Engagement Ceremony

My room inside the mansion.

 

Sprawled out on my bed, I was currently enjoying Amagi’s lap pillow.

 

I really felt like I was back home.

 

“Amagi, how’s Rosetta doing?”

 

“After finishing her tour of the mansion, she’s currently taking a break to catch up with her family.”

 

…boring.

 

I wanted her to either break down in despair or act more rebelliously.

 

But right now she just seemed to be happy to reunite with her family.

 

Or should I just be a bit more patient?

 

“I see… try to keep an eye on her. I took everything from her, after all.”

 

“Everything? Does that mean you’ve already embraced her?”

 

“Eh? What?”

 

Amagi made a troubled expression.

 

Wasn’t she cute?

 

“Master, she’s going to be your wife in the future, if you continue to spend time with me like this, then friction might build between the two of you.”

 

“I’ll just throw her away if that ever happens. Problem solved.”

 

“If you abandon Lady Rosetta, you’ll lose the trust of the noble society, Master.”

 

“Then should I put her under house arrest? I hate petty women.”

 

My previous life’s wife– she was one of them.

 

She always found some way to find fault with me.

 

I could still remember her taking the presents I gave her and throwing them in the trash.

 

My chest hurt just thinking about it.

 

I swore I’d kill her with my own hands if I ever saw her again.

 

If I asked the guide, would he bring her to me?

 

But now that I think about it, I don’t really want to see her, so wouldn’t it be better to keep the status quo?

 

Well, let’s just vent all my pent up feelings on Rosetta.

 

She’d surely resist me.

 

And in return I’d–

 

“Master.”

 

“Yes?”

 

Amagi’s words pulled me back from my delusions.

 

“Lady Rosetta is going to become your wife. Please treat her gently.”

 

I couldn’t answer that request, so I stayed silent.

 

After all, I only took Rosetta as my fiancée so I could break her.

 

Well, with Amagi and Brian always saying, “Take a bride already!”, I can’t really deny that I was feeling a little pressured too.

 

Amagi was petting my head,

 

“We’re planning to have your engagement ceremony after you graduate from elementary school.”

 

“…okay. No, wait.”

 

I sat up and turned to Amagi.

 

“Is there something wrong?”

 

“Let’s have the engagement ceremony as soon as possible. I want to do it during our vacation.”

 

“That’s not enough time to prepare.”

 

“Don’t worry about it. Were you planning to have a luxurious ceremony for Rosetta? It’s okay to be modest, just set it up quickly.”

 

“There’s also Lady Rosetta’s education to consider. She needs to spend at least three months inside an education capsule first.”

 

Rosetta had only gone through the minimum of physical enhancements and education through capsules growing up.

 

This was the main reason for her appalling results in school.

 

Therefore, in order to improve her grades as soon as possible, we’re having her use an education capsule during the long vacation.

 

“Quickly send her into the capsule and prepare for the ceremony.”

 

“…as you wish.”

 

No matter how strong Rosetta’s steel spirit was, once we had our engagement ceremony, she be forced to accept reality despite how much she hated it.

 

I’d also be able to take the Claudia house’s Ducal status.

 

Well, we wouldn’t be officially married yet, so my position would be more like that of a future-duke though.

 

“Ah~ I’m looking forward to this.”

 

Rosetta– I will definitely break you.

 

◇ ◇ ◇

 

The education capsule room in the Banfield estate.

 

Doctors, bodyguards, and maid androids were all present there.

 

Rosetta had covered her body with a thin cloth.

 

“It’s different from the basic model we have at home.”

 

The contrast couldn’t have been more apparent– a specialised female staff team was currently preparing the high-end capsule for use.

 

A female doctor explained,

 

“This will be a short-term adjustment. Considering the rehabilitation period that comes afterwards, you should be finished in about four months.”

 

“Most of the long vacation will be over.”

 

Looking at Rosetta, the female doctor began to comfort her,

 

“I heard about your grandmother. I wish you two could’ve had more time together, but this is Lord Liam’s order.”

 

“Yes, I know. My grandmother wants this as well.”

 

She wiped her tears.

 

Rosetta was crying, but it wasn’t for herself, or rather, it was because her grandmother wasn’t feeling well recently.

