Tensei Kizoku wa Taishi wo Idaku! - Chapter 22:Five-year-old, Dennis of Braak company.
Chapter 22:Five-year-old, Dennis of Braak company.
–The day after the family meeting.
People with a ‘good sense of smell’ began to visit the Wellrod Mansion in a good mood.
Even though Isaac and Lucia didn’t tell anyone about the Earl of Lancaster.
Neither did Melinda or Nathan.
Isaac was curious, so he asked his grandfather.
Apparently, it was inferred from the fact that Morgan was called to the royal palace with the Earl of Lancaster.
[Marquis Wellrod was summoned to the Royal Palace with the Earl of Lancaster.]
[It’s the season for a personnel shuffle, so people had somewhat of an idea.]
[The Earl of Lancaster seemed to be in poor physical condition lately.]
[Then is the Marquis of Wellrod chosen as the foreign minister??]
The people came to congratulate him due to that speculation.
It was this keen sense of smell that allowed those aristocrats to survive in the Royal Palace.
Isaac heard this story and felt that ‘the aristocrats of the royal capital are really sensitive to the smell of power’.
He wasn’t wrong, the aristocrats who had a title but no official status lived on the level of a slightly wealthy commoner.
The royal family paid a pension, but that alone wasn’t enough to live a ‘noble life’.
For a court aristocrat who did not have a territory, getting a ‘job title’ was the same as ‘getting rich’.
(TL/N: Here the ‘job title’ signifies titles and positions with an actual important role.)
The Kingdom of Reed was very large in comparison to its neighbours.
It was even said that if you became an ambassador to another country, you could build a fortune just by submitting a single report.
Because there were no telephones or emails, the report of the resident ambassador held a lot of importance.
Bribes were rampant in an attempt to improve the impression of the ambassador, for various reasons.
And the diplomats were appointed by the foreign minister.
Therefore, everyone was visiting Morgan in hopes of getting chosen as a diplomat.
It seemed that it was natural, as Morgan happily received the gifts while choosing the diplomats.
Isaac was shocked by that.
However, it was not all bad.
He also had quite a harvest.
(Everyone won’t follow me just because I have power. Only a certain number of them will. If there are enough people to run the country then that’d be enough.)
Now that the Wellrod’s were in the royal capital, all the bureaucrats were frequenting the Wellrod mansion.
If some disturbance occurred and the greater aristocrats needed to move, then some other relative could be appointed as a substitute lord, but the situation wouldn’t be stable.
In this world, only the royals, aristocrats, and wealthy commoners spent money on education.
It was better if the people didn’t say:
“――I can’t obey the usurper of the throne.”
It was more convenient for the people to act like weathercocks and change their flag depending on the direction of the wind, rather than showing their spirit and resigning.
This is because the country would be divided while raising its human resource from scratch.
If you’re just gonna work as a bureaucrat then whom you’re working for shouldn’t matter.
(It’s a bit early for a tour, but let’s try our best to learn.)
Isaac also hated injustice.
However, the sense of justice from his previous world may not align with the sense of justice from this world.
The same was true for the current situation.
In his previous life, being arrested for a bribe was nothing more than a story to promote your agency.
It wasn’t necessarily bad.
Then, this situation was no big deal.
Isaac had some hesitation about it all, but he just accepted it.
It was a good opportunity to learn how other aristocrats act.
‘Ask his grandfather and father for suggestions if things become too difficult.’
Isaac didn’t need monster-like wisdom like his great grandfather.
‘Aim for heights with the knowledge acquired through effort and experience’.
With that in mind, Isaac moved.
“Would you like to see how your father works up close?”
“Yes, of course.”
Randolph was enthusiastic because of his new position as the lord.
There were many visitors asking for him and now, he wasn’t only greeting them, but also directly negotiating with them.
So it was hard to get his son to see what he’s doing.
It was a pity that Nathan refused and went to play with his friends, but Randolph’s motivation was at its peak.
It had been a week since Isaac started to visit Randolph.
On days when no one came to play, he tried to quietly observe his father’s work.
The visitors only thought about Isaac, who quietly stared at them, as “a child being forced to observe the adults so that he learns about the world quickly”.
But none of them knew that Isaac was voluntarily observing them.
And one day.
There was an event that bothered Isaac.
The other party was ‘Dennis’, the chairman of the ‘Braak company’.
(TL/N: ‘Braak Company’, this term might change in future translations.)
Also, a merchant of the Wellrod family.
Originally it was a trading company dealing with wood, but about 100 years ago, the owner of the company married the trade association’s daughter and ended up becoming a big merchant.
Since then, they grew rapidly and now they handle a wide range of items from daily necessities to luxury items.
Originally, it shouldn’t have been possible for him to visit the Marquis.
However, this time it was different.
He said it was to celebrate, but in reality, he was trying Randolph.
“-That’s why I brought you a profitable deal today.”
Dennis cut to the main subject right after congratulating Randolph, who was assigned as the acting lord.
“I would like you to buy some cheap stones from our company for 100 million leads. Next month, Edgar will purchase them for 200 million leads.”
