Rumanshi: I’ve been getting really lazy, so it took me this long to get to editing it. Until I get a manager, you’re stuck with these sporadic releases – for all my projects.
At the Student Council ④
* Alicia’s POV *
Nenea and Mars-kun’s fight didn’t even last a minute.
No, that didn’t even qualify as a fight.
Evidently, Nenea’s bloodlust didn’t make him feel a single shred of fear.
He did not even flinch.
Even unconsciously in a fight, some bloodlust will still be released.
But not an ounce was felt from him.
It’s an overwhelming difference in strength.
It was totally my miss.
Trying to use a show of force was a bad decision.
It was as Fault said.
This was the result of my self conceit.
I have to admit that this is the result.
I was unable to accurately grasp the opponent’s strength.
I couldn’t go fight.
I should have persuaded him using skillful language.
Even now, something needs to be done.
“I’m okay with fighting, but are you fine with that Fault-senpai? If you lose here, it won’t look good for the Student Council right?”
During my hesitation, the conversation between Mars-kun and Fault continued.
“If I would lose to a 2nd Year, then the power-balance of the entire Institute would crumble”
If rumors that Student Council members lost were to spread, our influence would hit rock bottom.
Instead, Mars-kun own influence would greatly increase.
I might know close to nothing about him, but, if he has any wish to go out of control then.
Even without killing, he can treat the students of this Institute as slaves.
Such a thing is possible.
If the powerless students were to receive such a treatment, then that’s that.
To avoid that, we must keep managing the students the way we’ve always had.
We, the management, must not allow for a situation where we can’t protect this routine.
But now, thanks to my miss, I’ve created a troublesome situation.
If it were as usual, such a situation wouldn’t have happened.
He is a 2nd Year and we are 3rd Years.
Without such prodigal-ness, the one year difference is a big thing.
This is precisely why people think that seniors shouldn’t lose to juniors.
This has been the case even when we were juniors ourselves.
The difference in strength feels like something that can’t be opposed.
Even if they could win, in group battles the seniors would of course win.
That is the established chain of power.
But the boy I’m seeing totally broke that.
My way of thinking till now cannot continue.
Then, what should I do?
There is only once choice.
I have to pull Mars back to our side no matter how.
“— H- Halt… Hold up please I mean!”
I haven’t formed an idea yet.
But to stop the fight between those two, I spoke up.
Instantly, everyone’s gaze landed on me.
The 1st Years faced me with uneasy looks.
Elisha-san also looked a little on edge.
On the contrary, Raphie-san looked excited and all sparkly eyed.
Fault was playfully scratching his cheek.
Mars-kun simply stared straight at me.
I have to say something.
Anything, to placate Mars.
How can I placate him?
What is the most important thing needed to placate people?
What is it that he wants?
No, just that might not work.
We should have something that can work as a concession.
No, in the first place the most important thing to confirm is, whether not he is willing to join the Student Council.
For starters, let’s go from there.
“Mars-kun, I apologize for the sudden use of force. All of Nenea’s actions, I will be taking responsibility for it. I humbly apologize for the inconvenience”
I stood up and apologized.
“Nah, it’s just fine. If you don’t like it, use your own power to solve it. That’s the rule of this place isn’t it?”
Accepting my apologies, Mars-kun just simply said that.
“Please let me confirm once again. Do you have absolutely no wish to join the Student Council?”
If there is even a shred of willingness, then there might still be a chance to placate him.
“If you want an immediate response, then I have no intention of joining the Student Council”
In that case, if given the time to consider then it might be possible?
However, if he refuses, then it will be impossible to force him into the Student Council.
In that case, I have to bind him another way.
“…… Hypothetically…… Yes, let’s speak hypothetically, do you have anything you wish for? If you enter the Student Council, there’s a possibility of granting your wish.”
Mars-kun is listening,
“Yes, if it’s within our power we can grant any of your desires”
“My wish is to simply make friends”
An unexpected response.
I absentmindedly asked.
“Yup, I wish to make friends while I’m a student here”
Masaka, wishing for such a thing. However, can’t I use this?
“If you want to make friends, then you really should join the Student Council!”
Let’s say this for now.
We can always make excuses later.
“For what reason?”
I got Mars-kun to listen.
He seems to be somewhat interested.
In that case,
“Yes, the Student Council is a gather of the cream of the crop of the student body. To the other students, it is natural for them to look at us with respect”
I kept plowing on.
“Raphie doesn’t feel any respect towards the Student Council though?” (Go get em Raphie! Screw Alicia’s subterfuge)
This rabbit just had to needlessly butt in.
She might be smiling cutely, but there’s a sense of irony coming from her.
This rabbit seems to be opposed to putting Mars on the Student Council.
“Of Course, I don’t mean everyone is like that.
Some might not feel the same as others after all.
Don’t you think so too Elisha-san?”
I turned the conversation to Elisha-san.
The ex-Student Council member Elisha-san should share the same view as I do.
She should have understand the sense of responsibility and merits, seeing that she once belonged to the Student Council.
“…… That maybe be the case to those who feel like they belong to the Student Council.”
