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Published at 10th of September 2020 11:29:07 AM
Chapter 8

Chapter 08: Obvious things

 I was swinging my sword in the yard and was covered in sweat and dirt .

 So after that I took a bath to get rid of the dirt .

 After taking off my clothes, I went into the bathroom to be washed by the full-time maids .

 It felt good, in the normal sense of the word .

 The parts of a person’s body that can’t be washed with one’s own hands inevitably come out, and when you’re tired, the way you wash yourself becomes careless .

 The maids do it for me, so the dirt, grease, and even fatigue are washed away .

 It’s no joke, it’s a bathing experience that will help recover your strength .

 After that, I was dressed by another maid in the changing room, when the receptionist’s maid came in .

“Master, a visitor is here to see you . ”

 I looked at the business card as the maid held it out to me instead of accepting it .

 Murray, Viceroy  of Hojoi .

 I have heard that name somewhere .

 I leave the maid to get dressed and explore through my memory about the visitor .

“… oh, he’s an upstart from my domain . ”

 Somehow I managed to remember him .

 The empire has a large genus-oriented aspect to it, partly because the empire has given the princes a fiefdom .

 Unless there’s something very special, it’s common for them to look up to the royal family, the lords of their native lands, as their sovereign .

 That man Marley, who is currently the governor of a different place than my fiefdom, should have a strong sense of being my people .

 But what’s this Marley doing here no, I suppose I’ll find out when I see him .

“Send him to the parlor . I’ll be right there . ”


 The maid left the changing room with my orders .

 I didn’t do anything special .

 I let the maids make sure I was well dressed and groomed .

 Finally, I hung the Leviathan around my waist and then leisurely walked out of the changing room and headed for the parlor .

 A maid was waiting in front of the parlor, and when I arrived, she bowed and opened the door .


 Inside the parlor, a middle-aged man sitting on the lower seat of the sofa stood up and knelt down to me in a fluid motion .

“Ded Murray . Your Highness, I am honored to meet you, sir . ”

“Don’t be so formal . Sit down . ”

“As you wish . ”

 Murray got up and waited for me to still get to the top seat before he sat down on the couch himself .

“Ded Murray . This is the second time we’ve met, as I recall?”

 From memory, yes, but I checked it out just in case .

“Yes, I had the pleasure of greeting you about a year and a half ago when His Majesty assigned me to be the Viceroy . ”

” Yeah . ”

 That means it’s an assignment greeting .

 That’s also an essential courtesy for the lord of your home town .

“Well, it’s good to see you . How’s the assignment?”

“… . ”

“You look like you’ve bitten down on a bitter bug . ”

” I have been ordered to do so largely because I am from Almeria . ”

“Because you”re from Almeria…? Well, that reminds me, His Majesty ordered me to go to flood control . ”

“Yes, sir . ”

 This time I remembered it perfectly .

 Hojoi is a land that is situated at the corner of a great river .

 Therefore, it has fertile land as a granary, but every once in a while a great flood occurs and it becomes a great disaster .

 His Majesty’s idea was to completely eliminate this and make it a stable granary, and the Governor appointed to do so was Murray from Almeria, the land where the Water Clan lives .

“Doesn’t that look mean it’s not working?”

 Marley gave me a small nod .

” The budget wasn’t coming down, and we couldn’t afford to wear a sleeve . ”

“Budget? Why wouldn’t it be? It’s an edict from His Majesty . ”

“Yes, but the Ministry of Finance gave a reason why,”

 …Oh, okay .

 So I guess that’s why you came to me, to see what I can do about the Ministry of Finance .

“Okay, follow me . ”

“Eh? Oh, Your Highness!”

 I left the mansion with a puzzled Murray .

 I had my carriage ready, and Murray and I came to the Finance Ministry together .

 It was a repurposed former detached building to the west of the Royal Palace, a building with a high level of prestige and pomp .

 In the most prestigious room in the building, I was confronted by the Minister of Finance, Maybrick .

 Maybrick is an old man in his sixties, his face wrinkled but with greasy eyes .

 I sensed a certain emotion that was clear .

 Disrespect .

 On the surface, he appears to be respecting me, the prince, but deep down he’s looking down on me, saying, “You little bastard . ”

 Condescending .

 I meet people like this all the time . I knew right away that this guy was one of them .

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 I sit down across from Maybrick, while Murray, whose “stature” is diminished, stands behind me .

“How is it that you came so unexpectedly, Your Highness Noah?”

“Murray told me about it . It sounds like you’re reluctant to give the budget . ”

“I don’t think so . ”

“So why don’t you release it?”

“I have a very good reason for this . ”

If you’re going to tell me that I don’t understand anything just because I am a kid, then shut your mouth right now . ”

“… . ”

 Maybrick’s complexion changed .

 The previous gaze of contempt retracted .

“Of course I won’t do that kind of disrespect . ”

“Then explain . ”

“Yes . Hojoi was flooded again last year . ”

” Really?”

 I turned around and asked Murray, he nodded .

“What about it?’

