BlackSmith V3 C5
Having a prince come to my domain and then leave my domain looking very glum is not good . I can’t have the prince leaving and going home while looking like that, so I had to stop him .
If the rumors were to spread about the prince entering our domain looking healthy and then left looking all depressed and got thinner, all the good reputation accumulated right now will be gone . So, I took the prince to the city to try to cheer him up .
“How’d you like my city, isn’t it beautiful?” (Kururi)
“That’s true . ” (Arc)
Only two word answers came from the prince .
His complexion was also pale .
How long are going to be upset about yesterday, Arc, let it go .
“Come on Arc, look around! There so many cute and lovely girls in the town right now . Look there’s a whole group of them over there . ” (Kururi)
I point at the direction where there are girls . There really was a cute young girl doing shopping right there .
Looking at the people’s happy faces, from my perspective as a lord, is a very good thing .
Also seeing young women shopping and enjoying their holiday is proof that my domain is prosperous .
But, today I can’t think of stuff like that .
I have to cheer up the prince, so my domain stays prosperous .
The prince, Arc, looks cool . He can do basically everything, plus he’s also smart .
Even if he stays silent and just people look from afar, he will still be popular . I have no doubt about that .
My plan is to have the prince walk around town and have the young women fawn over him . Then he will cheer up and then return to the capital . Just to be sure, I will also give him one of our prided watermelons to take back which will make his visit perfect . This little extra work is what I have to do as the lord of the domain .
“Hey, let’s go over there . ” (Kururi)
I point to the group of young women standing by a stall and pulled Arc over there .
This is a stall that sells accessories; naturally the young women are flocking here to buy things .
I lead the prince and myself into the store and walked around just to show our faces . After doing that for a while, we left the store .
The young women’s face changed when they saw us . All of their faces suddenly changed color . One of them started to scream over the prince, which is followed by another scream and then suddenly they all started to scream over the prince . The atmosphere definitely changed for the better .
I secretly looked over to see how the situation was and without a doubt they were all interested to come over here . Now, all I have to do is wait for them to call us out .
“Hello . ” (Women)
Yes, it’s here! They took the bait! I took a look at the girl and noticed that she was beautiful . Even comparing her to other people here, she stood out .
Good, now the prince will forget the incident with Iris and go have fun in my domain . Now, come beautiful girl, attack Prince Arc!
“Hello, are you the lord Kururi-sama?” (Woman A)
“Hello . ” (Kururi)
What? They want to talk to me?
“I always looked up to you, Kururi-sama . Is it alright if I ask to shake your hand?” (Women A)
“Oh, yes . Of course, it’s ok . ” (Kururi)
I shook her hand and she looked really grateful, like she met her favorite celebrity .
“Excuse me, may I also shake your hand?” (Woman B)
“Oh, yes . ” (Kururi)
She was also very beautiful as well .
Afterwards, many people started to line up and wanted to shake my hand . Yes, this is why life is good .
I did not come here for this!
I quickly look at the Prince and saw that his dead fish eyes while looking over here .
Why!? Why did I win against the prince right now!?!
The Prince is a really cool looking guy and right now he is really quiet too . But why did I win this game of picking up?
“Oh . ” (Kururi)
I just realized the reason why the prince lost .
The difference is that of home and away game type of thing .
As the son of the lord and add to the fact of my continuous public appearances for the reforms in the domain, made me and my face quite well known .
Prince Arc face’s, who had never visited my domain before, would not be well known to the common people .
In terms of looks, the prince is winning but I definitely win the in personality area . Which does not matter much at a pickup game, thus the difference must reside in which face is known more .
Obviously mine is, considering that this is my domain .
It is precisely because of this difference of face status caused the prince to lose . In the case of unknown good-looking man, and a good looking man who will be the next lord . Winning in this situation is a given for me .
Dammit!! But it was already too late .
However, I have to admire the women of my domain; they all have a good head on their shoulders .
Their futures are looking bright and they will all make great wife to whomever they marry .
But still, today you should not have done this .
This is not on the level of Tamanokoshi* . The common girl has the chance to actually rise to the heavens . Come on, try looking clearly!
(Tamanokoshi is a moisturizing cream that is popular in Japan . It is said to give you skin like of a goddess . )
Look, the prince is crying on the inside .
I can’t look at this anymore .
“I am sorry, but right now I can’t shake anymore hands . I have to show my friend around the domain . ” (Kururi)
I feel like a star right now .[EDnote: start? what?]
I waved goodbye to everyone and took the prince’s hand and left .
“When did I become your friend?” (Arc)
“Isn’t it fine to call you my friend?” (Kururi)
“You sure are popular, especially with the girls . ” (Arc)
“…… . ” (Kururi)
I felt a killing intent coming from him but I ignored it completely .
“That’s right; you’re also popular with Eliza . Did you read her letter?” (Arc)
Oh, so you do remember giving me that .
“Eliza letter was different; her letter was like a summer greeting . ” (Kururi)
The letter was mostly that and a bit about her daily life, which I was kind of concerned about but now that I know about it . Her daily life is pretty normal .
