Reika-sama – 087

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With Marin-sensei’s help, I managed to get past a term-end exam. I don’t think I did well, though. That’s why I decided I would enroll for summer cram school.
I guess I’m too weak-willed for self study. There’s just too much temptation lying around the house. Each time there was some problem I couldn’t solve I found myself needle felting, or rearranging my room, or something else.
I’ve decided that if I like the cram school I’ll continue doing it in Term 2 as well. So please, anything but the remedials again…

*

The day of the last exam. It finished in the morning so I went home and got changed. Today I had somewhere to be.
The post office. I wanted to deposit some money, and to buy some postage stamps.
It’s actually a small hobby of mine, stamp collecting. It’s fun keeping some of the cute ones. I don’t have anybody to send letters to, though.
I particularly like some of the anime ones, or the ones with cute figures on them. I have some robot anime ones, and some with characters from picture books.
There was also this Rococo Queen one. Naturally I bought some. I think you’re meant to use multiple stamps or something so I bought extras just in case. Not that I have anywhere to send anything right now.
I was a little embarrassed because I was worried somebody would think I was cosplaying her, but I liked these the most so I’m glad I found the courage.
I hope I’ll get to use them though. Aoi-chan would probably accept it with a smile. Maybe I’ll send her something then~

I was wearing something more casual than most of my other outfits, a feminine dress with a ribbon below the chest. There was somewhere else I wanted to go today, so it wouldn’t do to look too much like an ojousama.
Before going to the post office, I was going to have lunch at a soba restaurant, so I chose something less eyecatching.
Geez, I’m so hungry. What should I have~

*

The soba place was in a mall building. Looking at the menu I found myself at a loss. Sansai vegetable soba would be good, but then chilled soba sounded appetising too. Aah, but it has to be tempura soba in the end!

087a

It came with two prawns, and was delicious. I’m glad I picked this. It had plenty of spring onion too, which is good for the blood, right?
Actually it was so delicious that I ended up draining the broth dry. Mn, so satisfied!

*

After relaxing a bit, I headed to the post office, a large one nearby.
The counter was packed with people so I got a ticket and went to browse the stamps.
These animal stamps are pretty nice, but I like these traditional art-themed ones too~ Maybe I’ll get a few of these Japanese Waka poem stamps.
In the end I found some cute animal ones so I decided to buy those this time. I made up my mind to come again someday.
Happily making my way back to counter, I discovered that there was still quite a while until it was my turn. It was packed so there probably wasn’t anywhere to sit either.
Ah well. I’m still young so a bit of standing won’t kill me.
Just as I was thinking that, some salaryman gave me his seat.
What a gentleman! I guess even Japan has learnt the ‘ladies first’ custom. Thank you, nameless salaryman.
I thanked him with a smile and took a seat.
It’s funny how small acts of kindness can really pick up your mood.
Not that I wasn’t still feeling a bit ill from all the tempura soba I ate. I mean, I drank all the broth too.
As I rubbed my tummy unconsciously, the lady next to me asked,

“How many months?”

Months? What months?

“?”

“You look around 5 months, I’d guess? I hope you give birth to a healthy child.”

“…”

… … … …Eh?

Don’t tell me… Don’t tell me I’ve been mistaken for a pregnant woman!?
Why!? Because I rubbed my tummy!?
I’m not! It’s just because my stomach is full!

“…I’m… not pregnant…”

“Eh?”

“There’s no baby in there…”

I tensed my muscles and pulled in my stomach as far as possible. Which wasn’t far, mind.

“Oh, oh goodness, I’m sorry,” she said, looking incredibly awkward as she found somewhere else to sit.

Gasp! Don’t tell me!
I turned around and the salaryman from earlier averted his gaze.
You too!?
So he gave me my seat because he thought I was pregnant!?

Holy hell…
Apparently I became pregnant without realising. I’ll bet some archangel will descend to announce my pregnancy at any moment now. Son of the God of the Fat Country, please hurry up and be born. If not I’ll be stuck with this belly forever.

…Haha. I really need to stop escaping reality. I was just getting fat.
And there was one other thing I needed to accept.
Could it be that I’m aging? Do I look old enough to be happily pregnant already?
Not only am I fat, I’m older-looking too?
Wow, these lights are kind of dazzling. So dazzling that my eyes are tearing up…
And it still wasn’t my turn at the counter yet──

After trying not to cry as I made my way home, I shut myself in my room and transformed into a hula-hooping devil.
Then I did sit-ups and crunches too. I noticed that I was less fit now.

