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==Chapter 1: You are my spirit contractor==
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==Chapter 1: You are my contracted spirit==
   
 
=== Part 1 ===
 
=== Part 1 ===
   
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In a quiet forest where the sun rays were shining through leaves. 
In a quiet forest where the rays of the sun were shedding between the leaves' gaps.
 
   
 
"Paa--"
 
"Paa--"
   
Suddenly, the sound of water resounded in the air like that.
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Suddenly, the rippling sound of water resounded in the air.
   
Kamito, he--opened his mouth wide and stood there.
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Kamito, he--opened his mouth wide and just stood there.
   
   
 
A girl...In front of his eyes was a fully naked girl.
 
A girl...In front of his eyes was a fully naked girl.
   
Not only was she cute, but she was also a very beautiful female student. Her eyes were big and red like rubies, her cherry-red lips were bright and moist, her dazzling white flesh was as silky as milk, and on the surface of the water, her beautiful legs were slender and fine. Also, what caught his eyes more than anything was--
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She was cute, extraordinarily cute. Her eyes were big and red like rubies, her cherry-red lips were wet and lustrous, her dazzling white flesh was as silky as milk, and on the surface of the water, her beautiful legs were slender and fine. Also, what caught his eyes more than anything was--
   
Her twining red burning hair, which looked as sumptuous as handcrafted glass.
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The hair that clings on her gorgeous fine glass work like body, crimson red like burning fire.
   
Of course, she was naked. Naked.
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Of course, she was naked. Stark naked.
   
 
"......"
 
"......"
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Not good.
 
Not good.
   
It's really not good as she's naked.
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It's really not good that she is seen naked.
   
......I should really go away quickly. Though he gave that rational advice to himself, his body wouldn't move. Actually, he continued staring, since a scene like this was lacking so much reality in it.
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......I should really run away quickly. Even though he gave that rational advice to himself, his body wouldn't move. Actually, he was ''charmed''. The scene was so surreal that Kamito felt a bit detached from reality. 
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And at that time, the girl-- 
   
And at that time, the girl--
 
 
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Her moist and beautiful eyes blinked, and showed herself in a completely naked posture to the intruder.
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Her moist and beautiful eyes blinked, having found the unexpected intruder. 
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Staring blankly, she seemed yet to have fully grasped the situation. 
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She didn't even try to cover her still developing small breasts. 
   
 
Tick.
 
Tick.
   
The water drops fell from the young girl's bangs. The sound of water immediately woke up Kamito counsciousness.
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The water drops fell from the young girl's bangs. Kamito's consciousness came back at the sound of the water. 
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"Ah-that......"
 
"Ah-that......"
   
Kamito coughed once, and removed his glance from the naked girl, who was standing there foolishly, and quietly moved out.
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Kamito coughed once, and removed his glance from the naked girl who was standing motionlessly. 
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"How can I say it......it looks like an accident, right, to us this case is an unfortunate accident......"
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"How can I say it......it looks like an accident, right? It is an unfortunate accident for both of us..."
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At that time, Kamito made two fatal errors. The first, of course, was that he started to make futile explanations. The best choice was to take advantage of the fact that the girl was dazed, and run away from the trouble immediately.
At that time, Kamito made two errors that cost him his life. First was that the best choice was: Take advantage of the fact that the girl was standing there, and run away from the trouble immediately.
 
   
 
And the other error was--
 
And the other error was--
   
"Even though it was an accident, I still looked at you in that situation, sorry, pardon me."
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"Even though it was an accident, I have seen you in such a situation. Sorry, my apologies."
   
 
Until here it was still fine, but the last part......
 
Until here it was still fine, but the last part......
   
"Though, don't worry, no matter how you say it, I'm still a healthy boy, so I don't have that kind of interest. I......"
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"Though, don't worry. I'm still a healthy boy, so I don't have ''that kind of interest''. I......"
   
Looking at the young girl's small chest--
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Looking at the young girl's ''still developing small chest''--
   
 
"I have no interest towards a kid's body."
 
"I have no interest towards a kid's body."
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Looks like he stepped on a gigantic landmine.
 
Looks like he stepped on a gigantic landmine.
   
 
"......"
 
"......"
   
The air suddenly froze and solidified.
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A frozen silence fell.
   
The girl--remained silent, and lifted her twining red hair in a movement. Her shoulders were slightly shaking. But the reason wasn't because of the cold, but only that Kamito didn't pay attention to that point.
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Silently, the girl raises her arm with red hair coiled around. Her shoulders were slightly shaking. However the reason wasn't because of the cold, but Kamito was oblivious to that fact.
   
 
"Sixteen--"
 
"Sixteen--"
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"I-I-I AM ALREADY SIXTEEN-YEARS OLD!!!"
 
"I-I-I AM ALREADY SIXTEEN-YEARS OLD!!!"
   
At the instant when she screamed that out, the young girl's red hair hoisted.
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At the instant when she screamed that out, the young girl's red hair stood on its end.
   
 
"Haa!?"
 
"Haa!?"
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As Kamito opened his eyes wide in surprise--
 
As Kamito opened his eyes wide in surprise--
   
"Sixteen!? You're lying, right! How can you have such an incomplete chest--"
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"Sixteen!? For real? How can you have such a pitiful chest--"
   
He quickly covered his mouth. Though it was already too late.
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He quickly covered his mouth. But it was already too late.
   
 
"......Unforgivable."
 
"......Unforgivable."
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The young girl said that in a low, cold voice.
 
The young girl said that in a low, cold voice.
   
"D-Definitively unforgivable......you, youyou, you peeping demon, pervert, lewd animal!"
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"D-Definitely unforgivable......you, you, you, you peeping demon, pervert, lewd beast!"
   
"How can I understand what the heck is lewd animal......" <!--Kira: I think it was a mix of words that Claire used, but I'll check later-->
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"You know it well, words like lewd beast." <!--Kira: I think it was a mix of words that Claire used, but I'll check later-->
   
Kamito said that in a low voice.
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Kamito said that in a low voice with narrowed eyes.
   
 
"Hn?"
 
"Hn?"
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(Is that the wind? No, that's--)
 
(Is that the wind? No, that's--)
   
--- The crimson blazing guardian, The keeper of the furnace which does not sleep! [*TLN : Incantation*]
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--- Guardian of Crimson’s blaze, Keeper of the Sleepless furnace!
   
--- In accordance with the blood contract, Under my name I grant thee to hasten and join!
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--- Now is the time to abide the contract of blood, hasten to my side as commanded! 
   
Coming from the young girl's cute lips, a Yang summoning spirit language. In that instant, a blast of air accompanied by a noise with a scourging flame whip appeared in the hand of the girl.
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From the young girl's cute lips came a smooth incantation in spirits’ language. At that instant, accompanied by the sound of an air blast, a scourging flame whip appeared in the hand of the girl.
   
(.....a Spirit Errand!)
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(.....a Spirit Contractor!)
   
Kamito shouted from his mind.
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Kamito shouted in his head.
   
Spirit Errand --- an existence from another dimensional layer from this world “The Elemental Spiritual World”. There a miserable devil spirit’s actual binding being driven by the elder sister woman's thing. The Spirit Errand employs various type spirit characteristic, capable to exert power freely. It seems that somehow, the girl before his eye has a lonely ties with the flame type characteristic spirit. The thing itself is the girl’s spirit errand, so it’s not something to be surprised. Anyhow, that's the place where the country's excellent spirit errand band gathered together.
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Spirit Contractor --- another dimensional layer of this world, the “Astral Zero”. 
   
(.....Even it’s you, there's no way, you can use a spirit demon equipment)
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Witches who had signed a contract with a fierce spirit from that place are called “Spirit Contractors”. 
   
When summoned from Element Spiritual World into this place, the miserable demon spirit formed a shape of a bear widely separated into two.
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The Spirit Contractor can use different types of spirits, wielding its powers freely. 
   
First, the original form bear appears one there is no mass and as a lump of divine spiritual energy of indefinite shape. As for this being which was invoked with just the power of the spirit simply, in a case where it uses the spirit’s magic and the like is used as the storage medium.
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It seemed that the girl in front of him had a contract with a flame type spirit. 
   
Second, A portion of the spirit’s existence was being changed into something of a refined form. As for a form which is difficult to control that requires a large amount of divine spiritual might, which being said not only among the people who holds a spiritual errand. However, this girl doesn’t summon simply the spirit, but summoned it as a highly optimized spirit demon equipment.
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The young girl is a Spirit Contractor. It isn't something to be surprised about.
   
(.... the case, is? am I now, in a life and death situation?)
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After all, this is the place where the country's excellent Spirit Contractors are gathered together.
   
Being hit by his own thought, Kamito pulled his cheek.
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(.....However, surprisingly she is even capable of using Elemental Waffe.)
   
In the place where the flame whip touches the water's surface, a gush of white steam rises from it.
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The natures of the spirits summoned into this world from the Astral Zero can be roughly divided into two types. 
   
“You, You, you have some guts.....
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The first type is a massless, shapeless type that appears in its original state as a ‘Divine Core’. This is purely the summoning of a spirit's power, and is used as a vault of magical power for the spirit magic. 
   
The girl moaned with her trembling voice. While having a red face, from anger, or is it because of her sense of shyness.
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There is another type, the pure state of summoning a part of the spirit’s existence as it is. Because of the tremendous amount of power required and the difficulty to control it, it is said that only a tiny portion of the spirit contractors can do it to this extent. 
   
“Rea.., Really you have some nerve, to peek, while I’m taking my bath.....
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Even so, the girl before his eyes is not just using a spirit, but could use it to the extent of using the spirit as a highly optimized elemental buff. 
   
“Wai, Wait, it’s a misunderstanding! Let me speak first”
 
   
Kamito shakes his head hastily.
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(.... it means that, eh? – Am I now in a life or death situation?)  
   
“I will not listen to your excuses. You will be turned into ashes, You Pervert!”
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As the thought suddenly hits him, Kamito was stunned.
   
The flame whip ignites furiously, from the wielder’s hand while speaking in the pond’s water surface.
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At the place where the flame whip touched the water's surface, a gush of white steam was rising from it.
   
“Oh..!?”
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"You, you have the guts..... "
   
Kamito threw his body for mercy in that very instant.
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The girl murmured with a trembling voice. Her face was red. Was it due to her anger, or her embarrassment?
   
In a hair’s breadth. The flame whip brushed it's way overhead.
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"Rea-really, you have some nerve, to p-peek , while I, Claire Rouge, am taking my bath....."
   
The idle red residue remaining from the trees which were cut off is a complete joke. The cross section of the tree trunk’s remaining is unexpectedly clean, without any mark of being burned. So, in order to eaves attacking speed, the flame doesn’t need to spread itself in its surrounding.
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“W-Wait, that's a misunderstanding! Let me explain it first!"
   
Kamito’s hair on his forehead is fluttering down in his mouth while the back of his neck became chilly from the sweat in its surface.
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Kamito shook his head in panic.
   
(.....Um, are you joking? Me dying like this?)
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"I will not listen to your excuses. Please turn into ashes, PERVERT!"
   
Zing, biyutsu a lightning speed crimson dancing slash inside the vast forest. While paying attention to his surroundings carefully, trying to forfeit from the battle by hiding himself, Kamito hurriedly rushed out.
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The flame whip ignited furiously in the wielder’s hand and was moving as if it was licking the water surface.
   
“You wild beast, stay put and let me hit you!
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"Oooooh..!?"
   
Nonsense, I’m not a Pervert!“
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Kamito threw his body, and quickly jumped into the dense brushes at proximity.
   
Kamito cried out while the whip swings downward in his feet, a violent spark scatter. From the ground, the whip immediately springs up toward the direction of the forest woods which was ruthlessly severed. It was said that it’s a blessing in disguise, the girl - Claire's, aim is less accurate. After all, one side of her hand is unfortunately hiding her chest from being revealed, while the most important part was being concealed in the pond in a bend down position. However, considering the ignorance of her position, but how she handles her whip, she was originally talented in using it.
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Nearly at the same time, the flame whip brushed its way over his head.
   
“This, despite being a pervert, please obediently turn into charcoal!“
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The idle red residue remained on the trees, which were cut off like a complete joke. The cut surface of the tree trunks' remains were surprisingly clean, without any trace of burn. The attack was so quick that the flames didn't even have the time to ignite the trees.
   
“As I am saying I’m not a pervert!“
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The hair on Kamito's forehead was fluttering down on his mouth while cold sweat appeared on his forehead. 
   
Kamito begins to turn around and face the opposite direction – “in a manner that will” draw attention.
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(.....Um, that's a joke, right? I'm not going to die like that, will I?)
   
“Hey, are you sure your good in hiding it. Between the gaps of your finger, you can’t hide it delicately”
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Zing, biyutsu there was like an endless dance of crimson flash cutting horizontally and vertically in the forest. The bush was mowed down in a blink of eye and losing his place of hiding, Kamito hurriedly dashed out.    
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“You wild beast, stay still and let me hit you!“
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“That's nonsense, I’m not a pervert!“
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Kamito screamed out and at the same time, the whip swung downwards on his feet, causing a violent spark to scatter. Rising from the ground, the whip immediately sprang up in the direction of the forest woods, which got ruthlessly severed. But fortunately among all the unluckiness, the girl - Claire's aim wasn't quite accurate. After all, one hand was hiding her pitiful chest from being revealed, and in order to conceal her most important part, she squatted down in the pond. However, considering how she handled her whip in such a position, she should be normally talented at using it.
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“How conceited despite being a pervert, please obediently turn into charcoal!“
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“As I am saying, I’m not a pervert!“
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Kamito stopped and turned around. He pointed out something that he had been mindful for sometime.
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“Hey, are you sure that you're hiding it properly? Between the gaps of your finger, you can’t hide it delicately.”
   
 
“......eh?”
 
“......eh?”
   
Scowling in question. Claire’s facial expression froze. And-
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Instantly, Claire’s facial expression froze. And-
   
 
“Kyaaaaaaaaaah!”
 
“Kyaaaaaaaaaah!”
   
Deeply in red like a wonderful cute girlfriend screaming in its peak - holding firmly the chest with her both hands.
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Blushing deeply and screaming strangely in a cute voice - she quickly hid her chest with both of her hands.
   
 
“Ah, idiot!”
 
“Ah, idiot!”
   
Kamito involuntarily exclaimed.
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Kamito involuntarily exclaimed. 
   
Losing control of the grip of the flame whip in her hand, the tree behind the girl, has been cut off. Slowly, the huge tree trunks come falling down at an angle. But, Claire doesn’t notice it with her eyes closed because of shyness, looking at her chest while embracing it.
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Claire let go and lost control of the flame whip, and it severed the trees behind the girl. Slowly, the huge trees came falling down right at her. However, Claire didn’t notice it since her eyes were closed in embarrassment while embracing her naked chest with both hands. <!--To be checked later-->
   
(Kusooo--)
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(Damn--)
   
In that instant, Kamito kicked the ground. Running with his whole strength towards the pond, then jumps digging into Claire’s shoulder.
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At this instant, Kamito kicked the ground. Running with his whole strength towards the pond, he then jumped while grabbing Claire’s shoulders.
   
“Wha!?”
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“Wha-!?”
   
Claire’s red pupils dilate widely. On the other hand, Kamito aggressively pressed her down in the water. Between the events, where Claire’s hand was exposed in the water, a gush of steam rises, and the flame whip disappears. Immediately after, the big tree fell down, and the woods collapse.
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Claire’s red pupils dilated widely. Kamito ignored it and aggressively pressed her down in the water. The moment Claire’s hand touched the water, a gush of steam rose, and the flame whip disappeared. Immediately after, the trees nearby fell down, and giant tree trunks collapsed down on them.
   
