Arc 5, Chapter 8 – “Traveling With Seasickness”

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Translated by:

  • Nanashi-tan
  • Phantaminum

Proofread by:

  • Phantaminum
  • SSCaide

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Beatrice: [You should be better now, I suppose.]

Subaru: [No, wait a little more. Wow, this is terrible, the world is still shaking. I’m still shaking. Even death can’t cure this sickness…]

On a street facing a large aqueduct, Subaru and Beatrice sat side-by-side, their feet dangling over the side of the waterway. Together, they admired the flow of the clear water. Onlookers smiled faintly upon seeing them. Perhaps they assumed they were siblings, or perhaps they thought they were tourists who had never seen such structures.

Subaru: [Neither of those assumptions are entirely wrong… But it’s sad that they don’t really know what our relationship is. Uuuueh.]

Beatrice: [You should focus on recovering rather than pointlessly worrying, in fact. I wonder why you think Betty is here, I suppose.]

Subaru: [Were you worried that I’d be lonely? Beako is so kind.]

Beatrice: […That’s irrelevant, in fact. Just hurry up and get better, I suppose.]

In order to accommodate the weight of Subaru leaning against her, Beatrice strained her small frame. Seeing this, Subaru’s love for her increased exponentially. Could it ever stop growing?

About fifteen minutes ago, Subaru had been forced to continue his journey on foot after he had created a fuss with his seasickness. Emilia, Otto, and Garfiel had remained on the boat to head for the negotiations with the Muse Company and Kiritaka.

Originally, Emilia had also wanted to accompany Subaru on foot, but Otto had said, “The longer we keep the other party waiting, the worse our impression will be”.

Heeding his advice, she left Subaru behind. It was most likely the right decision.

Subaru: [Well, even if Anastasia told us to be careful… In broad daylight, most people probably aren’t going to try anything.]

Certainly, there was anxiety in being left alone in an unfamiliar city, after being invited by a political opponent, but the escort named Garfiel had been brought to deal with that.

However, Subaru, who was currently alone, was important enough to the Emilia Camp that an attack on him was not completely inconceivable.

Even so, if Anastasia had malicious intent, she was too savvy to orchestrate an attack on him in the middle of the day. In addition, Subaru trusted that Julius would not support any type of ambush.

Subaru: [As he said, a Knight must remain chivalrous at all times…]

Beatrice: [Subaru. It’s rather annoying when you laugh to yourself, I suppose.]

Subaru: [Wait, I totally wasn’t laughing! Well, I’d never think of that guy and laugh! Anyway, let’s go.]

Subaru stood up and took a deep breath, rubbing his arms and neck lightly. Although they still felt a little heavy, the seasickness was mostly gone. He could more or less move around normally again.

Beatrice: [Well, Betty will help if needed, I suppose.]

Subaru: [Ohhh, I’m counting on you. Even so, I doubt anything will happen. Only an idiot would attack us in broad daylight with so many people around.]

All of the Royal Candidates needed to keep an eye on their reputation. In public, they needed to appear both pleasant and authentic. Emilia, who was a naturally honest and kind girl, did not need to worry herself about pretenses.

Subaru: [In other words, Emilia-tan’s real advantage over the other candidates is her angelic innocence..!]

Beatrice: [Your thoughts are going in an unpleasant direction, in fact—— Subaru, Subaru, look, let’s go that way, I suppose. Follow me.]

In the past year, Beatrice had become entirely accustomed to putting up with the easily distracted Subaru. She had been navigating through the unfamiliar cityscape with ease while leading him by hand.

Muse Company’s headquarters was apparently located at the boundary between the first and second districts. Subaru, having been seasick, had only dimly registered the directions, but Beatrice had memorized them all. If there was one problem that they had, it would be the complexity of Pristella’s pathways.

Although they had arrived by following the main canal, they had to take detours around the several small waterways feeding into the main one. Sometimes there were bridges, but on several occasions, Subaru had needed to jump over a narrow waterway while carrying Beatrice.

Beatrice: [Subaru, that is a splendid fountain, I suppose.]

Subaru: [You’re right… Beako, how did we get to the park?]

