475-Episode 277: The venue is floating and unsteady.

'Everyone, you're ready.

A fully armed Estella arrived at the Sunlit Pavilion.
Her brightly colored, gorgeous dress sways softly in the wind like a bashful flower, making Estella look beautiful.
Her signature smile, which makes her look relaxed, seems to have a magical power that draws the attention of those around her.

Not only is she comparable to Ginette and Magda, whom Mahr and Lucia did their best to finish, but she even stands out from the crowd in terms of femininity.
This is the aura of someone who has been through a lot.
Estella is definitely improving as a lord.

'It's magnificent.
'...... Are you talking about Pat again?

No one is talking about that.
Also, it's not natural at all. You can't be fooled by something like that until you're at the third level of the boob test.
I mean, who's making you do that?
You're not the reason why Ukrines was so busy, are you?

'I'm just saying that it looks good on you when you dress like that.'
'Huh?Is that so?Isn't that normal?'

No, no, no.
I'm sorry, but when I saw you, I fell in love with you for about three seconds.

'If you're that beautiful, the lords of the other districts won't be able to lick you.
'What?What, what, Yashiro?Did you eat something strange while I was preparing?
'Is it so strange for me to praise you?
'Because, ......, you usually tease me about my breasts and my pads. ......'

It looks like you're pretending to 'tease' me because you're obsessing over my breasts more than you should.

'Well, you know. I was going to tease you, but I guess you were too perfect today. It's just that the praise came before the joke.
'Oh, ........................, thank you... ...right?

Estella's regal demeanor is gone, and she suddenly begins to squirm, revealing the face of a girl.
Keep your chest out. I'm just getting started.

'Don't look down so much or you'll slip.
'Shut up. ...... Oh, God. I'm sorry that I'm a little more relaxed now.

He smiles, still a little stiff, and pats me on the arm.
You may be trying to make a face, but it's failing spectacularly because your mouth is loose.

'...... Already. I've got a big show to do. You didn't do that on purpose, did you?'

He glared at me, accusing me of causing his face to blush.
Such obvious embarrassment makes her look strangely cute in contrast to her gorgeous outfit.

'Estella, you're kind of cute today!
'...... As expected, you're the star of the day.'
'Estella, you're always cute.
'Oh, no, no, no, don't, don't, don't. ......

Estella is flabbergasted by what Jeannette and the others are saying.
I'm sorry. I'm not sure what to make of it.
If the lord's armor is removed this quickly, we can't rest easy yet.
You have to keep a closer eye on him. ......

I'm sure he'll make a huge mistake and get us in trouble one day!
I will!
That's because I'm in trouble!
So I'll just have to do it.

Just for a little while longer.
What a mess, Estella is.

'Estella-sama. It's time to go to the wedding hall.'

Natalia appears quietly.
She's in her usual maid's uniform.

'Doesn't Natalia dress up?
'Servants are supposed to stay in the shadows.

It is easy to forget that Natalia is the one who supports Estella, not the one who comes to the fore.
In a ceremony like this, if the head waiter is dressed up and standing in line with the participants, Estella will be laughed at, 'What's going on in the Cremona family? Estella would be laughed at.
Natalia is there to make Estella shine. That is the right way to be a head waiter.

'I'll do my best to dress up for a private party.

The face that smiled as she said this did not seem to be lamenting the fact that she could not dress up for this day, nor did it seem to be sad, but rather it seemed to be happy to be in Estella's shadow.

'If I get serious, I'll eat Estella-sama, the main character.
'I won't lose, but!
''I'm sorry, but I'm the overwhelming winner when it comes to ingredients.
'Can you hurry up and prepare it?
'It's already ready...'
'You're a child, aren't you?
'Who's got big loli tits?
'I didn't say that!

While engaging in the usual squire comedy, Estella gets into the carriage that has been prepared for her.
The horses in this poor carriage must have belonged to Estella's family.

