Chapter 4 – Promise, Mary’s Feelings
“I, Claudia Wellstein, bet on my pride as the third rank of the S-Class, that I will defeat you here and now. Here I come ──!”
Stating it out loud, Claudia approaches me casually.
She doesn’t close the gap at super speed like she has been doing earlier.
Instead, she took a step, then another step, approaching me inch by inch.
When is it? When is she gonna do it!?
My tension is now at an all-time high.
“──Or so I would want to say, but……”
Suddenly, Claudia stopped walking.
She lowered her swords slackly in both hands, then sheathed them in the scabbards at her waist and back.
“I’m sorry for my rudeness, boy. There is no deception. Your skills are the real deal.”
Suddenly, Claudia bowed deeply.
What just happened?
I was left stunned, unable to keep up with the situation.
“It is said that elves have mana that far exceed those of humans……and you, boy, just used that mana to achieve a superlative degree of swordplay.”
Claudia narrows her sharp eyes.
It’s as if she’s seeing through everything about me, her deep – light blue eyes are getting filled with a strange light. If you are seeing this message, you are reading from an unauthorized site.
“With your power, it is no doubt you are able to defeat an A-class dragon species all by yourself.”
“……Thank you for the compliment, for now.”
But that doesn’t mean she won’t slash at me later on.
To be honest, I thought I was going to die.
“Of course, I’m not going to cut you seriously. I took it easy on you, and if the need arises, I would immediately stop myself before it becomes something serious.”
“So, you were still holding back!?”
“Fufu, isn’t that the same for you?”
Claudia gave a cynical smile.
“If I put all my energy into it, it will cause a lot of havoc to our surroundings, and it will be very hard to clean up later. If you are seeing this message, you are reading from an unauthorized site. Also, if you really defeated an A-class dragon species in a single blow just as they have stated, then you should have an offensive technique with that much same power.”
If I unleash an attack like Seraphim Zapper here, there will definitely be casualties, especially in a crowded cafeteria like this.
……The female swordsman in front of me might survive, though.
“The only thing I find odd is that your demeanor is that of an amateur. You know how to handle a sword, but you don’t look very well trained in the art of swordplay.”
Well, I am an amateur.
I did a little bit of Kendo in my high school, though.
“Anyway, I have already confirmed my doubts. Please accept my apologies. Well, the unlikely event that your achievement was just a sham, I would report you to the guild, though.”
Claudia then went to Mina, Mary and Ingrid.
“I also apologize for my rudeness to you three.”
“Ah, no, that’s……”
“As long as you understand, that’s all that matters.”
As Mina shrinks back to Claudia’s bow of apology, Ingrid replies indifferently.
It was only Mary who’s keeping silent.
She’s staring at Claudia and me as if she has been drained of her soul.
What’s going on with her?
“Ah, Mary doesn’t mind either, right? Right? Hey.”
Mina nudged her friend frantically.
“I’d better get going. I still have some work to do.”
Claudia brushes her long purple hair and turns away from us.
But when she’s just about to leave, she suddenly stops.
“Oh, yeah. I forgot to say one thing, boy.”
Claudia looks back to me.
“If we have another chance in the future, I would like to ask a serious one-on-one match with you. It’s been a long time since someone had my blood boil this hot.”
My blood was cold as ice, though. You literally gave me the chills back there.
“Well, sooner or later, you’ll reach the S-Class anyway. I will wait you there.”
“With your skills, it won’t be far away.”
Claudia said with a smile.
So cute ──.
Because the heat of battle, I didn’t have time to notice it, until now. Read only at stabbing with a syringe home blog.
Her smile is wonderful, perfectly suited for a beautiful girl of her age.
If not for our brutal exchange earlier, I would have admired her more, though.
“I’ll be waiting for you. It’s a promise.”
Is it me, or her light blue eyes just sparkled?
Isn’t she just a girl who loves to compete?
I did my usual egotistical smile.
Well, aiming for the top isn’t bad either.
An exciting feeling of elation is welling up in me.
I had just been reborn in a different world, so I hadn’t yet set a specific goal.
But now, I have something I wanted to aim for.
From the lowest E class to the S class where Claudia is waiting…
Let’s go through all of it at once.
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Side: Rosemary Grande.
Mary’s inspiration to become an adventurer was because of Claudia.
When she was a kid, demons attacked their village.
And the one who fought them off was Claudia, who was already certified as an A-class adventurer that time, even though she was only a child.
As her alias of Seven Sword suggests, she used her divine-like swordsmanship to annihilate the demons in the blink of an eye. Read only at stabbing with a syringe home blog.
Afterwards, Mary trained herself in the Crimson Emperor Slaying Style, one of the strongest sword styles in the continent, but she still couldn’t come close to Claudia’s skills. If you are seeing this message, you are reading from an unauthorized site.
And now, Lian has crossed blades with the adventurer of her dreams.
Probably, Mary wouldn’t have been able to react, even to the first sword draw.
She won’t be even a match.
They not being serious in that match has put even more salt to those wounds.
In that short exchange, they were made to know the difference of their levels.
But Mary wasn’t discouraged.
As she stared at Lian and Claudia, she became even more impressed.
Yes, she was reminded once again that there is always an existence that is far above yourself.
She felt frustrated, that her sword couldn’t even reach them.
However, in the midst of that, she felt joy.
A sense of euphoria, exhilaration, delight, upon witnessing a battle between two “True beings”.
Even after Claudia left, she was still immersed in this emotion.
“Hm? What’s wrong, Mary?”
Noticing her heated gaze, Lian turned around.
Mary then turned her attention to the boy in front of her.
Gazing at her, a pair of blue eyes that reveal a refreshing light.
A breath-taking, otherworldly face.
Glossy black hair that flutters in a slight breeze.
“Ah, no, I was just……”
Just a few words with him is making her feel hot all over.
Her head is feeling fuzzy, as if she was being buoyed by the heat.
(What is wrong with me?)
She had never felt this way before.
Far different from the admiration she had for Claudia.
Those feelings for her, who is also of the same sex, were that of “I want to be like her someday”.
But, against him whose of the opposite sex──.
(Is that it, perhaps?)
Mary’s heart is beating painfully fast.
Then, she realized.
The true identity of this feeling, that is making her chest feel tight.
With his good looks as an elf, together with his powerful magic sword skills.
──Mary has completely fallen for the elven boy before her.