The fountain which had caught Beatrice’s attention stood in the center of a park. It was surrounded by well-maintained flowerbeds and children playing games. This was indeed a peaceful and relaxing sight. The only issue was,

Subaru: [Is this where we’re supposed to be going? This is the last place I’d picture finding the heir of a large company. If businessmen made deals here, then all of their money would get wet.]

Beatrice: [I wonder if seasickness makes you cynical, I suppose. That’s the first thing you think of upon seeing this beautiful scenery… Betty feels sorry for her partner, in fact.]

Subaru: [The old you would have blushed and tried to hide this mistake, but now you’re becoming rather fresh… You’re breaking your father’s heart.]

Beatrice: [Y-you’re four-hundred years too early to be calling yourself Betty’s father! Subaru lacks tact in discussing such matters, in fact!]

Subaru was unsure why Beatrice had overreacted to the latter half of his sentence, but didn’t pursue the issue. Their problem right now was figuring out how they arrived at the park.

Subaru: [Beako. Since you were leading me so confidently, I thought you knew the way.]

Beatrice: [I know the destination, in fact. However, the roads were complicated, I suppose. In order to avoid getting lost, I used the ‘left-hand-method’ that I had read about before. It didn’t work, I suppose.]

Subaru: [The ‘left-hand-method’?]

Beatrice: [Holding out your left hand and following the wall, in fact.]

Subaru: [Isn’t that for mazes!?]

Beatrice’s method was a well-known tactic in conquering a maze. Subaru recognized its effectiveness, but there were a number of drawbacks, too. Namely,

Subaru: [If you start using the left-hand method in the middle of a maze, you might end up touching the inside wall and never be able to leave! Furthermore, we’re not in a maze, we’re in a city!]

Beatrice: [Hmph! It’s just like Subaru to disregard tried and tested wisdom, I suppose. Betty was the Guardian entrusted with maintaining the knowledge of the Forbidden Library. She pities the fool who disregards the wisdom of history, in fact.]

Subaru: [I’m not the fool, you’re the fool for not using that tried and tested wisdom correctly!]

She was old enough to be self-righteous (four-hundred years) but it had taken her long enough to enter the outside world (four-hundred years), that there was a big enough gap (four-hundred years) between her common sense and time spent in the world. And so, she was a surprisingly unreliable loli.

Beatrice: [I wonder if Subaru has a better idea, in fact. Let’s see you try, I suppose.]

She put her hands on her hips, fixating on Subaru with a disagreeable glare.

——On the other hand, Subaru had just suffered the embarrassment of letting Beatrice see his seasickness and wanted to make up for it by appearing reliable.

Subaru: [Haha. You correctly decided that this place is like a labyrinth, but you were wrong to think that it was a perfect maze and use the left-hand-rule. I have some less flawed, no, flawless tactics.]

Beatrice: [Hoho, you’re pretty confident, I suppose. Go ahead and tell me your plan, in fact.]

Subaru: [Hee, I’ll tell you. Its name is the Caged Method.]

Beatrice: [————?]

Beatrice tilted her head, a question mark floating above her. The name did not convey the actual content of his plan, so Subaru cleared his throat and started to explain thoroughly.

Subaru: [Okay. First of all, we’ll call our current position the starting point. If we proceed, we will eventually reach a fork on the road. We’ll continue until we hit a dead end. Then, we’ll go back to our first fork.]

Beatrice: […Mhm, continue, I suppose.]

Subaru: [Then, we’ll map out that branch and choose another one. Using the same method as the first branch, we’ll walk until we hit a dead end. Eventually, we’ll have every branch and every path of the dungeon mapped out.]

Beatrice: [That would take far too long, in fact! I wonder if we would even arrive before nightfall, I suppose!]

Subaru: [I-idiot! What’s wrong with taking the certain path!? How many people do you think safely survived a dungeon with this method? I’m doing just as you said, relying on the wisdom of history!]

Beatrice: [Losing sight of your goal by relying on wisdom is a bad habit, in fact!]

Certainly, it hurt that Beatrice had trampled on his idea, but even Subaru had to admit his plan had too many faults. It was a time-consuming tactic, and besides, they had no pen or paper with which to draw a map.

Subaru: [Then there’s only one other method…]

Beatrice: [What is it, in fact? Betty’s confidence in Subaru is significantly lower now, I suppose.]

