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“––Time's up.” “Right……” The waiting room of Procyon Dome, when Saya and Kirin heaved a small sigh, they stood from the sofa. Since they heard that Ayato and Julis were coming to cheer for them, they were waiting for them like this. “I wonder if something happened……” Muttered Kirin who was worried. But just then Saya received a call from her portable terminal. 『"Sorry, Saya! We will be late due to some circumstances, but……"』 It was apparently from Ayato. For some reason, he was speaking in an unusually low voice. Kirin, who was behind Saya, also looked at the space window. “……The match will start.” informed Saya. 『"Indeed……I’m sorry"』 In the space window, Ayato hanged his head in disappointment. “Well, it’s fine. Anyway, when it’s over, we'll meet in the waiting room.” 『"Okay –– then, good luck. Kirin-chan too."』 Ayato lastly said to Kirin while lightly winking. “Yes!” Then the space window disappeared. Good luck. With such a simple sentence, Kirin’s expression, which was gloomy a little while ago, transformed into an expression completely full of motivation. “Kirin, you look surprisingly energetic.” “Huh? W-What?” Replied Kirin, to the unexpected inquiry of Saya, who's face was thrown into confusion and turned bright red. Saya lightly tapped Kirin's back and then quickly left the waiting room. “Ah, p-please wait a minute, Saya-san!” Kirin hurriedly ran after her, but Saya only advanced down the passage with a laid-back pace. “Huh…… Saya-san is really lax.” “I’m often told that.” As she revealed a wry smile and lined up with Saya, Saya was expressionless as usual; her fighting spirit could not be felt at all. While it was something enviable for the timid Kirin, she was so nervous that one wondered if she would be all right. However…… For some reason, somehow, it felt a little comfortable. 『"And now! Here comes the ex-rank #1 of Seidoukan Academy, player Toudou Kirin and her partner, player Sasamiya Saya!"』 When passing through the gate and entering the stage, under a dazzling light, the announcer’s voice, at an awfully high level of tension, welcomed the two girls. 『"Speaking of player Toudou, despite being 13 years old, she is a super rookie, who took the position of rank #1 after only one month of enrolment! Although she fell from the position of rank #1 a few days ago, her ability is the real thing! No, even looking like this, her calm is indeed different, or perhaps should I say though small, that imperturbable attitude is……"』 『"Nana-yan, Nana-yan. You’re mistaken something. That smaller one is player Sasamiya Saya. Then, it’s rather, the timid one next to her who is the former rank #1."』 『"Eeeh? Then, is she really in high school? Seriously? Ah…… *cough*. That’s very rude of me!"』 『"That’s why I told you that you should properly look at the documents. Geez."』 It seemed like the live reporter and the commentator of this hall were quite unique people. Kirin's pride suffered. “……It’s extremely unpleasant.” “Hahaha……” Saya also muttered with a sulky expression. Saya then turned a more serious gaze to the front. Standing side-by-side, on the opposite side of the arena, was a pair of male students. The first was a young man, thin with a chord tying up long hair behind his neck, who carried no obvious weapon, and the other was a larger young man who sported a sturdy bald head and a Lux. The school badge on their chests was the “Yellow Dragon”––, in other words, they were students of the World Dragon Seventh Institute. World Dragon, which was the most heterogeneous of the six academies in Asterisk, had two peculiarities. One was known as Star Senjutsu, their unique mana-induction capability generalization technique. The other was the promotion of thorough martial arts. World Dragon was comprised of many different arts schools jumbled together. Although the various arts schools, which dealt with weapons and were not few, it was expected that it's barehanded advanced combat skills technology should be known as a synonym of World Dragon. Of course, an attack with bare hands was more disadvantageous than when using a weapon, but at the same time it was the only way that could directly transform prana to an offensive ability, and by combining it with a well-trained taijutsu, it showed an unparalleled strength in close combat. Actually, as for the two men in front of Saya and Kirin, though the bald young man activated a huge Blue Dragon katana type Lux, the long-haired young man had no weapon. “Both of them are non-ranked (outside of the list) , but they