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143 Kaoru’s Cake Shop – Chapter Twelve (Part One)

17 Jun

Yukii【ゆきい】: We’re currently in need of Chinese to English translators so if you’re someone who knows those two languages and would like to assist us in translating, will you join us? And if you know someone who does instead…please beg them to help us for us? We need help with translating Twenty-One Nights Rose!

Also, I’ve split this chapter into two parts because it’s too long.

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143 Kaoru’s Cake House

Author: Fakhrul Anour

Illustrator: Kaoru

Translator: Yukii 【ゆきい】

Chapter Twelve : Kaoru’s Cake House, IV

Part One

It seemed like there were weighs chained onto his being as Izz felt reluctant to face Liyana. However so, there was already a small box—a present for the girl—that he held onto tightly in his palm.

Now and then, Bob glanced into the kitchen from the round glass that was placed on the wooden door as part of its design. He could see Wing and Izz, standing before each other at the far corner of the kitchen. Both of them weren’t talking. They were just standing there as if they were being pressured.

On the other hand, Denny had used his head to gesture his question of how the two men in the kitchen were. Bob’s answer, like the past three times, was only the raising of his shoulders that said that he didn’t know.

Love is like a river, flowing without stop but growing wider as time passes instead…

“Izz, weren’t you all gung-ho about this just a while ago? You said you would be brave, but what happened to that bravery now? If you don’t go see her now, it’ll be a waste of your money buying that,” Wing motioned at the gift in Izz’s hand.

Izz remained silent. His heart is still hurt. No, it wasn’t that he didn’t want to face Liyana, it’s just that two years of loyally waiting was a long period. Until today, he had been and is still hoping for a positive answer. However, the chances of getting the answer he wanted were only a small percentage. No matter how hard he tried or whatever he did, the answer he received was still the same.

“Izz, there are people who like to watch from afar instead of taking action, but that can only last for how long? In the amount of time spent waiting, there is a possibility of receiving multiple chances. Waiting loyally at the sidelines for that one moment may never bring it to you, but the moments that aren’t being waited for are the ones that will bring a larger, more positive change,” Wing’s advice was full of meaning. Izz smiled and nodded his head. Never, had he thought that Wing would be able to say words like those, but they were enough to make him regain his nerves. He had to see Liyana!

If love comes once, it doesn’t mean that it won’t return. It will come again, but from the other person instead. It could be the ‘him’ from the past or the ‘him’ that will soon enter your life…

Jasmine and Liyana sat down at a table on the right corner of the shop, close to the glass door. Opposite from them was where Ginn, Mike, Moon and Elle sat. From there, Elle sneaked glances at Jasmine. Ginn, with anger growing inside of him, noticed his friend’s actions.

Jasmine ignored them. She left them to their own discussions. Now, she needed to put her full attention at listening to Liyana’s confession. Her best friend’s confession was about the truth between herself and Kaoru’s Cake House. It was about her and Izz. This is Liyana’s time, not Jasmine’s and Ginn’s!

“Unbelievable. This is what we call fate,” Jasmine commented after listening to Liyana’s tale.

“I don’t think it is fate. I still can’t cure my ‘illness’,” Liyana replied in an upset tone.

Jasmine fell silent. That illness, the spontaneous illness that even a psychologist couldn’t cure, is the phobia of love. Whenever Liyana was touched by the man she loved, she would immediately faint.

“Hmm…that’s weird. From then until now, you’re still not cured from that problem?” Jasmine questioned worriedly. Liyana replied with a shake of her head.

“After two years of meeting many boys, you’re still like this?!” Jasmine exclaimed in disbelief. Liyana is a beautiful person with long waves of light hair, large brown eyes and a personality to match her demure. It was only natural to have boys attracted to her like bees to flowers.