 

Even if they used elixirs, they couldn’t fix her broken spirit.

 

Elixirs could cure any injury or illness.

 

However, all life had a limit.

 

It was possible to extend one’s lifespan slightly, but Rosetta’s grandmother was quite old.

 

Aside from her body, her mind and soul were at their ends.

 

She was running out of time.

 

“Lady Rosetta, we’ll do everything we can in as little time as possible, but don’t forget that this won’t be enough. Your full use of education capsules will start after you graduate from elementary school.”

 

Rosetta raised her face,

 

“–I’ll leave it to you.”

 

Rosetta then removed the cloth before entering the liquid inside the machine naked.

 

Within the capsule, she curled up like a fetus.

 

(Grandmother, I hope you’ll be able to participate in the engagement ceremony…)

 

Falling unconscious, her body strengthening and studies inside the capsule had begun.

 

◇ ◇ ◇

 

Liam’s merchant– Thomas was in a frenzy.

 

“Hurry it up! We need to get everything ready before the engagement ceremony!”

 

Count Banfield’s engagement had been announced.

 

Moreover, there was less than half a year before the actual ceremony was scheduled to occur.

 

The subordinates were rushing to load the containers onto the ship.

 

“Is there a reason why they’re in such a rush? Couldn’t they have just held the engagement ceremony after they graduated from elementary school?”

 

Thomas explained to his complaining subordinates,

 

“The Ducal house’s predecessor– Lady Rosetta’s grandmother doesn’t have much longer to live.”

 

The subordinates fell into thought,

 

In other words, Liam was rushing the engagement so that Rosetta could have her grandmother see her proud moment before it was too late.

 

And Thomas was trying to answer those feelings,

 

“Apparently, they’ve lived quite the difficult life until now. If we don’t do our best here, we can’t call ourselves merchants of the Banfield house.”

 

The subordinates silently returned to their work.

 

◇ ◇ ◇

 

Something’s weird.

 

The territory has been strange recently.

 

Usually, around this time some kind of wacky fashion would be trending, but what was popular right now was– my story.

 

For some reason, the motive behind me rushing the engagement ceremony so suddenly was because of Rosetta’s grandmother.

 

Watching the news on the monitor, the newscaster was explaining the event,

 

“Lady Rosetta, who Lord Liam decided to make his fiancée, seems to have lived quite the harsh life until now.”

 

The reporter then started to tell Rosetta’s circumstances, explaining in detail how the Claudia Ducal house has been treated so far.

 

They overdid it.

 

The things they showed were way worse than what Wallace told me.

 

‘And to save such a Rosetta, Lord Liam decided to marry her!’— they said.

 

The mass media in the territory was under my control, but it was kind of unpleasant when they made the lies in the propaganda so obvious.

 

It’ll have the opposite effect and make me look like a joke.

 

“And the previous Duchess– Lady Rosetta’s grandmother, isn’t feeling well.”

 

I’ve been told that we were using elixirs to prolong her life.

 

But this is the first time I’ve heard that this was the reason behind the rushed ceremony.

 

I looked towards Amagi, who was currently attending to me,

 

“What’s the meaning of all this?”

 

“Because Master’s and Lady Rosetta’s story makes good gossip, isn’t only natural for it to become popular amongst your people? By the way, it looks like talks of turning it into a drama or a movie are in the works.”

 

“…you’re kidding me.”

 

They were making it sound like my meeting with Rosetta was fate.

 

Despite there being no such elements, it suddenly transformed into some kind of emotional love story.

 

Are the people of my territory okay? Are they acting like this because they’re about to snap?

 

Did I tax them too harshly? Let’s give them a break, and squeeze them again a bit later.

 

“Amagi, let’s lower the taxes, but only a little bit.”

 

“That’s surprising. You want to lower taxes during the engagement ceremony?”

 

“Yes! Let’s make things a little cheaper so that my people can have a break.”

 

“In that case, I’ll arrange for it right away.”

 

I wiped my sweat.

 

My people made me feel uneasy.

 

Although they were making things convenient, they were scaring me.

 

No, wait– I can use this situation.

 

After making such an embarrassing story out of Rosetta’s meeting with me, she’d surely be mortified.

 

I’m looking forward to that.

