Chapter 2:

The Summons That Began It All

The King's Advisor


Gripping his legendary-claymore tight with both hands, he zoomed through the enemy's front-lines like a gust of wind, dropping bodies left and right. Kris gave them no time to react as he flashed through the wall, finishing the last of the goblins in one single swing. Bookmark here

As the next and final wave of them drew near, he retreated behind the remains of a brick wall to catch his breath, regenerating the mana he had exhausted in the previous wave. The next wave slowly entered his area of sight before he teleported towards them, dodging two arrows and blocking the third with his sword. Bookmark here

He ducked as a heavy sword came smashing down onto his own, and with unrivaled force, he parried the attack before maneuvering behind the armed orc and fatally striking its nape. There was no way a mere orc would be able to take down the strongest magic knight in the whole continent.Bookmark here

With an effortless release of dark magic, he took down about 5 more small goblins before striding towards the dungeon boss. Bookmark here

Kris planted his claymore deep into the stone ground of the dungeon, waiting patiently as it began to glow a mysterious light that made his silver hair shine even brighter than it already did. Bookmark here

His claymore had transformed and taken its true form, the holy sword Excalibur. He pulled Excalibur out of the stone and readied himself for the final opponent, the Warbeast. The Warbeast let out a mighty breath that blasted his black cloak skyward, sending it fluttering behind him. Bookmark here

Kris took one step forwards before flashing to the beast, curling around its feet and slashing down on the achilles tendon to upset its balance. The moment it stepped back to support the weight of its own body, Kris took it as an opportunity to attack and leaped upwards, through the monster’s weakened defense, and took the finishing blow, decapitating the Warbeast.Bookmark here

It was another dungeon cleared by Kris, the legendary magic knight, the strongest in Sungavdarm – no, in all of the continent–Bookmark here

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Kris awoke with a sudden thud to the head. He found himself staring at a very familiar wooden desk before looking upwards to see a stunning woman with luscious scarlet hair. It was his teacher, Professor Sylvia. This wasn’t the first time she’d hit him for dozing off during her teachings.Bookmark here

“Seriously, what kind of top tier apprentice falls asleep in class?”
“Ouch…” Kris wailed. “It’s not like I’m going to learn any useful magic in your class, anyway.”
“If you want to become a magic knight, then you should probably pay attention for once,” she replied, walking back to the front of the class.
“If you want to become a better teacher…” he yawned, “you should probably make your classes less boring and more interesting.”
The class began to murmur amongst themselves. Kris couldn’t hear what they were saying, but they were probably talking about how shitty a person he was again.Bookmark here

Other people’s opinions didn’t matter to him.Bookmark here

The only thing that mattered was becoming a magic knight, just like his late father who was slain during the 2nd Continental Mage War. Kris’ only remaining family was his grandfather, who often told epic tales of his father to him when he was young.Bookmark here

Inspired by the heroics of his father, Kris dreamed to live as an honorable magic knight, and die as one, just as his father had. It was only a matter of time until he could graduate from the Magic Academy and finally begin his training. Bookmark here

“That’s all for today…” Sylvia sighed, finally releasing the class. “Kris, I’d like a word with you.”Bookmark here

Not again. It was a wonder why she’d still insist on lecturing him despite the fact that he was as stubborn as a mule.Bookmark here

“If you’re going to try and tell me what to do, then quit it.” Kris answered spitefully, getting up from his seat as the rest of the class raced out the door.Bookmark here

“That’s not it,” Sylvia dismissed, pulling a fancy-looking letter from underneath her purple cloak. Bookmark here

“What’s that?”Bookmark here

“A letter from the Royal Palace, addressed to you.” Bookmark here

Kris’ eyes twitched in annoyance as he bit down on his bottom lip. Anything involving the King was probably a royal pain in the ass.
“What’s in it?” he asked.Bookmark here

“Don’t ask me, it’s addressed to you,” she said, giving him the letter using a levitation spell.
Kris gripped the letter and shoved it into his pocket.
The professor’s gaze still remained on him as he stood still on the wooden floorboards. Bookmark here

“What are you staring at?” he demanded.Bookmark here

“Well? Open it.”Bookmark here

“Fine…” Bookmark here

Kris tore the envelope containing the letter, before reading the contents aloud:Bookmark here