 
Duuuun!
 
Duuuun!
   
A deafening sound which break the ear. A magnificent large water column rises.
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Deafening sound almost broke the ears, and magnificent large water columns rose.
   
Absorbing the burning flame, a heavy rain descended neatly into the pond water with good acceleration.
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Absorbing the heat of the burning flame, the warm pond water poured down like heavy rain.
   
..... With some few sand later.
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.....A few seconds later.
   
 
“Um......“
 
“Um......“
   
With such a seductive rising voice, Claire slowly opened her eyes. Shocked facial expression, her eyes blinked in wonder. Kamito lying above Claire, while staring into her eyes. If someone pushes his back lightly, as a man his lips will likely touch, due to their sensitive close subject separation. The nape where the twining red hair is stuck. The wet cherry red colored lips. The brittle doll like perfect feature, before his eyes. One scowl ends it all, with an unintentional blush, hurriedly shaking it off.
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With a seductive rising voice, Claire slowly opened her eyes. She had an expression of shock, and her eyes blinked in wonder. Kamito was lying on top of Claire, and briefly he found himself staring into her eyes. Their faces were so close that if someone was to push his back lightly, their lips would likely touch. The crimson red hair clung closely to her nape. Her moist lips were cherry red. Delicate glass doll like perfect face was in front of Kamito's eyes.  For a short moment it looked like he had involuntarily fallen for her. Kamito quickly shook his head.
   
“......Um are you okay? Are you hurt..”
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“......Um, are you alright? Are you hurt..”
   
Single mindedly, Claire nods. Somehow in a situation yet to be understood. Kimito sighed, then stands up into the hot weather.
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Claire nodded. Somehow, it seemed she had not fully absorbed the situation yet. Kamito sighed, then tried to stand up. 
   
Funyuu.
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Funyuu. 
   
Hands under the water, He touched something soft.
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His hand under the water had touched something soft.
   
 
“Hwaaah!”
 
“Hwaaah!”
   
(What is it? Mud?--)
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(What is that? Mud?--)
   
Funyu. Munyu.
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Funyu.  Munyu (touch, touch).
   
“Hm, ya, hwaaa”
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“Hm, ya, hwaaa”
   
From her moist lips came a shallow sweet voice. Exploring Claire’s body soaked in the water, something pink bounced out in the water.
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From her moist lips came a shallow sweet voice. Claire's submerged naked body twitched for some reason.
   
 
“Um ..this is?”
 
“Um ..this is?”
   
From here onwards, Kimito finally arrived in a certain male theory. Something......awfully terrible childish conclusion.
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Having come this far, Kimito finally arrived in a certain conclusion. A certain......awfully frightening conclusion.
   
(No, let’s hope, calm down, maybe --- its different?)
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(No, wait, calm down, maybe --- could I have mistaken)
   
It can’t be. There’s no such thing. While letting a flow of cold sweat, he deliberately tries to deny such expectation.
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It can’t be. There was no such thing. While letting a flow of cold sweat, he desperately tried to deny such a possibility.
   
“Wh..wha.. wha..whattt .... are..you...do..ing”
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"When I looked it earlier, it wasn't so..."
   
Claire’s lip tremble from shaking involuntarily. Blushing face. Her eyes are in tears.
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“Wh..wha.. wha..whattt .... are..you...do..ing” 
   
Apparently, it’s probably not.....a lump of mud which he picked up.
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Claire’s lip trembled, shaking involuntarily. She was blushing with tears in her eyes.
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Apparently, it probably wasn't.....a lump of mud that he touched.
   
 
“You, PERVERT----!”
 
“You, PERVERT----!”
   
“Guwah!”
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“Gwah!”
   
Considered being hit hard by a knee kick in the stomach, Kimito collapse into the pond's water.
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Because he got hit hard by a knee in the stomach, Kamito collapsed into the pond's water.        
   
 
Gugugugugu....!
 
Gugugugugu....!
   
Wobbling heat energy behind her starts to accumulate, immediately Claire stood up. In that time, the flame whip which is the incarnation of flame spirit was again grasped in her hand. The water in the pond with one scowl starting to boil and bubbles begins to show here and there.
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With rising wobbling heat haze behind her, Claire slowly stood up. Before one knows, the flame whip materialized by the flame spirit was again grasped in her hand. The water in the pond instantaneously started to boil, and bubbles began to show here and there. 
   
“No..No, it’s a misunderstanding! Wait, I’m really gonna die.....”
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“No..No, it’s a misunderstanding! Wait,  I’m really gonna die.....”
   
 
“Sh..Shut up pervert, you will die here!”
 
“Sh..Shut up pervert, you will die here!”
   
Together with a loud deafening sound which breaks the ear, Kamito’s body whirled highly into the air.
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Together with an almost ear breaking deafening sound, Kamito’s body whirled highly into the air.
   
 
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=== Part 2 ===
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“.....Un”
 
“.....Un”
   
Few minutes later. Kamito starts to recover his consciousness, before his eyes, a tree within the forest unfold.
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Few minutes later. Kamito starts to recover his consciousness, before his eyes, trees within the forest unfold.
   
Happening trying to rise---
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He tried to rise---
   
Suddenly, he notices something which is coiled around his neck.
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Suddenly, he noticed something which was coiled around his neck. 
   
A leather black whip for torturing. (What is this thing…), while trying to remove it,
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It was a leather black whip for torturing. (What is this thing…), Kamito tried to remove it, 
   
 
“Finally woke up, You Peeping Tom Pervert”
 
“Finally woke up, You Peeping Tom Pervert”
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Kamito coughed then looked upward-
 
Kamito coughed then looked upward-
   
Scarlet haired young girl – Claire, swing her hand to her hips. Keeping her slim eyebrow arc raised, her sharp gaze looked down to Kamito.
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Scarlet haired young girl – Claire, stood with her hands at her waist. Keeping her slim eyebrow arc raised, she gazed sharply down at Kamito.
   
This time with no sense of protection, the girl is wearing her adorable uniform. The pattern of black line within the pure white, (Areishia Spirit Academy)’s uniform.
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This time she was not naked. The girl has changed into an adorable uniform. It has the pattern of black line within the pure white, Areishia Spirit Academy’s uniform.
   
The ribbon tie which decorates the chest origin. Instead of a button, a talisman was sewn on it. Two smooth stockings sticking out brilliantly, in her slender beautiful legs. The tiny ribbon hanging her left and right blazing crimson hair. The so called twin tail named hair style. Looking in her still wet hair, it seems that he hasn’t lost consciousness that much period of time.
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A ribbon tie decorated the front of her chest. Instead of a button, a talisman was sewn on it. Between the gap of knee sock stockings and a pleated skirt, her slender beautiful legs stuck out brilliantly. The tiny ribbons tied her blazing crimson hair on both sides. This was the so called twin tail hair style. Judging from her still wet hair, it seems that he hadn’t lost consciousness for that long. 
   
Claire while tightens the neck of Kamito, her small chest bent a little.
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Keeping the neck of Kamito bound tightly, Claire puffed up her small chest.
   
“Well, be grateful. I’m going easy and didn’t kill you”
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“Well, be grateful. I went easy and didn’t kill you”
   
“I lied. I will definitely kill you!
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“That has to be lying. You definitely intended to kill me.
   
“Why am I saying this? Because, I seriously want you to turn into ash”
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“What are you talking about? If I was serious, you would've been cinders by now.
   
..... Saying it in a terrible calm manner.
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..... She just said something terribly frightening in a calm manner.
   
Incidentally, about the obliterated coal, a new fire which was extinguished will result into a soft charcoal.
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By the way, cinders are the soft ash residue left from incinerated firewood. 
   
“The coal which was gained from you will be greedily put into forgiveness. I will give you one last time to respond”
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“I beg your forgiveness to spare me from becoming cinders.  After all, I helped you.”
   
“Yeah, I’m a fair noble person, I’ll certainly listen and calmly evaluate. You are more than an average pervert, in a highly pervert way”
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“Yeah, I’m a fair noble, I’ll give you credit for that.  You are of a higher grade than an average pervert, so you are a high grade pervert.”
   
“My evaluation that you are a pervert after all will not change. I’m asking you high pervert, are you seriously more than an average pervert?”
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“In the end the pervert designation doesn't change. By the way, isn't a high grade pervert even worse than an average pervert?”
   
“Wh.. Why.....did you try to help, ee..even, touch, my breast!”
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“Wh.. What.....pretending to help, you ...you touched, my breast!”
   
Exerting more effort thinking about it, Claire suddenly shy face turns to red.
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Recalling what happened earlier, Claire's shy face suddenly turns red.
   
(What?)
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(Hmm?)
   
A particular female response
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Seeing such a reaction from her, Kamito had an idea.
   
Kamito half considered it.
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.....This girl, could it be that she is that kind of person?
   
.....Our guy, by any chance a dense person?
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“So it seems, that my lady is a pervert that has a hobby of whipping man.” 
   
“My, our gloomy princess, has a perverted hobby of having fun by whipping a man”
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Kamito teased her nonchalantly -
   
Teasing nonchalantly -
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“What!? Wr, Wro, Wrong, I’m not!”
   
“What!? Wr, Wro, Wrong, I’m not such thing!”
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The response was immediate as expected. Claire shook her head, and her cheeks instantly became bright red all the way to her ears.
   
In a sure quick immediately response. (Kaatsu)Shake one's head up and her ears are in bright red in irritation.
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“Then do you enjoy being whipped?”
 
“He.. Hey, do you really like to whip that badly?”
 
   
 
“.....m! Wha... What.. are...you..sayi..ng?”
 
“.....m! Wha... What.. are...you..sayi..ng?”
   
Twirling turning around eyes, a steam puff out in young Claire’s shining pair head. That time creating confusion to a certain degree.
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Claire's eyes twirled, as a steam puff rose out from her head. She is surprisingly flustered. 
   
 
(Oh, as I expected....)
 
(Oh, as I expected....)
   
Kimito in his heart smiled bitterly.
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Kamito smiled bitterly in his heart. 
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(This girl, is really really innocent.)
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Perhaps, this girl is not that special. After all, this is the Areishiya Spirit academy, where witch princesses who have made contracts with spirits are gathered.
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Only pure maidens are capable of communicating with the spirits
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from Astral Zero. Among them, those who retain enough divine
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power so that they can command a contracted spirit, are noble girls
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from the family of kings or lords of ancient and honorable
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lineage, whose spirit contractor blood was strengthened through
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marriage of many generations.
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To maintain the purity of their body and heart, these girls are
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raised in an environment that's completely separated from the
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males since childhood: the so called elite education for
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spirit contractors. Therefore, all the girls attending the
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academy are super boxed-in princesses who are unaccustomed to
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men.
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Finding the unexpected weak point of the girl, Kamito had the
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slight desire to play a prank on her.
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Keeping a kneeling position, Kamito looked up at the embarrassed
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bright red face of Claire.
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"ah, then, there is something I have meant to say since earlier."
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"wh...what, you pervert!"
   
(This girl, is really easy to read)
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"I can see your panties from this angle."
   
Perhaps, this girl is not that special. After all, at Areishia Spirit Academy, they are gathering sister female seat scholars based with spirit errand. The element spiritual world’s spirit can only communicate solely with a pure woman. Even among them which can summon a lonesome spirit, is holding a divine spiritual strength in a certain degree, Spirit Errand’s connection blood strengthens through marriage of many generations, as a lineage of pure noble young woman.
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"Fuwah!" <!-- I am not very happy with this part, so I redid it. ~~After all, at Areishia Spirit Academy, they are gathering female scholars based with their spirit contract. The Astral Zero’s spirit can only communicate solely with a pure woman. Even among them which can summon a lonesome spirit, is holding a divine spiritual strength in a certain degree, Spirit Contractor’s connection blood strengthens through marriage of many generations, as a lineage of pure noble young woman. 
   
To maintained, the female’s purity of mind and body, since childhood, they are kept away from males in a boundary as a strict education. The so called Spirit Errand designated teaching area. However, the entire young women in this institute, which are not accustomed to man, are overly boxed into an elder sister ideal.
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To maintain the female’s purity of mind and body, since childhood, they are kept away from males in a boundary as a strict education.  The so called Spirit Contractor designated teaching area. However, the entire young women in this institute, which are not accustomed to man, are overly boxed into an ideal princess miko.
   
 
Knowing the girl’s unexpectedly weak spot, Kamito in that time is maliciously suffering in her weapon. In a knee standing position, looking up to Claire’s bright red face-
 
Knowing the girl’s unexpectedly weak spot, Kamito in that time is maliciously suffering in her weapon. In a knee standing position, looking up to Claire’s bright red face-
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“Um, sometime ago, as am I saying to you deliberately ”
 
“Um, sometime ago, as am I saying to you deliberately ”
   
“......Wha, What are you, Pervert!”
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“......Wha,  What are you, Pervert!”
   
 
“This angle, I can see your panties”
 
“This angle, I can see your panties”
   
“Fuwah!”
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“Fuwah!”~~-->
   
Tears begun to float in her crimson eyes, Claire hastily pressed down her skirt with both hands.
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Tears begun to float in her crimson eyes, Claire hastily pressed down the fringe of her skirt with both hands.
   
“Did you see?”
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“you... you saw it?”
   
“With a glance, you are unexpectedly quite daring. It has the same color of your hair”
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“Only a glance, you are unexpectedly quite daring. It has the same color as your hair.”
   
“......The, The fuck, It’s not red, It’s White, White!”
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"You... you lie! It is not red! It’s white, white!" <!--I want to preserve this part for it is hilarious ~~~“......The, The fuck, It’s not red, It’s White, White!”~~~ -->
   
“So, it’s white”
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“So, it’s white.”
   
 
“......ha!?”
 
“......ha!?”
   
Being hit by a sudden realization, Claire bit her lips-
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Realizing that she was tricked, Claire bit her lips-
   
 
“U, uuuuuuuuuh~”
 
“U, uuuuuuuuuh~”
   
..... She let out a huge cry.
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..... Somehow she started to cry. 
   
With the sudden reaction, Kamito panicked. “What a slut unladylike person, confessing the color of her own panties” and, still teasing her more....true summer came for the poor.
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At this sudden unexpected reaction, Kamito panicked. “What a slutty unladylike person, to confess the color of her own panties, he had planned to tease her more with such words..... but he felt pity seeing her like this. <!-- need a better translation for さすがに可哀想になってきた-->
   
The chance given by Claire’s temper, the whip was fired unwinding his neck,
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Taking the chance while Claire was still in disarray, Kamito removed the the whip coiled around his neck
   
“My bad, that was quite fun. Sorry”
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“My bad, I went a bit too far with my prank. Sorry.”
   
Standing up, and then hold the girl’s head, which his hand place above there. Claire in that time stops crying, and then her face shows up.
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Kamito stood up and placed his hand on Claire's head. Claire stopped crying, and looked puzzled.
   
“I have seen your naked body while bathing, then your breast.... which I badly touched as well. But I will not move. Please believe me”
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“My bad that I have seen your naked body while bathing, and I have .... have touched your breast as well. But they were not intentional. Please believe me.”
   
 
“Wha, What.....”
 
“Wha, What.....”
   
The truthfulness in Kamito’s eye, Claire in her eyes, is really genuine.
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Seeing the truthfulness in Kamito’s eye, Claire can not help but to avert her eyes. 
   
“....You, What is this. If you are not a pervert, then '''why are you here?'''”
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“....What, What is this? If you are not a pervert, then '''why are you here?'''”
   