seem to be quite strong.” World Dragon, proud to be of the largest among the six academies, was known for the fact that it possessed many strong students not recorded in the Named Charts. So Saya and Kirin could not take their opponents lightly. “……Well, we will somehow manage.” However, no fighting spirit could be felt from Saya, even at this phase, and she unfolded her Lux in her usual way. A massive rustic gun appeared in her hands, as she activated her Lux, and the audience made a stir. Though probably because the gun itself was way too large compared to Saya’s height and, actually, this was the comparatively smaller one among the Lux that Saya used. Still, it was slightly smaller than Saya’s height though. “Um, if I’m not mistaken, that is……” “Type 34 wave Motion heavy artillery Ark Van Ders modified.” The various Lux normally used by Saya amounted to, about, ten types and Kirin had briefly witnessed all of them. Since they made a tag, one could say it was only natural for her to know them, but among them, honestly, there were also some, which also struck her dumb. “……Which one would do?” Saya wondered. “Huh? Ah, let’s see……I’m fine with either.” For an instant, Kirin did not know what Saya was talking about, but she understood afterwards that she was speaking about which opponent she wanted to deal with. “Then, I’ll deal with the big one.” said Saya decisively. “Roger.” Which meant Kirin’s opponent would be the long-haired young man. As Kirin adjusted the distance, she slowly unsheathed her katana. 『“Phoenix, block L first round two sets, match start!”』 A mechanical voice intoned. In one bound, at the same time with the declaration of the match start, Kirin moved inside her opponent’s range. As if expecting it the long-haired young man attacked by releasing a fist. However –– It was late. As Kirin slipped through it, she aimed at his chest with a chop from a low position. The young man struck the blade of the katana with his fist and brushed the attack away. Kirin was unintentionally impressed at that heavy response. Certainly, the fist loaded with prana was indeed amazing. Plus, though unarmed, his movement was consequently fast and provided almost no opening in his attack and defense. ––But. Even so, compared to Ayato’s movement, it was still tepid. Kirin then altered the trajectory of her katana, which had been repelled, by turning over her wrist, and connected with an attacking chop from an overhead position. “Argh!” Let out from the long haired young man. Although the young man did dodge it, by twisting his body, it was only just barely and he clearly broke his stance. Nonetheless, he released a sharp kick out of desperation, but –– Kirin easily dodged it and mowed down Senbakiri directly horizontal (Parallel to the arena floor). Along with a clear feeling of having broken a hard object, the school badge announced the young man’s defeat. “Whew……” Released from Kirin As she swung her katana and turned her back on the young man, who fell to his knees, the voice of the live reporter, which got excited, flew into her ears. 『"F-Fast! I should say its expected from the former rank #1 of Seidokan, player Toudou, who controlled the battle in an instant! It’s an instantaneous conclusion!"』 『Nana-yan! That one is good, but the smaller one is also interesting!』 Kirin, whose concentration was broken by the commentator, also turned her gaze toward Saya. 『Oops, you’re right! Here is also a heated evenly balanced battle! And moreover! I thought that player Sasamiya would surely be in charge of the rearguard from that armament, but what’s this, she’s competing in hand-to-hand combat with all her might!』 ––Right. The large bald young man, swinging the Blue Dragon Sword downward, blocking the blow of Saya's Ark Van Ders Modified gun, resorted to using it like a blunt weapon. The petite image of Saya and her huge firearm was a large gap indeed. However. The visual aspect of her wielding it in hand was a degree of shock that was beyond comparison. Besides she was not just nonchalantly showing off either. One could see at first glance that she had learned systematic close combat techniques. Such as; how to parry the attack or to find a timing to strike back with a counterattack. Even Kirin, who was witnessing it for the first time, was surprised. First, to the height and proficiency of the, gun being used as a sword, technique. And then, to the fact that, the swordsmanship was similar to Ayato’s. –– In other words... The Amagiri Bright Dragon Style. “Guh!” Gutted out from the bald young man. While scattering