Trying to Fulfill My Responsibilities
I am getting used to my dance lessons with Tennoji-san.
Ballroom dancing is performed by a man and a woman in close physical contact. I felt like I showed a lot of weakness at first, but as I watched Tennoji-san’s serious attitude, the malicious feelings I had inside me vanished.
“That’s all for today.”
Tennoji-san wipes her sweat lightly.
I looked at my watch and saw that we had only been practicing for an hour.
“Earlier than usual, isn’t it?”
“Yes. I’d like to go on a little longer, but I have something to do today.”
When I casually asked her back, for some reason Tennoji-san’s expression became clouded.
“……This is about the marriage proposal I told you about before. Today we are meeting with the other party.”
The Tennoji-san’s expression was still cloudy as she told me that.
“Um…… Tennoji-san, you don’t want to accept this marriage proposal?”
“Why did you think so?”
“You don’t seem to be very enthusiastic about it.”
I had always thought that Tennoji-san was keen on the idea of a marriage proposal, and I was going to support her. I remember that she had shown some anxiety for a while, but it was only because she was nervous about the unknown experience of the marriage proposal, not because she was anxious about the proposal itself.
However, I may have been wrong.
Once again, I asked Tennoji-san about her true feelings.
“There is no need to worry, I am positive about the proposal.”
Tennoji answered with a deceptive smile.
“And …… I am in a position where I have to accept the offer.”
“Your position ……?”
“Yes. Since it’s a good opportunity, I’ll tell Nishinari-san about it.”
Tennoji-san looked at me with a serious expression.
“I am an adopted child.”
My eyes widened at that statement.
Tennoji-san continued calmly.
“I was adopted, but I was taken in by the Tennoji family when I was a baby, so I don’t really feel like I’m an adopted child.”
With a slight look of guilt on her face, Tennoji-san said.
“Both my father and mother treat me as if I were their own daughter. However, it is still an undeniable fact that I do not have the blood of the Tennoji family in my veins. I am not a daughter of the Tennoji family. …… therefore, I need to be more mindful of my behavior to be appropriate for a daughter of the Tennoji family. Since I have no blood in my veins, I must at least carry on the achievements. This is my duty.”
Somehow, I managed to wrap my head around the confusion and put Tennoji-san’s story into perspective.
In other words, Tennoji-san thinks that she must not betray the expectations of the Tennoji family because of her position as an adopted child. And Tennoji-san believes that this is her duty.
“Wait, wait a minute.”
As I got the story straightened out, I had a feeling that one of the assumptions I had been holding on to had been broken.
“Tennoji-san, did you get engaged because of your …… duty ……?”
To this question, Tennoji-san nods her head with a thin smile on her face.
“Yes, but this is a common occurrence for people of our social class.”
It may be true, but …….
–Is it really okay?
Is it really okay, as it is?
I immediately thought of Hinako. It is not always possible to be happy if you do what your parents want you to do. I know this from my relationship with Hinako.
However, in this case, Tennoji herself is satisfied with her current situation.
The outsider should not say anything. Even though I know that, it still bothers me.
“My case is somewhat unique, but …… you, of all people, would understand, wouldn’t you?”
“Because you are also adopted, aren’t you?”
I was so taken aback by these words that I stiffened up with my mouth open.
“Do you remember what I said before at the study group that Konohana-san and the others were attending?”
After hearing those words, I remembered.
During a break in the study session, Tennoji-san asked me, “Are you really the heir to a medium-sized company?”
“…. As I recall, you said that my mannerisms are not what you are educated to be as an heir.”
“Yes. At that point, I had an idea of your status. Perhaps you are someone who, like …… me, is trying to do your duty to protect the family name.”
As a result, Tennoji-san apparently decided that I was an adopted child.
But – unfortunately not.
She was right up to the halfway point. Like Tennoji-san, I am also trying to fulfill my duty to protect the family name.
However, the family name I am protecting belongs to the Konohana family.
I am not an adopted son, I am just a servant employed by the Konohana family.
I cannot explain this to Tennoji-san. That would violate the contract between me and the Konohana family.
I am not a very smart person, but I could still imagine how much trouble I would cause the Konohana family if I revealed myself here.
“…… Please keep it …… confidential.”
“Of course. ……Hmmm, after all, there is no mistake with my eyes.”
Tennoji-san smiled happily.
My heart ached.
It was a feeling of …… guilt that I had turned a blind eye to all this time.
2 thoughts on “Takane no Hana Volume 2 Chapter 21”
thanks for the chapter
the wait was worth it, thanks for your hard work