Welcome theultimatebaka, our new editor for IST. This release concludes Chapter 1.
Unlike Sanai or Bard, Oka Masaharu was born in an ordinary family.
With a little exception of a special condition called the chuunibyou that those undergoing puberty may catch.
Surprisingly, Masaharu was studying things specifically in order to utilize them in case he ended up being reincarnated in an alternate world.
For such a boy to end up reincarnating in Bard’s world could only be described as fate.
Right after the car accident which took Masaharu’s life, an unrecognizable couple appeared in front of ‘Masaharu’.
Confusion and disappointment from the fact that he failed to advance to university quickly changed to feelings of happiness and excitement.
It was his long awaited reincarnation.
Could it be the beginning of ‘The Legendary Protagonist -Oka Masaharu- and His Legendary Adventure Part One’?
Such hopes emerged within Masaharu, yet were immediately destroyed.
What was unexpected was the existence of another personality--Sanai, and the partly developed personality of Bard himself.
Currently, we can assume that Bard's brain was able to adapt to such an unusual incident only because his ego was not fully developed yet.
Information and data worth the combination of three people is so massive, that all three emerging at the same time would be too much for the brain.
Sanai noticed this, and was clever enough to keep his voice down, and refrained from intruding. Even Masaharu, although it took a while, realized he wasn't the protagonist he wished for, and decided to cooperate with the others.
It was a difficult decision for Masaharu, but it was incomparable to the joy he gained from being able to live in an alternate world.
...As long as he was able to live.
“It’s gonna break! If you twist it that way, my arm is going to break!! NOW ISN’T THE TIME FOR YOU TO SIT ON MY BAAAACK!!” [Masaharu]
“...Is it just me, or does it sound like you can still go for more?”
What awaited the 3 personalities who were determined to coexist was the ‘training’ where any instance of negligence would lead to certain death.
Well, Magotte may have been going easy, but to Bard who was only 6 years old, and Masaharu who was an ordinary high school student, it was torturous.
“Why do I have to run through a full marathon while having a spear pointed at my back!?” [Masaharu]
“Come on! If you slow down, you’ll end up with a hole in your stomach!”
“I can’t handle this mother!!” [Masaharu]
As a result of this deadly training, with Bard at the lead, Sanai and Masaru's memories were properly merged without conflicting with each other’s.
Due to their special situation, Sanai’s memory took a larger portion, but Masaharu’s contribution was not little.
In fact, considering Bard’s current goal, there is a possibility that Masaharu will show a stronger potential.
As common among kids with chuunibyou, Masaharu had a deep understanding of certain specific contents, especially when it came to cheating with the domestic affairs.
“The feedbacks are great, but they already know that the sweetness comes from something other than sugar canes. It wont’take long before they figure out the secret...”
Serena, who returned from the imperial city, gave a great smile.
All because the sugar entrusted by Bard fetched a price much higher than she had expected.
Thanks to Bard, the Savarin Corporation’s assets skyrocketed.
There were very few firms that owned something so valuable, even within the imperial city.
Huge merchant firms located in the imperial city had already begun sending spies in order to figure out why the domain of Cornelius, located in a far away land, were able to gather so much sugar.
“I knew that from the beginning. I will find another money tree somewhere else.”
“I already finished purchasing the land you wanted. Dry land worth around 5 hectares (50,000 m2)”
“Really…? 5 ha sounds a bit too huge...”
She seems to have given us a rocket start.
Bard was planning to use his acquaintance's connections to purchase unused land of around 1 ha.
5 ha would be around the same size as 1 Tokyo Dome Corp. It would be tremendously huge especially for the domain of Cornelius, which has very little farmland.
“Just think of it as my early investment.”
Without a single sense of apology, Serena spoke.
Money earned from Bard at this point would only be as good as a part-time job.
Serena knew already that these deals could only stack gold when investment is involved.
And, she thought this was her given right, since she gave Bard the better end at the deal earlier with the reward proportion.
If this deal failed in the end, Serena would be the only one at a loss, but considering the possible assets, there were no risks big enough to stop her.
“...So how much of your assets will I be receiving?”
Since there exists a huge difference in investment at this point, it would be unavoidable for Serena to receive the larger portion of the assets.
