s growth…… or at least that’s what I assume.
Hesitating here will only be to my loss.

「The battle rules will be that of the usual hunter rules.
No killing allowed and try to keep large injuries to the minimum.
The opponent’s surrender or incapacity to continue and/or the landing of a solid blow will determine the victor.
How about that?」
The witness?」
「Celia, I’d like to ask this of you.」

Being an acquaintance and well-experienced, Celia should be a perfect witness.
As I nominated her with this in mind, 「I’ll do it.」 I heard that annoying voice from behind me.

Why did you come to this place?
To sell me a fight? That ticks me off, so I’m absolutely not taking it.

「What are you here for, Ice?」
「I have business with that girl.
Been a while, hasn’t it? Cielmer.」
「Carol, long time.」

As I thought, these two appear to be acquaintances.
Moreover, they seem rather friendly with each other.
While this proves my guess that this girl, Cielmer, is related to my peers’ rapid growth, Ice’s presence is irking.

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「I’ll have a long, thorough conversation with you later.
For now, I’d be refreshing if you beat up the red one there for me.」
「Are you selling me a fight? I’m not buying it.」
「Yeah, yeah.
You’re fighting with that girl, right? It’s a great opportunity, so go ahead and suffer a complete utter loss.」
「Since you’re saying that much, then I’ll show you a decisive victory.
Don’t come crying later!」

She really is such an annoying woman.
I’ll absolutely make you apologize later.

「That being the case, if you want to blame anyone, blame it on Ice over there.」

Right, right.
I’m sorry about this, but I can no longer hold myself back.
Though, I didn’t plan to do so from the start.

We move to the place where we are to battle.
There should be space at the Hunter Guild to conduct mock battles in but, for some reason, we exited town.
The location Cielmer guided us to was a wide grassland a distance away from town.
Perhaps this is because, unlike in town, here we can fight with all our strength.

I’m rather glad I don’t need to limit myself.

Cielmer and I stand facing each other, while Ice is watching us from a fair distance away.
While I’m still not happy about Ice being our witness, in the sense that she probably won’t die even if she gets hit by stray spells, she might not be a bad choice.

「Are you ready?」

Cielmer replied so, but she’s only looking at me without making a move.
Does she mean to hand me the first move?
Or is she perhaps aiming for a counter?

Either way, she’s expecting me to simply test the waters, isn’t she?
However, I’m not holding anything back today.
It’ll take me some time, but since I’m given the opportunity to attack first, allow me to muster my all.
This is a sorcery special amongst the sorceries I use, the only one amongst the sorceries I’ve created that was bestowed a spell name.

Burning red fire hotter and hotter, reaching the pale blue world.

At a slightly higher elevation than my shoulders, a total of four pale blue flame clusters levitate.
This is an advanced flame spell that takes several seconds to prepare even with chant omission and I rarely make use of it.
After all, in most cases those several seconds can be the difference of victory or defeat.

Even so, its power leaves nothing to be desired.
I’m sure that this area will end up a burning wasteland, but I’ll leave the fire fighting to Ice.

Even as I finished, Cielmer stared at me without any change in expression.
I’ll have that seemingly complacent look of hers warp in an instant.
And perhaps even have Ice whimper in surprise.

「Feel free to dodge as you like.」
「Nothing to say, is it? Fine then.
Take this.
“Blanse Fregerium”1.」

Invoking its name, the sphere of flame flew and surrounded Cielmer.
Cielmer showed no signs of evasive action, she simply stared at the flame.
Does she merely see it as some ordinary flame? Then that would be a let down.

Contrary to its appearance, this blue hellfire houses a vast amount of magic power.
No, it’s precisely because such a vast amount is encapsulated in such size made this capable of burning wyverns and wyrms whole.
This flame has such heat that any superficial resistance is meaningless against it.

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The flames connect to Ciemler’s barrier and burn through it.

And in an instant, the flame spread.
What was once grassland is now a sea of flames.
These flames do not inflict damage on me, so I don’t have to worry about myself but seeing Ice completely able to protect herself ticks me off.
Couldn’t you at least have light burns?

And now looking at my opponent, her barrier is still burning.
Which layer is it now?
Whichever it is, there’s nothing that the blue hellfire can’t burn away.

That was what I expected.
But, at the next instant…

I felt a chilly breeze.

The vestiges of blue hellfire, the ever spreading flames, were overtaken by a field of ice.

And in the middle of that frozen space, at its source…
Cielmer was just looking at me, as if nothing had happened.



Author’s Note: Since the battle scene might be more interesting from the opponent’s POV, I tried doing it that way.
And as a result, it took a while to reach the said battle scene in question.
Translator’s Note: And right you were, seeing the near invulnerability of AinCiel from the attacker’s POV is all the more terrifying.

Hiya~! Allow me to apologise again for the delay.
Continuing on, it’s a nice change of mood to have another POV chapter and this time, it’s not an interlude, which is quite rare for POV chapters now that I think of it.
Actually, if I hadn’t had so much delays, it’s much more easier to see how many POV chapters there are in this arc, just a lot.

This chapter, we’re introduced to Friere Iazick in more detail.
I honestly like how she’s basically somewhat of a musclehead-type character.
First of all, the fact that she ran away to be a hunter basically because being a daughter of a noble is such a chore and boring, while still retaining an air of bombast that characterizes the usual Noble Villainess-type (I’d know from Commoner Villainess, lol).
She’s pretty prideful, considering how she sees her rivalry with Carol and her reaction to her peers growing faster than her, but from her offhand comment of how not to underestimate people, she’s not so stubborn that it’ll get in the way of her learning, in actuality, she is into the learn what you can from anyone thing, it seems.
Also, the way she thought “Sorry bud, find some other guy to beat you senseless” was hilarious, lol.

All in all, I just like the proud (maybe even prideful) but not arrogant noble type, and moreover it seems like her main mindset is “hit it until it breaks” instead of the usual scholarly mage one … I honestly love straightforward characters like her.
Anyhow, to the battle.
She used her strongest attack (Which actually read as “pale blue” flame in one instance, so maybe it’s whitish-blue or bluish-white) and it burned through Ain’s barriers… but there’s more to our duo than just barriers, and it immediately painted the landscape with the chill of ice.
Now, the stage is ready, and the performers are, in my opinion, quite warmed up.

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