Boundary Labyrinth and the Foreign Magician – Chapter 21

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Chapter 21 – Distant Memories


“…And there’s that. Beline was thinking in such a way, huh.”

“Is that so? Everyone can contemplate various things, you know.”

We settled down after returning to the house, and after I had explained the situation to Grace, she nodded in admiration.
Well, it was a sufficient explanation because the one who had actually considered various things was Beline.

The story Beline had was reasonable, and it was something I needed to consider.
Regarding multiple marriage partners, the one who needed to see to that was me. If this continued any further, I would exhaust all of my energy. I would withdraw if that weren’t the case.
It was just that I thought I needed to relay these things to Grace, no matter how things turned out.

“That’s why, due to the current situation, I have some things I must ask of Grace.”

“Y-Yes.”

After staring at Grace with a serious expression, she sat up straight as well.
Right now, the reason Grace was next to me was because…she was indebted to Mom for saving her.
This shouldn’t be misunderstood.
I was just recently placed under Grace’s care, and I didn’t have anything to return to.
That’s why, regarding what would happen after leaving the house, I left it to her to decide.

If I were to make a place that I could belong to in Termuilles, then it would probably become her place as well.
However, in order to solidify Grace’s footing, that alone wouldn’t be enough. She was a mixed blood vampire, and consequently, her position was quite unstable.
Then, what should I do about it?
The answer was simple. After I solidified our positions, all she would need to do was nod.
It was scary imagining that she would refuse…after listening to this. But still.

If she wanted to entrust her Cursed Artifact to someone after I had passed away, then it should only be to someone she chose…If that was the case, then maybe it would be to her family or children?
If she nodded in agreement, that is. There was enough room for her to stay next to me.

“Although Grace said she would serve me, I dislike feeling dependent, even if it’s because of an obligation to Mom. It’s fine if you’re here because of a debt of gratitude or for work, but for Grace’s personal life, it’s definitely for the best that those are separated.”

I paused in between words for a moment, took in a deep breath, and closed my eyes.
I opened my eyes and, while looking at her, I spoke directly to her.

“I’m saying that it’s fine for Grace to walk with me as a companion. I think, I always want you to be beside me.”

“…T-That’s.”

Grace looked at me with surprise. Let’s talk about it properly so that there aren’t any misunderstandings.

“I want you to marry me. That’s further down the line, though.”

Since this was further down the line, I needed to further solidify my own standing, or perhaps this conversation would become useless for Grace’s future.

“…I understand what you mean.”

Grace closed her eyes as she replied.
I would wait for her reply with a hopeful heart.
No matter what someone, no, anyone, thought about it, it was fine. To be refused by Grace would be…

“Before I…give my reply, I have something that I want to tell Theodore-sama, no matter what.”

Nervously, she took in a big, deep breath.

“I’m not here as an obligation to Risa-sama.”

Grace spoke.
Mom, Grace, and I. The events of the day we first met.

“I…my parents passed away, and I had been wandering about aimlessly, without anywhere to go. There was no one that would approach a mixed-blood child. If I interacted with people too much, I would have been chased with stones and stakes. Nobody ever extended their hand to me. I think that this couldn’t be helped. My hands are capable of easily killing people.”

This is about the time she didn’t have a Cursed Artifact, huh?

“I’ve always been hungry, but I hate seeing people as food. That’s why I was scared of just about everything, and I ended up hiding away in a forest until I was picked up by Risa-sama. I had vampiric impulses, but I’m half-human, after all. I could just live on regular food. It was really…painful.”

“…Yeah.”

That’s what she taught me.
Even if she sated her appetite, it was only ‘Half’.
That didn’t seem to be the case anymore, since that trait was suppressed by the Cursed Artifact.

“I think that Theodore-sama doesn’t remember the day I first met Risa-sama. I realized it from the start, but Theodore-sama is a greater priority to me than Risa-sama. The small Theodore-sama, who was held by Risa-sama, gave me, who was in a bush, a smile when you met my eyes. That made me very happy…and sad. After realizing that, my heart was filled, and I ended up crying.”

“That’s…”

She couldn’t be accepted by people since she was a Dhampir. This I understood.
I, who was a baby not much older than one, saw her face and laughed.
Something like that…was by chance, wasn’t it?
Grace, after understanding the things I wanted to say, smiled at me, and shook her head slightly.

“After that happened, Risa-sama noticed me as well…and gave me this ring. She gave me a place to belong to. That’s why, with these hands, I won’t end up hurting children, even if I caress them. Theodore-sama, no matter what you see me as, not once were you scared. You’ve never hated me. Do you understand how many times you saved me because of that?”

