Tensei Kizoku wa Taishi wo Idaku! - Chapter 24:Five-year-old, Mother and Grandmother's opposition.
Chapter 24:Five-year-old, Mother and Grandmother’s opposition.
Isaac wanted funding for his activities.
Then where do you collect it from?
There was a saying, “The more you squeeze the oil out of peasants, the more you get.”
Then from a farmer?
However, he did not intend to do such a thing unless he was desperate.
Isaac didn’t know the economic theory, but Isaac thought, “If the commoners who support the nation are rich, the nation will be rich.”
He had no intention of exhausting the commoners with unreasonable tax collection.
Then, do you collect money from aristocats?
This was also impossible.
Unnecessary antipathy leaves a seed of discord in the future.
Even if you raised commoners instead of aristocrats and gave knowledge to everyone, eventually you would not be included in national management
The intellectual class was essential for nation management.
Aside from voluntary donations, it was not possible to forcibly collect money from aristocrats.
In that case, the other party was naturally them.
Isaac chose a merchant.
Even so, he chose the second largest trading company in each area of Welrod territory.
Braak company was the largest company in most cities in Wellrod territory, they were almost like a second lord.
They took most of the work.
Even in such a state, the companies in the same fields were patient enough to hold themselves without getting dissolved.
Isaac intended to hang food in front of them.
――The food of the future no.1 merchant’s seat.
However, this was not disclosed yet.
Instead of being attracted by the food, only those who were interested after seeing Isaac’s letter should come.
Sorting had already begun.
He didn’t need a greedy company that said, “I came to participate because I think I can become a merchant.”
Isaac intended to show sincerity only to those who showed sincerity to him.
For the time being, some companies had responded to the participation, so it won’t be the case that no one showed up in Tilly Hill.
So far, everything that was happening according to Isaac’s expectations.
Yes, everything, just as expected–
“No! That’s no good, absolutely no!”
“As Lucia says. He’s still five-years-old!”
Lucia and Margaret were angry and scolding Randolph and Morgan.
(I see, so it’s like this?)
As Isaac expected … his mother and grandmother objected.
Randolph and Morgan were also sitting down.
And Isaac, sitting between his mother and grandmother, was also gradually getting smaller.
It’s because he was the cause of their anger.
“Issac too. Why did you say that! You’ll get enough pocket money!”
Isaac stopped midway.
Honestly speaking, if Isaac said, “I am trying to protect my father”, Randolph’s face would get completely destroyed.
However, he couldn’t think of a suitable excuse for this situation.
Randolph came to the rescue when he saw Isaac wondering how to answer.
“It’s for me..”
Receiving the eyes of Isaac and others who were surprised, he continued his words.
“Yes, it’s for me. It seems that Isaac was worried when he saw the Braak company trying to deceive me, he’s doing this to gain credibility so that I trust his words from the next time.”
It was hard for Randolph to talk about his own immaturity.
Moreover, being looked after by his little son was even more humiliating.
However, it was more painful to keep silent in this situation.
He also had his pride as a parent.
Where he could help Isaac, he wanted to help.
Lucia tried to deny it, but she knew Isaac could’ve said something like that.
When she thought so, she couldn’t continue.
Instead, Margaret denied.
“It’s a lie. A little kid can’t say that. Didn’t you make him say that?”
Randolph tried to confess the truth in front of her, but he couldn’t stop her momentum
She instinctively put her hand on Isaac’s shoulder and squeezed it tightly while talking to him.
It hurt Isaac a little, but nothing could be done about that.
Without shaking off her hand, Isaac puts his hand over his grandmother’s hand.
“It’s true. Grandma.”
Isaac looked up at Margaret while answering.
――The mysterious teary eyes of a child looking upward.
A technique that makes the most of being a child.
This loosened Margaret’s grip on Isaac’s shoulder.
“My father is kind. The Braak Company tried to take advantage of his kindness and deceive him. I can’t forgive them for that!”
Isaac explained, and Margaret turned to Morgan.
“Then, why don’t you impose sanctions on The Braak Company? As the head of the family.”
She hit the truth head-on.
However, there were some things that couldn’t be done even if you knew the theory
“By the time Randolph received the apology, everything was apparently over. I can’t bring the dead past back onto the surface. And I believe Randolph was doing something wrong… But I don’t want to impose sanctions, so I don’t think it’s bad to leave it to Isaac.”
Aristocrats have a face.
(TL/N: The ‘face’ being repeatedly used in the novel refers to the metaphorical one, like “Every person has an ‘image’ to maintain”. The same thing. Just said in case some readers felt confused.)
[PR note: essentially a funky way of saying ‘reputation’ ┑(￣Д ￣)┍]
As Randolph told Isaac during that conversation, if the Marquis of Wellrod made a fuss over the loss of 100 million leads, then their image and worth might get questioned.
However, even though the Marquis family was rich, their assets were mostly movables and real estate.
If you think in terms of ‘cash’, the loss of 100 million leads was a little painful.
However, it was not at the level that you’d need to retaliate with the risk of losing your face.
Morgan’s course of action was to look at the future actions of Braak Shokai and then respond accordingly.
“I don’t think it’s bad to leave it to Isaac, huh? Please say that in another 10 years!”
Margaret was the wife of the Marquis family’s head.
She seemed to be emotional, and she accurately poked the most painful part.
Morgan was under pressure from his wife, and began to explain everything.
