The Deadly Sins Sorcerer of Magic Academy
Mahou Gakuen no Taizai Majutsushi
Arc 1 Admission to Royal Magic Academy
Cecilia and Julis
Cecilia’s first impression of him was that he was a benefactor.
This was because he had dashingly rescued her from her predicament and allowed her to spend some time in Julis’ mansion, after she had lost everything, even the knight who had escorted her
But that was slowly changing.
Although she slightly disliked the way Julis was faithful to his desires, she still came to think of him as a kind, dependable, and strong person.
And ultimately────until now, he was a “poor and weak person”.
Of course, there were other impressions of Julis.
He was a benefactor, a loved one, a family────there were many others, but most of all, he was a “poor and weak person”.
Julis was strong. Cecilia knew that too.
Julis who had no mana had mighty power in his own way, and Cecilia had seen how he had overwhelmed monsters and bandits with his power.
But…… even so …….
[Sorry, Cecilia. I have made you look such an unsightly sight.]
────Long time ago.
Julis once said such a thing to Cecilia.
When a group of monsters appeared in the vicinity of the Anderberg territory and Julis had no choice but to go to the scene, Cecilia insisted that she wanted to go too.
Julis’ face was full of sadness.
After being overrun by overwhelming force, his expression was────very, very sad.
Why did he apologize to me?
Why did he look like this?
Was it because Julis’ arms were covered with black bruises?
She didn’t know such things.
(…… Julis must be very much alone.)
He did have a family, he did have servants, and he did have people in his territory.
Still, surely there was no one who could understand the real Julis,────Cecilia thought, and that was why he looked like that.
His heart was weak and fragile, as if it would break at the mere touch, and he had no support for it.
Cecilia wondered that this was because she was a saintess,────even though it should be unimaginable if it were from the usual Julis.
That was why Cecilia was────
“It’s all right, Julis. I’ll…… I’ll be by your side.”
She also wanted to return the favor.
Therefore, Cecilia will not return from Julis’ place────
With a lovely voice, the girl opened her eyes.
Lifting her eyelids, the blonde girl roused her heavy body from the hard feeling on her back and returned to consciousness.
(……Huh? What was I doing?)
Just a few minutes ago, I was treating a boy of our party, launching a magic beacon…… and then after that────
(Th, that’s right! How about Emilia-san?)
Cecilia gradually awoke and worried about Emilia, who had been facing Byrne alone to protect herself.
It was probably because Cecilia was kind that she was concerned for Emilia’s safety, putting aside her own situation.
Cecilia looked around to find the situation and Emilia.
Emilia, who had moved away from her, couldn’t possibly be nearby, but Cecilia still looked for her.
And what she found was────
“O Raging Wind!”
“O Blue Gravel!”
The four of them were confronting the huge, ominous beast.
Ricardo blocked the beast with his sword, but was blown away by its foreleg, and this time Anastasia stood in front of the beast to protect them. Mirabelle and Emilia then launched their abbreviated chanting magic at the beast from afar.
The four of them were already battered here and there.
The two in the vanguard were particularly badly injured, but Mirabelle and Emilia in the rear were as injured as they were.
Breathing hard and with blood pouring from their foreheads, they were fully wounded as they faced the beast.
The beast didn’t seem to be taking the brunt of their attacks, but still, they all charged forward, refusing to give up.
“Julis! Wake up for goodness sake!”
Anastasia called out to the nowhere Julis, and thrust her fine rapier at the vital spot.
The beast’s foreleg repelled the thrust and swung back at her.
“Don’t screw with my muscleeeeeeeeeeesssss!!!!!”
Ricardo, who was blown away, returned and caught Anastasia with his great sword, as if to support her
But he still couldn’t kill the momentum, and both Anastasia and him were blown away.
“Julis-kun, return to yourself!”
Mirabelle showered him with wind magic from behind.
But even so, it didn’t seem to be working at all, instead, the beast only changed its target to Mirabelle.
And as if to get its attention, this time Emilia showered it with ice magic.
…… All of them, were calling out the name of their friend.
Still, the beast cried.
To defeat the targets in front of it, it swung its forelegs as if by instinct, cracking the earth and directing its resounding roar at the entire forest.
Seeing this, Cecilia────
Without brushing the grass from her hair, she steps into a place full of violence.
There was dangerous────she knew that. Even so……
(It’s painful, isn’t it? ……I understand it, Julis)
She knew that that was Julis.
Not because everyone was calling out to it that way, but because it was her who was beside him all along…… she had no reason or basis for it, but she knew.
He looked so pained, so swallowed up, covering himself, so scattered his emotions,────and he looked so lonely and felt weak.
It was somewhat similar…… to the look from that time in the past, when Cecilia looked at Julis.
(Now…… now, I’m coming to you, okay……)
Cecilia stepped into the dangerous zone herself.
Slowly, step by step…… towards that beast, sprinkling kindness as Cecilia, not as a saintess.
Their eyes widen as they notice Cecilia at a distance.
But the moment they took their eyes off the beast, Mirabelle was attacked by its foreleg and Emilia by its tail.
Still, Cecilia stepped forward.
Ricardo and Anastasia also noticed Cecilia’s presence, but the shock and pain of being blown away prevented them from moving their body as much as they would like.
Everyone was in a situation where they couldn’t protect Cecilia.
Cecilia kept proceeding.
She, who had no combat skills, faced the beast…… by herself.
The beast caught sight of Cecilia.
With a cry that resonated well into eardrums, it set its next target on Cecilia.
Cecilia finally reached the front of the beast.
The difference in size was so great that she had to look up to see the beast’s face, and the slender Cecilia would be trampled in an instant.
“I understand…… I understand it, Julis……”
Cecilia hugged its big, thick foreleg.
“It is painful, isn’t it? It’s agonizing, isn’t it? I’m sure Julis was trying to protect someone and became like this……. Really, Julis is very kind. Even though he’s in so much suffering himself.”
The beast pointed its other foreleg at Cecilia, trying to pull the hugging Cecilia away.
“Th, this is…….”
The foreleg stopped just in time.
Cecilia was not harmed, and the foreleg stopped without any sign of resistance.
But the suffering appeared in the form of a cry.
“I haven’t been able to repay Julis for anything …… You’ve always protected me and I always gave you a lot of trouble────But, this is all I can do for you right now.”
Cecilia strengthened her arms that were hugging its foreleg.
She wanted her warmth to be felt, she wanted her feeling to be reached.
Cecilia smiled gently at the beast, telling him that it was okay now, that he didn’t have to try so hard.
“I’ll be by your side…… all the way, all the time. Julis isn’t suited for such an appearance, you know? If you go back to your usual, goofy, dependable, and gentle Julis────I’ll be more than happy.”
The beast gradually lost its voice.
It should have been rampaging around, but strangely enough, it began to regain its composure.
“I will support you. I will support that part of Julis that nobody can see…… I will support it for the rest of my life.”
The sight left Mirabelle and the others speechless.
Soon, the beast changed its ominous appearance, and the darkness that had been cloaked around it gradually cleared away.
“Let’s go home, Julis…… I love the usual Julis…… more than the suffering Julis.────Thank you, for always protecting me…… I love you so.”
The beast reverted its form to that of a boy.
[To be Continued]
TLN: TBH, somehow I become teary at Cecilia’s part/monologue, but I must be stronkkkk
It reminds me of Accelerator and Last Order.
Next Chapter: Arc 1 Epilogue