265-237 Time to study

 We had said, "We'll consider it if we can find the time," but as it turned out, we were all going to attend the Iliad's study session with gusto.

 When a little girl came to pick us up and said with a smile, "Come on, let's go! You can't say no to that, can you?

 In the background, there was a butler with a gentle smile on his face. ...... There is no point in finding out who is behind this.

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 Also, unexpectedly, Haruka and Natsuki were more enthusiastic than I expected.

 In addition to what Biesel, the butler, had said, "There's no harm in knowing about it," the reason seemed to be that they hadn't had a chance to learn about it even if they wanted to.

 In fact, in this world, even if you want to learn something, it's quite difficult.
 Because, first of all, it is difficult to find teachers.

 In Japan, if you search a little, you can find a variety of things such as low-cost culture schools, cooking classes, music classes, etc., but there are no such things here.

 Even if you can find a teacher, the required fee is high because it is a professional job.

 Combat skills can be learned by requesting adventurers, but adventurers with decent skills usually have high ranks, which means high fees.

 In Rafan, however, there are no adventurers of that rank.

 In order to improve our fighting skills, we once thought about finding someone who could be our mentor, but we gave up because of such circumstances.

 Considering this, it would have been very gratifying to be able to gain experience in training with territorial soldiers for free, and to be able to listen to the kind of lessons that the children of nobles would take. Normally.

 But... Isn't it a student's instinct to shy away from the word "study"?
 --Well, it's definitely a good experience, so let's give it a try.

"So, in this case, the greeting is--

 The class proceeded in an unexpected way.
 In the room I was shown to was a slightly plump woman in her mid-thirties.

 I thought she was going to be the one teaching the class, but she wasn't. After we sat down, the person standing in front of us was Master Ilias.

 Apparently, she was going to teach us what she had learned so far, as a review for her.

 The female teacher, whose name was apparently Sidea, basically kept her mouth shut, only making occasional comments and corrections.

 Well, there are only five days left until departure.

 At this point, if we haven't finished our lessons for Master Ilias, that would be a bad thing.

 In addition, by teaching us (specifically, Mary and Mitya), he would be able to grasp the level of mastery of Master Ilias, and furthermore, it seems that he intends to stimulate his pride of not being defeated by younger students and encourage him to study on his own.

 --According to what Sidea-san told us secretly with a friendly smile on her face.

I understand that the greeting changes depending on the rank of the other party. But what do you do if you don't know the rank?

 So, of course, Ilias-sama was the main character, Mary and Mitya were the supporting characters, and we were the mob. We're the mob. Extras.

 I sat in the back of the room and listened leisurely.

 I was wondering how hard it would be for Mary and Mitya to take the brunt of this, and whether they would be able to understand, but aside from Mary's dizzy eyes, Mitya understood what was being said, and even asked questions at times.

 Sidea seemed surprised by Mitya's behavior and said, "She's incredibly talented.

 Even if she is the daughter of a nobleman who is educated from an early age, Mitya is just an ordinary child of the city.

 I had thought she was brilliant when I was teaching her at home, but it seems that she was also quite smart in general terms.

 By the way, our side is ...... well, normal?
 Basically, it's just knowledge, so you just memorize it.
 There's nothing that we can't understand, regardless of whether we can use it in actual situations.

 I'm sure you'll be able to find something that you can use in a real situation.

 I don't think it's necessary.

 After half a day of taking classes like this, we had a lot of opportunities to exchange some words.

 I don't know whether the intention of the person who dragged us to the class was to motivate Ilias to learn or to deepen our friendship with Mary and the others, but after three days, we had become friends to the extent that we could relax and enjoy the tea time together.

 Naturally, the tea and sweets were provided by the Viscount family, but yesterday, Mitya let slip that the sweets made by Haruka and her sisters were better.

 Mary immediately silenced Mitya, but Iliad was more interested in her words.

 "What kind of sweets are you eating? And.
 We can't just ignore our client when he says that.
 That's why today's snack was an apple pie provided by Haruka and her team.

