Chapter 4: Protagonist Flare
“Are you… a new student?”
“Yes. My name is Flare.”
“I’m Alma Gleipnir, a new student like you. Nice to meet you.”
“Yes! Nice to meet you too.”
Alma was probably taken aback by Flare’s beaming smile.
He knew it.
He fell in love with her at first sight here.
“The venue is straight ahead.”
“I see. Thank you!”
Alma tried to say, “If you don’t mind, let’s go together.”
But before she could say it, Flare ran out with a lively smile, and Alma watched her back.
I noticed Alma’s reaction as I stood next to him.
“She’s a lively new student, isn’t she?”
“Slayer, about that…”
“Don’t worry about it.”
I already knew that you would fall for her.
So please, feel free to pursue her.
I’m fine with being left alone.
My distant attitude was because I wasn’t interested in Alma.
In fact, I didn’t even want to be involved with him.
I ignored Alma and headed to the venue.
Upon entering the venue, the first thing I did was confirm their whereabouts.
I muttered under my breath.
Of course, I was confirming their presence.
The four other heroes besides Alma were also at this academy.
The four of them were new students like Alma, while the remaining one was a senior.
Seeing the four new students, I felt disappointed.
As expected, they were there.
I knew it was coming, but the feeling of gradually running out of options was overwhelming.
Born into a prestigious noble family, he was the eldest son with a promising future.
Born into the same noble family, Leone is Flare’s best friend.
Although a commoner, Meigen possesses exceptional magical talent and is a genius.
A reliable senior and the grandson of the school’s top authority.
He will meet the protagonist, Flare, and share destinies together.
If this world is a story within a book, then they are the main characters.
And I would become their enemy.
Eventually, that future will surely come to pass.
So, I thought about it.
I felt that just gaining power was not enough.
I would spend my school life peacefully without getting involved with them at all and graduate from the academy.
If I could achieve that, I should be able to avoid an unfortunate future.
All events would occur during my time at the academy.
I would not get involved with anyone.
And even if I do, I’ll make sure I can handle it on my own
“…I’ll do it.”
I would spend my school life in just a supporting role without getting involved with anyone.
So please don’t involve me.
Don’t come near me.
With that wish in mind, I finished the entrance ceremony.
Afterwards, we moved to another location, and the physical measurements began.
In the story, this is where Leone and Billy have a little clash.
“What did you say? Say it again.”
“You didn’t hear me? Is your hearing bad?”
“You…with your commoner status, that attitude is disrespectful.”
“This is a school, right? Status shouldn’t matter.”
It started while they were both deep in thought.
They were like fire and oil.
Leone valued his noble status, authority, and dignity.
On the other hand, Billy was a commoner and didn’t care about that, believing that his magical skills were everything.
Their arguments didn’t align.
The small argument heated up
“That’s enough. If you don’t understand with words, I’ll show you with force.”
“I agree. I was thinking the same thing.”
Leone activated fire magic, while Billy activated lightning magic.
With hostility towards each other, they didn’t hear the teacher’s voice.
A collision was inevitable, and no one could intervene in the face of overwhelming power.
Flare was the only one who dashed out.
Without hesitation, she stepped in between the two who were about to collide.
The surprised two immediately interrupted their magic.
However, it was incomplete, and a small explosion occurred, injuring Flare.
I also instinctively moved to help, but it turned out I didn’t need to worry.
Flare suffered minor injuries and knelt on the ground.
“Hey, why did you jump in?!”
“That’s right. One wrong step, and you could have been killed.”
“…Fights…even close friends have them. But I didn’t want anyone to get hurt.”
Saying that she smiled bravely.
That was her true nature.
She genuinely hated seeing anyone get hurt and was willing to put herself on the line to protect others.
Truly worthy of the name of a saint.
Her bravery also moved Leone and Billy.
Honestly. . .wasn’t it a bit too much?
I thought that, but I accepted that it was just how things were in the book.
“If you had been injured, it would be all over.”
“Exactly. Let me heal you.”
“I’m fine. It’s just a scratch.”
Flare put her hands together.
Her power as a saint manifested, and a faint light enveloped the surroundings.
Everyone was surprised, and their eyes widened at the power that was not magic.
“What is this…”
“No way, holy power? You have the power of a saint?”
“What is a saint…?”
At first, Flare knew nothing about her own power.
She only thought of it as a kind of magic.
Her ignorance and obliviousness must have tickled their male hearts.
But. . . well. . .
In reality, If you witnessed it, it would still be a bit too easy to change your mind.
Those two, and. . .
Alma was also captivated by her, forgetting that I was nearby.
I let out a sigh.
Flare wasn’t doing anything wrong, but
To change one’s heart so easily like this, Slayer seems pitiable.
But that’s the story of Slayer within the book.
I won’t become like that.
I reaffirmed my determination.