「Do you think you can get away with doing something like this?!」
The silence of the forest was broken by Miroslava’s echoing voice.
I responded to her with a sneer.
「I can. I acted with preparation. If you understand the situation you’re in right now you’d better be quiet. We’re already near the depths of the Thetis Forest」
Miroslava looked around in a panic. As expected from a high ranking adventurer, she seemed to have quickly understood that it wasn’t a lie.
Her face went pale.
「A-are you stupid?! What is a level one human doing here?! If you wanted to kill yourself, go ahead, but don’t drag me with you!」
「If anything, shouldn’t you be wondering how a level one human was able to make it this far? Miss magic caster who was passed out until now」
「…A level one is here by himself with me? No, wait. How did you get past Ishka’s gate in the first place…?」
「I’ll slowly answer your questions after. We’re almost there. I’d like it if you just come along quietly like a grown up」
「–Don’t be ridiculous! Who the hell is going to come with you willingly?!」
Like that, Miroslava quickly jumped up and distanced herself from me.
She looked at me as if she was looking at a monster.
『Embrace my enemy with death–Fiery princess!』
Without concentrating or chanting, Miroslava finished invoking her magic.
Immediately after, flames started to seep out of her in the form of a female’s arm and started to engulf my entire body.
My body was instantly covered in flames before I could even have a moment to resist.
And then, an explosion.
The sound of the loud explosion shook the surrounding trees violently, as a cloud of hot steam appeared.
Miroslava’s triumphant voice began to echo from the other side of the white steam that was blocking my field of vision.
「How’s that? My fire magic of the fifth ring, fiery princess. For a level one, seeing magic of the fifth ring must be like witnessing a god’s work. Oh, this version is a little weaker since I skipped the incantation, you know? You might have felt safe since I didn’t have my staff with me, but that’s just your low level naiveness. My earrings, rings and bracelets are all made with magic stones. I don’t need a staff to use magic」
I went into thought as I listened to her.
What should I do? I wonder if I should let her talk to herself for a bit longer. It’s a little funny, honestly.
Well, it’s not like it’s going to take up that much time. I kept my presence hidden and right when she was fully rejoicing over her victory, I slowly showed myself and started to mess with her.
「Oh no, it’s not like there’s any problem even if you have your staff with you. I just didn’t bring it along, you know?」
「I would have brought it along if I could. But I left it because it would be annoying to carry it along. Well, seeing your power, it might not even amount to much even if you had your staff」
When I finished talking, a gust of wind blew away the steam that was covering our vision.
Miroslava opened her eyes wide as if she saw something that she couldn’t believe.
「What…how? How are you still alive?!」
「That’s because your magic is too weak. Do you want to try using an incantation this time?」
「You…『Quick Flame arrows!』」
This time it’s flame arrows–well, a sped up version, huh…
In her words, it would be a fire spell of the second ring. It’s ranked lower than the spell before, but it could still blow someone’s head off if it hits.
Regardless of her personality, she was an excellent magic caster after all.
While thinking about things like that, I opened my mouth wide.
With a booming voice, I erased the flame arrows.
Miroslava was dumbfounded when she saw this. This red haired magic caster stared at me in surprise and took a few steps back in disbelief.
「No way…Y-you just dispersed my magic with a yell?!」
「Cancelling your magic with a yell? You’re talking as if I’m a monster. That was a burst of Kei」
「A burst of Kei…?」
「It’s magic of my homeland. To put it in a magic caster’s words, it’s something like…releasing the magic energy inside of your body to cancel out magic, I guess?」
「Stop your bullshit! There’s no way you can use life force to cancel out magic that was created with mana, let alone my magic as a level one human!」
「It’s fine if you don’t want to face the reality in front of you. It’s not like there’s a need for you to accept it」
With that said, I quickly closed the distance between me and Miroslava.
Her lack of reaction was probably due to her being in shock still.
