Chapter 77: First-time customer
On the first day of the store opening.
To coincide with this day, there is a noble’s stay at the mountain lodge.
Diana’s heart was pounding with excitement.
Right now, something new is about to begin――
Leon encouraged her by patting her back.
After confirming Diana’s nod, her husband carried a pitchfork and disappeared into the cowshed.
The guests got off the carriage.
Duke Dreves and his wife.
His wife, Katarina, is still a young Ojou-sama. It seems like it hasn’t been a year since she got married. She has strong chestnut curly hair and prominent freckles on her cheeks.
Her husband, Carl, is a man of the same age as Diana. He has black hair and a skeptical gaze, with a mean-looking, skinny appearance.
Diana sensed various things from the awkward atmosphere between the two.
“What, a new place to stay? That white house?”
Carl asked his wife with a resentful tone. Katarina answered with a troubled expression.
“No, it’s that small mountain lodge.”
Upon seeing the rundown mountain lodge, Carl turned pale and shouted at the top of his lungs.
“This can’t be true!”
Katarina and Diana shrugged their shoulders at the same time.
“Who can stay in such a filthy shack! I’m a noble, for heaven’s sake!”
Looking at Katarina, who was looking down, Diana stepped forward.
“How do you do, Duke Dreves-sama. Have you heard the detailed explanation from Katarina-sama?”
Although dressed as a peasant, Diana’s manners clearly showed her upper-class behavior, causing Carl to momentarily hesitate.
“Yes. It’s the concept of this mountain lodge.”
“I don’t know. Did we even have such a conversation?”
“This is an agricultural experience facility. It’s definitely not a hotel. It’s a facility where you can experience the life of a farmer. If you cancel your stay, you will receive a half refund. What do you think?”
“What, we’ve already paid the money…”
“So, Katarina wanted to experience agriculture?”
Katarina nodded silently.
“…That seems to be the case.”
“Well, since we had nothing else to do, I guess it’s fine. What should we do?”
“Well, first, let me guide you to where everything is. Then, you can decide what you want to do.”
“Hmm. Well, let’s take a look.”
According to the plan she had made in advance, Diana guided the two to the farm. They entered the mountain lodge first.
“What a narrow bed…”
“So, one of us will have to sleep on the floor.”
“…This is supposed to be an accommodation facility?”
“Yes. Well, you can either compromise or sleep together.”
“I can’t believe it. Katarina, what were you thinking, wanting to stay in a place like this?”
Katarina didn’t answer and just kept looking down.
Although she had behaved freely in front of other women, she seemed to be silent in front of her husband. Wondering about this, Diana led the two out of the cabin.
When they arrived at the cowshed, her husband was cleaning up the cow dung.
“He is my husband, Leon.”
Leon put down the pitchfork and wiped his sweat as he bowed.
“Ah, so you’re Leon? Then you must be Diana!”
“Yes, that’s right, Duke-sama.”
“I remember now. It caused quite a stir among the nobles when the daughter of Heinz Trading Company married a farmer.”
“Oh, really? I didn’t know…”
“I thought, what kind of handsome farmer could marry the younger sister of those beautiful sisters――”
Leon laughed triumphantly at Carl.
“Well, he does seem strong…”
“Well, the main point is not my husband. It’s this cow.”
Diana tapped the rear of the cow that produces milk.
“This slightly larger one is the one that produces milk.”
“Hmm, can you drink it as it is?”
“Yes. Would you like to try milking? We usually do it in the morning and evening.”
“Let’s give it a try…”
Carl turned to Katarina.
“Katarina, will you do it too?”
Katarina nodded timidly.
Carl sat on a small chair nearby. He wiped his sweat while milking the cow into a bucket.
“…It’s quite laborious. Surprisingly, not much milk comes out.”
“If you do it every day, you’ll get used to it.”
“Really? Hey, since you’re the one who suggested it, Katarina should do it too.”
Katarina sat in her dress, settled herself, and skillfully squeezed out the milk.
“Oh, you’re quite skilled! You must be used to it.”
“…Yes. I used to do it often on my Otoo-sama’s estate.”
Carl seemed like he wanted to say something but remained silent. Katarina quickly filled the bucket with milk.
Next, from below the hill, several new noble carriages arrived.
“They are the customers for the cooking class that will be held from noon.”
“We harvest from the fields, gather freshly laid eggs and freshly squeezed milk, and make dishes with those ingredients. Everything is harvested in the morning, so it’s very fresh and delicious.”
“I see… It’s like a new form of restaurant.”
Carl finally seemed to understand the concept.
“I’d like to try that too.”
“Then, would you like to try cooking as well, Carl-sama?”
Carl was dumbfounded.
Diana smiled sweetly.