Rather Than The Son, I’ll Take The Father - Chapter 60
“Of course! According to what I’ve found out, you don’t have a good reputation in the capital city. I’ll use this opportunity to inform the Grand Duchy of each and every detail….euhk.”
Aedis grabbed the Baron’s chin. Anyway, his jawbone wasn’t shattered so, by Aedis’s standards, it could be said that his grip on him was really light.
Aedis slowly opened his mouth.
“Such a light mouth.”
“Would it matter if it disappears from your body?”
As Aedis began to speak, his hidden momentum was revealed.
Blood flowed from the Baron’s eyes, nose, and mouth. Sein had long fainted.
“Excuse me, Aedis?”
Aedis released the Baron at my call.
“The officials you mentioned, they’re all coming here.”
It was a quick move, to say the least. Was it through a familiar?
The Baron lay sprawled and couldn’t get up again or take care of his bloody face.
Procyon and Pollux…
The eyes that looked at Aedis were shining. Even Thuban seemed to be in awe.
Haa. I regretfully lowered my eyes.
“Why do I not have relationships like this with the barons? It would be fun if a guy with the rank of a count comes at me…well, there was Count Elliot.”
As I turned my back, ignoring the Baron who was crumbling in prayer, Agena, who returned with the Baron, smiled lightly.
“It may be hard to believe, but no matter what, the Count will not renounce his loyalty to the Grand Duchess. Just as he wouldn’t the Grand Duke.”
“Oh, you’re calling him Count? You aren’t calling him brother?”
You don’t need to emphasize it that much.
* * *
I returned to the mansion and took a breather. Sarah, who recognized what I asked for, spoke.
“The missing person you were looking for, they said he returned this morning. He had indeed gotten lost after entering the forest, but he said he didn’t even see the beast. He was exhausted, but he said there wasn’t any danger to his life. Was it luck?”
“It could be…Sarah, I’m so sleepy.”
“You have to eat dinner and sleep.”
I shook my head.
“A cup of tea is enough. What about the Baron?”
“He’s being treated.”
The Baron had approved the demolition of the building to try and somehow stay alive.
He brought his cousin’s nephew, the owner of the building, and knelt down and apologized.
Of course, nothing changed.
The officials of the Grand Duchy, who will arrive at the Rosa estate tomorrow, were already ready to uproot the Baron.
Aedis could bury him in the ground as it is, but this way is better, right?
Officials were excited to say that it was the first time that the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess had called them directly.
In particular, Tolyman Elliott and Rita, an Academy colleague, were the most enthusiastic.
In an additional report she’d made through Aedis’s familiar, Rita said that she had been eagerly awaiting the coming of the day to set the Baron up.
Rita worked as an administrator, but as much time she’d spent wrestling with paperwork, she’d also spent on her feet.
And it was because the Baron was always late to report.
Rita couldn’t stand it, so many times she visited Rosa’s estate and demanded improvement, but the Baron responded with the door.
[T/N: So, it made more sense in the KR raw, this term actually means to kick a visitor out of the door without appreciation.]
Eventually, Tolyman Elliott came out to solve it, but it seemed to have hurt Rita’s pride.
She fulfilled her ambitions, saying that she would never disappoint the Grand Duchess, who gave her such an opportunity.
Sarah left the tea and I asked Aedis about the situation in Cyclamen Castle.
Aedis said Regen had put off his homework from his tutor, but that he was doing well.
By the way, I wonder if Gilbert is on the verge of hiding away in the bathroom because of Count Elliot, who follows him everywhere.
I didn’t forget to ask about the wolf-shaped beast that had slipped into Aedis’s shadow.
“Aedis, what’s our wolf doing now?”
“It’s been sleeping.”
“Are you going to make it your familiar?”
“It’s a beast that my wife is interested in, I should treat it better than that.”
I tilted my head at that.
“Isn’t it a pretty good treat to be your familiar? There won’t be a problem with the supply of magic, and because it’s a beast, you’re not going to roll badly even if other wizards deal with it.”
Suddenly, he began to concentrate on the sound he’d heard from somewhere in the mansion.
“Oh, the Baron wants to send his son to the Lydia Estate.”
“Hey, don’t change the topic.”
My husband, who is presumed to be working hard with the familiars, avoided my gaze awkwardly.
“He wants to get the most sympathy he can out of Viscountess Ella and Aria Ella.”
It was good information, so it was even more difficult to move on.
“Thank you for the real-time broadcast. How much do you usually overwork the familiars? Did you ever ask them to go to the other side of the continent and get water because you were thirsty?”
“I didn’t tell them to go to the other side of the continent.”
……Is it possible that his familiars are waiting for the most important moment to then strike as a group?
I stared at Aedis with my triangular eyes.
He was coughing in vain.
“I’ll try to control myself from now on. Like in roughly 15 days.”
“Why wait until after 15 days?”
“Because I have something to investigate, there is a familiar that I sent a little far away. I will inform my wife as soon as it is over.”
What kind of investigation are you doing?
I searched my memory for a moment. One thing came to mind.
I once asked Aedis for the name of a blue and white flower at Cyclamen Castle.
The beautiful flowers, which I couldn’t see in the capital, were nice because they had a soft scent, and I was naturally interested because each vase was filled with them.
-Aedis, what’s the name of this flower?
-I’ll study it.
But Aedis couldn’t answer my question then.
And it was a solemn promise.
Aedis, who noticed what I was thinking, affirmed.
“Yes, that’s it.”
“You don’t have to overdo it……”
My conscience was stinging.
In fact, I had already found out the name of the flower, albeit a bit late. But it wasn’t intentional!
Aedis bent his eyes and smiled beautifully. Even in the middle of the night, he had a dazzling and bright face.
“If it’s for my wife, what can’t I do.”
Ugh, my conscience…
I turned around with a cold sweat.
“Alright, but the Baron is still talking about hosting a ball?”
I didn’t ask for a relay. It’s so obvious…
Does the Baron really think Viscountess Ella is going to fall for a sympathy ploy?
“Eve, you have to sleep. Your eyelids keep drooping down.”
He lifted my body and laid me on the bed and covered me with a blanket.
I asked Aedis, who was lying next to me.
“Is it your turn to sing a lullaby?”
“I wish I could. I don’t know any songs.”
Is there really something like this?!
I was getting more and more afraid to know about Aedis’s past.
I had only obtained a few fragmentary hints yet, but each one was incredibly strange.
Will I be able to listen to the end without getting angry….?
“I’ll teach you. I’m good at singing.”
I said that first and watched him.
It seems that when I last sang a song, Charlie became contemplative and Monica covered her ears….
Aedis’s fingers swept slowly over my cheek.
His touch didn’t even reach the inside of my body, but it felt like a corner of my heart was being sweetly scratched.
* * *
The next day, we left the Rosa Estate as scheduled and set out for the Lydia Estate.
I heard that homelessness is inescapable to get to the Lydia Estate.
You can sleep in a carriage with warming magic, but it’s probably not as comfortable as a bedroom.
So, I was in the middle of preparing myself mentally.
“The speed is amazing. I feel like I’m flying.”
“Hopefully, I don’t think I have to be homeless?”
Agena and Pollux were impressed, and I had seen it a while ago during a brief break.
The horses’ feet weren’t touching the ground at all.
Even now, the horses were only pretending to run.
Even so, the number of stomps had noticeably decreased compared to a few minutes ago.
Loud murmuring sounds were coming from the coachman.
Then how is the carriage moving?
Aedis, who caught my gaze, blinked.
“Are you hungry?”
However, Aedis was already taking out a round, sugary candy.