Yukii【ゆきい】: Hello everyone and sorry for the long wait! Things have been pretty hectic! Anyway, here’s part two of chapter twelve for 143 Kaoru’s Cake House!
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Also, we’re doing ‘trades’! Seeing as there are a lot of manga scanlation groups needing help and that we need help as well, I’m offering to be a Proofreader, Quality Checker and/or Typesetter(I have no experience in this so I’ll need to be shown the ropes…I’m a fast learner) as long as you can get a C>E translator for the ‘trade’! [For example, _ pages for _ pages, or _ chapter(s) for _ chapter(s).] If you’re in need to a Malay>English translator (for eg: Kaoru’s works), I can help as well.
Yes, you can see that we’re pretty desperate at this point… OTL But, nevertheless, enjoy reading~!
143 Kaoru’s Cake House
Author: Fakhrul Anour
Translator: Yukii 【ゆきい】
Chapter Twelve : Kaoru’s Cake House, IV
When an obstacle is met in the flowing river that represents love, a bridge will be built to cross it…
The attention of both Denny and Bob on Liyana and Izz was interrupted when Ginn’s voice brought them back to reality. How long had he been standing at the cashier counter? Denny and Bob didn’t know, but Elle, Mike and Moon were standing beside him. They were watching Izz and Liyana exit Kaoru’s Cake House.
However, Ginn was staring at Jasmine’s direction. Jasmine had also averted her attention to him. From where Jasmine stood, nearly thirty meters away from the cashier counter, both she and Ginn were smiling at each other. The pleased feeling they shared didn’t have to be spoken out loud for everyone to know how they felt.
Seeing how Ginn and the others were done, Bob hurriedly left the cashier counter and headed to the table they had sat at. He proceeded to clean it up.
“I’m assuming that you have already decided on the wedding dress?” Wing who realized that his companion was about to leave asked from the kitchen bar counter.
“The wedding dress has been decided for quite a while already. I think about an hour ago? We just wanted to hang around a little longer. After all, this shop got cozier with all the chrysanthemums,” Ginn replied while glancing at Jasmine who was walking to the cashier counter. He knew she could hear his compliment since his voice was clear and loud.
Hearing his answer, Wing then excused himself back into the kitchen so he could start closing up the shop. On the weekends, Kaoru’s Cake House would close at four in the evening. The other customers had long left. The clock’s hands were pointing to 3.30. The sky outside was turning orange-pink and today was a Saturday as well.
“Chrysanthemums are refreshing flowers. However, not everybody thinks of them as more than flowers used to make drinks,” Jasmine commented once she reached the cashier counter, staring deeply into Ginn’s eyes without blinking.
Elle could clearly tell what the un-breaking stare meant. It was accompanied by smiles from both people. Behind him, Moon reached for her fiancé’s hand and held it. They exchanged smiles. Elle could feel their actions as well.
Even though love made me fall, I will still continue to fall again no matter what.
“The total is RM 52.65,” Denny’s voice broke the silence. Although Ginn hadn’t asked him yet, he had done it on purpose to break the moment with heavy concentrations of love radiating in to the air. It was a moment that he was very envious of.
Ginn frowned and glared at Denny. Still, it was a good thing that the interruption was coming from his friend. If not, he would’ve long been pinched back to reality by the same friend—or Mike—if the person behind the counter was a stranger. Ginn took out his wallet from his jeans’ back pocket.
“Add her bill in with ours,” Ginn said while using his thumb to point at Jasmine over his shoulder. The girl was taken aback by this and tried to decline, but Ginn merely smiled broadly. “Don’t worry. After all, we’re neighbors,” he assured.
“Alright…but, it’s my treat next time,” Jasmine reluctantly agreed while Ginn nodded. Elle, on the other hand, was growing envious. ‘Neighbors!?’ he exclaimed bitterly in his mind.
Denny too, was growing angry. He couldn’t do anything though. Jasmine looked like she was really comfortable around Ginn. From the way she smiled, her actions to her stares, it was obviously that Ginn had a place in her heart.
