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Nurturing the Hero to Avoid DeathCh17.1 - School Fencing Match


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Today is the day of the school fencing match.

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It also marks the end of Lian’s role in school events.

Yay! T32EXl

At last, all of the school events have been completed. I did well.

Like a revolving lantern, all of my hardships flash through my mind one by one.

After the plot’s focus shifts back to the village, Lian’s remaining events can be counted with one hand.

After graduation, Alfred and Lian’s daily encounters would decrease at a dramatic rate. Almost to the point of not seeing each other anymore.

2D xgN

If we’re going by the game’s plot, they won’t want to see each other to begin with. Since they don’t get along.

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For this reason, the few encounters between the two after graduation are mostly accidental.

Also, the remaining events involving Lian can’t even be called events.

At best, every time Lian runs into the main character, he will spew out a few hateful words, before turning on his heel. 1JHPSW

This is just my guess, but… After being knocked down by Alfred and losing miserably in front of everyone, Lian’s pride becomes crushed. That Alfred, the one he always looked down, the guy he never considered as his match, could do beat him causes Lian great shock. From then on, he does all he can to avoid the main character.

Of course, this is good news for me.

I’ll finally be able to move freely.

I can concentrate on the village’s defenses without having to worry about school or Alfred. W8SERa

That’s why, I’m loving today.

An easy and carefree day.

My stomach doesn’t hurt from stress either.

With that, I leave for the school with my favorite leather bag, humming a tune on the way. WH7nK6


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As expected, the whole school is noisy today. wD lys

It’s as if there is a festival going on.

It can’t be helped. After all, today is Friday. There is no school tomorrow.

The school fencing match will last the whole day, so there are no classes today either.

Therefore, I can somewhat understand why everyone is feeling both lively and restless. TpJHd5

Inside and outside the school, I can see students with headbands tied around their forehead doing all sorts of things. They’re running around, practising by exchanging blows with each other, doing push-ups, basically any type of pre-match exercises.

There’s also a student climbing a tree. Beside him is another guy trying to scale the school wall. If there’s some meaning behind their actions, I can’t see it.

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The swordsmanship class is mandatory for boys, whereas the female students can choose it as an elective.

Since only a few girls are enrolled in the swordsmanship class, most of the girls who came to school today are either cheering for their friends or watching the matches, chattering with each other excitedly.

This somewhat feels like I’ve come to an event venue.

The usual trio and our other classmates gather around my seat, shining with joy as they talked among themselves. Nq93Ar

“I’m sure that Lian-sama will win!”

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“Of course he will! There’s no doubt of it!”

“Right, right! There is no one in this school who can be a threat to Lian-sama after all!!”

“Do your best, Lian-sama!” LEgG2

“I-I’ll support you…!”

“Me too!”

“Yeah, me too!”

“Thank you, everyone.” I grace them with a smile. BKMSJ7

Everyone’s cheeks redden. They return my smile.

Today, I don’t have on the conceited smile I’ve practiced and used in the past. Instead, it’s sincere. My heart’s practically bursting from my chest in happiness, so much that I feel like greeting everyone Marie-style. Cheeks flushed as I say with a grin something to the line of ‘Pleasant weather we’re having right? Teehee.’

I can take it easy today. I just have to lose to Alfred!

I’m sorry, everyone… TlcBJ0

I’ll do my best… to make sure I lose.

I wonder how Alfred is doing.

Is he pumped up, thinking something along the line of, ‘I’ll do my best to beat Lian today’?

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He should be. Gef76s

I’ve been brutally pointing out his mistakes in order to motivate him.

He’s still a kid after all. He may be an incredibly dry and lazy person, but I’m sure that he wants to beat me at least once. And his final chance is this last match.

I sneak a peek at him sideways. Just like I thought, there’s a crowd around him as well.

He is situated in the middle of the waves of people. Md6c2r

And his eyes are drooping. He leans against the backrest of his chair, yawning.


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He doesn’t seem motivated!

Why is this brat yawning? Could he not be getting enough sleep?! wrkL2l

Hey, liven up! You have to do your best today, idiot!

You have to get into the finals!

His blue eyes shift to my direction.

I fill my glare with as much heat as possible. TjrwX0

“Y-you sure are calm, Alfred. You even made such a big yawn just now.”

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“I accidentally charged some magic stones until late at night yesterday…”


What were you doinggggg!? B48wGJ

“A-are you stupid? I told you not to overdo it!”

