Seirei Gensouki ~Konna Sekai de Deaeta Kimi ni~ (WN) - Chapter 42
- Seirei Gensouki ~Konna Sekai de Deaeta Kimi ni~ (WN)
- Chapter 42 - On The Day of Harvest Festival
Chapter 42 : On The Day of Harvest Festival
Few days after Rio and co’s returned to the village from the royal capital.
Now that they greet the last days of autumn, the village celebrating it with harvest festival.
Harvest festival is an expression of gratitude for the abundant harvest in that year, and wishing for abundant harvest for the next year.
Though the daily live of the villager is always busy, only for this day they’re not working.
In the plaza, the villagers was gathering to dancing a dance, sing a song, eat the meal, and drinking sake from the daytime.
Since the kitchen in Yuba house is the vastest in the village, every years during this time is being used as the gathering of the women who’s taken a pride in their cooking in the village.
Even now, some of the women is moving quickly to do the preliminary preparation.
Rio figure is also amongst them.
Kitchen is women battlefield, though normally men can’t enter the kitchen, as Rio cooking ability is certified by Yuba and Ruri, they gave an exception for him.
Rio is cooking the dishes that wasn’t usually eaten in this region.
Sayo and Ruri is in his vicinity to learn the art of cooking from Rio.
That dish is apple pie and meat pie.
Since the pie batter* is already made, they’re currently making the filling. [TL : I didn’t use pie crust as it’s the cooked version of pie batter while the kanji said that it’s uncooked pie batter]
For the apple pie, they’re using the winter apple gathered in the village, and using village cattle for the meat pie.
When thinking how to made it easier for the villager to cook it from now on, it’s match well with apple piea as sugar is high-quality item and, he didn’t use butter as they didn’t know how to made it in this region.
By mixing a little bit of spice gathered in this region, Rio cooked the winter apple till it become mushy.
「It smell is really delicious. Rio really is know many different dishes」
「Yeah, it’s look delicious. Rio-sama is amazing! 」
Ruri and Sayo is smiling widely as their nose twitching when they’re sniffing the faint amount of sweet arome drifting in the room.
He then become embarassed by such praises from the girls, and smiling as if trying to hide it while continuing the cooking.
Placing the filling on top of the already laid pie batter, then enclosed it with another pie batter on top of it.
Then baked it in the pot.
As they have to also made the meat pie proportional to the number of people, he can’t take a rest yet.
They stopped cooking two hours after that, and joining the festival bringing along their dishes including the one made by Rio.
Thus it’s enhanced the atmosphere of the festival and bringing it to completion.
Rio sit at the edge of the plaza, and was enjoying the conversation with liquor in one hand along with Dora and Ume.
Though it didn’t cause out of place commotion, he’s looking at the young man of the village who’s happilydancing and singing while he have his fill with the sake and meals.
「Nevertheless, it’s almost 2 month since Rio come to this village. Time sure pass quickly right」
「Sure it is. It’s already feel natural to see you in this village」
Though 2 month has yet passed since he come to this village, for Dora and Ume, Rio already one of the villager.
「I also really grateful that everyone is taking good care of me」
While deeply moved by their words, Rio smiling and saying his gratitude to Dora and Ume.
「WHat, it’s only natural you know. You see, you’re already ――」
「O~y, Dora！ Come here for a while! 」
When Dora’s about to say something, Someone called to him.
「Oops, I just called. Well, actually we’re the one who’s indebted to you. Not to mention about that water something. Well then, I’ll be off for a while.」
With his bright smile trademark, Dora was leaving that place with light gait.
「As he say Rio. The livehood in this village is improved little by little thanks to you Rio. Not to mention about that aromatic water」
Rio smiling lightly as he replied to Ume who say those words while looking at Dora back.
「Nevertheless, when I think that Rio will leave this village sooner or later, I’ll feel empty after that」
「That’s …… Eh……」
The matter about Rio leaving the village already conveyed to the villager from the very beginning.
Though he already meet many people and going to many different place, when it comes to the time to leaving is when the atmosphere easily become solemn.
What kind of expression he should put at that kind of times, Rio who’s still unable to find the right way to expressing it just giving a vague smile.
「Furthermore amongst the young girls in this village, some of them is really fallen in love with you. It’ll be a huge blow to those girls right」
Rio was slightly dumbfounded and lost his words.
