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The sound of pounding and stretching of the feather pillow can be heard inside the bedroom.
Ran screamed inside, punching the pillow with both hands.
‘Argh! Ran! You’ve gone completely insane. You’re a total idiot.’
After a while, the feather pillow had become so swollen that it seemed to have taken a great beating, so Ran set it aside and picked up another pillow to beat..
‘Crazy, crazy. You’re crazy! What are you trying to do when you’re drunk? What? Kissing? What kind of sexual harassment is that?’
The feather pillow gradually swelled up.
When the pillow was completely swollen, Ran rubbed her face on it.
After kicking the sheet several times with her foot, Ran sighed and sank into the bed.
‘And he pushed me off the railing!’
It was as if he was testing her, and she didn’t like it.
Of course, the sexual harassment was horrible. But does she deserve to die?
‘No, if I were in his shoes, I’d want to have pushed myself as well. I should apologize first.’
Yes, she should just apologize..
Ran decided and slowly raised her body from the bed. Today’s breakfast preparation time seemed short..
As she went down to the dining room, Yustaf stood there, waiting for her.
“Did you sleep comfortably?”
Ran stared at his face as he greeted her politely. He looked no different than usual.
Ran nodded as she sat on the chair.
“Yes, what about Yustaf?”
“I slept well, too.”
Yustaf stayed quiet as Ran narrowed her eyes and stared at him. A light meal was set before the two.
Suddenly Yustaf opened his mouth.
“Sister, I’ve been thinking about what you said.”
Ran raised her voice..
Ran’s face flushed when she saw Yustaf’s confused expression..
“No, well, I mean. Last night I, so to you….”
“It’s all right.” Yustaf replied in a muffled voice.
Ran asked softly, and Yustaf nodded..
“Of course. After all, I must be ‘kinder’ and ‘gentler’ to you.”
That’s right, she said that.
Ran resisted the urge to crouch and scream, while Yustaf pretended as if everything was fine.
“What I mean is that I don’t think you need to learn to dance.”
“Yes, you don’t have to dance.”
She got confused at Yustaf’s words and tilted her head.
While eating that day’s breakfast, which was oat porridge without sugar, Ran look at Yustaf and said,
“Well, I have something to talk about before I leave.”
Yustaf looked at her; Ran searched her pockets and panicked. She forgot about the picture because she was so preoccupied.
“I’ll show you later. Anyway, I’d like you to think about getting the sap I’m talking about.”
Since she might not be able to return until the spring, Ran prepared the report ahead of time.
“Yes! Sugar can be found in the sap of this tree. When you boil off the water, you get sugar.”
‘Finally, I won’t die of shock every time I see the price of sugar.’
Ran clenched her hand and screamed internally.
“You can get sugar from a tree?”
Ran nodded and motioned for the maid to get the photo from the desk. After a while, the maid returned with the paper.
Yustaf stared at her clumsy drawing of leaves as Ran enthusiastically explained the details.
“The sap of this tree is sweet.”
It was the same principle as maple syrup coming out of maple trees.
The sap of the northern snow white tree also tasted sweet.If you boil it down, it becomes syrup; and if you boil more, the syrup becomes lumpy like sugar.
Yustaf put down his spoon and leaned over the chair to look at the drawing. The empire’s sugar is entirely imported. Sugar cane was grown in the south, but the production was low.
A small amount of sugar costs a ton of silver.
“In fact, I’m not sure how to do it in detail either. I think it would be smarter to test the sap on a trial basis.”
I knew nothing but that the sap itself was sweet and that it became like sugar when boiled.
“Okay, We should try it.” Yustaf agreed..
“Yes, and now you can eat as much sugar as you want.”
“You know we can just buy sugar since we already have money from selling ice crystals.”
Ran smiled slightly at Yustaf’s words.
“Speaking of which, Levory says that the current craze for that one in the capital is no joke.”
“Of course it is.”
Ran thought long and hard about their first product.
It was a horse accessory. Horses can be decorated with any accessory, but making accessories for the nobility is very crucial.
That’s what Ran came up with.
When you equip this magical gem on a horse, transparent, iridescent wings will emerge from its body.
The winged horse has now symbolized aristocratic opulence.
The use of a high-purity crystal also ensures that the horse’s strength and stamina will slowly increase when it wears it for a longer period of time.
The Empress adorned every horse that pulled her carriage with this, and the result was spectacular.
After seeing the Empress’ four-horse carriage with clear iridescent wings running along the sides of the boulevard, everyone was eager to purchase one.
‘Besides, we directly sell the ice crystals to Golden Rose.’
For one year, the Mana Stone will be given exclusively to the Golden Rose.
Despite receiving 1 million verats in advance, the ice crystal would give her even more money. So Ran asked if she could sell the same handicrafts she had made that year, and Levory agreed to sell them for a low price. If they sell the magical item along with the Magic Stone at the beginning, their profits will be enormous.
The Golden Rose was flooded by the surge of inquiries.
