Sunday, April 6, 2014

[Summary] Sugar Apple Fairy Tale - Volume 2

One reader asked me to write a brief overview / summary of the Sugar Apple Fairytale novels I've read so far. But other readers have scolded me for giving away even the most obvious of spoilers, so I'm a bit conflicted about how to go about this... I'm going to go ahead and write up some rough summaries of volumes 2-6 for people who do want to know what happens next. Please regard these summaries as chock-full of spoilers and DO NOT READ THEM unless you don't mind being spoiled. I'm writing them from memory without looking back at the book, so please don't be angry with me when the actual translation comes out if I forgot something major or mess up the chronological order of events.

PS: If you love Sugar Apple Fairy Tale, check out this beautiful fanart Tamte drew for me! Warning: it's a romance scene!

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The Silver Sugar Master and The Blue Duke

Volume 2 starts with Ann, Shall and Mythrill selling sugar sculptures in the city of Westhall. Westhall is ruled by Earl Downing, who judged the sugar sculpture competition in volume 1, and is also the residence of the Silver Sugar Viscount. It's about a month and a half after the sugar sculpture festival, and Ann is dirt broke! She needs to earn some money so she can rent a room in an inn to spend the winter, since she refuses to sleep in her wagon. Also, Soul Ascension Day is coming up, and she wants to take some time off to work on the sugar sculpture to honor her mother.

The first snow of the year starts falling and Ann, Shall and Mythrill are forced to go rent a room at an inn even though they have almost no money. They find the shadiest cockroach motel in town and Ann hands over almost all her money to the innkeeper to rent the room for 3 nights. That evening in the dining room Ann is discussing her money trouble with the fairies and the innkeeper catches on to her plight. He comes over to their table and suddenly demands that she pay 3 times the agreed-upon price, insisting that she's at fault for misunderstanding the price the first time. When Ann refuses to pay, the innkeeper 'offers' to take Shall (who he assumes is owned by Ann) instead of payment. Of course Ann refuses, but the innkeeper tells her that even if she leaves right now she still has to pay the 3x price for tonight since they already occupied the room. Shall summons his sword, anticipating a fight, but Ann tries to restrain him because the punishment for any fairy who harms a human is an instant death sentence.

Luckily, just then Hugh and Salim appear to save the day. Hugh announces himself as the Silver Sugar Viscount and orders Salim to hold the innkeeper at sword point. Hugh lies and tells the innkeeper that his "good friend" Earl Downing personally asked him to keep an eye out for unscrupulous innkeepers that were rumored to have been ripping people off recently. The innkeeper nearly pees himself and insists that this was all a misunderstanding, and lets Ann, Shall and Mythrill leave. Hugh takes them to his castle, Silver Westhall, and explains that he'd heard rumors of a young female sugar craftswoman accompanied by a stunningly beautiful fairy selling sugar sculptures in town recently, so he came looking for her.

At Hugh's castle they get to relax in luxury unlike anything Ann's ever known. Shall, on the other hand, doesn't seem too impressed and reveals that he's lived in places like this before. Hugh approaches Shall in private at one point to have a talk with him "man-to-man." Hugh tells Shall that the life of a traveling sugar craftswoman who doesn't belong to any guild and thus doesn't have the connections and protection the guild can offer is a difficult one. He explains that Ann will have many hardships in the future that would be avoided if she just entered a guild, but she's too proud and independent and determined to follow in her mother's footsteps and not join any guild. Then Hugh tells Shall that the only reason Ann has the confidence to follow this difficult path is because Shall is there with her to protect her from physical danger (robbers, wild animals, etc). Hugh tells Shall that if he really cares about Ann, he'll think of her future and do what's best for her: leave her. Shall tells Hugh to go to hell <3

Later on, Hugh also approaches Ann. He brings her to his personal workshop in the basement of his castle and shows her the sculpture he's currently working on. Then Hugh tells Ann that he wants her to give up the traveling life and stay here at Silver Westhall as his apprentice. He tells her he's recognized her talent and that with the right teacher to polish her raw skills, she could become a legendary sugar craftswoman. He also promises her that after she becomes a silver sugar master, he'll give her an honored position in his guild the Mercury Guild. Ann is astounded by his offer. I don't remember if she asks him for more time to decide or if she responds immediately, but ultimately she thanks him for his kindness and refuses his offer on principle, saying that she wants to make her own way in the world. The luxury she sees and experiences at Silver Westhall is enticing and that terrifies her: she knows how easily she could get accustomed to such a lifestyle.

