It has been one week since I had performed magic bestowal at the Court Mage Division.
I heard from a researcher that the Captain called for me and when I went to the Director’s room an unexpected person was there.
It was Intelligent Glasses-sama.
“…… Excuse me.”
“Have a seat, Sei.”
The Director urged me to sit next to him and told me the reason why I was called.
It seemed that a few days ago someone leaked out that there was a large amount of magic bestowed cores at the Court Mage Division. The knights, who heard this, asked for the cores.
The cores they asked for were of course the magic bestowed cores.
Therein lies the problem. They also heard that the current Court Mage Division couldn’t make the cores that the knights wanted.
If the mages couldn’t make it, then it was okay to refuse. But because the real thing was at the Court Mage Division, they couldn’t refuse.
Yup, I’m the ones who created the cores at the Court Mage Division.
It was one of the many cores I made a week ago.
It seemed that Intelligent Glasses-sama refused at first.
Somehow the knights knew that the real thing was at the Court Mage Division and didn’t believe that the mages couldn’t make it.
The Court Mage Division was a place where the most excellent mages gathered in this kingdom, so the cores weren’t purchased from the outside.
If the Court Mages couldn’t make the core, then there was no way that people working at ordinary shops could.
Since things were stalled between the knights and the mages, Intelligent Glasses-sama came to the research institute to ask if I, the creator, could help him.
“I know I can’t ask this of you, but could you lend me a hand?”
“I do not mind, but……?”
I was the one who originally wanted to bestow magic at the Court Mage Division, because of that, something like this happened, so I didn’t mind helping out. But it was important to get the Director’s approval, since I was a member of the research institute, right?
Ah, he might say it’s alright if it’s after work hours?
I glanced at the Director. Intelligent Glasses-sama noticed me doing this so he also glanced at the Director.
“Just this once. Of course we’ll be receiving compensation for it.”
Intelligent Glasses-sama remained emotionless like usual. But unlike the time when we met at the Court Mage Division, I thought that he looked really apologetic because he was downcast.
After that, the Director and Intelligent Glasses-sama talked and it was decided that starting from tomorrow, I would be working at the Court Mage Division.
The next morning when I finished my preparations and left, a carriage from the Court Mage Division arrived.
According to the Director, it seemed that Intelligent Glasses-sama prepared it.
It seemed that the carriage would be picking me up and dropping me off every day until I finished production.
This was really helpful since the Court Mage Division was very far.
When the carriage moved towards the Court Mage Division, Intelligent Glasses-sama waited at the entrance, especially for me.
“You have a lot of luggage with you.”
He said this after our rushed greetings. I looked at the box in my hands and proudly pointed out.
“These are MP Potions. It is better if I have them, right?”
It seemed that Intelligent Glasses-sama agreed with what I said. He nodded and took the box from me.
“Ah, I can carry it by myself?”
“There’s no need for a woman to carry heavy things.”
It wasn’t that heavy. He quickly entered the building after he took the box from me.
I trotted after him.
When I entered the same room that I performed magic bestowal in, the mages were already bestowing magic inside.
“Huh? Does the Court Mage Division start earlier than the research institute?”
I was planning to arrive at the Court Mage Division’s barracks before they started work, but when I arrived, the Mages were already rushing around and working.
According to Intelligent Glasses-sama, work started at the same time for both the research institute and the Court Mage Division. However, they received a lot of requests from the Knight Order, so they’ve been working since early morning.
I asked if I should come to work earlier starting from tomorrow, but they were the ones who asked me to do this, so they told me that it was alright for me to arrive at the same time like today.
“Is the deadline soon?”
“We were told to have it done in time for the next subjugation.”
When I asked this out of concern, I found out that the deadline was too short for the amount of items requested.
I was scared when I saw a vein pop out of Intelligent Glasses-sama’s temple, so I pretended not to see it.
The place where I was working at was the innermost part of the room.
The preparations had already been prepared by another Mage and the box with the cores was sitting on the workbench.
I placed the box with the MP Potions at my feet and immediately started bestowing magic.
At first I waited and saw that Intelligent Glasses-sama was standing next to me.
“Is the request from the 3rd Knight Order?”
“No…… It’s from the 1st Knight Order.”
