Chapter 10:

Vol. 2 Ch. 1 Request of the Smith

Quina


Chapter 1Bookmark here

Request of the SmithBookmark here

After eating I went to the blacksmith, since they won't be busy now, I can have them teach me smithing today.Bookmark here

"I'm here to learn metal working."Bookmark here

"I have been expecting you, Flame boy! come in! I'll make Cecil teach you!"Bookmark here

Flame boy? What kind of nickname is that? Why is this town full of weirdos?Bookmark here

I went inside the the back of the store which is the metalworking part of it and found a guy hitting a piece of metal with a hammer.Bookmark here

"Cecil, teach this boy how to Smith!"Bookmark here

"Oh! it's the boy with the bad glare."Bookmark here

Where have I seen this guy before?Bookmark here

He has Orange hair and yellow eyes and is probably a human race. Bookmark here

".... wait, you're that stalker!"Bookmark here

"What stalker?!"Bookmark here

"You were stalking Alex! I remember you!"Bookmark here

"Cecil, what is he talking about?"Bookmark here

"No! I was not stalking Alex!"Bookmark here

"Well, I don't really care... it's the flame of youth! HAHAHAHA!"Bookmark here

I'm getting a headache just being with this blacksmith.Bookmark here

"Oi stalker, teach me how to smith."Bookmark here

"I got to man the counter, I'll leave you with Flame boy, okay?"Bookmark here

The blacksmith left to the counter.Bookmark here

"Stalker, what should I do first?"Bookmark here

"Don't call me stalker."Bookmark here

"But you are a stalker."Bookmark here

"I wasn't stalking Alex!"Bookmark here

"Fine, fine... teach me how to smith."Bookmark here

"I'll teach you, but you need books."Bookmark here

"Books?"Bookmark here

"Yes books about smithing. or to be precise, about smithing materials like rocks, gems, metals, and others."Bookmark here

"Where can I get these books?"Bookmark here

"You need to go to the capital to read them."Bookmark here

"What? But I can't go there! How did you read those books? You're not a adventurer right? You're registered as a citizen."Bookmark here

"That's what I am about to talk about today, I have one compressed book than contains all the books, but I accidentally broke the glasses needed to read it so it can't be read anymore."Bookmark here

Glasses... It must be like those books from the pharmacy.Bookmark here

"I have the Glasses already... so let me have the book."Bookmark here

"No, I have a price for it."Bookmark here

"Then, how much do you want to sell it for?"Bookmark here

"I don't need money, I need something else."Bookmark here

"Let me guess... Alex?"Bookmark here

"........"Bookmark here

"I don't care, just tell me what you want."Bookmark here

"W-well..... the truth is...."Bookmark here

The guy looked to the side while blushing.Bookmark here

"I-I have a crush on someone."Bookmark here

"Alex?"Bookmark here

"Yeah..."Bookmark here

Alex is a guy, should I tell this person?Bookmark here

"So, your request is?"Bookmark here

"I want Alex to fall in love with me."Bookmark here

Okay, I should think about this. Should I accept this? I don't know anything about love. But I have read things from books that uses love as a centerpiece. I never understood the charm of those books but I remember some things written in those books that I might be able to use.Bookmark here

"....I don't know if I can succeed... but I'll try my best, but you need to give that smithing book to me, I don't want to waste time. I want to learn smithing right away."Bookmark here

"Don't worry, I will teach you the process on how this works. You don't need to read books to learn how to smith, you only need it to understand the materials and know more about them and how to handle them."Bookmark here

"So give me the book."Bookmark here

"Help me first, if I see any improvements with me or Alex's relationship, then i'll give you the book."Bookmark here

"Haaaa... fine, fine..."Bookmark here

Seems like I can't get it easily.Bookmark here

I went to the library.Bookmark here

"It's rare to see you here at this time."Bookmark here

"I have a stupid job... hey, can you help me?"Bookmark here

Maybe this berserker knows how to do it, she is the smartest person here after all.Bookmark here

"What do you need help with?"Bookmark here

"I need to learn how to make other people fall in love."Bookmark here

"What? You mean act like a cupid?"Bookmark here

"Yes, do I need arrows?"Bookmark here

"No, cupids are just man made imaginary beings, they don't exist."Bookmark here

"Then how do I do this stupid task?"Bookmark here

"Sorry, I can't help there... I don't know anything about love."Bookmark here

"What? Even you?"Bookmark here

"I know some things based on it.... Maybe you can—"Bookmark here

"The answers that come from Aceilette will probably be empty."Bookmark here

A voice came from somewhere.Bookmark here

Me and berserker turned to its source and it was Sensei.Bookmark here

"What do you mean, Rose-senpai?"Bookmark here

"I know you're smart. You probably have an idea of what love is based on knowledge. But you haven't experienced it yet. You're too smart so you tend to think logically so you don't easily fall in love."Bookmark here

""Sorry, but I don't get what you're saying.""

Me and berserker said in unison.Bookmark here

"For example, when you see a beautiful person, you tend to think. 'Because of human societies view on looks, this person is considered beautiful. This makes my heart rate fast because my body would think that a beautiful person would mean a better conquest based on animal instinct.'"Bookmark here

""What?""Bookmark here

".... or another example, when you see someone crying you think, 'I only get the feeling of wanting to comfort this person because of the protective instincts of mammals towards each other.' or something like that."Bookmark here

""Then what should it be?""Bookmark here

Both me and Accielette tilted our heads.Bookmark here

"It should be, 'I want to protect you and stop you from crying! I would be with you among all troubles!'"Bookmark here

""But that is the same thing you just said about protective instincts.""Bookmark here

"...I think it's useless to talk about this..."Bookmark here

Sensei breathed out exhausted.Bookmark here

Hmmmm... maybe sensei knows something about this.Bookmark here

"... Sensei, I want to make two people fall in love which other."Bookmark here

"Oh? Do you want my help?"Bookmark here

"Yes, but there is a problem."Bookmark here

"What is it?"Bookmark here

"Well.... this guy likes a girl but the girl is actually a guy. So that means that the guy needs to act like a girl to attract the guy that looks like a girl right? but if he acts like a girl but is a guy then that guy would know that the guy who looks like a girl is a guy because a guy acting as a girl definitely isn't natural to look at."Bookmark here

