TLN: A second chapter! Woop woop!
When I returned to our table, Nina-san and Lucy spoke to me with faces of amazement and worry.
So these two with good ears heard it, huh.
“Takki-dono, I heard that you were rude to Princess Sofia…” (Fujiwara)
“I messed up, Fuji-yan.” (Makoto)
“Takatsuki-kun, eat something sweet and calm down.” (Aya)
Sa-san recommends me a cake <snicker>.
There’s even this?
“That’s unexpected. To think Takatsuki-sama would get so angry.” (Nina)
“But you know, even though they brushed him aside when he pleaded so desperately 2 years ago, they forgot about it, and carefreely told him to become their ally. Of course he would get angry!” (Lucy)
Lucy is emotional, but she always takes my side.
I am grateful for that part of hers.
“Takki-dono, are you going to leave Makkaren, and move to Highland?” (Fujiwara)
Fuji-yan said sadly.
“Hmm, the bodyguard of the princess told me to leave after all…” (Makoto)
“Are you going to the country of Sakurai-kun?” (Aya)
Sa-san is eating donuts and fruits.
Aren’t you eating too much?
“I don’t have anywhere else in mind after all.” (Makoto)
“Then I will be going there too.” (Aya)
Hm? I look at Sa-san.
“What are you making that weird face for? I am the one who has nowhere else in mind aside from being at your side, Takatsuki-kun.” (Aya)
With a face of ‘Isn’t that obvious?’, she gulps down her wine.
Donuts and wine don’t go together.
“Hmm, Highland, huh…” (Lucy)
Lucy is making a complicated expression.
“Are you against going to Highland, Lucy?” (Makoto)
“Takatsuki-sama, Highland is a human supremacist culture. It is a country that’s difficult to live in for an elf like Lucy-sama, and beastkin like me.” (Nina)
Eh? Is that so? I didn’t know.
“The demi-humans and beastkin receive worse treatment than humans. I don’t really like it that much. Rozes doesn’t have that much in the discrimination department, which I like-desu zo.” (Fujiwara)
“So you have chosen your tastes over business huh, Fuji-yan.” (Makoto)
“Of course-desu zo!” (Fujiwara)
A friend that doesn’t break character.
“Nina-san, you don’t like Highland?” (Makoto)
“The nobles and merchants of that country immediately try to sexually harass beastkin. Even so, it is not like I can treat the customers badly, so I have to be careful.” (Nina)
Hmm, Nina-san doesn’t have a good impression of the Sun Country either.
“Moreover, if a lamia like Sasaki-dono were to be exposed, it would be out in an instant. You would definitely be pursued.” (Fujiwara)
“I see… Now that you mention it, if Highland were to discover my religion, it would be bad…” (Makoto)
“““It is bad in any country.”””
The 3 others aside from Sa-san retorted.
Is that so…
“Now that I think about it properly, it would be sad to not be able to meet Lucas-san, Mary-san, and the skewer stall old man again. Jean and Emily too…” (Makoto)
“Rethinking about leaving the country?” (Fujiwara)
Fuji-yan says with expectation.
“Hmm, should I lower my head to Princess Sofia…?” (Makoto)
After going all in like that, it really makes me hesitate.
Should I try asking Sakurai-kun?
While I was pondering about this…
“Hey there, that just now was quite the disaster, wasn’t it?”
The one who came was the refreshing handsome hero, Sakurai-kun.
This bastard! Whose fault do you think it is that I am worrying here?!
“You called me to a weird gathering there, so it ended up in such a problem. What will you do about it?” (Makoto)
For now, I try to blame him with a straight gaze.
There’s Yokoyama-san at the side of Sakurai-kun, positioned in a way as if hiding from us.
“It is okay. If you enter the Sun Knight Order, I will do my all to help you out.” (Sakurai)
Sakurai-kun says with a smile.
Wait, I don’t understand what you are saying though.
“I will never join.” (Makoto)
The Sun Knight Order is basically the army, right?
