Chapter 124 – We saw fireworks!
And so Elto taught us fire magic.
Her methods were quite simple. First, she would demonstrate it for us.
“See, bang! That’s how it’s like! Now you try!”
This vague way of teaching caused Fule to mutter,
“…You keep saying ‘bang’ and ‘boom.’ Are we really going to learn anything?”
“What are you talking about! With magic, it’s all about practice! Now, stop complaining!”
Elto said sternly to Fule.
Fule looked puzzled, but continued to unleash light towards the air and sea as she was told. However, it was not going very well.
I didn’t think that Elto was just interested in showing off her power. I thought she was trying to emphasize that with using magic, the important part was being able to visualize and then chant.
It had been much the same when I was learning magic at Sanfaris.
Though, they cared about the chant more than visualizing it.
And so I decided to follow Elto’s advice and practice as much as possible.
But as I was afraid of great explosions, I would keep them at a small scale and target the sky.
I shouted as my hand stretched out over the sea.
And then a ball of fire shot out of the palm of my hand.
Huh? When Elto did it, it had been a red light. But this was already fire?
Elto burst into laughter.
“Ha. It looks like even the Cave King cannot copy my magic within a day. Now listen to me, you have lots of magic energy, you just need to calm yourself and… Huh?”
Elto suddenly raised her face to the sky.
It was where I had unleashed the magic.
“Y-you…everyone, get down!”
Elto shouted as she created a Shield around us.
We all felt something too, and raised Shields of our own.
In the next instant, the sky turned pitch black.
It wasn’t so much an explosion, but like someone pouring ink over a sheet of paper.
As we gazed in awe at this surreal sight, the black particles and explosive winds began to dissipate.
At the same time, I could sense immense magic energy coming towards us.
The goblins fell to the ground and waited for it to hit us.
But thanks to the Shields that we cast, no damage was done.
“Wh-what was that…”
Rienna looked dumbfounded.
The monsters were all blinking with stunned expressions.
Then Elto said to me,
“I think you should avoid using any advanced magic. It’s almost too good a match for you. Who knows, you might accidentally destroy this whole planet…”
“First, try imagining a normal spell while chanting an advanced one. Maybe then you can adjust it… No, wait!”
Just like me, someone else was unleashing magic that they couldn’t control.
It was Baris, who had the Magic King crest.
“So-sorry… But I just really wanted to test it…”
Baris’s magic was on a smaller scale, but it also made the sky turn black, just like mine had.
We had to block the tidal waves again. And as Elto caught her breath, she said,
“Why do I get the feeling that I’ve started something terrible… Perhaps I shouldn’t be teaching you after all. You better promise not to misuse this magic.”
We all said ‘yes,’ and nodded.
Just then, Fal, the fire dragon, came up to Elto.
Although just a newborn baby…Fal was already the size of a large dog.
Perhaps Fal had felt a sense of kinship, as Elto looked quite similar. And it was currently rubbing against Elto’s leg.
“Wh-what is this all of a sudden… I’m not your mother.”
Elto protested, but she didn’t look like she really minded.
“…Oh, alright then. Come over here.”
Elto held Fal to her chest and then turned to me.
“What a healthy child. What is its name?”
“Fal. That merchant that I told you about, he brought us some eggs from your homeland.”
I didn’t call them products.
But Elto must have sensed it.
She looked a little sad as she patted Fal on the head.
“There, there. What a good baby… Oh, I know. I can do this!”
Elto said as she raised her hand to the sky. Then a small red light shot out of her palm.
It rose high up into the sky and then exploded loudly.
Fal looked surprised at first, but then Elto told it to look up, and its eyes began to shine.
It had exploded into sparks of seven different colors.
In Sanfaris, they had something similar called fireworks.
Powerful lords would often launch them for the people during a celebration.
Fule’s eyes glimmered as she asked Elto.
“It’s so pretty… What is it!?”
“Fire Bomb. It’s usually used to attack or scare away enemies. But I can change the colors with my imagination. And then it becomes a Fire Flower.”
“Ohh, I want to learn it too! It looks so fun!”