As expected Elisha-san agreed.
I wonder what her relationship with Mars-kun is?
For him to bring Elisha-san and Raphie-san here surely means that they are close.
In that case, I can use this situation—
“However Kaichou, it is not so for most people.
Rather than the tag Student Council, what kind of person the individual is more important isn’t it?
Besides, a connection formed between normal students and the Student Council folks will only ever be an acquaintance.”
Elisha-san was giving a negative opinion.
Is she also against Mars entering the Student Council?
“…… But Elisha-san. Friendship is established because there are merits”
Human relations without any calculations do not exist.
Those who claim to do so are not trustworthy people.
“I don’t deny that.
However, I think there is more to it than that.”
Elisha-san is talking about naive things.
I am not talking about ideals.
“What do you think Mars?
Does making friend rely on any calculations?”
Mars-kun moved his gaze between me and Elisha-san.
“No, I don’t think about troublesome things.
Profit and loss may happen when we’re hanging out, but you don’t have to be friends to experience that.”
As Mars-kun said, the answer is decided.
I knew Mars would think so.
Even when we met the first time, we became friends immediately.
As a result of being friends with Mars, I’ve gained alot of merits.
That might be the fact, but at first our relationship wasn’t a borned from a loss.”
If it’s just words, you can say anything.
Only through actions will there be weight behind those words.
“Because there was a merit in the first place that we have a relationship right? If there were demerits then the relationship won’t continue”
“My relationship with Mars offers him huge amounts of demerit. But Mars is still willing to be my friend”
That may be the case, but the demerit can’t be more than the merits.
“Then lets listen.
Mars-kun being friends with Elisha-san must have its merits right?”
“……Alicia-senpai, I didn’t even think of such complicated things. To be honest, before entering this Institute, I didn’t even know what a friend was. Even now if you asked me what is a friend I still don’t know the answer. But you know, having someone close to you isn’t such a bad feeling.”
An incomprehensible concept.
“For me, a person who can be a true friend with Mars, someone who could understand such a Mars is what I wish for. A relationship born naturally from thinking about the other party and acting for each other. A person who puts effort to do so is what I wish for”
That’s only an ideal.
She is only talking about ideals.
“Then you, if your relationship with Mars-kun turns sour, will you still be able to maintain your friendship?”
“I know speaking it is easier than doing it.
The me right now is still too weak. I might choose to escape.
But that is precisely why, I wish to be strong enough to be by his side.
I want to be Mars’ friend. This feeling is not a lie”
Are you trying to escape?
How could she say that infront of him.
But, it’s precisely because of that that the feelings don’t feel like lies.
“Senpai, to start with that isn’t the situation here.
If anything were to happen, at that time I just need to give my all to help out right?”
Mars said that as if it were natural.
These two and me, our way of thinking seems to be totally different.
I shouldn’t have talked about calculating/plotting.
“In other words, you are opposed to Mars-kun joining the Student Council”
“Personally, if Mars himself wishes to join then I am not opposed to it. However, if Kaichou forces Mars to join the student council, then I am against that”
In the end it’s his decision.
At this rate, placating him will be hard won’t it.
No matter what I say here, I’ll only get myself into deeper trouble.
“I now understand that no matter what I say here will be useless.
Mars-kun, I know I’ve been doing as I please and being selfish.
However, could you give joining the Student Council one more thought?
I won’t say that you need to give your respond immediately.”
There is still a possibility of him joining the Student Council.
Using the Information Community, if we spread the necessity of the Student Council then maybe we can change his mind.
For now I’ll give it a thought, but I can’t promise anything.”
“Thank you very much.
For now that is good enough.”
I can’t afford to fail again.
However, the ball is still on the other field.
“……Also, about what we talked earlier, can I ask for one more favor?”
“What is it?”
“We will not do anything to harm you from here on out. So, can you not speak about not fighting against Fault”
I must not let Mars-kun and Fault to fight each other no matter what.
He has to stay the current strongest student.
This must be done for the sake of the Institute.
“Oh, I don’t mind.
What’s done is done. I won’t waste any more effort than I have to.
I’m curious about Faukt-senpai’s power, but there will probably be another opportunity to see it again another time.”
I’ve also already confirmed it, both Rusty and Nenea acted first.
He himself might not have a violent disposition.
Regardless, his overwhelming strength in itself is dangerous.
However, if you think about it, him wanting to make friends might serve a good purpose of deterring him from abusing the students.
If he did such a thing then he’ll only be feared.
…… In that case, the scheme I did with the Information Community must have inconvenienced him.
It might be bad if he found out about that.
“Even though I want to unburden myself on Mars, when I think about our positions then it can’t be helped.
But if it’s just training then it should be fine right?
Fault asked me,
“…… A fight with undecided outcome.
Something that can’t be witnessed by anyone.
Absolutely standing on my side.
To protect these three conditions.”
He only said that.
“I got permission from Alicia, Mars-kouhai.”
“Then, if there’s an opportunity then I’ll count on you senpai”
There’s no intention of immediately returning to training it seems.
