Nobody picked up the food in front of them. They didn't expect this bombshell announcement.
While planning to chow down, Wu Yan suddenly dropped the news on them.
They were gobsmacked to hear this.
Luvia already knew so she stayed quiet.
Rin also had prior knowledge so she didn't say anything.
Miyu looked down with a dark face. She is still sad from last night.
Hinagiku and Mikoto sported helpless looks.
Kuro and Illya were the only ones who hadn't found out until now.
"I don't agree!"
Kuro slapped an end to that case.
"Onii-chan, is this a joke?"
She smiled like she was on the verge of breaking.
"This isn't funny."
Illya chimed in. She is just as upset as Kuro, she looked like she might burst into tears.
"That's not a funny joke, I won't forgive you if you joke about leaving again."
He faced Kuro with a serious expression.
Kuro was slightly panicked.
"Why are you leaving?!"
Illya cried out first.
"Why can't you stay?"
Kuro was deathly composed.
"Is it because of the cards?"
"I came to obtain 7 Class cards."
He sighed, taking out the cards.
"I got them so it's time to move on to the next part of my journey."
Miyu, Luvia, Rin, Kuro, and Illya asked.
"It's not just the seven cards. This is part of a long series of trials, I must visit various places and finish various tasks."
"I don't know when it might end, this is just how long and arduous it is."
The ladies exchanged looks of concern and confusion.
A long series of tasks and places to visit?
Who gave him that job?
The Class Cards are mysterious objects that the Mage Association can't wrap their heads around, he said this is just a part of that job.
Where is he going?
Every girl wanted to know.
They realize just how little they knew about the origins of Wu Yan, Hinagiku, and Mikoto.
Who are they? Where did they come from?
Who gave them these jobs?
Rin, Luvia, Illya, Miyu, and Kuro had no idea.
And, they also realized late at this juncture that Wu Yan held a big position in their hearts.
They don't know if the missions are benign or malevolent so they didn't know what to say.
"Must you leave us?"
Kuro stared at him unflinchingly.
"If you go, I can't survive..."
This isn't an obsession.
Kuro needs mana to support her existence. If she loses that then she will disappear.
Wu Yan is the one who gave her the magic power she needed.
His magic power's quality and quantity meant that Kuro can survive for a long time without taking magic power from other people.
If she preyed on other people and they lost too much magic power, they might die.
Kuro didn't want to prey on normal humans.
Sucking magicians' mana...
Rin and Luvia probably won't allow it because they needed it for other tasks.
Miyu and Illya probably wouldn't like the sensation.
Make her find Bazett?
Kuro would rather disappear.
She needed Wu Yan in her life.
"Calm down, you all, this isn't a funeral."
He bitterly laughed.
"I can't explain it but you all should know this parting won't last long."
"What do you mean?"
"How long is that?"
"Maybe I will be back by tomorrow."
"What did you think it was going to be?"
He rolled his eyes.
"You thought I was leaving forever?"
"You said you need to do a lot of missions?"
"Yes, and, the time I have to do that is not bound by your understanding of time."
"Anyway, just know that we shall see each other soon."
Illya, Kuro, Rin, Miyu, and Luvia looked better.
"It's a promise!"
Illya showed him her pinkie.
"No lies, okay?"
"When have I lied to you?"
He pinched her nose before linking up his pinkie with hers.
"I promise this won't be long."
Illya showed him a dazzling smile. Kuro got jealous and she bounced over for physical contact via pinkie fingers too.
"Me too! I want a promise from Onii-chan!"
She shoved Illya away.
Illya steadied herself before shooting daggers in her direction.
"You vile fiend!"
Kuro stuck her tongue out before doing a pinkie swear with Wu Yan too.
Illya grabbed her as they brawled.
The others laughed out loud. The twin foreigner girls were fighting like angry kittens.
Then, someone else did a pinkie swear with Wu Yan too.
He looked down to see Miyu.
"It's a promise."
He looked into her eyes before smiling.
"Yeah, I promise."