The First Step



It’s said that everything that can go wrong will go wrong on your first try,
but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen again the second time.


“Here are our three exchange students. Luka, Rin, and Shig.”

Finished with the necessary arrangements, the three exchange students all came to Scarlet.

The lykoscentaur girl who came with a lot of luggage due to her worrywart father, Luka.

The young mermaid who’d already wrecked three wheelchairs in her excitement, Rin.

The lizardman youth who left his home with just the clothes on his back, Shig.

“… They’re all kids though?”

Looking at the three in turn, Nina voiced her dissatisfaction.

“That just means they have promise. Besides, I have another reason.”

“What reason?”

Half-suspicious, Nina sent me a look

“We’ll eventually be trading with where each of them are from… I believe that it will be mutually beneficial.”

The mermaids can easily catch fish from the sea, so if we can trade for the meat they can’t eat themselves with fruits and vegetables, even the lykos children too small to hunt will be able to help out their families. The promises of that working out with the lizardmen… but it’s not like they just live and eat, so we should have at least a chance at making the negotiations work out.

“Our first order of business here is getting the villagers all used to the way they look. They shouldn’t be too scary since they’re children, they’re easy to get along with.”

Unlike how the elves look practically the same as humans, all three of our exchange students are visibly different. They’re used to seeing me in my dragon form, so I don’t think they’ll be too resistant, but they still may find them strange. I’m hoping to remove as much of their racial discrimination as possible.

“Hmph, it all sounds a bit forced to me, but sure. Why not.”

I was honestly surprised at how interested Nina sounded. It’s true that what I said is how I really feel, but I only thought of it after I decided to bring Rin. The lizardmen had no one that would come other than Shig, so it’s just a coincidence that all of them are children.

“At any rate! I thought this would be a good opportunity for Violet and these three greet each other as our Scarlet Magic Academy’s first ever exchange students and show them around.”

Clearing my throat, I changed the mood and spoke.

“I look forward to learning more about all of you.”


“Ah, umm, mmm, h-hello.”

Following Violet’s warm greeting, Ran answered back with her hands waving back and forth in the air. Luka lowered her head, timid.





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