Chapter 74

TLN: Happy birthday, Lala!


“Alright. There are the rules.”

Apparently, even this Manliness Rankings competition had some rules.
Fii took a seat and listened attentively.

“The period for the competition is roughly a month. First, every participant starts with 500 points. During the month, you distribute those 500 points to people who you think are manly. The person who ends up with the most points is the one who is accepted as the manliest man.”

“I see~”

The rules were simple and clear.
In other words, you competed in manliness while getting others to acknowledge it.

The boy who explained things handed Fii a new piece of paper.
It was different to the rankings paper from before.

Neat lines were drawn along the page, and there were two columns for names and one for reasons, as well as various other details.

“Use this paper when you want to hand points over. You don’t have to write the reason, but it’s better to.”

“Why?”

“Because handing over points is also manly. That’s why if you give a manly reason, you can instead get manliness points from others.”

(I see!)

Fii was impressed. So handing over points was a strategy as well.
She asked the boy a question.

“Can you give yourself points?”

In that case, it would be entirely easy to avoid the punishment game.

“It isn’t against the rules. But it’s not a manly thing to do. You’ll stop getting points from the others. It would become impossible to aim for the top.”

“A guy who gives himself points because he’s afraid of a punishment isn’t manly at all.”

“A guy who gives points to someone else even though there’s a risk of the punishment game is what real manliness is about.”

“I seee.”

The two boys around her seemed to be boasting of their own manliness.
To be honest, Fii thought that the rules were full of holes, but to these manly boys, it was apparently not a problem.

“Also, you can transfer the points you’ve gotten to someone else.”

“Transfer? Is there really anyone who would do that?”

Fii couldn’t think of any benefits at all.

“No, transferring your points to someone else is pretty manly too. Even if it drops your rankings this time, you can expect your rankings to rise next round.”

“Transferring all your points to someone else, and waiting for the next round at the bottom. It’s pretty damned manly!”

“I see…”

(It sounds like a plain idiot to me…)

It sounded like a valid strategy to the boys.

“But nobody has ever done it, so I’ve been last every time…”

Unfortunately, Remié stated the reality.
In the end, it was just an interesting idea, and nobody had ever actually done it.

“Whoa, whoa, contenting yourself with being last three times in a row is pretty manly too, yanno. I’ll give you ten points.”

“Mn. I’m impressed that you haven’t tried protecting yourself after three times in despair. I’ll give you ten points as well.”

With that, a number of boys wrote the lamenting Remié’s name on the Fourth Round paper.

“T-, Thank youuu…” he said with moist eyes.

Perhaps he would finally be able to escape last place…

“By the way, Zerius has been 1st, three times in a row.”

“Right now everyone is saying that he’s got the best chance of winning the Fourth Round too.”

Zerius was often the topic of the maids’ discussions, but right now he wasn’t in the break room.

“That guy is seriously manly, after all.”

Another apprentice knight folded his arms as he nodded to himself in thought.

“Yeah. Even I have to acknowledge his manliness.”

This time, it was Gorms’ turn to fold his arms and nod with a difficult expression.

“Even the way he drinks milk is manly. I was freaking shocked…”

“He’s the only one I think is impossible to beat.”

“He’s probably always gunna be 1st, so people have been saying that they’re aiming for 2nd instead.”

“He’s like the embodiment of manliness.”

The boys all praised Zerius one after another.

Fii looked at the name sitting magnificently at first place.
Zerius, who Fii knew as well, was apparently the absolute king of the manliness rankings.
But well, even Fii could assent. That was simply how manly the boy named Zerius was.
He would definitely become a hindrance on Fii’s path to the top.

Looking at the rest of the names, she found that Gorms was pretty high up at 5th place, as was Gheith who was at 6th. Slad was decent as well, at 12th place.
And Fii suddenly spotted Doug’s ranking too.

“Doug…”

The moment she called out this name, a boy began trembling behind her.

“Why did you join in without telling me?”

On the Round Three ranking sheet, Doug’s name was clearly there. It was around 22nd place.
The reason people voted for him were things like

“He’s got some dumb parts to him, but he’s manly.”
“When he gets bossed around by Heath, he reminds me of my dad.”
“He’s strong.”

Even though he joined the Northern Dormitory after Fii did, he had the gall to participate before her.
And not only that, he kept it a secret from her as well.

The dark-skinned boy was glared at by the small one―――who was a girl inside―――and blurted out in panic,

“N-, No, I mean… I thought it wouldn’t have much to do you with… I mean you’re…”

She stopped him from blurting out her secret with a glare.
Naturally, Doug saw Fii as a girl. How could he have ever imagined that she would want to participate.

