CH 8 – “A Handshake Bathed in Blood” – Reincarnated as a Dark Elf ~The strongest magician conquers a parallel world~

(TL Note: Once again the problem with 1st and 3rd person pov rears its ugly head. I’m going to try and keep it 3rd person unless the author actually uses the pronoun “I” when it comes to text that is not a conversation. Pray for my soul.)


Well, I’ve killed the lowlifes, now what should I do?
Of course, meeting the Princess, become acquainted with her, and landing into her good graces would be the best course of action.

Or, that was the main reason behind infiltrating the party, and why Celica is straddling such a big sword.

Then she should quickly land and greet the Princess, but she is hesitating.

Of course, there is no change in plan to the Princess accommodate Celica while taking advantage of the many conveniences that the position brings. Celica is worrying on just how she is going to accomplish this?

A dagger was held in the hands of the Princess.
It is not directed to Celica.
Neither is it directed towards the attackers.
That blade was directed to the Princess herself.
During the battle, the Princess constantly placed the blade against her own throat.
If she were to be captured and humiliated by the attackers, then she intended to bravely take her own life.
What a scrappy young lady.
However, it is not something to be happy over.

The image Celica had of Lunelize was that of a gentle girl, or a ditzy girl.

During the day, she grows roses in the palace’s greenhouse and at night she relaxes in an easy chair while doing embroidery. This was Celica’s image of Lunelize.

―― At least that is the image Celica had after acquiring information from the newspaper and other sources.
But, if you actually meet the Princess, there are no girls from good families who are as dignified as her.
Here is a dignified Princess who if she is to be disgraced and humiliated would rather take her own life.

Celica is now greatly questioning whether the Princess will obey her if Celica were to use her strength to threaten her.

(But, all I can do is try.)

Coming this far and doing nothing is not an option.
Celica will make the Princess yield to her with her mighty magical power in the future.
If in that process the Princess takes her own life, then it cannot be helped.
It just means that there was no “fate” between them.
As Celica told herself this, she flew down and landed.
She then stood in front of the Princess.

The man wearing a butler’s uniform stands in between them saying,
[Your Highness, leave this to me, so please retreat.] Butler

He is quite courageous. Even after seeing the scene of slaughter earlier, he is not showing any signs of being afraid.

Although he is a loyal and brave gentleman, he is in the way.
Let’s have him die, the moment Celica thought this and sent magical power into the sword, Lunelize stepped forward and stopped the butler.

[Sebas, you surely saw the power of this person. Even a master gunner such as yourself cannot defeat her.] Lunelize
(TL Note: We have another butler named Sebas. I wonder if her likes skeletons too.)

She continued.

[This person protected us from the attackers. we do not know what their “final objective” is, but we should give our thanks for helping us.] Lunelize

And while deeply lowering her head she said,

[Thank you very much. I do not know who you are or where you came from, but I thank you for saving us from this predicament.] Lunelize

What a splendid show of gratitude.
It was not a show, so she could save face, but an honest show of gratitude from the bottom of her heart.

If Celica was just a normal girl, she would probably yield to the Princess on the spot and swear loyalty to her. This is how dignified Lunelize was at that time. But unfortunately, Celica was not an ordinary girl.

Celica thought the person who should yield and swear loyalty isn’t Celica but the Princess.
That is why Celica spoke without reservation and said.

[Your Highness, it is the first time I am making your acquaintance. My name is Celica Desself.] Celica

[I have never heard of your name. With the ability to use a treasured sword, are you by the daughter of some noble.] Lunelize

[No, I am not someone of such importance. I am just the daughter of a low-level official.
―― Well, let’s just leave it at that. Explaining my background, can come after we finalize the contract.] Celica

[Contract?] Lunelize

[Yes, the contract that will tie the two of us.] Lunelize

[Contract? Little girl!! Do you any Idea of the person to whom you are speaking with?] Sebas

The one who had a sudden outburst of anger was the butler Sebas.
Since he was being noisy I moved to silence him, but Lunelize beat me to the punch.

[Sebas, please keep quiet for a while. I want to talk to this person until the end.] Lunelize

[…………] Sebas

Sebas fell silent. His life has been saved.

[A smart choice, Sebas. By the way, I know who this person is. She is the Fourth Imperial Princess Lunelize. I knew as I was saving but regardless of this I took an oppressive stance when negotiating with the Princess. As to why I did this, I intend to have you come under my control.] Celica (TL Note: So, this phrase under your control can also mean slavery and subordination. Due to how the story will progress from here I wanted to avoid using the word slavery. But if the story changes I will update all future uses of this term.)

[Under your control?] Lunelize

[I will have you become someone who will follow everything I say.] Celica

[Why must I meet such a fate?] Lunelize

[For the sake of my career and the future of this county.] Celica

[The future of this country?] Lunelize

[You also saw what just occurred. Sleazebags who wanted to attack a young girl in order to push the Emperor to start a war with a neighboring country. Lowlifes who enjoy a one-sided a massacre and defile women. There are people many people like this in the upper echelons of this country. I wish to clean them out with one fell swoop.] Celica

[Is there any guarantee that if after you’ve come into power you won’t become corrupt as well.] Lunelize

[There is none. That is why I want power in order to confirm if that will happen.] Celica

[…I understand. I shall pledge myself to be under your control.] Lunelize

[It is true to one needs courage to submit to the control of someone else. Let alone the fact that you are royalty, I’m sure your self-respect won’t allow for you to be ordered around by a commoner. But, even then I…] Celica

Then my words were stopped mid-sentence.
Celica felt that the Princess said something outrageous before she started her speech.
Celica asks her to say those words one more time.

