Chapter 50: My foster father was a compassionate person.
“First of all, Miss Linea, let me introduce myself again.”
Count Radin, who had a sharp expression, looked straight at Linea.
“I am Kenneth Radin.
From today, you can call me “father (Otoo-sama)”.”
(Is that what you want me to call you?)
While thanking Count Radin, who seemed to welcome me from the bottom of his heart, I did as he said.
Thank you for taking me in as your daughter, father.”
Then Count Radin smiled slightly at the corners of his mouth.
It was visible that he was happy.
“I am Margrethe Radin.
Although you have just become our foster daughter, you are already an adult, it might be awkward to call me mother (Okaa-sama), so you can call me Margrethe.”
It seems that the Countess is a considerate person.
When I said that, she showed a kind smile.
Then tea was brought.
First, everyone took a sip, and then the Countess started the conversation.
“Linea-san, didn’t you find it strange that we accepted the adoption? At first, I was surprised when I heard that the grown-up noble lady would be taken in as a foster daughter.
My husband wasn’t immediately moved to tears and immediately agreed to the story of Calva-sama either.”
The Countess treats me as an adult and seems to tell me everything without hiding anything.
I nod while turning my ear.
No matter how pitiful my circumstances may be, there are many things you can’t do.
Even if my situation is pitiful, no one outside knows whether I obediently followed my father’s will or if I’m actually complicit with him.
It would be cautious to worry about what kind of trouble I might cause if I carelessly entered the family or ended up giving them a hard time.
There is no family that will easily accept me.
I would only be accepted without much thought if they were extremely kind or if they had no choice.
On the other hand, if it was a matter of accepting me considering the relationship with Lars-sama… it might be possible.
I had been guessing that the Radin couple decided on the matter of the foster daughter by being able to sell a favor to Lars-sama and by listening to the request of the brother Calva-sama.
“But we were acquaintances with Viscount Vinge.”
My maternal uncle.
“Because we were about to meet Viscount Vinge, I happened to ask about the House of Elvasti at that time.
I also heard the story about how you were given a sacred flower confection by the viscount on your birthday.”
Then Count Radin took over.
“I was surprised to hear that you didn’t even hold a proper birthday party with your own family.
I couldn’t believe it was true.
Even if a noble doesn’t have affection for a child, I thought that at least for appearances, it was customary for nobles to hold a formal party.”
Even nobles who neglect their parenting duties and leave childcare to wet nurses make sure to maintain appearances and hold social events under the pretext of parties.
Maybe my father didn’t see the need for that…
(Maybe he thought that he would eventually invade this country, so he didn’t see the need for socializing.)
“After that, Viscount Vinge was pleased when I secretly talked about becoming a foster daughter.”
Countess Radin smiled.
“It’s all thanks to Oji-sama.
Oji-sama always gives me the power to open up a path for me.”
Even the sacred flower that I acquired the Block Skill would not have been able to be purchased from Lars-sama if Oji-sama had not wished for it.
And if Oji-sama had not talked to the Count and Countess Radin about me, I would not have been able to leave the Elvasti household as a foster daughter.
As I said this with tears welling up, Count Radin closed his mouth and shook.
The Countess smiled and said after seeing me quickly wipe my eyes with my finger.
“It’s good to know there’s someone around to help you.
Now we’ll be the ones to help you.”
“Thank you… very much.”
I can’t help but choke up.
And I thought more and more.
Sacred flower confections are something that brings me tremendous luck.
(My life has been unlucky enough as it is… I’m afraid that if the sacred flower sweets become unavailable and I have to go back, it will be scary)
I want to make sure that I can continue to eat sacred flower confections no matter what.
While I was thinking, the conversation between Count Radin and his wife, Calva-sama, was progressing.
First of all, about where I live.
“After all, it is difficult for a daughter of this age to live in a single person’s house…”
Count Radin, who showed a hard expression, was nodded by Calva-sama.
“It is difficult if Count Elvasti is involved.
We don’t know what he will do, and in the worst case, what will happen if brother can’t protect the family? Linea will be hurt.”
Count Radin pressed his chest and hung his head.
He seems to have received a big blow.
“You’ve confirmed this before and reluctantly agreed.”
The Countess put her hand to her cheek and nodded her head.
“That’s because I thought she might be a bit tough.
I should reconsider if she is such an ordinary young lady after all…”
Count Radin was expecting me to be a little more tough and imposing… It’s not strange to have such an impression, as I am the daughter of the Elvasti family.
But when I listen to his story and think that he took me in as his foster daughter, it seems like his deep feelings are ingrained in me.
(Surely Count Radin would have taken me in as a foster daughter even if I was a mountain girl)
I must not cause trouble for this person as a new family… I felt this once again.
That’s why I have something I want to ask.
“Um, I have something I’d like to ask.
Is that okay?”
As I hesitated, the three turned to me at once.
“What is it?”
“It’s about what to do with me after the matter with the Elvasti family is settled…”
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