Chapter 18 – It’s Good I’m Betrayed (First Part)
It was me who agreed for him to be the tutor, but he seemed to come from a really problematic family.
Home tutor — Was he planning to use the role of an educator as a connection to the Beryl’s House, or, he just took notice of what a shameful performance I put up at the party and wanted to put me right….
Since it was all unclear at the moment, the only thing I was certain was that he would really be teaching me. Being 3 years old, I did not think he would be flattering me.
…It must be so. No, if I didn’t believe in that I could not go on.
The person who took care of Father must be someone of a higher rank so I took pity and agreed, I could not possibly take it back now…
It would be so uncool.
Since that day, I visited Father’s office and asked to borrow some documents about my tutor’s family for information…
I could not back off here! I had to do it properly! Do not turn into a wimp!
The man who expressed his deep desire to become my home tutor this time was John Veltor.
He seemed to be the 2nd son of Viscount Veltor but as he had already abandoned his family name, I did not see any connections he had with his family now. Now, he was doing research in the Royal Court as a researcher and scholar. He also seemed to hold a position as an assistant.
But, the problem was Veltor’s House.
The present head of the family was John’s father, and it seemed that the next head was decided to be his older brother. The territory they ruled was one that had the heaviest tax in the entire nation. That was poor judgment no matter who looked at it. Plus, they squandered money away like water. Luxurious furnishings, branded clothing, gemstones. As for food, they only ate meat of the highest grade.
What an irony, when you compared the pointless gaudiness of the residence with the worn-out village.
According to Father’s documents, villagers from Veltor’s territory moving over (here) had been increasing yearly.
What a picture perfect example of a heinous noble.
I closed my open mouth, looking at such cliche villains. It seemed that they had connections with the black market and dealt with slaves trading as well.
Did John Veltor abandon his family after seeing all that? Or, despite being the 2nd son, possessed the ambition for greatness and reached for the Royal Court?
I definitely wanted to think that it was the former. Without thinking, I shuddered.
And because of that, Father asked if I could read all that documents and I panicked.
With ” Because everybody often read pictures books to me. “, I managed to pull one over his eyes.
And so, I was very nervous about this home tutor.
That man, was coming right now.
….Ah…This was so worrying…You didn’t really need to come you know? Yep.
Ah, would he be a willful bastard who left in the middle of it on a whim?
So in that situation, sitting beside Father in the drawing room, I could not help but fidgeted.
” ……Are you okay, Will? If you don’t want it we can stop it now… ”
Father said, turning his worried eyes on me.
” It’s okay. ”
I puffed my chest, stuck my thumbs out and placed my left hand on my waist. And my stiff smile was just my way of showing affection.
Yes, I did not have cold feet.
” Master. ”
Mary San, the head maid, opened the door silently.
” Ah, has he arrived? ”
And just like that, Father wiped his face clean of all uneasiness and stood, face full of smiles.
As expected of Father~!
What fast facial switch! A wolf in sheep’s clothing!
[TN: Japanese is ‘A cat is good at pretending!’]
I had to start learning if I wanted to help Father out in the future. Yosh, sheep’s clothing if there was a customer…Note taken.
I walked unsteadily behind Father down the long corridor till I reached the entry hall.
With my heart beating, I crack opened the door a smidge and peeked inside. The black double doors opened inwards and I could see a face.
” Welcome. Thank you for specially making your way down today. Please, come in. ”
The smiling Father was an escort and the man, who Father invited, entered….
For a while, I was stunned. This was surprising.
Seeing that he was the 2nd son of a family of corrupted nobles, my image was of a round, fat, ugly, pig looking bastard…the one who appeared was normal, no, possessing a well-balanced-figure man.
His silky black hair was tied up low at the back, on top of his upturned black eyes lay a pair of glasses. And through his glasses, which was resting on the bridge of his nose, was his intellectual eyes, like they were emphasizing on how clever he was.
I could not help but shouted secretly in my heart, ‘Here comes the megane [TN: Glasses] character!!!’.
Plus, despite of being a scholar, he had a well toned/balanced muscular body. He was not as tall as Father but his legs were long.
And I looked at my own feet.
….I, I was only 3 years old so I still had a long way to go!!
And when I realized it, Father and Mr.John had walked away. Panicking, I chased after them with my short legs. I felt slightly humiliated…sob.
And once John entered the drawing room, he sat across from Father and me, with a desk between us.
” This time, thank you so much for inviting me to come in as an educator position! Once I came to know that I am accepted, I am so grateful that I came flying over! ”
Said John, just when Father was about to invite him to have a seat.
His eyes were sparkling.
He looked just like a kid who just came face to face with his Hero. ….I felt that before too, when I was at that age.
I smiled and looked at John Veltor, who, for some reason, fell silent.
” ….Please pardon my rudeness. I got too excited and forgot my manners. ”
With that, he gave an ambiguous smile and sat down.
….That’s great, he did not seem like a bad person.
Father seemed to be having the same thoughts as our eyes met.
” Nn, Veltor Sama… John Dono? ”
” Yes! ”
Just like a dog. He seemed to really revere Father. But, his eyes had been flickering over to me now and then. As I thought, he was interested in me who was to become his student.
” Yes, John Dono. You will accept the position of being the Home Tutor to my son, Will? ”
I looked at the two, bewildered by how different my Father sounded as compared to his usual self.
” Yes, with great pleasure. ”
” We will be in your care from now on. Would it be fine for you to stay here? ”
” Y..Yes! ”
John replied, full of emotions and with a face of satisfaction.
….I thought we could get along well together.
While I was thinking about that, Father went ‘Well, I will leave this with you.’ and went out of the drawing room, leaving only the 2 of us and Mary-San alone.
I exchanged looks with Mary San, and with an elegant smile, she faced John.
” John Sama, may I show you the way to Will Sama’s room? ”