Stepmother Chapter 47

Chapter 47: Prince of Smiles

Ellen meant that Ricardo did not resemble Yuri in the slightest when she thought 『This is different from what I had expected ( ´_ゝ`)』, whereas Ricardo who approached Yuri and Ellen’s tea party also thought 『This is different from what I had expected.』 .

He was expecting a blooming young woman, who was aiming for the Ricardo, surely using Yuri as a stepping stone, however, the one at Yuri’s tea party is a seemingly lively girl with somewhat troubling pitch black eyes[1], black curly hair that reaches up to her shoulders, a hair ornament in the shape of a white flower fastened on the back of her head, and is wearing a simple dark green dress, who seems younger than Yuri.

No matter how he looked at her, she was too young.

Incidentally, the basis for choosing the hair ornament was 『Whether or not it resembles the flowers in the garden of the Royal Palace』.

Ellen is quite fired up about hide and seek in the Royal Palace.

She was laughing as he drew nearer to the tea party and their eyes met, and she had a 『Ge[2] ( ´_ゝ`)』 expression as she looked away.

Almost all young women who see Ricardo’s smile normally blush, are spellbound as they stare at him, or have a glint in their eye as they look at their prey.

Ricardo is aware of his wickedness, and is confident in his acting abilities.

His mother and first younger sister seem to have slightly uncovered his wickedness, but it appears his second younger sister and Yuri haven’t yet.

In passing, he does not understand what his father, the King, is thinking.

Even in the academy, the people who are aware of Ricardo’s wickedness are scarce; He is called the 『Prince of Smiles』 in the academy; Ricardo is surrounded by plenty of followers, but only those who are aware of his wickedness are his future prospective aids.

The people who couldn’t perceive his degree of wickedness would not be able to compete with future scheming nobles.

Most of the ones that did perceive Ricardo’s wickedness noticed it, noticed it shortly after they started talking in an assembly.

The only person in the school’s entrance ceremony who had the same 『Ge ( ´_ゝ`)』expression Ellen made just now when their eyes met was the fourth son of a ducal household.

A while after they got along, he heard that the fourth son noticed Ricardo’s smile was suspicious at a glance.

The name of the fourth son is Leonardo, and he became one of Ricardo’s very few trusted friends.

Ellen had the same 『Ge ( ´_ゝ`) 』expression Leonardo had and then she looked away, and after thinking it over for a bit, then she suddenly altered her expression and started twisting and turning unnaturally.

Yuri and his maids who saw this looked baffled.

『Could it be that this girl noticed?』

The perceptive Ricardo thought so, suddenly becoming interested in the young woman he thought to treat noncommittally just a while ago.

His close friend, Leonardo, also had black hair and eyes, and had a slightly similar aura to Ellen.

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Footnotes:

  1. 真っ黒なまあるい瞳 – unsure of this part since maarui was in hiragana instead of kanji so I couldn’t tell which one it was for certain.[↩]
  2. it’s an exclamation of either surprised disappointment, disgust, or worry.[↩]

Someday Will I Be The Greatest Alchemist? Chapter 7

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The Elf is a Freeloader Chapter 16 Part 2

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The Elf is a Freeloader Chapter 16 Part 1

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The Elf is a Freeloader Chapter 15

Chapter Fifteen: The Development of the City?

On the Sunday of the week after midterms ended peacefully.
A little past 11 in the morning, the doorbell of the Akatsuka residence rang. It’s roughly at the promised hour.

Yasutaka who thought it was just in time, walked up to the entryway and pushed the door open.

「Hey Yasutaka-kun. Morning.」

「Good morning, Yano-san.」

The one who arrived at the Akatsuka residence is a man in his thirties called Yano. Of course, Yasutaka knew that person very well.
He is the secretary of Takashi’s father, Hagino Kouichi, the mayor of Nisshin City, so they have met a number of times before.

Over Yano’s shoulder, one car could be seen past the gate. ”If I’m not mistaken, that’s the Toyota Vellfire.” thought Yasutaka as he tried to remember. It’s the Hagino family ーー Takashi’s family’s private vehicle.

