Tensei Kizoku wa Taishi wo Idaku! - Chapter 11: 4-years-old, Reasons for choosing a bouquet.
Chapter 11: 4-years-old, Reasons for choosing a bouquet.
“Don’t make that kind of face, you just came back.”
Morgan was looking at the huge pile of documents on his desk with a disgusted look on his face.
“It’s not urgent so you don’t have to hurry. Please go through it little-by-little.”
Secretary Benjamin told Morgan.
When Morgan was gone, he did all the work he could with his authority.
He prioritized the things he could approve, but the things he couldn’t approve were stockpiled after processing.
The Marquis was the one who had to deal with those papers, but it would be easier because this time, the contents of the documents didn’t matter.
After his holiday, Morgan could no longer muster the determination to do such trivial tasks.
“I won’t mind if you deal with some of them yourself you know?”
“Unfortunately, since My Excellency has returned, I no longer have the authority to handle these tasks.”
It would be a problem if Morgan didn’t do the simple tasks that he needed to do.
Benjamin was authorized to handle the paperwork while Morgan was away, but only when Morgan was away.
Thus, Benjamin refused the job Morgan was trying to impose.
He was a secretary, not a slave.
He prioritized his own will when he needed to.
Morgan had no choice but to return to his work with a bitter smile.
“Wait, If I–”
(――Let’s give him the authority.)
A knock was heard on the office door when Morgan was about to tell Benjamin something.
“Who is it?”
When the door was opened, Isaac and a maid were standing there.
“What happened? Is there something you want to say about Nathan?”
Morgan asked Isaac, it was a natural line of thought.
After what happened earlier, it would’ve been natural if Isaac wanted to say something about Nathan to his grandfather.
But Isaac shook his head in denial.
“No, I have no intentions of saying anything about my brother. Today I have something to do with Benjamin.”
Benjamin looked at Morgan.
If Isaac had any requests, then it would’ve been faster to just ask his grandfather Morgan.
‘――What does he want to do with me?’, Benjamin thought.
The bouquet that the maid was holding was the answer.
Isaac received the bouquet and walked up to Benjamin.
“Thank you for your hard work while grandfather was away. I’m one week late, but happy birthday.”
Benjamin was a bit dismayed, but he accepted the bouquet.
“Thank you …. But why now?”
If it was a birthday present, he should’ve received it last week.
There was no reason to bring it now.
“I wanted to give the flowers to my grandfather first, so I couldn’t give it to you until he came back.”
Isaac smiled, and Benjamin smiled in return.
“Please continue to look after my grandfather.”
Isaac reached for Benjamin’s hand.
“Of course, leave it to me.”
Benjamin took Isaac’s hand.
Benjamin was really serious about his work.
Even if he wasn’t told to, he would surely work hard on his duties.
However, he didn’t mind being asked in this way.
Children’s soft hands.
And while feeling the warmth of Isaac’s hands, he swore once again to work hard for his lord, Morgan.
“Grandfather, you just returned from a long trip, so don’t overdo it.”
“Bye-bye”, Isaac waved while going out of the office.
Benjamin also waved back.
After Isaac left, Morgan slammed his fist on the office desk, and kept slamming it for a while.
The secretaries in the room were surprised and a bit scared.
It seemed like the temperature of the room had suddenly dropped.
“Why did I, the grandfather, only receive 10 flowers while you got 20 of them?”
“What did you do when I was away?”
“… Isn’t it because it’s a birthday present?” Benjamin answered after heaving a sigh.
Morgan hit the desk again.
And then he held his head with both of his hands.
“Why is it not my birthday…”
“Isn’t it because you were born in August?”
Just a parent idiot-no, grandfather idiot–?
(TL note: Ok the above line may seem a bit weird, but the actual words were ‘oyabaka’ and ‘sofubaka’ which literally translates to ‘idiot parent’ and ‘idiot grandfather’, in a more loving sense that is.)
The air in the room relaxed after the reason was found out.
Morgan wasn’t particularly angry, he was just jealous of Benjamin who received more flowers than him.
“Take proper care of them.”
“Yes, I will decorate them properly in my home.”
While answering, Benjamin was wondering where and how he would decorate these flowers
Near the entrance so that everyone could see it, or on the dining table?
Cut flowers lasted around a week, so he was carefully thinking about where he should keep them.
Yes, Benjamin was worried about the flowers because they didn’t last that long.
Isaac chose flowers as a gift for a reason.
Even if you threw away the dead flowers, it wasn’t profane or anything.
The reason for choosing flowers was the ease of disposal.
‘――A plate with a photo of the bride and groom received at a friend’s wedding’.
From the experience of receiving such items, Isaac knew that such items would be difficult to handle.
They did not rot and occupied space all the time.
However, they couldn’t be thrown away.
It’s hard to break it with your own hands.
All-in-all, they were a pretty annoying existence.
Aside from the things that you got from your lover, it was better to not get anything from anyone at all.
One could give sweets as a gift, but if someone got food poisoning, then your own reputation would go down.
‘――Same as food, things that disappear over time.’
‘――Even if you give it as a gift, the other party will not be troubled.’
‘――Still something that makes you happy.’
‘――Above all, something that is available in this world.’
As a result of various studies, Isaac chose flowers.
If it was a flower, it wouldn’t be strange to give it to someone, even if it wasn’t their birthday.
It was not that big of a gift, so you could easily give it to the person you wanted to contact.
