280-252 Aristocratic wedding (5)

 The weddings of the nobility in this world are much simpler than I had expected, and resemble a formality that we are familiar with.

 The first step is the wedding ceremony.

 The bride and groom and their close relatives go to the temple of the god they believe in to perform the wedding ceremony.

 Almost no one from the outside participates in this ceremony, and of course we were not included.
 Therefore, it was not included in the scope of the class, and we didn't know much about what was going on.
 The next event was the wedding reception.
 The venue is Baron Diaz's mansion, where the guests are gathered and the bride and groom greet each other.
 The bride and groom greet the guests, and the party continues until nightfall.
 The guests are supposed to enjoy conversation while eating and drinking.
 --Whether we can actually eat and drink and enjoy the conversation or not is up to us.

 But fortunately for us, there is no dance party, so it's not too bad.

 All of this takes up a whole day.
 If you are a baron, this is the most you can expect.
 If you are a poor nobleman, it may be smaller.

 On the other hand, the higher the baronetcy, the longer the wedding banquet, the more it becomes a festival involving the town, and so on. And so on.

 In such a case, a dance party would be held as a matter of course.
 If that had been the case, I might have turned down this request.
 It is impossible to learn how to dance in two days.
 --Speaking of which, was there a "Dance" option in the first skill selection?
 It seems to be an essential skill for those who want to do reverse harassment. ...... Well, I guess it's not my thing.

"Nao, arm.
Give me your arm.
"...... Oh!

 When I arrived at Baron Daias' house and was walking towards the venue, Haruka urged me to hurriedly give her my arm.

 I'm not sure if you've seen this before, but I'm sure you've.

I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that I'm not the only one. I'm sorry for my lack of experience.

I'm sorry for my lack of experience.

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 Of course, he immediately lined up next to me.

"Hmm. You two have a very close relationship, don't you? It's nice to have that kind of intimacy, don't you think?

I'm so embarrassed.

 No, seriously.
 When you say it with a smile...
 Knowing the age of the girl saying it, it's even more embarrassing.

I wish I could be a little more considerate of women. ......

But, Haruka, aren't you worried that Nao-san will become too good with women?

You can't deny that .......

That's fine. It's also good to have a relationship where you can say what you want without hesitation. --Well, we're here. I look forward to working with you.


 When talking to us, Ilias-sama's expression, which seemed to be a little relaxed, changed to one of tension while smiling.

 As if caught up in this, we tightened our expressions and followed Ilias into the hall.

 If I had to describe the size of the hall as I knew it, I would say it was slightly smaller than a school gymnasium.

 Compared to a normal room, the ceiling is more than twice as high, so it doesn't feel as cramped, but there are at least 100 people gathered there.

 As soon as we entered, some eyes gathered, but fortunately, other nobles were entering sequentially, so we didn't attract attention all at once.

 However, it's a little disconcerting that about half of the gazes were directed at me and Haruka.

Let's head to the corner.

 Ilias-sama's purpose is to make a record of having attended the wedding party. It's not about standing out.

 Quickly move out of the entrance and take a place near the wall.

 As I had been told beforehand that it would be a buffet party, tables were set up here and there in the room, with drinks and food piled up on top of them, but of course, there were almost no people gobbling them up.

 There are a few people holding glasses and plates, but you can easily tell that they are not eating much by the fact that almost no one is holding a fork.

 If you can eat something with your bare hands, there's no way you can eat meat with sauce on it without cutlery.

First, let's save some food. I think Nao and the others should have some too.

 It is also good manners to refrain from talking to someone who is holding a dish.
 But it's also bad manners to hold the food all the time. It's too much trouble.
 Master Ilias took a plate from a nearby table and placed the food on it.
 He then ordered a drink from the waiter beside him, asking for something light.

 Incidentally, "something light" usually means a light drink with low alcohol content, but if a child orders something light, it is likely to be a non-alcoholic drink.

 We followed suit, placing our food on the plate and ordering our drinks.

 We ordered something "light" as well, but since we were being served alcohol, it would be better to just moisten our mouths.

 Getting drunk and disgusting in this situation would be a real disaster.

"Hmm, you two stand out, don't you? Of course.

You're not imagining it, are you?

No, it's not. Either one of you alone would attract attention, but when you're standing side by side, it's only natural.

 Iliad smiled and denied Haruka's slightly confused words.

 It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.

You two can eat and drink as you please, as long as you don't leave my side. As long as you don't leave my side.
I don't think I'll be able to stomach that after you've told me I'm ...... conspicuous.

