Tensei Kizoku wa Taishi wo Idaku! - Chapter 16: Five-year-old, Determination
Chapter 16:Five-year-old, Determination
Isaac signed several times while lying on his bed.
Even after a day, he couldn’t forget about Pamela.
No matter what, whenever Pamela came to his mind, his throat refused to let any food pass.
In this world, there were a wide range of cute girls, from his age group to older ones.
If it was just about womanly charms, then a young maid would’ve been more than enough in this world.
Isaac would’ve leaned more towards them if it was a duplication of his adult body rather than a complete rebirth.
Cute things were cute, but Pamela had something different, it was like a connection between souls.
It was the first time he had felt such a mysterious feeling.
He couldn’t forget Pamela that easily.
(In the end, we’re back at the beginning)
(I want to get Pamela.)
(But Morgan said she was engaged to the prince for some important reasons.)
(As an aristocrat, you cannot take away the prince’s fiancée.)
(Then, I’ll just have to drag the Royal Family down from power so that no one would be able to complain.)
If he became king, then he’d be able to live his life with Pamela without anyone complaining.
For the first time, he actually wanted to become the king.
Till now he was just taking his goal lightly, but now after meeting Pamela he became determined.
However hard it may be, it was the shortest and most reliable way to get what he wanted.
――Marry someone other than Pamela and have a happy life.
He thought that was also an option.
However,that ‘happiness’ could be easily overturned as long as the Royal Family existed.
Melinda was still gathering aristocratic children as Nathan’s friends, who would most likely become his allies in the future.
The power to push through even though everyone opposes you.
That is power.
Even if Isaac settled with someone else and led a happy life, if the king just ordered it, all of that could be overturned.
After all, as long as someone more powerful than him existed, his life would be under constant threat.
――How can someone prevent it?
You just have to take all the power for yourself.
You have to have the power to crush anyone who interferes with your happiness.
That way, no one would be able to stand in your way.
Even if people tried to get in your way, keep purging them and they’ll eventually disappear.
――Only you have control over your own life.
This was the same in Isaac’s previous life.
However, this time, a greater power was involved.
Then, he’d just aim for the throne with the help of a rebellion like he originally intended.
(The best way, like Stalin, is to increase your influence without being conspicuous until you get power, but that’d take too long and it’ll come to fruition only after graduation. Pamela will be killed by then. Then–)
Isaac began to remember the great historical figures he had read in a book.
(――Someone like Oda Nobunaga? Impossible. Napoleon who raised his name during the war is also impossible. Move people with your charisma like Hitler…. that’s also impossible.)
He remembered all the famous dictators, all of whom excelled in some form of art.
He couldn’t think of an example where an ordinary person was raised up to power.
This was painful for Isaac, who completely agreed to the fact that he was just an ordinary person.
(Fine then, I’ll do it myself! I’ll be the first ordinary person to rise up to power.)
Isaac did not give up.
Grasp people’s weakness and bind their hearts with profit.
A plan that would need a lot of careful planning.
(Money, power, woman. I want those things, but I need money and power to get the rest. Shit! Nathan Seriously!? Money and power is right in front of me. But I can’t use it because of him.)
He diverted all his rage towards Nathan.
Without Nathan, he would have been saved from the hassle of seizing the whole house.
By now he’d be preparing to take over the throne.
He got stuck at a step which could’ve been completely avoided if not for Nathan.
This only kept adding to his stress even more.
(Always, always interfering in my happy life like this …)
Isaac’s face became so tense that no one would think that it was that of a child’s.
The gentle face he inherited from his parents, the one he was so proud of, was gone.
(I will get rid of everyone with my own hands, then I’ll take control of my own happiness.)
This new found determination was way more intense than anything he had felt till now.
Because this time he had different reasons.
Before this Isaac was quite easy going with his plan to overthrow the royal family.
He used to think that incapacitating Nathan and Melinda would’ve been enough for his plan.
Even though he occasionally thought about eliminating them, he wanted to avoid that as much as possible.
However, this time he was determined to kill them.
He would no longer compromise or show mercy.
(Should I hire an assassin? If I kill him quickly–)
Although he didn’t know where to hire an assassin, he ended up thinking that way.
“But an assasination out of nowhere won’t do huh…”, while thinking so Isaac heard a knock on his door.
“Issac, I’m here to play.”
It was Lisa’s voice.
However, Isaac didn’t want to meet anyone.
“I’m sorry, I don’t feel like playing right now. Let’s play sometime later.”
Ignoring Isaac’s reply, the door opened.