There’s no way a go-home club guy like me can enter a group that’s like the gathering of athletic people! Get a clue!
I have the confidence to say that I would drop-out in one day.
“T-Takatsuki-kun, about today…uhm…thanks.” (Yokoyama)
Yokoyama-san lowered her head to me.
It is rare for her to speak to me.
Or more like, is she a bit scared?
“I didn’t do anything big.” (Makoto)
“W-What are you saying? You used Monarch Magic that only a handful of people in Highland can use, and were the second biggest contributor in this time’s subjugation of the Taboo Dragons!” (Yokoyama)
A lot of people were talking about the Monarch Magic, but they are all forgetting the fact that it required 1 week of preparation to use it one time.
“Well, leaving that aside, need something, Sakurai-kun?” (Makoto)
“Right. Actually, Great Sage-sama said she wanted to meet you, Takatsuki-kun…or more like, the Spirit User.” (Sakurai)
“W-Wow! The Great Sage-sama that rarely shows herself in front of others! Nice, Makoto.” (Lucy)
Lucy is getting happy as if it were her.
“Eeh…I don’t want to meet any more big shots though. Can I skip it?” (Makoto)
I had a terrible experience not that long ago.
I was partly at fault there too though.
“Takki-dono…the Great Sage-sama is the 3rd most influential person in the Sun Country. It would be best if you were to accept it…” (Fujiwara)
“Makoto! Don’t be selfish.” (Lucy)
My comrades were pressuring me.
I really have to go, huh.
“Do I have to go alone?” (Makoto)
“No, she said it is okay to come with your comrades too.” (Sakurai)
“Okay, Lucy and Sa-san, let’s go together.” (Makoto)
I feel uneasy on my own.
“Is it okay? Yay!”, Lucy jumps in happiness.
“Eeeh? That sounds like a pain. I’m fine”, Sa-san makes an unwilling expression.
I am gonna drag my friend that has been eating carefreely all this time.
“Fuji-yan, what about you?” (Makoto)
“Hmm…I do want to meet her, but I can’t leave this table empty, so I will stay.” (Fujiwara)
“Takatsuki-sama, don’t pick a fight with the Great Sage-sama, okay?” (Nina)
“I won’t do that…” (Makoto)
My evaluation in Nina-san’s eyes has lowered.
We were led by Sakurai-kun to the camp of the Sun Knight Order.
“What kind of person is the White Great Sage, Lucy?” (Makoto)
“She is the greatest mage of this continent. You already know that, right?” (Lucy)
“I don’t know in detail just what kind of person she is.” (Makoto)
In the classes of the temple, we were simply taught that she is a mage with influence in the Sun Country.
“The first Great Sage-sama is a hero that fought together with the Saviour Abel against the Great Demon Lord 1,000 years ago. The person we are meeting is the 15th generation.” (Sakurai)
“Hmm, but even if the 1st was great, that doesn’t have anything to do with their descendants.” (Aya)
Sa-san says something sharp.
Please don’t say that in front of the person herself, okay?
I thought the same though.
“That’s not it, Aya. The Great Sage-sama has the [Inherit] Skill.” (Lucy)
“The power of the 1st has been handed over in each generation. That’s the reason why she is called the continent’s strongest.” (Sakurai)
“Huuh, I see.” (Aya)
So she is inheriting the power of the legendary mage as it is?
That sounds strong.
While we were talking, we arrived at a giant tent.
A ringing sound echoes inside my head.
(Ma…ko…to. Makoto! Stop…don’t enter…that place! …Damn it!…) (Noah)
Goddess-sama? What’s the matter?
(Meeting her…is…) (Noah)
What’s going on?
This is the first time the communication has been this choppy.
What should I do…? Would it be better to not meet the Great Sage?
“Great Sage-sama, it is the captain of the 7th division, Sakurai. I have brought the Spirit User, Takatsuki-kun.” (Sakurai)
Sakurai-kun’s call is directed to the inside of the tent.