ce of the wind, pieces of the ice spear sparkled beautifully, but this isn’t the time to get distracted by that.
Ciel’s reaction was likely because it was strong and sturdy enough that it took time to destroy the spear of ice.
With the second and the third spear, the place where they were getting destroyed at were gradually getting nearer and nearer.
By the seventh and eighth one, it was probably about just a few centimeters from us.
And as she destroyed the ninth one, the tenth spear is already right in front of our eyes.

It’s extremely unlikely that she can destroy it in time, the most she can do is to move our vitals out of the way.
Immediately after she barely moved, the spear of ice hits our flank and Ciel falls on her backside as she was swept by the impact.
However, the spear wasn’t able to pierce through Ciel’s skin and remained sticking out the flank.
Looking closely, it seems that the part where it hit is slowly freezing and is gradually being covered in ice.
After the ice had spread for a while, it was destroyed along with my usual barrier and vanished.
I can make another barrier at any time.
It doesn’t take much if I only need to maintain it but making a new one consumes a slightly large amount of magic power.

Although it’s exactly for times like these that I made that barrier, I wonder when was the last time my barrier got destroyed like this?
When I was still getting used to it, before Ciel turned 5 years old, my barrier was destroyed several times and I even ran out of magic power.
But we didn’t face any danger during the five years we spent locked in the book room, so it’s been a long time since this happened.
At any rate, just our second fight with a person and this happens.
Are B-Rank hunters strong or is Carol-san just stronger than the usual B-Ranker?

『Ciel, are you alright?』

『Yes, I’m fine.
After all, I had full faith that Ain would be able to protect me.』

Ciel replied so with confidence, but now I realize that being trusted too much might be a problem as well.
If I needed to protect her from those ten spears, I doubt that it would have blocked them all.
After all, it consumes a considerable amount of magic power and after the barrier offsets one spear, I don’t even know if I can make a new one before the next spear comes.
So I still need to improve my barrier sorcery even more.

Since we’re still in the middle of an important match, I end my reflection here.
Although I am using detection, I don’t think it’s good to be distracted about other things.
But since the barrage of sorcery has died down, maybe the battle is finished? If Carol-san uses a sorcery that’s more powerful that the spear of ice, I’m absolutely going to lose confidence in my ability to defend Ciel, so please let this be the end.
I notice Carol-san approaching us with my detection, and she doesn’t seem to be using any sorcery, so it should be safe to think that we’re done.

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『Since it seems that the battle is finished, would you mind switching with me?』
『Right, I’ll do so immediately.
Still, have we won?
     Since, you know, we were on defensive from beginning to the end.』
『Although we were on defensive, we would have won if we kept it on until she ran out of magic power, so I don’t think that this will be considered a loss.』

Rather, if Carol-san tells us that we lost after going this far, I won’t hesitate on having a super-extended battle.
Now, speaking of Carol-san, as she approaches us, she’s awfully fidgety for some reason.
Well, no, it’s not as if I don’t understand.
With how concerned she looks, it’s surprising that she’s not running towards us.

Come to think of it, we’re still sitting down in the exact position that we collapsed, so I stood up and Carol-san showed an obviously relieved look.

「You’re alive, right? You’re fine, right?」
「I’m alive.
Though I was definitely surprised that my real barrier was destroyed.」
「That last one, right? But it definitely looked like the Glacio Lentso hit you, so you being fine means…」

She was quick to change from being worried.
As soon as I talk about the barrier, she begins talking rapidly and slowly draws near me.
Glacio Lentso… so that sorcery had some kind of name… but it’s not the time to think about that stuff.
She draws near me with eyes full of curiosity, and as I’m slowly being driven backwards towards the wall,「Carol?」a chilling voice reaches my ears.
Shifting my gaze, I see Celia-san standing with a furious look.

「Don’t you Geh me.
Just when I came to check on you since you were taking such a long time, why were you trying to kill Cielmer-san?」
「I-I wasn’t trying to kill her or anythi-……」
「Do you think you can convince me after using that spear of ice?」
「No…… Nevermind.」

After seeing Carol-san hang her head down, Celia-san lets out a deep sigh and shakes her head.
As expected, it seems that Carol-san went too far.
A sorcery with that power was definitely not something you should use on people, one mistake and someone would have probably died.
Luckily it was Ciel, so there wasn’t any casualty, but it’s not a problem that you just brush it off as an accident.
But at the same time, since this world puts importance on achievements and abilities, I thought that they might put the fault on the one who died for dying or something, but it doesn’t seem to be that way.

As I thought, it’s difficult to judge things like this if I don’t know the common sense of this world.
For now, as I thought about getting a clear answer on the result of the match and the state of the promise we made before, an awfully apologetic Celia-san led me and Carol-san to a different room.

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