Doctor Resignation - Chapter 3
“Hey excuse me, but are you giving me this room?” (Lise)1
It was a quick yet immediate action that Ferelmen has assigned a maid named Jenny to accompany me.
Jenny is a maid in her mid-40s as her soft and gentle face gives a pretty strong impression. Her blue lake eyes and also her brown hair are rather ordinary.
It was said that she has been working with Ferelmen for the longest time.
“This room is always empty.” (Ferelmen)
Ferelmen said briskly as he fixed his one-sided glasses.
For a second, I was slightly surprised with the room’s design. It was way too feminine.
The interior designs are cute for an aristocrats’ little lady like my current age.
However, I am not even a little girl inside.
“You can wear whatever you like, I don’t care.” (Ferelmen)
I gasped loudly after opening the closet as I was too surprised.
The big closet was full with aristocrats’ and cute clothes for a little lady.
Is it just me, or Jenny’s face flushed as if she was embarrassed?
Being straightforward and shameless as he can be, Ferelmen said bitterly,
“We were going to throw all these clothes after the seasons’ ended. Since you are here, you can wear them all.” (Ferelmen)
“Haha.. t-thank you.”
It seems that he was giving me these pretty clothes even though he’s treating me coldly.
Ferelmen replied again while grumbling.
“Take note that I’m not giving these clothes because I like you, It’s just we need to throw them away after this season ends. But since you are a small girl that suits these dresses, I give them to you. Also, there is no thin and small girl like you in this Duchy.” (Ferelmen)3
“Ah, I s-see..”
“Keep it clear that I’m giving you the clothes that I wanted to throw away.” (Ferelmen)4
“Of course, my lord. I am aware that you’d given me these dumped clothes.” (Lise)
Ferelmen raised his sharp single-edged glasses as he speaks,
“I will ask someone to send you some books that you are obligated to read. You must memorize them by tomorrow.”
“Understood, my lord.”
“You didn’t ask how much that I need you to memorize? How many books will I be giving you later? Really?”
“Honestly, I don’t really care.”
“I can memorise a medical book I’ve read once without missing a single detail.”
Ferelmen laughed and left almost immediately without saying goodbye.
After a while, Jenny, who is still with me, asked carefully.
“Miss.. He always made his assistants memorise a dozen of books. Why don’t you tell him that memorising them by tomorrow is too much for you?” (Jenny)
“No, I’m fine.” (Lise)
I answered without hesitating.
“I’m a genius so I’m fine.” (Lise)
It was a self-confidence and high esteem that I don’t intend to hide.
I have been living in this current age with nineteen years worthy knowledge. It is unlikely pretending to be stupid.
Jenny smiled and chuckled instead of giving me a peculiar face.
“My my.. You remind me of Sir Ferelmen when he’s younger. That’s what he always said at your age, ‘I am a genius.’ Good gracious.” (Jenny)
I asked again as if I heard wrongly. He is really as bad-tempered as me since young?
“Yes, I was really surprised when he suddenly gave you his daughter’s room.” (Jenny)
“Excuse me, what?” (Lise)
I flinched when she said ‘his daughter’s room’.
This pretty and cute room is used by his own daughter?
‘And these dresses, his daughter..?’
“Ah, I’m deeply sorry for the misunderstanding. To be exact, his lost daughter.” (Jenny)5
I’ve never heard this kind of information before. That’s kind of new to hear.
I looked up at Jenny while tilting my head.
Jenny has this bitter expression when she tells me about his past.
“He had a daughter. But he lost her without having a chance to see her face. He was desperate and was troubled after losing her. That is why the Duke allowed Sir Ferelmen to build a room for her missing daughter. He never gives up and is still waiting.” (Jenny)2
“Ah… I see.”
I don’t have any clue about his daughter but on top of that, Ferelmen is a successful and rich aristocrat. I thought his missing daughter would hit a jackpot if she was found.
“At the end of the corridor, you will see the little duke’s room.”
Jenny said gently as she tied my messy hair and tried to braid it.
“Ah, did you mean his future grace, Erhan Cercius?”
“Yes, that’s true.”
The one who can change the future. The man that I have to save.
A nineteen year old man back then was coughing too much despite being so skinny. A pathetic sigh escaped from me.
From now on, I will watch him closely. I have to identify his chronic illness and cure them.
‘We are on the same floor and our room are near. It was easy to bump into each other.’
That’s what I thought.
“My my, how pretty.”
Jenny picked out some clothes that suit me and decorates my hair with some ornaments. She was smiling happily.
“You really look like a young lady after dressing like this.”
