Chapter 6: Captain-sama has come!

Last one for today.

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Captain-sama has come!

Thud! The delicate looking body fell as her face twisted in pain.
Tonic, who had been teaching her directly, sighed and turned to face her once more.

「Where is your determination!? Today is the last day of training, don’t underestimate it!」

『I’m sorry!』

She apologized quickly, stood herself up and faced Tonic with her sword again.
The girl’s name was “Rio Akidzuki.”
She was the girl from the other world that Tonic had been training in martial arts for the past week.

His first impression of her was “a woman without impact.”
While baptizing her with a stream of insults, he was able to break through her clumsy guard.
If it were not for his childhood friend Reyfaras who had asked him to teach her, he would have refused outright, but he thought that during training she would definitely give up and quit.
But it was not like that at all.
The girl diligently received and trained at a level where even half of the year’s rookie knights had dropped out.
She had haggard breathing and bruises that appeared all over her body, but even while dragging her faltering legs, she completed all of her training on the first day.
Well, although it said all of her training, it was reduced a fair amount. Still, it was a feat that a normal girl would not have been able to do.

Honestly, he admired her efforts.
He did not think there would be a woman like her.
Even so, he did not have any kind words in his vocabulary for her, and he continued to spew abusive language at her while she was already all beat up. He mercilessly beat her down.
He truly thought that she hit her limit, and if she did not come to training tomorrow, then she was only worth that much.

But she also came the next day.
The next day she went through the same menu with injuries all over her body, and even though she was thoroughly physically and mentally walloped yesterday, the girl who asked him to train her simply looked forward and said that she needed to put in enough effort to the point where she would be half dead so that she could survive.

“Amazing woman.”
It was the impression he currently held for her.
It was not like she was strong.
What he taught her was to use a one handed sword and the bow.
He knew that there was a limit to teaching her in that short period of one week, and she did not have any talent.
Her stamina and endurance were average. Her reflexes were also average.
There was nothing extraordinary about her.
Rather, it wasn’t wrong to say that she wasn’t a person suited towards combat.

But even so she was amazing.
On the third day, she was able to keep up with the two hours of running.
On the fourth day (although it was reduced) she was able to complete her training and keep up with the other knights.
On the fifth, she was neck to neck in battle with the rookie knights.
And today, she was able to endure the mock battle with him.

But it did not mean she had anything special.
It was just because she had put in effort.
Every day, she put in effort.
After training, she would go and learn about magic and about Auweight’s history from Rey, and when she had free time she would swing her sword.
Before she took her bath, she would run without fail.
She put in as much effort as possible.
Because of the way she was, the knights did not hate her.
Rather, they cheered for her and were delighted whenever she showed signs of progression.
They would pass by the rookie knight that she had won against and honestly praise her.
Then, as if being influenced by her, the rookie knights began to follow her example and put in their own effort.
She was nothing short of “amazing.”

As soon as her spar was over with, she would immediately be surrounded by knights, giving her advice on this and that.
She listened to them eagerly, and sometimes even asked them questions.
Then, as the last morning of her training was about to end, a person made their rare appearance.

「Yo! You guys are into it today.」

「Captain! Why are you here!?」

It was easy to see how splendid his muscles were, even under all his clothes.
He had a long ponytail slightly tied off to one side, and his somewhat pointed eyes were green. He lightly stated that he was in his latter thirties, but he still looked young.
Some people took fright at the scar over his right eye that extended to his cheek, but with that and the gap that he was actually very kind hearted, there were many girls who fell to his charm. He was the Front Line Pioneer Corps’ Captain, “Kleihart Charginal.”

「You didn’t want to see me, Tonic?」

「Ah, that’s not it, I didn’t mean it in a bad way…」

「I know… Hmmm, so you’re the rumored little lady.」

『Um…?』

Kleihart walked past the still dumbfounded knights and stood in front of Rio.

「…You’re more normal that I thought.」

『…』

He examined her from the bottom to the top.
Tonic knew that those words were taboo in front of Rio.

