Celia-Sensei SS, Chapter 1
Author : Kitayama Yui
TL : Cnine
ED : Jake1456
PF : Algebra
Year 996 of Sacred Calendar. When Rio was still studying in Royal institute — 3 days before Rio’s participation in the field training and escape from Bertram kingdom to save his life.
Rio was visiting Celia’s laboratory. When he’s in the middle of preparing the tea――
「Sensei, you’re gathering quite an amount of letters ……….. Did someone visit you yesterday? 」
Rio’s pointing out with his look at the mountain of letters that was gathering in the corner of the room.
「U-Uhn. They’re piling up huh ……..」
Celia nods in a somewhat awkward manner.
「Could it be that you’ve actually failed to notice it. You shouldn’t leave it alone right, If you want a consultation I’ll give it as much as you want」
Rio asks timidly as he looks at Celia’s complexion.
「No, it’s not about that, but. Uhm, how should I say this, all of this letters are from my dear father」
Celia’s telling the sender of the letters in a strangely evasive manner.
「Ah, I see…………… Well then, I shouldn’t privy too deeply in this matter right. My apologies for asking something strange」
Rio’s reading the atmosphere and immediately withdraws the previous offer. But――、
「Ah, Uuhn. How should I put it, actually there’s so much things I want Rio to hear, do you ………… want to hear it? 」
Celia’s timidly applying a consultation with Rio.
「Yeah, no problem ……………」
Rio stared at Celia’s face. Though it doesn’t mean that she’s particularly pale, she somehow looks listless today and he can’t feel her usual vigor.
「You see, I didn’t read all of those letters but, I think the content of those mountain of letters is regarding marriage interviews ……. maybe」
Celia’s suddenly holding nothing back to the subject of consultation.
「Marriage interview ……….. I see, so it really is about that」
Someway or another, Rio had guessed everything. And then, his lips unintentionally relaxed.
「Aah, you just laughed. You laughed at me right? 」
Celia’s launching a protest to Rio with a blushed face.
「I’m not laughing. I mean since it’s sensei, even if that topic is the topic, you’ll become too lazy to correspond with it since you’re too busy with your research right. That’s why your father’s worried and sends a lot of letters」
Maybe because Rio’s explaining the main point clearly, he told her about the sequence of events that he already expected.
Though the currently 17 years old Celia is at the marriageable age as a noble, the talk about marriage comes occasionally, she declares that she won’t be marrying for the time being. It seems that she’s being called so many times from her house since a long time ago, it seems the situation is extending until now.
「U-Uhn. Yeah, you’re right……..」
Celia’s face is getting even redder as she’s hanging her head down in shame.
「And then, how long has it been since you weren’t replying? 」
Rio didn’t blame Celia any further, and asks a question as if trying to change the topic.
「Uhm, several months ago…….」
「Several months huh. Though there’s an unusual amount letters coming……」
Rio said that as he’s looking at the mountain of letters.
If you are comparing the normal means of communication in this world by means of letter, even if the other party is originally her own family, the period called several months isn’t a seen as a problem for not even once getting in touch with someone who’s your fellow in some distant place.
Rather, it might be strange for the letter from the very same person to reach the amount of small mountain in just several months. It might be just how important Celia is.
「Dear father is just too overprotective. Though he says that marriage is an important matter….. He keeps introducing me to a good guy rather than letting me being wooed by some stranger」
Celia’s sighing as she’s hanging her head.
「Ahaha, he’s truly a doting father isn’t he」
「Geez, it’s not something funny but…….」
Celia pouted to Rio who’s laughing delightfully.
「I’m sorry. How about thinking about sensei’s current situation, what do you want to do 」
Rio’s apologizing while smiling wryly and decided to make sure of Celia’s feelings for the time being. Even if he’s going to give advice, he’s thinking of checking the real intention of the person first.
「I’ve said it before but, I don’t want to marry yet」
「I see. You’re strong willed aren’t you. …… In that case, it seems you don’t need to open several of these letters, will you confirm the content for the time being? There’s even the possibility that your father might change his mind」
「Yeah. I know about that but, it’s because the thing he writes almost seems like similar things……. Won’t you read it for me instead, Rio 」
Celia’s nodding timidly and then made her wish as if looking at Rio’s face.
「Uhm, I don’t mind but…….. Are you sure」
Rio’s asking back in consideration for her privacy.
「U-Uhn. I definitely won’t show it to another person but, it’s okay if it’s Rio. You can’t carry out the consultation properly if you’re not reading it right. Yes, here……」
And then, after recieving the letters from Celia’s hand――、
「Well, excuse me then」
Rio opened the letter politely with his hand. From the date, it was written a while ago but, written in there is an extremely long composition lining up neatly with superb penmanship.
