Two as One Princesses
I’ll convince the guild that you passed the B-Rank Exam.」
「Can you prove that you can keep your promise?」
「You heard my conversation with Ceila, right? For my own reasons, I did it without any favors.」
「You “asked” to do this, right?」
「The test to become B-Rank is to have a hunter of B-Rank and above to acknowledge your strength.
And if you clear the test itself, which is to make me, a hunter B-Rank and above, recognize your strength, then I just need to do something about the test schedule.
Also, if you have a match with me, I’ll look after you until you reach D-Rank.
Your strength itself is probably already about B-Rank, but it’s not as if you only need to be strong to raise your hunter rank after all.
If you want to rank up fast, asking instruction from you senior is the best.」
After asking Carol-san a few more questions, I consider whether we can trust her or not.
The demerit for accepting it would be that our strength would be exposed more than the previous battle.
However regarding that, how much we can show is decided on.
The merit is that we can learn how strong a high-ranking hunter is.
Based on Alejo’s reaction, I’m sure that she’s at least C-Rank or higher.
With that as our minimum reference, I think that there’s no doubt that Carol san is a B-Ranker.
And if she’ll help us after this, there’s no reason to decline.
『Personally, with some conditions, I think it’s fine to accept it, but what do you think?』
『By conditions, you mean?』
『Which Job’s ability to use, I guess? At the very least, I would like to hide the fact that we have two Jobs.
It might be best to limit the Dance Princess’ power to the point that it’s mistaken as only chant-less sorcery.
After holding back that much, I’m not sure if we can still win; but if it becomes too much, please switch with me.』
Fighting is my role, you know?』
If anything ever happens, being known as a Song Princess rather than a Dance Princess is much more convenient to avoid Duke Rispelgia, but I can’t disregard Ciel’s feelings.
And most of all, I’m also the one who suggested that we stick to our roles.
Me disregarding that won’t leave a good impression on Ciel.
However, please fight in a way that won’t make them realize that you are a Dance Princess.
In exchange, if the barrier is fine, then I don’t mind if you rely on it.』
Since we’ve decided, I tell Carol-san「I’ll do it.」
Though I did tell Ciel that’s fine to rely on my barrier, there’s no assurance that Carol-san wouldn’t destroy it.
I can only pray that she won’t attack us with something that strong.
Seemingly delighted by my answer, Carol-san almost skips lightly towards the center of the dome.
「By the way, is it okay for me to keep this barrier up?」
「Well, it’s your second round after all; I’ll treat that as one of my handicaps.」
「Then thank you for your consideration.
And I’m sorry if I don’t meet your expectations.」
For me, I already had enough new material.
Still, people become more and more indulgent when they see easy success.」
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Well, I do understand how you feel but I think, with that mindset, you’ll just be more disappointed when you don’t get good results.
But since we’re only asked to have a battle, don’t complain about how we fulfill that request.
「Well, enough with the minor details, let’s do it.
The moment this knife lands on the floor, the battle starts.
Is that good?」
Throwing a knife around sounds dangerous to me, but there aren’t any convenient branches or rocks laying around, so maybe for Carol-san the knife is just the right thing to throw.
Since we’re about to fight, I should stop making weird quips now.
While Carol-san is putting some distance between us, I switch with Ciel and leave the battle to her.
As the two of them faced each other, Carol-san chucks the knife high into the air.
The moment the knife landed after a few seconds of airtime, I sensed a countless amount of magic power reactions appear in before us.
In my vision, I see multitude of ice arrows facing towards us suspended in the air.
Even if all of those are shot at us, it’ll still depend on the power of each and every one of them but I think my barrier can probably block them all.
However, Carol-san likely knows that too.
In that case, there might be something to those arrows.
As Ciel was about to move, the arrows were shot towards us.
I expected them to come in a barrage to limit our movement, but they were fired in a line and disappeared as soon as they hit the spherical barrier.
While Ciel was protected, she ran to escape from Carol-san’s attack, but she couldn’t shake off the pursuit of the arrows.
Each of the arrows hit about as strong as Alejo’s attack but this might be a bit dangerous.
Looking at Carol-san, although the arrows don’t reach Ciel, she still looks composed.
In other words, she’s likely doing this intentionally.
To simply explain, barrier sorcery creates a wall with magic power to defend against attacks but there can be inconsistencies in its durability.
In other words, the durability of the barrier isn’t uniform, you can end up having strong spots and weak spots.
And Carol-san’s arrows, are accurately hitting the weak spot.
There was the magic stone thing before too, so I think that her ability to sense magic power is considerably high.
Likely understanding that running is meaningless, Ciel stops on her tracks and begins drawing something on the ground.
As though to prevent her from doing it, the amount and force behind the arrows increase; finally something cracked and the barrier collapsed.
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