Although the method was reliable, it was not going to improve Subaru’s image. Acting in good faith did not make one reliable.

Subaru: [Okay, we’ll have to work together here.]

Beatrice: [On what?]

Subaru: [Let’s humbly ask for directions.]

Beatrice: [That’s fine, in fact…]

Subaru had accepted that he could not solve the problem on his own. He thought Beatrice’s pride would be the only problem, but she seemed okay with it as well. Fortunately, Kiritaka Muse was both a famous merchant and heavily involved in the management of the city. Everyone around would know where his office was.

With that in mind, Subaru looked around, hoping to find someone to ask. But,

Subaru: [Even though this is a park, there’s nobody here.]

Beatrice: [The timing is bad, in fact. It’s late afternoon, the perfect time for naps, I suppose.]

Subaru definitely agreed with Beatrice’s words and the temptation to nap in the shade rose. Shaking it off, he decided to head back to the direction of the main canal, where it should be busier, when——

Subaru: [——Do you hear something?]

The faint sound of wind and of a tiny waterflow. It was a voice—— no, it was the sound of a singing human voice?

???: [————]

Subaru could hear it only intermittently, but he was drawn toward it, looking for the source of the song that prickled his heart. Beside him, Beatrice also seemed to have noticed that sound.

Upon arriving at the scene, they stood, overwhelmed, forgetting to even breathe.

——A lone girl stood in front of a monument at the back of the park, her voice raised in song.

She was a small girl with dark skin, large round eyes, and a vibrant face. Her crisp yellow twin-tails were decorated with small, strange ornaments. In her hands, she held an instrument between the size of a guitar and an ukulele. She played and sang simultaneously.

The energy contained in the song could only be described as overwhelming.

Subaru, listening to her sing, felt a nonexistent squall by his face and a nonexistent earthquake under his feet. The clarity, the volume, of her song was overwhelming. Her voice, singing a tune like a ballad, was the only sound in existence.

Subaru: [————]

That lone girl, using only her voice and fingertips, created an energy comparable to that of an orchestra.

Subaru was far from the only one who had been utterly captivated by her. There was an audience of around twenty people, all holding their breaths, completely unaware of Subaru. Likewise, Subaru had only noticed the singing girl, whose presence entirely dominated the space.

As Subaru’s entire body trembled, the girl’s song came to its climax and the audience’s enthusiasm came to its peak——

Girl: [——Without money, without a future, without hope, with only vanity. What can I see but the darkness? And beyond that darkness, nothing. The end, the end, the end is approach——]

Subaru: [How is this song so exciting even after calming down, oy?!]

Girl: [Huh!?]

The song which even dreams could not create had been unexpectedly interrupted by Subaru.

As soon as he had surprised her, the girl stopped singing and dropped her instrument. Of course, the music had also stopped—— Immediately, the intense atmosphere surrounding the girl vanished. Subaru realized that he had screwed up.

Subaru: [Oh no, I didn’t read the mood. Sorry, I didn’t mean—that hurts! —hk! —ow! —eh!?]

Beatrice: [Subaru you idiot, it’s ruined, in fact. What a waste of a rare and lovely mood, in fact. You just had to thoughtlessly ruin it, I suppose. You’ve gone too far, in fact.]

Before he could apologize, a sharp pain pierced his toes. Looking down, he saw an indignant Beatrice stomping on his foot with her heel. Beatrice seemed to return to reality when the song was interrupted, and considered that interruption unforgivable. Then,

Person one: [Oh… what was that song?]

Person two: [This is a park … just a little a while ago, I was in the darkness.]

Person three: [No, I couldn’t help it at the time, but…]

Person four: [When I grow up, I want to defeat Themion and save Draffin…” [1]

Person five: [I want to support that dream…]

Person six: [Tina-chan…]

Person seven: [Lusbel…]

One by one, the audience who had been swallowed by the song slowly tumbled back into the reality. Everyone turned to the criminal who had ruined the song. Some had collapsed under the influence of the song, and some of the boys and girls were using the song as an excuse to draw closer together, but fact remained that they had all come back to their senses.

After returning to reality, they all glared at the source of the song’s disruption—— In other words, to the criminal named Natsuki Subaru, a man with a reputation for failing to read the mood.

