Chapter 482.1

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Alright, let’s retreat—!
We hurried out of the practice grounds and quickly boarded the carriage that was waiting for us at the entrance.
The carriage started moving smoothly after Teacher Neal climbed into the driver’s seat, just as he had done when we arrived.

“… Fuu.”

The Headmaster let out a small sigh.

“I hope this will calm everyone down…”

The words he squeezed out with an expression of fatigue were like a prayer.
Headmaster, you were so sure about this until the very end.
If they do anything, they will be dealt with, so it’s understandable that he’s feeling overwhelmed.
Ugh, I’m so sorry for the trouble we have caused this elderly man…

“Thank you very much for your kind consideration for us, Headmaster.”

When I thanked him, he looked at me with a startle.

“No, I’m sorry. You guys are the victims in this. I apologize for pushing you to do this against your will.“

The Headmaster bowed, and we hurriedly stopped him.
At the Headmaster’s suggestion, the carriage took us directly to the dormitory.

“By the way, I have heard that both of you, Miss Cristea and Shikishima-kun, have no problems with general education. If you want, you can take tomorrow off and return to your homes for the weekend. You can go back tomorrow morning or right away. You can ask Neil afterwards how to fill out the outing application.”

Eh, does it mean I’m exempt from classes tomorrow?
Next week we will be divided into different classes, and I would be grateful if I won’t have to be stared at and tangled up in the auditorium tomorrow… I’m going to leave Mariel-chan alone again, though… What should I do?
In addition, I have not been able to tell her that she will be in the same class as me next week.

“Umm, I will stay in the dorm.”
“Oh, Shikishima-kun, you are an exchange student, aren’t you? You don’t have a place to stay in the Capital during holidays?”
“I do. I have a guardian in the merchant district of the Capital. However, I don’t intend on returning often, as I would be renting the residential part of his store.”

Sei came to study at the Adelia Academy in Doristan, a foreign country, because it’s safer for him than being in Yahatul, right?
And yet, he got pushed on stage in a strange way…

“Hmm. However, I think it would be better for you to stay with your guardian this time. Tomorrow evening you will meet other students who have already applied for a weekend outing on the carriage, so you should leave tomorrow morning if possible.”
“Um, shouldn’t I just stay in the dorm?”

Sei is holding back from troubling the Bastea Company, isn’t he?

“That’s not a problem, but… I’m sure it would be a bit of a hassle to have to deal with the constant invitations to tea parties and requests for visits from unreceptive students, but are you okay with that?
“… That would be a bit…”

Sei was at a loss and hesitated at the Headmaster’s words.
It’s true that there are some loopholes to exploit, even if we are told not to mess with us, such as the invitation to a tea party and a formal request for a visit.
‘I’m not asking you to show me your Sacred Beasts, I just want to have a chat with you guys,’ It would be harder for us to reject if they ‘only’ wanted to deepen their friendship with us.
In Sei’s case, it would be especially difficult for him to ignore or reject the request of a high-ranking noble for a tea party or a visit, while staying in the dormitory.
He’s still not familiar with the etiquette of this country, and moreover, he’s a boy, so he wouldn’t want to attend a tea party, let alone organize for a visit.
If he wasn’t on campus, he could get by with ‘I’m not home, sorry.’

“Well, if it’s all right with you, Sei-sama, I would like to invite you to my home as a friend of my Oniisama and I.”

It’s not a good idea to invite Sei as my personal guest, so let’s involve Oniisama.
I’m sure he will be able to help me deal with this in the future.

“… No, it’s fine. I will go to the Bastea Company. Suzaku.”

Sei thought for a moment and then called Suzaku-sama.

“Yes, I will send the word.”

Suzaku-sama, who was sitting next to Sei, placed her hand on her chest and gave a vassal’s bow, then poof, she disappeared.
Did she go to the Bastea Company with her warp magic?
The Headmaster was not surprised by Suzaku-sama’s sudden disappearance and sat back deeply in his seat.

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