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The House-Elf's Rough Time
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Fragment 2

The Wandering Brownie

Japanese Name


Romanized Name

Burauni no Junan



Release Date

June, 2009 (The Sneaker)




Chapter 8 (manga)

"The House-Elf's Rough Time" is the 2nd fragment of The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, volume 4. The special chapter is also labeled as "The Wandering Brownie".

The fragment follows a house-elf having problems with his difficult owners.[1]


A house-elf is sealed inside a Phantom Book. It’s not a strong creature, but it helps his owner by granting modest wishes. The house-elf changed hands for many years, until he reached a black-haired little girl. After she read the entire Phantom Book, she asked the creature to organize the books of the mansion. The house-elf kept cleaning the dusky wet basement day after day without taking a break. However, the collection was so large that the job had no end. The house-elf was suffering, so he asked permission to leave for another owner. The little girl accepted with a stubborn tone.

His new owner happened to be around. She's a blonde young woman of innocent smile who dresses herself with Western clothes. After reading the Phantom Book, she asked the house-elf to clean and tidy up her house. The creature did his job, but the place was messy and muddy in the next evening, since the woman had invited a lot of children from the neighborhood. The house-elf worked until dawn, only to see the place looking like a battlefield again soon after. This time, the woman had brought stray dogs into the house. The next day, she tried to pilot her father’s motorcycle around the mansion. The house-elf eventually got exhausted from all the cleaning and asked for a new owner, for the woman’s disappointment. Nonetheless, she prepared a huge farewell party.

Now the house-elf had to work for a foreign green-haired little girl. She reads the Phantom Book, then she tells the creature to give Phantom Book Eggs to unfortunate people full of jealousy, grudge and hate. She wants the Phantom Book Eggs to become complete Phantom Books. Completely frightened, the creature decides that he can't work there. The green-haired little girl furiously dismisses him.

The house-elf falls in the hands of an unfriendly man dressed as a clergy. As a Book Burning Officer, he tells the creature to destroy his own Phantom Book. The house-elf immediately asks for another owner. The man uses his staff to blow flames over the house-elf.

Running for his life, the slightly burned house-elf returns to the house of his first owner. The black-haired girl examines the Phantom Book and welcomes him back without expression. To this day, the house-elf cleans the books in the basement of the mansion.[1]



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Volume 1

Gastronomy Worship - Pedigree - Book of Wisdom - The Dictator's Book - Turn-Up Book - Book of Lifetime - Libricide

Volume 2

The Briar Princess - Queen of the Night - The Lovers - Book of Equivalence - Book of Fetus - Winning Strategy - The Mystic Archives of Rasiel

Volume 3

Book of Soul Exchange - Book of Oblivion - Book of Twilight - Book of Sleep - The Magician's Daughter - The Beautiful Woman's World - Book of Atonement

Volume 4

Book of Gap - Phantom Score - Book of Relationship - Book of Hypnosis - The Perfumer - The House-Elf's Rough Time - Phantom Book Thief

Volume 5

Timetable - Waterside Flower - The Cat and the Biblioprincess - Book of Fools - The Logbook - The Observer - Book of Connection

Volume 6

The Template Book - The Working Man - Book of Coffin - The Real Me - Book of Humanization - Paradise

Volume 7

Disaster and Temptation - Catalogue - Book of Wisdom II - The Girls' Long Night - Book of Imitation - The Key-Keeper

Volume 8

Phantom Book of the King - The Last Book - Vignette of Eternal Twilight