[I said I understand. From today I will be under your control.] Lunelize

[…………] Celica

[Do you find it hard to believe?] Lunelize

[Yes, I cannot believe it. You accepted all of this too quickly. I cannot believe that a prideful princess who is willing to take her own life would readily yield to a commoner.] Celica

[There is no such thing as a commoner or a noble when it comes to changing the world. You said that you will change this world. And you have the power to change this world. That is enough for me now.] Lunelize

[……What a strange princess.] Celica

[I am often told that.] Lunelize

[But, I can’t trust you with just words alone. I want a symbol of our contract.] Celica

As Celica said this, Lunelize opened her dress and exposed her chest.
(TL Note: I went with chest instead of breasts because both girls here are still like 8 years old. So that would be weird.)

The butler tried to stop her, but she would not quit.
Lunelize inscribed a seal on her bare chest with a dagger.
From the chest where the magic square was engraved, an almost endless amount of blood was flowing.
(TL Note: The author actually wrote 魔方陣 which means magic square.)

[If you are a magician then you should know what this is. If you place curse on a seal you wrote with your own will, a strong restriction will be placed. Now please place the restriction.] Lunelize

[Are you okay with this?] Celica

Celica asks in order to confirm what’s happening.

[Yes, I do not mind.] Lunelize

[Well then, I shall place the restriction.] Celica

Celica touches her chest and sends magical power into the seal.
Her heart shined with a pale light.

[―― The contents of the constraint is a curse where if I tell you to die then you will die. In short, I hold the rights to whether Your Highness lives or dies.] Celica

[Well that is quite a lot. With this I will not be able to betray you.] Lunelize

[Yes, if you betray me, you will die. By the way it is useless to pretend to obey me. I can read a person’s heart. If you lie, I will immediately see through it.] Celica

Celica used the abilities she received from God.
The ability to confirm any hostility someone holds towards her.
A dubious light fills Celica’s magic eyes.

The answer given by her magic eyes is led by that demon was that the girl named Imperial Princess Lunelize was dressed.

Her body was wrapped in a white aura.
That is to say Lunelize is friendly towards Celica.
This girl, perfectly trusts Celica even though they just met.
Just what is this girl made of?
As Celica thought this, she didn’t put her thoughts to words. All she did was stretch out her hand and said.

[Now then Your Highness, I look forward to your accommodations from now on. In order to reform this rotten country.] Celica

It is my pleasure to count myself on your side. But as long as you are the ideal witch.] Lunelize

With this the alliance between the Witch and the Princess was quietly formed.

With this handshake bathed in blood, the fate of the empire changed drastically. But this event was never mentioned in any history book.

 

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CH 7 – “Gefarnate Engel” – Reincarnated as a Dark Elf ~The strongest magician conquers a parallel world~

(TL Note: This chapter has some graphic scenes. Those who are not comfortable with please don’t read on. Also, there was a typo in the title, I fixed it so it made sense with the rest of the story.)


A demon with an angel ‘s face, or an angel with a demon’s face, in a pink dress left the nobleman’s mansion.

Celica borrowed something from the nobleman’s mansion.
That something was an antique weapon that was in the mansion.

In the noble’s mansion where the party was held, my mother’s place of work, the family has a military lineage and has served as military personnel for generations. That is why there are suitable weapons everywhere.

Out of the weapons there, Celica borrowed three of the biggest Zweihänder swords.

Zweihänder is a big sword that is held with both hands.
As she looked up, the blade is bigger than Celica.
In the display case where this big sword was kept, the sword’s history was written down.

[The head of the first generation of the Dreahit family, used this large sword to slay a large dragon and built the foundation of the Grantz empire.]

This exaggerated legend was written there.

By the way, since there are dragons and goblins in this world, that legend may be true.

In short, this sword is the heirloom of Dreahit family.
If this sword disappears, the Dreahit family will be in an uproar.

If anyone finds out, not only will mother be fired, in order to take responsibility, the parent and child may be sent to forced labor camps.

Even with such outrageous penalties waiting, Celica didn’t take these swords without thinking.

There are two reasons for bringing this large sword.

First, this large sword certainly contains magical power just as the legend told, and it seems it will be of great use in the upcoming battle.

Second, the Dreahit household is in an uproar about the dead body found in a men’s restroom. If it’s now no one should notice the sword is missing.

These are the reasons.

In other words, Celica will use this large sword, quickly rescue Lunelize, and take advantage of the turmoil to return the treasure sword to its original position.

She doesn’t know if it will go well, but it seemed to be the best way to save Lunelize, and she couldn’t come up with anything else.

Celica looks in the direction of the ambush on Lunelize which the man, who was killed a while ago, gave up.
It is about 5 kilometers southwest from this mansion.

It is a bridge leading to an area where the villas of royal family are built.

So now, the evildoers who are aiming for Lunelize are on the alert and waiting there.

Celica climbs on and straddles the big sword she will use to save Lunelize.
When she confirmed that the big sword began to glow a pale light, Celica casted a spell.

[ Because only iron saves us,
Because only blood rectifies,
From the crimes of heavy iron chains,
From the sins of evil arrogance.]

As she unleashed the spell, the big sword began to grow brighter.
The large sword became buoyant, and the girl straddling it started to float in the air.

[――Wonderful. Truly wonderful. So, this is magic.] Celica

She grinned. A devilish smile covered her face.

Celica knew that there is magic in this world, but it was the first time she actually used it.

She was worried if it would work, but apparently it seems her magical talent is quite high.

[God granted me an unwanted death and new body, but in exchange it seems that God gave me plenty of good stuff in this reincarnated body] Celica

With that big sword lightly floating and the girl that is straddling the sword, it looks like a broom that a witch would fly on.

