Chapter 17 – Father And Doubts
I walked along the long and wide corridor. Until now I still could not get used to the feeling of walking on the soft carpet. I meant, stepping on this luxurious-like carpet with shoes on…Wasn’t it scary?
Walking with my short legs, I finally reached the end. I knocked on the conspicuously huge door on the right.
Acknowledgment was heard coming from inside and so I stretched myself reaching for the knob and used my entire body to push the door open.
” Father. ”
The room was filled with stacks of papers and was framed by bookshelves all around.
Yes, this room was Father’s office and he was sitting right in the middle of the room.
” Ooh, Will, you come. ”
Father was mostly buried in papers that were stacked high on his table and could be seen between the cracks.
Please tidy up.
I was looking at him from a distance but it seemed like he was really busy.
Father was one of the rare few feudal lords who imposed good governance across his territory. Once he succeeded the position, he reduced the taxes greatly and earned the public’s support. He also solved problems like from a disaster or about the soil.
It was natural that he needed to merge all information about all the different places in his territory. However, I was proud of Father who was buried in it.
” Father, why did you call for me? ”
This morning, Father told me to meet him at this time. As I rarely got to enter this room, I was looking around.
” Hey Will, if you look around that much you are going to twist your neck off. ”
Father laughed, got out from behind the mountain and stroked my head.
” No I won’t! ”
I did not do that much looking around! Although it was true that I was charmed by the shelves of Spells Books…I had been acting more and more like a child these few days, let’s be more careful.
I let out the air that I used to puff my cheeks with.
” So what is the matter? ”
I looked up at Father. Damn, he was tall! …He was definitely taller than 180cm. Maybe more like 190cm. It was because I was only 3 years old, but being looked down on really made me felt annoyed…
Don’t say that I was small-minded!
I would definitely grow taller in the future and leave Father in the dust!
” Ah, I was just thinking it’s about time to hire a tutor for you. ”
According to Father, the norm for nobles to hiring a tutor to teach about things like common knowledge, political movements, writing and math was usually when a child turned 5 years old. He must have thought I was ready.
…Well, the inner me was 17 + 3 so I was an adult already.
Come to think of it, it seemed like my appeal about wanting to study finally got through. Ah, it was tiring, appealing while acting like 3 years old. I could get knowledge from reading on my own but it was rather difficult to explain when asking so I was aiming for this development!
Of course, I agreed with a force as if to say ” Yeah! I have been waiting for this! “.
” But Will, why are you in such a rush to study? ”
My intention that was conveyed to my Father perfectly made him asked about the reason. It could be said that it was because of my thirst for knowledge but to tell the truth, there was another reason for it.
” Father is always busy right? I will study and help Father. ”
Touched, my Father started tearing.
This was quite embarrassing but it was true that I was proud of my busy Father and I genuinely wanted to help him with his work.
His looks were average so I wondered if this must be what they called charisma….
My father was clever and his brain turned fast. To the extend that scholars would take their hats off to him. Plus he was a ‘double’ magician. There was only 2 magicians in the royal court that were also ‘Double’ so it was not an exaggeration to say he was a great magician.
And, he became a knight due to his achievements and now, a knight’s leader. In short, he could be said to be the best in the nation. According to the maids’ gossips, Father was revered as the nation’s hero.
If he walked on the street, it would be drowned in ladies’ voices. …Although his looks were average.
Ah, even he had silly intentions sometimes but he was still my pride and someone who I yearned to become. Popular even with average looks! …At the very least, not to be disliked as in my previous world…
” Thank you, Will. ”
Said Father who finally stopped crying and kept on stroking my head.
With the inner me being 20 years old, I was embarrassed, but this warmth that I had not experience before in my previous life made me happy so in the end, I came to like the stroking.
” It is my duty! ”
Bashfully, I stuck my chest out and laughed.
…It was okay to laugh, wasn’t it? It might look childish but I was a child.
” Ahh, thank you! And, about the tutor… ”
Father looked troubled.
” What is the matter? ”
” Ah, no, I don’t know much about the person himself… but he is definitely one of the guests at your birthday party. ”
It was rare to see Father hesitating.
” Rather than saying he is a scholar working at the Royal Castle, it might be more fitting to call him a researcher… He is not a bad person but… ”
” Eccentric? ”
Father paused again.
” Ah…eccentric…Hmm…How I should explain. As the 2nd son of Viscount Veltor, he abandoned the family name… Sorry, the application was too sudden so I was not very clear on the details. A person who took great care of me in the Royal Castle told me about his great desire to work here as your tutor. ”
” …Not Veltor himself? ”
” Ah no…erm, would you understand if I said there’s heavy taxes involved…? ”
I might have looked at him with reproachful eyes. Flustering, Father mumbled ” No matter who recommended him, hiring a strange man is… “.
” Hmm….? ”
I murmured before turning around to face Father with a smile. That person who took care of Father must be one that was of a higher rank… Oh well, as long as I got to study. Besides, I shouldn’t be willful.
” Father, it’s okay, I understand. ”
With a face that screamed ‘I was saved’, Father grabbed both of my hands.
” Oh! Try your best! ”
As of now, the road of knowledge seemed to be full of difficulties.