Friday, January 23, 2015

The Cursed White Rose Chapter 7 - First Training Session

Hello to everyone old and new. I want to thank flurburt and Xagnam from the Batoto forums for promoting my site. I was so surprised to get such a leap in my site's daily traffic.

I somehow got this chapter out in under a week. I can't always promise I'll work this fast though since I've been purely focused on writing recently and don't know how long this state will last. I've been cutting down my gaming time by quite a bit, which is not bad per se. But my gaming habits are sure to kick in eventually after some time. Honestly loving writing this story a lot so things will be good for a while. I'll do what I can to release new chapters in a timely manner (right now looks like a chapter every week or two, hopefully not longer).

Without further ado, here is Chapter 7 of the Cursed White Rose.

P.S. Sorry if the character developments are going on a bit long. I'm planning to slip in something more interesting within the next chapter or two to spice things up.

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Yuki: “I’ll do it. I want to learn magic.”

Rose: “Are you sure? I thought you were unsure. Are you just jealous since I have to leave you out?”

Yuki: “N-N-No. O-Of course not. I seriously want to learn magic. Healing magic sounds really nice and I think it would fit me really well.”

Rose: “Good. Then you can participate. Here”

Rose hands Yuki the same card and needle for the computer. Yuki enthusiastically pricks her finger and marks the card with her blood. After Yuki calms down from obtaining her own personal computer, Rose resumes the lesson.

Rose: “Well the first thing to do is wake up your magic. Inside of your heart, there are several dormant pathways for magic to flow, so I will inject magic into you to wake it up by force. Once I wake it up, magic will run rampant through the body and start flowing out of your body like a water tap. Leave it open for about five seconds before closing it. We’re going to practice open and closing your magic flow until you can do it on your own.”

Girls: “Okay!”

Rose: “Master, why don’t you go first so you can show Yuki and Tsubaki how it’s done.”

Sara: “Eh? Me, why me?”

Rose: “Because I’m able to support you more easily. Yuki and Tsubaki will be less surprised when I do it for them.”

Sara: “…Mmm… Okay…”

Sara steps forward reluctantly. Rose collects her magic in her hand making it shine a bright white. Rose presses her hand against Sara's chest. Magic begins to seep into Sara's body quickly reaching her heart. It surrounds Sara's heart making it beat irregularly. Sara's body trembles as she falls to her knees. Sara's body feels an extreme burning sensation coursing through the center of her chest. She breathes heavily clutching her body as Rose's magic forcibly tries to change her body. Her heart starts to reject Rose's magic as it releases a light blue light. Sara's own magic begins to form as it pushes Rose's energy out from her body. Rose makes her energy stay perfectly still allowing it to be easily ejected from Sara's body. Sara's own magical energy begins to leak from her body as it ejects the remaining amount of Rose's energy.

Rose: "Good, good. Looks like it woke up. You have a good start with things too."

Sara: "..."

Rose praises Sara on her ability to react, but Sara only looks at Rose unable to respond.

Rose: "Start closing off your magic. Image pulling back the energy that's leaking out and closing it up tightly."

Sara closes her eyes attempting to follow Rose's directions. She imagines a vacuum sucking up her leaking energy as it drags her energy back to her heart. After drawing as much energy as possible, Sara erects thick walls around her heart containing all her magical energy inside of her heart. Sara's body completely relaxes as the pain from the irregular magical energy is closed up. The entire process only lasted one long minute for Sara.

Rose: "Looks like you've finished."

Sara: "...I think so. That was terrible."

Rose: "That's to be expected since you've never had practice with magic before. Until you can turn your magic on and off, you'll have to endure the training. You can take a break for now since Yuki and Tsubaki have to do the same thing."

Rose and Sara glance at Tsubaki and Yuki who are completely pale after watching Sara.

Rose: "You're not backing out right?"

Yuki: "N-N-No. O-O-Of course not."

Tsubaki: "R-Right. We can do it."

Rose: "Good."

Rose repeats the same process with Yuki and Tsubaki. They collapse fully onto the ground in pain. They scream in pain as they try and release the magic like Sara. The two of them roll on the ground in pain crying out. After seven long minutes, they finally complete the entire process. The two of them lie on the ground panting. Rose takes out a bottle filled with a pale green liquid with several leaves floating in the solution. She feeds half of the bottle to Yuki and Tsubaki each.

Sara: "W-w-wow... Rose, why was it so much easier for me than Yuki and Tsubaki?"

