Although Kompanys small hut was as small and crowded as before, the decorations inside were completely different from before.
Not only had the wall been repainted, there were also new planks above their heads. It seemed quite decent and didnt seem as poor as before.
After entering the room, Kompany looked at Sai who was gnawing at the sweet on the table and after knocking him to the side, he invited Winnie and Joshua to sit down.
“Wheres your big sister” Kompany sat down as he asked Winnie this.
“Big sister said that she wanted to prepare a delicious meal for us, so she went to get some groceries.” Winnie replied.
“Nonsense!” Kompany knitted his brows, “Leaving the guest at home and going out to buy groceries Doesnt she know to wait for me to come back before going”
Winnie waved her hand with a smile, “Alright, brother in law, it isnt like you dont know big sisters personality. No one can stop her if she wants to do something. I already told her that Joshua and I arent guests and there was no need to be this polite, but she insisted on going even though theres no need.”
“No, its your first time back after several years and this time, its brother in law……Its Joshuas first time here, so we have to properly take care of you.” After saying this, Kompany looked at Joshuas high end clothes and he revealed an awkward look, “Only…..our place doesnt have anything to treat you with, so I hope that Joshua doesnt mind.”
“Brother in law, youre too polite.” Perhaps it was because it was their first time meeting or they had the same status, Joshua stopped talking in that polite tone and spoke in a more friendly tone, “Winnie and I dont care about what we eat. Then again, you and big sister are Winnies closest family members, so youre my family members as well. Between family, theres no need to be this polite.”
Kompany scratched his head and gave a few laughs, not knowing what to say.
Seeing him like this, Winnie couldnt help laughing.
“Alright, brother in law, lets not waste words. Answer my question, what are you planning on doing with Harvat”
Hearing that the topic went back to his eldest son, Kompany gave a sigh in his heart. He thought for a bit before saying, “Theres nothing to arrange, right That kid cant become a magician, so Ill have him study some magic machine skills and hell enter the factory Im working at once he grows up, thats good enough.”
“That wont do.” Winnie shook her head, “I talked to big sister earlier. Brother in law, your idea doesnt seem that bad, but you cant guarantee that this factory will last in this town, so you cant place your hopes on it.”
Kompany was surprised, “Why wouldnt this factory be here anymore”
“This……” Winnie knitted her brows to think for a bit before poking Joshua beside her, “I cant explain it properly, you can tell brother in law.”
Joshua revealed a smile. After thinking for a bit, he said, “Brother in law, I heard that this factory only produces the Magic Fan and the Magic Stove and it hasnt changed in the past few years. Is that right”
“Un, its always been these two. What is it Is there a problem” Kompany asked back.
“Theres no problem right now, but that isnt certain in the future.” Joshua seemed to be considering what he should say and after hesitating a bit, he continued, “The Magic Fan and the Magic Stove are two of the lowest end products of the household magic machines, so while it can sell well in the area around Arafat Town right now, it might not be able to do the same in a few years.”
“Its because all the countries of the continent are working hard to develop their magic machine industry, the Falk Kingdom isnt an exception. If nothing unexpected happens, there will be more and more factories and companies that produce household magic machines. For low end household magic machines like the Magic Fan and the Magic Stove that arent that complex, there will be many factories producing them. That means that there will be a lot of competition for this factory in the future, so it would be hard for it to maintain the same profits as it is making now……”
“You mean……the factory wont be able to sell its products in the future”
“Im not certain, but there is this possibility because there will only be more and more competition.” Joshua said with a nod, “Our companys chairman said that there will be more competition on the continent in the future, so it will be a competition when it comes to technology. If theres nothing special about your technology that suppresses the others, it will be eliminated in the end.”
“Your chairman” Kompany was surprised.
“Oh, I forgot to tell you. Brother in law, Joshua works for the Frestech Chamber of Commerce. The chairman that hes talking about is the Frestech Chamber of Commerces chairman Xu.”
“Oh, oh, its Xu Yi, I know him, I know him.” Kompany kept nodding, “Since an important person like chairman Xu is saying this, it must be right.” After saying this, Kompany knitted his brows again, “But Joshua, based on what you said, this factory might go out of business…...What do I do……”
“I never said that it would go out of business, there was only this chance.” Joshua gave a cough, “Of course, its better to be prepared ahead of time. This goes back to the problem of planning for Harvat that Winnie was talking about earlier. Brother in law, you wanting Harvat to learn some skills related to magic machines is the correct idea, but you cant place your goal on a factory in Arafat Town, you should go a bit further.”
