Chapter 13 – The Former Demon king, Relaxing With His Partner
—A few days later, the day before the ‘Magic Guild’ entrance exam (Yuuki’s Point Of View)—
With a thud, I lay down on the bed at the inn.
I could hear people’s voices coming from outside the window.
Maybe it’s because the inn was located in the middle of town, so I can hear the sound of the street very well.
“I’ve brought you some tea. Yuuki-sama”
“Martha. Can I open the curtains?”
“If you wish, Yuuki-sama. Don’t worry, Martha will take full responsibility if anyone finds out”
“I’m sorry. I won’t say it anymore”
I have to be patient.
Because I’m sure Martha would love to open the curtains as much as I do.
The princess’s visit is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Supposedly, Martha would have wanted to see the princess too.
This is the town’s inn.
I’m supposed to wait here while Her Royal Highness visit the Baron household.
The maid, Martha, and another two servants from the mansion came with me to the inn. Martha is staying in the room next to mine.
Because I’ve told the other two, “Think of it as a vacation”, so I guess they’re probably relaxing in their room now.
In the end, Xellos nii-sama’s exam was to be held as planned.
Nobody said anything about Clara-san and Barnes-san.
I don’t know about the royal family or the ‘Magic Guild’……but maybe after the exam, they will announce the tutor Kachel’s mistake and punish him.
As far as I’m concerned, as long as Xellos nii-sama’s exam go well, that’s all that matters to me.
“……I’ll behave. After all, it’s not like I have any desire to see Her Royal Highness”
I sipped the tea Martha had made for me.
It has the usual temperature and taste. As expected of Martha.
“Would you like to join me for a tea, Martha?”
“Yes. Then, I’ll go get a cup”
“I’ll wait. And I won’t open the curtains too”
“I believe in you. Yuuki-sama”
Martha left the room and came back with a cup in her hand.
When I offer her a chair, she just sits down.
This is not the mansion. She doesn’t have to follow the aristocratic rules.
“Since you’re bored, would you like to read a book? Yuuki-sama”
“The books that Kachel-sensei got for me?”
“‘The Magnificent Magic Guild’ | ‘The Glory of Those Who Joined the Magic Guild’ | ‘The Importance of Class System’, these three books were prepared for you”
“I don’t want to read them”
Martha smiled wryly when I sighed.
In the meantime, I think it’s not so bad to be locked up in the inn.
And…since I’m outside, I want to experiment with magic.
The girl I met in the mountains was using the fire ‘Ancient Magic’. I memorized the movement of her fingers. If I draw the same crest, I should be able to use the same magic too. What would happen if it’s used on the bats and Dick…?
“……I have lot of work to do”
This is what makes a mage addicted to magic.
When one learns magic, one can do more. The more one can do, the more one wants to learn.
Over time, the aim becomes about increasing what one can do, not what one does, and end up with a life of research.
I’ve seen such person in my past life. It wasn’t a good one.
“Come to think of it, does Martha ever think about the future?”
“Yuuki-sama is smart, so I think you should become a politician in this country”
“This is not about me”
“After all, you told me the ‘Ridara Flower’ is good for coughs, didn’t you? Because of that, my mother’s condition has improved! Where did you learn about that!?”
“From some merchant. I met him when I left the mansion and came to town”
“Yuuki-sama is really amazing…”
Martha’s mother is chronically ill.
Every time when I visit her, I would use my ‘Purification’ skill on her, but the treatment takes time.
So I brought her some flowers to help with her coughs. If it’s placed at the bedside, it can ease the irritation of the throat a bit.
I told Martha that a merchant from the east had told me about them.
Of course, it’s true. Though I’m not talking about my current life, but my past life.
“I wish Yuuki-sama could take the ‘Magic Guild’ exam too”
“It’s troublesome, so no thanks”
“Did you know? I’ve heard that the exam is now held in the ‘Kitoraru Forest’”
“Not the mountains and the swamp?”
“There were 3 candidate sites. It is said that the mountain behind the mansion is absolutely not good and the swamp was a no-go because of its mysterious nature”
“I guess so”
I guess the girl Clara, and the old man Barnes would judge so.
