Substitute? So not only was that last attack useless, but now my ice had melted, and we lost our only chance to escape?
“Damn it! You made me waste it… Daniela!!”
“Hmph. It belonged to me. It is no business of yours what I do to it now!”
A whirl of fire shot out towards us. Daniela raised a wall of earth to block it. However, it was still hot. I felt like I was being burned alive even if it didn’t touch me directly.
“Daniela, what should we do?!”
“We will not be able to force our way passed them. Asagi, pull through somehow. I am going to blow this building away!”
“A tornado! Leave it to me!’
If she used that to clear the area, we would have a 360 degree escape route.
I activated Legs of the Forest Wolf and waited for my chance. I was waiting for the moment that the whirl of fire stopped. And in that moment, I would seal her movements.
Eve’s enraged cry sounded just as the fire disappeared. Now…!
I thrust my sheathed sword into her stomach as hard as I could. It would have killed her without a doubt, had it been a naked blade, but like this, it would at least hurt enough that she’d wish she were dead. In fact, she could not stand the pain and collapsed on the floor.
“Boss! How dare you!!”
The soldiers who were still fixed to the ground began to throw their swords, but I blocked them with an ice shield. I retreated then, but Daniela seemed to be taking extra long to use her magic.
“Daniela, how much longer?!”
But there was no answer. Instead, immense power filled the room.
Within seconds, my sanity felt like it was being chipped away. I was panicking. The bandits were glaring at me. Eve looked at us, and I could see that she was slowly standing up. This was bad!!
Her eyes were bloodshot as she got up and raised her hands. Magic began to concentrate there. Shockingly, each hand was using a different spell. Her right hand had wind, her left hand had fire. I hadn’t expected her to be able to do that…!
I quickly prepared some magic of my own. This time, I was sure that she would create an even bigger storm of fire, and so I made several layers of ice shields. It was just as I had created the eighth, that Eve’s magic triggered.
The violent wind around her right hand caught the fire in her left. That caused it to burn so much hotter. The enhanced power of the combined spells tore through my first four shields in a second. It was incredible. Unpredictable…!
“…!! Alright! Now stand back!!”
Stand back! I can’t even move!
“It’s no use. Just do it!!”
“As if!! Get away somehow!!”
“If I move now, she’ll get you! Hurry!!”
If she waited any longer, her energy would go berserk out of a need for release. That would be pointless.
“It’s fine. I’m protected by the wind! Do it!”
Daniela groaned, but I could feel the magic coming towards me. I turned around and saw that her eyes were full of tears as she looked at me. Sorry… But I promise, I’ll make it out of here. Don’t worry.
I sent magic into the wind dragon armor I was wearing. It almost looked like it was glowing, but maybe that was just the fire.
“You damned bastards!!!”
Eve’s magic rushed towards us. There was only one shield of ice left. I had done well up until now. Good job Asagi. Good job.
Eve did her best as well. The last attack was more powerful than the others, and the shield began to crack.
Just then, a horrible wind attacked me from behind. It was Daniela’s magic.
Perhaps it was because of my clothes, but I didn’t feel it as much as I had expected.