Midterm Examination (2)
The mid-term examinations of the school started at the beginning of the week.
This test is not meant to fix grades, but to make students aware of their current position in the class. So the results of this test will not affect your class. This is just a mid-term report.
But that doesn’t mean you can relax. The results of the test will be used as a reference for your grade. It’s just that it’s not the only way to know for sure.
The midterm exam consists of a three-day classroom test and a two-day practical test.
The former is, needless to say, a written test to review the contents of the previous lessons.
The latter is a mock battle. In the latter, the students fight each other and are given points according to their performances. Most of the time they’re paired up with students from the same class who are close in ability. So it was as if we were supposed to fight amongst ourselves.
I’m exempt from the skill test. The headmaster told me the school would fall apart if you fought. What the hell do you think I am?
I’ll leave you to it.
The first written test went without a hitch. I’ve been trying to review and prepare for it so much that it’s hard for me to stumble. It is the same with Karon and the others.
Marina had a bit of a hard time, but we all taught her well… and she improved a lot. I’m sure she’ll pass the test without a problem.
Finally, the day of the practical examination came.
All of us students had gone to the training grounds. Because of the number of students in each class, there are two classes in one training area.
There was a sense of tension in the air as the pairings for the mock battle would be announced soon. They’re probably thinking that they don’t want to fight with us. I can understand that.
“I hope Marina-san is okay…”
Karon mutters unexpectedly.
They’re worried about Marina, who’s not here.
“It’ll be someone in D class, so I don’t think it’ll be a problem. She’s been able to cast some magic.”
“Really? If Minerva-chan approves, then I guess there’s nothing to worry about.
Orca and Nina were relieved to hear her assessment.
Minerva tends to be particularly critical of magic. If she thinks you’re “good enough…” I’d say you’ve reached an average level. You’ve grown up quite a bit since a month and a half ago when you could barely use ・・・・ magic. Factoring in her lack of normal magical talent, I’d say she’s put in a lot of effort.
Minerva looks at me with half-open eyes.
“You said every day that you didn’t want to drag someone else down with you.”
Don’t talk about things that are hard to respond to. Jealousy… I’m not. From the emotions you’re leaking, you’re simply teasing. You have a mean fiancée.
While they were chatting with each other, the pairings for the simulation matches were announced. A huge bulletin board with the match-ups on it is brought into the hall.
I just skimmed through it,
“I’m dealing with Minerva?
“What’s your problem?”
“No. I just think it’s an okay win.”
“Huh? It’s not a given that you’re going to win.
I don’t know.
On day one, Kallon and Minerva will face off..,
I’m Nina. Please be gentle with me.
“We’ll take care of it.”
That’s the word you use when you can’t do something good, right?
On the second day, Orca and Nina were set to face off.
That’s fair enough. Minerva’s the only one who can hit with the same level of firepower as Kalon.
Orca is not very good at melee combat, so fighting Nina was a tough one for him, but it was a matter of priorities, so he had no choice.
Let’s just get out of here. We can’t stay here.
The Carrons are fighting today and it’s late in the game. We’d better find another place to rest.
There were no objections and we left the training ground.
Evening. The first day of the practical examination has been successfully completed.
But the last match between Karon and Minerva almost ended in disaster. Both of them got so heated up that they shot magic that exceeded the limit of the permanent warding. I followed them just in time. Of course I lectured them.
Well, I think it was obvious to everyone that the two of you were the best of the best. I hope there won’t be too many more problems in the future.
Marina was also victorious. The servant who was attending her said that everyone in the hall was surprised that Marina had used magic. It’s a natural reaction since she couldn’t handle it at all until we taught her. she might be able to get into a higher class in the final exams.
We have no more business at the academy so we’re heading home.
We were approaching the entrance to the examination hall. We ran into Eric’s father Count Koussipos.
I heard there was talk of the Kingsguard coming to visit.
He has a gentle air, but his firm stance gives off an austere atmosphere. He is a man with a mysterious air of both gentleness and severity.
The actuality that he was visiting as a former member of the Kingsguard, he now wears a sword at his waist and light armour.
This one’s trying to get out, that one’s trying to get in. Inevitably, we run into each other.
This is Count Foranada. Have you finished your exams?
“Good day, Count Koussipos. No, I’m on a special dispensation. Today you’ll be cheering for your sisters.
“I see. I saw the match between Caroline and Minerva. I was impressed. If you’re that strong, I’m sure you’ll dominate the top ranks.”
We can’t be too careful. After all… the Brave Lord and Lady are here this year…
I see. Count Foranada’s a man of note.
We exchange smiles and chuckles.
Well, calm is only on the surface. You never know what’s in their hearts. Our factions don’t get along with each other very well. Even for a family of knights… you’d think they’d be able to pull off a few tricks.
“I see the two of you will be fighting tomorrow. You must be very strong.
“I don’t mean to be impertinent, but… Yes, he’s strong.
“Well, that’s… I look forward to watching the game.”
Count Xippos looks at Nina for a moment and then smiles at me.
I’m sorry, but I have some work to do. I’m afraid I’m going to have to leave you now.
No. I’m sorry to have stopped you in your busy schedule.
I’ll see you soon.
He bows and walks away into the training area. I let out a small breath as I watch him go.
Conversation among nobles is always tiring. As a former commoner, I’d like to talk with them more casually. I’m especially tired this time because I’m talking to ・・・・・.
Well, let’s get out of here.
The next half day was spent in the company of Karon and his friends.