“No no, it’s not just because he’s young. Just as we have faces, children also have faces they need to keep. So I can’t just stop him… And I’m somewhat interested in it myself so… ”
Isaac stopped Margaret just when she was about to argue again.
“This isn’t just for my dad.”
“…Explain what you mean.”
With a mysterious look, Isaac opened his mouth.
“If I have some achievements under my name, then during the fight for succession between me and my brother, mother wouldn’t feel lonely.”
Now Nathan was the one leading with an advantage. And naturally a lot of the people took his side.
Therefore, the aristocrats always catered to Melinda and gave thoughtless responses to Lucia.
If he had a track record that made them think “Shouldn’t Isaac be the successor?”, then some people would gather around Lucia.
Karen and her friends wouldn’t have to spend the day alone that way.
‘――The mystery of children, the upward looking teary eyes. feat. Pure feelings for my mother.’
In front of this combination, Margaret’s momentum was greatly reduced.
(OK, this is fine)
Isaac was convinced of that.
“You don’t have to do that!”
Lucia hugged Isaac.
She was not convinced yet.
“It doesn’t matter if you become the successor or not. You don’t have to be someone who sneaks around for power. If I can just spend time quietly with my family, that’s fine …”
Lucia said so and began to cry.
She just wished to live quietly with Randolph and Isaac.
She didn’t want to bother throwing stones on the still water surface.
She didn’t want to do anything to intensify the fight for succession.
Lucia thought so.
Melinda only harassed her, it was okay if it stayed the same.
However, Isaac does not want to maintain that dynamic.
He wanted to take this opportunity to move things forward.
He felt sorry for Lucia, but he couldn’t stop moving forward.
“Mom, I’m sorry, but the child will someday leave the nest.”
“It’s still too early!”
(Yeah, that’s a perfectly reasonable argument.)
It was difficult to say back anything if an obvious fact was given out straight.
He had a hard time answering her for a moment, but he quickly regained his calm.
“It’s not a farewell for a student. And it’s only ten times this year and then next year. So smile.”
Isaac said, staring right into his mother’s eyes.
As he said, Isaac was thinking about bidding for iron ore ten times.
It was only while he was in Wellrod territory, not while he was in the royal capital.
Still, Lucia had an anguished look on her face.
Her heartache was appropriate, as her five-year-old child was going out alone.
She was by no means being overprotective.
In all cases, the existence of Isaac, whose mind and body were not balanced was the cause.
“But, but …”
Isaac looked at Morgan for help as Lucia sheds her tears.
“I just gave permission. It’s up to Isaac to decide if he really wants to go.”
His hope for salvation was shattered, and a surprised voice leaked out.
Next, he turned his eyes to Randolph.
“Family unity is also important. It’s a very difficult situation. Yeah, it’s very difficult. But I want to let Isaac do it.”
Randolph didn’t tell Lucia to “let him go” either.
He avoided the problem and diverted his gaze.
Both of them just told Isaac to decide everything.
(Shit, this is bad!)
――If you want it fulfilled, I will grant it.
In the end, it was like making a promise to go to Tilly Hill and using the permission as a shield.
Because he took a slightly aggressive approach, they gave him permission, but did not actively support him.
Isaac didn’t need to be reminded of what kind of result he’d get if he approached them again with such a method.
(In other words, even if aristocrats are on your side, you won’t be able to trust them until you have a firm heart…. No, that’s not the case here.)
Isaac regained his composure and turned to Lucia again.
“Mom, just think of it as a chance to grow up as a human being. I will also have an escort. I will miss my mother, but you don’t have to worry about anything else.”
Isaac was a really smart child for his age.
Therefore, it was okay to let him go.
However, as a mother she was really worried.
The arm hugging Isaac never loosened.
A powerful shock disrupted the surreal situation.
“Lucia, let him go.”
It was Margaret.
She thought Lucia should rethink and let him go.
“Unlike my father-in-law, Jude, this child has human feelings. With that in mind, you should let him go this time.”
Margaret was also very concerned about the disturbing points of “fighting brother for succession” and “putting moxibustion on the Brack Company”.
(TL/N: ‘Moxibustion’, a chinese medicinal practice where they burn herbs against the skin. Here used as an ‘irritant’.)
But she noted that he “wanted to work for his parents” more than that.
Before he became someone like Jude, she wanted to take note of Isaac’s affection.
She was thinking of giving him an opportunity to grow upon it.
Just because he was a kid, she didn’t want her to be a distorted adult who kept denying what wanted to do.
Lucia did not reply.
She just hugged Isaac and shook her head.
――She was not convinced that Isaac should go out, but she gave her permission.
It was her own way of doing her best.
With gentle eyes, Margaret looked at Lucia, who was making the painful decision.
And she turned to Morgan, and with sheer cold eyes, she uttered a few vague words.
“Both of you! If you gave permission to Isaac, then support him to the end! What is this?! Trying to escape from your responsibilities?!”
“No. I don’t mean that…”
Both Morgan and Randolph became smaller in front of Margaret’s spirit.
(Maybe grandma is the most manly in this house…)
Isaac was surprised to see this surprising side of his grandmother.
(If this fails… It won’t just look bad…)
Worried about his family and the fact that he made his mother cry.
Isaac was now beginning to feel a lot of pressure.
However, he also felt comfortable because the pressure allowed him to act responsibly.