Tensei Kizoku wa Taishi wo Idaku! - Chapter 18:Five-year-old, Encounter with Fred.
Chapter 18:Five-year-old, Encounter with Fred.
Isaac was a bit melancholic.
Even though it was sure that he’d have an impact on the future, meeting Damian was something trivial.
Given that he has had a long relationship with Tiffany, there was no point in considering the influence he’d have on Damian.
Besides, he rarely met Damian.
Lucia wanted to meet Catherine, but she couldn’t meet her that often due to her position.
She had quite a lot of responsibilities as the first lady of the Marquis of Wellrod.
Moreover, she was the woman who gave birth to the future head, Isaac Wellrod.
She was busy interacting with various aristocrats who came to visit her on a regular basis.
The last time she was this busy was when she first last visited the Royal Capital five years ago.
She couldn’t prioritize her friendship in such a situation.
As a woman married to the Marquis of Wellrod, interaction with other aristocrats had greater priority.
Thanks to that, Damian wasn’t brought in by his parents as Isaac’s playmate, and Isaac wasn’t bothered by him much.
Lucia came to the royal capital after a long time, so people came especially to visit her.
Lucia and Catherine met each other less frequently.
As a result, Isaac was able to relax without being bothered much.
(Too much free time…)
Isaac thought while stroking Patrick, who came back with the ball in his mouth.
He was playing in the yard, which he could do even in his family’s territory.
For him, it was nice to have a leisurely time, but this was too much.
Since he came to the royal capital, he wanted to do something different.
However, since coming to the royal capital, the number of friends who came to visit him had reduced drastically.
“I am sure they are going out to visit the capital with their families”, Isaac thought so.
(But I can’t go.)
Greetings from lower aristocrats such as the Viscounts and Barons were relatively easy.
Greetings from the senior aristocrats with an appointment were easy as well.
But there was nothing much to it.
On the other hand, the Marquis and Counts were all busy.
(Tl/N: In-case you’re wondering who the counts are, they’re the bureaucrats working for the Maquis.)
The people who came to say hello couldn’t be left alone.
Therefore, they had to constantly greet the people who came in.
Reservations for visits were always tight.
Morgan responded to the important ones, and Randolph responded to the remaining ones, they had no time available for themselves.
It wasn’t an atmosphere where Isaac could say, “Let’s go to see the royal city together”.
The number of times Lisa and Adela came also decreased.
However, it couldn’t be helped.
Lisa became ten this year.
She was going to make her debut in the New Years Party.
She was busy preparing for it.
As Isaac was a hands-free kid, she was preparing for her debut with Randolph’s permission.
Isaac was more like a servant these days.
Because Lisa was busy preparing for the year-end and New Year party, she visited Isaac on occasional breaks.
Isaac and Lisa had a light chat at the beginning, and then both of them just rested together with Patrick.
If he worked too hard, then not only his body, but also his heart would get damaged.
He knew the importance of resting his body.
(Nathan is truly ahead. There’s a lot of difference in our personal connections)
Nathan’s friends also seemed to visit the mansion less often.
However, instead, Melinda’s parents’ home, the Marquis Wilmente, was calling for children from all the aristocrats under them to become friends of Nathan.
Several boys were visiting Nathan almost every day.
He could already feel the difference in power mobilization.
Seeing this, Isaac became distressed.
(All the other aristocrats must’ve noticed and are now trying to side with Melinda and the Marquis of Wilmente.)
Isaac looked towards Nathan’s room with a bitter gaze.
Everyone wanted to be a winner.
In a battle for succession, someone would always have an upper hand.
Those watching the situation would also choose to be on that side, which’d only add to the advantage.
The different parties who were aware of the Wellrod family went to Nathan’s side …….
The number of people who were on Nathan’s side were increasing at a scary pace.
In this situation, the only people who’d take Isaac’s side would be the ones with the belief that “a person who has been decided to be a legitimate successor should succeed”.
They’d be like the gamblers who said,”It’s more profitable to be on the disadvantaged side”.
However, people wanted stability.
The one’s taking Isaac’s side were really rare.
If nothing was done, the difference between Nathan and Isaac would only widen.
However, Isaac didn’t know what to do, which only made him more irritated.
Several small figures approached the already agitated Isaac.
The servant bowed to them.
“Issac, your only friend seems to be a dog. As an older brother it’s embarrassing for me to have someone like you who can’t even make friends as a brother.”
It was Nathan.
It seemed that he came all the way here to brag about his friend.
Isaac was aware of the uneasiness of the servants.
He was wondering whether to call someone or see what happens first.
‘Why right now?’, Isaac was wondering.
“That’s right. Why don’t you play with me brother?”
Isaac showed him a leather ball.
‘I’ll be the one throwing the ball, and you’ll be the dog who’ll bring it back’, Isaac thought.
Nathan, who didn’t know about that, laughed while snorting at the same time.
“You can’t play outside in such cold weather.”
