Chrome Shelled Regios:Volume10 A Day For You 03
A Day For You 3
That day,Nina was passing time in the silence of the military arts training hall.
Ending her usual training,Nina steadied her breath before wiping her sweat with a towel.In stopping her training and just as she was enveloped by the silence,the mischief of comfort surged forward.Feeling different from the usual atmosphere,Nina knitted her eyebrows and looked around.
With the exception of Nina,there was no one from the 17th platoon here.Layfon notified her yesterday that he would rest today and Sharnid suddenly said that he had to take the day off.Furthermore,she didn't have Felli's contact(Felli didn't give it to her).It wasn't necessary to maintain the dite everyday so Harley wasn't here.
While she grumbled,she was once again thought of what day was today.
Today was Van Allen's day.
The queer culture where one gives sweets to another instead of confessing their love was not peculiar in Zuellini.Last year,the guys from the commerce department who ran the confectionary-related shops got to know other cities' culture, and then ran a grand campaign out of it.
Just because the generation(age group) most interested in romance had gathered,the students had fun and took that in custom, and so this year,that day has come again.
After muttering it again,Nina threw down her towel standing alone at the center of the training room,started generating kei and resumed training her stance.[2A 1].
If it was the usual days,the soundproof partition would shake to the extent that the other platoon's training could be heard but today,that sound feels as if it is well-behaved.
Within the military arts department,a platoon member who possesses excellent talent will be elected.Furthermore, if the inter-platoon matches take place,the spectator seating of the battleground will be filled, and they are also popular enough that the matches will be linked through the monitors. It's to an extent where within that, people (participants) who are die-hard fans also exist.
"Now that i think about it,didn't it too feel the same last year?"
While she was thinking how it was,a metal whip was swung and her stance was broken.Stopping her fall,she concentrated on her training once more.
"Don't think of unnecessary things!"
No matter how much of a militant artist she was,she was still a student.It was not possible to say she was not interested in love.Even if she was hit by the enthusiasm called Van Allen's Day which spurt out incessantly from her surroundings,she cannot be blamed for it.
"I am who i am,"
That has nothing to do with me.Placing those strong words in her heart,Nina started over from the beginning to retrain her form.
Until her usual training hours end,she repeated her form training and after that,Nina showered to wash away her sweat.She was off duty today from cleaning the Central Mechanism Chamber today.Without considering of visiting any place, she thought of immediately returning to the dorm as she stole out of the main entranceway.
The sudden sound of the shrill voice suprised Nina.At the side of the main entranceway,a group of female students who were waiting in line quickly surrounded her.
"W-what is it?"
There was no hostility from the girls coming at Nina but,she could not think of a way to deal with the female students that swarmed over her with honest feelings.The bewildered her had lost her means of escape and incidentally,she was spoken to as if insults were hurled towards her.
"Senpai,please accept my feelings!"
"Please accept this!"
"Please eat this!"
At the thing they simultaneously held out,Nina's eyes rounded.In the hands of the female students were objects with various kinds of ribbons wrapped around it that made them look fitting.
There was no need to imagine what the contents were.
".........Do all of you,know what day it is today?"
While feeling the cold sweat on the temple of her forehead,she asked.
"Yes we do!" "We talked about it......" "We didn't want to trouble Senpai..." "It's not strange to give it to the person you admire too."
She sort of understood what they wanted to say.To diffentiate the years or grades,the militant arts sector have different colours for the sword belt but the liberal arts sector have different coloured neckties,ribbons and etc.Since they all call Nina'senpai'then they must either be first or second year juniors.
This was the question she had in mind.She had been told of such before.Most of them were from her juniors in the military arts sector,furthermore they were mostly girls.To the girls,as long as they(the lower year students) classifies them as third year students,becoming a platoon member and in addition a captain too will most likely gain their respect,is what Nina was told and was able to agree to.
