Tensei Kizoku wa Taishi wo Idaku! - Chapter 15: Five-year-old, Encounter with Pamela.
There were three factions in the Reed Kingdom.
The ‘Aristocratic faction’ centered around the Wellrod and Windsor families-
Although it was often misunderstood due to its name, it did not request a parliament centered on aristocrats.
In this world, things like telephones or emails didn’t exist.
The only means of long distance contacts were letters on horseback.
In case of an emergency, waiting for contact from the royal capital would cause a fatal delay in the initial response.
The aristocratic faction insisted that the authority of local aristocrats should be increased so that they could respond immediately.
Next, the ‘royalists’, centered around the Wilmente and Warwick families-
Opposing the opinions of the Aristocratic faction, they believed that if the power of local aristocrats increased, the country would eventually divide.
This group insisted that the power of the royal family should be further strengthened and united closer to the center.
And finally, a ‘neutral group’ where all kinds of aristocrats gather.
Although it was called a neutral group, it’s actually a status quo group.
There are many people in this group who say, “I’m still doing well, so I don’t have to agree with either side.”
Those who insist on decentralization and those who insist on centralization.
The ratio was: Aristocratic 3 : Royalist 5 : Neutral 2.
The royalists were leading because of the aristocrats who didn’t have a territory of their own.
The stronger the power of the royal family, the stronger the power of the bureaucrats.
Because the aristocrats who served the royal family as bureaucrats participated, the royalists were in the majority.
However, they were still aristocrats without any territory.
Compared to the aristocrats with territories, their influence was weak.
Although there was a difference in the number, the aristocratic faction and the royalist faction were equally matched due to their influence.
The marriage between Randolph and Melinda was closely monitored for any chances of shifting the power dynamic to either side.
Although they got married and even had children, due to lack of any major movement, both of the sides were left confused.
Marquis Jerome Windsor.
He was asked by King Elias to become the Chancellor.
Although that position could be considered as the leader of the aristocratic faction, the offer itself wasn’t for any such political reasons.
Originally, the Marquis Welrod and the Marquis Windsor were families more closely involved with civilians.
He was appointed as Chancellor because he had the ability to understand and manage the civilians.
That man was now sitting in front of Isaac.
He was talking to Morgan and Margaret accompanied by his wife Rosa.
After Isaac greeted him, he had no other choice but to listen quietly.
The cause, dignity.
Morgan and Margaret were the ‘Always kind and doting grandparents’, to Isaac.
From time to time, Isaac even wondered, “Is this a Marquis family?”
Because he only ever saw that side of his grandparents.
However, Jerome was different.
He was not Isaac’s grandfather, so he did not show any soft attitude towards Isaac.
However, Isaac wasn’t treated coldly.
He greeted him with a proper greeting while maintaining his dignity as the current Marquis.
However, Isaac was under pressure because this was the first time that he came face to face with the dignity and pressure exuded by an actual noble man.
(Will these guys really serve under me?)
Morgan was now talking to Jerome in a dignified voice befitting of a great aristocrat.
It was very different from the store managers and area managers he met in his previous life.
Even if he started learning from today, he couldn’t imagine himself speaking in the same way as the two great noblemen in front of him.
Another wall stood between Isaac and his dream.
Jerome, who did not know about Isaac’s internal anguish, turned his eyes to Isaac.
“I am always talking about my grandchild, but yours seems to be a bit quiet.”
“… By the way, is this your first time visiting a house elsewhere? Maybe you’re a bit nervous.”
Morgan also looked worried about Isaac.
Due to his attitude it was easy to forget, but Isaac was just five years old.
He never went to his friend’s house, and it would be a heavy burden for young children to visit any house for the first time let alone the chancellor’s house.
Morgan thought, ‘It’s too much for Isaac, even though he agreed, maybe I shouldn’t have brought him.’
However, Isaac blew that worry away.
“I apologize for worrying you. I’m still a child. I’m still immature, so I was wondering if it was okay for me to talk to the Marquis of Windsor and his wife.”
With that said, Isaac bowed his head.
It was hard for him to say, “I was scared of violating your dignity”.
He made that excuse because he was uncertain whether it would be right for him to get involved in the conversation.
In response to Isaac’s reply, he laughed.
It was a dignified bright laugh, not the one where you’d look down on others.
“I see, so this is why Wellrods are so proud of you.”
“If you can understand that much at your age, then it’s natural that they’d brag about you.”
Rosa let out a surprised “Oh my~”, with her hands on her lips.
Morgan proudly puffed up his chest.
He was really happy to see his grandchild being praised.
