Chapter Fourteen: An Idiot’s Surprise (Part II)
It’s been a year since I made a firm commitment.
Finally, this day has come!
“So, to start; the first gift! Come on, Mr. Takai!”
I tried to shout while I snapped my fingers high in the air… Just as my fingers made contact with each other, the scene was over.
…But I was thinking about countermeasures for dealing with matters like this, so no worries! The beloved butler, Yurina Takai! Switch to Plan B!
After I cleared my throat, I clapped my hands twice. Like so, with graceful movements like that of a young lady… Yeah. It’s just my imagination that I started to feel cold when I looked at Kaname!
“Happy birthday, Sir.”
The butler, Mr. Takai, did not show any impatience at all about the change in the plan and brought the expected execution at a natural time.
“We have prepared a variety of things that are your favorites for dinner, but it’s too early, so we brought your birthday cake first.”
“Yes, this way.”
Hmm. He’s confused. He’s perplexed. This wasn’t the reaction I was expecting but… That’s right. It’s no use being surprised that we prepared such a wonderful birthday cake to go along with this fantastic party…
“…Is that mysterious mass a cake?”
“It’s a little crumbled, but it’s a cake! And the ingredients and the way it was baked were supervised by our executive chef… It was made under his guidance, so the taste should be delicious…! It should be!”
The cream is indeed thick, and the strawberries and the base are slanted, but the taste! The taste must be delicious! Probably, definitely!
“…Maybe, Ayaka. Did you make this?”
“Yes, Sir Kaname. Ms. Ayaka asked our chef herself. She asked him to tell her when she’s about to make a mistake because aside from that, she wanted to make the cake all by herself. The shape is… It’s very original, but the chef had guaranteed the taste.”
“…Is that so?”
“Oh, that’s right. Wait. There’s a ceremony that we need to do before eating. Please wait a little longer.”
Ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta ♪ Ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta ♪ Ta-ta-ta-ta ♪ Ta-ta-ta-ta ♪ Ta-ta-ta-ta, Kaname ♪ (Due to adult circumstances, I forgot the lyrics. It’s a shame that I can’t make him listen to my beautiful voice properly… Oh, didn’t he say I was tone-deaf before? It was probably just my imagination. That’s right).
While singing an overly famous birthday song, I placed the colorful candles into the cake. Of course, there are 12 of them.
Since fire is hazardous and scary, wouldn’t we need a professional? I’ll leave it to Mr. Takai.
…I can’t touch a match. I was traumatized when I tried to light a gas burner in elementary school in my previous life… How can I remember all this?
Mochi is bought in a mochi shop. The right person will be in the right place. It’s best to leave certain things to someone capable of it.
“Come on! It’s time to blow out the candles!”
“…Didn’t you just light it up? What did you do it for? It doesn’t make sense. If I blow it out, spit might get on it.”
“That’s the ceremony! And we’ll be the only ones who will eat this cake, so I don’t care if there’ll be spit! We’re not in a shallow relationship that we should be worrying about things like that anymore! You know, just blow on it without grumbling.”
He looked a bit suspicious, but he blew it all off in one breath.
“Happy birthday again!”
“…How many times are you going to say that to me?”
“I will tell you as many times as I want; because today is a happy day, where 12 years ago, Kaname was born in this world. Happy birthday, I’ll say it as many times as you want!”
I’ll greet you again and again… I’ll say it until it makes up for the 12 years that it wasn’t told to you.
This is to thank you for being born, so we must celebrate with meaning.
“…Oh, it’s certainly not as bad as it looks. It’s tasty enough to eat.”
“Isn’t it? It’s full of love! It can’t be bad!”
“…No, it’s definitely the result of the chef’s guidance.”
We ate the cake that Mr. Takai cut along with tea at our sides.
…I can’t say so myself, but I think it was quite delicious… Withstanding its appearance.
After all, it’s made by the finest! Unless I made a big mistake in the cooking process, the taste would always be guaranteed!
…But I’m happy to fill my mouth with cream and soft sponge…! The sourness of strawberries that appears from under the whipped cream is also wonderful…!
“…You’re filling your mouth with too much at once. Ah, there’s a lot of cream around your mouth… It makes me want to.”
Kaname scooped the whipped cream from my mouth and put it in his as if it was a natural thing, but it made me freeze for a moment.
“…Sweet. I’m not used to eating sweets with just the cream, so it’s a bit too much. The cake should have more of the sourness from the strawberries… Ayaka, were you foolish enough to not think of that?”
“…No, not really.”
…I knew it.
It’s too late for me to get rid of his habit of insulting me without a hitch, isn’t it?