I got used to it after a few times since I only had to bestow one type of magic, so it wasn’t a problem for me to bestow magic and talk at the same time.
There were people who worked silently because it was work, but there was a person standing next to me so it was a little awkward. There was something that I was curious about so I thought I’d ask.
The Director and Intelligent Glasses-sama only said that it was a request from the Knight Order so I was a bit curious about who had put in the request.
I glanced sideways at Intelligent Glasses-sama since it was a Knight Order that I had no relations to and he had a sour look on his face.
Is he on bad terms with that Knight Order?
“Sorry. I’ve been ordered to remain silent about this but it might have leaked out somehow.”
He muttered in a low voice as if he was crawling on the ground and chills ran down my back.
It seems that I wasn’t the only one. The other Mages also look pale.
I feel the temperature dropping but it’s just my imagination, right?
“No, it might have also been leaked by someone in the research institute since there are researchers who know that I performed magic bestowal here.”
“Do they also know what you bestowed?”
“Ah, no they did not……”
I tried to change the cold atmosphere but it backfired.
I only talked about magic bestowal with Jude so I said something like that. The Director forbade me from talking about the kind of bestowal I did, so only the Director and I know about it.
In that case there was a high possibility that one of the mages leaked the information about magic bestowal that only I can do.
The Director was probably sullen yesterday when Intelligent Glasses-sama came to the research institute because he knew about this.
Moreover, since the atmosphere was cold, I think it might be better not to talk any further so I decided to silently concentrate on my work.
After a while, Intelligent Glasses-sama must have thought that it was fine for me to work alone and left.
The atmosphere changed at once.
However, since I was allocated a rather large amount, I continued working one after the other without talking.
Because I was concentrating on my work, I didn’t notice that the lunch bell had rang. I finally noticed that it was lunch when Intelligent Glasses-sama called out to me.
“Are you not going to the dining hall?”
I looked around when he called out to me and everyone had already moved to the Royal Palace.
“Is it already lunch time?”
It was a bad habit of mine not to notice anything around me while I was concentrating.
When I told him that I brought a sandwich here from the research institute, we decided to have lunch together.
The last time when I did magic bestowal here, Intelligent Glasses-sama only talked to me when necessary, so I was worried that lunch was going to be awkward. He was mindful of it and this time we chatted a little.
Fortunately, Intelligent Glasses-sama and I talked about things related to work, so it got a bit lively.
If we talked about trendy clothes or sweets, I don’t think I would be able to follow it at all.
I’m sorry I’m not like a woman.
Then as soon as lunch finished, I returned to work.
I worked until closing time while taking MP Potions in between my breaks. I was able to finish 80% of the requested amount.
It seems that I’ll be able to finish this by tomorrow.
When I sighed in relief, Intelligent Glasses-sama came to check the current situation.
“Have you already finished?”
When he saw the amount I had bestowed, his eyes widened in surprise. He picked up some of the finished products and used appraisal magic on it.
It was important to check if the magic was bestowed correctly.
There didn’t seem to be any problems with the random items he checked and my work ended for the day.
“You did really well. I’ll rely on you tomorrow too.”
His face softened, it wasn’t just his mouth but also his eyes as well. I was surprised that he didn’t have his usual emotionless expression.
The surrounding people were also shocked and a commotion occurred.
It’s a bit disappointing that his smile disappeared when the commotion occurred.
The next day, I bestowed some more cores and the Court Mage Division was able to successfully complete the 1st Knight Order’s request.
I knocked on the director’s office door.
As soon as I heard a reply from within I said, “Excuse me” and entered. The Director was reading some documents at his desk.
“Excuse me. I want to discuss something with you, do you have any time?”
“I don’t mind, what is it?”
The Director turned away from the documents and looked at me.
There was something that I wanted so I wanted to discuss if we were able to order it.
“It is about this. Would you be able to order it?”
I said as I passed the memo to the Director.
The Director read it and looked dubious.
I thought so.
The things written on the memo have nothing to do with work.
“Honey, sugar and lemon. What on earth are you using it for?”
“I thought about making some sweets.”
Yes, the ingredients written on the memo are for making sweets.
Honestly, I was worried about whether or not this world had the ingredients I wanted but I confirmed it with Jude so I thought I should finally make it.