"What? Can you repeat that."Bookmark here

".... what if a guy loves a guy who looks like a girl? Of everything I have read about romance, there were no guy who falls in love with another guy."Bookmark here

"Then why not tell that guy that the girl he loves is actually a guy?"Bookmark here

"I can't do that because of certain reasons."Bookmark here

"Oh, you mean you don't want to hurt his feelings?"Bookmark here

"Why? I don't care about that... he just have something I need."Bookmark here

"Nameless-kun! Don't use love just to get the things you want."Bookmark here

"Why?"Bookmark here

"It's bad!"Bookmark here

"Why?"Bookmark here

".... I don't know... just don't do it!"Bookmark here

"...okay...."Bookmark here

"Nameless, from what I read, you just make them talk to each other and give them some sort of trigger that will make their heart rate increase."Bookmark here

Berserker said while reading a book she just opened. The book she's reading has no relationship to love, it's named [Top 10 unsolvable math problems].Bookmark here

"What trigger is that?"Bookmark here

"I don't know, from the books... it's always different every time, so you need to learn about the two people first before manipulating the events to get that trigger."Bookmark here

"So I need to stalk them huh?"Bookmark here

"Yes. You need to get information about them."Bookmark here

"So it's like this, I need to know their likes and dislike, compare them together, and simulate the event that will make them realize their similarities. That way, they will have something to talk about whenever they meet increasing the times of interaction. But the trigger should be a trigger that makes both of their hearth rate increase in an instant."Bookmark here

"Yes, so what you need to do is find out things that will make a human's heart rate increase and try to make those things happen."Bookmark here

"You two... you both say helpful things about love, but for some reason I don't like how you would do it."Bookmark here

""Why?""Bookmark here

Berserker closed the book and put it under the counter. What, did she solve the 10 unsolved math problems already?Bookmark here

Sensei continued speaking.Bookmark here

"... I don't know, if everything is calculated, it feels like you just force them to fall in love with each other."Bookmark here

"As long as it happens, no one gets hurt right?"Bookmark here

"Well... that is true."Bookmark here

"Okay then, I'll try that."Bookmark here

"Nameless, this is just from what I read from books... I haven't experienced it yet so you should adjust based on the situation."Bookmark here

"Yeah, I'm not a person who just looks in front like a Berserker."Bookmark here

"........"Bookmark here

For some reason Berserker did a wry smile on the last line that I said.Bookmark here

"Hey, Berserker... can you find me a book about those that might make a human's heart rate increase? I'll come back for them later."Bookmark here

"Yeah, sure."Bookmark here

"Well, then, it's time for me to leave."Bookmark here

So I just have to stalk Alex and Cecil and find similarities.Bookmark here

Wait... I have worked with Alex before, I should remember the information about her... I mean, him.Bookmark here

Let's see... he likes sewing... and ... caring for people... that's all?Bookmark here

Why isn't that guy a girl?Bookmark here

I went back to the blacksmith.Bookmark here

"Start teaching me the basics about smithing first, I'll talk to you about that request with you while working."Bookmark here

"Hmmmm.... okay, got it."Bookmark here

We went to a forge and he turned it on.Bookmark here

Fire came out of the forge.Bookmark here

"It's simple... just hold the material towards the fire."Bookmark here

Cecil held the edge of the long metal bar to the fire.Bookmark here

"When it turns hot, start hammering!"Bookmark here

Cecil started hammering the metal until it bends and thins out becoming a blade.Bookmark here

"Put it in the water when you want to cool it down."Bookmark here

She put it in the water and it became like a blade.Bookmark here

"So this is the end product... this is only a rushed work, but you probably know how to do it now."Bookmark here

"Yeah, thanks... it's pretty easy, but why do I need to learn about the materials?"Bookmark here

"It's what father said... you need to learn all the materials in order to master smithing. It is so that you know how to handle the materials you are using and also know what you should use for different purposes. This isn't the end of your training, my father will teach you the materials in that book. He has samples to all of it and you better study everything, from texture, hardness, temperature, and other things."Bookmark here

"So the book is not required after all?"Bookmark here

"Yes, but if you want to be a good blacksmith, you better learn about it. There is nothing to lose anyway, so why not just read it?"Bookmark here

So it's not like the potion books where you cannot create them if you don't read.Bookmark here

I started hammering a metal and tried forming it into a blade.Bookmark here

*Clang* *Clang*Bookmark here

While hammering I was talking to Cecil.Bookmark here

"Hey, what are the things you like to do?"Bookmark here

"Why?"Bookmark here

"I need it for your request."Bookmark here

"Hmm... I don't really know how to answer that. I guess just doing this job?"Bookmark here

"So, you like to smith and stalk Alex, that's all?"Bookmark here

"I don't stalk Alex! I just look at the clothes in the tailor shop."Bookmark here

Clothes? Does he mean the leather armor, fur gloves and those stuff?Bookmark here

"You don't have to lie you know? I already know that you love that person."Bookmark here

"Well... I also look at Alex, but I also look at the clothes."Bookmark here

"Then, why don't you just go in the store to look at them and try them on?"Bookmark here

"I don't want to... I'm shy."Bookmark here

"Why?"Bookmark here

"Eh? Ummm aren't conscious when you try to talk someone you like? You know... you get nervous and you just think that it's better not to talk to that person?"Bookmark here

"Huh? Wait, haven't you even talked to her?"Bookmark here

"Well...."Bookmark here

"A bonefide stalker."Bookmark here

"I'm not a stalker!"Bookmark here

"Still, in all the books that I read you need to be able to interact with the person if you want to love or something."Bookmark here

"That's what I want you to help me with! I just want to start talking with Alex."Bookmark here

"Is that all? I thought you wanted it to become something like in those fiction books."Bookmark here

"I know that's hard to do, and I only want something to start, I want to the one who makes Alex fall in love with me. I want it to be my efforts alone."Bookmark here

"Huh? That's so confusing... I thought you want me to make Alex fall in love with you?"Bookmark here