“Everything in here is supposed to make me look like a lady not a male, obviously.”
I replied nonchalantly while walking to the bookshelf.
“And of course, my skin is pale and clear and my features are on point.”
Jenny couldn’t hold back her laughter while listening to my words.
Jenny murmured silently as she glanced at my self-reflection in the mirror who was smaller than her.
“It’s like seeing my lord’s twin.”1
“… Excuse me but that was offensive.”
I stretch my body with all the fifteen books on the table
I scattered all the books on the table. There wasn’t a single thing that I didn’t know.
On the contrary, it was a medical book from six year ago, so I actually knew more than I thought.
In fact, my competency right now depends on discovering new things rather than knowing something that I already knew in this continent.
“My lord is quite busy as well. He was working at the upper office”
“Yes, I am quite aware.”
“I have been repeatedly offered to resign because I can’t get attached to the Duchy. But I was not allowed to since the lord asked me to stay.” (Jenny)
“Why is that?”
“As far as I am concerned, I am not suited to be in this kind of field.” (Jenny)
“- But I believe in your skill, miss.” (Jenny)
Jenny soothed my hair and smiled gently.
“We didn’t have that many very good doctors until.. the previous Duke of Cercius died.” (Jenny)
I nodded slowly as I remembered something.
Ferelmen was too busy to focus on the previous Duke. But after that, the Duke who has been living his life, died suddenly.
So now the Duchess was in charge of various territories, and perhaps her only son, Erhan was the heir when he reached adulthood.
“His grace Erhan couldn’t properly handle things yet so Her Excellency was holding back pretty desperately.” (Jenny)
“His grace Erhan, is he weak?” (Lise)
“Yes, a few months ago, he managed to stay alive despite his severe condition.” (Jenny)
Ferelman himself was good and loyal to the Duke of Serious. If he could not save Eran in the end, it must have been quite a difficult disease.
‘Really, I need to check it out as soon as possible. Maybe it’s a disease that you have to take care of since you were young.’
I reminded myself of my purpose once again.
“Now, shall we get up?” (Jenny)
Jenny held my hand and smiled.
“You will be having a luncheon* with the Sir Ferelmen.” (Jenny)
[*A formal lunch]
When asked with a close look, Jenny sighed and continued.
“Yes, the majority of the previous assistants left the manor after their first lunch.” (Jenny)
I slowly nodded because I had experienced his coldness towards a new employee.
“But something told me that you are going to come back here safe and sound.” (Jenny)
“I suppose so.” (Lise)
Jenny giggled when I answered calmly.
“If you mix the juice from the pumpkin with the deharin, what is the purpose?” (Ferelmen)1
“There will be a temporary relief from muscle pain.” (Lise)
“If you suddenly get a headache and get a twitch, what method should you use?” (Ferelmen)
“First, use the seed flower herbs and see the reaction to decide on prescription later.” (Lise)
The meal was excellent.
Growing up in an orphanage, I had opened a clinic after six years living as an assistant to an individual doctor, but I had never eaten such precious food before returning to the past.
He kept asking questions about the contents of the books that he sent yesterday, and I answered with nonchalance and quickly emptied my dishes.
Of course, other applicants wouldn’t eat a bite. The atmosphere was icy enough to make one’s appetite disappear.
It was because Ferelman’s questions were too straightforward and he gave a cold look to the one who were not able to answer.
Of course I answered without a flinched until dessert was served.
He poured out all kinds of questions throughout the meal and got all the answers.
Ferelman stopped asking questions only after I started eating pudding.
“You are quite useful.” (Ferelmen)
“Is it just useful?” (Lise)
I said calmly, eating my pudding earnestly little by little.
“It’s hard to find talent like you anywhere on the continent.” (Ferelmen)
I’m 13 years old now and have a clear purpose. I just entered as an assistant, but I wasn’t able to be under anyone.
“You’re very honest.” (Ferelmen)
“It’s the virtue of a doctor.” (Lise)
I spoke from the bottom of my heart.
“I don’t lie.” (Lise)
It was true.
“‘I am very nice and full of humanity.” (Lise)1
No matter how hard I thought, I was now able to do something by myself. But my heart was so warm that I was amazed to come here just to save all the people on this land.
“You have a similar personality to me. I’m very honest and good too.” (Ferelmen)
‘What the hell are you talking about? He’s got no humanity and his way of speaking and the atmosphere… but now he’s showing off?!’
When I didn’t answer anything, he spoke to me with a straight face.
“What you are thinking right now is exactly what I am thinking now.” (Ferelmen)
Perhaps our bonding was either very good or very bad.