“Err… It’s just that once I started, I lost track of time.

“Ha!? Youー”

But I quickly stopped myself from saying more. bDjNf8

Everyone around us is giving me strange looks.

How dangerous.

I almost reverted to my original personality because of this idiot!

“Hehe… You sure are confident to work on your part-time job on the night before the match, Alfred. Do you think you can win by doing that?” vmfJ4G

“It doesn’t really matter. If I lose, I can immediately go home. In fact, I’m thinking of losing as quick as possible so I can also go home earlier. I have another part-time job from starting from evening until nightfall.”


Losing as early as possible!?

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That’s extremely troubling, especially for me y6YXw9

Damn it, I have to get him motivated somehow…!

“Y-you, don’t you want to win against me even once? Are you fine with losing to me forever?” In order to stir the other party, I try to say this as mockingly as I can.

Alfred sullenly raises an eyebrow.

Then… his eyes droop again. JVNxvX

T-this brat! His motivation only lasted for a moment!

If it isn’t for our audience, I’d approach him and bash his blonde head!

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“Yes, but even if I win against you, I won’t really get anything…”

“I-if you win, the knights from the royal capital may scout you, you know?” DTp5k2

“I don’t intend to become a knight though.”

Eh, you don’t?

Well, it’s true that according to the game’s plot, you won’t be a royal capital knight in the future. Instead, you’ll be a night of the Fortuna Church dedicated to the goddess.

But that currently doesn’t matter. 6d0tPy

I have to somehow motivate him.

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“I-is that so? Uh…”

What can I do though? Would something like money work?

A light bulb flashed on in my head. 4IwMpv

“If you win against me… I will give you a reward!”

If I give him a gift or money on the condition that he wins, he should be more motivated, right? He wouldn’t throw the match away. I mean, he’s a practical guy. He won’t want to do anything that can’t earn him money or food.


Great, he takes the bait! FVuKCc

Just as I expected!

“Y-yeah. A reward. If you win against me, I will give you one thing. It can be anything. Just tell me what you like.”

“Anything I want?”

“Yeah. Well, technically not anything. My abilities are limited.” jiZ1L0

Alfred slightly looks up, and starts to stroke his chin.

Looks like he’s considering it.

He then shifts his gaze back to me with a smile on his face.

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“Got it. Then if I win against you, I will get a reward.” nQm Yg


“Anything? As long as I want it, I can ask for it?”


“You’re serious, right? You won’t take back those words?” Cd0ADM

“N-no, I won’t!”

“Good. I understand.”

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Alfred stands up from his seat.

With one hand, he grabs the practise sword leaning on his desk. jwcMdb

The teachers will hand us a real sword before the match after inspecting it. It’s dangerous after all.

“Alfred? W-where are you going?”

“I’m going to accustom my body. There’s still some time left before the match starts.”

Alfred twists his shoulders, flashing a sideways glance at me full of joy. Then he leaves the classroom. 0pBIdl

As I gaze at his departing figure, I feel cold sweat dripping down my forehead.

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I’ve successfully managed to motivate him.

But, even if I have succeeded…

I wonder what that guy’s request will be. He looks very happy. It scares me. iM5YTx

I mean, I will definitely lose later.

His reward is predetermined.

Without realizing it, I felt upset by his laziness and ended up saying a few things in hopes of mending the situation. Perhaps I should have thought over my words carefully before saying them.

Ugh. My stomach’s churning again. Gingerly, I rub it. Uo9I4A

Special thanks for Kuu-san, con-san, Chideah-san, Mello-san, Lenette-san, Madam daim-san, and MsLori-san for the ko-fi!!!

Also, thank you for the well wishes, here’s a virtual smooch for everyone! *//smoochesyou* (◕ᴗ◕✿)

By the way, Lian just sold himself again LOL I’m sure everyone already know what the reward might be (。・////・。)


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      author pls.. make it as graphic yet fluffy as possible…
      dont cut the scenes!!!
      we acknowledge your dirty mind, in fact we share the same mind!!!

  1. hhhhhhhhhh lian’s digging his own grave

    im cackling lian bb youre gna be eaten bahahah

  2. jejejeejej (͡ ° ͜ʖ ͡ °)
    Thanks for the chaper. (ゝ ◡╹) ノ ♡

  3. LOL! Lian-sama you dummy. I can’t believe you sold yourself like that. Knowing Alfred, Lian is definitely going to get eaten. Loooool. I’ll lit a candle for you…along with some stomach pills.