Liyana looked at her friend and gave her a smile. She placed her hands on the table and then, said, “Min, the other boys aren’t the same with Izz. I don’t have any feelings when I’m with them. I only get them with Izz. He’s someone that I really care for deeply. He’s someone that I only have this over-pouring love for. Even if you put Brad Pitt next to me, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, Alex Pettyfer, Super Junior, Big Bang, U-Kiss, Kimura Takuya, Tomohisa Yamashita, Jay Chou, Fahrenheit…”

Jasmine fanned her hand in front of Liyana’s face before cutting the girl off. “Enough already! Enough! You don’t have to name all the celebrities that you like, ok? I understand what you’re trying to say!” she told, earning a giggle from Liyana.

Then all of a sudden, they heard a voice greeting them. It belonged to Izz.

Liyana was shocked. Words wouldn’t leave her lips as her eyes were fixed on the guy she loved. Jasmine on the other hand, was panicking inside. Liyana could faint anytime. So, before that could take place, Jasmine stood up. “Hi, Izz! Finally, the two of you meet! Liyana, is there anything you would like to say?”

Izz and Liyana were confused for a moment. They looked at Jasmine, bemused by why the sweet girl would ruin the supposing romantic reunion. Jasmine ignored the looks tough. Her only intention was to lighten up the atmosphere so things wouldn’t be too awkward. She was hoping that it would at least help Liyana to relax slightly and not faint.

At the cashier counter, Bob and Denny could be seen watching the three. They wanted to know what was going on. Maybe the conversation between Jasmine, Liyana and Izz wasn’t clear enough, but Jasmine’s actions puzzled Bob and Denny. Wing who had exited the kitchen, didn’t give any reactions. He could tell that something exciting would take place soon though.

“Min, I’m okay,” Liyana assured while using the nickname she gave Jasmine. The other girl quirked an eyebrow. “Are you sure?” Jasmine asked with a sweet smile.

Liyana nodded her head in reply, causing Izz to smile as well. Sure, he was a little embarrassed that Jasmine knew the whole truth, but if she didn’t, he wouldn’t be able feel sure about himself and Liyana. That wasn’t important now, though. The girl he loves is in front of his eyes and she had to be given attention.

Besides, from when he was first introduced to Jasmine by Wing, Izz had actually already known who Jasmine was. He knew about the girl when he met Liyana. However, that time he wasn’t formally introduced to her. When he was with Liyana, he only knew Jasmine as his lover’s best friend. He had only seen Jasmine’s face from afar and in Liyana’s photo albums. So, it wasn’t a weird if Jasmine knew about the whole truth…it’s just that in that time, they’ve have not formally meet each other or maybe she had never seen his face before judging from when Wing introduced him that day, Jasmine hadn’t given any reactions that showed that she knew him.

“Well if that’s the case, I should leave you guys alone,” Jasmine offered, smile widening.

“No. I’d like to talk with Liyana outside, if you don’t mind,” Izz replied while giving a tender glance at Liyana.

Liyana turned to Jasmine to get her best friend’s reply. Jasmine nodded her head to show that she agreed. Then, Liyana got up from her seat and made her way out to the front lawn of Kaoru’s Cake House with Izz following her from behind. His hand remained in the side pocket of his trousers all the while. Inside his pocket was where he kept the small, Tiffany gift box.

 

143 Kaoru’s Cake Shop – Chapter Eleven

2 Jun

Kurobara Chou : We’re currently in need of Chinese to English translators so if you’re someone who knows those two languages and would like to assist us in translating, will you join us? (Or, if you know someone who does, brainwash them to help? x’D) We need help with translating Twenty-One Nights Rose!

Besides that, we’re looking for some proofreaders as well! You need to be very active on your email account though (like checking in once a week), in addition to having a good command on the English language.

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143 Kaoru’s Cake House

Author: Fakhrul Anour

Illustrator: Kaoru

Translator: Yukii 【ゆきい】

Chapter Eleven : Kaoru’s Cake House, III

 An hour had passed since Ginn, Mike and Moon sat down to discuss about Moon’s wedding dress, that passed hour was also an hour after Elle Cavier arrived. In that time period, more than five other customers had entered and left, buying the delicious cakes at Kaoru’s Cake House. Now and then, Wing stopped by at their table and every time he did, he would definitely be asked the same question; ‘What do you think?’ by Elle. The answer he gave every time asked was, ‘Well….not bad.’

