one Lydia's side. Poor Edgar has no allies. *laughs*

Posted by: hydp (hydp)
Posted at: May 8th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
Too cute !! Thanks

I recently watched the anime and immediately started looking for more Hakushaku to Yousei. I love the relationship between Lydia & Edgar and all the supporting cast.
I love Lydia and am glad the household is on her side. it will keep Edgar on his toes.

Thanks a lot for translating this charming tale for us.

Posted by: 雨夜 (animationfreak)
Posted at: August 18th, 2009 07:35 am (UTC)
Thanks a lot~

Thanks for the translation! Hope you can continue this as well as the past volumes (vol.6 and on). Really want to know what happened~

About the anime, I have a feeling that it focused more on the mature stuff (*sighs*), it's a shame really since the novel isn't really like that, it's only one or two parts of it in every volume ._.

Amaya

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: November 14th, 2009 10:47 am (UTC)
Baby

Thank you very much for the translation. These novels are very funny. Does anyone wonder as I do if it's a good idea to get children for Lydia and Edgard? I don't understand Japanese and I couldn't find the translation of the book when Edgard "swallowed" the Prince's memory but the curse on Edgard's life and family comes from the fact that he carries royal blood. Even if Lydia have none of this blood, she can see fairies. The mix of both could be very attractive for the Prince, even if the royal blood would be a bit less strong. If I was Edgard, I would be very cautious with that. By the way, is someone can tell me if Edgard knows that the Prince will be stronger and stronger in his mind with time?

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