Notes on the 13th Maria-sama ga Miteru Novel - Part 2
- Bocchama, Ojousama (Little Master, Little Mistress)
Yumi's book is boring her to tears it's a depressing story, and
sitting and doing nothing is bring her down.
"Hey Yumi." There is the hallway is Yuuki. Sachiko welcomes him and
invites him up to the terrace. He declines on the basis that he's only
here to drop off the parasol Yumi forgot in her father's car.
When Yumi snaps at Yuuki, Sachiko scolds her, telling her that they
are siblings; they should be able to get along. Yumi think that it
would be more trouble than its worth to point out to Sachiko that she
has no siblings, and therefore no clue about sibling relationships.
Sachiko firmly requests Yuuki join them for lunch. He says that he has
to go meet a friend in town. Yumi is instantly jealous and it shows on
her face. Yuuki offers to take her with him to the main shopping
street. Sachiko says its okay with her, if Yuuki is going to be with
Yumi. Yuuki asks if Sachiko would like to join them, but she demurs,
saying that she's been and the crowds don't appeal to her.
Yumi is torn, because she wants to stay with Sachiko, but she wants to
go. Yuuki takes her arm and tells Sachiko that he's going to borrow
his sister for a little while. He takes Yumi in hand and starts
walking off with her. He tells her that it was obvious that she wanted
to go and since Sachiko wasn't going to
They walk through the woods, past a pillar with a white nameplate that
says nothing but "Sawa." Yumi stares at the name, wondering if it's
the same "sawa" in "OgaSAWAra" and "SAWAmura" (Kyo and Gensuke's name)
Yuuki says that Yumi seemed gloomy and he just made the decision for
her as much for Sachiko as for Yumi, since if Yumi was hanging
around being down, it would suck for Sachiko. Yuuki wanted to cheer
her up. Yumi thinks that it's not always easy to be cheerful. As they
leave the woods, Yumi holds up a hand to block the dazzling sunlight.
They come into town and meet up with a guy in a Hawaiian shirt,
sunglasses and a "bocchama" haircut. He whistles as Yumi and Yuuki
approach. Yumi recognizes him as Kobayashi-kun, Yuuki's classmate.
Kobayashi greets Yumi politely, then turns to Yuuki and speaks in
crude boy language. Yumi's not surprised she assumes that when he's
not around her, Yuuki probably speaks that way too.
Town is very crowded. They try to figure out what to do. Yumi mentions
ice cream and Kobayashi claps hi hand and runs off, calling for them
to follow. Yumi and Yuuki have no idea where he's going and would have
lost him in the crowd but for his loud Hawaiian shirt. They end up in
front of a coffee shop. Kobayashi says that this place is known for
its ice cream.
Yumi asks why here, after all there's many places to get ice cream.
Kobayashi bizarrely answers "Because it's just about time.". Ignoring
the long line of people, he points to the store like he's conjuring
something. At which a young man comes out and hands Kobayashi two ice
cream cones. "Here's the ice cream you were waiting for." K gives one
to Yumi and one to Yuuki, who pays him for it. Kobayashi tells Yumi
not to worry about it the young man was a sempai.
As they walk along, Kobayashi and Yuuki bang fists and chat. Yumi
thinks that they are rambunctious, but boy friendship is nice too. She
thinks that she'll never get to that level of comfort touching
A couple of big guys see them and say, "Whoa, look, two Yukichis!"
kobayashi calls them Nikkou- and Gakkou-sempai. Yumi's like, what on
earth kinds of names are those? They go on to say that Kashiwagi had
mentioned that Yuuki makes a cute woman They stand there eating ice
cream and watching Yumi and Yuuki, commenting on the Fukuzawa siblings
like they are watching a movie. One says that if Kashiwagi goes out
with Yumi, then that would be cool. If they married, it would make
Kashiwagi yuuki's older brother.
At this Yumi goes all shaky and cold and not from the ice cream. The
idea of pairing up with Kashiwagi gives her the chills. The two guys
go on, oh wait, Kashiwagi's got a fiancée. Yuuki comments that
Kashiwagi's fiancée is his sister's onee-sama. Gakkou and Nikkou try
to figure out that relationship. If Kashiwagi marries your sister's
Yumi wonders if all of Hanadera is here.