Everyone: [——Don’t do thoughtless things!]

Everyone loudly and angrily cursed Subaru, who apologized profusely.

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Girl: [Thank you very much for your time, everyone. Actually, it was a blast.]

Subaru: [Don’t sound so happy about it. Take a look at my feet, they’ve been stepped on so many times, are they still the same size? Are my feet okay?]

Beatrice: [I wouldn’t care, in fact. For now, don’t consider Betty to be on your side, I suppose.]

Beatrice turned her face away and stubbornly denied Subaru, so he checked them on his own. His right foot had almost doubled in size.

Subaru had poured water on the concert, so their reaction wasn’t entirely unexpected.

One by one, the audience had thanked the girl who had sung and shook hands with her, and about half of them had stepped on Subaru’s feet before leaving. Subaru had been unable to say anything, and Beatrice had tolerated it, leaving the public’s opinion of Subaru as that of an enemy. Subaru prepared himself for both external and internal bleeding in his feet.

Subaru: [Don’t you think you should let me rely on your healing magic?]

Beatrice: [It would be a waste of my slowly accumulating Mana, in fact. Wait for it to heal naturally, or ask Emilia, I suppose.]

Subaru: [You and Emilia have been taking care of me for a long time, huh.]

Ever since he had come to this world, he had sustained a steadily increasing amount of injuries, but they rarely lasted. Even injuries from his daily parkour, such as bruises, abrasions, and sprains, would be promptly healed by Emilia or Beatrice. His fear of pain had not decreased, but there was relief in knowing that his injuries had all found a cure.

Subaru: [Well, I’ll just treat the pain as a lesson this time.]

That said, Subaru caressed Beatrice’s head, who was still turned away. Beatrice gave him her gentle hands.

Beatrice: [Well… Well, I suppose it’s fine, in fact. As long as you reflect on it and learn your lesson, I suppose.]

Subaru: [Yep, I’ll do just that. Sorry, I was wrong…]

Subaru and Beatrice finished their talk, and turned to the girl. Because he had been troublesome for her, Subaru would try to apologize. The girl, who had been watching the entire time, said,

Girl: [A flash of inspiration!]

Subaru: [Eh?]

Girl: [Listen—— I don’t know the difference between our years.]

Leaving a staggering Subaru behind, the girl pulled the strings on her instrument and instantly found a rhythm. She timed herself, breathed in a small breath, and started to sing.

Girl: [My love, do you see it, do you feel it? The difference between our ages. Even though our surroundings may change, I wouldn’t care one bit. All I care about is our height difference. Wait, my love. Please wait a moment. A little bit, a little bit, just a little bit more. If I stand on the tips of my toes, I can reach you. If the two of us stay so close together, the difference in our ages is irrelevant. So please, only two years, please wait that long. The distance between our love is sweetly melting away.]

Subaru: [As the distance in our love shrinks~, it turns into a quiet, burning love~. Eventually, two cranes will deliver to us two children~, and our future will be a bright love story~.]

Beatrice: [Eeeehhhhh!?]

At the end of the girl’s song, Subaru suddenly joined in with an ad-libbed rap that trampled all over the rhythm of the previous song. Beatrice raised her voice with astonishment, demanding an explanation as he and the girl high-fived.

Beatrice: [Wait a minute! Why… Why is Subaru suddenly part of the song, I suppose? Why did you just accept his addition, in fact?]

Subaru: [Oy oy, what are you talking about, Beako… Does the song cross a line?]

Liliana: [Well said, Liliana’s heart is trembling with excitement!]

Beatrice: [Y-your attitude that Betty is the wrong is unacceptable, I suppose…]

Subaru, feeling bad for Beatrice who had no one on her side, turned to the dark-skinned girl.

Subaru: [Let me mention that Beako and I aren’t in the kind of relationship that you’re thinking of. Even if she grew two more years, she still wouldn’t be in my target range.]

Liliana: [Eh? She’ll only be thirteen or fourteen by then? Despite how I look, I’m good at guessing ages. Well, I guess this is a skill gained from life experience.]

Subaru: [She’ll be roughly four-hundred-and-two years old.]

Liliana: [Oh, please. There’s no need to be this stubborn just because I hit the mark.]