When I was a student I always made sweets at home.
After becoming a working adult, I stopped making them.
“I was thinking about making it for myself so I am planning to pay for it. I thought that I could purchase it together with the food for the dining hall.”
“For yourself? So you’ll be the only one eating it?”
The things I planned to make this time were for myself, so I planned on properly paying for the expenses. But that wasn’t the part that the Director caught onto.
No, I didn’t plan on eating it by myself, you know?
Do you also want to eat it, Director?
Well then, should I ask the Chef to help me out and make some for the researchers as well?
“If it is like that then the ingredients written on the memo are not enough.”
“Then add the necessary ingredients to the dining hall ordering form and bring it to me.”
“Is that alright? I thought that honey and sugar are expensive?”
“I will only pay for myself, you know?”
“Who said that you’d pay?”
“No way, are you taking it from……”
“There’s no way I’ll do that.”
The Director sighed in amazement.
But Jude told me that sweet ingredients like honey and sugar were precious in the world, which was the reason why it was so expensive.
I think it’d be quite expensive if we purchased such high-quality food for the researchers as well, you know?
The dining hall has a food budget, right? So it’s impossible to include those ingredients in the budget, right? Therefore it wasn’t strange for me to think that it’d be taken from the research funds.
Will the Director personally pay for it?
“Well, you don’t have to worry about it.”
The Director, saw that I was worrying over who would be paying for the ingredients, smiled wryly and waved his hands as if telling me to leave.
The ingredients that I asked the Director for arrived a few days later.
Early in the morning on my day off, I went to the corner of the kitchen and began preparing the ingredients.
Of course, it was difficult for me to make everything for the researchers as well, so I cooked with the Chef.
Previously when I told him about making sweets he asked me to tell him the recipe, so this was perfect.
Oh yeah, at the beginning there was only one Chef at the dining hall but now there were five.
They worked in a rotation of three so not all five Chefs were here at once.
The rumour that the research institute’s dining hall has delicious food seemed to have spread to the Royal Palace and they dispatched people to learn from us.
In addition to that, since this morning I put in a lot of effort to make sweets with the Chef.
I made simple cookies and pound cakes with honey and lemon.
I only vaguely remember the recipe but it seemed that it came together nicely.
I’m glad. That’s good.
The pound cakes that I take out from the oven are nicely baked.
The other Chefs who were preparing lunch also sampled it with me. I got a positive response from them.
A nice smell drifted from the oven, so the chefs who were preparing lunch kept glancing over here.
They seemed curious so I decided to invite them to sample it with me.
The cake sample tasted perfect so I cooled the down the rest and cut it up before putting it in a basket. Now it’s ready.
I’ll entrust the rest to the Chef to give to the Director and researchers. My goal today is to go to the 3rd Knight Order barracks. Let’s go!
Yup, was my tension too high?
If it wasn’t this high then I can’t go!
Today I was going to the 3rd Knight Order barracks for a certain reason.
I thought about giving my thanks to the Captain.
I’ve been worrying over it ever since Jude told me about the price. I thought it was too much.
Even if the other party favoured me, it was still too much.
Then I got a core from magic bestowal, so I used it to make an accessory for him.
I was troubled over various things but I made a necklace.
Since he wielded a sword, I thought a ring would be troublesome and I had a feeling that he didn’t have any piercings so he couldn’t wear earrings. I thought that a necklace wouldn’t get in the way of anything.
I didn’t know which designs were common in this world, but I made it into a dog tag that men can also wear.
I engraved a cross in the middle and embed the core into the middle of that.
I think that it’s an acceptable design.
Still I couldn’t make it by myself, so I outsourced it.
The shop was introduced to me by the Director.
He had a frightful smirk on his face though.
It was a little embarrassing just to take the necklace with me so I also brought cookies and the pound cake.
I think that it’s fine just to give him the basket.
I arrived at the captain’s office.
The Knight standing at the door smiled at me and announced my presence. He didn’t mistake me for a suspicious person.
What does it mean when I haven’t even introduced myself yet and he’s already announced my presence?
I don’t remember sending a messenger from the research institute to tell them I was coming.
It’s probably that, right? I shouldn’t always go horse riding with the Captain.
