52 Episode 52

Graduation exam. Three of you will have to defeat me. The rules are the same as in the tournament - if the magic tool sounds the knockout alarm, you're out.

 Upon hearing my words, the three of them just stood there with blank faces.

 Ten seconds passed.
 Twenty seconds elapsed.
 Thirty seconds passed.

 But eventually, the three of them asked me back, looking flustered.

What's ......? What's a graduation exam? What's the graduation exam?

What do you mean? What do you mean ......? Graduation ......?

You'll be able to find a lot more information on the web. I'm not sure I understand what you're talking about. ...... ...... No, I don't want to understand.

 It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.

 So that's my last task.

 It's been almost a year since I met the three of you.
 Rio has grown a year and turned fifteen, and Iris and Maifa have turned fourteen.

 I decided to let the three of them "graduate".

 All three of them have no idea what grade they're in, and normally it's not up to a single teacher to decide if they're graduating or not, but...

 The Academy of the Brave is normally a three-year school.
 However, because the three of them took to it unusually quickly, and also because I only had to watch them, I had already taught them most of what I should have taught them in those three years in the past year.

 Most of the education at the Academy of the Brave consists of practical training, so as long as you can do it quickly, you can move on quickly.
 There is no need to continue training a child who can do the flip-flop.

 In such a situation, if you don't know the grade of the three of them, and the situation of the heroic academy in that village, it is as if there is no system as an academy.

 Then, in effect, it is a matter for me, as their only teacher, to decide what to do.

 I smile at the three of them - I think I'm just barely managing a smile - and tell them, "No, you guys can't do this anymore.

"Well, you guys are already good enough to live on your own, hunting demon lords or whatever, right? So we're graduating. So, for the last time, let me see you guys get stronger. It's my way of saying thank you.

 I hold the wooden sword in my right hand, and take out a gold coin from my pocket with my left hand.
 The gold coin is to be thrown as a sign to start the game.

 But it was the three pupils who were in a panic.

"Why, bro, ......! You don't like us anymore? ......!

"Wait, sir! Please, I'll do anything, I'll never graduate!

...... Big brother, wait, wait, wait ......! ...... That's not right! ......Why, why, why are you suddenly saying that ......?

 The girls appealed to me like abandoned kittens.
 I, however...

I'm not sure what to make of it, but I'm sure it's worth it. The pay would be better than now. And I'll be rid of my little village in the middle of nowhere.

 I'm going to tell such a lie and play a false evil.
 I don't know why I'm saying these things anymore.

 I have to leave you three.
 I have to leave my students, and they have to leave their teachers.
 Such a strong obsession was gripping me.

 Living with the three of them was a little too much fun, and I felt like I was going to fall in love with them...
 That's why I have to strongly reject these guys right here.

 And you're taking my words at face value.
 The first thing that happened was that Iris looked as if she was in a state of shock and despair.

 Iris turns her head and says, with a shadow on her face.

"...... I understand, sir. ...... Rio, Maifa. I'm not sure what to do. We shouldn't interfere with that.

"Iris! But, but! You're breaking up with my brother, is that okay with you?

What? Of course not! But it can't be helped! We're not allowed to be selfish! If you're grateful to your teacher, you have to think of him first!

 Iris's voice like a scream .
 There were tears spilling onto the ground.

 Rio was flabbergasted.
 Then he clogs the ground in frustration.
 He doesn't seem to know where to direct his emotions.

 Meifa, on the other hand, stares straight at me.

"...... Lies. ...... Your brother is not the kind of person who would say such a thing. I'm sure he's lying. ...... He's lying, I swear! I know my brother. ...... I know my brother. I know him! I don't know why you're lying to me, brother! I don't understand. I don't know what you're talking about!

 Maifa's unprecedented scream.
 Words are contradictions.

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

 ...... Well, she's sharp.
 That's what I'm talking about.

 But I'll push through the lie.

"What? What do you know about me? What are you talking about, you little shit? I'm just doing what you guys do.

