Wu Yan, Hinagiku, and Mikoto's departure set the basis for the departure party.
It's just a fancy party Luvia decided to throw.
Wu Yan was put on chef duty again, he was tasked with all the dishes at the party.
It's his fault for being a great cook.
He was supposed to kick back and relax but the ladies made him cook for an entire day.
Fortunately, Miyu, Illya, and Kuro were out of school because of the festive holidays. This is one of the primary reasons why the party was so rowdy.
Hinagiku and Mikoto joined in on the fun. Miyu also joined the conversation.
The ordinarily quiet Miyu is participating for once.
She is cute just like the others.
Illya and Kuro hung around Wu Yan as if to enjoy what time they have left with him.
They only joined Hinagiku and Mikoto towards the end of the party.
Luvia sat by her seat drinking tea and striking up conversations when she felt like it.
Luvia is the only one who isn't as friendly as the others to Wu Yan & Co.
Other than when they were collecting cards, they never hung out much.
Moreover, they ruined her plans to become Kischur's apprentice so she is already being a saint by throwing them a farewell party.
There is someone else who is keeping to herself.
Rin looked at everyone as she finished the last of her drink. She sat up as she quietly left.
Rin doesn't know that someone kept an eye on her.
As the door opened, Rin entered the courtyard. She gazed at the sky.
It is a moonlit night with stars flowing slowly in the river of celestial bodies. The faint glow illuminated Earth.
She sighed despite the beautiful night.
"Should have sat this one out."
She lied to herself.
She didn't want to come here. She didn't want to partake in this farewell party.
She didn't say it aloud but wanted that man to stay too.
Truthfully, she'd instead take a rain check on this party.
However, she came because it would feel like someone put a void in her heart if she stayed away.
She kicked a pebble away.
"Why should I be troubled by that man?"
"That man, he is my rival, no?"
"He screwed up my apprenticeship plan, took my first kiss, forcefully at that, he's the worst..."
"I should be happy he is going to go away soon..."
She kicked another stone away again.
Rin knew this day would come.
She didn't foresee Wu Yan & co's departure. She saw her own departure.
Failing the duty to gather the class cards, she would have been recalled to the Mage Association sooner or later, even if not by Kischur.
She made mental preparations to say goodbye to the people here.
Rin just didn't think Wu Yan would be leaving first.
The person she cared about the most.
Rin laughed at herself.
"I only got to know him these two months, this isn't like me..."
Someone teased her.
"You didn't pick a fight with Luvia and you didn't mess around in the party. It is certainly not like you."
Someone offered her a cup of cold drink by sticking it to her cheeks.
She jumped when the sudden chill hit her.
The calm person was none other than the one in her mind.
"Doing a stellar observation by yourself?"
He asked before tossing the drink to her.
"That isn't like the Rin I know."
She caught the cold drink hurriedly.
"What are you doing?!'
"I should be asking you the same question."
He pursed his lips.
"You're not really hiding it, I can see you have something to say."
Rin turned her head the other way. She couldn't hide it no matter how hard she tried. She grumbled half happy and half annoyed.
"And, you? You're not afraid the brats might dance around you?"
"Unlike someone, I made sure to tell them what I am going out to do."
He replied calmly.
"Or, do you prefer to be by yourself?"
"I am the lead reserve chairperson and the heiress of the Tohsaka family, do you think I am afraid of loneliness?"
"I don't know about that."
"But, has anyone told you that you were as easy to read as an open book?"
Rin wanted to retort but the words got stuck in her mouth.
"Where are you all going?"
Wu Yan looked up at the sky.
"Somewhere you can't imagine."
"I can't imagine?"
"There are certainly locations that are beyond my comprehension but there are only a few places like that, you think you can come back easily from places like that in a short time?"
"Not for me."
He shook his head.
"But, it would be short in your time horizons..."
"Stop beating around the bush and just tell me!"
Rin got mad.
"You think this is a game? Being all mysterious like this?"
Wu Yan teased her again.
"You want to know my secrets? Come dig them out."
He waved his hand before heading back to the mansion.
Rin gritted her teeth.
She said although the frustration and anxiety within had petered out after Wu Yan talked to her.