Chapter 1-10 : Magic (part 2)
ーThree days after Mylia’s first time practicing magicー
Chloe woke Mylia up in the middle of night.
「Mylia, let’s go to the basement… Get up quietly…」(Chloe)
She got out of bed slowly so that she didn’t wake Jasmina or Penelope up.
After that, Mylia and Chloe headed for the basement outside the mansion.
「I’ve put a lot of mountain fireflies in this small cage. They will illuminate our path.」(Chloe)
「Heeー They’re shining brightly.」(Mylia)
「Mylia, let’s hold hands. It’ll be bad if you trip.」(Chloe)
Mylia held Chloe’s hand, and then they went down the stairs to the basement.
There were hunting tools, farming tools, preserved foods, and miscellaneous daily necessities stored in the basement.
A peculiar smell of dust, fat and metal could be smelled.
They walked to the end of the basement room, and stood in front of a locked old door.
「Mylia, can you hold this cage and illuminate the door for me?」(Chloe)
Chloe let go of Mylia’s hand a little regretfully, and took out the duplicate key she made from her dress pocket.
She made the duplicate key from a piece of wood that she carved little by little following the shape of the key in the clay she pressed against the original key.
She did it secretly when Aaron and Robin were not around.
Looking at the wooden key, Mylia thought that she has been relying on Chloe all this time.
She wanted to return the favor to beloved older sister someday.
（I want Chloe onee-chan to be happy.）
While thinking like that, Mylia held the little cage full of mountain fireflies and brought it close to Chloe’s hand.
「Alright, here we go.」(Chloe)
Chloe inserted the wooden key into the keyhole and turned it slowly.
After such a sound was heard, Chloe and Mylia nodded to each other and entered the room without opening the door completely.
（The room’s so small… there’s something in the middle….. An altar…?）
Mylia approached the altar and looked at it closely.
「Looks like it’s an altar for some kind of ritual. There’s a magic circle engraving on it. It’s similar to Celis-sama’s emblem, but… it’s dark. I can’t see it well.」(Chloe)
Chloe looked at the altar with interest.
Something like a magic circle was carved on the stone of the altar, and there was a silver pendant on top of it.
It looks like the pendant was deliberately placed there.
（What is this…? I wonder why my body gets hot when I look at this pendant…）
Mylia couldn’t take her eyes off the pendant.
「At least it doesn’t look like a cursed seal or something. I’ll try to touch it. Mylia, can you stay away a little?」(Chloe)
Chloe braced herself and stretched out her arm, trying to touch the pendant.
However, Chloe couldn’t touch it because her hand was pushed back by a mysterious force.
No matter how many times she tried, she couldn’t touch the pendant.
Being attracted by Chloe’s cute confused expression, which is so rare, Mylia smiled and stepped forward.
Then, she unconsciously stretched her arm toward the pendant, andー
Her small hand touched the silver pendant before she knew it.
（Wawawa! I just wanted to see Chloe onee-chan’s cute face closely! How did I end up touching it!?）
Immediately, a strange heat ran through her entire body.
And then, the pendant began to shine.
Because it shone so brightly, Mylia and Chloe spontaneously covered their faces with their arms.
（What’s happening!? What is this light!? Someone, give me a manual about this phenomenon, please!）
After shining for a while, the light eventually subsided.
The room was shrouded in darkness again.
Mylia and Chloe looked at the pendant on Mylia’s palm with their mouth slightly opened.
「I couldn’t touch it no matter how hard I tried, but why could you touch it so easily? And the bright light just now… what is this pendant exactly? A magical tool? ……So that means Mylia, you have magical power in your body, and that magical power produced the light…?」(Chloe)
「C, Chloe onee-chan…?」(Mylia)
「A, Ahh, Mylia, I’m sorry. I was just surprised. Are you okay?」(Chloe)
Chloe hugged Mylia and stroked her head gently.
「Un. I’m fine… Chloe onee-chan, umm…」(Mylia)
「What’s wrong, Mylia?」(Chloe)
Chloe released Mylia from her arms and looked at her eyes.
「I feel like I heard someone calling me.」(Mylia)
「Someone’s calling you…? I see. So you can hear the voice of my heart.」(Chloe)
「Umm… I don’t think it’s your voice…」(Mylia)
「Ehh? It’s not…? I always think of you in my heart, though…」(Chloe)
「Onee-chan… it makes me happy, but it was definitely not your voice. I feel like I heard the voice from that side.」(Mylia)
Mylia pointed to the north side of the Atwood territory.
After picking up the pendant, her body was no longer hot, but she heard someone calling her name from a distance.
She felt like that person was beckoning her.
「Hm? But I don’t think there’s a hidden room in that wall.」(Chloe)
Chloe looked at where Mylia was pointing and tilted her head.
「It’s not that wall, I mean a place far away in that direction.」(Mylia)
「You mean somewhere on the north side? But on that side, there’s only a dense forest that no one has ever visited, you know? As far as I know it’s not human territory.」(Chloe)
「I see… And, Chloe onee-chan… actually…」(Mylia)
Somehow, Mylia felt like she could do ‘it’ now, so she wanted to show ‘it’ to Chloe.
As she said that, she imagined a ring-shaped fluorescent lamp in her grandma’s house in Japan.
Then, something bright came out of her body, and it illuminated the dark basement.
Chloe looked at the ring of light that looked like an angel’s halo with an amazed look on her face.
（Yes! Yes! I did it! I finally can use magic! Aaah~! All-you-can-eat yakiniku, wait for meー!）