Chapter 4-3 : Future Foreseeing (part 1)
「Baron Mylia, thank you for coming. It’s an honor to have you in my cathedral. I know you are a busy person but please forgive me for taking your precious time.」(Cardinal Copel)
Cardinal Copel talked with a soft voice, trying to be as polite as possible toward Mylia.
But Mylia just replied to him with a nod.
Chloe told her that just because the people in the Church of Celis were religious people, that didn’t mean that they were all clean and honest.
Chloe was worried that Mylia would listen to them without thinking.
「Thank you. Baron Mylia, there’s something I want to ask you if you don’t mind.」(Cardinal Copel)
「I heard that there are not many people who are allowed to see you. I was wondering what business one of the most important people in the Church of Celis has with me, so please go ahead and ask me.」(Mylia)
After Mylia said that with a little bit of sarcasm, Cardinal Copel smiled gently.
「Haha. Please. I’m not that great of a person. From my perspective, Baron Mylia, your presence in this kingdom is greater than mine. Please let me apologize once again for taking your time.」(Cardinal Copel)
Saying that, Cardinal Copel bowed to Mylia once again.
「P, Please raise your head. Umm… It makes me feel a bit uncomfortable. I’ll be grateful if you stop bowing to me like that.」(Mylia)
「Ah, I see. Pardon me. Baron Mylia, you are a humble person just as I thought.」(Cardinal Copel)
（Uhh… I don’t want him to bow to me not because I’m humble but seeing someone much older than me bowing in front of my face really makes me uncomfortable…）
Cardinal Copel raised his head and turned his gaze toward the door at the back of the room.
「Please bring that here.」(Cardinal Copel)
After he said that, someone who seemed to be a priest came out while pushing an extravagantly-decorated cart toward both of them.
He then made the holy seal, bowed once to the Cardinal and Mylia, and then left the room.
（What is this? A magic tool?）
There was a hexagonal crystal placed on the cart. It was so big that it couldn’t be held with both hands.
Mylia could feel a high amount of magical power swirling around the crystal.
「Baron Mylia, do you feel the magical power from it? This crystal is a magic tool called the ‘Sage’s Crystal’.」(Cardinal Copel)
「That’s right. It is made from Eternal Quartz, the stone that contains a dragon’s gene. It is said to be a magical treasure created with the lost technology. We, the Church of Celis, have been protecting it for a very long time.」(Cardinal Copel)
「Hee… a magical treasure, huh…?」(Mylia)
Mylia leaned her body a bit forward and stared at the Sage’s Crystal.
She had read a lot of fantasy genre web novels in her previous life, so seeing an ancient magic tool like that made her excited.
（Eternal Quartz… Dragon’s gene… The lost technology… A magical treasure… Aahh~! This is why I love fantasy! This kind of thing makes me so excited!）
「So, why are you showing me this precious crystal?」(Mylia)
「There’s only one reason.」(Cardinal Copel)
The Cardinal looked at Mylia and made a serious expression.
「But first, let me explain about this crystal. As I said, this Sage’s Crystal is a magic tool… A magic tool to predict the future.」(Cardinal Copel)
「P, Predict the future!? That’s amazing!」(Mylia)
「Yes, it is a powerful ability. However, there are two strict conditions that have to be met in order to activate this crystal. The first condition is that the only people who can activate it are those who have killed dragons. In other words, Dragon Slayers. The second one is that you must have a lot of magical power because it requires a large amount of magical power to be activated. There are several Dragon Slayers other than you in this kingdom, but none of them have enough magical power to activate this crystal.」(Cardinal Copel)
「I see… So, you want me to activate this crystal?」(Mylia)
Mylia guessed so after the Cardinal explained the activation conditions.
「That’s right. Baron Mylia, you are a Dragon Slayer and a powerful magician. I would like to ask you to help us. Of course, regardless of if you successfully activate the crystal or not, we have prepared rewards for you. Please rest assured.」(Cardinal Copel)
「Hmm… Now I know the reason why you called me here, but I haven’t heard the reason why you want to activate this crystal.」(Mylia)
「Ah, my apologies. I should have explained that before asking for your help… Actually, the priestesses have been having ominous dreams for the past few days. They know that something bad will happen in the near future, but they don’t know exactly what it is.」(Cardinal Copel)
「I see. So, you want to know what will happen.」(Mylia)
「Yes. It would be bad if this country was hit by a disaster or something. If we know what will happen, then we may be able to prevent it from happening.」(Cardinal Copel)
（Disaster… If what he said was true, then that would be terrible… I have to protect Onee-chan, Aria-san and other people I care about. I don’t think I have any reason to refuse!）
「Alright, I understand. I will cooperate.」(Mylia)
「Oh, thank you! Thank you, Baron Mylia! Thank you, Celis-sama for bringing Baron Mylia to us!」(Cardinal Copel)
Cardinal Copel exaggeratedly spread his arms, looked up at the statue of Goddess Celis and made the holy sign.
「How can I activate it?」(Mylia)
「You can do it by simply touching the crystal and injecting your magical power into it.」(Cardinal Copel)
「Alright, I’ll try.」(Mylia)
Mylia stepped closer to the Sage’s Crystal and stretched her arms toward it.
Cardinal Copel asked Mylia to activate the Sage’s Crystal but actually, he had little hope that she would be able to do it.
After all, even though she was genuinely a Dragon Slayer, Mylia looked just like a normal little girl.
The more he looked at Mylia, the more doubts he had.
Mylia was a cheerful girl with a bright personality. Cardinal Copel thought that she was unsuitable for carrying a noble title. He thought that a little girl like her would tend to get into trouble in aristocratic society.
Seeing Mylia touching the crystal, Cardinal Copel swallowed his saliva, feeling a bit nervous.
「Alright, here I go!」(Mylia)
However, before Mylia started injecting her mana into the crystal, her stomach suddenly growled.
「Umm… Baron Mylia, are you hungry…?」(Cardinal Copel)
「A, Ahaha… I ate a full bag of oubri before coming here, but it seems that it wasn’t enough to fill my stomach.」(Mylia)
「Oubri? Ah, those baked sweets? My grandson loves to eat them too.」(Cardinal Copel)
「Is that so? Hehe… Please excuse me for a moment. I’ll make it quick.」(Mylia)
「Please don’t mind me.」(Cardinal Copel)
Mylia put her hands away from the Sage’s Crystal, turned around, and took a few steps away from the Cardinal. She then took out a few skewers of grilled Dabola meat from her magic bag and quickly ate them.
After Mylia finished eating, she wiped her mouth with a handkerchief and returned to the Cardinal.
「I’m sorry. I’m ready now. Hehe…」(Mylia)
Mylia scratched her head as her face turned red. She felt somewhat embarrassed.
Cardinal Copel knew that she was eating but he pretended to not notice it and smiled gently at Mylia.
「Haha. It’s okay. Well then, please continue.」(Cardinal Copel)
「Alright, here I go!」(Mylia)
Mylia touched the Sage’s Crystal and started injecting her magical power into it.