Episode 9

Coming back to the Stokes mansion after about 3 weeks, there were no signs of any particular change. If there was a change, it was that Jake had started cultivating crops on his own using the LP farming method in his home garden. It seemed as though he was still dubious after only listening to it.

However, looking at it being effective, Jake, who had discovered hope in the LP farming method to break-out of the difficult economic situation, energetically started putting his efforts towards its practical implementation.
Since Norman was also skillfully moving under the surface, it still wasn’t perceived by his parents. It could be said that until here, everything was going according to the plan.

And then, on a certain day after about 10 days had passed after returning back from the Sumeragi territory, when the practical implementation of the LP farming method was imminent, Kazuki, who was performing his daily training, received a notification that a visitor had come for him.

「A visitor for me?」

「Yes, that’s true」

Even if such a thing was told all of a sudden, Kazuki had no idea about who it might be. As expected, even he didn’t know about the relationships Harold might have had in his childhood.

「The visitor’s name is?」

「It is Erika Sumeragi-sama」

Hearing the name Norman spoke of, Kazuki stopped swinging the sword.

(Why has Erika come………)

Please pardon me from any troubling situations during this strangely busy time right before the practical implementation of the LP farming method- this was Kazuki’s mental state.
In the first place, for what had she come. There was no way she would come to meet the one who had been so abusive during their first meeting.

If he thought about it, it must be some kind of response concerning the letter. He couldn’t understand as to why Erika was selected as the messenger.
At any rate, even if he thought about it while holding the sword in the backyard, he wouldn’t be able to make any sense of it.

「Send her to the terrace」

Hayden wasn’t here since he was at work, but his mother, Jessica, was at home. Even today, since she was holding an elegant noble-styled friendly meet in the party room, and though the probability of an encounter would be low if they went to the indoor guest room, since it concerned the letter, he chose a place where it would be difficult for there to be any hindrances.
Truthfully, his room would be the optimal place, but for example, if all of a sudden he brought his fiancee into his room, it would give rise to unwanted misunderstandings, so he showed prudence. He knew that there was no way 10 year old children could cause any misunderstanding, but he took precautions just in case.

For the time being, Kazuki washed his sweat with water, and after changing his clothes, he went towards the terrace.
There, was the appearance of Erika enjoying the Black tea brewed by the waiter of the Stokes house.

Different from the other day’s Kimono, today’s outfit was that of a Hakama that students wore. It was a scene where it was considerably imbalanced for her, who was wearing pure Japanese-style clothes, to be sitting on a Western wooden chair.

「What did you come here for?」

While sitting down facing her, Harold asked in a really displeased voice.
If it was regarding the letter, there was no way he could let someone hear it, so for now, he made the waiter fall back by waving his hand.

「In this situation, normally shouldn’t the first sentence be “Sorry for making you wait” ?」

For Kazuki, it was his intention to tell something similar to that. It was just that the words and the nuance didn’t reflect it at all.
It might have leaked out that he considered it to be a pain to talk her.

「Unlike you, I’m not free. Be grateful that I actually showed up」

「Uh……….Certainly, it is my fault for visiting all of a sudden, but………」

Erika was disheartened at being hit by sound reasoning.
Even though his point was correct, since the other person was a child, he felt as though he was bullying her.

「Fuh, well, fine. What is your business?」

Since his conscience was pricked, Kazuki quickly continued the conversation.
Sensing Harold’s mood, Erika put up a dignified atmosphere in an instant.

「First of all, on behalf of the Sumeragi family, I want to thank you. On this occasion, thank you for saving many people」

Erika deeply lowered her head. Saved, which meant that after creating the compounding item that Kazuki had written in the letter, they had actually used it and it was effective.

Tasuku had received the letter about 20 days ago. If he included the time lag, it meant that he had tested it as soon as Kazuki left.
Tasuku had taken action quicker than he had anticipated.

「To jump at a counterfeit like that, it seems as though even the Sumeragi are considerably cornered」

Towards Harold who was sneering, Erika’s expression didn’t break down.

