Reincarnated into a Game as the Hero’s Friend - Chapter 92
“Um… Welner-sama, do I look strange?”
Probably worried because I was dumbstruck by her appearance, Lily-san asked me this. Well, it wasn’t your appearance that looked strange but the fact that you were here! If I actually said that, she would be hurt, so I kept silent.
There was also one other thing that I kept only in my head. Lily-san, you look really pretty in that maid uniform. I became dumbstruck!
“Ah, no, nothing. Why are you here?”
“Ah… By the grace of the Count, I am allowed to work here.”
She answered me with a smile. What were you even thinking, Father!?
I meant working for a noble was a pretty demanding job. Your identity needed to be clear and, in case something bad happened, you had to take responsibility. Of course, some noble houses did employ civilians, since providing a place of employment for a possible workforce was one of the duties of a noble.
Though ironically, this “providing a place of employment” duty also stemmed from the belief that physical labor was the job of lower-class people, not the high and mighty nobles.
For someone to be employed in a minister’s house, you needed to have a certain status. This wasn’t done to filter out petty thieves, since losing some valuables was nothing for a high-ranking noble house capable of being a minister. Well, you could certainly receive the bad reputation of having poor eyes to judge people’s character if you got robbed by petty thieves that you employed.
The reason people employed in a minister’s house needed to have a certain status was that there would be a lot of important and confidential documents in a minister’s house. That was why usually minister houses would only employ someone with a clear identity, like young noble ladies who wanted to learn etiquette or the children of already employed servants.
To be fair, there were several types of maids. For simple housemaids in charge of cleaning, there was no need to be too picky in choosing them, but Lily-san’s outfit seemed to be the outfit of a senior maid. It suited her, but I wonder if it would be okay to give her the position of a senior maid?
As I had mentioned before, new clothes were expensive in this world, so the servants would usually work wearing cheap clothes that they wouldn’t mind getting dirty or ripped.
The reason why a noble house would panic when they received an unannounced visitor was also because servants needed to change into presentable clothes, which were usually the noble family’s old clothes. If the visitor saw the servants wearing cheap clothes in their everyday work, it might tarnish their employer’s reputation.
The maid uniform of this world was clearly influenced by the European maid uniform; it was quite elegant. Well, thinking more about the maids in this world would make my head hurt, so let’s just stop here.
In any case, parlor maids like Lily-san were like a receptionist of a big company in my previous world. They were entrusted with important jobs like entertaining the guests and would be the waitress at noble parties.
There were many things I wanted to tell Lily-san about being a maid, but I was reluctant to dampen her spirit, especially after looking at how hard she worked.
I took off the coat I wore for the victory parade and handed it to Lily-san. She then put the coat on the hanger and brushed it carefully.
“I’ll change my armor later. Where is Norbert?” I asked Tirula-san, who was teaching Lily-san.
“He is currently working in his room.”
“Tell him to come to my office.”
If I wanted to know the current state of the mansion, it’s best to ask Norbert since Father wasn’t here. While thinking like this, I entered my office. Inside, Frenssen bowed to me… What the heck!?
“I am glad that you have returned safe and sound, sir.”
“Ah, well, no need for that kind of greeting. Frenssen, what the hell were those?”
I pointed to the mountains of papers on my desk. With that many papers, it was amazing that they didn’t collapse.
“This is the stack of biographies and portraits of various noble ladies. This is the stack of proposals and requests from the Merchant Guild and the Guard, while this is the stack of reports. The sample of things you have requested to create has also been stored away.”
“Although I also didn’t understand what you meant by biography and portrait, first tell me, what do you mean by proposals and requests?”
“The proposals came from the Merchant Guild. They would like to have your opinion regarding various things as you are the one who has gotten the information about the high-quality equipment. “
“I don’t have any intention of involving myself in that business, though.”
The information about the equipment came from the game. Plus, I didn’t know enough about economics to create a business. As a noble, I did get an economics lesson, but it was only the basics.
Not to mention you need to make constant changes and improvements when you run a business. I didn’t have time for that, at least for now. I would think about running a business after the demon king was defeated.
“As for the requests, they came from the people who were impressed by the patrol procedure document you’ve created. They want you to create a similar procedure document for other sectors.”
“Why are they requesting ME to create it!?”
For God’s sake, couldn’t you create it yourself!? Well, complaining to Frenssen would be useless, though. I guessed people in this world needed a detailed manual to learn something. Did I need to create a procedure for creating a procedure?
“Other than that, there were also invitations from people who wish to get to know you, sir.”
“I have enough friends.”
I didn’t have that many friends. Father was still the head of Zeavert house while I was just a student. That meant these invitations probably came from people who wanted to get to know me with ulterior motives or people who wanted to use me to get closer to the Crown Prince. I didn’t have time to amuse them.
Sigh… how did things become like this? As I complained in my head, the door was knocked. The person outside said he was Norbert so I let him in.
For now, I should ignore the documents stacked on my desk and focus on Norbert. After all, knowing the current state of the capital and the mansion took priority.
“Welner-sama, I am glad that you have returned safely.”
“Skip the formalities. Has Father told you about what will happen?”
“Good then. For today, no one could leave the mansion. I had made preparations for the servant’s families, so no need to worry about them.”
“Yes, sir. The Count had also made arrangements for the safety of other people affiliated with the Zeavert house with the help of the reliable mercenaries in the capital.”
As expected of Father. In the game, the knights and soldiers were characters that existed only to make the protagonist look good, but in reality, they were experts in fighting and maintaining public order, so it should be fine to leave things to them. Still, I couldn’t let my guard down.
While glancing at the mountains of papers on the desk with a sour feeling inside, I let them move the chair to the lobby. Until things settled down, I would stay in the lobby while preparing for an emergency. With that thought in my mind, I asked another question to Norbert, “How is the Hearthing family?”
“Under the Count’s order, the entire family is working in the mansion.”
Good. I would ask Father about the rest later.
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