“I’m in a bit of trouble.”
I and Zion look at each other and laugh.
Then I’ll pose the question to Marina.
“Was I conscious when I was talking to the Noma Spirit?”
“Yes! I vaguely remember a cool boy with white hair and a little girl. I knew that little girl was a genie!”
She looks quite happy, perhaps because she admits that she was the one who saved him. She also made a reference to the spirit Noma.
It seems he was able to see Noma too. [But that’s a twist.
I spent a fair amount of time listening to what he had to say.
Not only did he regain consciousness briefly in the mountains… but he was out of his coma in three days. He’s been trying to reunite me with the spirits ever since.
The path of the game was completely different from the original game. The fatal thing is that the love that was supposed to go to Yudai’s heroine has turned to me. I’m not talking about the heroine.
I’d hold my head in my hands if I could. Somehow I’ve managed to steal half of the heroines the heroes want to capture. I said I didn’t want to get involved… but now I’m involved. Why?
For now, let’s try to solve the mystery of Marina’s consciousness. Since we don’t have enough knowledge at this point, I’ve decided to call in someone who might have some knowledge. In this case, it’s Noma.
You open the [Hidden Cover Texture] and pull out Noma, who was resting inside. I’ve called out to her beforehand with [Telepath], so there’s no need to worry about preparations.
Oh, it’s the girl from before.
They recognize each other and smile.
After the emotional reunion, I asked Noma.
“What do you think caused it?”
“That thing you were talking about in [reminder]? Um… I see. Perhaps it’s the Lord’s influence.
Noma looked at Marina for about ten seconds and came to a conclusion.
I opened my eyes.
“Ah! The density of the girl Marina’s magic has increased to the level of the old My Lord. She was probably affected when they met.”
“How is that possible?”
the Foranada would have a high density of magic by now. Of course that’s not true.
The girl’s magic was depleted at the time. You know, she was absorbing the Lord’s excess magic. I think that’s what caused it.
“Speaking of which…”
That was definitely a strange phenomenon. What? Absorbing my magic… Oh, so that’s what this is about!
Did you wake up earlier because you took in my extra magic power?
That’s what I’m talking about.
It was easy enough to figure out. I’m not sure how much magic I can use… but for Marina with a low limit it’s a lot of magic. Especially if it’s high-density.
“How is it that you’re able to see the noma?”
“She was originally gifted as a spirit magician. I can only speculate, but I think the Lord’s magic power was the catalyst that awakened her talent.”
So I’m responsible for all the changes that happened to Marina. I underestimated the effects of my magic.
I scratch my head and turn my thoughts.
But there’s not much to think about. It’s impossible to return her to her original path now that she’s so far removed from the original game. So I had no choice but to accept her as she is.
I ask Marina who was looking at me with a smile.
I’m gonna give you two choices.
She suddenly turned the water on me and screamed nervously.
First, I’m gonna put one finger up.
“One. With the help of Noma here, you can become an independent spirit wizard. You have a gift that even Noma recognizes. If you train, you will be the best in the land. And then you won’t have to fear the assassins of House Trier.”
We decided that since he’s a low-profile commoner we should just get rid of him. A spirit magician is a rarity in the Holy Kingdom… and a powerful one at that. A family as big as the Torians wouldn’t be able to touch him.
“I am a spirit wizard…”
Marina gave a biting response. Her bare magic talent is below average. Even now, with the increase in magic density, there isn’t much difference. In fact, the higher density makes it more difficult for her to manipulate magic, so she might not be able to do it very well.
That’s probably why he was so enthusiastic about this proposal.
But Marina will probably go for the next one. I was sure she would.
I know it’s a lot to take in, but it’s my own fault. I couldn’t allow myself to be unfair and not speak out.
“The other way… “is to let people know that you’re under my protection.”
Marina looks stunned and Zion looks reluctant. I’m probably going to have a scowl on my face too.
The latter path was the most rational. Even if you make it big as a spirit wizard… it doesn’t mean that your life is in danger. There’s always the possibility that you’ll be resented more than others. It was much safer to be under the protection of the overwhelmingly powerful Foranada. Especially House Trier. After all, they import many things from Foranada.
