Chapter 103: School Life (part four)

Now that the lessons are over, it’s time to go around the academy! Enjoy the chapter!

TL: clover

ED: xtostos, eristol


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Six days passed in no time so quickly.

Tomorrow will be the first holiday.

 

Because we were anticipating a holiday, the school building after school was somewhat lively.

Many students were going out to play in the town.

 

From the day I entered the academy up to yesterday, I have been going around after school looking at the facilities in the academy.

At first, I tried going to the cathedral and the chapel.

I went to the garden and magical botanical garden these past few days.

Being a student after a long time also helps, but it is a lot of fun going around the academy.

Not only just coming up with measures for the death flags, but I will also try to enjoy my fun student life greedily in the meantime.

 

“Now then, I wonder what I should do today.”

 

While clearing away the Magic Mineralogy which was the last lesson for today, I thought carefully about where to go.

Speaking of what I haven’t visited yet, it is the Phantom Beasts Museum, the Magic Library, and the large stable.

I’m interested in all of them, so I’m unable to make up my mind.

 

Alright, let’s go to the library today.

I will head for the Magic Library after drinking tea at the grand dining hall.

 

As I was walking down the corridor, I saw two people coming over.

Klaus and Auguste.

 

I’ve deliberately avoided meeting the two of them outside the classes.

Apparently, strange rumors about myself have been making the rounds, although I don’t know the details.

I have enough self-awareness that my behavior is not good, so I don’t want to bother the two of them.

But since our eyes have already met, it seems impossible for me to escape and hide now.

 

“How rare it is for us to meet at this time, Erica.” (Klaus)

“You’re going to the grand dining hall, huh. It’s a bit early for dinner, so are you going to drink tea?” (Auguste)

“Yes, I’ve been thinking of getting some tea for a while now. Therefore, I will have to excuse myself.”

 

While answering with a mild smile as much as possible, I aim for a quick retreat.

 

“Tea, huh. In that case, come to the student council’s lounge sometimes.” (Klaus)

“That’s right, why don’t you come and have some snack just for a moment?” (Auguste)

“Lounge, is it……?”

 

Speaking of which, I’ve never seen it before.

It’s difficult to escape from this situation, both physically and situationally.

 

“Well, thank you for inviting me then.”

 

I should obey obediently rather than avoiding it.

I judged so, and they brought me to the second floor of the former reception hall, some distance away from the school building.

 

Although it is an educational institution that only has buildings of good quality, the room dedicated to the student council is even more luxurious.

For example, just by stepping on the laid down crimson carpet, it is of a level that shows a clear quality difference.

The vividness of the color usage of the furniture and the pleasing decorative plants makes one feel that it is a design typical of Ignitia.

The chandeliers used delicate glass work extensively and the two chaise lounges are amorous red.

 

A group of seniors came out of the room as we entered.

We greeted the three high-ranking young ladies of Ignitia as we passed each other.

 

It feels as if the lounge has been reserved by us.

Klaus and Auguste were sitting side by side on the chair by the window, while I sat down on the seat across them.

Tea and sweets came out as soon as Auguste asked the servant who was in the room.

It feels like a room where special students gather.

 

“Ah~ white worm, huh……in every grade there is always that one guy who will do something like that in that class.”

“That was an unfortunate accident.”

 

I was talking about the gist of the incidents that happened since I entered.

White worm mass proliferation in Magizoology seems to be a failure that was also done by their classmates.

 

“That said, I heard from Actorius that Eduard got buried in white worms once.”

“Eh, Onii-sama did? Aah, Onii-sama, how pitiful.”

“Um, Klaus. Weren’t you forbidden to speak about that?”

“……oops. Keep this a secret.”

 

Klaus averted his eyes unnaturally.

Perhaps, there are other stories of my brother’s failure which he was forbidden to speak about.

My brother likes to look good, so it is possible.

 

“Harold only has lessons in Golem Engineering, huh……”

“Has he been exempted from classes he has already taken at the local school?”

“Yes, that’s right.”

“Ah~ Harold is a freshman, but in reality, he has lots of free time, huh……”

 

Harold seems to be taking only advanced classes, and after that he seems to be absorbed in his favorite research and work.

There is no common lesson other than Advanced Golem Engineering with me.

 

We enjoyed the tea time with tea-cake and these sort of trifling conversation.

 

Klaus has almost finished magic-related lessons, and now he seems to be handling intermediate-level alchemy.

However, because he’s terrible at language specifications, only Golem Engineering is impossible for him to take.

How surprising.

Even Klaus the universal superstar has something he can’t do, huh.

 

Auguste talked about the growth of Blumbell and Briar.