Grace placed a hand on her chest, and said that.

“I, too…will say that I want Theodore-sama to be beside me. From the past until now, I’ve always, always been shameful. I said that I would get hungry because of my blood-sucking impulses, but now, even if I have them, I don’t feel hungry. What do you think the difference is? Do you understand what the origins of these impulses are?”

The origins, huh?
…Ah. So it was like that? One of the reasons vampires suck blood is for food. They hunt prey since they’re hungry. It’s simple.
However, there is still more to it. In other words, it’s to increase the amount of companions they have.
If Grace was at my side, then her impulses would calm down. Wasn’t it really obvious if one considered what her impulses would turn into as a reaction?

…Well, could she disclose it to me as a secret after all, huh? Even if I mulled over it, I would be too conscious of being prideful, and perhaps I would dismiss it with a smile.

“Restless feelings are fake, you know. I’ve come to know about what they are, little by little, since I always thought about it, ever since Theodore-sama said it was fine to help him with changing clothes, bathing, and the like.”

…It wasn’t when Grace was small. Perhaps there was a change in emotions and an increase of awareness towards me, who accompanied her while growing up.
What would be the correct way to express my feelings? I wouldn’t be able to see her reactions if she hugged me. This reason and the correct words that should be expressed. Perhaps she had gradually understood them.

“Whether or not it was fine, I had pampered Theodore-sama with kindness…to remove Theodore-sama’s anxiety, like I did in the past. Once there was proper communication, I was scared that…Theodore-sama would stay away from me.”

Grace closed her eyes bitterly.
It was out of the question to harm the owner though, since I had the Cursed Artifact.
In reality, these feelings wouldn’t die after all, huh?

“That’s why, now that you’ve heard this, I’ll ask you, are you fine with such a shameful me?”

Although I had listened to the nervous Grace, my decision had already been made.

“It’s like I said before, I don’t consider that a problem at all.”

“Theodore-…sama.”

“If your blood-sucking impulses originate from such feelings, isn’t it obvious that I would be happy if they were directed at me?”

I knew my face was getting hotter while I said that. This doesn’t match my character, geez.
It was impossible to stop things that were related to the one you love.
Speaking of the fear of being rejected after conveying my feelings to her, perhaps the fear I had felt before I was cut off from Grace earlier was unchanged. Perhaps the one who felt more strongly about this was Grace.

“Is it okay? Something like that, I’ll definitely cause trouble for you.”

She asked me that with a dumbfounded look.

“You know Grace, it will probably be me that will cause you trouble, and worry you.”

“S-something like that is…A-ah. Are you referring to Beline-sama, from earlier?”

“Hmm…well, there’s that as well.”

Grace smiled at me and shook her head.

“Speaking of that, surely…it will be a bit troublesome, but if it’s Ashley-sama, then I can agree to it, and I’ll also be a bit happy. I think I also want to support the things related to her.”

“…Is that so?”

“Yes. Ashley-sama, towards Theodore-sama, probably…”

Grace stopped speaking and shook her head slightly.

“…I’ll stop there. Surely the one who wants to tell Theodore-sama this is Ashley, I don’t think this is something I should say.”

…What was it? I was a bit concerned now. Even if I looked at Grace, she just squinted her eyes mischievously.
The two of them had talked about many things in Schirn’s mansion…they might have had a conversation that I didn’t know about.
Was that why their relationship was so strangely good?

“Theodore-sama?”

“Yeah?”

“Is it okay to call you by your name, like I did in the past? At least, just for now.”

“…Fine.”

Something like that, if Grace wished for it, then it didn’t matter what she did.
After smiling at her, Grace smiled back as well, and said that.

“Thanks, Theo.”

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34 thoughts on “Boundary Labyrinth and the Foreign Magician – Chapter 21

    1. svnhddbst

      you can’t write better than yourself, cause if you were capable of thinking better you would be actually doing so. best example is Sherlock Holmes, and similar styles of stories; they can’t write a brilliant character cause they aren’t brilliant themselves, so they use various techniques (withholding information) to appear more intelligent than they actually are. Yuuki Rito; he’s not some brilliant, suave, seductive, genius, the authors just “he’s popular because plot”.

      it’s easy to write idiots, cause everyone has experience dealing with idiots, and then the author can literally “because plot” to force things to move in the direction they want.

      i am indeed exaggerating for the sake of the explanation, and there’s more subtlety involved, but that’s the gist of it.

