Chapter 7: Getting Subordinates
Posted bytheredsargeantJuly 21, 2020Posted inFun Territory Defense
The fact that I had an aptitude for magic outside of the four elements was kept under wraps, and any who did know about it were hushed.
But some could not stop themselves from talking about it.
Soon, rumors were spreading among the maids of the Marquis family that I possessed a useless attribute.
Meanwhile, I was busy preparing for my departure.
Murcia gave me a loan so that I could acquire the money and manpower that I needed for the journey.
Readying themselves for departure, three carriages are tethered to a loading platform and are being loaded with clothes, daily necessities, and armor.
I couldn’t borrow people from the house’s knightly order to escort me, but I did have about ten adventurers hired by Murcia, though they are roughnecks.
At first, the situation was tough, with us being given only one carriage with Kamsin as my only escort.
I was worried whether my two companions and I could fit inside a single carriage, at least until Dee arrived.
It seems that he forced his way into joining my group as a “bodyguard”.
”I’m going to train you to death with my swords Van-sama, you can count on it! Hahaha”
Please don’t do this.
I wanted to say that, but Dee called out to his men, who followed him on their own volition, and he quickly prepared some carriages.
Before I knew it, there were another two large carriages, with Dee and two knights stationed at the rearmost carriage.
The final unexpected arrival was Espada.
”I have told Jalpa-sama that I will retire a little early.
My successor has matured well, so the master gladly agreed to my retirement.
I am fifty-five years old, and I want to relax in your stretch of the countryside.
Is that all right with you?”
When he said this in a noncommittal tone, Espada somehow produced a fully prepared carriage out of nowhere.
How long had he been preparing the carriage?
No, in the first place, after working by my father’s side for so many years, would he let go of Espada so easily? It should be difficult to secure a person who could be trusted to replace Espada.
As I looked at him with suspicion, Espada opened his mouth with a wry smile as he climbed into the carriage.
”I’ll see if I can learn something from Master Van, something to spice up my old age.”
After saying that much, Espada went into the carriage.
Really don’t do it.
You’ve already taught me enough, you guys.
Whether it’s Dee or Espada, why are you following me to a remote village where there’s nothing to do but harass me? I’d like to say enough is enough.
But I’m thankful that Dee, who is very strong in battle, and Espada, who knows many things, are at my side.
As I got into the carriage with mixed feelings, Till opened her mouth happily.
“Master Van, has something good happened?’
I raised a question and Till nodded with a laugh.
“Aren’t you laughing?”
It was then That I realized that I was laughing.
Apparently, even though I didn’t think I cared, I was worried about sending them to the frontier.
I guess I was also glad that everyone was here.
“I’m glad you all followed me to the frontier.
When I smiled at her, Till pointed at herself with a slightly evil smile.
”Actually, there were a number of maids who wanted to follow Van-sama.
But I’m your exclusive maid, you know.
I told Murcia-sama and kept this seat to death.”
Till patted her seat as she said that.
“You could have brought everyone who wanted to come separately…”
Why did they make it look like a winner-take-all tournament system? I was disappointed.
My rosy life surrounded by lovely maids was gone.
But Till reminisced, oblivious to my feelings.
“I don’t know much, but Murcia-sama seems to be very busy and doesn’t talk much with the maids.
Master Yardo and Master Sesto don’t take care of their maids.
However, Master Van is different.
He greets me every day in a friendly manner, occasionally gives me a snack, and even helps me out when I’m cleaning.
The maids who served with you also love Van-sama.”
Till speaks in a rambling manner which makes me feel embarrassed.
I look at Kamsin and open my mouth as I listen to her.
“It’s okay for Kamsin too.
If you don’t want to come, you can stay with the Marquis family.
It seems that the slave contract can be changed or cancelled, so if you ask brother Murcia to take care of it, he’ll take care of it for you.”
When he heard that, Kamsin looked at me as if he was angry.
I have decided to dedicate my entire life to Master Van.
At all times, I will serve Master Van with my life.”
“What are you saying? Kamsin, do you like me that much?”
I was embarrassed, so I faked it, and Kamsin nodded vigorously.
“Yes, I adore and respect you.”(T.N.
Note: That’s cute… so I’m going to take this as evidence for Kamsin being a girl.
Edit: This is from future me, I was wrong.
Kamsin is a guy.)
The result was more than embarrassing.
Kamsin has grown up, too.
I nodded emotionally.
However, I thought I would be left alone in some frontier, but now I had four people to travel with on the road.
I’m thankful for that.
”All right, let’s get going.”
As I said this, the carriages began to move.
I keep the windows closed as much as possible, and I don’t make much noise.
I need to erase my presence as much as possible.
That’s why this carriage doesn’t even have the coat of arms of the Marquis family.
Father wishes for me to leave town without anyone being the wiser.
”I used to come to town a lot for the last two years or so to visit, so it is saddening to leave.”
He muttered, thinly opening the window to look out.
Then he noticed that there was a child near the advancing carriage.
“Ah, Master Van!”
The child was Viza, the daughter of a guard I had met many times in the city.
Viza opens her mouth with a sad face.
”Van-sama, you’re going somewhere, aren’t you? Why?”
“What!? Hey, who told you that?”
When he asked that, Viza pointed to the back of the carriage.
When I looked out of the carriage and checked the rear, Dee’s carriage, one of the two carriages lined up behind her, was holding up a banner of sorts.
The banner read, “Van-sama arrives” in large letters.
“What the-? It’s super embarrassing.”
As I said this, Dee’s men, who were guarding the carriage, came up to me and replied.
“That was at Master Dee’s direction! Master Dee was saddened by Master Van’s situation as he left the city as if he were running away in the night, and he tried to make his departure as dignified as possible…”
“My father told me to keep it to myself, though?”
When I questioned him, the knightly youth laughed with a prankster’s face.
”Is that so! I’ve never heard of it before! Perhaps Master Dee didn’t even know there was such an order.
I’d take the banner down, but now Master Dee has fallen asleep in the carriage… sorry! As soon as Master Dee wakes up, I’ll tell him about the banner!”
Behind the young man who was snickering, Dee, who peeked out of the window, was shouting loudly.
”Fourth son of the Marquess family! The Noble Van Ney Fertio is here! He wishes to bid you farewell.
And if anyone offers to serve….”
I look at Dee, who is giving a speech in a well-passed voice, with a squinted eye, and then I look at the young man.
“Isn’t he up?”
“Oh, I’m sorry! Must go make my rounds! Don’t worry, we’ll handle the patrol around the carriage!”
And with a nervous laugh, the young man rode his horse off.
A crowd of people gradually formed around me, and some of them who knew me well and called out to me.
”Master Van! Where are you going?!”
“Please come back soon!”
“Are you going to King’s Landing Academy?”
I was conflicted at first as I was being called out by the crowd, but then I started to open up.
“Everyone! I’m going to set off now!”
When you show up and say hello, even those you’ve only met once will reply back.
I shouted my own goodbyes, but the next thing I knew I was tearing up.
Some of my acquaintances in town cried when I said goodbye, and their tears made my eyes water again.
I thought I didn’t care about them at all, but I was wrong.
I wiped the tears from my hands and sat back in my chair.
Till brought me a handkerchief, but I was sobbing so hard that I had to replace it with a new one.
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