In this world the existences with magic power called “magicians” ride such treasure swords and weapons, and played a role like modern aircraft fighters and tanks during war.

If Celica enters the military academy, and is recruited for her aptitude, she will definitely be trained as a magician.

This will greatly serve in all of Celica’s plans.

[Even though I was forced to be in a body that can only pee sitting down, having this magic power alone makes it worth it.] Celica

After doing something unusual as thanking God, she supplies magic to the large sword and increases the buoyancy.

After flying over several dozen meters in the sky, Celica rode the big sword to the point of the ambush.

The large sword flew at the speed of a fighter aircraft.

The large sword left magical residue and it looked like a comet was gliding through the night sky.

I arrive at the problem point in no time.

The ambush had already started.
The continuous sounds of gunfire and swords clashing could be heard.
That place was just like battlefield.

Lunelize group looked like they prepared a proper escort befitting someone of the imperial family, but the raiders seemed to have prepared even more troops.

Clearly the Lunelize group was struggling.
A circle of dead bodies could be found around the girl.

Even though a majority of the escorts have been killed, their fighting spirit didn’t wane. They may deserve praise, in a way, trying to fight to the end.

Meanwhile, what about the attackers’ side.
Without using the full force of the large army they had, they went with only a small group of attackers and couldn’t land the decisive blow.

[Honestly, these people do not know the s in strategy. If I was attacking, I would kidnap the princess in a more brilliant manner――] Celica

Celica stopped talking because she remembered that she is on the princess’s side and not the attackers.

The good fight the Princess’s side was putting on was a blessing for Celica.

[Well then, I think I’ll go play “Hero”.] Celica

If you look at it, the attacker’s side was the bad guys no matter how you put it.
They are ruthlessly killing the escorts of Lunelize.
They are even killing those who are begging for their lives without mercy.
Lunelize young handmaidens are becoming the playthings of the attackers.
I can see a number of low-lives laughing vulgarly while shaking their hips.

[―― I see no reason for me to hold back] Celica

As she spoke these words, Celica began to cast a spell.

[Cold that shuts out the sunlight
Let the atmosphere become a blade
Carve it into the husk,
The melody of death!]

As she finished casting the spell, the two large swords that floated around Celica began to vibrate.
The large swords started to move as if they have a will of their own, and then they flew toward the attackers.
They cut the heads of the attackers who were mercilessly shooting the princess’s escorts.
It seems even a sleazebag’s blood is red.
The swords stabbed the stomachs of the men who were trampling on the dignity of women below.
The bastards were scattered in pieces.

The large swords, which became weapons of mass murder, ran around the battlefield as if they were dancing and killed the attackers one after another.

Looking at the sight in front of him, a man who was standing at the side of the princess wearing a butler’s uniform muttered.

[T,This is a magician ……] Butler

This is not just a normal magician.

A magician of “Supervisor” class who can manipulate a treasure sword, no, “Strategy” class magician who can kill an infantry battalion by himself. Is such an existence saving us now?

The butler looks up at Celica in the sky.
The Princess Lunelize also does the same.
Celica, who is floating in the air, smiles like a witch.
As Lunelize saw that figure, she spoke while grinding her teeth.

[…Gefarner Engel (Fallen Angel)] Lunelize

And that was the encounter of the girl with a past life Celica and the Imperial Princess Lunelize.

 

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CH 6 – “Papa” – The Deadbeat Master and Genius Disciple’s Misunderstood Workshop

I sighed and placed my hand on my forehead as several emotions were swelling inside of me. I tried to calm my emotions.

Then I called out to the small shivering butt in front of me.

[…Are you ok?] Granite

[…Yes…] Child

After a long period of silence, the girl responded in a voice comparable to the cry of a mosquito.
Not long after this, she faced toward me and rolled herself into a ball by grabbing her knees.

[……] Granite

Yeah, this is probably that.
She is probably so embarrassed that she can’t even lift her head.

She is so sad… It’s at the level where I feel inclined to immediately do something nice for her.

As I sighed again, I picked up the robe the girl threw away and went behind her to place it on her shoulders.

Then I walked to the front of her and as I prayed, to a god I don’t believe in, that she won’t have another hysterical fit, I spoke to her.

I felt like a beast tamer.

[Um, well. Let me correct the misunderstanding you currently have.] Granite

As he said this the young girl finally raised her head.

Both of her eyes were stained with tears, and due to the excitement from earlier, her sunken cheeks are tinged red.

However, she has calmed down and lost that crazy feeling she had before. I placed my hand on my chest to calm myself.

[First, I didn’t bring you here to sacrifice you. When I said to be of benefit to me, I didn’t mean it in that sort of way. …Are we clear? I will repeat myself. I have no intention of sacrificing you.] Granite

[…Huh?] Child

The young girl opened her eyes wide as if she was shocked from the bottom of her heart.

Ugh. How much did I look like I wanted to sacrifice someone to this child?

As I was overcome with an unexplainable feeling, I stared into the green eyes of the girl and waited until she digested this new information.
The girl blinked several times in bewilderment and then timidly asked.

[Then…why…why? There..is nothing, else I can do.] Child

Oh…, so I finally have gotten through to her.
I looked down at the girl who fearfully had her upturned eyes focused on me. When I think about how many idiotic mistakes have happened to finally get to this point; I sigh to myself as I have lost count of how many times it’s been today.

But with this I can finally move on to the important conversation at hand.

Well then how should I go about this…..

If I don’t choose my words carefully then my hope for a someone to support me might turn into me making her “work for me like a slave”.

