Chapter 293 – The Connection to the Spirits
After the Jack Frost disappeared, she dodged the other two.
「I PULLED SOMETHING SHINY FROM ITS BACK!」
「MAYBE THE KEY TO THEIR SUMMONING?!」
Luka ran up and slashed one of them, but it didn’t seem to damage it, other than slicing its body and it crumbling a bit.
The Jack Frost stopped for a second, and that was enough.
「I SEE! THIS!」
Luka did the same, running around back and grabbing something, and the Jack Frost slowly disappeared.
That meant that the Jack Frost had returned to the realm of natural spirits.
「I GUESS THIS THING LOCKS THEM AWAY FROM THE SPIRIT REALM!」
「JUST PULL THIS SHINY ROCK OUT OF THEM!」
Yureena charged at the final one, and it shot magic at her, which she deflected with a barrier of her own.
Her hair seemed to freeze white…as did her clothes, but she didn’t stop.
She reached the Jack Frost and screamed,
And hit its middle with a punishing right punch.
It screamed in another strange cry of ice.
「SO THIS IS WHAT YOU MEAN?!」
And the Jack Frost faded into nothing.
She had blown through its back and pulled the stone back from the hole with magic.
Just like something Yureena would do.
We had sent all three of them back to where they came from.
During this, Femm had leapt forward and began sniffing around.
「Femm run over here.」I told Femm, as Femm was close to me.
Femm ran up the field of snow, which was hard, even for a wolf.
『Are you not going to fight, Al?』
「I’ll just leave it to them. I need to find who’s summoning these things.」
Vi-Vi followed me on Moofy from behind.
Moofy actually was faster on these snowy fields.
She pulled up right beside Femm and I.
「Al, I FEEL OTHER MAGIC THAN SPIRIT MAGIC!」
As we shouted to each other, more spirit magic flew at us.
It hit the barrier and bounced off.
「YOU THINK THEY PULLED OUT SOME MAGIC DEVICE?」
「NO IDEA UNTIL WE GO BACK AND CHECK!」
I searched out for the magic around us.
Vi-Vi said, softer,
「This snow sucks.」
「You think there’s a magic circle somewhere?」
Just then another wave of spirit bolts flew at us, and it was blocked by Vi-Vi’s barrier.
「Vi-Vi, that was fast.」
「You taught me, Al.」
Then she smiled at me.
Vi-Vi was a competent magician. I had forgotten that she was younger than Steff and Millet as well.
She still had lots of time to grow, too.
「We can melt the snow easily…」
「If we do, the water will carry any trace away.」
「Magical circles would remain, but any magic stone would be carried away.」
「And we can’t just blow it all away.」
I used gravity magic where I felt the magical force coming from, then crafting a magical sword, I lifted the snow in the air.
「Al, great IDEA!」
Vi-Vi made her own sword, quickly and well-formed.
「Vi-Vi help me dice up all this snow.」
「We don’t need it all packed on the ground.」
The ground wasn’t perfectly flat, but we sliced the snow from the ground and I lifted it and blew it far away.
We quickly removed all the drifts from the area.
「AL, I FEEL THE JACK FROSTS GETTING CLOSER!」
I changed and spoke in spirit speech instead, to everyone I knew that was around me.
I could feel Cruz, Luka, and Yureena acknowledge from a distance as well.
I also contacted Timi, far above.
Spirit speech got harder as your partner got farther away. It was quite hard to reach Timi.
『What is it Al? You really are strong to speak to me this far away.』
Timi said, speaking to me. At the same time I tried to connect, she felt the magical force change.
She could sense me reaching out…she was very good at magic.
Hearing her aunt, I felt Shiggy respond in my pouch.
『First, don’t change where you are.』
『You think someone’s watching, Al?』
Cruz had a sharp sense.
『Just in case. While Vi-Vi and I were driving the snow away, Jack Frosts are being summoned again.』
That’s how I knew something was watching us.
『Some type of magical detection is responding to us…there’s no way they can’t sense you, Al.』
『I sense that too.』Vi-Vi said.
『See if something’s watching you too.』
『It’s hard to sense anything.』
『Leave it to me, girls. I can watch from up above.』
Everyone was focused on whatever was out there.