She should have enough money to buy a new carriage.
But Estella won't renew the carriage.
The horses are too poor to pull the carriage if she makes it bigger.

She should have bought a better ...... horse.
If you ask Javier, he'll give you a good horse at a good price.

'Come on, you should get a horse other than the Hinsounaichichi.
'That's not the kind of name I want!This horse has been with me since I was a child.

He began to explain the long and venerable name, but I wasn't interested so I didn't hear it.
Maybe the reason Estella's breasts don't grow is partly due to the curse of this skinny horse?

After giving me a round of complaining, Estella left for the ceremony.
The carriage was moving away with the sound of unreliable hooves.
Natalia would not be riding in the carriage and would be walking to the ceremony.
Apparently, the horse stopped walking halfway if there were more than three passengers including the attendant.

Buy a new one!
No, seriously!

'Doesn't our lord know how to be vain?
'That's how close he is to others, I guess. Estella-san is a kind person who wants to share her happiness with others rather than monopolize it herself.
'She may be right as a person, but as a noblewoman, she's a failure.
'I think a lord is only a lord if he is loved by his people.
'...... Well, I don't think there's any other lord who's as loved by his people as he is.'
'Yes, sir. I'm proud of my lord. Isn't he?

Don't ask me to agree with you.
They like Estella, but they don't respect her.
In terms of dignity, she's a lousy lord. ...... Well, I guess that's just like Estella.

'Some nobles from other places are coming today. I'll have to be careful not to get any strange insects on Estella.
'Then, Yashiro-san, please protect her well.'
'...... Don't you think I'm the first of the bad bugs?'
'Yashiro-san will not do anything that would cause Estella-san grief.'

I don't know where this confidence comes from.

'Well, today's tits are fake. If I'm going to poke her, I'll aim for a real day, so she'll be safe today.
'Oh, no. No, you can't say that when you're dressed so nicely.'

So I can say whatever I want when I'm in my regular clothes?

'Well, I'll keep a careful eye on you during the ceremony.'
'Yes, sir. Then you'll be safe.
'But in return--'

Estella's not the only one in danger.

'If any bad bugs come near you, call me right away.

There are a lot of flowers today that bugs like.

'I'm not that ......, but yes. In case of emergency, I will run to Yashiro's place and escape.

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It's a good thing that you're not the only one.
'Yes, sir!
'...... You can rest assured.'

The two princess-like girls who hadn't yet made their debut in the social scene agreed with a confident look on their faces.

'If there's a bad bug on your brother, we'll go get rid of it!
'...... evil-immediately-slash'
'No more bloodshed, okay?
'...... If Medamama thinks it's right.'
'............ Yeah. Magda. It would be very helpful if you could move before Medora.'
'...... I'll take care of it.'
'I'm as fast as you are!

Hahaha. Nice joke.
Loretta. You're human.
You're not like Medora. You're not and you're not gonna be.

'Is Delia gonna be a while?
'Do you want me to go check on her?
'...... Wait. It looks like it's coming down.'

Magda moved her ears to pick up the sound.
Shortly after, Princess Delia appeared on the floor, wearing a large ribbon on her head.

'Kyaa~☆ Delia-chan, you're so cute!
'What?It's a great way to make sure you're getting the most out of your vacation.

Delia glances at me with a bright red face.
When our eyes met, she let out an 'ahh......' sound and froze.

But this was a surprise.
Perhaps it's because of the big ribbon that draws your eyes, but unless you get close, you don't feel Delia's size.
If anything, she looks like a petite girl.
...... Well, it's big when you get close, though.

'You look incredibly cute today, Delia.
'Kyu ...... Kyuuto, or you?Really?
'Yeah. You're so cute.'
'Miss Delia!I'm sorry, but you're just so cute today!I want to protect her!
'...... Today's Magda is in the elegant category, so I'll give the cute category to Delia.'
'Really, guys?Are you kidding me?
'You're really cute, Delia. You look like a princess.'