I put my right hand on her hips and restrained her movements quickly as I grabbed her jaw with my left hand–
「W-what are you doing—?!」
I brought my lips as close to hers as possible just like that.
After a smirk to the stiffened Miroslava, who didn’t realize the situation she was in, I started to eat this magic caster’s soul.
The reason why I thought of imprisoning Miroslava was pretty much for an experiment.
It’s not because I wanted to see if I could train this cocky, saucy, cunning, wicked woman who has nothing good other than her face and body, into an obedient slave by imprisoning her. No, I said that wasn’t it.
It was because of what I discovered when I ate that soul back at the brothel that made me want to do some experiments.
At that time, my level went up to six from devouring the soul of that prostitute.
You could go so far as to say that means I could level up by embracing women instead of defeating monsters from now on.
However, the prostitute who had her soul eaten by me was in a condition where she was constantly gasping for air afterwards.
It was definitely the result of having her soul eaten past the allowable limit. If more cases like that were to happen, the people around will start to grow suspicious. If the truth came to light, I might become a target for subjugation.
Honestly, what I’m doing is like what vampires do.
To avoid that situation from happening, I have to learn about my own abilities.
What is the limit to eating someone’s soul? How much time does it take for the woman to recover after I eat her soul? Will they recover in the first place? Can I control my soul-eating ability according to my will?
There are many other things that I would like to test.
However, there certainly are tons of problems if I were to put all those questions into practice.
I can’t afford to visit a brothel every time I wanted to test something. That incident from the other day in the red light district might have already been noted.
Under these circumstances, it might be all over in the unlikely event that the person I’m running tests on dies.
I thought of doing the experiments with care for the subject, but then they might act crazy or I might not be able to obtain accurate information if that I did that.
Therefore, the best person to use to solve all those problems with would be Miroslava.
My heart wouldn’t hurt if I accidently killed this person. I could even perform the experiments without mercy.
Honestly, I wouldn’t go so far as to do this to Iria or Lunamaria. I would only do this to Miroslava.
While I was eating her soul, Miroslava, who was now back in my arms, started flapping her arms and feet around like crazy to resist.
But this level of resistance is nothing but child’s play to me.
It might be dangerous if she could use her magic, but no matter how good a magic caster is, there’s no way they can use their spells going completely chantless.
Even in the cases of skipping their chants, they still have to call out the keywords of the spell like “Fiery princess” or “Flame arrows”. It was impossible for her to make a sound right now since our lips were joined.
The lips of the prostitute from before tasted like some rich and sweet alcohol.
But kissing with Miroslava has a tingling, hot and spicy flavor. How should I describe this? Hm… If I were to compare this to something, it’d be something like the taste of spicy ginger alcohol.
It was kind of similar to the prostitute but not quite. Does this taste different per person? Or is it due to the emotions the person held towards me?
I quickly started my experiment with those questions in my head.
When I wrapped my arms around her waist, Miroslava’s resistance intensified more than ever as the hot feeling in my mouth got so hot that it felt like it could burn.
…Hm. As I thought, the taste of the human is affected by their emotions. Anger, shame, humiliation, and such.
I enjoyed the act of her resisting for a while– then I continued my experiments.
She still tried to struggle occasionally, but her physical capability as a magic caster was nothing compared to my body that was covered in kei.
Quite some time had passed when I realized it.
Well, unlike the time at the brothel, it was half my intention to draw it out this time.
I looked at the face of the pinned down magic caster, Miroslava.
While looking exhausted, she glared back at me with eyes full of anger, hate and disgust.
Being looked at by those kind of eyes, my body shook from a strong beat that came from somewhere inside of my heart.
Attacked by the sudden boiling impulse, I wanted to get on top her again, but we were still in the middle of the forest.
It would be miserable if I was attacked by monsters during the time I’m busy with her.
With deep breaths, I brought myself back under control.
TLN: I too am a scientist who loves experiments ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)