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Chapter 15

Massages and the girl of the attic

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I was the fifth member of the expedition issued to exterminate the Demon Lord .
As I watched over my comrades, I had to face quite the number of problems .
One of them was that even though I was accompanying probably the most powerful people in the world, their young bodies couldn’t withstand the harsh journey, so we had to take some breaks to let them rest .

Back then, Yuma was nine, and Mylarka was eleven . Neither of them was used to walk for long, so I often had to carry them piggyback .
If their legs were to hurt so badly that they couldn’t move the next they, the party would have been weakened drastically, so, as I kept doubting my adventurer score, I ended up taking care of everyone’s conditions .

Cody was way sturdier than both of them, to the point that we started to joke about it .
‘Cody the cold repellent’, that’s what we called him .

Aileen’s body was so strong that she wouldn’t have lost even after an army of men . She gave only to me the privilege to call her ‘girl of steel’, even though I never really started to use that alias .

Anyway, in order to keep my comrades at their best conditions, I had to polish a lot of skills .
The result was a mix of Healing Magic, Support Magic, and other techniques: Seitai Magic1 .

“Aaah… Nnnh… Dick, you’re so skilled… It’s been a while since you went so deep…”
“Seems like the effects of my magic reached your core… but please, refrain from giving a commentary . Furthermore, my name is Sebas . ”
“B-But… calling your real name makes me feel more at ease . ”
“Oh well, it is not a problem as long as the others didn’t hear that . I will try to make you enjoy this, since you always accept difficult requests . Do you want to be massaged somewhere in particular?”
“…I don’t, really… maybe my arms?”
“It would’ve been easier if you had a request . ”
“I-I tried to say the first thing that crossed my mind! I know you won’t try to do anything funny!”

She said she trusted me, just like Mylarka .
At first, the muscles from her back to her hips were stiff, but she slowly relaxed, and was now defenseless .
I had lit some incense to amplify the relaxing effect, thinking that it would have been better to let her sleep . I had to use a tool because I didn’t know any technique to reproduce the same effect .

“…E-Err… Dick, it’s not like I don’t see you as a man…”
“Thanks for worrying, my Lady . I shall move to your arms next . ”
“That actually sounded unexpectedly butler-ish . This way of talking suits you . ”
“Where did that ‘unexpectedly’ come from…? I guess it’s not the right time to complain, though . ”

Aileen was wearing a simple one-piece dress, not her usual martial artist’s-like garments . Its sleeves were short, so they didn’t bother my massage . I placed my hands on her shoulders, adjusted her blood flow, and slowly made her relax her arms .

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“Nhah… S-Sorry, I didn’t mean to moan… Guess I’m stiffer than expected…”
“You did your best so far, but you accumulated a lot of stress without noticing . You should rest like this every once in a while . ”
“T-Thank you… Nnnh… but if you doooh… this ooohftennnh…! Ah, there! Aaaah…!”
“I am only doing this normally . Please, try to hold your reactions back . ”
“B-But you’re… so good… Y-You’re massaging my arms, but it feels so good…!”
“I am performing a medical treatment, that’s why it feels good . It would hurt if I was not using magic, but I don’t have to use much strength with this method . ”
“I-I see… It feels this good because of magic… You are too serious about something like this…”

I kept an ‘I’m always serious’ to myself, and ended the massage on her arms . Then, I reached out to the stiff muscles of her back .
Lowering my gaze, I looked at Aileen’s buttocks . It’s said that large hips are ideal for a safe childbirth, and hers were exactly like that .
The figure of her parents popped out in my head suddenly, though .

“Aaah~! I feel like I’m melting again~! This is an addictive feeling~!”
“It is better to let the magic flow within the body when massaging the hips . ”
“I-I don’t know what’s that, but I feel like… a warm whirlpool between my waist and hips…”
“I will not pour anymore in you, but I wanted you to try it . Anyhow, you have quite beautiful legs… How could you build your muscles in such an ideal way?”
“O-Oh my, he even praised me… I-I… can’t take it… any longer… Nh…!”

I couldn’t understand if that was a good thing or a bad one . I could stop right there if she wanted, since she was now too relaxed to moan and whenever I used some magic her body twitched . That wasn’t voluntary .
When muscles receive Healing Magic directly, they contract before healing .

I then descended from her thighs to her calves, and she lost consciousness while I was massaging her feet . The line that framed the lower part of her body’s silhouette matched perfectly a martial artist’s, and it was said to be most appreciated look for legs, but I discarded that thought, wiped my forehead and recollected myself .

After I finished, I told Mylarka to enter .

“…How could Aileen, who wasn’t particularly tired, faint for a massage?”
“I helped her relax as much as I could . Please, lay on this bed, my Lady . ”
“D-Don’t say bed . It’s lewd when you say it . ”

There were many questions I wanted to ask as a butler, like “What might you imagine could happen on that bed”, but I remembered that Yuma was the special guest, so I had to end Mylarka’s massage quickly .

“…I remember that you massaged only my legs last time… but did you massage Aileen’s whole body?”

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“Yes, I relaxed and wiped away the fatigue from her muscles using Healing Magic . ”
“I-I see… I guess she allowed you only to massage her around her back, right? I don’t understand why she’s face up now, though . ”
“Exactly . Still, if you have any request for this massage, I will fulfill it to the best of my abilities . ”
“…Treat me like Aileen, thanks . But start from my feet . It helps me relax . ”

She sat on the bed and pulled up her skirt, paying attention to not letting me see under it . I then took off her boots, like I did in the past .

Back in our journey, she didn’t wear anything beneath them, but now she was wearing black tights . It was only another confirmation of how much she had grown in those five years . Only a small part of nobility wore them, but as the teacher of the Magic academy, she could hire a personal dressmaker .
White tights made of hemp were mainstream, while the ones she wore were made of black moth’s silkworms . Even though I could understand their material from a simple touch, I had never seen tights like those .

