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Published at 4th of December 2016 01:27:20 PM

Chapter 5

5 . The workplace of you and me .


After having breakfast while being pestered by Jasmine that I wasn’t having enough, I started moving to my new workplace although I wasn’t even used to my original workplace .
I was originally employed as a maid for the lord’s mansion .
However, there are two kinds of maids here .
One are the maids assigned to the house .
The other are the maids assigned to the lord’s offices, the place I am headed to .

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Unlike the mansion where there were many young people, there were more older people here . The servants I ran across were mostly in their thirties and forties, and there were barely any people under twenty .

Though we are now in a time of peace, Kaid became a lord through revolution . I heard that there were quite a lot of assaults from remnant forces .
Therefore, the people here are only people that can be trusted, or so the maid in her thirties who was guiding me explained to me . People from back then remained here, so the age bracket is high . It’s same with the butlers .
Of course, all the people are hired after strict examination, but even then this place is special .
There’s also that he’s busy, but Kaid even sleeps here .

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I was being told to not make any suspicious movements since it’s that kind of place, but my head could only hear half . I knew I shouldn’t, but my sight wandered to people passing by .
I felt a sense of déjà vu . It’s not because of the place . There’s no more trace of my family home here . That’s natural, since it all burned down that day .
Then, why am I feeling this déjà vu .
The way my eyes wandered around to servants passing by seemed to look as though I was fascinated at a place I never saw before, that the woman made a bitter smile .

“The word of the lord was that it should be practical since it’s an office, but it indeed must be surprising to see at first . To think a day when we would ask for a room to show off be made came, I often chat about that with the butlers . ”

Durable objects rather than fine ones . Since there aren’t decorations, it can be thicker . As if to say that, the building was tough . The window frames were iron, and the gap was narrow that even if the glass was broken it would be impossible to get in without removing the whole frame . The things that can be seen on the iron bars must be there out of necessity . It’s in the same grounds, but it’s very different from the mansion over there . That was rather bland, but compared to this that was luxurious…… or rather, playful . That building was at at an out-of-the-way location, while this building was shown to people . If I’m going to the other side, I’m going to do it after I destroy this place, I felt .

But it’s strong, I though as I narrowed my eyes at the mansion that was like a fort . I silently stared at a man in his late thirties that passed by behind . However, I can’t be sure . Because I was not a good master like Kaid .

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“You’ll get used to it soon . So, it’s your first time meeting the head maid, yes?”
“No, I met her the day I was hired . ”
“My, really . ”
“Yes, Hilda-san . ”

She was a slightly plump and kind lady with a soft smile . Mid-twenties, maybe . She didn’t scold me for not smiling a bit, but said, “If you’re greeting a guest, you can just bow and hide that you’re not smiling,” even touching me how to get past things without smiling .
When I told her that I met Hilda-san before, without describing the above, she let out an “Oh my . ”

“Sorry, it’s different . Hilda was a temporary head maid . ”
“Substitute . ”
“Right, the head maid was on a short break…… aah, good timing . She’s over there . ”

The man I was staring at stopped and was talking with someone . They were looking back and forth between sheets of paper and each other, checking something and jotting things down .
Facing this way, the man noticed us . He said something to the woman in front of him who had her back to her . The woman folded the sheet of paper and turned around to us .
The woman in her mid-thirties opened her mouth in an “Ah,” after seeing us .

“Thank you, Dahlia . So she is Shirley Hince . I heard the story . ”

The woman who held her hand out with a smile on her slightly freckled face was,

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“Caron……”
“Eh?”

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Caron who put on slightly thick makeup because she was bothered by her freckles .
Caron who was slightly clumsy but playful and amiable .
Caron who cried that her parents did not acknowledge her lover and forcefully decided on a fiancé .
Caron who bowed and asked us stay healthy when she left .
Caron, the only daughter of the hatter couple .
My maid, Carolina……

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Seeing Caron tilt her head after I murmured that, I hurried bowed . The man that was just as puzzled was a temporary butler . I remebered .

The servants changed so many times . They were scolded and fired for petty things, I heard in this life .
I didn’t remember new people’s names like Kaid . Rather, I couldn’t even remember people who served for long times . I thought that should be the case for people who changed in a blink .

It must have been frightening . I must have been terrifying .

