The place Iris and I are currently standing at is the academy’s main entrance at its southern side .
I showed my student identification and was then allowed into the academy .
After entering, I looked at the surroundings once more and saw that it was just as huge as I had expected .
A giant lake, fountain, flower bed, and such continued from the entrance towards the school building .
“The first year’s dorm can be found by heading west . ”
We accept a brief explanation at the gate and brought out all of our luggage from the carriage .
From here, we’ll be moving around the academy by foot .
West, which would mean to proceed left after reaching the school building .
This place is a bit too big .
While I was able to see the building from before, I felt like I had walked for about ten minutes .
After arriving, I see that this building is also absurdly large .
Just how many students can this accommodate?
We approached the dorm manager’s office in the front of the dorm .
“Are you entering the dormitory today?”
“Yes . ”
“The men’s dormitory is the building directly in your front and the women’s dormitory would be the building in the back .
The building to the your left would be the dining hall .
The rooms are first come, first served . You’re the first to arrive to the dormitories, so you can pick any room you want . ”
“Well then, I’ll take a room at the second floor . I’ll see you again later . ”
Iris made her decision quickly and went to carry in her luggage .
“See you . ”
I think I’ll also take the second floor .
“By the way, the first floor is unpopular, so its rooms possess more space than the other floors . ”
“If that’s the case, then I’ll take the first floor”
“Understood, then I’ll give you the key for 1-1 . ”
“Thanks . ”
I also went ahead and carried in my luggage .
Moving work is really tiresome . I suppose I’ll put effort into unpacking from the first day so I won’t end up pushing it back as much as possible .
There are four separate rooms .
One is the bedroom, another the living room, then a room capable of being used for blacksmithing, and the last one is a storage room .
I think up a plan and then start working immediately .
I have a feeling that the rooms are too wide, but they would probably receive complaints if they were too small after all .
I might not have needed four rooms .
Work proceeds at a good pace and I am almost finished by noon .
What I find to be great above all else is that a complete set of furniture is prepared and there’s a large storage space .
After reaching a stopping point, I made my way to the dining hall next to the dorm .
It seems Iris hasn’t come yet .
The meals appear to be buffet style .
The norm for this sort of thing is to end up taking a bit too much, so I took a small amount for the time being .
Maybe it’s because of fatigue, but I’m satisfied with just that amount .
I returned to my room and began constructing the area for smithing next .
I loaded the materials on the carriage and knew the process of construction, so this finished at evening .
During dinnertime, I started seeing other students . However, since I have not been called out to by anyone, I ate alone . I then I headed below to the below-ground shared bathing area .
“As I expected, it’ll be very tiring until I get used to the environment . ”
I let out a bit of a complaint and then fell asleep .
After waking up, I decided to take an early look around the school while doing some before breakfast running .
Absolutely everything is on a big scale .
The school building, that mysterious botanical garden, and the second and third year dorms are all gigantic .
Something like this creates a lot of mental strain .
It should give people who live in the city a different feeling though .
After breakfast, I thought to go meet Iris, but I believed the idea of a man entering the women’s dorm with such light feelings would be bad .
I guess I’ll fix Iris’ sword first .
Since it’s a defective product, it would be fastest to start over from scratch .
If I just make the appearance the same it shouldn’t be found out after all .
Now that I’ve decided that, I prepare my tools and the sword in my smithing area and heated up the iron .
It was at this time that the sound of a knock came from the door .
A sound a bit too loud to be expressed as a light tapping .
I put a break to my work and opened the door for the visitor .
… It’s a giant .
A man with such a height that their face was blocked by the door was standing there .
“I’m the person who moved in nextdoor . ”
I can’t see their face, but it was a low and heavy voice .
It’s not a classmate, it’s definitely not .
“Ah, I’m 1-1’s Kururi Helan . Are you a classmate?”
“I am Vaine Lotte of 1-2 and the son of the head of the kingdom’s knights . ”
This time his voice was small and hard to pick up .
However, with such a large body and oppressive feeling, you’re put under the feeling of being threatened .
“Ah, I’m of the territory of Helan . Please get along with me from now on . ”
“Same here . I’ve heard stories about Helan’s hot springs . Someday, I… . ”
Huh!? What was that last part!?
In comparison to his body, his voice is too small .
With this, we can’t have a conversation!
“We’ll be attending the same academy from now now, so let’s get along, Vaine-san . ”
There’s no response .
If were to compare a conversation to catch-ball, it would be his turn to throw .
I still haven’t seen his face either; there’s nothing more unsettling than this .
“I-if there’s nothing else, let’s leave it at this today . Shall we meet at school another day . ”
“Yes . ”
The man took one step back, put his hand on the door, and closed it in a grand manner .
