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Nurturing the Hero to Avoid DeathChapter 17.3


Translator: mii

Editors: sleepchaser, ASplashofMusic co vdi

After washing off the sweat and dust in the showering area with the other participating students, I throw some clothes on in the changing room.

Upon glancing at the town’s clocktower, Alfred bolts the moment the award ceremony ends. Looks like he’s heading to his part-time job.

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He doesn’t even plan on staying for a little longer.

I mean, since the match is supposed to last the whole day, he should have just asked for a day off. What was he thinking? That brat’s certainly unmotivated. How could he have actually thought of throwing the match just to leave early? Ew0sk5


And ever since the match ended, that trio of groupies looks like someone told them Santa Claus doesn’t exist, tears and snot running down their faces.

The atmosphere’s kind of depressing here.

What’s up with them?


On the other hand, I’m feeling great and refreshed, as if a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

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“Boohoo, Lian-sama, Lian-sama… This is too heartrending!”

“That guy must have cheated!!”

“You’re right! He must have done something, right!?” 4QWaP7

I shake my head.

“Alfred didn’t do anything, okay? This is something that can happen to anyone. Don’t worry about every problem too much. But thank you for caring about me,” I tell them as I bow in gratitude.

“L-Lian-sama, your words are truly mature!”

“How mature! W-we don’t deserve to have you say this while bowing to us!” mXBycU

“As expected of Lian-sama, you’re truly wonderful!!”

Well to be fair, I’m actually an adult. Mentally, at least.

Still, I feel like I’ve been forgetting myself these days.

“Even so, it’s bewildering how that Alfred guy was h-hugging Lian-sama! I’m jealo— I mean, he’s too rude!” LdHIZ9

“That’s right! How shameless!”


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“Ctt… T-sbe’gf gluta.” P obgmfv j raloo rwlif.

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Ktja lvlba, ktja kjr tf atlcxlcu, teuulcu wf ktfgf fnfgsbcf mjc rff?! 6BSvxQ

Vlcmf tf xfqa milculcu ab wf, fnfgsbcf rajgfv ja er kflgvis. P ofia rb fwyjggjrrfv atja P tjv tjio j wlcv bc gecclcu jkjs.

P vbc’a ilxf rajcvlcu bea. Lf ralii vlv la jcskjs!

When I see him again on Saturday, I’ll scold him properly! He won’t hug me in public ever again!

“…Lian Owen?” Yd1mnp

“Yes?” I say, stopping in my tracks.

As the trio and I look over our shoulders at the same time, I catch sight of two men wearing long, blue cloaks. They’re staring at me. Smiling. Upon closer inspection, they’re in uniform, also a shade of blue. Attached by each of their waists is a long, bejeweled sword.

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They’re members of the Royal Knights Order.

I recognize their faces. Previously, they sat in the VIP booth during the event. IKMUV6

One of the men stands tall, his skin a shade of chocolate and his body rippling with muscles. His hair is slicked back with wax. Although he’s smiling, his eyes give him an evi—er, I mean sharp look.

The other man is fair skinned, his wavy silver bangs falling right above his eyes. Coupled with his drooping eyes, he looks like quite the casanova. It’s impressive.

Both of them are well-dressed, not a thread out of place.

They look like a pair of spectacular royal knights, envied by everyone. YnKRV2

Both boys and girls are watching them with sparkling eyes while making a ruckus. It’s like when ordinary people catch sight of entertainers.

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In the VIP seats are the other knights. Some have scars marring their strong-looking faces. There is even a bald knight with bulging muscles. However, no one is paying them any attention. How pitiful. Guys, please give them a little love. Act like they exist. They’re probably the ones working the hardest.

Because of their handsome faces, the first pair of knights clearly stand out among the rest of their colleagues.

They’re aware of everyone fawning over them and make a clear distinction between them and their colleagues. I’m hesitant on how to define the feelings they inspire from me, nor do I know what to make of my first impression. mIOCSi

Seeing how haughty they act around the students, my impression of them worsens.

Since they’ve yet to say anything, even after all this time, I’m a bit impatient. “What is it?”

The dark-skinned man with the slicked-back hair smiles.

“Ah, I apologize for the abrupt call. I must have surprised you. I’m Viper Serpantine, the captain of the Royal Knights. And this is the vice captain…” FNEB8G

“Saular Tetar. Nice to meet you.”

His droopy eyes droop even further as he swipes his bangs to the side, flashing me a brilliant smile as well.

“After watching Lian’s impeccable match, we immediately thought of calling you out.”

“Is this a scout?” lWCYhr



The trio are as loud as always.

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Turning to the trio, the captain and vice captain of the Royal Knights nod. AMzD3G

“You can think of it like that. I’ve been planning on finding a new recruit for one of my squads. Of course, they must be up to my standards for me to recruit. Lian, you are… very good. Right, Saular?”