Rose: "Because you have a heavier amount of contact to me than they do." Sara blushes heavily, but Rose gives her a flick to the forehead. "I didn't mean in that way. Normally, a high ranked individual gives off small amounts of magic that leaks from their body. It's so little that it goes by unnoticed even when you're suppressing their magic. Because of our contract, instead of leaking out like normal. All of the magic goes to you, constantly bathing you in magical energy, day and night."

Sara: "Is that okay for that to happen?"

Rose: "Think of it a stimulant. It helps you learn magic faster without much negative side effects. If any do appear, I'll deal with it to avoid affecting your health."

Sara: "Thank you.... Then..." Sara points to Yuki and Tsubaki.

Rose: "Impossible. I can't make contracts that easily since they're the original dangerous kind."

Sara: "So there's no way for them to learn magic faster?"

Rose: "I didn't say that. I'm already making preparations to help them."

Sara: "How so?"

Rose: "I'll tell you after training, when those two are in a state to listen. For now, let's do another set for you. Or would you like to try on your own?"

Sara: "My own? How?"

Rose explains how Sara can attempt to remove the barriers around her heart to let the magic flow again. The process is comparatively less painful when Rose injects magic inside to forcibly rip the walls that prevent magic from flowing. Sara readily agrees to try it. Sara starts to imagine a door appearing within the walls of her body. It swings wide open as Sara’s magical energy flows out of her body and begins seeping out of her body. Her body feels a prickling sensation whenever her body comes in contact with the irregular magic, but the pain is barely noticeable compared to the first attempt.

Sara: “I did it!”

Rose: “Good, good. Now hold it open for a short time.” Sara lets the magic flow from her chest directly over her heart. “Now close it.” Sara immediately focuses on slamming the door shut. The magic flows to a halt as the source is cut off. “Not bad. You can do it already.”

Sara: “Thank you Rose!” Sara smiles brightly at Rose.

Rose: “One more time then. This time…” Rose holds onto Sara’s right hand. “…imagine the magic flowing through your arm instead of just from your chest.”

Sara: “Ok…” Sara focuses according to Rose’s directions stretching out her right hand. As her magic flows through her arm, Sara feels a sharp stabbing pain coursing through her arm. Sara adamantly continues to let magic flow so that she doesn’t disappoint Rose. Sara’s face begins to pale as she expends more magic to keep it flowing through her arm. Just as Sara’s magic starts to leak from her fingers.

Rose: “Close it now!” Rose yells at her and Sara immediately forces her magic to be closed off. Sara’s body relaxes as her right hand falls to the ground. She pants heavily as she tries to stabilize her breathing. “Lie down.” Rose pushes Sara down onto the ground making her lie on her back. Rose sits down and stretches her legs letting Sara’s head rest on her lap. “Think you’re clear headed enough to listen to a lecture.”

Sara: “Y-yes…” Sara mutters with fear. Her mind runs through the last few minutes wondering what she did wrong.

Rose: “The weakness your body is feeling is magic fatigue. When you expend too much magic, your body starts to crash and you eventually faint when your body shuts down.”

Sara: “I-I see.” Sara looks at her hand that is as pale as her face. “Sorry.”

Rose: “No. It’s fine. I let you reach this point anyways. It’s better to feel firsthand how exhausting this state is.” Rose glances at Yuki and Tsubaki. “When you’ve gotten better control of your bodies, I’ll have you two drain your magic to feel this exhaustion.” Yuki and Tsubaki nod reluctantly. “For reference, there have been some people that forcibly stay conscious even after burning all their magic. At that point, they start burning their lifespan quickly resulting in their death.”

Sara: “Do they have to go that far?” Sara asks looking up at Rose glancing frequently at Rose’s ample chest.

Rose: “It’s a last resort type of ability. But they tend to overuse it and burn themselves out. It’s not recommended and considered a forbidden technique by most teachers. Well that's enough talk. Are you two ready to try again?”

Yuki: "Ummm... Rose isn't there an easier way to start learning magic?"

Rose: "...Until you learn to turn on and off your magical energy. It would take several years to make any process if you don’t use this training method."

Yuki: "Uuuu... I got it."

Tsubaki: "Understood. Let's try again."

Rose: "Good."

Tsubaki and Yuki suggest trying to open their magic flow on their own, but have no success. Rose injects magic into them again forcefully opening their flow. The two of them writhe around in pain, but succeed in closing off their flow within the first three minutes.

Rose: "Looks like both of you already hit your magical fatigue state."

The two of them lie on the ground panting.

Yuki: "R-Rose. Isn't there a magic potion you gave Sara before?"

Rose: "Yes. But your body isn't developed well enough to handle it yet. It will just make you sick right now."

