I awoke to the cold and heavy rain. Seemingly unable to move as if i had lost all my strength. Already having difficulty looking at my surroundings, my vision begins to blur. I try to shout for help instead i hear nothing but a faint scream and the heavy rain. Slowly losing consciousness, i notice a tall figure approaching me. I suddenly felt a warm embrace. Shielded away from the cold.
This feels nice... i thought to myself as i fell asleep...
(Ep. 1: Begginings)
I woke up followed by a nice stretch, I feel... different
I open my eyes to an unfamiliar ceiling. I could barely move... Looking around myself, i noticed my hands are tiny. Then finding myself inside a cradle right after. With everything i've seen so far, i've come to the conclusion that...
Huh? I- I'M A BABY?!
What the hell is this!
W- What happened to me?! What- huh?...
wait, what happened to me...
Taking a moment to calm down. I try to collect my thoughts and remember.
I live in japan as a 16 y.o. boy. Living under the same roof with my parents. I wasn't exactly anyone special. Average looking, not a lot of friends. I do well in my studies but i'm very reclusive, and often lost in my own thoughts. Which led to my demise i guess.
I was maybe a bit too occupied with myself when it all happened. I was hit by a truck i think?, like it felt almost as if it came out of nowhere. And pretty much everything after that is still a bit hazy to me...
As i try to recall my past. The more i try to remember, the more i end up noticing the gaps in my memory, somehow i can remember almost everything from my previous life. From my hobbies and experiences, as well as everything i've seen and learned in my life.
Yet, i don't understand why but i can't seem to remember anybody. From my friends and even my family's faces. Heck, i can't even remember my name.
I just can't shake off this strange feeling...
While i was in the middle of trying to understand my situation. i was interrupted by a loud slam of the door. A young girl with vanilla blonde hair and clear blue eyes, wearing a red dress covered in ribbons, rushes inside the room followed by a tall woman wearing a maid outfit. She has black hair, and wears a beautiful... Scary looking face.
The maid caught up to her. i can't hear them but i'm guessing the maid is scolding just from their expression.
They exchange words for a bit, then approached me.
She tries to speak to me. But i can't really understand their language.
It's another world after all
She radiates a very energetic and playful manner, constantly trying to make me smile it seems
I'll give her a smile i guess... it's kinda embarrasing being treated like a baby
I provided her with a smile and let off a little giggle. She then bursts into a beam of joy.
Aagh! She's cute!!
She kept pointing at herself repeatedly saying,
"Audrey! Au-du-rey. Audrey" Audrey.
"A- Auu..." AHH SO EMBARRASING! I can't even speak!!
She squeals as she looked back and forth excitedly between me and her maid, the maid also seems happy.
AAGH!! She's too adorable, what's a little embarrasment going to do to me anyway...
They spent some more time with me. But shortly, after Audrey was taken away by her maid. She sulks and waves at me as she leaves the room with her maid.
WAIT! PLEASE COME BACK!!
Ugh, i can't really do anything right now at my current state...
... WAIT, THIS IS ANOTHER WORLD (aaah, i got distracted)
From all the isekai manga's i've read, with everything that happened before. Isn't this situation almost identical? Getting hit by a truck then transferred into another world, yada yada yada. Them bam! Reincarnated.
there should be a system that i can call, as well as a cheat skill! Right?
Uhm... Status! Status?
Stats! System! Inventory?! Skills! Menu!!
COME FORTH SYSTEM!... nothing.
Maybe i have to say it verbally? Status.
"Sha.. SHAH-" Dang it.
Once again, i was interrupted. The door opens and a boy accompanied by someone enters the room.
Jeez! didn't even bother to knock
A boy with a somewhat identical appearance to Audrey twins perhaps? approaches my cradle. With shiny gold like hair and a flashy appearance wearing clothes covered in frills. Accompanied by a butler. He has silver hair and bright ruby eyes.
Wow, everyone i've seen so far is so pretty. It's only 4 people so far, but wow...
