My Bodyguard Can’t Fight Girls Chapter 1 – A New Bodyguard

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“You will be meeting your new bodyguard soon. He knows who you are and will be introducing himself. When you meet him, please bring him here for a briefing.”
 
I almost coughed out the coffee in my mouth in shock. My Mom and I were having breakfast one morning, and she just had to spring this surprise at me right in the middle of my meal.
 
”But Mom, I don’t need a bodyguard! It’s really embarrassing to have a bodyguard around me with my friends!”
 
”That’s why I took the trouble to find a competent bodyguard around your age so an outsider could pass him off as a friend.”
 
Our intelligence squad is picking up tabs that the Black Diamond syndicate is out to kidnap you to get the [Key]. We are talking about an organization here that has assassins and aren’t  afraid to wage war on governments to get what they want.”
 
“B-but I will spend most of my time in school anyway! They wouldn’t want to cause a ruckus with so many people around, would they?”
 
”Well, you know how special our family is. There’s no reason not to take precautions, and I won’t take no for an answer.”
 
I sighed in defeat.
 
While most girls around my age were absorbed in their studies, shopping, having fun and fantasizing about love. I had to think about training, being wary of my surroundings and to ensure that I adhered to my curfews or my family might breathe hellfire onto me.
 
“At the very least, I can consider removing your curfews after you bring your bodyguard to me. I know it’s hard to reject late gatherings and fun with your friends in the evenings, but with your bodyguard, I can make that concession.”
 
”Why can’t the bodyguard just report for his duty at our place? Wouldn’t it be easier for everyone?”
 
”He is moving into our town for this assignment with his little sister. He has to get many things sorted, so I thought it would be better for him to come to you when he is ready to report for work.”
 
What? Just for this assignment, he is moving with his family into this town?
 
“Isn’t it too much for someone around my age to handle such a huge responsibility? We are talking about assassins here, and he has to safeguard both his little sister and me.”
 
”Oh, I wouldn’t worry the slightest bit about his quality.”
 
Mom sipped her coffee with a smile.
 
“He may not look dependable at first glance, but I would personally entrust my life to him.”
 
That was a huge statement. My Mom, Agatha Sigrun, was known as the ‘Mistress of Secrets’ in her work. As a keeper of secrets for affluent organizations and authorities, many people recommended highly skilled bodyguards and she could have her own pick, but she had rejected all those offers. To even insinuate that Gale could guard her was giving him a lot of respect.
 
’Alright, since you personally endorsed this person. I just hope he isn’t too weird.”
 

 
I loathed the feeling of being so sheltered.
 
It was not like my family could help it. My family had been gathering intelligence for many organizations and authorities all around the world for years, and it was said that the secrets that we hold could make or break the world.
 
I enjoyed the fact that I got to see work that most people could only dream of, like infiltrating strongholds and bases to steal information, being a spy, tailing and impersonating important people, and experiencing all the things that a blockbuster movie would typically feature.
 
Except that it all came with a price. It was quite hard to be a normal girl in our family.
 
Although my elder sister had been involved in covert operations from the tender age of thirteen, I had never really seen her dress pretty for a party ever since.
 
On the other hand, I was the “sacred treasure” in the house. Everybody needed to know who I met, where I have been and I could not go out in the evenings without scrutiny.
 
Even the school that I attended was special. Aelfsige Academy was a private institute where my Mom had significant influence in.
 
As Aelfsige Academy provided education from junior school all the way to university, my life would forever be protected by my family.
 
I could only hope the bodyguard which I was going to change things for the better if my Mom could release me from my restrictive curfews.
 
“I haven’t seen you around this neighborhood. You new here?”
 
”Why not you give up what is in your wallet and we will let you go from here?”
 
Voices were coming from a back alley as I was walking in the direction of the school.
 
Figures, I have heard that there are a bunch of bullies around the area and a poor soul is going to be picked upon.
 
I really didn’t want to be late for school because I was a busybody.
 
These were moments of struggle within me. I felt that this was none of my business and yet if I left it without helping that guy, I would feel like an absolute crook.
 
Then again, I was not supposed to draw too much attention to my —
 
“Oomph!’
 
”You hear anything that I say? Give it up and we won’t have to kick you like this.”
 
Fine, whatever. I will help out this time.
 
I ran into the back alley and found four thugs extorting a single guy at a corner. That guy had silver hair and was wearing the same school uniform as where I came from.
 
I stood forward to address the commotion.
 
“So what’s up, boys? Care to explain the commotion here?”
 
”It’s none of your business, bitch! Run away before somebody else gets hurt.”
 
