Chapter 25

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Oven Day
“Okaasama… my stomach is slightly in pain…”

“Eh! Are you all right!?”

I immediately run up to Wirbel and put my hand on his stomach.

“Yes, but, the main building today…”

“Ah, indeed” I came to an understanding after seeing Wirbel looking at the floor.
Could this also be considered proof of growth?

Today is the day the oven will be brought in.
It is a hot topic in the Sunlight Mansion so it naturally must have reached Wirbel’s ears.
Well, when everyone is acting restlessly because of a big event, it would spark a child’s curiosity without a doubt.

Still, to think that Wirbel who is almost never selfish would feign illness!
Wirbel who was severely disciplined as a male born in the Flaksburb family and brought up by a hysterical mother is obviously more mature than an ordinary child.
I was worried about him being too mature. Being more mischevious is alright! I wanted to shout.

Nevertheless, I shouldn’t be pampering him here.

“Is that so, then, let’s call the doctor. You will receive a bitter medicine, and you will have to spend all day resting in your room.”

“That… yes…”

“Wirbel?”

When I gently caress Wirbel’s cheek which was hesitating to speak, his young eyes looked at me.

“Okaasama… I’m sorry, in truth, my stomach is not painful… I wanted to see the oven…”

Wirbel mutters with a voice full of regret.

Yup, what to say, my child is too serious! He’s already reflecting before I could say anything.
Isn’t it alright for a child to lie once?
Does this seriousness come from Christhard-sama?
That person, he gives off an impression of a ruffian, but I think that he is a considerably serious person.

“… Did you come to hate me?”

“! Absolutely not! Okaasama loves Wirbel no matter what. But, deceiving people is not good. Isn’t that right?”

“Yes, I’m sorry.”

Mmm, “scolding” is too difficult!
Lying is no good. But, isn’t being overly serious too suffocating? I think so.
I can’t tell him that lying a bit is fine…
I understand that he will grow by experiencing various things, but as expected, I can’t help but wish for his life not to become tough.

Child-rearing is seriously difficult.
I clearly understand what the correct answer is, but can’t do that.
Therefore, let’s be sincere at the very least. I will not run away.

“Wirbel, I will be making sweets called Baumkuchen today. Okaasama will do her best, so let’s eat it together, okay?”

“Yes! I will also do my best at studying!”

“Yes, then, let’s announce today’s results at the teatime.”

“Yes!”

I hug Wirbel who replied vigorously and saw him off to the entrance while holding hands.
When we were waving hands at each other endlessly, Berta “Please stop it already” scolded me.

Well then, let’s head to the kitchen!

The potato starch for the Baumkuchen is already prepared.
Because all that’s left is to mix the ingredients, there’s not much to do.
Of course, I won’t be able to do anything! Everyone says that I’m most wonderful at directing people. Really? I don’t feel complete, though. Tsk.

I hear voices when approaching the kitchen.

This voice is the head chef.
He sounds enthusiastic as always.
He got fired up because of my salad request the other day.

Fresh vegetables are not eaten much in this world.
But, if boiled, their nutrition value decreases.
Because I wanted to eat a simple salad, I told him to prepare it for me.
Then “A salad??” he asked with question marks floating around him.
Vegetables that make your teeth strong. Curry ingredients!?

Wrong!!
I had to enter the kitchen with the head chef and explain repeatedly!!
Although he was impressed “Oh!” at one point, I began explaining about the dressing next.

“O, Okusama, you are the incarnation of God of Food…”
And he started worshipping me.
You’ve got to be kiddin’ me! You idiot! That not true, nah, no way that true I say![ Amalie speaks in Kansai dialect here] … Sorry, I lost my composure.

Because of that, colorful salads are now lined up on the Flaksburb House’s dining tables, and even Bianca-sama accepted them with a favorable impression. Thank you!
Since it’s a salad, Head chef learned to use various vegetables.
He was aimlessly loitering around the garden because he wanted to increase his repertoire of vegetables. Since I couldn’t to just let it go, I told him about the vegetables that were likely good to eat with my skill.
You must not mix any doubtful vegetables in!

“Okusama! The oven seems to have arrived.”

“I see, then, let’s have it installed.”

It finally came! Now, let’s make it!

There were some problems with installing the huge oven, but the installation was somehow completed.
After that, bake the dough while pouring it on a rotating bar.

The surroundings were filled with sweet, sweet fragrance.

This is it~
The fragrance of Baumkuchen coming out from the small bakery on the way to school in my previous life!
Probably, right now, the whole Sunlight Mansion is filled with this fragrance.
A fragrance of happiness~

“Haa…”
I hear intoxicated sighs from all around.
It looks like everyone is entranced by this fragrance.
As usually, Berta is shedding tears and the head chef trembles with excitement.
It has a promise!

While being impressed, the unique round layer of Baumkuchen completes.

“Okusama, how is it?”

“Well, this much is fine. Shall we cut it after it cools down a bit?”

“Yes!”

Everyone stares at Baumkuchen cooling down while holding their breaths.
It won’t cool that quick, though.

The head chef and the cooks and apprentices try to bake Baumkuchen with the leftover dough. Do your best!
It seems it was quite the chaos when deciding on the members who would take part today.
It’s not like everyone can come because there’s work in the main building to be done. “I will! No, I will!” It was quite a bloodshed, Berta told me the head chef had to soothe things down.
The talks became larger and larger without me knowing.
It’s just making Baumkuchen, you know?

“Okusama, is it all right?”

Becker who remained after carrying the oven in asked.

“Yes, is there something?”

“I was honestly perplexed when you have first ordered the oven. However, when the oven got completed, a certain thought sprout inside me. And today, after witnessing it with my own eyes, I’m convinced!”

Becker says passionately.

W, what’s the matter?

“Okusama! Let’s open a Baumkuchen store!”

“Ha?”

Somehow, it became an exaggerated thing again.
Brand logo, recipe book, cookware, this and that. After that? There are still many things.

… Isn’t it enough already?

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