23 Episode 23

 The three girls stood in front of the cave, nervously peering inside.
 I stood behind them, watching them.

 The walls of the cave were craggy, with a slight brownish tinge.

 The height to the ceiling and width of the cave is quite spacious, as if it were a stronghold of giant orcs.
 The ceiling was more than twice the height of Rio and his friends, and the path was even wider.

 The cave is still bright with the late afternoon sunlight near the entrance, but the further in you go, the darker it becomes.

 Orcs, the family members of darkness, have night vision - the ability to see things in the dark without problems, but we humans do not.

 We need a light to explore the cave.


 Iris chanted a spell.
 The bow in her hand shines brightly.

It's a spell that, when cast on an object, causes that object to emit a bright light like a lamp.

 Then Rio, Iris, and Maifa, who had been peering into the cave, nodded to each other, and now they looked at me as if they were looking at me behind them.

 They seemed to be anxious about whether or not they could go on like this.

I'll give you some advice if there's anything that's bothering you, so just do what you want first.

 When I said this, the three of them nodded their heads and stepped into the cave with a sense of trepidation.

 Rio led the way, with Iris and Maifa following behind.
 The light from the bow in Iris's hand created shimmering shadows on the surrounding walls.

 I followed a few steps behind them and used the magic of [Light] myself, turning one of the daggers I was carrying into a light and keeping it in its sheath.
 I can't do a good job as a teacher if I have to rely on Iris' light in case of emergency.

 The girls slowly made their way through the cave, keeping a watchful eye on their surroundings.
 The path was straight for a while, meandering and meandering.

"Hey, Rio .......

What the hell, Iris?

Should I cast a Light spell on Rio's sword? ......

Oh, yeah, that might help. When I stand in front of Iris, it gets dark in front of me. Is your magic okay?

Yes. Light doesn't deplete much, so I think I'll be fine.

Okay, please.

Okay. [Light]!

 I watch them interacting, and I think, "Good.

 Because I want them to be able to think and act on their own like that.
 I don't want them to grow up to be brave people who can't do anything without receiving instructions from their teachers.

 I'm sure you'll find a lot of people who'd like to know more about it.

I'm sure you'll be able to understand why. ...... Iris is scared.

"No, no, no, no, no! You're right, Maifa. You're so quick to make fun of me!

...... Then you should do this ...... thing.

 Maifa gave Iris an earful.
 She then glanced at me with her usual mischievous look.

 Iris, on the other hand, blushed when she heard Maifa's question.

I don't think I can do that! I'm not sure what you're thinking, Maifa idiot!

I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that I'm not the only one.

No! I'm not going to...

 I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that I'm not the only one.
 It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.

I don't ...... think that's annoying .......

 And with that, Iris paused.
 What the hell is going on here?

I'm not sure what's going on here, but I'm sure Iris is in trouble.

I don't know what it is, but Iris is in trouble. ......

"Oh my God, ......!

Iris! Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.

 I'm not sure what I was thinking, but Maifa pushed Iris back and pushed her towards me.
 I hurriedly held Iris in my arms.

I'm sure you'll be fine. ...... Are you okay, Iris?

Yes, I am. ....... I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to do this, but I'm going to be able to do it.

"What about ......?

What about ......? No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.

Oh, okay. Well, that's good.

 I may or may not have just heard something disturbing.
 But it's that guy now.

"Hey, Maifa, what the hell are you doing? Be serious. You never know when and where an orc will come at you.

 I warn Maifa.

 However, as far as I can tell from my high hearing, there are no Orcs in the vicinity yet, so we're actually fine.

 I'm sure Maifa doesn't know that.
 So, if she's playing around, it means that she's not tense enough...

 I was thinking.
 Maifa shook her head.

"...... Don't worry. There are no orcs near ...... yet.

How do you know that?

'...... brother, you know it too. He just used .......

What? What are you talking...?

 After I said that much, my brain came up with a possibility.

 And that possibility, when combined with Maifa's personality and abilities, quickly became a certainty.
 No way, this guy...?

 On the other hand, Maifa, perhaps noticing the change in my expression, smiled at me.

I'm not sure what to say, but I'm sure you'll understand. ...... I wanted to see that face. It was worth all the hard work.

 Then Maifa smiled, this time.
 I've heard that line before, and I've seen that angelic, devilish smile before.

 I asked Maifa.

I ask her, "Maifa, have you mastered [High Hearing] at some point? And now you're using it? ......!

"...... correct answer. I saw the ...... textbook and thought it sounded like interesting magic, so I studied it during the past week.

 I've been studying it for the past week.

 It's true that High Hearing is a beginner's magic, and it's a wind magic that Maifa is particularly good at.

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 I'm not sure what to make of this.

 But it's not a good idea to dismiss it out of hand.

 It would be counterproductive for teachers to impose their own optimal solutions on students, saying, "If you have time to learn this, you might as well learn that...," and then discourage students from enjoying learning on their own.

 Maifa's students will probably grow up better if they are allowed to learn freely to some extent.
 If that's the case, don't pay attention to her and leave her alone.


 I ask Iris, who's in my arms.

By the way, what did Maifa tell you about Iris?

I'm not going to tell you that I want to cuddle in your arms because I'm ...... scared. (...... Mayfa's an idiot.)

"......? Did you just say something in a whisper?

No, no! It's nothing!

 I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not.

 I'm not sure what to do, but I'm sure it's a good idea.