ZAP – Chapter 7: Sumire learns about the isekai

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◇Sumire’s POV◇

“Then, first, I will guide you inside the Lykeion Academy, okay?” (Eugene)

“Okay! I will be counting on you, Eugene-san!” (Sumire)

I nervously followed after Eugene-san. 

I spent the night in a private room of a big hospital. 

I will stay there for 7 days which is apparently to observe my state. 

I don’t really feel like there’s anything off in my body though.

It was apparently to tell me about a variety of things I have to be aware of in my isekai lifestyle. 

That’s right, I -Sashiogi Sumire- have reincarnated in an isekai! 

…I remembered my family name. 

But aside from my name, my other memories are hazy. 

I do remember that I was a Japanese person and was born and raised in Tokyo. 

My house was in Shinagawa City, and I have memories of playing with my little sister at the park close to the canal. 

I faintly remember the faces of my family, but the faces of my friends…I barely even remember them. 

And the memories of my past life are slowly growing fainter as if they were a dream. 

(…Maybe my memories of my past life were just an illusion…?) (Sumire)

I even thought that. 

But I have no time to remember about my past life. 

My isekai life was really hectic. 

The language barrier is somehow being solved with the magic bracelet the king gave me, but everything else is a culture shock for me. 

The food, clothing, lifestyle, tools; I have to learn it all from zero. 

But it is a relief that they are welcoming me so courteously. 

It is because I am an otherworlder.

The Gods of this world have apparently told them to treasure the otherworlders. 

Thank the gods! 

“Sumire-san, over here.” (Eugene)

“Y-Yes!” (Sumire)

I snap back to reality with the words of Eugene-san.

I am getting an explanation about the facilities in the magic academy from Eugene-san.

“This will be your classroom, Sumire-san. It is called the Special Class, and you will be taking personal lessons from a teacher for a while. If I remember correctly, the one in charge is Rin-sensei. I will introduce the teacher later.” (Eugene)

“This here is the cafeteria. It is open from 8:00 to 20:00, so you can use it whenever you please. If I remember correctly, you get an allowance to accommodate your daily expenses since you are an otherworlder, right?” (Eugene)

“This is the training ground. The warriors and mages use this place. Me? …I don’t come here much as a Barriermancer.” (Eugene)

Eugene-san kindly explained to me. 

I wrote it down so I don’t forget about it. 

“This is the staffroom. Ah, Rin-sensei is here. I will go call her.” (Eugene)

Saying this, Eugene-san walked to the place where a pretty fox-eared sensei was at.

Those fox ears…are real, right? 

This world has people called beastkin, and there’s people who have cat ears and dog ears. 

Looks like the one in charge of me is the fox-eared beastkin sensei. 

The Sensei came to where I am.

“So you are the rumored otherworlder. I am Rin, the one who will be teaching you. If there’s anything you don’t understand, please ask me. I heard that you would be spending your days in the hospital for a while though…” (Rin)

“Yes, my name is Sashiogi Sumire! Nice to meet you! I have been told to enter the academy’s dormitory after 1 week in the hospital.” (Sumire)

“Good. You might already know this, but the Academy Principal has designated Eugene as your guardian. I would technically be an assistant in that. If you have anything you find hard consulting a man, don’t hesitate to come to me.” (Rin)

“Y-Yes…I will be counting on you.” (Sumire)

“Yup, count on me.” (Rin)

Rin-sensei is a female teacher, but her way of speaking is like that of a man. 

What a cool sensei. 

If something happens, let’s consult with her. 

But my guardian is solely Eugene-san. 

Because that’s the order of the King. 

Eugene-san being my guardian despite being a student feels a bit off for me. 

But you are considered an adult in this world once you reach 15 years old.

He is an adult at 17 years old. 

Rin-sensei must be busy, so she quickly returned to her seat. 

The one who guided me again was Eugene-san.

“Eugene-san, I will be troubling you again.” (Sumire)

I said this shamefully and he chuckled. 

“It is a direct order from the King and head of the academy. It is an honor. Also, the pay is good.” (Eugene)

So it seems.

Work… Work, huh. 

Those words squeezed my heart a bit. 

A hard to describe feeling. 

Would he be uninvolved with me if it weren’t his job anymore…? 

No no!

Don’t get gloomy! 

I pushed those weird thoughts to a corner of my mind. 

I was taught about the main facilities of the academy in around an hour. 

“With this, we have finished going around the main facilities, but is there any other place you want to check out? The academy is big, so I think it will be impossible to memorize them all in one go, but was there any place that piqued your interest?” (Eugene)

Eugene-san turned around and asked me. 

“Uhm, I would like to do one more round so I don’t get lost.” (Sumire)

“Got it. Then, let’s go around the whole academy while looking at the map.” (Eugene)

Eugene-san didn’t make a single displeased face and complied with my request. 

