Chapter 5- Solution
“──── Maybe you don’t need to pay attention to the flow of magic power. I was thinking that if you just focused on the flow of blood, you could use magic normally.”
Based on the facts revealed by the test, I formulated a hypothesis.
His Royal Highness Grayson tilted his head at me as I drew my conclusion.
I will explain the details to his questioning gaze.
“There was no difference in the flow of magic between the first and second time, so I think you don’t need to be aware of it.”
“I see, so the body remembers the movement of magic power. Then, next time, let’s just concentrate on the flow of blood.”
His Highness said this and immediately began to practice.
He held his palm out in front of him and slowly increased his own magic power.
He was more relaxed than before, probably because he didn’t have to concentrate on the flow of magic.
As in the previous case, multiple ──── fireballs appeared around His Highness Grayson, who deployed a fire-based elementary magic.
It’s a rough estimate, but it looks like the magic power consumed and the potency of the spell won’t change much from last time.
I guess my hypothesis was correct.
Thank goodness, it’s working properly. And it’s working a lot faster than before. Just one less thing to be aware of makes such a difference.
I patted my chest, relieved to have found a clue to the solution.
While I was relieved, His Highness looked at the palm of his hand and widened his eyes slightly.
“It’s amazing. I didn’t know that just a little change in the way I do things could make such a difference. …… It’s not that I didn’t believe in Charlotte-san’s advice, but I didn’t think it would improve this much.”
I nodded my head in agreement with His Highness Grayson, who muttered in admiration.
To be honest, I didn’t expect the change to be so dramatic.
It’s not quite the same as a lighthouse, but the solution is surprisingly simple.
“But you can’t relax just yet. You need to get used to this method before the end-of-term test. Eventually, your goal should be to learn to control the flow of blood in your body, so that you can manipulate magic freely, but let’s leave that aside for now. For now, your goal should be to let this method take root in your body.”
I said that although he could see the path to achieving his goal, he still had a long way to go.
I know His Highness Grayson, who is a genius, will be able to learn it quickly, but we don’t have the time. And I couldn’t devote all my time to practicing magic.
I only need to do a quick review, but that doesn’t mean that His Highness Grayson does too. Especially with the large scope of the History and Herbology tests, it would take a lot of time to review them from scratch.
“I think Charlotte-san has a point, but what am I supposed to do?”
I immediately replied to His Highness Grayson, who was begging me to tell him how to practice.
“The only way is through repetition. I think the best way is to fight me in mock battles and just get used to using magic.”
It was a simple and steady method of practice, but it was the most reliable. The path of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
“So practice makes perfect. I don’t mind that kind of thing.”
Grayson’s eyes narrowed slightly and he took a step back.
He took off his hot blazer and unbuttoned the sleeves of his shirt.
Then he rolled up his sleeves as if to show off the muscles in his arms.
“You seem to be in high spirits. As for me, I’d like to ask you to go easy on me….”
“What are the rules?”
“How about this… only magic can be used as a means of attack, no wide area magic or instant death magic that can cause a lot of damage to those around you……?”
As the purpose of this exercise is to practice magic, I casually forbid the use of swords.
As expected, I wanted to avoid having a normal mock battle with His Highness Grayson the Sword master.
Win or lose, the damage to the surroundings would be absolutely horrendous.
It would be unfashionable if we accidentally blew up the training grounds. ……
“Alright. Let’s go with that.”
His Highness nodded easily to my proposal and brushed his bangs up smoothly.
Since the use of swords is forbidden, he never touched his beloved sword hanging on his waist. Instead, he turned his palm toward me.
“I’ll give you the first move.”
“Then let me go without hesitation. ──── 《Water Arrow》”
After deploying elementary magic of the water attribute, His Highness Grayson manifested multiple bows and arrows made of water.
As they float in the air, he shoots them at me mercilessly.
I held out my hand in front of the water arrows that were coming at me at breakneck speed.
As I calmly deployed my freeze magic, the temperature around me dropped dramatically.
The cold that should be called extreme cold spread and froze the water arrows that were coming towards me in an instant.
The water arrow, having lost control to me, falls to the ground and breaks with a cracking sound.
When I timed it right and released the effect of the freezing spell, it slowly melted under the summer heat.
“I don’t know how you managed to keep the temperature so low in the hot sun. As expected of Charlotte-san…… Your abilities are unfathomable. By the way,────”
Once there, His Highness Grayson cut off his words, took one look at the water arrow that had melted beyond recognition, and looked at me.
“Is it out of consideration for me that you didn’t use the ──── prayer technique?”
His Highness Grayson, who reflects me in his lapis lazuli eyes, asks me a direct question.
He seemed unusually grumpy, as if he thought I was holding back.
Frowning slightly, it may be more correct to say that his Highness Grayson “Sulked” than to say he was “Angry”.
No, well…… I’m taking it easy on you, okay? Because if we go all out in a place like this, it will be a disaster. Unless, you want to burn the whole place to the ground. ……
But it’s not because I’m holding back that I don’t use the prayer technique.
“The reason I don’t use it is not out of consideration you, your highness, but for myself. It consumes a lot more magic than usual. I only use it when I have to.”
──── Well, when I’m alone, I use it without thinking about the magic power consumption…..
I smiled, not saying, “I’m sorry”.
There was no way I could say that I just didn’t want to be the center of attention.
You might be thinking, “What are you talking about when you’ve purposely brought this to their attention?” You might think, but everyone’s interest was too great.
It is indeed hard to be the center of attention when people come to the classroom every day to see if they can see me use the prayer technique again. This is why I take the stance of ‘I don’t usually use it’ to cut down on people’s interest.
“I see. It is true that the prayer technique seems to be a heavy burden. I understand.”
I thanked His Highness Grayson, who readily accepted my argument, and thanked him for understanding.
We looked at each other and without either of us thrusting our palms forward.
The magic practice had only just begun.
“Now that we’re done talking, let’s resume our practice. I’ll go first this time.”
“Yeah, come at me from anywhere.”
His Highness Grayson, who is belligerent even in his weakest magic ability, loosely raises the corners of his mouth and smiles provocatively.
Although I froze for a moment at the unexpected smile, I attacked with my best freezing magic.