Chapter 2:

CHAPTER 2: HOW TO DEAL WITH YOUR BULLIES

The Human Saint is Bored, so I was Summoned to Another World Vol. 1


Chersea. Bookmark here

The land of humans, beastfolk, dwarves, elves, and demons. Where magic and swords collide. Where mythical creatures like dragons, chimeras, and mandragoras either fly in the sky, swim in the waters, crawl or tread the land. Yep, this was a typical fantasy world; though, in all honesty, I didn’t know such a place existed away from books until that saint, Maddie, summoned me. Bookmark here

All because of her boredom.Bookmark here

“And there you have it!” Saint Maddie smiled as she finished my introduction to the servants, paladins, and nuns working at her palace, “If you got questions, just keep it to yourself. I’m in no mood to answer it.”Bookmark here

“Yes, Your Holiness!” the battalions of maids, paladins, and nuns standing before her replied in unison. Honestly, I got goosebumps as I watched them salute and give respect to their saint. It’s as if I’m looking at a military parade.Bookmark here

“Alright, Kuro…” she then turned to me, “Same instructions as them. If you got questions, don’t ask me; go to my servants.”Bookmark here

Uh…yes, Your Holiness,” I bowed. Though the Saint was the one who caused my predicament, I still wanted to show my respect to her; at least, I won’t be an ass around people I don’t know.Bookmark here

Hmm…based on her smiles and swift, almost-dancing moves, one could tell that the Saint was in a good mood. I guess she’s feeling fine this time; not like when she summoned me. I can feel the utter disappointment from her back then. Bookmark here

Oh, and she began calling me ‘Kuro’, since I really couldn’t remember anything about my identity. She said she got my name from the color of my hair, which was black. Well, ‘kuro’ is the Japanese word for ‘black’; I wonder if Her Holiness knew about it. It’d be interesting if she knew some ‘Earth’-stuff…Bookmark here

I also accepted that arrangement, at least temporarily.Bookmark here

“Okay, I guess that settles it.” Saint Maddie stood up from her seat and waved her hand. I guess that’s the signal that she’s about to retire to her private study?Bookmark here

Two maidservants immediately followed her.Bookmark here

And so, normalcy returned to the Saint’s palace once again…and I hope.Bookmark here

“Why did Her Holiness allowed a boy to live here?”Bookmark here

“Ugh…boys are natural-born perverts. Isn’t Her Holiness in danger with him around?”Bookmark here

“Of all that can be summoned, why is it a boy?” Bookmark here

Oi, I can hear you guys. It won’t hurt if you try to keep your disapproval of me a little more discreet, you know? Bookmark here

The maids went on grumbling, muttering, and backstabbing me. Some even threw me sharp stares from head to toe. The paladins, though officially neutral, glared as if they were memorizing my facial features. It feels like I’m a criminal being taken in for mugshots; which made my desire to return to my world much stronger. But the Saint had made it clear before that she couldn’t return me—Bookmark here

The way to do it simply doesn’t exist.Bookmark here

“Ah, Kuro!” Someone tapped on my shoulder; it was the Head Maid who saved me before. I think her name’s uh…err…Bookmark here

“Seems like your face is telling me you forgot my name. I’m Lilyhaven Tamriel von Leese!”Bookmark here

Ah, yes!” No wonder I forgot; it’s too long and complicated to say.Bookmark here

“Well, you can call me Lily.”Bookmark here

Oh, Head Maid Lily, yes!”Bookmark here

“Anyway, are you okay, Kuro?” Lily asked. I guess she’s concerned about the loud disapproval of the maids about me being allowed by the Saint to stay in this place.Bookmark here

“Yes, I’m fine. I’ll just ignore the murmurs.”Bookmark here

“Will you?” her eyes pleaded with her voice, “Those girls are mischievous, but it’s only because they love and respect Her Holiness.”Bookmark here

“Yep, I understand their anger towards me. Oh, and Head Maid, by the way…” I bowed before her, “I haven’t thanked you for saving me before.”Bookmark here

Nah, don’t mention it. Besides, you also saved me back then. Remember when you pushed me away and almost got killed by the magic spells?” she smiled and shook her hands, “I think we’re now equal.”Bookmark here