But Fii didn’t understand his thoughts at all.
She glared viciously at Doug.

“I’ll punish you later.”

A decisive declaration.

“Yes…”

Doug simply dropped his shoulders and hung his head.


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  3. “When he gets bossed around by Fii, he reminds me of my dad.”
    Hahahahaha so that guy has a quite bossy mom XD or there is another dog trainer like fii out there?

    Thx for the chapter!

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    • 25 points to Kain-sama b/c he is a trooper for suffering from his kings idiocy and his princess’s outrageousness.
      5 point to Roy because he is typical stupid man(sorry guys)
      15 points to Conrad because you have to be that manly to have that much confidence to look that sexy.
      That’s all for now.

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  4. Yay the reappearance of Doug in a while! Apparently he looks like a husband that is being pulled along by his wife haha.

    Fii is unexpectedly being the straight man in this boke skit. Lol I want to meet Zerius so badly x) I wonder what the epitome of manliness looks like?

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  5. Doug is completely trained. He should be walked around crossdresssing with Fii pulling leash attached to his collar. Then Remie can sleep knowing that he is safe this time around.

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  6. My guess, Fii is gonna wind up stumbling upon a secret Zerius has (and probably a very unmanly one) and blackmail him in to giving all the points he gets to her.

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  7. thanks—!
    -rolls in-

    hey you, boy over there! the one who said ‘“When he gets bossed around by Heath, he reminds me of my dad.”’
    i’m assuming this means that the boy’s mother bosses around his father a lot lol. i admire your dad, boy! he’s a good guy, i’m quite sure!

    how they measure the manliness is certainly true for real life, pfft! manliness is indeed the perception of others, and not the value of a guy’s true worth.
    …i’m sorry, i couldn’t resist saying something related to the real world, ah—!

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    • I am a supporter of Roy/Fii, and since Roy is an idiot, I also wish to see him be ordered around by his wife. Hope that way he will realize that Fii’s quote “one day a girl is going to make you suffer(ch 70)” does not entail fighting.

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      • well, you ship what you want! i know what ship(s) i’m on, ahaha!

        yes, if roy and fii were to get in a relationship, i think it would be the way that you described.

        the chapter 70 phrase probably refers to when roy starts pursuing a girl, and suffers from it, is my interpetation. of course, can also occur during their relationship, too!

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        • i don’t think that is possible because roy is already in love with fiiru unless somthing hapen to fiiruu their roy can’t be with fii

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          • i understand what you mean.

            officially though, both fii and fiiru are married to roy, however much i hate the fact that fii is actually married to roy. divorce fii, roy! go—!

            well, i suspect that roy is not really in love with fiiru, that there are other things happening. if roy was in love with fiiru, i doubt he would have replied to fii the way he had, honestly, in that chapter where fii was scolding him about his treatment of women. but that is all my conjecture, of course.

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          • Sorry, but Roy is not in love with anyone, there are circumstances that require Fiiru to be with Roy. No romantics anywhere between them.

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  8. Fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. Nuooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
    You are so mistreating Doug, its so sad to see. Doug’s reasoning this time was really sound. He knows you are a girl and knows that you are entirely accepting of the fact that you are a girl and he himself doesn’t know that you are hiding the fact that you are a girl.
    So aka, manliness ranking. Equals. Not for you Fii.
    You are so mistreating him. =3=
    Its sad to see

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  10. Pffff hahaha, poor Doug. I bet he loses manliness points there, perhaps? Or maybe it’ll go up since he gets bossed around by Fii.

    I wonder what this punishment will entail? Will he have to give her his meals and be her good little doggie? Will he be dressed as a girl? Will he be forced to give away his manliness points? Maybe he’ll have to rescue Remie’s rankings hoho.

    I wonder where Fii will be on these rankings. Her willingly marching into a toystore to buy a cute plush doll for Remie makes her manly, so… who knows.

    Also, some of these readers have well… interesting interests. Dressing a boy as a girl, turning him into a perfect trap, and then putting a collar on his neck, and parading him around with leash in hand. Yup, some people have such interesting interests.

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  11. “When he gets bossed around by Heath, he reminds me of my dad.”- I wonder if the apprentice knights mother is the one who bosses his father around.

    “I’ll punish you later”- hahahahah. And he’s used to it by now.

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  12. Getting whipped by a woman is also manly, huh.
    And I don’t know about this Z-named guy, but when it comes to manliness, Fii is unbeatable! Y’all have eyes but can’t see Mt. Tai! (I’ve always wanted to use this expression… Huehuehue)

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