"Well, well, well! It looks so delicious!
"You guys bake too, right?

 Ilias-sama's eyes sparkled as she looked at the apple pies on the table, and Sidea-san looked at us curiously as she took the liberty of joining us.

 There's nothing wrong with that, since Ilias-sama only cares about Mary and Mitya, while we are deepening our friendship with her.

I'm not very good at it, but... It's not a great skill, but as an adventurer, you can get materials that are hard to buy.

"No, if you say I'm not very good at this, the chef will be in trouble.

 Sidea smiles at Natsuki's humility.
 Well, I'm not Mitya, but the sweets we ate yesterday and the sweets Natsuki offered today.
 If you compare them, you'll find that Natsuki's sweets are definitely more delicious.

 This is not simply a matter of skill, but also a difference in the ingredients used and the experience of making the sweets.

 Knowing a recipe with a long history is definitely a big advantage.

"Even though you are a nobleman, you don't eat many sweets, do you, Ilias-sama?

Your father is a very thrifty man. He spends on what he needs, but he never wastes money on anything unnecessary or in his daily life.

 In response to Mitya's simple question, Master Ilias chuckled and shook his head.

 This apple pie is made with a lot of butter made from the milk of Strike Ox.

 If I had to put a price on it, I'd say a slice of it would cost a few gold coins.

 The sweet and sour taste of the slightly less sweet apples and the rich buttery aroma are indescribable.
 When I ate it at home, there was even more ice cream on top of it, but not this time.

 The cost of the ice cream would have been too high for us to eat if we hadn't been able to prepare the ingredients ourselves.

 --No, it would be possible to melt dozens of gold coins in a few hours if we had the courage to do so, but we can't spend that kind of money on a mere snack. In a normal economic sense.

Certainly, it would be difficult to buy casually. Oh, since you're here, please eat it while it's still warm.

 Haruka nodded her head in agreement and recommended apple pie to Ilias-sama and Sidea-san.

 It is a great advantage of the magic bag to be able to provide freshly baked goods even in times like this.

I'll take it without reservation, then.

I will. --Wow! It's so delicious! I've never had such a delicious pastry before!

 Ilias-sama took a bite of the apple pie and let out a squeal of admiration, while Sidea-san held her mouth and rolled her eyes, though she didn't raise her voice.

 Ilias-sama continued to crunch and crunch, consuming the apple pie on his plate as quickly as he could and smiling as if it were melting.

 As if lured by such a smile, we also take a bite of the apple pie.
 --Yeah, it's really good.

 The light and crispy texture of the pie crust is completely different from the sweet bread apple pies you get at convenience stores.

 There is also the characteristic rich buttery aroma.

 The butter itself is much tastier than what is sold in Japan, and the fact that it is freshly baked probably has an effect.

 The only complaints I have are that the sugar is a bit heavy and there is no cinnamon flavor, but it would be a bit extravagant to complain about that.

...... Oh, it's gone.

 The more I ate, the faster it went away, and before I could finish half of it, Ilias's plate was empty.

 When Ilias-sama put his fork in his mouth a little too reluctantly, Sidea-san immediately gave him a warning, and Ilias-sama was disappointed, but he seemed to be more disheartened by the fact that it was gone than by the warning.

 I can eat it anytime I want, so it's okay to give it away, but it's really not good to eat it.

 But here was someone who didn't care about that.

"Dear Iliad, would you like some of my food?
"......! No, no, it's fine. You can eat it.

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 Seeing this, Sidea-san nodded in satisfaction.
 I guess that's part of education, but after all, being a noble is a bit constricting.

 There were times when the etiquette of eating was discussed in class, but it was quite troublesome.

 I learned some of it, but if I tried to do it properly, I would never be able to eat well.

But after all this time, are you sure you want to do this? Are you sure you don't want to eat the snacks we provided?

 Natsuki asked Ilias-sama, who put down her fork with regret.