“I see…” Well, if she puts it that way, I guess it’s all good. But still…Bookmark here

Ah, anyway Kuro, you have something you want to do?”Bookmark here

Err…I don’t think I have anything in my mind.” I admitted, “Well, I’d like to explore around this place if that’s possible…”Bookmark here

Oh, then let me be your guide then!” Lily slightly pulled my arm towards her as she pointed in the direction she wanted us to go.Bookmark here

Uh…I don’t want to disturb you, though.”Bookmark here

Nah, it’s fine! I can leave my work to my subordinates, anyway.”Bookmark here

I don’t think that’s a good idea, Head Maid.Bookmark here

“So, shall we go on a tour then, Kuro?”Bookmark here

“Well, if you insist…”Bookmark here

“Alright! But first…” The Head Maid then stretched her arms wide, and said with a big smile on her face, “I welcome you to the Holy Palatial Gardens—the home of the Great Saint of Chersea!”Bookmark here

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The Holy Palatial Gardens—according to what I’d gathered, it was the most sacred place in the continent of Chersea…well, at least for the humans. The Saint’s official residence was here, something akin to the Pope’s Vatican City back on Earth. However, if there were priests and nuns in the Vatican; here, they only allow females inside for long.Bookmark here

“Well, you’re an exception Kuro.” Lily explained as we walked along the pathways, “Her Holiness feels responsible for summoning you, so she’d like to see that you’re able to adapt to your new environment at least.”Bookmark here

I guess the Saint’s holy title isn’t just for a show.Bookmark here

“Just don’t tell everyone that she summoned you. In this place, only Her Holiness and I knew about it.” she winked at me.Bookmark here

“O-Okay?” To avoid questions and tons of explanations, the Saint introduced me as an ambassador from a far-away land to her servants. Honestly, I don’t mind if others learned about my ‘otherworldly’ background. But Her Holiness kept on insisting I hide it, ‘or there could be unnecessary complications’.Bookmark here

Well, I’ll just let it off my mind for now…as long as they are helping me, then I will have nothing to complain about.Bookmark here

With the misunderstanding about my sudden appearance cleared, I guess this was a good time to explore this world. And for that, I’m glad that the Head Maid offered her expertise.Bookmark here

“This place is huge…”Bookmark here

“Yes, the Holy Palatial Gardens is small compared to other human kingdoms, but we’re still bigger than the greatest human city in Chersea.” the Head Maid narrated.Bookmark here

Well, that’s what she said. If I may compare it to a place back on Earth, I’d say it’s almost the size of a small city. Thick stone walls with moss surrounded the entire vicinity, interrupted by several great stone towers that were garrisoned by the well-equipped female guards, which they called ‘paladins’.Bookmark here

Err…Head Maid, I’ve been wanting to ask about that colossal building over there.” I was referring to that huge domed structure that we could see a few kilometers away from the walls, “It looks like a church to me.”Bookmark here

“It is!” the Head Maid happily chirped, “It’s called the Saint’s Cathedral, and it is the largest and grandest human church in all of Chersea. Want to come and check it out?”Bookmark here

“Yes, please.”Bookmark here

We immediately headed straight to the Saint’s Cathedral after touring the walls. I was awestruck by the sheer size of the building, even from the inside. Bookmark here

It’s like I’m in another world…Bookmark here

“This church can comfortably accommodate around 150,000 worshippers in one service!” the Head Maid proudly added that trivia.Bookmark here

Whoa! Back on Earth, I know that the largest church—the Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican—could only accept 60,000 people. But this Saint’s Cathedral was of another magnitude…Bookmark here

Impressive.Bookmark here

The walls, pillars, and ceilings of the Cathedral were richly ornamented with colored bas-reliefs, and paintings of…I guess those were scenes from their religion? Figures of horned-men (I guess they’re demons) fighting against armored knights and men-at-arms dominated the artworks. Bloody paintings, I’d say…both in quality and in appearance. Some were about the daily life of Cherseans, like farming, fishing, and even feasting…Bookmark here

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However, what caught my attention was that guy that was always appearing at the top of the murals.Bookmark here