…Still the fact that she seems like she would be ok with that is kind of scary. I would be in trouble if she wanted out of our arrangement later on. What I say at this moment is very important.

It seems it is time to change out the luminous stones. The light in the workshop has dimmed, and the light has become somewhat weaker. Beside the sounds of the heated alchemy pot and the occasional sound of our clothes rustling, it is quiet.

I don’t know whether I should be relieved or worried. I thought this as the little girl stared at me waiting for my response.

I unconsciously licked my lips.

Earlier, the tears she cried after eating the food I made.
Honestly, I felt that her crying was beautiful and I could feel her gratitude towards me.
I’m sure she is an honest and kind kid that you wouldn’t think is from the slums. This is what I think.

――But even so.

She is probably only grateful for what you would call “one good meal and a good night’s rest.”.
I have no expectations of her maintaining these feeling in the future.
To feel an unchanging debt of gratitude to someone over something seems easy but is actually quite difficult. This I know for sure. People just don’t become that strongly attached to someone.

For example, even though she feels strongly enough to say “I will become a sacrifice”, these feelings will eventually become null.
Heat is something that without an outside factor it will disperse. This is a law of nature and I’m sure the same also goes for human emotions.

――Therefore, when tying a person down, using something as uncertain as a debt of gratitude is nothing more than kindling to a fire. You need to show a clear benefit and continue to stimulate their wants and desires.

So, concerning this girl what are her “benefits” and “desires”?

…Remember. Think.
What kind of reactions did she show to what I’ve said up until now?
What kind words did she throw at me?

And even though it was a misunderstanding that started from my carelessness.
Where the hell did the intense, madness-like fervent desire to sacrifice herself come from?

――Just what was the keyword?

……

……

(I don’t want to die alone.)

She definitely said that…
What does she mean? What would cause her to act so boldly?
She must have circumstances beyond my imagination.

But there is no need, at least right now, to consider it.

You do not need to know the circumstances if you are only making use of it.
It is only a matter of her interpreting things arbitrarily.
At least for this girl, these words, have enough desire for her to rush forward into trying to sacrifice herself…

I don’t if it was a few minutes or a few seconds.
I finished my thoughts and after putting together what I had to say, I spoke.

[Let me introduce myself now, I am Granite Range. I’m a magician that creates special items with the power of magic. ――I intend to have you learn alchemy. And you will use the techniques I teach you for my benefit. …What, I promise, as long as you are useful to me, I will continue to take your hand. I promise I never let you feel “alone”. This is the reward that I can grant you.] Granite

Then the girl looked at me with a blank face and just stared. After a while she rubbed her nose and responded in a broken sentence.

[Y,Yes…! P,Please look, after… me…!] Child

It seems I pulled the right one.
Occasionally, I can clutch it out.
Well, now I’m tired.

–Huh?

But then, as I was showering myself in self-praise, I suddenly came to my senses.

…… Looking at this from an outsider’s point of view, isn’t this the spitting image of a selfish adult who has deceived an innocent child?

No, I intended to do this from the and that’s why I brought her from the slums, but actually going through with it, this guilty feeling…. She seems really happy too….

Wasn’t there, you know, another way to go about this?
Was there any need to make this exchange with her so emotional?
Since I uselessly spouted lines as if I was her better, there is no way I could do something better.

As I began to experience these depressing feelings, I put the girl, whose eyes were tinged red, to bed. I opened a new ale that I had just bought that afternoon, and from then I went to bed.
(TL Note: Until now the author has only referred to the Shalltear as child or girl in the flashbacks. Here he used her name, but I know it’s a mistake so I changed it to girl. You’ll see why at the end of the chapter.)

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[I am surprised you remember it so well.] Granite

Having the words, I said at that time perfectly reproduced word for word, I unconsciously let out a single complaint.
Although I felt refreshed remembering the Braised Moa Pigeon stew. I recalled another unpleasant fact……

Shar is sitting next to me shyly with her cheeks red.
While touching the tea cup letting off steam, she answered.

[Hehe, even now I sometimes dream about what happened.] Shar

Uh …
What, isn’t that too heavy? Forget it. What do you mean dream about it?
While feeling dejected, I took the teacup and had a sip.

……Huh. What the hell this is good.

[Um… So, could you please……hold my hand?] Shar

As I did a double take on the impossibly delicious tea in front of me, Shar hid her face and said something annoying.

What is it now? Have you recently been acting too spoiled? You are so impudent even though you’re an apprentice.
Keep silent and let me live my deadbeat life! Honestly, why are you so gifted? Huh?
Thank you for supporting me, sonofabitch!

As I was spouting such garbage phrases to myself, my mouth started talking almost automatically.

[Hmm. I don’t mind, but what’s wrong?] Granite

Of course, I mind. It bothers the hell out of me

[You know, “I will take your hand” …] Shar

??? I wonder why the explanation has changed.
While looking at the reckless Shar who is fidgeting in her seat, I’m frantically trying to understand what’s going on.

Is that … ah? Did you remember that?

[That reminds me, at that time Shar would always hold my hand no matter what we did, or where we went.] Granite

It was truly annoying.
I remember I quickly regretted saying “I would continue to take your hand” for a while.

[~~~~] Shar

After making me remember that, why are you the one that’s embarrassed.
I mean didn’t you just hug me earlier.
The feelings of girls around Shar’s age are a real mystery…
Fine you can do what you want, just hurry up and stick out your hand.

While thinking such things, I put out my right hand then Shar’s body trembled.

