Chapter 7 – The Former Demon King, Praising His Older Brother
“Her Royal Highness?”
”Ah, don’t you know, Yuuki?”
Xellos nii-sama peered into my face.
“Her Royal Highness is going to become a trainee of the ‘Magic Guild’”
“The ‘Rindobell Magic Guild’ also has high ranking noble members. That’s why the royal family also learn magic as trainees. In other words, Her Royal Highness the Princess has already decided to learn magic as a trainee. So you mean as someone on the guild’s side, she is coming here to check Xellos nii-sama’s abilities, right?”
“T, that’s amazing. You’re well aware of that, Yuuki”
“I’ve heard Xellos nii-sama and Kachel-sensei talked about it many times”
That was before I regained the memories of my past life.
It was mentioned many times since the arrival of Kachel-sensei. ‘As a result of my guidance, Xellos-sama will be learning the ‘Ancient Magic’ in the Royal Capital’s ‘Magic Guild’. It’s an unrelated place for Yuuki-kun though’, something like that.
“But Her Royal Highness the Princess specially went to the domain of a Baron?”
”It was worth all the effort I put into it. Of course, if you didn’t have as much magic power as Xellos-sama, it would have been useless even if I make a move on it”
Kachel said that while snorting.
”The ‘Magic Guild’ is the place that manage and maintain the ‘Ancient Magic’. A high level of magic aptitude is required to become a trainee there. Princess Iris Restia, the eighth princess, is a person with a very high aptitude. Her Royal Highness has already decided to study magic at the guild, but she is looking for a partner there. That’s why I bought a talented person to oversee the examination”
“This is indeed a very rare event”
”There are such cases in the Duke family and the Marquis family, but this is the first time to happen in a Baron family. I suppose that’s just how much Xellos-sama’s abilities were evaluated”
“It was all thanks to Kachel-sensei’s guidance!”
“I also did my best to write a letter of recommendation to the ‘Rindobell Magic Guild’”
Having said that, the tutor Kachel looked at me.
He looked at otou-sama with a side glance and cleared his throat, then after that he—
”On the day when Her Royal Highness the Princess is here, I’d like you to stay in the house”
“Inside the house?”
”I won’t let the illegitimate child of the Baron family to be seen by Her Royal Highness the Princess. I want you to close the curtains and conceal yourself without making any sound”
“Sensei!?” “Kachel-dono!? Are you serious!?”
“Please be quiet, Xellos-sama and Baron-sama!”
With a bang, the tutor Kachel tapped Xellos nii-sama on the back.
“Come on. Xellos-sama, please speak to Yuuki-dono as well”
”How can you master magic if you can’t educate your younger brother who are an illegitimate child!? Or do you want to introduce Yuuki-dono to Her Royal Highness? This is your younger brother who are also an illegitimate child. And yet? You’re treating this illegitimate child as an equal to yourself. I’m sure Xellos-sama would get cold shoulder from the other people in the guild’s educational institution!!”
Xellos nii-sama came forward.
It’s been a while since I see Xellos nii-sama from the front.
Nii-sama has blond hair and blue eyes. The hair was inherited from otou-sama and the eyes from the legal wife.
He looked a lot like otou-sama.
That’s why I can’t hate Xellos nii-sama.
“Yuuki. You… don’t appear before Her Royal Highness”
“Yes. Xellos nii-sama”
”Her Royal Highness is a person of royal blood in this country. As an illegitimate child…… you’re not permitted to appear in front of her. You…you…”
Suddenly, the tutor Kachel tapped Xellos nii-sama on the shoulder.
“How can you show your dignity as an older brother by speaking in such a way?”
“Say it more clearly. What do you think of Yuuki-dono, go on!”
Xellos nii-sama hesitated for a bit then looked straight at me.
“You were made by otou-sama on the battlefield, the child of an unknown woman. That black hair and dark eyes, neither of them resembles otou-sama’s. S, such a person will never be shown to Her Royal Highness. Listen, you are absolutely not allowed to leave your room on that day! Do you understand!?”
“Yes, with pleasure”
“For that reason, I’d be happy to comply”
Who wants to meet a princess?
I was once called as the Local Demon King.
The Dean Nosferatu that was feared (unilaterally) as the ‘Immortal Mage’. I would like to keep as much distance as possible from anything related to the royal family.
