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Translated by: Rinkage
Merry Christmas to all readers (◞ꈍ∇ꈍ)◞⋆**✚⃞ྉ
Hope everyone has an enjoyable celebration or holiday~
Translated by: Rinkage
Chapter 19 (B) – Which is important?
After taking careful aim at Stalin, I threw the ball of flame.
Even though he tried to guard against the attack immediately, he ended up missing the real target.
There was no way he could distinguish the small fireball that was hidden inside the big ball of flame on the spur of the moment.
The best place to conceal a tree would be in a forest.
So the best place to conceal the fire would be inside the flame itself.
Thus, the highly concentrated magic that I have launched then hit the guy.
Moreover, the place that was hit was an area that was unprotected by the armour.
To be more specific, it was the only exposed region on his body. His face.
「…..Gu, guoooooooo! 」 (Stalin)
Even though his voice was muffled, he certainly did raise a cry.
The attack earlier has hit the vital point.
In addition, the recoil received was great since it was a critical hit.
I chanted once again to prepare for another attack.
「Orbs of light engulfing the Flame Demon of light—-」 (Regis)
Stalin ran away desperately the instant I started my chanting and regained his posture immediately.
Even though the attack earlier should have put an end to this, his recovery was far too fast.
I couldn’t hide my surprise at the reaction that he gave too.
「….I can guard my face, with just one hand. I can still use, the other one, to kill. If the area here, is not targeted, I can fully withstand, this level of flame. 」 (Stalin)
So he was bracing himself to receive some injuries whilst aiming to kill me.
Considering that he was able to reach that decision in that instant, I could tell that he is a skilled assassin.
「Penetrate through and defeat the enemy—」 (Regis)
My magic would be activated after another word.
However, he should be able to endure it completely.
As one would expect from the one who was famous for working behind the scenes in the Imperial City.
There is a possibility that the same mistake would be repeated again but, could I execute my power without making a blunder?
Nonetheless, when it comes to the number of repeated mistakes committed, mine exceeded twice the norm.
So, what should be done so I would not fail again?
Conversely, how can I catch the enemy off guard?
How can I escape from the hunter’s influence in particular?
I was supposed to be well-informed of it more than anyone else.
I cancelled off my 『Gun Fire』 stance and refined a new pose.
At that moment, Stalin’s face twitched.
He seemed to have noticed my intention.
「—–I cancelled it」 (Regis)
「…..Wha–, you. What are you planning-!」 (Stalin)
「Demon’s blood overflowing my body, turn the flame into a blazing Hellfire—」 (Regis)
This is a ridiculously powerful fire magic.
Stalin guarded his face with one of his hand.
He seemed to be convinced that he would be able to receive it if only it were a small fireball.
But it would be a joke, if he were to think that he could receive this magic with such defence.
I’ll let your body get a taste of it.
A super condensed hellfire-!
「—-eat this, 『Astral Fire』-!」 (Regis)
The flames that were shot out hit Stalin directly in his face.
It was a scene of utter fiery cruelty.
It wouldn’t be possible for him to resume his attack after receiving that thing directly.
「……..Ga, gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!」 (Stalin)
He screamed at the top of his lungs, paying no mind to the audience anymore.
Collapsing to the floor, he struggled desperately.
However that is an inextinguishable flame.
That’s the kind of magic it is.
It’s a magic that consumes a stupidly large amount of power.
It certainly pays the price as an 『Everlasting Flame』.
It is my arch-nemesis, and also my first ever acquired magic that made me experience the most tormenting backlash.
This magic gave me a strong headache and made me feel nauseous even now.
Nevertheless, something like this will not make me give up.
I should deal a fatal blow here.
I tightened my grip on the knife and approached Stalin who was suffering on the ground.
That was when it happened.
(…..Hear this, child of the fallen.)
A voice resounded directly in my brain.
It was coincidentally the same voice as the one suffering on the ground right now.
But Stalin shouldn’t be in the condition to be able to do this now.
I realized who it was instantly.
「…..is this, Stalin’s counterpart? 」 (Regis)
It was the person who had attacked and inflicted a serious injury upon Shadiverga.
I drove him away after that with my thunder magic though.
So you appeared again, just as I expected.
(…..Cancel off that flame, immediately. This is an order.)
(Haa? Are you making fun of me!?)
Even though I tried to answer, there was no reply coming from the other side.
Apparently it wasn’t possible to reply from my end since this was just a 『Telepathy』. 1
I had thought of reconnecting it again using Mega Telepathy since there seemed to be a serious meaning underlying the message earlier.
It didn’t seem as if Stalin would be revived anytime soon too.
Although, I should just listen to it without being provoked by whatever that he intended to say.
(……Look up, the audience seating overhead, on the right. I am, there.)
When I looked up the arena as instructed, I found a man in black, in the shadow of a pillar.
There’s no doubt about it. It was the same assassin who tried to kill Shadiverga that time.
My lips twitched the moment I sighted that guy.
The reason being, what the guy was holding in his hand was—-
(…….this is, the house of Jirgens’, proof of inheritance. In addition, it seems to be, a symbol of bond, with the house of Din. That fallen noble. This degree is fine, I’ll be using, this knife then.)
After saying so, he applied pressure on the knife’s handle with both hands.
Though the craftsmanship of the knife might be excellent, it is not something meant to be used in combat.
The knife will be broken immediately if he were to do that.
I could feel the temperature of my body soaring up high.
(……If you don’t cancel off, that fire magic, I’ll break this, right now.)
(…….Make your choice. If you win, I’ll break the bond, between the fallen noble, and that filthy noble)
This is too despicable.
I looked away from that guy and glared at Durf.
Durf laughed when our gaze met.
He pointed at me as if he was making fun of me with the noble beside him.
As I thought, that guy was the main culprit.
He is seriously someone without an ounce of shame. He was making fun of me and was getting a kick out of this by pulling this underhanded method to defeat me.
「Regis, is there something wrong? Are you injured!? 」 (Shadiverga)
Shadiverga tried to encourage me at that moment.
It might be the wrong time for him to do this but, it didn’t seem like a bad time too.
I am currently facing a serious dilemma.
Walkins, who was standing beside Shadiverga, looked at me anxiously as she prayed.
—-Ah, that’s right!
This is not a task that can be handed to her.
I aligned my sight with Shadiverga and chanted the invocation.
I connected it to Shadiverga’s image, enabling me to send my magic to him.
I chanted in my brain following that.
(…..Come forth from my body, make your appearance, the circuit of magic—『Mega Telepathy』)
The line was connected after some noises.
He seemed to have noticed certain changes to himself.
He covered his ears, so as not to miss it.
Well, what he was doing was pointless though.
(……Aa, so I can speak with you like this. Magic sure is convenient. So, what’s up Regis? You couldn’t make your decision?)
(No well, there is something that I want to know. Can you answer me?)
(…..What is it?)
The tension in his face grew.
Though the question might sound unpleasant, I relayed it to him slowly.
I did it earnestly. Since this is something important.
(—–Me or Jirgens’ knife. Which is important?)
The answer was immediate.
Shadiverga replied before I could finish my words.
I became dumbfounded that my mouth dropped ajar.
Shadiverga replied naturally as if the answer was plain from the start.
(Didn’t you hear me? It’s you. I’m saying that you’re much more important that the knife which is the symbol of bond between me and Sefina.)
(But, isn’t it a symbol of unity between the house of Din and the house of Jirgens?)
(That’s right. But you know, Regis? Sefina and I are of the same opinion.)
(Any parent who abandoned their child for a knife, is not an adult whom a child can be proud of)
I became silent without realizing it.
There was no hesitation at all. He declared it sincerely.
While I was smiling bitterly in my heart, Shadiverga continued.
Even though the voice sounded gentle, it was overflowed with his pride as a father.
(Besides, if you’re talking about the symbol of unity, you’re one of them too.)
(You’re a child born to me and Sefina. Regis Din. Regardless of how one might call it, aren’t you a symbol of unity between the house of Din and the house of Jirgens as well?)
What he had just said made me happy.
Even I would be embarrassed if something like this was told to my face.
As I was ruminating on Shadiverga’s words, I received another words of encouragement.
(That’s all. Whatever that you plan to do, will be forgiven. Sefina will definitely permit it too. —–Win this, Regis!)
(Aa. Thank you. Father.)
I cut off Mega Telepathy.
I have received the motivation.
Most importantly, I’m really glad to be that person’s son.
My hesitation disappeared too.
Only I could present my answer here, after this.
「…..Now. 」 (Regis)
I glared at the assassin amidst the spectators.
Did you think I will succumb to such intimidation?
Besides, now that such suggestion has been brought up, all my preparations are in order.
The next step would be to just set it in motion.
I glanced at Shadiverga for a split second before declaring it with all my heart.
He gave me a thumbs up as he smiled.
Aa, I got it.
I will answer to your expectation.
Just watch how your son overcomes the enemy.
I took a deep breath.
Then I expressed my will in a voice loud enough to reverberate through the arena.
「――『Astral Fire』, cancel-!」 (Regis)
Shadiverga tumbled off his seat in that instant.
1. The magic, ‘Telepathy’ allows only one-way communication while ‘Mega Telepathy’ is a two-way communication magic.
Chapter 19 (A) – Which is important?
Before I could do anything, Stalin made his move.
In just a blink of an eye, he appeared beside me, viciously swinging his sword right and left.
Nevertheless, I was able to invoke my magic quickly before the sword hit me.
「Orbs of light engulfing the Flame Demon of light, penetrate through and defeat the enemy—『Gun Fire』–!!」 (Regis)
The fireball shot out of my palm, aiming right at Stalin.
In such close proximity, it would appear to be impossible for him to avoid this attack since he was already in his offensive stance.
That was what I was convinced of, but—-
Stalin ended up receiving the fireball attack on the left odachi.
Thick smoke billowed from where it was hit when he extinguished it, leaving soot stains on the area.
However he didn’t seem to have received any damage from that attack.
Hmm, I was only preoccupied with the incoming attack from his right hand so I had failed to take notice of his other hand.
I guess this guy is able to attack and defend at the same time.
「…..Did you finally understand the reason why I wield two swords? 」 (Stalin)
He muttered sarcastically.
It was an excellent execution of attack and defence simultaneously using dual wielding style.
On seeing that my movement was delayed due to my chanting, he swung his sword down.
A chorus of enthusiastic voices rang out around the arena.
But I pulled out my knife at that very moment.
*Gyin* A sharp sound resounded as I parried his sword.
「This is what you call parrying. I can acquire this skill too after a sufficient amount of training. 」 (Regis)
This is the best solution you could use to cover a magician’s weakness.
It would be difficult to invoke the magic a short while after the chant.
As a result, the ability to concentrate will also weaken.
In the meantime, you could endure the enemy’s attack using a melee weapon.
By adopting this strategy, you would not make any blunders even when you go against a swordsman.
「…..as I thought, you are, different than, the usual nobles. 」 (Stalin)
「Why, thank you. 」 (Regis)
「…….but, it might be possible that, you have not been taught, the ways to defend against magic. 」 (Stalin)
「What? 」 (Regis)
At that moment, an enormous wave of magical energy was discharged from Stalin’s body.
That incantation must have been prepared beforehand.
He stuck out his hand towards me and chanted ominously.
「Dark thunder, torment the weakness of the earth. Let the glittering flash fall hard like strong electric blade—–『Electron Abyss』」 (Stalin)
The instant the incantation was recited, huge bolts of lightning flew out from that guy’s body.
Each of the lightning bolts that flew out, came at me like dozens of wriggling tentacles.
The range of that attack was too wide that it couldn’t be completely avoided.
I stiffened my face and head, taking a defensive posture to receive a portion of the lightning.
「Gu–, it feels numb. 」 (Stalin)
All the lightning bolts received were diffused and reflected inside my body, stimulating a sense of pain.
Beads of sweat fell off my brow, making me feel unpleasant.
However, lightning magic is also a field in which I am specialized in.
Such a degree of attack would not stop my heart.
Once your offensive skill in that attribute increased, your resistance in that attribute will also increase simultaneously.
It would be dangerous though, if this were either water or earth magic instead.
Nevertheless, there’s no way I can afford to lose to something like lightning after studying the expert level of magic.
On seeing that I was still standing still even after receiving that attack, Stalin clicked his tongue.
「…..obstinate. 」 (Stalin)
「That’s just how it goes. Besides, it’s my belief to return the favour given by someone. 」 (Regis)
「……what? 」 (Stalin)
「A thunder magic should be something, like this! 」 (Regis)
I took a stance as if I was dedicating my whole body to the sky.
Then I took a step forward, pushing out the magic power from the entire surface.
「Flash of thunderbolt, pierce through the earth. Pass your heavenly judgement and surge out the evil spirit—『Bolt Judgement』–!!」 (Regis)
A wave of amplified electricity was transmitted out at an extraordinary speed.
It was an overwhelming sea of thunder.
「….tsk, this is. 」 (Stalin)
Stalin pulled back in an attempt to avoid it.
