High School DxD:Volume 14 Life 3

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Life.3 Maverick Magicians[edit]

Part 1[edit]

Several days had passed since the Vampire guests came. It was planned for Rias to leave Japan late at night today. I heard that their destination was deep within the mountains of Romania. After finishing school, I thought of doing muscle training in the training room located in the basement of the Hyoudou residence until Rias finished packing. I thought I should train even a bit when I had time. The girls would be helping Rias prepare her things, so that would make me a nuisance since I was a guy. Since I became bored, I was thinking of doing some training. The joint training I had with Kiba and the others got halted ever since the meeting with the Vampires. Since the situation turned out like this, it got even harder to proceed with the selection of the Magicians’ resume. ...Man, we really were busy. On top of that, we still had school during the day. We had a hard schedule. But I should at least do some muscle training so I wouldn’t get dull. Actually, I was thinking about training my familiar as well. The magical airship which was flying around me, Skithblathnir! I gave it its name just recently. Fufufu, you know I gave it a cool name? When I entered the training room, Kuroka and Le Fay were already there before me. Both of them were sitting on the floor and had thick books opened out.

“What the, you guys were here?”

I said. These two really had been showing up sometimes at the Hyoudou residence ever since that day. Kuroka opened the fridge without our permission and had been drinking our milk and such! Mum go shocked, Rias got mad, and it turned into a mess all the time... Every time Kuroka did as she liked, Le Fay always bowed her head down desperately and apologised.

“Hello, we have excused ourselves in here.”

Le Fay, who could greet people properly, was a good girl!

“Nyahaha, we have excused ourselves in here, nyan.”

It isn’t nyahaha... My house really was a nest place of the dark residents. There were so many varieties of races which included different types of Devils, an Angel, and the Dragon God-sama. It was too much of a chaos... I approached both of them, and what I observed was the books that were open, and that there was a diagram of a human body which had its hand emitting what looked like aura.

“What is this?”

When I asked, Kuroka said it while smiling.

“It’s a book regarding life. It has things about aura, Senjutsu, Touki and such.”

Hmm, so it was a book like that. But why was she reading it? Kuroka was an expert at those kinds of things, so wasn’t it pointless reading those things now...? I tilted my head, and Le Fay said it while giggling.

“She’s researching so she can teach her so-called sister more efficiently.”

Oh, what was that!? So she was doing her role as the older sister! Kuroka said it while stroking the book’s cover.

“The basic way of Senjutsu is to understand the ways of your own self, others, and the nature’s ki. First of all, she needs to concentrate her mind, making a zazen posture quietly to release her ki, and then confirm the surrounding ki. It’s the most basic of basics, and this is the best way to develop further. That’s why I’m having her make a zazen posture first~.”

“I thought you would make her do things which don’t make any sense since this is you that we are talking about, but you are doing it more seriously than I expected.”

When I teased her, Kuroka made an unpleasant face.

“Boo, you are so rude, nya. I’m a woman who does things seriously at proper times.”

“Look who’s talking. You tried to take me and Koneko-chan down with a poison mist before.”

Her evilness was quite the thing when I first met her in the Underworld. She tried to defeat me, Rias and Koneko-chan without any mercy. Kuroka made a wink at my claim, and she tried to avoid it by acting cute.

“You know, I just became naughty because I was happy with my reunion with Shirone♪. Oops, lick, nyan♪. You know how you would get a heartbeat when a vicious person shows their kindness to you? Now then, has Sekiryuutei-chin got a heartbeat from me~?”

...I wouldn’t deny it, but it was certain that you were a bad cat! And it wasn’t ‘Oops, lick, nyan’... You know that you had so much murderous intent back then? No, the thing was, telling this to her was useless. Actually, it made me think she acted like that with the flow of things and the atmosphere.

“You definitely have to reconcile your relationship with Koneko-chan.”

Kuroka made sad eyes at my words. ...Stop that, you become just a normal beauty when you put on a serious face like that and it makes my heart skip a beat...

“You are right... However, it might be impossible. Even if it’s something I did because of my concern for her, Shirone was cornered to a wall as a result because of what I did.”

Just like Kuroka said, Koneko-chan received the guilt of the crime her sister did, which was killing her master. As a result, there was even a suggestion to execute her. The matter was solved because Sirzechs-sama defended Koneko-chan but...after that, I heard that it took a long time for her to heal mentally and for her to resume living normally. Koneko-chan, who had a scar in her heart, must be thinking that ‘I was betrayed by my sister, and I was blamed for it by many adults’. And half of that was right.

“I don’t know any hard stuff. But if that time comes, I will help you out to fix your relation with her.”

They only had themselves as two sisters in this world. If they were going to get back together, then I wouldn’t hold back from helping them. After all, I thought having Koneko-chan smile was the most important. Kuroka stared at me in wonder when I told her my thoughts.

“...”

She laughed as if she found it funny.

“Nyahahaha. Yup, yup, I see now. I think I understand now, nya. Of course everyone would fall for you. Sekiryuutei-chin, you are more charming than normal handsome ones, you know?”

“Well, thank you for that. However, I would have preferred to be a normal handsome guy. Did you know that it’s quite hard being a Sekiryuutei?”

