The Book Eating Magician - chapter-153
Theodore discovered a familiar face when he opened the door. Both of them
had sensed each other, so they weren’t greatly surprised. Bandages
covered half his skin, but Randolph talked as cheerfully as always,
“Oh, did the naughty and oversleeping Young Master finally wake up?”
“Meanwhile, Randolph can easily run around,” Theodore spoke with in
admiring voice as he examined Randolph’s body.
It was as he said. After receiving Lee Yoonsung’s knowledge of the
human body, Theodore’s diagnosis was more accurate than that of a
normal healer. The noticeable injuries would take at least one month to
heal. When including the injuries which weren’t visible, it would take
at least three months of recovery. The evidence of the survival for life
and death was inscribed on Randolph’s entire body.
However, Randolph nodded with a satisfied expression. “Of course.
I’ve gained some profit from this battle, so how can I lie down and
“Profit, surely not…?” Theodore asked with a surprised face, while
Randolph laughed like he had been waiting for it.
“Well, it has only been half a day since I caught sight of it,”
Randolph spoke casually, but the meaning of his words was never light.
There was only one thing which would count as profit. It was the
prerequisite to being a sword master—awakening the Aura Ability!
Randolph, who had been relying on his powerful aura and physical
abilities, had finally stepped into the realm of transcendence. The fight
with Superbia had acted as a catalyst, and another master had emerged
into this world.
Theodore admired Randolph’s achievement, “Congratulations. Now you
are a complete sword master.”
“It is complete, but if I want to use it perfectly, I’ll need to
train for a few years. Well, it is nothing compared to when I was
wandering around aimlessly.”
However, Randolph couldn’t hide his joy as he chuckled and knocked
against Theodore’s shoulder.
If he had been practicing alone, it might’ve taken him five or maybe 10
years. Even though he might’ve gone through several dangerous
situations, this achievement was the result of his relationship with
Theodore. The last fight with Superbia had made it possible for him to
accumulate dozens of years of experience.
After a short moment of chatting, the two people went down the stairs
“By the way, where is this place? No matter how I look, it doesn’t
seem like a dragon lair,” Theodore asked.
“Ah, she said that this is a villa. It is on an island on the outskirts
of the Pirate Archipelago. It is an area that the pirates can’t
Well, a dragon didn’t have to sleep in a cave. Theodore understood the
explanation and looked around the interior. It wasn’t comparable to the
Sea God Festival, but the paintings and decorations seemed expensive.
Rather, it was similar to Earl Bergen’s mansion which he had visited in
However, the crucial difference was the owner’s presence. As soon as
they stepped into a long corridor off the stairs, a clear voice rang in
their heads, [This way.]
It was a voice which surpassed ‘space.’ It was very different from
the words which were transmitted in the form of a ‘voice.’ Theo
couldn’t understand the principles, but as soon as they heard her, the
structure of the mansion was fully engraved in their minds.
‘Surely this… Is it Dragon Words?’
The dragon’s language was the power to shorten dozens of pages of
information into a few syllables. Numerous magicians in the past had
tried to recreate this system, but there had never been a single
successful case. Theodore’s curiosity as a magician was boiling, but
now wasn’t the time.
The duo soon faced Aquilo at the terrace of the villa.
“Welcome. Is this your first time in a villa?”
They were lost for words as they saw her smiling faintly under the
afternoon sun. Unlike before, she hid her two horns and tail, so she just
looked like a beautiful woman. If there was a title of ‘country’s top
beauty,’ she would be one of the most powerful candidates on the
Aquilo raised a finger toward the two people.
“Don’t just stand there, sit down. I’ve prepared things in my own
way, so let’s start the story.”
As Theodore and Randolph sat in the chairs, people emerged from the villa
while carrying something.
They were steaming hot dishes with delicious scents. Theodore hadn’t
eaten in three days, so his mouth naturally started salivating. It was a
type of dinner he had only seen when eating with Kurt III. The servants
finished setting out the lavish meal, and Aquilo smiled while raising her
Thus, the infamous dragon’s luncheon began.
* * *
Some people might’ve been suspicious about this luncheon, but Theodore
didn’t think so.
Anyway, she had plenty of time to kill him in the last three days. So,
there was no reason to use an unsightly method like poison. That’s why
Theodore reached out toward the prepared dishes without any hesitation.
He carefully ate a bit of the meat, and…
‘…Uh, isn’t this really delicious?!’
It was comparable to a dish made with the skill of the Meltor royal chef,
and it wasn’t simply due to good ingredients. This was a dish that a
first-class chef had to cook with the finest ingredients. It was gourmet
cuisine which a person needed to pay dozens of gold coins for one table
of food. Theodore looked at Aquilo with a surprised expression and was
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She had the most perfect table manners out of anyone he had seen so far.
The location of the tableware was perfect, and no sound was made as she
expertly used the knife. Her mouth had no dirty stains nor drops of
sauce, leaving the napkin untouched. A dragon was faithful to their basic
needs, and food was one of those.