However, it would be naive of him if he were to think that this magic could be easily avoided.
As described in the expert level book of magic, it is a genuine high-level magic.
The speciality of this inevitable thunder magic is its speed.
At a lightning speed that one’s eyes couldn’t even follow, the thunder attack mowed down the assassin’s body.
He was blown off as he couldn’t endure it.
Stalin who took on a defensive stance was pushed back to the edge of the ring.
Unfortunately, his posture broke.
「Alright. Now’s the time! 」 (Regis)
I should deal the decisive blow before he fixed his stance again.
Pointing the knife at his vital point, I rushed towards him with all my might.
However, at that moment, Stalin’s body reeled from side to side.
The phenomenon happening looked similar to a heat haze.
It was as though the person standing there was just an illusion.
And then, right before I could press ahead, his body suddenly disappeared.
「….Could it be-!?」 (Regis)
I looked around in a hurry.
When did I fall for his trick?
My heart began beating in an unpleasant tempo.
While my being alert, a burning sensation ignited in my back all of a sudden.
Shit! I was slashed!
I writhed around on the ground as I wasn’t able to endure the attack.
The assassin looked down at me with a cold gaze.
Seeing that, I tried to get to my feet somehow to resume the attack.
The wound is just shallow.
Nonetheless, that alone seemed sufficient for that guy.
Stalin approached me even though he was wobbling as he walked.
「…..It’s a dazzle magic. Called 『Confubody』. The backlash is great. Using it excessively is, impossible. But—–」 (Stalin)
*Chakkiri* He fixed his grips on both of the odachi again.
The sight of the two swords that were wielded high over his head resembles a Grim Reaper’s scythe.
What the two swords were aiming for, was probably my head.
「…..just once, is enough to kill you.」 (Stalin)
Stalin tried to swing down the sword.
I could hear the audience breathing out in relief.
It’s no longer possible to turn the tables anymore from here.
An unexpected result wouldn’t occur after all.
That must be what they were thinking of.
In the midst of all the sighing from the audience, my lips curled into a smile.
「……explode, 『Cross Blast』」 (Regis)
The surrounding area turned into a billowing sea of flames at that moment.
If that guy was able to drive me into a corner with a chantless magic, then it was also possible in reverse.
I could also push him into a valley of defeat.
Stalin opened his eyes wide when he saw the activation of the fire magic.
「……Wha-! On its, own!? 」 (Stalin)
The magic, Cross Blast was invoked with him and me in the center.
The blazing flames scorched the skin and burnt the clothes.
Since the magic was activated by a chantless magic, it wasn’t possible to control the level of the heat at all.
But, that guy felt the same pain equally.
From here on, it would just be a test of our endurance.
「You know, I was locked in a sauna before a long time ago. 」 (Regis)
「……? What are you talking about? 」 (Stalin)
「Well just listen. Even though I was still inside, the cleaner locked up the door. 」 (Regis)
It was during the time when I was up the whole night on my PC.
I was one of the abnormally rare man in this modern world who managed to obtain the license to a fantastic game and spent the whole night playing it.
It was interesting. The ending made my tears flow all over.
Then, early the next morning.
To refresh myself, I visited a sauna that was experiencing a sharply declining patronage.
That was the time when it happened.
Due to my negligence, I ended up falling asleep in the sauna.
It was a very deep sleep that rarely occurs in one’s life.
I was the biggest fool since that act itself was comparable to suicide.
So it wasn’t really the fault of the cleaner.
Nevertheless, he should have at least confirmed that the sauna was empty before locking the door.
If this were to have persisted for a little longer, it would have led to an accidental death.
Well, this was not what I really wanted to tell him anyway.
「It was very hot inside. Not to mention, there was one old man with me before I fell asleep. He happened to love sweating it out in a sauna with exceedingly high temperature. After using up all the water in the bucket, he went back. So, when I finally woke up in the afternoon, the temperature I felt at that time was already comparable to the feeling of being grilled alive on an iron plate. 」 (Regis)
That was because, that old man is someone who adjusted the heat only as he enters the sauna.
Any ordinary person who were to accompany him might’ve gone through a near-death experience in that temperature.
As a result, I became frightened of being cooped up in an enclosed space.
The moment I recalled that memory, I could feel laughter welling up inside me. It was pathetic.
「In the end, I became dehydrated and was taken to the medical center instantly. How much later do you think it was when I was finally rescued? 」 (Regis)
「……how should I know. 」 (Stalin)
「It was after 38 hours. 」 (Regis)
「That was because, the day after that was something like a holiday. The employees and manager had switched off everything, neglecting me who was still inside. It was later exposed that it was actually a no good shop that has committed accounting fraud and it went out of business after. In a sense, I was grateful—–」 (Regis)
We stood in the middle of the blazing flames.
Then I fixed my eyes on him.
「I’ll show you the limits of my endurance. 」 (Regis)
「…..nonsense. 」 (Stalin)
He might have spat that line out but, the heat appeared to be affecting him considerably too.
Despite the amount of time he has spent in his combat training, there was still no way he could’ve withstand this condition.
I was a useless NEET in my previous life.
I spent my days living like trash and died as trash too.
But there is one thing about myself that I am proud of.
I have an abnormally high pain tolerance and endurance.
This level of heat meant nothing to me.
On hearing that confident declaration, Stalin laughed through his nose.
Then, he pointed to his own clothes, hoping to worsen my despair.
「…..it’s, regrettable. I am equipped with, 『Burning Flame Dragonscale Armour』. It was something, that was ripped off another family. Made of high grade materials. A first class goods. Not only is it light, it is also capable of, blocking out intense heat from lightning, and fire.」 (Stalin)
「Is there even such a thing? 」 (Regis)
「……that’s the difference of power, in which we belong to. It’s not something that, a fallen noble like you, can prepare. 」 (Stalin)
It was no wonder that the thunder magic earlier didn’t seem to be that effective.
He was wearing such high-performance armour.
In other words, even in this heat endurance competition, he would be the one in a much more advantageous position.
I would definitely lose now if we were to compete in it.
It might have been a miscalculation on my part.
Stalin seemed to be sneering at me behind his mask.
However, I’ll give him a payback for his mockery too.
「So? I didn’t create this sea of fire just so we could have a sauna endurance competition. 」 (Regis)
「…..Hmph, then what are you planning on—」 (Stalin)
But, he appeared startled after surveying the surrounding.
Being encircled by blazing fire, there was no other choice for him than to move forward.
Even when he cast a furtive glance behind, what awaited him was a wall of scorching flame.
Moreover, I was also in the midst of chanting before his eyes.
That was when Stalin finally realized my true intention in creating the fire.
Yes. My real motive in this suicidal action was to limit his movements.
「Orbs of light engulfing the Flame Demon of light, penetrate through and defeat the enemy—『Gun Fire』–!」 (Regis)
Chapter 17 – Strategy Meeting
「Father, are you all right?」 (Regis)
「Oo, Regis. As you can see….I’m feeling all right somehow. 」 (Shadiverga)
「That condition doesn’t look fine at all! 」 (Regis)
The next day.
Walkins and I assembled in Shadiverga’s bedroom.
He ran a high fever last night.
However, the severity of his fever has come down after drinking the medicine compounded by Walkins.
I heaved a huge sigh, feeling relieved for the time being.
Although, it doesn’t seem like he will be able to move around for a while due to the severe numbness in his body.
「The enemy has done a pretty elaborated thing too, hasn’t he? 」
「Do you happen to know that assassin? 」
「He’s one of the Stalin brothers, isn’t he? I have heard of them before. Their existences have been exposed to the public numerous times but, they possess abilities that made them invincible. 」
「I see. So they are celebrities in that world. 」
Edgar seemed to know them too.
Speaking of which, I wonder if she has returned to the inn safely.
She might be currently sleeping in that area unexpectedly.
Since I wouldn’t know what she would end up doing once she got drunk.
「….Sorry. 」 (Shadiverga)
Shadiverga murmured while I was being immersed in my thoughts.
He clasped his hands together and forced the words out of his mouth.
「This is all my fault. I was the one who got carried away by the provocation. We wouldn’t have come to the Imperial City in the first place if it weren’t for me. It would be fine if I were the only one who ended up in this predicament but, I have caused so much trouble for Regis and Walkins too. 」 (Shadiverga)
「Now, now, father. Cheer up. It’s good enough that we’re still alive now. 」 (Regis)
「That’s right. We don’t really mind it. 」 (Walkins)
Walkins and I followed up immediately.
However, Shadiverga’s face was full of regrets and his shoulders could be seen trembling.
Tears welled up in his eyes.
「……Moreover, the knife I received from Sefina was also stolen. I don’t have the courage to face her anymore after this. 」 (Shadiverga)
「So long as Shadiverga-sama is safe, madam will be pleased. 」 (Walkins)
「Exactly. It’s too late to regret it now. 」 (Regis)
It’s important to look back to the past but, if you don’t look at the things before your eyes now, you’ll never be able to advance.
We should devise a strategy now so we could get back at them.
Although, we were stumped now because we still couldn’t figure out that specific method to do so.
It couldn’t be helped that Shadiverga was overwhelmed with a sense of helplessness.
I should be the one to make a move here.
Just as I was thinking so, Walkins tapped my shoulder.
「Regis-sama, just a moment–」 (Walkins)
It seems that Walkins wanted me to go outside the room.
As soon as I left the room, Walkins followed along.
Would it be bad if Shadiverga happened to overhear this conversation?
「What’s wrong? 」 (Regis)
「Yes. I think we can consider infiltrating Horgos’ house as a last resort. 」 (Walkins)
「…..What do you mean by that? 」 (Regis)
「It’s exactly what it means. I will penetrate the enemy’s territory to retrieve the knife and eliminate the enemy’s important people. 」 [Walkins]
「Rejected. 」 (Regis)
I shook my head instantaneously.
My immediate reply was probably unexpected to her. Her hair swayed as she asked.
「Why is that? 」 (Walkins)
「I do not want Walkins to kill people」. (Regis)
「You’re too soft. 」 (Walkins)
「Yes I’m soft. If a soft person can end a conflict without killing people, then I’m fine with being a softie.」 (Regis)
But, that was nothing more than just a disagreement swayed by my emotions.
Walkins wouldn’t be convinced by this, would she?
That was the reason why I should reveal my trump card here.
I gazed into Walkins’ eyes.
「Besides, I will be troubled if you were to do so. I was planning to crush that house fair and square. 」 (Regis)
「What do you mean by that? 」 (Walkins)
「What I meant was that we will be participating in the duel as planned and obtain victory. 」 (Regis)
「…….But Shadiverga-sama is currently—」 (Walkins)
「I would like to enquire more deeply into something with regard to that so let’s get back to where father is. 」 (Regis)
I ended the conversation and made my way back to Shadiverga’s room.
However, Walkins grabbed my shoulder to restrain me.
「What is it? 」 (Regis)
「It’s about what I suggested earlier—-If I were to just retrieve the knife without killing the enemy, would you be fine with it? 」 (Walkins)
「…..Why is that? 」 (Walkins)
「I don’t want Walkins to go to a dangerous place. That’s all. 」 (Regis)
I gave just a brief reply to Walkins who persisted in it.
「It’s an employer’s duty to make use of his servant. 」 (Walkins)
「That might be so. However, I do not want to think that it’s an employer’s duty to send someone to a place that they know is dangerous. Especially when that person is someone whom I am close to.」 (Regis)
「Are you convinced now? Then let’s go. 」 (Regis)
I placed my hand on the door this time to open it.
The door creaked open.
At that moment, a resigned voice could be heard from behind.
「………..Regis-sama, you’re kind, aren’t you? 」 (Walkins)
「That’s only because of Walkins. 」 (Regis)
I answered instantly.
The inside felt warmer than the hallway. As I thought, it was more comfortable in here.
Shadiverga was drinking the tea that I brewed.
I don’t drink much tea myself but, this person and Walkins appeared to enjoy it quite a bit.
Well, I do know of a big alcoholic idiot though.
So if I have to compare between the two of them, I’d say that drinking tea is a much cuter pastime.
「What were you two talking about?」 (Shadiverga)
「Iya, it’s just a discussion about father’s precious books. We’re debating if the books are on ‘animal’ training or hermaphroditic. 」 (Regis)
「What were you guys talking about!? 」 (Shadiverga)
Shadiverga demanded for the answer this time in a tearful voice.
It was unexpected for him to take me so seriously.
「I’m just kidding. 」 (Regis)
「R-Right. 」 (Shadiverga)
「Yeah. The type that father likes is the one with sisters isn’t it? 」 (Regis)
「Am I still in my nightmare!? 」 (Shadiverga)
I cut to the chase while Shediverga was on the verge of fainting in agony.
I explained it one by one by indicating it with my fingers.
「Father, the situation has become really bad. First of all, we should confirm the current state. 」 (Regis)
「T-That’s true. 」 (Shadiverga)
「Firstly, the condition of father, the person who was supposed to take part in the duel. There’s no doubt that you will not be able to defeat the enemy. 」 (Regis)
Shadiverga’s voice appeared choked.
