Atelier Tanaka Chapter 20.1
Dorm Life 2
Several days have passed since the attack on Ester-chan.
Every day since then I have been standing guard all night and sleeping through the day. My day and night life have been completely flipped. Ill only occasionally talk with Sophia-chan and Ester-chan at night before they go to bed.
I wonder why Im trying so hard.
Well, a promise is a promise. I should do my best to protect her.
Im a proud lolicon. I wont go back on my word.
For the time being, I want to keep going until we can catch the person behind that attack.
It seems that Ester-chan is still pretty distressed about the attack against her. If something similar were to happen to her, and she diedjust thinking about it causes my mind to become restless. Even if she is a non-virgin, shes still a classmate of mine. Weve also formed a relationship outside of school. Though, it really wont do me any good to worry about this.
And so, Im eating dinner with Sophia-chan again.
Im sorry but Ill be standing guard again tonight.
I had become used to eating two meals a day with Sophia-chan.
The quality of our conversations has also improved over the last few days.
U-umm, by the way, Tanaka-san.
Yes, what is it?
How does the soup taste today?
Moreover, Sophia-chan is the one starting the conversation. What a drastic change in behaviour. The service this maid provides is too good. Ill fall in love with her again if this keeps up.
Yes, its very delicious. It tastes amazing.
Yep, it really does.
Is something wrong?
no, umm, is it a bit saltier than usual.
Salty? No, I think it has a very rich flavour.
Is this possible?
Can I actually finish Sophia-chans route?
Really? Then, I-I-Ill get a replacement dish right away!
Im sorry. Ill get a new dish right away. Please, wait just a moment.
No, I think its fine as it is.
Saying this, she jumped up and ran out of the room pushing the service cart. Sophia-chan looked like a maid on a mission. Its possible that her heart is finally starting to warm up to me now that weve been living together for some time.
Im not even sure how far Ive progressed down her route at this point.
Anyway, I do feel a pretty significant sense of satisfaction.
This dorm life isnt so bad.
There are many young and pretty girls all around the dormitory, I get to eat delicious food every day, and all of the housework is done by my own personal maid. The quality of life here is significantly better than when I was living in Edita Senseis house.
But Ive only ever attended my lessons once.
Its likely that I wont be able to remain in the dormitory if this keeps up.
Its probably starting to look bad.
Still, I dont want to just give up on my school life. Maybe theres an opportunity for me to become a teacher. Or some kind of post graduate program. I should check with the noble mage when I get a chance.
Well, I wonder whats taking her so long? Ive been waiting for the maid that I love to return to my room. I want us to be able to eat together, but if she&r
squo;s taking this long the food is likely to get cold.
Maybe theres a long line in the kitchen?
I waited for a little while longer.
But she still hasnt returned.
I think I should go see if I can find her.
I was starting to get worried about her.
Considering what happened to Ester-chan.
If they decided to change their target.
I dont even want to think about that.
I left my room and had been walking through the dormitory for some time now.
I found the kitchen on the first floor along with a dining room. It seems I could eat here if Id like. Its dinner time now and there are many people going in and out of the dining room. The majority are students in uniform.
I glanced inside from the entrance of the dining room.
Even though theyre wearing the same uniforms as the students from the main school building, the accessories theyre wearing are all polished and their shoes are shiny. This dormitory truly is for the most high-class students.
There are even teachers happily talking with their students as they eat their meals.
And of course, because this is a student dormitory, theyre almost all teenagers. Although, there are very few that seem to be in their twenties. Even the maids that are attending to the students seem extremely young. It seems that every student here is young and pretty.
The sight of Sophia-chan with the meal cart came into view.
She was in the middle of a large crowd in the dining room.
There seems to be something interesting going on. Most of the people in the crowd are male students. I cant tell whats happening because my view is blocked by their backs, but there is definitely something interesting happening in the centre of the crowd.
I was very intrigued.
Occasionally, I would hear a voice from the crowd saying, Ooohh.
ju-just a little peek.
I muttered to myself as I entered the dining room.
After entering, I headed straight towards the large crowd of male students.
