T/N: Hey guys, sorry for not posting, my laptop broke, literally and it was beyond repair so I had to get a new one which took me sometime to select.
I will be uploading at least 5 chapters this week.
Having obtained the core of the bud of Death flower Ivy, we left the Forest of Strange flowers to conclude the trial.
Since we managed to reach the main road safely, there is little worry about being attacked by magical beasts anymore.
Now, all we have to do is walk the remaining distance to the town.
“It ended more smoothly than I expected.
It’s a relief that we could leave the damp forest early,” I said.
“I think it ended smoothly thanks to Sachi-san’s magic,” Mil replied.
As we spoke, we walked toward the exit.
With plenty of time on our hands, we strolled leisurely while admiring the vast grasslands.
Suddenly, Mil spoke to me as the words were carried by a gentle breeze.
“Um, thank you,” she said.
“Huh? What for?” I asked.
“For retrieving my embryonic seed,” she replied.
“Oh, you don’t need to worry about that.
It was just to save the trouble of finding another one,” I said.
After all, it originally belonged to Mil.
I just urged them to return it to its rightful owner.
There was nothing special about it.
“I was happy that you retrieved it for me, but more than that, I was encouraged by seeing Sachi-san, who could strongly retort without fear of our class difference.
You completely outwitted those nobles.
So, um, what I mean is…” Mil stuttered, struggling to find the right words, and then expressed her emotions.
“It was really refreshing to watch!”
“Oh, you have a pretty good personality…” I said.
I never expected those words to come out of Mil’s timid and cowardly mouth.
I see, she found it refreshing.
Well, they did say a lot of nasty things to her, so I can understand that feeling.
I was a bit annoyed myself, which is why I did it.
“Well, I think those guys obediently listened to what I said partly because of you, Mil,” I said.
“….?” Mil tilted her head as if to say, “What do you mean?” So, I clenched my right fist and passionately declared.
“I think those guys returned the embryonic seed because they realized that Mil is truly amazing.
When they witnessed such incredible ice magic right before their eyes, they couldn’t simply dismiss it as just ‘good luck,'” I explained passionately.
“I see… I’m not quite sure,” Mil seemed a bit puzzled.
She didn’t seem to fully grasp just how talented she was.
Despite being capable of such impressive ice magic.
“Mil, you should have more confidence.
With such incredible talent, you can confidently retort to anyone, no matter what they say.
You can say, ‘I’m stronger than all of you!’ If you do that, those mean-spirited people won’t bother you anymore,” I encouraged her.
“Well… that sounds a bit difficult,” Mil replied.
Well, considering Mil’s timid nature, it would indeed be quite challenging for her to proudly showcase her talents.
If she had shown arrogance in displaying her abilities, those pampered noble kids would have avoided her from the start.
It might still be too harsh to expect a girl who cries endlessly over losing her pouch to suddenly become so bold.
But unexpectedly, Mil’s determination seemed to ignite.
“However, you’re right.
From now on, I’ll try my best, even if it’s just a little.
I may not have confidence in my own abilities yet, but I can believe in your words, Sachi-san,” Mil expressed, showing surprising enthusiasm.
“Yeah, that’s the spirit, that’s the spirit,” I encouraged her.
If she does that, she’ll be able to feel refreshed through her own power from now on.
And I’m sure similar things will happen once she enters this academy.
She should build up her confidence from now on, so she can stand up to those arrogant young nobles.
While exchanging such words, we eventually reached the eastern gate of the royal capital, Blossom.
This was the gathering place before the practical exam began.
There, a purple-haired female examiner was waiting, and as soon as she spotted us, she smiled with a mature expression.
I’m glad you returned safely,” the examiner greeted us.
I noticed that there was no one else around the examiner, and I started to suspect something.
“Oh, could it be that we were the first? Maybe we’re incredibly talented…”
“No, we’re the fourth and fifth.
The candidates who finished the practical exam earlier have already left.”
What a disappointment.
Since there was no one at the starting point of the exam, I thought for sure we were the fastest.
Well, it’s been over an hour since the exam started, which means we’ve already passed the halfway mark of the time limit.
It’s strange that no one has returned yet.
Anyway, even being the fourth and fifth is an impressive result.
With renewed enthusiasm, we report our exam to the examiner.
We confirm our exam tickets and names, then hand over the two embryo seeds we obtained.
“Two Death Flower Ivy seeds.
I received them without a doubt.
You two will receive extra points for the practical exam.
Please wait patiently until the announcement of the results in one week.”
The results will be announced in one week.
I was thinking of going back to Mulburry’s place if it took a little longer.
In that case, it seems better to stay in the capital city.
Besides, if we reunite too soon, I might be seen as clingy.
I can already envision a future where I’m treated like a child, with my head being patted.
“Also, I have to thank you.”
“Huh? Thank us?”
“I’m grateful that you defeated the blooming Death Flower Ivy.
I never expected it to bloom at this timing.”
As the examiner bows her head, I involuntarily tilt my head in confusion.
How does she know about the incident in the forest? There should have been no one else besides me, Mil, and the privileged nobles in that place when we defeated the blooming Death Flower Ivy.
“Did you see it somewhere?”
“Not so much seeing, but we have surveillance eyes throughout the entire Enchanted Forest to prevent any misconduct during the exam.
We can monitor the forest’s conditions from here, and if anything happens, nearby exam assistants will come to the scene.”
“Oh, I see.
It’s that kind of magic.”
Remote surveillance magic, right? I think it’s called ‘Thousand-Mile Magic’ or something like that.