In the passenger seat of that minivan sits Takashi who waved his hand when he noticed Yasutaka. Similarly, in the back seat, Aoi could be seen.
It seems that before coming to the Akatsuka residence, they went to Aoi’s house to pick her up.

「By the way, Yasutaka-kun. the you-know-who……」

「Ah, yes. She’ll be here soon. Ooy, Eruuu」

「Vāda Yiruu」

When Yasutaka called out into the house, Eru responded.
Wearing the translation earring, Yasutaka heard 「I will be right there.」but it was a cryptic language to Yano.

Eru who appeared is wearing a turquoise blue tank top over an off-white cutsew shirt, and a light blue hemmed capri.
And on her head is the usual knitted hat with earflaps. Since the temperature is almost at its peak, It must be tough having to wear the knit hat all the time.

Seeing Eru’s beautiful face emerge from within the house, Yano was entranced, but he came to his senses and hurriedly invited Yasutaka and Eru into the car.

「Th, then, shall we be off? Sensei…… Mayor Hagino is waiting for us in the city hall.」

It takes approximately 15 minutes by car to go from the Akatsuka residence to Nisshin City Hall. However, a lot of thing that happened before Yasutaka and his friends arrived at Nisshin City Hall.

It being her first time riding an automobile, Eru nervously boarded the car.
Upon boarded the car, she thought “Wooow. There’s so many sofas set up…… it’s just like a small room!” as she looked at the interior of the car with great interest.

Now that she’s actually experienced riding a car, she was surprised that it was much faster than she had expected.

While moving through the Meitetsu Nisshin Station, Eru saw a train pass by overhead, and she clamored about how a large monster was rushing into the city.
For Yasutaka and the others, Eru’s reactions were quite charming, but for the person in question, it was a series of surprises.

Before long, the car they were in pulled up at the parking lot of the City Hall.

「Now then, we have arrived. The Mayor is waiting. This way, please.」

The City Hall is closed on Sundays so there are no people. The main entrance is closed so Yano led them through the staff entrance at the side.
Still, even though it was just a staff entrance, it had a guard station across from it, and inside them were some guards.
However, as he is the Mayor’s secretary, Yano can enter the City Hall freely.
Though Yasutaka and his friends felt uneasy from the guard’s scrutinizing stare, they followed after Yano into the City Hall.

Upon entering, some of the staff working on their day off could be seen here and there. They were sending curious gazes at Yasutaka and his friends who came even though it was a Sunday.
However, realizing that they were being guided by the Mayor’s Secretary, Yano, they judged that it was some sort of student event, and went back to doing their respective duties.

Guided by Yano, they walked in the City Hall. Yano led them to a room with a with a placard that states 「Mayor’s Room」.

「Here we are. The Mayor is waiting inside.」

Going through the door Yano opened, a middle aged man was waiting inside.
He was tall, medium built, wore an expensive suit, and had a gentleman-ly air about him.

「Hello and welcome. It’s been a while, Yasutaka-kun, Aoi-chan. You look well. As for……」

The man ーー the current mayor of Nisshin City, Hagino Kouichi caught sight of Eru, smiled and bowed gracefully.

「Welcome to our Nisshin City. Traveller from a far-off land, on behalf of the citizens, I, the mayor of this city, wholeheartedly welcome you.」

Having heard Mayor Hagino’s speech, Eru smiled and, although with much difficulty, replied in Japanese.

「It’z nise tu meit yuo, Meiyor-san. I em the elf nemd Erulula Zaphyra Fyrasilula. Plis col mi Eru.」

「Oooh, your Japanese is quite good. Then, I shall accept your kind offer, Eru-san. To start with, please sit down. If I am not mistaken, my son mentioned that you liked black tea. It will be prepared shortly. What would you three like?」

The three each said their choice of beverages and Yano temporarily left the Mayor’s room to prepare them.

A table and sofa for chatting are set up in the Mayor’s room. Mayor Hagino took the initiative to sit in one of them.
Eru sat opposite of the Mayor, and beside her, Yasutaka. Aoi and Takashi settled down on the sofa on the left of Yasutaka and Eru’s point of view.