I felt bad for doing this when he was in a depressed state but, there are more bad news to come.
「Next would be about the stolen family heirloom that you have been treasuring more than your life. It is evident that they are planning to use it to threaten us, doubling our disadvantageous at this point. 」 (Regis)
「…….This is hopeless. 」 (Shadiverga)
Oh, the light gradually faded from his eyes.
This is bad. If the light in his eyes goes out, there is a high chance that he might end up being mentally crippled.
Walkins was listening to my speech in silence.
「Moreover, considering that Walkins is not allowed to make her appearance in the duel, there are no other candidates with fighting capabilities. Even if you were to consider bringing in a private soldier from home, we wouldn’t be able to make it since the duel will be held tomorrow. 」 (Regis)
「……Haa, all our routes are sealed, aren’t they? 」 (Shadiverga)
「So then father, I have a request. Could you lend me your ear? 」 (Regis)
「What is it? 」 (Shadiverga)
Shadiverga leaned closer to listen to what I have to say.
The damage would be huge if I were to say it out pompously now.
Let’s just say it lightly. Lightly.
When I whispered it to him, Shadiverga’s eyes widened in shock.
His mouth opened and closed repeatedly like a goldfish for a brief moment before he raised a hysteric cry.
「Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhh!!! T-That’s not allowed! 」 (Shadiverga)
「Isn’t it fine? It would be accomplished once I return it back to its original sheath.」 (Regis)
「We’ll end up being laughed at and criticized by the other nobles! 」 (Shadiverga)
「We have been fallen nobles for a long time now so what have we got to lose?」 (Regis)
I questioned him seriously without a hint of joke in my words.
Shadiverga looked baffled due to my sudden change of attitude.
「…..T-That is. 」 (Shadiverga)
「Our connections with the other nobles from our surrounding were already broken off so they wouldn’t be lending their assistance too. Do you still need to hold yourself back for anyone’s sake? 」 (Regis)
「T-That’s is certainly true but…. 」 (Shadiverga)
Shadiverga seemed to be at his wit’s end on what he should do.
He must have understood the reason but he was probably hesitant due to the huge risk.
However, there will be no meaning to it if I don’t urge him here.
「Regis-sama. Please explain it to Walkins too. 」 (Walkins)
Oh, will she be lending the help here?
You’ve done well Walkins. I’ll have to convey my gratitude politely later.
「It’s this kind of strategy—-」 (Regis)
「Oh, so there was a trick like that? As expected of Regis-sama. It’s the weak point that the nobles would never be able to think of. 」 (Walkins)
「Hahaha, praise me more. 」 (Regis)
Nobles are people who take importance of trust and pride more than anything else?
Then the house of Din has nothing to do with them.
Since we were originally fallen nobles who were already disliked by the neighbouring places.
I would make use of any tricks in hand to win by all means.
「I highly propose going through with this plan. 」 (Regis)
「I agree too. 」 (Walkins)
「Father, it’s two against one now. 」 (Regis)
「……..Uuu, I got it all right! I don’t care what happens after this. 」 (Shadiverga)
「The responsibility will be divided equally. 」 (Regis)
「A sudden joint responsibility!? 」 (Shadiverga)
「Now, now. Just believe in me. I will make sure that it’ll be successful. 」 (Regis)
We held back Shadiverga who was still against it and gained the approval to the opinion.
It was due to my dictatorship.
All right! Maybe I should build a bronze statue in the garden the next time.
As I was pondering, Walkins flashed me a smile that could give one a sense of security.
「If you need any help in this, just let me know.」 (Walkins)
「Aa, then Walkins, could you meet that person once this duel is over?」 (Regis)
「That person? 」 (Walkins)
Walkins tilted her head.
She didn’t get the hint?
「That ex-mercenary. Haven’t we talk about this before? 」 (Regis)
「Aa yes. She must be around 20 years old by now. 」 (Walkins)
「Yeah. She really wants to meet you so just have a tea with her or something. 」 (Regis)
「I understand. 」 (Walkins)
All right. Let’s summon Edgar using this as bait.
Although, that person might make a move even without this condition attached.
It’s my personal thanks to her then.
「Then Walkins, we shall complete the usual magic practice by tonight. 」 (Regis)
「Yes. I think you should probably be able to achieve it by tonight. 」 (Walkins)
With this, all the preparations would be complete.
The plan will be initiated once I succeeded in mastering that magic.
I would be using an underhanded method this time but I was already well-prepared for the consequences.
Let’s see, probably not to the extent of getting executed I guess…….
Maybe just in the range of massive bleeding or being burnt to death.
My whole body was moving like a wild beast.
The increasing desire to pin down the woman in front of me went ablaze.
「Damn, you’re just running around! 」 (Regis)
This is the basement of the mansion.
Even if I reached my right hand out, she managed to evade it smoothly.
Even though she was just toying around with me, it was still fine.
It would double my excitement once I catch her.
At the moment, I was just chasing after her back.
I was breathing heavily and my body was drenched in sweat.
However, the tingling sensation all over my body was caused by just an intense exercise.
That was the reason why I was wielding my knife like this but—–
「I missssseeedddddd!!!! 」 (Regis)
「Are? Are you done already? I have not even broken a sweat yet. 」 (Walkins)
Walkins was just evading me.
I have been trying to catch her for more than an hour now.
Even when I was attacking her with a knife used for training, she has parried all the attacks.
「Your swing is too wide. Your ability to grasp the movements is better than last year but your stance is still rigid. 」 (Walkins)
I fixed my posture as soon as she pointed it out.
However, it was just one problem after another.
Fighting with a knife has a considerably high level difficulty.
「Your movements are rough. Let’s pause for a short while so you can catch your breath. 」 (Walkins)
I took a deep breath obediently.
I have already mastered that specific magic a few hours ago.
In order to utilize that magic to the best of my ability, I was training my knife skill.
「Walkins’ movements were just way too fast. 」 (Regis)
「No, it’s not. A movement of this degree is considered to be normal for a skilled assassin. I was just matching my speed to that level.」 (Walkins)
「…..I know that.」 (Regis)
The training itself has actually started several years ago.
For the sake of using the magic effectively, the skill in using knife in combat is required.
How are those two related?
The reason is obvious.
You need to protect yourself during your incantation.
In addition, mastering this skill would enable me to take on a group of people with just a knife.
At first, I had thought of experimenting with a straight sword.
But, it didn’t work out since the sword was too big for my build.
Rapier on the other hand, didn’t suit my nature at all.
As a result, I ended up with an easy to handle knife.
Walkins took her stance without any weapon in her hands as she breathed out.
「Then, I will be attacking too from now. Please strike back accordingly as you defend against my attack. 」 (Walkins)
At that very moment, Walkins’ body disappeared from my sight.
She drew closer to me at the same astonishing speed until now.
I thrust the knife.
However, Walkins who has grasped my movement raised her arm.
A sharp sound resounded and before I knew it, the knife flew up into the air.
Walkins has repelled the knife with her bare hands.
「What the heck, that’s absurd…..tte, uwaa–!!」 (Regis)
Walkins decided to aim for my vital point.
I was able to hold out somehow, but she went for a leg sweep following that.
I wasn’t able to endure that attack so I ended up slipping and fell right on my back on the ground.
It hurts. The back of my body received the full impact of that fall.
Hasn’t the speed increased a little too much?
She was much faster than just a while ago.
I tried forcing myself to get to my feet one way or another but, she pinned me down, sealing my movements.
Walkins looked at my face and laughed teasingly.
「Gotcha. 」 (Walkins)
When I raised both my hands up to surrender, a gentle smile bloomed across her lips.
She pulled my hand towards her face.
Her sleek silver hair ended up touching my hand lightly.
The moment my hand came in contact with her silky smooth hair, my heart pounded rapidly.
「Your hair, it’s beautiful. 」 (Regis)
「Thank you. I have been doing my best to maintain my hair. 」 (Walkins)
I guess that’s a given.
On seeing the wry smile on my face, she ruffled my hair.
Running her fingers through the hair on my head, she combed them back slowly.
「Regis-sama, please be careful, okay? 」 (Walkins)
「Eh? 」 (Regis)
「I’m talking about tomorrow. I have not expected you to come up with something reckless like that. 」 (Walkins)
「I guess so. 」 (Regis)
Even Shadiverga was paralysed with fear upon hearing that plan.
Walkins has not expected it herself too.
She peered at me with her clear eyes.
「I am blessed to be able to serve Regis-sama. 」 (Walkins)
She guided my hand to her chest and hugged me.
The beating of her heart was transmitted to me.
She must have been seeing things in a different perspective.
However, the anxiety that one feels is a common and a natural thing.
I responded to it and was only feeling worried about her in the same way.
And, I will show it by protecting her.
「I’m blessed to have Walkins as a servant too. 」 (Regis)
I caressed Walkins’ cheek with my other free hand.
Thank you. You have always been teaching me various things.
I am really glad to have you by my side.
「I should go to sleep soon. 」 (Regis)
「True. Otherwise it might affect the outcome tomorrow. 」 (Walkins)
「What about father? 」 (Regis)
「He is taking a rest already. It appears that he will be going to the arena tomorrow regardless of the circumstances. 」 (Walkins)
「I see. That guy can be quite obstinate too. 」 (Regis)
I have to respect his spirit.
Besides, I could start my strategy only after Shadiverga goes to that place.
「Just watch me, Walkins. 」 (Regis)
I stood up and said it proudly.
Thereupon, Walkins smiled as well and nodded deeply.
「Yes. Walkins here will do her best to watch over Regis-sama. 」 (Walkins)
Walkins and I got out of the basement and returned to our own respective bedroom after that.
Since she might be using the bathroom on the first floor, I went to the one on the second floor.
I relieved my fatigue in the bathroom then stretched out on the bed.
The duel will be taking place tomorrow.
I will settle it with that Durf tomorrow in front of all the assembled nobles who have too much free time in their hands.
You’re making a huge mistake if you think this will end after attempting that assassination.
I’ll show you that I can definitely protect them.
And I will be repaying the favour.
I reminded myself of the counterattack tomorrow as I closed my eyelids.
A wave of drowsiness swept over me as soon as I turned off the light.
The desire to sleep lingered on as is until I fell into a deep slumber, allowing my body to get its much needed rest—-
Chapter 16 – Shock and Determination
「Father! Are you all right!?」 (Regis)
I entered by kicking open the door, ran straight up the stairs and to Shadiverga’s room without stopping, to find the head of Din household relaxing there as if nothing had happened.
His gaze fell upon me as I broke into a cold sweat, my shoulders rose and fell as I breathed heavily.
「What’s wrong, Regis? There was nothing wrong with me, you know? 」 (Shadiverga)
「…..Eh? 」 (Regis)
I looked at Shadiverga’s appearance fixedly.
Certainly, it didn’t seem like he was attacked anywhere.
Could it be that, the message written on the paper was a lie?
Did he induce Edgar to steal it deliberately just to cause confusion?
No, it wasn’t possible for him to carry out such skilful acting.
The fact that the paper was stolen was supposed to be a miscalculation on the other side.
Just as I was thinking so, Shadiverga grumbled.
「Hmmm…..Why won’t Walkins come back soon? 」 (Shadiverga)
On hearing those words, I finally realized.
That reminds me, Walkins didn’t seem to be anywhere in sight.
「Father, where did Walkins go? 」 (Regis)
「Aa, we ran into something quite troublesome……. 」 (Shadiverga)
Shadiverga explained the circumstances in a laid-back manner.
There was supposed to be an envoy from the royal family coming over to extend his greetings early this morning.
However, he was suddenly attacked by an unknown assailant when he was passing through the southern noble district.
A wound that appeared to be cruelly carved using knife could be found on him, leaving him on the verge of death.
The King’s direct retainer was assaulted in his own stronghold.
This could be the biggest news received today.
I see. So that was the reason why the city seems to be enveloped in a strange atmosphere.
No one has heard of the incident in which Edgar’s shop was burned to a crisp in detail since a more urgent situation has occurred.
I guess that’s a given.
For the sake of preserving the royal family’s honour, they would definitely capture the criminal by all means.
According to Shadiverga, a cabinet minister residing in the Imperial City has apparently made one demand.
『The criminal shouldn’t have escaped outside yet. Therefore all the nobles in the southern noble district are to send out their private armies and arrest that criminal.』
Judging from the explanation up till this point, I have somehow grasped the reason why Walkins was not around.
It was highly likely that Walkins would’ve stayed back in order to protect Shadiverga, regardless of where the instruction came from.
Nevertheless, she was forced to make a move once the whole household was dragged into this.
I tried my best not to reveal the confusion through my face as I asked him.
「…….Did you send Walkins off?」 (Regis)
「That’s right. Our private armies are defending our territory so they are not able to make it to the Imperial City. Walkins alone should be sufficient as Din household’s combat potential—–」 (Shadiverga)
The bad premonition I had gradually drew closer.
I probably have a terribly impatient look on my face now.
Shadiverga murmured as if he felt bad about it.