Ann, Shall and Mythrill depart from Silver Westhall shortly after. I think they might have gotten a little bit of money from Hugh (as a loan, not a gift). Ann decides to head back to Lewiston because it's almost time for Soul Ascension Day and she knows that there are so many people in the city looking for sugar sculptures for their deceased relatives that even a minor craftswoman like her can easily find work. As soon as they arrive, Ann sets up a table in the marketplace and displays some sugar sculptures that she's already made. The idea is that the displayed sugar sculptures will draw customers in and display her skill and they will then place an order with her for their own sugar sculpture.

However, Lewiston is the home base of the Radcliffe guild, who now hate Ann because of the incident with Jonas at the sugar sculpture festival. Jonas and some of his buddies from the Radcliffe guild show up and begin to harass Ann. They make a big scene and announce to everyone in the marketplace that they shouldn't order sugar sculptures from Ann because she's a liar and a thief. They suggest that the sugar sculptures she's displaying now are probably stolen as well. They even suggest that since she's a traveling craftswoman with no ties to any guild, there's nothing to stop her from taking the customer's order, collecting their money and then running away. The customers who were looking at Ann's displays don't know who to believe, but in the end they all leave soon after without buying anything. This incident hammers home the lesson that Hugh was trying to explain to Ann and Shall about the difficulties a solitary craftsman with no connections or reputation will face trying to make her way in the world.

Ann, Shall and Mythrill check in to an inn in Lewiston called the Kasamidoritei (roughly translated the name of the inn means "Where the wind turbine stops.") It's run by a kind old widow who charges them a fair price and tells Ann that her fairy friends are welcome to eat in the public dining room with her. When the lady innkeeper hears Ann, Shall and Mythrill discussing the incident with Jonas and his friend she takes pity on them and tells them that Jonas and his friends were in this very inn eating at the restaurant earlier this day, and she overheard some juicy gossip from them. There is an eccentric nobleman with the title Duke Felix (his family name is Alban, but he is the Duke of the Felix territory, if I remember correctly, so they use his name and his title interchangeably) who has sent out a summons to all the sugar craftsmen in the kingdom that he will pay 1000 gold pieces plus room and board to any craftsman who can make a sugar sculpture that he is satisfied with. Jonas and his friends are going to Felix castle to try, and Ann decides that she will go as well. She can't resist the lure of the money (which she badly needs) and also the huge boost her reputation as a craftswoman will get if she manages to make the sugar sculpture he wants.

While Ann, Shall and Mythrill travel to Felix castle, the story goes off on a bit of a tangent explaining a bit about the history of the country. The first human king fought a great battle with the reigning fairy king and defeated him, then established the current social system where humans are masters and fairies are slaves. That king had 3 sons, whose descendants formed 3 powerful families of the noble lineage. The three houses were Chambers, Milsland, and Alban. (I might have these names wrong, don't put too much faith in the current spelling!) The Milsland family became the ruling family, but throughout the past few hundred years they have constantly been worrying about the other two legitimate royal families trying to usurp the kingdom. About 15-20 years before the current storyline, the Chambers family attempted just that, but they were defeated and every single man, woman and child of their bloodline was killed so that they could never again attempt to seize the throne. The Alban family was allowed to live so long as they fulfilled specific requirements placed upon them by the king in order to limit their power and ensure their loyalty. The Alban family are required to hand over 100% of the tax income from their lands to the royal family, who then return to them a yearly pension to live on. Furthermore, the head of the Alban family must make monthly trips to court to demonstrate his loyalty to the king. These requirements will leave the Alban family without the money or the time to plot anything against the king. The current Duke Felix is the sole surviving heir of the Alban family bloodline and he has no wife or children currently to continue the bloodline. The populace has given him the nickname "the final ember."

When Ann, Shall and Mythrill arrive the guards, who seem used to strange craftsmen arriving from all over the place to attempt to make the Duke's desired sugar sculpture, tell Ann to bring a sugar sculpture that was made by her and follow them to a meeting with the Duke.  He is a surprisingly young and generally attractive man but he's completely emotionless and somber. It's obvious from the first meeting that he has suffered some great tragedy. At first, Ann assumes it's from the dire situation of his family and the indignity of the conditions the royal family has imposed on him.

