WM – Chapter 54: Takatsuki Makoto speaks with the Princess

“The Makkaren Adventurer, Takatsuki Makoto, don’t make Princess Noel wait!” 

You don’t need to call me by full name each time. I hear you.

“Do I have to go?” (Makoto)

I try asking my comrades.

“Of course you have to!” (Lucy)

“Takatsuki-sama, you must not make a careless mistake.” (Nina)

“Do your best~.” (Aya)

Sa-san who is gulping down roast beef waves her hand at me.

Damn it, treating this as if it is someone else’s business.

I walk with heavy steps towards the place where the knight order and the noble-like bunch is gathered. 

I feel like the tables and food are completely different from those of the Hero Bar.

Intricately designed tables, extravagant-looking bottles of wine, and exquisite dishes lined up. Can I grab a few?

“Hey there, Takatsuki-kun.” (Sakurai)

“Aah, Sakurai-kun. I was called here for some reason.” (Makoto)

“I was talking about Takatsuki-kun to Princess Noel, and she said she would love to have a talk with you.” (Sakurai)

So it was your fault!

I look at him with resentful eyes and he went ‘sorry sorry’ and apologized. And then, I was brought in front of an elegant woman.

At her side there’s the old man that has been managing this event for a while now.

If I remember correctly, the prime minister counselor? 

“You are Takatsuki Makoto, huh. Hmph, that’s no attire to have in front of a princess.” 

“…”

What is this old man saying after calling me here all of a sudden? 

“What’s your profession?” 

“…Apprentice magician.” (Makoto)

I am a Spirit User, but even if I have the Skill, it isn’t accepted as a profession.

So, I speak out the profession that’s written in my Soul Book.

“Apprentice, you say?! You are not one of the comrades that came with the heroes from the parallel world?! To think a lowly commoner like you is—” 

“Robert, I called him. Stand back.” 

“Yes, my apologies.” 

The old man named Robert reluctantly takes a step back.

I don’t think I can get along with that guy.

“Nice to meet you, Makoto-sama. I am the Sun Princess, Noel Highland. Your help in the subjugation of the Taboo Dragons was a great achievement.” (Noel)

Her clear voice is like a musical instrument and it passed through my ears pleasantly.

She has beautiful blonde hair and big blue eyes.

A princess drawn in paintings was right in front of me.

“I am Takatsuki Makoto. Thank you very much. But Sakurai-kun defeated the Taboo Dragons on his own.” (Makoto)

“That’s not true. It is thanks to Takatsuki-kun that there wasn’t a single casualty.” (Sakurai)

Sakurai-kun came from the side.

“Oh my, you two get along well.” (Noel)

Noel-ojousama is all smiles.

Her smile is charming, and it even made me wonder whether it actually had charm magic on it.

I heard that she is one of the most influential people from the biggest country of this continent, but she is a lot more straightforward of a person than I imagined.

“I will be giving you our thanks officially eventually. This time around, it is only for greetings.” (Noel)

“Uhm, I am honored to be able to speak with you.” (Makoto)

No good, I don’t know what to even say. 

Sakurai-kun! Save me!

I glanced at my classmate.

“Princess Noel, he is a skilled mage. How about inviting him to the kingdom as a guest?” (Sakurai)

No! That’s not what I was asking, Sakurai-kun.

Read the mood! 

“It is rare for Ryousuke-sama to say that. But he is a citizen of the Water Country of Rozes. We would get scolded by Sofia-sama, you know? Isn’t that right, Sofia-sama?” (Noel)

Geh, now that she mentions it, she is indeed here.

I glanced for a bit, and there was the princess of Rozes, the Water Oracle, Princess Sofia standing there.

“Yes, he is part of our country. Nice to meet you, Takatsuki Makoto. Thanks for your hard work on this occasion.” (Sofia)

“…”

This girl, has she forgotten about me?

Well, there’s no way a princess would remember the face of each person she has met only once.

Should I be saying ‘nice to meet you’ here too? While I was thinking that, the knight at her side shouted at me.

Aah, it is that guy.

It has been a while.

“How insolent! You are in the presence of Princess Sofia! Kneel!” 

Ah, was it wrong to be standing in front of the princess?

I glance at Princess Noel.

“Today is a formality free day”, is what Princess Noel says with a smile.

Hm, how benevolent.

Princess Noel has a lot of flexibility.

Princess Sofia doesn’t show a single smile as she continues.

