Chapter 57 Part 1. Princess Natasha
TL: Eclipse Breakdra
“Thank you both for taking care of the house. Here’s a souvenir from Labyrinthos.”
Ludmila takes the box of sweets offered by Lady with a quiet but friendly nod.
Shortly afterward, Casca snatched it from the side.
“Ooh__, this one is really tasty, isn’t it? Most souvenirs in tourist areas are usually useless.”
“…… Casca. Do I really need to tell you that that’s not for you?”
“Shut up, you mutt, don’t tell me what to do. I’m just cleaning up after a bad meal.”
She rips off the wrapping paper, grabs the pastry inside and bites into it with her sharp teeth.
While looking at Casca with a disgusted look in her eyes, Lady, in her human form, let out a deep sigh.
Although they are both beasts, their words and actions are in stark contrast.
Perhaps, it’s the lack of discipline.
“There’s no point in saying anything to a stupid kitten. Your body is full of unnecessary nutrients, yet your head is empty.”
“What the hell? You give me any more of that sh*t, and I’m gonna f*cking kill you.”
“Oh, I’m sorry, I don’t understand your vulgar language.”
Lady, looking like Richelieu, raised the corners of her mouth slightly and smiled mockingly.
As if on cue, Casca grabbed her and a scuffle between man and beast began.
____ At first glance, it seemed to be a big fight at a level that would result in serious injuries if involved.
However, considering their physical capabilities, this is still a level of playfulness that prevents them from destroying anything around them, which was terrifying.
Ludmila sighed as she realised that in the few months since she joined Black Maria, she was becoming accustomed to, or even desensitized to, the extraordinary.
She shook her head slightly, then turned her gaze away.
“Kyaaaaaaaaaaa! So cute~”
The violet eyes turned towards Eliza, who had taken a nap and then switched places with Beth.
And she had a little boy in her arms who was smiling happily and squirming.
“Tiny, soft, smooth, and squishy! An angel? Are you an angel?”
He was about twelve years old. About the same age as Mary, if not younger.
He was a beautiful boy with slightly wavy, shiny black hair and soft, droopy eyes. The most striking features are his dark red eyes and the three teardrop like-dots under his right eye.
___ He had a distinctive, well-groomed appearance that once you met him you would never forget.
“Oh, I wanna kill you! I want to kill you so badly! Can I squeeze your neck, please, sir!!”
The boy’s true identity is, of course, Shizuru, who had been transformed by Lady’s Black Magic.
As a punishment for his mistake at Labyrinthos, he was ordered by Richelieu to stay in the form of a child until the night of his return to the capital.
It was more of a punishment game than a punishment, but Richelieu didn’t see it as a serious blunder, so that’s what it was.
In any case, he was caught by Eliza’s cute sensor at a glance, and he chuckled in distress as he gently squeezed her hand, which frequently rubbed his neck.
Eliza slumps down in extreme disappointment.
If he nodded even in jest, the next moment she would be happily strangling him, which was rather horrifying to think about.
“…..but to think Lady’s magic did this. I didn’t know you could transform anyone other than yourself.”
Ludmila muttered to herself as she stared at Shizuru, who had been transformed into a boy without the slightest hint of discomfort.
He smiled at her softly and a light blush came to her cheeks.*
“I can change my appearance, so I see no reason why I can’t change someone else’s, do you?”
“…….Well, that’s true……But can you use it on more than one person at once when you’re transformed like that?”
In response to her question with a tilted head, Shizuru explains gently.
The basis of the Shadow system is the creation of shadows, or doppelgangers, which are given substance by magical power.
It is possible for a skilled wizard to create more than one at a time, and to perform as many different spells simultaneously.
“Black magic is characterized by a wide range of effects, which is unique among all systems. Well, in the case of human beings, an average user can only make about ten of them.”
“Shizuru, you still know so much, don’t you? I’ll give you a piece of candy as a reward!”
“Haha……I wish you could stop treating me like a child……”
Shizuru smiles again as Eliza puts him on her lap and offers him a candy bar.
Although his appearance has become younger, he was still the same. It was a complicated feeling to be treated as a child.
Looking at the two of them, ‘Eliza will take over for me later’ , she thought to herself.
Then Ludmila noticed that there was one person missing who was supposed to be here, and she looked around.
“….. Hey, speaking of which, where’s Mary? I can’t find her.”
“There she is”
Shizuru points towards the door of the living room.
Ludmila and, of course, Eliza looked over to see Mary peeking in from the hallway.
But as soon as her eyes met those of the three, she shuddered and went into hiding.
Ludmila and the others blinked at Mary, who would normally have tried to push Eliza out of the way.
“Since I’ve become like this, she’s changed completely…….”
“…… What’s wrong with her?”
“Well, I’m not sure I understand–oh, I see.”
In the middle of her words, Eliza’s tone and expression suddenly changed to that of Beth.
Even though Eliza has priority in the personality change, she is still an unstable person with dual personalities.
When she is outside, it is possible for Beth to interfere a little.
“_____ Hey Bate, don’t interrupt me when I’m talking! So, what’s the point?”
“______Ha. You’re so stupid that you can’t even understand that.”
From the same lips came a mixture of gentle tones and abusive words.
After snickering and making fun of her other half, Beth continued.
“She’ s mostly confused because she and Shizuru-kun are suddenly looking exactly the same. It’s hard to imagine him as a parent now.”
Mary’s face was red and her eyes were moist as she looked at Shizuru.
Ludmila’s magical eye detects that her body temperature is fluctuating, and she agrees that she was probably right.
“________Hmmm, as expected, she’s very fond of you!”
“________ I’ll kill you if you’re stupid enough to think that I missed you.”
“_________That was really rude! It’s not cute!”
“_________The worst. There are few things worse than being berated by a flower girl like you. You’re disgusting.”
“__________ Don’t call me disgusting!!”
They took a hand mirror out of their pocket and began to quarrel.
Meanwhile, Casca and Lady were also fighting with each other.
It was a noisy place. It’s hard to believe that this was a scene from an assassin’s base.
Ludmila and Shizuru looked at each other and smiled.
“….Anyway, welcome back Shizuru. Can I put you on my lap?”
“Yeah, I’m back Ludmila…… why does everyone want to put me on their lap……”
At any rate, things now returned back to normal.
It was the first time in a long while that the third Black Maria unit had come together.
TL: Too tired to say anything. Hope you all have a better time than me.
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