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Meeting the Classmates

I shouldn’t have told a joke during the speech.

How should I know that! Since I could only rely on the memories of my previous world, and in those memories, it was the basic thing to add humor to speeches in order to calm the venue down.

I am at my wits’ end about this world’s common sense, which I’ve learned for the first time, and about the grand public spectacle I made.

“Well~ In my case, I found it quite interesting? A normal speech at this kind of place is boring and will put me to sleep.”

Suddenly, I heard a voice. Since she was sitting in a nearby seat, she’s also part of S-Class, I guess.

“I’m Alice. Alice Corner. Nice to meet you, Shin Walford-kun.”

“Ah, nice to meet you.”

“I thought the speech you gave a little while ago was interesting. The speeches during Beginner and Intermediate school were very painful at that time, but that couldn’t be helped. I think many students would think so as well, don’t you think? Earlier, the majority of the student body were laughing, I wonder, wouldn’t there be a lot of people who’ll try to imitate you?”

“…Is that so?”

“Yes, it is. By the way. Walford-kun.”

“Just call me Shin.”

“Then, Shin-kun. Shin-kun… is the grandson of Merlin-sama and Melinda-sama?”

To be accurate, it’s actually quite different, though. I wonder if everyone didn’t know grandpa and grandma are no longer married?

“Well, yes I am.”

“I wonder, did they come today?”

“They are probably sitting together with the other guardians…”

Was that it? Was this the kind of situation where she wants to ask me for an introduction?

“Is that so? Well, since we’re going to be classmates in the future, it would be better for me to greet them, right~”

This is the first time I’ve heard of the need to greet a classmate’s guardians.

“Ah! Not fair! I [Watashi] also want to go!”

“I [Watashi] also want to go.”

“I [Boku], too, want to go.”

“I [Watashi] also want to go~”

“I [Jibun] also want to greet them.”

“I [Sessha] want to go, too degozaru.”

Who was that!? There was a Samurai!?

“Ho~? So there was a rule in the academy that says we have to greet our classmates’ parents?”

“Prin-Prince Augusto…”

“In that case, naturally, I’ll have to ask all of you to meet with Father.”

“N-no need! That would be too much!”

“Then, stop saying stupid stuff and be quiet. Look, isn’t the instructor looking this way?”

Eh! Uwa~ He’s really glaring. It seems like today, I did nothing but get scolded.

“After this, we will be going to the classroom, so go plan your minglings there.”

“Ye-yes. I’m very sorry…”

“My bad, Gus, you saved me.”

“What, it was a matter of course.”

As I thought, this guy really is Uncle Dis’ son. He’s also super cool when it comes to things like these.

“You owe me one.”

He declared while smirking.

I take back my previous statement! As I thought, he has a bad personality!

After that, the entrance ceremony proceeded without a hitch, and finally, it was Uncle Dis’ speech. A part of his speech was to encourage the freshmen, but at the end of it, he looked at me and smirked. Somehow I’m getting a bad feeling about this, you know?

“This year, since a non-standard — the grandson of the hero — has also been admitted, We think the instructors’ camp will have a hard time, but We hope the instructors will work hard. And as for his fellow classmates, it would be good if you can learn various things from him. Everyone’s stereotypes will probably be blown away by him. And also, We pray everyone will grow significantly.”

Oi! What are you throwing in at the end of your speech? I thought one weren’t supposed to tell a joke during a speech!?

“Hmm, as expected of Father. He’s immediately incorporating it.”

You too, what are you doing being impressed! If the head of the Kingdom does something like that, everyone will want to imitate it! It’ll alter the common sense of this world!

I was played with by the King in the end, and the very tiring entrance ceremony was over.

After this, everyone will go to their own respective classrooms, do a simple homeroom, such as self-introduction, and then dismiss for the day.

When we were about to go to the classroom under the instructor’s guidance, at that time, I somehow felt a gaze, making me uneasy. What is it? I thought, and when I looked around my surroundings… That guy… if I wasn’t mistaken, it was Cart-kun. The previously-mentioned ‘Violent Noble’-kun was glaring at me. With a look full of grudge and resentment.