“It is okay, Takatsuki Makoto. I’ve heard you are an exemplar mage. I will grant you the divine protection of our Goddess. We will welcome you as a mage of our honorable Water Country.” (Sofia)

Huh? What is this woman saying?

“Be grateful for the generosity of Princess Sofia! I will be wringing you out from today on.” 

The haughty knight at her side is saying something.

It is pissing me off.

My anger of 2 years ago is coming back up.

“No thanks.” (Makoto)

“…What?” 

The knight of Princess Sofia draws nearer.

“You bastard, do you understand your own standing?” 

“Takatsuki Makoto, what is it you are unsatisfied about?” (Sofia)

Ah, these people…

Brazenly saying all that.

“2 years ago, when I desperately pleaded to become a believer of the Water Goddess, you didn’t even spare me a glance, and yet, this time around you are telling me to become your ally? That’s quite shameless there.” (Makoto)

No, that’s not it.

These guys are royalty and nobility and all that stuff, so they are important. 

That’s why it is natural that they act in whatever way they want, and it wouldn’t be a good idea to go against them here.

But wagging my tail here and becoming their subordinate…isn’t something I am looking forward to.

“…Could you possibly be…” (Sofia)

Princess Sofia seems to have remembered something.

“You bastard! What a way to speak to Princess Sofia! Don’t think you can stay in Rozes!” 

The knight by her side was threatening me blatantly.

“Then, I will leave. There’s no way in hell I would work for the sake of a bunch like you.” (Makoto)

Aah, I said it.

(Oh my, Makoto, you are quite quick tempered, huh.) (Noah)

I lack the experience, Goddess-sama.

“Oh, Takatsuki-sama. If you don’t have a place to go to, you are always welcome in Highland, you know.” (Noel)

Princess Noel proposes with a smile.

Princess Sofia at the side is making a displeased expression.

“Takatsuki-kun…if you are troubled by anything, please tell me anytime.” (Sakurai)

“Yeah…thanks, Sakurai-kun.” (Makoto)

I lowered my head lightly to Princess Noel and Sakurai-kun.

And without meeting eyes with Princess Sofia and the knight at her side, I left the place.

Hmm, did I mess up there?

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38 thoughts on “WM – Chapter 54: Takatsuki Makoto speaks with the Princess

  1. Nah, that’s the only reasonable response, at least the only one that doesn’t lead to being forced to work for them, but if the knight keeps being uppity, you might need to show how high your magic proficiency is, even if your mana is low. So long as you don’t kill the knight, it should be okay, and also don’t do it directly in front of the Princesses, they can count it as flaunting a weapon in front of royalty, a threat, social distance safely… at least six feet away from them should be safe.

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  2. Well that was satisfying that Makoto basically told the water princess to go fuck off instead of keeping quiet about his dissatisfaction towards her. Well the others from the sun country aren’t any better with their stuck-up attitude. One of them didn’t even know that Makoto is also an otherworlder and just assumed he was a commoner despite how familiar he talked with the light hero. Well at least Sakurai and Princess Noel both are nice and helpful to Makoto. True there might be some slight self-interest in Noel inviting Makoto to her country but at least she isn’t being pushy about it.

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    1. I can totally see the Sun Princess shouting in her mind “YES! Serve you RIGHT!” at the Water Princess being rejected like that. x)
      Because I think they are quite at odds with the Water Princess trying to leech on the Light Hero and stealing him from them. ^^

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  3. Back in Chapter 4:
    “The Water Oracle, Sofia, didn’t even look back and left.”

    Now, this chapter:
    And without meeting eyes with Princess Sofia and the knight at her side, I left the place.

    I don’t know if I should call it ironic or symbolic but one thing is certain – That is one big slap to Princess Sofia who left him in the same manner when they first met.

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    1. Haughty nobility and royalty hold grudges. It will be interesting to see what the nobles and royalty try to do to disgrace Makoto. The author pays attention to details, so hopefully, the forthcoming dark plotting will be good and meaty.

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  4. Thank you so much for your hard work!

    Ooooh what a chapter! My oh my I do not trust Noel at all. Too many smiles and too much trying to pull Makoto to Highland.

    First time we see Makoto release his resentment and it is wonderful yes yes yes!

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    1. In her defense, just taking this at face value makes plenty of sense.

      Takatsuki is a mage that helped subdue two Taboo Dragons-and he’s already got quite a few achievements to his name even assuming that he didn’t contribute too much in this case-so there’s no need to question his qualifications or ability.

