On the day of the execution, I am sitting in a seat next to the execution table, waiting for the moment.
On the other side of me are Argus, now Viscount Kalmais, and Carmine, now Viscount Edior, but their expressions are dark. They naturally know what is about to take place in front of their eyes, and are dominated by fear.
Argus is thirteen years old, and Carmine is ten. Being shown the death of a person at such an age must cause considerable emotional distress, but I did not intend to be considerate. By daring to show the execution, I was trying to instill fear in them.
I casually moved my gaze and saw Leon standing at the front of the execution table with a pale face. Walter and Cain are standing on either side of him to prevent him from escaping.
A few moments later, an ugly, screaming voice approaches from the distance.
“Fu…………They’ll dance wherever we want them to.”
My mumbling must have been overheard by Argus and Carmine on either side of me. There was a suspicion in their eyes as they looked at me.
“What is it?”
“What are your intentions ……Giorg-sama?”
Argus asks in a voice that clearly contains fear. This fear is natural because not just myself, but the entire house itself will be gone the next day at my discretion.
Argus knows his place in this regard.
“It would be most convenient for me if those two were to remain hapless to the last moment. Why don’t you at least think of a reason for that yourself? Viscount Kalmais.”
Argus reacts regretfully to my words. Well, only my own kind can understand my thoughts. Both Argus and Carmine originally had a long way to go before they could inherit their titles. As a result, they lacked the experience needed to live as nobles.
“There aren’t many people like Ace-dono.”
My words were quiet, but they seemed to have reached Argus’ ears. I guessed this from his freaked out mood.
It seems that he is feeling cocky and frustrated that his rating is lower than that of Ace. In my opinion, he is not even comparable to Ace, but Argus, who only lives in a small world, would not understand.
Then, the two were brought to the execution table, screaming and shouting.
“Let me go!! Do you know who I am!!”
“Get your hands off me! You rude b*****d!”
As they were dragged, Ghazel and Armada were placed on the execution table. When the men who had dragged them here looked at me, I stood and walked straight up to the execution table.
When Ghazel and Armada saw me, they knelt down to me.
“Giorg, please! We are sorry for what we did. Please don’t execute us!”
“Giorg, we are sorry! As you can see, we apologize!”
Their flirtatious apologies did not trigger any feelings of mercy in my heart. I decided to ignore their apologies and read out the letter I had received.
“The former Acting Marquis of Zafing, Ghazel, and his wife Armada. You are hereby sentenced to death for the poisoning of Elphil, the former Marquis of Zafing. This sentence was handed down at a trial held at the Zafing Mansion in the Royal Capital. The nobles are judged by the judiciary of the country, but since Giorg has officially succeeded to the title of Marquis of Zafing, you have lost your position as a Marquis. As a result, Gazelle and Armada have been removed from the Zafing family and are no longer in the nobility. In other words, both of them are commoners at the moment, and they are in the situation of being citizens of the Zafing’s domain. As the Marquis of Zafing, it is clear that I have been granted the right to judge the people of this territory, so I have legitimate legal grounds to judge both of them.”
“Yes! The Marquis is right!”
“You poisoned the former Marquis! Traitor!”
Upon hearing my declaration, a voice of anger rose from among the lords, and it grew louder and louder.
Of course, the voices of the people did not come spontaneously. The Rubelzeis was mixed in with the crowd and incited the people. My mother was a good ruler, and she was well received by her people. Ghazel, on the other hand, was not. He was misusing the tax money that should have been used for the benefit of the people for his own pleasure, and the people were dissatisfied. Even in such a situation, it still took courage to openly abuse Ghazel. I ordered Rubelzeis, to play the role of giving a little spark to that dissatisfaction.
“His Majesty, the King, has also approved the execution of both of you.”
I concluded and turned my gaze to the Gazelles.
‘G-Giorg, you’re about to kill your own father!”
“I apologize! I’m sincerely sorry! Please don’t execute me!”
Ghazel and Armada pleaded with me, their voices more pitiful than before. However, there was no one here who wished to save their lives. Naturally, I didn’t try to fight them.
This has been the course of their lives so far. The reason why there is no objection is because there is no merit in voicing an opposing opinion. Or to put it another way, there is no one in these two who sees the value in saving them.
“Le-Leon! That’s not what you said! You said that the Giorg is not sure about the execution!”
“Yes, you told us that! Do something about it!”
Since I was completely ignoring them, they turned the conflict to Leon. Of course, as far as Leon was concerned, he couldn’t save them both. In fact, he has learned that he is in danger of losing his own life depending on what he says, so he makes a pained expression and did not reply.
“Leon! Why are you silent!”
“Giorg! You are nothing but a scum for killing your own father!”
“Giorg! Please! Please forgive me! Please help me!”
“Leon! Tell Giorg to get out of here! That’s what you said!”
The two of them are screaming in disgust, and I’m watching them silently with a smirk on my face. What they are saying here will give me the basis for my harsh punishment of them.
“Oi, bring me a chair.”
Rather than chastise them, I instructed Roy to bring me a chair. Roy immediately did as I ordered and brought the chair over to the execution table, where I sat down on it. I put my elbows on the armrests and watched the two scream.
They attacked me for my attitude.
“You! What is that attitude!!”
“You have no human heart!”
They are screaming at me, but I ignore them as a matter of course. I don’t even consider them as human beings, let alone family, so I feel no itch no matter what they say.
Although the people seemed to be puzzled by the interaction between us on the execution table, my cynical smile without losing any of my tone, my laughter gradually began to be directed at Ghazel and Armada.
“Ku …… Argus! Carmine! You guys have to do something to tell Giorg!”
“Leon! What are you doing!!”
They thought that they would get nowhere if they talked to me, so they turned to Leon and Argus again, but they still didn’t answer.
For the next five minutes, they were screaming to one another, but when there was no response at all, their voices became quieter and quieter.
When they had lost their momentum, I stood up and opened my mouth again.
“Well, gentlemen. You’ve seen the ugliness of these two people. They never faced up to their crimes and only asked for a reduced sentence to save themselves. They make it sound as if executing them is a bad thing. It’s completely incomprehensible.”
I ignored the two as usual and turned my gaze to the people.
“Gentlemen! Can you reduce their guilt just because I am a blood related? Is it righteous to allow such an injustice? The answer is a resounding no! And moreover, what reason do you have for reducing the guilt of these two ugly people?”
“There is none!!”
At my words, a voice rose from the lords. This time, the voice was not contrived, but spontaneous from the people.
“I don’t think these two are repenting of their sins at all. The punishment for such a person must be severe!”
I declare with a grin in my heart.
“Therefore, I sentence you both to waist cutting!”