Chapter 01: Yakagi Suimei, a Magician
Chapter 03: An Absurd Request like Expected
Chapter 01: Yakagi Suimei, a Magician
—Felmenia Stingray was one of the court mages of the Astel Kingdom.
It had been ten years since she started learning the mysticism from the old mage. After learning the basics of magic from him, she was quickly initiated into all the secrets, which are said to take at least thirty years.
Her life then became more hectic compared to the time she spent studying under the old mage. There was magic research of course, but also the appointment as the youngest court mage, a lot of jobs entrusted to her and an unthought-of number of party invitations. New experiences like numerous unfamiliar jobs, tea parties with noble ladies, typical noble dances and escapes from magical dungeons kept occurring in succession.
A few years after she left the old mage’s apprenticeship, Felmenia made a great discovery. In the middle of a job to subjugate high ranking monsters and devils as a court mage, she discovered the principle of flames, which no one acquired before.
Felmenia reported this to her teacher and his Majesty the King without allowing herself to rejoice. Her teacher showered her with unprecedented praise and astonishment and even the King granted her words of praise for her great achievement.
After that, Felmenia achieved numerous meritorious deeds in the kingdom while she pressed on with magic. From the subjugation of the devils in the north through to the extermination of the giant monster in the desert downwards to the reform of the magic studies in the Kingdom and the establishment of an academy to advance it.
And by now, Felmenia was recognized as one of the best mages in the Kingdom.
A full moon hung in the star-covered dark sky. Underneath, in the courtyard of the Camelia Castle, the seat of King Astel, the boy in front of her opened his mouth really stumped.
This boy, speaking in unfamiliar terms, was one of the two people, who were summoned together with the Hero Reiji. Unlike the girl, who had agreed to defeat the Devil King together with the Hero, the extremely ordinary boy had denied the King’s request in front of the assembled company and demanded to be send back to his own world.
After saying that, he was confined in a given room. That happened a few days ago.
Yet, this current situation.
“—Okay, can I go next, Miss Mage?”
…The boy was most likely strong and clever. His appearance was a farce. The ones, who took this pitiful bystander for a fool, were actually fools themselves. He was that cunning. And his strength was dizzying high to put into words.
He was a genuine mage without doubt.
She asked with a trembling voice, whereupon the boy fiddled bored-looking with something on top of his hand—
and named himself for the first time.
Chapter 02: Suddenly in a Different World
It came out of nowhere. Sure, he had forecast that something was going to happen, but it was too sudden to ready himself.
So, how did it come this? He didn’t even need to recall it, since it only happened a few seconds ago.
And at the teleported destination, he had hit his bottom.
Suimei had explored secret magic in the modern era with its concrete jungles. He had only started magic around twelve years ago, but was confident in his skills. Yet, he, a modern magician, easily fell for the magic from someone else.
If that wasn’t a blunder, then what? He felt ashamed and disappointed.
“Hey, Reiji, you okay?”
“My ass hurts. Like seriously. It split in half…”
Reiji laughed merrily on his silly joke, but only for a moment. He then noticed the absence of their other friend Anou Mizuki, who had walked with them, and called out uneasy.
He looked around briefly. The round room was enclosed by stone walls and except the old candle stand, which gave a dim illumination, there was nothing. No, there was something: A solid door and a pattern on the hard floor they sat on, the teleport magic circle.
Suimei muttered still somewhat perplexed in anxiety over his missing friend. Meanwhile Reiji racked his brains with an even more bewildered expression.
“I don’t know either. But I do know that we were brought to this unknown place by someone’s will.”
Reiji looked dubious at the big magic circle on the floor. Suimei followed his suit and looked at it again too. Within one big circle were drawn four more circles and the geometric patterns in it didn’t match the western four or five elements, nor the Chinese five elements. And words he had never seen before on a magic circle were put in place there.
And suspicion arose in Reiji from that. He only had a vague guess that maybe this thing was the reason for their current situation.
“…Hey, Suimei. Somehow, this out the blue development seems really familiar to me.”
“I know, right? It really resembles the plot, where the MC suddenly gets called to another world and is told to defeat the Devil King.”
With a face like from a stomach-ache, Suimei answered in an annoyed tone. Upon that, Reiji had an expression of mixed feelings and laughed dryly.
“Are you being serious, Reiji?”
Suimei averted his gaze from the nodding Reiji for now and secretly scanned the surroundings with magic. Ending up in the same development from a novel was too bizarre, so he didn’t accept it, but if this wasn’t Earth, then there should be difference in the environment.
Indeed, the source for mystic powers in the air called Mana was very rich here. So rich that it was on par with places like above a spirit vein, a sacred temple or circle and the Navel of the Earth.
To begin with, Reiji had no means to probe the Mana and wasn’t able to feel a change in it. His hunch must come from something else.
“I just got this really strong hunch.”
