A Con Artist But That's Okay - Chapter 6
The men hesitated and exchanged glances with each other, expecting the other to handle this new and uncharted territory.
Seemingly too sudden, none of the men knew how to react in time.
The only daughter of that family lost her mind and fainted at the funeral, so…
Ah! There it is, the area around those pretty eyes are also swollen and red.
“Cough, I’m sorry, Lady—”
“Even if you look at it that way, I’m not crazy.”
Why are you surprised?
Seyzel giggled charmingly at the sounds of the startled men’s hasty clearing of their throats.
I thought I had finally gotten a chance to process my father’s death and get over my sadness from his loss… Haaa, but the people who surround me seem all too eager to sweep the rug from under my feet, rather than give me some peace of mind.
No. Now here I am, desperately trying to sell off my fortune before my family steals it away.
“Well, I didn’t mean that…”
“I didn’t become crazy from grief, so just put your money here.”
Let’s get to the point quickly, before my relatives notice my absence.
Gently, Seyzel patted the empty bag as she waited for their shock to wear off.
Edgar was not someone who would remain mesmerized forever, and as such, it was but a short pause of silence before he regained his bearings.
Confidently, he sat back on the old sofa and raised the corners of his mouth as he grinned.
“Look, Lady. I don’t know what the heck you’re talking about when you come to me with this empty bag, but I will be honest. No matter how many times we say we will do anything as long as we get money, I am quite embarrassed that you are rude to come here empty handed.”
“Ha! A man who came into my family’s territory and wanted to sell other people’s land without any hesitation is talking about rudeness.”
Anyone can make comments about rudeness, but not you.
“What’s even more embarrassing is that even though my father said he would not sell the land, you are still staying in this village as you please.”
Seyzel was convinced as she looked at the men who immediately lost their smiles.
These idiots are people who have to do whatever it takes to get what they want, whether it’s bribing my uncle or killing me.
“…That’s why Lady is doing this now.”
“I told you, I’ve come to collect your money.”
In that case, before my relatives and people betray me and sell my father’s hard labor, I will sell my property.
Even if I lose everything I own, I will lose it with my own hands, and even if I use it as kindling and burn my fortune for warmth, I will put it in my own furnace.
Anyway, there are no regrets left for me in Peron’s land.
If only father had been there, what would he say about these vultures lurking and waiting to split everything he’s left behind for his daughter?
Ha! Uncle couldn’t even wait another day and tried to give me sleeping pills! There is no guarantee that I would be alive until tomorrow if I let them go today.
It’s not possible for the both of us to win, Uncle.
How was this not a golden opportunity given?
Seyzel bit her lower lip tightly.
If I lose my life again while being swayed by others, then there will be no room for excuses.
However, I have experienced it desperately in my past, miserable life, as to what may happen if I rush ahead without hesitation.
That’s why she couldn’t yell at her uncle’s family or kick them out. She knew that there would be no one on her side.
They are not easy people to deal with. As long as I hold command over my father’s territory, they will never leave me alone.
…A dead half-brother, an unsophisticated only daughter, a golden purse in front of him, and he himself is on the verge of bankruptcy… Isn’t this the perfect opportunity to get most people to take the test and expose their greed?
If he couldn’t hold back and screamed on the spot, the whole family would band together and label him as mentally ill and put him in the hospital. So there is only one choice left for her.
“If possible, the gold bars I showed you before would be better than cash.”
“Be polite, it is a fair contract. I will sell and you will purchase at my price.”
Do you really think I’d give it to you for free?
The moment Seyzel took out the documents and her dead father’s seal from inside her leather coat, their eyes changed.
After finding out that she had prepared all necessary documents for the transfer, Edgar could no longer fake indifference and let out an astonished laugh.
“These are all land documents of the viscount estate, its attached territory, and the families scattered throughout the Peron region.”
“…Wow, it looks like the Lady is very determined.”
“The world has made me that way.”
Edgar was startled by Seyzel’s faint smile that spoke gloomy words.
However, according to her memories, despite Edgar’s hesitance, this man was the one who pulled her out of the situation and planted explosives in someone else’s mansion.
“Haha, well, it wouldn’t be a bad thing if our seller would take care of selling this to us, but since you’re suddenly like this, how about 50 gold bars…?”
Do you think I’m on drugs? You really think I would be crazy enough to not know the value of my estate?
Living at the lowest level of power after I was cast aside, even though it wasn’t my intention, there was nothing I didn’t do to make an honest living in that harsh world.
When it came to market prices, the calculator in my mind’s eyes worked quickly and accurately. To be honest, you have to pretend to know something even if you don’t know it, so that you can open your eyes and avoid being stabbed in the back.
“Hehe. It’s because Lady doesn’t know this much about the world. This means that you are being treated very generously. Even if you just look at the transaction price in the next town you will know that—”
“Okay, two hundred gold.”
