Eliza chapter 158 – The archduke’s family situation, part 1

It’s really been so long since I last saw Earl Terejia.

“I haven’t come to greet you for such a long time, my apologies.”

“No, it’s fine. I was the one who should have been there for your school’s opening ceremony.”

The earl was casually resting on a couch, and it feels like his expression is just slightly less strict than usual after seeing me return here. Ever since he arrived in Kaldia to become my guardian, the situation had been so bad in my domain that it took up so much of his time, that’s why the earl that I usually see was always so strict.

“I’ve heard that you’ve been feeling worse lately……”

“It’s just some light coughing. My family is making a big fuss out of nothing every time I want to get some bed rest for a day or two. There’s no problem.”

“Is that the case? I’m glad to hear it’s not serious.”

“Humph, everyone’s treating me like an old man at death’s door. Even though my older brother is still energetically working in the castle every day. Shouldn’t he be the one treated like me because he’s even more of a workaholic?”

After my tenth birthday, Earl Terejia started staying in the royal capital for longer periods of time. And when I was promoted in noble rank, he ended his regency of taking care of Kaldia for me, and returned to his royal capital residence permanently.

He has no children or anyone who will inherit his title, and lately he hasn’t been attending House of Lords meetings much either. Apart from doing some accounting for the royal palace which was his original work and the basis for his noble title, he’s mostly retired now, and spends his time enjoying himself in his mansion.

“……Well, it’s whatever. Anyhow, I hear that you’ve been caught up in a troublesome situation?”

He still holds much information on the other nobles’ weaknesses, and even now many nobles in the royal capital will often come to consult him on various matters. As always, my guardian seems to have a little too much influence.

Well…… it’s exactly because he has so much information that I’m coming to consult him this time, though. Since my noble rank was promoted, I’m going to have more and more dealings with other nobles in the future.

“Yes. Actually, Eric-dono from the archduke’s family is giving me some trouble……”

“It’s just like the situation you wrote me about in the letter? After I read it, I instantly disposed of the letter.”

I simply confirmed by nodding. Before I came to visit him, I gave him a report on the tangled relationships between me, the crown prince, and the three members of the prince’s retinue. Since I also wrote my personal thoughts about them in my report, it would greatly trouble me if someone other than the earl saw it, and the earl and I are now deeply connected and on the same boat, so of course he would never betray me and he shredded my letter. That’s what he meant when he said he disposed of it.

“Yes. Also, I don’t understand why Eric seems to have such strong feelings of enmity toward me for the things I said. Although I did want to verbally attack him so that it would be easier for me to be distant from the crown prince.”

“It seems like you haven’t talked much to the Rolentsor boy or Grays yet? Especially Grays, you haven’t talked to him since the first day other than greeting him?”

“It felt like an appropriate distance to keep from Grays-dono, it felt comfortable this way. Does it have to do with the archduke’s family education as well?”

I don’t know what type of person Archduke Dovadain is, as he hardly ever attends House of Lords meetings. As the younger brother of the king, he’s a major figure in the Upper House of Lords, but from what I can tell, he almost never gets involved in politics.

“……The archduke’s family, eh……”

However, it appears that even Earl Terejia who’s spent time in the Upper House of Lords before doesn’t know much about the archduke. In a rare instance, he didn’t have much to say, and his usually strict face became even grimmer.

I kept drinking my black tea as I waited for him to say something. While waiting for the earl’s information, I reviewed the facts I already knew about the archduke’s family.

No matter how much of a child he may be – even if Eric is only an illegitimate son, he’s still from one of the most important major noble families, and his behavior is too strange. Every time he behaves inappropriately, it makes me raise my eyebrows in wonder at just what kind of education he received in the archduke’s family, and he’s done so more than once.

He’s the son of a concubine, with how much he resembles Grays and the way he acts, he probably received equal treatment to Grays. Then, his education shouldn’t have been all that different from Grays.

Among the crown prince and his retinue, Grays is the only one who hasn’t spoken to me much. Does he already have his sight set on being the next archduke I wonder, it feels like he has an attitude where he doesn’t even pay attention to a mere upstart lesser earl.