While grinning Ume sending a sidelong gaze to the dumbfounded Rio.
「Rio, there’s someone you like right?」
Rio dumbfounded state continuing in hearing those words.
He’s surprised that Ume guessed rightly the secret he kept tightly in his heart.
「Your face saying [How do you know that?] right. Well, let’s just say that it’s a woman intuition」
「Woman ………. Intuition？」
Rio said that with a little puzzled tone.
There really is such things.
「Ha~h, Rio really is lacking in understanding women heart in that side huh」
Somehow guessing what Rio’s thinking right now, Ume can only sighing in astonishment.
Rio smiling wryly as he’s unable to retorting Ume’s words.
「I’m sure that those girls also somehow perceive that. They have no victory chance since the very beginning. There’s also the fact that Rio will leave the village sooner or later」
In rural place where majority of them only doing a simple chores is a difficult place for a woman to spend their whole life alone, they’ll find a man who’ll support them for life from amongst the young man in the village.
They can’t after an ideal marriage life forever.
That’s the only thing they must avoid at all cost.
Thus, a skill to sensing whether or not a man interested in them is an indispensable for women.
They’re looking at the reality .
If their love didn’t come true, they’ll stop pursuing it as soon as possible.
「That’s why even if they’re excessively pampering you, no one seriously pursuing you」
Ume words goes on.
「Still, since some of them generously welcoming wooing after you, that just an appeal and no more」
「H-Ha~……」 [TL : YEAH TAKE THAT RIO, RIAJUU JUST EXPLODE!!!!]
RIo is bewildered while having a little cramped expression.
How the village girl love circumtances was more severe than what he expected.
「Well, though amongst them some just can’t surpress their feeling …… 」
Ume said that as if Adding one thing after another while letting out a lonely smile.
Noticing that change in her expression, Rio expression become serious again.
「I think you already noticed Sayo feeling right？」
And Ume suddenly mentioned a name without any hestitation.
「EH? Erm, no, we ………. 」
Even while showing a bewildered expression, Rio still replied shortly.
With the other village girls only displaying the attitude as if they’re interested in him, Sayo is the only one who’s look like that she want to conver her feeling so many times to Rio*. Though the person herself desperately trying to hide her feeling, she’s unable to hide it skillfully like the other girls.
Thus as expected, even Rio was slightly noticed her deeling.
Though he’s unable to understand how she think that way*. Part 2
「That girl was receiving a very important present from you」
Ume referenced to the present he gave to Sayo few days ago.
That’s right, few days ago when they’re touring around the royal capital, he presented a hairpin to Sayo.
If it was the usual Rio, he won’t do such action that will cause a thoughtlessly misunderstanding that he is fancied the other party*. But, only at that time, due to the sales talk of the female shopkeeper who’s skillfully controlling the atmosphere which cause him made an exceptional behaviour.
Thought Rio himself wasn’t thinking too deeply about such action, can he really not buying a present without reading the atmosphere?.
Was what he thought.
「It’s not like I’ll blame you for giving a present to that girl. Saying that kind of things like denying the human and human relationship*. I won’t mad if you’re not toying with her feeling」「……」
Rio is speechless when he heard what Ume just said.
「But, that girl is a bit too pure right. After her parents passed away too early, she live with her only brother. Since Shin is overprotective, that might be a misfortune for Sayo as her mentality is a little immature*」 [TL : Age ranking from older to younger is, Shin>Ruri>Rio and Sayo]
With that said the other side of the realistic regarding the marriage and philosophy of love between man and woman was something that originally taught by parents to their child.
Sayo who’s mother passed away didn’t have anyone to teach that, she was taught by the adult women in her surrounding but, she hestitated to asked further with her brother Shin on her side.
The result of that is Sayo became a pure hearted girl who’s never even once have slightest touch with love between men and women.
Thus, one day she just fallen in love at the first sight of Rio who’s coming from another place and still continuing with her feeling till this day.
「Spare that girl and don’t toy around with her feeling. I know that you won’t do something like that to that girl though, somehow I become too medlesome with your affair 」
Ume saying that while smiling wryly.