“No! Don’t you know that a sale is not made by you insisting on a single total, Lady? You should also consider the trouble of exchanging rubles for gold coins.! S—”
“Two hundred gold.”
Let’s just get straight to the point, Edgar.
In her past lifetime, she has never seen a man talk for a long time and things end well.
At most, a man’s conversation would end with him trying to hit people or make excuses like ‘This is why I can’t get married to you!’
That was enough.
“You can’t lie and say you didn’t know anything on the way here, and if you just do it yourself, it would be worth about a hundred gold bars. If anything, let’s check out nearby land transactions and publicly announced land prices at the exchange tomorrow.”
“Ha! Wow, great. Then let me set it to 100 gold. We can do it this way. If it were the same elsewhere, it wouldn’t be possible to go any higher.”
“Alright, I will sell for two hundred.”
Seyzel put her hand on the bag as if she was about to close it at any moment.
Seeing her cold expression, Edgar shook his head and called her to wait.
“Wait, Lady, you don’t know much about the world, but do you think your property is worth two hundred gold bars?”
“I guess so, yes. If this wasn’t really worth two hundred, people like you wouldn’t even be listening to me until now.”
Do you think I’m wrong?
Seyzel raised the corners of her mouth in a smirk as she looked at the man’s blank face. There is bound to be a good reason why worn-out people try to persuade me by laughing mirthlessly. At Least I’ve learnt from the past.
“If you want to buy it for two hundred, put the gold in, or don’t.”
“…What if I can’t do that?”
When he suddenly became sinister and intimidating, Seyzel stroked her hair and laughed.
Wow, how have I really been living? Do you think intimidation will work on me?
Seeing these familiar expressions has made me realize how low my past life had been.
Of course, I also know how to get to the bottom of the barrel and get out of there.
[T/N: She knows how the lowest of the low people think and how to deal with them.]
“What are you trying to say, Sir? Nevermind, that’s the end of the deal.”
“Can someone at least call a carriage for me? I have to go to the next customer like this.”
Without hesitation, Seyzel picked up the documents and seal.
The other subordinate was even more embarrassed than Edgar and stamped his feet wondering what to do. In his panic, he suddenly got up from his seat.
“Wat! If that were to happen, Lady would be in quite a bit of trouble.”
“No matter how difficult it is, do you think I’ll be the only one to fall?”
“…What does that mean?”
“If you spend money to waste and wait here at this inn and then return empty-handed, I don’t think your client will leave you alone.”
As Seyzel smiled and kindly pointed out each detail, Edgar suddenly burst into laughter.
She smiled, she remembered that she had laughed like that when she found out that she had gone back in time.
So she understood more than anyone how Edgar was feeling right now.
Ah, this must really be something. He wasn’t expecting to be pushed to a dead end.
“Ha, yes, let’s do that. Well, I don’t know what happened, but I can’t help it if Lady prepared so thoroughly. I will fully accommodate the lady’s requirements, so let’s sit down and talk calmly again…”
“Alright, so where were we? Ah, yes. Two hundred gold.”
Seyzel recounted briefly and opened the bag herself with her delicate hands.
No matter how Edgar worded his bargain, there was only one thing Seyzel wanted to say.
“Are you going to buy it or not?”
Seyzel was in ecstasy as she looked at the gold nuggets piling up in front of her.
In the past, my father’s compliments made me very delighted, but the sound of gold nuggets piling up has filled my whole body and mind with joy.
Seyzel couldn’t help but be moved when she thought about the harsh persecution she had to endure in her past life because she had no money.
“…Noble lady. I really wasn’t going to say this, but…”
“Then don’t do it.”
Because I feel like crying right now.
Seyzel held both hands full of gold bars and calmed her heavy breathing.
Now I’m rich!
By the standards of the capital’s nobles, it may be just enough to make a living, but at least there is no need to go through the hardships of the past.
Edgar shook his head, unable to believe this situation and Seyzel’s sudden change.
To Seyzel, the way Edgar puffed out the hazy cigarette smoke looked as complicated as his current state of mind.
Judging by the way he spoke, it seems like he’s now treating me half as ‘this branch’.
[T/N: Part of his people. Not as his enemy.]
“I know all this talk is useless, but what would your late father think if he could see you acting like this?”
“If he had known, you wouldn’t have been able to close your eyes comfortably after agreeing to this deal.”
“It’s no use looking at me that way. My father died of natural causes.”
I’m an ordinary murderer, not an immoral person who would kill her own father.
Seyzel stood up in a hurry, leaving the man pondering as he tried to read her thoughts.
Still, this man is more understandable than those who pretend not to be kind and do all sorts of things behind my back.
“I’ll just go. The transaction went well, so I will vacate the house by tomorrow as promised.”
“If you do that, we will be at ease. I’ll have the carriage waiting— No, why aren’t you leaving?”
Edgar winced as Seyzel stood still even after opening the door.