Chapter 63: Towards the Daily Life After This Point
「You’re asking about something a little exorbitant. Do you believe in previous lives or the people who reincarnate？ 」
Rio asked with a calm tone.
It’s an unbelieveable story if it were a normal case.
Will Seria believe it?
Though he felt a bit anxious, he hid it, Rio was looking at Seria with a gentle smile.
Seria also stared back at Rio’s face with her eyes wide.
「……. I believe it」
A moment of silent, but, she replied.
No skepticism in her words.
Rio thought so.
After being amazed by Seria whose answer didn’t even take an instant.
「Thank you very much」
Rio told his gratitude while smiling at her.
「When we met for the first time, Sensei felt an out of place feeling in me right？」
「……That’s right. I thought that you’re abnormally calm for a 7 years old child. Also strangely knowledgeable for an orphan, I felt that there were also many mismatched places」
Maybe because she noticed something, Seria answered while looking as if pondering.
「That’s natural. Because there was the memory of my previous life in me」
「Memory of previous life ……」
Seria’s muttered in a low voice.
「It’ll become a rather long story but, please hear it」
Rio told her.
The thing about him being originally a student that was living in a place called earth.
About the thing that someday he just suddenly started living in the slums of Bertram Kingdom.
About when he happened to meet Christina and Flora at the abduction place by chance right after regaining the memories of his previous life.
About when he was captured as a suspect in the royal castle right after that.
About him being arranged to enter the royal institute before he noticed.
「Following after that, I also became acquainted with Seria-sensei」
Rio’s shrugged his shoulder a little while saying that.
「…….. When you met me is the time when you just recalled the memories of your previous life. How old was your age？」
Though Seria was hearing silently, showing the pose of her hand on her lips, she asked.
「I was 20 years old」
「20 years old you say, it isn’t that different from my current age right?」
Seria looked at him dumbfounded.
「Well, I’ll become older than sensei if you add the age from my previous life」
「Older ……. That’s mean ……..」
Seria’s looking at Rio with serious eyes while muttering those words.
Looking at him from top to bottom, then from bottom to top, finally her line of sight fixed at his face.
And then, when she looked at Rio’s face, he was looking back at her with a confused face.
Seria’s face dyed red in color and then she turned her line of sight from Rio.
「Is there something wrong ？」
Rio’s asking curiously.
「U-Uuhn！ It’s nothing! 」
Seria’s answered with a slightly trembling face.
Seria heart was beating rapidly, she felt that her whole body became hot.
「Is …….. That so. Are you really okay? 」
Rio’s looked at Seria’s face that seemed a bit suspicious.
「Y-Yeah！ I’m okay！ Hey, please continue your story quickly since I feel bad for making them wait」
Seria said that with a flustered face while looking at Miharu and company who were watching silently while sitting on the sofa in front of them.
Rio also looked at them.
Though Masato who couldn’t understand their words was showing a curious face, Miharu and Aki were showing awkward smiles.
Rio consented with his face slightly hanging.
Though he felt Seria’s reaction was a bit strange, he felt it would be bad to ask more since the person herself said that she’s okay.
It seems to be no problem with her health.
Looking at Seria who cleared her throat, Rio’s decided to go back to his story.
「Though I’ve nothing more to say but. By the way, now you know the reason why I can speak in their language right？ 」
「Yeah. Since all of the circumstantial evidence points to the conversation with those children in a language that doesn’t exist in this world. Moreover, even without that …… A-
Though Seria was talking with a serious expression, her words suddenly faltered in the middle of her sentence.
Thinking that it’s strange, Rio pressed her to continue.
「Ah, Ehm, S-Since I’m saying that I will trust Rio in whatever you say, I…….. J-Just kidding」
Seria answered with red face.
Thereupon, Rio’s eyes opened wide.
「Uhm …… Thank you」
He awkwardly told his gratitude.
Several seconds of awkward silence happened between them.