『Is is wrong to be normal?』

「Hm?」

『I thought normal meant “average,” “general,” and “standard, ” but it seems that in this world it only aligns with “low rank,” “vulgar,” and “inferior.”』

「…」

『Are you going to say it too? “Whatever you do, it’s pointless so shut up and be a good girl.”』

「…Has someone said that to you?」

『This country’s King. He told me that when I asked him if I could use the library…And? What will you do? Are you of the same opinion as him?』

Rio glared fiercely at Kleihart while Tonic was panicking.
Though she didn’t know, it was quite an audacious attitude to take towards the Captain of the Front Line Pioneer Regiment.
Even though Kleihart wasn’t the type to take things to heart, it would be hard for Tonic to speak up in defense for Rio and ask for a lighter punishment.

「Oi, Ri–」
「Ha ha ha ha! This kid is interesting! I’m “Kleihart Charginal.” I’m the Captain of the Front Line Pioneer Regiment. What’s your name, Jou-chan*?」
(TL: Kleihart refers to Rio as Jou-chan a lot, so I’m leaving it in romaji. Jou-chan means little lady or miss. Think of it as a term of endearment coming from him.)

Kleihart’s hearty laugh had cut off the words of warning Tonic was about to give Rio.

『Cap…tain…?』

Rio’s jaw dropped as she realized “it was this person?”

「Rio, introduce yourself.」

『Eh? A-ah, yes. Um, I’m “Rio Akidzuki.” That thing from before… I didn’t know so um, I’m very sorry. 』

After Rio introduced herself, Tonic also lowered his head in apology.

「Ah, you don’t need to worry about that. I also worded myself poorly. Even so, I get it now. I know why Tonic and Reyfaras favor you. You have much stronger eyes than that Goddess-sama.」

『…I see.』

While the words Kleihart had spoken confused her, Tonic finally regained his composure and got in between the two of them.

「Speaking of which, why is Kleihart-sama here?」

「Why have you been asking “why why” since when I’ve come back?」

「Why… Didn’t you yourself say it!? You were going to go to “Gizant Fortress” so you told us not to slack off!!」

“Gizant Fortress.” It was a fortress located near the territory line between the humans and the demons, and it had been entrusted to the Front Line Pioneer Regiment.

「Ah, I did say something like that.」

「Jeez… Even though you went to the furthest possible fortress to escape the duty of protecting the next Goddess, why did you come back? Did you come to become a guardian for the Goddess?」

Kleihart’s face distorted disagreeably to Tonic’s words.

「Don’t be stupid. As if I could stand babysitting some brat from “another world.” In the first place, it’s ridiculous to think that a savior would appear out of thin air to save the country that we have been protecting so desperately. If that happened, then what was the meaning of all the fighting we’ve done? For what did my men fight and die for? If other worlders were going to come and save us, then they should have come sooner…Before the people of this country had to die. If not, then we shouldn’t depend on other people. To rely on the “Goddess” is a 0 or 100 chance. We either fight the demons with the humans until one side surrenders, or stop fighting with the demons and rely solely on that person. Like this, they finally show how little they think of our lives. I can only see them underestimating us.」

「Kleihart-sama, Rio is here.」

Tonic told Kleihart to caution his complete disapproval of the Goddess and otherworlders.
Albeit getting involved mistakenly, Rio was also “another worlder.”
It would not feel good to be called an “outsider.”
That was why he cautioned him, but…

『I don’t mind at all, Tonic-san. Actually, I’m of the same opinion. Wait, haven’t I told you before? I said something similar when I first met Rey-sama. I said, “don’t involve the lives of people who don’t belong to your world.”』

The person in question laughed with a wide smile.

「Hahaha! As I thought, this girl is interesting! I came back because I wanted to meet her.」

『You wanted to meet with me?』

「That’s right. The replacement guys who came told me that there was a girl from another world that Reyfaras and Tonic had taken a shine to. I wanted to see what kind of girl she was so I came running on horseback. I thought it would be the “Goddess-sama,” but in the end it was just the normal girl who got caught up in the summoning.」

『…So what are your thoughts now that you’ve finally met her?』

Kleihart laughed to Rio’s question.
It was a very cheerful laugh.