Naturally she doubted. This forest is under the jurisdiction of Areishia Spirit Academy, known as “Spirit Forest”. There’s a principle that an elder sister can never meet any man inside the academy, in regards with her feelings.
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A question of matter of course.  This forest is under the jurisdiction of Areishia Spirit Academy, known as the “Spirit Forest”. There is no reason for the presence of a man in the academy where pure witch princesses are gathered.
   
In that place, illicit sexual relationship is against the moral code, which is strictly not to be violated by anyone.
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Even if he is not a pervert, there is little doubt that he is someone suspicious. <!--I wonder how the sentence like "変質者ではないにしても、 不審者であることに間違いはないのだ" is translated into  ~~In that place, illicit sexual relationship is against the moral code, which is strictly not to be violated by anyone.  --> 
   
“I was, called here from Gureia”
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“I was, summoned here by Greyworth.”  
   
“Gureia....., by the academy director!?”
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“Greyworth..... the academy director!?”
   
Claire became more doubtful in that given situation. Indeed, it’s not something, not to be doubt about.
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Claire suspiciously questioned. Indeed, it is only natural to doubt.
   
“I’m not lying. Look, here’s the evidence”
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“I’m not lying. Look, here’s the evidence.” 
   
Kimito shruged his shoulders, inside his burned coat’s pocket, he took out a one sheet withered letter. The letter’s writings are from the renowned academy director. Also, 5 big pure spirits appears in a form which symbolize as a rank badge seal pressed down on it.
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Kamito shrugged his shoulders, and took out a letter from his burned coat’s inside pocket. The letter was signed by the renowned academy director. Also, it was stamped with the emblem seal that symbolizes the five great elemental lords.
   
“Is....that, the country’s obi number one rank badge seal!?”
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“Is....that, the first rank emblem seal of the empire!?”
   
Claire in her dismay, a shallow voice let out in her lips. A number one rank badge seal is an amnesty badge seal produced through a special method of sealing a spirit. The country’s obi distributed the rank badge seal to those who are worthy to be called inside, by the best highest position; the reply on it is in absolute secrecy and should never tell to anyone.
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Claire let out voice of dismay from her lips. The first rank emblem seal is produced by sealing spirits with a special technique. It is rated as the highest among the emblem seals issued by the empire, and is said to be completely impossible to counterfeit. Of course, it is something that is rarely seen, but as a spirit contractor, Claire could certainly tell its authenticity. <!-- As for why this sentence is here, the only sane explanation that I can come up with is that someone was drunk while writing ~~~"In a natural manner, fixing her gaze in his groin, the article on it is not some female thing that can contract a spirit, in a glance that’s the genuine thing in his hip." In a way,this is HILARIOUS~~~-->  
   
In a natural manner, fixing her gaze in his groin, the article on it is not some female thing that can use a spirit errand, in a glance that’s the genuine thing in his hip.
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“.....It seems to be the real thing. But, why would the academy director call a man here?”
   
“.....It seems the real thing. But, why would the academy director call a man here?
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“Well, for that you have to ask Greyworth, that old hag. It was troublesome for me, too.
   
“Well, that Old woman is my well known Gureia’s guardian, I’m really confused about it”
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“That... that old hag!?”
   
“That.. that Old woman!?”
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Instantly, Claire's face stiffened.
   
Just like that, Claire’s face draws closer.
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The Dusk Witch, Greyworth is greatly respected by the witch princesses who aim to become spirit knights. It was said that her popularity in the Orudesia Empire is neck and neck with the Strongest Sword Dancer Ren Ashbell. Even after a decade since she retired from the squad of the twelve knight generals, the most elite force of the spirit knights known as the <Numbers>, her legendary name as a witch is still being feared and revered to the highest degree. <!--old stuff ~~~ The Twilight Witch – in her town, Greyworth is a spirit soldier which was sighted as a princess miko having an enraged personality. It was said that within the Orudeshia country obi, she was popular having a dance that rivals the most powerful dance ever known. One of the twelve elite generals which retired from the group of the most powerful spirit elder soldiers, It was noted that a dozen of years later, she gained a reputation as a legendary witch which was being feared and revered with respect by other. ~~~--> 
   
The Twilight Witch – in her town Gureia, a spirit soldier which was sighted as an Elder Sister having an enraged personality. It was said that within the Orudeshia country obi, she was popular having a dance that rival the most powerful dance ever known. One of the twelve elite general which retired from the group of the most powerful spirit elder soldier, It was noted that a dozen of years later, gain a reputation as a legendary witch which was being feared and revered with respect by other.
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(Well, for me, she is nothing but a nightmare....)
   
(The truth is, lately, I’m having a nightmare about that person....)
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Tucking away the letter in his pocket, Kamito shrugged his shoulders. 
   
In that time, when the letter writing has been tucked away. Kimito’s shoulders shrugged.
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“Greyworth is an old acquaintance of mine. I came all the way here, but the academy ground is very large, so I have lost my way.”
   
“With a little fortune from Gureia, I have came all the way here. but, the academy ground is very large, so I have lost my way”
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Areishia Spirit Academy ground is incredibly vast. After all, beside the academic town at the foot of the hill, it also includes the entire spirit forest that spreads around it.
   
Areishia Spirit Academy ground is incredibly very vast. After all, the Academy City covers all the mountain range, also, spreading farther more into the Spirit forest owning the whole perimeter of it.
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“Could it be, that you were misled by the spirits in the forest. That's so lame.
   
“Then, you were misled dumbfounded by the Spirit Forest, Is that it?
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“.....Yeah, that’s how it is.
   
“.....Yes, that’s it”
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Claire chuckled, while Kamito nodded, feeling a bit dejected. 
   
Claire puffs into laughter, while Kamito gently nodded.
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Existing in various location of the continent, the spirit forests are connected with Astral Zero through the GATE, and are inhabited by the spirits that have gone astray to this world. Most of the spirits have no interest in humankind so they are harmless. But there are also spirits who enjoy playing pranks, and they deliberately mislead the travelers who stray into the forest. As he was guided by the spirits' whispers and went deeper and deeper in the forest, he must have lost the way to the academy.
   
In the peaceful large ground of the sunny spirit forest exists, the elemental spiritual world’s "Portal" which connects and threatens this world with stray soul. Mostly of the spirit, has no interest in the humankind, but they harmlessly loves to play pranks by deliberately misleading travelers into the puzzled forest. In any event a person was misled by the spirit into the forest; one should look for the academy road which will guide them out from the wilderness.
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“Anyway, I’m really glad that I met a person. It is not very appealing to become a victim of the forest. From here onward, which direction should I follow to get to the academy?”   
   
“Anyway, I’m really glad that I had met a person, in these difficult and horrible Spirit Forest. from here onward, how should I get in the academy?”
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“Which direction.....for your own information, I shall tell you, that it takes two hours to get to the academy from here on foot.”
 
“Hey.....for your own information, I shall tell you, that there’s a two hours of walk from here towards the Academy”
 
   
 
“What, that far!?”
 
“What, that far!?”
   
To avoid being misled by the spirit of the forest, one should walk away in such a pattern. The academy students here are females, and they are close in this vicinity, so they have thought a way around it.
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If he was to walk for such long distance, most likely he would be once again tricked by the spirits. Since a student of the academy was here, he had thought that the academy was much nearer than it was. <!-- I don't know what this was. ~~~~To avoid being misled by the spirits of the forest, one should walk away in such a pattern. The academy students here are females, and they are close in this vicinity, so they have thought a way around it. ~~~~-->
   
(.....hmm? why are these people, bathing in this kind of place?)
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(.....hmm? Why was this girl taking a bath at this kind of place?)
   
From this plain forest, a sudden question arises. Certainly today is a very hot day, to come and take a bath and rest here, incidentally for a male to set foot inside the academy in such places. In any case, this girl is not the only girl in the academy, except that she was the one put into shame.
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A plain question suddenly arises. Today is indeed a bit hot, nonetheless instead of coming all the way here, there should be showering facilities inside of the academy no matter what. Anyhow there are only girls in the school, there is nothing to be embarrassed about.
   
Being asked, Claire dug her hands into her wet twin tail hair trying to comb it,
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Being asked, Claire dug her hands into her wet twin tail hair and tried to comb it.  
   
“I was here for the spirit fissure’s membrane. Brushing aside it, the spring water here, has the highest holy quality are there. And do you know that spirits like a woman which has a pure mind and body?”
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“I was here for the purification ritual for a spirit contract. Being a spring next to a shrine, the water here has the highest holy quality. Do you at least know that spirits like a woman which has a pure mind and body?”  
   
“Spirit’s Fissure?”
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“Spirit Contract?”
   
He uttered a word then, a crack in his left hand’s leather gloves, Zukyu a throbbing pain. Kamito face grimace, from the burning sharp pain.
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The moment he hears those words, a throbbing pain came from the back of his left hand covered in leather gloves. Kamito grimaced from the burning sharp pain.  
   
“Going away from this place, there is an ancient holy sword in a certain historical shrine. Rumors state that there is a fierce and powerful “Spirit Sealing” which holds it in place, since the foundation of the academy. While no one can, a princess miko successfully place it. Likely, a highly powerful spirit can be found there”
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“A bit further from here, there is an ancient holy sword in a historical shrine. Rumor has it that a powerful “Sealed Spirit” is inhabited there. Since the foundation of the academy, not a single witch princess has successfully formed a contract with it. It surely sounds like a very proud spirit."
   
Spirit Sealingis a medium that holds the demon spirit from the elemental spiritual world.
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Sealed Spiritsare not the spirits that reside in Astral Zero.
   
Some of the Spirits which are sealed in the arms and the equipment are powerful spirit errand of ancient time. Mostly some of them are the one’s being feared by man that brings forth disaster in ancient society, such as, a demon god, rabbit god and etc.
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Among the spirits, there are those who were sealed into weapons or armors by powerful ancient spirit contractors. Most of them have brought about terrible disasters to the humans, and are dreadful beings called djinn or efreet by ancient societies. <!--Rabbit god is hilarious. ~~~"Since ancient times, some of the most powerful spirit contractors have sealed their spirits inside their arms and equipments. Mostly some of them are the one’s being feared by man that brings forth disaster in ancient society, such as, a demon god, rabbit god and etc." --> 
   
Of course, a human spirit errand is not one of those things, which it deals with. Due, to the huge fear by the people of ancient times in the spirit errand, they sealed them into the arms and equipment by lamenting them two times.
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Of course, they are not meant to be employed by the human spirit contractors. For that purpose, the ancient great spirit contractors sealed them in weapons or armor so that they will never be summoned again.
   
“You, there’s no way you can manage a sealed spirit?”
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“You, do you plan to form a contract with a sealed spirit?”
   
“It seems that you are saying something?”
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“That's right! Do you have a problem with it?”
   
“Stop, it’s too dangerous”
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“Stop, it’s too dangerous.”
   
“Hmm, rest assured. It’s not that I’m well accustomed with the spirit errand, nor I’m not that well aware of the danger of it, but, you know, I really want a strong spirit errand”
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“Hmm, you seem to know it quite well, even though you are not a spirit contractor. I’m quite aware of the danger, but I need a powerful spirit no matter what.”
   
Claire muttered, bitten her tightly close lips.
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Claire muttered, biting her tightly close lips.
   
In a serious facial expression, Kamito involuntarily shuts his own mouth.
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Seeing her serious facial expression, Kamito involuntarily shuts his mouth. 
   
“But, you, how about the pear amount of flame spirit sometime ago? That thing quite a powerful spirit, did you not raise that guy properly?”
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“But, don't you already have a contract with the flame spirit from earlier? That is also a quite powerful spirit, won't it be fine if you raise it up?”
   
A Flame Spirit, as the Spirit’s nature which is not that unusual. But, in a certain degree the spirit is a summoned “Spirit Demon Equipment” spirit errand, that is not quite a handful inside the country obi. Besides, there’s a limit of quantity of pure spirit errand that a person can holds, it’s not the case that it’s not possible, but spirit interference can deteriorate the balance of divine energy flow in the body, unless that someone has an innate talent to control it.
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For its tribute, a flame spirit is not very rare. But, there are only a handful spirit contractors who can control a spirit of such rank and even capable of <elemental waffe> in the whole empire. Besides, spirit contractors that have formed a contract with multiple spirits are so rare that they almost don't exist. Discordance between the spirits can cause deterioration of the balance of divine power. Without enough talent one can't control them.
   
“'''Scarlett''' you're an important partner. But-”
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“'''Scarlet''' is an important partner. But-”
   
“I want power”- and, Claire calmly raised her neck.
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I need more power-- Claire calmly shook her head. 
   
“I have only one goal. And that is, to have a strong spirit”
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“I have a goal. To achieve it, I must have a strong spirit.”
   
 
=== Part 3 ===
 
=== Part 3 ===
   
Fluffily swinging crimson twin tail on her back, Kamito followed her inside the forest. Claire in her leather shoe sandals, while having a hard time walking and expectedly having an accumulated secant of her spirit errand was walking in a light frivolous way.
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Chasing the back of Claire on which her fluffily crimson twin tails swung, Kamito followed her inside the forest. Although Claire's leather loafers looked quite difficult to walk in, Claire was a well trained spirit contractor after all, and her steps were light and frivolous.
   
“Here”
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“Here.”
   
Then, suddenly her well proportion feet stopped walking.
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Then, suddenly her well proportioned feet stopped walking.
   
 
With her hands on her hips, she looked back with a half eye glare towards Kamito.
 
With her hands on her hips, she looked back with a half eye glare towards Kamito.
   
“Why are you following me? You pervert peeping maniac ”
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“Why are you following me? You pervert peeping maniac.
   
“I’m lost, and I don’t know the way towards the academy. As I have said several times, I am not a pervert peeping maniac. It’s Kamito, Kamito Kazehaya”
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“Without you, I don’t know the way towards the academy. As I have said several times, I am not a pervert peeping maniac. It’s Kamito, Kamito Kazehaya.”
   
“Fufu, what a weird name. Crake’s origin?”
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“Fufu, what a weird name. Kuina’s origin?”
   
Crake is a large harmonious country obi in the eastern region. The Orudeshia language and culture, largely differs in terms in the relationship of people with spirits.
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Kuina is an empire in the eastern region of the continent. It is said that its language, culture and the relationship of people with spirits largely differed from Orudeshia.
   
“No, It’s not Crake. I was born in a far remote island minority group village”
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“No, It’s not from Kuina. I was born in a far remote island minority group village.”
   
Kamito intentionally obscure his own statement. Certainly, he was born in an eastern island country, but, larger half of his childhood life was not spent there.
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Kamito intentionally obscures his own statement. Certainly, he was born in an island country in the east, but the larger half of his childhood life wasn't spent there.
   
“Your name is quite a rare taste and mine is, Claire Rouge”
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“Your name also has quite a rare taste, Claire Rouge.”
   
“Don’t call my name in a friendly manner. Anyway it’s a strange name”
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“Don’t call my name in a friendly manner. Anyway it’s a strange name.”
   
“Really? But, I consider it a nice name”
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“Really? But, I consider it a nice name.”
   
 
“Wha, What are you saying, stu, stupid!”
 
“Wha, What are you saying, stu, stupid!”
   
Claire face blushes, then suddenly change back to her former direction, and briskly walk faster than usual.
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Claire's face blushed, then she suddenly changed back to her former direction, and briskly walked faster than usual.
   
Claire Rouge ---- obviously a Pseudonymn.
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Claire Rouge ---- obviously a Pseudonym.
   
