Chapter 292 – Against the Jack Frosts
Timi lifted up into the sky, and sped off.
「Shiggy! See how fast your aunt can fly!」
As usual, Timi wanted Shiggy to see how strong she was.
And as usual, Shiggy responded gleefully.
「Hm? Shiggy? Are you cold?」
Shiggy was standing on my shoulder, after all.
She was flapping away and her wings were hitting my face.
Luka just laughed to herself.
「Maybe she wants to take in all the wind going by?」
「Shiggy really is growing so quickly.」
Timi responded, with a bit of a lonesome voice,
I could tell why she felt that way, but since Shiggy was so happy about the comment, Timi flew even quicker.
There was no time to be lonesome…
「Ah, Al, look!」
Cruz pointed out ahead of us.
「That must be it.」
It was a sunny day today and it had been since we flew through Cruz’ realm.
But ahead of us, in one direction on the horizon, were light grey clouds of snow.
And that grey extended from the ground up into the clouds.
「Almost like the clouds are alive.」
「A good comparison. Almost like a swarm of summer locusts.」
I tried to imagine what that would look like.
After all, clouds like that rained destruction on the villages of farmers.
「…like a nightmare, almost.」
「Yeah. Without some food stored away, it devastates the villages.」
Cruz said to herself.
「Only if the villages have nowhere to store anything. I guess a ruler’s place is deciding those kinds of things.」Vi-Vi said.
Cruz said, with a serious look.
Then we heard Timi say,
「Stop thinking about locusts for now. We’re about to fly in. Are you ready?」
I got all the magic ready for the blizzard. Just a light barrier around everyone would be enough.
After hearing my response and nodding, Timi sped up and pierced the cloud.
Inside was howling snow.
「THIS IS A LOT OF SNOW!」Vi-Vi shouted at me.
「IT’S BECAUSE THE JACK FROSTS ARE FRESH!」
「FRESH?! STOP MAKING THEM SOUND LIKE FISH!」
Cruz said to Vi-Vi, and Luka chided her a bit about her use of words.
We were all there to destroy the Jack Frosts, after all.
Vi-Vi looked really worried through the blowing snow.
Femm and Moofy were snorting away at the frigid air that was flowing around them.
「This is going to be fun!」
Yureena said, looking really happy to fight whatever was ahead.
Luka looked down and said,
「THIS IS REALLY THICK SNOW!」
「IT’S NOT AS MUCH AS WHEN THEY WERE IN CRUZ’ REALM, BUT THEY’RE CLOSER TOGETHER!」
「LUKA, WHAT DO YOU THINK!?」
「KILL ‘EM OFF!」
「WE DON’T NEED TO FIND INFO ABOUT THEM FIRST?」
「WE JUST NEED TIMI TO WATCH OVER US FROM ABOVE!」
Femm looked over at me.
「Femm, let me get on.」
After getting on Femm, Vi-Vi got on Moofy.
Timi slowly descended.
We could feel the spirit energy flowing up at us, but Timi could handle it easily.
I still put a barrier below her to protect her.
「DON’T MENTION IT!」
As soon as she approached the ground, we all leapt off.
Then Timi lifted back up.
We all were suddenly attacked by the spirit magic as well, but the barriers easily held.
Cruz had started to run as soon as she hit the ground.
Behind her, Luka shouted,
「CRUZ! MAKE SURE NOTHING’S GOING ON BEFORE YOU RUSH IN!」
Cruz said, and she quickly stopped.
Then she lurched away.
In front of here were three Jack Frosts.
She saw them and dodged as they shot magic at her…very strong natural magic.
But it was nothing that could stop Cruz…she sped by them and their magic hit the ground.
「YOU REALLY ARE FAST WHEN YOU’RE NOT CARRYING ME, CRUZ!」
She had carried me on her back during the last battle.
And that was still very fast.
Cruz then stopped a ways back from the Jack Frosts.
「THERE’S NOTHING STRANGE…I GUESS?」
Cruz said, asking herself.
Then they shot magic at her again.
Before the magic even hit the ground, she had run around them.
「AH! I FOUND SOMETHING!」
I could barely see her, but she had plucked something from them.
There was a strange squeal like grinding ice and a Jack Frost disappeared.