“Dear Sir Kris Ashdown,
I wish to inform you that you have been chosen as the advisor of Sungavdarm’s 272nd King.
It is with great pleasure that I summon you to the royal palace at dusk on this day.
Upon arrival, further details will be explained to you by myself.
You are also invited to share an evening meal in the royal palace.Bookmark here

Signed,
Former Advisor of Lord Lancelot Arthur La Ruskin, the 271st King of Sungavdarm.”Bookmark here

Silence had asserted itself into the room. It took several seconds for Kris to take in what he had just read. Bookmark here

“What the hell?!”Bookmark here

“Now, that isn’t something you see every day,” Sylvia remarked.Bookmark here

“How are you being so calm about it?!”Bookmark here

“I mean, your intelligence and magical abilities do surpass that of an average adult…”Bookmark here

Kris sighed and sat on the desk, completely bummed out by the letter.Bookmark here

“You should feel honored, the King’s Advisor is a very important job. Plus, you get to live in the royal palace.” Sylvia laughed, fantasizing about the luxurious life within the palace.Bookmark here

“I think I’ll pass…” he muttered. “I don’t think babysitting a spoilt asshole is my thing.”Bookmark here

“This isn’t something you can decline just like that.” she said. “You’ll have to publicly decline, as well as write a formal letter of declination to the royal council.”Bookmark here

“Then a formal letter of declination I shall write. Now goodbye, I’m leaving,” Kris grunted as he scrunched the letter up and scorched it into ashes with a basic fire spell.Bookmark here

“You’re still going to have to attend the dinner tonight!” Sylvia barked. “Ignoring a summons could result in punishment by the law.”Bookmark here

“Yeah, whatever. I’m only going there for the food anyway,” he said, leaving the classroom.Bookmark here

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“Kris!”, Rudy exclaimed in delight, waving from the front gate of the Academy. “You took a bit longer today.”Bookmark here

“My bad, I was caught up in something.”Bookmark here

It was normal for Kris and Rudy to walk home from the academy together since they both lived in the woods. They would always be asked if they were a couple, despite both of them being males.Bookmark here

“Huh? Caught up in what?” Rudy asked, playing with his glamorous turquoise hair while trying to keep up with Kris’ pace.Bookmark here

“Eh…” Kris grimaced at the very thought of it. “Well, stuff happened and I got summoned to the royal palace to be the King’s Advisor…”Bookmark here

“Woah!” Rudy beamed. “That’s amazing! You’ll be able to see the new king before everyone! Actually, now that you think about it… It’s kind of weird that nobody even knew His Highness had a son this whole time.”Bookmark here

“You’re right...seems suspicious to me. But who cares?”Bookmark here

“What if the royal family has been hiding his existence for a secret reason?! What if he’s actually an illegitimate child!”Bookmark here

“You’re overthinking it. It was probably just to lower the guard of enemy kingdoms. We hid the fact that we had a successor so that rivaling lands wouldn’t be prepared, and they would be left in a state of daunting fear when they found out, not knowing what else we have under our sleeves.”Bookmark here

“Wow, as expected of the Magic Academy’s strategic prodigy!” Rudy sarcastically chorused.Bookmark here

“It’s a basic assumption, you’re just too dimwitted to have thought of it,” Kris snorted as the two neared the crossway that separated their paths. Bookmark here

“This is where I leave you. Good luck tonight!”Bookmark here

“For what… Oh right, the summons…” he grunted. “Thanks… I’ll see if I can decline the offer.”Bookmark here

“What?! You can’t decline it!”Bookmark here

“Yeah, I can. And I will. It’s not my type of job anyway.”Bookmark here

“Hmmm…” Rudy smirked. “I guess it isn’t. You’re going to be the greatest magic knight, after all!”Bookmark here

“That goes without saying…” Kris muttered, taking the path opposite to his best friend.Bookmark here

This whole summons thing was a huge drag for Kris. He’d have to get dressed, and then walk all the way to the central city. Well, it’s a good thing that he’s able to decline the offer. Bookmark here

It’s not like he’ll be put into a situation where he can’t decline or anything. Bookmark here

Definitely not. Bookmark here

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Ok, the chapter was kind of delayed because I uploaded it with a ton of mistakes.
I had to get it properly edited before uploading it so, oops.
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