~~Forty Past Seven in the Afternoon, Third Day of the Fourth Month, Ninety-Fourth Year of the War Demon Calendar~~
In front of me was my Familiar, yawning as she idled around.
And behind me were my students, Lina and Tifa, whispering to each other.
Accompanying them was Tarawo, the latters Familiar.
“Say, Tifa, Ive heard that youve slept on Sir Asleys Bed… is that true”
I couldnt turn around to look, but her face was probably locked in a smile.
Felt super good, you know.
So fluffy… smells nice, too.”
Her voice sounded likely, but she was probably expressionless while saying that.
Tarawo rushed to my side, seemingly having had enough of the atmosphere over there.
He looked up at me with pleading eyes, and with a clear “HELP ME!!” written on his face.
Sorry, I dont think thats gonna happen, little guy.
Just look at Pochi – shes long given up and is now just walking around, you know Theres no way I can deal with the situation by myself.
Blazer had remarked how Igot along so well with my students back when hed first seen them together, but I suppose them deceiving even him was also another improvement theyd achieved.
Id only thought that I should teach them again, what with there being some things Lina had yet to fully master, and me wanting to evaluate Tifas current abilities.
Nothing more to it.
~~Pochisley Agency, Eight Oclock in the Afternoon, Second Day of the Fourth Month, Ninety-Fourth Year of the War Demon Calendar~~
“Yeah, thought Id open up some magic classes again.
Do you have some free time after school, Lina”
“Dont think she does, Asley.
Lina just told me shes in for some busy work tomorrow.”
Mana said while she was sorting up the dishes to our sides in the dining room.
Hmm, maybe Ill just dothat other thing tomorrow instead, then.
With that in consideration, I got up to leave, but was preemptively stopped by Lina as she stood up before me.
“Ill make it!”
“M-maybe we should do it some other day-“
“A-all right, then.”
Now Im hearing a burst of laughter coming from the kitchen.
Mana, Betty, and Itsuki… Damn it.
Theyre really enjoying this.
“Ill make sure to be there as well.”
The voice that came from behind Lina resembled the voice that had told Tarawo, the dog currently lazing around in the corner of my eye, toshut up the previous day.
Lina turned around in a snap.
I stood up and saw Tifa there, standing in an arms-crossed pose like a certain Archmage Id visited earlier today.
“I mean, Sir Asley is teaching magic again, right Of course Im in.”
“Ah, Tifa… maybe its better that you wait another day… you know”
Ouch, that stings.
I ought to be used to it at this point, but… I just cant help but give in to those innocent, delicate, feminine pleading eyes.
And Lina being Lina, she alternated her view between me and Tifa.
When I turned to her, I saw that she had ayoure not going to let her, right written all over her face, and behind me, Tifa was staring at the back of my head… I dont even want to imagine the look on her face.
Chances are her stare is even more intense than what I saw from Tangalán.
(Xemul: “Nothing puts a man to a test more than a woman.” What with MC not building harem but being challenged Why is it getting so close to real problems)
But then I heard a faint throat-clearing cough, arriving like a rescue boat.
All three of us turned to where it had come from, which happened to be the dining table… where Ryan and Tzar were sitting in, both sipping tea.
“Sir Asley, could you please look after both of them for me”
“”Both Lina and Tifa are already your students, so this would be a good opportunity for them to know each others abilities, yes””
Lina wouldnt say no to Ryan, and I definitely dont want to unnecessarily go against Ryan and Tzars wishes.
“A-all right, then…”
Hearing me say that, Tifa clenched her fists, while Lina cast her eyes down, looking a little sad.
I know shed said she would make it, but Id never expected Lina to clear up her Student Council President work and arrive here so early.
Id remembered this only because Mana had mentioned it, but today – the Third Day of the Fourth Month – was the annual re-filing of the Black and White Chain Contracts.
Although the number of currently-enrolled students isnt that high, the process did involve a thorough check of every individuals sheet, on top of having Irene double-check them, which ultimately made it painfully tedious and time-consuming.
