Reborn As A Cripple - Chapter 7
“Sir Heid Dukehardt. Your job is… ‘Farmer’.”
When I heard the archbishop’s voice in the cathedral, I thought he was lying. Heid’s job was ‘Farmer’…
I met Heid when I was 5 years old.
At that time, I was unbeatable everywhere I went and I honestly thought I was the strongest person my age. Then one day I heard a rumor.
I heard that there was a boy my age who was strong enough to overpower a knight.
To tell the truth, I thought it was a lie. But if it was true, then I wanted to meet him.
Just as I was thinking of this, my father announced with a complicated expression on his face before I could say anything.
“Reyna. Next week, you’re going to have a marriage interview with the eldest son of the Dukehardt family. If the rumors are true, he’s a gem we’d like to bring into the royal family.”
Then, a week later. From a distance, Heid looked like a normal kid. To be honest, I thought he looked weak. If he was weaker than me, I was going to kick him out of the marriage interview.
However, Heid suddenly changed when he battled with Sieg.
He was flying through the air at a speed faster than light, and he was trying to hit Sieg’s neck that he could see with a heavy attack.
The movement, weight, and speed. Sieg later told me that if he hadn’t been wearing armor and Heid’s weapon was real, he could have been seriously injured.
Afterward, I had a sparring session with him and the result was a complete defeat for me.
The match itself had become a little more competitive, but Heid’s movement was far slower than when he fought with Sieg, and it was clear that he was holding back.
He was a strong person of my age who could hold his own against me. The day I met Heid and crossed swords with him, I knew that I would spend the rest of my life with him.
So that I could stand side by side with Heid. I wanted to be strong so that when Heid was weak, I could take his hand.
I couldn’t believe it when I heard that Heid had gotten a job as a ‘Farmer’, the lowest of the low. But what was even more unbelievable was the relieved look on Heid’s face after he was told he was a farmer.
Hermenea is a kingdom of [Profession Supremacy].
It wasn’t good for nobles to acquire weak jobs, because they brag that they’re greater than commoners by saying that they have good [Jobs].
That’s why I was relieved to get a suitable job as a princess in this country, as a ‘Dragon Knight Princess’.
But what Heid got was the ‘Farmer’.
And after that, it was strange.
When the Marquess of Dukehardt disowned Heid, Heid showed a puzzled expression as if he didn’t understand the meaning.
It was as if Heid thought that ‘Farmer’ was a job as strong as ‘Dragon Knight Princess’.
And Heid was far stronger than me until yesterday.
Heid didn’t show me his full strength for the last time like he did when fought with Sieg. Of course, it was because I was weak.
But I think. If it was Heid…
Certainly, ‘Farmers’ were generally considered to be a weak job. But just as there were different qualities and strengths among swordsmen, there must be strong and weak ‘Farmers’.
I wonder if there was even one person in history who was as predisposed as Heid among those who got jobs with ‘Farmer’.
That’s what I thought at least.
So, I was quite curious. I wonder how Heid would make the most of his job as a ‘Farmer’.
But I am the princess of Hermenea.
If I said anything in public that would defend the ‘Farmers’, it would cause an uproar in the country’s politics, so I had to keep quiet about it.
But still, …
No, that’s a little different.
After all, I had fallen in love with Heid since that day when he took it easy on me and defeated me. That’s why it was annoying to hear that they’re breaking off the engagement now.
I left the commemorative party of those who have gotten a job and followed Heid.
I had a vague idea of where he went.
I’ve known him for more than ten years. And we’ve been fiancees for more than ten years.
The moment they found out that my job was a ‘Farmer’, I was immediately disowned by my parents and my engagement to Reyna was broken off.
I knew that this country values [Jobs], but I didn’t think that ‘Farmers’ were taken lightly. Algeo, all the meat and vegetables you eat every day were grown by ‘Farmers’!
Many of the materials used to make clothes were also made by ‘Farmers’. Even the jobs were mostly ‘Farmers’.
The overwhelming majority of people were ‘Farmers’.
Among all professions, the performance was reasonably good and if you consider the fact there was no limit to the upper-levels, it definitely was the strongest job.
So why the heck!
I didn’t have a single cent and a place to live. I didn’t know what to do.
I was qualified to be an adventurer, and I’d just have to make do with that tomorrow, right? But I was so shocked that my engagement to Reyna was broken off making me lose motivation.
No, but maybe Reyna would be happier if she got married to someone else who’s more upstanding than a scumbag like me.
The more I thought about it, the more depressed I felt.
“Heid! I knew you’d be here!”
…I was so surprised of what happened, that I even started to have hallucinations of Reyna’s voice. I’m such a pussy.
I was lying on my back in a daze, Reyna gets on like she’s riding a horse and scoots closer to my face.
The warmth of human skin and her pushing her weight on top of my stomach.
A beautiful face that woke me up from my stupor. Is this real? No, it’s real. This means that…
“Did you come looking for me?”
“That’s right! But I can’t stay too long because of my duties as a princess, I still came here because I wanted to ask Heid for something!”
“What do you want to ask for?”
I wonder what it was. There’s only so much I can do right now…
“Come and get me as your fiancée again!”
“Yes! …I don’t want to do anything irresponsible as abandoning my duties as a princess. But still, I want to marry Heid!”
Those words raised my heartbeat. The sound of my heart beating would probably be loud enough for Reyna to hear, who was sitting on top of my stomach. Or maybe not.
Reyna was so embarrassed that her ears were dyed red. It’s too cute.
“Th, that’s. Well, I want Heid to grow up as a man. So, I want you to choose me as your bride again…”
Reyna, despite being a bit of a pain in the ass. Reyna is…
I was filled with so many emotions inside.
I don’t know what I was so discouraged about. Reyna had done so much for me. I’ve never been so openly fond of anyone in my life before or in this life even.
I was happy and livid at that fact. But most of all, I didn’t know she had it in her! I felt in awe.
Because my goal was to be the ‘Strongest’ in this world.
If there’s someone who was the strongest, they could get any girl that they like by force.
“…I don’t know how long it’ll take, but I’ll come for you in three years.”
“Yes! I’ll be waiting for you!”
Reyna giggled, then scurried away.
I felt energized, motivated even.
My ultimate goal was to become the strongest in the world. But before that, I guess I’d go and repair my engagement with Reyna for now!