ood, you ask me?”

Even when Belinda was saying that she would buy her a meal, I said it in a relatively  nice way.

Vivian looked at me hesitantly and lowered her head.

“Oh, no, no.
I can’t accept such kindness from someone I just met.”

She seemed so timid and fearful, barely looking at me and only shifting her eyes around.

I was afraid that if I approached her too quickly, she might drop dead from a heart attack, so I recited the menu items as she nibbled on her bread.

“A crisp salad made with freshly picked vegetables.”

Crunch, crunch.

“Tomato stew with lots of seafood.”


Crunch, crunch, crunch.

“Hmmm.
The finest quality beef steak?”

Gulp.

Her glasses, hidden under the shadow of her hood, seemed to glow for a moment.

She wiped the thick lenses of her glasses with her sleeve, as if to clean her ears, then clasped her hands together reverently.

“Did you just say beef?”

She looked like a grass-eating rabbit, but it turned out that Vivian was a huge carnivore.

***

The sound of the sizzling steak whetted her appetite.

It was a restaurant where the chef cooked the meat right in front of you, and Vivian’s gaze didn’t budge from the meat, as she must have been really hungry.

I took advantage of her attention being completely focused on the meat and carefully observed her.

She was petite with her hair tied in two braids.

With her oversized glasses covering half her face, she looked like a timid, model high school girl who had never rebelled before.

‘She’s still so young.’

The thought of her future that I knew lingered bitterly in my mouth.

It was only today that I realized Vivian’s hair was the deep green of a primeval forest and her eyes were the warm orange of a sunset.

In 〈Hirome〉, she is presented in black and white, devoid of color.

〈The Last Vestiges of the Unfortunate Genius Wizard.〉

That was the name of the quest that was related to Vivian.

She appeared as a starving ghost in a corner of the temple and asked the player for one favor.


The ink brush is the most fundamental tool used in drawing magic circles and creating magical items.

Her last regret that kept her tied to the afterlife was so trivial.

Since Vivian had already died in the opening of the game, there was no way to meet her again.

So, this was the only chance.
I could increase the number of my lives, and maybe even save Vivian.

The beef was finally served on the table.

The overwhelming presence of the meat, piled up layer by layer like pancakes, was the trademark of this restaurant.

‘I wonder if I can eat all of this.’

…… I thought, as Vivian began to inhale the chunks of meat.

It was quite literal.
As if most of her internal organs were converted into just being stomachs, Vivian devoured the meat as if drinking water.

Leo, who was sitting next to me, was so surprised that he even stopped using his fork and stared at Vivian blankly.

If we were in Korea, she could make a fortune by doing a Mukbang. 

(E/N: an online audiovisual broadcast in which a host consumes various quantities of food while interacting with the audience.)

I watched Vivian’s eating show with a sense of regret, but when I noticed her guard had dropped like snow melting on two pieces of hot meat, I took the opportunity to speak.

“Hey, do you know anything about the Meteor Tower or the Twin Birds’ Nest?”

I was referring to the magic tools that were currently sold in high-end shopping districts. 

They were known as an invention of the mage Bruno, but in fact, both were Vivian’s work.

Bruno is now just a mere wizard belonging to the Gray Tower, but later he invents a potion that can heal any wound and earns him the honorary title of Creator of All Things.

But who would ever have thought to question him?

That the Elixir of Life which bestowed upon him the title of “Creator of All Things,” was the last work of Vivian, his apprentice and the person sitting in front of me.

If the item description hadn’t said “Vivian’s masterpiece,” I wouldn’t have known.

“Oh, no.
I-I don’t know anything about it.”

Vivian said that, but her eyes quickly lost their light and turned into frozen fisheyes.
It seemed like she had received brainwashing education instead of magic education from her master.

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