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Extra 2 tells the first meeting of Cassie and Fenix and their battle!
Part 1 is going to be about the beginning of what led to their battle, and part 2 is more focused to their battle~! Both parts are available right away, you just have to click the “Next” button at the bottom of this page!
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I Will be the Sun in Your Sky
Part 1: Expedition and Meeting
At the brilliant age of 16, Cassiophelia de la Sanctuaria splendidly completed all of the education levels in Riviera country.
During her Internship period, she served in the Royal Magician Court and showed a really amazing performance that caused her to be recruited right away after her graduation into the Royal Magician Court. The Head of the Royal Magicians at that time, an old woman, was exceptionally fond of Cassie and she hoped that Cassie would be able to succeed her later on.
No matter her age, her ability is more important.
This event happened after a few months working as a royal magician.
Things went on smoothly for Cassie, and she was selected as one of the few magicians sent on an expedition to a secluded volcano.
Why is it called “secluded”, anyway?
Well, since the volcano is located in an uninhabited island at the northern area of Riviera—its area is located in the middle of the cross-section between the Dragon’s Heritage—a continent exclusively inhabited by dragons—and the rest of the world.
As such, the condition of the island such as its climate and weather can be considered as harsh enough that it became a secluded area.
Recently, the usually inactive volcano showed some kind of activities that attracted geologists to examine the phenomenon. However, upon going there, the geologists found some kind of magical power that hindered their expedition.
In the end, they requested the Royal Magician Court to examine the volcano.
This kind of mystery managed to pique Cassie’s interest, of course. She enlisted herself in the candidate list and managed to actually get selected!
A senior magician was assigned to be the leader because he was experienced in terms of leading a team of an expedition, having countless experience in expeditions in the mountains, deserted islands, and other areas, despite him not being too strong in terms of magical power if we were to compare him to Cass.
That was how Cassie got assigned the role of Vice.
Immediately after arriving, they started to climb the mountain. Initially, there was no problem in advancing, but soon, they sensed the presence of magic power here and there.
Obviously, it was also followed by attacks from other monsters lurking near the vicinity.
“Those who specialize in barrier, focus on defense!”
Cassie decided to contribute in defense.
“Hey, you, take the offense on the west side!”
“We should have taken in beast tamers with us, huh?”
“They are upset because we practically enter their zone, which was an uninhabited island before…”
“T-t-there’s an ambush over here!”
Since Cassie was the closest magician to the ambush, she decided to take in the offensive part, too.
After fighting, chasing, and being chased by the monsters who got upset at them who rudely intruded their area, the team of magicians managed to find a safe cave to take a rest.
“Oy, healers, can we bother you by healing our wounds?”
Cassie felt that she was being called, so she quickly began to heal the wounded ones.
“Ophelia-san, are you alright?”
The kind old leader was concerned about Cassie’s well-being, as he saw that Cassie had been working so hard by being on both the offensive and defensive roles.
“Hm? I’m fine, I am not injured at all,” Cassie answered with a puzzled expression.
“No, I mean, aren’t you tired?”
“Ah, thank you for your concern, Leader. After this, I will just take a rest and everything will be fine,” she smiled gently and continued to heal the wounded ones along with the other healers.
“Man, we’re lucky we have Ophelia-san here! She’s young but she might as well be the strongest magician in the court if she keeps training at this rate.”
“She will be the next Head of Magicians, right?”
“Wait, is it true that she has a fiancé?”
Cassie slightly glared at the group of gossipers.
You’re too loud, you know that I can hear you guys clearly?
Truthfully, she was drawing a blank on how her future might unfold.
A few years ago, she was suddenly engaged to Duke Hartmann’s youngest son. She has never met him once, although she has met Duke Hartmann and Duchess Hartmann on a few occasions where they visited her house to talk about the engagement.
She didn’t know how her future would be if she were to get married. Would she still be able to do what she loves the most, working in the Royal Magician Court?
Would it be fine if she were to be the next Head?
