Tensei Kizoku wa Taishi wo Idaku! - Chapter 31:Six-year-old Isaac's follow-up, Royal Capital, Greater Will.
After the meeting with the elves, they headed to the royal capital.
It was busy, but last year went quite well.
Actually, he had some time to spare, but he was barely able to make another round trip with Morgan.
The timing for this trip to the royal capital was just right.
Because he’d get some time to cool himself off and think about his future plans.
Morgan changed his mind after seeing the magical leveling.
At first he thought of it only as a way to make elves make money, but after recognizing its usefulness, he wanted to ask them for maintenance.
Morgan did not stick to his own ideas and had the flexibility to respond to the situation.
However, the anxiety about getting an elf into the territory couldn’t be overlooked.
The elf side was thinking about the merits of trading.
Not only salt, but as a means of obtaining agricultural products and iron products that couldn’t be obtained in the forest, so dealing with humans was not bad.
Because the yield of fur was limited, the bartering and buying and selling of things that could be obtained in the forest would come to a stop sooner or later.
It was fascinating to have a way to get money from the Reed Kingdom so that it wouldn’t happen.
However, many people thought conservatively, and so far many people have had negative thoughts about migrant workers.
At least, at this stage, both sides were eagerly waiting for the spring meeting.
By that time, the situation might change and some good ideas might pop up.
‘――I’m glad I have time to think about it’.
Isaac would have thought so, but couldn’t after coming to the royal capital.
“-So, there is a high possibility that we will not trade just by establishing diplomatic relations now. I’m sorry, but I would appreciate it if you didn’t talk about this.”
Several things had happened since coming to the royal capital.
It was a hassle to even count.
“Yes, I’m sorry. If you have any problems, please feel free to contact us. We will always be happy to help you.”
The person left the room after saying so.
He was a person who visited Isaac with a small interest in resuming interaction with the elves.
Morgan has begun taking over as the Foreign Minister, so a celebration for both Morgan and Randolph was organized.
That’s why so many guests were visiting the mansion.
It seems that he’d make friends with bearded old people before friends of the same age.
(Baron Algren! That old man, he spoke too much!)
Isaac resented Baron Algren.
He spoke of Isaac a lot, saying things such as, “Issac is wonderful. He led the meeting with the elves on his own”.
Isaac didn’t stop him, but he didn’t think that it’d grow this out of proportion.
This is a difference in awareness regarding information.
Since Isaac worked at a restaurant, he rarely touched a customer’s personal information, but he was educated about basic privacy.
As long as there was no concept of privacy, there was no way those rumours could be stopped.
Even if the information were to be something really important, even if measures were taken, rumours and leaks couldn’t be completely stopped.
Because people would somehow come to know about that story anyway.
Baron Algren’s information leak was just a little faster way for information about the elves to make its way into the aristocratic neighborhood.
Actually, it was not something to be blamed for..
“Somehow, everyone coming here wants to talk to Isaac.”
Randolph, who was present, complained.
His party and congratulations were already over as he officially took up his position as the deputy lord.
However, because Isaac was now the main focus of the aristocratic society, he couldn’t help saying that.
He felt a bit lonely.
“It’s only for now. There will be no progress during the winter, so they’ll soon get bored.”
Isaac thought that “people are coming just to gauge the scenario”.
There should be no one who’d want to get involved with Isaac before the profit and risks became clear..
He’d soon start showering Randolph, who’d surely be on his side as the deputy lord, with flattery.
“That’s right… For now, it’s good. Don’t say anything troublesome, especially if you don’t know what they’ll think of that.”
Randolph reminded Isaac.
Even if Isaac said something troublesome, it could be dismissed under the excuse “because he’s still a child”.
However, doing so would damage Isaac’s credibility.
Randolph taught him not to make promises he wouldn’t be able to keep.
“Yes, I’ll be careful.”
(I was going to do that anyway.)
――I’ll think about it carefully.
Such words were often used as a refusal, but in an aristocratic society it was convenient, as its meaning came out different based on a person’s interpretation.
“I will think about (how to refuse)” could also be “think about it (try to realize)”. It was convenient for Isaac.
If he said “I thought about it, but it didn’t work out”, then it wouldn’t be much of a problem.
It seemed that it was necessary to make it clear to the other party whether it was a yes or no.
The option of “make it ambiguous” wasn’t an option when interests, profit and futures depended on it.
However, these were Randolph’s values.
There were many aristocrats who tried to make good opportunities for themselves by using ambiguous expressions.
“I was surprised to hear that you were trying to build friendly relationships with the elves. Father told me when we were enroute to the capital, until then I thought you were just auctioning iron ore.”
