Magika Vol 7 Ch 3 – Behind the Scenes

Chapter 3 – Behind the Scenes


 

Part 1

 

Kazuki was driven by a feeling of self-condemnation.

 

He was defeated by Ikousai and the operation fell into failure.

 

It was an operation that he was ordered to do, but in the first place the operation itself was sloppy. It could be said that Kazuki was only made to shoulder the compensation of that sloppiness alone. That was why no one was trying to blame Kazuki.

 

But even though no one blamed him, Kazuki couldn’t help but be conscious of the failure inside his heart.

 

{…That operation, it might have succeeded if the Zekorbeni could be used skillfully.}

 

Leme reverberated her voice inside Kazuki’s heart with a sigh.

 

That whisper spread like a ripple and made Kazuki’s heart fell into discord.

 

{If you used Zekorbeni skillfully, you should have been able to defeat Ikousai right away and managed something like driving away the contractor of Son Goku. Ikousai still doesn’t possess the power of King. Son Goku is a powerful Diva but he is not in the class of Chief God. You who are the Solomon King, are the person with the highest rank at that place until the King of Russia came along.}

 

Leme pointed out while being unusually bitter with her usual insolence drowned out.

 

{You were worried about the magic power consumption and got stingy with the Zekorbeni, but if Lotte’s positivity level was just higher and you could invoke [Deep Striker] instantly with Zekorbeni, you should have been able to fight composedly with the assurance that you could always escape anytime.}

 

There was no room for him to give an excuse against what Leme pointed out because she had watched over the events from beginning to end.

 

The operation was sloppy. But if only he possessed more strength then he could make it succeed.

 

It was not only that. What made Kazuki even doubly more agitated was―his encounter with the existence of people that were called as King(Basileus) of the other countries.

 

The three Kings that Kazuki encountered, each of them had really different personalities but all of them were without a doubt a King through and through. From head to toe, they had the unwavering of what was exactly called King.

 

They were reigning as King in their respective countries. They were aware of that position themselves.

 

And then, most likely their true strength too….

 

Whether that pride, that status, and that strength too, weren’t all of that lacking in his self….

 

In the case that his current self confronted them, did he think that he would be able protect his important people….

 

“…Kazuki, what are you doing getting absent-minded in the middle of class. That’s dangerous you know.”

 

His cheeks were stretched apart.

 

When Kazuki returned to his senses, he was on the school ground.

 

It was in the middle of magic practice’s class. …Certainly it was dangerous.

 

Being seen half-daydreaming made him completely embarrassed.

 

―He was in this kind of mood all along since last evening.

 

Beside him was Koyuki in her Magic Dress tiptoeing while reaching out her hands to pinch Kazuki’s cheeks.

 

“Dancing wing scattering what are sparks. Trail behind wind of spiral, become the life gouging bullet! Flap and shoot out! Barrett!!”

 

Mio who was slightly at a distance in confrontation with him released an offense magic.

 

Kazuki who returned to his senses wrapped his body with Resist in fluster.

 

Kazuki attempted to block the bullet of flame attack with Psychokinesis, and simultaneously tried to steal the heat from the flame. Instantaneous magic power operation―Defense by using general magic like this was called Resist.

 

Kazuki’s Resist was penetrated by the flame bullet even with its force and heat reduced and this time it collided with Kazuki’s defensive magic power. Blue magic power light and sparks shined magically in front of Kazuki’s eyes.

 

There were two types of defense method for magicians against an attack from an enemy; they were [Resist] and [defensive magic power].

 

Resist was producing phenomenon that was in opposition of attacks from an enemy by means of one’s own magic technique. An impact against another impact of the reverse vector, heat with cold, the user had to instantaneously judge and bring the phenomenon into being.

 

Defensive magic power was the subconscious use of magic power that occurred from human’s self-defense instinct in reaction against dangerous situation. In the first place [the power that distort reality] dwelled inside magic power, if large amount of magic power overflowed instantly it could overwrite any kind of attack completely and terminate it.

 

However, this subconscious feat of strength totally consumed an inordinate amount of magic power. Because there was a limit to the amount of a human’s magic power, there was the need to not rely on defensive magic power as much as possible and instead to weaken the opponent’s attack using Resist that consisted of controlled magic power.

 

“Although defensive magic power is said to be invoked subconsciously, daydreaming in the middle of magic practical skill class is really dangerous. …Is there something worrying you?”

 

Koyuki looked up at Kazuki worriedly.

 

He completely made her worried. But Kazuki couldn’t clearly express this murkiness inside his chest as a worry. That was why he tried to dodge the matter.

 

“No, I’m just remembering how cute Koyuki was last night coming sweetly on top of my bed, and I just got carried away cherishing that memory.”

 

Koyuki’s cool face flushed bright red in a flash. And then…,

 

“O nihility of the ancient times, become the deep breath that reside inside this blank chest. Inside this flowing silence of rejection, freeze and be silent…Glacier Wind!!”

 

Instantly she turned to Kazuki and cast an offense magic.

 

“Uwaa-!” Kazuki reflexively raised his voice while weakening the freezing wind from the very close distance using Resist. In the end he couldn’t Resist and his defensive magic power flared up and his magic power was smashed.

 

“Hayashizaki! You too, maintain your chanting and attack back!”

 

Liz Liza-sensei who supervised the class noticed Kazuki’s predicament and told him off.

 

Kazuki consolidated his chanting somehow and turned to Mio before invoking his spell.

 

“Barrett!”

 

The flame bullet hit Mio who was standing at a distance and magic power light shined.

 

This was training where the students attacked each other with magic. By making partners attack each other, their chanting and Resist were drilled at the same time. It was a training that was shaped fairly close to real battle.

 

If they didn’t even do this, then they couldn’t polish their Resist technique for the real battle, but while it’s only natural, this was quite a dangerous training, and so it turned into a training that was not allowed in the place where the eyes of the teacher didn’t reach.

 

This was not an independent training and could only be conducted in class. The time could be said as precious.

 

Liz Liza-sensei walked approaching them.

 

“When I see it like this, even though you and Amasaki can use the same magic but there is quite a difference in power huh.”

 

“Is that so? I know that there is a difference in our chanting speed but…in power too?”

 

“Of course. What is called chanting speed, is so to speak a Telepathy with Diva. By Ordering what kind of magic phenomenon this sides want to produce, then the Diva will transmit the [magic blueprint] to you as the reply. By pouring magic power into that blueprint, magic is Casted in this real world. But even when you use the same blueprint, the more magic power amount you bring forth instantly you can make occur a large scale phenomenon to that extent. …Hiakari is strong in Telepathy and that’s why her chanting speed is fast, while the amount of magic power Amasaki can handle in one time is a lot so her power is high. That someone can handle a large amount of magic power all at once means that his magic power circuit is thick. If your meager magic power circuit is a straw then Amasaki’s finely tempered magic power circuit is a water supply pump.”

 

Hearing Liz Liza-sensei’s words, Mio went ‘Ehhem’ while puffing up her chest proudly from afar.

 

Mio and Koyuki were elites who had been training their magic techniques for a long time even before receiving their Stigma.

 

For a long time Kazuki was training his sword skill from morning until night, that was why he could say that it was only natural there was a big gap between them.

 

“The third rank in this year, Yumeno is excelling in Resist. Though I want her to become at least a little more offensive.”

 

When Liz Liza-sensei said Yumeno-san’s name, Mio went “Muu…a hidden powerful person” and her expression changed and became completely tense.

 

“…I can only train more to shorten this gap then.”

 

When Kazuki said that positively, Liz Liza-sensei slackened her expression slightly and nodded.

 

“Amasaki is also above you in Resist, so just by simply you two firing at each other there will be a big gap forming between you two.”

 

Of course Kazuki possessed a wide range of defensive magic and evasion ability due to his Foresight.

 

But that didn’t mean that he could always manage to tidily cope out against enemy attack like that. There would be surely many cases in the middle of battle where Resist technique would become necessary.

 

…Immature. Even before thinking about my immaturity as King, like this I’m also immature even as a magician!

 

This is not the time to have conceited worries! I have to advance forward with even more abandon!!

 

“Mio! Koyuki! Fire even more magic at me!!”

 

“Eh? Then without reservation…Barrett!!”

 

“Having fighting spirit is the most important. …Glacier Wind!!”

 

Two elements of offensive magic came flying at him simultaneously. Kazuki couldn’t defend with Resist and a large amount of his defensive magic power was smashed, he then got blown away from the recoil.

 

“…Don’t do anything rash, you idiot.” Liz Liza-sensei smiled wryly while watching over them.


 

 

Part 2

 

“The contents of the suggestion box…they are something like [I want actual combat class to be increased] or [I want the points of Quest participation to be softened], the enthusiastic opinions are really increasing.”

 

-The student council room after school.

 

Kazuki and the others overturned the suggestion box and they were in the middle of confirming the contents of the letters.

 

“About that, right now is the period for exams so aren’t they just wanting to run away from the class lectures?”

 

Hikaru-senpai made banter to make fun of it.

 

“That might also be the case though.” Kaguya-senpai gently smiled saying that.

 

These two were also top class in their classwork. Kaguya-senpai went without saying, but Hikaru-senpai too.

 

“With the war against Yamato this time, I think everyone’s awareness is rising up. This goes for both the people that participated in the real battle and also those who were house-sitting before.”

 

“Right. While their motivation is especially rising up like this, currently it might be okay to give a consideration for curriculum to change flexibly. Though it’s still not okay to neglect the classroom learning just because of that.”

 

Headmaster Amasaki too nodded from Kaguya-senpai’s words.

 

“The amount of the lesson is insufficient. Maybe we have to increase the classes itself more. Around ten hours per day should…”

 

Hearing Headmaster Amasaki’s words, Kaguya-senpai went “Wait, wait…” and stopped him with a wry smile.

 

“Sa, say…”

 

With a timid hand movement, Kamimura-san who was standing in the corner of the student council room raised her hand.

 

Everyone’s gazes concentrated on Kamimura-san.

 

Kamimura-san was then whispering something into the ear of Lotte who was standing beside her.

 

Lotte then kept nodding ‘hm hm’ and then interpreted for everyone.

 

“Among the many Diva-san of the Japanese Mythology, it seems those with strong battle power are saying that they are okay with cooperating with the Knight Academy by making contract with the students of the Sword Division desu.”

 

“What do you say, is that true!?” Headmaster Amasaki spontaneously jumped from his seat.

 

The students became able to use Summoning Magic other than Solomon 72 Pillar. In addition to that the students of the Sword Division were…. This was a proposal that was going to completely remake the way things were in the Knight Academy.

 

“Although I say that, among the Divas of Japanese Mythology right now those who are in the martial faction with high battle strength are actually only a part of them, so that’s why they are going to grant their Stigma by selecting students among the Sword Division who possess superior magic talent…doing things in such form is what Amaterasu-san seems to be proposing desu.”

 

Kamimura-san kept nodding up and down following Lotte’s interpreting.

 

“I see, there is no way of refusing. There is not but…we have to create a special class in the Sword Division and include class of contract ceremony and chanting practice won’t we? I’m just joking saying ten hours before but, this looks really serious.”

 

When Headmaster Amasaki became eager, Kaguya-senpai floated a wry smile.

 

“Even though here I thought that the contract ceremony for the first year was finally over already…”

 

The guide for the contract ceremony was the job of the Magic Division’s student council president. The guide had to use advanced magic technique to travel underworld to Astrum because they must maintain the safety of the new students. Only this job couldn’t be shouldered by the adults whose magic power had weathered down. This was the reason why the presence of the Student Council in the Knight Academy was so large.

 

“…But if Kana-chan get selected like this then she will be aa-mazingly strong then! If you are selected then I’m going to teach you a lot about Summoning Magic!”

 

Kaguya-senpai smiled sweetly to Kanae. It couldn’t be helped because Kaguya-senpai wanted to get along with Kanae. But Kanae turned her face aside with a ‘puih’.

 

“Even in the case that I get selected, I’m going to turn it down.”

 

“Eh, why?”

 

“I have decided to become stronger than Nii-sama only in sword. Besides even if I become able to use Summoning Magic half-bakedly, won’t I become nothing more than an inferior copy of Nii-sama. If I’m going to try to become stronger than Nii-sama, then I should pursue that goal with my own originality to the very end.”

 

Using only sword skill to the very end―it seems that resolve of hers was steadfast.

 

Not being picky of one’s means for the sake of becoming stronger, was also one kind of efficient thinking. Kazuki who was trying to make Summoning Magic and sword art coexist within himself, was the possessor of such thinking.

 

But Kanae, when she becomes really earnest for something, she turns into some sort of demon.

 

Rather than poorly reaching her hand to various things, the way of following through her original intention consistently might be able to let Kanae surpass the wall that blocked her path in her case.

 

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Kanae directed her gaze to Kazuki in a glance. “…Besides even if I don’t specially become Nii-sama’s conquering target, my positivity level have been already in the max value anyway.”

 

Hearing those words gave a slight shock to Kazuki.

 

“…So you know, about Leme’s ability.”

 

Well, though if she didn’t know about it already, then there was no way she was going to leave alone the matter of how Kazuki recently became really close with various girls.

 

But…did she know as far as the matter of kissing?

 

Even if she said that she knew…he felt troubled somehow. Even if she called herself his little sister but their relationship was of a step sibling, however his step-father was treating Kazuki as a true son. That was why for Kazuki too, Kanae was equal to a true sister.

 

Moreover for him, his father was the greatest benefactor in Kazuki’s life. Kanae was that father’s real daughter. No matter how great the relationships between them are, no matter how much the advances came from Kanae’s way, for Kazuki there was some line that was too sacred to violate.

 

“I’m not a target of conquest but Nii-sama’s rival! …Though currently I’m considerably far behind him!!”

 

Rival―when he suddenly entered into the Hayashizaki household, for Kanae, Kazuki who began to start sword training together with her was without a doubt a rival. That was the starting point of the both of them.