intense sparks, the Blue Dragon katana and the Ark Van Ders Modified collided. It was clearly Saya, who was pushing. However, Saya seemed to patiently and slowly wait for the time to come. Remaining expressionless as usual, she was indifferently drawing out attacks. In the meantime her mana dite, of the Ark Van Ders Modified, was gradually increasing its shine. As he probably understood what was going on impatience appeared on the bald young man’s expression. The young man’s attacks became much more severe and the slashing collided with the gun barrel often. Even so. Neither Saya, nor the Ark Van Ders Modified, were shaken. And at the moment the shine of her mana dite reached its max–– Saya then, at a speed vastly greater than shown so far, promptly repelled the Blue Dragon katana and applied the muzzle directly to the young man’s abdomen. “……
The waiting room was fully equipped with a shower room. The dome was used not only for the current Phoenix event, but also for the Gryps of team battles; The shower room was wide enough to accommodate several people if they were to use it altogether. Saya and Kirin, who finished their match, were in two of the stalls washing off their sweat. “Then... Doesn’t it mean that the gun is simply that hard?” While feeling the comfort of hot water pouring down, Kirin asked Saya. She had been thinking about the question for a while. “……. Right. In the Lobos transition system, the high output obtained is unstable, and if left as is, the gun barrel wouldn't last (hold). So I converted a portion of the output as an energy field in order to pin it down.” Saya, who was in the nearby booth was washing her head while speaking. “That’s why the Lux endured all right even though you fought using it that way. Huh..” Be that as it may, the reckless usage of exchanging blows with large firearms was probably unexpected. “……If I didn’t use it like that, there was no way I could have kept up with Ayato.” Saya said. As if she read Kirin’s mind. As Saya told her story. When they were children it seemed, in order to keep up with Ayato's training, she had devised and brought forth that technique “So it’s not as if Saya-san is a disciple of the Amagiri Bright Dragon Style. Right?” “I just learned by watching others…… But, well. I was also taught a little by Ayato.” Kirin tried to imagine the figures of Saya and Ayato in childhood. Since both of them probably hadn't change that much she was surprisingly able to easily imagine them. Though that sight (image) was her selfish imagination she was somehow a little envious. “……Still, they’re late.” “That's right……” Ayato and Julis had not yet come by. “But thanks to it…… We had time to wash off our sweat.” It was not really as if they had planned something after this. So they could wait leisurely. “It’s time to get out.” As Saya said so, she sprayed the water away by shaking her head like a small animal.
“Oh hey. Saya-san. You should wipe yourself properly.” griped Kirin. “……” However, when she tried to pass the bath towel, Saya stopped and fixedly stared at Kirin. No. Rather than...... Kirin. It would be right to say at Kirin’s chest. “W-What is it……?” Going ahead of Kirin, who unintentionally retreated, Saya suddenly stretched out her hand. “Kyaa!” Screamed, the now totally surprised, Kirin. However, Kirin hid her chest, at the last moment, with one hand and began defending against Saya’s hands with her other. “Unh” “W-W-What are you……!” Kirin was falling back little by little, while being cautious. But Saya was gradually shortening that distance, too. No matter how huge it was, after all, it was still a shower room. Soon cornered to the wall Kirin ran out ways to escape. While making her finger wriggle from side to side. Saya's eyes shone mysteriously. “……. Since ancient times it is said that the chest will grow bigger by rubbing it.” “That. It’s clearly the wrong way to use it!” cried Kirin, now in a seemingly dire situation. Kirin desperately repelled Saya’s hand, which was flying about at high speeds, with only one hand and that useless dialogue. At first glance, it looked like a sparring, but in close exchanges, Kirin was better. In the end, unable to touch Kirin even once, Saya sulked. “……It’s unfair.” “E-Even if you said so……” While still perplexed Kirin firmly wound the bath towel around her body. “M-More importantly, if you stay wet like this for a long time, you will catch a cold.” And when she opened the door to get out of the shower room, a space window suddenly opened. It was the intercom provided in the waiting room. Since the image was one-way traffic, only the voice reached the other side. 