Elite Mages’ Academy - Chapter 317: Ibeiya
“These little tricks won’t work on me. I won’t fall for your looks like that big pervert!”
Xiao Lin had been nodding along, but he could not help but reject, “Hey, who’s a big pervert? There’s definitely something wrong with that girl. How could you believe her?”
Lilith looked at him. “I never said it was you. Why are you defending yourself?”
“…” Xiao Lin’s eyebrows twitched again. He hurriedly switched the topic to that girl. He knelt down, trying to inject kindness into his voice as he said, “You don’t have to be scared. We’re not looking to harm you. There are just some things we want to know.”
The tears had yet to dry from the girl’s face, but her pitiful expression had already changed into that cold and calm look which did not fit her age when Xiao Lin first met her. She looked at Lilith, tilting her head as she asked, “How did you notice?”
“You just messed up. You tried to use a charming spell on me earlier, but your skills are still not up to par. On top of that, Xiao Lin had felt death energy just now, which means you’re likely a vampire.”
“A dark race from Planet Norma. Female vampires have innate seduction abilities. I told you I’ve been reading up about the death energy lately.”
Xiao Lin was in disbelief, especially as he recalled the girl being beaten up on the streets the first time they met.
The girl pouted, guessing what Xiao Lin was thinking as she said, “I never lied to you. I really am thankful that you saved me last time, but even if you did not, I would have been fine.”
Lilith tilted her head and Xiao Lin explained what happened that night. Lilith laughed as she said, “You really did something unnecessary. She may look like she’s still young and hasn’t gone through combat training yet, but as a vampire, how could a beating do anything to her?”
The girl had graciously admitted that she was a vampire. Dark races were not very welcome on Planet Norma. Xiao Lin’s history cla.s.ses had not explained much about them. However, it was different from how necromancers were treated. The natives just hated dark races at the most, but most countries would still allow dark races to live with them.
“You came from the Rosa Kingdom?” Xiao Lin asked.
“I didn’t know that the Rosa Kingdom allowed dark races to stay there.” Lilith quickly saw through it. She was a lot more familiar with Planet Norma than Xiao Lin.
The girl’s eyes once again turned red, but Xiao Lin had already been dulled to the rapid changes in her expressions, and calmly waited to see what she had to say.
A long story followed. The girl’s name was Ibeiya. She was the love child of one of the royal princesses. The princess had fallen in love with a vampire, but the kingdom did not tolerate the existence of dark races, so the romance was killed off in its infancy. However, the princess was very stubborn, forcing herself to give birth to the child. She fell ill not long after that, and the child became a source of humiliation for the royalty. The Rosa Kingdom did not acknowledge Ibeiya’s existence, and cruelly chased her out.
Ibeiya had been raised by a loyal servant of the princess during her childhood. There was a large war in the Rosa Kingdom in recent years, and the servant had lost his life in the chaos, so Ibeiya had no choice but to live a wandering life.
Ibeiya had only been eight then, and she was extremely cute at that. Roaming the lands by herself was obviously very turbulent. She did not even leave the Rosa Kingdom before she was kidnapped by a group of adventurers.
From what she said, Ibeiya had been extremely scared at that point, not even daring to think of what might happen. She had tried to escape, but she was no match for those adventurers. She would be harshly beaten up every time she tried to escape, and she eventually could not take it anymore, choosing to take her own life.
She woke up a few days after her corpse was thrown into the wilderness. It was from then on that she realized what her vampire blood could do, which marked the true start of her wandering life as she learned to use it to her advantage. She lived a life of crime, and every time someone caught her, she would just commit suicide. Regular injuries did nothing to her body.
After that, she learned another one of her racial talents: seduction. The uses were not clear, and it only worked on weak-willed people, but that was enough.
Xiao Lin silently summarized her life of wandering as just swindling and stealing.
Xiao Lin smiled bitterly, saying to Lilith, “I’m not familiar with dark races. How do you kill a vampire? Silver weapons? A holy cross? Sunlight? Garlic?”
Lilith said impatiently, “You watch too many movies. Real vampires aren’t afraid of all that. Don’t be tricked by this brat; vampires have regenerative abilities, not resurrection. They are not actually undying, but regretfully the two of us don’t actually have a way to kill you.”
Ibeiya tilted her head, pitifully saying, “Could you really bear to kill me? Why don’t you just release me? I’d just be a bother to you.”
Xiao Lin said, “Quit acting like you’re innocent. You clearly know he can’t do anything to you.”
“No, I’m not scared of the two of you. I’m scared of this town.”
Xiao Lin fell silent, almost forgetting the main topic. He nodded and said, “Tell me what happened here.”
“I don’t know.”
A bitter look was on her face, but the girl had been playing a part since the very start, so no one knew her real thoughts. Fear, hate or horror–there was no way to know which were her true feelings.
“You don’t know?” Lilith raised her eyebrows, her scythe still in hand as she said unkindly, “I might not be able to kill you, but as long as I’m willing, I can make sure you stay here, unmoving.”