The Duke examines the sculpture Ann brought with her: a small sculpture of a fairy that Ann created for Mythrill as a present, but which he'd refused because he said that eating a sculpture of a fairy was cannibalism. The Duke gives Ann her own suite in an outbuilding that at one time had been a barracks for soldiers (now the Alban family isn't allowed to have more than a handful of guards for personal protection; no army of their own). He shows Ann a portrait of a beautiful female fairy with pale blue hair and grey eyes and tells her that the assignment is to create a sugar sculpture of her. He tells Ann that there is a tower in the castle where several more of her portraits hang and that she is welcome to visit that tower as needed to use the portraits for reference.

Ann obtains permission for Shall and Mythrill to stay with her, and moves into her new quarters immediately. She has a small 2-floor suite to herself: the top floor is a large bedroom and the bottom floor is already set up as a sugarcraft workshop. Jonas and his friends are staying in barracks nearby. They'd arrived the day before and already begun work on their sugar sculptures. Ann also begins work on her sculpture almost immediately. Mythrill helps Ann with her work by bringing her the different tools and color flakes she needs and keeping silver sugar and cold water stocked up within reach. Shall spends his time watching her work at first, but then he notices that Ann gets flustered whenever he's standing too close or staring at her, so he develops a habit of spending most of the day wandering around the castle grounds, both to amuse himself and to give Ann the peace and quiet to concentrate on her work. this pattern (Mythrill assisting and Shall helping by disappearing) continues throughout the rest of the series whenever Ann is making sugar sculptures.

Jonas and his friends finish their sculptures first and present them to the Duke. All of Jonas's friends are dismissed because the Duke determines that they don't have the skill to create what he wants. However, although the Duke isn't satisfied with Jonas's sculpture either, he does recognize Jonas's skill and gives him another chance. Since he has been recognized by the Duke, Jonas is given a new room in one of the towers of the castle.

Ann finishes her sculpture soon after and presents it to the Duke. Once again, he's impressed by her craftsmanship but he insists that the sculpture doesn't look like the fairy from the portrait. Still, he has hope that Ann might be able to improve the sculpture and make what he's looking for, so he awards her a room in the castle tower as well. He also announces to the guards not to admit any more sugar craftsmen: he feels sure that between Ann and Jonas, one of them will be able to make him the sculpture he wants. 

Ann's room is above Jonas's and they see each other from time to time as they go to look at the portraits of the fairy who is their subject. Jonas is nasty to Ann and she is curt to him, but they mostly stay out of each other's way. In each of their rooms is a bell that they are supposed to ring when they are done with the sugar sculpture. The bell will summon the Duke's page, who will escort them to a meeting with the Duke immediately no matter what time of the day or night it is or what he's doing. Jonas's bell rings twice before Ann is done making improvements to her sculpture, but both times the Duke is not satisfied and tells him to keep working on it until it looks like the fairy from the portrait. Ann finally finishes her improvements and rings the bell and is escorted to a meeting with the Duke.

The Duke is impatient with Ann and after barely looking at the sculpture he insists that she hasn't changed it at all and it still doesn't look like the fairy in the portrait. After this, Ann decides to remake the sculpture completely from the beginning. The first sculpture she made was beautiful and ethereal, and intentionally a bit vague. Ann's first impression was that there was no way to recreate the face of a living person using just a portrait as your basis, at least not with enough accuracy to satisfy someone who actually knew that person. So she'd intentionally made a generic fairy's face without much detail, hoping that it would allow the Duke to project his memories of this mysterious fairy onto the sculpture.

For the second sculpture Ann changes tactics and creates a minutely detailed sculpture that looks solid and real. She sacrifices a bit of the mysterious beauty of the first sculpture in exchange for creating a sculpture that looks so detailed and realistic it could almost be alive. While Ann is working on the second sugar sculpture, she has a conversation with Jonas in which he admits that he's extremely stressed out and even a bit afraid of the Duke, and that he's considering quitting because although he's also revised his sculpture several times and remade it completely once, he hasn't been able to figure out what the Duke wants him to make. Jonas concludes that the Duke is delusional and has unachievable expectations for their sugar sculptures. Ann thinks he might be right, but even so she nobly refuses to give up on a job she has accepted until the customer is satisfied.

Jonas presents his sculpture again and is rejected again. Ann finally finishes her second sculpture and presents it to the Duke. For a moment, there is a spark of interest in his eyes, the first emotion she's seen from him, and he actually gazes at the sculpture for more than a few seconds the way he'd done with all the other sugar sculptures up until now. However, he ultimately rejects Ann's sculpture once again, saying it's a beautiful sculpture of A fairy but it's not HER. He sends Ann back to work on it some more.