「For taking the trouble of coming to the City Hall today, thank you very much. Although it would have been fine to talk in Yasutaka or my residence, upon taking the future into consideration, I believe that meeting in the City Hall is the most appropriate. Well then, Eru-san. There was no other way to have you come here. I would like for you to assist in the development of my Nisshin City from here on.」

Mayor Hagino looked directly on Eru, and began the talk with a serious expression.

At present, Yasutaka is wearing the translation earring.

Since this was originally a talk between Mayor Hagino and Eru, the two should be the ones wearing the translation earrings for a smoother talks, however, if that were the case, then Yasutaka, Aoi, and Takashi would not completely understand the conversation between the two.

Certainly, they would understand the gist of it with only Mayor Hagino’s words but they still wouldn’t be able to understand it completely.

Thus, Yasutaka took the position of 「Interpreter」. In doing so, Aoi and Takashi would properly understand Mayor Hagino and Eru’s exchange as well. Of course, this was something Mayor Hagino has agreed upon beforehand.

「Yasutaka-kun, Aoi-chan, and Takashi. When you hear 『Nisshin CIty』, what is the first thing that you associate it with?」

Suddenly bringing up a topic they weren’t expecting, the three unintentionally exchanged glances

「Even you who have been living here since you were kids could not immediately cite anything notable. Well, this is not limited to just you three, but the great majority of the citizens as well.」

It’s just as the current mayor says, there is nothing famous in Nisshin City.

Since there are four universities and colleges in the city, it’s called a university town by it’s citizens, however, it isn’t rare if looked at from a national standpoint, and though it has some tourist spots such as Iwasaki Castle[1] and Aichi Farms, it’s still hard to say that it has anything major that’s at a national level.
There aren’t any famous hot springs and the like either, so crowds only tend to gather for famous professional golfers when the Nagoya Golf Club holds a tournament .

「There is nothing in its industry that stands out either. In the first place, before Nisshin City’s developments started when Meitetsu Toyota Line opened around 30 years ago, there were only rice paddies and mountains.」

Nisshin City developed as a residential district right after direct access to the Nagoya Metropolis was made possible. Even now, with residential development is still advancing, new houses and apartments are being constructed all around.

「True, it will continue to develop as a commuter town from here. However, for me, something more…… I want to bring forth something nationwide from our city. I have always thought so. For example, in neighboring city, Nagoya, has Nagoya Castle and TV Tower, Nagoya Meshi…… even sports, they have teams like Chunichi Dragons and Nagoya Grampus. There are plenty of things anyone can associate with it in an instant. Something that’s only in Nisshin City is what I want to bring forth as it’s mayor. And in doing so, I could expect a positive economic effect.」

Mayor Hagino let out a feverish speech. However, Yasutaka and his friends could not make out the Mayor’s intentions.
The city’s development and the visitor from another world, Eru. They wondered how these are related.

「Now then, here’s another question…… what do you think is the liveliest industry in the country right now?」

Yasutaka and his friends exchanged glances once more. They were high school students but they were aware that the current Japan’s economy wasn’t that lively.
No matter the industry, performance is unsatisfactory. Only a limited portion of industries and businesses have been able to leave soaring results. But then it’s not as great in comparison to the golden age[2].

「Even under such circumstances, creatures known as man still invest funds into the things they like. I believe the most extreme among those is the so called otaku industry…… the subculture industry.」

“Certainly, this industry doesn’t have a good reputation right now, but” Mayor Hagino added

「Even so, this industry has an unfathomable power. That power, for this town’s development, I’ll use……err, rather I wish to capitalize on it.」

Calmly glossing over his real intentions that leaked out by accident, Mayor Hagino continued again.

「There is an instance where in Chita Peninsula in the Aichi prefecture, there is a personification of the the prefecture, a cute girl…… a so-called moe-character caused a large increase in revenue, and there’s also a precedent where the earnings of a city that became the stage of a popular anime exceeded a hundred million in the economy.」

「Oy, Tousan! You don’t plan on displaying Eru-chan, do you!?」

As suspicious ideas crossed Takashi’s mind, he interrupting his father’s talk.

