Chapter 53

Since that day, Doug continued to thoughtlessly challenge Heath to a match.

“Heath, t-today is the day I’ll have you fight me…”

“I told you, no.”

What was thoughtless about it was that Heath would absolutely never agree.
Perhaps because Doug knew that, his sentences always trailed off weakly.

But Doug couldn’t think of any other ideas.

At any rate, he just tried his utmost to challenge her, but it was clear to everyone else that she would never agree.

“Fight me!”

“No.”

“Fight me after this!”

“I refuse.”

“Fight mee…”

“You’re so annoying.”

It was clear that with that exchange, it was Doug taking the damage.

But by now there was no backing down―――well, obviously, since he even transferred into the Northern Dorm for this―――so for the whole week, Doug continued to recklessly challenge her.

“Doug, I can understand the feeling of wanting to reach your goals… I really understand… You’ve got passion. That’s a good thing in and of itself… But when you bother other people because of that… that’s not good, right? Apprentice knights live as a group together, you know? Even Heath has complained.”

“Y-, Yes…”

Heath had ruthlessly told on him.

After listening to Hislo’s somewhat half-hearted lecture, an hour later Doug emerged feebly from the instructor’s room.

*妹*

*妹*

The Northern Dormitory was home to a bathing area for the exclusive use of the apprentice knights.

It was housed on the first floor of the dormitory and had access to clean water. From there, knights would draw out the water to wash off the sweat and dirt from their training.
Because the bathing area was partitioned into stalls with curtains, it was possible to clean oneself away from the eyes of others. Not only that, each stall was surprisingly big, so it was possible to bring in one’s clothes too.

Why was it built like this? Back in the day there had been no partitions because the apprentices would bond together as they cleaned themselves.
But one particularly straight-laced knight complained that wandering around naked together, even amongst other men, would bring their characters as knights into question.

The result of that were these stalls.
As for Fii, she couldn’t thank the guy enough.
Because of him, she didn’t have to worry about a thing and could bathe whenever she wanted.

And as a girl, Fii loved bathing.
After all, it felt great to clean one’s body, and the cold water felt especially good after training.

“Hmmhmm~♪”

She even started to hum.

“Ah-, Gorms! There’s no more soap! Lend me yours!” she shouted.

Gorms was in the stall next to her.

“Again? Here. I’ll lend you one.”

“Thanks! When I go shopping next time, I’ll buy you a new one, okay?”

A bar of soap came flying from above the partition walls. Fii caught it with a smack and then began to carefully clean herself after lathering it over herself. While she was scrubbing away at her ankles, she heard Gorms getting out.

“Oh? Are you done already, Gorms?”

“You just take too long.”

“Ehhh, but it feels so good.”

Having cleaned just what he needed, Gorms left Fii behind.
Well, it wouldn’t help to rush, so Fii continued to carefully clean.

*妹*

*妹*

Doug was lost in thought as he poured cold water over his head.

(I wonder what I should do…)

Instructor Hislo had a point. Doug couldn’t argue with Heath either.
But he hadn’t given up.

Doug had an idol.
Captain York, of the 18th Division.

Apparently he had been taught by Doug’s master, Kaizar. In other words, York was Doug’s Senior Apprentice Brother.
Not only that, but according to Kaisar he was “the most talented student I’ve ever had.”

Four years ago, York had entered a martial arts competition just once. His swordsmanship had mesmerized Doug.
Even though York’s opponent had been a famous knight, York had closed the distance in an instant and defeated him with a single blow. He was like a flash of black lightning.

Ever since then, York had always been Doug’s greatest idol.
One day he wanted to work under him.

But when Doug became an apprentice knight, he heard an unbelievable rumour.
Apparently a boy had entered the 18th Division as an apprentice.

All members of the 18th were scouted personally by York.
In other words, they all had enough talent and ability to draw York’s eyes.

Because of that, Doug had assumed that there was no option except to train hard to become an apprentice and then earnestly work as a knight to catch York’s eye.

But apparently this apprentice knight had directly entered the 18th. It was unprecedented.

Doug couldn’t stand it. He begged again and again to be transferred into the Northern Dormitory, and because of his passion, his request was finally granted.
And when he saw Heath, Heath’s small, delicate frame had shocked him.

After all that, Doug defeated Gorms who stood in his way and finally challenged Heath, but he was rejected…
He had never even considered that he might be rejected.
Doug didn’t really have a reason, but he just assumed that if he won, then there was a chance his wish would be fulfilled, and even if he lost, there might be something he could learn from it.

But he was rejected again and again, never even getting a chance to fight. His transfer here had been meaningless.

(What am I supposed to do in this situation…)

Doug agonised over the problem. And then he came to a conclusion.