Starting from the next day my lunches were going to be basically salad. I told the girls at school,

“The heat has been a bit much so my appetite has been dwindling…”

Although they replied with stuff like “Get better soon,” I’ll bet they all realised…
At the Pivoine I only drank tea. Apparently today’s snack was blueberry tarts but I couldn’t have any!
People keep recommending this or that but I could only reject them with an excuse about my appetite.
Even looking hurt.
While that was happening, Enjou who happened to pass by suddenly smiled and said,

“Do your best,” before leaving.

He noticed too? Don’t say needless things! You’re making me even hungrier.

*

When I texted Sakura-chan my grievances, she suddenly replied,

“Zazen meditation, and waterfall training. Which do you want?”

Apparently she thought I ought to fix my weak will first. Not that she didn’t have a point. I’m honestly one of those people who are harsh on others but easy on myself.
Anyway, that’s why I now had a trip to a zazen session with Sakura-chan planned.
By the way, Sakura-chan, I’ll probably fall asleep if I keep my eyes shut for more than three minutes but is that okay?
Also for some reason Okaasama suggested I go to some fasting camp with her. So there was that planned too.
Apparently my entire summer break was going to be dedicated to training and losing weight.
Is my third eye finally going to open!?

 


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Turf War – Chapter 14

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Chapter 14 – “Ortissio the Fiend!? We have to escape!”

“Orrr? Where are you?”

I wandered about underground for him.

I checked training rooms A to D but only found Pervert(Nielsen) and Muram. Drenched in sweat as always.

I mean, I can appreciate their efforts but they were still on their 5 kg weights, and were always wheezing after a few dozen push-ups. Still way below the fitness of an average man.

Well whatever. Try your best.

Anyway, the point is Or wasn’t there.

As for where else he might have been… Hm, the break room, or maybe the meeting room…?

I checked all the likely places but found nothing.

Phew, who on earth made this place so big, anyhow. It’s not like I had the time to search every single room.

In the end I decided to just ask somebody. I called out to a passerby.

“Ah~ You there, yes, you!”

“W-, Why if it isn’t Tilea-sama!” he answered nervously.

Gosh, this again!?

Why do all the grunt members get so nervous around me?

It’s tiring!

This is exactly why I didn’t want to ask somebody. Is this boot camp? Am I some colonel? Am I the General? Am I the bloody Demon King! Stop being so frantic around a little girl, already!

Unfortunately, my mental complaints went unheeded because the guy stood stock-still at attention. It felt like he would spend his whole life standing here without my dismissal.

God, this is why shut-in chuunibyou are…

“Um, hey, I’ve already told you guys before but can you not be so stiff around me?”

“Understood, Milady!”

How is that any less stiff.

Well whatever. I suppose I can understand. I mean, not only are they chuunibyou, they’re kind of losers too. A cute girl like me talks to them and they tense right up. I get it. Plus, Timu and I are kind of like the idols of this whole group, so maybe his heart is beating so hard he’s trying not to faint? That’s how it is with idol otaku, right?

I mean, apparently the tickets to my “The Evil God’s Splendrous Techniques” performances have a waiting list and a premium on them. And each time I perform, there are people outside the room watching in.

Actually, Dryas-kun tells me that the demand and supply is so bad that even fights have broken out…

Then again, it is Dryas-kun saying it.

Anyhow, I’m basically like some super idol to them. I’ll be frank. I know I’m hot. But having a bunch of grown men squabble over some random girl like me is kind of disturbing.

No matter how starved for entertainment they are in this world without internet there’s still a point at which I just want to ask them to grow up a bit.
Whatever. I can worry about their futures later. For now there’s something else I need to do.

“Umm, you’re… Gorhon, right?”

“No, Milady. I am Orhon, of the Evil God Army’s 1st Division.”

“Orhon… Right, right, you were Orhon, weren’t you. So Orhon, say…”

“Yes, Milady.”

“Do you have any idea where Or is?”

“Yes, Milady. I believe he is presently inspecting a treasury.”

“Treasury? That’s weeeird… I swear I just checked…”

“Commander Ortissio should be in the Treasury C, Milady.”

“Oh, oka――wha-, C!? There’s a Treasury C?”

“Yes, Milady.”

T-, Then doesn’t that mean there’s an A and a B, or maybe even a Z?

“U-Uh, say, are there other treasuries aside from the one on the right at the end of this hallway?”

“Yes, Milady. From my knowledge there should be roughly ten of them or so…”

Just how freaking rich is this family? That one treasury I do know is already packed to the brim.

Or, aren’t you like the ultimate rich boy!?

No wonder. No wonder he can piss away all that money. Geez, just how deep is his family’s wallet. I can’t imagine that they gathered all this money without dirtying their hands.