 

“It looks like this engagement ceremony is going to be fun.”

 

As I grinned, Amagi silently watched over me with a smile.

 

◇ ◇ ◇

 

When the long vacation was almost over.

 

A large number of visitors had rushed over to the Banfield estate.

 

Wallace was dressed in formal wear, and was currently enjoying a drink,

 

“I was expecting something more extravagant, but this really gives off a calming feeling.”

 

Kurt was also invited, and was currently wearing his own formal wear,

 

“But isn’t it beautiful?”

 

“For a Count’s ceremony, it gives off an amazingly calming atmosphere. I’m not saying he skimped out or anything. I’m just happy to see that he didn’t do anything weird.”

 

Sometimes, nobility made their parties too elaborate– often creating events that couldn’t be understood.

 

“The only kind of weird events that I know to have succeeded would be bucket parties.”

 

“Oh, but aren’t bucket parties classics?”

 

“Yeah, I’ve only participated in them a few times, but they’re amazing. Definitely classics. The person who invented them is a genius.”

 

The participants were enjoying the food and drinks that were set up in a buffet-style.

 

Kurt looked around,

 

“There sure are a lot of aristocrats in attendance. My father seems to be making a lot of greetings.”

 

There were far more nobility attending now than there were at the coming of age ceremony.

 

And Wallace knew why.

 

(Liam… were you aiming for this?)

 

Liam had declared himself as hostile to the Berkley family.

 

With them having a common enemy, the sensible nobles were now beginning to gather around him.

 

Although they were still in a phase of wait-and-see, Wallace was still surprised.

 

(This doesn’t bode well… the battle between the Banfield and Berkley houses will no doubt become a proxy war that’ll involve the other nobles of the Empire.)

 

This will become a civil war between the virtuous nobility and the unscrupulous ones.

 

The representative of the sensible ones being Liam.

 

“Ah, Liam’s here.”

 

Liam had appeared in the video projected into the sky.

 

Both him and Rosetta were dressed in clothes of pure white.

 

◇ ◇ ◇

 

The engagement ceremony.

 

Apparently, both Earth and the Intergalactic Empire had the tradition of taking kisses and vows in front of a great number of people.

 

They were quite similar in that aspect– as I thought so, I felt the desire to see Rosetta’s face, which was currently hidden behind a veil, grow within me.

 

A man who had taken the role of priest told us to say our vows and face each other.

 

“Rosetta, how are you feeling?”

 

When I called out to her, she didn’t answer back.

 

Surely, she was making an amazing expression full of regret right now.

 

“Everything of yours will become mine. Both your house and the status you were supposed to inherit– all of it was taken by me.”

 

As I gradually lifted the veil, the lower-half of Rosetta’s face became visible.

 

Just from that, I could already see that both her makeup and skin were clear and beautiful.

 

While her fresh lips were brightened with lipstick.

 

…huh? Isn’t something wrong here? I thought she’d be clenching her teeth right now, but that didn’t seem to be the case.

 

Or was this a state of lethargy?

 

Well, as long as her spirit was broken, it’d still be worth seeing.

 

As I slowly lifted the veil and revealed Rosetta’s face– her cheeks were flushed.

 

Her moist eyes were shining as she looked straight into mine.

 

…hey, wait a second! Something’s wrong here!

 

Did she already give up?! I thought she was a woman with a spirit of steel!

 

But when I looked at Rosetta’s face–

 

“–Thank you for accepting me as I am! Darling, I… I promise to always be by your side!”

 

…darling?! Did she eat something strange?!

 

This change was at a level where I suspected the doctor might’ve brainwashed her in the education capsule.

 

However, the maid androids told me, “We did the usual treatment.”

 

That was proof that they didn’t do anything.

 

They couldn’t lie to me, so I know that what they said was the truth.

 

Rosetta closed her eyes and leaned in.

 

I thought she’d be disgusted by this, and I was completely caught off guard.

 

In anycase– looking at her up close, rather than cute, wasn’t she insanely beautiful?

 

No matter how I looked at her, she was gorgeous.

 

And so, I kissed her to advance the ceremony.

 

A tear fell from her eye.

 

Don’t tell me, was she doing all this to trick me?

 

E-even that would still be okay.

