The Knights Order and me.
Don’t be so stiff. His dejected ears started twitching again. I’d like to touch them by all means.
“So I am the object of your many wild delusions, huh. I was not aware.”
“I, I am sorry…”
“I don’t mind. It’s like being told that you find me attractive. If you told me that you did not find the woman who is going to spend the rest of her life with you attractive, that would make me indeed cry.”
“You are too cautious, Rosarin! Please have more shyness! Don’t tempt me!”
“Eh~? I won’t tolerate anyone but you, you know? And I am not tempting you, it’s because I believe that you will stop when I tell you to stop, so it’s probably the result of my trust for you.”
“… That trust is too heavy for me.”
Dirk fell down on his four, his face facing the floor. Both his tail and ears got dispirited.
“If I am too cautious, I won’t be able to hug you, okay? I love hugging you and being hugged by you, though.”
“… I don’t feel like I can win against the temptation at all! Ahh, geez!”
I was hugged and lifted up a little too roughly. I cheekily touched his tail and ears.
A soft, wonderful fluffy feeling. Such a bliss. Curtis addressed me with a wry smile.
“Rather than that, I know this is quite late to ask, but why are you wearing apprentice knight clothes?”
“Ah, I utilized the grade-skipping system, but it was confirmed that there was nothing for me to learn, so utilizing the temporary employment system, I decided to join the Knights Order.”
Curtis and Dirk made complicated expressions. It can’t be helped, right?
“… Does the Commander know about it?”
“I did not tell him. By the way, I did not tell you on purpose, Dirk. I am satisfied with today’s harvest.”
“Rosarin… are you satisfied with teasing me?”
“Yes. Very much. I am also confident of my charm. I will be tempting you even more from now on, so prepare yourself.”
“I won’t be able to take any more than thiiis!”
Dirk shouted with teary eyes and Curtis burst out in laughter.
“You guys are too funny. I will go tell Commander about Rosarin.”
Curtis left the Knights Order building. I returned with Dirk to the meeting place.
“Umm, the lunch…”
“If you have time, how about we eat together after a long while? Also, if you want to see me, come see me anytime, okay? I will be waiting for you.”
Seeing Dirk delighted, a smile spontaneously crept on my face. I parted with Dirk and we each returned to do our best with the training.
Now then, the opponent for my mock battle is…
“Son of Marquis Roswayde?”
“I lost the last time, I won’t lose this time!”
“… You are fired up, aren’t you? Umm, why only I have a special opponent? I was fine with the knight the others fought against.”
“This fellow was coincidentally there when Curtis came to report. I thought it was a good opportunity for a rematch.”
Don’t mind it, Rudolf-san laughed. Well, there’s no point in minding it, I prepared my weapon. It was a pair of training swords. My opponent, the son of Marquis Roswayde used a standard long sword.
Sparks scattered around. He’s indeed strong! However, I who have been recently sparring with the muscleheaded Hero have more wins than losses.
When compared to a Hero, he lacks both in speed and strength.
He’s probably vigilant against my acceleration. He’s using defensive swordsmanship. Is he aiming for a counterattack?
Rosalia-san was delighted. She, on the other hand, has been recently losing against the Hero, after all. Her swordsmanship is on equal skill with the son of Marquis Roswayde.
There, I remembered. That reminds me, I have the weights on… I was careless. It’s because Dirk lifted me up as if nothing happened.
Rosalia-san surely forgot too, yes. I will lighten us up by canceling the magic instead. I would like to take it off, but I don’t have the leeway to do so. It will be troublesome to adjust the heaviness later, but it can’t be helped. Let’s go-
My senses sharpened. I could now see the movements of the son of Marquis Roswayde clearly. He tried to receive my swords with his, but… too late!
The long sword got knocked out and we placed the twin swords against the throat of the son of Marquis Roswayde with fluid movements.
I exhaled. My field of vision felt clear as never before. It must be because the two of us were thinking the same.
As I reached out my hand to the son of Marquis Roswayde who collapsed after receiving our attack, there was applause.
N? An applause?
“You are so strong!”
I got surrounded by the upper-class students. Stop it, don’t look at me with such sparkly eyes. I am not able to bear it.
It’s too late to think about this, but maybe I was not supposed to win… eh? You wanted to fight with all your might once in a while? If you say so then it can’t be helped, Rosalia.
“I was beaten. What was that chant of yours? Magic?”
“.., If you say magic, then it was magic.”
I averted my gaze because I could predict what was going to happen.
“What kind of magic?”
“… Magic to dispell the effect of these things.”
A picture is worth a thousand words. I dropped the wristband magic tools in the hands of the son of Marquis Roswayde.
The son of Marquis Roswayde lost his balance after receiving the wristbands in his hands. You did well not dropping them. But, you are trembling.
“It’s fine to drop them. It’s troublesome to adjust them after dispelling their effect, but as expected, I had no leeway to take them off.”
The son of Marquis Roswayde obediently dropped the magic tools and they sunk into the ground.
“In other words, I lost while you were handicapped?”
The son of Marquis Roswayde received a great shock. I ended up speaking the truth carelessly.
“No, you are strong. I just completely forgot to take them off. I did not think I can challenge you with these.”
He grabbed my head with a nice smile. Crap! I have a bad feeling!
“You moroooon! Prepare yourself completely the next time!!”
“Ouch, owow! Sorry, I am sorry, please forgive mee!”
I got scolded by the son of Marquis Roswayde. His hand-claws seriously hurt!! I am, more or less, a girl, so please spare me!
A few minutes later, I was rescued by Dirk who noticed the situation. However, Dirk who rescued me inquired.
“… Just what did you do for Fizz to be this angry?”
Hearing him ask that, I realized that I have no credibility. When I explained, Dirk didn’t know what to say, but he went together with me to apologize to the son of Marquis Roswayde.
It wasn’t on purpose! I was just careless! When I frantically explained, the adult that was the son of Marquis Roswayde apologized too.
I spent my first day at the Knights Order like this.
Ah, I had lunch with Dirk after a long while, but Curtis and Hugh-san intruded on us, so it was quite lively.