“No, not like I was hit by any weird electro-magnetic waves. Just look—”
“See what I can do.”
Damn. A summon magic that permanently strengthen your physique sure is awesome… His thoughts wandered into that direction, but then he suddenly realized that his mind worked like that and analyzed the merits and demerits of magic because he himself was a magician. There were other things to consider first, yet he lacked the tension for it.
He dropped his shoulders, obviously flabbergasted, whereupon the magic circle to his feet suddenly started to glitter. Reiji’s expression became filled with unrest.
“It’s activating…! Are we transferred again or…”
Reiji was quick on the uptake. Suimei put himself on guard while listening to his accurate answer. Then a magic circle of one size smaller appeared in midair.
Thus Reiji caught Anou Mizuki as soon as he spotted her appearing in midair.
“Fueh? Reiji-kun, how…?”
And like this, the three of them were reunited in an unknown place.
Chapter 03: An Absurd Request like Expected
“No way. Are you serious…”
After Reiji caught Mizuki, she was filled in about the current situation. At first she was rather confused too, but not being alone here surely worked in favour. With the encouragement of her two friends, she accepted it before long. Still, one had to praise her for having nerves of steel as she didn’t ran away from reality.
“You sure are quick on the uptake.”
Mizuki adopted a clear-cut attitude. She had long, black hair and a gentle look with an appearance that made her look like some frail, secluded young lady. Furthermore, she possessed a gentle, yet surprisingly strong and unperturbed heart. Reiji smiled at her.
A totally inappropriate steamy mood filled the room and Suimei asked Mizuki as if to splash water on it.
“Y- Yeah, some important people of the different world show up. Otherwise…”
Reiji asked about that after a short pause.
“In some other novel, the destination, in other words this place, happened to be the castle of the Devil King.”
Yes, in most novels, the summoned MC would only face off against the Devil King at the end of the story after many twists and turns. However. When this was an unexpected plot like Mizuki had mentioned, then this would be the focal point of the climax, the last battle.
Then Reiji asked Mizuki with a calm tone.
“Yeah. Then another strong foe appeared and later the MC was dragged into a civil war…”
“Listen, you two.”
“I know already. Mizuki, someone is coming and a lot of them at that.”
She cowered anxiously. And Suimei took a stance like Reiji as well.
“I just hope it will be these important people that summoned us.”
Suimei glanced to the side, where Reiji stood all tensed up, ready to leap forward at any moment, and Mizuki backed off as to not be a hindrance to him.
Then he quietly checked his belongings. He got here without any preparations, so he carried nothing but mundane things on him. It were—
If something happened, he had to act. They all had lived in Japan, so Suimei was most likely the only one with combat experience, as he belonged to the underworld. He would like to keep the fact that he was a magician hidden, but not in the exchange for his friends’ lives. In the worst case, he could just erase their memories, if even he felt sorry about it.
A short pause that felt like an eternity and cramped their stomachs ensued. Before long, the door was opened with a noise of something heavy being dragged along.
While Reiji was distracted, Suimei readied a defence magic. It couldn’t be ruled out that they would attack right away. And there was no harm in being prepared.
The soldiers warily approached them in an orderly formation.
“White Flame, oughtn’t there be one summoned Hero?”
“But I see three people here…”
A possible explanation for that was that a language spell was cast on him during the summoning. How convenient.
Then Suimei leaned close to them and asked Mizuki.
“Yeah. There are stories, where the friends of the summoned hero get dragged along, but…”
“Uhm, in said plot, the friend of the summoned hero, in our case either Suimei-kun or me, will make a contract with an evil god and turn against the hero.”
“I’m not sure either…”
He could only imagine a tragic fate, where the summoning killed thousands of people and even if you survived it, a dangerous evil avatar that uses up all of your life’s luck, awaited you and forced you to pay a compensation.
“Turns against the hero… Why suddenly fight me?”
“…O- Of course I’ll never hate you, Reiji-kun. I- If anything, I l- l- lo- love…”
“A- And you, Suimei?”
While the three had such an exchange, the girl with the long, blue hair called out to them.
“Forgive me for bringing you here so suddenly. I am the second child of Almadias Root Astel, the King of Astel Kingdom: Titania Root Astel. And this is the person that made efforts to summon you here…”
“My name is Felmenia Stingray, a court mage. Nice to make your acquaintance.”
After their introductions, Reiji stepped forward now and started to name himself politely.
Reiji introduced them like that, whereupon the guards made a ruckus and the princess Titania, as well as the mage Felmenia made an impressed expression. Reiji’s dignified behaviour and well-mannered greeting must have been impressed them.
“Nice to meet you. My name is Mizuki Anou…”
Then Titania let her gaze wander over these three and closed her eyes like thinking about something.
“And that is?”
…At the very moment Princess Titania uttered this, Suimei, Reiji and Mizuki had all the same reaction in their hearts: That figures!