Third Death Row Series: According to God, Death Is Salvation and Killing Is a Good Deed. The Source Is Me. - Chapter 14
- Third Death Row Series: According to God, Death Is Salvation and Killing Is a Good Deed. The Source Is Me.
- Chapter 14 - Cooperator (2)
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
“…So, what brings you here today?”
She set her teacup down and asked me in a calm voice appropriate for her age.
The only chair in the room was the one she was sitting on, so I stood and took a sip of my tea.
“Well, I have a favor to ask you today…”
“I figured that would be it.”
‘I’m sorry… to be so direct, but could you get me a job as a school teacher or something of that status?’
“That’s a quick decision.”
Although I anticipated her refusal, her answer came sooner than I had expected. Over a cup of tea, I urged her to share her reasons with me.
“It’s simple. Have you forgotten your contract with me? When you fell into the cathedral, you could have been executed immediately. You’ll support me and this nation in return for my assistance, which will allow you to maintain some degree of flexibility in this nation, just as I saved you. That was the contract, wasn’t it?”
“Of course, I haven’t forgotten that.”
I recalled the time of meeting with Iris. While our initial interaction was not favorable—in fact, I would say it was the worst—I was amazed by the degree of cooperation we were able to develop.
“Then you understand why I won’t allow it. You are not only intelligent, but you also possess a power that we do lack—pure combat skill with magic that is so advanced that is not inferior to that of the spirit knights of our country. I cannot afford to let such a major fighting force go unchecked.”
After all, I supposed it was a mistake to use magic on the battlefield.
Even though it was for the purpose of saving Thilia, it was counterproductive to demonstrate magical combat in front of others. But the magic I showed was only the lowest-class magic to strengthen the body, a low-grade magic, and at best, “Chakrameth”. A truly dangerous magic would be nothing compared to that, though.
Nevertheless, her current words should not be dismissed.
Why shouldn’t I take this opportunity to teach the archbishop in front of me about the necessity of education?
“Listen, Iris. You say that, but education is―”
“Oh, I understand that, and you don’t need to speak of it, because it’s going to be a long story for you to tell.”
“I haven’t said anything yet…”
“When you get passionate about something, you talk for a long time. Even this time now, you are making a lot of effort, right?”
Iris gracefully drank a cup of tea. It was true that the time for my departure was drawing near, and after finishing this tea, I had to go. There was no time to talk about it too long.
“…Iris, you know, I did a pretty decent job this time, didn’t I? It only took me three months to conquer Uranus, which was one of the main battlegrounds.”
“I heard that the Uranus defense base was destroyed as a result of the attack, and that the Aether God followers had the hill of Uranus, a national heritage site, destroyed as a matter of course. If the public had known about this, the military would have been forced to drastically downsize its forces in protest.”
“But I am not an ogre either. Even with that in mind, you’ve done an excellent job this time around. How about it? I will allow you to take six months off from the battlefield to rest in a provincial town. Of course, I will ostensibly call it regional surveillance.”
“Not that I’m particularly interested in taking a break.”
“You are going to a small town. There is no school there, but there is a church where you can pray to the Aether God. I want you to carry out the honorable task of instructing and guiding the residents of the town in the proper way as a priest from the city.”
So it has come to this.
“But, Iris. Unfortunately, it is not God’s teachings that I wish to teach, and I am not even a believer in the first place.”
“I am aware of that. But Lieutenant Colonel Leila Brownie, who is known as a respectful believer… No, it is Colonel Brownie now, isn’t it? You were the one who persuaded Colonel Brownie to blow up Uranus Hill, weren’t you? Even if you are not a believer, you already know the teachings as well as or better than a believer, don’t you? You can’t accomplish such a feat with only a few verbal gimmicks.”
Unable to hold back my sigh, I did so. I tried to think of anything to say to get away, but as I felt Iris’ red gaze piercing me, I meekly surrendered in. This was the first time I had ever been played by a girl who was just fourteen years old. Her insight was truly astounding.
“But I prefer to be a teacher; I don’t want to be a priest. You’re fully cognizant of it, right?”
“Yes. But can you really say that? You might find it’s your vocation if you give it a try.”
“My vocation is to be a teacher. I am not a priest, much less a soldier.”
I drank the rest of my tea and gently put the cup back where it had been.
“But I suppose it’s somewhat preferable to going to the battlefield―I get it. Please have the orders sent to me separately.”
Iris sent me off with an archaic smile that was not unlike that of a little girl.
Indeed, there was no bottom to her.
I left the room, aware that I had to be wary of the dangerous depths within her, but also conscious that I was somewhat fascinated by her.
Check out the series: First Death Row Series: Results of Psychopathology Diagnosis of Kanaki Taiga, Second Death Row Series: A Death Row Convict Teaches at a School of Magic, Third Death Row Series: According to God, Death Is Salvation and Killing Is a Good Deed. The Source Is Me.
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