Chapter 68: Extra Edition Mira, the Wizard Girl│Read translated stories and daily updates at: Awebstories.com
“Oh, my Queen!”
A girl of about ten tries to run to Queen Alesia, but is stopped. The guards are blocking her path with their arms outstretched in front of her.
“It’s fine. Allow her to pass.”
“It’s fine. Isn’t she a lovely young lady?”
With a wide smile, Alesia tells them, and the guards drop their outstretched hands.
“Hello. What’s your name?”
“I’m Mira! I heard the queen was here, and I’m here to ask you a question.”
“I wonder what it is. It’s just tea time, so come with me.”
The guards appear tense.
They must feel neglected in their work, Alesia decides, placating them.
“I can leave the palace in peace because of your constant protection. I am thankful. However, it is also my responsibility as queen to listen to the people. I’d be grateful if you could forgive me today.”
They couldn’t argue with the queen after hearing so much from her, so the men on guard returned to their original positions.
To be honest, Alesia could fight off fifty well-trained men at the same time. If she puts water on their faces and stops them from breathing, they won’t be able to do anything.
But to say that is the end of the matter. That’s why she’s always tried to speak softly enough to avoid destroying the soldiers’ faces.
They are now in a district about two days’ carriage ride from the royal palace.
There appears to be a large number of pests on the crops, which must be eradicated.
“Alesia-sama doesn’t have to go there herself; we’ll just bring her healing water,” Gil explained. But carrying a hundred or two hundred large barrels of water would be inefficient. It would suffice if Alesia went herself and brought healing rain. There would be no need to transport water or manually spread it evenly. Gil is a man who puts efficiency first, so he agreed to Queen Alesia’s expedition.
“So, Mira, what is your business here?”
“Yes, I am capable of using magic. But Oto-san warned me not to tell anyone. But I want to be of service to my country.”
“I wonder what kind of magic Mira can do. Can you show me?”
Mira stood a little way from Alesia, picked up a pebble at her feet, wrapped her hands around it, and chanted, “Let it glow.” The stone began to glow, as if it contained an internal light source.
Alesia was taken aback, and the guards surrounding her gaped open-mouthed.
“That’s incredible. How long can you keep it glowing?”
“Perhaps all night.”
“You mean Mira can keep it glowing while she’s awake?”
“No. Even when I’m sleeping, it still glows on its own.”
(What exactly does that mean?)
Wizards who can make light are sometimes found, but only when the user is awake. The magic usually breaks when the user turns his or her attention elsewhere or goes to sleep.
Mira explained, with a slightly proud expression when Alesia said so.
“That is also possible. But this is imbuing the stone with magic. So the stone, which had been glowing on its own the entire time, will be shattered and turned into sand.”
(Isn’t this wonderful magic? Why isn’t her father reporting the child to the state?)
“How come your Oto-san doesn’t report you?”
“Because Oka-san is not particularly strong. If I go to the royal capital, we’ll be in big trouble because no one will do the chores.”
“What does your Oto-san do?”
“He’s a carpenter.”
“Yes. I see. Mira, you have incredible power. I hope you will help our country.”
Mira’s face brightened.
Before Alesia’s marriage to Mark, the kingdom of Laminbo was known for its poverty. The treasury is now well-stocked, thanks to the healing silk cloth and Alesia’s water.
However, the entire country is still not comfortable.
“So even those rare talents are sometimes buried by having to help out at home. The royal family has a lot of work ahead of them.”
Alesia summoned one of her companions and spoke in hushed tones.
“Could you please request that Isabelle-san bring some silk cloth to Mira’s house? Mikhail-san can also accompany her to determine how many people are sick in the area.”
After the official has left, he returns to Mira and resumes the conversation.
“Do you want to use your magic, Mira?”
“I certainly do! But because I have a younger sister and a younger brother, I am responsible for the housework. I’m at a loss for what to do.”
“That’s all right. In the near future, your Oka-san will be in excellent health.”
“Really?! Thank you kindly, my Queen!”
Mira arrived at the palace after Isabelle and Mikhail had visited her with the healing silk cloths and confirmed that her mother had recovered completely. She is now performing her magic in front of King Mark.
Mark exclaimed when he saw the many stones glowing softly in the night.
“Does such magic exist?”
“I’ve never seen anything like it before. The stones’ slight warmth appears to be a kind of magic that works on them. Apart from stones, Mira, is there anything else that can make things glow?”
“Wood glows brightly but quickly disappears. Glass glows for a long time as well, but I haven’t tried it much because I don’t want to ruin it.”
“No, stones will suffice. I’d rather have stones. To be able to use all of the stones around us for lighting would be a dream come true.”
Mira thus became a wizard in the royal palace.
Despite being a wizard, Alesia became queen, and the number of wizard declarations increased after she was adored by the royal family. The Laminbo Wizards have become a national treasure in the impoverished country.
Mira started working for the same or even higher pay as the adults.
Since then, Laminbo has been attracting more and more tourists.
The glowing stones scattered throughout the palace’s gardens and corridors illuminate the surroundings in a magical way at night. Mira’s magical stones also light up the streets around the palace with a soft glow.
Mira is the reason Laminbo’s royal capital has earned the moniker “City of Light.”
Mira’s magical power grew with her, and she begged Gil, “Please let me put more magic into the stone because I have too much magic.”
So, the desert country of Laminbo changes into a place where there are healing wizards, water wizards, and light wizards. Eventually, this leads to Laminbo becoming a wealthy country.
This transformation was witnessed by Alesia’s twins’ generation, but that is a story for another time.
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