「She was a much more interesting Jou-chan than I expected. I understand why she appealed to Reyfaras and Tonic. How you had the guts to come to my squad’s early morning training, how you had the courage to shut up and endure the things you didn’t like, and how no matter what other people said to you, you didn’t give in– I like all those qualities! I want you in my unit. Don’t you too, Tonic?」

「Why are you asking me? ……Well, it’s not a mistake to say so though.」

Tonic had also thought about that.
If they left Rio in their squad, then Rio would get stronger without a doubt.
Even without the talent, she knew how to put in a tremendous amount of effort.
Those kinds of humans would be able to gain strength from other things than just talent.

But Tonic knew that it was not what she would have wanted.

「But no matter what Rey or I say, this girl will probably leave us.」

「What makes you say that?」

「She’s not such a docile kid to live by doing as she’s told to. She’s the type to ignore the rules and zoom through life the way she wants to. If she joins the Imperial Knights, then I won’t be responsible for any mess she makes.」

She was much better suited for freedom.
Rather than caring about title or rank, it would be better for her to live the way she wanted.
To have someone tell her the way to live would not suit her.

『Tonic-san really understands me. As expected of the person who taught me the sword.』

Hearing the Tonic’s words, Rio smiled happily.

『I’m very strong willed. In my former world, I was often told that I was stubborn. If someone decided that I couldn’t do something, I was the type to get fired up instead. On the contrary, if someone told me to do something, then it was like I had no ambition at all. Like in this case, if I really had been named the “Goddess,” then I would have refused outright. Well luckily, this time it didn’t turn out that way, but then I was labeled as a “mistake” and thrown away like garbage. As such, if I were to enter the Imperial Knights and fight for those people’s sake, wouldn’t that make me stupid? I will politely decline your offer. Ah, but I would have no problem if it was fighting for the Front Line Pioneer Regiment and people like Rey-sama or Tonic-san.』

To the girl who outright refused to fight for this country, Kleihart cheerfully and repeatedly slapped her on the back.

「That sounds good! I’ve decided to root wholeheartedly for you Jou-chan!! You’re much more interesting that the current royalty or the real “Goddess.” If anything happens, you can call for me. I’ll rush there as fast as I can.」

Tonic gave a bitter smile as he watched the scene of Kleihart relentlessly bashing Rio on the back.

Apparently, it seemed this girl liked by many “oddballs.”
The people who first stretched their hands out to this girl, Reyfaras and Kleihart had enough prestige to change the country and were insanely popular because of their strength, but even more so they were “oddballs.”
They were also people who often went against the imperial order of this country’s King.
The reason they still had so much political power and remained unchecked was because if they became angered, then this country would surely fall to ruin and to the demons if they were to lose them.
They had that much power.
Tonic also knew he was a weird person for following the king of oddballs, Kleihart.
Not only being a strong swordsman, but Kleihart’s ability to gather strong men and his ability itself was confidently stronger than the other faction leaders.
In fact, in regards to warfare, the only one more skilled than Tonic was Kleihart.
But even with that kind of ability, Tonic didn’t have the intention to serve under anybody other than Kleihart, and no matter how favorable the conditions, Tonic had no intention of ever leaving his command.
No matter who this country’s king was, Tonic’s ruler would only be Kleihart, and even if the King declared something was justified, if Kleihart said it wasn’t, then Tonic would be of the same opinion.
That’s why he was an “oddball.”
But that was also something all of the members of the Front Line Pioneer Regiment could say.
Everyone would call the people in the Front Line Pioneer Regiment “oddballs,” but most of them were picked up by Kleihart himself, so it was understandable.
The new recruits who endured the harsh training and didn’t drop out were also scouted by Kleihart.
Year by year, a number of weirdos entering the squad would increase, and the amount of Kleihart groupies would also increase.

