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Money makes the (Other) World Go Round: The Corporate Slave Dragged into the Saint Summoning

Translator: Hasr11

Editor: Jennicide/Argenti

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Chapter 33: I Had an Audience

It took Seiichirou some time to understand the meaning behind Aresh’s words.

Ruminating, he replayed Aresh’s voice in his mind and then looked again at the face of the man who held him.

“No…”

Seiichirou opened his mouth. “Nononono, you’re saying that now!?”

By now, he was well aware of Aresh’s feelings. Otherwise, he would not have gone out of his way to sleep with this tired old man so many times. Seiichirou would have been stupid not to notice the knight’s overly protective nature.

However, in his present situation, Seiichirou knew he could not live without Aresh’s protection… his protective barrier and recovery magic.

Furthermore, Seiichirou still had to continue working on the miasma purification project that the kingdom was currently burdened with. If anything, Seiichirou needed to make haste and finish that because he was the most susceptible to death by miasma. And even without that, mana would slowly weaken him to death over time, and if he drank a supplement to try and counteract that, he would be poisoned to death. Not even recovery magic would be enough to save him from his eventual demise at that point due to the negative side effect of magic intoxication.

If Aresh were not by his side, he would have died at the snap of a finger.

He knew that he was taking advantage of Aresh’s kindness towards him, but right now Seiichirou’s first priority was to deal with all of the damage in the kingdom caused by miasma.

That’s why he thought he’d think of countermeasures once everything settled a bit, but…

“What do you mean, ‘You’re saying that now?’”

This aristocratic knight, who was eight years younger than him –  with his black hair down and his face that oozed sex appeal, spoke arrogantly, “No, even if you say that now, you already know I have a dangerous constitution that requires you to acclimate me with your magic power, and besides that, I’m obligated to go to the source of the miasma until it’s contained.”

Their relationship had never been one of equals to begin with, but with this, one couldn’t help but think that Seiichirou’s life was being used as a shield.

“That’s true, but that’s why you won’t leave my side, right?”

“No, I’m telling you that’s a humanitarian issue…”

“So it should be more efficient.”

“!”

Seiichirou was dumbfounded hearing Aresh answer so suddenly without any qualms whatsoever, as if it was natural to him.

“Certainly!”

While it was true that Seiichirou could not be apart from Aresh for very long due to the nature of his work, he also thought it was unnecessary for them to have a physical relationship. 

Even if he never intended to fall in love with Aresh, Seiichirou felt it was important to say something.

“You’re not going to leave, so it’s better to make my intentions clear. Moreover, it would be easier to convey my actions that way.”

“I-Indeed! No, but don’t you think that it would make me uncomfortable and make me hold animosity towards Sir Aresh?”

“There’s no way. It’s clear from looking. You want clarity rather than ambiguous information, you, who want efficiency in everything you do, would value results rather than the effects of your partner’s words and deeds.”

Aresh’s analysis left him speechless, and Seiichirou felt nothing but awe at the man’s sagacity.

Certainly, Seiichirou was an unparalleled efficiency freak, and he was also crude when it came to methods he used to achieve it. The bottom line is that it’s all about getting the maximum result in the shortest time possible.

As Aresh pointed out before, even if he is the only one working in the department, in the long run, he should nurture his successor. However, Seiichirou, who prioritized grasping and rebuilding the accounting system in the palace and resolving the miasma purification, came to the conclusion that “It would be the fastest to do everything by myself.”

It didn’t matter if it was a good thing or not. It was just for the self-satisfaction of Seiichirou who wanted instant results.

Even with regards to his mana resistance and magic intoxication, in reality he should have consulted a doctor and taken some sort of countermeasure. But even as he said it was troublesome, he turned a blind eye to it because being serviced by Aresh took the least amount of time and didn’t interfere with his work either.

However, this was the price he had to pay for that choice of his.

“It’s a win-win situation, Seiichirou.

I know that you can’t give me an answer right now. That’s why, I’m going to take advantage of that chance.

Because that is the most efficient way.”

Aresh, unlike his usual cold countenance, had a childish expression on his face. The confident laugh with his handsome face, was enough to make any woman fall in love with him at first sight.

ΣΣΣΣΣΣΣΣ

Two days after returning from the first purification expedition, Seiichirou was summoned to the audience chamber.

In front of him were the king of this country, the first prince, Julius, and Yua.