(Then, don’t come out in the cold!)
It was already mid-November.
The weather was cold, even for active and healthy children.
Isaac couldn’t believe that he had the guts to come out in this cold to brag about his friends.
Luckily for him, there were servants around them.
It was necessary to show the difference between him and Nathan.
Isaac said without showing any disappointment.
Considering his plans, childhood friends weren’t something to brag about.
But still Isaac intended to reply with harsh sarcasm.
“Nice to meet you, my name is Isaac. Thank you very much for always being beside my brother. Thank you for your support.”
Isaac bowed his head.
He politely greeted his younger brother’s friends who came to harass him, saying “thank you for being friends with my brother”.
That alone would’ve been humiliating for them.
Isaac smiled as he said it.
Involuntarily Isaac raised his head.
No one, including Nathan, seemed to understand what Isaac had just said.
All they could understand was that he said his “name” and “nice to meet you”.
The other party was too young to understand simple words, let alone roundabout sarcasm.
“I’m Fred. Nathan’s cousin. Nice to meet you.”
A red-haired boy greeted Isaac.
The other children were quietly standing with Nathan, so it seemed that he was the only one who didn’t read the air and greeted Isaac.
“Thank you …. brother’s cousin? Fred from the Marquis of Wilmente?”
“Yes that’s right.”
Fred replied with a smile.
He then pulled out a child’s wooden sword from the sheath on his waist and pointed it towards Isaac.
“Somehow, I know that you’re really smart. But how are you with the sword?”
(Ah …, it’s a character with all his stat points on strength.)
He encountered an annoying character.
“Stop it. You’re a direct descendant of the Marquis of Wilmente. I can’t beat someone from a military family.”
Isaac quietly admitted his defeat and tried to get out of the way.
However, Fred didn’t have any intentions of letting him go.
“You won’t know until you try.”
“It won’t even be a competition. I haven’t learned how to use a sword yet. If you really want to compare our strengths, maybe ten years later? As far as I’ve heard, you are the same age as me. Wouldn’t it be better if we dueled after entering the Royal academy? Isn’t it against the knights’ chivalric code to fight against an opponent who doesn’t know how to fight?”
Isaac spoke too much.
He didn’t want to fight Fred.
Certainly, Isaac was afraid of Fred.
But he was not afraid of Fred himself, he was afraid of injuries.
He was finally born in a beautiful and healthy body.
He wanted to avoid being injured in vain.
“Well, that’s right. It’s not appropriate for a knight.”
Fred put his wooden sword away, saying that Isaac is right.
He lacked a bit of intelligence, but overall, he wasn’t too bad of a person.
“Fred, let’s leave him alone”
Nathan, who was dissatisfied with the situation, scoffed.
Although the purpose was to show off friends, it was not interesting to continue talking after all that.
Nathan was worried that Isaac might make friends with some of them that way.
“Okay, Isaac, I’ll be looking forward to our duel 10 years from now.”
“If I get stronger, that is.”
Isaac replied with a strained smile to Fred, who said he was looking forward to it with a confident smile.
(What is going on?! Why do I keep meeting Damian and other capture characters! And wasn’t this a young rivalry flag? Why do I keep encountering capture characters and triggering flags!?)
Isaac was angry at this world.
He started with Tiffany and then he made friends with many girls.
So, in his heart he was hoping, ‘I am in the Royal Capital, isn’t it possible to get acquainted with a girl who would get robbed of her fiance?’
Those expectations were betrayed and his cursed fate brought him in front of the capture characters.
It was also bad because this was originally an otome game.
Isaac was reborn with the memories of his previous world and now he felt like the main character of the game.
He thought that he might have begun triggering the flags with the capture characters as the main character, in this game-like setting.
As it was, the love flag with any female characters wasn’t set yet, that made Isaac even more scared thinking whether it was set with a capture character or not.
(The childhood friend flag should be with a woman. If a flag is going to get triggered anyway then make it with Amanda.)
The daughter of another Marquis who represented the Royalists, Fred’s fiancée.
A girl with small breasts and a cheerful appearance, as a whole, she was a loli character.
This was a game based on predatory love, and the female characters adopted the character settings that were popular with male staff.
――Stealing the fiancé from a character that seems to be popular with men.
Isaac was worried about his sister in his previous life because of that very concept.
However, Isaac was also a healthy growing boy.
Since he was reborn in this world, he wanted to have a pretty girl like Amanda or Tiffany as a concubine after he marries Pamela and becomes king.
(Ah, but …. In eroge, the main character is really unhinged, I wonder if I’ll be able to deal with that many girls.)
While seeing off Nathan and others, he worried about that.
Randolph also had two wives.
Even Isaac should be able to build a harem if he became the king.
Isaac grinned at his hypothetical harem even though he hadn’t even taken control of the Marquis family yet.
He didn’t even have the idea that the servants who were looking at him were thinking, “He’s a kind child who just smiles even after being harassed by his big brother.”