 

Even while Kanae came flirting with him full of love, the truth was she was still obsessing wholeheartedly over that.

 

The relationship between the two of them couldn’t be expressed so simply with a single word of intimate.

 

“For this one, the matter about the Sacred Treasure is more concerning rather than Stigma. …About the talk of the plan for allowing the free use of Sacred Treasure, what happened to its development from that side?”

 

The one who asked like that to Headmaster Amasaki was the owner of strength that was number 2 in the Sword Division, Hikita Kohaku.

 

“Ooh, that’s right. There is also some progress regarding the Sacred Treasure too. …Because Yamato used Sacred Treasures in the previous battle and there was damage that came out from the Knight Order, the bunch in the government and the top brass of the Knight Order also finally became proactive in releasing the Sacred Treasures. Just that the Sacred Treasures we have in the vault are distributed by prioritizing the Knight Order and it seems nothing but a few will be given to the Knight Academy though. Even the Sacred Treasures that Hayashizaki and Charlotte pillaged from Isonokami Shrine are to be given to the Knight Order.”

 

Kohaku made a dissatisfied faces hearing that.

 

“…The more one accustomed himself in using a Sacred Treasure, the more he will become able to draw out the power residing inside it. Looking at the long time prospect, I think it will be better if they circulated it to the students who have future prospects…”

 

“For the people on the actual scene, what is the most important is what is right in front of their eyes. It’s just something obvious.”

 

Kohaku’s dissatisfaction was pinned down by Headmaster Amasaki using the really obvious reality.

 

“Be that as it may, though few, there are still some Sacred Treasures allocated to us, with Japanese Divas and the Sacred Treasures it seems that the standard of the Sword Division’s strength will increase considerably won’t it.”

 

Kazuki gathered that conclusion positively. That time when he fought Ikousai, and the time when he once fought Beatrix too, Kazuki had felt keenly how useful Sacred Treasure was.

 

…Sacred Treasure huh.

 

Himself too, he had his own ability, if he could choose some kind of Sacred Treasure for his own sake….

 

Such desire flashed for an instant inside Kazuki’s mind. It was a natural desire for a swordsman.

 

…But the few numbers of Sacred Treasures should be prioritized to the students of the Sword Division rather than himself.

 

Kazuki owned a great number of options in his way of fighting, and those abilities too was still in the middle of development.

 

“The Sacred Treasures will be transported to this academy in the near future. If those are distributed by prioritizing those with superior results then there won’t even be any complain for the Sword Division’s doctrine of strength.”

 

Diva outside the Solomon 72 Pillar and also Sacred Treasures were both something excluded until now.

 

The Knight Academy was also going to change little by little.

 

With the appearance of enemies and facing actual battle―this academy was changing toward a structure optimized for battle.

 

Whether himself or the Knight Academy, both must change more.

 

To become even more accustomed to battle.

 

“Say, is it okay for me to say a few words? There is something I feel a little concerned with the school’s atmosphere.”

 

As if she was choosing the time where one topic was finished, Yumeno-san raised her hand reservedly.

 

Everyone’s gazes gathered on the girl.

 

“The truth is lately, it looks like the squabble or perhaps I should say the quarrel between the fellow students of the Magic Division and the Sword Division is increasing.”

 

Everyone went “Eh?” in shock.

 

“I don’t notice such thing though. Rather, throughout the battle, the Magic Division and the Sword Division too keep opening their hearts to each other little by little…”

 

When Kaguya-senpai said that, everyone else nodded too.

 

However Yumeno-san, even while acting reserved but she clearly shook her head.

 

“We who are in the [battle frontline group] feel like that but, it looks like the [house-sitting group] is different. Even in the newspaper committee there are also some that were in the house-sitting group but…it seems that the atmosphere of the Knight Academy during the house-sitting had worsened. It didn’t become an issue because of the welcoming mood from the return of the battle frontline group, however some kind of spark can be felt smoldering out of sight.”

 

That time when Kazuki was guided by Kazuha-senpai in the Sword Division, there were many friendly gazes but, he also remembered that there were gazes of hostility directed at him.

 

Atmosphere of both extremes―was it the discrepancy between the battle frontline group and the house-sitting group?

 

Kazuha-senpai said to him that “Kazuki’s popularity is increasing” but, she felt like that only because she was in the battle frontline group, she might have not noticed the mood of the house-sitting group.

 

“What kind of thing happened in that squabble or quarrel you mentioned?”

 

“That’s…the people of the Magic Division decided one-sidedly that [there must be Yamato’s spy inside the Sword Division], then the Sword Division’s people opposed against that and became threatening. When we of the battle frontline group fought Yamato, the story that [Japan has a bitter fight because there is a spy inside the Knight Academy] was also spreading from somewhere to the Knight Academy…”

 

The story that the war became a bitter fight because of the spy’s fault, was spread from somewhere…?

 

‘Don’t tell me’, Kazuki doubted his ear.

 

“How strange. Even though the mobile phones of the students who went to the battlefield should have been entrusted to President Hayashizaki. Even if we chase after the rumor but the source of the story is really unknown.”

 

Just before <Magic War・Okehazama>, Kazuki made a talk that there might also be a spy among themselves in the Knight Academy and he earned the acknowledgement of everyone for him to take custody of their mobile phone.

 

There was no method to spread a fact like [the war is hard because of the spy’s fault] from the battlefield to the Knight Academy.

 

“Ah, I received a special permission to always carry around a mobile phone for sending my article of the battle’s coverage to the academy but…I didn’t do anything like that!”

 

It seemed like she noticed that a suspicion was falling on her during the course of the conversation, making Yumeno-san deny it in fluster.

 

Kazuki took a glance at Lotte. Lotte was carefully watching.

 

Seeing that state, Kazuki believed in Yumeno-san. He was already holding a feeling of fellowship toward her, and if it was Lotte then she should be able to fathom whether what she said was a lie or a truth with a high probability.

 

“For the moment, I had investigated the log of the newspaper and the news since coming back home to the Knight Academy but, [because there is the spy of Yamato inside Japan the war turned into a bitter fight]…there is no such news at all.”

 

“Right, the Knight Order and the government should have been clamping hard on the news regarding that.”

 

Headmaster Amasaki nodded on what Yumeno-san substantiated.

 

Then why was it the students became jumping at shadows from the spy’s existence, was it just a pretext for conflict?

 

“…I think, there is also a spy remaining among the house-sitting group. To cause friction among the students of the Knight Academy, the spy intentionally circulated the rumor that there is a spy and stirred up antagonism.”

 

Even though he thought that the Magic Division and the Sword Division was finally in the process of uniting into one….

 

For such disruptive maneuvering to be conducted during the house-sitting when the Student Council couldn’t do any control at all. While it happened in just a small scale, this was plainly a bothersome harassment.

 

…Just as he thought the spy problem had to be resolved quickly.

 

“Even though we finally had begun to meet compromise, it’s really unpleasant for this to be complicated again…”

 

Kaguya-senpai made a face sadder than anyone with her head hanging down.

 

“We really have to seriously settle the score uh, this troublesome spy.”

 

Kanae too hit her fist with an expression even manlier than Kazuki.

 

“I have a proposal for just such a case however-!”

 

Suddenly Yumeno-san leaned her body forward and talked.

 

“Let’s deal an intelligence war with an intelligence war-!”

 

“Intelligence war you say?”

 

“We too need to scatter some bait so we can catch the spy! Inside the school newspaper, we are going to write information that the spy won’t be able to resist taking a bite at, then we are going to lure out the spy. How’s that! The other side is quite bothered by Hayashizaki-san’s action after all, so I think it will absolutely go well!”

 

Yumeno-san asserted with her eyes sparkling bright. Indeed, they got him at Isonokami Shrine through the spy, so this time it was their turn to set up the spy instead.

 

“Looks interesting! Then for that [bait], it’s fine even if it’s just bogus information right?”

 

Hikaru-senpai leaped at the topic with a mischievous expression.

 

“For example how about this one I wonder! The other day there was this meeting between the government and the envoys of the Magic Advanced Country see. …Secret Order Handed Down to Hayashizaki Kazuki! The Chief Student Council President of Our School Planned to Have a Clandestine Meeting With a Certain Top Brass of the Knight Order in a Certain Spot in the Metropolitan! …We place a scoop like that. If we do that then the spy is going to loiter around Kazuki’s vicinity and we are going to ambush there and caught him red handed!”

 

“We already know that there is a spy and yet that kind of article come out in newspaper, doesn’t that look too forced?”

 

Kaguya-senpai said with a cautious look. For these two to be able to immediately think of such idea like this and immediately criticize it, the way their heads work were fast.

 

Yumeno-san leaned her body forward and shook her head exaggeratedly while saying “No-!”

 

She looked like a different person from her usual reserved impression. …She really liked school newspaper, this girl.

 

“In the newspaper articles so far, the article about how the Chief Student Council President received the right to command from Regimental Commander Yamagata was really popular. As expected for the representative of the academy to contend equally with the top of the Knight Order is something everyone is really proud of. An article with this kind of content is a really good material that the reader will happily eat up. Getting my eyes dazzled by my greed for this kind of scoop that I completely forget about the spy’s existence before publishing this information…that kind of feeling, isn’t that realistic?”

 

Certainly. It had the impression of a stupid mistake made by a really green student.

 

“Even if the other side thought that this is [suspicious], this is not something that they can just pass up. Some kind of action will absolutely occur.”

 

Koyuki too said that and approved. “Certainly it seems effective.” Kazuki nodded.

 

“…If it’s that kind of thing then I have the most suitable story here.”

 

Mixed with everyone’s loud voice, Headmaster Amasaki talked with a grave voice.

 

“This is not something that can even be talked in this kind of place so I thought that I’m going to call Hayashizaki alone later to talk, but actually Commander Yamagata is coming to Tokyo and he said that he is coming because he wants to talk with Hayashizaki.”

 

“Eh?” Hikaru-senpai’s eyes opened wide.

 

“Something that I talked jokingly is really true? This is only an idea I came up with randomly.”

 

Hikaru-senpai pressed her hand to her mouth while saying “A horse comes from a gourd (AN: Japanese phrase. Means something said as a joke actually happening.)! I’ve awakened to my prophetic ability!”

 

“By any chance it’s really true, he is going to hand down some kind of order to the Knight Academy?”

 

Kaguya-senpai asked with a little anxiety.

 

“I don’t know about that. It might be that he merely wants to treat you to a meal as thanks for before this but…if this is made into an article then it will surely look realistic.”

 

“Is it really okay to make that kind of information as an article?”

 

“If it can make us catch the spy, then whatever kind of risk is just a trivial problem. Even if we can only catch a single person, from there a possibility that we can root all spies out one after another exists.”

 

It seemed Headmaster Amasaki didn’t just say this without thinking. He continued his words seriously.

 

“However the government and the top brass of the Knight Order really don’t move in order to counter the spies at all. The very order to crack down on the spies is being obstructed. The way things are they really cannot even stir at all to catch the spies.”

 

“Isn’t the guy that obstruct the spy countermeasure is the spy himself?”

 

“It’s not limited to just that. All politicians have enterprise or support organization that back them, those guys also suddenly threw their weight around and gave pressure. Even so, there are guys that bet their own political career and not bowing to the pressure, but there are already several people, that had met suspicious death.”

 

An oppressive silence flowed into the student council room. This was too heavy.

 

But if he thought calmly, a story this heavy was only natural. Moreover the life of the adults who didn’t have defensive magic power was fleeting if it was seen from the position of Kazuki and the others.

 

“We cannot do anything at all, so it is the true opinion of all the adults that we want the students who are in a carefree standpoint to catch the tail of the spy. We are not going to object no matter what kind of method you use, okay. However this is really not a story we want children to hear though, hahaha.”

 

“Don’t just laugh this off.” Mio said with teary eyes from this heavy topic.

 

“I’ll do it.”

 

Yumeno-san clenched both her hands strongly and squeezed out her voice tightly.

 

“I’m going to bet my journalism soul on the line and with the school newspaper Chief President entrusted to me as my weapon…I’ll show you all that I’m going to expose the great villain!!”

 

In order to stand against the intelligence maneuvering of the spy, the newspaper committee president of the academy stood up resolutely.

 

“Then we will leave that to Yumeno-san. The matter now is how we are going to catch the spy that is going to be lured out.”

 

The date and time of the secret talk between Kazuki and Commader Yamagata will be made a scoop in newspaper.

 

If they did that then the spy would move out to investigate Kazuki until the arranged date.

 

The especially big chance was the time when Kazuki was heading to the secret talk location until the talk was over.

 

During that period, they had to form a team to watch Kazuki’s surrounding and catch the spy.

 

But that was not a simple undertaking. The time when Kazuki made his preparation for the assault operation to Isonokami Shrine, he was busy but nevertheless he completely didn’t notice that he was being spied on.

 

In the end the spy that was shadowing Kazuki, was he someone really skilled or possibly he was using a shady magic….

 

“Let the Sword Division handle that one.” Kanae said.

 

“Certainly, this kind of thing is suited for the Sword Division that can immediately move out to attack when the time comes. In the case of Magika Stigma, the target will already escape while they are chanting.”

 

Kaguya-senpai too nodded. “So it’s going to be a ninja corps desu!” Lotte’s eyes shone.

 

“Tsukahara. You are going to be the leader of the corps.”

 

Kanae said jumping the gun. Kazuha-senpai who was told that went “He?” with a stupid voice.

 

When Kanae said Tsukahara, it seemed that Kazuha-senpai didn’t understand who Kanae was talking about, but Kanae really meant her.

 

“I have to choose the members from among the guys of the Sword Division who has some capacity in using general magic after all. So you teach those guys the technique we talked about before, like the Echolocation magic or the magic for erasing the footstep sound.”

 

Certainly Kazuha-senpai’s general magic technique consisted of things that were most suitable for covert operation.