One level below the royalty was Kamil, the Prime Minister, in addition to several nobles he had never seen before, Radim, the Second Knight Commander, and Aresh, the Third Knight Commander. On either side of the kneeling Seiichirou were other nobles and the civil officials, including Zoltan and East.

“Raise your head.” Hearing Kamil’s voice, Seiichirou lifted up his head.

The king, whom he had never seen up close before, had golden hair, unlike Julius’ silver hair, and looked somewhat older than Kamil, who seemed to be about the same generation. Norbert’s father was there too.

“First of all, good work on the expedition.” The king’s direct words of appreciation made the surrounding nobles a bit discomposed, but he didn’t care and the conversation continued. “In doing so, I heard that you took measures against the miasma in addition to the purification.”

The expedition was only for the purpose of the Saint’s Purification, and Seiichirou’s work in that expedition without prior report to the royal family should have been condemned. However.

“I already received a report from Viscount Baranek before the expedition returned.”

“Wha!?”

Julius, who was beside him, glowered at the King’s words. Incidentally Viscount Baranek was Norbert’s foster father.

“May I be permitted to speak?”

“You may.”

In response to the King’s answer, Seiichirou opened his mouth while kneeling.

“I have a connection to Viscount Baranek through his son who is also in the accounting department, and he has ordered me to experiment with a permanent countermeasure for miasma damage to help both the country and the royal family.”

Although illegitimate, he was a man trusted enough to be handed over his own child. Even if you take into account his status making that possible, Viscount Baranek was a man whom the king had deep faith in.

The script was that this was an action that Viscount Baranek thought of for the sake of the royal family, and Seiichirou was merely helping him.

Kamil and Aresh have too high a status and were also responsible for a lot of practical work, so their power was unbalanced. On top of it, his adopted son, Norbert, was a direct subordinate of Seiichirou. There he couldn’t use him.

“I have consulted with His Excellency the Prime Minister, and I deeply apologize for having to report to you after the success of the experiment, so as not to cause Your Majesty any unnecessary distress.”

And to the very last, he didn’t forget to emphasize that he had the Prime Minister’s approval. It was too big a project for the Viscount to take up arbitrarily.

“As I mentioned in my report, we have temporarily prevented the miasma from amplifying.

“Depending on how long the barrier lasts, we may be able to solve the miasma problem by dispatching users of barrier magic on a regular basis.”

“How dare you make a decision by yourself! Our kingdom has the Saint! We don’t need such a useless project!” 1

An objection was raised by the nobles standing in file.

Seiichirou’s expression did not crumble despite the repeated censures coming in quick succession.

“Silence! You are in the presence of His Majesty!”

Just as the nobles fell silent to Kamil’s voice, Seiichirou signalled to the royal palace attendants with his eyes. The attendants handed out the documents they had received in advance to the nobles.

“What in the world is this…”

“This is a comparison of the projected expenses for the next 50 years if we summon a Saint and the projected expenses for sealing it inside a barrier.”

The cost of summoning a saint, the cost of the ritual, and the labour costs of those with tremendous magical power. The Saint’s projected living costs for the next 50 years, taking the costs up until now as a basis, as well as the subsidy paid to Seiichirou, who had been dragged into the summoning.

Further, the costs of holding an expedition thrice were also considered.

In contrast, there was the labour costs of those needed to seal the barrier, as well as the cost of planned periodic expeditions. The cost of building and maintaining a building for the stationing of observing guards for the next 50 years, and the labour cost of the guards.

Even with a back of the envelope calculation, the difference in cost was five times.

“As for the maintenance of the barrier seal, it is still in the experimental stage, but even now, three days later, there are still no reports of the barrier disappearing.”

In addition, he had taken the higher number when calculating the number of barrier seals. Even so, the difference was staggering.

“The costs for the Saint Summoning ritual this time were only because of the literature we had lost.”

“In the first place, you were never supposed to come here. Don’t just arbitrarily lump in the calculations for your subsidy too.”

The opinions were dime a dozen, but even if you discounted them, the Saint route was the expensive one. Most of the nobles shut their mouths at the clearly stated figure.

“The Saint is this kingdom’s treasure! You should be ashamed, disgracing the Saint with such methods, contriving calculations! ”

Seiichirou narrowed his eyes at the abuse from the altar.

“That’s right! What do you think of the Saint!?”

“Our Kingdom solely exists due to the Saint!”

“You’re just a weak creature from the other world who wants to cast a shadow on the authority of the saint!”

Following Julius, it was the nobles with strong ties to the church who raised their voices. They felt it was advantageous to have a kingdom with a Saint. No, only Julius had slightly different intentions.

