Otome Game no Heroine de Saikyou Survival [WN] - Chapter 111.1
Preparation for the Request (1)
Three years of escort in the Magic Academy.
This was Elena’s request to me, an adventurer.
The details of the contract would have to be worked out with Dalton and the others, but the gist of the request would be as follows.
-The princess was to be escorted for three years, beginning with Elena’s admission to the school one year from now, until her graduation.
I mentioned three years, but if the major royal family issues were to be resolved, a shorter period could be considered. In Elena’s opinion, the Crown Prince’s graduation would eliminate most of the problems.
It would be a long commitment, but if I were to operate as an adventurer, I would be granted a special leave of absence, she said.
-I would also be an escort in class, so I could enroll as a classmate, not as an attendant or a maid.
How could I enroll in an academy where the nobles attend? Sera had her own ideas on the matter, and she said she would talk to Dalton and decide on the matter.
-The school should be free from the dangers related to the royal family.
And if necessary, I would be authorized to use my power for the safety of the royal family, including the crown prince and Elena. This would include the capture of any nobles convicted of crimes as well as the use of force to eliminate any threats.
Was there any other royalty planning to attend the school besides the two of them? I was told that this was only a possibility.
-I was also told that Viro would also infiltrate the academy as part of the school’s activities.
This was not my place to say, but they said that Viro, who had been assigned to the dark side, would be in charge of gathering information and following up with me at the academy. This request was made to Rainbow Sword, not to me personally.
Viro may be competent as a scout, but he was a no-good adult from a child’s point of view… I wondered if he would be okay in the academy….
There were many problems, but the biggest one was the possibility of getting involved with my mother’s family, the “Nobles”.
Melrose…perhaps that name would be an obstacle for me. Even if there were nobles with that name, they may not be blood relatives, but they would certainly be the descendants of those who were given the name by the spirits.
But I would accept this request. I would not run away anymore. I decided that long ago. I would not run away from “nobility” or from “fate”. I believe I have gathered enough strength to face my fate.
If any nobles who call themselves my family try to put me in such a silly role as the [Otome Game Heroine], I will destroy the entire noble family.
Even if it turned me against the Nation.
I would protect her to fulfill [my promise] to Elena. And the other thing is to [settle] the score with Carla on a proper stage.
I turned my half-lidded gaze on Sera as I grabbed the tan-skinned boy by the face and stopped him as he stormed through the door.
“Nothing much, I’ve spoken with Dalton-sama, and we’ve decided that it would be the most efficient thing to do. Also, please do not kill my child.”
“Aria, it’s cracking! My head is cracking!”
I was preparing for the escort mission in a year’s time, while also taking over the scouting position from Viro.
Once I showed up at my mentor’s place to explain the circumstances and then went to ask Galbas and Gelf to strengthen my equipment, I was scolded by both of them. It was explained to me that fighting a Rank 5 or 6 demon was like fighting against demigods, so apparently my perception was out of sync with an average person.
As a final preparation, I went to the Layton family’s villa in the Royal Capital, where Sera told me something I never expected to hear.
Sera smiled wryly as I turned my attention to the boy, who was desperately trying to break free from my grasp as I grabbed him by the face.
“Yes, I missed you! And let me go! Seriously, it’s going to crack!”
I let go of my hand, remembering the Cruzian boy I’d met a long time ago who was Sera’s son. Theo held out his hands, slightly teary-eyed but happy with my handprint on his face.
“I missed you, Aria!!!”
“Don’t mention it twice.”
[Theo Layton][Race: Human ♂][Rank 3]
[Magic: 125/130][Strength: 141/180]
[Total Combat: 299 (Physical Enhanced: 355)].
It had been more than three years, so his strength and appearance had changed a lot.
Theo was 6 years old when we first met, one year younger than me, but he had the appearance of an 8-9 year old because of his high magical power, and now he was 10 years old and had grown to the appearance of about 13 years old.
I knew it had been a long time, but for some reason, Theo’s attempts to hug me again suddenly stopped, and he knelt on the floor.
“Aria…you’re taller than I am.”
“It’s not like it bothers you, right?”
“No, if you become taller and stronger than me… wait, Aria, you’re growing too much!”
“It’s the result of my training. Sera, let’s get back to the subject.”
“Wait, hey, listen to me…”
“Anyway, I don’t really care about Theo currently, so…”
Theo’s shoulders slumped, and I turned to face Sera again.
“Why am I being adopted by Sera?”
“I know you don’t have an excellent impression of the nobility, but let me explain it to you step by step.”
According to Sera’s explanation, only children of noble families were allowed to enter the Academy of Magic. However, there were cases where the attendant was not a noble, and as a trick, they would be adopted by a lower-class noble and enroll under the noble’s name. If there was a problem with the attendant, the adoption would be terminated after graduation, but if the attendant was good, the adoption would be kept.
I thought it would be Dalton who would do something if the attendant needed to be noble, but Dalton was only an honorary noble for one generation, so his child would not be recognised as a noble.
So, Sera and Dalton discussed the matter and decided that the least problematic way would be for Sera to adopt me as her daughter, and I would become a baroness of the Leyton family.
“Hey, listen to me!”
Theo, who was listening to the conversation, exclaimed.
“I didn’t mention it because it would have been too complicated. From now on, Aria will be your ‘sister’. Please treat her as such on campus.”
“Sister? If we become sisters and brothers, I’ll have to look into the legalities later…!”
“I did not plan to make Aria the next head of the family.”
“It’s not about that. No, Aria could be the head of the family and I could be her assistant…”
Aside from Theo mumbling something that made no sense to me, there was one part of Sera’s words that bothered me a little.
“Theo entered the academy, too? He’s not old enough to enroll, is he?”
The eligible age group for children to enroll in the academy needed to be 13 years old when the new school year begins in January.
“Theo will be working as an escort and assistant to a certain Viscountess, but will officially enroll in the academy from the following school year.”
Theo looked at us with a subtle expression as we talked about this.
“That escort subject…I spoke to her once at a face-to-face meeting, and she was something of a strange young lady. Even though we’d never met before, she was acting strangely familiar or too close to me…to be honest, it was difficult for me to handle her.”
“You talk too much, Theo; she’s in a sensitive position, so protect her as best you can, even if you don’t want to.”
So, like me, he was going to be on guard duty. If Theo was as capable as he appeared to be right now, he might even be able to work as an escort for royalty in the future, but who was this “Viscountess”?
I understood what Sera was saying. She was right that I did not like aristocrats, but I couldn’t be too self-centered. Besides, if I was going to be Elena’s bodyguard, I’d be more “efficient” if I worked under the same faction.
I preferred to think efficiently, so I felt like I was being taken advantage of, but Sera’s family was much better than other aristocratic families.
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