Did I, perhaps do something? Ah! Maybe because I gave such a playful speech, that he’s thinking of the tradition or about the ceremony’s dignity? Since it seems he’s somewhat obstinate about being a noble. But because Uncle Dis also did the same thing, there shouldn’t be a problem, right? …Right?

Although his gaze was bothering me a little, it was already time to go to the classroom. Since he seems to be in a different class, he couldn’t even confront me, and I was also heading to my classroom.

This academy has 4 different classes: S, A, B, and C. Only S-Class has a small number of students consisting of 10 people, and as for the other classes, they have 30 students each, so 10 + (30 x 3) = 100 students in each academic year.

The students are divided into these classes depending on the results of their entrance examination, and S-Class consists of the top ten students, the Special Advanced Class so to speak. The lowest is the C-Class, but everyone here was able to pass the super difficult entrance exam.

Since there are annual class rearrangement whenever students advance in academic years, even if a student was in C-Class at the time of their enrolment, it would be possible for them to be in S-Class by the time of their graduation. The opposite also applies. I need to work hard so I won’t drag grandpa and grandma’s reputation in the mud.

Only for today, please forget the many times I got scolded already. I beg of you.

* * *

The classroom somehow had the Oval Office?-like feeling. The desk also had an official desk-like feeling to it, with a high-class look, and it was large, too. The chair also was covered with leather, and I wasn’t the only one who thought: ‘Is this place the president’s room or something?’.

“Uwa~ This desk is amazing. It’s just like the desk Father has in his office.”

“It’s true. This is amazing.”

“I’ve never seen such a fine desk like this. The chair is also amazing. Uwaa, it feels like I’m getting tired from the nervousness of just being here.”

“What, everyone is so pathetic.”

Only Gus was acting as normal.

“After all, these are only common pieces of furniture, you’ll get used to them eventually. Don’t get too distracted by these things that you’ll forget your responsibilities, okay?”

“Gus… As I thought, you’re amazing.”

“Heh, it’s because they are inferior to the ones I have in my house.”

“Well, that should be a given!”

You’re talking about the Royal Palace, you know?!

“You guys! Stop being impressed by the furniture and quickly take your seats. Since everyone’s seating arrangement is posted on the blackboard, go sit according to it.”

Was what the male instructor who led us here said, urging everyone to be seated. Well, my seat is… Ah! It’s right in front of the instructor’s desk; it was the so-called special seat*.

[T/N: Front row seat.]

Even though I said that, since there were only ten seats, so it was the same no matter where I sat.

The arrangement of the seats were three desk, four desk, and three desk at the back. It was set up using the three-four-three system*.

[T/N: It’s referring to soccer formation.]

Thanks to the desks being positioned alternately, the blackboard could be seen from any seat.

When I reached my desk and sat down, the male instructor also sat down on his desk.

“Well, once again, congratulations on your admission. I am the one in charge of this class, Alfred Marcus. I will also be the one who will oversee your practical training, so I look forward to it. After this, we’ll do self-introduction of each other, I’ll brief you on the schedule from tomorrow onwards, and then we’ll end it for today. So, I’ll start with myself. As I’ve said earlier, my name is Alfred Marcus. I’m also a graduate from this Advanced Magic Academy, and it’s been five years since I became an instructor. Before I became an instructor, I was part of the Royal Court Magician Division. After working there for about five years, since there was an opening in the academy’s teaching staff, I became an instructor. That’s why my current age is 28 years old. The person I respect is Magi Merlin-dono. Because of that, I am delighted to be the instructor-in-charge of this class. That is all.”

He said something like that in the end. Since he said those things, then everyone else would have to say something similar.

“Well, next is you all. Now then, let us go in the order of the entrance exam rankings. Starting from Shin Walford.”

