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The battle between us and Octavia began immediately.
She took out a staff from her side and surrounded us with cold air.
She created huge ice blocks on either side of us and moved them dexterously to attack us physically.
The size and trajectory of the ice blocks were uncanny.
“Octavia-sensei is a master of ice magic.” (Nine)
“It’s not complementary to fire, Maybe that’s why you’re incompatible?”
“But even so, her magic power is uncanny.”
Being a teacher at the Magic Academy is probably a master-class skill, but it is still her skill.
“This is the world created by a master-class. I wonder if this is why she can increase her magical power as much as she wants.”
“I see.” (Nine)
Convinced, Nine quickly dodges the ice block and rode it.
He poured magical power in his right hand, it generated a flame and he had his fist buried into the ice.
He looked quite dangerous.
“…Leon-san, can you leave this fight to me?” (Nine)
I didn’t ask why. There may be something more to it. Probably the betrayal of a respected teacher and an older woman who he once loved. No, there are no such trivial feelings.
He is just worried about her. He doesn’t want her to get involved in any more crimes. The intensity of his voice can be heard.
Without saying a word, I stepped back and lined up beside Sicily.
Sicily asks anxiously.
“Can Nine-sama alone defeat Octavia-san?” (Sicily)
“I don’t know, but I think only Nine can save Octavia-san.”
That said, we watched over their battle.
“Nine Snipes, my student, the Flame Magician…” (Octavia)
“I’m still happy you count me as your student, sensei.” (Nine)
“…I’m sorry, I got you involved in this.” (Octavia)
“No, no. This is my destiny. I might have stayed in the Magician’s Guild to stop you from doing the wrong thing.” (Nine)
“…I know I’m wrong, but I had to do this.” (Octavia)
“Well, if I were in the same position, I would do the same.” (Nine)
That was Nine’s honest feelings.
If when he was a student, Octavia-san accepted Nine’s feelings, and if she became his wife and suffered from a similar illness, Nine would surely burn grimoires and create an elixir. He will do this for sure.
So Nine hates her actions, but not her reason and feelings.
After evaporating the ice block with the previous blow, Nine concentrated the flames around his body into his right arm and created a sword. It was a sword of flame.
In response, Octavia creates a sword of ice.
“…I didn’t want to fight you if I could.” (Octavia)
“You beat me up even when I was a student.” (Nine)
“…I’m sorry I couldn’t answer your feelings at that time.” (Octavia)
“The only person who didn’t treat me like a child was sensei.” (Nine)
That said, Nine quickly jumps in front of Octavia’s. He swings his sword towards her.
Octavia deflects it with her ice sword.
Nine kicks her as if he’s telling her he will not change even if he is fighting a woman, However, Octavia dodges it.
Her long sleeves fluttered and rolled back, then frost appears on her hands.
“That’s forbidden magic!” (Nine)
“Yes, yes, it decays my left arm, but in exchange, I can use Ice Dragon.” (Octavia)
A transparent ice dragon appears on Octavia’s left arm.
At this rate, she would really summon an ice dragon and her left arm will rot.
Nine who believe this also use forbidden magic as well.
The price was his right arm. A black flame rises from his now burning right hand.
“…Gu! Guaaah!” (Nine)
He let out an involuntary scream.
This is what happens when fire magicians summon flames they can’t control.
Octavia, who has her knowledge as a teacher says,
“Stop, Nine, your right hand isn’t meant to be used for this.” (Octavia)
“It is meant for this. If you don’t dispel that dragon away, I’m not going to dispel mine.” (Nine)
My left hand aches as I was watching the scene.
I also dedicated my left arm to someone as important, just like Nine.
He abandoned a part of his body for his loved one.
I painfully understood Nine’s feelings, but I still didn’t move a single step.
Because this guy,
I trusted this flame magician I had just met.
Who can stop the battle of the first generation?
When I chanted it in my heart, I watched over the fate of the nines.
The ice dragon on Octavia’s left arm and the flame dragon on Nine’s right arm were in competition. I couldn’t control the ice dragon that was about to materialize in this world.
Octavia, the master class and ruler of this different space, succeeds in creating an ice dragon by shaking off the flames of Nine.
Nine calmly sees it and begins casting spells.
He began to calmly cast a high-ranking spell, and it takes time to cast.
“What is he going to do? Is Nine-sama planning on getting himself killed too?” (Sicily)
Sicily pulls on the sleeve of my clothes, and I didn’t deny it.
“He’s casting a spell to save a life.”
“—To save a life?” (Sicily)
“That’s right. To save Octavia-san, not just himself.”
“What do you mean?” (Sicily)
“I meant exactly what I said. Well, you’ll see soon.”
Octavia-san then conjures up an ice dragon and stabs Nine with its sharp claws.
Nine doesn’t even try to avoid it.
He was attacked but he stood firm
The ice dragon pierced his right shoulder, but he didn’t even seem to feel the pain.
He just sadly replied,
“…Octavia-sensei is truly a kind person. I knew you would avoid a fatal attack.” (Nine)
That said, Nine clads his body in magic.
“Sensei, when I was a student, you would get angry when I wouldn’t just try and learn other attributes of magic, not just flame magic… Truly, sensei was right. I’ve been struggling with a lot of things since I graduated from the magic academy. But as an adult, I worked hard to learn other forms of magic.” (Nine)
This is the result, Nine said and showed it in action.
Nine’s body, which had been brimming with magic power, emitted a thunderous amount of electricity.
When the electricity was at its peak, Octavia-san gave a wry smile.
“…That’s right. I didn’t think of it, there are other ways to use the spell Electric Shock.” (Octavia)
“It was the teacher who taught me the importance of learning.” (Nine)
That said, Nine releases his magical power and unleashes the spell [Electric Shock].
The current travels through the body of the dragon that extends from Octavia-san’s right hand.
Ice, which is made of water, conducts electricity very well.
So the electric shock went straight to Octavia-san.
She let out an audible scream and collapsed on the spot. At the same time, the ice dragon disappeared, blood flowed ceaselessly from Nine’s shoulder.
In other words, by deliberately taking Octavia’s attack, Nine was able to connect directly with her and directly send electric shocks to her opponent. It was a strategy of complete devotion.
However, this strategy could only be carried out on the premise that Octavia would not aim at his vital point.
In a sense, it was a strategy based on trust with the enemy.
Sicily was amazed by his boldness and I admired his courage, but Nine didn’t seem to be even a little bit happy.
He was caring for the unconscious Octavia, bleeding ceaselessly from his right shoulder.
Sicily rushes to him and stops bleeding.
She ripped off a piece of her own clothing to make a simple bandage.
She succeeded in stopping him from bleeding out, but she couldn’t stop the blood, and she can’t stop the wails from his bleeding heart.
Nine hadn’t shed a tear, but it was clear that his heart was crying.
So, Sicily and I watched over Nine, who was weeping from his heart, staring at him from a distance.
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