When Ann gets back to her room, Mythrill is sitting on her bed crying and Shall is out wandering as usual. Ann asks Mythrill what's wrong and he explains that he'd been taking a nap and Jonas had come into their room and stolen Mythrill's wing, which he wears tied around his neck like a scarf. Ann confronts Jonas and demands he return Mythrill's wing, but he refuses. He tells Ann that she has to obey his orders or he'll tear Mythrill's wing up, killing him. Then Jonas orders Ann to send Shall away; to tell him that she wants him to leave her alone and never show his face in front of her again. Of course Ann protests but Jonas is deadly serious about his threat. Jonas takes Mythrill and returns to his room, leaving Ann to wait for Shall to return from his walk.

Holding back tears, Ann tells Shall to leave immediately and never appear in front of her again.  He is bewildered and hurt, but he shuts all his emotions down and simply asks her why. She can't give him an answer and only repeats her request that he leave. Finally, Shall leaves and Ann collapses in tears. When Ann finally regains her composure, she demands that Jonas hold up his end of the deal and return Mythrill's wing. But Jonas tells her he's not done with her yet: there's still one more thing she has to do before he'll return Mythrill's wing.

Jonas takes Ann and the two of them go to a meeting with the Duke. Once they're there, it's revealed that after his last sugar sculpture was rejected Jonas requested to be allowed to resign from this futile quest to create the Duke's ideal sugar sculpture, but the Duke refused and said Jonas couldn't leave until he created the impossible perfect sculpture. The few guards that the Duke still has are loyal to him to the end and will follow his orders no matter how insane they are. So Jonas got it into his head to offer up Ann as a sacrifice in order to beg for his freedom. Jonas tells the Duke that Ann is much more skilled than him and if it's her, she'll surely be able to create the sugar sculpture the Duke wants. Jonas also explains that he chased away Shall so that Ann would have no way to fight off the guards and escape. Basically, Jonas gets down on his knees and begs the Duke, who is waving a knife at Jonas menacingly, to let him go and keep Ann instead.

Ann is hardly even surprised when she hears all of this. She's still completely numb with depression from being forced to part with Shall. However a tiny part of her feels bad for Jonas because he's so pathetic and obviously terrified. In the first place, Ann had no intention of quitting until she completed the order she'd accepted to the customer's satisfaction. Furthermore, she doesn't care where she goes or what happens to her now that Shall's gone. Finally, there's also the factor of Jonas blackmailing her with Mythrill's wing. For all these reasons, Ann steps forward and vows of her own volition to stay until she completes the sculpture, no matter how long it takes. She asks the Duke to let Jonas go.

Finally, after confirming with Ann that if she can't create the sculpture he wants he'll never let her go, the Duke tells Jonas to gather his things and leave immediately. Ann finally realizes that the Duke is insane. There have been hints in his behavior up until now, but it's finally clear that the Duke is obsessed with the fairy from the portrait and that he has completely lost his mind to this obsession. Jonas returns Mythrill's wing to Ann before he leaves and expresses surprise that she so proactively vowed to become a willing prisoner in the Duke's castle. After Jonas leaves, Ann returns to attempting to create the Duke's ideal sugar sculpture.

The story shifts now to where Shall is, wandering aimlessly in the wilderness about a day's travel from Felix castle. He's still upset with the recent events and can't think of anywhere he wants to go or anything he wants to do. He happens to meet up with a group of fairy hunters who are accompanied by two warrior fairies. They decide they are going to capture Shall and sell him. It's revealed in this scene that there is a black market for 'stolen' fairies: if you capture a fairy physically, without retrieving its wing from its master, you can sell it to someone else for a small sum of money on the black market. It's presumed that when the master holding the fairy's wing discovers their fairy missing, they will destroy the wing and the fairy will die. Therefore, these stolen fairies aren't worth much since they are 'disposable' but there are people who will buy them to use for dangerous purposes, since they are likely to die either way. Furthermore, it's difficult to handle stolen fairies since they don't have the fairy's wing to threaten the fairy with and the have to use brute force to make the fairy obey.