What a gentleman. 

I watched the back of Eugene-san as he explained about the academy in a calm demeanor while I remembered about the time I met him. 

—Inside the hellish fire.

He extended his hand kindly towards me while smiling. 

Taking my hand and…

Just remembering that made my face burn. 

(Eugene-san…was cool at that time.) (Sumire)

He must be popular. 

“Ah, speaking of which, I asked Rin-sensei just now, but it seems like your student handbook and student ID are ready, so let’s go to the academic affairs division to get it.” (Eugene)

“Okay.” (Sumire)

I nodded obediently. 

“Also, there’s the student council room close to the academic affairs division, so I will guide you there while at it.” (Eugene)

“If I remember correctly, the student council is an incredibly big organization, right?” (Sumire)

I heard that from Sensei.

So even an isekai has student councils. That’s interesting! -is what I thought. 

“Yeah, the student council is treated as a club, but it is one of the strongest factions in the academy. The one other big faction is the swordsmanship club.” (Eugene)

“I see~.” (Sumire)

So those two are the peerless ones. 

Swordsman club… That really sounds isekai-like. 

“Are there no clubs for mages?” (Sumire)

“Of course there are. But magic is completely different depending on the element after all.” (Eugene)

The clubs are apparently separated finely by elements. 

Moreover, the respective elements don’t get along with each other that well…

“Sounds complicated.” (Sumire)

“Well, you will get used to it eventually.” (Eugene)

I was taught a variety of other things, but there was so much I couldn’t remember all of it. 

“By the way, Eugene-san, what club are you in?” (Sumire)

“…The Animal Club.” (Eugene)

“Animal Club!” (Sumire)

That’s different from my impression of Eugene-san, and it is cute. 

This is an isekai, so maybe there is stuff like fairies and unicorns? 

“Can I go check it out later?” (Sumire)

“Well, I am fine with that…” (Eugene)

“?” 

He doesn’t seem too into it.

Is there something he doesn’t want others to see? 

While I was thinking that, Eugene-san entered the academic affairs building.

I follow after him. 

I received my student ID and student handbook from the old lady at the counter. 

I did, but…

“Eugene-san, the student handbook is big.” (Sumire)

He called it a handbook, so I was imagining a small one, but it is as heavy as a hardcover book. 

It is heavy enough to require two hands to carry it. 

I don’t want to carry this around.

“Sumire-san, try saying ‘Close Book’ while holding your student handbook.” (Eugene)

“Uhm…C-Close Book…?” (Sumire)

The next instant, the student handbook disappeared without making a sound. 

“Eeeh?! Eugene-san, my student handbook disappeared!” (Sumire)

“Next, try saying ‘Open Book’.” (Eugene)

“Open Book…?” (Sumire)

This time, the student handbook suddenly appeared on my hand! 

“Wawawa!” (Sumire)

“And so, you can bring it out at any time like that.” (Eugene)

W-Wow! 

This makes it easy to carry around. 

“The student handbook of the magic academy also serves as your personal ID, and it is an important document that shows your personal information, Status, and skills. Make sure not to leave it out in the open the whole time and store it with Close Book.” (Eugene)

“G-Got it! …Close Book!” (Sumire)

“Now then, let’s check out the student council room.” (Eugene)

Saying this, Eugene-san headed to a neighboring big 3-story building. 

Is this the building where we will find the student council room? 

“Eugene-san, what’s this building?” (Sumire)

This is the student council room.” (Eugene)

“…Eh?” (Sumire)

T-This?

This is not a room, but a whole building though…

“In this academy, club activities are important, and clubs that have accomplishments are given buildings. The Student Council is a prominent organization even in the academy, so their clubroom is also big.” (Eugene)

“I see~.” (Sumire)

It is true that the clubrooms in our world would be bigger depending on the size of the club too, but…having a whole building for themselves is impressive. 

The scale in isekais is big. 

“You can freely come and go into the 1st floor of the student council’s building. There’s even consultation windows for people who have worries about club activities and classes. You have Rin-sensei, so I don’t think you will have any need for that though.” (Eugene)

“I also have you, Eugene.” (Sumire)

“Y-Yeah. That’s true.” (Eugene)

When I said this, Eugene smiled as if a bit embarrassed about that. 

If I have any worries, I am thinking of consulting Eugene-san. 

He is really easy to talk to after all.

But…

(Does Eugene-san have a girlfriend?) (Sumire)

If he does, she might get angry about me monopolizing him the whole time. 

But there’s no shadow of a woman in the way Eugene-san speaks. 

It would be nice if he doesn’t have one. 

N-No, there’s no deep meaning in that though! 