She has heard some nasty rumors about the Hartmann family, and her parents agreed that Duke Hartmann wanted to secure a strong lineage for Hartmann clan, thus he decided to arrange the marriage. Since her family’s social status was under the Hartmann’s, they couldn’t really oppose the engagement.
Thankfully, she didn’t get engaged to the oldest son who’s got more bad rumors afloat. It was said that the oldest one was going to be engaged to a more influential noble family’s daughter.
But whatever, she didn’t care about it.
She didn’t even know what her future husband was like, the only thing she knew was that this man’s presence to the noble society’s party was… close to zero.
It seemed that his relationship with the rest of his family wasn’t good… hmm, does that mean a good or a bad thing for her?
He didn’t even meet her once.
She’s sure that he doesn’t care, and he doesn’t even know who his fiancée is.
And that’s how she’s got to enjoy her “single” time while it lasts.
Because she can’t be sure of anything else after her “single” time is over.
Pfft, what is that? That doesn’t exist in her dictionary.
Yes, she has to indulge herself in the work that she loves so much while she can.
Opportunities won’t come a second time, so she has to make a good use of each one of them!
After they finished tending to the wounded ones and discussed the current findings, it was resting time.
Cassie only needed a little rest to replenish all her energy back, so she managed to wake up very early and saw how her comrades were mostly still fast asleep.
She decided to crawl out of the cave, greet the guarding personnel and glanced towards the peak of the volcano, which was very visible from where she was. They were quite close to the peak, huh?
She squinted her eyes, trying to take a good look at the peak, wondering what might be there.
Just then—she saw a glimpse of something red flying around the peak and landed there.
Wait, what could that be?!
Cassie felt her chest thumping from excitement as she felt that something interesting might happen soon.
Afterward, they continued their journey to the peak while taking notes of every magical influence there and every magical beast present.
“Ah, this is the spot. See, I can’t move anywhere closer than this,” The leader tried to take a step closer to the spot, but something blocked him.
The other magicians tried it but they were blocked, as well.
Cassie thought that perhaps they should just go offensive and attack the barrier so they could enter.
“Let me touch the barrier so I can analyze whether it’s safe to attack it or not,” Cassie advanced and put her palm on the invisible obstructive force.
But just right after her palm landed safely on it—another mysterious force was pulling her in!!
“Grab her other hand, grab it!!”
“Gotcha, but I can’t pull her back!”
“Just continue grabbing her, who knows maybe we can finally come in after this?!”
“Ehh, what the hell are you talking about?”
Of course, this was followed by an uproar.
Cassie was still sucked in and she felt like she couldn’t do anything about it, so she let herself get pulled to the other side.
As her body was about to be completely pulled in, the mysterious barrier blocked the person grabbing her hand from entering, attacking that person with a heat wave.
In the end, Cassie was the only one who got to “the other side”.
By the time Cassie got to the other side, she glanced back and couldn’t see her comrades back there. When she tried to reach out her hand towards the spot where she was before, she noticed that there was something blocking her.
Nice, so now, she’s stuck inside, all alone?
Oh well, since there was nothing she could do to change that, she might as well advance to the peak!
As she walked closer to the peak, the trees became scarcer and she finally arrived at the barren land with magma. Naturally, she felt the heat increasing. Since she wasn’t a fire magician, she wasn’t used to the heat and was sweating.
But that didn’t hinder her from examining around here and there.
As she peeked at every nook and cranny and was very focused on what she was examining, she missed the presence of something stealthily landing on a tall rock behind her. Moreover, that presence didn’t have any kind of a killing intent, so she continued to examine a weird magical object nearby.
For whatever reason it had, the creature exerted its pressure, flapped its wings and growled.
Cassie reflexively grabbed her Magic Staff tighter and turned behind her.
That was their first meeting.
Cassie was mesmerized with the sight in front of her.
