An Unconscious Genius Magic Tool Maker Wants to Live a Leisurely Life – Chapter 41
Chapter 41: A Story from the Past
Feelings are conveyed through words.
The advice of a great magician who was revived from the past connected our hearts.
If it hadn’t been said, I wouldn’t have realized my own feelings.
If I hadn’t put it into words, we might have passed each other by and gone our separate ways.
It’s all thanks to him that it didn’t turn out that way.
“Thank you very much, Nero-san.”
“It’s too late to be so formal. I’m not good with stiff conversations.”
“Um, then is it okay to just call you Nero-kun?”
“That’s fine. It would be more awkward for those around us if you were too formal with me.”
To those around us, I’m older and Nero-kun is a child.
In reality, he’s a great magician who has awakened from a long, long sleep.
But no one knows that.
“Is it okay to keep Nero-kun a secret from everyone else?”
“I would appreciate it if you could. I don’t want to attract too much attention.”
“Okay. If that’s what Nero-kun wants.”
I don’t want to do anything that he doesn’t want.
Only the royal guard and Lidoria-san know about this story, aside from us.
Nero-kun told me that it’s okay to tell trustworthy people.
If I told the people I talked to, they wouldn’t spread his existence indiscriminately.
At the very least, it wouldn’t become the kind of rumor that spreads within the castle.
“I wonder if there’s any way to stop that rumor…”
“Are you talking about the rumor that I’m your child? It’s an interesting story, but are you dissatisfied with it?”
“W-Well, I’m not exactly at an age to have children yet…”
“Age isn’t that important when it comes to becoming a mother. Or do you not want to have a child with that man?”
“W-Wait a minute…I’ll think about it.”
My voice trails off in embarrassment.
If His Highness were still here, I wonder what kind of expression he would make.
Would he blush and be embarrassed like me?
I’d like to see that side of His Highness too.
“Well, there’s no need to worry. That issue will be resolved soon.”
“W-What do you mean?”
“He has already conveyed his thoughts and feelings. He will take action as soon as tomorrow if possible. I’m going to help him. There’s no way he can fail.”
“Is that so?”
I don’t really understand, but it seems like Nero-kun and His Highness are working on countermeasures.
I can’t think of anything I can do, so I’ll leave it to the two of them for now.
Now then, it’s time to work today as well.
“Let’s go to the palace.”
Nero-kun and I head to the palace.
To manage the magic institution located underground.
This is the only job that must be done without fail every day except for days off.
Because it plays an important role in supporting the lives of the people of the kingdom.
Since tomorrow is a day off, we need to check extra carefully today.
“But it’s amazing. Has magical technology advanced this far?”
Nero-kun looks at the magic institution with his hand on his chin, smiling.
Suddenly, a question comes to mind.
What kind of magic tools were there in the era when he was alive?
“Were there no such things in the era when Nero-kun was alive?”
“Large-scale magical devices did exist, but they weren’t as compact as this one.”
“They used to be even bigger?”
“If this can sustain the same effect… then it would have been seven times larger.”
Seven times larger…
Just imagining it, one device alone wouldn’t fit in this room.
Magic tool technology is evolving every year.
The most noticeable change is the size of magic tools.
Even with the same effect, they have become smaller and more convenient.
Unnecessary parts have been removed, and the engraved magic has been simplified.
“What’s even more surprising is that magic tools have become a part of daily life.”
“It was different before?”
“It was. Magic tools and magic were just means for fighting. They were tools of war…including magicians.”
The era when Nero-kun lived was probably harsher than it is now.
Now, this country is very peaceful.
There seem to be small distortions and problems…
But there hasn’t been anything like wars that would claim many lives.
Just that is enough to say that this country is peaceful.
“If you were born in the same era as me, there is no doubt that the countries would have started fighting each other to claim you. The existence of a superior magic tool maker greatly affects a country’s military power.”
“I don’t even want to imagine that… it doesn’t seem like I’ll be getting any rest.”
“Of course, there is no rest no matter where you are. You’ll be made to work until you die.”
If that were to happen, I would be living in even harsher conditions than when I worked at the royal palace.
“I’m glad I was born in this era.”
Meeting His Highness was the greatest stroke of luck.
Listening to Nero-kun’s story, I was grateful once again for this miraculous encounter.
“But even though it’s peaceful, it’s not a good idea to be too relaxed. In any era, there will never be a complete end to conflicts. If people realize the usefulness of your power, they will appear to fight for it, even if it means spilling blood.”
“I-Is that so?”
To be honest, I don’t think I have that much value.
“They did the same thing, sniffing around about you. At least stay within my reach. Otherwise, I can’t protect you.”
“Thank you, Nero-kun. But don’t push yourself too hard, okay?”
“Heh, my body is a golem. I don’t feel tired at all.”
“Still, I don’t want you to get hurt because of me.”
Even if it’s a created body.
What resides in that body is the true life of him.
“…Treating me like a human, how interesting. If I were truly human, I’d be tempted to just take you.”
“That would be a problem.”
“I don’t think so. That man wouldn’t stay silent.”
“I hope so.”