Chapter 2 Part 3
“It feels… so good… Ah… I can’t stand it… my voice is leaking…”
“I know, right? It feels good, doesn’t it? So good that it makes you squeal?”
No, but it really does feel good. I am really surprised that master is so skilled.
“I enjoy giving massages. But… only to beautiful boys, of course.”
“I think it’s a very intense hobby.”
“At my age, I don’t have much of a sex drive anymore. I just want to love beautiful things. That’s where the massages come in.”
“I’m supposed to take care of the fledglings. It wouldn’t hurt to let me enjoy the sight and feel of them in my hands.”
“It’s better if you keep quiet about it because it will cause a misunderstanding.”
And so, I got a massage for about an hour, and it really felt good.
Every nook and cranny of my muscles were loosened, and I really felt refreshed and reborn.
“All right, that’s it. You can go outside now.”
“Thank you very much.”
I then left Sasha’s waiting room and muttered, “Ahh, that felt so good” ──
── That was when my eyes met Anastasia’s, who seemed to be waiting anxiously.
“It felt… good? Master?”
“Um, uh… you got it wrong, Anastasia!”
“Um, er… M-M-M-Master… I-I……”
Anastasia ran down the hallway with tears in her eyes. No, she is running away.
“Master has… Master has…!”
“No, it’s a misunderstanding, Anastasia! Wait, please wait! Or rather, why are you running away covering your bottom!?”
“I don’t know! I don’t know anything about the world of Yaoi! I have no idea what was going on in there!”
You know what I mean!
But I did not want to leave her with a misunderstanding. And, just as I was about to chase after Anastasia, Maria ran up to me and patted me on the shoulder.
“E-E-Ephthal? Hold on? Um… how should I put it… don’t mind it!”
Maria, who has always been impulsive, is worried about me!?
“L-L-Look! Seems like it felt good! S-S-So it’s all good, isn’t it!?”
It was all good, huh…
“How did it go, Ephthal-sama? Your muscles have loosened, haven’t they?”
Merlin’s words caused Maria to try to keep up somehow at a furious pace.
“And by muscles, you mean buttocks muscles!?”
*Splurt* Merlin burst into laughter upon hearing Maria’s words.
She then quivered and crumpled to the ground, seemingly trying desperately to hold back her laughter. Oh, I see… So that’s what it was.
“Hey, Merlin? You knew about this, didn’t you? Including what was going to happen.”
“Yes, I was aware of it. Because if Ephthal-sama is in real danger… I would have taken action.”
“The joke is not funny when it’s overdone, you know!”
And so, with a huge sigh, I thought of the ups and downs of the training camp.
── Three days have passed.
In other words, it was four days before going for the training camp, and I heard that it would be a month-long.
So I was packing in my room at the mansion when Merlin came to visit me.
“As I said before, I’ll do the packing myself, so you don’t have to help me. Oh, and of course, I don’t need a servant.”
“No, I can’t allow that.”
She seemed to want to talk to me, so I said to her, “You may come in”.
“So, what is it, Merlin? Oh, that’s right, before that, I want to ask you one thing…”
“What is it?”
“Is Sasha also weakened by Magia Burst?”
“No, he was in hibernation at the time of the incident… In other words, he stopped the time with that secret method of his, so he is an exception. He can still use Level 10 Magic.”
Ah… I knew it.
I mean, that thing is too dangerous of existence, so he should be weakened a bit.
“Now, leaving that aside, let’s get to the real issue at hand. The man who is going to be in charge of Ephthal-sama’s group at the training camp has a few peculiarities.”
Speaking of which, I wonder if that person would be giving a trial lesson as an orientation before the training camp starts.
“As an instructor, he can recognize a certain level of excellence, but… he has a tendency to overdo things.”
“Hmm… Isn’t it good to be strict? Since that’s how I trained you too, Merlin.”
Merlin then shook her head.
“No, it’s not. It’s far from that. In the case of Ephthal-sama, there was kindness within the strictness… and love for nurturing the younger generation of mages. All of your direct apprentices, including myself, respect you.”
“It’s a little embarrassing to hear you say that to my face.”
“But behind the scenes, there was a stream of abusive remarks, such as ‘damn thunder nincompoop’ or ‘training regime of hell, isn’t he more like a Demon King?’.”
“That’s harsh, you know!?”
“No, no, it was out of respect. I never participated in the malicious gossip, but my fellow brothers and sisters in arms all laughed while saying such things, and it’s true that everyone thought of Ephthal-sama as a father figure.”
“Well, since it was four hundred years ago, let’s just say that it is all water under the bridge.”
Remembering everyone’s face, I naturally smiled.
When Merlin saw my smile, she returned it with another smile as well, as if she was nostalgic for the old days.
“In any case, that thing is quite different from Ephthal-sama’s strictness. He is only concerned about his own eminence, and treats his students as objects… although he hasn’t been punished yet because of the results and lack of clear evidence.”
“There are also a few allegations that he took advantage of his position to engage in sexual acts with female students.”
I thought there was nothing wrong with his conduct up until that revelation.
I thought so anyway, but I guess that is the real issue. Yeah, that is definitely a no-no.
“…He’s kind of a bad person, isn’t he?”
“That’s why he was demoted to become a staff member of the training camp. There are many signs of violence, obscenities, power harassment… and various other criminal acts, but we can’t get testimony to see if he is threatening the students.”
“If he’s being disrespectful to Ephthal-sama and you find him offensive, you are free to beat him up.”
“No, beat him up, you say…”
“In other words, he is problematic enough that such a thing can be expected. The academy has an extraterritorial, self-governing organization… But I will give Ephthal-sama the right to sanction and punish criminals on campus by using force. This is because he won’t reveal his criminal acts unless he’s dealing with students… that’s part of the reason.”
“Yes, you can really beat him up.”
said Merlin with a smile.
“Well, I’ll just wait and see what happens.”