".........I mean... umm.... I just want you to help me on the start."Bookmark here

"Okay, that makes things easier."Bookmark here

*Clang* *Pshhhh*Bookmark here

I finished hammering the iron.Bookmark here

"......"Bookmark here

"Practice makes perfect, better try again."Bookmark here

The metal didn't look like a blade, but just a flat iron.Bookmark here

"I'll continue smithing for the requests in the shop. Just get a sample over there and try to copy the blade, that will be a good way to start."Bookmark here

She started smithing shop requests on another forge.Bookmark here

I did what he said and practiced by myself until 3:00pm.Bookmark here

"You can stop here... that's good progress for the first day, good job."Bookmark here

"Hey, come with me outside, we need to start up on your request."Bookmark here

"Don't you want to take a bath first?"Bookmark here

"Why?"Bookmark here

"Your full of sweat, don't you feel uncomfortable?"Bookmark here

"I'm used to doing manual labor, and I also have things to do later so I have no time to take a bath."Bookmark here

"Like what?"Bookmark here

"Woodworking, and the pharmacy at night."Bookmark here

"That's a lot of work, hey, what time is your woodworking?"Bookmark here

"I don't know yet, I'll find out later."Bookmark here

"If that's the case, why won't you just practice here after your woodworking and just go to the pharmacy after?"Bookmark here

"Why?"Bookmark here

"I think you need to take a bath after those hard work, you can take a bath here before going to the pharmacy, just bring some clothes and a towel."Bookmark here

"Is it okay?"Bookmark here

"Yeah, you'll stink after smithing, I tell ya."Bookmark here

"Fine then I'll take a bath first, hey I'll come back here after taking a bath and I'll start with your request, Ok?"Bookmark here

"Sure."Bookmark here

I took a pair of clothes and a towel from my bench, then headed for the lake.Bookmark here

On my way, I stopped by the library.Bookmark here

"Berserker, can I have the book."Bookmark here

"Here."Bookmark here

The book she gave me was 'Psychological Human Reactions'.Bookmark here

"Thanks."Bookmark here

"Sure."Bookmark here

I went out the library and headed for the lake.Bookmark here

While taking a bath, I was reading the book by the side of the lake.Bookmark here

I read something useful while reading.Bookmark here

[—Sometimes, emotions such as fear are receive differently by humans. Since fear increases the heart rate of a human, you can easily convert it to other feelings such as love when done with the right circumstances, this is called 'The suspension bridge effect' the reason for this is—]Bookmark here

So all I have to do is scare Alex? no, it's not as simple as that. I need to read other books.Bookmark here

"What?!"Bookmark here

While taking a bath I heard a voice from the window in front of me.Bookmark here

The lake is just beside the school, which is closed during night time.Bookmark here

So the school was empty every time.Bookmark here

That someone at the window about 10 feet above me. It was a female staring at me with a surprised expression.Bookmark here

She had blue hair that is on braided pig tails and blue eyes. She looks like she is the same age as me.Bookmark here

"What?"Bookmark here

"I-I-I'm sorry!"Bookmark here

The girl covered her eyes with her hands.Bookmark here

"Huh? Why are you apologizing?"Bookmark here

"I-I-I didn't mean to peek!"Bookmark here

"Why? What's wrong with peeking?"Bookmark here

"I-Isn't peeking wrong?"Bookmark here

"... I don't think so?"Bookmark here

"No! It's definitely wrong!"Bookmark here

The girl had a quiet and gentle voice, she was a shy type of person.Bookmark here

"Relax, I don't know what's wrong with you and I don't really care."Bookmark here

"........."Bookmark here

The girl calmed down, but she is still covering her eyes.Bookmark here

"...wha-what are you doing there?..."Bookmark here

"I'm obviously taking a bath."Bookmark here

"....In a place like this?..."Bookmark here

"What? Is something wrong? This is where I always take a bath."Bookmark here

"......isn't that weird?..."Bookmark here

"Why?"Bookmark here

"....Don't you need to take a bath inside your home?..."Bookmark here

My home was the bench.Bookmark here

"Home? I don't have a bath in my—"Bookmark here

"Celeste-chan, what's wrong?"Bookmark here

I saw a very familiar face coming near the girl.Bookmark here

"Ah! Don't look there! There is—"Bookmark here

"What are you doing there kid?"Bookmark here

"Why is this crazy brat here?"Bookmark here

It was Xeline.Bookmark here

"Xeline-chan! Why are you looking at him?"Bookmark here

"Huh? What's wrong?"Bookmark here

"Eh? uhmm... you shouldn't look at other people naked bodies."Bookmark here

""Huh? Why?""Bookmark here

Me and Xeline asked with confused expressions.Bookmark here

"I-It's not good!"Bookmark here

""Why?""Bookmark here

"Huh? Huh? I don't know..."Bookmark here

""Your weird.""Bookmark here

"Wha?! R-Really?!"Bookmark here

The girl was bewildered and confused.Bookmark here

"What are you doing here brat? I thought you only go to school for an hour?"Bookmark here

"Isn't it obvious? I'm here to teach Celeste-chan."Bookmark here

"...um, Xeline-chan, do you know him?"Bookmark here

"He's a kid who is being thought by onee-chan."Bookmark here

".... so he wants to learn how to make potions too?"Bookmark here

"Yes, it's impossible for his puny mind though."Bookmark here

"Oi, I don't have time to play with you today brat."Bookmark here

"I don't time for you too, let's go Celeste-chan."Bookmark here

"........"Bookmark here

"What's wrong Celeste-chan?"Bookmark here

"....it's just rare for you to get along with other people."Bookmark here

""We don't get along!""Bookmark here

I looked at the blue haired girl.Bookmark here

"Hey, who are you?"Bookmark here

"....oh, sorry for not introducing myself... I'm Celeste, Xeline-chan's friend."Bookmark here

"What? This brat actually has friends?!"Bookmark here

"I'm not like you, I know how to interact with people."Bookmark here

"Hooo? You only have one friend, and you're acting all high and mighty? That just sad you know."Bookmark here