 

“Bu, but even if you tell me that kind of thing so suddenly, the way to do those magic for me is just something intuitive so I cannot really conveyed it skillfully you know. I’m not really that good in Telepathy…”

 

“Then I’ll be the interpreter desu!”

 

Lotte who did the interpreting for Kamimura-san announced herself to be Kazuha-senpai’s interpreter this time.

 

Interpreter―first Lotte would sympathize with Kazuha-senpai in the middle of using general magic, then Lotte would Trace Kazuha-senpai’s mental movement and learn it. If they did that then Lotte could take the teaching role and she would convey the way of using that magic to the students of the Sword Division using Telepathy. It was going to take a little detour but certainly that seemed effective.

 

“Kazuha-oneesan, please take care of me desu.”

 

Lotte grasped Kazuha-senpai’s both hands with a smiling face.

 

Having her hand held by a girl younger than her, Kazuha-senpai’s cheeks reddened. ‘By any chance perhaps she can be my friend’, surely such feeling of expectation was flashing inside her right now. And then Kazuha-senpai obediently nodded deeply.

 

 

 

From that day, the operation to bring the spies to light quietly progressed.

 

Kazuki who was in the center of the operation needed to be only in the middle of it without doing anything special. Until the day of his secret talk with Commander Yamagata, he was going through his ordinary days just like usual doing things like studying for his exam and doing magic training.

 

The only one in the Witch’s Mansion that became especially busy was Lotte. Everyday after school together with Kazuha-senpai she conducted magic technique coaching for the Sword Division students until the day became dark.

 

The day Kazuki was going to meet Commander Yamagata was next Sunday.

 

Because after the preparation of the Sword Division students was over, the newspaper club had to immediately publish the newspaper extra, they had no surplus margin of time.

 

“…Now that I think back, recently I haven’t had a relaxed talk with Lotte.”

 

While Kazuki was studying alone in his room, he suddenly thought that in the spur of moment when he was taking a breather.

 

The relationship of everyone in the Witch’s Mansion was good. Even so there were many combinations where someone was always together with a specific partner. For example there were many times of Kaguya-senpai having tea with Hikaru-senpai or playing analog game with Koyuki. There was many times where Mio was picking a quarrel with Koyuki one-sidedly.

 

For Lotte she had no particular inclination and got together with everyone.

 

She especially took action assertively toward Karin or Kamimura-san who were still newly entering this place.

 

Making something like [a position for herself where she feel comfortable somehow] and then feeling content with herself there without going anywhere…Lotte didn’t do such thing. It was as if she was always acting like a lubricating oil in regards to the whole member.

 

Was it because of that―when he looked back he got the feeling that Lotte was the one who spent the shortest time together with Kazuki.

 

When he came to himself once again, Kazuki became excessively wanting to spend some time together with Lotte.

 

 

 

Lotte returned home to the Witch’s Mansion just before dinner.

 

“Lotte, can I bother you a little?”

 

After the dinner, Kazuki visited Lotte’s room.

 

When he knocked, a bright reply of “Come in desu!” immediately came. When Kazuki opened the door, the moment it opened sounds of footstep *tabatabataba!* dashing near could be heard and with a *do―nn* Lotte tackled him.

 

“Is something the matter desu? Onii-san.”

 

‘She looked like a big dog that frolicked at the owner after watching the house’, Kazuki thought a little.

 

“You were out pretty late, and then it got me thinking of how it is going with the training of the people from the Sword Division.”

 

“About the training huh. …Honestly it’s really serious desu.”

 

Kazuki and Lotte sat on the bed side by side.

 

There was a bed and a desk furnished inside the room of the Witch’s Mansion. There was only one chair that was a set with the desk, so there were many cases when Kazuki sat on the bed side by side naturally when it became just him and another person in somebody’s room.

 

“When we did it in practice, the magic is quite advanced even with mental Trace desu.”

 

Lotte wrinkled up her eyebrows and made a ‘muu~’ face.

 

“It’s impossible for everyone to learn the magic before Wednesday desu. I think the progress will certainly pass Wednesday. Kazuha-oneesan that can do all of those magic so easily with a nonchalant face is a little strange desu.”

 

“So even from what Lotte sees, Kazuha-senpai is amazing.”

 

Lotte nodded many times over *kokukoku* vigorously. Really Kazuha-senpai was amazing.

 

“That is really a genius-oneesan desu. …While everyone was in the middle of learning, she worked out another different trick at the side you know. For Kazuha-oneesan to be not really that strong in something like a mere Enchant Aura might just be because of her personality I think desu.”

 

“Aah, I also thought similarly like that when she was practicing swords together with me.”

 

Kazuha-senpai had a strong will of wanting to become strong, but she was a person that completely didn’t feel any burning desire of antagonism of wanting to surpass the enemy right in front of her eyes. She was being ‘hoho~nn’ (AN: I don’t really get what is the meaning of this, but this word is something like unmotivated, or tame, or gentle, or weak. That kind of impression. EDIT: Isn’t it the SFX made by those carefree and unconcerned, usually depicted when doing it in a chibi fashion, with a stupid face with unfocused eyes and a spark with a trail over their heads? It’s a variant of “nohohon”, word used as a nickname for a character from IS (and mistakenly translated on this site as “scantily dressed girl”, wich is wrong not only due to it meaning “utterly carefree” instead but also since “scantily” means “with insufficient clothing” while the girl dresses with excess cloth, with no skin exposed except for her face and oversized sleeves).[http://lohas.nicoseiga.jp/thumb/2011627i?&psig=AFQjCNG0JXR6nxNr1Zg0n3yktmgJm-W0Ow&ust=1448467012571295]) somewhere inside her. (ho-hum perhaps?)

 

Essentially she was a peaceful person, he guessed.

 

“But I’m really happy that I could make friends with Kazuha-oneesan desu!”

 

“Kazuha-senpai, she didn’t make any strange behavior once in a while?”

 

“She was acting strange but she is a really kind person desu!”

 

It seemed like there were still times where Kazuha-senpai acted strange.

 

But Lotte was a child that could surmise why someone acted strangely. Lotte had surely accepted Kazuha-senpai’s feeling of [I want to become friends] more frankly than anyone else.

 

For some reason Kazuki petted the head of Lotte beside him gently. “Why is onii-san petting my head~” While smiling Lotte too got playful at Kazuki.

 

If there was an angel in this world then there was no doubt that it was Lotte.

 

“Kazuki-oniisan, is it okay for you to not go to the place of other people today desu?”

 

While leaning her body pleasantly on Kazuki’s shoulder, Lotte asked with a soft tone of voice.

 

“I want to be together with Lotte tonight.”

 

Lotte raised her face and turned an expression that brightened suddenly.

 

“Is there something you want to do? Something like game or anime trial listening convention.”

 

“I want to talk until we fall asleep desu! I want to ask various thing about Kazuki-oniisan. After all now that I think back, I have never heard any story about Kazuki-oniisan’s past.”

 

Story of the past, is it…. Kazuki reflected while embracing the fawning Lotte tightly.

 

Kazuki kept embracing Lotte and rolled on the bed together and began a pillow talk at the same time.

 

He told in advance that it was not a fairly interesting story though.

 

The first earliest memory that he had―the scenery where he was abandoned in front of the gate of the orphanage by his mother.

 

From there the time he spent in the orphanage and the period where he was adopted into Hayashizaki family.

 

When Kazuki gave some selected rendition of Kanae or Mio’s interesting episodes, Lotte burst into laughter hearing them.

 

―However in the middle of the story, it was obvious that the matter Lotte cared about the most was the fact that Kazuki was an abandoned child.

 

“Perhaps I and Kazuki-oniisan are a fellow similar people.”

 

When Kazuki finished his story, Lotte murmured lowly.

 

“Why?”

 

“We were saved by kind people when we were empty, and then now we can be like this.”

 

Lotte’s usual bright voice changed completely and she talked with a quiet depressed voice.

 

Even Lotte that looked naïve still had a wound that was not healed yet.

 

What about himself then? Could he possibly stood back up from the wound of the past?

 

“Kazuki-oniisan is my senior in treading along through a path similar with mine long even before I started stepping on that path, so perhaps even in this aspect I feel onii-san is a special person.”

 

“Is that, about how we are licking each other’s wound?”

 

“That’s not it. Kazuki-oniisan is looking forward and I too am supporting Kazuki-oniisan while also looking forward, that’s what I think.”

 

Supporting each other was different than licking each other’s wound, was it.

 

Certainly that was true. The difference between the two was whether they were looking forward or not.

 

“Even if I am currently looking forward, then that’s thanks to Lotte and everyone of the Witch’s Mansion.”

 

Kazuki petted Lotte’s head again while saying that. While doing that he suddenly thought.

 

“Perhaps right now I’m in the middle of losing sight of the thing called my comrade’s support. Even though this is something so obvious…”

 

He was completely convinced that everything was his fault when there was a failure. And then he was floundering around trying to take care of everything upon himself. That was just his hubris.

 

King―perhaps the impression of that kind of word was making his heart in disarray.

 

“If that’s so Kazuki-oniisan, please rely on me more and more if there is something going on.”

 

“Currently Lotte is already doing your best always helping me until you come home late after school right?”

 

“Just about this much is no concern desu! I’m going to show Kazuki-oniisan that I can support a lot more and more of your heavy burden with this arm just you see-!”

 

While lying in the bed, Lotte suddenly lifted up her right arm and made an action of trying to flex her arm’s biceps.

 

It was a thin arm with no signs of muscle at all. Lotte’s eyes opened wide in perfect circle and stared at her own arm and said “Ehehe, I’m going to do muscle training a little more” and laugh trying to gloss it over.

 

But in contrary to her delicate right arm, Kazuki thought that there was nothing more assuring than Lotte like this.

 

“Thank you, Lotte…”

 

Kazuki strongly embraced Lotte tightly one more tim.

 

“…Ehehe, this is warm. It seems that Kazuki-oniisan is relying on me to a very great extent right from the bottom of your heart desu♪”

 

While being hugged by Kazuki, a large heart mark emerged out from Lotte’s chest and it was absorbed into the Stigma in Kazuki’s right arm.

 

Charlotte―138


 

Part 3

 

Yumeno-san and others of the newspaper committee had already finished making the newspaper article.

 

When a contact from Kazuha-senpai and Lotte came in on the night of Thursday that the technique coaching of the Sword Division students was finished, the newspaper committee members immediately pasted the newspaper extra on the academy’s bulletin board and distributed the paper to the students on Friday next day.

 

That distributed news made excitement and expectation boil up inside the school.

 

Yumeno-san was summoned by Headmaster Amasaki during lunch break that day and she was scolded for carelessly leaking information even though there might be a spy in the academy.

 

Of course that was a part of the scenario.

 

The newspaper extra only reported that a secret talk would be conducted between Kazuki and Regimental Commander in the weekend while regarding the secret meeting location was not written. If the spy read this article, then he should be starting to investigate around Kazuki’s person for the sake of knowing the location of the secret talk.

 

Possibly on the day Kazuki was heading to the secret talk, the spy would tail him.

 

From that day the special corps of Sword Division who had been trained in covert action magic was secretly making surveillance on Kazuki’s surrounding. The person concerned, Kazuki himself became somewhat awkward even when he was going to the toilet.

 

…Had the spy really begun to investigate about his action, he wondered.

 

Setting aside the happenings behind the scenes like this, the ordinary days of the academy went by unconcernedly just like usual.

 

However, the presence of the spy couldn’t be sense at all…it still kept like that even until the appointed day of the secret meeting.


 

 

Part 4

 

“I wonder if the spy doesn’t plan to make any move?”

 

Kaguya-senpai called out toward Kazuki who was wearing the uniform of the Knight Academy regardless of the holiday to head to the secret talk location.

 

Kaguya-senpai was making an anxious face kept in tenterhooks.

 

“The spy might commence trailing me from now on instead.”

 

The place where Kazuki and Commander Yamagata were going to hold their secret meeting at was in the Chinese food restaurant in the distance not far off from the Knight Academy. There was the most suitable private room for the secret talk at that Headmaster Amasaki’s regular restaurant. For the side of the restaurant too it seemed they were a high class type of restaurant that had the knowledge that their space was used for that kind of thing.

 

A restaurant that was used to entertain those like politicians, it was that kind of thing.

 

“Whether in the downtown or inside the restaurant, there are eyes of surveillance laid out. In the case that the spy is tailing me, he will be caught without fail.”

 

Kazuki talked to give Kaguya-senpai a peace of mind. However inside his heart Kazuki also felt some anxiety. He couldn’t even imagine what kind of method or magic the spy used to bewilder their eyes.

 

“In the first place what is it that Commander Yamagata wants to talk about?”

 

Kaguya-senpai tilted her neck though it was already too late asking that now.

 

“Now that senpai mentioned it, we were just told the fact that this is a secret talk, that we aren’t worrying what if the content of this talk is really vital. What kind of story I will get told there, I also need to prepare my heart.”

 

By some chance it could be that the Knight Order was going to hand down some kind of order to the Knight Academy again. The battle with Yamato had already been suspended but….

 

It was possible that this invitation for a meal was perhaps really just a show of gratitude for everything until now.

 

They didn’t know if the spy would really do some kind of action. They also didn’t know what was Commander Yamagata was going to talk about. Kazuki and the others had made all sorts of preparations, but there was the possibility that everything of this was just fruitless efforts of the students. In that case, the normal ordinary days would still continue….

 

Normal ordinary days. There was so many things Kazuki should do in order to become stronger.

 

Nevertheless, he was also lacking in some respects….

 

“Then I’m going, senpai.”

 

“Take care, Otouto-kun.”

 

Kaguya-senpai gently reached out her hands to Kazuki’s collar and fiddled around with his necktie. It was not like the necktie was particularly crooked, so it seemed that she just wanted to try an act that was like a new wife somehow.