Delia was flabbergasted, but when Jeannette called her a princess, her face turned bright red.
She then smiles happily like a little girl who has just seen her own birthday cake.

'Ehehe ...... I'm so happy, I'm so happy.

I guess I grew up without experiencing this kind of thing as a child.
Delia has been asked to be strong and responsible, and she has responded to that, but from now on, I want to let her do what she wants to do.
There are no adults or children when it comes to experiencing various things.

'Well!I think you've done a great job!
'She's really cute, Delia.

Lucia and Mahrul both appear, accompanied by the head waiter.
They are both dressed to the nines.

Lucia, of course, looks beautiful, as does ...... Mael.
If you're not sure what to do, you can always ask for help.
She wears a grace that is impossible to imitate, and transforms herself into a perfect lady.

Oh, how frustrating.
So I'll say it right to your face.

'Ma'am. Don't get too pretty. I'm a little frustrated and I'm afraid of a certain hair running amok.'
'Well, I never thought Yashippi would say something like that to me.

I'm sure you'll be happy to know that I'm not the only one who's a bit of a jerk.
...... Yeah. It's that kind of reaction that makes you feel like you're from a generation two years ago.

'Don't you have something to say to me, anchovy?
'A daily complaint?I've got plenty of that at .......'

Oh, God.
That smug smile of yours is annoying.
It's like you can see right through the fact that I'm admitting it.
Yeah, yeah.

'I'm not going to tell you what I think because it's too perfect.
'That's honest praise for you, isn't it? It's a wonder you're not a nobleman.

It wasn't a line that set my teeth on edge.

'Well, I guess we'd better head for the hall.

And with that, I led the gaily dressed beauties down the beautifully landscaped street towards the city gate.

'Yashippi!Let's have a little talk!
'I can't remember feeling any sympathy after seeing Ma'ru in her dress, so if you want to talk about it, go home and talk to Filman!

When I entered the venue with Ma'ru, Donis caught me approaching at a very high speed and rubbed up against me with tears in his eyes.

'If you have time to do that, you should stay close to Ma'ru and protect him. ...... What if some bad bugs get attracted to him?''
''That's true!Any undesirables that mess with the ...... lady will be crushed by the entire district.''

I was just trying to make a light hearted remark, but he gave me a real killing spurt.
Don't worry, ...... you're probably the only one who's targeting that old lady.

However, it is likely to be detrimental to me if someone else takes care of Mael.
It would be most ideal for Ma'ru to remain in his current position, maintain his current power, and continue our current relationship.

Because being taken away from Ma'ul is the same as being taken away from BU.


As I saw Donnis off, he called out to me from a distance.
There were Paula, Nephrite, Milly and Norma.
They were all beautifully dressed. As expected from the work of Ukrines, they were clearly different from the rest.
I'm sure some bad insects will be attracted to them, but they'll be safe with Norma.

'Jeannette. I'll go up to the stage with Masha and the others, and you guys can stay with Norma and the others.'
'Yes, sir. Then let's go, Magda-san, Loretta-san.'
'Yes, sir!

'...... store managers, Magda will protect them.'
'You be careful, too. You don't want to get kidnapped.'
'............. I'll be careful.

Her face changed from a reliable expression to that of an embarrassed girl.
I'm worried because they're cute, my girls.

After seeing to it that Jeannette and the others have joined us properly, we go up to the stage.

'So long, darling. I'll take the sea fishermen with me.
'Oh, please.
'I can't say no to your request, darling.
'See you~, Yashiro-kun!

Medora pushed the water tank and headed for the guest seats.
There are quite a few seats set up on the stage.
The lords of the outer districts, and all the lords of BU. The heads of the hunting, lumberjack, and seafaring guilds were all lined up in a row, creating an impressive sight.
Directly in front of the stage, there are seats for nobles who are not lords.
The seats are clearly different from those of the general public, and the distance between the two is a reasonable distance.
If nobles and ordinary people come into contact with each other, nothing but trouble will happen. It's a kind of isolation.