Ah…looks like the Almighty Lord Gaius caught your attention, Kuro?”Bookmark here

“Lord Gaius?”Bookmark here

“It is said that he’s the god of this land.” the Head Maid shared, “I know little about history, but when Lord Gaius abandoned his divinity, he passed his powers to the Saints.”Bookmark here

“Abandoned? As in, he’s not god anymore? Why?” Hearing that from her made something within me turned on. See, I love history, as well as the legends and myths surrounding it; so, I couldn’t help but be curious about what she said.Bookmark here

However, the Head Maid shrugged, “Well, the Lord Gaius can decide on whatever he wants. Who knows what he was thinking when he stepped down from his divinity? We don’t have the answers.”Bookmark here

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For our next itinerary, the Head Maid took me behind the Saint’s Cathedral to a building that was familiar to me.Bookmark here

“Well, that is the Holy Chambers palace.” the Head Maid gently grabbed my head and turned it towards the direction she wanted me to look at; I was still in deep thoughts about our conversation about Lord Gaius. “This is where Her Holiness lives and receives her dignitaries. If you remember, here is where you got summoned, Kuro.”Bookmark here

Yes, I recalled. However, I was in a panic back then that I hadn’t got the time to appreciate how big this palace was. Compared to the Saint’s Cathedral, the Holy Chambers were smaller—if I reckon, about twice smaller than the former’s size. The main palace building was five stories high, with four three-level ‘wings’ that extended into the four cardinal directions.Bookmark here

“This wide place in front of the Holy Chambers where we stand right now is the Courtyard.” the Head Maid pointed out, “Visitors often pass through here if they seek an audience with Her Holiness. And this is where we met for the first time.”Bookmark here

So, for short, this is where I fell from the second floor, huh?Bookmark here

Then the Head Maid turned our attention to that castle-like structure to the left of the Courtyard, “That one’s we call the Palatial Armory. It serves as the barracks for Her Holiness’ guards—the Paladin Corps. Back in the old times, that place served as a bastion of defense against invading demon armies.”Bookmark here

“I see…” the paintings from the Cathedral flashed through my mind once again. I guess this place has its share of demon invasions, eh?Bookmark here

“I’d like to introduce you to the head of the guards, but apparently, she’s away for an errand from Her Holiness herself.” she added, “Now if you’ll look over there…”Bookmark here

I followed her in the direction she suggested. A four-story building stood there, with much simpler decorations than the rest I’ve seen before, besides the Palatial Armory.Bookmark here

“That’s our quarters. We simply call it the ‘Servants’ Quarters’.”Bookmark here

Oh, so that’s the place where you guys stay?”Bookmark here

“Yep.” Bookmark here

I better keep off from that area, then.Bookmark here

The Head Maid continued, “If you don’t know yet, Her Holiness’ household has different departments and responsibilities assigned to each servant, like the Kitchen Department, Laundry Department, Cleaning Department, or so on. I, as the Head Maid, am the over-all in-charge of the daily upkeep of this place.”Bookmark here

So, she’s kind of big shot here, I reckon.Bookmark here

“Anyway, look this way, Kuro!” the Head Maid pulled me to the other side of the Courtyard where another massive six-level building was located.Bookmark here

“That is?”Bookmark here

“I presume you love reading, Kuro?” the Head Maid took a deep breath before asking; it’s as if she’s excited to bring me here, “Yep, you’re currently looking at the Saint’s Library. Inside is a vast collection of various literary works: from the simple cooking books to dangerous forbidden tomes of magic. It is one of the three great repositories of all written books in the land of Chersea.”Bookmark here

“Oooh…” Honestly, that information fascinated me. I could feel my blood tingle at the mere mention of books; I’m a bookworm back on Earth.Bookmark here

“Well, you can access most of the books in there anytime. For the more restricted sections, you’ll need the permission of Her Holiness herself.”Bookmark here

Got it. I’ll keep that in mind.Bookmark here

The Head Maid continued on our tour around the entire Holy Palatial Gardens until we covered everything—from the multitudes of souvenir shops and guest houses to the equally opulent animal stables. She even showed me the various gardens and fountains being maintained by Her Holiness’ zealous servants.Bookmark here

