That day was the first time since I entered the academy that I was able to rest.
I’ve had several holidays so far, but I was so busy with my living environment that I didn’t have time to take a break.
It was a rare holiday.
I also wanted to stay in my room and read for a long time, but unfortunately, I have an appointment today.
Do you want to go out next time I’m on vacation? “I wanted to thank you for teaching me my homework.
I remembered what Elisa had said to me in the library.
“I’m going to ask Elisa to show me around the capital today.
Elisa said she knew a lot about food.
And there are old bookstores and the like.
I think it’ll be a good experience to go to the center of the city and get to know the latest culture of this era.
However, there was one problem.
At Asria Magic Academy, students are required to fill out an “outing form” when they go out.
It is said that most of the students agree to it, but there are some cases that they don’t get the permission to go out when the teacher is on duty.
“What’s wrong, Abell?
As I was walking and praying that I wouldn’t be so unlucky, an acquaintance called out to me.
“…… Liz, what are you doing?
I saw Lilith sitting on a chair next to the school gate, reading as if she had nothing else to do.
I’m in charge of monitoring the students to make sure they don’t go out without permission.
I see… So that’s how it is…
That would be just fine.
If it’s a teacher I don’t like, there’s a chance I won’t get permission to go out.
Especially if it’s that gym teacher called Kanter, I’m prepared for the worst, but since it’s Lilith, I’ll be fine.
I’ll take this…
“…… Outing form? That’s pretty rare.
“Yeah. I have to go down the street.
Am I thinking too much?
I felt that Lilith, who had received the outgoing order, had a slightly different expression.
“…… Speaking of which, I received the same application earlier from someone named Elisa who is in the same class as Abel-sama.
Hmmm…? What’s going on?
Liz’s attitude today was a little different than usual.
Specifically, I feel as if this is the first time I’ve heard a student topic other than mine from Liz.
It seems interesting, so let’s tease her a little.
Is that so? That’s a coincidence.
“Is Abel-sama going out with that Elisa?
“I don’t know. What do you think?
“…… Abel-sama, could you please come over here for a moment?
The action Lillith took next startled me.
Lilith somehow abruptly dragged me behind the trees in front of the school.
“Hey, what the hell are you doing ……
“Lord Abell …… Forgive me for being rude.
I was about to ask, when Liz suddenly kissed up and gagged me.
In my mouth, a faint sweet fragrance spread out.
“Hoo ah …… umjo …… Abel-sama ……
Whew, doesn’t the word TPO (time, place, occasion) exist in this woman’s dictionary?
I should have warned you that this was not allowed in school.
The fact that we have a relationship between a man and a woman is a top secret that has not been revealed to anyone.
Of course, I don’t intend to tell anyone in the future.
This is because…
Now our relationship is between teacher and student.
If people around us find out that we’re having a relationship, it could become a problem.
“Eh, look at that. Isn’t that person over there Lilith-sensei?
“Really yeah. I don’t know what she’s doing.
Alas, we immediately fell into an unpleasant situation.
Although we were hiding behind trees, we weren’t completely hidden from view.
The suspicious schoolgirls approached us with footsteps.
Lilith belatedly noticed the approach of the schoolgirls and hastily moved her lips.
“Abel-san, I’ve told you several times. Remember to request permission before you go out. Listen, I’ve always felt that you lacked the self-awareness of a student at Asriel’s School of Magic. By the way, the Aslea School of Magic continues the tradition of …….
I’m glad this woman can make things up in a hurry.
You’re the one who doesn’t feel like a school teacher, and you’re the one who suddenly attacked a student.
“What? You’re giving a lecture?
“Wait a minute, what do you think you’re doing? But to be honest, I’m kind of looking forward to it, too.
The schoolgirl who thought I was just getting a verbal warning turned around and left as if nothing had happened.
What are you thinking? Suddenly doing that kind of thing.
Even I was scared to death.
I’m sorry, but if I’d been a little late, the consequences would have been disastrous.
I’m sorry. I’m sorry, but I suddenly want to get intimate with you.
That’s a nice way of putting it.
And then I thought.
Why did Lilith suddenly kiss me?
Alas, even if I was as inexperienced in love as I was in my previous life, I’m not so dull that I can’t find another case now.
I’m afraid that Lilith is jealous because she knows I’m going out with Elisa.
“It’s not jealousy first…
Lilith seemed to have sensed what I was thinking and made an abrupt pre-emptive move.
“It’s not jealousy.
“It’s strange. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen your heart shake.
“Anyway, the application to go out is approved, so please be careful out there.
With those words, Lilith turned around and ran away from me like she was running away.
This revealed her unexpected weakness.
Lilith, who usually has a relaxed expression, seems to have an almost strange sense of shame about the fact that I think she’s jealous.
I don’t know why–
That’s when I accidentally thought Lilith was ‘cute’.
I left the academy without any problems and slowly walked along the river road.
There seemed to be plenty of time until we met.
I took a stroll and enjoyed the scenery of the city while walking towards the center of the royal capital.
In the west area where we are, there are many research institutes and schools in addition to the Asria Magic Academy.