「It is as Harold-sama says. At present, the Sumeragi don’t have any method」

「Then, I will sell that favor for a high price. But you are mistaken」

「What do you mean?」

「The thing I suggested to you bastards was just a makeshift solution. It doesn’t solve anything fundamentally, and there might be side-effects」

In the game, it was just choosing ingredients and compounding them, but in reality, the proper quantity should be found by running many trials and many tests should be conducted to find the correct ratio. With all that, Kazuki didn’t think that there would an effect so fast.
Adding onto that, he had absolutely no knowledge of things which weren’t depicted in the game like whether there would be side effects due to intake of large amounts or due to taking it for a long period of time, or the degree of side effects if they occured.

Naturally, he had informed Tasuku about these things in the letter.
The Sumeragi might have been cornered to the extent of testing it out, even though it had such huge risks.

「In other words, Harold-sama’s medicine won’t cure them completely, is it?」

「If the degree of the symptoms is less, complete recovery might be possible, but for patients whose symptoms are severe, it is impossible. And I don’t have any intention to care about them to such an extent」

Because, the ones who would solve that was Liner’s protagonist crew, and it would also be the event which would cause Erika to join the protagonist party.

It might seem to be cold, but Erika also understood.
Even if they were engaged, after all, it was a political marriage. As long as the Stokes house did their duty by the least amount, that is, by providing goods and assisting in funding the Sumeragi, the Stokes house would be able to maintain their reputation.
And yet, Harold expressly–

(Made it………? The “medicine”?)

The question that passed through Erika’s mind.
That is, when had Harold created that medicine.

It was impossible that it was done after the engagement to Erika had been decided. Even she knew that it was impossible for her to develop a medicine in just a few days, when she had no expert knowledge in that field.

Then, since he only had the knowledge, it wasn’t created by Harold? Previously, when Erika told-「Harold-sama’s medicine」, he neither denied nor affirmed it.
Harold, till the end, only took the stance of “suggested a makeshift solution”.

But still, it was hard to think that Harold would know about an effective method when, even all of the Sumeragi put together had not been able to find it.
Even assuming that that was the case, if he had enough clinical knowledge to verify the effects even to a small extent, there would have been a considerable amount of materials or books remaining. It was also ridiculous that he had no idea about what the side-effects would be.

(In that case, how in the world……..?)

「Is that all?」

The thing that interrupted Erika, who was deep in thought, was Harold’s voice, where he didn’t even try to conceal his annoyance.
The mood that he really wanted to send her away was transmitted.

「There’s more. I have been entrusted with a letter from father to Harold-sama」

「Hand it over」

As expected, it seemed that Erika was selected as a messenger.
Tasuku might have decided that just a written letter would lack in showing gratitude, and so he had thought of personally showing his gratitude.

While sympathizing with Erika for a bit, thinking that she must have been unwilling to come here, Kazuki looked over the letter from Tasuku.

The contents were as he had expected.
The effects of the medicine, regarding the cases where there were side-effects, there were no great problems, but they would continue to carefully observe the transition, and words of gratitude towards Harold – this was what was written in the letter.

Well, at present, that was the extent to which they could report.
Looking at the letter, if he conveyed his thoughts of watching the rest carefully to Tasuku, then there would be no need for him to interfere any longer.

(Nn?)

Casually thinking that there were only 2 sheets of paper, he noticed that there was 1 more sheet. It had a P.S. at the beginning.

『P.S.

As you know, since there is a strange situation going on now in the Sumeragi territory, I’m extremely busy trying to find a solution.
Since this is an incident with no precedents, we don’t when an unforeseen situation may rise up.
And so, though it pains me to ask any more from you, I have a request. I’m truly sorry, but could you please take care of Erika in the Stokes house for a short while. I may be disqualified as the head of a house to interpose with my personal feelings, but as a father who is concerned about his only daughter–』

Kazuki, who had read until that part, moved his eyes away from the letter. Thinking that he might have strained his eyes, after rubbing the inner corner of his eyes, he looked at the letter and read it again from the beginning.
But even though he did that, there were no changes to the words asking for his assistance to keep Erika safe.

He endured from holding his head with his hands and falling flatly on the table, but still, the voice that was squeezed out from him contained deep resentment.