Lisa groaned in protest as the door to Isaac’s private space opened.
It was Adela who opened the door.
She just came to accompany Lisa, but yet she was Isaac’s only nanny.
“Seriously, that’s a terrible face …”
Although he wasn’t crying at the moment, Isaac eyes were swelled up from his cries and all his tears had left quite a lot of marks on his face
Adela took out a handkerchief and wiped Isaac’s face.
“Adela, I want you to leave me alone for now.”
Adela just shook her head in denial to Isaac’s words.
“If you think about it all the time, you’ll never be able to move on. You need to clear your mind.”
Adela seemed to know about Isaac’s circumstances.
“… Did you hear about it from grandfather?”
“Yes, because I’m your nanny.”
Adela said with a gentle smile.
Lisa also cut into the conversation.
“I haven’t seen her yet, but was she such a cute girl?”
Adela scolded Lisa for her words that directly cut into Isaac’s already aching wounds.
Isaac closed his eyes and while remembering Pamela, said,.
“She’s cute, but if it’s just about cuteness, Lisa and Tiffany are on the same level as her. From the first glance, it’s more like … I felt… I felt a connection between our souls.”
Adela was surprised by Isaac’s words.
Originally, Isaac didn’t seem like a five-year-old, but the words that just left his mouth were unexpected, even from Isaac’s standards.
“Isn’t she just so cute that you instantly fell in love with her?”
However, Lisa didn’t understand Isaac’s words.
It was because she had never fallen in love.
She couldn’t imagine something like ‘the connection of hearts.’
“If you fall in love with someone, then you’ll understand …. And why did grandfather tell even big sister Lisa about this?”
“Because I am your sister?”
Lisa cocked her neck while saying so.
(Even though I am a small child, I still need some privacy!)
‘It’ll be okay once he grows up.’
‘He is still very young.’
The adults thought it would not be harmful if they shared Isaac’s current affairs openly.
However, such a thing was painful for the not-so-perfect Isaac.
“He fell in love and lost it in a few tens of seconds, so please watch over him warmly”, there was a chance that the situation was unfolding like this.
(Such a thing shouldn’t be left unchecked.)
Thinking that, Isaac got out of the bed.
“Lisa onee-chan, can you play with Patrick for some time?”
“What about Isaac?”
“I have to discuss something with my grandfather.”
It was mainly to complain and say, “Don’t talk about it with everyone.”
“Master is in the courtyard.”
Isaac left the room and headed for the courtyard.
Followed by Adela and Lisa.
“I’m okay alone …”
“I am coming because I’m a nanny”
“And I am your onee-chan.”
Isaac’s protest was denied with calm smiles.
They may be worried about Isaac.
And Isaac was happy about it, but at the same time, it was a bit annoying.
(Well, it’s nothing much.)
‘It’s better than being left alone.’
Isaac thought so, and thus didn’t protest any further.
Morgan was not the only one in the courtyard.
His grandparents and parents, all four of them, were sitting there with dark faces.
They were most probably talking about Isaac.
Randolph, who first noticed, rushed towards Isaac.
And then he picked him up.
“Seems like I made you worried, I am sorry.”
“It’s all good.”
Randolph was hugging Isaac closely while rubbing his cheeks.
He was also worried.
He hugged Isaac, who had overcome his hardship on his own.
“I came to have a talk with grandfather.”
Randolph seated Isaac between him and Lucia.
Adela and Lisa stood behind Isaac.
Everyone’s eyes were gathered at Isaac.
“Grandfather, I have a request.”
Morgan’s eyebrows twitched when he heard Isaac’s words.
Even if he asked to get engaged with Pamela, there was no way he’d be able to provide it.
“What is it?”
“You said you would find me a good fiancé?”
“Can you stop doing that?”
“That won’t be a problem … but for how long should I stop looking’?”
Although there was Nathan, Isaac was still the original successor.
It wouldn’t be good if Isaac just kept thinking about Pamela and left the world without getting married or without any offspring.
So Morgan asked for a deadline.
“Until I graduate from the Royal Academy. How about it?”
This was an unyielding point for Isaac.
Of course, he also thought about ‘creating a fiancée only in name and using the power of that party’s house’.
But that way he would one day betray his fiancée.
He didn’t want to do that.
This was Isaac’s sincerity to his unseen fiancée.
He thought it was a nice reason, but he couldn’t say it.
“…So it’s the same as Randolph?”
Randolph was an exception among exceptions in aristocratic society.
This was a problem of the same kind.
