174 – The People of House Willrose

 


Translator: SFBaka

Editor: Thor’s Stone


Despite Elma’s brother Ernst suddenly challenging me to a duel, we somehow managed to finish all our shopping and made it back to Black Lotus.

“Was it really fine to leave him like that?”

“It’s fine. He probably thinks you’re keeping me with you using my debt as a threat or something anyway.”

“Geez. Well, he’s not actually far off the mark in a sense though……”

In any case, Elma did offer her everything to me using that 3 million debt as a reason. Probably. Uh, no, maybe that was just my misunderstanding in the first place. I feel she doesn’t even care about the 3 million Enel debt right now…… Or rather, she hasn’t even paid me 1 Enel.

But apart from that time where she splurged her money on buying expensive liquor in the Alein system, she hasn’t really spent her cash all that much. Maybe she really is saving up in order to repay me after all. Or maybe she just doesn’t want to pay her debt so she can continue to stay with me. I’ll have to ask her to make sure though.

“That probably was my intention at first. But now, I’m staying with Hiro because I like being with you. I am saving up money though…… But I’ve only managed to save about 1,300,000 Enels, so I’m not even halfway there.”

“Um, I’ve also saved up 380,000 Enels. It hasn’t even been one year since I started working for you and yet……”

Elma and Mimi brought out their data terminals and showed me their savings.

It’s not like Mimi has a debt to pay anyway, so all of her savings are already her own. I did pay 500,000 Enels when I brought Mimi with me from her home colony, but I have no intention of having her pay that back. That would just mean she’ll get into debt with me instead of with the colony government after all.

Or rather, I have no intention of meddling with how they use their personal finances anyway…… They might not think of it that way though.

“Um, oh right. Since we’ve already made it back to the ship, do you want to contact your family, Elma?”

“Yeah, I guess…… Haah, this is so troublesome.”

“Ahaha…… But isn’t it great? You have a family that worries about you after all. Isn’t that right, Hiro-sama?”

“Mm, that’s right.”

Mimi and I both have no relatives in this galaxy after all. Mimi’s folks already died in an accident, and since she landed herself in that horrible predicament afterward, she might have lost contact with her grandparents and other relatives as well.

And then, there’s me. I suddenly found myself in this dimension for no rhyme or reason and now I’m drifting about in the galaxy together with Krishna before I knew it. I have no family or relatives in this dimension at all. I do treasure my crew as my family though.

“……You’re right. I’ll call them.”

Maybe she remembered Mimi and my circumstances. Elma’s expression changed from being annoyed to an earnest one.

“If it’s alright with you, I’ll sit in as well. We’re all part of the same crew, so we’re something like a family as well, right?”

“I-I’m joining too! Ah, I’ll call Mei-san, Tina-san, and Whisker-san as well!”

“Alright. Please call them over.”

Mimi fiddled with her tablet terminal and called Mei, Tina, and Whisker. Elma displayed a soft smile as she watched her.


Mei stayed on the ship so she made it to the lounge straight away, but Tina and Whisker were still in the Grakkis Secundus satellite office of Space Dwerg, so they told us they probably won’t be able to make it. Apparently, the main branch was located on Grakkis Prime.

“Okay then. I’ll start the call.”

Elma already informed the Willrose House that we would be engaging in a video call with them beforehand. They actually replied straight away as well. It looks like they are also anxious to see Elma as well.

They immediately picked up when we started the call, and the forms of three people got projected on the holo-display. One was a rather young-looking man, but he looked like the older version of the guy who pointed his sword at me when he saw Elma earlier. The other two were young women who very much looked like sisters. All of them had pointed ears like Elma and shared the same sort of aura as her.

“Dear father, mother, sister, It’s been a long time.”

『Elma…… In any case, I’m glad that you seem to be doing fine.』

The young-looking elven male looked at Elma with a concerned gaze and sighed in relief. The two young women focused their gazes at me though.

『……I heard he was a mercenary, so I fully expected a brutish boor.』

『He’s unexpectedly normal-looking, isn’t he?』

So which one of them was the mother and which one was the sister? They looked so young that they would both pass as Elma’s sisters. Well, one of them was really her sister though.

“I’ll introduce you. This is the captain of the ship I’m serving on; a Platinum-ranked mercenary recognized by the guild and a recipient of the Silver Sword Wings Assault medal, Hiro.”