『"Sorry, we’re late! Are both of you there?"』 What was projected on the space window was Ayato who seemed to be out of breath. Next to him was of course Julis who was also breathing heavily. 『"Yeesh. Those guards. I never expected them to be so persistent……"』 It appeared to be certain that something happened. Although an entry permit was given to both of them, it was temporarily disabled since they were taking a shower. “I-I am sorry, both of you. Excuse me, but please wait just a little more––” said Kirin. After all, she only had a bath towel on her. As expected, she could not meet them with that appearance. “……You finally came, huh.” as Saya interrupted Kirin’s words. However. She opened a space console and quickly cancelled the lock. “Eh……?” From the utterly suprised Kirin. Naturally, the door opened, and Ayato and Julis came inside. “I’m really sorry, but because we were watching the match by broadcast……” “Geez, you sure took your time……” said Saya in an annoyed tone. When the two people stepped into the waiting room they immediately stiffened together. Kirin. also similarly. stiffened at the entrance of the shower room. Only one person, Saya, walked towards the two of them with a calm face and said with a slightly proud expression. “……We won.” Afterwards, it went without saying, Saya seriously received a sermon from Julis.
––Fifth day of Phoenix, Sirius Dome. “Well then––” As Julis stretched her body on the stage. Ayato turned his head and lightly laughed. “Since I left everything up to you in the first round; this time, it’s my turn.” prompted Julis. “All right. Then, I will take it easy this time.” As Ayato replied to it with a wry smile and lightly tapped Julis’ back. 『"Well then, finally the Phoenix has also entered the second round from today! In the second match, which would be held here in the Sirius Dome, we will first introduce the pair, which broke through the first round by displaying an overwhelming ability, the Seidoukan pair Amagiri Ayato & Julis-Alexia Van Riessfeld!"』 『"Though the first round was clearly player Amagiri’s monopoly, I wonder how the second round will turn out. I look forward to see it."』 While hearing the voices of the reporter and the commentator, which became something familiar in these several past days, Julis turned her gaze to the opponents. It was a twin tail girl and the ponytail girl in the tag of rank #37 and rank #54 of Queen Veil Girl’s Academy. As expected both of them, preeminently, had a well-featured appearance. If asked the question “which is the strongest academy in Asterisk?”, the answer would vary from one person to another; but if asked the question “which is the weakest academy in Asterisk?” Most people would answer Queen Veil. In fact it was only once, even in the long history of Asterisk, that Queen Veil had won a championship. However. The word ‘weak’ was not necessarily directly connected with the word ‘unpopular’. When comparing simple sports-fan stats Queen Veil had maintained a continuously high rank since it's foundation. Disregarding the general results of Festa; Queen Veil only considered the Festa as a stage for purely displaying their students’ charm. It was just that which led to their popularity. As the only girl’s school among the six academies it was also the smallest academy. Establishing its own standards on the conditions of admission it was said to be the the most difficult academy to enroll in. It was an academy of goddesses trying to find an ideal through beauty and strength. Queen Veil Girl’s Academy was just such an academy. “Really, what amazing cheers…...” While grumbling so, Julis activated Aspera Spina. Today’s hall was wrapped in deafening thunderous cheers, but the voices cheering the players of Queen Veil were clearly louder. “Everyone, thank you!” “We will do our best!” The two girls of Queen Veil waved their hands with an amiable smile in response. Though the twintail girl unfolded a twin swords type Lux and the ponytail girl a spear type Lux, contrary to their cute looks, they left no opening in their way of handling them by their stance. Queen Veil might certainly be the weakest if seen from the Academy’s perspective. However. That lay only because their carefully selected principles, of participation, framed by the Festa, were rarely fulfilled. Not because the students were themselves weak. As a proof; The rank #1 of Queen Veil had left with the good results of being the runner-up in the last Lindvolus. “Ayato, you stay out of it.” “Understood.”