The Little Duchess' Home Tutor (Novel) - V1 Ex11
Volume 1 Segment 4
Extra 11 – Conspiring even further
I arrived at the meeting place much earlier than the promised time.
Pretty unusual for me. Seemed like I was the first to arrive.
It was worth taking the train to the Royal Capital. I should use this to make fun of my partners in crime later tonight.
With my hopes high, I had the waitress lead me deeper into the store.
I opened the bulky door, and then——
“…I am disappointed in you two.”
“Who said that right after they came in?”
“That’s right. You’re the one who’s late, prof.”
Two of my partners in crime, Duke Walter Howard and Duke Ricardo Leinster, were already drinking alcohol.
There were three bottles of wine on top of the table.
What a pitiful sight, esteemed and honored Dukes had been drinking well before night fell. Well, I’m pretty sure they need the alcohol to go through this one though.
I seated myself at a vacant seat and took a bottle.
“Ricardo, is this the wine you are putting on the market?”
“That’s right. Unfortunately, I can’t sell any to you. It’s all sold out.”
“Not just the wine, our crops are also running out. I’ve ordered Graham to ship as much as possible, but it seems like we need to increase the production rate starting next year. Have some. It’s delicious.”
Walter offered me a fresh vegetable salad on a small plate.
Its freshness was able to be maintained to this degree… I should say, as expected of Allen, eh?
With a glass of wine in one hand and a vegetable salad in the other, I directed my question to them.
“—And so, what’s your standing in this whole mess with Prince Gerald, oh Great Dukes? I know I summoned you two from your mansions out of the blue, but I’m sure you have at least heard a thing or two?”
“…Of course. He sure did something so foolish.”
With a pained expression, Ricardo stirred his wine.
Walter heaved an obvious sigh, as his daughter also screwed up big time in the last incident.
“Tina has a tendency of dashing right into danger, perhaps taking after her mother, Rosa. Now she is able to use magic, and then she saw Allen, her savior, was in danger. Perhaps it was obvious that she did what she did. But, the consequence of that is…”
“He was in a huge peril. I also heard he sustained an injury while covering for the girl. The fact that nobody died was because he and Lidya were there and…mostly luck, you know? You don’t know how disoriented Lisa was when she heard the news.”
“I know that…I will make sure to tell my daughter off firmly.”
“Yeah, please do that. After all——there are ‘Great Magics’ dwelling in these girls. And the only one who can put a lid on those are Allen. Until we find a more permanent solution, he and those two will have to work together more than ever. They have to avoid getting on each other’s bad sides.”
My two partners in crime silently poured a generous amount of wine into each other’s glasses and gulped it down in one go.
They seemed to have understood it. But…I’d say, perhaps it was their parental love that ached?
Good lord, being a parent must be hard.
Inappropriate as it may be for me, I really enjoyed this sight. It went well with the wine.
Walter then glared down at me.
“…So, what do we do? Allen is now a powerhouse the kingdom can’t brush aside. Of course, with his personality, it’s hard to think he will resort to that.”
“I’m of the same opinion. In fact, don’t you feel he is taking too much responsibility for it?”
“What were his words again? ‘I had been thinking, if only I was more resolute back then, perhaps we would have more options to choose from. It was my fault that I put Tina in danger and involved Lidya in the whole mess. I even made the other girls frightened. God damn it, I really am good for nothing…’ huh? He was one foot in the grave himself, and yet he said that without any hesitation, that disciple of mine. —Listen, you two. We know both Allen and Lidya have extraordinary talents. They have saved this Kingdom many times behind the scenes. But, you know what?”
I took a sip of my wine as I looked at my companions straight into their eyes.
I set the glass on the table then spoke up.
“They are both still seventeen years old, seventeen! What were we doing when we were their age? Did we have to bear the fate of the Kingdom on our shoulders? Wiping after some stupid prince’s mess?! No! Much less dealing with ‘Great Magics!’ …I’m sure there will be folks who think they can just brush this incident under the rug and use Allen as the scapegoat, finally eliminating him this time. I’d bet that the current head of the Royal Court Magician is their mastermind. If, and when, a proposal that jeopardizes Allen is ever accepted, I will put my position in line and object. Directly to His Majesty the King.”
“I won’t let that happen! I owe him a huge debt… for saving my daughter, Tina, not just once, but twice. And Stella too. I have heard that, ever since she received his teachings, my oldest has broken through her limits——putting aside whether he will take up my mantle and inherit the name Howard, as it is still in consideration.”
“Forgive me for saying this, Walter, but Allen is going to be my son-in-law by default. Lisa is already planning on it, and Lidya is…she’s glued to him. If I ever force her to leave his side, she will surely leave the name Leinster behind her. Miss Tina is not the only one whose life he has saved.”
“Cool down, you two. With his current position, marriage is impossible anyway. Dukes, like you two, are functionally the Royal Family’s stand in. Albeit just on paper, as long as their right of succession to the throne is still legit…Miss Tina, Miss Stella, and Lidya will not be able to marry him. Allen is not even a noble——hmm?”
Something bugged me.
It was the Chief of the Wolfkins that I passed by when I entered Allen’s room.
If Allen were to become the Headchief of the Beastfolks or something in similar position, then——
“What’s wrong, Prof? It’s not often that you have such a serious expression.”
“Agreed. Perhaps it will snow in the South tomorrow.”
“…Really, you two.”
Quite horrible for people I call my friends. I was trying to figure out a way to weasel out of this situation!
Hmm, let’s give it some more thought.
—After that, I reiterate once again that I, very regrettably, didn’t intend to get any wife of my own, as they had been bringing up marriage proposals as though doing it had become a custom between us.
You two really never tire, huh? Also, don’t bring up college aged girls’ proposals to me. If you do, I’ll have to reconsider our friendship.