And, Tonic thought that Rio, who was liked by all the eccentrics, was probably also a fine “oddball.”

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Chapter 5: Aide-sama is troubled.

Doing some multiple releases today. Anyways, checked syosetu for this, but it doesn’t look like it’s been updated after chapter 12 yet.

Originally I planned to try translating something with only a small amount of chapters to test the waters, but this is pretty fun, so if anyone has any suggestions on what to translate, don’t hold back. ^^


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Aide-sama is troubled.

Speaking of “Reyfaras Kahannah,” not only is he a powerful being in the Salauin Empire, but he is also a powerful magician that is known even to demons.

He became a mage at the young age of 15, and overflowing with ingenuity he became a High Mage in a mere two years. He then proposed his theory about the “spirits” making magic possible, and was thus labeled as an oddball.

That Reyfaras was now walking down the corridors of the Royal Magic Villa with a stern expression.

Reyfaras violently opened the door to a small office, where his aide “Arami Kaizart” sat. The almond shaped eyes hidden behind the glasses widened in surprise.

「Did something happen, sir?」

「…No, nothing.」

After composing the silver hair that had been disheveled from his rough behavior, Reyfaras sat by the window and gazed outside.

「Is Rio still at Tonic’s place?」

「Yes.」

「I see.」

Reyfaras nodded, slumping into the chair as if it were his own office with a heavy sigh.
“Rio” was the girl that was mistakenly summoned in the Goddess Summoning ritual from before.
She was average in all aspects, and she did not even have an ability so she was deemed incompetent by most people, but the one who offered her a hand was none other than Reyfaras himself.

「Did something happen with her?」

「…You remember how Rio is to leave the castle by tomorrow?」

「Yes.」

Originally she had not been allowed to stay in the castle for even a day, but Reyfaras personally met with the king and managed to stretch that time into a week.
That lease of time ends tomorrow.
He wondered if Reyfaras was upset over that matter.

「I just came back from asking the current king about where she would be placed to live from now on. Of course, I thought they would at least prepare a dwelling in the imperial city.」

They were the ones that arbitrary summoned her and judged her to be a “mistake,” and he thought the location of her new house would work out somehow on its own.

But…

「But the place that has been prepared for her is a small hut located in the “Beast’s Fang Forest.”」

The frustration could be clearly heard in the tone of his voice.
But as to why, it was something Arami couldn’t comprehend.

「Why do you care about that girl so much?」

「…」

「With all due respect, no matter how I look at her, all I see is just a normal girl. Other than being able to see these “spirits” the same as someone as great as you do, she does not have much power. Do you really have the need to personally teach her magic? The same with Tonic-san. He’s the vice captain of the Front Line Pioneer Regiment, and he should not be in the position of teaching a complete amateur. His position is to wield a sword against the threat of the demons, why did you ask him to guide her?」

It wasn’t as if Arami was saying these things out of spite for Rio.
He just wanted to know why people of Reyfaras and Tonic-san’s status would go out of their way to help someone like her.

「…Did you know?」

「Yes?」

「That while she learned about magic from me, she also trained in the sword?」

「…」

「And then she would practice magic in her own room.」

「That is… 」

「That she had long finished studying the book I had given her, so she lowered her head and asked the King personally to grant her access to the royal library, and then began read books about strategy?」

「…」

「That she has done all her assigned training with the knights while smiling, never breathing a word of complaint.」

「…」

「That while she is studying in the hallway outside, she gets ridiculed but still continues her studies diligently. Did you know that?」

「……I did not.」

Arami let the words Reyfaras had spoken sink in.
Reyfaras gave him a wry smile.

「I also didn’t know.」

「Yes?」

「Why she goes that far, I’ll never understand. But she can see the same world that I do.」

It was the first time he had met someone with the same values he had.
She could see “spirits,” and she was able to work together with them.
That was probably why he couldn’t leave her alone.

