Chapter 5-32 : Dealing With The Client Ⅱ (part 2)
「Hmm… I see…」(Ferik)
Prince Ferik was reading the documents I gave him while smirking.
「I never thought you would investigate this far. Seems like you’re better than I expected.」(Ferik)
「Umm, forgive me, but it wasn’t me who did the investigation and made these documents.」(Sarasa)
「It doesn’t matter. The fact that you’re the one providing this information to me doesn’t change.」(Ferik)
Hmm… I feel like he is testing me or something.
It’s great that he wants to take Baronet Kirk down, but I don’t think he needs to ask me for evidence and information.
I think he is a powerful person who can easily collect any information he wants.
「Your Highness, do you really need this information? I would think someone as great as you would already know this much.」(Sarasa)
「Not really. Sometimes, even information like this is quite valuable for me.」(Ferik)
Is that reeeeally so…?
It may be disrespectful, but I can’t stop thinking about how suspicious this person is…
「Now we need to think of how we will catch him.」(Ferik)
Uhh… He won’t tell me to do it myself, right…?
If Baronet Kirk came to my store again, I might be able to catch him, but… It would be so much trouble for sure.
If we had to catch him in his mansion in South Strugg, a battle against a large number of his private soldiers would likely occur.
No matter how you think about it, it’s not something that a mere alchemist like me can solve.
「Miss Sarasa, you don’t have to worry too much. Actually, I’ve already thought of several plans.」(Ferik)
Seeing my worried face, Prince Ferik said that.
「I, I see…」(Sarasa)
He then raised his right leg.
Oh? Is he going to go home now? Finally!
「ーTalking too long makes me thirsty.」(Ferik)
When I saw him raise his leg, I thought he was going to stand up, but no.
As he said that, he put his right leg on top of his other leg, sitting cross-legged, and then put his back against the sofa, taking a relaxed posture.
Khh! I thought he would go home!
「D, Do you want to drink something, Your Highness?」(Sarasa)
Just go home already, goddammit!
Ahh… How I wish I could say that out loud in front of him…
Unfortunately, I’m just a commoner, and my commoner’s brain automatically offered him a drink when he said he was thirsty.
I hate myself…
「Tea would be great.」(Ferik)
「Understood. Please wait a moment.」(Sarasa)
「Ah, hold on. It would also be great if you have something sweet for me to eat while having tea.」(Ferik)
Something sweet, he says? Hey, I’m not your servant, okay!?
In the first place, he should know that we don’t have any pastry shops in this remote village.
Perhaps I should give him the honey from Rotten Fruit Bees that almost killed Iris-san and Kate-san a while ago.
Well, it would be very funny to see him suffering from a stomachache and begging me to let him use my toilet, but then my head would no longer be connected with my body in the next few days.
Umm… Perhaps Lorea-chan can make him cookies or something. Her homemade cookies are as good as those that are sold in the royal capital, so I don’t think that spoiled prince would complain.
「My employee can probably make you something but it will take some time.」(Sarasa)
「I don’t mind. I have a lot of time.」(Ferik)
Yeah, but I don’t have a lot of time to deal with you!
I hope he will go home after having tea…
「…Well then. Please wait a moment.」(Sarasa)
Feeling the sadness of being a servant, I stood up and left the drawing room.
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「Lorea-chan, can you make some cookies?」(Sarasa)
「Cookies? We still have some leftovers from yesterday’s afternoon tea time. I made quite a lot after all. By the way, is he still here…?」(Lorea)
When I went to the shop floor and asked Lorea-chan, she glanced at the drawing-room curiously.
「Yeah. He said he wants to have some tea and snacks.」(Sarasa)
Lorea-chan looked panicked for a moment. She then brought her face closer to mine and whispered to me.
「Y, You want to serve the cookies I made to the prince!?」(Lorea)
「Well, we don’t have any pastry shops or confectionery shops in this village, so it can’t be helped. I can go to your dad’s grocery store and buy something, but…」(Sarasa)
「No, no! Don’t! None of the snacks my dad sells are good!」(Lorea)
Th… That’s so mean… I hope she never says that to her dad. He would be sad for sure.
「Then we have no choice but to give the prince the cookies you made yesterday.」(Sarasa)
「W, Wait! I’ll bake new ones! At least, I want to serve him something fresh!」(Lorea)
As soon as she said that, she flipped over the sign on the reception desk to “Taking A Break”, and then dashed to the kitchen.
I think the leftover cookies are good enough though. After all, Lorea-chan’s homemade cookies are good even after a few weeks.
I sighed and followed Lorea-chan to the kitchen to help her prepare the tea.