These were the type of losers that wouldn’t learn until they suffered pain. I grabbed my weapon of choice from my bag — a long wooden brush that could extend approximately two meters long, and placed it across my shoulder.
 
”We could end this here without anyone getting hurt, or I will have  you show some respect around here.”
 
The guys laughed.
 
”What are you going to do with that brush? This ain’t drawing class here!”
 
I swung my brush down and struck the guy nearest to me.
 
BOOM!
 
His head sunk into the ground and blood was all over.
 
”Tsch! This girl can fight! Bob, take her left and Barock take her right!”
 
Seems like these punks have been doing this for awhile. They are closing out my space in this alley to prevent me from running around too much.
 
Instinctively I jumped over the two guys to attack the person who gave out the commands.
 
“Bear panties?”
 
Hearing those words, I shrieked, pushing down my dress and glared murderously at the direction of the voice before turning back to my target again. It came from that helpless guy over there that I’m trying to save? I don’t believe it.  Enraged, I wanted to put all my emotions into a swing towards the thug in front of me, but as my hands were occupied, I settled with a mid-air kick.
 
I missed my target and stared daggers at the silver-haired guy.
 
“Of all the people here, it came from you whom I’m trying to save?!”
 
“I-I’m so sorry!” The guy was flushed red with embarrassment. “You jumped too high and I blurted out instinctively.”
 
“Pervert… I will deal with you later.”
 
As I said that, The guys on my left and right came running towards me, swinging their left and right fists respectively. As I had a longer reach with my brush, I pierced my brush into the left shoulder of the guy on my left and swung a roundhouse kick at the face of the guy on my right.
 
“CRASH!” The guy on my right crashed onto the wall behind him while the guy on my left was pushed back by the momentum of my jab on his left shoulder. At that moment, we heard a police car patrolling the area and one of the punks immediately shouted.
 
“Guys, let’s get out of here! I can hear a police siren nearby!”
 
The three guys picked up their friend on the floor and ran out of the alley in haste.
 
“So much for these guys. Did you lose anything to them or are you hurt anywhere?”
 
Turning my head towards the guy that got bullied, I asked to confirm his well-being
 
The guy was shaking his head. Upon closer inspection, he was quite good-looking.
 
“Why are you being picked on? And why did you have to comment on my underwear during the fight?!”
 
“I am new around here and ran into these guys while I was looking for directions. Your underwear looked kind of cute so I —“
 
Hearing that, I kicked one of his legs as hard as I could and stomped away.
 
“Ouch!” The guy hopped around on his other leg, writhing in pain.
 
“Pervert! Who on earth comments about underwear in the middle of a fight?!”
 
Exclaiming that, I stormed off, away from the alley.
 
“Hey wait..miss, I think we are both attending the same school… “
 
I turned a deaf ear and quickened my walking pace.
 

 
As I was walking towards my classroom, I could hear faint sounds of chattering growing louder as I increased my walking speed. The classroom was emanating a vivacious atmosphere filled with excitement.
 
“Have you people heard the latest news?”
 
“What news? Are we finally getting a combat instructor?”
 
“No, that’s not it.”
 
I heaved a deep sigh and my shoulders drooped. As our class had been deprived of a combat instructor since the start of school, we have been missing out on our field-training for the past couple of weeks already.
 
Ever since the “Hidden War” which happened fifteen years ago, the government has been making an emphasis on identifying talents in fighting and teamwork. There would be an annual fighting competition for our school which we had to compete as a class or a club.
 
To miss out on our combat curriculum because of the lack of instructors was just straight up depressing.
 
“There will be two transfer students coming into our class today!”
 
“I wish both of them are cute girls!”
 
“Sorry to disappoint you boys, but according to my sources, both of them are guys. One of them is from the renown Mizushima family!”
 
“The Mizushima family? The family of famous swordsmen who exclusively served the Emperor of the Rising Sun in the past!”
 
“Yes! A hero has arrived in our town and in our school! I can’t wait to see how he looks like!”
 
“Who’s the other one then?”
 
“Oh, we don’t know much about him. Apparently, he came from the countryside or something.”
 
Mizushima family. A family of swordsmen. It certainly rings a bell. Could it be…
 
As I thought about that, a petite lady wearing glasses with brown hair and curls walked into our class to start our day.
 
“Alright kids, the bell just rang so let’s get homeroom started!”
 
The one who said it was Miss Mia, our homeroom teacher.
 
In Aelfsige Academy, we were supposed to have two homeroom teachers, one with an academic emphasis and the other for the combat emphasis, of which, Miss Mia was in-charged of academics.
 
