Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance:Volume2 Chapter8
Chapter 8 - Fianna's confession
When Kamito awakened, there were the faces of two girls before his eyes.
"Great, you've awakened."
"You're too rash... idiot."
...It seemed that he overused his divine power and had fainted.
Upon getting up from the cold ground, Kamito looked around his vicinity.
The flickering glow of the spirit crystal was dimly illuminating the darkness.
The tunnel had collapsed and it seemed that the path was completely blocked by the fallen earth and sand.
"Both of you, are your injuries alright?"
"Yes, we are... are you alright?"
"Ah, I only overused my divine power a little. What, have I worried you?
"Id-Idiot, it's not I like I was worried or anything!"
Claire's palm landed a clean hit exactly on his wound. Kamito writhed in the intense pain.
"...Come on, what are you doing?"
Fianna sighed in astonishment.
Kamito pressed his hurting shoulder as he surveyed the surroundings,
"Are the others safe?"
"Yes...although, it's hard to say that they're safe. For now, I've given them some emergency treatment."
When Fianna held up the light, the appearance of Ellis and the others lying on the ground could be seen.
...Their condition certainly couldn't be said as 'safe'.
Rakka and Reishia, who received the poison directly, were in an unconscious critical state.
Ellis seemed to be conscious, but it seemed that walking was impossible in that condition.
Next to Rinslet, who was leaning on and sitting against the wall, Fenrir was licking its master's wounds.
"What on earth happened to him — Jio Inzagi?"
"Fianna released the spirit that was sealed in the spirit crystal. He was swallowed into the pillar of light and disappeared...Well, although, I don't think he's dead."
"Was that a spirit crystal...?"
When Kamito faced towards Fianna, she nodded with a "Yes".
"However, a spirit crystal that can seal such a spirit—"
It was such a destructive power that it forced back Jio Inzagi's Thanatos, and made the tunnel collapse.
That holy spirit that Fianna released was, without a doubt, a high ranking spirit.
However, he had not heard of something like the existence of a spirit crystal and so forth that can seal a high ranking spirit.
"Blood Stone—a treasure handed down in the Ordesia royal family."
"Hey you, you also don't know the Blood Stone? It's common knowledge for elementalists."
Claire sighed in astonishment at Kamito frowning.
"It can't be helped, I'm different from a noble, and I'm unfamiliar with things like that."
When Kamito said that, Claire shrugged her shoulders in disappointment and gave an explanation.
"Blood Stone isn't an ordinary spirit crystal. It can seal a part of a high ranking spirit's power with a special spirit crystal that was mined at a sacred ground of Astral Zero. Of course, it isn't something that you can buy with money or power. It is a genuine treasure of national-level, after all."
"Is that so..."
Although her existence was erased from the royal family, Fianna was the former second princess of the Ordesia Empire. The moment she was admitted into Areishia Spirit Academy, she might have been made to hand it over in the screening.
"I had tricked the stupid palace guards and pilfered it from the royal family's treasure hall. As I had switched it with an imitation, it's alright."
The princess puffed her chest out.
"Ah, I thought it was like that... Hn?"
Incidentally, Kamito picked up a strange feeling that something was out of place.
The out-of-place feeling's true identity was... Fianna's pushed out chest.
...Small. It had obviously become small.
(That reminds me, just now Fianna...)
She was hiding that spirit crystal—Blood Stone in her chest.
Although it wasn't such a big thing, how was she hiding that?
"Ug... D-Don't look..."
Fianna, who noticed Kamito's line of sight, crossed both her hands and bashfully covered her chest.
"Kamito, Fianna, you know, had been deceiving us all this time!"
Claire thrust out her finger at her in a snap like she was blaming her.
"That's right, this girl is a fake-breast princess!"
Kamito slowly turned towards Fianna with a deadpan look,
"...Uh, is that right?"
"Th-That's right, they're pads... is that wrong?"
The princess' cheeks reddened, and she quickly faced away.
"No, it's nothing worth getting furious over, but... why did you do such a thing?"
"...To protect the Blood Stone. No one could steal it if it was within my chest. Moreover, I heard b-boys all like large breasted girls, so..."
From the start, her purpose for coming to the academy was to ensnare Kamito and make him her comrade.
...That reminded him, she had been coming and pressing her breasts on him at random, but was that for such a thing?