A rare spectacle with Eru in a cage like an animal in a zoo. A scene that both Aoi and Yasutaka instinctively associated with the thought.

However, the father readily denied his son’s censure.

「Naturally. There is no way I could do such an inhumane thing, My plan is something similar to 『Gotouchi Idol』 or 『Local Idol』」[3]

「Ojisan, what on earth do you plan on having Eru cooperate with?」

Unable to follow Mayor Hagino’s plans, Aoi asked bluntly.
To that question, the mayor smiled a truly refreshing smile.

「My plan is a city renewal.」

「City renewal……? 」

「Yes.」

Mayor Hagino stood up from the sofa , walked up to the window, and shifted his gaze onto the Nisshin cityscape.
「Let’s see…… how about a catchphrase such as this?」

Mayor Hagino looked back at everyone in the room. He appeared confident as he said the catchphrase.

「『Elf dwelling City, Nisshin City』…… How about it? Easy to understand, it’s good, don’t you think?」

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Footnotes:

  1. There’s plenty of stuff mentioned that exist IRL. I’ll just make one footnote link for them so it isn’t too cluttered. Check below the last footnote for details regarding them if you’re interested. Totally optional though, I don’t think they’d impact the story very much.[↩]
  2. The Golden Age in Japan was in the Edo period, 1603 to 1868.[↩]
  3. To my understanding, Gotouchi is basically the same thing as Local Idol, one is just in kanji and the other is in Katakana[↩]
Stuff mentioned in the chapter
  • Iwasaki Castle – A castle in Nisshin, mentioned in a previous chapter as well. Links to Wikipedia.
  • Aichi Farms – A farm to interact with animals, great place for a day out with kids. Links to a Japanese site.
  • Nagoya Golf Club – The venue where the “International Invitational Golf Chunichi Crowns” or “The Crowns” is held yearly. J PGA Championship held twice here as well.
  • Meitetsu Toyota Line – A train line that connects Umetsubo Station in Toyota with Akaike Station in Nisshin.
  • Nagoya Castle – A castle in Nagoya. Links to Wikipedia.
  • Nagoya TV Tower – An observation deck in Nagoya. Fun fact: This tower was destroyed in the Godzilla movies. Twice. Links to Wikipedia
  • Nagoya Meshi – A cultural cuisine unique to Nagoya and Aichi Prefecture. Links to an English site.
  • Chunichi Dragons – A professional baseball team in Nagoya.
  • Nagoya Grampus – A professional football team in Nagoya.

Author’s Note:

『Elf-san』 update.
Although some things have been mentioned about this time’s stage, Nisshin City, please understand that I meant no ill will.
I think it’s a nice town, Nisshin City.
Then, I look forward to your continued support on 『Elf-san』.

Translator’s Note:

Thanks for reading! The translation got a bit iffy 2/3rds of the way, I was quite confused and was stuck on this for days. Also, sorry I’ve been late at posting chapters lately. I can’t keep my Wednesday schedule for Elf since it’s hard to keep my motivation up for it and I’ve been busy too. For the 2 chapters left for volume 2, I’ll try to translate them at the same pace as before but after that, I think I’ll post on an irregular schedule which could be one to three weeks in between each chapter. I won’t drop it though, I just have a love-hate relationship with it right now.

On a lighter note, with my posts today, I’ve released 50 translations. Thank you very much for reading till now, I hope you continue to do so.

Stepmother Chapter 46

Chapter 46 White-feathered Arrow

 

Ellen heard about Yuri’s brother so she thought someone resembling Yuri would come.

The time they’ve known each other was short but, to her, Yuri’s cycle of constantly solidifying, and fretting, hesitating, and tiresome thinking that immediately show on his face was fascinating to watch.

She did not receive permission from her father but she thought that if Ricardo was similar to Yuri, then by her own judgment, she would behave as 『Normal Ellen (Moderate) 』 towards Ricardo.

