Chapter 31 – Don’t call to her highness so familiarly
After that, we encountered a few more monsters.
The Devil Bison seemed to be classified as a strong monster in this area, and all of them were defeated by the magic of team one before they could even get close to us.
I didn’t have a turn at all in team two responsible for the short-range attack.
……Am I needed here.
Then, I noticed a sign.
A few dozen meters away.
There was something hiding in the grass, slowly approaching us.
It was probably a monster.
It seemed that no one except me had noticed it yet, probably because it was a little good at erasing its presence.
“Etto, Celes-oneechan…” (Ark)
I called out to Celestia-san.
Then everyone looked at me in surprise, even Alisa-san, who glared at me with a terrible expression.
“Don’t call to her highness so familiarly during the independent seminar…!” (Alisa)
Oh, I see.
I shouldn’t call her that way when other people are around.
Well, it’s Layla after all, and she’ll call her that way.
“Rather than that, Layla-san. What happened?” (Celes)
Celestia-san was the only one who didn’t seem to mind at all, in fact, she seemed rather happy.
“Ah, unn. A monster is――” (Ark)
No, it’s too late to explain now.
The monster had already noticed that our vigilance had been distracted, and it was already leaping at us at breakneck speed.
The wind magic I released sent the monster’s head flying.
Even though it lost its head, it didn’t immediately lose its momentum and its huge body slid along the ground for a while.
“Did you want to say that we were being targeted by a monster?” (Celes)
It’s already after-the-fact, but I told her with a smirk, just like Layla.
“I didn’t notice it at all…….”
“Hey, look. Isn’t it an Assassin Panther?”
“What? Are you sure?”
It seemed that the assassin panther is a monster that is so skilled at disguising its presence that even a skilled warrior can be taken by surprise and killed.
You’ll be able to figure it out if you’re a little more careful, won’t you?
When I was a child, father took me to a forest where there were a lot of monsters that were much better at hiding.
“And the magic earlier……”
“It’s just a wind cutter, isn’t it?”
“But I’ve never seen such a sharpness…….”
Everyone looked at me with their eyes opened widely.
What’s so surprising about that?
That’s what Layla always did, right?
“Is this the [Magic Sword Princess]……”
“No wonder she was invited to this seminar even though he was still a freshman…….”
“Well, how could Her Highness be mistaken, right?”
Celestia-san smiled and said.
“No, Layla-san’s abilities are not limited to this.” (Celes)
If I had to guess, I would say that Layla’s decision to join this seminar was made just before the test.
This is the first time she has participated in actual training, and it was also the first time for anyone other than Celestia-san to see Layla’s magic.
Even so, was it too much of a surprise?
Windcutter is just an elementary magic, and its power can be easily adjusted.
After taking a short rest, we resumed our exploration.
We succeeded in defeating the monsters several times, and after a while,
“Well then, everyone, it’s time to return to the city. Thank you for your hard work.” (Celes)
Apparently, this was the end of today’s training.
We were about to return to the carriage when,
“Your Highness, there’s a monster that looks like an orc approaching from over there.”
When I looked in the direction one of the participants was pointing, I saw that it was indeed an orc.
It might have already recognized us and came running at us with bloodshot eyes.
“Let’s deal with that monster first.” (Celes)
Orcs are not very strong monsters.
It’ll be a different case if there were many of them, but it’s only one.
In the relaxed atmosphere that will soon be swept away, I feel a sense of discomfort.
……Isn’t it looked strange?
The word “presence” is made up of many different elements.
For example, breathing, footsteps, heat, smell, movement of muscles and bones, circulation of blood, activity of organs such as the heart, and the magical power that is emitted.
Naturally, I can feel a strong presence of it, since it is moving its body and approaching us with killing intent, but…… something is wrong.
There’s still some distance, so if it get a little closer, I might be able to figure out what this strange feeling is.
The members of team one unleashed their long-range magic.
That orc took a few direct hits of magic.
“Did we do it?”
Eh, who is that?
Did you know you just raised a flag?
Sure enough, we didn’t do it.
The orc was heading over here as if nothing had happened.
“It, it’s not a normal orc!”
“It definitely has a bigger body…… maybe a high orc?”
“I see, that’s why our attacks don’t work well.”
“We just have to unleash some short-range magic on it.”
High Orc is a higher species of Orc.
It is said that its body is a size larger, and has more power and durability.
Uunn, but there isn’t that much difference between high orc and orc, is there?
I don’t think that orc is on that level of difference in the first place. ……
The orc screamed and rushed here.
The orc crashed into the earthen wall that suddenly appeared.
And then the fire magic of team two was fired.
The orc screamed in despair at the firepower that should have finished off the Devil Bison earlier.
Its huge body fell to the ground.
“…… This size, it seems it’s indeed a high orc.” (Celes)
Celestia-san approached the charred orc.
“! Watch out!” (Ark)
I shouted involuntarily.
The orc is not dead yet.
Despite its condition, there are clearly signs that it is still alive.
Sure enough, the orc suddenly got up and attacked Celestia-san, who was stunned by the suddenness of the situation.