 

Kazuki had buttoned up his shirt until the uppermost button, and his necktie was scrupulously tied. The uniform he wore was applicable to be a dress suit for a student, so it wouldn’t present any problem even in a high class restaurant that demanded a dress code.

 

After Kazuki got out from the Witch’s Mansion he headed to the downtown and walked toward the designated restaurant.

 

 

 

Had something already happened right now?

 

Or else had nothing happened yet?

 

Perhaps the spy had already been captured and one of the circumstances had been settled.

 

While feeling unable to calm down from expectation and nervousness mixing inside him, Kazuki walked to the China Town in front of the train station. Walking down the street with a distant scenery―.

 

He arrived at the destination, the Chinese food restaurant, [Seiryuubou(Blue Dragon Chamber)].

 

When the vermilion door in Chinese-style was opened, he was welcomed by a waiter that stood with his back straight.

 

Even without introducing himself, the waiter guided Kazuki wordlessly to a private room underground.

 

There were several private rooms underground for the purpose of celebrity reservation.

 

It was a closed room with strict security and isolated from the tumult at the surface.

 

When the deepest door that looked especially extravagant inside it was opened, inside the room that was decorated extravagantly like the emperor palace of China, Commander Yamagata whose face he was familiar with was waiting.

 

Commander Yamagata expressly stood up from his chair and then he thanked Kazuki saying “Sorry to call you like this”.

 

“No, I absolutely cannot come to a restaurant this expensive by myself so I’m happy.”

 

“Hahaha, is that so. Even supposing that you have money, no one would frequent this kind of restaurant while he is still a student.”

 

Kazuki took a seat right in front of Commander Yamagata.

 

“And so, is today’s talk just for treating me to high class Chinese food to show thanks?”

 

Kazuki talk without beating any bush. Commander Yamagata too immediately shook his head.

 

“No, of course…I called you because there is something I want the Knight Academy to do for me.”

 

 

 

“To begin with it seems I have to tell you what kind of talk was exchanged in the place of the ceasefire negotiation.”

 

Regarding the [large conference], Kazuki didn’t know anything except to the degree of what was reported in the mass media.

 

“The media reported grandly that the ceasefire was established right? Does that mean west Japan will keep being Yamato, is there no way to recover them back…the mass media regarded those matters as problems though.”

 

Right now even while the society hurled abuse to the government and the Knight Order as incompetent, however with the intervention of the unfamiliar bunches of the Magic Advanced Countries, the society also felt the anxiety against the unseen future.

 

“Of course we didn’t spend that much time just talking about whether we are going to ceasefire or not. This matter is still not disclosed to the mass media, but during the ceasefire negotiation there were several [agreements] that got concluded. Those are agreements that really change the future of east Japan and west Japan.”

 

“Agreements?”

 

“Let’s talk about this step by step. First the objective of the Magic Advanced Countries’ envoys of coming here are for the sake of determining which side has the legitimacy in that war.”

 

They had already anticipated beforehand that it would become that kind of development. That was why Commander Yamagata curtly rejected the bunch of <Ryouzanpaku> that approached them to ask for Japan’s cooperation.

 

“In the first place there is no such thing as legitimacy in a coup d’etat.”

 

Like that Commander Yamagata talked about the legitimacy of Japan itself.

 

“Looking from our point of view, Yamato’s actions especially their political tenet doesn’t have any meaning at all and was nothing more than a violent coup d’etat. …So far as it goes, they also claimed that what they are doing is to correct the social unfairness from the preferential treatment to Magika Stigmas, but in this country there is no such thing happening.”

 

He wondered about that. Inside his heart Kazuki was bothered about that but he didn’t try to interject there.

 

“They caused a divide of this country using an illegitimate violent coup d’etat. Even though we move to subjugate them but other country intervened without any right at all, that’s our perception about this case.”

 

There was truth in that outline, he could even say that it was a sound argument. Kazuki nodded.

 

“And then in this matter that should be resolved as the problem of our own country, China and the resistance organization against China, Ryouzanpaku came to intervene. These bunches moved as they please without giving any notice to us beforehand. The army of China suddenly reinforced Yamato, and Ryouzanpaku who revolted against that temporarily gave their cooperation to our side. But in the first place it is not the case that we had made contact with Ryouzanpaku and formed a cooperation set-up with them. This is nothing more than a high pressure salesmanship of kindness from Ryouzanpaku.”

 

…About this time the fellows from Ryouzanpaku might be angry.

 

But if Japan was misunderstood that they had a cooperative relationship with Ryuouzanpaku, it would completely legitimize China’s hostility to Japan. There was the need to clearly outline the sequence of events that Ryouzanpaku moved out because China went along with Yamato.

 

“We don’t have any intention to tie any relation with Ryouzanpaku even from now on. We also have no intention to participate in the antagonistic relationship between China and Ryouzanpaku. But if from now on the army of China keep getting stationed inside the territory of Yamato, we too are going to make Ryouzanpaku’s army stay inside our territory.”

 

If China didn’t get out of this, Japan would borrow Ryouzanpaku’s strength to drive them out, it was like that. This too could be said as a justifiable right, and Ryouzanpaku’s face could also barely get saved.

 

“But what we desired is for China and Ryouzanpaku to dispense with their interference, that is to say we want to subjugate the violent coup d’etat by Yamato as our country’s problem to the very end…such thing was what we first insisted on.”

 

“I think that’s a logical argument. In the first place, saying it logically, this is a battle where the legitimacy rest in our side.”

 

Some thug acted violently inside our country. For other country to interfere when this side was subjugating that didn’t make sense. That was why all of you please stay quiet and just watch. It was that kind of logic.

 

If China and Ryouzanpaku withdrew, then there would be no turn for the Magic Advanced Countries to come out anywhere.

 

“Yes, that’s supposed to be a politically correct argument. The politicians who participated in the conference too asserted all of that full of confidence. But the other side were religious countries. What they were looking was a mythologically correct argument.”

 

With an expression full of bitterness, Commander Yamagata spitted out with a half careless tone.

 

Mythological correctness…?

 

“It seemed that Yamato’s side claimed to the Magic Advanced Countries that [it’s only correct that Japanese archipelago is ruled by the gods of Japanese Mythology]. Looks like the argument that make them agree more is the argument of that side. Yamato’s argument was largely received in the conference, and our side got criticized disparagingly. This means they doesn’t mind any violent coup d’etat or whatever Yamato did as long as they have the feature called Japanese Mythology.”

 

“That’s…really extreme and outside of our imagination.”

 

“We already know that those guys think of the Mythology as the first and foremost. Nonetheless, we didn’t think that they are going to be this hard to talk with.”

 

Commander Yamagata released a deep sigh.

 

Kazuki remembered about what Beatrix told him before that [It’s fun the part where we talk about stupid thing, but we absolutely cannot understand each other in deep aspect].

 

An absolute rejection from a group that possessed different sense of values.

 

Don’t tell him that this meant the international community was supporting Yamato?

 

“That’s so but the other side’s claim that they [obtained the divine protection of Japanese Mythology] is also full of holes right? They are only borrowing Susanoo’s power and making the Divas into Wild God to manipulate. Moreover the majority of Japanese Divas had already come to their senses from being Wild God and they are separating themselves from Yamato.”

 

“Correct. The guys above has also made understand about that circumstance from your report, so they strongly objected Yamato’s claim. Above all the chief god of Japanese Mythology Amaterasu is in our hands. But it seemed Yamato and China claimed that looking historically Susanoo’s side is the more just one as the lord of Japanese Mythology compared to Amaterasu. It’s the case that Amaterasu was the [invader] that came along later on.”

 

That too was one way of looking at it, another side of the myth. It was not unnecessarily mistaken.

 

“…Amaterasu and Susanoo are in a relationship that contested each other for the chief god seat of Japanese Mythology. When the circumstance from our side is setting up Amaterasu and their side is setting up Susanoo…it becomes that the chief god of Japanese Mythology is still not coming into existence.”

 

“Seems it’s something like that. That’s why those bunch of Magic Advanced Countries’ [conclusion mythologically] said that [both Japan and Yamato still don’t have any legitimacy to rule Japan archipelago], like that.”

 

“That’s really an insult for those politician lots, what they are saying.”

 

Commander Yamagata made a face full of bitterness. With this Kazuki now could grasp the present situation.

 

“Now then, from there the opinion of those bunches of envoys also became scattered around. Russia proposed that it’s fine to reopen the war for the sake of determining the chief god of Japanese Mythology, but Britain, Italia, and Germany opposed against that. That’s because China showed a stubborn stance of not going to withdraw their soldiers. Britain, Italia, and Germany are regarding China’s true objective as quite dangerous. On the contrary Russia is in a state of affairs that is being tolerant in regards to China.”

 

Ilyailiya Muromets―the girl who introduced herself as Grozny Basileus(Thunder Emperor) had said her apology about how she visited Yamato first before Japan.

 

For some reason it seemed that Russia and China had a close relationship behind the scenes.

 

“If war is no good then how should we settle the score…it’s fine to say that we waste most of the time last week talking about this.”

 

At that time a waiter appeared in the private room saying “Here is the appetizer”, a lot of cuisines in small amount each were lined up on the table. The waiter stood still for a moment wondering whether he should give the explanation of the cuisines but reading the atmosphere of the place he got out without talking much.

 

“This is a rare chance so let’s talk while eating.”

 

Commander Yamagata said while being less formal.

 

…However, for him to eat high class cuisines just alone with a superior while talking something important like this….

 

Kazuki restlessly brought a cold Jinhua ham to his mouth.

 

“Britain’s envoy talked that there should be items called <the Three Sacred Treasures> in Japanese Mythology. The one who possess the Three Sacred Treasures is exactly the true King. The symbol of King determined in Mythology…”

 

“The Three Sacred Treasures? You mean, the ones that are handed down to the Imperial Family…?”

 

The Three Sacred Treasures―<Yata no Kagami(Eight-span Mirror)>, <Yasakani no Magatama(String of Jewels)>, and <Kusanagi no Tsurugi(Grass-mowing Sword)> (AN: Alternate name of Ame-no-Murakumo no Tsurugi) of the three treasures. Making their appearance in Mythology, they were being handed down until the present times, but it wasn’t known whether those items handed down were really the real thing according to the Mythology.

 

Commander Yamagata shook his head.

 

“No, not the sacred object representation that was created in this world imitating the item that is talked in myth…but the authentic Sacred Treasures that possessed the power just like what was talked in myth. In fact, at the time when the King is born into this world it seems that those Sacred Treasures are created in Haunted Ground somewhere. There is a precedent in Britain, they say that when the King was born the holy sword that become his symbol was created in response.”

 

The holy sword possessed by the high King of Britain’s Mythology…Kazuki too immediately had the one sword so famous even for him flashed in his memory.

 

If by some chance that really existed, then as a swordsman there was nothing he could say except how jealous he was.

 

“It’s said that the current King of Britain became recognized as King by pulling out a holy sword that was stabbed into the ground of a certain Haunted Ground. And there is also a similar legend in Japanese Mythology, and so isn’t it fine to decide that who hold those items is the true King. After the English side proposed such, the surrounding countries also consented to that mythological proposal. In short―this is <The Sacred Treasures Search Race>.”

 

The Sacred Treasures Search Race!

 

Kazuki’s chopsticks that was in the middle of bringing a shark fin to his mouth spontaneously *gashan* made a loud voice.

 

“Sacred Treasure is created due to the Haunted Ground’s magic power. In other words there should be three of those things scattered around the Haunted Grounds somewhere in Japan, possibly even inside the Haunted Ground that is going to be born from now on. This is something hard to believe for us, but those guys believed in these items’ existences. We have to find those items so that they will recognize us as the legitimate guardian of Japanese Mythology!”

 

That was the conclusion of the first international grand conference since the diplomatic relations with other countries were severed…!

 

Commander Yamagata took a bang bang chicken (AN: Szechuan dish of chicken in a spicy sauce) (chinese: bang bang ji)) with his chopsticks in a grand way and then he stuffed it all into his mouth in one bite.

 

“For our destiny with Yamato to get settled by something like treasure hunting, how unbelievable…”

 

As expected from foreign cultures of other countries…a really out of imagination conclusion.

 

Kazuki felt a discomfort. His mood felt like he was made fun for some reason.

 

But surely the big shot politicians above him felt even more ridiculed by this.

 

“If in the case that the discovered Sacred Treasures are divided into one side possessing one item while the other side has two items, does the one that found more win?”

 

“No, when all three of the Sacred Treasures had been discovered, the fellow Kings that possessed each of the Sacred Treasures they had found will duel and the victor will take all the Sacred Treasures. That’s how this will be decided.”

 

Kazuki felt a little relieved. There was a duel right at the end ―if he thought of this like that then this sensation as if this event was a game was fading.

 

In the worst case, if he could find even just one then he could stand in the stage of the duel.

 

{Uu―un, but with only one it will be harsh then. The side who discovered two will be overwhelmingly advantageous nyo.}

 

Suddenly, the avatar of Amaterasu emerged out besides Kazuki.

 

It seemed she appeared through the circuit of positivity level between Kazuki and Kamimura-san.

 

{The Three Sacred Treasures bestow special powers to the King you know. Your power and Ikousai are rivaling each other so the difference from one of the Three Sacred Treasures should become a decisive difference nyo.}

 

Amaterasu talked with a tired face as if she was going to fall asleep.

 

“Now that I think back didn’t Kamimura-san used Yata no Kagami and Yasakani no Magatama back in Yomotsu Hirasaka using Sacred Treasure creation magic?”

 

For the Sacred Treasures that were their search target to be able to get created temporarily using Amaterasu’s Summoning Magic could be thought as somehow strange.

 

“That’s the original nyo. From the beginning Yata no Kagami and Yasakani no Magatama were Sacred Treasures where Amaterasu’s power were residing and those items became something special. I can bring forth that fundamental power. It’s just, rather than the power of those originals, the real things that later on gathered faith as the Three Sacred Treasures are storing even stronger power. It’s better to think of them as different items already nyo.”

