31 Episode 31

 The yard of the ramshackle schoolhouse, though somewhat spacious, was indeed too small for nearly twenty people to crowd into.

 So we moved to a place by the river, a short walk outside the village.

 It was a little square.
 There were large and small gravels under our feet, and the footholds were a little awkward, but there was plenty of space.

 Against the background of the murmuring of the river and the chirping of birds...
 Now, three girls and fifteen boys and girls were facing each other.

 On the right hand side is a river, and on the left hand side, far ahead, are the trees of the forest.

 In front of me, Rio, Iris, and Maifa were standing with their backs to me, looking straight ahead.

 On the other side of them, about ten paces from where the three of them were standing, fifteen boys and girls were standing in a row, each holding a weapon.

 The weapons vary in shape from swords to spears to axes, but all have cloth wrapped around the striking part of a wooden stick.

 This is a weapon for mock battles used in the training of the Institute of the Brave, and we had purchased three of them a while ago and kept them on hand, but it seems that the other party had also been polite enough to bring the number of people on this social studies tour.

 A little behind the fifteen students, Silas and three other students were watching from a distance.

 Standing between the two groups of opposing forces was the school's leader, Ms. Alma.
 A beautiful teacher with vermilion hair in a ponytail, she explained the rules to both teams.

Anyone who receives a valid hit from the opposing team's attack will be dismissed. I, the referee, will decide if it is a valid hit or not. No magic may be used that directly injures the opponent. Other dangerous actions such as intentional attacks to the face are also prohibited. Okay?


 The students from both teams shouted.
 After confirming this, Alma stepped back to the side.

 When she was sure that both teams were ready, she said, "Let's begin! and raised the flag in her hand.

 But neither team moved immediately.

 The first to make a move was a boy who was standing in the middle of the King's City team.

 The boy took two steps forward, carried a wooden sword on his shoulder, grinned, and spoke to Rio and the three others.

"Hey, you cheeky commoner b*tc* heroes. It's a good time to apologize for crying. You can see the difference in the number of people here, right? You can see the difference in the number of people here, can't you? Take off all your clothes and say, 'I'm sorry, Master. I'm not a demon, I'll take you back to the capital and love you as a pet.

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

 ...... That kind of vulgarity is apparently a rich man's joke.
 It seems to be popular among young people in social circles, and even though I warned them as a teacher when I was in King's Landing, they didn't change.

 When I looked at Alma, she was also frowning.
 But when she noticed my gaze, she gave a small shrug toward me.

 Well, it's not like it was a foul, so it's not like I can do anything about it as a referee.

 But then...

"Um, ...... [quick shot]?


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 The referee, Alma, saw this and ruled that it was valid and the boy was out.

 Iris turned to me with a slightly worried look on her face.

"Um, sensei, ...... the match has already started, so it's okay to shoot, right?

"Oh, yeah, I'm fine. Iris is not wrong. It's called carelessness. ......

That's right. ....... I was worried that I was breaking the rules because I was so defenseless.

 I'm sure you'll be glad to know that I'm not the only one who has a problem with that.

 No, what the .......
 They didn't take the mock battle class seriously. .......

 I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that.

And what did the Wangdu team do? It's not fair!

"How vulgar of you to ignore my words and attack ......! If this happens, I'll shoot back too!

 He said, and began to attack in a hurry.

 There were three archers on the Wangdu team.
 They drew their bows and fired arrows at each other, bang, bang, bang.

 They all seemed to be aimed at Iris, but...

 The first one, in the process of drawing his bow, lost his arrow.
 He fumbled to pick up the dropped arrow.
 Out of the question.

 The second one somehow managed to send an arrow flying, but it flew off in the direction of the day after tomorrow and fell into the river.
 Amateur level.

 The third one, the only decent arrow flew towards Iris, but she saw through its trajectory and dodged it with half her body.
 Well, I tried my best, but it was the wrong guy.

 When I saw them, I sighed heavily.
 That's still a second or third year player. .......

 You can't compare yourself to Iris, she's only had her bow for three weeks.
 I'd like to lecture her for an hour that she should at least take a few more classes.

 And then, after dodging a flying arrow, Iris immediately readied her next arrow...

"[Quick Shot]!


 He shot the only female student who accurately flew towards him in the right wrist with an arrow, and quickly got the second effective and exit.
 The student looked frustrated as she walked away from the battlefield.

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I'm not sure what to say. I'm not sure what to do. All of you, seize her!

 The students of the royal capital rush towards Iris in a panic.

 And then, from the side of the road...

"...... I'm here. ...... Hott [Two-step thrust].

What is ......? What?

What, from the side? Aaaaah!

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 This was of course also effective, and the two boys were told to leave.

The two boys were told to leave. You little bastard, you're a coward for coming from a blind spot. ......!

I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that. ...... There are too many blind spots in that direction. I'm not sure if you've seen this before, but I'm sure you've seen it before. ...... And don't worry about me or Iris. ...... We're the smallest guys in weapons combat.

What are you talking about? ......! I'm sure you're not the only one.

"So ...... that's the real deal, that one.

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 The girl, Rio, was yawning under the sunlight, looking bored.
 She looked as if she was no longer interested in the commotion going on around her.

 Rio turns to me and says.

I sigh and reply, "Hey, bro, these guys don't deserve this, do they?

 I reply with a sigh.

"Rio, this is a battlefield. "Rio, this is a battlefield.

"What? They don't have any manners at all.

Well, that's true, but ......

 I had to make a face of reluctance.

 No matter how the other party behaves, we will keep our manners.
 That's the ideal of a good hero, but...

 I'm not sure I'm ready to be the ideal hero for Rio and the others.

 ...... Oh well.
 I'm sure you'll be happy to know that I'm not the only one.

All right, do what you want. But don't forget to go easy on him.


 Rio replied absent-mindedly and twisted his body into a light stretch.

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I'll play with you. I'll play with you.

 Hearing the sound of his dignified, boyish voice, I thought to myself.

 I want to eat you, hug you, kiss you, etc. ......

 But I knew that if I said it out loud, Alma would look at me with utter contempt, so I decided to keep those thoughts quietly in the jewelry box of my heart.