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Progressing Without Knowing
The next morning, I immediately went to Sicily’s house to pick her up.
I cast ‘Gate’ in the vacant room prepared for me in Sicily’s house, and when it opened, Sicily and Maria were already waiting on the other side.
“Good morning. You’re already waiting.”
“Good morning Shin-kun. Because you’re here to pick me up, I cannot afford to make you wait.”
“Go~od mor~ning*, because I was somehow rather anxious, I got up early.”
[T/N: She said this while yawning.]
It looks like they’re ready to set off immediately. But before that, I have to greet Sicily’s parents.
I left the room and headed for the dining room to greet the others.
“Good morning, Cecil-san, Irene-san.”
“Oh, good morning, Shin-kun.”
“Ah, good morning, Shin-kun.”
The two people returned the greetings. It looks like Cecil-san’s about to go to work; unlike the formal wear he was wearing during yesterday’s entrance ceremony, he was wearing a suit today. A cravat was coiled around his neck, giving him a stylish appearance, and a cool ambiance.
“Nn? Shin-kun, is there something the matter?”
Ah, I was staring at him too much. I wonder if that was a little rude?
“Ah, I’m sorry. I was thinking you looked very stylish and cool. Are you heading off to work now?”
“Hahaha, thank you. I’ll be heading off to work soon. Also, these clothes were chosen by my wife; I do not have the ability to dress like this. I don’t really concern myself with clothing.”
“Oh my, fufufu, thank you for your praise, Shin-kun. Shall I also choose clothing for Shin-kun?”
“N-no, it’s alright.”
“Ah, you don’t need to be reserved.”
I started talking to Irene-san who was, “fufufu,” laughing.
“Shin-kun! It’s about time we leave! Father, too! You also need to head off to work!”
Sicily came and urged us to quickly get going.
“Ah? Really, Sicily, fufufu.”
“Wh-what is it, mother?”
“Nothing? There’s no problem?”
This is the first time I had ever seen this kind of Sicily. As I thought, the expressions she shows to her family are different. They are more vibrant.
“Shin-kun! Let’s go already!”
Sicily took hold of my arm and dragged me out of the dining room.
“Oh, my, ufufu.”
“Sicily has grown up to become an adult…”
While listening to their voices, we walked towards the back room.
Although I don’t really have to open “Gate” at this place, it’s a good spot when taking our surroundings into consideration. It’s tactless to use magic in a place where people consume their meals.
When I was about to open the gate, Maria sudden spoke,
“Hey, how long are you guys going to link arms for?”
Now that she mentioned it, I recalled my arm getting grabbed.
“Ah! I’m s-s-s-sorry!”
“Eh? I don’t really mind.”
Or rather, I thought was lucky.
“Ara? Did I say something unnecessary?”
Maria sported a broad grin.
“Hehehe, you really are so cute!”
Two girls being playful with each other. It’s a good scene; it really is a good scene!
“Hey, we’re going now.”
” “Yes~” ”
Through the gate, we arrived at my house.
“Oh, Sicily-san, Maria-san, good morning.”
“Morning to both of you.”
“Good morning. Merlin-sama, Melinda-sama.”
Here, too, was an exchange of greetings. It looks like we cannot leave for school easily.
“Then, grandpa, grandma, we’re off.”
“Ah, do you best.”
“Listen, okay? Remember not to do anything rash!”
The long awaited classes are finally starting, but I’m restricted from doing anything; honestly, I don’t really want to agree to it…
“I get it already, grandma.”
Or rather, when these two people came to see us off, the both of them looked like my genuine grandpa and grandma.
Really, why don’t they just get back together.
Then, for the next 15 minutes, we walked to school on foot. Along the way, I did not forget to use Search Magic. If there was a rapid increase of magic power, I would immediately know about it.
In the end, we arrived at the academy without any incident. Although there was something that was bothering me a little, the two girls who looked nervous exhaled a sigh of relief when we arrived at the academy.
However, because the opponent is from the same academy, it’s too early to let our guards down. However, it is still safer inside the academy, since there are professors and other students around. Considering he has already been warned by Gus twice, there’s a chance he might not mess with us inside the school premises.
* * *
When we arrived at the classroom, most of the students were already there.
“Morning Shin. As expected of you; despite being just admitted, you’re already friendly with girls.”
“Morning Gus and you’re too noisy! Also, you already know the reason why.”
“Although I already knew, I couldn’t help but tease you.”
“Good morning Shin-san.”
“Good morning Shin-dono.”
The two who greeted me were his escorts. And as usual, Julius was speaking like a Samurai.
“Ah, good morning.”
After I greeted everyone else, Alice came barging in.
“I’m here! Did I make it on time!? I’m safe, right?!”
“Although you made it… what do you think will happen to you if you barely make it in time for the first day of class?”
“Well, you see, because I was looking forward to today’s lesson, I couldn’t fall asleep last night, and so I accidentally overslept.”
“Are you a kid!?”
In this world, you’re considered as an adult when you reach the age of 15.
“Good morning everyone. Homeroom is starting, so everyone please take your seat.”
After the exchange of dialogue was done, Alfred-sensei arrived. She really was barely on time.
“Everyone’s already here, so once again, good morning everyone.”