Yuki: "So we just have to wait?"

Rose: "Once you recover enough to sit up, then I'll give you a drink to help you recover faster. That's the limit you can handle right now."

After some time, Sara sits up first. Rose hands her a mug filled with a milk-like substance. The taste of cream and milk fills her body. It helps relax Sara's body as color returns to her face. Yuki and Tsubaki sit up later as Sara continues to sip her drink. The two of them drink the same drink and their complexion becomes noticeably better.

Sara: "Rose, I've been meaning to ask."

Rose: "Yes?"

Sara: "How do you do that? The cup and drink just appear out of nowhere. You mentioned yesterday that you're not using any magic."

Rose: "Yes. That's right. The best way to describe it... It's a combination of a special ability that uses no magic and my computer. When you reach E rank officially, then I can load your computer with the same ability and show you how to use it. With this ability, I can put away or pull out anything I need without having to carry it, so it's very useful."

Rose pulls out a duster by grabbing empty air. She puts it back in the same fashion to demonstrate.

Yuki: "That's really nice."

Rose: "It will be your girls’ gift when you officially reach E rank, so look forward to it."

Girls: "Yayy!!"

Rose: "It's getting late so let's close today's lessons and I'll send you two home. There's one last thing though. This weekend, I'm setting up a trip to the magical world. The focus will be to find a partner for Yuki and Tsubaki, who is willing to form a contract with you. That way your magic can develop in a speed similar to Sara's."

Yuki and Tsubaki's eyes glitter listening to Rose's plans.

Yuki/Tsubaki: "Okay!"

Rose: "To do that, please speak to your parents since it will be an overnight trip. You can't make them worry." The two of them cringe immediately. They start to plead with Rose.

Yuki: "Do we have to?"

Tsubaki: "My parents won't mind, so I can just go."

Rose: "No! You have to tell them." The two of them shut up at Rose's rejection. They both glance at Sara pleading for help. Rose sighs at their insistence. "If Master doesn't mind, then I can go talk to them. It can be with you there or not. Either situation doesn't matter to me."

They glance at Sara, who simply nods.

Yuki: "Then please see my parents with me."

Tsubaki: "Please do it without me then."

Rose: "Okay. I'll go over tomorrow. Use that time to tell them that I will be visiting."

Yuki/Tsubaki: "Okay!"

Rose hands the two of them a paper charm to call her in an emergency. They simply have to cry for help in their minds and the charm would do the rest. Yuki and Tsubaki gather their things and prepare to leave. Rose and Sara see them off at the door. After they return to the house, Sara stares at Rose.

Rose: "Yes?"

Sara: "Can we do some extra training?"

Rose smiles at first, but it quickly changes to a frown. "You can't. Your body is at the limit for today. You have to rest at this point." Sara looks at Rose with teary eyes like she's going to cry. "Ugh... I got it. How about this? Let's do something non magic related."

Sara: "Okay!"

Rose and Sara go back down to the white basement room. Rose stands facing Sara in the center of the room.

Rose: "First, I'm going to teach you a 'Skill', or also called a special ability. Skills uses some magic power, but depending on the skill the usage can be quite low making it easy for non-magic users to quickly learn."

Sara: "Okay." Sara responds seriously, but her eyes glitter in excitement.

Rose: "This is a simple, but invaluable skill. So I hope you won't complain about it being too boring."

Sara: "I won't!"

Rose: "Good. Then focus your eyes on my entire body and say 'Scan'."

Sara tilts head slightly, but shakes her head to focus. She backs up a step to have a better view of Rose. "Scan." A window pops up in Sara's vision.

Name
Rose
Race
Doll
Gender
Female
Age
857 years old
Guild
None
Job
Magician
Familiar
Alexis

Rank
A
Stats
Strength
A
Defense
A
Agility
A
Dexterity
S
Stamina
B
Magic Capacity
A
Magic Attack
B
Magic Resistance
A
Magic Control
S
Element
???
Money
???
Notes
Nickname: Undying Witch. Owner: Akari Sara
Cursed and sealed within a tome. Abilities are forcibly reduced by the curse. Many abilities are not available due to the strength of the curse. Pieces required for unsealing: 24


As Sara starts to it, her eyes bulge at Rose's status. "Show ID card."

Name
Akari Sara
Race
Human
Gender
Female
Age
16 years old
Guild
None
Job
None
Familiar
Cursed Tome of the White Rose
Rank
F
Stats
Strength
E
Defense
F
Agility
F
Dexterity
E
Stamina
E
Magic Capacity
E
Magic Attack
F
Magic Resistance
E
Magic Control
E
Element
???
Money
10Cr 20G 50S 99C (200 gems)

Sara: "Wow. There are even two of them that are S rank." Sara shivers unconsciously at the sheer difference in their abilities. How long would it take to actually have the same status as Rose? The sheer difference forms a knot in her stomach.

