The Book Eating Magician - chapter-203
Fortunately, a bloody battle didn’t start between Veronica and Aquilo.
It was thanks to Theodore. They didn’t stop exchanging barbs through
words, but that was enough. Both were transcendent beings capable of
destroying an army, so Theodore hoped that the tension between the two
would end with just arguing. He couldn’t think about laughing at all.
The problem was that he was at the center of the tug of war. In that
sense, Aquilo was really cunning. Unlike her attitude, she knew she was
at a disadvantage in the desert and had no intention of fighting. After
all, she wasn’t a beast made of pure violence but an intelligent being.
“By the way, hasn’t it been a while? Boy.” As such, Aquilo ignored
Veronica and grabbed Theodore’s right arm out of the blue. Her thin,
slender arms wrapped tightly around him. “Even if you couldn’t call
me properly, couldn’t you at least say hello? Isn’t that too much?”
“You are lacking sincerity. Don’t you know it is showing on your
It was as she said. This was the first time he had experienced something
like this. Theodore had spent his youth reading books, and his past
experience with women could be counted on one hand. He couldn’t think
logically because of the texture pressing against his right arm. His body
and mind were simultaneously confused, so he didn’t know how to answer
and remained silent.
Aquilo smiled like she knew that. ‘Kuk, what a cute response.’
She had experienced it in the cave, but men like Theodore shouldn’t be
openly seduced. Rather, she had to gradually narrow the distance until
his vigilance broke down. Aquilo remembered the pleasure of putting her
teeth into ripe fruit for the first time and couldn’t help licking her
‘It looks like there are a few competitors but…’
One of them was a silver-haired girl staring at her from behind Theodore.
For a human, she didn’t have a bad appearance. It was the same for the
woman mixed with the savage blood of the red clan. There was also the
high elf she hadn’t met yet.
Aquilo had never failed in her seductions, so it was the first time she
had rivals. However, this difficulty was what Aquilo wanted. She would
beat all her competitors and completely take away his mind and body—
“…Hah…” A sweet sigh was let out.
Theodore flushed red due to his close proximity to her, but Aquilo was so
excited that she didn’t even realize it. Like most cool-blooded
animals, a flush appeared on her pale face when she became excited.
Then as Theodore was about to lose his breath…
“Hey.” Veronica finally reached the limit of her patience and grabbed
Aquilo’s shoulder. “Fish, don’t stick to the kid.”
An unpleasant sound was heard from her hand. Veronica’s grip was enough
to break a large rock. It was at a level that not even Aquilo could
resist. Theodore was afraid there would be a fight…
However, Aquilo just dropped his arm coolly and said, “It is truly
savage. Do you have the blood of an ogre inside you?”
“What are you saying?!”
“Well, I can feel relieved now. You can never beat me.”
Veronica frowned at the unknown meaning of Aquilo’s words. She didn’t
know why, but Aquilo seemed one step ahead in this quarrel. From then on,
neither of them spoke. Aquilo gave a strange smirk, and Veronica seemed
‘… The previous growls were scary, but I don’t like this
silence.’ Theodore sighed as he felt the weight of the silence on his
One person was a dragon, the strongest species in the material world, and
the other was a magician who hunted dragons. This unnatural silence
lasted until they met again with Desertio.
* * *
“It has been a while, Old Man,” Aquilo said after entering the
situation control room.
It was a nickname which didn’t suit an ancient dragon like Desertio,
who had lived for almost a million years. However, Desertio didn’t
become angry as he replied in a rather shaky voice, [This voice, is it
“Of course, it is. I knew this would happen, but I didn’t expect to
be the one in charge.”
[Haha, me as well. I didn’t know that a tomboy would be my end… You
didn’t return for more than a thousand years, so I thought you had
already forgotten about this old man.]
Then Aquilo replied cheekily, “Who is the one that lives in the desert?
Even now, it is hard to breathe in this place. If you weren’t dying, I
wouldn’t have come to you.”
