Chapter 15: A New Weapon and A Vow with Tina


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“Tina, today’s sandwich is great. You don’t use fish often.”

“Yes, when we went to the main village, I exchanged some beef meat with smoked fish.”

“The salty fish works really well with the sauce.”

Tina’s sandwich is made by spreading butter on the bread, adding my finely sliced cabbage and lean part of smoked fish, then smearing handmade sauce in it. The smoked fish is made by dipping in water to make it soft at the same time with drawing out moderate amount of salt on it. Its great flavor from the salting, and the salty-sweet sauce that Tina made from the leftover vegetable and the meat scraps stimulates the appetite.

“This sauce is more delicious than usual. Oh, you used honey, didn’t you?”

“When I ate the monjayaki that Kurt-sama made yesterday, I tried adding the sweetness to the sauce since it seemed like it would become more delicious. It’s a big hit.”

Salty-sweet sauce really fits the briny smoked fish.

“Will you make this again for me?”

“Absolutely, Kurt-sama!”

Tina smiles happily. Seeing that kind of Tina makes me feel that the meal is even more delicious. Our happy lunch time passes like this.

☘

After the lunch, I gripped my spear. From now on, the spear will be reborn into a new weapon. The earth magic could intervene with the ore. I’m going to change the shape of the iron.

“Answer me, earth spirit.”

The attribute magic uses the power that fills the nature. By borrowing the power of the earth spirit,  I’m dealing with the spear. However…

“As I thought, I can’t do anything when the iron is like this, huh?”

It’s an earth attribute magic that I worked so hard to obtain, but as I thought, changing the shape of iron by the earth attribute magic that I memorized doesn’t seem possible for me. Processing metal is too soon for my current self. I need to provide the ability to temper with magic. This current power level honestly won’t do, as I expected.

“Kurt-sama, is it no good?”

“The iron is a little too solid. If I could make it softer, I probably could do something about it.”

“Softer… I could manage something, I think…”

Tina’s face looks enlightened.

“Kurt-sama, can you let me handle your precious spear? Perhaps it’ll turn bad, but I think I have a method to make it softer.” Tina looks at me straight in the eyes while asking that.

This spear hasn’t been touched by anyone other than me up until now. But I don’t mind if it’s Tina. Moreover, even if she turns it into something unusable, she’s the only one that I would forgive.

“Either way, it’s no good in its current state. I’ll gamble on Tina.”

“Kurt-sama’s spear. I’ve received it.” Tina receives my spear with both hands, gripping tight.

What could she possibly be doing? As I see her, I could feel the sudden influx of mana. Holding the handle with both hands, she closes her eyes.

“Kurt-sama’s spear will be heated up by my flame.”

A flame blows up, then it gets sucked into the spear. The iron tip becomes red hot. The air around it is warped. Tina’s flame heats the iron until it’s on the brink of melting.

The attribute magic is a magic that borrows the spirit’s power that fills the atmosphere. Tina is greatly loved by the fire spirits. Her power is tremendous even though she doesn’t have any Ability.

If the iron almost melts, my earth magic should be able to do something about it.

“Thanks, Tina.”

Not having flame attribute, I can’t do anything firsthand to the red hot spear. That’s why I put my hand above Tina’s hand.

“If the spear is already heated and soften by the flame, I could change the shape with my power. Really, Tina, you always manage to surprise me. I love you.”

“Kurt-sama, that, please stop saying something like that. I get too happy that I can’t muster any strength.”

I can’t see her face, but from behind her, I can see her nape blushes red.

“We’re going to begin. Tina, continue the heat it up with this current strength of your flame.”

“Yes, Kurt-sama!”

Borrowing the power of the earth spirits, I’m working on the spear by using the earth magic. As I do so, the red hot spear starts to move in twists and turns. I try to imagine a brand new shape. The spear starts changing shape following that image.

Moreover, I don’t just change the shape. I forge it under pressure, take out the impurities, give it sharpness and tenacity. Tina melts it with great effort. This opportunity improves its basic performance. The spear is reborn. It’s reborn together with me.

Hey, pal… Lend your strength to me from now on as well. I hope that we can keep advancing together without any compromise.

“Tina, it’s good now. Please slowly cool the spear down.”

The flame attribute magic is controlling quantity of heat. It doesn’t only increase the temperature, it can also cool things down.

“Yes, Kurt-sama!”

Cooling the iron rapidly will put damage to it, so I ask her to be really careful. With cold sweat, Tina little by little takes away the heat.

Then, finally it’s completed. My new pal.