Most of the students attending the Areishia Spirit Academy, in their young age learned to use the accumulated secant of their spirit errand, like today’s noble young girl is doing. But, Rouge residence is an unheard family name. For hiding a noble family name, she must have some reason for it, and finding more explanation about it is detrimental.
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Most of the students attending the Areshia spirit academy are surely young ladies of noble families who has been trained as spirit contractors since childhood. But Kamito has never heard of the Rouge residence. For hiding a noble family name, she must have some reason for it, but Kamito had no intention to delve more.
   
(.....Anyone, wants to achieved their own inner hidden desire)
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(.....Everyone has some secrete to hide. )
   
Kamito with his eyes glancing in the direction of his decaying left hand inside his leather glove.
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Kamito glanced in the direction of his left hand covered by a leather glove.
   
Even I -
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Even I have mine, too -
   
Claire with her foot movement keeps advancing steadily. Kamito hastily chased the twin tail swaying in her back. Now, losing sight of Claire inside the forest will bring only trouble for him. The dangers of spending one night inside the “Spirit Forest”- is the thing Kamito being aware of.
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Claire keeps advancing steadily. Kamito hastily chased after her back where the twin tail were swaying. Now, losing sight of Claire inside the forest will bring only trouble for him. Kamito was well aware of the dangers of spending one night inside the “Spirit Forest”.
   
“Is that dress the academy uniform?”
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“Is that dress the academy's uniform?”
   
“Yah”
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“Yah.”
   
Claire while walking nods in a coldly manner.
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Claire nods in a cold manner while walking.
   
Areishia Spirit Academy Uniform is a robust protective garment that acts as a guard, which undergone spirit’s protection, and sacred in nature which was improve surely enough to last long. The good thing is that a pear amount of spirits acts as a high ceremonial clothes.
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Areishia Spirit Academy Uniform is pretty sturdy and also served as a protective garment, which has undergone spirit’s blessing, and it had the effect of raising the sacred attributes. It could also function nicely as a high ceremonial dress for contracting with spirits.
   
“What, are you saying that I don’t harbor value on it?”
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“What, are you saying that it doesn't suite me?”
   
“No, it’s not like that. Honestly speaking”
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“No, it suite you gorgeously. Honestly speaking, I am charmed.”
   
Kamito shrugged his shoulder, and then honestly answer it. Bad mouthing knocking over someone’s grandfather’s wardrobe, is the overall situation that anyone should avoid.
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Kamito shrugged his shoulder, and then answered it honestly.  Fine feathers make fine birds, Kamito planed to mock her with some caustic words, but it did fit her so perfectly that Kamito couldn't help but to compliment her.
   
“Wha, Whatt, What are you saying! I, I’m not an Idiot!”
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“Wha, what, what are you saying!? Aren't you an idiot!”
   
 
(Kaatsu) Claire blushes in deep red, while (Pyun-Pyun) waving her whip.
 
(Kaatsu) Claire blushes in deep red, while (Pyun-Pyun) waving her whip.
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“Uwahh, Calm down!”
 
“Uwahh, Calm down!”
   
“You, you, are you trying to tell me to do a weird thing!
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“Wasn't it because that you said some weird thing?
   
“''I saying a weird thing?, I am just saying that - *in pain*, I know, I know, because, I’m in disadvantage one on one against your whip!''”
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“''Me saying a weird thing?, I simply speak the truth - *in pain*, I got it, I got it, please stop waving your whip for every little thing.''”
   
(....phew, it was necessary to tell her a battle strategy, unexpectedly to meet a chaperone princess here)
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(....phew, I need her as a guide, but what a bothersome princess.)
   
While dodging the whip which was swing downward in a paper width difference, Kamito sighed in his mind. The holy blade removing any markings on its way inside the forest, creating a gap in the place, then stopped in an arched way. Claire interfere by restraining the extension force with the tip of her fingers, unwinding its circulation in that place in just an ample of time, Kamito expression then calms down.
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Dodging the whip which was swung downward at a paper thin distance, Kamito sighed in his mind.
   
“From here onwards, it will be really dangerous, so, stay away from me by one meter”
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The shrine that held the holy blade stood quietly in a clearing in the forest.
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Claire easily removed the entry forbidding ward, then stopped her steps, and turned to Kamito.
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“From here onwards, it will be really dangerous, so, as a commoner you should stay away.”
   
 
“If you know that it’s dangerous, why not stop?”
 
“If you know that it’s dangerous, why not stop?”
   
“As am I saying, I need to have a strong spirit”
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“As am I saying, ''I need to have a strong spirit''.”
   
Claire calmly shook his head, when her pair of legs stumbles upon the small shrine.
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Claire calmly shook her head, and stepped into the shrine.
   
Disregarding her warnings, Kamito followed her. As for coming about a necessity of battle strategy as his pretext reason, but the truth is, he was just worry about Claire.
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Disregarding her warnings, Kamito followed her. As for coming all the way, it was true that he needed a guide, but more importantly he was just worried about Claire.
   
After all “Sealed Spirit” are strong and in the same time has a wild nature. They prefer destruction and chaos, the possibility that they would murder that someone who employs them as a spirit errand would likely to happen.
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After all “Sealed Spirits” are strong and at the same time have a wild nature. They prefer destruction and chaos; given the chance they would even murder the spirit contractor that employs them.
   
The frightful hand of humanity can not manage to terminate it --- therefore, they have sealed it.
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They are not something that can be managed by humans --- that's why they have been sealed.
   
Sixteen years of age, Claire with such an innate talent of manipulating a spirit, and revered as a deity. However, by any chance, she would release a sealed spirit; she would fail to control it.
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Sixteen years of age, with such an innate talent of wielding a spirit, Claire might as well be called a prodigy. However, if by any chance, she was to release a sealed spirit and fail to control it, what would happen?
 
 
Accidentally, the girl encountered the thing we are talking about, but to be overlooked by her.
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Although she was just a girl he met by chance, Kamito couldn't leave her alone.
   
“Why did you follow me? Do you not understand the situation”
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“Why did you follow me? I can't guarantee what will happen to you.”
   
“You sure have the confidence that you will completely tame it”
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“Don't you have the absolute confidence to tame it?”
   
“Of, Ofcourse!”
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“Of, of course I do!”
   
“If there’s any problem tell me”
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“Then there’s no problem if I come along. ”<!--From the context, "along" seems to be the correct word here... -Mane-->
   
Kamito shrugged his shoulder and, Claire facing him while not paying any attention.
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Kamito shrugged his shoulder and Claire turned away from him.
   
“....Suit Yourself”
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“....Suit yourself”
   
Inside the shrine is a dark gloomy misty atmosphere. Mingling in the air inside are tiny fumes of stinking odor, Claire somewhat frowning from disgust.
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Inside the shrine is a dark gloomy misty atmosphere. Claire frowned slightly at the mold smells mingled inside the air.
   
“......Flame, Bring Light”
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“......Flames, let there be light.”
   
Claire from her fingertip, a fire ball immediately starts to glow. The Fire Spirit’s power when summoned gives some basic fundamental spirit magic. The flickering light of the fire ball dimly illuminate the walls of the shrine.
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A tiny fire ball immediately starts to glow from Claire's fingertips, a basic spirit spell drawing on the power of Flame Spirit. The flickering light of the fire ball dimly illuminates the walls of the shrine which looked like a stalactites cavern.
   
And, from the innermost of the shrine --- It was severed.
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The sword was at the innermost of the shrine.
   
“The.....container of the sealed spirit was severed?”
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“That..... is the sword that the sealed spirit resides in?”
   
Kamito muttered, while Claire quietly nods.
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Kamito muttered, while Claire nodded quietly.
   
Stabbed standing in a huge stone with its omitted severed body. A hundred century old seal grade framework severed disconnected in the broken rusty sashimi knife with its wholeness is missing. In its cut off belly, a delicate ancient red inscription dimly radiates palely.
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A naked sword was stabbed standing in a huge stone. Although without doubt it was an antique of hundreds years old, it has no rust in its body or dent of its edge. Delicate ancient runes were engrossed on its belly, radiating a dimly blue light.
   
“In this place lies our former beloved, Saint Severian Academy”
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“Existing here even before the academy was found, <the holy sword of Severian>.”
   
“Saint Severian? That was destroyed by Demon King Sulaiman?”
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“The holy sword of Severian? The one that slayed Demon King Solomon?”
   
Demon King Sulaiman --- accompanied by his seventy two powerful spirit followers, demolished a major peace agreement which brought chaos in the world, and '''the only man in history that can control a spirit errand'''.
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Demon King Solomon --- commanding seventy two powerful spirits, brought chaos and destruction to the continent, and '''the only male spirit contractor in history'''.
   
It was said that demon king destroyed the Saint Severian Academy.
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It was said that the one that slayed the demon king was the sword of Severian.
   
“Idiot, there’s no way that’s the real thing”
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“Idiot, there’s no way that’s the real thing.”
   
Claire state being engrossed by it.
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Claire stated like she was amazed.
   
“In all the places within the country obi, why is that it is stabbed in this stone. This place used to be a village, I wonder why in a deserted village. Now, there’s no way it’s genuine from that severed thing as our lead, It’s reasonable enough because it’s not always the case where a sealed spirit is a strong one”
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“'Holy Swords of Severian' stabbed into a stone can be found everywhere in the empire. Some remote villages even have one for the revitalization the village. Anyhow, even if it is not the real deal, since it is a rune sword, there might be a powerful spirit sealed in itself.”
   
“.....Indeed. Certainly, It’s not like there’s no such place exist..”
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“.....Indeed. Certainly, the real thing would not be in such a place...”
   
Claire determined with her blade walks toward to him.
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Claire walked toward the sword determinedly.
   
 
“Hey....”
 
“Hey....”
   
“You stay back”
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“You stay back.”
   
Approaching Kamito which hands are being restrained, Claire clenched the hilt of her holy blade.
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Gesturing to Kamito who was coming close, Claire clenched the hilt of the holy blade.
   
“Don’t overwork yourself
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“Don’t strain yourself.
   
“....Got it”
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“....Got it.”
   
Kamito barely lightly reach the bag guarding the thing on it. The other person in his side which is reluctantly not motivated about the sealed spirit. In the first time, a mature serious silence atmosphere is between them.
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Kamito decided to watch over Claire at the edge where the light barely reached. The sealed spirit might be provoked by the presence of other people. A heavy silence filled the surroundings.
   
“.....Move, Claire Rouge”
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“.....Let's do this, Claire Rouge.”
   
Claire breathing deeply murmured informing her own body. A voice meekly trembles from her. A truly complicated scene it was.
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Breathing deeply, Claire murmured to herself. Her voice trembled a bit: it seemed that she was nervous after all.
   
--- Thy Sealed Old Holy Blade, Oh Noble Spirit!
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--- Oh Noble Spirit Sealed in Ancient Holy Sword!
   
--- Wave, I as your master yields your one pledge, Grind as I wave your scabbard along!
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--- Thou Shall Accept Me As Thy Master, And I Shall Be Thy Sheath!
   
A spell coming from her cherry colored lips, a yang spirit language, a one pledge ritual. The red lotus filaments dancing in the air, inside the shrine a roaring wind vortex begins to accumulate.  
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From her cherry red lips flew a fluent incantation for contract ritual in spirit language. Her crimson hair stands on its ends. A crashing wind started to swirl inside the shrine.
   
Kamito gulps his breath, looking in a female appearance. The spirit whose recognized master is Claire, once exchange each other a pledge, within her female body there should be a spirit carved seal engraved. A one pledge vow is a final seal agreement. In this moment, a gust of wind swept inside the shrine.
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Holding his breath, Kamito watched her intensively. Once the contracts had been exchanged and the spirit recognized Clair as its master, a spirit seal would be engraved somewhere on her body. The contract vows entered its conclusion. In this moment, a dreadful gust of wind swept inside the shrine.
   
 
“......eh?”
 
“......eh?”
   
But, Claire is unfazed. She calmly recite her one pledge vow.
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But, Claire is unfazed. She calmly recites her contract vow.
   
---And, the female clenched the Severian’s holy blade, a blinding light released from it.
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---And, dazzling light radiated from Severian’s holy blade in her hand.
   
(I can’t....believe it, the sealed spirit and the exchanging of one pledge vow!?)
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(I can’t....believe it, She was exchanging a contract with the sealed spirit!?)
   
 
Preventing being swept by the wind, astonished Kamito raised his voice.
 
Preventing being swept by the wind, astonished Kamito raised his voice.
   
Because the holy blade was stabbed in the stone, she was hitting it while releasing a tremendous divine energy. If it was an average spirit errand, she would have already passed out.
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From the holy blade stabbed in the stone came overwhelming tremendous divine energy. If it was an average spirit contractor, she would have already passed out.
   
“---Three times, I order to wave, wave, I grant thee to plunge!”
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“---Thrice I Command Thee, Exchange Vows With Me!”
   
 
And, Claire’s vow reverberates inside the shrine --- in that instant.
 
And, Claire’s vow reverberates inside the shrine --- in that instant.
   
Chaaaarge!
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Clink!
   
“Co, Come out, Come out!
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“Pulled, pulled out. I pulled it out.
   
 
“.....What, seriously!?”
 
“.....What, seriously!?”
   
The blade came out of the stone then brandished it overhead, Claire exclaimed with joy. And then followed by a question mark.
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Brandishing overhead the sword pulled out from the stone, Claire exclaimed with joy. In the next second---
   
The ancient system engraved in its belly; release a powerful intense brilliant light!
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The ancient runes engraved in its belly suddenly shined violently!
   
 
“......ha!?”
 
“......ha!?”
   
Claire involuntarily release from her hand the blade ---
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Claire involuntarily releases the blade from her hand ---
   
The holy blade thrust into the ground, in that time, the light scattered into pieces.
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The holy blade thrust into the ground. With a flash it blasted into bits.
   
 
“Kyaaaaah!”
 
“Kyaaaaah!”
   
A short shriek flew, then Claire collapse into the ground.
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A short shriek flew, then Claire collapses into the ground.
   
 
“Hey, are you okay!”
 
“Hey, are you okay!”
   
Kamito quickly run towards Claire.
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Kamito quickly runs towards Claire.
   
“Wha, What? Ouch, What is....”
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“Wha, What? What exactly has....”
   
Claire holding her temple trying to get up, quickly stepped back then looked around.
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Claire held her temple and got up, then looked around restlessly.
   
 
“My, My sealed spirit?”
 
“My, My sealed spirit?”
   
“No, I....can sense something terrible”
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“No, I....can sense something terrible.”
   
Kamito from the back of his neck, sweats are flowing intensely. A terrified facial expression, with his eyes in the shrine’s ceiling. In that place, '''swinging while floating in the air was the blade'''.
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Sweat is flowing intensely from the back of Kamito's neck. Wearing a terrified facial expression, he looked up at the shrine’s ceiling. In that place, '''swinging while floating in the air was the blade'''.
   
It's not the familiar loose broken blade in that place. But, It was a rough sharpness good quality steel blade.
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It's not the shattered holy sword. But, It was a rough steel blade that looked very sharp.
   
“Is that.....the sealed spirit’s knife!?”
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“Is that.....the sealed spirit in the sword!?”
   
“Can’t you really not tell that’s a '''spirit sword''', rather it’s not time for that”
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“So it was of the <sword spirit> class. Looks like it is rather irritated.”
   
“The spirit errand is here, but why can’t it understand me”
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“How do you know so much? You are not even a spirit contractor!”
   
“As I can see it can understand. Maybe, in its eyes, that thing just can’t comprehend which of us was his faithful master”
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“It is plain to see. No matter how you look at it, that doesn't seem to be someone who pledges his allegiance to his master.”
   