“By the way Fault senpai.
After this if you will, want to have a meal with me?
Senpai also lives in the men’s dormitory right?”
Said such a thing.
“Oh, suddenly asking a senpai out for dinner.
But I don’t mind. Let’s hang out.
There’s something I’d like to talk to you anyways.”
Apparently they’ve decided to have a meal together.
If Fault can get along with Mars-kun, then there’s a chance that their relationship can be deeped.
That said though, I doubt Fault himself would be as calculating as that.
“Then, is this the end of the discussion?
In that case want to go back to the dorms and grab a meal?”
I received a confirmation.
Regarding joining the Student Council, be sure to contact me once you reach a decision.”
And so Mars-kun stood up from his seat.
Raphie-san followed suit.
But Elisha-san remained seated.
“Mars, I still have something to speak with Kaichou so”
She said that.
｜ E｜ﾟωﾟ )
｜ P｜ ／/
Wow, I seldom see characters with such a lack of people skills as Alicia. Poor girl. 😥
You could say she’s a genius, but… the type of genius that overthinks everything and ends up being an idiot in the end.
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From her first ploy she pulled, I really didn’t like her.
same here… I hated her… Rumors are not a card the intelligent should use….
Thanks for the chapter.
She’s just fcking annoying, someone kill her please, in the end she’ll be part of the harem contemplating about what she has done. Still she’s annoying. I want her dead.
Nyanyan agrees with you.
I just find her amusing.
…Is she serious? If he wins he can treat everyone as slaves…..isn’t that exactly what she’s doing schemeing, forcibly spreading rumors, and making him join against his will. Her exaggerations of how everything will be ruined if he wins, I mean there’s still the teacher and the (principal?), The one who summoned a dragon. Obviously they’d keep order. She’s looks to be a character that fails to comprehend common sense and society on a whole, even worse than Mars who lived in isolation all his life.
Not entirely true, this seems to be a combat related world with this school being focused on combat. As such, things like bullying and causing trouble aren’t completely regulated since students need to learn and figure things out on their own.
So, while teachers will probably keep students from being killed or raped, as long as people don’t do too much damage to the school, anarchy can be allowed. It’s one of the things the students have to learn to regulate.
It itself could be considered a form or training. This world they live in is pretty anarchic with lax rules and regulations (it’s not a pure anarchy, but because everyone can gain powers and some people can grow stronger than others, it’s too hard to regulate, not to mention the fact that there is physical distance between the towns and cities and not everyone is strong enough to properly defend themselves and mixing around peoples for safety isn’t as easy.
We live in an age with phones and roads that easily connect the whole nation and nobody has random powers that could take advantage of others (so people are on more even ground) and most people can’t get enough weaponry to stop a bunch of cops…
They live in a place where order is much much much more difficult.
No. The Japanese trend of ‘School where the rules are determined by the students (to the point that the overshadow local laws, government and common sense) is a tired premise and flawed at it’s core.
Schools (especially supposedly prestigious ones) operate on the principle of raising the best students, setting their moral compass, liberating their… Nah- I’m kidding- they may want to do that- but they operate to make money. When their school is a battleground of any type then the group of many sons & daughters of rich people (and their will be many- it’s simple math, there can only be one ‘top dog’) will be humiliated, scarred & broken, and the school will lose funding.
All these stories where a few people at the focus fight and get better to overcome? Consider everyone in the background either bullied or ignored, except for a few who might be strong and ignored/left alone.
All that to say that schools aren’t schools when they’re just Kodoku with lessons that happen as well. It’s a bad artificial construct which only invites liability and failure. Learning in such an environment? Sure, it _can_ be done- but compared to students who are properly nurtured, most students won’t compare. A few will be ‘forged by fire- but I’d dare say even with their skills up, their attitudes and personalities will often be bad.
Anyway, excuses like ‘teachers will probably keep students from being killed or raped’ are just convenient. Best case? Teachers will actually be spying on you secretly to avoid those worst cases… and indifferently allowing anything up to ‘really bad’, but livable cases? This is a ‘good’ thing? There’s lots of ‘maybe there is’ and ‘I bet they decide’ possibilities which could possibly be expected to be in place there- but that is just leaving the solutions up to the viewer while pretending the problem isn’t a problem.
Nope, no deaths here. never happens. If it does, it’ll be a thing that happened in the past, by a really bad person- not a tragic accident from normal sparring (which is a real life risk these escalated fantasy worlds don’t have occur).
As far as ‘We live in an age…’
People disappear all the time. It’s not on TV unless the person missing meets a particular demographic, but even hospitals have been known to turn uninsured people away to die with no consequences. It’s more bad here for some than you know, which suggests it _should_ be worse there under more lax ‘self-determined’ rules like the ‘strength determines everything’ type bs.
Just like in RL. We just don’t see it.
It works more in this anarchic world where the school is more lax and is focused on battle to allow battles. I do think it’s stupid when the people in a modern era with a normal school allows kids to battle like that and be more crazy (except when everyone has f***ing super powers).
Thanks for the chapter XD
Thanks for the chapter!