“Thank you, Tina. We made it. My new spear.”

That is Kurt-sama’s new spear…. Is it all right to use spear, though?”

“Yes, I’m sure it’s all right. This is as much a spear as it it a sword. A weapon with two facets.”

Let’s try its practicality. I get in the ready pose with the new weapon, then I wield it. The spear is speeding up. This world’s irrational power, [Sword Ability]’s power is working to perfection.

I’m glad. It is recognized as a spear and a sword.

“Awesome, it’s the first time I see such a sharp blow. More than Kurt-sama ever been, more than Jörg-sama. …And even faster than Kurt-sama’s father that I saw once.”

“I think so too.”

The power of wielding a spear doesn’t display both the Ability’s Skill and my own martial skill as additions, but as multiplications. If I don’t have the Ability, there’s nothing I can do about it, but it’s not like the pure martial skill doesn’t have any meaning either. From the start, the sharper technique used, the blow strengthened by the Ability would improve in strength and speed. The Sword Ability III’s acceleration on top of my ten years worth of training combined, they become like this.

“But, Kurt-sama said that Kurt-sama couldn’t win in spear.”

“That’s why I made it this way. Even though it’s spear, it’s not.”

I show my newly reshaped spear in front of Tina.

“The blade is curved at the tip… This is a spear, yet it’s a slashing weapon, isn’t it?”

“True, this is naginata. Its other name is glaive.”

The altered spear doesn’t become sword. It’s naginata.

It’s different than spear as its tip is a blade just like Japanese sword. In other words, the reach is long, it can pierce like a spear, and it can cut like a sword. Perhaps, it’s the most excellent weapon in a pool of similar weapons.

“It looks just like a spear, but it’s actually a sword, isn’t it?”

“To be accurate, it is both sword and spear. That’s why, I could utilize both the spear ability piling up until now and my newly awakened sword talent. It’s that kind of weapon.”

The shape has changed. My spear. But it still fits in my hands just like always. With this guy, there’s no need to start tempering a new sword ability from zero. It’s great how I could just add slashing movement to the spear routine I’ve been doing.

“With this, it’ll definitely be your win!”

“That’s true, I’ll definitely win.”

I have confidence in winning. With the irrational power that comes from Sword Ability, with the intense training for the whole ten years, and wielding the weapon that could utilize them both, there’s no way I could lose.

“Ah, that’s right, Tina. Thanks. Tina is really the best.”

I hold and grasp Tina’s hand.

“Ku-kurt-sama.” Tina’s face become deep red as she becomes a little panicky.

“This naginata couldn’t be made without Tina. Thank you so much. Tina has helped me again, you are really my Goddess of Fortune.”

Whenever I was lost in my way, whenever I met a wall that I couldn’t surpass by myself, Tina never failed to help me. The fact that I could come this far almost makes me believe in occult stuffs. I’ve really come to see Tina as my Goddess of Fortune, my fated person.

“Th-that’s too much, Kurt-sama. I just wish to become useful to Kurt-sama. Because Kurt-sama awakened my mana, I could use the flame. Even so, if this power can become useful for Kurt-sama, I will always, always use it for Kurt-sama’s sake.”

While looking flustered, Tina still answered strongly.

Always, huh? It sounds wonderful.

Right now, it’s my first made naginata, but next, I could make whisks, cake knife, and other necessary utensils to make various pastries.

“I’m happy that you said that. Tina. I also hope that I can always be with Tina.”

Tina becomes bashful, grasping back the hand I grasp her with. I didn’t say that because I only wanted to use her Flame Attribute Magic. I sincerely love this girl.

“I want to show you my gratitude, what do you want?”

Tina makes a thinking gesture. Then, she opens her mouth nervously, “Then, I wish for Kurt-sama’s pastry… A special pastry that’s only for me. A pastry that only Kurt-sama and I will know.”

I laugh bitterly. What a difficult wish.

A pastry for Tina’s sake only can’t be something superficial. It shows an image in my head, a pastry made of Tina’s image. A pastry that is silver-colored, warm, covered with layers of veils, and with a precious gem-like center. It’d better be that kind of pastry.

“I understand. I’ll make a pastry that’s only for Tina. With my whole power… no, even more than that. However, I want more time allowance. If I make a pastry that’s worthy of Tina, I need more time. The base that will show Tina’s image in a glance, I want to refine that pastry until I’m satisfied.”

Tina flashes a smile, akin to flower blossoming.

“Yes, I’ll wait. Let alone ten years, I’ll even wait for twenty years!”