“It’s my pleasure to meet you all. My name is Hiro. As I am of common birth, please forgive my unrefined words from time to time. I am honored to be in your presence.”

After saying so, I placed one hand over my chest and gave them a slight bow. After seeing my actions, the three figures projected by the holo-display all became quite surprised and were wide-eyed.

“Hey, Hiro. You just made my family speechless you know?”

“Huh? Um, did I do it wrong?”

“It would be fine if they were talking to a fellow noble, but a commoner mercenary talking so formally would seem really strange to them.”

“I see. Okay then. You’re up, Mimi.”

“Feh!? Ah…… Um, my name is Mimi. I was saved by Hiro-sama and Elma-san on Termaine Prime and have been together with them since. I’m pleased to meet you all.”

Mimi introduced herself as well and gave a cute bow. The Willrose family turned their gazes to Mimi, and Elma’s father, Viscount Willrose, as well as the two ladies, got startled and widened their eyes once more. Or rather, they did a double-take and focused their gazes on Mimi. It seems one of the ladies realized something and tilted her head in thought.

“Is there something wrong with our Mimi?”

『N-No. It’s nothing. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence ……Ahem. Excuse us. I am Elma’s father, Viscount Eldmoore Willrose. This is my wife, Milfi, and my other daughter, Elma’s older sister, Elfin.』

『Thank you for taking care of my daughter.』

『It’s nice to meet you.』

The lady with straight waist-length silver hair was the mother, Milfi-san, and the lady with hair that was close to golden blonde in color tied in a braid was the big sister, Elfin. Un. They all looked really young, including Elma’s dad.

『The reason we got in touch with you immediately is due to Ernst. Ah, Ernst is my son, and–』

“We already met dear brother. He suddenly challenged Hiro to a duel, so I shooed him away.”

『……Well, it’s alright as long as he’s fine.』

Eldmoore closed his eyes and sighed in relief.

『As soon as he learned that you were in the capital system, he immediately flew out of the house and went over to the Secundus colony. I already know that Hiro was awarded the Silver Sword Wings Assault medal, so I was worried something would happen once he finds you.』

“I see. Rather, what was the meaning of that demand you sent to the Mercenary Guild anyway? You told them to immediately hand me over in the name of House Willrose.”

『What? I should have only sent them a message telling them to have you contact us as soon as possible though?』

『That idiot probably intercepted your message and tampered with it, father.』

Elfin-san sounded rather harsh when she gave her take on the matter. She was referring to Ernst when she said ‘idiot’, right?

『Perhaps so…… I shall confirm it with the Mercenary Guild later on. More importantly, it’s been five years since you left us, Elma. The engagement with Gilliam has already been called off, so you don’t have anything to worry about anymore. So please come back, dear.』

Eldmoore-san gently implored Elma with a serious expression on his young-looking face. Gilliam? Engagement? Aha!

“I see. So that’s the reason you ran away huh?”

“That’s not really the only reason, but it was a major factor, I admit. I’ll talk about it with you later…… Dear father, I do not have any intention of coming home yet.”

『Is it because of your debt? It was 3,000,000 Enels, I believe. We can easily pay off that amount, dear. We can actually pay double or even triple the price if you wish. So please come back, Elma. The life of a mercenary is always fraught with danger, right? If you come home, there’s no longer any reason for you to risk your life.』

“It’s true that I haven’t paid off my debt to Hiro. Or rather, I haven’t even paid him 1 Enel, not to mention 3 million. But I can’t have you pay it off just like that either, dear father. I’ll work hard and pay Hiro myself.”

『I admire your sense of duty dear but bear in mind that you are a member of House Willrose. Besides, you are still an unmarried girl. You must know the implications of a girl staying on a male mercenary’s ship–』

“Of course I’m aware. And we’re already in that sort of relationship as well.”

After saying so, Elma grabbed my arm and snuggled with me.

『Wha–!?』

When Eldmoore-san saw her actions, his eyes opened as wide as saucers in sheer shock, but his expression turned quite murderous shortly after.

『How dare a mere mercenary like you touch my beloved daughter……?』

“Well, I won’t deny what I’ve done. And I don’t intend to part with Elma either.”

I took his gaze head-on without flinching.

『Ha! Well said, you brat. But don’t think I won’t dare to open a hole on your– Ugeh!?』

The holo-display clearly showed two fists attack Eldmoore-san’s sides simultaneously and took the wind out of him. And the owners of those fists were, of course, Elma’s mother Milfi and Elma’s sister Elfin.