「What is the meaning of this………」

「What is the matter?」

In silence, Kazuki put the sheet on which the P.S. was written, in front of Erika.
After reading it, Erika spoke as though she was extremely surprised, in an indifferent tone.

「Oh, this is troubling. Even though I am the fiancee, I would be troubling many people by living under the same roof」

「………..Oi」

「But the carriage which brought me here has already left. There is no way other than being saved by Harold-sama’s compassion」

「Oi Bastard」

「Yes, what is it?」

A grinning Erika. This was the first time she had shown a full-faced smile.

「You have quite the guts」

「I am honored to receive your praise」

To Harold’s sarcastic remark, Erika, with a refreshing face, too replied with a sarcastic remark. This matter wasn’t only Tasuku’s judgement, but it seems as though she also knew about it.
That is to say, Erika was trying to stay here with some kind of goal.

It wasn’t simply because they were engaged. He had informed Tasuku of a method where Erika wouldn’t have to marry into the Stokes house.
Well, that was only if Tasuku believed in the contents of the letter, but he couldn’t guess as to why there would be a need to send Erika over even if he didn’t believe in the letter.

Adding onto that, Kazuki was baffled at Erika’s behavior.
Certainly, in the game it was shown that she was playful and would play small pranks, but she didn’t have the personality to reply back with spite, even if it was just in words.
It would be fine if it was just because she still didn’t have a mature mental state, but that gap was more than enough to perplex Kazuki.

「I don’t have any duty to accept such a one-sided proposal」

Even though all the requests from higher rank nobles were almost like orders, Kazuki rejected it without any hesitation.
Considering Tasuku’s personality and the Sumeragi’s current condition, he judged that it wasn’t a problem.

If due to this, even if the relationship between the Sumeragi and the Stokes grew worse, that by itself would be the development Kazuki was hoping for.
Eventually, on the occasion when the engagement was cancelled, it would be fine if it came as a boost.

「You’re cold, aren’t you. Even though you have saved the people of another territory, you would treat your fiancee in such a blunt manner」

Erika made a sad expression, as though to show it off.
This was exactly a “made up” expression, and unlike the time when she was dejected, Kazuki’s heart wasn’t moved by the slightest.

「That was estimated as selling a costly favor. But for this matter, the compensation for me is too less」

「Is that so. If you are saying that much, I can’t keep requesting Harold-sama any more than this」

Erika, who stood up quickly, once again bowed deeply towards Harold.

「Once again, I express my gratitude towards Harold-sama. For saving the people of the Sumeragi, really, thank you very much」

Her bow was polite ,to the extent of making him think that if they were sitting on tatami, she would have bowed while pressing 3 fingers of each hand on the floor. He felt as though he seen the true Erika, and also felt that she truly thought about the people. But just because of that, he wasn’t the least bit willing to let her freeload.

「I will collect this loan in grand proportions at a later time. While you have the time, increase the number of cards you can break out as much as possible」

「Much obliged to the degree of your consideration. Well then, excuse me」

Leaving those words behind, Erika left the Stokes mansion in an unfaltering stride.
He felt suspicious at how awfully easily she withdrew. And come to think of it, how is she planning to go home without the carriage- he thought of that question only after some time had passed.

He would come to know the answer to that question a few hours later, from Hayden’s mouth.


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62 thoughts on “Episode 9

    1. Obviously he should be concerned about his own life first. He’s an intelligent guy and he doesn’t want to die; if he can get something out of it, why wouldn’t he?

      But tbh, I don’t think he’s acting any different now compared to normal. At least the method he chose is saving people, rather than just extortion… He could’ve extorted enormous amounts of benefits from the Sumeragi if he dangled the medicine over their heads…

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    2. She is an unexpected and he will have to adjust his plans. She is unknown piece as he don’t know her family plans. This is akin to early finishing a thesis paper then something came up that may or may not affect the thesis and they are close to deadline.

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      1. She basically add another equation to be solved. Like when you are washing dishes and near the end someone handed you another plate. You will be pissed.

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  1. More like he’s basically bad with her, in interacting. She drew out the worst attitude in him, or something of that sort.