That tour is interesting, though it exhausted me before it even ended.Bookmark here

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“So, there you have it, Kuro!” the Head Maid offered me something to drink as we rest at the palace kitchen, “I hope you enjoyed the tour as much as I do.”Bookmark here

Though tired, I smiled at her, “Yes, thanks for making time for me.”Bookmark here

Ah, don’t worry about it!” she patted my head, then whispered, “If it’s you, I can always find the time.”Bookmark here

“Hm?”Bookmark here

“Nothing.” she quickly retorted, and continued, “You know, if you run into trouble, you can always tell it to me. I’ll be glad to be of service!”Bookmark here

Ah, thanks!”Bookmark here

The Head Maid’s a kind person. I’m really glad I became friends with her first.Bookmark here

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Anyway, as I’m being allowed to stay in one guesthouse for free, I decided to at least help with the maintenance. I asked the Head Maid if she got something for me to do since I thought I could have something to contribute as a guy.Bookmark here

Hmm…I guess you could help with sweeping the pathways in this area.” the Head Maid pointed on her map, “There are some of the fallen leaves that are being scattered by the wind. The broom is over there.”Bookmark here

After giving me further instructions, I went to my area of responsibility and began cleaning.Bookmark here

There were no visitors as of this moment since it was the time for the Saint to rest. The pathways were virtually empty, save for the occasional pair of patrolling guards, or a group of maids coming back and forth, minding their businesses.Bookmark here

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Hmm…I thought I swept this place clean enough earlier. However, why does it seem like I have done nothing at all?Bookmark here

“…” Bookmark here

Oh…looks like I already know the source of the problem.Bookmark here

I saw a maid coming over from the other end of the pathway and dumped a bunch of dried leaves on the spot where I just cleaned. And then she went away. I thought it was just one isolated incident, but another maid appeared and did the same. Bookmark here

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And another…Bookmark here

And another—Bookmark here

Oi. What’s the big idea?” I’m a little pissed, but I took the diplomatic course. I know it won’t do well for me to annoy someone in this place; not only because I’m a stranger to them, I’m also unable to fight their magic spells.Bookmark here

“Hiii!” the maid almost jumped in surprise, “I swear I didn’t want to do this! Big sis ordered me to!”Bookmark here

‘Big sis’? From what department are you?” I asked. Since they organized the maids into different departments, my hunches were telling me that this ‘Big sis’ was the leader of this maid’s department.Bookmark here

“Like I’ll tell you!”Bookmark here

Oh yeah, you’re doing something nasty. Of course, you will reveal nothing about your stupid plans.Bookmark here

“I’m sorry, but please don’t talk to me!” After dumping her load of trash, she hurried away and disappeared. I couldn’t even get angry because everything was so sudden. Bookmark here

However, at least I know that someone is working behind the scenes to expel me here.Bookmark here

“Well, it’s not like I want to stay here forever as well…” Bookmark here

Honestly, it’s not that easy to adjust to a new world…much more when almost everyone around hates you.Bookmark here

“Hey Kuro, how’s the cleaning going?” Bookmark here

“!!!”Bookmark here

“I’m sorry. Did I startle you?” It’s the Head Maid.Bookmark here

Haha… I took a deep breath, “Please don’t just appear behind me like that, Head Maid!”Bookmark here

“Sorry, I just passed by. Anyway, anything wrong? You seem to take long at cleaning.”Bookmark here

Ah, it’s going well,” I replied. I considered telling her about that maid earlier, but eventually relented. I never wanted trouble with the people I’d be working with for some time by ratting out on them. And I’m an adult, anyway; fighting kids for trivial matters was foolish.Bookmark here

“I see.” the Head Maid nodded, “Well if you’re done, you may take your break.”Bookmark here

“Alright. Thanks!”Bookmark here

And I was alone again. Looking at the large piles of fallen leaves that those maids dumped made me feel a bit disheartened. Bookmark here

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“I guess I should continue doing this instead of whining.” with that, I just went ahead with my chore.Bookmark here