The fairy hunters who decide to capture Shall assume he belongs to someone since he has only one wing on his back. They send their two warrior fairies to fight with Shall and capture him. He regrets that he has to kill the other fairies, who he knows have no choice but to attack him or be killed themselves by their masters. After killing the warrior fairies, Shall gleefully prepares to kill the two fairy hunters without regret, hoping that it will distract him from his painful emotions from being rejected by Ann. However, once again, before Shall can commit a crime punishable by death (killing humans) Hugh shows up out of nowhere. He scares the fairy hunters away by threatening to have them arrested for trying to steal owned fairies. Then he does something unexpected...

Hugh approaches Shall companionably and asks why he's not with Ann. Shall tells him Ann's at Felix castle making a sugar sculpture for the Duke and in as few words as possible makes it clear that she told him to leave. Hugh pats Shall on the shoulder sympathetically, then with the other hand reaches into Shall's coat and steals the pouch containing his wing!! 

It's revealed that before he became the Silver Sugar Viscount, before he even became a silver sugar master or even a sugar craftsman, Hugh was an orphan living on the streets and he survived by becoming part of a pickpocket gang. He was lucky that one day he picked the pocket of the wrong person, who turned out to be the leader of the Mercury guild. He was caught and, instead of being punished, the man recognized his intelligence and dexterity and offered him a new life as an apprentice sugar craftsman.

Hugh tells Shall that although he may not feel like facing Ann right now, he's going to have to accompany him back to Felix castle, because that's where Hugh is headed. It turns out that besides imprisoning sugar craftsmen and women, the Duke has done something even more dangerous: he hasn't made his obligatory pilgrimages to the capital to vow loyalty to the king in over a year! In the past, before he became the silver sugar viscount, Hugh used to make sugar sculptures for Duke Felix from time to time. Back then, the Duke was a different man, a happy one. He lived in the castle together with a beautiful fairy woman with light blue hair and grey eyes whose name was Christina. The two were deeply in love, and the Duke often commissioned silver sculptures to be made for her. Unfortunately, she died a year ago, around the time the Duke stopped making his visits to the king.

Because of this, Hugh has some fondness and loyalty to the Duke, and has come to warn him: Earl Downing, who is impressively ruthless when it concerns protecting the royal family, is calling for Duke Felix's execution because of his refusal to obey the king's command that he visit the capital every month. Earl Downing has, for a long time, wanted to find an excuse to eradicate the Alban family line completely so that the Milsland family will be the only family with a legitimate claim to the throne and their reign will be reassured. Hugh hopes that he can convince the Duke to make the pilgrimage to the capital. Hugh believes that even though the Duke has neglected this duty for an entire year, the King really doesn't want to kill Alban and eradicate his family, but as king he also can't ignore that Alban hasn't been following his orders, which sends a message to everyone in the kingdom that he is a weak king. Therefore, Hugh believes that if Alban goes to the capital now, before Earl Downing arrives with the King's army, it will be just the gesture of subjugation that the king needs as an excuse: the king will save face and look merciful, rather than weak, for forgiving the Duke.

Hugh leaves Shall and the rest of his entourage at an inn in town and goes to the castle. He meets with the Duke and implores him to go to the capital to prove his loyalty to the king. Truthfully, the Duke IS loyal to the king and harbors no treasonous thoughts towards him. However, he's insane and won't pay attention to anything but his obsession with creating a sugar sculpture of Christina. The Duke finally waves his knife at the silver sugar viscount and demands he leave immediately. Hugh agrees sadly, knowing that his old friend is probably going to be killed. However, before he leaves he tells the Duke that Earl Downing is on his way with the king's army and that he wants to take Ann from the castle with him so that she won't be in danger during the inevitable siege. The Duke refuses to let her go, and has his guards escort Hugh and Salim out, so there's no time to try and find and rescue Ann.

Earl Downing and his army arrive soon after and surround the castle. At first they attempt to lay siege to the castle: to force the Duke to surrender by letting him see there's no hope of winning. Inside the castle, Ann knows that they are under siege, but she's determined to work right up until the last minute creating the sugar sculpture the Duke wants. However, she wants Mythrill to be safe so she begs him to escape from the castle and wait for her in town. It's her the Duke wants, so no one will prevent Mythrill from leaving. After a lot of tears and arguing, Mythrill finally agrees, promising that he will do the important job of finding Shall so that Ann can apologize to him once she finishes the sugar sculpture and is released.