I thought so after hearing the horrors of the mansion in this life .
One mistake might cost their lives and even their family . In that hell, they were working hard .
It was always somewhat dark and grim . Even so, the maid Caron always flashed an energetic smile to me . I wished for her happiness with that thin and seemingly unreliable but elegant painter .

Unlike the people that kept their distance from me, the bright and kind Caron cared for me and told me many stories .
I thought of her as a friend . I never confirmed it though, and it might just have been an extension of work for her . Still, I really liked her .

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So she was back .
Then, I could finally grasp why I felt a this déjà vu . I wasn’t just feeling it that there were people I saw before .
They all aged after fifteen years, but their appearance remained . They were all people who used to work at the mansion . Of course, there were quite a lot of people I didn’t know . Maybe there were servants at other places I didn’t know .

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“Carolina, is it someone you know?”
“No…… Sorry, have I met you before?”

The man was not wearing a butler’s suit . Thus, he is not a butler right now . Still, he had  documents in his hand, so he must be helping the new lord Kaid in another way .
They looked a little haggard maybe from the work, but everyone’s eyes were different .
As for Caron, it looked like she attained a calm state, but everyone else had strength in their eyes .
It felt as though they were not the people that cowered that they may be destroyed from mother or grandmother’s whims .
Ah, these are good times .

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The white mansion that was like a palace .
And the building that looked incomparably tough, like a fort .

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Even then, it was better that our heaven . Our paradise was Laius’s nightmare .
Just from seeing the faces of people working, I can tell . Now it became a place where people can lead proper lives as people .

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“……You reminded me of someone . Please excuse me . ”
“My, really? Fufu, how strange . I also used to be called Caron . ”

Yes, I called you that .
Your smile was lovely, so I wanted to call you with a cute nickname that was like a ringing of the bells .

“Erm…… I heard that you were on a break, is you body……?”
“Ah, no, no . There was a bit of family trouble, so I had a short break . Thank you for worrying about me, I’m fine . ”
“Your husband’s family?”
“Yes, he’s travelling to many places as a painter, so it’s quite troublesome trying to contact him…… Ahh, anyway, it’s been a long time since I heard ‘Caron’ . I’m envious of the person you know . I loved that sound . ”

Caron smiled in nostalgia . The makeup that was less thick now suited her very well .
So you liked that nickname too . Then, I’m happy . For saying that you were happy, hearing that truth makes me so happy . And, I couldn’t be happier, seeing you living happily .
It’s nice that the people here did not end up unhappy . That kind man must still be with Caron, making her happy .
It was sad to see you go . However, it was good that you left .
It’s a great relief that I didn’t have to show you my end to you .

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There was someone surrounded by a few men approaching with quick steps .
Tall, his hair black as the night fluttering, watching the world with those golden eyes shinier than the sun .

We went to the end of the corridor and bowed .
The others all finished greeting him . Caron urged me with her eyes, so I greeted him .


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“Good morning to you, master . ”
“Ah, hello…… you have dark circles under your eyes . Did you not sleep well? Should the pillow be changed?”
“No, I did sleep well . ”

These are good times . It’s a good place now .
Kaid in front of me was proof of that .

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Kaid gave out orders and documents to the men around him and turned around .

“Carolina, it may be sudden, but I need you at work . ”
“Yes . ”
“Still, you could have relaxed a little more without returning so quickly . Didn’t you work on a strict schedule?”
“However, I ended up causing a lot of trouble by suddenly taking a break . It will get busier, so I can’t have any more breaks . ”
“Well, it will get busy . However, don’t strain yourself . It’s different from before, nothing good will come if you ruin your body . ”
“I don’t want to hear it from you, master, but are you implying that I’m old?”

In reaction to Caron who took a step forth, Kaid took two steps back in panic .

“No, no no, that’s not what I mean . I wouldn’t say something so rude to a woman . ”
“With all due respect, there’s only three years of age difference between you and me . If I’m old, then you’re old too!”
“Sorry!”

Caron smiled kindly to me, saying, “Work hard,” and bowed gracefully before leaving with Dahlia . The remaining men stared at Kaid with compassion . They were full of compassion, but no one tried to help him . They all slightly avoided Kaid’s gaze that seemed to be pleading for help .

“……I just wanted to say that we shouldn’t be running the place with barely enough people like the old days . ”
“………………Yes, sir . ”

After hearing Kaid’s murmur, the men patted his shoulder .

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These, are, good…… times .



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