She timidly raised her face and stared at my right hand.
She shakily lifted her left hand and slowly rested her hand on mind.
At the moment our hands made contact, she closed her eyes and let out an unnecessarily amorous voice
Then she folded each finger one by one, inserted them in between my fingers and squeezed. That is when she opened her eyes, and stared at our connected hands. Her eyes were swimming as if in ecstasy.

…… What are you doing, Shalltear-san.

Beyond that, I abandoned even making fun of this situation. I then closed my eyes and decided to recall the contents of the entertainment novel I was reading yesterday.

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In the country of Lacracia, the people who work in certain magic or technical professions are normally required to register with the country.
Primarily, this is to stop the flow of techniques to a foreign country and during times of war to efficiently produce ammunitions for military use. These are the two reasons for the registration.

Also, there are some benefits when it comes to the, for example taxes, so it’s not always a bad deal, but there is an apprentice program that is mandatory by law and periodic technical skill checks, so to be honest it is still annoying.

But no matter how annoying it may be, it is required.

The next day we went to the town hall to file some paperwork but――

[Range-san, are you an idiot?]

――A woman I was acquainted with insulted me in a cold tone.
She is a petite woman with long hair who probably has a distant ancestor who is from some island country
As she was wearing a proper uniform and sitting straight in her chair, she looked at me as if I was some garbage laying on the side of the road.

This woman’s name is Kaya.

She has a childish face so it’s hard to guess her age, but I’m sure she is younger than me and is around her early 20’s.

Also, one of the few people from “Fool’s Street” who is capable of functioning like a decent human is the old lady gardener. She is that Mir-san’s one and only daughter. Compared to her unbelievably cheerful mother, Kaya is the complete opposite, a tight ass.

[That is an abrupt greeting. Have I done something weird?] Granite

[Doing something weird, that’s not even the start…] Kaya

Kaya let out a long sigh as she looked at the young girl who was holding my hand and sticking next to me. She then stood up and spoke to the employee working behind her.

[Prathi-san, I’m sorry but I was wondering if you could watch the counter for a little while? I must have a conversation with this idiotic man, Range-san.] Kaya

[A,Ah. I u,understand. Please go ahead, senpai….] Prathi

[Hey, Kaya what are you playing at?] Granite

[It’s fine, just follow me.] Kaya

With a scowl on her face, Kaya led us to room with an empty sign up. After she confirmed we entered the room, she locked the door. She let out yet another sigh and then she started talking.

[Sit wherever you like. …Now just where did that child come from.] Kaya

Kaya asked this while looking back and forth at myself and the young girl who was wearing some lumpy winter clothes we picked up at a used clothes store. I answered her question with the same answer I gave earlier.

[Like I said. She is a distant relative of mine. Even though I don’t want to, I am the only one who can take her in.] Granite

[…So, you are going to stick with that story, huh? …Ugh, I understand. It’s hard to swallow but I’ll let it be. For argument’s sake let’s say that you are telling the truth. How did you bring that child into the capitol? You do know what season it is now, right? It’s the middle of winter. It’s hard to think that girl who has no other relatives but you would come from a far place all the way to the capital. Normally the prices of horse carriages during winter is high, do you know how high they are now that it’s the festival celebrating the princess’s birthday?] Kaya

[…. No matter what you say, isn’t it ok since she is here hence reason why we’ve come in the first place. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Unexpectedly there was a merchant who was overflowing with kindness and goodwill. Ok.] Granite

As I said this the little girl desperately nodded, just as we had practiced beforehand.
As she saw this, Kaya gave me a stern glare.

[Don’t sweat the small stuff, worrying about the small stuff is my job! On top of that. Unexpectedly! Are you even trying to hide that fact that your lying?] Kaya

[So annoying. Since you are like that, even though you’re an elite with a good job and have a decent face, your still single. Why don’t you try calming down a bit?] Granite

[H,HUH! T,That has nothing to do with this! And what about you! Even though your older than me, you are still single!] Kaya

[I’m doing fine. I don’t want to get married. When it comes to women, keeping it to a physical and monetary level is the best way to avoid future problems.] Granite
(TL Note: He is basically saying that it’s best to use prostitutes so he doesn’t have to deal with having a wife. This dude is the worst. lol) 

[A s,sleazebag like you! A,After saying all of that how do you want me to respond!?] Kaya

[The response you’re showing right now.] Granite

[!?! H,Horrible! You are horrible! Do you enjoying messing with people? Yeah, it is fun, huh. Everyone from Fool’s Street is like that!] Kaya

[Hey hey, this is a conversation between you and I. I don’t think it’s not good to involve other people. As a public worker from the town hall, you have to be reasonable.] Granite

[Huuh!? Why do I have to be lectured at by an irresponsible person such as yourself. Uhh, this isn’t fair…I hate this…] Kaya

Letting a young girl hear this wouldn’t be the best. So something similar to common sense stirred inside of me and I covered the young girl’s ears as I nosily argued with Kaya.
Kaya became confused with teary eyes, I then searched the room looking for a way out.

[Well, let’s just leave it at that, ok? We have lot to get done today. Let us continue this some other time.] Granite

[We don’t need to do continue this nonsense! Just do whatever you wan… No no no! We still haven’t finished the main conversation.] Kaya

Tsk… We were almost out of here, she came back to her senses.

As I was frustrated by this, Kaya took several deep breaths to calm herself.
Fuu… Even though she is so petite her chest was well armored. It gave off a nice feeling…
Well I’ll forgive her for all of her rudeness up until now.

As I thought this, Kaya began to severely glare at me.
I thought she caught me staring at her, but I was wrong. She was just glaring at me.

