The Book Eating Magician - chapter-134
The tense match ended in an instant. Randolph’s trio of lightning
strikes had been fast enough to be invisible to the audience. Even the
last blow, done from a standstill, had been so fast that an afterimage
“V-Victory!” The voice of the notary rang out one beat later.
The two swordsmen were still standing on the duel stage, but anyone who
had seen the previous scene nodded in agreement. Then a frightening sound
was heard. Chwaaaak!
Randolph’s falchion dug into the right side of the Black Knight, before
emerging on the left. There was no one who didn’t understand the
meaning of that. It was thick plate mail, so this meant the body hidden
inside had been sliced in half.
“What? Didn’t he only strike twice?”
“My eyes could only see one…”
There was no way to survive from being cut having one’s waist cut
through completely. The upper half hadn’t fallen off yet, but as soon
as it did, there would be a fountain of blood. Everyone except for three
people were convinced of the Black Knight’s death.
‘Now, how will you get out of this?’ Theodore questioned as he stared
This much damage wasn’t enough to kill a senior undead, a death knight.
He had suffered quite a lot of damage from the almost master level aura,
but the skull, where the death knight’s soul was stored, was still
The Black Knight could keep fighting if it so desired. Of course, from
now on, Randolph would have a one-sided advantage. If Isaac judged all of
this rationally, there was only one conclusion he could make.
Unsurprisingly, he reacted as Theodore expected.
“…Dammit! Attendant!” Isaac shouted, rising from his seat.
Then his attendants rushed to cover the body of the Black Knight, who
still hadn’t collapsed, with a rug. Isaac’s intention was to end this
situation before someone pointed out that no blood was flowing out from
the knight’s body.
Theodore knew this, but he didn’t want to challenge it and make the
[Hey, Employer.] At that moment, Randolph, who had lost his opponent,
walked toward Theodore. [Are you going to leave it alone? Isn’t this a
chance to expose what that agent is?]
[Well, your words aren’t wrong.]
However, Theodore didn’t choose that option. It was possible to claim a
connection between the Orcus Company and black magic, but that was just
cutting off Isaac’s path of escape.
Would a rat cornered by a cat bite back? However, the problem was that
Isaac wasn’t a rat.
[The risk is too large. The death knight hasn’t lost strength yet.
There is no guarantee that Isaac only has one Black Knight. Additionally,
you probably spent a lot of energy in that duel, Captain Randolph.]
[Umm, I can’t deny that.]
[It is better to take a step back. I’ve attained the item I wanted, and
I don’t know how they will react if I accuse them.]
It was a realistic point. Although there were no apparent injuries,
Randolph’s physical condition wasn’t good since he had used aura
without a break.
If the death knight was in a position where he no longer had to hide his
power, then Randolph would face a more unfavourable battle without an
Aura Ability. Additionally, both Randolph and Theo were dead if one more
death knight emerged.
The gamble was too risky, so they should be satisfied with this much.
[…Che, it can’t be helped. I understand.] In the end, Randolph
Theodore’s words were correct, and Randolph was also worried about the
actions of the cornered Isaac. So, Randolph descended from the duel stage
and placed his falchions back in his sheaths while staring at Isaac.
Despite his shabby clothing, Randolph was the winner.
‘The skirmish was won, although it was a close call.’
By tacit agreement, the duel between the two bidders ended.
* * *
The attendants of the Orcus Company carried the body of the Black Knight
away, while the spectators, who enjoyed the exciting spectacle, vacated
their seats. The result was obvious, so they had no interest in the
The notary, who watched the two swordsman compete fiercely a while ago,
looked between the two bidders and declared, “The 57th underground
auction, the duel bid for ‘Charlotte’s Necklace,’ has been won by
Bidder Theo’s representative, Randolph Clovis. Therefore, the winner of
this duel bid is Theo. Do both of you recognize this result?”
“I recognize it.”
Unlike Theo, Isaac didn’t answer immediately. “……”
“Agent Isaac?” The notary asked him one more time.
Then the answer fell from Isaac’s heavy lips, “…I recognize it.”
Isaac’s bloodshot eyes showed that he didn’t like this ending. If a
passing child saw the scene, they would burst into tears from fear. His
expression was dark, but there was something else it contained which
incited a feeling of fear.
However, the notary’s declaration wasn’t over yet. “In accordance
with the rules of the duel bid, the price for ‘Charlotte’s
Necklace’ must be paid by Agent Isaac. 300 gold please.”
Isaac made a loud noise before pulling out 300 gold and handing the gold
over to the notary. It seemed like he wanted to lash out at the notary,
but he maintained his patience. This was a common sight for the notary…
The losing bidders always screamed or glared angrily at him.
The notary turned to look at Theodore with a weak expression and said,
“With this, the duel bid is over. Theo, ‘Charlotte’s Necklace’ is
After that, a box was placed before Theodore. Just like the first time he
saw it behind the glass box, this was the necklace which contained the
curse. Charlotte’s Necklace… If it entered the hands of a warlock, it
would be able to demonstrate the power of a national treasure. After a
moment of hesitation, Theodore held the necklace.
However, at that moment…
Agent Isaac’s red eyes were staring at Theodore and Randolph with dark
emotions flashing in his eyes. This was a warlock who was suppressing the
urge to kill both of them right now.
“If you take the necklace like this, one day you will pay for it. It is
too late for you to regret it.”
Theodore didn’t ignore him and nodded. “Those words are correct.”
