“Heh, good job Tao” Ragna said with a smirk.
It seemed Sena was momentarily in control, considering that Platinum had yet to snap at him or call him a paedophile like usual. It wouldn’t take long for Luna to emerge however and Ragna cringed at the thought, this was the last thing he needed right now, on top of Taokaka following him.
“Let me guess” Ragna said when Sena didn’t answer “Jubei told you to tail me right? Just like he told Taokaka to follow me around too, right?”
Ragna knew that Platinum had a soft spot for Jubei and he was about the only person she would listen to and given how much she hated Ragna, he knew she wouldn’t be following him without a reason.
“Till we meet again, Tsubaki Yayoi” Tazuka called to her as she left, he could not help but feel she was not really worthy of the power she possessed, he remembered the man who wielded the Izayoi back during the dark war. A man who was a far more worthy wielder, no wonder the girl had completely lost her light.
Litchi had now returned, ordered to meet with Tazuka, perhaps she required a quick form of transportation to wherever she had been ordered to carry out whatever mission she had been given. Come to think of it, Hazama had informed him earlier of the mission Relius would be giving Litchi.
“I see….Relius Clover’s assignment is it?” he asked as Litchi nodded.
“Very well, let us go to Ikaruga then, I am to provide….protection for you, although if that power your have if anything to go by you should be fairly adequate at handling yourself but we are heading into an area heavily contaminated by seither so you will need protection only my magic can give you since you do not possess a seither protection armagus at this time”
Without further delay Tazuka snapped his fingers and opened up a portal he and Litchi stepped into the darkness and the corridor within the NOL headquarters disappeared from view to be replaced with the open space and ruined buildings and the sight where Ibukido was destroyed. Tazuka waved his arm in a short fluid motion and Litchi saw for a fraction of a second the translucent shield he had cast before it disappeared from sight. She could not feel the dense nature of the Seither around them, even though the area was covered in it.
“You may now begin your mission” said Tazuka, waiting for Litchi move.
[Flashback] – [Tazuka]
At the Alucard Manor, Tazuka stood in a small room on a stool as many people fussed over the elegant suit he was being fitted into for his now imminent marriage to Rachel Alucard. He simply allowed his relatives to get on with it, too distracted by the feeling as though his heart was caught in a vice. Tazuka had never been more nervous before, though maybe it was more of the excitement and happiness that this day was finally here and the moment he would bond forever with the love of his life came ever so closer.
A young man entered the room, one of Tazuka’s distant relatives; he rapped his knuckles on the door to get everyone’s attention.
“Ten minutes everyone!” he said excitedly “let’s get the handsome groom out there soon!”
He left and everyone turned towards Tazuka and continued to fuss over him, much more feverish this time. He could feel his heart pounding against his chest now.
The 13th Prime Field had over exerted herself and fainted, her hands which had been grappling with Ignis went limp and dropped down onto the table. Relius gave no indication of change from what he was doing at this and merely continued to siphon through his tools. They were odd looking, many with prongs that twisted off into odd patterns, some with jagged blades or magnifying glasses.
“Ah…here it is” he said to himself, finding the tool he wanted. It was a long object that ended in a large spherical knob; it looked like a scanner of sorts.
“I’m interested to see if the Azure has undergone any…changes with your reformation, unlikely but I have a fair bit of time so I may as well be thorough with this examination”
He walked over to the table and held the object above Nu’s Azure Grimoire, the back of it that faced Relius lit up and begun to display data on a screen for him to examine.
“Ah…seems you retained the idea engine from your previous body” he said as he analyzed the data “Your life link with Ragna The Bloodedge serves you well, with a link to the true Azure Grimoire you will serve the Imperator well too”
Relius continued to mutter to himself as his examination continued, his only companion to hear his words being the lifeless robot Ignis. This was not to last however as the sounds of the space being opened somewhere behind him told him he had company.
“Ah Phantom” he said, turning away from Nu to look at her “and to what do I owe this pleasure?”
[Relius] – [Flashback]
Carl expressed his excitement at starting at the military academy next week in response to his mother’s question. He was one of the very lucky few at his age who was allowed to study at the academy where most students were a lot older; it was mainly due to his family connection. Relius Clover was a colonel from Research and Development and considered one of the most brilliant minds within the NOL and naturally everyone expected great things from his son.
“I trust that you’ll make me proud my boy?” Relius said, rather sternly from the other side of the table.
Jubei shook his head.
“It ain’t bout that son” he said “if ya lose yer focus like that, it won’t matter what weapon yer opponent is using, if I were Terumi I coulda ended yer life right there”
Jubei sheathed away his swords, an indication to Jin that this was the end of their sparring match.
“Ya think I don’t know what’s distracting yer?” he asked Jin, who did not respond.
“I know yer worried bout Tsubaki but ya can’t let it get to ya, not even the power of order can help ya if yer mind’s not on the fight so yer gotta learn to control yer emotions son and I know it’s hard after having them under Yukinesa’s control for so long but unless yer do ya won’t be helping anyone”
[Nox] – [Tager]
“I’ll be fine” Tager said in response to Makoto’s concerns
“To think this hunk of broken down crap would still work,” said Nox as the ramp took them down to the cauldron “well saves us taking the stairs at least”
The ramp came to a stuttering halt at the last level, the growing levels of heat they were experiencing reached its threshold. Ahead of them lay the cauldron, as active as it was the day Ibukido was destroyed. Several metal coffins lay around the edge with a large console in the centre.
At once Tager got out his small communicator and contacted Kokonoe.
“Come in Kokonoe, this is Tager, we’ve arrived at the cauldron” he said.
Meanwhile Nox led Noel over to one of the coffins. He suddenly had a grim look on his face for he was about to show Noel something that would change her life forever.
“You wanted to know what Makoto saw here right?” He said “Well....”
Nox removed the coffin’s cover, Noel looked into it anxiously and at first she thought she was looking into a mirror but her reflection had her eyes closed and wasn’t clothed. She realized she was looking at a body within the coffin that looked exactly like her.
“This.... is where you were born Noel” said Nox.
[Flashback] – [Nox]
Noel and Nox set off towards her dormitory, Nox carrying her luggage with Noel leading the way. As they walked down another corridor, Nox noticed that Noel’s pacing had slowed down. He caught up with her and saw that she had suddenly gone very pale.
“Hey....” he said, sounding worried “what’s wrong? You’re white as a sheet all of a sudden”
Valkenhayn placed an arm at his chest and bowed slightly at Rachel's command.
"very well milady" he said "allow me to provide your transportation"
Valkenhayn turned away and summoned forth a portal, ready to take Rachel to her destination of choice.
"After you milady" Valkenhayn said, gesturing for her to enter the portal.
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