All of a sudden, Yumi says she wants to go back. Seeing all the
Hanadera sempai, she yearns for onee-sama. It'll be nice to get back
to her. Yuuki asks Kobayashi where Kashiwagi said he'd be. Kobayashi
mentions a restaurant. Yuuki says, good, because he said he had his
car with him.
Yumi thanks Kashiwagi for the ride. He's very gracious in response. He
then goes on to say that it gives him a chance to ride with Yuuki.
She tells herself that he won't try to do anything with Kobayashi in
Kashiwagi tells her to persevere (gambare yo) and she asks why. He
says he just has a feeling. She asks about what, because she doesn't
trust him he's not above pulling a prank on her. Kashiwagi just
responds that he'll say an Ave for her the same thing that Yoshino
had said before Yumi left on vacation...
Yumi isn't sure where Kashiwagi gets his foresight, but the trial
isn't too long in coming. She goes into the house and can hear that
there are many voices. Kyo is setting tea on the terrace. While Yumi
was out, 4 girls have stopped by for a while.
Sachiko welcomes her back and beckons her to join them. She meets Yumi
1/2way, puts her arm around Yumi's shoulder to lead her forward.
Sachiko introduce Yumi, who bows, but not before she takes a hard look
at the four. The guests are all fluttery and frilly like butterflies.
Yumi wishes she was dressed like a cabbage moth now in the white
dress, instead of jeans and a t-shirt.
The butterflies all use flowery language. Touko is among them,
Yumi asks her what about Canada and Touko says that there was a change
of heart and they didn't go. As usual, Touko responds to Yumi coldly,
but she seems glad to not have had to go to Canada.
Yumi feels sure that what saves her that afternoon is seeing a face
she knows. It's pleasant enough drinking tea and eating sweets, but
she did have trouble following the rich girls' conversations: some
shop they like, a place in Paris, pleading for a horse for their
birthday These were the type of people who planned for month-long
cruises. Yumi remembers a song from her past about people like this.
She always wondered who did these kinds of things and here they were
in front of her. Although it was an everyday conversation for them, to
her it was like a foreign language.
Just like sometimes she thought of Sachiko as an alien among
earthlings, this time she was the alien.
They start gossiping about people and Touko abruptly stands and says
it's about time to go. "Speaking ill of other people isn't one of my
interests. I'm not comfortable talking about things I don't know the
The three other girls look at each other, not really knowing how to
answer this charge.
Sachiko smoothly suggests they call that conversation closed. It's
obvious that Sachiko felt the same way, but as her guests were the
ones talking, she didn't feel comfortable scolding them.
Saionji Yukari says that if Yumi ever comes out here again, she should
come by her summer home, taking Yumi's hand as she leaves. Yumi thinks
that's a polite way of putting it. "If you're ever here again."
Touko leaves last. Yumi asks her why she said what she said before.
Touko replies that it's just pathetic to gossip. She says she's fine
with speaking ill of other people when it's suitable. Yumi tells her
that she's very adult. Touko says not really, then goes on to warn
Yumi to leave quickly, so there will be no rumors about her. Her tone
isn't friendly advice-like, it's threatening. She goes on to say that
everyone admires Sachiko- oneesama. After Yumi became her soeur, many
rumours spread. Yumi thinks that that explained the looks the three
girls gave her when Sachiko introduced her. They looked at her like
"what are you?" then shut her out completely.
Touko asks if that treatment made Yumi angry, as she walks off into
the woods. Yumi watches her go, then thinks, that that made four of
them, not three, who held her in contempt.
Sachiko is waiting for her in the main room. She asks if town was fun.
Yumi comes up to Sachiko and says yes, but...then laying her head on
Sachiko's shoulder, says that it would have been better with onee-
Now Yumi could return to being cheerful, she thinks, as Sachiko slides
her hand down Yumi's hair.
Cont'd in Part 3