Ann has spent most of the past day gazing at the portraits of Christina trying to figure out what she's doing wrong. She has created a stunningly beautiful, lifelike sculpture and still the Duke isn't happy. Finally, Ann realizes what she's been doing wrong all along. What the Duke wants is not to recreate the Christina from the portrait, nor even necessarily to recreate Christina how she really was in real life: he wants to make a physical manifestation of his own impression of her; the Christina who lives inside his memories. No matter how perfectly Ann recreates the portrait, it won't be the same as how he remembers Christina. The only way to create what he wants is to make it exactly according to his memory of her, and the only way to do that is to ask him how he remembers her.

Ann proposes to the Duke that she will create the sugar sculpture in his room in front of him so that she can ask him about all of the details as she creates them and adjust them until they are just right. It's really dangerous for her to do this because the Duke is getting more and more insane all the time, and he's got his knife permanently in his hand waving it at everyone who irritates him, but Ann takes the chance for the sake of the sugar sculpture. The Duke agrees and Ann begins creating the sugar sculpture. She makes it life size, taller than she is and asks the Duke's opinion on every little detail as she goes: the hue of Christina's hair, the shape of her nose, the tilt of her eyes, etc.

Meanwhile, outside the castle it's night time and Earl Downing gives the order that they attack at dawn if the Duke doesn't turn himself in. Shall, Salim and Hugh are waiting with the gathered army. Earl Downing promises to pass orders to his soldiers not to hurt anyone who doesn't resist, but even so they are all worried about Ann's safety if it comes to blows. Suddenly Salim comes up to Shall and passes him a tin pail, the kind that the soldiers' rations come in. Inside is Mythrill. Salim explains that while he was walking through camp on an errand for Hugh, one of the soldiers tried to sell Mythrill to him. It seems Mythrill got hungry on his way to look for Shall and took a pit stop to eat one of the soldiers's dinner. The soldier in question got angry when he found his dinner had been eaten and trapped Mythrill in the tin pail and tried to sell him to whoever would take him, until Salim discovered him and took him back by force.

Mythrill is overjoyed to see Shall and explains the entire situation. Once Shall realizes that Ann didn't truly reject him, and that she hadn't meant what she'd said, he takes off running towards the castle, ignoring the soldiers, the castle guards and the fact that Hugh still has his wing. Somehow he gets inside and follows Ann's sweet scent to the Duke's chamber in one of the towers. He bursts into the room, to the shock of both Ann and the Duke. There is a moment of chaos where Shall is ready to slay the Duke and his loyal guards to free Ann, but amid babbled apologies for the horrible lies she had to tell to make him leave, Ann tells him that she wants to finish the sculpture. 

Shall tells her he heard everything from Mythrill and she has nothing to apologize for. Then he tells her to make the sculpture, and he will hold the soldiers off as long as  he can. Shall goes back outside the chamber and decides that the best strategic location for holding off the soldiers is at the foot of the tower, because the doorway is narrow and only one soldier can come through at a time. When they do come, Shall knocks them out without killing them, because these are the king's soldiers storming the castle and to fight against them seriously would be treason.

Back up in the tower, Ann is racing against the rising sun to finish the sculpture. The Duke is more and more engrossed as the sculpture takes shape, and finally it's done to perfection. Ann succeeded in recreating Christina exactly as the Duke remembered her. The Duke's madness finally seems to dissipate as he is forced to face the sad truth: all this time he'd been hoping against all reason that if he could recreate Christina exactly in holy silver sugar, then perhaps he could gaze at the statue and if a fairy were born from his gaze and the power inherent in silver sugar, it would be Christina's reincarnation. However no fairy is created from him gazing at the sugar sculpture, and the Duke is forced to finally confront the fact that his beloved Christina is dead and she won't come back to life. Christina was born from a wave, and she lived only a few short years.

After the Duke comes to terms with all of this, he gives Ann the promised bag of gold and tells her to leave with Shall while he prepares to surrender himself to Earl Downing. Ann descends from the tower just in time: Hugh and Salim were at the foot of the tower, facing off with Shall. Hugh got Earl Downing's permission to be the one to capture the Duke personally, so that this way he can ensure that the Duke is captured without being injured. However Shall is blocking the way and won't let even Hugh enter the tower. Hugh is about to injure Shall's wing in order to force him to move when Ann comes down the stairs and announces that the sugar sculpture is complete and Shall no longer needs to block the path to the tower. Hugh returns Shall's wing to him and tells him he has no use for such a disobedient fairy, then hurries up the stairs followed by Salim and a few soldiers to capture the Duke.