『This is why the men in our house are no good. As soon as something happens, they immediately go shouting ‘duel, duel’ like idiots. ……Honestly.』

『One foolish muscle-brained brother who’s enamored with those Drawn Sword folks is more than enough for this household, father.』

『In the first place, Hiro-kun is already hailed as a hero and has received the Silver Sword Wings Assault medal. He will also be receiving a Silver Star, or perhaps even a Gold Star, later on, right? A Gold Star recipient will be given the same accords as a viscount. And even if that was not the case, Hiro-kun should already be treated as an honorary imperial knight due to the Silver Sword Wings Assault medal. This is not the time or situation for you to propose a duel.』

Eldmoore-san, who was currently crouching in pain due to the attacks on both of his sides, was scolded mercilessly by the two women. Um, even I’m starting to pity the guy. How about you leave it at that, ladies?

“And, um, there’s no way I’ll be able to part with Hiro now anyway……”

『Ara? Ara ara, ara ara?』

『So you beat me to the punch huh? To think I’ll be overtaken by my own younger sister.』

After hearing Elma’s words, Milfi-san and Elfin-san started grinning teasingly at her. What? What did they get from Elma’s earlier words anyway?

“Hey, Mimi. What are they talking about?”

“U-Um, err, ahaha.”

Mimi seems to know something. Just what the heck is up here? I have no idea at all.

“It looks like you have lots of things to talk about with your family huh.”

“There’s no reason to hide anything anymore, so I’ll tell them everything later. Later, okay.”

『Oh my. I don’t mind if you tell us everything now you know.』

『Right, right. We’re all ears, my dear little sister.』

“Isn’t it obvious that those are things I want only dear mother and sister to hear!?”

The red-faced Elma started making a ruckus with her mother and sister projected by the holo-display. The riot continued until the downed Eldmoore-san finally managed to revive.

Specifically, it only ended after a full five minutes.


 


47 Comments

  1. so Mimi’s grandparents are either the emperor or a duke house? The flag is getting heavier

    • Or maybe there is someone from the imperial family or high noble family that is her lookalike

    • I think it’s eye rolling and unnecessary…but something like that coming up does look inevitable now.

    • Could be some terrible implications if she’s a hidden princess, maybe the accident that left her with that huge debt, was caused by people forgetting/not knowing that their cover job was a cover, and not being qualified to do it.

      • I think her being a doppelgänger is more likely. If she were a hidden princess, someone in the Imperial Household would have been tasked with keeping an eye out for her and would not have let her fall into a situation where she was thrown into a slum and at a point where she was about to be raped in an alleyway.

        What looks likely instead is that whoever looks like her might be sick, or missing, and she might need to be recruited to pretend to be her in a the Prince and the Pauper-type situation.

  2. So, I assume that small exchange between her mother and sister was enough for Elma to inform them that she able to conceive with Hiro? Perhaps we’ll get a more detailed explanation on elven biology this arc.

    Also, now that we’ve seen Elma’s family’s reaction to Mimi, I’m really looking forward to the award ceremony. With so many high ranking nobles in attendance, there’s no way one of them (or perhaps the emperor or empress) doesn’t just come out and say “you look exactly like our missing princess”.

    **Sidenote: I doubt it was intentional, but the author naming Elma’s mom “MILFi” made me chuckle.

    • Looks like Elma didn’t get her mother’s blessing. Wonder how her sister is.

      And yeah, can’t wait for Mimi’s reveal.

    • I think that she is already pregnant…
      Since I don’t even remember how long ago it was since they last got the extra strong contraceptives…

      • Sounds unlikely to be pregnant now, even if biologically and spiritually speaking her body is ready to conceive his baby. Merely due to their life still being pretty hectic to handle babies at the moment.

    • Well, Elma’s mother is young looking, good looking (though that is probably guaranteed by biotech and advanced medical stuff), but the best part is that “ara ara” which greatly elevates her character.
      Yeah, Milfi is a MILF.

      • Yeah as a noble she’s obviously enhanced, but mate.. She’s young looking because she’s an Elf, you forgot that? xD Same for the father actually…

    • I was reading through the story a second time before I caught MILFi-san.