Now hol up a minute… could Lina have pushed the whole job over to Irene instead No – considering her personality, that was most unlikely.
Did she find a different way to be done with it, then… Warren might have pulled it off, sure, but Lina… I wonder if she could
When we arrived at the vacant lot to the west of Beilanea, the time was seven oclock in the afternoon.
Tifa asked for confirmation, as shed never been here, whereas Lina and I had already had a sparring match here once before.
It was already dark out, but I could turn it bright as day easily enough with some Light Source spells.
Since this was Tifas first time seeing the Split Invocation in action, she was understandably quite surprised.
“Pochi, if you smell anything dangerous, let us know right away!”
“Yes, sir! Now, Tarawo, please keep watch on the other side!”
“Hmph, this is for my Masters safety.
Turns out Pochi and Tarawo arent at odds with each other – that was unexpected.
Them being fellow dogs might have helped, come to think of it, but I would guess it was mostly because Pochi was keeping herself polite.
He did come off as quite bothersome in parts, after all, so I definitely was thankful for Pochi not taking it the bad way.
“So what do we do now, Sir Asley”
“For today… lets see… I plan not to hold a magic class, but a magecraft class!”
“Ahaha, were ready when you are, teacher!”
Now that takes me back.”
The two of them seemed to also feel nostalgic from how I was speaking – now this really feels like weve gone three years back in time.
“Rise, A-rise, Storeroom! Set this table here, and… nice! Lina, list out all the magecraft you can use on this paper, all right In the meantime, Ill be teaching magecraft to Tifa.”
Lina and Tifa turned to look at each other, surprised.
I couldnt figure out why they would be.
Did I just mess something up Already
As if to get the clock ticking again, Tifa started drawing a Circle… Hmm Hey hey… isnt that formula the-!
“Wait, the Storeroom! Tifa, howd you know that spell!”
Tifa, having taken out books and other doc.u.ments out of her Storeroom and put them on the table, looked me and walked past Lina as we were both bewildered by what she had just shown us.
If it just me, or have I seen all these stuff from somewhere before……
“Have you forgotten, teacher It was in the… homework You know, the stuff you left behind”
Perhaps having heard my surprise, Pochi came running back to where I was.
“Is something the matter, Master”
It seemed that Lina wanted to explain the situation to Pochi, but didnt know how to go about it.
But of course she wouldnt know.
Not even Pochi and I-
“Ah-! Now this takes me back! Look, Master! The doc.u.ments you threw away back at Faltown!”
“Ah, now I remember doing that, yeah.
Figured Id clean up my Storeroom, you know, and all this stuff was bogging it down… but wait, why would they be with her”
“Eh-hem! I thought itd be a waste to just trash them, so I sorted them up real good and put them in that old house!”
“Oh, I see… So… Tifa, what about thatMagic for Beginners book that I left on the table”
Once I asked, Tifa promptly pulled it out of her Storeroom and showed it to me.
“You mean this”
“Yes, thats it!”
Seeming to realize what Id meant by thehomework, Tifa let out an exasperated groan.
“I was done with it in just two months.
Then I had a lot of trouble understanding the rest of the doc.u.ments, but I did get started on them just one month after that.”
This time, Pochi and I turned to look at each other.
To reiterate… The only homework Id left behind was that beginner-level textbook… but shed ended up studying my old books and research materials as well!
Right, the doc.u.ments did contain the Storeroom formula and rough drafts of quite a lot of my experimental spells and crafts…
“You can already use magecraft, Tifa”
“Rise, A-rise, Quadra Boundary.”
Tifa, casually invoking the magecraft, fired it off at Tarawo.
Man, this reminds me of how Pochi and I used to play back in the old days.
“How did I do, teacher”
Tifa glanced back at me, while Tarawo pleaded for help in the distance.
Man, this really reminds me of how Pochi and I used to play back in the old days.