Dodging Classmate A’s question, I headed for the toilet. It was between the gap of a split boulder, so narrow as to be difficult to enter unless you were a child or a woman with a good figure. Of course, having too good of a figure would result in being stuck. Like the Demon King’s daughter, Ssosia? The Ice Princess wasn’t as good as that.
“Hey. Come out right now from the toilet, unless you want to be munched to bits by a dragon.”
I took my time examining the woman who groaned her way out from between the boulder’s gap. Although she looked completely like a beggar, it wasn’t so bad to the extent of being unrecognizable due to her being too good-looking by nature. That white hair and sky-blue eyes of hers… she was the missing Ice Princess.
I took the first move before she acted like she knew me.
“Pleased to meet you. I’m Hero A, and this here’s Hero B. You’re that famous Ice Princess, aren’t you? If you’re going bare your nails like an aggressive white cat, you’d better be resolved to have them all pulled off.”
The ranks of my Skill rose following my accurate judgement. That much was fine, but how was it that I gained proficiency in something I didn’t even do and obtained new Skills as well? Though of course, it wasn’t like I was unhappy with that.
“Kang Han Soo! What did you find… Isn’t that the Ice Princess?!”
Having come over a beat late, Classmate A grew wide-eyed, while the Ice Princess elegantly lifted the ends of her utterly ripped skirt with both hands and gave a polite greeting.
“A pleasure to meet you, Heroes. I have shown you an unseemly sight, as I have recently come under attack by an unidentified foe, but as you might have guessed, I am indeed the woman called the Ice Princess.”
I had almost let slip my hand holding the scimitar, but right before that happened, the grip of my hand grew firm again, its mood become good at the Ice Princess’ wise response.
“An attack by an unidentified foe… do you have any guesses regarding this?”
Classmate A so asked while feigning worry for the Ice Princess.
“None at all.”
The brainwashed princess gave a denial, shaking her head from side to side.
“Is that so. In any case, don’t worry any more, Princess. I know the way to control your power from going out of control. Please endure here until I obtain the means. I’ll be right back! Please believe in this Hero!”
“Do, do you speak truly?”
While there was the unforeseen event of the Ice Princess’ home being destroyed, it seemed that the strategy of Classmate A, who pushed onwards straightforwardly without being shaken, managed to have effect.
Baekgu also leaped near us, flapping his wings.
Upon sighting the silly white dragon, the Ice Princess hugged herself and began to tremble. Apparently, even if brainwashed, the fear engraved in her heart by the dragon’s maw couldn’t be easily shaken off. Seeing her like this, I took long strides towards the Ice Princess’ side. But at that moment…
“Hey! Kang Han Soo! Be careful! No matter how high our Levels, the Ice Princess’ chill is on a different dimension! You’ll be frozen solid if you don’t have chill resistance in your Skill… Huh?”
Classmate A once again wore a dumbfounded look in the midst of warning me.
“It feels cold.”
I gave my short impression while caressing the Ice Princess with my left hand that wasn’t holding the scimitar, from her cheek to chin and finally, her neck. Being a hot water bottle might be impossible, but perhaps she could be an ice pack substitute instead? Of course, I had intended on snapping her neck immediately if she rudely unleashed her chill, but she didn’t go wild.
Losing control was an instinct.
Fear was also an instinct!
Both were instincts, but her fear prevented her from going out of control and stabilized the Ice Princess by force. In the first place, seeing as I had hunted the cat giant who had been making her go wild, it wasn’t difficult to judge who was on top. The Ice Princess obediently accepted my touch.
“Tha-, tha-, that…!”
Classmate A stammed while gesticulating from behind.
“Looks like her power’s come under control due to my persuasion. I don’t think we’ll really need the Sage’s Staff?”
“Yes way. Look. Isn’t she well-behaved?”
I proceeded to rub at the Ice Princess like she were a genie lamp, but she remained still and didn’t go out of control. Although I did hear a bit of a lewd, high-pitched noise come from her as she twisted her legs, that was a trivial matter that could be overlooked as flirting.
Classmate A was absentminded as he continued to repeat the same words over, and in the end he even said this.
“Kang Han Soo! Remove that hand! She’s mine!”
Summoning forth Holy Sword 3, Classmate A pointed at the Ice Princess as he revealed his intense desire to possess. Seeing the fellow act as such, I gave a chuckle as I corrected him.
“Calm down. She’s nobody’s belonging. Where’s the sense in arguing the ownership of a woman you’ve just met? Don’t be like a fantasy barbarian.”
“Just met? Don’t make me laugh!”
Having lost his head, Classmate A began to yap away. The Ice Princess’ habits, erogenous zones, preferences, secrets… Out of Classmate A’s mouth was exposed a series of embarrassing private details and secrets of a woman that couldn’t be known unless you were in an intimate relationship with her.
“H-how do you…?!”
As he continued to ramble on, the Ice Princess’ complexion, which was already white to begin, turned even whiter.
Huffing with rage, Classmate A gave a declaration in reply.
“‘Cause you’re my woman!”
And his entire body was frozen solid.
Her primal fear surpassed her acquired instinct to lose control, but it was a sense of humiliation which surpassed that very fear that drove the Ice Princess to act.
“Ah… I ended up freezing the…”
“It’s fine, nothing to be concerned over. He was asking for it.”
This was what regression was. Not only your abilities, but all your human relationships would be reset. Whether Classmate A and the Ice Princess were friends or were married in the 1st Playthrough, they were nothing but strangers after having regressed. You needed to know when to draw the line.
When you act thoughtlessly like that with no regard for the feelings of a very sensitive woman, you would have no right to complain even if you suffered harshly. Women were extremely delicate creatures, after all. It was necessary to approach them with care, like when sitting on a slime-type toilet.
▶Incredulous: I don’t think you’re one to say that, Cadet Kang Han Soo…
‘What about me, Miss Trainee Teacher?’
I cleanly gave up on Classmate A, who was eliminated in an absurd fashion. While I could easily resurrect him by summoning Saintess H, it was obvious he would go bonkers again the moment he woke. It was better to outright leave him be.
“Don’t mind Hero B, Princess.”
“Um, Sir Hero? If I could go down to the village to get some proper clothes… or at least be given some time to wash up…”
The Ice Princess so asked me.
“When did I say I was going to take you along?”
“Are you without feet, without eyes? Find the village yourself. Buy your clothes with your own earnings, too.”
“T-that can’t be…”
Our relationship came to an end here. If it wasn’t to humor Classmate A, we wouldn’t have even met again like this.
“Baekgu, let’s go!”
I rode on Baekgu and immediately proceeded towards the Demon King’s castle.
The moment of graduation wasn’t far off now.
PR/N : There is an illustration page for some of the characters, be sure to take a look !
Translator : Hunnybuttachips
Editor : Fujimaru