A huge bird-like creature who seemed to be set ablaze was standing on top of the big rock in front of her, acting all mighty. Her body was all clad in bright flames. The way she flapped her wings caused the winds to blow around them as if she was boasting her prowess. That creature put her long tail up, spreading it beautifully like a peacock.
Her eyes are not white like humans—they are golden. Inside the creature’s light blue irises, Cassie’s small figure was reflected.
Beautiful… Is this a living, real phoenix?!
Cassie’s eyes sparkled in excitement instead of feeling fear from having to face the creature more than twice her size.
[Human, aren’t you afraid of me?]
A gentle voice reverberated inside Cassie’s mind. Cassie glanced at the phoenix in front of her, the phoenix’s beak didn’t even move an inch.
Did she just communicate with me via telepathy?!
“Rather than afraid, I feel so happy that I’m able to meet you, the mighty phoenix that I often heard from the tales!”
Cassie bowed respectfully in front of the phoenix.
[The name’s Fenix. Or so I like to call myself.]
“Ah, where are my manners? It’s a pleasure meeting you, Fenix. My name is Cassiophelia de la Sanctuaria, a magician,” Cassie curtseyed.
[Mana capacity and magic attributes…?]
“888. My strongest affinities are [Life], [Light], and [Wind].”
[Two rare affinities for a human?]
“I am part elf.”
[Interesting. As I expected from someone who was qualified to be here.]
Cassie pondered inside her mind.
Come to think about it, she was the only one who was dragged inside the mysterious barrier.
Moreover, the barrier emitted some kind of heat that prevented her comrades from getting sucked in together with her.
Also, the volcano that had been inactive for the past few hundred years suddenly became active…
A phoenix’s appearance…
If she were to connect everything, then…
Wouldn’t every strange and mysterious phenomenon be answered?
Everything… all of it was caused by Fenix!
It would be good for her to clarify the matter.
“Were you the one who caused all those phenomena? The active volcano, the magical barrier, me getting sucked in, and…?”
[I am glad that you have a brain, at least.]
For Cassie who was praised for her intelligence, that line sounded insulting, but well, she got to be calm in the presence of the phoenix.
She didn’t want to upset Fenix.
Not that she finally could meet a real-life phoenix!
“Well, it was quite obvious. All I had to do was to connect the dots.”
Cassie smiled proudly, trying to not show any hint of her irritation.
[I saw more humans wearing the same robe as you back there. What kind of cult are you in? Which kind of god are you worshipping there?]
Cassie didn’t know whether she should laugh or cry. She didn’t expect that Fenix would ask this kind of question.
“No, I’m not in any cult. This is the robe that all royal magicians in Riviera wear.”
[Ooh, I rarely saw that before, I thought you were a cult member or something. Not bad.]
What is not bad? The robe’s design or…?
Is this phoenix joking around with her or is she serious…?!
[If I’m not wrong, I saw you fighting during when the monsters attacked your group, and then you were also playing on the defensive role? And you also healed your comrades in the nearby cave?]
…Is she a stalker?!
Cassie only nodded.
[I heard some of your comrades praised you as a prodigy. True?]
Cassie started to have a headache.
If Fenix really could hear their talks from afar because it’s her territory… how could she not realize that they were not a cult, but some sort of a magicians’ organization? Yes, she must have been joking!! What’s more, she couldn’t read Fenix’s facial expression at all!!
She wanted to rub her temples right now, but then, it would reveal her thoughts. She imagined herself rubbing her temples in her heart, but her facial expression remained calm.
“That’s… I’m used to hearing that and I really am humbled, but I believe there are others standing above me. I’m sure there are lots of people who haven’t heard of me, too.”
[Hmm, not arrogant, but humble. Nice, very nice.]
Cassie’s face twitched subtly.
Fenix is really testing her…?
Fenix observed Cassie who was standing in front of her.
Hmm… how small…
Ah no, that’s not what she should be focusing here.
She seemed to be young, but quite talented. Prodigy, is it…? Seems like the other humans aren’t just exaggerating things…?