“I am really proud of my grandson.”
Margaret was also smiling at him.
It was quite different when Randolph was five-years-old.
The fact that Isaac understood the situation around him at the same age was quite extraordinary.
“I see, I see, but Pamela wouldn’t lose to him ya know.”
Jerome was beaming from ear to ear while remembering his granddaughter.
(Aah… the dignity is gone)
The dignity that Morgan exuded while working just vanished out of existence whenever he found himself alone with Isaac.
The Jerome in front of Isaac right now was the same kind of old man as the usual Morgan, even his manners changed.
“Pamela can read and do calculations. She’s a very smart girl. And above all, she’s cute.”
He bragged about his granddaughter and then closed his eyes with a “hehehehe~”.
Looking at his figure, Isaac tilted his head, ‘Where did all that dignity go?’
“I’ve heard that His Imperial Highness will also be a great man. By the time these children grow up, this country might’ve reached its peak.”
Jerome and Morgan both agreed with each other while muttering something.
It might sound like a relative’s compliment, but their grandchildren were talented enough to make it a reality.
“By the way,can I meet Pamela? I’ve come to the royal capital for the first time, so I wanted to make new friends.”
Isaac thought this was an opportunity and asked for a meeting with Pamela.
Isaac didn’t want to laugh at her hairstyle.
He just wanted to meet her.
When she’d get sentenced to death by the prince, it wouldn’t be good if she thought “Why is this person trying to help me? Why? He’s scary.”
It was better to have a good friendship from the beginning.
After seeing Jerome’s behaviour, Isaac’s idea changed into conviction.
He loved his granddaughter so much that he lost his dignity whenever he talked about her.
Isaac would get along with Pamela, and if he helps her get out of that pinch, then the Marquis of Windsor would surely take his side.
The only worry was that Jerome might give up everything and agree with the decision.
Since he is an aristocrat, he might accept Pamela’s execution, saying, “We have to follow the judgment of the royal family.”
To prevent this, he would need to have a relationship with Jerome to be able to guide his thoughts.
The challenges were piling up.
“Hmm, I see…”
Jerome looked towards Rosa.
“I think it’s okay. She’s smart, but she just talks to adults. It’ll be good if she made a friend of the same age as her.”
Isaac wondered whether this was because Pamela was a girl or because the decisions inside the house were taken by Rosa.
Jerome asked Rosa for her opinion, and Rosa replied.
Looking at their communication, it seemed that they were quite a nice couple.
As soon as Jerome ordered the servant, the servant left the room quickly in a dignified manner, without making any noise.
Isaac knew very well that it would take time for a girl to prepare.
But it might not take that much time, as Jerome told the servant to quickly call her.
Perhaps Jerome also wanted to show off his grandchild to Morgan.
As Isaac expected, Pamela didn’t take that much time.
However, the Windsor’s mansion was also quite large, so quite a bit of time had passed, but it wasn’t something to be concerned about.
When the door between the drawing rooms and the corridor was opened, a blonde girl stood there.
After his first glance at Pamela, Isaac entered a trance-like state. He became too honest with his feelings.
He couldn’t take his eyes off of Pamela.
(――Pamela is cute.)
(――But that doesn’t matter.)
(――Blonde drill-hair since childhood.)
(――But that doesn’t matter.)
(――She is still five years old.)
(――But that doesn’t matter.)
Isaac had a gut feeling from his first glance.
(――What is this? I feel like my soul is connected to her.)
Even in his previous life, he never felt such feelings for the opposite sex.
Isaac was confused by this new feeling.
(Is this what they call love at first sight? … No no, forget a legal teen, she’s still in single digits!)
If he combined his previous life then he was hitting thirty.
To be honest, it was embarrassing for him to be fascinated by a 5-year-old girl, even if he’s in a 5-year-old body now.
However, when he thought that it was love at first sight, he couldn’t control his feelings and found his face flushed.
Isaac had no love experience, even if he included his previous life.
Therefore, there was a chance that it was all a misunderstanding.
However, he thought it was love at first sight.
Pamela’s face also became flushed after looking at Isaac.
Surely she was also thinking the same thing as Isaac.
While there were countless people in the world, he was happy to encounter a soul mate.
Isaac was convinced that he would be able to have a good relationship with Pamela.
(I don’t care about taking over the country anymore. If I can live a happy life without crossing such a dangerous bridge…)
Isaac was swayed by his first such feelings.
He gave up on his dream, the power he wanted so much.
“–sack, Isaac, Isaac.”
Margaret was shaking Isaac by his shoulder when he made that stupid sound.
