Volume 1: Prologue

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「 Well, what can I do for you today? Your Royal Highness 」

The Royal Magic Library located in the center of the Royal Capital.

I stared at the person sitting face-to-face in the librarian's office, and asked with both hands together.

I've got a bad feeling about this. My intuition is correct.

Sure enough, a grinning smile came back.

「 I've come to ask you if you're ready to become my escort. Not that that's my main purpose. 」

「 I see. Um, I’ve told you that no matter how many times you come, my answer won't change. 」

「 We all have our different moods, don't we? You can't have the same state of mind or the same thoughts all the time, that's why I come here from time to time. So? You have to put it into words for me 」[TL: no idea who’s speaking here so it makes 0 sense LUL]

「 Then ── 」

I told Her Highness The Third Princess who is taking arrogantly with a straight face and bowed my head.

「 Sorry, I will refuse. 」

「 Fufufu … 」

She smiled, took a sip of the tea I'd brewed her, and looked at me with tears in her blue eyes.

「 Hey Serel... Do you being with me so much...? Even though I'm asking you so much ... Why do you refuse? 」

「 Ugh 」

My heart hurts.

I'm in trouble because when she suddenly becomes cute ... She's a person who doesn't really have an attitude until the end.

Combined with her original appearance, if she looks at me like this, it can not be handled without any help. She's a member of the royal family in the first place, so I shouldn't treat her unconditionally... It's a long-standing relationship, I’m her so-called childhood friend.

I'm asked not to use honorifics, and Fiona hates being treated in a behaved manner.

「 No, I've told you many times, I'm a librarian. I'm not going to be your personal escort all of a sudden. First of all, the role is reserved for mages who have been appointed by His Majesty the King himself. As a librarian... I can't have a vague origin. 」

「 Well, I'll do something about that! I will disguise your origin as much as I can! 」

「 No, Your Royal Highness please don’t encourage criminal activity. 」

「 I'm the law, so there’s no problem! 」

「 You know that the Laws are all in the basement of this library right... 」

The materials of this country are roughly stored in this library.

Some of them, even I, who manages the library, cannot be viewed without the permission of the country. Occasionally, I wonder if it's okay to leave such an important place to me, but it was none other than His Majesty the King who appointed me. No one can complain.

I remind Fiona, who is still trying to say something.

「 Don't entrust such an important task to a mere librarian. If anything would happen to you, I'd have to cut my throat. It wouldn't make up for it, though. 」

「 Just a librarian, right? 」

「 What? 」

When I looked suspiciously at Fiona, she crossed her legs and shrugged.

「 In the first place, it's not normal for someone to do the job of this library perfectly by themselves. 」

「 What? It's normal. The last librarian did it all by herself too 」

「 That's true. She quit after five days because the workload was too much. 」

「 Is that so? I don't remember much. 」

「 That's right. I mean, This ridiculously large library shouldn't be run by one person! 」

I understand Fiona's point.

This magic library is the largest library in the country.

Except for the basement, the number of floors is actually up to 20 floors above ground, and it is hard to tell how high it is above the ground. The library holds more than ten million books.

It also includes dangerous books with restricted viewing. It's a kind that must be handled with care.

「 Wouldn't there Usually be more than 20 librarians in such a huge library? But the sheer volume of work, the physical exertion of going up and down the stairs, the occasional criminals targeting dangerous books, and the noxious miasma of the forbidden books sealed in the basement make it difficult for most people to endure, and now you are the only librarian in the kingdom. I'm sure you'll be happy to know that I'm not the only one who has a problem with this. 」

「 If I were gone, this library would be in a lot of Trouble. This is more important than the escort of Her Royal Highness. 」

「 ...... Am I not important? 」

「 You’re Important, but other people can protect you. It doesn't need to be me. And if we leave this library alone, couldn't you be harmed too?」

The royal capital would be in danger if the forbidden book’s cause an outburst.

Naturally, Fiona, who lives in the royal palace, would also be in danger. I can't quit the librarian because I need to make sure that doesn't happen.

Well, Anyways, I really like the job of a librarian.

「 Huh. I can't help it then. 」

「 Thank you for your understanding. 」

「 I'm not giving up, you know. We can't afford to waste a person with a grimoire like Serel's here 」

「 ………… What do you mean? 」

Turning away, Fiona touched her shoulder-length white hair, which had a light purple tinge, and smiled.

Damn it, you're making fun of me!

「 Hmmm, have you forgotten who found you in the dark? I know everything there is to know about you, don't I? I know the rank of your grimoire, of course. 」

「 My grimoire is the Nou-Tenshou Powers… 」

「 Oh, You Insist on... 」

「 … because I’m not lying. 」

「 Yes, you're right. I'm not lying. I didn't tell you the truth. 」[TL: what?]

Fiona keeps on grinning.

It looks like she knows… but I'll never admit it.

If I don't admit it, I'm not lying. Besides, I didn't lie!

But I'm afraid it's going to come out sooner or later, so I've decided to force myself to change the subject.

「 If you just came to say that, I wonder if you can go home. I'm still busy. 」

「 I still have a third errand to do, but it will be over soon. 」

「 What? 」

When I asked her, she took out an envelope and handed it to me.

The wax is carefully stamped. The name written near it is...

this is…….

「 Duke of Bernard? 」

「 He’s said to be the right arm of His Majesty the King. He is entrusted with the eastern side of the territory of the kingdom, and is also famous for being a great lord and a brilliant magician. 」

「 I'm not asking for that much info. Why did you give this to me? 」

「 Of course. He's coming here in six days' time on an errand for you. Here's the letter. 」

「 What does he want from me? I've never even met him before. 」

「 Well? But it's not every day that someone stays on as a librarian in this big library for years on end, so maybe he’s interested. Or maybe you have a lot of knowledge and wisdom in your head that he’d like to borrow. 」

Fiona says that, but I can't think of anything in particular. I've never met him, and I'm surprised that he even knows me.

Ha! What if I told you not to do that because I've got a new librarian? I don't think so. If it were that easy to find a librarian, I wouldn't be the only librarian in the world.

「 Anyway, I understand. The Duke of Bernard will come to the library six days later. 」

「 Thanks 」

「 So what is the main purpose for your visit? 」

The number one reason Fiona visited here, which I hadn't heard yet.

What could be more important than telling me The Duke is coming to visit?

Fiona drank the contents of her teacup and turned away.

「 ... I came because I wanted to have a cup of tea with Serel."

「 ... 」

I was surprised at her expression and the way she said it.

Why is this princess so cute? I want her to remain arrogant and irreverent until the end.

In the meantime, I couldn't ask her to go home ...... and I was nervous, so I made another cup of tea and we chatted for about an hour.

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