28.) The second princess is waking up early after a long time
Right now she, Alicia Bra Deer Sarkista, is walking through the road that is being illuminated by the sun with trees as its decoration. On both sides of the road stand big classrooms, I believe right now the lessons have already begun because there are fewer people walking around here.
It has been a year since I started living in this academy which is a place that is rich with nature and also has a refreshing atmosphere. This Kurushu Magic Academy is really a place that I can call my second home.
Flaxen hair with strong determined eyes, a short body, and even though she is a delicate girl, her pride is so high that it’s hard to get along with her. Alicia, even if you try to look more adult like by wearing a plain school uniform, forget being adult like, you are walking like a kitten that is being threatened by something.
Most students here will be loaded with classes in the morning and will have free time to play with their friends in the afternoon. But for Alicia, her afternoons are filled with classes.
Of course there is a simple explanation for that
She is unable to wake up in the morning.
That’s why she skips breakfast every morning.
But there is also the possibility that she can’t bear a crowded morning that looks like a war zone inside the dining hall.
For that Alicia to be deliberately waking up this early and walking this far, there is only one conclusion.
A tea party with this Slow pig’s attendant. That is the only thing I can think of.
She is walking while still half-asleep.
Many benches are aligned unevenly on both sides of the street with people gazing at her as she passed through the street. But then she realized there is a group of boys that are laughing while pointing at her. This is Alicia we are talking about; of course she won’t ignore this.
Seeing that Alicia walking straight to where those boys are, the people on the street already thought that something bad will happen.
Here goes another brawl… Those are the thoughts of those people whom suddenly increased their walking speed, so they won’t get involved in a troublesome mess.
The princess of Sarkista is famous for a certain reason; she gets into a fight too easily.
The boys that keep pointing at Alicia are sitting on a bench with a sloppy uniform and an untidy look.
[You there, your shirt is not tucked in, and your hair is really untidy. You are making Daris who has long tradition and history to cry]
[Well, well, look who is coming; the princess of Sarkista is really strict isn’t she. But my hair is not untidy, this is called fashion. So how about having a tea with me? Please(,) bless this poor soul that has to enlist into the military as soon as this poor soul graduates from this academy next year]
[I have to refuse. I already have an appointment with someone else after this]
[Haha! You just got refused by Sarkista’s princess! And that hair of yours is impossible to be called fashion, Geronimo! You should learn more about fashion when you get into in the military!]
[…But, I pray for your safety, it’s the least I can do]
[Hyahoo! Did you see that!? The princess of Sarkista was praying for my safety just now!]
If you count the students that are studying and all the attendants that they brought to this academy, their numbers will easily exceed 2,000 people.
Of course there are other magic academies inside Sarkista, but there is no way it can be this big.
In this Kurushu Magic Academy, they cover a lot of fields besides magic; there are even a large number of great people that have graduated from this academy. And this academy not only looks for teachers with magic capability, they also employ teachers from different fields like music or arts. On top of that, they will give those teachers a high salary even if they aren’t someone famous.
The academy itself was constructed on a land inside a thick forest, and is surrounded by four walls that are several times higher than Alicia’s height. That’s why I know this academy is really safe.
The forest just outside of this academy also harbors some monsters, but they are monitored to stay weak enough to be the students opponents during class, and there is also a rumor that there is a dungeon that is a few decades old in that forest.
To come to this academy that is practically outside her country, she made a few promises with her parents so they willingly send her to this academy.
There are two things she promised to her parents.
One is she will fulfill her own needs by herself, and the other thing is she won’t fight with other people.
It seems that as she continue walking towards her destination, she can still hear the voices of those boys that somewhat became more excited after talking to her.
[It really surprised me knowing she became that Slow pig’s attendant. Moreover, Charlotte san is actually…]
Alisa remembers seeing Charlotte for the first time after a long time at the city of Yolem.
Even though it has been a year since she came to this academy, it was the first time for her to know that Charlotte is also actually here in this academy.
That is because she never once saw that Slow pig together with Charlotte.
She thinks it is weird for Charlotte to become someone’s attendant.
[…Well, this is a somewhat closed academy, so if there is one or two strange things happening here, I won’t be surprised]
Kurushu Magic Academy is a school that is surrounded with strong walls from all sides, and the only way in and out from it is the gate that leads to the highway to Yolem city.
