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It is a side story originally published in Dragon Magazine (January 2015).
- 1 Plot
- 2 Timeline Placement
- 3 Comparisons with other media
- 4 Appearance(s)
- 5 Chapter Illustration(s)
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Related Page(s)
- 8 External Links
- 9 References
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The chapter begins with Sistine Fibel and Rumia Tingel looking for the former's notebook in the Alzano Imperial Magic Academy Library. Rumia questions Sistine about the notebook's contents, who embarrassingly they're incomplete magic formulas she does not want people to discover. With that, Rumia promises to not take a peek should she find the notebook.
At the Headmaster's Office, Glenn Radars is being briefed by Rick Walken, Halley Astry and Celica Arfonia about several rumors about the Library, which includes recent sightings of a young ghost and books flying uncontrollably.
Headmaster Rick requests the reluctant Glenn to investigate the matter, adding that because he has the most amount of free time, and that because he was a former Imperial Court Mage Corps Operative*, he is best suited for this case.
Glenn then questions why not have Celica handle it instead, with Headmaster Rick answering that they'll find a smoldering crater in place of the Library after she's done. Celica jokingly claims that she would only leave the interior beyond repair instead of a crater, which prompts anger from Professor Halley, who demands the mentor-student pair take this matter seriously.
The pair begin discussing this as a good opportunity to bake some sweet potatoes at the Library after they've taken care of it, as they begin making plans to buy both sweet potatoes and steel melting fuel for this job. Professor Halley breaks down in tears as the pair assure him that it's just a joke.
Searching The Library
Glenn and Sistine head to the Library, with Glenn's suspicions that a malevolent spirit could be behind Rumia's disappearance. As the pair roam around the Library, they question if the other person is afraid of ghosts, with both of them denying it with their respective arguments.
Shortly, they come to a halt, as Glenn mentions that this is the third time they've passed through Section G-1 of the Library. He deduces that they're likely trapped in a closed loop, causing Sistine to panic as he pursues her to avoid more problems from being separated. Glenn reminds the anxious Sistine about the lessons on how closed loops work, which reassures her.
Suddenly, books begin flying off the shelves towards the pair, as Glenn grabs Sistine to make a run for it. Upon reaching a safe area, he remarks that they've been caught up with whatever the rumors depicted, as Sistine asks him to drop her from his princess carry. Glenn apologizes and mentally prepares himself for a lecture after they find Rumia.
Glenn notices that they're now at Section H-9, meaning that this is a one-way loop instead of a two-way loop. While trying to make sense of what's happening, Sistine interrupts him by declaring that she saw a ghost. The pair notice the approaching silhouette, as Glenn runs in the opposite direction, smacking into a bookshelf in the process.
Glenn suggests using this as an opportunity to practice combat against spirits, and advises Sistine to cast Purify Light. She does so repeatedly, but nothing happens. Glenn takes over, only to achieve the same result from multiple attempts. He then runs in the same opposite direction again, smacking into the same bookshelf from earlier.
Sistine then deduces that Glenn is actually afraid of ghosts, prompting his response of being a boy with a maiden's heart, much to her disgust. The ghost orders the pair to leave this place, as Glenn grabs Sistine to run away again, as flying books pursue them.
A short distance later, Glenn drops Sistine, and begins casting his version of Extinction Ray at the ghost, with Sistine questioning if this is a good idea. Before he could finish, Rumia calls out to the pair, catching their attention as the ghost from earlier appears next to her, apologizing for his actions.
A Ghost's Story
The ghost, Wrights Niich, explains to the group that he was responsible for the various occurrences at the Library, as he did not want anyone to read his book that Rumia found. Sistine inquires if Wrights did anything to Rumia, who remarks that he did plan to scare her way with flying books, but she remained unafraid of him. As such, he chose to explain his situation to her, who agreed to help him in his search.