Also,

「I also participated when we summoned her. I am one of the people who brought her to this world. I guess I felt some “responsibility” from that as well.」

Although he didn’t participate in the second summoning, when Rio was summoned he was definitely standing in the circle formation and feeding mana into the summoning spell.
Reyfaras held the “responsibility of involving her.”

That’s why he stopped her when she tried to recklessly rebuke the King.

「I thought she would cry…」

「Eh?」

「I thought she would cry, scream at me to send her home and hate me. But she never did or said anything of the sort.」

She had expressed her anger and her frustration, but still she never shed tears, she never hated the people who summoned her, or demanded them to send her back.

Just, “I’ll make them turn back and look at me.”
“I’ll make them speechless.”
A strong intent burned in those eyes.

「That might have been why I offered my hand… Just as you say, Rio is an average girl. The only special ability she has is that she’s able to see “spirits” like me. But I believe that is where her strength lies.」

Because she there was nothing special about her, she never spared any efforts towards achieving her goal.
She was that kind of person.
He was fascinated by her, so he stretched out his hand.
Just like others had done for him.

In addition, she was loved by the spirits.
Even more than Reyfaras, spirits gathered by her side. It was evident whenever she used magic.

There is no way a girl like that would not become strong.

If she was to be left in the castle and given the best possible guidance, then there was no doubt that she would be able to learn all the magic he knew, no doubt that she would become a first rate swordsman.
Even is she did not, he thought he would at least be able to sponsor a battle royale between the mages and the knights and have her spectate and learn even more if she were to continue living nearby.

「But what do they mean by the “Beast’s Fang Forest!?” It’s a place where you’ll die if you don’t have enough strength!!」

Reyfaras unintentionally raised his voice.
Arami offered some of his knowledge.

「Speaking of the “Beast’s Fang Forest,” you mean the one that’s one day away by a horse’s carriage? I haven’t been there myself, but since there are a lot of monsters in that area, civilians have been banned from that place.」

「That’s exactly right. It’s a place where the squires visit at the end of their apprenticeship. It’s where their goal is to be able to hunt and kill the monsters who inhabit there with one stroke… It’s that kind of place. To send a single girl there, it’s as if they’re telling her to die! What is the king thinking!? Tonic and I did not train Rio to be sent to such a place……」

Reyfaras had probably pleaded with the King to reconsider his treatment towards Rio.
But he was denied.
That’s why he had no choice but to vent his targetless anger out into frustration.

「Reyfaras-sama…」

「……Arami, prepare a “teleportation” square at once.」

Reyfaras said as he suddenly raised his face with new determination.

「A “teleportation” square?」

「Yes. If the King is distancing Rio from us and sending her away to such a dangerous place, then it’ll be fine if we can rush there immediately.」

“Teleportation” magic. It was a magic that could transport you from one place to another instantaneously.
A “magic square” was different from the “magic” that was commonly used in this world. It was a magic where someone would write magical words onto a sheet of paper and charge it with mana. When someone sent mana into the formation later, it would perform the previously written magic. It was a convenient type of magic.
Because it did not fit into any of the magical attributes, it was called “Non-Attribute Magic.”
The people who could make these were few, and the people who could use them were also limited.

Arami was one of the rare people who could use this type of magic.

「Won’t it become problematic if the King finds out about this?」

「If that happens, so what?」

「Eh?」

「Will they deprive me of the status of High Mage and expel me? Well well, won’t that be convenient for me. If that happens, then I will also go and live in the “Beast’s Fang Forest” and teach Rio how to survive in that place. Or, will they put me in prison for defying the King? They should know that kind of thing is useless against me. If so, I will not hesitate to stop serving such a foolish king. If he made such a stupid decision, then I’m sure others will follow suit. Whatever they try to do, it won’t matter to me. The one who will be troubled in the end is the King.」

「You don’t have any attachment to being a “High Mage?”」

「I was never obsessed with it. I only became a “High Mage” to have the prestige to present the existence of “spirits.” Ever since then, it’s been seven years. There was no particular reason for me to quit so I remained, but if the King tells me “it’s fine to quit” then I will happily take him up on his offer.」

「The King would not be that foolish.」

「Who knows.」

Reyfaras forced a grim smile on his face, and Arami became worried.