Now, the final say has been accepted. Moon had finally agreed with one of Ginn’s designs but, it is with the deal that the wedding dress’ collar on that design was not to reveal too much cleavage.

“I like the wedding dress that Kate Middleton wore during her wedding. It looks so marvelous! I want something like that, but without sleeves. Have the lace that covers the skin connect from the dress to a collar and add on silk gloves that ends above the elbows instead,” Moon slightly gushed. Mike and Ginn exchanged looks before smiling at each other. They were both men who understand Moon’s tastes. Ginn, someone who Moon once loved and Mike, the person Moon loves dearly now.

“Alright guys? Don’t make that kind of face. I want a dress like that, simple, classy and elegant yet not too old fashioned,” Moon continued sternly. The two men she was addressing two said nothing but nodded their heads in reply instead. Elle could only smile as he shook his head. “Moon, Berry’C will make sure that you look way more marvelous and way more gorgeous than Kate Middleton on your big day, ok?” he said.

Moon’s lips curled up into a shy smile. “You don’t have to go that far, Elle. Simple is already enough. Kate Middleton is a girl who’s married to a prince. I am only a normal girl who’s going to marry a normal man.”

“Moon, this is a once in a lifetime thing so there’s nothing wrong to that…unless, you want to marry again sometime?” Ginn replied in a joking manner. This made Moon’s face turn a shade of red while Mike could only blink his eyes.

Pap!

 A playful slap from Moon landed on Ginn’s right shoulder.

Pik!

 A hard flick from Mike landed on Ginn’s left ear.

“Ouch! Mike! That hurts!” Ginn whined while rubbing his red ear.

“Who asked you to say such nonsense?” Mike replied angrily causing Elle to shake his head again at the sight of the Celes brother’s argument. Elle got up from his seat and then, made his way towards the cashier counter. The second he ordered something from Denny who was behind the cashier counter, the bell hanging above the front door suddenly jingled which meant that a new customer had just entered.

Jingling!

 The door closed by itself behind Jasmine as she entered. Denny’s expression changed to a happier one when he saw her—his dream girl!

Seeing that Denny’s attention now was to something or someone behind him, Elle turned his head to see the recently entered customer and as soon as he did, he couldn’t help but feel attracted to her.

“Hey guys!” Jasmine waved at Denny at his place behind the cashier counter and at Bob who was at his spot near the cake display rack. It was for sure that her smile was too sweet that it melted Denny’s heart.

However, there was also another’s heart which also melted.

‘She’s beautiful!’ Elle mentally exclaimed.

The conversation between Ginn, Mike and Moon had stopped. Ginn’s eyes were on Jasmine who was walking towards the cashier counter. Her steps weren’t too big or too small. It had a slight skip to it that made her appear more cheerful than she was at that moment. Ginn’s heart began speeding up. The girl who had a grip on his heart had appeared before his eyes!

Mike and Moon were confused by Ginn’s sudden interest in something else. Their eyes followed where his eyes were staring. When they saw Jasmine, they smiled knowingly at each other. She was the girl that came up with the idea of decorating the interior of the shop with chrysanthemums! She was the one that made Ginn seem like a new person. He was finally going after a girl! His ego flew away as soon as his eyes set sight on her, this was amazing!

At the cashier counter, Jasmine stood directly next to Elle. She looked at his with her sweet smile on her lips while thinking about how handsome he was. Elle returned the smile while giving a polite nod. Inside, he felt like his soul was stirring—like someone who had fallen in love (at first sight).

“I feel like I know you from somewhere…have we meet before?” Jasmine tilted her head to one side. Her words puzzled Elle who was trying to control his feelings. “What do you mean?” he asked.