"No, there are also boys who like girls even if their breasts are small."
For some reason, Claire's ears reacted with a twitch to Kamito's words.
"Ka-Kamito, what you said just now... is that true?"
"Yeah, after all, to each their own liking of the opposite sex. Well, personally, I think that compared to having none, having them is better... Ouch!"
At that moment, Claire's sharp whip came flying.
"No, what I said just now was my personal thought. In the world, there are also many boys of such enthusiastic preference—"
Slight tears surfaced in her ruby pupils, as Claire bit her lips.
(Nevertheless, that soft feeling was the pads?...)
...He completely did not notice it. As expected, the technological level of the imperial capital couldn't be made light of.
"Although it was my plan to use that Blood Stone at the Blade Dance as a trump card."
Greatly lowering her volume, Fianna clasped to her breasts, as she muttered.
Although, it wasn't that they were that small. They were about normal for a girl of her age.
At the very least, they weren't deplorable breasts like Claire's—
"...No, sorry. It was nothing."
Kamito averted his eyes in a fluster away from Claire, who was glaring sternly with her teary eyes.
Ahem, he coughed and turned towards Fianna.
"However, why did you bring such a spirit crystal?"
The spirit and part of its power, which were released from the spirit crystal, would instantly return to Astral Zero, it could not be used again.
Therefore, elementalists, who possessed contracted spirits, didn't use spirit crystals normally. After all, it was certainly more effective to use spirit magic and contracted spirits most of the time in a blade dance.
When he asked, Fianna looked downwards and calmly sighed.
"Well, it'll get exposed eventually. I'll tell you guys right here and now."
Kamito and Claire exchanged glances at Fianna's unusually serious expression.
"—It was four years ago from now, I lost the ability to use my spirit."
It was for this reason that while being expected as the Queen candidate next to Rubia Elstein— Fianna Ray Ordesia the second princess resigned from that position and was erased from the royal family.
That was because she could not use her contracted spirit.
"A princess maiden, who can't use a contracted spirit, doesn't have the qualifications to be a Queen worth serving the Elemental Lord."
Fianna looked downwards, and muttered like that in self-deprecation.
An elementalist that couldn't use her spirit was —literally— no longer an elementalist.
And the situation, where an elementalist suddenly became unable to use her spirit, wasn't something that unusual.
For example, there were cases where her body may be soiled, or the covenant made during the contract was broken— even outside of such cases, there are cases that one became unable to exchange feelings with her spirit due to some sort of emotional trauma.
In short, the exchange of feelings with the spirit was greatly dependent on the elementalist's state of mind.
What was the incident that became the cause of it— She did not even talk about anything concerning that.
Kamito didn't plan on enquiring that deeply.
(However, speaking of four years ago—)
It was that major incident that shook the Ordesia Empire.
It was the year that the Calamity Queen's— Rubia Elstein's mutiny occurred.
And then, Fianna was a princess maiden of the same Divine Ritual Institute as her.
She experienced that incident, which caused an emotional trauma that made her lose her spirit contract power.
A coincidence— he didn't think so.
"I'm sorry for hiding it. Although, I was thinking about telling it someday... If I was known to be unable to exchange feelings with my spirit, I would have become unable to stay in this academy."
"But, how did you pass the examination? If I'm not mistaken, there must be a practical examination."
Kamito passed exceptionally without an examination due to Greyworth's authority, but, originally, there was a strict practical examination in the academy. It was not that anyone possessing the ability of an elementalist could enter.
"I concealed several pieces of spirit crystals in my sleeves, and released them in sequence. To pretend that it was as if I was using a spirit. Since I had achievements when I was a Queen candidate of the Divine Ritual Institute once, they were easily deceived."
"You used valuable spirit crystals for such a dishonest entry to the academy?"
"The invigilation also would never think that there would be a person doing such a thing."
"How stupid, even if you were admitted like that, isn't it obvious that you'd be instantly exposed. For you to do such a thing, why did you come to this academy?
Fianna glanced towards Kamito.
Her goal was to join the team with the Ren AshbellStrongest Blade Dancer and be victorious in the Blade Dance.
However, he would be troubled if Claire was told that... Very troubled.
Thereupon, Fianna smirked in a way that only Kamito understood.
