Chapter 13 .
What is power ?

I  would  like to start with the matter of  apprenticeship.
Please train my son “.

Schneizel raised an eyebrow at that line.

“I can't believe that comes from someone who treats his kid so coldly.”

“Yes, I think so, too.
I don't mean any harm by these words.”

“How do you prove it?'

“Don't you have enough trust in me?”

“We've never seen each other before.
And with a guy like you, the more unfavorable things look, the more favorable they actually turn out to be.
I don't even know what you are thinking.”

Nicolas seems to like to play tricks with his stomach, while Schneizel is looking for a quick answer to his question.

The difference in status was directly reflected in the quality of their offense and defense.

Even in the aristocratic society, which is strict about hierarchy, this is too much, but I wonder if they are so wary of Schneizel.It's hard to win an argument against him like this, no matter how sharp he is.

 As I was thinking this, my eyes met Nicholas's again.

 Somehow, , I felt that he was saying to me, “Your mentor is very harsh.”

 Of course, since we are only exchanging glances, I don't know what is really going on in his mind.

 Maybe there is something about us, the fathers of these body, connected by blood, that conveys an intention unspoken.

'”I can't help it.
I can't expose everything, but I'll tell you a little of what I know.”

“Ha, you're very open-minded, aren't you?”

“Yes, I am.
I think it would be best for Norwin to become your disciple.
For that purpose, I'll give you a piece of my mind.”

 Nicolas, who had raised both hands in the air as if to say, “I can't help it,” surrendered with a gentle smile on his face.

 But looking at his face, I could tell that he was not at all out of sorts.

 For him, even this trend is expected.

 Maybe it's all in his hands.

So what are you going to tell ?”

'Well, I'll tell you the secret of why I envisioned my son's discipleship,'

“That ain't gonna prove that you don't want to harm me.
If that's the case, at least talk about why you gave the priest the cold shoulder.
If you can't fulfill your responsibility as a parent, what's good for you?”

“There are times when you have to bend the rules of parental pride because you are an aristocrat.
For me, it was Norwin.'

“I don't get it.”

 Schneizel, adore kids and father of two in the game, finally had a blue streak on his forehead.

 He wears a stifling sense of intimidation.

 The aftermath of the game is so overwhelming that it must be even more painful for Nicolas, who has it all pointed at him.

 However, looking ahead, he could see that his smile was cool and unwavering.

 Nicolas was unperturbed.

'I told you earlier.
I can't expose everything.
To speak of our treatment of Norwin, it is necessary to reveal information that has been kept secret by our family for generations.
It is not something that can be easily shared with the nobility, even with the great generals who have received the assurances of the generals.”

“You're not lying, are you?”


 Huh ?

 Wait a minute.

 What is this information that my family has kept secret for generations?


 I thought Norwin was just a nobody.


 I call out to him as quickly as I can, without understanding why.

 At that moment, I felt a crack in Nicolas's smile, his mask.

 A slight flicker, something Schneizel couldn't notice, perhaps a discomfort that my kinship had made me aware of.

” I can't tell you now.
You have to understand that this is a very dangerous bridge to cross just to tell you this.
A clever Norwin would understand that, wouldn't he?”

“Well, that's…”

 But I don't know!?

 I'm very interested in it from a gamer's point of view, but!

 What's that?

 I've done more than a thousand cycles of the story and I didn't see that, that's just how it's set up!

 No, wait.
Maybe it's something not related to the story.

 Just now I went to the city and learned about the scale of this world, didn't I?

 Not everything in this world can be complemented with knowledge from a game.

“Damn, you mean there's a real reason/n for this?

“I guess so.
Let's get back to the topic at hand.
Is the information I have just given you enough to reassure the Commander of the Schneizel Legion?”

'it doesn't prove anything, I won't accept it.”

” I'm on the weak side because I am the best.
It has been a long time since I was attacked unilaterally.”

“Then why don't you stop? I've been treating him coldly for a long time, and now he wants to see him to grow up.”

'Because that's what's necessary.”


 The man who said he would reveal his secret smiles in rejection.

 It is a mask with no intention of talking at all.

 It really seems that thing related to me is a secret .

 No matter.
It's making me even more curious.