His entire life, Randolph had no fiancé. He was really lucky that he was able to marry Lucia
This was because of the influence of Isaac’s great-grandfather, Jude.
He was quite comfortable with using his relatives in his plans.
As the future heir to the Marquis title, Randolph would’ve been a trump card for his future plots.
However, Jude was killed in action before Randolph ever graduated.
Randolph, who was now free, was able to marry his beloved Lucia without being used as a plot card.
However, it was different for normal aristocrats.
Most of them got engaged before enrolling into the Royal Academy.
Not deciding on a fiancé until graduation meant that there would be almost no outstanding partners left.
There was a high possibility that Isaac might be left single if he’s unable to find someone, like how Randolph found Lucia.
That’s why Morgan was reluctant.
“It seems that people often get engaged to someone of the same age, but that isn’t absolute, is it? If I can’t find someone till graduation then I can also marry someone older right. Like Lisa.”
“Hey, I’m five years older! If I wait until Isaac graduates, I’ll become an old lady! I mean, that’s only if—”
Adela held Lisa’s mouth to stop her protest.
It wasn’t appropriate for her to interfere in the greater aristocrat’s discussion.
However, the reasons behind Lisa’s protest were legitimate.
In this world, most people got married right after their graduation from the Royal Academy.
If someone stayed single for five years wouldn’t they just be late, they would also be putting themselves in a disadvantageous position.
“Well, I just gave an example.”
Isaac appealed to Lisa to settle her down.
“Grandfather. I’ve come to this conclusion after a lot of thinking. If I can’t find a partner or establish a good relationship with anyone before graduation, I will get engaged with a partner of your choice after graduation. Please wait until I graduate.”
Isaac bowed head and requested.
Looking at that figure, Morgan looked at the others around him.
He wanted their opinions.
But as far as he could see, everyone wore expressions of,”I think it’s okay to do what Isaac wants.”
Nobody uttered a single phrase.
As he was also a great aristocrat, letting Isaac completely be was a problem.
Engagement offers from influential aristocrats for Nathan were already coming in.
For now, the only offers that came for Isaac were from weak aristocrats.
Thus Morgan thought it was okay to let Isaac go.
“OK, but there are a few conditions.”
“And what are they?”
Isaac looked up and looked right into Morgan’s eyes.
“Don’t go to see Pamela. Of course, you’ll meet in social gatherings, but don’t do anything else other than a polite greeting.”
This was decided by Morgan after his discussions with Jerome.
It was true that Pamela also had special feelings for Isaac.
As the prince’s fiancée, it was a very bad situation.
So both of the Marquises decided to separate them before they got in touch and went to the point of no return.
Originally, he had to say that Isaac’s feelings were one-sided.
But he disguised it as a condition for not deciding on his fiancé until his graduation, making it acceptable for Isaac.
Isaac looked down and bit his lips.
“Alright, but please keep your promise as the Marquis of the Wellrod family.”
Morgan replied with a dignified face that was appropriate for his title.
“Since my grandfather retired and father took the title, there is no reason for him to break his promise.”
“Of course … I don’t remember doing anything that terrible, even to you.”
Morgan replied with a sad expression as he once suspected Isaac to be his father Jude.
“Thank you. But I want some more time now.”
“Hmmm… It’s okay.”
“I’m sorry for worrying you.”
Isaac apologized and hugged his father and mother.
And then he went off to the room where Patrick was, accompanied by Lisa and Adela.
Seeing him off, everyone sighed deeply.
“Issac and Pamela, I wonder if smart children are precocious as well.”
“Well, I started to worry about girls when I was about the same age, so isn’t it pretty normal?”
Margaret was surprised when Randolph showed interest in the opposite sex earlier than she expected.
“When we were married, it was completely a marriage out of convenience of course. After marriage we started loving each other, even though it was a marriage solely planned by my loving father-in-law.”
Morgan and Margaret’s marriage was a completely political one decided solely by Jude.
However, Margaret, who at first hated it, slowly opened up to Morgan and started loving it.
It was not marriage after love, but love after marriage.
This was really unusual in an aristocratic society dominated by divisive marriages.
“Father’s face when he saw us walking hand in hand was a sight to behold.”
“Eh… grandfather Jude!?”
Jude made decisions solely based on cold calculations.
――A cold person whose emotions were frozen solid.
Randolph couldn’t imagine that his grandfather was surprised.
“Oh, that’s right … I’m sure Isaac will surprise you a lot too.”
Wellrod family, the law of the third generation.
According to that, Isaac would also do something big.
What will Isaac do?
Although it was a little scary, all of them looked forward to it.