Joshu turned to Winnie and seeing her give a nod, he turned back to Kompany with a serious look, “Brother in law, Winnie and I discussed this with big sister earlier. I have a better arrangement for Harvat that I hope you can agree to.”
“Brother in law, our Frestech Chamber of Commerce has set up a Magic Practical Use Academy for normal people, specializing in teaching people the foundations of magic, while also teaching them how to combine magic and machines. Students that graduate from this school will be able to directly enter our Frestech Chamber of Commerce. If they work hard, they can even become a new generation of Magic Engineers. So I think that if we let Harvat enter this school, its very likely that hell work for our Frestech Chamber of Commerce in the future. No matter what, it would be better than staying here and working for a company, right”
“It would naturally be countless times better if he could go to your Frestech Chamber of Commerce, but…..youre talking about magic…..Harvat doesnt have any talent with magic at all, alright” Kompany had a doubtful look.
“No, based on the research of our Frestech Chamber of Commerce four years ago, everyone has talent with magic, its just that some people have more of it and it is easier to manifest, so they have a chance to become magicians. Most peoples magic talent isnt that clear and need some guidance to display it. Our company has created a special academy just to prove this theory. Perhaps Harvat doesnt have as much talent as other magicians, but that doesnt matter in the face of the research of our company.”
“Youre saying that Harvat can learn magic” Kompanys eyes lit up.
“Theres the possibility, but the magic that he learns wont be the same magic that brother in law knows.”
“I know, its the new type of magic thats used for the new magic machines that the newspapers talked about, right” Kompany asked.
Joshua revealed a surprised look.
“Brother in law, how did you know this…..Ah, I didnt mean to offend you……”
Kompany gave a laugh and waved his hand, “Its fine, I know what you mean. For a crude person like me to know this is indeed strange. Moreover, this is what Ive heard from other people reading the newspaper. If you want me to read the newspaper, I wouldnt even recognize the words, ha, ha……”
Joshuas expression changed, “Brother in law, speaking of not understanding the words…..Sai is six years old, right Does he know how to read”
Kompany shook his head, “No one taught him, so of course he doesnt.”
“Then there isnt a place in Arafat Town to learn how to read”
“Of course there is, but its a private school that mayor Viscount Razor had set up for the children of nobles. Other than the children of nobles, if commoners want to study there, they have to pay three hundred gold coins a year and I dont have that much money.”
“Then…..brother in law, if there was a school that was opened in this town that specialized in teaching kids to read and only cost ten gold coins a year, do you think people would be willing to go”
Kompany was stunned, “Only ten gold coins a year Not to mention ten, even if it was twenty, as long as there was this kind of school, I would definitely send my two boys there! Damn, because I couldnt read, I suffered quite a bit. Even learning the higher grade magic machine skills and getting a higher grade certification is hard enough. I dont want my two kids to suffer the same!”
Seeing the look of suffering on Kompanys face, it seemed like he almost couldnt help swearing.
Joshua didnt mind at all and rather his smile became even brighter.
“Brother in law, tell me first, do you agree with me and Winnie taking Harvat with us to let him enter our Frestech Chamber of Commerces academy”
Kompany looked at Joshua with a bit of doubt, “You can work for the Frestech Chamber of Commerce after graduating from this school, is it that easy to enter”
Joshua revealed a faint smile, “I have a special quota, so you dont need to worry about this.”
“Its like this……”
Kompany knitted his brows for a while to think before giving a strong nod.
“Alright! Its a rare chance, so of course I would agree! But…..wouldnt Harvat need to go to your Frestech Chamber of Commerce like this That place is that far away……”
Winnie on the side grabbed Kompanys arm to shake, “Brother in law, you dont need to worry about this. The school will prepare special lodgings for him and Joshua and I will look after him, so there wont be any problems. If you miss him, then when New Years comes, we can send him back or you and big sister can just come and see him. Its only two days by car to reach our companys main base, so its very convenient.”
Kompany was silent for a bit before giving a slight nod, “Alright, when your big sister comes back, I will discuss this with her.”
“Alright, then lets put it aside for now.” Joshua said, “Brother in law, Ill be meeting Viscount Razor early in the morning tomorrow, are you willing to come with me”
Kompany looked at Joshua in a daze. He thought that the two of the were just talking about that kid Harvat, how did the topic suddenly jump to meeting the lord mayor
The gap between this was just too big.
Moreover……it was fine if Joshua wanted to see the mayor, but why was he dragging him along-