And, I feel like his attitude is to be expected. Sieghart being from a military family is an exception, but the crown prince and his two cousins that are the archduke’s sons shouldn’t be showing this much interest in me.

……Since noble school has its own isolated society, it’s unavoidable that the crown prince and other nobles would pay attention to me since I have the second highest noble ranking.

However, that only applies inside noble school, once we’re back in normal noble society, I’m still just one of many lower-ranked nobles. With regards to military noble families, the Rolentsors and the Einsbarks are much more accomplished than I am. The crown prince is being way too friendly with me for some unknown reason…… but I’ll leave him alone for now.

The mystery is in the difference between Eric and Grays. Being from the archduke’s family, Grays is distancing himself from me appropriately, but Eric isn’t doing so. But if they had different educations and were treated differently in their family, Grays and Eric shouldn’t be so close to each other. Even though one is the heir and the other a bastard son, they get along just like twins would. Since Eric is allowed to be equal to Grays, then why is it that their attitudes toward me are so different?

……I really don’t want to stick my nose in other families’ household problems, but in order to manage Eric, so that nothing bad happens to me in the end, I’m going to have to learn more about whatever his bothersome family issues are.

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22 responses to “Eliza chapter 158 – The archduke’s family situation, part 1

  1. Ah~ I’ve never thought I was this hungry for an Eliza chapter until I had to wait this much after consecutive updates lolol. Thanks for the chapter! It’s about time Eliza does something about that troublesome Eric.

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    • Or it must be Ratoka cross dressing as Eliza and got mesmerize of her charm in that way. Remember Ratoka moves more elegantly as a girl than Eliza like giving a bewitching smile or something like that and that might have got the attention of the prince and Eric.

      If its like this, LoL i’ll be damned!

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      • Eric met Eliza before Ratoka. In that very first meeting he came out with the hostility on full display. Taken with his brother’s somewhat more subdued show of distaste it is likely a family matter of theirs that relates to Eliza in some way.

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  2. Thanks for the chapter~ :3
    Your fast updates before made me addicted to this novel. But it also made me impatietly reload my NU page for updates. :’D
    Eliza, I’m worried that you’d be caught in some troublesome problem regarding the Dovadain family just like the idiot couple before. Hopefully it’s just crush bullying, but I have a feeling that’s not it.

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  3. I have never kept refreshing a page for updates in a long time. Keep up the good work.

    Now that I take a step back and try to look at the situation as a child… Eliza, considers herself villainous looking, but she seems more like a cool beauty… I wonder if the reason why the boys are so interested in her is because they find her attractive and the many different ways they are treating her are all the different ways boys interact with girls they have a crush on?

    … I am now waiting for the young Noble girl who will call Eliza ‘onee-sama’…

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  4. I admit their interest in her could be a boys crush, but I feel like that’s not the case at least with Eric. Sure some immature boys bully their crush, but not to the point of having a falling out with a friend. If he was, that would mean the reason he’s glaring at her when with Sieghart is because he’s jealous of him, but it doesn’t look like he’s jealous of the other boy whose much closer to Eliza.

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  5. Thank you very much for the chapter!

    As to Eric, I’m putting my money on influence from the Nordstrums or their people.

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  6. We should not forget the bane of Eliza’s happiness,
    Nordsturm & co. (religious extremists may or may not included.)
    May be Eric or Archduke Dovadain family themselves are connected to Nordsturm. If I’m not mistaken Grays is also rude to Eliza. Eric as the lower ranked illegitimate son probably took on the bigger role of slandering Eliza to isolate Eliza from her future peers.

    Or may be it’s just a ship in the room. BURN YOU FILTHY SHIP!!

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  7. This series is amazing! Fast updates, good translation quality, realistically thinking protagonist, cruelty and more! Reminds me of a certain cruel nodern samurai who killed the king of the kindom that summoned him to another world without hesitation…

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    • Yeah, except he takes great pleasure in the act of killing, while Eliza is doing it as a part of a plan, a strategy.

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