Summer Vacation Second Half – Q of Hearts (Part 4)
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In Japan, just being older raises your status. For two normal people in a non-job context, the older will be the superior simply by merit of age.
In Japan, each school/university has it’s own exam. You can roughly know how difficult a certain school’s exam will be, especially the high ranked schools, and because sometimes the dates overlap, people have to choose their exams carefully, usually with advice from teachers on what their grades/abilities will realistically get them into. However, some people still take exams to hard places just because they have nothing to lose; 記念受験(kinen juken, ‘memento exam’/’commemoration exam’).
Since then, it seems that Claire’s condition has been gradually recovering. It doesn’t seem that she’s about to say anything yet though.
I hear that the earl is lively as usual. Even though he’s stuck in a cell, there are no signs of him thinning.
Oh, right right. I should go visit the Q of Clovers while it’s still summer break.
I straddled the quill, and visited the Jade family’s villa.
“Is Aurelia in?”
The maid who received me with a surprised look flusteredly went to call for Aurelia.
“Ah-, the little miss from that time. You’re gettin’ married to Achille, aren’t ya?”
“Right! Thanks for that! …There’s a little something I want to talk to you about, but can we speak alone?”
“Talk to me? Ya don’t ‘afta worry; I’m not gunna make eyes at your fiancé yanno?”
“That’s not it…”
I pulled Aurelia outside into the villa’s garden.
“Aurelia, I might be asking something strange all of a sudden, but… could it be, aren’t you actually from another world?”
I worried about revealing my true self by talking to Aurelia about this, but decided to put it into action. I felt that if it was Aurelia who was a commoner and the young daughter of a doctor, it would be okay.
“Before you came here, didn’t you live another life? Didn’t you suddenly get moved to this body?”
“…Why do… ya know…?”
Aurelia looked at me with shock on her face.
The fact that she doesn’t know my face nor Achille’s means that she might be the same as Mei, and doesn’t have knowledge of the game.
“Because I also, lived in another world.”
“I was a high school girl before.”
“…I suuure didn’t think that I’d ‘ear a word like ‘high school girl’ in this world.”
Aurelia narrowed her eyes in nostalgia. She might be thinking back on her old life.
“Really… I was also livin’ in a different place before. I look like this, but I ‘ad kids too.”
“Right. I mean, in my old world, I was fifty-five yanno!”
“I divorced with my ‘usband, and I ‘ave experience of workin’ to raise my children by myself as well.”
It seems that Aurelia is a lot older than how she looks now. Because it seems that she’s quite my superior, I’m at a loss now as to whether it’s okay to speak to her casually.
“Then, your children?” [← polite]
If she suddenly disappeared, what would happen to her children…?
“It’s fine. They’ve already left the ‘ouse and are workin’.”
“I-, I see so that’s how it is.” ← monotone AND polite
“That’s no good. The daughter of a marquis’ family doesn’t need to watch her words with me!”
Aurelia burst out laughing, seemingly finding it ridiculous. Since she was kind enough to say that I didn’t have to use keigo with her, I decided to speak normally.
“Ah-, oh yeah. Aurelia, you took the entrance exam?”
According to what Beatrix said, she took the exam and failed.
Aurelia answered with a smile.
“It was one of those; a ‘memento exam’!”
Eh-, a memento exam?
“I wanted to see what kinda place an elite magic school was! I was thinkin’ that if I got in by some mistake I’d attend, but as you’d expect I failed.”
I felt exhausted. You went to school for a reason like that? It seems that it wasn’t anything to do with the love interest characters.
What’s left is… I have to make sure to find out if she has knowledge of the game.
“You knew about the magic academy?”
“It was famous after all.”
“…Umm, do you recognise my face?”
If she’s played that game, then there’s no way that she wouldn’t know about that nasty slut Camille.
“Mn? I’ve met with ya once before, right? At Déborah’s wedding reception.”
“…Did you ever play an otome game in your old world?”
“Maiden? Game? My daughter played all sorts of games, but… I’ve never played played it before.”
So she really doesn’t know about the game, huh?
“Ahh, but I’m happy. To find someone else who also has ‘memories’ like me in this world where noone knows about my birthplace sure is a good thing.”
Aurelia’s mouth spread in a wide grin, and for a while looked like she was thinking about something.
“Today I came to thank you for the other day, but I wanted to ask you about that as well… Well then, I’ll be going before Achille finds me, okay?”
I handed over my thank you present to Aurelia before straddling my quill.
Today I came to talk to the maids without an appointment, but it’s probably already been revealed by that sharp-eared Achille. I’ve gotta run before I suffer another lecture.
“Ah-, wait a bit.”
Suddenly, Aurelia called out to me.
“Mn, what’s up?”
“It’s nothing but a rumour but right now you’re a noble ojousama aren’t ya? That’s why I was thinkin’ of givin’ ya a little warnin’…”
After shifting her gaze to confirm that no one was around, Aurelia told me in a quiet voice.
“Lately, the number of commoners with anti-noble sentiments has been increasing ya see, and one of the radical groups is even beginning to move it seems. Not that long ago, a person who got wrapped up in that and injured was carried into our clinic, ya see.”