After digesting it, from the so called long and lonely flowing lines, it was written that he’s worried whether or not Celia have a undesired love, occasionally wishing that she’ll come home, the main subject whether she already considering to marry soon was jotted down in it. And, as the candidate of the marriage, there’s even the short detail of the person a famous youth of famed house.
「……How is it」
Rio’s confirming the matter as he moved his line of sight after he finished reading the letter and then, Celia’s timidly asked to him.
「The sentence written in it as if speaking to sensei isn’t it. For the candidate of the formal marriage interview, it’s written several name of nobles in here and there which he can trust whether their personality or their social standing」
「The second son of duke Fontine house, the eldest son of earl Barry house, and the second of earl Albert house. The second son of earl Albert house age is closer to sensei, didn’t you two already meet in your childhood」
Well even if he says that their age is closer, their age separated by nearly 10 years.
「I know that but………. I don’t think that I want to marry him you know. I don’t even see him in that way, couldn’t he be seeing me like that too 」
Celia’s muttering those words with a complicated face.
「U~hn. Those kind of weak arguments might not be enough to persuade your father right. The other party might not really think so, actually trying to meet him will make it clear. In that case, it’s easier if sensei is conveying the image of your ideal man, after not meeting such person, it might be easier to reject the proposal」
Rio told that in a low tone with a pensive look on his face. [TL : A little brother who’s worried about her single elder sister]
「The image-of-my-ideal……… Man」
Celia’s muttering as she’s trying to recall the image of her ideal man. Like everyone else, she has a maidenly delusion when she reads a love story but, now that he mentioned it, she couldn’t even think about her ideal type of man.
「It seems you’re not even thinking about that right」
Rio’s speaking as he’s looking at Celia with a troubled expression.
「D-Don’t laugh at it. I’m not a child, I have the image of my ideal man」
Celia’s face flushed in the blink of an eyes. Rio felt that she’s rather childish in that area but, there’s something that better not to be said, so he’s not pointing that out.
「There’s someone you’re interested in right. Will you let me to hear about it 」
Rio cheerfully asked regarding the ideal man of Celia.
「Uuuh…… U-Uhm, you know. F-For example……」
Rio’s looking with a teasing face at Celia who’s embarrassed and lost for words. Thereupon, Celia started to say a single line.
「It’s someone with a open personality, someone who’ll give me a consultation to me when I have some kind of trouble, Next is someone who truly understands all about me, someone who’ll drink tea along with me, someone who’ll tell a funny story, and won’t be troubled by silence sometimes……. someone like that」
Celia’s raising her fingers one after another as she’s reciting her type with slightly pouting lips. But, maybe because she strangely feels uncomfortable inside as she says those lines, she feels a strong deja vu in the image of the qualified person, so she’s tilting her head as she feels something that she can’t understand.
「Unexpectedly, The hurdle isn’t that high huh. What about something like his appearance, income, or social status」
Rio’s amazed as if admiring her while listing the realistic condition which the noble girl wants the most. [TL : Mwahahaha]
「EH? Uhm, nothing special in that area………… I’ll earn the money so there’s no trouble in living as a noble with the income of my research. In that case, it might be better if he’s someone I’m comfortable with, right? 」
Celia told him about that with a quiet embarrassed expression in the end while saying it in a low enough voice.
「I see. If we’re not putting his social status, sensei’s ideal man might be quite a hurdle right. It’s quite a hurdle to become a person who loves sensei」
Rio’s nodding as if consenting with those words, and smiling gently at her.
「I wonder about that Though I won’t say that they’re large in number, they’re unexpectedly close by if you’re looking for them……….」
And, though Celia’s looking with a expression as if she’s not a bit convinced with his words, when she suddenly looks at Rio who sat in front of her――、
Eh, the condition that I just talked about, doesn’t that perfectly apply for Rio
Her face changed to that of shocked expression as she thought about that. Her body stiffened as it is, she’s recalling the condition she spoke just a while ago in her head that started to disordered. That’s right, someone with a open personality, someone who’ll give me a consultation to me when I have some kind of trouble, Next is someone who truly understands all about me, someone who’ll drink tea along with me, someone who’ll tell a funny story, and sometimes won’t be bothered by silence.
Her doubt change into conviction. Thereupon, Celia face turned red just due to that. But, for Rio who’s not aware of her state, he’s staring at the still stunned Celia with a somewhat curious face.
「W-Well, that just “For Example” you know. J-Just “For Example“. Even if that kind of person is unexpectedly close by……… he won’t be found if I’m not looking for him isn’t it 」
Celia added that in hurry. While persuading herself with―― “Rio was a fatherly-figure, since it’s often the case that he’s occasionally trying to choose a marriage partner for me like a close family, it’s just natural that he’s close to my ideal man“.