No, in the first place, if she wasn’t talented, then she won’t even be standing there.
888 mana… yes, she clearly passed the requirement Fenix set.
However, can someone as young as her be good enough?
There is only one thing to do to see that.
[Human, have you got any Familiar?]
Cassie was surprised by her sudden question. It was quite of her complex… she had no Familiar yet…
It’s not that she couldn’t find any Familiar willing to be with her. She just felt that she hadn’t encountered a Familiar that intrigued her and the one that she felt “connected” with.
Why question her this? Is Fenix going to mock her for not having one…? Or… could it be that Fenix is willing to be her Familiar?!
Her heart had a bit of hope—yes, Cassie wanted to have Fenix.
“No, not yet.”
She shook her head in response, trying to show a neutral expression. If she showed clear signs that she wanted Fenix, perhaps Fenix would turn her down because she was deemed to be a greedy little one.
[Very well. Say, are you not interested in having a phoenix as your Familiar?]
Cassie’s eyes shone right away and she looked up straight at Fenix’s pupils. Her face showed her earnest interest and determination.
[I’ll take that as a ‘yes’. Sure, I’m interested, but only if you could satisfy me.]
Cassie’s face turned from excitement into a nervous laugh.
How can a small human like her satisfy such a creature as a phoenix?
[…Actually, being your Familiar might not be so bad. You have the [Light], [Wind], and [Life] of the Sky, but you’re missing the [Sun], or the fire. I can be the [Sun] of your [Sky]. Only then, you will be able to completely represent a blue sky. Well that is only if you can win in a battle against me.]
Cassie shuddered at the thoughts of Fenix suddenly being all poetic. The [Sky]? Well, she loves looking at the blue sky. The blue sky is captivating. And it is true that her fire magic isn’t really strong. It isn’t her forte at all. Surely, Fenix’s flame will win against her flames.
“What kind of battle is it?”
…It won’t be a battle to the death, right?
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Part 2: A Battle [Cassie vs Fenix]
[A simple battle. You can freely use anything, any kind of method to win against me. Make me admit my defeat or knock me out. You also lose if you get knocked out or admit your defeat. How about it?]
Both of them profoundly glared at each other, trying to measure the other party’s determination. No one dared to yield.
Then, as if they had some kind of unspoken understanding or any kind of spiritual connection, they quickly distanced themselves from each other, starting to prepare themselves for the battle.
Yes, the battle has finally started.
Fenix growled, and at her command, the volcanic craters near Cassie quickly erupted a few blasts of magma.
Cassie casually raised a barrier and protected herself from the magma’s blasts. Even so, the heat around her constantly raised. At that time, she understood the meaning of “being knocked out.” She could certainly pass out due to the extreme heat.
Luckily for her, she could use ice magic to a good extent, so she quickly created some blocks of ice that were melted at a rapid rate by the blasts of magma and the heat around them. And thanks to that, she didn’t feel as hot as before.
As she focused on dodging the magma blasts, a giant shadow shielded her from the sky above. Cassie reflexively looked up in the air and noticed that Fenix was flying right above her. Gradually, Fenix began to fly lower and lower… and after a little bit of distance was formed between Cassie’s head and her body, Fenix suddenly hurled her tail, trying to hit Cassie using it.
Instead of dodging, Cassie only stopped her movements and grabbed strongly to her magic staff. The magic staff contained a special effect that could replenish her mana at a time and to enhance her magical power.
Even when the tail was hurling at a fast speed, Cassie could see the movement and prepared the barrier.
[Barrier? Hah! It will quickly be shattered to pieces with my tail!]
Cassie could hear Fenix snorting, but she paid no heed to her words and focused on her magic staff.
True to her words, Fenix’s tail managed to shatter Cassie’s magical barrier.
As it was about to proceed to Cassie, she swung her magic staff confidently and some strong sparks of thunder quickly clashed with Fenix’s fiery tail.
“I can use [Thunder] to some degree, too!!”