It wasn’t a bad deal for Bard if the Savarin Corporation were to earn great fame and reputation either.
However, Bard was not going to let even Serena hop onto this deal as a freeloader.
‘Even a single penny will make a difference’--was Bard’s own policy.
“Hmmmm, how about 30% of the net profit? It should still give you a much higher benefit than before.”
“Yeah, since I’m not taking any monetary risks, I guess that sounds just about right? It would be great if you could add on some ear rubbing service in there though.”
“N--No way! That is only on special occasions! Only when I allow you to!”
Suddenly blushing, Serena held her ears down.
However, her wagging tail unconsciously showed Serena’s greed inside out.
“---If you keep bullying our president like that, I’m really going to have to make you marry her.”
“I am sorry. I should not have said that.”
Lelona’s calm words instantly made Bard apologize from reaction.
Bard realized after 2 years that Lelona never jokes around.
Serena felt slightly offended from the fact that Bard apologized without hesitation.
“As you asked, I bought as many gold bullions as cheaply as I could. What are you planning to do with this?”
A bullion is basically gold in bulk before coining and taking shape, like an ingot.
Since it has not gone through processes, it can be purchased at a relatively cheap price.
With that being said, gold is still a valuable metal even in this world, and cannot be acquired easily.
“We bought some old gold works that are almost worthless now. Don’t tell me you are going to start some gold working.”
A well done gold work will have a huge value, and can be sold for great amount of money.
However that can only be possible through having 3 qualities: a group of customers called the rich noble families, an expert worker with the skill to work with gold, and trust earned through the grade and history of the merchant firm.
Even if Bard somehow managed to make a rare and beautiful gold work, that itself will not be enough to sell it.
If they were sold cheaply, then there will be many who would want them, but that would not make much profit.
Serena did not think for a bit that Bard would do such stupid thing.
“Yeah, I will do some processing, just not the kind you may be thinking about right now.”
Serena felt impatient for a moment thinking she may have trusted Bard too much.
Then again, Lelona thinks Serena has been trusting Bard way too much since long ago.
Noticing that Bard was laughing so childishly, Serena noticed she was playing into his hands, and smirked.
“You are such a meanie. Are you really having fun playing around with a cute girl like me?”
“Indeed I am, since you always have a serious face”
“Mmm...You really are a meanie.”
“...Allow me to just say that if I think our president can not get married to another man anymore, then I will do everything possible to make you marry her. ”
“Damn! You’re acting so scary, Lelona-san!”
(Man, this is so much fun, but I have to bet my life from now on when playing around with Serena?)
Receiving huge terror and pressure from Lelona, Bard stands up straight.
Meanwhile, Serena blushed red from imagining her future life with Bard.
For Serena to be able to stand strong against a noble with no problem, yet sometimes act so childish, Lelona felt very worried.
“(She acts so childish usually yet can become extremely active at certain times...it must be due to her father.)”
If that is the case, then she might screw up at the important times.
Lelona reminded herself to be extra careful.
A long moment of silence arrived.
After a short cough, Bard took out a hairpiece from his pocket.
“This is a sample work I received at the factory…”
It was a very well-made hairpiece even to Serena’s eyes.
Using a large anemone flower as the main, which itself may seem a little plain, but the decoration of a bee being attracted to it adds a clear imagery to the work.
The very well detailed work shows that it must have been done by an extremely experienced worker.
What was surprising was that the hairpiece was made out of gold.
“This work...how much did this cost?”
Lelona, who usually never changes her expression stared at the work with awe.
It was a moment that Bard wanted to somehow bring a camera and keep for eternity.
Their reactions were quite reasonable.
A well-designed, detailed work and it’s shine were definitely at least 100 gold coins worth in value.
Nobles who take a great liking to this work may even pay up to 200 gold coins for it.
It was something extremely rare within the domain of Cornelius, located in a far away land.
“I didn’t even use half a gold coin”
“What did you say!?”
No, that is plain impossible. Just the material itself should cost no less than 10 gold coins.
Bard’s words were so mind blowing, Serena began questioning Bard’s brain functionality.
“This is gilded after all.“
“Yup. Gilded. The gold is only on the surface; the inside is just bronze.”
“But… shouldn’t it still cost more than half a gold coin!?”