[Y-Yes. Thank you…]
Like a grandfather listening to his cute granddaughter, Desertio didn’t
refute Aquilo’s ridiculous words. The majesty of the dragon, who
treated a sword master as an ant, was indeed a mess.
Was he weak toward Aquilo or was it because they were the same species?
The words between the two dragons were no different from the conversation
between an ordinary father and daughter.
Then Aquilo asked, “But don’t you still have a few hundred years
left? There is still some life force left.”
[Umm, there is perhaps 300 years left. But it is hard to imagine that
this opportunity could come again. It will be difficult for you to be
present when the time comes.]
“It makes sense, but…”
To humans, death was absolute oblivion and fear. However, it was a
natural ending for dragons. Born from nature, they would go back to
Their powerful teeth and claws, solid leather, and scales… All the
blessings they received when they were born would be returned to the
material world. Sand dragons became grains of sand, sea dragons became
water, and fire dragons became lava. They were part of the world and
would be reborn in a slightly different form.
The many years that Desertio had experienced were enough for him to
understand this. Aquilo was still young, so she didn’t understand it
[Don’t feel too much regret. I am satisfied with my life.]
He had lived for a long time. He had watched, fought, negotiated and
killed many humans, elves, dwarves, and dragons. It would be a lie to say
he felt no hesitation, but he had decided to end his life. This was the
right time to do so while respecting the leader’s wishes.
Aquilo shook her head and muttered in a small voice, “Who feels regret,
[Hehehe, you feel regretful. You can’t put up a false pretense in front
of this old man.]
“… Annoying.” The sly mask of a dragon was there, but she seemed
more like a girl who wasn’t being honest. Desertio laughed at her and
shifted his gaze. He looked at the human who had been chosen by this
volatile child, the man who had brought him this joyful relationship
[Young magician, you are this body’s benefactor. What is your name?]
Theodore was surprised by the sudden question, “Theodore Miller.”
[Yes, Theodore Miller. You are the benefactor who will bring a satisfying
end to this body. As I said before, I would like to thank you and will
give you a corresponding reward,] Desertio said. Then he continued
talking, [I don’t have anything other than this body. Since a thousand
years ago, my power has been out of control, and all the treasures I had
gathered all turned to sand. If you are expecting treasures or gold, I
have to apologize for not being able to meet those expectations.]
Theodore had already guessed this much. Treasures from the Age of
Mythology had long turned into grains of sand from the power of
weathering. In addition to that, Gluttony had said that sand dragons
didn’t have much interest in goods. It was the opposite of water
dragons who enjoyed stacking up treasures like mountains.
However, a dragon wouldn’t lie about giving a reward due to his high
pride. After all, Desertio hadn’t said that he would repay Theodore in
Then Desertio called out to Paragranum, [Ruins manager, are you
“… Yes, I’m listening.”
[Quickly open the entrance for a moment.]
Paragranum was troubled for a moment. However, the opponent was a dragon
who could destroy the outer walls, so she unlocked the entrance. Although
it couldn’t be seen from the control room, Desertio had a clear view of
Then after a short silence, the sand dragon spoke again, […Now, it is
inside. You can close the door again and take it.]
As everything in the laboratory was under Paragranum’s control, she
moved the item to the situation control room without much difficulty.
Then her eyes widened, and she uttered, “T-This…?”
The item resembled a topaz jewel. It had a mysterious golden orange color
which was difficult to express. Its size was even more amazing. The gem
was larger than the head of an adult male. This caused everyone to be
shocked. Even Veronica and Sylvia, who had little interest in jewellery,
stared blankly at the fascinating surface.
However, their surprise was enhanced by Paragranum’s words, “…
“This gem is a dragon’s heart?”
The group cried out in astonishment, while Aquilo nodded with a bitter
expression. She had already guessed it would be this, but it was hard for
her to describe her feelings at seeing a Dragon Heart this way.