Fenix was clearly startled, so she quickly withdrew her tail and rose up in the sky.
[Hah. I was simply surprised. However, that weak thunder won’t hurt me the slightest bit.]
Fenix tried to flaunt her tail around to taunt Cassie, but something felt odd.
Why is it that her tail couldn’t move as agile as it used to be?
Looking at Fenix’s stiff tail movements, Cassie smirked. I got you!
“Yeah, my thunder magic isn’t that strong, but I made sure to learn a very useful thunder magic spell. That one… just now, I used it to paralyze your tail!”
[Tch! Hmph, not bad!]
Fenix was now unable to use her tail to attack Cassie anymore, so she decided to take the next step.
It was quite hard trying to dodge any incoming magma blasts from the ground, let alone focusing herself to observe Fenix’s movement, so paralyzing her tail movement was a good idea for Cassie. Still, as she felt another intense wave of heat and the weird shape of the shadow on the ground, she quickly looked up.
Uh-oh, this phoenix was now summoning some small meteors from her flapped wings straight up aimed at her!!
Cassie quickly swung her magic staff around to create a few layers of ice to block the blasts from the ground as she quickly swung her magic staff above to form a horde of light balls. The light balls quickly flew to repel the meteors aimed at her. There were around three or more light balls directed at each meteor Fenix summoned.
Fortunately, the power of her light balls was almost at equal with the meteor, so the two forces clashed and disappeared—but the impact was strong enough that caused Cassie to stumble and fell down on her own ice field—while Fenix dodged the impact and rose up even higher.
The moment Cassie knelt down, she was surprised by the sudden rise of temperature and the extreme wave of heat she sensed. When she examined the sky closer, she could see Fenix’s mighty figure flying up in the sky, amidst all of the huge fireballs flying about in the sky! It was as if Fenix was flying in the middle of many suns!
The next moment after she managed to stand up, the fireballs quickly showered the grounds. Fenix only gave her a bit of leeway to stand up, but then mercilessly showered Cassie with Fenix’s fierce shower of fireballs.
Cassie frantically tried to dodge every fireball that she could while busily raising several layers of barrier. Normal [Life] barrier, [Ice] barrier, [Light] barrier… then she tried to cover and block some of the fireballs using her light balls and wind vortexes.
Some flames still managed to injure her, but Cassie continued to run away from Fenix’s reach. She hid behind a large rock and healed her own injuries with her [Life] magic.
Once she was done, she quickly cast another set of magical spells that utilized all three of her affinities. With her [Light] magic, she created five forms of light birds, infusing it with her [Light] and [Wind] magic. As the last ingredient, she infused the [Life] magic, bringing the five bird-formed lights to live as they obediently flew towards Fenix.
The light birds tried to hinder Fenix’s movements and obstruct Fenix from continuing her attacks on Cassie. Cassie jumped out from her hidden spot and roamed around the place.
[Hah, do you think these fickle artificial birds could defeat me?!]
As Fenix hurled at the two closest light birds, she quickly extinguished their life. Cassie quickly commanded the three remaining light birds to launch themselves towards Fenix, exerting all of the magical power that Cassie bestowed upon them and using it to injure Fenix.
Fenix growled in pain as two of the artificial birds attacked each of her wings and the remaining one attacked her neck.
Cassie continued to roam about the vicinity, scraping the ground with the bottom of her magic staff.
After that, Fenix recovered from the previous attacks and continued to summon her flames to rain down on Cassie, as Cassie continued her marathon around the ground, leaving the trails of her magic staff along the way while repelling Fenix’s attacks with her magic.
This went on for quite a while before Cassie stumbled on the same huge rock on her back, causing her unable to run anymore.
[You can only repel my attacks now. Aren’t you tired of running?]
Fenix smirked as she spawned more of her flames and meteors, ready to shower the ground once more.
At that time, Cassie smirked back.
“…and return to life!!”
With the last of her lines, the ground suddenly glowed—the ground in which she inscribed the trail of her magic staff.