 

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“What’s with that somewhat sticky way of talking, adding [nyo] in the end of your sentence?”

 

{Farewell nyo} Leaving those words behind, the little girl Amaterasu vanished.

 

“Even strength huh. I was thinking that you are the one who was overwhelmingly stronger though.”

 

‘Uu―mm’ Commander Yamagata groaned. He was happy with his faith at him though.

 

“However, isn’t this rule disadvantageous to Japan?”

 

Kazuki turned back to the commander and said what weighed his mind.

 

“Searching where are the Three Sacred Treasures located somewhere in the Haunted Grounds…if that’s the rule, doesn’t the vastness of the Haunted Ground in Yamato’s territory far surpass the Haunted Ground in Japan’s territory?”

 

Japan’s Knight Order marched out as fast as possible if there were Haunted Ground created and dealt with it quickly before any serious harm could reach the people. They completely dealt with the Haunted Ground before it could spread.

 

But the more a Haunted Ground spread out, the magic power inside it increased thickly and it was said with that magic power it was easier for powerful Demon Beast and Sacred Treasure to be born. That meant it was hard for Sacred Treasure to be born in Japan.

 

In regards to that, for the current Yamato―as far as Kazuki saw when he infiltrated Ise, even when Haunted Ground was born it was mostly left as it was to enlarge itself rapidly.

 

With that kind of situation, surely there were various sizes of Haunted Grounds scattered throughout various places in Yamato.

 

East Japan that punctually liberated Haunted Ground until now was always seriously working hard and so there was nothing like a calamitous giant haunted ground remaining here. It was a good thing that the country was safe but there was also no Sacred Treasure here.

 

If there was the Three Sacred Treasures created in Haunted Grounds somewhere acting in concert with the confrontation to decide the true King, there was a fairly high chance that it would be created in the territory of Yamato’s side that right now was in chaos…such thinking was only natural.

 

Wasn’t that a rule that made fool of the side that did their best.

 

“No, you also cannot say that. It’s not the case that Japan’s Knight Order are able to deal with all the Haunted Ground. This side of east Japan is also neglecting a Haunted Ground that we cannot deal with.”

 

“Neglected Haunted Ground…? I never heard that kind of story though.”

 

If there was that kind of thing, wouldn’t the mass media gave more of a bashing to the government?

 

Right there some waiters entered the private room carrying the cuisine. Commander Yamagata’s expression made a high-strung expression for an instant and then he erased his expression. The waiter served a soup that was enough for four people’s share.

 

The soup had a clear amber color but it was releasing an amazing rich aroma, a really mystical soup.

 

The waiters sensed the atmosphere of the two guests and left from the room wordlessly.

 

Actually there was no doubt that this was a soup that had to be tasted while it hadn’t cooled down yet, but…Kazuki and Commander Yamagata continued their talk.

 

“…After all this is a story that is not really reported in the news see.”

 

“Haunted Ground that is not reported in the news…?”

 

“<Fuji’s Sea of Trees>. Against this very first observed Haunted Ground in Japan, the national defense agency at the time(JDF) could do anything at all and just overlooked its enlargement. Around the time when the Knight Order was established its scale had already become something totally out of hand. Even right now it is still left alone as an evacuation zone with a radius area of 20 kilometer and still continuing to expand―it’s a <Grand Haunted Ground> that people are starting to forget. Just this one Haunted Ground can rival all of the Haunted Grounds in west Japan altogether. If in the case that there are the Three Sacred Treasures in east Japan, it will be definitely there.

 

Grand Haunted Ground….

 

Kazuki lost his words from the shock that was as if his world was overturned.

 

“The rest is going to be decided in this one week. Now then, from here on is the real issue at hand that I want to tell you but…”

 

Commander Yamagata suddenly put his elbow on top of the table and he leaned his body forward.

 

The story until now was something that even the spy should be able to grasp already.

 

The real issue. As if his switch was flipped after hearing those words, Kazuki was once more being conscious of the spy’s existence. Was the spy who came to tail or to intercept his communication had already been captured by his comrades?

 

Without paying any intention to such turmoil inside Kazuki, Commander Yamagata got into the core of the problem.

 

“―A request for a new quest from the Knight Order to the Knight Academy. This is something I decided arbitrarily, the top brass of the Knight Order is still not aware of this.”

 

The information from now on should be exactly the information the Yamato camp would be so eager to get that they weren’t going to be able to hold their drool….

 

Kazuki paid attention to their surrounding somehow or other. His gaze darted around the surrounding. It was mostly a subconscious action but there was infinitesimal Extra Sense occurring in his gaze.

 

That was also the customary practice as the swordsman of Hayashizaki-style who principled themselves in battlefield presence.

 

That was why at that time Kazuki noticed.

 

“!?”

 

The vicinity of this private room was being surrounded by minute magic power.

 

Kazuki’s countenance changed before he stood from his chair and looked around his vicinity.

 

Thin and flat magic power was traveling along the wall, ceiling, and the planks of the floor inside the room, flowing like a blood in capillary vessel.

 

When they first entered this room, there shouldn’t be this kind of magic power.

 

“Something wrong?”

 

Commander Yamagata asked thinking Kazuki’s behavior as strange.

 

Kazuki didn’t respond to that and began his spell incantation.

 

The thinly spreading magic power…he was going to burn them all wholesale!

 

“This hand reach out to the height of Babel, right now this hand grasp the thunderbolt of god tightly! In accordance with my life, o lightning, whirl by my will! Collider Field!!”

 

Lotte’s weapons creation magic. Kazuki equipped an iron armor that sprung forth barrier of electric current in his right hand.

 

When that iron armor was stuck onto the floor, he raised his fist overhead.

 

The skill user could consciously control the electric current produced from this iron armor. Avoiding Commander Yamagata who had almost no defensive magic power, and also in order to not send damage outside this private room, it was possible to only flow the electricity to the magic power presence that was surrounding this room.

 

That instant, the magic power that surrounded this room reacted oversensitively. The magic power moved *zuzozozozozozo!* and leaped forcefully as if in terror, gathering in one spot at the ceiling.

 

At one point in that ceiling, a deep black stain was formed in a blink of eye.

 

…It was water! The water that was tinged with magic power was flowing through the wall and the ceiling of this room!!

 

From the ceiling, [splash], a single blob of water spilled down to the floor.

 

It was not a drop of water dripping down, but a large blob of water that might possibly have the mass of a single human.

 

Toward the phenomenon so strange even though it was involved with magic, Kazuki and Commander Yamagata gulped their breath.

 

The blob of water that spilled down on the floor was not spreading out and staining the floor, having a fixed elasticity it swelled on top of the floor like a slime.

 

That big pile of water―transformed into a human’s shape.

 

It was completely like a water human. That shape reflected light while being transparent in glitters, but it was shaped into a face that even Kazuki had remembered seeing before.

 

“…Eleonora!!”

 

The Einherjar’s, water Magika Stigma!

 

The water that made a human shape, in the blink of eye its texture mutated―into the original living flesh of Eleonora in her Magic Dress appearance.

 

“…O undulating stormy seas, envelope my hand become the whip that strike the small person without mercy! Flöte Schlange!!”

 

When Kazuki took the stance of going to hit her with his iron armor, Eleonora too casted an offense magic and directed the water whip to Kazuki while taking an intercepting stance.

 

It was the level 1 magic of her contracted Diva but it was still a frightfully fast chanting.

 

“Splendid. If electric current is flowed when I’m becoming a thinly spreading water, then I would helplessly fall into magic intoxication. That was really dangerous just now.”

 

“Spy of Einherjar…!”

 

Commander Yamagata judged the situation and leaked out a voice of dismay.

 

She changed her own body into water and permeated herself into the ceiling, wall, and the floor inside the room.

 

Squirming water that possessed a will…a magic unimaginable by their imagination. If it was in a building that used wood which contained a lot of moisture, it was possible for her to creep in anywhere like this.

 

Kazuki remembered the happening at Nagoya.

 

Kazuki and others were talking regarding the treatment for the Ryouzanpaku fellows inside the command room that had soundproofing applied. There Eleonora appeared late, but the girl showed a behavior as if she had seen through their conversation so far.

 

There was no mistake that she also performed espionage like this that time.

 

Soundproofing or whatever else was irrelevant, she was permeating into the soundproof material.

 

“Were you the spy? So you, were leaking out information to Yamato.”

 

When Kazuki grilled her with question, Eleonora shook with her eyebrows twitched.

 

As if she was doubted of something that didn’t even get close to imagination.

 

“…It’s hard to deny if I am asked whether I’m a spy or not, but it’s really vexing that I’m suspected to be related to Yamato. All of my action is done for the sake of Captain Beatrix.”

 

“For Beatrix’s sake you say?”

 

“It’s dangerous for you and captain to deepen your relation more than this. And so I…am trying to gather information that can become pretext for hostility between Germany and Japan. Not a dangling relationship like now, with a clear hostile relation between our two countries even Beatrix can get over you. If there are some kind of material that can be used to persuade even my country. Even if it’s just something with strained interpretation…”

 

Eleonora’s eyes narrowed suddenly, a chill like ice resided inside it.

 

“Captain’s spirit as a soldier must not get colored by emotion and become dulled. Rather you should be killed by Captain Beatrix’s hand.”

 

The Einherjar was by no means Kazuki and the other’s ally.

 

“…Hayashizaki-kun, what to do?”

 

Commander Yamagata asked Kazuki.

 

“…Let’s request for her to withdraw. Peacefully.”

 

“Is that fine, doing so?”

 

Commander Yamagata entrusted the decision to Kazuki until the end was surely because he understood that if they stirred up trouble here then he would only dragged Kazuki’s feet.

 

Commander Yamagata didn’t see him as a subordinate or a student. He was regarding him as an equal human. Kazuki was happy of that.

 

“The other country surely wouldn’t say any protest even if we defeat her here, but our relationship with Beatrix and her group will break down.”

 

Personally it was not like his relationship with Beatrix was particularly a something or other.

 

Surely worsening their relation with Germany here was not good.

 

“Also I think it’s the truth that this girl has no connection with Yamato.”

 

It was just by chance that in the timing while their side was searching for Yamato’s spy that they could also discover her. Rather than saying this was a coincidence, this was an inevitable timing.

 

Just now he unconsciously got flustered, but Germany was strongly in precaution against China. It was hard to imagine that the Einherjar would do something like leaking out information to Yamato who was tying relationship with China.

 

For Yamato there was no meaning to deliberately employ the Einherjar whose relation with them was internationally complex as a spy even though they already had spies slipping through the government and the academy beforehand.

 

“Even if we commence attack from our side against an opponent that is searching of material for hostility with us, that will be just what the opponent wish for. If we have to say which side the anti-China Germany is in, they are a party that is closer to ally of our side.”

 

“I’m glad that our side’s intention is transmitted. After all I too want to refrain from getting into something like a one-to-one fight against you in this place.”

 

Right there the door of the private room was knocked and “The main dishes”, the waiter came in.

 

The waiter turned his gaze to Eleonora and “Oh?” he made a puzzled face.

 

“Excuse me but, this honored guest is…”

 

“An exhibitionist and an illegal intruder. Please lead her out.”

 

When Kazuki said that with a slight vengeful thought, Eleonora said “You, even if you don’t said it that way…”, for the first time her expression was shaken, then she undid her Magic Dress and returned to her Einherjar uniform appearance.

 

Eleonora was taken away by the waiter.

 

Magnificent main dishes were lined up on top of the table. With Eleonora gone, Kazuki and Commander Yamagata sat back on the chairs.

 

“Anyway it’s fine to return to the story right?”

 

Kazuki nodded. There was no more presence of magic power around them.

 

Kazuki finally tried the soup before the main dish. It was thoroughly getting cold.

 

“The government had handed down directive to the Knight Order for <Operation Fuji’s Sea of Trees Exploration> and I became the commanding officer of that operation.”

 

“That’s…congratulations.”

 

“This is not a proper thing for someone of my rank, but this is the form of recognition for my achievement in the battle against Yamato. In other words this is completely thanks to you. Both Kougetsu Kanon and Yagumo Akane are appointed as staff officer, we plan to ask for your assistance in various things.”

 

Commander Yamagata faced Kazuki and lowered his head deeply.

 

Kazuki became completely flustered and said “All that even without commander-san bowing your head to me…!”

 

He was not used to an adult being this modest.

 

He also felt a confusion when Headmaster Amasaki gave his recognition to him but―in the society there were also adults that could face a kid straightforwardly without paying any heed to age or social position.

 

“Now then, from now on is the main topic, but…for the sake of this operation, I don’t plan to move the Knight Order until the very last minute.”

 

“Ha?”

 

Hearing that declaration that could be taken as a dereliction of duty, Kazuki opened his eyes wide.

 

“I’m going to take my time preparing, straining my excuse even if my superior keep pestering me, making difficulties, to the end I won’t let the knights enter the sea of trees of Fuji without exception. And then, I’m going to make a request for Quest to all of you of the Knight Academies to explore the Fuji’s Sea of Trees, that’s what I’m thinking.”

 

He really said something outrageous here….

 

While Kazuki reached out his hand to a Peking duck, he felt a painful nervousness as if a pitch black tar was poured into his stomach.

 

“This Grand Haunted Ground that is left alone until this much because it is unmanageable even for the Knight Order, you are going to leave it all to be taken care by the students?”

 

“The main reason that it became unmanageable and is being left alone is because the Knight Order is too busy and there is not enough manpower to be allocated there. It’s not a problem of strength. I think if it’s the Knight Academy that you lead then this is in the level that you sufficiently deal with. I have no doubt here that the Knight Academy in the generation of you all is the strongest in history you know.”

 

“Even if you said that kind of thing to the person that just entered the academy three months ago.”