"I don't have time to play with you loner, let's go Celeste-chan."Bookmark here

"......."Bookmark here

"What's wrong Celeste-chan?"Bookmark here

"....um, can I know your name?"Bookmark here

"Nameless."Bookmark here

"Nameless?"Bookmark here

"What's wrong?"Bookmark here

"N-N-Nothing!"Bookmark here

Celeste panicked while answering.Bookmark here

"So, what are you doing with that brat?"Bookmark here

"...I asked her to teach me how to make potions..."Bookmark here

"This brat actually has other things to think about other than making potions?"Bookmark here

"....well, while she teaches me she is also creating potions."Bookmark here

"Oi brat, don't disturb the schools peace."Bookmark here

"I'm not dumb like you. I don't make explosive potions when I work at school."Bookmark here

So she actually knows that she's noisy.Bookmark here

"....you're Roxelle-senpai's student... so that must mean that you already know how to make potions?"Bookmark here

"Yes, I make some... not as crazy as this crazy girl's though."Bookmark here

"At least he's progressing."Bookmark here

What? Did Xeline really just compliment me?Bookmark here

"Though his progress is slower than a rock."Bookmark here

Yeah I expected that.Bookmark here

"....you two get along well..."Bookmark here

""We don't get along!""Bookmark here

"Anyway, let's go Celeste-chan, don't waste time here."Bookmark here

"S-S-Sorry!....umm Nameless."Bookmark here

"What?"Bookmark here

"Can I see you again?"Bookmark here

"Why?"Bookmark here

"....It's just rare for me to see other people outside of school..."Bookmark here

She said wearing a lonely expression.Bookmark here

"Do you want to go outside?"Bookmark here

"Well....yes."Bookmark here

"Why don't you go outside?"Bookmark here

"I can't... the school doesn't allow us to go out."Bookmark here

"So what?"Bookmark here

"Huh?"Bookmark here

"Okay, wait right there."Bookmark here

I put the book down and tried to rise up from the lake.Bookmark here

"W-W-Wait! Please wear clothes first!"Bookmark here

""Huh? Why?""Bookmark here

"Just please! and Xeline-chan, cover your eyes too!"Bookmark here

"Eh? Hey! let my face go!"Bookmark here

Celeste covered Xeline's eyes while she closed her own eyes.Bookmark here

I wore the clothes.Bookmark here

"Are you done?"Bookmark here

"Yes."Bookmark here

She let go of Xeline and opened her eyes.Bookmark here

I jump over the 10 feet high window and went inside the school.Bookmark here

"W-Wha?! Eh?!"Bookmark here

"Oi kid! What are you doing?!"Bookmark here

I carried Celeste with a princess carry.Bookmark here

Since I have been hunting, working, and practicing the sword, I am stronger than an average 8 year old kid normal person.Bookmark here

I looked at her face to ask a questionBookmark here

"You wanted to go outside right?"Bookmark here

"......Uh-huh."Bookmark here

Her face was red for some reason.Bookmark here

"Hey, are you okay? Why are you so hot?"Bookmark here

"N-No! It's nothing!"Bookmark here

"Nothing is wrong right? Then here we go!"Bookmark here

I jump out of the window while carrying her and landed outside.Bookmark here

"Oi kid! What are you doing! I need to teach her!"Bookmark here

"Ha! Are you scared I'll steal your friend away from you?"Bookmark here

"You!"Bookmark here

Xeline tried to go up the window but she was too weak and she got scared looking down.Bookmark here

I put Celeste down on the ground.Bookmark here

"Now you owe me for this."Bookmark here

"......."Bookmark here

For some reason, Celeste is looking down with a beet red face.Bookmark here

"So this is how boys are huh...."Bookmark here

"Hmmm what do you mean?"Bookmark here

"Um... I mean... Isn't this wrong?"Bookmark here

"Why? What would happen?"Bookmark here

"I mean, we are breaking the rules."Bookmark here

"So? What would happen if they found you out?"Bookmark here

"Ummm... it would decrease my grades."Bookmark here

"What? Who cares about that? I thought you want to learn many things, if you stay holed up in this place, you won't learn a thing. Isn't the reason going to school to learn the same thing over and over again?"Bookmark here

"......."Bookmark here

"Why? Would you die if you get caught?"Bookmark here

"....no... but they might drag me back to school if they find out."Bookmark here

"Then just escape again."Bookmark here

"I don't know how to."Bookmark here

"I'll just carry you just like how we did it now."Bookmark here

She looked at me with a slightly red expression.Bookmark here

That will make her owe me more. Since she must be from a wealthy family because she lives in that school, it's good to make her owe me some favors.Bookmark here

"...but what if they lock it?"Bookmark here

"I'll break you out to help you get what you want no matter what."Bookmark here

"Oi kid! What are you doing!"Bookmark here

Xeline went to us, she went out of the front gate and went here.Bookmark here

"What? Do you want to make this kid hole up in there?"Bookmark here

"No, I don't care about that! She wants to learn about potions! don't get in the way!"Bookmark here

"So you're scared that I'll steal her away?"Bookmark here

"No, I'm scared that you will be a bad influence to her!"Bookmark here

"What? Are you her mother or something?"Bookmark here

"Someone like you won't know what friends are since you're a loner!"Bookmark here

"I have friends you idiot!"Bookmark here

"Oh really?"Bookmark here

"Yeah! more than you!"Bookmark here

"Those aren't friends, you just went to them because you need something from them!"Bookmark here

.....She's right....Bookmark here

"No! You just jealous because I have a lot of them."Bookmark here

"....hehehe..."Bookmark here

We heard a laugh from beside us.Bookmark here

"What's wrong Celeste-chan?"Bookmark here

"No... it's just that I am jealous of you two... you just do whatever you want without anything stopping you."Bookmark here

"Why would you stop doing something just because something is stopping you? just do something about what is stopping you and make sure they don't notice."Bookmark here

Like sneaking out, I hate those guards because it's harder to go out when they patrol. They will throw me back here and monitor me if they find me sneaking out.Bookmark here

"It's because your weak that you need to do dirty handed things like that."Bookmark here

"It's not dirty handed, I guess someone who is as inflexible as you won't understand."Bookmark here

