The Greatest Genius Alchemist Of All Time Wants To Retire - Chapter 31 - Monica's Path 3
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- The Greatest Genius Alchemist Of All Time Wants To Retire
- Chapter 31 - Monica's Path 3
Hi, Monica again.
I was really nervous standing alone in front of the academy’s gate. I was stunned by all the people around me paying attention to me.
I have the characteristic light green hair and long ears.
Everyone knew that I was a demi-human, an elf, and there were no demi-humans in the academy. I was the only one. That’s right, the only one. I was more nervous about jumping into such an environment than the hard exam, and it was going to be arduous.
Actually, my teacher asked me ‘Do you want to go with me?’ but I didn’t want to attract any strange attention and… I needed to walk on my own feet.
“… let’s do this!”
Motivating myself, I walked past the academy gates.
“Amazing… It’s huge…”
I came here today to take Elle-sensei’s classes. I was going to meet Sensei and Fii’s cousin, Rita, at the seminar this afternoon. The academy system was very simple. You can take your preferred classes and write your thesis on your own. It was convenient because you didn’t have to get together with your classmates but… their stares were still painful.
I sat alone in an empty seat at the front…
Uuuuh… It was embarrassing…
“Hey, isn’t that…”
“But she’s a Platinum-rank alchemist and an elf.”
“Seriously… ? A demi-human a Platinum-rank alchemist?”
“Yeah. I heard it from a reliable source.”
Noooo! I could hear them. My race has great hearing. I could hear the voices from the back seats perfectly. Most of them were talking about me.
Then, I heard footsteps coming towards me from behind.
Who might they be…? I turned around and saw three girls. There were staring, no, glaring at me.
Uuuhhhh… It was just the first day and it was already this hard…
“He~y, are you an elf?”
“Y-yes, I am… I’m from a village in the South.”
“Hmmm. So, how did you get in?”
“Yes? What do you mean?”
“A Platinum-rank alchemist elf and being assigned to the Elzemi. Do you understand what that means?”
Ji~i (stare). They were sternly looking at me. I was filled with the desire to explain. I had taken the exam, passed it, and was officially assigned to Elzemi… despite being helped by Fii-san. Yet, I couldn’t find the words. I was so nervous that I was shaking and couldn’t say anything. Human society was harder than I thought it would be.
I said last time that I was ready for it, but it was still scary after all. Not only humans are scared of malice, elves are too.
While I was shivering, someone came in.
“Ah… I wonder what will happen to me…?”
“Ara? Monica, what’s the matter?”
“Ah. Alice-san, good morning.”
“Yes. Good morning. By the way, that’s my special seat.”
“Aaah! I-I’m v-very sorry! I’ll move right now!”
“Fufu. It’s okay. The seat next to you is empty. Let’s take Sensei’s class together?”
“Is that really okay?”
“Of course, it’s okay. You’re a student of this academy. Unlike some people, I’m not a small-minded person who discriminates against others based on race… Hey, don’t you think so?”
” ” “Hee!” ” ” (scared)
The girls who had come at me earlier turned pale and left.
“Ah, um, thank you very much… Alice-san…”
“Ah, it’s okay, it’s okay. Those tactless people will always exist, but they are not worthy of harming you. It’s only natural to help them. Besides, I don’t like distorted views like that, you know.”
“For all of that you’ve done.. thank you very much.”
Alice laughed as I bowed my head.
“Fufu. Monica really is cute. You’re honest, humble, and beautiful. Let’s have lunch together at lunchtime.”
“Is it really okay?”
“Of course. Let’s go to the cafeteria today and surprise everyone.”
I became a bit more optimistic, and then we went to Elle-sensei’s class.
“The first thing you need is to understand the nature of First Quality Prima Materia. It is present in the air but polarized. When you use alchemy, the First Quality Prima Materia in place will disappear per the law of conservation of mass (EN: I think meant conservation of energy). You can also use the First Quality Prima Materia in your body but it is recommended against doing it in the first place because if it depletes, you will experience various symptoms, such as health problems. Then…”
Sensei spoke slowly. He had a microphone attached to his collar so that his voice could be heard by the whole class. His lecture also conveyed the contents of that paper, but in a much more vivid way than if I had been reading alone. It may have been an exaggeration to say that the knowledge seeped into my brain… but that’s how I felt.
Sensei was very good at teaching. He didn’t just talk about difficult subjects in a bland manner but used intonation and simple metaphors in his lessons.
To say that he was a genius would be an understatement, and I’m sure he put in a lot of effort as well. I’m really thankful for encountering Sensei.
“Monica, let’s go to the cafeteria?”
When class was over, Alice asked me to go with her.
I walked alongside her. I had heard that the cafeteria was very big and the food delicious. I’ve always eaten simple meals in the elven village, so I was very interested in human food.
“You buy a meal ticket here. I’ll have the tonkatsu set meal!” (TN: tonkatsu = pork cutlet)
“I’ll have that too then…”
I ordered the same thing as Alice and handed the meal ticket to the receptionist.
“Ara? A friend of Alice-sama?”
“Yes! Her name is Monica, and she’s an elf. Isn’t she cute?”
“Ara~a. You’re such a pretty little thing… Okay, I’m going to fry up a big pork cutlet for you two.”
“Yay! Thanks, Auntie!”
Alice seemed to be a regular customer that was often served by her. I thought princesses were more uptight, but Alice-san was very friendly, and I liked her.
Then we took the tray we received and moved to take our seats.
“Hey… is that…”
“The princess and an elf… That’s a great combination.”
“I heard that the elf is Platinum-rank alchemist.”
“Really. That’s amazing…”
I could hear the gossiping, but I didn’t care anymore. I was going to act for who I am, just like an elf.
“Hafu Hafu (hot)… This is delicious when fried.”
Alice looked delighted as she ate it, so I also took a bite. After taking a bite through the crispy texture, the juices started to flow from its inside. As I chewed on the pork, more flavour flooded into my mouth. The sauce on it also gave it a great accent and was very tasty!
It’s the first time in my life that I’ve eaten something that delicious!
“Isn’t it? Deep-fried food is the way to go. Next time, let’s have the fried chicken set meal.”
“Hafu hafu (hot)… Yes!”
After eating together, it was time for my seminar.
“Sensei’s seminar is here. Then, let’s go in.”
“Huh? Is Alice-san also in Elle-sense’s seminar? If I remember, only Fii’s cousin, Rita-san, and…”
“I forced my way in. Fii didn’t listen to me no matter how many times I asked her, so I threatened her. I blackmailed her with her embarrassing memories of the past.”
“Ehehe… I feel like that’s a pretty serious abuse of authority…”
“It’s okay, it’s okay! That’s how to use your power and other’s vulnerabilities!”
“Is that really how it is?”
“Yes! Now, let’s go!”
Alice-san pulled my hand and opened the door.
And so, this is how my life as an alchemist began.