  3. What was the writer thinking naming Elma’s mom MILFi ?
    Was that some kind of flag for the. future?

  4. At this rate Hiro’s going to own the residential planet and not just the house

  5. “And, um, there’s no way I’ll be able to part with Hiro now anyway……”

    half-elf incoming?

    • Don’t forget the extremely angry siscon

    • That was my first thought. Theyd already established that they are sleeping together so thats the only other thing, short of marriage, that fits. Mimi would of course be in the loop.

      I have to say if its true i love this development! Its always annoying how things like this get ignored in other novels.

  6. He knocked her up through her space birth control!
    Haaaaaaaaa

  7. Saying it like that… Either she’s referring to what the Doc said to her in the past(The fact that she can conceive with Hiro) and being Elf the Mother and sister know very what that comment mean or… She’s already expecting. But if she’s pregnant i didn’t see any hint of it in the past chapter, especially if Mimi know it (Since she seems to know what Elma is talking about), knowing Mimi she should be extremely that Elma is pregnant so Hiro would notice her behavior

  8. I don’t think she pregnant, I mean Mimi will alert Hiro about the pregnancy’s immediately as its dangerous to bring pregnant woman into a combat zone, not to mention the dangerous of extreme G-force from Hiro extreme maneuver.

    On other hand I like the mother because she speak “ara ara”.

    Oh and Mimi definitely somebody famous family.

    • Its been a few weeks since the combat by this point. Its highly possible theyve only recently found out. Hiro has been focused 100% on sword lessons of late and he did comment that Elma has been acting weird on their trip back. Could be what he assumed was solely the anxiety over reuniting with her family was also the revelation that she is now expecting.

    • I believe in the previous chapters they use some contraceptive measurement…

  9. So… her mother is the MILFi, right? lol

  10. Great boobs are always a Royal quality Mimi …

    TY very much TL samas

    • Hey, there’s a chance the elf family members were actually staring at Mimi’s chest (them epic bo*bs always attract attention).
      Well, that line… it should be a flag for Mimi’s background.

  11. Mate, Hiro has the worst luck. He literally did everything in his power to avoid royalty, and ends up right in the middle of ALL of them.

  12. This chapter was good to great from the start, but that elf mother with her use of “ara ara” just made it legendary. So, it’s very possible that Elma is pregnant, though I find it weird since the girls should have been on some contraceptives. Then again, maybe the main reason Elma was supposed to marry that guy, Gilliam, is genetics, meaning that guy could knock her up (maybe Gilliam is also an elf), thus now that Hiro is also capable enough (lulz), their relationship should be ok now.
    Also, Mimi being related to someone high in society flag is now firmly in place.
    Thanks for the chapter! Awesome translation! God bless you, and happy Holidays!

    • For them to conceive with someone wasn’t it more a problem of mentality rather than genetics? With how flustered Elma was when the medic told her i believe it’s because it clearly exposed her feelings for Hiro no ?

  13. I agree with Emeralh’s comment. Mother & Sister are happily surprised to find out that Elma has someone with whom she desires to conceive (now starts the “When can I see the face of my Grandchild?” scenario).
    As for Mimi, I am suspecting perhaps a royal “get together” with the female platinum mercenary mentioned in the previous chapter.
    Time (and donations) will tell!

    Thanks for the awesome chapter!

    • Oooooh, that’s an interesting take.. Thus far I’ve only speculated royalty/nobility (and foreign royalty) but being related to the Plat merc would be interesting in its own right..

  14. Thanks for the treat.

  15. Oh boi oh boy! Mimi’s flags are raising like hell! Now that rules out being from a family of high ranked mercenaries and only being a noble theory remains. Possibly from a high position one, maybe a duke or she’s an illegitimate daughter/granddaughter of the emperor

  16. I was slayed by the “ara ara”s

  17. As for Elma’s case, it is now a green light.
    But…
    As for Mimi… The mystery ensues

  18. Given the reactions from members of high nobility mimi is probably related to the imperial family somehow. I doubt elma is pregnant as that would greatly hinder the story, elma wont be able to go into high stress combat situations if she is pregnant, plus the kid would need to be taken care of, and it would be really weird and dangerous to raise a kid on a damn mercenary spaceship, not to mention it would potentially put a permanent damper on Hiro’s snu snu time. Hopefully the author has just done something along the lines of making it so elven culture puts a lot of pressure on them to only ever have one sexual partner in their lives.

  19. so im guessing mimi is another noble from somewhere…

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