(There’s really no option except to fight…!)

But lately Doug had been so annoying that Heath would run away at the mere sight of him. Far from fighting, Doug couldn’t even issue his challenge now.

And then he realised something.

(But in here, he can’t run…!)

Doug had seen Heath coming in here to bathe as well. He hadn’t heard Heath leave yet.
Heath was still here.

If Heath was in a stall, then it was a dead end.

Doug made up his mind and splashed a final bucket of water onto himself before wiping himself dry and changing.
With that, he stood in front of Heath’s stall.
Ready to challenge Heath, he pulled open the curtain.

“Heath! Today is the day that… I…”

“Mn eh?”

Doug turned into a statue.
What lay beyond the open curtains was the sight of a naked, blond-haired girl…


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66 thoughts on “Chapter 53

  1. thanks—!
    hm, as expected—! he startedtl continuously ask her to fight, huh…
    woah, lol! didn’t expect the baths to have partitions, ahaha!
    huh. so he likes york. do i look like i care? i don’t like york either! i should haire someone to beat him up for me!

    ladies and gentleman, i present to you a boy who doesn’t thoroughly think through his plans, doug!
    see, he is dumb enough that he doesn’t even remmeber the fact that the divisions were assigned to the apprentices, and were not the choices of the apprentices! stupid boy—! so annoying!

    oh shoot! shoot–! i kind of expected that! shoot! i was suspecting why there would be a bath scene, and yet, while doug, that annoying boy, was bothering heath! no! why is it doug! why. is. it. doug!! the only comfort i get is that conrad already knows heath’s a girl. let’s not mention kain, he already knows everything, pfft!

    excuse me, there is a great need for me to… -flips numerous tables-

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  2. Pervert!
    Now Heath will surely beat the crap out of him! If she doesn’t maybe Conrad or Grass do! After all it’s princess Fii!
    Though, it may also lead for Doug to fall for her~ hehehehe~
    Thanks for the many releases~!

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  3. Eh……?

    Fii…? Seen naked? By a dog(Doug)?

    Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable. UNFORGIVABLE. UNFORGIVABLE UNFORGIVABLE UNFOUGIVABLEUNFORGIVABLEUNFORGIVABLE…

    *wipes sweat* then rinse and repeat*

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  4. Doug, you suck. Stooping so low as to attack when Fii-sama is taking her bath, how is this the behaviour belonging to a knight?!! It seems that you’ll need some re-education… (Hitting a wooden bat against my palm) Fii-sama, please stay back, let little old me pluck this baka hentai’s eyes out and break all his legs! Humph!

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  5. *Gasp* he saw Fii naked. quick Alucard use release restraint level one and jump into his memories to consume/eradicate the one of Fii being naked. might leave Doug in a vegetable like state but thats a small price to pay.

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  6. *Reads about the bath*

    Effe…
    Is Doug going to harrassFii in the bath as well?

    Wait, he’ll see her naked then…

    *Starts to leak killing intent and continue reading*

    So he went in the bath with the intention of assaulting a naked Fii, uh…
    And now he saw her naked…
    He saw her secret and defiled her pure body with his filthy eyes…

    Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable. Unforgivable.

    I guess Doug will let Fii go after that.
    I mean, if he wants to use her secret as blackmail material, then he will drop even lower than Roy in the rating.
    And most readers will turn toward witchcraft to enter the story and tear his eyes and balls out.

    He will probably get flustered, apologise and then will do anythign to have her forgiveness.
    And he will probalby fall for her at some point.

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    • No offense but you and everyone else talking about “grass can help her” obviously hasn’t been paying attention and are a bit moronic for thinking so. If you just take 2 seconds to look back, the Grass are there to “observe” only, they’re not her bodyguards and despite how they feel they can’t disobey without giving up their status as Grass and likely killed for it as well as a liability. Somebody could literally kill Fii (in the most extreme case of course) and they technically couldn’t do anything about it, not even report it since it’s not reporting that she’s “black”. I guess some people are having a hard time understanding the concept that is Grass despite it being clearly defined lol… ah well.

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  7. Thanks for the chapters!.
    The moment i heard about the bath i knew this was going to happen xD.
    I hope she kills him for it but we all know that not gonna happen.

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  8. “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!”

    A bar of soap comes flying towards his face and knocks him out cold. Two hours later, he wakes up on the floor of the bathroom name naked wondering whether it was all a dream.

    …..Is probably not what’s going to happen?

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  9. I hope Grass-kun uses some brainwashing technique to eradicate the image of Fii-sama’s naked body from Baka Doug’s memory, and hopefully gather all the members from his organization to make sure his life is a living hell… Better yet make him believe that he’s cursed for life for even trying to challenge Heath! Know your place, Doug!!

