Chapter 132 . 2 : Fierce Combat
Charles shouted at him with a flustered voice . He was still groveling on the ground after falling from his griffon .
Alfred heaved a sigh and turned his griffon to chase after Christina-tachi . His flying speed was faster than them and so easily caught up to them .
「AS IF I’LL LET YOU!《Enchant Physical Ability》」
Vanessa also suddenly increased he speed as she unsheathed her long sword and leapt towards Alfred . And thus she slashed her sword at Alfred who was flying at a low altitude .
But, Alfred also unsheathed the long sword that was placed on his saddle and thwarted Vanessa’s attack .
When their sword clashed, Vanessa staggered back .
Though Vanessa grimaced at the overwhelming difference in strength, she landed safely on the ground . And then, she sent her warning to Christina-tachi .
Celia who was running at the back of the formation reacted to Vanessa’s voice and glanced behind . Then, Alfred who had noticed that something was coming at from a short distance away in front of him was startled .
Celia stretched her arm out as she chanted the aria . Countless small wind blades came out from the magic square that appeared in front of her palm .
Slightly slower than her was Christina who had also seen Alphonse and decided to add another attack .
Though those two spells had low killing power, their invocation speed was fast and could be fired in rapid succession . He made his griffon fly higher in seeing the incoming attacks that were enough to endanger his life .
Alfred controlled his griffon and did a barrel roll to dodge the incoming magic . After flying to a safe height, he jumped from his griffon and landed on the ground .
After their rider was gone, the griffons flew back towards Charles-tachi who were left behind .
On the other hand, Vanessa fixed her stance and then slashed her sword at Alfred just as he landed on the ground .
「PLEASE RUN WHILE I STALL HIM!」
Vanessa screamed as she attacked Alfred . Christina-tachi reluctantly broke into a run .
Alfred calmly stopped Vanessa’s attacks with his sword . And then stepping back lightly after their swords had been locked together for a few seconds .
This crumbled Vanessa’s balance .
「Your stance is too rigid . 」
Alfred calmly thrust his sword aiming at the gap born due to her crumbling balance .
Vanessa calmly reacted to that strike as she retreated .
But, her attire was caught by his sword . It was supposed to be a thick robe and yet Alfred’s sword easily tore it like a piece of paper .
Alfred was startled as her face came into view .
「You……………… What happened to your hair? Did you dye it? Nay…………… Oh, whatever . I’ll have to kill you if you keep resisting, Vanessa . 」
Though Alfred showed a worried look on his face, it was instantly replaced with an indifferent expression .
Vanessa gritting her teeth shouted――,
「WHY, WHY ARE YOU HERE! ? Sword of the king! 」
She slashed her sword while shouting at him .
「………… Because this is a direct order of his majesty . 」
Alfred repliedas he parried her strike . s
「THERE’S NO WAY IT’S HIS ORDER! NO, DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT IT’S HIS MAJESTY’S TRUE INTENTION! ? OLDER BROTHER! 」
「I have no intention of chatting with you . 」
After blatantly telling her that, Alfred flicked off Vanessa’s sword which had entwined with his .
「This is the end . 」
Alfred saying so thrust his sword towards Vanessa’s neck . By then, Charles-tachi already caught up to him .
「Well done, Alfred! Leave that rebel to this guy and chase after the princess . Refrain from killing the others . 」
After ordering one of the knights who had come with him to bind Vanessa, Charles ordered Alfred to chase after Christina-tachi .
Though Vanessa put up some resistant, she was eventually pinned down by several men .
Alfred heaved a sigh and ran towards the national border to chase after Christina-tachi . His speed was twice that of Christina-tachi who had strengthened their physical ability with magic .
Following after him was Charles who took a few knights with him while leaving behind one knight to watch over Vanessa .
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「I-IT CAME! B-BEHIND US!」
Kouta was the one who shouted . He was the first one to notice Alfred as he had looked back to confirm the situation in the middle of their sprint . Alfred was chasing after them with a breakneck speed .
Celia confirmed that and,
She chanted the aria of a spell .
A while later, a gigantic magic formation appeared high above Celia which then released numerous lightning bolts toward Alfred .
The lightning bolts exploded upon contact with the ground creating a huge cloud of dust .