    This visit seems to be a probe from Sumeragi house, just so they can check whether Harold is the one writing it, or if the writer known to him, and his motive in such manipulation~

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  2. Alright…. what the hell is she going to do now… xD Either they broke the marriage contract, she talked to his parents, or she simply will be back soon after confirming something^^ Or she is staying in the servant quarters…? XD

    Thanks for the chapter^^

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    1. Since he will get the answer from his dad, I guess she directly went and made the request to stay to the greedy head of the house.
      And you can be sure that this guy isn’t going to refuse.

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      1. I had also forgotten that his dad was named Hayden (I actually didn’t know it at all…)
        It’s just that since he said that Hayden wasn’t at home but that his mother was, I just assumed that Hayden was the father.
        Now, I might be wrong.

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  3. I get the feeling that she is going to ask Harold’s dad if she can stay…

    And then the dad will announce it to his wife and son, while Erica will be showing her most wonderful smile to Harold.

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  4. ha~! This is a cliffhanger~! If not then I’ll say it’s a new kind! An alternate cliffhanger~! Lol~!
    Anyway, hopefully Erika discovered or like ‘accidentally’ discover Harold’s ‘true nature’, lol, like how his butler did, hahah~ XD!

    — Thanks for the chapter~ ^^.

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  5. I just love how she can trigger his buttons with a smile. I don’t know if she understands his personality to some extent already, or just does it for the heck of it. Best heroine 2016.

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  6. Thanks for the chap~!!!
    Read ahead a bit. I must say this MC didn’t give a DAMN to what other think about him!!!! XD

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  7. Kekeke love this tsundere MC, dipolar to be more correct but who cares. I m loving this series, finally an MC that isnt a retard. Potato head as i like to call them.

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      1. Seems like forever when you are waiting. I can’t help myself and still come here every day… more then once… 😛

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  8. I was bored since there was no chapter 10 so I translated it on my own

    Chapter 10

    I was looking the report Jake wrote as the sun went down, Hayden who’ve returned called me over.
    No way, it can’t be as I thought while following the servant to Hayden’s study.

    Looking at Hayden’s face who had waited for me, I had a bad feeling. Since Hayden who is often very harsh, seems to be in a good mood.
    He began to talk about Harold as soon as I entered the room.

    “Rejoice Harold, I have good news”

    “Good news?”

    I realized what good news he was talking about as I asked from his behavior. It can’t be helped.
    “Today I received news from Tasuku-dono. For a while, Erika-chan will be staying in the Stokes residence”
    As I feared, Kazuki’s chest was heaving back and forth. Hayden already made his decision about the freeloading Erica.
    As I thought, Erica was certain she would stay from the beginning.
    Nevertheless, Kazuki tried to object.

    “I’m unwilling to live together with that girl”

    “Don’t be embarassed, you and Erica are officially engaged by both families”

    However, he was misunderstood as being bashful by Hayden. There was no sign of Harold honestly being in high spirits. He persisted but couldn’t overturn the decision, in the end Kazuki had to reluctantly welcome Erica.
    The next day, Kazuki was heading to the East Gate main road that connected to the Stoke’s territory in order to meet Erica. It seems she would arrive in the morning as scheduled, but she probably stayed near an inn since she showed up yesterday.
    Kazuki was in a terrible mood, as the horse-drawn carriage shaked.

    “Speaking of which, isn’t the schedule too tight?”

    Without waiting for the reply that should have taken 6-7 days after the letter was received, she either hurriedly arrived here or did not know if Hayden agreed.
    Well, it was probably the latter, he thought.
    In any case, this did not happen in the original story. The cause was likely because of the letter Kazuki wrote without a doubt.
    In other words, it was his own fault, unaware that he had arrived at the east gate.
    He walked with heavy steps like an illusion of being in chains as Erica was there getting off the horse-drawn carriage with an unknown woman standing behind to her right.

    “I am honored that Harold-sama came to receive me in person”
    “Haha, there is nothing to the heart”

    According to Harold, I will aim to destory our relationship today.
    With an approximately 3 months dealing with this mouth, Kazuki no longer felt impressed about the variations of ridicule.

    While thinking about this unnecessary development, Kazuki turned his line of sight to the woman behind Erica.
    Age around from the late teens to 20 years old, impressive brown hair with a large white ribbon stretched towards her waist.