“The value will go up just because it was owned by the Wellrod family. Please be assured that Edgar will definitely buy it.”
Due to Dennis’ deal, Randolph would get credit, albeit in a roundabout way.
If the acting lord made profits really early in his career, then his reputation in his surroundings would obviously go up.
‘—Dennis wanted to help.’
Randolph was enthusiastically listening to Dennis’ plan.
He wanted credit.
However, Isaac saw the essence of it.
“It’s a scam! It’s a scam, dad!”
(I know, I know about this!)
Isaac was not ignorant.
‘I remember seeing similar fraudulent deals on TV and newspapers’.
He desperately called Randolph’s to get his attention.
However, Randolph laughed when he turned to Dennis.
“What are you talking about? The Braak Company trying to fool me? In the first place, the Wellrod family vault wouldn’t be affected if we got deceived off of 100 million leads.”
Dennis gave an aizuchi to Randolph’s lines.
(TL/N: ‘Aizuchi’, basically agreeing and including some lines amidst a conversation.)
“You’re still young, so you don’t know the value of money. You’re probably imagining an amount that would make your family vault hollow.”
Dennis said that, as if it was like giving out 10,000 yen to the people you trust.
Actually, it might’ve been like that to some extent.
(TL/N: Am sorry for the frequent notes, but 10,000 yen is equal to 90 USD approx.)
[PR note: for the european bro’s, 10,000 yen is 76.45 Euros]
But Isaac couldn’t overlook his attempt to deceive Randolph.
“Then, let’s write a contract. If Edgar doesn’t buy it, your company will give a full refund.”
‘At the very least, you should promise to compensate for the damage’.
Isaac thought so, but Randolph disagreed.
“Issac, we trade with trust. We are the Marquis of Wellrod… one of the four Marquis families in the Kingdom of Reed. If you’re upset just by trading this much money then it’ll be bad for your image”, Randolph told Isaac in a harsh voice.
He was silent till now, but this couldn’t be kept unchecked.
Because this was an adult conversation.
“But father, it’s a scam no matter how you look at it. I understand that you’re feeling impatient–”
While Isaac was talking, a slap connected to his cheek.
It was Randolph who did that.
Randolph was indeed feeling impatient, and he wanted to get some credit and increase his reputation.
But when Isaac saw through it, he snapped.
An adult’s slap hurts a child’s body.
Isaac endured by clenching his teeth, but he couldn’t stop his tears from spilling out.
“Don’t talk like you know anything when you’re a child who has never made money on his own! Don’t interfere when adults are making a transaction. Get out right now.”
‘Did I overdo it a little?’ Randolph immediately felt regret.
He had laid hands on Isaac for the first time.
But he still couldn’t stand being advised by a five-year-old child.
At least ten years old… unless he was that old… it was hard for him to accept something like that from a five-year-old.
Isaac looked at his father and then turned to Dennis with a murderous gaze like he wanted to strangle him right there.
And then, he quietly left the room.
He had a strong desire not to be seen while crying.
Since he was a child, he could cry in public, but he felt embarrassed because he had memories of his previous life.
Isaac headed to the room where Patrick was.
There, he would cry and have Patrick comfort him.
He made that choice because he thought, ‘I don’t want to worry Morgan and Lucia’.
“As expected of a Marquis family, the children are disciplined quite strictly.”
“No, it seems that he was too spoiled. I’m sorry. Well, let’s continue on with your story.”
Those who remained in the room began to proceed with business negotiations.
――But one month later. Edgar didn’t show up.
Dennis offered to return the 100 million leads, but Randolph did not accept the offer.
Dennis had tried to return the money, and so, Randolph’s thought that he was deceived, like Isaac had said, disappeared.
If he really wanted to deceive him, he wouldn’t pay back.
“Think of it as an education fee”, he said, and didn’t take the money.
Randolph still didn’t know if Dennis had expected this to happen, or if he just wanted to deceive him.
Still, there was something that Isaac understood:
‘――This means, in the future, Randolph will get eaten’.
Being kind to people was good.
However, it depended on the opposing party.
It was not good for people to be kind to everyone, it was outright crazy.
Morgan was still present for this year, so it was somewhat okay, but he didn’t know what would happen after Morgan went away.
Isaac began to think that he had to do something about it.
He was not afraid of, ‘losing the power of the house when Randolph takes over’.
Randolph was his father.
He couldn’t sit silent and watch his parents getting scammed.
Even if he was hit.
He felt like “stopping the elderly who were trying to transfer money, by deceiving the frauds”.
(First of all, I need a track record. I have to show my father that I can make my own money, otherwise it won’t be convincing.)
Fortunately, he learned how to make money in the royal capital.
And he found a place where he could do that.
The rest was just implementation.
However, that was difficult.
As a five-year-old, he couldn’t move freely…….
He had no choice but to appeal to Morgan with reason and his child-like charm.
(Just you remember Dennis. I’ll let you know who’s dad you messed with, umm… a few years later!)
Isaac made a calm decision without saying “immediately”.
With that in mind, he was hoping that his plan would work.