In the first place, he was restricting a person’s whole life.

Such a thing should just be rid of.

The king’s expression did not change, Kamil narrowed his eyes just like Seiichirou, and Aresh knit his brows. He opened his mouth, as if he’d explode if left alone.

“I want to go back home!”

A pitiful shriek, almost unbecoming of the situation, cut through the tense atmosphere.

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yarrayora
yarrayora
26 days ago

YUA AHHH BABY YOU DID NOTHING WRONG IM SORRY THESE PEOPLE WHO KIDNAPPED ARE FORCING RESPONSIBILITY ON YOUR SHOULDERS

Zelidy
Zelidy
1 month ago

Hmm… The symbol of a Saint and the power that title holds for a country/nation is quite powerful. It goes beyond just being someone that can clear the miasma. I get why the nobles and Church may be a bit relunctant.

age
age
1 month ago

well from the kingdom perspective Saint is the icon, if there no saint anymore, the neighboring kingdom is bound to wage war

Oodori
Oodori
1 month ago

Good on Sei for not being dumbfounded by Aresh’s confession lol he’s like “are you saying this right now????” loool i love him. Also the nobles suck, Yua is not even a person to them. She’s just “The Saint” and that outburst in the end, I wonder if it’s Yua. She’s annoying af but if that is indeed her in the end, I hope they could get their head straight. She’s some random chick they teleported to their fucking world like Jesus I pity her

Navleu
1 month ago

These nobles are infuriating… They talk about Yua as if she was a Pet, not a girl.

Let’s see how they’ll react now.

Thanks for the chapter!

Riceball
Riceball
1 month ago
Reply to  Navleu

Yeah and even though she’s weak-hearted, she’s just about had enough of their bullshit… I hope.

Sekstifire
Sekstifire
1 month ago

The estimate for the saint’s living expenses is probably inflated high because of Julius. If the saint was Seiichirou (or anyone else Julius wasn’t attracted to) then the amount of clothes, gifts, etc. that the saint “needed” would probably be much lower.

Actually if you took out all the extra expenses that were incurred by Julius being an arrogant dumbass then the total cost of summoning a saint would probably be like 30% lower.

Mandarin
Mandarin
1 month ago

ah? what hang on a sec! what about the confession (am I the only one here not understanding what’s going on?) did I miss something?

Riceball
Riceball
1 month ago
Reply to  Mandarin

So Aresh confessed to Seiichiro. Seiichiro doesn’t have an answer for him yet.

Seiichiro is aware he should’ve sought medical help for the mana issue, he doesn’t need to rely on Aresh, its just more efficient to rely on Aresh. So Seiichiro is using him for that. Aresh knows this too, and is taking advantage of Seiichiro’s desire for efficiency to continue to bang him (and rake care of him)

SSMelgar
SSMelgar
1 month ago

Finally! That’s what I’ve been waiting! Hopefully Yua will be of some help this time and support what Sei has to say. Yua sure is annoying but at least not for Sei this time. Haaa I want to see those nobles panic after thisss.

Lana
Lana
1 month ago

Good job Yua:) Seiichirou is down to earth, as usual.

Rk800
Rk800
1 month ago

This kingdom is full of selfish bastards!

“Yeah sure. Let’s gaslight the people we essentially kidnapped to solve OUR problem because we’re too lazy to do ot ourselves.”

UGH.

rise
rise
1 month ago

is yua finally not being annoying for the wrong reasons and being annoying for the right reasons

Llan
Llan
1 month ago

THATS RIGHT YUA! you dont even have friends nor family there! You really dont have to risk your life like this!!

misto713
misto713
1 month ago

good job, yua!! you finally managed to stand up for yourself. perhaps now you won’t end up as the selfish idiot prince’s glorofied pet slave.

LovingSmiles
LovingSmiles
1 month ago

The pressure here is so dense I can feel it while reading. Now the Church has involved themselves to the matter. It’s gonna be a tough fight…

Thank you for the chapter!

Jeode
Jeode
1 month ago

Aaaaaaa there are only three weeks left Yua!!! Stand up for yourself!!! I hope she’ll be ok even if she had been annoying

Kota
Kota
1 month ago

maybe yua is the one who said they want to go back home? can’t wait to know the face the royalties and nobilities make in the next chap hahaha

GRACEYou
GRACEYou
1 month ago

OMG IM THE FIRST ONE HERE!!! Anyway i would like to sincerely thank the translator<3

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