「Uhm, please don’t tell anyone about this story. Since I might be deemed as abnormal by other people」
And then, breaking the previous silence was Rio.
「U-Uhm I won’t tell anyone about your story. Okay」
Seria also answered a little flustered.
「Well, please then」
「Yes. Nevertheless, there’s no need to say such words right」
After saying that, Seria looked at Miharu’s group.
They replied with a slightly awkward smile on their faces.
Though there’s a saying “The eyes cannot hide one’s true thoughts”, there’s a limit to plotting through just line of sight.
Currently, it seems that they must take maximum priority for them to learn the local language.
「Yes. I’m planning to teach them the local language as fast as possible」
「I see. I also think we should do that. Please just say if you need my help, I’ll help you if possible」
「My gratitude. I’ll be happy if you’re taking an active approach by speaking to them as much as possible even if they can’t understand the local language」
「Okay, that’s what I’m going to do」
Though they can communicate in Japanese with Rio, they’re unable to have a conversation in this world’s language if they want to speak with Seria.
Seria’s wording is beautiful, that’s why she’ll make a good companion.
「Well then, since there’s something that I want to teach them, please chat with them」
After nodding to Seria who’s nodding at him, Rio looked at Miharu, Aki, and Masato.
「Sorry guys. It became a bit of a heavy talk」
He apologized as he wanted to have a conversation with Seria, just the two of them.
「It’s nothing, the matter that you talked about was something important right？」
Miharu answered while smiling kindly.
「Yes. She’s asked why I can speak in your language. So I briefly explained regarding my previous life」
Then, Rio explained the situation.
「Uhm, is it okay to tell us about that？ Uhm, you wouldn’t have had to explain about it if not for us, right？ ……Sorry」
Miharu apologized with a perplexed face.
Rio, except for the matter regarding Amakawa Haruto, Miharu knew of the matter of Rio’s reincarnation.
And then, she said that she wanted to hear about it someday.(ED: about being THAT Haruto)
Even Miharu can’t imagine what kind of story it is.
But, she knows that it won’t be a lighthearted story, that story was extremely important for Rio.
Their existence became the impetus for him to tell another person about his reincarnation.
Because she felt guilty for that, Miharu apologized to Rio.
「It doesn’t matter, since it was a story that I wanted to tell Seria-sensei someday. I think that it’s okay to start knowing from that. It might have nothing to do with Miharu-san. That’s why please don’t mind it」
To not causing anxiety to Miharu, Rio talked to her with a light tone.
Even so, Miharu still hanged her head as if still feeling responsible for it.
Since Aki and Masato never heard about Rio’s previous life, they’re not very knowledgeable about that fact.
「What do you mean by previous life？」
Masato’s asking with a slightly carefree voice.
Aki who was sitting by his side muttered 「Uwaa, now he asked it」 in a low voice.
Seeing that reaction, Rio noticed that those two have a similar misunderstanding to Miharu’s.
That’s right, they misunderstand that Rio is a summoned person like them and not a reincarnated person.
「I’ve said it before right？ I once lived in japan. I was a Japanese」
Rio quickly explained that fact to correct their misunderstanding.
「A ………… Japanese？」
Aki asking with a perplexed face.
Rio didn’t look like pure Japanese from an outsiders view.
His face looked like a half with mixed blood between a westerner and an oriental person, his hair is dyed in silver color due to a magic tool.
Moreover, due to a long time gap, his Japanese pronunciation also somehow became awkward.
Rio nodded while smiling awkwardly.
He’s looking at Aki face as if looking at a little distance place.
Aki also silently staring back at Rio’s face.
「Is that the reason you can speak in Japanese? I used to think that you were something like a foreigner」
Masato who sat next to Aki showed an enlightened expression.
「Certainly this face doesn’t look like a Japanese. But, the true color of my hair is black you know」
Rio lifted his necklace while saying that.
The color of his hair instantly changed from silver to black.