I stood on my toes as I tried to see over the shoulders of all of the gathered students.
p-please, forgive me.
Sophia-chan, with teary eyes, was kneeling on the table in the centre of the crowd.
Shes holding up both sides of her skirt so her underwear is in clear view.
Her panties are white.
Theyre pure white.
Theres a yellow spot slowly growing in the centre.
Its yellow, your highness.
Hey, take those off. That filthy underwear.
One of the students surrounding Sophia-chan poked her chest with the wand he was holding. Since her maid outfit exposed the top of her chest, the way he was poking it was likely to cause her nipples to pop out.
There is also another maid standing next to the male students watching this scene. Im guessing shes his personal maid. Shes probably a little older than Sophia-chan; shes maybe in her early twenties.
Please, s-stop this.
I have to teach you how to behave like a proper maid.
Sophia-chan was about to break out into tears.
The male student looked at Sophia-chan with an indecent smile.
I wasnt expecting to see something like this here. If possible, Id like to get a nice hot cup of tea and enjoy this until the end. From pure love to humiliation play, Im a man with diverse tastes.
Still, I cant just stand by and watch if the leading actress is Sophia-chan. Beside the table she was on, sat the service cart carrying the delicious looking meal she was bringing me.
I got choked up at the sight of this.
A man is weak to something like this.
I love you my cute Sophia-chan.
Excuse me for a moment. Can you all stop this now?
I forcibly pushed my way through the crowd until I was standing next to the table Sophia-chan was kneeling on.
After taking a quick look at Sophia-chans chest, thighs, butt, and panties I turned to the male student that poked her with his wand.
who are you?
That girls roommate.
Ah, so another servant.
By the way, Im now wearing casual clothing.
Something that would be called traveler clothes in this world.
Judging by my appearance I probably look like an older teacher thats getting close to retirement. But now Im getting involved with these nobles.
This may be troublesome for me.
Well, even if I were wearing the school uniform, Id still look like a commoner.
The people that gained fame from the dragon extermination party were mainly Ester-chan and the noble mage. If you were to ask any random citizen on the street who this middle-aged man is, theyd have no idea.
Im sorry, but can you please let her go.
I doubt that theyll even listen to me.
Sophia-san, you can stop holding up your skirt.
But, u-umm! Then, Tanaka-san.
I urged her to take my hand.
She stood up and slowly climbed down from the table.
Goodbye, yellowish panties.
Wait a minute. What are you doing? Who do you think you are?
She is my roommate so please stop insulting her.
I am Uz Hagenbeck, the son of Simon Hagenbeck, the Vice Minister of Finance in this country. Considering how rude youre acting, I doubt you knew that.
Just then, the mood surrounding male student A changed.
And not just him. Students B and C also looked at me, then male students D through H looked at me as if they were trying to intimidate me. They dont have to do much to intimidate me.
Im very sorry for the trouble but if you will just allow us to leave.
Lets use my soy sauce face to try to appeal to him.
Dont speak to me, scum. Now, how should we go about punishing you.
How can I earn your forgiveness?
Just like that time with the noble mage, Id easily defeat them all.
However, if I think about my future here in the dormitory, it wouldnt be smart for me to make so many enemies. Sophia-chan and I will probably be living here for a while longer. If I were to make all these students my enemy, we wouldnt be able to live here peacefully.
Lets just try to smooth things over as much as possible.
You, get down on your knees and beg for my forgiveness.
You want me to get down to dogeza?
Im fine with that.
Being obedient is the best option here.
I already lost my dignity as a human being when I fought Christina. Standing naked, covered in piss and shit, in front of everyone I knew at the time. Being forced to do this once or twice cant even compare to that. Rather, this seems pleasant in comparison.
Then, please forgive us.
Seriously? What kind of idiot are you?
He immediately placed his foot on the back of my head.
My forehead is starting to hurt from being pressed into the ground.
He started grinding his foot against the back of my head.
Whats wrong? Should you really be acting this way in front of a woman?
No, dont be absurd, Id actually prefer to be abused by a woman.