[I want you to spill the beans.] Kaya

[Spill the beans?] Granite

[Yes. Since we are the only ones here, I want you to tell me the truth. Even though I hate to admit it, I am from Fool’s Street. Even though you all are good for nothings, I still believe there is a line that you all would not cross.] Kaya

…Is that what you call trust? It looks like you’re just giving up to me.

As I tilted my head, I realized it is true that at this rate we won’t get anywhere.
But, even though it’s been awhile since I’ve seen her. I never expected her to say anything like this. She does seem to have loosened up somewhat.

――With that in mind, I haven’t crossed any line, right?
Honestly, I’m not even sure myself. What should I do?

I sat the girl in a chair and dragged Kaya to the far corner of the room and whispered to her.
Kaya made a face as I dragged her along, but she did follow me.

[….That’s right. Hah…..Don’t get mad.] Granite

[I’m already mad so it’s fine.] Kaya

[O,Oh. I picked her up in the slums.] Granite

[See, I knew she wasn’t a relative of…Huh?] Kaya

[I said I picked her up in the slums] Granite

[…What’s wrong? Are you feeling ill? For you to do something so humane.] Kaya

[That’s uncalled for. I am perfectly fine. …It is true that I wasn’t thinking of saving her when I brought her from the slums.] Granite

[Then why did you do it?] Kaya

[…I wanted an apprentice.] Granite

[Apprentice…..Apprentice?] Kaya

I…. cut out a lot as I explained the story to Kaya. Kaya stared at me trying to search out my true intentions with her eyes. But after a while she gave up with a sigh.

Then, Kaya looked over at the girl who was sitting restlessly in her chair as she stared at us. Kaya the reluctantly muttered.

[Hmm… It doesn’t look like that girl hates you… ―― I understand. I will help to register her as your distant relative. I’m sure that girl will be happier that way.] Kaya

[…What’s wrong with you? Aren’t you the one is feeling ill?] Granite

When Kaya heard what I said, she made a displeased face.

[Even I know how hard it is for an orphan to live in the slums. I can at least be that accommodating.] Kaya

Ah, no…
I just didn’t think about it that way but…
I only thought that it would be simpler.

W,Well if she wants to take it that way then be my quest.

[Well all things considered… even if this is known to the private parts of the town hall…there is no way to confirm any of this.] Kaya

[Huh? What do you mean?] Granite

[Ugh… Truth be told, the only groups of people properly managed are people of peerage, knight and soldiers, public workers employed by the country, and craftsman such as yourself. ――Since it’s only the two of us here, besides those who are directly connected to the profits of this country, the upper nobility is strongly against properly managing other groups of people. All the while the royal family quietly folds their hands and does nothing. To be honest, they interfered with the supply of the large amount of ale for the festival from the other day. Do they have any idea how chaotic the ――] Kaya

Hey, the story is going off track.
If I leave her like this she will complain endlessly, so I cut in.

[I got it. I got it. You are having a hard time as well. So, what. If for some reason a problem arises, you can just pretend like you don’t know anything.] Granite

[Fufu. You can be considerate of others too, huh. But please don’t worry. If that time comes, both you and I will properly accept our punishment.] Kaya

[I’m sorry, let me correct what I said earlier. You are a god damn tight ass.] Granite

As Kaya softly smiled and spoke, I let out a deep sigh.

§

As we returned to the counter and Kaya began to get the paperwork in order. She asked me a question.

[Ah, that’s right I failed to ask this earlier. What is the child’s name?] Kaya

[………Ah!] Granite

[………Huh?] Kaya

[No, wait it’s not what you think. Just wait a bit.] Granite

[I can’t believe it…. What is with this man….?] Kaya

Kaya looked at me as if I was a dead bug lying on the side of the road. She then held her head as if she had a sudden headache.

I panicked and crouched down, and locked eyes with the young girl who was once again tightly gripping my hand.

Now that she mentioned it, it’s so obvious!
Why haven’t I asked this girl her name up until now?!
How out of it am I?

[Ehem. I’m sorry. Even though this is something I did, I have been completely, truly, and hopelessly thoughtless. I know it’s a bit too late, but can you tell me your name?] Granite

[Name?] Child

After sleeping for a full night and having a proper breakfast and lunch, her complexion looks much better. The girl looked at me with her stunning green eyes and confusedly tilted her head.

…No, why is she confused in the first place.
I’m talking about your name, your own name. Please hurry up even though I know it’s too late to be asking this.

As I thought this, I asked the child once again.

[Yes. What’s your name?] Granite

[I don’t have a name.] Shalltear.

[Huh…?] Granite

That response was so unexpected, that my mind went blank for a second.

Eh? Are you serious? Do people in the slums not have a name?
Or maybe she has been in the slums since before she could be given a name?
This girl looks to be around 10 years old.

Shit, since I don’t know any other people from the slums I can’t come to a concrete answer.

…No wait wait wait, calm down down down. That isn’t the problem right now.
If she doesn’t have one then I’ll just have to give her a name. If anything, that is more convenient. Yep that’s right.

[O…k. Then I shall give you a name. Be thankful.] Granite

Shit, I can’t think of a name of the top of my head.
Um, oh right. Oh whatever, let’s just go with that.

[From today on your name shall be “Shalltear”.] Granite

As I said this I can hear a gulping sound from above me.
As I ignored this, I stared at the fragile little face in front of me.

[Sharuteea…? That is…my name…] Shalltear

[Yes, that’s right. Well to be accurate your name is now “Shalltear Range”. Range is the family name…a name that family member’s share. Do you have any complaints?] Granite

[We…are family? I with…Magician-sama.] Shalltear

[Hm, well…that’s right?] Granite

I nodded in the moment, since we are distant relatives, we are not really family.
Well, I thought I shouldn’t sweat the small stuff. Then at this moment the girl, now henceforth Shalltear――

―― Delivered a single shocking word.

