Tensei Kizoku wa Taishi wo Idaku! - Chapter 17:Five-year-old, Damian Fosbury
Chapter 17:Five-year-old, Damian Fosbury
It’s been about a week since Isaac met Pamela, and it seemed that Isaac had settled down a bit.
Lucia told Isaac that a guest was coming.
“I understand that guests are coming. But what kind of guests are coming?”
Isaac asked in a suspicious voice.
It looked a bit strange compared to the other times when he was informed about guests.
If an unpleasant person was coming then it was necessary to prepare for it beforehand.
Isaac was a bit suspicious because Lucia looked embarrassed.
“After all, you did notice.”
Lucia began to explain to her child who was suspicious of her.
“My friend from my academy days who has a child of your age is coming for a visit.”
“Mother’s friend huh?”
“Friend from my academy days.”
When Lucia said that, Isaac remembered the friends from his college days.
(Although I had friends before high school, I couldn’t compete with my college friends in terms of individuality.)
(At first, I was amazed at the wide variety of people who gathered in that place called a university.)
However, he later realized that his friends were too different for him.
(Oh. Maybe she’s worried about me because her friends are very extroverted.)
He came up with such an answer because he remembered his previous life.
Isaac thought that his mother was acting weird because she was worried that her friends and their children might be overwhelming for him.
“She’s a child of the Viscount family under the Marquis of Warwick. We were very close when we were students.”
Lucia recalled her old days and smiled, which then faded into a gloomy expression.
“But their attitude suddenly changed after I got engaged to Randolph … and gradually, I started feeling distant.”
Listening to Lucia’s story, Isaac understood her situation.
(Did she become jealous because mom got married into a Marquis family?)
From an equal footing as the daughter of a Viscount family, Lucia became the wife of the heir to a Marquis family, one of the only four Marquis families in the Kingdom of Reed.
It is said that every girl longs for a prince, but the Marquis family was also quite a big deal.
Being jealous would be natural in such a case.
Lucia continued her story.
“Since we both had children, until now we only exchanged letters. But I would also like for you to make a male friend. But I’m a little worried …”
Lucia put her hand on her cheek and bent her neck while thinking about Isaac with a bit of anxiety.
Seeing Lucia’s figure, Isaac guessed.
“Okay. If my mom seems to be in trouble, I’ll handle the conversation.”
Isaac thought about his mother’s worries and gave the answer he thought she was hoping for.
Isaac probably thought she was worried that she would talk to someone she hadn’t seen in a long time, and she wanted Isaac to help her out if things became weird.
(Seriously, all this while maintaining a gentle face … Women are scary. No, are these just the basics of being an aristocrat?)
If she had said everything clearly then it would’ve become her responsibility.
“By hinting in an easy-to-understand way that her opponent would understand, she avoided her own responsibilities and produced the results she desired”, Isaac thought.
Isaac thought that was the reason why Lucia didn’t say anything directly.
Isaac was also a child of a great aristocratic lineage.
Other people couldn’t hide much in front of him.
But Isaac noticed that Lucia always had her “gentle mother” expression on.
“So, she’s still an aristocrat”, Isaac thought while looking at his mother.
“No! I don’t want that!”
However, that idea got immediately turned down by Lucia herself.
“Her boy is the same age as you, so I’d like you to play with him in the garden. But he will be your first MALE friend, will you be able to get along?”
Lucia looked anxiously at Isaac.
Apparently she was just worried about whether Isaac would be able to get along with his first MALE friend.
Isaac felt a little embarrassed because he had realized that he had thought too much.
If it was just about a child then there was nothing much to worry about.
“It’s okay. It’s just male friend, I am used to it.”
Unfortunately, the only friends he had in his previous life were males.
And now, he was worried because he only had female friends.
While reminiscing about his past, Isaac proudly puffed up his chest while trying to get rid of Lucia’s worries.
However, Isaac’s words made Lucia a bit skeptical.
“I’m used to it? … Everyone is a girl, right?”
――Isaac spoke too much.
Isaac swallowed his spit, he could feel a bead of cold sweat trickling down his spine.
However, being silent would only make him seem more suspicious.
Isaac immediately used his trusted weapon, ‘innocent child’s smile’ and started making excuses.