I know it sounds prejudiced but that’s how rich people are, right? I can’t let Mum meet him at this rate. It’s bad enough that he’s some spoilt rich boy, but the chuunibyou on top of that? It’s a recipe for disaster.

I’d better have a few words with him first.

“Are you busy right now, Orhon?”

“No, Milady. My commanding officer may be waiting for me but your orders are always the priority.”

“Okay. Then could you pop down to that treasury and call Or for me?”

“As you desire,” he said, before sprinting off. Mmn. I’m happy that he’s taking this so seriously, but isn’t he being a bit too serious? What if he trips. But wow, was he that happy to be speaking to me?

Gosh, these damned chuunibyou! With so many of them gathered here, I’ll never be able to relax.

This is exactly why I need to have a word with Or first. What should I do. Should I just stand next to him the whole time and translate…?

“Tilea-sama, I, Ortissio, have humbly arrived.”

Ortissio arrived while I was thinking.

“That was fast. Were you nearby, Or?”

“No, I was at the northernmost treasury. I offer my sincere apologies for the late arrival.”

“Haha…”

What ‘northernmost’! This underground empire is bigger than the damned town, you know. How could anybody come this quickly from the northernmost tip! Damned Or, trying to act cool even though you were probably just around the corner! This is why I hate dealing with chuunibyou.

“I was thinking that it’s about time for me to start learning teleportation magic as well. There’s a bit of a time loss when merely running with body reinforcement magic.”

“Or, enough about that already.”

“Understood.”

“Or, the truth is that my mum wants to meet you.”

“By your mother, you mean…?”

“She normally lives in Beruga Town but today she’s here in the Capital.”

“Beruga…?”

“Yeah, Beruga where Timu and I came from, and the person who came today is our mother. She is absolutely not Mamira. Got it?” I explained to Or before he jumped to weird conclusions.

Oi, pay attention now. You play make-believe so much that I’m worried you think we actually came from the Demonic Capital Benz or something.

“I understand. So it’s the woman that’s your temporary moth――HEBURAH!”

I smacked him with a backfist.

Hahh, I knew it…

Looks like a repeat of the time with Pervert(Nielsen).
[tln: see chapter 28~30]

It’s not like I was expecting otherwise but god this is such a headache. Maybe I should get Pervert(Nielsen) to help me. After that one time, Pervert(Nielsen) hasn’t ever been disrespectful to Mum. Maybe he’d be the right man to educate Or.

I turned to Orhon who was standing at attention.

“Aah~ Orhon, could I maybe ask you for one more favour?”

“Yes, Milady. Whatever you please.”

“Then could I trouble you to go grab Niel from the training room?”

“I understand. Then I shall go call the General Commander at once,” he said before dashing off again.

I’m counting on you, Orhon, I thought as I nodded in approval.

Pervert(Nielsen) arrived a few minutes later. Also I guess Or had finally recovered because he was standing shakily with his hand to his forehead.

“I have humbly arrived, Tilea-sama,” said Pervert(Nielsen).

“Thanks for coming, Niel. The truth is my Mum is upstairs in the shop right now.”

“Sera-sama…? Then I must make haste and greet her.”

“You’ve really matured, Niel. I’m very pleased with your attitude.”

“You humble me. Sera-sama is the shrine that summoned both Camilla-sama and your august self to this world. How could I not pay her my respects?”

Yepyep, that’s how you’re supposed to act. He was talking like a chuunibyou again, but I’m happy about the attitude behind it.

“Or, do you see how Niel is behaving? This is what you’re lacking right now. Learn from him!”

“Understood. However I cannot understand why General Commander Nielsen is behaving this way. Our guest this time is a mere human――hii!”

I placed my hand above Or’s neck. Then I mimed a chopping motion. Looks like he understood.

“Or, that’s a yelloh cardo. The next time you slip up you’re losing your head.

“M-My deepest apologies. Please, Tilea-sama, please give me another chance,” he begged with tears in his eyes.

Geez, you’re a grown man so don’t you have any shame?

“Hahh, if you’re going to cry about it then how about thinking before you act and not messing up to begin with?”

“M-My deepest apologies. W-, What did I do wrong? …General Commander, where did I err?”

“Ortissio! You lack awareness as a retainer!” he roared.

Mmn, mmn. Make sure to teach him a lesson.

“That’s right, Or. You know, in the past Niel did the same thing.”

“Indeed. It is a shame that will follow me to the grave.”

“Yeah, if I had snapped back then I might really have killed you.”

“The General Commander, executed by Tilea-sama…?” asked Ortissio.

