The Book Eating Magician - chapter-19
Outside the Academy #1
It had been a week since then.
“If you put the ingredients in the triangle drawn in the center of this
magic circle and insert magic power—”
As always, the professor was standing in front of the chalkboard, giving
an explanation on magic circles.
Theodore had already studied this three years ago. So, instead of wasting
ink on writing down something meaningless, he was looking back on his
conversation with Vince.
A relationship filled with trust had been established with Professor
Vince, but Theo’s routine didn’t have any major changes. He still
attended classes as a student and the fed Gluttony’s hunger with
However, he didn’t have to worry about the aftermath now.
–In the future, submit a list of library books consumed on that day to
me. There aren’t any teaching staff managing the library, so it won’t
matter if I say that I am in charge.
Indeed, Vince was a professor at Bergen Academy, and his position was
very different from Theodore, who was a repeat student. It wouldn’t be
difficult for Vince to supplement the library books which had been
No, there would be no shortage of money even if he bought out the whole
library. As a 5th Circle master, he had the prospects and income of a
Vince’s face had also distorted when he heard that Theo had been
visiting a black market trader.
-…I won’t deny that it was a good method for you. But the black
market is a much more dangerous place than you think. I would recommend
that you don’t go anymore.
–Even though I used the Geass Scroll?
–Yes. A Geass Scroll is just a forced pledge between you and the black
market trader. It isn’t uncommon to be caught in other places. The
darkness of that world is deeper than what ordinary people know, and the
black market trader is only at the entrance.
Professor Vince hadn’t shown a single smile as he spoke. It was the
face of a man who had looked into the darkness seriously and experienced
the madness of that world. Facing such an expression, the only thing
Theodore could do was nod quietly and retreat.
‘Besides, there is no reason to go to the black market trader like
If he needed artifacts to increase his magic power, he could get them
through Professor Vince. The price of artifacts was relatively high, but
it was cheaper compared to conventional magic reagents and the ratio of
magic power was also excellent. Furthermore, there was the advantage of
absorbing the magic skills.
That wasn’t all. Theo looked at the visual information in his head
[Grimoire “Gluttony”/ E Rank]
[Skill: Magic Power Amplification, Attributes Affinity
One of the seals containing Gluttony’s power has been removed. From now
on, Gluttony can save a few spells and cast them freely. This ability can
be further extended depending on the amount of magic power. The previous
owner called this feature ‘Memorize.’ As the current owner, you can
change the name if you want.
* Incomplete state. Most of the functions are sealed.
* Once a day, it will wake up to relieve its hunger.
* Immediately after relieving its hunger, it will answer one question.
* The abilities it feeds on will be given to its owner.
* Extracts an essence from eaten books or items. The higher the owner’s
understanding, the greater the efficiency.
* Absorbs some magic power from an item which contains magic power.
* The Memorize function has been activated.]
This change was triggered a week ago when he ate ‘Roaring Flames’ in
Professor Vince’s room.
The amount of magic power rose from the beginning of the 3rd Circle to
more than half-way, and one of Gluttony’s seals was lifted. The
activation of the Memorize ability was enough to make Theodore’s mouth
‘Magic can be saved and then used freely…?! That is a difficult
ability to find even in higher ranked artifacts!’
Theo’s astonishment was indeed correct.
Even the Carter family’s ‘Roaring Flames’ had been an intermediate
ranked artifact. Once an artifact reached a higher rank, it wasn’t
something that a family or person could possess. It was common for the
artifact to go directly to the kingdom and be designated as a national
Just the ‘Memorize’ function was enough for it to be considered a
national treasure. However, Theo had acquired the ability just by feeding
‘Only three spells can be stored at one time, but… the explanation
means that there can be more.’
Since he had three circles, a simple calculation was one magic spell per
circle. Even so, the momentary firepower had quadrupled, so he would be
able to exert more power. Professor Vince had called the grimoire a
‘book of unprecedented power.’
As fear rose up inside Theo while he thought about it again…
Ding~! The bells of the wall clock rang.
Chatter instantly spread through the quiet classroom, and the professor
put down the chalk as he noticed the lively atmosphere. It was the
professor who had been humiliated last time due to the ‘Full Moon
Bead.’ In the end, Professor Bernard left the classroom silently
without ever looking in the direction that Theo was sitting.
‘Phew, pitiful human.’
Theo thought as he stared at the professor’s back before raising his
body from his seat. Professor Bernard wouldn’t apologize for his
harassment, so Theo would never apologize for embarrassing him. It might
stay like this until graduation.
Theo sighed and left the classroom. It was time to find a book to feed
* * *
Theo stopped by the library as usual, pulling out a few books and placing
them in his backpack. Until a week ago, he would wait for Gluttony to
wake up first, but now, he could just take the books. The written permit
from Professor Vince solved a lot of things.
‘Well, there are several things that I need to do.’
It was nothing compared to what Theo received in return. Apart from
submitting a list of eaten books to Professor Vince, there was nothing
else he needed to do.
So, he moved toward Professor Vince’s laboratory as usual. Soon after,
he arrived at the laboratory. Theo knocked politely on the door.
“Professor, it is Theodore.”
He turned the doorknob as soon as he received permission. After the
conversation last week, it wasn’t burdensome to go to Professor
Vince’s laboratory like before. As always, there was the familiar smell
of coffee, and Professor Vince would be covered by the thickly stacked
books and papers…
Theo looked around as he felt a subtle sense of discomfort. He looked for
something different than usual and quickly realized the difference.
“Professor, did you do some cleaning?”
The cause of Theodore’s discomfort was simple. Professor Vince’s lab
was unusually clean. The parchment and books scattered on the floor were
neatly organized. The other part was the laboratory equipment, but those
were left alone by Vince.
Vince laughed lightly and answered Theo’s question, “Something has
happened. It isn’t unrelated to you, so our talk today might be a
“Please sit down.”
Theo sat down in the chair he had become accustomed to. Vince pulled out
a pile of paper from his drawer and rummaged through it until he found
two sheets of paper. He then handed them to Theo.
Theo looked down at them reflexively. A few letters on the top of the
first page filled his vision.
“Meltor Kingdom… 126th annual… magic contest?!” His initially
quiet voice grew louder as he exclaimed with shock.
Meltor Kingdom was famous for its magicians.
The magic contest held every year in the capital attracted magicians from
everywhere in the continent. Magicians from the kingdom, as well as
foreign magicians, would swarm to Mana-vil, the capital of Meltor.
However, magicians who couldn’t prove their credentials weren’t
allowed to enter the contest, so there was a long line of people waiting
to be tested.
Yet, the sheet of paper Professor Vince just gave him was a letter of
invitation allowing Vince to enter the magic contest. Although Theodore
was a student, he was also a magician. He knew the value of this
“Professor, you’ve been invited to the magic contest?”
“It isn’t a big deal. I get it every year.”
In contrast to the excited Theo, Vince was sitting down and sipping his
Until last year, he had been busy with his research and hadn’t paid any
attention to the invitation. He had also planned on staying at the
academy this year to focus on his research, but the situation had changed.
He asked with a casual expression, “Do you know the reason why I showed
you this invitation?”
Theo looked at Vince’s face with expectation.
“You can probably guess. The invitation states that I can enter
accompanied by one assistant. Normally, I would throw it in the trash
As anticipation filled Theo’s eyes, Vince trailed off and laughed.
Normally, Theo’s expression was stiff for his age, but what about now?
Theo looked no different from the excited peers of his age.
Vince presented his gift with a pleased mood.
“How is it? Do you want to go to the magic headquarters with me?”
The answer was already fixed.