Chapter 57: Gift
On the day when Mina had trouble at the 3rd office and left the tea party suddenly:
I was only able to prepare to leave, but it seems that there was no problem after all. After a while, her carriage returned.
“So, what was the trouble today?”
That night, I asked Mina. She said that the Great Magician of Ice and Flame, Lord Oliver Algren, came, and she was able to deal with it for the time being.
And then she handed me a box.
“This is a magic stone made by him.”
Oliver Algren is a young Great Magician who is known for making headlines in the newspaper. He’s amazing, to say the least…
In the box was his 5-carat brilliant yellow magic stone. We continued talking, and she suddenly murmured.
“By the way, I was mistaken for a “miss” by him.”
I was startled, and my shoulders trembled.
After ending the conversation, I stood up from my seat first because she was going to take a bath today. Maidservant Hilka-san also followed and left the room.
I leaned my back against the backrest of the chair and sighed.
I feel that the gaze of the maids standing at the wall is painful for some reason.
The servants here have a high ratio of women. And since the few male servants are often outside the mansion as guards or servants, the inside of the house is even more female-dominated. Originally, it’s because they serve Mina, who was originally a noble’s daughter.
I didn’t talk to her, but I talked to one of the few male servants, the butler Talvo-san.
“Master, call me Talvo.”
“Ah,…Talvo. Do you need proof that she is a married person?”
The pressure from female servants increased.
Talvo cast his gaze into the room and coughed once. The servants slightly averted their gaze.
“This is a difficult question. In our country and neighboring countries among the nobles, when they are engaged, men give women a ring with a jewel. During the marriage, they give each other a ring without a stone for daily use. However, this practice may not have spread among commoners who do not participate in the noble society.”
In other words, Talvo is saying that it is strange that Mina, who has been in and out of noble society up until now, doesn’t have a ring, and that in the future, he(Lord Algren) or someone else might say the same thing.
That’s why Mina was mistaken as unmarried by Lord Algren.
“In the case of the Master and Madam, it is special. In the first place, the two of you were not engaged, and there was no wedding ceremony.”
I stop his words by holding up my hand.
“You don’t have to tell me.”
“Ah, I apologize for the rude words.”
Talvo lowers his head.
I forgot. Or rather, I didn’t have time to think.
I was married in a sham marriage, had a wife with a medal, and was forced to move to a new house unprepared for a new life.
Starting from a place where I don’t even know her name, let alone love, she still supported me devotedly.
I don’t think I have repaid her devotion. The magical crystallization device named Mina has brought us wealth, and she was able to call back her former servants.
“…I didn’t even give a single flower.”
I whisper while unconsciously clenching my fist.
Even if we are not as luxurious as nobles, people still give engagement gifts like wristbands. It’s just common sense, isn’t it?
“Since it is customary to give each other a ring as a sign of marriage, I will discuss the matter with Vilhelmina.”
“Yes, that would be good.”
“Before that…I want to give her a gift. Something equivalent to an engagement ring.”
A chorus of women cheered on the sidelines.
“I’m sure the Madam will also be pleased.”
One of the maids calls out to me with twinkling eyes, her hands clasped in front of her chest.
“What is it?”
“Let’s keep it a secret from Madam, okay?!”
…Is she saying to make it a surprise?
“Thank you. By the way, what should I call it when I give it to her? It’s not an engagement ring, after all.”
“…How about for her birthday, which is coming up next month on the 7th?”
I looked up at the sky.
The season was autumn. Half a year and a little bit of time had passed since the day of the spring medal ceremony when I married Vilhelmina.
I thanked God that her birthday had not passed during this time.