Chapter 2-11 : Daemon’s Map
Chloe was waiting in front of the dorm tower with an Aqua Sophia banner on its wall.
When Chloe saw Mylia running toward her, her chest felt warm. She recalled the scene where Mylia was running through a lavender field when they were at the Atwood Territory.
Chloe couldn’t help but make a big smile that she never showed to anyone else except Mylia.
The students who saw Chloe’s smile were surprised. Chloe’s lovely and beautiful expression made them hold their breath.
Chloe, who was the best student in the Commerce Department for two years in a row, was very popular among students, especially the students in Aqua Sophia.
Mylia ran toward Chloe while waving her hand.
She then hugged Chloe and buried her face in Chloe’s breasts.
「I’m glad that we are in the same dormitory. You are the student who stands out the most in this school, so I have to protect you from ‘bugs’ that might come to you.」(Chloe)
「Ah, so you already know. I was about to tell you. Me too. I’m glad I ended up in the same dormitory as you!」(Mylia)
After they were hugging each other for a while, Mylia raised her face and looked at Chloe.
「Onee-chan, there are many things I want to tell you. Actually, I got a map from the school director.」(Mylia)
「I have a lot of questions to ask you as well, but… Wait a minute. A map, you say?」(Chloe)
Mylia answered energetically with a smile, but Chloe made a serious face for some reason.
「Do, Don’t tell me… Is it Daemon’s Map…?」(Chloe)
「You’re right. It’s called Daemon’s Map.」(Mylia)
In response to Mylia’s reply, Chloe looked up at the sky with a stiff expression like a soldier who had a trigger to launch a nuclear weapon or something.
「Dear lord….. Mylia, I’m telling you this for your own good. You should return that map to the school director right now.」(Chloe)
「Eh? But… What’s wrong with this map?」(Mylia)
Mylia was about to take out the map from her magic bag, but stopped after Chloe said that.
「We shouldn’t talk about it in front of the dormitory like this. I will take you to your room. Take my hand.」(Chloe)
Mylia took Chloe’s hand, and then the two started walking through the gate of Aqua Sophia tower while holding hands.
The students who were watching them looked a bit jealous, but some senior students near the entrance were welcoming Mylia.
「Congratulations on your enrollment!」
「Welcome to Aqua Sophia, Dragon Slayer-chan!」
「You’re Aqua Sophia’s new star of hope!」
「So you’re Chloe onee-sama’s little sister, huh? Hmph.」(senior students)
Some of them were not very welcoming, but Mylia replied to them with a smile.
「A, Ahaha… Thank you. Nice to meet you.」(Mylia)
「It’s always like this every year. Next year, you will be the one who warmly welcomes new students.」(Chloe)
「I see. I’m looking forward to it!」(Mylia)
（So this tower will be my home now… The ceiling is very high, and it looks like there are a lot of rooms here… It’s more like a castle than a tower…）
There was a huge Aqua Sophia banner hanging in the middle of the spiral staircase in the center of the tower.
The students inside the tower seemed to be busy. They were running, talking with each other, and doing some kinds of work.
Mylia saw a student from the Commerce Department with a huge bundle of paper in her hands giving instructions to students from the Knight Department.
「Everyone looks busy…」(Mylia)
「Well, we’re going to have a welcome party soon after all. Everyone is working to prepare it.」(Chloe)
「Oh, right! How could I forget about the party!?」(Mylia)
「Fufu. Mylia is the last first-year student to get here, so now they are just starting to prepare for the party.」(Chloe)
「I see… Ugh, I kinda feel bad.」(Mylia)
「Don’t worry. Nobody will blame you. You were called by the school director after all.」(Chloe)
While Mylia was talking with Chloe, the senior students who just welcomed her at the entrance ran past Mylia and Chloe to help the other students with the work.
「I hope you will enjoy your life here, Dragon Slayer-san!」
「This year, Aqua Sophia will definitely win the right to use the special cafe!」
「See you in the party, Dragon Slayer-chan!」(senior students)
They said that to Mylia as they ran past Mylia and Chloe who were walking while holding hands. Mylia then replied to them with a bow.
After that, Chloe and Mylia climbed the spiral staircase to the second floor.
「Mylia, your room is F room on the second floor. Please remember it.」(Chloe)
After they got to the second floor, they walked toward the back of the tower.
Along the way, there were students, who seemed to be freshmen, walking around with faces as if they were not accustomed to their new home yet.
After walking for a while, Mylia and Chloe stopped in front of the door with the『2F』doorplate.
「This will be your room from now on. I wanted to tell you about the Daemon’s Map inside, but it looks like there’s another freshman in the room. Hmm… Mylia, can you use a spell that prevents your voice from being overheard?」(Chloe)
「Yes, I can. Wait a sec.」(Mylia)
Mylia started circulating her magical power.
（Magical circulation… Prevent my and Chloe onee-chan’s voices from being heard by others… Soundproof, activate!）
After Mylia activated the spell, they could no longer hear any noises from the surroundings because this spell also blocked other people’s voices from being heard.
「Alright, I have activated it. No one can hear our voices now.」(Mylia)
「Well done. Now, let’s go there.」(Chloe)
Chloe grabbed Mylia’s hand, took her a little away from the door, and then looked at Mylia’s eyes while still holding Mylia’s hand.