When her question was replied with another question, Jasmine became confuse as well. It was weird how she had spoken that way unexpectedly and it was the first time as well. “I’m not entirely sure, you just seem familiar…never mind, please forget what I’ve just said,” Jasmine replied, dropping the subject. She turned attention to Denny after that.

Elle grew suspicious at this but pushed the feeling away as it would be troublesome. On the other hand, Denny was waiting for Jasmine to speak. However, that girl suddenly furrowed her eyebrows in confusion instead.

“Eh?! Where is she?!” Jasmine exclaimed, looking left and right as if she was searching for someone. Then, she turned to the front door of the shop.

“Oh, that girl!” Jasmine let out a huff. “Sorry, I’m supposed to have a friend with me, but she didn’t want to enter and it clearly looks like that she did just that! Hold on for a second, alright?” she explained before going out.

Denny and Elle looked at each other, both lost and both shrugging to show that neither knew what was going on.

Ginn grew irritated the second he saw Jasmine suddenly exit the place. It disappeared soon though as it was barely even a minute before she reentered the shop while dragging another girl.

Jasmine’s steps came to a stop in the middle of the front door and cashier counter of Kaoru’s Cake House. Something had made her freeze. She felt something like something was pulling her. Her heartbeat echoed in her ears. She spun to her left where Ginn sat. When her eyes caught sight of him, her heart pounded louder. As she was about to smile and as Ginn was about to catch it, she thought otherwise.

‘This isn’t the time,’ Jasmine thought. She turned back around and continued her way towards the cashier counter. She didn’t see Ginn’s disappointment and how the couple sitting in front of him was bewildered.

“Denny, please bring us two slices of blueberry cheesecake sprinkled with nuts, one orange juice and one…” Jasmine paused and turned to her companion. “Liyana, what would you like to drink?” she asked.

“Strawberry milk, please,” Liyana told Denny, looking uncomfortable. She felt like she couldn’t breathe.

Denny’s eyebrows were furrowed after he had gotten a good look at Jasmine’s companion. She looked really familiar and he voiced that out. The girl gave a small smile.

“Don’t tell me you’ve forgotten already, Denny? It’s me, Liyana!” Liyana replied while holding out a hand for a handshake.

“Ohhh! Liyana! The Liyana that was with…” Denny took her hand and shook it, but he was unable to finish his sentence because Liyana had cut him off. “Shh! Let’s talk about that later, alright? Is he still here?” she said.

Jasmine smiled at her spot next to Liyana. Although she didn’t know the full story, at least she knew that Liyana had visited the cake shop once and even made friends with the employer and employees.

Elle had not spoken since the beginning of Jasmine, Liyana and Denny’s conversation. Like a stranger, he merely listened. After all, standing next to Jasmine was already enough.

“He’s at the back with Wing. It’s been long since he has last seen you, right? Where did you go?” Denny questioned.

“I see…let’s talk later. This man wants to order something. He’s been waiting for a long time already,” Liyana motioned to Elle who still has not spoken since then. Jasmine turned her head to look as well. Elle was smiling politely at them. Questions on whether she had truly met him before were still running through Jasmine’s mind. From his looks, Jasmine knew that he was a man that shared the same tastes as Ginn.

“Ah! Let me introduce him to you. This is Elle Cavier, a fashion designer from Berry’C,” Denny told Liyana and Jasmine.

“Oh, I know why you seem so familiar now! Elle Cavier! Two weeks ago, you’ve ordered some flowers from my mother’s shop!” Jasmine exclaimed with a bright smile. Then, she noticed Elle’s expression that showed that her words still didn’t ring a bell in his head. “Maria’s Bouquet?” Jasmine reminded.

“Ah, I see! So, you’re Miss Maria’s daughter, right?” Elle replied once realization struck him. Jasmine nodded and this is the blooming friendship between them.

Ginn who had been watching from a distance all along could feel an unpleasant emotion flooding his being. The sight of Elle and Jasmine conversing and laughing…their first meeting was better than how he and the same girl had first met. That unpleasant feeling was jealousy and it’s sprouting in Ginn.

Jealousy can show how much you care for a person…