Chapter 52

The greatly anticipated match was casually turned down by Heath.
And then as though it was no concern of hers, Heath went to sit with Slad and the others and simply started eating.

Doug was frozen with his sword brandished for a whole minute before he could move again.
With an anxious expression, he rushed over to Heath to challenge her again.

“F-Fight me!”

“No way. Didn’t I just turn you down.”

“WHY!?”

“Why? What kind of merit would accepting even have for me?”

As everyone heard Heath’s reply, they all recalled her personality.
Because of her small and cute appearance, at first glance she seemed weak. But in contrast to that, she was strong-willed, wasn’t afraid of anyone, and said exactly whatever she pleased.
Although she normally acted like an idiot, at heart she was a realist.

Everybody had gotten caught up in the momentum, but now an odd bit of calm came back to them.

Thinking about it carefully, as long as Heath didn’t accept, none of this would be a problem.
And then considering Heath’s personality, the chances of her accepting were essentially zero.

But the boys all had a thought.
‘Couldn’t she have handled it in any other way…?’

Although they were all apprentices, they were still training to become knights.
Even though they would be hard pressed to concretely describe what a knight was to them, at the very least, they knew that knights were cool, probably.
When a knight was challenged by another knight, they would accept and engage in a passionate battle with all their strength. At least that was how the boys saw it.
That was what they envisioned when Doug first arrived.
But…

Not fighting because there was no merit―――It made sense… It made sense, but…

(It’s kinda different to what we think of as a knight…)

Heath simply continued to eat, rejecting Doug in-between bites.
As these knights-in-the-making watched this unfold, they couldn’t help but hold their heads.

“M-, Merits…”

Since she told him she wouldn’t fight if it held no merits, Doug was frantically working his mind.

“Then… the dessert for tomorrow’s dinner…”

“Are you actually an idiot?”

“The saber my family keeps as an heirloom―――”

“Don’t need.”

“L-, Land…?”

“What am I supposed to do with that?”

Doug suggested the merits that he had frantically come up with, but Heath wouldn’t budge even a single centimetre.
Doug’s eyes were starting to get a little moist.
But Heath’s reaction was cold nonetheless.

“E-Even if there’s no merits, when a knight is challenged, his pride should―――!”

“Hey. Listen. You say knight this, and knight that, but if I lose to you I’ll lose all chances of becoming one to begin with, you know? The only people who need me are the members of the 18th Division. If I lose that, then forget pride, I won’t even be able to eat. You really think I can afford to accept everyone’s duels? If you get it, then get lost already, because I can’t eat with you annoying me. Geez.”

With that, Heath cruelly waved her hands, as though shooing away a dog.
After that, she paid him no more heed and turned back to her food.

Although there had been no physical battle, it was Heath’s overwhelming victory in this battle of words. Speechless, Doug just stood there silently for a while, completely ignored by her.
That day, Doug left dejectedly. And yes, his eyes were a little teary.


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40 thoughts on “Chapter 52

  1. thank you—!
    ‘casually tuned down’ is right! ahaha! in your face, doug! good job taking his pride down a peg, heath! so cool—!
    it makes sense! hmph, ideals of a knight! it is a knight who performs well in his service to the empire/kingdom! and who follows the rules! hmph hmph! kyaa—! heath is going to be a cool knight, since she’s already a cool knight apprentice, wahaha!

    -puts fist to cover mouth- woah woah—!! woah! that burn! such burn—! too hot! we need a fire extinguisher over here,ahaha, for doug! pfft! anyway, yeah, the things doug offers, which of it did she not have access to as a princess? pfft!

    battle of words…and the winner is…heath! -crowd cheers uncontrollably-

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    • Warning dude. You are coming awfully close to the way fan boys think. Doug’s level of cuteness does not effect the level of idiocy. Even that could be a redeeming feature of character development if only his level of being a d*ck was kept at a reasonable level. The way he acts is perfectly normal if he were about ten years younger… now it’s just sad.

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      • I really don’t understand a word you’re trying to say. Or rather, I understand the words, but not your meanings or intentions.

        What is the way a fan boy thinks, and what does it have to do with me?

        I honestly don’t understand what you’re trying to warn me about. I’m honestly not sure what you’re trying to complain to me about, either.

        You think Doug is an idiot and childish. I think Doug is an idiot, but his childishness is cute.

        Is that a problem with that?

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  2. Thank you so much for the rapid translation! Really love this scene. Minor suggestion though: since these thoughts were from the knight-apprentices who don’t know yet that Heath is a girl, shouldn’t the majority of the pronouns in this chapter referring to Heath be “him” rather than “her”?

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  3. Fii is simply amazing 😀
    I don’t have any other word for that.

    When you think about it, Gorms did something useless.
    He stood to protect Fii and got beaten up in the process.
    But in the end, he had completly forgotten to consider his friend’s personnality.

    Doug just discovered that you can’t leave from pride alone.
    He is probably going to do something stupid now.
    And then he will become one of Heath’s friends.

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  4. I ship this pair! I absolutely ship this pair! hahahajk :> lol So, this is the missing guy on that portrait (referring to Second Life’s index). XDD I’m guessing their relationship would improve sooner or later…? Anywaay, thanks for this amazing chapter!!!! On to the next chapter!

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