◈ Episode 38 Elemental Class (3)
Looking down at Aidan, who was sullen, I was quite taken aback.
‘Why is he like this?’
At first, I thought he was rebelling against me.
I asked you to stop at that time, but are you expressing subtle dissatisfaction because you kept the incident in your heart?
‘Looking at the reaction, it doesn’t seem like that.’
It can’t be acting that I’m really sorry and don’t know what to do.
In other words, Aidan really doesn’t know how to release his own attributes, which can be said to be the basis of elemental magic.
I can’t believe it.
The owner of a rare [special] type of magic can’t do basic things like this?
Isn’t it the level that a child doing back tumbling can’t walk properly?
‘How should I do this.’
I thought I was a promising player, but seeing that I was blocked in this area, I don’t think that’s the case again.
Was it thanks to the unusual type of magic that I was able to enter Seorn in the first place?
‘Maybe ignoring it like this is the way to go.’
There is no need to take care of a guy who can’t even keep up with basic classes.
The more you do that, the more you’re wasting other students’ precious time.
Wasn’t there something I said when I made the first and second graders take classes together in the first place?
I have no intention of being considerate of a guy who can’t keep up.
It might be nice for me that Aidan, who might know my secret, falls behind in class on his own.
You don’t need to be cruel.
Because the world is inherently, such a cold place.
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“Aidan. What are we going to do now?”
Aidan closed his eyes, saying that it was finally here.
“I-that’s… … .”
“You can’t even implement an element. Are you going to rebel against me now?”
All eyes of the students turned to Aidan and Ludger.
Rudger frowned and looked back at the students.
“Are the students who are paying attention to this side paying attention because their implementation is already perfect? Then I’ll have to remember it and check it myself.”
The students immediately turned their heads and began to focus on their elements again.
Aidan broke out in a cold sweat and didn’t know what to do.
Rudger asked with his hands behind his back.
“… … yes.”
“Have you not properly expressed the elements yet?”
“… … yes. Shame on you.”
Aidan wanted to hide in a mouse hole.
All the other students who came in here were following the class well, but I felt like I was the only one who was behind and was holding my ankle.
Aidan’s entry into Seorn was a kind of ‘special case’, so it was also because the basic parts that others could basically do were still weak.
“What attribute elements can be used? You know that, right?”
“Fire, water and wind.”
“Three. It’s normal.”
I thought it would specialize in more elements because it dealt with special magic, but wasn’t it?
It is common sense that the more talented a person is, the more elements they can handle.
“Then I’ll start with fireworks.”
Aidan wondered if he had heard something wrong with Ludger’s words. It was the same for Leo, who sat next to Aidan, and Tacy, who sat behind him.
“I am going to teach you. I can’t let students drop out because they can’t keep up from the first class.”
“Ha, but I… … .”
“I hate the very idea of having such a guy in my class. Disagreements are not accepted. Concentrate.”
“Gather your magic. Would a basic expression be possible?”
Aidan nodded and created a sphere of magical power.
It was a basic course that could not be called first-tier magic, and anyone who entered magic could do it.
“Think of changing that mana into an attribute. As I just said, it is a flame.”
“I will try.”
Aidan gazed intently at his sphere of magic. He’s as if that’s all he’s capable of.
Taish and Leo silently gave Aidan a cheering look.
“Turn it off.”
However, no matter how much Aidan concentrated, it was difficult to properly implement the attribute of flame.
At the moment when I wondered if things could go on like this, Ludger, who had been silently watching, opened his mouth.
“Don’t overcomplicate things, relax your mind. No matter how hard you try to think of a flame in your head, it’s hard at first. So don’t just think with your head, feel it with your senses.”
“It’s a feeling… … ?”
“It contrasts the characteristics of the flame with your senses one by one. The first is visual. Imagine the shape of a blazing fire. Close your eyes and concentrate.”
Aidan focused on Ludgar’s advice and created an image of fire in his mind.
However, it was not an easy task to conceive of the ever-swaying image of fire.
“Focus. It is to recall the moment when the fire was the most intense in your memory.”