“.....umm, It seems like that”
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“.....umm, indeed so.”
   
Claire unusual obediently bows her head.
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Claire meekly nodded uncharacteristically.
   
The floating sword slants pointing its tip in a downward direction, exactly motionless.
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The floating sword slants pointing its tip in a downward direction, suddenly it become motionless.
   
 
Then ---
 
Then ---
   
“.....H, Hide!”
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“.....Get Down!”
   
Kamito in that instant, push down Claire in the ground. A buzzing sound of an insect grazed contaminating the ear which can’t go away that far in one’s neighborhood.
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Kamito in that instant, pushes down Claire to the ground. A buzzing sound of an insect grazed the ear, in a flash it went far away.
   
“Wai, Waa, Wait, where are you touching me, I will turn you into charcoal!”
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“Wai, Waa, Wait, where are you touching me, I will turn you into cinders!”
   
It was clearly that Claire’s face is deeply red in her carelessness, while in the other hand, Kamito’s heart is beating faster.
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With her face deeply red, Claire beat on Kamito's chest repeatedly.
   
“Idio, Idiot, violent!”
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“Idiot, stop rampaging!”
   
Kamito quickly step aside her body, the spirit sword flew away, taking their attention looking on it with their both eyes.
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Kamito quickly moved his body away, and looked in the direct that the sword spirit had flown to.
   
A clattering sound, a flakes fragment of rocks falls down. The shrine’s ceiling was completely cut open cleanly.
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Fragments of rocks fall down with clattering sounds. The shrine’s ceiling was completely sliced off cleanly.
   
“As expected, that spirit came to loose ---”
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“It is remarkable to release a spirit of such rank ---”
   
Claire scowled half opened eye towards Kamito.
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Kamito glared with half opened eye towards Claire.
   
“......umm the spirit, completely run wild”
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“......but the spirit has completely gone berserk.”
   
“You, You’re Noisy. Fro.. From Here Onwards, You Will Be Obedient To Me!
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“Shu. shut up. The, the taming of it starts now.
   
 
“YOU....”
 
“YOU....”
   
Kamito surprised, now in a situation which he can’t even talked back.
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Kamito was stupefied, but he was in no situation to quarrel with her.
   
The spirit sword releases a chattering noise approaching to them. Inside the shrine, it was moving freely swiftly in the air, without any restriction in its area.
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The spirit sword releases a chattering noise while approaching them. Inside the shrine, they can't move freely, and even the eye sight was restricted.
   
Kamito grabbed Claire’s hand, trying to pull her to stand up. Touching each other soft skin, (Doki) a heart beat, then both of them regrettable turn’s each other face away.
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Kamito grabbed Claire’s hand and stood up. Touching each others soft skin, (Doki) a heart beat, but he showed no vexed expression <!-- this sentence need to be polished. -->
   
“Hwaah”
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“Hwaah.”
   
“Always has a cute reaction. Let's flee”
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“Stopping making a cute reaction at every little thing. Let's flee.”
   
 
“Wha.. whaa. whatt.. Cute.. what me, Kyaa!”
 
“Wha.. whaa. whatt.. Cute.. what me, Kyaa!”
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“Let’s run outside!”
 
“Let’s run outside!”
   
Pulling Claire’s hand with his hand, while running towards the direction of the shrine’s exit basking with sunshine.
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Pulling Claire’s hand, while running towards the direction of the shrine’s exit that was basking with sunshine.
   
The spirit sword immediately chased after them. As of now it was not yet completely awakens. But later, the opportunity given by this may cause them not able to run away.
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The spirit sword did not immediately chases after them. Maybe as of now it has not yet completely awakened. With this opportunity they might be able to run away.
   
Outside of the shrine, the sword wavering tumble came out in a lightning speed in their front. The spirit sword let out a tremendous roar, the surrounding trees successively certainly knocked down.
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The moment they are out of the shrine, the flash of the sword grazed in front of his eyes. Kamito's forelocks fell while dancing in the air. The spirit sword lets out a tremendous roar, decisively knocking domn the surrounding trees in succession.
   
“Crazy, What a shrewd Spirit, Let’s go somewhere safe my Princess”
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“Crazy, what a wild Spirit, just like a certain princess.”
   
“alwa, always, you’re noisy...”
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“Alwa, always, you’re noisy...”
   
In this time, an awkward atmosphere is between them, and then suddenly an uncomfortable cough breaks the silence, Claire stands up.
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Feeling slightly awkward, and Claire fake coughed, then stood up.
   
“What a rebellious child.....I will give you some proper training”
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“What a rebellious child.....I will give you a proper spanking.”
   
Her pair crimson eyes which was burning with a fierce determination, saying it in a way as if she was planting rice to be harvest later. Tearing off her Skirt, then took the leather whip which was coiled in her thigh, hitting it hard in the ground. And the other one looking in a shocked manner over the white underwear, it was Kamito -
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Her pair of crimson eyes were burning with a fierce determination; somehow she said some line of provocative. Rolling up the fringe of her skirt, she then took out the leather whip which was coiled in her thigh, hitting it hard in the ground. Kamito's heart beat for the brief sight of her white underwear, but he said -
   
 
“Are you insane!? You’re opponent is a high rank sealed spirit!”
 
“Are you insane!? You’re opponent is a high rank sealed spirit!”
   
“Easy victory, I’m not lower than an amateur like you”
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“Easy victory. Amateurs like you please stay back!”
   
“Where are you getting all of your confidence?, It’s better to run away”
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“Where are you getting all of your confidence? Whatever, let's run away!”
   
Being grabbed in the wrist by Kamito’s hand, Claire repulses.
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Claire shook off Kamito's hand that was grabbing her wrist.
   
“No, you yourself escape. I will absolutely get this guy”
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“No, you escape yourself. I will absolutely make this spirit mine.”
   
 
“You, for what reason --- do you need a strong spirit that badly?”
 
“You, for what reason --- do you need a strong spirit that badly?”
   
“.....You will never understand”
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“.....You will never understand.”
   
Claire in that time averts her eyes.
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At the same time Clair averts her eyes.
   
“I want...a strong spirit, not just a spirit but an unbeatable very strong spirit!”
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“I need...power, I need a unbeatable powerful spirit that will not lose to any other spirit!”
   
---The crimson blazing guardian, The keeper of the furnace which does not sleep!
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--- Guardian of Crimson’s blaze, Keeper of the Sleepless furnace!
   
--- In accordance with the blood contract, under my name I grant thee to hasten and join!
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--- Now is the time to abide the contract of blood, hasten to my side as commanded!
   
Claire summoned her “Flame Spirit” by singing a summoning ritual. A crimson flame surges and she was engulfed by a hot air surrounding her.
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Claire recited the summoning spell of her “Flame Spirit”. A crimson flame surges and she was engulfed by intense heat.
   
“Here, In accordance with your seal descend, Scarlett!”
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“The hunting begins, Scarlet!”
   
In the same time a typical young flame, there appeared – a Scarlet Red Hell Cat. Instead of a fur, it was a blazing scarlet red colored flame, wrapping the beast body.
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Together with scorching flame – a Scarlet Red Hell Cat appeared. Instead of a fur, it was blazing scarlet red colored flame that was wrapped around the beast's body.
   
 
(Is that the real form of her flame spirit!?)
 
(Is that the real form of her flame spirit!?)
   
Indeed, she really blurted out that thing here. To manifested a beast form, is a proof that thing is a high rank spirit. Stating Scarlett as a name with great affection, perhaps it was not really that spirit name, but a name with the same quality.
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Indeed, she was not all talk.<!--This need to be double checked--> To manifested in beast form is a proof that it is a high rank spirit. "Scarlet" might just be as a name of affection, perhaps it was not the true name of the spirit. Without doubt it is a high rank spirit that carries a true name. <!-- anyway, I am guessing only high rank spirits have names. page 44 -->
   
Claire wields her whip, and the hell cat growl a frightful roar, then rushed towards the sword spirit. A dancing sparks scattered. The atmosphere trembled and the beast roars. The floating spirit sword whistles, and all the trees from their direction was severely cut down.
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Claire wields her whip, and the hell cat growls with a frightful roar, then rushed towards the sword spirit. Dancing sparks scattered. The atmosphere trembled at the roar of the beast. The floating spirit sword went against them, cutting all the trees in its way.
   
“Scarlett, in accordance with your seal!”
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“Scarlet, go get it!”
   
In response to Claire’s shout, the hell cat jumps. There above in the sky where the spirit sword is flying, the sharp blazing claws swings down. A high pitched shrill sound. An intense sparks sprinkle, and the spirit sword dropped in the ground.
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In response to Claire’s shout, the hell cat leaped. High above the floating sword it went, and sharp blazing claws swung down at the sword. With a high pitched shrill sound, intense sparks sprinkled down, and the spirit sword dropped to the ground.
   
Claire runs at the same time. Without even a single scratch on it. The spirit sword rise and fly in a split second, rolling over drawing an arc in the air.
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Claire ran at the same time. It was not a fatal hit. The spirit sword rose and flew in a split second, rolling over while drawing an arc in the air.
   
The flame spirit chased after it, trying not to loose it from its hands. Again a big jump, hindering it from rising higher.
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The flame spirit chased after it, trying not to loose it from its hands. Roaring loudly, it made a great leap again.
   
Two times the rage, a spark scattered. Clare strikes hard the ground with her leather whip, attaching it into the spirit sword cornering it. Battling it with her leather whip in a tug of war, in that time she gave a signal to her spirit.
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Violent sparks scattered once again. Clare strikes hard at the ground with her leather whip, slowly pressing forward against the sword spirit. It looked like that the leather whip was not meant for battle, rather for signaling instructions to the spirit.
   
Scarlett fiercely attack, the spirit sword which was held from moving --- back and forth.
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At the fiercely attacks of Scarlet, the spirit sword's movement stopped --- At this instant,
   
“Eat this, burning fire ball!”
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“Eat this, searing fire ball!”
   
Claire in her palm a huge fire ball was released.
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Clair releases a huge fire ball from her palm.
   
Fire Ball An ultrahigh burning fire which can terribly burn out anything as its target in the face of the earth, it was a high level spirit magic. The spirit magic’s power, determined by the spirit user’s own divine spiritual energy and the pledge spirit’s strength as a whole.
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Fire Ball is a high level spirit magic which use ultra hot flames and can terribly burn up any of its target, leaving it traceless. The spirit magic’s power is determined by the spirit contractor’s own divine spiritual energy and the contracted spirit’s strength as a whole.
   
The released fire ball solitarily flew into the air, blowing up involving Scarlett. The after effect of the explosion in the area, causing every tree to be burned down, is like a scene from the blazing hell.
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The released fire ball drew an arch in the air, then exploded in a blast that even Scarlet was caught in. The shock wave of the explosion knocked down the trees in the surrounding and fallen tree trunks radiate from the explosion center.
   
(What Power......)
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(What Terrible power......)
   
At the same time carried by the winds are small stones, Kamito refusing himself to be wind up.
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Shielding himself from the flying stones coming at his head, Kamito wrapped his tongue and marveled.
   
Sixteen years old girl can’t possible have used such powerful spirit magic.
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Such power was nothing like what a sixteen years old girl is capable of.
   
Inside the swirling fire the hell cat figure shows up. Naturally, the hell cat can’t possibly be harmed by the blazing fire as its nature.
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Inside the swirling fire the hell cat's figure shows up. Naturally, the hell cat can’t possibly be harmed by the blazing fire because of its fire nature.
   
The spirit sword in any case seemed to be quiet. It does not seem hurt waiting in that place. Regardless, Claire wants to bring down that thing with her high level spirit magic without any hesitation. But, the spirit sword is being cautious by pulling itself in that place.
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The spirit sword float motionlessly in the air. It seemed that it had not received any damage either. Naturally, Claire didn't think that she would bring down a high rank spirit with spirit magic. But she should be able to get its attention.
   
“Scarlett!”
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“Scarlet!”
   
Claire exclaimed. The flame spirit clawed attacked the spirit sword in that place. Melting the iron steel with its scourging hot claws. In any case that’s your average spirit ones neighbor, it would be instantly eradicated. But, the spirit sword quickly turned around, and splendidly perceived by its steel sword body.
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Claire exclaimed. The flame spirit's claws attacked at the spirit sword again. Its scourging hot claws could melt the iron steel. If its opponent was an average spirit, it would be instantly eradicated. But, the spirit sword quickly turned around, and the attack was stopped by the steel edge of the blade.
   
In an instant. A metal rubbing each other, strange sound reverberated in the trembling atmosphere.
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In an instant, the strange sound of metal scratching each other reverberated in the trembling atmosphere.
   
“Wh...Why?....”
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“Wh...What?....”
   
Kamito suppressed his both ears with his hands.
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Kamito suppressed both his ears with his hands.
   
The sound properly received by Claire which has a distorted facial expression from pain, crouching in that place.
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Receiving the full impact of the sound, Claire's face distorted from pain and she crouched down there.
   
The spirit sword which released the strange sound - in such a manner, changed. Generally, it was the length of the sword, switching into a huge “long sword”.
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The spirit sword released a weird sound - and then, transformed. Its shape changed from an average long sword to that of a huge bastard sword.
   
 
In a flash.
 
In a flash.
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“What!?”
 
“What!?”
   
Claire’s flame spirit unexpectedly strike, a huge swing one attack which was immediately countered attack. The body was severely cut down into two, and the flame wrapping on its body vanished in the empty lot.
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Claire’s flame spirit took the unexpected strike and couldn't avoid the big swing. The body was severely into two, and it vanished into the void together with the flames wrapped around its body.
   
In that one mistake, one can realized the strength which was about to lost in this world.
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With only one hit, it had lost the strength to manifest in this world.
   
(....Damn, what a mistake. It seems that thing was waiting there to completely awaken.)
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(....Damn! Isn't it in a completely different league? It seemed that it has completely awakened.)
   
A curse from the bottom of her heart, Clare took a glance -
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Kamito cursed, then took a glance at Claire -
   
In the empty lot where the flame spirit is dying, the girl with her stunned blank eyes looked up at the same time.
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Claire had collapsed on the ground, and her stunned blank eyes were fixed upward at the void where the flame spirit has disappeared.
   
The flame spirit which was attacked decapitated thrown away by the spirit sword, Clare aimed her determined sight on it.
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Having finished off the flame spirit in one swing, the spirit sword aimed its next attack at Claire. <!--decapitated is a nice word, but unfortunately it was not technically a "decapitation"-->
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From the huge long sword, a loud sound flew -
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The huge bastard sword flew with a bursting sound -
   
 
“Claire!”
 
“Claire!”
   
Kamito shouted while running, with no such reason, his own body just moved before he known it.
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Kamito shouted, and started to run. Without reason, his own body just moved before he known it.
   
 
“Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!”
 
“Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!”
   
Diving in front of Clair, the long sword stabbed its blade into his palm. It was not his left hand enclosed by the leather glove – it's his right hand.
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Diving in front of Clair, he thrust his palm toward the bastard sword. Not his left hand enclosed by the leather glove – it was his right hand.
   
(……I, I’m helpless ! )
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(……No choice but to do this! )
   
--- Thy Sealed Old Holy Blade, Oh Noble Spirit!
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--- Oh Noble Spirit Sealed in Ancient Holy Sword!
   
--- Wave, I as your master yields your one pledge, Grind as I wave your scabbard along!
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--- Thou Shall Accept Me As Thy Master, And I Shall Be Thy Sheath!
   
