“You don’t need to laugh about it that much . ”
“Ah, sorry . But, when I think that you were worried about that with Jin, I can’t stop . ”
In short, Matheus was worried that Reinhart was homosexual .
“I-it’s your fault to begin with! You confined yourself in the carriage so long with him…”
Matheus’ face turned red as he explained himself . But that also made Reinhart laugh even more .
“Th-that’s about enough! I am going to my room!”
Matheus went out of the room, slamming the door close .
“Haha, I wonder how I am going to explain this to Jin…”
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Jin and Reiko had reached the carriage stop .
Curtains were spread around Matheus’ carriage and some of his subordinates were staying the night there . Matheus, his butler, his lady attendant and four of his subordinates went to stay the night in the city and the remaining were here .
And there Jin met an unexpected person .
“If it isn’t Jin-sama”
It was Elsa’s previous butler, Adburgh .
“It has been a while . Since lady Elsa had gone missing, if I am not wrong . ”
“You’re right . Glad to see you’re doing well . ”
Jin remembered that Reinhart had found Adburgh and Herman and was bringing them along with him .
“That Mine… did quite a foolish thing . I wonder what Elsa-sama might be doing now . ”
Although he was dismissed, since he had been taking care of Elsa since she was young, he did still care about her .
“What will you do from now on, Adburgh-san?”
“I have grown quite old, you see . I have my son and my daughter in my country so when I return, I will retire . ”
Adburgh said while looking up at the night sky with a somewhat lonely expression .
“Ah, that reminds me, where is Herman-san?”
“Ah, Herman, he is over there . ”
Saying that, he pointed towards Herman .
“Hmm? What about that child?”
Beside Herman, there was a girl of about 10 years who was wearing dirty clothing .
“…A beggar, probably . ”
Adburgh said without any emotion .
“Herman is kinda soft on children who reminds him of his daughter, after all . ”
Seems like Herman gave that girl something . The girl bowed over and over and then went away .
But the way she walked was weird . It was like she was dragging her right foot . Probably hurt her leg .
As it was a child, Jin couldn’t overlook it either . And so, he went towards his own carriage . Jin went inside the carriage to get some of the recovery medicine he had prepared .
“Laojun sure prepares well . ”
They could return to Hourai island but there will be people watching and they wouldn’t be able to do it in an emergency situation either .
At times like those, the medicines Laojun prepared will come in handy .
Underneath the seat was a convenient ether stocker . Of course, it also has the refrigerator function in it so it can keep things fresh .
“Now then, where did that girl go?”
When he asked Reiko, who was waiting outside, she pointed towards the direction the girl went and they both followed her .
“Ah, there she is… . Eh?”
From her hair and the clothes she was wearing, there was no mistake that it was the girl from before . But the moment that girl turned around the corner of a shabby looking building, she started walking normally–no, even energetically, as if dragging her feet before was just to pretend .
“……… . ”
Deducing her intentions behind it, Jin let out a sigh .
“It’s a tough world…”
To get some money, they appeal for sympathy . And for a child to think like that — it made Jin depressed .
“What can I possibly do…”
Still holding onto the medicine, Jin went back to his carriage . Reiko followed him in silence .
Returning back to the carriage, he leaned on the back of the seat and closed his eyes .
“I have money but… it’s not like the situation will be solved if I just give her some…”
It would just be a stopgap measure and as soon as the money is used up, they will end up right where they started .
“I guess it is a labour camp for drifters…”
“Father, what is a labour camp for drifters?”
Hearing Jin talk to himself, Reiko inquired .
“Ah . Well, it’s a place… where they take light criminals and homeless people and train them to return them to society… I guess . ”
A labour camp which was made in the Ishigawa island . It’s a historically true event .
At the time–no, even now, it is an unparalleled revolutionary system .
“I would like the Nostalgia to take this initiative . ”
Thinking that, Jin ordered Steward to not let anyone in the carriage and stepped on to Hourai island with Reiko .[I see, labour camp for drifters and criminals . I guess it would be good to gather people who want to work but can’t, and also orphans and educate them]
Laojun also agreed with Jin, so he left the details and everything to Laojun .
“Won’t an organization which holds the balance of employment also be good?”
An suggested . Public Employment Security Office, in short .
“Right . Information would be indispensable in order to do that . We will have the Nostalgia do that as well . ”
And like this, as Jin’s lower branch, Nostalgia steadily started penetrating into the society and increased its influence .
All the while, Jin was soaked in Hourai island’s bath, spending his time leisurely .
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The day before Jin reunited with Reinhart .
At one of the cities of Kurain kingdom, Prense .
It was the base of count Walter, who had quite the bad reputation .
At the feudal lord’s house there, a secret talk was going on .
“You mean the guys working at Inado mine?”
“Yes . We will stealthily release them and tempt them to go to Kaina village . ”
“Will that be alright?”
“I don’t care . This is how it will play out . ‘The criminals who escaped from Inado mine attacked Kaina village . My soldiers moved at high speed to save the village . But they were just a bit late and all the villagers were killed . My soldiers killed the criminals and took revenge for the villagers’”
“‘The dead can’t sing’, right?”
“Glad you pick up well . ”
5-6 days in a carriage . 2-3 days on a horse . And in less than a day by a dove .
That was how far the Inado mine was .
It was one of the valuable mineral resource supply center of Kurain kingdom, located at the mountain southeast of Kaina village .
“Will we really be released?”
“Yes . However, if you’re going somewhere, go to the village up north . Because there are soldiers south . ”
“If we can be free, I don’t care where I have to live!”’’’’’’’’’’’’’
At Kurain kingdom, which has a low working population, all the criminals except the ones who commit extremely heinous crimes are forced into labour .
They are put under the land’s lord to work at mines or land development . It was normal for them to do heavy labour .
“Fuhihi, I will do it!”
“Ah, yes, there will be women too, right?”
“Good food, good bed, and women . Can’t ask for more . ”
‘The dead can’t sing’, that world’s saying = ‘dead men tell no tales’