Theodore marveled at her elegant appearance and continued to eat.
Sometimes, the sound of tableware banging could be heard, and the three
people’s meals ended after an hour.
As the owner of this place, Aquilo was the first to put her utensils
down. “Hrmm, it was pretty good. Does it suit your taste?”
Theodore nodded without any hesitation. “It was really good. This is
the level of a royal palace.”
Randolph said, “I haven’t experienced that, but the food was really
Their reaction was satisfactory, which caused Aquilo to smile and clap
her hands several times. Shortly afterward, the people from inside the
villa removed the empty plates and placed fragrant tea before the three
Then Aquilo turned towards the two men. “Then let’s settle the debt I
owe the both of you.”
It was now starting for real. Theodore couldn’t help holding his breath
as he waited for her to speak.
“The dragon clans have different inclinations. It is emotions for the
red clan, wisdom for the gold clan, life for the green clan, purity for
the silver clan… and like me, the blue clan puts emphasis on
It didn’t mean that she liked to obtain benefits. If she was gracious,
she had to receive something in return. If she owed someone, she should
pay them back. Repaying back any debts was the nature of the blue dragon.
This was the reason why Aquilo took a tribute from the Pirate Archipelago
in return for her protection.
“The two of you saved my life. My own strength helped me overcome the
crisis, but the debt I owe is still heavy. I can’t pay back my life
with half the gold on this archipelago.”
Then she raised three fingers.
“One for the swordsman, and two for the boy.” Aquilo looked rather
regal as she made the pronouncement, “I will give you three favors for
your grace toward me. If you want, I can even pass over sovereignty of
The two men looked at each other and came to a silent agreement, causing
Randolph to open his mouth first.
“I don’t care about this island. Rather, I need a sword.”
“My swords were completely broken in the fight against the monster. If
you have any good swords, can I receive two? That is what I want to ask
He looked at his two falchions with a bitter expression. There were large
cracks like spiders webs in the center of both swords, and they looked
like they were going to collapse at any moment. Randolph had barely
regained the heirlooms from the Miller Barony along with the techniques
inside it, but his inexperience had caused them to break. If he had
fought with the integrity of a master, his swords wouldn’t have broken.
However, Aquila had an absurd expression on her face. “Two swords? Are
“A dragon owes you a life debt, and you ask for two swords?”
She looked outraged at Randolph’s words but soon exerted her power.
Simultaneously, dozens of swords suddenly poured out. These were all
famous swords. They had value as antiques but were also in an excellent
state for practical use. A few masterpieces from the dwarves hidden deep
in the mountains were included. Looking at the happily jumping Randolph,
Aquilo sighed with a sad expression on her face.
“Take everything that is there. Wouldn’t it be annoying if the value
of my life is only worth two pieces of scrap metal?”
“No, I’ll give you armor as well since yours broke. Pick your
Aquilo snapped her fingers and shiny armor poured out. Randolph’s head
was hit by the heavy rain of metal, but he didn’t feel any pain as he
hugged the pile of armor. Theodore and Aquilo couldn’t help laughing at
the sight before they looked at each other.
The two remaining favors belonged to Theodore. ‘Don’t disappoint me
this time’ was expressed in Aquilo’s eyes as Theodore took a deep
breath and opened his mouth.
He said, “First of all, I want you to dismantle this Pirate
“Hrmm?” Aquilo made a strange noise as she stared at Theodore.
Sensing the strange atmosphere, Randolph looked up from his armor.
Theodore’s request meant destroying the vast supply of goods Aquilo was
receiving. The pirates’ tribute equaled to hundreds of thousands of
gold every year, so wasn’t this huge damage?
However, Aquilo was surprisingly calm.
“I’m sorry, but that isn’t my responsibility.”
“I organized the Pirate Archipelago into this structure, but the
pirates have been living here since then. I don’t have the right to do
that unless you ask me to kill everyone or to destroy this island.”
Indeed, Theodore was convinced by the explanation. Aquilo emphasized that
her ‘right’ and her ‘power’ were of two different regions. It was
possible to destroy the Pirate Archipelago, but the ownership of the
island and the residents’ rights couldn’t be handed over by her.
However, Theodore was able to figure out another way to dismantle the
“If so, I want you to take back your blessing. Is that possible?”
Aquilo smiled as she confirmed it. “Of course. That won’t be hard.”
In some ways, this favor was crueler. Theodore chose it despite knowing
this fact. Until now, the Pirate Archipelago had been able to move freely
in the sea due to the blessing of the sea dragon, Aquilo.
The pirate ships which lost their power could now be defeated by the
military. It was natural for them to lose their lives once the blessing
was gone. After all, criminals should be judged by the law. The fate of
the pirates was decided.
“Now, what is your last wish, Boy?” Aquilo whispered as she cupped
his chin. The blue hair hanging over her white skin naturally attracted
attention, but Theodore was too busy thinking. The last wish was for
real. It was his last chance to receive something from her.
The magician, who held this opportunity in his hand, spoke carefully,
“The last thing that I want…”