“Yeah. If you allow me to say my personal opinion, you are… the best I have seen so far.”

“Right? That’s why, Lian, won’t you discuss with us for a while?

I shake my head. rJFDbk

Why me?

“I’m sorry. I believe the winner is Alfred… Flam, isn’t it?”

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The smile on the black-haired knight deepened.

“Yes, that’s true. But he is… indebted to the church, right?” dIwKFg

The moment I hear that, I immediately understand the implications.

And my heart feels heavy.

This guy is saying that because Alfred is an orphan with no money or backing, he is not worth scouting.

And in that respect, I am the son of the lord. I have both the skills and the status, a perfect resume.. 0O9EAg

I’m annoyed, but I manage to fake a smile for them.

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“I see. But, I──”

I have no intention of becoming a knight in the capital.

If I’m still alive in two years, I plan to spend my days in leisure in one of the Owen family villas. Help my brother manage the village now and again. That’s if I don’t return to my original world. D7LZNe

I also want to help out Marie’s orphanage.

Once I settle down, I want to travel occasionally.

Slowly explore this favorite world of mine with my own two feet and my own eyes.

In spite of my rejection, the black-haired knight’s smile doesn’t falter. KhQjN0

“I’ve already told Lord Owen that I will talk to you today, so you don’t have to worry about anything. You just need to follow us, and listen to what we have to say.”


So this is the arrangement of Lian’s father, huh?.

Perhaps Lian’s father bribed them. Yeah, he definitely did. Isn’t using bribes to get a promotion outdated? It’s like that old historical play my grandpa used to watch, where the magistrate seals a case after receiving a nice chunk of cash. qzFhHG

I feel like bashing my head against the wall.

“L-Lian-sama! You’re so amazing! So cool! Wow, Lian-sama! You’re actually going to be a knight in the capital…”

“W-wonderful! Capital… Lian-sama will live in the city!”

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“Wow! How fantastic!! Please let us hear the details later, alright!?” MwbOTL

The trio’s looking at me with sparkling eyes.

“Yeah, I have already made a reservation at the Martina Laffinato Hotel. Let’s talk over dinner. A carriage is already waiting outside. Come on.”

I have no way to escape.

The Martina Laffinato Hotel is one of the finest hotels in this area. QSOMpX

It only accepts those of the upper crust of society as patrons. Formal attire is also required for entry. The building flaunts elegant and exquisite architecture, akin to that of an art museum. The staff are extremely hospitable, elegant, and polite. At least, that’s what the guidebook says.

Even some celebrities from the capital frequent this hotel, according to gossip from the trio and my classmates.

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A lot of money is moving below the surface. I’m curious as to how much Lian’s father has spent on this, but I’m also afraid to find out.

I sigh. 9FTjsD

This is no longer something I can turn down in the school hallway. I have to have a personal talk with them myself. Thankfully, Lian’s father won’t be around, or else it’ll be even more troublesome.

That will be my chance to refuse.

“…I understand.”

Hearing my acknowledgement, both of them smile. 9dQHgU

“Haha, I really like you. You’re a smart and good kid. Then, let’s go.”

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Escorted by the two knights, I head to the luxurious carriage parked in front of the school gate.

I’m really happy that one of my very very favourite JP BL novels got translated by someone…! I want to talk about it weeks ago but the chapter is still just a few, but now that it got published, I NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT AHHHHH…!! And the cover, SO PRETTY AAAAAAA *licksthescreen* Read here!

The story is super duper cute but also has its serious bits, in short it is amazing!!! I just love Ruth and Alec so much huhuhu T.T I’m sure most people will agree with me after 50+ ch *nods* rsJ hB

Other than that moment of gushing, uni is starting again next week huuu I’ll start stocking again…

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  1. I’m also reading that novel 😀

    Thanks for the chapter

    • I already smacked them with shovel a thousand times in my head, whiteclover820-san! ┻┻︵ヽ(`Д´)ノ︵┻┻

  2. I’ve got a strange, strange feeling something will happen later on! (┐「ε:)

    MC with two strangers? All alone? Heh, we can’t have that! We best invite hubby too so that he can protect our precious MC! (〜^∇^)〜

    Hon hon hon, I really enjoyed reading this chapter! (⌒▽⌒)

    Thanking Translator-Sama for the update~ (´・` )♡

  3. THEY DELETED MY COMMENT DAMMIT. But mostly man I’m excited for when Lian gets eat—uh. C-cherished. Yeah. That said, these two knights give me a bad feeling (°ㅂ°💢) Alfred, quickly come and save your wife before he gets eaten!! Someone else is trying to take a bite out of your dessert!

    • E-eh!? What happened, Yori-san! Σ(゚Д゚) And thank you for commenting the second time, really appreciate it(*^^)v

      Yeahhh burn them, burn!!! I’ll just say that these two guys will definitely go to hell.