I know it isn’t good to do so since rumours float about, but it’s hard to refuse him when he invites me so I continue to go horse riding with him.
Soon after bracing myself at the entrance, the Knight opened the door and I entered. The Captain was doing paperwork at his desk like usual.
Even if they’re a Knight Order, they didn’t always train and go on demon subjugations. The people at the top have a lot of paperwork to do.
“What’s wrong today?”
“I made some sweets, so I came to share them with you.”
As I said the words I prepared in advance, the Captain’s face softened.
Yup, sorry, I can’t look at you directly.
Please don’t ask me!
When I gave the Captain the basket, he took off the cloth and looked inside.
At first glance, it looked like there were only cookies and pound cake inside.
Actually, the box containing the necklace is thrusted into the corner. It’s hidden by the cookie so he can’t see it.
“It looks delicious. Let’s hurry up and eat it.”
The Captain confirmed that there were cookies and pound cake inside and stood up with the basket.
Did I come when he was taking his break?
I hope I didn’t disturb him.
Well then, I’ve handed over the basket, so I suppose I should head back now.
I thought and tried to say my farewells but he said, “If you don’t mind, would you like to join me?”
No, I want to leave before you notice the necklace inside of the basket……
I couldn’t win against the smiling face of the Captain……
I gave up and sat on the sofa as advised.
Mhm, why are you sitting next to me?
There are sofas over there too, you know?
Was it weird for me to sit on a three seater sofa? The Captain sat next to me.
I’m perplexed by the distance between us but I didn’t feel the need to run away like before. Did I get used to the distance while horse riding with him?
I’m scared of getting used to it.
I don’t know, it feels like the places I can escape to have been steadily decreasing.
A while later, tea was brought out and the gentle aroma of tea hung in the air.
The Knight standing at the door seemed to have noticed and requested for a maid.
The amber liquid in front of my eyes was a luxury good that I haven’t drank since coming here.
I took a sip of my drink. The astringency was just right and it was very easy to drink.
As expected of tea from the Royal Palace.
They use good tea leaves, huh?
For some reason, the maid brought some plates, so I took the cookies and pound cake out from the basket and handed it to the Captain.
Mr. Knight at the entrance, did you notice that I brought sweets with me?
Ah, did you notice from the smell?
“I’m not really good with sweet food but this is delicious.”
The Captain seemed to favour the mildly sweet cookies. He took a bite of the cookie and smiled.
Of course I’m glad he’s so pleased with it.
When I saw that, I was also caught up in the mood and smiled. The Captain looked at me and his smile deepened.
An ikemen’s smile has high attack power.
I feel my face getting a little hot.
No, no, looking at him in the eyes is bad.
“By the way, it’s been bothering me for a while but……”
The Captain took the necklace box out of the basket while drinking tea after he finished eating.
I choked but I wanted someone to compliment me because I didn’t spurt out any tea.
I hid it so why did he notice?!
“It feels that this has been bestowed with magic. What is it?”
My eyes wandered about as I tried to think of an explanation.
This is useless. I can’t think of anything.
I glanced at the Captain and he looked like he was happily anticipating something while staring at me.
“That is also for you. It is my thanks for the hair ornament.”
I was making no progress even if I think about it, so I answered honestly.
As soon as I told him that, the Captain’s smile became wider, he nodded and asked, “Can I open it?”
“I went to the Court Mage Division the other day and did magic bestowal. I made that core but……”
It was painful for me to wait silently for the Captain to open the box, so I told him that I made the core.
As soon as the Captain opened the box and saw what was inside, his eyes widened.
“The core is bestowed to increase magic resistance. I thought that you could use it when you go out on subjugations.”
I could tell that my face was burning while I was explaining it to him.
It was embarrassing, so I looked away from the Captain and because I was thinking about tomorrow, I didn’t notice it until it was too late.
I returned my gaze when I felt something touch my right hand. The Captain lifted my hand up.
He didn’t do it in slow motion, but I felt as if time was slowing down.
I looked at the Captain’s eyelashes and carelessly thought, “Wow ~, it’s long”. I’m definitely escaping from reality.
I felt it afterwards. A soft feeling touched my fingertips.
The Captain’s feverish look as he released his lips from my fingertips.
That was all I remembered.
I didn’t know how I returned to the research institute after that.