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Chapter 005 – Dear Tenma, Apparently I was Reincarnated as a Baron’s Daughter IV
“Ooiii, Sophie? Why did you suddenly get quiet? If you’re going to ask for somebody to accompany us, we can just use my escort, you know?”
Perhaps Rio thought that Sophie was silent because she was worried about the lack of an attendant, so he told her that to reassure her.
“Rio, you have escorts?”
“Yes. It’s not unusual, right?”
Certainly, it wasn’t uncommon in the royal capital. Most nobles would have escorts with them whenever they went out. Being accompanied by escorts was considered a display of status in an aristocratic society.
In the Kingdom of Orlando, there was the “King’s Sword,” an academy where only men could attend. There was a faculty there that trained knights, and the students became excellent personnel after they graduated from that academy.
The “King’s Sword” has a system where, when a person enrolled, they could be given stars by the faculty, with the number of stars growing in accordance to that person’s grade and achievements. An escort was an occupation for those who couldn’t become knights of the Kingdom, or those who were once knights of the Kingdom but were either injured or retired.
As to what was considered a show of status by nobles, it was about hiring someone who graduated from “King’s Sword” with a large number of stars as an escort.
“Does Rio’s escort have a star?”
“Is Sophie also interested in people with stars?”
For a moment, Rio looked mockingly at her, but Sophie didn’t notice that and raised her voice in excitement.
“I’m interested in people who have more than one copper star!”
“Otou-sama’s escort is a person with one copper star, but he refused when I asked him to spin me around. Therefore, I thought if it was a person with more than one copper star, they might have the muscles to spin me.”
“It’s like holding on to my sides and spinning me around. Something like this!”1
She gestured by putting her hands on her sides, but it seemed Rio didn’t get what she meant, since he still had an incomprehensible expression.
“Because it looks fun!”
The game of holding on to both of her sides and spinning her around was her dream in both of her lifetimes. For Tasuku, who hadn’t known who his father was and lacked a mother’s love, he was always jealous of the parents and children who did this in the park. As he grew older, he abandoned such a longing.
However, it wasn’t like he’d forgotten about it. Since she was currently reincarnated as a cute girl, she thought her dream of fulfilling such longing could come true.
She actually wanted her father, Edgar, to do it to her, but he refused due to his back pain. Although she requested it prior to her memory returning, Sophie didn’t want to be a nag and refrained from requesting it over and over.
For Tasuku, those actions were proof of love. Since she received enough love from her parents in this lifetime, she was fine without that. However, her desire for such a thing didn’t disappear completely. Anyone’s fine, please do it to me! Thought Sophie.
“I requested Otou-sama to do it in the past, but he refused because it seemed dangerous. I also can’t request Otou-sama again because of his back pain. So I went and requested Otou-sama’s escort to do it instead, but he also refused. Although being spun around might be fun for me, I am aware that it is a burden of the person who does it. But I thought that a person with more than a copper star might be able to do it easily!”
“No… I don’t think that has anything to do with muscles. Even if you are a child, there’s no way they could do that to the daughter of an aristocrat.”
“I also thought about such a possibility, but I’m already six years old, and will become seven by next year! If I continue on like this, I will spend my lifetime without experiencing that again!”
“Ah, no… anyway, I want to experience that!”
“…Well, he might do it if you ask, but—”
“Really?! Thank you Rio, I’ll ask him then!”
Rio couldn’t finish his sentence when he saw how happy Sophie looked. Although his mouth was still open, he thought it would probably be troublesome if she ended up angry again.
Since Rio’s escort was waiting outside, they could just prepare and go outside soon after that.
Of course, they could only do it after asking for permission from Sophie’s mother first.
When Sophie asked her mother, she allowed it as long as she didn’t go out alone. Also, when she asked for pocket money, she was given ten gold coins.
“…Hey, Rio. How much is ten gold coins worth?”
Sophie never went shopping for herself. Obviously, she wasn’t aware of the value of the money.
When she asked Rio how much the ten gold coins were worth, it seemed that if you used one gold coin at a store that sold fruits and vegetables, you could buy everything that a fairly large store has to offer.
The stalls in the market were similar to individual food stores. Although their scale was different from supermarkets in Japan, she had no intention of buying everything in a stall.
“Okaa-sama, please give me lower currency instead.”
The value of one gold coin was heavy. If a girl were carrying something like this, her risk of getting pickpocketed increased. She also implied that she had no intention to buy that much to begin with.
“But Sophie, although Okaa-sama doesn’t know much since I don’t shop, I don’t think you can buy dresses or shoes with that amount.”
“…No, it’s not like I want a dress or shoes. Okaa-sama, what Sophie wants is to experience what shopping feels like.”
That was a lie, though. She actually intended to buy some healthy foods. If she spotted one, then she would cook it and have her mother eat it later.
However, an aristocratic young lady didn”t cook. There was no way she could ask for money for ingredients if she wanted to cook.
Fufu, it’s my victory once I buy it! I can just make up random reasons and cook later.
There was no way she would know that her daughter was asking for something with such villainous thoughts, so Ena asked her maid to give Sophie currency worth less than a gold coin, which was five silver coins in total.
“I wonder how much you can buy with five silver coins?”
This time, her mother asked Rio. He answered with, “For a single silver coin in a family of four, it can buy them five days worth of food.” Sophie thought there would be a major difference between a family of commoners versus nobles, even with the same family of four, but her mother didn’t seem to question that and happily said, “Ah, I see. Rio-kun sure knows a lot.”
“Is it really alright for a little girl to carry five silver coins around?”
“It should be okay since there will be an escort.”
Sophie was convinced by Rio’s words and put the silver coins in a small pouch.
“Well then, let’s go, Rio!”
As Sophie called out to Rio with a smile, her mother also sent them off with a smile.
But as Rio looked at Sophie and her naïve mother, who both didn’t understand the cost of living in the world, neither of them noticed his look of exasperation as he muttered, “This parent and child, why do neither of them realize it’s weird for an aristocrat to buy stuff in the market? They normally just send their servant to do it…”
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