A huge amount of sweats is floating, it’s the second time the exchanging of spirit one pledge ritual was recited. Thrusting deeply into his hands, the tip of the sword breaks the leather surrounding his palm. The red blood gushed intensely from it.
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Sweats rushed down from his forehead, he started to recite the incantation for spirit contract ''that he had sworn to never utter again''. The spinning tip of the sword pierced the skin of his palm. Red blood gushed intensely from it.
   
 
(.....Gwaah, Gah!)
 
(.....Gwaah, Gah!)
   
A fierce attack of divine energy, the soil and sands surrounding them are whirling up from the wind pressure. In his consciousness a sharp pain resounded. But, Kamito tried not to lose his consciousness, protecting Clare from his back no matter what happens.
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Crushing amount of divine energy knocked on him, the soil and sands surrounding them are whirling up from the wind pressure. He almost lost his consciousness from the sharp pain. But if Kamito fainted here, Claire protected behind him would surely be cut in half.
   
--- Three times, I order to wave!
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--- Thrice I Command Thee!
   
“.....No way, a Spirit Pledge!?”
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“.....No way, a Spirit Contract!?”
   
A surprised sound from Clare’s throat.
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A surprised sound came from Claire’s throat.
   
A mark from his sinking foot can be seen in the ground. And, the sound of his breaking bones resounds from his knee cap.
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Kamito's heels sunk into the ground. And, the sound of his breaking bones resounds underneath his scalp.
   
--- Wave, I grant thee to plunge!
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--- Exchange Vows With Me!
   
Withstanding the terrible sharp pain, Kamito finished his last word of the one pledge ritual.
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Withstanding the terrible sharp pain, Kamito finished his last word of the contract ritual.
   
In that exact moment. The spirit sword’s blade palely radiates.
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Instantly, the body of spirit sword radiated a pale blue light.
   
 
(What!?)
 
(What!?)
   
An intense flash and a roar filled his consciousness.
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Intense flashes and thunderous sounds filled his consciousness.
   
 
=== Part 4 ===
 
=== Part 4 ===
   
   
As he opened his eyes, Claire Rouge’s face was there. Hanging lower into his face was her twin tailed hair tickling his face.
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He opened his eyes, and Claire Rouge’s face was there. Hanging lower onto his face was her twin tailed hair tickling his face. 
   
It was a shout, but, it can’t be heard. A roar which can breaks one’s ear.
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It seemed that she shouted something, but he can't hear it clearly. Probably the sound blast had messed up his ears. 
   
(.....It appears, I’m alive)
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(.....Looks like I’m alive)
   
Weary lying on the ground, Kamito is breathing heavily. Lowering his head, it seems that he can’t believe himself that he had won against the spirit.
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Weary lying on the ground, Kamito let out a breath of relief. The chance of success against a spirit of such rank was very low, but it looked like his gamble had paid off.
   
Raising his eyebrow, he grimaced from the torment pain from his body, raising his right hand slowly.
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Raising his eyebrow, he grimaced from the torment of pain from all of his body and raised his right hand slowly.  
   
In his right hand which was stabbed -
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In his right hand where was stabbed - 
   
Instead of a wound, a two sword crossing each other emblem was engraved on it.
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Instead of a wound, an emblem of two swords crossing each other was engraved on it.
   
It was the proof of the spirit one pledge vow - The spirit carved seal.
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It was the proof of the spirit contract - The spirit seal.
   
(Aah, this is....?)
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(Aah, I did it....)
   
Staring closely in the carved seal from the back of his hand, Kamito wondered.
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Staring at the carved seal on the back of his hand, Kamito murmured.
   
A sharp sense of guilt gauged his heart.
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A sharp sense of guilt bit his heart.
   
Is that mean that female’s pledge has been destroyed ---
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He had broken the promise with ''her'' ---
   
But, Clare who has a relieved expression, in such situation she had failed.
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But, to save Claire under such a situation, that was the only method. 
   
Claire noticed Kamito who just woke up, with her hands in his nape and her face approaching him. A relieved sighed. With her clear crimson eyes, looking at Kamito. Her cherry colored lips weakly trembled.
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Claire noticed that Kamito has woken up, with her hands in his nape and her face approaching him. So close that he could feel her breath. With her clear crimson eyes, she stared at Kamito. Her cherry colored lips weakly trembled.
   
“......Why
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“......Why?
   
"Why, you’re a male, how can you pledge a spirit!”
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"''Why, you’re a male, how can you contract a spirit!'' 
   
 
“......”
 
“......”
   
Kamito does not answer and slowly rise up. Being ignored, the annoyed Clare raised her eyebrows.
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Kamito does not answer and slowly rises up. Being ignored, the annoyed Claire raised her eyebrows.
   
 
“My, My Sword Spirit!?”
 
“My, My Sword Spirit!?”
   
“My bad. Just a moment ago, I had pledge on it”
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“My bad. Just a moment ago, I contracted it.”
   
Kamito sighed and at the same time he has shown to her from the back of his right hand, the spirit carved seal engraved on it.
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Kamito sighes and at the same time he shows her the back of his right hand where the spirit seal is engraved. 
   
 
“Wha, Whaa, Wha, Whaaaat!”
 
“Wha, Whaa, Wha, Whaaaat!”
   
Claire stunned expression with her mouth wide open.
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Claire wore a stunned expression with her mouth wide open.
   
 
(Well, A natural reaction....)
 
(Well, A natural reaction....)
   
A long sighed --- Kamito felt a faint ache in his heart. Of course, he could clearly understand such response. In a sense, that only undefiled maiden are the ones who has the privilege for --- the spirit pledge.
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A long sigh --- Kamito felt a faint ache in his heart. Of course, he could clearly understand such response.  Originally, a privilege that was granted to no one except pure maidens --- the spirit contract. 
   
The existence of a man which can pledge a spirit, through out the history, belongs solely to one person. And the one who brings chaos and destruction in the world, the Demon King and his spirit errand.
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The existence of a man which could contract a spirit, throughout the history, belonged solely to one person. And the one who brought chaos and destruction in the world, the so called Demon King spirit contractor.
   
The same spirit pledge strength as the Demon King, Kamito was grabbed by the terror of his thought which he can’t embrace.
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It is natural to fear him, who carried the same power of spirit contracts as the Demon King.
   
Kamito stands up and quietly turns back.
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Kamito stands up and quietly turns around.
   
He does not regret. He had helped the girl, because this is the only way, he could think of.
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He does not regret. To save the girl, this is the only way he could think of.
   
 
“Wait, as am I saying Wait!”
 
“Wait, as am I saying Wait!”
   
Leaving away from that place, in his back a voice addressed him.
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Kamito was about to leave, but a voice called him from the back.
   
Turning around, Claire with her hands in her hips intensely glared to him.
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Turning around, he saw that Claire with her hands in her hips intensely glared at him.
   
"You stole...my spirit...you have to take responsibility for it!"
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"You stole...my spirit...take responsibility for it!"
   
 
“Huh?”
 
“Huh?”
   
Kamito conceal his frown. ....It does not make sense to him.
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Kamito frowned. ....It doesn't make any sense to him.
   
In such reaction of Kamito, Claire acting impatient with her twin tailed hair in her shoulder,
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At such reaction of Kamito, Claire impatient brushed her twin tail. 
   
“I should have been the one who had obtained that spirit, as am I saying, you have to take responsibility for it”
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“I should have been the one who had obtained that spirit, as am I saying, you have to take responsibility for it.”
   
 
“Re..sponsibility?”
 
“Re..sponsibility?”
   
From the unexpected word, Kamito has become more confused.
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Because of that unexpected word, Kamito had become even more confused.
   
 
....What was the girl saying.
 
....What was the girl saying.
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“Therefore....”
 
“Therefore....”
   
Claire wields her whip then she points her index finger toward Kamito.
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Claire snapped her whip, then she points her index finger toward Kamito. 
   
 
"You have to become my contracted spirit!"
 
"You have to become my contracted spirit!"
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Chapter 1: You are my contracted spirit

Part 1

In a quiet forest where the sun rays were shining through leaves. 

"Paa--"

Suddenly, the rippling sound of water resounded in the air.

Kamito, he--opened his mouth wide and just stood there.


A girl...In front of his eyes was a fully naked girl.

She was cute, extraordinarily cute. Her eyes were big and red like rubies, her cherry-red lips were wet and lustrous, her dazzling white flesh was as silky as milk, and on the surface of the water, her beautiful legs were slender and fine. Also, what caught his eyes more than anything was--

The hair that clings on her gorgeous fine glass work like body, crimson red like burning fire.

Of course, she was naked. Stark naked.

"......"

Kamito felt cold sweat on his back.

Not good.

It's really not good that she is seen naked.

......I should really run away quickly. Even though he gave that rational advice to himself, his body wouldn't move. Actually, he was charmed. The scene was so surreal that Kamito felt a bit detached from reality. 

And at that time, the girl-- 

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Her moist and beautiful eyes blinked, having found the unexpected intruder.  Staring blankly, she seemed yet to have fully grasped the situation.  She didn't even try to cover her still developing small breasts. 

Tick.

The water drops fell from the young girl's bangs. Kamito's consciousness came back at the sound of the water. 


"Ah-that......"

Kamito coughed once, and removed his glance from the naked girl who was standing motionlessly.    "How can I say it......it looks like an accident, right? It is an unfortunate accident for both of us..."   At that time, Kamito made two fatal errors. The first, of course, was that he started to make futile explanations. The best choice was to take advantage of the fact that the girl was dazed, and run away from the trouble immediately.

And the other error was--

"Even though it was an accident, I have seen you in such a situation. Sorry, my apologies."

Until here it was still fine, but the last part......

"Though, don't worry. I'm still a healthy boy, so I don't have that kind of interest. I......"

Looking at the young girl's still developing small chest--

"I have no interest towards a kid's body."   Looks like he stepped on a gigantic landmine.

"......"

A frozen silence fell.

Silently, the girl raises her arm with red hair coiled around. Her shoulders were slightly shaking. However the reason wasn't because of the cold, but Kamito was oblivious to that fact.

"Sixteen--"

"Eh?"

The girl's delicate lips were mumbling something, and Kamito lifted his eyebrows.

"I-I-I AM ALREADY SIXTEEN-YEARS OLD!!!"

At the instant when she screamed that out, the young girl's red hair stood on its end.

"Haa!?"

As Kamito opened his eyes wide in surprise--

"Sixteen!? For real? How can you have such a pitiful chest--"

He quickly covered his mouth. But it was already too late.

"......Unforgivable."

The young girl said that in a low, cold voice.

"D-Definitely unforgivable......you, you, you, you peeping demon, pervert, lewd beast!"

"You know it well, words like lewd beast."

Kamito said that in a low voice with narrowed eyes.

"Hn?"

......At that time, he noted that the forest's trees were making a low whisper-like rustle.

(Is that the wind? No, that's--)

--- Guardian of Crimson’s blaze, Keeper of the Sleepless furnace!

--- Now is the time to abide the contract of blood, hasten to my side as commanded! 

From the young girl's cute lips came a smooth incantation in spirits’ language. At that instant, accompanied by the sound of an air blast, a scourging flame whip appeared in the hand of the girl.

(.....a Spirit Contractor!)

Kamito shouted in his head.

Spirit Contractor --- another dimensional layer of this world, the “Astral Zero”. 

Witches who had signed a contract with a fierce spirit from that place are called “Spirit Contractors”. 

The Spirit Contractor can use different types of spirits, wielding its powers freely. 

It seemed that the girl in front of him had a contract with a flame type spirit. 

The young girl is a Spirit Contractor. It isn't something to be surprised about.

After all, this is the place where the country's excellent Spirit Contractors are gathered together.

(.....However, surprisingly she is even capable of using Elemental Waffe.)

The natures of the spirits summoned into this world from the Astral Zero can be roughly divided into two types. 

The first type is a massless, shapeless type that appears in its original state as a ‘Divine Core’. This is purely the summoning of a spirit's power, and is used as a vault of magical power for the spirit magic. 

There is another type, the pure state of summoning a part of the spirit’s existence as it is. Because of the tremendous amount of power required and the difficulty to control it, it is said that only a tiny portion of the spirit contractors can do it to this extent. 

Even so, the girl before his eyes is not just using a spirit, but could use it to the extent of using the spirit as a highly optimized elemental buff. 


(.... it means that, eh? – Am I now in a life or death situation?)  

As the thought suddenly hits him, Kamito was stunned.

At the place where the flame whip touched the water's surface, a gush of white steam was rising from it.

"You, you have the guts..... "

The girl murmured with a trembling voice. Her face was red. Was it due to her anger, or her embarrassment?

"Rea-really, you have some nerve, to p-peek , while I, Claire Rouge, am taking my bath....."

“W-Wait, that's a misunderstanding! Let me explain it first!"

Kamito shook his head in panic.

"I will not listen to your excuses. Please turn into ashes, PERVERT!"

The flame whip ignited furiously in the wielder’s hand and was moving as if it was licking the water surface.

"Oooooh..!?"

Kamito threw his body, and quickly jumped into the dense brushes at proximity.

Nearly at the same time, the flame whip brushed its way over his head.

The idle red residue remained on the trees, which were cut off like a complete joke. The cut surface of the tree trunks' remains were surprisingly clean, without any trace of burn. The attack was so quick that the flames didn't even have the time to ignite the trees.

The hair on Kamito's forehead was fluttering down on his mouth while cold sweat appeared on his forehead. 

(.....Um, that's a joke, right? I'm not going to die like that, will I?)

Zing, biyutsu – there was like an endless dance of crimson flash cutting horizontally and vertically in the forest. The bush was mowed down in a blink of eye and losing his place of hiding, Kamito hurriedly dashed out.    

“You wild beast, stay still and let me hit you!“

“That's nonsense, I’m not a pervert!“

Kamito screamed out and at the same time, the whip swung downwards on his feet, causing a violent spark to scatter. Rising from the ground, the whip immediately sprang up in the direction of the forest woods, which got ruthlessly severed. But fortunately among all the unluckiness, the girl - Claire's aim wasn't quite accurate. After all, one hand was hiding her pitiful chest from being revealed, and in order to conceal her most important part, she squatted down in the pond. However, considering how she handled her whip in such a position, she should be normally talented at using it.

“How conceited despite being a pervert, please obediently turn into charcoal!“

“As I am saying, I’m not a pervert!“

Kamito stopped and turned around. He pointed out something that he had been mindful for sometime.

“Hey, are you sure that you're hiding it properly? Between the gaps of your finger, you can’t hide it delicately.”

“......eh?”

Instantly, Claire’s facial expression froze. And-

“Kyaaaaaaaaaah!”

Blushing deeply and screaming strangely in a cute voice - she quickly hid her chest with both of her hands.

“Ah, idiot!”

Kamito involuntarily exclaimed. 

Claire let go and lost control of the flame whip, and it severed the trees behind the girl. Slowly, the huge trees came falling down right at her. However, Claire didn’t notice it since her eyes were closed in embarrassment while embracing her naked chest with both hands.

(Damn--)

At this instant, Kamito kicked the ground. Running with his whole strength towards the pond, he then jumped while grabbing Claire’s shoulders.

“Wha-!?”

Claire’s red pupils dilated widely. Kamito ignored it and aggressively pressed her down in the water. The moment Claire’s hand touched the water, a gush of steam rose, and the flame whip disappeared. Immediately after, the trees nearby fell down, and giant tree trunks collapsed down on them.

Duuuun!

Deafening sound almost broke the ears, and magnificent large water columns rose.

Absorbing the heat of the burning flame, the warm pond water poured down like heavy rain.

.....A few seconds later.