The current method of gilding in this world uses hot silver to melt gold; plate it on the surface, then lastly burn only the surface, which causes only the silver to evaporate.
This method uses much less gold in amount, yet requires a lot of time and an experienced person to execute.
Thus, it requires just about the same cost as using pure gold; with no advantages.
It was a technique only few of the merchants would know, from its scarce popularity.
Bard smiled, and dropped the last word bomb.
“Actually, it’s quite easy to do, as surprising as it may sound.”
As Bard expected, Serena and Lelona both showed clear astonishment on their faces.
The two then returned to their merchant firm, in order to find market routes for their new deal called the gilded work.
A huge duty had to be done after dealing with many people, working to mass produce sugar, help find transportation routes, and work on major maintenances.
The intuition of the two merchants told them that they cannot afford to miss this great opportunity.
Furthermore, this would bring huge opportunities to the nobles of the middle-class and rich civilians who could not lay their hands on beautiful, expensive products.
And thus, it may bring grade and class to the up and coming Savarin Corporation.
No matter how tough it may be, one would not be a merchant without burning their soul to such opportunity.
“(Maybe I should really force this man to marry our president...)”
Without knowing Lelona was thinking such a designing thought, Serena roars to the sky with ambition.
“Hell yeah!! I will definitely pull this off! Watch me! Dad! Mom! ”
If they pull this off, their names will spread throughout not only the domain of Cornelius, but also within the entire kingdom.
The young merchant’s heart, that could not help but feel overly sensitive about the difference in status when it thought about marriage, was as pure as it could be.
The factory in which Bard received the gilded work was located approximately 2 minutes away from the sugar beet farm.
The sign ‘Gaut Factory’, which looked very large on the small factory, actually helped to shape the atmosphere.
Although very small, it was known to do some finely tuned work.
“Chief Gaut, how are the works going?”
“Oh, Young-boss. Well, I’ve got about 20 finished right now.”
“You don’t need to call me Young-boss...”
The sound of the phrase just makes it sound like I’m a child, and it’s annoying.
He first called me ‘kid’, but after I taught him how to gild, he has been showing great respect with his words.
That is apparently how the hierarchy works in the world of these workers.
Gaut is actually only 33 years old, and he is also Tyros’ older brother.
For him to be holding the position of a boss at this age is actually outstanding, so much that he was known locally as a worker with a sensitive and unique touch in his works.
Bard had an eye on him ever since he saw Gaut’s works at a store, and asked Tyros to meet him in person.
The first contact between them didn’t go as well as Bard had expected.
“Listen, kid. I only make what I want to make. Got it!?”
“I don’t mean to force you to work for me, but could you first take a look at this?”
Bard heard from Tyros that Gaut was not only an experienced worker, but also a very curious man.
Gaut, who should still be working under someone, only became independent after clashing with his conservative master for his overly curious and ambitious personality.
Seeing Gaut give a silent response, Bard began placing multiple urns around 30cm tall in front of him.
“What are those?”
“Well, you could call them a power source for a certain technique.”
“A power source?”
Gaut seemed extremely confused.
A power source used in this world would commonly be hydraulic turbines or wind turbines, and sometimes also magic tools.
A small urn should not be able to become a power source of any kind.
“Then, you just connect the urn’s electrodes to this tub here with a copper wire...”
After pouring acidic liquid into the tub, Bard held the wire in his hand.
He then took out a small gold plate he got as a gift in the past, then dipped it inside the liquid.
“Hey, hey, kid. Where the heck did you get that gold?”
Gaut owns some gold himself for his works but it is odd for a such child to be owning one.
Gaut finally noticed at this point that Bard’s outfit was too finely made for a normal civilian.
“(Could he be a noble? It wouldn’t make sense for a noble to be at this old place...)”
“And then I use the bronze work by Chief--”
“Hey! That’s the work I gave to Messina’s place!”
“Yeah, I really like how it just fits my ideal image.”
A large anemone flower and the surrounding bees.
The painting work was its only weakness.
It was inevitable for Gaut in a way.
Gaut was a craftsman; not an artist.
They say, when one excels at something, then they are most likely missing a screw somewhere else.
For Gaut, that was his coloring skills.
