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Just another Isekai Lover~

4-6 Fireflies and Dragons, Under the Night Sky

A chilly breeze caressed my cheeks and ruffled my hair.

Under the cool, starry night, the sweat that floated slowly tightens my throat and I found myself at a loss for words.

–How much do you think you can trust them?

Chris’s words ruminated in my head.

There was no way I could trust them. Chris’s expression and voice told me so.

Still, if she had the intention of saying those words, there must be something that she couldn’t overlook, even if it was a possibility.

“I don’t know yet. If he had a different intention, I don’t think he would have said it in such an alarming way.”

“…………”

“Chris, is it possible that you were talking about ……?”

Before I could finish, Chris nodded emphatically.

Before I could say it. She knew that Lute and the rest of the dragon tribe were planning to investigate the borderline. She also knew that dragons, who would stop at nothing to achieve their goals, were hiding in her homeland.

To be honest, I wasn’t that pessimistic about this story. Originally, I was from a village along the border far from the royal capital and it was rare for me to even enter the human world these days. I had spent only four years in the capital of Fermina and during that time I had only wielded my sword in a mostly isolated environment.

In other words, to put it coldly, Fermina was not an object of nostalgia for me.

I will stop at nothing to investigate the borderline. But if you look at it the other way around, as long as it has nothing to do with the borderline investigation, it won’t cause any problems of note.

…… it’s just an objective analysis of the situation so far. For Chris, it would be hard to be a stranger.

With a sword in her hand, the shoulders of a warrior who would take a bite out of even a monster that looked up at her were shaking unreliably at the end of my lowered eyes.

“Sage, even if it’s just me…”

—-I want to go home.

She raised her face and opened her mouth with a squeezing expression, but I felt like I could hear the words beyond that couldn’t be heard.

“I’m sorry, but I can’t allow it. This Strategy requires you.”

In a voice that sounded like it was made up, I clearly denied the rest of what she hadn’t said. I heard her gulp while her head was lowered.

“No…… I’m sorry, I was being selfish.”

“I’ve heard that there isn’t a facility large enough to accommodate everyone from here on out and honestly, it’s tough without healing magic.”

“Yes…….”

Chris’s drooping palm squeezed the edge of her clothes. Although she’s a princess and Holy Knight, she’s still a seventeen-year-old girl.

Is there anything I can say to her? I couldn’t stand the heavy air, so I half-unconsciously opened my mouth.

“…… Okay, Chris. Shall we make arrangements?”

“Huh?”

The words, uttered on the spur of the moment just to change the atmosphere, blew away the heavy air and caused a crisis in the other direction. I was more bewildered than Chris, who had been approached and the only options left were to remain silent or open up.

I chose the latter. In front of Chris, who was half stunned, I began to prepare quickly.

“The magic is only defensive, and the basis is swordplay.”

“Oh, um…..?”

“What’s it?”

“Nothing…….”

She spoke in an indescribable way and it was hard to tell whether she was asking a question or asking herself. The only movement of the sword that was pointed at Chris, who was at a loss for words, was very agile and I felt that my words and actions were very inconsistent, but I couldn’t turn back now.

“If you’re worried, move your body. Or are you just too tired today?”

“Sage’s body is more important than mine…….”

“Don’t worry. I’m not going to lose.”

The provocation that I uttered while hiding my cold sweat erased any hint of bewilderment from Chris’s face. She drew her white blade without saying a word and held it without making a sound, her fighting spirit was a little too strong to be described as blown away.

–I wonder if I overdid it.

I drew my sword, dragged by regret, but when I saw Chris’s expression with glowing hot eyes, I let out a sigh of relief. She drew her sword, following my example and I lightly poked the tip of the flying dragon glowing in front of me with my dull firefly. {TN: Their swords}

The tip of the sword, which made a dull sound, slowly moved away and stopped and after a moment’s pause, it hit and flashed with tremendous force.

The two knights, who had retreated from each other, exchanged glances, chuckled and kicked the ground again.

Chris’s body, which I had cut straight into, disappeared from my sight like smoke. Instantly, my eyes narrowed and I stepped to the right while my gaze drifted to the left and swung my sword with the same momentum. My sword, which was supposed to have cleaved the void, caught the root of Chris’s sword just before she swung it down and pushed its handle up into the air with its body.

“….!”

Chris crossed her sword and took a posture to receive the attack. It was the fastest way to catch a sword that had been raised without pausing for breath, but I swung my sword and took another step deeper.

I bent down, slid myself through the gap between the ground and Chris’s body and knocked her sword directly above her.

The sword struck Chris, who was in an incomplete stance and the two swords that had crossed in front of her chest bounced off her arms. The pale light of the dull firefly reflected in Chris’ eyes, which had nothing to protect her.

“Ahh……!”

“Chris!”

Sage, convinced of his victory, threw out the sword he had just stopped. As he heard Chris’s short scream, the hand he extended instead of the sword grabbed Chris’s arm, which had failed to land and brought her body up.

The scene that had seemed to be settling for a moment collapsed immediately afterwards. Perhaps it was because he had too much momentum, or perhaps it was because he had pulled up too hard, but this time Sage lost his posture and fell on his back without having time to let go of his hand. The sword slipped out of Chris’s hand, who pushed Sage down and a musical metallic sound echoed in the air.

“………..”