Rose: "Master."

Sara: "Yes?" Sara pulled from her thoughts by Rose.

Rose: "Don't compare your status to mine. Mine are strange since I'm much older than you."

Sara: "O...okay."

Rose walks over to Sara and hugs her. "Don't worry. I can definitely help you become an A rank. It's only your first day so relax a bit."

Sara: ".......Mmmm......" Sara rests her head in Rose's chest for a bit. She enjoys the warmth of Rose's body heat for some time before separating from her.

Rose: "Feel better?"

Sara: "Yes. Thank you."

Rose: "No problem. I'm glad to help. If you say 'Recite', then the information is read you. This way you can still receive the data even if you can't read it."

Sara: "Okay. Um Rose, can you explain the information to me? I don’t understand all of it."

Rose: "Sure, sure."

Rose runs through an explanation of the details on the status and ID card. Name, race, gender, and age were skipped since they were very straightforward. Guild represents the organization that a person belongs to along with the rank within that organization. Several different guilds are found such as an Adventurer’s guild, Merchant’s guild, Craftsman’s guild. Most people join one, but occasionally some will join two different guilds, managing more than that is extremely uncommon. Job refers to the category of skill or work a person signs up for. Swordsman, magicians, fighters, merchants, laborer, etc. are frequently seen in the magical world. Jobs help identify individuals as well as provide various boosts to abilities to perform better. Familiars refer to your partners, slaves, or subordinates that you have a contract with. Rank is the overall rank for an individual.

The first four stats are related to a person’s physical ability. Strength is related to attacking, defense for taking hits, agility for speed, and dexterity for the ability to do intricate movements. Stamina is how much physical energy you have to do prolonged movement, while magic capacity is how much magic you retain to perform numerous spells. Magic
attack and resistance are the same as their physical counterparts for strength and defense.
Magical control is similar to dexerity in the ability to control how you use a spell.

Money is split into various categories. Copper (C) coins are the smallest currency. 100 copper coins are equal to 1 silver (S) coin.  100 silver coins are equal to 1 gold (G) coin and 100 gold coins are equal to 1 crystal (Cr) coin. Gems are a special form of currency whose value depends on the quality and size of the gem. Low quality gems are normally a couple of gold coins, but high quality gems can easily exceed 1,000 crystal coins. Comparing the human world to the magic world, 1 copper is the equivalent of 10 yen[1], 1 silver being equal to 1,000 yen[2], and so on.

Sara looks at her ID card again and calculates 10 crystals coins, 20 gold coins, 50 silver coins, 99 copper coins would equal 102,050,990 Yen!![3] She staggers at such a large amount of money for a sixteen year old.

Sara: “Rose, this money.”

Rose: “Mmm. It’s what I set aside for you.”

Sara: “But this is way too much.”

Rose: “I want to make sure you’re prepared for anything. If I feel it’s a problem, I’ll take it away and properly disciple you.” Rose smiles at Sara while exerting an extremely strong pressure. Sara gulps at the dangerous pressure Rose gives off and nods fiercely.

Sara looks again at her status. She asks why Rose skipped the Element portion, but Rose wants to wait before explaining it. Sara decides to ask her about Rose’s status. Rose shakes her head and brings up the time telling her it’s time to sleep. Sara reluctantly concedes and goes to back to the bedroom. Rose kisses her on the forehead before opening her book.

Sara: “Huh? You don’t need…?”

Rose: “No. I didn’t do anything too strenuous, so I’m good for today. Get your rest since you’ll need it.”

Sara: “Okay…” Sara fidgets uncomfortably while occasionally glancing at Rose.

Rose: “What’s wrong?”

Sara: “Can you sleep in bed with me? I don’t want to be alone.”

Rose’s eye bulge slightly as she stares at Sara. Rose freezes up, but eventually breaks into a grin.

Rose: “Sure.”

The two of them get into bed. Rose hugs Sara as they fall asleep. An hour later after Sara is in a deep sleep. Rose gets out of bed and places a pillow in her place for Sara to hug. Rose leaves the room quickly and quietly without waking Sara, shutting the door behind her.


[1] 10 yen = $0.08 USD as of Jan 22,2015
[2] 1000 yen =$8.44 USD as of Jan 22,2015
[3] 102,050,990 yen = $861236.88 USD as of Jan 22, 2015
 

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