The Eldest Daughter Walks Down The Flower Path - Chapter 177
Radis went to the fireplace and picked up the fire iron.
And the first thing she did after that was to check whether the expensive ornaments in the display cabinets were safe.
Fortunately, all the glass cabinets were untouched. Radis then entered the bedroom, her gaze sharp as she held the fire iron as though it was a sword.
Fortunately, the silver candelabras and gold vases were also still there.
Scratching her head, Radis lowered the rod in her hand.
“It’s not a thief?”
She checked the entire spacious expanse around her, even looking behind the door and between all the clothes hanging in her walk-in closet. Still, she could not find a single mouse, let alone a thief.
“Then what was that sound?”
She couldn’t have heard it wrong.
But there was no one here. The realization sent goosebumps down her spine.
As Radis put the fire iron back in place, there was something else that caught her eye.
“…Has this always been here?”
It’s the haunted sword.
It was now placed in the top shelf of a display cabinet as if to make its presence known.
Radis narrowed her eyes at the black sword, her gaze suspicious.
The thought of throwing it away crossed her mind several times. The sword was so uncomfortable to be in the same space with, but at the same time, it’s not the kind of thing that could be easily discarded, so she decided to just chuck it away in some dark corner.
“Who took it out?”
She crossed her arms as she stared long and hard at the sword. But soon, something suddenly came to mind.
Radis returned to her desk and opened the dizzying tome. She skimmed through the table of contents.
“Here it is. The fundamentals of magic tools.”
She flipped to the page right away.
“Magic tools are, in short, the quintessence of magic research… Ugh, let’s just skip that. Ummm… Most magic tools can be used only when mana is provided, while very few magic tools can be used as they are. Some special magic tools require the user to pay a price, most commonly blood and… a name.”
Radis set the book down and went back to the black sword.
In all truth, she forgot that she had given it a name because she did it roughly without any thought, but she recalled the note that she had written herself back then.
Grasping the handle of the sword, she slowly pulled it out of its scabbard.
Shiiing— A sharp and smooth sound broke out.
She held it upright to examine the blade.
It had been just a lump of rust not long ago, and it had yet to be properly sharpened. Nevertheless, the sword’s blade gave off such a glean as though it’s been newly refined.
Still very doubtful, Radis called out its supposed name.
At her call, the sword seemed to tremble faintly.
But because it was such a negligible vibration, she couldn’t be sure.
Radis called its name once more.
Suddenly, a red light passed through the sword’s length, unknown ancient characters flashing in and out quickly.
At the same time, a similar sigh seemed to resound from somewhere.
[ Haa… ]
Radis’s eyes went wide. She glared at the sword.
“You… I knew it! You can talk…!”
[ …… ]
“That sound just now came from you, didn’t it?”
[ …… ]
“So you’re pretending you can’t talk again? Wanna get hit?”
[ Y-You’re so bad…! ]
As she suddenly heard that whimper, Radis nearly dropped the sword.
It refused to talk before, but as if a dam had burst, the black sword did not stop and went on rambling.
[ H-How could you! You gave me a name yet you didn’t c-call me once! And how could you infuse me with mana without waking up my ego! Th-That’s no different than violating me! ]
Radis dazedly listened to the sword’s complaints, but she soon came to her senses.
“How would I know that I should have called your name, or that infusing mana is the same as assault! You’re the one who set the rules all by yourself… Are you upset?”
[ I-It’s not just me though? Kairos and Phaenos are the same! ]
“So is that why you rejected my mana? It’s because I didn’t call your name?”
[ …… ]
“I could have gotten into some danger in that situation, but okay. Alright. I have no idea if it’s your own rule of if it’s a rule amongst all swords, but I apologize for subjecting you to that assault. Still, is it okay for a sword to endanger its wielder?”
[ E-Euuugh… ]
“Don’t be ridiculous. If you have a mouth, please just… Ah, you don’t have a mouth.”
[ H-Heuuuuugh…! ]
She could see the sword trembling.
[ Y-You’re really bad…! ]
After the black sword whined, it became quiet again.
Radis glared at the sword, thinking it was pathetic, then she put it back on the display cabinet.
“Don’t you dare hold your tongue. Apologize properly.”
[ …… ]
[ …… ]
“Again? You’re going to pretend to be mum again?”
[ …… ]
“Hah, fine. Suit yourself.”
Radis picked up the sword and pushed it back into its scabbard.
Then, she went into the walk-in closet and shoved it into its deepest corner.
“This is a matter of trust. I can’t carry a weapon that chooses to put me in danger at a critical moment. You seem to like being quiet, so take care of yourself here at this very quiet corner. I’ll put in some air fresheners sometime.”
Radis slammed the closet door shut.
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