In the courtyard of Goudenbert household, there is an extremely spacious garden.
The roses are well taken care of and blooming, and the bushes are beautifully arranged.
The freshness of the morning air. Sunlight shone gently from the blue skies.
Ferris bathed under the sun while stretching her body.
As she was always digging things in a narrow tunnel, the young Ferris’s suffers from body aches on almost every part of her body. However, as she managed to sleep on a fluffy bed last night, she felt that most of her accumulated fatigue have been removed.
「 For some reason… I feel good…」
「 Fua~ 」, Ferris yawned.
Her masters in not here today to order her 「 Hurry up and work 」 so she does not have any work to do. But, she felt slightly unease this way.
There is no one else in that garden including any servant.
Ferris climbed and sat on the edge of a bench and started looking at her own palm.
She recalled that she was called into the reception room by the guard leader yesterday, and the things that she did.
Judging by everyone reaction, it seems that it was magic.
She did not even consider that she could use magic up until now. Come to think of it, she did not even attempt trying even once.
She thought that this sort of power is far away from her reach.
However … now that she knew she could use magic, she wanted to use more. Ferris wanted to know more about the power hidden within her.
「 That… if I recall, I need to chant the word…」
She is someone that would remember anything once her heard it. She is in ignorance of the fact that the specification of her brain is extremely high. She properly remembered the chant for the spell.
After hesitation, she softly chanted the spell.
Then, a ball of light appears from her palm and began to expand rapidly.
The rose petal that came into contact with the light scattered into the sky while the bushes is burning in white flame.
Standing in the middle of light brighter than the sun, Ferris started panicking.
This is really bad. It will become a serious matter just like yesterday.
Furthermore, Robert, who could stop the magic also not here.
「 Please, please make it stopppppppp!」
A voice was heard and the ball of light vanished.
「 Eh? Eh? Eh? Who, is that…?」
Ferris looked around her surrounding in shock but could not find a single person.
As she was looking everywhere, Alicia appears from within the mansion. However, the voice she heard was obvious not Alicia’s voice.
「 Morning, Ferris 」
「 Go, good morning!」
Ferris decided to leave the search for the mysterious voice later.
Alicia observed the bushes around Ferris and became slightly gloomy.
「 Magic… did you use it?」
「 S, sorry! Just a little, I only use it just a little!」
「 You do not have to worry about it. You have the freedom to choose it. You… are you interested in magic?」
「 That, rather than interest, if I could use magic properly, I feel that it will be helpful for work!」
Alicia became surprised.
「 Yes! It is convenient to dig for magic stone using magic, so I could find job at another magic stone mine! Now, I, do not have a job!」
Ferris, who is jobless, puffed her chest.
「 That… Firstly, there are many jobs beside working in a mine… Also, I do not think you reached the age where you should work 」
「 Eh…but, I would not get food if I don’t work… Also, I, want to know 」
「 Magic, make me excited! Those that I could not do, I feel that I could do it now! I want to try many things!」
「 I understand that feeling…」
「 You understand too!?」
「…Yes. When I first started learning magic, I was also so excited that I could not control myself. No, even up until now, I kept adding learning new things which makes me extremely happy 」
「 Right! Right!」
Ferris pumped her fist in front of her chest excitedly.
Alicia could understand, sharing the same feelings with others, I am happy.
With masters and the miners, such experience, never even once before. For some reason, felt I could very much get along with Alicia.
「 However, are you satisfied with only that? Ferris, don’t you want to properly polish your magic?」
「 Polish…desuka? Just like how magic stone are polished before selling them?」
「 Although I do not know what is the process of polishing magic stone, but…it is properly similar. Before working, it is normal to attend school 」
Ferris tilted her head hearing an unknown word.
「 That’s right, it is a place where talented children such as yourself gather, and learn from teachers. You will also receive proper guidance for subject including knowledge in magic 」
Ferris felt it is an attractive place to go. Not only could she obtain knowledge, she felt that it is a place where she could also see many other children her age.
「 Well, would you like to take a look? I am also learning magic in that school 」
「 Y, yes! I want to see! I want to go to school!」
Ferris requested passionately.
Looking at the innocently looking Ferris and beaming with happiness, Alicia recalled the conversation with her father last night.
「… You want Ferris to attend the magic school?」
After her father called her to his study room, Alicia inquired further.
「 Right. It is necessary to have someone guiding that child properly. A tragedy will definitely occur one day if she lost control of her magic just like today 」
「 That’s true… it is not possible to have someone help seal her magic every time 」
Alicia also agreed.
Earlier in the day, Robert only managed to stop Ferris’s magic by using the magic sealing liquid, but that bottle of liquid is extremely expensive. It is not easily available everywhere.
「 If, a tragedy does occur… that child might not be able to forgive herself. Feeling of guilt will lead her to despair. The Black Rain Witch broke down due to being overwhelmed by guilt 」
「 I do not want… that sort of thing to happen 」
Not only is Ferris her benefactor, she also has the genuine feeling of wanting to bring Ferris happiness. Looking at such a small and cute girl which get frightened easily, everyone would have such feelings.
「 Luckily, I know the principal of the magic school. I should be able to get the school cooperation if I explain the matter regarding Ferris honestly 」
「 I would also properly take care of her 」
「 Please. Not only for the sake of that child… but also the future of this world. Do not allow her to go astray, or break down, please watch over her 」
Robert rubbed his beard and spoke such heavy words.
「 That… what’s wrong? You spaced out…」
Ferris asked Alicia who is deep in thoughts.
Alicia finally snapped by to reality with this.
「 Ah, I am sorry, I am just remembering some stuff 」
「 So that’s the case. It should be me apologizing, Alicia-san 」
「 Just Alicia. My age is not that different from you 」
「 Is that true!?」
「 I am 12 years old, so I am only older than you by 2 years 」
「 Ehhhh!? I thought you are 95 years old!」
「 That is obviously not true, right!?」
Alicia suffered a heavy blow.
Ferris then tried to amend the situation.
「 Ah, I made a mistake! You look like 15 years old! You are very matured 」
「 That, thank you. However, I am not 95 years old. Right, I am definitely not 95 years old. Definitely not….」
Alicia repeated this multiple times. It seems that she has a complex regarding this.
After mumbling for a short moment, Alicia recovered her spirit and clap her hands together.
「…Alright! Well then, let’s head to the street in front of the magic school. It is necessary to prepare clothing for you! As my size would not fit you, things such as cute cloths and bag, it is necessary to buy them!」
Alicia kept talking happily.
Ferris also felt excited looking at Alicia, but there is still one matter she does not understand.
「 Ano… buying things, what is that…?」
Ferris asked, looking puzzled.