143 Kaoru’s Cake House – Chapter Eighteen

22 Oct

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143 Kaoru’s Cake House

Author: Fakhrul Anour

Illustrator: Kaoru

Translator: Yukii

Proofreader: thepurplepygmy

Chapter Eighteen : Kaoru’s Cake House, V

Live together and work together – not only for the sake of each other, but for one’s own sake as well.

Jasmine was highly anticipating Ginn’s return – so much so that she was barely able to focus as his return date neared. Her attention wasn’t on on the breakfast with her mother and Suki, the new information given by Elle that her FUSE-FASHION photo shoot would commence in only five days, and on the small shopping trip the other two did at Sunway Pyramid. She was only focused on the fact that she and Ginn would finally be able to spend time together. Jasmine gathered her thoughts and collected herself as she stepped into Kaoru’s Cake House. Inside were the friends she made there… and Ginn.

However, Jasmine found herself struggling to find words to speak to the young man she had long awaited to return from his overseas trip, and instead focused her attention on Denny, who looked more cheerful than ever before.

“What’s gotten into you?” she smiled back at the blonde.

“Nothing, nothing~ I’m my normal self!”

Ginn pinched Denny’s cheek at his remark. He knew that his friend was keeping a secret.

Jasmine turned her attention to Izz and studied the man. His expression betrayed him of no emotions. Even after reuniting with Liyana, he retained his usual calm demeanor. Catching sight of Jasmine’s gaze, Izz smiled and nodded politely at her direction. The girl returned his smile, and although she anxiously wanted to prod him about his relationship with her best friend, she refrained. As neither parties broached the topic first, Jasmine didn’t want to come off as a busybody. Not to mention, she had been too immersed in things in her own life… particularly in a little subject called “love.”

Jasmine glanced at Ginn who caught her look and smiled. This game of smiling continued to the point where the others noticed that they were clearly in love. Denny could only shake his head, smiling at the two lovebirds, as he was the only one in the shop who knew more about their situation than anybody else.

Love is an emotion that forgives, accompanied by habitual soft gazes.

After giving his order, Ginn took a seat near the far right corner of the shop. Located close to the hidden balcony of the cake house and secluded from the other tables, the seat was a strategic spot for those who wanted to spend some private time with one’s significant other. Meanwhile, Jasmine was still studying the cakes on display with full concentration.

“Hey, Jasmine… I want to ask you something.”

She turned towards the voice, but saw only Denny who was looking down at the cash register. She could have sworn that it was he who spoke to her, but he only replied with silence at her stand to attention. As the girl was about to turn back to the cakes, Denny’s gaze flitted at her.

“Did Ginn say anything special to you?”

Confused, Jasmine shook her head.

“Nothing?”

Again, she shook her head. She averted her gaze to Ginn who appeared like he was in a reverie, staring at the view outside the window. Denny hissed at her actions, in fear that Ginn would notice her staring. Jasmine’s gaze snapped back to the blonde.

“Has he professed his love to you?”

With cheeks burning red and a demure smile, Jasmine shook her head a third time causing Denny’s lips to form a thin line.

“And Elle?”

Jasmine’s eyes widened. The main question in her mind was why Denny mentioned Elle’s name at all but even so, the memory of her and Elle enjoying themselves at the botanical garden replayed itself. She felt a small tug at her heart; she missed his presence.

“What about him?” she asked Denny, but Bob cut him off before the blonde could muster a reply.

“He liked you before and now he’s a busybody since the apple of his eye came back already~”

Denny had Bob in an immediate headlock, but unfortunately for the short-haired blonde, the other blonde that was residing in the kitchen of Kaoru’s Cake House suddenly emerged.

“Hey! Are you fooling around or working?!” Wing’s stern eyes narrowed further at the duo while a menacing aura appeared. Denny released Bob as though he had been scorched by fire and the two of them resumed their earlier work.

“Hello, Jasmine,” Wing smiled comfortingly as though the menacing aura from earlier was never there at all. “Where’s Ginn?”