「If I don’t send someone out, I might end up incurring the wrath of all the nobles in the Imperial City……. It didn’t feel right being the only one staying at a safe place while everyone else is joining forces together. I don’t care about myself but I don’t want to taint Sefina’s family name…… Tte, are you listening to me Regis—-」 (Shadiverga)
「This is bad!!! 」 (Regis)
No I wasn’t referring to Walkins.
Even if that person were attacked, she would be able to turn the tables on them again.
But presently. Yes right now.
In truth, there wasn’t even a single bodyguard now in this mansion.
The preparation finished.
If all these were just to interfere with the king’s envoy and also as a strategy to get Walkins out of the mansion, then it would be impossible for Durf to not take any action following this.
They have been way too quiet all this while.
By making us careless in thinking that the situation was still peaceful, he would deliver an instant kill in the midst of it.
If I were a filthy noble like him, I would definitely do so.
On the assumption that he had made a move —-there will not be a single bodyguard left now!
「Father, get away from there! 」 (Regis)
At that moment, a loud crashing sound could be heard from the window.
An intruder came in like a wind, running towards Shadiverga instantly.
My reaction was too late.
I was chanting in a hurry but I wouldn’t make it.
He’s way too fast.
The beast moved swiftly to bring down its targeted prey at a speed an amateur like me wouldn’t be able to catch up with.
The man muttered coldly as he sprung at Shadiverga.
「…….I am, one of Stalin. Shadiverga Din-dono. Your life, is mine……. 」 (Assassin)
His entire ensemble was black.
The appearance was the same as the guy I met underground.
But the weapon they were equipped with was different.
A large knife with counter blade attached.
It was clearly a shape designed to kill a person.
Wielding it with both hands, the assassin thrust it into Shadiverga’s arm.
「…..Guuaaaaa!!! 」 (Shadiverga)
Shadiverga’s face was distorted with pain.
I pulled out Din household’s knife and came in between the both of them, causing the assassin to spring back instantly.
We’ll lose once he fixed his posture.
I chanted my magic loudly as I pointed at that man.
「Demon’s blood overflowing my body, turn the flame into a blazing Hellfire—『Astral Fire』!! 」 (Regis)
As soon as I finished the chant, the man’s body burst into magnificent flame.
However, the intensity of my headache has reached its peak.
The severe wave of nausea caused me to throw up on the carpet.
Did I use up too much magic?
On seeing at my sudden change, the man poured the water he had on him over his body.
Although, the fury of the fire did not abate at all.
「……Tch. A flame that will never goes out, is it? A shrewd mimicry. 」 (Assassin)
Turning his knife around, he aimed it at me.
Aa, he would be released from the magic once I’m killed, wouldn’t he?
You were planning to put an end to my life before running away, weren’t you?
Since I understood his goal, there should be more things to be done.
I should be fighting him but—
I ended up kneeling on my knees. I have regrettably ran out of strength.
My vision became hazy and my head felt fuzzy.
I have experienced these feelings before.
I wonder when was it.
That was certainly……when I was dead.
At that time, I had given up on everything.
After all, I wouldn’t be able to come back to life again.
I have lived my life like a garbage so it’ll just end the same way.
That was what I thought.
But, I’m still alive here.
I can still fight.
Just recall it!
What did I swear to myself at that moment?
The things that I couldn’t accomplish in my previous life.
In order to achieve it, I wanted to start all over again.
—I would like to be a person who is capable of saving someone.
I remembered it.
I stood up.
I will not allow any more attacks on Shadiverga.
I will definitely not let him do it.
I stood upright, still feeling unsteady as I glared at the assassin.
The pain in my head was so extreme that it felt like exploding.
The contents in my stomach were refluxed back, clogging up the passageway.
Nonetheless, this is not the time for me to be grovelling at a place like this.
「….I will protect. 」 (Regis)
I pulled out a knife.
If I were to use that magic, it might be possible to reverse the situation here.
However, it was too late.
If only I have studied that a little faster. I’m deeply regretting it now.
But I will try protecting Shadiverga with all the power that I have currently.
「Come at me, assassin. I will definitely not succumb to you. 」 (Regis)
「…..you, with that state of consciousness—-」 (Assassin)
「Aa, my head hurts so much it literally felt like splitting into two. I am experiencing strange cough attacks, my head feels fuzzy and my vision is also blurry. My heart is screaming out loud as if it was getting crushed and both of my feet are trembling so much, they couldn’t support my body any longer. 」 (Regis)
There would not be a bad condition worse than this in existence.
It was indeed a miracle for me to be able to keep my consciousness.
At my words, the assassin narrowed his eyes.
「—-Even so, that’s not the reason for me to give up here.」 (Regis)
「I will not lose to an assassin! 」 (Regis)
Blood splurted out of my mouth as I shouted aloud.
Apparently my entire body structure became brittle due to the overuse of magic.
But I will bet all that I have just to stop this guy here.
Eat this. This is the top thunder magic taught by Walkins.
「Flash of thunderbolt, pierce through the earth. Pass your heavenly judgement and surge out the evil spirit—『Bolt Judgement』!!! 」 (Regis)
*vein pop* I felt a creak somewhere in my brain.
The feeling was similar to an electric drill being thrust into my skull.
The hateful sound of the drill started haunting me in the form of flashback.
A mixture of blood and vomit gushed out of my mouth, soiling the ground.
But the magic was still triggered somehow.
It is currently listed under 『New Expert Edition』, an intense thunder magic.
The thunder that was produced at the speed of light is inevitable.
An abnormal amount of voltage was discharged, instantly destroying the opponent’s spirit.
「…..Gu–, you!! 」 (Assassin)
The assassin who tried to stop me before the invocation immediately entered a defensive stance.
He flinched as the lightning hit him, burning his body.
An outrageous sound of explosion resounded, threatening the assassin’s life.
「…Damn, withdrawing」 (Assassin)
In addition to the eternal flame burning his body, he was hit by an unavoidable thunder attack.
Having fallen into a predicament that rendered him incapable of fighting anymore, the man escaped the place by tumbling outside.
Before leaving through the window, he spat out a parting line.
「……..But, the objective was achieved. Another thing—this is likely to be useful, in future. I’m taking, this knife. 」 (Assassin)
Upon closer observation, the assassin seems to be holding onto something.
It was the knife that Shadiverga has always been treasuring.
That knife that was handed down by Sefina’s house. The house of Jirgen’s heirloom.
「Ho-Hold it! 」 (Regis)
「Antidote will not work. Submerge yourself in the sea of deadly poison, Shadiverga Din.」 (Assassin)
He threw a knife at me at the end.
Naturally it was the same knife that has pierced Shadiverga.
The assassin disappeared from sight at the same time.
I managed to drive him away in one way or another.
Unfortunately, I might have won the bout but, I have lost the game.
I didn’t have any energy left to dodge the knife.
The knife flew closer and closer before my eyes.
Although I have somehow prevented them from pursuing Shadiverga, this single hit was unstoppable.
Out of fear, I started closing my eyes.
However, a hand stretched out before me at that very moment.
The knife ended up piercing a slender looking hand.
Bright red blood splattered all over my face.
The momentum of the knife was stopped but the blood continued dripping down.
When I looked up, Walkins was standing there smiling gently at me.
「I’m home. I’m sorry, I should’ve return a little earlier. 」 (Walkins)
She pulled out the knife from her hand and threw it away on the spot.
It was scary, in a sense, to see her expression remained the same.
「This is…….it seems that a lethal poison was smeared over the knife. 」 (Walkins)
Walkins licked her own wound once and frowned.
She heaved a sigh when she looked at Shadiverga’s collapsed body.
「He should make it if the treatment is done. Shadiverga-sama’s spirit has certainly.」 (Walkins)
Walkins lifted up Shadiverga’s arm that wasn’t injured and placed her finger on it.
The arm has turned purple, possibly because it was afflicted by a powerful poison and blood vessels seem to be pulsating strangely.
That sight was most painful to the eyes now.
「Father is saved, right?」 (Regis)
「He’s fine. It seems that, they had used something that antidotes will not be effective on but—- all these are pointless before me.」 (Walkins)
Shadiverga’s face took on an expression of agony.
Walkins placed her hand at his jaw and chanted with a serious tone.
At that moment, the atmosphere of the room changed completely, making the surrounding felt more ominous.
「The twist of ancient times that reigns over, heaven and earth unveil his death by the venomous snake of the fallen soldiers’ spirit. Your wicked poison will now be killed by the lesser poison—-『Poison Slayer』.」 (Walkins)
Walkins has once again used a magic that wasn’t listed in any books.
It was the same as 『Chaos Cataract』 the other time.
The 『Giga Teleportation』 used previously was written in one of the book that I found in the archive.
But it was a magic that no normal people would be able to use. That was a super advanced magic in which only the existence was known.
However, the magic that she used just now was probably one that nobody knew.
It became more and more mysterious every time I see Walkins’ magic.
Nevertheless, the effect appears immediate. The swelling on Shadiverga’s arm disappeared instantly, a scene that would make one wonder if what happened earlier was all a lie.
「If this condition is ignored, the poison will be circulated through the whole body, resulting in death within a day. Although he managed to survive due to the fast treatment, he will not be able to move for the time being.」 (Walkins)
「Eh? Wasn’t Walkins poisoned earlier too? If you don’t hurry up and erase it」 (Regis)
「I will not die from poison. Just natural healing will be sufficient. 」 (Walkins)
「……That’s no way it’s true, isn’t it?」 (Regis)
「I knew of several poison magic too so I developed resistance to it.」 (Walkins)
When a certain magic attribute improved, you will gain not only that attribute’s offensive power but also boost defence against that attribute at the same time.
I knew about that.
Those who have mastered fire magic will have considerable resistance against magic with fire attribute.
But how did this person acquire something like poison magic?
If you were to go through all the books in the market, there is an attribute known only by its name.
That is poison magic.
I didn’t get any sense of discomfort when I found out that the assassin has learnt this magic.
But you’re different. Walkins.
That person might be a resident of the back world but, you’re just a little eccentric servant aren’t you?
No one knew her age.
She mastered many different kinds of strange magic.
Excellent sword skill.
Outrageous physical ability.
The mysteries kept piling up the more I knew about her.
There should be a limit to how mysterious one could be.
Moreover, it was likely that there was an unthinkable secret being kept away.
I wonder if Walkins would talk about it one day.
No, it might not be possible unless I try compromising it from my side.
Wait, now’s not the time for this.
I just overheard a pretty ominous line.
「Father, can you move?」 (Regis)
Despite calling out to him, all he could do was just groan.
His consciousness was possibly still dim.
Walkins breathed out gently when she saw that.
「It should be fine once he takes a rest for a while. You should go rest too, Regis-sama. I will be keeping watch so please go to sleep.」 (Walkins)
「….I understand. Then, tomorrow morning. We will work on a counterplan from now on.」 (Regis)
「I comply.」 (Walkins)
I should leave the task of taking care of Shadiverga to her.
I wouldn’t be able to do much even if I were to stay here any longer.
All I would like to do was just to take a rest.
My magic power was completely consumed.
My head’s all blank even if I were to try thinking of something.
I don’t want to think about anything anymore.
For the time being, I understood that I have somehow protected Shadiverga’s life.
If I continued staying on the sidelines, he would certainly be killed.
Although, selfishly speaking, I wanted to be a shield before he was stabbed.
「…..I still have a long way to go.」 (Regis)
My head felt heavy.
I was looking at my reflection in the mirror above the washbasin.
My complexion was deathly pale.
There was a strong smell of blood when I held a mouthful of water.
The smell of iron penetrating my nose made me frustrated.
「….definitely unforgivable. 」 (Regis)
I went back to my room and collapsed on my bed as it is.
The names of those who have tormented Shadiverga came to my mind.
He has made it impossible for the rival lord to participate in the duel.
They are probably rejoicing now after taking the measures this time.
However, that feeling of joy is extremely fragile.
I’ll make you understand it.
Regardless of what they might have in store, I will meddle in and find the best possible way to win in that development.
「I’ll show you hell.」 (Regis)
While working on a scheme to knock those guys down, I closed my eyes.
My consciousness was blown off instantly due to my extreme fatigue.
In the end, I slept like the dead until sunrise the next morning—–
Chapter 15 (B) – Predicament
A damp smell permeated my nose.
Although, it certainly did feel like I have come in contact with the air outside.
The place that we are currently at was a back alley.
Edgar and I were somehow able to climb up and placed the slab of stone back to its original position.
「Seriously, what’s up with that strange enchanted spell. I would be dead if Regis hasn’t helped me.」 (Edgar)
But that man would be the one coming out for the duel, wouldn’t he?
Considering that he has that much power, it would be surprising if he didn’t.
It seems that Horgos has hired an outrageous mercenary.
I should head back as soon as I could to convey the information.
Even though Walkins is around in the mansion, it never hurts to be more careful.
「Edgar! Right now I will be—–」 (Regis)
Edgar’s sudden cry interrupted me halfway.