“Yeah, almost. But in the end Niel saw the error of his ways. That’s why I forgave him.”

“I am eternally grateful for your kindness, Tilea-sama,” said Pervert(Nielsen) with a bow.

Pervert(Nielsen) might be a chuunibyou, but being polite is one of his good points.

“Or, I’m not even surprised since it’s a rich boy like you, but you really don’t have any sense. Or, you need to learn from Niel.”

“Understood! I shall meditate deeply on your words. Then, General Commander, might I trouble you to teach this humble fool?”

“Ordinarily a thought-traitor like you would meet with summary execution. However, the one who requested me to reform you was none other than Tilea-sama. I shall forge you into the perfect image of a loyal retainer.”

“As you will.”

With that, Pervert(Nielsen) started to teach him some common sense. I told Or to come up to the shop once he was done with his lesson and headed upstairs myself. I didn’t really want to keep Mum waiting. When I got there I found Mum in the shop looking amazed at the furniture.

“Mum, Or’s going to be here soon.”

“R-Right. Tilea, do you actually know how expensive all these furnishings are…?”

“Ahah! Surprised? I was too, Mum. They look pretty plain at first but to a trained eye they’re all super high class.”

“Tilea! Why are you such a carefree girl! These furnishings alone would be able to pay for four or five normal shops, you know. It’s abnormal that anybody would go this far for you.”

“Geez, it’s not what you’re thinking. Or is just the son of some powerful noble.”

“Goodness, you’re so… Do you think that powerful noble would let his son waste his money out of goodwill?”

“B-But, that’s… Or and I are really tight, and um, my cooking is…”

Mum gave a helpless look at my floundering.

Um, Mum, can you please stop looking like you want to say ‘what am I going to do with this idiot daughter of mine’?

“Huu… I’ve made up my mind, Tilea. I really must talk to this Ortissio-san.”

“It’s, you’re exaggerating, Mum. You’ll get it once you meet him. He’s really not such a big deal.”

“Enough, Tilea. More importantly I’ve seen your account book but you still haven’t shown me the promissory note.”

“Promissory note? We don’t have anything like that.”

“Haaah!? You’re hundreds of millions in debt. How can you not have signed anything! I-, I can’t believe this. What is Ortissio-san thinking?”

“Mmn, but well, a verbal contract is still a contract, right?”

“It is, but…”

Mum looked really troubled. I-, Is it really that big a deal? We’ve got the account book so it’s not like I’ll forget how much I owe.

“It’s fine, Mum. We’ve got the account book so who even needs a promissory note.”

“Hahh~ Tilea, if you don’t have the documents then you can just shirk the debt. The opposite is true as well. How are you going to protect yourself if they claim you promised something you didn’t!”

“You’re such a worrywart, Mum. We’re really relaxed with each other, you know? There’s no way he’d do something so sneaky. Really, just trust me.”

Well, to be honest the relaxed thing is kind of one-way, but if I started talking about evil god armies Mum would probably freak. The point is that he wouldn’t do that. I know what he’s like.

“J-, Just listening to you is giving me a headache…” Mum said, as her feet became a little unsteady.

“Mum, you really don’t have to worry so much.”

“Tilea, you don’t understand just how terrifying nobles can be.”

“No, no, I really do. I mean, they’re nobles, right? Leaving Or aside, nobles are like, really rich and perverted, right? Down with the bourgeoisie!” I said as I mimed a pitchfork. “Am I right?”

“Take this seriously, Tilea!”

“Owowow, Maam, sh-shtop dat!”

Mum kept pulling on my cheeks like taffy.

It’s really not a big deal. It’s Or.

But my carefree attitude was just making Mum more and more suspicious of him.

After finally letting go of my cheeks, Mum’s expression turned strained and she began to talk seriously again.

“Tilea, listen carefully to me. I haven’t always lived in Beruga Town, you know. When I was young I used to live in the Royal Capital, and I was something a bit like an adventurer for a time.”

“Wow~ Really? I had no idea. Is that when you met Dad?”

“Yes. Your Dad and I met while I was still in the Capital. It’s my happiest memory here. But it wasn’t all good things. You see…”

With that, Mum began telling me about her bad memories here. About how horrid the nobles were. About how they would smile gracefully as they trampled on the commoners. And then about all the times her friends and acquaintances had fallen victim to that.

At first I was just listening with interest. But Mum’s stories were horrid, and after just a few minutes my attitude with Or had done a complete turnaround.

This last story was completely skin-crawling. It was about a noble that people said was devil in human skin.

……

…………

……………………

“W-What happened to her?”

