The Little Duchess' Home Tutor - Chapter 8
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Chapter 8 – Exercise
I was reminded again and again of how talented her Highness was. So terrifyingly so.
Even if she still couldn’t use Magic at all when Spring came, she would still be accepted into the Royal Academy as an exception—If not, then something was off.
Well, if she wished to go due to her sense of obligation, then I would stop her. That place could be quite the pain in the neck for people who couldn’t use Magic.
…I couldn’t remember how many times I was told things such as “Stay away from Duke Leinster’s young lady” or “An incompetent person like you don’t belong in this school” or simply “Lowlife,” and many more.
Come to think of it, they went out of their mind when I graduated ahead of them as rank second, didn’t they? How nostalgic.
In her Highness’ case, if she already showed results in her crop research, she was better off gaining more experience here in the North than going to such a place.
“I want to go to the Royal Academy. Not out of any sense of obligation.”
Her answer was clear and definitive.
I arranged the seven candles side by side with a gap in between. Yup, complete.
“Are you sure? Just from looking at this greenhouse, I can tell that Tina likes plants.”
“I like them. It’s nice to see new plants grow with my own eyes. But——don’t laugh.”
“…I’ve always admired the Magic used by the Hero and his party that my mother read to me when I was little. I would like to use such Great Magic, too, one day.”
She gave me a shy glance. Hm.
I patted her Highness’ head lightly. Now, let’s explain the exercise.
“!? W-, what, what was that? What does that mean??”
“Now, let me explain. Ah, right, you should listen closely too, Ellie. Today is your first class, after all.”
“S-, Sensei! Explanation! I demand an explanation!!”
“Heh? M-, m-, me? B-, but, Graham-san….”
“I already have his permission, so it’s all right. You’re fine with it too, right? Tina?”
“…Of course. But, Sensei, you’re a meanie.”
Her Highness frowned, while Ellie stood next to her, flustered.
Watching the two of them would never bore me—what a lovely sight.
“Now, there are seven candles here. Please use different elemental magic on each of them.”
“The so-called Seven Attributes you said before, right?”
“Yes. Ellie, can you use Fire Magic?”
“It’s okay, don’t be so stiff. Relax, take it easy.”
“E-, erm, I just need to light it with fire, right?”
“That’s right. Let’s start with that one.”
Reluctantly, Ellie used Fire Magic on the first candle.
Then, a small fire lit up.
“Yes, well done. Then, can you put a drop of water in the next candle?”
“I-, I’m sorry! I, I can only do a little bit of Fire Magic and Wind Magic….”
“Then, try to make a gust of wind.”
As she held her hand to the second candle, the fuse swayed a little.
So she could use both Fire Magic and Wind Magic from the beginning. This girl was quite talented as well.
With the growing number of new magic users, many people, like Ellie, could only use rudimentary magic. However, half of those people could only wield one attribute. The harmful influence of overemphasizing particular attributes showed up here.
…Besides, I don’t think there’s much point in thinking about your attributes.
“Yes, thank you. Being able to handle both Fire Magic and Wind Magic from the start means you have a promising future ahead of you, Ellie.”
“Th-, thank you very much. But, umm, I’m still no good….”
“That is not true. With this, you will surely pass the entrance exam for the Royal Academy by Spring.”
“I can’t use magic at all.”
“Please try it. Otherwise, there is nothing I can teach you.”
Her Highness raised her hands towards a candle with a grim look on her face.
——Indeed, I could certainly feel the movement of Mana.
The Magic Formula was also neatly constructed. It was basic and faithful to the purpose, which mirrored her earnest nature.
However…. it didn’t activate at all.
Strange. From the looks of it, I couldn’t detect any mistakes in her formula. In fact, I would say it was exemplary even.
Her Highness hung her hand down, powerless. Tears could form in her eyes anytime now.
“…I’m sorry. I can’t do it after all.”
“You don’t have to apologize. It’s alright. I know that Tina has Mana in her. All we have to do is to figure out why the magic doesn’t activate.”
“Oya? I wonder if Tina is doubting me?”
“Never! Um, I won’t doubt you, but…”
She turned her downcast gaze towards me, but threw it away again after losing confidence.
…She has a pretty deep complex about it. She must have been told a lot of things by her previous tutors.
Sure enough, seeing someone with enough Mana construct a correct Magic Formula without the magic itself activating would sound unreasonable to any ordinary person.
Well, her sense of formula construction was pretty good. So long we figured out why it didn’t activate; she should be able to breakthrough. Definitely.
“Then, let me show you an example. I’ll have you both recreate what I did, so put that in mind.”
What do I do? Just showing basic spells isn’t appealing and, most importantly, not fun.
That’s right. Let’s do it like this. If it’s that spell, then it should be quite the display.
I lightly clapped my hands together in front of the candles and moved my Mana.
“Yup——It’s not bad.”
The two of them looked shocked out of their minds. What an overreaction.
I wouldn’t say it was an easy spell, but it wasn’t that hard to conjure. In fact, in Professor’s laboratory… I wonder? Perhaps not everyone there could do it.
Well, I will train these girls until they are capable of blooming seven flowers of different attributes on the seven candles.
——I, who was once called ‘Incompetent,’ could do it after all.