“…A long time ago, there was a person who was of great help to me. They used to say, “Learn and pursue the truth.” I loved to study, and it helped me out a lot. That’s why I was more passionate when I first started teaching.”
“Oh, so you’re a passionate teacher?”
He is a nice guy and seems to be enthusiastic about education, but he also seems to have a lot of time on his hands and was not very passionate. I couldn’t imagine it, so I laughed a little.
However, Sensei just laughed and continued.
“But this school only wants the aristocracy to be elegant, and the image of the teacher I was aiming to be was completely denied. That’s why it was rotten. Then at that time, there came a problem child who arrived at the school and caused a commotion.”
Who might that be? I was wondering who it was, but then I was shouted down.
“N-No matter how you look at it, it’s you.”
That was absurd. I was a good student and not at all a problem child…but it was true that I had fought a duel with the royal family as soon as I entered the school…I’m sorry.
“Well, it’s all good. As it turned out, thanks to you, I remembered my original vocation as a teacher and am now able to do what I want to do. So, this is also my way of thanking you.”
“Oh, I see…Th-Then, you’re welcome?”
“Fufu. Just don’t make too much noise.”
“No, I don’t want to cause any trouble though…!?”
As we were having this conversation, we arrived at what appeared to be the destination.
“Well, this is the room I’m renting out. It’s a little cramped, but I think it will meet your needs.”
The door that opened with these words was indeed exactly what I had wanted.
First of all, it was a sturdy stone space that seemed to be safe for magic use.
Next, there was a small room next to the entrance, about the size of a tatami mat, which seemed to be a hot water supply room. Water appeared to be available here.
To top it all off, the long room was mostly separated by a wall in the middle, and the small room at the back was almost completely blinded from the entrance.
“It was probably originally used as a guest room or bedroom. That’s why the room was divided in the middle and couldn’t be used as a classroom. It’s perfect for your tricks, isn’t it?”
“You just admitted you’re up to something.”
“Yes!…N-No, it’s not, ugh.”
While I was digging my own grave, the children who had been following behind us rushed into the room at once. Ivan-sama ran over and opened the curtains and windows.
The morning light streamed into the room, illuminating the stone walls and making them glow.
“This is going to be our secret base, isn’t it? I’m looking forward to it, Fredge!”
“Yes, I’m looking forward to it too, Ivan!”
Ivan-sama’s sparkling smile made Fredge-sama wag his tail in return. The two innocents were so cute it made me swoon.
The event coordination trio followed suit, and the three of them also chatted happily.
“A secret base, that sounds wonderful!”
“Yes, it does! I’m also looking forward to the research activities.”
“Fufufu. Once it is completed, we will be able to do this and that…”
While Maria-sama and Arthur-sama look genuinely happy, Shin-sama was giggling. The other children were also in full-on merchant mode.
Other children were also rushing into the room and having a good time.
The study room in the school library, which I had been borrowing, was open to everyone, and the courtyard was a public place, so I was very happy to have such a full-fledged, club-like, semi-private space.
“Keep the lock open when someone is in the room. Basically, only lock the door when no one is in the room or when the lights are out.”
After stating a few precautions like that, Sensei waved his hand and left.
“What shall we start with, Alice-sama?”
Matilda spoke enthusiastically, and Johann looked around the room.
“It’s bigger than I expected, but there’s hardly any furniture.”
In response, Yulena had a thoughtful face.
“It’s true…there are roughly twenty people working in this room, so we’ll need more desks, chairs, and shelves.”
“Hmm, that’s true. The room was unused, and at a quick glance it looks like there are only about half as much as is needed.”
As I crossed my arms to see what I could do, the door opened behind me with a loud bang.
“Can I help you, Alice-sama? It’s finally my turn!”
It was the Metro brothers’ Dav who appeared, breathlessly.
“How did you find me here?”
“Well, I was walking through the school building and I could smell Alice-sama in her excitement! I think I’ve made some progress.”
“Don’t say it like that!! What do you mean you smelled me when I was excited—are you a pervert!?”
He was given a dynamic jumping kick by Brother Will, who had come running from behind, and then Dav was blown away.
“He smelled something…? I can’t smell anything.”
I was worried and sniffed myself, but Ivan-sama and Fredge-sama denied it with all their might.
“N-No no!We beastmen can sense another person’s emotions a little bit through smell, or in the air.”
“That’s right! And when we’re with Alice-saama, you always smell like soap and sweetness and kindness.”
“Ivan…? You’re not going to say any more about it, right…?”
Fredge, who was wearing a dark smile, rushed to silence Ivan.
Well, even if I shouldn’t get so angry about the topic of smell.
As I stood there agitated, Brother Will, who was still sharp, came and hugged me tightly.
“I’m sorry Alice, Dav got excited and suddenly chased after you. It must have been uncomfortable to hear him say something like that so suddenly…”
“Oh it’s okay…that smell seems to be something unique for beastman.”
“Alright, but you don’t have to overdo it…! Also, Alice always smells so nice and floral, so much so that I want to feel it all the time.”
“I’m really sorry,” he said, hugging me as he did so…I didn’t mention the other comments, which were a little out of character.
And then, for the time being, I reported that this location was now one of our bases of activity.
Then, the fallen Dav suddenly got up enthusiastically.
“Wonderful! Let’s get this place set up right away!”
“I agree with you, but I will be reporting your misleading language to Brave.”
Dav’s tail drooped at the sight of Will.
It seems that Brother Will had decided to hold the reins on my behalf in the form of a report to Brave-san.
[Original Author’s Note] It’s fun to let Dav run wild and have Will put him in his place, hahaha
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One thought on “Chapter 161: Laboratory Secured!”
Thanks for the chapter~!!
This smell topic is surely… delicated.
I don’t know if Alice should or not to be angry at them by saying so openly like this 🤣
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