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In between breaks—and there were many since we’re thousands working here—I would go to the Saint’s Library and read books from time to time. Because I’m new, I needed to learn about this world I’m currently in, and this library was a better place to start.Bookmark here

Considering that this was a foreign land, I’m surprised that I could actually read and converse normally with the people here. I mean, normally when one arrived in another country, they’d spend time to know the local language there. Bookmark here

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Maybe my summoning had something to do with the non-existent language barrier? I guess it’s something to be thankful for…Bookmark here

“!!!” Bookmark here

Something hit me on the head. Though not that painful, it’s still annoying. I turned around to see a thin book on the floor. I knew someone threw it at me and quickly hid themselves to make me look stupid. Bookmark here

Ha! Typical bullying. Of course, I’m already a grown-up adult, having lived for 25 years already. Such a childish display will not affect me.Bookmark here

“!!!” Bookmark here

Another book hit me from behind my head. Picking up the poor thing, I didn’t even flinch. Bookmark here

Ha! Try harder.Bookmark here

“!!!” And another. Harder.Bookmark here

And another…Bookmark here

“For fuck’s sake, what the hell do you want?” I finally reached the boiling point, so I couldn’t help but shout. After all, it’s getting painful being repeatedly whacked with several flying books on my head and my back.Bookmark here

Err…I want a peaceful space for my reading pleasure, I guess?” My eyes almost popped out from their sockets when I saw the Saint behind me.Bookmark here

Uh…sorry.” I quickly apologized to her but explained my actions.Bookmark here

“Well, yeah.” Her Holiness understood my predicament, “I was waiting for you to react violently; getting hit by those books is painful after all.”Bookmark here

If you already know that something’s happening, then why did you just watch, you stupid Saint!Bookmark here

Ahem. By the way, I can read minds.”Bookmark here

Sorry.Bookmark here

“It’s alright. By the way, I’m impressed that you can take a beating and be patient with it.”Bookmark here

“Well, almost. I got angry at the end though.”Bookmark here

“Anyone would. But it took you some time before you exploded, so I’m impressed.”Bookmark here

The sincerity of Her Holiness’ words made me happy, to be honest. So happy that I didn’t know what to say other than, “Thanks, I guess. Seems like I gained that patience from my old world’s job.”Bookmark here

“Which is?”Bookmark here

“I teach.” It’s as far as I remember about myself. Any more than that was a blank spot in my mind.Bookmark here

The Saint’s eyes became round, but there’s a cheerful expression on her face, “You’re a scholar then?”Bookmark here

“Nope. I’m more like a person who specializes in teaching.” I made some familiar gestures that I did back when I was in class, “Almost identical to a scholar, yet I’m not one. If I remember, my work is a ‘teacher’.”Bookmark here

“I see…” Her Holiness nodded, “So that’s why the Library attracted you, huh? Intelligence is indeed a good thing. Well, since you’re something like a scholar, would you want permission to bring out the books here? Just don’t forget to return them when you’re done.”Bookmark here

Ah! Thank you, Your Holiness!” That offer was helpful to me; aside from I could finish them faster when I’m taking a break, bringing books to my room gives me a safe place to indulge in reading.Bookmark here

“Anyway,” the Saint laughed softly, “looks like those kinds of books got attached to you, huh?Bookmark here

My heart froze when I saw the title of the books that were thrown at me: ‘A Treatise on Bed Pleasures’, ‘How to Make Your Partner Happy in Bed’, ‘Magic Spells on Increasing Sexual Potency’, and other dubious titles about ‘that’.Bookmark here

“Don’t worry.” Her Holiness smirked, “It’s pretty normal; you’re a boy after all.”Bookmark here

Someone’s bent on making me look like a rabid pervert.Bookmark here

“You aren’t?” she read my mind again.Bookmark here

“I’m not!” I snapped at her. Well, to be more precise, I am. But I put my urges in their proper place. Bookmark here

By the way, what I’m reading back then was ‘The Basic Principles of Magic’.Bookmark here

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Is everything alright Kuro?”Bookmark here

