Reincarnated into a Game As the Hero’s Friend MTL – Chapter 96

I’m sorry, sir.

I bow down to my father. I’d expected this to involve the house, but I never thought it would turn out this way. But he’s rather unconcerned… He calmly dismisses my apologies.

“Remember, Werner. If you’re going to be a minister of the court nobility, be prepared for this to happen at any moment.”

I mean, some of this could cost us our home and our lives if Mazel defected. I’m surprised at my father’s courage. Or is it because he’s a minister? Or is it because of the world of brains?

I’d rather not be a minister.

“And you believe in Mazel, don’t you?”

“Of course it is.”

I’m confident of that. Mazel won’t abandon the Kingdom of Vine unless the Kingdom of Vine causes a lot of trouble. Though there’s still a chance he’ll go adventuring around after defeating the Demon King.

I guess because I assured him, he nodded his head and said, “Well, good.” He simply dismissed the conversation. But I’d like to confirm something that’s been bothering me.

Are you sure there’s no one else around?

“The Count’s residence across the street and the Viscount Yunel’s residence to the right are occupied at all times by members of the Order, and the former Baron Diehl’s residence across the street has been vacant since the Baron was appointed Assistant Minister of the Interior. It’s currently vacant and in the care of Goretzka-dono.”

“… There’s no room for thieves.”

You’re being guarded too well. Goretzka? Deputy Chief of the Goretzka Kingsguard? The old Baronet’s Palace of Diehl… there’s more than a few people in there. The other noble houses and the guilds would be envious.

If Zehrfeldt doesn’t do anything… we’ll be well protected… and if he tries anything… he’ll be put down by force. My father is a nobleman indeed.

“You can assume that the government has a budget to guard the pavilion. Ally and Anna will learn to work as cooks and such for the nobility. Lily will learn some manners for a while.”

Yes, sir.

Mazel’s parents didn’t go to the academy so learning all that aristocratic stuff will be a bit of a challenge to be honest. Besides, being a cook is a highborn job. And it’s a high level job with a high salary.

Lily’s age isn’t a problem, but the academy’s half closed. Working for a noble house and learning manners is a common way to go.

But we were going to evacuate Mazel’s family before the attack on King’s Landing. What do we do now? It’s not easy to move them when the crown prince’s asked for them. Things don’t always go according to plan, but this is unexpected.

I can’t stop thinking about it so I bow and leave my father’s office and go into my own. I didn’t notice before, but there’s a vase of flowers by the window. It’s not that it’s not fancy, but I don’t think flowers would look good in my office.

I’m just relieved to have a clean desk. I don’t have a side table piled high with papers. None.

I open the two boxes with the prototypes on the table without looking at them. They look as good as I’d hoped. I’ll check it out. Then I gotta fill out another requisition. So much to do.

After checking the prototype, it’s my turn to write up the request, but… well, it’s not going well. I scratch my head with the other hand that’s not holding the pen. I respond to the knock with a blank stare.

“Excuse me, Mr. Werner. I brought you some tea, but…

Lily comes into the room with a tea set on a tray and is absolutely mortified by my response. Yeah, I’d probably do the same if I walked into someone else’s room and saw her like this. There’s no place to step.

This is…

“Uh, sorry about the mess. I’m having a little bit of a hard time.”

I laugh and put up my pen. I’m embarrassed to see countless round objects scattered all over the floor. I’ve been concentrating so hard that I must have rolled up all my mistakes and tossed them out there. I’m a bad novelist.

Lily put the tray on the table and started to pick it up. I hurried to help her clean up. You might say it’s not very noble of me, but it’s entirely my fault and I’d feel awkward just letting her do it.

We’ll both pick them up and put them in a corner of the room. It’s probably too big to fit in the trash.

I’m sorry.

No, please don’t mind me. I brought you some tea.

“Yeah, sure. Let’s take a break.

I’m sure he was frustrated that things didn’t work out. When I said that, he seemed relieved and started making tea. You’re good. I’ve worked in the hospitality industry before, so maybe I’m better at it than the villagers.

“Come in.”

“Thank you.”

It’s got a nice tea leaf aroma and a good strength. It’s well brewed.

“Delicious. Thank you.”

“Yes.”

He smiles as if he’s relieved. I used to hang out with my male friends more often than not when I was in school, so it bothers me when a girl smiles at me up close like this. Not if you’re used to seeing them like T’Challa is.

I had a question I wanted to ask you, so I put it out of my mind.

“Oh, by the way, Lily…”

“Um…”

I called out to him, and he sounded annoyed. Huh?

“I’m sure you’re in a good position, so I’d appreciate it if you’d address me by my first name.”

“Oh, uh…”

I agree. I don’t like to call Mazel’s sister by her name but it’s a problem for a nobleman to address a servant as “sir”. I get it, and I understand it, but it’s a little harder than I thought it would be to call her by her name.

“Okay… Lily.”

“Yes.”

Ugh, his smile is so destructive. I’ll get on with my story anyway.

“I’m supposed to work here, is that okay?”

“Yes. I never thought I’d be able to work in such a magnificent house, so I’m glad the Count asked me.”

Yeah, yeah.

“And everyone is very kind, and I’m learning a lot, and they’re also teaching me etiquette, so it’s very rewarding.”

“Oh, no, I don’t mind if you don’t.”

Well, it’s usually an honor for a commoner to work in a noble’s house, but it’s not just an ostensible reason, so my feelings are a bit mixed. But Lily seems to be quite happy about it, so I’ll stop worrying about it.

“What was Werner doing?”

I just wanted to draw you a diagram.

On the desk are several metal balls, a partially modified magic lamp, and a pen and paper. I wanted to draw this anyway, but it’s too complicated for me to do so, even on an image level.

You see what I’m talking about?

Uh…

He laughed at me like I was in trouble. Yeah, it’s just a jumble of squares and triangles and curves. Even I think so. I was laughing, and then Lily said something unexpected.

“Um, may I borrow a pen and paper, if you don’t mind?”

“What? Okay. Wanna sit?”

Okay, I’ll leave you to it.

It was supposed to be a change of pace and a light joke, but Lily didn’t hesitate to take the magic lamp as well and spread out my scrap of paper on the visitor’s table. She ran her pen over it… What?

“Good…”

“Some of the guests at the inn couldn’t read, so I drew pictures of the food and the location of the shops in the village. My parents praised me for it.”

I understand why, but this is definitely not that level. Maybe Lily has some kind of artistic skill, like painting or something. I never noticed because the inn was burned down. I didn’t know she had it in her.

I don’t know.

I’m honestly surprised.

Unlike the image of Lily’s appearance, her drawings are more realistic, reminiscent of Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches, but they are very good and easy to read. I’m going to have to explain this in detail and get it drawn on a proper piece of paper… Wait a minute.

“Lily… can read and write, can’t she?

“What? Yes, I did some homework for him.

“Can you do some of the math?”

“If it’s just about calculating the cost of lodging and meals. I’m learning more complicated calculations now when I have time.”

Wait, wait, wait. You can read and write, do basic arithmetic on an addition and subtraction level, and draw well?

She’s a valuable asset, isn’t she?