[To be harassed by other people… It can’t be helped if she is that person’s attendant]
I have heard this from some friend; the piggy duke’s attendant, Charlotte, is quite famous in this academy.
Even though she is a commoner, her beautiful face really stands out. On top of that, she is that Slow pig’s attendant.
The rumours about her spread out around the academy. Whether it was because of curiosity or jealousy, she received some light harassment from other people.
For Alicia to being ignorant of what was truly happening, she felt ashamed.
If she knew about it, she could have done something to help her.
[But she doesn’t need to worry about it anymore. Because, by being my friend, there will be no other things she needs to fear!]
That’s how Alicia thinks.
If somehow Charlotte has a friendly relationship with her, the harassment towards her will stop.
After all, Alicia is the princess of Sarkista, one of the southern alliance pillars.
Even if everyone badmouths her and calls her the last royal family member, she is still from the royal family! THE ROYAL FAMILY!
[Miss Sarkista!? What are you doing in a place like this!?]
[I just want to meet a friend of mine]
At least, she still has a power to make all the girls’ dorm manager to bow down to her.
Alicia met Charlotte for the first time when she was only six year old.
No matter where we went, the obedient silver haired Charlotte, I, and Slow pig would go together, even though he wasn’t a pig at that time… anyway, we always followed Slow pig’s steps wherever he went.
I wasn’t really sure at that time, but I remember I still have something that makes me worried about her even now.
[Eetto, which room of the second floor is it again?]
She once asked one of Slow’s knights, the one that looked like he was a fearless and serious man, and only remembers him answering, [She has somehow became an Attendant apprentice here] with a bitter smile on his face.
An Attendant Apprentice?
At that time, that girl’s new existence really surprised Alicia a lot.
It seems Charlotte was found by Slow pig in an illegal slave market in one of Dening household’s dominion.
I think he said he helped her because she was so young at that time and he wanted her to accompany him.
When she grasped the circumstances, Alicia agreed with it while thinking:
It’s really like him doing something extraordinary like that.
[I think it’s here. Ehem, Charlotte san! This is Alicia! I know it is still early, but I have come to meet you!]
[Wha, Alicia-sama!? Pardon me, but I am not prepared yet!]
When Charlotte heard Alicia’s voice, she was in the middle of tidying her own room.
It was outside even of her wild imagination to think that Alicia became so excited to even come so early in the morning like this.
[I will come in!]
Just before the door was opened completely, Charlotte makes sure to scan her room once again in case there was some embarrassing item left around visible.
And then, she stops her eyes on the stuffed toy on top of the bed.
It is an old stuffed toy that even had its colour faded. It is the same stuffed toy she had since she was small.
Not good, that one is not good.
I would be so embarrassed if she saw that one.
If it is known that I still sleep with stuffed toys in this age, it will be too shameful.
Not good Charlotte.
You need to hide Braddy away.
Alicia-sama will certainly think of me as a child if she finds out about that stuffed toy.
What could happen if Alicia-sama found that stuffed toy?
At that time Charlotte was starting to imagine what would happen if Alicia saw her stuffed toy.
You are a child! Charlotte san is certainly a child! And it’s a pig! Just like her master, Slow pig!
Just by imagining that scene in her head, Charlotte’s white face (was?) dyed crimson red in an instant.
This is really bad.
It really was a mystery what was bad, but it was really bad according to Charlotte’s splendid delusion.
[…Let’s hide it for now]
Then, Charlotte strongly pushed her pig stuffed toy inside her bed sheet. (Ed: a pig!!11, well that explains a lot)
And quickly went to the room’s entrance to open the door.
[I’m coming! Alicia-sama!]
[Slow-sama was always thinking hard what to give to Alicia-sama as a present whenever your birthday was coming]
[I know, but that brooch he gave me really had no fashion sense at all]
It was a brooch that was given to Alicia on her seventh birthday.
Even though she said that brooch has no fashion sense at all, nothing at all, Charlotte can remember clearly that Alicia, even now, always wore the brooch even on important days.
[Slow-sama even searched ten or so shops until he chose that brooch you know! After that, Silva san and Cloud san complained a lot about that event. That is how much Slow-sama thought about how important Alicia-sama was!]