“She died. By the end both her body and mind were in tatters. The Fiend had targeted her family from the start. He used sweet words and false kindness to trick her… I’d never regretted my own powerlessness more.”

Mum’s expression was filled with grief. It really drove home just how painful it was for her.

And to be honest that girl’s situation had a lot in common with mine. Or’s over-investment in me. How he would always praise and adore me even though he was a high-ranking noble.

But the truth of it was…

“A-Awawawa! T-Then Or’s been tricking me? H-He’s been going after me, or m-maybe Timu?”

“I don’t know. That’s why I need to meet with him to find out. We might let go of the shop in Beruga depending.”

“T-, That can’t be… B-, Because I was being an idiot, the shop… the shop that you and Dad are so proud of… uu… guh… uuu…”

“Don’t cry, Tilea. Mum is happy as long as you two are safe. I don’t need the shop.”

“Uu, wahh, I-I’m sorry Mum… I-, I should have been… more careful…”

“Everything is going to be okay, Tilea.”

Mum stroked my head as she held me in her arms.

But while I was crying in regret…

“I have arrived, Tilea-sama. I have completed damned Ortissio’s training.”

…Pervert(Nielsen) arrived with a smug smile, and The Fiend(Or) was right behind him.


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Schizophrenia – Chapter 19

Chapter 19. Enjoy!

 


 

From the Library she headed straight back to the dorm. She sensed some inquisitive gazes from the students she passed along the way, but she ignored them all. If they came to talk to her, she would give a reply, but she had no obligation to respond to simply being looked at. When she entered her room in the dorm, she was greeted by Alisa’s bow.

“Welcome back, Mistress Lilia.”

“I’m back. …Were you in this room the entire time?”

“Yes. That is so?”

“It would’ve been fine to go out somewhere too you know.”

“I had not received permission so…”

Quite the inflexible one, thought Lilia with a slight frown, when Sakura gave a wry laugh.

—It’s the first day back after all. She probably stayed in the room to be ready so that you could return at any time right. Well, it’s also true that she didn’t receive any permission, but even if she did, she probably would have stayed here the whole day anyways.

—Am I really that unreliable?

—Yup. After two weeks of being a shut-in, you can’t really refute that can you.

—Muu…

Since she thought that it was just as Sakura said, she couldn’t rebut. She already had a precedent for becoming a shut-in, so Alisa was bound to be worried.

—Besides, you actually did skip out on class too huh!

—That was… No, you’re right.

—Yaaai, you delinquent~

—Oh shut up.

She returned her gaze to Alisa. Alisa was worriedly looking at Lilia.

“Alisa. I’ll be fine. You can feel free to go out from tomorrow on okay.”

“Is, that so?”

“Yes. Well then, I’ll be studying in the bedroom. Could you call me if there’s anything?”

“Certainly.”

Sent off with a bow by Alisa, Lilia entered the bedroom. Closing the door, she headed for the table at the corner of the room. The bookshelf beside the table was probably organised by Alisa, as the learning materials were neatly arranged by subject.

—Sakura. I’ll be counting on you today as well.

—Alri~ght. Get out the pap~er, get out the pe~n, let’s give it our a~ll!

Lilia did as instructed and placed paper and a pen on the table, and while hearing Sakura’s energetic voice, a slight smile leaked out on on her face.

She was putting down Sakura’s words on the paper. What she was being taught, currently, was arithmetic. Within arithmetic there was something called an abacus, and listening to random numbers from Sakura, Lilia was calculating the sums in her head. Since they couldn’t prepare the tool Sakura talked about, all of the calculation was done with a mental image instead.

—Lilia. Someone’s here.

Lilia lifted her head upon hearing Sakura’s words. Turning over the paper with various numbers written on it, she turned towards the door. A knock immediately followed.

“Mistress Lilia. There is a visitor.”

Lilia frowned in doubt. There shouldn’t have been anyone in the school who’d come to visit her. Previously she did have some ‘followers’ of sorts around, but since coming back, there hadn’t been any sign of them either.

“Who?”

“It’s Mistress Tina.”

Lilia eyes widened in surprise. They had just met in the morning after all, so she hadn’t expected her to come visit already. What purpose could she possibly have come for?

—No you see Lilia, you can’t be wondering about purpose and stuff. You’re friends right?

—What are you talking about, this is the upper class nobles’ floor after all, it’s not a place you can come to just for the reason of ‘vising a friend’ you know.

—No, but… Huh? Did Lilia just make more sense than me!? Oh the disgrace!

—Hey what are you trying to imply here.

