The Book Eating Magician - chapter-14
Here comes the Mutiny #2
The presence of the long-time dunce was a feature of Bergen Academy which
was known not only amongst the existing students but the new freshmen as
well. Everybody knew the fact that Theodore Miller had to repeat the same
year three times. Someone said that this would be his final year, while
others said he would drop out.
None of the countless people at the academy thought Theo would be able to
graduate. Professor Bernard Wheeler, who was in charge of the third
grade’s alchemy classes, was the same.
‘I don’t know why he decided to step foot in the academy… Although
he endured four years of it, that impudent fellow will soon return to the
He looked at Theo, who was staring outside the window like he wasn’t
aware of the gossip.
The relationship between the two of them hadn’t been so bad in the
Although Professor Bernard was a narrow-minded person who judged a
student’s worth by their status, Theodore Miller was from a noble
lineage, no matter how low his family had fallen. There was a separate
reason for Professor Bernard’s hostile attitude.
It was perhaps two years ago…?
Theo, who had received his first repeater letter, had still been working
enthusiastically in class, and Professor Bernard had still been treating
him as a student. The relationship between the two had changed due to
something which had occurred in one of the alchemy classes.
-Professor, I’m sorry, but that paper you quoted from was withdrawn
from the Magical Society two years ago.
-…What? Are you saying that my class is wrong?
-No, the Magic Society said it.
–How dare someone like you say such a thing?!
Maybe it wasn’t such a big deal. If an ordinary student like a duke or
earl had made the same comment, he might have accepted it quietly.
However, Theodore was a baron from the countryside and a poor student who
had repeated a year. Such a person was finding fault with Bernard’s
Bernard was proud of his status and authority, so he hadn’t been able
to endure being shamed like that.
Since that day, Bernard shook every time he looked at Theo. He had spent
many nights worrying about how to remove him from the academy. However,
Theodore’s conduct was exemplary, and there was nothing to be faulted
except for his practical performance. Therefore, Bernard came up with
“The combination formula you will be learning today is ‘Full Moon
Bead’, which is more complicated than you might think. If you make a
mistake, then the precious ingredients will crumble. On the other hand,
too much magic power will turn it into a poison, not medicine. But the
effect is amazing, enough to allow a half-dying person to catch their
Bernard kept writing on the board while watching Theodore. He was staring
at the blackboard without writing anything down. Even so, that gaze was
extremely annoying. Knowing that he had already crossed a irreversible
river, Bernard forgot his conscience and laughed.
“Then the question… Theodore?”
“Yes.” Theo answered the call with a gentle expression.
“Explain why ‘Full Moon Bead’ is difficult to combine. Haven’t
you been taking my class for three years?”
Some of the students giggled at the taunt. There were a few students who
remained expressionless, but they weren’t able to hide their side
glances of interest.
The day was the same as always, with the same taunts. It was only Theo
who had changed.
“Each of the ingredients of the ‘Full Moon Bead’ has strong magic
power and can’t be dealt with unless the person is a magician. If you
can’t control the magic power precisely, then the material will be
corrupted. For this reason, the ‘Full Moon Bead’ is very difficult to
Although Bernard was secretly laughing at the answer, he gestured to the
“Yes, you know it. Everybody clap!”
Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap…
The insincere applause rang out through the classroom. What else was
there? Theo was almost afraid to look at Bernard.
Bernard pointed to the podium where the ingredients for the ‘Full Moon
Bead’ were placed and said, “But anyone can do it with their mouths.
Theodore, please combine one ‘Full Moon Bead’.”
“Yes. If you have studied in this school for five years, then you
should be a model for the other students.”
This was what Bernard had been aiming for.
Theo clicked his tongue inwardly as he understood Bernard’s intentions.
Bernard was probably convinced that Theo would fail this combination
formula. The ‘Full Moon Bead’ was the most difficult combination drug
in the third grade. A task of such difficulty wasn’t something to be
given to the 2nd Circle Theo, who often failed.
However, Bernard wanted to show his incompetence to the other students
and throw him out for wasting expensive ingredients. If Theo refused,
then he would be mocked for the five years he had spent here.
The academy’s professor had a pretty good plan.
‘Well, I can also use my head.’
However, Theo was different compared to before the winter vacation.
Theo got up from his seat and headed to the podium where the ingredients
were placed. Bernard thought that he had made a mistake when he saw
Theo’s confident attitude. However, his logic decisively denied his
intuition. He believed there was no way it was possible.