“Um......“

With a seductive rising voice, Claire slowly opened her eyes. She had an expression of shock, and her eyes blinked in wonder. Kamito was lying on top of Claire, and briefly he found himself staring into her eyes. Their faces were so close that if someone was to push his back lightly, their lips would likely touch. The crimson red hair clung closely to her nape. Her moist lips were cherry red. Delicate glass doll like perfect face was in front of Kamito's eyes.  For a short moment it looked like he had involuntarily fallen for her. Kamito quickly shook his head.

“......Um, are you alright? Are you hurt..”

Claire nodded. Somehow, it seemed she had not fully absorbed the situation yet. Kamito sighed, then tried to stand up. 

Funyuu. 

His hand under the water had touched something soft.

“Hwaaah!”

(What is that? Mud?--)

Funyu.  Munyu (touch, touch).

“Hm, ya, hwaaa”

From her moist lips came a shallow sweet voice. Claire's submerged naked body twitched for some reason.

“Um ..this is?”

Having come this far, Kimito finally arrived in a certain conclusion. A certain......awfully frightening conclusion.

(No, wait, calm down, maybe --- could I have mistaken)

It can’t be. There was no such thing. While letting a flow of cold sweat, he desperately tried to deny such a possibility.

"When I looked it earlier, it wasn't so..."

“Wh..wha.. wha..whattt .... are..you...do..ing” 

Claire’s lip trembled, shaking involuntarily. She was blushing with tears in her eyes.

Apparently, it probably wasn't.....a lump of mud that he touched.

“You, PERVERT----!”

“Gwah!”

Because he got hit hard by a knee in the stomach, Kamito collapsed into the pond's water.        

Gugugugugu....!

With rising wobbling heat haze behind her, Claire slowly stood up. Before one knows, the flame whip materialized by the flame spirit was again grasped in her hand. The water in the pond instantaneously started to boil, and bubbles began to show here and there. 

“No..No, it’s a misunderstanding! Wait,  I’m really gonna die.....”

“Sh..Shut up pervert, you will die here!”

Together with an almost ear breaking deafening sound, Kamito’s body whirled highly into the air.

Part 2

“.....Un”

Few minutes later. Kamito starts to recover his consciousness, before his eyes, trees within the forest unfold.

He tried to rise---

Suddenly, he noticed something which was coiled around his neck. 

It was a leather black whip for torturing. (What is this thing…), Kamito tried to remove it, 

“Finally woke up, You Peeping Tom Pervert”

The thing on his neck tightens.

“Gweh!? Release me....”

Kamito coughed then looked upward-

Scarlet haired young girl – Claire, stood with her hands at her waist. Keeping her slim eyebrow arc raised, she gazed sharply down at Kamito.

This time she was not naked. The girl has changed into an adorable uniform. It has the pattern of black line within the pure white, Areishia Spirit Academy’s uniform.

A ribbon tie decorated the front of her chest. Instead of a button, a talisman was sewn on it. Between the gap of knee sock stockings and a pleated skirt, her slender beautiful legs stuck out brilliantly. The tiny ribbons tied her blazing crimson hair on both sides. This was the so called twin tail hair style. Judging from her still wet hair, it seems that he hadn’t lost consciousness for that long. 

Keeping the neck of Kamito bound tightly, Claire puffed up her small chest.

“Well, be grateful. I went easy and didn’t kill you”

“That has to be lying. You definitely intended to kill me. ”

“What are you talking about? If I was serious, you would've been cinders by now. ”

..... She just said something terribly frightening in a calm manner.

By the way, cinders are the soft ash residue left from incinerated firewood. 

“I beg your forgiveness to spare me from becoming cinders.  After all, I helped you.”

“Yeah, I’m a fair noble, I’ll give you credit for that.  You are of a higher grade than an average pervert, so you are a high grade pervert.”

“In the end the pervert designation doesn't change. By the way, isn't a high grade pervert even worse than an average pervert?”

“Wh.. What.....pretending to help, you ...you touched, my breast!”

Recalling what happened earlier, Claire's shy face suddenly turns red.

(Hmm?)

Seeing such a reaction from her, Kamito had an idea.

.....This girl, could it be that she is that kind of person?

“So it seems, that my lady is a pervert that has a hobby of whipping man.” 

Kamito teased her nonchalantly -

“What!? Wr, Wro, Wrong, I’m not!”

The response was immediate as expected. Claire shook her head, and her cheeks instantly became bright red all the way to her ears.

“Then do you enjoy being whipped?”

“.....m! Wha... What.. are...you..sayi..ng?”

Claire's eyes twirled, as a steam puff rose out from her head. She is surprisingly flustered. 

(Oh, as I expected....)

Kamito smiled bitterly in his heart. 

(This girl, is really really innocent.)

Perhaps, this girl is not that special. After all, this is the Areishiya Spirit academy, where witch princesses who have made contracts with spirits are gathered.

Only pure maidens are capable of communicating with the spirits from Astral Zero. Among them, those who retain enough divine power so that they can command a contracted spirit, are noble girls from the family of kings or lords of ancient and honorable lineage, whose spirit contractor blood was strengthened through marriage of many generations.

To maintain the purity of their body and heart, these girls are raised in an environment that's completely separated from the males since childhood: the so called elite education for spirit contractors. Therefore, all the girls attending the academy are super boxed-in princesses who are unaccustomed to men.

Finding the unexpected weak point of the girl, Kamito had the slight desire to play a prank on her.

Keeping a kneeling position, Kamito looked up at the embarrassed bright red face of Claire.

"ah, then, there is something I have meant to say since earlier."

"wh...what, you pervert!"

"I can see your panties from this angle."

"Fuwah!"

Tears begun to float in her crimson eyes, Claire hastily pressed down the fringe of her skirt with both hands.

“you... you saw it?”

“Only a glance, you are unexpectedly quite daring. It has the same color as your hair.”

"You... you lie! It is not red! It’s white, white!"

“So, it’s white.”

“......ha!?”

Realizing that she was tricked, Claire bit her lips-

“U, uuuuuuuuuh~”

..... Somehow she started to cry. 

At this sudden unexpected reaction, Kamito panicked. “What a slutty unladylike person, to confess the color of her own panties,” he had planned to tease her more with such words..... but he felt pity seeing her like this.

Taking the chance while Claire was still in disarray, Kamito removed the the whip coiled around his neck. 

“My bad, I went a bit too far with my prank. Sorry.”

Kamito stood up and placed his hand on Claire's head. Claire stopped crying, and looked puzzled.

“My bad that I have seen your naked body while bathing, and I have .... have touched your breast as well. But they were not intentional. Please believe me.”

“Wha, What.....”

Seeing the truthfulness in Kamito’s eye, Claire can not help but to avert her eyes. 

“....What, What is this? If you are not a pervert, then why are you here?

A question of matter of course.  This forest is under the jurisdiction of Areishia Spirit Academy, known as the “Spirit Forest”. There is no reason for the presence of a man in the academy where pure witch princesses are gathered.

Even if he is not a pervert, there is little doubt that he is someone suspicious.  

“I was, summoned here by Greyworth.”  

“Greyworth..... the academy director!?”

Claire suspiciously questioned. Indeed, it is only natural to doubt.

“I’m not lying. Look, here’s the evidence.” 

Kamito shrugged his shoulders, and took out a letter from his burned coat’s inside pocket. The letter was signed by the renowned academy director. Also, it was stamped with the emblem seal that symbolizes the five great elemental lords.

“Is....that, the first rank emblem seal of the empire!?”

Claire let out voice of dismay from her lips. The first rank emblem seal is produced by sealing spirits with a special technique. It is rated as the highest among the emblem seals issued by the empire, and is said to be completely impossible to counterfeit. Of course, it is something that is rarely seen, but as a spirit contractor, Claire could certainly tell its authenticity.  

“.....It seems to be the real thing. But, why would the academy director call a man here?”

“Well, for that you have to ask Greyworth, that old hag. It was troublesome for me, too.”

“That... that old hag!?”

Instantly, Claire's face stiffened.

The Dusk Witch, Greyworth is greatly respected by the witch princesses who aim to become spirit knights. It was said that her popularity in the Orudesia Empire is neck and neck with the Strongest Sword Dancer Ren Ashbell. Even after a decade since she retired from the squad of the twelve knight generals, the most elite force of the spirit knights known as the <Numbers>, her legendary name as a witch is still being feared and revered to the highest degree.  

(Well, for me, she is nothing but a nightmare....)

Tucking away the letter in his pocket, Kamito shrugged his shoulders. 

“Greyworth is an old acquaintance of mine. I came all the way here, but the academy ground is very large, so I have lost my way.”

Areishia Spirit Academy ground is incredibly vast. After all, beside the academic town at the foot of the hill, it also includes the entire spirit forest that spreads around it.

“Could it be, that you were misled by the spirits in the forest. That's so lame.”

“.....Yeah, that’s how it is.”

Claire chuckled, while Kamito nodded, feeling a bit dejected. 

Existing in various location of the continent, the spirit forests are connected with Astral Zero through the GATE, and are inhabited by the spirits that have gone astray to this world. Most of the spirits have no interest in humankind so they are harmless. But there are also spirits who enjoy playing pranks, and they deliberately mislead the travelers who stray into the forest. As he was guided by the spirits' whispers and went deeper and deeper in the forest, he must have lost the way to the academy.

“Anyway, I’m really glad that I met a person. It is not very appealing to become a victim of the forest. From here onward, which direction should I follow to get to the academy?”   

“Which direction.....for your own information, I shall tell you, that it takes two hours to get to the academy from here on foot.”

“What, that far!?”

If he was to walk for such long distance, most likely he would be once again tricked by the spirits. Since a student of the academy was here, he had thought that the academy was much nearer than it was.

(.....hmm? Why was this girl taking a bath at this kind of place?)

A plain question suddenly arises. Today is indeed a bit hot, nonetheless instead of coming all the way here, there should be showering facilities inside of the academy no matter what. Anyhow there are only girls in the school, there is nothing to be embarrassed about.

Being asked, Claire dug her hands into her wet twin tail hair and tried to comb it.  

“I was here for the purification ritual for a spirit contract. Being a spring next to a shrine, the water here has the highest holy quality. Do you at least know that spirits like a woman which has a pure mind and body?”  

“Spirit Contract?”

The moment he hears those words, a throbbing pain came from the back of his left hand covered in leather gloves. Kamito grimaced from the burning sharp pain.  

“A bit further from here, there is an ancient holy sword in a historical shrine. Rumor has it that a powerful “Sealed Spirit” is inhabited there. Since the foundation of the academy, not a single witch princess has successfully formed a contract with it. It surely sounds like a very proud spirit."

Sealed Spirits – are not the spirits that reside in Astral Zero.

Among the spirits, there are those who were sealed into weapons or armors by powerful ancient spirit contractors. Most of them have brought about terrible disasters to the humans, and are dreadful beings called djinn or efreet by ancient societies.  

Of course, they are not meant to be employed by the human spirit contractors. For that purpose, the ancient great spirit contractors sealed them in weapons or armor so that they will never be summoned again.

“You, do you plan to form a contract with a sealed spirit?”

“That's right! Do you have a problem with it?”

“Stop, it’s too dangerous.”

“Hmm, you seem to know it quite well, even though you are not a spirit contractor. I’m quite aware of the danger, but I need a powerful spirit no matter what.”

Claire muttered, biting her tightly close lips.

Seeing her serious facial expression, Kamito involuntarily shuts his mouth. 

“But, don't you already have a contract with the flame spirit from earlier? That is also a quite powerful spirit, won't it be fine if you raise it up?”

For its tribute, a flame spirit is not very rare. But, there are only a handful spirit contractors who can control a spirit of such rank and even capable of <elemental waffe> in the whole empire. Besides, spirit contractors that have formed a contract with multiple spirits are so rare that they almost don't exist. Discordance between the spirits can cause deterioration of the balance of divine power. Without enough talent one can't control them.

Scarlet is an important partner. But-”

I need more power-- Claire calmly shook her head. 

“I have a goal. To achieve it, I must have a strong spirit.”

Part 3

Chasing the back of Claire on which her fluffily crimson twin tails swung, Kamito followed her inside the forest. Although Claire's leather loafers looked quite difficult to walk in, Claire was a well trained spirit contractor after all, and her steps were light and frivolous.

“Here.”

Then, suddenly her well proportioned feet stopped walking.

With her hands on her hips, she looked back with a half eye glare towards Kamito.

“Why are you following me? You pervert peeping maniac. ”

“Without you, I don’t know the way towards the academy. As I have said several times, I am not a pervert peeping maniac. It’s Kamito, Kamito Kazehaya.”

“Fufu, what a weird name. Kuina’s origin?”

Kuina is an empire in the eastern region of the continent. It is said that its language, culture and the relationship of people with spirits largely differed from Orudeshia.

“No, It’s not from Kuina. I was born in a far remote island minority group village.”

Kamito intentionally obscures his own statement. Certainly, he was born in an island country in the east, but the larger half of his childhood life wasn't spent there.

“Your name also has quite a rare taste, Claire Rouge.”

“Don’t call my name in a friendly manner. Anyway it’s a strange name.”

“Really? But, I consider it a nice name.”

“Wha, What are you saying, stu, stupid!”

Claire's face blushed, then she suddenly changed back to her former direction, and briskly walked faster than usual.

Claire Rouge ---- obviously a Pseudonym.

Most of the students attending the Areshia spirit academy are surely young ladies of noble families who has been trained as spirit contractors since childhood. But Kamito has never heard of the Rouge residence. For hiding a noble family name, she must have some reason for it, but Kamito had no intention to delve more.

(.....Everyone has some secrete to hide. )

Kamito glanced in the direction of his left hand covered by a leather glove.

Even I have mine, too -

Claire keeps advancing steadily. Kamito hastily chased after her back where the twin tail were swaying. Now, losing sight of Claire inside the forest will bring only trouble for him. Kamito was well aware of the dangers of spending one night inside the “Spirit Forest”.

“Is that dress the academy's uniform?”

“Yah.”

Claire nods in a cold manner while walking.

Areishia Spirit Academy Uniform is pretty sturdy and also served as a protective garment, which has undergone spirit’s blessing, and it had the effect of raising the sacred attributes. It could also function nicely as a high ceremonial dress for contracting with spirits.

“What, are you saying that it doesn't suite me?”

“No, it suite you gorgeously. Honestly speaking, I am charmed.”

Kamito shrugged his shoulder, and then answered it honestly.  Fine feathers make fine birds, Kamito planed to mock her with some caustic words, but it did fit her so perfectly that Kamito couldn't help but to compliment her.

“Wha, what, what are you saying!? Aren't you an idiot!”

(Kaatsu) Claire blushes in deep red, while (Pyun-Pyun) waving her whip.

“Uwahh, Calm down!”

“Wasn't it because that you said some weird thing?”

Me saying a weird thing?, I simply speak the truth - *in pain*, I got it, I got it, please stop waving your whip for every little thing.

(....phew, I need her as a guide, but what a bothersome princess.)

Dodging the whip which was swung downward at a paper thin distance, Kamito sighed in his mind.

The shrine that held the holy blade stood quietly in a clearing in the forest.

Claire easily removed the entry forbidding ward, then stopped her steps, and turned to Kamito.

“From here onwards, it will be really dangerous, so, as a commoner you should stay away.”

“If you know that it’s dangerous, why not stop?”

“As am I saying, I need to have a strong spirit.”

Claire calmly shook her head, and stepped into the shrine.

Disregarding her warnings, Kamito followed her. As for coming all the way, it was true that he needed a guide, but more importantly he was just worried about Claire.

After all “Sealed Spirits” are strong and at the same time have a wild nature. They prefer destruction and chaos; given the chance they would even murder the spirit contractor that employs them.