While feeling somewhat dissatisfied from Sakura’s remark, Lilia stood from her seat. She went with Alisa to the door of the room. Opening the door, there stood a nervous looking Tina.

“Mistr… Lilia. Good evening.”

Still having trouble with the honorifics, thought Lilia, though she decided to not say anything since at least she caught herself midway this time.

“Good evening, Tina. Is there some matter?”

“It can’t really be called a matter but… If you’d like, want to have dinner, together?”

“That’s… I don’t mind, but is that okay for you?”

“Yup. Of course. I shouldn’t need anyone’s permission to have dinner with a friend right?”

One way or another, she was starting to see the reason why the Prince came to like this girl. Getting along with someone from the prideful noble bunch in the first place was impossible, but even if that wasn’t the case, this girl was probably very easy to get along with regardless.

“Alright. Shall we go? Ah but that was just secondary right? The real topic is?”

“Eh? Real topic? What?”

Seeing Tina adorably tilt her head slightly to the side in confusion, Lilia cheeks twitched. She was aware of Alisa smiling wryly behind her. For some reason she felt a little embarrassed, and her cheeks became tinted slightly red.

—Fu. So what I said was correct after all. My win.

—Ha?

—Wai-that’s scary Lilia! I was just kidding!

Lilia clicked her tongue with a ‘tsk’ in her thoughts, and ‘hii-‘, Sakura let out a frightened voice. Leaving that Sakura alone, Lilia affixed a smile to her face.

“Sorry, please don’t worry about it. Shall we go?”

Tina let out a sigh of relief and nodded ‘yes’.

 


 

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[Rewrite] I’m the Final Boss!? – Chapter 3

Out of the Frying Pan, into the Fire!


Unedited


I’ll have you know I don’t intend to die so easily!

Well, I’m all bark and no bite though.
I’m still just a baby.
It’s not like I suddenly grew up and became strong enough to defeat this wolf.
Regardless, I still don’t want to die, so can you not kill me, Wolfie?
I’m trying to make myself seem as harmless as possible here.
(Not like that’s too difficult though)

Anyway, this wolf is really starting to make me nervous.
It’s just standing there… staring at me.

Hmm.
I guess it’s time to break out my ace in the hole then.
If I succeed, then I’ll be safe.
However, if I fail …
Just don’t fail then, me.

Resolving myself, I muster all of the strength in this powerless body of mine, and shout out towards the heavens.

“Ugyah!”

Perfect.
In response to my warrior spirit, the wolf jumps a bit.
Hm, that’s not as good a reaction as I would have liked though.
At the very least, the wolf is starting to move around more now.
I wonder what it intends to do?
It’s pacing around, but it doesn’t seem to have any intention of attacking me.
Could it be thinking about something I wonder?

Hm, well, as long as it’s not going to attack me, I don’t need to worry about it.
I just wish someone would come along and pick me up.
I’m starting to get a little hungry.
It’s also starting to get a little cold.

Aoooh~

Hm?
Wolfie started to howl.
Could it be calling for backup?
This isn’t good.
I obviously saved myself with that shout earlier, but when its backup gets here, I’d be defenseless again.

Awoooooo~

Ah, a reply.
I suppose it was a bit much to think there would only be one wolf in this forest.
However, that reply isn’t the only thing that responds to this wolf’s howl.

Grabu!
Ooloo?
Grabulu!
Grabu!
Gra!
Buluu!

Although the voices sounded distant, even Wolfie looked a bit nervous hearing all the rough noises.
They sound familiar, but I’m not too sure where I remember this sound.
I don’t end up waiting too long though, because as I’m trying my hardest to remember the sound, I hear all kinds of noise heading in our direction.
Even the ground was shaking a bit.
Not long after that, a horde of goblins break into the small clearing.

I hope you called in some powerful backup, Wolfie, because this situation is a bi~t dangerous.
Actually, if I think about it, based on how easily Wolfie dealt with Goblin A from earlier, it might be able to escape.
So … doesn’t that mean I’m the only one in any real danger here!?
Awawa, don’t leave me Wolfie!

However, contrary to my panicked thoughts, Wolfie only gets into a guard.
It’s as if this wolf intends to fight this horde…
I know I’m not particularly in a position to criticize here, Wolfie, but isn’t this horde too much to fight alone?
There’s at least twenty of them in this clearing, and if I focus I can almost make out the shape of more in the surrounding forest.

Wait a minute, why are there so many goblins here!?
Their response was a bit too quick for them to have gathered this many numbers.
Do they move in groups or something?
In that case, why was Goblin A all by itself?