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  10. *sniff*

    The more I refresh, the more I’m forced to realize this is probably it for now…

    What a cliff though. I’m going to work on my eye jabbing technique while waiting for the next chapter. Until then, Doug… (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ

    Thank you Estelion!!!

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  11. Thanks 4 the chapter Fluffy!

    Knew it was coming the moment I read. Why else would the author start off with a bathing scene with this timing.

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  12. Gosh, I feel like I’ve seen that last line somewhere before…as though someone has once posted it as a spoiler, and mentioned how much he was looking forward to it…

    Any ideas who that might have been, Este? 😂

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  13. Either Doug dies (or forgets what he just saw) now or I am disappointed in this story because random nonsensical plot movements have now interfered with the very thing that made this story the tiniest bit individual in a sea of stories. The fact that she is a female cross dressing knight princess who is pretending to be an orphan. Which is now known by everyone except for the prince. Doug single handedly ruined this story for me. What’s up with the “because she’s a girl she likes baths all the time” bit? Do you support the judgement of character based on their gender Mr author?

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    • Um, wow. I see. This is why Este got all worked up. You look at a new character and then judge the entire book based upon a single character. Should I be impressed or feel some pity?

      Most people don’t know that Heath is a female. We’ve got the grass, who won’t be reporting to anyone, we’ve got Conrad, and now we’ve got Doug.

      Essentially, three named characters know Heath’s a girl and therefore everyone knows? We already know that there’s Crow, Roy/York, Gorm, all the knight apprentices, probably the rest of division 18th, Fiiru, the maids, probably all the rest of the servants, who don’t know Heath’s female, so how did three people knowing become everyone but one?

      Three named people know and some of the grass do too. That’s it. How did that become the entire palace? The grass aren’t reporting their knowledge to anyone, at most I’d say there’s half a dozen to a dozen assigned to Fii. That means we’ve got 14 characters max, in the entire palace/world who know what gender Heath really is.

      Also, did Fii ever pretend to be an orphan? I’m pretty sure everyone else jumped to that conclusion and filled in the blanks for her.

      Out of the characters who also know she’s Fii… well, there’s only one named character, who is a grass. That means, we have at max, a dozen characters who know she’s a princess, only one of which is named. Is that still the entire palace?

      Are you simply exaggerating or are you serious? Regardless, the thing that pisses you off shouldn’t, because it isn’t the way you think it is.

      I haven’t even read much of your comments, but I already noticed you make wild conjectures and jump to ridiculous conclusions based upon what seems to be faulty or incomplete information.

      You judge too quickly. Did you ever really like this story I wonder? It doesn’t seem so. You didn’t pay attention to the details, and even got some of your information wrong, and then talk as if you know everything that will happen.

      Isn’t the interesting thing about these stories the potential it has?

      You seem to think that if a single scenario matches, then the conclusion is foregone and that you’ve seen it all before. Based on that, I’m not sure you ever meant to give this story a chance.

      Please, if all you are going to do is complain and judge based on preconceived notions and prejudice, perhaps this is not the place for you.

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  14. FFFFIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!! I was ah-ohing this entire chapter… DOUG! YOU DOG! GO TO THAT CORNER OVER THERE AND HANG YOUR HEAD IN SHAME!! *whispers*Pervert….Trying to fight/engage in hand-in-hand combat naked*whisper*

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  15. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY.
    I was really distracted by the situation that unfolded after Doug saw Fii to note that.
    -cough- MHM -cough-
    Fii and Gorms
    SHARED
    the same
    SOAP
    Ermagod
    And they’ve been doing it for awhile too
    OMG….
    -imagines a certain scene-
    ////
    $%##$%^#@%^&*^%#!
    -faints-

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  16. AAAAAAAHHH! Wait, is this the legendary, promised nude scene!! And completely expected, because, Fii! Why the heck are you bathing with the men (well, in stalls) completely without any sense of danger! And this is the nth time someone has discovered that you are a girl, unless he truly is the idiot foreshadowed by the giving away dessert bet!

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  17. I was wondering how will Doug expressions become when he know Fii’s real identity…
    From later chapter Doug will gain new power because of fii influence… and it is certain Doug fell in love for fii… but that is only because fii’s real indentity no discovered. If it was discovered i wonder what kind of expression he will made after remembering the scene in this chapter?? Lol… can’t help but get excited!!!

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  18. DAAAAAAAAAANNGG~! I REAAALLLY LOVEEE THIIIS! THAAANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH! The projects you pick are really awesome! And despite your hectic sched, THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO SHARE THIS TO US MERE EARTHLINGS! :DDD Gooood luck on your other ventures! Ho-Ho! I am so excited how this would develop. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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