I am going to the adventurers guild to find archer adventurers to teach me archery.
I went inside and went near archers.
"Hey, teach me archery, I'll pay you."
"Sorry kid, I'm busy.."
"I don't want to because you're a minor."
"Ask someone else, I need to hunt."
They all denied.
I guess it really is hard because I'm a minor.
If they make a mistake I got hurt, they may go to jail.
While walking around the guild, familiar faces entered the building.
One was the emotionless swordsman that I saw before, then the other was the blonde archer.
There was another person with them, it was a girl that has Short white hair and blue eyes. She has a calm face. She has two daggers on her belt, she looks like a teenager.
"Hmmm... who are you again?"
"Hmhmhm.... I know that you know who I am, I can see a lot of things from present to future."
"Oh! You're clairvoyant kid."
Aura-nee has an emotionless poker face and also monotone voice, doesn't really fit her personality.
"Aura-senpai, someone you know?"
"Yes, it's a kid that has clairvoyant powers."
Seems this white haired girl is Aura-nee's kouhai.
"Clairvoyant kid, can you predict this man's future."
"Oh? Predict moi future? Okay kid, let's hear it!"
"Okay, hmhmhmhhm, I see it! All your party members present, or future, will find you annoying!"
"That's wrong kid! Moi will become the most famous man in history! Oh... that's wrong, I already am! Hahaha!"
"See? His prediction is correct."
"From this moment on, I will call you Cool Kid."
Seems like this white haired girl has a Cool and Calm air around her.
"Aura-nee, why are you here? For the urgent quest?"
"No, actually I just came to visit town, this was where I grew up."
"Really? But before, you sounded like you just wanted to kill the Giga Bear and go back to the Capital and wanted to leave immediately?"
"Well it's because, wait, how do you know that?"
"Did you forget? I'm clairvoyant kid."
"For some reason... I feel like believing that you really are a clairvoyant kid."
So she didn't believe before... Well, that is expected... who the hell would believe that?
"Well... even if I was raised here, me and my parents moved to the capital after I became an adventurer, I was busy back then but I got that urgent quest because of this idiot. I had to delay my other quests because of it. But it doesn't mean that I hate this town, you know?"
This person's emotionless face never changed.
"So, you're just here to visit town?"
"That was my reason, but since this urgent quest came here, why not get it? It's also to make my kouhai here gain experience."
"Hello, I'm Varii, it's nice to meet you Cool Kid."
"I'm Nameless, it's nice to meet you too Cool Girl."
"Nameless? Cool name."
"Thanks, Cool girl."
For the first time, someone called my name Cool!
"What is the urgent quest? I heard that it is in the elf village."
"Yes, it's in an elf vilage... they said monsters that aren't supposed to be there are in the area. They wanted to get rid of them, so they can check what is happening in the elf city."
The elf city is surrounded by the mist forest, and outside the mist forest are different elf villages.
"So... that was it."
"So, clairvoyant kid? What brings you here?"
"Oh, right... Moi guy, can you teach me archery?"
"Hmmm? What's in it for moi?"
"I'll pay you."
"I don't need money, Moi can just get money by just showing my face."
"I'll tell you my real prediction if you accept."
"Hmmm? if that prediction is real, then I will accept."
"Okay then, wait..."
I closed my eyes and rubbed my head with both hands.
I opened my eyes and raised my hands.
"I have seen you're future... In the future, you will become the greatest archer that ever lived! But for you to achieve that, you must first teach students about you're awesomeness, because that awesomeness cannot be comprehended by normal means. You need to teach them yourself!"
"Bwahaahha! I already know that! you don't need to tell me that! But still, your prediction is correct! Okay, I'll teach you for free!"
"This clairvoyant kid sure knows how to manipulate idiots."
"Yeah, you're cool, cool kid."
"You're just jealous of moi greatness! Okay my puny student, let's go to the training area, and teach you moi greatness"
"But first, I don't have a bow."
"Don't worry, moi has more godly bows to lend you!"
Aside from him calling me puny student, it's good that he will teach me for free... I just got to endure his annoying nature.
"Bye Aura-nee, Cool Girl."
"See you later, clairvoyant kid!"
"Bye, Cool kid."
Me and the Moi Guy went to the Training area.
We went to the archery range.
"Okay, listen carefully."
The moi guy suddenly changed personality.
Based on what I've seen before, he changes personality when in battle. But last time, it changed back before killing the bear.
Moi guy demonstrated how to fire a bow.
"First is stance, Stance prior to shooting the bow. Stand upright with feet shoulder width apart, and feet at 90 degrees to the target."
"Keep a relaxed grip on the bow handle."
"Next place the arrow on the bow."
"Next is finger position, Position the fingers on the string with the index finger above the arrow and two fingers below the arrow. The string should sit in the last crease of your fingers."