Hm, for some reason my head hurts a little.
This shouldn’t have caused it though.
I feel like I’ve thought about things much harder than this, and yet never got any pain from it.
Huh, strange.
Well, since thinking hurts my head apparently, I won’t bother with it.
Goblin A was just there because he was, and this horde is here because they are, and Wolfie will fight both because of some reason.

Ah, I feel much better now.
It’s as if a weight has been lifted from my tiny body.
Now, go Wolfie!
Fight!

As if it could read my thoughts, Wolfie begins to move.
It seems it’ll be taking the initiative this time.
Good.
With so many enemies, it’d be arrogant if you let them attack first, Wolfie.
Now, slowly, ever so slowly, single out the weakest one and then strike!

Ignoring the me who is shouting out from time to time, Wolfie continues to guard.
It seems as if Wolfie is intent on waiting for its backup.
Can’t you let me have my fun though?
Bah, no fun, Wolfie.

I really should stop thinking things like this though.
After all, it seems like every time I do, something happens.
For example, right now, the ground is shaking again, but this time it’s the goblins who look nervous.

I have to wonder what would cause a horde of this size to be so nervous.
Could these wolves be the bosses of the forest, and they’re all coming here to back up this one wolf!?
Uwah, impressive, Wolfie.
A new respect for you has blossomed within my chest.
I still won’t let you eat me though.

At this point, Wolfie has stopped being so on-guard, and is now looking in the direction of the noise.
Unfortunately, the noise is directly behind me, and I don’t have enough strength to tilt my neck in order to see what’s coming.

Suddenly, the ground shakes more violently than it has so far and I hear a ferocious growl.
It’s to the point where I don’t think a simple onomatopoeia would be enough to cover the intensity of this thing.
Regardless, it’s intense enough for the goblins, and they all run as far away from this clearing as they can.
Hehe, some of them are even tripping over themselves to get away.

In truth, I know that this is just me distracting myself from what is about to come, but at least it’s funny.
If I’m going to die, I want to go out with a smile on my face.
So now, although I don’t want to die, I’m prepared, so do your worst, wolves!
I’ve been alone for longer than I can remember, death is sweet compared to a hell like that!

Hahaha~
Hahaha
Haha
Hah
Hah?

Hm…
What’s going on?
Plenty of time has gone by.
Why have I not felt the friendly hand of death?
Cautiously, I open one of my eyes a fraction.

“Uwah…”

However, at the scene in front of me, my eyes go wide and I can’t help but let out a word in shock.
After all, although Wolfie is still there in front of me, there’s also a rea~lly tall woman standing with it.
I also can’t feel anything behind me anymore, but whatever it was, it couldn’t have been this woman.
That growl was too powerful to come from a person.
Eeh!?
W-what’s going on?

These are the last thoughts I have before my surroundings go dark.


Author’s Note: As always, sorry for the lateness, and thank you for sticking with this foolish me.


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Schizophrenia – Chapter 18

Not much to say. Life still hellish busy. Guess I’m finding some motivation to translate now from a rekindled interesting in reading novels. As author said in the previous chapter’s note, the story will be quite relaxed for a while. So, story might get a bit slow for some, but please hang in there, it’s definitely worth reading all of it! (If I’ll ever finish translating)
Enjoy chapter 18

 


 

Saying so, Lilia made to walk past the boy. However, before she passed by him, the boy held out something to her. Seeing the thing, it turned out to be a small handkerchief.

“What?”

“Well… It seemed like you had been crying so… If you’d like, please use it.”

Here not only Lilia, but Sakura as well was surprised. Wondering if he somehow, actually didn’t know anything about Lilia.

“You… Really don’t know who I am?”

Asking him directly, the boy only tilted his head in response.

“Have we perhaps met somewhere before?”

Hearing that, Lilia was momentarily dumbfounded, and then a smile involuntarily leaked out on her face.
Thinking for a moment, she said,

“I’m Lilia. It’s nice to meet you.”

“Ah, umm… Ray, here.”

It seemed like he had noticed that Lilia was leaving out her family name for some reason, so Ray too didn’t attach his surname.

“Ray huh. I’ll make sure to remember. Well then I’ll be… What is it?”

As she was heading for the exit, Lilia’s feet quickly came to a halt. Lilia’s sleeve was gently being held onto by Ray. When Lilia tilted her head, Ray said with upturned eyes,

“That is… Would you like to talk for just a little bit? Being by myself is sort of lonely…”

Then just return to your own class, thought Lilia, but even she probably wouldn’t just say such a thing out loud.

Lilia herself wasn’t really in the condition to return to class, so it wouldn’t be bad to keep him company. Lilia concluded so and nodded with an ‘Alright’.