Therefore, I saw students from time to time.
There were students from the school district, and there were also students wearing uniforms that I had never seen before.
I looked at them carelessly from the side and walked towards the central area.
Across the lapis lazuli-like blue stone paving is the bell tower, which is the designated meeting place.
Is it almost 11:00? I arrived slightly too early.
But the person I was supposed to meet seemed to have arrived earlier than me.
“Sorry, did I keep you waiting?
I made my way through the crowd and the target was there.
She’s wearing a uniform as usual, but with the clock tower in the background, the atmosphere looks different.
In this woman’s case, just because she doesn’t look good, she looks like a painting no matter where she is, and that makes me angry.
“No, I’ve just arrived, but ……
“I’m a little surprised. I never thought I’d hear the word ‘sorry’ from Abel.
Gosh, she’s just as bad as ever.
What does this woman think of me?
“Come, let’s go. I’ll lead you today as your escort.
Oh, a flower girl, huh?
It’s a shame that I have to rely on such a little girl.
However, I also want to go to the center of the royal capital and learn the latest culture of this era.
I don’t know what Elisa’s reason is for asking me out, but I’ll take advantage of her kindness now.
First of all, …… is right, it’s not often that I come here, so would you like to see this clock tower before you go? There’s a lookout inside.
“Okay. All right.
The clock tower we’re in now is called the Reuven Memorial Clock Tower.
I’m not sure what it was built for.
I’ve never seen or heard of it in my day, 200 years ago.
“Do you know, Abel? I’ve heard that this clock tower, on a clear day like today, has a panoramic view of the royal capital.
I left Elisa, who was talking happily like a child, behind and climbed the narrow staircase in the clock tower.
Halfway up the stairs, I saw some interesting machinery.
So it was.
This is quite interesting.
In front of me is the inside of this huge clock in the clock tower.
All sorts of gears, large and small, are arranged, and the escapement forks are constantly swinging.
The structure of this huge mechanical clock is so intricate and regular that it seems to be able to hold one’s attention for several hours.
“Look! Today you can even see the sea!
Elisa, who was walking a little ahead of me, peeked out of the small window of the clock tower and said, “Well, it seems like it’s an early spring day.
Well, it seems that today is a standard early spring day, the weather is beautiful and the sea looks especially bright.
Floating in the sea was a boat …… No.
“Huh? Does that mean the steamer? Doesn’t Abel know about steamships?
“Steamship” means the one that sails on magic rock?
The steamboat was spitting out cloud-like smoke from its chimney and was moving on the sea.
From this distance, I could see it clearly, so the steamship was quite big.
In addition to that, I asked Elisa about various things, big and small.
Elisa told me all kinds of information and answered my questions.
Well, Elisa’s presence did help a little.
Even though I had knowledge of most things from books, I still felt a lot of emotions when I saw them in person.
I think I was able to see a lot of things today.
The two of us, Elisa and I, were walking in the well-equipped King’s Capital.
But it’s amazing…
Don’t look at me like that, I think I’ve learned a lot about the new culture of this era.
However, what is the reality?
This town is still full of things that are not clear.
The most typical example is this shop right here.
I got curious and asked Elisa, who was walking beside me.
There was the mysterious shopkeeper who was making a loud, chattering noise.
The clientele was a mix of men, women, and children, students and the elderly.
Hmmm… How should I explain this? …… It’s said to be a place called an amusement park in the world.
An amusement park? What’s the place for?
“A shop where people with nothing to do waste their time and money.
What’s with the mysterious shopkeeper?
The explanation I just gave you made me a little more interested.
Compared to 200 years ago, the standard of magicians has declined, but there seems to be a significant development in the field of ‘entertainment’.
I think it’s because people’s interest has shifted from ‘fighting’ to ‘recreation’ because of the long-standing peace.
It’s rare to come here, so do you want to walk around a bit before you go?
“Oh, yeah. To be honest, I rarely come to these places either.
We passed through the automatic doors and entered the amusement park.
Inside, a unique atmosphere prevailed.
Although there were table games I was familiar with, such as cards and chess, the overwhelming presence of this place was felt at the very back.
It was a strange prop that kept making a loud noise.
I had read about it in a book before.
I think it’s a game machine called “Mrs. Pachinko”.
How it works is as follows
First, the player buys tokens from the dealer as chips and puts them into the machine.
The slot machine adds tokens with a certain chance of hitting the jackpot.
It is said that the tokens can be exchanged for cash.
I don’t really understand the psychology of it, but the customer will bet a lot of money for the tokens that “might” increase.
The skeleton replica next to me suddenly started to talk.
Attention, students, the carousel-type machine in front of you cannot be played by minors. Let’s use the all-age machine over there.
Thank you for being such a bitch – I thought to myself as I glanced toward the slot machine area.
The customers were playing slot machines obsessively, as if they were possessed by something.
What is it that drives the people here?
In short, it’s a world you can’t understand even if you’re interested.
I don’t know, it’s an amazing world.
“Yes, it is. It’s like a completely unknown culture.
We moved in the direction of the skull replica.
We opened the manual door and entered the next section.
