A recent 'discussion' in mikagechan
's LJ made me remember I was supposed to translate the short story in the 14th KKM novel. But since my love for this fandom has died a little (sorry KKM >.<), I decided to just summarise it instead. I asked my sensei for help in this.
Okay anyway, Adelbert was traveling and he stopped at an inn. Late night, he got hungry and went to the kitchen to find something to eat (more like stealing to me...). Then he came across Maxine who sneaked into the inn and also looking for food.
They ate together and Maxine started saying how the food reminded him of his ex-fiancee. His ex-fiancee was a very good cook. Since he's a soldier, he had to travel a lot. And once when he came back, his fiancee had already married another man. Poor Maxine... She wasn't even pretty. Her face looks like a man's (she has very thick eyebrows), her voice is also very low and she's one head taller than Maxine. But men love her because she can cook very well.
Then it's Adelbert's turn to tell his story. He was a young soldier back then. He was hungry and so sneaked into the von Wincott's castle kitchen to find food. That was the first time he met Julia.
Julia: "Who are you?"
Adelbert: "Sorry, I'm not a bad guy. I'm just hungry."
Julia: "Me too! Let's eat together."
Adelbert then left without knowing her name. They only introduced to each other the second time he sneaked in lol! But at that time, they didn't have any feelings for each other yet.
Then Adelbert ranked up (previously he was just a common soldier. He has a title now. I don't know what it is in English ^^;;). So he had to travel a lot. And during his travels he ate different kinds of food. He'll always go back to the Wincott castle to cook those different food for Julia to try. These meetings became like a date for them.
Once, Adelbert made a really delicious fish dish.
Julia: "It's a waste that you're a soldier. You should have been a cook instead."
Julia ate with her hands (like a kid) and laughed. Seeing her expression, Adelbert fell in love with her.
Adelbert: "Is it okay for you to eat with your hands? Won't your parents scold you?"
Julia: "I only do this when I'm with you."
They chatted for a while and she brought up the topic of arranged marriage.
Julia: "My dad wants me to get married soon. But I don't want to. I'm still young and I'd rather learn about healing magic. Plus I already have the person I want to marry."
Adelbert was a little disappointed and asked "Who?"
The story was cut short when the innkeeper found Adelbert and Maxine eating in the kitchen. They were kicked out.
Maxine: "So who's that person that she wants to marry?"
Adelbert: "I wonder who... It's so long ago."But I'll never forget. Even after death I will never forget her words. With a smiling face, she said "It's you".
It's a really beautiful story. I left out a lot of details. Takabayashi-sensei tend to have very long descriptions. I'm still not at that level to translate yet ^^;;
Now I wonder when did Conrart come into their lives... And did Julia love him or not... I mean, if her dad cancel their engagement just for Conrart, that must mean she has feelings for Conrart, right? And if Julia really really loves Adelbert, won't she object to that?
I feel so sorry for Adelbert if it's that... He really loves her...