 

That’d be proof that her spirit hadn’t broken and she was looking to stab me in the back.

 

Our lips parted.

 

“Rosetta, I’m looking forward to our future together.”

 

It was a phrase said with all my feelings of making her surrender to me.

 

As I smiled while saying that, Rosetta wiped her tears with her finger– and sent her own glowing smile back at me.

 

“Yes, darling.”

 

…wait a second! D-did she actually fall for me?!

 

◇ ◇ ◇

 

At the venue, there was laughter at the sight of Liam getting flustered.

 

It wasn’t a laugh made to make fun of someone, but more of one made when watching over another with a smile.

 

Meanwhile, Wallace was observing Liam’s knights.

 

The head knight was Christiana.

 

Marie was her deputy.

 

Both were talented female knights that just suddenly appeared out of nowhere.

 

“Where does Liam find such people? Two knights at that level are rarely seen even in the palace.”

 

Next at the engagement ceremony, congratulatory messages were being read out.

 

Some of them even came from ministers.

 

Wallace silently continued to drink his beverage,

 

(Does this mean the prime minister also has expectations for Liam? No, that sly old fox isn’t that nice of a guy. I’m sure he’s trying to keep the balance with the Berkley family.)

 

However, if the prime minister did have expectations for Liam…

 

Wallace smiled,

 

“Well, as long as my patron is competent and happy, I’ll cooperate a little. –I’d be troubled if he suddenly disappeared on me after all.”


Brian。・゜・(ノД`)・゜・。 “Higgu– LORD LIAAAAAMMMMM~!!! Con-congratulat– higgu. It’s painful that the words I want to say won’t come out…”

Written by Mishima Yomu/Wai (三嶋 与夢)

Translated by KuroInfinity at slothtranslationsblog.com

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72 thoughts on “Engagement Ceremony

    1. And it doesn’t seem like Liam truly dislikes her affection. And he also seems to be just now realizing how much of a beauty she is.

      Either way, I do hope this might be one of the many small steps takes to dropping some of the “Evil lord” part of his aim, if only for a bit. He still has an empire to conquer after all.

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      1. Yeah he ‘hates’ woman because he fears being betrayed again. Someone who actually loves him though and cuts through his barriers?
        I suspect we will hear a lot of bullshit rationalizations about how he is just ‘keeping enemies close’ and ‘luring her into a false sense of security by acting nice’, but he will fall for her and love it. 🙂

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    2. This is such a good scene. Like, he started to fall for her. He was so surprised by her beauty he just kissed her. Considering his distrust of her, that must have been some beauty to override his misunderstanding.

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    1. When I hear bucket parties I think of parties where people eat as much as they can and then throw up into buckets so they can eat more… Basically Roman vomitoriums.

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      1. same here, I imagine it like that as well
        btw. I think that Hunger Games had such party as well

        ..but would Liam like them so much if it was all about puking rainbows?

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    1. Just goes to show how bad the corrupt nobles really are.

      …Oh, and Amagi is creatively reinterpreting Liam’s actions to make him more popular, so that helps. Fortunately, he’s unlikely to notice, since his idea of an “evil lord” is so laughably quaint in this empire… 😛

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      1. It’s kind of like Austin Powers when Dr. Evil threatens to hold the world hostage for One! Million! Dollars! All the nobles are so abusive, corrupt, or apathetic that Liam comes off as a hero to the masses. He’s just running around having fun exterminating pirates, and (he perceives) taxing the crap out of his citizens, and generally being “evil”. His yardstick for “evil” is completely different from everyone else’s, and his normal is shockingly generous.

        He’s right that he needs to inject capital into the economy in order to get tax receipts. What he doesn’t realize that if he squeezes his citizenry for a 60% income tax (the horror!), the income after taxes is probably 200-300% more than what the citizens had before, because they were probably getting taxed a higher percentage on less money.

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      2. Liam is so uselessly evil… he kills bad guys right away but is hell-bent on making a poor girl cry and despair forever… so I’m happy to see that for now Rosetta is to Liam what Liam is to the guide: an unwanted admirer. Hope he doesn’t get used to it too quickly!

        Thanks for the chapter.