「OOH！ Is this also some kind of magic？ 」
Masato’s eyes were sparkling.
「Yeah, it’s called a magic tool. There’s magic built into this necklace. The magic that I put into this is the one to change one’s hair color」
「He~, that’s truly convenient. The magic is」
Masato’s groaned as if admired it.
「Yeah, you can put many colors if you have adequate knowledge for it」
「Please teach me to use magic too someday！」
「But, you’ve to learn this world language first」
「Aa, Un. There’s still a long way to go huh ……」
Masato’s showed a bitter expression.
Looking at his condition, it seems he’s not too eager to study.
（Is it really okay？ Magic equation is quite complex though）
Rio answered Masato with a dry smile while thinking about such a thing.
「By the way, there’s something that I want to tell to everyone」
Rio spoke to those three while sending a line of sight which contained some meaning.
After making sure that their attention is gathered on him.
「It’s just a possibility but, I might know what everyone’s acquaintances doing now」
After saying that.
Aki raising a surprised voice.
「But, I’ve no confidence in it」
「What is onii-chan doing right now？」
「Maybe they …… are the hero」
Rio frankly pointed that answer.
Aki couldn’t believe in what she heard.
No, Aki isn’t the only one.
Miharu and Masato also looked dumbfounded along with Aki beside them.
「A hero. Y- ……. Is that how they call oniichan and Satsuki-san. Maybe they’re being summoned to this world as a hero」
Aki muttered with dumbfounded voice.
「Are they a hero like the one that becomes the protagonist in a game？ Seriously? 」
Masato asked with a slightly cramped smile.
The story suddenly turned to an unbelievable direction.
Maybe their reaction was natural.
「Maybe. I think that’s the best possibility at the present」
「Well, if it’s aniki I mean」
Masato groaned as if to say that he somehow could imagine it.
「Then, is the so called hero strong？」
「Even I didn’t know the full detail but, according to the legend, it seems they’re quite strong at least stronger than your average knight of this region. Nevertheless, maybe because they’re using some sort of magic tool, they can speak in the local language」
「Eeh, how nice！ They didn’t have to study then！ 」
Masato’s let out an envious voice.
Rio replied while smiling wryly.
「And, there’s six of them. I know the name of two of them by chance but, it’s not your acquaintance. And I don’t know where the remained four are」
Rio said that with a troubled face while looking at Aki.
Though when it comes to the hero, there’s a high possibility that they belong to a country in someplace, but even that is not absolute.
There’s also the possibility that they’re wandering around the place with no one else after being summoned.
In that case, their whereabouts can’t be found so easily.
（But, they’ll always feel anxious as it is due to their families safety ……….）
Rio also understood the anxious feeling of not knowing the safety of their important family.
Rio knows of that feeling since Amakawa Haruto always lived in that way.
That’s why Rio wants to make Aki meet their acquaintances as fast as possible.
（But, what will Mii-chan do when they’re reunited？ Will we ………… separate？）
Imagining the worst kind of future, Rio was assailed by the feeling as if he suddenly lost his footing.
He was happy that he could met Miharu, to the point of forgotten such a possibility.
In the first place, he’s wondering what kind of existence is the youth called Takahisa to Miharu.
Could it be her lover.
Or maybe not.
But, Rio intuitively perceived.
That man was the person who he saw next to Miharu during the high school enrolment.
（I see …………）
Rio showed a self-mocking smile on his face.
Seria who was taking a casual glance at him from his side noticed that slight change.
But, she stayed silent without saying anything.
Though Rio didn’t know what he should say, that smile instantly vanished when he looked at Miharu.
「For the time being, I’ll keep looking for more information but, I want you to wait patiently for a while. Because whichever country it is, they’ll make an announcement of the fact that they’re sheltering the hero sooner or later, basically until that happens we have no choice but to wait」
The country will make a big announcement for the sake of authority if they’re sheltering the hero.
