“W-wait!! My legitimate son is now ten years old. With all due respect.”
As expected, the two viscounts expressed their reluctance to retire. This is not surprising considering that Argus, the legitimate son of Viscount Kalmais, is thirteen years old, and the son of Viscount Edior, Carmine, is only ten years old.
“If you can’t agree to the conditions, then the deadline for repayment of the funds is one week from now. I’ve also made an accounting of how much money was transferred to you on what date in what year, so take a look at it. You have only one week to make a repayment plan and implement it, which should be a no problem, right?”
“Ku…..I understand. I’m retiring and handing over my title to Argus.”
“…… I understand. I will also retire.”
The two Viscounts nodded and accepted my words with a pained expression on their faces.
I know you are anxious and distressed to burden these boys, who have not yet reached adulthood.
At this point, I broke off.
“I, the Marquis of Zafing, will be the guardian of the two new Viscounts.”
“Hmm? Do you really think I want to give up your viscountcy and not give up your real power? I’ve been underestimated for quite some time now.”
“T-That’s not true.”
“As expected of the family that tried to usurp the Zafing family. You should not have been so lenient.”
“You got it wrong!! I just felt bad about bothering the Marquis of Zafing!!”
“Hoo, I see …… I’m sorry about that. I was a bit hasty myself. But don’t worry. I’ll usually have one of my subordinates with me as my assistant. They will only be involved when I need to make a decision.”
Both Viscounts were rendered speechless by my evil sneer.
This is nothing more than a declaration of a de facto takeover of the Viscount family. But the reality is that some of the family members have attempted to usurp the throne, and because of the flow of funds, the Viscount family is considered an accomplice. This is the reason why the Viscount family has no choice but to accept my request.
“T-Thank you very much. ……”
“Thank you for your kindness. ……”
Both Viscounts hung their heads and said in a strangled voice.
“The Viscounts are to complete the procedures promptly in one week. I will also appoint an assistant in a week so that you can prepare the handover documents. The assistant is my personal representative, and if you do not cooperate, the history of your house will be ended.”
I guess they couldn’t feel any hesitation in my voice. The two Viscounts replied in trembling voices.
“U-uhm …… Giorg-sama.”
There, Fiona said in a voice that was more fearful than reserved.
“Aisha, it’s fine. I don’t expect the Countess of Serenity to have any decency. I’ll forgive her rudeness.”
I turned to Aisha, who was trying to break Fiona’s fingers as she was trying to wrestle her down.
“So, Countess of Serenity, let’s hear what you have to say.”
“That …… me and Leon-sama are ……”
“Of course, you will marry him. The announcement of the marriage will come after the execution of Ghazel and Armada.”
“I-IT CAN’T BE!!”
The Countess of Serenity’s face was stained with despair at my words. If the murder of the former Marquis had been discovered after the marriage, the damage could have been minimized by having the couple divorce, but if the crime had been discovered and the marriage had been carried out after the execution, the honor of the Countess of Serenity would be more than ruined. It’s obvious that all the nobles will cut off all communication.
“You betrayed me, your fiancé, and made the brazen request to marry my half-brother. On the contrary, you love Leon with such seriousness, don’t you? As his half-brother, I wish you nothing but happiness.”
“Please wait!! Not that!!”
“Right!! If we get married, my Countess family will be finished!”
“Perhaps, but I can’t bear to tear apart two people who love each other. Don’t worry, I’ll send one of my men to the Serenity to make sure everyone knows that our families have reconciled.”
“Unlike the two Viscounts, I will not ask the Count of Serenity to retire, so you can rest assured that he will continue to run his estate.”
The Count and Countess Serens nodded their heads in disappointment. Fiona saw this and began to shed tears.
“If we had followed the proper procedure in dissolving the engagement, none of this would have happened.”
My words seemed to have stung Fiona greatly. Fiona’s eyes widened as she realized that her rash actions had led to the current crisis in the Serenity family.
I approached the stunned Leon, calling out to him gently.
“Thanks to you, the Serenity family are now effectively under the umbrella of the Marquis of Zafing.
“You’re a lucky man.”
I raised my sword and swung it down on Leon’s neck in one swift motion. There was a tremendous sound, but of course it didn’t impact on him.
“Without that achievement, you would have fallen here.”
I said and struck Leon on the neck with the back of my sword. At that moment, sweat broke out all over Leon’s body.
“Well, I have nothing more to say. Thank you for your efforts today. Please leave.”
With that, I left the reception room.