Mages and Dragons in a New Land? They Obviously Haven't Seen a Modern War Man! Book 2
The werewolf laughed out loud. “Hugo!” He turns to his acquaintance with a grin on his face.
“How’s it going? Made new friends?”
“Umm, this is Nico, and the one beside him is Luna.” Hugo’s face reflected how uncomfortable he was.
Nobaru had heard this name before… and before long, he realized.
“Don’t take care of our lad so much!” Luna scoffed, “You have made him even softer than before!”
“Although…” Nico said in a thinking position “He no longer has his naivety. It was his most endearing character trait!”
“Yes! Of course!” Nobaru steps forward, and the already paranoid Hugo stops him.
“RATHER! He has gotten really smart!”
Hugo looks around nervously. This was making a bit of a scene here. A crowd of onlookers were starting to gather around,
“Nobaru…” Hugo whispers “Please, let me handle this.”
He turns back with a smile. The situation was getting complicated. He didn’t want it to escalate…
‘Knowing them, they would do something no matter what… But...’
“Please Nico… Luna… will you be kind enough to leave us?”
Luna’s face was just a mix of anger and surprise. “It must be pretty hard moving with that set of balls, would it not?” A kick appears out of nowhere and knocks Hugo down hard. “Let me pop them for you.”
Most of the crowd was shocked and stood still, intimidated, angry but waiting for a reaction. Others looked like they were getting a kick out of the scene. Meanwhile, Hugo was struggling down there.
“Hey, you-” Eri began but Hugo stopped her. From his face, it was understood that he didn’t want her to continue. Hugo got up and staggered forward like nothing happened.
Nobaru and Kaeda stood there speechless as Luna clung to Nico and laughed at Hugo as they walked away from him. The crowd went away as they understood that the drama was over.
‘Just what kind of upbringing did these two have?’ Kaeda thought.
‘These bastards…!’ thought Nobaru, ‘Are they latecomers like Rin and her sisters? Regardless of that, Hugo’s trauma was because of them.’
Hugo was hardly able to support himself. Eri rushed forward and helped him.
“Why did you stop me?” she asked, confused and a bit angry.
“I didn’t want you to get hurt. They are strong people. You won’t stand a chance.”
“You won’t know unless you try!” Eri protested, “Why didn’t you let me help?”
“Because!” Hugo retorted, “I don’t want you getting involved in my problems… It will just endanger you.”
“No.” Hugo said sharply, “Don’t.”
Eri gritted her teeth and led him to Nobaru.
“Deal with them yourself then!” she shouted, “Not that I care anyway.”
Hugo was baffled, “Eri I-”
But he didn’t know what to say to her and was doomed to watch her stride to class in a fit of rage.
Hugo hung his head in despair. He let go of Nobaru who supported him.
“I need time alone,” he said in a monotonous voice.
“Will you be alright?” Kaeda asked.
But Hugo waved her away.
As Hugo walked away, he was slowly crumbling under the weight of this situation.
"They returned… After that day… it's the first time I'm seeing those two… my worst nightmare. The one thing I didn't want to happen has happened."
"Are you alright, Master Hugo?" asked a voice.
Hugo was surprised, he hadn't heard that voice since Anima.
"Yes, I am. Are you alright? After what just happened..."
"I don't know anymore.. " Hugo replied, "Let's see.. My tormentors have returned and have not changed at all since then, the girl who I considered as a friend… and who I hoped to win over probably hates me. And worst of all, it's my fault!"
"If I wasn't so stubborn. If I wasn't so weak, I could've stood up for myself and none of this would've happened.! Maybe they were right, maybe… I have grown soft."
"No you have not!" Sullivan retorted, "This may be out of line, Master, but you have not changed at all. To hell with them! You are Hugo, one and the same."
"But I can't fix this! I can't face them. I can't do anything right. The only thing I'm good at is running away!"
"Hugo, Calm down will you?! Stop acting like this."
Hugo froze. He never expected Sullivan to have a sudden change of personality."
"I apologise... I spoke out of turn." he said, "But let me say this one thing. When I saw you calling out to me back in Anima, I saw myself in you. All those negative emotions I could sense as a Dark Magic Spirit and all those memories of yourself I saw when we merged reminded me of myself. That's why I decided to stay with you."
"You mean you have gone through the same thing?"
"Yes and no." he replied, "It's something I don't want to talk about. But the point is, I had a hard time and I am past all that. It took me a while but I have faced my obstacles. I am sure you will too."
"Just remember… No matter what happens, don't neglect the ones around you. I know you can't involve them. I understand that. But I will always remain by your side, for your sake. The marks on your body are proof of your contract with me. And I will see through it until the end of your days..."
Hugo thought for moments. He could feel himself slowly crumbling under the pressure. But now… as he took a deep breath and slapped himself to his senses, he felt himself being able to take it.
"Even if it won't be long until something bad happens, I'll try my hardest…"
"Good. Now head to class."
Nobaru was worried, not just about Hugo but about Eri as well. As he watched Eri who sat beside him with a cross face, he began to think.
‘On one side we have a stubborn guy who is too… selfless (is that the right word?) to not involve others into his issues in fear of endangering them. On the other side, we have a girl who is desperate to help no matter what... even though she is acting the way she is. Knowing Eri, I’m sure she will do something reckless. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. I don’t blame her though.’
He then let out an overwhelmed sigh.
‘I wish this day got slightly better.’
As Hugo entered the classroom, Nobaru looked at Eri. She still sat there, still as angry as before.
Hugo quickly glanced towards Eri and sighed as he took his seat in one of the corners of the class.
“This is going nowhere,” he whispered to Kaeda who nodded.
“I wish we could help but….”
Kaeda had a reassuring look on her face.
“It’s going to be fine. It’s best if we let them sort it out themselves. Hugo and Eri… and those two.”
Nobaru stole a glance at Nico and Luna. They were throwing waste at Hugo and snickering at each other.
“You are right.” Nobaru concluded, “Hugo needs to get himself a stronger backbone. Something only he can do.”
“Harsh but true.”
“Sorry, I just had to say that,” Nobaru said.
The class fell into a sudden silence as footsteps could be heard. A familiar faced man with green hair and eyes entered the class.
Nobaru’s face had a look of surprise as he recognised the man in front of him. He had the same childlike look and the same cheerful smile on his face.
“Good morning, class!” he exclaimed, “I’m Tamura Akio, your new homeroom teacher. Nice to meet ya.”