“Yes, that is a heart.”
Could any creature in the world survive without a heart?
Theodore looked out carefully.
Desertio had expected this reaction and calmly explained, [Don’t worry
about it. This body is already closer to a spirit than a creature, so the
concept of organs is rare for me. Anyway, I am going to die, so my heart
will be taken out eventually.]
It was an unexpected gift. Even a dragon didn’t have an eternal body.
Their hard bones and skin would become thinner as they aged. Their thick
muscles would shrivel up, and even their claws would lose their sharpness.
The only exception to that was the heart, which overflowed with mana. The
strength of a Dragon Heart increased in proportion to age. As Desertio
was a dragon who had lived a long time, the inherent power in his heart
would be indefinite.
Theodore regained his composure and stretched out his hand.
Now it was a habit to touch an item with his left hand.
[+?? Desertios’s Heart]
[-The heart of Desertio, a dragon who has lived for almost a million
years. The power of weathering is preserved. If sacrificed, it is
possible to call a god or demon. It can also function as a permanent
increase in strength. If you absorb it, you can obtain the power of
weathering. However, the user’s vessel won’t be able to endure it and
* The rating of this heart is ‘Mythology.’
* When consumed, the present user will die.
* When consumed, ‘Power of Weathering’ will be learned. The present
user won’t be able to control the power and will self-destruct.
* When consumed, a large amount of magic power will be absorbed. The
present user won’t be able to suppress the magic and will self-destruct.
* When consumed, the amount of dragon blood will become thicker. The
present user won’t be able to survive the change and will
Theodore’s face stiffened. This was a mythological item! It was an
object which surpassed Laevateinn and the complete Azoth Sword.
Additionally, the explanation was even more fearsome. If he consumed it,
he would be overwhelmed by the abilities and self-destruct.
Theodore was quite accustomed to the system, so he could determine it.
‘…Based on these comments, I probably won’t be able to absorb it
even if I reach the 8th Circle. It is a truly ridiculous thing.’
If he were at the 8th Circle, it was possible to consume ‘Death’s
Worship’, which lay forgotten in his inventory. However, this Dragon
Heart was at the 9th circle. The heart of a dragon was given to a human…
‘Let’s put it in my inventory.’
Theodore pretended to put the Dragon Heart in his dimensional pocket, but
he actually held it in his left hand and Gluttony swallowed Dragon Heart.
He had a feeling that he could use it eventually.
It was literally an unexpected windfall. Theodore looked down at his left
hand with a stunned face, then Desertio laughed with satisfaction.
[It seems like you like my reward. Yes, my heart is worth it. I hope this
heart will be a great help to you, as you have been for me.]
“… I don’t deserve this gift, Desertio.”
[Huhu, don’t say that. Keep this in mind while taking care of Aquilo.]
“Yes?” Theodore was surprised by the words and turned to look at
Aquilo stared at him and said, “Boy, is there something you want to ask
“Ah, Desertio’s end…”
“No, that is his favor. You haven’t asked me for anything. You just
Her words weren’t wrong. Aquilo had freely agreed after listening to
the situation, and Theodore hadn’t requested anything from her. Since
she had accepted because of her relationship with Desertio, this meant
Theodore still had the right to ask for something from her. As a blue
dragon, Aquilo disliked this type of vague ending.
Theodore was troubled for a moment as he thought about the unintentional
‘What should I ask from Aquilo…?’
He could postpone it until later, but it wasn’t common to have a chance
to properly prepare summoning magic like today. Theodore had been
fortunate that Paracelsus’ laboratory was filled with luxurious
materials. He couldn’t guarantee that there would be another chance to
call an adult dragon.
At that moment, someone entered Theodore’s field of view.
“Ah.” The twisted puzzle in his head was now completed. Theodore’s
eyes shone brightly, then he turned toward Aquilo.
Theodore arranged his mind and opened his mouth, “My request…”