Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance:Volume2 Epilogue Draft
—The next morning, Kamito woke up on a bed in the medical office.
He, honestly, didn't remember much about what happened after the fight.
He had over-used his divine power, and his memories became hazy.
Jio Inzagi was apprehended by the Sylphid Knights, who appeared some time after the end of the battle, and was handed over to the Ordesia military as the suspect of the incident. That fake Demon King, who lost his Blood Stone's power, no longer had any strength to resist.
The Jormungandrstrategic-class militarized spirit, which was sleeping under the mine, was resealed without problems by Fianna, who performed the ritual Kagura. The shrine, above ground, was also completely destroyed by the Knights. They decided not to leave anybody chances to release the spirit.
The darkness spirit Restia disappeared the moment Jio's arm was cut off.
It did not mean that she vanished. That was what the throbbing of the spirit seal, engraved on Kamito’s left hand, was telling him.
(Restia, what on earth are you trying to do?)
(—Because that was her wish.)
His former contracted spirit said that. And then she told him that he would meet (her) eventually.
Who was this "her" she mentioned? Was she possibly referring to the (other) Ren Ashbell who was participating in this round's Blade Dance?—
(In any case, as long as we advance through the tournament, we should be able to fight her.)
Their school ranking went up greatly due to the S-rank quest they completed, but there were still many higher ranking groups. Besides, only the elite teams would be selected for the “Blade Dance”, and they would be chosen not only from the academy, but from every country on the continent.
(This isn't the time to be lying down...)
Smiling bitterly, Kamito tried to get up from the bed, but…
Something soft started squirming under his sheet.
"...E-Est! You again—"
Flustered, he flipped up the blanket.
A nude Est—
—wasn't on the bed.
Kamito left his mouth hang open.
Indeed, it wasn’t his contracted spirit, who was hiding under the sheets, but the princess dressed in her usual uniform.
"How disappointing, I already got discovered. Even thought I wanted to play with you for a little bit."
The princess brushed up her glamorous black hair, and cutely stuck out her tongue.
Having this girl so close and looking at him the way she did, Kamito couldn’t help but blush.
"Wh-Wh-Wh-What are you doing?!"
"Fufu, did you know that princess maidens from the «Divine Ritual Institute» are taught various… techniques that help them… entertain spirits?"
"Y-You, what do you plan on doing..."
"Just joking. But don’t you feel your vitality restoring itself?"
"...? Yes, certainly...!"
He felt some sort of energy swelling up in his whole body. Normally, he wouldn't have recovered this much of his divine power just by resting for about a day.
"It was a secret ritual Kagura of the «Divine Ritual Institute» to distribute a princess maiden's divine power—However, to use it, our skin must be in close contact. If you're offended, I'm sorry."
Fianna quickly blushed, and bashfully looked downwards.
"You're not thinking that I'm an im-immodest girl, right? Even I'm really... embarrassed."
"I-I'm sorry... Thank you. However, you don't have to force yourself."
Kamito apologized in a fluster.
She was pretending to be mature, but she was really an innocent princess. After making her this worried, he could not tell her to move aside.
"I'm not forcing myself. I'm doing it because I l-like it."
Fianna quickly turned away, her face still red.
"...Hey, Fianna, is it really alright for you to not return to the «Divine Ritual Institute»?"
The reason that she tried to participate in the Blade Dance was to regain the power of her contracted spirit by the «wish» granted to the victor.
That «wish» had already come true, so— there was no meaning to stay in this academy anymore.
"It isn't possible to return after all this time. Besides, you know—"
Fianna brushed up her long black hair, and gently brought her face close.
"I have another «wish» I want granted."
"What? What it?"
"It's a secret—"
He felt something soft touch his cheek.
The peck didn’t last long, and soon she drew back.
"...You haven't given up on ensnaring me, have you?"
"Yes, that's right. But this time I'm serious."
The princess smiled impishly, and, at that moment…
*Gacha*— The room's door opened.
A pair of red twin-tails bounced softly.
It was Claire, and she was carrying a large amount of canned peach.
...It looked like she came to visit him.
She saw Kamito, who was entangled with Fianna on the bed.
"Y-Yo-You two, wh-wh-what are you doing..."
"Wait, it's a misunderstanding. And this isn't what you think..."
"Oh, Kamito-kun, what's being misunderstood?"
Fianna snuggled into Kamito.
"Wh-Why do you like making bad situations worse so much!?"
"...Scarlet, burn them!"
"Georgios, chase that noisy girl out!"
At that moment, a hellcat and an armored knight appeared out of nowhere.
While the hellcat tried to intimidate its opponent, the knight unsheathed its sword.
"Hey, stop, this is a sickroom—"
Kamito shout was lost in vain as soon a violent fight broke up.
The peaceful room transformed into a battleground within moments.