I was supposed to go to Village Five today but it was decided that I’ll go tomorrow.
It is to give Village Five time to welcome me.
Ruincia told me that I can go on whenever I like without thinking about Village Five but I did not because I’m worried.
I’ve decided not to go.
So there’s no problem.
「Do what your heart desires.」
Ruincia’s words are gentle.
Malbit signaled to me so I approached her.
What is it?
「I want to add things to what Ruincia told you yesterday.」
「Were you listening?」
「I was sleeping back then. What I want to add is that the strong behaves as a strong. That’s what you should learn.」
「As a simple example….clothes.」
「If a merchant is not wearing merchant’s clothes, knights not wearing knight’s clothes, and king not wearing king’s clothes, others might not recognize them.」
If you don’t dress properly, they won’t have any idea who you are.
「King’s clothes huh. Ruincia said that king’s clothes are what kings are wearing and the people around me want me to wear king’s clothes.」
That’s really the case.
I never thought before that those clothes can only be worn by kings.
「Imagine a king dressing up as a craftsman and quarreling with a merchant over a deal. We can only pity the merchant for not knowing the face of the king. According to Ruincia, it is the merchant’s duty to know how the king looks which is correct. Even if the king is wearing craftsman’s clothes, it is his responsibility to recognize the king. On the contrary, if he doesn’t know, he might offend the king. Ruincia is correct, however….you can’t expect everyone to be excellent and diligent.」
「Here, in Big Tree Village….is the ideal place from Ruincia’s teaching. Everyone’s interested in village chief and everyone knows you. Because of that, there has never been a problem in that aspect. I think Village Five’s problem is that too few people are trying to know village chief. Village chief may not want it but, if you don’t wear king’s clothes and appear to them as their king, it will cause trouble.」
I want to avoid trouble.
Also, I’m not their king, I’m the village chief.
「I know but village chief’s clothes are ordinary commoner’s clothes so they will get confused. You have to wear king’s clothes. I don’t think you will understand what a king’s clothes mean without experiencing it yourself. That’s the reason why everyone around you requests you to wear king’s clothes. You have to be a king if you want to learn to be a king. You must not forget that.」
Although she’s usually lazing around, Malbit is still the angel’s chief.
Her words certainly contain weight.
Ruincia’s words are too gentle that I didn’t put too much thought on them.
I have to change but I don’t think I can’t act domineering or tyrannical soon.
I want to be pointed out with things I’ve been doing wrong.
I asked Ruincia to point them out for me.
「Point them out?」
「Yeah, if Ruincia sees things that I’m doing improperly, I want you to point them out to me.」
According to Ruincia, it is the vassal’s job to tell the lord his wrongdoings.
Ruincia’s not my vassal though.
Can you please?
It would be really helpful if you could point out what you thought my shortcoming is.
「I understand. Well then, let’s start. I want to point out….17, no 18 things.」
I was cut into pieces.
Especially with how I grounded my children.
She doesn’t really mind me grounding them as a punishment but I did not reward them for fighting to protect Big Tree Village’s face.
I’ll think about it.
Also, I was blamed for the small number of children.
I think they are enough but from Ruincia’s perspective, they are not.
In addition, she made me reflect about various things and cut down my spirit.
Give me a break for a moment.
In order to recover my spirit, I patted Kuro’s fluffy back.
And Yuki too.
Phoenix chick Aegis, you too?
Eagle….do you want me to pat you too?
On its talon is… a fanged rabbit?
It put it in front of me….
Ah, so it wanted me to remove my stress by patting the rabbit’s fur.
I received your feelings.
By the way, Malbit.
Do look at me with “I’m your comrade” eyes.
But I’ll be sure to be kinder to you than I used to be.
Yeah, Ruincia, don’t hold back.
However, because she’s there, you’re sure that the angel’s village can be maintained.
No, I was thinking that since you are there, it’s well balanced.
Got it got it.
Three-layer pancake then.
I’ll make it for you….
Before I knew it, the fairy queen was already waiting there.
The fairy queen is also a queen.
She might have some hardship that I don’t know about.
Let’s make the fairy queen’s share.
This time, I decided to change my usual words and behavior in Village Five.
I think what Malbit is trying to teach is no matter what I think, I should dress up and act like the top man of Village Five.
Dress and behave like the top guy I am. For Ruincia, I’m free to do what I want and the rest will be Village Five’s responsibility. On the other hand, for Malbit, I should live up to the expectations of the people of Village Five.
My ideal is closer to Malbit’s.
For the time being, I’ll try it and if it doesn’t work, I’ll just start over again.
It is bad for the people of Village Five but I want them to associate more with me.
With that in mind, I decided to consult Ruincia, Youko, and the civil servant girls.
It seems like it would be better for me not to speak.
Aren’t you terrible?
That’s what I thought but when they said that the top guy’s words are heavy, they might be right.
I won’t make promises lightly.
For now, the civil servant girls carefully selected two words to teach me.
I’m even instructed how to pose when I talk.
Body language is also important.
For the time being, it looks like I will be able to survive with just those two words.
Is that true?
Maa, I guess it’s true since both Ruincia and Youko are nodding.
I was stopped by the civil servant girls before but what should I say to the Village Five people if I want to apologize?
When I asked that, Ruincia was troubled but eventually came up with this.
「This one’s children have caused trouble」
According to me, that’s not apologizing but it seems like it is the form of apology for superior people.
I was told to never add another word.
If I add something poorly, there’s a possibility that it will be the civil servant girls who’ll bear the pressure.
If the intention is not communicated properly, can it still be called language?
Maa, it will probably work better if I don’t say it clearly.
No, it will.
I don’t really care but it reminds me of the times when I was still working on my original world. Back then, I didn’t say anything clearly.
「I will do what I can.」
「I will deal with it properly.」
「I will forward it to the person in charge.」
Let’s depend on Ruicia’s words.
I wonder if it’s really okay to let me do things freely.
This time, I’ll use my new way of speaking and behaving.
When I return home from Village Five, I’ll return to normal.
With that in mind, I decided to go to bed early for tomorrow’s departure.