There are no nobles other than Estella and Imelda in the 42nd district, but there are nobles other than the lords in the districts above the 41st district.
These are people who have been given titles by the royal family based on their achievements and skills, and have become nobles.

For example, the one who invented a stone to ward off monsters.

The nobles receive a fixed amount of money every year from the royal family according to their 'rank'.
The amount is said to vary from person to person.

It is said that the lowly and useless nobles are always thinking about how to make a connection with the higher nobles and get their share.
The lord's family earns a considerable amount of money by managing the territory in addition to the money distributed by the royal family.
They are the envy of the other nobles.

Up until now, the bottom forty-two districts had no appeal, but not anymore.

The never-before-seen aristocrats in the seats of honor are proof of that.
From kids to old men, there are all sorts of men in attendance.
I don't know if it's Estella they're after or if they're planning to take advantage of the profits the new port will generate. ......

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I walked slowly across the stage and glanced at the men in the dignitary's seats who were giving Estella a cursory glance, and at the unfamiliar lord in the guest's seat who was wearing a smug expression.

I won't let you touch me.
I'm not cheap enough to give it away to a bunch of flunkies like you.
This city.
And the lord of this town.

Yashiro-sama. This way.

Natalia came to call me, perhaps a little too intimidated.
If you look at Estella, she is looking at the whole hall with a cool face. She's looking at me like I'm ...... her, isn't she?

What's that?
She looks like she's trying to tell me, 'Don't cause any trouble.
Hey, hey.
I know.

...... d*mn it.
Lucia's calling me out and telling me all these strange stories has made me weirdly conscious.

You'll be able to get a lot more out of it.
...... I wonder why my seat is above the stage.
The least I can do is to sit close to Umaro, who is in charge of the construction, and the representatives of the 35th district carpenters.
I'm glad I'm not sitting next to Estella.

As I'm walking on the stage, I can hear whispering voices coming from the seats of honour and guests.
What is it?
Because I'm dressed like an aristocrat, they're saying, 'Which aristocrat is that? Are they talking about me?

Worry, worry.
I'm not going to tell you.

As I was thinking that, the hem of my dress was suddenly grabbed.
In a reserved manner.
Ginette sometimes grabs me like this when she stops me, so I was surprised when I turned around to see if Ginette had come up on stage.

'Oh, you know what, Yashiro ......, can I go along with you like this?

Delia said in a weak voice, her face turning bright red.

What, why are you here?

'No, Delia is fine in the general seating area.
'Yeah, is that so?I was pushing Masha's tank up to the stage. ......'

I pushed Masha's tank up to the stage with her, and then Medora carried Masha's tank away, so Delia didn't know what to do after that.
She could have gone down to the general seating area. ...... It's a little difficult to "think for yourself" in a place like this.
Today Delia is dressed differently, in fragile young lady mode.

'Natalia. There's still time, right?
'Yes. But please hurry.
'I'll be right back.

You say no to Natalia and turn back the way you came.
She pulled Delia's hand.

'...... What?

Delia let out a weak voice and followed me.
She seems to be confused by the sudden hand-holding, but I'm currently intimidating the nobles in the hall as 'Mysterious Nobleman X'.
I can't just send Delia off in the usual manner.

Whether she was nervous or embarrassed, Delia's face turned red and she turned her head down, curled her back, became small, and quietly followed me as I walked.
If you do this, you will look like a real lady to those who do not know Delia.
It's as if she's a little careless sister who got carried away by her brother's big day and went on stage with him.

When she got off the stage, Millie and Imelda were there to greet her.

'Sorry. Can you do me a favor?
'Hmm. Deri-san, come with me.'
'Ugh......Mily......I'm so embarrassed......'
'Nah, I'm fine. I'm fine now. I'll be there for you, Miri.'
'Yeah ...... thanks ......'