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      1. IamMe

        Best example of that that I can think of is Death Note. The author had no idea how a very intellegent person thinks so they decided that they do all of these complex, contivluted, involved ideas for how to do really simple things. All of these fancy ways to avoid being found with so many moving parts that he was bound to screw up at some point. Took me 5 minutes to think up better ways to do things then the contrived methods in that series. Things like, why did he design the secret false bottom to one of his drawers with a mechanism to burn the Death Note if its opened wrong? Why not just put it on the bookshelf with the other hundreds of books? Its not like someone else in the family is going to go in his room and start randomly rummaging through his law books. There were a couple of interesting ideas but most of it was much more complex then it needed to be. Sort of like giving someone change for $5, in quarters, by first giving them 3 $1 bills, 10 dimes and 20 nickels, then doing 4-5 more conversions trading various amounts of other coinage around before finally arriving at 20 quarters. The end result is the same but there are a lot of unneeded steps and many changes for an error to creep in.

        Sherlock Holmes was not bad for that. Holmes was portayed as brilliant with a great deal of training in a broad range of subjects. The books are written from Watsons perspective and he was not always with Holmes. The actions that Holmes would take offscreen would be reasonable for his skills. There wasn’t much that was really pulled out of nowhere.

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  1. That cements it. Theo has officially made my list of MCs I can respect.

    In stories like this the MC would usually dillydally over his love interest forever until a harem in everything but name had been established around him, and then he would panic over the situation in annoying detail.

    But Theo, 20 chapters in and he confessed, even if it was partly instigated by a third party. Even if he gets a second wife, or even a harem, he still has my respect. He calmly analyzed his situation and feelings, and then moved decisively.

    I’ll definitely be reading this series for a while.

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    1. Zalpha

      Your right about this, rather amazing considering this actually the first time in a Light Novel that I have read his and how goes down – right from the start really. Harem for the win?

      1. Find Babes
      2. Establish Harem
      3. ???
      4. PROFIT

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    2. Agreed, even with the slight densite in the talk about Ashley he was still able to confess in 20 chp. and it is not a LN that the focus is the MC getting girls
      I do think that he will get a Harem, but that in itself is not a problem, the problem is how he get it.
      and based in what I saw in this LN so far I don’t think it will disapoint me

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      1. DarkLoki

        I agree all with you guys cause normally others mc rarely confessed nad I want to know who stay in your list about mcs you can respect… because this mc is the first doing confession before the sex…

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        1. indream88

          Agree with you here. Like this MC through he is little bit dense, but well it is expected. He have psyche mix of ten years old and around 20 years old judging from prologue. Still acts way better then most reincarnated/transfered MCs.

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  2. Zalpha

    Thanks for the chapter, once all this out of the way… well it can only get better. Again I enjoyed reading this, it is pretty romantic.

    So she met him as a baby and he smiled at her (love at first sight?) and she has been with him ever since. Keep in mind that she changed his dippers and cleaned him up as a baby, also latter on she was being ordered to whip him and now he has a badly scared back. He never resented her for this and still loves her. So he has the shame of his childhood and her, her blood sucking tenancies. I am sure she wanted to drains him, lol. It equals out in the end, they over look the embarrassing things and only deep love remains.

    So again, thanks for the chapter.

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  3. Katherine Evangelia

    a love between Human and Dhampir with device that seal her power, it also take a harem path.

    it sound like Rosario + Vampire right ? :D i think the MC fans of that Anime and Manga, then make a lot of Modification.

    -The Vampire Moka Akashiya = The Dhampir Grace
    -The Human That ended Become A Unique Ghoul Tsukune Aono = The Human that Reincarnated become a Mage/Wizard Kirishima Kagehisa.
    -Harem Path in the Yokai World and Yokai School = Harem Path in the Another World and Magic School.

    oh.. really interesting, i want to see Who is The one who will become his Enemy in the Future.

    Also because Grace is a Dhampir, maybe her father or mother are a Vampire, i hope in the Distant Future the mystery can be unlocked :D, is he/she a Lesser Vampire ? a Vampire ? a Noble Vampire? a True Blood Vampire ? A Vampire Lord/Queen ? True Ancestor Vampire ? Primordial Vampire? Aluka The Blood Lusting God/Goddess?

    And Thx for Translated it ^^

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    1. DarkLoki

      You really need reread Rosario+Vampire

      -The Vampire Moka Akashiya had her power sealed because of her true ancestor vampire blood
      -The Human That ended Become A Unique Ghoul Tsukune Aono if you had read the manga you will know about Tsukune turn be a ancestor vampire too and enter in the Moka family.

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