The incident at the palace has been settled and the days in Foranada have been peaceful. It was the beginning of spring, and the air seemed to be very calm and peaceful.
I, Orca, have been feeling a bit out of sorts as well. I think it was because the Foranada Reinforcement Project had come to an end, and the number of jobs that came my way had decreased.
But suddenly, the laid-back atmosphere is broken.
Everyone in the room, including me, jumped up at the sound of the loud voice echoing throughout the castle. It was so loud that some of the people in the room, including me, even turned their eyes to look.
The call was to my brother Zechs, of course. I’m sure he’ll know what’s going on since he told me he’s at the castle at this time.
“Zechs, my brother!”
“Is that what you were yelling about?”
“A man came to the gate and shouted. The gatekeeper was wounded in the ear but is expected to live. No one else was hurt. The knights on patrol are taking his place.
“In front of the gates… You can’t even be that loud.”
I’m stunned by Zechs-brother’s report.
Foranada Castle is a very large place indeed. If the voices from in front of the gates could have reached this far it would have sounded like a fire magic bombardment. It felt like it was beyond the realm of human speech. It’s fortunate that the gatekeeper’s life wasn’t affected.
“So who was the lackey?”
That blast was no different than a raid. If we’re lucky, we’ll at least fall into slavery.
A rare case of yelling and getting arrested. I just asked his name out of curiosity, but things took an unexpected turn.
Zechs’ brother’s unusually brusque reaction.
I tilted my head and waited a few seconds. He finished in a delicate tone of voice.
“Gad Sauces Byakdai. He calls himself your brother.”
This time, my crazy voice echoed through the room.
I headed straight for the gate.
The person who claimed to be Gadd Brotherly was taken to the waiting room by the gate after he was detained by the patrolmen. We have to confirm that it’s really Gadbrother!
I know it’s not a normal thing to think that my brother would be the one to do something so stupid, but I’ve been thinking that he could be.
Brother Gad is the second son of the Byakudai family. He’s the younger brother of Kaysel and my brother. Unlike me and Kaysel brother-nii, he’s a fighter. He’s the kind of guy who thinks that muscles are power.
I was attending the academy when the civil war broke out, so I wasn’t involved. Brother Caisel told me to stay at the academy until we graduated and Brother Gad obeyed his orders. That’s why we never saw each other before today…
“Oh, by the way, I graduated last year.”
I was so busy last year that I completely forgot about Gad. Probably the same goes for my brother Kaysel, who’s a civil official. Otherwise we wouldn’t be in this situation.
I run into the waiting room, calling out my second brother’s name.
“Huh, huh… Gadd, my brother!”
Orca! My dearest brother!”
“Hey, don’t move on your own! How hard can it be?
In the room, there was definitely Gadd’s brother. He recognizes me and tries to run over to me.
Of course, as a lackey he would never be allowed such freedom. The two knights standing next to him held him down. I wonder if they would have shaken him off if Brother Zechs hadn’t taught them [Physical Enhancement].
As I mentioned earlier, Gadd is a real fighter. He’s a big guy with lots of muscles, unlike me and Kaysel who are thin. I can’t get muscles no matter how hard I work out. I’m a little envious.
… I shouldn’t have been so optimistic… He’s been yelling at me for a while now. Please don’t make me commit more crimes.
I’ll stop my whining and come closer to my brother Gad and the others. The knights told me he was dangerous… but I’m sorry… he’s one of my own.
I’m sorry for what I’m about to say, I said to Gadd,louboutin pas cher.
“Hello, Brother Gad.”
“Hey, long time no see, Orca! I’d give you a big hug for seeing me again, but I can’t seem to shake these guys off. I can’t believe I’m so outmatched… these knights are good!”
Gadd’s brother is still resisting… I don’t see any remorse at all.
I point out with a sigh.
“I don’t think you understand the situation, but Gadd is a criminal, right?”
What the hell? What the hell is going on?