The reverberation of the sword scream died down and after a short silence, Sage reflexively turned his face away. Maybe he couldn’t bear to look directly at Chris, who was pale after the battle, or he was checking to see if Marie had returned, but he turned his face away anyway.

“Total defeat, I guess.”

In contrast to the gesture of disappointment, the voice was radiant, as if the possession had fallen.

“So you were sloppy at the birthday party.”

“No, it would have been strange if I had won that one…..”

“Fufufu… that’s the same.”

The innocent expression of giggling and laughing suddenly cast a shadow. I felt like I shouldn’t look away, so I looked directly at Chris, who was opening and closing her mouth in a reserved manner. Chris noticed my gaze and opened her mouth as if she had made up her mind, though she was puzzled.

“Um. Why did you stop wielding the sword, Sage-sama?”

“…… Eh? I don’t know. I can’t say if it’s because the time I lost my sword coincided with the time I became able to use magic properly?”

“What do you mean by “magic” ……?”

“Didn’t your brother Leon tell you? I became a holy knight without passing the basic magic exam.”

It seems like a long time ago, but it still sticks in the back of my mind as a bitter memory.

The basic magic exam, as the name implies, is a practical test of basic magic and if you pass the exam and get approval, you can use that magic on a daily basis.

It’s a bit ostentatious to call it an exam, but it’s like an elderly gardening hobbyist who wants to use water magic because it’s handy when he wants to water his garden. It’s strange for me to say this, but it’s an exam that I’m supposed to pass.

I set a strange precedent by continuing to pass the knight’s promotion exam without ever passing the exam.

“What! I can’t …… believe it.”

“The examiners had a similar reaction. His Majesty the King was so unconvinced by the report that he attended the examination.”

“I’m convinced. It’s because you couldn’t rely on magic that you were able to master the way of the sword.”

“Well, yes. There was nothing else I could do.”

In the knight test, points may have been added because magic couldn’t be used. Even now, when I think about it, I can’t be honestly pleased.

“To be honest …… I thought I could get a few more pointers with my current conditions, but I didn’t get any.”

“Chris, You’re relying a little too much on your reflexes and it also seems like you’re trying to get a short term deal and your movements are getting bigger.”

“What do you mean?”

“Well……I’m sorry, but can I get up now?”

I point out the mentally unacceptable position I’m in now. Chris also stood up, embarrassed now, probably because the conversation was so natural.

“When I looked away in the first move, you swung at me from the opposite side, didn’t you?”

“Yes, that’s right, with all my might.”

“Did you think you could do it?”

“I thought it would be a shame to miss the opportunity.”

She utters noisy words with a smile. It was the same at the birthday festival and once you swing the sword, it seems it’ll take some time to regain your stance.

“For now, why don’t you refrain from going for the one-hit kill? If you’re up against a weak opponent, you’ll be able to pull it off, but if you’re caught, you’ll face the consequences.”

“I know, ……. I’ve seen it firsthand.”

Normally, it would be undesirable to make people aware of defeats, but in Chris’s case, the defeats themselves were rare and often not the cause of defeats that could be used next time. That’s why she hadn’t been able to identify any clear faults in herself.

But the other reason was me.

“I’m sorry. It’s because I abandoned my role as an instructor.”

Fermina’s swordsmanship instructor was defined as the highest-ranking knight by the rules and if there were several knights of the same rank, the first one would be given priority.

In other words, I should be the one to guide all the knights, including Chris.

“Abandoning. …… Oh, so you’ll teach me again?”

“This is the only way I can teach. Are you okay with it?”

“Even if it’s just for a lesson. Nowadays, there is no one in Fermina who can match me with a sword.”

“Well, I guess so. ……”

Chris’s method of fighting is like the ultimate in brute force. It’s hard to use against a superior opponent, but an opponent who can’t cope with Chris’s speed can be twisted down in one move. Even if she were to take on any knight, the battle would probably end with no advantage for either side.

Leon is busy with political affairs and he probably goes to the court mages when he has free time. The general of Lurain, who was present the other day, also seemed to be quite capable, but it’s out of the ordinary to go to the neighboring country and ask for help.

“So, shall we talk about magic for the rest of the time?”

“By all means! I have so many questions!”

Chris waved her transparent tail and smiled happily. I don’t know if it made up for the fact that I had left her to her own devices until now, but I was honestly smiling when she was so happy.

“Come on, hurry up!”

It would have been better if it had ended with a smile, but Chris grabbed my palm, which was hanging there with a guardian’s look and walked to the stairs leading indoors. She pulled me down with a tremendous force, as if she was elated or had lost her reservation and I suddenly stopped myself from resisting.

Chris had been carrying the burden of being a holy knight by herself for a long time. Because of her character, she had never shared the burden, or even whined about it, but had kept her chest resolutely upright. Even if abandoning my duties was the origin, if Chris is relying on me like this without considering my position, I should respond to her as a senior member of the same holy knights.

“…… This much is fine?”

“Huh?”

“It’s nothing. I’ve been wanting to learn your quiet magic for a while now.”

“Oh, well, that’s because I’ve been practicing it secretly under my father’s watchful eye. In the past, my father…”

The conversation, which had begun to bounce along with Chris, became more and more heated. At the dinner table, the enthusiasm did not wane and it continued until we were both told by Marie that we should finish our meals before they got cold.

Early the next morning, after being woken up by Marie, the final scheduled day of the operation process began noisily with Paula’s cursing, as I had forgotten to break the sleep spell.

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