◈ Episode 44: A Dangerous Bet (1)
After all the pharmacy classes taught by Miss Marie Ross were over, Aidan immersed himself in magic practice, recalling the sensationalization of elemental elements Ludger had taught him last time.
By Aidan’s side was Leo, who was now attached to him like a close friend, and Tacey, who had recently joined and spent time with Aidan often.
The three of them worked hard to master the elemental elements by embodying their own elements in the first training ground.
“Whoa. Almost done.”
Aidan wiped the sweat from his forehead as he looked at the wind element embodied on his palm.
The memory of the warm and cool wind I felt while running through a wide field in the countryside.
It was realized right in front of my eyes, not perfectly, but almost identically.
Aidan couldn’t hide his excitement at the fact that he, who knew nothing about attribute elements, was able to implement this level of element.
It was all thanks to the method Rudger taught.
The advice he gave was so practical that nothing could be overlooked.
Ludgar’s advice as well as his attitude towards magic in class were enough to tug at Aidan’s heart.
‘As expected, was it an illusion that I suspected Mr. Ludger back then?’
Rudger’s words and actions are always cold and cold, but it was clear from his voice how much he loved magic and how deeply he contemplated it.
People who like magic can’t be bad.
Above all, if Rudger was a bad person, there was no way he would pass on to his students such a valuable method that others do not teach.
‘I’m not sure yet.’
Aidan had a vague sense that there was something about Rudgar. But he didn’t feel that Rudger was a bad person.
Is it because my head is complicated because of those contradictory emotions?
The wind element that was barely realized eventually disappeared without a trace.
Aidan licked his lips and looked at Leo and Tacey.
The two of them were also working hard to implement the attribute element while sweating.
It was because the two were also impressed by the warm flame Aidan showed in the first class.
I didn’t want to interrupt that good look, so I was watching it quietly, and a group of students entered the training ground just in time.
‘Those kids… … .’
Among some students, there was someone who caught Aidan’s attention.
Dark blue hair with a slight hint of blue.
A neat hairstyle with a part on it to show the forehead.
On the contrary, the white skin that made it feel pale, the high nose bridge, and the narrow sharp eyes stood out.
He looked like a second-year student with a naturally gifted charm, and all the students around him gathered around him.
‘Who is it? To the extent that aristocratic students gather like that. He must be a great person.’
I was watching him like that, and just in time, he turned his head and looked at Aidan.
The eyes of the two met in midair.
Aidan suddenly remembered what Leo had said.
Didn’t he tell you not to make eye contact with the aristocratic students for a long time and not to pay any attention to them?
Aidan wasn’t stupid enough to ask, ‘Why is it nice to be close to each other?’, so he naturally looked away.
The opponent didn’t even point out with this.
Aidan had taken a moderate break, so he planned to focus on practicing magic again.
“what? Who is this?”
Until one of the gathered aristocratic students approached Aidan, speaking loudly.
Leo and Tacy, who lost their concentration at the voice, also gathered their magic and looked at each other.
A male student staring at Aidan, raising the corner of his mouth and giving a mean smile.
It was Jevan Pellio, the eldest son of Baron Pellio, who had quarreled with Aidan at the beginning of the semester, but withdrew after being bitterly criticized by Leo.
“Why is he acting like he knows all of a sudden?”
Recognizing him, Leo’s expression quickly faded.
Jevan Felio didn’t care about that and deliberately approached Aidan’s party as if to show off.
“Aren’t you Aidan, who couldn’t properly implement the attribute element?”
Anything that strongly points out that the property element was not implemented on purpose.
There was no way that Aidan and his friends would not know what he was thinking.
Leo replied with a cynical smile.
“Hey everyone. We’re busy practicing magic right now, so why don’t you go to that corner?”
“under. When I asked who it was, was it that cheeky commoner? Did the two of you get along well after all?”
Leo’s gaze moved over Jeban’s shoulder to the aristocratic students who were watching the situation with interest.
They seemed to have no intention of stopping everything. More than that, the man who stood at the center of the party kept getting stuck in my heart.
