The Book Eating Magician - chapter-175
It was nice to imagine getting a welcome. However, Theo’s departure had
been strictly confidential, so he hadn’t been naive enough to expect a
reunion while others were watching. No, it was questionable if Sylvia
even knew of Theodore’s actions.
While Theodore was filled with such doubts, Orta delivered a message to
him using magic, [She knows. She is Blundell’s granddaughter, so she
can easily find out if she wants to.]
‘Indeed,’ Theodore agreed inwardly.
Blundell was a tower master, not someone else. So, needless to say,
Sylvia could figure out the information related to Theodore. Of course,
he was sure that Sylvia wouldn’t leak the information, but there might
be situations she couldn’t predict. As such, Theodore wasn’t sure how
to start the story.
However, Sylvia was the one who moved first. “Theo.”
“Y-Yes?” Perhaps it was because her tone of voice was different from
a year ago, but Theodore’s response to Sylvia’s call was delayed by
half a beat. Unlike before, Sylvia now had a clear and resonate voice.
As Theodore stiffened for no reason, Sylvia picked up the books she had
“It looks like your business is over.” Her voice was calmer than
he’d expected. She bowed briefly to the White Tower Master and held her
books as she asked Theodore, “Are you busy now?”
“…Yes, I think I will be busy until the evening.”
“I see.” Her tone was understanding. Sylvia smiled and headed toward
both of them. Then as she passed by Theodore, she whispered, “I’m
still not fully prepared, so I will see you later.”
Theodore turned to her at the strange words, but Sylvia was already
climbing the staircase toward the Blue Tower. It was the opposite
direction of the Red Tower, so it would be embarrassing to chase someone
who had already said goodbye in order to ask what they meant.
With unanswered questions, Theodore and Orta climbed the stairs leading
to the Red Tower.
The meeting with his teacher, Vince Haidel, was really quick.
During the year that Theodore had been gone, Vince’s private room had
gotten a nameplate which was engraved with the symbol of a ‘Prime.’
Theo was surprised for a moment, but it wasn’t hard to understand why.
Thanks to restoring the language of the ancient Balcia Empire and its
magic system, it wasn’t strange that his teacher would become a Prime.
“Master!” Theodore opened the door with a delighted voice.
“The— cough!” Vince spat out the freshly brewed cup of coffee that
he had just started to drink. It was a meeting between a teacher and a
disciple after one year, and this touching meeting began with coffee
covering Theodore’s face.
“T-This… Theodore, are you okay?”
“Yes, I’m fine.”
Fortunately, Theodore couldn’t get burned by the hot coffee as he was
resistant to heat. He didn’t have the physical abilities of an aura
user, but the body of a magician was different from normal humans in many
Of course, Vince was very apologetic for getting coffee on his disciple
whom he hadn’t seen for a year.
“Then let’s start the story.” After the fuss died down and new
coffee was brewed, Vince opened his mouth first, “First and foremost,
welcome back. I don’t see any injuries, but what about the problem we
talked about before you left?”
“It is well above expectations.”
“That is a good thing.” Vince smiled brightly after being reassured.
The news that Theodore had gone on a journey was known to a few people,
but only Vince knew that Theodore had a deadline.
Orta cocked his head, but he didn’t interfere in the story between the
Then the tale of Theodore’s adventures began.
The raid during the crossing of the border to Sipoto, the plaque from the
trading company, Sipoto’s secret auction, the suspicion that the Orcus
Company was using black magic… There was enough material to talk all
At first, the White Tower Master was listening indifferently, but he then
leaned forward to listen more closely to Theo’s words, making comments
as the tale progressed.
“A death knight and ghost ship… I need to raise the warning level up
by two stages.”
“The Pirate Archipelago. I thought it was just a group of pirates. I
never expected them to have a sea dragon behind them.”
“The Soldun Kingdom is making a big move. Maybe there will be a civil
war in the east of this continent…”
…It was the same pattern. There were a few minor things, but every
single event was too big not to pay attention to. As the story reached
the peak where Hyde was defeated, the two older magicians forgot their
dignity and clapped.
“Excellent! It is just my judgment, but these achievements are enough
to give you the position of marquis,” Vince remarked.
“You’re overpraising me,” Theodore responded.
“No, it is hard to disagree with Prime Vince’s words. Reaching the
7th Circle at this age and defeating one of the empire’s Seven Swords?
Even if you look through all of Meltor’s history, it will be hard to
find another person like you,” Orta praised Theodore as well.
Theodore had no idea what to do hearing the praise from the two magicians.
Vince Haidel and Orta… Both of them were people who contributed to
Meltor and had practiced magic far longer than Theodore. He didn’t want
them to be displeased at the quick accomplishments of a junior, but he
couldn’t see any signs of that on their faces.
Theodore embraced the feelings of intense joy and admiration, and he felt
his heart beat faster.
‘I’ve met some really good people.’
Perhaps this sense of belonging was Meltor’s real power. They didn’t
monopolize knowledge alone, taught their fellow magicians, and didn’t
have the envious mindset. It was like paradise compared to the Andras
Empire, where there was a strict order between teacher and disciple.
“Ah, that reminds me, Master.” At that moment, a question about
Sylvia popped into the mind of Theodore, who felt better. “I’m
curious about what happened in the capital during the year I was away.