If Reyfaras were to quit his position now, the people who became mages while striving to be like him would also quit.
Other than that, his MP and magical skill was number one in the country.
It was originally decided that he would be the one to teach the Goddess magic, but he declined that himself and instead the other High mage “Haruin Reichal” was appointed instead.
In other words, once he lost all reason to serve, this country’s war power would be drastically reduced.
And, the people who would get injured in the front lines as a result would end up blaming the King.
The vicious cycle would be complete.

And then, the Front Line Pioneer Regiment Captain “Kleihart Charginal” would hate the incompetent King who let his men die. He was the type of man who would proudly declare, “if the King is incompetent then I will cut him down myself!”
And the Vice Captain Tonic-san’s loyalty lied with the Captain Kleihart rather than the King, so if he was ordered to kill the King it would be done easily enough.

If they fired Reyfaras, then this country would be ruined.

「……I will prepare the teleportation magic.」

「Yes, I’ll be counting on you.」

He silenced the sigh that threatened to come out and decided in his heart to stick with Reyfaras and his company if it ever got to that point. After bowing, Arami left the room.

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Chapter 4: The six days I desperately survived.

Well, it looks like my laptop is dead. For now anyways. I’ll check it out later. I don’t know if I’ll get it fixed or not since I’m trying to save money to buy a Cintiq Companion 2… But now that it’s dead I might go with a surface pro instead now… Idk how this will effect translating. I wanted to check out that Translation aggregator or whatever it’s called but looks like I can’t now…

Anyways, raising money by doing some sketches! If you’re interested, note me or something. :3

Enjoy the next chapter!


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The six days I desperately survived.

I want to say something to everyone.

Humans can do anything if they put their mind to it.

No, seriously. It’s not a joke.
My current situation is exactly like that.
This past week… Well, to be precise it’s only been six days, but anyways, these past six days I’ve been living as if “my life depended on it” as I was told to, and tried my hardest while having one foot buried in the afterlife.
Actually, if I didn’t try hard I would’ve been killed.
My teachers were super “spartan.”

First off, the one in charge of raising my physical strength and teaching me self-defense. Holding the great duty of assisting and training the “Front Line Pioneer Regiment” of the Imperial Knights and spearheading the battle against the demons, Vice Captain “Tonic Elchanse.”

By the way, the Imperial Knights had different factions with different duties. There were knights whose mission were to guard the King or his relatives, making them the “The King’s Guard.” The ones who protected the integrity of the royal city were the “Imperial Guards.” It is divided even further into factions that guard the other cities, the “People’s Guards” and the “Front Line Pioneers Regiment” I mentioned before.
They are divided into even more smaller branches, but I’m not involved with them at all so I’ll omit it.

Well then, back on the topic of Tonic-san. Although his outer appearance was ordinary, his real ability was exemplary.
Rey-sama says that the Front Like Pioneers Regiment tends to gather the most talented battle maniacs of the knights.
Although it definitely had the most amount of talented battle centered people, it was also known as a den for weirdos to gather in.

……Why do only the odd ones gather around me?

Tonic-san had received a “strange person” from the oddball Rey-sama and got some harsh words in return.

「Are you asking me to train this to the minimum proficiency of self-defense in one week? Rey, it would be much easier to teach a baby how to speak fluently in one day.」

First thing in the morning, I woke up early just as Rey-sama told me to and faced the knights at their training grounds. After I introduced myself, the first thing Tonic-san said about me were those words.

In other words, he thought a baby was more capable than me.

I don’t know if he knew that I was too shocked to reply, but Rey-sama went up to Tonic-san and left after he said a few words. With a deep sigh, Tonic-san faced me and my hellish training began.

