Chapter 4 - The Academy's Worst Student (4)
Anthony rushed over to examine Jack.
Why all of a sudden Anthonys eyes turned to Frey. He was sitting at his desk again, reading his textbook.
From the timing, Im sure this **er did something.
But did he have such a talent Wasnt he just a lowly student who could only use Magic Missile
Just as Anthony tried to speak, the door opened and Professor Dio came in. It was already time for morning class to begin. His gaze reached Anthony, who wobbled where he stood, and Jack who was out cold.
“Anthony, what is going on Why is Jack laying on the floor”
“T-thats… he just suddenly fell down.”
Puzzled, Dio approached Jack. He then turned him over and examined his condition.
Dios face hardened. He felt faint, lingering traces of mana on Jacks stomach so weak that they would go unnoticed if it werent for his keen perception.
These are traces of martial arts skills using mana.
It meant that this was the work of a magic warrior. Moreover, it was not something a mere student could have done.
Quick and intricate. He was certain that there was not a single professor who had this level of skill. Who could have done this Dios eyes wandered around and reached Frey. He was engrossed in reading, not sparing any attention to Jack who had fallen nearby.
“Tell me the details.”
Dios razor-sharp, azure eyes swept through the classroom. Every student who met his gaze flinched. After a moments hesitation, David stepped up and said.
“Jack and Frey were talking for a moment but…”
Those two Talking Even Dio, who treated his students indifferently, knew of Davids relationship with Frey. They were not on friendly enough terms to talk.
David paused mid-speech when he met Dios gaze.
“he just suddenly collapsed.”
When Dio looked away from him, David felt a cold sweat down his back. Then Anthony said.
“P-Professor, hows Jack”
“… He seems like hell be knocked unconscious for a while. Dont worry, its nothing life-threatening.”
“What made him collapse”
“… Well, I think Ill need to examine him further.”
There was no need to tell the student about the martial arts as he would not understand. Dio paused briefly, then said.
“Im taking the morning class off.”
“Ill arrange for a substitute professor. Everyone, wait in the classroom.”
Dio intended to study Jacks symptoms in more detail. While unlikely, it could have been the work of an outsider.
“Which professor will take over”
“Professor Kevin arrived earlier today. I know he doesnt have anything scheduled this morning, so Ill ask him.”
At Dios words, the students fell into despair. Professor Kevin. He was also one of the three most notable professors at the academy, which included Dio. However, his evaluation was the worst among the students.
Although Dio had a cold personality, he was deeply respected by the students. His abilities were remarkable and his high-quality classes were easy to understand.
But Kevin was different. He behaved pretentiously even though he had the worst skills among the professors and was extremely harsh. None of the students liked him. He had a severe inferiority complex, especially towards Dio, as well as another professor named Adelia. If Dio asked him to substitute, he would certainly accept to do so thinking he got one over on him.
Dio left carrying Jack on his back.
The students sighed and prepared for Kevins class. At that moment, David approached Frey and spoke bitterly.
“What did you do”
“No, theres no way you couldve done anything my eyes wouldnt catch.”
David concluded that it was just a coincidence and laughed to reassure himself.
“Dont ditch afternoon practice.”
Then he looked straight at Anthony and said.
“We should skip class.”
“Its Professor Kevins class, though. Will it be okay”
“It will. Im sure Professor Kevin will understand.”
As David said so with a grin, Anthony also smiled. Kevin realized that he could not touch David.
He finally looked at Frey. Even with the commotion that occurred just a short while ago, there was little change in his expression.
Yeah, keep up that attitude. Im looking forward to seeing what kind of face youll make when I crush you.
He was going to end it with breaking an arm, but now he thought it would be better to take an eye, too.
With that, David and Anthony left the classroom.
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“Ah, of course.”
Kevin was a balding middle-aged man with half his hair already gone. The protruding lower lip, slanted eyes, hooked nose, and bulging belly made him look more like a thief than a magician.
“I look forward to your kind cooperation.”
At Dios words, Kevin burst into laughter.
“Dont worry. Professor Dio himself bowed and begged me to do my best! Haha!”
He made sure to strongly emphasize the “begging” part. Dio neither bowed nor begged, but he nodded once because he did not want to waste time childishly arguing with him. Kevin headed to the classroom grinning ear to ear. In the first place, he did not really hate teaching classes. Rather, it was more of a preference.
Most of the students at Westroad Academy displayed trust and respect to their professors. Even if they were displeased, few people showed it openly.
Kevin liked that. It was the reason he tried so hard to become a professor at Westroad. He struggled to the point of having nosebleeds, but the fruit was so sweet.
If he lacked the same professors position, he would never be spoken to politely from elites such as Dio and Adelia. He would be lucky to not be ordered around, let alone be asked for a favor.
When Kevin opened the door and entered, most of the students looked up without delay. The grades for each subject could only be determined by the professor in charge. In other words, if a student displeased him in any way, they would receive poor grades regardless of their actual scores.
The quick-witted students knew what expression Kevin liked the most. When he saw the students bright eyes, Kevin laughed softly.
“Im not sure if you were already aware, but due to unavoidable circumstances, I will be in charge of the lessons this morning. Then, everyone, open your textbooks.”
The students rushed to open their textbooks. Knowing Kevins fastidious personality, they had all taken out their books in advance.
Frey was lost for a moment because he did not know what subject Kevin was in charge of teaching. He looked around and saw the title of a book taken out by another student.
The History of Magecraft.
Fortunately, all of his textbooks were already on the desk. He began to sort them out one at a time. His figure stood out and caught Kevins attention.
At first, he did not recognize Frey. But upon seeing his signature grey hair, he immediately realized his identity.
Frey Blake That bastards back in my class
Frey Blake. He was a notorious student in the academy, so Kevin obviously knew of him. He disliked Frey. He wanted to be respected by the children of distinguished families who were carefully selected from all over the country. He did not have a speck of interest in what a lesser-born illegitimate child thought of him.
Rather, he thought that Frey was the one who lowered the quality of his classes. After letting him know that his efforts would never get him anywhere, Kevin had driven him out very cruelly.
Frey Blake ran out of class with his face flushed and never attended since. Kevin thought he would never see him sitting there again.
What kind of winds blowing today for this to happen
Moreover, the air around Frey seemed to have changed slightly. Kevin naturally could not recall Freys appearance in detail, but his frightened eyes and his shriveled shoulders were unforgettable.
But the Frey now was imposing. There was strength behind his gaze, and his back was straight. If it werent for the color of his hair, Kevin would not believe he was Frey.
It did not matter. Although he could not tell what was going on in Freys mind, kicking that spineless brat out again was no big deal. Grinning widely, Kevin said.
“Frey, its been a while since Ive seen you. Was there any special reason for not attending my class”
Frey found the textbook just in time, and replied while putting the rest back.
“I couldnt find the right time.”
“Maybe there was something that you thought was more important than my class”
Kevin said forcefully with his teeth clenched. Initially, it was the result of his harassment, but now Frey was speaking as if he had rejected Kevins class on his own.
The other students looked at Frey with half worry and half expectation. Most of them realized that Frey had changed a bit by witnessing how he had stood up to Davids crowd.
However, this time his opponent was Kevin, the most disliked of all the professors. He would not be able to rebel like before.
“I guess so.”
Frey responded lightly. Someone among the students gasped loudly. They were not alone, as most of the others had similar reactions. Then,
Kevins face hardened.