However, the Ricardo who made an appearance at the tea party with a refreshing smile was not similar to Yuri in the slightest, he was smiling but it did not reach his eyes, and his refreshingness as a whole is overly suspicious.

Ellen’s instincts immediately perceived Ricardo’s wickedness, telling her 『I better not get involved with this guy very much』.

Ellen obediently received her instinct’s warning.

Jill-obasan also always said that 『A man with a refreshing smile is not an decent guy』 .

Jill is Ellen’s deceased mother’s little sister, an acclaimed beautiful woman in the middle of marriage hunting and quite unlucky with men; frequently getting deceived by men, she readily comes to complain to Ellen and Will.

Will thought Jill’s complaints were troublesome, but since Ellen’s relationship with her was good, she patiently listened to Jill’s complaints.

Ellen. who became knowledgeable[1] thanks to Jill, was able to judge Ricardo as 『A not-so-decent guy whose refreshingness is so overly suspicious that I better not get involved with him very much』.

However, she was the one who called Ricardo over.

『Well, this is proving to be troublesome ( ´_ゝ`) 』Unusually, Ellen was unsettled.

Ellen extensive fraternizing spans all ages and genders but she is, surprisingly, very picky with regards to who she does.

People like Yuri whose thoughts show on their faces are okay, but she dislikes people people like Ricardo who are smiling yet their thoughts she could not understand.

She would rather not get involved with people she dislikes, but she was the one who called Ricardo who was currently taking a break so that he could answer her question.

There was no way she could not get involved with him.

Ellen thought that, for now, she should not be rude enough to be disliked by Ricardo.

Having a favorable impression of someone she dislikes is not that unfortunate.

With that reasoning, the holder of 『Noble-like Ellen』 ‘s No. 1 Person I don’t want to meet ever again award, the Daughter of the Baron, was Ellen’s white feathered arrow[2].

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Footnote:

  1. 耳年増 means a young woman with superficial knowledge regarding certain things.[↩]
  2. 白羽の矢 is a saying in Japan that basically means “Chosen as the sacrifice” in this context.[↩]

Translator’s Note:

Thank you for reading! Sorry, I’ve been busy and wording these past chapters were a bit more complicated so only 3 chapters. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed these~ With the chapters posted today, I’ve reached 50 translations (multiple projects) on my site! Thank you very much for reading and I hope you continue to do so in the future!

Stepmother Chapter 45

Chapter 45 Daughter of the Baron

 

By the way, this imitation of this Daughter of the Baron was not done in a day.

It was extremely annoying when the Daughter of the Baron clung onto Ellen but since Will and Ellen were pacifists, they dealt with her by running from place to place.

Since Ellen and Will kept running away, the Daughter of the Baron took out her frustrations on the servants of the Theodoare household.

Infuriated by this, Ellen finally repulsed the Daughter of the Baron.

But just repulsing her was not enough to sate Ellen, so the annoyed Ellen performed a comical imitation of the Daughter of the Baron in front of her servants, turning anger into laughter.

Upon seeing Ellen’s imitation of the Daughter of the Baron, even the head maid who always looked angry, Saya, was holding back her laughter as her lips trembled slightly.

For Ellen, all servants of the Theodoare household are family. She wants her family to laugh. That is why, even among several of her 『Noble-like Ellen』 imitations, due to Ellen imitating the Daughter of the Baron many times to make the servants laugh, her 『Daughter of the Baron-like Ellen』 was fairly well done.

However, there is a reason why she chose 『Daughter of the Baron-like Ellen』 among her 『Noble-like Ellen』 imitations to interact with Ricardo today.

The Daughter of the Baron who took out her frustrations on Ellen’s precious family had acquired Ellen’s 『No. 1 Person I don’t want meet ever again』 award.

Upon seeing Ricardo’s refreshing smile when he arrived at Yuri’s tea party, Ellen thought,

『This guy is a kinda dangerous guy ( ´_ゝ`) 』

Also, Ellen’s brain and mouth did not synchronize this time.

 

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