“He’s over there…” Jasmine gestured to the corner where Ginn sat. This time, the young man cast his gaze towards the cashier counter and found Denny waving at him. He thought it was weird but dismissed it as part of Denny’s quirky, comical attitude. Ginn shook his head while Wing made his way towards the young fashion designer, leaving Denny alone with Jasmine once more. However, a new presence suddenly appeared in the Cake House.

“Hello dear~ I’ve missed you so much, 143!”

Jasmine’s head snapped to the entrance and found herself staring at a petite girl sporting a black bob skipping towards the cashier counter. Her features were akin to a child’s with her wide doe-eyes, button nose and small lips. Not to mention her skin too had a dewy, flawless look to it. Puzzled, the girl returned Jasmine’s stare.

“Hello, and 143 to you too, darling,” Denny replied, causing Jasmine to revert her stare back at the blonde. Denny grinned shyly.

“This is Jenny. Darling, this is Jasmine: one of Kaoru’s Cake House’s best customers,” he introduced.

“Hi, nice to meet you,” Jasmine smiled at the petite girl, who now had a name to her face.

“Hey,” Jenny beamed.

“Well, I’m going to head over there now. You guys have fun conversing. Let’s talk some time when we’re free,” Jasmine directed the last line to Jenny and then headed towards Ginn who was still in a conversation with Wing. Though, she wasn’t as much focused on guessing what their topic of conversation was, as to finding the meaning to the three numerals. Just what on earth did ‘143’ mean?! Ginn once spoke them to her the first time they dined together at Kelantan Delights. Today, she heard them again but spoken to each other by Denny and Jenny.

‘…Is it a secret code between lovers? Or is it something else?’

Jasmine soon grew frustrated and forced the thoughts back. Calming herself down, she decided that she would eventually learn the meaning of what the three numbers meant when the time was right. Whether by fate or coincidence, a familiar notification tone played, indicating that Jasmine had received a new text. Pulling out the phone from her back pocket, she saw that it was from Elle with the content being a simple ‘143’. The earlier thoughts resurfaced and the guessing game restarted in her mind.

‘My condo’s number is E-14-3 but that can’t be what it means since I’m pretty sure that Elle, Denny and Jenny don’t know where I live…’

Little did Jasmine know, her frustrations would not be ending anytime soon.

 

143 Kaoru’s Cake House – Chapter Seventeen

6 Oct

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143 Kaoru’s Cake House

Author: Fakhrul Anour

Illustrator: Kaoru

Translator: Yukii

Proofreader: thepurplepygmy

Chapter Seventeen : If This is Love

Elle could hardly believe that four hours had gone by so quickly during their stay at the Botanical Park of Bukit Cahaya on their way back. Every second they had spent together there was so fun and exhilarating that Elle couldn’t help but realize that Jasmine’s existence brightened up his life—much like his sister Berry.

“You’re really good at conversing with people, huh? I’ve never had so much fun spending time with a girl like this before,” Elle complimented.

Jasmine smiled demurely. “Actually, I don’t talk much, especially with guys. Sure, if it were just friendly greetings and all, I’d have no problems, but I don’t usually go out of my way to converse with people. So it was surprising to me as well as to why I was willing to accompany you to that garden. Thankfully, there weren’t too many people there—some horndog could’ve just popped out from nowhere!”

Elle pursed his lips. That horndog comment was definitely meant for him him.

“ ‘Some horndog’, huh? A cat in heat shouldn’t be saying something like that.”

“Excuse me?!” Jasmine narrowed her eyes as she playfully pinched Elle’s left arm.

“Hey, hey! Don’t do that! I’m driving here!” Elle protested, trying to avoid the girl’s poised fingers.

Jasmine complied, laughing quietly under her breath. Through the corners of his eyes, Elle watched as she turned to the window, observing as the ever-changing scenery passing them by. A pleasant silence filled the air between the duo, and the corners of Elle’s lips curled up ever so slightly.

‘If only we can be together always…’ he thought wistfully.

A soft melody akin to a music box suddenly filled the air and Jasmine hurriedly opened her purse, fishing out her hand phone. Looking at the screen, she smiled before averting her gaze to Elle.