When I said that, I felt like I was missing something.
Concentrating his mind, Aidan was able to slowly pull out the most impressive moment from his memory.
─The feeling of burning firewood in a country house.
A fire burning in the fireplace.
family members who watched it.
The scarlet fire at that time swayed and swayed to and fro inside the stove.
Rudgar’s voice rang in my ears.
“Now think of the sound of fire.”
Instead of answering, Aidan followed Rudgar’s instructions.
The sound of burning firewood at the same time as the fire rising in the wind.
The fluttering embers were cooled in the cool air, and the silence had ended.
The puzzles were put together in Aidan’s head one by one.
Rudger’s voice came.
“Next is the sense of smell.”
No, it was close to leading him deep inside.
Aidan roamed the depths of his unconscious.
The acrid smell of burning firewood. At the same time, I could feel the subtle scent of charcoal.
Aidan’s family even cooked a stew over an open fire.
“There is no sense of taste, so think of touch last. It is to reflect on the sensations you felt through your skin when you faced fire.”
Following Ludger’s guidance, Aidan drew memories of the past like paintings.
The senses put together one by one clearly recalled the memories of the past.
And I could recall.
8 years ago.
A cold snowy winter.
It was a day when a blizzard raged through the dark blue glass windows outside.
Wrapped up in thick clothes to avoid the cold, he put wood in the stove to keep the burning fire burning.
The two younger sisters clung to Aidan, whining that they were cold.
The whole family sat together in order in front of the stove and ate together.
My younger siblings were talking and my mother was nagging me, and my father smiled softly.
I couldn’t even eat fancy food, and a cold wind blew through the gaps in my clothes that weren’t properly folded. Clearly, the memory of that time is vivid, as if I felt it just a moment ago.
The fire was not hot.
It wasn’t even scary.
The flame I felt then was so warm.
I remembered being able to spend a cold winter comfortably.
As if there were ripples on the calm surface of the water, Aidan opened his closed eyes at the sound of Ludger’s voice.
A small orb of flame burning in front of his eyes.
“… … !”
Aidan’s eyes widened in disbelief.
It seemed to bring the warm flame that existed in his memory as it was.
It was warm rather than hot, gentle rather than destructive.
Did I really implement this?
“It’s quite right.”
Aidan was taken aback by Ludgar’s praise.
Rudger, who had been cruelly pointing out even the students who were called geniuses, let alone praising them, spoke words of praise for the first time.
I wonder if that could be called a compliment, but Rudger said something positive.
The other students, who had tried to pretend not to pay attention and perked up their ears, were also shocked by Ludger’s words.
“The flame goes beyond a common element and can be called your own flame. It is not copying others and blindly embodying only what others have taught, but expressing the element of fire that you have felt yourself. Aidan. It is your own magic.”
“Is this my own magic?”
Aidan stared at the orb of flame he had created, like a man whose soul had escaped halfway.
Is it because of the lack of concentration?
The fire disappeared like a mirage without a trace.
However, the reverberation still lingered in front of my eyes.
“Don’t forget that feeling.”
Rudger left those words and moved on to find the next student.
Aidan still felt like he was dreaming.
Leo and Tacy, who were watching nervously from the side, tapped Aidan’s arm.
“Aidan. You are awesome!”
“How did you just do that?”
Ludger’s praise for Aidan fueled the enthusiasm of the students who had not yet been evaluated.
Rudger glanced at the students and opened his mouth.
“As everyone may have noticed, this is the method I was trying to tell you before going into this lecture.”
All the students perked up their ears.
“That is, the application of the senses through experience.”
At the word application of the senses, the students waited for the next explanation.
“A property element should be based on a basic understanding of the element. Even a three-year-old knows that fire is simply hot and ice is simply cold. If you are a true wizard, you have to put something special into it.”
“Is it special?”
“Think of the element you want to manifest as an intense moment you actually encountered, not a vague memory. It is to feel elements with all five senses, not just sight.”
Do not follow only with your eyes.
Feel the elements with your five senses.
When he followed the advice, there was a burst of joyous reactions from students everywhere.