“All. Since you have seniors, why are you trying to show a good side of yourself at this opportunity?”
Leo knew very well who the senior at the center of the aristocratic students was.
In the first place, there were only a few famous people like that in Seorn.
The eldest son of the Wolf family, one of the three ducal families of the Exilion Empire.
It was understandable that Jeban suddenly quarreled.
In order to stand out from the faction of that man, who can be said to be the center of the aristocratic students, Jeban deliberately took action to imprint himself.
“We don’t want to go along with your pranks, so get out of here. This is a space for practicing magic.”
To Leo’s words, Jeban responded with a snort.
“Something like commoners. Don’t you dare tell me what to do with this noble bloodline.”
“It’s because you still don’t understand the situation… … .”
“And it’s Aidan I’m talking to, so why is a kid like you interfering?”
To Leo, the word little boy was a word close to rebellion.
Leo was especially short compared to his peers.
Some female students thought Leo was cute, but Leo hated being treated like that.
For Leo, his small stature was his Achilles heel.
“you… … .”
“Leo. calm down. Just leave it to me.”
Aidan stopped Leo from getting angry and stepped forward.
At this rate, it seemed that the situation itself would never end.
“All. I don’t know why you’re doing this all of a sudden, but just quietly pass by. I don’t want to fight with my friend.”
Jeban’s face twisted horribly at Aidan’s words.
“friend? why am i your friend This filthy trash.”
“Oh, wasn’t it?”
“Are you crazy?”
That commoner doesn’t like this.
It bothers me to stare at this side with clear eyes as if I was alone in the world.
“If you are a commoner, you should bow your head in front of an aristocrat like a commoner.”
“… … all. I don’t know what the hell I did to you, but I’ll apologize right here. Sorry. So, can’t we just do something that didn’t exist?”
As Aidan, he made concessions by considering everything as much as possible.
The boy, who had never received unreasonable hostility from anyone, did not want to provoke a fight.
Jeban responded with a snort at Aidan’s words.
“What happened? good. Then I’ll make it happen, so just do one thing.”
Then, he pointed at his feet with his hand.
“you… … !”
Tacy, who was worse than taking action to cross the line, stepped forward.
“Do it in moderation. Aren’t you incompetent as an aristocrat?”
“what. Where are the fallen nobles interfering?”
At those words, Tay’s face hardened.
“If you are from a family that is ashamed to even call yourself an aristocrat, shut up. Because that disgusting smell seems to reach me.”
“… … do you want to die?”
For Tacey, family affairs were the taboo of taboos.
However, Jeban took care of Tacy’s wound casually.
As magical energy flowed from Tacey’s body, everyone laughed at her.
“I don’t think anyone is a fallen aristocrat, and I don’t get a proper education, so I’m afraid… … .”
It was none other than Aidan who called his name.
But Aidan’s voice was different from usual. At the sound of his voice that was a bit heavier, Jeban unknowingly made his body tremble.
“All. I can’t do anything about you complaining about me. If that makes you insult me, yes. it can pass but.”
Aidan strode toward Jeban.
His eyes, burning with rage, glared at everyone.
“As far as touching my friends, I have no patience.”
“ha ha ha. What if I don’t pass it? uh? good. Then let’s try it somewhere.”
As if waiting, Jeban pulled out a white glove from his pocket and threw it at Aidan.
“It’s a magic duel. If you are scared, run away.”
Aidan shook his head as he watched the glove fall from his chest.
“Do I really have to do this?”
“What if you want to?”
“… … good.”
“Hey, what are you trying to do!”
Taish and Leo stopped Aidan from doing so, but Aidan was also sincere. An instinctive intuition that we should not back down here.
A fight with Jeban was unavoidable.
I didn’t even want to avoid it.
“good. then jump on it Then, the loser gets on his knees and apologizes to the winner. how is it? Are you fine?”
“If you promise to keep your word.”
“ha ha ha! okay! However much! If you can beat me.”
Jeban was confident.
