Its… its over…
Looks like the invention of a spell to restore physical fatigue is still far off.
So what should I do I could increase the intensity of the Clockback spells time-reverse formula… no, that would turn back the physical progress gained through training, too.
Then maybe I could convert my physical strength into numerical statistics with a spell and then apply a restoration and-or energy supplement spell
I pondered that stuff over as I walked, and before I realized it, I found that I already reached where Melchi and Tūs were.
-Right when they were finishing up, too.
Tūs folded his arms and stood in an imposing stance, and Melchi was flat on the floor – the usual scene.
Really, how powerful is that sapient creature
He boasted of his own strength like a self-styled Holy Warrior, but does anyone even know how powerful the Holy Warriors were
And it took all three Holy Warriors working together to manage to beat the Devil King
Itd be impossible to search the world for two more of this muscle-head.
Well, thinking about it, its probably for the better good that theres only one of him.
“Gahahahaha! You wont be able to stop Gaspard at this rate, Mel! Cmon, stand!”
Melchis eyes and fists were souped-up with an endless stream of arcane energy, and she threw blow after blow.
And the one in opposition, swatting away the attacks with at least an equal level of arcane energy, was none other than our mentor, Tūs the High-Order Muscle.
And with no last-minute turnabout today, as with any other days, Melchi drove her arcane energy stock to the point of exhaustion once again.
“Hey, nice work.
Here, Giving Magic.”
“T-thanks… Man, its like the more I train, the bigger the gap between our levels become… Maybe my mentor trained at some secret place I dont know about or something What do you think, Ash”
“Sometimes hed just up and disappear, so I think that might be it That, and hes got different ways at doing some things…”
“Mm, now thats perfect for a Philosophers secret formula!”
“Aint no foolish talk round these parts! Instead of wastin around like a fool, learn to be efficient with time, and ya might actually get swole like us! Cmon, shift stance! Giving Magic!”
Tūs suddenly reappeared, and as if to overwrite my Giving Magic magecraft, he activated one of his own.
“Oh, shaddup – just tinkered with it a bit.
Makes the effect time a bit longer.”
“Damn it, always finding ways to one-up me…”
“Forget it – Besides, sure ya wanna hang round here, Asley Didnt ya say youll be back to Beilanea in a monthBout time to wrap things up now, dont ya think”
“Ah – Im thinking maybe tomorrow or the day after-“
“Then thats good timing.
I was thinking about going to the Royal Capital, too.
Maybe Ill leave the same time as you, Ash.”
“Well, oughtta do somethin bout your clothes first, Asley.”
Or rather, the lack thereof – what with me being n.a.k.e.d above the waist.
This old man is in the same getup though… then again, hes a monster, so it would be rude to associate myself with his norms.
Rude to humanity, that is.
At first, Melchi had derived quite a bit of excitement looking at me, at times so much that she neglected training, but her antics on that front seemed to have settled down as of late.
What, am I supposed to let myself loose now I swear, even if shes not on Dinéyas level, Melchis still a pretty messed up girl.
Well, comparing her with Dinéya doesnt sound quite right, though…
Apparently, they call these kinds of girls “rotten girls at the Royal Capital – perhaps Melchis already gone too far to turn back now
“Aaannnddd discussion over, Melchi – go make Asleys clothes.
Get it done by tomorrow.”
“Aye aye, sir!”
Melchi snapped into a salute pose, but I didnt pay much attention to that, as I was preoccupied with taking some animal fur out of the Storeroom.
“No no, Ash, wear that stuff, and they wont let you into Regalia, you know~~ Just leave everything to me!”
“…Youre making something normal, right”
“By the way, wheres Pochi Gone to sleep already”
Right – she did look quite tired back when shed come to deliver the message to me.
I suppose this is one of those few aspects where Tūs and Melchi are alike.
The next day, I put on the clothes that Melchi claimed to have spent all night making.
“…Ive never seen this style before, but it feels like a uniform of sorts”
“Its called asuit, plain and simple – pretty common stuff in the western regions.”
