Chapter 7: What Can I Do That Only I Can?
“Oh, the goddess statue in the backyard? It should have been there when I inherited Aura, but is there something wrong with it?”
“Magic is emanating from the back of that goddess statue, isn’t it?”
“Magic? No, I’ve never heard of such a thing. Haru, can you sense magic? Weren’t you told that you don’t have magic?”
“I don’t have magic, but I can see magic. When Sherry-san uses magic, beautiful golden powder flies from her fingertips.”
Modal-san and I exchanged puzzled looks.
“Could it be that Modal-san and the others can’t see the golden powder?”
“Of course we can’t see it. I’ve never heard of being able to see magic.”
Just then, Victor-san’s voice cut in from behind.
“That’s right. There is no one in this world who can see magic.”
“There it is.”
“Don’t say ‘there it is.’ Haru, I want you to try and see if you can see my magic.”
Victor-san, who had somehow appeared behind me, moved his arm. Dense golden powder flew from his fingertips and landed on the flowers in the vase. A pretty pink flower floated up, still covered in golden powder, and then flew back into Victor-san’s hand. The golden powder disappeared.
“I can see it. The golden powder is denser than Sherry-san’s. Victor-san, can you do the same thing again?”
Victor-san moved his arm.
I quickly extended my arm and intercepted the golden powder between Victor-san and the vase. The powder sparkled and formed a small whirlpool in my hand before disappearing. The flowers in the vase didn’t move.
“Huh? You stopped the magic?”
“Don’t speak so loudly. It’s already nighttime, so don’t raise your voice.”
“Haru, one more time!”
From then on, Victor-san used magic multiple times, but I intercepted it every time, so the flowers didn’t move. My right hand, which had caught the golden powder multiple times, warmed up and gradually spread warmth throughout my body.
“Haru, is your body okay?”
“Yeah, Haru. Does nothing happen when you block a wizard’s magic?”
“Not really. It just feels warm. I want to see what happens if someone else blocks the magic. Show me.”
“Huh? Me? No, I don’t want to. It’s scary.”
I grabbed Modal-san’s wrist, who was reluctant, and said, “Come on, just once.” Victor-san deliberately activated the magic slowly, saying, “I’ll make it as weak as possible.”
Modal-san’s arm was thrown back with a snap, leaving a red mark on his palm.
“If it were a stronger magic, it could have created a hole in your hand or even taken off your arm.”
Modal-san turned pale at Victor’s words. I’m sorry!
“Then why do I just feel warmth?”
Even though I voiced my question, after that, Victor-san immersed himself in his own world and didn’t respond to anything I said. Muttering to himself, he left the room.
It was close to midnight. Connie and I, sharing a twin room, were chatting.
“Hey, Haru, Victor-san is wonderful, isn’t he?”
“Oh? Does Connie like that type of person?”
“No way, I don’t like him or anything. He’s a wizard, after all. He’s out of reach for someone like me. But his face is handsome, and his slender figure is also attractive, isn’t it? He doesn’t act superior to us, even though he’s a wizard.”
Unable to understand, I sat up on the bed unconsciously.
“I don’t really get it. Does it matter if someone is a wizard or not when it comes to falling in love with them?”
Connie also sat up. The two beds were placed against the left and right walls, with only a nightstand’s worth of space between them. It was a small but enjoyable room.
“Oh, right. Haru, you’re not from this world, so I almost forgot.”
From there, Connie explained the marriage customs of this country to me.
In this country, there is a distinction not only between nobles and commoners but also between those with and without magical power. It seems that all citizens have their magical power determined on their twelfth birthday. There have been no cases of magical power appearing after turning twelve.
Even if you are a commoner, if you have magical power, you can marry a noble. And if a noble family doesn’t have a child with magical power, they must marry someone with magical power to continue their lineage, or else they have to return their title to the country.
“Wizards are quite popular, huh?”
“Yes, it’s true. It’s not uncommon for nobles to have multiple lovers until a child with magical power is born.”
“Ew. The birth rate might increase, but what about the morality of that. . . But if a country like that summoned me, I can understand why everyone would be disappointed.”
“But for Haru, it must have been a disaster. If I were suddenly summoned to Haru’s world, I wouldn’t be able to survive. Haru, you’re amazing. You’re admirable. You’re strong!”
“Maybe I’m resilient. I grew up in a slightly complicated environment.”
“Is that so? Well, let’s go to sleep now. As long as Haru is doing well, I’m satisfied.”
“Thank you, Connie. Good night.”
In the world, there are many people who, upon sensing the scent of others’ misfortunes or troubles at home, gleam with excitement. But Connie didn’t latch onto that point when I accidentally mentioned it.
I felt relieved by her thoughtfulness and kindness. There are unpleasant people, but there are also kind people. That doesn’t change even in this world.
Tomorrow will be another early day. I’ll sleep well and work diligently. I slipped under the covers and closed my eyes. Because we talked about marriage, I remembered my family.
Okaa-san, Otou-san, I wonder if you’re doing well. How worried must you be about this situation? I hope my younger brothers are doing okay. I hope they’re not going through a hard time because of me. I hope it doesn’t become a big news story.
If only I could let them know that I’m safe.