The Little Duchess' Home Tutor (Novel) - Chapter 10
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Chapter 10 – A Glimpse
A tremendous amount of mana swallowed the entire room.
Objects around Her Highness turned white and froze over, one after another.
“Howard Household’s ‘Ice’!?”
In the past month, we had tried all the seven magic attributes.
Of course, that included ‘Ice’ as well.
However, Her Highness couldn’t use magic. And yet, why is it appearing now?
…Let’s think about this later. I’m not sure that Her Highness can control so much mana considering she has never used magic before.
—It’s spiraling out of control.
Currently, she was like an open water pipe.
Regardless of how much mana she possessed, if this continued, her reservoir would dry out, and at worst—
I tried to approach her, but it was very difficult to break through the snowstorm that had become a natural barrier.
It already took everything I had to stop the ‘Ice’ from freezing everything.
Even worse, I was unable to conjure Fire at all even though I had attempted it so many times.
…This unpleasant sensation of something gripping your heart… there was ‘something’ unknown dwelling here. ‘Something’ that should never be confronted.
Even if I wanted to ask about what was happening, Her Highness’ voice was overpowered by the fierce snowstorm.
… I’m cornered. If this continues, I’ll be the one who burns my mana out first.
What do I do? What should I do? Think. Think, Allen—Think!
Just then, the door to the room suddenly opened.
“A-, Allen-sensei, kya!”
“Allen-sama! W-, what is happening!?”
“Ellie! Don’t come in!! Graham-san! Barricade the Greenhouse with a Military-grade Barrier! Or else it will swallow the whole mansion!!! I’ll take care of Her Highness.”
“—Understood. I’ll leave Ojou-sama in your good hands.”
Taking the worried Ellie with him, Graham-san retreated. As expected of the head butler of a Duke’s family. He was quick to make a judgement.
The ‘Ice’ grew even stronger as its fury intensified. Its invasion towards the surrounding resumed after I barely held it off. Already, my surroundings were turning white.
Fire was unusable.
Light, Thunder, and Earth were extremely slow to react.
Water and Wind showed some reaction, but… they were quivering in fear. I had forcefully activated them to delay the ‘Ice’ invasion, but their mana efficiency had dropped as much as the temperature.
And—Darkness was too dense. If I deployed Darkness magic now, my own mana would start running amok as well.
The idea I had believed in so far was now shaken at its core.
It was clear that there was ‘something’ in this room that was extremely specialized in Water, Wind, and Darkness attributes, so much that it rendered other attributes unusable.
Taking account of my capability and mana, it was impossible for me to break through this snowstorm. I had no idea how long I could maintain the Temperature Manipulation spell for either.
…Perhaps, I should be morey resolute. Even though I didn’t want to use this method again.
Fully aware that my mana would just foolishly be eaten up by this blizzard, I activated Water and Wind magic. I also cut short the Temperature Manipulation magic around me to the minimum and shifted what mana I had left to the other spell I prepared.
As I forcibly interfered with the snowstorm, I called out to Her Highness with magic.
‘Tina! Tina! If you can hear me, then answer!’
Relying on to that barely audible reply as a beacon, I interfered again.
…It was much harder to do compared when I did it with Lidya. Even though my skills should have improved since then.
Somehow, I managed to construct a circuit that connected me to Her Highness. Considering the amount of mana I had left, however, the connection wouldn’t last long.
‘ —sei! I ca—ear yo—at hap—to me’
‘Your mana is currently running wild. If this continues on—at worst, you will lose your life’.
‘ —uld I do?’
The voice was disjointed, but it properly reached.
Next was to get Her Highness to agree with the whole ordeal… I strained my mana to strengthen the circuit.
—It would only last a few more seconds.
‘I am going to connect my mana circuit with yours and take control of your mana pool.’
‘I-, is that even possible?’
‘I accomplished it when Lidya’s mana ran amok. It will be discomfortable, but I will have to—’
‘It’s all right! I have no problem with it at all! I believe in you, Sensei!!!’
I lost words at how fast she agreed.
Surrendering your own mana to others was equivalent to leaving your own life in their hands. Any normal person would hesitate to do that.
Not to mention that Her Highness had only met me roughly a month ago.
…Once this is over, I’ll ask her why she puts so much trust in me. I’ll have her explain from A to Z.
‘Thank you—I’ll start then.’
I connected the two circuits—and a terrible pang of pain attacked me.
My feeble body screamed from the overwhelmingly tremendous amount of mana. It felt like my head was about to burst into blazes.
At the same time, other things also flowed in—anger, dejection, despair, dread, impatience, and intense joy—were these Her Highness’ emotions? Perhaps it was because we connected so deeply that our feelings leaked to one another… of course, mine too.
I took control of her mana and weakened the snowstorm. At the same time, Fire came back to life.
However—the ‘Something’ that I had been feeling was still alive and well. I couldn’t completely snuff the snowstorm out.
I gathered up her mana, which I couldn’t sense the bottom of, and invoked the Fire Attribute Magic pseudo ‘Flaming Bird.’
The spell activated and rushed in.
The ‘Flaming Bird,’ which was clearly weaker than Lidya’s, immediately scattered into all directions.
—This was enough. I now know Tina’s position, and towards her I held my hand out. Reach!
I grabbed her hand and pulled her into a hug. I’m so glad that my sweet Tina is safe.
The small body I held was trembling. She must have been terrified.
As I gently caressed her back—I laid my eyes on that ‘Something.’
With its mana supply cut off, it couldn’t maintain its corporal state and quietly vanished.
That was the Lost Magic of—
When I looked down, I saw Tina’s face turning red.
…I left our circuits connected. In a haste, I cut the connection.
“I’m glad that you’re alright, I really am.”
“T-, thank you very much… Erm, Sensei.”
“What is it?”
“Please call me your sweet Tina. From now on, always in your heart.”
“…I’ll see what I can do.”
“Fufu. Please do.”
After that, I was teased a lot until Ellie came in with tears flooding her cheeks… I vowed to never connect mana circuits ever again.