“Well… it doesnt hinder movement or anything, but… shouldnt I be tucking in the white shirt My stomachs feeling a bit chilly-“
“No, no, no, no! Thats whats important, Ash! There, unbutton the bottom most button of your shirt! And now, jump!”
“Goooodddd! Very good, Ash! B.a.r.e your midriff! The worlds gonna need something refreshing after all that cleavage!”
“No, this feels humiliating to wear.
Do you have anything else”
“Aww, shame you didnt like it! But I thought you might say that, so Ive prepared other stuff, too!”
After that, she had me try on all sorts of outfits, including and not limited to thekimono dress, an almost half-n.a.k.e.d soldier-styled outfit, and even a bulky armored warrior mechanical doll.
How in the world did she make all this stuff
“Oh cmon, all that good stuff, and you choose this”
“Oh cmon, if youve made an identical set of my original clothes as well, you shouldve told me right off the bat.”
“The one before the last had the most character, though…”
“What, the soldier style… Yeah, no way in hell.”
“…So, isnt it about time we went on our way”
“Isnt it too early Shouldnt we wait until noon”
“Nuhuhuhu, I know youre a nice guy, Ash, so do me a favor and lemme stay in the Storeroom till were almost at Regalia, yeah~~”
This girl can come up with the most ridiculous things at times… Aha, so thats one thing she has common with most other girls.
“You realize that its dangerous in there, right That if I die, youll be forever stuck inside”
“Same goes for outside – if monsters or bandits get you, then its all over.
Sickness and accidents, too.
No matter where we are, death will always be hanging around us.
Besides, Im sleepy as all hell, so bring it out already, yeah”
Melchi winked and made a cutesy smile, but regrettably, it was ruined by the bear bags under her eyes.
So regrettable indeed.
“You better not hold me liable for anything – And there, Storeroom!”
…And so Melchi jumped in, without a sliver of fear or hesitation.
Yeah, Id be better off leaving her to her whims for now.
“Master, lets hurry! I want snacks- I mean, want to meet everyone as soon as possible!”
“Right, lets hurry and meet up with those snacks!”
…And this one, Id be better off leaving her to her jokes for now.
After paying my courteous regards to Tūs and saving a message from him to deliver to Melchi later, I first headed west toward the Royal Capital of Regalia.
We could contact each other at any time we wished, so there had been goodbyes to be said.
From the Far East Wasteland, it would take around two days on Pochis back to reach our destination.
This would have taken much longer back when she had been a Familiar, but ever since the Familiar Contract between me and her had been voided, shed gained quite a lot of speed.
The reason for voiding the Contract was none other than to erase theFools Familiar title.
By Tūs suggestion, I had come up with the Contract Modification magecraft, basing it on my previous experiences of tampering with the Familiar Contracts formula.
With that, Pochi had been bound to a contract that only showed its effects in her special traits.
Still, maybe it was too much of a hassle to change our 800-year relationship now, since Pochi stayed the same as ever.
As for the Familiar Chalice, it only needed her to technically be a Familiar, so shed be able to participate just fine.
At the end of the day, the contract that bound Pochi and I together was not limited to the Familiar Contracts formula alone.
The next day, on Pochis back, I caught sight of the gigantic royal castle.
The central structure was particularly tall, with its countless spires extending up to pierce the heavens.
It was as if the building was stretching to overlook everything down below.
What a terrible design.
“Rise, Storeroom! …Come on out, Melchi! Magic, do your thing!”
“Hoh! Hah! Toh! Ba-bam! Woosh!”
“Looks like youre having fun…”
Melchi pulled her stuck leg out and leapt off the Storeroom, doing a few backflips in the air before landing and striking a stylish pose.
Standing on one leg and obscuring one eye with a V-sign… is that pose supposed to mean something
“Nuhuhuhu, just when I thought youd call… Say, Ash, are you sure youre not gonna visit Regalia”
“Yes, Id like to hurry to be on our way-“
“To the snacks!”
She could just stop to get some at Regalia, but even if I told her that, I dont think shes going to listen to me now.