The confused Randolph and Isaac listened until the end, expecting there
to be something more. However, Theodore laughed and smashed their
expectations. “You should’ve just let me win the bid. Didn’t you
suffer big damages because of the duel bid? I am thankful for the lesson
that you taught me.”
“You cheeky fellow!” Isaac finally reached the limits of his patience
and turned away. His reaction proved that Theodore’s words had stabbed
him. The Orcus Company’s budget was huge, but Isaac would be
responsible for the 300 gold he lost.
The notary joined Theo and Randolph in giggling at Isaac’s embarrassed
“Kuhat, this is pretty interesting for a half price commission. That
agent’s face became as red as tomato.”
“Kukukuk, who wouldn’t?”
“Huhu, it is fun to laugh.”
The two men, who savoured the victory, started to talk seriously after
the notary left.
Randolph, who had experienced the death knight’s combat power directly,
asked Theodore with an unexpectedly serious expression, “Young Master,
what will you do from now on? Is the Orcus Company’s black magic at a
scale we can handle?”
“I have to inform the Magic Society,” Theodore replied without any
Even if Randolph was almost a sword master and Theo was a 6th Circle
magician, it wasn’t a problem the two of them could afford to deal with.
The Orcus Company was one of the top three companies in the central
continent, and they used taboo black magic. There were all sorts of ways
for the warlock to increase the strength of their warriors, so it was
better for a national force to be mobilized.
Fortunately, Theodore remembered that he had a liaison. “I will leave a
passphrase for an information source of the White Tower. It might take a
little bit of time, but the Magic Society will send an investigation team
to survey the Orcus Company within a fortnight.”
Randolph felt assured and laughed as he knocked on Theodore’s shoulder.
“As expected from Young Master. You don’t have any gaps.”
“That isn’t true. To be honest, it was a mess.” Theodore sighed at
This wasn’t a false humility. It was by chance that Randolph was in
this city, and he hadn’t expected the opponent to be a death knight.
The operation had been full of holes from beginning to end. If Randolph
had lost this duel, Isaac would’ve acted to confine him more
thoroughly. Numerous possibilities had joined together to give Theodore
So, Theo couldn’t say that it was due to his own skills.
When Randolph saw Theodore’s gloomy expression. He quickly changed the
topic. “Well, at least we won. Isn’t that right? You must’ve gone
through some hard times. Let’s have a few drinks and exchange some of
the stories that have accumulated.”
“…I’m sorry, but I’m afraid that isn’t possible.”
“Eh? How come?” Randolph was confused by Theodore’s grim facial
“We will leave as soon as the sun rises tomorrow. We can’t rest
easily after poking the Orcus Company.”
“I shattered that piece of tin, so isn’t it okay for a few days?”
“No, that isn’t the case.”
The fearful thing about a necromancer was the strength of the undead. An
undead which was not completely destroyed would be restored to its
original state once it had enough time and black magic power supplied.
If a living person was supporting it, the death knight would be able to
recover from the damage Randolph had dealt it in just a few days. There
were all types of limitations in a duel, but the undead could exert all
its power in a raid in the middle of the night.
This meant they had to get out of the city before the death knight
“Hoo, then are we just going to wait in the inn tonight? Then it
can’t be helped.”
However, Randolph’s grumbles changed Theo’s mind. Randolph was a
great warrior, so maybe the Orcus Company wouldn’t act so easily.
Couldn’t Theo afford to exchange a few drinks with the one who had
brought him the difficult victory?
Theodore made a decision and stated, “Come on, guide me.”
“Didn’t you want to have a few drinks? Perhaps you don’t know any
“No, Young Master just…”
Theodore shrugged at Randolph’s expression and walked ahead.
“Aren’t we leaving tomorrow?”
Randolph understood Theo’s curt words, and a big smile emerged on his
face. He had been born as the child of a prestigious family, but his
nature was of a wolf who loved freedom. Now, he would relieve his throat
which was dry from the hot fight.
“Okay, then will Young Master be paying?”
“Of course. Thanks to the 300 gold saved today, you can drink until you
“Kuoh… As expected from Young Master!”
At that moment, Gibra who had been waiting in the distance interrupted
them. “Cough! E-Employer, can I join as well?”
Theodore laughed. It was quite awkward to see him acting like this
despite his two-meter-tall size. Frankly, Gibra had watched from a
distance ever since Theo accepted the duel bid. However, he didn’t turn
his back on Theo even to the very end. Despite being from the
backstreets, Gibra kept his loyalty to Theo.
“I will buy for you too because you didn’t run away in the end,”
Then Gibra, who normally looked at others with a threatening expression,
smiled brightly and cheered, “Ohh, thank you. Employer is truly
“What, this person was hired by Young Master as well? Then we have one
more friend to drink with.”
“There is a lot to talk about! You must’ve suffered in the
The two people, united by their stories about Theodore, walked through
the streets of Sipoto.
They had entirely different appearances and voices, but the conversation
between the two people was quite good, as their involvement with the
stormy Theo acted like the mediator between them. Therefore, the
alienated Theodore just laughed and followed behind the two gossipers.
‘…This is a good way to end the day.’
It wasn’t efficient, but he couldn’t enjoy life if he always pursued
Theodore thought about Charlotte’s Necklace in his pocket and placed
his left hand over it. Soon after, it was placed in a blank space. This
was the [Inventory] that not even a legendary thief could steal from.
With a more relaxed mind, Theodore decided to enjoy the night of fun.