After a moment, a brilliant light filled the classroom.
“That is the ‘Full Moon Bead’!”
The glass which Theo was holding contained a liquid medicine with tiny
granules in it. Bernard watched the scene with blank eyes before grabbing
the glass with a disbelieving expression. He had already forgotten about
the other students.
“T-This is ridiculous. Y-You… how…?”
Even if he checked it a few times, it was clearly a perfect ‘Full Moon
Bead’. No, Bernard couldn’t even make such a perfect combination. As
someone who was a magician before a professor, Bernard’s face turned
Theo added a few words, as if to drive in the wedge, “Professor, I’m
sorry, but it is better to add one more moon grass to the formula on the
blackboard in order to increase the efficiency.”
“It was in a paper published by the Magic Society last year.”
It was the same situation and same voice as two years ago. Bernard, who
faced the revived memory of a nightmare, sank into his chair. After that,
he didn’t even look in Theodore’s direction.
The full-fledged change began the day after this incident.
The news that the famous dunce had succeeded in combining the ‘Full
Moon Bead’ spread throughout the academy.
All the professors, except for Vince, didn’t believe the rumour, and
each one prepared a task for Theo. In particular, Professor Claude who
taught magic circles prepared a task which even the other professors
would find hard to do.
The task was to execute a triple compound magic circle. Apart from the
amount of magic power, they had to understand the meaning and circulation
of the magic circle.
In the old days, Theo had understood the secret, but he hadn’t been
able to succeed because he hadn’t had the minimum level of sensitivity
required. However, for him, it was now at the level of a mere headache.
Theo smiled silently at Professor Claude who was internally aghast.
‘I was fed up because I didn’t have much sensitivity… To think just
this slight difference is so big.’
As a result of the steady feeding throughout the winter break, Theo’s
talent had jumped almost four or five times.
He learned most of the magic which he’d only had knowledge of and his
magic power reached the middle of the 3rd Circle. If he continued growing
like this, he would reach the 4th Circle before the first semester ended.
However, in the meantime, the rise of his sensitivity was minimal.
According to Gluttony, it was at most [Mana sensitivity +30]? It was
still lower than the average figure.
Even so, Theo’s magic skills had developed brilliantly. Compared to the
past, where he had almost no sensitivity, this was like water washing
onto a dry land. Did those born with high magic sensitivity feel like
they were flying around in the sky?
Theo walked back to his seat while thinking about this, and many pairs of
eyes followed after him.
* * *
People who witnessed Theo’s change often responded in three ways.
“That person is called a dunce? No way.”
“Yes. Is there something wrong with the professors?”
“That might be the case. Or he really was a dunce until last year.”
“Hey, does that make sense?”
First, there were people who questioned the existing evaluation of Theo.
They couldn’t understand why such an excellent person was called a
dunce. There were even conspiracy theories that he had intentionally
stayed in the academy.
Then came the second reaction.
“He has studied for five years, so I guess this is the outcome.”
“Wasn’t there a saying in the east about a ‘late bloomer’? Maybe
Senior grew like that.”
“I think the top graduate this year will be him.”
Some people accepted the reality they saw with their own eyes.
Theo was a man who had succeeded with ‘Full Moon Bead’ and a
‘Triple Compound Magic Circle’. The students who had watched the
process from beginning to end began to talk publicly about Theodore
Miller’s excellence. Some students even came up to him during break
time to ask questions.
Finally, there was the third type of reaction.
“Look at the failure showing off…”
“Isn’t he just a senior with some good luck?”
“A baron from the countryside who knows some things.”
Despite the rumours, there were people who were convinced Theo was still
a failure. Their sense of inferiority or discrimination rose to the
surface as they stared at Theodore’s back with hostile eyes.
The academy’s strict rules made fighting almost meaningless, but some
tried to find a method.
“Isn’t the next class battle magic?”
“Yes, and it is clearly the first lesson…”
In the third grade, students started learning how to fight using magic.
During the first class, sparring was conducted under the professor’s
supervision in order to find out the levels of the students. The method
they came up with, for the purpose of fighting Theo, was that spar.
“I’ll do it. I’ll crush the pride of that dunce.”
“No, it is my role if it is battle magic.”
“My family has received awards for magic.”
Each one spoke in a confident voice. They would defeat the arrogant loser
and show him who the poor one was. A smile appeared on their faces at the
…Of course, it was doubtful that they would be as good as they thought.