Hello Work 7: Chapter 12

Chapter 12 ~ Gladiator Competition, Second Round Qualifier ——Invitation——

Sati won her first match successfully, and after that I resumed the conversation that I had with the King. I want to see if there are any contestants who will serve as Sati opponent, but the King is more interested in talking about me and Lilia compared to the other matches.

“So, how far were we when we stop just then?” 

“Around the part when I met Masaru after I escaped my country.”

There is an element of dramatization in her story. It is the story used to tell the outsider with various parts that are likely problematic already filtered out. Recently, opportunities like this have increased, so I have more leverage to change the narrative. Still, it doesn’t deny how flamboyant our success sounds, but I don’t think it is in a degree that sound unnatural for an A rank.

However, I hardly had any chance to talk, so should I really be here?

If my memory serves me right, right now I am supposed to be sitting together with my wives while being encircled by the elves, celebrating in joy towards Sati success on the field, yet why am I here stuck acting as a companion to this old man? Thanks to the bet that I have forgotten to place on Sati earlier, today is a major loss. 

For now, it is a relief when I was told that it’s unnecessary to act formal since this is an informal place. I was told that I am currently at the same level as Lilia, though.

“Father, it is going to be Francesca honoured sister turns next.”

Our company with the King is interrupted by the young prince remarks. This prince, I wonder if he is around 10 years old. Seems like he is more concerned about the game than Lilia’s story. I too, wish to do so.

Francesca second matches isn’t any inferior to her beginning match, instantly defeating her opponent. She exchanges blow directly, *clang* *clang* *kapow*. It ended in three shots. If she continues this way, then she will serve as a powerful opponent in this tournament. 

In Sati’s venue, the same pair is still fighting since a while ago, interlocked in a death battle. Both suffers a certain amount of damages, but neither of them is willing to step down. Like this, there will be some time before Sati’s next turn come.

“The opponent doesn’t serve as a challenge at all.”

“Her opponent is just that weak.”

They shouldn’t be that weak since they are participating in this tournament, just the difference in their ability is that high.

Next is number 776 match. It is easy to spot him since he is wearing the same bib as the first qualifying round for the second qualifying round.

“That is the guy. The person Sati lost to during first qualifier.”

The winner of this match will compete against Francesca in final, so I continue to pay attention to this game.

Again, his match ended after a couple of exchanges and just like that he proceeds to the final.

In exchange for the loser, Francesca appears on stage and cheers were raised. Seems like this Francesca is quite popular.

“Is her opponent strong this time?”

“He is an unknown fighter who just made his debut, isn’t he?”

Even the respected captain is unaware of this person.

“However, this person managed to beat Sati. Let’s assume he is strong.”

“Nothing much can be said because neither of them has demonstrated their true ability so far, hence both has the same chance to win.”

It’s hard to say it out, but I felt like number 776, Armand is stronger. If I were told to fight either of them, I will choose Francesca. That is the choice that I think I could win.

“Honoured sister Francesca will never lose!”

The prince said so, but even I have never expected Sati to lose.

“We will know the result soon, Stephan.”

Right after the King sooth the prince, the signal was released, indicating the start of the match.

However, instead of immediately brandishing his sword, he starts off with talking. I tried to eavesdrop, but the battle has begun before I finished adjusting my Hearing Detection. This skill requires sometimes to get used to…….

The one who makes the first move is Francesca. From her starting point, she immediately rushes into Armand while driving her sword in. Her sword was then swept away, and just like that their faces are interlocked with each other.

Suddenly, Francesca abruptly take a step back.

The cunning Armand lowered his sword and laugh in amusement.

“What happened?”

The King questioned Francesca weird movement.

Simply put, that guy tried to do Mubyōshi-uchi, however Francesca managed to sense it beforehand and took a step back.

“Seems like Armand tries to do something which honoured sister Francesca hated, so she back down at the end.” 

This time, Armand hang the tip of his sword below his waist and slowly stride forward, and he stopped. Both swords are now within the range of each other. But Francesca doesn’t flinch at all.

Suddenly, Armand sword leaped.

“Aah!?”

It hit, the prince thought and raised his voice in astonishment, however the attack was dodged by a paper-thin difference.

Next is Francesca turns to counterattack. Armand evaded her attack this time as well. They both keep swapping offence and defence, throwing out and receiving the sword, yet both of them never fail to evade each other attack.

However, after several exchanges, Armand sword was stopped by Francesca shield. Armand strategy was to lure her to evade his preliminary attack and then quickly goes for a real attack. 

Francesca fall back and again took her distance.

“Both are amazing. My eyes have difficulty to catch up.”

They surely are amazing. There is no way I can execute such evasive movement. But they are still in the level where I can handle them well. Both still haven’t show their strength yet. They are trying to measure each other’s power level. 

Still, her true ability is almost apparent. If this is the ability of the last year tournament champion, then I’d say Sati is strong enough to become a winner too.

“Lilia, observe them carefully. Here they come.”

The air around Armand remain unchanged, however Francesca obviously putting out her fighting spirit to the max. It looks as if she is in fire herself.

Francesca moved. She rushes forward in an instant.

Clang, ding, violent sound from their clashing unheard from before resounding around the stadium. Although Francesca intensely going for the offensive, Armand counterattacks exactly and has not pulled a step.

To put it bluntly, there is a margin between them before calling them equal. Perhaps, there are difference between their ages and their experience. All Francesca attacks were successfully repelled by Armand.

Despite only launching few attacks, Armand strike managed to scratch Francesca. Of course, Francesca doesn’t flinch from that alone, and continues to launch her attack aggressively, however she is a step behind Armand.

Armand has a dexterity corresponding to his age. If not for Francesca ranks as one of the best contestant out there, Armand would has easily win this match.

So, I thought. Yet the flow has changed. Doesn’t it look like Francesca is pushing more and more?

Armand movement invoke a sense of eeriness……here, again. Another strange move set.

Even in situations where it is better to block with a shield, it looks as if he intentionally receives the attack with his sword……

He never uses his shield that is hanging on his left hand so far. And his opponent, Francesca realizes that.

Is his left hand injured?

But whatever the reason, Francesca doesn’t seem to miss it. She mercilessly increases her attacks throughput towards the weak point. I don’t think it is cowardice. Even I will do it. Armand is that strong.

Ever since Francesca becomes more aggressive in her attacks, Armand has turn to become defensive. Defeating him is not going to become difficult since one of his hand is unusable. There is a possibility that it is an elaborate trap, but at this rate, she will have a difficulty to win trough ordinary mean.

Finally, Francesca swords manage to cut open Armand shoulder.

Shallow. Even so, Armand get on his knees, then proceed to raise his hand.

Seems like he is giving up. The injury is griever than it looks……

“We have a winner!”

Francesca face clearly shows her blatant looks of surprised. She certainly never thinks that she will win the match this way.

They are talking about something again. I adjusted my Hearing Detection.

“Seems like they are looking for something.”

The King said without anyone asking.

“Looks like Armand is getting scolded for intentionally losing the fight. He is asked to fight again properly. But Armand said the match was already decided.”

I could only listen from the middle of their conversation, but perhaps he couldn’t use the shield at all. Besides, it is next to impossible to continue the match with the amount of damage he suffered. That’s why he gives up in haste.

The referee has come to mediate, but Francesca doesn’t look like she was convinced.

“Looks like nobody knows precisely what is happening. Hey, come here both of you.”

“Sir!”

The knights ran off after receiving the order from the King.

So, the two of them come to the presence of the King.

At the same time, Tilika is requested by the King to stand at his rear.

“What are you disputing about?”

“Esteemed uncle! This man, he is holding back!”

“I definitely not trying to hold back or anything.”

“Nonsense!”

“Hmm. Were you Armand? Were you holding back in this game?”

“Of course, I were fighting with all I got, King Albrecht.”

Tilika doesn’t respond to his word. Just like I suspected, his left hand is truly injured?

“Then fight me with one hand and give it your all!”

“Without a mistake, I fought with only my right hand and there is no doubt that I’m giving my best. I’m still defeated.”

“As if I would agree! I demand a rematch!”

While saying that, Francesca struck her sword at Armand.

“Even if I fight with my usual style, there is no way I could win. I doubt you are that naïve to not notice that?”

“Grr……”

Francesca was silenced. If one has his hand sealed as handicap, it’s clear to everyone that he couldn’t win, even if he gives his best.

“What is your usual style?”

I asked him. 

“I am two handed users, Priest boy.”

Two handed users! Not only Mubyōshi-uchi, he is also a two-handed user, which means he is a versatile swordsman.

“A two-handed user……are you the Empire’s Armand Mojica?”

Paula san seems to realize something after hearing he is two handed, then she interrupted the talk.

“I didn’t saw you in the recent tournament, however I still remembered it well.”

“He won the championship in the Empire about a decade ago, didn’t he? I remember it well because it is rare to see someone using two handed swords.”

“The Empire!?”

I heard Francesca was a winner in the Empire’s tournament too. I leaked a surprised voice.

“I never had an intention to ruin other country tournament from the start. For that reason, I am fighting here with a handicap.”

The Empire held tournament is the biggest in this world, and swordsmen who aim to be the strongest are all gathered from all over the world. From the winner point of view, it isn’t weird if he treated the Kingdom tournament as a local competition of some sort. Moreover, he won the championship about 10 years ago. I guess he is about 30 to 35 years old now. The age where he has matured the most. 

“However, in any case that I won with a handicap, I thought that would be inevitable, though.”

“Then, why did you compete in this tournament in the first place?”

I asked him what I have in mind. Going as far as putting a handicap on himself, I wonder what propelled him to join this tournament.

“I am scouting. I want to take a direct look at a person that my teacher mentioned. The person who is rumoured to be one of the two candidates to take up the name Sword Saint.”

He registered himself in this tournament after hearing that Francesca is going to participate, but it turned out in the last minute that she is not participating this year. Even if he did manage to confront her, his opponent is a duke daughter. He doesn’t have any connection to the Kingdom, so any letter that he sends to the premise might be thrown out.

“I was told that if I want to encounter a strong person, then take part in the tournament. I am glad that you came out.”

“Even without going such a roundabout way, you can simply visit from the front with dignified manner.”

“If he proposes to have a match with the daughter of the duke, then wouldn’t he be put inside a prison?”

Even without going that far, it’s easy to imagine how troublesome it would turn out. At any rate, the King love his niece that much.

Well, I wonder how it will turn out if he thrown out such a suspicious letter.

“So? Should I grant this strong man his wishes?”

“She is a genius for her age. My teacher, Barnabas Hayda welcome Francesca Stringer dono to visit us. Of course, only if you are willing.”

Armand told us with a serious voice, which is completely different than his easy-going attitude so far.

Sword Saint, Barnabas Hayda. Sergeant dono master. I feel like I was told by him that he wishes to introduce me……

Francesca didn’t seem to be fazed to hear that name. Looks like she has predicted it somewhat from the story that she heard so far.

“That is a given. However, before that, Armand Mojica. I want you to fight me will all you might.”

“If you manage to snag an overall victory, then I will serve as your opponent again, with my full power.”

“I have grown stronger in the past year. There is no one in the Kingdom who can serve as my opponent no more.”

“Hopefully it is that simple.”

Armand looked to the venue. It is currently Sati’s second round. Her match is nearly overlooked.

“Oh, it’s Sati’s match. Everyone, lets watch the match first.”

The game soon began.

Sati’s opponent is a huge beastmens swordsman. His arms look powerful and he looks like he got skills.

Sati makes the first move. The other beastmens easily endure Sati’s barrage of attack. Next is his turn to counterattack. His weapon filled with destructive force doesn’t bode well with Sati, and as she retreated, the opponent pursued her. At least he has speed with him.

Sati was soon caught at the end of the stage. The beastmens took the chance and thrust into Sati who is standing still. However, by using the edge at the corner of the stage, Sati passed through the beastmens through his side. Moreover, when she finally passed through, she sweeps down the beastmens leg. 

Sati shove her sword toward the beastmens who barely able to turn toward her, and then the beastmens collapse.

The beastmens could no longer stand, so a winner was announced. The healing surgeon rushes over to the beastmens. As expected, nobody is good enough to serve as Sati’s opponent in this qualifying round.

“She added a blow to her opponent foot while she slips through his side. Because of that, her opponent response was delayed for a moment and that opportunity is used by her to launch a stab.”

I explain what is going on to Lilia and the King.

“If she keeps this up then she might be able to enter the final.”

“Her next opponent is a Templar Knight. Last year, he manages to win two battles in the main tournament.”

“I fought him once. He was a troublesome opponent. Whenever he receives damages he will recover himself with Recovery Magic.”

Francesca further explain what the captain has in mind.