“…W-What, should I also take off my tights? Being barefoot is embarrassing…”
“No, they are not a problem . Let us start the massage . With all that walking, I am sure that you are tired now . ”
“A distance like that isn’t…”
“Those boots are a new purchase, are they not? Are you already used to them?”
“W-Well, that’s…”

As I held her foot, I pressed my fingers on her sole, and confirming that shoe sores might have appeared soon, I started to use Healing Magic .

“…You’re pretty good . You look more like a doctor than a guild master right nah…! Nh… T-This warm feeling… Are you using magic?”
“Yes, I tend to use it for massages . Until my Lady becomes used to her new boots, I should help you as I can .  Healing light – Regeneration . ”

Mylarka didn’t oppose resistance . It seemed that the places where the fatigue accumulated the most were her eyes, shoulders and waist . This was probably connected to her work as a teacher, since she had to sit for a long time and deal with paperwork .

“My Lady, if you might grant me a little more of your time, I strongly suggest you let me treat your entire body . ”
“…Fine . I won’t fall asleep like Aileen . I came here for an important reason, so I have to be vigilant . ”
“That is not necessary . You should spend the time until dinner as you wish .
You might be tired because of your work, so maybe taking a good rest will benefit you . ”

When I finished with her feet, she laid face down on the bed .

I wondered how Aileen, who was still sleeping soundly near to us, was doing, but I didn’t mouth my doubts and continued my duty .

“I told you to be hospitable, but… even though your butler-ish way of talking seems forced, it isn’t as bad as I expected . ”

She was acting more mature than usual… I wondered if I should have acted more gentlemanly when I wanted her to listen to me .

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As I acknowledged the existence of a defenseless Mylarka, who was now laying sprawled on her face, I pressed my fingers on her back, and she let out a soft voice . I pretended not to hear it and continued my professional massage indifferently .


In the end, Mylarka fell asleep, and I invited Yuma in the room, but since she found quite unsettling being touched by a man, I performed a ‘touchless massage’ .
I only used magic without touching her directly .

She sat on the bed, and I started to pour magic into her holding my hands aloft her body . As expected, given the enormous amount of work she had to do, she had accumulated quite a lot of stress . Bearing it with her petite body was an incredible feat, but she needed to relax .

“This is really pleasant, Mister Sebas . You can use Healing Magic, can you not?”
“I shall master any ability that might please my guests . ”

If I told her that I could use both Healing and Support Magic, she would have understood my identity .
Still, it wouldn’t have been strange if she, who received my massages in the past, connected the dots . Luckily, it seemed that she didn’t notice anything .

“I have an important comrade… maybe calling him a friend would be better… that can use Healing Magic . ”
“…Oh, do you know someone like that?”
“Yes . He seems a cold person, but thinks about the people surrounding him all the time . Even though I am a priestess, I can’t use Healing Magic . Still, he never got mad once and kept healing us patiently . Whenever I looked at him performing those treatments, I thought that I also wanted to be able to do that…”

Probably, she was referring to Dick Silver… Me .
I didn’t know that she thought that much about me, and I wondered if hearing that while disguised would have been fair .

The only thing I could do at that moment was to answer her as a butler .

“I am sure that he has a deep respect for you, Lady Yuma . Your occupation is wonderful, it soothes people’s heart . ”
“I-Is that so…? I still have a long way to go, and could not help anyone so far…”
“As straightforward as I might be, I still want to support your hard work . I wonder if my will is shared by everyone else… Anyhow, the massage is finished . ”
“Ah… I-I see . My body feels amazingly lighter . Thank you very much . ”

She stood on her feet and bowed her head with gratitude .
Her hair, that almost reached her shoulders, swayed gently, and she started to brush them shyly with both hands . That innocent gesture made me think that she hadn’t changed much from the Yuma I remembered .

“…Well then, it is time for me to prepare dinner . ”
“O-Okay… Thank you again . I will rest until the other two wake up . ”
“Please, make yourself at home . If you’ll excuse me . ”

I left them in the room . I already had everything I needed to prepare dinner, so I shouldn’t have had any problem in making it by myself…
But as I was thinking that, I heard someone’s footsteps echoing in the corridor .

Other than Mylarka, Aileen, Yuma and me, there shouldn’t have been anyone else in this mansion . Still, I could hear them clearly .

I decided to follow them .

The second floor counted twelve rooms, and the girls’ one was on the east side .
No one should be using the ones on the west side . I opened the rooms and checked if someone was in there, but I saw no one . The artwork room was empty, too .

Thinking about it, maybe… the attic .
The stairs that lead there were in the west side of the second floor .
I had already checked both it and the cellar, but I guessed that something might have changed at nightfall .

This was supposed to be a haunted house . Facing that reality, as a little of tension started to build within me, I headed to the attic .

When I opened the door and entered… the warm, dim colors of the twilight painted the room passing through the window .
Standing in front of it was a little girl . Judging by her black dress and the headdress placed on her long, silver hair, I guessed that she might have had a noble bloodline .

“…Who might you be? How did you enter this mansion?”

She lifted the hem of her skirt .

“…This is the first time we meet . I am the former owner of this mansion . ”

It seemed like my guess was right .
The former owner… Why was she in the attic? And where was she when I investigated the building with my guild members?

There was a lot I wanted to ask her, but something far more important than anything else drew my attention .

Her breath-taking beauty, which remembered me of a fine painting, made me forget about everything else for a few seconds .

1整体 (Seitai) = manipulative therapy based on Chinese and Japanese traditions, and encompassing osteopathy, massage and chiropractic .

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