[…Papa……] Shalltear

[!!??!??] Granite

I’m sure I was put into a stupor by the profound words of this little girl.
Exactly how I spent the rest of that day, has been completely erased from my memory.

(Author’s Note: Before I realized it’s the end of August…. My my, this author is beyond help.)
(TL Note: The author is commenting on how slow he is to update. I am not in a position to judge.)

 

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Prologue

Several Days Later.

I was home today as well, not attending school. Today would be the same old boring day again, that is how I spent my day. But, an unexpected event happened.

As I was reading a manga in my room, suddenly a bright light appeared above my head. As I looked up to the ceiling, a magic circle with a geometric pattern design appeared above my head. I was speechless.
Then the next second my consciousness began to fade……and I sank into darkness.

……Hu…h?
When I awoke, I was in a building I’ve never seen before. This wide building’s floor, walls, and ceiling were all made of white marble. It looks like the inside of an ancient greek or roman temple that I saw in a movie a long time ago.

And to add to the surprises there was a shockingly beautiful woman in her 20’s who was standing in front of me. And she was wearing clothes that looked like the garments of a greek goddess. She is a true beauty with blond hair and azure eyes. She was just as beautiful as a goddess.

She was surrounded by something like an awe-inspiring majestic aura; it seemed godly.
And now that I am looking carefully, the woman in front of me is floating several centimeters off the ground.

—-Am I dreaming right now?

[……It seems, I have failed again.] Woman

As the beautiful woman looked down upon me, she said this in an unpleasant tone. She looked at me was if she was looking at something that bored her.

[W,Who are you? And what is this place?] Makoto

Even though I was flustered I was able to ask this question.

[I am the Goddess who rules over Time and Space, Astena. Also from your perspective this is a parallel world. The name of this word is Manastasia. I am the one that summoned you.] Astena

G,Goddess…parallel world…summon…? I must be dreaming. There is no mistake.

[In order to increase my influence, I intended to summon someone with the strength of a hero or at least someone who has the qualities to become a hero. …But once again I summoned a dud of a human.] Astena

The Goddess Astena said this while sighing and shaking her head.
Hasn’t she been insulting me for a while now?

[Your base stats are somewhat better than the original inhabitants of this world. But that’s it. If you don’t also have a special ability, then there is no way you would have military tactics. To say nothing of the fact that your soul’s glow is dull. There is no way you could become a hero or a great man of valor.] Astena

[………] Makoto

[Garbage like you is unnecessary. Not a chance.] Astena

Her last words stabbed me in my chest.
If I am called garbage then I can’t complain. But to be called unnecessary and not having a chance really shocked me.

[……Ok. If that is the case then please send me back to my world.] Makoto

I said this as while pouting.

[Sadly, I cannot grant your request.] Astena

[W,What?] Makoto

[Summoning someone from a parallel world expends a considerable amount of power, even for myself the Goddess of Time and Space. The power it takes to return someone to a parallel world is even greater. More importantly, I have no power to use for such garbage as yourself.] Astena

So, you summon me without my consent and now you won’t send me back home?

[T,That’s bullshi…] Makoto

[You are an eyesore. Away with you, garbage.] Astena

Before I could raise my voice in objection, the goddess Astena shook her hand.
In an instant, the scenery in front of me distorted. And my consciousness once again sunk into darkness.

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My Former Daily Routine (The normal days on earth)

[—- A log craftsman’s mornings start early.]

This is what the Narrator was saying on a television program.
On a Sunday evening I was in my room laying around while the tv was on that program came on. It’s a documentary program that presents people involved in sports, theater, music, academics and etc.
This time they seem to be showcasing Nakamura Ichirou, a log craftsman.
I just finished reading a manga where someone killed a vampire with a log, so I am currently interested in log craftsmen. (TL Note: So, I think the author is referencing a manga called Higanjima. Where a dude kills vampires with logs. It’s kinda sick.)
I will actually pay attention to the program.

[Nakamura-san is a world-renowned polish log craftsman. He is a famous person who is a recipient of the Important Intangible Cultural Property award, also known as a Human National Treasure. Polishing log crafting uses Japanese cedar and Japanese cypress. When you remove the bark, and it’s polished you can use it for things like an alcove post.] Announcer (TL Host: Yeah this is an actual award in japan giving to people who are considered masters in a certain field. It like the English custom of knighthood, but less fancy and more to recognize abilities.)

Even though he was introduced as being world renowned, I have never heard of him before.
I didn’t even know there was such a job like a polisher log craftsman. I once accidentally found out about log craftsmen chair makers from the net a long time ago.

[Onii-chan, lend me some manga, ‘kay.] (TL Note: I will not be translating certain Japanese words because they are just so predominant that everyone knows them. Also, it loses something in the translation.)

My little sister Maruko opened my door and came inside my room.
Her full name is Maruta Mako and her nickname is Maruko, she is my little sister who is in elementary school. She is in the 5th grade and she love manga.

Her name Maruko comes from her roundish cute face.

[Today the newest volume of the manga that you buy came out today. It already arrived right. I’ve seen right~ through you.] Maruko

The manga I lent to her previously, she seems to be really into it.

[Ah, yeah. Here ya go.] Onii-chan

[Yay, thanks. Onii-chan is the best!] Maruko

Even though Maruko isn’t moving her head, her ponytail is swaying like a dog’s tail.

…What is going on with my sister’s hair? Is there a tail bone in there?

[Don’t only praise me when you are borrowing my stuff. Honestly…what a calculating sister I have.] Onii-chan

[Tee Hee.] Maruko

My sister Maruko stuck her tongue out as she said this.
And as she started laughing said.