"That's to kiss Kamito-kun—"
"That's not it. Hey, Claire, stop taking out your whip."
Fianna saw Claire's eyebrow lifted up and giggled.
"It's a joke. My goal is to be victorious in the Blade dance and have my Wish granted. To regain my lost spirit contract power."
"Everyone is the same in aiming for the victory of the Blade Dance. However, why did you think of joining our team? It's also weird for me to say this but our team has the lowest rank."
Thereupon, Fianna suddenly placed her finger on her lips as she pondered.
"...That's right. Since I thought that you guys would accept me."
It was subtly different from Fianna's usual impish tone.
"What do you mean?"
"After all, you have a male elementalist and you are the sister of the Calamity Queen. Even if the Lost Queen, who has lost her elementalist qualifications, joins in, it isn't that out of place, isn't it?"
She had that joking tone. She had a lonely expression like she was self-deprecating herself somewhere.
The reason that Fianna came to the academy and approached Kamito.
To be victorious in the Blade Dance, she would use Kamito, who was once the Ren AshbellStrongest Blade Dancer— or so she claimed.
However, the true reason —unexpectedly— might be more like this.
Being lonely, being a fibber, the impish princess just wanted friends—
"Well then, I've confessed my secret but—"
Ahem, Fianna coughed and said.
"What am I going to do? The team wouldn't need an elementalist who can't use her contracted spirit, I wonder?"
The princess stared at Kamito and Claire in front of her with a lonely expression.
Her tone was certainly in a joking manner, but her black pupils were wavering, seemingly insecure.
And then, Claire had also probably noticed. That her fingertips were slightly quivering.
"It doesn't matter, such a thing."
"Fianna, you protected us by risking your life. You're our comrade."
Fianna widened her eyes, astonished.
"Hey, is that alright?"
Kamito turned towards Claire—
Claire nodded as she looked towards Fianna's chest, who had turned pale.
"Fianna, you are my comrade. Comrade of the breastless alliance."
"Don't put me together with you! I have more than you, Claire!"
"Wh-What was that!"
*Gogogogogo*... Claire's red hair flared up, standing on its end; and at that moment.
Suddenly, the ground shook.
From the almost-crumbling ceiling, fragments of rubble were dropping in large amounts.
"...An earthquake again!?"
"Don't tell me... Jormungandrthe strategic-class militarized spirit is already about to wake up?"
"It seems so. However, as long as Jio Inzagi hasn't found the true shrine, he shouldn't be able to completely undo the seal."
"Well then, if we could find the true shrine first—"
Claire stopped in mid-sentence and gasped in surprised.
"The seal specification materials that was stolen from the academy— the location of the true shrine might be recorded in that."
"I see! If that was the goal for him to steal the materials—"
"No, the military materials are already enciphered. Deciphering it should take time."
The one, who raised her voice, was Ellis raising half her body up from the ground.
It seemed that she woke up from the earthquake just now.
"Ellis, can you already move?"
Kamito called out to her.
"No, I still can't walk yet. It's shameful but my legs are being paralyzed by the poison."
Ellis struck her unmoving knees as she bit her lips, seemingly vexed.
"I also have not recovered to the point that I am able to fight."
This time it was Rinslet, who was leaning against the wall, raising her voice.
"Fianna, even if you lost your spirit contract power, can you dance the ritual kagura?"
"Yes, it isn't like when I was in the Divine Ritual Institute, but I can roughly enhance the resealing. As expected, I wouldn't accept a quest that I can't even do."
Fianna nodded and softly placed her hand on her chin.
"Although, we have to first find the hidden true shrine, and seize it."
"Do we have to search the inside of this vast mine...?"
In any case, it was a mine that was abandoned several decades ago. The tunnels weren't being maintained, and on top of that, there was the danger that it'll cave in easily even at a small earthquake like a while ago.
"Besides, we might encounter that Jio Inzagi again."
Everyone became silent at Claire's utterance.
He was the male elementalist, who used a countless number of spirits.
Even if the members, who boasted of having top class ability formed a group, they were also no match for him.
(He knows about Restia...)
Kamito instinctively grasped his left hand, which was covered by his leather glove.
(Who on earth is he?)
"That boy, it was as though he was like the real Demon King..."
"Uh, he was driven away by Fianna's surprise attack just now, but I don't think that could have defeated him."