They are not something that can be managed by humans --- that's why they have been sealed.

Sixteen years of age, with such an innate talent of wielding a spirit, Claire might as well be called a prodigy. However, if by any chance, she was to release a sealed spirit and fail to control it, what would happen?

Although she was just a girl he met by chance, Kamito couldn't leave her alone.

“Why did you follow me? I can't guarantee what will happen to you.”

“Don't you have the absolute confidence to tame it?”

“Of, of course I do!”

“Then there’s no problem if I come along. ”

Kamito shrugged his shoulder and Claire turned away from him.

“....Suit yourself”

Inside the shrine is a dark gloomy misty atmosphere. Claire frowned slightly at the mold smells mingled inside the air.

“......Flames, let there be light.”

A tiny fire ball immediately starts to glow from Claire's fingertips, a basic spirit spell drawing on the power of Flame Spirit. The flickering light of the fire ball dimly illuminates the walls of the shrine which looked like a stalactites cavern.

The sword was at the innermost of the shrine.

“That..... is the sword that the sealed spirit resides in?”

Kamito muttered, while Claire nodded quietly.

A naked sword was stabbed standing in a huge stone. Although without doubt it was an antique of hundreds years old, it has no rust in its body or dent of its edge. Delicate ancient runes were engrossed on its belly, radiating a dimly blue light.

“Existing here even before the academy was found, <the holy sword of Severian>.”

“The holy sword of Severian? The one that slayed Demon King Solomon?”

Demon King Solomon --- commanding seventy two powerful spirits, brought chaos and destruction to the continent, and the only male spirit contractor in history.

It was said that the one that slayed the demon king was the sword of Severian.

“Idiot, there’s no way that’s the real thing.”

Claire stated like she was amazed.

“'Holy Swords of Severian' stabbed into a stone can be found everywhere in the empire. Some remote villages even have one for the revitalization the village. Anyhow, even if it is not the real deal, since it is a rune sword, there might be a powerful spirit sealed in itself.”

“.....Indeed. Certainly, the real thing would not be in such a place...”

Claire walked toward the sword determinedly.

“Hey....”

“You stay back.”

Gesturing to Kamito who was coming close, Claire clenched the hilt of the holy blade.

“Don’t strain yourself.”

“....Got it.”

Kamito decided to watch over Claire at the edge where the light barely reached. The sealed spirit might be provoked by the presence of other people. A heavy silence filled the surroundings.

“.....Let's do this, Claire Rouge.”

Breathing deeply, Claire murmured to herself. Her voice trembled a bit: it seemed that she was nervous after all.

--- Oh Noble Spirit Sealed in Ancient Holy Sword!

--- Thou Shall Accept Me As Thy Master, And I Shall Be Thy Sheath!

From her cherry red lips flew a fluent incantation for contract ritual in spirit language. Her crimson hair stands on its ends. A crashing wind started to swirl inside the shrine.

Holding his breath, Kamito watched her intensively. Once the contracts had been exchanged and the spirit recognized Clair as its master, a spirit seal would be engraved somewhere on her body. The contract vows entered its conclusion. In this moment, a dreadful gust of wind swept inside the shrine.

“......eh?”

But, Claire is unfazed. She calmly recites her contract vow.

---And, dazzling light radiated from Severian’s holy blade in her hand.

(I can’t....believe it, She was exchanging a contract with the sealed spirit!?)

Preventing being swept by the wind, astonished Kamito raised his voice.

From the holy blade stabbed in the stone came overwhelming tremendous divine energy. If it was an average spirit contractor, she would have already passed out.

“---Thrice I Command Thee, Exchange Vows With Me!”

And, Claire’s vow reverberates inside the shrine --- in that instant.

Clink!

“Pulled, pulled out. I pulled it out.”

“.....What, seriously!?”

Brandishing overhead the sword pulled out from the stone, Claire exclaimed with joy. In the next second---

The ancient runes engraved in its belly suddenly shined violently!

“......ha!?”

Claire involuntarily releases the blade from her hand ---

The holy blade thrust into the ground. With a flash it blasted into bits.

“Kyaaaaah!”

A short shriek flew, then Claire collapses into the ground.

“Hey, are you okay!”

Kamito quickly runs towards Claire.

“Wha, What? What exactly has....”

Claire held her temple and got up, then looked around restlessly.

“My, My sealed spirit?”

“No, I....can sense something terrible.”

Sweat is flowing intensely from the back of Kamito's neck. Wearing a terrified facial expression, he looked up at the shrine’s ceiling. In that place, swinging while floating in the air was the blade.

It's not the shattered holy sword. But, It was a rough steel blade that looked very sharp.

“Is that.....the sealed spirit in the sword!?”

“So it was of the <sword spirit> class. Looks like it is rather irritated.”

“How do you know so much? You are not even a spirit contractor!”

“It is plain to see. No matter how you look at it, that doesn't seem to be someone who pledges his allegiance to his master.”

“.....umm, indeed so.”

Claire meekly nodded uncharacteristically.

The floating sword slants pointing its tip in a downward direction, suddenly it become motionless.

Then ---

“.....Get Down!”

Kamito in that instant, pushes down Claire to the ground. A buzzing sound of an insect grazed the ear, in a flash it went far away.

“Wai, Waa, Wait, where are you touching me, I will turn you into cinders!”

With her face deeply red, Claire beat on Kamito's chest repeatedly.

“Idiot, stop rampaging!”

Kamito quickly moved his body away, and looked in the direct that the sword spirit had flown to.

Fragments of rocks fall down with clattering sounds. The shrine’s ceiling was completely sliced off cleanly.

“It is remarkable to release a spirit of such rank ---”

Kamito glared with half opened eye towards Claire.

“......but the spirit has completely gone berserk.”

“Shu. shut up. The, the taming of it starts now.”

“YOU....”

Kamito was stupefied, but he was in no situation to quarrel with her.

The spirit sword releases a chattering noise while approaching them. Inside the shrine, they can't move freely, and even the eye sight was restricted.

Kamito grabbed Claire’s hand and stood up. Touching each others soft skin, (Doki) a heart beat, but he showed no vexed expression

“Hwaah.”

“Stopping making a cute reaction at every little thing. Let's flee.”

“Wha.. whaa. whatt.. Cute.. what me, Kyaa!”

“Let’s run outside!”

Pulling Claire’s hand, while running towards the direction of the shrine’s exit that was basking with sunshine.

The spirit sword did not immediately chases after them. Maybe as of now it has not yet completely awakened. With this opportunity they might be able to run away.

The moment they are out of the shrine, the flash of the sword grazed in front of his eyes. Kamito's forelocks fell while dancing in the air. The spirit sword lets out a tremendous roar, decisively knocking domn the surrounding trees in succession.

“Crazy, what a wild Spirit, just like a certain princess.”

“Alwa, always, you’re noisy...”

Feeling slightly awkward, and Claire fake coughed, then stood up.

“What a rebellious child.....I will give you a proper spanking.”

Her pair of crimson eyes were burning with a fierce determination; somehow she said some line of provocative. Rolling up the fringe of her skirt, she then took out the leather whip which was coiled in her thigh, hitting it hard in the ground. Kamito's heart beat for the brief sight of her white underwear, but he said -

“Are you insane!? You’re opponent is a high rank sealed spirit!”

“Easy victory. Amateurs like you please stay back!”

“Where are you getting all of your confidence? Whatever, let's run away!”

Claire shook off Kamito's hand that was grabbing her wrist.

“No, you escape yourself. I will absolutely make this spirit mine.”

“You, for what reason --- do you need a strong spirit that badly?”

“.....You will never understand.”

At the same time Clair averts her eyes.

“I need...power, I need a unbeatable powerful spirit that will not lose to any other spirit!”

--- Guardian of Crimson’s blaze, Keeper of the Sleepless furnace!

--- Now is the time to abide the contract of blood, hasten to my side as commanded!

Claire recited the summoning spell of her “Flame Spirit”. A crimson flame surges and she was engulfed by intense heat.

“The hunting begins, Scarlet!”

Together with scorching flame – a Scarlet Red Hell Cat appeared. Instead of a fur, it was blazing scarlet red colored flame that was wrapped around the beast's body.

(Is that the real form of her flame spirit!?)

Indeed, she was not all talk. To manifested in beast form is a proof that it is a high rank spirit. "Scarlet" might just be as a name of affection, perhaps it was not the true name of the spirit. Without doubt it is a high rank spirit that carries a true name.

Claire wields her whip, and the hell cat growls with a frightful roar, then rushed towards the sword spirit. Dancing sparks scattered. The atmosphere trembled at the roar of the beast. The floating spirit sword went against them, cutting all the trees in its way.

“Scarlet, go get it!”

In response to Claire’s shout, the hell cat leaped. High above the floating sword it went, and sharp blazing claws swung down at the sword. With a high pitched shrill sound, intense sparks sprinkled down, and the spirit sword dropped to the ground.

Claire ran at the same time. It was not a fatal hit. The spirit sword rose and flew in a split second, rolling over while drawing an arc in the air.

The flame spirit chased after it, trying not to loose it from its hands. Roaring loudly, it made a great leap again.

Violent sparks scattered once again. Clare strikes hard at the ground with her leather whip, slowly pressing forward against the sword spirit. It looked like that the leather whip was not meant for battle, rather for signaling instructions to the spirit.

At the fiercely attacks of Scarlet, the spirit sword's movement stopped --- At this instant,

“Eat this, searing fire ball!”

Clair releases a huge fire ball from her palm.

Fire Ball is a high level spirit magic which use ultra hot flames and can terribly burn up any of its target, leaving it traceless. The spirit magic’s power is determined by the spirit contractor’s own divine spiritual energy and the contracted spirit’s strength as a whole.

The released fire ball drew an arch in the air, then exploded in a blast that even Scarlet was caught in. The shock wave of the explosion knocked down the trees in the surrounding and fallen tree trunks radiate from the explosion center.

(What Terrible power......)

Shielding himself from the flying stones coming at his head, Kamito wrapped his tongue and marveled.

Such power was nothing like what a sixteen years old girl is capable of.

Inside the swirling fire the hell cat's figure shows up. Naturally, the hell cat can’t possibly be harmed by the blazing fire because of its fire nature.

The spirit sword float motionlessly in the air. It seemed that it had not received any damage either. Naturally, Claire didn't think that she would bring down a high rank spirit with spirit magic. But she should be able to get its attention.

“Scarlet!”

Claire exclaimed. The flame spirit's claws attacked at the spirit sword again. Its scourging hot claws could melt the iron steel. If its opponent was an average spirit, it would be instantly eradicated. But, the spirit sword quickly turned around, and the attack was stopped by the steel edge of the blade.

In an instant, the strange sound of metal scratching each other reverberated in the trembling atmosphere.

“Wh...What?....”

Kamito suppressed both his ears with his hands.

Receiving the full impact of the sound, Claire's face distorted from pain and she crouched down there.

The spirit sword released a weird sound - and then, transformed. Its shape changed from an average long sword to that of a huge bastard sword.

In a flash.

“What!?”

Claire’s flame spirit took the unexpected strike and couldn't avoid the big swing. The body was severely into two, and it vanished into the void together with the flames wrapped around its body.

With only one hit, it had lost the strength to manifest in this world.

(....Damn! Isn't it in a completely different league? It seemed that it has completely awakened.)

Kamito cursed, then took a glance at Claire -

Claire had collapsed on the ground, and her stunned blank eyes were fixed upward at the void where the flame spirit has disappeared.

Having finished off the flame spirit in one swing, the spirit sword aimed its next attack at Claire.

The huge bastard sword flew with a bursting sound -

“Claire!”

Kamito shouted, and started to run. Without reason, his own body just moved before he known it.

“Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!”

Diving in front of Clair, he thrust his palm toward the bastard sword. Not his left hand enclosed by the leather glove – it was his right hand.

(……No choice but to do this! )

--- Oh Noble Spirit Sealed in Ancient Holy Sword!

--- Thou Shall Accept Me As Thy Master, And I Shall Be Thy Sheath!

Sweats rushed down from his forehead, he started to recite the incantation for spirit contract that he had sworn to never utter again. The spinning tip of the sword pierced the skin of his palm. Red blood gushed intensely from it.

(.....Gwaah, Gah!)

Crushing amount of divine energy knocked on him, the soil and sands surrounding them are whirling up from the wind pressure. He almost lost his consciousness from the sharp pain. But if Kamito fainted here, Claire protected behind him would surely be cut in half.

--- Thrice I Command Thee!

“.....No way, a Spirit Contract!?”

A surprised sound came from Claire’s throat.

Kamito's heels sunk into the ground. And, the sound of his breaking bones resounds underneath his scalp.

--- Exchange Vows With Me!

Withstanding the terrible sharp pain, Kamito finished his last word of the contract ritual.

Instantly, the body of spirit sword radiated a pale blue light.

(What!?)

Intense flashes and thunderous sounds filled his consciousness.

Part 4

He opened his eyes, and Claire Rouge’s face was there. Hanging lower onto his face was her twin tailed hair tickling his face. 

It seemed that she shouted something, but he can't hear it clearly. Probably the sound blast had messed up his ears. 

(.....Looks like I’m alive)

Weary lying on the ground, Kamito let out a breath of relief. The chance of success against a spirit of such rank was very low, but it looked like his gamble had paid off.

Raising his eyebrow, he grimaced from the torment of pain from all of his body and raised his right hand slowly.  

In his right hand where was stabbed - 

Instead of a wound, an emblem of two swords crossing each other was engraved on it.

It was the proof of the spirit contract - The spirit seal.

(Aah, I did it....)

Staring at the carved seal on the back of his hand, Kamito murmured.

A sharp sense of guilt bit his heart.

He had broken the promise with her ---

But, to save Claire under such a situation, that was the only method. 

Claire noticed that Kamito has woken up, with her hands in his nape and her face approaching him. So close that he could feel her breath. With her clear crimson eyes, she stared at Kamito. Her cherry colored lips weakly trembled.

“......Why?”

"Why, you’re a male, how can you contract a spirit!” 

“......”

Kamito does not answer and slowly rises up. Being ignored, the annoyed Claire raised her eyebrows.

“My, My Sword Spirit!?”

“My bad. Just a moment ago, I contracted it.”

Kamito sighes and at the same time he shows her the back of his right hand where the spirit seal is engraved. 

“Wha, Whaa, Wha, Whaaaat!”

Claire wore a stunned expression with her mouth wide open.

(Well, A natural reaction....)

A long sigh --- Kamito felt a faint ache in his heart. Of course, he could clearly understand such response.  Originally, a privilege that was granted to no one except pure maidens --- the spirit contract. 

The existence of a man which could contract a spirit, throughout the history, belonged solely to one person. And the one who brought chaos and destruction in the world, the so called Demon King spirit contractor.

It is natural to fear him, who carried the same power of spirit contracts as the Demon King.

Kamito stands up and quietly turns around.

He does not regret. To save the girl, this is the only way he could think of.

“Wait, as am I saying Wait!”

Kamito was about to leave, but a voice called him from the back.

Turning around, he saw that Claire with her hands in her hips intensely glared at him.

"You stole...my spirit...take responsibility for it!"

“Huh?”

Kamito frowned. ....It doesn't make any sense to him.

At such reaction of Kamito, Claire impatient brushed her twin tail. 

“I should have been the one who had obtained that spirit, as am I saying, you have to take responsibility for it.”

“Re..sponsibility?”

Because of that unexpected word, Kamito had become even more confused.

....What was the girl saying.

“Therefore....”

Claire snapped her whip, then she points her index finger toward Kamito. 

"You have to become my contracted spirit!"


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