Err…yes, I guess? By the way Head Maid…”Bookmark here

“Hm?”Bookmark here

“Why are you here?”Bookmark here

“Oh!” the Head Maid quickly composed herself. She suddenly came rushing to the library, crashing through the doors, “W-well, I just passed by. And then I heard you suddenly shout earlier. But then I saw you talking with Her Holiness, so I didn’t dare to disturb you…”Bookmark here

Ah, I see…” Wait—don’t you have something else to do?Bookmark here

“I’m cleaning outside the library.”Bookmark here

“Oh…”Bookmark here

“Well, about why you shouted earlier, was there anything wrong?”Bookmark here

“Nothing. Just a couple of flying books hitting my head.”Bookmark here

“HA?” the Head Maid grabbed my head and shuffled my hair, as if looking for something, “You didn’t injure yourself, right? Let me see!”Bookmark here

“I’m fine, I’m fine! I got a thick skull after all.”Bookmark here

“Right!” she sighed with relief, “It’s nice to hear that!”Bookmark here

Haha…you’re kind, Head Maid.” I laughed softly, “If I may put it this way, you’re my angel in this strange world!”Bookmark here

Oh…thank you!” I didn’t notice it at the moment, but the Head Maid’s face was red, “Err…uhm, K-Kuro…”Bookmark here

“Yep?”Bookmark here

“W-would you l-like to h-have something to e-eat?”Bookmark here

Now that she mentioned it, I think I’m getting hungry. Well, I guess it’s time for me to stop reading for a while and head to the kitchen to grab a meal.Bookmark here

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And so, the moment came when I had to sleep. Even though there was still light outside after I ate, I’m extremely tired. Since it looked like I got nothing else to do, I headed to my room and laid down to rest…Bookmark here

Haa…what a peaceful day…Bookmark here

Or so I thought. Bookmark here

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Of course, I won’t be able to sleep if there were spikes on my bed. And it must be the maids who put it there. Bookmark here

I guess I had no other choice…Bookmark here

I carefully removed those spikes, and once I made sure that my bed was safe, I went to sleep.Bookmark here

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The next thing I knew, I got disturbed from my slumber the moment I heard the door of my room creaked open. With half-open eyes, I checked on who went inside…Bookmark here

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And yes, my suspicions are on track; it’s no other than the stupid maids.Bookmark here

“Hey, is that guy sleeping?”Bookmark here

“I’m sure he is. I put some sleeping powder on his food earlier.”Bookmark here

Ah, so, that’s why I felt lethargic earlier: they spiked my food. Since I wanted to know what they would do next, I kept on pretending to be asleep. Maybe that sleeping powder wasn’t that effective; I woke up after all.Bookmark here

“So, what should we do?”Bookmark here

“Big sis wants to throw him away outside the Holy Palatial Gardens. Help me tie him up so we can drag him later.”Bookmark here

“What if he wakes up?”Bookmark here

“Put this cloth on his mouth so he can’t make a noise.”Bookmark here

So the maid—the nervous one, headed over to the other side of my bed to put a gag on me. Her companion tied a rope around my feet to prevent me from doing something. Just as they were working…Bookmark here

“Hey.”Bookmark here

“Kyaaaaa!”Bookmark here

With their mission busted, the pair quickly dashed towards the door. Though in the past I let those incidences go, this time I decided I won’t let them run. I lunged forward and caught the foot of the nervous maid. She fell face-flat on the floor, prompting her companion to attack me to free her. Bookmark here

“Let her go, you pervert!”Bookmark here

I got scratched and kicked on my face, and they stepped upon my hands, so I had to let go of the foot. And with that, the maids escaped.Bookmark here

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Her Holiness had commanded us never to hurt this man.” The irritation on the Head Maid’s voice was clear, as she called an emergency meeting of all the maids at the Holy Chamber’s courtyard. The patrolling guards heard the ruckus that happened in my room, and so they rushed to check it. Bookmark here

Of course, I had to explain everything, and they reported it to the Head Maid.Bookmark here

“So, it is my prerogative to know who planned the attack in his room.” the Head Maid turned to me, and showed my injuries, “As you can see, his face had bruises and his hand suffered wounds. Because of your insolence, it disturbed Her Holiness from her rest and had to come and heal him. Do you understand what you have just done?”Bookmark here

