Wu Yan, Illya, and Miyu yawned at the same time. They were on their way to the school.
“Are you two really okay?”
Acting as the guardian, he asked the two munchkins behind him.
“It must have been hard, hunting for Class cards day after day. Make sure to get proper rest, you want me to help call in sick for you?”
Miyu shook her head.
“We don’t need to gather cards anymore. We can make do with just one more day of not resting properly.”
Illya replied while rubbing her eyes.
“My family will probably yell at me for taking a leave from school just because I wanted to sleep.”
“Just be careful you don’t tire yourself into a sloppy mess, okay?”
“You look tired yourself, aren’t you?”
“Why don’t you go home and sleep?”
“If I slept now, I wouldn’t be able to sleep tonight.”
He waved his hand.
“Luvia said Auguste always sent Miyu to school. With Luvia busy with repairs and Auguste still on leave, I promised her I would take Miyu to school.”
“I can handle myself.”
Miyu turned her head the other way.
“Why are you treating me like a kid?”
“Cause you’re one, silly…”
He rubbed her head.
“This is Luvia’s way of showing your love. She knows you probably didn’t get much of it in your past, just accept it.”
“No, it’s not.”
“She wasn’t loved?”
Illya floated a question mark.
Nobody knows about Miyu’s past. Wu Yan, Luvia, and Illya couldn’t get her to spill the beans.
In fact, Illya, who spends the most time with Miyu, knows her lesser than Luvia or Wu Yan.
At least, they knew Miyu’s past was painful enough that she doesn’t talk about it.
Illya looked at Wu Yan.
“Where is Rin-san?”
He pursed his lips.
She told me she needed to talk to the Clocktower bigwigs, other than that, I don’t know anything.”
“A report, hmm?”
Illya waxed thoughtful.
“About the class cards, perhaps?”
Luvia and Rin came to collect the cards.
With 6 cards in his hand and the last one still in tanned Illya’s possession, the duo had nothing to show for themselves.
Rin and Luvia are in this way over their heads.
Asking for help is the only choice they have.
But, it would also spell trouble for the two young mages.
Failing their missions would probably earn them demerits and admonishment. Other than that, the Clocktower isn’t an evil organization, any member that fails their tasks will just get reassigned to another one.
But, the two Kaleido Sticks turned on them and roped in two teenage girls. This is another matter altogether.
The second Magic user would be furious if they dragged in two bystanders and lost the powerful Kaleido Sticks in the process. Punishment would be reasonable for such gross negligence.
They can also kiss the apprenticeship goodbye. Not like it’s game over, they can still continue researching magic.
Lastly, once the Clocktower finds out that Wu Yan has 6 cards, they will most likely send people to retrieve the cards.
Illya is worried about him.
Wu Yan assured Illya. He can see the look on her face.
“Rin said she won’t drag you into the report. She will only cherry-pick good data.”
“How about you, Onii-san?”
“If she reports you three to the magic council, they’ll send people to trouble you, right?”
Miyu turned around anxiously.
“Oh, you’re worrying about the wrong party.”
“You think they can mess with me?”
The girls flinched.
“They can’t trouble me.”
“I might not be powerful enough to be an existential threat to the Clocktower. But, with Mikoto and Hinagiku, they would have to be ready for a pyrrhic victory should they choose to go to war with us.”
“I don’t want Onii-san fighting the Clocktower.”
“If you harm them then Rin and Luvia will truly not be able to reconcile their work and personal relations with you.”
“You guys won’t be able to remain friends anymore.”
“You worry too much.”
Wu Yan giggled.
“In any case, that is just what you think. I go with the flow, when the time comes, we will know.”
He urged the two to continue heading to school.
Then, a dark figure zipped past the alley near them.
He stopped before turning around.
There is nothing there.
He narrowed his eyes.
“Hmm, just now…”
“What was that?”
The two girls looked back.
Wu Yan said nothing. He smiled.
“Nothing, let’s go…”
He looked behind him again before continuing his journey.
Standing on top of a distant electric poke, a figure emerged with a small flash. She looked at the happy trio.
She wore weird clothes.
She had tight black pants that looked like a pareo but for combat.
The red coat near her shoulder and arms looked like a red cape that fluttered in the wind. Black tattered clothes flapped like wings behind her.
Her coat, cape, and skirt looked like someone had torn them intentionally for aesthetic purposes. She looked mobile and quick in combat.
Her silverish-pink hair was tied in a half-up style behind her head. Her golden eyes made the teenage girl look like a foreigner.
She looked like Illya’s twin.
The tanned Illya appeared with a blink-type teleportation skill.
“Onii-san is also there, huh?”
She said cheekily. However, she knew it would be hard to get what she wanted with that man near them.
“Miyu is still manageable. But, Onii-san, I don’t want to go near him.”
She gave up on her plans.
“I will look for another chance.”
She watched as Illya went about happily on her way to school. She watched Illya chat like a chirpy bird with Miyu and Wu Yan.
“That happiness will soon be mine, just you wait…”
Tanned Illya said menacingly before vanishing in the blink of an eye.