"Then draw the bow, Pull back the string using your back muscles, not your bicep/arm."
"Then release, make sure to maintain your body position when releasing."
Moi guy shot the arrow and hit the bull's-eye of the target that is about 2000 meters.
"Bwahahaha! Moi godly aim can kill anything!"
If he didn't have this personality, he would look cool.
"You try! Moi puny student!"
I did what he did but the arrow didn't even reach the target.
"You're stance was perfect, but you're a beginner and you're not an adventurer, you should only hit the 500 meter range first."
I did what he told me to and shot the 500 meter target.
I hit it on the outside circle, almost completely missing.
"For a first shot, that was great, just continue practicing like that and increase your range when you hit the bulls-eye 50 times straight. But when you're distance increases, make sure you still go and hit the nearer ones to be sure to practice adjusting your range."
This guy is reliable.
"Moi duty here is done! As expected of moi, I even affected you and poured some of my talents in you!"
I take it back, this guy is annoying as hell.
"Just do what moi just said moi puny student! and you will become great in no time!"
He went to the one who manages the Training Area.
"Allow moi puny student to use the training Area for practice!"
"I'm sorry, but I can't do that for free, he needs to pay the membership fee."
"Moi will pay for the first year of membership, you pay the rest, moi puny student!"
"No way! I'll pay it by myself!"
"Moi have already paid for it! Pay me back by spreading moi awesomeness!"
"I'd rather pay you back with money!"
"Bwahaha! Time for moi to leave! Return the bow to me if you're able to get a personal bow!"
That guy is pretty reliable but is so annoying, I will pay him back after I become an adventurer, I don't want to owe people favors.
With this I started practicing using this bow every day during my free time.
My schedule has a lot of free time now because I quit the construction work and sewing work.
6:00pm came and I went to the pharmacy.
*Fling bam bam bam bam*
"Success! If it's this slippery, no one can move if they touch this!"
That crazy girl was crazy as usual.
I went behind the counter to experiment on materials in order to improve my estimating skills for making potions.
"Onee-chan... Come to think about it, you go to school from 7:00 to 3:00. I heard that the required hours per day is only about 5 hours or something, why would you go so early?"
"It's for my friends! They can't go out of the school or the dorm unless they are 15 years old, their parents that enrolled them won't allow it!"
"So the people who come to our school are rich kids?"
"I don't know, but I heard that a lot of people from other towns enroll their children to this school because it has the shortest school day, meaning students can focus on the specific classes that they want."
So, it means that our school is only good for collecting students that only wants to have a lot of free time to play around.
"Speaking of school... I'm worried that Xeline-chan isn't making friends."
Xeline started going to go to school last year.
"That brat is making friends huh..."
"Ohh? Don't be jealous Center-chan! our school is divided so that boys and girls are separated and are not allowed to go to the other side. They also can't go outside unless they live in Quina. They are only allowed on dorms and in school."
Jealous of what? And that school just sounds like a prison.
"I already know that they are separated to exclusive boys and exclusive boys. But why is the part of the school that is exclusive for girl larger than the place that is exclusive for boys part?"
"It's because of the mayor."
"That guy again huh? I probably know the reason why."
"What is that reason Center-chan?"
"That guy separated them in order to attract over protective parents who have daughters. Most of the time, these over protective parents are rich people, nobles, and aristocrats. This means that he can increase the tuition fees a lot and mine gold from those rich people. He probably only made a boys exclusive part for overprotective people with sons or people who thinks their son can gain connections from the other students of the school. And based on what I have read before, parents worry about their daughters more than their sons."
"Oh, that's brilliant Center-chan!"
That mayor is impressive for this kind of stuff, I guess that was the reason he became mayor. But he's too greedy and only gets the money gain for himself and only a few is given to improvements of the town.
"But I didn't know there were school fees."
"What do you mean? There obviously are."
"But mama said that me and Xeline doesn't have any fees required to pay just to go to school.."
What? Does this mean that if you pay for the taxes in this town, they can enroll without a fee?
That is impossible, that mayor? Pffft...
If they are free, there is probably only one reason.
"Onee-chan... can you show me your exams?"
"Hmmm? Sure, it's in my bag. You can go inside my room and pick it up, I'll continue mixing this potion."
I went up to her room.
It had bright colors of pink and violet. What a bright colored room fitting for Onee-chan's personality. She also have a lot of stuff toys.
I saw her bag hanging from a hook, it has a lot of animal and girly key-chains attached to it.
I opened it and looked inside, there wasn't a single notebook or book in it.
It was only full of exam papers, I got one exam paper and looked at it.
"I already expected onee-chan to be smart, so this isn't that surprising."
The test paper I was holding was full of drawings of animals, flowers... and there is also a drawing of three kids here look like me, Xeline and Onee-chan.
The questions were math problems, and there isn't a solution, just the final answer.