Though it was her first time entering the room, she had heard about this place before. Prepared for purposes like collaborative research and for people who wanted to study by themselves, ten of these rooms were lined up in a hallway connected from the library. To use these rooms one would have to request it beforehand, but starting last year, she had heard something about how one room was continuously in use by someone. That was probably referring to this room.
On the table reference texts and books on various things were arranged. Ray put the book he brought back on a corner of the table and retrieved a single chair from a stack and placed it before Lilia.

“Here you go.”

“Thanks.”

Thanking him she sat down. Ray sat down facing Lilia there.

—Seems like this is where he really studies huh.

With Sakura’s voice, Lilia brought her gaze to the learning materials arranged on the table. They were the same things as what she had been using a year ago. It seems that he was only one year younger than Lilia. As she stretched out to reach for the reference book, Ray flusteredly said,

“S-sorry, it hasn’t been tidied…! I’ll get to it immediately!”

“It’s fine, no worries. So you study by yourself here?”

“Yes… That’s right.”

Ray slumped back down as he answered. As Lilia was flipping through the reference book, she stealthily sent her gaze to the paper in front of Ray. The notebook there was opened, and questions full of blank answers were written inside.

“So there are parts you don’t get here?”

Eh, Ray let out an idiotic voice, and quickly noticing that the notebook he left lying open had been seen, he frantically began to clean it up.

“Sorry I’m so sorry! I’ve shown you such an unsightly…!”

“It’s quite alright. Rather, how’s the studying?”

“Uhmm… Yes, there are some parts that I don’t really understand…”

“Please show me.”

And so, the notebook that Ray was going to tidy up was quite naturally plundered by Lilia. Looking inside, she began to confirm the places left blank. With an I see, Lilia quickly closed the notebook.

“I’ll teach you.”

“Eh?”

“It’ll probably serve to kill some time. I will teach you. Please open your reference book.”

Returning the notebook with those words, Ray was speechless as his mouth hung open. Lilia felt just a slight bit irritated at the state Ray was in and tapped the table with her finger.

“Quickly please.”

“Ye, yes!”

Ray hurriedly opened the reference book. Lilia moved beside Ray, looked at the questions, and thus began to explain.

—Un. The heck is this.

No one gave an answer to Sakura’s muttering.

“Let’s leave it at this for today.”

When Lilia said so and closed the reference book, Ray let out a sigh of relief. Seeing that Lilia narrowed her eyes, and as she was about to open her mouth,

—This is your fault, forcing him to study six hours straight without any breaks though? You shouldn’t be getting angry alright?

—Ahhh… So that much time has already passed huh.

—Yup. As expected it was pretty tough on poor Ray. …It seemed like you were having fun so I didn’t say anything though.

Just like Sakura said, Lilia felt some enjoyment from it. Especially since Ray’s memory was good, he’d remember something after only being taught once. In that regard, teaching was quite enjoyable. Just, seeing Ray fallen limp from exhaustion, she couldn’t help but reflect a little at having somewhat overdone it.

“Sorry about that, Ray.”

At Lilia’s words, Ray vigorously raised his head.

“No no! Your lesson was very easy to understand! Thank you very much!”

And so he bowed his head with great vigour. Lilia only replied with a curt ‘I see’, but the corners of her mouth couldn’t help as they naturally turned upwards.

—Ahaha. Lilia, you seem happy.

—As if.

“Well then, it’s about time, I’ll be going now.”

“Yes. Thank you very much for today.”

Leaving Ray, who bowed his head once more, Lilia quietly exited the room.
In the Library, there was still barely any sign of other people. It seemed like classes had ended quite some time ago. To not leave Alisa worrying, she made to return straight back and headed for the exit.

“Miss Lilia!”

Stopped midway, Lilia halted her feet. Turning around, there stood Ray.

“What’s the matter?”

“Umm… If you have the time, it would be great if you could perhaps come again?”

Lilia slightly widened her eyes. She thought about what Ray’s intentions might be, but nothing came to mind. What could possibly be the reason that this boy was saying such a thing?

—Lilia, sometimes, can be quite dumb.

—Ha? You picking a fight?

—Not at all. It’s just, yeah. Never mind.

The presence of Sakura’s wry smile was transmitted. Not understanding what she meant, Lilia only tilted her head.

“Alright. If I feel like it, I’ll come again.”

Not knowing his intentions, she couldn’t make a promise. Not having a reason to refuse either she answered so, but,

“Yes! I will be waiting!”

Ray had a very delighted smile.

 


 

(Author’s Note)
(The chapter) Ended up concluding in the library…

Sakura
Lilia


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