Although he is a freshman in Seorn, Aidan is a beginner who has not yet learned the basics of magic.
I don’t know how a guy like that got into Seorn, but he must have been benefited from being a commoner.
Jeban, who had been learning magic from a private tutor since childhood, was confident of defeating Aidan.
It was the moment when a fight was about to break out centering on the two.
“What are you doing?”
A cold voice pressed hard on the shoulders of all the students present at the scene.
* * *
I was on patrol now.
Although the Werewolf incident was over, the president said that there was no way to know when something would suddenly happen, so the patrol would continue for a while.
It’s annoying, but I can’t help it, so I was just walking around with the idea of taking a walk to cool my head.
Even if you’re a student, you’re already causing trouble when the werewolf crisis is over, right?
—And it took me less than five minutes to realize how complacent my thinking was.
“What are you doing?”
Looking at the two students who were almost on the verge of a fight, I asked cautiously.
okay. I’m a little annoyed, but I still have to listen to the context.
So, without getting angry, I asked quietly.
Perhaps they hadn’t expected me to appear, the complexion of some of the students turned white.
That’s great. Anyone who sees it will know that some kind of ghost has appeared.
“Two there. What are you trying to do?”
I pointed to the two students at the center of this incident and asked.
One of them looked particularly familiar, and when I asked who it was, it was Aidan, a brown-haired country boy.
… … are you again
He jokingly said that he looked like a boy’s cartoon character, but at this point, I seriously wondered if it was real.
Is that opponent an aristocratic student? Perhaps he said his name was Jevan Pellio.
Seeing that he’s not that familiar, it must be that he’s just that kind of guy.
“You can’t hone your own magic at the training ground, but you’re trying to fight each other.”
As I approached slowly, the students gathered nearby opened the way to avoid me.
Oddly enough, I was taken aback by my treatment, but since he got out of the way, I decided to do it.
I ignored everything as if I was just ignoring it, and standing at the center of the situation, I spoke to Aidan.
“Tell me properly what happened.”
“That, that… … .”
“This is a fair fight!”
Then Jeban shouted behind me.
I looked back at him without speaking.
Is it because you think I’m ignoring you? The guy was glaring at me with a sigh, not hiding his anger.
“Is this a fair fight?”
“yes. I’m going to have a magical showdown with Aidan. It is absolutely not a fight.”
“It’s a magic showdown. It’s funny how the freshmen who came in this time are suddenly confronting each other.”
“Can’t 1st grade do that?”
Why is this child like this? did you eat something wrong?
I was a little taken aback when a guy I would normally not be able to meet my eyes on went out so shamelessly.
And I could understand why.
It was because of the other students standing behind Jeban’s back as if supporting him.
One in particular stood out among them.
‘That guy… … .’
It’s the same face I’ve seen anywhere.
Looking at the subordinates around him, he seemed to be a leader.
He also looked at me and gave me a slightly puzzled look.
‘A confrontation between commoners and nobles at the first training ground. I’m familiar with this situation somewhere.’
I thought it was familiar, but it was the same as the last fight between Line and Rommly.
However, in the case of Line, it was a surprise attack, and this time it seems that they tried to fight each other.
I have a headache.
Well, boys fighting among themselves. Even in a world like this, there’s nothing strange about it, but why does this kind of incident happen when I’m on patrol?
Even one of them is Aidan, whom he had been keeping an eye on from before.
“Jean Pellio. and Aidan. I don’t intend to hold you accountable for something that hasn’t happened yet. So stop it and everyone go back to the dorms.”
“I told you to go back.”
When he said this while glaring at the generals, he gritted his teeth, wondering if even a guy with the aristocratic faction on his back couldn’t directly challenge the teacher’s authority.
“I will just leave it alone.”
It was then.
A new voice was heard.
The eyes of the students turned to the entrance on the opposite side of the one I entered.
There, I saw a man approaching me, staring at me.
This time, it was Chris Benimore, a new teacher who came to Seorn with me, and who belonged to the noble faction.