Though that timing depended on each country, he doubted that they would keep that fact in the dark.
If he waited patiently, one or two rumors about the heroes might come to him.
He won’t miss it if he keeps his ears on the gossip when he goes out to the city.
「Don’t worry since we’re asking for unreasonable things from you. Please」
Aki asked while bowing her head to Rio.
Rio answered that while letting out a smile that was a little lonely.
「Well, maybe we must give up or must not do the story in such place*. Though the five of us will live together in this house for the time being, best regards」
「Yes. Please take care of us too！ 」
Miharu also bowed at him.
Seria who received that also bowed while smiling at them.
After completing the first stage, Rio looked back at Seria. [TL : The first stage is freaking long] (ED: I thought they were finished?)
「The talk has ended. I think I should guide sensei to your own room」
「Room, I’ll get a private room？」
「Yeah, since there’s still some unused rooms, this way」
「Thank you very much. Rio」
Seria was smiling delightfully with “fufufu”.
「Miharu-san, sorry for bothering you but, since I need to prepare Seria-sensei’s room, can I leave the dinner preparations to you？」
「Yeah, leave it to me！」
Miharu answered with clasped hand as if being enthusiastic about it.
After saying that, Rio’s line of sight returned to Seria.
「Well then, Seria-sensei Please follow me since I’ll guide you to your room」
「Yeah. Please then」
Leaving the living room as it is, Rio walked towards the unused room while guiding Seria.
「Please use this room」
「Waah, it’s quite wide isn’t it. Is it really okay for me to use such a splendid room by myself？ 」
「Yes. Basically the room’s arrangements are similar」
「Similar to space-time warehouse？ This is a completely haphazard article huh. I mean you can also make such a splendid house」
Seria looked at the interior of the room with great interest.
Though she didn’t object the comfortable room, she couldn’t hide her astonishment at the same time.
「If there’s a necessary article from the items taken out from the laboratory I’ll take them out, how is it ？」
Rio asked while smiling wryly at that Seria.
「Uhn, it seems we need to skillfully arrange everything. By the way, can you take it out one at a time？ 」
「Understood. Since I’ll be taking them out one by one, please say in front if there’s something that you want. Since I’ll help you with the arrangement」
「Thank you very much. Well then――」
After that, on one occasion he started by withdrawing the indoor furniture, then took out the items that were in Seria’s laboratory.
First is to decide the arrangement of the furniture, after setting it’s place he started taking out the small luggage and the magic tools.
「What is the function of this magic tool？」
Rio’s asking while holding a magic tool in the form of a dark crystal.
「Ah, that’s ……… That’s right」
Seria’s answering with a face pondering about something.
「Rio, do you want to try to measure how much magical power you have?」
And so she said with a proud expression.
「My magical power？」
「Yeah, I managed to develop a magic tool which can measure the approximate amount of magical power. Please touch the surface of the crystal for a while」
Having an interest in the aggregated amount of his magic power, Rio placed his hand on the crystal surface.
Seria’s chanting the spell to activating the magic tool.
Thereupon the crystal started to cast a light.
「Though it’s just the rough amount, it can measure the amount of magical power according to the intensity and color of the crystal light」
Seria explained the ability of the magical tool that she invented by herself.
The color of the crystal will be graded into 12 stages according to the depth of magic; purple, blue, red, yellow, white, and black according to the amount of magic power.
「The previous model limit was a around the aggregate amount of 200 imperial mages but, the result was immeasurable when that type was used to measure the hero. Thus I made a measurement with double the capacity which is a bit over 400 imperial mages but, I didn’t devise it for fine measurements」
Taking the large amount of magical power into consideration, it was not suited for a detailed numerical value.
But, since that tool was currently in Seria’s hand, she couldn’t help but want to use it to measure Rio’s magical power.