“At that time, His Majesty had issued a royal decree exempting the Hojoi from taxes for a whole year . ”


“So, in other words, there’s a tax slush fund that’s up for grabs and we can spend it, in the view of the Ministry of Finance . ”

“…Are you kidding me?”

“Nope . ”

“Due to the flood, his Majesty waived the tax, you know why? Because there’s no tax to be extracted . That’s a favor, of course, but the fundamental problem is still there . You’re saying this as it is natural, do you take me for a fool, you dumb-ass?”

“Ah… . ”

 I heard Marley let out an exclamation from behind my back .

 I ignored it, glaring at Maybrick even more .

“Well, that’s not what I meant, sir . ”

“So what?”

“Well … actually, I can’t tell you right now, sir . ”


“You’re aware of all the talk about building a new summer resort for His Majesty, aren’t you?”

“Yes . His Majesty is quite old, so you’re talking about building a summer home north of the capital, where it gets very hot every year, right? What about it?”

“Even though it’s a villa, it’s used by His Majesty . It’s the same with the detached palace . It will be a city for about five thousand people, in the name of a villa, at a very early stage . That will cost an enormous amount of money . ”

“… . ”

“That’s why the treasury was cut off . ”

“Shut up . ”

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 Maybrick freaked out .

 He was getting on a roll as he spoke, spitting forcefully, but he freaked out when he heard my low, stifled voice .

“You!, that’s a huge disrespect!”

“I dare not…”

” You are trying to make my father a fool of himself . ”


 He tried to argue with me, but I wouldn’t let him say it .

“We need flood control in a flooded area, but can”t get the money out of the treasury now because we’re building a vacation home? You’re suggesting that you’d make His Majesty that kind of a fool . ”

“You’re mistaken!”

 Maybrick jumped up and got down on his knees in front of me .

“Then give us the money . Or would you prefer that I go straight to His Majesty?”

“Pl,Please don’t . Immediately, immediately get the budget for Hojoi!”

“… . ”

 I glared at Maybrick, who was still on his knees, and then that guy screamed and jumped up .

 He ran out of the room as it was, ranting something loudly .

 Since the content was that he was going to send the money to Hojoi as soon as he was done blustering to his men, I let him do what he wanted .

 I waited for him to come back to report once, so I waited it out .

 In the meantime, Murray looked impressed .

“Excellent work, sir . This Ded Murray, admires you, sir . ”


“A great negotiating push, skillful words that took advantage of the other party’s weaknesses and missteps, not his own position . I’m ashamed of my own shallowness in asking His Highness for this ”position” . ”

 So it’s about that .

 So he thought that me, the Prince, was planning to forcibly have my own way on this matter .

“Actually…… . Good gracious! Being lost for words against those verbal attacks . I truly am considering to prostate against you to show my respect”

  Murray was so impressed that he kept praising me, lifting me up, until Maybrick came back .

  I parted with Murray outside the Ministry of Finance .

 He had to get back as soon as possible and push for flood control, so I didn’t keep him back, and we parted ways .

 After completing my work, I climbed into the carriage and was about to return to the residence .

 At that moment, a young eunuch came running from across the street .

 He was a little older than me, about 10 years old, and was wearing the eunuch’s uniform .

 He came up to me and knelt down, gasping for breath .

“Ju, I wish to address Your Highness the Thirteenth . ”

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“about what?”

“His Majesty wishes to see you . Please report to him on your way . ”

” His Majesty? All right . Where to?”

“I’ll take you there . ”

 I followed in a carriage, led by the young eunuch .

 Upon entering the Royal Palace, we were on foot .

 As a rule, horses and carriages are not allowed within the walls of the palace, as it is forbidden to be standing higher than His Majesty .

 So I dismounted and walked, following the young eunuch to the gardens, which are His Majesty’s favorite .

 I found His Majesty feeding the birds in front of the fountain, and I gave the child eunuch a little money as pocket money, and then I went straight to His Majesty and knelt down on one knee .

“I have come in response to your summons, Your Majesty . ”

“Come on, make yourself comfortable . ”

“Thank you . ”

“Let me start by saying good job . ”


 I tilted my head and wondered what he was talking about .

“It’s about Hojoi, I heard you smashed Maybrick . ”


 I was pleasantly surprised .

 It just happened just a few minutes ago, I mean, I just got out of that Finance Ministry .

 So how do you know about this already? Sire .

“Information is a weapon, and you should get in the habit of constantly polishing it . ”

“… I will . ”

 I bowed my head .

 What can I say…… . amazing . I mean, that’s all I can muster up .

” I say again, good job . ”

“No, I’m just doing the obvious” .

” The obvious is hard to take for granted . ”

 His Majesty fed the bait he was holding to the birds that had flocked to him .

 One by one, tossing it to them .

“Many of them have good mouths, and some use their sycophants . But there are few that can take it for granted . ”

 His Majesty turned towards me .

 He approached me and gently patted me on the head .

“You’re only six years old, but you’ re really something…”

 He had a strange expression on his face, a father and an emperor, two happy expressions mixed together .

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