Episode 70 Royal Duties
“In the meantime, I’ll give you 100 million in advance for the commission, plus the unpaid food and beverage bills and the cost of repairing the magicraft.”
Linnecarlo handed Jean a large bag of money as she said this.
“Oh, it’s very good of you to pay up, Linnecarlo.”
“Of course I do. I’m a woman of my word.”
“Sister, can you introduce me to them?”
The young man who brought the money Linnecarlo gave Jean asked, tugging on Linnecarlo’s clothes. As I recall, he was the one who stopped the two princes at the meeting…….
“Ah, yes, these are the Iron Knights mercenaries Yuta, Jean and Alana, and this is my lovely brother, the Crown Prince, Yudin.”
“Stop talking like that, sister. It’s embarrassing.”
“Why are you embarrassed? It’s the truth.”
“I was just wondering, this money that Yudin brought, could it be Linnecarlo’s money?”
“Yes, my sister told me to prepare that for you.”
“……Hey Linnecarlo, you don’t have any money, do you?”
“……No, it’s just that I didn’t happen to have any, so I had Yudin pay for me.”
“You can’t just come home and not have any money. Tell me the truth, you don’t have any money.”
It’s……true, I don’t have any right now, but don’t worry, I’ll have my royal allowance for the next term soon!”
“I hope our fee is safe. It’s not like you can’t pay us because Mushym becomes king!”
“Gentlemen, let me talk to you about it. Actually, there is a reason why my sister doesn’t have any money. My sister personally pays the bereaved families of the soldiers who died in the war every year, so she is always short of money…….”
I’m surprised that Linnecarlo has a side like that.
“Yes……Linnecarlo, why are you doing that?”
“It’s a matter of principle! It’s not right that people should be forced to fight for the convenience of the royal family and die in the process……but we should at least take care of the families left behind! It’s the least we can do!”
I think I may have misunderstood her a bit…….At least I got the feeling that she cared about human life.
“That’s right, low-lifes, Master Linnecarlo didn’t gamble away her savings for personal gain, she only took a chance because she was in need of money to hire mercenaries and support the bereaved families.”
I don’t know why it annoys me when Arthur says it like that……
“I’ll believe it when I see it, but whatever you do, make sure you pay us.”
“Well, leaving the money aside, we need to figure out a strategy for the future.”
Alana put the derailed conversation back on the right track.
“Well, if we’re going to bring the Duke of Holomel on our side, what exactly are we going to do?”
“I have an idea. I hear that the Duke Holomel’s territory is currently experiencing massive economic losses due to a large number of brigands running amok. The amount is 30 billion gold, so how about getting his vote in exchange for solving the problem?”
I see, we don’t have the money to buy him off, but we can do something about that.
“Yes, so I’ll leave it to the Iron Knights to take down the thieves.”
“What? We’re going to defeat the thieves on our own?”
“Yes, I have to persuade the two dukes at the royal palace, and if I go to Duke Hormel’s territory at this time, they might be suspicious.”
“I’m sure you’re right, but……how powerful are the thieves?”
“It seems that the thieves are mainly the remnants of Stogar, which was destroyed by the Meltaria in recent years, so they are quite tough. It seems that Duke Holomel’s private army is no match for them, so you must be on your guard.”
“Hmph, work for what you’re paid, you lowlifes! Go beat the bastards!”
“What are you talking about, Arthur? You’re going, too.”
“No! I don’t understand!”
“I don’t think it’s fair for them to be on their own in a strange land, so you’re going to help them.”
“Hehehe, it’s good to have you, Arthur-chan.”
Arthur hung his head in disgust as Jean held him by the shoulders.
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