It was like going through a death experience because so many strong foes attacked us. No, I actually had lost my body once because of it. Le Fay asked as if she was trying to change the subject.

“How is your negotiation with the Magicians going?”

“Well, so-so, I guess. There’s such a huge number of them, and I'm taking some of them down by selecting them through their documents.”

“I hear that the Sekiryuutei-sama is very popular.”

Rias seemed to be the busiest, but she was continuing to do things about the Vampires and Magicians while doing her usual job, school affairs, and her role as our King. ...I really couldn’t win against Rias. That person was carrying the most and the biggest burden out of all of us. Becoming a High-class Devil and the King was the same thing as carrying the issues of all your servants on your back. ...Would I be able to manage it when I became a High-class Devil? I was feeling uneasy about it, but I could only support Rias and charge forward for now. Talking about charging forward, there was the thing about Skithblathnir.

“Hey, if I was to learn magic from you, Le Fay, will I be able to acquire the ability to use it?”

I asked Le Fay. My familiar, the Skithblathnir, was a magical ship. I should also put some knowledge about magic into my head even if it was only a bit. Even more so if I was to have a relationship with a Magician. Le Fay nodded.

“I don’t know what kind of magic you want to use, but if you are a Devil, you are adapted to use special powers more than average people, so I think it is possible for you to acquire them depending on how hard you work. By the way, it’s the basics, but you do know the differences between demonic power and magic, yes?”

“Yeah, demonic power is something which you use to turn your imagination into actual form, and magic is something where you use equations to make supernatural phenomenon occur, right?”

“If you have to separate them simply, yes, that is correct. Demonic power requires the power to use imagination and the power to create, and it requires having good sense. Magic is just knowledge to control equations, and you need to use your head and need calculations, so they are different even though they may seem similar.”

“Ah, for an idiot like me, that will be hard.”

I couldn’t calculate at all! Having control over the equations high enough to control supernatural phenomenon would be something I was bad at since I was only capable of controlling my demonic power to use Dress Break and Pailingual. Le Fay continued.

“I think it’s possible to acquire something which doesn’t need that much calculation. For example, a magic to warm up cold coffee, and also a simple magic to see through things.”

——!

Magic to see through!? T-That’s something which made me very interested in! If I acquired it properly, would I be able to see through wo-women’s clothing!? My head was filled with seeing through clothes, and Kuroka added extra information.

“In other words, magic is something where you need knowledge and calculations to know ‘If I do this, this will happen’, nya. There are phenomenons even I don’t understand, and you can’t make things like that occur using magic, nya. Though there are spellcasters who can use magic which isn’t properly solved with their sense and talent. They are special people where you need to add the word ‘super’ ten times in front of the word ‘rare’.”

So the reason why Rossweisse-san used magic over demonic power was because it was easier for her to calculate rather than imagining. She certainly seemed like that type of person. Unng, it seemed like I could acquire them more than I expected. I wouldn’t be able to use magic to the highest level. However, I might be able to acquire one or two things! Maybe I should seriously learn about magic by listening to the words of Rossweisse-san and Le Fay. As the result of it, it would be awesome if I could understand more about this Skithblathnir. Seeing the Skithblathnir, which was flying around me, Kuroka asked.

“By the way, has the name for this child been decided yet?”

Oh! I’m glad you asked!

“Yeah, this guy’s name is Ryuuteimaru! You know how ships have names like that? And look at this thing over here!”

I had both of them look at the flag. It had the name ‘Ryuuteimaru’ written on it. Yeah, I wrote it using a brush! How’s that, awesome, right!?

“Lame.”

Kuroka rejected it right away! Shiiiiiiiiiit! I thought really hard about it! No, this guy’s name is Ryuuteimaru! I will definitely go with this! First inspiration is important! It happened just before I was about to argue back. Asia came into the training room.

“Ise-san.”

“Oh, what’s wrong Asia?”

“It seems like Rias-oneesama will be leaving Japan now.”

——! It was several hours earlier than I expected. I did hear that they would be leaving tonight, but I never thought it would be this quickly. It was still evening.

“It seems like the weather is good again, and the small jet-plane is able to fly now.”

I see. So that’s why they were going earlier. I told Kuroka and Le Fay ‘I will be away for a sec’, and left the place together with Asia. The giant teleportation magic circle located in the basement of the Hyoudou Residence. All the members of the Occult Research Club and Sona-kaichou had gathered here to send off Rias, Kiba and Azazel-sensei. In order to visit the Vampires, the House of Vladi, they first had to go through many magic circles in Japan by starting from the Hyoudou Residence, and then they had to fly to Europe. Then, they had to charter a small jet-plane. The Vampires had their own barriers activated, and it seemed like they had to use several transport methods in order to enter their Kingdom. From what I heard, they would use magic circles to go to Europe, Romania. From there, they would use a small jet-plane, and then they had to transport using a car to drive up the mountain. It had to be located in a very remote place. So it was a world hidden from the towns belonging to humans. The reason why they were leaving earlier was because the weather was bad before, and therefore, it wasn’t possible to fly the jet-plane, but the weather was good now. Since the weather became better earlier than expected, they decided to fly while it was still good. Unlike the magic circle, which could be used to travel immediately, the weather would affect aeroplanes. So it couldn’t be helped if the jet-plane couldn’t fly because of it. Rias, Kiba and Azazel-sensei walked to the centre of the magic circle while carrying their luggage. The ones who would be visiting the House of Vladi directly were Rias and Kiba. The one who would be going there after contacting the Carmilla side was Sensei. Rias hugged Gasper.