[Since you lent me a manga, should I give you some “service”.] Maruko

This is what she said.
For being an elementary school student, she is coming off like a little devil.

[Service?] Onii-chan

As I threw her words back at her, Maruko put her lips right near my ear.

[Yep. You’re cute and adorable sister is going to present some service to you.] Maruko

This is what she whispered to me. And at the end she blew into my ear.
Honestly, a cold chill ran down my spine.

……Recently, my sister has been acting weird. What should I do?

The young girls manga magazine that Maruko reads has increased the number of works geared to older girls, this may be affecting her. She seems to be recently acting like a flirtatious girl.

For me, a virgin whose age also equals how long I haven’t had a girlfriend, I know my sister is only teasing and playing with me.

She probably thinks that since I’m her brother I would be the perfect person to practice these phrases on. The young girls manga magazine’s special “How to become a dangerously cute devilish girl” and other stuff like this.

[Onii-chan. Lay down on the bed.] Maruko

I listened to her invitation and laid on my stomach on the bed.

I had already guessed what my sister’s “service” actually is. It’s probably a massage or something.

Of course, it was a normal massage and nothing sexual, this goes without saying.
Maruko straddled my back.
She is light so it wasn’t uncomfortable.
By the way, when I looked at my reflection in the mirror in my room I could see my sister’s panties, but this meant nothing to me.
It was a stripped pattern, honestly such unnecessary information.
Well I was relieved that my sister is wearing child underwear befitting an elementary school student. If she happened to be wearing adult black panties then as her brother I would be shocked in many ways.

[Oh, my sir, you are so stiff.] Maruko

As my sister Maruko spouted random phrases she massaged my back.
Of course, Maruko had no skills and techniques for massaging me.
To be honest the massage didn’t even feel good, but the shaky massage that she put her all into for me was her form of “service” and I was satisfied with that.
……
After a couple of minutes my sister must have become bored with the massage, because she is now watching TV while randomly massaging my back.
She was half watching the documentary programing presenting the log craftsmen Nakamura-san when.

[Oh, that’s right, Onii-chan.] Maruko

[What?] Onii-chan

[Among my friends, there is a girl whose mother is a yoga instructor. That girl said you can also use logs in yoga.] Maruko

[O, Oh…] Onii-chan

The combination of the mystical like yoga with a log somewhat feels weird.

[It seems you lay on top of the log while doing yoga. It supposed to be good for relieving cricks
in your body, and it has a relaxation effect. It’s apparently called “Log Yoga” and it’s supposed to be pretty popular. Since you don’t do anything every day, if you are interested why don’t you try and take a lesson. They even have trial lessons.] Maruko

[Don’t just go and decide that I am free… even though I am.] Onii-chan

After several minutes passed Maruko’s hands had completely stopped showing she was fed up with doing the massage.
Besides that, she is still sitting on my back and trying to read the manga I just lent her.
……I think it’s about time to get off of me.
Just as he was about to complain, the ending theme song for the tv show they left on in the background started to play.

[Whenever I hear the ending theme song or this show I think that it is the end of Sunday…. hmm.] Maruko

10-year-old Maruko let out a weary sigh.
But for her to not feel this way over the national anime or The Sazae-san show but to feel this over this show’s passionate ending song. What a manly elementary school girl.
……But more importantly my sister. Can you please get of your brother’s back?

[But, Onii-chan is lucky.] Maruko

[What is it now?] Onii-chan

[Since you’re a neet, every day is Sunday.] Maruko

I, Maruta Makoto, am 17 years old a high school student, but currently I am not attending classes. I am a neet so everyday Sunday and a holiday to me.
My sister is still sitting on my back. She started swaying as if she was riding a mechanical bull and happily started singing.

[Everyday. Neet life. Makoto.] Maruko (TL Note: YEAH Persona 4!!)

[Don’t casually call me by my first name and dis me with some strange song.] Makoto (TL Note: Everyone probably knows this already but in Japanese you really don’t call people by the first names unless they are related to you and younger or are super close to that person. Everyone else uses a person’s last name. If it’s family then the staple Onii-chan or onee-san.)

I pretended to be mad and I did a push-up while lying down on the bed.
I tried to shake my sister of my back.
But, sadly Maruko has both great reflexes and motor skills so she quickly jumped down from my back.
On top of that my sister finished with a one liner “Hasta la vista” and she left my room.
…She has been getting pretty full of herself lately.
Well, she still is very cute. But the times she has been teasing me have been increasing. Even though I am so much older than her, she is looking down on her brother.
But the reason for me losing my respected place as the older brother is because I don’t go to school and I am somewhat of a shut in.

[Oh, but don’t worry, Onii-chan.] Maruko

Maruko who I had thought had left my room had stuck her head in gap of the open door.

[…. What?] Makoto

[For my poor Onii-chan who has no social skills, in the future if you become an absolutely useless person, since I have no choice I will support you. But, I will leave the chores to you, just like a wife.] Maruko

[Just who is a poor Onii-chan! Just who is an absolutely useless person!] Makoto

I pretended to throw the book that was next to me.

[Command: Escape] Maruko (TL Note: This one might be Dragon Quest.)

As Maruko laughed, this time she definitely ran back to her room.
……Honestly, what did she mean by supporting me. Ridiculous.
It is true that since I don’t attend class, my future is looking hopeless. But, I can’t even imagine being supported by her. My pride as her older brother won’t allow it. If it is not due to some illness, then an older brother must never be reliant on his little sister.
—-As I thought these things, a bit of me was looking forward to this. I am absolutely hopeless.

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