 I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that I'm not the only one who can't wait to see you again.

If you're wary of this, we won't ask you to escort us. Besides, you were all introduced by your sister Diora.

 Well, I wouldn't have asked for an escort if I was wary of being poisoned.
 It would be much easier to kill them during the escort.
 --But there was one thing that bothered me more.
 But there was one thing that bothered me more. It seems I wasn't the only one who was bothered by this, and Natsuki immediately asked back.

Diora, sister? Excuse me, but what is your relationship to Diora?

"She is your mother's sister and my aunt's child. To put it simply, we're cousins.

 I knew from the previous correspondence that there was some kind of relationship with the Viscountess Nenus, but the relationship was closer than I had imagined.

I'm not sure what to make of it, but I'm sure it's a good idea.
I'm not sure what to make of it, but I think it's a good idea.

 In the case of the Kingdom of Rhenium, it is the head of the noble family and his or her spouse who are treated as nobles.

 Their children are not technically nobles, but they are treated as one level below their parent's title, for example, Ilias is treated as a baron.

 The influence of the parent's rank disappears when the child becomes independent and establishes another family, or when the child becomes a son-in-law or a daughter-in-law.

 If you can successfully marry the head of another family, you can remain a noble, but of course there are more children than heads.

 In the case of the nobility, polygamy, and in rare cases polygamy, means that the number of children increases along with the status of the spouse, and inevitably most of the children fall into the commoner category.

 Now, getting back to Diora, her father is the head of a baronial family, albeit a small one, and as an unmarried woman she is treated as a knight, one level below the baron.

 But here's where things get a little complicated, because of her position in the family.
 First of all, Diora's mother is a concubine, and the Baron's full wife is not.
 However, Diora is the only child of the baron's family.
 In other words, Diora is the only candidate for the Baron's succession.

 In such a case, Diora would normally take a son-in-law to succeed the family, but the problem is his relationship with his wife.

 If his wife had a child, she would not want Diora to be the heir, so she would not want him to take a son-in-law.

 On the other hand, if he were to marry and leave the house, there would be no heir, and the baron would be in trouble.

 Thus, it seems that Mr. Diora has not yet been able to get married despite his age.
 I pity him. .......

It's a little bit of a problem for them, because their regular wives are ......

 I'm not sure if you've ever heard of it, but I'm sure you've heard of it.

 In addition, he told me the age of his regular wife,......, isn't it a little tough for children?

 In Japan, she is just barely ...... old enough to have a child, but here she is too old to have a child, according to common sense.

I'm not sure what to make of it, but I'm sure it's a good idea. It's a pity about your sister.

 Master Ilias waved her hands in the air and complained.

 Diora, in modern Japan, you would still be at a very young age, but according to our common sense, you are at an age where marriage is a little more difficult.

 Incidentally, Diora seems to have given up halfway.
 She is even thinking of taking over the baronial family without getting married and adopting a child as her heir.

But there is a high possibility that you will become a knight in the present and a baron in the future, right? Why is she working at the Adventurer's Guild?

Your sister's family is a baronial family in name only, with no territory, so there is no work. So, she said that she wanted to secure an income and also find a marriage partner if possible.

 Adventurers marry later than usual.
 Adventurers usually marry later.

 Considering that Diora has been Rafan's vice-chief for quite some time now, I think we have our answer.

It's hard being a noble. It's easier to be an adventurer.

No, being an adventurer is harder ......, but you get such delicious sweets ......? Could it be that adventurers are ......?

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 Ilias-sama," Mary said in a panicked tone.

No, no, Master Ilias, being an adventurer is very hard work! There are many adventurers who don't have enough to eat! Many adventurers don't even have enough to eat! Haruka and the others are just amazing!

"So, right? I was a little confused because the story was completely different from what I heard from Diora's sister.

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 I don't think so, but we don't want Ilias-sama to become an adventurer.

 And so, in the five days leading up to our departure, we arrived at the day of our departure without ever leaving the house.