“Ah, umm, you see … Patrick is also a boy.”
“Yes … yes that’s right …”
Isaac’s answer was effective.
It was a lousy excuse, but Lucia seemed to believe it.
However, it was too effective.
Lucia made a face which seemed like she was about to cry.
‘He must’ve felt so lonely without a single male friend. He must’ve regretted not being able to make MALE friends so much’, Lucia thought. That thought alone brought Lucia to the verge of tears.
Isaac, who realized his mistake, felt bad for her.
But he couldn’t apologize.
If he said “I had male friends in my previous life”, then let alone being sad, Lucia would just go crazy.
Instead of apologizing, Isaac decided to divert the topic.
“I’m looking forward to what kind of child it is.”
“I’ve heard that he’s really well behaved, but … I hope you can get along well.”
Isaac once again flashed his ‘innocent child’s smile’ to take control of the momentum.
At times like this, he was glad for being a kid.
When Lucia’s friend visited and the drawing room door was opened, Isaac saw everything.
When the servant opened the door, a parent and a child stood there bowing in a 90 degree angle.
The angle of the child was a little shallow, but the mother held his head and bent it firmly to 90 degrees.
After a few seconds, her mother raised her face.
“It’s been a long time. Lucia-sama.”
She had a flattering smile on her face.
‘But their attitude suddenly changed after I got engaged to Randolph … and gradually, I started feeling distant.’
Isaac now understood the full meaning of those words.
――A rival who was from a Viscount family of the same rank suddenly became the wife of the Marquis family’s son.
If that happened, then a change in attitude was inevitable.
(Ah, so this is what you meant? That’s right, if my friends started taking this attitude, then even I would feel distant.)
Until now, no one around Isaac had such an attitude.
Adela, Karen, and the parents of the other girls.
In front of Isaac and Lucia, they were certainly careful to not act rudely.
But that wasn’t anything remotely similar to flattery.
When he looked at it carefully, their attitudes were overkill.
Lucia was most probably feeling the same thing.
She had a sad face.
“Catherine Fosbury and Damian Fosbury, are here.”
“It is an honor to be called by Lady Lucia like that.”
Catherine bowed her head over and over again.
Isaac initially felt that way.
But he immediately reconsidered.
――What would I do if my friend suddenly became the son of a big politician?
If not much, a change in attitude was sure.
Isaac could no longer make a fool of Catherine.
The aristocratic society was wide, yet quite narrow.
Was she flattering them in hopes of supporting her husband’s career?
To Isaac she even looked like ‘a good wife who abandoned her pride to devotedly support her husband’.
(Although she’s a good wife, I don’t think she’s a good mother.)
Isaac saw earlier that she had forced Damian to bow.
She should have taught etiquette in advance for these times.
If he didn’t want to bow fully, then nothing could be done, and it would’ve been fine if you could show yourself doing your best as a child.
It was not necessary to force it.
Isaac walked up to Damian with a smile.
If she was the type of jealous of Lucia, he would’ve helped
However, if she was the kind who was selling everything through forced flattery, then it would be better if both Lucia and Catherine talked everything out.
In that case, the presence of the children would be an obstacle to their conversation.
Isaac thought so, and decided to invite Damian to play outside.
“Nice to meet you. I’m Isaac.”
He greeted him with a smile.
It was not a formal one like his father’s.
It was a relaxed smile to make Damian ease up a bit.
“I am Damian.”
Damian also greeted with a smile.
However, Catherine suddenly held his head from behind and made him bow.
“Bow your head properly. You’re talking to the heir of the Marquis family.”
“I’m sorry, Master Isaac.”
Catherine said to Isaac with a smile.
To Isaac it felt like she’d kneel down in front of him any moment.
It was just natural for Isaac to be treated that way.
As the heir of the Marquis family, his rank as an aristocrat was higher than Lucia.
But the idea of adults creepily flattering children didn’t sit well with Isaac.
Growing uncomfortable, Isaac said.
“Onee-chan, a relationship where one side bows to the other can’t be called friendship. I want to be friends with Damian, so please let him go.”
(TL/N: The ‘onee-chan’ might sound weird but that’s the literal translation.)
[PR note: It’s prolly meant to be a respectful way to address an older woman]
“Yes, Master Isaac.”