“How long have I been such a disappointment of a man?” (Arc)
The prince sits down on a bench and looks into the distant sky .
No, this is not good . I have no more cards to play to encourage him . I don’t know where humans made the first misstep in life . The prince in the original work was so cool .
“Eliza always used to follow me around . I wonder when that changed . ” (Arc)
“Eliza always used to bug me and follow me around to the point that it was annoying . I got angry at her many times as well but maybe that was wrong . All of that now feels nostalgic now and I miss it . ” (Arc)
“Eliza stop chasing me a few months ago, I felt relieved that she stopped but now that I think about those moments in my life was when I shining the most . ” (Arc)
“Eliza is just busy right now . ” (Kururi)
“It is true what they say, until you lose it, you do not know how much you actually treasure someone . ” (Arc)
“Is that right?” (Kururi)
If tears fall down his face and then he goes back on his trip . That, right there, would make this an A+ story book .
“You sure are good at everything . You get along with both Eliza and Iris; you are going to steal everything from me, aren’t you?” (Arc)
Now, you’re just blaming me for nothing .
But wait, is it my fault?
“You also lately have been getting along with Rail for a while, are you going to take my best friend as well?” (Arc)
“Nope, that guy is totally different . ” (Kururi)
I have to immediately deny this one . Rail is dangerous for me and I don’t want to get any closer to him, if possible .
I see the prince getting thinner by the second, is that possible?
The prince must have never lost a match, especially in the genre of love . Seeing a man who won 99 out of 100 matches, finally lose once . Ha-ha, this really is an A+ book .
“Come on dude, cheer up . There are many girls in this world, as many there are fish in the sea . ” (Kururi)
“You are popular, so you can say that easily . ” (Arc)
Saying I am popular, he opened up wounds that from my past life .
“First, let’s try something easy, why don’t you give a gift to the girl you’re interested in?” (Kururi)
“There is no like that for me right now . ” (Arc)
He is probably thinking about Iris right now .
“The last time I gave a gift, they made an uncomfortable expression, and I think they might have hated it . ”(Arc)
“Oh, what did you give?”(Kururi)
“A diamond necklace . ” (Arc)
“Why are you silent?” (Arc)
“Huh . ” (Kururi)
“What was the gift bad? Has my sense of gifts or accessories have deteriorated that much?” (Arc)
“No, please calm down . ” (Kururi)
“Well, then what was wrong?” (Arc)
“Well normally, you don’t give a girl you just met a gift like that . Wouldn’t anyone be scared of a person like that?” (Kururi)
“I do not understand… . . I do not understand that type of feeling . ” (Arc)
I do not understand the feeling of people . I do not understand how humans work . Humans are scary . Human……[TLnote: This is a reference to Astroboy, an anime about a robot boy, I think it was the 5th episode that he said these lines . ]
It is an attitude that seems to continue .
It can’t be helped, let me help him before he becomes a beast .
“I gave a girl a flower before and they were very happy with the gift . ” (Kururi)
“Flower… then I will give a garden of flowers!” (Arc)
“No, that is not what I meant; they will also be scared of that . ” (Kururi)
“… . I do not understand that feeling . ” (Arc)
Humans… . . The rest is omitted .
“No, just one or two flowers are enough . ” (Kururi)
“One? Wouldn’t that seem like you’re cheap?” (Arc)
“No, not really . A flower that only grows at a particular garden will show both effort and thoughtfulness to the person you are giving it to . A flower like that exists in my domain . ” (Kururi)
“Oh, I understand that feeling!” (Arc)
Human… Human beings are warm . Human beings are friendly . Human beings love each other .
Sorry, I will stop making fun of the Prince .[TLnote: He is still quoting Astroboy in his mind . ]
After telling him about the flower, the prince told me to guide him to where that flower grows .
I lead him to the biggest garden in my domain . This place will absolutely have that flower .
“The name of flower is “Hamaio” . It is a flower with 6 different petals with the colors red, white, blue, yellow, green, and pink . A very strange flower, which in flower language means “that today will be a miracle”, just by finding the flower will let you absolutely obtain happiness . ” (Kururi)
“Oh! Just by hearing it my energy is coming back . I will find this then… . . No! After I find this flower, is where everything starts . ” (Arc)
“Yes, that’s the attitude prince . ” (Kururi)
“Thank you, Kururi . You can head back by yourself; I want to find this flower by myself . ” (Arc)
“Ok, good luck!” (Kururi)
After my talk with the prince I returned to the mansion and enjoyed my vacation with Rahsa .
The vacation after I took care of the prince was much better . Rahsa is a really nice guy, Vain is funny, and Iris always gives a fresh feeling . What a good vacation!
While we were having so much fun, Arc was still looking for the flower . I was having so much fun that I kind of forgot about him .
3 days later, he came back to me in a half crying state . … . He did not find the flower .
The prince also got even thinner .
“It’s alright . ” (Kururi)
The prince’s spring may never ever come again .[TLnote: Spring means love to most Japanese . ]