LMM 325: Permanent Resident

Claimer: I do hereby claim all rights and responsibility for the characters in this series of vignettes because the Amaranthine Saga is mine. (Which means I should probably behave myself since anything I say or do could be taken as canon.) Indulge the lot of us, especially the one who’s now twenty in this timeline.

Summer of 5 N.S., also known as “almost two years later,”
which coincides with the beginning of the third book
in the Amaranthine Saga, Tamiko and the Two Janitors.

Permanent Resident

Jacques opened the front door and risked a whisper. “The remainder of the household is hovering in the vicinity of the kitchen door.”

Akira’s smiled sheepishly. “I thought this would be more… official, I guess?”

“I did the same when it was my turn. But where’s your baggage?”

“This is it.” He angled his head toward Suuzu, who wheeled a single case.

“For both of you? Mon dieu. I’ll talk to Randolla about expanding your wardrobe.”

“I don’t want to trouble anyone…!”

“Stately House takes care of its own. Now! Manners, dear nephew. Where’s your tadaima?”

Akira beamed. “I’m home.”

Posted: October 31, 2021
Prompt: #Inktober2021, Day Thirty-One: Risk
Words: 100

Summary: Jacques Smythe brazens his way into Stately House and shows no sign of departing. Like it or not, Lord Mettlebright has himself a butler. An Amaranthine Saga Serial. [Humor, Drama, Family] Begins here. You can suggest a prompt here. To scroll through archived chapters, use the Lord Mettlebright’s Man tag.


7 thoughts on “LMM 325: Permanent Resident

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    • Oh! In Japan, when entering your house, it’s common courtesy to call out, “Tadaima,” It’s announcing your arrival, saying, “I’m home.” Your family members would return the courtesy by calling out, “Okaeri,” which is essentially, “Welcome home.” There are similar phrases to announce you’re leaving the house … or to greet customers into a store.

      With young children, who are still learning these social niceties, it’s fairly normal to ask, “Where’s your tadaima?” in the same way we coach children to use their best manners. Like “Say, please.” Or “tell her thank you.” So in a sense, Jacques is treating Akira like a child. But also emphasizing the fact that he’s now a full-time resident of Stately House. The young man is home. For good.

      Fun Fact: We totally do this at my house, since it’s such a cozy tradition.


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