The Book Eating Magician - chapter-262
Theodore looked calmly at the situation before crying out once again,
“…This is a ridiculously serious situation!”
The Magic Kingdom, Meltor, was proud of its tower masters, and amongst
them, Tower Master Veronica was the strongest and most famous. She was a
monster who could be compared with the 1st and 2nd Swords of the empire.
Veronica didn’t have the physical weakness of a magician since she had
inherited the blood of a red dragon. A preemptive attack from the
strongest person in Meltor was nothing short of declaring a war on the
It wouldn’t be strange if a war had started immediately on the spot!
Furthermore, the Andras Empire had also sent their strongest person, the
If the strongest representatives of Meltor and Andras were to fight,
there would be no delaying the war any longer. Either Veronica or the 1st
Sword would die, collapsing the balance of power and causing the nations
“Well, don’t get too excited and listen until the end.” However,
Aquilo still had a relaxed expression and started to elaborate on the
circumstances of that time. “It was a fairly good surprise, but neither
one of them died. Apart from the 1st Sword, there was also that crown
prince? He used his strange ability. It is either Distortion,
Interference, or Refraction.”
“Anyway. Regardless of whether he knew that Red would react to that
provocation, the prince hastily stepped forward. Then―”
* * *
Prince Fermut was hit in the face, giving him a nosebleed and blowing him
away. If he hadn’t defended with a high-density layer of aura, he
would’ve been killed by the shock. The space distorted from mere
Perhaps he should be proud of surviving Veronica’s blow. However,
Fermut didn’t agree with this opinion.
“You damn bit…! How dare you touch this body?! You human and dragon
Aside from his father, who was the emperor, everyone had to act
respectfully in front of Fermut. It wasn’t just because of Fermut’s
high rank. He was the next emperor who had the power to become the
empire’s 3rd Sword. Only the 1st and 2nd Swords were above him.
When did such a valuable body last shed blood? Fermut’s eyes filled
with killing intent as he looked at his nose that was crooked from the
“―You were lucky.” Veronica didn’t pay attention to him at all,
as she shook the blood off her fist. “I unconsciously moved my fist.
You should’ve flown off nicely if I hit you properly. I’m sorry.”
It was true. Fermut’s mouth had been moving, and before Veronica
realized it, she was already punching him. It was like hitting a fly that
was right in front of her.
So, of course, Fermut and the 1st Sword hadn’t been able to respond in
time. She hadn’t had a purpose, and her punch had been the embodiment
of ‘absence of self’, which made it undetected. It probably
would’ve been blocked if she had been planning to kill him.
In any case, it didn’t matter. Veronica felt regretful that her attack
had failed to kill Fermut. Both rationality and instinct supported her
thought that Fermut was the one who had ordered Theodore’s
“I thought I should leave it to the boy to kill you, but… now I
can’t endure it anymore. I’ll kill you here.”
“What nonsense are you saying…?”
Shortly after that…
The space three centimeters in front of Fermut’s face heated up. If
someone hadn’t pulled on his clothes, his head would’ve been blown
off. His instincts cried out one beat too late. He absolutely shouldn’t
fight this monster.
As the flame sword heated up the space around her body, the greatest
magician of Meltor faced her enemy. “Do you intend to interrupt, 1st
“…I don’t want to be hostile to you here.” With dark hair and
green eyes like evergreen plants, he was a swordsman who looked to be in
his 30s despite having been active for over half a century.
He was the empire’s 1st Sword, Crowd von Russell. In this era where the
grandmasters had disappeared, he was the man who could be called the
strongest swordsman on this continent.
“This isn’t the place to fight. How about we end today’s talks here
since they aren’t working out?”
“What? Sir Russell! This is too shameful!” Fermut was quicker than
Veronica in protesting the proposal. “This mongrel threatened a prince
of the Andras Empire, this Fermut! It is also the meeting where there is
a tacit promise of non-aggression! We can’t leave this insult
“Your Highness,” Crowd von Russell cut off Fermut’s enraged voice.
He then bowed politely and whispered at a volume which couldn’t be
heard by the two people from Meltor, “If you fight here, both of us
will die. If you don’t understand the situation, just follow me.”
“You can’t tell?”
Crowd von Russell looked over at Aquilo, who was next to Veronica.
Realizing the meaning of his gaze, Aquilo gave an amused smile. ‘I used
a camouflage, but I guess my identity was found out. Does he think it is
burdensome to deal with me and Red at the same time?’
The swordsman judged that Aquilo was a considerable monster. She didn’t
have pure power like Veronica, but her strength was the pursuit of
‘depth.’ Despite being far behind Veronica in a one-on-one fight,
Aquilo was a wild card capable of killing a giant.