“Ginn sent an MMS again.”

Elle could do nothing but to try and maintain his smile under Jasmine’s innocent gaze.

“It’s a picture of the fashion show!” Jasmine showed her phone’s screen to Elle excitedly. Ginn was standing there in all his glory with a peace sign and his tongue stuck out, while a model on the catwalk could be seen in the background—probably doing a practice run before the real event later on in the evening.

Pride swelled within Elle, even though his mind reminded him that Jasmine was only by his side momentarily. His business partner would be back tomorrow the next afternoon.

“They do not love that do not show their love. The course of true love never did run smooth. Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love” – William Shakespeare, “Two Gentlemen from Verona,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”

 

143 Kaoru’s Cake House – Chapter Sixteen

24 Sep

 

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143 Kaoru’s Cake House

Author: Fakhrul Anour

Illustrator: Kaoru

Translator: Yukii

Proofreader: thepurplepygmy

Chapter Sixteen : Happiness without Hope

It was a pleasant ride to Shah Alam. Conversation filled the air of Elle’s Satrio Neo as Jasmine gradually became more comfortable with the young man when she found out that he was also Ginn’s business partner.

“Why do you drive a Satrio Neo when Ginn drives something more expensive?” Jasmine seemingly questioned out of the blue when Elle stopped before a traffic light of Section 9 near Concorde Hotel.

“Ginn’s tastes are different from mine. He likes rewarding himself with expensive things, especially when celebrating success. I think it’s weird, but to each his own,” Elle shrugged and continued driving once the light turned green. “He bought that Fiat Brava after the success of his Moon-Glit collection which brought Berry’C to fame.”

“So basically Ginn brought Berry’C fame?”

Elle nodded.

“But weren’t you the one who won the fashion designer award in London?” Jasmine’s eyebrows furrowed in confusion. She recalled the words of Datin Sharifah which was also the first time she had heard of Berry’C and Elle Cavier.

“How did you know that?” Elle glanced at her, impressed.

“Elle Cavier, you’re one of Malaysia’s top designers. How can I not know? I’m a fashion lover too!”

A grin tugged at the corner of Elle’s lips when he heard Jasmine’s exclamation, though he said nothing in reply. Instead he turned right, towards Bukit Cerakah, keen to enjoy the nature with Jasmine at the Botanical Park of Bukit Cahaya, Seri Alam. It was an attraction that Jasmine had wanted to visit for a long time already—ever since she was in university, but she never found a chance.

“We started Berry’C about four years ago, after my sister, Berry, got married,” Elle said while getting out of his car. Jasmine was already standing on the pavement, waiting.

“That means that the boutique is named after your sister?”

Elle nodded in reply again.

“She must be really special then,” Jasmine smiled.

“She’s my only sister. She inspires and aspires me to become a great designer, just like how Moon does for Ginn.”

Jasmine froze in an instant. Moon? Who’s that? It was a completely foreign name to her and it was one that brought a sinking feeling into Jasmine’s stomach. Elle faced her, confused until he recalled his earlier words and let out a regretful sigh.

“You want to ask about Moon, right?” Elle voiced out his suspicions, keeping an eye on Jasmine’s reactions.

However, the girl showed her pearly whites and tugged his sleeve instead.

“Come on! We can talk about that inside, I want to go in and see everything first!”

Elle obeyed, but he also knew that Jasmine was masking her dismay.

“Don’t read too much into what I said.”

The smile remained while she continued to steer the young man towards the ticket counter as though she no longer cared for the matter, adding to Elle’s confusion. He knew that her disappointment was grounded but still, she chose to hide it. Elle hoped that by spending the day with her, it would make her forget the feelings she was trying to conceal. He didn’t know whether she was doing the right thing or not, but he knew that the more time he spent with her, the more he felt a connection between them.

When it comes to true love, we will need the goodness of our significant other whereas in romantic love, we will need our significant other’s entire being.