「Alright, I’ll tell you what I know about the Daemon’s Map.」(Chloe)
「Un… It’s not a cursed item or something, is it?」(Mylia)
「I’d like to say no, but it’s probably something like that.」(Chloe)
「Seriously…? Will a ghost like Hanako-san or Demon Kakka appear if I use this map…?」(Mylia)
*/Hanako-san is the famous spirit of a young girl who haunts school toilets. Demon Kakka is actually a heavy metal musician. Kakka means Your Excellency. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demon_Kakka
「Hanako-san…? I’m not sure what you are talking about, but it’s not a curse where a ghost will appear or something like that.」(Chloe)
Chloe tilted her head and blinked several times, looking confused.
While the light of afternoon sun was illuminating the corridor through the window, Chloe stared at Mylia with a serious face and continued talking.
「Mylia, listen. The Magic Department student who has the Daemon’s Map will get poor grades in the following year…」(Chloe)
「Yes. Once you open the map, you will definitely be obsessed with it as if your mind is haunted by it.」(Chloe)
「I can’t believe a roll of old parchment has such an effect…」(Mylia)
Thinking that the spooky map was in her magic bag now, Mylia felt a bit uncomfortable.
「It seems that the Daemon’s Map itself is not actually cursed… The other students will see nothing but a blank paper if they look at the map. The only person who can read it is the student who possesses it at the time, but for some reason, none of the students who have ever read that map wanted to reveal the content to others…」(Chloe)
「That’s kinda scary…」(Mylia)
「Right? Mylia, I don’t want something bad to happen to you, so I suggest you never open that map.」(Chloe)
Seeing Chloe’s worried face, Mylia pouted.
（It’s kinda scary, but… I became even more curious about this map…）
「Oh, please don’t make such a face. We still don’t have much information about the Daemon’s Map, you know?」(Chloe)
「Hahh… As always, you’re full of curiosity… If you… If you really want to open the map, do it with me. Do you understand?」(Chloe)
「Un, I understand. Thank you, Onee-chan.」(Mylia)
Mylia nodded to Chloe. She thought that she would feel safe if she opened the map with Chloe.
「Good girl. Alright, I don’t think there’s anything left to say. You can cancel the spell now.」(Chloe)
Once Mylia canceled the Soundproof spell, they could hear the noises from their surroundings again.
「Alright, the welcome party will begin soon. Go to your room and put on your ribbon. There will be a scarf too on your desk. You can wear it however you want. I will wait for you here.」(Chloe)
After replying to Chloe, Mylia entered her room.
There were four beds, four desks for studying, and four chairs. It seemed to be a room for four people. In the center of the room, there was a big rounded table that seemed to be the place where the residents could have tea together.
（So this will be my room from now on… I wonder if I can have a yakiniku party here with the other residents…）
While imagining herself having a yakiniku party with her friends, Mylia observed the room which was quite spacious.
At the back of the room there was a freshman who just finished preparing herself and was about to leave for the party.
She was a tall girl with stunning golden hair that was braided intricately.
She had a sword on her waist, indicating that she was a freshman from the Knight Department.
（Oh, right! Greetings! I have to greet her! First impressions are important. I can’t fail this time!）
The girl glanced at Mylia for a second, but then she turned her eyes away and walked toward the door.
Mylia was nervous, so she couldn’t greet her right away. The girl quickly opened the door and went out of the room before Mylia could even open her mouth.
She didn’t seem to be a sociable person.
（Aa-ahh… Greetings… failed…）
Mylia was a bit disappointed.
However, she thought that there were still many opportunities since that girl lived in the same room.
While thinking positively like that, Mylia headed to a desk where a nameplate with her name was placed and put on the light blue ribbon that was on the desk.
Aside from the ribbon, there was also a light blue scarf on the desk.
After thinking for a moment about how she would put the scarf on, Mylia removed the barrette on her hair and tied her hair half-up with the scarf, she then looked at herself in the mirror that was placed next to her desk.
「Alright, I’m now a student from Aqua Sophia no matter how people look at me!」(Mylia)
The school uniform, the robe, the skirt, the white knee-high socks, the light blue ribbon, and the light blue scarf.
After she confirmed that there was nothing weird with her outfit, Mylia left the room.
「Chloe onee-chan, thank you for waiting.」(Mylia)
「Ah~ Your hair looks cute with that scarf.」(Chloe)
「Fufu. Shall we go now?」(Chloe)
The two then held hands and started walking toward the Upside-down Tower where the welcome party would be held.
「Mylia, I said I had a lot of questions to ask you, didn’t I? Would you answer me without hiding anything?」(Chloe)
「Of course! How can I hide something from you?」(Mylia)
Mylia waved her hand in front of her face as she said that.
「Really? Well then… Ahem!」(Chloe)
Chloe cleared her throat and turned her face sideways, looking at Mylia.
「First of all, why did Queen Kushana send 2,000 gold coins to me? What will we do with that money? How could you end up fighting the elder dragon, Zirnitra, and defeating it? What did you talk to Queen Kushana about in the audience room? Why didn’t you visit me as soon as you arrived? I waited for you at the school gate every day, you know? Ah, I also want you to tell me about the two months of your way here from the Atwood Territory, like what did you eat along the way? What did you talk about with Amnesia-san? You didn’t trouble her too much, did you? Alsoー」(Chloe)
「ーCh, Chloe onee-chan, calm down…!」(Mylia)
And so Chloe’s interrogation began.