Chapter 2-42 : Baron Potatoes
「Mylia, now that your sister has become a baronet, you won’t complain if I ennoble you as well, right?」(Kushana)
「Umm… I don’t think a little girl like me should become a noble, but… if it’s your decision, I will gratefully accept it.」(Mylia)
Queen Kushana nodded and raised her scepter.
「The seventh daughter of the Atwood Family, Mylia de la Atwood, has defeated Zirnitra and Basilisk, the elder dragons that had been terrorizing this kingdom for hundreds of years. She also saved Elisabeth de la Ruzé Griffith, a duchess who inherited the royal blood. For these achievements, I, the queen of the Kingdom of Adrashelm, Kushana Germaine de la Ruzé Adrashelm, grant Mylia de la Atwood the title of Baron. I believe you will make great contributions to this kingdom in the future.」(Kushana)
（Baron, huh…? It’s higher than baronet and knight, right? And I’m now the same rank as Dalia-san…? Uhh… I can’t picture how important this title is. I can only think of barons as potatoes…）
*/TL : Baron is called “danshaku” in Japan, and danshaku potatoes, which are potatoes that are named after Baron Ryukichi Kawata (the senior executive of an agricultural company in Hokkaido), are very popular in Japan. Danshaku potatoes account for 60% of the entire domestic Japanese potato market.
While Mylia was thinking about potatoes, Chloe, who was standing next to her, brought her face closer to Mylia’s ear and whispered.
「Mylia…! Hey, Mylia…! The queen is waiting for your reply…!」(Chloe)
「Aa… Y-Yes, I will do my best! Thank you, Your Majesty!」(Mylia)
Despite saying that, Mylia had no idea what she should do as a baron. Meanwhile, Chloe seemed ready to jump into aristocratic society.
Chloe was relieved that Mylia was one rank higher than her because the higher your rank, the fewer people who would mess with you.
（I don’t know what I should do with my nobility… Perhaps I should ask Onee-chan later…）
Mylia learned about nobles and aristocratic society to some extent, but she never learned about what nobles do. After all, she had been focused on carrying out her “Yakiniku : YES, Marriage : NO” plan.
「Unlike your sister, aside from a noble title, I will also give you a territory to rule. This is a decision I made after a discussion with Dalia and my advisor a while ago, so you can’t refuse it.」(Kushana)
Mylia was confused. She didn’t even know anything about nobles’ jobs, and the queen would give her a territory to rule.
（So I’ll become a landowner…?）
Mylia looked at the distance while imagining herself ruling a land.
（Nope. I don’t think I can do that…）
「However, since each territory in this kingdom is already ruled by a lord, I haven’t decided which territory you will be ruling, so you should wait for a few years.」(Kushana)
（I see. Phew… So I don’t have to do it now…）
「You’re still twelve years old, so while waiting, I think you should have some more life experience before you become a ruler.」(Kushana)
「Understood. Thank you, Your Majesty.」(Mylia)
（I actually understand nothing, but I guess I have to smile and nod here…）
「Mylia, Chloe, you’re still students. I’m not going to force you to do your job as nobles. You can act freely and find out what you need to do to contribute to the kingdom yourselves. Do you understand?」(Kushana)
「「Yes, Your Majesty.」」
Mylia and Chloe replied at the same time.
「Good. Ahh… Today is truly a wonderful day. The day when two talented people become nobles who will greatly contribute to this kingdom… Congratulations, both of you.」(Kushana)
When Queen Kushana said that and smiled at Mylia and Chloe, the audience started applauding.
The sixth daughter and the seventh daughter of a poor knight family were nothing more than commoners. If Queen Kushana wasn’t the queen, the day both of them became nobles would have never come.
「Mylia, Chloe, socializing in an aristocratic society may be difficult sometimes, so… Duke Griffith.」(Kushana)
Being called by the queen, Aria’s father stood up from his chair.
「Mylia has no backing in aristocratic society. Can you please support her and teach her everything she needs to know as a noblet?」(Kushana)
「With pleasure. I will support her as best as I can so as not to embarrass my family name.」(Wolff)
Wolff felt a debt of gratitude toward Mylia, so there was no way he would refuse.
After replying to the queen, Wolff looked at Mylia and smiled.
（Aaa! In the end, Aria’s father became my supporter! …Is it gonna be okay?）
Mylia looked at Chloe. Chloe then nodded at her.
（Eh? She doesn’t mind?）
Chloe whispered to Mylia as if she could read Mylia’s mind.
「In the beginning, I didn’t want him to support you because I didn’t want you to get involved in the conflict between aristocrats. People would think that Duke Griffith supported you because he wanted to make you, who had no power in aristocratic society, his personal magician. But now you are no longer a commoner. You have power as a noble, so I don’t think people will think that way.」(Chloe)
Mylia nodded. She seemed to understand.
「That’s why I think you’re now safe to have him as your supporter. Even though he currently doesn’t have much money, Duke Griffith will surely become a powerful supporter.」(Chloe)
Chloe wasn’t expecting Wolff to provide financial support to Mylia but she believed that he would help Mylia in other ways.
（I want to be with Aria-san as much as possible so I was planning to get along with her father as well, so this is good for me! Now that he has become my supporter, I wonder if he will forget about the ten thousand gold coins he promised me… I hope so…）
「Duke Griffith, I will be in your care.」(Mylia)
While saying that, Mylia bowed to Wolff once.
Wolff then smiled as if he swore to protect the little witch in front of him.
「I promise to support you as best as I can. I’m sure Aria will be happy with our relationship.」(Wolff)
「I’m sure she will.」(Mylia)
While recalling Aria’s beautiful smile, Mylia smiled back at Wolff.
「So Duke Griffith became her guardian, huh…?」
「I feel like it has been a hundred years since the last time the Griffith Family became a supporter of someone else…」(audience)
While looking at Wolff and Mylia, the audience started whispering to each other.
The Griffith Family was famous for their faithfulness. Once they pledged to protect someone, they would do it for generations and continue to protect that person’s descendants.
Queen Kushana was happy to see a solid bond between Mylia and Wolff.
「Alright then. Baron Mylia de la Atwood, it’s time to give you a reward.」(Kushana)
「Yes. I will give you 20,000 gold coins for defeating two elder dragons so far, and I will buy Basilisk’s corpse for 100,000 gold coins, so I will give you a total of 120,000 gold coins.」(Kushana)
（Eeeeehhh!? More reward money!?!?）