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"What? Did you expect me to say no?" I just couldn't resist saying something cool. It might bite me back later though.
"I see. Then..." Suwako raises her right arm before she makes a snapping sound. The entire area suddenly starts to be consumed by darkness and its quite creepy, I must say. While the ground does turn seemingly into nothing, its still solid. As the last part of this once bright world disappears, everything goes dark for a moment.
Suddenly, I hear the sound of a drop of water landing in a much larger pool. The sound itself echoes around the area for several seconds until it becomes nearly inaudible. As the echoes disappear, the ground turns into an extremely clear ocean with a white glow. Weird thing though is you can't even see anything underneath. Only your reflection. Despite being water, the top is still solid enough to stay on. I try to take a step and surely enough, the sound of water moving away affirms that this thing is really water and I didn't plunge to a watery grave. It could be that this is just a really thin layer of water over some solid ground but I can't feel that.
"Huh? WOAH!" Just now, the entire area lights up and I barely managed to cover my eyes in time. The temporary blindness ain't pretty at all but it quickly disappears. Inspecting the area, I can see that the place is similar to the real world, only it is completely covered with a very still and pristine ocean. Looking above, the blue sky is here along with some spots of clouds. The sun is present as well currently sitting at the center of the sky. Due to this, the ocean is tinted blue as it reflects the light from the sun and the sky. Now, where is Suwako? Oh, there she is. Currently, she is floating slightly above ground several feet away from me and she is emitting some sort of blue aura. After several seconds, the aura disappears but Suwako remains afloat. She then looks at me...
"Suwako, I do hope the water here won't suddenly turn back to normal water and give in to my weight."
"Don't worry. It won't and even if it did, you can swim anyway." That's true but getting wet won't do me much good.
"So, why change the place to something like this?"
"Kanako requested it." Huh? "And speaking of her, there she is." I never really noticed it but Kanako's already behind me.
"Yo." Couple with raising her left hand.
"Please don't sneak behind me next time."
"You're back is way to close to the portal anyway so you should have expected something like this. So, do you like it?" She says while taking a few steps forward, tilted slightly to the right to avoid colliding with me.
"I would admit, its quite nice." And somehow, I feel really calm in here.
"Thanks. So, Souji. How is your mom doing?" Kanako asks.
"She's fine. Still doing the usual, as always." The usual refers to my mom taking trips around the world. I don't even get where she gets all that money.
"Hahaha. Well, that's great. How about your dad?" She asks this time. Dad probably doesn't know much about them except from some little gossips from mom.
"He's fine as well. Though, he's been rather busy this year and I haven't seen him that much. Wait, make that a month. Right now, he is currently in UK, busy making some sort of talks with government officials.
"I see. Well, don't worry too much. I'm sure he'll be fine." Thanks Kanako. And Suwako too.
"Lets start then." Suwako says enthusiastically.
"That's right. We don't want to waste time. Ready Souji?"
"Yes. Lets start." I know I won't get very powerful in just one day but this is a start at least.
"Reimu and Sanae showed you a demonstration of the spellcard system right? How was it?" Asks Kanako.
"It was chaotic. Heck, I couldn't even follow their movements." Coupled with a view that guys would like, I couldn't really watch the fight properly. There were bullets flying everywhere as well and one almost got me. Heck, the word precision didn't even exist during their little fight.
"Thats too be expected. Now, we'll first teach you how to use magic." Kanako says as she goes to Suwako. Huh, thats odd. I didn't notice that Kanako has this odd enclosing rope behind her which have some sort of folded pieces of paper around it. I think they called that shide or something and that huge rope like thing was shimenawa.
"What? You think this thing is weird?" She points to the shimenawa behind her back.
"Not really. But why did you wear it just now?"
"Its because I'm in this place." Ok. Didn't really answer anything...
"Let's just start." Suwako took the initiative. "There are many things you need to learn but you can learn any of them anytime. For now, we can just teach you on how to fight using magic purely such as Sanae or Reimu or, you can try to fight along with your own weapon. Of course, another thing is flying which you'll need if you want to travel around here but you need to know how to fight first before doing that."