The knight training of the Vice Captain of the “Front Line Pioneer Regiment” is as stated below.
In the morning, before the sun rose they had to wake up early and run two hours around the perimeter of the castle, then right after they did 3 sets of 1000 situps pushups and squats, and then without time for a break, they sparred with wooden swords.

They did this kind of training that a regular person couldn’t even dream of from day one.
……Well, the people from my world’s modern society anyways.
Without being able to complete the training, I was already dying just from the running alone. Seeing me, Tonic-san reduced my situps, pushups and squats to one set of 100 each and assigned me a special menu.
He reduced the menu, but no matter how hard I was breathing, no matter how much my muscles ached or how much pain I felt, until that menu was finished I wasn’t let off the hook.
In the end, when it was finally time for the spar with wooden swords, it was already past noon.
In the mock battle afterwards, Tonic-san mercilessly beat me down while abusing me with his words… When the one-sided battle ended, I was finally able to eat my breakfast and lunch.

After a little rest, it was time for my beloved Rey-sama’s entrance.

…Ah, really, it was horrible.
What you ask, it was Rey-sama’s cold gaze.
I finally learned how it felt to have your nerves turn into ice while a beautiful person glared you down coldly.

He didn’t use abusive language or beat me physically like Tonic-san. All he did was sigh silently while glaring at me with ice cold eyes, giving me mental and emotional damage that was enough to smash my heart to bits.

After the time Rey-sama was available was done with, I reviewed the information he had given me and then began reading the book I had received. Without rest I began to practice magic.
But practicing magic also proved to be difficult. I was in a state where I couldn’t control my wind magic, even though it was my attribute. There were many times when the papers on Rey-sama’s desk would get caught in my attempts. When that became too much, I was finally kicked out of his office.
I couldn’t even ask Rey-sama what to do when I didn’t even know what was wrong, so wanting to not stray too far from his office, and, since I couldn’t go into the small room next to Rey-sama’s office without his permission, I continued my studies in the hallway.

The people who passed by gave me strange glances, laughed at me with their noses upturned, and whispered enough to make me want to cry.
But I did not stop my training or studies.

I originally had a personality that hated to lose.
If I gave up in a place like this, then it was as if the King and the mages who treated me like a “mistake” would have won.
I had decided to make them speechless and to eat my dust!
I was the type of person to follow through on the things I decided.

Like that, I gritted my teeth and desperately clawed my way up.
Rey-sama and Tonic-san threw harsh words at me, and even though they took a cold attitude towards me, they never imposed the impossible on me.

And, no matter how long I took to get up after I fell, they patiently waited for me.

They never told me “let’s stop” or “don’t push yourself.”
Instead, it was “I don’t remember telling you to do something you can’t do” and “stand using your own two feet.”
That’s what they said to me.

They believed in me.

They were different from the people who treated me as a “mistake” and tried to toss me aside.
They had no obligation to help me, but they still tried to help me find a way to survive in this world.

When I realized that, the bitterness from the harsh training, the glares that chipped away at my heart and the ridicule from those passiing by in the hallway disappeared.

I had to get stronger.
I had to maximize the effect of the limited time I had left.
When I left this place, I wanted to be able to face them off with a smile.
I wanted to take everything they had to teach and engrave it into my heart.

That’s how I decided to live for those six days.

Facing a rookie knight in a brawl, I would somehow be able to make it into a draw, or maybe even win by a slim margin.
Incidentally, the weapons I can use are three: the sword, the dagger and bow.
The weapons were easy for a woman like to me to handle. Although in the short time I had, these were the only ones I could learn.

Like Rey-sama had declared at first, I was able to learn intermediate level magic of all attributes. I was also able to raise my wind magic mastery to advanced class.
I became quite good friends with the spirits.
They couldn’t speak, but I was able to understand what they meant in general by reading their gestures.

I also finished reading the book Rey-sama had given me and gained a decent amount of knowledge.

I learned many techniques I needed to survive in this world in the limited time that was presented to me, and I took their teachings to heart.

And now, the morning of the seventh day approaches.

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