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Chapter 012 – Dear Tenma, I Am Now Seven Years Old II
“That’s why we are currently developing products to earn money!”
“I don’t understand what you are talking about at all… Al, do you understand?”
“I understand that Rio-sama could never win against Sophie-sama.”
As he gracefully sipped his tea, Al said this with a smiling face.
“It was foolish of me to ask you.”
There was a weird woman on Rio’s right, and a weird escort on his left. Rio began to feel that he was pitiful.
However, the weird woman was still an aristocrat. As such, Rio would naturally have to voice his concerns.
“Is that… really okay? Even though both you and the orphans are children, the thought process of those who are blessed and those who aren’t would be different. You are tentatively a young lady of an aristocratic family. Are you sure you’re not getting fooled by those orphans?”
Sophie wondered why Rio referred her as tentatively a young lady. It was rude to her, who was a proper lady as long as she paid attention to her speech.
“Rio, I understand that you’re worried for this weak lady who seems likely to be tricked, bullied to the point of crying, and stripped bare. But it’s okay. They are not that kind of people so don’t worry.”
“…Ah, my bad. It seems I misspoke. Are those children at the orphanage really alright? Won’t they get confused and frightened by your strangeness?”
“What do you mean by that?”
Sophie’s voice naturally became a lower tone. Rio looked away. It was typical of Rio to look away whenever things got worse on his part.
“Well, I’m grateful for Rio’s concern. That’s right, if you’re that worried, would you like to meet everyone?”
Sophie jokingly asked that, but Rio unexpectedly nodded.
Even in this area, which was famous as a health resort in the kingdom, once you moved away from the market and tailor shop at the end, the atmosphere quickly changed.
Rio was surprised when he saw the partially collapsed roofs and decayed stairs. His escort Al was still smiling as usual, but he sometimes looked around in interest.
“Ah, it’s Sophie-sama!”
As the group arrived at the front of a certain building, a boy younger than Sophie cheerfully called her name.
“You’re right! It’s Sophie-sama!”
Several children came out from various places within the cracked building.
“Here, I brought everyone some bread and snacks, so let’s eat it together. Don’t fight over it, okay?”
As Sophie gently beckoned to them, everyone cheerfully replied with “Yes.”
“Where is Bart?”
“If you’re looking for Bart nii-chan, he is in the field!”
“I see. Thank you.”
After expressing her gratitude, Sophie brought the two people toward the back.
“Who is Bart?”
“Bart is the oldest child in this orphanage, so he is like everyone’s onii-chan here.”
As Sophie explained that “he was about three or four years older than I am,” they could see a field. Since the land of the orphanage was small, they arrived in no time.
As Sophie raised her hand and called out, Bart, who was crouching and harvesting, slowly stood up. His clothes are covered in patches, and although it looked slightly dirty, Bart had an intelligent look fitting of the leader of the orphanage’s children.
“Huh, Sophie? I thought you told us that you can’t come to visit since your father is home?”
“If it’s about otou-sama, he’s already left this morning.”
Sophie’s father visited the villa to celebrate Sophie’s birthday, then regretfully returned to the capital today. By the way, there were tons of presents lined up in Sophie’s room, some of which hadn’t been opened yet.
“By the way, I’d like to introduce you. This is my friend Rio and his escort Al.”
“…What, is he also an aristocrat?”
Although the pair didn’t wear anything flashy, both of them were still dressed beautifully, which made Bart look at Rio and Al with disgust.
“Eh? Aah… he is, maybe?”
Since Sophie couldn’t say for sure, she could only answer in a questioning tone. Bart’s eyebrow wrinkled and looked at the pair with mistrust.
“Are you really okay to come with someone when you’re unsure about their identity?”
“Wha—! Sophie, are you always together with this rude fellow?!”
Rio frowned. Perhaps he never thought an orphan would refer to him as a suspicious person.
Rio and Bart glared at each other and sparks scattered between their gazes.
“Oh, why are both of you such worrywarts?”
““It’s because you are like that!””
It was a strange sight to see that Rio, who was possibly an aristocrat, and Bart, who was an orphan, managed to harmonize their thoughts. Although the thing they spoke out was very rude, it also made Sophie impressed without noticing it.
“Sophie, let’s go home. Your noble grace will become doubtful if you keep staying here!”
“What’s do you mean noble grace? Sophie had no such a thing to begin with!”
As Sophie saw Rio, who couldn’t retort back, she began to speak as expected.
“Ara ara, both of you sure get along well. If both of you want to say bad things about me, how about I listen over a cup of tea?”
As she gave a ladylike smile without showing her anger toward the two, both of them looked away at the same time.
Just like Rio, Bart was also weak against an angry Sophie. Although he was proud of his ability to argue, it seemed he couldn’t beat Sophie in that.
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