His odds are 1.5 times as the most powerful contestant in his group. At first glance, he doesn’t look that much different than an ordinary adventurer, but he is equipped with a shield so big his whole body is completely hidden by it. Although at first, he looks like someone who emphasizes defence, the fact that his shield itself hold an immense attack power cannot be ignored.

The shield is also a mass of iron. If anyone got hit on the front, then they might get blown away. And if the user hit someone with the shield’s side, it will holds the same offensive power as the sword’s blade.

“She will be my opponent, Sati is her name, correct? Must be tough to fight with such a small stature.”

Francesca concluded after the starting signal for the match is released.

I wonder if Sati herself think she doesn’t have enough attack power. Certainly, the opponent has a good physique. If he lunges his shield forward, then Sati can make use of whatever the small opening creates to reach his inside. I think it’s an unnecessary worry.

Immediately after the signal for the start is released, Sati begin her assault. She went straight ahead to the ridiculously large shield and bend her body downward, allowing her to go through the shield from lower position. Then, a blow.

The opponent drops his shield and protect his knees. Sati aimed her attack there.

The Templar Knight raised his hand with a painful expression and raised his hand, giving up. After a moment of silence, the venue was filled with roar and cheers. 

“Ooh?”

Again, Lilia seems to be oblivious to what is happening on the stage.

“Just now, what happening was a feint. She hides behind the shield and hence, disappear from the opponent points of view. She let out her right hand as a feint while her left hand is dealing the blow.” 

It’s easier to explain, but the secret lies within her Covert and small body stature that are completely hidden behind the shield. It’s a kind of blow that can only be released at overwhelming speed. She is lucky to meet all those conditions. It would be unfavourable to her if the Templar Knight was not wearing a metallic armour that they normally equipped.

Sati looks at this side and waves her hands to our notice. 

Sati got stopped by the staff at once, but after telling them that she is coming here, I met her at the stairs of the guest seat.

“Well done, Sati.”

“Yes!”

Everyone welcome Sati and praise her. Sati was very happy.

For now, all Sati’s matches are over, but it is better if I stayed to observe the other matches. There might be another strong contestant.

“How about lunch with everyone sound?”

Unsurprisingly, the King isn’t going to stay here the entire day to watch the match. He instead invited us to the Royal Palace. Well, Lilia is still halfway through her story, too.

Everyone looks at me. Probably they are waiting for me to make the decision. If possible, I would like to refuse the King’s invitation, however that would require me to find an excuse that wouldn’t garner any attention my way……

“Esteemed uncle, you may have the entire day free, however we have an upcoming match to look up into. We don’t have time to play.”

Perhaps she guessed that I am lost for word, so she opted to lend me a hand.

“Mu, you are right. I don’t mean to force you or anything……”

“Since I am staying here with Sati, would you mind going in my stead, Lilia?”

They are just going to listen about the story, hence my presence is unneeded.

“That will do.”

Ellie and Ann accompanied her to the Royal Palace.

Tilika remained here and together, we watched the King departed.

“By the way, we were told to go to the office.”

They were asked to return the number bib. Besides that, the committee is interested to hold an interview with the contestant who manage to enter the main competition.

“That’s why Sati, I say why don’t we return them together.”

Francesca hasn’t done it before, and because of that she is reluctant to return them all on her own. 

“Ah, sure.”

“I’m going too.”

“Me too.”

Both me and Tilika are outsiders, but nobody is stopping us when we entered the hall alongside Francesca. Perhaps it was thanks to her prestige and charisma.

Sati intermittently sneak a peek at Francesca while we are walking.

Is she worried about her due to her being one of potential rival?

“Is there anything on my face?”

“Ah, um. Francesca sama is a princess, isn’t it?”

“My mother was a princess, but when she married father, she abandoned her title due to the confusion for the right to succeed the throne. That’s why I cannot say that I am a princess.”

Sati quietly hear her explanation. But I couldn’t help not to get a little disappointed.

“When we finally meet at the main match, feel free not to hold back just because I am the King niece, understood? I won the championship last year, but until then I was beaten may times. Going easy on me is useless.”

“Understood, Francesca sama.”

Sati never go easy on battle, so I guess she is just purely interested on her being a princess. If Sati wishes, I am sure there will be another chance to visit the royal palace while we are still staying here in the Kingdom’s capital. Even today we were invited to a luncheon.

Without speaking anything, she quietly follows Francesca who went to the office that is located under the stadium auditorium without any delay.

“Well then, Sati. I am looking forward to fight you in the main competition.”

Francesca returns her number to the person working inside the office, and after saying so, she exchanged a word or two, then she left off quickly.

“Number 777, Sati isn’t it? Congratulations for making it to the main competition. I’d like to hear various stories from you……”

And they look at me, with a facial expression as if asking who this guy should be?

“Please don’t mind me. I am Sati’s husband.”

“My sister.”

“Ooh.”

For the time being, I was asked about my name, place of birth, career and so on.

However, there isn’t much additional comments that I can talk about. I can use magic, and I don’t want to tell them about how it is only about half a year since I first learn how to swing a sword.

“You have never participated in this tournament before. Your most remarkable achievement is a dragon suppression. What were you doing before that?”

“Umm that.”

“She helped around her house at the rural village. Then, she came to the town to become an adventurer. There is when she learns swordsmanship.”

Sati seems reluctant to answer, so I answer in her stead. I don’t bother to tell that she was sold as a slave.

“Please tell us what your motivation is, like going to final, etc.”

“I am aiming for the overall championship.”

“Alright, that was the last question. Thank you. The pairing will be displayed on the morning the day after tomorrow, so please come to the venue as early as possible.”

When we returned to the seat prepared by the elf, there are only a couple of elves left. Most of them have followed Lilia. Will and Armand are already in a good term.

“Welcome back, big bro. And congratulations for your advancement, Sati san.”

“Thank you very much, Will san.”

Despite there being an ample room of space, I didn’t bother to sit further away than those two. After I sit nearby, I heard Armand trying to start a conversation with me.

“I have been waiting. There is a little something that I want to talk about.”

“I don’t mind that at all, but did you see if there is anyone else that is strong enough for the rest of the matches while we were away?”

“So far, I couldn’t find anyone who is outstanding.”

Just like I guessed, there isn’t anyone who is stronger than Francesca who won the championship last year.

“That’s right. I would like to see this girl skills once again.”

Armand easily swift the topic to Sati.

Introduction to swordsmanship can be done via Sergeant dono, hence there is little to no point about this skill test. But, it will serve as a good opportunity to see whether Sati can cope with Mubyōshi-uchi or not, plus he can serve as a good training partner before the real match start.

With that said, it was decided that we will meet again after the qualifying is over at the Elf Mansion.

“Armand is the Sword Saint disciple, isn’t he?”

While we are watching the rest of the matches, I decided to voice out things that have been on my mind.

“That is correct.”

“Is the training with the Sword Saint as gruesome as I’ve heard?”

“He is a demon. I was prepared to die for many times.”

Ah, that is to be expected……

“Since my teacher is already in his late year, he rarely does direct guiding.”

Why are you scouting in the first place? Despite having many disciples, it was said that the Sword Saint was unable to find a person with enough qualities that can convinced him. A person worthy to succeed the title of new Sword Saint. That is after he considered Armand, and countless other talented disciples.

“He is a monster. Hence, the reason why he is called the Sword Saint. There is no swordsman who is good enough to replace him in the past decade that has appeared yet.”

The strongest swordsman in the world who is also called as monster by Armand.

“Well, it’s hard to get master to join the practice without talking about his successor.”

Sati who wants to begin asking questions look this way. I guess she wants to go.

“Don’t mind me. Sati may go.”

“Masaru sama come and practice with us too.”

“But I am not trying to become a swordsman.”

“Priest boy, if you still remember your skills, then why don’t we have a little test?”

“I am fine.”

“Masaru sama must be together with us! Let’s become stronger together!”

“No, he wouldn’t take a disciple that easily, you know?”

“Armand san please be quite for a while.”

“Ah, sure.”

“When it was time to practice with Sergeant dono, he would put a rope on Masaru sama neck and then Masaru sama join us.”

It’s rare to see Sati so stubborn. Perhaps this is one of the outcome from Sergeant dono education. Naturally, I wish I can grow stronger like she said.

“I-is that still a no……?”

I despise it, but it certainly better if I practice. Sati looks like she is going to cry any moment, plus I already promise Sergeant dono that I am going to visit the sword sanctuary Viels……

“Understood. Let’s visit that place together.”

Perhaps, the training wouldn’t be that harsh. Plus, there is nothing left that I can teach Sati anyways.

“Yes, let’s work hard together!”

Well, as long Sati is pleased, I guess everything is alright? No matter how intense the training is, there is low probability people are dying. I’ll just need to brace myself.

“Are you done discussing?”

“Ah, sorry.”

“Fufufu. Well then, if you want to have the first taste of master’s training menu, let’s start by defeating me first!”

This person is very energetic.

“The priest boy seems like he is going to train too, so I wish to see your skills.”

“Masaru sama is stronger than me!”

“Ohoho.”

“Sati san is a bit stronger with sword, however big bro commands legion of magic.”

“That is if you don’t mind me releasing my magic 100 meters from your location~”

“By the way, how great are you in using magic……?’

“I am an A rank mage. I can go as far as terrain changing magic.”

“Masaru sama magic is truly spectacular!”

‘So, your sword skill is inferior to the little lady?”

“Masaru sama is not as good with sword as me!”

“That is……is it okay with you to show me your serious sword skills?”

“Well, if casually……it’s fine.”

“Do you seriously wish to see the Sword Saint together with this passionate young lady when you yourself are that disinterested?”

“Well, to tell you frankly, someone else already arrange our meeting beforehand, so.”

“No, it isn’t that simple a matter to introduce people……”

Armand cast his suspicion on my words, however I don’t think Sergeant dono will say something that he doesn’t mean.

“I was referred by a guild instructor name Vaulk.”

“Vaulk……I have never met him, but I’ve heard of his name. I see. So, he is an instructor in the Kingdom’s capital.”

“He is currently staying at the capital. I think you can meet him if we visit the Adventurer Guild together.”

“Yeah. I am fine with that.”

I see. He has no qualms about that. That’s quite disappointing.

Sergeant dono was fighting for the strongest swordsman in the world spot a generation behind Armand. If only he isn’t injured, then I am sure he will still become the hot topic among swordsman even until now.

“The Demon Grueling Training. I hope you will accept the full course.”

Armand has a look of absolute delight.

“Was the training that harsh?”

“Don’t worry. A lot of people was traumatized by master’s teaching menu, however none of them left while dying……probably.”

Probably, huh.

NEET Hello Work 7: Chapter 11

Chapter 11 ~ Gladiator Competition, Second Round Qualifier ——Audience——

“Last night, Sati finally managed to master Recovery Magic.”

I report to everyone during breakfast. We are currently in the dining room, and right now there is only us, a family.

“Onee chan, amazing.” 

“But I can only cast small Heal for now,”

“Even so, it’s still a great advantage for the frontline fighter to be able to use Recovery Magic themselves. Even with the small Heal, you can still fix broken bones or stop bleeding.”

“This is just the fourth day since she has started. Was our learning process accelerated by the divine protection during our practice with Masaru?”

“I don’t know if it was the protection, but I tore my hand with a knife.”

“““Wha——”””

During my explanation, they gasped when I gestured how I cut my own hand.

And right now, what unfolded in front of me is the gladiator competition.

The second day of qualifying is done in a mini tournament style. Those who win three matches advance to the main competition.

I think Sati will do just fine, however this time her opponents are those who have passed the first qualifying round, too. And unlike yesterday, today she couldn’t afford to lose any single match.

Just like yesterday, today I went to see the matches in pair with Sati. We go to the bulletin board located outside the fighting area.

Sati is in the third group. There seems to be other group with only seven contestants. Those groups are getting a rearrangement, but Sati group is already full of eight contestants.

The odds are eight time as much. One defeat is enough to affect everything.

Together in the same group is this yank who has 1. 5 times odd. This guy will most likely pass. The other contestants also have a lot of odds stack on them. 

I look up to number 776 too. The contestants who passed from the previous same venue are not divided into the same group because they are sorted separately. He is in the first group. His name is Armand. His odds are 4.2 times. It is weird how his acceptance rate is low despite him winning three matches beautifully, but I quickly understood the reason. Because together with him in the same group is someone with 1.1 odds. Her name is Francesca Stringer. She has a full name, must mean that she is a noble. 

“Francesca sama, was it? She is the winner of last year tournament.”

The elf captain told us the details. Seems like they have been checking out the tournament from the qualifying for every year.

Francesca Stringer. An affiliate of the Knight Order. The Duchess daughter. She currently has no right to succeed the throne, however she is still the King niece. Last year, she won the tournament when she is still a fifteen-year-old. Ever since she is young, her talents with swords was already showing, and together with Tenbin, they are two people whom are likely to inherit the Sword Saint title.