What’s wrong with her all of the sudden? Was she planning to unleash Futae no Kiwami? 1
It might be unexpected but it seems likely if it’s her.
Judging from her stance, it appears to be different than ordinary people so it would be highly probable for her to use Gatotsu Zero Stance as well. 2
Anyway, knock on wood.
「So what’s wrong now? 」 (Regis)
「I’ve forgotten about the alcohol that I left at the entrance! Help me remove the stone slab again. 」 (Edgar)
「…..Just do it yourself. 」 (Regis)
When I refused her point-blank, she begged me for help with misty eyes.
What could this be? Just looking at her appearance made my heart throbbed with pain.
There’s no helping it. I wound up helping her to lift the stone up somehow.
「Thank you. Let’s have a drink together later on. 」 (Edgar)
「Didn’t I tell you that I’m just 7 years old? 」 (Regis)
「No, it’s my first time hearing it. You’re surprisingly precocious for your age. 」 (Edgar)
「Eh?…..Didn’t I tell you before? 」 (Regis)
「No, I think I heard that but I might have forgotten about it since I was drunk. 」 (Edgar)
「Could you stop it with the alcohol already. 」 (Regis)
She’s a sloppy no-good mercenary-san.
I think I have said the same thing before the last time.
Wait, I shouldn’t be wasting my time on something like this.
I should inform them about Stalin as soon as possible.
「I will be returning to the mansion once. You should be careful too. 」 (Regis)
「Ho-Hold on a minute. This is something as thanks for helping me in retrieving the alcohol. 」 (Edgar)
After saying so, Edgar suddenly thrust her hand in between her breasts.
She was searching through the sections in the inner part of her mantle.
The sight of her hand groping around there looked quite lewd.
I wonder what she was aiming for.
Edgar seems to be beaming with confidence.
「Despite being overwhelmed a while ago, I had not given in so easily too. I went through a hard time but, I managed to get this. 」 (Edgar)
The item that Edgar took out, was a piece of paper.
It was a strange grey coloured paper.
It gave off the impression that someone has dropped it before when they went to a parade for inspection.
「What is this? There’s nothing written on it. 」 (Regis)
「Fufun, I managed to somehow steal it during battle. 」 (Edgar)
「That is amazing. You were able to do it even in the midst of a fight…. Tte–what’s the point of stealing this paper? 」 (Regis)
It appears to be as useless as picking up a receipt.
However, Edgar explained it while rubbing the paper.
「This item was crafted using thief’s magic. To use it, you can just pour your magic in. After doing so, you are able to make the words inside appear at a later time. Since it’s not limited to distance, it can be used as a notification or messenger. 」 (Edgar)
I see. This is something quite convenient.
But, this is not something that people will usually notice.
This might look just like a normal piece of paper if you do not know anything about it.
「He might be able to fool the nobles or commoners, but he can’t fool me. Though, I’m defeated when it comes to ability. 」 (Edgar)
Edgar was laughing cheerfully.
Even though she was boasting about it, there was nothing written on the paper.
Edgar pushed up her breasts as emphasis, looking proud while ignoring me who was looking at her with my half-opened eyes.
They’re about the same size as Walkins.
I mean, back to the serious subject. What’s the point of stealing a blank paper?
「Didn’t you steal that even though there was still nothing written on it? 」 (Regis)
「No it’s not. The other side can erase the characters at their convenience too. 」 (Edgar)
「Then it’s useless anyway, isn’t it? 」 (Regis)
「That’s when I’ll be using my magic to search for it. Despite looking like this, I can actually use thief’s magic too. Surprised?! 」 (Edgar)
No, I wasn’t surprised.
You seem to have a flair for stealing for some reason.
If there was no prior evidence, then I might have doubted it.
I had to admit that the look is cute but, it will likely be painful to the eyes once you go too close.
「Then will the words will be legible once you use the magic? 」 (Regis)
「That’s right. I will be able to leak out all the enemy’s confidential information. 」 (Edgar)
Fufun, she laughed inappropriately.
She appears to have remembered a reliable magic.
I might have to change my opinion of her a little.
That is, if she’s not holding an alcohol bottle in her right hand.
「The body that was infused with magic trick, I command you to grovel yourself before my judgement—『Trick Destroyed』!! 」 (Edgar)
As soon as she finished the chant, a wave of magic power overflowed and wrapped itself around the paper.
I wonder if it was a sacred magic since it has the ability to reveal the concealed information inside.
After a while, all the characters that were once written emerged themselves.
It didn’t seem to be written too long ago.
「It came out. Let’s see, what’s this what’s this? 」 (Edgar)
「…….this is. Wait, lend me that for a moment. 」 (Regis)
I snatched the paper from Edgar and started reading it avidly.
It was difficult to read but, I was somehow able to distinguish it.
Upon reading what was written, a chill ran down my spine.
『Preparation finished. Head of the house of Din. To death.』
Honestly, I didn’t understand what it meant.
However, I could tell that it was a grave situation based on the written contents.
Head of the house of Din, to death.
It was unmistakable that Horgos is aiming for Shadiverga’s life.
Edgar did say that Stalin has a brother who was making a move on his side too.
In other words, the one aiming for Shadiverga could be either the older or younger brother.
Either way they will be attacking him.
Although, frankly speaking I don’t think Walkins can be defeated.
For example, regardless of how mightily cunning the enemy might be, I still couldn’t see even the slight possibility that she would get defeated.
That was supposed to be it but, what’s up with this uneasy feeling inside me.
I moved my line of sight to the paper.
That was the line that was stuck in my mind.
So long as Walkins’ around in the mansion, there was no need for me to be worried of Shadiverga.
However, if by some reason that Walkins is not around in the mansion then—-
……I would need to confirm it.
Even if it might be reckless.
「Hey, it’s about the distance from here to the southern noble district—-」 (Regis)
「Hmm? 」 (Edgar)
「Do you think I will be able to reach it using Mega Telepathy? 」 (Edgar)
At my question, Edgar’s voice appeared to be clogged up for an instant.
But, taking it into account that this is an emergency situation, she gave me an honest answer.
「I don’t remember. I have never used it before so I don’t really know the details about it. I think it will probably reach. But the consumption of magic increased in direct proportion to the distance so absolutely do not—」 (Edgar)
「……『Magic Deployment』」 (Regis)
「O-Oi!? 」 (Edgar)
Edgar raised her voice out of surprise but, I ignored her and continued chanting.
In terms of distance, I should be able to reach it.
It takes about 15 minutes by foot from here to the southern noble district.
If I were to connect the circuit by force, I might be able to invoke it.
Although the backlash would be unfathomable, it’s not the time to worry about that right now.
I casted the high-ranking magic, Mega Telepathy without hesitation.
「Come forth from my body, make your appearance, the circuit of magic—『Mega Telepathy』!! 」 (Regis)
I felt a sharp, stabbing pain in my head.
It felt as if it was being stabbed by needles repeatedly for many times.
To be more accurate, the sensation of pain was tormenting my nerves.
Cold sweat began pouring down my face, sliding to my jaw line.
Despite the pain, I endured it and tried envisioning Walkins in my brain.
I must connect it to her and inform her of this crisis.
At that moment—
My magic was dispersed all of the sudden.
There was no sign of it whatsoever. It just resulted in nothing.
In proportion to the shock, my body received the recoil too.
The beatings of my heart was painful to my ears.
However, I don’t think that this heart beat will be the only reaction.
The recoil of Mega Telepathy now could only mean one thing.
――『The person whom you are trying to reach in the viable range of communication is not available』
With regard to distance, the circuit was supposed to have reached the residence.
I challenged myself in using this magic without paying heed to the intense consumption of magic.
There shouldn’t be a reason for it to fail in the first place.
That could only mean that, Walkins is currently not at the mansion.
「….Damn, what is going on here. 」 (Regis)
I should try using Mega Telepathy once again and try connecting it to Shadiverga this time.
If it’s him then he should be on standby at the mansion at any time.
However, the lingering sensation of the after-effect was affecting my concentration, interrupting the invocation for the second time.
Using the same magic, not to mention a high-ranking magic excessively might be too reckless.
When it comes to this, I should just confirm it with my own eyes.
There could also be a possibility that my Mega Telepathy has not reached the mansion.
That was just my intuition after all so it was not 100% accurate.
Although—-if Walkins is really not at the mansion then, it would be the worst.
There were far too few people protecting Shadiverga.
「We’ll be parting here. It’ll be cold in the evening so don’t catch a cold. 」 (Regis)
「….Eh? You’re going already? 」 (Edgar)
She asked with a blank look on her face.
I looked straight at her face from the front.
I was sure that I had a pathetic look on my face at the moment.
Edgar is someone who is also being aimed at by them currently.
Honestly, I would like to take responsibility and send her to the inn myself.
Above all, I wanted to return to the mansion with her if it was possible.
Naturally I was referring to it in a strategic sense.
In order to protect oneself from the assassin, I would like her to lend her strength. That was my real intention.
However, it would be cruel to coerce her into it now.
Edgar was not only still exhausted, but she has physical injuries in many places too.
She must be worn out after fighting that guy earlier.
It wouldn’t be strange for her to be injured after such a fight.
For this reason, I couldn’t afford to bring her to any more dangerous place.
I would like her to take a rest for a while.
「Then I’ll be going off. 」 (Regis)
「Eh?…Hold on, Regis!? 」 (Edgar)
I shook myself free from the voice and ran to the southern noble district with all my strength.
I had no choice but to hurry so long as I still haven’t confirmed the safety of Shadiverga.
A sense of helplessness washed over me. My heart felt as if it was going to explode.
Even though I nearly tripped myself halfway through, I managed to return to the mansion—–
1. Futae no Kiwami (Mastery of Two Layers) is Sanosuke Sagara’s ultimate technique from Rurouni Kenshin.
2. Gatotsu Zero Stance is another technique used by Saito Hajime from Rurouni Kenshin.
Chapter 15 (A) – Predicament
The place that Edgar entered was the central street’s back lane.
Unlike the main street, there doesn’t seem to be that many people using this lane.
In addition, since there wasn’t much sunlight penetrating through, the entire place seemed to be enveloped in a dark and ominous atmosphere.
Suspicious looking buyers could be seen hanging around the shops lined up here.
I could tell that the items that were placed for sale were mostly illegal goods.
Poison bags that were cut off from demons.
Accessories that were stripped off fallen travellers.
I felt like making cynical remarks at the huge variety of shady looking items sold here.
「This is quite a nice place.」 (Regis)
「Isn’t it? It’s also damp and clammy, making this the most suitable place for carrying out bad deeds. It would be perfect if there are no mushrooms growing here though. 」 (Edgar)
「Would it be all right for me to walk through here? 」 (Regis)
「Hmm, I guess it will be fine, isn’t it? Besides, there are shops here that are aimed at nobles too. One of the examples would be shops dealing with poisons.」
Hou, you seemed to be well-informed.
As expected of someone who had lived through the life of a mercenary.
She was able to lead through the dark side of a place.
Besides, I had not realized that there was a place like this in the Imperial City.
It’s frightening to know that such an exclusive place is actually located not far from the main street.
「The public security here is not good so don’t leave my side. 」 (Edgar)
Edgar seemed to have said something reliable.
She would look cool with that line if she wasn’t staggering due to her drunkenness when she said it.
I wonder if she couldn’t decide on something smarter.
「Is that villa or something located on this street?」 (Regis)
「If I were to sleep in a place like this, I would end up encountering robbers. Once I wake up, I will be stripped off not only all my possessions but my clothing too so I’ll refrain from that.」 (Edgar)
It’s highly likely that you will be attacked due to your good looks.
I guess our destination is slightly further from this place then.
As we advanced through the winding path, the number of shops in the vicinity decreased.
Then Edgar stepped into an alley.
As if to flee from Edgar’s boots, rats could be seen springing out.
The cleanliness of the environment here has certainly left much to be desired.
We ended up at a crossroad as we advanced through the alley, and we made another left turn before making numerous more turnings after.
Finally, at a place that seemed like a dead end, Edgar lit up a fire.
I guess it might be hard to see since it was too dark.
「….Etto, it should be around here if I am not mistaken. 」 (Edgar)
Edgar lightly tapped the stones on ground.
Shortly after that, she discovered a large stone that appeared to be slightly protruding from the ground.
When she applied more pressure onto it, I could hear something that sounds like *gakon* as the stone sank.
Edgar then thrust her arm deeper inside and pulled up a handle.
「Soi-!! 」 (Edgar)
As soon as she did that, a part of the ground raised up.
Slight wind could be felt coming from between gap. It appears that there is a basement underneath.
I wonder if that slate was meant to keep the passage hidden.
Once the size of the opening is big enough for a human to pass by, Edgar led me inside.
「It’s been a long time since I last came here. I think the last was during the civil war between the nobles nine years ago. 」 (Edgar)
「Noble’s civil war, was it.」 (Regis)
Speaking of which, I have heard of this incident before. There was a conflict between the southern noble district and northern noble district nine years ago in the Imperial City.
Even though it ended after the King stepped in to arbitrate the dispute, there were heavy casualties among the soldiers and sentries.
