Burikko Chapter 17

16 Years Old – K of Hearts

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Today is the day of the Royal Magic Academy magic exam.
At this school, a pass is determined by the cumulative scores of the general education exam and the magic exam.
The other day, we had the general exam, and I was shocked at the incredible amount of people.
‘It’d be great if I passed, but…’ Or so I began to worry.
I mean, for a prince to fail the exam, it would be much too lame, you know?

Achille will probably pass without a problem.
Camille… I’m a little worried about her general section.

The contents of this time’s exam is extremely simple.
You destroy a sturdy target provided by a teacher, there’s a measurement of your magic power, and finally there are various challenges set for you.
Because there are a great number of people, we take the exams in groups of twenty, but upon checking which group I ended up in on the magic noticeboard, due to some good luck I was allotted to the same group as Camille.


While I waited at the gathering place for our group, Camille ran over with sparkling eyes.

“Camille, we’re in the same group, huh.”

“Yes! It seems that the first exam will be held on the field grounds, you know? Let’s go.”

A continuation from the day of the general exam, Camille has no tattoos today, which is a very fresh look.
Looking at her like this, she’s extremely cute. Achille probably can’t relax out of nervousness.

Because Camille and I are moving together, there are no women obstructing our path like the day of the general education exam.
Camille as well, because I’m here, isn’t being surrounded by men either.

We were headed to a large field in the middle of the academy.
On the lawn in the middle was the first group of students.
Surrounding, were spectator seats, and students waiting for their turn were sitting there.

“We’re the eighth group, huh.”

“Yes, that’s right! Incidentally, Achille is the second group, so… he might be waiting down here, huh?”

While we were speaking, the first group began their exam.
When the examiner used magic to bring up a rectangular target, the people in the spectator seats began watching the exam seriously.
In front of each student floated a hard-looking stone slab target.
The exam involved accurately breaking your target, without getting any of the other targets involved.
The slates of stone look hard, and not so easily broken.
People who managed to break the stone, people who didn’t manage to scratch it at all, people who fired their magic in the wrong direction…
The first exam finished with a lot of people still unable to break their stones.

Next was the second group with Achille.
High-pitched screams rose from the spectator seats. Even though he’s engaged to Camille… Achille has it rough too, huh.

Achille skilfully broke apart a slab like the ones from earlier. Once again, high-pitched screams rose around us.

After that, the exams continued… Finally, it’s our turn.

“Royce-sama! It’ll be okay!”

Camille who noticed my nervousness, encouraged me.

“After all, with your power, Royce-sama, you’ll be able to reliably break that rock slab.”

It seems that she accurately grasped the strength of those magically produced rock slabs and my magic power.

“…Your words are very reassuring.”

It’s too reassuring.
When it comes to magic, I trust in Camille’s words more than anything else.
With her skill in magic alone, despite being only sixteen, she climbed to quite a high position within “Red”.

In time with the examiner’s signal, slates of stone appeared before Camille and I.

“Royce-sama, just watch~”

Camille who was next to me winked, and at the same time her stone slab was pulverised without a trace.
A commotion ran through the spectator seats… but she didn’t pay it any attention.

She turned to me with a gaze that said “Praise me, praise me.”

“…I see. There’s still the stone powder left. Shall I burn it away?”

“It’s fine, that’s plenty. I can really see that you’ve been trying your best, Camille. As a candidate for my guard, there’s no complaints to say about your skill.”

So that Camille doesn’t do anything unnecessary, it’s my job to stop her. Right now Achille isn’t here, so I have to do it properly.

“Really? I’ll definitely become an excellent guard, okay!?”

With a happy expression on her face, she gave a fist pump… Because of Camille, my nervousness about the exam has disappeared.

When I calmed down and faced the target, I gathered mana around the target and made it explode.
With one shot, it cracked, and then it very quickly flew off in four directions.
Thanks to the magic cast on the area, the flying pieces of stone didn’t hit any other students.

“It’s just like you said, huh, Camille. It broke.”

When I said that, she looked incredibly glad and smiled. Probably startled by that smile of hers, the men around us were entranced by her.
Some of them shot off their magic in various directions, or hit themselves with magic instead of the targets… Even though it’s an examination, they sure lack concentration, huh…

Up until now, Camille hasn’t concerned herself with the gazes of the opposite sex.
She only knew of boys sidling up to her in their aim for the seat of the next marquis during tea parties while she was young, and of men who looked down on her from a distance due to her tattoos.
That’s why she didn’t notice at all, the commotion she caused amongst the men. It’s fine that she doesn’t notice their gazes, but I wish she would just hurry up and notice Achille’s feelings already… Achille’s also in the wrong for not frankly telling her his feelings though, huh.
After we finished the target-destruction exam, we headed to the examination ground for the magic power measurement.