"...... Bullshit! ...... Liar, liar, liar, liar! That's not your brother!

Looks like your eyes are glazed over. I'm sorry, a**h*le.

 I don't know why I'm saying this.

 I have to break up with these guys.
 No matter what.
 That's all I can think about, and every word I say will hurt my students.

 If they hate me, I can leave them.
 I'm so filled with such thoughtless thoughts that I can't think of anything else.

 But then...
 Rio said.

"......, you're a terrible liar.

 I wiped my eyes with the sleeve of my dress and replied with a snort.

What are you talking about? You're just like Maifa...

I'm sure you're not the only one.


 That's right, Rio.
 I'm not going to break up with you guys or break your hearts with false rhetoric because I'm sad and bitter.

 ...... Oh my god.
 I'm a really bad liar.

Haha. ....... But, Rio. It's true that you're graduating. You're on your own now. You can live on your own. Then you won't need a teacher anymore.

No way! You said you'd make us the strongest heroes in the world! Was that a lie? We're not the strongest in the world yet!


 Well, I did.
 I did say that.


 I'm not sure I can be a good teacher when I see my students overtaking me right in front of me.
 That's what I realized.

 I don't want them to see the ugly image of me, jealous of my students.
 I want a clean break while I can.

 And someday, they'll hear about it, they'll pass it on.
 The legend and heroic saga of the three strongest and most beautiful heroic sisters, who became the strongest beings in the world somewhere I do not know.

 That's why... that's why.
 You have to understand.
 Why don't you understand me?

 And then, suddenly...
 Suddenly, I heard a voice I hadn't expected.

"You seem to be getting into a lot of trouble, Mr. Brett.

"Rendezvous with your students at this time of night. It's sad for you that Mr. Brett is getting more and more slutty. It's a good thing I'm not the only one. ......

 I'm not sure what to make of this.
 One is my former teacher and the other is my former colleague.

Leonora, Alma, ...... what are you doing here?

 To my mumbling, Leonora and Alma replied without hesitation.

I was staying at the same inn and saw you leaving with your students this late at night, so I thought it would be interesting to visit with you and Alma.

Also, I have to keep an eye on Mr. Brett to make sure he doesn't commit any crimes or anything, right?

 Where's my privacy?
 If you think about it, I'm probably a stalker.

 But my inner grief was not heeded.
 Next, Dr. Leonora said something like this.

I've heard most of what you've said. So, you're saying that Mr. Brett wants to graduate his students and give them a final exam, and the students want him to spend more time with them?

"Well, ......, well, that's what's going to happen, isn't it?

 I'm sure you're not the only one.
 In fact, Rio, Iris, and Maifa were all shaking their heads.

 Then Dr. Leonora held up her index finger and said something like this.

Then it's easy to talk about. Mr. Brett can test the students for graduation, and the students can test Mr. Brett for the right to be with him for a while longer. Let's win what we want by our own power. Now, let's both be brave and fight fair.

 What about ......?
 I couldn't get my head around what was being said.

 Well, I mean, what do you mean, ......?
 In short...

 In this graduation exam, there will be a battle between me and Rio, Iris and Maifa.

 If I win, you three graduate.
 If the three of us win, I get to continue teaching the three of us?

 Wait, that's not right, is it?

 I was going to have the three of you show me how strong you've become, and then the three of you would beat me and graduate cleanly. .......

 In the event that you're not sure what you're looking for, you'll be able to find a lot more information on the web.

 ...... Oh, yeah.
 I'm not sure what to make of that.

 I'm not sure if you've seen this before, but I'm sure you've.

 ...... huh.

 Oh, okay.
 I get it.

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

 I smile fearlessly.
 I had decided to take the fight with my students seriously.

 Originally, I had planned to lose in the end because it was my graduation exam, but now it's a different story.

 I'm going to crush them with all my might and let them graduate cleanly.
 That'll make everything all right.
 I don't care if they call me immature or not.

 And so, in the presence of Leonora and Alma, the nightly battle between me and my three students began.