“Yea. “An institution that does nothing but ignoring the circumstances of the commoners, and fighting amongst themselves is unnecessary” they say.”
It’s a line that I’m familiar with after all.
“…The revolution, end.”
Living this all too peaceful lifestyle, I got too wrapped up in my own business and carelessly forgot. Forgot the existence of that ending.
I was thinking that I’d avoided the social obliteration end, and the coup d’etat end, and the war end didn’t seem likely either, so… Because this world was moving in a completely different way than the game, I ended up underrating the concern that these presented.
This world is a reality different from the world of that game, but it has the elements needed for incidents in the game to occur… All it was was that we didn’t take the actions necessary for them to happen.
The Jade family’s eldest son. Sweet tooth. Weights 0.1 tons.
Because he was raised being spoilt, he’s a selfish young master who acts high and mighty with the weak.
He hates his younger brother who is better than him. The only thing he wins in is borrowing the power of his position, and curses him as a “Damned illegitimate child!”.
He himself is aware of the complexes that underly his behaviour… but he can’t stop himself.
Actually possesses a glass heart.
TL note: I still haven’t solified Aurelia’s ‘accent’ yet. Once I’ve hammered it out, I’ll go back and edit all her dialogue.
38 thoughts on “Summer Vacation – Chapter 12”
She should have done an stereotypical American-Japanese accents when she was talking to her to avoid pryong eyes.
IDK, a Kansai-Ben is pretty funny, and a little cute. Especially since the cute teenage maid, was a cute granny in her previous life.
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i want to be first.. will i be first this time?
Thank you for the chapter! :)
Huee… i was rejected… *cries in a corner* sob.. sob..
I sure dont expect a grandmother to reincarnate like that~
Wow the posting speed has been insane today mighty esteemed 5th Holy Sheeprabbit, Estelion Sharlulu Asheel Vinchance Celenalia di ef Falufiluu’Luufilaafee (The 35th).
thanks for the chapter..😆
My daughter played all sorts of games
Don’t think it’s Camin’s mother, but could it have been Beato’s, right? from the past.
Motion to refer to The Esteemed 5th Holy Sheeprabbit, Estelion Sharlulu Asheel Vinchance Celenalia di ef Falufiluu’Luufilaafee XXXV as “Mokyuu”
Nope! She said that all of her children have left her home & worked to support their own lives.
Bea-chin was still a university student before the body swap.
*The Esteemed 5th Holy Sheeprabbit, Estelion Sharlulu Asheel Vinchance Celenalia di ef Falufiluu’Luufilaafee (The 35th)
Wait! Doesn’t this mean that the original Clover Q is inside a 50+ yr old woman? What’s the life expectancy of an average Japanese woman?
Losing 50 years of her life while the others lose less than 20, she really got the short end of the stick. Kids want to grow up fast, but I don’t think any kid wants to be a grandma.
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yup! i was really surprised as well.
sorry about giving her a fucked up accent. one of these days i’ll sort it out.
i might just copy makina’s translated accent in the grisaia fan translation. that’s a southern american one, right?
If they are alive ….if you remember what happend with Camille in Japan
Thanks for the release!
Thanks for the chapter
Things are going to get serius huh? Thanks for the chapter!
DANG 50 years old? I feel sorry already for the real q of clovers. I wonder how beatrix and mei swaps are doing on real world end.
yeah, that poor girl…
I still wonder where mei actually came from in the real world. Her memory was gone at age of 5 I believe. Huh..
Camille appears at 3, and the ojou-sama side shows her to be…quite smart…
So I think she’d be ok?
You don’t suppose that she’s actually younger than the original? If a grandma who never played the game got switched, whose to say that a newborn baby can’t get switched too.
You have a good where she maybe younger than the original. Wouldn’t that make things awkward if mei is actually 15 mentally.
Wait… all these bodyswaps and who is the one pulling these strings? Unless it’s the game creator!!! It all makes sense… the creator is planning to converge two worlds together. We must stop that from happening!
Commander sheeprabbit sama we must stop the creator! Waifu battalion assemble!! This is not a drill the fate of the world is at stake! !!
Bodyswaps is how they call themself,but why you think their real bodies are alive?
“Before you came here, didn’t you life another life? Didn’t you suddenly get moved to this body?”
I didn’t have to use keigo with her, I decided to speka normally.
According to what BEatrix said, she took the exam and failed.
Is that your secret desire for her to be-a-(domina)trix? :v
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Thanks for the translation!
Can anyone tell me or confirm for me that it really is a “bodyswap” and not a replacement of the original personality?
There’s a short side story about the original Camille’s life in Japan.
Thanks for the chapter. Wait…So Mei really is a swapper? When did they first mention that because I seem to have skipped it? Somebody please tell me the chapter again.
At this point in the story it has not been confirmed that Mei swapped. Camille belives she did but Mei’s pov only mentions that Kai took care of her who had lost her memory at the age of 5.
You got too wrapped up to think about a possible revolution that might happen… too wrapped up… for over a decade? Such a poorly written novel…
“ I want this to suddenly be a factor in the story … soooo… ummm.. she was too busy! That’s why she didn’t think of it!….. for over a decade…right… that works.. I guess..”