But,these girls were students of the general studies sector and have nothing to do with military arts.And also,their glances at Nina carried the feeling that it had a little too much respect for her.
(What a strange situation)
She thought of that but in the end,she lost to their zeal and accepted the sweets.As a result from being dumbfounded for a while,Nina looked at the back of her juniors who were happily leaving but-
"Well it's not like i'm the only one who received presents,"
As she thought of that,she started to move her feet.
Suddenly,Nina felt a glance from the side of her face.Not moving her face,she scanned her surroundings for any presences.There wasn't any person.But,there was a glance that felt as if it caressed her cheeks and continues to monitor her.
That was how she thought.
Because somebody was hiding while secretly examining Nina,that look felt like it was rudely facing her.For example,it is like when an acquaintance found her just now,and while she hesitates whether or not it is find to greet him,she just looks at him.That sort of feeling.
(There's still someone hiding?)
There might have been a person who did not mix in with the group of underclassmen just now.
"Is anyone there?"
Standing still,Nina called out to the surroundings.She felt the look on her right cheek.Over there was a small mound due to tree-planting,and the evening filled with the gloomy silence seemed to last.
The plant was obstructing her field of vision but,there was no sign of anybody
"That was strange......was it just my imagination?"
Tilting her neck,Nina walked away again.The parcels of sweets she was carrying with both her arms looked like they were about to collapse.
(Today,it's faster to go home by walking)
After deciding that,she turned her legs to the direction of the now moundless branching road towards the bus stop.
The moment she saw Nina came back to the dorm,Leu immediately made a conjecture of the situation and then gave out a loud,hearty laugh.
"Wha-,it's not something to laugh about."
She thought so, however with her cheeks turning red, Nina personally became incredibly flustered and therefore everything she said, lost all merit.
"But........that's definitely from girls.Fu-......ahahahahaha!"
Holding her stomach with both her arms,even now Leu who seemed like she was going to fall off from rolling about on the sofa that functions as a reception office cum lounge was given a glower.But quickly,after the sweets were placed on the fruitless[3A 1],Nina sat down on the sofa used for interviewing purposes.
"It's not like I asked for any presents."
She mummured while puffing up her cheeks.
"Well,well.You received a lot didn't you,ne～"
Over there was Selina who came after finishing dinner's preparation.She gazed at the piled up boxes of sweets on the table with great interest and,with a gentle stretch of her hand on one of them,it opened on its own accord.
"Well,those are mine......"
For the time being,Nina was mannerable towards the group of girls which gave her the chocolate.She thought of it that way but,Selina took out the contents without an ounce of care.
The cookies for the important day were crammed in the small box.
Without having any indication of eating it,the Selina who slipped the cookie between her fingers and seemed to held it up to the light and let out an "Ei" while spliting the cookie into two halves.
The one who gave out that shriek was Leu.
The moment Selina splitted the cookie,along with the fragments that were pulverised,something black came falling out.
Leu directed that question to everyone in the room[4A 1] .Nina also fell down on the table,as she widened her eyes the moment she saw the dangling object from the cross section of the cookie.
She can't be mistaken about it.It was a person's hair.
The long strings of hairs that fell on the table were attached and coiled here and there within the fragments of the cookie,which made Nina and Leu tremble.
"Wha-what is this?"
To the Selina who let out a calm voice,Nina asked.
"Well,I thought 'there might be some chance' but it seems there are people who would really do it,"
"So,what is it?"
Leu also asked very irritatedly.
"Well you know～as Van Allen's day was nearing,a strange good luck charm had been becoming popular,"
"Good luck charm?"
Hearing words they couldn't believe,both of them stared Selina's face.
"Mmm,i wonder if it's okay to say it's a method to grant a person's wishes?I don't know whether there is or isn't but it's said to rely on a supernatural power.....Well,it's a charm to allow the person whom you love to have feelings for you by eating a part of your body."