The reason they don't have to pay the fees was because of the scholarship law.
If a student is in the top 5 list, they are exempted from fees.
I guess the mayor has no choice but to make their fees removed because of the law or else Anima will act if someone reports this.
I put the paper back to the bag and put the bag back to the hook.
I left the room and went back downstairs.
"You're finished? That was fast."
"I just looked at your test papers, of course it will be fast."
"No! I expected you to lay down on my bed and hug my pillows! Why didn't you do that! Do you hate me?!"
I don't know why she wanted me to do that, but I just followed her orders and did what she said to end this.
I laid down on the bed and hugged onee-chan's pillow.
"This feels comfortable."
This was the first time I laid down on a bed, this feels so good.
After feeling so comfortable, I relaxed and didn't realize that I fell asleep.
After a few hours I woke up.
The reason I woke up is I feel something warm around me.
Onee-chan was hugging me from behind, she was also asleep.
"What is onee-chan doing?"
Onee-chan opened her sleepy eyes.
"Sorry, did I wake you up?"
"No, Onee-chan, why are you sleeping here?"
"When you didn't come back, I came to check up on you. You were sleeping here hugging my pillow and I just thought you look so cute! So I laid down as well and hugged you as my pillow and I also fell asleep."
"What about the shop?"
"Ah, I forgot... maybe mom is back, let's go downstairs."
"Onee-chan... we can't go downstairs if you embrace me like that."
"Only 2 more minutes!"
Onee-chan hugged me tightly for 2 minutes.
"Okay! that's enough, let's go down Center-chan."
We went down stairs and for some reason, there are so many customers.
We went downstairs and saw Xeline making potions. And why are there so many people in here?
"Xeline-chan? it's rare to see you down here."
"Well, when I went down, both of you were gone, there was a customer so I made him the antidote that he requested, a few minutes after he left the store, a lot of people suddenly came in rushing."
The people inside the store are all adventurers.
"This store is amazing! I only ordered a medium grade antidote, and that girl sold me a Legendary Grade Antidote! I only paid the price with a medium grade that's amazing!"
"I want that order too!"
"Can you also make me that one? I'd like two!"
"Xeline-chan is so famous!"
"Wait, hey brat! Stop! What are you doing?!"
"Why? Don't stop me kid, it's for business you know?"
"No! Just stop brat! You don't know what you're doing!"
"I know what I'm doing! Don't lecture me in making potions!"
"That's not what I meant, hey stop her Onee-chan!"
"Why? Center-chan? You're acting like Mama, she also stopped Xeline-chan in making potions."
"I'll explain later, so stop brat!"
The door opened and another person went inside.
"Ara? Can anyone explain what's happening here?"
It was Sensei.
"Sensei! This brat is selling Legendary grade potions!"
"Oh? I'm sorry everyone, but we don't sell them here... I humbly ask you to leave."
"Eh? Why? I already ordered my potion!"
"She's already making mine! Just give me mine!"
There was suddenly burst of bloodlust inside the store.
"May I ask you to leave? and also leave behind the potions you bought, we'll buy it back with the same price."
The bloodlust came from sensei, she was still smiling with her usual expression but for some reason she looks scary. It wasn't directed at me but I can still feel it.
"Do you have any complaints, my customer-chan?"
"I-I-I don't! Here is the potion back! You don't have to pay for it!
"Do my customer-chans still want to wait for their orders?"
""""No Ma'am! we were just about to leave""""
The adventurers left all shaking in fear.
This just reminded me that women are scary when they are angry.
"Nameless-kun, good job."
"That was amazing Sensei."
"Why? I only asked them to leave, they are very good and obedient people."
No, you were just scary... didn't you notice?
"Mama, Center-chan! Why won't you allow Xeline-chan to make and sell potions!?"
"Hmmm.... Nameless-kun, do you want to explain?"
"Why me? You know the reason right? I don't want to give a lecture to that brat, it doesn't feel right."
"Please explain Center-chan! it was our fault that Xeline-chan had no choice but to do it."
I took a deep breath and started explaining.
"If we sell Legendary potions at a low price, it will badly effect the economy, not only here, but also the capital."
"Why is that?"
"Because if we sell them at that price, the people would just buy all of them here flooding this city because of the rumors, when this happens, other potion makers would not be able to work whether it's in Anima or in Quina. The brat will be overworked and won't have time for her crazyness."
"So you were just worried about Xeline-chan? That's so sweet of you Center-chan!"
".....the most important reason is that it could have affected the prices of potions around making them drop greatly. The reason for this is because they would just go here and buy it for a lower price than buying it from other potion makers. This will make their investment on research and labor to drop, making them lose money."
"Ohhh, I get it!"
"If we stopped too late a while ago, the adventurers that was just here would have bought many Legendary Grade potions and sold them to adventurers at a lower price than usual to sell them quickly, this would lower the price of potions, slightly dropping the price of potions and destroying the economy."