It's explained in a short conclusion that the fighting stopped after the Duke was captured. The Duke was brought to the capital to face the King's justice. The king handed down a sentence that was fair and just, and appeased both the faction that wanted mercy for the Duke and the faction that wanted the Alban family eradicated for the sake of the country's stability. The King sentences Alban to be stripped of his rank and lands, and imprisoned for life in a small but comfortable castle near the capital. He will be attended there by fairies and is allowed no contact with the outside world. This is to prevent him from any possibility of fathering a child to carry on his family tree: if he never meets any women he can never impregnate one, even a bastard child out of wedlock. This way, the Duke will live out his life in relative comfort, but his family line will end with him. A rumor starts throughout the kingdom that the Duke only received this great mercy from the king (not being executed when he rightly should have been and everyone expected him to have been) thanks to the enormous good luck he received from a magnificent sugar sculpture created by a sugar craftswoman named Ann Halford. 

They say that Alban lived out the rest of his days sitting in his study, gazing at that sculpture and waiting...

In the final scene of the novel, Ann, Shall and Mythrill return to the Kasamidoritei inn in Lewiston to spend out the winter. Ann will make her mother's sculpture for Soul Ascension Day there as well and celebrate at the national church's main chapel in Lewiston. Ann, Shall and Mythrill are eating in the dining room at the Kasamidoritei when Jonas and his friends arrive. Jonas's friends start to harass Ann again, while he remains suspiciously quiet. It's obvious he's ashamed of his behavior and didn't tell his friends the exact circumstances surrounding his dismissal from Felix castle. The friends accuse Ann of seducing Alban and this being the reason her sculpture beat out Jonas's. Just then a handsome, well-dressed young man sitting at the bar  cuts in and tells the boys that they are shaming themselves and their guild with their behavior right now, ganging up on and harassing a young girl. This mysterious young man is Jonas and his friends' senpai at the Radcliffe guild and once they recognize him they immediately shut up and leave in a rush. He introduces himself to Ann as Keith, and congratulates her on her success with creating the Duke's ideal sugar sculpture.

Thus ends volume 2 of Sugar Apple Fairy Tale!

15 comments:

  1. wow! thank you so much! Truthfully, I really want to hear more. Its such a shame that there are not much shoujo demographic light novels being translated. Keep up the good work!

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    1. You're welcome!! I'll try to write the next summary soon. The problem is, I don't remember the next volume as clearly as this one.
      I agree, the majority of light novels being translated are shounen and seinen. I wonder why. Maybe more guys than girls are studying Japanese? Or maybe shounen novels are easier to read? I never tried. But this novel is very easy to read in Japanese :D

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  2. thank you! and i agree with the commenter above, bc there's a lot of shoujo LNs that seem interesting. also the fan art *__* i'm so excited for the romance between ann and shall

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    1. I agree with everything you just said! And you're welcome!

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  3. Nice art and thank u for translation ^_^

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  4. Thanks. *-* Indeed a good volume. What can I say? I felt sorry for the Duke losing his beloved and yearning for her. He wanted to recreate her but that would be impossible. Keith will be involved in the new subject? Jonas again had a lamentable attitude u.u

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    1. Yes, Keith is an important character from volume 3 on. In fact, the title of volume 3, "The Silver Sugar Master and The White Nobleman" is about him!

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  5. Thank you so much for writing up the summary! It's nice to know what to look forward to. =D Poor Duke, I feel like death (while unjust!) may have been kinder! I'm curious about Keith- I wonder if he'll end up being good or bad? And Jonas! Boo on him, I wonder if he'll ever get his due? =P

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    1. Keith is SUCH a good guy that I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. As for Jonas, he continues to appear in the series more than I suspected.

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  6. Just finished the second volume and I absolutely can not get enough of this series. Thank you so much for sharing this gem!

    Also, the inn's name actually means 'The Wind Vane' (likely after the 'rusty old unmoving wind vane' described on its roof upon the inn's introduction)

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    1. Hehe, thanks for pointing it out. I used the wrong word, huh? I was thinking 'wind turbine' and 'wind vane' are different words for the same thing, but that's not true, is it? A wind turbine is actually one of those things that create electricity from wind, right?

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    2. I think so. I know a wind vane is the spinning rooster shaped thing used to tell the direction of the wind, also known as weather vane or weathercock, but I think 'The Wind Vane' sounds best as a name.

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