“...I will be the one to protect you, so you don’t have to worry about anything. I will also settle the matter with the House of Vladi.”

“Yes, Buchou...”

Gasper also relaxed with Buchou’s embrace. ——The motherhood! Rias’s motherhood was working! Rias looked at Akeno-san.

“Akeno, I will leave the rest to you.”

“Yes, Rias.”

I bumped my fist with Kiba’s.

“I will leave Rias to you.”

“Of course.”

Yeah, it won’t be a problem if I left it to this guy. Even if they got dragged into something troublesome, he would definitely protect Rias. Sensei, on the other hand, was giving his smiles to Sona-kaichou and Rossweisse-san.

“Then, I will leave the school to you two, President Sona♪, Ms. Rossweisse♪.”

“ “Please come back quickly since we are busy.” ”

“Man, what a dull reaction.”

Azazel-sensei seemed dissatisfied with the dull response of the two.

It was almost the end of the year, and the school’s schedule was packed with preparing for the end of the year as well. Since one of the teachers would be gone during this time, maybe for the both of them who were deeply connected with school affairs, they couldn’t be that happy to send Sensei off even if it was for diplomatic reasons. And it’s this former Governor that we were talking about. It was possible that he would be having fun while he was gone... Sensei then told all of us.

“Those Magicians that are targeting those related to the Phoenix seem suspicious. Be careful.”

[Yes!]

We replied back to him. Yeah, we will be cautious about that!

“Asia, Ophis.”

Sensei called Asia and Ophis.

“Asia, it’s about that thing, but what’s left will depend on you. Go through with it while getting advice from Ophis. Ophis, I will leave it to you. If you, who is the Dragon God, are beside her, then it should be okay. I will leave it to the so-called blessing of the Dragon God, okay?”

“Yes, I am really embarrassed about it, but I will do my b-best.”

“I, about Asia, will look carefully.”

Asia and Ophis responded back to Sensei’s words. What was this about? Asia, you had a really red face, you know? I was really anxious about it! After that the three of them, Rias, Kiba and Sensei, had the last check with everyone and bid them farewell, and they were finally leaving... The ones who were looking at each other were me and Rias. Rias took a step forward and closed in on me.

“...I will be going then.”

“Yes, I will be waiting for the good news. If something happens, I will definitely come to your aid.”

“Yes. I know.”

We looked at each other, took our hands and spent a few seconds together before separating. But we smiled immediately and let go off our hands. No matter where Rias and I were, our souls would always be connected... The three of them lined up at the centre of the teleportation magic circle. The glow of the magic circle got stronger. After Akeno-san made the last check for the teleportation magic circle, the glow of the teleportation spread throughout the room, and the next moment...Rias and the other two were gone when I opened my eyes. The teleportation succeeded. ...Rias, Kiba, Sensei, good luck. While the three of them were gone, the rest of us who were left behind would look after here!

“Uuu, I’m so lonely.”

Even if I said that earlier, not seeing Rias on my bed...was very painful! It was sleeping time, and I was fighting with loneliness on top of my bed! I sent her off just before, and I was already craving for Rias’s warmth! That’s because we always, always had been sleeping with the three of us, me, Rias, and Asia! And that Rias wasn’t here...!

“Rias...uu, I miss the oppai.”

It was my healing source to sleep by sinking my face in that voluptuous oppai. Rias also welcomed me by saying ‘Come here’ and slept by embracing me! Aaah, Rias’s oppai! Aaah, Rias’s oppaaaai~! I was so sad that I was hugging on Asia.

“...Asia, for tonight, can I sleep like this for a while?”

“Yes, Ise-san sure is a spoiled child.”

That’s right. It’s okay. I had Asia with me. I could endure it since Asia was with me! Aaah, Asia-chan! I always spoiled Asia, but I could have her spoil me sometimes, right? I couldn’t sleep by myself anymore! I was such a weakling! But! It couldn’t be helped! Since I knew the taste of sleeping together with Rias and Asia, I could no longer sleep by myself! When I was about to sleep while hugging onto Asia, there was a knock on the door. Asia and I looked that way. Then, the one who entered by opening the door was—

“Ufufu, I will excuse myself in here for a while from tonight.”

It was Akeno-san, who was wearing a see-through negligee!

“A-Akeno-san! W-What’s wrong?”

“I thought I should replace Rias, so I came here.”

Replacing Rias!? D-Did that mean she would be sleeping with Asia and I? Akeno-san walked towards the bed—

“Then, let’s start—”

—and started to remove her negligee while saying thaaaaaat!

“...I-It’s my first time, b-but please be gentle... ...It’s embarrassing doing it front of Asia-chan, but I will be happy if you turn the lights off...”

Akeno-san became fully naked! And what are you saying while making your face red!? W-What’s going on!? Is something about to happen!?

“P-Please wait, Akeno-san! W-What are you getting so serious about!?”

Akeno-san tilted her head suspiciously when she saw me panicking.