“Now we wait for a while”
“...What is it that you are trying to do? Hm? What’s this...why are there bubbles? And it’s hot?”
Gaut froze as he gazed at the unbelievable sight he was witnessing.
He heard there were a few craftsmen who use magic for their work, but even he knew there was no magic being used.
“(How did Bard pull this off, without using his hands or fire?
How amusing. It has been so long since the last I felt so excited)”
The urns Bard prepared were an old-style battery.
This urn-like object was found in Baghdad, the capital city of Iraq, and was known as the Baghdad Battery or the Parthian Battery, known to be a piece of an OOPArt; something that Masaharu had been studying about.
The structure is very simple; an enclosed urn with a bronze cylindrical hose with a metal rod through it inside. The rest of the insides of the urn is filled with a conducting liquid.
Something that, even in this science-less world, requires no effort to prepare.
An urban legend once arose in Masaharu’s world that electricity may have existed over 2000 years before the discovery in the 18th century, which caught the attention of Masaharu with his chuunibyou.
An experiment done back in 1938 by a scientist showed that the urn was able to consistently provide 2 volts of electricity.
With electricity, gilding is extremely easy, and it is known to be the method used for the golden works found in ancient egyptian ruins.
Back when Masaharu was alive, he successfully gilded the bolts of his bike, ZZR.
Although he used a dry battery back then, Bard realized those two shared basic principles and thus was sure of the outcome.
Approximately 30 minutes later.
The craftwork was done and taken out of the liquid as Gaut gazed straight at it.
“Wait, WHAT IS THIS?????”
There was no way Gaut could remain calm.
The anemone flower which had a poor coloring work received glamorous looks with a shining golden plating.
“Would you like to make this yourself?”
Gaut immediately responded with a straight ‘yes’ to Bard’s question, as their deal was made.
Since then, Gaut has never stopped showing Bard his respect.
For Gaut who always only wanted to make what he wanted to make, yet was unable to make a satisfactory work, Bard was a savior who brought light into his despair.
“I have some bullions for you.”
Bard suddenly woke Gaut, who up recalling his past in a dream.
“I can get this much!?”
“Depending on how many items you make, I’ll get you more.”
Bard quickly responded, as he saw a similar reaction from Gaut as the 2 girls he was talking to just a few moments ago.
If I ask for more, the Savarin Corporation will more than likely invest more money into this deal.
“Damn, this is such a great honor for a craftsman like me.”
As he smiled and smirked, Gaut pointed towards his unfinished products.
“I will definitely prepare 50 by the end of this month”
“Alright, that should be good enough.”
Since it is not being targeted towards the mass civilians, not many are required for now.
But if this much sells successfully…
It would be able to fill the entire floor area of Bard’s room, which covers around 36 m2, with pure gold coins---which is the ambition of that man.
Bard subconsciously began drooling as he imagined his dream sight.
If such a dream were to become reality, Bard did not have the confidence to be able to hold himself down.
“(....G--Gold coins. My gold coins!!)”
Bard has been keeping a great secret from me.
Just thinking that made Seirun’s heart feel extremely lonely.
Seirun had realized already that her feelings were not only from her position as a maid.
Bard has definitely changed drastically in the past few years.
5 years ago, when I first met Bard, he could not control his feelings, and could not properly communicate with others.
But now, Bard is almost as manly as his father, and even his mother--Magotte, is at the point where she is having trouble handling Bard’s sword skills.
After the night party, his reputation has been skyrocketing, and he is now a current great target for many nobles to marry.
Now what am I compared to that.
Seirun began playing with her hair, which she has let grow for 3 years and has now reached her waist.
Although Bard calls it pretty, compared to Magotte and maid-master Emma, Seirun continues to think she may seem a little plain.
Cero, Seirun’s father, is part of the family that has served under the Cornelius family for generations, and was even assigned as the defence leader of the Hohen Fortress for years.
Ignis and Cero were known to be great pals, and Cero often told Seirun that having a true friend you can rely on is very important.
However, there was a huge difference between those two and Seirun and Bard.
Bluntly put, Bard is a boy, and Seirun is a girl.
The fact that Seirun, almost at her 14th birthday, had to go through these thoughts were because of her coworker Matilda, who often talked to Seirun at work.