      Thank you for reading, Yori-san! ヾ(。>﹏<。)ノ゙✧*。

  4. boo~ I thought Alfred was going to eat Lian in this chapter つ´Д`)つ

  5. Hm… I can’t help but wonder if these knights have ulterior motives… The Liam in the game didn’t have this opportunity, but he should be much weaker than this Liam replacement. That said, the Liam in the game also got second place, but he didn’t receive this kind of offer. Highly suspicious. I’m really looking forward to the next chapter.

    Everything went according to plan, but Liam is the one who got the invite in the end instead of Alfred. Liam, where did you go wrong?!

    That BL looks like a lot of fun! I’ll check it out.

    • Actually, we don’t know if original Lian got that offer, since original Alfred didn’t really have any contact with Lian at this point? And the game focuses more on Alfred, not Lian… But yes, he should be weaker than this current Lian, so… maybe we will never know~

      What happens later on horrifies me, but, but… just look forward to it? (。>﹏<。)

      Glad it interest you! I’ll be happy if you like it as well, ResidentialPsycho-san~

  6. Hmm… I dont like the two knights at all, even though im a sucker for beauty i dont like them one bit theyre giving me this scum vibes, that might be me assuming too early but eh who cares?

    Thanks for the chapter💕💕 and un i agree ruth and alec is a cute couple XD itll be torture waiting for those chapters my god

    • We’ll see what those two knights will do! (ʘᴗʘ✿)

      And thank you for reading, Smol-chan! I think the current translator is doing great on translating the story, let’s support her on her translation journey~ (。•̀ᴗ-)✧

  7. Ehhhh!! Noooo!! Don’t go with them!!!

    Σ( ° △°|||)︴

    Awawa… I’m so worried…


    Please tell me whatever happens Alfred’ll save him on time, I can’t live on otherwise… (/。ŏ﹏ŏ)︴

    Maybe Alfred is working part-time at that hotel? Or somewhere nearby and will just happen to see them and become suspicious…?

    Anything is fine but let my baby Lian be ok!!

    Maybe I’m overreacting but they just give me such awful vibes…

    That novel you mentioned sounds interesting and the cover is really pretty, I’ll check it out~

    Thanks for the chapter and good luck with uni~🌸

    Ganbatte~! (ง •̀ω•́)ง✧

    • Somehow I missed… chocomint.bunny-sama’s comment..!! ┻┻︵ヽ(`Д´)ノ︵┻┻

      I won’t spoil but… but…

      It makes my blood boil! I wantt to kick that Serpantine guy more than ever! About Alfred… he don’t have any part-time job in that kind of luxury hotel is the only thing I’ll say ¯\(◉‿◉)/¯

      I’m glad that novel interest you, it is one of my favourites! Thank you for reading, and I will work hard, chocomint.bunny-sama!! ♡(> ਊ <)♡

      • I thought you didn’t love me anymore… (u╭╮u。)

        (Or that you awakened your S side and wanted to keep me guessing the plot lol)

        Now I’m even more worried…. (Ó ∆ Ò)

        I have to hurry up and read the next part! (I have been a little busy and didn’t noticed the update, I also don’t get most notifications about replies and the like, no idea why)

  8. I just binge read all of the story in three and a half hours and I must say that 本当にありがとうございました 翻訳家さん! I just passed the N3 exam but I’m still not confident in my Japanese, so I’m very very glad that you are translating this while spending your precious time for us. I’m really grateful, translator-san. I hope you’ll have an amazing day~ >_<

    • 読んでくださってありがとうございます、shennieさん! Congratulations on passing N3! Maybe one day, shennie-san can be one of JP translators as well? (๑╹◡╹๑)ノ♬

      May you have a nice day too! (。•̀ᴗ-)✧

  9. I’m definitely going to be following the novel, ah I’m already hooked from the description and of course the art cover!

    Thanks for the chapter! 💕

    • Yay! Join me in waiting the releases! I’m glad I can push everyone on this pit together, hohoho ( ꈍᴗꈍ)

      Thank you for reading, Kimmy-san! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*.✧

  10. Ok you sold me that novel *joins in licking screen*

    Alfred, where are you…. your wai– i mean husba– i mean rival is in danger!!! Of being shipped to the capital by his father!!


    Its giving me mixed feelings but Lian’s dad continue to be a genuine flaming garbage. If Lian isnt an adult mentally, all the money and control and emotional neglect….

  11. I really like that Ruth and Alex cp, but the quality translations on the story are lacking. I can’t tell if the translations or author make the novel sound like it was written by a grade schooler.

    Until it get’s an editor – I’m staying away. I don’t have a good impression on JP bl novels, because the tl’s are always sub-par and there isn’t a lot of quality translators like yourself.

    You actually turned my opinion around on wonderfully tl-ing this story with Nurturing the Hero, but checking out your recommended rec immediately ruined it for me, because of MaryK translating it. Sorry!