No one from the maids dared to answer. The atmosphere was thick and suffocating; all of them hid their friends’ deeds. But everyone of us knew that interrupting the Saint’s sleep for something as stupid as this was not a trivial matter.Bookmark here

Ah, everyone! Her Holiness has arrived!”Bookmark here

Everyone bowed down before the Saint, who was wearing her sleeping dress and didn’t hide her annoyance at what happened. Of course, not wishing to stand out, I joined the bowing crowd as well.Bookmark here

“Head Maid,” the Saint spoke, “if I may add as well, Kuro got repeatedly hit with books earlier in the library. This is contrary to what I ordered.”Bookmark here

“What?” the Head Maid was red and her voice was heavy and stern, “You didn’t tell me about this, Kuro.”Bookmark here

Ah…I forgot.” Well, of course, I didn’t forget. But I never wanted further trouble for something so childish, so I said nothing.Bookmark here

“Yep, Kuro wanted to keep it to himself because he didn’t want trouble.” the Saint read my mind and broadcasted my thoughts to everyone. Bookmark here

This girl…Bookmark here

“I hate liars.” the Head Maid muttered, but I heard it anyway. My chest was heavy, and I averted my gaze from her.Bookmark here

“Well, Head Maid.” Her Holiness sat on the garden chair in front of everyone as she talked, “Why don’t we ask Kuro for the identity of those unruly maids who dared to violate my order.”Bookmark here

“Kuh…”,Bookmark here

The eyes of the people in the courtyard immediately fell on me. To be honest, from where I stood, I could properly tell who among them attacked me in my room. Deep inside, there’s a triumphant feeling welling-up that’s saying…Bookmark here

Time for revenge, fuckers!Bookmark here

However, there’s something that’s bugging my mind…Bookmark here

Uh…Her Holiness…”Bookmark here

“Yes, Kuro?”Bookmark here

“If I identified my attackers, what will you do to them?”Bookmark here

“Punish them of course.”Bookmark here

“Like?”Bookmark here

“Remove them from their work. Their entire department.” she casually said, along with the light waving of her hand, “The leader should be responsible for the misconduct of her subordinates.”Bookmark here

Man, that’s harsh. Bookmark here

But, now that I thought of it, on Earth it’s almost the same. Companies would dismiss their employees on grounds of not following instructions, or in worst cases, they would get fired because they were not well-liked by their peers and the bosses.Bookmark here

I guess, no matter what world you are in, the principles are the same, huh?Bookmark here

Oh well, it’s how society works.Bookmark here

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Uh…are you sure of your report, Kuro?” the Head Maid, with a doubtful stare, asked me.Bookmark here

“Yep.”Bookmark here

“Then what about the story you told the guards earlier?”Bookmark here

“It’s a lie.”Bookmark here

I heard her sigh, “Though I know this is quite hard to believe—you doing some strange exercise before going to bed and ended up injuring yourself, I guess we’ll stop with our investigation for now. However, I will still look into those flying books at the library.”Bookmark here

“S-Sure,” I replied. My eyes went towards where Her Holiness sat. I knew she could read my mind, but she remained silent all the while as I told those lies to the Head Maid.Bookmark here

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Her face had the ‘I-know-what-you-just-did’ expression. Yep, she read my mind.Bookmark here

The Head Maid dismissed the entire servant staff, having identified no one. If you think I’m being a good person, well, I’m not. It’s just a strategy of putting out a small fire before it gets too large. Imagine if I identify my attackers and they got dismissed. The other maids would be afraid, of course. But will it be enough to stop them if they hate me that much?Bookmark here

I didn’t want to create a living hell out of my potential workplace. These girls are fanatics!Bookmark here

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Well, I guess the trouble’s dead for now, so I guess I’d return to my room for the time being, huh? Bookmark here

“If you’ll excuse me…” I went on my way back.Bookmark here

“Kuro.” it was the Saint. She had a nasty grin on her face, “I guess I’m wrong about you being boring; what you did is interesting.”Bookmark here

Uhh…thanks, I guess,” I replied curtly, not wishing to talk to anyone right now. Bookmark here

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