Lucius and Char reappear before the spectators as the walls of the box collapse.
At that moment, Char declared her defeat on the spot.
The audience was a little surprised to hear those words, but after seeing Lucius' overwhelming ability, they didn't find it strange at all.
The examiner, Regus, approaches them and asks.
"Are you sure about this, Charlotte-chan?"
"Yes. I acknowledge my defeat at Lucius' hands, so please don't cancel his admission."
"That's not what I meant. Sure, it makes me happy to know that Lucius won't be leaving, but... What about the promise you made before the duel?"
Lucius and Char both let out a surprised sound upon hearing those words.
Charlotte had completely forgotten about the promise she made to Lucius.
"'If you win, I'll be your slave, or anything else you want.' Those were your words, Charlotte-chan."
Promises made before a duel are absolute and cannot be broken.
In other words, since Charlotte lost, she would become Lucius' slave.
"Eeeh... No no, it's okay, I don't need a slave."
"Umm, but the promise before a duel is absolute, Lucius, you can't just take it back."
Lucius panics, while Sharo's face blushes.
Finally, Char reaches a decision and shouts something unexpected.
"I-I will do it! I, Charlotte Yudelia, shall from this day forth be Lucius' slave! I promise on the name of the legendary hero."
And thus ended Lucius' hectic entrance exam.
"You were in a very difficult situation, Lucius."
After finishing the exam, Lucious is about to leave the room with Sharo, when the blonde young man named Yuri calls out to him.
"Yeah, I never imagined I would go through something like this, hehe."
"Fufu, I never thought the least feminine girl I've ever met would end up groveling for someone."
Yuri laughs gleefully at the sight of Charlotte clinging to Lucius.
"I'm not going to let you get away with this, Yuri."
Char vows revenge on Yuri with those words, but continues clinging to Lucius', unwilling to leave his side.
Every time he moves, her shapely breasts brush against his back, making Lucius get a little excited.
"By the way, what kind of relationship do you to have? You seem to be good friends."
When Lucius asks that question nonchalantly, Char looks at Yuri with astonished eyes and begins to speak.
"Wait, you still haven't said anything to Lucius? You're really a handful."
"Fufu, had I mentioned it to him he would have surely distanced himself from me. I wanted to get to know him better, so I didn't say anything earlier."
"What do you mean by that?"
Lucious fails to grasp both of their words, which serves to generate more doubts in his head. Yuri turns around and apologizes to Lucius.
"I will introduce myself again. My name is Yuri Von Exadria. I am the first prince of the Kingdom of Exador."
Lucius is taken aback by this unexpected revelation.
However, Yuri's appearance and the way he spoke made him give off an air similar to that of a prince, Lucius thought.
Now I understand, that's why they look so close. A prince and the descendant of a hero, it would be strange if they didn't know each other.
"So, Yuri... Sorry, should I call you Yuri-sama?"
"No, Lucius, you don't need to add the '-sama'. That's exactly why I didn't tell you who I was in the first place, I wanted to avoid that happening. Just see me as an ordinary friend."
When Yuri made that request, Lucius felt quite puzzled, and wasn't sure he wanted to, but he ended up reluctantly agreeing.
"By the way, Lucius, have you secured accomodations for this evening?"
"Ah! I hadn't thought of that!"
Lucius went with the flow and took the exams to enter the Academy, but he didn't think about other important things, like finding a place to sleep.
And then he remembered another important thing.
It was that he entered the country without having any official papers.
Once he enrolls in the Academy, sooner or later, that particular detail would be found out, and it wouldn't end well.
"I don't know what to do..."
"Is something wrong, Lucius?"
Yuri was worried at Lucius' sudden change of attitude, seeing him turn pale and start sweating.
Lucius decides to tell Yuri everything, while thinking that hiding it will only make the situation worse.
'I don't have any immigration papers, I also don't have a place to stay and I don't have much money.'
Those were the words Lucious told Yuri.
"Hmm, so that's what happened..."
"Yes, what should I do?"
The worst thing that can happen is to be forced to leave the country immediately, and Lucius was depressed at thought.
He managed to strike up a friendship with the hero's descendant, and now he is close to being taken away from her....
But the words Yuri spoke next made Lucius' skin crawl.
"It's okay, I'll take care of everything."
"There's a place I enjoy staying at, so you can stay there as well. And you don't need to worry about money, since meals are included. It will take me a while to get all your papers ready, but it won't be impossible."
Yuri is determined to help Lucius with his immigration problems.
When Char hears those words, she shoots a startled look at Yuri.
"That's very suspicious... Is there any reason you're going to all that trouble to help Lucius?"
"Of course there is. Lucius is a potential student for the Academy, I would do anything to make him stay."
Lucious is surprised at Yuri's words.
"I'm an important student?"
"Of course. The kingdom is in great need of talented students. We require as many people with great skills as possible. That's why I'm determined to help anyone with great power enter the Academy... If we can increase the Academy's reputation, then many people from other countries might want to come study here."
I see. That's why he's doing all this for me.
I feels at ease after those words.
However, I'm on a mission to save both the Demon and Dragon Lords.
I wonder if it's okay for me to live in a school like this.
Then, as if he had anticipated that thought, Yuri leaned towards me.
"Of course I'm not thinking of signing you up for the Academy for free. If you accept, I'll be your patron. I don't know what you want to do in the future, or what your plans are, but I think you can be of great use to our kingdom."
It is true that Yuri seems to be intelligent and, above all, powerful. It would be very reassuring to have him as a patron.
I have to make a decision: Either I leave this kingdom and handle things on my own, or stay in this country and let Char and Yuri help me....
Lucius thought carefully and gave an answer....
"...Okay, I will accept your offer, Yuri. I'm very much looking forward to working with you."
"Fufu, I thought you would say that."
Having said those words, Yuri and Lucius shake hands.