"Didn't you just said earlier that the North Dormitory only had the nine of us?" Minerva asked in a strange tone.
"Yep." Zinnia nodded.
"Then how come this was too huge?" Minerva asked while pointing at the building in front of them.
"Uh, I don't know...?"
Minerva just shook her head. She wasn't kidding. The building was too huge to only be occupied by the nine of them.
When they were walking earlier, Zinnia had pointed at Minerva on where the other dormitories were located. There was where the scholars resided, the main dormitory, and the north dormitory. While the North Dormitory wasn't as huge as the Main Dormitory, it was still comparable to Southeast Dormitory where the academy's scholars resided. And compared to the North and Southeast, the Southeast Dormitory housed hundreds of students.
"Did the other nobilities talk about this?" She asked.
"This would be your room. Ta-da!" Zinnia enthusiastically said as soon as she opened Minerva's room."Although your room was in the third floor while mine was second, it's fine since I'd still see you whenever you'd go down hehe."Minerva looked around the room that she would stay while inside the academy. Actually, "room" wasn't the correct term for this. This was freaking an apartment, if she would base it on earth.There was a dining room, a living room, a study room, a closet, and then the bedroom. How was this a freaking "room"?"This…"Was this truly okay?She might've sound like fussing over such details. But this "hospitality" was too much! Were the board of directors that desperate to cling on the jeweled eye wielders' thighs?"Was this room to your liking, Your Highness? If Your Highness didn't like it, this one would immediately p
"...can we go to the west instead?" Minerva said after a thought."Huh?" Zinnia looked at Minerva with a confused expression."Don't tell me you were that curious about the Legendary Vicious Beast? As what I said earlier, it was just a rumor." Zinnia said."But everyone who came inside the Inner Restricted Area had felt that huge pressure the beast had emitted." Minerva argued."Whatever. You normally wouldn't insist and this was the first time that you werethiscurious about something. Fine, I'd take you there. Still, we're not allowed to venture the Restricted Area. Did you understand? We'll just walk around the west. Nothing more." Zinnia said in a serious tone. She sounded like Serena whenever she acted like a caring big sister that Minerva had an urge to laugh. However, she stopped herself and nodded her head vehemently."Yes, yes. Now let's go?"
"Welcome to Mavy's Restaurant—oh my! It's our distinguished guests!" The restaurant staff exclaimed in shock as soon as she saw Minerva and Zinnia standing in front of her. Because they both wore robes and the restaurant staff were taller than them, she didn't notice their features until they looked at her.At first, she assumed they were just some henchmen sent by some powerful family to investigate the rumored Legendary Vicious Beast. But who would've thought that it was the soon-to-be Saint Archmages? Furthermore, they were their frequent guests!"Please come in! Pardon this one's rudeness, as this one hadn't noticed it was our dear guests." The restaurant staff said as she smiled broadly. Obviously, the two girls didn't want to be noticed, so they used a robe. Therefore, she didn't greet Minerva and Zinnia by their titles, just like what the boss had taught her
"I'm so pissed!" Zinnia grumbled as they walked at the streets. They were heading to another restaurant that Zinnia also recommended. Although it wasn't as tasty as Mavy's Restaurant according to her, it wasn't also bad.Minerva pulled the hood of her robe further to hide her face and hair before she responded. "I didn't expect that such incident would happen.""Me neither." Zinnia grumbled, "I was excited that I could finally bring you there yet that thing happened! And of all people who we could cross with, it happened to be Cascade!""Cascade?"Zinnia snapped her head at Minerva. "You didn't know Cascade?""…should I know him?""Heh. You sounded like Uncle Santi." Zinnia remarked, "Anyway, Cascade was my classmate in one of my general subjects. He was smart and even a talented swordmaster."Zinnia paused for a moment before she continued,
"That's her, right? Minerva Chrysalis de Ivrea." A man whispered as he sipped on his ale."Yeah, it's definitely her." His companion replied and nodded his head."I thought we wouldn't have a chance to see her today. But who would've thought that she'd go outside. Our luck was pretty good today, huh."His companion smirked, "I told you, didn't I? I won multiple times in the West's gambling house yesterday. There's no other way that my luck would disappear just like that.""Yeah, yeah." He just said and waved his hand."Let's go, they're about to leave."××××"Psh. Damn it, why did it took so long for them to go out? I'm hungry.""Shh. We'd head near the restaurant's emergency exit. According to Zinnia and the others' pattern whenever they'd go here, they often took the emergency exit to leave."The two waited for a
"Hmm. But if we wanted to interrogate them, this place wouldn't be a plausible one. Don't you think so?"Minerva glanced at some of the people at the end of the street they were in.Well, she admit that it was her fault. She accidentally released a huge amount of ice blocks that the others heard. Furthermore, this place was filled with mercenaries who were experienced. If there was anyone near them, they would surely heard the fight that broke in here. If fight was the right term to call for this."Who were they?" A baritone voice was heard from the crowd of people. Zinnia squinted her eyes and stretched her arm. The crowd, especially those who were in front, immediately screeched. They must've thought that Zinnia was about to attack them. However, what she only did was made a barrier that was made of vines. It was only a temporary barrier anyway. She only did that so they could escape safely."It's a
"Damn, they're dead." Zinnia muttered as soon as they arrived at the forest near the Restricted Area. The two assassins who attacked them were now dead lying on the ground."The commotion distracted us too much that we didn't take the poison on their mouth.""It's fine." Minerva said. Although it was a pity that they both died and were unable to be interrogated to know who was behind this attempted assassination, the leads that they had weren't completely erased.She stepped forward to look closely to one of the assassins. She crouched and pulled down the hood of the assassin and there she saw a tattoo. It was a star-shaped tattoo on their necks."What's this? Do you know any organization that have this tattoo?" Zinnia asked.Minerva just shook her head. Before, when she was just a child, three people tried to assassinate her and her parents when they were in the Halen Empire. It was
"My apologies for not introducing myself. I'm Claire Raphaela de Zielony. Nice to finally meet you, Minerva Chrysalis de Ivrea."What… the heck?Minerva was dumbfounded at the blonde woman, whose name was Claire, sudden revelation.Zinnia had a sister? And a jeweled eye wielder on top of that? Why did she mention anything to her?Furthermore, why did she only see her now?Wait, hold on a sec...She said that her name was Claire. And if Minerva recalled correctly, on her birthday, there was someone named Claire who would gift her with some books. She didn't bother to ask her father about Claire's background as there were a lot of people who gave her gifts. Minerva only recalled her name as the books that she gave was too interesting."Uh, Minnie…?"Minerva woke up from her reverie when she heard Zinnia called her name