He's Scorned as a Useless Explorer, but He's Actually the Strongest in the World ~The Mysterious Rank 1 Explorer~ - Chapter 15
Chapter 15 – My First Practice with Miss Kamui
After school the next day.
I came to a personal training ground with the silver-haired angel after she asked me to.
At Sincerity High School, there are personal training grounds for students working as explorers.
There are 12 of them lined up, and they’re big enough to hold four people at a time.
You need to make an appointment before using them, but students in the student council are treated favourably, so we were able to simply walk in thanks to Miss Kamui.
I’m not sure if it’s okay to use her authority for something like this, but I stayed quiet since I didn’t want her to get mad at me.
“So, shall we start?”
I can see the emotion on her usually expressionless face, which is rare for her. A chill then started spreading around us at the same time as the walls around us and the roof turned white.
Feeling the cold on my skin, I understood again the dread of the cold air that she always talks about.
Am I… Am I going to get frozen here today?
Did she bring me here to beat me up for making her cry yesterday?
With that in mind, I reflexively took a fighting stance against her.
I took a step back, and she squeezed her hands tight while glaring at me.
“M-Mhm. That’s good.”
“I want to conquer it.”
“I want to use Ice Queen’s Divine Protection to its full potential.”
I remember that she told me yesterday about how she’s always pushing her powers down and how Ice Queen’s Divine Protection hurts people if she loses control of it.
Is that the cause of the cold weather I’m feeling right now?
“So, I want you to stay there and keep glaring at me.”
That’s what she asked me to do yesterday.
She said that she wanted to practise facing someone glaring at her, so she asked me to come here for a few minutes after school every day.
Maybe she got some trauma after how Gai was glaring at her.
She might be the owner of an S-Rank potential power, but she’s still a cute girl.
I bet she was really scared when a big man like that was angrily glaring at her.
She did all that to help me despite that, so I can do this much for her.
“Okay. I’ll keep glaring at you like this.”
She was expressionless and quiet on the way here, but she’s looking a lot different now.
Rather, she looks very emotional right now.
Right now, she has a smile that would rival any beautiful actor.
“What happened? I want you to glare at me, but…”
I couldn’t tell her that I was absorbed in her smile, so I quickly went back to glaring at her.
Perhaps remembering her trauma, her expression started getting more and more stern.
She’s firmly squeezing both of her hands, but I can tell that she’s shaking.
“Suzuki… Did you… Did you get stronger since yesterday?”
“Huh? Of course not.”
I wouldn’t say I got stronger, but I did learn new skills yesterday.
I’m level 0 in the first place, so I’m never going to get stronger, you know.
“Nah, sorry for being weird. Let’s keep going.”
Good luck…! All I can do is glare, but I’m going to keep doing just that if it helps her conquer her trauma!
Then she collapsed and started crying after I glared for a little longer, so we ended it there.
“Are you okay?”
“Y-Yeah… I’m sorry I cried again.”
“N-No! You don’t have to apologise! I’m the cause in the first place.”
“Suzuki, why are you so nice to me?”
“Huh? I-It’s… It’s because I made you cry, so I have to take responsibility for that. I don’t want my little sister to make fun of me later.”
“You have a sister?”
“Yeah. I have a cute sister one year younger than me.”
Still, the cold air she’s releasing is really something else.
I’m okay for now, thanks to my Cold Resistance and Freeze Resistance, but the handkerchief froze up in an instant.
“Is it always like this?”
“Mhm. That’s why I have to keep pushing it down.”
“That sounds really hard.”
“Yeah. I’m used to it now, but I can only let go like this on the training grounds or when I’m at home.”
Somehow, I feel like I’m starting to understand how hard it must have been for her to constantly push down her emotions all her life.
That’s why, now that she’s let go, she can’t help but laugh and cry.
I’m always distancing myself from other people, but I do feel lonely sometimes too.
I always had my lively sister and my mother when I returned home, but I never once made a friend.
You reap what you sow.
That’s what you would call my situation.
But she’s different.
This is all just because she happened to be born with the S-Rank potential power of Ice God’s Divine Protection.
This girl, trying to face her trauma after her scary memory of losing control of Ice God’s Divine Protection, is glittering so beautifully before me that I’m almost a little jealous of her strong personality.
T/N: After talking to Seiryuu (the TL of the other group releasing this novel), we agreed that since they started the translation of the novel first, I’d drop it. Go read Seiryuu’s TL of the novel if you want to continue reading. Thank you for your support so far, and I hope to bring more Japanese novels in the future.