Chapter 2-41 : I Forgot!
Queen Kushana finally recognized Mylia as an extraordinary magician. Mylia had become the queen’s most favorite talented person in the kingdom.
Magicians were precious in this kingdom, and of course, a magician who could defeat elder dragons alone was even more precious.
Mylia didn’t realize that her existence had become a national-level matter.
（Umm… Looks like I have to ask Master about how powerful I really am as a magician…）
Mylia knew that she had a lot of magical power but she wasn’t aware that she was exceptional.
（I wonder why the queen looks happy… Is it because I defeated Basilisk…? Well, that dragon was a disaster for this kingdom after all.）
Mylia looked at the queen who was talking to an old man who seemed to be the chancellor.
Queen Kushana evaluated people fairly based on their achievements regardless of their origins. No matter if you were male or female, no matter if you were from a poor family or a rich aristocratic family, she would only see your talents.
In this world, where discrimination was still very much a thing, Queen Kushana was a unique ruler.
Although she had many political opponents, the Kingdom of Adrashelm had made remarkable progress since she took the throne, so the other countries would never dare to disturb the peace of this kingdom.
「Mylia, do you remember the reward I gave you for defeating Zirnitra?」(Kushana)
The queen turned her gaze to Mylia and talked to her with a smile on her face.
「Reward…? Ah, do you mean the noble title?」(Mylia)
「Yes, but you asked me to put it on hold.」(Kushana)
「I-I’m sorry for my rudeness at that. It’s just… I wasn’t ready to accept a noble title…」(Mylia)
*/TL : (reminder) Aside from the two thousand gold coins, the queen wanted to give a noble title as a reward for subjugating Zirnitra but Mylia asked her to put it on hold (chapter 2-3)
Chloe, who was standing next to Mylia, was surprised when she heard that.
（W-What…? A noble title…? Mylia never told me about that… Moreover, I’m surprised she has the guts to ask the queen to put it on hold…）(Chloe)
No one in the Kingdom of Adrashlem dared to ask the queen to put on hold the gifts she gave. Mylia was just special.
「However, I did tell you that your noble title will be put on hold until your older sister is ennobled. Do you remember?」(Kushana)
Chloe was surprised. She never heard about that from Mylia either .
Looking at her older sister’s surprised face, Mylia finally realized that she forgot to tell her.
（Gyaaaaaaa! I was so desperate at that time that I forgot to tell Onee-chan about this! Ughh… I hope she’s not mad…）
Mylia held her head with her hands, looking a bit panicked.
「Y-Yes, I remember… I-I did agree with that condition…」(Mylia)
While Mylia was answering the queen, Chloe glanced at her with the eyes as if saying, “Explain to me! Explain to me! Explain to me…!”
（Hiiiiiiiiiiyyy! Onee-chan, I’m sorry!）
Cold sweat ran down Mylia’s forehead.
「Good. And… Mylia’s older sister, Miss Chloe de la Atwood.」(Kushana)
「Yes, Your Majesty.」(Chloe)
Chloe was still in shock, but as soon as she was called by the queen, she straightened her back and replied. She tried to not take a rude attitude toward the queen as much as possible.
「I heard that you are the best student in the Commercial Department. Well, I can tell from the number of star badges on your chest. Anyway, I read the paper you wrote last year. It was very interesting.」(Kushana)
Suddenly becoming the main topic, Chloe was nervous. Her body stiffened, but she tried her best to stay calm.
「I feel honored that you are interested in my paper.」(Chloe)
「I must say, I was fascinated by your innovative project of using griffons to distribute supplies throughout the kingdom.」(Kushana)
「Thank you very much.」(Chloe)
That project was Chloe’s dream, and knowing that the queen was fascinated by it, she couldn’t help but tremble with excitement.
Chloe wanted the people in this kingdom to be able to buy things from anywhere easily.
When she lived in the Atwood territory, she had to wait for the caravan that came two times a year to buy products from outside the territory. Sometimes, she even had to wait for one or two years to get the books she wanted to read. That was why she had such a dream.
「I heard that Count Grimoire was willing to support you with this project. Is that true?」(Kushana)
「Yes, it’s true.」(Chloe)
「Hoo… I don’t know how you did it but I’m impressed that you were able to persuade that eccentric, block-headed old woman. With her help, I’m sure this plan can be realized.」(Kushana)
Queen Kushana loosened her sharp gaze and smiled at Chloe whose eyes were a bit teary with joy.