However, at our destination, the exam was temporarily suspended.
The other students were making a fuss.

“Oi, have you heard? It seems that in the group before ours, there was someone who broke the measurement item.”

“Serious…? They didn’t get disqualified?”

“Nah, the examiner said that it broke because their magic power was too great, and it couldn’t be measured.”

It seems that there’s an incredible examinee.
Camille also has strong magic power, but even she isn’t strong enough that she’d destroy the measurement item.
I looked towards her, and found that for some reason, her eyebrows were knit in thought. It’s rare that Camille makes such a serious face.

In the end, the magic power measurement started again a little while after that, and we finished the final exam without a problem.

But still, there are still heaps of incredible people in this world, huhh.

/Child Chapter End

“Camille who noticed my nervousness, encouraged me.”
is actually just
“spoke to me”, but 話しかけてくれた seems grateful enough, so yeah

Might be a bit late to mention, but the prince is relatively soft spoken. Uh, also he uses ‘boku(僕)’. Achille uses ‘ore(俺)(at least in his monologues)’.

Also funny that Royce thinks her dullness is because of her lack of experience with men. She’s been to high school before, and her monologues show that she clearly has experience. It’s clear to us that she didn’t notice them, simply because she’s just a straight up legit 100% idiot sometimes, lol.

Also, hehe. Enter the heroine. I’d be happy as long as she was even half as nice as Wakaba-chan.




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37 thoughts on “Burikko Chapter 17”

  1. to be honest, i prefer that u keep translating this webnovel instead of the mao . The character in mao are kinda boring


      1. LOL was Maou an 18+ novel? It didn’t give me that kind of impression from the translated chapters you did.

        That being said, I prefer this to Maou too. The characters in this are so vibrant and fun, and their chemistry/interactions make it even better. Plus there’s a moving plot too.


  2. Thank you for translating such interesting stories.

    Do you happen to have any days of which you generally release? I’m asking simply because I just like it when I can put a marker on my weekly calender.

    I am so far into to many damn LNs. Is it just me or are several really good light novels only starting to get translated within the last year?

    Like this series, Zhou Long, Tate no Yuusha, Ark, and such.


    1. Sorry, nope. I don’t have a very regular schedule yet, so I’m just fitting it in whenever I don’t ahve shit to deal with and/or I’m not addicted to some other series.

      You should just start using a blog thingy. They tell you when people update.


      1. I never thought I would need one (I thought most LN would be linked on Bakatsuki) but with as many blogs I’m following, It’s a good idea.

        Thanks. I’ll be following you from now on.


  3. “I looked towards her, and found that for some reason, her eyebrows were knit in thought”

    She’s gonna break it isn’t she?


    1. Nah she knit her eyebrows because the one that destroyed the measurement is the heroine and she just put 2 and 2 together. I am stealing ur comment to write this my bad 2 lazy to finish scrolling.


  4. Glad to see you are back from your worm marathon. Really liking this series. So far it looks like we get to see some real progress. Ever since I discovered Mushoku Tensei I wish more authors would allow their characters to grow and have actual relationships.


    1. YES this so much! Before MT the only other story I’ve read with characters growing up and moving on in life was like Clannad. They are both excellent stories. I hope this one takes a page from their book and has the characters advance in their lives.


  5. looks like the otome game MC is here.
    with all of the changes to the storyline, wonder how the story will diverge from here…..


  6. Certainly not 100% idiot, but a number closer to 100 than 99. If she was 100% there would be absolutely no hope. With an idiot level of, say, 99.99823 or so, it’s nearly impossible, but not impossible. ‘help her obi-wan achille, you’re her only hope’ or something.


  7. Uhmmm… That last part… Is that the heroine of the game? The one who broke the measurement? Also, why do I get the feeling that the heroine of the game is going to take the K of hearts route…

    Nah… Maybe it’s just me.


  8. A lady fist bumping a prince…quite a mental picture.

    Ah, I miss Reika & Wakaba-chan as well even if the last update was just from valentines.


  9. Yes it is the PC of the game. We’ve been told she has a near godly amount of magic at the start. And thats why Camille is so serious since she knows how this is handled can effect her out come in life. I’ve read ahead and the story is really good but a lot less slice of life as it goes on.


  10. It’s funny how seriously Royce is taking this exam. He’s the Heir to the Throne! Does he really think he would be refused entrance under any circumstances? If his scores weren’t good enough, I’m sure someone would ‘correct’ the mistakes.


    1. being behind in Studies puts him at a handicap socially, and whether or not the’re intent on rising to power, those in their faction will be intent on keeping them in the running,


  11. Our MC is another devout discipline of Bakarina goddess of density. Wonder if she is going to capture the heroine too


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