If Veronica were here alone or with the White Tower Master, Crowd
would’ve chosen to fight here. However, he couldn’t win against both
Veronica and Aquilo.
It might be different if the 2nd Sword had accompanied him, since Prince
Fermut hadn’t reached the same level as them yet. However, fortunately,
Crowd saw that Aquilo wasn’t active, so there was room to retreat.
Indeed, Crowd’s judgment was correct.
“…Tch,” Veronica clicked her tongue when she realized the situation.
Aquilo enjoyed seeing Veronica’s frustrated expression and whispered in
her ear, “I have no intention of attacking people who are running away.
What will you do? I might consider it if the boy was in my arms. But of
course, I will refuse if you ask me.”
“Damn pirate, shut up.”
It was a delicate situation. Meltor would dominate if Aquilo joined in,
but it would be disadvantageous if she didn’t. Veronica was torn by the
intervention of the 1st Sword and didn’t know what to do.
However, she didn’t want to just let them go. She looked at Fermut with
murderous intent and worried about the situation for a moment before
coming up with a compromise. “Hey, number 1.”
“What is it?”
“Get that piece of shit away from me before I change my mind. I won’t
“I will do so.” Crowd understood the meaning of Veronica’s words
and turned to retreat. In some ways, this result could be called his
victory. Andras was in a disadvantageous situation, yet Meltor couldn’t
remove the two people despite their superior firepower. It was also a
bonus that they noticed the existence of Aquilo.
“…Huh?” Therefore, Crowd was one beat delayed in realizing it.
Veronica said she wouldn’t chase them, but she never said she
wouldn’t attack. The sword masters, who were wide open targets, were
subjected to a merciless magic bombardment.
The Infernal Blade struck the ground, causing a cause explosion. This was
followed by a severe firestorm which melted the ground. The explosion
burst outward before disappearing.
Clouds in the distant sky were torn apart, while some sandworms sleeping
deep in the ground ended up dead. A few birds that unfortunately looked
down were blinded. If they were lucky, they would die before struggling
with the pain.
It was truly a transcendent destruction. The grassland, where butterflies
had been flying peacefully, had now changed into a hell-like scenery. The
land was burned to a depth of a few hundred meters and would only recover
after centuries. This damage was produced by the peak of the most
destructive magic attribute.
The scale of the damage was proof of Veronica’s destructive power.
“Sigh, couldn’t you have warned me? You savage,” Aquilo, who had
quickly flown into the sky, grumbled as she looked at the distant
horizon. “Besides, those guys avoided the attack surprisingly quite
For dragons, extended long-distance vision was merely a part of their
senses. As such, Aquilo noticed that the two sword masters who had
escaped far away weren’t injured at all.
Veronica’s robes flapped as she agreed, “I can’t kill them anyway.
If the 1st Sword could be hit by a surprise attack like this, the war
would’ve already been over. It would be strange if it was effective.”
“Then why did you attack while knowing this?”
“I just wanted to vent my anger. I didn’t want to just sit down and
do nothing like you.”
After pricking Aquilo with her words, Veronica sighed as she stared at a
distant place. She had wanted to kill one person in this place but missed
her chance because the 1st Sword moved so fast.
As such, the talks ended without any conclusions.
* * *
“Crazy.” Theodore grabbed his head as he listened to Aquilo’s words.
It was fortunate that Veronica hadn’t gotten hurt in the talks, but it
couldn’t be called a positive end to the meeting. The northern powers
had taken a step toward a war. No, it happened a month ago, so there was
a possibility that the war had already begun. Theodore’s mind went
blank at the news.
Aquilo smiled at him and enjoyed the funny sight. She might not always
show it, but Aquilo was essentially an evil dragon. She was someone who
accepted the suffering and agonies of mortals.
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Despite her goodwill toward him, she enjoyed the sight of Theodore’s
“…Aquilo.” A few minutes of silence passed by before he spoke.
During this period of time which no one had counted as to how long had
passed, Theodore raised his head. Aquilo saw his hardened eyes and
laughed, “Yes. Do you have something to ask this evil dragon, Boy?”
For her, Theodore was a hero. He had used Aquilo’s power to dismantle
the Pirate Archipelago, rather than use it for his own private desires.
Originally, he should oppose Aquilo, who existed as an evil dragon.
Yet, a just hero was currently asking an evil dragon for help. This
situation caused a thrill to run down Aquilo’s spine. Without knowing
her wicked thoughts, Theodore said, “I will pay anything. Please let me
borrow your strength and take me back to Meltor via the shortest path.”
“Any…thing?” Aquilo bit the pipe in her hand pervertedly and licked