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The days at the Duke’s house, which I was not used to, were perplexing.
Of course, as a child, I was not given such difficult tasks, but it was difficult to do my job in a nobleman’s house without being rude, and I was frequently reprimanded by the head butler.
I never received a response from my parents when I sent them a letter, who greeted me with a smile on the day I left home, so I eventually stopped writing to them.
My parents abandoned me, and the adults at the Duke’s house scolded me.
This is an exaggeration, but I felt at the time that I was useless.
“You’re our new butler. What are you doing here?”
“Are you Evelina Ojo-sama?”
Evelina-sama, the young lady of the family, appeared in front of me as I was crouching in the corner of the garden.
Ojo-sama shook her long pink-beige hair and looked down at me.
“Is there something wrong? Is that why you’re so depressed?”
“N-No. That is not the case…”
“Then I’ll sing you a song to make you feel better! It was taught to me by my teacher!”
When Ojo-sama said this, she started singing in a cheerful and childish tone. She wasn’t particularly good at singing.
Ojo-sama smiled proudly at me after she finished singing.
“What do you think? Do you feel better now? Isn’t it a lovely song?”
“Y-Yes. It made me feel a lot better. Thank you.”
I couldn’t help but be grateful to Ojo-sama for singing for me. But Ojo-sama was unconvinced.
“You still appear depressed. Yes, I’ll tell you a story I enjoy! It’s about a princess who escapes from a castle and travels through different countries. I’m sure hearing it will make you feel better.”
Ojo-sama said this solemnly, sat down next to me, and began to speak. With all due respect, she was also a little sloppy in her singing, and her speech frequently went back and forth, so I couldn’t understand much of what she was saying.
But when Ojo-sama spoke, her face was filled with joy, and it made me happy as well.
“Oh, you’re finally laughing! Isn’t this a fascinating story?”
“Yes, thank you very much.”
“Unfortunately, I haven’t read the rest of the story yet, so I don’t know what will happen next. I’ll tell you more after I finish reading the rest of the book today.”
Ojo-sama said with a smile. Her smile was so endearing that I forgot to respond and just stared at her.
“Hey, are you listening to me?”
“Y-Yes! I’m listening.”
“Promise me. Come back here tomorrow, okay?”
Ojo-sama said this, then waved her hand in the air and walked away. I just stood there staring blankly in the direction Ojo-sama had gone.
With the sudden appearance of Ojo-sama, the melancholy feeling I had felt earlier had completely vanished.
My first conversation with Ojo-sama left an indelible impression on me.
The next day, Ojo-sama returned to the same location and told me the story again in her faltering speech.
She looked at me intently after she finished. Then, in a cheerful tone, she said, “You’re looking better!” She then waved goodbye and walked away.
Following that, the kind-hearted Ojo-sama, who may have been concerned that the “boy so close to her age appeared depressed,” approached him every time they passed each other in the house.
When our gazes met, Ojo-sama would smile and approach me. Then she’d grab my sleeve and drag me into the garden or the hall.
Ojo-sama would tell me songs and stories wherever she took me.
Of course, the good times necessitated a great deal of work. So I had to work late that day, but I was so happy to see Ojo-sama that I didn’t mind.
Ojo-sama is sweet, lovable, and always cheerful.
The mere smile of Ojo-sama makes my tiredness fly away in no time.
As I looked forward to seeing Ojo-sama every day, I gradually became accustomed to the Duke’s work and became less perplexed.
The duke’s house, which should have been a source of worry, has become a haven of peace and tranquility.
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