"Now I understand! You're so smart Center-chan!"
"I-I knew that! You didn't have to explain!"
"Well done Nameless-kun, perfect score."
"But sensei, why didn't you explain this to them a while ago? It would've been troublesome if it happened when you're not around."
"I couldn't explain it in words, so I just told Xeline to not worry and just focus on making potions."
So you mean you just got lazy and didn't bother to explain?
"Why was Xeline working here alone? weren't the two of you here?"
"Come to think about it, what were you two doing? I thought both of you just went outside to get purified water from the well."
There is a well just a few steps from the pharmacy. That well has water that is used in making potions.
"Me and Center-chan were sleeping together!"
"Can you please explain, Roxelle?"
"I saw Center-chan sleeping on my bed hugging my pillow, he was so cute so I hugged him too and fell asleep as well!"
"Is that so? From now on, no sleeping together with Nameless-kun, okay?"
"Mama! What are you saying?! We won't do dirty things!"
Me and Xeline tilted our heads thinking what 'Dirty Things' are.
"It's nothing, Roxelle is just being Roxelle."
""Is that so...""
"Center-chan and Xeline-chan are so cute!"
We just kept quiet so that it will be over.
I looked at the clock and it is currently 7:00pm.
"It's time for me to leave, goodbye"
"Thanks about earlier Nameless-kun, bye."
Me and Xeline just glanced at each other then she went to the back to collect her materials.
This was always how we are.
I went out and headed to my bench to eat.
"Hmmm... I have a lot of time today... what to do."
Since I won't hunt monsters later, I got nothing to do for tonight.
"Oh! I have that book!"
I remembered the book that Pine gave me.
It was a book on how to play the piano.
The name of the author is
[The piano chords are based on guitar chords, in reading this book, you would learn how to read notes and chords. This book will also make you understand notes, timing them and also connecting them.]
"Hmm... I normally take a nap up to 10 pm, but I don't think I need to now... maybe I'll take a bath then read until midnight before I sleep."
After eating I went to the lake, did my daily routine, then went back to the bench put a clean cloth on it, laid down, and used my jacket as a blanket.
"Okay, time to start memorizing."
I memorized the whole book when 11pm came.
I didn't need that much time to memorize and understanding it because I was already used to doing it because of the potion books and the time I spent in the library.
I reviewed what I learned on my mind until I fell asleep.
I am currently in the counter of the library sitting next to Berserker.
"... Berserker, you look like you lost your eyebags."
These past few years, I saw Berserker suddenly have eyebags and it seems she was able to sleep well recently. She's staying up late too much, does she really love reading that much?
"Yes, these previous nights I was able to sleep soundly."
"Why? do you have trouble sleeping?"
"Eh? N-No! I just read too much that I forget the time and when I realize it, it's morning already."
"Oh? Is that so?"
I started reading the book that I am holding.
It was called 'Instruments'
I searched for the piano but it was not there. The only things that were there were the Guitar, Harp, Trumpet, Flute, Etc.
After finishing the book I closed it.
I took a glance at Berserker and analyzed her.
Looking at her now, she really does look like a teenager.
Why the hell does she look like she haven't aged even one day since as long as I remember? Am I just with her too much that I don't notice it?
"You're probably so ancient that you learned ancient spells..."
For the second time this week, I ran to escape death.
I went to the bench to eat lunch then headed to the woodworking shop.
"You look tired today."
"Oh, I just needed something to do yesterday."
"Hmmm, must be important work."
"Yes, very important."
Pine had large eye bags on his eyes. Did Berserker did an Ancient spell to randomly place her eyebags to another random person?
"So, have you tried to read the book yet?"
"I have memorized it already."
"Is that so? Sorry... but I gave you the wrong book... This was the right one, sorry because since that is wrong, it might confuse you. Forget everything you learned from it."
Okay, next time, I will never believe this mental hospital patient again.
"If you have memorized it, then you must know how to read notes and play now right? Everything was explained in that book."
"Yes, but I still need to do it hands on, just imagining it will go nowhere."
"Okay, let's go to the music room."
We went to the room where there are many instruments and Safu was there playing the violin.
She stopped playing, put down her violin, and picked up her pad and pen.
"Safu-chan, Nameless will try to play a song today."
"[A song? This will be the first time you try to play right?]"
"He said he memorized the book already, so I told him to just try to play it and his fingers will probably memorize the chords as well."
"[Memorized the book? You just got it yesterday...]"
"The books I usually memorize are three times as thick as this and the lettering is about 1/10th the size."
"[Really? There are books like that?!]"
"Yep, potion books."
"So you know how to make potions?"
"It's hard to do, I can only create low quality potions... I don't know why it's so damn hard though."
"I didn't expect that, I thought it was easy."