 It's scary to eat and drink without knowing it, but it's even harder to eat when you're the center of attention.
 And of course, it's the same for Haruka.

If it's a drink you're after, but I'm not much of a drinker.
If it's something light, no one gets drunk. ...... If you can't, you can order something other than alcohol.
No, I'm fine. ...... But there are more non-human nobles than I thought, aren't there?

 In the event that you're not sure what the difference is between a nobleman and a squire like me, there are still about 20% of beasts, elves, and dwarves in the world.

 I think there was also a halfling option, but I don't know if it was included in the race selection.

 There are also nobles who look like children, but then again, Ilias is a child. .......

 I'm not sure if it's a halfling or not. I don't know if you can see it properly. I'm not sure if you can see through it properly.

 Maybe if I understand what I'm looking for, you'll be able to judge me pretty accurately.

"Well, yes. There are a good number of elves and beastmen nobles. Not so many dwarves. They don't seem to be very interested in the status of nobility.

Is that about the percentage that's here now?

Yes. That's about right. There are some who say we should increase the number, but it's not easy. ......

Still, that's a lot of people, isn't it?

 To be frank, this is the place where I have seen the largest number of subspecies since I came to this world.

 The problem is that most of them are old men, even though they are beasts. I can't say that they have good hair.

 It would be nice if there were more beautiful beastmen, if not beautiful girls.
 Of course, children are acceptable.
 And children can be boys.
 Elves? Male elves, well, they're beautiful. Yeah.
 Female elves are definitely beautiful too, but I've already seen Haruka for over a year.

(Nao, it looks like there's a bear too.)
"Oh. I've never seen one before. I've never seen one before.

 The man Haruka was looking at was taller than I was, about as wide as three of us.

 And yet, he's not fat, which is scary.
 --No, it's not a bear, is it?

 Just as Mary and her friends couldn't tell the difference between a cat and a tiger, I can't answer the question, "What's the difference between a bear and a raccoon's ears? I can't answer that question.

 You can distinguish between a bear and a raccoon if you can see its tail, but you can't see the tail of the man in question at all.

 In the first place, to my level of knowledge, there are almost no animals that can be distinguished by their ears alone.

 There are many different types of dogs, from the droopy ears of a dachshund to the erect ears of a shiba-inu.

 If you're Toya, you may be able to figure it out by appraisal, but it's impossible for me.

Well, the star of the show is about to appear.
"Finally, huh?

 There is a manner in which it is not advisable for the attendees to be too excited before the appearance of the main actors, so I have been able to take it easy until now, but from now on, that will not be the case.

 After the bride and groom entered and greeted everyone, the couple began to make their rounds, and then it was time to get down to business.

 As the attendees began to talk to each other, some of them would naturally talk to Mr. Iliad.

 We placed the glasses and plates in our hands on the table beside us and waited for that moment.

I'm nervous.
I'll be fine. ...... maybe.

 That "maybe" is suspicious.
 As I was thinking about this, the bride and groom came into the hall.
 A different door than the one we used.

 From there, the bride in an especially gorgeous dress and, as a bonus, the groom in a probably expensive wedding dress entered.

 With smiles on their faces, they walked up to a raised platform in front of the venue and lightly raised their hands toward us.

 We, the attendees, clapped along with them.
 The groom looks to be over 20, but the bride is younger than expected.
 About the same age as us, maybe a little older?

 This one tends to look older than she really is to my senses, so maybe she's younger.

 She's a pretty girl, and to be honest, I think she'd look better in a simple dress rather than a gorgeous one, but I guess that's just her position.

 But I guess that's just my position.

"Today, with the Barony of Dyas...

 The Baron began to make some kind of greeting on the platform, but I was not interested, so I ignored him.
 I guess more than half of the people around me were like that.

 Of course, on the surface they're listening with a friendly smile, but most of them seem to be there more out of obligation than congratulations.

 As for me, after seeing the slums of Mijara, it's hard for me to congratulate them on their marriage. .......

 The fact that the people who live in this town seem to be happy in their own way makes me feel even more complicated.

 After a while of tedious talk, the bride and groom get off the dais and start making the rounds to greet the attendees.

 The basic order is in order of rank, or if equal, in consideration of importance, geography, and other factors.

 Since Master Ilias is in the latter half of his term, he has some time to spare, but it is another nobleman who comes by instead.

 As soon as the greetings were over, we picked up our new glasses and plates, so he won't be coming by any time soon, but it's hard not to let this happen.