“Oh my, isn’t that Eugene-kun? That’s rare.” 

A female student spoke to us on the 1st floor of the student council’s building.

Judging from her armband, it seems she is from the student council. 

“Hello. Are we an inconvenience?” (Eugene)

“No way. You are always welcome. By the way, who is the girl there?” 

“Sashiogi Sumire-san. A transfer student.” (Eugene)

The one rumored to have come from a parallel world?! I am honored to meet you. I am Teresia of general affairs in the student council. It is a pleasure!” (Teresia)

“Y-Yeah…I am Sashiogi Sumire. Nice to meet you.” (Sumire)

Judging from her reaction, my name must have spread quite a great deal inside the academy. 

That’s a bit embarrassing.

“Teresia is in charge of the consultation window that I spoke to you about just now. If anything troubles you, you can consult with her.” (Eugene)

“Fufufu, come at any time. I will bring out tasty tea and pastries.” (Teresia)

That’s a bit enticing.

Teresia-san really gives off the feeling of being really easy to speak to.

“Well then, it is about time we go Sumire-san.” (Eugene)

“Okay. Teresia-san, sorry for the intrusion.” (Sumire)

Eugene-san and I bowed and were about to leave.

But Teresia-san looked like she wanted to say something.

“Eugene-kun, you won’t go meet the President?” (Teresia)

“It would just cause trouble.” (Eugene)

“I…don’t think that’s the case though.” (Teresia)

“Please send my regards.” (Eugene)

Looks like there’s some underlying circumstances. 

It bothers me a bit, but it is hard to ask. 

Maybe I should try asking later. 

At that moment, several male students came in from the entrance. 

Everyone has a good physique and has weapons hanging at their waist. 

They seem like martial artists. 

Wow, it really does feel like an isekai! 

They carry around weapons like normal! 

They seemed to be chatting, but once they noticed us, their expressions changed.

Their eyes grew sharp and they approached us. 

W-What is it?

“Oi, Eugene, what is the one in charge of the menial labor in the Animal Club doing here?” 

“Could it be that you are still following the President around?” 

“You have nothing to do with the President, Eugene!”

“Hey, stop it already.” (Teresia)

Teresia-san stopped the male students that were bothering us. 

“Let’s go, Sumire-san.” (Eugene)

“O-Okay…” (Sumire)

Eugene-san ignored them. 

But the men moved and blocked our way. 

“Oi, don’t ignore us, Eugene.” 

“Oh, you are bringing along a cute girl.” 

“Hey, you, come play with us instead of him.” 

One of the men tried to put a hand on my shoulder.

(Eh?!) (Sumire)

I winced without being able to do anything. 

*Grab!*

But Eugene-san grabbed the arm of that man. 

“Can’t you see she dislikes this? Stop it.” (Eugene)

 “Hah?! What are you playing cool here?! Let go!” 

The man tried to tear himself away from his grasp, but Eugene-san was not budging an inch. 

“D-Damn it! I can’t move it!” 

Eugene-san eventually let go and the man finally moved away. 

“You…are you picking a fight with us?!” 

How does that even work?! 

You are the ones picking a fight! 

But the male students surrounded us. 

“E-Eugene-san…what should we do?” (Sumire)

“How troubling.” (Eugene)

His face when he said this…

(Eh…? He doesn’t seem to be that troubled at all…?) (Sumire)

I noticed instinctively

Eugene-san is incredibly calm here. 

He is not worried at all here. 

Then, I don’t need to worry? 

It is actually the male students who were not calm here. 

“Oi, what if he got injured?!” 

The guy at the side of the one who got his arm grabbed threw in a complaint. 

“Want me to cast healing magic on him?” (Eugene)

“That’s not my point!” 

…Could Eugene-san be…an airhead? 

“It is quite noisy out here. Did something happen? 

At that moment, one tall, slender, and beautiful female student came down from the stairs. 

“President!” (Teresia)

I heard the voice of Teresia-san. 

At the same time as this happened, the men in battle stance immediately take distance from us. 

If I had to, I would describe her as a single sweet and lovely flower. 

Glistening silver hair and lapis lazuli eyes. 

Her way of walking, her posture, her way of speaking all had elegance in them. 

It seems like she is the magic academy’s student council president. 

“Why is there clamor here?” 

The words of that girl made the people bothering Eugene-san fall silent.

They are avoiding eye-contact awkwardly. 

What’s with that attitude?! 

That’s totally different from just a few seconds ago! 

The student council president then directed her gaze at us.

And then, her expression suddenly changed.

She showed a surprised expression for an instant and then a big smile. 

“Eugene?! You came to meet me, right?!” 

Saying this, she jumped into the chest of Eugene-san.

E-Eeeeeeeh?!!!

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