"Firstly, do you know how to use magic?" Asks Kanako.
"Nope. I don't know a single thing about it."
"What?" Somehow, saying that managed to surprise Kanako and Suwako.
"I-Is there something wrong?"
"No, nothing... Let's continue already." Kanako states.
"Don't mind that. First, if you want to be able to manipulate magic, you need to be able picture it within your mind. It doesn't have to be that clear since we're in here. Try it. Just extend your arm somewhere then think of a sphere of energy." Geez. This is like the things I read in the internet about ki. That kinda tells something about those internet stuff though that surprisingly, some may hold a grain of truth. But I'll ignore that. Need to concentrate.
"Here I go." I try to concentrate and picture a glowing sphere of white energy within my mind. I leave my eyes open though and just point my left arm towards the sky, all while imagining that sphere.
"Oh, that's quite good." Compliments Kanako. In a short moment, a very small sphere forms slightly ahead of my hand.
"Is that it?" I state as I see the small glowing sphere of magic that has formed.
"Its small but you were still able to do it, as expected." Compliments Suwako.
"Thanks, I guess. Now what do I do with this?"
"Since you're still a novice, you can't use magic as a form of projectile with just your mind. Instead, try to throw it with your hand like a ball." Replies Kanako.
"Alright. Here I go." I position my left hand just slightly behind my head above my other shoulder. The magic sphere follows along nicely. After getting ready, I launch it to my left. It proceeded about twenty feet before making a tiny poof. Then silence...
"Hahahahahahahaha!" Laughs Suwako while Kanako attempts to hold her giggles.
"Hey hey, this is my first five minutes of trying to use magic. Can you guys be a bit less-"
"Sorry. Real sorry." Nice cut-off. Suwako's now trying to hold back her laughter but its a little too late. I'm starting to get irritated.
"Don't feel down. It has been only five minutes after all but you can at least use magic in a tiny scale." Man, those words aren't helping at all, Kanako. I just sigh in return.
"I'll just keep practicing."
And I keep on doing so until time passes by without me noticing.
...1 Hour Later...
"I'm really exhausted now." My heavy breath is an obvious sign, including the sweat forming in my forehead. I've been doing this for like an hour and the farthest my magic power got is fifty feet. Everytime I do it, it gets harder and harder to conjure up magic.
I tried out as well my magics destructive power on the water yet it only made a puny explosion when it hit it. Currently, Kanako and Suwako are busy watching several meters behind me. Wait, actually, they're having a conversation. They've been doing it since the start and its making me feel a little uneasy. I just continue to stare at them for a bit before Kanako takes notice.
"Hey Souji! You should rest for a bit!" She shouts at me.
"Alright." I reply quietly. I'm tired right now so I'm just gonna lay down. Touching the water just to be sure that it doesn't get my clothes wet, I put myself into a comfortable position while laying down. I keep the katana in my right hands grip just to be safe. I didn't let go of it throughout the entire thing yet its not really affecting me speed that much. It feels almost weightless here. I just close my eyes and relax...
"Hey Souji. You ready? Its been ten minutes already." Suwako states as her face suddenly obscures a part of the sky that I was viewing. She's currently looking at me from behind.
"I'm not sure. Is five more minutes enough?" I do feel better but I think ten minutes ain't enough for me.
"I told you, this place has a high concentration of magic so you should be rejuvenated by now."
"Alright, alright." I say while getting up.
"Now that you're up, how about we spar for a bit?" Suwako suggests, out of nowhere.
"What? Are you serious?"
"Yep. Though not by magic but this time by our weapons." Wait, wait. That's even more dangerous!
"A-are you really sure about that?" While Suwako only looks like a kid, she's older than me and in terms of our magic power, she's much much more stronger. I know that already with what she does. Same goes to Kanako. However, I'm not very sure with Suwako's skills with weaponry but I still think this is dangerous. Most especially for me.
"Don't worry, I won't go serious. So?" Feels like she's trying to provoke me. I would have requested Kanako's help but she's busy floating around far away from here.
[x] "I think its a little too dangerous"
[x] "No way."