"That seems to be the case.By no means,would a person go to the extend of offering their own flesh so there's no one like that."
"It's troublesome even if you say so."
Immediately while she was answering,Nina thought maybe the other sweets are the same too.
If it was like that,then she wouldn't want to eat it anymore.
"Hey,hey,is it ok if i check it out?"
"Please do it when i'm not here."
To Selina's request,Nina wearily replied.
And,a doubt had arised as Selina seemed excessively happy carrying the rest of the boxes of sweets in her arms.
".....It couldn't be,the one who made it popular was not Selina-san right?"
"No～,i only heard it～"
Because she admitted it so easily,conversely,Nina was suprised.
"Because a friend of mine from the study of law said she wanted to know the statistics of males and females whom sought others for help,so i just taught her 'these kinds of things do happen～'.The ultimate good will is to adapt to the other party,the part of letting your partner eat a part of you is,so to speak,sour grapes."
".....Tomorrow for sure,if there is a large outbreak of food poisoning cases then it is Selina-san's fault,"
"Mou～[5A 1],something like that won't happen. Oh,yeah."
Selina hit her hands as she thought of a bright idea.
"As an apology for suprising you,let me teach you a good luck charm."
".......What is it?"
"A charm to ensure the safety of the person you love."
"Whaa......until now it's rare to hear words that don't suit Selina-san."
At Leu's words,Selina puffed up her cheeks.
"I wonder what people who say their loved ones are guinea pigs[6A 1] are saying......"
"Fuuun.Then i won't teach it to you"
"Eeh,I don't really mind"
"If Leu-chan's boyfriend does not become a platoon member next year too,i was going to make it 'because Leu-chan didn't have enough love for him'"
At Selina's unexpected words,Leu spat out her unfinished tea and,Nina's eyes rounded.
"Leu.....you had a boyfriend?"
Precisely because that sort of frivolous feeling was somewhat showing an unknown side of Leu,it was suprising.
"That's wrong! It's not like that!"
Even if she denies it,her face was becoming bright red and she was disturbed by it so her argument lost merit.
"He was a former classmate,that was all."
"Then was it someone i also knew?"
Nina and Leu were in the same class during their first year.As she was trying to remember the faces of the military arts department of that time,a loud voice interrupted her.
"You don't have to remember it!"
"Leu......that's like admitting,he is somebody from when we were first years."
Realising her own blunder,Leu let out a moan.
"Yes,ye～s.That's why,i'll teach you a charm to wish for Leu-chan and Nina-chan's boyfriend's safety as a military artist."
Yesterday too,Selina tried to make Nina her sweets for Layfon.
"Well,well,I will leave that for now so listen.That charm is....."
Selina lowered her voice.While Leu made a chagrin-filled face,she also sharpened her ears at those words and Nina was also naturally,bringing her face closer to Selina.
"......of.....that,is what i'm giving you."
When Selina finished talking,both of their faces reddened.Similarly,both of them had their thighs neatly joint together,and were pinning down their skirts with their hands.
"It's the same as (what I said) just now, y'know～. By letting your partner take a part of yourself, which resides in a place that isn't easily shown to others, you deliver your feelings which wish for their safety. All the Military Artists in our city do this, y'know."
"That's definitely a lie!"
Nina and Leu aligned their voices and denied it.
After finishing dinner,Nina went out of the dorm alone.With a sword belt coiled at her waist,stuck closely to the upper part of the trainer's body was a jacket which she put on as she left the dorm.She would do this on the days without the machine cleaning duty.She would end up thinking she did not move her body enough.
Nearby her dorm where the three of them lived was the architectural department's practise area,where there were buildings that were either under construction or in the middle of demolition everywhere.Nina confirmed the empty plot of land which she was aiming for from the window of her room.
At the center of the bare ground stood Nina.As she was trying to pull out her dite from her sword belt,her hand stopped.
