Tensei Kizoku wa Taishi wo Idaku! - chapter 5: Three-year-old, A lord's job.
Tensei Kizoku wa Taishi wo Idaku!
chapter 5: Three-year-old, A lord’s job.
After breakfast, Isaac visited the office where his grandfather and father both worked.
He greeted the secretary and headed inside.
Several secretaries were processing documents on either side of the room.
His grandfather was sitting at the office desk in the back, and another desk was lined up next to it, with scrolls and papers piled upon it.
“Grandfather, dad, I’m sorry for coming in suddenly. I just want to see how my dad and grandfather works. Will it be okay? I will make sure not to get in the way of your work.”
Grandfather-Morgan glanced at Randolph.
(Hmm … Randolph seems to be slacking lately. It might give him a good sense of tension if his son was watching him during work.)
Morgan thought that such stimulation would be good once in a while.
So he gave Isaac the permission to stay and observe.
“It’s okay, but you’ll have to go if you get in the way of my work.”
Isaac was a quiet child, but he should be careful for the time being.
Morgan’s grandchild was cute, but his first priority was his work.
Even though it was just a piece of paper, it affected hundreds of people depending on whether he signed it or not.
As expected, He resisted his urge to give in to his grandchild’s cuteness so that he didn’t lose sight of ‘What’s important for an aristocrat.’
“Thank you grandfather”
Randolph looked suspiciously at his father but then gave in to his decision.
“Father, are you sure?”
“It matters not. Don’t make a huge deal out of it and behave yourself. You’re in front of your son, don’t you know that?”
Randolph smiled bitterly at his grinning father.
He was currently learning about his work and responsibilities as the next Marquis.
But actual work is different from lectures and demonstrations.
There were things he didn’t understand and thus he kept making mistakes.
(――I want to be a good father… a respectable father that my son can look up to.)
An emotion that every father should have.
Randolph naturally had that feeling.
He thought, “Alright, I’ll show him how good his father is at his job.”
“Isaac, come here.”
Morgan called Isaac after tapping the table.
“Wouldn’t that hinder grandfather’s work?”
“It’s okay, because right now Randolph is the one working, and I’m just checking the processed documents.”
Morgan said so, while Isaac glanced at Randolph.
The head of the Wellrod family was Morgan.
But as Randolph’s son, Isaac also needed his approval.
The idea of listening to his grandfather without any regards to his father’s words didn’t sit well with Isaac.
It might be considered proper etiquette for an aristocrat but it may not be good as a family.
First of all, he looked at his father with an expression that said “I’m worried that I will get in the way of grandfather’s work.”
Isaac waited for Randolph to nod slightly to say, “It’s OK.”
After confirming his permission, he walked up to his grandfather.
Then, he got lifted and seated onto his grandfather’s lap.
“What is father doing?”
Isaac asked Morgan.
“It’s the same paperwork that the tax officials are handling. To order someone, you have to know what the order is. You can’t just order someone to do something you don’t even know. So this way, he’s trying to understand what everyone is doing by doing it himself. You’ll someday go through the same thing as well, so it’ll be good if you paid attention to him.”
Morgan talked in a concise manner to maintain his dignity as the lord. But it was not something you would say to a three-year-old child.
But it seemed like Isaac understood everything so he went along with it.
But his grandson became interested in his work.
Morgan, who was in high spirits due to Isaac’s visit, was oblivious to the fact that what he was talking about was really hard for children to understand.
“What kind of work does grandfather do?”
“Now I’m just checking the documents that Randolph has processed. There are various jobs for the Marquis, but everyone has just started working. Until the report and plan come from the bottom, I will review the documents.”
“The job of a Marquis is hard, isn’t it?”
Isaac’s words made Morgan’s heart flutter.
He was glad that Isaac understood his work.
Moreover, since the other party was his cute grandchild, those words made him a bit too happy.
“Oh, that’s right. But if you want to skip, you can be as lazy as you want. You just have to throw your jobs to your vassals. But if you slack off like that then your subordinates will eventually become rotten. So it’s better to work everyday and keep everything in order.”