“So how’s it going? Is everything going smooth between you and Young-master?”
“...When I hear that from you, it sounds very impure.”
“Oh, look at you, acting all pure. Your body have been growing into a real woman’s lately, and Young-master also has grown so much already; you must have had some progression.”
Seirun blushed all the way to her neck.
At the same time, she noticed Matilda’s eyes have been looking at her rear and breasts, which have, at last, begun growing recently.
Seirun quickly covered her body with her arms.
Within the Cornelius family, women were treated respectfully, thus Seirun was not used these sort of looks from others.
“Mmmm...maybe it’s a little too early for you.”
“Young-master does not look at me so impurely like that!”
“Maybe not now. But how about tomorrow, or next year? How long do you think until Young-master will start looking at you as a woman? Think about his father; he will become a man in no time!”
When Ignis’ name poped up, there was nothing Seirun can say.
Before marrying Magotte, Ignis’ name was known all around as the player count who slept with any beautiful woman.
Not that he would be able to cheat on his wife now (physically impossible).
As his son, Bard may have a huge possibility of becoming a player himself.
“I mean, you are among the top of the list of candidates to become Young-master’s mistress. I envy you...I wish I was just a few years younger to be around the same age...”
“A mistress? Me? What happened to the childhood friend setting? What happened to me being like his sister? Even Young-master calls me Sei-nee all the time...there is no way…”
“What, you mean you didn’t realize that? All of our neighbours: the Flagyl family and the Dhaka family both use the childhood friend as the mistress, to organize other mistresses. They make the childhood friend, who has great respect and trust from the master, to be in charge of women inside the family; it’s what all the other nobles do. ”
Matilda’s words struck Seirun like a thunderclap in a cloudless sky. Seirun could not think anymore; she could not imagine how it would be like for her to be in such a relationship with Bard.
“Master is quite kind, so he probably won’t force you, but I’m sure he has high hopes for you. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance.”
Is that true? Does he really have high hopes for me?
On the other hand, Cero did not think of letting his daughter become a mistress even for one bit .
As noble and conservative as he is, Cero was not the kind of man to sell his daughter for promotion.
However, as a parent, it would be natural to be greatly happy if their daughter were loved by the son of one’s master.
Even Seirun’s mother, Recella, had high hopes for Seirun and Bard.
The one solid fact was that both of Seirun’s parents were not going to force the marriage on her.
I may become Bard’s mistress one day…
Just thinking about that prevented her from looking at Bard in a normal manner.
Until now, the two have been spending their time together like siblings; Seirun did not have the confidence to properly answer Bard’s feelings if he were to take her in.
“What’s wrong, Sei-nee?”
Screaming with no sense of mannerism, Seirun leaned back in reaction.
Bard, who had apparently already returned to the house, was looking at her face with worry.
“You’re close! Young-master! Your face is too close!!”
“Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t think you would be that surprised.”
Seirun quickly stepped back after suddenly having the face--almost as bold as his father’s--up so close to her face.
“(I can’t. It’s impossible to look at him straight in the face...)”
“I have something I need to talk to you about today.”
Seirun’s mind was filled with pink thoughts, she first panicked and thought he was confessing his love to her.
“It’s something I have been doing around town without telling you...”
“Hm? This doesn’t sound like what I was hoping for...?”
Bard had a very serious expression, looking straight towards Seirun’s eyes.
Even Seirun, who still lacks the experience of loving someone, could tell that those eyes did not show any sign of love or anything alike.
Seirun could not help but feel embarrassed by the panic she felt over such a thing.
“God damn it! This is all because of Matilda!”
There was no way for Bard to recognize her internal agony.
He thought she was acting strange, but he childishly thought it was due to himself, because he had been keeping a secret from her.
“I had actually been secretly working with the kids in town to grow beets. And I’ve been using the beets to produce sugar...”
“Beets that produce sugar?”
Completely forgetting about the pink thoughts from earlier, Seirun shouted with surprise.
To be able to produce sugar in the domain of Cornelius was completely unheard of.
If this weren’t Bard she was talking to, she would have surely doubted the man’s sanity.
“Sei-nee, you know that I have other personalities inside me, right?”
Seirun nodded in silence.
That was the exact reason why she was chosen as his maid in the first place.
