Thursday, 11 September 2008
04:10:38 PM (GMT)
It has been a week since Mana and Eichiro went to see Queen Arisa. Mana's
training continued with Fishi, and Fishi continued to push her to her limits. She
always made sure that Spirit came along, as a lot of this magic was more secretive in
her language, and Mana seemed that she couldn't speak the language without a sprite
nearby. Sometimes Etsuya would come along too and help them. Her friends seemed to
have no trouble finding things to do either. Shiki always talked with Hiki. No matter
how hard they tried, she could not wrap her head around their similarities. Hanako,
the girl that they found in the rocky mountains, had stayed with them the whole time,
but she was always ignored. Since nobody really knew her, she had nearly dissapeared.
That's when Sera stepped in. She made sure Hanako wasn't left out, and they became
instant friends. There was never Hanako without Sera.Mana actually started feeling
left out. Recently, Sera and Hana, as she was more commonly called, met Michi, an elf
who taught their traditional dances. Sera and Hana joined her class, and they enjoyed
themselves tremendously. Hana was a bit more graceful then Sera though, Mana noticed.
She didn't say anything about it. Mikan was getting along famously with Kiyomi. They
were both different and somewhat handicapped, and they became great friends. Kiri and
Takuya mostly stayed to themselves, not trusting anybody else. Mana guessed that
their FBI training had paid off. Ato would always be talking with Etsuya. He always
seemed to be trying to pry knowlege from him, never having enough. Mana thought that
it was a bit odd for Ato to be behaving this way. He would also spend a lot of time
staring at Sera, struggling to dance. Mana wasn't sure if he had feelings for her, or
if he was just laughing at her clumsiness. Eichiro would spend most of his time with
Taheiji. They seemed unseperatable. She assumed that he was still glad to have his
freedom back. Yet, Mana could always feel a certain sadness with him. Was it about
this girl from the moon isles? Mana hated it when he was depressed.
On the 8th day after the meeting with Arisa, Fishi started teaching Mana and Spirit
about defence against other magical attacks. If an opposite spellcaster has read your
spell, and they counter by blocking, they would have to wait out the opponents spell.
Depending on the spells strength, it could last from a minute to an hour to even a
day. No spellcaster has lasted more then 25 hours without using all of his energy,
and therefore, dying. Fishi would cast attacks, and Mana would have to block them and
last as long as she could. At first, she could only last a measaly 2 minutes, which
greatly dissapointed Fishi. Detirmined, Mana kept trying, eager to get as strong as
possible. 2 minutes turned to 5 minutes, then to 10 minutes. By the 9th day, Mana
could last 45 minutes. Fishi seemed a bit more impressed, but kept telling Mana that
she could do a lot better with practice. Mana started getting sick of this. The
exersize was exausting, and Mana passed out a few times trying to beat her current
record. In these cases, Fishi would spalsh a bit of water from his fishbown onto
Mana, bringing her to. Mana wasn't overly fond of this, but it kept her up and at it.
the next day, Mana and Fishi continued the training. Mana was detirmined to beat her
record of 45 minutes. 30 minutes...40 minutes...
Mana is startled out of her spell.
Fishi too stops his spell, also shocked.
Mana and Fishi looked up to see Taheiji above them. And coming down fast. He would've
landed on Mana and Fishi if they hadn't moved fast enough. He landed with a boom,
shaking thr ground, and not bothering to slow down. Eichiro was on his back, a look
of urgency covering his face.
"Your majesty, What is going on? What's happened?"
"Chinatsu came to the hut and said that Queen Arisa had bad news. I thought Mana
Mana nodded, and eagerly hopped onto Taheiji's back, glad to be away from constant
training for a few hours.
"Then I'll go too. I'm a good friend of Arisa, and I must see if there is anything I
can do to help."
Fishi led his fishbown up to Mana, and she grabbed the vase, making sure she was
holding on tight as Taheiji took of hastily.
