𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟕: 𝐂𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐅𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫
“I was lucky.”
Cain muttered to himself in the carriage heading to his home.
Because the ship was sailing close to the shore to avoid the wind, I was able to swim to the shore, and I was lucky that there was a skilled pharmacist in the mountain hut I arrived at. If I hadn’t met her, I would have undoubtedly died.
“But why would they try to kill me even if they have to chase me?”
My mother was a princess of a southern country, and she fell in love with my father when she came to the Cryff Kingdom for study. She returned home immediately after giving birth to me.
My mother returned home and married the man her parents had chosen, and the daughter she gave birth to was already decided to be the heir. There should have been no problem even if I went to visit her grave.
I was informed that my mother had passed away a while ago, and I only went to visit the grave as an overseas trip. But I was pressured by my (maternal?) grandparents to become the successor.
I thought this would be troublesome and retreated early, but they tried to kill me by boarding their subordinates on the ship.
Did my mother’s marriage partner worry too much? I hope my half sister didn’t try to kill me.
The carriage was leisurely heading home.
“But I had a terrible experience. But, it was good to get to know the young lady of the Bowen family.”
I was sent to the village by Ellen’s guard, and there was a considerable amount of money in the leather bag handed to me saying, “It’s from Ojou-sama.” It seems to be travel expenses. She treated me, let me stay, didn’t take the treatment fee, and even gave me travel expenses for the return trip.
“How naive is Ellen Bowen? I wonder if it’s okay to be so naive.”
When I asked about Ellen of the mountain hut in the village I was sent to, all the villagers knew. The youngest daughter and heir of the Marquis Bowen family. A famous pharmacist’s lineage. She was supposed to be married by now, but it was canceled at the last minute, and so on.
“Every family has its problems.”
I was raised with care by my father and the servants in the mansion, but outside the house, I was constantly called a bastard or a foreigner’s child.
“I’m used to being insulted. But I never thought my mom’s family would want me dead.”
My face was reflected in the window glass of the carriage. There was an ugly expression of me, looking like I was crying with a smile.
『”𝐴𝑤𝑒𝑏𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑠.𝑐𝑜𝑚” – 𝐷𝑖𝑠𝑐𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑎 𝑐𝑎𝑝𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑 𝑜𝑓 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒, 𝑝𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑑𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒, 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑢𝑙𝑔𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑎 𝑐𝑜𝑙𝑙e𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑠𝑙𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑛𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑙𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ “𝑑𝑎𝑖𝑙𝑦 𝑢𝑝𝑑𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑠” 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑒𝑥𝑐𝑙𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑎𝑐𝑐𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑡𝑜 “𝑎𝑑𝑣𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑑 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑝𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑠”.』
When Cain returned home, there was a big commotion.
“What have you been doing all this time! Why weren’t you on the ship!”
His excited father questioned him. He was not on the ship he was supposed to be on, and it was said that “he probably fell into the sea on the way.” He came back just when they were about to hold a funeral. It’s no wonder there was a big commotion.
His father, Count Dirk Smith, was worn out with worry.
“A lot happened. I was seasick and stayed in the room all the time, but when I went out on the deck because we were about to arrive, I was almost killed by those people.”
Count’s voice cracked.
“So I jumped into the sea and escaped. Dad, do you know the young lady Ellen Bowen?”
“I know her, she’s the daughter of the incredibly famous and wealthy Marquis family.”
“I was helped by that young lady.”
When Cain said this and opened his shirt to show his painful wound, Count Dirk Smith’s eyes widened.
“You were almost killed and treated by Ellen-sama? Tell me the details!”
The two of them talked for a long time after that.
As Cain ate a lot of food and told everything, his father, the Count, was furious like a raging fire, and then held his head.
“We must convey the facts to them and protest firmly. And we can’t thank Ellen-sama enough, Cain.”
“I know. She even gave me travel expenses.”
“We must immediately send a letter of thanks and a gift of gratitude. No, I should take it myself.”
The Count was walking around the living room restlessly.
“I saw Ellen for the first time. Why didn’t she appear in society?”