I was met with a roaring sound and gust of wind .
“Sorry! I happen to be clumsy . ”
“Don’t worry about it,” I answered through the door .
Yes, it seems one can speak with more of a piece of mind through a door .
Well, I guess I’ll get back to work .
I was interrupted, but concentrate, concentrate!
Right after I thought this, a grand knock rang out .
“Sorry, I came again . ”
… The giant came again .
“W-what could it be?”
“I became engrossed in the conversation earlier and forgot to hand this over . ”
There was something wrapped up neatly in the man’s hand .
Rather, did we have a conversation possible to get engrossed in before?
“My mother made me take this . She said if I hand it over, it would make that person happy . ”
Present? A kind giant?
“Thanks . I’d like to return the favor, but the only thing I think I could give you right now would be…
only about a dagger . Would that be fine?”
“I’ll take it . ”
I pass the dagger to Vaine-san and had him leave .
The force he shut the door was as fierce as always .
“Sorry! To have done it twice . ”
“No, it doesn’t bother me . ”
Well, let’s return to work .
It was with enough force for me to question whether the door was starting to break .
“What would be the problem?”
I did my best to ask in a manner that wouldn’t show my emotions .
“Since I was young, I’ve only sought strength and polished my skill in the sword .
I also learned other things from my father and was told to acquire substance as a person, so I came to this academy .
However, while I’ve came, I don’t know what to do . ”
What is this, this creature alike a sad beast .
“For now, would you come inside?”
“Is it alright?”
“Go ahead . ”
When he passed through the doorway, I was finally able to see his face .
Unlike the image of a sad beast, he was wearing a pleasant mask .
As expect of someone from the royal capital, I suppose; if you look closely, his clothes are fashionable . His eyes and nose are distinct and he gives a refreshing impression .
His hair having a slight curl makes him look yet more elegant .
If he’d just stay quiet, he has both height and physique . Also a cool face .
He seems like he’ll have explosive popularity within a certain group of women .
Just why did I let him in?
In under five minutes after I let Vain-san in, I was attacked by a fierce regret .
While it’s fine that I let him in, Vain-san won’t say anything .
He won’t talk about himself nor will he enquire about others .
This is the worst pattern in the stage of figuring out your relationship to each other .
Though I say that, I don’t know what to break out with on my side either .
As I thought, this person is a demon beast wearing a person’s skin .
“Sit wherever you like .
I’m going to make a sword for a bit, so if you need anything, please call out to me . ”
Since I couldn’t do anything about it, I restated my blacksmithing .
He should call out to me sooner or later .
However, he doesn’t .
Furthermore, Vaine-san is sitting directly behind me for some reason .
Normally in this situation, you sit somewhere easy to talk like the side, right?
Why directly behind?
It’s unsettling .
In combat, entering a blind spot is correct, but for communication, it’s one of the worst things to do!!
Just what did the head knight teach him!!?
I have the feeling that this is the first time I have sweat so much while making a sword .
“Why are you making a sword?”
He’s finally making conversation!!
But, what? What is that question!?
A voice that could be taken as denying my actions coming from my blind spot .
What? Am I being tested?!
If I give the wrong answer here, am I going to be killed?
Am I going to be killed by the next head knight and thrown away like a piece of trash?
“Um, could you come sit beside me and talk? It’s easier for the both of us to talk that way,”
I turned around apprehensively and tried asking .
“Ah! I’m sorry . I’m not so good with that sort of thing . If there’s anything else impolite I’ve done, please go ahead an tell me . ”
“Got it . ”
Huh? Is he a kind giant after all?
“I’m in the middle of fixing an acquaintance’s sword, you see .
I thought I might as well return it at a state better than it was before . ”
“Is that so? It seems Kururi-san is a nice person . ”
“You don’t have to use honorifics . We’re classmates after all . ”
“Well then, I will call you Kururi . ”
“I’ll also call you Vaine . ”
“Yes, I don’t mind such . ”
“Your hobbies are?”
“I don’t really have any . ”
“Do you have a favorite food?”
“I’ve never judged food with like or dislike . ”
Please hurry up and leave!!
I figured out he’s a good person, but these conversations just don’t continue!
To open up to this person, time is necessary .
Within today or tomorrow is impossible!
I finished making the sword and we made some conversation, but he still won’t leave .
This person probably won’t leave until they’re told .
But even so, I can’t just tell him to leave .
“I’m hungry . ”
“Shall we go eat? Let’s go to the dining hall and go ahead and call it a day afterwards . ”
“Alright . Is it fine if I come tomorrow as well?”
“… . Of course!”
Well then, how will I beat common sense into this beast?