Chapter 2:

A New Day And Familiar Faces Part 2- Unexpected Acquaintances

Mages and Dragons in a New Land? They Obviously Haven't Seen a Modern War Man! Book 2

Nobaru walked towards his friends. He called out to them with a smile.

"Nobaru!" Harumi called out, "Over here."

The others looked towards him with excited faces and motioned for him to come to them.

A warm welcome indeed.

Nobaru grinned and walked towards them. "How are you all?" he asked, taking a seat next to Kaeda.

"Doing well, thank you." Balor responded, "Although the days have been uneventful."

"You could say that again." Rin said, "Uneventful this whole time was."

"How're the four of you?" Girad asked, "Got into any rough shit while you were gone?"

"Nope," Eri replied, "Just relaxing and training too."

"I went to Anibus to strengthen my sword…" Kaeda said, ".. And a bunch of other things."

"I returned home, finally." Hugo said, "Spent time with my family."

"Yes," Shizuko said, "This is good. Family is the most important thing after all."

"And how are you doing, let me ask?" Hugo said with a grin.

"Doing fine, thanks. Been doing things of my own. Nothing in particular."

Hugo laughed, "It looks to me that you have gotten better at talking to people…"

Shizuko turned red all over, "Y-you think so?"

"Yeah, no offence but you used to stutter a lot before."

Shizuko smiled, "Well Aquaris is why I can do this. The credit goes to her.."

"It's no big deal," Aquaris commented. "I promised I would help. And I'm not the type who breaks promises."

The students took their time catching up as Yuuji arrived onstage.

"Welcome back students!" He started off with a proud smile. "Hope everyone is fine and well? This is your new year in the academy. For some their first and the last for others. You all are here now because of your accomplishments and because of who you are. So let me take this wonderful opportunity to congratulate you all. This year will definitely be a new step towards your future. And as you climb higher towards the heavens, you will be faced with challenges. I wish you luck and may the Gods bless you."

"Oh, I'll bless you guys all right!" Lustros commented to Nobaru.

Nobaru laughed under his breath.

A moment later Yuuji explained,

"As some of you may know, there are changes to the system. As many new students joined in this year than usual, each level of classes will be divided into sects. For example a second year intermediate class mage will be in Intermediate 2-A, B, C or D. The class roster is posted on the notice board in the hallways. There are new staff too that will add to the existing faculty. And that concludes the briefing. Good luck and have a great year!"


The group got up and walked across the hallway, searching for the bulletin board with the roster.

“I hope we are in the same class!” Kaeda said.

“Me too!” Eri agreed.

The group noticed a large board with the words “Advanced Class Roster.” scribbled on it.

“It’s there.” Girad pointed out, “Get yourselves movin’”

They walked towards the board as a crowd was beginning to form. Expressions of excitement and anticipation on their faces.

“Advanced Class 2-B,” Nobaru said to himself. He noticed his classmates’ names below his… along with some unfamiliar ones. But they were in the same class yet again.

“What class am I at?” Eri asked.

“Advanced 2-B. Just like us.”

Eri grinned with happiness. “I’m glad!”

“It’s good that I’ll be studying with you guys again this year.” Balor said.

“I feel the same way,” Rin said with a smile. “The pleasure’s all mine.”

Harumi had a confused look on her face. “Looks like we have some new people joining our class from now on… Luna, Nico… umm Pete and Rina?”

“Haru, that’s another class.” said Shizuko.

Harumi was surprised, “Oh, my bad.” she said with a grin.

“New people?!” Kaeda exclaimed, excitedly.

“Yep!” Harumi replied, “This year is gonna be a lot of fun!”

Everyone had smiles on their faces. Nobaru looked around him and noticed something odd. Hugo was shaking with fear. His face was dripping with sweat and his expression was that of recognition.

“Something wrong?” Nobaru whispered, not wanting to ruin the mood.

But Hugo didn’t respond; he just stood there, his face as white as paper. Moments later he said,

“Nobaru can we-”

But he was interrupted by a voice that made him shut up again.

“Oh, look who we have here!”

Nobaru and the others looked towards where the voice came from and saw a werewolf. He had grey skin (or fur), sharp white eyes and a scar on his upper lip.

Hugo's, fear because more visible.

"It's b-been a while…" he managed, "Nico.."