“Eh? That’s because I’m going to replace Rias from tonight so...is it wrong?”

She had a big misunderstanding about something! Asia also got shocked at Akeno-san’s action.

“Hauuu! Akeno-san! What were you trying to do!?”

“But, Asia-chan. If a man and a woman sleep together on the bed...it can only mean one thing, correct?”

I knew it! She took the meaning of sleeping together in that direction! No, apparently, that’s how it was normally! Even I would prefer to have it that way and...no, no!

“N-No! No, that may be it normally, but Rias, Asia and I are sleeping together peacefully, you know!?”

Suddenly, Akeno-san put on a confused look. Just how prepared were you about doing this!?

“Ara, ara, this is troublesome. I waited for this day by preparing myself and being ready for it...and I was looking forward to my precious first night.”

“F-First night...?”

T-There was a wonderful ring to those words! I didn’t know how to explain it, but it was a sense of language that echoed throughout my body and mind...! While ignoring me, who was paralysed by the wonderful Japanese words in my head, Akeno-san tried to enter the bed while being naked! The finest quality of a woman’s body was right in front of me! Her breasts were bouncing in every direction right in front of my eyes! I couldn’t help myself but to follow the movements with my eyes! Akeno-san got inside the bed, and then made a posture of welcoming me into her arms by spreading them!

“Then, shall we sleep normally♪?”

You weren’t planning to sleep normally, were you, Akeno-san!? So I would be doing it with Akeno-san when Rias wasn’t here...and while Asia was looking! W-Was this what you called an affair!? I had expressed my feelings to Rias, but I was thinking of digging right into the woman’s body which was right in front of me! Akeno-san took my hand as if she was enjoying it, and moved it towards her breast! Munyuu~, my hand got sucked onto her breast! Yeah, this was the thing! Akeno-san’s breast! My hand was in joy from the different sensation to that of Rias! This worked well on my brain! Suddenly, Akeno-san put on sorrowful eyes.

“...When I thought you died, I felt that everything ended. My mind went blank...and I kept on remembering Ise-kun that remained in my memory. I was escaping from reality...”

I was told about that situation from Kiba. It seemed like she was in a horrible state. I heard that she was in a state even more serious than Rias, and that she probably wouldn’t have regained her consciousness if her father, Barakiel-san, hadn’t come. ...I made Akeno-san become that depressed just because I might have been dead. I was glad being a man, but even I wouldn’t be able to endure seeing Akeno-san in that state. I then remembered Azazel-sensei’s words.

[Once she removes her mask of being an Onee-sama, what’s left is her true side of ‘depending’ on a man. That can be her father, Barakiel, or you. If danger arises to you two, she will become depressed once again. However, you can also say that it can be used to rise her tension up. You just have to show manliness. Listen up, this is what you have to say.]

Umm, I think Sensei said—

“A-Akeno.”

“——! Y-Yes.”

It seemed like she was shocked to have me suddenly call her name. I wasn’t sure if I was actually allowed to say this, and I felt scared. Sensei, I will believe in you, okay?

“...I-I will definitely not die. I will de-definitely return to your side. Can you believe in me and Rias, and live for my sake?”

...I’ve said it, Sensei! I’ve said it despite being super embarrassed and daring! And from here wasn’t Sensei’s words, but my own words! I must say my true feelings! I took my hand off her oppai and placed it on her shoulder! I took a deep breath, and then said it!

“Let’s become stronger together! Let’s live on together with me and everyone!”

She was from the same group, she was my important senior, and she was Akeno-san who I liked very much. If we were weak, if there was a part of us being weak, then we had to overcome them! I was...still really weak! That’s why, I thought we could just get stronger together and live on! Now, what would be her answer!? Akeno-san had lots of tears falling and—

“……Yeah. Yeah, I’m okay now. I will live on for the sake of you, Rias and everyone else. I will become stronger with you, Ise. I will be with you forever.”

—she nodded! Since her attitude and voice of Onee-sama disappeared like this, and since she turned into a normal girl like this, Akeno-san...became deadly cute...! I then remembered the other thing Azazel-sensei said!

[However, you will have to take responsibility till the end if you say that, okay? Akeno is delicate and is easy to get depressed, so once you say that, you know the relationship will become solid? If you actually die next time, she will be done for. That’s why you can not die at all costs, okay? If you die, it will be a disaster, you know? But if you don’t die, Akeno will become even stronger.]

...I had a big responsibility now! I wasn’t allowed to encounter a situation where I would die now! If this person saw that...wouldn’t she break!? It seemed like I just cornered myself...but yeah! I have to do it! I had destroyed the path of turning back by myself! Akeno-san wiped her tears, and then put on her usual smile. She then said this in that state.

“Yes. Now, I will leave my body under the care of Ise-kun♪.”

——! W-What kind of keywords were those!? She would leave it to me!? She was going to allow me to touch her breasts and have me take care of her body while Rias wasn’t here!? T-Things like that were possible!? No, it was something which was becoming possible right now! W-What should I do!? The Devil and another Devil inside me were saying ‘Go for it’ and ‘No, take Asia as well!’! Gufufu, I was so lost right now! It happened when I was thinking of what to do. The door opened once again.

“...Hello.”

This time, Koneko-chan appeared! She was in a maniac fashion where she was only wearing a white shirt on top!