“As you have all heard, there will be two transfer students coming to our class. Let’s welcome them warmly!”
 
Loud rounds of applauses immediately filled the classroom
 
So can the first student please step into the class?”
 
The first guy who came in was rather tall, with spiky hair, a sharp chin and overall, looked pretty well-built.
 
“Clere? Hey, long time no see!”
 
“A-aren’t you Hideki?! You moved back here?”
 
That’s right! Hideki was my childhood friend whom I used to play swords with but moved away five years ago.
 
“Yeah, things happened and my family wanted to move back here to start a martial arts school.”
 
“Now now Hideki, you will have time to chat with your childhood friend later. Please introduce yourself to the class!”
 
“Oh right. Yeah hello everyone! My name is Mizushima Hideki. I moved away from this town about five years ago, and my family is moving back here to run a dojo that specializes in swordplay. Nice to meet you all and let’s make good memories together from now on.”
 
“Kya~!”
 
You could literally see the girls swooning all over him already. I’m moved in my heart at the handsome dude as well but could you ladies keep it down?
 
Now is he my new bodyguard?! Mom, you are awesome if you picked Hideki to be my personal bodyguard! I will never have any more complaints with —
 
“Thanks, Hideki! Now Let’s introduce our next transfer student! Come on in!”
 
A silver-haired guy with a slender build came walking in.
 
What?! He’s the guy that I saved and he’s going to attend my class?
 
“Hi everyone, my name is Gale Gainsborough and I came from the countryside into this town with my little sister, because I am here to fulfill my assignment as a bodyguard to Clere Sigrun.”
 
The class exclaimed in shock.
 
“Wow, Clere! You are going to have a personal bodyguard from now on?”
 
I immediately buried my face into the table.
 
My gosh, did he really have to say that?! Wasn’t he supposed to be inconspicuous about the whole bodyguard deal and be passed off as a friend? And what does my Mom mean he is dependable when he can’t even fend a few bullies off himself?!
 
“And hey Clere, I couldn’t find the opportunity to thank you for fending off those bullies back in the alley earlier! Oh, I also apologize for commenting about your bear panties in the middle of the fight.”
 
Mutters of “oh, is she wearing bear panties today?” was really audible even though they tried to keep it in.
 
However I couldn’t keep it in, so I stood up and roared at Gale.
 
“Argh! That does it! Why do you have to make so many unnecessary comments at the start of school?!”
 
“Oh, you don’t like me to thank you for your good deeds?”
 
“Not that you imbecile! Anyway, never mind!”
 
Noticing the curious glares from my surrounding classmates, I got flustered and quickly sat back down in my seat. Gale let out a slight grin from the corner of his mouth.
 
You did that on purpose, didn’t you?!
 

 
During lunch, the girls in our class gathered around my table with their curiosity piling through the roof.
 
“Hey Clere, you protected Gale from bullies earlier today, right?”
 
“Yup, what about it?”
 
“Isn’t he supposed to be protecting you instead?”
 
That’s exactly what I am thinking about at this moment.
 
“I didn’t need to be saved because I didn’t run into trouble. Gale did. Anyway, I still have to bring him to my Mom after school.”
 
“Your Mom sure picked a weird guy to be your bodyguard. Anyway, since you are childhood friends with Hideki, it wouldn’t hurt to recommend Hideki over Gale.”
 
“Gale moved with his little sister just for this assignment, and knowing my Mom, she’s not the type of person who makes important decisions flippantly —”
 
“Sorry to interrupt, is Gale in this class?”
 
A middle-school girl popped her head into our class. She looked like a junior who was only one or two years younger than us. With long black hair and a ponytail, she looked really adorable.
 
“Brother! There you are! You didn’t bring your lunch from home earlier and I came by to drop these off! Want to eat together?”
 
“Oh thanks, sis! Did you make new friends today? Don’t you want to eat with your friends?”
 
“I thought I would want to check on you first and see how you are doing, in case girls are swooning and making advances on you.”
 
Oh, Gale’s sister has a big brother-complex?
 
“Nah, I’m not popular at all. My classmate here is the star of today’s show. Meet Mizushima Hideki.”
 
In response, She turned to Hideki and immediately extended her hand in courtesy.
 
“Hello! I’m Raine Gainsborough! Nice to meet you!”
 
“Pleasure to meet you, Raine! Feel free to call me Hideki. Gale, I didn’t know your little sister looks so adorable and beautiful!”
 
Raine puffed up her chest and slapped Gale on his back.
 
“Hear that bro? You should appreciate your little sister more!”
 