Oi, oi, did you hear that? This old man is a dirty pervert!
Male student A was the one that said this.
Then, male students B through H started laughing and surrounded male student A. I guess hes the leader of their group. As expected of the son of a great noble family.
It will definitely be troublesome if I try to go against him.
Yes, Im a perverted guy. So, laugh at me all you want and just let her go.
Ill use magic to slowly heal my forehead.
Good, it stopped hurting.
I cant do that. This maid has been causing my maid to not be able to perform her daily chores.
What did she do to your maid?
We continued speaking while my head was placed against the floor.
It seems she threw the clothes my maid had set out to dry on the ground and stepped all over them. For a maid to do something like thisI really cant forgive her.
This must be a misunderstanding. Sophia-san is a kind-hearted girl.
I could hear the sound of Sophia-chan grabbing her skirt.
Im being serious. I dont know what happened, but I believe Sophia-chan is a good girl.
So youre trying to say my maid is lying?
No, Im saying all of this probably started from a misunderstanding. Often most of the problems in the world are caused by a simple misunderstanding.
You sound like some type of playwright. Youre a funny guy.
Then, can you please forgive us?
I cant do that. Hand over that woman to me or Ill crush your head right now.
As expected, the son of a great noble family is arrogant.
It seems like were headed straight toward a fight at this point.
Even though I want to keep peacefully living with Sophia-chan.
Was I experiencing too much happiness? Is this the universes way of correcting that? I dont think so.
Hes an eyesore. Just kill him.
I dont have much choice. Ill have to start a great fireball festival in the dining room.
What are you doing?
A familiar voice suddenly could be heard.
A dignified voice echoed through the dining room.
As I continued sitting in a dogeza, I twisted my neck to turn towards the voice. There was one girl in a student uniform mixed in with the male students. Theres no mistaking that long blonde hair and those small breasts.
It was my neighbour, Ester-chan.
The feeling of the male students foot pressing against my head disappeared.
I turned to look at male student A and saw him rush over to Ester-chan and bow before her. He aligned both of his feet, kept his back straight, bowed at the waist, and placed one arm across his chest. When an ikemen like him does this kind of pose, he actually looks more attractive.
What business do you have in such a place like this?
I came to kill you.
A dangerous statement.
The next moment, Ester-chan quickly moved.
She placed her fingertip in front of male student As face. And, the next second later, a floating fireball appeared in between her finger and his face. The ball of fire started to spark and send small flames everywhere.
An attack without any hesitation.
And that guy never even considered he may be attacked.
He couldnt do anything. The fireball shot forward and completely disintegrated his head.
The fireball exploded with a deafening, DOON!and shook the room.I protected Sophia-chan from the flames. I covered her on the floor as flames shot out across the room and hit my back. This loli bitch. What did she just do?
Though, thank you for giving me the opportunity to legally get on top of Sophia-chan.
Male student C let out a loud scream.
Soon, the panic spread to the rest of the students in the dining room.
Even if everyone else was panicking, Ester-chan calmly walked over to Sophia-chan and I and offered me a hand while smiling.
Who should I kill next?
no, p-please calm down a little, Ester-san.
I cant do that.
Suddenly I thought.
It really is great to be loved by someone.
Im certainly not as strong as you or Lord Fahren. I could never defeat a dragon on my own, but I am the only daughter of the FitzClarence family, and, as of yesterday, the daughter of Viscount FitzClarence. Theres nobody in this school I cant kill.
If she were to go on a killing spree Im sure the imperial guards would be sent here. Naturally, wed all be sent to prison. Im guessing Id be right back to the place I first met Mercedes-chan. I doubt Id receive any trial and would eventually be executed. The only other choice would be to flee the country.
However, thats not necessarily the case for Ester-chan.
u-umm, thank you, Ester-san.
Can I have a proper thank you in bed?
Well, umm, Im not sure that would be possible.
It seems like shes become a little tense after killing that student.
The noble bitch is acting more aggressive than usual.
After Ester-chans appearance, the small crowd quickly developed into a panic in the dining room. No, Id say it caused panic throughout most of the dormitory.