Strangely, the concealment of the state between the nobles occurred at the same time, ending the incident and leaving it shrouded in mystery.
At that time, the house of Din received only the post report after the incident.
However, the intelligence network received wasn’t really friendly to the nobles in remote regions.
It made me came to the realization that people who were born in a place like this do not have adequate access to information.
「This was my hideout at that time. I was employed as a mercenary in the southern noble district during then. 」 (Edgar)
「Is that so. 」 (Regis)
「This is a great place. Once you bring the enemies back here, you can even torture them as you like. Above all, there wouldn’t be any witnesses at all. 」 (Edgar)
Stop saying something that sounds so ominous!
I could see a dark sinister shadow looming over your face now, making you look like nothing but a villain!
Although some points were deducted since your cheeks were flushed due to alcohol.
As a result, regardless of how much I overestimate you, you might only look like villain B at the most.
Well, I guess that was because you don’t have a villainous look on your face now.
If you were to put on a dress, tried acting more ladylike and keep your mouth shut, you might even look like a princess to me.
It made me wonder but, why did you put your charm to waste all this while?
It is a mystery that is comparable to the Seven Wonders of the World.
We descended down into a dim underground place.
I could feel the humid air brushing against my cheeks.
It felt strangely warm once I am inside.
As soon as my nose was greeted by a peculiar smell swirling in the air, I understood it well that this place hasn’t been used for many years.
However, it was strange that the temperature was still high even though we were deep inside.
Was there some kind of protection against cold effect here?
Edgar who was in the lead, has a serious look on her face as she touched something with her hand.
「Here is the alcohol……」 (Edgar)
「In the end it’s still alcohol to you?! 」 (Regis)
Edgar started rolling a barrel all of a sudden.
She’s already the incarnation of alcohol.
She still wants to drink more despite being drunk?
Even though it was just a small room, the stockpiles were in abundant.
There were plenty of preserved food in the basement too.
Although, these were preserved food from roughly 10 years ago. Are they still safe?
「Uwaaa…..there are molds growing on the hardtack. The fried meat that I stashed here 10 years ago has shapeshifted into something like a monster.」 (Edgar)
「Isn’t that no good already!? 」 (Regis)
In the end, the alcohol was the only one that was still in a good condition, wasn’t it?
The state of all the food inside here was far worse than the state of a rice cooker that was left unattended for half a year.
I have a feeling that I will likely come across scary things if I were to rummage through this place.
While I was smiling wryly, there was a sudden change of tone in Edgar’s voice when she spoke out.
「Well, this is not my real intention though. You understand what I am saying, don’t you Regis?」 (Edgar)
「Of course. Although, I already noticed it earlier when we were in the city……」 (Regis)
He has splendidly taken the bait.
Edgar’s drunken act worked.
Since her performance looked too realistic, I was afraid that she might have been really drunk.
However, that might be the reason the enemy think it would be easier to aim at us too.
Edgar and I turned to the back at the same time.
Footsteps could be heard resounding through the narrow room.
There are three of us all together.
Turning off my detection magic, my hand reached out to the knife at my waist.
I could feel the thick killing intent overflowing from the other party,
「You’re here aren’t you? Horgos’ assassin-san. 」 (Edgar)
Edgar pointed at the vicinity of the entrance one step before me.
Thereupon, the figure of a tall man could be seen stepping out from the depths.
This guy has been following us ever since we left the magic shop’s area.
The man was stammering slightly in an inhuman way as he exuded a violent murderous urge.
A repulsive voice.
The entire face was concealed by a black cloth, revealing only the area around the eyes.
The parts around his forehead appeared to be bulging slightly. I wonder if he’s wearing a hachigane.
Holding sinister looking Odachi in both hands, he threw that single word out coldly.
(Rin: Odachi is a type of traditional Japanese sword)
「Were you the one who did that to my shop? 」 (Edgar)
「…….that’s right. But, will tell you no more. Taste an eternal death. Will leave only mysteries behind. 」 (Assassin)
「…….Aa. So you’re the Stalin brothers? I was wondering who it was but I can identify that tone and look. 」 (Edgar)
「Stalin brothers?」 (Regis)
What’s that about? I have not heard of it even once.
However, Edgar seems to be well-informed and was able to explain it to me.
「They’re mercenaries that have taken root in the Imperial City. No wait, it’s slightly wrong. Even among the mercenaries, they only work for the VIPs. They’re the masters of assassination. 」 (Edgar)
「So they’re specialists in assassination then. 」 (Regis)
「Originally they were supposed to be carrying out their tasks in a pair though. I wonder if it’s different than the information that I have in hand. 」 (Edgar)
「I see. In other words, you refuse to answer. Based on my intuition, the other person must be carrying out another mission. 」 (Edgar)
The person didn’t seem to divulge the information easily but, it’s a given.
There are probably two reasons why this man—Stalin came here.
The first was a revenge on Edgar for humiliating the Horgos’ faction in the northern noble district area.
And the other one, would be the assassination of the house of Din’s successor, that would me.
It appears that those who look down on Horgos will be thoroughly crushed.
He’s truly a petty person.
「………Will remain silent. Won’t talk about it. Just be obedient, and die. 」 (Stalin)
Stalin took a step towards us casually as he held the two Odachi over his head.
Then, he lunged straight at me after heaving a short breath.
「Otto, I shall be the opponent to the one with the sword. 」 (Edgar)
Edgar walked out and stopped the force of the swing with her sword cane.
The two swords clashed intensely at the same time, creating an unpleasant sound that resounded through the place when the edges met.
「……….you. I know you. Famous for running away right away, 『The Hiding Edgar』. Sword skill, is certainly lower than me. 」 (Stalin)
「I understand that alright. But I’m still a former mercenary. There’s just one thing that I would like to hear from you. Are mercenaries’ abilities restricted to only sword and magic?」 (Edgar)
Edgar asked him provocatively.
「………correct. Other than that, nothing else. 」 (Stalin)
「—You’re a third-rate mercenary. Locational advantage and cooperation are also important to a mercenary. Just like this.」 (Edgar)
Edgar winked at me.
All right, time to go as planned.
I used the magic that I have been chanting earlier.
The spell should be invoked with just a few more words.
This degree of difficulty in learning this magic was actually relatively high.
I have been practising this spell since I was four but, I wasn’t really able to invoke it.
However, I should be able to do it now. No, I must be able to do it.
「Strong and sublime flame of the departed souls, please protect us and purify the flame of evil—-『Fire Shell』!!! 」 (Regis)
I was suddenly attacked by a severe headache.
It hurts. It’s seriously painful that my head felt like it was on the verge on breaking.
But it’s fine.
I’ll show you that I can endure this level of pain—!
The magical power permeated my body and was casted on Edgar at the same time.
Thereupon, she seemed to be wrapped by a sense of comfort as a layer of flame enveloped her body.
All right. Even though it was considered to be a difficult spell among the fire magic, have I succeeded in learning it?
This spell is able to dispel or reduce the impact of fire magic.
On seeing my magic, Stalin frowned.
「…….I, don’t use fire magic. You’re wasting effort. 」 (Stalin)
「No one said that you’ll be the one using it. Do it Regis!! 」 (Edgar)
「Ou!! 」 (Regis)
There were still remaining magic power in me since I had enough sleep.
This situation was influenced by this narrow space.
It’s now or never.
I began chanting while Edgar wielded her sword in order to attract his attention.
「「What do you think will happen if we were to use fire magic in a small place like this!?」」 (Edgar & Regis)
「……is that, your goal? If that is the case, then, I have a trump card myself. 」 (Stalin)
Stalin slashed his sword down violently and fell back one step within that interval.
Was he planning to run away?
That was what I had thought but apparently it was the other way round.
A super-fast incantation was uttered out as he held both swords in his hands.
「The flash from the prison feast that drove me to madness. The Dark God of Ugliness dwelling in the two swords—-『Chaos Stroke』…… 」 (Stalin)
Stalin swung his sword right at that moment.
Something that looked similar to steam could be seen spiralling up.
No matter how you looked at it, a steam consisting a mixture of black and purple colour is nothing but ominous.
「………die, mercenary. 」 (Stalin)
He started wielding his sword as if he was performing a boisterous dance.
The swinging of his sword appeared to be slow sometimes, and ultra-fast at other times.
There were also times when the blade of the sword suddenly disappeared from sight.
I couldn’t read his movement at all.
「….Gu! 」 (Edgar)
Sweat could be seen trickling down from Edgar’s forehead.
I guess it must have been a magic that she has never seen before.
For just an instant, Edgar directed her feet towards the exit.
However, when she took a look at my face, she ended up laughing as if she just recalled something.
「I will not run away. Besides, if I am going to die then I’ll take you along with meeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! 」 (Edgar)
Edgar thrust her sword as if she has steeled herself.
On the other hand, Stalin was just moving his swords around accordingly at a slow pace.
It was a blow to Edgar’s state of mind.
At that very instant, a lethal attack carrying an absolute scent of death was swung right to the base of Edgar’s neck—–
「――『Cross Blasttttttttttt』——!!!!!!!」 (Regis)
My scream echoed through the place.
I would not be able to make it anymore with just a mere chanting.
Edgar might die if I were to delay this even for a second.
As a result of my choice, I omitted the rest of the incantation.
This skill was insanely high level in difficulty.
However, by putting all that I have at stake, my incantation ended up being successful.
The whole room flared up instantly.
The hellfire engulfed even the ceiling, spreading itself everywhere and coming in between the two, separating them.
Stalin who was delivering the final blow was forced to jump back due to the heat.
That guy has not received any blessing from the fire magic so he would definitely be scorched.
The prison of flames enveloping this area ignited the spilled alcohol, causing the hellfire to spread its boiling rage everywhere.
The fire was so intense that even Stalin jumped back towards entrance as he wasn’t able to endure it anymore.
He might have wanted to pull back since he wasn’t able to proceed with the assassination.
「How’s that!? How about staying here a little longer to play with me? 」 (Regis)
「…….Will refrain, from it. Farewell. 」 (Stalin)
After saying so, Stalin started running towards the entrance of the room.
He made a quick dash when the fire clung to his body
「Hold on there! 」 (Regis)
Ignoring my words, Stalin pushed open the entrance and escaped.
The only ones remaining in this room were Edgar, who was standing in the center looking stunned, and me.
Edgar might have thought that she had died.
She placed her hand on her neck, appearing to be surprise that she was still alive.
「…..what the. So I’m still alive. 」 (Edgar)
Her hands were still trembling, possibly because she has just tasted a considerable amount of fear.
When Edgar turned towards me, I signalled her with my eyes, prompting her to escape from here.
Regardless of how much the spell was able to reduce the heat, hot things are still hot.
Besides, once the effect is gone, we would end up getting swallowed up by the flames.
While assisting each other like a three-legged race, we ascended the stairs and was able to escape to the outside somehow.
Here are the illustrations for Volume 1 x3
I had not uploaded the last two images yet since those two images are major spoilers. Will update it once I get to that part of story.
Chapter 14 – A drunkard
The next day.
The noble city was strangely noisy in the morning.
A horse-drawn carriage was moving without stopping on the street.
The turmoil outside woke me up so I went to the hall.
When I saw a maid cleaning there, I tried asking her.
「Did something happen? 」 (Regis)
「…..Yes, everything. The magic shop that is located close to the noble district to the north exploded. 」 (maid)
A sense similar to an electrical current could be felt running through my whole body.
The magic shop located close to the northern noble district.
That is unmistakably Edgar’s shop.
「Ano…..is there something wrong?」 (maid)
「I’ll be going out for a short while. Please keep this a secret from father.」 (Regis)
「Aa–, Regis-sama!? 」 (maid)
Ignoring the maid who was trying to restrain me, I went outside.
The commotion occurred just a while ago so it shouldn’t be too long ago when the explosion happened.
I dashed off at full speed towards the northern noble district.
As soon as I entered the central city, I was assaulted by an awful smell.
Billowing clouds of black smoke could be seen rising into the sky.
Naturally there were many onlookers crowding the scene, making it hard for me to move forward.
I had to wade through the crowd but was somehow able to reach the magic shop.
「Edgar–! Where are you!?」 (Regis)
The site looked disastrous.
Did someone use a strong fire magic here?
A crater that might have been caused by a strong blast was found in the interior of the shop.
The empty property beside was somehow involved in it too. The entire place was completely destroyed.
「Where are you!? Answer me! 」 (Regis)
I understood it in my mind.
If she happened to be in the shop at that time, it was certain that she was already blown off.
There is no way that she could have survived.
However I didn’t want to think that she’s dead.
「You’re noisy. It’s already painful enough due to my low blood pressure so stop making so much noise in the morning. 」
Someone tapped me on my shoulder all of the sudden.
When I looked behind, Edgar could be seen standing there without a single injury on her body.
「Are you all right? 」 (Regis)
「Naturally. Although my shop was blown to smithereens. 」 (Edgar)
「….I’m glad. 」 (Regis)
If it’s just the shop, you can always rebuild it again, but it’ll be the end once you die.