“She is the most favourite contender for the winner this year. I think she will serve as Sati sama biggest obstacle. She qualifies with a 1.1 odd, and albeit it is a solid bet, I will not buy it because it is not as fun.”

“Now that you mentioned it, isn’t those kinds of people exempted from qualifying?”

If they are an A rank, or a holder of some track record, they will be exempted from the qualifying matches.

“And yet, why?”

When I asked the receptionist with Sati, I soon figured the reason. Due to her barely able to apply, she was exempted for the first-round qualifier, however she is required to enter the second round qualifying round which happens today.

The winner candidate and Armand. That guy is unlucky to be grouped with her.

“Well, firstly we need to pass the qualifier.”

“You are correct. Sati sama has eight times odd to win too!”

I see you are going to give full support on Sati this year, captain. I shall join you.

After we sent off Sati, I was guided by the elf to an excellent seat at the front row. It is a relaxed box space that is equipped with good chairs and desk.

“We are cooperating with the tournament organiser, hence why we get good seats.”

When it looks like it will rain, the elf will use the water spirit to remove the rain cloud. Occasionally, the participants will misfire their arrow, so the elf command the wind spirit to surround the venue with wind as protection against arrows. These are the tricks that cannot be imitate by an ordinary mage.

Right above our seats are spaces reserved for the nobles. If something happens, they will act as the bodyguards. The elves are quite trusted by the Kingdom government by the look of it.

“I worked in this Kingdom ever since the previous King’s era for one after another. His Majesty the King has been pretty much in love with this tournament since his childhood.”

One after another……each time, I failed to read an elf true age. Even if she looks young, she must be not less than 100 years old since she is holding captain position.

“If it is King Albrecht, then even I know him. He visited our country around 20 years ago, I think?”

“Correct, Lilia sama. It has been around that long.”

Titus answered.

It was the story about the young prince who has gone for an outing. During that time, he stayed at the Elf Country for almost one month. During that time, the current elf captain act as his bodyguard, and it was that time her friendship with the King deepened.

“My, isn’t that great. Let’s greet him while we are still at the Kingdom’s capital.”

Ellie suddenly said an outrageous thing.

“Stop it……”

I don’t see any merit to go and greet him now. It will only spell trouble.

“Fumu. If Masaru said so. Originally, I never intended to meet him myself.”

“Once you are granted your aristocracy status, you need to meet him sooner or later anyway, you know?”

“That doesn’t mean that it necessarily means now.”

It is not the matter that I’m becoming a noble.

“However, Masaru sama. Since Francesca sama is here, don’t you think the King will come here as spectator?”

The captain said so. In that case, his seat will be just over there.

It was said that the King is close with his little sister and very much adore the daughter, or his niece, Francesca. That’s why, he will come to watch all her matches.

“If that is the case it will be better if we go and greet him.”

Regardless of visiting the royal palace, it is rude if we didn’t greet him even when we are already nearby……

Ah, my stomach is churning for some reason.

“Ah, I can see the King. He is quite early today.”

Just when I thought people are talking clamorously upstairs, it seems like the King’s party has arrived. From the noble seats, I notice a knight is glancing over here, then waved his hand. The captain waves her hand in return. They might be acquainted.

The reason why the King’s party arrived quickly are known soon after. It was because of Francesca sama. She is in the first pair from the first group to have the first match for today.

“My stomach hurt. Toilet……”

“I will not let you escape.”

I got caught by Ellie.

“【Heal】. This should curb the pain for a while.”

My stomach pain disappears after Ann cast her magic.

“Paula, sent the early greeting.”

“Yes, Lilia sama.”

Following the elf squad captain, Paula san instruction, one of the elves heads to notice the King who is sitting at the noble seat.

“Well, let’s go. What, it is just a light greeting.”

“The King is a gentle person. There is nothing to worry about.”

“As usual, Masaru just need to nod your head. Also, make sure to lower your head from the beginning, alright?”

“If you seriously dislike it, I don’t mind if you wait here.”

At any rate……there is no doubt that this must be done. It is too selfish to say that I dislike having to send them my greeting.

I’ll harden my resolve.

“I understand.”

Perhaps, it wouldn’t take that long to finish.

Suddenly, I caught Will watching over here.

“Will, are you coming too? I will introduce all of you together.”

“I’m just your everyday adventurer and I have no particular reason to meet the King. Big bro and others go without me, please.”

I think for a short while, and there is no reason for taking him along unless the fact that he is a prince is known. I can’t afford to take him along. 

Only a few steps upward are where the King is seated. The absolute monarch, the supreme authority. I don’t like it. He can order for someone to get behead, and I don’t think the person has any right to object.

Truth to be told, he doesn’t seem to indulge in such an act of lawlessness, and any worries are unwarranted since he is in fact a gentle person, however I certainly should avoid from making him angry.

As expected of the noble seating dedicated for the King. The spaces inside are about five times wider compared to the one provided for the elves, and inside, quite a few people have gathered.

“Oh, Paula! It has been few days, isn’t it?”

“Yes. There are some guests coming from my country. Please let me introduce them.”

First, Liliane sama who is his old acquaintance greeted him.

“And you……are young lady Liliane?”

“It has been a while, Prince Albrecht.”

“That nickname feels nostalgic. Right, Liliane has not changed at all even after twenty years has passed.”

If he met her around twenty years ago, that means Lilia was ten years old back then. Did she truly not grow that much since then?

“On the other hand, you have grown old.”

This King who simply laughed off Lilia’s rudeness is forty years old. His appearance is that of an ordinary middle-aged man. His clothes are clearly made of great quality, but they are not particularly striking, and he will be indistinguishable if he walks among common man.

“Even so, I aged appropriately as any other human being. So, who are these people at your back?”

“My husband and my family members.”

Since I was nudged repeatedly at my back, I had no choice but to step forward reluctantly and lowered my head. Everyone else proceed to kneel together with me. Lilia is standing still.

“Masaru Yamano. I am an adventurer.”

As for the other elves, since they are not the vassal of the King, they naturally lower their head. In their case, they are not required to get on their knees. However, since we are still considered the subject of this country, we are required to show some respect. It is a bad idea not to bow properly.

“A human being, as well an adventurer. Yamano……I have never heard of that family name.”

“Fear not for I am just a commoner, your Highness.”

“A commoner and an adventurer, yet you are betrothed to an Elven Princess. What else is it unless than it smells like a romance.”

“Umu. I am the one who requested him to take me as his wife.”

“In that case, you need to tell me more in great details!”

It’s too late for me to back down now, and a seat was already prepared for me besides the King.

Didn’t you mentioned earlier that this is just going to be a light greeting!

Didn’t you said it’s fine since all I need to do is to nod!

However, excluding me and Lilia, the others were seated at a different table. I’m sending the most reproachful gaze that I could muster to them. Moreover, there seems to be plenty of time to talk until the game starts.

Or rather, I guess I will be stuck here for the whole day, huh……?

The distinguished people around the King and my family members greet each other.

Besides the King, sat the King’s offspring, the Prince, and the children of the Duchess couple, parent of Francesca. The others are great people like the ministers. Many knights were deployed around us as bodyguards.

Next, Lilia informs him about the recent thing that happen. The king seemed to quite accurately grasped the damage from the battle of the Elf Country, which comes to my surprise at how informed he is regarding the dread of the situation.

And just when Lilia about to reach the part of the story where our love began to bloom, cheers rose in the stadium. Apparently, the game is about to start.

“Qualifier, first group, first match!”

The venue of the match is located directly in front of the noble seats. There are four venues for the matches properly constructed inside the stadium. A stone stage with about 20 centimetres high was newly made above the ground. And the stage is twenty times larger compared to the ring yesterday. It is large enough to evade Mubyōshi-uchi. 

The cheers are raised again. Two swordsmen went up to the match.

One of them is a huge, rough man. The little girl is Francesca.

She is equipped with a standard size sword and buckler. Her leather armour also looks ordinary, and she is holding the helmet at her side. She has thin limbs. She is slightly taller than Sati, and her height is about the same as any ordinary girls. Her long black hairs exude gloss and youthfulness. The beautiful girl’s green eyes bear a strong will and determination.

There is certainly an air around her. However, she doesn’t look that strong. Compared to her, the opponent is a man with a large body like a gorilla, whom weapon is a large two-handed sword. If someone got beaten by such a thing, the cut will show no mercy. Most likely, their bone will crack, and the victim will die on the spot.

Francesca wears her helmet. After she tighten her helmet, she lightly swings her swords once and second times, then she nodded at the referee. Start! The referee gives the signal to begin.

The stage become still like death.

One steps, two steps. Francesca filled the gap. Her opponent falls one step.

What, is he getting overwhelmed? And toward a girl whom weight is half as much, no less.

Francesca suddenly lowered her body and sprung toward her opponent. Fast.

However, there is still some distant to cover. The opponent still has enough room to wield his sword, and he adjusted his sword accordingly to Francesca movement.

A strike. At that moment, as if floating on her feet, she evaded the large sword and dive under the opponent chest with a movement akin of dancing.

Both people interlaced——Francesca makes half a revolution, while her opponent got his knees folded and fell to the ground.

The match was decided in an instant, yet the big guy is nowhere a weakling. The big guy has a decent speed in his swing too. When she jumps in, he decided that his sword would not make it on time, and he changes to a low kick in close range. 

However, his kick was evaded, and the blow at his neck ended this match.

Francesca evaded the low kick while inflicting a fatal wound at the same time. Moreover, her movement never lack elegance. Truly, a sixteen years old brimming with gift and talent. No wonder she is nominated to be the next sword saint.

When pit with Sati, I wonder which one is stronger.

Their speed might be equal; however, I will have to prop Sati for power and Stamina. There isn’t much power in that physique. Sati is small as well, but her power is boosted by skill and stats.

“I wonder which one is stronger, Sati or her.”

“We will never know unless they fought.”

“Is she that strong?”

Crap. I responded naturally to Lilia while forgetting that the King is here with us.

“Yes. Sati is seriously strong.”

“Oho. When is her turn?”

“The third group second match. I believe it will start soon.”

As the King inquires his servant who is behind him, an immediate answer come back. The game began at other venues after Francesca match was over. Sati is supposed to be at the third group venue. From here, it is opposite the stadium. I am a bit faraway, so it is hard to see. I didn’t use Hawk Eye, though.

Sati is……over there.

“The small one, yes that is correct. The beastsmen.”

I pointed her location to the King with my finger.

“She is really small.”

That’s why I said she is strong. Well, you will never guess unless you watch Sati’s strength beforehand. Her strength is almost 100% all the time, how frustrating.

The previous match ended soon, and Sati’s turn came up. Her opponent is a spear user.

Now that you mention it, has she practised with a spear user before?

Isn’t this quite bad……?

Sati looks this way before she climbed up to the stone stage. When our eyes met, she nodded her head. Then, Sati looked up and advance to the match.

The signal to start released. The spear user moves forward little by little menacingly while protruding his spear.  

The length of his spear is about 3 meters long. The spear is consisted with a wooden handle and an iron spearhead. The tip is rounded, however a stab from that thing is enough to poke a hole in someone body.

Whether it be a sword or a spear, I don’t think the risk of injury is reduced just because one weapon has less blade. A lot of serious injuries were suffered by contestants yesterday too.

Sati makes her move. She quickly closes the distance with the spear user, but she nimbly steps back after the spear user lunge in response to clear her away. Afterwards, it was the spear user turns to attack. The spear user continuously let out thrusts after thrusts. Although Sati is retreating and keeping good judgement, it’s turning into a defensive battle whenever she is trying to get close to the spear user.

But she is nowhere near serious right now. She matches the rhythm of her opponent……

Sati moved.

She avoided the thrust and step forward without stopping. The spear user swings their spear horizontally to sweep down Sati’s leg, however it was stopped by Sati’s shield——and she gently prod the opponent knee. The opponent dropped their shoulder.

“What happened?”

“Near the end, she landed a hit at her opponent shoulder.”

Seems like the King didn’t see it. I managed to see her movement in fine details thanks to Hawk Eye, but the distance is too far for normal person.

She hit their body from on top of their leather armour, however since they are receiving the attack at such speed, it is unsurprising if they broke some bones and have difficulty to continue the match.

Immediately, the winner is declared, and the opponent received treatment from the shrine member.

“She is quite strong. So, this is how someone with 8 times odd looks like.”

Ah. I forgot to place my bet……

NEET Hello Work 7: Chapter 11

Chapter 11 ~ Gladiator Competition, Second Round Qualifier ——Audience——

“Last night, Sati finally managed to master Recovery Magic.”

I report to everyone during breakfast. We are currently in the dining room, and right now there is only us, a family.

“Onee chan, amazing.” 

“But I can only cast small Heal for now,”

“Even so, it’s still a great advantage for the frontline fighter to be able to use Recovery Magic themselves. Even with the small Heal, you can still fix broken bones or stop bleeding.”