“No, I won’t let you wait that long, though. Right here and now, I promise you that I will make the best pastry in the world for Tina’s sake only.”

That is not something that I’ll do just because I have the recipe from Earth. No matter how long time passes, I will gift the greatest pastry, my unique recipe, just for Tina. I take out my pinky finger.

“Kurt-sama, you absolutely have to do it, you know?”

“Of course, I absolutely will do it.”

Looking deeply moved, Tina nods and entwines her pinky finger with mine. This is the seal to a vow in this world. We both laugh together and unwrap our fingers.


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Translator’s Notes: 

Yes, it’s naginata. I wonder if I should translate that into a halberd, but halberd looks more like axe on a pole, at least that’s how I imagine it. So… naginata it is. When Kurt introduces the name, he uses 薙刀, with 長刀 as the other name. Both called naginata, to the limit of my knowledge. Edit: So it’s glaive! Dunno why I didn’t think of it. Thanks, EvenOdds!

Also I wonder why in Japanese, quantity of heat can also be translated as calorie… Maybe Tina can also control calories in the food? (No, she can’t.)

Hope you enjoyed it~

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50 thoughts on “Chapter 15: A New Weapon and A Vow with Tina

  1. The calorie was first defined by Nicolas Clément in 1824 as a unit of heat energy, and entered French and English dictionaries between 1841 and 1867. The word comes from Latin calor meaning “heat”.

    Because this

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  2. “Softer… I could manage something, I think…”

    Tina’s face looks enlightened.

    “Kurt-sama, can you let me handle your precious spear? Perhaps it’ll turn bad, but I think I have a method to make it softer.” Tina looks at me straight in the eyes while asking that.

    This spear hasn’t been touched by anyone other than me up until now. But I don’t mind if it’s Tina. Moreover, even if she turns it into something unusable, she’s the only one that I would forgive.

    “Either way, it’s no good in its current state. I’ll gamble on Tina.”

    “Kurt-sama’s spear. I’ve received it.” Tina receives my spear with both hands, gripping tight.

    This whole part.

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  3. “Because Kurt-sama awakened my man, I could use the flame.”

    My brain froze a little reading this sentence..
    Please correct it before it hurts too many readers’ hearts !

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  4. I laughed more when reading the comment section than when i was reading the actual chapter lol
    also thanks for the chappie!

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  5. Thanks for the chapter!
    Thanks for translating this novel. Just starting reading this and it was really good.

    Do you have a schedule for this? And do you know when you’ll post the next chapter?
    Really want to see the battle.

    Also you better be careful when translating the Chapter(volume)’s name (the fourth for example). It’s kind of spoiler-ish, not that I mind but other could. So you can just write on the top that it could be a spoiler.
    Oh the hell, who really cares actually. Do as you want!

    Thanks again!! And Happy New Year!! (still the first of January here)

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    1. Wow, thanks for your comment! The next chapter is scheduled on Thursday midnight I think. The battle itself is only in chapter 19 though, so you still had a few chapters ahead of you.

      So far, the titles haven’t been conclusive much, it’ll only be spoiler if you look at the TOC page, I suppose. The author isn’t much for secret twist so far. Maybe the most spoilerific one is 14th?

      But I’ll take that in mind once the author is building up to something that we don’t know the result yet… So Thanks! And enjoy your New Year day!

      //cough the spoilers would be my respond to the comments cough//

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      1. Your welcome! Yeah I checked with the raws and it was in chapter 19.

        Sorry when I wrote Chapter, I meant volume and not chapter as v01ch01. My bad.
        So I was talking about Vol.04 in the toc.
        (More precisely the title *cough*Tina’s name*cough*)

        Thanks, you too.

        //cough now my comment is also a spoiler cough//

        SPOILER:

        I read a bit ahead and for those who want to know if the little brother is going to be an antagonist, wait for v02ch05 (on syosetsu it’s 32th chapter). It was cute.

        Feel free the delete the later part of this comment if you find it a bit too spoiler-ish. I don’t really know if it’s too much.

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        1. klasflkasjfas That brotherly chapter is the sole reason I’m propelling myself forward to translate lmfao. I’m in this project for the family relationship xD

          I haven’t read the whole passage but I’ve spoiled myself. Sighs, oh well. No one will know if I don’t reveal it anyway. //oi

          And oh? I didn’t know Tina’s name is a spoiler, lol. Let me put the warning on the TOC page then.

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      2. Yeah honestly it was really cute. That brotherly love… Even if Jörg is in the wrong, you can kind of understand why he did what he did. He was just lonely.