    Thanks for the chapter!

  4. laugh hysterically Lian just dug his own grave. I bet that after Alfred wins the match he would be like “I want you” , i mean its really obvious so we can also predict an incoming smexy time hehe

  5. ~Lian’s chrysanthemum~

    Thank you for the update!

  6. I think you all are taking this too far. It’s definitely kisses. Maybe some heavy petting.
    3rd base tops. It’s still too early for a home run.

    • Exactly, Lian’s already said “2 yrs later” Alfred is probably gonna ask for some tofu and smooches

  7. Yeeee, I can’t remember if this was the second time Lian sold himself.

    I think he sold himself first when he promised they would “papapa” two year later with him and Alfred. The second one was this~


    With all the selling you’re doing to yourself, Lian, Alfred’s slowly capturing your whole being~☆

    Thank you for the chapter!

    Ganbatte for this two wifey and hubby!!!!

    Kya! So cute♡


    • These two dorks keep being so cute and awkward it’s making me… ¯_( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)_/¯ Lian just give up now HAHAHAHA

      Even if Lian don’t sell himself, our hero is good at taking advantages too~ Let’s watch Lian’s resolution crumbling down in pieces (☆▽☆)

  8. And if Alfred can tell that Lian lost to him on purpose…can you imagine his thought process?

  9. This is the beginning of the tale ‘How the Tsundere, dug his own grave!’

  10. Haha well he knows how to get Al going, but he didn’t quite think that one through heh. Perfect.

    Thanks for the great translation ♥️

  11. There are so many damn things Alfred could ask for, but we all know it’s gonna have something to do with Lian/Nao. Urg, I really wanna know what he wants…

    I doubt he’d ask to go all the way since Lian/Nao said they could after two years. Maybe he’ll ask for some light touching~ Or maybe for Lian/Nao to take the initiative and do some kissing~
    Or he might just directly ask for Lian/Nao’s true name since he’s already certain that Lian/Nao isn’t the original Lian…

    • Ahhh!!! I really like it when someone still call Lian as Nao, since I might or might not had forgotten about his original name when I first started translating… ᕙ(@°▽°@)ᕗ

      Now now, I can just promise that Alfred won’t disappoint us hehe ( ͡◉ ͜ ʖ ͡◉)

  12. Gosh, Lian…
    Rather than nurturing the hero to avoid death this is more how I (Lian) sold myself (to the hero)… to avoid death?
    Thank you for the translation!

    • Or maybe, nurturing the hero(‘s lust) to avoid death (as a virgin)! (ʘᴗʘ✿)

      Thank you for reading, m-san!

  13. Thank you so much for the chapter and HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! Hope it was a fun one! 😀

    Such an interesting chapter- and poor Lian! His stomach knows what’s up, lolol. I wonder if we’ll find out Alfred has been holding back all this time… hohoho!

    • thankyou, sleepymango123!! I’ll just say that Lian’s stomach will hurt again soon for entirely different reason from this one~

  14. I can’t help but wonder if Alfred cunningly planned this scheme into tricking Lian to offer him a reward. He’s been growing and training hard, so he should be stronger than before.


    • RIP Lian chastity, you will not be missed at all! (♡ω♡ ) ~♪

      Thank you for reading, noaki3695-san!

  16. Damn, that was such a tease (:з」∠)

    Thanks for the update! I look forward to the next one 😀

  17. I see Lian is happily courting death today as well lol~

    I suspect Alfred planned this lolol~

    Hope you had a nice birthday and many thanks for the chapter~🌸

    I can’t wait for Lian to lose fufufu~ ( ・ิω・ิ)

    • Just our usual peaceful days, little Lian is jumping on his death as usual~

      Thank you Sakuya-hime-sama, hope you will enjoy next part too! (人 •͈ᴗ•͈)


  19. huhuhu i binged all translated chapters last night…. can’t say i regret not stockpiling till the end, this is so cute… i need more..

    Thank you Mii! You are such a wonderful person I found myself grinning every time I read your notes at the very bottom! I love this novel and I love you too for translating it!

  20. The reward is you. What he likes is you. Anything he wants is you.

    Achievement unlocked: Successfully selling oneself and helping count the change… 😂

    Thanks for translating! 💕