For example, Sylvia was aware that I left…”
“Hrmm.” Perhaps this a heavier topic than Theo had thought, as Vince
groaned before opening his mouth to say, “Okay, let me explain what I
The story that emerged was more than Theodore had expected. Sylvia had
found out about Theodore’s departure a while after he’d left. Then
she had stayed in her room for a week. A week later, her change had begun
Sylvia would read books all day or practice in the training rooms. She
had become quieter but more violent than ever. As she immersed herself in
magic, she didn’t even care about her body being hurt.
It wouldn’t have been a big deal for someone else, but Theodore’s
departure had caused changes in Sylvia. She had more talent and aptitude
than others, but she had grown up without knowing desperation.
Even with Theodore, she just had the childish desire to compete with him.
However, now, Sylvia had changed her perception of magic away from
“You’ve already noticed it, haven’t you?”
“Yes, definitely.” Theodore nodded as he recalled the shock of that
moment. “She has already finished the 6th Circle.”
Sylvia had a shocking and frightening talent. Theodore had struggled,
even while using the cheat, Gluttony. The ‘wall,’ which was hard to
overcome with even superior talent, had been penetrated by Sylvia after
she had a change of mindset.
However, that wasn’t what Vince was trying to say. He looked at
Theodore and declared, “That child wants to follow you.”
“Yes. Just like a chick who thinks of the first person it sees after
hatching from its egg as its mother, you have become a presence like that
For the very first time in her life, she’d met a boy who could match
her and who she’d gone on adventures with. It was natural for Theodore
to become a big existence to Sylvia, who was like a blank piece of paper.
However, that boy had left and walked alone. The girl, unfamiliar with
asking other people for help, then found her own answer: because she was
weak, she had become his burden. Therefore, Sylvia had decided to become
stronger. She would become stronger than the boy who defeated her, or at
the very least, enough to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with him.
Theodore hadn’t realized it until he heard these words. It was then
that he finally understood what Sylvia meant by being ‘prepared.’
As he drank his coffee while in shock, Vince nodded and advised him, “I
won’t ask you to meet her straight away, but you shouldn’t forget
“…Yes, I will keep that in mind.”
Theodore had already excluded ‘qualifications’ and ‘age’ as
excuses. He emptied his cup as he once again realized his own immaturity
that Seimei’s test had shown him. It might be the atmosphere, but the
aftertaste of the sweet coffee was slightly bitter.
* * *
After finishing his story, Theodore was summoned to the royal palace at
around 9 p.m. It might be because the afternoon meeting took too long, or
perhaps it was to avoid the eyes of others.
Without daring to guess the reason, Theodore passed through the
palace’s central garden while the stars shone above his head. He walked
over a hundred steps beyond the garden and arrived at his destination.
It was a place he had visited a few times in the past. The guard standing
before the door recognized Theodore and spoke politely, “It is an
honor. Go ahead and enter.”
Theodore lightly returned the greeting before taking a deep breath and
entering. In general, the guards opened the door while calling the name
of the person entering, but the nature of this meeting was a little
The guard didn’t need to explain how it was different. Theodore could
tell as soon as the doors opened.
The Blue Tower Master, Blundell Adruncus…
The White Tower Master, Orta…
The minister for the military, Robert Alpenheimer…
And the minister of domestic affairs, Jerome Violeta…
Aside from Veronica who was absent for some reason, the main powers of
the Meltor Kingdom were sitting around a circular table and staring at
him. Of course, at the center was a man with purple eyes sitting on a
gorgeous throne, Kurt III.
As the door closed behind him, Theodore bowed down to the king. “A
Prime of the Red Tower, Viscount Theodore Miller greets the Great Sun of
“You can stop bowing now.”
“Yes, Your Majesty.” Theodore got up and met the eyes of a brightly
Then Kurt III spoke in a mischievous tone, “It has been a while, hero
who left home. Where did you go and what did you go?”
“Thanks to Your Majesty’s concern, I have returned safely.”
“Is that so? But I don’t think you enjoyed a trip without any
incidents. If you don’t mind, please tell your story to the people
“Yes Your Majesty… Ah.” Theodore’s expression changed as
something popped into his head. “Before I start talking, I have to
apologize to Your Majesty.”
“Hoh? For what?” Kurt III asked with a confused expression.
Theodore showed his blank wrist and apologized, “During a battle, I
lost the bracelet that Your Majesty lent to me. Please forgive me for
“Hah? That hard bracelet? How did you manage that?”
“It couldn’t be helped. I was fighting one of the empire’s Seven
Despite his lighthearted tone, the atmosphere of the room changed
immediately. Some of the people in the room knew this in advance, but the
people who didn’t know were shocked. For Meltor, a battle with their
greatest enemy, the empire’s Seven Swords, couldn’t end without any
bloodshed. If so, Theodore standing in this place meant…
As everyone was filled with expectation and excitement, Kurt III raised
his hand. “Okay, start the story from there. Regardless of when the
incident occurred, I would like you to report in the order of most
“I will follow Your Majesty’s words.” Theodore responded to their
expectations by opening his mouth and telling his story, “It was just
after I saw the devastation in the Information Guild…”
It was a story he had already told to the White Tower Master and Vince,
so he was able to make the context more interesting. Sometimes furious,
sometimes calm, the voice of the young man resonated in the room.
All of the Meltor Kingdom’s most important people were silent as the
hero’s story was told…
And no one was able to open their mouths until the story was over.
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