“It might be tiring to work seriously everyday but that’s a rule an aristocrat must follow.”
“Be prepared for it Isaac.”
“Yes, I understand. My grandfather is a fine leader.”
“What!… No this is just… this is how everyone should act.”
Having said that, Morgan suppressed his joy of being praised by his grandson.
He was in front of his vassals, so it’s nice to smile, but he couldn’t drop his guard.
However, still his breathing became rough as he tried to suppress his emotions.
Isaac could feel his grandfather’s heavy breaths on his head.
“Father, I am done.”
Randolph presented the paper to Morgan to get Isaac’s attention as well as his respect.
Morgan received the documents and looked over it while keeping Isaac on his lap.
“Issac, this is a two-month-old income and expenditure report for the city of Ulster, in the south.”
Isaac’s mind was wandering at the moment.
The documents created by Randolph showed signs of effort.
But he just categorized the spendings and wrote the totals.
‘If this was the document after processing, then how was it before that?’, Isaac wondered.
“How was it before that?”
The question was expected ,so Randolph showed Isaac the documents before the compilation.
Isaac, who saw the report before compiling, was about to go crazy.
The daily income and expenditure was written, but tax income and expenses were mixed up.
〇October ● Sunday: Toll tax income, equipment expenses, marriage tax income, etc.
〇October ● Monday: Toll tax income, equipment repair expenses, death toll, etc.
He didn’t separate the incomes from the spendings, he just wrote the income and expenditure reports for that day in order.
That was one month’s worth.
Other reports were similar, in diary format.
(This is the habit of a kingdom that lasted for 500 years … What about the general culture for humankind then?)
A tax officer who processes such documents every day would be disappointed.
This was inefficient, anyone processing these would have a really hard time doing so.
“Grandfather, this is…”
“I think it was too difficult for Isaac. It’s our job to check the documents that everyone has put together every day afterall.”
Looking at Isaac’s stunned appearance, Morgan thought, “Even if you’re smart, you’re still a three-year-old.”
However, that was a mistake.
Isaac wasn’t frozen because he couldn’t understand the documents.
He was frozen because the way of handling the documents was too inefficient.
“Grandfather, can I borrow a pen and a ruler, a piece of paper and this report?”
“I don’t mind, what are you going to do?”
“I have something I want to try.”
“Hmm … you can’t do it at this desk.”
“Hey, bring a board here.”
Morgan called out to the secretary in the room, and the secretary took out something like an A2 size drawing board from the shelf.
Because it had a string, it was probably sometimes used as a signboard.
“Issac is still small. Writing on the desk would be troublesome for him. Can he write on the floor?”
“Yes, just keep the carpet clean.”
Isaac smiled and Morgan tried to maintain his dignity as a lord, but his cheeks had loosened up a bit.
After all, grandchildren are cute.
“Are you sure you want it here?”
“Yeah. Thank you, Benjamin.”
The secretary placed the board next to Morgan’s desk.
–Issac, Morgan, Randolph.
Morgan shouted ‘Kya~~’ in his heart along with all the other lords before him.
His desk was lined up with his son Randolph and his grandson Isaac, albeit on the floor.
The day when the Marquis title would be handed over to Randolph was not too far off.
“But will I be able to see Isaac sitting on this chair?” Morgan involuntarily thought of such a distant day.
Being in a hurry, Isaac forgot to thank the secretary for bringing him the board.
Isaac hurriedly put a piece of paper on the board and started drawing lines with a ruler.
What he was trying to make was a simple balance sheet.
He had learnt to make simple tables in excel during computer class when he was a student.
He also had a bit of experience in budgeting.
‘When, how and how much income did you get that day?’
‘And the spending? Where did you spend the money?’
Isaac’s own table.
He was writing it in a way that would get it accepted in this world.
Isaac believed that a little struggle to become efficient was worth way more than continuing in such an inefficient manner.