「Well, be patient since it can’t be helped. How can it be something absurd like the aggregate amount of 400 imperial mages magic……….? EH？ 」
Even while Seria talked, the color of the crystal rapidly changed starting from pale black, deep black, pale white, deep white, pale yellow, deep yellow, pale red.
Seria stared dumbfounded to that rapid change.
「No way ……. Deep red is around 180 imperial mage you know. It’s still rising ………. Deep blue, 280 imperial mage ……」
Soon the color changed to purple and then returned to the initial stage of black after reaching the limit of the measurement.
Though Seria was dumbfounded, she moved towards Rio with a curious face.
「NO WAAAAAAY！ HOW CAN IT BE UNMEASUREABLE！ 」
While shouting that way, she Orz-ed.
「Ahaha. It’s …….. a failed product right? 」
Rio asking while smiling wryly.
「Don’t you understand！ I was someone that fiddled with its numerical value and magic equation！ There’s no way it’ll be FAIL！ 」
Raising her head vigorously, Seria gave a strong denial to Rio question.
「Well, looks like my magical power is large for the human tribe ……」
That was pointed in Seirei no Tami village that the aggregate amount of his magical power was large for the human tribe.
Though he never expected even in his dreams, that the aggregate amount of his magical power would be more than 400 imperial mages.
「There’s a limit you know, A LIMIT！ I mean, my magical power is quite large for a human. Even that, pale white is the limit with this device! It means that mine is roughly around 20 imperial mages! 」
It’s not just her trying to put an air as part of a distinguished family of magicians, Seria’s aggregate amount of magical power was prominent even in Bertram kingdom.
But, the aggregate amount of Rio’s magical power is more than 20 times hers.
「W-Well, let’s stop this discussion for now and go back to work. As for the amount of my magical power, let’s examine that later」
He tried pacifying Seria who was approaching him with a face that looked as if she wanted to push him down. (ED: why would you even stop that?)
It seems the amount of Rio’s magical power can’t be measured with the current devices in this place.
It’s not something that can be understood even if they discussed it.
「Muu. Well, I’ve no choice but to acknowledged it since this reality is the truth but ……..」
Seria stared intently at Rio’s face while saying that.
「Well then, where should we place this desk」
Rio started to work as if trying to escape from her line of sight.
Even after that, Rio was continuously being stared at by Seria for a full ten seconds.
After unintentionally sighing, Seria also began moving to work.
Their work reached the point of a break in one hour, during that time it seems Seria also forgot the previous matter.
They’re facing each other while sitting on the chair that was installed in the room.
「Thank you very much, Rio. I’m one-sidedly bringing such trouble for you but, as long as I can do it. Just say it if you need something」
Seria said that with a gentle smile.
「It’s nothing, please just enjoy your live to the fullest in this house, sensei. Though I might be moving around to some places, I’ll make sure to come back frequently」
「I see …… Understood. Please take care of me after this」
「Yes, best regards too. In order to leave the house, I’ll have to make another magic tool to change one’s hair color soon」
「Yeah, currently Rio’s using a magic tool right. Certainly, the impression with different hair colors is very significant. Please do so then」
「Yes. After we can leave, let’s go to the city to buy your everyday goods」
And then, they started having a discussion.
「Haruto-san. The dinner is ready」
Miharu called out to them while her head appeared from the side of the door that was slightly opened.
Rio replied while smiling happily.
Seria on his side was nonchalantly peeking at his expression.
「Seria-sensei, it seems that dinner is done, let’s go then」
「AH, U~hn. It’ll become a feast then」
Being called by Rio, Seria answered while smiling suddenly.
At that time, Miharu and Seria line of sight overlapped.
Miharu let out a sweet smile.
Seria also smiled back to her.
Looking at their exchange, Rio thought that they might be communicating about something. [Se : She’s so big, in every place. Mi : She’s so cute]
After nodding a little.
「Well then, let’s enjoy the feast Miharu-san. Let’s go, Seria-sensei」
Rio’s smiled lightly and urged them to go towards the dining room.