Ellis nodded with a meek expression at Rinslet's murmuring.
At that moment.
"Kamito, I know the location of the true shrine."
A sound came from the sword leaning against the wall.
Kamito touched Est's handle, and cancelled the elemental waffe status.
The Demon Slayer became particles of light, disappeared into an empty space, and transformed into a lovely girl in a moment.
"What do you mean that you know the location of the true shrine?"
"Yes, Kamito, in the olden days more distant than when this place became a mine— several hundred years ago, this very mountain was the high ranking shrine that was used to deify spirits. I visited this place several times before I was sealed in a sword."
That was right, Est was originally a top-ranking spirit, who was sealed several hundred years ago. It was not strange even if she was deified by everyone on the sacred mountain.
"Can you guide us to the location of the true shrine?"
"Yes, Kamito. Then, please stroke Est's head."
*Suri suri*. *Nade nade*.
"Hn, it feels good, Kamito."
Est closed her eyes partly like a cat being stroked on its chin.
The girls stared at them with a freezing-like gaze.
"I've been thinking since before, but Kamito, don't you think you're soft on Est?"
"I-I don't think so"
He instinctively stepped back at the girls' glaring gazes.
At that moment.
It shook again. ...This time, it was even greater than a while ago.
"We had better hurry."
Kamito nodded, but— he suddenly turned around and stopped.
Ellis shook her head when she realized what Kamito was thinking about.
"We're alright. While, you were unconscious, I had released and sent Simorgh to the academy. The Knights should be rushing here to aid us at dawn."
"Go, Kazehaya Kamito. We failed in our quest. I'll entrust the rest to you guys."
"It seems I am unable to fight, I will stay behind for their treatment."
Kamito tightly clenched his fist—
"...I understand. I'll come back as soon as possible."
"Let's go Kamito, Fianna."
Claire raised her Flametounge over her head, and blew away the mountain of rubble blocking the path.
His stifled groan reverberated in the tunnel walls.
Jio was loitering in the thick darkness which was twined around him as though it was his own skin.
As he placed his hand on his injured face, he walked in a ghost-like manner.
"Isn't the long-awaited handsome man ruined, huh?"
A stiff smile surfaced, as he talked into the darkness before him, and the one who replied was—
"You're over conceited, Jio Inzagi. You were negligent."
Suddenly, an even darker darkness was produced in the darkness, and took the form of a beautiful girl.
"Shut up, it's because your spirit was of no avail."
"I never thought that there would be a holy spirit user. Although ThanatosDeath Spirit is at the top-rank for the darkness attribute, its compatibility is overly bad for a spirit of the holy attribute."
"—Where are they heading?"
"Probably to the true shrine that governs the control of Jormungandrstrategic-class militarized spirit. As I am still tied with the bond of the contract to him, I somehow know roughly where he is."
The jet black girl preciously stroked the spirit seal that was engraved on her own left hand.
"Guide me, darkness spirit. I'll make them regret placing an injury on the Demon King's face."
"Let it go. He is the real Demon King— After all, you, who's no more than a fake, could absolutely not win. Besides, Ren AshbellStrongest Blade Dancer has never lost to an opponent he fought once."
"Watch your mouth, darkness spirit. I can even make you mine right here and now."
Jio's red eyes glared at her.
—He showed a red shiny comma-shaped jewel grasped in his hand.
"...Really, what a foolish boy."
The darkness spirit muttered disdainfully, waved her dark-colored dress, and disappeared into empty space.
—Solid footsteps were heard in the long tunnels that went on endlessly.
The three of them were going deep down underground with Est, who was walking silently, in the lead.
It was as if the mine, which once flourished as a place for mining spirit crystals, was a giant maze. It was an excessively large passage for people to use. Large sized spirits might have been used for the digging of the bedrock.
There were many doors that used to be sealed, but they had all been opened.
It was probably the deed of Jio Inzagi's comrade, who had been carrying out the ritual at the shrine above ground.
Suddenly, Kamito's leather-gloved left hand hurt sharply.
"What's wrong, Kamito? Are your wounds hurting?"
"No, it's nothing..."
Kamito shook his head at Claire, who was peering at him anxiously.
Claire pouted her lips, dissatisfied with such a response from Kamito.
