Study Magic in My Free Time - Chapter 26: Baron Liam
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Inside the guild that’s getting noisier, Jodi-san who was still oblivious to the change that happened to her.
“Ara, everyone, is there something wrong?”
“What do you mean something wrong? Master, do you have a mirror?”
“A, aa. Wait a minute.”
Master took a mirror from the counter at the back, and turned it towards Jodi-san.
Then, she saw the reflection of herself.
She’s still calm, but there’s a hint of surprise in her eyes.
“What a nostalgic face. Is this the effect of the contract?”
“…it seems that way.”
I managed to calm down from the shock of this rejuvenation phenomenon and nodded silently.
“I see… ah!”
“What is it this time?”
“So this is… what’s called a skill, right?”
She pressed her cheeks with one hand, and the guild became noisier.
“Don’t tell me it’s a unique skill again?”
“It’s not only rejuvenation?”
“Jodi-san, what kind of skill did you get?”
“That’s right… but please wait for a bit…”
She said before exiting the building while I was thinking about what happened to her…
She made us wait for a few minutes while still processing the situation.
Then, she came back bringing a white plate.
On the place, there were 3 neatly cut pieces of sandwich.
Before I can ask what’s going on, she glanced at the surrounding audience inside the building.
“Is there someone injured here?”
While everyone was still shocked by the beautiful girl that got rejuvenated who’s now asking a question to all of them,
a lone man walked to the front.
“My side got gouged a little.”
“Then, please have a bite of this.”
She presented her plate to the man.
The man, while still in wonder, grabbed one sandwich and bit it.
“This is good… but what’s the purpose of–eh?”
The man who ate the sandwich abruptly stopped.
The guild got noisy again.
The man kept on checking his stomach over and over again.
He loosened the bandage that wrapped around his stomach which was smeared with blood.
He continued on unwrapping the bandage… revealing that the wound that was supposed to be open is gone.
The surprised man looked at Jodi-san.
Jodi calmly smiled and gazed at me.
“My cooking… it seems to have a healing effect now.”
Everyone at this place became speechless.
And I turned my gaze at Guild Master.
He’s still looked a bit stunned.
“Amazing… healing wounds by cooking… it’s my first time seeing something like this…”
“The first princess wants to meet with you.”
Inside the mansion’s reception room, I was having a meeting with James.
The shocked me, the smiling James, and the silent young maid who stood quite a distance from us.
Hearing the rumors of my achievement and wanting to meet with me is fine and all. However, he dropped a bombshell
from the beginning of our talk.
“First Princess…. you mean…?”
“Her highness, Scarlet Sherry Jamille.”
“No, I don’t mean the name… princess, that princess?”
“For your achievement of being a mere 12-year-old having the ability to take an A-rank quest from the Hunter Guild. Also for being
a magician with the largest limit of 11 magic slots. With the addition of you being the master of an evolved and rejuvenated familiars.”
He pointed out all my activities with his fingers.
“What you achieved is not something simple. That’s why, knowing that, her highness had taken interest in you. She will come to meet you.”
“B, but should a princess be interested in something small like that?”
“I’m the one reporting those to her.”
I’m so shocked that I unconsciously stood up.
Doing so, my knee hit the table, making the teacup tip over.
The young maid cleaned it up with no complaints.
“It’s because of your standing as a knight. There’s a need to report the activity of someone like you. Do you know the existence of recommended people?
90% of aristocrats or people in a similar position as you have a tendency to cause a problem right after becoming a knight.”
“The fact that they’re acknowledged made them arrogant.”
I see… that is something I understand.
Before I took over this noble fifth son’s body, I have seen a lot of people like that.
It’s as if they’ve suddenly changed into a different person, or their attitude became domineering.
“That’s the gist of it. Her highness was really interested in your familiars. Unique skill included.
Maybe it’s better if you do some demonstration in front of her highness.”
I sat down again.
“That, can I refuse?”
James, and even the maid that was cleaning up, frowned.
I can’t see her because her head’s down facing the table… but I can feel it.
The maid is a commoner and I’m also basically a commoner.
Refusing a princess is not something one would do.
“Those girls are my comrades, not a display.”
“If those powers are needed for somewhere, then I can agree. However, if it’s just because she’s interested thus the desire to see it, then there’s
no way I can agree to it.”
“It’s the first princess, you know?”
“Even if it’s her.”
To be honest, if I refuse here, then I don’t know what will happen in the future.
I am Liam. Though I have taken over the body of a noble’s fifth son, the inside is still a commoner.
It’s because I’m a commoner.
Making the comrades of my party into some sort of display to satisfy a royal curiosity is not something I wanted.
More so now with the familiar contract.
My order is absolute, but I won’t let them do something like that.
If we’re just normal comrades then I can try asking, but because of the absolute submission, I’m even scared to try asking them.
“Understood. I will try to appeal to her. Then what about letting her highness see your magic?”
“If it’s me, then I don’t mind.”
Maybe this is James’ form of rescue.
That’s why I don’t mind having a part.
‘If it’s me, then it doesn’t matter’, is what I tried telling him through my gaze.
The inside of the room after Liam had gone…
James stood up and he bowed deeply to the maid who was sitting beside the table in a tidy posture.
“Please forgive me, your highness. To let you do something like this.”
“It’s fine. The one who proposed playing as a maid is me. That’s why I have to do the part.
It’s not your responsibility.”
The maid stood up and took off her headdress.
Instantly, her tied up hair had spread out.
It was golden colored and it reflects the sunlight shining through the window.
The big difference between royal aristocrats and commoners are hair quality, or so they said.
Because they are well-nourished and their body is well-taken care of, their hair is in
so much better condition than that of a commoner.
Her glittering golden hair alone seems to claim her status as a royal.
The first princess Scarlet Sherry Jamille, even when wearing a maid uniform, began exuding a high-quality aura.
She wanted to know about Liam. That’s why she hid her status and played as a maid.
The result is also to her satisfaction.
“An interesting boy.”
“I can understand why you nominated him to become a knight.”
“Thank you very much.”
“After his appointment as a knight, he didn’t cause any trouble, right?”
“Yes. He did his everyday routine and he seems to devote himself to studying magic.”
“Fumu, then let’s make the boy into a baron.”
“Are you sure?”
“Prior investment. How will it look?”
“….rather, it’s a cheap price. A multiuser magician is already small in quantity… but adding magic power that can
induce evolution in a familiar? It’s a talent that only appears once in 100 years. If he raises his achievements…. we may have to
give him the status of a duke eventually.”
“Then there’s no problem.”
James didn’t respond more than that.
With this, in a place where Liam isn’t even present, is a success path for the fifth son of a nobleman to become a lone noble was achieved.
Translator and Editor Notes:
So………………………..I have nothing to say. Hope you guys enjoy the chapter! ~Tenka
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