Both of them are growing up to be able to withstand riding, and now they seem to be as big as a horse.

I haven’t met them since Auguste entered the academy, so I should go and see them in the large stable when the opportunity arises.

 

Speaking of which, there is a story that a bottle of white worms has been lost from the large stable.

Being what they are, the thought of that is a little bit scary.

I hope they haven’t proliferated in strange places.

 

Once the talk settled down, the bells of the chapel in the academy resounded.

Oops, I spent too much time here.

 

“It’s this time already. Then, I will take my leave……”

 

I said so and got up from the chaise lounge.

There is also a curfew at the dormitory so I won’t have time to look around the library if I don’t hurry.

 

“Well, do you have some errand?” (Auguste)

“I’m planning to go to the Magic Library. I was looking forward to it since it’s rumored that this library is the largest on the continent.”

“I see. Since you came all the way here, let me guide you to the library.” (Klaus)

“No, thank you.”

 

When I answered immediately, Klaus who was about to get up sat down on the couch once again.

Oh, his gaze is somehow intense.

 

“An immediate reply, huh.”

“Think about it, if I bring along someone who has many female fans like you, Klaus-sama, the resulting jealousy will be scary.”

“Me? There’s someone with such praiseworthy preference?”

“There is. Isn’t it obvious? Klaus-sama, you……”

 

Even though many female students are sending out their longing gazes.

To not notice such things, what a dense person.

I wonder how high his skill for not caring is.

 

“Right, I think Klaus would have to wait here. So, let’s go, Erica.”

“Auguste-sama.”

“Auguste……you……”

“Hm, what’s wrong?”

 

Auguste was going to accompany me while feigning ignorance.

Well, unlike Klaus, I guess he knew about his situation and was just messing around.

 

“Auguste-sama, you have a lot of enthusiastic worshipers regardless of gender, and they are more frightening than Klaus-sama’s fans.”

“Regardless of gender……aah, yeah, I guess there is something like that……”

“In particular, it seems there is an extremely large number of men. They already feel like religious fanatics.”

“Ha……haha……that’s true. Why is that?”

 

When the hard fact was thrust at him, Auguste suddenly weakened exaggeratedly.

Indeed, it seems easy to devote crazy faithfulness to boys.

It may be a good thing for the future that there are many retainers with high loyalty, but it is quite difficult as their feelings are heavy.

 

“In other words, I really don’t want to be seen with the two of you in such a conspicuous place.”

“By any chance, is this because of the unrelenting scandals that follow around you? Do you think that it will inconvenience us?”

“Well, that’s……”

 

He pointed it out perceptively.

Especially, Auguste would be worried because in the past he had hardships because of scandals like this.

Somehow I feel guilty, so I averted my eyes away from his anxious purple eyes.

 

“If it’s about your scandals, even I have heard about it. You are rumored as an outrageous wicked woman in Hafan. What the heck did you do for that to happen?”

“Well, my behavior was surely bad, huh. It’s probably just reaping what I sowed.”

“You’re still saying that like it’s somebody else’s problem.”

 

With Klaus questioning me, I looked back on my life.

Memories of when I was being mischievous came to mind one after another.

Too many things came to mind, and I couldn’t narrow it down.

 

“What I know is the rumors that said you are an excessive spender who likes to splurge. All alchemists who are collecting wands and golem materials may be similar to you.”

“An excessive spender, huh……it’s because I bought not only the materials but also two warehouse districts of Knot Reed……”

“What……!?”

“Even if I say so myself, I also think that it was a terrible waste, a splurge.”

 

Klaus widened his eyes when I immediately gave a reply.

Auguste smiled while speaking with a squeezed out voice for some reason.

 

“Why’d you do that, again?”

“I have collected lots of large materials to make wands……”

“By any chance, was it because of the kraken and sea serpents?”

“It was an unfortunate accident that I had encountered a giant sea serpent, but fortunately, I got lots of materials because of that.”

“What do you mean fortunately!”

 

Klaus criticized me fiercely.

Because from the viewpoint of the local residents, isn’t it just too awful if ships in the area continue sinking?

And if one leaves a dead body that contains high-concentration of magical power in the sea, there is a risk that it will generate more large magical beasts, so it really was an unavoidable measure.

 

“I heard that you bought the achievement of subjugating the giant sea serpent from the Hunter Guild.”

“It’s better to leave that scandal unresolved……because the nickname 「Abyss Killer」 is difficult to accept……aah, maybe I should ask the guild once more to spread the rumor that the fact I defeated the abyss serpent was a false report……”

“You……why the heck is the truth worse than the scandals……”

 

Their expressions were past being worried and into amazement.