Bard used to be a child who spoke an unknown language at times, then suddenly began playing with kids toys normally, showing clear signs of mental instability.
After watching over him for a while, Seirun noticed there were 2 other personalities inside Bard, and they are the reason behind this confusion.
It was from back then, that Seirun detested the 2 personalities inside Bard.
The reason behind Seirun spending her lifetime: during sleep, meals, and even her bathtime, with Bard was in attempt to help Bard’s young ego maintain itself.
She wanted to accept Bard and his own personality.
Bard continued on, without noticing Seirun unwillingly remembering an unnecessary past, blushing again.
“I’m willing to use those memories to try many things for our domain. Dad told me I could do anything as long as I’m using my own money.”
Bard was acting quite unreasonably obstinate.
Ignis did say, ‘Use your allowance the way you want,’ however, he did not think Bard would use the money to industrialize new products.
“Why didn’t you tell me all this time?”
“Sorry, I thought people would laugh at me if a child said such a thing. And it would shock me if you were to laugh at me”
It was also because it might’ve ruined the entire plan if the words slipped to Ignis from Seirun.
In the end, Seirun is a girl who is very close to Bard and is always on his mind.
“(And Dad doesn’t really know how to keep the profits within his domain.)”
He may be the grandest, most powerful man, but Ignis gets an F when it comes to economics.
Perhaps him being a warrior who protects the kingdom is preventing him from developing his domain, even if that means he has to steal benefits from other domains.
Acting tolerant, and just cooperating with others will never completely get this domain out of military poverty.
“But it’s almost on the right track now. Growing beets aren’t that hard, and I think Serena will take care of the marketing connections”
“......Who is Serena?”
Cold words suddenly leaked out of Seirun’s lips.
How annoying it feels to hear a woman’s name from Bard’s lips finally struck Seirun.
After hearing her very deep, groaning-like words, the alarm inside Bard’s mind, indicating danger, went off loud and clear, but was unable to figure out the real cause.
“She---She is the president of the Savarin Corporation, I met her 2 years ago, and we have known each other since then...”
“Hmmm...How old is she? Is she cute?”
“I think she just hit 18 this year? She is really beautiful, not to mention her fluppy dog e---”
Before he could finish his sentence, he finally noticed Seirun’s emotionless facial expression.
“(I see...When I was here, dealing with my own problems, he was having fun with this girl...)”
“I’m glad you told me. I want you to tell me everything from now on, you don’t have to hide anything from me.”
“Uh, yeah...got it. I’m sure there will be many opportunities to get help from you.”
“I see, you can rely on me.”
It seems to have gonesmoothly, but Bard felt a bad premonition.
Bard could not help but feel confusion and worry after seeing Seirun’s new face; the darkside.
Not too long into their future, Bard will realize his premonition was right.
“(The mistress deal aside, I need to make sure weird bugs stay out of Young-master’s sight.)”
This odd feeling she felt within her; Seirun could not tell if it was due to love, or just because Bard is part of her family.
One thing was for sure; she would never let any unknown woman reach Young-master any more.
As Bard expected, the gold gilded works were sold out immediately.
Pure gold works would only be purchased by the high-class nobles, or middle-class nobles on their wedding, just once in their life.
However, if works that look extremely similar to them and that cost less than a fraction of them were sold, many would want to purchase it for their wives, daughters, or as house decorations.
The work got so famous among the middle-class nobles with its sensitive touch and while not being too flashy, that even the high-class nobles even began purchasing them.
“If you make too much, then the value will drop. Just make it at your own pace, Chief.”
“That helps. I’m the kind of guy who values quality over quantity.”
Gaut’s expression showed happiness from being able to make a satisfactory work.
The sudden appearance of his works, later called the ‘Gaut Collection’, definitely did not satisfy the mass customers due to its lack of quantity.
Loads of requests arrived at the Savarin Corporation which sold his works, but Serena continued to deny every offer.
“You should’ve come last Thursday.”
If Serena were to introduce Gaut to others, other merchants would stack bills to recruit him.
In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising if somebody tried to abduct Gaut with brute force.
However, the gilding method, which was the most valuable section of this deal, is technology that’s owned by Bard, and Gaut swore to the craft god Manos to not leak any information regarding that.
