Study Magic in My Free Time - Chapter 20: Standing on My Own
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A few days later, the aforementioned important person is finally coming.
The guild master had requested Asuna and me to take part in a welcome ceremony.
It’s quite easy to do. All I needed to do is to stand in a row outside the town gate, and just greet that person with applause when he arrives.
Of course, the commoners will also take part, but those recommended by the Guild will have to take the front row.
For people who belonged to a guild with no backers, being seen first by nobles can greatly affect their life.
That’s why, for the utmost front row, there are a lot of people standing so they could be seen.
It’s a kind of reward.
Asuna and I got recommended for our contributions in subjugating 2 monster caterpillars.
That’s why we’re standing here right now.
By the way, my father Charles, and my eldest brother Albrevit is on the side to greet and pick up the guest.
Father looked at me with a complicated expression when he saw me lined up in the front row, but Albrevit talked to me
while sporting a really dazzling smile.
“To think that you will stand there this soon, it seems that I’m not wrong for recommending you to the Hunter Guild. I’m looking forward
for your future.”
He said that and then left.
“A-re, Isn’t that Liam’s brother? Somehow… he gives off a bad vibe…”
Asuna who heard us from the side unusually became displeased.
“What do you mean?”
“He’s clearly bragging, you know. Right now, you’re there, I’m here, that kind of thing.”
I see, I never thought about that.
Then, it adds up a lot of things.
I’ve been the fifth son of a noble for a few months but, even with that, I’ve heard some story about the turmoil
inside the house… that’s why I can imagine.
For the eldest son Albrevit, his brothers are pretty much a hindrance.
If one of his brothers showed to be excellent, it will threaten his standing as the successor of the house.
That’s why he recommended me to the Hunter Guild. Because I will be focusing on my activity as a hunter, sooner or later, I will automatically drop out of the successor race.
So that’s what he’s happy about.
Well, since I will be using my power to gain my freedom, the feeling’s mutual.
Shortly thereafter, a large carriage followed by a daimyo-like parade had come, followed by
a trail of bodyguards and servants behind it.
The temporary parade that runs along the road was greeted by welcoming applause, and the carriage stopped in front
of my father and elder brother.
From the carriage, an elder person descended.
My father and elder brother, although they looked to be conversing with each other normally, there’s a subtle awkwardness
Maybe it’s a person with a higher standing than us.
“Ah. He looked over here…”
Maybe it’s from the expectation of being seen first by such an important person, but when his gaze turned to our direction,
Asuna got really pumped up.
“…..why am I here?”
My father prepared the best mansion in the city for the elderly important person, and I’m in one of its parlors right now.
I am waiting here alone because he summoned me especially.
While waiting without knowing why I got summoned, gacha, the door opened and the elderly guest came in.
He stopped his bodyguards that are about to follow inside with his hand, then, they closed the door, leaving only us inside.
After that, he sat opposite of me.
“The name is James Stenry.”
[TL: I really got tempted to write it as Stanlee, though it does sound more fit with the raw スタンリー]
“My name is Liam Hamilton.”
“Hamilton? You’re Charles’?”
“I’m the Fifth son.”
“I see… well, I could care less about that.”
The elder, James, plainly said.
“Rather than that, I want to ask what kind of relationship you have with Raymond.”
I tilted my head.
I don’t have a memory with a person with that name.
“That ring… it’s Raymond’s, right?”
James pointed at my finger with a bitter face.
Precisely, he pointed at Magicpedia.
“Did you steal it after killing him?”
“You’re wrong, I received this from my master.”
Then I talked about the meeting with my master.
James, who listened to my story silently then laughed out loud.
“Fu-hahahahahaha!!! That’s really like him. To hide under the lamp… it’s understandable to hide in the most dangerous
place. I see… he took a disciple.”
[TL: idk, I think he’s talking about to hide from great darkness it’s obvious to do it in the most dangerous place]
Somehow, he believed me but,… master.
You… for your acquaintance to not be shocked, so you are always doing dangerous things daily, huh.
“I looked at you when I was on the roadside earlier but, that position is obviously not for the Hamilton House member but for the Guild recommendation… are you a member?”
“Yes, for Hunter Guild.”
“What did you do?”
I told him about the caterpillar monsters, and that I defeated it by dropping a rock from above.
“Fu-hahahaha!!! Good, that’s good. That Raymond, he took in a good disciple.”
He laughed out loud again.
James raised his voice to call for someone.
The door opened, and a lone male came in.
He’s the one that’s about to get in but stopped by James.
“Stand right there. Liam, try releasing your best attack magic at him.”
“I want to see your power with my own eyes.”
I took a deep breath, gathered my concentration, and turned towards the man named Simon.
I was told about it, and when I tried searching the topic, apparently, the chant will temporarily enhance your magic’s upper limit.
And because the chant was something that will [Shake your own soul], it’s better to use words that will resound with your heart.
So I recited my chant.
Yes, those three are female names. I called the name of song princesses that I admired successfully in turn.
[Tl: pervy boy ey you :)))]
“—-[Magic Missile], 11 continuous shots!”
Chantless limit is 7, but using chant, my limit went past to 11.
I shot 11 magic missiles towards Simon.
Though, It collided with something on the way.
It’s a magic barrier.
My magic missile continuously collided with the barrier, and then-Pakin!
The barrier broke, and 2 shots hit Simon’s body.
Simon who got his barrier broken, showed signs of agony and staggered.
“Fuhahaha! That’s his specialty, continuous magic, huh. Good, you’re really good…”
“Haa… thank you very much.”
“Fifth son, huh… by joining the guild, you are focusing to be independent for your future, right?”
“Umu, then first, let’s make you into a knight.”
“After that, you can be independent.”
The talk is proceeding smoothly.
The next day, a formal royal decree from the country came down, and I was officially appointed as a knight.
Knight is a status that’s acknowledged by the country, and for commoners they also called knights as semi-nobles.
In reality, it’s still far from being a noble but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s a proof that a person is acknowledged
by the country.
With this, even when I was planning to stay at Hamilton House until adulthood but now,
I had become independent and can stand on my own.
Translator and Editor Notes:
So much hate for this chapter, there are too many unnecessary words that are making me confused.
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