"I also thought it was easy before when I still haven't tried it yet. But... I know a kid with the same age as me that can create Legendary Grade Potions."
"Wow, there was someone like that?"
"Yes, that brat is crazy in the head."
"Haha! We're the same!"
"So you accept it?"
"I don't care, it's fun! Hahaha!"
I don't want to deal with this guy anymore.
I sat down and opened the lid of the piano.
I looked at the notes but...
What the hell is this? this is not what I've learned!
I looked at the two of them with a confused expression.
"This is not what I have read in the book."
"Hmm? That's definitely it, look again."
I took a look at it and faced them again.
"No, it's definitely different."
"Hmm? That's impossible."
Safu started writing down and showed me her pad paper.
"[Onii-chan probably changed the first to annoy you. I saw him making a page the whole night last night.]"
"[Turn to the next page.]"
I turned to the next page and the notes are recognizable now.
I looked again at the first page and the quality of the fake page was just as high as the second page.
"So this was the important thing you talked about?!"
"You would even sacrifice sleep and work hard just to annoy people?!"
"Bwahahahahaha! With that reaction, it's a success!"
This guy! But for some reason, I have a lot of respect on how he does these stupid things.
"I can use that page again to annoy people again though, so please give it back."
"Oh? Is that so?"
I tore the page out and tore it to pieces.
"Wha?! Why did you do that?!"
"Bwahahaha! I like that reaction!"
"Erg! To thin someone can also do that to me... I have been defeated. You're much more capable of going to the mental hospital than me."
"I don't need those praise."
"Huhuhuhu....why did you have to do that?"
"Victory is mine!"
"Yes it truly is... but..."
He took out a paper.
"That was just a copy I made by using carbon paper while making the real one though..."
Goddamn! He was messing with me all this time!"
"[Are you both done? I want to hear you play...]"
"Urusaifu (Noisy safu)..."
"Come on, start playing."
"Are you sure nothing going to jump out after I start playing?"
"Hahaha, don't worry! I only do it once a day!"
"No you don't you think I'll believe that?"
I faced the piano and looked at the chords.
"Okay... I can do this."
I pressed keys one after the other.
I tried to play the piece but it was hard moving my fingers from place to place.
You don't only need to be fast, but also accurate.
Also, you have to mind the pace and the times you need to step on the pedals.
After finishing the piece I feel disappointed at myself.
That sounded so crappy.
I looked at both of them and they looked surprised.
"Haha... I suck huh?"
Safu panicked and started writing at her pad paper.
"[What are you talking about? You're great!]"
"Don't try to say lies, I memorized that book so I know how it should sound like, I also noticed all of my mistakes."
"[I'm not lying! You really we're great!]"
"No, he sucked."
"For you, you suck... but for us, you did great."
"Eh? What do you mean?"
"This was the very first time you tried to play right? For a first timer it's even impossible to play a piece, they would first have to memorize every chord bit by bit... you we're able to correctly do the chords, the only thing that lacked was you're pacing and consistency."
"Hmmm... maybe I should just learn the normal way and study it per chord."
"No, that would be useless seeing that you can do all chords now, you just have to practice a lot."
"You know a lot about it, Do you know how to play it?"
"No, I don't..."
"Why and how do you know how to judge it?"
"It's because I have heard the maker of it play it."
"The maker of the piano is also the author right? Her name was... Shedua."
"Yes, the one who made it was our mother, Shedua."
"Eh? So this piano was created fairly recently?"
"The one who created it was grandpa."
"You mean the grumpy old man?"
"So where is your mom now?"
"How did she die?"
"Well, it was on the way to the elf city, my mom said that she will achieve her dreams. She went out and tried to bring it to the elf city, but the carriage wasn't able to carry it properly and it's wheels gave out. They got attacked by monsters after that..."
Of course the wheels will give out, this piano is heavy.
"When was it?"
"It was 4 years ago."
"Is that so? If that is the case, why won't you learn it?"
"Hmmm? what's wrong?
"...I was forcing my mother to stop trying to make it famous, that it was already enough that she played for us, her family... but she insisted and kept going to places trying to make it famous with my father who played the violin."
"When she died, I was blaming it on the piano itself, but after thinking for a while, I realized that if Mother didn't do those things, Mother won't be herself anymore."
"So why won't you play the piano?"
"I tried playing it before, but my body just freezes when I sit there before playing... for some reason, my body rejects my mind when I try to play it."
"Hmmm... a case of post traumatic disorder or something?"
"Wait, you're not messing with me again are you?"
"No, why would I do that after what I just said? it was about my dead mother you know?"
Pine looked pissed off when he looked at me.
"[Onii-chan! Don't get angry!]"
"Did I get you angry? Sorry about that."
"No it's fine, sorry for getting agitated."
"If that's the case, why won't Urusafu play the Piano, rather than the violin?"