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  1. Thanks for the chapter!! I’m so happy for Rosetta and her family!!!! But something about amagi seems off….. I hope nothing bad happens to her!!! She’s the one that’s always been supporting him in that world!…. Oh wait there was also Brian but nevermind him~

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    1. Well its obvious form few chapters ago that amagi want to be deactivated because of she think by having her at his side it will only brings trouble to him.

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  2. thank you for chapter

    hahaha Liam your are starting to fall for her.

    I imagine Harold and Erica’s wedding would be like this him being tsun and her going all dere for him

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  3. few typos I noticed.hope it helps

    Amagi’s words brought me pulled me back from my delusions

    brought me OR pulled me

    In other words, Liam was rushing the engagement that Rosetta’s grandmother

    In other words, Liam was rushing the engagement So that Rosetta’s grandmother

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  4. Wow. I’m just glad one misunderstanding got cleared and Liam finally got something straight. Even so! The head knight and her deputy still have a chance!…hopefully. Thanks for the chap~

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  5. I was hoping for more of a look into Rosetta’s feelings but at least I’m glad she’s happy. Since no matter what Liam does he comes off as virtuous and whatnot I’m sure she’ll stay pretty happy but I hope her love doesn’t stay completely one-sided… That would be really boring.

    Thanks for the release!

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  6. Some random noble: Well, we all know what happens after the wedding, right? It involves a bed, some sexy sleepwear, a camera crew, couple of cheerleaders, and a bucket party… What do you mean ‘that’s not it’? How did yours go, then?

    Thanks for the chapter.

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      1. Hi there~

        I know ur just adding to the convo, but please try to keep spoilers out of the comments. 😛

        Let the people who haven’t read the RAW enjoy their lack of knowledge! This is why I set up the spoiler discussion in the discord lol

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  7. Thank for the chapter ^^

    “Prepare the curse!”
    “but commander that’s happy tears”
    “I know that why I said “prepare” with how Liam act it just a matter of time before he made her cry”

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  8. it was funny to know the tornado haircut is not an isolated incident, and i guess from now on the main fashion will be decided by Rosseta’s wardrobe

    ii really want to see this as a manga or anime so i can see the movie posters

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  9. This is the best ending for all the hardship the claudia duke household has been through this past two millennia, and it’s a heaven’s gift that Rosetta doesn’t have to suffer anymore and that her grandmother can see this ceremony
    Really a tearjerker, sniff
    I’m not crying!
    Those are just manly tears of feel!
    *and the dutch idiot goes on crying in an emotional fit*

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  10. Thnk thee for the chapter. Doesn’t matter how hard he tries to be evil, the world corrects it somehow. I guess we don’t need to worry about Rosetta’s future at all. Surely she’ll be happy this time around.

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  11. Did he finally work it out? Heh.
    He misunderstands and thinks he’s breaking her when he’s actually her saviour and by the time he realises he thinks “Actually, isn’t she incredibly beautiful? I’ll just kiss her and worry about the rest later….”.
    Seriously boy…….

    Thanks for the translation.

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  12. Liam is so uselessly evil… he kills bad guys right away but is hell-bent on making a poor girl cry and despair forever… so I’m happy to see that for now Rosetta is to Liam what Liam is to the guide: an unwanted admirer. Hope he doesn’t get used to it too quickly!

    Thanks for the chapter.

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  13. “Well, as long as my patron is competent and happy, I’ll cooperate a little. –I’d be troubled if he suddenly disappeared on me after all.”

    How are you trying to cooperate Wallace? Are you even useful? Perhaps he just pretend to be a useless guy to save his family?

    Thanks Kuro.

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    1. No. Wallace is…err…a pocket money loss machine? Comic relief that thinks he could be useful if he just found something to help with? A reason to mention the head maid/spy?
      Either way…I guess he is good at being confused about the absurd things going on around Liam.

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  14. Why do I get this weird feeling that Wallace is actually evil and is just portraying a Lazy and incompetent retainer until he backstabs Liam and tries to take his stuff. I’m glad for Rosetta’s marriage. I would love a SO to pledge my life too.

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  15. Not really sure what to think of this. I guess it’s fine as long as he gathers a harem and this girl will only be one of his wives. Seriously. The android needs to be his main wife! Also, no kids, please. PLEASE! The mc getting kids completely ruins the vibe of stories like this.

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