 

“I don’t want to let Yamato’s spy get their hand on Fuji’s Sea of Trees. The people I can trust in the Knight Order is too few. Of course I know that it seems there is also a spy that had slipped into the Knight Academy. But even so there is also a simplicity in the command system of the Knight Academy. If it’s you then you should be able to control how to deal with the spy.”

 

Certainly, that was able to be done in Magic War Okehasama and Sekigahara.

 

“And also you have started to move your spy countermeasure right? I’m waiting in expectation for your result here.”

 

Kazuki finally brought the Peking duck wrapped in batter into his mouth.

 

It was delicious but, he became unable to feel its enjoyment.

 

As the repayment of this meal, an outrageous work was going to be pushed onto him.

 

However…there was also the feeling of a small fire being lit inside his heart from being completely relied on like this by the person in front of his eyes.

 

‘…Is that so.’ Kazuki noticed for the first time.

 

He might be sulking right now.

 

When he thought about how he was harshly worked about in the war, and then when it became a ceasefire he was kept out of the loop, and on top of all that he was mocked by the [King] of the other countries of how he was so out of loop….

 

“I will make my former knight subordinates that I can trust take the position as the guards that protect the gate of Fuji’s Sea of Trees. There should be no possibility for the old generation of knights to be polluted by the spy compared to the active duty generation.”

 

China first sent in their spy to the center of the government and making use of their authority they were sending spies for generations to the Knight Academy.

 

If the sequence of the spies’ infiltration was like this, then the more they traced back the generation the degree of the contamination should be lower.

 

“I instructed them to absolutely not let any knight enter. During that time I ask all of you to complete the capture of the Haunted Ground. I’ll leave things like capturing squad composition and whatever else to you. Fuji’s Sea of Trees is vast but making the best use of your ability, it should be effective if you divided your team into several units.”

 

Kazuki’s ability―he could sense the general location of the girls who had deepened their bond with him and have a telepathic communication that transcended distance with girls who had positivity level more than 150.

 

“Fuji’s Sea of Yrees is…all kind of electromagnetic wave and GPS are obstructed due to the magic power distortion, compass too goes crazy there. Even if there is no spy accompanying you, I think your leadership is suitable for traversing this Haunted Ground on foot.”

 

There was some truth there.

 

However…this unknown Grand Haunted Ground might be even more dangerous than a war with human as the opponent.

 

There was almost no life lost in war because of the blessing of defensive magic power, even in the worst case they would become a prisoner of war.

 

However they couldn’t hope for that kind of mercy and allowance from the Demon Beast that became their opponent in the Haunted Ground.

 

Surely it would be best to gather the elites as the member for participating in this quest. Even if they were divided into several units, at the very least there must be one person added among each team that was a girl that had tied a bond with Kazuki. Like that he wanted to constantly be able to grasp their movements.

 

The students who didn’t get to participate in the war against Yamato were wrapped in passion of [I too am going at the next battle for sure!]. If right now he was taking applications from students for participation in the Quest this time, perhaps there would be too much candidates.

 

Surely it would be necessary to make the participation conditions of the candidates’ rank and Quest’s practical experience even stricter compared with the battle against Yamato.

 

After Kazuki collected his thoughts on that and conveyed it to Commander Yamagata, he nodded with a hum “Right”.

 

“I want you to select the members as careful as possible. It might be strange for me to say this seeing that I’m the one who burdened all these to the students, but the public opinion will be severe if there are victims that come out from this.”

 

Escaping from responsibility…rather than calling it that it seems that he was aware himself that he relied too much on the students.

 

“Selecting the members carefully should also double as obstruction for the spy to slip inside. I especially want you to be cautious of the Sword Division students.”

 

“…You too are suspecting the Sword Division?”

 

“That’s just a logical thinking. Enrolling into the Sword Division is easier compared to enrolling into the Magic Division. I think if they are sending a spy then they are going to send them to the Sword Division.”

 

“That’s so but as a spy the return of the earned information will be far bigger in the Magic Division right? Even though the hurdle to enroll into the Magic Division is high, but if they figured out a child with high magic talent beforehand and raised her as a spy…that child will surely get bestowed with Stigma.”

 

Fundamentally, Solomon 72 Pillar was choosing their contractor from the quantity of magic power.

 

Which Diva was choosing which student seemed to be determined from the match of both sides’ personality wavelength.

 

He especially felt it when he was looking at Koyuki and Vepar.

 

“That’s…certainly that’s so but…you are right, insert one comrade you can really trust into each unit without exception and don’t slack off on your surveillance even to the students of the Magic Division.”

 

The door was knocked and the waiter came carrying the desert of Chinese dim sum.

 

During that time, Kazuki and Commander Yamagata held their tongues and reopen their conversation once the waiter was gone.

 

“It’s better if we move out as fast as possible isn’t it?”

 

When Kazuki said that, Commander Yamagata nodded while moving a mango pudding with a spoon into his mouth.

 

The instant he stuffed his cheek with the pudding, that expression of his broke out into a smile like a kid.

 

“Yeah, after all the slower the capturing goes, the pressure on me to move the Knight Order is going to be troublesome.”

 

 

 

When he exited the Chinese cuisine restaurant with Commander Yamagata, Kazuha-senpai and Kanae was waiting for him in front of the entrance.

 

The special unit of the Sword Division was not around them. In exchange….

 

“Seems like the talk is over isn’t it, Nii-sama.”

 

While Kazuki responded with a nod, he asked with knitted eyebrows.

 

“…This girl is?”

 

Kanae was seizing the scruff of the neck of a dark skinned girl that was extolled with wild beauty.

 

“…Roshoukou of Ryouzanpaku was tailing Nii-sama, so I caught her.”

 

Shoukou-san went “Tahaha” with an embarrassed wry smile in her expression. She was wearing a T-shirt and jeans that were often worn by ordinary girl of Japan, a rough outfit that seemed to be procured from somewhere.

 

“Commander Yamagata, was there no treatment like restraints or monitoring done to her?”

 

“Of course this girl was given to the custody of the Knight Order.”

 

“Of course I went a little wild and escaped ze! What’s called picaresque hated any shackle! You guys didn’t teach me for even a bit about the conference’s content, so that make me think to investigate it myself see. Then I wondered if I’m gonna learn something if I hang around you.”

 

Shoukou-san directed her eyes to Kazuki in a glance. This person too was loitering around Kazuki. …Of course there was no way that this girl was a spy from Yamato.

 

“Went wild you say…? You mean there was some kind of damage that came out?”

 

Commander Yamagata became slightly flustered.

 

“I didn’t really do anything big okay, Commander-san. I took care not to Summoning Magic in the middle of city so that’s why I got caught like this. No but, this person is strong! A big shot huh.”

 

Shoukou-san answered Commander Yamagata with a slightly respectful tone.

 

“For the moment, I know my position. (AN: Shoukou here keep changing her way of talking. Before this she talked slightly roughly like a ruffian, but in this sentence she is using a polite language.)However we resented the treatment you give us. If the conference was over already, there is nothing wrong with letting us know how the situation had developed isn’t it? I was showing a light rampage as the expression of my discontent.”

 

She was by no means a thoughtless person. Her action mixed intelligence and wildness and also combined with haggling. Shoukou-san bared her eyes to Commander Yamagata glaringly and made him faltered.

 

“Got it, I’m going to inform you the circumstances. For now we are going back to the garrison first.”

 

“If you talk to us upfront like that, our bunch too is not gonna do anything violent yeah. (AN: Now she is back to talk roughly again.)”

 

“…Kanae-kun, release her.”

 

When Commander Yamagata said so, Kanae released her hand from Shoukou-san’s scruff of the neck in a flash.

 

With a smiling face in a good mood, Shouko-san snuggled close with a ‘pyon’ besides Commander Yamagata.

 

“How ‘bout we go back cordially while holding hands too?”

 

“Lay it off, we look like parent and child so I might get reported.”

 

After the commander replied wearily to Shouko-san’s frivolous talk, Shouko-san leaked out a voice of vulgar chuckle “Hihhihhi”. Kazuki looked back to Kanae’s direction.

 

“…So there was no other spy?”

 

Was there no other spy with the exception of Eleonora and Shouko-san. Kanae nodded deeply toward Kazuki’s question.

 

In the side Kazuha-senpai too tilted her head while knitting her eyebrows.

 

“…If there was a suspicious guy then we shouldn’t miss them I think but as you see―. We are convinced though that we have already stretched our surveillance without any gap.”

 

“Maybe the spy noticed the surveillance in return and so they stopped taking action in the open instead.”

 

“Hm―mm, we have already trained intensively in covert action though. Well, even with our footsteps erased it’s not like our figure also got erased so I cannot guarantee that absolutely.”

 

So this meant that the crucial spy itself didn’t fall into the trap.

 

But from now on the exploration of Fuji’s Sea of Trees would begin with the Knight Academy becoming its spearhead.

 

Surely it would be best to continue the security around him from now on too.

 

“If the spy is caught, hand him over to the Knight Order.”

 

Commander Yamagata who was dragging back Shoukou-san turned around their way.

 

“There is Telepathy interrogation group in the Knight Order. If it’s them then they will surely be able to drag out the information using interrogation and Telepathy and then haul out all the spies like pulling out sweet potato (AN: Japanese idiom. The vine of sweet potato is so like a chain that you only need to pull one root and you can uproot many sweet potatoes in succession.). It’s important to catch even just one no matter who. With just a single action of you all, it might be possible to eradicate all the spies.”

 

Interrogation and Telepathy was it…. Kazuki nodded while feeling a shuddering thing inside him.


 

 

Part 5

 

When Kazuki came home to the Witch’s Mansion, a strange voice could be heard.

 

It was from the kitchen’s direction. Thinking it strange, he carried his feet there and,

 

“Pour the boiling water vigorously! From that, convection will happen inside the pot and stir the tea leaves!”

 

“Yes, I understand!”

 

“Besides, what’s with this tea leaves? Even though it can’t be helped because this is Japan’s domestic product, won’t the aroma of old tea leaves become worse instead.”

 

“But fermented tea leaves can keep for a long time righ…”

 

“No! That is so but no! Black tea is easy to absorb aroma and very delicate. If you want to preserve the fresh aroma for a long time, please use a sealed container instead of this careless container.”

 

“Yes, I understand!”

 

―Kazuki who peeked into the kitchen received a shock.

 

There was an unthinkable person inside the familiar kitchen of the Witch’s Mansion.

 

First was Hikaru-senpai. And then at her side was&mdash;a gentleman wearing a glen check suits was standing by her side, the two of them were brewing black tea.

 

“…Britain’s King!”

 

Hearing Kazuki’s leaked out voice, that person turned back to the direction of the doorway.

 

“…So it’s you. I should have introduced myself already to you right, Arthur Basileus at your service. Good evening, Hayashizaki Kazuki.”

 

 

 

“I was surprised that black tea culture was still surviving in Japan but, it seems that the way to brew black tea had become completely sloppy here. However, I wonder if I’m saying that a little too harsh to a lady.”

 

Three portions of black tea were prepared in the living room. Kazuki, Hikaru, and Arthur sat down surrounding the table.

 

Arthur brought the teacup to his mouth while still a little dissatisfied with its aroma.

 

“No, no. With this I can brew tastier black tea than Kazuki or Akane-senpai see. Thank you!”

 

Toward Hikaru-senpai who had a friendly grin on her face, Arthur too “Fuh” showed a smile.

 

“It seems you are an owner of a wonderful disposition. Looking at that smile without any cloudiness also warms this feeling of mine. The next time I visit here I will bring a lot of true English tea as a present.”

 

Arthur held the hand of Hikaru-senpai who sat beside him tightly and whispered to her ear.

 

“So, what did you come here for?”

 

“Oops, my bad. I became a little too familiar with her in front of your eyes. I have no ulterior motive so I beg your pardon.”

 

“No, I don’t mind it though.”

 

“Oh? A lady this lovely, you don’t mind even if you see another man trying to get friendly with her? Something like that just will not do you know, you have to treat her more importantly.”

 

No, why in the world would someone like the King of Britain show his figure in this kind of place, at any rate his head was already full with that question.

 

It was only that this was not the situation to say about such trivial matter.

 

No, it was not like he didn’t think of Hikaru-senpai importantly though….

 

“Eh, is Kazuki feeling jealous? Hehehe, how troubling―! Then should I get friendlier with this person I wonder―!!”

 

Hikaru-senpai held back Arthur’s hand with an unguarded smiling face.

 

“Seee― Kazuki, seee―” She made merry with Arthur’s hand provocatively while smiling.

 

This was trivial, he thought that but…! Besides senpai, even though you were supposed to be bad with a man why did…!

 

“I, i-i-i-it doesn’t really matter what trivial thing senpai is going to do with another man, I’m going to believe in my bond with senpai after all!”

 

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“Ahaha, you are shaking! Yaa―i yaa―i. How happy! But it’s okay you know, this person, is a girl you see.”

 

“Eh?” Kazuki spontaneously opened his eyes wide.

 

Arthur too, after he stared blankly for a moment, “…What are you talking about?” he separated his hand from Hikaru-senpai timidly. That manner of his hand was obviously agitated.

 

“Saying things like I’m faking my gender, on what basis are you saying that young lady?”

 

“Uu―nn, from the sixth sense of a fellow similar person I wonder?”

 

“To be called as a liar because of such groundless reason like that just won’t fly for me. If you are not such a lovely lady, this is something that cannot be settled by anything other than throwing a handkerchief of duel challenge.”

 

“For me, as long as Kazuki is not bothered by it, then whichever is fine though♪”

 

Arthur averted his eyes from Hikaru-senpai as if running away and he looked back at Kazuki.

 

“By the way, Mister Hayashizaki asked me what I’m doing coming here didn’t you? Certainly I did not come here for reasons like giving lecture of black tea nor for the sake of meeting a lovely lady.”

