NOVEMBER 15, 2016 / ALBERTKENOREIJOU
“Addie called for me?”
“Yes, he said that he wanted to convey something and beckoned your presence to his room . ”
As her maid told her, Mary wondered what this’s about and tilted her neck .
It’s late at night, a period one was prompted to sleep .
But when she queried for his cause her maid knew no more, bidding her good night she dismissed her, Mary donned her jacket and traveled to his room .
Albert House’s mansion was extremely vast, therefore had countless employees .
Each of them owned an exclusive room like in dormitories; Addie as well was included in the equation .
“It’s been a while since I’ve passed through here . ”
Muttering to herself, Mary walked inside the servants’ quarter .
When she was little, unable to differentiate the building’s outline, she often knocked any door netted in her sight as a game . Arriving to this place, she’d look after resting servant to play with her…… . . Like that she was reminiscing her past .
—- In this era the concept of holiday hasn’t been established . All this time she felt guilty that she had destroyed their precious resting time —
Although as she grew up, she began to memorize the mansion’s structure and refrained herself from intruding anymore .
Of course, it’s not because of their different status, or utterances such as ‘a master who frequents her servants’ living abode’ that changed her mind . As the employers’ daughter she abstained herself from encroaching her servants’ private life .
Among other things, she had professional disposition as an employer, hence she fully realized how presumptuous of her to impinge on their hospitality .
While musing about those matters, she stopped her feet in front of a room . It’s Addie’s .
On the simple tea-colored door his name was embossed inside a plate .
Giving it a glimpse, Mary knocked lightly…… . .
For his gibberish enunciation Mary rounded her eyes .
Really, she’d obviously enter inside .
Few minutes after she thought so,
“I-I’m sorry to keep you waiting…… . . ”
Mary blew a sigh to Addie who showed his face, she promptly entered his room .
Even though it’s a servant dormitory, it’s within Albert House’s mansion .
The size of the room surpassed what typically a standard of a single person could afford, moreover it’s attached with a bathroom each, there’s a kitchen, dining hall and few facilities that were shared among them .
It’s too luxurious to be termed as ‘servant dormitory’, none other house outside would provide these kind of superfluity .
“It’s a little messy, but please sits down . ”
“Messy you say…… . ”
Was lead to sit on the cushion, Mary scattered her gaze on the room .
It’s relatively a clean and tidy room………… . .
“Uhm, I’m bothered by ‘he assembled immoral things and enclosed it with a cloth’ mountain there . ”
“If you understood, please don’t mention it . ”
Being targeted by Mary’s piercing stare, Addie…
“I’ll go prepare a beverage, please wait patiently . ”
Set off to the kitchen .
Since he desperately emphasized his point, (it must be such things, huh . ) Mary
As he had highlighted his intention* she decided to obey him, sitting on the cushion Mary sighed……and gently dropped her gaze .
She felt something ominous .
Strictly speaking, her instinct was screaming . It seemed something was hidden beneath the cushion… . . being curious about it Mary shifted her weight; she stretched her hand bellow the cushion to confirm it .
A thundering slam reflex stopped her hand .
The black tea . Is . ready
Cue to Addie’s frantic aura, Mary’s reached-out hand veered off from the cushion and directed itself to receive the tea cup .
Well, that established what it entailed about .
As to redeem her from pursuing the detail he offered to prepare some accompaniment snacks, Addie once again
Please . sit down patiently . without probing anything . and wait quietly
Underlined his words and turned back to the kitchen . His request went up by one, so it’s big chance that they really are those ‘objects’ .
“You’re the one who called me here, so you ought to hide immoral things form my sight in advance . ”
Well, he’s outside right now so it’s no count . (Albeit it’s inside Albert House’s mansion, this is Addie’s room after all . ) Mary
And then, black tea has been served over the table, complemented by some snacks, it’s a ripe time to start the main topic .
“Well, mind explaining why you called me? Normally, you should be the one who come to my room . ”
“No way, I can’t possibly visit your room in these hours . There’s a limit to my discourteousness . ”
“Eh, you called me for that reason!? It’s literally putting the cart before the horse!”
She couldn’t comprehend how his brain works but Addie respectfully dipped his head forward . “My sincerest apology for troubling your honor, Thank you very much”
Losing her momentum to voice out her protest, Mary put her mouth on the tea cup . Certainly, a servant can’t nonchalantly pay a visit to his master’s room . Moreover, Addie is a boy and Mary is a girl . Additionally if it’s in this time of the day, it’d create a misunderstanding beyond a matter about insolence and such .
That being said, saying the opposite wouldn’t do the justice either . Obviously, allowing such conduct while factoring the premise of time and opposite gender, everything could crumble by a careless flurry .
That’s why, Mary…
“Even in the worst case, don’t ever try to do this stupid stance against my father . ”
Threatened him, and Addie vehemently shook his head .
“That’s impossible! Even I’ve something to discuss about, I can’t allow myself to impose on Danna-sama’s time this late . ”
“…………………………… . This’s a great opportunity . When we are done, let’s talk carefully regarding the matter which has been adjourned for some times now . ”
“Uehh!? No, uhm, anyway let’s dive unto the main topic . After we’ve done with our discussion, we can jump into it as long as there’s time remaining!”
“If your ‘main topic’ is a trifling stuff, I’ll unearth the things hidden beneath the cushion, stripped off the cloth from that mountain, and established the dismissal notice, do note of these as you talk . ”
To Mary’s threat-like – no, genuine threat – words, Addie responded by laughing dryly .
His poker face stumped her for saying more, thinking back he had always brilliantly changed the subject .
-And again, many problems became more convoluted –
At last he ostensibly willing to discuss it now, as to imply it Addie cleared his throat and met Mary’s orbs .
He has a somber expression unlike the unfaithful-servant impression he had a moment ago, occasionally – a really seldom occurrence – he displayed a gallant and man-like mien .
“Ojou, please answer honestly . Why’d you be so eager to personify a villainous character?”
“Obviously, it’s because I’m Mary Albert . I live as a villain and meet my destruction end . ”
“No, you’re not a frothy person who will move for such insignificant cause, you’re not suited to be a villain . ”
“Oh dear, not suited to be a villain you said so I’m a holy woman?”
“No, by any means, not even an iota, not in the slightest bit I’ve thought about it . ”
“A-an instant denial!!”
‘You should humor me even for a bit!’ Whereas Mary carped so, Addie faked a cough again . His fake cough was perhaps his fashion of saying ‘It’s useless to divert me by jesting around . ’
Understanding his gesture, Mary resigned herself with a sigh . Usually if there’s issue veiled in the dark, one or two prevaricating jokes would do the magic, but apparently Addie won’t be beguiled today .
(Well then should I candidly confess?), Mary gulped her Black Tea in a gush . As she swallowed the liquid, the mild sweetness and fruity aroma gushed inside her mouth, it’d keep her throat moisten for her long speech .
“If you insisted to that extend I’ll tell you . From the start I had zilch interest to be a villainous lady . ”
For Mary’s forthright exclamation, Addie knowingly nodded (as I expected) Addie .