Study Magic in My Free Time - Chapter 33: A Medal and 3000 Pieces of Gold Coins
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“Did you use that sacred magic to defeat the Evil Dragon?”
“No, that’s not it, but…”
I was so confused… I really don’t know what to answer so, let’s just divert the topic…
“Nevermind that princ–Your highness. What are you doing here?”
“Sir Hamilton– Ah. Right. You are also Sir Hamilton now…” Princess Scarlet laughed.
Royals often call their noble subjects as ‘Sir’.
Even the commoner inside me knows that much since it’s commonly used in a stage play.
And since I’m a baron now, I am also ‘Sir Hamilton’ like my father.
“I asked Sir Hamilton, your father, to tell you a message, didn’t I?”
“Ah, come to think of it… He said that you’ll come.”
“Etto… well then… so, the reason you’re here is…?”
“First, a medal. Defeating the Evil Dragon is a huge achievement. Having said that, those old men in the castle are making a fuss about giving territory to a boy who’s no more than a baron. They keep on saying that it’s against the tradition or something like that…”
It seems like a complicated rule.
“That’s why I will grant you a medal first. Within my discretion, I will grant you a 3rd-Grade Merit Phoenix Medal.”
“A medal, huh?”
I’m a bit perplexed because I’m not sure if I should thank her or not at this point.
“Take it. To support the fact that an Evil Dragon was subjugated, and giving people a peace of mind, it’s important for the one who did it
to be hailed as a hero.”
Before I took over this body, a monster appeared close to the place where I (Liam) lived.
I (Liam) was terrified for a while, but one day, a rumor that it was defeated had spread around.
It’s unbelievable at first but the moment that I (Liam) learned that a famous hunter did it, I (Liam) was relieved. It was that kind of memory.
So like she said, it’s important to give proper recognition to the one responsible for such achievement.
“This is also part of the noble’s duty, right?”
After all, it is essential to give people a sense of security.
“I kinda like your way of thinking, you know.”
“Err… thank you…”
Somehow, I got praised.
“Next… I want to hear your story. How did you defeat that Evil Dragon?”
“How? What do you mean?”
“Depending on the situation, we may need to make it into a heroic tale.”
That’s also understandable.
If the subjugation story is more coherent, the people will feel that it is more credible and thus, feel safer.
I completely understand Princess Scarlet’s intention.
So I took a deep breath and told her everything that went on that day.
How we met with three Radon Juniors in the forest, and how we fought them.
I also told her the devastation that occurred there, and how I used [Another World] to defeat those Radon Juniors.
She listened intently to my explanation halfway through.
However, the moment it went to the part where Radon entered my body, her expression changed.
When I finished, Princess Scarlet’s expression was visibly stiff in a different way from when I began talking to her.
“That Evil Dragon cooperated with a human? More than that, it even gave you the ability to wield Sacred Magic?”
“Yes, that’s the gist of it.”
“That’s impossible… no… but, that was unmistakably sacred magic. That means… our common knowledge was wrong?”
Her face still shows her disbelief from what she had heard.
She had a serious expression while brooding on it, but after a while, she faced me with her unchanged expression.
“Evil Dragon-no, that… Radon? Do you have complete control over its power?”
“It’s more than just control. I can use it normally…”
Radon sometimes talked to me but lately, Radon seems to prefer living quietly inside me.
I, somehow understand its feelings.
I mean, surely, if someone asked for proof of my subjugation, I will also be troubled. That’s why I somewhat understand its intent.
For Radon, as long as I wish for it, then he will continue to stay inside me.
That’s how I felt.
After hearing my answer, she stared at me for a while.
“Please keep quiet about what you just said earlier for a while.”
“Don’t tell it to anyone.”
I was pressured by her menacing glare.
I don’t want to talk about it in the first place but it seems that other than my own feelings, I also received an order from the princess.
The next day, at the mansion entrance hall…
Princess Scarlet’s subordinate came with 3 large boxes on our mansion.
The moment they dropped it down, they also went and opened it.
“I, it’s gold coins!”
“But there’s so much…”
“How much is it? Hundreds… no, thousands?”
The maids who came out together with me to receive the boxes became noisy.
Though I’m also feeling excited.
I asked one of Princess Scarlet’s subordinates. The one who looked like a captain.
“It is a gift from her highness. It’s a reward in honor of subjugating the evil dragon.”
“Evil dragon subjugation!!?”
“It’s amazing to receive a reward so big like this…”
The maids’ reactions vary. Some are shocked, and some agreed with the amount of the reward.
On the other hand, I was convinced in a different way but also shocked.
The reward was already given by Princess Scarlet yesterday.
It’s a medal that she directly gave to me.
But what’s the meaning of these 3000 pieces of gold coins?
That’s the word that came to my mind.
The things I told her yesterday, and the part which she said to not tell to anyone…
This must be the price to keep me quiet.
3000 gold coins of bribe.
It’s a sum enough to build a mansion if I felt like it.
For her to give this much… the extent of this situation is…
She’s practically telling me just how important I am as a human being.
Translator and Editor Notes:
Just where did he come from, huh? Makes you wonder.
idk, why did he concluded that it was one of noble duty when his memory is that of a commoner hunter?
In the raw, that dragon was treated like a landlord and his tenant, Liam really said as long as he didn’t drive him out, then he will stay inside. Is driving out a dragon from inside your soul that easy? Is a contract between dragon and human that one-sided? Only author-san and his mighty brain knows.
I changed “drive it out” to “Wish” so it won’t be that much one-sided.
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