「Well, if you’re thinking of continuing living in this village, dating that girl is extremely welcomed. Though you’ll be receiving the usual abusive language, even Shin won’t reject it. Or rather, it won’t be strange if he’s actually assisting Sayo from behind」
Rio responded with vague smile to her words.
Rio will leave the village sooner or later.
That’s an absolute fact that will never change.
That’s why, in this village there’s no future where Rio living together with Sayo.
[Maybe it’s better to tell her that fact soon.]
When he just about to say what he thought indirectly, at that time —–.
Rio felt that there’s few people that somehow entering the magical barrier of the village.
Their number is ten.
They heave no intention to hide their presence, nor he feel hostility from them.
There’sno villager left the village today.
In that case, they’re outsider.
「…… excuse me. I’ll leave you for a while」
Rio rising from his seat and apologizing to Ume.
Ume didn’t hold him back when he’s seemingly going to pick a flower*. [TL : You know, peeing. please remember that the author is female]
Rio’s walking to the direction where that people entering the village from.
In that place was 10 people.
Looking at their movement, each one of them isn’t an ordinary one. [TL : They’re power ranger]
Especially the two on the lead who wore an expensive clothing, he knew their ability was towering above the rest.
His weapon is inside the item box*. [TL : Previously known as “Storage of Space and Time”]
There’ll be some time lag when he pick it up.
Though he can’t feel hostile intent from the other side, it’s better than sorry.
「Could you tell me your bussiness in this village？」
Somehow even his opponent noticed that Rio isn’t an ordinary person too, he introduced himself while make a little preparation*. But, the only two on the front giving a little different reaction.
To the elderly person who’s appearance was completely like a boulder[robust], the female who’s around that man age too with a calm and collected air was staring intently at Rio with her body shivering.
「C-Could it be ……. Rio-sama, you’re Rio-sama right？」
「Eh, AH, yeah …….. 」
He’s truly shocked when a strange old man suddenly calling his name with “-Sama” attaching behind it while looking dumbfoundedly at him.
「OOH！ As I thought! 」
And then that man suddenly saying something with a tone as if he’s overcomed by somekind of emotion.
Without understanding the situation, Rio let out a bewildered voice.
He have no recollection of meeting with these people in front of him.
Since Rio is mostly staying in this village after he came to this kingdom, he’s only remember the face of someone who he met at that place.
「My deepest apologize. Though I’ve no recollection of meeting you before, who might you be? 」
With calm and reserved tone, Rio’s trying to made sure the identity of the other side.
The first man was groaning a little in admiration when he sensing Rio’s calm and reserved tone which is unsuitable for that age*. [TL : It’s because he’s falsifying his true age]
「How impolite of me！ My name is Saga Gouki! This one is my wife, Saga Kayoko. The people behind is my subordinates」
The man called Gouki introduced his companion with friendly tone.
His subordinate kneeling with one knee on the ground without worrying about dirtying their garment.
That was the etiquette of the retainer.
Rio was dumbfounded while staring at them.
Asexpected, even Rio’s unable to follow that too sudden development.
But, he’s sure that kneeling that way is uncomfortable.
「Please quickly raise yourself as your clothes will be dirty if you keep on kneeling」
Rio saying that with troubling expression.
With hestitating tone, those men keep kneeling respectfully on that place.
「Please do so since I want to ask the situation first. Anyway, let’s change the place」
Thus Rio said that without sense of urgency in his tone.
「…… Haa, then, please excuse our discourtesy」
Maybe because he understand Rio intention, Gouki nodded once and those men risen from the place where they kneeled.
「Then, please follow me」
After saying that, Rio guiding them to the edge of the plaza and called out to Yuba.
When she’s looking at Gouki’s party, her eyes opened wide and —-.
「As I thought, GOuki-dono immediately coming to this village …… 」
She said that with bitter smile on her face.
「Long time no see, Yuba-dono. Though my apologize for causing a disturbance as it’s look like you’re in the middle of good harvest festival」
「Don’t worry since it’s almost calmed down soon」
From the subject of their conversation, those two are somehow an old friend.
「Anyway, let’s go to our house for the time being. I’ll tell the story in that place」
「It’s nothing as I’mthe one who called you to come to this place. Then, please follow me. You’re coming with us too Rio」
He’s yet to understand the situation but, Rio abiding Yuba’s words as he judged that it wasn’t a trivial matter.