    “Who’s this?”

    “She’s Yuno. She will be my personal attendant during my stay”

    “My name is Yuno~”

    Yuno stretched her ending of the word and made a slow curtsey. She smiled coupled with the gentle demeanor and quiet atmosphere.
    Kazuki did not know her. In other words, she’s a character who did not appear in the original work.

    “I’ll warn you beforehand, I don’t have time to look after you you. You can freely linger around, but don’t disturb me”

    He made it clear for now, since the other party’s purpose is unknown and the real nature of Yuno is unclear.
    Kazuki wanted to eliminate the indefinite element as much as possible by the time he begins the testing operation of LP farming.
    The two took Harold’s harsh words without being perturbed.

    “I know”

    “Understood~”

    ‘I wonder if they really understood it… seriously’

    Even if Erica complains about it, she can’t go against the house but she can’t be sent away either. If that’s the case, it is wise to persist in non-contact.
    However, I shouldn’t expect too much. From beginning to the end, Kazuki returned with Erika and the other to the residence and remained in silence to these ruthless words.

    “Tomorrow, you”ll accompany Erica-chan to the town and guide her around. Escorting womans is a necessary ability for nobles. You should practice from now on”

    Needless to say, it was a suggestion from Hayden.Kazuki was about to say it was awkward to be alone but Erica favorably replied “Thanks for your consideration” causing Kazuki to be at a loss for words.Kazuki looked haggard suffering Erica-related events day after day. But Harold let it through a filter, converting it to anger.

    “What a dreadful face every time, are you that afraid of your fiancee?”

    Zen who visited the room, said so looking at Harold’s face. He talked without flinching to the aristocrat.

    “It’s all caused by my fiancee. So annoying….”

    “What are you annoyed about? She’s a very cute girl”

    “I see, I found your hobby you scum”

    “You got it all wrong! This is a terrible misunderstanding!? I prefer woman like Ms.Yuno!”

    Zen desperately denied the false charge. Kazuki was not concerned if Zen’s a lolicon or not. The reason why Zen knew about this topic is because Hayden gathered everyone as soon as Erica arrived and introduced her as the fiancee of Harold. It was just establishing a fact, but for Kazuki, it was simply a public execution.

    By the way, 90% of the gaze turned to Erica who was introduced as the fiancee of Harold took on pity. The evaluation of the Stokes family, including Harold was evident.

    “Stop the crying and go tell Norman and Jake. We’re adjusting the schedule after tomorrow”

    “But I really like mature women!?”

    Zen denied to the end until he left Harold’s room, while Erica and Yuno were looking around the premises.
    The reason being none other than Harold.

    “I was told that the boy seems to be very mischievous”

    Although judging from Yuno’s age, it’s reasonable to believe it, but the word “mischievous” was very generous of Yuno.

    However, the greatest problem was not the hateful speech and behavior of Harold.
    “Father said there is a possibility that Harold was used or connected to the betrayer…”

    “Judging from his personality, I don’t think he would obediently listen to somebody”

    More than likely, there is a possibility that Harold was used as a tool while he was unaware. It will be considerably difficult to make him obedient. On the contrary, if yesterday’s behavior was a performance then there should be some contact with the betrayer.
    He told Harold act in a imprudent manner, and he chooses the timing when it’s difficult to be interrupted by the absence of the Lord to come into contact. There’s a possiblity that Harold may have been brainwashed regardless of his own will. If that’s the reality–

    “This may be a little too hard”

    Yuno dropped a sigh hidden inside the sleeve so that Erica didn’t hear it.

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    1. Awesome! Thanks a whole bunch dude! Don’t know if Madao’s internet went down again or something, but thanks for picking it up! Hopefully it won’t be too long until chapter 11!

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  9. It’s kinda crazy how so many people sees behind the NPC mask, haha.

    —-
    ” we don’t when an unforeseen situation may rise up.” we don’t *know* when

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  10. Welp… At Least they didn’t reject the fact that the potion was made by Harold… that makes me somewhat happy… and her personality is changing in my mind too quickly…
    A freeloader appeared!!!

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