      And besides that, he’s heavily recommended by Sun Hero Sakurai, which means he has the prestige of an otherworlder-which her country gave up scouting privileges on for Sakurai. And the morale boost for her Hero alone might be worth it.

      Even if Takki’s ability bottoms out at merely Iron Rank adventurer, there aren’t really any demerits to adding him to her country’s hand if she can help it.

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      1. Oh certainly no demerits and it is a very logical move to acquire as much power as possible. I was not at all disputing that.

        Rather there is the way she goes about it, something just feels off to me. She doesn’t seem to have the innocence with Sakurai has, trusting that despite his seemingly poor abilities that there should be something he could do.

        I can’t satisfactorily describe the feeling I have but she didn’t blink whatsoever at hearing about him being a Mage apprentice or asking for details on how he achieved what he did. It just seems odd to not be surprised at an apprentice Mage doing what he did. Especially as she doesn’t seem to know his skills or stats given how the only sources of info she has, Sakurai and (I forget the girls name, Yokoyama?) the companion to Sakurai only saw what he did not his updated soul book.

        Also he does have achievements but… those are based in Makkaren and don’t seem to have spread to Laberintos. Whilst being in Laberintos he defeated a Minotaur on his first day there then went to the mid floor (or whichever one it was) and to get to the mid floor you have to beat the Minotaur… based on what information is available for her it doesn’t seem a strong enough reason to push for him to join. Unless Sakurai is really gunning for having Takki-Dono join. However the way Noel acted it almost seemed as though she wanted to take power away from Rozes and strengthen her power base [that is the closest I can get to this feeling I have] which isn’t a bad motive in and of itself but it does lack the earnest innocence that Sakurai has where he wants someone who he seems to genuinely trust and believe in. Although I admit I could be projecting onto Sakurai

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  5. “Takatsuki Makoto, what is it you are unsatisfied about?” (Sofia)
    How about “The length of the leash on your dog.” You don’t keep a rude-ass subordinate at your side unless you’re using them as a proxy to be a rude ass.

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  6. “That’s no attire to have in front of a princess.”
    YOSH! I agree, so I’ll just be going now. Bye.

    Sakurai NO. Please stop dragging Takki into this.

    …Yeah. Rationally, provoking and making enemies here isn’t the smart thing to do, but damn if that wasn’t satisfying. Takatsuki’s been holding on to that grudge for a while now, and the attitude these folks have is awful.

    [Don’t Rock the Boat]
    [Give these Arrogant Pricks a Piece of Your Mind!] <–

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  7. Thanks for the chapter! ^^
    Sakurai using his X level skill [Misunderstanding] and draging him deeper into problems! XD
    And the Sun Princess seem as level headed as I hoped. ^^
    I think that was the best outcome for him because he can’t recieve other blessing without revealing himself after all.
    And this rettribution is so good! x)

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  8. Makoto-San, congrats for making them dissed. I am so proud of what you have done. Just give them some spanking, cause they are doing that rude attitude to everyone else as if its the natural thing to do..

    Ohhh, i remember the Water Priestess ranking was the lowest. Failure to grab a successful believer will leave a bad aftertaste… Its the best feeling you can give them…

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  9. he screwed it, the right move was to say they had already meet and she had already rejected him, then this could be spun back as if a magician like him wont qualify before and qualifies now it can only be because he knows Hero-kun, meaning he is used as a bargaining chip and thats a dangerous position to be

    instead of “i am resented” it should have been “i am scared”

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  10. The officials are so insultingly arrogant to an adventurer who helped slay a dragons. It would make sense if they were trying to sabotage the mission but now that it’s over it’s arrogant stupidity.
    The Water Princess tried to butter him up a bit while inviting him. But assuming that her position & looks will let her knight get away with trying to intimidate an adventurer who took part in dragon slaying is poor statesmanship.
    The sun country princess must be gloating. Not only did her rival’s side ruin chance to obtain a skilled adventurer, but insulted the Light Hero’s comrade.

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  11. Noel to me seems like the type to be the “Best ally/worst enemy” basically if she’s on your side your set. But she is a TERRIFYING enemy. Basically she’ll be cunning but do it in a polite way. She doesn’t stab you in the back… no she makes you stab yourself. Much more amusing and it makes her look like a good person. Basically she’s a person who can read the mood and control it.

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