Chapter 4:

The Masterful Homeroom Teacher

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


Big bro- I mean, master?” Nobaru said with excitement on his face.

Akio looked towards him and his face had an instant look of realisation and nostalgia.

“Well, if it isn't Nobaru!” Akio exclaimed, “And I see Eri too. Gods you’ve grown.”

“Never expected you to be here, master!” Eri said.

“Well, it’s thanks to you guys anyway. Seeing you both strive to be the best inspired me too. Let’s just say I got strong and famous enough to get here.”

“Is that so?” Nobaru asked.

“Yep! So from today, I’ll be your homeroom teacher.”

Nobaru had an excited look on her face. Eri too, forgot her anger momentarily and was happy.

Nobaru looked at the rest of the students. Sounds of whispering filled the room. They looked back and forth at him and Akio.

‘Gods, here we go again.’ he thought.

The warm reception was interrupted by Nico’s laughter as they threw things at Hugo.

Akio raised an eyebrow, “Anything funny back there?”

Nico laughed, “Look at you acting all grown up! How old are you? Five?”

Everyone was shocked. Nobaru grit his teeth.

“Now listen here-”

But his voice was interrupted by Akio’s footsteps. Suddenly the air turned uncomfortable… electrifying.

Akio had a menacing look on his face. He gripped Nico’s shoulder and an instantaneous searing pain shot out from his body.

“First of all…” he started, “I’m in my late 20s.”

Nico stifled a laugh, “Look at you getting triggered over such a stupid remark! Childish indeed.”

Akio laughed, “Oh, that’s not why I’m angry. This is the usual for me.”

He pointed towards Hugo.

“Stop. Now!”

Hugo just ignored them and continued along with his work…

‘Breathe…’ he thought.

Nobaru was surprised. As Akio walked back with his usual carefree smile, Nobaru couldn’t help but ask,

“Master Akio, did you just perform chantless magic?”

Akio looked towards Nobaru and smirked.

“That wasn’t chantless magic.” he replied, “That’s Elemental Discharge.”

“Elemental Discharge?” Kaeda asked.

Akio looked towards Kaeda with a warm smile.

“Oh you must be, Kaeda… His girlfriend right?”

Akio had a playful smile when he said this.

Kaeda instantly turned red. Moments later, Nobaru too turned red, taking time to process his words. The entire class looked at them with playful grins, even Eri and Hugo stole a glance at their faces. A faint trace of a smile was shown in their lips.

“N-n-n-no!” Kaeda objected, “It’s nothing like that… W-we are only friends.”

“T-that’s right!” Nobaru agreed, “J-just friends.”

Akio looked across the two of them and then laughed out loud.

“Relax you two! I was just joking.”

The two sighed as Akio turned towards Kaeda.

“Elemental Discharge.” he began, “It is the act of well… discharging your mana in the form of elemental magic. That’s how you can shoot balls of water or fire from your hand. But in this case, the elemental form doesn’t have a shape, so to speak.”

“So it’s pure elemental energy?” Shizuko asked.

Akio was confused.

“I don’t understand what you meant in this case. Pure?”

“Oh, sorry. I-I used the wrong choice of words there.” she said hastily. “I meant that Elemental Discharge is how you do magic in the first place. Correct?”

“That’s right!” Akio replied with a smile, “We all can do magic in the start, but Elemental Discharge becomes important. It takes practice. It isn’t that hard to master either. It’s important because, the more control you have with it, the better your magic becomes. The foundation has to be at its best for the building to stand tall, yeah?”

The entire class nodded.

“Let’s get the class started with this note,” he said suggestively. “If that’s fine with you guys, that is.”

“We are all for it!” Girad said with gusto.

“Great!”

Akio walked towards the front of the class and faced the students. He held out his hand and formed a ball of water on his hand.

“Now, this is a normal ball of water.” he started, “Can everyone form one on their hand?”

The class.. Even Nico and Luna followed his instructions. Hugo too, but with a depressed look.