Even then, there were many who used multiple methods to find out the identity of Gaut, yet it will be impossible, no matter what method they use, to find a gold work craftsman named Gaut in the kingdom.
They would have been able to find an ordinary craftsman who liked to make folkcraft goods with that name though…
“The new product that you invented is selling like crazy...hmph. I can’t stop smiling...”
Over just 6 months, the total revenue Savarin Corporation gathered would simply be called a fortune.
The total transaction value didn’t reach anywhere close to that of the huge corporations in the imperial city, but it was nowhere within what a normal corporation should be at.
Furthermore, the growth has only recently begun. It would be frightening to think of how much the corporation could potentially grow into.
If we were to point out just one mistake that Serena has made at this point---
“Excuse me, President-sama.”
Lowering her head, a beautiful girl, with a small maid headdress on long, golden brown hair, appeared.
All by herself, without the young boy who is usually walking alongside her.
“What happened to Bard?”
“Young-master is currently busy supervising the workplace.”
“(You freakin’ liar! You must’ve chained him there!)”
Holding her desire to scream, Serena smiled at Seirun.
Since the first time they met, her senses as a woman understood.
Seirun is an enemy.
This dates back around 6 months.
After recruiting Seirun, Bard brought her to the corporation, for her to work as the communication pipe.
We’ll just add a little detail saying that Seirun had a beautiful smile when they arrived.
“Serena, let me introduce you to my maid, who is also like my older sister, Seirun. She will be helping us out in many ways from now on, so be nice to each other.”
“Nice to meet you. Please take good care of me, alongside Young-master.”
Seeing the skeptical glare from Seirun, Serena was sure that she was her rival.
“Well, isn’t that one pretty sister you have. Nice to meet you too. (You’re just a child. Don’t you dare get in my way.)”
“Nice to meet you too. As expected of a corporation’s president, how elegant. I can understand why Young-master would rely on you so much (You can keep your jokes only on your face. This isn’t a place for hags, is it?)”
Even though the two were smiling and happily greeting each other, Bard felt a chill run down his spine.
Seirun and Serena both analyzed each other.
With the maturity of the women’s bodies, Serena takes the point.
The curved hips and the glamourous breasts were something Seirun could not fight against.
Even within her age group, Seirun’s body lacked in meatiness.
Some people prefer Seirun’s slender body, but the problem relies in whether Bard is one of them.
Regarding the overall looks, the majority would choose Serena over Seirun, who looks somewhat plain and more the pretty type than what people would call hot.
Not that there is no hope for future growth, but Seirun was sure that she could not hope for a huge boost.
On the other hand, Serena could not feel completely at peace.
Most importantly, the strength of the bond between Bard and Seirun was strong, since they grew up together since childhood.
If she had not become her rival, Serena would have liked to bring Seirun to her side.
Furthermore, Serena felt envious of Seirun for being at such a close age to Bard.
The difference between Bard and Serena’s ages is 7 years.
When Bard turns 20, Serena would be 27 years old.
On the other hand, Seirun would be 22 years at that time; when women shine the brightest.
This huge gap was something Serena could not underestimate.
As a result of completely analyzing each other, Serena decided to rush to the end of this battle, and Seirun decided to prolong this battle as long as she could.
And now, while working as the communication pipe, Seirun visits Serena often as part of the battle of the two women.
“As for Young-master’s words, he says he wants you to begin collecting coal and volcanic ash.”
“What? I guess I understand the coal, but why the volcanic ash?”
“Apparently, he wants to try creating something called the roman concrete.”
Serena looks up in the sky, as she sighs at the guy who only uses words humans can’t understand.
At the same time, she felt excited for the new product to be made.
“Tell Bard that I will prepare a carriage full by the end of next week.”
“Thank you very much. I will surely tell him.”
“You owe me one now.”
“Sorry to say, I could not hear that.”
“(Damn...this girl has such a strong defence, it’s so annoying!)”
Serena tut-tutted internally.
“Then I might need to go to him directly with the payment details...”
“I will stop you no matter what.”
Glaring at each other, the two beauties both smirked.
And so, the war between the two women continued to raise its heat.
It was simply astounding that neither crossed important lines as they both were in a position to help this one man.