Depending on the magic power level, you can monitor a certain range, and experts can even see the situation beyond a mountain.
Using that magic, they can monitor the Enchanted Forest during the exam and immediately inform nearby examiners if anything happens.
It’s a primitive but reliable method.
Apparently, they were watching us, but it seems the exam assistants didn’t come…
“I found out that three male candidates were being attacked by the blooming Death Flower Ivy, and I was about to send the assistants right away.
But before that, you two arrived and swiftly wiped them out.
We couldn’t even intervene.
You both possess incredible power.”
“Well, honestly, it was lucky that we managed to save those three safely.”
We were able to wipe them out quickly.
But I think it was just luck that we were able to rescue those three who were being attacked.
They try to maintain fairness in the exam, so they avoid involving the assistants as much as possible.
In that situation, having the assistants come would have ensured the safe rescue of the trio.
That’s why I couldn’t help but smile wryly, without getting conceited.
“Actually, I wanted to help the blue-haired girl who was being threatened by the trio as well, but they technically didn’t violate any rules.
I was planning to give them a severe warning, but you surpassed me in that too.
So, really, thank you for everything.”
“Oh no, it’s nothing…”
“I would have liked to give you both additional points for the practical exam, but unfortunately, I don’t have the authority.
I apologize for that.”
“Well, if you did that, it would become unfair.
It’s totally fine.”
Honestly, I did want it though.
I want to get as close to passing as possible.
“It’s not just about fairness; I also believe that there’s no need for you two, who finished the practical exam so quickly, to receive additional points.
It’s almost certain that you will pass.”
Hmm, I wonder.
It’s said that the Royal Harvest School of Magic places great emphasis on the practical exam, but it doesn’t mean that the results of the written exam are completely ignored.
I have some confidence in it, but I unfortunately don’t have a definite feeling of having secured my admission.
So, I’m a bit anxious.
Maybe I should have tried to persuade them to give us additional points for the practical exam.
As I entertain such impure thoughts, I imagine Mulburry softly admonishing me in my mind, saying, “That’s not right.”
“Anyway, congratulations on completing the entrance exam.
Take a good rest today and recover from the fatigue.”
As I raise my hand high to respond, the examiner gives me a quiet smile.
And with that, the exam is over.
So, let’s head back to the inn, I think, and just as I’m about to start walking…
“Um…,” Mil suddenly asked the examiner, and I belatedly remembered.
Come to think of it, that’s right.
Why were the withered Ivy flowers in full bloom in that place?
It remains a mystery to this day.
“We still don’t know the details.
The national sorcerers were supposed to clean up the ‘flower growth’ before the exams began.
The possibility of overlooking them is low, and finding five of them in a frozen state was unexpected for us,” the examiner replied.
“…That’s true,” I agreed.
The examiner had mentioned it before the practical exam started.
They had asked the national sorcerers to exterminate the dangerous withered Ivy flowers beforehand.
So why were there five survivors?
If it was just one, there might have been a possibility of overlooking it.
The mystery still remained unsolved, and the examiner wore a troubled expression.
“But…” she said.
“But?” I asked.
“One of the exam assistants claimed to have seen a ‘mysterious light’ in the forest during the practical exam.
They said it was some kind of magical light, but it didn’t seem like something the candidates could have produced.
We suspect that it might be the cause that attracted the ‘flower growth’,” I explained.
“A mysterious light of magic…” I pondered.
Could that be the reason why the withered Ivy flowers gathered five of them?
Besides, most of the ‘flower growth’ should have been eradicated, so they shouldn’t be present in this forest anymore.
In fact, if the examiner’s hypothesis is correct…
“Are you saying that there was a sorcerer who tried to sabotage the exam?” I asked.
“There’s a high possibility.
Have you ever heard of an anti-magic organization called ‘Mistral’?” the examiner replied.
I glanced at Mil, and she tilted her head indicating that she had no knowledge of it either.
“Mistral is an independent group that has long been hostile to the magic nation of Orchard.
They seem to hold dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs, where magical talent is highly valued and sorcerers dominate the era.
Many of them bear an intense grudge against the national sorcerers, and they frequently meddle with the Magic Academy, the world’s largest institution for training sorcerers.”
“…What a nuisance,” I remarked.
It’s not uncommon for people to be dissatisfied with the magic supremacist sorcerer nation.
Moreover, there are quite a few citizens who feel resentful about the enormous research funding granted to the national sorcerers, which comes from taxes paid to the magic nation.
It seems likely that there are national sorcerers who misuse research funds without achieving significant results.
So it’s not surprising that there are people who hold grudges against the national sorcerers…
But causing havoc during the entrance exam of the Magic Academy is clearly wrong in my opinion.
Especially endangering us, mere candidates, for what purpose?
“While it’s highly likely that the culprits are them, there’s also a possibility that it could be the work of someone completely different.
Anyway, if I find out anything, I will definitely inform you.
It wouldn’t sit right to leave it unresolved like this,” the examiner said.
“Yes, thank you very much,” I replied.
Well, it’s not like we’ve already been accepted into the Magic Academy.
This might be the last time I get to talk to this examiner.
Anyway, even though I still feel unsatisfied, let’s be glad that the exam is over and leave it to the adults for now.
“I want to express my gratitude once again for preventing a major trouble this time.
Both of you, well done on the entrance exam.
I look forward to the day we meet again,” the examiner said.
“Thank you very much,” Mil and I said in unison, bidding farewell to the examiner.
And thus, my entrance exam for the Magic Academy came to a close.
I hope I can pass…!
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