        No no, I don’t really know if it’s a spoiler. I didn’t read that far. But commoners don’t have Family name, right? So you can kind of guess she is not one. It’s an hypothese not a spoiler.

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        1. Interesting point, I see that it opens various paths of plot twists, and I’m looking forward to it!

          I’m actually kinda pissed off by the summary as well, because that is a true summary i.e. stuffs that will happen is noted there. Everything.

          Maybe this is why I translate by looking forward to the familial relationship— one aspect that actually doesn’t get included in the summary, lol!

          I was actually highly misdirected by the title of the first volume that I came to think that maybe the pattern would repeat itself in that volume as well… But that’s just another hypothesis, ahahahaha. Gotta love to see what the author has in store for us. 😉

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      3. Ahaha, I didn’t even read the summary before reading your translations.
        I just read it and I completely agree with you. But honestly, that’s something anyone could easily guess. I mean just look at the novel’s name and you’ll know he’ll build a shop that’ll be extremely popular someday (and most likely in the capital).

        And like some people say, what’s interesting is the journey not the goal (or something like that, don’t remember the exact saying).

        Until where did you read?
        You know a bit more of who is Tina in v02ch21 (chapter 48 on syosetsu).
        It’s better I don’t spoil here since other people will see it too.

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        1. Honestly? I’m not paying attention much. Reading Japanese is a headache, I only got 30-40% while skimming on them… If I want to read it comprehensively, might as well as translating it on the go, so I’m honestly still in the first volume right now. (Translating ch 20 as we speak.)

          Sometimes I spoil myself when there’s a development in the family though, eheh. Can’t help it when I find an interesting chapter title.

          But yeah, you’re right. It’s the journey that matters. Doesn’t leave much room for plot twists, though, which is a little regretful… Or does it? Maybe I just need to read further…

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      4. Oh is that so. Yeah Japanese is too hard.
        Actually I read your previous comment again and went back checking the title of volume.
        And I realized that I’m really stupid. I didn’t read the title of the first three volumes (or rather didn’t pay attention) but
        considering the pattern, the 4th volume’s name isn’t a spoiler, it should be the name of the sweet Kurt is going to create especially for Tina (the vow).

        Well, even if you know the goal there still can be some plot twist. I don’t really know how much of plot twist you can expect though.
        I’ll spoil you a bit if I were to tell you who Tina is. (the chapter in question is in one of my previous comment.)

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        1. So as expected, the pattern repeat itself (I thought that the title of Vol 1 is a woman’s name, but it isn’t.)

          No worries, I’ll get there sooner or later, though preferably sooner, of course. 😉 At least that is another milestone I’m going to look forward when translating this, eheh.

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      5. Yep, the second of part of the volume’s title is the name of the best sweet he made in the volume. I confirmed it for first three volumes. So I’m sure on this. And in the epilogue of the third volume, he just thought of an idea for the sweet he promised to make for her.

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      6. Ahaha, yeah I thought the first volume’s title was someone’s name too, his mother’s since she never appeared.

        (If only I could edit a comment… forgot to add this in the previous one)

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      7. I was too. Seriously that name was too much.
        For the others you can understand they are sweet’s name or at least not someone’s name, but for this one and the fourth’, it has his family name and Tina’s name respectively.

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  6. Man, this chapter was full of innuendos. The “special pastry” bit sounds like having a child. After all, “baked with love”, after about 9 months in the oven.

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  7. Thank you for the chapter! Just FYI the closest equivalent to a naginata in European weaponry would be a glaive. A halberd, while also a polearm, is entirely different.

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  8. “Kurt-sama’s spear. I’ve received it.” Is it wrong that this sounds like innuendo to me? 😉

    If she heated the spear head to just below the melting point, how did the spear’s shaft not catch on fire?

    It would seem that he can magically make iron, but hasn’t realized it yet.

    I wonder if the author realizes that spears can already be used to slash and that swords can definitely be used to pierce?

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    1. You and a lot of us, my friend. And huh, that’s another interesting point. It’d be more interesting to have that incident, I suppose.

      LMFAO and good points on both. I’m going along with the author’s logic for now.

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  9. Thanks for the chapter. Hmm that world physics is different as irl cooling iron rapidly is needed to make it harden. This is irl called quenching.

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  10. Was worried there for a second that he’d swap from an interesting spearweilder to a generic swordfag, but this is fine. A glave is a great weapon.

    Swords on the other hand are sooo dreary. I even struggle to read a novel where the MC uses a shitty sword. Especially katanas.

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