Junes face cramped up upon hearing young Brights proposal – One could say that she had frozen over, even.
Pochi stayed out of the discussion, playing peek-a-boo with Chappie, whom she had let out of the birdhouse on her head.
She had been working hard last night to increase her repertoire… And from Chappies reactions, that seemed to have worked out.
I could tell that he was having fun.
Perhaps since she now decided that Cappies mood was good enough for now – or maybe not, I couldnt really tell – Pochi turned to look at me, her eyes blank white.
Uh, looking scary there, doggo.
She had happened to make that face right when I had said that, too.
Yeah, shes scary, this doggo.
But whether or not June would approve of that, well-
“You cannot, Bright! You dont have my permission to!”
One would be foolish to expect otherwise.
But I thought this would be such a good learning opportunity.
Id like to let him do it, if that was a choice.
June had just sheathed her sword, but now reached to draw it again; I stopped her just before she did.
“I think this is a good occasion to teach him practical magic, Lady June.
Could you please let us do this, at least for a moment”
“What- have you gone insane, Sir Poer!”
“Shiro and I are right here with him – and so are you, milady.
We can help him out if anything happens.”
Despite me saying that, Junes still gave me the look of utmost disapproval.
The Blazing Dragon wasnt about to wait for us to finish talking, though.
It began to descend again, its mouth opened wide; at the same time, just as June reached for her sword, we heard my… quirky chant coming from behind us.
Hmm, Id definitely heard that voice from somewhere else before.
Once I looked behind me, the orange bolt of the anti-Dragon fire spell was released from the boys right hand, flying past my eyes – it was fast.
Before June could even make a move, it hit the Blazing Dragon, slowing its descent.
“Thank you very much!”
Bright replied in high spirits, his voice perfectly projected.
He sounded deeper and firmer than usual.
One could tell that it still was the voice of a child, but it was also the voice of a full-fledged adventurer.
Which reminds me… when he had asked for permission, he hadnt looked at his elder sister June, but at me.
That, and he did specifically saySir Instructor.
Oh, so that was where he was coming from.
Young Bright… he never felt the need to ask for Junes permission at all.
Instead, he had asked me – and since I had said it was all right for him to do it, he had taken that as permission being granted, and also the sign to engage.
The Blazing Dragons golden eyes were now locked on to Bright.
Junes judgment was probably in a disarray, what with this having to do with her dear little brother.
She still couldnt comprehend what had just happened.
It was most likely that she had seen this as her usually docile brother disobeying her.
Bright himself probably hadnt intended to do that, of course.
Oh, I see… Looks like hes getting closer and closer to becoming a full-fledged Black Emperor.
Bright invoked Fortify Strength, Fortify Resilience, Tempest, and Light Body in quick succession, then moved away from our position.
“H-hold it right there, Bright!”
I grabbed Junes hand as she started to follow him.
“Let go of me, Sir Poer! Bright is in danger…!”
“Master Bright does not engage in unwinnable battles, milady.”
She tried to shake my hand off – with quite a tremendous force, at that.
With my strength, though, that was nothing I couldnt handle.
…No, that wasnt quite right.
June being June, she probably hasnt realized it… That she herself wasnt seriously trying to shake me off.
But if I were to let her go, she would surely go help her little brother.
Her emotions were conflicted – a part of her did want someone to keep her from taking action.
That was it.
So I patted her on the shoulder with my left hand… and to my surprise, that was all it took to calm her down.
I smiled a little – just enough to reassure her – and turned to look at Pochi, who should be of the same mind as me regarding this situation…
“Heres my imitation of Masters dumb sleeping face!”
Nope, I was wrong.
Not even close.
Her nostrils were opened so… wide…
Chappie seemed to have liked the sight of that, too.
And Leon is still sound asleep, despite all thats going on around us; thats quite impressive, actually.
Whoops, no time to worry about them now.
Ive got to keep an eye on young Bright, since I seem to be the only one… stable enough to do that now.
The Blazing Dragon slowed down and descended.
But despite it getting closer and closer, Bright still looked perfectly calm… and despite how imm.a.t.u.r.e he still looked, I couldnt help but be reminded of Warren.
I hadnt gotten to see Warren in battle very often, but the most memorable one was probably the Friendly Match with Jeanne the Lightning Flash.
At the time, Jeanne was… hard to look at.
Shed been stuck playing into Warrens gambit the whole time without even realizing it.
Bright here had really surprised me with how he fast started acting, too.
…Now wait a second… Was Freeze Fire really the only thing that he had used so far
He had already started learning advanced-level magic spells, but the spell he had cast was one of the intermediate level; there must be a reason for that, right
Lets have a look at what hes doing now – strafing around the Blazing Dragon as if making minute adjustments to his aim, and also manipulating the sight and direction of the enemy.
Brights mouth was moving very subtly.
I didnt hear what he said… BUT I could lip read – and what I got from doing that was exactly what Id expect the Black Emperor I knew would say.
What the hell, this kid is freaking scary.
The next few things all happened in a flash.
The swirl of wind, generated by the Circle drawn with Brights left hand, flew underneath the Blazing Dragon.
But of course, the Blazing Dragon couldnt care less about that.
It looked down on young Bright as if mocking him.
“Rise, A-rise, Earth Blast!”
Then Brights right hand caught up, finishing another Circle in quick succession with his left.
The advanced-level earth spell attacked the Blazing Dragon on both its sides, and it ended up being caught in the Whirlwind underneath it.
That, too, had no effect on the Blazing Dragon itself – Wait, no! The whirlwinds power is increasing!
Now it was practically a miniature tornado… One that carried rocks and dirt with it.
It was already too late for the Blazing Dragon to try and move away now.
Powerful the creature may be, but the wind cage was already working effectively to sap away its energy.
But what now It might have been immobilized, but that wouldnt be enough to… Huh Could it be…
“Now! Earth Control!”
The easy-to-use earth spell, released from the ground up.
It gradually encroached on the Blazing Dragons limbs.
Eventually, the Whirlwind spells effect time ran out, causing the tornado to fade away… but the rocks and dirt remained, and started reacting to the Earth Control spell instead.
They began mixing with the dirt that clung to the Blazing Dragons body, covering more and more of it and weighing it down.
The monster tried to flap its wings and escape, but it was too late.
Its altitude was fixed; it couldnt fly up any longer, and its wings were getting tired out – the fight was as good as over.
Eventually, the Blazing Dragons already-heavy body collapsed under the added weight, falling down to the ground.
And what had been waiting for it down there was…
“Rise, A-rise, Earth Control!”
To be precise, an Earth Control with added properties.
If I was not mistaken, the formula must have had its strength fortified.
A massive rock pillar sprung forth just before the Blazing Dragon hit the ground.
Due to its weight and the speed at which it fell, coupled with how the spell pierced upward, the impact of it was multiplied many times over.
The pillar impaled the Blazing Dragon from its abdomen way up to its neck, ending its life right then and there.
Bright muttered to himself again,