"...ummm, so what do I do now?...."Bookmark here

""Huh?""Bookmark here

"... I decided now because of seeing you two... I want to learn other things as well... so please teach me... both of you."Bookmark here

"I'll teach you Celeste-chan, let's go to my house first."Bookmark here

"I'll teach you first, let's go to the library."Bookmark here

I don't know the reason why I'm acting this way. Normally, I want some kind of payment before doing something for other people, but because of Xeline for some reason, I just want this girl to become closer to me.Bookmark here

I don't really care about things as friends, but I guess seeing Xeline have one, I wanted to steal it.Bookmark here

Or, is that really my reason?Bookmark here

"...umm...."Bookmark here

"Oi kid, you better return her back here later."Bookmark here

"What? Why should I follow your orders?"Bookmark here

"You're the one who started this, take responsibility... Oh, right, you don't know what that is."Bookmark here

"I would do that without you asking me, I'm just asking why should I follow orders from a stupid brat like you?"Bookmark here

"...ummm, please don't fight..."Bookmark here

""........""Bookmark here

We decided to temporarily have a ceasefire.Bookmark here

"So, what is the time that they will check your dorms?"Bookmark here

"...They start checking at 6:00pm, since they don't think anyone would sneak out, they sometimes don't check...."Bookmark here

So carefree. Well, since most students there are rich people, they must think that they are disciplined.Bookmark here

"Hmm...okay, come with me."Bookmark here

"Hey, why would she go with you?"Bookmark here

"You can just teach her potion making at school."Bookmark here

"Tch, fine then."Bookmark here

"....okay then... bye Xeline-chan,"Bookmark here

"What? Why are you saying that? I'll go with you."Bookmark here

"...ah... Sorry!"Bookmark here

"Oi, why would you come with us? I thought you only care about potions."Bookmark here

"I don't want my friend to be influenced by someone like you."Bookmark here

"Tsss, fine then, let's go."Bookmark here

I grabbed my things and went to the library.Bookmark here

"Berserker, here's the book."Bookmark here

I gave berserker the book I borrowed a few minutes ago.Bookmark here

"....well, this is rare."Bookmark here

"what?"Bookmark here

"You mostly go alone, now you have two people with you... and more surprisingly, one of them is Xeline-chan."Bookmark here

"This brat just tagged along."Bookmark here

"I don't want my friends brain rot because of you."

"If you ask me, it's you whose brain is rotten, you just lock yourself in your room being crazy."Bookmark here

"Before you two start fighting again, who's this girl?"Bookmark here

"...umm, I'm Celeste...it's nice to meet you."Bookmark here

"Oh, I'm Aceilette, it's nice to meet you."Bookmark here

"Aceilette? are you that Aceilette?!Bookmark here

"Huh? What are you talking about?"Bookmark here

"Aceilette! It was the best student in our school in history, with perfect marks in academics from the start to end without missing a point. And as well as the lowest in attendance in history!"Bookmark here

Yes, that's probably her.Bookmark here

"Wow, you're one lazy student berserker."Bookmark here

"They said I don't need to go to school, I want to stay at the library to get a large amount of books."Bookmark here

"Berserker, can you take care of Celeste if she goes here?"Bookmark here

"I don't know why she needs to be taken care of if she's just here in the library though? But Okay."Bookmark here

"I-I'll be in your care Aceilette-sama!"Bookmark here

"-sama?!"Bookmark here

"Since this brat is here, she'll help you, I have something else to do."Bookmark here

"....umm... I want to go with you."Bookmark here

"Eh? You will learn much more here in the library."Bookmark here

"We have a library at school... what I want to learn are experiences."Bookmark here

"Is that so?"Bookmark here

Well, experience and knowledge are two different things.Bookmark here

"Nameless, how was the book? Was it useful?"Bookmark here

"Yeah, but I need more info, can you get me other books?"Bookmark here

"Okay then, I'll just get the ones that are somewhat related."Bookmark here

"Yeah, thanks berserker, okay then let's go."Bookmark here

After handing the book to berserker I went to the bench and left my things there.Bookmark here

"...um, is it okay to leave your things here?"Bookmark here

"Huh? Of course it is."Bookmark here

"But, won't other people steal it?"Bookmark here

"Oh... I forgot that you don't know how things are here in this town, I'll tell you a summary."Bookmark here

"How things are?"Bookmark here

"Yeah, I said that I'm Nameless... but that name was given only by me to myself, the reason is that I don't have a given name so I called myself Nameless."Bookmark here

"Y-You have no given name?"Bookmark here

"Yes, given names are given by parents right? I have no parents so no one can give me a given name, people around town also don't know if I even have parents because by the time that they notice, I was already here in this bench. It was like I appeared here out of thin air. Because the mayor wants me to be independent(Well, he just wants to keep the tax money), he said that the town should just give me my everyday needs and since this bench was where I appeared, they decided to make this exclusively as my home."Bookmark here

"......thats.... so sad."Bookmark here

"Huh? Why?"Bookmark here

".... I don't know....it just feels sad."Bookmark here

Why was it sad? Is it that sad? I don't understand.Bookmark here

"I don't know why you feel that it's sad, but I actually like this kind of life. Parents are a hassle you know?"Bookmark here

Yes, Safu and Pine was somehow sad because of their parents for some reason.Bookmark here

Xeline kept quiet during our conversation with a serious face, I guess she's getting impatient about this long summary since she already knows this story like everyone else in this town.Bookmark here

"Hey, come on... I have something to do."Bookmark here

"?!"Bookmark here

I grabbed her hand and looked at her face with a serious expression.Bookmark here

She just stared back at me with a flushed face and answered quietly.Bookmark here

"...yes..."Bookmark here

I dragged her with me to the blacksmith.Bookmark here

"Oi Stalker, let's go."Bookmark here

"Eh? Roxelles little sister? and who is this girl?"Bookmark here

"We don't have time for that, come on we need to do the request, I also need to go to my next job you know?"Bookmark here