Catherine let go of Damian.
Isaac’s aim was not limited to that.
――The relationship where one side bows to the other isn’t friendship.
After telling her that, he would follow up with something so that Lucia and Catherine could talk alone.
It was necessary to be courteous among friends, but there was no place for flattery.
(I hope this makes things a little bit better.)
Isaac thought so, but this was entirely up to the adults.
If they couldn’t restore their friendship, then there was nothing else Isaac could do.
“Hey, Damian. The adults always talk about boring things, why don’t we go play somewhere else?”
Damian glanced at his mother.
Of course, there was no objection from her side.
Rather, she might’ve actually recommended it sooner or later.
She nodded and gave Damian her permission.
“Then mom, Catherine. Please take your time.”
Isaac grabbed Damian’s hand and dragged him towards Patrick’s room.
While playing with Patrick, Isaac decided to ask about what kind of games the boys played.
Catherine, who was then left alone, turned to Lucia.
Her face no longer had that flattering smile, making Lucia a bit confused as well as anxious.
Lucia opened her mouth with a sad expression.
“Hey, Cathy. We’re adults now. And we now even have children of our own. I know everything is different than when we were students. But … I still see you as my friend.”
――So, please stop with that attitude!
Lucia’s eyes had such an expression.
Upon receiving it, Catherine almost teared up.
Isaac’s words did reach her.
“I’m the wife of a Viscount family… the wife of a local bureaucrat who isn’t entrusted with a territory. You’re the wife of the Marquis family…. Was my response wrong?”
Lucia went up to Catherine and hugged her tightly.
“As an aristocrat, I don’t think it’s that wrong, but as a friend, it is wrong.”
Tears started overflowing from Catherine’s eyes.
“You are not the only one who’s attitude changed. Various people have changed their attitudes toward me. But when all of my friends suddenly changed their attitudes, I felt so lonely.”
Lucia wasn’t weeping either, but she was in tears as well.
“I’m sorry, but I thought it was the right response.”
“It’s okay. That was normal. But from now on, let’s be friends like we used to be.”
Catherine hugged Lucia and cried while repeating “Thank you” and “I’m sorry”.
On this day, Isaac was able to go to bed comfortably.
He made his first MALE friend.
It was crazy but it’d get better as he got used to it.
Lucia and Caterine’s relationship seemed to have been restored, both of them had red swollen eyes but they were in good moods.
Today ended in a plus.
That alone was enough for Isaac, even though nothing of much importance was achieved.
(Even so, he just started crying when Patrick started licking his face.)
Because Damian was still a child, he couldn’t control his emotions well.
Isaac thought that he was surprised and started crying all of a sudden.
He may be a five-year-old, but he still felt a bit unreliable.
(But, Damian is from a Viscount family under the Warwicks. Anyway, I can’t rely on him in the future… In the future…, Damian…)
Isaac got up vigorously from his bed.
“Wait! Isn’t it Damian Fosbury!?”
The voice rang inside the dark room with only Isaac.
(Wow, why. Why did Damian come to me!?)
One of the capture characters, a character like the attendants of the Marquis of Wilmente.
Damian was a character that could be compared to an accessory character, Isaac didn’t know why he was even considered as a capture character
Isaac remembered his existence just when he was about to sleep.
His role was so minor that Isaac almost completely forgot about him.
(Well, what? I’m certainly also a Marquis, is he like my attendant?)
“Unexpectedly, if he met the main character…”
“How will that affect the story?”
Isaac scratched his head violently.
(I was just about to sleep, but I had to notice it just now? Seems like I will have trouble sleeping.)
Isaac’s plan was just in line with the ending of the game.
If the story of the game itself deviated too much, then his plan would be nothing more than a dream.
He realized that he had to consider the impact he had on his surroundings, but only thinking about that was enough to give him a headache.
It’s because he didn’t have any idea how his presence would affect the surroundings, because he was someone who didn’t exist in the original game.
(…Well, that’s okay I guess.)
The only important thing for Isaac right now was his relationship with Pamela.
As long as it resulted in the prince breaking his engagement with Pamela, some differences were acceptable.
“You should spend your time thinking about what you can do, rather than worrying about things you can’t do anything about.”
Thus, Isaac changed his mood and went to sleep.