Randolph said while stroking Isaac’s head out of amazement.
“I’m sorry. I happened to meet one when I entered the forest. I was surprised because it was my first time seeing one.”
“The forest… You know how angry your grandfather was? Don’t do anything dangerous like that again.”
“Yes, I’ll be careful.”
Randolph softly bonked Isaac’s head with his stroking hand to finish.
Isaac wasn’t scolded severely, as it was not good for a child’s education.
Because Randolph knew sometimes he’d need to be disciplined in Morgan’s way.
However, Isaac really liked Randolph who could forgive people easily.
He could feel the weight of responsibility and trust on his shoulders due to them.
He knew that he was taking advantage of Randolph’s kindness.
However, even if there was seemingly some room on the surface, there was virtually no room for his future until Nathan was gone.
He had to use what was available to him.
He intended to thank Randolph when he could afford it.
“By the way, would you please sell me the gems you bought from the Black company for 200 million leads?”
Black company was still on his mind, so he decided to take this opportunity to talk about it.
Fortunately, Isaac could now afford to buy jewelry.
“Hmm? Those are pretty cheap and are in pretty bad shape. If you want them, you can have them for free.”
He didn’t really want to take money from his son.
And as it was the property of the Wellrod family, it could be said that it already belonged to Isaac.
But Isaac shook his head.
“I’ll ask the Red Color Company to make them into decorations and sell them for cheap to the elves, or I’ll give it away for free. It might not be comparable to dwarven products, but it is better than nothing. The money I earned from the biddings, I am thinking about doing something better with it.”
(TL/N: Dwarven science is the best in the world.)
Because it was shiny and somewhat valuable, as well as good looking, Isaac wanted to make full use of it.
He intended to use them as a prop to stimulate the elves’ desire.
“I see, I’ll do it then, ask me about anything you don’t understand.”
According to Morgan, Isaac was not to take all the responsibility alone.
In case of problems, the adults would also be responsible.
Isaac, who had no fear of the elves, had been appointed as the person in charge of negotiations, albeit with the assistance of a secretary.
Randolph received a good impression that he was in charge of his work for the first time in a while.
“Yes, I think it’ll be better if they receive it as a gift from the company rather than from the Marquis family. If that happens, then they’ll receive it without caution.”
“Then, how about 100 million leads? You don’t have to pay 200 million.”
“No, I think you’ll have to pay a commission as well. I will pay 200 million leads.”
Isaac’s determination was firm.
Perhaps Randolph felt that way, and thus accepted Isaac’s proposal.
“Okay, do your best.”
Isaac smiled happily.
Last year, Randolph was scammed by Black Company that robbed him of 100 million leads.
Randolph’s pride would be hurt if his son just said, “I made some money by bidding, so I will make up for the loss”.
“Selling to the elves or for distribution” was a good way to give money without damaging his pride.
The reason why he made it 200 million leads was because it was the price that was supposed to be delivered by a man named Edgar.
Of course, Randolph was not stupid either.
By the time the number ‘200 million’ came out, he knew Isaac was trying to cover his mistakes.
Moreover, it was not the original price, but the selling price.
His child’s growth made him happy as well as a bit sad.
(I’ve grown old … No! I still have things to do. It’s too early for me to feel old)
Involuntarily, he slapped both his cheeks.
His child’s fast growth was also a problem.
“Would you like to have a tutor for yourself?”
Randolph was not completely pleased that he received money from his child.
So he thought that the money he received should be used to invest in his child’s future.
Morgan has told him to provide Isaac “education centered on ethics and morals”.
(TL/N: Rule of third generation, there is a chance that Isaac could turn out like Jude that’s why.)
Randolph also thought the same.
Isaac already had sufficient knowledge of letters and mathematics.
In that case, he thought it would also be good to teach him how to use that knowledge.
Isaac, on the other hand, looked unpleasant when he heard that Randolph was going to hire a tutor.
He could handle a language or a mathematics teacher, but he didn’t know what kind of a person an ethics teacher would be.
In the previous life, there were many quirky teachers in specialized subjects compared to the teachers teaching general subjects.
Isaac was more afraid about interacting with strange people rather than the class.
However, Randolph thought that he was worried about taking classes.
“It’s okay. I’ll get you a really good(proven) teacher.”
“That’s right. That would be better.”
–You shouldn’t make ambiguous expressions when your own life is on the line.
Isaac forgot about that and thought his worries were transmitted to the other party.
It was a conversation with his father, so he wasn’t particularly cautious of it.
Isaac would deeply regret this decision later.