（Onee-chan is truly amazing! Her project is recognized by the queen! She’s a genius!）
Mylia was happy that her older sister was praised by the queen.
When she turned to Chloe, her eyes met with Chloe’s, and then they smiled at each other.
（I’m very happy for her! But… I wonder who this Count Grimoire they’re talking about is…）
Count Grimoire was a 65-year-old woman who was famous for her skill in training animals. The giant crows, that were used by the postmen to deliver letters and newspapers throughout the royal capital, were trained by her.
Count Grimoire was very stubborn. Even Queen Kushana herself had to visit her house and ask her directly before she agreed to train the giant crows.
Chloe sometimes asked permission to go out of the school grounds and visit Count Grimoire to persuade her, and it took her about two years until Count Grimoire agreed to help her with her project.
「There are many other flying creatures in this kingdom, but why do you want to use griffons? Can you explain to me?」(Kushana)
「Yes, of course.」(Chloe)
Chloe cleared her throat once and started explaining.
「Giant crows are easy to train but they can’t fly for a long time, moreover, they can’t carry heavy loads. When it comes to flying for a long time with a heavy load, I think griffons are the best creatures we can get.」(Chloe)
「You’ve got a point.」(Kushana)
「However, most griffons are not friendly with humans. Therefore, Count Grimoire and I started studying the habits of griffons to find a way to make them listen to humans before we can train them. If we succeed in training griffons, we will be able to transport supplies not only throughout the royal capital but throughout the entire kingdom. It will be much faster than using carriages for sure.」(Chloe)
「That will be awesome! As the queen, I always feel bad for the people in the countryside because of the slow distribution of supplies, so I want to support you and make this happen. Therefore…」(Kushana)
While saying that, Queen Kushana turned her gaze to one of the officials. The officials then nodded to the queen, and then the queen turned her gaze back to Chloe.
「Chloe de la Atwood, I will ennoble you as a Baronet. If you become a noble, you will be able to work way easier, right?」(Kushana)
Chloe was a sixth daughter of a knight, and her position meant nothing in aristocratic society. It was the same as a commoner. Therefore, she was surprised that the queen suddenly said she wanted to ennoble her.
Normally, a noble title was something that was inherited from the parent to the eldest son. The sixth daughter had no chance of hereditary succession.
Unless you made a great contribution to the country, becoming a noble was just a dream for a commoner.
「But… Are you sure…?」(Chloe)
Chloe never thought that she would become a noble. She put her hands on her chest and asked the queen while shaking in surprise and joy.
「The sixth daughter of a poor knight family becoming a Baronet? That’s ridiculous… 」
「The queen sure likes talented people…」
「But I think she’s worthy of that title.」
「Huh? What are you talking about?」(audience)
The audience, especially the aristocrats, started whispering to each other. Some were denials but there were some who supported the queen’s decision.
「What’s wrong, Chloe? Do you want to ask me to put it on hold like Mylia did?」(Kushana)
When the queen asked that to Chloe, Mylia looked away awkwardly. She felt bad about it.
「N-No. I won’t dare to ask you that. Please forgive my sister’s rudeness at that time.」(Chloe)
「Don’t worry about it. So, will you accept it?」(Kushana)
「Yes, I will gratefully accept the title.」(Chloe)
The queen smiled at Chloe and stood up.
「I, the queen of the Kingdom of Adrashelm, Kushana Germaine de la Ruzé Adrashelm, grant the sixth daughter of Knight Atwood, Chloe de la Atwood, the title of the Baronetーー Chloe, I hope you can make a great contribution to this kingdom.」(Kushana)
「Thank you, Your Majesty. It will be my honor to be able to work as best as I can for the sake of this kingdom.」(Chloe)
After that, the audience started applauding.
Thus, Chloe became a Baronet.
At that moment, Chloe wondered what kind of face Aaron and Robin will make when they find out that she had become a noble with a higher ranking than them.
「Onee-chan, I’m glad for you!」(Mylia)
「Thank you, Mylia. I thought the queen would scold us or something so I had been worrying all this time, but it turned out wonderful!」(Chloe)
Mylia and Chloe whispered to each other while everyone was applauding.
「Alright. Next, Mylia, come forward.」(Kushana)