“This is just the fourth day since she has started. Was our learning process accelerated by the divine protection during our practice with Masaru?”

“I don’t know if it was the protection, but I tore my hand with a knife.”

“““Wha——”””

During my explanation, they gasped when I gestured how I cut my own hand.

And right now, what unfolded in front of me is the gladiator competition.

The second day of qualifying is done in a mini tournament style. Those who win three matches advance to the main competition.

I think Sati will do just fine, however this time her opponents are those who have passed the first qualifying round, too. And unlike yesterday, today she couldn’t afford to lose any single match.

Just like yesterday, today I went to see the matches in pair with Sati. We go to the bulletin board located outside the fighting area.

Sati is in the third group. There seems to be other group with only seven contestants. Those groups are getting a rearrangement, but Sati group is already full of eight contestants.

The odds are eight time as much. One defeat is enough to affect everything.

Together in the same group is this yank who has 1. 5 times odd. This guy will most likely pass. The other contestants also have a lot of odds stack on them. 

I look up to number 776 too. The contestants who passed from the previous same venue are not divided into the same group because they are sorted separately. He is in the first group. His name is Armand. His odds are 4.2 times. It is weird how his acceptance rate is low despite him winning three matches beautifully, but I quickly understood the reason. Because together with him in the same group is someone with 1.1 odds. Her name is Francesca Stringer. She has a full name, must mean that she is a noble. 

“Francesca sama, was it? She is the winner of last year tournament.”

The elf captain told us the details. Seems like they have been checking out the tournament from the qualifying for every year.

Francesca Stringer. An affiliate of the Knight Order. The Duchess daughter. She currently has no right to succeed the throne, however she is still the King niece. Last year, she won the tournament when she is still a fifteen-year-old. Ever since she is young, her talents with swords was already showing, and together with Tenbin, they are two people whom are likely to inherit the Sword Saint title.

“She is the most favourite contender for the winner this year. I think she will serve as Sati sama biggest obstacle. She qualifies with a 1.1 odd, and albeit it is a solid bet, I will not buy it because it is not as fun.”

“Now that you mentioned it, isn’t those kinds of people exempted from qualifying?”

If they are an A rank, or a holder of some track record, they will be exempted from the qualifying matches.

“And yet, why?”

When I asked the receptionist with Sati, I soon figured the reason. Due to her barely able to apply, she was exempted for the first-round qualifier, however she is required to enter the second round qualifying round which happens today.

The winner candidate and Armand. That guy is unlucky to be grouped with her.

“Well, firstly we need to pass the qualifier.”

“You are correct. Sati sama has eight times odd to win too!”

I see you are going to give full support on Sati this year, captain. I shall join you.

After we sent off Sati, I was guided by the elf to an excellent seat at the front row. It is a relaxed box space that is equipped with good chairs and desk.

“We are cooperating with the tournament organiser, hence why we get good seats.”

When it looks like it will rain, the elf will use the water spirit to remove the rain cloud. Occasionally, the participants will misfire their arrow, so the elf command the wind spirit to surround the venue with wind as protection against arrows. These are the tricks that cannot be imitate by an ordinary mage.

Right above our seats are spaces reserved for the nobles. If something happens, they will act as the bodyguards. The elves are quite trusted by the Kingdom government by the look of it.

“I worked in this Kingdom ever since the previous King’s era for one after another. His Majesty the King has been pretty much in love with this tournament since his childhood.”

One after another……each time, I failed to read an elf true age. Even if she looks young, she must be not less than 100 years old since she is holding captain position.

“If it is King Albrecht, then even I know him. He visited our country around 20 years ago, I think?”

“Correct, Lilia sama. It has been around that long.”

Titus answered.

It was the story about the young prince who has gone for an outing. During that time, he stayed at the Elf Country for almost one month. During that time, the current elf captain act as his bodyguard, and it was that time her friendship with the King deepened.

“My, isn’t that great. Let’s greet him while we are still at the Kingdom’s capital.”

Ellie suddenly said an outrageous thing.

“Stop it……”

I don’t see any merit to go and greet him now. It will only spell trouble.

“Fumu. If Masaru said so. Originally, I never intended to meet him myself.”

“Once you are granted your aristocracy status, you need to meet him sooner or later anyway, you know?”

“That doesn’t mean that it necessarily means now.”

It is not the matter that I’m becoming a noble.

“However, Masaru sama. Since Francesca sama is here, don’t you think the King will come here as spectator?”

The captain said so. In that case, his seat will be just over there.

It was said that the King is close with his little sister and very much adore the daughter, or his niece, Francesca. That’s why, he will come to watch all her matches.

“If that is the case it will be better if we go and greet him.”

Regardless of visiting the royal palace, it is rude if we didn’t greet him even when we are already nearby……

Ah, my stomach is churning for some reason.

“Ah, I can see the King. He is quite early today.”

Just when I thought people are talking clamorously upstairs, it seems like the King’s party has arrived. From the noble seats, I notice a knight is glancing over here, then waved his hand. The captain waves her hand in return. They might be acquainted.

The reason why the King’s party arrived quickly are known soon after. It was because of Francesca sama. She is in the first pair from the first group to have the first match for today.

“My stomach hurt. Toilet……”

“I will not let you escape.”

I got caught by Ellie.

“【Heal】. This should curb the pain for a while.”

My stomach pain disappears after Ann cast her magic.

“Paula, sent the early greeting.”

“Yes, Lilia sama.”

Following the elf squad captain, Paula san instruction, one of the elves heads to notice the King who is sitting at the noble seat.

“Well, let’s go. What, it is just a light greeting.”

“The King is a gentle person. There is nothing to worry about.”

“As usual, Masaru just need to nod your head. Also, make sure to lower your head from the beginning, alright?”

“If you seriously dislike it, I don’t mind if you wait here.”

At any rate……there is no doubt that this must be done. It is too selfish to say that I dislike having to send them my greeting.

I’ll harden my resolve.

“I understand.”

Perhaps, it wouldn’t take that long to finish.

Suddenly, I caught Will watching over here.

“Will, are you coming too? I will introduce all of you together.”

“I’m just your everyday adventurer and I have no particular reason to meet the King. Big bro and others go without me, please.”

I think for a short while, and there is no reason for taking him along unless the fact that he is a prince is known. I can’t afford to take him along. 

Only a few steps upward are where the King is seated. The absolute monarch, the supreme authority. I don’t like it. He can order for someone to get behead, and I don’t think the person has any right to object.

Truth to be told, he doesn’t seem to indulge in such an act of lawlessness, and any worries are unwarranted since he is in fact a gentle person, however I certainly should avoid from making him angry.

As expected of the noble seating dedicated for the King. The spaces inside are about five times wider compared to the one provided for the elves, and inside, quite a few people have gathered.

“Oh, Paula! It has been few days, isn’t it?”

“Yes. There are some guests coming from my country. Please let me introduce them.”

First, Liliane sama who is his old acquaintance greeted him.

“And you……are young lady Liliane?”

“It has been a while, Prince Albrecht.”

“That nickname feels nostalgic. Right, Liliane has not changed at all even after twenty years has passed.”

If he met her around twenty years ago, that means Lilia was ten years old back then. Did she truly not grow that much since then?

“On the other hand, you have grown old.”

This King who simply laughed off Lilia’s rudeness is forty years old. His appearance is that of an ordinary middle-aged man. His clothes are clearly made of great quality, but they are not particularly striking, and he will be indistinguishable if he walks among common man.

“Even so, I aged appropriately as any other human being. So, who are these people at your back?”

“My husband and my family members.”

Since I was nudged repeatedly at my back, I had no choice but to step forward reluctantly and lowered my head. Everyone else proceed to kneel together with me. Lilia is standing still.

“Masaru Yamano. I am an adventurer.”

As for the other elves, since they are not the vassal of the King, they naturally lower their head. In their case, they are not required to get on their knees. However, since we are still considered the subject of this country, we are required to show some respect. It is a bad idea not to bow properly.

“A human being, as well an adventurer. Yamano……I have never heard of that family name.”

“Fear not for I am just a commoner, your Highness.”

“A commoner and an adventurer, yet you are betrothed to an Elven Princess. What else is it unless than it smells like a romance.”

“Umu. I am the one who requested him to take me as his wife.”

“In that case, you need to tell me more in great details!”

It’s too late for me to back down now, and a seat was already prepared for me besides the King.

Didn’t you mentioned earlier that this is just going to be a light greeting!

Didn’t you said it’s fine since all I need to do is to nod!

However, excluding me and Lilia, the others were seated at a different table. I’m sending the most reproachful gaze that I could muster to them. Moreover, there seems to be plenty of time to talk until the game starts.

Or rather, I guess I will be stuck here for the whole day, huh……?

The distinguished people around the King and my family members greet each other.

Besides the King, sat the King’s offspring, the Prince, and the children of the Duchess couple, parent of Francesca. The others are great people like the ministers. Many knights were deployed around us as bodyguards.

Next, Lilia informs him about the recent thing that happen. The king seemed to quite accurately grasped the damage from the battle of the Elf Country, which comes to my surprise at how informed he is regarding the dread of the situation.

And just when Lilia about to reach the part of the story where our love began to bloom, cheers rose in the stadium. Apparently, the game is about to start.

“Qualifier, first group, first match!”

The venue of the match is located directly in front of the noble seats. There are four venues for the matches properly constructed inside the stadium. A stone stage with about 20 centimetres high was newly made above the ground. And the stage is twenty times larger compared to the ring yesterday. It is large enough to evade Mubyōshi-uchi. 

The cheers are raised again. Two swordsmen went up to the match.

One of them is a huge, rough man. The little girl is Francesca.

She is equipped with a standard size sword and buckler. Her leather armour also looks ordinary, and she is holding the helmet at her side. She has thin limbs. She is slightly taller than Sati, and her height is about the same as any ordinary girls. Her long black hairs exude gloss and youthfulness. The beautiful girl’s green eyes bear a strong will and determination.

There is certainly an air around her. However, she doesn’t look that strong. Compared to her, the opponent is a man with a large body like a gorilla, whom weapon is a large two-handed sword. If someone got beaten by such a thing, the cut will show no mercy. Most likely, their bone will crack, and the victim will die on the spot.

Francesca wears her helmet. After she tighten her helmet, she lightly swings her swords once and second times, then she nodded at the referee. Start! The referee gives the signal to begin.

The stage become still like death.

One steps, two steps. Francesca filled the gap. Her opponent falls one step.

What, is he getting overwhelmed? And toward a girl whom weight is half as much, no less.

Francesca suddenly lowered her body and sprung toward her opponent. Fast.

However, there is still some distant to cover. The opponent still has enough room to wield his sword, and he adjusted his sword accordingly to Francesca movement.

A strike. At that moment, as if floating on her feet, she evaded the large sword and dive under the opponent chest with a movement akin of dancing.

Both people interlaced——Francesca makes half a revolution, while her opponent got his knees folded and fell to the ground.

The match was decided in an instant, yet the big guy is nowhere a weakling. The big guy has a decent speed in his swing too. When she jumps in, he decided that his sword would not make it on time, and he changes to a low kick in close range. 

However, his kick was evaded, and the blow at his neck ended this match.

Francesca evaded the low kick while inflicting a fatal wound at the same time. Moreover, her movement never lack elegance. Truly, a sixteen years old brimming with gift and talent. No wonder she is nominated to be the next sword saint.

When pit with Sati, I wonder which one is stronger.

Their speed might be equal; however, I will have to prop Sati for power and Stamina. There isn’t much power in that physique. Sati is small as well, but her power is boosted by skill and stats.

“I wonder which one is stronger, Sati or her.”

“We will never know unless they fought.”

“Is she that strong?”

Crap. I responded naturally to Lilia while forgetting that the King is here with us.

“Yes. Sati is seriously strong.”

“Oho. When is her turn?”

“The third group second match. I believe it will start soon.”

As the King inquires his servant who is behind him, an immediate answer come back. The game began at other venues after Francesca match was over. Sati is supposed to be at the third group venue. From here, it is opposite the stadium. I am a bit faraway, so it is hard to see. I didn’t use Hawk Eye, though.

Sati is……over there.

“The small one, yes that is correct. The beastsmen.”

I pointed her location to the King with my finger.

“She is really small.”

That’s why I said she is strong. Well, you will never guess unless you watch Sati’s strength beforehand. Her strength is almost 100% all the time, how frustrating.

The previous match ended soon, and Sati’s turn came up. Her opponent is a spear user.

Now that you mention it, has she practised with a spear user before?

Isn’t this quite bad……?

Sati looks this way before she climbed up to the stone stage. When our eyes met, she nodded her head. Then, Sati looked up and advance to the match.

The signal to start released. The spear user moves forward little by little menacingly while protruding his spear.  