"Okay, let's go!"Bookmark here

Cecil went with us and we went in front of the tailor shop.Bookmark here

"Go in and introduce yourself."Bookmark here

"Oi, oi, oi! What is this?"Bookmark here

"You said that you want Alex to fall for you right? go in!"Bookmark here

"If it was that simple, then I would've done that ages ago!"Bookmark here

"Yeah, but you didn't because you're stupid, now go in!"Bookmark here

"I don't want to!"Bookmark here

"Why?!"Bookmark here

"I'm shy!"Bookmark here

"Oi kid, what's this about?"Bookmark here

"This person's request was to make the tailor lady's....offspring to fall in love with her."Bookmark here

"Fall in love huh? I read in the library that you need to have interaction with the other individual first before that happens."Bookmark here

"See?! Even this brat knows! Hey go in!"Bookmark here

"I don't want to!"Bookmark here

"Ummm, Xeline-chan, Nameless-san I don't think it will be that easy."Bookmark here

""Huh? Why?""Bookmark here

"Huh? umm... I don't know, I can't explain."Bookmark here

"Yes! Finally, someone who understands!"Bookmark here

"Celeste-chan, can you explain why?"Bookmark here

"I don't know... but, you get nervous when talking with someone you love, like you don't want to mess up in front of them.Bookmark here

"Celeste, you sound like you are someone who can help us. So you know love huh?"Bookmark here

"Huh?! No! I mean...I-I!"Bookmark here

"Celeste-chan, can you tell us what love is?"Bookmark here

"Huh? umm... I don't know."Bookmark here

"Then how did you know that you love someone?"Bookmark here

"I-I can't explain... but when I felt it, I already know that it's love... it's like your heartbeat becomes so fast but it feels good. When that persons looks at you, you feel happy and exited. When he touches you, you feel like you'll be safe in his arms."Bookmark here

"This girl is right! She's more useful than this kid with the bad glare."Bookmark here

"Oi, I don't have a bad glare."Bookmark here

"Celeste-chan, how did you fall in love? Can you explain it to us? I want to know."Bookmark here

"I want to know too, when was it? I read that a trigger is needed. Can you explain what event triggered your love?"Bookmark here

"Wha? No, I can't say it!"Bookmark here

""Why?""Bookmark here

"It's just... please don't ask me anymore!"Bookmark here

"Little girl... could it be?"Bookmark here

Cecil whispered something to Celeste.Bookmark here

"Wha-Wha-Wha?!"Bookmark here

"It looks like I was right!"Bookmark here

Celeste was red because of whatever Cecil whispered.Bookmark here

"Oi stalker, what did you say?"Bookmark here

"It's a secret."Bookmark here

"What? How can I help if you guys hide information from me?!"Bookmark here

"Sorry, but I cannot say anything."Bookmark here

"Why?!"Bookmark here

"I'm now this girls, Celeste-chan, was it?... friend, I don't want to say anything that she doesn't want me to say."Bookmark here

"How the hell did you even know that she doesn't want you to say something! Ahhh! I don't get it!"Bookmark here

Never have I seen Celeste say anything to Cecill and I'm sure that Celeste didn't say anything that she didn't want to say. How did this stalker find out about it?Bookmark here

"Kid, just stop it... it looks like we can't get any information from these two..."Bookmark here

"Sigh, for once... this brat is right."Bookmark here

Xeline looked at Cecil to ask him some questions.Bookmark here

"Hey, you want that person to fall in love with you right?"Bookmark here

"Yes."Bookmark here

"Then why don't you go in and have an interaction with her?"Bookmark here

"I'm nervous."Bookmark here

"Why?"Bookmark here

"Because I don't know what to talk about with her."Bookmark here

"Then, just tell her that you love her."Bookmark here

"I can't do that!"Bookmark here

"Why not? In the books I read in the library, they fall in love with each other whenever they do that. I have no Idea why they had to delay it, but you just need to say it right?"Bookmark here

"No! It's not that easy! You need to take it slowly!"Bookmark here

"Huh why?"Bookmark here

"I don't know."Bookmark here

"......."Bookmark here

Xeline looks annoyed because of the conversation.Bookmark here

"You can't talk to Alex huh? then... why won't you just do something."Bookmark here

"Do something?"Bookmark here

"Yeah, oi brat... you remember what sensei said something about love, right?"Bookmark here

"Oh, I remember that... it was when we were about to kiss, right?"Bookmark here

""?!""Bookmark here

Both of them looked surprised about what Xeline just said.Bookmark here

And Celeste looked like the world ended.Bookmark here

"Yes, in other words, you just need to kiss her without talking, that is the same as telling her that you love her."Bookmark here

"Wait! Wait! You two, can you tell me that story?"Bookmark here

"What story?"Bookmark here

"That story when you said that you are about to kiss!"Bookmark here

"What? That's just useless information, why would you want to know that?"Bookmark here

"It's not useless information!"Bookmark here

"Huh? Why?"Bookmark here

"Wait... let me clarify this... you know what a kiss is right?"Bookmark here

"Of course, it's locking lips together, right?"Bookmark here

*Breaks*Bookmark here

"Celeste-chan?! What happened! Hey, she looks like her soul just left her body!"Bookmark here

"Oi, what happened?!"Bookmark here

"Just explain that kiss! it's the cure to her, she looks like she would die of heart failure any moment!"Bookmark here

"Huh? Fine then! We were about to kiss, but Roselyn-sensei stopped us. When she said that it should only be done to say I love you to the other person, both of us stopped. Love means someone you care about right? Since we both don't care about each other, we got disgusted and decided never to do it."Bookmark here

"Wait... that doesn't explain why you were about to kiss!"Bookmark here

"Eh? Umm... it was to deal with Onee-chan!"Bookmark here

"Onee-chan?"Bookmark here

"Roxelle Onee-chan."Bookmark here

"Ohh... okay, I understand now."Bookmark here

They understood when I said Onee-chans name.Bookmark here

Celeste looks like her soul came back to her body and Cecil calmed down.Bookmark here

When I saw this, I felt amazed by Onee-chan for some reason.Bookmark here

"Haa... that's a relief..."Bookmark here

"Huh? Why?"Bookmark here

"N-No! It's nothing!"Bookmark here

"Good for you huh, little girl?"Bookmark here

Celeste became red.Bookmark here

This guy said that he had nothing to talk about with Alex.Bookmark here

"Hmmmm, you said you just nothing to talk about, right? Since there are clothes inside the store, why don't you try that?"Bookmark here