The big Delia is clinging to the little Miri.
Today's Delia is a real girl.

'I'll take full responsibility for the two of you.
'Did you ever think that the day would come when you would protect Delia ......?

Imelda laughed, but with a reliable smile, she said, 'Please leave it to me.

'I mean, doesn't Imelda need to be in the noble's seat?
'It's too much trouble in a place full of nobles. It's more fun to be surrounded by good friends than by needy suitors. Even if the seat is a little hard.

I've prepared nice cushions for the dignitaries.
There's no such thing in the general seats.
Wooden seats.

'You're lucky you have a soft butt.
'Please don't talk like you know what you're talking about when you've never touched one before.
'When you're at my level, you can tell by the sound you make when you sit down!
'I'll report you to the manager.
'Can you please stop?I've got a lot of confessions to do today.
'Then I suggest you take this opportunity to learn the word 'self-restraint'.

I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to do this, but I'm sure I'll be able to do it.
...... So, don't do the nose thing.
I'll put it up on the bulletin board on Main Street."No noses, no noses.

After watching Imelda and her friends join Ginette and her friends, Imelda said something to Ginette, and Ginette turned to her and made a gesture of obvious anger, 'pfft'.
I told her not to ...... tell on me.

I wonder how much repentance I'll have to do after the ceremony.

'Hey, Oba.

As I walked onto the stage and sat down in the seat I was shown, Ricardo slipped out of the guest seat and came over to me.
What the hell, don't come here.

I'm not sure what you mean.
'I don't understand what you're saying.
'Who's that beauty you just saw?I've never seen her before.

What the hell is he talking about?
You've seen her many times.

'That's Delia.'
'Delia ......?............ What?That bear woman?
'I guess every word you say like that is why you're not popular.

Aside from the fact that you call Delia a bear, calling her a bear is annoying.

'But that woman was so fragile, you know?The bear woman was more like this, tough, crass, and big, right?'
'Delia is quite a maiden. Rugged is right, but crass is not. Her body was the same as always.'
'She was smaller than you, wasn't she, just now?

Delia, how long have you been hunched over?

'But I can't believe the woman who competed with ...... Medora for Miss Muscle turned out like that. ......'
'I don't think either of them meant for that to happen.

Delia and Medora both thought they were entering a miscute.

'...... Women can be transformed by clothes and makeup.'
'You, what are you talking about now?

I'm sure you understand that, and that's why you started working on the lovely Yann Avenue.

'Could it be that our women are going to transform into lovely like that?
'Only if you men change.
'Why not?It's up to the women to decide whether they become beautiful or not.''

He doesn't know what he's talking about.

'Can you build up your muscles a size bigger than they are now to show off to Medora?
'Why do I have to work so hard for Medora?
'It's the same as that.

If a woman doesn't have a man she feels like she wants to be with, she's not going to do it. If you don't have a man that you feel like you want to be with, you won't be able to put your all into improving yourself.

Even if you work hard to become beautiful, if all you get is men who don't understand you and react as if you're someone else, you'll lose motivation.

'If the number of good men increases, the number of good women will naturally increase.
'Is it like that?
'Becoming beautiful is a magic.

To use magic, you need knowledge, rituals, and magic power.
Knowledge is just that, rituals are diet and beauty related techniques, and magic is the strong desire to be beautiful--the driving force.

If any of them are missing, the magic will not succeed. If you think that all the women in the city will become beautiful as soon as Lovely Avenue is built, you are mistaken, okay?
'That's how it is. ......, I'll keep that in mind.

I really hope you'll remember me.

'...... nice, Avenue, it could be amazing.'
'How far behind are you running, ......?

Well, I guess you'll be aware of it when you start to see the results.
The Avenue has the potential to draw in customers from neighboring districts.

All right!Let's get fired up and get things going.

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'Hey, Torbek. I'm going to have to ask you to do something.
'I want you to be strong, Ricardo-sama.

