Everybody was surprised to see, at the end of last chapter, Luca meeting Hayate so early in the morning. In this chapter, we understand that it was not an accident. Luca intended to meet Hayate early in the morning to give him thanks in person, as she felt guilty eating all the delicious food prepared by him. She named him to be her health manager only to fool Atsumari, after all.
However, once she saw him at the lobby of her apartment, she did not approach him. She was shocked to see that Hayate, whom she thought was a girl through and through, was dressed in a butler uniform. One question came to her mind immediately: “Is she a boy?”
Apparently she left the scene without a word, and it is actually very amazing that Hayate – the combat butler – was totally oblivious of her presence. If Luca was an assasin, Hayate would be dead before he knew it.
It was in the middle of the day, when Hayate, Nagi, Chiharu and Hina all went to school. Maria found this extremely boring, as there was nobody left for her to have fun with – or, to make fun of.
One should ask why Maria did not think of Alice, who apparently did not have to go to school. Even though she was only a small child, she was still company. If Maria was just so bored, she could at least go and talk or play with Alice. Still, she didn’t, and this might lead to two possible conclusions:
- Maria and Alice were not getting on really well;
- Alice left the Mansion on her own.
In either case, Maria felt lonely and bored. Little do we know that living in such a bad mood for too long makes us a lot… older.
As such, it is more than understandable that Maria welcomed guests with such enthusiasm. She dearly wanted someone to talk to, somthing to know about, and some fun to have. It turned out that the guest was no other than Suirenji Luca, the popular idol. Why, with her very tight schedule, she had such free time to visit the Violet Mansion is beyond me.
We know that Maria did not know Luca very well. She knew that Luca was Chiharu’s friend, so she simply thought that Luca was looking for Chiharu. To her surprise, Luca was not looking for Chiharu, but Hayate. Luca further explained that she wanted to thank Hayate for saving her, but she was rather confused of one thing…
Maria was shocked. Her brain then started running, in very fast speed, as she considered the following points:
- Luca hugged Hayate when he was cross-dressing.
- Luca saw Hayate in his butler uniform, but she was not convinced that he was a boy.
- Luca was an airhead.
- She could easily tell Luca the truth that Hayate was a boy.
- But then, seeing that it was Hayate, things might be more complicated than this.
- For Hayate’s sake, she better fool Luca.
- But then, she didn’t really want to take the blame of “fooling Luca”…
Seeing that she managed to make it right on Point 5 without any proof, and that she considered all seven points and came to a decision in seconds, the narrator was right in saying that Maria was “much too capable”, who has a “quick thinking”. Whether her comment that Luca was an airhead was fair, though, was debatable. After all, she did not know – nor had she tried to know – why Luca had such a firm belief that Hayate was a girl. In short, she jumped to conclusions too easily.
So, what was Maria’s decision? She attempted to beat around the bush without giving Luca either a “yes” or a “no”. She also told her to ask Hayate in person about this. With that, she could not be blamed of lying to Luca, yet she could also send Luca away immediately. If Luca managed to find out the truth, Maria would also be taking all the credits. Quick-thinking, surely, but cunning as well. Hata suggested on his BS that in this chapter we would see a “dark Maria”, and certainly we do.
Luca agreed that she should just ask Hayate himself, but she didn’t know how to. Maria then lend her a set of Hakuo girl’s uniform, and an ID card, so that Luca could go to Hakuo Academy, find Hayate, and ask him her question.
Somehow I don’t find it necessary forLuca to “cosplay” as a Hakuo student in order to find the answer…
Luca’s visit to Hakuo Academy was very similar to Maria’s. Both wore a Hakou girl’s uniform (It might even be that they wore the same uniform). Both were looking for Hayate. Both attracted the attention of the boys. And finally, both decided to go into the Clock Tower. On both occasions, Hayate and Hina were also in the Clock Tower.
In recent chapters – more precisely, since Ch. 315, Hayate and Hina had quite a lot of personal meetings. The previous meetings were all about Hayate feeding Hina with updated news on Luca, and in this meeting Hina gave an updated summary of Hayate’s tight schedule. She came to a simple conclusion: “You’ll die.”
Hayate protested and insisted that he was fine. Hina said that it was not fine even if he thought so, and suggested him to go to take a rest in the nap room. Hayate wanted to protest again, but Hina ordered him to shut up and just go. This series of interaction looks quite like that on Valentine’s Day, doesn’t it?
On Valentine’s Day, Hayate was too busy that he didn’t have time to think of Hina’s commands. This time, though, he had the time to feel annoyed, and he said to himself that Hina worried too much. For this, you can’t blame him too much. He was still of the opinion that he was perfectly fine, and when Hina said he was not, it was (more or less) implied that she thought that he was weak – something that no boys would like. So, he might not be valuing Hina’s care as much as we would want him to be, but this time it is understandable.
At least, he knew that Hina was worried about him.
Hayate read the School Building Map (or the Clock Tower Map), and came to the knowledge that there was a large bath. He decided that it might be a good opportunity to try it out. As he was at the top of the Clock Tower, he was definitely going down. Meanwhile, Luca arrived at the Clock Tower, and she was definitely going up. Would they meet one another? Could Luca ask her question? Let’s look forward to the next chapter!