「Well, you could say that right」
Maybe because Rio’s a blockhead, as expected that he failed to notice Celia’s intention in that place as he nods while smiling wryly. Thereupon, Celia’s feeling unsatisfied as her feelings become complex――、
「Muu~…… By the way, can I know about the ideal woman of Rio I feel it’s unfair that I’m the only one who’s embarrassed」
She questioned him with scornful eyes.
「Ahaha, my ideal woman is it」
「Yeah, now tell me about it」
Rio tried to avoid that topic with wry smile but, Celia held her face upfront as she somehow sulked about it. Thus――、
「……Maybe I’m similar to sensei in that area. Someone who I’m comfortable with. Someone whom I can understand and can understand me, a generous person who can respect me and I can respect her」
Rio’s telling his ideal image with a somehow distant look in his eyes.
「U~hm, that is so. Rio’s also the same with me right. Yeah, I see now」
Celia looks delighted, and yet showed a brief smile as if feeling relieved. [TL : For you who failed to understand, yeah, his condition applied to Celia too]
「Well, ideal is ideal, you can say that it’s nothing but that, before you know everyone in your surrounding is married, it might be just you who’s left behind by everyone right」
「Uh, Please don’t send a threat to me…… I can’t easily imagine it」
Celia’s body started to tremble to Rio who’s saying that while smiling wryly.
「It’s okay. As long as sensei keeps that feeling in mind, you’ll find your marriage partner right away」
「……I wonder about that」
Though Celia’s face became gloomier as if feeling anxious――、
「Yeah, it’ll be okay if we made a chance to make the nature of sensei is known to the surroundings. Though sensei might hate it, I think it’s okay if you summon your courage and shift your focus a bit at the high society of the noble. Even if it’s about dress, if you put it on, I know that an approach will come from the men side. That’s why there’s no need to be impatient for now」
Rio calmly consented to it.
「……Thank you. I’ll think about it if Rio says so」
Celia becomes embarassed acting a bit strange as she nodded with a shy face.
「It’s nothing, but well it can’t be helped that it’ll become a problem that must be solved immediately in the near future」
「Yeah, that is so」
Celia’s face was suddenly taken aback when Rio returned to the story.
「just in case, should I read the latest letter. Your father might even change his mind」
Rio’s sending a proposal to Celia who’s hanging her head crestfallen.
「Uhn………… Yeah. Please」
「Well, excuse me then」
Rio opened a new letter which has the latest date on it. And then, after scanning the content of the letter for a short while――、
「…………Sensei, it seems that your father is going to the capital」
He’s telling the fact written in the letter.
Celia was startled.
「Since he has some business that requires him to come to the capital, it seems he’ll be stopping for a short while at the royal academy. And he’ll be discussing the matter about marriage at that time」
「U~h, I see……」
「If we’re going by the date of the letter sent, it seems he’ll be arriving just at the next week. It might be better to gather your thoughts together if you’re going to reject this marriage interview」
Rio’s saying that as he’s peeping at Celia complexion.
「U-Uhn…… it’s thanks to Rio right. I’m glad that he didn’t come with a surprise attack. I barely avoided that. Ah, even not coming and not saying to meet immediately…… What should I do 」
Though she can escape from the worst situation, Celia started to really become bewildered as if extremely perplexed.
「Though it’s different from a excuse, sensei should just gather your thoughts and explain your current situation right As long as I see the content of the letter, I can feel that he really is worrying about sensei from the bottom of his heart. I think he’ll readily give his consent as long as you’re showing your resolution. Rather, I think that’s the best choice」
Rio’s talking gently as if trying to calm Celia’s heart.
「……I see. That’s so, right. yeah, I’ll try to think for a while to not run away. Thank you very much. I won’t show such a pathetic figure」
After Celia who can do nothing but being cheered on by a younger boy was nodding as she somehow gathered her thoughts together.
「It’s nothing, if you’re okay with me please just say so since I’ll give you advice. I’ll be absent three days later due to field training though」
Rio’s shaking his head in denial as he let out a wide smile.
「Ah, that’s right. The field training already close by huh. You’ll be careful right It won’t be that dangerous as long as you’re not going to a strange place but……」
「Yeah, I’ll take care of myself」
Celia looked at him with a expression of worry when she hears about the field training. But, Rio’s consenting with a really calm and collected attitude. Thereupon, maybe because Celia’s feeling relieved, she’s smiling a gentle smile.
「Well, take care of yourself then. I’ll be preparing nice tea leaves」
「yes, I’m looking forward to it」
The two of them look at each other while smiling happily. But, unknown to the current Celia that Rio will be accused with false charge during the field training three days later, and forced to leave Bertram kingdom.
This was an event of such a day.