“K-Koneko-chan? W-What’s wrong?”

“...I will also sleep with Ise-senpai and everyone.”

——!

Koneko-chan walked towards me, and then hugged onto me.

“……Since I had Ravel steal my position on Ise-senpai’s lap, I will protect the position of being lifted up by Senpai at all costs.”

Oh my! Even Koneko-chan is acting this way!

What were all of you doing when your master wasn’t here...!? Though I wasn’t in the position where I could say that!

“It’s not fair that Koneko-chan is the only one being treated like this!”

Even Asia was hugging me from my back!

“...Nya.”

Then, those two appeared while my brain was being affected with Koneko-chan’s sweet voice.

“And I was thinking of taking action while Rias-buchou isn’t here...”

“I-I was dragged here by Xenovia by force! S-Sneaking into a boy’s room to make love is something the Lord won’t forgive!”

“That’s wrong, Irina! We have to take action while Rias-buchou isn’t here!”

It was Xenovia and Irina! They entered my room while dressed in pyjamas! And both of them happened to be standing near the door while making weird poses! What’s up with that totally wrong posing style of a squadron of heroes!? Were they trying to make the whole world laugh with that!? Why was everyone suddenly coming to my room after Rias departed!? No, they were usually like this as well, but weren’t they being aggressive today!? I felt like I would be going along with the flow at this rate! It seemed like by having our master, King Rias, absent, it was going to go wild because there wasn’t any control in this! I then thought of starting a conversation. Ah, that was right. There was one thing that has been bugging me for a long time. How could Irina, who is always encountering the situation of falling, say things like making babies with me? That was what had been bothering me.

“I’ve been thinking about it for a while, but how can an Angel make babies with humans without falling? There are those people, right? Half-Angels that is.”

Yes, just like how a child could be born between a human and a Fallen Angel, people said that a child could be born between an Angel and a human as well. During that procedure, the Angels wouldn’t fall, and the child that was born between them wasn’t a Fallen Angel either. Xenovia and Irina looked at each other. Xenovia opened her mouth...and she took her top pyjama off at the same time~!

“Yeah, there are very few of them, but there are half-Angels.”

“Yup, there certainly are. I have also met them.”

Just like I thought, Irina started to take off her pyjamas following Xenovia’s words!

“However, I’m sure there are many restrictions for Angels when they make babies. Isn’t that right?”

Xenovia, who had taken off her lower pyjamas, tried to get confirmation from Irina. Irina said it while also taking off all of her pyjamas!

“Yup. In order to start that procedure, there are quite a lot things that have to be prepared beforehand. You have to put a barrier on that location, you also have to pray the night before doing it to purify your body, and it’s obviously wrong to have lecherous thoughts while doing it. You have to remember the teachings at all times, and you have to do it while having the mind of a Saint. You will be out if you get drawn into greed even once. And it must be pure love!”

That was a situation which was totally impossible for me! I was sure the human’s side would be full with lust if they knew they could have sex with a beautiful Angel. Even if it was the Angel’s side, I think they would also fall just like how Sensei did, if they found out they could have sex with a cute human woman. I could say that with confidence! Rather than that, both of you were wearing your underwear only! What kind of situation were you two making while talking about something serious!? I was grateful, but the current me wasn’t capable of taking five girls at once!

“...Somehow, not permitted to have lust while being in love, and to make babies while having the mind of a Saint...sounds so impossible that it seems hard.”

When I muttered that out while wiping my nose, Xenovia nodded.

“That’s why only the chosen ones can become one with an Angel. At the same time, the Angel also has to finish till the end without being drawn to their greed. They will fall the moment they get drawn to their greed.”

So it meant it was a sex which had such a high level of difficulty. Oh man, that would be impossible for me. I would be all hyped the moment I saw their breasts. I was glad I was neither an Angel nor a believer! Looks like Devils were the best! Ah, then it looked like it would be hard for Irina. That was because she was in danger of falling when she encountered a situation which was sex-related. —Despite that, this Angel-san was only wearing her underwear!

“So it’s impossible for you, Irina?”

Xenovia said it to Irina as if she was speaking for me. Irina put on an unpleasant face.

“...S-Since we are childhood friends, I’m sure there are obstacles we can overcome together!”

“Oh yeah, that’s right. I forgot you two are childhood friends.”

“Geez, Xenovia! I decided to challenge the limits of an Angel!”

“To begin with, why are you approaching Ise? Ever since the peace meeting of the Three Great Powers, I decided inside my heart that this guy is the one. He talked to Michael-sama directly for my prayers! You do know it’s something which isn’t capable for a normal guy, right?”

“I-I...!”

“Irina, you won’t deny that you started to like him with the flow and influence, right?”

“T-That isn’t it! It’s because he looks cool!”

“Your reason is weak! I can only think that you started to like your friend’s partner!”

“I remembered it just recently! When we were little, Ise-kun promised me!”

I put a ‘?’ above my head when Irina said that. Did I promise you something...?

“Anyhow, Irina, I want you to emit your power of light behind me and Ise! I’m going to do this by showing my right breast, and then also my left breast!”

“Xenovia, you dummy! I’m not a light bulb! This time, it’s different compared to the time at the school trip!”

