The Little Duchess' Home Tutor (Novel) - Chapter Intermission 2
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Intermission 2 – Conspiracy
“—So, how is it going?”
A red-haired man walked in through the heavy door and asked me with a puzzled look on his face.
There was an exquisite leather back on his hand. I wonder if he bought a souvenir for me?
With a chuckle, I raised my wine glass to greet him.
“Long time no see—Ah, should I use polite words, Duke Leinster?”
“Stop, it gives me the chills… It’ll sound like you’re scheming something.”
“Fufu, you’re the same as ever, Ricardo. I’m happy to see that you look great.”
“You too, Prof. …What’s wrong with Walter?”
Across the desk, Duke Walter Howard was silently stirring his own wine glass.
There were already three bottles emptied, and he was on his fourth.
—Well, there’s no helping it, just for today.
I poured wine into an empty glass for Ricardo, who already seated himself.
“He’s just heartbroken. He just witnessed his daughter letting go of his hand, you see.”
“Sounds interesting. Let’s hear it.”
He was a man known as a fierce warrior throughout the kingdom, but now he was reduced to nothing but a father who lost his beloved daughter to another man.
Interesting—very much so.
Ricardo nonchalantly commented as he sipped the wine.
“Tasty—You don’t need to tell me, I know. It’s all about Allen, isn’t it?”
“…I’ve been through everything you have just experienced, so that you know.”
“I can still remember it clearly… the moment Lidya introduced that man to me. That girl who was never interested in dressing herself up went all the way just for…. kgh.”
It seems like Ricardo had some old wounds regarding him too.
This was yet another interesting thing—very much so.
…There should be more victims. Let’s look for them later.
“B-, But! Even you didn’t have to see the sight of your daughter k-, kissing him right in front of your eyes.”
“W-, why are you silent? D-, don’t tell me….”
“…The battlefield you’re going to face ahead is harsher than any war you’ve ever fought, and you don’t have slightest chance to win. Brace yourself; there is nothing you can do to fight it.”
“What did… you say?”
Ricardo warned him gravely.
Walter was lost for words.
I smirked at their sorry figures.
—This felt like we were back in our student times. Not bad.
“—Now then, let’s cut to the chase, shall we? After all, I’ve gone out of my way to get us a room like this.”
“…It’s not you who got it, it’s me. You asked for the most premium hotel in the Royal Capital, and even a secret room at that.”
“What can I do? You know that the matter we’re going to discuss is sensitive.”
“You have a point…”
“So, how was it?”
“—His Majesty the King said ‘It’ll be a good lesson for him. I’ll trouble you for that matter.’”
The reason why we were here tonight was to discuss the matter of how Allen-kun would be treated.
He was a man whose excellency made him deeply intertwined with two of the four Archdukes—losing him would be a huge loss for the Kingdom.
Besides, it was hard to think that Miss Lidya would stay in the Capital if Allen-kun weren’t here. Miss Tina and Miss Ellie would probably remain only until they graduated. And then, some people as well…
We couldn’t possibly let the people who would support the Kingdom for the next few decades just because some ignorant, short-sighted fool’s idiotic conduct (I was genuinely stunned when I saw the second Prince pull that stupid stunt.)
He was my adorable pupil too. I would gladly contact old friends and pull some strings.
The problem being—
“He doesn’t have any desire to gain a social rank. I believe that he tried for the Royal Court Magician mainly because he was worried about Miss Lidya.”
“I guessed as much. My wife also told me so.”
“—We just need to have him stay in the capital, right? He’s now a tutor for my Howard family, so I got that part covered for now.”
“You’re too ignorant of how High Society works… have you hibernated too much, Walter?”
“You’re a Duke, just like I am. You should hold more interest in such matters, Walter. …Regarding his tutoring career, there is something I need to talk with you about. I never heard he would continue working under you.”
“Hm? Is that so bad? I won’t hand him over; I owe him too big of a favor.”
—Still a musclehead, just like always.
It was worrying, but so long Graham was still on duty, there was nothing too concerning.
Not to mention, there was something endearing about his simplicity.
“He’s of commoner birth, but he overcame all odds with overwhelming achievements. That made him defeat someone of higher standing—This is major trouble.”
“Not to mention, the one he defeated was the second Prince. We can’t even announce the truth of the matter to the public. Anything we do would put him in an unfavorable position.”
“…What do we do, then?”
I had a suggestion—But the person in question would hate me for it.
Although, I didn’t really care.
Hahaha, it’ll be an easy path to redemption, Allen-kun.
「—Let’s first arrange an informal meeting with His Majesty the King, and start there.」
「Same for me.」
「Huh? Does nobody object it?」
「That’ll be for the best.」
「…You’re the foul villain who suggested such an outrageous method to my beloved daughter. You won’t have any trouble setting up a meeting with our gentle King. I can’t believe such a person like you used to be the leading Royal Court Magician!」
「Fufu, complimenting me won’t get you anywhere.」
Walter slammed his glass into the table. How violent.
For the time being, our course of action was already set.
Now, shall we enjoy the alcohol—Oya?
Ricardo pulled something out of his leather bag. A jewel?
“…What is that?”
“Something entrusted to me. Or rather, this is today’s main topic. So you’ve finally made up your mind.”
“Your wife candidate’s profiles. Searching and assembling them in such a short notice is quite the task so that you know.”
“I’m sorry, I don’t think I’m following—”
What popped in my head then was a resentful letter Allen gave me.
‘Please don’t spread things that are not true. I have my own plans for you, you know?’
D-, don’t tell me…
“I received a letter from Allen about this. Don’t you know about it?”
“—Of course he knows. You do, don’t you? Don’t? You? Now… take your time and choose.”
W-, Walter! You’re an accomplice in this!?
—T-, to think that I was be conspired against!
Fu… fufufu… I expected no less of you, Allen-kun.
But, I won’t lose. I won’t let such a predicament get the better of me!
—A few days later, I reported to them that I had met with some of the candidates.