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The world seemed to stop on those five words. Nobody dared to speak a word. Baron was looking at us expectantly, waiting I suppose for an answer. I had no answer for him. I assumed the same for Louise. All of a sudden my sister started laughing.
"Good one Humbert, I thought you were being serious." She laughed.
"I was not joking Miss Louise." He replied.
Louise cut off in mid laugh. Her face scrunched into a hideous snarl of contempt. She glared over in my direction before looking back to Baron.
"Why on Earth would you want her? She's nothing but a winey little brat that does not know anything," Stated my sister.
Baron looked at her like she had lost her mind. Why would he do that? My sister's right. Who would want me? I mean I'm nothing special. Why else would my parents leave everything to Louise? I have nothing to give anyone.
I sighed heavily. I should have known after meeting the house head, that there would be a problem. She did seem overly flirty and fake. I just never expected her to be so rude to her sister. It hardly mattered what they thought anyway. I have to bring one of them home tonight. It's either that or listening to my father go off on it for a couple months.
"I chose Haru because she has a good heart." I said.
Haru jumped at my voice, almost like she was snapped out of some sort of trance. Louise on the other hand looked like she was about to kill someone. Most likely me first and then she would probably go after her sister. I should probably wrap this up before it becomes more violent.
"If there are no more complaints I would like to go home with my fiancée." I said tiredly.
Louise froze like my words had chilled her to the bone. Haru still looked very confused. I sighed this is not going according to plan. I needed to get the ball rolling.
"Haru, would you go pack your things while I talk to your sister?" I asked her softly.
She looked like she was about to protest when Louise brought her fist to the table. The thundering noise made her sister jump. I looked over to Louise calmly. She glared daggers right back to me.
"Why should I allow her to go to you?" She angrily asked.
"You should know why very well, Miss Louise." I replied.
She sputtered and stormed out of the room. I had to chuckle to myself about that. She still has tantrums like a child. So much for being the 'sophisticated' lady of the house. My thoughts were interrupted by a soft voice.
"What did you mean by that?"
I asked him what he meant. It makes no sense. What would Louise know about it? He looked at me for about a minute before he answered.
"Have you read your parents will Haru?"
I shook my head no. Louise never showed me the will. The lawyers were there to back her up on her claims. I never had a need to look. I just didn't get why my parents wrote what they did. I'm sure they had a reason for everything, but still why?
"Your parents were thinking of you," Baron said breaking my thoughts. "Our parents made a pact with each other to have their children marry when they were old enough. I am the only child in my family. Your parents had two children. You should know that the law is that the oldest child is to get the family fortune."
I looked at him weird. What law? That didn't make any sense to me.
"What do you mean that is the law?" I asked him.
He looked at me kind of weird before he replied.
"The king saw it fit that the oldest would get all the family's wealth. He was trying to get it so that there would be no big families."
"That makes no sense."
"Then what happens to the children who get nothing?" I asked.
"That depends on the circumstance. Some have to go to the work house. Some stay with their siblings. Some are married into other families. Your parents knew they could not give you much. They talked to my father to see if their youngest would be the one to marry me. My father said that they could put it in their will that you would be the strongest candidate, but it would still be my decision."
He looked at me expectantly. I was so confused. I needed to think about this. What could it hurt to be away from this house that held some many hurtful memories?
"Could we get to know each other first before I make my decision?" I asked timidly.
"Of course" He replied readily. "You will have to come home with me tonight though."
"Alright, just let me get ready."