“Yes. Well, since there are both people whom I’ve met and people I’m meeting for the first time, once again, I’m Shin Walford. Even though I’ve mentioned this during the representative speech, since I’ve been living in the woods until recently, I don’t know a lot about the world. That is why, even if I somehow do some strange things, please don’t abandon me. I was taught by Grandpa and so I can use magic in general. Since Grandma also taught me Enchantment Magic, I can also create magic tools. The people I respect are Grandpa and Grandma. Please take care of me.”

“Personal lesson from both Merlin-sama and Melinda-sama….”

“How enviable…”

Somehow, everyone had expressions of envy mixed with yearning. Was everyone fans of grandpa and grandma?

“Next, Prince Augusto, please go ahead.”

“Yes. Everyone, I think all of you already know me, but there might be someone uninformed of the world like Shin. So once again, I am Augusto von Earlshide, the First Prince of this Kingdom. However, as you all know, social ranking does not apply here in this academy, and this also applies to the Royal Family. That’s why everyone, please feel free to talk to me without any reservation, just like Shin. Although not as much as Shin, I can brag that I can use magic to some extent. If I were to be compared to Shin, it truly is just to ‘some extent.’ The people whom I respect are Father and, of course, Magi Merlin-dono. From now on, please take care of me.”

Don’t mention me in your introduction every now and then! Oi!

“He also has a close relationship with His Highness.”

“How enviable degozaru.”

There’s a Samurai here after all! Who is it!?

“Well then, next, Maria von Meshina.”

“Yes. Nice to meet you all, I am Maria von Meshina. I am the second daughter of Count Meshina. Since Girls’ Academy doesn’t suit me and I can use magic fairly well, I came to the Magic Academy. Just like what His Highness said a while ago, it’d make me really happy if everyone feels free to come and talk to me. The person whom I respect most is, as expected, Guru Melinda-sama. My aim is to be a strong and beautiful woman just like Melinda-sama! Please take care of me!”

The Girls’ Academy where nobles’ and wealthy rich girls attend doesn’t suit her, huh. Certainly, she doesn’t feel ladylike.

“Next, Sicily von Claude.”

“Yes. Nice to meet you, everyone. My name is Sicily von Claude. I am the third daughter of Viscount Claude and was dragged by Maria to take the examination for the Magic Academy. To meet such wonderful people, I’m very grateful to Maria for inviting me. I’m good with Healing Magic, but my attack-related magic is a bit lacking. I think I’ll be able to support everyone. The person I respect most is Melinda-sama. I’d like to meet her someday, if possible. Please take care of me.”

It’s okay, Sicily. Grandma wants to meet Sicily, too. For evaluation purposes.

“Next, Alice Corner.”

“Ye~s. Everyone, nice to meet you all. I’m Alice Corner. Although there have been people with amazing family before me, I’m afraid the flow will stop with me. My family is an ordinary commoner family, and my father does accounting for the Hague Company. Unfortunately, since I’m not good with accounting, I’ll work hard at magic! I’m really lucky to be able to be in the same class as Shin-kun! The person whom I respect the most is Melinda-sama. Please take care of me!”

Alice is a blonde girl with blue eyes and short hairstyle. How to describe; she’s thin, and an overall a tiny girl. Even though she’s the same age, but she’s more of a sister-like existence. By the way, Hague Company is the company that Uncle Tom manages.

“Next, Thor von Flegel.”

“Yes, I am called Thor von Flegel. The heir to the House of Baron Flegel. I was selected at a young age to be His Highness, Prince Augusto’s escort and school friend, and ever since then, I’ve been progressing together with His Highness. On this occasion, for the purpose of Prince Augusto’s advancement through the Advanced Magic School, and also for my own plan on becoming an escort part of the Magic Division, I would like to devote to my studies in this Advanced Magic Academy. Of course, I also respect Magi Merlin-sama. Please take care of me from now on.”

Thor is Gus’ study partner and escort, huh. He has silver hair and wears a pair of round glasses. Again, another small boy. Not a ‘young man,’ but a ‘boy,’ is what I want to say. He seems to be