Still, it was worth it in a different way because Isaac grew them himself.
‘――Easily available, easy to handle, and valuable’.
Isaac thought it was a good and well-balanced choice.
After handing the bouquet to Benjamin, he went on and handed a bouquet to everyone who was present there on his birthday.
The next day, Adela and Lisa, who took a rest overnight, came.
They are also aristocrats.
So they also went to the Royal Capital with Morgan.
Right now, Lisa was telling Isaac about her experiences in the capital.
“The mansion near the royal palace is really large, you know… you can even compare it to the palace itself.”
-The Wellrod family mansion in the Royal Capital that Lisa visited.
Not only was it large, but it also was near the Royal Palace, so Isaac thought it was similar to the Imperial castle in Chiyoda ward from his previous life.
[TL note: The Tokyo Imperial Palace in Chiyoda ward, total area 1.15 sq kilometres. Chiyoda is an economic powerhouse of Japan as well as a political center. All-in-all sounds like a pretty nice place.]
(This mansion is also quite large, including the garden. It is amazing that a nobleman has such a mansion in the middle of the capital.)
The main building of the Wellrod family doubled as an administrative government, so it was quite large.
In front of the entrance, there was a carriage stop and a place where soldiers gather.
Because he was still a child, everything felt even wider to Isaac.
Because of that, he couldn’t imagine how big it actually was, but he knew it was a mansion which would’ve been impossible to live in for him in his previous life.
“There were so many servants in that mansion that even Isaac would have trouble remembering their names.”
Lisa knew that Isaac remembered the names of every single servant working in their mansion.
Lisa herself remembered the names of the servants working in Lucia’s annex, but she couldn’t remember any more than that.
She thought even though Isaac could remember so many names, he wouldn’t be able to remember the names of everyone working in their mansion inside the Royal Capital.
“I will remember their names little by little. But hey, did you meet the prince?”
Isaac wanted to hear about the most worrisome subject that was lying in the Royal Capital.
However, Lisa waved her hand, “No, no.”
“No, I can’t meet him. His Highness is still a four-year-old, like you. And I am the daughter of a baron family. It’s impossible for someone like me to meet the crown prince.”
Adela was from a nearby town entrusted to the Viscount Halifax family.
(TL note: Earlier the family was referred to as the ‘Earl of Halifax’, from this chapter the japanese changed and it became ‘shisaku’ meaning ‘viscount’.)
She’s from a baron family that was in-charge of the rural areas.
Adela and Lucia were childhood friends. Similar to the current relationship between Isaac and Lisa.
In the end Adela chose to become Isaac’s nanny.
Lisa was chosen as Isaac’s playmate because of that connection.
But someone from a Baron family couldn’t meet the crown prince.
Lisa shook her head, saying, “I don’t know.”
“Well. I was wondering what kind of person he was, but I guess it can’t be helped.”
(Well, that’s right. The main character in the game is also still four years old. It’s not the age to be in public.)
Isaac regretted his impatience.
He’s only four years old and he wanted to grow faster, but it’d take time to get rid of Nathan.
Due to his powerlessness he felt a bit frustrated.
But Lisa saw through it, so she tried to talk about the prince.
“I heard it from rumors, but His Highness seems to be quite smart.”
Isaac was surprised to hear that the prince was smart.
(Maybe the prince is also reborn …)
Isaac was not someone special in his previous life.
If the other prince was also a human with a functioning human-like brain then there was a chance that Isaac wouldn’t be able to take the throne.
(――Then should I change my plan a bit?)
Isaac was worried, but all of his tension was relieved with Lisa’s next words.
“It seems that he can now add anything …. But he will surely lose to you who can even multiply and divide.”
Lisa poked Isaac’s head.
What’s inside Isaac’s head, which is still four years old …
She had no choice but to be worried.
“But I can only do the easier divisions. I can’t do the harder ones.”
“… At this rate I’m going to lose my confidence.”
It was no wonder Lisa was starting to lose her confidence.
The existence of Isaac, who could even divide at the age of four, had an impact on her.
Being close to him made Lisa keenly aware of the difference between their intelligence.
Lisa looked like a child when compared to Isaac.
(TL note: Reminder that Lisa is 5 years older than Isaac.)
The aristocrats in this country were basically home schooled.
The Royal Academy, which one could enter after reaching the age of 16, only needed to confirm that the person had basic academic ability.
It was not a place where they taught everything from scratch.
Basically, the focus was on confirming the basic knowledge and building and supporting those who lacked academic abilities.
It was a place mainly for the social gathering of young people, mainly the sons and daughters of aristocrats. So it seemed like it wasn’t a problem even if you only had the academic ability of an elementary school student.
In the game, academic ability was only displayed as numbers.
When Isaac was reborn in this world he understood how the system worked and was relieved that he didn’t have to focus much on his studies.
Thanks to that, Isaac could dedicate his time studying everything about the history of Reed Kingdom.
“With Isaac and his Highness, the future of this country is safe.”
Younger children who are smarter than themselves.
An existence that made the older kids jealous. but deep down, they felt relieved.
“Yeah, I’ll be sure to make this country into a better one.”
However, Isaac was only thinking of becoming a king. And nothing else.
(But I forgot to tell you that I am not sure who’ll be the king after I grow up, but I will do my best. In many other ways.)
After he became king… he didn’t even think about what kind of country he would make.
So, while talking to Lisa, he began to think about what kind of country he would like to make.