The atmosphere here is very different.
Unlike the colorful slot machines, the atmosphere is relaxed and the lights are bright.
“Eh! Look! There’s fun stuff there!
What Elisa was pointing at as she said that was also a wonderfully shaped machine.
It was a four square transparent box.
The top half of the case had a claw-like arm that looked like a dragon’s claw.
I’ve seen this machine in a book before.
As I recall, it was a game machine called “Grabber”.
Look, there’s a Mini-Monster doll! I love this series!
Among the many machines, Elisa was particularly interested in the Q-tip monster dolls.
Upon closer inspection, this doll seemed familiar.
“What’s a mini-monster?
When I ask, Elisa’s like, “That’s what I was waiting for! The explanation begins.
Minibeasts are the characterization of legendary monsters that have existed in this world. There are over 200 of them! It’s said that the young people in the city are becoming more and more popular.
“I see. So that’s it.
That’s why I thought that face looked familiar.
The monsters in this transparent cabinet are all guys I’ve fought before.
I’m sure I like this character called Camis. Even if I’m being polite, he’s not the kind of guy that girls would scream at, but he’s the kind of guy that’s good at fighting.
That’s what Elisa, who loves ‘strong’ characters, would say.
“That’s true. Camis is a strong opponent.
Camis, with its lion-headed snake body, is a mutated monster that has been uncontrolled by the magical elements coming out of the ground.
It is about five meters in length.
Even though it is an ordinary monster, it is still a huge monster.
The trickiest thing about Camis is the nature of the special breath it emits.
Its vomit has the property of turning all organic matter to stone, so the average adventurer couldn’t handle it, so I sent the brave team I belonged to.
It was a brutal time.
By the time we got there, Gamis had already turned three villages to stone.
The petrified breath was difficult to deal with, but I managed to get rid of it by using wind magic. But after that, I had to develop the “Stone Breaking Magic” to save the villagers.
I met Elisa’s eyes.
I can’t believe I was so careless.
It’s one of my bad habits that I’ve had for a long time when I talk about the enemies I’ve fought.
After all, in my previous life, I thought “fighting” was the greatest entertainment.
Humans all talk more than usual when they tell happy memories, right?
Alisha giggled unexpectedly.
“So Abell can make jokes like that too. I’m always surprised.
“…… Oh, I’m fine.
It’s not a joke, but it’s the truth, so I’ll just forget about it for now.
Elisa looked at Camis on the other side of the cabinet and sighed.
“Am I weird? There are obviously so many other, cuter monsters.
Oh, I didn’t know that Elisa would say such things to an adolescent girl.
The truth is, “I’m different from the people around me” is a common problem for most people of Elisa’s age.
I think it’s normal. What’s more important than appearance is your inner ‘essence’.
“That’s true. That’s true.
Elisa seemed to like what I said and nodded her head like a garlic patch.
The truth is, Camis isn’t as cute as she seems.
The Camis doll in this transparent cabinet has been Q-edited to make it more approachable.
…… I don’t know why, but I can’t stop thinking about this incongruous curve of her body.
After that, Elisa was not shy about sticking her butt up and staring directly at the Camis doll.
I think it would be better if you were a little more self-conscious about your eye-catching appearance, huh?
Seemingly attracted by Elisa’s defenseless appearance, I felt the eyes of the men around me start to focus.
“Do you want that doll?
Alyssa seemed visibly shaken by what I was saying.
There’s really no way.
Just hurry up and take one and get out of here.
I took my purse out of my uniform pocket.
“Yes, I really wanted to …… but it’s impossible! There’s no way you can pick up a doll that big with such small jaws!
Elisa’s words made a bit of sense.
This machine containing the 『Minibeasts』 seemed to be a little popular and showed signs of being played with a few times.
A few of the dolls inside had fallen.
However, it seems that no one has been caught.
It can’t be… I’m suspicious, and I’m using my analytical eye to analyze the structure of this game machine.
It seems that this machine was not intended to let the player get the dolls from the beginning.
The power of the clamping claw is set to the minimum, so it seems that it is difficult to catch the doll no matter how much money is spent.
Also, the handling of the jaws is intentionally set poorly.
It’s a shady way to do business.
I’m relieved. This way I can do it without any worries.
Only someone who doesn’t know any better would say something like that. That’s the job of a magician, isn’t it?
I didn’t want to steal the doll.
Rather, I am honestly going to put a specified amount of coins into the machine.
I will then use “Grip Strength”, which is a magic trick.
After that, all you have to do is operate the lever and move the position of the claw to the top of Carmice.
Ka-ching. Knock knock knock knock knock knock.
I get the doll with ease.
The battle with Camis that had spanned 200 years had ended without incident.
“Take it. This is what you wanted, right?
Elisa accepted the doll, and for the next few moments, she looked “puzzled” and confused.
Finally, she covered the lower part of her face with the doll in her hand, and finally broke the silence and spoke.
“…… I’ll just take it. I’ll treasure it.
We left the amusement park after successfully obtaining the dolls.
I don’t know why…
After that, Alyssa refused to meet my eyes at all, and the atmosphere became strangely distant.