The appearance of ice crystal, which has a purity that is incomparable to the current Mana Stone, piqued the interest of all nobles.
The price of ice crystal was about ten times the cost of production. Ordinary people couldn’t afford even a single grain at that price. It is still, however, an outrageous price for the aristocracy.
‘And the Mana Stone is a consumable product.’
When the mana inside runs out, you must replace it with a new mana stone..
Everyone asked Levory where the Mana Stone came from, and some even threatened her.
And now, when Ran said she was going to the capital, Levory leaked the details.
Ice crystal comes from the Duchess of Lachia.
The Duchess of Lachia is also said to be making a series of magical artifacts..
‘Oh, my stomach hurts when I think of meeting the Empress.’
She’ll also meet the Emperor.
“The Emperor would undoubtedly charge a huge tax on us.”
Ran murmured and Yustaf nodded.
“Of course he will.”
The empire, which was created 300 years ago, was completely reestablished. Ryan, the ruling emperor, took control of the territory, dismissed all of the existing barons, and granted lands to his vassals.
In other words, all of the empire’s current nobles earn the title bestowed upon them by the first emperor 300 years ago.
In principle, the emperor owned all of the empire’s territory, which he distributed to his subordinates. Thus, for the nobles, taking over the title and being recognized by the emperor was a very necessary traditional procedure.
The legitimacy of one’s own blood comes from the emperor.
As a result, there was no feeling of dissatisfaction in paying taxes to the emperor.
But Lachia is different.
Lachia was the only old bloodline that had not been changed.
‘The family that protects the door.’
The gatekeepers descend with the legendary great sage Ibria.
Ryan, the first emperor, also climbed the ice wall but was unable to conquer Lachia. The wizard with him was also unable to approach the ice wall, and the spirits who had vanished were blocked by the blue flame.
However, the Duke of Lachia bowed his head to the emperor, who was eager to conquer the continent; and the emperor appointed him to the rank of duke, and the war ended with both parties maintaining their dignity.
That is why Lachia still maintains its independence from the imperial family.
‘However, if he discovers we have the mine, the story will change.’
As an emperor, he would want to raise taxes because of the mine.
‘Even thinking about it makes my stomach hurt.’
Lachia had previously been poor, so he was uninterested. But circumstances change and it will be different.
“But I don’t want to go to war with the emperor.”
“Obviously not. Furthermore, you really don’t want to fight him, if you want to continue selling ice crystals.”
“If you do as I say, it will all work out.”
Ran nodded at Yustaf’s words.Before the emperor became greedy, the two had discussed raising the fee accordingly.
In any case, the Wizards Association is on his side as well. There will be no one to prevent the emperor if they allow him to take control of the situation.
‘And besides, there’s nothing better than the Imperial Family for advertising.’
It’s not a bad business if you consider the marketing benefits.
Yustaf looked at Ran, who was grinning.
She was obviously concerned about going to the capital by herself, but they couldn’t leave the Lachia empty.
Ran took a deep breath.
Yustaf nodded at Ran’s words.
“It’s going to work. And please take care of yourself.”
“You too Yus, maybe there’s a crazy guy walking through the land.”
Worried about Ran, Yustaf smiled.
“Have I not already told you about this?”
“That you’re not the kind to die easily?”
After answering lightly, Yustaf lifted a napkin and wiped Ran’s mouth.
“Just how old are you, anyway?”
“I’m nineteen… no I’m twenty now, right?”
Ran took a napkin from his hand and wiped her mouth calmly.
“I’m sorry that I’m moving right after the New Year’s party.”
“But there aren’t that many days with such good weather.”
Ran nodded at Yustaf’s words. Ran was leaving for the capital this morning
With the Duchess’s trip, the mansion was already bustling.
“Yes, and when I get the chance, I’ll get back here right away.”
“That will be good.”
“I’ll get you something delicious.”
At Ran’s words, Yustaf looked at her quietly and said,
“I look forward to it.”
Ran blinked at the unexpected response. and seriously asked him.
“Is there anything you want to eat?”
‘Then what are you looking forward to?’ Ran tilted her head in confusion.
“The sun is setting. You should hurry.”
Ran got up from her seat.
Because of the snow, she had to travel by sled and she was completely covered. In addition, the maids put a soft and hot magic pad on her seat.
Ran anticipated a hot trip rather than a cold one.
“Well, I’ll be back soon. I wish I could at least shake your hand as goodbye..” She looked like a baby wrapped in a swaddle.
“No need.” Yustaf replied politely.
“Please come back safely.”
Ran grinned when Yustaf’s surprising words came out of his mouth and nodded.
“Don’t drink alcohol.” He added as if giving advice.
Ran’s face distorted and she lowered her head.
“I won’t drink alcohol.”
Yustaf took a step back and looked at Blaine. Blaine made a light bow and raised his hand.
The sled began moving in response to the signal.
A group of knights with flags followed him.
Yustaf stood there until the group had disappeared.