The thing they mostly talked about is their past.
Like when the three of them were having a picnic together or an adventure with the two knights they knew well. Or when they went to the city to shop together, or when they were hearing stories of his failures from the past. Or when they went to the capital of Daris to attend the ball and watch the famous theater’s play together.
Charlotte and Alicia, even though their view points of the past are different, they still remember it clearly to this day. And they can’t stop talking about it.
And, as expected, the topic turned to the piggy duke.
[Slow pig has really changed now. He even takes his diet seriously. Really, I can’t understand him at all… Hmm, since a long time ago, I have been unable to understand how he thinks… But this time, it’s really hard to digest it]
Complain after complain came out from her mouth without restrain.
It is his fault that Alicia turned into someone like this now.
They talked about how people would make fun of her when some students hear about Alicia being the Piggy Duke’s – a.k.a. the Wind Wonder Child’s – former fiancé or how, if se was not laughed at, the students who heard that rumor would ask her numerous times about the truth about her past..
They both talk about their happy and unpleasant times nonstop.
[—–It really brings me so much trouble… Ah, no. I’m sorry; it seems I have been talking nonstop. It’s not like because I was interested in him, Charlotte san]
Alicia finally noticed.
Since when did I start talking like this?
She became so embarrassed when she realized that she mostly talked about that Slow pig.
[Alicia-sama seems to always have been looking out for Slow-sama since you enrolled into this academy]
[Tha-that is… well, former… YES, he is my FORMER fiancé! Former you know! It’s important, so remember that!]
Alicia has been talking excitedly about her past.
No matter if it was magic or cultural studies, I have never won against your past self, even though I have received all kinds of training and education as the princess of Sarkista… Well, I admit that you are amazing that you could make me fall for you.
That is why I can’t help it to reminisce about the past so much.
Yeah, I can’t help it.
And after I saw how he is now, what can I do.
I can’t help remembering many things from the past.
It’s just as if…
[…He turned back to his former self]
Charlotte looks at this girl who was her master’s former fiancé.
This is… maybe, perhaps it’s possible….
[Alicia-sama, your face is turning a bit red]
[N-N-NA! Nothing! There is nothing! It’s just so hot today! This room is quite hot! Charlotte san! You need to ventilate here more!]
Excitedly, Alicia stands up and opens up the window as wide as she can, and while thinking how she can change the topic right now, she looks at Charlotte’s room.
It is such a tidy room, and there is almost nothing here except the things that she needs.
The most conspicuous thing in Charlotte’s room is the amount of books inside a big bookshelf.
It seems there are a lot of books that Alicia has never seen before, and she moved in front of the bookshelf.
Because it is a small room, with only a few steps she reached her destination.
[You seem to love books since a long time ago Charlotte san. And you seem to still read a lot… Ah, this one really brings back memories! Because Slow pig became obsessed with the story, he got scolded]
Alicia picks a book from the bookshelf and shows it to Charlotte.
[This is a story about the empire and Sekhmet, The Black Dragon. I also ordered this same book when I knew that Slow pig bought this story book. This book is quite old; I remember having a hard time finding this book…]
[Slow-sama, was obsessed?]
Charlotte thinks how strange it was for her master to become like that.
There is almost no one that knows about the existence of the empire there should be no book telling about this old empire in either Daris or Sarkista. Even if there is something written about it won’t be interesting.
[This book was given to Charlotte san on your birthday wasn’t it?]
No, there is one.
It was still interesting no matter how many times I read it.
But, what kind of relation does it have?
[He was searching everywhere for Charlotte san’s favorite book, even in Cloud san and Silva san’s town bookstore. After he failed finding it in the normal bookstore, he found this interesting book sold at a second hand bookstore. You can’t just read the book here, or so he was scolded by the shopkeeper that saw him getting absorbed reading this book.]
It was just a fairy tale.
It was just an old book sold in a second hand bookstore that shouldn’t draw any attention.
But this is not just a story book, when Charlotte saw that this book was sold at that second hand bookstore she really wanted to buy it.
[If I remember correctly, the story is about… Ah, I remember! It’s about the black dragon Sekhmet and the empire princess——–]