“Why would someone from a different family take you this seriously? You have exceptional magic skills and superior wisdom.
It is true that it would be difficult to find a child better than Norwin, but that doesn't mean there are no children out there.
Then there is no reason to risk getting involved in another family's affairs here.”

“I'll tell you …”


“I'll give you a straight answer.”

“Shut up.
Anything more than that and I'll get really angry.”

“I beg your pardon.
You are very kind to my children.”

 Schneizel clicked his tongue at Nicholas, who did not shut up.

He then cleared his throat and opened his mouth again.

I beg your pardon.
Let's leave the jokes at this, and I'll quickly reveal my secret —“


Schneizel, were you sure that was the right thing to do?”

 After we finished our discussion and left the guest room, we were heading to the house where I lived once.

The most powerful man walking next to me on the way there asked me.

“What is it?”

“So, it's about the revelation of the truth.
He just told me why he knew about the apprenticeship , you know? I still don't think it's connected to malicious intent, though.'

'Well, yes.
But I could see the seriousness of the situation.
The most important thing to remember is that you can't just go out and buy a new set of shoes and try to make them fit your body.
Do you dance in the palm of his hand or do you surpass his expectations?

What about it,

Schneizel gave me a challenge with a sideways glance.

Naturally, my answer was clear.

'Of course, I' m the one who exceeds his imagination.
I've just made my apprenticeship contract official, so I'm really going to give it my all.”

“Then don't worry about the details.
If you give it all you've got, you'll be at the top of the world, no matter what the circumstances are.”

'The top?”

“Of course.
Who do you think trains you?”

“That's right.
I'm looking forward to working with you.”

 I bowed my head.

What I cannot get out of my mind is not Schneizel's impressive strength, but Nicolas's wisdom, which even that was painted over.

Nicolas was prepared for everything.

No exaggeration, no hyperbole, literally everything.

 In this particular case, he had been preparing for two years.

 The first piece of the puzzle was hiring Misha.

He hired her, not because she was a highly educated person, nor because she was the daughter of a nobleman.

What mattered was the path she followed.

She was an exclusive employee, expecting Norwin to sympathize with her situation based on her own experience of having had her life swept away for the convenience of the nobility.

 And as expected, Misha leaned toward Norwin.

But that was not enough to bring this situation to a head.

The second piece was that Norwin, who was so apathetic about everything, would change.

 And that was accomplished by my accidental possession.

Yes, Nicolas noticed Norwin's change of heart and the fact that I was sneaking around under house arrest, and left it at that.

 Because it was necessary.

 And the last piece of the puzzle was the vampire and Schneizel.

For two years, Nicolas said, he had known that there was a vampire who targeted young women in this city, and he had been thinking about how to take advantage of the creature, who could be captured at any time.

After much consideration and deliberation, he came up with more than a dozen ways to use it…

That's when he learned of the development between Misha and me.

Once Niholas had reached that point, all that was left to do was to set the stage.

 I asked the local military officer, whom I had been acquiring for some time, to summon Schneizel on an urgent matter.

 I asked Misha to run an errand for me at just the right time, and had a vampire who knew my behavior pattern deliberately kidnap me.

Then, at the exact point when Schneizel and I would have run into each other, he would have relaxed security at the annex and encouraged escape.

That was all it took for Nicolas to manipulate this whole chain of events.

Horrifying foresight.

But it is not the foresight that is truly horrifying.

 Norwin's change and Misha's presence.

These two factors came together by chance.
In short, they could not be incorporated into the plan in advance.

So, Nicolas improvised on the original plan and created this picture.

 How smart can he be?

 In Japan, or even in Alcue, I have never seen such a wise man.

There was such a man in the near by.

 Just thinking about it gives me chills.


 I can't stop shaking.

Cold? No.

 I'm excited.

Today, when I met Schneizel, I learned about power in its purest form.

And then I had a conversation with Nicolas and learned about a power different from that of violence.

 Oddly enough, I have two role models.

Even this situation must be in the palm of that man's hands.

 It's a subtle thing to think about.

But if I absorb everything with greed and then grow beyond even Nicholas's imagination, I will definitely be at the top.

I can absolutely prevent myself from dying, losing Misha, or letting Cresencia die.

— haha, okay, I'll try.

t/n I  am sorry for the mess with previous chapter , if yu know , what i mean ….

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