” ” ” ” ” ” ” ” ” “Good morning.” ” ” ” ” ” ” ” ” ”
“Now then, I will announce the schedule for today. As I mentioned yesterday, we will have a tour around the academy this morning. Right after lunch, we’ll have magic practice. I will then guide you to gather around the First Practice Field; you don’t have to bring anything in particular. Though I said that, everyone here already knows how to cast extra-dimensional storage space. As expected of S-class. That concludes today’s agenda. Does anyone have any questions?”
There was no bag on anyone’s desk. This proved that everyone present knew how to cast extra-dimensional storage space. However, on the way to school this morning, there were some students who were carrying bags, so I guess that meant that not all students could cast it. Whether one can use extra-dimensional storage space or not is one of the indicators for a student to advance to S-class. Or so it seems.
The tour around the academy consists of the two school buildings. One of the buildings is where all the classrooms are. There are four classes per grade; the freshmen class is on the third floor, the sophomore class is on the second floor, and the senior class is on the first floor.
The second building consists of the faculty office, student council room, laboratories, and club research laboratories.
Regarding the research clubs, well, they seem similar to extra-curricular activities or so to speak. The study of emission-type magic, “Offensive Magic Research Society;” the research of producing various magic tools by taking advantage of Enchantment magic, “Life Improvement Research Society;”the study of body strengthening magic, “Body Language Research Society,” and so on.
…What’s up with the last one!? It’s the wrong way to live one’s life as a Magician! When Julius heard it, his eyes started sparkling. As I thought!
“If I did not have the mission of being His Highness’ escort, then by all means, I would participate in that research group degozaru…”
“What, if you’re concerned about me, then there’s no need; it’s alright if you join it.”
“No, that kind of reasoning won’t do degozaru.”
“This place is the Advanced Magic Academy, you know? The Royal Family has no authority whatsoever in here. Thus, there is no authority that binds you to me.”
“Well, since it’s only inside the academy, it’s alright for you to have your freedom here.”
“Your Highness… I am much obliged…”
Gus was very thoughtful towards Julius. I honestly thought the scene was amazing.
While I was thinking so, I saw Gus grinning.
Ah! This guy, could it be because he thought this escort was bothersome, so he’s trying to keep himself away? Julius, you have been deceived!
“Hm? What is it Shin, did you also find a research society you wanted to join?”
“No, I didn’t have such thoughts…”
“I see, that’s how it would be. I didn’t think any of the research society would be satisfactory for you to join. Better yet, how about starting your own research society?”
What is he suddenly rattling about? It looks like he’s trying to deceive me.
“Hooo~ the research society which Walford-kun would create; that thought sounds very interesting.”
Before I was able to press Gus for an answer, Alfred-sensei seconded Gus’ opinion.
“That’s right, sensei. I’m very interested in what kind of research society Shin creates and the activities involving it.”
“It’s certainly interesting.”
Even the ever-so-quiet Rin, who usually doesn’t participate in discussions, spoke.
“I [atashi] am also interested. If he ever does make one, I want to join!”
“I [watashi] would maybe also join it.”
“I [boku] also want to join, but most likely, all of S-Class would join it.”
“Sensei, how does one create a research society?”
“To start a research society, you have to submit an application form consisting of the names of five or more members and an advising teacher.”
“If that’s the case, then we must also come up with a proper name for a research group.”
Everyone suddenly starting talking amongst themselves. What is this? Before I knew it, it seemed like it had been decided that I will be starting a research society.
“H-hey everyone, wait a minute…”
“If Shin-kun starts his own research society, then it would be unthinkable for me not to join it, right?”
“Eh? Ah, that’s right?”
Sicily also said such a thing.
“How about this! The name “Heroes Research Society?” We can get Shin-kun to tell us all about Merlin-sama and Melinda-sama!”
“What the hell is that?!”
“Well, yeah, but there’s already that: researching, documenting, and discussing everything about them, in addition to investigating how Merlin-sama and Melinda-sama reached such heights.”
“Is that so, that’s too bad.”
“We can decide what kind of society we’ll make after the afternoon classes are done.”
“That’s all good as well. Then, let’s decide at that time.”
“If that’s the case, then I’ll bring an application with me, and we’ll decide then on who will be joining, okay?”
It’s been decided! Without listening to my opinion whatsoever, it’s been decided!!
“Umm, you guys… Can you guys not decide everything on your own?”
“What is it? As I thought, there’s some other research society you’d rather join?”
“As I thought, “Heroes Research Society”?”
“No… because you see, it sounds unpleasant…”
“Walford, I think it’s a good idea. I believe it’s a good idea for you to create your own research society, and as for the name, you can change it later on. Also, don’t you think it’ll be difficult to choose from various other research societies?”
“That is probably how it’ll be…”
“Furthermore, I’ll volunteer myself as your advisor. Also, the whole class will probably participate as members. With this, there won’t be a problem.”
“That’s right, Shin-kun! Let’s do it!”
“Ha~… I understand.”
From nothing, little by little, it was decided that I will be starting a research group. How did this happen?
“Fufu, it looks like it’ll be interesting, right? Shin.”
That right! It was this guy who took the conversation towards this direction!
“Gus… Why you…”
“You guys, let’s hurry up and finish the rest of the tour so we can get something to eat.”
” ” ” ” ” ” ” ” ” “Yes!” ” ” ” ” ” ” ” ” ”
In the end, I was unable to give Gus a piece of my mind. Gus was laughing really hard. Gus…
After looking around the school building, we headed towards the practice fields. In this academy, there’s a total of three practice fields, and the field I was assigned to during the exam was the second practice field. Everyone