She dismissed Subaru’s words as an excuse and ignored them, which pained him. Subaru also thought that correcting her would lead to too much trouble. Anyway, the topic had changed too much.

Subaru: [Back to the original topic, was the inspiration you mentioned earlier the song?]

Liliana: [Yeah, that’s right. Despite how I may look, I’m easily moved. Once I saw your interactions, I felt like I needed to immortalize them in song. Be proud!]

The girl, speaking quickly and fluently, raised her hands or her mouth.

Liliana: [Ah, but what I did wasn’t enough. Big bro there helped by adding the bit at the end. That was the first time I’d gotten such a reaction, I was very happy.]

Subaru: [That was because the Rap God himself blessed me, I certainly couldn’t do it again. I don’t have the skill or experience.]

Liliana: [——One single, shining moment…]

The girl made a sad face to Subaru, who looked into the distance.

Seeing the mutual understanding that had been achieved without words between the two drained the patience of the little girl who had been left out.

Beatrice: [Subaru.]

Subaru: [Mhm, what is it… Beako!?]

Beatrice yanked his sleeve down and a shockwave sent Subaru flying. The momentum would not kill him, but he still bounced all over the lawn of the park, causing him to roll his eyes.

——Meanwhile, Beatrice, the culprit, turned to the dark-skinned girl.

Beatrice: [It’s no good for you to take inspiration from us anymore, in fact. Betty is putting an end to it, I suppose. If you resist, you’ll end up like him, in fact.]

Liliana: [Ha… a… Ah, hm, do…]

Beatrice: [Be quiet, I suppose. Only think about promptly responding to Betty, in fact. The reason nothing is happening to you right now is because your song was lovely, I suppose. But who knows how long this mercy will last, in fact.]

Even seeing her trembling, Beatrice’s voice held no mercy. Seeing her hurried nod, Beatrice sighed. The girl was too scared to form words. Then,

Beatrice: [Muse Company, take Betty to where Kiritaka Muse is, I suppose.]

Liliana: [——Eh?]

Beatrice: [I will not say it again, in fact. Lead the way or be subjected to Betty’s anger, I suppose.]

Liliana: [I-I’ll lead you there! I will!]

When pressed with the choice, the girl instantly raised the white flag. Beatrice nodded, satisfied, as Subaru walked back toward them, and Beatrice looked up at his eyes upon his return.

Beatrice: [Tell me if you have any complaints, in fact.]

Subaru: [Is it acceptable to use your accumulated Mana like this, for educational purposes?]

Beatrice: [It depends on the time and place, I suppose.]

Subaru: [Such kindness and consideration, Beako… Was it okay to threaten someone to guide us?]

Subaru scratched his face and looked down. Beatrice looked at him with a sullen gaze. Subaru continued,

Subaru: [That child is probably the famous Songstress who knows Kiritaka. Maybe we shouldn’t make a bad impression on her.]

She’d mentioned that her name was Liliana earlier, and there was no mistaking that singing ability befitting a Songstress, even if her personality wasn’t what he had imagined.

Liliana: [I’ll do anything you want me to. E-eh, whether it be guiding you or licking your shoes… All I humbly ask… is that you spare my life…]

There was a girl on the ground desperately begging for her life. Correction, that girl was the Songstress Liliana.

Although, looking at her, no trace of the graceful Songstress could be seen.

Translation Notes:

[1] – These names are probably references to something, but I can only find X-Acto knives for “ドラフィン” (Draffin) and some housing stuff for “テミオン” (Themion).

22 thoughts on “Arc 5, Chapter 8 – “Traveling With Seasickness””

  1. Feel like Liliana is going to betray them at some pkint. Also, where is Mei Lee(the majuubeast shaman)? Did they leave her at the mansion?. I have a feeling that her irrelevance is going to be incredibly relevant.

  2. Beatrice’s verbal tics remind me of Yoda for some reason, which led me to consider a comedic premise where Luke frequently had to ward of suspicions that he was in an intimate relationship with Yoda despite his doting on him– in part because of his borderline fanatical devotion to Leia and in part because the suspicions are that he’s in an intimate relationship with *Yoda*.

  3. Bruh why they have to split up, I have a feeling that Emilia and the gang will be killed by an unknown force when Subaru returns bruh

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