>I grew with praise, so you should praise me more.

I received the four pieces of gold, and left the guild with a warm feeling inside.
Then I took a room at an inn, washed my clothes, and did some maintenance on my gear and restocked on supplies for the next day.
The life of an Adventurer was not easy.

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The following day, I went to the training grounds and was caught by that woman.
When did she even work?

“Hey, you ran away from me last time.”

“No I didn’t.
I made no promises, did I?”

“You said we could talk outside!”

“No, that’s not what I mean.
Anyway, are you going to tell me your name? Ah, I am Ajifu.
An E-Rank Adventurer.”

“Mejit.
D-Rank.
Ajifu, there is something I want to ask you.”

I guess I couldn’t get out of this one.
Oh, well.

“I see.
So, let’s hear it.
What do you want?”

“You’re not from here, are you? Where did you come from?”

“The Fia Kingdom.”

“And when did you come to the capital?”

“Last week.”

“Why did you come to the capital?”

Hmm? These questions were going in a strange direction.
Perhaps she recognized me, but could not remember where we had met?

“I wanted to learn to fight with a sword.”

“…”

“Uh…?”

“I’m sorry.
You can go now.”

She tilted her head and left.
I wasn’t sure if she was satisfied.

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Once she was gone, one of the pupils who had been watching started to talk to me.

“Hey, newcomer.”

I guess that’s what I am now.

“Yes, what is it?”

“You two seem to be pretty close.
What is your relationship with Mejit?”

“The same as you.
We’re pupils of this school.”

“Oh? So you’re going to feign ignorance, eh? You have a lot of nerve.
All right, I’ll do you a favor today and help with your training.
My name’s Jirido.
Get ready and meet me on the training grounds.”

That day, the training was brutal.
Jirido was a spear-wielder, and he made me train with him until I was exhausted.

“Now, now.
Why don’t you counter?”

But I didn’t even see an opening to do that? Still, if he was going to say that, then I would have to try!

“If you insist!”

I moved within range and swung my sword.

“Oh! Not bad.”

My sword bounced off the spear.
I see.
So that’s why he used that form.
I stood back up no matter how many times I was knocked down, and drank potions when I needed to.

“You’re a tenacious one! But if you have time to waste making eyes at Mejit, you should use it to train!”

“Ha…ha… I came here to train with the sword! And I’m not going to lose to some jealous fool!”

But every time I swung, he would sweep it aside.
While he was clearly getting tired, I was shaking on my feet.

Crash.

“That’s what you are!”

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I was knocked off my feet, but there was no strength left in my arms.
And so I stood up with just my legs.

“Then what is this training for! Yes, hold up your spear like that! One day, I will beat you into the ground.”

I’ll kill you.
With real murderous rage in my eyes, I steeled myself.
Then I held my shield up and lept forward while unleashing a slash at his neck.

Clang.

As expected, he moved his spear to block it.
Only, the sound that rang was quiet, and the pressure light.

“What!?”

A feint, without any upper body strength!
I had saved my strength, and with the fastest speed, turned my sword in order to slam it into him with a slash attack.
Or I tried to, but he swiftly ducked and rotated his spear so that it hit me in the jaw.

I had no idea he could do that with that form…

And then I fell unconscious.

The next day, as my body would not move, I stayed in the inn and spent my time rotating the pen while moving my magic energy.
Even the day after that, swinging practice was the most that I could do.

After resting for two days, I returned to the training ground, and was met by severe training once again.
And since a more experienced pupil was spending time teaching me, I actively participated.

It took two days to recover, and then I went back for more.
This time, my body moved well, and I finished the training without losing consciousness.

This happened three times, and since I got up every time that I was knocked down, I could see that Jirido was starting to get tired.
Perhaps I should let him rest.

“I’ll be gone for a while to take on some quests, but we’ll continue when I get back! Don’t you dare run away!”

I said before leaving.
He looked very annoyed, but replied,

“You can act smug after winning at least once!”

Oh? He was still quite fired up after all.
Very good.
I’ll keep him company as soon as I return.

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