Morgan was staring at Isaac, who was concentrating on his drawing, and remembered that Isaac gave him a caricature the other day.
(My son has been raised strictly and responsibly, but it’s true that my grandchildren will be unconditionally loved.)
It is the father’s duty to educate his own son.
But it is his duty to love and cherish his grandchildren.
As a grandfather, all you have to do is love your grandchildren.
He didn’t want to get old, but Morgan thought, ‘It’s not so bad to get old’ while looking at Isaac.
Randolph tried to ask his father how to write the paperwork, but he hesitated to talk to him as Morgan was too busy looking at Isaac.
It’s because his usual stern demeanor was gone and now one could see sparkles flying off of Morgan.
Where did Morgan’s determination go?
Randolph himself wanted to see what Isaac was doing.
“Will he change seats?” Randolph wondered.
“It’s done! Grandfather, can you check this?”
“Oh~ show me. This is …”
The table created by Isaac was a compilation of the toll taxes that were earned every day from the report.
The table itself was a very simple one.
Although it was a bit poorly made, it was better than the conventional ones in terms of readability.
However, there were some problems.
“This is easier to read… but it would be a hassle to create such documents every time we did this work.”
“I think that can be dealt with by mass-printing them. Once made, the rest of the work will be easier.”
Since letterpress printing seemed to be widespread in this world, the hurdle of printing things itself was not too high.
It should be a lot easier because you only had to print the lines instead of any letters.
“Even if you can prepare the paper for printing, everyone will feel confused on how to use them.”
“At first, you may feel resistance, but once you get used to it, you will notice that writing this way has many advantages. You will be able to gather the expenses and incomes at a glance, even detecting mistakes will become easier.”
Isaac pointed to the document in front of Randolph.
“And there is also the advantage of unifying the paper. Right now, everything is either a scroll or just a sheet of paper, but by using a unified paper system it will be easy to store and manage. If you make a hole at the edge of the paper and bind it with a string, it will not be scattered and mixed with other documents.”
“Hmm, you are really pushing for the idea.”
Morgan’s impression of Isaac was ‘an unusually quiet child.’
His older brother Nathan just demanded “I want new toys” and “I want more sweets” like all the other children of his age, so his impression was normal.
But Isaac was a quiet child who liked reading books in the library.
It was unusual for Isaac to push for an idea this much.
The idea itself is worth considering.
The only thing that remained was the reason.
Was there any deep reason?
(Am I even worthy of being his grandfather if it’s a reason that I can’t imagine?)
(I don’t want to hear it, but I have to.)
Thinking that, Morgan prepared himself.
“Issac, you’re a wise boy … If you have a reason for pushing this idea this much then I’d love to listen.”
“I’m thinking about when I became a lord someday. Like the books in the library, it’s hard to read when one volume is a scroll and the second volume is a bound book, even though it’s a series. I want it to be this way because it’s better to have easy-to-read documents for work in the future.”
“I see, so that was the case?”
Unification of formats.
It looked easy, but it would take a lot of effort to spread it.
Isaac said that it was to make work easier for the day when he became the Marquis.
Hearing the childish reason, Morgan felt a bit relieved.
However, regardless of the reason, he didn’t realize that the idea itself was not so childish.
Morgan might’ve grown a bit dull by staying in contact with his cute grandson Isaac.
“It certainly will be a bit troublesome at the beginning, but I think it’s better to do it early if it makes your job easier in the future. There are some mistakes that you may miss in the present reports. Of course, there are factors such as this year’s budget and personnel who will be able to work with this new format, so I don’t want to say that you should do it right now. ”
“Oh I see, that’s right …”
(I knew he was a smart child but I didn’t think that he’d be this smart.)
(He’s just 3 years old right now, what will happen in another 10 years?)
(…It might be best if I just retire right now.)
Morgan felt really happy for his grandson’s growth, but at the same time he felt a little lonely when the word ‘retirement’ passed through his head.
(However, I have just begun to teach Randolph.)
(I HAVE to stay active a bit longer.)
