I feel that it is highly likely that Arte-sama does not have a magical aptitude within the four-elements.”

 Espada’s words were unusually blunt.
It looked like Arte was also someone destined to be pushed aside by her house.

 While I made a wry smile, Espada coughed and continued to speak.

”…That being said, it’s highly likely that Viscount Panamera has recognized Van-sama’s power.
Therefore, her words are likely sincere.
However, we cannot ignore the ramifications of marriage with Arte.”

“I agree.
When Count Ferdinand and Viscount Panamera visit, they’ll be able to enter the village without any restrictions.
During the marriage ceremony, I will be asked a lot of questions about the construction of the ballista and fort, weapons, and armor.
Ah, now that the Apcarles are here they would likely ask about them as well.”

 Espada nodded in reply.

”You must speak with your father as well.
Our family has never had a good relationship with the Count’s family.
Although it is only a possibility, he might try to attack the count in the future.”

”An attack? But, in this day and age, it’s impossible, isn’t it?”

 Our Scuderia Kingdom has been expanding its territory for over a decade.
Its aggressive expansion has caused it to be hated and feared by its neighboring countries.

 Therefore, the King, Dino en Zola Berlinate, despised infighting among his vassals.

 But Espada shook his head in disagreement.

“There are still many ways to incite it.
You can play an active role in the war to increase your territory and put pressure on the enemy, you can impoverish their people to make it difficult for your enemy, or you can defame them and cause their demotion.”

”Such scary things… why would anyone go to such lengths to increase their territory.”

 I exhaled briefly and narrowed my eyes.

 That evening, I invited Panamera and Arte to the lord’s mansion to entertain them.

 Although I was able to make pleasant conversation with Panamera, Arte seldom spoke.
So, I tried to converse with her during dinner.

 I don’t know if she enjoyed it, but she seemed to be satisfied with the food.

 When she commented on how good it was, Till, who was behind me, pumped a petite clenched fist into the air.

 After the meal ended, I took them back to the inn.
Accomopaning us were Till and Kamsin.

 And although their captain and mistress were out in the village, I did not see any of Panamera’s soldiers.
Should I consider this to be a gesture of trust from Panamera?

”It’s safe and peaceful in the village.
The food is surprisingly good, and there is an abundance of ingredients and spices.
Everyone in this village seems to have a high oppinion of their lord.”

 Panamera noted as she looked around the village.

 Although I was used to the compliments by now, I couldn’t help but notice Arte sneaking some glances at me.

”Till is a good cook, you know.
She contributes greatly to the quality of the food.
All the villagers love her.”

 As I replied, Panamera lifted the corners of his mouth.

You are very humble.
If I were you, I would boast about my achievements.
After all, a good public image never hurt anyone.”

“My subordinates made the foundations of the wall and the materials for the homes.
I just managed them.
If my village ever gains a thousand residents, I will be sure to send you a letter about that momentous occasion!”

“Hahaha! We’ll look forward to it.
I’ll see you tomorrow!”

 Panamera then disappeared into the inn.

 Although, for some reason, Arte remained outside.

”What’s up, Miss Arte?”

 Arte looked downcast, but eventually opened her mouth.

”…..Erm about today, well, uh… thank you! I would really like to, um, erm, well, well I’d like to thank you! Please keep in touch! Good night!”

Note: For anyone wondering, yes, it was hell to translate.
Thank you for asking.)

 Arte spoke in hurried bursts before her face lit up beet red and she ran for the inn.

”…Well, at least it wasn’t a bad assessment.”

 I muttered, before turning around and heading towards the mansion.

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