I feel guilty, so I looked away from the two of them and watched the landscape outside the window.

Aah, the leaves of the trees that would be colored soon are beautiful.

 

“How did it come to this, Erica……”

“It couldn’t be helped, Klaus-sama.”

“But, in Ignitia you have a favorable impression. You made a big donation to the church, didn’t you?”

“I was troubled on how to spend the money, so that saved me some trouble……”

 

I thought that the budget of the churches in Ignitia would suffer due to the removal of the contaminated altars, so I donated most of the assets that I gained by selling the marine magical beasts.

Those beasts grew because of the scattered magical power stolen unjustly from the altars near Knot Reed, so it was only natural to use them to restore the altars.

Rather, I feel guilty because it feels like embezzlement unless I give it back to the church or the local people.

 

“That’s why, it will be troublesome if the two of you have bad rumors for being seen together with me who has lots of groundless rumors of my misdeeds……”

 

As I said so, I intended to refuse to go to the library together, but Klaus and Auguste laughed as they looked at each other.

 

“Today is the sixth day. Don’t you know that there aren’t that many people who are in the library at this time?” (Klaus)

“Many students are playing in the town as recreation, so you don’t need to be so alert.” (Auguste)

“Ah……aah, I see.”

“It won’t be a problem even if you’re with us. So, let us show you around.” (Klaus)

“Even if someone sees us, isn’t it normal for the student council seniors to guide their junior?” (Auguste)

 

I intended to turn them down politely, but they won me over.

Klaus and Auguste have a composed smile on their faces.

Well, these two people may be a pretty difficult opponent when they are together.

 

After all, there is no more reason for me to refuse to go together with them, so I decided to go to the Magic Library with the two of them.


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35 thoughts on “Chapter 103: School Life (part four)

  1. Thanks for the Chapter! 🙂

    “Speaking of which, there is a story that a bottle of white worms has been lost from the large stable”
    mm, maybe it’s Chloe? :v

    “An excessive spender, huh……it’s because I bought not only the materials but also two warehouse districts of Knot Reed……”
    Ahaha, what the heck, she bought two district, her common sense is broken. It’s beyond excessive you know Erica, but it’s what makes you interesting girl though, your broken common sense. 😅😅

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    1. Well, she knew that she went overboard which is why she personally said ‘I’m just reaping what I sowed’.
      And….she is pretty intense if she spread a villainess like rumor about herself like that. But I like naughty Erica.

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    2. I needed to read “…also two warehouse districts of Knot Reed……” twice LOL
      It was like: huh? did I just read “districts”?
      then I read it again, yup, that was “districts”

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      1. Not two warehouses but two warehouse districts.

        And since Erica has her own money, her father and brother couldn’t stop her…

        At least she didn’t waste money on dresses.

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  2. lol the rumors are truly unfortunate. I hope they will become good ones soon! But also I hope the romance blossoms even a little bit!!! I’m fine with even a harem route! Ugh

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    1. Well, they might be unfortunate but the arguably worst one (trying to buy an “achievement” from the guild) is actually one she literally started herself. She paid the guild to slander her because she preferred that (false) rumor to the (legitimately earned) nickname “Abyss Killer”.

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  3. Thanks for the update….

    yup 「Abyss Killer」is too kind for you…. the title for you should be 「Love Flag Killer」…. just how dense are you erica or you are just feigning ignorance to them….

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    1. And here she is calling Klaus dense. Well, personally speaking since the 2 boys didn’t make any obvious move on her (Klaus’ letters of challenge and Auguste always flirting around jokingly without a hint of seriousness), I don’t think Erica is exactly dense, more like she avoids these flashy people in public in order to remain inconspicuous. Perhaps if they actually seriously tried to approach her she would probably notice. Right now though it seems like all of them are keeping an equilibrium of friendship.

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      1. She would probably notice & run away like hell.
        Those 2 are like 2 walking time bombs with all those crazy fans hovering around
        Get in a relationship with them? Unless Erica has a death wish…

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        1. Or unless she fixes her bad rumors first. The fans don’t approve of her because of her rumors as a wicked woman, right? So if she proves that she’s not a wicked woman like they thought, they might even think that Erica is the only one who is suitable for them or something

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    1. “Klaus, could I have a word with you please?”
      “Sure sir, what is this about?”
      “You know the class project where you were supposed to make a caretaker golem?”
      “Yes?”
      “Your caretaker golem offered to arm wrestle with me again…”
      😛

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    1. Only for the monster killing achievements, the rest are just her lack of common sense.
      Like buying up entire city districts as a student. Or mass buying alchemical material in warehouse sized lots.