"She said before that she would switch to piano, but I insisted that she should focus on playing the violin, and I would focus on starting to play the piano."
"......Urusafu, do you like playing the violin?"
"Don't you just want to play it for your dead father?"
"[That is one of the reasons, but I truly want to play it!]"
"Why do you want to play it for your dead father? Isn't the violin famous already?"
"[No, I want to play the violin with the piano, which was the dream of my father. My father's dream was to be able to play with my mother's piano....]"
"Is that so?"
I looked at Pine.
"Annoying guy, do you want to play the piano?"
"Are you sure about that? Don't you just want to play it for your dead mother?"
"Don't get angry about what I will say, but I think you just want to play it for your dead mother, I think you still hate it for taking away your mother from you."
"....Yes, I already thought about that... I won't deny that I thought of those things."
"But you don't want your mothers dreams be wasted right? That is the real reason you want to play it."
"Yes... that's exactly it."
"Hmmm, if that's the case, then you just need someone else to make it famous right?"
"I don't like owing people favors. But you guys are helping me learn to play, I was thinking I will pay you back later with money, but with this opportunity, I can pay it back without wasting money."
"So? What do you want to say?"
"I'm saying that I would do that job for you, with that as payment, I would be able to pay this debt to you right?"
"So you would learn to play it and make it famous?"
"Yes, that was what I was saying."
"Hmmm... if that's the case, then it's a deal."
I looked at Safu.
"[Would you really be able to do it? Can you really make it famous?]"
"Hmmm? Of course! It would probably be easier than you think."
"[Can I play with you when you do it?]"
"Hmmm? it's payment for teaching me, it's up to you."
"[Thank you very much!]"
"I'm truly grateful for this, even if you don't make it famous... I still appreciate you for trying."
"You better prepare Urusafu, by the time I learn how to play this, you should be able to keep up with my pace."
"I'll just let you know that Safu-chan here is a well known musician already."
"Yes, she already plays for nobles, aristocrats, and also for the royal family as well in the Capital."
"That's not much."
"You better start improving or else the people will forget you the moment I step on the stage."
"[That will never happen!]"
"Don't drag me down okay?"
"[I should be the one saying that to you!]"
"Both of you are fired up eh? you better start practicing, but I suggest that you play somewhere else Safu-chan so he won't be distracted."
"Yeah, shoo shoo... get out."
"[Fine! I'll be in my room!]"
Safu went upstairs to continue playing the Violin.
"Okay, I'll get started then."
I played the Piano until 2:00pm.
When I played the piece, I couldn't perfect it in two hours, I only had a small progress.
Annoying guy was serious when judging and I am sure he wasn't messing around.
He gave me his judgment for my pacing and my timing, he said he can only help in those parts because he can't advice me on hands on piano because he hadn't played it before.
"It's time for me to leave, I have some things to do as well..."
"It's fine, your progress is actually pretty amazing, for a normal person who is a beginner... that would've been progress for 3 months of practicing."
"How can you say that if I am the only student that you ever had before?"
When I went out of the room I went towards the exit of the shop, but before going out.
"Safu-chan!!! Piano Kid is about to leave!!!"
She rushed downstairs and flashed me her pad paper.
She nodded and went up back to her room.
Is running down the stairs a thing now for little girls?
"She's pretty motivated, isn't she?"
"Well, it's probably because of you, aren't you motivated as well?"
"Well then, breaks over, time to start the second round."
I went out the room because it will probably end up him messing around with me again.
I went to the Training area to practice shooting arrows.
After I arrived there, Aura and Varii was inside.
"Hey Aura-nee, Cool Girl... What brings you here?"
"I will help Varii practice sneaking techniques."
"Sneaking techniques? How do you practice that?"
"There's a room that specializes on it, want to come along and watch?"
We went inside a room.
The room was 3 meters wide, but it's about 10 meters long.
There are a lot of bushes and leaves around the floor.
"Okay, watch Center-chan!"
Aura nee stood in the middle of the room and put on a blindfold.
"I'm ready Varii!"
After Aura shouted with her monotone voice and emotionless poker face.
Why does she have a poker face anyway? Her personality is doesn't really fit with it.
Varii slowly went forward.
The place was full of leaves and bushes that will make a sound, but when Varii moves, the sound of the bushes and leaves when she touches them are minimal.
There was a button on the end of the room.
Varii's mission was to touch it without Aura touching her.
Aura was blindfolded, this was so that she will only be able to use her ears to detect Varii.
Varii was within Aura's range and he sneak through the other side with minimal sound.
Aura suddenly noticed the small sounds and dove for Varii.
"I lost again."
"It's like playing a game."
"You want to try Cool kid?"
"Okay, just once."
"Let's see what you got, Clairvoyant kid!"
Aura is so playful, again speaking with that monotone voice, it doesn't really fit.