Almost an hour had passed since Elle and Jasmine went around the botanical garden on their rented bikes, taking in the breathtaking views. Jasmine was already tuckered out, as was her companion for the day. How could they not? The both of them had cycled up and down hills, chased each other, and basically had the time of their lives before coming to a halt at a resting stop near Sungai Baru’s dam.

Jasmine breathed in deeply while fanning herself with her hands, waiting for a breeze to pass by so their hot and sweaty bodies could cool down. Elle leaned against one of the pillars, gazing at the greens. He didn’t notice Jasmine studying him until moments later.

“Yes?”

“Nothing, you’re gorgeous even when you look miserable,” Jasmine answered nonchalantly. It was true because whenever she saw the man, he would be dressed fashionably even when he’s being ‘casual’. Though, presently, Elle’s hair fell over his eyes, style-less. His shirt was soaked with sweat and his face was red from the weather. Still, Jasmine could detect faint traces of Elle’s cologne.

“Hmm, did you fall for me?” Elle teased, earning a sharp glare from Jasmine.

“Pffft. As if! Don’t get cocky!”

As Elle snickered and Jasmine smiled, both of them didn’t realize that they had gotten closer to each other. A comfortable silence fell on them afterwards, though not for long.

“You don’t have a girlfriend yet?” Jasmine questioned.

Elle didn’t answer immediately. His gaze remained on the view beyond the dam, fixed on the sky. It was as if he was deep in thought, finding a suitable reply.

“I had given all of my attention to my sister. She’s my only love in Malaysia since the other members of our family were elsewhere.”

Hearing this, Jasmine couldn’t help but felt touched in a sense. He was definitely a loving and devoted brother.

“Where is she now?”

“Who?”

“Your sister, obviously.”

“Now, she’s with a fine young man who adores her just as much. He’s also a man that I trust deeply…because he passed all of my obstacle tests,” Elle laughed.

“Berry’s lucky to have a brother like you,” Jasmine grinned.

“You don’t have one?”

“Only child,” she answered simply.

“No wonder you’re so spoiled,” Elle began to tease again.

“Excuse me?!”

Elle was about to run away when Jasmine’s face appeared in front of him with her hands on her hips. He then, pleaded for her to have mercy and to not be angry…only to receive giggles in return. Stunned, Elle could only watch Jasmine as she reclaimed her spot beside him.

“What’s wrong with you?” he muttered unhappily, only to have discomfort added upon him when Jasmine’s gaze locked with his. Her stare made his heart beat faster.

“You’re too serious,” she said flatly. “I was only joking and you got scared. If I bring you along to a horror movie, I bet that you’ll piss your pants.”

“Excuse me?!” Elle immediately stood up and mimicked Jasmine’s earlier actions while trying to contain his laughter. She was such a cheeky person!

Jasmine playfully punched Elle when she realized that he was trying to mock her. The both of them fell into a fit of laughter, so immersed in their own world to the point that they didn’t notice the other visitors of the park passing them by.

Every second spent with the one you love is a happy moment that should always be cherished, compared to a lifetime spent normally and in boredom.

 

Chinese to English Translator Wanted!

21 Sep

Polyphonic Story is in the dire need of Chinese (Mandarin) to English translators!

Without one, we’re afraid that PS will have to go on another hiatus as 143 Kaoru’s Cake House will be ending soon…

So, in order to keep PS alive and to bring out the following chapters of Twenty-One Nights Rose and future releases, please apply to be a Chinese>English translator if you have knowledge in the language. It’s fine if you only want to be here short term (as in translate one chapter or so only), we’ll be eternally grateful either way!

 

143 Kaoru’s Cake House – Chapter Fifteen

16 Sep

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143 Kaoru’s Cake House

Author: Fakhrul Anour

Illustrator: Kaoru

Translator: Yukii

Chapter Fifteen : He who Loves

Your first love is also the greatest among all the other loves. Those beautiful memories are irreplaceable…if possible, relive them.