 

“You are bluntly averting the topic aren’t you?”

 

“I’m not particularly averting any topic. I came here to advise you.”

 

“Advise?”

 

Arthur loosened down his expression a little from this change of topic.

 

“I am mostly freely allowed to do whatever I want by this country. …Speaking as an envoy it leaves me with a good impression but, it also makes me think if all of you are not acting a little too unconcerned here despite how right now, the military force of other countries is entering your country.”

 

Military force. Thinking it normally they were too exaggerated words.

 

But right now, there was most likely no doubt that it was not an exaggeration or anything for just this one person in front of him to be called as [military force]. Because he was a King that had reached completion….

 

“What do you think the minimum military force who has slipped into a hostile nation will aim for the foremost?”

 

Kazuki knitted his eyebrows hearing that sudden question.

 

Even before Kazuki could answer, Arthur continued his words.

 

“I’ll say it right to the point. Please pay attention to assassination attempt. The people who introduced themselves as envoys and entered this country, don’t just believe with stupid honesty that they are really a peaceful envoy.”

 

If. If right now in this place this King of Britain went on a rampage.

 

…Could he protect himself and Hikaru-senpai, he wonders.

 

Kazuki spontaneously put back the teacup that he had moved to his lips onto the table.

 

“You don’t need to worry regarding me. Please try that black tea before it cools down. I will absolutely not do any behavior that run counter to chivalry. I too am holding a favorable impression of you. If there is someone that is going to make a move…for example Russia. Saying it clearly, that country is closer to Yamato’s…or rather China’s standpoint.”

 

About that, Kazuki too had suspected it and nodded his head without any shock. Arthur was “Hou” and narrowed her eyes.

 

“The King of that country too came to this country herself as the envoy. …Ilyailiya Murometz. She was calm and cool and someone of prompt decision. She had no hesitation in what she was going to do and when her surrounding thought [dangerous] she had already finished her action. She was that kind of human.”

 

Kazuki had already encountered her in the sky above the Isonokami Shrine.

 

At that time Kazuki didn’t feel any personal danger from her.

 

But at that time she surely didn’t know yet that Kazuki was a King.

 

On the other hand, her performance of banishing Son Shouryuu from the battlefield was exactly something terrific.

 

“And then one more person you should be careful with is Queen Regina of Italia. Her action’s foundational principle is really simple. I am pleased with you but at that time she had already evaluated you as a worthless human. If at that place I was not together with her, I’m sure that she would immediately cut you down right there.”

 

“…Unbelievable.”

 

“You really think so? She is thinking that humans who don’t receive the [blessing of Olympia] are all trash. You don’t know what a dangerous thing it is to be thought as [trivial] by her. …Unfortunately, Queen Regina doesn’t happen to have any sensitiveness to look forward of what will come out from the immature flower bud.”

 

Immature flower bud. He didn’t even need to ask, those words were pointing to Kazuki’s matter.

 

He was still an immature King. This was a truth that was impossible to not recognize.

 

This gentleman was looking down on him.

 

Competitive spirit flared up inside Kazuki’s chest fleetingly, unconsciously strength filled his eyes.

 

Receiving Kazuki’s gaze, Arthur smiled friendly.

 

“You don’t get timid no matter what is said to you, that’s a good eye. It makes me harbor a premonition that a magnificent petal will bloom from you. No matter what kind of King it is, there are no humans with average force of will that are chosen for that position, that’s why there is nothing more foolish than not waiting for the blooming. The one who contested the seat of King with you, Yamato’s…Aisu Ikousai too is an interesting character isn’t she?”

 

It seemed Arthur had met with Aisu Ikousai too. It was only natural thinking about it. The envoys of the Magic Advanced Countries visited both side of Japan and Yamato and they were expected to listen to what each of them had to say after all.

 

However Aisu Ikousai and this King Arthur…for some reason he couldn’t imagine how their conversation went.

 

“In the first place Queen Regina is aware that you are not recognized as [King] by the government of this country. That’s why she is thinking that it’s going to be trivial even if she eliminated you with some coerciveness. How deplorable it is I wonder, all of you who are not in a mythology country but still in a democratic country cannot understand the importance of King. I had practically met with the big shots in the conference but my impression is that even if you got killed by Queen Regina, they will surely not get particularly bothered by it.”

 

Arthur said [still]. As if democracy was a politic ideology that was even more backward compared to mythology doctrine or religious doctrine. Inside these guys, their thoughts about all these doctrine was completely reversed.

 

However his criticism regarding Japan’s government was most likely something accurate.

 

“Anyway, please be careful. You too is going to challenge <Fuji’s Sea of Trees> right? I too seized in my hand only one Sacred Treasure in a certain Haunted Ground, and became someone who is recognized as a King. But…what is called Haunted Ground is also the most suitable location for assassination to take place.”

 

Location that was also the most suitable for assassination―he recalled about the time when he met Lotte.

 

She too was about to get killed in a location of Haunted Ground with an assault that was going to get dressed as an accident.

 

“That’s all the matter I want to convey to you. I wish to challenge you in a duel at the appropriate place after all.”

 

Arthur stood up. Kazuki and Hikaru-senpai too stood up and saw off Arthur until the entranceway.

 

Hikaru-senpai raised her voice with “See- you, Arthur-chan!”

 

Kazuki didn’t have any intention to become that overly familiar in his contact with Arthur until that far but,

 

“Thank you for telling me so many various things.” He said his thanks.

 

“My pleasure.”

 

Leaving those words behind, Arthur took his leave while his stick rang out *katsun katsun* with each of his step.

 

“Ka―zuki-! Sorry for teasing you okay.”

 

The moment Arthur was gone from there, Hikaru-senpai leaped at him right from the side.

 

Even while being unsteady from her momentum, he answered “It doesn’t bother me, senpai.”

 

“I’m not going to be a girl except in front of Kazuki. …I can be a girl right?”

 

She talked while clinging and dangling from Kazuki’s neck with her both legs kicking around.

 

A girl was it? Senpai looked like a stupidly innocent kid though.


 

 

Part 6

 

The evening of that day, Kazuki gathered everyone inside the student council room of the Magic Division.

 

Kazuki, Kaguya-senpai, Hikaru-senpai, Mio, Koyuki, Lotte, Karin, Kamimura-san, everyone of the Witch’s Mansion.

 

Kanae, Kohaku, Torazou-san, Kazuha-senpai, the lineup of the Sword Division.

 

Yumeno-san who proactively assisted the Student Council too as the newspaper committed chairman.

 

And then Headmaster Amasaki and Liz Liza-sensei.

 

Kazuki reported exactly what he learned from his talk with Commander Yamagata toward all these faces he were acquainted with.

 

And then also about how they couldn’t discover the spy.

 

“…We are really going to decide something this important with that something like this treasure hunting game…”

 

Kaguya-senpai leaked out a dumbfounded voice. As expected it seemed she was bothered by that aspect.

 

“Even if we decided the victor using this way, the loser side is never going to accept it and they will surely just restart the war once more won’t they?”

 

Kanae said with a severe tone. However what she said that there will be no meaning in doing this because of that was by no means true.

 

“Even if the loser restarts the war and forcefully wins, it will only become something that won’t be acknowledged by the other Magic Advanced Countries. As a country it will become a considerably thorny path to follow.”

 

When Kazuki pointed that out, Kanae said “I see, as expected from Nii-sama” and nodded.

 

“Isn’t this better, instead of an annihilation battle where we don’t know when it’s going to end and we have to continue fighting endlessly until we cornered the enemy to the edge of west Japan. If it’s Kazu-nii then he will absolutely win in the end.”

 

Mio was optimistically believing in Kazuki. However.

 

“In Amaterasu’s analysis, she said that the side which obtained two or more out of the Three Sacred Treasures will be victorious in the last duel. I too am in the same opinion with her.”

 

Ikousai was strong.

 

Moreover in something like a duel that betted the life or death of a country…was an unimaginable situation for Kazuki who had lived in a democratic country until now. Sure enough whether he could cross swords in such a duel with a normal mentality or not, just imagining it made him break in a cold sweat.

 

King―As expected what became the problem was this wondering, whether he was someone appropriate or not as a King.

 

They absolutely mustn’t lose in this Race of the Three Sacred Treasures Hunt.

 

“Even if we are calling it a hunting race, it’s the end already for each side if the Sacred Treasures are not born in the Haunted Ground inside their territory right? Isn’t this a game of luck depending on the mood of the Haunted Ground?”

 

Hikaru-senpai tilted her head. However Kazuki immediately denied that.

 

“No, I think when push come to shove, the other side will unconcernedly come invading our territory.”

 

If there were no Sacred Treasure in their own territory, it was fine to just invade the other side’s territory.

 

“The Knight Order should also have already thought that far. …But when it becomes a scramble without heeding any rule, the spy’s existence will become even more of a hindrance.”

 

They had to resolve the spy problem before the situation changed into a bogged down battle.

 

…But the operation to lure out the spy in the open had ended in failure.

 

That was a big problem.

 

“If the spy really existed then this should be a bait that they shouldn’t be able to ignore right?”

 

Kaguya-senpai too leaked out a bewildered voice. Even right now when he was telling the story to everyone like this, their surrounding was being guarded by the Sword Division’s students that had received training.

 

“Is there any chance that the spy actually doesn’t exist?”

 

Hikaru-senpai smiled negligently.

 

No, the spy supposedly existed. Like the students who had connection to the former Board Chairman Takasugi.

 

Why didn’t the spy come to take the bait…?

 

Did the spy obtain the information into his hand from a position where he didn’t even need to do something like tailing Kazuki to a meeting in a closed room outside the school?”

 

The information that Kazuki obtained was brought back like this to the Student Council room.

 

Kazuki reflexively looked around everyone, his comrades that were gathering inside this Student Council room.

 

But Lotte didn’t say anything at all.

 

Kazuki had already talked about all the matters regarding the exploration of Fuji’s Sea of Trees.

 

“Let’s think about how we are going to investigate the Grand Haunted Ground by dividing ourselves into several units. If one member of the Witch’s Mansion is inserted into each group, then I will be able to sense the location of each unit using Leme’s power. If we do that then the safety should increase by a fair amount.”

 

Kazuki explained about Leme’s power of positivity level map. Kazuki could visualize the location of all his comrades that had high positivity level from his own location using magic power vision.

 

“That’s, for example when I’m in the toilet, that fact will be leaked out to Kazuki then?”

 

Hikaru-senpai asked while smiling wryly.

 

“No…for some reason, someone with a high positivity level to me will give out a strong reaction, but if they don’t want to meet me even unconsciously, like when you want to be alone, then it seems there will be no reaction at all in the map. According to Leme, this is a consideration or something for people’s privacy.”

 

“In other words this ability conveys the person’s feeling of wanting to meet Kazuki exactly like that!”

 

Mio said that happily. Well, it was something like that.

 

The higher the positivity level of the other side, the clearer he would be able to sense the where about of the person from the strong reaction.

 

Kanae and Kohaku raised their voice calling out “Not fair, not fair!”

 

Even if they called it unfair, it just made him troubled.

 

“That means president also understands my location?”

 

Yumeno-san began to talk timidly.

 

“No, I mostly don’t understand Yumeno-san’s location. The positivity level is insufficient after all.”

 

“Eh, no, I, I don’t hate Chief President at all though!”

 

Kazuki smiled wryly to the flustered Yumeno-san.

 

“But you don’t like me as much as Mio right?”

 

“Eh, ah, yes.” When Yumeno-san took a glance, she frankly understood after seeing Mio who was staring at Kazuki with red cheeks.

 

“Somehow…Chief President’s harem is really amazing. Do I also have to like Hayashizaki-san more too I wonder…”

 

“No, you don’t need to do such thing at all though. Sorry if this makes you feel hard to be here.”

 

This newspaper committee chairman girl was also taking the initiative to undertake the practical works like taking the records of the meeting’s proceeding for them. He only knew her for a short time, but Kazuki harbored a strong trust and gratitude to her.

 

“Don’t mind it at all! I am just as you see, an unreliable human so that’s why…being needed by someone where I can do my best makes me happy! I will work even harder to be more and more useful!”

 

Yumeno-san said that with a bright smiling face that contained no two-faced at all that he could see in it.

 

While feeling warmth spreading in his chest, Kazuki nodded back saying “Thank you.”

 

That’s right, there shouldn’t be any ulterior motive and the like at all behind this smiling face, that’s what he thought….

 

“Doing that the number of the investigation team will be limited then. The number of Magika Stigma that had tied a bond enough with Otouto-kun is, perhaps around six people…?”

 

Kaguya-senpai asked for confirmation from Kazuki. Kaguya-senpai, Hikaru-senpai, Mio, Koyuki, Lotte, Kazuha-senpai, there were six people. That meant adding Kazuki himself into that number they could only make seven teams at most.

 

“For the quest this time, there will be quite a large number of students that will enter their name as candidates but, selecting the few elites among them is the better way isn’t it?”

 

Kaguya-senpai said that while tapping her hand on her chin. Kazuki also had similar thought with her.

 

“Let’s open an extraordinary student general meeting tomorrow and announce the quest this time to the students.”

 

They had to hurry about this matter. Gathering everyone at the evening of the same day where he met Commander Yamagata at the afternoon was for the sake of that.

 

Conducting the selection of the students that wished to participate and after finishing with that they could finally began the exploration.

 

“During the period of preparation, what do you think of sending us, the members of the Student Council as the <advance troops unit> into the Grand Haunted Ground to look around? If we gathered preliminary information before the main event then the safety of this quest will rise.”

 

Hikaru-senpai suggested. That was certainly a good thinking, Kazuki also thought so.

 

During the time it would take to organize the units’ composition, Kazuki and the others of the Student Council should continue to move.

 

“Then let’s divide the advance troops unit into two. I want to divide us into my team, and then Mio’s team.”