Again,she felt a glance.It was the same when she returned home from the military practice hall.She did not felt any hostility but,not knowing that person's true intentions was uncomfortable.
"What do you want?"
Immediately spiting out her irritation,she examined the surrounding atmosphere.
"I don't remember being tailed."
Now if he didn't answer,before the stare was the release of external kei.With that decision,she awaited the other party's reply.
"Wait,wait.I'm not your enemy."
Whether he sensed her presence or not,a reply came quickly.From the darkness the figure that appeared as if it was arising,was a student of military arts.From the colour of his sword belt he was of the highest degree,a sixth grader.Underneath the red hair which seemed to be constantly in a mess,were eyes that will never let their guard down.
"What do you want?"
Without letting her vigilance down,Nina asked with her dite ready to fall out at any moment.Although he is her senior,he is the person who has been tailing her since evening.Whatever he's thinking of,she doesn't know.
"That's nice,that attitude."
The red-haired youth seemed to laugh enjoyably.
Against the provocative behaviour the man showed,Nina gripped her dite.But, he stopped.
(What's with this guy......)
The youth with the aloof appearance who was pretending came closer to Nina .His hand was languidly lowered and he was walking in a shaky manner.Eventhough it wasn't a situation where one could let their guard down,he washed away the tense atmosphere.
If she attacked first she will lose.That was how she felt. (I can do it) The fact that a military artist that could force Nina to become this nervous is in Zuellini.....no,the fact that she did not know a person of this caliber until now,surprised her.
She has no recollection of the youth's face.That means he wasn't a platoon member.
"He has discerning eyes too.Fine,bring it on."
The youth who slowly walked until he was near, nodded to her with satisfaction.
"My name is Dixerio Maskane.Well,you could just call me Deck.What's yours?"
"Did you follow me without knowing it?"
"Well circumstances are circumstances.[7A 1]I had no choice."
"......I'm Nina Antalk."
His circumstances piqued her interests but, she managed to save herself from being embroiled into it.
(Could he be masquerading as a student?)
She is aware that this type of people exist.There seems to be people who partake in Zuelini's lessons while not paying their fees.
However,these people make up the minority and they will also get found out quickly.The rest of the masquerading students are groups of thieves who come from other cities with the purpose of stealing research data and the likes.
(This man, is he that sort of person?)
Notwithstanding the existence of such a powerful person within the platoon members, to have not heard any rumors about him is strange.Nina's wariness was strengthened.
"Oh, it seems like I'm being suspected."
Whether he guessed it through her facial expression or not,even so,Deck connected his words with a look of enjoyment on his face.
"Then, how about this? Why don't pose a question which asks me about a place only students in Zuelini would know?"
"Aaa.......if it's possible, ask about a place that has been around since a long time ago."
"If it's new, then I may not know it. It's best if you ask one that is old and famous. As a request."
"Something so convienient..."
While she said that, Nina was thinking of a question as per Deck's request.
"Concerning the statue in the inner part of the first floor of the student council office building,it's pedastal have letters carved on it as a result of someone's prank since a long time ago.What is written there?"
"It's 'Seek it,if so then through sheer strength'. "
Deck immediately replied while laughing with a broad grin.
"Next question.What was the original letters carved on the pedastal?"
"Seek and it shall be given."
Last year, those letters were still there but, this year the original words have been cleanly erased by the hands of the student council.Rather than the original words, what's left behind by the person who wrote the prank is that, that person was the legendary top scorer of the martial arts department of Zuellini in the past.
Knowing this fact means that at the very least, he's not part of the recent bunch of people who are in concealment.
"Oh?So you're still suspicious of me."
She didn't mean to let it show on her face but she was seen through.
"Well,i'd never thought i could clear away your suspicions this way. Tell you what,if you'll listen to my request,i'll teach you my extraordinary technique as a prepayment."
"I witnessed your practice at the military arts training hall. I liked your choice of harsh weapons like the twin iron whips. How about it?"