Soon after, the ground and the stones began to shake about, rising themselves and forming a huge golem.
The golem shielded Cassie from all of Fenix’s attacks and raised its arms to punch Fenix.
Fenix skillfully protected her body from the punches by cladding herself in more layers of flame cloak.
Her focus shifted to attacking the golem with all her power while evading the golem’s arms that seemed about to punch her.
[Amusing. Let see how long you can hold out with that. Surely, you’re exhausted by now.]
Fenix seemed as if she was enjoying it, while Cassie’s breathing had become rougher as time passed by. Yes, even if her mana replenished thanks to the magic staff, but the rate in which she exhausted her mana was even greater.
She had to end this soon if she didn’t want to lose shamefully due to her mana exhaustion.
The last spur of her mana—she had to use it to finish Fenix off!!
Cassie controlled her breathing, stood straight and planted her magic staff on the ground, firmly grasping it with her hands. She closed her eyes and focused on murmuring some sorts of spells. She entrusted the guard to her golem.
After a while, she looked up at the sky and smiled contently. She then commanded the golem to change its way of fighting. The golem proceeded to focus on capturing the phoenix. Cassie knew that Fenix’s flame could even destroy the golem’s hands, so she had to be quick and precise with her timing.
[Are you planning to crush me with the golem’s hands? Hah!]
Fenix focused on escaping the golem’s arms while attacking it. However, Cassie poured more of her power into the golem, enhancing its sturdiness and speed, and WHAM! it managed to catch Fenix with one of its hands.
As Fenix was about to exert flame bursts from her own body to destroy the hand that captured her, Cassie quickly commanded the golem to fling Fenix’s body backward. Fenix’s body was hurled roughly according to Cassie’s command.
Fenix was taken aback by Cassie’s plan. She thought that Cassie wanted to crush her body in the golem’s hands, but then she was hurled roughly in the sky? Did Cassie plan on knocking her out with the rough tossing around? As if she would let that happen!
Fenix quickly stabilized her body and prepared herself to evade the golem’s attempt to grab and throw her again, when…
“NOW!! Divine Lightning, activate!!”
Cassie quickly shouted with all her power, and a loud rumble could be heard coming from above Fenix. Sure enough, the clouds near Fenix were darker than the rest of the clouds around the area.
Before Fenix could react, numerous white thunders rained her body, striking her wings, tail, and her everything fiercely. If it was an ordinary thunder, it won’t really hurt her. However, it was raining of divine lightning, which possessed more power than any normal thunder.
As Cassie watched her divine lightning striking Fenix mercilessly, she could feel that she was so exhausted that the golem she manipulated quickly crumbled back to the ground.
She was at her limit, and if the divine lighting didn’t manage to let her win the battle, it would result in her loss.
After her divine lighting subsided, Fenix’s figure could be seen floating.
Cassie was surprised to see that Fenix was still able to keep flying.
No way… Is it really her loss, this time?
Cassie wanted Fenix to be her Familiar very badly. She smiled bitterly before falling down to the ground, her breathing got rougher as she glanced over at the blue sky and at Fenix’s figure—but then, Fenix stopped flying and her body fell down to the ground with a loud thud, sending some tremors through the ground.
At that time, there were two figures of exhausted fighters lying on the wrecked battlefield. One was a human’s, while one was a phoenix’s. Cassie’s initially clean clothes and body were now tattered and sullied. And Fenix’s fine figure was also full of dirt and grounds.
However, the two of them didn’t say anything and stayed on the ground to charge their energy.
As Fenix recovered from the divine lightning, she stood up and commanded the lava to envelop her, recharging her power completely, while brushing the dirt off her body at the same time.
Cassie felt more energized, so she quickly sat down on the ground, wiped her face and observed Fenix as Fenix healed herself with the lava.
How nice, if only I could heal myself by drinking the lava!
When Cassie thought so, Fenix focused her eyes on Cassie and her body glowed slightly. At the same time, Cassie’s body started to glow as well, and she could feel her energy being replenished back at a higher rate.