"I might get nervous and mess up you know!"Bookmark here

"I don't have time for this! you two stay here... Come here stalker!"Bookmark here

"Huh?! Hey!.... What? This kids too damn strong!"Bookmark here

I gripped Cecil's arm and dragged him inside the store.Bookmark here

The other two watched from outside.Bookmark here

"Alex-san!"Bookmark here

"Hmmmm? What is it?"Bookmark here

"Wha..Wha..Wha.."Bookmark here

"Hmmm? aren't you Cecil-san?"Bookmark here

"?!"Bookmark here

"You know him?"Bookmark here

"Yes, from the blacksmiths, right?"Bookmark here

"Then that makes things quicker, this guy--"Bookmark here

"Nooooo!"Bookmark here

"What?"Bookmark here

"...what's wrong Cecil-san?"Bookmark here

"No... ah ummm."Bookmark here

Cecil put his mouth close to my ears and spoke.Bookmark here

"....hey, don't tell this person my feelings!"Bookmark here

"....I won't! you already told me I just have to make you talk to each other right?"Bookmark here

"Huh, oh... alright."Bookmark here

"I'll also tell her something that will cover up your stalking."Bookmark here

"Wha?!"Bookmark here

"We should assume Alex noticed already, I have an excuse for it."Bookmark here

Alex tilted her...his head because of us two whispering to each other.Bookmark here

"Alex, Stalk---Cecil here actually wanted to try some clothes, but for some reason he can't because it doesn't fit a blacksmith. He has been wanting to wear clothes for a long time so he kept looking at this store."Bookmark here

"So that was the reason you were always looking in here... don't worry, I won't tell your father about it!"Bookmark here

"Tha-Thank you very much!"Bookmark here

"Come here! I'll let you try some clothes."Bookmark here

"Okay!"Bookmark here

"Here... Here... and, here!"Bookmark here

"Ummmm..."Bookmark here

"Don't be shy try them out!"Bookmark here

He tried them out one by one.Bookmark here

For some reason... Cecil isn't satisfied.Bookmark here

"Ummm... Cecil-san... didn't you like them?"Bookmark here

"No... it's just..."Bookmark here

"....you don't have to tell me, I'll let you try some clothes from the store house!"Bookmark here

"N-No! You don't have to!"Bookmark here

"I insist! Come back tomorrow!"Bookmark here

"B-But!"Bookmark here

"No buts! You will come again! Nameless-kun, make sure he comes here even you have to drag him!"Bookmark here

""Y-Yes!""Bookmark here

"Okay, Let's go..."Bookmark here

"Bye Cecil-san, Nameless-kun."Bookmark here

"See you!"Bookmark here

"B-bye... Alex-san!"Bookmark here

After Cecil pitifully said goodbye, went out of the shop.Bookmark here

"Nameless-san! That was great!"Bookmark here

"No, that would've happen even if this kid wasn't there."Bookmark here

"Yeah, yeah... I know that but shut up brat, I don't have time for you now... Hey stalker, I thought you wanted to wear clothes? Why didn't you look happy?"Bookmark here

"Well..."Bookmark here

Cecil looks dejected for some reason.Bookmark here

"....hah... fine, I'll help you out tomorrow, I'll make sure everything is solved."Bookmark here

"...okay..."Bookmark here

Why the hell is he depressed?Bookmark here

"Okay, time for me to work, Celeste, I'll pick you up later at the pharmacy at 5:30 to return you to the school."Bookmark here

"Okay."Bookmark here

"Well then, see you later."Bookmark here

While leaving I took a glance at Xeline and she glanced back, our usual greetings.Bookmark here

I went to the woodworking shop.Bookmark here

"Oi old man, teach me."Bookmark here

"You're so late, I'm tired, just come tomorrow at around 12:30pm."Bookmark here

I looked at him he really looks tired.Bookmark here

"Tch, and here I thought you were strong."Bookmark here

"What's that you meddling kid?!"Bookmark here

Since he's tired, it can't be helped... if that's the case then.Bookmark here

"Hey, old man... judge me on playing, I need your opinion."Bookmark here

"Fine."Bookmark here

He agreed instantly, probably because this was for her daughter that passed away.Bookmark here

We went to the music room.Bookmark here

"Okay, I'll start."Bookmark here

I played the piano.Bookmark here

While playing I was thinking of Safu.Bookmark here

No, to be exact... I was thinking about her last performance.Bookmark here

She played the all the pieces perfectly.Bookmark here

Why can't I do that?Bookmark here

Why am I so incompetent?Bookmark here

Am I just being arrogant?Bookmark here

I finished playing while thinking of those.Bookmark here

"....Well?"Bookmark here

"It sounded horrible."Bookmark here

"Heh, I expected that."Bookmark here

"Why are you playing like that kid? You look like you're holding back or something?"Bookmark here

"........"Bookmark here

"You're scared for giving your best and not surpassing Safu aren't you? because you think your value will decrease if you did your best and still couldn't match safu?"Bookmark here

"......"Bookmark here

He was right... He was exactly right.Bookmark here

"If this is how you play, you will never surpass Safu, no... you will be stuck at level forever."Bookmark here

"....Fine then! I just have to do my best, Right?!"Bookmark here

"Stop talking and start playing, I don't want to hear your voice."Bookmark here

"Tch, just wait old man... I'll perfect all of these in no time!"Bookmark here

This old man was like pine. He's serious when judging, no... he was better. Maybe because he heard his daughter play longer than Pine.Bookmark here

I started playing again.Bookmark here

Every piece I played, the old man would say. "Not good.", "Just give up kid", "You really expect me to be happy with that?".Bookmark here

Of course these comments made me do better. These was the comments that I needed and not the ones that Pine sugar coated.Bookmark here

I finished playing and it's 5:30.Bookmark here

"It's time for me to go old man."Bookmark here

"Yeah, yeah... you better get better next time."Bookmark here

With that I left the shop and went to the pharmacy.Bookmark here

While walking I realized something.Bookmark here

"Wait... this feeling..."Bookmark here

This feeling... I was tired in playing the piano non stop... This feeling...Bookmark here