"....It depends on the technique."
"You'll definitely want it."
Right after he talked, Deck jumped to the back to gain distance from Nina.He straighthen his sword belt with his hands.Nina reflexively drew her dites and restored them.
Deck held iron whips in his hands.It's only one swing but it is by far bigger than Nina's.Nina observed that the metal whip is no longer within the range of a striking weapon to reach her.
"Then,here i come."
Nina generated her internal type kei and the moment she looked, she saw movement from Deck's side.In that second,Deck left an afterimage and disappeared.
"Tch-" (He's fast.)
On the spur of the moment,she jumped and dodged to the side.It was surely a timely judgement,as Deck appeared from the front, swinging down the iron whip onto where Nina was originally standing.Like an electric shock, the atmosphere trembled and it striked Nina's whole body.
"Oh,you dodged it."
Deck swung up his iron whip that hit the ground, and looked at Nina while seemingly carrying his shoulder.
"Watched you when you were training and, it seems that defense is your strong point. But you know,there are times when always being defensive amounts to nothing. Offense is the best defense.To dash in swiftly like an idiot,unexpectedly feels like it fits your nature well."
Right after speaking,he lowered his back while the metal whip was placed on his shoulder.
Now, just as it seems,it is getting worked up.
(I can see it)
Just as how Layfon taught her,she poured kei into her eyes which enabled her to see Deck's flow of kei.
There were strong pulses of kei and then, from the core of the metal whip were ripples forming which spread out towards the atmosphere.But,it was not caused by the diffusion of kei,rather it would spread away until it reached a fixed distance and then a new flow, so to speak, will be made from the kei pulses to the metal whip which will then flow from the metal whip to the kei pulses, ultimately constructing an infinite loop.
The kei circuit that has been build inside and outside of the body is, strengthening the fast flow of internal kei, while simultaneously the external kei around the whip was being condensed.
"If you were to believe me,you just need to hesitantly move a step forward,and inflict a blow." Abruptly,Deck murmured.
"Those were the words of the old man who taught me martial arts."
At the same time he said those words,Deck's figure vanished.
This time,she sharpened her senses until the last second,to see what's occuring.
The infinite circulatory loop of kei as if being dragged and torn to pieces changed its form,vanished as if sucked up by the leg and metal whip.The kei sucked up by the leg seems to be for movement.Probably something close to whirl kei.Then what about the metal whip?
But,she could not completely confirm it.She was already doing her best looking at the leg's movement.She could no longer escape as well.Both of Nina's metal whips were flung upwards by the trajectory of Deck's attack.
The three strikes from the metal whips dispersed fireworks from the collisions.
The equilibrium of the collisions,were immediately destroyed.[8A 1]
The impact and vibration ran through both her arms,her back and her whole body,Nina couldn't bear it all and she struck the ground.
Realizing she lost her consciousness,Nina jumped up.
"Oh,you sure are sturdy"
The voice came from a close source.
"And you realized it quite fast.As expected from Mrs platoon captain."
Her whole body still felt somewhat numb.It meant that Nina's was still swinging.
"What was that technique just now?"
"My attempt at making the root of the old man's teaching.Not bad eh?"
"That's far from not bad...."
In that moment,the impact ran through her from her head to the tips of her toes and at the same time,her nerves were in a disorder,causing her whole body to feel so horrible that she shivered.That was,even if she was able to stop the blow,she couldn't have withstood it.
"I named it Raijin.It depends on the kei density but,whether you're human or filth monster you can use it."
"Is it possible,for me to use it?"
The doubts Nina had not long ago,were now cleared from her mind.There was the fact he showed her such an amazing technique but,that of which gained her admiration was Deck's attitude of being so easily willing to teach her such a technique.[9A 1]
"As long as you know how to control your kei pulses,then doesn't the rest depends on your mental attitude?For any technique" [10A 1]
At hearing Deck's reply, Nina lowered her head.
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