The length of his spear is about 3 meters long. The spear is consisted with a wooden handle and an iron spearhead. The tip is rounded, however a stab from that thing is enough to poke a hole in someone body.

Whether it be a sword or a spear, I don’t think the risk of injury is reduced just because one weapon has less blade. A lot of serious injuries were suffered by contestants yesterday too.

Sati makes her move. She quickly closes the distance with the spear user, but she nimbly steps back after the spear user lunge in response to clear her away. Afterwards, it was the spear user turns to attack. The spear user continuously let out thrusts after thrusts. Although Sati is retreating and keeping good judgement, it’s turning into a defensive battle whenever she is trying to get close to the spear user.

But she is nowhere near serious right now. She matches the rhythm of her opponent……

Sati moved.

She avoided the thrust and step forward without stopping. The spear user swings their spear horizontally to sweep down Sati’s leg, however it was stopped by Sati’s shield——and she gently prod the opponent knee. The opponent dropped their shoulder.

“What happened?”

“Near the end, she landed a hit at her opponent shoulder.”

Seems like the King didn’t see it. I managed to see her movement in fine details thanks to Hawk Eye, but the distance is too far for normal person.

She hit their body from on top of their leather armour, however since they are receiving the attack at such speed, it is unsurprising if they broke some bones and have difficulty to continue the match.

Immediately, the winner is declared, and the opponent received treatment from the shrine member.

“She is quite strong. So, this is how someone with 8 times odd looks like.”

Ah. I forgot to place my bet……

NEET Hello Work 7: Chapter 10

Chapter 10 ~ Sati, Learning

After dinner, we all go to the training ground located inside the Elf Mansion. There, we learn how to counter the Mubyōshi-uchi from Sergeant dono.

Like usual, I join in together to receive the guidance. Since it seems like we are learning something awesome, everyone else come to see too. 

However, when I watch her this time, the brilliance that Sati has shown every day during practice session has paled, and even though she is still showing a good spectacle, this time they feel blander for some reason.

No matter how much I am coffered as the master of this house, this is still the Elf Mansion first and foremost. I can’t forbid those elves from watching out of boredom even if I wanted to.

Well, no matter what the occurrence is, I am the person whom people usually resent……

I prepared the light equipment like the wooden sword and the leather armour and passed them to Sergeant dono and Sati.

“The easiest method is to create a significant distance between you and your opponent.”

It is quite easy. Today’s qualifying round is narrowed inside a ring. The Mubyōshi-uchi requires the user to close the gap with their opponent in a fraction of second, hence it cannot be used if there is a distance between them. And from tomorrow on, the ring will be the same size like in the main battle, so they are going to be wider.

By taking some distance, we will never receive the hit once we timed our move exactly like our opponent.

Yet, we can never call this the most effective way of dealing with it.

“Get used to it. See right through it.”

The difficulty level suddenly rises to a great leap. It’s becoming unreasonable.

There is no helping it even if I complained. It was decided that he is going to demonstrate it first with me.

I grip my sword and shield tightly against the incoming Sergeant dono.

I have already seen the technique once, and I also understood what kind of technique it is. I don’t think I will get hit by it that easily……while thinking about such thing, I noticed Sergeant dono make an abrupt move, and *don*, his wooden sword tapped my shoulder.

“O, oh……?”

I cannot comprehend what has happened very well. My eyes have continuously been on Sergeant dono in front of me and I never diverted them even for a moment.

It was neither my own negligence nor a surprise attack. I knew it was coming, yet I couldn’t avoid it. When I received the blow, it felt like I was hold up by a fox.

Or perhaps I will get used to it over time. Not even Sergeant dono understood it that much.

“One you are hit with it for several more times, you should be used to how it is executed and able to prevent it. If necessary, I can keep you company for the whole night.”

Apparently, there does not exist a specific countermeasure.

“No, I don’t need that much time. I already understand.”

Whether Sati managed to grasp the technique with that one-time display or not, she proclaimed so and replace my place. She is brimming with confidence.

Those two face each other. Both keep their cool, staying from each other while keeping their power in check enough to think they are not going to fight.

Nevertheless, I know that Sati concentration is at its max due to her serious demeanour. Perhaps she can do it after concentrating that much.

Sergeant dono moved——a sound can be heard; Sati sword jumps to intercept Sergeant dono wooden sword. 

She takes a deep breath. Then Sati releases the tension in her body.

“Darn amazing, Sati……”

“Yes!”

Then, she looks this way happily.

“You managed to fully grasp it after being shown once, as expected.”

No, seriously.

“How did you do it, Sati?”

“I listen to his movement with my ears.”

Her ears twitches while saying that.

A hearing detection skill……I have that detection skill too. If normal method cannot be used, then it is worth it to try the alternative.

“I would like to ask for one more time, please.”

I fully opened my presence detection, and then I confront him. Even though I have raised the skill’s level and increases it accuracy, originally it is used for wide area. I don’t know whether it will work or not. If it doesn’t work, then should I pick up the hearing detection skill?

Sergeant dono presence starts to shake before my eyes.

He is coming. Centre, torso————just barely, I stopped his wooden sword with my shield.

Sergeant dono face visibly shown his surprise.

Why doesn’t he show a surprised face when it was Sati……?

“Masaru sama is amazing too!”

Pleased with my performance, Sati clapped her hands. 

Unlike Sati, I barely stopped his strike.

“Both of you managed to block that hit to this extent……I am surprised, very much surprised.

It is all thanks to the skill. Although, for Sati, she might be able to block that attack anyhow without the presence detection skill, but it is impossible for me.

I wonder if the presence detection will be useful for adjacent fight as well. I was trying not to use it much during battle to avoid my focus from being widespread.

“Excuse me, we don’t really understand what is going on.”

One of the elves who is helping with Sati’s practice spoken, after raising his hand.

Well, I guess so. From the onlooker perspective, it must have seen like Sergeant dono has only landed a normal blow. Then we guard against it normally.

Since these people never get hit by that strike, they will have difficulty to understand what is going on.

“I will let those who are interested experience it.”

“Yes, please!”

Nearly 20 people has queued up in a row, including Ann, Ellie, Tilika and Shira. After setting me and Sati in a place with a good viewing, he proceeds to land a blow on each of them.

Naturally, they are not disturbed and the strike lead to their surprise and make them stunned. Some of them were unable to grasp it and asked for a second time, but the result still ended up same. It is not something that can be easily be understood.

I have been watching the move thoroughly, but it seems that there is no fixed move set. Was there a common thing that is shared between the foot movement and the distance with the opponent?

“Do you understand?”

“I feel like I can do something about it.”

If Sati said so, then she really means it.

While we are talking about it, something unexpected occurred.

When Lilia tried it again for the second time, this time she managed to block the attack.

Cheers were raised from the elves. Lilia herself were unable to respond to it, however her spirit Auto Guard was activated. Naturally, in the competition this technique is forbidden and will lead to foul play.

Nevertheless, if we exempted the competition rule, there are various possibility to deals with this technique. It can be negated by both magic and skill, and there is no particularly need for a one on one encounter. Our primary opponent isn’t human being in the first place, hence this technique isn’t that much of a threat as I first thought. 

“We are going to end this session for today.”

In the end, after making me and Sati face it for several more times, he concluded that Sati can now block that attack and finishes his instruction.

Well, my blocking technique is dubious still, this is primarily for Sati, so I guess it is fine.

“Thank you very much, Sergeant dono. You are a great help.”

“Thank you very much, Sergeant dono!”

“This is part of my job. Also, the foods were a treat.”

“Whenever you feel like eating, you can come by anytime. You will be welcomed.”

This isn’t my house, but this much is fine. We have more ingredients than we can possibly hope to finish.

“Then we can safely say the next time you meet it will end with our celebration of victory.”

“Yes, please leave it to me!”

Sati answers energetically.

Having meeting Sergeant dono expectation, he went back home satisfied. 

“Should we practice a little bit more?”

After I sent off Sergeant dono, I came back to the training ground and asked Sati.

I also want to try more battle technique that utilizes presence detection.

“Yes. Most of my fatigue has wear off. I can still move a lot.” 

Sati went for another 4 rounds today. Almost everyone loses instantaneously to her. Since we just finished having a meal, the training session is lighter. Sati feels a slight unsatisfied due to how light is the exercise. 

“Alright. Let’s go for another one rounder.”

Should we go back home and continue it at our dojo? Using Gate is……a bad choice here. Ann friend had come over. Since it’s too troublesome, we will just continue here.

“Thanks for your work, everyone. I’m going to practice with Sati alone, so I ask everyone else to dissolve. Ellie, I will leave it to you. You can go ahead.”

“I know.”

After hearing a one-line reply from Ellie, I turn toward Sati. 

“Why don’t we start, then.”

Sati nodded. This is going to be like our usual practice. There is no need for an early arrangement.

I prepare to block her hit in advance. This is how I normally start my fight. Sati evaded, received a blow, and fight back.

I calm my nerve. If it is like the usual practice, then I will never land a hit on Sati. 

When I think about it, for the past few days I have been practising with her. It is fun practising swordsmanship with Sati without hurting her. Even if her opponent attack past through, even if I made a mistake, it will still be safe since it will be stopped. 

Sati is making the most from what she has learned in her special training for the past few days and make a great move. Though, it is still within my expectation since I have been attending the special training as much as long. I received them and avoid them without any problem.

I wield my sword while activating the Presence Detection. Even though it helped to prevent the Mubyōshi-uchi, it wears out the sense of visual and sensation so much that it became a hindrance in normal fight. Moreover, even if you can sense the body movement, eventually you still need to depend on your vision to see the trajectory of the weapon. It is not very good.

After a while, I began to sweat a lot. I took a rest and regulate my breathing, and then I asked Sati.

“How useful is the Hearing Detection?”

“Let’s see. The more you move, the more your focus will detach from your opponent, so with this skill it feel like that part is covered somehow……”

It is said to help us know the weapon trajectory even without looking at it. However, the accuracy will greatly degrade during battle. For now.

The same applies to Sati. She doesn’t have much experience incorporating the skill actively during melee combat, but if she managed to get used to it then it will become more usable.

Should I take Hearing Detection? Right now, I don’t have extra points to afford, but I can collect enough by cutting away some skills. For example, I didn’t use summoning level 4 so far.

There is no need to think about it, really. 

Reset. Lower Summoning Magic from level 4 to level 3. Increase Hearing Detection to level 2.

I try to activate Hearing Detection.

“Hey, Angela husband, is he a magician……”

Oh, I can hear the chats from further away very clearly.

“Fufu. Isn’t his swordsmanship very awesome?”

“I’ve watched the competition for every year, so I say he definitely is in a level where he could compete in the main battle. Not to mention his Mana……also his magic ability?”

“As for Masaru, magic is his main forte. Didn’t I tell you that his is more than an elf.”

“Exactly like what Angela sama said, Masaru sama magic is way greater than us elf——”

Eavesdropping another people chat is interesting, but that is not my main objective.

Swinging my sword. Moving my body. Threading on my feet. Certainly, all the sounds are transmitted back to me. But that’s it. I couldn’t relate the sound and moving image together. It is not only because it is still level 2, but it also has something to do with experience.

It is not a waste, but it isn’t something that can be used immediately. A practice for a while is necessary.

“Sati, we’ve break a lot of sweats now, so I think it is time to stop.”

She still need to practice Recovery Magic, and considering tomorrow, it is not advisable to stay up very late.

“Um, today is about me, so if possible, I would like to practice more.”

Sati requested with upturned eyes. For some reason it feels like her usual self has changed. It is rare for Sati to demand this much.

“Then, should we continue?”

Activate Hearing Detection. Then, I turn my stance towards Sati.

However, when I activated the Hearing Detection, the sound of wooden swords clashing echoed uncomfortably in my head. I wonder how Sati handled it when she is at level 5. I must ask her later.

After going for a while, I finally give up. I already hit the limit of my physical strength. 

In the meanwhile, Ann’s friend, Rosa chan has went back home, so I opened the Gate to the village and went back with Ann and Shira chan who has waited till the end.

Me together with Sati went straight to my room. I decided to supervise her Recovery Magic practice later. I will postpone writing my diary for now.

“I need to take a bath……”

“Don’t mind it, don’t mind it.”

“I-I have to take off my armour.”

“It’s okay, it’s okay.”

Me as well. She has a match tomorrow, so I thought it would be best to conserve her strength for now. It’s bad enough that I was unable to reject Sati request.

I push down Sati into bed, then I proceed to carefully peel off her body off her armour, carefully examined her body that is still chewed up from the previous battle—— 

During our bath, while we are rinsing off our sweats, I have her teach me about Hearing Detection. You can predict the direction to some extent by filtering out the sound that you detected.

Sati doesn’t understand it well too. Seems like she is not just picking up the sound with her ears. There must be magic elements involved. Otherwise, your eardrum might burst as soon as you increase the sensitivity.