[I am a phoenix, what do you expect? I have the power of healing, too.]
“T-thank you!” Cassie lightly bowed her head, and she stood up after feeling her body full of energy again. She dusted off the dirt from her clothes and approached Fenix.
She pondered about what Fenix think regarding the result of their battle.
Was it her loss? Or was it a tie?
[Human, you passed.]
Cassie blinked several times.
“What?” She reflexively blurted out.
[I acknowledge you as my master. Aren’t you happy?]
Cassie pinched her cheek. Oh, it hurts. So, this is not a dream.
“Really? I thought it was bad because I exhausted my mana back there!”
[No, you still managed to summon the divine lightning that caused my loss. The victory’s yours.]
Cassie clenched both of her fists and slightly raised it up in the air. Yes!
[As I have promised you… How should I call you, again?]
Cassie smiled, but the corner of her lips twitched a bit.
“Cassiophelia. Feel free to call me anything you like. Ophelia, Cass, Cassie, anything.”
[Cass then, it’s simple.]
[So, as I have promised before, Cass. I will be the sun in your sky. Now, concentrate your mana on one of your hand, and touch the jewel in the middle of my forehead.]
Cassie blinked several times, her jaws opened a bit.
Jewel… what jewel? I can’t see anything…
Just then, Fenix put her head down so that it was within Cassie’s reach. She closed her eyes and suddenly, the area between her eyes glowed and it exposed a transparent jewel.
The jewel’s sudden appearance caused Cassie’s jaws to be wide open, forming the shape of O and her eyes stared in disbelief at the jewel.
Cassie shook her head and quickly reached out her hand to touch the jewel. Then, she focused on pouring her mana there. As she poured her mana, she saw that the jewel turned golden. When she felt that she couldn’t pour anything again, she retracted her hand back.
[It’s a pleasure to meet you, Cass. I hope you can entertain me during your lifetime.]
“Likewise, I’m looking forward to your guidance!” Cassie bowed once more to Fenix.
[You can talk to me by talking in your head from now on.]
Huh, really? That’s convenient…
As Cassie was about to voice her opinion, Fenix managed to hear it first and responded back.
[Alright now, you should get back to your group, right? I will escort you. You don’t have any trauma to flying, right?]
Cassie shook her head.
Well, I could try to fly using my magic if I want to, but it was not pleasant and it was very exhausting, anyway. …Wait, Fenix is going to let her hop on her back?!
Thus, that’s how Cassie returned gloriously to her comrades by riding on her new Familiar, Fenix. Cassie could see her comrades’ jaws dropping in their surprise, and she chuckled a bit at how they seemed like a group of koi fishes from above Fenix.
In the middle of their flight, Cassie questioned Fenix a lot of things. Her first question was to clarify the tale she heard, that phoenixes were reborn from the ashes of their predecessors. Then, she proceeded to ask about the volcano’s mystery as she realized she was tasked to solve it.
She then explained everything to her comrades and that explanation also solved the mystery of the volcano. Hundred years before, Fenix was just born—or reborn, to be precise. Her power wasn’t that huge and she didn’t have any memory of her past self. As she turned 100 years old, she regained her previous memory back and gradually conquered the volcano. A few decades later, her power was so overwhelming that it managed to trigger the inactive volcano’s activities back again.
Shortly after their return, Cassie gained the title of [The Sky Magician] as Fenix predicted before. It could be said that Cassie’s meeting with Fenix was the start of her glorious career, as she then became the Head of Royal Magician Court after the previous Head retired.
Fenix smiled haughtily.
[As expected of the chosen one!]
“Chosen one, by who?” Cassie asked.
[Why, by this mighty me, of course!]
Fenix created a prideful pose, and Cassie couldn’t help but laugh at her Familiar.
Before they officially formed the contract, Fenix tried to put her down. But now… Look! Fenix is flaunting her achievements and proudly says as expected of the one she chose!
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