Four days have passed since their date at Kelantan Delights; four days which Ginn Celes spent away from home. He had gone to Shanghai to see to the preparations of Berry’C’s up-and-coming fashion show there. As much as Jasmine missed him, she had to admit that being to communicate worldwide with the help of technology made things easier. Every day, she would get a message telling her his experiences in Shanghai. Sometimes, she would get pictures via MMS—including a selfie of him fresh out of the shower with nothing on but a towel. Embarrassed but happy, Jasmine found herself more optimistic in life when she realized how much she was loved.

Depending on your capability to love and embrace your surroundings along with everything that comes with being loved, distance may or may not be an obstacle.

“What’s the happiest thing when you’re loved?”

That, was Jasmine’s question to Elle Cavier when the young man invited her out for lunch at Kaoru’s Cake House, and it was one that centered around the new, giddying emotions she was feeling inside her being. Though, these swirling emotions had only intensified after she noticed the chemistry after an hour’s conversation—after she agreed to be the new model of Berry’C for FUSE-FASHION magazine, news that Ginn only found out a day after he arrived in Shanghai.

“I believe that it depends on the person,” Elle answered, sipping his coffee.

“Well, for me, love doesn’t need words. It happens on its own and doesn’t need to be repeated. Understanding can clear all the problems,” Jasmine said, full of emotions and pronouncing each word clearly, impressing Elle. She looked so sincere and proven by her expression, she was in love. Does she have a boyfriend already? …Or has Ginn already made her his?

“Why do you say so?”

Jasmine shrugged.

“I just thought that it should be existent in love, not like any of those Hindustan movies or cheap romance flicks!” she laughed and added, “Like that movie ‘LOVE’ or something. It’s amazing what they revealed about love!”

In reply, Elle nodded. If her being in love wasn’t obvious before, it was as clear as day now. Plus, Jasmine was enjoying herself, raising questions about that particular emotion, and once again, Elle lost in the game. The person he was after was already caged by another, though whose cage was it? Only one name popped up in Elle’s mind and it was none other than Ginn Celes.

“Hey…how about I bring you around Shah Alam in my new ride?” Elle suggested while rising from his chair and Jasmine was dazed. Had she heard right?

“That’s only if you’ve nothing else to do of course,” Elle quickly continued upon seeing her expression.

“I’d like that, but I’m worried that you’d have your hands full entertaining me,” Jasmine followed Elle towards the cashier counter. Meanwhile, Denny who had noticed the approaching pair couldn’t help but felt slightly envious of how close they were. Noticing this, the corners of Elle’s mouth curled up. He handed a fifty ringgit note to Denny, telling him to calculate the total money they owed. He was sure that both his and Jasmine’s orders added up to no more than number. After all, he often came here.

Without telling them how much their total was, Denny handed Elle the balance and in one swift motion, Elle stuffed the cash into his wallet before slipping it into his back pants pocket. He gave Jasmine a brighter smile.

“Let’s go. There’s nothing worth to entertain but you.”

It was a dangerous sentence spoken by a male to a female—a sentence that showed that Elle was trying to beguile Jasmine and that didn’t sit well with Denny.

“Come again!” he called out to the backs of Elle and Jasmine. The both of them turned their heads, smiling back.

“It’s impossible not to!” Jasmine replied before stepping out of the building. Elle had held the door open for her but Denny didn’t care about that. The girl’s answer lifted his spirits again…until he realized something: who was he when compared to Elle? Or even Ginn? Would Jasmine even consider seeing him as someone more than a friend?

“Hoi! Daydreaming, seriously? Didn’t you notice the customers standing in front of you?” Wing suddenly popped out as though he had materialized out of thin air. Immediately, Denny snapped back into reality and found a middle-aged couple smiling before him. Embarrassed, he quickly apologized but the husband waved it off, giving a glance filled with adoration to his wife.

Sensing that his job was done, Wing returned to his real one in the kitchen. He had noticed the look the man gave to his wife and somehow, he was affected by it. The chef thought that the world of love was truly beautiful as long as one has found his or her true love.

Wing’s gaze landed on Izz who was busy washing the dishes alone, unaware of—or just ignoring—the former’s presence.