You will never be able to get it back.
I’m really glad that Edgar is not injured.
「So how did you survive? 」 (Regis)
「Iya~, I passed out in the bar yesterday. I fell asleep without going back but I was woken up by that explosion this morning. That was when I returned. 」 (Edgar)
I took a look at the shop once again.
It seemed to be beyond repair.
All the store goods appeared to be damaged and were scattered all over due to the explosion. I didn’t even want to think about the total damage.
「Umm, I guess I have no choice but to earn money by trading for the time being. 」 (Edgar)
「…..No, you don’t need to do that. 」 (Regis)
I said it flatly.
Edgar tilted her head in wonder on hearing what I said.
「Why is that? Do you want me to starve to death? 」 (Edgar)
「That’s not it. I’ll definitely rebuild this shop here once again. By all means. 」 (Regis)
When I declared it to her, Edgar heaved a sigh as if she was troubled by it.
「Even though you are from a noble family, the house of Din is a fallen noble isn’t it? If you have that much money to use on something like this, you should just use it for the people under your territory obediently. 」 (Edgar)
「It’ll be all right. I will not be using a single cent. I’ll squeezed it directly from the guy who destroyed this shop. 」 (Regis)
The culprit seemed to have fled the scene, but it’s as clear as day as to whom the real perpetrator was.
The attendant must have informed Horgos on how they were humiliated in the presence of public.
Hence, this fatal blast was carried out as a form of retaliation.
「The methods carried out by the nobles are somehow always underhanded. Well, Durf seems to be the most outstanding one among them though. 」 (Edgar)
Edgar scratched her cheek lightly.
Even though her own shop was destroyed, she didn’t appear to be really shocked by this.
「You don’t look depressed. 」 (Regis)
「I can’t afford to let something like this get to me every single time. Rather, it reminded me of the tension I felt during my mercenary days again. I should be thanking him instead. 」 (Edgar)
Edgar took out a bottle of liquor from her bosom.
Taking off the lid, she gulped it down.
Is she a heavy drinker? She didn’t seem to be drunk.
「—-But well, it was quite painful to have my shop completely destroyed. 」 (Edgar)
*Whew* She breathed out.
Edgar might be in silent but she was definitely angry.
Or rather, I should be the one to be enraged.
He’s using such an unscrupulous method as a means of revenge.
In addition, even though the targeted person, Edgar is safe, the people around have gotten seriously injured.
There were several people who have been taken away for treatment.
Using any methods just to achieve something by all means—is seriously a despicable word.
「I will definitely crush him….」 (Regis)
「You don’t need to be so grumpy in the morning. There is a villa around here so I will be staying there for the time being. 」 (Edgar)
「A villa? 」 (Regis)
Was it something like a vacation-like personal residence?
That idea crossed my mind in an instant but considering a merchant’s occupation, it might be something like a warehouse.
「Aa, well it’s something like that. Why don’t you come and take a look at it? 」 (Edgar)
「Will it be all right? 」 (Regis)
「Of course. But before that, I’d like to get something to eat first. I’m starting to feel famish now after finishing the sake earlier. 」 (Edgar)
Aa, this person is useless.
She’s a typical drunkard.
She is the type who will only succeed due to her abilities such as swordsmanship but is destroyed by alcohol instead.
After a certain incident, I had decided to never drink alcohol again.
I conveyed my honest opinion to Edgar.
Yes, there are ‘magical properties’ in alcohol.
There are times when it’ll heal people, but there are times when it will end up harming the person instead.
I have made a huge blunder with alcohol in my previous life as well.
—I think that was when I just turned 20.
I was drinking liquor alone at home in the evening when my mood became high.
After mixing in various kinds of Western wine and spirit with high alcohol percentage, I guzzled it down.
Of course I got drunk instantly.
However, before I got helplessly drunk, I ended up getting myself entangled in trouble.
Despite being someone who is always a downer, I became a high-spirited hip-hopper.
It would be fine if only I had given up at that time but, I was hit upon an absurd idea.
Yes. My lovely younger sister, let me convey my elation now.
Then, when things go well, I forced her to pour the alcohol for me.
The expectation and anticipation for the alcohol itself were held in my chest.
At that time, my sense of reason was already blown off.
With all my resolve, I kicked the door open and went straight to the corridor.
After that, I started shouting my lungs out like the spirit of a drunken man as I ran. I ended up becoming famous in the neighbourhood for 『squealing on Christmas Eve like no one can』.
(For my own reference: http://www.japan-guide.com/forum/quereadisplay.html?0+65185)
「F-F-F-Fly away–!! You, can, not, stop, me. Hihaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Meeerrryyyy, Chrissstmaaass–!!」
(Rinkage: He was shouting this out in English)
I think I might have blurted out something like that.
Aa, by the way the police came to my house after that.
He had insisted on putting me under custody several times.
It appeared that the first job that he was appointed to was to restrain me. I really pitied him.
He must have ran all the way here by the look of his face. The muscles on his face seemed to be twitching.
Just when I assumed that it was fine, the disaster happened after this.
I, who had broken the chain and opened the door to the society, had gone out without looking around my surrounding.
No one can stop me anymore. Or rather, try stopping me if you can.
I was overcome by such thoughts.
In order to carve my first step in glory, I went straight ahead.
Regrettably, the first step that I had taken was wrong.
There was a staircase there. Moreover, the wax was freshly painted and I was wearing tight socks with holes at that time.
There was no way I could hold out.
As a result, I fell down the stairs with great momentum.
In the process of rolling down, I ended up pulling along the telephone wires in vicinity and crashed into a vase.
After taking a majestic tumble down the stairs, I finally noticed that there was someone was standing there.
Ooo, was my younger sister reaching her hand out to me when I was on the verge of death?
With tears welled up in my eyes, I looked up at that person.
It was father.
No matter how I look at it, that was definitely father.
I had already broken off all the connections with my parents when I was unable to find an employment at that time.
This is bad. At this rate I will definitely be kicked out of the house.
I smiled at him gently, while I was in the state of an eminent crisis.
Turning my whole body once and I made my final signature pose to my father standing in front, who had a cold look on his face.
I conveyed my gratitude.
「Tehe, the Rolling Riceball」 (past Regis)
(Rin: おむすびころりんis a famous piece of folklore but has different variations. Two of the examples are here and here though I have no idea why Regis said that out of the blue)
I wonder if that was when I accepted the kick from my parents for the first time.
I was given an intense kick to my abdomen then handed over to the police for causing a commotion by squealing all over the town.
『I wonder how many times was it…….』 It was impressive to see the head patrol officer in tears—-
I will never allow such failure to repeat itself again.
I don’t mind taking a meal with her but definitely not liquor.
Even if Edgar were to recommend it, I decided to firmly refuse it.
As I made such oath in mind, I went after her.
Halfway through, I suddenly remembered something.
If my prediction was proved right, there should be some kind of reaction taking place soon.
I softly chanted under my breath to prevent the passer-by from hearing it.
This is a detection magic that I learnt from Walkins before coming to the Imperial City.
「Enemies intending to cause harm and be my adversary, get scorched in the space of the demon’s network —-『High Detection』」 (Regis)
A vast magical power spread out from the center of me.
All right. I succeeded in acquiring it.
It was done pretty well considering that it was my first time using it.
The thin layer of film created by the magic power expanded itself as if in search of something.
I breathed out in relief after checking the surrounding area one by one.
「Nn, what’s wrong Regis? 」 (Edgar)
「No, it’s nothing. 」 (Regis)
Edgar seemed to be worried but I shook my head denying it.
At that time, my stomach started growling in hunger.
Come to think of it, I haven’t eaten much yesterday night.
It might be an opportunity for me to treat Edgar to something.
Coming to such conclusion, I followed Edgar in high spirits.
At the central part of the city.
Edgar and I were having our meal at the public bar.
It seemed like this person has totally forgotten that my age is still of a single digit.
The only thing in this person’s mind was only liquor.
She should have just fought with that liquor bottle instead of a sword.
Edgar chewed on a bread and guzzled down a cheap liquor.
「Hey, does Walkins-san has interest in woman? 」 (Edgar)
「What on earth are you asking there all of the sudden. 」 (Regis)
「Iya, it’s just that, it seems to be likely if I were to force myself. 」 (Edgar)
「I don’t want to hear about something like that. Or rather, is that what Walkins is to you?」 (Regis)
Despite having such good looking face and body, she was literally giving her heart and body to Walkins?
Could it be due to the suspension bridge effect that her interest started heading to a strange direction?
「T-That’s not it. I was just genuinely interested to know the basic things about Walkins-san. 」 (Edgar)
「Like her swordsmanship? 」 (Regis)
「That is also one of them. I don’t mind doing anything for her…..as long as she desires it. 」 (Edgar)
「………Someone please help me stop this drunkard. 」 (Regis)
It was definitely the effect of the bad liquor that was affecting her.
That must be it.
How should I know if Edgar has fallen in love with Walkins!?
「Iya…..but Regis might be good too.」 (Edgar)
「You should be drinking water to get rid of your intoxication if you have the spare time to hit on a seven year old.」 (Regis)
Stop looking at me with those glazed eyes!
Even if this was a joke, it might give me a strange feeling.
Could you be more aware of your own appearance!?
She is certainly to be really popular if she were to rid herself of the dangerous aura around her.
「…..Phew, I’m full. 」 (Edgar)
「I’m good too. So what should we do about the bill? 」 (Regis)
「I’ll be treating for this. They’re cheap. 」 (Edgar)
「It’s fine. I’ll be paying. It doesn’t feel right to have a woman pay here. 」 (Regis)
「No no, I should be the one treating here. 」 (Edgar)
「No no no, I had said it earlier to leave this to me. 」 (Regis)
「No no no no」 (Edgar)
「No no no no no—-」 (Regis)
In the end, we managed to settle this by going Dutch.
Although, the unit price for the liquor that Edgar was guzzling down was actually high so if I were to pay for it, I would need to spend about 90% of what I have in my pocket.
Even the drunkard beside me could be heard crying, 「Ueee, it’s expensive~」 but I decided to harden my heart and ignore her.
Didn’t I tell her to leave it to me from the start!
Once our wallet and mind became lighter, we left the place.
「…..Uaaa, I can see four Regis. How dare you use body imitation magic on yourself.」 (Edgar)
Edgar staggered and leaned on my body.
Don’t get drunk so easily if you want to drink alcohol!
I wonder if there are any slogans like this in this world.
Edgar seems to be a maudlin drinker who picks a fight with someone when she becomes extremely drunk.
「My important shop is goneee. But, if I put everything that I have into it, I will definitely be able to rebuild that thing again. 」 (Edgar)
「It’s not that thing」 (Regis)
「Eeehh, so Regis thinks that I’m not suitable to be a merchant—?!」 (Edgar)
「All right all right, I do not think so. 」 (Regis)
I felt like I am caring for the drunkard now.
No, it doesn’t just feel like it. I am doing it now.
Why must I be taking care of a drunk woman at this age?
Even so, the guards didn’t seem to have approached us for interrogation too.
Since one corner of the city was burnt, I had expected them to approach Edgar, the magic shop owner to inquire on the circumstances.
I looked around, feeling dubious.
—It’s still all right for now.
However, a magic power that seemed denser than earlier could be felt approaching.
It might be bad if I don’t start moving now.
I wonder how both of us might look like to the people around.
I certainly don’t think we look like a former mercenary and a boy with high mental age.
We might just look like a dead drunk woman and a kid to them.
Edgar doesn’t seem to be in an inarticulate state when she gave my sleeve a tug.
「Then I’ll guide you to my villa. 」 (Edgar)
「Aa, I thought of seeing it at least once. 」 (Regis)
It was a lie though. I don’t think anyone will throw himself willingly into a place that is so full of uncertainty!
However, I just nodded in the end by looking as innocent as possible.
Edgar was walking unsteadily as she swayed to and fro while I followed her to the same destination.
Roughly about ten plus meters plus behind us.
A quiet murderous impulse seemed to be enveloping that area.
I might not be able sense it at all if I hadn’t use my detection magic.
It was really weak to that degree.
Even though I knew the source of it, it wouldn’t be a good idea to cause a ruckus here.
I went along with Edgar while feeling that cold murderous intent behind.
Chapter 13: Vigilance
I went back to the mansion and headed to Shadiverga’s room.
I was initially worried if there might be a chance of him being assassinated but it didn’t seem like I need to worry about it.
The person himself was sitting down on a chair sipping his tea peacefully.
「Regis. What’s with that knife?」 (Shadiverga)
「Aa, you mean this? Somehow this looks like a good item so I bought it.」 (Regis)
I showed him the knife that I purchased.
However, Shadiverga didn’t seem to show much interest in it.
「I had hand over the knife from Din house to you, hadn’t I? Well that one was for display purposes only so I’ll be troubled too if you were to use it.」 (Shadiverga)
「Then just lend me the one father has. That one is likely better than mine.」 (Regis)
I pointed at the knife on Shadiverga’s belt.