Ah, ah, these two started again...

“Ufufu, I’m a Devil and a Fallen Angel. So you don’t have to worry about anything.”

Akeno-san! Please stop taking my hand towards your breast again! I won’t be able to endure it any loooooonger~!

“Koneko-san! I knew you would come here!”

Even Ravel had finally come! She walked towards the bed and I could sense anger in her footsteps.

“...Excuse me!”

She then sat on the corner of my bed! Hey, hey, hey, Ravel!?

“...I may be inexperienced, but I will have myself stay at the corner of the bed! I am your manager after all! I must protect Ise-sama from this cat!”

Ravel threatened Koneko-chan while making a face. Koneko-chan’s eyes were sparkling as if she was fighting back! Damn it! No matter what they did, my two juniors were cute!

“...Bird girl.”

“...Thieving cat.”

...It wasn’t a situation where it was about sex or making a child, was it? My room was too chaotic!

“Ise-senpai! I have come because I’m too lonely~!”

The one who entered my room last while having teary eyes was Gya-suke! He madde his appearance while bringing a box! I see, so he became lonely since Kiba, who was living with him, left!

“As you can see, my bed is already full! If the corner of the room is okay, then sleep over there!”

When I said that, Gasper actually made a base at the corner of my room and opened his box! The Danball Vampire could sleep anywhere as long as he had a box! Akeno-san also took my hand off her oppai as if she had given up. Ah, such a waste!

“Ara, ara, looks like Ise-kun’s bed is full with people now. At this rate, I won’t be able to have an affair for a while.”

...Yes, it was very regrettable, but...it wasn’t possible in this situation... Actually, I didn’t think tonight would be the only day it would be like this... Then, the closet opened roughly. Ophis appeared as if it was the last part of the night.

“I, appear from the closet. Ehem.”

What’s with those words full with confidence!? Rather, since when have you been hiding there!? ...Haa. It’s finalised with the appearance of our Ophis-sama. So I will sleep peacefully with everyone today as well.

Part 2[edit]

After a few days since Rias left Japan.

I was having a school life which was no different than usual. Apparently, Rias and the others arrived in Romania safely, and were currently heading towards their destination. Except, the territory where the Vampires lived was located away from the area where humans lived as I predicted, and I heard it was very difficult to travel to that location. I had been receiving calls periodically, and it seemed it would take a lot of time to get there. ...We could only believe in Rias and wait for the good news while waiting here.

“Why are you putting on such a serious face?”

I had my head poked by Matsuda. ...It was about time for our physical education class, so I had changed into my jersey and was about to head towards the sports ground. It was already winter. So moving my body in the sports ground as becoming more tiring. No, I also hated it in summer since it was hot!

“Lately, the physical education class has been you soloing it, Ise. It’s alright if I team up with you, but I hate it if I have to take you on.”

Motohama said that while making a sigh. I’m sorry. Since I became a Devil, my stamina and such had improved due to training and fighting strong foes. ...If I didn’t hold back I would surpass that a human’s level, so you do realise that I was taking the physical education class while holding back? My power had spurred ever since I got my body renewed, so not just me, but also these guys got shocked because outrageous power came out at times when I wasn’t expecting it. ...Since I was a humanoid Dragon, the way to suppress my power was different from before. I was shocked at my inhuman level of ability when I first became a Devil, but I got a complicated feeling as soon as I thought that ‘I became a being that is different from Matsuda and Motohama’. ...How long would I be able to remain friends with these guys? If it was possible, I wanted to remain friends with these guys for the rest of my life. But Devil lives were long and they could control the age of their appearance. When Matsuda and Motohama became old men, would I have to make myself look like an old man despite having an appearance of a young man when fulfilling my life as a Devil? It seemed like hanging out with these guys would be even harder. W-Well, there was no point thinking about that now. I would just concentrate on physical education class. Matsuda then said it when we were about to reach the sports ground.

“You know how there was a guy called Taoka during junior high school?”

“Ah, that guy who had so much passion towards girls’ body hair. He sure was a maniac.”

I remembered him. Yeah, yeah, he was going on about hairs. He apparently liked the leftover shaved hairs. ...It was a bit hard for me to understand that feeling. Did it mean I was still young? Matsuda continued.

“It seems like his brother is going to become independent and have his own shop. And his partner who is doing business together with him is the manager of his club during his years as a student whom he got along with.”

“Hmm, hmm, so he’s going to have his own shop together with the female manager? You sure can see the relation between a guy and a girl from that story.”

Motohama said that with a lecherous face. Well, it was natural that he would think that way. Matsuda shrugged his shoulder.

“Well, I’m not sure about that. But it seems like she supported him since they were students. Apparently he persuaded her since they were students by saying ‘I will become independent by having my own shop one day, so I want you to come with me’. It seems like that manager is capable of doing things and other guys also have been asking her to come with them, but she decided to follow Taoka’s brother since they had the strongest trust between them.”

“Hmm, so he already thought about having a shop since he was a student. That is passionate in its own way.”

So it was something like how Ravel tagged along with my business. ...Starting my own business, huh. Being independent. So it was necessary to have a partner. In other words, having a manager was a must. Matsuda nodded at my comment.

“Right? But having a promise about the future sure seems nice. I also want a manager like that who I can make a promise with!”

