Arc 1 Admission to Royal Magic Academy
Letter from the Pope
“So? What the h*ll do you want me for, calling me out here so early in the morning?”
Julis asked Marsha as he sat down to his breakfast. Julis dipped a piece of bread into the stew and chewed on it, showing his lack of manners as a nobleman.
“You say it’s early, but isn’t this always the time to have breakfast?”
“It’s too early.”
Even the surrounding nobles and commoners didn’t get up at this hour, except for the peasants who got up to harvest. Is this family’s routine a little off of track? Julis was worried.
“But I think it’s good to get up early, Julis? I used to wake up early too when I lived in the church!”
“I see, I see, …… you are a diligent girl, aren’t you.”
Julis patted Cecilia’s head as she leaned her head in for praise. Then she giggled happily with “Ehehe”.
The fact that his parents didn’t blame him for his behavior while they were eating suggested that this family was lax when it came to manners.
“My, you two get along well as always, yes~”
“Julis and I do get along very well.”
He wondered if he could call he got along well with the saintess. Surely the nobles around would be furious if they heard what his own mother had said.
“Actually, I received a letter from Pope-sama…….”
When Marsha took the letter out of his pocket, Cecilia leaned forward.
Cecilia, who had spent her life as a saintess, had no parents. She was an orphan picked up by the church, she received favor and blessings from the goddess, but she never received any kind of “parental love”.
At that time, the one who treated her like a real father was the Pope, the highest authority in the Church. Cecilia, who had never known affection, was touched by that affection and came to love the Pope as if he were her own father.
She was therefore delighted to learn that she had received a letter from the Pope. Even though he had given her permission to stay here, she was still a little lonely that couldn’t see him.
“Hmm, hmm……… which one, which one?”
Julis took the letter from Marsha and began to read the contents of it. Along with that, Cecilia also read the contents as if peeking into it from his side.
Julis’s cheeks reddened a little as he turned his head to the side and saw her cherry-red lips right in front of him. However, he was sure that if he were to be drawn to her lips, he would face his end, so he gulped and endured as he looked at the letter.
[Cecilia, and Viscount of Anderberg.
Cecilia, how are you doing? I’m glad to hear that you’re doing well and happy. Everyone in the church where you grew up is doing well. Of course, so am I.
I’d also like to thank the people of Viscount Anderberg for taking care of Cecilia. Although she is free-spirited and may cause trouble for everyone, Cecilia has grown up to be a very good girl. I hope you will continue to support Cecilia.
————Now, the reason I’m making this urgent request is that I’d like to ask you to enroll Cecilia in the “Lapis Lazuli Royal Magic Academy”.
This is because the King of Lapis Lazuli, who heard that the saint was coming of age, said, “Please, I’d really like her to enroll in the Royal Magic Academy!” He requested directly to the church.
As for me, I can’t ignore the King’s request, and I want Cecilia to gain experiences in the academy that she couldn’t have had in the church.
So, could you please enroll Cecilia in the Royal Magic Academy?
Of course, the church and the state will cover the tuition.
…… In addition, I’m sorry to be the one to ask this, but would it be possible for Viscount Anderberg’s son to be allowed to enroll as well?
As a naive girl, Cecilia will surely face many difficulties at the academy.
That is why I would like to ask your son, who is Cecilia’s benefactor, to help her. Could you please give her some support?
Cecilia has told me that he is a reliable young man, so could you please be a support for my little girl? I’m sure Cecilia will be very happy to hear that.
Would you please accept my sincere request?
May the Goddess bless you all.]
After reading the letter all the way through, Julis pondered for a moment, then smiled and opened his mouth to his parents.
“Sorry, impossibly I can!”
“……Why is that, Julis?”
Marianne asked with a sharp look at Julis, who immediately denied it with a fresh face.
But Julis, undaunted by his mother’s glare, told her plainly.
“The Royal Magic Academy is the largest magic academy in the Lapis Lazuli, am I right? It’s an educational institution that was created solely to raise talented young people for the country.————A place with different goals, objectives, stock, and prestige than most academies…… So I’m sure you’ve heard of it, am I right?”
The Royal Magic Academy. The academy, located in the royal capital, is an educational institution run by the entire country. It was founded 300 years ago and was a place where many aristocrats and talented commoners enrolled and developed their abilities.
In the past, that academy had produced heroes and heroines, and many of its graduates had gone on to prosperous careersーーーーsuch as being assigned to the royal family’s elite guards, court mages, royal knights, etc.
“……Ah, that’s right.”
“And it is there that ‘magic’ is the most notably observed.”
In this world, the so-called “Magic” that interfered with all kinds of phenomenons was spreading.
It’s not only for a comfortable life, but also as a means to protect against threats such as wars between nations, magical beasts, and demons, the mages had been nurtured there.
In every country, excellent mages were highly valued. This Royal Magic Academy was also an institution for training excellent personnel————the mages to serve the country.
This is why it is a place where those with a talent for magic can step foot.
“I, can’t use magic, so I’m going to turn this down.”
Julis Anderberg couldn’t use magic.