"...It somewhat feels like you are always fighting alone."
She muttered with a sigh.
"It was also like that when we were assembling a team for the tournament. No, it wasn't just that time during the match, I felt like that also when you were taking the lectures, and also when you were in the dormitory... how should I say it, shouldn't you trust me, your partner... that's not it, your master, more?"
"Is that so? ...Or rather, I don't want to be told that by you, who has no friends."
"Sh-Shut up, I do have friends!"
"Isn't it only Rinslet?"
"Sh-She's just a childhood acquaintance, it's not like she's a friend!"
"Ah, what a coincidence. I was also always alone while eating my meals when I was in the Divine Ritual Institute."
"Fianna, you too? ...What's with this deplorable party?"
As they were having such an endless conversation, they went down a long stairway.
"Hey, are we still not there, Est? Although, we have been walking for more than an hour since then."
"A few paths seem different since several hundred years ago. And Claire is noisy."
"It can't be helped, it was even several hundred years before when Est was sealed."
"Unh, Kamito, you're on Est's side again..."
As they made progress down, down, the endless stairway— finally, they emerged out into a wide space.
Est continued walking straight, and stopped before a gigantic wall.
"...Here? Isn't this a dead end?"
Claire frowned suspiciously.
There was a stone wall towering over its surroundings before the four of them.
Est held up the light, and the subtle carving that was engraved on the wall's surface was reflected.
It wasn't something engraved during these several hundred years— it seemed that it was a historic ruin from the mythical age.
"This is the carving of the Five Great Elemental Lords... or looks like it."
The motif of the carving was quite a typical thing.
Fire, water, wind, earth, holy— The kings of the five attributes that control Astral Zero.
Suddenly, Kamito felt something out of place in the design of that pattern, and frowned.
It had that composition that had the holy attribute Elemental Lord arranged at the top and a pentagram drawn.
At its bottom— It had a large scar like the wall was scraped off.
It was as unnatural as if the existence of the thing over there was erased.
Est went forward and placed her hand softly on that torn-off part.
"This is the carving of the mythical age— In the later times, Ren Ashdoll had its existence erased."
"...? Est, what did—"
The moment Kamito found fault with that, a thunderous roar reverberated in the underground tunnel.
A closed crevice of the wall slowly opened— a blue light illuminated.
"A hidden door?—"
"This is the historic ruins of the mythical age. The door can only be opened by high-ranking spirits."
Est muttered expressionlessly.
"Kamito, please praise me more."
"Ah, Est is remarkable."
*Suri suri*. *Nade nade*.
"Kamito, it feels good..."
Upon brushing the hair on her head, Est tightly closed her eyes.
Claire and Fianna glared at the two of them in that manner.
"...As I thought, you're soft towards Est."
"Kamito-kun, if we don't hurry up Jormungandrstrategic-class militarized spirit would wake up."
"Ah, that's right..."
Drawing his hand back at Fianna strangely hurrying him, Kamito walked into the middle of the door.
—Over there, there was an unbelievably gigantic cave.
It had a polished agate floor. It had a stalactite ceiling that was inlaid with countless spirit crystals.
Each of the spirit crystals emitted a mysterious faint light, and they were dazzlingly illuminating the cave.
At the center of the large cave— there was a shrine made with precious metals and crystals.
Compared to the grand shrine above ground, it was quite small, but its solemnity was the highlight.
"—There's no doubt. Here is where this mine's true shrine is."
"All Fianna has to do is to dedicate a resealing ritual kagura here, right?"
"Yes. However, before that—"
Fianna pointed at a small reservoir near the true shrine.
Clear underground water, which had trickled down from the stalactite, was being collected.
"I must do the purification ritual and cleanse my body."
"That's right, I also want to bathe. My purity has fallen greatly due to the battle a while ago."
Claire muttered— Suddenly, she noticed Kamito's gaze.
"...Err, what should I do?"
"Y-You'll stand watch outside!"
Her whip came flying immediately.
Claire made a lovely "Hyan" voice at the drop of water that dripped down from the ceiling's stalactite.
She had very fair skin. She had a body that depicted elegant curves. Her breasts were certainly reserved, but they were unthinkably charming even when seen by Fianna who as of the same gender.
(They are certainly sisters, she got her beauty from her sister...)
