“It’s open. This way.”
Under the moonlight, two shadows enter the library through the window.
Alexia and Claire.
Alexia enters first, moving awkwardly to warn the other.
“Hey, you’re in my way!”
Claire came down from above.
“What are you doing? I told you I would make sure it was safe first.”
Alexia whispered angrily as she was crushed.
“They will find out if we’re slow. Quickness is everything.”
“Aah, mou. Get off of me!”
Alexia stands up, moving Claire off of her.
“Alexia, let’s get going. We’re going to do whatever it takes.”
“You’re very determined”
“I’ve got a reason not to be defeated. I have somewhere to—“
Claire clenches her fists with a determined look in her eyes.
“……, I don’t know what it is but it’s good to know that you’re motivated.”
Alexia led the way and unlocked the door at the back of the library.
“How did you get that key?”
“I see. This is the forbidden library?”
The room was lined with tall bookshelves.
“No. This is a storeroom for books. The forbidden library is in the back.”
Alexia stopped in front of a huge bookcase.
“It’s huge. Is that ancient writing…..”
“This bookcase is an artifact in itself. When I was a child, my father used to read me fairy tales and there is a spell in them.”
Alexia took a deep breath.
“Chichin puipui, open sesame!” [TL: Chichinpui-pui is a term for a spell. It is also generally used to soothe a child when he or she is injured. It is mainly used by mothers or protective mothers as in “Chichin puipui pui, ouch, ouch, fly away! or something similar. In the olden days, it was longer and was called “chichin puipui goyo no ontakara” (the treasure of the goyo).]
Silence reigned for a moment.
“Are you kidding me?”
“I-I’m not joking around! I’m serious! This spell is supposed to open the door!”
“What a joke.”
“Maybe it was the wrong spell. Maybe Chin chin puipui—-” [TL Chin chin = d*ck]
Then, there was a loud thud and a huge bookshelf opened.
“Eh ……it really opened.”
“Looks like you were right about chin chin!”
Alexia said with a smug look on her face.
“It’s old, it just took a while to open.”
Alexia and Claire moved on to a huge bookshelf.
They simply marveled as they entered the forbidden library.
A glittering chandelier beautifully illuminated the soaring bookshelves. The books lined up on the shelves were faded but had a unique style.
“So which books contain the history of the academy?”
Claire asked, her eyes following the endless spines of the books.
If they had to search through them one by one, they would spend the whole night.
“Stop joking around”
“Like I said, I’m not joking! With that—-“
Alexia moved her arms oddly next to her head.
“What are you doing?”
“Creating an atmosphere. School history book, school history book, school history book… Chin Chin puipui!”
But the next moment.
With a ray of light, a book flew into the air.
The book floated in front of Alexia’s face and automatically opened to the first page.
“You’re lying. ……”
“See, I told you.”
“That’s a stupid artifact. I want to destroy it.”
“Stop it. It’s a cute, obedient artifact.”
“So, what does the book say?”
Claire looked disgusted.
“Hmm, I can’t read it.”
“It’s an……. ancient writing.”
“I can read simple ancient writing, but not this one. What about you, Claire?”
“I too have only the basics in Ancient writing. It’s an unpopular subject, and only students from the Academy would take it.”
“What are we going to do?”
“In a case like this…… Chin chin pui pui~ translate it for me!”
Alexia made a heart with her hand along with a flirtatious voice.
“I don’t feel good. Of course it’s impossible.”
“You’ll never know until you try. It might have some useful functions.”
[T-T-T-Translation, I see. Duhuhuhu …….]
A creepy voice echoed in the forbidden library.
“Eh, it spoke?!”
The two looked around, but there was no one else in sight.
[I-I-I-I’m the spirit of the forbidden library. I-I will translate it for you]
“As expected of the school’s prized artifact.”
“Gross. …… It’s definitely the voice of a fatty.”
“Hey Claire, don’t be awful.”
[Uugh, ……I-I will not translate it]
“Look, it’s sulking.”
“Yes, yes, I’m sorry.”
“Forbidden library-san, please translate it for me.”
[Mufufufu……I will do my best to translate it! W-W-What do you want me to translate?]
“Uhm, I’d like to know where the right arm of Diabolos is sealed up.”
[T-T-that’s in the basement of the academy, isn’t it? There are underground ruins]
“Uhm, …… I see. That was easy. ……”
“…… is surprisingly competent.”
The forbidden book floating in mid-air automatically flips through the pages, and the translated text glows faintly.
[The hero and Diabolos fought here once upon a time. Diabolos’ right arm fell off and it was sealed. From there, many things happened and the ruins were created.]
“Many things happened?”
[There was a battle over the right arm of Diabolos. It is not written in detail, but it seems that it was hidden in the underground ruins due to various circumstances.]
“How do we get to the underground ruins?”
[There is a sealed church somewhere in the school. I guess you can get there from there.]
“Where is “somewhere”?”
[Duhuhuhu ……,I can’t tell you what’s not written.]
“Tsk, I’ve got a good idea of what the Diabolos Order is after ……. They are trying to break the seal on the Right Arm.”
“Why are they kidnapping students?”
“To break the seal, I suppose. It’s easier to break a seal when it’s close to the original magic that sealed it.”
“That’s why they are targeting the students with the right kind of magic. Should we try to find the sealed church?”
“……I’ll talk to my sister before we do that.”
Alexia said, as if she had made up her mind.
“Come to think of it, you’re royalty. What the hell, you should have done that all along.”
“You think I haven’t done any of that?”
“I’ve talked about this a lot. I told her about the incident at the academy, the incident at the sanctuary, everything. ……”
“But …… this time. This time, I have proof, and I’m sure my sister will believe me.”
[A-Alexia-chan, do you best~]
“Shut up, you little creep.”
Alexia stares at it with eyes that look like they could kill a person.
“Alexia ……, it’s time for us to leave the forbidden library. If we stay here too long, they’ll find us.”
“Right. But first, do you have any books on the Diabolos Order?”
There was a short silence.
[….Doesn’t exist here]
“I see ……then it can’t be helped”
[B-Bye bye…… take care …….]
Alexia and Claire’s bodies were enveloped in magic, and then they found themselves back in their original storage room.
“With this book, I’m sure your sister will ……”
Alexia left the vault with the forbidden book clutched to her chest.
At that moment.
“Where are you going to take a forbidden book without permission?”
“─ ─ ─?!”
Alexia and Claire turned around at the same time.
Behind the bookshelf stood a tall old man.
He had a long, thin face and sunken eyes. He was staring at them with eyes that were glazed over.
“Y- you are the head librarian …….”
Alexia hid the forbidden book behind her back, but it was too late.
“Princess Alexia. Even you are guilty of taking a forbidden book out of the library without permission. Especially for a student next to you.”
Claire frowned as she looked at him.
Suspension or expulsion. It could affect her brother as well.
Claire said in a small voice. Her eyes were fixed.
Alexia hurriedly pushed Claire away.
“H-Head Librarian! There is a deeper reason for this! Can’t you just listen to me for a moment?”
“If it is Princess Alexia’s story, I cannot refuse to listen to it.”
“Let’s change places. Please follow me.”
The head librarian said and left the library.
Alexia followed the librarian and whispered to Claire behind her.
“Hey, what do you think you’re doing?”
“If I become a criminal, they will make fun of Sid! He’s so fragile, he might kill himself. ……”
“He won’t do that, ever”
Alexia let out a sigh.
“Princess Alexia, please hurry.”
“Ah, I’ll be right there.”
Alexia pulled Claire’s hand and followed the head librarian at a trot.