They had a conversation next to me, probably referring to me. Then shortly after, waved their goodbyes to me and left.
I didn't really know what they were talking about, only thing that caught my attention for a second was. "Something, something- Audrey". But that's about it.
I don't really have much to work with. Maybe i was reincarnated into this world as their sibling? I don't have a mirror to have a look at myself, so i'm skeptical. And this isn't some game world of sorts either, no status window, no "sub space" inventory and whatnot, no foreign voice talking in my head. Though i'd probably be crazy at that point.
Sigh~ i really hope magic exists or skills or something...
I guess i'll just sleep, like every other baby...
*Internal Screaming* Why do i have to be a baby!!
1 month has passed now. Progression is slow, i don't have anything to work with while trying to learn their language. However, now i can identify a persons name. As well as a couple words, like Hello and Good Morning i think...
Currently, i am sharing a medium sized room with a man named Seth. He is the butler that often accompanies Albert, Audrey's twin brother.
In mornings, he would carry me around the mansion. The beauty of this place is mesmerizing, looking outside the window you can see this captivating garden filled with all sorts of colors. And at the opposite side you can see a town, with a field of flowers separating the mansion and the town.
All the servants here and there would then greet me and each other. I would often hear different words at the end of their greetings. Piecing them together i figured out and learned what their names would be.
After a short walk around this large and amazing mansion, i would be handed to the maids to be fed. Seth would also feed me instead if he is free. But being breast fed... i was hesitant at first but i was getting hungry after trying to drink as little as i can from them, it just feels so awkward. They stopped feeding me with a bottle after the first week to make me learn on drinking directly from someones breast, after refusing breast milk several times. I eventually got used to it, but it still feels a bit uncomfortable. Especially with their oddly adoring expressions the maids give me while being fed...
Even after 1 month, that's all i got for now. I'm trying to show interest in books whenever i see one. If they notice, i can use it as an opportunity to have them read it to me. Then i can make so much more progress, and possibly be able to learn how to read in the process.
6 more months go by, i've managed to learn their language, as well as how to read. My daily routine has changed over the course of these several months. And i found out some really important stuff!
I figured out that my name is Phil Ambers, adopted son of the head butler Seth Ambers, 25.
I'm still trying to get used to calling him Father.
I am currently residing under the roof of the Bernadotte household. The head of the household is Alice Bernadotte, i was expecting a man but this is another world after all.
When her beauty struck me, i cannot look away. Her blonde hair, her slender body, and... feeling this strong aura looming around her. Not only that, she is an amazing person overall with all the servants looking up to her. Apart from Alice's blinding beauty, it seems she is lacking at other areas as well, mainly at her chest area...
Oh, how terrible for her to suffer this terrible fate...
She has 2 children named Audrey and Albert they spend time with me every now and then.
Audrey bears a striking resemblance to her mother, sharing all noticeable features. She would often play with me and shows me interesting toys. Though compared to Albert, he is timid, he would prefer to read me a book instead. About Albert he seems to look more like their father, Emil. Whom i have never even seen yet actually, i overheard from the servants that he's somewhere in the royal capital. Wherever that is... but i want to go there someday!
Every day, Father wakes me up in the morning to take me on a short walk around the mansion then outside to this incredible garden. We would be greeted by everyone we come across, i only notice recently but there are quite a lot of servants living in this mansion as well.
After a while i am handed over to the maids to be fed. They still give me those adoring look on their faces and they keep commenting that i'm a weird baby-
"Well... he never cries nor screams"
"Exactly, he's quite calm and patient for an infant"
"They're normally filled with energy..."
"He also has this weird fascination- maybe call it an obsession with books recently as well"
I don't know if i should take those as a compliment or not.
After being fed, either Father comes and picks me up or the servants will accompany me when he's too busy. Any servant that is free at the time would sit down with me and read me story books. Even Alice-sama (yes, i call her that now) would accompany me if she has no plans at that time.