 

Kazuki taught to everyone that with Lemegeton’s ability he could communicate telepathically with a partner whose positivity level had gone higher past a certain value. Because Kazuki and Mio could always converse with each other, it was for the best for the two of them to be in a different team.

 

Everyone made uproar once more.

 

“Wait a second, the only one that ability can be used on is just Mio-chan!?”

 

Kaguya-senpai raised a flustered voice.

 

“Fuu―n, Kazuki, I really want you to disclose the positivity level number openly to everyone for one time so we can see.”

 

Hikaru-senpai talked in the way as if she thought this as interesting, but there was not even a speck of laugh in her eyes.

 

Koyuki too said “Rather than something like losing in positivity level from Kazuki himself, this is more vexing in a certain meaning…” while looking down, while Mio said “Fuffuu―n! I’m the number one that’s the most madly in love!!” in a strange pride.

 

“All of you, it’s just a slight difference desu. Because I too am supposed to love Kazuki-oniisan very much myself desu.”

 

Lotte said that in order to smooth out the place’s atmosphere.

 

Amasaki Mio―152   Hiakari Koyuki―141   Lotte―138

 

Otonashi Kaguya―140   Hoshikaze Hikaru―128   Tsukahara Kazuha―120

 

Katsura Karin―50   Kamimura Itsuki―35   Yumeno Shiori―33

 

Certainly it was just like what Lotte said, it was just a slight difference.

 

But converting the feeling of a person into numbers was…once again, it was something a little scary.

 

If he didn’t continue to face everyone sincerely, then surely a stigma as a coward would immediately get stamped on him.

 

“For the member assignment in the advance troop teams, to avoid mayhem I am thinking of deciding it by talking with just me and Kaguya-senpai.”

 

Kazuki said that because he had an idea. Everyone was “Certainly that was seems to be better” and obediently agreed, and then the discussion of that day was over.

 

“Kazuki-oniisan.”

 

While all present were going out of the Student Council room, Lotte walked approaching near Kazuki.

 

When Lotte drew near Kazuki, she suddenly hugged him tightly.

 

Everyone else was going out ahead, only the two of them were left behind by themselves in the Student Council room.

 

“Kazuki-oniisan…it’s painful to doubt your companion isn’t it desu?”

 

Lotte guessed right with a few words about what Kazuki was worrying about inside his mind.

 

That’s right. That was why Kazuki didn’t decide the most important thing in that gathering.

 

A position where the spy didn’t even brave any danger like tailing him and yet he could still obtain information….

 

“Lotte…is there no one that spouted any lies among those members?”

 

Kazuki asked with a whispering voice. Even just expressing that doubt in his voice felt repulsive.

 

“A person whose heart was stirring as if they were lying, there was not one among them that was like that desu.”

 

Kazuki despaired.

 

He despaired of himself who thought that it was disappointing that the spy was not among them.

 

If there was no one that said any lie, that meant that this paranoia of his was something mistaken.

 

There was no such thing like a betrayer among those members from before. That was something he should be happy about.

 

In the first place―Kazuki was able to sense someone’s positivity level. Kazuki’s ability too was showing him that there was no person who spouted lies in that gathering.

 

“No, Kazuki-oniisan’s thinking is not mistaken.”

 

However, Lotte said that decisively.

 

“Let’s press forward with that thinking just a little bit more. We are nearing the correct answer, the spy should be cornered to the wall right now desu. …Let’s cut off the information even narrower.”

 

Lotte faced Kazuki with an earnest gaze.

 

Even narrower―It was obvious what was the meaning of those words.

 

There might a spy among his companions.

 

But even if he said his companions, the candidate was essentially only one.

 

With an unpleasant feeling, Kazuki nodded.


 

 

Part 7

 

The next morning, an extraordinary student general meeting was conducted and the quest was announced grandly.

 

Kazuki and the other of the Student Council commenced the reception desk for the students who wished to participate.

 

Past the afternoon, the list of the great number of applicant was finished. From here on they had to look on each candidate’s magic technique’s grades and quest accomplishments to select the members.

 

“I will investigate the applicants one by one and interview them!”

 

Yumeno-san said that with an enthusiastic face.

 

“If there is a spy, there is a high chance that they will apply for participation in this for the sake of entering Fuji’s Sea of Trees! If I interviewed them then I might be able to discover someone suspicious!”

 

With eyes burning from journalism and expression that didn’t want to entertain doubt, Yumeno-san suggested that to Kazuki. Kazuki gave his permission for interviewing the applicants.

 

The interview of the prominent applicants could also become good article in the school newspaper.

 

―From that day, Yumeno-san investigated and gathered information on several tens of students every day for him.

 

But among that information, there was no suspicious person that could give them an inkling of the spy’s identity. Students who could be said as roughly innocent kept increasing in number day by day.

 

 

 

During that time, Kazuki talked over the member selection for the advance troop unit and the schedule together just with Kaguya-senpai.

 

Actually Kazuki wanted to talk all of this over and decide with everyone of the Student Council.

 

However following Lotte’s proposal―cutting off and narrow the information―the important matters were decided just between Kazuki and Kaguya-senpai in succession. Even the information for the team composition and the time they were going to carry out the activity was withheld until the very last minute, that even Headmaster Amasaki and of course Mio and the others too didn’t get told.

 

“Thinking of the balance, I shouldn’t be in Otouto-kun’s team but in Mio-chan’s team.”

 

In the Student Council room that had been cleared out of other people, Kazuki was facing Kaguya-senpai from across the table.

 

Regarding the composition of the advance troop unit, Kaguya-senpai said that regretfully while her shoulders dropped.

 

Kaguya-senpai was an existence that was in the strongest class at the academy. And then Kazuki too was ranking equal with that, so dividing both of them into different teams was the best way. Kazuki nodded saying “Please do that.”

 

“Then please assign Kamimura-san to Kaguya-senpai’s team.”

 

“Why? Won’t it give her relief if she is together with Otouto-kun?”

 

“She is specializing in defensive magic. She should be able to cover for Kaguya-senpai’s weak point.”

 

Based on what he had seen until now, Amaterasu’s power could exhibit its true value exactly when it was protecting her comrade.

 

On the other hand Kaguya-senpai’s Asmodeus had almost no defensive magic. Because of that Kaguya-senpai had to always protect her own body with Resist technique.

 

Kazuki too had the advantage in protecting his comrades with various defensive magic. That was why putting Kazuki and Kamimura-san into different teams would form a balance.

 

“If Itsuki-chan is in my team, then it’s better for Kazuha-chan and Lotte-chan to be in my team too right?”

 

It was the most important matter for someone to be able to support Kamimura-san’s mental condition. It would be troubling if she withdrew herself.

 

“And so Hikaru-senpai is going to my team then.”

 

Kazuha-senpai and Hikaru-senpai too, their individuality overlapped in the meaning that both of them were someone able in close-quarter combat.

 

“Next please put Koyuki and…Yumeno-san in my team.”

 

“I really want Kana-chan. Separating the Hayashizaki-style into two different team also has good balance right?”

 

“Then Kohaku is in my team. Ah, somehow it feels fresh to form a party together with Kohaku.”

 

“Next there are also those like Ryuutaki sisters but…. It doesn’t seem like the younger sister will give her cooperation. Despite that we can also forcefully bring in the older sister to our side couldn’t we-”

 

“But with this it’s six people already, I think it will be hard to be effective if we increase the number of people too much. So it’s like this then.”

 

Hayashizaki Kazuki・Hoshikaze Hikaru・Hiakari Koyuki・Yumeno Shiori・Katsura Karin・Kohaku (AN: Only Kohaku got her name written without family name, is the author discriminating her? EDIT: He also disciminates Lotte; even though in the color illustrations she’s called “Charlotte Lieben Frau”, both in this list and in the positivity levels list excerpts she’s referred as “Lotte”.)

 

Amasaki Mio・Otonashi Kaguya・Kamimura Itsuki・Tsukahara Kazuha・Lotte・Hayashizaki Kanae

 

The list was inputted into the PC and the data was saved. Sending the mail of this to Headmaster Amasaki left a little time for them.

 

“For the date we carry this out…the faster the better isn’t it.”

 

“Let’s do this the day after tomorrow in Wednesday.”

 

They extended the time for a day. ―This was a consideration for the person who wanted to obtain this information in their hand.


 

 

Part 8

 

‘…To have to especially do this kind of roundabout thing. This me.’

 

Everything inside the mind of Regina Olympia Folnar was ruled by her irritation toward this troublesomeness.

 

Her objective was―to obtain information.

 

For the sake of investigating the particulars of the war, the envoys of the Magic Advanced Countries were granted with the right to freely pass between the country’s borders. Regina was guided by the Knight Order and traversed from Japan to Yamato.

 

Regina ordered toward the Yamato soldier who welcomed her in the national border “Lead me toward the one other person in the top” with high pressuring.

 

The other person in the top―the political organization called Kenshitou became the center of Yamato’s government. Regina had already met with the strongest swordsman who was the central figure of this organization, Aisu Ikousai.

 

A beast hungering for power. Regina gave such a low evaluation to Aisu Ikousai.

 

But there was one more group that helped Kenshitou in Yamato, both the person who led that group and Aisu Ikousai could be said as [the two great leader] of Yamato without doubt.

 

Taking the opportunity together with obtaining information, Regina also thought of going to pay her respect by meeting that one face to face.

 

She was told that that person had left from the battlefield and was now in Oosaka. Regina was taken there by boarding the magic light train.

 

Regina who held the doctrine of rejecting science passed her time inside the train making a displeasured face with all her heart. Surely the soldiers of Yamato that were showing her the way had their lifespan greatly reduced being near her.

 

Surely it was also necessary to more or less make a compromise toward this country…despite the unpleasantness….

 

Nonetheless Regina couldn’t help but recognize the sensation of riding this magic light train. Sitting on this comfortable cushion, while feeling not even a single vibration even with the train running in tremendous speed, as if it was gliding instead of running. ‘I see, this might be an article the ignorant people who doesn’t possess a powerful movement magic would be thankful for’, Queen Regina handed down her evaluation with a settled comprehension.

 

When she disembarked in the Oosaka station, she was switched into a limousine. The sensation of riding this was also not bad.

 

However she was bothered with the burden the magic light train and this limousine put onto the environment.

 

And then the place she finally arrived at was a single ancient traditional restaurant.

 

It seemed there was a culture in this country to wine and dine in a traditional restaurant while talking about important matters.

 

Not bad. This was a country with completely foreign culture, but there was some similar aspect that resembled closely with Italia in its sensitivity of meal.

 

Regina walked in a steady pace while watching the Japanese garden with a rustic feel that suited her preference. She was guided to a detached room, where a single girl was waiting for her inside the formal Japanese-style room.

 

That girl―the moment she confronted Kaya, Regina guessed everything that happened in this country.

 

‘What, isn’t this young girl being possessed by a Diva?’

 

‘I see’, so a Diva of the Chaos Side was trying to take over Japan.

 

While making light of the young man that was chosen as a King.

 

This country is really no good huh.

 

‘They are finished’, Regina thought.

 

“Welcome, the Queen of Italia Miss Regina. Your business?”

 

“I come to receive the information you presented. Alongside being an envoy I have the right for that.”

 

Regina who couldn’t sit in a seiza posture held dissatisfaction because there was no chair provided. She finally sat cross-legged.

 

“…Present all the information your spy collected regarding the Knight Academy to me.”

 

Without beating about the bush Regina cut right into the heart of the matter like that.

 

 

She must be useful.

 

At that time, what ruled over everything inside the girl’s mind was that thought.

 

She must be useful. Because there was no place to belong for a human without worth.

 

Such personality of the girl had been beaten into her head since she was small.

 

My second role….

 

The first one. To continue supplying information…. Information…sometimes it was even stronger than a sword.

 

The other one. To guide that person to that place…. But that could be done even after this.

 

Right now was information first.

 

Even though she could finally penetrate until near the central figure of the Knight Academy after much difficulties…she suddenly became unable to get her hand on the information at all.

 

That was because the Chief Student Council President Hayashizaki Kazuki decided everything only between him and Otonashi Kaguya, and those decisions they made were known only by the two of them without telling anybody else at all.

 

If it kept like this then this would end with her being unable to fulfill her role at all. If she didn’t gather information….

 

She had grasped Hayashizaki Kazuki’s pattern of action. He would send the data about the matter that was decided by the Student Council addressed to Headmaster Amasaki.

 

The information existed. In the form of a digital information that was easy to understand.

 

That data was supposed to be preserved somewhere either in the computer terminal that Hayashizaki Kazuki used personally or in the Student Councils’ PC.

 

Of course the one that she could get her hand on easier was the PC that was stored in the Student Council room.

 

Hayashizaki Kazuki was strictly classifying his own personal data and the Student Council’s data. That was why there was a high possibility that the data she aimed for was stored inside the PC in this Student Council room.

 

Wasn’t this too defenseless for such an important data?

 

No, Hayashizaki Kazuki didn’t take precaution for himself…. He was too softhearted of a person.

 

Late night. That girl crept into the empty school building and arrived at the Student Council room.

 

She could open all of the lock freely.

 

She sat in front of the PC desk. Password? Of course there was no way she didn’t know.

 

This was a PC that she herself had operated a few times.

 

“…What are you doing there desu?”

 

―Despite there was no presence or even any footsteps at all, a voice came behind her without any previous notice.

 

While the girl lost her presence of mind, she stood up from the PC desk and turned back.

 

Charlotte Liebenfrau. A girl of the Magic Division that was called Lotte and loved by everyone had opened the door and stood in the entrance with a determined expression.

 

Strange, there was no sound of the door opening or the like at all.

 

A female she had to be on guard against the most….

 

The girl was going to say some excuse, about why she was here this late. She could make any number of excuses. If you want to know why that’s because I….

 

But even before she could do that, Charlotte’s words intercepted her.

 

 

 

“You are the spy from Yamato right desu, Yumeno-oneesan.”


 

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