They were quick to give the adventurers coins and tell them to subdue the Demon King.
A self-proclaimed Hero have been to the old castle in my past life too.
She was starving so I fed her plenty of food and told her I was harmless in which she understood.
After that, she worked hard as a guard for the ‘Fila Village’. Incidentally, she was Lyle’s grandmother.
Anyway, things like the Royal family and the Princess are interminably annoying existence.
I don’t want to get involved with them even after I reincarnated.
”Rest assured, Xellos nii-sama. I will never appear before Her Royal Highness’s sight. As nii-sama says, I will close the curtains and make sure they never find me”
”If you’re worried, I’ll stay at an inn in town on that day. That would definitely not be in the sight of Her Royal Highness the Princess. If I can get otou-sama’s permission, I would be happy to travel somewhere far away too…”
…Otou-sama. Why are you wiping your eyes?
Did I say something bad?
“……I’m sorry. I… had made you say that”
“I wonder if I was making a mistake. In order to join the ranks of the high-ranking noble, I have cornered my child to this point. I…”
Xellos nii-sama clenched his fists and glared at my direction.
“I only told you not to show your face during the examination. But going to the town or going on a trip…are you being sarcastic!? Are you planning to criticize my examination, Yuuki!?”
“I’m not going to do that”
If anything, I’m rooting for you.
I was longing for it in my past life. An older family member.
Therefore, I don’t want to be misunderstood. Let’s be clear here.
“I’m just not interested in the ‘Magic Guild’ or Her Royal Highness the Princess at all”
”I’m content just from being able to live in the Baron family. I don’t want to overreach and meet Her Royal Highness. I just want to be within one’s means”
“As a princess, she will have to learn the etiquette that even otou-sama doesn’t know of. I don’t want to become a disgrace when confronting with such a person. I’d be a laughing stock to the other nobles”
”If possible, I’d like to go to a school for the general public. I want to know how this country came to be by learning and interacting with the common people. Honestly, I don’t really care about the ‘Ancient Magic’ or anything like that anyway. The ‘Sanctuary Church’, which has been destroyed had proven that power alone can’t solve anything”
“To sum it up, I seriously don’t feel any value in meeting the princess at all. So, there you have it, my response to otou-sama, Xellos nii-sama and Kachel-sensei. I pray that nii-sama can join the guild and learn the ‘Ancient Magic’”
It’s not sarcasm or anything that I want to hide when the princess comes, it’s the truth.
Of course, I don’t want to interfere with Xellos nii-sama either. He’s a very important family member after all.
With these words, I’m sure nii-sama would understand—
”D, don’t make fun of meeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!”
“Overreaching!? Beyond one’s means or position!? Becoming a laughing stock to the other nobles!? Are you saying that I’m being unreasonable!? Joining the ‘Magic Guild’ is beyond my means or position, is that what you’re saying!!”
“How did you end up with this argument, Xellos nii-sama!!”
“I think you should be grateful just by being able to stay in this house! You illegitimate child! You’re the child that otou-sama made on the battlefield!! And yet, how dare you look down on me!!”
“Stop it, Xellos!!”
”Yuuki didn’t say that with the intention of looking down on you! Cool your head, Xellos!!”
”If that’s the case…otou-sama. Please have a look at my power!!”
”Otou-sama should know how strong I’ve become. Please let me prove the power of the ‘Ancient Magic’ that was taught by Kachel-sensei in front of Yuuki!!”
”Baron-sama. This Kachel feel the same too, please”
Tutor Kachel stepped forward after glaring at me with a side glance.
“Yuuki-dono is someone who spent his childhood in a remote place. It’s no wonder he doesn’t know the value of the ‘Ancient Magic’. We can show him the difference in power”
“I feel the same too. Otou-sama!!”
Otou-sama looked up and said.
”Someone, bring me a wooden sword! Now, a mock battle between me and Xellos will take place”
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Kind of feel bad for Xellos here. His mind has been so warped that when Yuuki was talking about himself Xellos interpreted Yuuki’s words with his noble teachings and realized they applied to Xellos himself. In truth the status of a baron in the eyes of royalty is not much different then the status of a commoner. Especially since their father is a first generation noble and received their title from war.