Chapter 15: Heading to Sloane
Victor explained while deep in thought.
“It’s possible. First, I’ll use detection magic. If I find someone with magical power, I’ll activate a whirlwind-like magic. Then, I’ll absorb their magical power.”
“Is there really a magic that can absorb magical power?”
“There is. It’s quite a special magic. In the wizard-exclusive prison, we regularly absorb magical power. A powerful wizard means nothing in front of the Iron bars and stone walls.”
That’s scary. Does it feel like regularly drawing blood for ordinary humans?
“To summarize your story, there seems to be a whirlwind that approaches people with magical power, whether it’s artificial or a natural phenomenon. Thank you. It was very helpful.”
Conrad-san stood up. It seems he’s leaving.
As I stood up and tried to see him off, I was stopped.
“Keep an eye on Victor.”
Then he looked up at the laundry rope dividing the room and smiled a little.
“I thought you were a couple, but it seems not. If you’d like, why don’t you come to my territory? Living in an inn can be tough in many ways. I can provide a room in my mansion. I’d be happy if you could sell gelato in my territory. It’s a place with abundant nature.”
Since it’s not a decision I can make immediately, I pondered and said, “Hmm.” Then Conrad-san took out a piece of paper from his pocket, wrote something on it, and handed it to me.
“It’s my home address and my name. If anything happens, please send me a letter. You can come directly as well. It might be useful to show this when you’re in trouble. If you come, I’ll welcome you.”
Saying that, Conrad-san left.
Victor remained lying down for a while, lost in thought. But while tidying up his belongings, he kept his eyes on me, who was in the same room.
“What’s wrong? Are you feeling better? If there’s something you want to eat, I’ll go buy it for you.”
“…No, it’s fine. I was in the wrong earlier. I just couldn’t resist my curiosity.”
“Yeah, I thought so. Victor seems like a researcher.”
“Yeah, that’s right. When I want to know something, I can’t help but give in. That’s why I became obsessed with summoning magic, a magic that can only be used once in a lifetime. The result is this situation.”
Really, this person.
“If he had summoned the real saint, Victor would be on the fast track to success by now. I’m sorry for not being someone like that.”
“Oh, no, I didn’t mean it that way.”
“Fufu, just kidding. I teased you because you looked down.”
Victor stood up, and his upper body swayed slightly. I hurriedly rushed over, grabbed his shoulders, and supported him, but in return, Victor hugged me tightly.
“Thank you. Thank you for worrying about me and getting angry. I tried to remember when was the last time someone worried about me like that, but I couldn’t recall. Maybe it was when my mother was still alive. It made me happy.”
I pushed Victor’s chest with both hands and escaped from his arms. This kind of situation is unfamiliar, so I can’t calm down.
“Victor, why don’t we go to Conrad-san’s territory? It might be fate. Besides, there might be a spot where gold dust is spewing out in the countryside rather than in this city, right? Maybe if we bathe in that gold dust like a hot spring treatment, it might even cure your burnt-out something.”
“Even if my burnt-out condition is cured, I can’t go back to the royal castle anymore.”
“Even so. If something you had when you were born is damaged, you’d want it to be fixed, right? Also, what kind of workplaces do wizards have other than the royal castle?”
“There are various places, but… wizards without a recommendation letter from their previous job like me won’t be hired by reputable places. There’s nothing more troublesome than a wizard with the potential for crime. Wizards without a recommendation letter are treated with caution in proper workplaces.”
“It’s only natural for those who don’t possess magical power.”
“Shall we go and see? Conrad-san’s territory. I want to go. It seems fun to explore various places in this world.”
“Yeah, that’s right. We’re both free. Let’s go and see.”
We decided to go as soon as tomorrow, packed our belongings, informed the innkeeper Ojii-chan that we would leave the town early in the morning, and paid for the accommodation.
“Will you come to stay again?”
“Maybe. This place is very comfortable. Thank you for your hospitality.”
“Feel free to come back anytime. I’ll be waiting.”
“Thank you. Take care of yourself and your wife.”
We shook hands and left the room.
“Is Conrad-san’s territory far?”
“No, it’s just a day by carriage.”
“Then, let’s go soon. Hey, can you summon that little bird now?”
“Yeah, I can.”
Saying that, Victor put his index finger on his lips and muttered something.
A blue bird, about the size of a sparrow, or rather, the size of a quail’s egg, appeared in the air. It flew in circles around the room, chirping. When I held out my palm, it landed on it and started preening.
“It’s cute. It really feels like it’s perched on my palm. Wizards are amazing.”
Victor smiled at me without saying anything, looking happy.