(Besides, there is a problem with this idea.)
“But we can’t do that”
It was a good proposal, but there was also a good reason why it couldn’t be done.
Isaac demanded an explanation.
“Aristocrats value tradition. The reports also follow the style of each family. If you try to abandon tradition, you will face a lot of opposition. You can’t force it.”
“Is that so……”
Isaac’s shoulders slumped down.
He felt sad.
(The fact that the opposition is great means that you have to acquire even greater power to suppress it …)
Seeing his grandchild feeling down, Morgan felt like dying. To lighten the atmosphere he changed the topic.
“By the way, do you have anything you want? It would be helpful if you could say it clearly like Nathan.”
Winning over with gifts.
That’s the way Morgan wanted to please Isaac.
For Nathan, this alone was enough.
As Isaac was also a kid, it was safe to assume that he could be won over with gifts.
“Anything I want? Money and rights–I want pocket money and a flower bed. Also a sword”, Isaac was about to leak his true intentions, but he managed to keep his cool.
“Is it pocket money? If you have something you want, I’ll buy it.”
Morgan was expecting Isaac to say, “I want a sword”.
Isaac was also a boy.
Morgan just thought he would have been interested in such things.
“No. I would rather get some pocket money and shop for myself than get what I want.”
It may not be necessary because it is a Marquis family.
But Isaac wanted to remember his sense of money management.
He did have something that he wanted to buy.
However, it was necessary for him to buy it himself and not just get it prepared by someone else.
That was more effective.
“Okay, let’s get it ready, but don’t hesitate to tell me what you want.”
Hugging Isaac with a smile, Morgan felt fulfilled.
“Are you done with your discussion?”
Randolph calls out after seeing their display.
Therefore, Morgan felt a little bad and said, “Oh….Randolph was there too.”
“Father, if you are done then, I would appreciate it if you could explain the story …”
Yes, Randolph didn’t understand anything.
To be precise, he knew he was talking about format unification, but he didn’t understand why it was good.
Whether it was a scroll or paper, it was okay for him if he could just read it.
So he was just wondering why Isaac and Morgan were talking about that so seriously.
“That’s right. We have time, so let’s talk about it in detail.”
(It’s okay if you didn’t understand it.)
(If you have a desire to know, that’s enough.)
(All I have to do is teach you so that you can understand it.)
(Randolph, you’re still young.)
(You will learn everything little by little.)
[TL note: That’s a nice father.]
Morgan, who was still hugging Isaac, thought that way.
(Randolph is a normal child. Maybe Isaac is a reincarnation of my father? … No, that’s not the case.)
Morgan’s mind came up with an absurd idea, ‘Maybe he’s the rebirth of my father, who died before Isaac was born?’
Jude, Morgan’s father and Isaac’s great-grandfather.
Morgan had heard that he too had shown signs of immense talent at a very young age.
‘――Was he reincarnated as Isaac to bring changes that he was unable to during his lifetime?’
That’s how he thought about it.
(No, that’s not true. My father was the worst kind of person, but Isaac is cute …. I have to make sure that he doesn’t grow up like that.)
Morgan decided to make sure that Isaac didn’t grow up to be a person like his father, Jude.
(Randolph grew up to be a good boy, and Isaac is smart enough to grow up in the same way. Whether Randolph can do well in his job…)
(Isaac’s education should be centered around Randolph and Lucia.)
(He must grow up with his child as a parent, it would be better if I don’t interfere with them more than I need to.)
Sometimes it is best to just support your family
(By the way, I have heard that pets are good for kids. It might be good for his emotional education.)
‘What kind of pet should I give?’, thought Morgan while stroking Isaac’s head.
Ultimately Morgan decided to discuss the matter with his wife, Margaret.
However, he couldn’t even imagine that his cute grandson was thinking about things way more terrifying than his father Jude.
(If I take over this country, I’ll change not only the format, but everything else to my convenience.)
[PR note: man’s gotta have ambition. After all, the only difference between a man and a salted fish is ambition]