I did have one. It was Ravel. Even now, she was selecting the Magicians together with me. Making a promise about the future with Ravel? So when I became a High-class Devil and became independent, I should tell her to follow me as my manager? ...Not bad. Instead, it sounded good. I could truly feel that way when I looked at how Ravel was doing now.

“You are right. And if it’s possible, the manager has to be a girl.”

“Definitely!”

“Of course!”

The two bastards agreed to my comment. Yeah! Making a promise with a very capable manager, huh. It was something you couldn’t declare to a person unless you had enough ambition, strength and confidence in you. That’s because you would have to live on together with them by having that person’s life and way of life in your hands. ...So there was a risk that you might ruin that person’s life. And it was something very, very important. I also had a girl that I wanted to fulfill my dream...my life with. I was blessed. I had started to think that I wanted to work together with Ravel more seriously. That was because she was reliable when I saw her supporting me, who was still lacking. I also wanted her to be my manager from now on. It happened when I was thinking about it.

“...Hey, look. There are guys who are cosplaying.”

Matsuda pointed at a certain direction.

“Oh, oh, what is that? Are they something like Magicians?”

Hearing Motohama’s words, I looked towards that direction right away.

...

...I thought my daily life was something that wouldn’t be destroyed somewhere in my heart. For example, the Hyoudou Residence would be safe and peaceful, and the Kuoh Academy during the day was a school that I could attend normally. I thought it would be different from the not normal daily life. There were several people wearing Magicians’ robes in front of me, and they had their hands aimed towards me. ...A magic circle was glowing below their feet. They took off their hoods. Three guys! They looked like foreigners. ...Those guys were clearly sending out hostility towards me.

“Matsuda, Motohama, run.”

Both of them put on a serious expression at my serious advice.

“Ah, what’s wrong?”

“You look pale, Ise. Did something happen between you and that group of cosplayers?”

The two of them couldn’t understand this situation! This situation must be kidding me! Those guys had activated a magic circle on their hands! At this rate, they would throw magical attacks this way! I sprinted from the location so I could change the direction of where they would attack!

“Matsuda, Motohama! Run away! Just go behind the building! Quickly!”

I shouted while running, so I could lure the Magicians to the area where there was no one present! It was fortunate that their target was me, so they came after me! Matsuda and Motohama were shouting something from afar...but this wasn’t the time for it! I needed to do something about these guys...or my friends would get hurt!

“So you are defending your comrades, Sekiryuutei!”

“Haha! It’s just like what is written on the report! You are soft!”

“But the ranking of his power in the youth Devils that the association gave him is SS! He isn’t just exceptional!”

What kind of nonsense were they saying!? Association? Magic? Was it Mephisto Pheles-san? No, that wasn’t it. I only met him once, but I didn’t think a good-humoured person like that would send Magicians with so much hostility to this school!

――!

...Stray Magicians. I remembered that I heard the story about irresponsible guys who weren’t acknowledged by the association and who had been repeating offences by destroying things. But why were the Stray Magicians here during noon at Kuoh Academy!? This area was within the territory of the alliance of the Three Great Powers. A strong barrier was built here, and it was made so bad guys wouldn’t be able to enter that easily! In order to pass through, you needed a certain level of qualification, and also by passing the examination! No, to begin with, there was no way someone would let terrorists come in! I somehow managed to lure these guys into the forest area within the school’s campus while having many doubts. Several Magicians and I confronted each other. They activated the magic circle once again, and they had the magical aura gather to their hands. Now, since there wasn’t anyone here, I would make my gauntlet appear!

“Boosted Gear!”

A red gauntlet appeared on my left arm! ...But there was no response from it. The jewel...wasn’t glowing! ...Oh man. Looks like I made it appear within the time when Ddraig wasn’t feeling well. Oh man. With this, the only way I could use my gauntlet was for defending! The Magicians were looking at me suspiciously because I hadn’t used my ability despite making my gauntlet appear.

“...Isn’t he going to activate his Sacred Gear?”

“No, maybe he can’t activate it.”

“Hey, hey, we came here to challenge the power of Sekiryuutei, you know?”

They were having a conversation like that. A challenge? They came here for a reason like that?

“You guys, what is your motive for coming here?”

I asked. They just laughed happily.

“The association of the chairman Mephisto has given ranks to you young Devils.”

I knew about that. That they had given ranks to the groups of what they were calling Rookies Four. Thankfully, I was also given a rank. And it was a very high rating. They rated my achievement of taking down the terrorists. ...Well, the real fact was that I wasn’t the most popular one since the Magicians that sent their resumes compared my history with how useful I would be for their research about magic. One of the Magicians showed a fearless smile.

“That’s why we felt like testing you while going along with the plan.”

Plan? Plan for what? I became filled with doubts, and then I heard the sound of an explosion. ...It came from the new school building! The ground also made a small shake, and it made me realise how serious this situation was! Did it mean they did quite a large-scale magical attack!? The new school building! Was someone taking on the Magicians!? Both the guys and girls of our class were having physical education right now. The guys were at the sports ground and the girls were at gymnasium. So it was Akeno-san, who was a third year, or Rossweisse-san, who was a teacher. Or it was the members from the Student Council.

――!