When I try to think about a useful implementation, I couldn’t think of anything that can be effective immediately like when intercepting the Mubyōshi-uchi. Still, it is still better than Summoning Magic level 4, which I have not used at all. So, I decided to use this skill for a while and see how it goes. It’s convenient when you want to eavesdrop another people conversation.

I rise from the bathtub and then I will practice Recovery Magic for a while before hitting the bed.

We wore our pyjamas, sit while facing each other on the bed, and then I reconfirm the state of her training so far.

“I may not have a knack for it……”

“This is only your third day of training, right? Usually, this training takes a whole month.”

For the time being, I used the same method as when I practiced with Ann.

By using a knife, she makes a cut at the tip of her index finger. Her groans left her mouth while she is activating her mana. As expected, it is a failure.

“You need more power. Take a deep breath and be more relaxed. Yes, yes. Then create the image in your head. Think about making the wound heals. Cure, return back to the original finger image.”

“Image……image……”

Her mana vanishes in the air wastefully. The small wound no longer has blood flowing out of it. Even if left as it is, the wound will most likely heal naturally.

But still, isn’t there any method besides hurting your finger over and over? It’s unpleasant to watch Sati hurting her finger again and again. I can call Will here and beat him in the name of training……but that is too much.

Ah, why don’t I replace her myself.

“Sati, the knife.”

“Yes”, and she hand me the knife obediently. I received the knife and push it against the palm of my hand while exerting a lot of strength. I hesitated from how scary it is, but I still cut it with one go. It hurts.

“A, aahh!?”

Sati raised a small scream.

Blood oozes from the wounds on the palm of your hand. It hurts a bit. Even after I have built a resistance from being cut by Sergeant dono many times before, what hurts will still hurt.

“Sati. Right now, you are the only one who can cure my wounds. If you leave it as it is, I will lose too much blood and die.”

In other word, I create a situation.

When I pretence to speak like this, Sati will be desperate.

“Eeeee!?”

“Calm down. The Recovery Magic. Sati mana is not much. You cannot afford to fail many times. Stay focused.”

“Y, yes.”

Did I cut it a tad too deep? Somehow the bloods are pouring out a lot……

I tried to stop the overflowing bloods from my palm with a towel. The towel quickly gets soaked blood red.

“Heal.”

A failure.

“Heal!”

Again, a failure. The towel is now dyed red.

Sati bites her lips in tears.

“It’s okay. You have the God divine protection. You will master it without fail. You need to draw more strength. You just need to collect some more mana and things will be fine.”

The blood continues flow.

Don’t tell me I’ve cut a blood vessel? I feel a bit uneasy now. Do your best, Sati!

“Okay……image. Cure it. To cure. Absolutely……”

Fail.

Fail.

Fail.

Sati’s mana almost run out. If she still can’t do it, I will heal myself with Miracle Light and charge her mana, and that is for today. Just went I thought I could go.

“Sati, the next one is the last.”

“Ah, my mana……”

Seems like she is aware that she almost exhausted her own mana.

“Please, please. If I couldn’t do it, Masaru sama will die. He already lost this much blood.”

Hearing her delicate murmur is impossible with my ordinary hearing, but I do catch it up with Hearing Detection.

Yeah. There is no way I’m dying with this degree of cut.

But did I push her into a corner by saying that I will die?

“Heal!”

Mana gathers on Sati’s hand——

【Heal (Small) 】activated.

The spell invoked without a mistake. The pain gradually disappeared.

“I……did it?”

Sati feels a good response. 

After wiping the bloods with towel, the wound is completely gone.

“Yeah, it’s a success. Well done, Sati.”

I said that while rubbing her head.

With level 1 the skills can be used properly. Like this, she will make no more failure.

“T-thanks God. Your hand is full of bloods……I was at lost at what to do……”

She is crying from feeling relieved.

“Now, now, there is no need to cry. From hereafter, whenever I got hurt, Sati can come and heal my injury.”

She now has a trump card up her sleeves for the upcoming match.

You can’t expect the Heal (small) to be much effective, and she can’t openly display the skill as it will cause an uproar when a beastsmen uses magic. But at least, she has more tricks in her hand.

“Please don’t do thing like this anymore.”

Saty says while wiping the blood on my palm with a wet towel.

“Un. Forgive me, Sati.”

I never thought that blood would come out pouring like river.

I’m sure that was bad for Sati’s heart.

“But I believed that Satie could do it.”

I said so, and tightly hugged Sati.

“You did very well today too, Sati.”

“Yes, Masaru sama. I will give my best for tomorrow’s qualifying match too.”

“Well, do your best, but in moderation.”

“Is that so?”

“Just like Sergeant dono or that guy in today’s match, there are many strong people in this world. We only have half a year of sword practice. So, it is okay even if we lose sometimes.”

It has been seven months since I have arrived here. About six months after I bought Sati.

“Half a year……it is still only half a year, wasn’t it?”

“Yeah.”

“Even after 20 years……”

“Even after 20 more years.”

Whether the end of the world comes.

“Even after decades, I will stay by Sati’s side for all eternity. That is my promise.”

I still have plenty of times. Somehow or another, we will preserve. Surely.

NEET Hello Work 7: Chapter 9

Chapter 9 ~ Gladiator Competition, First Round Qualifier

My body feels very heavy.

The stamina that was lost during our three days intensive training to the brim of our limit will not simply recover overnight. 

Sati who had fought for longer period must be suffering more.

“Are you okay, Sati?”

“I’m not in the perfect condition, but I’m fine.”

We did a warm up this morning and from what I observed, she faces no difficulty to execute her move. She will not face any problem during qualifying.

The contestant is considered to triumph the first qualifying round with triple victories, and as soon they lose two matches, they are disqualified.

Besides that, there isn’t much difference between the qualifying round and the main battle in terms that the battle ended when one of the fighter fall. If someone landed a valid hit, based on the judging the winner might be selected.

Since there are a lot of participant, it isn’t possible to spend too much time in a battle.

There are still sometimes before the qualifying starts, so there are a lot of people still scattered around the stadium. Most of them are packing in front of the bulletin board to see the matches combinations.

Naturally, most of those people are the participants themselves. They all are huge muscle-head bastards.

However, there is no need for us to bother ourselves to see it up close. We have Hawk Eye, after all.

“I can see it, over there.”

“That one huh, number 777. That is a nice number.”

It is not as if there is a superstition among others that is particularly linked with this number, but it is still a nice number nevertheless.

Number 777 is the sixteenth match for today. Next, I’m taking the bib from the registration counter. Before the matches start, we have to confirm the borrowed equipment that will be carried on.

The betting ticket will only be released tomorrow. The winning odds are decided based on today’s fighting performance. In other word, it is impossible to bet on Sati overwhelming victory. What a shame.

Once I returned to where everyone is, I told Sati her number and her matches, then I encouraged her and get to the avenue.

Only three of us are going, me, Ann and Sati.

Me and Ann entered the venue as the volunteering healing surgeons from the shrine. Everyone else will be watching by using the tickets procured by the elves residing in the Kingdom’s capital.

Although the shrine is in fully cooperation with the competition, due to the influx of people coming to the Kingdom’s capital during the festival period, there are shortage of hand among their healing surgeons. They also requested for assistance from neighbouring region, however due to the situation where there are still not enough hands during the festival period, all volunteers are welcome. 

After Sati finished checking up on her equipment, and once she makes the confirmation, she enters the venue. In the meanwhile, me and Ann enters the venue by another route. We listened to the briefing regarding our job scope for today.

Once I slipped myself inside the priest’s robe, by no means am I friend with my comrade of arm anymore. I can talk to the person on top properly though.

Basically, we are to follow the instruction of the referee in each venue and cure the first injured person in front of our eyes.

Since I am an external help, I am required to assist in the place where there is shortage of hand. I am not really interested to help unless I get to go to where Sati is.

I separate myself from Ann and look for Sati’s venue.

The sixteenth match venue was set at the middle of the stadium.

There isn’t anything like a rope prepared. The venue is just a little bigger than a ring meant for professional wrestling or boxing tournament based on the line drawn on the ground.

There are around 50 participants inside one venue. The participants gradually gathered around the battleground and waited.

I too decided to stay over here silently.

Inside where Sati’s scheduled match is placed, there is a middle-aged priest and he greeted me. I took out a chair from Item Box and site next to him.

“Oho? I thought I was the only one assigned here?”

“I am a reserved. Since there are lacking personnel everywhere, I am tasked to help curing whenever there are a people with severe injury.”

“I see. I am Careis from Hazel Village.”

“I am Masaru. I am from the Siory town, an adventurer.”

“An adventurer you said?”

“This robe was given to me by my priestess wife. Since I often help and take care of the shrine, I got this robe for works.”

I am also dispatched from the Adventurer Guild, and actually that kind of story isn’t unusual. That much seems to have convinced him.

However,

“Speaking about the Siory town, did you hear anything about the travelling Masked Priest?”

“Ah, if it’s only about the rumours……”

While listening to his story, I find there are minor exaggeration, so I lightly corrected him.

“That is not the story that I have heard before, though. The truth of what happening is——”

“Sigh—well, that is reality for you.”

Whether it is the wild rabbit or the masked priest, I wonder if the rule about rumours disappearing after 75 days applied to this world or not.

Don’t tell me, the rumours already fly all the way to the Empire……?

I asked him to tell me about various thing. 

The real thing is more severe than I initially thought. If one is not prepared, then it is not shocking if someone ended up dead during the preliminary. 

“If someone got instantly killed, then even with our treatment……”

He taught me several causes that usually lead to death. Pierced by weapons or broken neck. The real-life description makes them sounds grotesque.

This is a world where a strong enough person can overthrow a large dragon with a single sword. And there is no comparison between a normal fragile human body and a dragon.

Of course, since this is a competition during the festivals, there are precautions taken to ensure that deliberate killing an opponent is prevented. Yet, the contestants will still be fighting with all their might or otherwise, the battle will not be exciting.

I’m gradually become worried about Sati.

I’m sure she will be fine, but there are always some possibilities. Glad I could be nearby……

The game began while I was eating with the priest.

Sati’s turn will be at the middle of competition today. Opposite to me, she sit on the ground while mixing with all other participants. Apart from her occasionally glancing over here, it seems that she still retains her strength.

The battle was as intense as it was described.

If the gap between the abilities are apparent, then it is easier to do the judging. However, if they are about equal, then it is difficult for the referee to make the judgement. Equipped with an iron sword and leather armour, both parties are fighting for a kill. Their bones got crushed, and their bloods splashes. The participant might get a seriously injured.

But for such level there doesn’t seems to be that much people who is very strong too.

Indeed, this is at the level where Crook and the others might not win at all. The enemies rival me and Sati.

But still, that doesn’t make it easier for me as spectator. We alternate our role when it comes to minor injury, and when it is more severe, both of us will treat them at the same time.

Sometimes, I was asked to support the other group at the different venue, so I’m pretty busy.

And after I returned, it was just in time for Sati’s fight to start.

“This time it is a small girl.”

“But the opponent doesn’t seem to be that strong, too.”

I can only see the back of her opponent, the number 776. Right now, half of Sati’s appearance is hidden from my eyes too. 

“Yeah. I wish both of them will not get injured.”

Everyone is fighting with all their might. More people get injured than I thought. It is strange to see that nobody is dead yet.

While I was trying to move to another place with better view on the ring, I heard the signal to start the battle, and immediately afterwards, I can hear the winner announcement. 

Looks like the battle was finished in an instant.

Well this is Sati we are talking about, she is way overqualified.

Winner, number 776!”

Number 776……number 776!?

Sati went outside the ring and came here with a pale face.

“I lost……”

Is this for real…

“How’s your injury?”

“There is no need for any treatment.”

“You still have other battle to participate, that’s why let me heal you for the time being. So, what actually happened?”

“……without I’m realizing it, I was already blown away.”

“Do you know them?”

“Yeah. I came across their party last time.”

“This competition is really high level. Do not get too distracted.”

Either Sati is having a difficult day, or the level of this competition is too high, which is it!?

Immediately, the call for number 776 second fight started.

Due to the shortage in time, the winner will be decided by them fighting as it is.

Once the signal for the start is released, number 776 immediately closes themselves to the opponent, and as soon the opponent was able to react, the sword was already put at the opponent’s neck. 

It’s certainly a strange move, but it is not fast enough to hit someone by surprise. However, the opponent wasn’t aware of what happened, and they are staring off in puzzlement.

“Winner, number 776.”

Once again, number 776 was announced as the victor.

Number 776 turned around and look over here. Our eyes met. I instantly got a chill.

This is bad. It is outrageous to think that he looks anything but strong. Perhaps his age is around 30 years old. He has a gentle demeanour, but his postures exude no opening whatsoever.