He yells out, as if he hadn’t heard me. It’s better than the one I fired at him in front of the gate, but it’s still powerful enough to make my skin tingle.
Wow, aren’t you more of a brainiac than you were before you went to the academy?
I know it’s a bit of a shock, but we can’t let them get away with this.
“What does it matter? You wounded a knight from Fornada and caused chaos in the castle. That makes him a criminal.
I was just saying hi.
“That greeting was the murder weapon…”
I’m surprised you don’t know what you’re doing.
As I was thinking about how to settle the situation, I finally saw Zex’s brother.
“From the looks of it, he really was your brother.”
“Yeah. I mean, you’re late.
I was just reviewing the damage around the place.
I’m sorry about my brother.
“There was no serious damage, so no need to apologize.”
I bowed to him and he laughed and forgave me. He’s nothing like that idiot brother of mine.
I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to do that, but I’m sure I’m going to be able to do it.
“Greetings, Master Gad. I am Zechs Levit San Foranada. I am the ruler of this count’s estate and Orca’s brother-in-law.
“Mhm. Thank you for your courtesy, Count Foranada. My name is Gad Saucius Byakudai. I’m sorry to greet you in this fashion.
Oh, that Gad brother of yours is using honorifics! Aren’t you going to swing a spear tomorrow?
When I couldn’t hide my shock at the situation Gad’s brother Nii spoke up.
I can use honorifics too. At school, you have to have that skill set.
Well, we all grow up, but it seems Gad’s brother had the ability to learn. The discovery of the century.
“Hmm. I feel like you’re thinking very rudely.”
Considering your attitude and the current situation, I don’t blame you.
Now, let’s get back to the story.
Zechs brother says…
“Even though he’s Orca’s brother, as long as he’s causing harm, he has to be punished in some way.”
Me and my brother Gad can’t say anything. As former noblemen, we knew better than to be lenient in times like these.
There’s no room for us to interfere with Brother Zekes’ decision. We’ll just have to wait with bated breath and see what happens.
Then Zechs smiles.
I heard that Gad-sama is one of the top ten students in the school.
Yes. I’m not very good with magic, but I had a talent with swords.
“But I’ve been told I’ve been kicked out of the Kingsguard. Is this true?”
This is the first time I’ve heard about my brother Gad’s grades. I knew he wanted to be a knight, but I’d never heard that he was good enough to be a member of the Kingsguard.
I mean, is my own brother insane for kicking me off that elite path?
I looked at him in disbelief and he turned away as if he was unfaithful to me.
“Stupid,” you say. But I’m fine with this. I can’t be the only one working in King’s Landing while Caisel and Orca are in Foranada.”
“To Gad, my brother…”
It seems this brother abandoned his Kingsguard career to be with us.
Should I be happy that he likes me that much or sad that my brother’s bright future is closed to me?
I’m having mixed feelings about it.
Then I’ll hire you at Foranada.
I and Gadd’s brother Nii both screamed out in confusion at this unexpected statement.
Seeing this, Zechs’ brother Nii laughs.
“You look so much alike. You can tell they’re brothers.”
Wait, wait. I thought you said Gad was going to punish me.
Why is this talk of penalties being replaced by talk of getting a job?
Zechs answers in a matter-of-fact way.
“Punishment. You’ll work without pay for the next year. We’ll give you food and shelter, but that’s it. You’ll be working almost the whole time. Punishment and recruiting talent, two birds with one stone, right?”
He concluded, “And my brother will be by my side.
Gadd’s expression was filled with emotion as he finished listening to Zechs’ story.
“Thank you so much for understanding my sentiments! This Gad, I will serve you with all my heart!”
“Yeah. I’m counting on it.”
“Yo, good for you, brother Gad.”
It all comes full circle like an emotional scene, and I congratulate my brother Gad on his success.
Well, he’s happy, and his request has been fulfilled, so that’s good.
But I knew. I knew there were earth spirits who worked 24/7.
What will happen to Brother Gad, who’s declared that he’s been working almost all the time… Only Zechs knows.