And, having grasped the situation, Jake slowly began to implement Linda’s plan.
“My Lord. I have something to tell you about that, but…”
“What is it?”
“The truth is…”
After Jake finished his story, Lord Easter’s face began to be filled with surprise.
“Is that…is that real? A… gold mine? Is there really such a thing in our territory?”
“Yes, it is, My Lord. There is no doubt about that. We got the information from the owner of the Beden Merchant Company himself.”
“Huh.. oh my god! A gold mine! I gave away a gold mine at such a low price…”
At Jake’s words, Lord Easter began to beat his chest in pity.
He was really regretting his decision. Mining precious metals such as silver and gold could yield astronomical benefits once they were developed, even if they required much more work.
Selling such a treasure trove for mere pennies was a very painful loss for Ester, both personally and as a lord who ruled the region.
As Lord Ester was lamenting his misfortune, Jake spoke to him in a cautious voice.
“Um… so, My Lord… I have a proposal in this regard…”
“An proposal? That… what is it?”
Lord Easter asked with great anticipation.
Therefore, Jake slowly started talking about the plan Linda had cooked up.
As he listened, Lord Easter unconsciously kept nodding his head.
“How is it? Do you agree?”
“Umm…if we succeed, I’m sure you and I both will benefit a lot… but is it really okay? If things go wrong and we end up incurring the wrath of the Beden Merchant Company…” Lord Ester stopped, but the meaning behind his words were clear.
“You don’t have to worry about that. Anyway, this are is really quite remote, and if we move a little stealthily, we don’t have to worry about being found out by the Beden Merchant Company either.”
“It might be, but…”
“Above all, this is a very normal administrative matter if you look at it at face value. No matter how great the Beden Merchant Company is, they won’t be able to do anything with the absence of evidence.”
After thinking about Jake’s words for the last time, Easter finally nodded his head as he brushed off the uneasiness in his heart, “Okay. I will proceed according to your plan.”
“Thank you, My Lord.”
“If your plan succeeds, we will surely benefit greatly. Then, it wouldn’t be a dream to develop the Aosta region, which is no different from a small village.”
“Surely it will. Trust me, My Lord.”
A bright smile appeared on Jake’s face as he was delighted that things were going according to their plan.
“What is all this about? Why are you suddenly canceling the license for a mine under development. Isn’t there a law against it?”
Looking at Lord Easter in front of her eyes, the woman… Isolda Evergarden spoke in a cold voice.
Even though she was simply talking, her attitude seemed to radiate a frosty air.
Facing her, Easter, the lord, felt a chill run down his spine without even realizing it, but nevertheless he endured it and answered in the most calm voice possible.
“Uh… well… it somehow happened. Opposition voices erupted from nearby residents. They can’t accept a mine that doesn’t help the local economy.”
“Wasn’t it you who gave the permission for it in the first place?”
“I just checked the paperwork. I didn’t know that public opinion would change like this. I apologize, but this is a small town. I have to consider the opinions of each and every one of the residents, no matter how much I don’t want to, I have no choice but to take action.”
Isolda let out a small sigh as she listened to Easter’s excuses, which was poorly put together and full of holes.
“Alright then. If that’s the case, then you have to take responsibility as well.”
“Responsibility…?” Lord Easter looked confused.
At his words, Isolda put down a document as if she was throwing it away.
Seeing her attitude, Lord Ester slightly flinched and carefully picked it up.
“This… this… what is this?”
“This is the document signed by the Lord. It says that— if the permit is suddenly revoked for any reason, the land cost and permit tax, as well as due compensation for damages, shall be paid by the lord.”
“Umm… when did this happen…”
“Surely you didn’t sign without checking the contents?”
“That… how can that be? Ah… anyway, I got it. A contract is absolute, so I will pay.”
To be honest, Ester had signed it without even reading the contract, thinking that it was just a chance to earn some small pennies.
Even if he had discovered the clause in the first place, he would have still signed it without much thought, as he didn’t know that things would turn out like this at the time.
In addition, although the compensation was much larger than expected. As it was clear that he would gain more from this, he accepted Isolda’s request without much resistance.
Of course, he was also a bit afraid of Isolda, who was staring at him with eyes akin to a poisonous snake throughout the discussion.
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