「Leave him to me . You guys keep going . 」
Celia said so with a resolute face .
「L-Let me to help you too!」
Kouta hurriedly offered his help . But, Celia blatantly refused his offer .
「You can’t you know . Since Vanessa-san’s primary duty wasn’t fulfilled, you’ll only become a hindrance even if you stay with me . Please leave this place to me . 」
「It’s fine! 」
Despite chatting with Kouta, Celia was continuously controlling her magical power and was sending wave after wave of lightning bolts from the magic formation in the sky without even taking a break .
「Your highness, are you really okay with things turning this way! ? What will happen to Vanessa-san if we leave her as it is? 」
Kouta is asked Christina with a sour face .
Christina could only bite her lips . And then, her feet slowly moved . And brought herself to Celia’s side .
Celia stared at Christina with a dumbfounded gaze .
「Our opponent is Alfred . There’s no guarantee that we can escape from him . In that case, let’s fight him in this place and find another way to survive . 」
Christina resolutely said so .
「Your highness…… . . I Understand . 」
After a moment of hesitation, Celia resolved herself .
「In that case, let me in too . 」
Kouta said so in high spirits .
「…………… Well, let me in too then . Let’s do our best . It’s not like I can leave Kouta alone . 」
The only one left, Rei heaved a sigh and then saying so joined them .
Thus, all of them prepared themselves to fight against Alfred .
「In that case, each one of you please take the left and right side . Me and sensei will attack him with magic from the front . 」
Christina issued her instructions to Kouta and Rei . Kouta-tachi moved according to her instructions and took their posts .
Because of the rapid firing of magic, their front view was completely blocked by a dust cloud . But, maybe because his movement had been hindered by Celia’s magic barrage, Alfred didn’t rush at them .
But, such carelessness was a taboo in the middle of battle .
Alfred’s figure that had vanished within the cloud of dust revealed itself .
Rei who had been keeping watch on their left side received a surprise attack . When he was about to warn the rest of the party, a punch into his guts made him faint in agony .
Kouta who had found Alfred pounceding at him while shouting in a loud voice .
But, Alfred landed another punch to Kouta’s guts and make him faint .
The two Japanese youth were dispatched in no time .
「Aren’t they the friends of the hero who escaped from the royal castle? in that case――」
Alfred crouched to examine Kouta-tachi and then looked at Christina and Celia .
Their bodies trembled .
But, Celia mustered her courage to stand before Christina as if to protect her .
And then she chanted a spell .
「E, 《Earth Prison》」
Following Celia’s chant, a magic formation appeared on the ground .
But, Alfred stabbed his sword to the ground and completely obliterated the magic formation .
「It’s futile . This sword can absorb magical power . 」
Alfred walked slowly towards them while saying those words, reducing the distance between them .
Even so, Celia didn’t giving up, she chanted the aria for a wind bullet .
But, Alfred easily brushed that away with the shield that was on his arm .
「………… . . Who are you? You seem like a skilled magician but I can see that you’re lacking combat experience . I can’t feel any killing intent from your attacks at all . 」
Though Alfred asked that question, Celia had no intention of answering him .
At that moment, Charles who had brought several knights with him arrived at the scene .
「Yup, we finally cornered them . 」
Charles chuckled when he saw the unconcious Kouta and Rei .
「The magician over there . Remove your hood . You’ve forced me to crawl on the ground . I won’t let you go . 」
Following that, Charles ordered Celia to remove her hood .
But, Celia did not obediently remove her hood .
Charles is clicked his tongue and then――,
「Oi Alfred . 」
He gave an order to Alfred by jerking his chin . His sign might have been something along 「Remove her hood by force . 」 .
Alfred heaved a sigh and went towards Celia with his sword tightly grasped in his hand . Celia and Christina retreated bit-by-bit .
But, Alfred instantly closed in on them and swung his sword aiming to cut Celia’s hood .
Celia unintentionally shut her eyes tightly .
At that instant, a gust of wind gently caressed her cheeks . Almost at the same time, she could hear a high pitched sound of metal clashing against metal――,
Celia slowly opened her eyes .
There, she saw Rio’s figure standing before her .
His unsheathed sword was locked against Alfred’s .
「Sorry, I’m late . 」