What would you like to drink?”
“No, it is fine.”
“Then let’s just talk.
What are you here for?”
“Do I need to have a reason to come to you?”
“But I do have a reason for coming.”
“Pulling my leg?”
“I haven’t done it in long.”
“… say the reason, please.”
The moment her name was mentioned, Siegfried’s eyebrows rose.
“Why are you neglecting her?”
And the eyebrows came down at the word neglect.
“You must know why I am saying this.”
Siegfried stayed silent instead of answering.
And that meant that he knew.
“I showed this in my first class today.”
Jamie raised both his hands and spread out a layered magic circle and a three dimensional magic circle and then a large magic circle which several magic circles used as a symbol.
Seeing that, Siegfried’s eyes widened.
“Young Lord! This is-!?”
Magic circle wasn’t his area of expertise, but as soon as he saw it he knew that Jamie developed a much higher magic circle than what was being used now.
But Jamie shook his head.
“I didn’t show you to brag about it.
Ann Myers did it by seeing it just once.”
“Not perfect, but the important thing is she followed it.
It is a theory difficult for students, so I didn’t even explain it.
you get what I am saying, right?”
Siegfried is a genius, he couldn’t have not known what it meant.
“The talent of a scholar.
It’s an overwhelming insight that can be understood by looking at a thing.”
“Why is she still attending this academy? Why is the magic world leaving her alone? Why is her talent being wasted like this?”
I knew that the young lord would recognize it right away.”
“You expected me to recognize her talent.”
Siegfried nodded and continued.
Ann, that child is a genius.
She has the most brilliant mind to absorb all that is shown.
But young lord should know.”
“That she wasn't born with magic.”
She wasn’t like Venna without talent.
She was just ordinary.
In other words, if she hadn’t been born with such a brain, she would have been in the lowest class now.
Or not even get an entry into this academy.
‘No matter what, Ann is smart.
But one can’t be a magician simply because they are smart.’
Siegfried sighed, and smiled bitterly.
“As said, you are aware and so are we.”
‘We’ meant the elders here.
“Even if you aren’t a magician, there are endless possibilities.
And if you have that level of talent, one can use elixirs or such things to raise the level…”
“But how far will that even go?”
Jamie didn’t answer it.
“There are people born like me and young lord, and there are people born like Miss Venna.”
Venna wasn’t human, but Siegfried knew as soon as he saw her that she was inexperienced in magic.
“It isn’t that Ann is without any talent, but she is too ordinary to stand out.
If the expectations for growth are high enough to take on a change in the magic world, like the young lord said, we would have done it, but didn't the young lord see her in person?”
“The magic world considered Ann as worthless.”
“I don’t want to use such an expression on my students, so I will not answer it.
but let me inform you one thing, young lord.
The magic world is the core of the Seldam Kingdom, and one of the most powerful forces.
In other words, one has to be strict about everything.
I know it is cruel but that is how it is.”
In a way, this place was like a corporation.
All the costs of research and training magicians.
All of that is done because of the investments coming in.
So, they couldn’t just pour these investments to just anyone who might look talented.
Because no one can see what future that person holds.
However, people might argue about investments which are being carefully handed at the excuse mentioned about, but what about the visible growth?
Like Ann Myers.
“Then we should have sent her to somewhere else other than the magic world.
A place where her talents can be put to the right use.”
Ann’s talents will bloom in any other place.
She isn’t blooming here because this place focuses on magic.
“She can be raised into something like a magic researcher.
If Ann walks the path of a researcher, she will be the possessor of skills that even magicians will have a hard time comparing with.”
A magic researcher was a term used to refer to those who approached magic like a science.
For example, the creator of an artefact also has the role of a magic researcher in a way.
Siegfried nodded and replied.
The problem is that she doesn’t want to.”
“You talked to her?”
“I didn’t explicitly ask but I did consult her.
And she said this.”
Siegfried clearly remembered what Ann said.
-I am going to become a great magician and restore the fame that my family once had.
I won’t be ignored by anyone again.
At that time, the expression on her face was too serious to consider it as a child’s dream.
“Of course, I don't plan on leaving it like that.
The future of a child is at stake here.
But as she is a child, there are things I need to be wary of.
Because one can never know how things change.
Like young lord.”
“Well, there were times when in fact the talks came about making Ann a disciple or not.
Without magic too, her talent in understanding was shocking.”
“And the conclusion?”
“Some refused because they had too many disciples and some refused as she had no magical talent.
And that was how it ended.”
“And the elder?”
“I will not take in a disciple.”
Well, Siegfried has skill but no disciples till now.
It probably won’t happen in this lifetime.
“But, didn’t Ann Myers call you Master?”
“… she just follows me like that.
I feel bad.
If she had been my disciple, I would have taken her in as my apprentice.”
Knowing his character, Jamie nodded.
Since there was nothing to say, Jamie got up.
At least he confirmed that everyone knew about her talent but could do nothing about it.
Then… the talent has to be let go.
“I’ll get going now.”
If there is anything else, do come here at any time.”
Jamie bowed his head and walked to the door when Siegfried called.
“If you feel bad about it, why don’t you take her under your wing?”
Jamie didn’t respond.
Siegfried looked at the blank face and said,
“You can bring in the disciple.
A teacher and a disciple who aren’t much different in age.
Not bad, right?”
Jamie slammed the door and walked out of the office without answering.
Alone, Siegfried shrugged his shoulders.
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