Unfortunately, Joshua can only see Emma in that way now.
*click* The door opens, and a strong-looking beauty comes in holding a tea set.
She makes fragrant tea slowly with elegant movements.
The Count and Joshua have calmed down a little thanks to the fragrant smell.
The Count introduces the beautiful woman after all the tea is placed in front of everyone.
“This is my wife, Melsa.
Melsa, Daniel has come to greet us as he wants to do business in Palace.”
If I remember correctly… the Count’s wife is a talented woman who made a name for herself in the royal capital.
That exact talented woman is bringing them tea like a maid.
Father’s poker face finally crumbles.
“D-Drinking the tea the Madam personally makes is something of great honor!”
Melsa smiles at my flustered father.
“A large number of one-horned rabbits appeared yesterday, so all the people in the mansion are working on the fur processing.
I can’t guarantee the taste, but please help yourself.”
One-horned rabbits usually appear in groups.
The Count also explains that the fur has to be processed right away, so it takes a lot of labor.
“I think it will be on the market next week, you can buy it for a try.
It doesn’t sell well in Palace because it’s warm here, but if you bring it to the north, maybe it will earn you around the amount of pocket money, right?”
Around the amount of pocket money? Not only one-horned rabbit’s fur popular in the royal capital, the failure of making one-horned rabbits into fur products even when it appears because the hunter is unskilled often happens.
So if enough fur can be secured to be processed, it will make considerable profits.
“Incidentally, how much is one in the market?”
Father merchant’s eyes shine.
Rothschild Company deals with any kind of product and has secured sales channels inside and outside the country.
“…there’s a large quantity this time, so around two silver coins?”
Father and I gulp spontaneously.
Is this lord terrible at business?
Even I, who have never helped with sales, know that it’s an unsuitable price.
No matter how bad the quality of the one-horned rabbit’s fur, he has never seen the market price to be less than 20 silver coins, even at a cost price.
I will give you ten times the price, so could you sell it all to me?”
Father jumps at the sudden ‘get rich quick’ scheme.
If he gets a large amount of one-horned rabbits, his business range will expand.
“Hm? That’s no good.
If it’s the 100 rabbits me and my younger brother killed, I can give you an acquaintance price?
Count Stuart responds to Father like it’s just a trifling matter.
I will say it again.
Is this lord terrible at business? In the first place, these white cloths spread in front of them look like it could fetch a high price.
Even so, not even Father nor I know that the Stuarts are doing sericulture.
“Um… Count… What will you do with these cloths?”
I ask nervously.
“Ah, sorry that it scatters everywhere.
Our maid is getting married, you see! The whole family is making a wedding dress.
We don’t have enough time and are kinda under pressure to finish it fast.”
You handmade it?! No, no, I think you can buy several wedding dresses in the royal capital if you sell these cloths.
And these fine and delicate laces are at the level that the Queen uses… When I keep looking at the laces, it reaches the Count’s hand.
We are really a bit tight on time.”
The Count’s hands are moving at high speed.
The Count is plaiting a fine and delicate lace.
Is he an artisan!
When I look again, the youngest child, William, who was introduced as 3 years old, is sewing shining white beads on the white cloth with a miraculous balance, George is making artificial flowers that could be mistaken as real ones, and the angel is cute… I mean, she is showing lace designs to her father.
“Umm… that dress… Our company also handles it, so how about we buy it?”
Father proposes while looking at the Count’s speedy hands.
‘I even want to buy the lace he just made right now’ is written all over Father’s face.
“Well… my territory is a little poor.
Our family and servants have to handmade all of our things.
We have almost sold everything in the mansion.”
The Count answered embarrassedly.
His hands continue to move at high speed.
Ah, this lord is terrible at business.
The most terrible in the world at that.
Even though there’s a mountain of superior quality things that will sell very high in front of him.
Someone, please tell him.
Eh? The people are also bad at business? It’s a lie, right?
“Count Stuart… Could you leave the management of the territory’s specialties to me?”
Father jumps at the possible big profits… or rather, he is agape at the ‘unable to just watch and stand by’ situation.
With the Count’s skills, he can buy many buildings just by knitting lace.
Someone please tell me just how exactly they can be poor.
“Eh? Is it okay to leave it to you?”
The Count accepts immediately.
He definitely has been deceived many times.
‘Is this really a feudal lord?’ I become worried.
Even I acutely feel it, Father probably feels it all the more.
I have to do something about them.
Like this, many high-quality Palace’s specialty products finally see the light with Joshua and his father’s help.
After selling the things in the mansion for generations to somehow continue the territory management, the Stuart family finally recovers just before they sell the mansion itself.
A few years later, Emma’s ability made the already fine silk the finest, making Palace the wealthiest territory in the country.
My father, Daniel, and Count Stuart became drinking buddies and are very close to each other.
“Joshua, the sales of the shops I entrusted you with are satisfactory this year as well.
Which shop do you want for your next birthday?”
Father asks while looking at the account books of the three shops.
I already decided on my answer.
I will return the three shops to Father.
In exchange, can you leave the branch store in the royal capital to me?”
Father holds his head.
“You… are you serious?”
The royal capital branch is the only store of Rothschild company to run a deficit due to the First Prince faction’s boycotts.
Harassments have also been reported frequently.
“Because Emma-sama will be in the royal capital next year.
It’s okay, Father, I won’t lose to the Second Prince.”
I answer with an evil face I would never show to Emma.
I hope you will stop getting hurt without me knowing like last time.
No matter how many hearts I have, it won’t be enough.
I can’t bear to lose Emma.
“I also want to go to the academy, so it’s about time to buy a title?”
As long as you’re willing to pay, you can buy noble rank up to Baron.
It’s just not easy to buy because of the hefty sum.
I’ve always been serious.
Author’s note: It’s trivial information, but…
One gold coin = 100,000 yen.
One silver coin = 1,500 yen.
One bronze coin = 100 yen.
I write it with my estimated image.
I might make a mistake as I’m bad at numbers.
T/N: This is the end of the “Borderland Palace” arc! Next chapter will be the start of the ‘Royal Capital The Three Siblings Go to the Academy” arc.
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