“Yea yea. Keep this up and you will not find yourself a boyfriend — Ow!”
 
Raine pinched Gale in retaliation.
 
“Is that how you should treat your little sister who came all this way to deliver your lunch? So who are you a bodyguard around here for? Aunt May sure has some weird jobs for you from time to time.”
 
“Oh yea, let me introduce her. Wait, she’s upset with me because I saw her bear panties this morning —“
 
I came over quickly and extended my hand to Raine.
 
“Hello, nice to meet you. I’m Clere Sigrun. I guess I will be in your brother’s care for a while .”
 
“Oh hi! I’m Raine Gainsborough, nice to meet you.”
 
Raine sized me up from top to bottom. I could see that she was trying to making a mental profile of my appearance.
 
Raine leaned over to Gale’s ear and muttered.
 
“So why are you always found together with pretty girls that have good bodies? Are you a pervert or what?”
 
 I can hear that you know, and yes your brother is a pervert.
 
Gale shrugged and extended his hand towards me for a handshake.
 
“Pretty rough morning we had! Hope we can work together from now on.”
 
“Hmph!”
I looked at his hand and turned away, crossing my arms.
 
“Wow, she sure is mad at you.”
 
“Yea, probably because I commented on her underwear and really, it looked like the ones around our — ouch! Hey, that hurts! Stop throwing books at me!”
 

 
I couldn’t bear to go home with Gale when he made me so embarrassed for the whole day because of my underwear, so I slipped a piece of paper with my address in his bag and left school first.
 
However, to my surprise, he somehow managed to reach my house before I did and was currently engaged in a conversation with my mother.
 
 “Oh, there you are Clere! We were just talking about you.”
 
Gale looked at me with a sheepish smile but I ignored him. My mom stood up and walked toward the kitchen.
 
“Let me get tea for everyone! and oh, Athena is joining us for our conversation as well.”
 
“Oh, sis is back from her assignment? It’s been a while since I have seen her.”
 
“I pulled Athena off her assignment to talk about this bodyguard duty. She used to be your personal bodyguard and so I will have her tell Gale the details of your tendencies and habits.”
 
 “What?! Why should Gale learn about my tendencies and habits from the start?”
 
“Being a bodyguard is an intimate duty. Knowing your tendencies and habits can help the bodyguard notice if something is amiss. You and Athena grew up together, so she already knows you, but Gale needs to start from scratch.”
 
“Uhhhh…Mom, I have something to say. I had to save him from bullies in the morning and he’s even seen my — “
 
“Your bear panties? Gale told me about it.”
 
Mom giggled. So that’s why you came into my house early! It was to prepare my mother about this incident?!
 
At that moment, my sister came into the room.
 
“Everyone’s here? Sorry, I’m late. You must be Gale and I have heard so much about you from my Mom. I’m Athena.”
 
“Pleased to meet you, Athena. I heard a lot about you as the Gatekeeper of Sigrun.”
 
Why does Gale treat my sister so differently from me? He’s so respectful, unlike how he always mention about my underwear in front of everyone.
 
As we sat around our coffee table in our living room, I calmed myself with a good brew of tea before making my statement.
 
“Mom, you know Hideki? Five years ago they stayed just beside our house.”
 
“Oh yes, I saw his family this morning. They moved in as our neighbors now and apparently, they are setting up a martial arts school here.”
 
“Yes, and wouldn’t Hideki be a better bodyguard than Gale? Hideki’s family is renown for swordplay and I’m sure he would be an excellent bodyguard.”
 
Mom looked at me from the corner of her eyes before sipping on her tea. Yes Mom, I know I’m disrespecting Gale in front of him but this guy has gotten on my nerves since this morning.
 
“Hideki is a prodigy at his craft and is surely going to make a name for himself. However, at his present state, he cannot handle assassins at any level. We need someone experienced in this field.”
 
“You mean Gale has experience?”
 
“Gale has been doing co-op missions since five years old and solo missions since ten. He has infiltrated bases and did work for me in the last ten years.”
 
Seriously? That’s even more incredible than my sister who only begun her covert operations at thirteen years old!
 
“The only reason why Gale took this job is that his Aunt wants him to take a break from all this work, and being your bodyguard is the perfect opportunity to enjoy school life while resting his body.”
 
Immediately I glared at Gale.
 
“Then why on earth did you not even fend off the bullies this morning?!”
 
“I didn’t see the need to. I wasn’t carrying my wallet with me, and their punches didn’t hurt anyway.”
 
Gosh, it certainly pays to be kind doesn’t it.
 
