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Common Sense of a Duke’s Daughter
Chapter 92: A Man’s Troubles
I still followed the woman’s steps, though I kept my guard up.
“…. Tanya.” Suddenly, she called a name into the empty air in front of her.
There was no one….? Just as that thought passed in my head, another woman seemingly materialized at her side.
“You called, missus?”
“Mm, please arrange for a doctor immediately.”
“That’s already been done. We are waiting for missus’ orders.”
“Ah, atta girl, Tanya…. Then, what do you want to do?”
The conversation was suddenly thrown at me. My only response was confusion. “What do I want to do, that means….”
“We’ve already made the preparations, so the doctor may visit your little brother as soon as possible. You have two choices now—either trust me and have Tanya bring the doctor to your brother’s side right now, or come to my estate first?”
My heart throbbed with a moment’s notice. To be honest, I didn’t want anything more than for the doctor to treat my brother. …. But.
“…. Let’s go to your estate first.” I picked the latter. Upon hearing my reply, the woman named Iris narrowed her eyes.
“Well, why is that?”
“I told you, I’m not naive enough to trust someone who appearted out of nowhere. I’ll go to the place you reside, and discuss what you mentioned properly. I’m not going to give up my brother’s location so easily.” After I stated my thoughts so boldly, she began to smile for some reason.
“That sort of thinking isn’t bad…. If you change your mind, tell me immediately. Oh, and don’t bother about fees. It’s all on me.”
“…. I understand.”
Then, we started walking again. In a while, we arrived at the main street. She boarded a horse carriage parked on the curb.
The carriage didn’t look like something for public use nor for-rent, rather it looked like her own property. And though it was furnished in a simple manner, anyone with a discerning eye would immediately notice its quality was of the nobility.
…. So, maybe she wasn’t lying when she said she was the head of the Azuta Conglomerate. As I brooded, she called my name, and I returned to my senses.
Mm, then…! I steeled my will and stepped onto the carriage.
We kept silent as the carriage traveled for around half an hour. The moment I noticed we had rode a great distance, I noticed that we already were in the thickets of the aristocrats’ area. Our cart entered a place that looked extravagant even in comparison to other high-class estates.
…. Ha? The horse carriage kept driving forward.
“Welcome to the Ducal House of the Armelia family.”
“…. Duke, sama?”
With her words, I experienced another shock. Back then, I never thought I would even come close to someone like a Duke. I never anticipated such a situation.
“Well, come along in.”
I was ushered into the manor by the woman.
I believe it was safe to say that if I were to try walking back to the commons myself, I would not be able to even find the gate. I would definitely get lost. Before having everything stolen by “that person”, my past life was fairly well-to-do. Even so, I had never seen a chateau such as this one.
At last, we walked into somewhere that resembled a guest room. At least I wasn’t about to be shocked again anytime soon. I sat down in a chair.
“…. Have you calmed down?”
“Do you think I have…. No, does the madam think that I have?”
Now that I thought about it, I never used any etiquette while speaking. If this were any other situation, an apology would probably be demanded from me…. Well, if it comes to that, I’ll just deal with it.
This person likely still wants me to do something for her, so I might not need to do anything at the moment.
“You don’t have to forcibly change your speaking tone, just learn slowly for future consideration.”
Though I had that thought, I did not expect my speaking manner to be fine, moreover I need not apologize for my previous tone. Aristocrats typically didn’t even see us civilians as people…. Rather like ants. Because of that, I thought she couldn’t tolerate how I spoke with her.
“Ha….” It was evident that though she said herself it didn’t matter, the female servant behind her shot daggers at me from her eyes.
“…. Right, Tanya?” She seemed to notice that, and directly spoke to her servant.
There was no other way because the master specifically said so? The servant sighed. “…. Yes, just as the miss says.”
“Then, let’s be generous with our words. The things I want you to complete right now…. Aren’t much. To put it bluntly, how about you learn the correct etiquette for your future job first?”
“From today on, you will work for my conglomerate as my hand. In return, we will help you get revenge, and take care of your brother. That’s an exceptional deal, is it not?”
“Ah. This is too good to be true, so much so I’m getting really skeptical about the hidden fine print.”
“Hehehe…. What I wish is that you make good use of yourself after joining the Azuta Conglomerate. When that time comes, I will instruct you.”
“I have a hunch that those instructions will be quite daunting.” Bread that falls out of the sky definitely has something obscured within…. I wonder what kind of demands they will be.
“…. I am the leader of the Azuta Conglomerate, the daughter of the Ducal House of Armelia, as well as Feudal Lord Representative of the Dukedom.”
Hearing her suddenly introduce herself officially made me shudder unintentionally. Before, I thought that nothing in this world would surprise me anymore. But listening to her words, I truly received a strong shock. Thinking again, it was fairly clear already. She lived in this estate since she possessed Armelia Ducal blood.
However, I never imagined she would be of the direct bloodline, and much less have the same authority over this land as the Duke himself. Furthermore, the daughter of Duke Armelia was the woman who was excommunicated by the Church a while ago, causing massive disturbances throughout the entire region.
“As for any future repercussions, I will not be able to do anything strange or out-of-place. A part of that reason is because of my father, who is the Prime Minister. More importantly, I will not be able to face the citizens of my fief…. And, if I’m planning anything in secret, I would rather hire someone more accustomed to that field than you.”
Although I had questions about the first part of her explanation, I could accept the last part. Indeed, she could easily find someone more qualified to do those things.
“…. You’ve noticed, right? That I was the one who was excommunicated back then.”
I found it hard to respond to that question. Seeing my silent expression, she started to laugh.
“I can tell the cat’s out of the bag from your reaction…. Any moves I make will be followed closely by everyone else. My status as an aristocrat makes it hard to get matters done. Because of that, I need you.”
After that, she roughly explained what the conglomerate wanted me to achieve upon recruitment. So that was what she meant by using my prestige and power. Strangely, I could accept her terms.
“…. Then, do you accept our offer? If you do, I’ll have the doctor properly treat your little brother.”
And just like that, I struck a deal with her.