Glenn then inquires about Wrights's book, who describes it as a novel. Sistine deduces that he must be the famous author Wrights Niich, gushing at his works before cutting herself off from finishing. Wrights thanks her for being a fan, and clarifies that although his works were critically acclaimed, he described his past works as 'terrifying' to him.
Wrights explains the works he wrote during his youth usually involved an anti-social protagonist with cheat powers, who is inexplicably surrounded by a harem of cute and beautiful girls. He adds that the protagonist is so good, the slightest persuasion from him is enough to defeat the antagonist both mentally and physically, leading to nothing but praise for that character.
Wrights adds that this novel was supposed to have been burned, but its continued existence means that he cannot find peace, and should anyone read it, he would die of embarrassment. Despite being dead already.
Rumia remarks that they cannot just burn the book, with Glenn agreeing, describing himself to be a scholar, and that such a book still holds value as a collector's item and/or historical reference. Sistine verbally blasts Glenn as the person who nearly vaporized the Library.
Glenn then hands Wrights a notebook from his coat, asking him to read through it. After finishing, Wrights drops it and calls it incredible, before passing onto the afterlife. Glenn deduces that spirits trapped in the mortal world may still have lingering attachments, such that it's possible to exorcise them through conversation. He concludes that this would work as a topic for his next class.
Glenn picks up the notebook dropped by Wrights, reading through it while remarking that even on a second reading, it's still terrible. He adds that the main protagonist of the story he's reading is a total Mary Sue. Rumia inquires what is the book about, with Glenn explaining it as a notebook he found on a Library shelf during lunch break. He deduces that it's a story likely written by a female student, and something about a forbidden love with a teacher.
Glenn begins explaining the premise, which features a main female protagonist being described as beautiful and intelligent, with many handsome guys falling for her, despite her not showing any interest in any of them. But, there's this worthless teacher who falls for her, who goes through great lengths for her when the time calls for it. The story caps off with the protagonist saying, 'Ah, I'm such a sinful woman.'
Rumia gleefully expresses her interest in such a fantasy romance, reminding Glenn that she is a girl who has an intertest in such fantasy settings. Meanwhile, a deadly pale Sistine slowly wobbles towards Glenn, just as he inspects the notebook for a name. He mentions the name, but gets cut off at 'Sisti-' as something knocks him out.
Rumia gleefully expresses her interest in such a fantasy romance, reminding Glenn that she is also a girl who has interest in such fantasy settings. Nearby, a deadly pale Sistine slowly wobbles over towards Glenn, as he inspects the notebook for a name. Just as he was about to mention the name, he gets cut off at 'Sisti-' as a thick book knocks him out.
Later that evening, outside the Library, Glenn awakens to Celica's gaze, who congratulates him for a job well done while patting his head, as he shyly pushes her pats away. She adds that she'd heard from Sistine and Rumia that a book from one of the shelves knocked him out near the end, as Glenn remarks that he got careless.
Glenn then asks about the notebook from earlier, wondering about where it went. The two girls answer him by questioning where did such a book went, as he dropped the matter to conclude that the Library is a lair for spirits, such that it's best to not visit too often. Sistine agrees with an awkward laugh.
The chapter ends by mentioning a rumor about a young ghost giving a bone-chilling laughter as she wrote in a suspicious book, ending with the phrase 'A story for another time'.
- This side story was originally published on November 20, 2014 in Dragon Magazine (January 2015), the same release date as Volume 2.
- Rumia Tingel not being afraid of Wrights Niich's hauntings hints at her strong mental ability of withstanding normal fears.
Comparisons with other media
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- Sistine Fibel
- Rumia Tingel
- Glenn Radars
- Rick Walken
- Celica Arfonia
- Halley Astry
- Wrights Niich
- Unknown Character
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- 「ロクでなし魔術講師と追想日誌」 at Fantasia Bunko.
- 「ロクでなし魔術講師と追想日誌」 at Kadokawa.
- 「ロクでなし魔術講師と追想日誌」 at Book Walker. (E-Book)