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Chapter 5 Capital

  • Chapter 5- Capital
  • Elise is tired
  • from the work and lessons soundly sleep in the carriage. She just woke up after
  • the carriage stopped at the capital. Mr. John the driver saluted Elise and he
  • parked the carriage after sending them off. They went to the city hall first
  • and Martha managed the errand despite the full packed of people.
  • Alicia and
  • Elise stay at the front of the sweet store while waiting for Martha. The
  • capital is full of people mixed with commoners and nobles. The two girls are
  • enchanted. There are noble ladies happily having their tea at the shop. It
  • looks fun! Elise is thrilled.
  • There are
  • also different types of street food available. Elise has money in her pocket
  • and she is excited to spend it on food. She became greedy and wanted to try
  • everything. The only familiar Elise is the cotton candy, it looks yummy having
  • different kinds of color. But Elise is interested in bread, back then in her
  • real world Elise always ate bread. She is looking forward to it especially now
  • that she’s in the capital.
  • Alicia is
  • silent but you can see her delighted face. Now that she thinks of it, Alicia
  • was a noble from the countryside. The book never mentioned any details about
  • Alicia’s childhood. Seeing her in the fresh is not that bad Elise thought.
  • Elise is
  • diligently scanning the area. She saw a small book store two shops away from
  • them. She decided to go there first alone and ask Alicia for permission.
  • "Alicia,
  • Can I go to check the bookstore out there?"
  • "Why?
  • Are you needing something? But Martha is not here yet"
  • "I just
  • want to see if they have pretty book covers just like in the library at the
  • orphanage."
  • “Hmm. Let’s
  • wait for Martha then I will go with you later.”
  • The two girls
  • decided to wait at the sweet shop because Martha was taking a long time. They
  • sat facing each other and Alicia started to speak.
  • "You…
  • Y-you can read right?"
  • Alicia asked
  • out of the blue. The warm air becomes colder, Alicia shudders while looking at
  • Elise.
  • Elise was
  • taken back and started coldly to the future Saint. She did not understand why
  • but she was exposed. Alicia is just an eight-year-old child but she is sharp.
  • Elise knew for a long time that Alicia is intelligent, she will have noticed it
  • eventually but this is sooner that she imagines.
  • Alicia
  • is observing Elise's reaction.
  • "Hmmm."
  • Elise closed
  • her eyes and opened it again. The brightness in her eyes is gone and replaced
  • by a cold stare. Alicia feels the cold chill run down through and touches her
  • skin. Alicia feels the invisible pressure and breathes heavily. She is scared
  • as she trembles and grips her hands. She feels uncomfortable and does not
  • understand why Elise releases an energy that makes her feel like drowning.
  • "E-Elise." 
  • Alicia
  • whispered because she can't breathe normally.
  • Elise blinked
  • in surprise. She didn't know what happened for a moment and was dazed while
  • staring at Alicia. She was focused that a sudden unknown energy surrounded
  • them. She is battling if it’s okay to tell Alicia about the future.
  • Then a sudden
  • cough from Alicia broke out the silence. Elise looks at Alicia and sees her
  • gaze. Alicia’s eyes became lighter and a yellow energy-like aura surrounded
  • Alicia and vanished in a blink of an eye.
  • What the heck
  • just happened? Elise thought.
  • After a
  • moment Alicia is feeling normal. She isn't glowing anymore and her eyes came
  • back to brown eyes. Alicia in her thoughts thinks that there's weird has
  • happened in her body. The atmosphere became warm and for a second she could see
  • different colors from people and things. Alicia got confused.
  • After a
  • minute, Martha found them. She has the purple letter in her hand. Alicia and
  • Elise are both quiet and didn’t bother to continue their conversation. They are
  • both confused about the weird things they felt.
  • Capital is
  • clearly a lively place. There's a lot of food and stores. A big fountain is
  • found at the center with a big sculpture dove like a bird that spreads its big
  • wings.
  • Elise knows
  • that this is like a crest of the Emperor. A dove-like bird that is a symbol of
  • the Imperial Family. It only says that this land and this country belong to the
  • great emperor.
  • Martha, who
  • is in a hurry, drags both Alicia and Elise to the stores. They manage to buy
  • supplies quickly. Martha is surely good at her job as Elise continues to
  • observe everything while memorizing it in her head.  Now, the only thing
  • that they will do is to eat lunch then go back to the orphanage.
  • Elise's
  • original plan is to check out the book store and tell Martha about it. Alicia
  • did not let Elise go alone, that's why they both went to the book store after
  • convincing Martha that they will be back quickly.
  • They decided
  • to just meet at the said restaurant.
  • Elise
  • and Alicia are both fascinated by the hundreds of books inside the store. They
  • both love reading. That's why the moment they went in, their dazzling eyes
  • shone brighter than usual.
  • They got
  • separated when Alicia went to look for the book of Saints while Elise went to
  • look for history and magic.
  • Elise is
  • small so she can't reach the book from the shelves. She got annoyed but
  • couldn't do anything about it so she tried the stairs next to the shelf.
  • Getting the book is harder than Elise thought.
  • “Controlling
  • Mana” A titled Elise read from the thick book. She decided to check it first.
  • She is looking for a book that contains increasing and decreasing mana in vice
  • versa. She seriously wants to study it so that she can have knowledge in
  • dealing with magicians like the psycho Molten.
  • Elise is
  • determined to buy the book, but unfortunately drops it because of unexpected
  • heaviness. Elise's thin arm can't handle the burden and drop the book.
  • Elise is
  • annoyed as she goes down the stairs. She wanted to blame her thin and small arm
  • but she can't do something about it because she's still seven years old.
  • After she's
  • back in the land. She carefully picked up the book but suddenly it moved far
  • away from her. She can see a yellow glow like a rope behind her. Elise is
  • startled from suddenly witnessing magic.
  • "Are you
  • going to read this book?"
  • Asked from
  • the voice behind her.
  • "Yes."
  • Elise turns
  • her back to see where the voice is coming from. She sees a boy who Elise thinks
  • is eleven years old smirking at her. The boy has brown hair and gray eyes. What
  • an absurd combination Elise thought. The boy is probably a noble because of his
  • arrogant attitude to her.
  • Elise's
  • awareness of future trouble made her decision to not buy the book.
  • "Are you
  • a scholar?"  The boy asked Elise.
  • Scholar is a
  • term for a gentleman studying magic and becoming a magician. A genius gifted
  • people that are respected in the empire.
  • "Oh I'm
  • just kidding. I can't read, I just pick the best cover among them." Elise
  • said to the boy wearing her puppy face.
  • "Hmm,
  • how naive of you." 
  • Said the boy
  • that is now glaring at her.
  • "I-I'm
  • s-sorry."
  • Elise, who
  • wanted to go back quickly, apologized to the boy. She didn't let him say
  • anything more and just ran away. After meeting Alicia in the cashier they both
  • leave the bookstore.
  • END OF
  • CHAPTER 5…