Isaac was lost in his own world.
If he hadn’t returned to the real world, he might have continued staring at Pamela for the next few hours.
“… Isaac. Say hello.”
Margaret urged Isaac to say hello.
At a glance she understood that Isaac had developed feelings for Pamela.
This wasn’t her intuition, but Isaac’s attitude was so easy to read that anyone would understand it.
Isaac got up from his seat and walked to Pamela.
He moved awkwardly, in a way that normally wouldn’t have been possible.
“I’m Isaac, the son of Randolph, from the Marquis of Wellrod.”
“I’m Pamela, the daughter of Theodore, from the Marquis of Windsor.”
It was just a greeting.
But to Isaac it felt more tense than any interview during his job search.
As for his face, he was confident because it was a gentle and beautiful face he inherited from Randolph and Lucia.
But he wanted to go to the room’s mirror right now to check his appearance, to see if his hair was messed up or not.
It was scary to even stand in front of Pamela in this way.
He didn’t want to think about what he’d do if Pamela found him disappointing.
Pamela ran away when Isaac tried to shake hands.
Isaac regretfully gazed at Pamela’s back from the door.
He wanted to chase her, but he didn’t move a single bit, thinking “what if I chased her and she started hating me?”.
“This is … quite troublesome now.”
Jerome puts his hand on his forehead with a voice which makes it seem like he’s in deep trouble.
It was natural for Isaac to fall for Pamela, because she was cute, but Jerome didn’t expect that Pamela would also fall for Isaac.
Hearing that troubled voice, Isaac grew aware of Jerome’s existence.
With hasty steps he approached Jerome.
“Please engage me with Pamela!”
The demands were so straightforward that everyone present there was surprised.
“… that can not be done”
Jerome apologetically shook his head.
Isaac threw away all the fancy etiquette, he grabbed Jerome’s pants and pleaded further.
“Please! If you are worried about the issue of inheritance rights, I will do something about it. I won’t ask for your help. I will do it myself.”
“That’s not the problem.”
Morgan said while holding him, trying to pull Isaac away from Jerome.
“Then what is it?”
Isaac listened while sitting in his seat, after letting go of Jerome.
Morgan stopped before trying to answer and looked towards Jerome.
However, Jerome, who could sometimes make cold judgment without changing his complexion, found it hard to speak any further.
After seeing the situation, Rosa told Isaac the cruel truth, thinking that “this shouldn’t be done by a man.”
“Pamela has been engaged to His Highness Jason since the moment she was born.”
It was not at the level of “if we just meet a little earlier”.
From the time she was born, Isaac couldn’t have made it in time no matter what he did.
“This is for the balance of power between aristocrats and royalists.”
Morgan began to explain the reason for the engagement, but Isaac couldn’t hear any of it.
He was in a carriage when Isaac finally came to his senses.
Morgan, who was worried about Isaac who was in a state of complete emptiness, was about to round up early and go home.
When the carriage left the gate, Isaac turned around and stared at the mansion.
(In the end, Pamela won’t be mine until the graduation ceremony of the Royal Academy…)
(Originally, that was the goal and starting point of my life.)
(However, it is still more than 10 years away.)
(Until then, Pamela belongs to the prince.)
(He might touch her skin, kiss her, and even beyond.)
When he thought about these things, he felt like his chest was about to tear apart.
(So noisy… be quiet. I want to cry…)
He heard a high pitched cry from somewhere.
It was very annoying.
A partner who would have been a life companion, including the previous life, it was the first time he met someone like that.
That girl was now going far away.
Even though it wasn’t a final farewell, his heart couldn’t handle the pain of leaving her behind.
“Issac, I’ll make sure to find the right person for you.”
“Me as well. So give up on that girl. Or else it’ll be more painful.”
Morgan and Margaret wanted Isaac to forget about Pamela.
However, that voice was also drowned out by a high-pitched voice.
Isaac tried to say “I don’t like it”, but he couldn’t speak well.
Then Isaac noticed.
He was crying …
It was his first cry since coming to this world.
The high-pitched voice that he thought was annoying was his own cry.
He was so fascinated by Pamela that he didn’t even realize that he was crying.
It wasn’t just Isaac.
Both Morgan and Margarent had faces like they were about to cry.
Until now, Isaac never voiced any selfish desires nor any luxuries, the only thing he asked for was a flowerbed.
Being unable to provide something that their grandson finally asked for, pained them a lot.
Even a great aristocrat could not take away the prince’s fiancée.
The only thing they could do now was to hug the crying Isaac.
[PR note: dayum… F for Isaac]