The third battle. This time, his movement is normal. However, he still takes out his opponent quickly with a single blow. Another stops directly before the blow hit. It was just like the opponent does not serve as one at all.

At first glance, he doesn’t look all that strong. However, he doesn’t look weak either. I cannot measure his strength.

Once the battle is over, number 776 strut down here.

“Young girl, I don’t mean to hurt you in any way but if I do hit you, that wasn’t intentional. Your move is really good.”  

“I’m just fine……”

“Do you not understand why you lost?”

“Yes.”

Why couldn’t Sati react? Even the opponent from the earlier match experienced the same thing.

I heard a story about something like this somewhere before……

Mubyōshi-uchi” [tl.note: no motion attack]

“Huh?”

“It is an abrupt attack that makes your opponent lose their balance before making their first strike.”

“Mr. Priest here got it correct! No, it is a waste that you are just a priest.”

I thought that kind of attack only existed in manga, who knows it is applicable in real life.

“Is it fine to explain it to us and make it really understandable?”

“It is just a clever scheme. It will not always be successful.”

In other words, he is confident on his victory even after spilling out his secret. He is very formidable himself.

“Don’t glower at me like that. Since this young lady is strong, she will surely qualify. If we meet again tomorrow, it will be in the main battle.”

Just like that, number 776 went away.

“My physical condition is perfectly fine……”

Sati told me that it feels mortifying. I cannot simply cheer her up after witnessing something like that.

“This world is wide.”

I’m glad that I’m not participating. If not, there is undoubtedly that I’m going to have an upset stomach.

Sati’s next turn comes again after 2 hours, and this time Sati managed to safely defeat all her opponents in the remaining fight out of three.

As expected, Sati is in completely different level compared to the other participants. There is a remarkable difference in their speed.

It just that number 776 happened to be a powerful opponent.

The problem right now is how many powerful opponents like that are inside this competition.

“What to do next Sati? Shall we join with everyone?”

“Let’s gather everyone here.”

After Sati’s matches are over, I cannot go back home.

Although the matches here progressing fast, depending on the location, some of the battles are prolonged, so it is unlikely that we can see the end yet.

Despite we all coming here to spectate Sati, after the second half of qualifying, the only participants remaining are those who only suffered one defeats or win three consecutive wins. 

I failed to find anyone who might serve as Sati potential rival.

And then, late afternoon, all battle is finally finished, thus marking the end of the first qualifying round.

While waiting for Sati, I was mixed inside the gathering point for all priest.

Ann was……over there.

“Thank you for everyone hard work today. With everyone help, the first qualifying round ended without a single death among the contestant. Since the number of matches will decreases significantly starting from tomorrow, unless otherwise specified, those who works as volunteer are no longer required to work. If you wish to spectate tomorrow’s battle, you can do so at these special seats——”

Since I was not instructed anything, my turns appear to end by today. I will be troubled if my assistance is required for longer period, so this suits me pretty much.

While listening to the admirable looking man speech, I approached and call out Ann.

“Ah, Masaru. Splendid work. How was Sati.”

Together with Ann, we walked out from the priest gathering and we talked while walking.

“She lost a game but passed the qualifying. Naturally she managed to pass without any injury.”

“She loses!?”

“That one particular person is too strong. His attack feels like a surprise.”

“So, we really can’t win that easily, after all.”

Sati found us and come running to us.

“What are you going to do after this, Ann?”

“I don’t have anything particular to do later today.”

“Then let’s go back. The elves are preparing a luxurious dinner today as well.”

Everyone should already be at home. If there is nothing else to do, then we better go straight home too.

No, I need to drop by at the guild for a while and report today’s event to Sergeant dono. There is something that I would like to ask as well.

Such thought float in my mind while we go for the stadium exit, and at that moment, Angela! Someone shouted.

A woman wrapped in a priest garb can be seen heading towards here. She is a petite, floaty lady with a natural blonde perm hair, a cute lady with a set of round eyes.

“Acquaintances?”

“Rosa Beltrami. We attend the same theological school.”

“Long time no see, Angela. And these persons are?”

“This is Masaru, my husband. This is Sati. She is Masaru’s other wife and a participant in this competition.”

“Oh my? I heard that you married an adventurer but……”

“Masaru is also great at using Recovery Magic. In fact, today he is here to help.”

“Fuun……you look great. How is life as an adventurer?”

“Well, a lot happened.”

Certainly, there is a lot of unspeakable thing.

“Why don’t we find a place to slowly talk about things. Want to go eat somewhere after this?”

“Umm that.”

Ann looks at me while saying so.

“Why don’t you invite her over for dinner? Or else it is fine if you two go somewhere else.”

“Let’s do that then. I’m preparing the dinner at my place. If you don’t mind, why don’t you join us for dinner?”

“Please pardon my intrusion, Mr. husband.”

“Come, come. An additional person will not bother us.”

“If you said so, then I will do as you said. The mansion is located at……”

“It is fun after not meeting for so long, right?”

Ann was a bit surprised to find her friend here.

“Of course, I’m glad. Just recently, I was——”

After that, she proudly tells about her recent accomplishment. She energetically breaks down about her role being the youngest priest working at the Kingdom’s capital shrine branch, and how she is among the successful one among her peers.

Then she talks about the direction of her peers, a talk that I can’t help but to listen. There is no story about man at all.

Seems like the theological school is different for man and woman. Rosa chan was too preoccupied with work to talk about anything else.

“So, I plan to move to the great shrine next.”

“Wow, ain’t that amazing!”

The great shrine is the head shrine that worship Mithril divinity.

In other words, a promotion to the headquarters, the elite course. After returning from the service at the Kingdom’s capital, anyone can climb to a bishop or great priests position, or so it was said.

“If Angela remains at the Kingdom’s capital like me, then you can also enjoy the benefit of career advancement……it is a waste for you to retire at the countryside like Siory.”

Ann seems to be an excellent student among her classmates.

“Right now, I live in the upper part of the region.”

“The upper part, isn’t that the most remote region at the frontier!”

“Which part of the capital do you live now?”

“That is……unlike you adventurer I cannot simply live wherever I want.”

“There are various things that happened too suddenly.”

“Are you really fine doing the adventuring works? Angela, aren’t you struggling?”

“There are dangers on its own way, however my party earn good money you know? I mean, look.”

While saying that, she took out her adventurer card and show it.

“B rank!?”

“Masaru is an A rank you know.”

“That is amazing……just for a bit, Mr. husband, is that fine? I was worried since a while ago.”

Rosa chan says so and reached to me.

“Go ahead,” with Ann permission, she put her hands on my shoulder.

Apparently, she wants to check my mana.

“!?”

Rosa chan quickly pick up her hands, and this time, she is hesitating to put her hand on my shoulder again.

“Surprised?”

“T-that is amazing.”

“Even among the elves, there is nobody with that amount of mana.”

“If anything, I wonder if that is too much.”

“Did you know that there is an Elf Country at the upper part of this region? Everyone meets the elf, but——”

While listening over both of them chattering, we stop by at the Adventurer Guild on the way home, briefly make my report and invite Sergeant dono for dinner.

Looks like Sergeant dono will return to his lodging first and he will come later after changing clothes. Well, he is going to have a meal at an aristocrat mansion, there is no way he will turn up in a leather armour.

And then, we arrived at the Elf Mansion located in the Noble District.

The Elf Mansion, aside from being used as the elf magician unit station, they are also used as an R&R for both servants and royalty. It also functions as embassy, so overall the mansion is big and impressive even compared to other noble’s houses. 

“The Elf Mansion……you have connection with the elf?”

“About so.”

Like always, the elf employees and security guards line up and welcomes us politely.

“One of his wives is an elf. Um, we have two visitors today, is that okay?”

“Two more persons, correct. Understood. I think we can prepare the dishes in about 30 minutes.”

We head to the living room, passing through the elves who carefully lowered their head.

“Wait a sec, Angela. It feels like you are being treated as the guest of honour!”

“We are the guests of honour. I want you to keep this silent. Actually, he married an elf royalty. I will introduce you to her soon.”

“Adventurer who has ranked up are really something, aren’t they……”?

“Both the rank and the mansion are merely the result. He actually risked his life a few times.”

Rosa chan, after living in the countryside for a while, appears to have sympathy for the livelihood of a common adventurer, so when she sees how extravagant our living condition is, she got a mixed feeling.

“Eh, a territory!?”

“Correct. Masaru is phenomenally good in Earth Magic, so——”

After we settled down in the living room and the family introduction is over, this time, it was Ann’s turn.

Due to our connection with the elf royal family, there is a plan to build a shrine inside the territory. It is confirmed that a shrine is going to be build inside our village, but there is also a discussion regarding a shrine being build inside the elf territory.

The elf believes in the same God as humans, although in quite a different form. The elf doesn’t build a shrine. Instead, they worship the God through Spirit, so there has never been a shrine built inside the Elf Country.

“If the approval to build a shrine inside the elf territory is received, then it will become the greatest achievement in the last decades.”

However, the elderly elf lives a long life, and they are very stubborn. If it is something practical, then they are not going to interfere. But it is another thing if it involves faith. It was said that the elf already has something equivalent to the human priest.

There is also the matter regarding the necessity of a shrine. The shrine works are divided into three different division, with an exception for the part relating to faith.

The military division, Templar Knight. The clinic. The orphanage administration. All of those are already provided by the elf, so they are not necessary.

Whether to accept the proposal or not, these elves tend to take a long time to think over projects that is not required to be finished in hurry. They will not give us an immediate decision.

“Even to get them to consider it is already an astounding accomplishment, Angela!”

“We also plan to have a discussion with the chief priest of Laforet while we are still here in the royal city.”

“Eeh!? Even I have done nothing more than a greeting.”

The chief priest of the Kingdom’s capital is the head of the kingdom’s shrine.

The matter has increasingly turn serious for obvious reason, but it is still impossible to report our family composition honestly to the priest or the shrine side.

It is not something we are really secretive about, however if we are not silent and it got exposed then their confidence on us will be questioned. Well, that time during the masked priest incident, everyone got united and firmly held their tongue. If you ask, then I can confidently say that the matter will never leak outside.

It will never be that important, so it is fine.

While we are chatting, Sergeant dono finally arrived and we started to eat our meal.

At the other side, Ann is telling us the story about her student days, however at this side, I’m having a discussion with Sergeant dono.

“I am familiar with that skill. I will tell you how to counter it later.”

“Yes, thank you very much.”

The Mubyōshi-uchi. It is difficult to learn, and it held no effect on monster. For that reason, that technique is not taught at the Adventurer Guild.

“If you seriously want to learn about it, I suggest you go to Biels. After this festival end, you are heading to Empire next, aren’t you?”

“Yes, that was our plan anyway.”

Biels, otherwise known as the land where adventurer retires. It is also called as the swordsman training ground. Sergeant dono master, the Sword Saint is currently residing there.

“Oh, the sacred land of sword. I definitely want to go there!”

“I’d love to go too.”

I don’t feel like going, but it will be necessary for Sati. If she continues to grow stronger, then I will lose for sure during our training.

“I understand. I will visit once I get the opportunities.”

“That is good. I’m sure it will be a fruitful experience.”

Hopefully it will not be a painful experience……

NEET Hello Work 7: Chapter 8

Chapter 8 ~ Sati’s Intensive training ②

We went back to the Kingdom’s capital once everyone finished having their breakfast at our home in the village. Sergeant dono will arrive later. Since there is a small training ground inside the elf mansion inside one of the corners of their garden, we’ve decided to train there. 

Sati practice squad is busy during the morning of the first day of the festival, therefore she is having a free session in the morning.

And I alone did three set with Sati yesterday. It is too physically severe to serve as Sati’s opponent all day. Even after getting the maximum cooperation, it is hard to work until you can’t stand on your own feet.

But even so, about half of them decided not to go sightseeing at the capital. Instead, they stayed to observe the training session with Sergeant dono. So curious.

“First of all, let me see both of your skills after not meeting you guys for a long time.”

Looks like he wants to observe my skills, too. I was nominated to be Sati’s opponent. Before Sergeant dono arrived, I did a little warm-up exercise. Turn out, not being fully equipped is a blunder.

That doesn’t mean I don’t want to have a practice session with Sergeant dono. Just, if I were to face against him seriously, I rather be prepared for it. If possible, I wish that I am going to practice with Sati alone.

I faced against Sati. I think it is about time to get a win by using the transition sword, but Sati has a very high ability to respond thus making it easier for her to block it. As like all other hidden blade technique, once it is shown, the impact will be lesser the next time it is execute. There is no choice but to attack her straight forward.

I screamed, boosting my fighting spirit. Even if I cannot win, I will never show everyone my uncouth sight. By some chance my training is lacking, I will be left with no choice but to attend that special training again. 