"This is it! This will solve the problem!"Bookmark here

Why wasn't this in the book I just read? That author sucks... Well, I guess this isn't really psychological right? So I can't blame that author.Bookmark here

I went to the pharmacy and outside the door was Xeline and Celeste.Bookmark here

"Let's go."Bookmark here

"Yes!"Bookmark here

"Hey, you better get her home safe."Bookmark here

"Yeah, yeah."Bookmark here

Xeline went inside the pharmacy.Bookmark here

"Let's go then."Bookmark here

"Yes!"Bookmark here

We headed to the lake to make where we can jump over the window.Bookmark here

While walking I thought of something convenient.Bookmark here

"Hey, I know something that will make your life easier."Bookmark here

"What is it?"Bookmark here

"Since I can do woodworking tomorrow, I can just make you a ladder. That way, you can just climb up and I don't need to carry you over anymore."Bookmark here

"...But, how? If you leave it there they would just find it... and I'll be found out if I carry a huge ladder."Bookmark here

"Don't worry, I'll make you a ladder that can be folded easily."Bookmark here

"But, they only didn't notice me earlier because I was with you and Xeline..."Bookmark here

"There's a pathway behind the library, if you go that way, you can avoid people from your school."Bookmark here

"......."Bookmark here

"Why? are you scared to climb the ladder?"Bookmark here

"Ah? N-No! It's just..."Bookmark here

"....I can't carry you all the time you know? You need to do it yourself."Bookmark here

"S-Sorry!"Bookmark here

We reached the window of the school.Bookmark here

"Hmm? It's closed..."Bookmark here

"What should we do?"Bookmark here

I jump and grabbed the windows ledge.Bookmark here

"Hmmm... I think I can deal with this."Bookmark here

I jumped down.Bookmark here

"Hey, I will force the window open for no, but I will set something up so you can open it from this side from now on."Bookmark here

"How?"Bookmark here

"...keep this a secret okay? Can I trust you?"Bookmark here

"A secret?"Bookmark here

"Yes... you will be the only one who knows."Bookmark here

"A secret... just between the both of us... yes... I'll treasure it."Bookmark here

".....okay then...."Bookmark here

I went to the rocks and grabbed a nail and thread.Bookmark here

I jumped up the ledge again and forced it open with the nail.Bookmark here

*thud*Bookmark here

I wrapped the string around the lock behind the window, placed the nail just on top of the window, then pushed it down.Bookmark here

After pushing it down, I used it as a wedge for the string.Bookmark here

This will open the window if the string is pulled down on the other side.Bookmark here

I went inside the building.Bookmark here

"Hey! I will lock this window, Can you pull that string after I lock it?"Bookmark here

"Y-Yes!"Bookmark here

I locked the door and gave her a nod.Bookmark here

She nodded back and pulled the string.Bookmark here

The string magnificently opened the lock.Bookmark here

"Yeah, this is okay... I'll just deal with the ladder later."Bookmark here

I jumped down again.Bookmark here

"Keep it a secret that I have stuff hidden here... okay?"Bookmark here

"...okay."Bookmark here

I grabbed her in a princess carry again.Bookmark here

She turned red.Bookmark here

"...ready?"Bookmark here

"Uh huh..."Bookmark here

I leaped to the window and placed her inside.Bookmark here

"Well then... this is goodbye."Bookmark here

"Wait! I want to go out again tomorrow..."Bookmark here

"Why?"Bookmark here

"I want to see how Cecil-chan's situation progress."Bookmark here

".... fine then, what time? I'll fetch you here."Bookmark here

"Ummm.. around 3:30!"Bookmark here

"Fine."Bookmark here

"Goodbye!"Bookmark here

I jumped down the window then headed to the pharmacy.Bookmark here

"Hello Onee-chan."Bookmark here

"Center-chan! I missed you! Where have you been!"Bookmark here

"Sorry, did I miss a lot of work?"Bookmark here

"Forget about that! I missed you!"Bookmark here

Onee-chan gave me a hug.Bookmark here

"....Onee-chan, it's been 5 minutes already... and didn't sensei ban you from hugging me?"Bookmark here

"I'll hug you as long as I want today!"Bookmark here

"......."Bookmark here

She hugged me tight for 10 minutes before letting go.Bookmark here

"..... are you finished?"Bookmark here

"Yeah! Thanks Center-chan!"Bookmark here

We went behind the counter to make potions.Bookmark here

"Center-chan, Xeline-chan brought home a friend today... I'm happy for her!"Bookmark here

"Eh? Is that so..."Bookmark here

"Yes, now I have three siblings!"Bookmark here

A third victim.Bookmark here

"Oi!"Bookmark here

Someone called me from the stairs.Bookmark here

"You sent her home properly?"Bookmark here

"Yeah, yeah..."Bookmark here

"Good."Bookmark here

She went up the stairs.Bookmark here

"......."Bookmark here

"Center-chan?! What was that!"Bookmark here

"What?"Bookmark here

"You sounded like a couple!"Bookmark here

Okay... this is onee-chan again... so it's a solo mission now? Well... I left Xeline that one time to solo again, so it's my turn this time.Bookmark here

"We just did something together today."Bookmark here

"Kyaa! a date? Why didn't you invite me!"Bookmark here

"Ummm..."Bookmark here

"Invite me next time!"Bookmark here

".... okay, tomorrow."Bookmark here

"Really?! Okay!"Bookmark here

"Come to the lake at 3:30"Bookmark here

"Okay!"Bookmark here

I worked until 7:00Bookmark here

"Bye Center-chan!"Bookmark here

"Bye Onee-chan."Bookmark here

I went back the bench to eat.Bookmark here

I won't hunt again today, the reason is I might get wounded.Bookmark here

If I get wounded today, they will find out about my hunting because of what I was about to do tomorrow.Bookmark here

Since I have no one to spar with, I just practiced swings and did archery training after I ate.Bookmark here

When 11:30pm came I took a bath at the lake then slept.Bookmark here


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