Then, a bad premonition came to my mind after I thought about it! ...The first years’ classroom. Koneko-chan, Gya-suke and Ravel. The Magicians...were after those related to the Phoenix. The plan these guys spoke of...

“You guys! So you are after Ravel!”

Three of them laughed after hearing my shout.

“Well, that’s how it is.”

“As a start, I want you to play along with us so that we can make time.”

They activated a magic circle to their hands, and they released a fire attack at me! I dodged it by jumping backwards, and then leapt forward the moment my feet land on the ground!

“You can’t be serious!”

I promoted to Queen right away. I then shortened my distance, and then went attacking towards one of the Magicians! I could still beat down all of you bare-handed even if my Sacred Gear wasn’t activated! My attack was stopped by the defence magic circle which appeared right before hitting him. I could feel the hard impact from my fist. ...Shit! I couldn’t break through the defence magic with a mere punch! It seemed like I could take them down even bare-handed if my attack lands on their face!

“You are full of openings!”

From the side, lots of stone-sized ice was released from the magic circle!

I blocked them with my gauntlet but...it wasn’t good! Blocking all of it will be hard! Shards of ice hit deeply and heavily all over my body! My whole body hurt, but there wasn’t the time for it! My junior was being targeted! I couldn’t stay here like this! I...then concentrated my thought to my right arm. Aura gathered to my right fist. No, this wasn’t a punch which had aura concentrated in it. My right arm thickened, and it showed itself while ripping apart my jersey. ―My right arm had dragonified. With my newly tuned body, it was now possible to have a part of my body turn into that of a Dragon depending on how much thought I put into it. Dragonification turned my mind into battle mode, and I didn’t want to use it much as possible because my body got dull after its use...but I was in a situation like this. Since I was in a situation where I couldn’t use my Sacred Gear, this was the only option I had! And also, by dragonifying, that part of my body also got enhanced! I couldn’t dragonify my whole body, but I had learned how to make one part of my body like my arms and legs transform! I made a stance with my dragonified right arm, then I took a step to my right and went hitting towards the Magician who was standing there. The opponent activated a defence magic circle in front of him―

BREAK!

―but it got destroyed with my strike while making a hopeless sound. Yeah! I could do it with this arm! I used the momentum to follow through and hit the Magician squarely in the face!

“Guwaa!”

That Magician went flying backwards, and he collapsed on the ground after hitting his back on the tree. There were still explosive sounds coming from the new school building. ...Looks like I can’t be wasting my time here!

“You are quite the thing. I never thought you would attack with a Dragon’s arm.”

“Well, it’s okay. It starts from here.”

The remaining two still had fighting spirit in them. Shit! I can’t take my time fighting you guys! But when I was about jump at them, a small magic circle appeared to the rear of both Magicians. ...Was that a communication-type magic circle? Both of them were listening to the information being told to them, and then broke their stances while putting on a disturbing smile. They continued by carrying the Magician who was on the ground and activated a magic circle below their feet. ―They were planning to run away!

“Wait!”

I tried to capture them, but they disappeared within the teleportation light while leaving behind disturbing words, ‘Let’s play again!’――


After my battle with the Magicians ended, I went running towards the new school building. Since I needed to have Akeno-san scatter the Dragon’s power to fix my right arm, I wrapped the jersey around my arm and hid it. ...I couldn’t show an arm like this to the other students after all. ...I checked while coming here, but several locations of the building had been destroyed. The window side of the building had been destroyed very badly, and there were holes at the school garden. ...I only had bad feelings about this! I headed towards the first years’ classroom―to where Koneko-chan and the others were. At the corridor, in front of the classroom. It had been destroyed violently, there were holes at the window side of the building, and it changed so much that you could view outside. The wind breeze comes in. There was one girl who seemed to be Koneko-chan’s classmate sitting on the floor. The other first years were looking at the situation of the corridor from their classroom’s door fearfully. I walked towards one of the first year students sitting on the floor of the corridor, and then spoke.

“Are you okay?”

This girl was looking with daze as if she had just experienced a very terrifying moment, and her body was stiff. It seemed like my words hadn’t reached her ears. ...She must have gone through a scary experience by being attacked from the Magicians. I shook her shoulders, and then looked towards the classroom...but I didn’t see Koneko-chan, Gasper and Ravel. They escaped? It would be good if they did... However, that probably wasn’t it. It’s those kids who thought a lot about their comrades. They would have taken actions to protect their comrades. Even though she hadn’t come to her senses, the first year girl muttered.

“...I was caught by suspicious looking people...and Koneko-san, Gasper-kun and Ravel-san saved me and...”

――! Koneko-chan, Gasper, Ravel! So this girl was taken hostage and...!

“Koneko-chan and the other two were covered by lights along with those weird people who were cosplaying as Magicians, and then disappeared!”

A student who was observing the situation of the corridor from the classroom’s door told me. ...So they were taken hostage and got taken away...!

BANG!

I banged my left fist at the corridor while having ill feelings. ...Shit. Protecting her my ass...! I couldn’t even protect Ravel while Rias was gone...! I bit my teeth with frustration...! After a while, my comrades and the Student Council members appeared. It seemed like everyone besides the first year trio were safe. ...Those Magicians, what were they planning to do with my juniors...!?


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