They quickly arrived at the castle, and made their way to Arisa's throne room. Arisa
was pacing back and forth, panicing. She quickly notices the three. "Oh, you're here.
I've gotten news from the west. Shikuro is going to the moon isles to get a new
apprentice a dragon! It's bad enough that he has a dragon, but with another
dragon, there is no way to tell what he'll do!"
He has a dragon? Great. Mana thought. She looked at the other two. Their faces
were a mix or worry and shock. Eichiro looked away from Mana, trying to hide
something. Did Arisa's mention of the Moon Isles get him thinking about this girl she
knew nothing about? But she was still examining the situation.
How am I suppost to fight two dragons? If that isn't bad enough, Eichiro could get
sidetracked from the job we have to do, with this Muskinatu he knows.
"We have to go and stop them!"
Everyone was jolted by Eichiro's sudden responce. Every eye turns to him.
"Your majesty, Mana hasn't finished her trainging with me yet! She's not ready to
take on Shikuro!" Fishi with a bit of rage.
"She can learn along the way, can't she?"
"Well, what about her companions? They've been dawtling their days away, having
nothing to do. They don't know a thing about fighting!"
"You're right. I shouldn't have jumped to conclusions."
He looked away from everyone.
I'm pretty sure he's trying to find exuses to go see Muskinatu.
"No, you have a point."
All eyes turned to Arisa, who had just spoken.
"We have to act quickly, but not instantly. We should spend the next while training
Mana's friends for battle before you depart."
Everyone soon agreed, and Arisa dismissed them. Mana, Eichiro, and Fishi all got onto
Taheiji, and flew back to Giaga.
When the three got back, they seperated and went to tell the group. Mana foudn Sera
and Hana practicing with Mishi, and told them the news. They didn't seem to mind.
They seemed like they were bored. Shiki had a bit of a problem when Mana told her and
Hiki. Ato seemed glad he would learn to use a weapon other then his pocketknife. So
off everyone went to train with different weapons. Sera went to practice with the bow
and arrows. She took to it right away. Shiki took to hand-to-hand combat, similar to
martial arts. Mana was a bit suprised that Shiki had such ferosity with fighting. She
didn't think she could hurt a fly. Kiri started practicing with daggers. She would
throw them at logs for distance practice, and used the daggars for close hand to hand
combat. Ato took to a weapon much bigger then what he was used to. A hefty two handed
broadsword. Mana wasn't sure where Mikan, Takuya,Kiyomi or Hanako went. They must be
practicing something that they need to do themselves. Since Mikan was a Péyané, she
would probably practice attacks with her wings, Takuya could use his unnatual speed
and strength for something. Mana noticed that Takuya had the attributes of an elf.
Tall, with a lean figure, great speed and strength. But he wasn't an elf. It didn't
make sense. Hanako didn't like fighting, so she'd probably learn about their
medicines and healing. And Kiyomi, well, she had no idea at all what she'd do.
Eichiro had already mastered magic, so he helped the others with their trainging,
including Mana. She asked him about his unique way of spellcasting. He said that the
language was used in the royal family for years, and he was one of the few people who
still knew it. It also proved connection with the royal family if you knew it. So, he
started teaching her the language. It was confusing, but Mana was eager to use magic
when Spirit wasn't around. If she wasn't around, she'd have to revert to english, and
that wasn't the best idea. There was a sound in a lot of the words that seemed to be
used only in arabic. Mana was detirmined to learn it. She also trained with Eichiro
with a one handed sword. She liked that type of sword probably from the animes she
watched and video games she played.
(A/n: Did you see the loZ reference? xD)
Mana was suprised at his skill with the sword. She enjoyed sparring with him, but she
never beat him at first. They both wore the elf armour that Etsuya had lent them. It
was heavy, made for the strong and speedy elves, so they had a bit of trouble
sparring. But it would have to do until they got proper armour. The whole time, Mana
had been thinking about the situation. Shikuro has a new apprentice? Who on earth
could it be? Someone she knew? Just how many apprentices did Shikuro have?
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