Doctor Resignation - Chapter 2
The Chief Physician of the Casseus Dukedom, Viscount Arga Aité Perelman said so. He was quite a young man in his mid-30s with common brown hair and brown eyes.
He gave me a sharp look as he raised his monocle.
“You are going to be my assistant as soon as you get out of the orphanage?”
I nodded with confidence.
Surprisingly, Sir Perelman laughed as if he was speechless with my 13-year-old determination.
“Even the 16 and 17-year-old children who have studied enough in clinical courses wouldn’t last a week, and you want to be my assistant with just a recommendation letter from your orphanage teacher?”
“Do you know what this recommendation letter is about?”
“I am sure you already know about it, too, my Lord.”
I answered calmly as I took a sip of the tea that was served by the Duchess’ servants.
All of the residents that reside in the Casseus Territory knew that the Duchess was quite arrogant.
I have never met her in person yet, but rumors said that she was an ill-tempered person.
After the previous Duke of Casseus died, she took the role as the tenant-in-chief and never made any mistakes while managing the household.
The moment she rises in power, she punishes everyone that betrayed the dukedom. Every day, there would be bodies of servants or family members hanging on the territory gates.
Of course, there was no mercy given with how she reigns the territory with such a tyranny. The embezzlement, fraud, and temple alliances were completely destroyed.
However, she was a competent and trustworthy person. So, that is why all the people trust her judgments.
But one day, she suddenly died along with her son, Erhan.
‘Wait a minute. After the sudden death of the Duchess and Erhan…… Frederick became the Duke of Casseus…… As soon as he rose in power, he joined the rebels. That’s weird.’
I tilted my head with that thought as I frowned.
Well, we will find out soon.
“Should I describe you as reckless or presumptuous?”
Perelman gives me the recommendation letter that I handed out earlier.
『 I recommended Lise Estelle as your assistant.
This may sound conceited, but Lise Estelle is a well-mannered and smart child. Even if she speaks like an old woman, she is still a bright child, right?
— Elbern Kyte 』
I know Elbern did his best, but this kind of recommendation letter was not enough to prove my worth as a doctor’s assistant.
“I apologized, my Lord. Mr. Elbern isn’t very good at writing recommendation letters.”
Perelman shrugged as he snorted loudly at me.
Although he is the Chief Physician in the Duchy, he’s still one of the richest men in the Empire. It is mainly because his herbal business monopolized the market sale. Of course, he was against the rebellion and was killed by Frederick’s army.
‘It’s a waste for him to die.’
He is too sarcastic for me to handle.
Even though Perelman had a trash-like personality, he was quite handsome at that age.
I put down my teacup after analyzing the situation and said confidently, “Is it a problem if I am just a young girl and looked like an inexperienced assistant? But in my opinion, I think I am better than other children before.”
“If you are not quite sure about me, why don’t you test me?”
“Ha, very well.”
Perelman sighed heavily and pulled out a box of medicinal herbs.
“A cheeky kid like you have to face the reality of life to be wiser.”
He spoke coldly as he put down five different herb plants on the table.
“What’s the name of these herbs?”
“Moonflower, aramcho, bougainvillea, licorice roots, and taraxacum.”
I answered almost immediately.
It was unexpected and exceeded Perelman’s expectations.
He quickly pulled out another five different herbs.
“This is primrose, zinnia, Bellis perennis, palm tree leaves, and herbal berries.”
Of course, I didn’t hesitate to answer them correctly.
Perelman’s eyes widened at me as if he was bewitched.
“Y-you- how……? There are quite a few people who knew about herbal berries in the Empire.”
“I’ve read them in books.”
“What are herbal berries used for?”
“It can be used for abdominal pain caused by mana’s side effects. The side effect is high blood pressure. Herbal berries fruits can be collected only in spring at Mount Delaforcè.”
I grinned at him confidently and explained everything without him asking about the area.
“What if you mix primrose and zinnia?”
“The mixture is good for early colds. But of course, the progress is slow.”
“After seeing ten of the medicinal plants, what herbs are related to homeostasis?”
“It is licorice roots. Bellis perennis has the same effects, but since they are expensive and rare, it is better to use licorice roots.”
Perelman took away his monocle and cleaned it using his handkerchief.
“Are you sure that you don’t have any medical experience?”
Of course, I have full medical knowledge plus experience but I decided to answer like an innocent thirteen-year-old girl.
“Yes, I’m sure.”
“Then how did you know about all of these?”
“Well, obviously because I’m a genius.”
I spoke confidently. Brown eyes that stared at me in amazement a while ago went sharp.
“I’m telling the truth.”
But that was all I can say.
Surprisingly, the rude man in front of me spoke calmly.
“Then…… why did you apply as my assistant?”
I was a little taken aback then answered without hesitation.
“Since I am a genius, I want to work under someone who is a genius, too.”
Well, it is true because Perelman indeed is a genius.
Arga Perelman is known as the most prominent politician in the Duchy. He had rich knowledge in medicine and herbal remedies so he could open the biggest business in the Empire.
‘What is this?’
I looked up at Perelman who was embarrassed and his ears were red.
‘When he acts like this, he looks better than before.’
Perelman started to speak while his hand was on his chin, trying to suppress his smile.
“Then…… I will accept you as my assistant. But if you don’t like how I treat my workers, you are welcome to leave the mansion.”
I nodded gladly at his arrogant remarks.
“Follow me, I will show you where you will reside in this mansion.”
The maid beside Perelman flinched when he suddenly stood up from the sofa.
“W-we can g-guide the miss. You don’t have to do it by yourself, my lord……”
“I don’t like this kid, so I’m going to escort her by myself.”
When I was burdened by the awkwardness around the room, Perelman cut off the maid’s word.
“Make sure you prepare a meal before dinner.”
The maid asked in confusion.
Perelman glanced down at me and frowned. He said, “You are thirteen yet you look short and skinny. Did the orphanage feed you?”
The reality is, that I am short.
I will still be short even when I grew up as an adult
I nearly glared at him, who intentionally insulted my small physique. Then he asked again “What food do you like?”
“Um…… I like sweet things.”
“Then we can prepare it for you with various types of sweets.”
“You mentioned that you are from the orphanage, right? What did you even eat there?”
I almost lost my temper when he ignored my question.
“You will be surprised if you eat the sweets that I will prepare. Pick some food and let me know if you’re hungry, I’ll let the kitchen staff know.”