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  4. Ha… Haha… the friendship route… do these 2 realize that they are friend zoned yet? surely they realize right? I can imagine Augustes legion of male devotees haha…

    Fanboy of Auguste pov (short very short)

    I remember the first time I saw the Prince, it shook me to my very core, a face so beautiful that even a Goddess would envy! my heart beat rapidly, this gorgeous person would be my fellow classmate! I began having grand delusions of romantic interludes with the Princess… I began fabricating a tale in my mind…

    Prince Auguste was really Princess Auguste, who was forced to don the garb of a Male leading the life of the future heir to the throne! however, this beauty could not be disguised so easily! Forced to act like a man, forced to live her life and possibly marry a woman! how can such a travesty be permitted! (There is totally a story just like this on NU lol I guy who is mistaken for a girl pretending to be a guy who isn’t pretending to be a guy but is actually a guy :P)

    I was sitting behind her, my fantasy of reaching out to save her crossed over into reality, I inadvertently touched her hair, instantly a menacing aura of darkness surrounded the Princess… Auguste turned around to look at me, being so close to this vision of loveliness left me dumbstruck, I was ready to grovel at her feet… lick her boots… anything!

    “Did you need something?” that heavenly voice sent shivers up my spine, aahh hahhh… I cared not for the scowls and hateful dagger-like stares that were directed at me by my classmates… she spoke to me!

    “I… I … th..that… I… ” ARGH, what sort of response is this! “T..th… I … APOLOGIZE!” slamming my head on to the desk.

    After class ended I was surrounded, the Princesses fans were livid, the guys were threatening physical harm, while the girls were constantly berating me, I did not care one bit, I got to touch… (shivers in delight) and get up close and talk, actually TALK to my Princess! these envious bastards!

    The next day a student was seen sporting several bruises and scratches… walking proudly with his head held high.

    So it would seem that the Erica of the story and the Erica now are actually fairly similar lol probably because they are both cursed with misfortune, accept our Erica is aware of the death flags looming over her, I have to say though, she has not encountered any death flag as yet, she appears quite nonchalant about it, rather than being paranoid about future dealings, she is happily enjoying her student life 😀 I am glad of that, enjoy yourself Erica!

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  5. I hope we have Harold’s diary of ‘Errand List from Lady Erica’ from they’re 7 to 13 years old.

    xx/xx/xxxx
    1. Order nice seasonal tea from Hafan.
    2. Recharge wands in box number 3, full.
    3. Buy warehouse district she said. DISTRICT.
    4. Materials inspection.

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    1. Two. She needed two.

      Although I’m pretty sure this is a case of hard to translate things – the “district” in the novel probably isn’t a “district” the way we understand the word. More like a cluster of a couple warehouses functioning as a set, probably (I imagine something along the lines of a couple large buildings with common driveway and yard – a business in need of extra warehouse space would normally rent one of the buildings or even just space within – but Erica simply splurged to outright buy the whole thing instead).

      If that’s what the “district” is supposed to mean in this context, it would still be impressive but make more sense (I mean, a city having two entire districts dedicated to storage would be strange enough – but somebody being able o actually buy any of them?).

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      1. If you consider the fact there are GIANT monsters about that materials alone from just one can take up multiple warehouses, I think 2 districts for storage might actually be too little…

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      2. red_october got you covered on the raw term used.

        Setting-wise, also consider that cities in their time are unlikely to be anywhere as large as nowadays. Districts wouldn’t be nearly as wide as we might think of them today.
        That said, given the apparently monstrous size of the sea serpents and that Erica killed at least an entire flock of them over the years, I’d say 2 districts may not be too much even by modern understanding. I imagine she does the material processing and such there too, which likely requires at least as much space as a decent shipyard.

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      3. Hmm I think it’s logical to buy two districts because she plan to give her full battling the vampires. Being an Alchemist is expensive after all :’) She might also need the warehouse in case she co-developing something with Harold (again) and sell it for further investment.

        Her saying ‘it’s a waste’ might because the current her does not need that much space. Currently.

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  6. so Erica “asked” the Hunter Guild to spread false rumors about her…
    It’s spreading false rumors about the Duke’s daughter. If her father finds out, there will be hell fall on their head.
    But they still agree, which mean they, the Hunter Guild, even scare Erica more than they scare the Duke…

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  7. Thanks for the dosis of Erica Potter xd
    So..she knows about the roumors ..and here i though she wouldnt notice xd
    The lost worms will make a nice plot i can see 🙂

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  8. >Memories of when I was being mischievous came to mind one after another.
    >Too many things came to mind, and I cannot narrow it down.
    I wonder if by “mischievous” she means horror-movie-like behavior against assailants, like in that case with robbers lol.

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