Aura went back to the middle and wore her blindfold again.
Okay, so I just need to sneak past her right?
During these last three years, I have been sneaking around, trying to dodge other monsters other than the Mini Bear.
There was one time that I had to sneak through the middle of charge dogs before, I thought I was going to die, but it was successful.
I imagined that situation and tried to reenact it.
But today has no danger, making me focus more and panic less.
I reached aura nee.
I decided to stick close to her, rather than get away. The reason for this is so I can match my footsteps with hers. I would step when she steps so she won't hear any sounds from my steps.
I moved slowly away matching her footsteps.
After passing her it was just a few moments until I was able to reach the button and pushed it.
Aura undid her blindfold and looked at me surprised.
"How did you?!"
"I don't know... maybe I was too small that I made less sounds compared to cool girl... or you just let me win."
"I didn't let you win, I promise!"
"I was watching Cool kid the whole time, what he did was amazing... how did you learn how to do it?"
"What did he do Varii?"
"He was always near you, he matched his footsteps with you, camouflaging the sound he made."
"That's amazing! I never thought of that!"
Again that was with her monotone voice.
"That wasn't easy to do, I don't know how the Cool Kid did that, but it was perfectly executed, he was breathing quietly, a single misstep would've exposed him. That was truly cool, Cool Kid."
"It was just luck though."
"Whatever you say, I learned a lot... thank you Cool Kid."
"Like I said, it was nothing... but you're welcome Cool Girl."
"I want a revenge match!"
Again with an emotionless voice.
"Sorry Aura-nee... I need to practice with archery now, and I don't want to disrupt Cool Girls training, not that she's this motivated."
"So it was obvious that I was excited to try out new techniques I just thought of? Cool Kid is clairvoyant as always."
"Fine... but next time, I won't lose!"
She made a guts pose with her emotionless face.
For some reason, I'm finding that monotone voice that doesn't match with her personality cuter as time pass by.
I decided based on this experience that I should also improve my sneaking skills. If Aura-nee isn't blind folded, I would've obviously been founded out. I need to hide from sight properly. After that urgent quest of theirs end, I would focus on using the Bow to kill monsters and as well as focus on sneaking.
I practiced my archery until 6pm, then headed for the pharmacy.
I went behind the counter and started practicing again.
"Onee-chan, do you plan to become an adventurer?"
"How about you Center-chan?"
"I'm already preparing for being an adventurer."
"Is that so? So I'll be one as well!"
"Really? is it okay to decided only because of that reason?"
"No, Xeline-chan was also planning to become one, I want to be with you two!"
"So that person also wants to become an adventurer? That was unexpected, I thought she only wanted to create potions the rest of her life?"
"Xeline-chan said that she wants to be independent and provide the materials by herself. She also said that there are materials that cannot be obtained if she just stayed here in Quina, she wants to have access to a large quality of materials."
"So, it's still all for creating potions huh?"
"Yep! It won't be Xeline-chan anymore if it wasn't!"
"Yeah... you're probably right."
That person only lives for creating potions... why does she enjoy it that much anyway?
"But being an adventurer means hunting monster right? Can you really kill cute little monsters?"
"Don't say anything like killing cute little monsters Center-chan! I just have to avoid them!"
Will this person be okay?
"Do you think a Mini Bear is cute?
"A charge dog?"
So, there are some monster that she don't consider cute huh? That's surprising.
I don't mind parabees though, for some reason they don't attack me. The information on those textbooks are mostly wrong, they wrote that they are very aggressive, I don't really see that. They just ignore me when I pass through.
"What class do you want to be, Onee-chan?"
"Hmmm.. I'll think about it when the time comes, how about you?"
I continued making potions until 7pm.
I went back to the bench and ate.
"What to do, I finished the book already..."
I got nothing to do until midnight.
"Hmm, maybe I should try practicing archery again."
I heard that the training grounds is open anytime, so I should just try to practice a little before taking a bath.
I went to the training ground and I saw someone taking a rest there.
"Aura-nee, you're still here?"
"Oh! Clairvoyant kid!"
It was Aura-nee with her Poker face and Monotone voice.
"I was going out and looking at some things in the market. I was going to resupply for the Urgent Quest and buy some equipments, I lost track of time and the caravan left without me. I just went here to train to kill time."
For this urgent quest, they have a caravan that carry the adventurers to the Elf Village that leaves at the morning and returns at midnight.
The market was a place where people buy food and other necessities. It was also the place where adventurers sell equipments or drops they got from carving or hunting monsters.
"So, what brings you here, clairvoyant kid?"
"I got nothing to do, so I just went here to practice archery."
"If you don't sleep well, you won't grow up to be tall."
"Don't worry, I sleep well... I sleep late and wake up late so there is no difference."
"Is that so?"