After all, they were attacked by the ‘Dark Bear’ in the mountains where the tutor Kachel, had reported that it was super safe, so Kachel’s words no longer have any credibility.
When it comes to the swamp, it is no good too, because the movements will be limited.
The only other place where magic can be used without being seen is the ‘Kitoraru Forest’.
The princess should be within the domain by now.
I wonder if Clara and the old man Barnes will also be accompanying her there.
She looked exactly like Lyle’s daughter, Alice.
“Martha, let’s say…”
“What is it, Yuuki-sama?”
“I’d like to ask you a few questions…but before that, I need a little more honey in my tea”
“Please brush your teeth before going to bed”
“More than 20 minutes?”
“I’m not a child after all. By the way, Martha is the only child, right?”
“This is just an example, but let’s say if there’s a girl who are a little older than me, and she looks exactly like your mother, Melisa, would you suspect her blood relations?”
“Yuuki-sama thinks there’s something wrong with my family background?”
“For example, I mean. It’s about an acquaintance”
“Someone that you know?”
“For example, if there was a girl who looks like the daughter of someone I thought of as my son, should I suspect her blood relations?”
“I heard there were 3 people who looked alike in this world”
“So if I were you, I wouldn’t judge by the face, I’d judge by something else”
“For example, my mother is very good at baking apple pies. Okaa-san’s pies are very delicious”
“I know. Melisa’s pie is my favorite too”
“But it is said that okaa-san learnt it from my grandmother. And my grandmother got it from my great-grandmother. That’s why everyone in my family loves apple pie”
“So you’re saying that I can judge by what kind of food she likes?”
“Hmm. But that’s a trait that cannot be passed down unless one lived in the same family”
“No, that’s enough”
It’s unlikely I’ll ever meet Clara Listeth again, though.
I think I won’t even have the chance to ask her what her favorite food is.
It’s also unknown if Alice’s favorite food, ‘venison thin crust pie wrapped in spicy sauce’, is still around in this era.
“It was helpful. Thank you, Martha”
“I appreciate it. If I had to leave the household, I’d want Martha to follow me”
“I wish to work in the mansion until Lumia-sama is married”
“Martha’s ideas are helpful. As an ordinary person’s perspective”
“If it’s a passionate invitation, then I’ll consider it”
“That will be after my coming of age…when I turn about 15 years old”
“Then, when I come of age too, I will give you an answer again.”
Martha and I sipped our tea together.
“Come to think of it, there was a package delivered to my house when I was away”
“It was a ‘Dark Bear’ nail. Although It was burnt, but it made good money”
“I didn’t know there was such a nice person”
“I wonder who could it be? But okaa-san was very happy”
Martha and I sipped our tea together again.
This is not bad too.
It would be nice if Martha and I could spend the time together like this.
……If I go to the ‘Magic Guild’, I wonder if there are such ‘Ancient Magic’ too?
“……this is just a delusion”
“What kind of delusion? Yuuki-sama”
“I can’t tell Martha”
“It might come true if it’s a passionate invitation though?”
“……I think you’re misunderstanding something”
“Let’s make sure of that when I wash your hair next time”
Stop smiling boldly while holding your maid uniform’s chest. Martha.
“Yuuki-sama! Is Yuuki-sama here?!”
Suddenly, there was the sound of footsteps and the door was opened.
The one who came in was a maid sent from the mansion.
“I’m here. After all, Martha will get mad at me if I were to disappear”
“You sounded like you’d run off if this Martha wasn’t here”
“I think I’d at least try to avoid being noticed”
“Martha is doing a splendid work. A model of the maid”
“Great. Oh, pass me the honey”
“You’re putting too much into it. Yuuki-sama”
As she spoke, Martha brought the honey pot to me—
“Now’s not the time for that! Yuuki-sama and Martha too”
“Help me put back the honey pot”
“……Baron-sama has requested that Yuuki-sama return to the mansion”
“We have received a notice from Her Royal Highness’s messenger to have the entire Baron household to greet her. Please return to the mansion at once. Yuuki-sama!”