“Now the basis of all elemental magic is it’s Discharged Form. The form before it took shape into a spell.”

“You all must’ve had some sort of image in your mind. For chantless magic users like Nobaru and Kaeda here, their imagination is one of the reasons why they can do what they do. For people who don’t use chantless magic, the incantation creates the image for them. According to our predecessors at least.”

“So if we can do Elemental Discharge flawlessly,” started Balor, “Can we perform chantless magic as well?”

Akio shook his head.

“No.” he replied, “As I said, imagination is just one of the reasons why chantless magicians can perform like that. Their huge mana capacity is the other reason why they are chantless mages.”

“I see…” Balor looked a little disappointed.

“So since you guys are smart enough, I’ll give you a challenge.”

“A challenge?” Eri asked.

“Yes.” Akio replied with a playful grin. “The key to Discharge is ‘turning back time.’”

“Turning back time?” Harumi asked.

“Yep. Now figuring it out is up to you.”

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Hugo pondered over the answer to the riddle.

‘Turning back time…’ he thought, ‘Wish I could do that in real life. But Time Magic doesn’t exist.’

‘What could be the answer to the question… Everyone must be finding it hard to get. I think it’s something with reference to the spell, since we can’t turn back time in real life...’

He looked across the room. Everyone was lost in thought. The class fell into silence except for Nico in the back of the classroom who was healing his arm. As Hugo looked at him for just a moment, Nico noticed and glared at him.

Hugo tried to ignore him.

‘Now’s not the time…’ he told himself, ‘Concentrate!’

He took a deep breath.

‘Count to five, just like usual.’ he thought, ‘1..2..3..4..5’

Moments later, Hugo resumed his pondering.

‘So, let’s see what Master Akio talked about. It was a great idea to make us figure it out. Well, he is Nobaru’s master after all… So, the spell… Master Akio did mention the image of the spell. Maybe it’s got something to do with that…’

He thought back to Akio’s words.

For people who don’t use chantless magic, the incantation creates the image for them

The key to Discharge is ‘Turning back time.’

‘Turning back time…’

Moments later he got an idea.

He formed a ball of water on his hand.

Akio looked towards Hugo, ‘Let’s see where this leads.’ he thought with a smile.

‘The image!’ thought Hugo, ‘The key lies there. For the ball to form, drops of water should come together… Drops of water.’

Hugo had a determined smile on his face.

Akio glanced towards Hugo and smiled.

'Looks like he has found the answer,' he thought.

Hugo closed his eyes and focused.

Turn back time.. Let the image of the water rewind..

Moments later, Hugo opened his eyes and saw droplets of water floating above his palm.

Akio walked towards him and patted his back.

"Good job, Hugo. Care to explain how you did it to the class?"

"Yeah~," Nico chimed in, "Explain your 'great exploit'."

Hugo looked toward Nico and then back to Akio with a forced smile on his face.

"O-ok…" he managed as he walked toward the front of the class slowly.

Nobaru looked at him with pity.

"He's terrified." Nobaru whispered to Eri, "His walking seems stiff… Even if it’s not noticeable… much"

"Why tell me this?" Eri snapped back, "I thought I established that I didn’t care?”

Nobaru sighed with hopelessness, ‘There’s no convincing her.’

But then he saw a tiny spark of hope as he noticed a look of worry and anger, just for a moment.

‘Looks like someone’s acting like a tsundere here.’

Akio looked at Hugo with concern.

‘Hugo, didn’t anyone tell you? You are an open book.’

“Before that,” he interrupted, “Hugo, can we talk for a moment?”

Hugo was confused.

‘What did I do?’ he thought, ‘Well, I know I didn’t do anything wrong. Even if Master Akio is intimidating, he won’t do anything to me… right? Yeah.. Or did he notice?’

He was afraid since Master Akio could keep Nico and Luna from stepping out of line. Something that Hugo alone can't manage…

“Okay, master.”

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