[Translator – Kyangi]
[Proofreader – Harley]
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“Just how did you even run?”
The collaterals and children of vassal families couldn’t take their eyes off Raon’s back as he entered the indoor gymnasium.
There was too big of a difference between what they saw earlier, and what they had heard of him before.
They still couldn’t believe that he managed to hold out for longer than they had, despite them constantly training their stamina.
“It must be thanks to the elixir.”
Krein Zieghart frowned.
He was the collateral who first picked a fight with Raon.
“But those living in the annex building were abandoned by the direct line.”
And he is the worst among the collaterals.
How could he have gotten an elixir?”
“Even if he got an elixir, it shouldn’t have been a good one.”
“I heard that the Ragged Saint gave it to him, not the family.”
Krein explained the situations to the collaterals, who were all wondering.
“The Saint did!”
“In the end, he managed to run thanks to the power of the elixir, not on his own.”
“And he’s so proud!”
Hearing that he’d taken an elixir given to him by the Ragged Saint, the children looked disgusted.
“What a lucky guy!”
“He got a lucky elixir despite being a mere collateral, there is really nothing likable about him.”
Krein smiled, as the collateral children expressed their resentment.
“That’s why I’m saying,”
“Shouldn’t we teach him a small lesson?”
Apparently, he talked back to Lord Burren as well.”
“I guess we need to show him what’s up.”
“Then when he goes back to the dormitory today…”
When the collaterals were about to plan their assault, a low voice was heard from beside them.
“You will dirty the name of Zieghart.”
Burren gave a cold glance at the collaterals.
He didn’t like Raon Zieghart either, but oppressing him using group violence was disgraceful.
He couldn’t let them plan such a thing as someone who’d received the name of Zieghart.
“He is a mere insect that will drop out soon enough.
Just ignore him and focus on your training.”
Narrowing his eyes at their unsightly behavior, he left the training ground.
“He… He told us to stop.”
“Are you really that stupid?”
Krein clicked his tongue, seeing the discouraged collateral children.
“He is actually telling us to do it.”
“He was saying that he didn’t want to get his own hands dirty, so we should proceed with it.
Did you really not get it?”
“Is… Is that so?”
Finish preparing already.
If we give Raon a proper lesson, Lord Burren will also be satisfied.”
The four trainees gathered in a circle and started to plan how they would discipline Raon.
And after that…
Runaan Sullion, who hadn’t looked at anyone so far, focused her gaze on a certain location.
It wasn’t Burren who finished first place, nor the collateral or the children from vassal families, nor Rimmer, who was called the Sword of Light of Zieghart.
Her gaze was fixated on Raon’s back, whose performance had been less than average during the test.
And then, she murmured one word.
Rimmer left the training ground and climbed up the North Grave Mountain, located behind the main building.
Reaching the tiger-shaped rock at the mountainside, he lifted his head.
“There is a guest at my napping site.”
When he spoke to the rock, the golden-haired old man standing on top of it inclined his head.
It was Glenn Zieghart.
“How did it go?”
“There’s no point in asking me that question.”
Rimmer smiled bitterly while leaning his back against the rock.
“As you already know, I have a good eye for people.
And yet… I couldn’t see through Raon.
I couldn’t analyze his condition at all.”
“I’m sure it was completely empty.
It was as dry as a dry mop that had been squeezed out countless times.
I don’t understand at all how he could run until the end.”
Curiosity and astonishment dwelled inside Rimmer’s smiling eyes.
“Burren and Runaan have the best talent, and the other children aren’t bad, either.
They can certainly become the pillars that will support the family in the future.
“You were unable to judge Raon.”
Glenn gaze went past Rimmer, towards the fifth training ground.
“You are correct.
His talents, potential, future, and tendencies—none of them could be seen.
It’s my first time being in the dark like this since I met you, my lord.”
“It has been boring ever since my energy center became ragged, but this looks fun for once.”
“Your job isn’t to look for fun.
It’s to raise the children into warriors befitting the name of Zieghart.”
I know that.
Am I not Zieghart’s the most loyal subject?”
Rimmer nodded like a hoodlum.
“If you weren’t a patient and a comrade in war, your head would be flying right now.”
“Wow, I guess having wounded my energy center was helpful for once!”
Glenn looked at Rimmer’s energy center and around his heart, then turned his head away.
“You asked for the position of head instructor, so focus on your job instead of getting distracted.”
I feel like one of the trainees this year will become someone worthy of entrusting my future.”
Rimmer turned his gaze towards the training ground, where Glenn was looking.
“Do you mean Burren or Runaan?”
“That’s a possibility, but it could be one of the recommended children, or an obstinate commoner, or a child that has been abandoned by the family.”
“It’s just a coincidence.
That child can hardly become a warrior.”
Glenn walked down the North Grave Mountain after saying that.
Rimmer stared at the back of his most esteemed warrior, and grinned.
“You already know it isn’t.”
Raon walked outside of the indoor gymnasium after checking the different equipment.
The training equipment was the latest and the best, just like Rimmer had said.
The training ground certainly looked like it would raise the trainees to be the best if they could follow directions.
Since he had started to train in the afternoon, the sky was already getting dark.
He went out of the training ground, and was about to head over to the dormitory…
From the alleyway to the right side, a low voice could be heard.
When he turned his head, the four collaterals who picked a fight that morning were glaring at him with intimidating expressions.
“I heard you ingested an elixir before your first birthday.”
“And that’s how you became so cocky?”
“If I consumed an elixir like you, I would’ve been way better than you.
I’d be right behind Lord Burren already.”
The four children seemed to believe that they were speaking with authority as they approached.
Are you really being looked down on by children? I want to end my life now.
The flame in Raon’s eyes was ignited.
‘You will be able to see what you want this time.’
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