But that doesn’t mean she’s gonna have zero problems. Her biggest obstacle will be suspicion of her relationship with me.
Marina is a girl with no apparent magical talent. But you keep her around. And with a pretty girl, people will naturally assume there’s a man-woman relationship. Hears of noblemen tend to linger. If she’s a commoner, it’ll have an even bigger impact on her future.
He had assumed that she was in love with Yudai and would not accept his proposal. That’s why I was acting on the premise that I would train her. That was one of the reasons I snuck in at night.
But that seems to have fallen apart when I see her in full view of her longing for me.
“The latter, please!”
In reality, Marina has made the choice to take shelter with glee.
Yeah, I knew it. How could I not choose you when I have such intense romantic feelings for you?
I’m sure you’re aware of that, but just in case.
You know what I mean? If I take you under my wing, you’re gonna question my relationship with you. You’re not gonna be able to enjoy a normal relationship.”
Marina’s expression never darkens.
I don’t care! I’ve always wanted to be you.
We don’t even know each other. Sure, I helped you, but you don’t know my personality.
“No, no, I understand. Because the sparkles around the prince look like they’re having a lot of fun.
Suddenly, a strange word appeared. What’s that?
Then Noma, who’s been riding on my shoulder, interrupts.
I think you’re talking about a genie. There’s some elemental magic in the atmosphere… not enough to become a genie but enough to carry a small amount of emotion. It can be perceived as a spirit or someone who’s compatible with a spirit.”
“I’m surrounded by them, and they seem to be having a good time.”
“The genie’s a simple soul. They’re probably inspired by the Lord’s gentle magic.”
In short… he judged from the genie’s reaction that I wasn’t a bad person. I’ve been longing for you for a long time… and I’ve fallen strongly in love with you.
I don’t know if I agree or not.
I feel the same way every time he confesses. But if you look into Marina’s eyes… you’ll see that her words came from the bottom of her heart.
I’ve realized time and again that the human heart is a complicated thing.
I’m sorry about her, but I’m gonna have to nail her on one more thing.
“Let me tell you something right now. Even if I took you under my wing, I would never fall in love with you under the circumstances.”
Sure enough, Marina’s expression freezes, but she’s in no position to care.
“For some reason, I don’t have time for a relationship until after I graduate. So I can’t accept you. Besides, I have a fiancée.”
“Can’t you be bothered with love when you’re engaged?”
“The engagement was political. I have a genuine affection for her, but I don’t think it was love that motivated the engagement.”
I make time for Minerva, but I’m not sure I’m doing the right things. I’m sorry for that.
Marina didn’t like my answer. She’s puffing up her cheeks and expressing her dissatisfaction.
She groaned for about ten seconds, then suddenly thought of something and said, “I understand! She said.
“If you say that the prince can’t accept me, then I’ll show you that I like you so much that you’ll want to accept me!”
I and Theon both let out a squeak at the unexpected line.
Marina continued, not caring about our reactions.
“Hi. If I’m under your protection, I’ll be close to the prince, right? Then prepare yourself! I’ll definitely make him fall in love with you!
She sniffs and sniffles. She seemed to have completed herself without listening to my answer.
This pushiness about love, it’s like déjà vu.
Please don’t tell everyone.
I called out to the source of the déjà vu and she seemed to be aware of it too, covering her reddened face with her hands.
Experience has taught me that in times like this, it’s best to stay out of it. Let’s give up.
I let out a sigh.
Okay. You’re gonna have to come under my protection.
Marina nodded happily.
I let out another sigh and clap my hands to change the air.
“Okay, we’ve got a plan. Let’s get ready to move out.”
“Of course. We don’t know when the second assassin will be unleashed so let’s get our things to Foranada’s villa. Theon, leave the delicate details to me.
As soon as she says that, I and Xion quickly pack up Marina’s belongings. I’ve got a [Phase Hidden Cover Texture] too, so the packing will be done in no time.
Well, what am I going to tell them when I get back?
I can see the commotion when I get home. I let out a small sigh as I imagine it.