We often read it in the library or the garden. This library is massive. The size of it amazes me everytime..
A handful of servants would sit down and swap out everyone now and then, i end up reading about a dozen books a day since i can't really do anything. But the stories they have are really interesting-
The Heroes of 7
Amyann, Dragon Queller
The Girl who decimated the Mountain-
There are so much more, and almost all of them are books written after real events in this world.
Racing down the hallway, i crawled as fast as i can using my small arms and legs with no one in sight. I see the library door in front of me. My imagination goes wild as i slowly open the door.
A gleeful look covers my face, Hehe. Books, Magic, Explosions?..
I finally managed to get in. As it was the first time i got in the library, i was amazed with how big this library is. Compared to how small i am and how big it is... Anyway, i only had access to the books on the floor and the lower shelves, since i'm really small. For now i wanted to focus on what interested me the most. Magic, so i dragged a bunch of books and read them under a table tucked away in a corner. I spent a good couple of hours reading a few books, i didn't have much time before i was caught so i tried skimming through majority of the pages. And i was able to understand magic to some extent:
Firstly, magic circles is the base of all magic. To use magic will depend on ones knowledge and understanding. Once the spell is cast, the way it's conjured will depend on it's caster. If the person lacks in these areas their magic may end up failing, being too weak, or a few other factors. For the reason why people chant their spells, it is there to assist them to reduce the chances of failure and possibly amplify their output. There have been cases where people not requiring chants for a variety of their spells, but i am still yet to explore the reason why. There is also a thing called Affinity. The are 4 commonly known elements, those are: Wind, Fire, Water, Earth. There are also different types of magic such as Light, Dark, even Space and a few others branching off their main elements for example: Ice, these types of magic are rarely seen because of their complex nature so it's unlikely to come across someone who can use these. There is a lot more to explore about this part of magic but i'll study the rest of it some other time.
At this point i would've been using magic but i found out that depending on how well the body is conditioned to handling magic, will lead to different outcomes. One of the pratices that people do to slowly improve their state is circulating mana throughout their body, i was curious for the reason why the twins were doing those kinds of practices. I found out that it was to improve handling, controlling and the capacity of magic you can use. It is said that this practice is more efficient the younger ones body is. There are other methods but majority of them are found with high risks.
I've been looking through the books to get a better understanding of things like: Mana, Mana Capacity and Magic Power. A person's mana capacity can be pre-determined at birth, if a person doesn't have a proper body to handle all that mana. When trying to use magic, the body might end up, quote unquote overflowing and/or cracking. So if i don't want my body to probably explode. I should start practicing, before actually using magic.
It actually took me a long while before i can actually properly circulate mana in my body. And when you're able to pull it off it feels like being submerged in warm water, it feels really nice.
And lastly, Construction and Controlling magic. When constructing a magic circle, it has two states: Construction, the state where the spell itself is being made. And Casting, the state where a spell is stabilized and released. When someone makes a mistake when constructing the magic. The spell will simply fail and needs to be remade. But failing to control it can lead to bad results. Ranging from something simple like sore muscles to something horrible like losing an limb. Yikes...
I spent a few more hours inside the library being immersed in the logic of magic and trying to learn more of it. But i never realized what was going on around the mansion.
Apparently a servant came to check on me after i crawled my way to the library, and found out i was missing. He went to ask the people who'm i'm usually with but haven't seen me. He ran and informed father that i was missing, which led the servants to disarray. Calling my name. They checked every room in the mansion but i was nowhere to be found. Well, i am pretty well hidden under a table with a bunch of books surrounding me...
When things started to calm down i tried crawling back to my room, but someone ended up finding me first. The relief in everyones face after they found me... I feel kind of bad.
My father was angry for a bit then started sobbing because of how worried he is. Now i feel really bad.
They have decided that someone had to accompany me at all times. So there's no way i'm getting back in that library any time soon. I guess i'll be spending my time as usual and practice circulating magic whenever i can...