I'm Being Raised by Villains - Chapter 10
“I hope you all keep your distance when talking to my daughter.”
He licked his lips slowly.
“Is there anyone who’s not pleased?”
Everyone, who was afraid of that subtle and gentle question, shook their heads at the same time.
It was because they all knew about the repercussions if they nodded their heads here.
“M-My Lady…” A pitiful call as soft as the sound of a mosquito was heard from ten steps away.
As soon as I smiled awkwardly with a confused expression and turned my head, the man looked at Erno Etam and opened his mouth carefully. “Will you know if I show you a map…?”
I shook my head slowly.
Besides being unable to read maps, I was never talented at reading maps.
It’s because I was someone who was an acutely forgetful person who couldn’t even remember the way back through the path I took an hour ago.
However, I knew the way to the mountain at the back.
“You don’t know where it is?”
“In the mountwain behind.”
“What did you say…?” Duke Mirel frowned and asked, as if he was someone who didn’t understand.
“In the mountwain behind!”
“…You mean there’s a floating rock in the mountain behind this place?”
Duke Mirel went quiet for a moment, as if speechless. Perhaps it was because it was a lot closer than he thought.
Of course, I was also a little confused when reading the novel, so I understand.
“In the mountain at the back… Maybe you were mistaken, and that it was a rock someone threw? Because that also looks like a floating rock at a glance…”
“But it’s true that we’ve never explored the mountain at the back as we always thought it was impossible for it to be there.”
“Indeed, where did the young lady want to go to even head to the mountain…”
“There’s no harm in finding out. Let’s check it out.”
As I overheard the conversation, I wondered if I would be able to find it myself without being interfered with by others.
In fact, it wasn’t uncommon for me to see rocks floating in the air.
I reflexively turned my head towards the call.
His long fingers slightly pressed against my cheek. Unknowingly, my eyes opened widely.
“Why does my daughter know so much?”
At that very moment, my eyes rolled around in shock upon hearing those deep meaningful words.
When Duke Mirel called out to me, someone hurriedly opened the door of the meeting room and entered.
“What is it?!”
“There is an urgent matter that I must hastily report about the case you ordered the other day…”
The man who opened the door got closer before whispering something in Duke Mirel’s ear.
“…Is this information confirmed?”
“Yes. According to reports, it is said to be over 90%.”
Duke Mirel’s eyes that were as big as a mountain trembled slightly, and then he immediately rose from his seat.
“How could her daughter be in that place… Tsk, today’s meeting ends here!”
Duke Mirel left the meeting room as fast as the wind, along with his vassal, who had delivered the news earlier.
The others didn’t seem to know what was going on, but I seemed to understand quite a bit.
‘Apparently the heroine has appeared.’
I thought calmly while in Erno Etam’s arms.
‘She appeared faster than I expected though?!’
Was she really coming this soon?
No, it wasn’t written with certainty in the novel when the heroine was going to appear.
The heroine, who suddenly appeared like the light of the sun, takes over the family in an instant.
It was mentioned that people in the Etam family felt comfortable around the heroine because she had the ability to calm ‘mania’.
Perhaps because of that, Erno Etam, who was suffering the most severe ‘mania’, became the first person who was affected.
‘Is it about a week, including the time of the Duke’s trip?!’
Would I be immediately forgotten when the heroine appears?
“My daughter, what are you worrying so much about?”
My body shivered as soon as I heard his voice in my ear.
When I looked at Erno Etam while holding my ear, he smiled brightly for no reason.
‘Oh…? He’s upset.’
It was the bright smile he showed when in a bad mood.
As I thought about it, I remained in his arms the entire time.
“Sometimes I don’t know what my daughter is thinking.”
“It’s almost dinner time. Tonight, I plan to introduce you to my sons.”
“Yes, they will be your older brothers.”
Apparently, he was talking about the two boys who had proudly announced their vacation at the New Year’s meeting the last time.
At first, they picked fights with the heroine, but developed a sister complex* in the end and died because of it.
*a state of strong attachment and obsession to sisters
‘He went so far as to introduce his sons… This guy sure acts like it’s real.’
I can understand why the man, who was dating Erno Etam as a fake lover last year, insisted on staying by his side and said he didn’t need the money.
’He’s a really bad guy.’
I shook my head.
‘But I heard that they had agreed to pretend to date from the start…’
Hm, if it’s from this point of view, was that guy guilty of being unable to properly distinguish between public and private matters?
No, now is not the time for me to think of that man.
My future is dark.
“No! If Fathwer likes it, I like it too!”
So anyway, let’s play the role of a daughter of a father who loves his daughter very much, which suits his taste.
When he gets tired of me because of the heroine’s arrival, I’ll take my bank account and go to the orphanage I marked previously. Perfect!
The good news was that once an account has been opened, it cannot be deleted or withdrawn by someone other than the person concerned.
This also applied to parents.
Once I start living in the orphanage, I can just help the magic tower’s owner, a lost child of a noble family, return to his family before asking him for a favor.
‘The most important thing is money.’
While I was thinking, Erno Etam took me to my room.
“My daughter, do you like me?”
“Yesh, I like you!”
He asked, why?
Because he is the source of my money…?
Because he rewards me for all my work despite being a psychopath…?
…I couldn’t bear to spit out what was on my mind, so I shook my head.
“B-Becawuse you’re handsome! Cwool!”
“Oh, I see. And?”
Why do you keep asking me to rack my brains?
“Eh… you’re rweally stwrong. Once Fathwer spoke, evewryone immediately ran away!”
What’s not to his liking! I really don’t know what on earth he was thinking.
“Actually… I didn’t like thwose people earlier, Fathwer. So you looked like a warrwior just now.”
“Warrior? I don’t really like warriors though.”
This is really hard.
Upon correcting my words as fast as turning my palm, he gave me a small smile.
“That isn’t too bad. By the way, I didn’t know my daughter hated anyone.”
No, not to the extent where I hate them…
“No, but I don’t rweally like them.”
Hearing my words, he smiled, satisfied.
“There are many similarities between my daughter and I. I don’t like those bast*rds either… No, I mean those people either, because they’re so fussy.”
He said b*stard just now, didn’t he?
As soon as he said bastard, he changed it immediately?!
I looked at him in disbelief, and laughed awkwardly as if I didn’t know anything.
He took me into my room.
“Then we will meet again at dinner.”
“Yesh! See you later, Fathwer.”
I waved my hand gently and crawled under the bed after he left.
“Phew, thankfully, these are still here.”
Under the bed were the things that would eventually become money. They were things I had collected a few days prior to the New Year’s meeting, and were wrapped in an old cloth.
I collected the gold jewelry that was scattered around in various places in the other buildings, as well as the silver cutlery and gems that were on the statues.
I tried so hard to bring them all along with me when I moved stealthily.
I will prepare everything.
The heroine will surely come soon, right? I will not depend on Erno Etam.
* * *
Myla gets busy around dinner time.
She put me in a yellow dress that she brought from somewhere, then blushed and touched my cheek gently.
“No matter what My Lady wears, she’ll always look very cute.”
Myla, who had come to the main mansion, had changed.
Actually, she was someone friendly and kind, but now, she has grown more enthusiastic.
Perhaps it was because I had come to the main mansion and her salary had been increased due to her promotion.
‘Money is indeed the best.’
It is the absolute truth in the world.
I heard a knocking sound just when my preparations for dinner were done.
“Is Fathwer alrweady here?”
Myla hurriedly opened the door with a strained expression, as if she was more surprised than I was.
I stood in front of the door to greet him while holding the stuffed tiger to my chest.
However, the one at the door was not Erno Etam.
<To be continued>