“Uh huh? do!”
“and! It’s much better than before!”
The students who felt the joy of learning magic focused more on not forgetting this lesson.
Rudger’s words were not false.
By comparing memories and experiences to more meticulous recall of the elements and implementing them, much more intense elements were realized than previously done.
Even the feeling of the element itself changed according to experience and inclination.
It has its own color.
At that moment, an intense shout erupted from one side.
“omg. crazy. what is that?”
“Nested elements? Are you using that already?”
Flora Lumos was at the center of where the astonished gaze was directed.
With a confident look on her face, she created an element.
To be exact, it was a form of combining two elements into one.
fire and ice.
The shape of the blazing fire had changed to light blue ice. However, it was moving little by little, but like a wave.
It was a so-called frozen flame.
‘joy. This much is nothing.’
At first, Flora was thinking of creating just one elemental element in moderation.
It was because he thought it would be enough if he just didn’t get caught by Rudger.
She had already learned how to materialize elements through her five senses, and because of her unique magic synesthesia, she was able to materialize attributes with a much higher level of perfection than others.
But when Ludger carefully taught a 1st year kid and even praised him at the end.
Something hot rose in Flora’s heart.
Her pride did not allow this situation.
‘Let’s see if they don’t praise mine.’
It is not enough to simply implement a single element perfectly.
She was Flora Lumos.
Even within Seorn, he is a magical darling who has never let go of the title of genius.
Wouldn’t it be a shame if the magic he spread was only a single element?
So she created two elements.
Fire and ice, which can also be said to be opposites.
Fire and ice can coexist if the two magic formulas are coordinated so that they do not interfere with each other and intertwined.
Rather, each of their characteristics are combined and changed into a new form.
like right now
Layering of elements, which can be said to be an advanced level of <attribute element>.
Flora Lumos could easily combine two elements.
Flora suddenly felt greedy.
I thought it was because I was in a strangely good condition and mentally high.
If it was now, perhaps, it would be possible to succeed in overlapping the triple elements, which was not possible until now.
‘Frozen flames. If I put the spell of the wind element into it and make it swirl.’
A single magic created by overlapping two spells.
Flora started creating one more new spell.
Three stacks of an element with one element added to the existing two element stacks.
It’s a magic that always failed, but for some reason I felt like it was going to happen now.
When I thought about how Rudger’s face would be beautifully ruined after completing this, I already burst into laughter.
It didn’t take long for Flora’s complexion to change.
Flora was the first to ‘see’ with her eyes.
The moment the three colors are about to blend beautifully, they suddenly shift out of shape and start colliding with each other.
A stench seeped through her nose.
It means only one thing.
It was when the magic went the wrong way and failed.
In the end, greed led to anger.
The three attributes collided with each other and created intense energy.
Flora gritted her teeth and tried to suppress it, but it didn’t come as easily as she thought.
The magic that had already crossed the critical point was out of her control.
As the three elements merged into one, it began to emit an increasingly intense light.
The students also realized that something was wrong with the intense magic felt in the center of the classroom.
“Flora? Flora! Come on, stop!”
Her best friend Cheryl, sitting next to her, called out, but Flora couldn’t answer.
Biting her lip hard, all she could do was desperately suppress the mana that was about to run amok.
But it started to get weaker and weaker.
‘I have to stop it somehow!’
At this rate, it will explode.
Then, with the determination not to cause any damage to those around her, Flora surrounded herself with a magical barrier.
Even if the magic runs rampant like this, don’t let the magic storm spread outside.
And Flora closed her eyes tightly.
Warm warmth touched her hands.
Flora opened her eyes.
In the foreground, Rudger stood.
Facing her, both hands gently wrapped around the back of her hand holding the magic as much as possible.
How? I must have opened the magic barrier.
Rudgar, who broke down the magic barrier so easily, added his own magic and said.
“Focus. Flora Lumos.”
“Don’t give up and control your magic.”
Flora stared blankly into Ludger’s eyes.
Even in the runaway of magical power that might explode soon, there was no sign of fear in Rudger’s eyes.
“I will help you.”