I made a great leap. Yesterday, I wasn’t in the ‘mood’ yet. In Sati’s word, I’m not at my strongest.

Remember, that hellish special training with Sergeant dono! Right now, this is the time for my true power to shine!!

I focus my attack entirely in that swing. I completely ignored my defence. I entrust my defence to my passive skills and my instinct. Whether it can be done or not, this is still wooden sword against metal armour we are talking about. During our simultaneous attack, Sati is more vulnerable to damage. 

I concentrate my strength on the sword. However, not with all my might, I create a fine and compact swing.

Again, and again, our swords met. The gap between my ability and Sati’s are not so big. Sometimes, my strike hit, and even Sati cannot handle them that easily.

But, as always, I am the one who received the victory strike. I got a light blow from on top of my plate.

“Sati, you need to put more strength in your attack. During the tournament, your fight will not stop from that degree of attack.”

Sergeant dono told us while we are taking a break from attacking.

“Y, yes.”

“Continue until I stop.”

I fix my breathing.

There is also a way to do it while taking some damages. I feel like the training has become a step harder, but it is still within my tolerance level.

Our discussion continues.

“Stop. Sati.”

He immediately restraints her.

“Yes, Sergeant dono.”

“Use your legs more. Get familiar with this entire training ground and make use of it.”

“Yes.”

We resumed. Sati increases the use of her footwork. It is getting harder to keep with Sati now.

“Move faster! Lower the centre of your body! Swing your body to left and right!”

Sergeant dono continues to give his advices and Sati’s movement improves as she listened to it.

My sword——can no longer reach her!?

Her body barely swam through my swinging sword. *Clang*. I received a big strike on the tip of my shoulder. My balance got completely destroyed.

“Stop! Sati.”

“Y, yes.”

Sergeant dono called her and proceed to give her plenty of advices. 

Her performance just now was good. Her strike would surely hit my bone if not for the metal part of my armour.

“You okay, Masaru?”

“Yes, I can still go.”

The match continues again and again. Sati’s eyes teared a little. Although this is just a practice, for the first time ever, she landed a clean and effective hit. Maybe she was moved by that.

“Sati, your previous attack doesn’t leave a long-lasting damage at all. You have to put more power in your strike. If you don’t, you can never win the tournament.”

“Yes, Masaru sama.”

With a serious face, Sati nodded.

The match resumes. Sati who keeps her centre of body low quickly goes for an attack. This is bad, my defence is——her strike landed on my head. I fall on my backside.

Her initial attack is a feint when her aim is to strike my upper part all along……I couldn’t read it at all. Perhaps, this is a technique that was taught to her by Sergeant dono.

“Just now was really good. I mean your move.”

I tell it to Sati while she is giving me a hand to pull me up.

My head hurts a little but still not enough to warrant a Heal.

“I’m fully equipped. This degree of attack is not enough to leave a damage.”

Again, I eased her off her concerns.

In fact, compared to that time when I was training with Sergeant dono without an armour, this kind of hit is no big deal at all.

“Sati!”

She was called by Sergeant dono, and again, received his advices.

After thinking about it for a while, Sati might overwhelm me completely at this rate.

Should I start using more footwork like Sati?

That is a bad idea. My footwork will be an inferior version of Sati’s, so without adequate preparation, mine will become a poor man copy.

I have to firmly planted my feet in the ground, so that I will not get misled with Sati’s movement.

I sharpen my senses. Do not depends on my eyes alone.

Draw out strength on both of my hands.

I need to defend against Sati’s incoming attack at all cost. If I am hit by Sati’s attack again after this, she is going to cry.

No matter what kind of movement she has, there is only a single sword. Unless she gets into the effective range of her sword, her attack will never hit. That, I should identify. That is how it should be in theory……

We resumed. Again, Sati uses her footwork, but this time with faster tempo. Oh? So, I thought, but her movement is unrefined. Is she forcing herself, hence making all her movements crude and unnatural? Well, this is Sati, I’m not surprised if anything suddenly happened.

But this is my chance. Taking advantages of this opening, I—— 

Sergeant dono declared the end of the session, and in about two hours, our training is over. Sati looks like she still has some energy to spare, but I’m already at my wit end.

From that point on, my attack landed on her properly and Sati is shaken. I don’t feel that weak yet to avoid using more offensive battle style. But in the end, her movements get better and we become equal. 

I may not be able to win anymore tomorrow.

“Tomorrow, the same time, okay?”

“Of course, we are fine with that arrangement. But is the Guild fine with it?”

“Don’t worry. It is natural for the guild to concentrate on those who have a chance to aim for victory.”

Looks like Sati is acting as the guild representative.

“With that said, I will depend on you again tomorrow.”

“Umu. By the way, are you sure you don’t want to enter? It will be a good experience.”

“I think that is a bit……”

I don’t want to train the way of the swords. An ordinary training is good enough for me. If you simply want to measure strength, it is understandable that Sati is coming up top to some extent. I don’t need the prize money nor the fame. There is no reason for me to go out.

Besides, the competition will be held in a big stadium, enough to hold an official baseball game. The spectator’s numbers will be in tens of thousands. Absolutely impossible.

“For the last few years, the champion has always been the guild representative.”

That means the guild always recommended participants that are likely to win.

“Since Sati is already participating, there is no sense for me to do the same.”

“There is affinity factor to consider about too. Personally, I don’t think your ability is worse compared to Sati.”

“By the way, Sati told me how my power is fluctuating. Although, I was also told how there is not much difference in my ability……”

“Certainly, your power really is uneven.”

“Was it that much.”

“Most of the time, a person can only muster up to half of his potential ability. It is training and experiences that make their power more stable.”

Because of that, this competition will serve as a good experience to you, says Sergeant dono.

Well, no matter what he said, I will never enter.

It is essential to become strong, but it is not strictly bind to the way of sword alone. My swordsmanship skills are raised to the max. In order to do that, I have no choice but to do more training, more arduous and more laborious compared compare to one during my magic training. They are very hard. Very painful. Yet the results are plainer than magic.

“There are many ways to become strong.”

Will Sergeant dono able to see through my Transition Sword? I want to try it out. He is already aware of how good I’m at Space Magic, I think it is okay to show him a short-range transition technique.

“If only you are not that competent with magic, then perhaps you can pursue the way of the sword……no, there is no use to talk about it now.”

My heart hurts after hearing Sergeant dono evaluation. I cheated a lot for my own strength specifications this time as well. However, the way we are strengthening ourselves, we are going to hit the ceiling soon after……

“I will leave it to Sati to master the way of the sword. Of course, I will never neglect my own training.”

Afterwards, there is no reason for Sergeant dono to overstay his welcome, so he returns back to the guild. Perhaps he is busy coaching all the participants.

“I’m going to take some break, what about you Sati?”

“I want to continue some more. I finally understand how to use my footwork.”

“Let’s go back to the village, then.”

For the time being, I will pick up everyone here to the village. Ellie will transport the rest.  

Ellie is very cooperative during this event since this is one of the steps to raise the fame of our party and our family. The people who is taking care of our house is also coming to visit us here at the Kingdom’s capital to show undivided support.

The elves unit is already in standby at the village. The elf has managed to gather a splendid amount of people. Some of them are as skilled as Titus, so each session takes sometimes to finish. Whenever someone got injured, Sati will stop, lend a hand and take a break too while watching the treatment. 

Shira, who had been watching Satie kicking the elves around, said.

“My Lord is really strong. I never expect your strengths to be to this extent.”

Shira chan is from a very rural village in the frontier. She had never gone out from her village until the time she was taken as a slave, hence she only has the villagers to compare.

Although I’m also training myself, I wonder why my strength is not rising to par with Sati.

I had matches with Sati yesterday and even today, but when I finally see she kicks around the invited trainer is when things finally go through my head.

“Are you charmed?”

“If that is what you wished, my Lord, then I……”

Shira chan was still a little shy about it when I try to incite the topic. I guess her view is still not very favourable to me. Determination or raising flags alone are not sufficient. I need to have a fateful encounter like that time with Lilia.

“Ah, they have finished their round. I’ll be back.”

I tap on Shira chan’s shoulder and head toward Sati. She neither answer “yes” or “no” to my advance. I wish there is a method to measure the likelihood whether someone can be granted protection or not.

Since we have a large number of people, we decided to have lunch at the Elf Mansion in the Kingdom’s capital. At the same time, Crook and Silva came to visit. I bet they are here for free foods. It was said that during this festival, the meals prepared inside the Elf Mansion is more delicious than usual to honour the princess.

They are entering the noble district for the first time, and it can be said that the stars were aligned for them to have these meals prepared at the same time.

“We really have a good friend!”

Silva nodded, agreeing to what Crook had said.

As soon they finished enjoying the meals, they went back home.

They don’t intend to disturb our training. Only one, they left us a souvenir.

“Lazard san wishes to see you.”

“That is……”

A business that person has with me is……I cannot think other than a sparring match.

“Yeah. He just wants to have a little match before fighting in the tournament for real.”

“Sati will serve as his rival if he aims for the championship. Please tell him that it is impossible.”

“If you cannot do it during this competition, then afterwards is fine, too.”

“You serious.”

According to Sergeant dono, my ability is on par with him. Words of gossips are damn scary.

“Is that so……I will come to visit you again next time. So please don’t refuse it next time.”

“Even if you told me not to refuse—”

“The meat of the dragon that we’ve defeated is coming out…”

“Alright, leave it to me!”

But that is a mistake. I noticed Shira chan is looking at me with a frown. I’m disqualified as warrior when I try to escape the duel.

Everyone knows me well, that is the feeling that I got. I am trusted, in that sense.

“I’m willing to settle any score with Lazard san. Just, not now.”

“Okay, should I tell him that?”

“W-well of course. Right now, I’m busy with practice. I will visit him when the suitable times has come.”

“That is so reckless……but I will convey what you said properly.”

It’s better than having Shira chan approval for me fall.

If our swordsmanship skills are equal, then I should be on top when I add my magic. Also, right after the festival end, I will be departing to the Empire, so there is no time to meet him.

I can watch how Lazard san fight seriously during the competition. There is still plenty of times to think of countermeasures.

“My Lord, is this Lazard person that was mentioned earlier strong?”

Shira chan asked me after those two went back home. Since she is always busy working as security at our home, once she is allowed to go outside, her schedule suddenly become free. Now she mostly sticks with Sati.

“His swordsmanship ability is pretty much on par with mine. In the past, not many can stand to him as an enemy, though.”

“Why don’t you settle it with him immediately?’

“Just being equal is not good enough. It is not good unless I win.”

“Un, you are right. Losing is no good.”

My words managed to convince her. 

Leuven also came to our practice in the afternoon. Ellie brought him to the village.

It’s fine to let him know about the Gate since she believes on him.

Olba san and Nania san are delighted to unexpectedly be reunited with Turks san. Then he comes to talk with Sati.

Indeed, he truly is a B rank guards whose level is approaching A rank. Sati’s sharp attacks were almost nullified by his skillful defense and strong heavy armor. Although Sati is using a wooden sword, she didn’t manage to land a single clean hit. However, Leuven has no means of attacking, so the pursuit to victory continues.

When it was my turn to try the offensive, I was overwhelmed by Sati. I was overwhelmed by a lot.

Leuven is good at following Sati’s movement. Unlike me, Leuven didn’t let Sati to stray away too far from him during their battle. He always put obstruction on the right place. Sati also didn’t let her opponent, Leuven, do whatever that he wanted. 

If we are wearing leather armour, she needs to accumulate a pile of small effective strike in order to win. However, in this competition, even if she landed an effective strike, the rule allows the battle to continue. As for Sati, she cannot receive a blow from us at all, since it will be resulted to a heavy injury. 

We have won and changed place for several times. Each battle, Sati has made some changes in her tactics. Clearly, she is building more and more effective strike. She repeated hit and away tactic in order not to lose.

It seems like she is progressing well at first, but she still cannot get through our sword and shield cooperation. I wonder if she can find a weak point after fighting us over and over again. Sati’s footwork has also been refined during this difficult training.

It is not possible to capture her. We cannot conclude the battle. When the battle got prolonged, both Leuven and my stamina has run out and that is reflected on our worsen movement.

On the contrary, Sati is still energetic.

We begin to leave some opening in the midst of our fight. Naturally, that is cause by my fluctuating strength.

When the dusk approached, we finally left a good single hit.

Next day. Just like previously, in the morning we received coaching from Sergeant dono. Afterwards, we repeated the long training until we reached the limit of our stamina. The elf compensates their lack of stamina with more numbers of personnel.

In the end, she didn’t manage to master recovery magic before the qualifying. However, she already did intense training over a short period of time. 

All beaten up, inside our house’s training ground, after everyone has exhausted their strength to near death, only one person is standing up. Sati, who has never stop until the end, never let her knees on the ground. Just like that, the first day of gladiator tournament started.