Come to think about it, isn't this a good opportunity? Maybe I can have her teach me swordsmanship.
"Aura-nee... could you teach me swordsmanship? I will pay."
"Fine, but you don't have to pay."
"Eh? no... I want to pay. I know that an adventurer will always want something in return."
"Yes... but we also give something in return if someone does something good for us. This is actually payment for what you did this afternoon."
"What did I do?"
"That sneaking game you played with me really helped Varii in improving her sneaking skills, I thank you for that... This is my payment for it."
"If that's the case... I'll be in your care!"
"Okay, time to start... here."
Aura-nee gave me a sword.
"Do you plan on using a shield?"
Do I plan on using a shield? Actually, I'm not comfortable with it. I don't want getting hit even when using a shield.
"Then, grip it with two hands, you only grip it with one hand when doing sword fighting with other people, for monsters, you need to be able to use your full strength."
"A sword is mostly for parrying attacks and at the same time, are able to deal damage. A broad sword is mostly for attacking, it can block heavy attacks... but its heavy, making it hard to use to block, it is mostly used with both hands."
"I remember you switching between shield and broad sword before."
"Wait, how do you know that?"
"Ah! Umm, clairvoyant, remember?"
"....... for some reason, I'm starting to slowly believe you."
That was stupid of me, I got carried away. I forgot that they don't know that I watched their fight with the Giga Bear before.
"Anyway, you better grip it properly, are you left handed or right handed?"
"Both huh? How rare... grip the top of the hilt with one hand and one at the bottom hand."
"Yes, and grip it as tight as possible with the hand above, and for the one below, grip it tightly only with your middle, pinky, and ring finger, with the others, grip it slightly lightly than the others so that it won't be uncomfortable."
"Now, try to swing at me!"
I swung at her and she blocked with the sword that she is holding.
She deflected my attack and made me lost balance then slashed vertically and stopping just before it hits my head.
"Don't forget about your foot, remember that you need to plant them properly on the ground, that way, you won't lose balance easily. And also don't always do full swings with your body, when fighting monsters, you parry more and attack less when using a sword. Doing full swings will only make you lose strength and makes you tired more when it is blocked by the enemy, not to mention the large opening it leaves when dodged by the enemy."
"Okay, then let's spar!"
"What? Right now?"
"Yes, all you need is some experience, I already told you the most important parts, you learn the others by yourself."
I sparred with Aura-nee for three hours straight.
Whenever I swung, she either dodge my attacks or parry it.
She also attacked me and I was able to parry some.
She was obviously holding back so that I could learn.
I thought that using a sword in a one on one face off should be the last resort for me since I attack by disabling enemies first. But to be safe, I need to learn it so I won't be useless when caught off guard.
"I think this is enough... clairvoyant kid, you have amazing stamina."
That is probably because I spend the whole day doing jobs and half of the night hunting monsters.
"Thanks for the lesson Aura-nee!"
After the long hour sparring we sat down on a bench, she removed her gauntlets and her clothes, leaving only a white undershirt and I can see her underwear because of her sweat. She had fairly large breasts.
Right now, I don't feel anything when I saw it, but in the future when I remember this event, I consider this as one of the greatest successes of my life. And this time, I didn't have to seal it like that memory from Alex.
"Aura-nee, what level are you now?"
"Today, I'm level 36."
"So only 4 levels left before you advance classes? What will you choose?"
"I'll become a Great Swordsman, I mostly focus on Tanking, then switching to Vanguard when the monster's HP is enough to take down. Sometimes, speeding up the fight will be more beneficial than prolonging it."
I remember the time they killed the Giga Bear it wasn't able to use it's 'Last Resort'. I have read before that the Giga Bear's last resort is the same as the Mini Bears.
"Looking at what you are doing, you are probably planning on becoming an adventurer, what class will you be taking clairvoyant kid?"
"I don't know... I'll think about it when the time comes."
"Is that so?"
"When will the Urgent quest end?"
"The Urgent Quest's time limit is one month, if the monsters still remain, they will send a Golden Knight to take care of it."
"One month huh? So you will leave in a month?"
"Probably, it depends actually... if the urgent quest is finished before that, we would probably leave early.
"Hmm... Aura-nee, can you please spar with me until you go back to the capital? I would pay"
"Sure thing, but you can pay by helping Varii with her sneaking training, I'm sure you will be able to help her improve more. That way, I can also partake in the Urgent Quests. We'll have our sparring around this time as well.. from 7:30pm up to 10:30pm."
"Okay then, thanks Aura-nee see you later!"
I went to the lake to do my daily routine of taking a bath and cleaning my clothes.
I went back to the bench, and lied down on a clean blanket, and covered myself with my Jacket.
"Even though I only cover the upper part of my body up to the kness with this jacket, why do I still feel warm from the knee down... what a weird jacket."
As I think about some random things I fell asleep.