‘Still, it’s painful when you’ve already found the right one only to…’

At once, Wing shook away the thought. It wasn’t really his business so he averted his attention to his first love instead; Kaoru’s Cake House.

Absence is less of a danger to love compared to the test of staying together forever.

Once the middle-aged couple left the place, a new customer came in and the sight of the newcomer stunned Denny.

“Jenny?!” her name managed to slip from his lips. On the other hand, Bob, who had been concentrating hard on arranging the flowers on one of the corner tables, turned his head when he heard the familiar name.

“Hi!” the bobbed-hair girl waved. She quickly closed the distance between Denny and herself—only the counter kept their bodies from touching—before she asked the blonde man how he was doing.

“I’m great,” Denny grinned. At once, Jasmine vanished from his thoughts that were now occupied by the girl in front of him. She had once stolen his heart but their relationship had never taken a step further from friendship. Though, her present reappearance, just a year after her last, brought a new hope to Denny. Jenny, the girl, had been in his life for a whole year after all. Every day last year, she visited Kaoru’s Cake House just to see him. Once, she even told him that he brightened her days. He had a hunch that he had helped her recover from her breakup with ex-boyfriend, Roy to some degree.

“Thanks for remembering me…” Jenny’s expression softened. Her eyes followed Denny as he slipped out of the cashier counter and stood beside her.

“Where did you disappear off to all this while? Gone with the wind, did you?”

Jenny could only smile. Denny was still the jokester she remembered.

“Could you not ask? I’m back for good now. I want to start afresh.”

Hearing that, Denny could barely hold back his sigh of relief. The corners of his mouth turned up into another grin as his eyes gained a mischievous twinkle.

“I’m surprised how you still know how to thank people.”

Puh-lease, its common courtesy.”

And, laughter erupted from the both of them. Seeing them, Bob smiled from his spot while Wing, who had just emerged from the kitchen, was surprised to see Jenny.

‘Love has never been selfish,’ Wing mused to himself after Jenny flashed him her pearly whites.

The ties of love that has been accidentally severed is an incident that fools separation itself for there is always fantasy which holds figments of reality within it.

Denny was entirely sure that Jasmine no longer held his interests. He had realized that loneliness had tricked him. It allowed Jasmine to draw a path towards his heart when he already had a person who completed it to begin with.

NOTICE!

3 Aug

Hello and sorry about the lack of updates!

The two people who are only active here now are both Kuro and Yukii. The both of us have been head up with real life stuff and more importantly, we are still unable to find a solid Chinese to English translator for Twenty-One Nights Rose. We (Yukii especially) deeply apologize as some of you may have been waiting for the next chapter for a long time. So, if anyone would like to be our translator for this series, you’d much be appreciated! Also, we’re also open on turning Twenty-One Nights Rose into a joint project…! Just contact us via the Contact Page.

As for 143 Kaoru’s Cake House, Yukii will finish translating this novel. However, any new translated chapters will not be out as soon as possible. We’re sorry to say that further chapters will only be out this December as that’s when Yukii will be able to get some breathing space. Plus, she will edit the previous chapters to make them better.

To sum things up…yes, Polyphonic Story is still alive albeit rather inactive and we will not be dropping our only two projects at the moment.

But, Polyphonic Story might be changing next year, just a little FYI. We’d like to think of it as a good change and not a bad one but that is all up to you…(Should we create a poll for that?)

Anyway, to all those followers/fans of Polyphonic Story who are still waiting for us to be up and actively running again, thank you. When things settle down in real life, Polyphonic Story will be active once more.

 

Sincerely,

Yukii and Kuro

Happy First Anniversary!

2 Jan

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As of today…Polyphonic Story is one years old~!

A large and happy thank you to all our readers, fans, supporters and subscribers! We could have never gone on without you <3

We also welcome our new proofreader, Kodoku, and our new Chinese>English translator, Aoki, today (Yes, Yukii managed to find one!) :D

Look out for our future updates for we won’t stop running Polyphonic Story unless we’re forced to!

Oh and Happy New Year!

Much love,
Yukii and Kuro

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