“Yet from this incident, I do know you have a good sense of justice. So I must really thank you for that.”
 
Say that without mentioning anything about my underwear please.
 
Mom and sis looked at me with a smile.
 
“You will get to know his actual capabilities firsthand in the future. For now, there are other important things to discuss.
 
First off, Gale’s sister, Raine, does not know anything about Gale’s work with us in the past, and she does not know about the severity of his bodyguard duties now.”
 
“T-that’s impossible! If Gale were to work at five years old, it makes no sense why his sister would not know.”
 
“Before Gale goes for any night operation, he will hypnotize his sister into a deep sleep, and she will wake up the next morning with no knowledge of what had happened the previous night.”
 
“So what does Raine know about his bodyguard job now?”
 
“Raine knows it as just simple monitoring of you without assassins and without the Black Diamond syndicate behind it. She does know that her brother can fight, but she will probably imagine it at Hideki’s level, which is good at his age but fending off assassins is out of the question.”
 
I did notice that Raine is quite the brother-lover, so it makes sense to keep it from her.
 
“Therefore try to keep all the details about Gale, about our family’s work and you from her. Her parents have already made a commitment to reveal everything to her once she reaches high school so we will keep it from her until then.
 
She gave a short twirl of the stirrer and took a sip from the exorbitant-looking teacup she was holding before continuing.
 
Secondly, you probably never heard of Aunt May from us. Aunt May is supposedly Gale’s and Raine’s aunt, and she is the one who referred Gale to us for this job.”
 
“Supposedly?!”
 
“For now, take it as Aunt May is who she seems to be and that she is Gale and Raine’s aunt. She has been overseeing Gale’s development as a fighter and she is the main person who takes freelance work from us. If Raine mentions Aunt May to you, pretend that she is a longtime friend to us and nothing more.
 
All will be revealed in due time, but we need to be patient about it because Raine is in the dark about these things.”
 
“Wow, Mom, Raine is really going to have a shock from all these revelations.”
 
Gale chimed in to give an explanation for all these secrecy.
 
“Yes, my family hid it from her because we wanted her to have the most normal and peaceful childhood that she could experience and I don’t want to hurt her if possible.”
 
Gale’s face looked very serious. Maybe he’s trying to do his best as a good brother.
 
“I understand. I will do that to the best of my abilities.”
 
Gale smiled and gave me a nod of thanks. I guess he can be nice if he actually tried.
 
“Luckily, I also took a discount on Gale for this bodyguard duty.”
 
“You what?”
 
“Yes, a fifty percent discount. So Gale is going to guard you for only half your battles.”
 
Did I hear that correctly? I have never heard of a bodyguard who only protects half the time. In fact, what use is a bodyguard that only protects half the time?
 
“So what am I supposed to expect? Is he only going to guard me only during school?”
 
“No, you heard me wrong. It’s half your battles, not half the time. This means that when you are confronted with a challenge, Gale will make the discretion on whether will fight for you or not.”
 
“…That sounds really ambiguous.”
 
“You will understand it when the challenges to come. At the bare minimum, if your life is being endangered, Gale will protect you at any cost. One of the main reasons for this arrangement is because you have been skimping on your training.”
 
My shoulders dropped when my Mom commented on my training.
 
“… I’m just not as good as my sister at fighting.”
 
“That’s not true. Your heart has never been into training because you never saw the reason to, and that’s why your progress has plateaued. Athena has seen how we have almost perished about fifteen years ago, so her motivation to be at her best has been strong ever since. However, you have lived in good protection since birth, so it’s understandable that you will not want to be as strong as your sister and instead be a normal girl.
 
With Gale’s cooperation, I want you to see the need of being strong yourself.”
 
I hate to admit it, but I do desire to be normal and have fun, even though I am always looking up to my sister for being good at what she does.
 
“I know it’s unfair to you for making such demands. If only you were not born as part of the Sigrun family — “
 
“Mom, I have never thought being born into our family as bad. In fact, I am proud of our family for being pivotal in ending the ‘Hidden War’ fifteen years ago. It was tough for you and my sister when I was just born in such a difficult time of chaos.”
 
With that said, I stole a glance at gale.
 
“I will cooperate with Gale in my battles to grow my strength.”
 
Gale reached out his hand for a handshake.
 
“Pretty rough day we had! Hope we can work together from now on!”
 
I looked at his hand and then his eyes. He acts like a jerk that just likes to tease but ultimately he is still sincere in what he does.
 
“Sure, pleased to work with you from now on.”
 

Author: Lemuel Moo
Editor: Daedalus (Emelia-Tan)


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