I Adopted a Villainous Dad - Chapter 239
Before the nobles left, I made them take an enchanted oath so they could not reveal that I was the governor of the Melmil Bank to anyone; so there was no worry about them revealing my identity. Now they would know not to boast about money.
I chuckled darkly. With just a large sum of money, I succeeded in isolating Duke Ravenhook in one go.
“There is nothing money can’t do,” I, Amel Kim, yelled out the truth of life at the center of the Imperial palace. “If there’s something I can’t control with money, it means I lack money.”
That was the way of the world!
Luciana shook her head as watched me, the monster created by capitalism. “The saintess has gotten out of hand. I wonder what went wrong.”
I left Luciana to her self-reflection; I was far more interested in the upcoming official meeting of the Parliament.
“What kind of face will Duke Ravenhook make?”
I had to see how that fake gentle expression of his would twist myself.
“He’s still silent, so I guess he couldn’t complain to his mom, huh?”
* * *
Duke Ravenhook could not contain his fury as he watched the nobles change their attitude in a single day. The same nobles who had not stopped visiting and flattering him everyday had secretly withdrawn their support.
“I’m sorry, Your Grace. Because of family circumstances, it seems like I can’t work with you.”
“I’m sorry, Your Grace. This incident caused me to take a huge hit…”
“I’m sorry, I have no excuses, but…”
The nobles who came to apologize were better than the others at least. There were many who had dissociated themselves with him to become complete strangers.
Duke Ravenhook clenched his fists as he began trembling. Unable to control himself, he burst out, “Get out! Everyone, out! Don’t even come within my vicinity again!”
The duke began throwing around anything and everything he could get his hands on, before letting out a deep sigh as he took in his now messy office. ‘Why did this happen all of a sudden?’
His mind was already occupied with the wage and labor issues at the sugar cane farm, and on top of that, he now had another issue to face.
He still had allies, Marquis Crewman for instance, but only a few.
‘If this goes on, my plans will be delayed,’ he thought.
Having lost most of his political power at once, Duke Ravenhook shook with anger. He was left with no connections, isolated all too suddenly.
Duke Ravenhook hurriedly donned his outside garbs and left the mansion. ‘It’s not over yet.’
There was one way left, a last resort he never thought he would have to use.
Duke Ravenhook’s eyes glinted dangerously.
* * *
When Achillios told me that Duke had started moving, I realized the day had finally arrived. He was probably going to see that chuunibyou wizard.
The simple, stupid Duke Ravenhook would not admit it, but his actions were so predictable that it made me yawn.
I wondered what the wizard would pull next. It would be nice if he gave away his identity. Although I had not pointed it out, I had an inkling that the wizard had something to do with the monster invasion of the capital.
I had expected him to be completely hostile toward me, but that was not the case. What was he really trying to do?
There was not a lot I knew. All I was aware of was the fact that he had ties to my dad, and that he was associated with the saintesses. He also seemed to have something to do with the red eyes I saw while purifying Dad when he turned into a monster that time.
All these facts were shrouded in ambiguity and secrecy, so as the saintess who liked clear-cut things, I was unhappy.
I clenched my jaw, only for blue eyes entered my vision. Our eyes met, and I blinked, coming to my senses. A stern gaze was fixed on me.
I gave her a silly smile, and my professor, Catalina, said, “Your Highness. Please, f-focus in class.”
I had forgotten that I was in class. I smiled and looked at the thesis paper Catalina brought.
After I met her at the age of six, my master had gone from being the youngest genius professor to a world-class scholar. To have such a person only remain a teacher was a waste of talent.
Catalina would not mind returning to her academy now, but she was here to teach me until she was out of knowledge to impart. It gave me a chance to receive top-notch education in almost every field: Discipline of Kingship, Political Science, Philosophy, Theology, Geography, Astronomy, Magic, and so on.