Chapter 10.2: First Battle – Akira
Akira had not escaped from the fight. In fact, he was only a few feet away from the now enraged hunter. So why had he gone unnoticed?
I’m glad this is one of Akane’s experiments that actually worked.
That was because currently, he was invisible with the exception of his eyes. Akane had once thought of this idea while training with Akira and her father.
“Isn’t it possible to become invisible if we manipulate light?”
So she had said. With that, she had used magic in order to bend the light around her. It had worked beautifully, as she had vanished into thin air immediately. However, there was a slight flaw. When she redirected the rays around her body, that meant her eyes were no longer capable of receiving visual information and she would go blind. Only with great precision could she control the magic in order to ensure that just enough area was revealed in order to see.
This was very problematic for Akira; the D-ranker was enraged and had a wild look, but his thinking was unhindered as he scrutinized everything around himself. Due to this, Akira was unable to look at the D-ranker for long, as the berserker-like Maestro would spot his floating pair of eyes eventually.
What to do now?
Akira had a limited amount of mana and a Speculo that did nothing outside of making it possible to cast magic better. Soon, he would even run out of mana and the invisibility would wear off. As he pondered his choices, Akira came to wear a grin his opponent couldn’t see. He pumped the little mana he had left into his Speculo and started running quietly around his enemy.
The D-ranker had stayed in place for 5 whole minutes, pivoting around looking out for Akira. As he was considering giving up and supporting one of his other teammates, he was hit in the back of his head by a pebble. While it did no damage to him, the pointless accuracy of the shot annoyed him to no end. He turned around, growling, in the direction of the thrower. Sure enough, Akira was slowly flickering into sight. Seeing such a spectacle, the D-ranker was a little taken aback, but he grinned not long afterward.
“Well, well, well. I heard the new star of Japan had low mana because of his condition, but that’s quite pitiful, isn’t it?” he sneered at the S-ranker.
“As I was born this way, I can’t do much about it, unfortunately,” Akira replied politely.
“All the better for the rest of us!” Exclaiming so, the D-ranker once again charged at Akira. And as he did, he saw Akira taking a similar stance to the one he had used in order to flip him the last time.
“Like hell I’ll let you do that to me again!” The D-ranker roared while stopping just out of Akira’s reach. Grinning, he swung his mace while fully anticipating a cracking noise. However…
“I was counting on that.” With a calm remark, Akira stepped back. However, he was still in the range of the mace.
What’s he planning? Frowning, the D-ranker swung his Speculo faster, but he never hit Akira. Instead, he had received the answer to his question. As he was about to be hit, the ground under Akira’s feet rose up with great velocity, sending him flying into the air as the mace destroyed his foothold. The D-ranker was about to curse at Akira, but before he was able to he felt an impact on his chin. As he widened his eyes from pain and shock, he saw another pillar had risen out of the ground.
And the sound of bones breaking reverberated through his skull. As he began to fall, this time for good, Akira landed beside him with a light step.
“Did you know that a good hit to the chin will incapacitate anyone? Even a maestro can be sent unconscious with a strong enough hit due to the shock it sends to the brain, ” he calmly said as he brushed the dust off his shoulders. “While I was invisible, I set up earth magic to raise two pillars under different conditions. Because I’m rather incompetent, you should have been able to detect them.”
The D-ranker hit the floor and felt his consciousness wavering from the shock he had received.
“The first condition was if someone stepped on it. The second condition, on the other hand, was someone destroying the first pillar.” Akira bent down and took off the D-ranker’s collar. “Good night, I hope you have good luck with enrollment at another school.”
With a smile, he waved to the unconscious D-ranker who rose into the air and entered a portal identical to the one that had brought him to the forest, this time making an exit. Seeing this, Akira fell to his knees.
“Well, looks like I used all my mana. I’ll need to rest.” Panting, he talked to himself.
I wonder how the others are doing? As he sat inside a hollow tree trunk nearby, the whistling wind ceased to assault his ears. He closed his eyes while pondering the fate of his teammates.