Chapter 14: The Sudden Appearance of the Ancient Dragon
It’s true that Ancient Dragons are fundamentally different from other dragons.
Rather than creatures, they are said to be closer to spirits and gods.
In fact, there are certain regions that worship Ancient Dragons as gods.
Werner: “Although you say you’re an Ancient Dragon…..”
But I held my tongue immediately.
I almost said, although you’re an Ancient Dragon, “aren’t you a bit too weak?” or “a bit too small?”
But doing so would be far too rude.
Although I didn’t finish my thought, the Dragon caught on quickly to what I tried to say.
And began to quickly make excuses.
“IーI am an Ancient Dragon, but I am an Infant Dragon……. BUT! I am still an Ancient Dragon! Even as an Infant Dragon, I will not lose to an Elder Dragon of the common Dragon Race!”
Werner: “True. You were as big as an Elder Dragon, and stronger than the average Elder Dragon too.”
The Dragon smiled broadly and swung its tail left and right.
Werner: “I see. So you were an Ancient Dragon.”
Werner: “You came all the way here to convey your gratitude? You must carry a very strict moral code.”
“Yes, I do! Thank you very much!”
Werner: “Yes, I appreciate the gesture. Please do not worry about it.”
“And….I came here to return the favor. I will serve you for the rest of your life!”
The Ancient Dragon began spouting some ridiculous nonsense.
If I have a Dragon this big hanging around, it would cause huge headaches.
Werner: “Oh, no no! Please do not concern yourself. I could never have such a majestic being such as Sir Ancient Dragon serve a lowly being as myself.”
It called me a Lord and said it would start serving under me, so I had to add the honorific to tip the scales back.
“But you have the right! Besides, if an Ancient Dragon loses one on one, it is customary to become their servant!”
I didn’t know they had such customs.
Werner: “Oh, no no! There’s really no need! All I did was take off the Magecraft Artifact, and in no way did I defeat you in any way!”
“No, you can definitely claim victory.”
Werner: “Oh no. Never. I am but a lowly Magecraft Artifact Developer, and that is the only reason why I was able to take it off.”
“But…..but……! You easily deflected my full strength attack single-handedly, and you claim that you did not win…….?”
The argument went on for quite some time.
I really didn’t do anything special.
Lotte was being attacked, so I intervened and sent the Dragon away.
In summary, that is all that occurred.
There is no reason for this Dragon to be thanking me or asking to return the favor.
But the Dragon seemed dead set on following their code of honor and insisted on repaying the debt it owed.
We hit an impasse with neither side budging.
Since there was no end in sight, I decided to abruptly force the end of the conversation.
Werner: “No no. Please, you do not have to concern yourself about this matter any longer. Thank you very much for dropping by. …...but the night is getting late soーー”
I felt sleepy, so I politely bowed my head and closed the door.
I didn’t know Dragons had such honor-bound characters.
Since I know of no other Dragons, I don’t know if that is ordinary for a Dragon or not.
Dragons may in fact be much more honorable than humans.
As I thought about these things, I entered my bed.
“Please let me inーー Please let me inーー”
From outside the door, I can faintly hear the Dragon’s voice.
Since it’s a Dragon, they can easily fly back home, but it doesn’t seem to care to do so.
Werner: “...........ergh, I guess it can’t be helped.”
I opened the door once more.
Werner: “Even if you wanted to come in, you’re a considerably large Dragon. The rooms that humans inhabit are quite small.”
“Then you will let me in if I become smaller?!”
As the Dragon finished speaking, it dwindled and shrunk in size.
It was now the size of a slightly large small-sized dog or maybe a small mid-sized dog.
Werner: “..........you could change your size?” “I’m an Ancient Dragon after all! Can I come in now?” Werner: “That’s fine. But I’m very sleepy. We’ll talk tomorrow. If you want to sleep, ,use the couch right there.”
The Dragon wagged its tail in delight, and laid across the couch as soon as it came in.
And before long, the sound of its breathing could be heard as it fell asleep.
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A Non-Combat Magecraft Artifact Researcher ー actually was an extraordinary S-Rank Mage～ Though he worked overtime without compensation and contributed greatly, he was labeled as incompetent and was fired
Written by: Ezo Gingitsune
Illustrations by Tomozero
Translated by: ChonkyTL
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