I walked over to Umaro, who was sitting beside me, and shook his hand and patted him on the shoulder.
This guy tries to act like a big brother everywhere.

--As I was thinking this, the audience was buzzing.

'Hmm?What is it?

Ricardo looks around at the strange situation in the hall.
Several people in the dignitary's and guest's seats quickly looked away, and whispered voices could be heard from the general seats.

You can find a lot of people who are looking for the best way to get the most out of their lives.

I see.
So the bad reputation of Torbek's construction company is spreading far and wide.
And there were some people who wondered why the master of Torbek Corporation, who was rumored to be such a bad guy, was sitting on the stage at the same level as the guests.

Heh. ......

As I looked around, trying to remember the face of the lord who had looked away, my eyes met with a man.

His eyes were quiet, yet somehow eerie.
He had stagnant eyes that I hadn't seen in a long time due to my long stay in District 42.
A man of mature years with stiffly set black hair and a gentlemanly mustache. He wears a monocle over his left eye.

My eyes met his for a moment.

It was an unfamiliar face.
The man looks away as if nothing is wrong, and looks around as if he is concerned about the crowded hall.
...... You're very good at deception.

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If I wasn't wearing such a princely outfit, I might have moved to eliminate him outright.
Well, there's no point in arguing about 'maybe' and 'probability' when it might not have happened.

Just one thing.

He seems to have something on his mind about the Trubecco incident.
I don't know if it's a good thought or a bad thought for us.
To put it more bluntly, we don't know if he's friend or foe.
But I'll remember your face, monocle gentleman.

'What is it?What's all the fuss?'
'You octopus.
'Who's an octopus?

Ricardo raises his eyebrows.
Maybe this guy is as pure as they come.
When I first met him, I thought he was a clever guy with a backhanded approach, but now that I think about it, that was simply motivated by a single thought: 'I can't lose to District 42.
He doesn't and can't do anything clever like rearranging.

If there is a problem, he will twist it by force.
If you do the right thing, the wrong thing will disappear of its own accord.
I guess that's how he lives.

That's why he can contact the alleged master of Torbek's construction company without any hesitation.
It's a clear sign of friendship.

To Ricardo, Umaro was a man he could trust.

'Well done, Ricardo. I'll give you a compliment.'
'Huh?You call me an octopus and I call you a compliment. I don't understand, Oba.'
'You're just too simple.'
'Hmm. Playing games is for weaklings. Unless I'm wrong, I'm not going to change myself.

Mediocrity, that is.
It's a nice, clean theory, but like Estella, it's fragile and dangerous.

It's the kind of thing that gets you drunk with monocle gentlemen.

'I don't even want to protect you, so you can take care of yourself.
'What the hell are you talking about, man? Of course not, you know that.

If you were as strong as Medora, I wouldn't have any worries.

'If there's any trouble with the construction, send a letter to Estella. Umaro will take care of it.'
'Hmm?What are you talking about?'
'I'm talking about the future.

With the current action, those who were planning to get rid of Torbek's engineering store might have considered the 41st district as an enemy.
They may be harassed into not accepting requests through the union.

It's still a possibility, but if that were to happen, ...... Umaro would take action.
It only takes a single bad move to destroy the current situation, which is just barely held together by duty and humanity.

Don't strangle yourselves, union members.

'Mr. Ricardo. Please return to your seats for the start of the ceremony.'

Natalia comes in front of us and tells Ricardo.

'If you don't know where you are, I can show you.
'What am I, a child?
'Aren't your mother and father with you?
'I'm here alone!The old man and Medora were with me, though!
'I wonder if I can get your name and address?
'Stop treating me like a lost child!
'Enough of this, go back to your seat.

Natalia is so far in Estella's camp that just looking at you makes her want to torment you. You should be grateful that she didn't just punch you out. I was really pissed off at him, you know.

When Ricardo had returned to his seat and the buzz in the hall had died down, Natalia gave the signal and the groundbreaking ceremony for the port began.