“The new total is RM 70.00. I gave you a 10% discount,” Denny spoke up again with a rude tone and a bright smile this time.
Ginn raised his eyebrows at his friend’s attitude. “Oh? There’s a discount?” he questioned playfully but handed a pair of RM 50 notes to Denny. Denny didn’t say anything in reply. He took the money and handed back the change in a few seconds.
“Well, we’ll be leaving first, Ginn. Don’t forget tonight is dinner night at mom’s house, ok?” Mike told Ginn before facing Elle and adding, “Elle, please do join us tonight? Mom always asks about you. She keeps saying that it’s been long since you’ve visited her although she understands that you’ve been very busy.”
“I’m afraid I can’t. I have a dinner with a client tonight. Tell your mom that I’ll call later,” Elle could only smile while replying.
Mike nodded his head in agreement before leaving Kaoru’s Cake House with his fiancée, leaving Gin standing in between of the front door and the cashier counter with Elle and Jasmine. Ginn turned to face Elle.
“A client you say? Or you’re an ex-girlfriend? As far as I know, there’s no work lined up this weekend,” he teased with a sly smile.
Elle was trapped. He felt even more so when the other person hearing this was Jasmine, the girl he hoped to have a bond of friendship with. Was Ginn doing this on purpose?
‘No, Ginn wouldn’t,’ Elle thought. His business partner doesn’t know that he was attracted to Jasmine. Still, maybe it isn’t too late for a save.
“Well…it’s nothing serious, just a casual meeting with Datin Sharifah’s child—the one that I designed clothes for one of their functions previously,” Elle answered calmly.
“The daughter or the son?” Ginn questioned with the teasing tone still present. Jasmine glanced at Ginn suspiciously and Elle couldn’t help but felt upset at that moment. He was embarrassed to be asked like that in front of Jasmine who was beginning to smile an understanding smile. Maybe she was thinking about something way off topic already.
“The daughter, of course,” Elle replied a little sternly.
“A casual meeting with Julie, eh? Be careful or you’ll be wrapped around her fingers,” Ginn patted his friend’s shoulder, causing Elle to smile in process.
“I will, I will! Well, I’m leaving now. If there’s anything, call me. Don’t forget the appointment we have with Fuse-Fashion magazine next Monday! We need to arrange an appropriate date for the photo shooting,” Elle reminded. The other male nodded his head back in reply.
Before Elle began to leave, he gave Jasmine a smile and excused himself. The girl replied with a smile of her own. She held out her hand and they shared a handshake. Seeing that, Ginn grew a little jealous. Jasmine was shaking hands with Elle but not him? He faced Jasmine immediately after Elle left the place. Jasmine faced him as well with her lips curved up into a sweeter smile.
“So…who are you leaving with?” Ginn plucked one of the random questions that appeared in his mind and asked.
“With that love-struck friend of mine,” Jasmine answered while gesturing to Liyana who was comfortably conversing with Izz at the front lawn of Kaoru’s Cake House near the large old tree.
Ginn nodded his head. He stuffed his hands into his jeans’ front pockets and stood there for a moment while Jasmine waited for him to say something else. He looked like he wanted to. Could it be about yesterday?
“Well, I should go now. See you next time?” Ginn’s awkwardly said sentences were replied with a nod from Jasmine. She felt a little disappointed. It was as if the guy didn’t know how to arrange the next step, or were the feelings she experienced yesterday just side effects of the drama? Jasmine didn’t want to think about it anymore. ‘See you next time’ was a boring utterance.
“Yeah,” Jasmine briefly replied. She watched Ginn as he exited Kaoru’s Cake House.
When Ginn looked over his shoulder and found that Jasmine was watching him from inside the shop. He waved his hand. The girl returned his wave and Ginn felt all fluttery inside. The situation was like a wife telling goodbye to her husband as he was leaving for war. Ginn didn’t even realize that he walked past Liyana and Izz, both still conversing about their feelings.
Trying to forget the one you love is like trying to remember someone you have never meet before…