As soon as I said that, he concealed it with his hands in panic.
「T-this one’s not allowed! It’s something that I absolutely cannot lose.」 (Shadiverga)
「That isn’t the crest of Din, is it? It doesn’t have a silver sword and a gold shield. That one has…a bronze shield and a red spear? 」 (Regis)
「Aa, this is the crest of Jiruginusu. 」 (Shadiverga)
It was a family name that sounded familiar to me.
Did they have such a stylish crest?
「That belongs to mother’s house isn’t it?」 (Regis)
「That’s right. Though in actual fact it’s no longer around since it has merged with Din house. They used to be a family that became distinguished for their sword and magic.」 (Shadiverga)
I have heard of that in the past.
Walkins used to boast about it before.
Come to think of it, the relationship between Walkins and Sefina seemed to be pretty good.
The distance of their relationship must be so close to the extent of them always clinging to each other.
I wonder if there were any reasons to their dependence on each other.
「I see. Then it’s likely not good to receive something from a noble family of an old root.」 (Regis)
「Yeah. Houses like Horgos that has long history has prejudice against the house of Jirgens.」 (Shadiverga)
Certainly Durf was also disrespecting the house of Jirgens.
That could only mean that the verbal abuse thrown was not due to his bad personality.
Umm, the roots are deep.
「Indeed. Te– then why is that knife with father? 」 (Regis)
「It’s an oath. 」 (Shadiverga)
「An oath? 」 (Regis)
Those were exaggerated words.
However, it seemed to be a solemn oath.
「Aa. Between Din and Jiruginusu house. A mutual exchange of knives was done so both families will prosper together. 」 (Shadiverga)
「In other words, Din’s knife is currently with mother then. 」 (Regis)
「Yes yes. The one Regis has now is a replica of the one Sefina is holding. 」 (Shadiverga)
Hmm. Mine was really well-made too.
It doesn’t look like an imitation at the very least.
I guess this could mean that the craftsman’s ability is amazing.
From the look of even the fake one, you could already tell how refine is Sefina’s actual knife.
「By the way have you taken proper measures against assassination? 」 (Regis)
「I don’t think there are even any reason in targeting the life of a noble like mine. 」 (Shadiverga)
「Considering the duel that we will be having, it’s not surprising for him to send someone to kill you. Since if father dies suddenly, the other party will win by default. 」 (Regis)
「I know. That is why I am trying not to leave the house as much as I can. I will not be going outside when Walkins is moving around. 」 (Shadiverga)
Then it’s good.
In truth, it is not really good for me to go outside too.
There might be a chance that they will kidnap me and hold me hostage.
Well in order of priority, they would be aiming for Shadiverga first.
「Are you done with the procedure of the duel? 」 (Regis)
「Of course it is. It’s done perfectly. 」 (Shadiverga)
「What did you write under the column, “Person Dueling”?」 (Regis)
「I wrote 『Head of Din family』. The other party wrote 『The house of Horgos’ representative』. 」 (Shadiverga)
「As I thought they wrote representative. Well that’s to be expected. 」 (Regis)
The other side must have known that our side will be Shadiverga.
From an objective point of view, the possibility of our side winning is low.
Since the opponent would be employing skilled mercenaries from the private army.
If someone were to ask if Shadiverga has any chance of winning, all I could do is just tilt my head in reply.
Well since the person himself said he will be going out so he might have expected that.
Though if it were me, I would have considered the possibilities of other options.
「Well you should be even more wary of any possible assassination attack now. 」 (Regis)
「You’re right. Since Durf is not someone whom we can compliment for playing fair.」 (Shadiverga)
When someone is blinded by power, even their heart will end up being corrupted.
Durf is also those kinds of people.
However greed will always give rise to enemies in various places.
Specifically it might give rise to someone like a certain magic shop manager who used to be a mercenary.
「Aa. There are three days left to the duel. Brace yourself for it. 」 (Regis)
「I’ll do so even without you telling me. 」 (Shadiverga)
That answer is good enough for me.
There isn’t much left that I could say anymore. I hate being long-winded too.
I’ll let Shadiverga handle it himself.
This is the time you should be showing your manliness, Shadiverga-dono.
When I went to the servant’s room, I found Walkins drinking tea there.
Not only Shadiverga but Walkins too? You guys must really love tea.
As for me, I preferred those unhealthy carbonated drinks.
That polysaccharides in the drink has become my habit.
Although it delivers cavities directly at the same time.
Is it the principle of the one who prepares this mansion to not spend so much money on a servant’s room?
There is only a chair here.
It couldn’t be helped so I ended up sitting on the bed nearby.
Since the distance was not far from Walkins, there wasn’t any problem.
「Walkins, you.. 」 (Regis)
「What is it, Regis-sama? 」 (Walkins)
「Have you fought against the empire army several times before? 」 (Regis)
「…..Ee. How did you know? 」 (Walkins)
She answered it easily.
I had initially thought she might hesitate before replying.
Since the response given was uninteresting, I tried faking a surprised look.
「Eh, you’re admitting it casually, aren’t you? 」 (Regis)
「I’m just answering since you’re asking. Just the outline of it. 」 (Walkins)
Walkins said unflinchingly.
Apparently it wasn’t really a secret that she wanted to hide.
「Were you hired by the Magic Association? 」 (Regis)
「I was just lending my power. I was already working for Madam in Jiruginusu’s house at that time. 」 (Walkins)
「Fumu. Then I have a question. Walkins, how old are you? 」
(Rinkage: Tsk tsk…Never ask a lady her age)
*pakyatto* At that moment, I heard a strange sound.
The source of sound seemed to be coming from the cup Walkins was holding.
Upon closer look, I noticed that the handle from the cup was broken off.
This is bad. Suddenly a sense of foreboding washed over me.
「Regis-sama…. 」 (Walkins)
Walkins slowly stood up, her body swayed in a slow motion.
She moved along with a slow and uncertain step as she came closer to me.
For some reason, her face was flushed.
A devil-ish smile flashed across her face.
When she came close enough, she suddenly grabbed my shoulder—
「O-Oi…? 」 (Regis)
Then I was pushed onto the bed in my present state.
The light source was blocked off by Walkins’ body so the room suddenly appeared dark to me.
Her silver hair was swaying mysteriously.
She lowered her warm body onto mine, sticking close to me.
I could feel her warm breath on my ear.
「Wa…..lkins? 」 (Regis)
I couldn’t move.
Her mysterious charm captivated me. I tried moving away but my body wasn’t listening to me.
At the same time, I could feel a chill running down my back.
This is a feeling similar to when you’re facing a predator.
—-I’m going to be eaten.
My instinct was giving me a strong warning.
A warm throbbing sensation was transmitted to me from Walkins’ soft body.
Her mouth drew closer to my ear, then—
She bit me—!
She suddenly bit my ear.
Walkins lifted her body from the bed.
As if there was something amusing, she started laughing as she held onto her sides.
「Ahaha, ahahahahahahaha!! 」 (Walkins)
「W-what is it? 」 (Regis)
「Are you possibly, expecting it? 」 (Walkins)
Walkins stole a glance at my face.
The memory of her approach earlier suddenly flashed across my mind again.
I became tensed reflexively and the words got clogged up in my throat.
「Nna–!? No…..that was. 」 (Regis)
「You should give that a thought only once you’ve grown up a little. 」 (Walkins)
Yeah true. I was about to nod agreeing to her but I don’t think that she’s in the position to preach me about it either.
She kept making fun of people.
I felt like a fool for even half expecting it.
Please do not toy around with someone’s pure heart
Well, I don’t have any feeling of lust in my present state anyway.
「Good grief. That’s a seriously nasty prank. 」 (Regis)
「It’s a punishment for asking a lady something strange. Please reflect on it. 」 (Walkins)
「Why should I reflect on it? 」 (Regis)
That seemed like a really unreasonable request.
Walkins smiled mischievously.
「You shouldn’t ask a lady her age. 」 (Walkins)
「But you just said you will be answering it a while ago—」 (Regis)
「Just an outline of it. Age is an exception. 」 (Walkins)
What the heck.
Then wouldn’t all the inconvenient questions be exceptions?
That was what I thought for a split second but all defensive measures taken were originally something like that.
I was completely deceived by her.
「So why do you want to know my age? 」 (Walkins)
「Well it’s about the incident today. Someone who is running a magic shop said that she was saved a decade ago. 」 (Regis)
「By whom? 」 (Walkins)
「By Walkins. 」 (Regis)
As I said so, Walkins placed her finger on her forehead as if she was deep in thoughts.
Did she suddenly start recalling various things? Or she was currently troubled since she wasn’t able to recall anything?
「Based on her explanation, it happened when the Imperial observer force clashed with the Empire on the frontier. 」 (Regis)
「Aa, so it was at that time. Come to think of it, I think I might have or might have not helped a mercenary who was paralysed with fear at one point. I remembered she was still really young. 」 (Walkins)
「Oi, it’s really ambiguous. 」 (Regis)
「I do not have the pleasure of looking around every places when I’m on the battlefield. At any rate, what’s on my mind was just to finish off the enemies before my eyes. 」 (Walkins)
That is certainly true.
So that was the reason she said 「Is that what you should be asking at a time like this?」 when Edgar asked for her name.
The empire army seemed strong.
「I see. So that young mercenary at that time has now opened a magic shop here in the Imperial City. 」 (Walkins)
「She really admires Walkins and started pursuing her career in magic after that. 」 (Regis)
「Hearing it makes me feel happy. If fate allows it there might be possibility that we will meet. 」 (Walkins)
「The other party would really want to meet you too. 」 (Regis)
I see. As I thought, the person that Edgar was looking for was Walkins.
You seemed to be making appearance at various places.
I was initially wondering why she sometimes frequented the Magic Association. So I guess that was the story.
This conversation is over.
There was something else that I need from Walkins.
「By the way, will you teach me one of the magic from the Expert Edition today? 」 (Regis)
「……..Hmm. Well, it’ll be alright if the magic consumption is small. 」 (Walkins)
「It’ll be fine. This is a slightly special one. The maintenance is still hard regardless. 」(Regis)
I showed Walkins the magic book as I said so.
This was not the book I purchased a while ago.
This is an Expert Edition before the revision was done and consisted of completely different context.
It was something I brought from home.
There are still old Expert Edition magic spells remaining in this book even after the revision was done to this date.
When I was reading it previously, I found something that seemed to be usable.
What was it that was useful you say? They were unusual but pretty effective trick spells. Overall it’s an exciting magic.
「What is this? 」 (Regis)
「……This, it will be really difficult to learn this one. It’s a special magic that can be used to evade even a skilled wizard. Unfortunately I do not approve of this magic. There is a possibility that it might cause damage to the mind. 」 (Walkins)
She explained the danger in various ways.
However I do not have the intention to change my decision.
「That’s just fine. Then I’ll just need to twist its nature isn’t it? There shouldn’t be any other magic that is more distorted than this one existing in this world.」 (Regis)
As I thought, danger and magic go hand in hand.
Walkins did not approve of it readily too.
But I shouldn’t pull back here.
She will be able to understand it if I show her my determination.
「Please. It’s absolutely necessary. 」 (Regis)
「Even when it’ll still take a few days if it is done intensely? 」 (Walkins)
「Is that so? Then I’ll just keep at it till bed time from now on. And I’ll invest my time in it tomorrow and the day after tomorrow too.」 (Regis)
On saying so, I noticed that it will actually be a considerably tight schedule.
That said, I will not be able to get much learning done if I don’t do that much at the very least.
「So you’re serious, isn’t it? Will you throw in the towel in the midst of the training? 」 (Walkins)
「No I will not. Don’t look down on my perseverance. 」 (Regis)
「Yes, I understand. Then let’s get started now. 」 (Walkins)
I nodded in agreement.
Alright! As I thought Walkins is someone understanding.
As one would expect from a hyper maid.
She’s an existence worthy to be called master.
If this magic is usable, I will be able to further extend my strategies.
To prepare myself in case of emergency, should I preserve my power?
I need to prepare myself in various ways for the magic practice.
After that is over, I will be working hard in Walkins’ lesson immediately.
However I finally understood it after giving it a try. This magic is seriously troublesome.
The pose is of course one of them but if I do not make sure the image and chant are perfect, I will not be able to charge the magic.
Certainly, it doesn’t seem likely that I will be able to see the results in a short period of time.
Furthermore, there is a bad point on how the magic is triggered.
It will eat up the caster’s magical power without limitations. It is an outrageous one.
But I can’t complain about it.
It’s just a little longer until the duel.
If Shadiverga is able to perform well then my part will be done.
However, I still feel uneasy regardless.
Durf who likes using underhanded methods still hasn’t done anything yet.
Although there is a possibility that he was looking down on us since Shadiverga will be the one representing us.
I should be on standby in case anything unwanted occurs.
After a few hours of practice, I ended up collapsing and fell asleep as it is.
The moon in the sky appeared to be shining ominously when seen from within the Imperial City’s castle walls.
The duel between the house of Din house and the house of Horgos drew closer.