“She seems to dislike socializing. She was engaged before she came of age, so that was probably enough. The rumor that it was broken off was true.”
“Broken off? What kind of mistake did she make? She didn’t seem like that kind of person.”
“The one who made the mistake was the man. There’s a rumor that he was caught cheating. The man’s family is probably ruined. They have a debt they can’t repay.”
“Is the Bowen family wealthy?”
“Do you know about the special medicine for fever tremors? That medicine was created by the mother of Marquis Bowen’s wife. Now the Marquess has the rights to it. The manufacturing process is managed by the country because it is exported in large quantities, but a huge amount of money goes to the Marquess, who is the rights holder.”
“Wow, that’s amazing. Ellen was also very skilled. I only knew the name of corossan’s poison, but Ellen immediately identified the poison and made a medicine for me.”
“Ellen-sama is going to be a top-class pharmacist one day. If Ellen-sama hadn’t saved you, we would be holding your funeral by now. The medicine made by a top-class pharmacist is very expensive and hard to come by. But its effectiveness is guaranteed. You are indeed lucky.”
“Hmm. Dad, if you’re going to bring a gift, take me with you. I want to thank her again.”
“Yes, that’s a good idea. Ellen-sama is heartbroken right now. You can comfort her while thanking her… Wait, what about the incident the other day? You did take care of it, didn’t you?”
“The Baroness? But she asked me to do it. I can’t refuse a lady’s request.”
“Once people see you two alone in a bedroom, they won’t believe such an excuse. Have you forgotten that I had to apologize for your mess?”
“I do feel bad for Dad. But that was a misunderstanding.”
“It’s your fault for giving them a chance to misunderstand! I’ll send a letter and let you know when the visit is scheduled. Remember, if you offend the Bowen family’s daughter, our house could be wiped out.”
“I can’t trust you, who inherited my blood the most. No, I’ve decided not to take you to the Bowen house. Don’t approach Ellen-sama.”
“No. I still value my life.”
After that, Count Smith ordered several types of high-quality fabrics, and suddenly realized, he had them look for gifts that his wife and Ellen would be pleased with. It took a while, but they managed to find the desired items.
It might just be a rumor, but Count remembered his late father repeatedly saying, “Don’t make an enemy of that top-class pharmacist. You never know when or where you might be poisoned.”
And Count Smith still doesn’t know why Cain, who was left alone, had a sad smile on his face.
『”𝔄𝔴𝔢𝔟𝔰𝔱𝔬𝔯𝔦𝔢𝔰.𝔠𝔬𝔪” – 𝔇𝔦𝔰𝔠𝔬𝔳𝔢𝔯 𝔞 𝔠𝔞𝔭𝔱𝔦𝔳𝔞𝔱𝔦𝔫𝔤 𝔴𝔬𝔯𝔩𝔡 𝔬𝔣 𝔩𝔬𝔳𝔢, 𝔭𝔞𝔰𝔰𝔦𝔬𝔫 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔞𝔡𝔳𝔢𝔫𝔱𝔲𝔯𝔢, 𝔴𝔥𝔢𝔯𝔢 𝔶𝔬𝔲 𝔠𝔞𝔫 𝔦𝔫𝔡𝔲𝔩𝔤𝔢 𝔦𝔫 𝔞 𝔠𝔬𝔩𝔩𝔢𝔠𝔱𝔦𝔬𝔫 𝔬𝔣 𝔱𝔯𝔞𝔫𝔰𝔩𝔞𝔱𝔢𝔡 𝔫𝔬v𝔢𝔩𝔰 𝔴𝔦𝔱𝔥 “𝔡𝔞𝔦𝔩𝔶 𝔲𝔭𝔡𝔞𝔱𝔢𝔰” 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔢𝔵𝔠𝔩𝔲𝔰𝔦𝔳𝔢 𝔞𝔠𝔠𝔢𝔰𝔰 𝔱𝔬 “𝔞𝔡𝔳𝔞𝔫𝔠𝔢𝔡 𝔠𝔥𝔞𝔭𝔱𝔢𝔯𝔰”.』