Her facial profile with her red twintails untied certainly made Fianna recall Claire's sister's face.
The Calamity Queen— Rubia Elstein.
The one who completely crushed young Fianna's heart.
It wasn't like she resented Claire, who was her sister.
(Speaking of it, I don't even understand whether or not I hate Rubia-sama...)
Etched into Fianna's heart wasn't hatred, it was just overwhelming fear.
The moment she overcame that fear, her contracted spirit would come back—
Fianna dropped her sights onto the spirit seal engraved on her chest, and was absorbed in her thoughts.
"What? Are you looking at your breasts and immersing in a sense of superiority?"
Claire was glaring at Fianna's breasts with scornful eyes.
"Even without your pads, aren't yours bigger than mine? I th-thought that we're comrades."
...Claire's eyes held in them a slightly dangerous sensation.
Somehow sensing danger to her body, Fianna cut through the water surface and waded away.
*Sususu*. *Sususu*. *Susususu*.
Finally, she was cornered at the edge of the pond, and her shoulders were firmly grasped.
...She could not escape anymore.
"Hey, Fianna, swallow your shame, I have something I want to ask."
Claire was saying that with a serious expression.
"A gi-girl's breasts would become big if they get the boy they like to rub them... Is that true?"
Fianna opened her mouth wide at Claire, who bashfully blushed.
A "gusu" laugh escaped spontaneously.
Before long, Fianna hugged her stomach and giggled.
"Wh-What! It isn't something that funny!"
"But I had someone ask me the exact same thing as that question in the past."
Claire tilted her head to the side without understanding what she meant.
"You're definitely sisters."
As Fianna stifled her laughter, she wiped the tears that surfaced on her eyes.
On that subject, it had been a while since she really laughed naturally like that.
It might be... four years ago, since that day she lost her spirit contract power.
"Claire Rouge, I do not hate you."
"What do you mean?"
"Never mind. Ahh, as long as you grow to adulthood, your breasts will naturally become big."
"I-I somewhat feel irritated... In the meanwhile."
Claire groped Fianna's breast.
"Kyaa, wh-what are you doing!"
"I'm confirming if they'll really become big if they're rubbed."
"Isn't it fine if you confirm that with your own breasts!"
"..., mi-mine are small and can't be properly grasped!"
"He-Hey, stop, hyaa, aan..."
Shrieks and loud water sounds were reverberated in the sacred underground shrine.
(...I can hear those two here.)
Leaning in front of the closed wall, Kamito scratched his cheeks.
The tunnels caused more echoes than he had thought. It did not mean that he caught their conversation, but the sweet voices of the girls he heard at times were very bad for his heart.
"Kamito, are you eavesdropping on their voices, and getting excited?"
"Uh, absolutely not."
Kamito moaned with a deadpan look.
"Well then, what?"
"—Jio Inzagi, I'm thinking about that brat's true identity."
He was a male elementalist, who freely used countless spirits— in a certain way, an existence of greater heresy than Kamito.
However, Kamito was inferring his true identity to some extent from the battle some time ago.
"He isn't anything like the Demon King, if my thoughts are right."
"Of course. He is presumptuous calling himself the Demon King with that level of his."
Est answered expressionlessly, but her tone seemed a little angry.
"The successor of the Demon King— is more like Kamito."
"...? What do you mean?"
"Kamito is the Demon King of the Night."
"Est, that's different."
Kamito retorted without a moment's delay.
...Honestly, where did this sword spirit learn these kind of things?
"—We've got to stop the frivolous talk here, huh?"
"It seems so."
Kamito separated his body from the wall, and grasped Est's small hand.
"Kamito is a rough master of an elementalists."
"Sorry. I will treat you to some parfait the next time at the Academy Town."
"Suddenly, my motivation came out."
Kamito made a wry smile, and recited the elemental waffe's release chant.
"Dispassionate Queen of Steel, the sacred sword that destroys evil — now form my sword"
The appearance of the lovely girl turned into particles of light and disappeared into an empty space—
In the next moment, Kamito's hand was grasping Terminus Est, which was shining in silver.
And then— footsteps resounded from deep in the darkness.
"Yo, let's settle the score and end this— Ren AshbellStrongest Blade Dancer."
With his red eyes glaringly shining, Jio Inzagi showed up.