TL: It seems the saucer and tea cup was broken. The deepL gave me confusing translation so i just assumed it was the tea-cup broken because it had spilled the contents.
In the linen room, I held out the broken cup and the blouse that I had “accidentally” poured tea on, and bowed my head silently to Anna-san.
Anna-san looked at the two and said
She shrugged her shoulders and looked at me with pitying eyes.
Kotono’s hand mark was clearly visible on my left cheek.
She believed my explanation that I had dropped the cup filled with tea, cracked it open, poured the contents over Kotono’s blouse, and got slapped by an angry Kotono.
“I’m sorry. I’ll reimburse you for the tea cup, so please deduct it from my salary.”
“Well, even if you say so. I’ll pretend that I broke it and apologize to Kamura-san.”
“No way! No, you can’t do that!”
I shouted in panic, and Anna-san started to blow up.
Mr. Kamura is the old butler who looks like a wax figure, and he has been in this house since Kotono was a baby. I have never been a fan of this person who has little joy, anger, sorrow, and unpredictable thoughts, and Anna knows this.
But I can’t impose my mistakes on her because of that.
“Well, you’re going to get a lot of grumbling from Mr. Kamura. But you have to promise me this. Don’t drag it out even if you get scolded, okay?
“The dishes are expensive for us commoners, but not for the people in this house. If they don’t want something broken, they put it away instead of using it. Even Mr. Kamura has broken wine glasses.”
I was reminded of Mr. Kamura’s nonchalant attitude toward everything. I wondered if even he could make a mistake.
“Yes. If I had to pay for every mistake, I would lose my salary. So don’t worry about it. More importantly…”
Anna-san looked into my face and tilted her head.
“Sasuke-kun, are you troubled by something?
“No, no. Why is that?
“Because I’ve been spilling and breaking things lately. Sasuke-kun is calmer than other children of your age, and you’re not a screw-up to begin with.”
“Ha, ha. But don’t worry, maybe I’m just tired of everything.”
“What’s that? You’re still young.”
I felt a warmth in Anna’s bitter smile. I’m an only child, so I don’t have an older sister or brother, but now I feel like Anna is my real sister. I heard that Anna-san has a younger sister, so she seems to be the eldest daughter and has an elder sisterly personality, and she can’t leave me alone.
I can’t help but feel a twinge of remorse at the fact that I’m lying to her. I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be able to walk this tightrope of secrecy.
“Oh, and Anna, I’ll be getting a package from Hamazon soon, can you let me know when it arrives?”
“Yes, of course.”
I thanked her and left the linen room. Anyway, I should go apologize to Mr. Kamura for the dishes and get him to punish me. I felt heavy, but I had no choice.
It was a Saturday afternoon, and I felt as if I had run as fast as I could. Tomorrow is Kotono’s concert day, and I’m supposed to go to a movie with my friends.
I have to order what Kotono asked me to order from Hamazon before the end of the day.
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Kotono took a sip of tea from a cup without a saucer.
I said this.
“I think self-study is the key”
The clock on the display shelf soon pointed to four o’clock. The clock on the shelving unit would soon read four o’clock, and Kotono and I would soon be finishing our violin lessons. The violin case, which has never been opened, sits on the table, illuminated by the afternoon sun, which is leaning toward the west. My left cheek was sore from the forceful slap, but I was glad to have my shirt back.
“I decided to take the plunge and study on my own. I need to get better at a few things before my next class.”
I had a bad idea. I don’t think it’s going to be with Yonezu-san, Is it? The image of Kotono’s tongue crawling between Yonezu’s legs came to mind, and I hurriedly dismissed it.
“First, I need to choose a text. Sasuke, why don’t you go to Hamazon and order it for me? I’ll leave it to you to choose.”
I’ll leave the selection to you,” she ordered happily.
“What kind of textbook is it?”
I asked, confused. Kotono smiled graciously at me.
“It’s a drama CD.”
“What, a drama CD?”
“Yes, and please make sure it’s something for over 18 years old♪.”
Then her eyes lit up and a smile appeared on her face, like the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland.
Haha. …… ‘Drama CD’.
To be continued.