Tensei Shoujo no Rirekisho - Chapter 68.2
Maybe these are the people Alan mentioned before, the ones Claude-san bought from the Slave Shop. Claude-san, they’re your harem. They’re staring at me like they’re scared of the birth of a new rival. But hey, I’m not going to join your harem! I just have to clear up the misunderstanding. Female jealousy is scary.
I’ll ask Ronne, who doesn’t seem to have any negative feelings towards me, to help me clear up the misunderstanding.
“I’m sorry Ryou, but I’m going to go back to the study. I have some work to do. I didn’t have time to talk with Alan and Cain, but I’ll see you for dinner again. Please tell me about school life then.”
With that the boisterous Claude-san walked out of the room.
The three maids followed behind her.
And the youngest maid, Ronne, who was the last to leave the room, glared at me as she was closing the door. “Tch!” She gave a grand tongue lashing then closed the door.
Oh, that? I thought Ronne was the only one who was nice to me! Oh no, I’m afraid.
“I’ve been listening to you and Uncle Claude for a bit, and I knew… but I wonder if Ryou doesn’t want to?”
I was eating my tea and sweets wondering how to break off the engagement to Claude-san. And then I heard Cain-sama’s voice. When I looked up, I saw a worried look on Cain-sama’s face. Beside him, Alan was mumbling, “Ryou’s getting married to Uncle Claude…” and was in a state of absence.
Maybe he was surprised that his uncle might be a lolicon. It must be hard to accept that a relative might be a pedophile.
I put Alan aside for now and turned to Cain-sama.
“By that, do you mean if I intend to marry Claude-sama?”
When I replied, Cain-sama nodded with a serious face.
“Honestly, I have no intention of doing it. I’m still not sure if I’m going to get married or not in the future. Besides, if possible, I would like to marry someone I’ve always liked. Well, I actually think it might be difficult in an aristocratic society though.”
“Well then I’ll be able to help Ryou. I’ll let mother know that Ryou doesn’t have any intention of doing so. Maybe mother will think about Ryou and agree for you not to marry Claude-sama, so I’ll talk to her to make sure that happens.”
“Thank you!… Would marrying Claude-sama be a good thing for me?”
“Well I think it’s a good thing in Ryou’s point of view, without emotions and such. For us non-magicians when we turn 15 years old, our family name will be taken away, and we will no longer be nobles. I mean, I can call myself Cain-Rainforest now, but when I turn 15, I’m just Cain. So far, you know what to expect, right?”
I know that much. Even I can’t take the name Ruby Forn anymore when I turn 15.
In this country when you come of age, your last name is removed unless you have a title. If you’re a wizard, you automatically get a magical knighthood, or you can just take your family’s title. But other than that, you lose your last name.
However, you don’t have to be a wizard to become a semi-nobleman.You can become one with hard work. If I achieve a certain level of success in commerce, medicine, military service, etc., the King can grant me the title of a semi-nobleman. I can then reapply my surname again.
The surname you can add when you get a knighthood is free, and it’s up to you personally to decide. But like Irene, a person who inherits an earl’s title and becomes a fiefdom holder will use the fiefdom’s name as their surname. Those who get a merchant knighthood, like Claude-san, should use their name as it is if their family was a powerful nobleman. There are many such cases.
“Of course I know. I’ll go back to being Ryou when I’m fifteen.”
I nodded widely to match the serious Cain-sama.
“In general, the best thing for a non-wizard woman to do is to marry a wizard. That way you can become a nobleman. But honestly, I don’t think Ryou would be able to marry a wizard.”
“Is it because I’m from Ruby Forn?”
“There’s that too. To be honest, Ruby Forn is hated by the wizards in some ways. But the main reason is that basically wizards are born by blood, and nobles are born wizards. They don’t take children from families that don’t have them.”
I see. Is it wrong that I come from a commoner background that’s far from a wizard’s bloodline?
“Even for Uncle Claude, who is a semi-nobleman, the bloodline is important. Uncle Claude doesn’t have any magic himself, but if the person you’re marrying also comes from a family of wizards, your children will be able to be born a wizard. Even though that is much less likely now, the possibility of a wizard being born is still there. There are a lot of houses that place a lot of importance on bloodlines because of that”
Wizards are basically genetic, right? I’m thinking about wizards being born in a pioneer village out of the blue, like Charlotte.
Is it extremely difficult to marry Claude, who is a quasi-aristocrat? It might be a great thing to easily join the ranks of the quasi-aristocracy through marriage.
When you think about it, Claude-san is really an eccentric person. Is it good that I am a young girl because he’s a lolicon? But he hired a new little girl, and I will grow up over time, too. I don’t think it’s really necessary to stick with me.
As I recall, Claude-san said that he liked how smart I was. He said that if he had a child with me, he might produce a child with a good head on their shoulders. He was talking about how such a child will be needed in the future.
Maybe Claude-san is betting on something other than magical possibilities when he sees the circumstances of a wizard’s birth. (laughs) Claude-san is a businessman to the core.
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